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Michaelia Cash accused of 'no shame' in declining to speak to police about AWU raids

Penny Wong says response is ‘extraordinary’ as Senate estimates reveal Cash’s legal representation in court case has cost taxpayers $288,812Michaelia Cash has been accused of showing “no shame” for refusing to speak to police about the leak to media from her office of raids on the Australian Workers’ Union headquarters.The Labor senator Penny Wong made the accusation after two gruelling Senate estimates sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday revealed that Cash’s legal representation in the AWU’s fede...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian federal police, Penny Wong, Michaelia Cash, Australian Workers ' Union, AWU, Law (Australia


Asic boss James Shipton faces questions over former Goldman Sachs role and 1MDB scandal

Australia’s top corporate regulator worked at bank when it handled bond deals that raised $6.5bn for Malaysian fundAustralia’s top corporate regulator is facing questions in parliament about his role at the investment bank Goldman Sachs when it became embroiled in the world’s biggest financial scandal – the disappearance of billions of dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.James Shipton, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, was Goldman Sachs’ head of reg...
Tags: Asia, Business, Australia, Australia news, Banking, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Australian politics, Goldman Sachs, Australian Greens, Najib Razak, 1MDB, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Banking royal commission, James Shipton


Michaelia Cash goes on attack over AWU raid – politics live

Senator says she had ‘no prior knowledge of the execution of the warrants’ while Scott Morrison faces pressure to schedule extra sitting days. All the days events, live 4.14am GMT Jim Chalmers is now attempting to suspend standing orders on the same issue.“...It’s a very, very Liberal scandal. And what we’ve seen today - what we’ve seen today in this House is the alternative universe that those opposite inhabit. 4.07am GMT Jim Chalmers is attempting to move this motion:I seek leave to mo...
Tags: Australia news, House, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Alan Jones, Murray-darling Basin, Michaelia Cash, Rural Australia


No guarantee Australian weapons aren't used in Yemen conflict, government says

Defence department face grilling over export of 500 taxpayer-subsidised remote weapons systems to Saudi ArabiaThe Australian defence department can’t guarantee that Canberra-made remote weapons systems, that attracted a taxpayer subsidy, won’t be used in the bloody Yemen conflict.Officials faced a grilling over military exports to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday following revelations Electro Optic Systems is exporting 500 of the systems to the Saudi interior ministry. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Coalition, Australian politics, United Arab Emirates, Weapons technology, Canberra, Yemen, Arms trade, Christopher Pyne, Australian Defence Force, Chemical Weapons, Marise Payne, Electro Optic Systems


Morrison under further pressure to schedule extra sitting days – question time live

Prime minister deflects claim that more time is needed to respond to Townsville flood crisis. All the days events, live 3.13am GMT The PM @ScottMorrisonMP in #qt. Listening. Pointing. @AmyRemeikis @mpbowers pic.twitter.com/zHnD6RaCam 3.12am GMT *Extreme Regina George voice*Stop trying to make Michael McCormack happen. It’s not going to happen. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Alan Jones, Regina George, Murray-darling Basin, Michaelia Cash, Townsville


Paladin: PNG PM calls for briefing, as Labor refers $423m contract to auditor general

Peter O’Neill says he would welcome an investigation by Australian authorities, as Labor cites ‘significant concerns’ with the contractThe Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has requested a full briefing on the Paladin affair and said he would “welcome any investigation by Australian authorities”.O’Neill, speaking to local media overnight, said PNG had nothing to do with awarding the Paladin contract and gave no input to the Australian government’s decision. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, PNG, Paladin, O'Neill, Peter O'Neill


Labor refers Paladin to auditor general over controversial $423m contract

Shayne Neumann requests audit after home affairs secretary reveals the ‘urgent circumstances’ that gave rise to the closed tender processLabor has referred $423m of contracts controversially awarded to Paladin companies for security in Papua New Guinea to the auditor general, citing “significant concerns” with the companies.After home affairs testimony in Senate estimates on Tuesday revealed the “urgent circumstances” that gave rise to the closed tender process, Labor’s immigration spokesman, Sh...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Shayne Neumann


Michaelia Cash demands apology after Senate grilling – politics live

Senate estimates continue, with three senior ministers in Labor’s spotlight. All the days events, live 10.24pm GMT Paul Karp has the latest on what Labor plans on doing in response to the banking royal commission:Banks and financial regulators would be forced to report every six months on their progress fixing cultural problems exposed by the royal commission under a plan proposed by Labor.Financial firms would also be named and shamed in decisions by the Australian Financial Complaints Auth...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Bill Shorten, Sky News, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Alan Jones, Jones, Michaelia Cash, Paul Karp, Katharine Murphy, Australian Financial Complaints Authority


Banks and regulators forced to report every six months under Labor plan

Big four and financial watchdogs would have to develop royal commission plans by AugustBanks and financial regulators would be forced to report every six months on their progress fixing cultural problems exposed by the royal commission under a plan proposed by Labor.Financial firms would also be named and shamed in decisions by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority when it decides in favour of customers if Labor is elected. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Australian Financial Complaints Authority, Banking royal commission, AugustBanks, Labor Financial


