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Vegan Activist OK With Breaking 'Unjust' Laws

3 min read

Animal rights activist Chris Delforce has defended breaking laws in farm invasions across Australia, in the cause of exposing animal cruelty.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Why Bashing Welfare Recipients As 'Dole Bludgers' Ignores The Unfair Reality

6 min read

There are up to 17 times as many job seekers as job vacancies in Australia. Even if every person on welfare could work, the positions simply don’t exist.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

There Are Only Two Speeches In An MP's Career When They Can Really Cut Loose

4 min read

The term “maiden” for a Parliamentarian’s first speech to the Chamber in which they sit is one of the few politically incorrect terms to survive in the modern era.

Updated

Updated

MP In Alleged Hotel Luggage Rage

2 min read

Victorian Labor politician Will Fowles has allegedly destroyed the door to a room in a Canberra hotel after being told he was unable to access his belongings.

Health

Health

Federal Government Again Rejects Pill Testing Despite Expert Advice

4 min read

Pill testing is "dangerous and unfounded", the health minister has claimed, in slapping down the harm minimisation strategy despite a growing group of experts in support of the move.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

The Critical Thing ScoMo Has In Common With Bill Clinton

4 min read

When George Bush Sr (George W’s father) was running for President of the United States in 1988, the political catchphrase “MO” was coined.

Politics

Politics

Why ScoMo Just Did A Bizarre Borat Impression In Parliament

3 min read

Scott Morrison just did a very bizarre impression of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh journalist in parliament.

Politics

Politics

'Shameful And Pathetic': Fraser Anning Denounced By Almost The Entire Senate

3 min read

Labor's Penny Wong has slammed far-right senator Fraser Anning as "pathetic" and "shameful", as the parliament moved to censure him for his comments following the Christchurch terror attack.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019

Scott Morrison Has Already Backflipped On A Major Budget Promise After Just 12 Hours

2 min read

A key plank of the federal Budget has lasted just 12 hours before a major facelift, with the government caving in to extend a one-off energy payment to people on the Newstart welfare payment.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019

This Isn’t Just A Budget, It’s An Election Promise

5 min read

ANALYSIS: Scott Morrison is fighting for his political life with this Budget.

Politics

Politics

Barnaby Joyce Wants To Be Deputy PM But Just Got Roasted By His Replacement

3 min read

The Nationals are waging internal war again, with Michael McCormack and Barnaby Joyce trading barbs and insults in the media.

AusVotes 2019

AusVotes 2019

Julia Banks On Liberal Bullying, Bad Behaviour In Explosive Interview On The Project

3 min read

Liberal Party defector Julia Banks has levelled further explosive claims of bullying against former colleagues, claiming pre-selections were threatened and ministerial positions demanded during last year's leadership spill.

Politics

Politics

A Quarter Of Voters Don't Know Who ScoMo Is, New Poll Finds

3 min read

Who’s this man? More than one in four Aussies wouldn’t be able to pick our Prime Minister out of a lineup, according to a surprising new report.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison's 'Frolic' On Christmas Island 'A Waste Of Money'

2 min read

Scott Morrison has become the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Christmas Island, but critics have slammed his daytrip as a waste of cash.

Politics

Politics

Mi Goreng Just The Beginning, As Indonesia Trade Deal Signed

2 min read

A landmark deal, nine years in the making, has finally been signed in Jakarta -- and is hoped to massively boost Australia's trade to one of our closest neighbours.

Politics

Politics

MAFS Star Troy Delmege Running In Federal Election To 'Abolish The Senate'

2 min read

In a sign of some truly baffling things to come, a former Married At First Sight groom is throwing his hat in the ring at the upcoming federal election.

Politics

Politics

'Living Hell': Refugees Scared Of Being Sent To Christmas Island

5 min read

Christmas Island's detention centre is a "living hell" and people in Australia's immigration detention system are petrified of being sent there, as the government moves to reopen the previously-shuttered facility.

Tech

Tech

'Sophisticated State Actor' Hacks Liberal And Labor Parties

1 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed the computer networks of the federal parliament and major parties have come under "malicious" attack from a "state actor".

News

News

Senator McKenzie Under Fire For Appearing To Mock Overweight People

1 min read

Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie has come under fire for posting a photograph of herself appearing to mock obese people at the National Obesity Summit.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Why A Door Is The Best Bloody Thing To Happen To Aussie Politics

4 min read

It has been an exciting week in Australian politics, and believe me that’s not a sentence that has come up very often over the last couple of centuries.

Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen

Why Probably Nothing Will Happen Over The Blood Smearing

3 min read

Most Australians must look on in horror and wonder how one senator can smear blood on the door of another senator’s office without repercussions.

Politics

Politics

Blood, Brawls, Boats: Our Parliament Is Slowly Imploding

4 min read

The week started with a historic loss. It ended with a disgusting admission from a bumbling senator.

Politics

Politics

James Ashby Banned From Parliament, Burston Admits Smearing Blood On Door

1 min read

Brian Burston has admitted smearing blood on Pauline Hanson's door and the One Nation leader's advisor has been banned from Parliament House, ending a dramatic day in Canberra after a fight between the pair on Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

The Anatomy Of A Historic Government Loss In Parliament

5 min read

If you think about it, this is all Peter Dutton's fault.

Politics

Politics

Medical Transfer Bill To Become Law After Passing The Senate 36-34

2 min read

Legislation to expedite medical evacuations of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia has passed the Senate, after yesterday passing the House of Representatives.

Tech

Tech

Tech Giants Atlassian, Canva Fight 'Disappointing' Encryption Bill

3 min read

Australia's startup industry is fighting what it says are troubling aspects of the federal government's encryption bill.

Politics

Politics

Government Suffers Historic Defeat On Refugee Bill

3 min read

The Coalition government has suffered a historic loss on its own legislation, throwing Scott Morrison's administration into chaos on the first day of the new sitting year.

Politics

Politics

The Forgotten Victims In The Offshore Processing Debate: 'I Wish I Died In The Boat'

4 min read

As politicians continue to debate over the future of medical transfers, a few dozen refugees are sitting in a PNG hospital, awaiting medical treatment.

AusVotes 2019

AusVotes 2019

Tony Abbott Could Win Because Too Many People Don't Want Him To

4 min read

A growing field of opponents are lining up to take on Tony Abbott -- but the Member for Warringah could be saved by the sheer number of people who want to battle him for his spot in parliament.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

Why Australia Needs Part-Time MPs

4 min read

There are times when it becomes necessary to lead by example and do something boldly different.

Politics

Politics

'I Wasn't There For A Picnic': Fraser Anning Doubles Down On Neo-Nazi Excuses

3 min read

Fraser Anning has defended spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to attend a rally organised by far-right extremists, and again denied there were neo-Nazi supporters among the protesters.

Politics

Politics

Andrew Broad To Quit Parliament After 'Sugar Daddy' Allegations

3 min read

Nationals MP Andrew Broad will not contest the next federal election amid claims of inappropriate behaviour towards a young woman.

Politics

Politics

Federal Minister Resigns After 'Sugar Daddy' Allegations

2 min read

Explosive allegations made in a gossip magazine have led to a federal assistant minister stepping down.

Politics

Politics

Fraser Anning Dishes On Katter, Final Solution 'Nonsense', And His New Party

7 min read

The door to Fraser Anning’s office in Parliament House has two nods to the party-hopping senator’s short but incendiary political history.

Politics

Politics

How Canberra Chaos Inspired The 'Word Of The Year'

4 min read

Knifings, sackings, backroom coups and a heap of belly-gazing -- the drama in federal politics has taken out a dubious honour.

LIVE

LIVE

Vote Of No Confidence In Theresa May's Leadership Underway Amid Brexit Chaos

2 min read

Conservative MPs have started voting on the leadership of May as the political firestorm over Brexit continues to escalate.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Barnaby Joyce's Secret Plan To Turn Craig Kelly Into A National

3 min read

Craig Kelly could have defected from the Liberals to the Nationals, under a secret plan cooked up by Barnaby Joyce to save the controversial MP from losing his seat.

World

World

MP's Extraordinary Protest In Wild Brexit Parliament Debate

3 min read

It was a moment of frustration that lead to a controversial, yet highly symbolic protest after another day of Brexit indecision.

