Australia

Visa character test change ‘could mean fivefold rise in deportations’

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Actto provide grounds for visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been ...

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Australia negotiating with US to boost dwindling fuel supply

Australia is in talks with the United States to buy millions of barrels of oil to boost dangerously low levels of fuel held on domestic soil. The Morrison government is negotiating with the Trump administration to access the oil from America’s own fuel reserve, as Australia hunts for a way to address dwindling local supply. Australia has enough petrol and ...

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Australia won’t host U.S. missiles, prime minister says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the United States revealed ambitions to site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. Officials from both governments held talks in Sydney over the weekend that ended with a joint statement in which the two allies pledged to strengthen opposition to Chinese ...

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Israel Folau launches court proceedings against Rugby Australia, NSW Waratahs over unfair dismissal claim

Sacked former rugby union international Israel Folau will today launch court proceedings for unfair dismissal against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs. Folau’s multi-million-dollar contract was terminated in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell. Rugby Australia said the post breached its professional players code of conduct — a decision that was upheld ...

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Labor senator urges tax on digital companies to stop them ‘pillaging’ Australian economy

Australia should tax digital companies based on their revenue and extend superannuation to all working Australians, new Labor senator Tony Sheldon has said. In an interview ahead of his first speech on Wednesday, Sheldon said he would hold technology companies including Uber, Facebook, Amazon and Google accountable for “failing our economy and democracy” and “disrupt the disrupters” by calling for ...

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US backers of rightwing Australian conference say CPAC event won’t be one-off

The powerful US backers of a conservative conference being held in Sydney next week say they are committed to making the event a “multi-year, forever-type project” aimed at galvanising the right wing of Australian politics. The organiser of the first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, says the event will “not be a one-off” and that its US backers, the ...

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One in three Australian MPs own an investment property

More than one in three Australian lower house MPs own investment properties, sharing a lucrative portfolio of 90 homes and apartments between them. The latest batch of financial interest declarations was released on Wednesday, showing a significant holding of investment properties among Coalition MPs, many of whom strongly opposed attempts to overhaul negative gearing. A Guardian analysis also shows about 15% of ...

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Australian business should cut less, grow more, fund manager says

The head of IFM Investors says the $140bn investment powerhouse will be pushing Australian company bosses to work on growing their businesses instead of focusing on cutting costs. The chief executive, Brett Himbury, said IFM, which invests on behalf of Australian industry super funds and like-minded international pension outfits, also supports mining giant BHP’s new pledge to do more to ...

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Government refers Crown allegations to integrity commission – politics live

If Christian Porter is writing these dixers, it is just indicative of how busy he is, because OMG it might just be easier to put a microphone on the prime minister when he delivers his joint party room rah rah, then put up with this. Put it in a press release. Let backbenchers ask questions that actually matter to their communities. Can ...

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Poverty is rising again in Australia and expert cites welfare changes as likely cause

Poverty in Australia is increasing again after several years of decline, a respected University of Melbourne study has found, with changes to welfare policies cited as a possible contributor. The annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (Hilda) survey, released on Tuesday, found the proportion of people living below the relative poverty line – 50% of the median income – ...

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