#Australian Federal Politics

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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.

Politics

Politics

Greens Announce Free Uni, TAFE Plan

1 min read

The Greens want to scrap universities and TAFE fees, in a plan estimated to cost $129.6 billion over a decade.

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.

Politics

Politics

Husar Dumped As ALP Candidate For Lindsay

2 min read

Emma Husar says she's "deeply disappointed" that NSW Labor has officially dumped her, a day after the MP declared in parliament she was neither a thief nor a bully.

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

Federal Liberals Change Leadership Challenge Rules

1 min read

Two-thirds of federal Liberal MPs will be needed to spill the leadership under the party's new rules designed to end the revolving door of prime ministers

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.

Politics

Politics

Morrison Fails To Come Up Trumps For G20

2 min read

A White House schedule for the G20 summit reveals Prime Minister Scott Morrison will miss out on his first formal one-on-one meeting with US President Donald Trump in Argentina.

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.

Alex Greenwich

Alex Greenwich

Why Australia Needs To Become A Republic Quick Smart

5 min read

It's time for Australia to move towards proper independence and come to terms with our history.

Hannah Clarke

Hannah Clarke

I’m A Teacher And This Is Why I’ll Be Walking Off The Job For Refugees

5 min read

In my class I have a new student, a-six-year-old boy who has spent the last five years in Australia’s refugee camp on Nauru.

Politics

Politics

Democrats Want To Change 181-Year-Old 'No Hat' Rule In Congress To Allow Hijabs

2 min read

The party wants House of Representatives members to be allowed to wear religious head coverings.

National

National

Pamela Anderson Blasts Scott Morrison For 'Smutty, Unnecessary' Comments On Assange

1 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been slammed for his comments following calls from Pamela Anderson to help WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

World

World

Australia Invests Millions To Give Electricity To Papua New Guinea

1 min read

Australia will pour money into a huge joint effort to electrify Papua New Guinea, in one of the largest projects in the Pacific nation's history.

Politics

Politics

In Devastating News Scott Morrison Is Too Busy To See Fatman Scoop

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In news that will surely devastate all avid followers of politics and pop culture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be too busy to meet Fatman Scoop.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Australia, I Beg You To Make The PM Shut Up About Onions

5 min read

I don’t know what it is about this country and onions, but it’s deeply disturbing.

Erin Cook

Erin Cook

ScoMo Swaps His Bus For A Plane To Face First Major Test On World Stage

6 min read

Scott Morrison is trading in his big blue bus for a plane this month as the Asia Pacific hits what's known as the summit season.

Tech

Tech

'Total Incompetence': Outrage As My Health Opt-Out Website Crashes, Phones Jammed

3 min read

Countless people have been left frustrated and websites and phone lines went into meltdown on Wednesday, as Australians tried to opt out of the My Health Record system.

Politics

Politics

My Health Opt-Out Deadline Extended To January 31 As Website Crashes Under Demand

3 min read

The Senate has voted to extend the My Health Records opt-out period to January 31, as Australians report systems crashing and phone lines jammed, and experts maintain privacy issues still need to be addressed.

Politics

Politics

A Government MP Is Fighting With A Simpsons Meme Page Again On Facebook

2 min read

We regret to inform you that LNP member Andrew Laming is beefing with a Simpsons meme page on Facebook again.

Politics

Politics

Morrison Refuses To Commit To Nauru Kids Christmas Deadline

3 min read

A reported plan to get all refugee kids off Nauru by Christmas hasn't been backed by Scott Morrison, as he appeared on Studio 10 on Monday.

Politics

Politics

'Bullies': Malcolm Turnbull Lashes Dutton, Cormann, Media On Q&A

4 min read

Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed on his former Liberal colleagues, calling his dumping as PM "crazy" and "pointless".

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Pauline Hanson And Mark Latham Are The Dream Team We Don't Deserve

6 min read

It’s the great political conundrum of our age: how do we shake things up?

Views

Views

Is ScoMo's Ocker Rebrand Fair Dinkum?

4 min read

Baseball caps, daggy slang and policy on the run have been the main hallmarks of the new PM's short time in office.

News

News

Veteran Cop "Sorry" For Vile Phone Threat To Daughter Of Greens Senator

2 min read

A veteran cop says he is "appalled" and "devastated" by the vile and sexually aggressive phone call he made to the office of Greens Senator Hanson-Young, in which he spoke about the politician's 11-year-old daughter.

Politics

Politics

The Aussie Musos ScoMo Should Have Had On His Spotify Playlist

2 min read

Australia's PM made the ultimate slip-up on Monday when his Spotify playlist of a whopping 147 tracks was revealed to contain *one* homegrown song.

Comedy

Comedy

The Prime Minister, Now In Bus Form

2 min read

It’s the party bus! The Liberal National Party bus!

National

National

Vets Fear Embarrassment Over 'Americanised' Treatment on Planes

5 min read

Plans to honour defence veterans on airlines have elicited mixed reactions from ex-service members, with some praising the recognition while others say it could be "embarrassing".

