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#Australian federal politics

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Senate Calls For 'Urgent' Apology To Australia's Thalidomide Survivors

4 min read

Australia's thalidomide survivors should get an apology and increased compensation, according to the Senate, but the government is still dragging its heels.

National

National

The Federal Government Voted Against Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

3 min read

The Greens and Labor have failed to persuade parliament to declare a climate emergency, with the government voting down the measure.

World

World

Dad Of 'ISIS Bride' Makes Impassioned Plea To Save Her From Syrian Camp

5 min read

Australian women and children in Syrian ISIS camps "are all innocents", said the father of one woman who was the victim of "grooming or trickery" when she went to the wartorn region.

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford

I Do Not Think 'Aspiration' Means What ScoMo Thinks It Means

5 min read

In the epic film 'The Princess Bride', the villain Vizzini exclaims “Inconceivable!” whenever his dogged pursuer (the Dread Pirate Roberts) evades another deadly trap.

Politics

Politics

$1 Billion To Build First New Dam In NSW Since 1987

2 min read

The federal and NSW governments are investing $1 billion in water infrastructure projects for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW.

Politics

Politics

'Dangerous And Unpredictable': Australians Trapped In Syria As Turkey Attacks

6 min read

Donald Trump's shock decision to pull troops from Syria has left Australians at risk.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Nine-Year-Old Charged With Five Counts Of Murder

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Kasy Chambers

Kasy Chambers

When Did 'Welfare' Become A Dirty Word?

3 min read

You might have noticed that the word 'welfare' has been turned on its head.

National

National

Senator 'Brags' About Killing Cockatoo With Car, Forced To Clarify

1 min read

A Liberal National Senator has been forced to clarify after appearing to 'brag' about killing a cockatoo on Facebook.

Politics

Politics

Federal MP Says Running 'No Pill Testing' Facebook Page 'Part Of His Job'

4 min read

Federal MP Andrew Laming says running a controversial Facebook page is part of his job and that he would have ‘no hesitation’ asking his staff to help manage it.

Politics

Politics

Centrelink Sent $14,500 Robodebt To Man With Disability

2 min read

Welfare groups have told a parliamentary inquiry disabled Australians are being exploited by the federal government's Centrelink robodebt scheme.

Politics

Politics

Thalidomide Survivors Say They'll Die Before Government Memorial Is Realised

6 min read

Survivors of thalidomide fear they may die before an apology from the government for the "health disaster", slamming six months of silence after a landmark Senate report recommended action.

Politics

Politics

Morrison Denies Trump Applied 'Pressure' To Help Russia Probe

4 min read

Scott Morrison has claimed it would have been "extraordinary" to not help Donald Trump with his investigation, as the PM downplays controversy over a recent phone call.

National

National

Aussie Council Given $1 Million In Drought Funding, But They Don't Want It

5 min read

A Victorian council has been given $1 million to help weather the effects of drought, but they've hit back saying they don't want it.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh

Canberra's Cannabis Critics Need To Find Bigger Problems To Worry About

3 min read

This week, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

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Updated

Labor 'Will Declare A Climate Emergency' After Thousands Sign Petition

5 min read

Labor will today move a motion to declare a climate emergency, in step with the UK and Canadian parliaments, and hundreds of thousands of Australians.

Politics

Politics

Sorry, Tourists Won't Be Able To Smoke Weed In The ACT

5 min read

Despite cannabis decriminalisation laws passing, Canberra is unlikely to instantly turn into an Amsterdam-style marijuana mecca for tourists.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

No, Prime Minister, Greta Thunberg's Climate Anxiety Is NOT 'Needless'

6 min read

The same day global experts branded Australia a "denialist" on climate change, Scott Morrison claimed anxiety over pending environmental catastrophe was "needless".

News

News

Statement From Attorney-General, Christian Porter

1 min read

Regarding appointments on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

National

National

Biloela Family To Stay On Christmas Island For Months Until New Court Date

2 min read

A Tamil family fighting deportation has been told to get comfortable in detention on Christmas Island as they face a long wait for a Federal Court trial.

