Victorian premier a voting traditionalist

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has proven socially progressive on some policy fronts but remains a traditionalist when it comes to voting on election day. More than 325,000 Victorians have already voted ahead of the November 24 election, including Opposition Leader Matthew Guy who completed his ballot papers in electorate of Bulleen on Wednesday. “There are […]

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‘PM’s embassy decision will rile radicals’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to reverse his decision on moving Australia’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amid warnings it could escalate terror attacks. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad raised the issue during a meeting with Scott Morrison in Singapore on Thursday. “I pointed out that in dealing with terrorism, one […]

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Aust needs anti-terror rapid response unit

Australia should establish a British-style rapid response anti-terror unit with powers to track people on terrorist watch lists to prevent more extremist attacks, a counter-terrorism expert says following Melbourne’s Bourke Street stabbing. Dr Allan Orr, who is writing a book about Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege, said such a specialist police taskforce would be armed with […]

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Calls for new counter-terror squad, Dutton ‘open to suggestions’ after Bourke Street attack

Australia should establish a British-style rapid response anti-terror unit with powers to track people on terrorist watch lists to prevent more extremist attacks, a counter-terrorism expert claims following Melbourne’s Bourke Street stabbing. Dr Allan Orr, who is writing a book about Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege, said such a specialist police taskforce would be armed with […]

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Guthrie, Milne talk to ABC about sacking

Former ABC boss Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne have given their behind-the-scenes take on her controversial sacking from the national broadcaster. Mr Milne orchestrated Ms Guthrie’s removal as ABC managing director in September and was then forced to resign as chairman days later, accused of trying to get several journalists sacked to placate the […]

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Anti-slavery commissioner needed: ACTU

An anti-slavery commissioner is needed to clamp down on corrupt and illegal business practices, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Modern Slavery Bill is back in the Senate on Monday, where proposed amendments will be floated. When the bill was last in the lower house in September, Labor’s attempts to establish a […]

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