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Sports rorts inquiry set to grill Bridget McKenzie and Phil Gaetjens

Labor broadens attack on grant programs, arguing the urban congestion fund was used to promote Coalition candidatesThe Senate inquiry into sports rorts has decided to call the head of the public service, Phil Gaetjens, and the former sport minister Bridget McKenzie.Guardian Australia understands the decision, taken on Friday, will mean the pair are asked to appear at a 16 March hearing to answer questions about McKenzie’s handling of the $100m community sport infrastructure grant program and Gae...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Labor party, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, National party, Anthony Albanese, McKenzie, Superannuation, Pauline Hanson, One Nation, Bridget McKenzie


'It's a cycle': the disproportionate toll of homelessness on San Francisco's African Americans

In a city where the homeless population is 37% black, having a job doesn’t mean you can afford housing When Tracey Mixon walks out her door in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, she is more likely to meet another black person than in most places in the city.The Tenderloin is where many of the city’s homeless services are centered, making it a hub for the unhoused as they seek help. In a city where the black population teeters between 5% and 6%, 37% of its growing homeless population is bl...
Tags: News, California, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Coalition, Stockton, Oakland, San Francisco City Hall, Antioch, Willis, Tenderloin, Mixon, Coalition on Homelessness, Tracey Mixon, Rafael Mandelman Miquesha Willis


Tanya Plibersek cites 'visible inequality' at schools in call for fair education funding

Shadow education minister emphasises education as key battle line against Coalition, while Greens leader Adam Bandt calls for end to public school feesLabor will continue to make education funding a key point of difference to the Coalition, with a greater emphasis on the disparity between public and private schools’ spending on facilities, Tanya Plibersek has signalled.In a speech delivered to the Australian Education Union on Friday, Plibersek warned both the government and internal critics arg...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Tanya Plibersek, Australian education, Adam Bandt, Plibersek, Australian Education Union


Coalition ministers at odds over emissions target after Labor commits to net zero by 2050

Mathias Cormann says Coalition will ‘finalise longer-term target in time for Cop26’ but Angus Taylor commits only to ‘long-term strategy’Senior Morrison government ministers are publicly at odds about whether Australia will take a long-term emissions reduction target to global climate talks in November after Labor unveiled a target of net zero emissions by 2050.On Friday the finance minister Mathias Cormann confirmed the government “will be finalising a longer-term target in time for Cop26” but ...
Tags: Labor, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Angus Taylor


Liberal MP Lucy Wicks denies conflict of interest over grant to church that called her a 'dear friend'

Hope Unlimited Church awarded $8,580 through the federal government’s Stronger Communities schemeA wealthy pentecostal church whose leader described the Liberal MP Lucy Wicks as a “dear friend” won thousands of dollars through a grant process Wicks wields influence over.The Hope Unlimited Church, largely based on the New South Wales Central Coast, was awarded an $8,580 grant in November to upgrade its auditorium with soundproof acoustic panels and a new partition wall. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Wicks, Lucy Wicks, New South Wales Central Coast, Hope Unlimited Church


Court told Frydenberg ineligible for parliament because of mother's Hungarian citizenship

Treasurer’s lawyers reject claim he should be disqualified, arguing his mother was stateless when she arrived in AustraliaJosh Frydenberg is ineligible to sit in federal parliament because of his mother’s Hungarian citizenship, a court has been told.The treasurer is facing a challenge from one of his constituents, who argues Frydenberg should be disqualified under Australia’s constitution because he is entitled to Hungarian citizenship through his mother. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Josh Frydenberg, Frydenberg, Law (Australia, AustraliaJosh Frydenberg


Welfare recipients forced to correct income to Centrelink 15m times in one year

Government says new laws will simplify process but welfare groups are concerned roll out will echo robodebt scandalWelfare recipients were forced to correct the employment income they reported to Centrelink 15m times in one year, the government has revealed, as it makes the case for new laws to simplify the process.The Coalition has announced it hopes by July to introduce new reporting requirements for about 1.2 million welfare recipients who inform Services Australia, formerly Centrelink, of th...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Welfare, Centrelink, Centrelink debt recovery


Santos, Nine and big banks paid tens of thousands for pre-election political access