Politics

Politics

Trump Stumped By Don Bradman Joke At Box Factory Tour

4 min read

A joke comparing Scott Morrison to cricketing legend Don Bradman has left Donald Trump confused, as the leaders toured a box factory in the American midwest.

Eugene Chan

Eugene Chan

Turns Out If You're Conservative, You're More Likely To Be Healthy

5 min read

Who did you vote for in the May 2019 federal election?

Tech

Tech

Morrison Announces Australia Will Be 'Doing Mars' With Trump

4 min read

Australians will work closely with NASA in the efforts to send humans back to the moon within five years, then on to Mars.

National

National

Councils To Be Forced To Hold Citizenship Ceremonies On Australia Day

1 min read

Local councils will be forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26 under new federal government rules.

National

National

Australia To Ban Pure Caffeine Powder Following Tragic Death

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Australia is banning the sale of pure caffeine powder after a young man died of an overdose.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison Finally Addresses Lingering 'Engadine Maccas' Jokes

2 min read

After months of silence, the Prime Minister has finally talked about *those* rumours about a McDonalds restaurant in 1997.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Pregnant Mum Hacked To Death, Husband Injured During Luxury Holiday

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

News

News

Fresh Push For Tougher Terror Laws

1 min read

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is expected to introduce legislation changes making it easier to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offences.

Politics

Politics

Could Australia Have A Visa-Less 'Freedom Of Movement' With The UK?

3 min read

The UK's International Trade Secretary has indicated Britain's desire for a 'freedom of movement' deal between the UK and Australia, as post-Brexit talks begin between the two nations.

Politics

Politics

People With Robodebts Celebrate Legal Challenge To 'Sh*t' Welfare System

5 min read

After having his tax return "taken" to pay a robodebt he never knew he had, Morris is happy the Centrelink system is being taken to court in a class action lawsuit.

Bunny Banyai

Bunny Banyai

My Kid's School Can't Fund A Library But My Taxes Pay For Private School Swimming Pools

5 min read

As a rusted-on supporter of state schools, I am not above falling prey to the odd pang of private school envy on behalf of my kids.

Politics

Politics

'Childish' Plan To Stop Almond And Soy Products Being Called Milk

5 min read

A plan to bar almond and soy products from being called 'milk' is "sad" and "childish", according to opponents of the push.

Politics

Politics

Family Court Review Will Take 12 Months, While One Woman Dies Per Week

1 min read

Family violence survivors want a dedicated expert court to stop violent parents killing children and their ex-partners, but instead they're getting another inquiry.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Man Jailed For Dragging Shark To Death After Video Went Viral

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

News

News

Government To Introduce 'Big Stick' Energy Legislation To Parliament

1 min read

The federal government is expected to introduce its "big stick" legislation on energy to parliament this week.

National

National

Third Australian Detained In Iran Identified As University Of Melbourne Lecturer

3 min read

The family of an Australian woman being held in an Iranian jail has released a statement describing the ordeal as "distressing".

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison Defends 'Shanghai Sam' Denial

3 min read

PM Scott Morrison has had to explain why he appeared to claim he never called Sam Dastyari 'Shanghai Sam' despite a wealth of video and audio capturing him saying that very phrase.

National

National

Aussie Travel Blogger Couple Detained In Notorious Iran Prison

3 min read

Two Australian travel influencers have been imprisoned in Iran, part-way through a long overland trip between Australia and Europe.

Health

Health

Dangerous Button Batteries 'Landmines In Loungerooms', As Kids Choke And Die

2 min read

A leading emergency paediatrician has urged the Prime Minister to "get off his arse" and take action on button batteries, a choking hazard for children.

Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee

Why Drug Testing People On Welfare Won't Work

5 min read

The Morrison government is having another shot at getting its proposal to drug test people on welfare through the Senate.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Why Stop At Politicians? Let's Drug Test All These Professions Too

5 min read

It’s always refreshing to see the authorities embracing fresh new ideas to make all our lives better.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mum Accidentally Shoots Daughter Who Arrived Home Early

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

Climate Change Making Parents Feel Guilty For Having Kids

6 min read

Parents are developing distress, anxiety and depression as they worry about their kids being affected by climate change, with some people simply choosing not to bring children into an uncertain world.

Politics

Politics

Peter Dutton Stars In Rap Video And People Are Going Wild

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Soundtracked by an explicit DMX song, a video of Peter Dutton visiting a local car company and being called "the baddest MP" is heating up the internet.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Fruit Pickers Gang Rape Woman On Beach

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

National

National

Tearful Reunion For Biloela Family With Friend On Christmas Island

2 min read

The first images of the Sri Lankan family in detention on Christmas Island have emerged, as a friend from their hometown of Biloela flew to the remote location to support them.

Politics

Politics

Sleeveless Bob Katter Chains Self To Shovel In Anti-Anti-Adani Protest, Is Kinda Swole

2 min read

It was a case of sun's out, guns out for MP Bob Katter, who staged a strange protest in the baking Queensland sun, chaining himself to a shovel in protest against anti-Adani demonstrators.

Breaking

Breaking

AFP Raid Home Of Former Spy Agency Officer, Husband Of Iraqi Ambassador

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Federal police have raided the Canberra home of a former government adviser who also worked for a spy agency, and is married to Australia's ambassador to Iraq.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Teen Who Forgot Purse Set Upon By Pack Of Dogs

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

Aussies Are Spending Less On Clothes And Cafes Despite Tax Cuts

7 min read

The government's tax cuts have not immediately paid off in economic gains and Australia's economy remains "weak" according to some, as the latest figures show an unexpected drop in retail spending.

Analysis

Analysis

Australia's New International Tourist Attraction Is An Empty Paddock

4 min read

"Where the bloody hell are you?"

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

'Harry Potter' Banned From School Because They Contain 'Actual Curses'

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Toddler's Teeth Knocked Out As Gunman Opened Fire

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

'Playing With Their Minds': Biloela Mayor 'Worried' About Deported Tamil Family

3 min read

The feared deportation of a Tamil family from a town in Central Queensland has "upset" the local community in Biloela, the local mayor said.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Arrested After Randomly Stabbing Toddler Walking With Parents

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Politics

Politics

The Prime Minister Has Personally Intervened In A Toilet Controversy

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Between jetting to Vietnam and the G7 in France, and preparing for a trip to Timor-Leste, the PM has shifted his focus off the global stage and onto toilet signage in Canberra.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

The Dutchman Who Predicted Our 2019 Election -- In The 1960s

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The 2019 election result flummoxed lots of people. But was it predicted by a Dutchman way back in the 1960s?

Politics

Politics

Blocking 8Chan Just 'Baby Steps' In Fighting Racist Extremism, Experts Say

6 min read

Blocking Australians from seeing abhorrent videos from mass violence events is just "baby steps" in dealing with online extremism, experts have warned, with the government urged to do more to prevent such incidents occurring.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

The Advice Tim Fischer Gave Me As A Young MP

4 min read

I was fortunate to serve with Tim Fischer in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999.

Tech

Tech

Coal Will Cause Blackouts Because It's The 'Weakest Link' In Australian Power Grid: Expert

6 min read

Fingers should be pointed at "coal-fired clunkers" during any blackouts this summer, an energy expert has said, with calls for the federal government to do more to ensure a reliable power supply.

Politics

Politics

The 'Generous' Advice Tim Fischer Gave A New Politician About Surviving Politics

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As tributes pour in for the late Tim Fischer, a politician has shared the 'generous' advice he shared with her at the beginning of her career about how to survive in the brutal bearpit of politics.

