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The Coalition just voted for an unprecedented shutdown of the lower house

The Australian government just initiated an unprecedented shutdown of the House of Representatives as it reels from the leadership crisis between Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton. Follow the latest developments in the Liberal leadership struggle here. The motion to adjourn parliament until Spring was won 70 votes to 68, with […]
The Coalition just voted for an unprecedented shutdown of the lower house
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Here’s why Peter Dutton may be ineligible to sit in parliament

Section 44 of the Constitution has struck down many a politician in the past year – but is it powerful enough to take down the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton? This time it is not dual citizenship under s44(i) that is at issue. Instead, it is the more obscure […]
Here’s why Peter Dutton may be ineligible to sit in parliament
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David Leyonhjelm won’t be apologising to Sarah Hanson-Young

If Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young carries through on her threat to sue fellow crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm over comments he made about her sex life, then it appears inevitable after Leyonhjelm rejected her demand this afternoon. Hanson-Young’s lawyer sent the Liberal Democrat senator a “Concerns Notice” on Wednesday, giving him […]
David Leyonhjelm won’t be apologising to Sarah Hanson-Young
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A brief history of the insulting nicknames Australian politicians give each other

Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University The insults have been flying thick and fast. Malcolm Turnbull is “Mr Harbourside Mansion”, “Top Hat” Malcolm, “the slick merchant banker”, “the top end of town” man. It is a measure of the unhappiness in the Coalition that not all of these epithets were invented […]
A brief history of the insulting nicknames Australian politicians give each other
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Labor confirms it will repeal company tax cuts

Labor has confirmed it will repeal the government’s company tax cuts if passed by the Senate this week or some other time before the election. With the government still trying to secure the final two Senate crossbench votes to pass legislation for the remainder of the package, Opposition leader Bill […]
Labor confirms it will repeal company tax cuts
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Australia’s same-sex marriage laws just had a massive win in the Senate

Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation is one step closer to becoming law following a massive endorsement in the Senate. The bill passed 43 votes to 12, with several senators, including One Nation’s Pauline Hanson and cabinet minister Michaelia Cash, abstaining from the vote. There are 76 senators, with a number seeming […]
Australia’s same-sex marriage laws just had a massive win in the Senate
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Australia is worried about a showdown between China and the USA

The Turnbull government is warning that China’s increasing belligerence over territorial disputes and potential clash over democratic values calls for stronger efforts to maintain American presence in Asia and to bolster ties with neighbouring democracies as a check against Beijing’s rise. Without US political, economic and security engagement in the […]
Australia is worried about a showdown between China and the USA
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10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Good morning. 1. Malcolm Turnbull, having briefly enjoyed ushering two Greens senators out of Parliament due to their dual citizenship status, has now lost two government senators and two MPs. So of course he’s now saying we, the people, must be “warned” – “Dual citizenship is an issue.” He’s right. […]
10 things you need to know this morning in Australia
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TURNBULL: North Korea is a ‘criminal operation… operating as a government’

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is in the Philippines ahead of the East Asia Summit. Turnbull is expected to discuss North Korea, terrorism and money laundering. In his strongest condemnation yet of North Korea, Turnbull called North Korea “a criminal operation”. SYDNEY — Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull met Filipino […]
TURNBULL: North Korea is a ‘criminal operation… operating as a government’
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Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie might be a dual citizen

Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie has revealed that her father was born in Scotland. She is the latest MP to reveal she has an overseas-born parent following the High Court decision, which saw deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce booted from his position after he was found to be ineligible to […]
Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie might be a dual citizen
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FULL DISCLOSURE: Turnbull moves to sort out the citizenship mess

All Australian MPs will be forced to disclose their citizenship status to Federal Parliament. The new rules were announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday afternoon as the dual citizenship controversy continues to beset Parliament, with Liberal Senate President Stephen Parry resigning suddenly last week after discovering he was […]
FULL DISCLOSURE: Turnbull moves to sort out the citizenship mess
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Julie Bishop will be the Acting Prime Minister of Australia next week

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be the Acting Prime Minister of Australia next week. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement on Saturday following the High Courts ruling on Friday that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was ineligible to stand at the time of the last election because he […]
Julie Bishop will be the Acting Prime Minister of Australia next week
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We’ll find out today if Australia’s deputy PM Barnaby Joyce is a Kiwi

Today, seven justices of the High Court will rule on whether Australia’s deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is a dual citizen, ending the citizenship debacle which has plagued federal politics since July. In August, Australian-born Joyce admitted that he may be a New Zealand citizen by descent. […]
We’ll find out today if Australia’s deputy PM Barnaby Joyce is a Kiwi
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Even Andrew Bolt thinks the police raids on union offices are suspicious