Analysis of donation disclosures suggests about 114 companies and lobby groups may have purchased business forum memberships worth $4.7mFossil fuel giant Santos, two of the major banks and Nine Entertainment were among the big corporates that paid tens of thousands of dollars to mix with Labor and Liberal politicians through party business forums in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election.The major parties have long relied on business forum and observer programs as a significant source of funds...
Tags: Business, Australia news, Banking, Fossil Fuels, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Santos, Australian Political Donations, Nine Entertainment, Labor and Liberal


Coalition may use government contracts to crack down on environment protests

Attorney general seeks views on whether the federal building code could be used to stifle environmental secondary boycottsThe Coalition is considering using federal government building contracts to pressure companies not to engage in or to cave in to environmental boycotts.In a sign the government is looking for innovative ways to implement Scott Morrison’s threat to crack down on environmental protests, the attorney general, Christian Porter, has sought views on whether the federal building cod...
Tags: Protest, Australia news, Mining, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian trade unions, Industrial relations, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter


Coalition's handling of bushfires causes 'substantial decline' in support, ANU poll finds

Scott Morrison’s popularity slumps while public’s appetite for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, survey showsAustralia’s bushfire crisis has caused a spike in concern about the environment, a hit to the popularity of the Coalition and Scott Morrison and a drop in support for new coal mines, even among Coalition voters.Those are the conclusions of a poll of 3,249 Australians conducted by the Australian National University’s centre for social research and methods, which found a “sig...
Tags: Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Anthony Albanese, Australian National University, ANU


Australia needs to join the emissions technology revolution, Liberal Katie Allen says

The backbencher calls for a roadmap to net zero as ‘an arms race’ in low emissions technology drives transformationThe Victorian Liberal Katie Allen has declared the world is approaching an “iPhone moment” when it comes to new technology lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and Australia needs to be part of the revolution, rather than being a technology “taker”.Allen has joined fellow Liberal Trent Zimmerman in noting the Coalition’s decision to sign the Paris agreement means Australia has already...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Paris, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Allen, Michael McCormack, Trent Zimmerman, Katie Allen, Matthew Canavan


Morning mail: questions over aged-care grant, coronavirus cruise ship crisis, toxic kitties

Monday: Coalition gave $400,000 to aged care home in Nationals seat which later closed. Plus: the link between a rare venom and cat allergiesGood morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 17 February. Continue reading...
Tags: Coalition, Helen Sullivan


Questions over fate of Saudi crew in Yemen jet crash

The fate of the crew of a Saudi warplane that crashed in Yemen remained uncertain Sunday after Iran-linked Huthi rebels claimed to have shot down the aircraft. The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels said the two officers ejected from the plane before it crashed in northern Al-Jawf province Friday but that the rebels opened fire at them "in violation of international humanitarian law". "The joint forces command of the Coalition holds the terrorist Huthi militia responsible for th...
Tags: News, Iran, Coalition, Yemen, Riyadh, Huthi, Saudi Press Agency, Al Jawf province


Rocket attack hits near US embassy in Iraq capital: militaries

Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi base hosting American troops near the US embassy early Sunday, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country. "The Coalition confirms small rockets impacted the Iraqi base hosting (coalition) troops in the International Zone... No casualties," said coalition spokesman Myles Caggins. Iraq's military said three Katyusha rockets hit inside the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US mission and Union III are located, as well as Iraqi g...
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Coalition, United Nations, Green Zone, Katyusha, Myles Caggins Iraq, Union III


Sports grants scandal: rural areas received less than $10m of $150m funds allocated

Labor says National party seats shortchanged after projects in Liberal-held, non-rural seats got nearly $110m Labor is accusing the government of shortchanging rural areas through a $150m sports fund that was overwhelmingly spent in marginal seats during the election campaign.The $150m female facilities and water safety stream program, announced by the Coalition less than two months before the election, was funded in the 2019 budget for the purpose of female change rooms and swimming pool upgrad...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, National party, Anthony Albanese, Rural Australia


