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Victories for human rights highlight Australia’s tarnished reputation
Opinion
Opinion

Victories for human rights highlight Australia’s tarnished reputation

The global plaudits for two refugees in Australian offshore detention have exposed the absurdity of Australian government policies.

  • by Elaine Pearson

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Can we care about more than one issue? Can we walk and chew gum, Australia?
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Opinion

Can we care about more than one issue? Can we walk and chew gum, Australia?

Do we care more about asylum seekers wanting to get to Australia than the plight of Aboriginal children already living here?

  • by Jane Marwick
Refugee bill will help erode trust in democracy
Opinion
Opinion

Refugee bill will help erode trust in democracy

Kerryn Phelps, Labor and the Greens do not speak for the majority of voters, they speak for activists.

  • by Simon Cowan
Kerryn Phelps led the passage of the Medevac law. Will voters reward her for it?
Kerryn Phelps

Kerryn Phelps led the passage of the Medevac law. Will voters reward her for it?

Reports of Phelps drinking champagne with the Greens following this week’s legislative victory may turn off some Wentworth voters, and not just because the champagne was from Aldi.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
Shorten should have called for an election immediately
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Opinion

Shorten should have called for an election immediately

Bill Shorten could have pushed harder this week and chose not to. The Opposition Leader has not turned the government’s loss into a call for an election. Given the way this Parliament carries on, that is a shame.

  • by David Crowe
Inside story: The doctors' deal behind the deal on the contentious medivac refugee bill
Scott Morrison

Inside story: The doctors' deal behind the deal on the contentious medivac refugee bill

The deal tied together this week had its roots in an understanding months ago between Kerryn Phelps and Richard Di Natale.

  • by Michael Koziol
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Election threat over refugee bill after bombshell legal advice
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Election threat over refugee bill after bombshell legal advice

The Morrison government has fired a new broadside at the crossbench bill .

  • by David Crowe
Historic deal nears on refugee medical transfers after Labor gives ground
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Kerryn Phelps

Historic deal nears on refugee medical transfers after Labor gives ground

Bill Shorten allows for faster decisions on transfers and more detail on security checks.

  • by David Crowe
'It is time': City of Sydney councillors back pill-testing 'dry-run'
Local council

'It is time': City of Sydney councillors back pill-testing 'dry-run'

The councillors unanimously backed calls for a drug summit, and supported a pill-testing demonstration.

  • by Megan Gorrey
Home Affairs refers leak of Phelps bill advice to AFP
Kerryn Phelps

Home Affairs refers leak of Phelps bill advice to AFP

The department found itself at the centre of a political debate that raised questions about the neutrality of security agencies.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Peter Dutton accused of 'lying' by Labor over security briefing accusations
Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton accused of 'lying' by Labor over security briefing accusations

The conflict has prompted border security experts to call for agencies to release their advice publicly to lift transparency.

  • by Michael Koziol