Abbott’s $5.1bn Indigenous funding program must be overhauled, critics say | Australia news

Labor, the Greens and peak Indigenous groups say the government must overhaul its Indigenous advancement strategy after a report found that the $5.1bn program was not being properly evaluated and did not align with the government’s policy objectives. The strategy was a huge shakeup in Aboriginal affairs funding introduced by the Abbott government in 2014, […]

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Taxpayers paid for Fraser Anning’s $3,000 flights on day after Christchurch shooting | Australia news

Taxpayers paid almost $3,000 for former far right senator Fraser Anning to travel to Melbourne the day after the Christchurch shooting, where he defended his incendiary comments about the massacre and was then famously struck with an egg. The latest data on politicians’ expense claims, released on Tuesday, shows Anning billed taxpayers for a $1,296.73 […]

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Trans Victorians can alter birth certificates without surgery under Labor plan | Society

Trans, gender diverse and intersex Victorians will no longer need to have gender reassignment surgery in order to change the sex on their birth certificate, under proposed new laws. The state Labor government will on Tuesday introduce a bill to parliament which, if passed, will allow applicants to self-nominate the sex listed on their birth […]

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Australia’s onshore immigration detention ‘unlike any other liberal democracy’ | Australia news

The Australian onshore immigration detention system is becoming “more and more like prison” and unlike similar operations any other liberal democracy, the Human Rights Commission has said. It is also now holding people for an average of about 500 days – far longer than any comparable jurisdiction, and is increasingly using restraints. The commission urged […]

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Leeanne Enoch ‘devastated’ at Adani mine impact on Indigenous people – video | Business

Queensland’s environment minister was filmed in Cairns days after her department approved the Indian mining giant’s groundwater plans saying she had to ‘obey the law’ when a Stop Adani protester asked about the approval. The Australian Marine Conservation Society said the decision would put coral and ocean wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef at risk […]

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Coalition courts Senate crossbench in bid to pass income tax cuts | Australia news

The Morrison government is continuing efforts to court the Senate crossbench over its income tax package, with talks with the Centre Alliance in Perth on Monday about measures to relieve high energy prices. While the Coalition has played down the idea of wheeling and dealing with the crossbench to get the tax package passed, the […]

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Coalition’s tax plan would benefit men almost twice as much as women, analysis finds | Australia news

The Coalition’s plan to flatten tax brackets for middle to high income earners will provide twice as much benefit to men than women, a new analysis has found. The analysis by the Australia Institute, released on Monday, found that in 2024-25, the first year of the controversial third stage of the government’s tax plan, men […]

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Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill | Australia news

Kristina Keneally has reaffirmed Labor’s support for the medevac legislation after Peter Dutton claimed the opposition is looking to repeal or amend the law which facilitates medical transfers from offshore detention. On Sunday the home affairs minister said that more than 30 people have come to Australia under the medevac bill and gave new details […]

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Peter Dutton confirms plan to create new spying powers still being considered | Australia news

Peter Dutton has confirmed that a plan to create new powers to spy on Australians – which sparked police raids at the centre of the press freedom row – is still on the table. On Sunday the home affairs minister claimed it was “complete nonsense” that the government supported spying on Australians but, in the […]

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Lobbyist firm Barton Deakin says it ‘strongly supports’ introduction of watchdog | Australia news

One of Australia’s biggest lobbyist firms has said it “strongly supports” the introduction of an independent commissioner to investigate and oversee the sector. The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption is currently probing the weaknesses in the regime governing NSW lobbyists, and its chief commissioner, Peter Hall, has warned reforms are now “overdue”. Barton […]

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