Palaszczuk wins Queensland election as LNP concedes defeat

Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a Labor win in the Queensland election, after Tim Nicholls, leader of the LNP, conceded defeat. The Labor government, retaining its majority in Queensland’s government with 48 of the 93 seats, is due to be sworn in on Tuesday. Ms Palaszczuk announced the victory on Friday night after informing the Governor,…

Refugee Activists: Manus Refugees Future Remains Uncertain

In 2016, Australia had the biggest offshore intake of refugees since 1983. Coming to Australia seems as though it would be safe place to call home, but many of these people are unsure of what their future holds. During an interview, refugee activists said the men are traumatised over the ordeal. “…after peaceful protests within…

Pollies Work Hard Play Hard On Wheelchair Basketball

By Kelly Smith & Nathan Reilly If you’re bored of political ‘football’, you may want to check out politicians hitting it out on the court in a game of wheelchair basketball. Labor and Liberal politicians were yet again in a two horse race as they battled it out, in a friendly but competitive game of…

Opposition Says “NO” To Labor’s Gold Tax Push

  The McGowan Government has relaunched their Gold Tax plan but the Opposition made it clear that they will not support it. During a joint press conference this morning, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Minister for Mining & Petroleum Bill Johnston put forward their new Gold Tax plan. Under new rules, gold royalty rate will…

“Electoral Backlash” For “No” Vote Politicians A Possibility in SSM Debate

A Western Australian politics lecturer believes politicians voting against changes to the legislation to include same sex marriage could face repercussions, following the overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in the plebiscite. Murdoch University lecturer Ian Cook said there were going to be “plenty of representatives going against their electorate’s wishes”, and it was a question of whether…

Malcolm Turnbull Threatens Extra Sitting After Failure to Strike Citizenship Agreement

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are at loggerheads over the citizenship agreement, and without a deal struck, the Prime Minister claimed there may be extra parliamentary sitting days to finalise it. Mr Turnbull called the two-hour meeting with the opposition leader a “constructive discussion”, but Mr Shorten called for drafting changes to the government’s proposal…

Senator Stephen Parry Resigns After UK Citizenship Confirmation

Liberal senator Stephen Parry will resign from federal parliament after confirming that he is a British citizen. Senator Parry said he will quit as Senate President and as a Tasmanian senator immediately after the British Home Office confirmed his dual citizenship on Wednesday. Yesterday, Senator Parry revealed he had doubts about his citizenship status because…

WA Premier Apologises For Convictions Over Homosexual Acts

The WA government has formally apologised to Western Australians who have been criminally convicted for homosexual acts. Premier Mark McGowan made the apology in State Parliament, calling it “long overdue” and claiming the government was doing all it could to “right this wrong.” “On behalf of the Government of Western Australia, I am sorry for…

Turnbull Government At Risk After Shock High Court Decision

Deputy Prime Mister Barnaby Joyce was deemed ineligible to sit in Parliament due to dual citizenship today, leaving the Turnbull Government’s majority at risk. The High Court decision has sparked a by-election in the New South Wales seat of New England. Mr Joyce referred himself to the High Court on August 14, after realizing he…