Australian Politics

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Developers cry as Victoria passes windfall gains tax

On Friday, the Victorian Parliament passed a windfall gains tax for properties whose value is boosted by council rezoning. The new tax will apply to properties where the value is boosted by more than $100,000, with a 50% tax on windfalls above $500,000 — unless they are subject to a Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution. As

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Australian public shafted again as Big Australia rebooted

It’s official. The Morrison Government is moving fast to reboot Australia’s mass immigration policy by Christmas. The government will allow more than 200,000 visa holders into the country, including students, economic migrants and refugees, and the Australian Treasury will reportedly upgrade its migration forecasts in next month’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook update. In announcing

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Rise of the Loons

Once upon a time, there was something called community. In that thing, folks occasionally made small sacrifices for the benefit of all. Stuff like paying taxes and getting immunised, so we didn’t live in a diseased ghetto. Then along came the Internet, COVID and the Loons: Some of Australia’s most prominent “freedom” activists involved in

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What did Lord Jabba do on Tatooine?

We have a right to know what Lord Jabba got up to on Tatooine: Nationals MP George Christensen made a secret submission to the information watchdog as part of an effort to block the release of details about a police probe into his Philippines travel, days after saying the document falsely accused him of a

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Victoria doubles down on vaccine segregation

With Victoria on Monday expected to hit its 90% double vaccination threshold for residents aged 12, the state government today further eased restrictions for the fully vaccinated. The changes are summarised below: The news is bad for unvaccinated Victorians who will continue to be barred from non essential retail, cafes & restaurants, entertainment, gyms, and

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Somyurek to block Dictator Dan’s pandemic bill

The Victorian government’s controversial pandemic legislation now faces likely defeat in the state’s upper house after former Labor powerbroker Adem Somyurek advised that he will vote against it. Somyurek became an independent MP in 2020 in the wake of a branch-stacking scandal; the former government minister says he would have opposed the bill if he

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Disordered Morrison makes a disordered Australia

When your personality is a lie, everything that you do is a lie because it has no moral centre. To wit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the last week: Scott Morrison is championing “can-do capitalism” and says he wants corporates to stop “rent-seeking” climate change subsidies from the federal government. The Prime Minister is right

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Victorian Bar rages against Dictator Dan’s pandemic power bill

Last week, the Victorian Bar – the professional association of barristers – urged the state government to reconsider its controversial new pandemic laws which would grant the Andrews Government “unlimited, unreviewable power” that “authorises extreme limitations of basic liberties of all Victorians and confers enormous powers on the executive”. Amongst other things, it has expressed concern that

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Toxic Morrison versus the Internet

As we know, the toxic Morrison Government is obsessed with symbolism over substance and the message over the national interest. It is widely understood that this results in consistent lying, false advertising and bogus rhetoric. It is also well understood that this includes attempts to bully the ABC out of reporting the truth: The ABC

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RBA demolishes fake Coalition housing affordability inquiry

In August the Morrison Government launched another housing affordability inquiry – this time examining ‘supply-side impediments’. In the marketing spiel accompanying the announcement, Coalition committee chair Jason Falinski cited “limitations on land and restrictive planning laws as the major causes of shortages in supply”. Falinski also cited the RBA as claiming that “regulatory settings are

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Dictator Dan forced to water down pandemic Bill

The past week has seen the legal profession and human rights activists lobby furiously against the Victorian Government’s proposed pandemic powers, which have already passed the lower house. For example, the Victorian Bar – the professional association of barristers – claims the new pandemic laws which would grant the Andrews Government “unlimited, unreviewable power” that “authorises

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Voters no longer trust sly Scomo

Yesterday’s Newspoll results were another crushing blow for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Not only did Labor maintain a gargantuan two-party preferred lead over the Coalition: But Labor leader Anthony Albanese caught up ground on “preferred PM”: Further analysis released today by Newspoll shows that voters have lost trust in Scott Morrison, increasingly viewing him as

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Vested interests push back against property money laundering laws

Last week I reported testimony from the head of Transparency International Australia (TIA), Serena Lillywhite, to the Senate committee examining money laundering. Ms Lillywhite claimed “Australia has become the destination of choice for illicit financial flows … which too often end up in the property market” before asking “how much evidence of money laundering in

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Human rights watchdog slams Dictator Dan’s pandemic power grab

