Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate blasted as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands | Australia news

Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate blasted as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands | Australia news

Labor has accused Scott Morrison of trashing Australia’s standing in the Pacific and alienating its friends at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, while a former president of Kiribati has urged Australia’s membership to be reviewed. Anote Tong said the forum should consider possible sanctions or suspension of Australia for its continued “protestations” on coal […]

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$600bn of spending needed over next 15 years, Infrastructure Australia says | Australia news

$600bn of spending needed over next 15 years, Infrastructure Australia says | Australia news

Australia’s cities are straining under the weight of the country’s rapid population growth, with a major audit finding that $600bn in new spending is needed to keep pace with demand over the next 15 years. Joining calls from the Reserve Bank governor for the Coalition to prioritise spending on infrastructure, the head of Infrastructure Australia, […]

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Labor senator says 'unnecessary' vegan activist bill 'unlikely to actually be used' | Australia news

Labor senator says ‘unnecessary’ vegan activist bill ‘unlikely to actually be used’ | Australia news

The Labor senator Kim Carr has branded proposed new penalties for encouraging trespass on agricultural land “unnecessary”, joining the Law Council in expressing concern about the Coalition’s “vegan activist” bill. Carr said the bill is “unlikely to actually be used” but has the potential for unintended consequences, including limiting trade union activity or for whistleblowers […]

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Birmingham warns MPs to think twice before speaking out on 'sensitive' China matters | Australia news

Birmingham warns MPs to think twice before speaking out on ‘sensitive’ China matters | Australia news

Andrew Hastie should have considered whether his comments on China were “helpful” or “necessary”, the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has said, as the government deals with the political fallout of the Liberal MP’s inflammatory remarks. Hastie, a conservative MP from Western Australia who chairs parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security, penned a column last […]

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Coalition defends MPs going to rightwing conference CPAC, citing free speech | Australia news

Coalition defends MPs going to rightwing conference CPAC, citing free speech | Australia news

The Coalition has moved to quell controversy around speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference and attendance of its own MPs by arguing the way to defeat “unacceptable views is through debate”. Despite delivering a strong rebuke of provocateur Raheem Kassam in the Senate on Wednesday, the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, on Thursday defended the […]

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Donald Trump Jr says Labor's call to ban Raheem Kassam from Australia is 'insanity' – politics live | Australia news

Donald Trump Jr says Labor’s call to ban Raheem Kassam from Australia is ‘insanity’ – politics live | Australia news

2.53am BST02:53 Meanwhile, Raheem Kassam who doesn’t care at all about the possibility Australia could ban him from entering seems to be spending a lot of time on Twitter talking about things he doesn’t understand. For example – the Senate. Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) Bub, if you believed in democracy you’d campaign against things like that. […]

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Crossbench pushes for a federal Icac – politics live | Australia news

Crossbench pushes for a federal Icac – politics live | Australia news

Kristina Keneally also called for Peter Dutton to step in and ban one of the speaker’s from entering the country, for hate speech. Let’s start with Raheem Kassam, one of the headline speakers at CPAC. Mr Kassam is described as ‘a British political activist’ according to CPAC’s website. However, the organisers of the event chose […]

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Former Labor frontbencher questions why ALP backs legislation the party opposes | Australia news

Former Labor frontbencher questions why ALP backs legislation the party opposes | Australia news

A former Labor frontbencher, Kim Carr, has challenged his party’s repositioning post-election, asking why the ALP would decline to vote against government legislation that contravened the party’s national policy platform. Carr’s pointed intervention came during a caucus meeting where the Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, told colleagues the Coalition would get most of its legislation through […]

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Government refers Crown allegations to integrity commission – politics live | Australia news

Government refers Crown allegations to integrity commission – politics live | Australia news

ACLEI is I might say to Members who have supported this motion and spoken in favour of it is a very appropriate and in fact the most appropriate body to consider these allegations. They have very significant investigatory powers; very significantly stronger than those of a parliamentary committee, obviously including the ability to apply for […]

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Angus Taylor addresses questions over grasslands saga – question time live | Australia news

Angus Taylor addresses questions over grasslands saga – question time live | Australia news

And the beginning of the statement, which I originally missed: First, Mr Speaker, I want to address the matter of my declaration of interests. I am required by the rules of this place to disclose my shareholdings. My Register of Member’s Interests discloses my shareholdings in my family company, Gufee Pty Ltd. I am required […]

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