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Why Mal Meninga was left speechless the day he quit politics - NEWS.com.au

Meninga will never live down his embarrassing political backflip.

IT’S the Mal Meninga story that will never die.

No matter what his heroics playing for Canberra, Queensland and Australia were, his legacy will always carry with it the side story of his infamous political career.

We can’t really call it a career though, given it lasted about as long as the 200m athletics final at the Olympics. In 2001 the rugby league icon was planning to announce his candidacy to run as an independent in Canberra politics, but after going blank when asked a question during an interview, he walked out of the radio studio he was in and that was it.

In a split second he went from wanting to be a politician to not wanting to be a politician. It’s somewhat ironic given some of our public servants are renowned for reneging on promises.

He’s rarely talked about that moment in the past 16 years, but...


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Robert Davidson's Stalin's Piano to premiere at CIMF - The Canberra Times

Robert Davidson's Stalin' Piano will make its world premiere at the Canberra International Music Festival. Robert Davidson's Stalin' Piano will make its world premiere at the Canberra International Music Festival. Photo: Supplied

 Composer Robert Davidson considers himself a political person - "probably predictably a little left leaning" - but he isn't out to make a political statement with any of his art.

"What I'm interested in is telling a story," he says.

"Getting to the person behind the politician … all the resonances and layers of meaning ... that is where a lot of the communication takes place, it isn't the words, it's about tuning into their souls."

For both of his contributions to the Canberra International Music Festival, Davidson has intertwined politics and art, layering them on many different levels.

His first concert is the world premiere of Stalin's Piano, to be played by Russian pianist Sonya Lifschitz.

The story behind the piece is a fascinating one. Davidson read an...


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Labor electorates line up for Canberra public servants - The Sydney Morning Herald

Communities in regional Labor-held seats are among those lining up to attract public servants relocated from Canberra.

Most of the 199 submissions to a Labor-controlled Senate inquiry endorse decentralisation.

Joel Fitzgibbon is Labor's shadow minister for agriculture and regional Australia. Joel Fitzgibbon is Labor's shadow minister for agriculture and regional Australia. Photo: Supplied

What began as a political exercise to scrutinise the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority move to Armidale has opened the door for towns and cities across the country to seek an injection of federal stimulus.

Wishful submissions were made from local governments in key Labor seats including Ballarat, Bendigo, Corio, Cunningham, Eden Monaro, Lingiari and Paterson.

Maitland City Council, adjoining the Hunter electorate of Labor agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon, says decentralisation will help address skill shortages in regional Australia and ease...


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Canberra should play political game on decentralisation to save jobs - Bendigo Advertiser

Canberra should play the political game on decentralisation. Let Sydney and Melbourne take the hit.

Canberra shouldn't have too much to fear from public sector decentalisation.

As many have pointed out, Canberra exists because of a federation compromise to create a greenfields capital in a regional location.

Australia was much more decentralised in 1927 when the future King George VI officially opened parliament in the new city.

We still rode on the sheep's back and state capitals weren't as dominant as they are today in terms of population.

The process announced this week by Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash is actually a good one.

Departments need to either indicate they're suitable to move to the regions or justify why all or part of their operation is unsuitable.

No decisions have yet been made and presumably there won't be much of a business case for moving bigger...


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Canberra should play the political game on decentralisation to save jobs - The Canberra Times

Canberra shouldn't have too much to fear from public sector decentalisation.

As many have pointed out, Canberra exists because of a federation compromise to create a greenfields capital in a regional location.

Canberra exists because of a federation compromise to create a greenfields capital in a regional location. Canberra exists because of a federation compromise to create a greenfields capital in a regional location. Photo: Andrew Meares

Australia was much more decentralised in 1927 when the future King George VI officially opened parliament in the new city.

We still rode on the sheep's back and state capitals weren't as dominant as they are today in terms of population.

Albury's median house price has increased by more than double the rate of Wodonga's over the past year. Albury's median house price has increased by more than double the rate of Wodonga's over the past year. Photo: Supplied

The process announced this week by Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash is actually a good one.

Departments need to either indicate they're suitable to move to the regions or justify why all or part...


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Stop bashing Canberra and take pride in Australia's beautiful capital - The Sydney Morning Herald

Bashing the national capital is a uniquely Australian pastime.

Capital cities elsewhere sometimes draw critical attention for being the seat of government and the home of bureaucrats, but few countries show as much contempt for their capital as many Australians do.

Canberra is a magnet for criticism from disgruntled punters across Australia because decisions are made here. Canberra is a magnet for criticism from disgruntled punters across Australia because decisions are made here. Photo: Robert Triggs

News Corp columnist Miranda Devine wrote this week: "There's something seriously wrong with Australia when Canberra is our fastest growing town, boasting the highest wages, near record job growth, soaring house prices, and the most extravagant retail sales."

