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June 25, 2018 3:49 AM Early voters to know candidates in clear

Voters in five federal by-elections will get to see whether their candidates are eligible to sit in parliament a day before early voting opens. The July 28 by-elections in Perth, Fremantle, Braddon, Mayo and Longman will be the first held under new rules which require all candidates to publicly provide details about their eligibility under the constitution 23

June 24, 2018 11:39 PM Vic Libs pledge new domestic violence laws

Victorians will be able to ask whether their partner has a history of family violence if the Liberal-Nationals win government in November. The Family Violence Disclosure Scheme would be based on a similar model in the UK and allow someone to ask police whether their current or former partner has a violent criminal history. The opposition says the scheme 26

June 22, 2018 4:18 AM SA to push on with airport freight project

The South Australian government is set to call for tenders for the project management of its GlobeLink Master Plan, which includes a new freight-only airport, east of Adelaide. The plan was included in Premier Steven Marshall's election promises and will also provide for new road and rail freight corridors looping around the city. "GlobeLink is one of the Liberal 21

June 22, 2018 4:12 AM Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state, along with Washington, D.C., to legalize 44

June 20, 2018 9:26 PM ESPN executive 'branded show hosted by two African American anchors 'too black''

An ESPN executive reportedly called a show hosted by two African Americans anchors, 'too black'. Jemele Hill and Michael Smith took over as hosts of the long-running SportsCenter in February 2017, in a much-hyped makeover of the 40-year-old show. They became the first black regular co-anchors of 'SportsCenter' since it debuted in 1979. But the pair, known 22

June 20, 2018 7:04 AM MPs could cross floor on energy: Abbott

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Liberal backbenchers could cross the floor to vote against the government's national energy guarantee. Mr Abbott says Malcolm Turnbull should pay more attention to the backbench on the energy plan, adding that no one would consider lightly crossing the floor. "But I don't think we can be expected to support a policy 18

June 18, 2018 4:56 PM US watchdog to pay anti-extremist UK group in settlement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A liberal watchdog group is apologizing and paying more than $3 million after labeling a British organization and its founder as anti-Muslim extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center issued statements Monday saying it was wrong to include the London-based Quilliam and Maajid Nawaz in a "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists 36

June 18, 2018 11:47 AM Israeli bill seeks to ban photographing soldiers

JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli ministerial committee has proposed legislation that seeks to outlaw photographing Israeli soldiers "for the sake of shaming them," something rights groups say would amount to government censorship. The committee, headed by Israel's justice minister, passed the proposal on Sunday. It is expected to face stiff legal challenges 29

June 18, 2018 3:19 AM Tampon tax axed: Bill to remove the $30million GST from feminine hygiene products passes the Senate

The Turnbull government faces pressure to take the GST off tampons, with draft laws passing the Senate. Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers combined in a parliamentary vote to take the 10 per cent tax off feminine hygiene products on Monday. However, while the vote is a blow for the government, the bill is not expected to pass the lower house where the coalition 18

June 17, 2018 9:42 PM Billy Caldwell: Senior MP urges reform over medical cannabis

A senior MP leading an all-party group looking at medical cannabis has called the existing laws "bizarre and cruel". Sir Mike Penning MP has called for "fundamental reform" of the system. "Medical cannabis is a health issue, not a misuse of drugs issue," Sir Mike said in a statement. "It's about patients and relieving suffering." It follows the Home Secretary's 39