Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s next prime minister is a career public servant from Sydney’s southern suburbs who rose to prominence by stopping asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat and has steered the country’s fiscal direction for the past three years. Morrison, who has served as the country’s treasurer since 2015, represents the predominantly Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading Conservative netball dad who pursued tough immigration policies is Australia’s new PM

‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

By Jonathan Barrett, Erin Cooper SYDNEY (Reuters) - Peter Dutton, who has launched a challenge to become Australia’s prime minister, is a polarizing former police officer who forged a hard-line reputation enforcing tough immigration policies and making unpopular cuts to the health budget. Dutton has emerged in recent months as the leader of the Liberal … Continue reading ‘Trump-esque’ former cop Dutton eyes Australia PM role

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

By Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a … Continue reading Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

By Colin Packham and Erin Cooper SYDNEY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday stripped requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions from his centrepiece energy policy in the face of political opposition, although the country remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement. The National Energy Guarantee had mandated that greenhouse emissions from … Continue reading Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight

Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. The measure, which targets platforms the Australian government says could be used for criminal activities or to plan a terror attack, … Continue reading Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data

More delays for Basslink cable repair, but Minister says energy security ‘not at risk’

Tasmanians are being reassured there is no threat to power supplies as repairs to the electricity and communications undersea cable that connects Tasmania to the mainland are delayed again. The electricity interconnector attached to the Basslink undersea power cable was damaged in late March by a Victorian subcontractor undertaking routine maintenance. The 298-kilometre cable — … Continue reading More delays for Basslink cable repair, but Minister says energy security ‘not at risk’

Abetz optimistic about Tasmanian agricultural future

In spite of recent setbacks, Senator Eric Abetz says Tasmanian agriculture is thriving. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz was on-hand at Agfest today, where he spruiked the state's positive agricultural outlook. “The agricultural sector has a great future in Tasmania," he said. "It's doing very well." Sen. Abetz was keen to discuss the Federal … Continue reading Abetz optimistic about Tasmanian agricultural future

Politicians’ breeding ground a broken cradle for democrats

WITH the public support from the Tasmanian University Union (TUU) for the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act came the admission that it cares little for thoughts of university students, and even less for the general public. Last week, the TUU announced that students the section 18C changes, with state president Clark Cooley saying: … Continue reading Politicians’ breeding ground a broken cradle for democrats

TUU under fire for being ‘highly unrepresentative’

An online petition by UTas students has garnered over 100 signatures in three hours as students rally against the Tasmanian University Union’s (TUU) stance on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Social media backlash ensued after the TUU said in a press release on Tuesday that students “welcomed” the change of wording in … Continue reading TUU under fire for being ‘highly unrepresentative’

Future of Tasmanian agriculture clear as mud

State politicians battle it out at AGFEST to ensure the future of agriculture in Tasmania AGFEST is shaping up to be a political battleground, with the state’s politicians talking out their respective plans for the future of the agricultural industry. Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff, unveiled the Safe Farming Tasmania program which targets … Continue reading Future of Tasmanian agriculture clear as mud