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Australian Human Rights Commission disturbed by government interference

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Australian Human Rights Commission disturbed by government interference

- The outgoing president of the Australian Human Rights Commission says being barred by the government from its offshore detention centres is deeply disturbing. Professor Gillian Triggs finishes her controversial term as president at the end of July. During her five year tenure, Ms Triggs was attacked by the government after launching an inquiry into children held in immigration detention. She was banned from Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island where Australia detains maritime arrivals, but "asserted jurisdiction" over complaints received by detainees

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Cory Bernardi strikes again, luring another MP to his Australian Conservatives

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Cory Bernardi strikes again, luring another MP to his Australian Conservatives

- Cory Bernardi is poised to announce a Victorian MP is joining his Australian Conservatives party just days after applying to register the party in Victoria ahead of next year's state election. Fairfax Media understands the South Australian senator will on Monday reveal the Victorian upper house MP Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins will defect to the Australian Conservatives. And further defections in Victoria and possibly NSW are anticipated, according to party insiders

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US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

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US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

- Washington: A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders' health-care bill could damage the nation's social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure's passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country's broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives' long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favour of a free-market system

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Conservatives cancel holidays during hung parliament

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Conservatives cancel holidays during hung parliament

- London: Conservative MPs have been ordered not to take holidays abroad while Britain's parliament is sitting, amid fears the government could be brought down by losing a vote. An email sent by the Conservative whips' office and leaked to Britain's Daily Telegraph warns that the "parliamentary arithmetic" means rules about when MPs can skip votes are being tightened. MPs have been told that any time away from Westminster already approved will need to be reviewed

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PNG election: Corruption and economy are Peter O'Neill's biggest worries as polls open

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PNG election: Corruption and economy are Peter O'Neill's biggest worries as polls open

- Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is hoping voters will overlook economic problems and corruption controversies to give him a second term when they cast their ballots over the next two weeks. Voting has begun in PNG's national elections, with the struggling economy and lack of government services at the forefront of voter concerns. Mr O'Neill will also be judged for his handling of official corruption allegations — which he has fought in the courts — that led university students to protest for months last year

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UK Parliament hit by cyberattack, leaving MPs unable to access emails, user accounts

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UK Parliament hit by cyberattack, leaving MPs unable to access emails, user accounts

- British officials are investigating a cyberattack on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts". A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution, remote email access for members has been disabled in order to protect the network from hackers. "As a result, some Members of Parliament and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster," it said, adding that IT services at Parliament itself are working normally

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'She has breached our faith': Greens tensions boil over in spectacular attack on Lee Rhiannon

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'She has breached our faith': Greens tensions boil over in spectacular attack on Lee Rhiannon

- Federal Greens MPs have launched an extraordinary attack on their colleague Lee Rhiannon, accusing the senator of betraying them by attempting to derail the party's school funding negotiations with the Turnbull government. Fairfax Media can reveal all nine of Senator Rhiannon's federal colleagues – including leader Richard Di Natale – have co-signed a letter of complaint against her that has been sent to the powerful Greens national council

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Federal politicians' overseas travel bill slashed amid expenses crackdown

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Federal politicians' overseas travel bill slashed amid expenses crackdown

- Federal politicians have slashed their overseas travel bill by half, cut up to a million dollars from car hire services and reduced their their travel allowances by more than $500,000 compared with four years ago. An analysis of parliamentary expenses shows the federal government's crackdown on politicians' entitlements has cut spending across the board, after a string of scandals that led to the resignation of a cabinet minister and two speakers

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Gonski 2.0 passes Parliament as crossbench deal holds

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Gonski 2.0 passes Parliament as crossbench deal holds

- Malcolm Turnbull's attempt to "bring the school funding wars to an end" has been locked into law after the Gonski 2.0 school funding package finally passed through the Parliament in a marathon late-night session. After nearly a week of frenzied dealmaking with Senate crossbenchers - and a healthy dose of internal dissent - the Turnbull government notched up the major legislative win in the early hours of Friday morning

