Turnbull urged to raise torture claims with China at G20

Protesters have called on the Prime Minister to raise allegations of persecution, torture and organ harvesting with China at next week’s G20 summit. Members of Falun Gong called for government support at a public media conference in Brisbane’s King George Square on Wednesday. “Immediately end the brutal and senseless persecution of Falun Gong in China […]


Rethink Abortion protestors rally outside Parliament House

State and federal politicians joined a protest of about 300 people outside Queensland parliament on Tuesday organised by pro-life Rethink Abortion campaigners. The protestors demonstrated with speeches, song and dance against the “Women’s right to choose” bill introduced by Independent MP Rob Pyne. Opposition MP Mark Robinson told the rally he would oppose the bill […]


Independent MP hopes second bill will pave way to abortion law reform

Countries that don’t have abortion on the criminal code have lower abortion rates than Queensland, according to Independent MP Rob Pyne. Mr Pyne said countries like Holland which have abortion on demand had one-tenth the abortion rate of Queensland. Passionate about decriminalising abortion, Mr Pyne told Newsbytes he didn’t understand the thinking behind the idea […]


Protestors rally to stop cuts to Prince Charles hospital

Protestors gathered outside Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s Dickson electorate office at Strathpine to oppose potential federal budget cuts to Prince Charles Hospital. As morning traffic passed by, about 15 protestors in hospital outfits chanted “save our hospital, put LNP last”. Some cars honked in support. The demonstration was organised by online lobby group GetUp as […]


Brave journalist risks her life to tell the truth

Imagine what it is like to live in a corrupt country where the people are not free and the society illiberal. An unlucky country where people have bullets rained down on them for asking questions. This is what is like to be a journalist in Cambodia. Now let me introduce the remarkable young woman named […]


Senate passes Foreign Fighters bill

The Senate has approved the Foreign Fighters Bill, making it illegal to advocate terrorism and declaring overseas conflict areas no go zones for Australians. The bill passed the Senate easily 43 votes to 12 with Labor and the Palmer United Party supporting the government. Only the Greens, independent Nick Xenophon and Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm […]


GST increase on the agenda despite government denials

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament on Tuesday he wants a mature national debate on the goods and services tax but has denied that the government plans to increase the tax. Despite repeated opposition questions suggesting the government plans to increase GST, Mr Abbott, backed up by his ministers, said he just wanted to see […]


73 passports cancelled over terrorism fears

The passports of 73 Australians have been cancelled because the government is concerned about fighters returning from the Middle East, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Parliament on Monday. The passports belong to people whom Australia’s security agencies are concerned want to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with extremists. Ms Bishop said the number […]


Gough Whitlam dies at 98

Australia’s 21st prime minister, Gough Whitlam, died this morning aged 98. Mr Whitlam defeated the conservative coalition government led by William McMahon in 1972 to become the first Labor prime minister in 23 years. His “It’s Time” election campaign changed the face of political campaigning in Australia with its celebrity and entertainment focus. The campaign […]


Protestors march against Gaza bombings

About 3000 protestors took to the streets of Sydney on Sunday to rally against Israeli bombing of Gaza. For the third week in a row protesters gathered at the Town Hall at 1pm, where speakers addressed the crowd and led chants against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza and the Abbott government’s perceived pro-Israeli stance. More than […]


Baird channels Keating to describe budget as ‘a beautiful set of numbers’

NSW Premier Mike Baird evoked former prime minister Paul Keating when he told parliament the state budget was a “beautiful set of numbers” during question time yesterday. Despite the risk of Keating’s 1990 comments jinxing the budget (with recession setting in soon after the words Keating uttered as federal treasurer), Mr Baird was triumphant in […]


NSW budgets on early surplus

A surplus one year ahead of schedule was announced by New South Wales Treasurer Andrew Constance yesterday when bringing down the state’s budget. The surplus is based on the federal government’s commitment to give NSW an early payment of $700 million for the Pacific Highway upgrades. Premier Mike Baird said in question time the government […]


Mayor slams budget cuts

Savage cuts to local government will flow from the federal budget, Blue Mountains Labor mayor Mark Greenhill warned this week. Cr Greenhill said the budget would cost the council $267,000 in the first year and more than a million dollars over four years. “If you vote against resisting this cut, you are in effect voting […]


Gas bottle explosion blamed for house fire

A gas bottle explosion is the possible cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Maryborough yesterday. The two-storey timber house was completely engulfed in flames by the time rural firefighters arrived at 11.30am. It is believed no one was home at Nangarin Rd house at Oakhurst, on the outskirts of Maryborough. A spokesperson […]


Farmers march through city to fight coal seam gas

Farmers from Victoria’s Gippsland region took their campaign against coal seam gas exploration to Melbourne on Sunday, with hundreds of supporters backing their call for a ban on new coal mines and CSG exploration. The protesters marched from city square to the state library, where a petition signed by 1000 people was handed to Greens […]


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