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Welcoming Hongkongers a no-brainer for Australia – Politics Article

There could be no better time than now to open our doors to Hong Kong people eager to flee the monstrous Beijing regime. Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong, 2019 (Image: AP/Vincent Yu) The decision the Morrison government must take soon on how it responds to the Chinese regime’s crackdown on Hong Kong is not uncomplicated, but should be fairly clear. For moral, economic, foreign policy and political reasons, Australia must follow the UK in offering some form of…

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Big tobacco still in politics as Greg Hunt caves on vaping rules – Politics Article

Why are the Nationals leading the charge on protecting the interests of the vaping industry? Health Minister Greg Hunt (Image: AAP/James Ross) It’s been a while since Australia saw overt political lobbying from the tobacco industry. But there are signs that things may be ramping up.  On Friday Health Minister Greg Hunt caved to pressure from within his own party to delay new restrictions on importing liquid nicotine, used for vaping.  It followed a letter from 28 Liberal and National…

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A short history of political rorting — Australian politicians’ favourite pastime – Politics Article

Bridget McKenzie’s latest scandal is just one of many in a long line of great Australian rorts. Bridget McKenzie’s rorted sports grants have been described by Labor as “industrial-scale pork barrelling”. But where do they fit in Australia’s broader political history? !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s){if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)};if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n; n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′;n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, … This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by Chris Woods Read Full Political Article

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Taxpayer-funded think tank China Matters bungles diplomacy, foreign policy – Politics Article

Controversial think tank China Matters is largely funded by Australian taxpayers, and yet they get no representation on its board. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch) Canberra-based “think tank” China Matters has been long known in government circles as the “Secretaries China Club” — meaning a club for Canberra’s most senior public servants, departmental secretaries. And now it turns out that China Matters is mostly funded by the Australian taxpayer. This is the same China Matters that was embarrassed…

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SA takes the nuclear option (and other news you may have missed) – Politics Article

Blown budgets. Sugar daddies. And a nuclear waste dump. After a big week in news, here are the stories you may have missed. (Image: AAP/Xaver La Canna) Take these broken wings… Parliament has risen but the business of government continues. On Monday the auditor general’s office released its 2018-19 report, including the fun news that our major defence projects budget has blown out by $1.2 billion over 12 months. And if that sounds bad, keep in mind it brings that…

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Government’s plan for digital platform regulation all bark and no byte – Politics Article

The government’s plan to better regulate digital platforms including Facebook and Google leaves a fair bit to be desired. (Image:AAP/David Crosling) Yesterday the Morrison government announced its plan to better regulate digital platforms — a plan that has all the hallmarks of Coalition policy style. Which is to say, it’s long on rhetoric about “agile” action and “best practice”, but short on actual substance. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s){if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)};if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n; … This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by Christopher Warren…

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He was Trump’s mentor and lawyer, but who was the real Roy Cohn? – Politics Article

The new documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? tells the story of the man who shredded the rule book of modern politics and paved the way for Donald Trump. The post He was Trump’s mentor and lawyer, but who was the real Roy Cohn? appeared first on Crikey. This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by Meg Watson Read Full Political Article

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Where’s Fraser Anning? (And other news you may have missed.) – Politics Article

After a big week in news, here are the stories you may have missed in all the mayhem. The post Where’s Fraser Anning? (And other news you may have missed.) appeared first on Crikey. This is only a snippet of a Politics Article written by Andrew P Street Read Full Political Article

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Who’s behind China Matters, the business group fighting criticism of China? – Politics Article

Sections of Australian business would like there to be less criticism of China and more “nuance” and “soundness” in debate. But their latest attempt to tamp down criticism blew up, thanks to Beijing. It was impressive timing: no sooner had the Chinese government banned Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and Victorian Liberal senator James Paterson from visiting China as part of a study tour and demanded they “repent and redress their mistakes” and “unwarranted attacks” on China’s human rights record, than…

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Asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani’s politically fraught stay in New Zealand – Politics Article

Award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani has been given a reprieve, albeit perhaps briefly, in New Zealand. It’s a move that will strain trans-Tasman relations. Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani (Image: Amnesty International) Journalist and Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani landed in New Zealand last night and has said this morning that he will not seek asylum there for now but will look at it as a possibility “later”. Last night, the news emerged that Boochani had safely left Papua New Guinea for…

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