Category Archives: Australian politics

Australia’s real leadership failures are in politics, not cricket | Van Badham

Where’s the national outrage over a terrified boy being abandoned to violent despair by our political leaders?

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has been caught on video shoving some yellow sticky tape into his underpants. Fortunately – or unfortunately – there was a cricket match in play at the time.

The image of him shoving sticky tape into his underpants was broadcast live to the crowd at the Newlands ground in South Africa, and they booed.

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Turnbull refuses to condemn or support Dutton's comments on South African farmers

Prime minister praises Australia’s ‘non-discriminatory’ refugee policies when asked if he supports minister’s position

Malcolm Turnbull has defended Australia’s refugee policies, describing them as “non-discriminatory”, but pointedly refused to condemn or back comments by the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, that white South African farmers could receive “special attention” from Australia.

Commenting on a documentary about violent rural crime in South Africa, Dutton said farmers deserved “special attention” and should receive fast-tracked humanitarian visas from a “civilised country”.

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South Africa demands Peter Dutton retract 'offensive' statement on white farmer plight

Foreign ministry hardens language against Australian minister who offered farmers visa help from his ‘civilised country’

South Africa demanded on Thursday that Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton retract comments that suggested white farmers were being persecuted and should receive fast-tracked humanitarian visas from a “civilised country”.

Pretoria summoned Canberra’s high commissioner over Dutton’s remarks, which also included a description of white farmers facing “horrific circumstances”, a characterisation South Africa has rejected.

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Government apologised to landholders suspected of planning unlawful clearing

Environment department originally wrote to 51 landowners asking them to show why planned clearing was not illegal, but later reversed course after lobbying from Queensland MPs

Attempts by the federal government to stop potentially unlawful clearing in Queensland were reversed after political intervention, with a highly unusual apology letter sent to every landholder suspected of planning unlawful clearing at the direct request of the minister, documents obtained by the Guardian under FOI laws reveal.

In December 2015 and January 2016, the federal department of environment took the exceptional step of asking 51 landholders with approval from the Queensland government to clear their land, to explain why the clearing wasn’t unlawful under federal environmental law.

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Deporting offending New Zealanders ‘fair and just’, Turnbull says

Jacinda Ardern raises matter again but concedes New Zealand cannot prevent deportations

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has defended as “fair and just” and “moral” the policy of deporting New Zealanders who have committed crimes – even those who have never set foot in New Zealand or have Australian families.

Australia’s hardline policy of deporting non-citizens who have committed crimes that attract a jail sentence of one year or more has raised fierce political and public opposition in New Zealand, particularly around the deportation of people with no connection to that country.

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Turnbull no longer cares about reconciliation with Indigenous Australians | Kevin Rudd

While the world watches, our prime minister is failing to take his task seriously. It’s time to reopen the dialogue on Uluru

In recent years, Australian politics has degenerated from comedy (Tony Abbott grovelling to the Duke of Edinburgh) to tragedy (Malcolm Turnbull grovelling to Peter Dutton) and now farce (with Barnaby Joyce … well, just being Barnaby Joyce). The ability of the country to conduct anything approaching a serious public policy debate on any aspect of our strategic, economic, social or environmental future seems to have disappeared.

Related: Rudd’s apology, 10 years on: the elusive hope of a ‘breakthrough moment’

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Who is Michael McCormack? The life and controversies of Australia's new deputy PM

From a homophobic editorial to his role in the bungled census of 2016, the new Nationals leader comes with baggage

Michael McCormack is the new Nationals leader and deputy prime minister. Never heard of him? Never fear. We’ve compiled this handy assortment of tidbits and controversies to bring you up to speed.

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Identity of Joyce sexual harassment accuser revealed by Australian against her wishes

Woman’s lawyer says many alleged victims are put off coming forward for fear of ‘being dragged through a scandal’

The identity of an alleged victim of sexual harassment by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was revealed by the Weekend Australian against her wishes, the woman’s lawyer has said.

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'Completely different context': Turnbull dodges gun control advice at Trump meeting – video

Australia’s prime minister tells Donald Trump ‘we certainly don’t presume to provide policy or political advice’ on gun control during a meeting at the White House. Malcolm Turnbull says that for their two countries it’s ‘a completely different context, historically legally and so forth. We are very satisfied with our laws, we maintain them.’ The US president again promoted the idea of arming teachers, saying they would be more effective than the armed guard who failed to prevent the Florida shooting because teachers ‘love their children’.

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