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National

National

Conspiracy Theorist David Icke Has Visa Cancelled Hours Before Australian Tour

2 min read

Noted conspiracy theorist David Icke has reportedly had his Australian visa cancelled just hours before he was due to board a flight to Melbourne for a speaking tour.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

A Father Has Been Arrested For Slapping His Stepdaughter's Bully

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

'Living Hell': Refugees Scared Of Being Sent To Christmas Island

5 min read

Christmas Island's detention centre is a "living hell" and people in Australia's immigration detention system are petrified of being sent there, as the government moves to reopen the previously-shuttered facility.

Politics

Politics

Senate Spotlight On Paladin $423m Manus Island Contract

2 min read

Home Affairs officials have defended awarding a contentious $423 million Manus Island security contract to a little-known company called Paladin.

Tech

Tech

'Sophisticated State Actor' Hacks Liberal And Labor Parties

1 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed the computer networks of the federal parliament and major parties have come under "malicious" attack from a "state actor".

News

News

Senator McKenzie Under Fire For Appearing To Mock Overweight People

1 min read

Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie has come under fire for posting a photograph of herself appearing to mock obese people at the National Obesity Summit.

Politics

Politics

Government Defends Controversial $423m Manus Island Contract For Paladin

1 min read

Christian Porter says there was a full and independent process in place for a contentious $423 million contract awarded to a security contractor on Manus Island.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Why A Door Is The Best Bloody Thing To Happen To Aussie Politics

4 min read

It has been an exciting week in Australian politics, and believe me that’s not a sentence that has come up very often over the last couple of centuries.

Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen

Why Probably Nothing Will Happen Over The Blood Smearing

3 min read

Most Australians must look on in horror and wonder how one senator can smear blood on the door of another senator’s office without repercussions.

Politics

Politics

Blood, Brawls, Boats: Our Parliament Is Slowly Imploding

4 min read

The week started with a historic loss. It ended with a disgusting admission from a bumbling senator.

Politics

Politics

James Ashby Banned From Parliament, Burston Admits Smearing Blood On Door

1 min read

Brian Burston has admitted smearing blood on Pauline Hanson's door and the One Nation leader's advisor has been banned from Parliament House, ending a dramatic day in Canberra after a fight between the pair on Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

The Anatomy Of A Historic Government Loss In Parliament

5 min read

If you think about it, this is all Peter Dutton's fault.

Jonathan Lea

Jonathan Lea

The Political Sands Have Shifted For Both Major Parties

2 min read

There is a thought, at least amongst hopeful members of the Coalition, that Labor’s victory on asylum seekers is fool's gold.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Nose Piercing Leaves Girl In Wheelchair

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

The Two Tragedies Behind The Historic Asylum Seeker Vote

3 min read

Two tragedies four years apart form the background to today’s historic Parliamentary vote making it easier to medically evacuate refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

Politics

Politics

Medical Transfer Bill To Become Law After Passing The Senate 36-34

2 min read

Legislation to expedite medical evacuations of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia has passed the Senate, after yesterday passing the House of Representatives.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Police Hunt Mother Trying To Find Son A Date

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Tech

Tech

Tech Giants Atlassian, Canva Fight 'Disappointing' Encryption Bill

3 min read

Australia's startup industry is fighting what it says are troubling aspects of the federal government's encryption bill.

Politics

Politics

Government Suffers Historic Defeat On Refugee Bill

3 min read

The Coalition government has suffered a historic loss on its own legislation, throwing Scott Morrison's administration into chaos on the first day of the new sitting year.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Why 'Q&A' Is A Complete Waste Of Time

4 min read

With Tony Jones announcing his imminent departure from Q&A, it seems timely to take a good look at the little political panel show that his calm stewardship turned into a ratings semi-behemoth for the ABC.

Politics

Politics

Michaelia Cash's Top Aide 'Source Of AWU Raid Leak'

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Senator Michaelia Cash's chief of staff Ben Davies was the source of a controversial leak to media about imminent police raids at Australian Workers' Union offices.

