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The Aussies have a new PM.
Scott Morrison has become Australia's new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest.

Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an "insurgency" by conservative MPs.

Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton - who had been Mr Turnbull's most vocal threat.

Mr Turnbull is the fourth Australian PM in a decade to be ousted by colleagues.

"It has been such a privilege to be the leader of this great nation. I love Australia. I love Australians," he said on Friday.
Couldn't happen to a nicer man bigger asshole. Then again, from my seat in the States, Australia does seem to have a penchant for ultra-brutal intra-party coups. I still think Julia Gillard got a raw deal.
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We dodged the Dutton bullet (head),
but got Morrison.

Given the bloodiness of the change in PM, it may be that labor gets in within a year.

Gillard did have a hard time of it.
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One factor in Oz's brutal politics is that elections are every three years, so the next election is never far in the future. And as the governing party changes frequently, there's no incentive to engage in long term planning as the initiating party and its leader will not profit from the anticipated benefits.
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Howard lasted over 11 years, but since him 3 years at most for a PM, but...
6 years Labor
then
6 years Liberal
and it may be another few years Liberal.

John Howard Liberal 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007
Kevin Rudd Labor 3 December 2007 to 24 June 2010
Julia Gillard Labor 24 June 2010 to 27 June 2013
Kevin Rudd Labor 27 June 2013 to 18 September 2013
Tony Abbott Liberal 18 September 2013 to 15 September 2015
Malcolm Turnbull Liberal 15 September 2015 to 24 August 2018
Scott Morrison Liberal 24 August 2018 Incumbent
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Australia denies citizenship to Chinese political donor Huang Xiangmo and strips his permanent residency
By political reporters Dan Conifer and Stephanie Borys

Australia has stripped Chinese billionaire political donor Huang Xiangmo of permanent residency and killed off his citizenship application.

Key points:
Huang Xiangmo and his companies have donated at least $2 million to Australian political parties
Authorities have rejected his bid for Australian citizenship and stripped his permanent residency
Australia's spy agency has previously warned political parties against accepting money from the billionaire

Mr Huang quickly rose to become a leading pro-China lobbyist, courting politicians and donating at least $2 million to Australian political parties through his companies.

But the decision from the Home Affairs Department, made while Mr Huang was offshore, leaves him unable to re-enter the country.

The ABC confirmed the businessman's "right to return to Australia has been cancelled".

The Nine media group reported the application had been refused for a number of reasons, including on character grounds and because of concerns about the reliability of answers given during interviews.

The ABC understands the decision to ban Mr Huang from Australia was delivered months ago.

A joint ABC-Fairfax investigation in 2017 revealed his bid for an Australian passport had stalled amid concerns among security agencies about Mr Huang and his links to the Chinese Communist Party.

Domestic spy agency ASIO, which scrutinised the citizenship request, previously warned the Liberal, Labor and National parties about taking cash from Mr Huang, fearing he could try to advance Beijing's interests.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-06/ ... o/10784512
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Cardinal George Pell suppression order: 36 journalists and companies to appear in court
Victorian prosecutors have asked court to find respondents guilty of contempt on the basis of ‘scandalising the court’

Amanda Meade
Tue 26 Mar 2019 04.25 GMT Last modified on Tue 26 Mar 2019 04.42 GMT

The editors of the Herald Sun and the Age are among 36 journalists and media companies summonsed to appear next month in the supreme court of Victoria over alleged breaches of the George Pell suppression order.

The Melbourne newspaper editors Damon Johnston and Alex Lavelle and Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies, Daily Telegraph editor Ben English and Australian Financial Review editor Michael Stutchbury are all accused of contempt of court. Jail terms can be imposed on those found guilty of contempt.

Media companies Nine Entertainment, Macquarie Media (2GB), Allure (publishers of Business Insider), Mamamia and several newspapers owned by News Corp Australia are facing fines and costs if convicted.

Nine’s Today show co-host Deborah Knight, Age investigations editor Michael Bachelard and 2GB radio shock jocks Ray Hadley and Chris Smith are among the media identities accused of interfering with “the due administration of justice in the prosecution of Pell”.

