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Australia expected to follow allies and expel Russian diplomats – politics live

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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.

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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.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2018/mar/27/politics-live-turnbull-shorten-coalition-labor-tax