Charles Firth

Charles Firth

The Libs Are Losing Ground For The Same Reason America Is Tearing Itself Apart

5 min read

As the United States heads to its midterm elections on Tuesday (Wednesday Australian time), the “united” part of its name is looking pretty ironic.

Politics

Politics

Phelps Wants Dutton Section 44 Briefing After Finally Winning Wentworth

2 min read

The new federal MP will seek an urgent briefing on Peter Dutton's potential section 44 eligibility issue.

Politics

Politics

Kerryn Phelps To Be Declared Wentworth By-Election Winner

1 min read

More than a fortnight after the Wentworth by-election, Dr Kerryn Phelps is expected be announced as the winner on Monday.

Politics

Politics

Female MPs Targeted With 'It's Ok To Be White' Posters

1 min read

Egyptian-born MP Anne Aly has had her electorate office plastered with "white supremacist and neo-Nazi slogans", with multiple posters bearing the phrase "It's OK to be white".

Views

Views

Refugee Kids Are Finally Getting Off Nauru, After Years In Limbo

4 min read

After five years, mounting public outrage, countless pleas for action from doctors, lawyers and politicians -- the kids are finally getting off Nauru.

Politics

Politics

Turnbull Lashes Out At Morrison With A Few 'Facts' About Bali Mission

2 min read

Malcolm Turnbull has publicly slapped down his successor Scott Morrison, rebuking the current PM's claims that he wasn't meant to talk about sensitive policy matters when he was in Bali.

Politics

Politics

Grab Your Popcorn, Malcolm Turnbull Is Going Solo On Q&A

2 min read

The former Prime Minister will make his first proper public comments after being dumped as Liberal Party leader, in a Q&A special next week.

National

National

Milo Yiannopoulos' Australian Tour Has Been Cancelled And Fans Want Refunds

4 min read

Fans are angry after the Australian tour for controversial alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled, and their tickets transferred to the tour of an unrelated American "western chauvinist".

Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen Faruqi

I'm Not Asking Too Much To Have My Name Pronounced Correctly

4 min read

An incident in the Australian parliament has struck a chord with thousands of Australians with non-Anglo names: The Chair of a Senate Committee repeatedly mispronounced my last name.

News

News

'Nauru Is A Very Pleasant Island' And Other WTF Things Tony Abbott Has Said

4 min read

Australia's former Prime Minister seems to think adults and children asylum seekers on Nauru *really* are living in paradise.

Politics

Politics

White Supremacists 'Not Welcome' In Nationals, Deputy PM Says

2 min read

Dozens of Nationals members are under investigation for links to white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, with party leader and deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack saying such views are not welcome.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Kevin Rudd: “I Don’t Think Either China Or The US Wants War"

2 min read

Kevin Rudd was continuing his national book tour when a nasty headline made the leadership struggles of nearly a decade ago seem like very old news.

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Dear Mr Morrison, Can We Remind You About The Problems With Coal?

5 min read

Over the past month, the Australian Government has been given a thunderous message about the need to do more to tackle climate change and leave our coal in the ground:

Politics

Politics

PM Compares Labor's Negative Gearing Changes To Failed Mining Tax

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Labor's plan to limit tax breaks for negative gearing will take a "sledge hammer to people's home values" and will have a short shelf-life like their mining tax.

Politics

Politics

Fraser Anning Kicked Out Of Bob Katter's Party Over Racist Rhetoric

2 min read

Senator Fraser Anning has been booted out of Bob Katter's political party over his appeals to racism.

Politics

Politics

Malcolm Turnbull's Bali Trip Is Becoming A Political Nightmare

2 min read

Jumping on a plane to Indonesia doesn't normally cause this much fuss.

Louise McElvogue

Louise McElvogue

I Live In Wentworth And Saw Firsthand Why Voters Ditched The Libs

6 min read

It was the “Where’s Malcolm?” life-sized cut out that was the star attraction at the Watsons Bay polling booth in Wentworth last weekend, where I volunteered for the Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps.

Politics

Politics

Dutton's New Childcare Centre Raises Fresh Section 44 Issues

5 min read

Labor could again move to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court over his financial interests in childcare centres, with questions over a new facility linked to the Minister for Home Affairs which may open in Townsville.

Politics

Politics

Wake Up Scott! Even The Wiggles Want The Kids Off Nauru

2 min read

A campaign to bring refugee children on Nauru to Australia has scored some new high-profile supporters.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

Why Wentworth Was A Message To The Government On Climate Change

5 min read

If there’s one specific message that’s been sent, loud and clear, to the Morrison Government through the disastrous Wentworth by-election, it is 'do more on climate change'.