Michael McCormack dismisses claims he will stand down as Nationals leader

Deputy PM bats off suggestions he will make way for David Littleproud and shoots down the prospect of a goal of net zero emissions by 2050 The Nationals leader Michael McCormack has declared he will lead the party to the next election, dismissing suggestions he will stand down within the next two years to ensure stability within the Coalition.McCormack, who has faced an uprising within the Nationals over his leadership style, said he maintained the full support of the prime minister and had been...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, National party, Barnaby Joyce, McCormack, Michael McCormack, Rural Australia, David Littleproud


Albanese calls on Phil Gaetjens to make sports grants report public

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary must be seen to be independent, opposition leader says The federal opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, has said top bureaucrat Phil Gaetjens must show his independence in the sports grants scandal “that just stinks”.Gaetjens, the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, wrote on Friday to the Senate inquiry into the sports grants saga that cost the previous sports minister, Bridget McKenzie, her job. Continue reading...
Tags: Senate, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Cabinet, Anthony Albanese, Albanese, Bridget McKenzie, Phil Gaetjens, Gaetjens, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet


Morrison misled parliament by claiming all sports grants projects were eligible, Labor says

Anthony Albanese accuses the PM of personal involvement in the sports rorts scheme following the auditor general’s new evidenceAnthony Albanese has accused Scott Morrison of personal involvement in the Coalition’s controversial $100m sports grant program and misleading parliament by claiming that all projects funded were eligible.The Labor leader cited evidence from the Australian National Audit Office on Thursday evening that in fact 43% of projects, 290 in total, were ineligible for the commun...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Albanese, Bridget McKenzie, Australian National Audit Office


Modern Warfare Season 2 Debuts With Iconic Multiplayer Map

Modern Warfare season 2 debuts with iconic multiplayer map The time has finally come for the premiere of the second season of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which includes a bevy of new features and multiplayer maps, including the beloved map Rust from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2! The teaser for the new season can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Modern Warfare Is Most Played COD Multiplayer of Current Consoles The new Battle Pass will include new content that player can unlock fo...
Tags: Video, Games, Movies, Coalition, Ward, ComingSoon, Video Game News, Battle pass, Simon Ghost Riley, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Al Qatala, Atlas Superstore, Al Qatala Khandor Hideout, Zhokov Boneyard, Verdansk


Peter Dutton looking to 'restrict the damage' of high court Indigenous decision – question time live

Parliament sits for the final time this week, with threats to the government’s promised surplus back in the spotlight. All the day’s events, live 3.28am GMT The bowl of microwaved rice wearing a house of reps pin, Michael McCormack, delivers the first mention of the ‘Otis group’ - that came in at 26 minutes.I guess some people have to try and find personality where ever they can. 3.26am GMT Ged Kearney gets the next question, either because someone from the Coalition forgot to jump, or T...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, National party, Peter Dutton, Anthony Albanese, Tony Smith, Michael McCormack, Ged Kearney


Ken Wyatt expects Coalition colleagues to campaign against constitutional recognition

Minister for Indigenous Australians insists Scott Morrison will continue to pursue change despite deep splits within governmentKen Wyatt says he fully expects some Coalition colleagues to cross the floor and campaign with the “no” case once the Morrison government presses ahead with recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.But the minister for Indigenous Australians insisted Scott Morrison would stay the course on recognition despite deep splits within the government, that the prim...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Indigenous Australians, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Wyatt, Ken Wyatt, Indigenous recognition


Michael McCormack declares himself a 'fighter' amid Nationals leadership turmoil

Deputy PM says he has the support of the majority of his party but only time will tell if he faces another challengeThe Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, has declared himself a “fighter” as he attempts to draw a line under the party’s internal ructions and stave off a second leadership challenge from the former leader Barnaby Joyce.Amid ongoing infighting within the junior Coalition partner, McCormack claimed he retained the support of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the majority of h...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, McCormack, Michael McCormack, Matthew Canavan, Barnaby Joyce Amid


PM will not commit to Indigenous recognition referendum until there is consensus – as it happened

Scott Morrison tables ‘sobering’ Closing the Gap report as Senate turns up the heat on the Coalition to release the PM&C report into the sports grants affair. All the day’s events, live 6.00am GMT With the day winding down, we are going to close the blog off for the night.We’ll be back tomorrow morning for the last sitting day of the week – there’s a one week break before the next sitting, so don’t get too comfortable. 5.56am GMT With @knausc here - The $636m in grants dished out by the ...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, National party, Bushfires, Anthony Albanese, Adam Bandt, Bridget McKenzie