Labor publishes three bills to tackle banks and insurers over royal commission

Proposals are designed to pressure PM, but Labor says it’s ‘taking our time’ to consult on mortgage broker regulationLabor has released three bills to crack down on dodgy banks and insurers, increasing political pressure on Scott Morrison and the crossbench to press ahead with the major recommendations of the Hayne royal commission.But the opposition has an internal issue on the future regulation of mortgage brokers, with a discussion during Tuesday’s caucus meeting, spearheaded by the backbench...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Hayne, Chris Bowen, Banking royal commission, Mike Freelander


Michaelia Cash's AWU legal bill up to $288,000, attorney general's office says – politics live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 7.00am GMT Attorney general's dept officials say Michaelia Cash's legal bill for the AWU raid matter is up to $288,000. That's taxpayer funded. #auspol #estimates 6.57am GMT Rachel Siewert said evidence from an estimates hearing today has shown a “significant increase” in Administrative Appeals Tribunal cases regarding Centrelink.S...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Great Australian Bight, Sarah Hanson-Young


Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 5.12am GMT The Australian Financial Review has tracked down the Paladin office.From the Tom McIlroy, Jonathan Shapiro, Angus Grigg and Lisa Murray report:Paladin, the security firm at the centre of the $423 million contract scandalhas a secret office in Canberra, just three kilometres from Parliament House.The Australian Financial Revi...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Afp, Australian Financial Review


Labor calls on PM to schedule more sitting weeks before election – question time live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 4.14am GMT Scott Morrison ends question time. With only a handful of mentions of the chum bucket. 4.13am GMT Bob Katter has just walked into question time.He is addressing his fellow crossbenchers. It looks like they are getting Bobsplained, given their expressions. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Bob Katter, Great Australian Bight, Sarah Hanson-Young


Mathias Cormann says he books holidays by calling travel company CEO directly – politics live

Finance minister says he has ‘close relationship’ with Helloworld boss Andrew Burnes, who is also Liberal party treasurer. All the day’s events live 3.13am GMT Chris Bowen to Scott Morrison:A mother of two told the royal commission that, after being knocked back for a car loan by eight different lenders, a car dealership offered her a loan despite her small income and big credit-card debt. She was sold a lemon, fell behind in her payments, and Westpac found that she never should have been g...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Westpac, Chris Bowen, Great Australian Bight


Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland

Revelation by head of home affairs department comes as Nauru bans medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail new medevac lawsSick people from Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the home affairs department has revealed.The Nauru government has also passed laws banning medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail the system and potentially breaking international law...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Greens, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christmas Island, Manus Island, Médecins Sans Frontières, Adam Bandt


Mathias Cormann reveals he books holiday flights through travel company CEO – politics live

Finance minister under scrutiny as he says he has direct line to Helloworld boss Andrew Burnes who is also Liberal party treasurer. All the day’s events live 1.14am GMT Labor’s decision to release three private member’s bills on banking reform is designed to step up pressure on Scott Morrison and the crossbench to recall parliament for extra weeks in March.Without some more crossbench support from the likes of Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie Labor lacks numbers to suspend standing orders to in...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Nauru, Liberal party, Parliament, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison


'No idea': Mathias Cormann faces questions over family travel – politics live

The finance minister is under the microscope over a trip initially paid for by a travel company that won a $1bn contract with his department. All the days events, live 10.16pm GMT The Valedictories keep coming. Really brings home how little sitting days there are left until the election is called. Tomorrow I will be giving my Valedictory in the Parliament at 4:10PM (3:10PM in QLD). This is an end of an era. Here are some highlights before tomorrow’s speech. Tune in tomorrow here https://t.co...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Parliament, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Neil Mitchell, Valedictories


Paladin controversy prompts renewed scrutiny of $591m Nauru deal

Brisbane firm Canstruct had limited experience running garrison and welfare services when it bid for Nauru contractlegalled okControversy surrounding the awarding of a $423m Manus Island contract to the security contractor Paladin has prompted new scrutiny of a second major $591m deal to run the Nauru detention centre.The home affairs department used a limited tender process with only one bidder to pick relatively obscure companies in both major contracts. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Brisbane, Nauru, Liberal party, Manus Island, Paladin, Canstruct


China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as 'baseless' and 'irresponsible'

Foreign ministry spokesman says speculation and sanctions will only ‘poison the atmosphere for cooperation’China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s political parties, warning “irresponsible” and “baseless” speculation will heighten tensions.The prime minister, Scott Morrison, revealed on Monday cyber experts believe a state actor was responsible for the attack, which also targeted the networks of federal parliament, but didn’t say which country....
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Scott Morrison


Queensland union will not back election candidates who do not support coal workers

CFMMEU district president Stephen Smyth says union will back candidates who support workers’ rightsThe mining arm of the Queensland CFMMEU has said it will not back candidates in the federal election who do not support a future for central Queensland coal workers.The district president of the CFMMEU Queensland mining and energy division, Stephen Smyth, confirmed to Guardian Australia the union – whose membership lives mainly in the marginal seats of Dawson, Capricornia and Flynn – would assess i...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Industrial relations, Flynn, Guardian Australia, Labor Continue, Stephen Smyth, CFMMEU, Dawson Capricornia


