22 Nov 2023

Australia: China fracas, chicken sandwichgate, cricket miracle, rugby schemozzle

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 22 November 2023

Australia correspondent Karen Middleton joins Kathryn to talk about the short-lived detente between Australia and China, with the two governments now clashing over an incident involving military vessels in the East China Sea.

Australia says a PLA destroyer was aggressive during a confrontation with an Australian ship near Japan - now the incident is causing ructions at home for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Karen digs deep into the case of the Kiwi pensioner fined more than $3000 for failing to declare a chicken sandwich upon arrival in Australia.

She'll also look at Travis Head's magic catch that helped secure Australia's victory in the Cricket World Cup and why has Rugby Australia ousted its chairman Hamish McLennan just hours after he insisted he was digging in?

Karen Middleton is chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia, November 15, 2022. (Photo by Yan Yan / XINHUA / Xinhua via AFP)

It was all smiles last week during a meeting between Prime Minister Albanese and President Xi - but an incident in the East China Sea has put paid to that. Photo: Yan Yan / XINHUA / Xinhua via AFP