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Politics live as Malcolm Turnbull faces leadership pressure on energy - The Sydney Morning Herald

Okay, end of the day. What happened?

  • the Coalition is in chaos - again - over climate change and energy;
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not-so-subtly took a swipe at Tony Abbott over his management of the issue;
  • late this afternoon backbencher George Christensen said he cannot vote for a Clean Energy Target;
  • he also suggested the government should open its own coal-fired power stations;
  • the government has also paid $70 million to settle a case brought by Manus Island detainees;
  • Immigration Minister Peter Dutton blamed Labor for the case,

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Politicians and reporters glam up for Mid Winter Ball in Canberra - 9news.com.au

Politics might be Hollywood for ugly people, but Canberra has just hosted its Oscars equivalent that was anything but hideous.

Defying the old adage, politicians and political reporters put on a glamorous display at the Press Gallery's annual Mid Winter Ball in the Great Hall of Parliament House.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the fashion pack in a feathered and bedazzled purple and cream gown.

Labour leader Bill Shorten's wife Chloe stunned in a tight off-the-shoulder purple gown.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy wore a black jacket over a white top with a floor-length skirt.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)(9NEWS)

While the men at the ball almost all matched in black tuxedos, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce added flair to his outfit that stole the spotlight.

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Everything's going Bill Shorten's way as media focuses on fractured Liberals - ABC Online

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten bares his teeth while laughing in the House of Representatives

Bill Shorten has been on holidays this week. Probably just as well. The "energiser bunny" would have felt the need to be out every day, as usual. His absence left more room for the fractured Liberals.

Mr Shorten's extraordinary political luck continues, as Tony Abbott rampages, to the despair or fury of frustrated colleagues.

But it is not just his opponents that have been raining political gifts on Labor.

Last weekend saw the start of the phase-in of the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for retail, hospitality, fast-food and pharmacy workers.

Admittedly this isn't WorkChoices. But for Mr Shorten it could become a pale version of it. Hundreds of thousands of employees stand to lose, very many of whom are low-income earners. And it's not just...


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Majority of federal MPs refuse to sign up to Tony Fitzgerald's ethical ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Fewer than a quarter of federal politicians have agreed to commit to new ethical standards devised by legendary corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald - and there is not a single Turnbull government MP among them.

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Photo: Greg White

The former judge teamed up with the left-leaning Australia Institute think tank to survey every federal politician on their values as part of a plan to clean up Canberra and build momentum for a federal anti-corruption body.

The Queensland QC – who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry that ultimately led to the resignation of former state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – developed the questionnaire to test MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money.

Only 53 federal politicians agreed to the new ethical standards drawn up by corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald. Only 53 federal politicians agreed to the new ethical standards drawn...

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Memo Canberra: it's about public interest, not your petty politics - The Age

Ideology and trenchant tribalism are unhelpful in formulating public-interest policies, because ideology and tribalism require adherence to doctrine, rather than to evidence-based, flexible and practical solutions and improvements. Some consider the sapping internecine strife, driven by the monumental tension between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his dumped predecessor, Tony Abbott, as a battle for the very soul of the Liberal Party. Others see the battle as being primarily about an ego-charged lust for power. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is the sole beneficiary.

Given this context and the associated febrile condition of his government, Mr Turnbull would have known when he spoke during a speech in London about the Liberal's Party's heritage that it would hardly salve. But, over time, his words might come to be seen as a circuit-breaker in a situation in which citizens'...


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Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon tax' on cars, but prices may still rise - The Sydney Morning Herald

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has sought to hose down reports the government is planning to introduce a new "carbon tax" on cars that will see the price of some popular vehicles soar by up to $5000.

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Parliament protesters promise more action - The West Australian

Pro-refugee protesters who shut down parliament after gluing their hands to railings late in 2016 have vowed to continue staging demonstrations while they await trial accused of damaging commonwealth property.

The four men and three women from the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance each pleaded not guilty when they faced the Canberra Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Afterwards, protester Chammy Hill said the group had tried for years to be heard through more conventional means.

"We have written letters and signed petitions, we have attended rallies and speak-outs, we have held sit-ins and we have blockaded," she told reporters outside court.

