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Ken Wyatt defends Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe against attacks over heritage

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt has criticised a member of a key government advisory body for accusing prominent author Bruce Pascoe of faking his Indigenous heritage. Josephine Cashman, an Aboriginal entrepreneur and lawyer, wrote to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton accusing Professor Pascoe of “dishonesty offences”, with the complaint then …

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More room to move in bushfire relief

There is a special case to be made for extended generosity when it comes to compensating the front-line firefighters and victims of the summer bushfire crisis. The Morrison government’s $2 billion Disaster Recovery Allowance pays bushfire victims 13 weeks of income support equivalent to the modest Newstart allowance. Unions and …

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‘Life and death’: ABC battles to restore damaged networks during bushfires

“At any one time, we didn’t lose any major services for any large amounts of time without being able to come up with an interim service. It is going to take many months to repair some of our transmitter equipment but during this whole period, it has been absolute minimal …

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Labor urges bushfire tribute in parliament

“It would be appropriate – as I have written to the prime minister – that the first, and indeed only, item of business on that first sitting day would be a motion of condolence acknowledging the loss of life, those who have been injured, and those who have lost properties …

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Australia’s top scientists urge government to do more on global warming

“The academy is resolute that the response to the bushfires must extend beyond the immediate and essential need to rebuild and recover,” he said. The remains of a house in Wingello. The Australian Academy of Sciences says any bushfire response must extend beyond rebuilding.Credit:Kate Geraghty The statement called for wide-ranging …

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Can we fire-proof the nation?

Vast column inches and air-time have been devoted to finger-pointing over the management of public lands and their fuel loads, with many arguing the bush has been locked up and overgrown by thick scrub and undergrowth. Fires need fuel and, so the argument goes, the best way to prevent dangerous …

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Stand up to China over covert influence

China likes to contrast its own policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries with US interference in places such as the Middle East. After the US killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement urging all parties to …

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Defence force stands ready for horror fire days

The United Kingdom’s high commissioner in Canberra confirmed on Friday a team of experts will be sent out to identify ways the UK can help. The team includes a senior member of the UK Fire and Rescue Service, a medical specialist in trauma and mental health, and a military liaison …

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Iran plane shooting not intentional: Morrison

“It’s absolutely critical that a full and transparent investigation is undertaken into this terrible event and that would include undertaking all efforts to ensure we get recovery of the black box recorder that can obviously inform that investigation.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison: “There was nothing to suggest now at this …

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Morrison offers support as Trump urges more pressure on Iran

“We will continue to assess the situation but its tasking remains as I have previously outlined,” the Prime Minister said on Thursday after the NSC meeting. An estimated 177 sailors are on HMAS Toowoomba and it is due to be joined by Poseidon surveillance aircraft. Scott Morrison and Donald Trump …

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