Australian Ambassador to China Summoned to Chinese Ministry Amid Diplomatic Row

Australia’s ambassador to China has been asked to explain the Federal Government’s new foreign interference laws, after being called into China’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Jan Adams was summoned by Chinese officials as claims arose that Beijing allegedly meddled in Australian politics. China’s ambassador to Australia has also held talks with the Department of Foreign…

Parliament Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Federal parliament legalised same sex marriage, with all but four MPs voting to pass the bill. The laws went through unchanged after 56 hours of debate despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions including for religious organisations, civil celebrants and chaplains. Couples will be able to lodge an notice of intended marriage from…

Labor Refers More MPs to High Court in Citizenship Debacle

More federal politicians could be facing the High Court over dual citizenship next year, with federal Labor and crossbenchers trying to refer more parliamentarians to test their eligibility to sit in parliament. Labor has secured crossbench support to refer nine MPs to the High Court over their citizenship status. It includes Labor MPs David Feeney,…

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…

Turnbull Orders Royal Commission into Banking Sector

The federal government will launch a royal commission into banks and the financial sector claiming there was “a sense of inevitability” about an inquiry as a “regrettable but necessary” step. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the decision on Thursday, which came as a backflip after Australia’s big four banks called on the government to establish…

Government White Paper Warns Climate Change Disaster on Australia’s Doorstep

Australia is facing world disaster from climate change, with the Australian government’s first foreign policy white paper in a decade stating the environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable food sources undermines stability in fragile countries. The new white paper released on Thursday warns of disruptive effects of climate change in Australia’s immediate region, with…

PNG Authorities Storm Manus Island to Move on Asylum Seekers

Papua New Guinea (PNG) police have entered an immigration detention centre on Manus Island, attempting to end a stand-off with protesting asylum seekers and refugees refusing to leave the centre. Australian and PNG authorities confirmed an operation was underway to convince the men to move out, with refugees claiming new facilities do not give them…

Australian Diplomat Falls to Death in New York During “Game of Trust”

An Australian diplomat has plunged to his death after falling from the seventh floor of a New York City building. Julian Simpson, a second secretary to the United Nations (UN) for Australia, died in the early hours of Wednesday local time when he plummeted from his apartment building on Clinton Street in Manhattan onto the building’s…

Australia to Legalise Same Sex Marriage After Majority Yes Vote

Australians have voted yes to changing the law to allow same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation to be introduced “as soon as possible”. Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics David Kalisch revealed that 61.6 per cent of people who participated in the postal vote chose Yes to changing the law to allow same-sex…

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…