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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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CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

CANADA POLITICS: Passport Program Modernization Initiative $75m Over Budget and Behind Schedule

The passport mess joins the botched Phoenix payroll system, the struggling email transformation initiative and the Canada.ca project as IT schemes inherited by the Liberal government that have bogged down in delays and cost over-runs.

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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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GUYANA: David Arthur Granger Biography And Profile

GUYANA: David Arthur Granger Biography And Profile

David Granger was born in Guyana on 15th July 1945. He is a former Commander of Guyana Defence Force and National Security Adviser to the President. David A. Granger is the holder of three national awards—the Efficiency Medal (1976), the Military Service Medal (1981), and the Military Service Star (1985) for distinguished military service.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: University of Sydney Entangles With Yes, No Camps Clash

One of the participants of the No campaign event Francis, who declined to give his surname for safety reasons, said between 50 and 70 protesters formed a large crowd in front of their stall and used a megaphone to speak over them, throwing glitter and food products at their placards.

“They started throwing glitter at us, starting taking our own food, the hummus, and threw it on one of our members,” he said.

Police were forced to intervene after one man violently attempted to grab a “It’s Okay to Say No” sign from the hands of a member of the Catholic Society.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: EU Seeks Australia Trade Deals By 2019: Juncker President European Commission

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: EU Seeks Australia Trade Deals By 2019: Juncker President European Commission

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said there were “good chances” that the EU would agree the main elements of a new free trade with the Mercosur countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and of an updated trade partnership with Mexico by the end of this year.

“And today, we are proposing to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand,” Juncker told EU lawmakers.

“I want all of these agreements to be finalised by the end of this mandate. And I want them negotiated in the fullest transparency,” he added.

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CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

CANADA POLITICS: Hundreds of Migrants Deported to War-Torn Countries: Government Data

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has maintained consistency on the issue of asylum-seekers.

“Canada welcomes immigrants… that said, there are laws and processes in place for people seeking asylum and our government is sending a clear message,” the spokesman said last month.

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CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

CANADA POLITICS: Jagmeet Singh Example of Discrimination that Deters Minorities From Politics

NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh, who is Sikh, responds to the woman saying he supports and loves her, and that he won’t be intimidated by hate.

“Everyone in this room loves you, we all support you, we believe in your rights,” Jagmeet Singh said as she continued yelling at him in front of a crowd of supporters.

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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: 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: Chelsea Bond Queensland Depiction on Facebook of Indigenous Boy as ‘Trouble Maker’ Backfires

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Chelsea Bond Queensland Depiction on Facebook of Indigenous Boy as ‘Trouble Maker’ Backfires

University of Queensland indigenous studies lecturer Dr Chelsea Bond revealed she was the mother of one of the children pictured and hit out at the post on Twitter.

“On (indigenous Literacy Day) we learn how Education Qld imagines indigenous children,” she wrote, while posting an image of the ad. “Indigenous children weren’t named — they didn’t have to be. We already know that indigenous children are ‘troublemakers’. And just to make sure there was no confusion we made sure we used the ‘authentic aborigine’ to illustrate this.”

“Aboriginal children don’t need saving by white women. They are not your Jedda and nor are they your prop. They are our children. They are loved. They are human and they belong to us (not to you to use as you see fit).”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

CUBA POLITICS: 5-Month Transition Begins that’ll Likely End Raul Castro Departure

At one session Monday evening, about 400 people gathered to choose their neighborhood’s candidate, meeting in front of a house adorned with photos of the late Fidel Castro and Cuban flags. Choosing between their current delegate and a young challenger, they re-nominated physician Orlando Gutierrez. Both men were praised as “revolutionary” and “honest.”

“We have to be here to defend our revolution and the social gains we have won,” said one voter, Ivis Garcia, who works for a state-owned real estate enterprise.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Slams North Korean Missile Testing, Asks United Nations to Step in

North Korea announced this weekend that it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which it declared a “perfect success.”

Justin Trudeau also stated that Canada would continue to work with allies including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., but did not provide more details on his government’s involvement.

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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: Australia, East Timor Reach Agreement on Maritime Border

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia, East Timor Reach Agreement on Maritime Border

Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the agreement was a “landmark day” in the relationship between Timor-Leste and Australia.

“This agreement, which supports the national interest of both our nations, further strengthens the long-standing and deep ties between our governments and our people,” Bishop said. Australia earlier this year agreed to allow East Timor to

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CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

CANADA POLITICS: Liberal Tax Proposals Backfire

“There is a genuine outrage among people who have made all their financial calculations and planning based upon a certain set of tax assumptions and are now seeing those tax assumptions challenged,” said Toronto MP John McKay.

“I don’t know at this stage how locked-in the government is on their proposals, but I do know there is significant outrage among a relatively influential group of people.”

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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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