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Australian woman dies while snowboarding in Canada

The 42-year-old entered closed zone at Whistler Blackcomb resort, reportedly causing an avalancheAn Australian woman has died while snowboarding at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in Canada.The 42-year-old, from New South Wales, died after entering a permanently closed zone on Thursday in the area above Lakeside Bowl on Blackcomb Mountain, which is said to have triggered an avalanche. Continue reading...
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Australia's offshore contracts: how millions were spent for dubious outcomes

Paladin is only one of the companies brought in at huge expense to run crucial services for vulnerable people on Manus and Nauru Benham Satah knows Manus better than most. A Kurdish refugee, Satah has been there six years, stuck on an island prison despite having committed no crime.He was there when Paladin, a little-known security outfit, took over a $423m deal to provide services to asylum seekers. Satah has met with Paladin’s leaders and heard the promises they made. From the outset, the arra...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Australian politics, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Manus, Satah, Nauru Benham Satah


At least some MPs see themselves as partisans with knuckledusters | Katharine Murphy

Lack of judgment was the recurring theme of a strange, brutal, chaotic, dumpster fire of a parliamentary fortnightIt looks like a small thing to stub your toe against, but let’s start here. A number of significant people said goodbye to politics over this past week – two former deputy prime ministers, the first Australian woman to be appointed deputy leader of a major Australian political party, Australia’s youngest female cabinet minister.Substantial people. Julie Bishop, Wayne Swan, Jenny Mack...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, Labor party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Michaelia Cash, Tim Wilson, Macklin, O'Dwyer, Katharine Murphy


Nigel Scullion's intervention in Northern Land Council denounced as 'irresponsible'

Indigenous affairs minister uses powers under the NT Lands Right Act to force the council to meet over an alleged conflict of interest In an unprecedented move, Nigel Scullion has used his powers under the Northern Territory Land Rights Act to compel the Northern Land Council to meet to resolve a perceived conflict of interest involving some of its senior executives.It’s the first time since the Land Rights Act was introduced in 1976 that a minister for Indigenous affairs has used his powers in ...
Tags: Australia news, Indigenous Australians, Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, Northern Land Council


Joe Hockey says allegation he 'owes' Helloworld chief is 'absolute nonsense'

Australia’s ambassador to the US rejects allegation made in bombshell email revealed by Penny Wong in Senate estimates Joe Hockey has said a meeting he had with former Helloworld executive Russell Carstensen has been misrepresented and that the allegation he “owes” Helloworld chief executive Andrew Burnes is “absolute nonsense”.In an email to the Senate on Thursday, Carstensen said Burnes told him he was able to quickly arrange a meeting with Hockey, Australia’s ambassador in Washington, because...
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Weakened aid budget may be used to fund $2bn Pacific island infrastructure bank

Aid groups fear money will be diverted from the aid budget, risking doors ‘closing to us in Asia’Aid groups fear the federal government is on the verge of taking more money from the strained aid budget to fund a $2bn infrastructure bank for Pacific island nations.Prime minister Scott Morrison announced the Australian infrastructure financing facility last year as part of Australia’s “Pacific step up”, which is aimed at combatting rising Chinese influence in the region. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Aid, Global development, Scott Morrison, Pacific


Four 'tinnie terrorists' jailed over plot to overthrow Philippines government

All six plead guilty for their roles in 2016 plot to sail a fishing boat from Australia to southern PhilippinesFour men, part of a group dubbed “tinnie terrorists”, have been jailed for their roles in a plot to sail a fishing boat from northern Australia to help overthrow the Philippines government.But one of the men could be freed within days, a Melbourne court said on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Australian police and policing, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Melbourne, Crime - Australia


Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas jailed for life over massacre

The 29-year-old will serve a minimum of 46 years for the murder of six people in Melbourne on 20 January 2017Melbourne’s Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas has been jailed for life for committing one of Australia’s “worst examples of mass murder”.Gargasoulas, 29, was emotionless as he was sentenced in Victoria’s supreme court on Friday to spend at least 46 years in jail for his deadly driving crimes. Continue reading...
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Jacinda Ardern tells Scott Morrison Australia's deportation policy 'corrosive'

New Zealand takes a dim view of deporting people who moved to Australia as children, Ardern saysAustralia’s policy of deporting New Zealand citizens with criminal records has become “corrosive” to the relationship between the two traditional allies, Jacinda Ardern has said, in her strongest warning yet to Scott Morrison.The Australian prime minister arrived in Auckland on Friday morning for a brief official meeting with Ardern and New Zealand officials, foregoing the traditional weekend stay pri...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Scott Morrison, Auckland, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, Scott Morrison Australia


Warren Mundine steps down from company that won contracts for Indigenous job services

Decision to grant Mundine $320,000 for his television show on Sky News also raises questions during Senate estimates Warren Mundine will step down – over a perceived conflict of interest – as chairman of a company that has been awarded government contracts to deliver Indigenous employment services.Labor has called for a full accounting of all government grants provided to Mundine and any business he is involved in, after the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet confirmed it awarded $320,000 ...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Liberal party, Sky News, Cabinet, Warren Mundine, Mundine