Politics

Politics

The Forgotten Victims In The Offshore Processing Debate: 'I Wish I Died In The Boat'

4 min read

As politicians continue to debate over the future of medical transfers, a few dozen refugees are sitting in a PNG hospital, awaiting medical treatment.

Politics

Politics

Michaelia Cash's Former Adviser Refuses Question In AWU Raid Trial

3 min read

Senator Michaelia Cash's former media adviser David De Garis has refused to answer a question during a trial over police raids on the Australian Workers' Union.

AusVotes 2019

AusVotes 2019

Australia's Set For A Stormy Year In Politics

3 min read

While the federal election could be as far away as May, campaign storm clouds are gathering fast.

Features

Features

Statement Regarding Medical Evacuation Of Asylum Seekers

1 min read

A spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs provided the following statement.

News

News

“Massive Conflict Of Interest”: Government Franking Inquiry Under Fire

2 min read

PM rebuffs call for Tim Wilson to stand down as economics committee chair.

National

National

Calls To Suspend 'Crude' Centrelink Robo-Debt In Landmark Court Challenge

3 min read

A Centrelink client is taking the government to court over the controversial 'robo-debt' system, with the government facing calls to suspend the framework during the process.

News

News

Jeff Morris Blew The Lid On The Banking Industry -- Now He Gets A Thank You

3 min read

Jeff Morris is the whistleblower largely responsible for Australia's Royal Banking Commission. Despite his career being blacklisted, family heartache and suffering PTSD, he said speaking out against corruption was worth it.

Kelly O'Shanassy

Kelly O'Shanassy

When It Comes To The Environment, ScoMo Could Learn A Lesson From China

6 min read

The United States is known for audacious ideas. Some make little sense but are pursued relentlessly, like a border wall that will cost billions.

National

National

How The Banking Royal Commission Will Change Our Financial System

5 min read

So you're worried about the impact of the banking royal commission findings? We got experts to weigh in on what you should do.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Two Senators Will Go This Federal Election. Only One Will Be Missed.

4 min read

The 2019 federal election will end of the careers of two National Party Senators. Both are men in their 60s. That is where the similarity ends.

Politics

Politics

Labor To Reward Those Who Dob In 'Crooks'

2 min read

Whistleblowers who dob in dodgy bosses could reap a hefty reward if their tip-off leads to successful court action under a plan from Labor.

National

National

The Usual Suspects And The Just Plain Strange: Political Bankrollers Revealed

4 min read

On Friday Aussie voters found out who was bankrolling our political parties more than 18 months ago. It's raised all sorts of questions. What took so long to tell us? And did they really drop that much cash?

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford

Sorry, ScoMo, But A Million Jobs Ain't What They Used To Be

5 min read

A million seems like a big number.

AusVotes 2019

AusVotes 2019

Tony Abbott Could Win Because Too Many People Don't Want Him To

4 min read

A growing field of opponents are lining up to take on Tony Abbott -- but the Member for Warringah could be saved by the sheer number of people who want to battle him for his spot in parliament.

National

National

Murray-Darling Authority 'Acted Unlawfully' Inquiry Finds

2 min read

Australia's Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully and water allocations must undergo a complete overhaul across the system, a royal commission has found.

Victoria

Victoria

Public Housing Wait List Is 82,500 And Growing By 500 Each Month

4 min read

When he was homeless, Shane felt so isolated from society he was more comfortable talking to dogs than their human owners.

World

World

'If I ...Disappear Again, Remember My Articles': Detained Aussie's Secret Letter

1 min read

An Australian-Chinese writer detained on espionage charges left a letter calling for a more democratic China with instructions to release it if he was ever arrested.

Politics

Politics

Olympian Zali Steggall Challenges Tony Abbott In Warringah

2 min read

Former world champion skiier Zali Steggall has announced she will contest Tony Abbott's seat of Warringah as an independent in the federal election.

National

National

'Invasion Day' Rallies Draw Tens Of Thousands Across The Country

2 min read

Despite the sweltering heat in most capitals, huge crowds turned out to protest Australia Day being celebrated on January 26 in rallies held across the country.

Politics

Politics

Michael Keenan To Quit Politics, Will Not Contest At Election

1 min read

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan has announced he will not be recontesting his seat at the next election.

