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Scott Morrison tells Waleed Aly he sought to lower fears on Islam, not exploit them

Prime minister admits shadow cabinet discussed issue in 2010 but insists that he was seeking to avoid worsening divisions The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has admitted a discussion took place in shadow cabinet in 2010 about community fears about Muslims, but said his contribution was intended to “lower the fears about Islam and not elevate them”.In a wide-ranging interview with Waleed Aly on the Channel Ten program The Project, Morrison refused to answer repeated questions about whether he wo...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Islam, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Muslims, Morrison, Waleed Aly, One Nation


'I've never seen anything like this': street library sparks joy for Tony Abbott

Former prime minister’s ‘amazing’ discovery while door-knocking in his electorate becomes a ready-made meme On Tango Avenue, a quiet street in the hills between Dee Why’s main drag and the coast, Australia’s former prime minister and current advocate for beachside toilets has been door-knocking – and he has discovered something wonderful.“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he says to camera in a video he has posted online. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, Liberal party, Tango Avenue


Bangers and ballots: everything you need to know about the NSW election

There’s a good chance Saturday’s poll will produce a hung parliament. Here’s how to make your vote count – and where to buy your democracy sausageAlmost 5.3 million people are enrolled to vote at more than 8,000 voting stations in Saturday’s state election. New South Wales has fixed terms, with elections held on the fourth Saturday in March every four years since 1995. About a quarter of voters cast their ballot before election day in 2015, and this is expected to rise in 2019. Almost 850,000 pe...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mark Latham, One Nation, New South Wales election 2019


Morgan Stanley takes top spot in ranking of commodities banks

Morgan Stanley brought in the most revenue from commodities of any of the major investment banks in 2018, data from analytics firm Coalition showed on Thursday.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Coalition, Morgan Stanley


NSW election: Michael Daley stumbles over spending in final debate

Labor leader unsure on his party’s figures in debate with Gladys Berejiklian, two days before state poll Michael Daley has suffered two moments of memory lapse during the final leaders’ debate before the NSW election, admitting he could not recall the exact numbers around his education and Tafe funding policies.The Labor leader told the audience he would spend more on education, with a promised “100% Gonski funding”. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Gonski, Gladys Berejiklian, Michael Daley, New South Wales election 2019


Donald Trump is using Stalinist tactics to discredit climate science

A panel to promote an alternative explanation for climate change would be disastrous. Yet that’s what White House officials want ‘The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime.’ Photograph: Czarek Sokołowski/AP Americans should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science. The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change fro...
Tags: Science, Obama, White House, America, ExxonMobil, United States, United Kingdom, Coalition, National Security Council, Greenpeace, Hitler, Donald Trump, Joseph Stalin, Environmental Protection Agency, London School Of Economics, Cnbc


Morrison on the spot as Hanson claims MPs reject One Nation preference snub

One Nation leader accuses Coalition of falling into Labor’s ‘trap’ by isolating her partyPauline Hanson has hit back at Scott Morrison’s insistence the Coalition will not do a preference deal with One Nation, claiming Liberal and National MPs who fear they will lose their seat are “disgusted” by the comments and are seekingher party’s preferences.On Wednesday Morrison refused to firm up his commitment by agreeing to put One Nation last, instead noting preferences would be decided after nominatio...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Morrison, Hanson, Pauline Hanson, One Nation, Greens Continue


Morning mail: migration cap, price of Brexit delay, motels stuck in the 70s

Wednesday: Coalition says it will cut permanent immigration levels after campaign by backbench. Plus: a nostalgic journey through regional Australia’s motelsGood morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 20 March. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Coalition, Helen Sullivan


Anning comments 'attack Australian way of life', race commissioner says

Chin Tan backs calls for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliamentThe race discrimination commissioner, Chin Tan, has backed calls from Labor and the Greens for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliament.Tan said the Australian Human Rights Commission will give “in principle” support for parliamentary standards on speech about race and religion, a break from the Coalition government which has not endorsed either idea. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Race, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Greens, Tan, Pauline Hanson, Anning, One Nation, Australian Human Rights Commission, Fraser Anning, Chin Tan


