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Old Issues for a New Political Year

by Dr Nick Economou The political year is back in full swing. Australia’s state and federal parliaments have resumed, and general elections are imminent for Tasmania and South Australia. Indeed, Victoria is to go to the polls in November. In Canberra, meanwhile, parliamentarians have regathered amidst revelations that top secret defence documents were obtained by…

Carmichael Mine & other Adani Australian ventures have tax haven ties to British Virgin Islands: Report

Adani Group’s $3.5bn debt-funded ‘investment’ in Australia including Carmichael Coal Mine at risk Canberra, Oct 3: An investigation by the ABC has alleged that the Adani Group’s Australian operations have “previously unknown tax haven ties in the British Virgin Islands”. ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ programme has uncovered the British Virgin Islands links of Gautam Adani’s Australian…

Dutton: people are gaming the system

  Sydney, August 28: Peter Dutton is again causing consternation among asylum seekers and their families and sympathisers. This time perhaps some or the gurus and commentators it is pure economics versus social responsibility while human beings and their families are at stake. At least some say that. While supporters of Peter Dutton most of…

More protein, not Ganesha ridicule..!

  Melbourne, September 5: Hindus are irate over the latest advertisement of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) in which Hindu God Lord Ganesha is ridiculed and shown as feasting on Lamb. The two-minute long video while featuring a range of religious figures and prophets, including Jesus, Aphrodite, Lord Ganesha, Confucius, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology founder…

Jasvinder Sidhu for Tarneit

 The seat of Tarneit in the West will have a new member in the state parliament in 2018 onward. Telmo Languiller, the sitting member and former speaker of the Victorian parliament will not be seeking re-election in 2018.  In a statement, Mr Languiller said. “I wish to announce that I will not be recontesting the…

Indian Techies and skilled IT workers in Australia will not be impacted by Australia’s 457 visa moves

Melbourne, April 19: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated the new “Australia first – essentially meaning Australians will be given first preference for Australian jobs – bringing on sweeping 457 skilled visa changes, with lasting impact on . The Australian Government announced that it would abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas…

Australia to abolish temporary work 457 Visa programme – India consulting stakeholders

“…no longer allow 457 visa to be passports” Melbourne, April 18: Adopting a new “Australians first” approach to skilled migration, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he will be abolishing the existing 457 Visa programme, currently used by temporary foreign workers to gain employment and down the line, permanent residency in the country. The…

Still no answer from Turnbull after being left holding on to the “hot potato” called 18C

The hard right of Malcolm Turnbull’s party demanded that section 18C be weakened and Mr Turnbull instituted a parliamentary inquiry, but has now been left holding this “particularly hot potato”, writes Hon. Tony Burke MP Parents started to keep their children inside the house, and would personally escort them to school. Adults would avoid leaving…

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