Jordon Steele-John

Jordon Steele-John

What It's Like To Travel As A Disabled Person

4 min read

International travel is a whole different ballgame for me; for most of my life the rest of world has seemed closed.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Loss Could Throw The Government Into Chaos

5 min read

Phelps' likely win in Wentworth will see the government's numbers drop from 76 to 75 in the 150-seat House of Representatives.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

PM ScoMo's Week Has Been A Disaster In Slo Mo

5 min read

Scott Morrison's government is in chaos, wracked with internal division and ill discipline.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Race Isn't Over Yet And The Liberals Could Actually Still Win

3 min read

Maybe it was called too early, because the margin in Wentworth is just a few hundred votes.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Think The Wentworth Loss Was Shocking? The Blame Game Will Be Brutal

4 min read

Not the most optimistic Liberal hater -- or the most pessimistic Liberal diehard -- predicted it.

News

News

'Sending a Message': Phelps Reveals First Order Of Business After Victory

6 min read

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has claimed a historic victory in the Wentworth by-election, as the seat's 100,000 electors shattered tradition in the east Sydney seat.

Politics

Politics

Wentworth And The Simmering Mood For Change

5 min read

Wentworth voters are still angry about Malcolm Turnbull's dumping, and are ready to punish the Liberals.

Politics

Politics

Kerryn Phelps On Peter Dutton, Being 'Sensible', And Chocolate

4 min read

If Kerryn Phelps was a chocolate, she'd be "something dark" with a "sensible centre".

National

National

Refugees On Nauru Would Sign Deal Banning Them From Australia

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is considering accepting New Zealand's long-standing offer to resettle refugees languishing on the islands.

Satire

Satire

As An Oppressed White Person I'm Not OK The Vote Protecting My Privilege Didn't Pass

4 min read

Oh sure, the vote was close, but it doesn’t matter how many you lose by.

Politics

Politics

Government Senators Support Controversial 'It's OK To Be White' Motion

2 min read

The phrase, a favourite of far-right movements, was adopted by One Nation leader Hanson in a Senate motion that was briefly debated on Monday afternoon.

Politics

Politics

'Held At Gunpoint': Alex Turnbull Dishes On 'Weird' Liberal Party Politics

4 min read

Malcolm Turnbull's son Alex has called out the Liberal Party's 'frustrating' policy priorities, further backing in the Labor candidate in the by-election for his dad's former seat of Wentworth.

Alex Greenwich

Alex Greenwich

Is ScoMo A PM For ALL Australians Or Just Straight Ones?

3 min read

In 2015 I reached out to young LGBTI Australians to hear about their experiences of discrimination in private religious schools, while consulting on a bill to prevent students from being expelled from school for being gay.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

When Both Major Parties Ignore The Public, The Public Rises Up

5 min read

If there’s one tired, meaningless word we need to expunge from the English language in 2018, it’s ‘slacktivism.’

Health

Health

Mental Health 'The Cinderella' Of Australian Medical Care, Expert Warns

3 min read

Australia has had a mental health review every 30 months since the 1950's, but little is being done to actually update or reform the country's systems according to a leading expert in the field.

Politics

Politics

Experts Slam 'Discriminatory' Regional Migrants Plan

5 min read

Immigration and infrastructure experts have rubbished the government's thought-bubble to force migrants into regional areas, saying the plan is unnecessary and could even harm both citizens and cities.

Roz Bellamy

Roz Bellamy

The 5 Types Of Tears Of High-Profile People

5 min read

Crying is the way that most of us enter the world.

Politics

Politics

Australia Condemns 'Malicious' Russia Over Hacking

2 min read

Australia has called out "malicious" cyber activity from Russia's military, backing British accusations that the government has targeted politics, business and media.

Politics

Politics

Sarah Hanson-Young: Sl*t Shaming Is A Weapon Used Against Women

1 min read

The use of the term 'sl*t shaming' is a weapon that silences and disempowers women, Hanson-Young said.

National

National

US-Style Confirmation Hearings For ABC Appointments, Under Senator's Proposal

2 min read

Candidates for positions on the ABC board would be subjected to US-style confirmation hearings under a proposal by a South Australian senator who wants to stamp out political interference.

Politics

Politics

Facebook Deletes Fraser Anning Over 'Hate Speech' Complaint

2 min read

Former One Nation senator has been removed from Facebook after his video was deemed 'hate speech'.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

ScoMo Needs Some Major Moves To Win The Next Election

3 min read

He just needs to find his soap box.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh

How Our Tax System Exacerbates Gender Inequality

5 min read

There are significant gender differences in Australia today. More large companies are run by men named John than by women.

National

National

OMG ABC WTF Is Going On?

3 min read

ABC staff have called on their chairman to stand aside, after reports he wanted a star journalist fired because of "hate" from government.

Politics

Politics

Long Way Back For Liberals And Morrison, Polls Show

3 min read

The Coalition is still facing electoral wipeout under new PM Scott Morrison, but the polls are slowly moving in the right direction for the government.

Politics

Politics

Forty Percent Of Political Donations Come From Unknown Donors

4 min read

In news that won't surprise many, money buys access and results in Australian politics, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

News

News

Michelle Guthrie Dumped As ABC Boss

3 min read

Michelle Guthrie is "devastated" by her dumping as ABC managing director, and is considering legal action.