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Stephen Smith named UK High Commissioner as Labor to ‘reverse’ trend of making ex-politicians ambassadors
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Stephen Smith named UK High Commissioner as Labor to ‘reverse’ trend of making ex-politicians ambassadors

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has said the days of politicians assuming lofty diplomatic postings upon their retirement from parliament are mostly at an end. Senator Wong said the Albanese government was “reversing” what she said was the previous Morrison government’s approach to diplomatic appointments. “We are rebalancing appointments towards more qualified senior officials consistent with...

CPAC: Senator Jacinta Price tells conference about moment Penny Wong fled Senate
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CPAC: Senator Jacinta Price tells conference about moment Penny Wong fled Senate

An Indigenous senator has sensationally taken at aim the Albanese government for being “sycophantic and spineless” in a speech where she also rattled off complaints against Penny Wong, transgender and body positive activists. Country Liberal Party Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price took to the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney on Saturday, promising...

Pauline Hanson condemned by Senate for inflammatory comment to Greens Senator
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Pauline Hanson condemned by Senate for inflammatory comment to Greens Senator

Pauline Hanson has been condemned by parliament for telling another Senator she should “p*** off back to Pakistan” on social media. Senator Mehreen Faruqi – who is the deputy Greens leader – told the chamber she and her family had received racist abuse following Senator Hanson’s response to her own comments about the death of...

PM Anthony Albanese attends funeral of Shinzo Abe, meets with Kamala Harris
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PM Anthony Albanese attends funeral of Shinzo Abe, meets with Kamala Harris

Anthony Albanese has lauded Shinzo Abe, saying his attendance at the state funeral despite parliament sitting was a sign of Australia’s respect for the late Japanese prime minister. “We are here to celebrate the life of Shinzo Abe. The tragic circumstances of this assassination is something which reverberated around the world,“ Mr Albanese said. Former...

Pauline Hanson says she is ‘not a racist’ in clash with Greens senator
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Pauline Hanson says she is ‘not a racist’ in clash with Greens senator

Pauline Hanson has declared she is “not a racist” after leaving the Senate chamber aghast by offering to drive a Pakistani-born Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi ”to the airport” to go back where she came from. In a shocking clash in the Senate this afternoon, Senator Faruqi took the One Nation leader to task after she...

Will Sean Turnell’s jail term in Myanmar force Australia into action on a country at war with its own people?
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Will Sean Turnell’s jail term in Myanmar force Australia into action on a country at war with its own people?

Punishing air strikes. Devastating ground assault. Massacres. Children caught in the conflict. More than 15,000 people arrested; 2,300 civilians dead. Conflict and instability across the country. This is not Ukraine, though it could be. This is Myanmar, a country in our region at war with itself. It may not be a traditional war, according to...