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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He’s a fauxgan not a bogan, but Scott Morrison’s blue-collar drag is brilliant marketing | Van Badham | Opinion

Scott Morrison removed his shoes to play water boy at a rugby league international played on his trip to Fiji. He was photographed in the stands in a polo shirt, gut out, swilling beer. He was criticised for it on social media. Self-identified wags proclaiming themselves as “the left” in their Twitter bios condemned the […]

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Scott Morrison grilled on Coalition funding for new dam – politics live | Australia news

Scott Morrison grilled on Coalition funding for new dam – politics live | Australia news

Australia’s economic growth is the second highest in the G7, Mr Speaker. 1.4 million jobs have been created under the stewardship of this government. In fact, today there are more people who are employed as a share of Australia’s total population than at any other time in Australia’s history. Now, only the Labor party could […]

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Labor MPs condemn suggestion they adopt Coalition climate change policy | Australia news

Labor MPs condemn suggestion they adopt Coalition climate change policy | Australia news

Joel Fitzgibbon has copped a blast in the left and right caucus meetings for declaring Labor should adopt the Coalition’s Paris emissions reduction target rather than pursue ambitious cuts to carbon pollution. The internal unrest came as the shadow cabinet was expected to sign off on Monday night on a shift in Labor’s attitude to […]

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PM refuses to say if he tried to have Brian Houston invited to White House – politics live | Australia news

PM refuses to say if he tried to have Brian Houston invited to White House – politics live | Australia news

I thank the member for her question. She may be interested to know that, in the year 2017, the amount paid out under the Farm Household … Allowance was $33,735,000. In the numbers we received this morning, the number was $114,00155,000. Since since the drought summit of last year, as I referred to in an […]

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Greens' hot air balloon protest deflated by new flight restriction over parliament | Australia news

Greens’ hot air balloon protest deflated by new flight restriction over parliament | Australia news

The Greens’ hopes of flying a hot air balloon over Parliament House to protest global heating have been deflated by a last-minute restriction on flights due to security concerns. Despite blocking the balloon plan, parliament’s presiding officers have approved an Extinction Rebellion protest at the authorised assembly area in front of parliament from 14 to […]

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Jacqui Lambie rules out horse-trading her vote on bill to repeal medevac | Australia news

Jacqui Lambie rules out horse-trading her vote on bill to repeal medevac | Australia news

Jacqui Lambie has ruled out horse-trading her vote on the Coalition’s bill to repeal provisions facilitating medical evacuation from offshore detention. At a doorstop ahead of the sitting fortnight, the independent senator – who is likely to have the casting vote – suggested she will vote on the merits of the bill after a Senate […]

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Moderate Liberals urged to break ranks and vote for climate emergency motion | Australia news

Moderate Liberals urged to break ranks and vote for climate emergency motion | Australia news

The Greens have intensified efforts ahead of the return of federal parliament next week to lobby moderate Liberals to break ranks and vote for a motion declaring a climate emergency. With parliament set to resume on Monday, the lower house Greens MP Adam Bandt has written to all parliamentarians in the House urging them to […]

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Coalition refuses to say how much Scott Cam is being paid as 'national careers ambassador' | Australia news

Coalition refuses to say how much Scott Cam is being paid as ‘national careers ambassador’ | Australia news

Labor has blasted Michaelia Cash for refusing to say how much taxpayers are paying The Block star Scott Cam to promote vocational education in his new role as “national careers ambassador”. At a press conference on Thursday the skills and employment minister said Cam’s pay for the 15-month role was “commercial in confidence” but suggested […]

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