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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It’s not 2007 any more. We need new tools to fight election lies | Lenore Taylor | Australia news

Political parties have been blatantly misrepresenting the views of their opponents for a very long time. But as Katharine Murphy and Christopher Knaus show in today’s investigation of the “fake news” spread about Labor’s “death tax” during the 2019 election campaign, the way lies are disseminated is changing in deeply worrying ways. The change becomes […]

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‘It felt like a big tide’: how the death tax lie infected Australia’s election campaign | Australia news

The Labor MP Meryl Swanson remembers Easter Saturday for two reasons: Chris Bowen came to town to launch her campaign for re-election in the seat of Paterson, and it was the first day she realised people thought Labor would implement a death tax if Bill Shorten won the election. News about the death tax misinformation […]

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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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Labor and the Greens have to join forces – for the climate’s sake | Greg Jericho | Business

I have a question each for Greens and ALP members. First, the Greens: back in 1992, when the Australian Greens was formed, is this what you wanted to achieve: emissions excluding land use are roughly 6% above 2005 levels and rising, our Paris target is a joke even before you consider it is based on […]

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Labor mulls legal challenge over misleading how-to-vote instructions on WeChat | Australia news

Labor is considering a legal challenge against Liberal Gladys Liu’s apparent victory in Chisholm over misleading how-to-vote instructions distributed on Chinese social media platform WeChat. The action in the court of disputed returns would mirror a case to be brought by independent candidate Oliver Yates, protesting against Chinese language signs designed to resemble Australian Electoral […]

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Warren Entsch declares war on plastic in new Great Barrier Reef envoy role | Environment

The Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched a crusade against single-use plastics as part of his new role as special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef. Entsch told Guardian Australia he was inspired by the 10-year-old campaigner Molly Steer – who convinced Cairns to phase out single-use plastics – comparing her example favourably with activists […]

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Aboriginal groups welcome Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians | Australia news

Praise, hope and high expectation have followed the appointment of Noongar man Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians in the new Morrison government. Wyatt is the first Aboriginal person to hold the federal ministry, and the first Aboriginal person to sit in cabinet. In a statement Wyatt said he was “incredibly honoured to be […]

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Dave Sharma: is Wentworth’s ‘modern Liberal’ a hawk on Iran? | Australia news

Dave Sharma, the newly elected member for Wentworth in Sydney’s east, will be one of the faces to watch when he takes his seat among the backbench of the re-elected Morrison government. Already a hero for reclaiming the crown jewel of Wentworth for the Liberals after a brief tenure for independent Kerryn Phelps, Sharma has […]

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