Abby Alexander

Abby Alexander

The Banner At The Big Bash Was Right, It's More Than OK To Be White

4 min read

Thursday, at a Big Bash game in Perth, punters were exposed to a rather racist banner, claiming ‘It’s OK to be white.’

Politics

Politics

Changing Australia Day Date 'Just The First Step' For Indigenous People

5 min read

The debate around changing Australia Day intensifies every year. It's a January fixture as regular as BBQs, beer and beaches.

Amy Thunig

Amy Thunig

Australia, Who The Bloody Hell Are You?

7 min read

As January 26 approaches for 2019, there has been an increase, more perhaps than in previous memory, of public discussion and impassioned debate about the event we have come to know as ‘Australia Day’.

Politics

Politics

Liberal Candidate Unleashes On Scott Morrison After Being Dumped

2 min read

An extraordinary spray has been launched at Scott Morrison, with a dumped Liberal candidate claiming the PM “betrayed” local voters and the Liberal party doesn't "support democracy or act with integrity."

National

National

Captain Cook's Replica Ship Is Going On A Trip He Never Went On, Morrison Announces

3 min read

Scott Morrison has announced a replica of Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour will circumnavigate Australia -- despite the original never having done so.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

Why Australia Needs Part-Time MPs

4 min read

There are times when it becomes necessary to lead by example and do something boldly different.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Is It Too Late For ScoMo's Government To Save Itself?

4 min read

To desert a sinking ship, or go down with it -- that's the choice many Coalition MPs seem to be tossing up, with just a few short months until the government is expected to cop a resounding spanking at the federal election.

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle

Australia Is In For Some Big Changes This Year

5 min read

Seismic shifts in Australia’s demographics this year will mean that Generations Y and beyond (Australians born since 1980) will become the largest proportion of the population.

Politics

Politics

Clive Palmer Is Trying A Comeback And He Memes Business

5 min read

Clive Palmer -- controversial mining magnate, trouble magnet, self-professed 'meme merchant' and failed politician several times over -- is deep into his latest campaign for high public office.

Politics

Politics

Clive Palmer Has Sent Another Mass Spam Text Promising To Ban Mass Spam Texts

2 min read

Checked your phone lately? You'll probably have a text from Clive Palmer, linking to a dead website.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

Becoming An Aussie Was My Proudest Moment But I’m Glad It Didn’t Happen On Australia Day

5 min read

In a blustering bid to reignite his conservative base, the Prime Minister began his week by announcing he’d force councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

How Lazy Does A Dole Bludger Have To Be For Us To Starve Them?

4 min read

Language is a funny thing, isn’t it?

Politics

Politics

How Political Rallies Have Changed The World

5 min read

Political rallies are carefully staged-managed, expertly choreographed theatre.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

Australia Just Marked Its Third Hottest Year Ever, And ScoMo Is Making It Worse

5 min read

It’s getting hot in here.

Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen

The Super Sector Isn't Broken, But It Does Need To Change

2 min read

The Productivity Commission has released its final report into the super sector, calling for significant changes to the way the industry operates.

Irfan Yusuf

Irfan Yusuf

How Can We Explain The Culture And Faith This Saudi Teen Is Trying To Escape?

5 min read

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is an 18-year-old from an influential Saudi family. She has decided to renounce her ancestral faith.

Politics

Politics

Rahaf Al-Qunun Given Refugee Status By UNHCR... Ball In Australia's Court

1 min read

The UN's refugee agency has ruled Saudi woman Rahaf Al-Qunun is a refugee.

Politics

Politics

Fraser Anning Used A British Rapper In An 'African Gangs' Meme

2 min read

A picture of British rap group Smoke Boys has been used in a meme posted by senator Fraser Anning critical of African gangs.

Politics

Politics

'I Wasn't There For A Picnic': Fraser Anning Doubles Down On Neo-Nazi Excuses

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Fraser Anning has defended spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to attend a rally organised by far-right extremists, and again denied there were neo-Nazi supporters among the protesters.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Unopened Letter Found On Dance Floor Reveals Pregnancy

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Politics

Politics

Clive Palmer Dragged By Twisted Sister For Using Their Song In His Political Ads

3 min read

The new year is only two days old, but we've already got a contender for one of the weirdest political scuffles of the year.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Here's A List Of Animals That Resemble World Leaders. And Vice Versa.