PM will not commit to Indigenous recognition referendum until there is consensus – politics live

Scott Morrison tables ‘sobering’ Closing the Gap report as Senate turns up the heat on the Coalition to release the PM&C report into the sports grants affair. All the day’s events, live 4.19am GMT I am going to assume this was Ed Husic, because it is always Ed Husic:“You’re too sexy for The Nats” mischievous Labor MPs replied @D_LittleproudMP #QT https://t.co/BkLmaBgtHn 4.19am GMT And question time ends. Continue reading...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, National party, Bushfires, Anthony Albanese, Adam Bandt, Ed Husic, Bridget McKenzie


Morrison vows new approach to Closing the Gap as he says latest results ‘not good enough’ – politics live

Prime minister says reality for Indigenous children a ‘national shame’ as Senate turns up the heat on the government to release the PM&C report into the sports grants affair. All the day’s events, live 12.19am GMT Scott Morrison:There remains much to do. And we will do it differently by working together. By moving from a fixation with what is going wrong to a focus on strength. 12.19am GMT Scott Morrison:I am saddened that we have not met the target for child mortality but I draw hope ...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Jacqui Lambie, Scott Morrison, National party, Bushfires, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Adam Bandt, Bridget McKenzie


LGBTQI groups fear they will have to ‘cosy up’ to local MPs to get invitation-only grants

Change to application process has some community groups worried they may be discriminated againstCommunity groups have raised concern about a government change to the volunteer grants program that requires MPs to “invite” applications.Volunteer groups working with the LGBTQI community are particularly worried, warning they could be discriminated against by their local federal MP if they do not support their work. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Volunteering


Matt Canavan leaves two properties worth more than $1m off 2019 declaration of interests

Nationals senator declared the interests in 2018 and has claimed he was not required to do so again in 2019The Nationals senator Matt Canavan omitted two properties worth more than $1m from his current declaration of interests, declaring “nil” interests in real estate despite owning two houses in Yeppoon, Queensland and Macquarie in Canberra.The former resources and northern Australia minister – who quit last week to support a bid by Barnaby Joyce to return to the Nationals leadership – has clai...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Canberra, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Macquarie, Matt Canavan, Australian political interests disclosures, Matthew Canavan, Yeppoon Queensland


Bill Shorten calls for $1.5bn illegal robodebt payments to be refunded – politics live

Former opposition leader says most of the $1.5bn collected should be returned as the fallout from last week’s Nationals leadership spill continues. All the day’s events, live 6.12am GMT Backbench senator Matt Canavan is wasting no time stirring the pot from his new seat in the Senate.Just as Labor’s social team have wasted no time in capturing his interjections to Simon Birmingham in the Senate in a video for their MPs to share. Is this Liberal National Government funding a new coal-fired p...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Anthony Albanese, Backbench, Michael McCormack, Matt Canavan, Simon Birmingham, Janet Rice


Chief medical officer warns against coronavirus xenophobia – politics live

The fallout from last week’s leadership spill continues, with rebel MPs refusing to fall into line. All the day’s events, live 3.34am GMT Jim Chalmers to Josh Frydenberg: (this is really shaping into the battle between two MPs who have the leadership of their respective parties in their future sights, and have a very similar parliamentary style – although one seems to know how microphones work, which gives him a slight edge)The Reserve Bank said very low levels of investment are a very sign...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Royals, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Anthony Albanese, Josh Frydenberg, Reserve Bank, Michael McCormack, Jim Chalmers, Buchan Caves, Law (Australia


High court rules against government's attempt to deport Aboriginal Australians – politics live

The fallout from last week’s leadership spill continues, with rebel MPs refusing to fall into line. All the day’s events, live 12.27am GMT Back on the Labor staffer meeting – while the rumour Sharon McCrohan would be brought back is floating around, I am being told there is “zero chance” she’ll be returning to the show.So make of that what you will. 12.22am GMT Parliament will start at midday, for those wondering why it is so quiet Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Parliament, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Anthony Albanese, Michael McCormack, Law (Australia, Sharon McCrohan