Whitlam dismissal 'palace letters' case wins right to be heard by high court | Australia news

Whitlam dismissal ‘palace letters’ case wins right to be heard by high court | Australia news

A battle to release sensitive royal correspondence about the dismissal of the Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam will make its way to Australia’s highest court. The high court on Friday agreed to hear a case launched by the academic and historian Jenny Hocking, aimed at forcing Australia’s national archives to release the letters, extending a […]

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Archbishop says prison preferable to complying with child abuse confession law | World news

Archbishop says prison preferable to complying with child abuse confession law | World news

Melbourne’s Catholic archbishop insists three years jail is preferable to breaking the seal of confession and reporting child sexual abuse to authorities. Priests will risk prison if they don’t report child abuse revealed to them during the sacrament of confession, under new laws introduced in Victoria on Wednesday. The bill, introduced into state parliament would […]

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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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Conservatives hate red tape – unless it’s to regulate the behaviour of their enemies | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Conservatives hate red tape – unless it’s to regulate the behaviour of their enemies | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Australia needs more regulation of the banks, more regulation of the aged care sector, more regulation of property developers, more regulation of the mining industry and more regulation of the way we use the water in our rivers. But conservatives are still calling for a reduction of so-called red tape. WTF? Hundreds of high-rise buildings […]

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Social media is a dangerous space for public servants – they are being locked out of modern life | Greg Jericho | Opinion

Social media is a dangerous space for public servants – they are being locked out of modern life | Greg Jericho | Opinion

As a former public servant I can tell you that notoriety is definitely a career-limiting trait to acquire. Perhaps this is even worse for the public servant whose notoriety lives on after he or she has left the service. In 2010 I was outed by the Australian as the pseudonymous blogger of Grogs Gamut – […]

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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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Live exporter charged with animal cruelty over deadly Awassi shipment | Australia news

Live exporter charged with animal cruelty over deadly Awassi shipment | Australia news

Live export company Emanuel Exports has been charged with breaching animal welfare laws in a deadly shipment that was filmed by whistleblowers and led to a federal crackdown on the export of live sheep to the Middle East. More than 2,400 sheep died of heat stress on the Awassi Express voyage in August 2017, as […]

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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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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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Scott Morrison calls for ‘more love’ as he prays for Australia at Hillsong conference | Australia news

Scott Morrison calls for ‘more love’ as he prays for Australia at Hillsong conference | Australia news

Scott Morrison has told the opening session of the Hillsong annual conference that Australia needs more prayer, and more love. Praying for Australia at the evangelical Christian event with his wife, Jenny, Morrison addressed the government’s growing internal debate about religious freedom by arguing that culture was more important than laws. The prime minister told […]

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