Victoria’s director of public prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, wrote to as many as 100 individuals and media outlets earlier this year, accusing them of breaching a nationwide suppression order imposed during the case.


https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/ ... r-in-court
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An Australian woman went to Syria to find her ISIS-raised grandchildren
By Adam Taylor April 15 at 10:08 AM

The fate of children raised by foreign fighters in the Islamic State has become an international issue following the collapse of the group’s caliphate over the past year.

Facing a slow government response to issues surrounding her family, an Australian woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

Karen Nettleton traveled to the Syrian refugee camp of al-Hawl to find three of her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. When she finally embraced them after years apart, one of her granddaughters, Hoda Sharrouf, said that she couldn’t believe it.

“I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming,” 16-year-old Hoda said, according to footage aired on Monday, captured by an Australian television crew with ABC-TV’s Four Corners.

“You’re not dreaming. You’re not going to wake up,” Nettleton said in response.

Hoda and her siblings — 17-year-old sister Zaynab Sharrouf and 8-year-old brother Humzeh Sharrouf — live with Zaynab Sharrouf’s two young daughters in the camp. They are believed to be the only surviving members of a family that fled to Syria and gained infamy in Australia.

The family was brought to Syria by Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian fighter who sparked worldwide horror in 2014 after tweeting a photograph of a young boy, apparently his son, holding a severed human head in a town controlled by the Islamic State.


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Federal election down here soon.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/politics/

Budget is looking to be the battle ground (apart from the fascists/loonies)
this is a good visualisation of Federal expenditure
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/ ... c-services
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Business Insider
Australia's shock election results are drawing comparisons to Trump's 2016 win ...

The final result of the election may not be known until late Saturday, Morrison's coalition won more than 70% of the 74 seats of the 76 needed for a majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.

However, the win by Morrison, who has been friendly with President Donald Trump, signals a swell of populist voters that mirrors similar rises in the UK and America. ...

Morrison pushed the party's economic and immigration policies while seeking re-election, while his opponent, the Labor Party's Bill Shorten, presented a vision that included addressing climate change and developing federal interventions into the economy.

These proposals were painted by Morrison as costly and threatening to the country's economic success, comments that came just over a year after he brought a lump of coal to Parliament to voice his support for industry and rail against what he called "coal-o-phobia."

Though the country saw carbon emissions fall while the economy grew under a carbon tax passed in 2011, Liberals repealed the tax in 2014 and haven't offered a comprehensive legislative solution for the environment since.

Shorten also voiced suspicions of Trump and the US that were pushed aside by Morrison's lively and often combative campaign that drew marked similarities to Trump's campaign for the 2016 US presidential election.
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Independent: Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat

‘Fraser Anning goes back to where he came from ... he won’t be in the Parliament’
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‘We have lost Australia for now,’ warns climate scientist in wake of election upset
https://thinkprogress.org/we-have-lost- ... 08fabb597/
“Australians elected someone who once brought a lump of coal into Parliament urging us to dismiss the warnings from climate scientists, and to dig up more coal instead,” Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, an Australian cognitive scientist, told ThinkProgress in an email. “There is little doubt that his government will do precisely that.”

“We have lost Australia for now,” warned Penn State climatologist Michael Mann in an email. “A coalition of a small number of bad actors now threaten the survivability of our species,” he said.
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These include “the fossil fueled Murdoch media empire, which saturated the country with dishonest right-wing campaign propaganda” working with a few “petrostates including Saudi Arabia, Russia, Trump’s America, and now Australia.”

Rupert Murdoch’s grip on the Australian media — and his support of climate disinformation around the world — led one Australian scientist to write in 2011, “The Murdoch media empire has cost humanity perhaps one or two decades of time in the battle against climate change.”

In re-electing Morrison, a long-time opponent of climate action, Murdoch and his allies have triumphed again.
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Unfortunately :(
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My Aussie ex called me today. He used to call to rant about Trump - those calls did not go well. But today... he's beginning to understand the deep sense of dread I'm living with since election night.
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Egg man lost but this guy got elected (again).
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Queensland.... :crazy:
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Children of Isis terrorist Khaled Sharrouf removed from Syria, set to return to Australia
Five Sharrouf children and three orphans of another Isis fighter, Yasin Rizvic, spirited out of country

Helen Davidson

Sun 23 Jun 2019 21.38 BST Last modified on Sun 23 Jun 2019 22.38 BST

Eight Australian children caught up in the Syrian war after their parents joined Islamic State have been spirited out of the country.

