Media companies use Scott Morrison’s words to argue against criminalising journalism | Media

Australia’s media companies have used Scott Morrison’s words to intensify arguments against politicians being the final arbiter of whether journalists are prosecuted for disclosing sensitive information in the public interest. The major media organisations have written to all federal parliamentarians to back in a new campaign protesting against tranches of national security legislation penalising whistleblowing […]

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Nationals under pressure over drought response – politics live | Australia news

The National party could redeem itself today by standing up to Scott Morrison. You know, National party leaders of the past – back, back with John McEwan, Ian Sinclair, Doug Anthony – would never have allowed themselves to be bullied like the current National party MPs are being bullied by Scott Morrison. They should forget […]

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Liberal MPs complain about GetUp at inquiry into 2019 election | Australia news

Christian Porter has called for GetUp to be classified as a related body of Labor and blasted it for allegedly misleading voters throughout the election campaign. The attorney general has joined Liberal MPs including Kevin Andrews in complaining about GetUp’s conduct to the parliamentary inquiry examining the 2019 election. In two separate submissions the Liberal […]

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Stonewalling on Houston and other things we didn’t learn on Right to Know day | Australia news

Labor’s Senate leader Penny Wong has blasted officials for stepping around questions about whether Scott Morrison’s office attempted to have the Hillsong pastor Brian Houston attend a state dinner at the White House. Officials from the prime minister’s department and the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, stonewalled during a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, declining to […]

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New Australian federal police commissioner faces Senate grilling – politics live | Australia news

1.08am BST01:08 AFP apologises to Hakeem al-Araibi From AAP: Australia’s new top cop has personally apologised to refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi for the months he spent behind bars in Thailand. Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident, was locked up in Bangkok after Bahraini officials pursued him over vandalism charges. Australian Federal Police commissioner Reece Kershaw, who […]

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Scott Morrison travels to Indonesia as Labor embraces free trade agreement | Australia news

Scott Morrison’s whirlwind trip to Indonesia is a “good thing”, his political opponent says, as Labor embraces bipartisan support for Australia’s latest free trade agreement. Morrison travelled to Indonesia for Joko Widodo’s second inauguration as president, with talks between the two leaders planned at the presidential palace. A top line discussion topic will be the […]

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Christian Porter says he can’t guarantee he wouldn’t prosecute journalists | Australia news

The federal attorney general, Christian Porter, maintains he would be “seriously disinclined” to sign off on the criminal prosecution of journalists for public interest journalism, but added he cannot give any guarantees. “I can’t, though, give anything more definitive than that, because my role in this process is to assess a brief that may or […]

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This government has abandoned economic logic – and no one seems willing to call them on it | Greg Jericho | Business

The biggest con in Australian politics is the belief that a budget surplus not only matters, but that it demonstrates good economic management. Our lives would be improved overnight if the political debate in this country could ditch the surplus obsession. The pertinent question at the moment is not whether a budget surplus will be […]

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Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition’s ‘first call’ – but makes no mention of climate | Australia news

Scott Morrison has indicated the federal government might be prepared to commit extra relief funding to drought-stricken communities, reaffirming the drought is the government’s top priority. In a triumphal speech to the Liberal party’s federal council in Canberra on Saturday, Morrison again said the drought was “the most pressing and biggest call on our budget”. […]

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation: members say they were refused entry to secretive national conference | Australia news

A former president of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party says he has been refused entry to its national conference because he wanted to raise concerns about how the party is being managed. Former president Jim Savage – one of about six disgruntled members refused entry to the meeting in Brisbane on Saturday – said there […]

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