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Dave Sharma: is Wentworth's ‘modern Liberal’ a hawk on Iran?

Sharma has a CV that makes him a likely future minister, perhaps even a prime minister, down the trackDave 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 a CV that makes him a likely future minister, perhaps even a prime ministe...
Tags: Liberal party, Australia news, Australian politics, Coalition, Sydney, New South Wales


Driverless Metro: trains and doors get stuck after Berejiklian unveils $7.3bn project

Trains stuck at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park, where doors failed to open on one trainAbout 42,000 commuters have used Sydney’s new driverless northwest Metro in its first three hours of operation after it was officially opened on Sunday morning.But users took to Twitter to report large crowds at Chatswood station, trains stuck at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park stations, as well as service gaps at numerous stations. Continue reading...
Tags: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia news, Coalition, Liberal party


Scott Morrison dumps Melissa Price as environment minister as new-look ministry revealed

Sussan Ley to become environment minister as Barnaby Joyce loses role of special drought envoyScott Morrison has unveiled his new-look ministry, breaking his commitment to retain Melissa Price as environment minister and replacing her with Sussan Ley.Morrison said Price had “asked for a new challenge” and would now serve as defence industry minister. Continue reading...
Tags: Scott Morrison, Australia news, Australian politics, Coalition


Courtney Herron: woman murdered in Melbourne park died from 'horrendous bashing'

Victoria police said Herron, who had no fixed address, was killed in Royal Park on Friday nightCourtney Herron, a 25-year-old woman of no fixed address, has been identified as the victim of “a horrendous bashing” on Friday night that occurred before she was found dead in Royal Park in Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria police say.The latest victim of violence directed at a young woman alone on Melbourne’s streets at night, Herron’s death has horrified Melbourne. Continue reading...
Tags: Melbourne, Australia news, Victoria, Australian police and policing


Driverless Metro: Gladys Berejiklian opens $7.3bn project but peak-hour test remains

More than 20,000 people have worked on northwest project and work is underway to extend line from Chatswood to BankstownSydney’s new driverless northwest Metro has been officially opened and will soon face its first peak-hour test.The first commuters boarded trains at Tallawong station in Rouse Hill following the offical opening by the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the transport minister, Andrew Constance, on Sunday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia news, Coalition, Liberal party


Snake mistake: CSIRO says it's a myth that Australia is home to world's deadliest species

Australian science agency says there are a ‘negligible number of human deaths’ from snake bites in AustraliaThe popular suggestion that Australia is the home of the world’s deadliest snakes is largely a myth with the risk of bites and death far greater across Asia, Africa and South America, the CSIRO says.Herpetologist Ruchira Somaweera said the myth was born a few decades ago and came out of a study of the relatively high toxicity levels found in Australian species, such as brown snakes. Contin...
Tags: Snakes, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Reptiles


Parkville murder: Melbourne reacts with horror as police hunt killer

Police are still trying to identify a woman whose body was found in Melbourne’s Royal ParkPolice are still trying to identify a woman whose body was found in Melbourne’s Royal Park while her killer remains at large.Dog walkers found the woman’s body among logs and trees near the North Park tennis club just before 9.30am on Saturday. Continue reading...
Tags: Melbourne, Australia news, Victoria, Australian police and policing


Clare O'Neil rules herself out of Labor deputy leader race and endorses Richard Marles

Frontbencher says her party took a big risky policy agenda to the election that was hard to explain and easy to weaponiseClare O’Neil has ruled herself out of the race for deputy Labor leader, endorsing fellow Victorian rightwinger Richard Marles.The shadow financial services minister told ABC’s Insiders on Sunday she believed she could do the “front-facing” aspect of the role but Marles, the shadow defence minister, would be better at the internal aspect of “bringing the party together behind t...
Tags: Labor party, Australian politics, Australia news