"We have reached a critical moment in Australia's history where these methods are no longer enough. We have been unable to reach those in power, our so-called representatives."

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Shock Jocks And Dirty Laundry In A Liberal Leadership Spin Cycle - Huffington Post Australia

CANBERRA -- The word 'mateship' is thrown around a bit in Australian politics. John Howard was quite fond of it. And Malcolm Turnbull has used it a few times. He's said mateship is "deep in Australians' DNA".

Genuine friendship in politics is much harder to find. Loyalty usually comes from a different source. Factions. Debts. Power.

Hatred, contempt and grudges can run deep.

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— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) July 11, 2017

Ongoing and very public strife in parties, whether it be the Liberals or the Greens, are evidence of the strange truth in politics: politicians often abhor others in their own party a hell of a lot more than people in the other parties they are supposed to be fighting.

It all comes down to how good the politician's acting is. Or whether they are actually in politics...


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'Factional war is definitely coming to SA' - InDaily

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Liberal state president John Olsen has rejected fresh predictions of a looming factional war, but warns the “ripple from Canberra” could yet impact Steven Marshall’s chances at the next election.

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South Australian Liberal leader Steven Marshall. Photo: David Mariuz / AAP

Amid an escalating tug of war for factional hegemony in the federal Liberal Party – punctuated by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s insistence this week that the party should remain in “the sensible centre” – a mooted power shift in the state branch was thwarted overnight, with the...


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Shorten calls for more love for SA - The West Australian

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has urged the commonwealth to back more projects in SA.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has urged the commonwealth to back more projects in SA.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to show more love to South Australia.

Mr Shorten came to Adelaide on Wednesday to announce Labor support for an irrigation project in the city's north.

He says Mr Turnbull should follow Labor's lead and back the project and should also back other initiatives in SA, including the electrification of an Adelaide train line.

"It seems every time there is news out of SA, Mr Turnbull takes the opposition view," Mr Shorten told reporters.

"People are sick of the tit for tat politics.

"Mr Turnbull needs to stand beside South Australians because for many years they have paid their taxes to Canberra.

"Now it is time for the SA economy to get a bit of backup from Mr Turnbull."

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Why Australia needs Malcolm Turnbull to survive - The Sydney Morning Herald

Three important groups have a stronger interest in Malcolm Turnbull surviving until the election than they realise. Perhaps even in his succeeding.

They are (in descending order of importance) the Australian people; the mainstream media; and the Liberal Party.

NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining licence

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NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for mining licence

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More MPs could help solve the current political dysfunction in Australia - The Sydney Morning Herald

Human nature does not change much. Politicians are as idealistic, selfish, greedy, altruistic, competent, incompetent, foolish, smart and gifted as they ever were.

So the explanation for Australia's decade of political dysfunction must lie elsewhere.

New Zealand's population is just 20 per cent of Australia's, but its national parliament is 80 per cent the size of our ... New Zealand's population is just 20 per cent of Australia's, but its national parliament is 80 per cent the size of our House of Representatives. Photo: Glen McCurtayne

That elsewhere is that our constitutional system needs some maintenance to make it function better for the changing conditions, particularly the falling support for major parties and Australia's increased population.

This may sound like heresy, but we do not have enough members of the federal House of Representatives.

New Zealand's population is just 20 per cent of Australia's, but its national parliament is 80 per cent the size of our House of Representatives.

Britain...


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Musk mob's deal with South Australia sidesteps craven dinosaur politics - The Sydney Morning Herald

Oh, how sweet it is. After all the haters, all the pile-ons, all the craven dinosaur politics which maintains that coal really does have a future, the SA government shimmies, shakes, steps left, steps right, bursts through into clear and announces its lithium battery deal.

Yes, within 100 days, Elon Musk's mob, Tesla, will install the world's largest lithium ion battery, in Adelaide, to expand the state's renewable energy supply to, as SA Premier Jay Weatherill put it, "stabilise the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices. Battery storage is the future of our national energy market, and the eyes of the world will be following our leadership in this space."

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Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann stands by 'searing assessment' of Donald Trump after video goes viral - The Sydney Morning Herald

One of Australia's most seasoned political journalists has stood by his scathing commentary of Donald Trump's presidency after a video of his remarks unexpectedly went viral. 

