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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’s Do-over Election: A Guide to All the Parties and Who Holds the Keys to the Next Government

The final list of political parties running in Israel’s September 17 election looks like it will be remarkably — and historically — short. The entire political firmament learned a harsh lesson from the April election: unity within ideological allies is crucial. Smaller parties flying solo risk falling below the electoral threshold and not making the Knesset — and when that ...

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Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank

JERUSALEM — In a rare step, Israel approved plans late Tuesday to build 715 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, though the government is soon expected to endorse 6,800 units for Jewish settlers there, too. About 3,700 settler housing units have already been approved this year, and the addition of 6,800 would push 2019 past the record ...

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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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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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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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Shayna Jack: The swimming scandal that has embarrassed Australia

Australian swimming is being accused of hypocrisy after an Olympic hopeful said she returned an abnormal drug test just days after teammate Mack Horton’s high-profile protest against a Chinese rival suspected of a doping offence. Queensland swimmer Shayna Jack announced on Sunday that she had tested positive for anabolic agent Ligandrol – which is popular with bodybuilders – in late ...

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