China coal imports: 'no basis' to claims there is a ban, minister says

Simon Birmingham says speculation about diplomatic tension is unhelpful and there is no evidence measures are aimed at Australia The government has “no basis to believe that there is a ban on Australian coal exports into China”, the trade minister has said, but it has import quotas which Australia expects will be applied to all countries.Simon Birmingham told reporters on Friday he was working with the embassy in Beijing to understand how restrictions were being applied to coal shipments, but he...
Tags: Energy, Australia, China, Australia news, Commodities, Beijing, Coal, Australian politics, Australian economy, Josh Frydenberg, Simon Birmingham, Business (Australia


China coal ban: Scott Morrison is not ‘jumping to conclusions’

Prime minister says he will continue to engage with Chinese ports and authorities as he has in the pastScott Morrison is not “jumping to conclusions” over a Chinese port’s reported ban on Australian coal imports amid fears it’s linked to a diplomatic rift.The Australian prime minister, in New Zealand on Friday for bilateral talks with his counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, said local ports made their own decisions about such matters. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, China, Australia news, Commodities, Coal, Australian politics, New Zealand, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Business (Australia, Jacinda Ardern


Cyclone Oma eases but Queensland and NSW weather warnings remain

While the cyclone watch for Queensland’s southern coast and northern New South Wales has been cancelled, strong winds and dangerous surf conditions continueA cyclone watch for Queensland’s southern coast has been withdrawn but category one Oma is still making its presence felt as it sits offshore.Forecasters say the weather system will continue to bring high winds and dangerous surf conditions to parts of the Queensland and northern New South Wales coast in the coming days. Continue reading...
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James Gargasoulas jailed for life over Bourke Street massacre

The 29-year-old will serve a minimum of 46 years for the murder of six people in Melbourne on 20 January 2017Melbourne’s Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas has been jailed for life for committing one of Australia’s “worst examples of mass murder”.Gargasoulas, 29, was emotionless as he was sentenced in Victoria’s supreme court on Friday to spend at least 46 years in jail for his deadly driving crimes. Continue reading...
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House price falls in Sydney and Melbourne not all bad, Reserve Bank head says

Philip Lowe says he doesn’t see a strong case to change monetary policy in near termDeclining house prices in Sydney and Melbourne should not come as a surprise and are not all bad news, the Reserve Bank governor, Philip Lowe, has told a parliamentary committee hearing in Sydney.Lowe stressed that cooling prices, while making things “difficult for some in our community”, are not expected to derail Australia’s economy. Continue reading...
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Robodebt scheme costs government almost as much as it recovers

At least $400m spent, with only $500m repaid by welfare recipients, Senate hearing toldThe government has spent at least $400 million to recover $500m from welfare recipients through the controversial robodebt scheme, a Senate estimates hearing has been told.Under questioning by the Labor senator Murray Watt on Thursday night, department officials said the scheme had “raised” about $1.5bn in debts from welfare recipients since it was rolled out. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Welfare in Australia, Centrelink, Centrelink debt recovery, Murray Watt


Anita Cobby murderer Michael Murphy dies in jail aged 66

Murphy was one of five, including his brothers Leslie and Gary, found guilty of killing Sydney nurse in 1986One of NSW’s most notorious killers, convicted of murdering Sydney nurse and beauty queen Anita Cobby, has died in jail.Michael Murphy, 66, was one of five men – including his brothers Leslie and Gary – found guilty of raping and killing the 26-year-old in a paddock in western Sydney in 1986. All were sentenced to life in prison, never to be released. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, New South Wales, Sydney, Crime - Australia, Gary, Murphy, NSW, Michael Murphy, Leslie, Anita Cobby


Sydney Opal Tower report finds multiple design and construction faults

Report says horizontal support beams were of inferior strength and not compliant with national standardsAn independent report has found multiple design and construction faults led to damage at western Sydney’s Opal Tower.The newly-built tower in Sydney Olympic Park was evacuated on Christmas Eve after cracks were found in the building, sparking fears it could collapse. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Britain and China: it’s complicated | Editorial

Beijing’s might and ambitions, and the approach of Brexit, make the path ahead more difficult. It’s time for careful thoughtA few years ago, George Osborne announced that Britain’s relations with China were entering a “golden era”. On Thursday, his successor as chancellor gave a more measured assessment: they are “complex”, Philip Hammond said, noting that they “had not been made simpler” by the defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s threat to deploy an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.Brit...
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‘Full of Liberal mates’: Labor accuses Coalition of 'stacking' tribunal

Mark Dreyfus says the government has a ‘shameful record’ on appointments to the administrative appeals tribunalLabor has blasted the attorney general Christian Porter for appointing six former parliamentarians and eight former staffers from Coalition ranks to the administrative appeals tribunal.Porter announced a total of 34 new appointments to the tribunal on Thursday, including former Liberal Senate president Stephen Parry, who received a seven-year term after quitting politics in 2017 over hi...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Mark Dreyfus, Porter, Christian Porter, Stephen Parry, Liberal senate, Law (Australia


Julie Bishop, first woman of the Liberals, bows out behind her gleaming white shield

