Politics

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a politician I’ve never met. Jo Cox was the British Labour MP slain on… As nationalism is weaponised, Australia…   Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

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The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

George Brandis: Labor calls for Attorney-General to be sacked over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Federal Opposition is calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to be sacked over a “secret” deal struck with the West Australian Government allowing it to claw back nearly $1 billion from the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group. ABC Jane Norman In May, the High Court struck down WA legislation that would have given the state the power to decide how to carve up the settlement following the collapse of the Bell Group in the 1990s. According to The West ... Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer Βritain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »

What is concealed by ‘telling it like it is’?

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A certain kind of public language has been emboldened of late in Western politics: call it “straight talking”. ABC It is at once intemperate and inflammatory, it is deliberately non-conciliatory and destined to be widely reported – all in the name of “being honest” with voters. Donald Trump’s claims about… What is concealed by ‘telling… Read More »

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (Greens MPS, Flickr) Cash For Contacts: Larissa Waters Calls For End To Secret Meetings, Sweetheart Political Deals

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When Ministers retire from politics straight into the arms of Big Corporate and Big Mining, our democracy is under threat. New Matilda Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues for tighter restrictions. Australians are fed up with establishment politics and… Queensland Greens Senator… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »

Clinton’s loss is one more nail in the coffin of center-left politics in the West

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PARIS — When Donald Trump shocked the world with an upset victory in the U.S. presidential election this month, much of Europe was aghast. The Washington Post By James McAuley and Griff Witte But in at least one critical sense, the result couldn’t have been more European: Across the… Clinton’s loss is… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

Rod Culleton and the associates who claim 50 years of Australian laws are invalid

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Inside story: A letter written by the One Nation senator to a Queensland magistrate is linked to unorthodox legal advocates who argue that the constitution requires the governor general to be paid in pounds instead of dollars The Guardian Joshua Robertson Rodney Culleton’s alleged attempt to influence a Queensland magistrate involved a case against a bankrupt former legal advocate whose supporters include an adviser to the One Nation senator. Culleton has been referred to police over a letter asking the ... Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

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Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »