Malcolm Turnbull

PM Turnbull weighs up 2018 election

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants to focus on the economy and national security in 2018, but there are other issues vying for attention.

Liberal Party of Australia

Prime Minister Abe and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull meet in Tokyo and agree to boost defense ties

The leaders agreed to bolster cooperation to ensure a “free, open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region” built on a “rule-based order,” …

Liberal Party of Australia

It’s The Poverty, Stupid! Turnbull’s Record Uni Drop Out Rate Is All About The Numbers, Says Hanson-Young

The Turnbull Government’s slashing of the higher education budget will impact disproportionately on poorer students, writes Senator Sarah …

Education

Labor on campaign footing and prepared for early election

Opposition plans to ‘hit the ground running’ no matter when Malcolm Turnbull calls election<p>The earliest the next federal election could be held is August but that has not stopped Labor from getting on a campaign footing.<p>The opposition has begun putting in place its campaign infrastructure, with …

Liberal Party of Australia

What our leaders say about Australia Day – and where did it start, anyway?

Protests against 26 January pre-date Australia Day itself, but attitudes to dealing with the legacy of colonisation differ<p>Opposition to Australia Day, and the push to change the date to one that attempts to reconcile with the dispossession and death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, …

Indigenous Australians

Turnbull’s Tokyo visit draws Australia and Japan's defence forces closer

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s first overseas visit for 2018, to Japan, was highlighted by a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and …

Liberal Party of Australia

Coalition’s foreign agents bill attacked for overreach and curtailing ‘freedoms of expression’

Organisations with non-Australian members that undertake lobbying activities could be prosecuted for failing to register, inquiry warned<p>The government’s bill to require Australians to register if they are lobbying on behalf of foreign entities is “startling” in its reach and unsuspecting …

Surveillance

Farm groups back TPP deal. Australia, Japan issue new March deadline

Canadian farm groups are doubling down on their support for the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm …

Canada

The African gang crisis has been brewing in Australia's media for years

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

Peter Dutton

An arms race is building between China and its neighbours as the world focuses on Trump and North Korea spat

Japan used to have one of the most powerful aircraft carrier forces in the world, with a fleet of six. The US had seven, but the Imperial Japanese …

South China Sea

Australia Day: Tony Abbott says British settlement 'a very good thing'

Former prime minister says Australia must not give in to ‘carping self-criticism’ as Malcolm Turnbull visits Japan<p>British settlement was a “very good thing” although not “good immediately for everyone”, Tony Abbott has said.<p>With Malcolm Turnbull in Japan meeting with his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, to …

Australia Day

Australia and Japan committed to signing Asia Pacific trade pact by March, Turnbull says

TOKYO (Reuters) - Australia and Japan are committed to signing an Asia Pacific trade deal by March with countries in the region ready to forge a pact to replace the derailed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday<p>"Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe and …

Business

Australia Day: Poll examines attitudes to controversial date

<b>Less than half of Australians know the historical origin of the country's national day, according to a poll.</b><p>Australia Day, on 26 January, has been the subject of debate in recent times over concerns it is offensive to indigenous Australians.<p>The day commemorates the arrival of British settlers in …

Indigenous Peoples

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: Malcolm's Day of disappointment

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is disappointed with Australians. But Australians are more than disappointed in him. read now...

Australia

Far East diary

Ever willing to challenge nanny staters, just before Christmas I travelled to Bangkok to advise regional consumer organisations on coordinating to promote the sensible regulation of nicotine vaping as an alternative to deadly ciggies. As in Australia, South-East Asian governments deny mounting …

Bill Shorten

Turnbull's Parachute Welcome to Japan Underscores Military Ties

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has an unusual schedule on a flying visit to Tokyo on Thursday.<p>He’s set to inspect a parachute unit with …

Business

Where Malcolm Turnbull spent most of his time in 2017

Malcolm Turnbull spent more time overseas than in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania combined in the second half of 2017, according to an …

Australian Labor Party

Australia

Despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems. Undeterred by repeated …

Rights & Freedoms

The Guardian view on China’s spreading influence: look in the gift horse’s mouth

There is growing concern about Beijing’s attempts to shape the thinking of politicians and the public overseas<p>The arrest of a former CIA agent this week is the stuff of a classic murky spy tale. Though he is charged with unlawfully retaining national defence information, the US reportedly suspects …

Opinion (UK)

Can the royal commission fix the relationship between women and banks? - SmartCompany

Banking and finance has come under renewed focus in this country following the federal government’s announcement late last year of a Royal Commission …

Financial Services

TWU calls for re-establishment of national Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

A series of fatal truck crashes in recent days has sparked fresh calls for the reinstatement of the national tribunal responsible for making sure …

Shorten backs Aust Day but hits out at PM

Bill Shorten has restated his support for January 26 remaining Australia Day but hit out at Malcolm Turnbull for using the issue to divide the …

Bill Shorten

'Time to change the date': Isabel Lucas joins Greens Australia Day campaign

Former 'Home and Away' star Isabel Lucas has featured in a Greens social media video urging the country to change the date of Australia Day.<p>Ms Lucas …

Australia

WA mayors reject Australia Day date change

WA mayors have pushed back against a Greens campaign to dump Australia Day celebrations on January 26, saying party politics has no place in local …

Australia Day

Indigenous recognition in our Constitution matters – and will need greater political will to achieve

Constitutional recognition is difficult to achieve. It requires a referendum to amend the Australian Constitution to receive majority support in a …

Indigenous Peoples

Australia saw record jobs boom in 2017 but future bleak on wages

Creation of 400,000 jobs offset by anaemic pace of wages growth and high underemployment and underutilisation rates<p>Australia had a phenomenal year for employment in 2017, with the largest absolute increase in jobs on record, but wages remained stagnant and underemployment high, according to …

Economy

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ABS reveals 34,700 more jobs, unemployment rate rises to 5.5%

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the job numbers today and they made for positive reading.<p>The number of jobs added in December was a …

Stocks

Morning mail: councils 'will not own' Adani airport

Thursday: Townsville and Rockhampton councils – together chipping in $34m – backtrack on previous statements. Plus: Reconciliation Australia backs #ChangeTheDate<p>Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 18 January.<p>Top stories<p><b>Two Queensland</b> …

Kylie Minogue

Malcolm Turnbull urged to pressure Japan over whaling during security talks

Greens say Australia should not deepen security ties until whaling in Southern Ocean stops<p>As Malcolm Turnbull meets with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on Thursday, the Greens are calling on the government to refuse to deepen Australia’s security ties with Japan until it stops whaling in …

Liberal Party of Australia