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It’s not the first time Australia has expelled a diplomat – in 1991, we expelled an Iraqi diplomat for “security reasons”.
And in 1988, Australia closed the Yogoslav Consulate in Sydney, after a security guard was alleged to have shot and wounded a Croatian protester.
It’s pretty safe to say that Australia is going to follow its allies in expelling Russian diplomats today, but it is not confirmed.
There are quite a few boxes to be ticked off as you expel a diplomat, so it’s not as if the government can confirm it to the media, before they have met all their Vienna obligations.