The group includes five family members of Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian terrorist who made international headlines in a photograph standing next to his young son holding a severed human head.

The remaining three are the children of the foreign fighter Yasin Rizvic and his wife, Fauzia Khamal Bacha, who joined Isis in 2014.

It is the first instance of Australian children of foreign fighters being rescued from the northern Syrian camps.

The eight children crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan at 3:30pm local time on Sunday into the care of Australian officials, and the Guardian has been asked not to disclose further geographical information for security reasons.

Sharrouf’s 17-year-old daughter, Zaynab, is heavily pregnant and has had health problems. Also repatriated were Zaynab’s two children, her younger teenage sister Hoda and their brother Hamzeh – who is under 10. They have been reunited with their maternal grandmother, Karen Nettleton.

All eight children are headed for Australia, but the Sharrouf children’s return will be delayed because of the impending birth of Zaynab’s baby.


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:o Gone fishing...
Australian children take 900km drive in stolen car

Four children packed fishing rods and money into a 4x4 before illegally driving themselves more than 900km (560 miles) across Australia, police say.

The three boys and a girl - all aged 10-14 - were discovered safe in the New South Wales town of Grafton on Sunday.

They had left Gracemere, in Queensland, sometime earlier in the weekend. One boy reportedly wrote a note to his family to say he was leaving.

Police said they would lay charges, but did not specify which ones.

The children were not all from the same family and had stolen the 4x4 from one of their parents, authorities said.


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Buckle up, peeps, this ride is gonna get BUMPY. :shock:
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:rotflmao:

Two places I’ve been where there are lots of ways to die: Australia and Alaska.
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Death of the salesman? How Scott Morrison's PR nous deserted him in the bushfires
A number of disastrous missteps – a holiday in Hawaii and a forceful handshake – have played into a view that the prime minister is out of touch


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... 1578132144
“You are watching the destruction of a political leader,” the former Hawke government press secretary, Barrie Cassidy, said after watching the prime minister, Scott Morrison, in the bushfire devastated NSW town of Cobargo.

Leaders are often heckled. In the partisan business of politics, plenty of handshakes have been refused.

To experts in public relations, Morrison’s dramatic visit to the bushfire-ravaged village of Cobargo felt like something else – the political death of a salesman, a snowballing of anger at the way Morrison has dodged, dismissed and downplayed the unprecedented natural disaster.

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“The prime minister has really got to re-look at the rhetoric and the messages, particularly his New Year’s message when he [downplayed] the fire situation. People don’t like that. This is devastation, and that messaging from him has been completely off-putting.
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BOM says more rain on way for Sydney as country creek flows for first time in five years
By Lydia Feng and Amelia Bernasconi
Updated earlier today at 7:51am

Water has flowed through a creek in drought-ravaged northern New South Wales for the first time in five years with more heavy rain and thunderstorms expected to hit the state over the weekend.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-17/ ... d/11874360
but after fire comes the water
Staff at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast spent this morning working to protect animals and buildings after a flash flood hit the wildlife park.
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Mammoth wall of dust rolls towards residents in New South Wales, Australia. https://abcn.ws/2R9zoOP
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Hailstones damage property and cars in Australian capital Canberra https://reut.rs/2uXQ5UL
Australia having some bad times. :(
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Large hailstones have rained down on the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra over the past 2 days, destroying vehicles, punching holes in roofs and blanketing the lawn in front of Parliament
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Large hailstones have rained down on Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra over the past two days, destroying vehicles, punching holes in roofs and blanketing the lawn in front of Parliament.

Suddenly, a season of suffocating heat, bone-dry skies and voracious fires has given way in southeastern Australia to widespread thunderstorms. Skies once darkened by smoke are now brooding with clouds and rain — at least for a few days.

Hailstones were as large as baseballs. Wind gusts topped 70 miles per hour. In some areas, an inch of rain fell in just 30 minutes. A few places experienced flash flooding. Thousands of people were left without power.

But other images from the region, including a wall of dust that swept rural New South Wales, offered a dramatic reminder that Australia’s drought — and the devastating wildfires it has fed — are far from over.
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