Foreign Minister ‘deeply disappointed’ Jock Palfreeman still detained in Bulgaria

Foreign Minister Marise Payne is "deeply disappointed" that Australian Jock Palfreeman remains in custody in Bulgaria after he was unexpectedly granted parole after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for a fatal stabbing during a 2007 brawl. The 32-year-old was found guilty of murdering Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, and attempting to murder Antoan Zahariev, in what he says was an act of self-defence in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Sydn..

UN asks Australia to release Tamil family

The United Nations has asked Australia to release from detention a Tamil family fighting deportation from Australia. Lawyers for the Sri Lankan parents Priya and Nadesalingam and their Australian- born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were on Wednesday advised the UN had granted interim measures. Priya and Nadesalingam and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa.Credit:Twitter/HometoBilo The UN has requested that the Australi..

Communications Minister accuses AEC of ‘encouraging and facilitating’ early voting

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has accused the Australian Electoral Commission of encouraging pre-poll votes as he joins a growing number of federal politicians from both major parties who want the early voting period cut short. The AEC denied it encouraged pre-polling at the recent federal election, saying its hands were tied by when the election was called and what legislation requires it to do. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher is "..

The President and PM bonded in the US, but how close is too close?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and United States President Donald Trump greet the crowd in Ohio. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe thunder of cheering and applause struck Donald Trump and Scott Morrison as soon as the crowd caught sight of them at the cardboard factory in Wapakoneta, Ohio, where they had come to talk about jobs. The two men walked on stage to a wall of noise from 1500 supporters who g..

‘A very bad precedent’: Australia’s media treatment under global spotlight

As Australian Federal Police officers raided the ABC's headquarters in June, Pakistani TV anchor Zarrar Khuhro was watching from his studio in Karachi. "It freaked me out," he says. "It tells you that no one is safe." In southern Africa, Daniel Sikazwe was preparing for his lecture at the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication. "Not Australia," he thought. In countries where journalists are routinely jailed, broadcast transmissions are cut o..

Australia aims for the moon in NASA deal for $12 billion space program

Australian companies are being promised a $12 billion opportunity from an American plan to return astronauts to the moon within six years, under a new agreement between space agencies in both countries. Australian astronaut Andy Thomas called the deal a “paradigm shift” for the country because it would lift science and technology after years of reliance on mining for economic growth. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the plan in Washington ..

‘Gossip’: Prime Minister dismisses claim about Hillsong leader’s invite snub

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has deflected questions about whether he put forward Hillsong church leader Brian Houston to join him at a state visit in Washington DC, telling journalists it was "gossip" that did not warrant a comment. Mr Morrison declined to respond to a report in The Wall Street Journal that said the Trump administration rejected the idea of inviting Mr Houston, who was criticised by the royal commission into child sexual abuse...

The kids didn’t stay in school, and the politicians lost their cool

September 22, 2019 — 12.04amBy the time you're reading this, civilisation may have collapsed. On Friday, hundreds of thousands of students across the country marched in the streets to protest government inaction on climate change. This meant they missed approximately three hours of school on a Friday afternoon - between midday, when the strike began, and knock-off time at 3-ish. As anyone with passing knowledge of the childish and adolescent..

Morrison government to launch review of the Family Court

The Morrison government will launch a new review of the Family Court to be led by former social services minister Kevin Andrews in a response to mounting complaints about rulings and a dispute over men's rights. The parliamentary inquiry comes after years of criticism of the court by Pauline Hanson's One Nation, which is demanding an overhaul of laws to help men gain custody of their children. Kevin Andrews will lead the review into the..

House prices fall in June quarter, consumer sentiment tumbles

House prices fell in all but two of the nation's capital cities over the three months to the end of June amid confirmation consumer confidence has yet to be buoyed by tax cuts or falls in official interest rates. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday reported residential property prices fell 0.7 per cent nationally in the June quarter to be 7.4 per cent down over the past 12 months. Prices in Melbourne and Sydney dropped 0.8 p..

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