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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

The boss of the city’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, said he understood the need for safety but the reported incident with the Danish royal was “not a good look” for the city.

“It’s certainly not the headlines that we want going around the world,” chief executive Brett Fraser told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“Indeed, we do a lot of work to position Brisbane as a destination of choice worldwide for business, for leisure. Headlines like that certainly don’t help us.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

David Schulz said it was not council’s business to be changing Australia Day celebrations.

“Australia Day is January 26 and it should remain that day. They’re doing it without proper consultation and they’re just making decisions for us. I’m definitely worried about a domino effect, once two councils do it, others will just follow their lead.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Developers to Design Protection from Vehicle Attacks

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Developers to Design Protection from Vehicle Attacks

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, “The best mitigation are done at the design,. The most important thing is that, as you get new developments, new plans, that security measures are put in place at that time. The threat is constantly evolving, and so what we have to do is make sure that we too are constantly improving and updating the measures we have to keep Australians safe.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Burqa ‘Stunt’ Backfires

Attorney General George Brandis said, “Senator Hanson, I’m not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa, when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith. Be very, very careful not to offend the religious sensibilities of other Australians. To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

“Will you work to ban the burqa in Australia in light of what is happening with national security?” Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson said after whipping off the garment to question Attorney-General George Brandis.

Pauline Hanson added: “Terrorism is a true threat to our country, many Australians are in fear of it.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Slams Shorten of New Zealand Labour Party Conspiracy to Undermine the Government

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Slams Shorten of New Zealand Labour Party Conspiracy to Undermine the Government

‘We have learned this morning the Australian Labor Party has been conspiring with the NZ Labour Party to undermine the position of the deputy prime minister and the government of Australia,’ Malcolm Turnbull said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Support ‘Same-Sex Marriage’: Josh Frydenberg to Electorate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Support ‘Same-Sex Marriage’: Josh Frydenberg to Electorate

Senior Liberal Josh Frydenberg says, ‘But when it comes to my broader position in terms of campaigning on this issue, I have bigger fish to fry and that is energy policy and that will be my priority in the weeks and the months ahea. We have an awful lot of things on our plate, I think that what we campaigned on was an opportunity to give all Australian’s a say in a plebiscite. That’s exactly what we’re delivering on now it’s up to the good people of Australia to have their say.’

‘The more people who enrol the better,’ Josh Frydenburg.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Keep Away From ‘Bloody Ugly’ War With Kim Jong-un: Former Army Chief Peter Leahy Warns Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Keep Away From ‘Bloody Ugly’ War With Kim Jong-un: Former Army Chief Peter Leahy Warns Turnbull

Army chief Peter Leahy said, “I think we need to perhaps take a deep breath and … run as quickly and as hard as we can down the diplomatic and the economic options, because it’s a pretty horrid thought to think that in the space of just a few days — a week or more — we could be at war. We’re not talking about a few guns, we’re talking about tens of thousands of guns, and stockpiled artillery. So they’d be able to inflict, very quickly on Seoul, massive damage.”

“It’s going to look bloody ugly.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten to Turnbull: You’re Personally Responsible for ‘Every Hurtful Bit of Filth’ Unleashed By Public Debate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten to Turnbull: You’re Personally Responsible for ‘Every Hurtful Bit of Filth’ Unleashed By Public Debate

“I hold you responsible for every hurtful bit of filth that this debate will unleash, not because the Prime Minister has said it, not because he agrees to it, he clearly doesn’t. But because the Prime Minister has licensed this debate,” Mr Shorten said, in a reference to the fact that lobbyists on both sides of debate won’t be bound by the safeguards of the Commonwealth Electoral Act, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics is conducting the survey.

“In two years of a prime ministership defined by moral cowardice, this a new low.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: UN Warns of Worsening Crisis at Australian Refugee Camp After Death

“The announcement of the closure of the center, in the absence of appropriate alternatives, is causing acute distress among refugees and asylum seekers,” said the UN statement.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Takes Center Stage in Senate

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has promised to quit the Coalition if the Liberal Party allows MPs a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage without a plebiscite. same-sex marriage advocates released their own legal advice showing the government could not conduct a postal vote without its own legislation and that any move down that path would be open to challenge in the High Court. “This is not about the Prime Minister’s leadership, this is about the issue of same-sex marriage and whether or not the definition of marriage should be changed,” Senator Cormann said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull WA GST Comment Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull WA GST Comment Backfires

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio: “It is a complete parallel universe between what the media are saying and what people I’m meeting in the real world are saying to me.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bill Shorten Backs Aboriginal Constitutional Reform

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bill Shorten Backs Aboriginal Constitutional Reform

The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: “Labor supports a voice for Aboriginal people in our constitution, we support a declaration by all parliaments, we support a truth-telling commission, we are not confronted by the notion of treaties with our first Australians.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Trump to Turnbull: ‘You’re Worse than Me’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Trump to Turnbull: ‘You’re Worse than Me’

In the call, Mr Trump displayed no knowledge of Australia’s immigration policy and the reasons for the detentions on Nauru and Manus. “What is the thing about boats, why do you discriminate about boats?’ The president says to Mr Turnbull.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Under Siege From Liberal Party

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Under Siege From Liberal Party

“If we get the chance to vote up marriage equality and have a vote on it in the parliament, a fair dinkum vote, we are absolutely up for that but it doesn’t have to be me or someone senior in Labor who moves the bill. Let’s make it cross-party. Let’s just get it done,” Bill Shorten said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Faces Spill Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Faces Spill Over Same-Sex Marriage

Liberal Trevor Evans, has called for the dumping of the Turnbull government’s election commitment to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Renews Push for Australian Republic

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Renews Push for Australian Republic

‘If the yes vote prevails – and I’m optimistic it will – then we can consider how that head of state is chosen,’ Bill Shorten says.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

“China is North Korea’s major financial backer. It has much more leverage over North Korea than it claims,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Cardinal George Pell Faces Sex Abuse Charges

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Cardinal George Pell Faces Sex Abuse Charges

Pope Francis pledged “zero tolerance” policy for sex abuse in Catholic Church. Pope Francis said he would not comment on Pell’s case until it is over.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Will Accept Dozen Central American Refugees Within Next Few Months: Sources

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Will Accept Dozen Central American Refugees Within Next Few Months: Sources

Canberra pledged to take an unspecified number of Central American refugees under a deal struck with US president Barack Obama late last year.

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