Politics

Politics

Pauline Hanson's Major Backflip On Uluru Climbing Ban

3 min read

One Nation's leader has had a major change of heart on climbing Uluru, saying she now supports the ban on climbing the sacred site -- despite months claiming the idea was "ridiculous".

Politics

Politics

Australian Military Deployed To Middle East To Protect Oil Ships From Iran

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Australian ships will head to the Middle East in response to Iranian aggression in the hot zone of the Strait of Hormuz, joining an American coalition to protect oil tankers from attack.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Barnaby Joyce's Latest Hypocrisy Is Lecturing Women About Abortions

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He says he deserves privacy at personal and emotional moments -- but he's not willing to afford women that same luxury.

Politics

Politics

Proposed New Laws Mean You'll Be Sent To Jail For Spending $10,000 Cash

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Fears of government control have grown in response to proposed laws that would limit the use of cash in Australia. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Boy Impaled By Pole At Football Training

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

We're Already Doing More Than Enough In The South Pacific

5 min read

I don’t know why it still surprises me.

National

National

Alan Jones Slammed For 'Shove A Sock Down Her Throat' Comments About Jacinda Ardern

2 min read

Scott Morrison should "shove a sock down" Jacinda Ardern's throat, under-fire broadcaster Alan Jones claims. He was then swiftly accused of inappropriate language toward women.

Tess Newton Cain

Tess Newton Cain

If ScoMo Is To 'Answer To The Pacific', This Has To Be His Turning Point

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This week’s Pacific Islands Forum comes at an important time in the overall trajectory of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s very personal commitment to an Australian “stepping up” in the Pacific.

Noah Schultz-Byard

Noah Schultz-Byard

We Should Be Terrified of Importing America's Trump-Style Extremism

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In the same week that Amnesty International issued a travel warning for the US, advising tourists to be "wary of the ubiquity of firearms among the population," the America-based CPAC held its first rally in Australia.

News

News

Tough Cheese: All The Food Names Europe Wants To Ban Aussies Using

3 min read

Australian cheesemakers are in the firing line as trade talks between the European Union and Australia ramp up.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

Kicking Non-Citizen Criminals Out Of Australia Should Be A No-Brainer

4 min read

I don’t understand the furore over the Australian Government’s plan to make it easier to cancel a temporary or permanent resident’s visa and send them out of the country on failed character grounds.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

What Morrison Must Do If He Wants To Become One Of The Greats

5 min read

The federal election left many Australians despairing at the quality of national leadership.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Breastfeeding Warning After Baby Dies With High Level Of Alcohol In Blood

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

National

National

Bob Hawke's Booze Collection, Cigars And Art Up For Grabs In Huge Auction

4 min read

Fancy owning a piece of Australian history? The estate of the late, great Bob Hawke is going to auction and you can secure some of the former PM's personal liquor cabinet.

Exclusive

Exclusive

‘Grubby Deal’ Protects Criminal, Bankrupt MPs Being Kicked Out Of Parliament

4 min read

Exclusive: Labor and Coalition politicians stitched up a deal to protect themselves from being kicked out of Parliament.

News

News

'King Of Handball' Kevin Rudd Reveals 'Avalanche' Response To Ballsy Challenge

2 min read

A former Prime Minister has challenged "handball fiends" to a game of the schoolyard sport, and says he's been inundated with match offers.

National

National

Sandra Sully Roasts Scott Morrison's 'How Good' Slogan In Spoof News Bulletin

3 min read

'Australia is very good, and gooder than many estimates predicted', news anchor Sandra Sully reports as she satirises the PM's slogan.

National

National

When Stars Apologise: How Backlash Forces Backtracks

5 min read

Huge social media pressure saw Sunrise issue an apology for using the derogatory term "dole bludgers" this week, the latest in a long line of backtracks on controversial comments on the air.

