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

3 min read

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

4 min read

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

5 min read

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

5 min read

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

5 min read

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.

Politics

Politics

Vegan Activist OK With Breaking 'Unjust' Laws

3 min read

Animal rights activist Chris Delforce has defended breaking laws in farm invasions across Australia, in the cause of exposing animal cruelty.

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

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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.

Breaking

Breaking

WA Minister Alannah MacTiernan Reveals Cancer Battle

1 min read

West Australian agriculture minister and former federal MP Alannah MacTiernan has revealed she is battling breast cancer.

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.

Politics

Politics

'Class Of 2019': Young New Politicians Set To Offer A 'New Voice'

4 min read

A phrase often bandied about at election time is that when you change the prime minister, you change the nation.

Politics

Politics

Donald Trump Jr Is Having A Go At Australia's Labor Party For 'Insanity'

1 min read

US president Donald Trump's son says the Labor Party has tried to "silence conservatives" by trying to keep activist Raheem Kassam out of the country.

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.

Politics

Politics

MP Angus Taylor May Still Face Inquiry Over 'Grassgate'

2 min read

A senior minister in the Morrison government could face a formal inquiry into controversial meetings about critically endangered grasslands.

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.

National

National

Extremists Fighting Overseas Cop Ban From Returning To Australia

2 min read

Extremists who fight in foreign conflicts could be blocked from returning to Australia for up to two years after federal parliament backed new national security laws.

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

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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.

News

News

Woman Who Egged Scott Morrison Avoids Jail Time

1 min read

A woman who tried to 'egg' the prime minister during the federal election campaign has avoided jail after being convicted of common assault.

Politics

Politics

Labor Has Finally Committed To Raising Newstart

2 min read

The meagre rate of the unemployment allowance is likely to come under parliamentary scrutiny as more government MPs back a boost.

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. 

Politics

Politics

New Aussie MP Reveals How She Narrowly Escaped 9/11

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A brush with disaster "changed" a new federal politician, after she was due to stay in the World Trade Centre on the say of the 9/11 terror attack -- but was saved by a last-minute change.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Furious Commuter Posts Photo Of 'W***er' Cyclist, Her Rant Backfires

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Politics

Politics

Greens Senator To Be Deported From Manus Island After Visiting Refugees

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A federal senator claims he was confronted by heavily armed police and told he would be deported from Papua New Guinea after visiting refugees on Manus Island.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Parents Warn Of Pool Danger After Daughter Electrocuted

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Politics

Politics

30,000 Refugees Living In Poverty, Suicide Risk, Due To Policy Black Hole

4 min read

Over 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Australia are denied basic support services and kept apart from their families, with experts warning of poverty and suicide concerns.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Anti-Semitism Claims Disrupt Potential Frydenberg Section 44 Challenge

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg appears likely to avoid a High Court challenge to his eligibility to sit in Parliament, after his potential challengers feared they would be “branded as anti-Semitic.”

Tim Costello

Tim Costello

This Is Why I Said Christians Need To Relax

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There’s a fair bit of noise surrounding freedom of religion these days, as showcased by Israel Folau -- who posted to Instagram a list of 'sinners', and claimed that without repenting, they would be destined for hell.

News

News

'Stressful, Heartbreaking' Newstart Payment Needs Raise, Welfare Advocates Plead

5 min read

Local MPs across the country will be bombarded by welfare advocates this week, in a push to increase the miserly Newstart allowance by $75 a week.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Plane Evacuated After Picture Of Suicide Vest AirDropped To Passengers And Crew

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

'Disaster': Desperate Family Faces Eviction After MyGov System Crash

2 min read

A Queensland family could soon be evicted from their rental home after the MyGov outage delayed the processing of their much-needed tax return.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Malcolm Roberts Successfully Sued For Being A Dual Citizen In Parliament

4 min read

A private citizen who is passionate about politics has successfully sued One Nation's Malcolm Roberts over his section 44 scandal, winning $6000 from the former British citizen.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

Stop Twisting Wyatt's Words Into A Needless Controversy

4 min read

The Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Member for Hasluck and Minister for Indigenous Affairs in the Australian Government is probably the most decent chap in the National Parliament.

Tech

Tech

MyGov System Crashes As People Try To Lodge Tax Returns

2 min read

Update 4.45pm: after crashing earlier on Friday, the MyGov website is back online, the Department of Human Services has advised.

Sport

Sport

Albo And ScoMo Unite To Join The Same Team

1 min read

Well here's something nobody saw coming.

James Norman

James Norman

Sorry ScoMo, What Australia Needs Is Freedom FROM Religion

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There was ScoMo just last night, his right hand likely raised heavenward, surrounded by 21,000 devotees at the Australian Hillsong annual conference, pontificating about what Australia needs now:

Crime

Crime

Huge Fines, Prison For University 'Contract Cheating' Services

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The federal government is cracking down on cheating in Australian universities, but there are concerns innocent students could be caught up.

Politics

Politics

Pensioners Could Get Boost From Asset Test

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Pensioners could be thousands of dollars better off if the federal government goes ahead with changes to asset testing following pressure from seniors' groups and the opposition.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

The Critical Thing ScoMo Has In Common With Bill Clinton

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When George Bush Sr (George W’s father) was running for President of the United States in 1988, the political catchphrase “MO” was coined.

News

News

Plastic Straws, Cutlery, Cups Could Be Banned Within Months

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Plastic cutlery, straws and drink stirrers are to be banned in South Australia, with draft legislation expected to be released for public discussion this year.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Human Bones Found Hanging On Cafe Door

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Politics

Politics

'No Excuse' To Repeal Medevac Law, Phelps Pleads

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The only thing that needs "repair" is Australia's human rights reputation, former MP Kerryn Phelps said, as the government seeks to repeal the contentious refugee medical evacuation laws.