Last week I reported how the Victorian Bar – the professional association of barristers – has urged the state government to reconsider its controversial new pandemic laws which would grant the Andrews Government “unlimited, unreviewable power” that “authorises extreme limitations of basic liberties of all Victorians and confers enormous powers on the executive”. Sixty barristers in

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Labor sustains crushing Newspoll lead

The trolls of Holt St are tying themselves in knots to find a positive angle to this week’s Newspoll: The Coalition has clawed back support among conservative ­voters as the leadership contest between Scott Morrison and ­Anthony Albanese narrows to its tightest margin since March last year. An exclusive Newspoll commissioned by The Australian shows the

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Cop-out 26 as Morrison poisons people, nation and planet

COP-out 26 has held onto coal: …the agreement established a clear consensus that all nations need to do much more, immediately, to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. It outlined specific steps the world should take, from slashing global carbon dioxide emissions nearly in half by 2030 to curbing methane, another potent greenhouse gas.

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Regulators admit property money laundering is endemic

On Wednesday I reported testimony from the head of Transparency International Australia (TIA), Serena Lillywhite, to the Senate committee examining money laundering. Ms Lillywhite claimed “Australia has become the destination of choice for illicit financial flows … which too often end up in the property market” before asking “how much evidence of money laundering in

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Law Institute joins fight against Dictator Dan’s pandemic power grab

Yesterday I reported how the Victorian Bar – the professional association of barristers – has urged the state government to reconsider its controversial new pandemic laws which would grant the Andrews Government “unlimited, unreviewable power” that “authorises extreme limitations of basic liberties of all Victorians and confers enormous powers on the executive”. Sixty barristers have in

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Labor sheds crocodile tears over ‘exploitative’ agriculture visas

Labor frontbenchers Kristina Keneally and Julie Collins have criticised the federal government’s new agricultural visas, which will enable farmers to address a labour shortage by recruiting foreign workers. They contend that the agriculture visas will provide more scope for guest workers to be exploited compared with the existing Seasonal Workers Program and the Pacific Labour

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Dr Cameron Murray debunks immigration myths on Sky News

Polls show Australians want “lower immigration” than what both major parties have been pushing, according to economist Dr Cameron Murray. Dr Murray, author of the Book Game of Mates, says one of the “ongoing justifications” for Australia’s high migration rate has been to “increase growth and increase revenue”. “That shouldn’t really be our main focus

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Chinese student numbers will collapse if Darwin port seized

Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) director James Laurenceson has warned that Australia’s education export sector could take another hit if the federal government cancels Landbridge’s 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin. Laurenceson says the Chinese government would be highly likely to respond by imposing further economic sanctions on Australia; this could include directing Chinese students

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Victorian Bar fights Dictator Dan’s pandemic power grab

The Victorian Bar – the professional association of barristers – has urged the state government to reconsider its controversial new pandemic laws which would grant the Andrews Government “unlimited, unreviewable power”. Amongst other things, it has expressed concern that the Department of Health could exercise its new powers under the legislation without sufficient oversight by

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ALP holds crushing election lead

From Roy Morgan Research: ALP support is now at 53.5% (down 0.5% points since late October) cf. L-NP on 46.5% (up 0.5% points) on a two-party preferred basis according to the latest Roy Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention conducted over the last two weekends. The small swing to the L-NP came while Prime Minister

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Sly ScoMo caught in another “money for mates” visa scandal

Recall that the Morrison Government tried to privatise Australia’s visa system with a proposal to allow the private Australian Visa Processing consortium spearheaded by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s friend to take over visa processing. As explained in The Australian in 2018: Liberal Party heavyweight Scott Briggs — a close friend and ­political ally of Scott

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Liar from the Shire returns to lie

We know that the reason last week’s French demolition of Scott Morrison was so damaging is that it rang true to Australians: So, what does Toxic Morrison do the moment he steps off the aeroplane? Lies: https://t.co/wSbeAWjNX8 — Media Analyst (@MediaAnalystOz) November 9, 2021 And launches a new Carbon Corruption Tax to pork-barrel: Scott Morrison

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Money laundering criminals are pumping Aussie property

The head of Transparency International Australia (TIA), Serena Lillywhite, yesterday testified to a Senate committee on how property is used for international money laundering: “Australia has become the destination of choice for illicit financial flows … which too often end up in the property market,” she told a Senate inquiry on Tuesday… [Money laundering has]