Tough nut to crack: the almond boom and its drain on the Murray-Darling

Demand for the thirsty crop has created a gold rush but irrigators and growers fear there might not be enough waterNeale Bennett, an almond grower in Mildura, ripped out his sultana grapes and dried fruit crop and began planting almonds in the 1990s. He’s ridden the wave of increased global demand for almond milk, almond meal and, well, just almonds.Rising prices for the sweet brown nuts, mechanised equipment to harvest them and the ability to trade water up and down the Murray to water the thir...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Agriculture, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Murray-darling Basin


Woman found dead in Parkville, Melbourne in 'horrendous crime'

The body, yet to be identified, was discovered in the area between the Melbourne Zoo and Royal Children’s hospitalA woman’s body has been found in Melbourne between the Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Children’s hospital, in what police have described as a “horrendous crime”.They have cordoned off a large section of the Royal park in Parkville, encompassing North Park Tennis Club and the Flemington Road Cricket Oval, as well as Elliott Avenue. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian police and policing, Melbourne, Crime - Australia


‘Impossible’ deadline: Lawyer X inquiry gets further $20m and more time to report

Commission given until July 2020 to deliver findings, after inquiry period for Nicola Gobbo-related cases goes from five years to 18 Victoria’s royal commission into the management of police informants has been given an extra seven months to deliver its final report along with $20.5m in additional funding, after commissioner Margaret McMurdo said meeting the original deadline would be “impossible”.The commission, ordered by the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, is examining the number of cases ...
Tags: Australia news, Australian police and policing, Victoria, Lawyer X


Josh Frydenberg: low-emissions future is inevitable and a huge opportunity

Treasurer signals new infrastructure for renewable zones, and says Coalition will pursue climate policy it took to the electionJosh Frydenberg says Australia needs to roll out new infrastructure in the coming term of government to support renewable energy zones, and has declared that the “inevitable” transition to low-emissions sources creates an opportunity for the country.In his first wide-ranging interview since holding his Victorian seat last weekend, where he was subjected to a concerted ca...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Josh Frydenberg, Australian election 2019


Donald Trump wants investigation into Australia's role in 'Russian hoax'

This is the first time the US president has publicly named Australia while discussing the FBI inquiry into his election campaignDonald Trump has said he wants Australia’s role in setting off the FBI inquiry into links between Russia and his election campaign examined by the US attorney general, William Barr.It is a potentially explosive development for the historically solid US-Australian alliance and the first time Trump has publicly named Australia while discussing what he calls the “Russia ho...
Tags: Russia, Australia news, US news, Donald Trump


Election lessons from regional Australia: why Labor got the push in the bush

There were stark differences between the messages of the two main parties, and as it turns out, only one hit the right buttons Contemptible. Stupid. Dipshits. Morons. Fools and worse.While there were patches of dissent, rural seats largely stuck with the Coalition in last week’s election, and the torrent of abuse for country people on social media was predictable. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Australian election 2019


ACTU launches review of $25m election campaign after Labor defeat

Former Queensland Labor MP Evan Moorehead to head review amid questions over union body’s roleThe Australian Council of Trade Unions has appointed a former Queensland state Labor MP, Evan Moorehead, to review its election tactics and advertising campaign, which cost an estimated $25m.The union movement’s campaign has come under fire since Labor’s disastrous election performance, with some questioning whether the union body ought to be the campaigning arm for federal Labor. Continue reading...
Tags: Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian politics, Australia news, Australian election 2019


Labor leadership: agitation grows over fate of women in post-election carve-up

Party warned not to lose sight of gender parity goal as factions jostle for powerAgitation is growing in Labor ranks over how women will fare in the carve-up of leadership and frontbench positions, as factions begin jockeying for power in the wake of last week’s shock election defeat.The network Emily’s List Australia, which supports women entering politics, has warned Labor not to slip backwards in its goal of achieving gender parity. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor party, Australian politics, Australia news, Gender


Accused Chilean kidnapper for Pinochet regime denies knowing victims

Adriana Riva, in custody in Sydney following an extradition request from Chile, has applied for bailA Sydney woman wanted in Chile over the alleged kidnapping of seven people during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet denies having known or ever seen them.Adriana Rivas, 66, was arrested by NSW police in February and remains in custody following a request from Chile for her extradition. Continue reading...
Tags: Chile, Americas, Augusto Pinochet, Australia news