Prominent conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has unleashed a blistering attack on the federal police raids on union offices this week, saying it appears to be part of a “disturbing pattern” of abuse of state power by the Coalition government. Bolt, who is known for his broad support of the Coalition […]
Even Andrew Bolt thinks the police raids on union offices are suspicious
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Peter Dutton has called a ‘Yes’ result in the same-sex marriage survey

Leading Coalition conservative and architect of the same-sex marriage plebiscite Peter Dutton believes the Yes vote will prevail when the result is announced on November 15. Mr Dutton, who personally opposes changing the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, all but called the result in Sydney on Wednesday […]
Peter Dutton has called a ‘Yes’ result in the same-sex marriage survey
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Tony Abbott just compared efforts to curb climate change to ‘primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods’

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is again airing his scepticism and controversial opinions of climate change science, this time during a speech at the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a climate sceptic thinktank on Monday evening. His speech echoed similar sentiments to his provocative assertion in 2009 that […]
Tony Abbott just compared efforts to curb climate change to ‘primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods’
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NSW residents think Sydney is ‘full’ amid over-development concerns

More than two-thirds of people believe Sydney is full and property development should be pushed to the fringes, new polling shows, amid simmering tensions within communities and the Berejiklian government over the issue. With plans for hundreds of thousands of apartments in the city’s “priority precincts” over the next 20 […]
NSW residents think Sydney is ‘full’ amid over-development concerns
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Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon has stepped down from the Senate

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is resigning from the Australian Senate to return to state politics. Xenophon plans to run in the South Australian seat of Hartley in the 2018 state election next March. He joined the senate as an independent on an anti-gambling platform in 2008 after a decade in […]
Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon has stepped down from the Senate
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TURNBULL: Same-sex marriage would make Australia a ‘stronger nation’

This week Australians will start to receive their postal ballots to vote on same-sex marriage after the High Court dismissed two challenges against the survey. Speaking on radio Triple M’s breakfast show this morning, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull encourage people to vote “Yes” to support same-sex marriage becoming legalised. He […]
TURNBULL: Same-sex marriage would make Australia a ‘stronger nation’
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EXPLAINED: Australia’s postal vote on same-sex marriage

Australians have the chance to offer their opinion in a postal survey on same-sex marriage after the High Court of Australia ruled it could proceed as planned. The court dismissed two challenges against the postal survey arguing that the government had bypassed funding laws after its proposed plebiscite was blocked. […]
EXPLAINED: Australia’s postal vote on same-sex marriage
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Turnbull to conduct North Korea crisis talks with Trump

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to speak with US president Donald Trump tomorrow to discuss the developing North Korea nuclear crisis. The call, at 7.45am AEST tomorrow (5.45pm EDT), between the two leaders comes several days after North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb — its sixth nuclear-weapons test […]
Turnbull to conduct North Korea crisis talks with Trump
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TURNBULL: If North Korea starts a war, it will lose it ‘instantly’

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea continues its provocations, and chooses to start a war, it will be a suicide mission for the Hermit state. In an interview with Nine’s A Current Affair last night, speaking of the North leader Kim Jong-un, Turnbull said: “If he starts […]
TURNBULL: If North Korea starts a war, it will lose it ‘instantly’
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Australia is set to introduce new safety measures to protect people in crowded places

The Turnbull government is set to release a number of new safety measured designed to keep Australians safe in crowded public places. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the measures, commissioned following the July 2016 attack in Nice, would be released “shortly”. The announcement follows the deadly terrorist attacks in Barcelona […]
Australia is set to introduce new safety measures to protect people in crowded places
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Why Scott Morrison isn’t entitled to his own facts on inequality in Australia

“You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts”, the great American professor-turned-senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to enjoy saying to opponents. I thought of Moynihan’s words this week when Scott Morrison claimed that inequality has “actually got better”. From a twitter troll, […]
Why Scott Morrison isn’t entitled to his own facts on inequality in Australia
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Australian politicians are using Twitter to prove they aren’t dual citizens

Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters yesterday became the second member of her party to resign from politics within a week, because like Western Australia’s Scott Ludlam, she was a dual citizen, in breach of the Australian Constitution. Since the shock departures of the two senators, politicians have come out firing […]
Australian politicians are using Twitter to prove they aren’t dual citizens
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The immigration department wrongly sent two Australians to immigration detention centres

