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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Here’s Magda Szubanski’s Hilarious Hypothetical Comparison to Same Sex Marriage Debate

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Here’s Magda Szubanski’s Hilarious Hypothetical Comparison to Same Sex Marriage Debate

“You’re sending a very clear message of equal but different. Believe me, this is coming on the tail end of the oppressions that we’ve been through and I don’t want to come across as a whinger but we have to acknowledge the history of this,” Ms Magda Szubanski said.

“What it would mean to us to be fully acknowledged, I don’t know if you can really understand after the bashings, the discriminations, the murders. This isn’t just out of the blue. It comes within an historical contex.

“How would you feel if Sri Lankan people were told that you can’t be married?”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Peter Cosgrove, Lynn Cosgrove Visit Lebanon

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Peter Cosgrove, Lynn Cosgrove Visit Lebanon

“After the official retreat, the Lebanese and Australian delegations will join the talks, followed by a joint press conference,” Baabda palace added, saying that “Governor-General Cosgrove will sign the register of honor after that.”

Then, Mrs. Aoun and Lady Cosgrove will join President Aoun and Sir Cosgrove at Baabda Palace where Aoun holds lunch in honor of his guest at 1 p.m., the statement mentions.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Citizenship Bill Dead

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Citizenship Bill Dead

The proposal would have required applicants to live in Australia for four years on permanent residency visas and demonstrate “competence” in English. Mr Dutton had sought to apply the changes to all people who applied from April 20, but he could not secure support from the Senate.

NXT senator Stirling Griff rejected Mr Dutton’s 11th-hour attempt at compromise, “The Government did not need legislation to impose the freeze on citizenship applications and it most certainly does not need legislation to lift it.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: $1m Taxpayer Funds Sex Change Surgeries, Gender Dysphoria Treatment Justified: Payne Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: $1m Taxpayer Funds Sex Change Surgeries, Gender Dysphoria Treatment Justified: Payne Says

“What Defence provides is comprehensive healthcare that is clinically necessary for the management of health conditions, of illnesses and injuries,” Senator Payne said.

“Gender dysphoria, in that context, is managed in accordance with current best practice clinical guidelines under the same principles as any other health condition.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Biggest Clampdown on Federal Lobbying Takes Center Stage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Biggest Clampdown on Federal Lobbying Takes Center Stage

“I am seeing people in my office like Stephen Conroy, or there’s Martin Ferguson representing the mining industry, Adam Giles representing Gina Rinehart – these are doyens of the labor movement suddenly spruiking for big business, it’s surreal,” he said.

“There should be a far bigger firebreak between what they did and what they start to do again.”

However, Senator Hinch questioned whether five years was too long: “My gut says two years is enough to break the nexus. “The way information is spread so fast these days, if you have been out of the loop for two years, well, you’re pretty much out of the loop.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: North Korea Just Sent Chilling Threat to Australia for Joining US, South Korea

“Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK despite our repeated warnings, they will not be able to avoid a disaster,” Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned.

The warning comes after Ms Bishop pledged solidarity with South Korea in the face of the North’s ongoing nuclear threat.

“We stand united with (South Korea) against the provocative and threatening behaviour of North Korea,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

“The court is aware of the need for a speedy decision, but it is not always possible to do so immediately,” said chief justice, Susan Kiefel.

The court’s decision will determine whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can maintain his shaky grip on power. Should the court rule that Joyce, the sole lower house lawmaker caught up in the crisis, is ineligible, Turnbull will need to win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Talks Climate Change in London

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Talks Climate Change in London

Now freed from any belief he will be prime minister again, Mr Abbott claims virtue in saying it as he sees it. Even if it is from the fringe.

The prospect of a bipartisan peace on climate policy with Labor, however unlikely, is now impossible. Mr Abbott will not be satisfied even by orthodox expressions of environmentalism. The Clean Energy Target, once tentatively embraced by Mr Turnbull, is already facing major surgery. It is the only one of Dr Finkel’s recommendations not to have been formally endorsed.

Abandonment of the Clean Energy Target would, in Mr Abbott’s mind, be his victory.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Xenophon Candidate Rhys Adams Sacked Over Rihanna Photo

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Xenophon Candidate Rhys Adams Sacked Over Rihanna Photo

The image, taken at Madame Tussauds in Sydney, was captioned “It’s Chris baby”. Rihanna was physically assaulted by her boyfriend, pop star Chris Brown.