On the arsonist’s trail: inside Australia’s worst bushfire catastrophe

One day in 2009, fires swept across Victoria, leaving 173 dead. It became known as Black Saturday. When it emerged that not all of these disasters were natural, local detectives sprang into action. By Chloe HooperThe patient had been in a coma for 12 days. Strange dreams were all he could remember. He dreamed he was in a red room, then a green room, and when, finally, he woke, the walls were orange. There was flame even in the paint colour, and he knew without being told that his wife was dead. ...
Tags: Environment, Bushfires, Wildfires, Australia news, World news


Reserve Bank of Australia will cut rates three times this year, economist says

Westpac’s Bill Evans expects central bank’s cash rate to eventually reach the untested levels of 0.75%A weakening economy will force the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates three times this year to the uncharted territory of 0.75%, according to a leading economist.Westpac’s widely respected senior economist, Bill Evans, said on Friday he now believed the central bank – faced with anaemic GDP growth, falling house prices and rising unemployment – would go further than previously expec...
Tags: Interest rates, Banking, Reserve Bank of Australia, Australia news, Business (Australia, Housing, Australian economy


Brendan Nelson was warned of 'potential conflict' of paid role with Thales

Documents show War Memorial head told by minister to tread carefully over his role with the arms firmAustralian War Memorial head, Brendan Nelson, was warned he would need to tread carefully to avoid “potential conflict” and “adverse comment” after he took a paid role with a multinational arms manufacturer.The close relationship between the war memorial and companies that profit from war has been criticised in recent years by peace activists and a former AWM director, Brendon Kelson, who says it...
Tags: Australian politics, Australia news, Australian political interests disclosures


'Elusive and cryptic lizard': hunt on in Melbourne for endangered grassland earless dragon

Newly discovered species could soon be the first reptile on the Australian mainland to be declared extinctA newly reclassified species of lizard that is native to areas now paved by Melbourne’s suburbs could become the first reptile on mainland Australia to be declared extinct.A taxonomic survey of the grassland earless dragon, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal this week, discovered that the species classified as Tympanocryptis pinguicolla was in fact four species – one of whic...
Tags: Endangered species, Animals, Conservation, Environment, Wildlife, Reptiles, Victoria, Australia news, Melbourne, Endangered habitats


Man acquitted of Russell Street bombing charged with raping teenagers in 1980s

Peter Michael Komiazyk remanded in custody as bomber Craig Minogue charged with same 38 offencesA man acquitted of charges relating to Melbourne’s deadly Russell Street bombing has spent a night in custody after being accused of the abductions and rapes of two teenagers more than 30 years ago.Peter Michael Komiazyk, 61, also known as Peter Reed, faced Melbourne magistrates court on Thursday night and was remanded to appear again on Friday. He has been charged with 38 counts of abduction by force...
Tags: Melbourne, Crime - Australia, Australia news, Victoria, Rape and sexual assault, Australian police and policing


NSW towns including Dubbo and Tamworth face water emergency within months

In some central and western areas on Murray-Darling no ground water can be accessed by bores, as dams run close to dry Towns in western and central New South Wales, including Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Walgett and Tamworth, are facing a crisis in their water supplies within a few months unless it rains, prompting emergency planning by water authorities.And on properties throughout the Murray-Darling basin, irrigators are bracing for their water entitlements to be reduced to around 10% of their usual ...
Tags: Environment, Water, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Murray-darling Basin, Tamworth, Dubbo, Murray Darling, Dubbo Nyngan Cobar Walgett


Anthony Albanese leaves open Labor's stance on high-income tax cuts

Likely new Labor leader sets up battle with Coalition, calling on Scott Morrison to split tax cut package Anthony Albanese says Scott Morrison should split the income tax cuts package when parliament resumes after the election, signalling Labor is still on the fence about whether to support tax cuts for Australians on high incomes.After Queensland rightwinger Jim Chalmers quit the Labor leadership field on Thursday, leaving Albanese with a clear path to replace Bill Shorten as Labor leader, the ...
Tags: Labor, Tax, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Albanese, Jim Chalmers