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This Australian Senator Became The First To Breastfeed While Addressing Parliament

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This Australian Senator Became The First To Breastfeed While Addressing Parliament

- In May, Greens senator Larissa Waters made history as the first person to breastfeed in Australia’s federal Parliament. Now the politician has reached another milestone: becoming the first person to breastfeed while making remarks on the Australian Parliament floor. On Thursday, Waters put forward a motion on black lung disease while nursing her infant daughter, Alia Joy. First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion just before mine, bless her

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British Prime Minister Theresa May promises to listen on Brexit as Queen opens Parliament

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British Prime Minister Theresa May promises to listen on Brexit as Queen opens Parliament

- London: British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more to businesses' concerns about Brexit as the Queen formally opened Parliament by announcing the government's program for the next two years. Chastened by an election result which left her Conservative Party short of a majority, May also watered down pledges on social care reform, education, corporate governance and energy markets

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Australians' trust in United States falling

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Australians' trust in United States falling

- Australians' trust in US falls, fears over China's military threat remains, poll shows Australia's trust in the United States has halved since 2011 and President Donald Trump is unpopular with 60 per cent of people, but most still think the alliance is important. The 2017 Lowy Institute's poll, released today, shows continuing support for the relationship is driven by growing concerns about China's military threat

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WATCH: Australian MP breastfeeds baby while making a motion in parliament

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WATCH: Australian MP breastfeeds baby while making a motion in parliament

- WATCH: Australian MP breastfeeds baby while making a motion in parliament An Australian MP has breastfed her baby while making a motion in parliament.

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Tampon tax to stay, as move to vote it down fails. Again

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Tampon tax to stay, as move to vote it down fails. Again

- Tampons and sanitary pads will remain 'luxury' items in Australia, after the Coalition and Labor voted down a Greens Senate move to axe the tax applied to women's sanitary items. Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters attempted to scrap the "tampon tax" as part of an amendment to the government's legislation which will see the GST added to imported goods worth less than $1000, but was voted down 33 to 15

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Defence now driving Australia's China policy, says former ambassador

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Defence now driving Australia's China policy, says former ambassador

- Beijing: There has been a power shift in Australia's policymaking on China, with defence officials who don't understand China now the dominant voice, a former top diplomat has told Chinese media. Australia's former ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, told the Global Times newspaper the shift had been away from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and towards the prime minister's office and defence and national security ministries

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French President Emmanuel Macron wins huge parliamentary majority

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French President Emmanuel Macron wins huge parliamentary majority

- Paris: President Emmanuel Macron has won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a powerful mandate for pro-business reforms. The result, based on official figures and pollster projections, redraws the country's political landscape, humiliating the Socialist and conservative parties that alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May. Three pollsters projected that Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) and its Modem allies would win 355 to 365 seats in the 577-seat lower house after the second round ballot, fewer than previously forecast

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  • Conservatives cancel holidays during hung parliament
    Conservatives cancel holidays during hung parliament

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    London: Conservative MPs have been ordered not to take holidays abroad while Britain's parliament is sitting, amid fears the government could be brought down by losing a vote. An email sent by the Conservative whips' office and leaked to Britain's Daily Telegraph warns that the "parliamentary arithmetic" means rules about when MPs can skip votes are being tightened. MPs have been told that any time away from Westminster already approved will need to be reviewed

     

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron wins huge parliamentary majority
    French President Emmanuel Macron wins huge parliamentary majority

    , theage.com.au

    Paris: President Emmanuel Macron has won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a powerful mandate for pro-business reforms. The result, based on official figures and pollster projections, redraws the country's political landscape, humiliating the Socialist and conservative parties that alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May. Three pollsters projected that Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) and its Modem allies would win 355 to 365 seats in the 577-seat lower house after the second round ballot, fewer than previously forecast

     

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  • US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans
    US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

    , smh.com.au

    Washington: A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders' health-care bill could damage the nation's social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure's passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country's broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives' long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favour of a free-market system

     

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