10 Yearly

10 Yearly

Au Pairs, Bonk Bans... The A-Z Of A Brutal Year In Oz Politics

7 min read

Every year we think things can't get any odder in that strange house on the hill in Canberra, but every year our federal representatives seem to outdo themselves.

National

National

If Encryption Laws Go Through, Australia May Lose Apple

4 min read

Apple may pull out of the local market, the Aussie tech industry could be crippled and hackers could crack previously unbreakable codes under "outrageous" encryption legislation the government wants to ram through parliament.

Politics

Politics

'Largest Ever Petition' Presented To Parliament To Save Tarkine Forest

3 min read

More than 270,000 people worldwide have signed a petition calling on the federal government to preserve the Tarkine rainforest area in Tasmania, the largest petition ever presented to the parliament.

Politics

Politics

'Hello Speaker, My Old Friend': WA Pollie Wraps Up The Year With a Song

1 min read

Politics can be a tough game, but one player wrapped up the year with a good humoured song.

Politics

Politics

Encrypted Messaging Bill To Pass After Labor Strikes Deal With Government

2 min read

New national security laws dealing with encrypted communications are likely to pass parliament by the end of the week.

Politics

Politics

Howard Backs Morrison Rules, Rubbishes Liberal 'Split' Talk

3 min read

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull is still swinging, accusing his former colleagues of "ignorance" as the question of leadership again rears its head among Liberal politicians.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Patricia Karvelas Getting Kicked Out Of Parli Had Nothing To Do With Sexism

4 min read

We could all become outraged and determined to make this another argument about gender imbalance. Or, we could all just put on a goddamn jacket and get on with it.

Politics

Politics

Labor Rages As Government Blocks LGBTQ Students Bill

3 min read

"Call an election" was the demand from Labor's Penny Wong, as the government managed to block debate on a bill to remove discrimination against LGBTQ school students.

Views

Views

The Final Week Of Parliament Is Going Out With A Bang

4 min read

If anyone had told us six months ago that the government would be tearing itself apart over Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly, you'd have been laughed out of the building.

Politics

Politics

81,000 Sign Petition Calling For Gavin McInnes To Be Banned From Australia

2 min read

Labor wants the federal government to ban Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes from coming to Australia, with an 81,000-signature petition being handed to parliament on Thursday.

National

National

Adani To Self-Finance Queensland Mine

2 min read

Mining giant Adani will now self-finance its controversial Carmichael coal mine project, and claimed works will start "imminently".

Politics

Politics

'Urgent' Push To Evacuate Sick Refugees From Manus, Nauru

3 min read

New MP Kerryn Phelps is leading a push from the growing parliamentary crossbench to evacuate refugee children and sick adults from Manus Island and Nauru.

Politics

Politics

Labor Bill To Protect LGBTQ Students From Discrimination

3 min read

Penny Wong will introduce a bill to stop discrimination against gay school students, as the opposition accuses the government of dragging its feet on a promise made before the Wentworth by-election.

National

National

Solomon, Matilda And Rose Don't Want A 'Destroyed Future'

3 min read

It's a Wednesday, just before lunchtime, and Solomon, Rose and Matilda would normally be in the classroom right now.

Politics

Politics

Senate Suspends Di Natale For Calling Barry O'Sullivan A "Pig"

2 min read

Richard Di Natale has been sensationally suspended from the Senate for refusing to withdraw calling Barry O'Sullivan a "pig", after the LNP senator aimed a jibe at Sarah Hanson-Young.

Politics

Politics

Liberal MP Julia Banks Dramatically Defects From The Party

2 min read

Liberal MP Julia Banks will sit for the rest of the parliamentary sitting term as an independent, sensationally quitting the party and further reducing the government's numbers.

Views

Views

The Rotten Right Of The Liberals Is Getting Its Comeuppance

4 min read

The Wentworth by-election was a disaster. The landslide Victorian election loss is even worse.

Politics

Politics

Peter Dutton Out Of Parliament After Arm Injury

1 min read

Peter Dutton will miss at least one of the final two parliamentary sittings for the year following an injury. 

