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Milo Yiannopoulos to descend on Federal Parliament with Senator David Leyonhjelm - NEWS.com.au

CONTROVERSIAL right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos will speak at Parliament House in Canberra today despite an attempt by the Greens to ban him.

Yiannopoulos will speak in the exclusive private dining rooms at 11am at the invitation of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm.

Media, politicians and staffers have been invited to attend.

Extra security measures are expected to be in place when he arrives. A fight broke out between his supporters and protesters at Yiannopoulos’s event in Melbourne on Monday and police were forced to use pepper spray.

Senator Leyonhjelm flagged security arrangements are likely to be beefed up for the visit.

“I wouldn’t call myself a disciple of him by any means,” Senator Leyonhjelm told AAP, adding he didn’t agree with all his controversial views. He expects Yiannopoulos to embark on an “outrage campaign” to stir up the politically correct.

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Chaos will continue into the New Year with the legitimacy of decisions being questioned - NEWS.com.au

THE 45th Parliament of Australia is close to losing its authenticity as a representative body and it could soon be time to shut it down and start again.

The citizenship bungles by sitting members and senators have repopulated both houses with new MPs or recycled old ones and added an unprecedented blight of uncertainty.

It is time to halt proceedings until we know who’s staying and who’s going. Otherwise any decisions by Parliament will be open to formal and informal challenge, and have their legitimacy questioned.

The House of Representatives and the Senate have been churned in an unprecedented manner since the July 2 election last year. And the hunt for citizenship scalps is corrosive.

“This reflects the delightfully feral state of Australian politics at the moment,” said an unimpressed Labor MP Ed Husic on Sky News today.

And it is likely there is more instability and political...


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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney;
  • this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga;
  • the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter;
  • but the government opposed the measure; 
  • there will be more of this tomorrow; 
  • when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation.

My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting.

You can follow me on Facebook.

Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening.

MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leave the chamber after the citizenship motion. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...

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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney;
  • this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga;
  • the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter;
  • but the government opposed the measure; 
  • there will be more of this tomorrow; 
  • when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation.

My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting.

You can follow me on Facebook.

Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening.

MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leave the chamber after the citizenship motion. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...

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Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop strongly denies relations with China are at a low after its Canberra embassy scolded the Australian media and political class.

The embassy lashed out against what it said was a 'Cold War mentality', following the Turnbull government's flagged crackdown on foreign interference and earlier resentment about a new foreign policy blueprint.

When asked whether relations with Beijing were at a low, Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra on Thursday: 'The Australian government enjoys a very close, comprehensive, strategic partnership with China'.

Ms Bishop said she welcomed China's commitment to ensuring there would not be any illegal interference in Australian political affairs.

She insisted Beijing was deeply concerned by the behaviour of Labor senator Sam Dastyari and his dealings with a Chinese...


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Bishop denies rift with China - Sky News Australia

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop strongly denies relations with China are at a low after its Canberra embassy scolded the Australian media and political class.

The embassy lashed out against what it said was a 'Cold War mentality', following the Turnbull government's flagged crackdown on foreign interference and earlier resentment about a new foreign policy blueprint.

When asked whether relations with Beijing were at a low, Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra on Thursday: 'The Australian government enjoys a very close, comprehensive, strategic partnership with China'.

Ms Bishop said she welcomed China's commitment to ensuring there would not be any illegal interference in Australian political affairs.

She insisted Beijing was deeply concerned by the behaviour of Labor senator Sam Dastyari and his dealings with a Chinese...


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When same-sex marriage finally passed Parliament, gravity no longer had meaning - The Sydney Morning Herald

Never had a larger, more expectant crowd sat so intently and for so long in the public galleries of the House of Representatives.

Barely a seat lay empty all the long day, the morning creeping into the afternoon, the afternoon edging towards evening, anticipation intensifying.

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When same-sex marriage finally passed Parliament, gravity no longer had meaning - The Sydney Morning Herald

Never had a larger, more expectant crowd sat so intently and for so long in the public galleries of the House of Representatives.

Barely a seat lay empty all the long day, the morning creeping into the afternoon, the afternoon edging towards evening, anticipation intensifying.

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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage debate in final days of Parliament for 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney;
  • this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga;
  • the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter;
  • but the government opposed the measure; 
  • there will be more of this tomorrow; 
  • when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation.

My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting.

