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Lidia Thorpe intends to ‘speak freely’ on Indigenous sovereignty following Greens resignation — as it happened
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Lidia Thorpe intends to ‘speak freely’ on Indigenous sovereignty following Greens resignation — as it happened

“She’s obviously decided to adopt a different course,” Greens leader Adam Bandt continues. “I wish she had made a different decision, but I understand the reasons that she has given for that decision. “I thank her for her commitment to continue to vote with the Greens on climate in the Senate. “I expect, too, that...

Former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire in court over conspiracy offence
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Former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire in court over conspiracy offence

A former NSW MP and secret lover of then-premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken his silence after being charged with a conspiracy offence following a government inquiry. Daryl Maguire was charged in November with one count of conspiracy to commit an offence. Mr Maguire is alleged to have falsified documents between January 2013 and August 2015...

Senator Lidia Thorpe quits Greens over divisions on Voice to Parliament
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Senator Lidia Thorpe quits Greens over divisions on Voice to Parliament

Senator Lidia Thorpe has quit the federal Greens after failing to find common ground with her party on a Voice to Parliament. Key points: Lidia Thorpe has quit her party over divisions on the Voice to Parliament Adam Bandt said he tried to keep the senator in the party  The Greens have still not formally announced their...

NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles says alcohol ban legislation coming in next sitting of parliament — as it happened
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NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles says alcohol ban legislation coming in next sitting of parliament — as it happened

Natasha Fyles says the federal and NT Governments have secured a support package for Alice Springs and central Australia. She says the NT Government will bring forward legislation in the next sitting of Parliament to develop community alcohol plans, which will go to votes in local areas. Temporary dry zones will also be set up...

Alcohol bans to return amid Alice Springs crime crisis, but key funding recommendation not addressed
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Alcohol bans to return amid Alice Springs crime crisis, but key funding recommendation not addressed

Alcohol bans will be reinstated in central Australia, preventing the sale of alcohol to people living in Aboriginal town camps and remote communities. Key points: Alcohol bans will return in response to calls for action on crime and alcohol-fuelled violence The bans can be lifted if residents agree and vote on alcohol management plans The federal...

Former ministers Christian Porter was frustrated by public servants over the robodebt scheme
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Former ministers Christian Porter was frustrated by public servants over the robodebt scheme

Christian Porter says he takes responsibility for failures of the robodebt scheme when he was the minister in charge, while expressing his frustration at the actions of the relevant departments. Mr Porter, who served as social services minister between 2015 and 2017, fronted the royal commission into the scheme in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon. He...

Reserve Bank announces major change to $5 note
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Reserve Bank announces major change to $5 note

Australia’s $5 note is set to undergo a royal redesign following the decision to dump King Charles III from the legal tender. The British head of state will be replaced with a new design which “honours the culture and history of the First Australians“, the Reserve Bank confirmed on Thursday. “The other side of the...

Alice Springs needs more than band-aid solutions. It needs Indigenous consultation and a new long-term plan
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Alice Springs needs more than band-aid solutions. It needs Indigenous consultation and a new long-term plan

Alice Springs is grappling with decades-old problems while under the nation’s magnifying glass. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s leading to short-term decisions and band-aid solutions. Locals are at the end of their tether, fears about vigilantes are growing, and open hostility towards Indigenous people is clear. At the centre of it all are the...

Peter Dutton explains why he attended George Pell’s funeral as Tony Abbott gives eulogy
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Peter Dutton explains why he attended George Pell’s funeral as Tony Abbott gives eulogy

Peter Dutton says George Pell experienced injustice and people in Australia can’t be convicted on a “vibe” alone, as he explained his decision to attend the Cardinal’s funeral. The Opposition Leader was among thousands of people to gather at St Mary’s Cathedral in central Sydney on Thursday to farewell the divisive former archbishop of Melbourne...