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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: Would WAxit Happen?

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Would WAxit Happen?

WA would also be left to compete on its own in international sport, potentially pitting it against Australia in events such as international cricket and football World Cup qualification.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

Liberal Party life member Rick Palmer, who is leading the push, said the issue was on the conference agenda because of a belief that WA was being badly treated by Canberra and other states.

“My view is the federation is not working the way it is supposed to,” Rick Palmer said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet, Focuses on Aboriginal Woes

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet, Focuses on Aboriginal Woes

Trudeau, who took office in 2015 promising to repair ties with Canada’s 1.4 million aboriginals, said the former ministry had been designed in an earlier colonial era when governments dictated to indigenous peoples rather than talking to them.

“There’s a sense we have pushed the creaky old structures around (the ministry) about as far as they can go … it could not deliver the reconciliation that we need,” Trudeau told reporters after the reshuffle.

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CANADA POLITICS: US Will ‘Probably’ End NAFTA: Donald Trump

CANADA POLITICS: US Will ‘Probably’ End NAFTA: Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has already threatened earlier this year to end NAFTA. At the time Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office said “heated rhetoric” is common in trade negotiations, her officials had little to add in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Federal Government to Launch Welfare Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge said the crackdown was in line with the Government’s stance on immigration.

“We’ve got a very firm principle that anybody who arrives by boat will not be granted access and permanent residency in Australia” he told Sky.

“They came to Australia for a reason, that reason has now been accomplished and now they need to return.”
Government ‘making these people destitute’

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Binge Drinking Steals Spotlight

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott Binge Drinking Steals Spotlight

Former prime minister Tony Abbott admitted, “I was sober in the morning. But our country is still dealing with the debt and debt hangover of the former Labor government’s spending binge. That’s what we should be focused on, not the fact that Peter Costello, Kevin Andrews and I had three or four bottles of wine over dinner. I don’t think that anyone has ever accused me of not being a knockabout Aussie.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Swaps Oil Minister and PDVSA President

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Swaps Oil Minister and PDVSA President

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Eulogio Del Pino will help drive forward negotiations among producer nations to strengthen energy markets.

“Eulogio is the architect of the OPEC/non-OPEC agreements. Soon we will have a set of trips with respect to that,” Maduro said during a televised broadcast, referring to deals negotiated by oil-producing nations since last year to boost prices.

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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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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge in Asylum-Seekers: Sources

Trudeau said Canada was enforcing immigration rules:

“We are an open and welcoming country because citizens have confidence in our immigration and refugee system and we have been able to continue to defend and protect the integrity of that system.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

CANADA POLITICS: Rana Sarkar Not First Diplomat to be Paid Above Scale: Trudeau Office

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins says no one’s questioning Rana Sarkar’s qualifications, or the importance of the kind of work he will be doing. But he says it’s clear he’s getting special treatment.

“The job comes with a salary range,” Calkins said. “And the PMO knows that. The issue here is another well-connected Liberal is being rewarded with taxpayers’ money.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Yvette D’Ath Says Rules Are Rules After Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Denied Entry to Brisbane Bar

The boss of the city’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing, said he understood the need for safety but the reported incident with the Danish royal was “not a good look” for the city.

“It’s certainly not the headlines that we want going around the world,” chief executive Brett Fraser told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“Indeed, we do a lot of work to position Brisbane as a destination of choice worldwide for business, for leisure. Headlines like that certainly don’t help us.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Darebin Council Decides to Dump Australia Day Ceremonies

David Schulz said it was not council’s business to be changing Australia Day celebrations.

“Australia Day is January 26 and it should remain that day. They’re doing it without proper consultation and they’re just making decisions for us. I’m definitely worried about a domino effect, once two councils do it, others will just follow their lead.”

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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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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Tackling Refugees Surge From United States

Most of the new arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States at the end of the year. Then, temporary asylum granted to 60,000 Haitians affected by a devastating 2010 earthquake is due to expire. Their numbers have soared from about 400 in May to 3,800 in the first weeks of August. Under a Canada-US agreement, asylum seekers traveling through the United States would be turned away at Canadian border checkpoints and told to file a refugee claim in the United States. The Canada-US border is the longest between any countries in the world. There are no fences along the vast stretches of dense forests and mountainous terrain, and security is relatively low.

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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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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pauline Hanson Wears Burqa in Parliament Linking it to Terrorism as Fellow Senators Heckled Her

“Will you work to ban the burqa in Australia in light of what is happening with national security?” Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson said after whipping off the garment to question Attorney-General George Brandis.

Pauline Hanson added: “Terrorism is a true threat to our country, many Australians are in fear of it.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Armenian-Canadians to Trudeau: Cancel Armoured Vehicles Export to Azerbaijan

CANADA POLITICS: Armenian-Canadians to Trudeau: Cancel Armoured Vehicles Export to Azerbaijan

Chahé Tanachian, the Montreal-based president of the Canadian-Armenian Political Affairs Committee, the lobbying arm of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), one of the oldest and largest Armenian diaspora organizations, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express the community’s concerns:

“Canadians of Armenian descent and human rights activists throughout the country are dismayed by Global Affairs Canada’s recent approval of the export of Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers (produced by INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing) to Azerbaijan. The decision to furnish arms to a country which regularly threatens peace in the region is one that violates all the principles that we as Canadians stand for, and which Global Affairs Canada seeks to promote in the world.”

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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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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

“Canada will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest – including a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied fairly when truly warranted,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a speech at the University of Ottawa.

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