You can follow me on Facebook.

Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening.

MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leave the chamber after the citizenship motion. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...

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Why this photo of two politicians from opposite sides hugging says so much about Australia's same-sex marriage debate - Business Insider Australia

After years of public debate, a $122 million voluntary postal survey that delivered an overwhelming yes, and a private member’s bill from gay Liberal senator Dean Smith that managed to survive multiple attempts to amend it unchanged, Australia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage today.

And people celebrated that historic moment. The achievement. The sense of righteousness in the decision. The floor of the parliament and gallery erupted in cheers and applause before the gallery managed to serenade the politicians with a very unparliamentary rendition of “I am Australian” without censure from the speaker.

And amid the tears of joy, the backslapping, the rare show of unity between Labor and Liberal MPs who shook hands and embraced, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition leader Bill Shorten, there was the moment Labor’s Linda Burney leapt...


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Australian politics an 'embarrassment of riches': comedian Jeff Green - Brisbane Times

Politics aside, a host of comedy greats will grace our sunny state from February, including Urzila Carlson, Fiona O’Loughlin, Jim Gaffigan and Jimeoin, as well as Green, who will celebrate three decades of being on the comedy circuit with a special show.

“When people said ‘I have been doing this job for 30 years’ I used to be in awe of that but looking back it is no time at all if you enjoy something,” he said.

“The show will be very current, with all the stand-up ideas I have at the moment but making gentle reference to where I have come from because I hope they just might find that interesting.”

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Also a best-selling author - he penned The A-Z of Living Together, The A-Z of Being Single and The A-Z of having a Baby - Green has also made several TV appearances on Spicks and Specks and The Glass House, and is a regular at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.

He first...


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Dastyari's career going nowhere: Shorten - The West Australian

Senator Sam Dastyari's dealings with Chinese donors threaten a crucial by-election.Senator Sam Dastyari's dealings with Chinese donors threaten a crucial by-election.

Bill Shorten has cut embattled backbencher Sam Dastyari adrift as the senator's scandalous dealings with Chinese donors threaten to derail a crucial by-election.

"His career is going nowhere, fast," Mr Shorten declared as he stood alongside Bennelong candidate Kristina Keneally on Friday.

But the opposition leader accused the Turnbull government of engaging in "China-phobia" after former prime minister Paul Keating's seat on the China Development Bank's board was called into question.

"It's just got ridiculous," Mr Shorten said.

"I just say to the government you've made your politics, I get that, but let's not actually throw the baby out with the bath water."

Mr Shorten tried to fend off a flurry of questions about whether the saga surrounding Senator Dastyari would drag down his star candidate next...


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Ban on foreign political donations is both too broad and too narrow, and won't fix our system - The Conversation AU

The government has announced a suite of reforms targeting foreign interference and espionage in Australia’s political process. This will include a bill imposing a ban on political donations from foreign bank accounts, non-citizens and foreign entities.

The ban will apply broadly – not just to political parties and parliamentary candidates, but also to trade unions and advocacy groups such as GetUp!.

These proposed reforms follow revelations that Labor senator Sam Dastyari had warned Chinese Communist Party-linked donor Huang Xiangmo that his phone might be tapped by intelligence agencies. Both the Labor and Liberal parties have benefited from donations by Huang to the tune of almost A$3 million since 2012.

But it’s not just foreign donations that can skew the system. If the government is serious about restoring faith in our politics and politicians, there’s much more to be...


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Same sex marriage vote live: Parliament to pass historic bill legalising gay marriage - The Sydney Morning Herald

It's time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • same-sex marriage has been legalised in Australia;
  • the House of Representatives passed the legislation shortly before 6 pm;
  • this means both houses of Parliament have agreed to the legislation;
  • the change to the Marriage Act means Australia is the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage;
  • couples can lodge their notice to marry from this Saturday (9 December);
  • this means there will be weddings from 9 January, 2018.

My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for all their superb work today and to you for reading and commenting.

You can follow me on Facebook.

That's it from Alex and me for the year. And what a year it's been. We wish you and your loved ones all the very best for Christmas and the New Year. We'll see you when Parliament returns on 5 February, 2018.

Prime Minister Malcolm...


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New sabotage laws for cyber attacks on Australia's critical ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Foreign-backed saboteurs who plant sleeper bugs in critical infrastructure such as telecommunications, power and water that could be mobilised to wreak havoc in the event of a war with Australia will face up to 15 years' jail under the new foreign interference laws.

