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Chinese party congress: 'Global governance' under Xi Jinping

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Trump branded a 'deranged animal' over claim predecessors didn't honour fallen soldiers

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Prime Minister's department clears Bruce Billson of breaching ministerial rules

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John McCain protege Dan Sullivan is about to have a big impact on Australia

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Australia's foreign minister visits tense Korean border

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Health fund premiums to be reined in under sweeping Turnbull government changes

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Malcolm Turnbull defends household energy plan savings
The Turnbull government is standing by a prediction households will save about $115 a year under its new energy plan despite criticism it has no modelling to back it up. The government's big guns were out in force on Wednesday spruiking the national energy guarantee, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled a "game changer". Mr Turnbull said the savings were based on estimates of a 20-25 per cent reduction in wholesale generation   Read More ...
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Crown Casino 'tampered' with poker machines, former staff allege, as Andrew Wilkie tables claims in Parliament
Crown Casino deliberately tampered with poker machines, and turned a blind eye to illicit drug use and domestic violence, whistleblowers have alleged in damning evidence tabled in Federal Parliament. Key points: Independent MP Andrew Wilkie tabled the former workers' allegations in Parliament Crown allegedly deliberately disabled approved punting options on machines Machine buttons were tampered with to allow illegal continuous play, the whistleblowers claim The video evidence includes allegations from three former staff at Victoria's only casino, who accused Crown of forcing staff to remove betting options from pokies, and to "shave down" buttons on gaming machines to allow illegal continuous play on the machines, independent MP Andrew Wilkie said   Read More ...
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Decisions are made by those who show up: Why you should vote in WA's council elections
In his historic Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth". Just over 150 years since that famous address, while not at risk of perishing, local government voting in Western Australia continues to erode. According to the WA Electoral Commission, in 2011, 30   Read More ...
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Live: The big sell on the Coalition's new energy policy begins but Turnbull still light on details
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has begun the big sell on his energy policy, warning states and territories they'll pay more for power if they don't sign up. Follow developments live from Parliament House. Topics: parliament, federal-parliament, industry, , business-economics-and-finance, turnbull-malcolm, government-and-politics, australia   Read More ...
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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child in April
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge danced with Paddington Bear on Monday as she returned to royal duties after suffering acute morning sickness. THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third baby in April, Kensington Palace has announced. The couple was “delighted” to confirm the month their child is due to be born, a brief statement said. Kensington Palace announced Kate’s pregnancy last month, after she was forced to cancel an engagement because of extreme morning sickness   Read More ...
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Donald Trump's travel ban blocked for a third time by federal court
A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect. US District Judge Derrick Watson granted Hawaii's request to temporarily block the policy that was to be implemented starting early on Wednesday. He found President Donald Trump's executive order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor   Read More ...
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Calls for concrete action out of the ACT Government's housing summit
Affordable housing advocates are calling on the ACT Government to ensure yesterday's long awaited housing summit is not remembered as a "talk-fest". The summit and funding announcements were a key requirement of Labor's Parliamentary Agreement with The Greens in order to form government last year. About 200 community members came together to discuss a new housing strategy at the summit. Minister for Housing Yvette Berry announced a $1 million housing innovation fund, an annual affordable community housing supply target and a new affordable home purchase database   Read More ...
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Federal government succumbs to "deniers on the backbench": Rattenbury
The federal government's plan to scrap renewable energy subsidies and mandate coal and gas targets shows its leadership has "succumbed to the climate deniers on the backbench", an ACT minister says. ACT Greens climate change minister Shane Rattenbury made the comment in the wake of the federal Cabinet's and Coalition party room approving the official position on Tuesday. The change in federal policy comes in the face of the Commonwealth's own Chief Scientist Alan Finkel recommending the government mandate a low emissions target, the only recommendation the government has ignored   Read More ...
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Chinese party congress: 'Global governance' under Xi Jinping
Beijing: The eyes of the world will be on Beijing on Wednesday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers the Communist Party's report on China's direction for the next five years. Australian anxieties over its largest trading partner's strategic intentions may find some answers if, as expected, Mr Xi articulates his vision for his country's role in the world as a major power   Read More ...
