Daniel Andrews Denies Dirty Tricks Over Ted Baillieu Tape Recording

The Victorian ALP Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, has denied involvement in a dirty tricks incident concerning a tape recorder lost by a newspaper journalist.

Andrews spoke in an interview today with the 3AW morning host, Neil Mitchell.

The recorder contained an off-the-record interview the former Premier, Ted Baillieu, gave to Farrah Tomazin of The Age. The interview came to light several weeks ago. Baillieu criticised a range of conservative Liberal Party figures in the interview. The interview was circulated inside the Liberal Party by unknown Liberals who are believed to be hostile to Baillieu. [Read more...]


Bill Shorten Focuses On Medicare In Address To NSW Labor Conference

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has addressed the NSW ALP conference at the Sydney Town Hall.

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In his speech, Shorten sought to focus attention on the proposed co-payment for Medicare, declaring that Labor’s support for universal health insurance was one of its central tenets. [Read more...]


Federal Police To Join Multinational Mission At Flight MH17 Crash Site

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, held his seventh consecutive daily press conference today, appearing with the Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus, to announce that Australian police will join the Dutch-led multinational mission to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Abbott said the mission “will be swift”. He said the Australian Federal Police officers will not be armed and that “meticulous planning” has gone into mitigating the risks in a “difficult environment”.

Media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

Operation Bring Them Home: AFP to Join Dutch-led Multinational Police Mission

Australia will contribute to a Dutch-led multinational police mission to the crash site of MH17. I expect the first contingent of Australian police will arrive at the crash site later today with Dutch colleagues to begin their important work.

First and foremost, the purpose of the mission is to recover further remains from the site. The police mission also will seek to remove wreckage from the site and, to the extent possible, obtain information that will assist investigators. [Read more...]


Abbott Holds Sixth Press Conference In Six Days On Flight MH17

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has held his sixth press conference in six days on the recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

AbbottAs he has done throughout the week, Abbott stressed that Australia is engaged in a humanitarian operation.

Abbott said that “others can get involved if they wish in the politics of Eastern Europe. Our sole concern is to claim our dead and bring them home”.

He said: “That is our mission: to secure the remains, to assist the investigation, and to obtain justice for the victims and their loved ones.”

Abbott indicated that an agreement with the Ukrainian government to allow Australian police involvement in the investigation at the crash site has been negotiated but requires ratification by the Ukrainian parliament.

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Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Canberra press conference today.

ABBOTT: Thanks everyone for being here and thanks for being here on a Saturday.

What I wanted to do was give you an update on Operation Bring Them Home. [Read more...]


Another 100 Federal Police Deployed For MH17 Recovery; We Just Want To Bring Home Our Dead, Says Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that a further 100 Australian Federal Police officers are being deployed to assist in the recovery and investigation of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

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The contingent of police officers will leave today. They will be “pre-deployed” to The Netherlands. Some will be armed.

Abbott said the government is “close to finalising” an arrangement for Australian police to assist in the investigation. [Read more...]


Morrison Announces Tamil Asylum Seekers Will Be Brought To Mainland For Processing

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, has announced that the government will bring 157 Tamil asylum seekers to the Australian mainland for processing.

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The Tamils have been on an Australian customs vessel in the Indian Ocean since last month. The High Court ruled that they could not be handed over to Sri Lankan officials.

The asylum seekers will have access to Indian consular officials but they will not be given the opportunity for resettlement in Australia. They are expected to be brought to Cocos Island and then to the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia, although Morrison would not confirm these details. [Read more...]


Bill Shorten: Speech To Australian-American Leadership Dialogue

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten has spoken at the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Text of Bill Shorten’s speech to the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, at the New York Academy of Sciences.

I am very grateful for this second opportunity to speak at the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.

And for the chance to thank all those who have worked so hard to make this year’s dialogue another outstanding success.

There is always so much for us to share, and celebrate, together. [Read more...]