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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

A gay marriage bill proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith came under ­attack yesterday after it received the written endorsement of Labor Senate leader Penny Wong and Greens leader Richard Di Natale under a process approved by Mr Turnbull.

Speaking in Manila, Mr Turnbull said it was “up to the parliament” to resolve the shape of any same-sex marriage legislation and repudiated stronger protections for service providers with conscientious objections to gay weddings as having “virtually no prospect” of passing the parliament.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

“It is my obligation that I must resign,” John Alexander told a news conference. “That’s what I will do. I think there is a great need for certainty, to clarify the situation and to do so as expeditiously as possible.”

Alexander had been waiting for Britain’s Home Office to clarify whether he held British citizenship by descent. It is not known whether they responded.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Drop ‘Protection Racket’, Refer John Alexander to High Court: Federal Opposition Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Drop ‘Protection Racket’, Refer John Alexander to High Court: Federal Opposition Says

Senator Wong said Mr Turnbull’s proposal was “not good enough” and should not be used to cover up Mr Alexander’s woes.

“John Alexander needs to be referred to the High Court,” she said. “Mr Turnbull should not allow the House of Representatives to turn into a protection racket for John Alexander and anyone else simply because Mr Turnbull doesn’t want to risk his numbers on the floor of the House.”

Mr Alexander’s case will loom large over Mr Turnbull’s talks with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Wednesday, as the pair meet in Melbourne to discuss the Coalition’s plan to end the crisis with new citizenship disclosure rules for all MPs.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Puts Julie Bishop in Charge Amid Government Crisis

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Puts Julie Bishop in Charge Amid Government Crisis

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, a member of Turnbull’s Liberal Party, would instead be acting prime minister when he travels to Israel on Monday, three days behind schedule.

“Government goes on, good government goes on,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney, dismissing suggestions that the inability to agree on a deputy indicated tensions within the coalition. “When times get tough, that’s when you put your arms around your mates.”

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to Allow More Pacific Islands Workers, Patrol Fisheries: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed an agreement to allow 2,000 Islanders to work in rural areas over the next three years, adding to an existing seasonal worker program which supplies agricultural labor.

The micro-nations of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu will have first access to the scheme, which will allow workers to engage in non-farm work such as care of the elderly.

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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: 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: 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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