Two Australian citizens were wrongly sent to immigration detention centres by the Australian immigration department. One was taken to Christmas Island and the other detained onshore, the Immigration Department told Fairfax Media. The tranfers occurred following their release from prison after committing serious crimes. “Two individuals were detained after their […]
The immigration department wrongly sent two Australians to immigration detention centres
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Pyne apologises for his same-sex marriage speech

Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne has apologised for his speech on same-sex marriage. Earlier this week leaked audio revealed Pyne saying that legalising marriage equality would happen “sooner than everyone thinks”. He called his comments “unhelpful and damaging” as he sought to appease those calling for his dismissal. “I’m very […]
Pyne apologises for his same-sex marriage speech
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Cory Bernardi has recruited a Victorian MP

South Australian senator Cory Bernardi, who quit the Liberal party in February to set up his own conservative party has recruited Victorian upper house MP Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. Fairfax Media reports Carling-Jenkins will defect from the troubled Democratic Labour Party and become the party’s third sitting MP. It comes just […]
Cory Bernardi has recruited a Victorian MP
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Australian politicians are about to get a pay rise

Australian MP will receive a 2% pay rise and a 2% cut to their tax rate from July 1 next week. The pay rise, ordered by the independent Remuneration Tribunal on Thursday, will take effect on the same day that the extra 2% tax imposed on Australians with a taxable […]
Australian politicians are about to get a pay rise
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The Turnbull government just had a major win on education funding

The federal government’s $23.5 billion school funding package was passed in the Senate at around 2am last night with help from the crossbench, delivering prime minister Malcolm Turnbull a major policy victory. The Gonski 2.0 plan passed with the support of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, the Nick Xenophon Team […]
The Turnbull government just had a major win on education funding
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TONY ABBOTT: ‘Islamophobia hasn’t killed anyone’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has agreed with his British counterpart Theresa May that there is too much tolerance of extremist material on social media. He flagged a stronger international push against IT companies, including Apple, Facebook and Twitter, whose platforms are used by terrorists for communications and radicalisation. “They, of […]
TONY ABBOTT: ‘Islamophobia hasn’t killed anyone’
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MALCOLM TURNBULL: ‘Our nations will never give in to terror’

A suspected suicide bomber attack killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Tuesday. Another 59 people were injured in the explosion, which occurred around 10.30pm local time (BST) at Manchester Arena. Chief constable Ian Hopkins from Manchester police says the attacker was one man who acted […]
MALCOLM TURNBULL: ‘Our nations will never give in to terror’
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Scott Morrison wants a taskforce to ‘police’ bank mortgage rates

Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered an ACCC taskforce to investigate Australia’s big banks’ mortgage rates and “police competition” in the banking sector. Morrison told the Daily Telegraph the group will ensure the banks announce any planned changes to their fees, charges, interest rates, and explain why. The ACCC will then […]
Scott Morrison wants a taskforce to ‘police’ bank mortgage rates
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Here is Labor’s alternative to the budget

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is under real pressure for the first time since the 2016 election, as the government attempts to wedge Labor with a circuit-breaker budget. Shorten used his budget-in-reply speech to appeal to middle Australia, putting forward an argument that Labor is the only party that can be […]
Here is Labor’s alternative to the budget
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These 10 charts show where the government is spending money

Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while Labor governments are spendthrifts. While total government spending has increased from around A$240 billion in 1998-99 to a predicted […]
These 10 charts show where the government is spending money
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Malcolm Turnbull is forcing Australia’s gas producers to curb local prices

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is taking on the country’s gas producers as part of his plan to tackle the rising gas prices for Australian consumers due to domestic shortages. Producers will now operate under tighter restrictions on exports to ensure that Australian consumers and business have an adequate supply. Turnbull […]
Malcolm Turnbull is forcing Australia’s gas producers to curb local prices
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Malcolm Turnbull will finally meet with US president Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet in the US next month for the first time since Trump became president. The announcement comes just days after US vice president Mike Pence concluded his Australian tour. During his visit, Pence is believed to have smoothed over […]
Malcolm Turnbull will finally meet with US president Donald Trump
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TURNBULL’S VALUES: ‘Freedom, equality of men and women, mutual respect, the rule of law, democracy, a fair go’

After fumbling for a steadfast definition for “Australian values” yesterday when discussing the new changes to the country’s citizenship test, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has finally been able to pinpoint what makes someone quintessentially Australian. Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30pm program last night, presenter Leigh Sales asked Turnbull to clarify: […]
TURNBULL’S VALUES: ‘Freedom, equality of men and women, mutual respect, the rule of law, democracy, a fair go’