India-Australia Relations

You are right. It was an unfounded assumption. I was going by my Sikh friends here from Punjab. Who aren't extremists by the way. The Pakistani and Afghani I know, tend to be Muslim here. I don't know one who I can identify Sikhi.

There are a few but they're mostly a miniscule minority. Frankly I don't think they've contributed much to these incidents. These incidents are mostly the work of our own no good elements among the Indian Sikhi .

They are also being reported as Indian
Over the weekend, a Melbourne landmark became the centre of an ugly clash between two Indian ethnic groups in scenes rarely seen in Australia. Footage posted to social media captured the moment about 100 people broke out into a fight, using flags as weapons outside Federation Square on Sunday afternoon.1 Feb 2023
 

English translation of Press Statement by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia​

Excellency,

As you said yesterday, our democratic values are the foundation of our ties. Our relationship is based on mutual trust and respect. The Indian community in Australia is a living bridge between our two countries. Last evening at the Indian community event, Prime Minister Albanese and I unveiled 'Little India' of Harris Park. I could also sense the popularity of Prime Minister Albanese in the event.

Friends,

Today, in my meeting with Prime Minister Albanese, we talked about taking India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to greater heights in the next decade. We discussed in detail the possibilities of cooperation in new areas. Last year India-Australia ECTA came into effect. Today we have decided to focus on CECA - Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. This will give further strength and new dimensions to our trade and economic cooperation.

We had constructive discussions on strengthening our strategic cooperation in the sectors of mining and critical minerals. We have identified concrete areas for cooperation in renewable energy. It was decided to set up a task force on Green Hydrogen. Yesterday I had a fruitful discussion with Australian CEOs on investments in various areas. And today I will talk about trade, investment and technology cooperation in the Business Roundtable.

Today, the migration and mobility partnership agreement was signed. This will further strengthen our living bridge. To deepen our ever-growing relationship, as I announced yesterday, we will soon open a new Indian Consulate in Brisbane, just as Australia has announced opening a new Consulate in Bengaluru.

Friends,

Prime Minister Albanese and I have discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements in the past. Today also we had discussion on the issue. It is not acceptable to us that any element harms the warm and friendly relations between India and Australia by their thoughts or their actions. I thank Prime Minister Albanese for the steps he has taken in this regard. And at the same time, he assured me once again that he will continue to take strict action against such elements.

Friends,

The scope of India-Australia relations is not limited to merely our two countries. It is also linked to regional stability, peace and global welfare. A few days ago, along with Prime Minister Albanese, at the Quad Summit in Hiroshima, we also discussed the Indo-Pacific. India-Australia cooperation can also be beneficial for the progress of the Global South. The Indian tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which sees the whole world as one family, is the central theme of India's G-20 Presidency. I heartily thank Prime Minister Albanese for Australia's support to our initiatives in the G-20.

Friends,

I invite Prime Minister Albanese and all Australian cricket fans to come to India for the Cricket World Cup to be held in India this year. At that time, along with cricket, you will also get to see the grand celebration of Diwali.

Excellency,

I am very excited to welcome you again to India for the G-20 Summit in September this year. Thank you very much once again!

Sydney
May 24, 2023
 

India, Australia to partner for mineral projects to develop supply chain​

Working towards investment in critical mineral projects, including lithium, to develop supply chains between the two countries, India and Australia held bilateral talks on Friday.

The Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi, and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Madeleine King, announced the partnership and have identified five target projects (two lithium and three cobalt) on which to undertake detailed due diligence.

Ministers from the two countries have also agreed to deepen cooperation and extend their existing commitments to the India-Australia Critical Minerals Investment Partnership.

Investments under the partnership will seek to build new supply chains underpinned by critical minerals processed in Australia, that will help India's plans to lower emissions from its electricity network and become a global manufacturing hub, including for electric vehicles.

"The partnership between India's Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (KABIL) and CMO Australia has reached the first milestone in a short span of one year from signing of the MoU in March 2022 between both the organisations," said Joshi.

Minister King said India's goals to lower carbon emissions and boost electric vehicle production presents great opportunities and prospects for Australia's critical minerals sector, renewable exports and building stronger supply chains.

"Working together, both the nations are committed to reduce emissions, guarantee energy security and diversify global markets for critical minerals and clean technologies," the Minister added.

Australia produces nearly half of the world's lithium, is the second-largest producer of cobalt and the fourth-largest producer of rare earth elements. With the expected increase in global demand for low-emissions technologies over the next three decades, this partnership will go a long way towards securing mutually beneficial critical mineral supply chains.

Union Minister Joshi visited Western Australia in 2022 and toured Tianqi Lithium Energy's Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery.

The partnership on critical minerals has taken further momentum after the visit of Minister Joshi to Western Australia.
 

India's Modi government operated 'nest of spies' in Australia before being disrupted by ASIO​

Story by defence correspondent Andrew Greene • 4/30/2024

Indian spies were expelled from Australia accused of stealing sensitive information on defence, airport security, and trade relationships. (ABC News: David Scaisci)

Indian spies were expelled from Australia accused of stealing sensitive information on defence, airport security, and trade relationships. (ABC News: David Scaisci)© Provided by ABC News (AU)

Indian spies were kicked out of Australia after being caught trying to steal secrets about sensitive defence projects and airport security, as well as classified information on Australia's trade relationships.