Human error and outdated IT led to Hakeem al-Araibi's detention, says border force official

Australian Border Force boss Michael Outram admits it was within his own organisation ‘where the process broke down’An individual border force officer forgetting to send an email likely led to the refugee Hakeem al-Araibi spending almost three months in a Thai prison fighting off Bahraini attempts to have him extradited.The head of the Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, told Senate estimates it was within his own organisation “where the process broke down” and al-Araibi was allowed to boar...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Refugees, Bahrain, Border Force, Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, Hakeem al-Araibi, Al Araibi


Home affairs denies it was 'desperate' when $423m Manus Island contract awarded

Mike Pezzullo admits department faced ‘urgent’ circumstances when deal done with little known firm PaladinThe head of the department of home affairs concedes bureaucrats awarded a controversial $423m contract to Paladin to provide services on Manus Island because of an “urgent” set of circumstances, but Mike Pezzullo denies he was “desperate”.Officials from the home affairs department told estimates on Monday they were, in essence, forced to conduct a closed tender process for the contract becau...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Peter Dutton, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Mike Pezzullo


Coalition backs disability royal commission – but doesn't give green light

Scott Morrison earns wrath of campaigners by saying states must give their agreement before inquiry can startThe Morrison government has waved through a motion calling on it to establish a disability royal commission, but blamed the states for its failure to start the inquiry immediately.Greens senator Jordon Steele-John responded with fury, accusing the government of a “bare-faced lie” that state sign-off was required and failing to give a clear commitment or timeline for setting up the inquiry...
Tags: Australia news, Disability, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Jordon Steele John


Paladin won Manus contract after PNG changed its mind on services – politics live

The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, liveFull report: Political parties targeted in ‘malicious’ cyber attack 7.15am GMT Mike Bowers sat through that estimates hearing 7.07am GMT The explanation of #shoegate is as dull as a pair of white sneakers. so the PM's photoshopped shoes were the work of a graphic designer who wanted to see what the white shoes would look like with t...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Michaelia Cash, PNG, Paladin, Mike Bowers


Coalition to support royal commission into disability abuse – politics live

The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, liveFull report: Political parties targeted in ‘malicious’ cyber attack 5.14am GMT The disability abuse royal commission motion passes on the voices. 5.10am GMT It’s Paladin time in estimates, with Kim Carr beginning the questioning. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Michaelia Cash, Paladin, Kim Carr


Parties targeted by 'sophisticated state actor', says Morrison – question time live

The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, live 3.12am GMT You can always tell when Michael McCormack is nearing the end of his dixer because he suddenly gets a lot louder. 3.10am GMT It’s Michael McCormack time, which gives everyone, including the vast majority of the government benches to catch up on paperwork and their phones. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Michaelia Cash, Morrison, Michael McCormack


Australia's major political parties targeted by 'sophisticated state actor', PM says

Scott Morrison says Liberals, Labor and Nationals affected by ‘malicious’ cyber activity Australia’s major political parties have been targeted by a “sophisticated state actor”, according to Scott Morrison, as part of a breach of the Parliament House computer network.The prime minister confirmed the state-sponsored intrusion in a statement to parliament on Monday, but said there was no evidence of electoral interference and measures had been put in place to “ensure the integrity of our electoral...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Coalition, Australian politics, Espionage, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Cyberwar, Parliament House, Liberals Labor


Australia's major political parties all hacked by 'sophisticated state actor', PM says

Scott Morrison says Liberals, Labor and Nationals affected by ‘malicious’ cyber activity Australia’s major political parties have been hacked by a “sophisticated state actor”, according to Scott Morrison, as part of a breach of the Parliament House computer network.The prime minister confirmed the state-sponsored hack in a statement to parliament on Monday, but said there was no evidence of electoral interference and measures had been put in place to “ensure the integrity of our electoral system...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Cybercrime, Hacking, Coalition, Australian politics, Espionage, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Cyberwar, Parliament House, Liberals Labor


Major political parties hacked by 'sophisticated state actor', says Morrison – politics live

The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, live 1.12am GMT Bill Shorten:I thank the Prime Minister for his statement and the opportunity for the House to address such an important matter. 1.06am GMT Scott Morrison:We are all united in our Parliament, in our commitment to democratic principles. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, House, House Of Representatives, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Parliament, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Michaelia Cash, Morrison


Evidence may have been destroyed in AWU leak case, AFP says – politics live

The parliamentary week begins with Scott Morrison facing another test of his numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives. All the day’s events, live 12.15am GMT David Littleproud has responded to the announcement from Woolworths that it will end the $1 milk sales, by keeping on the ‘drought levy’, making the milk $1.10, with that last 10 cents to go back to farmers. That of course comes after many, many dairy farmers have been forced to shut up shop or sell overseas, because they co...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Alan Jones, Michaelia Cash, Morrison, Afp