“I spoke to Rhys and said it isn’t acceptable. He is no longer a candidate. Domestic violence is a serious issue that cannot be made fun of,” Senator Xenophon said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Creates Photo ID Database to Help Track Terror Suspects

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Creates Photo ID Database to Help Track Terror Suspects

“It shouldn’t take seven days to be able to verify someone’s identity or seek to match the photo of someone who is a person of interest,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“It should be done seamlessly and in real time,” Turnbull said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Property Developers Will Be Banned from Donating to State, Local Government

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Property Developers Will Be Banned from Donating to State, Local Government

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she fully supported two of the report’s 31 recommendations – a ban on developer donations and better means to deal with perceived conflicts of interest for councillors.

“I will ensure that developed donations are banned. I will not make rules for local councils that I am not prepared to follow myself, so any changes we make will apply to state as well as local government.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she was also concerned about councillors voting on developer applications when there was a clear conflict of interest.

“We will look at fixing that matter up as a matter of priority,” she said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: New Australia Warships to be Equipped With Long-Range Missile Systems: Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: New Australia Warships to be Equipped With Long-Range Missile Systems: Turnbull

“Recent events in our region have proven that Australia’s future frigates must be equipped to defend Australia from the threat of medium- and long-range missile attacks,” said Malcolm Turnbull during a speech in Sydney in an apparent reference to North Korean missile tests.
He further added that the new warships would be operating in “a complex and growing threat environment.”

“By bringing together the proven Aegis system, with a cutting edge Australian tactical interface developed by SAAB Australia, our future frigates will have the best capability to defeat future threats above and below the surface,” he underlined.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Mathias Cormann Defends John Howard ‘No ad’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Mathias Cormann Defends John Howard ‘No ad’

Senator Cormann told Sky News: “I think any criticism of John Howard for expressing his view is entirely unwarranted and uncalled for. Everybody is entitled to their view. I mean we are having a national conversation about whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.”

People across Australia have the opportunity to have their say as to what their view is in relation to that question.

“Of course everybody is entitled to participate and express their views. We’ve said all the way through that we would expect people to do so with courtesy and respect, and that is of course precisely the way John Howard has conducted himself.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Annastacia Palaszczuk Slump in Popularity, May Be Out of Power After One Term: Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Annastacia Palaszczuk Slump in Popularity, May Be Out of Power After One Term: Poll

Ms Palaszczuk’s personal popularity has also taken a hit, with the Reachtel poll having her deadlocked with Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls as preferred premier 50:50.

It has been widely speculated that the premier, who has been on annual leave, could call an election as early as this week for late October or early November. Her government expires in January 2018, but an election can be held as late as May next year.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Howard ‘Vote No’ Ads Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Howard ‘Vote No’ Ads Backfires

Labor frontbencher Terri Butler said Mr Howard was “yesterday’s man” and while entitled to his opinion, it was “unfortunate” he had used his standing as a former prime minister to advocate for the ‘no’ campaign.

“It was, as you know, the Howard government which changed the marriage act a long time ago to explicitly say the marriage is between a man and a woman. It is a bit rich coming from someone who did change the marriage law without any need for a national opinion poll or a plebiscite or anything like that.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Astro Labe Who Allegedly Headbutted Tony Abbott Takes Center Stage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Astro Labe Who Allegedly Headbutted Tony Abbott Takes Center Stage

Mr Abbott had earlier alleged Mr Labe, who was wearing a pro same sex marriage sticker, was motivated by the divisive issue. A fundraiser for Mr Labe’s legal fees, on the Go Fund Me website, had collected more than $2000 by Saturday night. The fundraiser for the Hobart DJ read in part:

“I propose we raise some funds which will most likely be needed in the near future for court fees … of Astro Labe.

“This GoFundMe nor the creator in no way condone any violence.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Backs Coal-Fired Power Station in North Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk Calls for Fairness Across National Market

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Backs Coal-Fired Power Station in North Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk Calls for Fairness Across National Market

The prime minister says the Liberal National Party opposition’s plan to build a coal-fired power plant would be deserving of a share in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s $5 billion in funds.

“It would be a very worthy candidate for that,” Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Brisbane.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Pleads Ignorance Over $995-a-Head Fundraiser

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Pleads Ignorance Over $995-a-Head Fundraiser

“It will give people an opportunity to actually spend some time with us and talk with us because people are very interested in One Nation and where we are headed because people are fed up with the major political parties,” One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scott Morrison Vows Protection of Religious Freedoms

“Religious freedoms and the freedom of religion more generally is something I feel very strongly about,” Scott Morrison said. “It’s one of the reasons I’ve been fairly active on this issue in the past and, if the survey were to return a Yes (vote), well, any bill that would then come forward — the prime minister’s made this point — he would be working very hard to ensure that religious freedoms were protected.”

“I can ensure Australians that this would be on the top of my list for that particular bill and how it went through.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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