Turnbull’s ratings fall in another bad Newspoll

Malcolm Turnbull’s government is now more than two-thirds of the way to the 30 losing Newspolls which Turnbull used in challenging Tony Abbott for leadership.

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Same-sex marriage ballot participation rate passes Irish referendum

ABS estimates it has now received 10 million ballots. Anglican diocese reveals it gave $1 million to ‘no’ campaign while ‘yes’ campaign urges those who have not yet voted, including people overseas, to do so.

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Government’s energy plan still under wraps while Abbott shouts his from afar

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Speaking in London this week to a climate sceptics group, Tony Abbott gestured to what seems to be happening in government policy – but then set the bar higher.

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Young Australians are engaged in political issues, but unsure how democracy works

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Research shows young people are passionate about issues like marriage equality, but many do not understand how governments are formed and prime ministers elected.

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Marriage vote: how advocacy ads exploit our emotions in divisive debates

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Without an adequate counter from the Yes campaign – especially one offering more emotionally compelling messages – the advantages of the No campaign are likely to narrow the polling gap significantly.

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High Court gives go-ahead for marriage equality ballot

Immediately after the decision, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament he encouraged every Australian to have their say in the ballot, repeated that he and his wife Lucy would be voting yes, and turned on Bill Shorten.

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Talk of same-sex marriage impinging on religious freedom is misconceived: here’s why

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Now, in the marriage equality debate, those who fought against religious freedom protection are suddenly all for it.

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High Court sets dual citizenship hearings for October

Uncertainty for government prolonged by High Court while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten repeats call for two senior Coalition frontbenchers to stand down from ministry.

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Pauline Hanson’s blackface burqa stunt – but what of the freedom NOT to wear the full frontal veil?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: What has escaped almost everyone in this latest parliamentary fracas is not so much the freedom to wear the burqa in Australia but rather the freedom NOT to wear it, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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Tougher English language exams for Australian citizenship will be debated by Senate

The changes to the citizenship tests aren’t wholesale, but they have raised the bar for an English speaking skills-set.

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Pauline Hanson’s outrageous Senate burqa stunt ridiculed by shocked colleagues [WATCH]

VIDEO: George Brandis received a standing ovation from his political rivals across the chamber for his devastating condemnation of Pauline Hanson wearing a full burqa in the Senate.

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Govt in turmoil over Barnaby Joyce NZ citizenship, Bishop accuses Labor of collusion with Kiwis

Labor denies collusion with NZ colleagues to destabilise government over Barnaby Joyce citizenship affair, counter-accusing foreign minister of creating a diplomatic incident with Australia’s closest ally.

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High Court to rule on whether Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealander

Australian government rocked by revelation that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce might be a citizen of New Zealand, potentially making him ineligible to be a federal MP.

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“We love our children”: Penny Wong’s blistering speech on same-sex marriage vote [VIDEO]

WATCH: Lesbian mum Senator Penny Wong blasts government’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage as a “stunt” that will expose kids to hatred, in remarkable speech to parliament.

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Explainer: with no free vote for now, where next for marriage equality?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: So, the government seems determined to give voters a voice, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say. How did we get here and where to now?

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