Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code | Australia news

Essential poll: majority of NSW voters support removing abortion from criminal code | Australia news

A majority of voters in New South Wales either strongly support or somewhat support removing abortion from the criminal code, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. With debate on the proposal set to resume in the upper house, the latest survey shows 71% of voters in the sample support the change (44% strongly and […]

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'Trust deficit': Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

‘Trust deficit’: Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking to Institute of Public Administration ahead of the Thodey public service review being handed to […]

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Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate blasted as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands | Australia news

Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate blasted as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands | Australia news

Labor has accused Scott Morrison of trashing Australia’s standing in the Pacific and alienating its friends at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, while a former president of Kiribati has urged Australia’s membership to be reviewed. Anote Tong said the forum should consider possible sanctions or suspension of Australia for its continued “protestations” on coal […]

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Fiji PM accuses Scott Morrison of ‘insulting’ and alienating Pacific leaders | World news

Fiji PM accuses Scott Morrison of ‘insulting’ and alienating Pacific leaders | World news

Scott Morrison has been accused of causing an extraordinary rift between Australia and Pacific countries by the prime minister of Fiji, who said the Australian prime minister’s insulting behaviour while at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu would push nations closer to China. In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia after the conclusion of the […]

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Scott Morrison blasted by Pacific heat while trying to project calm on climate | Katharine Murphy | Environment

Scott Morrison blasted by Pacific heat while trying to project calm on climate | Katharine Murphy | Environment

We’ll get to climate, and the rumble in the Pacific, but I want to begin closer to home. It’s been a busy news week, so you might have missed an excellent story from my colleague Adam Morton on Tuesday revealing that a coalmine in Queensland has nearly doubled its greenhouse gas emissions in two years […]

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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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Scott Morrison finalises inner circle of advisers and will now get to work on policy | Australia news

Scott Morrison finalises inner circle of advisers and will now get to work on policy | Australia news

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has finalised his inner circle of advisers and is planning a series of brainstorming sessions for policy development that will ramp up by the year’s end. Following the appointment of the national security expert Andrew Shearer as cabinet secretary this week, all of the key positions for Morrison’s new team […]

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Scott Morrison’s 'work harder to earn more' nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is | Emma Dawson | Opinion

Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is | Emma Dawson | Opinion

The flattening of our progressive taxation system, designed and legislated by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, will give someone earning $200,000 a year a tax cut of around $10,000 a year by 2024. Of the $158bn total cost of the tax cuts, around $95bn will go to the highest income earners. If you think that […]

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Coalition's emissions reduction fund labelled 'a joke' after first post-election auction | Environment

Coalition’s emissions reduction fund labelled ‘a joke’ after first post-election auction | Environment

The Morrison government’s main climate change policy, the emissions reduction fund, has been labelled “a joke” after its latest auction bought cuts equivalent to only 0.01% of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas pollution. While the prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced prior to the election that the policy would get an additional $2bn funding, the first post-election […]

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Coalition defends MPs going to rightwing conference CPAC, citing free speech | Australia news

Coalition defends MPs going to rightwing conference CPAC, citing free speech | Australia news

The Coalition has moved to quell controversy around speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference and attendance of its own MPs by arguing the way to defeat “unacceptable views is through debate”. Despite delivering a strong rebuke of provocateur Raheem Kassam in the Senate on Wednesday, the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, on Thursday defended the […]

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