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The Turnbull government's new energy policy will shave $2 off your weekly power bill
Households will be an average $2 a week better off under a reinvention of Australia's energy and emissions policy – and the Turnbull government has refused to guarantee even those meagre savings. It emerged on Tuesday that the savings could start as low as $25 a year, or 50¢ a week. Despite pitching the policy as a salve to the hip pockets of price-weary power consumers, the government also concedes that the predicted cost saving was based on preliminary analysis, and detailed modelling has not yet been carried out   Read More ...
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Trump branded a 'deranged animal' over claim predecessors didn't honour fallen soldiers
Donald Trump claims predecessors failed to honour fallen soldiers, sparks heated response For US presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. So when Donald Trump suggested his predecessors fell short in that duty, it sparked a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters. Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to Barack Obama, called Mr Trump's statement in the Rose Garden a lie   Read More ...
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Donald Trump falsely claims Obama didn't contact families of fallen soldiers
Washington: President Donald Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American soldiers killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Obama's former aides. Answering a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four US Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago, Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week   Read More ...
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Australia elected to UN human rights council as criticisms surround Congo election
Australia was among 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term on Tuesday, despite the UN previously criticising Australia for its poor record on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in detention. Britain and the United States also criticised the appointment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was elected uncontested to the 47-member council   Read More ...
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Politics live as Malcolm Turnbull unveils the Coalition government's new energy policy
The government is expected to announce this week its new energy policy with the clean energy target likely to be dumped.   Read More ...
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China's President Xi Jinping poised to take absolute power at Communist Party Congress
China's most important political event, the twice-in-a-decade party congress, will start tomorrow in Beijing. Many China watchers are likening it to President Xi Jinping's coronation. Key points: Televised forced confessions and show trials are hallmarks of Mr Xi's first five years Chinese call 19th party congress the start of a new historical era Mr Xi is set to put his loyalists into top decision-making bodies In his first five-year term Mr Xi has been busy removing rival power bases, and at the 19th party congress he will put in place his loyalists in the top decision-making bodies, giving him absolute and unquestioned power   Read More ...
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Inside the 'adult day-care centre': How aides try to control and coerce Trump
During the campaign, when President Donald Trump's team wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue - such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family - they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy. During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a shortlist of two or three options and urged him to choose one   Read More ...
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Donald Trump's decision on Iran deal 'disastrous': top US negotiator
By challenging the nuclear deal with Iran, Donald Trump is jeopardising any chance of dialogue over North Korea's nuclear program, according to a top US negotiator. The lead US negotiator who forged the Iran deal, Wendy Sherman, told Fairfax Media that the President's decision was "disastrous". She said that the knock-on effects to US dealings with North Korea were "probably the most problematic thing"   Read More ...
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If Donald Trump strikes North Korea there is only one outcome
Seven members of the US Congress met for an informal dinner last Wednesday. They took off their jackets and ties and ordered Chinese takeaway. While the ambience was relaxed, the topic was deadly serious. They'd invited two American experts on the North Korean nuclear confrontation to brief them. The congressmen and senators were all from the Democratic Party, but the experts were drawn from both main parties   Read More ...
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Delays, lost paper work, cost blow-outs: ACT government outlines NDIS failings
Support money has been slashed, paperwork is regularly lost and some Canberrans with disabilities are left in limbo or not consulted about their needs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These are some of the failings outlined by the ACT government in a recent submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry into the scheme, as the territory struggles to absorb the ballooning costs of the roll-out and wait times climb   Read More ...
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Prove your ID once as government online tool enters beta testing
Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor says the federal government's new identification tool will see Australians avoid more than 30 different login systems for online services. The new opt-in digital ID tool Govpass has entered the beta testing phase, with a new video released on Tuesday to demonstrate how to sign up. It will require Australians to prove their identification only once to the government   Read More ...