5 min read

I must confess I feel a bit sorry for Dermophis donaldtrumpi.

Politics

Politics

Andrew Broad To Quit Parliament After 'Sugar Daddy' Allegations

3 min read

Nationals MP Andrew Broad will not contest the next federal election amid claims of inappropriate behaviour towards a young woman.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

When It Comes To Coal, Australia Is Showing The World We're Going 'Back To Black'

6 min read

In the Polish city of Katowice, towers of coal run alongside the UN Climate Conference (COP24) centre.

Politics

Politics

Federal Minister Resigns After 'Sugar Daddy' Allegations

2 min read

Explosive allegations made in a gossip magazine have led to a federal assistant minister stepping down.

Politics

Politics

Fraser Anning Dishes On Katter, Final Solution 'Nonsense', And His New Party

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The door to Fraser Anning’s office in Parliament House has two nods to the party-hopping senator’s short but incendiary political history.

Politics

Politics

Refugee, Adani Protesters Storm Stage During Bill Shorten Speech

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Protesters railing against Labor policy on refugees and the environment have stormed the stage during Bill Shorten's keynote address to the ALP national conference.

Politics

Politics

How Canberra Chaos Inspired The 'Word Of The Year'

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Knifings, sackings, backroom coups and a heap of belly-gazing -- the drama in federal politics has taken out a dubious honour.

Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen

Liberal National Party: Not Such A Happy Family

3 min read

The Barnaby Joyce and Craig Kelly saga was a mere sign of things to come.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Barnaby Joyce's Secret Plan To Turn Craig Kelly Into A National

3 min read

Craig Kelly could have defected from the Liberals to the Nationals, under a secret plan cooked up by Barnaby Joyce to save the controversial MP from losing his seat.

10 Yearly

10 Yearly

Au Pairs, Bonk Bans... The A-Z Of A Brutal Year In Oz Politics

7 min read

Every year we think things can't get any odder in that strange house on the hill in Canberra, but every year our federal representatives seem to outdo themselves.

Sorin Toma

Sorin Toma

Online Users Are The Cash Cows Milked By Google, Amazon And Facebook

3 min read

Some say it was necessary.

National

National

If Encryption Laws Go Through, Australia May Lose Apple

4 min read

Apple may pull out of the local market, the Aussie tech industry could be crippled and hackers could crack previously unbreakable codes under "outrageous" encryption legislation the government wants to ram through parliament.

Politics

Politics

'Largest Ever Petition' Presented To Parliament To Save Tarkine Forest

3 min read

More than 270,000 people worldwide have signed a petition calling on the federal government to preserve the Tarkine rainforest area in Tasmania, the largest petition ever presented to the parliament.

Politics

Politics

Soldiers Anticipate Long-Awaited Report Into Anti-Malarial Drugs

5 min read

Defence force personnel left with debilitating psychological effects from taking anti-malarial drugs are looking forward to the release of a long-anticipated report into the use of two separate medications.

Politics

Politics

Encrypted Messaging Bill To Pass After Labor Strikes Deal With Government

2 min read

New national security laws dealing with encrypted communications are likely to pass parliament by the end of the week.

Politics

Politics

Howard Backs Morrison Rules, Rubbishes Liberal 'Split' Talk

3 min read

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull is still swinging, accusing his former colleagues of "ignorance" as the question of leadership again rears its head among Liberal politicians.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Patricia Karvelas Getting Kicked Out Of Parli Had Nothing To Do With Sexism

4 min read

We could all become outraged and determined to make this another argument about gender imbalance. Or, we could all just put on a goddamn jacket and get on with it.

Politics

Politics

Labor Rages As Government Blocks LGBTQ Students Bill

3 min read

"Call an election" was the demand from Labor's Penny Wong, as the government managed to block debate on a bill to remove discrimination against LGBTQ school students.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Strategies For Dealing With Misbehaving Liberals

5 min read

Liberals. They bring us so much joy, but let’s be honest: there are times when they can be a handful.