The so-called foreign "nest of spies" disrupted by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) in 2020 was also accused of closely monitoring Indians living here and developing close relationships with current and former politicians.


ASIO Director-General Mike Burgess first alluded to the spy ring in his annual threat assessment delivered in 2021, but did not disclose which country was behind the activity, saying to do so would be an "unnecessary distraction".

"The spies developed targeted relationships with current and former politicians, a foreign embassy and a state police service," Mr Burgess said during his March 2021 speech inside ASIO's Canberra headquarters.

"They monitored their country's diaspora community. They tried to obtain classified information about Australia's trade relationships.

"They asked a public servant to provide information on security protocols at a major airport."

Mr Burgess also detailed how the "nest of spies" had successfully cultivated and recruited an Australian government security clearance holder who had access to "sensitive details of defence technology".


National security and government figures have now confirmed to the ABC that India's foreign intelligence service was responsible for the "nest of spies", and "a number" of Indian officials were later removed from Australia by the Morrison government.

The Washington Post this week also reported that two members of the Indian intelligence agency known as the "Research and Analysis Wing" (RAW) were expelled from Australia in 2020 following an ASIO counter-intelligence operation.

Details of New Delhi's clandestine operations in Australia have emerged as western allies grow increasingly alarmed over the actions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government across the globe, including an assassination in Canada last September.

In an interview with the ABC while visiting the United States in November, Mr Burgess declined to say whether the Indian government's foreign operations had caused any concern for ASIO back in Australia.


"I don't comment on any actions of any government, and you shouldn't read anything into that, I can assure you though if we saw acts of foreign interference or plotting for that, we will deal with it," Mr Burgess told the ABC.

Further pressed on whether he had ever been involved in the expulsion of Indian personnel from Australia, the ASIO director-general again declined to comment.

"We don't comment on specific operational matters but of course, from time-to-time ASIO will discover undeclared intelligence officers who are operating in our country and through our own actions or asking government to help, people can and do leave this country as a result of being found out."

India is a member of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue alongside the United States, Japan and Australia, and is considered a crucial defence partner in the Indo-Pacific where concerns over China's military build-up are growing.


In 2022, when delivering his next Annual Threat Assessment, Mr Burgess described how nations that were considered friendly were still trying to conduct espionage against Australia.

"Multiple countries are seeking to conduct espionage against us — and not just those countries that might be considered our traditional adversaries," he then said.

"In some instances, espionage is conducted by countries we consider friends — friends with sharp elbows and voracious intelligence requirements."

Government sources have told the ABC that friendly nations believed to be particularly active with espionage operations in Australia include Singapore, South Korea, Israel and India.

During the 2024 Annual Threat Assessment, also delivered inside ASIO headquarters, senior diplomats and ambassadors from Singapore, South Korea, Israel and India were all invited guests to hear Mr Burgess speak.

The ABC has approached the Indian High Commission and ASIO for comment, but both declined to respond to specific questions about the "nest of spies" operation.

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This is news is part of the Washington Post investigative piece on the Indian assassination plots on US/Canadian citizens -that named the Indian officers involved. Vikram Yadav, previously referred to as CC-1 in a US indictment, was named but also named is the then RAW chief Samant Goel - who also signed off on the operation to target US and Canadian citizens.

Indian intelligence services acting sloppily overseas only risks alienating potential partners. They should really rethink what their priorities are before conducting these espionage and assassination plots in nominally friendly nations. India isn't a big dog on the block just yet.
 
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ISRO to launch Australian Space Machines' Optimus spacecraft aboard SSLV

The 450kg Optimus spacecraft, the largest Australian-designed and built spacecraft to date, will be launched on Isro's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).​


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NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) and Space Machines Company have signed a Dedicated Launch Service Agreement, marking a significant milestone in space collaboration between India and Australia. The agreement, announced at the India Space Congress 2024 in Delhi, paves the way for the launch of Space Machines Company's second Optimus spacecraft in 2026.

The 450kg Optimus spacecraft, the largest Australian-designed and built spacecraft to date, will be launched on ISRO's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).


This mission, dubbed Space MAITRI (Mission for Australia-India's Technology, Research and Innovation), represents a major step forward in the strategic partnership between the two nations in the space domain. NSIL Chairman and Managing Director Radhakrishnan Durairaj emphasised the importance of this collaboration, stating that it exemplifies international cooperation in space and highlights the strategic partnership between Australia and India.

He added that the mission would contribute to sustainable space exploration and utilization.

Rajat Kulshrestha, CEO and Co-Founder of Space Machines Company, echoed these sentiments, describing the collaboration as a significant leap forward for Australia's space industry. He highlighted how the mission combines Australia's innovative spacecraft capabilities with India's proven launch expertise.

The Space MAITRI mission aims to foster closer ties between commercial, institutional, and governmental space organizations from both countries. It focuses on debris management and sustainability, aligning with both nations' core values and objectives in promoting responsible space operations and mitigating the growing threat of space debris.

This landmark agreement not only strengthens the ties between Australia and India's space sectors but also demonstrates their shared commitment to sustainable space operations.