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Julian Assange hits back at Hillary Clinton's claim he is a Russian 'tool' on Four Corners
Julian Assange has hit back at Hillary Clinton over her claim on Four Corners that he was "a nihilistic opportunist" and "a tool of Russian intelligence". "There's something wrong with Hillary Clinton," he wrote in the first of a series of posts on Twitter in response to a trailer for Sarah Ferguson's interview with the former US Secretary of State and Presidential nominee, which went to air ahead of Monday night's broadcast   Read More ...
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Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump tape
Sydney, Australia | AFP |Hillary Clinton Monday accused WikiLeaks of working with Russia to deflect attention away from an infamous tape of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in the run-up to the US presidential election. The former secretary of state's devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashed out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy   Read More ...
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Senate crossbench looms as government's only path to energy policy deal
Difficult negotiations with the Senate crossbench are emerging as the Turnbull government's only chance of passing its imminent energy package after Labor declared a bipartisan deal was dead without a clean energy target. The government needs backing from 10 other senators to pass the long-awaited energy policy, which is due to be discussed at Tuesday's Coalition party room meeting in Canberra   Read More ...
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Plan to buy used fighter jets from Australia far from straightforward, experts say
'If the government of the U.S. didn't want the aircraft to be sold, it would be very difficult to get them' Canada's plan to shop for used Australian fighter jets rather than buy new Boeing Super Hornets may backfire, according to defence experts, because the U.S. government will ultimately have a say on whether a deal proceeds. Even though the FA-18 Super Hornets are nearly three decades old, require regular corrosion maintenance and are nearing obsolescence, their proposed resale would still require Washington's approval because they are advanced warplanes, originally manufactured in the U   Read More ...
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Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her
The Hillary Clinton I met in New York for our recent interview with Four Corners was an angrier, less guarded version of the person we have come to know over her decades in public life. I have been following Hillary Clinton's career since the mid-1990s as a journalist in Washington reporting on the first term of Bill Clinton's presidency. The Hillary Clinton I knew then would not have said publicly she had been "shivved" by the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey   Read More ...
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Prime Minister's department clears Bruce Billson of breaching ministerial rules
An investigation into retired Liberal MP Bruce Billson has cleared him of breaching ministerial guidelines by lobbying his former parliamentary colleagues. But the former member for Dunkley remains the subject of a separate inquiry into whether his actions constitute a contempt of parliament. In August, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) to investigate whether Mr Billson had breached rules preventing former minsters from lobbying new ministers within 18 months of leaving their job   Read More ...
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The bot that makes Trump's tweets presidential
With a single burst of tweets, US President Donald Trump can , from the military and with foreign nations. It's "diplomacy by tweeting", said Russel Neiss, a software engineer for an educational technology nonprofit. In June, Mr Neiss saw a tweet from , a former member of President Barack Obama's White House staff, in which Mr Cunnane formatted one of Mr Trump's Twitter posts to look like an official statement from the office of the White House press secretary   Read More ...
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Reshuffle looms as Ben Carroll joins Andrews' cabinet to replace Wade Noonan
Western suburbs MP Ben Carroll has been promoted to the Andrews government's frontbench, after Wade Noonan stepped down as Minister for Industry and Employment this month. The promotion will force the government to make a minor cabinet reshuffle as Mr Carroll, 42, is not expected to take on Mr Noonan's portfolio. The government is expected to confirm details of the reshuffle later on Monday   Read More ...
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Aust Government Embarrassed by ‘Our’ Nobel Peace Prize?
Australia should be proud of our association with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize but so far Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have made no comment. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has just been awarded to ICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN is now an international organisation but it started with a group of Melbourne peace campaigners in 2005   Read More ...
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Where is Trump? Californians want to know
Washington: "Where's the President?" asks the editorial board of the San Fransisco Chronicle, as California burns. Well, it knows where President Donald Trump literally is: the White House usually, if not one of his resorts. he newspaper board means where is he on Twitter - or as the board says, "How many times has Trump tweeted about the fires since they were whipped by winds into life-threatening force early Monday: zero   Read More ...
