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Simon Birmingham rejects claims Cabinet instructed to stay out of same-sex marriage debate

Senior minister Simon Birmingham has denied claims his Cabinet colleagues have been urged to keep quiet and back away from campaigning in the same-sex marriage postal poll.The postal ballot is due to begin in a matter of weeks, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics hoping to mail ballot papers to voters in September.Those votes would be due back in early November, before a result is declar ....

North Korea: Former Army chief warns Malcolm Turnbull against 'bloody ugly' war with Kim Jong-un

Former Army chief Peter Leahy has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to consult Parliament before joining the US in a "bloody ugly" war against North Korea.Key points:A war with North Korea would "look bloody ugly", said former Armey chief Peter LeahyProfessor Leahy said the ANZUS treaty — signed during the Cold War — did not guarantee Australia's commitmentLiberal senator Arthur Sinodinos ....

Sydney tent city: Homeless people leave Martin Place after new laws

Sydney's "tent city", which ignited debate about homelessness in Australia, has begun to be dismantled following the introduction of new laws.Homeless people had been camping at Martin Place in central Sydney for more than six months.State legislators argued the camp was unauthorised and compromised public safety. They granted police powers to remove the tents, but residents began leaving pre-empt ....

Guam: North Korean missile threat will be great for tourism business, Donald Trump tells Governor

Donald Trump has told Guam's Governor North Korea's threat to launch a missile strike near the remote Pacific island will boost tourism, while assuring the politician the US stands behind the territory "1,000 per cent".Key points:North Korea has announced a plan to launch ballistic missiles into the seas around GuamGuam has issued residents with advice on what to do in the event of a nuclear attac ....

Don’t boycott the postal survey, build a mass Yes campaign

Despite widespread community opposition and the Senate's repeated rejection of a plebiscite the Malcolm Turnbull government is persisting with a non-binding postal survey on the question of removing the current definition of marriage from the Marriage Act and replacing it with an unspecified definition that will provide for marriage equality in some unspecified form.At least one court ch ....

A rose by any other name: Why the gig economy is just rebranded piece work

Shakespeare reckoned that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Old Will is right of course, because whether you call it rhubarb, a rhododendron or a rocking horse, a rose is a rose.Sometimes though, if enough people use the new name of an old thing often enough, they can convince themselves and others that it is in fact a different thing. Then, having transformed the thing semantically, ....

'Thank You, Mr. President': Trump Praises Universal Healthcare Hours After Shameful Trumpcare Vote

As calls for single payer escalate in the wake of Thursday's devastating Republican healthcare vote, President Donald Trump inadvertently gave a boost to the demand when he praised Australia's taxpayer-funded, universal coverage system in a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Trump's statement Thursday night that Australia has "better healthcare than we do" delighted Sen. B ....

Australia same-sex marriage vote: Why is there talk of a boycott?

Australia is preparing for a voluntary and non-binding postal vote on legalising same-sex marriage. It will happen next month unless there is a successful court challenge.The ballot itself would not change the law, but a "yes" result could clear a pathtowards amending Australia's Marriage Act.But as advocates on each side begin campaigning, debate has intensified over the prospect of a boycot ....

Nauru refugees: ‘We have a right to be free and to know our future’

There have been numerous instances of human rights abuses since the Nauru detention centre was reopened in 2013 and then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that no refugee who arrived by boat would ever be settled in Australia.The Guardian’s Nauru Files gave detailed accounts of children being assaulted, women sexually abused by guards and suicide attempts being laughed at.In March last year, p ....

Transcripts Reveal Trump's 'Crazy' Approach to Diplomacy

Transcripts obtained by the Washington Post show President Donald Trump's aggressive approach to foreign relations early in his presidency, as he spoke with the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Australia about immigration issues.A week into his term, Trump was apparently concerned about his ability to deliver on his oft-repeated promises to build a wall on the United States' sou ....

Transcripts Reveal Trump's 'Crazy' Approach to Diplomacy

Transcripts obtained by the Washington Post show President Donald Trump's aggressive approach to foreign relations early in his presidency, as he spoke with the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Australia about immigration issues.A week into his term, Trump was apparently concerned about his ability to deliver on his oft-repeated promises to build a wall on the United States' sou ....

Six Environmental Heroes Awarded This Year's Goldman Prize

Six grassroots environmental activists are being honored on Monday with the prestigious Goldman Prize, raising the visibility of their efforts and helping to continue their quests to defend the natural world.This year's recipients, chosen by an international jury, hail from Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India, Slovenia, and the United States, and have defended l ....

'Thank You, Mr. President': Trump Praises Universal Healthcare Hours After Shameful Trumpcare Vote

As calls for single payer escalate in the wake of Thursday's devastating Republican healthcare vote, President Donald Trump inadvertently gave a boost to the demand when he praised Australia's taxpayer-funded, universal coverage system in a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Trump's statement Thursday night that Australia has "better healthcare than we do" delighted Sen. B ....