Turnbull Defends And Promotes Refugee Policy In Address To United Nations General Assembly

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended and promoted Australia’s refugee policy, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Turnbull addressed the UN at 8pm local time.

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Transcript of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL: Secretary-General, Mr President, Your Excellencies.

The tenor of our times is change.

Accelerating with a pace and scale unprecedented in all of human history. [Read more…]


Stephen Conroy Announces Resignation From Senate In Undelivered Speech

Senator Stephen Conroy, the ALP’s deputy leader in the upper house, has announced his resignation in an undelivered speech to the Senate that was tabled last night.

Conroy

Conroy, 53, rose in the Senate at 8.53pm, at the end of the second-reading debate on the government’s Omnibus Bill of expenditure cuts. He made a brief comment and tabled a speech.

The Senate then went on to debate crossbench amendments to the legislation. The third reading of the bill took place at 11.35pm and the Senate adjourned at 11.38pm. Conroy’s resignation only came to light this morning, although the Hansard transcript would have gone online in the early hours. [Read more…]


Final Two-Party Figures: Coalition Won 2016 Election With 50.36%; Swing To Labor Of 3.13%

Final figures published by the Australian Electoral Commission show that the Coalition won the 2016 federal election with 50.36% of the two-party-preferred vote.

The Liberal-Nationals coalition polled 50.36% of the national two-party-preferred vote. The ALP received 49.64%. There was a 3.13% swing to the ALP nationally, a near reversal of the 3.61% swing to the Coalition in the 2013 election.

Every state and territory recorded a swing against the Coalition. The largest swing was 7.41% in the Northern Territory. The smallest was 1.22% in the Australian Capital Territory. [Read more…]


Julia Banks (Lib-Chisholm) – Maiden Speech

Julia Banks, the Liberal member for Chisholm, has delivered her maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Banks

Chisholm was the only seat the Coalition won from the ALP at the July 2 double dissolution. Banks succeeds the former Speaker, Anna Burke, who held the seat for 18 years from 1998. [Read more…]


Jason Falinski (Lib-Mackellar) – Maiden Speech

Jason Falinski, the Liberal member for Mackellar, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Falinski

Falinski, 46, replaces Bronwyn Bishop, who represented the electorate for 22 years from 1994. He defeated Bishop in a preselection contest earlier this year. [Read more…]


Trevor Evans (Lib-Brisbane) – Maiden Speech

Trevor Evans, the Liberal National member for Brisbane, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Evans

Evans has succeeded Teresa Gambaro, who took the seat from the ALP in 2010. It had previously been held by the ALP since 1980. [Read more…]


Damian Drum (Nats-Murray) – Maiden Speech

Damian Drum, the Nationals member for Murray, has delivered his maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Drum

Drum, 56, won the northern Victorian electorate from the Liberal Party at the July 2 double dissolution election. Sharman Stone held the seat for 20 years from 1996. The Nationals last held it with Bruce Lloyd (1971-96). [Read more…]