Australia

Australians reject Coalition attacks on businesses promoting social issues

New survey finds almost 80% support CEOs having a say, but more than half believe when they do, it is out of self-interest Australians overwhelmingly support business leaders speaking out on social and political issues, according to a new survey that conflicts with government efforts to paint such efforts as corporate kowtowing to “noisy elites”. However, the new survey, from ...

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Labor targets PM over Gladys Liu’s alleged links to Chinese Communist party

Scott Morrison pressed on whether Liberal MP is a ‘fit and proper’ person to be sitting in federal parliament Labor has targeted Scott Morrison over the credentials of Chinese-born MPGladys Liu, asking what steps he had taken to ensure she was a “fit and proper” person to sit in parliament. In question time on Wednesday, the shadow attorney general, Mark ...

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Scott Morrison won’t attend UN climate summit despite being in the US

Exclusive: PM has signalled Australia isn’t making any new emissions reduction targets, at least at this point Scott Morrison will not attend the UN climate action summit despite him being in America to visit the Trump administration at the time – deploying the foreign minister, Marise Payne, and the Australian ambassador for the environment, Patrick Suckling, instead. Guardian Australia understands ...

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‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions

Something strange is happening in the air above Antarctica that hasn’t happened since 1992 — and it has dire consequences for Australia. The Arctic is on fire. Now, Antarctica is suddenly experiencing a heatwave. And that means a looming rainfall apocalypse for Australia. According to a recent report by senior researchers from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, we’re in for ...

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Firefighters who helped stop alleged Sydney stabber ‘don’t feel like heroes’

The firefighters who helped tackle the alleged Sydney stabber last week say they don’t feel like heroes. The four members of the Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Drummoyne Fire Station revealed how they stumbled upon the unfolding horror in the city last Tuesday and sprang into action. They were on their way back from two minor calls in the ...

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Sydney lord mayor calls snap Pyrmont planning review an ‘astounding betrayal of trust’

Clover Moore warns NSW planning rules at stake after Berejiklian says suburb is ‘open for business and ready to be taken to the next level’ The lord mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has warned that “the entire credibility of the planning system” in New South Wales is at stake after the premier intervened to order a speedy review of planning ...

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Sydney stabbing suspect Mert Ney ‘suffering’ in custody without medication, lawyer says

Man accused of killing Michaela Dunn and stabbing another woman needs pain relief and mental health aid, according to lawyer The lawyer for a man accused of murdering one woman and stabbing another in the Sydney CBD has again called for his client to receive pain and mental health medication, saying his previous requests fell on deaf ears. Mert Ney, ...

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Morrison: middle Australia has lost faith in public sector

Scott Morrison to map out overhaul of public service while Josh Frydenberg will promise banking changes before end of year The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking ...

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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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