Netanyahu’s visit prompts Australia to rethink its relationship with Israel

ANALYSIS: Israel can count on only a handful of friends on the international stage. Australia is one of them. While the government says it is opposed to “one-sided resolutions against Israel”, four Labor statesmen – Bob Hawke, Bob Carr, Kevin Rudd and Gareth Evans – have called for diplomatic recognition of the State of Palestine.

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Mr Harbourside Mansion flays Mr Bungonside Yarralumla

OPINION: Malcolm Turnbull’s “know your place” speech was terrific, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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Bernardi says his new party will offer a ‘principled’ alternative for disillusioned conservative voters

“The level of public disenchantment with the major parties, the lack of confidence in our political process and the concern about the direction of our nation is very, very strong. This is a direct product of us, the political class, being out of touch with the hopes and aspirations of the Australian people.” – Cory Bernardi.

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Trump issues special Australia Day message

President Donald Trump celebrates Australia Day and close ties, in the same week he pulls out of TPP and threatens to end visa-waiver program.

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Sussan Ley and the Gold Coast apartment: murky rules mean age of entitlement isn’t over for MPs

OPINION: Sussan Ley will have breached the standards if she was found not to be acting in the public interest, or if her entitlement claims are judged to be illegitimate. But the rules on claiming ministerial entitlements are unclear and very complex.

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Year in Review: FactCheck and the weasel-words, cherry-picking and overstatements of 2016

Bald-faced lies are, thankfully, fairly rare in Australian politics. Being caught in an outright fib or blooper is still seen as shameful. The problem in Australia is that facts and statistics are frequently twisted to paint a misleading picture.

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Keep calm and get a grip Christopher Pyne: The people are revolting!

OPINION: Peaceful activism and protest is our right so keep calm and get a grip, Christopher, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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Government gives Greens $100 million for Landcare to get backpacker tax deal

The settlement follows days of confusion, with key players changing position, and months of uncertainty for farmers.

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Protesters halt parliament; glue themselves to handrails

Question Time was suspended on Wednesday amid chaotic scenes as pro-refugee activists disrupted the chamber.

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Australian ‘backpacker tax’ agreed at 15%

Treasurer Scott Morrison says so-called ‘backpacker tax’ negotiations will be finalised “this week”.

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Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

OPINION: Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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The ‘Neoz Cons’ against same-sex marriage

OPINION: The spectre of George Brandis fossicking about for a “G spot” is just too horrid to contemplate; notwithstanding the other politicians already mentioned. So don’t read this article more than once. It could put you off sex for ever.

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Aussie pollies line up to condemn Trump sexual assault remarks

Australia’s politicians have almost unanimously condemned Donald Trump’s comments about sexually molesting women. Almost… Pauline Hanson suggests cutting him some slack.

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Pyne staffer resigns over ‘Budgie Nine’ speedo scandal

Senior policy advisor expresses regret for embarrasing Australian government as part of so-called ‘Budgie Nine’ controversy.

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Backpacker tax rate slashed in government back down

The Australian government has flinched on its proposed 32.5% rate of so-called backpacker tax. Working holiday maker age to increase though.

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