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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Believes in Religious Freedom

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Believes in Religious Freedom

Mr Turnbull promised “extensive” protections for religious freedom but made it clear this was up to parliament as a whole rather than the government.

“I just want to reassure Aus­tralians that as strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, as strongly as I believe in that, even more strongly, if you like, do I believe in religious freedom,” the Prime Minister said.

“Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this parliament.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Liberals Vote in Favour of Financial WAxit

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Liberals Vote in Favour of Financial WAxit

The non-binding so-called “WAxit” policy motion, put forward by the Brand division, called for the establishment of a committee “to examine the option of WA becoming an independent state within the Commonwealth”.

But after hot debate today, the motion was amended to becoming “financially independent” as suggested by state president Norman Moore.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: The Case for Welfare Card Takes Center Stage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: The Case for Welfare Card Takes Center Stage

Bill Shorten said he could see pluses and minuses with the welfare card:

“The one thing I know about trials is they have to be genuine trials. We have to make sure that the community supports it. We have to make is that you are if people are suffering from addiction there is all the support to help them break the cycle of the addiction, as opposed to just the heavy-handed terms of this card. Labor is going to wait until we see all of the results. We’ve got an open mind but the community has got to want to support it. What I don’t want to see is genuine people who are down on their luck being treated with hard measures just to get a headline in the big cities.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Respect as Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns Turn Nasty

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Urges Respect as Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns Turn Nasty

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged restraint from both sides.

“You cannot ask for respect from the ’No’ case if you’re not prepared to give respect to the ’No’ case.”

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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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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 17 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 17 August 2017

Both Australia and Papua New Guinea have said the Manus camp will close by October, but the fate of the men living there remains in doubt. The High Court challenge to Australia’s policy was launched by an Iranian asylum seeker who has been held on Manus since 2013.

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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: 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: 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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