Views

Views

'Josh Frydenberg Is As Much A Hungarian Agent As Barnaby Joyce Was A Stooge For The Kiwis

3 min read

To the surprise of no-one, the High Court will soon be back in action deciding whether elected politicians are entitled to sit in Parliament.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Dentists Find Hundreds Of Teeth In Young Boy's Mouth

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Luke Cornish

Luke Cornish

I Painted This Bondi Mural Because Australians Have Their Heads In The Sand

3 min read

When I put the final touches on my mural at Bondi beach, I knew some feathers would get ruffled, but I certainly wasn't expecting this shitstorm.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Why Bashing Welfare Recipients As 'Dole Bludgers' Ignores The Unfair Reality

6 min read

There are up to 17 times as many job seekers as job vacancies in Australia. Even if every person on welfare could work, the positions simply don’t exist.

News

News

Olympian Nova Peris Joins Campaign To 'Free' Aboriginal Flag From Copyright

3 min read

Olympian and former senator Nova Peris has joined a campaign against restrictions on the use of the Aboriginal flag, speaking to politicians in Canberra to raise awareness.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Instagram Star Found Dead, Stuffed In Suitcase

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

Aussies At Greater Risk Of Food-Borne Diseases In A Warmer World, Experts Warn

5 min read

Food-borne diseases, malnutrition and depression will rise as climate change worsens, a peak health body has warned, as it urged governments to act on "serious" health-related impacts of a warming world.

Tech

Tech

We're 'Sleepwalking' On The Dangers Of Artificial Intelligence, Experts Warn

3 min read

Australia's chief scientist is among those warning about the impact on society and dangers associated with the rise of artificial intelligence.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

There Are Only Two Speeches In An MP's Career When They Can Really Cut Loose

4 min read

The term “maiden” for a Parliamentarian’s first speech to the Chamber in which they sit is one of the few politically incorrect terms to survive in the modern era.

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

The Left's Reaction To Barnaby Joyce Is Why We Keep Losing

3 min read

Barnaby Joyce’s comments yesterday are a demonstration of why the left keeps losing elections.

News

News

Barnaby Joyce Says Money Is Tight While Supporting Two Families

2 min read

The former deputy prime minister claims he has to butcher his own sheep, leave the heater off on cold nights, buy cheap groceries and fix things himself if they break down, just to stay afloat.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Who Alleged She Was 'Gang-Raped' Arrested

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Tech

Tech

Australia's 'World-First' Crackdown On Facebook And Google

5 min read

Social media giants could face huge tax and regulatory changes in Australia, with a major crackdown on fake news and disinformation also on the way.

Rebekha Sharkie

Rebekha Sharkie

Why I Quoted The Bible During The Medevac Bill Repeal

4 min read

As a politician you see some pretty nefarious tactics in the scramble for power.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Horrifying Moment Raw Frog Appears To Come Alive, Jumps Off Table

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Politics

Politics

'Life Can Be Fragile': MP Reveals Cancer Diagnosis In Moving Speech

2 min read

A new Labor MP has delivered a moving call to Australians to check themselves for cancer, as she spoke of her ongoing fight with the disease. 

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

Why I Care About Tony Abbott's Happiness

4 min read

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott recently.

Health

Health

NIB Health Insurance Boss Slammed For Scrapping Medicare Suggestion

2 min read

It's been branded the "worst idea ever", with the boss of a private health insurer slammed for suggesting Medicare be scrapped and private insurance be mandatory.

Health

Health

Federal Government Again Rejects Pill Testing Despite Expert Advice

4 min read

Pill testing is "dangerous and unfounded", the health minister has claimed, in slapping down the harm minimisation strategy despite a growing group of experts in support of the move.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

If Dole Bludgers Die, They Should Have Gotten A Job, Right?

6 min read

There aren’t many groups in society with less political clout than the unemployed.

Crime

Crime

$440,000 Fines For Farm Trespassing By Animal Activists In Tough Crackdown

1 min read

Activists who illegally enter farms will soon be slapped with fines of up to $440,000 as part of a suite of measures to crack down on so-called "attacks" on farms.