Visa character test change likely to make 'bad situation worse', New Zealand says | Australia news

Visa character test change likely to make ‘bad situation worse’, New Zealand says | Australia news

New Zealand has accused the Australian government of likely making “a bad situation worse” by proposing a massive extension of visa cancellation powers and blamed Australia for the rate of reoffending by criminals deported to New Zealand. Appearing before the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee on Monday, New Zealand high commissioner Annette King joined […]

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Coalition rules out further cut to migration numbers amid decentralisation push | Australia news

Coalition rules out further cut to migration numbers amid decentralisation push | Australia news

The Coalition says it will not consider a further cut to migration numbers as a new committee prepares to examine how to encourage people to move to the regions. The chair of the committee, Liberal MP Julian Leeser, told Guardian Australia that the quality of life of the nation depended on solving the policy challenge […]

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Gillian Triggs says 'vindictive point-scoring' behind Coalition's medevac repeal | Australia news

Gillian Triggs says ‘vindictive point-scoring’ behind Coalition’s medevac repeal | Australia news

The Coalition government’s campaign against the refugee medical evacuation laws is based on “mistruths” and “vindictive point-scoring”, the former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, says. On Friday Triggs was appointed United Nations assistant high commissioner for protection, working with the UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi. Grandi said Triggs would […]

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High court rules public servants can be sacked for political social media posts | World news

High court rules public servants can be sacked for political social media posts | World news

The high court has unanimously upheld a decision to sack a public servant, Michaela Banerji, for anonymous social media posts that criticised the government’s immigration policy. The court delivered its judgment in the landmark freedom of speech test case on Wednesday, upholding an appeal from the workers’ compensation agency Comcare which argued it was reasonable […]

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Visa character test change 'could mean fivefold rise in deportations' | Australia news

Visa character test change ‘could mean fivefold rise in deportations’ | Australia news

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Act to provide grounds for […]

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Australia has 'tarnished' Manus Island and military base isn't welcome, governor says | Australia news

Australia has ‘tarnished’ Manus Island and military base isn’t welcome, governor says | Australia news

The Australian and Papua New Guinean governments have failed the people of Manus Island, who did Australia a favour in hosting its offshore immigration centre only to be left with “bad memories” and no infrastructure, the province’s governor has said. Charlie Benjamin, who joined the PNG prime minister for an official visit to Australia last […]

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Anthony Albanese on the progressive backlash: 'People are looking for easy answers' | Australia news

Anthony Albanese on the progressive backlash: ‘People are looking for easy answers’ | Australia news

Anthony Albanese does not hold back when sharing his situation report. “We’ve just got the lowest vote for the Australian Labor party in over 100 years,” the Labor leader tells Guardian Australia’s politics podcast. We are talking about a progressive backlash evident on social media – a negative response to Labor’s tendency post-election to vote […]

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Coalition 'can't be trusted on national security', Labor says – politics live | Australia news

Coalition ‘can’t be trusted on national security’, Labor says – politics live | Australia news

I just remind you that we have now had three vessels in only a short period of weeks. There were boats on the water anticipating a Labor government being elected in May. We have a very significant concern about some of the messages in Sri Lanka at the moment and we are working in a […]

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Labor signals fight with Peter Dutton over exclusion orders for foreign fighters – politics live | Australia news

Labor signals fight with Peter Dutton over exclusion orders for foreign fighters – politics live | Australia news

What we’ll be doing is, one, Kristina Keneally has written to Peter Dutton asking for the legislation to be referred back to the joint intelligence committee. The joint intelligence committee has operated very well. These are difficult circumstances. We live in an unsafe world. And the joint intelligence committee has been able to receive briefings […]

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Linda Reynolds confirms plans for PNG 'resettlement packages'   – politics live

Linda Reynolds confirms plans for PNG 'resettlement packages' – politics live

Defence minister says talks included developing base on Manus Island to provide job opportunities for people on Manus. All the day’s events, live 6.37am BST Scott Morrison calls an end to question time. Morrison tries to introduce the member for Ryan (Julian Simmonds) first speech, but Tony Burke reminds the chamber there is paper work […]

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