"Scathing", "searing" and "brutal" were just a few of the adjectives flying around social media following an eloquent takedown of Donald Trump by ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann.

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Philip Morris ordered to pay Australia millions in costs for plain packaging case - The Sydney Morning Herald

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been ordered to pay the Australian government millions of dollars in legal costs after its failed bid to kill off plain packaging laws.

Plain packaging laws in Australia are some of the toughest in the world. Plain packaging laws in Australia are some of the toughest in the world. Photo: Nic Walker

While the exact figure is a closely-guarded secret - and is redacted from the Permanent Court of Arbitration's new ruling - it's believed the bill could be as high as $50 million.

The court published its decision at the weekend, bringing a six-year legal battle to a close. Big tobacco companies fought hard against the world-first plain-packaging laws - introduced by Julia Gillard's Labor government in 2011 - and first took the case to Australia's High Court.

When that failed, Philip Morris Asia mounted a challenge in the Singapore-based international court using provisions - known as investor-state dispute settlement - of an...


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Majority of federal MPs refuse to sign up to Tony Fitzgerald's ethical standards - The Sydney Morning Herald

Fewer than a quarter of federal politicians have agreed to commit to new ethical standards devised by legendary corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald - and there is not a single Turnbull government MP among them.

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Photo: Greg White

The former judge teamed up with the left-leaning Australia Institute think tank to survey every federal politician on their values as part of a plan to clean up Canberra and build momentum for a federal anti-corruption body.

The Queensland QC – who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry that ultimately led to the resignation of former state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – developed the questionnaire to test MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money.

Only 53 federal politicians agreed to the new ethical standards drawn up by corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald. Only 53 federal politicians agreed to the new ethical standards drawn...

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The UK and Australia: what happens next? - The Sydney Morning Herald

London: Counter-terrorism, North Korea, the political isolation of Donald Trump on the global stage and the battle over the soul of the Liberal Party have grabbed the headlines on Malcolm Turnbull's week-long swing through Hamburg, Paris and London.

Qatar signs anti-terror deal with US

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Phony 'carbon tax' car debate highlights the sad state of our media and politics - The Sydney Morning Herald

Some days you really do have to wonder: what chance is there of sensible policy being created in this country? Particularly when it comes to doing anything about addressing climate change.

On Wednesday, Australia could have had a lively, informed discussion about how efficient our cars should be. Instead we had a confected, useless argument about a new "carbon tax" that nobody has proposed.

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Shock Jocks And Dirty Laundry In A Liberal Leadership Spin Cycle - Huffington Post Australia

CANBERRA -- The word 'mateship' is thrown around a bit in Australian politics. John Howard was quite fond of it. And Malcolm Turnbull has used it a few times. He's said mateship is "deep in Australians' DNA".

Genuine friendship in politics is much harder to find. Loyalty usually comes from a different source. Factions. Debts. Power.

Hatred, contempt and grudges can run deep.

Malcolm Turnbull uses Tony Abbott's words against him https://t.co/HgdWX3V6w4 pic.twitter.com/E23D8oCuH6

— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) July 11, 2017

Ongoing and very public strife in parties, whether it be the Liberals or the Greens, are evidence of the strange truth in politics: politicians often abhor others in their own party a hell of a lot more than people in the other parties they are supposed to be fighting.

It all comes down to how good the politician's acting is. Or whether they are actually in politics...


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When will Australia start punishing politicians for racist comments? - Now To Love

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When will Australia start punishing politicians for racist comments?

When will Australia start punishing politicians for racist comments?

This week British Prime Minister Theresa May suspended one of her conservative MPs who used the N-word while discussing Brexit.

Party Whip Anne Marie Morris left others in shock when she told the event:

“Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Now we get to the real n----r in the woodpile, which is, in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

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Despite her offhand delivery, let’s unpack how truly offensive that phrase is.

It originated in deep-south America in the mid-19th century and described fugitive slaves who hid in piles of firewood as they attempted to escape to Canada. It made its way to Britain in the 20th century as a metaphor for a hidden...


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