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Morrison vows climate action in budget

Morrison vows climate action in budget

Scott Morrison has flagged new measures to combat climate change in next month’s federal budget, admitting natural disasters have tested the nation’s resilience. The prime minister on Friday continued his charm offensive in Western Australia, addressing a business breakfast in the mining epicentre of Karratha in the state’s Pilbara region. He was later due to...

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Politicians and judges to be included in Sex Discrimination Act

Politicians and judges to be included in Sex Discrimination Act

The federal government will amend the Sex Discrimination Act to include politicians and judges, who have previously been exempt from the laws. More than a year after receiving the Respect at Work report, the government has announced it will adopt the 55 recommendations either in full or in part. Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said a series...

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Hanson asks property investors to go rural

Hanson asks property investors to go rural

As Australia enters a new housing boom, Pauline Hanson is shining the light on an opportunity for investors to park their money. The One Nation leader is calling on investors to consider buying rental properties in western Queensland towns where a housing shortage is creating uncertainty for an expected surge in jobs growth in Charleville....

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Andrew Laming escapes police action after allegedly taking inappropriate photo of woman

Andrew Laming escapes police action after allegedly taking inappropriate photo of woman

Pressure is mounting on the prime minister to expel disgraced backbencher Andrew Laming from the coalition. Dr Laming is accused of taking an inappropriate photograph of a woman while she was bending over, as well as harassing two female constituents. The woman involved in the photograph incident has lodged a formal complaint with Queensland police....

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Covid-19: Brisbane lockdown ends ahead of Easter weekend

Covid-19: Brisbane lockdown ends ahead of Easter weekend

The Australian city of Brisbane exited its snap three-day lockdown on Thursday after only one local Covid-19 case was reported in the previous day. The outbreak in Queensland’s capital – home to two million residents – has grown to 16 infections in total. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the low number of new infections meant...

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Embattled MP Andrew Laming says picture of woman with underwear exposed was to show ‘impossible task’

Embattled MP Andrew Laming says picture of woman with underwear exposed was to show ‘impossible task’

Scott Morrison’s attempts to drag his government out of crisis over the treatment of women have been obliterated by the disturbing behaviour of disgraced backbencher Andrew Laming. Laming will not contest the election but will remain in the coalition party room after admitting to bullying, stalking and harassing several women. The Queenslander is also under...

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Tasmania heading to an early election

Tasmania heading to an early election

Tasmania will head to the polls for an early election after its Liberal government was plunged into minority. Premier Peter Gutwein has announced the election, which was not due until May 2022, will be held on May 1. “I did this because Tasmania can’t afford the uncertainly of minority government,” he said on Friday. “This...

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PM Morrison: Australia poised for inquiry into veteran suicide

PM Morrison: Australia poised for inquiry into veteran suicide

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks set to announce a Royal Commission to examine veteran suicides, after a government backbench revolt over delays in establishing an inquiry. Morrison last year said his government would appoint a permanent national commissioner to investigate suicides among current and former military personnel amid rising public anger over the issue....

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NSW top cop floats sexual consent app

NSW top cop floats sexual consent app

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has floated using a mobile phone app to record sexual consent between two partners as he searches for ways to reduce sexual violence. Mr Fuller said he envisages the app being run by a private company, although he concedes it might never happen at all. “Intimate violence against particularly women...