Scott Morrison rules out One Nation preference deal after Christchurch attack

PM toughens the Coalition’s line against Pauline Hanson’s party as he aims to promote community harmonyScott Morrison has ruled out a preference deal with One Nation, toughening the Coalition’s line against the far-right nationalist party in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.The comments follow a speech by the prime minister on Monday denouncing racism and “tribalism” and urging Australians to “disagree better”, as the government aims to promote community harmony despite its own reco...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christchurch, Penny Wong, Far Right, Morrison, Pauline Hanson, One Nation, Fraser Anning


Greens push to suspend Fraser Anning from parliament

Effective expulsion would fulfil the desires of more than a million people who have petitioned for his sacking following his comments after the Christchurch attackThe Greens are hoping Fraser Anning will become only the second senator to be suspended from the chamber in 16 years, a move which would bring a premature end to his parliamentary career and fulfil the desires of more than 1 million people petitioning for the Queensland senator to be sacked.The Greens leader Richard Di Natale has writt...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New Zealand, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Scott Morrison, Greens, Christchurch, Richard Di Natale, Far Right, Anning, One Nation


NSW Coalition would need to borrow $7bn to fund election promises, analysis shows

Parliamentary budget office finds government’s net borrowing would increase from $38.6bn to almost $46bn Independent analysis of the New South Wales Coalition’s costings shows the party would have to borrow an extra $7.3bn to help fund its election commitments.The parliamentary budget office on Monday released its budget impact statements for both the Coalition and Labor. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy, NSW Coalition, New South Wales Coalition, New South Wales election 2019, Coalition and Labor Continue


Scott Morrison attacks 'mindless tribalism' after Christchurch massacre

Australian prime minister’s speech came hours after Peter Dutton’s criticism of Muslim senator Mehreen Faruqi Scott Morrison has called on Australians to “disagree better” just hours after Peter Dutton accused Greens politicians of being just as bad as the disgraced far-right senator Fraser Anning.In a speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Victoria, the prime minister also said he wanted the nation to “reject the thinking that one person’s gain is another’s loss”. Continue readin...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Victoria, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Greens, Christchurch, Fraser Anning, Mehreen Faruqi Scott Morrison, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce


John Howard and Tony Abbott condemn NSW Labor over deal with Shooters party

Howard says if ALP wins state election, gun control would be at risk at ‘great cost to community safety’John Howard and Tony Abbott have joined criticism of Labor’s preference deal with the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party for Saturday’s NSW election, following the deadly Christchurch terrorist attacks.Howard, the former prime minister, said Labor would “do anything to buy a vote” in an advertisement published on the New South Wales Liberals’ Facebook page on Sunday night. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Gun Control, New South Wales politics, Labor party, John Howard, Christchurch, Howard, NSW Labor, Gladys Berejiklian, Michael Daley


Cost of x-rays and ultrasounds to drop under Coalition pledge to increase Medicare rebates

All ultrasound and diagnostic radiology services to be cheaper under planPatients who need x-rays and ultrasounds will end up paying less under a new Morrison government pledge to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for the services.The health minister, Greg Hunt, announced on Sunday the government would expand indexation of Medicare payments to all ultrasound and diagnostic radiology services over three years from 1 July 2020 – for the first time in 20 years. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Medicare, Greg Hunt, Morrison


Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy | Jason Wilson

Any 28-year-old Australian has grown up in a time racism was quickly ratcheting up in the country’s public cultureThe worst terror attack in New Zealand’s modern history took place on Friday, and the alleged perpetrator is an Australian.Appropriately, this calamity has started a process of deep reflection in the man’s home country. Everywhere, decent Australians are asking, how did we get here? Do we own him? There has been extensive, international discussion about the role of the online subcult...
Tags: Race, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, New Zealand, The far right, Scott Morrison, Christchurch, Far Right, Jonathan Freedland, Jason Wilson, Fraser Anning, Christchurch shooting


Court challenge shows Coalition's changes open way to developer donations

Evidence reveals concerns Queensland’s ban may have been rendered almost totally ineffectiveIn November, the Morrison government passed legal changes to override state donation laws, including Queensland’s developer donation ban. The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, offered one rationale for the change: to clarify whether state or federal laws applied to donations.That commonwealth power grab has now become central to former Liberal National party president Gary Spence’s challenge to Queenslan...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Queensland politics, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Australian Political Donations, Liberal National Party, Law (Australia, Gary Spence


Remember Morrison's black-rock moment? Well, look who's scared of it now | Katharine Murphy

With their clash over coal, the Coalition partners are making the case for voters to show them the exitIt’s always unwise to call peak farce when we are dealing with Australia’s torturous climate and energy debate, so perhaps we can just categorise the following incident as mildly surreal.Scott Morrison was in Melbourne for much of this past week. On Wednesday he was out on the hustings with Daniel Andrews, one of the most progressive political leaders in the country, and a premier who has recen...
Tags: Australia, Coalition, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Morrison, Katharine Murphy


Remember Morrison's black-rock moment? Well, look who's scared now | Katharine Murphy

With their clash over coal, the Coalition partners are making the case for voters to show them the exitIt’s always unwise to call peak farce when we are dealing with Australia’s torturous climate and energy debate, so perhaps we can just categorise the following incident as mildly surreal.Scott Morrison was in Melbourne for much of this past week. On Wednesday he was out on the hustings with Daniel Andrews, one of the most progressive political leaders in the country, and a premier who has recen...
Tags: Australia, Coalition, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Morrison, Katharine Murphy


State of emergency: healthcare a sore point in NSW election

An ageing population, rising GP costs and ailing regional hospitals are testing Australia’s most populous state. The Coalition and ALP are pledging more funding, but experts want ‘new solutions to old problems’Whoever wins in New South Wales after 23 March is facing a gargantuan challenge in meeting the health services of Australia’s most populous state.Despite spending $23bn on running the health system in 2018 and huge capital works programs at several of NSW’s biggest hospitals, the demand fo...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, Rural Australia, Michael Daley, New South Wales election 2019


Federal police must split from Dutton ministry to save integrity, says union

Exclusive: AFP losing independence and ability to investigate freely as part of home affairs super-department, association saysThe Australian federal police is losing its independence and integrity and must be separated from Peter Dutton’s home affairs portfolio, police union leaders have warned.The AFP was subsumed into the behemoth home affairs portfolio in late 2017, placing it under Dutton’s direct responsibility. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian police and policing, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Gun Control, Liberal party, Peter Dutton, Australian federal police, Afp, Dutton, Law (Australia


Ray Hadley spars with Peter Dutton over coal-fired power stations – video

The Sydney radio presenter accuses the home affairs minister of ‘toeing the company line’ for not wanting to put taxpayers' money towards fossil-fuel generation. Infuriated at Dutton’s position, Hadley yelled: ’You’re saying, "No, I don’t agree with building a coal-fired power station." Well, where do the Queenslanders get base-load power? Where do they get it?’ Dutton said the government should not be in the business of building such power stations and questioned whether it should even pay towa...
Tags: Energy, Australia news, Coal, Coalition, Queensland, Sydney, Liberal party, Peter Dutton, Hadley, Dutton, Ray Hadley


Coal baron Trevor St Baker says he has not sought taxpayer support for Liddell

Politically connected businessman insists he is not ‘compulsively wanting’ to build a coal-powered stationThe coal baron Trevor St Baker has clarified he has not sought taxpayer support to redevelop a power station he doesn’t own, and insists he is not “compulsively wanting or needing” to build a new coal-powered station in Australia.St Baker told Guardian Australia in an interview he had not sought assistance from the Morrison government’s power generation underwriting program to redevelop the ...
Tags: Energy, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Coal, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, National party, Baker, Morrison, AGL, Liddell, Trevor St Baker