News

News

Spot The Clown: Janet Rice Mocks One Nation Senator During Coal Speech

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Greens MP Janet Rice has been caught mocking One Nation member Malcolm Roberts as he discusses the Adani-Carmichael coal mine.

Politics

Politics

What You Will Gain And Lose Thanks To The Tax Cuts

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Who could argue with a $1000 tax cut? Social services experts are, with fears the huge tax cut bill will start a countdown to a vastly less fair Australia.

Updated

Updated

Alex Sigley Says 'I'm Good' After Being Freed From North Korea

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Australian student Alek Sigley says he is feeling great after being freed from detention in North Korea, but remained tight-lipped about his experience.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Melbourne Man Cops Parking Fine 32 Minutes Before Ticket Expires

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Nun Faces Court, Accused Of Helping Priests Rape Deaf Children

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Toddler Dies After Falling Into Crocodile Pit On Family Farm

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mum Dies After Cutting Her Leg At Beach

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

News

News

Tattooed Aussie Pollies: Christian Porter Makes Good On Election Promise

3 min read

Attorney-General Christian Porter has ticked off his first post-election commitment: getting inked.

Politics

Politics

Turnbull Threatened By Liberal 'Terrorists' During Spill, MP Claims

3 min read

Promotions were offered to save Malcolm Turnbull from being dumped, a former MP has claimed, branding usurpers "terrorists" during the 2018 leadership spill that saw Scott Morrison installed as PM.

Politics

Politics

Can Someone Please Help Find This Politician An Unlocked Door?

1 min read

Knock, knock. Who's there? Simon Birmingham, stuck on the wrong side of the door.

National

National

Leadbeater's Possum On Critically Endangered List, Giving It Extra Protections

3 min read

A tiny Australia possum will remain listed as critically endangered to ensure it remains a 'priority species' for government action, the Environment Minister has announced.

Politics

Politics

'It's Like A Graveyard': Another Refugee Sets Himself Alight On Manus Island

3 min read

A mental health and self-harm crisis continues to spiral on Manus Island, with another refugee setting himself on fire and a man scaling a tall phone tower before threatening to jump off.

Politics

Politics

Cory Bernardi Is Folding His Australian Conservatives Party

3 min read

Liberal deserter Cory Bernardi is shutting down his breakaway Conservatives party, just two years after setting it up.

Politics

Politics

'What A Dick': Politician's Wild Press Release Roasts Senator

2 min read

One Nation's Malcolm Roberts is back in the Senate, but he's already been branded a "climate change denying weirdo" by a fellow politician.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Family Home Destroyed Allegedly By Exploding Washing Machine

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Politics

Politics

Only Two Rwandans Resettled In Stalled US Refugee Deal

2 min read

Two Rwandans are the only people to be resettled as part of the government's refugee deal with the United States, Peter Dutton has admitted.

News

News

Aussie Punter Wins Record $3.6 Million With Lucky Poker Hand

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

News

News

Aussie Politicians Set To Receive Pay Rises

1 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be receiving a $10,000 boost to his salary on the same day penalty rates are cut to hospitality and retail workers.

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Which Party Has The Stronger Front Bench?

1 min read

A serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

It's No Bad Thing If Bill Shorten Still Wants To Be PM

3 min read

Bill Shorten still wants to be Prime Minister. 

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

I Have To Say This To Albo, Before It's Too Late

4 min read

The next federal election is now due in the third quarter of 2022. So if I was of a mind to say something generous about Anthony Albanese, now would be the time to say it.

Quentin Beresford

Quentin Beresford

If The Adani Mine Gets Built It Will Be Thanks To Politicians

4 min read

With the final approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine now apparently imminent, it is important to ask how it has seemingly defied the assessment of experts that it is not financially viable.

Politics

Politics

'They Got What They Wanted': Shorten Lays Blame Over Election Defeat

2 min read

'Fear' and 'lies' were the cause of Labor's shock election loss, former leader Bill Shorten claimed.

News

News

Gillard: 'I Wish I Understood More' About Mental Health As PM

3 min read

Since stepping away from politics, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dedicated her time to helping the nation's mental health battle.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Weatherman Slams 'Bachelorette' Fans During Tornado Warning

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

Australia's New Minister For Youth Is 61 Years Old

2 min read

Senator Richard Colbeck has joined the Morrison cabinet as Minister for Youth -- a portfolio that hasn't existed in government since 2013.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mum's Pocket Money Hack Slammed By Parents Online

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

Scott Morrison Unveils His New-Look Cabinet

3 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new cabinet one week after the 'miracle' federal election which saw the Coalition returned to power.

Below The Line

Below The Line

We Wrap A Ridiculous, Random Election Campaign

1 min read

The election is over. Fantastic. Great Move. Well done.

Crime

Crime

Tree Honouring Julia Gillard Vandalised, Cut Down In Memorial Garden

1 min read

A NSW council will replace a tree planted in honour of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after it was damaged by vandals this week.

Politics

Politics

A Porn Artist Called 'Albo' Is Being Tagged In Tweets Meant For Albanese

1 min read

It wouldn't be an Australian news cycle without some poor foreigner being tagged in some inexplicable tweets.

Politics

Politics

Albo All But Secures Labor Leadership After Rival Pulls Out

2 min read

The next leader of the Labor Party is nearly a lock, after Jim Chalmers pulled out of the race on Thursday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Family Cops $650 Fine For Keeping Basketball Hoop On Kerb

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.