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The nine Lower House MPs who didn't vote on same-sex marriage - NEWS.com.au

JUST a few days ago Barnaby Joyce was elected by the people of New England to represent them in the parliament.

Then on Thursday, when the first opportunity arose for the reinstalled Deputy Prime Minister to put forward a vote since being eligibly elected, he abstained.

Mr Joyce was among nine politicians in the House of Representatives who decided not to participate in the historic vote on the Marriage Act.

Much has been made of the four MPs who cast their vote against the bill when it finally came time for the House to decide yesterday. Their lonely figures couldn’t be missed against the mass of 136 politicians.

These were politicians who were adamantly against the bill that would make same-sex marriage legal and allow for some protections to be claimed by religious institutions that didn’t agree with those unions.

There were others like them on the other side, who despite their...


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Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The Age

Owners of an apartment block in the inner north covered in combustible cladding have received an emergency order to make their building safe within three months.

The order required immediate action that will cost owners around $250,000.

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Council orders Brunswick block owners to fix flammable cladding - The Age

Owners of an apartment block in the inner north covered in combustible cladding have received an emergency order to make their building safe within three months.

The order required immediate action that will cost owners around $250,000.

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Geoffrey Rush responds to allegations of inappropriate behaviour - NEWS.com.au

VETERAN Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has broken his silence on the allegations of inappropriate behaviour being made against him, dubbing the claims “intolerable” and announcing he’s filed a defamation lawsuit.

Rush, 66, faced media in Melbourne on Friday where he denied the claims that allegedly occurred during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear in 2015.

The actor said he would be taking legal action against The Daily Telegraph for publishing reports about the claims, which he dubbed “false”, “demeaning”, and “intolerable”.

“It is an action I’m taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community,” he said.

“This has created irreparable damage to my reputation, has been extremely hurtful to my wife, my daughter and my son and to my extended...


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Geoffrey Rush responds to allegations of inappropriate behaviour - NEWS.com.au

VETERAN Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has broken his silence on the allegations of inappropriate behaviour being made against him, dubbing the claims “intolerable” and announcing he’s filed a defamation lawsuit.

Rush, 66, faced media in Melbourne on Friday where he denied the claims that allegedly occurred during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear in 2015.

The actor said he would be taking legal action against The Daily Telegraph for publishing reports about the claims, which he dubbed “false”, “demeaning”, and “intolerable”.

“It is an action I’m taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community,” he said.

“This has created irreparable damage to my reputation, has been extremely hurtful to my wife, my daughter and my son and to my extended...


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Queensland election: Townsville win delivers Labor 48 seats but LNP refuses to concede - ABC Online

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Labor candidate in Townsville Scott Stewart with Ms Palaszczuk in Townsville.
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The embattled LNP leader Tim Nicholls is again refusing to concede he has lost the Queensland election, despite Labor winning its 48th seat.

The ABC's election computer has awarded the knife-edge seat of Townsville to sitting Labor MP Scott Stewart over the LNP's Casie Scott.

That gives Labor a more comfortable majority of 48 seats over the LNP's 39.

In his victory speech on Thursday afternoon, Mr Stewart said he won by 214 votes.

Contacted by the ABC on Thursday, the LNP again refused to concede defeat, and said the party was waiting on results from other north Queensland seats.

Mr Stewart said it was clear the LNP could not form government.

"I think Tim Nicholls should stand up, make...


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US Senator Al Franken to quit over sexual misconduct claims - NEWS.com.au

MINNESOTA Senator Al Franken has announced he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

“I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice,” Sen. Franken said in the otherwise-hushed Senate chamber.

Franken quit just a day after new allegations brought the number of women alleging misconduct by him to at least eight.

On Wednesday morning, one woman said he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, an accusation he vehemently denied.

Hours later, another woman said Sen. Franken inappropriately squeezed “a handful of flesh” on her waist while posing for a photo with her in 2009.

“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonour on this institution,” Sen. Franken...


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Southern California wildfires trigger mass destruction, hurting families, economy - Fox News

A massive wildfire in Southern California has spread over 48 square miles and continues to expand. A look at the destruction and what we know about it.

Thousands of people in Southern California were forced to evacuate as wind-whipped wildfires continued to blaze across Ventura County.

Officials said that the so-called “Thomas Fire,” which started Monday about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, has now caused at least 50,000 people to evacuate, destroyed at least 150 structures and has scorched roughly 96,000 acres so far. At least 15,000 additional structures are threatened by the wildfire as well, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

No fatalities have been confirmed yet, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said Tuesday. One unnamed firefighter has reportedly been injured and three others were burned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

What's more, the "Skirball Fire" erupted Wednesday, burning at least 500 acres so far and threatening many of the multimillion-dollar homes in Los...


