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Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »

Supreme Court to hear appeal against South Australian electoral boundary changes

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It is a little over a year until the next South Australian election but a legal row has thrown preparations into turmoil. Angelique Donnellan ABC The SA Labor Government has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court to overturn new state electoral boundaries, which favoured the Liberal Party. Labor has said the redistribution is… Supreme Court to hear appeal… Read More »

Report: Schools Are Teaching Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of ‘Civics’

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The New Civics sweeping colleges and K-12 teaches that citizenship means looking for grievances, then agitating for bigger government to address them. Joy Pullmann The Federalist U.S. civics education, if it exists at all, is being transformed into a political machine to push left-wing causes, undermine American government, and incite civil unrest, finds a 525-page report from the National Association of… Report: Schools Are Teaching… Read More »

Heed Hawke’s call – Australian federalism is an idea whose time has ended

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Former prime minister Bob Hawke’s recent call for the state governments to be abolished is worthy of support. Bede Harris The Conversation Labor has historically been in favour of centralisation, while the Coalition has supported federalism. So, Hawke’s position is not… Heed Hawke’s call – Australian… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

Obama’s legacy in Asia

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After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

Dossiers and make believe: The CIA, Trump and unverified news

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The concept of fake news has been turned inside out with the latest Trump dossier scandal, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. Binoy Kampmark Independent Australia MORNING BREAKFAST NEWS in London on the BBC’s Radio Four on Friday was a delightful affair filled with discussions on Russia (when do we not talk about that busy, stirring Bear these days?) Donald Trump, dossiers… Dossiers and make believe… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

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This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an… Pan Pylas Associated Press Presenting its findings on… Stark inequality: Oxfam… Read More »

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

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Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »

South Korean political crisis escalates as Samsung chief awaits notice of arrest

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Seoul:  South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye’s government gained… Canberra Times Reuters Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee was held overnight on… South Korean political… Read More »

Border tariff fears as UK edges towards hard Brexit

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Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union Pat Leahy, Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified in Dublin following leaks of British prime… Border tariff fears… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »