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Adam Morton

Deputy Editor, The Sunday Age

Cathy McGowan's Catholic Church oration cancelled over same sex marriage stance

Adam Morton Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has intervened this week to cancel a planned keynote speech at a Catholic Church conference by independent MP Cathy McGowan due to her support for same sex marriage.

Greens leader Richard di Natale to host global experts at drug reform summit

Greens leader Richard Di Natale is planning a summit at Parliament on drug policy.

Adam Morton It was the experience of an 18-year-old kid – drug-addled, broken and finally crying out for help – that helped inspire a future Greens leader to look for a new way ahead.

Marriage equality

Tasmanian parliament votes in support of marriage equality

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman.

Adam Morton Tasmania's Liberal-led parliament has thrown its support behind marriage equality in a passionate debate.

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Australia backs down on coal stand-off

Loaders fill railcars with coal at a depot in Jharkhand, India.

Adam Morton Standards set in deal on public funding of coal plants would make 80 per cent of plants funded in past decade ineligible, official says.

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Not muzzled: Red Cross denies it paid Immigration multimillion-dollar bond

An Iranian family on Nauru.

Adam Morton The Red Cross says it is free to publicly disagree with Coalition policy on the treatment of migrants if it wants to.


Buying silence? Immigration asked charities for multimillion-dollar bond

An Iranian family in detention on Nauru.

Adam Morton The $2 million payment was seen as a way to stop criticism of the government

Save the Children staff accused and deported from Nauru demand an explanation

Former Save the Children worker Natasha Blucher.

Adam Morton Humanitarian workers deported from Nauru last year following unsubstantiated claims they encouraged asylum seekers to self-harm and fabricate stories of abuse are yet to receive an explanation...

Outrage over new child abuse, mismanagement claims at Nauru detention centre

A group called Doctors Against the Border Force Act hold a silent protest at Carlton Gardens on Saturday.

Adam Morton An asylum seeker accused of sexually assaulting four girls at the Nauru detention camp has been moved into isolation with his eight-year-old daughter, sparking concern for the child's welfare and...

Has Greg Hunt's direct action scheme fixed climate change policy in Australia?

Tree planting soaks up carbon dioxide - but is it enough to help meet Australia's commitments?

Adam Morton Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the first round of "direct action", saying it has delivered Australia's largest emissions cut ever.

China and other big emitters challenge Australia over its climate change policies

China now the world's biggest emitter: Local analysts say Australia is unlikely to reach its 5 per cent target by 2020 as the direct action policy stands.

Adam Morton and Tom Arup The world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including China and the US, have questioned the credibility of Australia's climate change targets and "direct action" policy in a series of queries to the...

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What's in a target? Australia warned not to 'cook the books' on emissions cuts

Moving target: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Adam Morton and Lisa Cox The Australian government is changing how it expresses climate change targets in way that could make it appear to the public as though it is cutting greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly than it is.

Locked in limbo: Australia's forgotten asylum seeker babies

An asylum seeker baby born in Australia, held in a detention centre at Broadmeadows and scheduled to be sent to Nauru.

Adam Morton They are the forgotten babies – born in Australia, but ignored in the deal done to release asylum seekers into the community.

Sunday Explainer: The unprecedented immigration powers awarded to Scott Morrison

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Adam Morton Asylum seekers will no longer have access to a legal challenge.

Sunday explainer: Refugees and the great legal run-around


Adam Morton Australia again changed the settings on its humanitarian refugee intake last week, cutting out people who claim asylum via Indonesia. What will this mean? Adam Morton explains.

Under the dome: what is Australia's climate policy?

Al Gore praises Palmer's climate policy (Thumbnail)

Adam Morton Just what is Australia's policy now towards climate change? The past week throws little light on the answer.

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Climate change 'off G20 agenda'

Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox and Adam Morton PM downplays likelihood of climate change being discussed at a G20 leaders' summit hosted by Australia, suggesting it does not fit the meeting's economic focus.

Coalition's emissions reduction fund poses more questions than answers

Steam billows from the cooling towers at TRUenergy Holdings Pty's Yallourn coal-fired power station in Yallourn, Australia, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will cut spending and limit tax concessions to fund a move to emissions trading a year ahead of schedule, should his Labor government win this year's election. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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AFR 01-10-2013

Adam Morton From the subject of prime ministerial launches promising solutions for the moral challenge of a generation, to a lonely minister holding an afternoon press conference in the shadow of the...

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Bigger carbon cuts needed, report says

Loy Yang Power station

Adam Morton The gap between climate change commitments and what scientists say is necessary is underlined in a new report that estimates Australia would need to make emissions cuts of at least 27 per cent by...

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Summit breaks carbon deadlock

Climate change denial.

Adam Morton The latest round of annual December climate talks followed a familiar arc.

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With scheme in place, prepare for pleasant surprises


Adam Morton Treasury modelling suggesting Australia will have to buy 100 million international carbon permits to meet its 2020 greenhouse target will almost certainly prove to be wrong.

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