Government senator urges national debate about Australia’s population

Senator Dean Smith advocates broad view on Australia’s population while Tony Abbott presses for big cut to immigration and Pauline Hanson makes lower migrant intake a signature pitch.

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Mark Latham helps Pauline Hanson in robocall attacking Bill Shorten

Former Labor leader appeals to voters not to reward Shorten’s dishonesty. “Don’t vote Labor”, he says, but instead support “minor parties and independents to shake up the system and put some honest politics back into Canberra.”

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Trump Baby: Giant inflatable of Donald Trump in a nappy to fly over London

When US President Donald Trump visits the UK next week he’ll be met by protesters and a huge inflatable of himself looking like a big baby soaring over Big Ben.

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Australia’s dangerous obsession with the Anglosphere

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Just as republicans can enjoy the spectacle of a royal wedding without abandoning the idea of an Australian head of state, we need to remind ourselves that Trump is, literally, not our president.

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Labor makes company tax fight all about Malcolm Turnbull’s money

The advertisement says: “Why is former banker Malcolm Turnbull so keen to give big business a tax cut instead of properly funding our schools and hospitals?

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Turnbull government to give national apology to victims of child sexual abuse

Speaking at his news conference, Turnbull said: “The survivors that I’ve met and the personal stories that have been told to me have given me but a small insight into the betrayal you experienced at the hands of the people and institutions who were supposed to protect and care for you.”

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Australia inches closer to fast-track visa plan for South African farmers

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says things are “not too far off” from being finalised.

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Joyce admits he knew as soon as Campion was pregnant that he’d lose his job

In the pre-recorded interview aired on Sunday night, during which Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion sometimes disagreed, Campion accused conservatives “within the parliament” of pressing her to have an abortion.

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How Britain can remain a soft power superpower after Brexit

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Could it be that the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump in 2016 diminished the soft power of the UK and US?

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Don’t give anyone a tax cut: Greens

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said with inequality rising, reinvestment in public services should be the priority.

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More citizenship fallout and mixed messages in post-budget Newspoll and Fairfax-Ipsos polls

Post-budget opinion will soon be tested on the ground in five byelections, four of them caused by the citizenship crisis.

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Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

SPECIAL FEATURE: Timing tricks help politicians avoid dealing with the substance of their policies. That isn’t going to change any time soon.

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Emmanuel Macron in Australia: the relationship with France is more important than ever

OPINION & ANALYSIS: Brexit is putting greater onus on Australia’s European ties, which will no longer be viewed through London’s prism. This may turn out to be a benefit to Australia of Britain’s Brexit debacle.

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Gonski review attacks Australian schooling quality and urges individualised teaching approach

The damning report, released on Monday, says the decline is widespread and “equivalent to a generation of Australian school children falling short of their full learning potential”.

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Abbott suggests sacking bank regulators as ASIC feels the heat

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Malcolm Turnbull defended refusing for so long to set up a royal commission, although he said commentators were correct in saying that “politically we would have been better off setting one up earlier”.

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