Coalition to use Labor’s planned expulsion of John Setka to crack down on unions | Australia news

The Coalition is preparing to use the push to remove Victorian unionist John Setka from the Labor party to pressure the Senate to pass laws further punishing unions for breaching laws that restrict industrial action. The move comes as a new paper from the Centre for Future Work argues unions should not abandon political campaigns […]

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PM ‘concerned’ that Mike Pezzullo allegedly tried to silence senator after AFP media raids | Australia news

Scott Morrison has labelled it “concerning” that home affairs department secretary Mike Pezzullo allegedly attempted to silence a senator’s criticism of the government’s handling of press freedom. Pezzullo has strongly rejected the suggestion he sought to intimidate Centre Alliance’s Rex Patrick, but acknowledged that he asked him to reflect on his “unfounded” comments in the […]

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Labor defends record on press freedom amid criticism it was ‘soft’ on law changes | Media

Labor will examine any legislative proposals to protect press freedom in Australia, it’s deputy leader says, with the storm surrounding last week’s police raids on journalists showing no signs of abating. Labor has defended its role in helping to pass national security legislation which curtailed media freedoms and protections for whistleblowers in the past two […]

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Australian federal police drop investigation into media leak over medevac bill | Media

The Australian federal police have dropped their investigation into how a confidential security briefing was leaked to the media during a political storm over Nauru and Manus Island medical evacuations. The leaked advice, reported in the Australian, came during a heated political debate in February over the medical transfer bill, which ultimately passed parliament against […]

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Australian federal police to be grilled over media raids when parliament returns | Media

The Australian federal police will be called before a parliamentary committee to explain its decision to launch raids on journalists, as a Labor senator calls for a massive expansion of parliamentary oversight of police and security agencies. The Liberal MP Craig Kelly, who chairs parliament’s joint committee on law enforcement, said asking the AFP to […]

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Why the raid on the ABC shows we need a media freedom act | Peter Greste | Media

Recent raids by the Australian federal police on the News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC are a serious threat to the most fundamental role that the media plays in a democracy. By definition, democracy is government by the people. Politicians act on behalf of those who employ them; that is, us Australian voters […]

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Peter Dutton denies prior knowledge of AFP raids on ABC and News Corp | Australia news

The home affairs minister Peter Dutton says he had no prior knowledge of raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corp journalist, and has praised the “important” work of the Australian federal police. Following two consecutive days of raids on journalists who had reported on defence matters, Dutton sought to distance himself […]

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Where does the Coalition’s re-election leave refugees on Manus and Nauru? | Australia news

Asylum seekers and refugees say the mental health of those on Manus Island, in Port Moresby and Nauru has deteriorated dramatically, with many citing the re-election of Australia’s Coalition government as a tipping point. With no change in government policy expected, what is the situation in Australia’s offshore detention system, and what are the prospects […]

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Federal election 2019: Shorten condemns egging of Scott Morrison – politics live | Australia news

Tomorrow a landmark trial will be held in the High Court of Australia to determine an important threshold question as to whether Aboriginal Australians can be considered an ‘alien’ under the Constitution and, as a result, be deported following a serious criminal conviction. The special case is being brought on behalf of Aboriginal Australian men, […]

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Daily Telegraph ‘disappointed’ with judge’s rejection of Eryn Jean Norvill’s testimony | Film

The Daily Telegraph has expressed disappointment with Judge Michael Wigney’s characterisation of actor Eryn Jean Norvill as an unreliable witness “prone to exaggeration and embellishment”. “We are disappointed with Justice Wigney’s findings, in particular his dismissal of Eryn Jean Norvill’s evidence,” Daily Telegraph editor Ben English said after the court awarded Geoffrey Rush at least […]

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