Devine went on to say: "Smug, entitled public servants live high on the hog, with taxpayer-funded massages, business class travel, gentleman's hours, high-class restaurants, cafes on every corner, and a furious resistance to Barnaby...


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Greens in bid to stymie Malcolm Turnbull's visa changes - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Turnbull government's plan to scrap the 457 skilled migration visa faces new hurdles in the Senate with the Greens set to refer it to a committee to examine if it could harm the economy, hobble individual businesses or put at risk Australia's multicultural fabric.

Trade spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young will move on Monday to secure crossbench and opposition support for an inquiry into the replacement of the 457 class with a pared down system with fewer eligible occupations and shorter visa periods, and which is separated from subsequent citizenship eligibility.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will seek support for an inquiry into 457 visa changes. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will seek support for an inquiry into 457 visa changes. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

She is confident of obtaining a majority in the Senate to establish the inquiry on the first day of the Budget session because Labor has argued the government's approach is not properly thought...


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Gas companies find out that politics affects markets too - The Canberra Times

When Malcolm Turnbull decreed at the National Press Club in February that 2017 would be all about energy security, he thought he'd found the perfect wedge between Labor's green-tinged renewables focus and the bulk of ordinary people hit by soaring electricity prices.

He never dreamt he would be forced into a U-turn on gas and one of the more dramatic government-led market interventions in recent times.

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Messy politics of public service decentralisation and the Canberra region - The Sydney Morning Herald

The push by the Nationals – led by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Nationals' deputy leader Fiona Nash – for systematic decentralisation of federal public servants to regional cities, has accelerated. Government departments will now be forced to justify why at least some of their functions should not be moved out.

As criticism mounts, the Nationals are redoubling their efforts. Crucially, they are being supported by their senior partners in the Turnbull government, the Liberals. Not a word of criticism has come from senior Liberals, including the Prime Minister himself, though the only federal Liberal representative in the national capital, Senator Zed Seselja, has spoken up.

The Productivity Commission says shifting agencies to regions would offer only limited economic stimulus. The Productivity Commission says shifting agencies to regions would offer only limited economic stimulus. Photo: Stephen Jeffery

Many persuasive arguments, by the ACT government, local federal MPs, and...


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Messy politics of moving the public service to regions - The Northern Daily Leader

Whatever the general argument for decentralisation, Canberra is the wrong target.

JOYCE'S PATCH: The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is moving to Armidale. Photo: Stephen Jeffery

JOYCE'S PATCH: The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is moving to Armidale. Photo: Stephen Jeffery

The push by the Nationals – led by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Nationals' deputy leader Fiona Nash – for systematic decentralisation of federal public servants to regional cities, has accelerated. Government departments will now be forced to justify why at least some of their functions should not be moved out.

As criticism mounts, the Nationals are redoubling their efforts. Crucially, they are being supported by their senior partners in the Turnbull government, the Liberals. Not a word of criticism has come from senior Liberals, including the Prime Minister himself, though the only federal Liberal representative in the national capital, Senator Zed Seselja, has spoken...


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Tony Abbott's take: Australians are 'sick of politicians' - NEWS.com.au

Former PM Tony Abbott has said the best way to keep Labor out of office is to stick with the elected leader.

Australia's former prime minister Tony Abbott. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP

A LABOR frontbencher has called out Tony Abbott’s five-point plan for the government’s re-election as a sign the former leader is fighting to return to the top job.

The former prime minister today issued a warning to the government, saying Australians are “sick of politicians” and warned there was an expectation among voters that Bill Shorten “could soon be in the Lodge”.

Appearing on Sky News on Monday, Labor MP Andrew Leigh said the motivation behind Mr Abbott’s advice to the government was clear.

“Tony Abbott’s clearly fighting a rearguard action to the return to the prime minister-ship,” he said.

Mr Leigh said it was clear that “a significant portion of the Liberal Party are...


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Playing politics with migration will doom Turnbull's hapless government - The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull with Australian troops serving in Afghanistan. His government has upped its nationalist fervour in the past week. Photograph: Reuters

As Australia’s prime minister draped himself in the flag and got all hairy-chested about putting Australia first last week, he was also wrapping himself in a series of political contradictions that are poised to doom his hapless government.

It was a one-two punch which in Malcolm Turnbull’s mind’s eye must have packed all the power of a Rocky Balboa combination – first we crack down on foreign workers, then we crack down on those with the temerity to want Australian citizenship.

Look a bit closer and the nationalist combo seems more Aussie Joe Bugner, a massive wind-maker with very little follow through.

First came the announcement that the government would rewrite the controversial section 457 visas which allow employers to bring...


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Australia needs to build a missile defence shield: former national security adviser Andrew Shearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Rising tensions with North Korea underscore the need for Australia to "get much more serious" about amassing a missile defence system that could protect overseas forces and ultimately the mainland, a former national security adviser says.

Andrew Shearer, a leading defence specialist who worked for former prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard, is one of several experts who told Fairfax Media that Australia needed to consider missile defence to counter rapid advances in ballistic missile technology that are increasing in range and accuracy.

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Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy - The Conversation AU

The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its relevance to politics today.


Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard.

Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas. The Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and Australia, and it lay stranded for many days.

On August 26, the MV Tampa, a Norwegian cargo ship en route from Fremantle to Singapore, answered a call from the Australian Coast Guard and rescued the crew and passengers of the Palapa. Makeshift accommodation and bathrooms were organised on the open deck. Pregnant women were among the passengers.

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Australian politics explainer: the Mabo decision and native title - The Conversation AU

The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its relevance to politics today.


On June 3 1992, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the long-running case of Eddie Koiki Mabo and his compatriots from the Torres Strait island of Mer. Together they challenged the authority of the Queensland government to claim not just sovereignty but also ownership of the land comprising their ancestral home.

What happened?

Queensland annexed the Murray Islands through the Queensland Coast Islands Act of 1879. The court had to determine the effect of this annexation on the rights of the Meriam people to their land.

In its argument, the state claimed that on becoming sovereign over this territory, it derived ownership of all the land comprised in it – including the island of Mer.

This...


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Critical perspectives on the US alliance are unthinkable in Australian politics - The Guardian

‘When he went to his audience with the Veep, Shorten brought a retinue of shadow ministers with him – some of them nominally members of Labor’s left factions.’ Photograph: Rick Rycroft/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Pence visited Australia during the week of Anzac Day. Our leaders did their best to affirm that 100 years after thousands of Australians were fed into the slaughterhouse of the first world war, Australia’s leaders are still comfortable with running a client state, on the periphery of an empire, and following their sponsor into whatever misadventures it might have in mind.

It’s not just conservatives tugging the forelock. Indeed, Labor’s behaviour is the best evidence that the Trump presidency will not change the status quo ante. Whatever the misgivings of observers like Paul Keating, Australia’s leaders will happily and completely subordinate themselves to US hegemony.

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Kiwis reassured one year 'pathway to citizenship' in Australia remains - The Sydney Morning Herald

New Zealanders living in Australia have been assured a crackdown on citizenship requirements has not shifted the goalposts on the "pathway to citizenship" hammered out last year.

In February last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a streamlined pathway to citizenship for Kiwis who had been living in Australia for at least five years and met income and character tests.

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Hemp Food Approved For Sale In Australia - Huffington Post Australia

Australia's health ministers have approved the sale of hemp foods nationwide.

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation gave approval for hemp seeds to be sold in Australia, at a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Adelaide on Friday. It comes after Food Standards Australia and New Zealand approved hemp food in March.

"Ministers supported the draft standard that will allow low-THC hemp seeds to be sold as a food," read a communique released after the meeting.

"The standard will take effect six months after it has been gazetted and Ministers acknowledged that there is still a range of New Zealand and State and Territory legislation that currently prohibits the sale of low-THC hemp seeds as a food which will need to be amended."

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Sydney University lecturer used Anzac Day to accuse Australian soldiers of murder - The Sydney Morning Herald

Controversial Sydney University lecturer Tim Anderson used a series of Anzac Day social media posts to accuse Australian military personnel of committing murder in Syria.

On the same day ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied was attacked for a Facebook post invoking the phrase "Lest We Forget", Dr Anderson described Anzac Day as celebrating "the failures of our collaboration in imperial war".

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Why Mal Meninga was left speechless the day he quit politics - NEWS.com.au

Meninga will never live down his embarrassing political backflip.

IT’S the Mal Meninga story that will never die.

No matter what his heroics playing for Canberra, Queensland and Australia were, his legacy will always carry with it the side story of his infamous political career.

We can’t really call it a career though, given it lasted about as long as the 200m athletics final at the Olympics. In 2001 the rugby league icon was planning to announce his candidacy to run as an independent in Canberra politics, but after going blank when asked a question during an interview, he walked out of the radio studio he was in and that was it.

In a split second he went from wanting to be a politician to not wanting to be a politician. It’s somewhat ironic given some of our public servants are renowned for reneging on promises.

He’s rarely talked about that moment in the past 16 years, but...


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