Australian Politics

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Labor’s anti-corruption commission lines up Coalition MPs

Labor has indicated that its proposed national anti-corruption commission will be given powers to investigate misconduct retrospectively. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has indicated that the commission is likely to have the power to investigate corruption or misconduct that is alleged to have occurred up to 15 years ago. Dreyfus adds that politicians and public servants could

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Women are holding the Morrison baseball bats

Roy Morgan polling has identified the precise time when female voters began to switch away from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with Roy Morgan tracking male and female two-party-preferred outcomes. The switch happened in February 2021, when Brittany Higgins went public about her ordeal and treatment by the Coalition government. While there has been a slight narrowing

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Ban WeChat, demote Marles

The Australian is fighting a losing battle on the election but it has unearthed unsettling material on Labor’s deputy leader, Richard Marles, who appears to have been a driving force behind its total misreading of trends around China: Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles held 10 meetings with the Chinese embassy or officials in the past

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Teal candidates demand ‘warts and all’ anti-corruption commission

‘Teal’ candidates Monique Ryan, Allegra Spender and Zoe Daniel have backed the model for a national integrity commission (NIC) that has been proposed by independent MP Helen Haines. They are of the view that any federal anti-corruption watchdog should have the power to investigate the misuse of taxpayers’ money. Ryan says that amongst other things,

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Of lies and ports in the Pacific

China is lying: Beijing’s growing co-operation with the South Pacific is not a threat to Australia’s security, China’s local ambassador says, amid regional alarm a security pact with the Solomon Islands could pave the way for a military base. In a further conciliatory sign from Ambassador Xiao Qian, he said common interests between Australia and

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Pentagon pushes for Australian mining investment

Bravo to this! The U.S. Department of Defense has asked Congress to let it fund facilities in the United Kingdom and Australia that process strategic minerals used to make electric vehicles and weapons, calling the proposal crucial to national defense. The request to alter the Cold War-era Defense Production Act (DPA) came as part of

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Polls: Labor romping to victory

According to polls, Labor is romping to victory: Labor would win government in its own right and secure a modest majority with 80 seats in parliament if an election were held today according to the most sophisticated poll conducted across Australia measuring voter intention in every electorate in the country. According to a special YouGov

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NSW government boosts funding to ICAC

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently attracted criticism for describing ICAC as a “kangaroo court” that had “destroyed people’s reputations and careers before it’s even made a finding” and could turn Australia into a “public autocracy”. The NSW government has defied these criticisms and will provide the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) with increased funding in

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NSW lets developer foxes into planning henhouse

Last year, former NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, used COVID as an excuse to turbo-charge development: NSW planning processes and development applications will be fast-tracked in a bid to support the construction sector and maintain jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assessments of state significant developments, rezoning and development applications will be accelerated under the changes

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Solomons revenge a chow mein best served cold

Here comes the election-stopper: The Morrison government is bracing for a high-level Chinese delegation to touch down in Honiara imminently to officially sign the security pact between Beijing and the Solomon Islands. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to lead the delegation on a tour of the region. Several well-placed sources told The Australian

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Morrison failure complete as PLA “strongarm” troops to Solomons

As the Morrison Government has sat on its arse for eight months knowing this was coming, we are watching the formation of China’s Pacific Axis in real-time: The Solomon Islands opposition says Chinese security personnel could soon outnumber Australian peacekeepers in the country, warning that Prime Minister ­Manasseh Sogavare is likely to ­install a “strongarm”

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Shock horror! Investor property tax rorts benefit the rich

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has presented research on negative gearing and the capital gains tax (CGT) discount, which would have been useful in 2018-19. According to the PBO, both tax lurks overwhelming benefit higher income earners – something MB has argued for years: 57 per cent of negative gearing deductions go to the top

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Morrison pork or Howard worship to blame for rate rises?

So say “economists“: Cost-of-living spending in the federal budget “100 per cent” helped pull forward the Reserve Bank’s decision to increase official interest rates, say economists who warn most Australians will suffer real falls in wages over the next 18 months. As Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defended their handling of the

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Worst fears confirmed in Solomons

The ABC is carrying the story of the latest verbal missile thrown at Australia from the Solomons: The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has launched a tirade in parliament, suggesting Australia and its allies are deliberately trying to undermine his government, criticising the Western response to Russia’s invasion and praising China’s treatment of Christians. Manasseh Sogavare

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Morrison gaslights integrity commission

More Morrison corruption today: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened a new front in the debate over a national integrity commission, declaring Australia could become an unrecognisable “public autocracy” if such a body is given too much influence over government decision-making. With Labor, the Greens and the “teal” independents campaigning hard on the need for

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NSW ICAC chief labels corrupt ScoMo a “buffoon”

NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Stephen Rushton, SC, appeared before state parliament’s ICAC oversight committee yesterday. Rushton told the committee that people who have referred to ICAC as a ‘kangaroo court’ were “buffoons”, and that such comments risked eroding trust in ICAC and undermining public trust in governments. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has

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Coalition, Labor lock horns in faux housing affordability war

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has attacked Labor’s proposed shared equity scheme for home buyers, which would see the federal government take a 30% to 40% share in their property. Morrison claims Labor “wants the government to own your home”. However, he has previously supported similar schemes operated by state governments and the private sector: Morrison

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ACTU attacks Coalition for decade of lost wages, ignores immigration

A new report from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) claims that a 10.3% increase in workers’ productivity since the Coalition government won office in 2013 has not been reflected in wages growth. The peak union body says the average worker would have been $10,000 better off if real wages had kept pace with