Australia

Giant pink condom put onto Sydney’s Hyde Park obelisk to remind residents to have safe sex

The 18-metre tall condom was put onto the heritage-listed structure on Friday night in the lead up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to be held next month, by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health promotion organisation ACON. The organisation’s chief executive Nicolas Parkhill said the Mardi Gras was a good time to remind people that ...

Malcolm Turnbull’s new push to resettle refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in third countries

Australia is now in negotiations with three countries about taking some of the asylum seekers who are now in detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Negotiations are under way with Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, officials said, to allow the resettlement of asylum seekers.  And less advanced discussions are taking place with three other countries as the Turnbull government ...

Ian Macfarlane, former Abbott government minister, to quit federal politics

Federal Liberal MP and former industry minister Ian Macfarlane has announced he is quitting politics, saying sitting on the backbench was no longer an option. The Queensland MP is the fourth Liberal to announce their retirement from politics in the past week. Mr Macfarlane has held the seat of Groom for 18 years, nine of which he spent as a ...

Asylum policies and the problem of a ‘higher purpose’

The real problem with our asylum policies is not that supporters have a cold-blooded indifference to the plight of others. It’s that they make a conscious decision to follow a harsh approach in pursuit of a supposedly higher purpose, writes Michael Bradley. Curiouser and curiouser. Only in Wonderland could Philip Ruddock be made Australia’s Special Envoy for Human Rights. In ...

Don’t ask for our approval on major reform, Prime Minister

Politicians are scared of springing major reforms on us without seeking our approval first. But that’s how it has been done in the past, and contrary to popular belief, voters can get over it, writes Peter Brent. Yesterday in Parliament, Christopher Pyne confirmed what Malcolm Turnbull had indicated last weekend: that the Federal Government will not take a GST increase ...

Turnbull makes calls to MPs in frontbench reshuffle, Darren Chester offered Infrastructure and Transport portfolio

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is calling MPs that will make up his new frontbench. The ABC understands Victorian Nationals MP Darren Chester has been offered the Infrastructure and Transport portfolio. The portfolio was previously held by Warren Truss, who announced his resignation earlier this week. There are strong indications Steve Ciobo will take on the role of Trade Minister and ...

Shorten to announce capital gains tax, negative gearing election strategy

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce plans on Saturday to change negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount if Labor wins the next federal election. Under costings released from the Parliamentary Budget Office, the measures could save the budget $32.1 billion over 10 years once they come into force. The key measures are: Negative gearing to be restricted ...

Malcolm Turnbull unconvinced GST hike would encourage economic growth

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is not yet convinced that increasing the goods and services tax (GST) is a good idea. Several state premiers have thrown their weight behind the proposal, arguing the revenue from the increase could help them meet budget shortfalls. But Mr Turnbull told the ABC’s Insiders program if the Government pushed ahead with the GST ...

Turnbull Government back Kevin Rudd’s bid to become the UN’s secretary-general

THE Turnbull Government is mad to back Kevin Rudd’s bid to become the UN’s secretary-general this year. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is now attacking former prime minister Tony Abbott for having agreed instead to back New Zealand’s candidate, ex-leader Helen Clark. Abbott was adamant: Rudd had to be blocked. But Bishop, a Rudd mate, has repudiated that deal, and ...

Abbott Can Teach Europe How to ‘Stop the Refugee Boats’

British Prime Minister David Cameron wishes to call former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Europe so he could teach the continent how to “stop the boats” for refugees. British Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to invite and welcome refugees was an ideal example of a Europe filled with emotions and humanity, but because of a world where smugglers and human traffickers ...

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