The new laws reflect the changing nature of war, in which the first shots of a major conflict are likely to come electronically and target critical infrastructure used by civilians. They will replace outdated sabotage laws that cover only attacks on defence facilities.

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'What the hell's going on?': How NBN could become Canberra's next big headache - The Sydney Morning Herald

When Brigitte House received a letter in July to let her know she could connect her North Fitzroy home to the national broadband network, she was excited. 

"I thought, 'this is great, it's my turn'," House says, adding she imagined she would soon be able to get a faster, more reliable internet connection. 

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Milo Yiannopoulos to descend on Federal Parliament with Senator David Leyonhjelm - NEWS.com.au

CONTROVERSIAL right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos will speak at Parliament House in Canberra today despite an attempt by the Greens to ban him.

Yiannopoulos will speak in the exclusive private dining rooms at 11am at the invitation of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm.

Media, politicians and staffers have been invited to attend.

Extra security measures are expected to be in place when he arrives. A fight broke out between his supporters and protesters at Yiannopoulos’s event in Melbourne on Monday and police were forced to use pepper spray.

Senator Leyonhjelm flagged security arrangements are likely to be beefed up for the visit.

“I wouldn’t call myself a disciple of him by any means,” Senator Leyonhjelm told AAP, adding he didn’t agree with all his controversial views. He expects Yiannopoulos to embark on an “outrage campaign” to stir up the politically correct.

MORE:...


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Chaos will continue into the New Year with the legitimacy of decisions being questioned - NEWS.com.au

THE 45th Parliament of Australia is close to losing its authenticity as a representative body and it could soon be time to shut it down and start again.

The citizenship bungles by sitting members and senators have repopulated both houses with new MPs or recycled old ones and added an unprecedented blight of uncertainty.

It is time to halt proceedings until we know who’s staying and who’s going. Otherwise any decisions by Parliament will be open to formal and informal challenge, and have their legitimacy questioned.

The House of Representatives and the Senate have been churned in an unprecedented manner since the July 2 election last year. And the hunt for citizenship scalps is corrosive.

“This reflects the delightfully feral state of Australian politics at the moment,” said an unimpressed Labor MP Ed Husic on Sky News today.

And it is likely there is more instability and political...


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Politics live: Citizenship chaos overshadows same-sex marriage ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • two Labor politicians have been referred to the High Court - Katy Gallagher and David Feeney;
  • this means 13 MPs have now been caught up in the citizenship saga;
  • the opposition proposed a block of nine MPs be referred to the High Court as a means of breaking the deadlock on the matter;
  • but the government opposed the measure; 
  • there will be more of this tomorrow; 
  • when the House of Representatives will also finalise the same-sex marriage legislation.

My thanks to Alex Ellinghausen and Nick Moir for their work today and to you for reading and commenting.

You can follow me on Facebook.

Alex, Nick and I will be back in the morning. We hope to see you then. Good evening.

MPs leave the chamber and debate on same-sex marriage resumes.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leave the chamber after the citizenship motion. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm...

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Adam Shirley to present Mornings in 2018 on ABC Radio Canberra while also helping Dan Bourchier host Breakfast - The Canberra Times

Adam Shirley will next year replace Genevieve Jacobs presenting Mornings on ABC Radio Canberra - and also give Dan Bourchier a hand co-hosting Breakfast.

It comes as the ABC also confirmed it is cutting its flagship current affairs programs The World Today and PM from hour-long shows to 30 minutes in 2018.

Adam Shirley moves from Drive to Mornings on ABC Radio Canberra in 2018. He will also co-host Breakfast with Dan ... Adam Shirley moves from Drive to Mornings on ABC Radio Canberra in 2018. He will also co-host Breakfast with Dan Bourchier from 8.30am to 9am. 

This makes way for a nationally syndicated music and talk show hosted by Myf Warhurst (12.30pm-2pm) and a longer Drive program (4pm-6.30pm), which in Canberra will be filled by Laura Tchilinguirian.

Canberra media analyst, Coordinate director Warren Apps, said he was concerned the halving of airtime given to PM and The World Today would dumb down the ABC content.

Laura Tchilinguirian moves from Afternoons to Drive on ABC Radio Canberra in 2018. Laura Tchilinguirian moves from Afternoons to Drive on ABC Radio Canberra in...

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