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Same-sex marriage bill passes House of Representatives - NEWS.com.au

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hailed the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Canberra as a “huge success” in a “day of joy”.

“What a day. What a day. What a day in history. What a day for love,” the Prime Minister said on The Project.

“What a day to put our arms around same-sex couples and say we love you, we respect you, you have all the rights that everyone else has had for so long — now we’re all at one.”

MORE: MPs on the ‘wrong side of history’

While he acknowledged the postal survey had a “few critics”, Turnbull said it allowed the country to have their say and he was “so proud” to be the country’s leader “when we have made this big decision.”

When shown comments from same-sex marriage advocate Magda Szubanski accusing him of “gloating and taking credit” for what has been a painful and divisive few months for many, the PM was unrepentant.

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Same-sex marriage legalised in Australia as Parliament passes historic law - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Australia has officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage after the law was passed on Thursday with the overwhelming backing of the Federal Parliament.

Thirteen years after changing the Marriage Act to explicitly forbid same-sex unions, federal politicians voted to undo the last major piece of discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians.

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Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? Victorian political leaders make the issue their business - ABC Online

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While US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has heightened international tensions, the location of the Jewish state's capital has also triggered a slanging match between the Victorian Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition.

Last week Matthew Guy's Opposition pledged that if he won next year's election his government would open a Victorian trade office in Jerusalem.

But yesterday Premier Daniel Andrews, who is visiting Israel, opened a trade office in Tel Aviv, the country's tech and commercial hub.

"Tel Aviv is the biggest innovation hub outside of the United States and is the economic powerhouse of Israel — there is no better place for Victoria to do business," Mr Andrews said.

Mr Guy said it was important that Victoria recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

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Newcastle Anglican Diocese had 'do-nothing' approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds - ABC Online

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The royal commission into child sexual abuse has found powerful paedophiles in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle were operating under weak church leadership.

Today's report follows another into the national Anglican Church which found that every church diocese in the country, bar one, had received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years.

The commission looked at alleged child abuse, bullying and cover-ups within the Newcastle diocese, producing a report of more than 400 pages just on the Newcastle Anglicans.

It has found former Newcastle Anglican Bishop Roger Herft's response to abuse was "weak, ineffectual and noted a failure of leadership".

It added that there was a "do-nothing" approach in the diocese in response to child sexual abuse allegations.

Former Bishop Herft quit as the Anglican Archbishop of Perth in December last year after...


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Donald Trump, Jerusalem recognition: Why is US moving embassy? - NEWS.com.au

DONALD Trump has done what no other world leader has.

However, the United States President’s provocative move recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital isn’t without risk.

It also isn’t necessarily what everyone in Israel may even want.

That’s according to Lydia Khalil who said the move is likely to be seen in the Muslim world as the US siding with Israel.

Ms Khalil, a research fellow at the Lowy Institute’s West Asia program, also said Mr Trump’s move could hinder rather than help the peace process in the Middle East.

Mr Trump officially recognised the holy city as the capital of Israel and declared his intention to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he said.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.”

The US President also argued it was “long...


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China blasts Australia over Turnbull Government's foreign interference laws - ABC Online

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China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making "irresponsible" comments which have hurt "political mutual trust".

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  • China reacts to the Turnbull Government's overhaul of espionage and intellegence laws
  • Chinese embassy said Beijing had not intention in interfere in Australia's internal affairs
  • American officials welcomed to Turnbull Government's move

The Turnbull Government on Tuesday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia's democracy.

In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Canberra declared Beijing, "has no intention to interfere in Australia's internal affairs or exert...


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China blasts Australia over Turnbull Government's foreign interference laws - ABC Online

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Chinese flags fly high outside the Australian Parliament House in Canberra

China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making "irresponsible" comments which have hurt "political mutual trust".

Key points:

  • China reacts to the Turnbull Government's overhaul of espionage and intellegence laws
  • Chinese embassy said Beijing had not intention in interfere in Australia's internal affairs
  • American officials welcomed to Turnbull Government's move

The Turnbull Government on Tuesday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia's democracy.

In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Canberra declared Beijing, "has no intention to interfere in Australia's internal affairs or exert...


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Chinese flags fly high outside the Australian Parliament House in Canberra

China has reacted furiously to proposed foreign interference laws, accusing the Australian Government of making "irresponsible" comments which have hurt "political mutual trust".

Key points:

  • China reacts to the Turnbull Government's overhaul of espionage and intellegence laws
  • Chinese embassy said Beijing had not intention in interfere in Australia's internal affairs
  • American officials welcomed to Turnbull Government's move

The Turnbull Government on Tuesday unveiled the biggest overhaul of espionage and intelligence laws in decades amid growing concerns over international interference in Australia's democracy.

