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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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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Dual-citizenship crisis claims third victim, Labor demands government come clean

Overseas born Australian federal politicians of all stripes are checking their paperwork after government minister forced to step-down over dual-citizenship fiasco.

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Donald Abbott is Tony Abbott’s alter ego

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Tony Abbott’s relentless undermining of Malcolm Turnbull is becoming more than a political embarrassment for his own party, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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Boost for Australia’s military’s role in combating domestic terrorism

The Defence Act will be strengthened to remove some constraints governing the “call-out” of the ADF in terrorist situations.

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Republican Turnbull says he is ‘Elizabethan’ upon meeting the Queen

Former head of the Australian Republican Movement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull danced to a delicate diplomatic tune when he met with Her Majesty in London.

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Will Malcolm Turnbull offer Tony Abbott the UK High Commissioner role to shut him up?

A push is being mounted from within the Liberal Party to get former prime minister Tony Abbott to take the job of High Commissioner to the UK to put an end to his undermining of Malcolm Turnbull.

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Australia ‘swamped’ by Asians and Muslims? The data show a different story

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Pauline Hanson claimed Australia was in danger of being “swamped by Asians”. At her re-election to the Senate on 2016, Hanson expanded her claim to also being “swamped by Muslims”. But is this factually correct?

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Pauline Hanson is wrong – we need to include children with disability in regular classrooms

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Pauline Hanson’s controversial comments were based on anecdotes from conversations with a limited number of teachers. There is both established and new evidence that clearly indicates her claims about students with disability are unsubstantiated.

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Could you pass the proposed English test for Australian citizenship?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Tough English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship. Does this new policy look and feel like Australia’s old White Australia Policy?

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Rise of ‘anti-politics’ produces surprise result in the UK election – and it’s playing a role in Australia, too

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Not only must Australia’s leaders manage competing ideologies in their parties and span diverging nations, they must also respond to a volatile electorate that is decidedly “anti-politics”.

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Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Indigenous Australians are willing to negotiate. But are non-Indigenous Australians ready to enter into respectful negotiations? Or will they, once again, ignore the invitation?

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