Australian politics

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NSW and South Australia back foreign interference laws against high court challenge
NSW political staffer accused of acting for China argues laws are invalid as they breach implied freedom of political communication

Daniel Hurst

21, Jan, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Kevin Rudd registers interviews with BBC and Radio NZ but insists 'I am not a foreign agent'
The former Australian PM says he supports the foreign influence scheme but the attorney general’s interpretation ‘strikes me as absurd’

Daniel Hurst

21, Jan, 2021 @10:44 AM

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Australian housing market to experience 'up crash' on back of homebuilder mini-boom – investment bank
UBS’s George Tharenou says house prices could soar more than 10% in 2021 on the back of homebuilder and responsible lending rule changes

Ben Butler

21, Jan, 2021 @7:54 AM

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Australia news live: NSW, Victoria and Queensland report no new Covid cases; Tennis Australia will pay for quarantine
Coronavirus restrictions to ease in Brisbane tomorrow; Scott Morrison rebukes Cricket Australia for dropping Australia Day reference. This blog is now closed

Calla Wahlquist (now) and Nino Bucci (earlier)

21, Jan, 2021 @7:15 AM

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Facebook asks Australia to let it make content deals with news outlets before being hit with media code
Social media giant wants a six-month grace period for proposed code it describes as ‘complex, unpredictable, and unworkable’

Josh Taylor

21, Jan, 2021 @3:10 AM

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Fall in unemployment raises likelihood Australian government will withdraw Covid support
The jobless rate fell to 6.6% in December and the participation rate lifted to 66.2% in a quicker than expected recovery

Paul Karp

21, Jan, 2021 @2:45 AM

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Trumpism wreaked destruction in the US – and made its way into Australian political culture | Tim Soutphommasane
An indifference to truth and transparency and an impunity to maladministration may be Trump’s real legacy at work

Tim Soutphommasane

20, Jan, 2021 @11:06 PM

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More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration
Human rights session calls on Canberra to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 as China attacks Australia over ‘baseless charges’

Daniel Hurst

20, Jan, 2021 @9:09 PM

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Victoria, NSW and Queensland record no local cases – as it happened
Two tennis players have tested positive, but hard lockdown of those who shared flights remains. This blog is now closed

Michael McGowan (now) Nino Bucci (earlier)

20, Jan, 2021 @7:36 AM

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Renewing the alliance: the Biden administration and what it means for Australia
Climate, trade and China are all on the table as the Morrison government prepares to build bridges with Trump’s successor

Daniel Hurst

20, Jan, 2021 @7:35 AM

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Australian government bungle means visa applicants told to travel overseas during pandemic
People ‘inadvertently’ received outdated official advice to leave Australia contrary to new Covid-era arrangements

Christopher Knaus

20, Jan, 2021 @5:27 AM

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Australian housing system ‘broken’ with more than half of low-income renters facing rental stress
Demand for homelessness services has also soared, with no progress made in a decade, according to Productivity Commission

Christopher Knaus

20, Jan, 2021 @3:02 AM

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