‘For God’s sake’: Rudd says PM unfit for job after Liberal Party bushfire ad

Kevin Rudd says Scott Morrison is unfit to occupy Australia's highest office after the Prime Minister released a promotional Liberal Party video spruiking his response to the bushfire crisis, which has been the subject of fierce criticism. The Prime Minister released the video on social media on Saturday evening as catastrophic conditions again hit New South Wales and Victoria and the mercury neared 50 degrees celsius in Penrith, western Syd..

‘Disappointing’: RFS boss says he heard of defence deployment from media, not PM

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not inform him he was deploying 3000 army reservists to help with the bushfire crisis and the timing of the announcement hampered the response effort on a catastrophic day. Commissioner Fitzsimmons said it was "disappointing" to hear about the announcement via media reports amid a horror day for the state, adding it had tied up resources. "All I can say i..

The strangest of thought experiments: What would prime minister Tony Abbott have done during...

January 5, 2020 — 12.00amOn Thursday I walked into the building at 1 Bligh Street, Sydney, where the Commonwealth Parliament has its Sydney offices, to attend a press conference Prime Minister Scott Morrison was giving in response to the fires. As I approached reception I spotted a familiar figure loping, in his peculiarly muscular way, across the foyer. It was Tony Abbott, who has his office in the building. I asked him if he would like to talk ..

The New Year’s resolution Labor has to make

If you think you’ve had a disappointing 2019, spare a thought for the “True Believers”, the politicians, staffers, and paid-up members of the Australian Labor Party. Many of these good people spent the first few months of 2019 luxuriating in the certainty of imminent victory, and the remainder wallowing in a pit of regret and recrimination as the cold hard reality of a brutal electoral shellacking slowly sunk in. For many in the Labor tribe 2019 ..

More asylum seekers arrive on planes amid trafficking fears

The number of asylum seekers arriving by air rose last month despite federal government attempts to halt the trend and respond to fears that tens of thousands of foreign workers are being "trafficked" into slavery. An average of 77 people a day claimed protection after landing at an Australian airport during November — higher than previous averages — reigniting debate over exploitation of the visa system. Labor's home affairs spokeswoman, Kr..

Best of cartoons, December 31, 2019

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Fels backs calls to use artificial intelligence as wage-theft detector

Former ACCC chairman Allan Fels has backed union calls to use artificial intelligence and data matching to detect wage theft, saying technology should be a key weapon in tackling the "systemic" problem of underpayment. Labor senator and former Transport Workers Union secretary Tony Sheldon said if the government could detect suspected overpayment of social security benefits – as it did through the controversial robodebt scheme – it should be able..

Federal government launches bushfire inquiry to probe state policy

The Morrison government has called its second inquiry in two years into land-clearing and controlled burn-offs, with some experts calling for the federal government to play a bigger role in combating natural disasters after the current bushfire crisis. Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud has instructed the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy to investigate the effect of past a..

Albanese blasts ‘complacent’ Morrison government on climate change

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has seized on criticism of Australia's climate policy by the world's top energy chief to attack the government. "This government is complacent when it comes to climate change and energy. They do not have an energy policy and they sent [Energy Minister] Angus Taylor overseas to help to undermine international action on climate change, by arguing for accounting tricks rather than lowering emissio..

Rooftop solar a shining light in Australia’s renewable revolution

Households and businesses are increasingly embracing solar panels as the technology gets cheaper and power bills soar, with the renewable power source set to play a bigger role in Australia's shifting energy mix. Australia is already a world leader in rooftop solar, with more than 2 million of the nation's 13 million homes fitted with panels, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasts households and businesses will suppl..

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