Australian Politics

South Korea, Japan say listing North Korea as terror sponsor will pressure Pyongyang to denuclearise

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it would ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.<p>FILE PHOTO - A soldier salutes from atop an armoured vehicle …

North Korea

Coalition MP to vows to quit government

A Coalition MP says he will quit the Turnbull Government next month plunging it into minority government.<p>The MP, who does not want to be indentified …

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull thunderstruck by AC/DC question but Twitter fills void

Prime minister’s office sends out a tweet asking for song requests – how could anything possibly go wrong?<p>The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was seemingly caught off-guard on Monday morning when asked about his favourite AC/DC song during an interview with the radio station Triple M …

AC/DC

Turnbull blames Muslims for the 38 per cent No vote

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has attempted to blame Muslim Australians for voting against marriage equality in the postal survey.<p>He said the …

Malcolm Turnbull

Politician's dramatic change in mood is truly, truly outstanding

Around the world, politicians have a battle plan when it comes to addressing the media.<p>Will they come in angry? Will they be happy when they talk to …

Bob Katter

Bennelong byelection: Greens focus on house prices in bid to unseat Alexander

Richard Di Natale says party will increase vote as candidate Justin Alick attacks ‘failed leadership of Malcolm Turnbull’<p>The Greens’ 2016 candidate in Bennelong, Justin Alick, will recontest the seat in a high-profile byelection against the incumbent Liberal MP, John Alexander.<p>Alick and the federal …

Richard Di Natale

Q&A: High school student challenges Christian broadcaster and former politician on same-sex marriage

A high school student has taken on a Christian broadcaster during Q&A, arguing that calls for religious protections in same-sex marriage legislation …

Jacqui Lambie

Ministers deny bank inquiry link to delay

Turnbull government ministers have been forced to defend scrapping a week of parliament, rejecting suggestions the decision is a ploy to protect …

Barnaby Joyce

Australia welcomes cancellation of French war graves wind farm

SYDNEY (AFP) -<p>Canberra Tuesday welcomed as "very touching" the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died.<p>French energy company Engie Green had planned to erect turbines on the grounds of the former Bullecourt killing …

Liberal Party of Australia

Burst your bubble Australia: sour grapes on the right after yes majority

The Australian right has used the no vote in parts of western Sydney for a simplistic reading of the result<p>After shouting about threats to religious freedom for months, in the last few days conservative pundits and bloggers have trained their sights on a particular religion: Islam. Had the survey …

Cory Bernardi

Ambassador to Kuwait

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Jonathan Gilbert as Australia's next Ambassador to Kuwait.<p>Australia and Kuwait have a strong relationship …

Julie Bishop

Australian MP Bob Katter Turns Question On Same-Sex Marriage Into Bizarre Crocodile Rant

🏳️‍🌈 + 🐊 = 😳<p>An Australian MP has linked the country’s vote on same-sex marriage to crocodile attacks in North Queensland in a transition so …

Bob Katter

Thanks for smoking

Speaking in the Australian Senate, David Leyonhjelm thanked the smokers: “Your generosity to the nation’s Treasury is truly staggering.”<p><i>Originally</i> …

David Leyonhjelm

No break for Australian Parliament until equal marriage is passed

The Australian Parliament will sit for “as long as it takes” to pass an equal marriage bill, the government has said.<p>The country is attempting to …

Equality

When you're on the defensive, stepping backwards can send a bad signal

Malcolm Turnbull’s tactic of cancelling the House of Representatives’ sitting next week - because his numbers are depleted and the government is …

Bill Shorten

Who should we elect to represent us? - On Line Opinion - 21/11/2017

When the authors of the Australian Constitution were writing the bit about dual citizenship, I'm pretty sure they weren't thinking about the …

David Leyonhjelm

You've not seen anything quite like this politician's transformation, 12 seconds in

We wouldn’t normally bother you with Australian MP Bob Katter talking about the issue of same sex marriage.<p>But it’s the change of tone halfway …

Bob Katter

Australian Official Won’t Support Gay Marriage Because of Crocodile Attacks

And then he has to tackle sharknados. And then maybe he'll spare a thought for civil rights.

Bob Katter

Voters back right to refuse to carry out same-sex weddings – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds 63% of Australians believe both ministers of religion and celebrants should be able to refuse to officiate<p>Most Australians surveyed in the latest Guardian Essential poll think both ministers of religion and celebrants should be able to refuse to officiate at same-sex marriage weddings, …

Equality

Turnbull just went from fizzer to finished

The distraction of floating tax cuts won't disguise that the Prime Minister's lack of judgement has destroyed his leadership. The post Turnbull just …

Malcolm Turnbull

Feds 'playing games' over Qld weir cash

The federal government is under pressure to confirm exactly how much it will stump up for a central Queensland weir that proponents say is necessary …

Malcolm Turnbull

Why would Turnbull cancel Parliament? He's desperate to survive

When a Prime Minister cancels a parliamentary week for no apparently good reason, there is usually a very pressing concealed reason.<p>Try the very …

Malcolm Turnbull

Minister Scullion: Funding for NRL Cowboys House to support more young men

<b>Joint media release<br>Senator Ian Macdonald - Senator for Queensland</b><p>Additional $1.2 million for Cowboys House to support even more young men finish …

Indigenous Australians

Neil Mitchell’s proposed ‘book of selfies’ for charity a ‘wonderful idea’

One of Australia’s most experienced publishers says an idea for a “book of selfies” brainstormed by Neil Mitchell during an interview with the Prime …

Malcolm Turnbull

Q&A recap: Jacqui Lambie speaks out for marriage survey's 'hurting' No voters

You think Australian politics is in a state of extreme turbulence? You bet it is.<p>On Monday night's <i>Q&A</i>, George Brandis smiled at the nation - not …

Jacqui Lambie

SERVES THEM RIGHT: Australian MPs have talked about the dual citizenship problem for nearly 40 years - and done nothing about it

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)<p>Two Australian government MPs and six senators have been forced to …

Jacqui Lambie

Luke Foley: Lenient sentences for child sex offenders

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley tells Ray the Attorney-General should immediately lodge an appeal over the suspended sentence of a child sex …

Luke Foley

Australia's PM gets a musical education after he was unable to name a single AC/DC song

Turnbull's Australian musical education starts with AC/DC and Daryl Braithwaite - and some less good-natured suggestions.<p>Australian Prime Minister …

Malcolm Turnbull

Regional focus in battle for key Qld seats

Queensland's political leaders will focus mainly on the state's regions on Tuesday as the fight to win critical seats there intensifies just days …

Annastacia Palaszczuk

Australians To Take Next Week Off, In Solidarity With Turnbull Government

Australia’s workforce won’t be in next week, it has been revealed.<p>Following the example of their leader Malcolm Turnbull, the nation said it was only …

Malcolm Turnbull