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Australia inquiry says former PM Morrison misled cabinet on debt recovery scheme

Australian incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the second leaders' debate of the 2022 federal election campaign at the Nine studio in Sydney, Australia, on 8th May, 2022.

Sydney, AustraliaReuters An Australian inquiry into an automated welfare debt recovery programme said on Friday former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in an earlier ministerial role, had misled the cabinet about the scheme. The report also recommended unnamed individuals be referred for civil and criminal prosecution over the “robodebt” program designed to ensure welfare recipients were […]

Australian Government moves to censure former Prime Minister

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s Labor government said it will move a parliamentary censure motion against former Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week after an inquiry found his secret appointment to multiple ministries undermined trust in government. Morrison, who lost power in a general election in May, secretly accumulated five ministerial roles during the COVID-19 pandemic: […]

Australian inquiry finds Morrison’s secret ministries corroded trust

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia will introduce rules to increase transparency in ministerial appointments after an inquiry into secret ministerial appointments by then Prime Minister Scott Morrison found they corroded public trust in government. Morrison, who lost power in a general election in May, secretly accumulated five ministerial roles during the coronavirus pandemic: health, finance, treasury, resources […]

Australia reverses decision to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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Updated: 5.55pm (AEST)Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia on Tuesday reversed a decision of the previous government to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the status of the city should be resolved through peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people. Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said Australia “will always be a steadfast friend of […]

Former Australia PM “undermined” responsible government with secret ministries – solicitor general

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Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said advice from the solicitor general showed his predecessor Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic “fundamentally undermined” responsible government despite being legally valid. The advice from the country’s second highest law officer was a “very clear criticism” of the implications for Australia’s parliamentary […]

Analysis – Australian women unleash new political force on climate, integrity

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Professional women and voters concerned about climate change unleashed a third force in Australia’s election, taking a swath of seats that ended nine years of conservative rule even as votes for the winning Labor Party fell. Women who left successful careers in business, medicine and media to enter politics as independents were on […]

Australia’s Labor to retake power after nine years, independents may hold sway

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s Labor Party will form the country’s next government on Monday, as unprecedented support for the Greens and climate-focussed independents ended nearly a decade of rule by the conservative coalition. Centre-left Labor remains four to five seats short of a majority of 76 in the 151 seat lower house with about a dozen […]

Updated: Australia ousts conservatives after nine years, PM Morrison concedes

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Last updated: 8am, 22nd May, 2022 (AEST)Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s Labor Party was set to end almost a decade of conservative rule as the government was swept away in Saturday’s election by a wave of support for candidates who campaigned for more action on climate change and may hold the balance of power. Partial results showed […]

Australian voters head to polls in close-run election

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australians were voting in a national election on Saturday, with opinion polls showing the opposition Labor Party narrowly ahead of the ruling conservative coalition although a strong showing by climate-focussed independents could mean a hung parliament. Centre-left Labor held a decent lead going into the campaign after nine years in opposition, but recent […]