Leadership

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces 12-month pay freeze for MPs

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a 12-month pay freeze for the country’s politicians, saying they are already paid well enough. ABC / AP MPs were due to receive a 3 per cent pay rise during September, backdated to July 1, in line with recommendations from the independent Remuneration Authority, but Ms Ardern said she… It would have seen Ms Ardern pocket an extra $NZ14,131.47 ($AU12,810) per year on top of her current salary of $427,072. The pay ... Read More »

PM Malcolm Turnbull should resign and hand over leadership to Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann says

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Malcolm Turnbull has been told he has lost the support of the Liberal party room and should step down as Prime Minister. By political reporter Louise Yaxley ABC The crisis has deepened ever further with the Government adjourning the House of Representatives. “Shame, Shame” was shouted from the Labor side as the vote result was announced and the lower house rose five hours early. The Government’s one-seat majority was again tested with crossbenchers Rebekha Sharkie and Cathy McGowan refusing to ... Read More »

Denmark as a Model for American Socialists?

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Here are some facts to consider before American “democratic socialists” look to Denmark for guidance, as Senator Bernie Sanders did during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lars Hedegaard Gatestone Institute First of all, Danes actually pay for their brand of socialism through heavy taxation. In Denmark, everyone pays at least the 25% value-added tax (VAT) on all purchases. Income tax rates are high. If you receive public support and are of working age and healthy enough to work, the state will ... Read More »

SPD’s Andrea Nahles says Germany may give aid to Turkey

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Ahead of Turkish President Erdogan’s trip to Germany in September, the SPD’s Andrea Nahles has said German aid is a possibility. It comes as tensions between the US and Turkey rise over the house arrest of a… DW The head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) Andrea Nahles has said there could be circumstances in which Germany would provide financial assistance to Turkey during its economic… “A situation might arise where Germany needs to help Turkey, regardless of political tensions ... Read More »

No Parades for a President “Drunk on Power”

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“Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,” retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, former head of the… Lyn Yaeger Vogue McRaven was responding to President Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan seemingly to punish Brennan for his frank and fearless comments, which… McRaven continued, “If you think for a moment that your ... Read More »

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, dead at age 80

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(CNN) – Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations, has died at age 80. By Laura Smith-Spark, Richard Roth and Joe Sterling, CNN He served as Secretary-General at a time when worries about the Cold War were replaced by threats of global terrorism, and his efforts to combat those threats and secure a more peaceful world brought him the… Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, ... Read More »

‘It’s NOT too late!’ Ex-civil service boss claims it’s NECESSARY to rethink & DELAY Brexit

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BRITAIN may have to “pause” it’s exit from the European Union and “re-examine” its decision to leave the bloc if the Government is unable to strike a deal with Brussels, claimed the former head of the… Charlotte Davis Express Remainer Lord Kerslake claimed it is “necessary” to delay Brexit and insisted it is “not too late” to “reopen the question” on whether the UK should proceed with Brexit. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Saturday, Lord Kerslake hit out at the Government’s ... Read More »

Euthanasia bill defeat: former territory leaders say Malcolm Fraser’s promise broken

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Paul Everingham says former prime minister had given him an undertaking not to override territory laws Ben Smee The Guardian Amid a fresh push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, the Northern Territory’s first chief minister and deputy have revealed – for the first time in more than 40 years – they were promised the… The Senate rejected on Wednesday night a bill from Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm to allow territories to pass their own laws on voluntary ... Read More »

Big consultancy firms call the Federal Government ‘The Dairy’ because they milk it for all it’s worth, inquiry hears

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Are consultants making so much money from the Federal Government that they’re now treating departments as cash cows and openly dubbing it “The Dairy”? Henry Belot ABC That’s the charge from federal Labor, which confronted the big four consultancy firms — Deloitte, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young — at a parliamentary inquiry on Friday. The firms, which have won more than $1.7 billion in Federal Government business in recent years, say they are not aware of the nickname reportedly ... Read More »

Vatican expresses ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuse of 1,000 children by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania

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The Vatican has expressed ‘shame and sorrow’ after a report detailed decades of abuse in the Catholic Church Chris Riotta Independent The Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” in its first response to a groundbreaking US Grand Jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report accuses over 300 “predator” priests throughout Pennsylvania of abusing nearly 1,000 children — and the Church of conducting a systematic cover-up. However, the actual number of total abuses in those dioceses since 1947 ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis on the Shadow of Racism and ”The Power of Hope”

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Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre talks to Daily Review about his new book ‘The Power of Hope’. Fotis Kapetopoulos Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is tired. He’s suffering a throat infection and has just returned from ten-day national book tour for The Power of Hope. Or How Community Love and Compassion can change the World.  “Yiasou mate… I’m running ragged… they’ve worn me out again,” he rasps over the phone.  Kon has decided to carry much on his ... Read More »

‘Almost certifiable’: Bob Katter pays political price for backing Fraser Anning’s ‘final solution’ speech

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A furious backlash against federal MP Bob Katter is set to deprive him of key Labor preferences and union money after he fully endorsed his senator Fraser Anning’s notorious “final solution”… Michael Kosiol The Age But while one union donor confirmed it would no longer support Katter’s Australian Party, the giant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union refused to say whether it would disown Mr… The far north Queensland MP has been shunned by acquaintances in the wake of ... Read More »

Europe Needs Its Own Charles de Gaulle

Gen, Charles de Gaulle leads a triumphant procession down Champs-Elysees as part of the celebration of the liberation of Paris. To the right of de Gaulle is General Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, Commander of the French Armored Division. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

There’s nothing wrong with today’s European Union that France’s legendary 20th-century leader didn’t see coming—and didn’t try to fix when he had the chance. Βy Bruno Maçães FP Julian Jackson’s new biography of Charles de Gaulle is a gripping and enlightening reflection on political power and its mysteries. The book fulfills the minimum requirements, of course, by recounting the major events of de Gaulle’s life: his heroic service in World War I, his prescient warnings in the interwar years about ... Read More »

Kabila Shows His Hand in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker

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As election preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo proceed, President Joseph Kabila has announced he will not run for re-election. He may hope this important move will relieve outside pressure for free and fair elections. International actors should keep up the scrutiny. Hans Hoebeke ICG On 8 August 2018, the filing deadline, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s ruling majority coalition announced that Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari would be its candidate in the presidential election slated for 23… The announcement ... Read More »

Poland’s Duda vetoes change to European Parliament voting rules

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Critics say planned change would have resulted in just two parties being able to win seats in next year’s European election. By MICHAŁ BRONIATOWSKI Politico WARSAW — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties. The proposed change — which he said would have raised the election threshold to over 16 percent — is going ... Read More »

Rising Tensions Between U.S. and Turkey

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Readers criticize Turkey’s president (who wrote an Op-Ed article for The Times) for his increasingly autocratic and theocratic rule. The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Tensions Mount Between Ankara and Washington” (front page, Aug. 11): Let me get this straight. Last year President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looked on while his thuggish bodyguards assaulted American citizens peacefully protesting in Washington, and President Trump did nothing. This year, Mr. Erdogan ordered the Turkish military into northern Syria to attack and… ... Read More »