In a terse statement issued on Wednesday, the Chinese embassy in Canberra declared Beijing, "has no intention to interfere in Australia's internal affairs or exert...


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Boy swept out in rip near Port Macquarie, rescuers searching 'until we find something' - ABC Online

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A young boy is missing after being caught in a rip on the NSW mid-north coast that also swept his 17-year-old brother out.

The 11-year-old boy was with his family in shallow waters this afternoon on Lighthouse Beach, near Port Macquarie, when he was swept out, police said.

He has not been seen since.

"We still hold out every hope of course, we're going to be searching until we find something," David Horseman from NSW Ambulance said.

Water police with marine rescue, NSW Surf Life Saving (SLS) and a rescue helicopter have led the search operation.

"We're trying everything that's possible to try and find this young fellow," Mr Horseman said.

The boy's 17-year-old brother managed to get to shore independently and has been treated by paramedics.

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Lighthouse Beach

A young boy is missing after being caught in a rip on the NSW mid-north coast that also swept his 17-year-old brother out.

The 11-year-old boy was with his family in shallow waters this afternoon on Lighthouse Beach, near Port Macquarie, when he was swept out, police said.

He has not been seen since.

"We still hold out every hope of course, we're going to be searching until we find something," David Horseman from NSW Ambulance said.

Water police with marine rescue, NSW Surf Life Saving (SLS) and a rescue helicopter have led the search operation.

"We're trying everything that's possible to try and find this young fellow," Mr Horseman said.

The boy's 17-year-old brother managed to get to shore independently and has been treated by paramedics.

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Boy swept out in rip near Port Macquarie, rescuers searching 'until we find something' - ABC Online

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Lighthouse Beach

A young boy is missing after being caught in a rip on the NSW mid-north coast that also swept his 17-year-old brother out.

The 11-year-old boy was with his family in shallow waters this afternoon on Lighthouse Beach, near Port Macquarie, when he was swept out, police said.

He has not been seen since.

"We still hold out every hope of course, we're going to be searching until we find something," David Horseman from NSW Ambulance said.

Water police with marine rescue, NSW Surf Life Saving (SLS) and a rescue helicopter have led the search operation.

"We're trying everything that's possible to try and find this young fellow," Mr Horseman said.

The boy's 17-year-old brother managed to get to shore independently and has been treated by paramedics.

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David Feeney thrown a political lifeline - 9news.com.au

A senior Labor frontbencher has reluctantly thrown a lifeline to his embattled colleague David Feeney should the High Court send him off to a by-election.

Mr Feeney has been referred to the court to clarify his citizenship status, because he could not find documentation relating to the renunciation of his UK citizenship back in 2007.

He is the second Labor MP to be referred to the court, following Senator Katy Gallagher.

Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke expressed little sympathy for Mr Feeney in an ABC radio interview on Wednesday evening.

"When it came time to actually find the document, one of the documents hasn't turned up. Now, I find that weird," Mr Burke told ABC Radio.

He was asked repeatedly whether the party should endorse Mr Feeney to be Labor's candidate at a potential by-election for the marginal seat of Batman, but brushed away the questions.

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Final vote on same sex marriage bill looms - Sky News Australia

A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same sex marriage could come as early as Thursday.

The bulk of speeches wrapped up in the lower house late on Wednesday night, after sitting hours were extended for a second day to allow extra debate.

MPs, around 120 of whom spoke on the issue, will now get the chance to propose and consider amendments before voting on the legislation itself.

Several government MPs, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they will support or at least consider changes to be put forward by their conservative colleagues - namely Andrew Hastie and Michael Sukkar.

The Greens have also indicated they will propose amendments.

Labor will oppose any change, as will cabinet minister Christopher Pyne who branded some of them 'superfluous'.

If the bill passes unchanged from the one that cleared the...


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Bel Air mansions ablaze as wildfires spread - 9news.com.au

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Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily traveled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains where ridge tops are covered with expensive homes.

The Los Angeles Times reports that four to six homes in Bel-Air have already burned.

Numerous mansions owned by prominent entertainment figures are in the immediate area, in addition to Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Vineyards.

Homeowners in the evacuation area include Jerry West, Carla Sands and Katey Sagal and Kurt Sutter. While it’s not known if the homes are under threat, the fire area is also close to the Bel Air Crest development, home to Kathy Griffin, Gordon Ramsey and Babyface Edmonds.

Firefighters were providing structure protection as helicopters flying in darkness made water drops on the flames on the east side of the pass. Northbound traffic was halted, but southbound lanes...


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