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Plan to outsource Australia's visa processing would be dumped under Labor

"It shouldn't be done for private profit," Labor's immigration spokesman says, as the party reveals it would ditch plans to offload Australia's visa processing system to the private sector, potentially worth more than $3 billion to the winning company.

Emma Husar threatens legal action as Labor dumps her as preselected candidate

The NSW Labor party formally withdraws its endorsement of western Sydney MP Emma Husar, who says she wants to stay and will not go without a fight.

Liberals back free markets, not oligopolies gouging power customers

While Labor defends the likes of AGL ripping people off, the Coalition will guarantee energy supply.

Two vital principles of democracy jettisoned amid ugly games

Far more was undone than done on the last day of Parliament as the government dodged a vote on asylum-seekers.

Labor wasn't prepared to just leave encryption laws hanging: Shorten

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says legitimate concerns remain over the encrypted message access bill, but he ...

In their topsy-turvy Liberal universe, MPs take a 'socialist' tack

After an excruciating two weeks, with a trouncing in Victoria, a Liberal defection, Malcolm Turnbull's provocations and ...

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Labor backdown allows Government to pass controversial encryption laws

Security agencies will gain greater access to encrypted messages after a Labor backdown allowed the Federal Government to pass its legislation on Parliament's final sitting day.

Emma Husar launches defamation proceedings, arguing her career has been ruined

Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar has launched defamation proceedings against Buzzfeed, claiming reporting of false allegations of misconduct and harassment has ruined her career.

Morrison staves off historic vote defeat as Labor drops encryption fight

The Federal Government avoids a historic defeat that would have got more refugees off Manus Island and Nauru during a rancorous day which saw Labor drop amendments it had been trying to make to encryption laws. Look back over the final sitting day of 2018.

Former SA premier Jay Weatherill announces retirement from politics

Former Labor South Australian premier Jay Weatherill will retire from state politics. He told Parliament this morning ...

Victorian Liberals choose leader as MP says Labor shouldn't have 'run against our women'

Michael O'Brien replaces Matthew Guy with a promise to change the Liberal Party, as one Liberal MP attacks Labor and ...

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The Labor MP accused of bullying and 'doing a Sharon Stone' is suing Buzzfeed for defamation

In August, damaging claims of inappropriate behaviour by MP Emma Husar, contained in a confidential document, were leaked to BuzzFeed and published. More »     

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Dear Labor MPs, stop with your bullshit about protecting our rights

It's high time Labor cut the bullshit and admitted they're just as committed to creating a police state as their opponents. The post Dear Labor MPs, stop with your bullshit about protecting our rights appeared first on Crikey.

Huawei exec detained in Canada amid sanctions violations suspicions

Canada has arrested Huawei's global CFO in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the US on suspicion she violated sanctions against Iran.

Furious Labor says Morrison's offer on bill to ban student discrimination isn't genuine

Prime Minister Scott Morrison challenges the Federal Opposition to back the Government's bill to ban religious schools from discriminating against LGBTI students, drawing an angry response from Labor. ...

Turnbull continues to haunt the Government — and it's giving Labor an attack plan

Turnbull's observations on energy policy provided abundant material for a question time attack by Labor bloated from ...

'I can't win from here': Liberal MP John Pesutto concedes defeat in Hawthorn

Liberal leadership aspirant John Pesutto concedes that "short of a miracle", he has lost the previously safe seat of ...

Livestock 'couldn't escape the fire' say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

As Queensland recovers from its bushfire crisis, farmers and volunteer firefighters are claiming not enough has been done to stop bushfires spreading from National Parks onto people's properties.

Urgent recall over fears there may be glass in Nanna’s Family Apple Pie

Nanna’s Family Apple Pie has been recalled from supermarkets across Australia amid fears of potential glass in the product.

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What would a Labor government do with new encryption laws?

Crikey readers discuss encryption legislation, Julia Banks and the ABC. The post What would a Labor government do with new encryption laws? appeared first on Crikey.

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Labor Has Backed An Encryption Bill With 'Significant Outstanding Issues'

Within a few hours of publishing a story yesterday, whatever faith I had in the federal opposition was dashed. ...

WA Labor MP resigns membership of Chinese organisations

Labor's Upper House whip Pierre Yang says he "overlooked" declaring his membership of two organisations allegedly ...

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Coalition set to pass encryption bill with Labor support

Good morning, early birds. The government is set to pass a wide-reaching encryption bill after a backflip from Labor, documents detail the secret ...

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Labor and Coalition agree to encryption "compromise"

Sets Australia on course for controversial laws by Christmas.

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on encryption laws

New powers to allow police and intelligence agencies to intercept encrypted messages sent between terror suspects are expected to pass the Federal Parliament this week.

Liberal leadership hopeful John Pesutto loses Hawthorn as Greens retain Prahran

Labor claims victory in the formerly safe Liberal seat of Hawthorn, while Greens MP Sam Hibbins retains his seat of Prahran and independent Ali Cupper wrests the seat of Mildura from the Nationals.

What are France's 'yellow vests' so angry about?

The protests that have gripped France, led by the so-called gilets jaunes, are not only a backlash against high living costs and insufficient wages but an expression of individuality amid the limits society imposes on ...

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