Penny Wong says Labor unable to entirely reverse Coalition's cuts to aid budget

Shadow foreign minister says Australia’s interests undermined by $11bn cut since 2013Penny Wong says it is impossible for Labor to entirely reverse Australia’s foreign policy cuts, accusing the government of having chosen cheap domestic political point scoring, cheered on by Pauline Hanson, at the expense of international aid.In a speech circulated ahead of its delivery at the University of Queensland, the shadow foreign minister said it would be impossible for Labor to replace the $11bn cut fro...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, University Of Queensland, Pacific, Penny Wong, Wong, Pauline Hanson


Even in its dying days, the government denies the need for climate action | Peter Lewis

The reckoning for this failure will come at the next election. And it can’t come soon enoughFor all the skittishness of Australian politics through the years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments there’s been one factor that has been remarkably consistent.Amid leadership coups, cultural offensives and the revolving door of energy policy acronyms, the Australian public has remained steadfast in its belief that more needs to be done to address climate. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Peter Lewis, Essential poll, Abbott Turnbull Morrison


NSW election: changing tide threatens to leave Nationals stranded on far-north coast

Paul Bibby reports from Ballina and Lismore where the Greens are battling with the Coalition over climate change, housing and social issues Voters fume at outer Sydney’s growing painsLabor fights to regain inner-city strongholdsCentral coast seats could decide the election On the side of the main road into Byron Bay stands an old wooden sign inviting visitors to “cheer up, slow down and chill out”.It’s a small reminder of the town’s proud hippy heritage and laid-back lifestyle. But on a busy wee...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Australian Greens, National party, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Michael Daley, New South Wales election 2019, Paul Bibby


Andrew Robb blames Turnbull and Joyce for 'toxic' relationship with China

Former trade minister delivers scathing criticism of Coalition colleagues for souring relationsThe former trade minister Andrew Robb, who took an $880,000 job with a Chinese company as soon as he left parliament, has blasted his former party room colleagues and Australia’s security agencies for creating a “toxic” relationship with China.Robb confirmed he had left Landbridge, which holds the lease over the Darwin port, late last year, after a health precinct project he had been working on was rej...
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, Darwin, Andrew Robb, Turnbull, Robb, Joyce, Beijing Continue, Landbridge


Labor comfortably ahead of Coalition in Guardian Essential poll

ALP leads the two-party preferred measure 53% to 47% coinciding with a messy period for the governmentLabor is comfortably ahead of the Coalition in the latest Guardian Essential poll, and just over half of the voters in this fortnight’s sample, particularly voters under 34, worry Australia is not doing enough to address climate change.The latest survey of 1,089 voters has Labor in front of the Morrison government on the two-party preferred measure 53% to 47%, compared to 52% to 48% two weeks ag...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Morrison, ALP, Michael McCormack, Essential poll, Guardian Essential


Coalition relaxes visa rules to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled workers

Farmers say change ‘a good first step’ but separate agricultural visa still neededAustralia’s visa rules have been relaxed to make it easier for farmers to hire skilled workers.Farmers have described the changes as a good first step but warned they are unlikely to dampen calls from the sector for a separate agricultural visa because labour shortages are mainly in lower skilled harvesting roles. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Farmers, Coalition, Australian politics, Agriculture, Liberal party, National party


Scott Morrison rejects Joyce's 'hypothetical' call for greater coal-fired power

Prime minister says Nationals’ push is ‘hypothetical’ because Queensland would not approve new stationScott Morrison has rebuffed Barnaby Joyce and insurgent Nationals’ call for more coal-fired power, dismissing it as a “hypothetical debate” because the Queensland government would not approve a new power station.On Monday, Joyce demanded the Coalition commit to taxpayer support for a new coal-fired power station, dismissing concerns the plan would harm the government by noting the Nationals are ...
Tags: Coalition, Queensland, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Morrison, Joyce