Australia

Bill Shorten breaks his election loss silence and vows to remain in federal politics

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten has committed to a future in the Federal Parliament, vowing he has “still got the fire for politics” in his first formal interview since May’s election loss. Mr Shorten has kept a low profile since he stepped down as Labor leader after his party lost an election most expected it would win. In an interview ...

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Regional households are struggling to pay power bills and it’s not just about energy prices

Ron D’Arcy is often the last person in his family of nine to shower, so when the hot water ran out one winter’s morning, it didn’t occur to him the electricity had been cut off. It wasn’t until the next week — a long one spent showering at his father’s house — that the family realised the problem wasn’t technical, ...

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Marion council backflips on decision to evict Cove Cobras over sexual harassment allegations

The City of Marion has backflipped on a decision to evict the Cove Cobras Football Club from its Hallett Cove premises over sexual harassment and intimidation allegations. The council will instead renegotiate the club’s lease with strict conditions to improve club culture. The decision follows a campaign to stay from long-time Cobras members and comes just nine days before the ...

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IMF predicts synchronised slowdown in global growth, warns rate cuts are not enough to stop it

Australia has been caught up in a sharp downturn being forecast for the global economy as headwinds from the US-China trade war and Brexit tensions bite into growth. The International Monetary Fund is predicting a “synchronised slowdown” with global growth in 2019 downgraded once again to 3 per cent — noting a “serious climbdown” from 3.8 percent in 2017. The ...

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Australia and US looking to challenge China’s hold on the rare earths market

Australia and the US are in discussions to try and open up the rare earths market which is currently dominated by China. Australia and the US have been in discussions to form a rare earths joint action plan to open up what has become a concentrated market that’s dominated by China. Rare earths are metals and alloys that are used ...

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Michael Lavarch to review NSW Labor after ‘shocking’ allegations at Icac

Anthony Albanese and Jodi McKay announce the appointment of the Keating government attorney general The former attorney general Michael Lavarch will lead a review into New South Wales Labor after the suspension of the general secretary Kaila Murnain over claims the party accepted $100,000 in banned developer donations from Huang Xiangmo. The New South Wales Labor leader, Jodi McKay, and ...

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Australia’s tortured energy debate: what is the state of play?

A look at how we got from national energy guarantee to ‘big stick’ – and what’s next There are a lot of moving parts in Australia’s tortured energy debate – and many of the parts are moving in the wrong direction. With parliament set to resume next week, and with energy back on the agenda, it is timely to recap ...

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Robodebt inquiry: how the Coalition tried to defend the indefensible

If the public critics of the Coalition’s welfare debt recovery scheme thought they were in for an easy ride, they were sorely mistaken. At Senate hearings over the past two weeks, government senators have come armed with arguments to defend the program – known to most as robodebt – and to attack those who wish to see it dismantled or ...

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Australia has moral duty to bring home foreign fighter families in Syria, Kristina Keneally says

Shadow home affairs minister says window of opportunity closing after Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas led to warnings of breakouts at Isis camps Kristina Keneally has warned the window to bring home Australians held in prisons and camps in northern Syria is closing, arguing the government has a moral duty to repatriate women and children taken to formerly Islamic State-controlled ...

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JOINT STATEMENT BY CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM LEADERS

 Offensive and hurtful comments made by Mr Kyle Sandilands (KIIS1065) regarding the Virgin Mary. On 18 September 2019, Mr Kyle Sandilands made deeply offensive remarks concerning the Virgin Mary and the faithful who believe in the Virginity of our Lady (Luke 1:27-35; Surah Maryam 19:19-22). These comments led to disruption in different Christian and Muslim communities and to a peaceful ...

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