Geoffrey Rush to receive record $2.9m damages in Daily Telegraph defamation case

Court hears that actor offered to settle for $50,000 and an apology but never heard back from News CorpGeoffrey Rush will receive $2.9m in damages from the Daily Telegraph after a series of articles accusing the Oscar-winning actor of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a female actor.On Thursday the federal court heard lawyers for Rush and the Telegraph had agreed the actor would receive $2m for past and future lost earnings after tax, on top of an $850,000 payment ordered by Justice Michael Wign...
Tags: Australia news, Australian media, Telegraph, News Corporation, Daily Telegraph, Geoffrey Rush, Law (Australia, Michael Wigney


Federal election 2019: Greens warn Labor will lose inner city seats if it fast-tracks Adani – as it happened

Anthony Albanese likely to contest Labor’s top job unopposed. Meanwhile, Nationals meet to carve up cabinet posts. This blog has now closedTony Burke floats Green New Deal-style approach to Labor’s climate policyMore than 40 refugees transferred to Australia for urgent treatment since medevac laws passedCoal catastrophe: why Scott Morrison can’t give in to Queensland triumphalism 8.06am BST Nominations for the ALP leadership close on Monday. So, if no one else pops their head up over the nex...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Burke, Adani, Bob Katter


Federal election 2019: Greens warn Labor will lose inner city seats if it fast tracks Adani – politics live

Anthony Albanese likely to contest Labor’s top job unopposed. Meanwhile, Nationals meet to carve up cabinet posts. All the day’s events, live 7.13am BST Just before heading on the ABC, Tony Burke spoke to Katharine Murphy about climate policy:The shadow environment minister, Tony Burke, has declared Labor can no longer pursue a climate policy based on a market mechanism to reduce emissions.But he insists there can be no retreat from what the science says needs to happen to avoid dangerous wa...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Adani, Bob Katter, TONY BURKE, Katharine Murphy


Federal election 2019: Jim Chalmers will not challenge Albanese for Labor leadership – politics live

Anthony Albanese likely to contest party’s top job unopposed. Meanwhile, Nationals meet to carve out cabinet posts. All the day’s events, live 3.01am BST This is not the mining division of the CFMEU, but it is interesting:CFMEU: PALASZCZUK RISKS BEING CONNED BY ADANI pic.twitter.com/jS3tDOADoe 3.00am BST Now, from what I have heard, there doesn’t seem to be any dark horse emerging for the Labor leadership. All the names – Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen and now Jim Chalmers – have all eith...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Adani, Bob Katter, CFMEU, Jim Chalmers, Australian election 2019, Albanese for Labor


Federal election 2019: Jim Chalmers to decide on Labor leadership run – politics live

All eyes are on whether the Queensland MP will challenge Anthony Albanese as Labor’s leadership contest officially begins. All the day’s events, live 2.07am BST The Nationals will be meeting in about an hour to work out their four spots in the cabinet.Michael McCormack and Bridget McKenzie will hold the leadership. 1.50am BST Adani is meeting with the Queensland coordinator general today.The approval timeframe will be released tomorrow. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Adani, Bob Katter, Michael McCormack, Jim Chalmers, Bridget McKenzie


Sydney syndicate arrested over alleged $1.1m NDIS fraud

Police condemn ‘selfish and despicable actions’ after five people allegedly swindled money from disabled people and carers A Sydney syndicate allegedly swindled $1.1m from disabled people and carers and bought luxury cars with the funds.Australian federal police arrested five people at two properties at Lurnea and Liverpool on Wednesday, and seized a Porsche Cayenne, an Audi A3 and a Mercedes E63. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Liverpool, New South Wales, Sydney, Crime - Australia, Mercedes, National disability insurance scheme, Porsche Cayenne, Lurnea