George Brandis

Labor facing as many as four byelections in 2018 after Bennelong win restores Turnbull majority

Labor may have to fight as many as four more byelections in early 2018, after John Alexander's victory in the crucial Bennelong byelection restored …

Nick Xenophon Team

'I am what I am': the (non) reinvention of George Brandis

When I ring Brisbane's Jellyfish restaurant to book this lunch, I let them know a photographer will be there to take some pictures of my guest. "Are …

Liberal Party

Australia ratifies UN protocol, agreeing to mainland detention centre inspections

Under Opcat, the government will be obliged to establish an independent detention watchdog<p>Australia has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture – eight years after signing the treaty – acceding to independent inspections of all places of detention in Australia.<p>The …

Rights & Freedoms

Same-sex marriage's unlikely hero: Liberal Dean Smith, the 'invisible man'

Same-sex couples tying the knot can thank unassuming Liberal Senator Dean Smith, who battled his party to write the law on his own.

Liberal Party

'Time Will Tell': Turnbull Continues to Undermine Peace Prospects for Palestinians

<i>Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University.</i><p>I sat in the</i> …

Israel

Why a Cabinet reshuffle is a headache for Malcolm Turnbull

There is more pain than gain in a reshuffle for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with jostling for promotions well and truly underway.<p>A reshuffle is …

Liberal Party of Australia

Why are hackers breaking into politicians’ accounts and liking single tweets?

Ambassador of Australia to the United States Joe Hockey is the latest politician to cry ‘hack’ after his Twitter account on Monday liked a tweet …

Technology (Australia)

Family Court judge blasts 'bitter, aggressive' litigation culture in Sydney

A Family Court judge has delivered a blistering judgment on the "culture of bitter, adversarial and highly aggressive family law litigation" in …

Family Law (UK)

Indigenous Australians 'taking power back' from government in Queensland

The newly-appointed CEO of a peak body fighting for indigenous communities in north Queensland said the Cape York Land Council wants to "take the …

Australian News

Sam Dastyari to quit as Labor senator over China connections

Dastyari had been urged to consider his position over numerous revelations about his relationship with political donor and businessman Huang Xiangmo<p>Labor senator Sam Dastyari has quit the Australian senate, following weeks of controversy over his links and interactions with Chinese donors.<p>An …

Sam Dastyari

China-Influence Fears Cost a Rising Political Star His Job

CANBERRA, Australia—The downfall of a prominent lawmaker is fueling a growing sense of unease in Australia about Chinese influence in the country’s domestic affairs, and raising tensions with its most important trading partner.<p>Sam Dastyari, a rising star of the opposition Labor Party who had taken …

World News

Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets citing Newspoll as reason for dumping Abbott

Prime minister says ‘substantive’ reasons for challenge were lack of economic leadership and poor cabinet consultation<p>Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets citing 30 consecutive losses in the Newspoll when he challenged Tony Abbott for the prime ministership in late 2015, because that metric has become …

Malcolm Turnbull

This Couple Got Married 10 Years To The Day Before Marriage Equality Became Legal

"I will not use the word partner anymore, I will use the word wife."<p>On December 8, 2007, Stephanie Bolt and Lisa Buss said their vows on a chilly Canadian morning, looking out over a magnificent Pacific Ocean vista from Tofino, a coastal hamlet on Vancouver Island.<p>Only five people were at the basic …

Marriage

AFP, spy agencies to join Home Affairs before 2018 in two-stage merger

The Coalition will stage the move of major national security agencies into the new Home Affairs department over two phases and expects Australia's …

Surveillance

Brandis' infrastructure security bill off to committee

Australia's attorney-general George Brandis won't get his critical infrastructure register kicked off this year: the legislation was introduced late …

Surveillance

Federal parliament, according to Hinch

He's interviewed hundreds of politicians and met every prime minister since Robert Menzies, so who better than Derryn Hinch to critique today's batch …

David Leyonhjelm

Chinese whispers: Why now is the time for Australia's foreign interference laws

Similarly, Sam Dastyari did not appear to meet the threshold of any illegality in his dealings with the Beijing-connected businessman Huang Xiangmo, …

China

Parliament could reshuffle before Christmas

Speculation is mounting that the prime minister could reshuffle his front bench before Christmas.<p>The Nationals are understood to be pushing for five …

Barnaby Joyce

ASIO identifies political candidates with links to China

ASIO has identified 10 state and local political candidates linked to Chinese intelligence agencies, the Weekend Australian reports.

China

Is Bill Shorten running out of luck?

In the truncated last session of the house of representatives for the year, Malcolm Turnbull adopted the mien of a political headkicker. He bellowed …

Bill Shorten

Never again: can the royal commission help make our children safe?

When the inquiry into historical child sexual abuse delivers its final report next week, experts hope it will offer some lessons for the future too<p>In the Parramatta Girls Home, a state-controlled institution for neglected girls in New South Wales, children were stripped of their identity and …

Australian Universities

Emotional Johnathan Thurston wins Human Rights Medal for Deadly Kindies program

Rugby League star Johnathan Thurston has been awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal for his work in Queensland Indigenous communities.<p>The North …

Johnathan Thurston

Same-sex marriage: Couples married overseas have their vows recognised under law

At the stroke of midnight, thousands of same-sex couples who married in overseas jurisdictions had their vows recognised under Australian law.<p>For …

Marriage

George Brandis declares marriage equality non-partisan amid war of words

Cross-party bill signed into law as Malcolm Turnbull accuses Labor of stymying the postal survey<p>Marriage equality is a “completely non-partisan achievement”, the attorney general, George Brandis, has said, sharing the love after the cross-party bill passed on Thursday.<p>Marriage equality will come …

Malcolm Turnbull

Melbourne same sex couple recognised on first wedding anniversary

A day before they celebrate their first wedding anniversary, a Melbourne lesbian couple will pop the champagne at midnight as their marriage becomes …

Marvin Gaye

Australia’s Parliament Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage In A Landslide Vote

Less than a month after a nationwide survey saw overwhelming support for same-sex marriage and a relatively short debate that featured one legislator proposing to his longtime partner, Australia’s parliament has nearly unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that allows for two people, regardless of …

Equality

Dastyari set to be referred to committee over China allegations

Embattled Labor Senator Sam Dastyari could be referred to a parliamentary committee over allegations he advanced Chinese interests in Senate …

South China Sea

Johnathan Thurston humbled after winning Human Rights Award

Rugby league star Johnathan Thurston has been awarded a human rights medal at a formal ceremony in Sydney.<p>Thurston on Friday received the Australian …

North Queensland

Tim Wilson yet to set a date

Liberal MP Tim Wilson has told Chris Kenny on Sky News that he and his partner are yet to set a date for their wedding.<p>Mr Wilson proposed to …

New terror financing laws pass Senate

Legislation cracking down on counter-terrorism financing and money laundering has cleared the federal parliament.<p>Attorney-General George Brandis told …

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