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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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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CPAC: Nigel Farage claims Malcolm Turnbull 'a snake' and lauds rejection of 'trendy' leaders | Politics

CPAC: Nigel Farage claims Malcolm Turnbull ‘a snake’ and lauds rejection of ‘trendy’ leaders | Politics

Nigel Farage has labelled Malcolm Turnbull a snake and celebrated Australia and Britain’s shift from “trendy, metro” leaders to “real” conservative leaders. Introduced as “quite possibly” the next British prime minister, the Eurosceptic and rightwing figure on Saturday addressed a crowd of about 500 at the Conservative Political Action Conference Australia in Sydney. Farage told […]

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CPAC: Kristina Keneally triggers the right as Abbott tries to keep low profile | Australia news

CPAC: Kristina Keneally triggers the right as Abbott tries to keep low profile | Australia news

Contempt, the conservative columnist Janet Albrechtsen told a crowd at a Rydges Hotel in Sydney on Friday, is a dangerous thing. “Contempt is cold,” she said. “It reeks of scorn. It says that you don’t care about another person, that they’re worthless. When someone treats another person with contempt, they’re putting that other person down […]

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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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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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Independent Oliver Yates to challenge Liberals' Chinese election signs | Australia news

Independent Oliver Yates to challenge Liberals’ Chinese election signs | Australia news

Independent candidate Oliver Yates has confirmed he will challenge Liberal party Chinese language signs, designed to resemble Australian Electoral Commission material, in the court of disputed returns. Yates – who unsuccessfully contested the seat of Kooyong against treasurer Josh Frydenberg – told Guardian Australia he will lodge a challenge before the 40-day deadline after the […]

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Labor grills Angus Taylor over company interests – politics live | Australia news

Labor grills Angus Taylor over company interests – politics live | Australia news

… The Senate has now backed the calls of the Australian Labor Party and the disability community for the Government to act to preserve the integrity of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. This commission is a chance to let sunlight in, expose historical wrongs and learn from […]

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