Views

Views

The Final Week Of Parliament Is Going Out With A Bang

4 min read

If anyone had told us six months ago that the government would be tearing itself apart over Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly, you'd have been laughed out of the building.

Politics

Politics

Encryption Laws: Labor 'Playing Games' With Terrorists, Cormann Claims

4 min read

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has accused Labor of siding with terrorists over encryption legislation.

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Our Reliance On Coal Is Entrenching Poverty Around The World

4 min read

Make no mistake -- the decisions we make today will profoundly impact the lives of communities here and abroad far into the future.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

Greenlighting Adani While QLD Burns Is Like Pouring Kerosine On A Bonfire

3 min read

On Thursday afternoon, Queensland firefighters were battling an extraordinary 130 blazes across the state.

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly

To ScoMo's Party, Even School Kids Are The Enemy When It Comes To Climate Change

5 min read

Of the squillion words to have been published about the disintegration of the Liberal Party since the catastrophe in Victoria, these are the ones I’ve found most telling.

Politics

Politics

81,000 Sign Petition Calling For Gavin McInnes To Be Banned From Australia

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Labor wants the federal government to ban Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes from coming to Australia, with an 81,000-signature petition being handed to parliament on Thursday.

National

National

Adani To Self-Finance Queensland Mine

2 min read

Mining giant Adani will now self-finance its controversial Carmichael coal mine project, and claimed works will start "imminently".

Politics

Politics

'Urgent' Push To Evacuate Sick Refugees From Manus, Nauru

3 min read

New MP Kerryn Phelps is leading a push from the growing parliamentary crossbench to evacuate refugee children and sick adults from Manus Island and Nauru.

Views

Views

School Children Shouldn't Watch How Our Political Leaders Behave

2 min read

There was a little story a while ago that summed up the state of Australian politics.

Politics

Politics

Labor Bill To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

3 min read

Penny Wong will introduce a bill to stop discrimination against gay school students, as the opposition accuses the government of dragging its feet on a promise made before the Wentworth by-election.

National

National

Solomon, Matilda And Rose Don't Want A 'Destroyed Future'

3 min read

It's a Wednesday, just before lunchtime, and Solomon, Rose and Matilda would normally be in the classroom right now.

Politics

Politics

Senate Suspends Di Natale For Calling Barry O'Sullivan A "Pig"

2 min read

Richard Di Natale has been sensationally suspended from the Senate for refusing to withdraw calling Barry O'Sullivan a "pig", after the LNP senator aimed a jibe at Sarah Hanson-Young.

Political Analysis

Political Analysis

Why Julia Banks Quitting The Libs Is A Very Big Deal

3 min read

For Scott Morrison – losing a backbencher doesn’t sound like a big deal. But it is. A very big deal.

Politics

Politics

Liberal MP Julia Banks Dramatically Defects From The Party

2 min read

Liberal MP Julia Banks will sit for the rest of the parliamentary sitting term as an independent, sensationally quitting the party and further reducing the government's numbers.

Helen Szoke

Helen Szoke

Developing Countries Are Putting Australia To Shame On Refugees

5 min read

Today, the signatures of about 170,000 concerned Australians from across the country will be handed over at Parliament House, calling for the Government to get all refugee children off Nauru.

Views

Views

The Rotten Right Of The Liberals Is Getting Its Comeuppance

4 min read

The Wentworth by-election was a disaster. The landslide Victorian election loss is even worse.

News

News

Homegrown Terrorists Could Face Indefinite Detention

2 min read

Australian-born terrorists who can't be kicked out of the country, could soon face indefinite immigration detention.

Views

Views

The Government's Embarrassing Public Spats Are Doing It In

5 min read

The deep cracks in the Liberal Party have barely been papered over in recent weeks but they're already widening again, with a number of embarrassing public spats between senior members of the team.

Politics

Politics

Watch Lamb Get Speered In Painful Power Policy Interview

3 min read

Something seems to happen to politicians when they sit down for an interview with David Speers. For Liberal hopeful Michael Lamb it was no different.