Trump’s self-serving sympathy for Putin augers badly for American leadership

OPINION: It remains to be seen whether America’s celebrated checks and balances will prove any hindrance to Trump giving full expression to his monumental egomania and self-obsession.

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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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Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump’s “Dangerous” nuclear arms race talk must be challenged

‘Presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have understood that our goal must be to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, not expand them.’

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Kevin Rudd: reflections on a troubled country and a troubled world

OPINION: “We live in a deeply unsettled world, where once again the great questions of war and peace rumble across the international headlines, casually, almost as a matter of routine, as if we have become inoculated to their actual meaning,” says former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, arguing there are two competing visions for Australia’s future.

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The UK won’t easily find post-Brexit trade partners in the Commonwealth

OPINION: Optimism may be shared by the likes of Australia and Canada, which are big players in the Commonwealth and where the monarchy still looms large in the public imagination. But it is not shared globally.

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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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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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Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

OPINION: Do Facebook’s filtering algorithms explain why so many liberals had misplaced confidence in a Clinton victory? And is the fake news being circulated on Facebook the reason that so many Trump supporters have endorsed demonstrably false statements made by their candidate?

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Refugees: Sentenced FROM Australia to the USA for the term of your natural life

OPINION: Sentenced from Australia for the term of your natural life, regifted to USA, our huddled refugee masses yearning to breathe free, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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A Brexit strategy that could unite UK’s parliaments and keep Britain in the single market

OPINION: Nearly six months after the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the path to Brexit is still uncharted.

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G’day President Trump: Make America grate again (white lives matter more)

OPINION: Donald Trump’s election win will embolden the far right on the world stage, including our own back yard, fears TESS LAWRENCE.

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The Simpsons predicted Trump would be president 16 years ago [WATCH]

VIDEO: Donald Trump has already been a disaster of a president… in The Simpsons.

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