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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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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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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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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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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Tim Wilson joins Hong Kong marchers but draws fire for historic tweet | Australia news

Tim Wilson joins Hong Kong marchers but draws fire for historic tweet | Australia news

An Australian government MP who once mocked Australian protesters as “time wasters” has joined Hong Kong protesters in a show of support for the latest round of anti-government demonstrations. Federal Liberal MP Tim Wilson marched with activists on Sunday as the city railed against a new ban on face masks and the declaration of authoritarian […]

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Political donations hidden from NSW planning authorities by big corporations | Australia news

Political donations hidden from NSW planning authorities by big corporations | Australia news

Some of Australia’s biggest corporations have hidden political donations from planning authorities, which is a criminal offence in New South Wales, a Guardian investigation has found. Woolworths, Caltex, Origin Energy, AMP and Incitec Pivot are among 13 companies that declared sizeable political donations to the Liberal and Labor parties to the Electoral Commission, but failed […]

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Calling debt recovery scheme 'robodebt' causes anxiety, Coalition MP claims | Australia news

Calling debt recovery scheme ‘robodebt’ causes anxiety, Coalition MP claims | Australia news

The Coalition’s controversial debt recovery scheme should not be called robodebt, Liberal MPs say, in part because the phrase is causing anxiety in the community. A day after the Liberal senator Matt O’Sullivan told the first hearing of a Senate inquiry into the scheme “robodebt” was a “misnomer”, his colleague, Hollie Hughes, admonished representatives from […]

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