Views

Views

The Government's Embarrassing Public Spats Are Doing It In

5 min read

The deep cracks in the Liberal Party have barely been papered over in recent weeks but they're already widening again, with a number of embarrassing public spats between senior members of the team.

Politics

Politics

In Devastating News Scott Morrison Is Too Busy To See Fatman Scoop

2 min read

In news that will surely devastate all avid followers of politics and pop culture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be too busy to meet Fatman Scoop.

Tech

Tech

'Total Incompetence': Outrage As My Health Opt-Out Website Crashes, Phones Jammed

3 min read

Countless people have been left frustrated and websites and phone lines went into meltdown on Wednesday, as Australians tried to opt out of the My Health Record system.

Politics

Politics

My Health Opt-Out Deadline Extended To January 31 As Website Crashes Under Demand

3 min read

The Senate has voted to extend the My Health Records opt-out period to January 31, as Australians report systems crashing and phone lines jammed, and experts maintain privacy issues still need to be addressed.

Politics

Politics

'Bullies': Malcolm Turnbull Lashes Dutton, Cormann, Media On Q&A

4 min read

Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed on his former Liberal colleagues, calling his dumping as PM "crazy" and "pointless".

Views

Views

Is ScoMo's Ocker Rebrand Fair Dinkum?

4 min read

Baseball caps, daggy slang and policy on the run have been the main hallmarks of the new PM's short time in office.

Politics

Politics

Phelps Wants Dutton Section 44 Briefing After Finally Winning Wentworth

2 min read

The new federal MP will seek an urgent briefing on Peter Dutton's potential section 44 eligibility issue.

Politics

Politics

Fraser Anning Kicked Out Of Bob Katter's Party Over Racist Rhetoric

2 min read

Senator Fraser Anning has been booted out of Bob Katter's political party over his appeals to racism.

Politics

Politics

Malcolm Turnbull's Bali Trip Is Becoming A Political Nightmare

2 min read

Jumping on a plane to Indonesia doesn't normally cause this much fuss.

Politics

Politics

Dutton's New Childcare Centre Raises Fresh Section 44 Issues

5 min read

Labor could again move to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court over his financial interests in childcare centres, with questions over a new facility linked to the Minister for Home Affairs which may open in Townsville.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

Why Wentworth Was A Message To The Government On Climate Change

5 min read

If there’s one specific message that’s been sent, loud and clear, to the Morrison Government through the disastrous Wentworth by-election, it is 'do more on climate change'.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Loss Could Throw The Government Into Chaos

5 min read

Phelps' likely win in Wentworth will see the government's numbers drop from 76 to 75 in the 150-seat House of Representatives.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

PM ScoMo's Week Has Been A Disaster In Slo Mo

5 min read

Scott Morrison's government is in chaos, wracked with internal division and ill discipline.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Race Isn't Over Yet And The Liberals Could Actually Still Win

3 min read

Maybe it was called too early, because the margin in Wentworth is just a few hundred votes.

Politics

Politics

Wentworth And The Simmering Mood For Change

5 min read

Wentworth voters are still angry about Malcolm Turnbull's dumping, and are ready to punish the Liberals.

Politics

Politics

Kerryn Phelps On Peter Dutton, Being 'Sensible', And Chocolate

4 min read

If Kerryn Phelps was a chocolate, she'd be "something dark" with a "sensible centre".

National

National

Refugees On Nauru Would Sign Deal Banning Them From Australia

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is considering accepting New Zealand's long-standing offer to resettle refugees languishing on the islands.

Politics

Politics

Government Claims 'It's OK To Be White' Vote Was A Mistake

3 min read

"Administrative error" was to blame for supporting a white nationalist motion put up by Pauline Hanson, the government says.

Politics

Politics

Government Senators Support Controversial 'It's OK To Be White' Motion

2 min read

The phrase, a favourite of far-right movements, was adopted by One Nation leader Hanson in a Senate motion that was briefly debated on Monday afternoon.

Politics

Politics

'Held At Gunpoint': Alex Turnbull Dishes On 'Weird' Liberal Party Politics

4 min read

Malcolm Turnbull's son Alex has called out the Liberal Party's 'frustrating' policy priorities, further backing in the Labor candidate in the by-election for his dad's former seat of Wentworth.

