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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Approval Rating is Down

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Approval Rating is Down

Mr Turnbull’s approval rating is down, but because Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, has fallen much further, the Prime Minister has increased his lead over him as preferred prime minister. It’s not much at all – as we said, the glimmers are few, distant and dim. Of the states, NSW is relatively solid for the Coalition, with the two-party preferred vote split evenly between it and Labor.

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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: ‘Very Big New Idea’: Turnbull Backs Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Very Big New Idea’: Turnbull Backs Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

Turnbull said it was important to remember that “a constitutionally conservative nation has to be persuaded that the amendments respect the fundamental values of the Constitution, and will deliver precise changes, clearly understood, that will ­benefit all Australians … we do not want to embark on some sort of exercise in heroic failure”.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Beats Turnbull in New Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Beats Turnbull in New Poll

“It’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to listen to Australians and his own MPs and senators and just get this done,” Mr Shorten told Fairfax Media.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bill Shorten Slams Pauline Hanson Anti-Islam Post in Wake of London Terror Attack

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bill Shorten Slams Pauline Hanson Anti-Islam Post in Wake of London Terror Attack

Senator Pauline Hanson took to social media in the immediate aftermath of the attack to say “stop Islamic immigration before it is too late”.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Argues: Limit Medicare Levy to High-Income Earners

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten Argues: Limit Medicare Levy to High-Income Earners

“Labor cannot support making people on modest incomes give up even more of their pay packet,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Labor Claims Victory Over Race-Hate Laws Changes

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Labor Claims Victory Over Race-Hate Laws Changes

Labor leader Bill Shorten told parliament the government was wasting time on watering down race-hate laws while people were being put out of work.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Ban Secret Union Payments

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Ban Secret Union Payments

“A repeat offender when it comes to payments was Australian Workers Union Victoria under the leadership then of the now leader of opposition,” Turnbull said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Launches Twitter Tirade, Calls Shorten Liar

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Launches Twitter Tirade, Calls Shorten Liar

Malcolm Turnbull ‘pulled a Donald Trump’ on Sunday, launching a Twitter tirade after a media report claimed the government will scrap welfare payments in the May Budget.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten, Turnbull Focus Now On Jobs

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shorten, Turnbull Focus Now On Jobs

Bill Shorten declears: “Too many Australians think the political system is broken and more than a few don’t trust us to fix it. We need to lift our game.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scandal Exposed! Sussan Ley Resigns

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Scandal Exposed! Sussan Ley Resigns

Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley said she had resigned from her Cabinet position amid an expenses scandal that has proved to be an embarrassing.

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AUSTRALIA: Bill Shorten Calls Malcolm Turnbull ‘Morally Bankrupt’

AUSTRALIA: Bill Shorten Calls Malcolm Turnbull ‘Morally Bankrupt’

Shorten said the Turnbull government was willing to risk “more guns on the streets” in exchange for Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm’s vote.

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AUSTRALIA: Same-Sex Marriage: Turnbull Remains Mute On Parliamentary Vote

AUSTRALIA: Same-Sex Marriage: Turnbull Remains Mute On Parliamentary Vote

Mr Shorten is calling for a free vote on the issue in Parliament — but Mr Turnbull has refused to be drawn on whether he will permit that.

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AUSTRALIA: Malcolm Turnbull Loses Series Of Votes

AUSTRALIA: Malcolm Turnbull Loses Series Of Votes

Bill Shorten ambushed the government and came within one vote of passing a motion to set up the inquiry over Mr Turnbull’s ­objections.

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AUSTRALIA: Shorten Holds Out Hope Of Deal On $6bn Budget Savings

AUSTRALIA: Shorten Holds Out Hope Of Deal On $6bn Budget Savings

Mr Shorten came under pressure from environmental groups to block one of the biggest savings, a $1bn cut to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, while social service groups warned against cuts to welfare services.

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