The former foreign minister delivered a typically composed valedictory after a career in which she was forced to play second fiddle to male colleaguesJulie Bishop gleams, so polished she seems to have a reflective surface. Reflective surfaces are like a shield in politics; they are handy things to stow yourself behind.Bishop appeared in the chamber just before question time, walking in with Scott Morrison. She was dressed in white, an eventuality of absolutely no note at all, except Bishop perio...
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Julie Bishop to quit politics at the next election – as it happened

Former Australian foreign affairs minister says she will not recontest the seat of Curtin. All the day’s events, live 7.20am GMT And with that, we shall bid you adieu, until April, when the budget is handed down.But don’t expect the issues of today to disappear quietly into the night. There is a Newspoll next Monday, if I am not mistaken. And a lot of space for all it to play out. 7.06am GMT Sportsbet has wasted no time in opening its latest book:Julie Bishop’s next job Continue reading....
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Julie Bishop to quit politics at the next election – politics live

Former Australian foreign affairs minister says she will not recontest the seat of Curtin. All the day’s events, live 5.11am GMT The official statement from Scott Morrison on Julie Bishop’s retirement:Julie Bishop is a giant of the Liberal Party and she has been a ground breaker for women in public life. 5.10am GMT Julie Bishop continued, in what became an impromptu valedictory speech:It is time for a new member to take my place. I will leave the seat of Curtin in very good shape, indeed...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Christian Porter, Curtin


'Hockey owes me' – Penny Wong releases bombshell Helloworld email – politics live

Senate estimates hears startling email about Joe Hockey’s meeting with travel agency representative. All the day’s events, live 4.12am GMT Bill Shorten at the despatch box: “I start this speech with the following words: Hockey owes me. That tells you everything you need to know about this government. Somebody owes a Liberal donor, so they get a meeting. A Liberal minister owes their mates who run a small private foundation, so they get $500m. A Liberal minister owes a chum who gets a juicy c...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Joe Hockey, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Penny Wong, DFAT, Christian Porter, Frances Adamson, Daniel Sloper


'Hockey owes me' – Penny Wong releases bombshell email – politics live

Senate Helloworld estimates hears startling email. All the day’s events, live 3.13am GMT Labor has opened question time with the evidence in Senate estimates about Helloworld, specifically about “Hockey owes me”.Scott Morrison says he refers to the statement the company made to the ASX. 3.12am GMT “Hockey owes me.“I find that ‘owes me’ comment strange in the circumstances,” Penny Wong says to break the silence.Who claims that a meeting which was a pitch meeting and I will put to you a r...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Penny Wong, ASX, DFAT, Christian Porter, Senate Helloworld


Australian government security contractor Paladin breaks silence on corruption allegations

Company that was awarded $423m to provide services on Manus Island says reports linking it to bad debts are ‘offensive’ and ‘unsubstantiated’Security contractor Paladin has broken its silence to attack suggestions of corruption as “offensive”, while rejecting reports linking it to a series of bad debts or failed contracts across Asia.The firm said it is seeking legal advice about media articles it said had “failed to identify any evidence to sustain the damaging allegations being made against Pa...
Tags: Asia, Business, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, South Australia, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin


Joe Hockey asked embassy staff to arrange Helloworld meeting, senators told – politics live

US ambassador’s involvement with travel company under the spotlight at estimates hearings. All the day’s events, live 1.06am GMT Cathy McGowan has entered amendments to the government’s future drought fund bill.She tells us that while she supported the spirit of the bill, she doesn’t believe it quite got there in actuality: 1.04am GMT And a bit more from Penny Wong’s questioning of Daniel Sloper:Penny Wong: Oh right. Do you have notes from that meeting? Continue reading...
Tags: US, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Joe Hockey, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Cathy McGowan, Penny Wong, Christian Porter, Daniel Sloper


Kerryn Phelps flags 'desperate need' for a national integrity commission – politics live

Independent MP says a federal Icac needs ‘real teeth’ to restore trust in politicians. All the day’s events, live 10.12pm GMT Today’s estimates hearings have begun, including Dfat, where you can absolutely expect Hakeem al-Araibi to be discussed.You’ll find the whole schedule, here. 10.03pm GMT Kerryn Phelps had a chat to Jon Faine on ABC Melbourne.I missed the beginning, but asked whether she would support a no-confidence motion in the government, the Wentworth MP says she believes it i...
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Coalition claims medical evacuation bill has 'drafting error' – politics live

The refugee transfer legislation, passed against the government’s wishes, continues to be the subject of debate. All the day’s events, live 9.08pm GMT You may have missed this, from late yesterday. It’s probably worth noting, given the debate about Richard Marles’ comments on thermal coal yesterday (he told Sky News: “The global market for thermal coal has collapsed, and at one level that’s a good thing because what that implies is the world is acting in relation to climate change”): The com...
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Life on the breadline: 'I want my kids to know it isn't wrong to ask for help in life' | Tara Rose

Whenever I weigh up my decisions and my path forward, I always try to come back to this question: what legacy am I leaving my children?About this seriesName: Tara Rose*Age: 43 Continue reading...
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