Politics

Politics

Experts Slam 'Discriminatory' Regional Migrants Plan

5 min read

Immigration and infrastructure experts have rubbished the government's thought-bubble to force migrants into regional areas, saying the plan is unnecessary and could even harm both citizens and cities.

Politics

Politics

Australia Condemns 'Malicious' Russia Over Hacking

2 min read

Australia has called out "malicious" cyber activity from Russia's military, backing British accusations that the government has targeted politics, business and media.

National

National

US-Style Confirmation Hearings For ABC Appointments, Under Senator's Proposal

2 min read

Candidates for positions on the ABC board would be subjected to US-style confirmation hearings under a proposal by a South Australian senator who wants to stamp out political interference.

Politics

Politics

Facebook Deletes Fraser Anning Over 'Hate Speech' Complaint

2 min read

Former One Nation senator has been removed from Facebook after his video was deemed 'hate speech'.

Politics

Politics

Long Way Back For Liberals And Morrison, Polls Show

3 min read

The Coalition is still facing electoral wipeout under new PM Scott Morrison, but the polls are slowly moving in the right direction for the government.

Politics

Politics

Forty Percent Of Political Donations Come From Unknown Donors

4 min read

In news that won't surprise many, money buys access and results in Australian politics, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Politics

Politics

This Man In A Truck Wants To Be Your Next PM

3 min read

He has a truck, a loudspeaker, a motor-mouth and seemingly endless energy -- and he's coming to a town near you.

Good News

Good News

Strawberry Farmers 'Proud' After Nation Rallies In Support After Needle Scare

3 min read

It's been a rough week for Robert Edwards and his staff.

Politics

Politics

Dutton Misled Parliament Over Au Pairs, Senate Committee Says

2 min read

Peter Dutton should be censured by parliament over his dealings with several foreign au pairs who were given visas despite immigration department recommendations, a Labor-led Senate committee has recommended. 

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison Has An 'I Stopped These' Boat Trophy In His Office

1 min read

Scott Morrison, the former immigration minister, is clearly proud of his past.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Female MP Names Her Bullies, PM Says He Won't Abandon Paris Climate Agreement

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Politics

Politics

Left In Soiled Clothes: Family Shocked At Aged Care Home Care

5 min read

Kristina Shepherd's father George was in the Bupa Seaforth aged care home for just 21 days before she pulled him out.

Politics

Politics

Boosting 'Embarassment' Welfare Payments Would Help Economy

3 min read

Newstart payments haven't increased in 24 years.

Politics

Politics

ScoMo Has Had An Absolute Shocker Of A Week

3 min read

Some weeks in Canberra you just can't take a trick.

Politics

Politics

What The XXXX? The Push To Split QLD Into Separate States

6 min read

"We're big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves".

Updated

Updated

Scott Morrison Deletes And Apologises For Excruciatingly Bad Video

2 min read

If you got a $100 bill put your hand up.

Politics

Politics

Joyce Accused Turnbull Of 'Active Campaign' To Sabotage Government

3 min read

"That is bitterly disappointing".

Politics

Politics

Larissa Waters, Back In The Senate, 'Proud' She Quit After Section 44 Issues

4 min read

"You've only got one chance to do the right thing. I don't regret it at all."

Politics

Politics

Exclusive: Quaedvlieg Disputes Dutton's 'Rambling' Question Time Claims

3 min read

Former Border Force boss slams Dutton's as "a bit odd".

Politics

Politics

Dutton Brought Actual Dirt Files Into Parliament, Slammed Quaedvlieg Again

3 min read

Quaedvlieg called the claims "disgusting and offensive".

Politics

Politics

There Could Be A Fourth Dutton Au Pair Case, Roman Quaedvlieg Claims

2 min read

Two pairs of au pairs?

Politics

Politics

Parliament's Most Awkward And Stupid Moments

1 min read

It's the Muppet Show in here some days.

Politics

Politics

Christopher Pyne Blames Labor For Liberal Leadership Chaos

2 min read

"The change in the leader is not the right thing to do".

Politics

Politics

It's Going To Be A Wild Week In Parliament

4 min read

The circus is back in town.