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Opposition decries 'illegalities' as Venezuelans go to the polls
Caracas: Under the watchful eye of 260,000 troops, Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday in state elections, with the opposition decrying "obstacles and illegalities" and the government of President Nicolas Maduro lauding the vote as free and fair. The vote to elect governors in all 23 Venezuelan states comes 2 1/2 months after an internationally condemned election creating a pro-government super-congress loyal to Maduro   Read More ...
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Cost of Green scheme must be 'proportionate' to the benefit they deliver: Scott Morrison
The costs of any new environmental or climate change schemes must be "proportionate" to the benefit they are trying to achieve, the Turnbull government says. In the clearest signal yet that the government is about to walk away from chief scientist Alan Finkel's recommendation of a Clean Energy Target, senior ministers are stressing the Coalition will only adopt green schemes where the benefits clearly outweigh the costs they impose on the energy system   Read More ...
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World's youngest leader: Sebastian Kurz, 31, declares victory in Austria election
Vienna: The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe's youngest head of government. He edges out France's Emmanuel Macron, 39, in Europe, but technically not Vanessa D'Ambrosio, 28, who is co-regent of San Marino on a rotating arrangement until the end of October. At 31, Sebastian Kurz is two years younger than Kim Jong-un of North Korea   Read More ...
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Politics Live: Parliament returns, energy debate ramps up
The head of Australia's competition watchdog says a Clean Energy Target may not lower power prices. It comes as Malcolm Turnbull prepares to announce his energy policy. Follow live.   Read More ...
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Austria election: Young conservative Sebastian Kurz claims victory as voters shift to right
Young conservative star Sebastian Kurz has declared victory as Austria's next leader, but his party fell short of a majority in Sunday's election and will likely seek a coalition with the resurgent far right. Key points: The 31-year-old won over right wingers with his hard-line stance on immigration Mr Kurz pledges to shakeup Austrian politics by breaking its control by main two parties Final results will come through mid-week as absentee votes are counted By taking a hard line on immigration that left little difference between him and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), the 31-year-old Foreign Minister managed to propel his People's Party to first place and draw some support away from an FPO buoyed by Europe's migration crisis   Read More ...
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Europe's youngest leader: Sebastian Kurz, 31, declares victory in Austrian election
Vienna: The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe's youngest head of government, edging out France's Emmanuel Macron, 39. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 per cent of the ballots counted   Read More ...
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Trump's trifecta: thoughtless Iran folly strains his partners' patience
Perhaps it is his progress in fixing the North Korea crisis via Twitter, that has emboldened Donald Trump to choose now of all times, to ratchet up tensions with Tehran. Trump's derision of what he has previously called the "worst deal ever" is characteristically inconsistent. Even the good bit. For example, balance his contemporary position on Iran against his contention that the crisis with Pyongyang should have been resolved before the rogue state had a nuclear capability   Read More ...
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Tillerson says US-North Korea diplomacy will continue until 'first bomb drops'
North Korea: Rex Tillerson says US diplomatic efforts will continue until 'first bomb drops' US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops". Speaking on CNN overnight, Mr Tillerson downplayed messages that Mr Trump had previously posted on Twitter suggesting his top diplomat was wasting his time trying to negotiate with "Little Rocket Man," a derogatory nickname Mr Trump has coined for North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un   Read More ...
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'Assange doing Putin's bidding': Clinton takes aim at WikiLeaks founder
Hillary Clinton says Julian Assange colluded with Russia to help Donald Trump win US election Hillary Clinton has attacked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, labelling him "a tool of Russian intelligence" who is doing the bidding of "dictator" Vladimir Putin. In an exclusive interview with Four Corners, Mrs Clinton alleges Mr Assange colluded with a Russian intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for president   Read More ...
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'Until the first bomb drops': Rex Tillerson says North Korea diplomacy to continue
Washington: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops." Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Mr Tillerson downplayed messages that Mr Trump had previously posted on Twitter suggesting the Secretary of State was wasting his time trying to negotiate with "Little Rocket Man," a derogatory nickname Mr Trump has coined for North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un   Read More ...
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