Category Archives: Australian politics

Malcolm Turnbull does the time warp with his ministerial sex ban | Gay Alcorn

The PM was right to say standards must be updated. But he used regressive language that would make any feminist wince

It is impossible to isolate Malcolm Turnbull’s declaration that from now on, ministers are banned from having sex with their staff from everything else that’s swirling around.

The irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the prime minister and the deputy prime minister and the turmoil that must cause the government.

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Australia bans ministers from having sex with staff after Barnaby Joyce scandal

Malcolm Turnbull responds to ‘shocking error of judgment’ by deputy PM, who had a relationship with a former staffer who is now pregnant

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will move to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff, in response to a scandal which has engulfed the deputy prime minister and leader of the National party, Barnaby Joyce.

Turnbull announced the ban at the end of a parliamentary week dominated by controversy over Joyce’s relationship with a former staffer, Vikki Campion, which began when Sydney’s Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph effectively confirming the end of Joyce’s 24-year marriage, and Campion’s pregnancy.

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Turnbull bans ministers from sexual relations with staff after Joyce's 'shocking error' – politics live

Prime minister announces changes to ministerial standards and says Barnaby Joyce has inflicted ‘terrible hurt and humiliation’ on his wife, children and new partner. Follow developments live

7.27am GMT

Cathy McGowan, who last week suggested a #bonkban might be needed for parliament house, has put out a statement following the prime minister’s edict:

Indi MP Cathy McGowan says a code of conduct for everyone working at Parliament could still be required #auspol pic.twitter.com/1hEtTBfwNk

7.20am GMT

Mark Dreyfus is on ABC radio continuing the prosecution of Barnaby Joyce for “misleading” parliament.

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Barnaby Joyce's wife Natalie speaks out about his affair with staffer

Deputy PM’s wife says she feels ‘deceived and hurt’ as MPs condemn tabloid for front-page photo of pregnant Vikki Campion

Natalie Joyce has said she feels “deceived and hurt” by her husband, Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, for starting an affair with a person who was his employee at the time.

After the Daily Telegraph’s publication of a picture of the visibly pregnant Vikki Campion, Natalie Joyce said in a statement that she was “deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member”.

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Independent senator Lucy Gichuhi defects to Liberals in boost for Coalition

The South Australian member says she ‘only just discovered how liberal I am at the core’

Independent South Australian senator Lucy Gichuhi has defected to the Liberal party in a surprise move giving the prime minister a much needed additional seat in the senate.

Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the new Liberal member to the party on Friday outside parliament.

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Top secret Australian government files found in secondhand shop

Hundreds of documents were in filing cabinets bought for ‘small change’ because they had no key

Finding and exposing classified government information is a traditionally dangerous occupation – whistleblowers have risked their livelihoods and liberty to bring government secrets into the light, while news organisations have been threatened and chastised.

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It’s convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But it’s not true | Jack Latimore

26 January is steeped in the blood of violent dispossession and enduring trauma

Opponents to Australia Day are invariably criticised in two ways. The first is a favoured manoeuvre for establishment media pundits: claim the focus on 26 January is trivial while more pressing Indigenous issues are neglected. This routine is considered most effective if an Indigenous representative can be recruited to do the sowing. It adds conflict and sells copy, and assuages white guilt, but inadvertently, it also reveals the decrepitude of white Australia’s hearing.

A tweet by IndigenousX founder Luke Pearson captures the frustrations that blackfullas, and our allies who advocate for the advancement of Aboriginal affairs, feel when reproached with this scintillating logic year after year for daring to speak out about the insult of the rabid flag-waving on 26 January.

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Nigel Scullion: No Indigenous person tells me they want Australia Day changed

Indigenous affairs minister says the issue is ‘not something that comes up at all’ when he visits Aboriginal communities

The Indigenous Affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, says no Indigenous Australian has told him the date of Australia Day should be changed other than a single government adviser.

Speaking on the ABC’s AM program on Friday, Scullion was asked about comments this week from the government adviser Chris Sarra that the date was dividing the nation and ought to be changed.

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Burst your bubble: Australia’s ‘African gang crisis’ has been brewing for years | Jason Wilson

Australia doesn’t need a Breitbart – our conservative media does the job just as well

How do you end up with a neo-fascist propounding his views on immigration on national television? To answer this question, you need to understand how a racially motivated moral panic has brewed in right-leaning media over months, and even years. You then need to see how such a panic is part of a political project, which includes state and federal politicians.

The panic over Sudanese immigrant gangs has reached fever pitch in this new year of 2018. Even though it’s rooted in selective distortions, both of crime rates, and the concept of a “gang”, it’s triggered a hasty policy response.

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