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The opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, says there have been more than 400 ‘senseless loss of life’ since 2001. Follow all the day’s politics – liveThe opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, says there have been more than 400 ‘senseless loss of life’ since 2001. Follow all the day’s politics – live
Labor MPs have resolved to move an amendment to a government push to change the Customs Act, which will change the way the product specific rules of origin of six of Australia’s free trade agreements are given effect domestically. Labor is furious at the government’s response to an order to produce the transcript of the Morrison-Fuller phone call about the Angus Taylor police investigation.
As Katharine Murphy has previously explained, the change would limit scrutiny, making some regulations (including provisions covering dumping, where countries “dump” goods in other markets at super cheap prices to try and expand market share) unable to be disallowed by the parliament. The Labor leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, read the government’s response to the Senate after it was provided to her at the outset of Senate proceedings by the finance minister, Mathias Cormann. The letter simply referred the Senate to previous answers and said the documents would be subject to a public interest immunity claim because they relate to a police investigation.
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Greens senator Nick McKim says it “beggars belief” that the government has not provided notes or a transcript of the Morrison-Fuller phone call about Angus Taylor.
The Senate ordered the government to produce a transcript and associated documents for the call between Scott Morrison and Mick Fuller about the Angus Taylor investigation.
Some news out of Queensland. The ABC is reporting that the LNP is taking disciplinary action against young LNP members over an online video showing one of its branch leaders laughing at comments about Indigenous Australians. The video was published on the Gold Coast Young LNP Facebook page.
A teenager in the video said:
“I mean, we’ve got to stop celebrating a culture that couldn’t even invent the bloody wheel for God’s sake. We’ve got to start enjoying and living in western culture.”
Gold Coast Young LNP’s chairman, Barclay McGain, was conducting the interviews.
The ABC reports that those involved in the video would face “internal disciplinary” action. The video has been removed.
The Senate is sitting and Labor’s Penny Wong is straight on the attack. Her target? Angus Taylor, of course. She’s criticising Taylor for providing no evidence to support his claim that the falsified document he relied on when attacking the Sydney lord mayor Clover Mooore came from the City of Sydney’s website.
NSW police are investigating the matter and Scott Morrison stoked controversy by calling the police chief Mick Fuller for an update on the status of the investigation.
Labor used the Senate to order the production of documents relating to the call, including a transcript. They received a one-page letter and no transcript.
Labor MPs have resolved to move an amendment to a government push to change the Customs Act, which will change the way the product-specific rules of origin of six of Australia’s free trade agreements are given effect domestically.
As Katharine Murphy has previously explained, the change would limit scrutiny, making some regulations (including provisions covering dumping, where countries “dump” goods in other markets at super cheap prices to try to expand market share) unable to be disallowed by the parliament.
Amid concern from some Labor MPs about the proposal, MPs have agreed to put forward an amendment to protect the parliamentary oversight of the use disallowable instruments.Amid concern from some Labor MPs about the proposal, MPs have agreed to put forward an amendment to protect the parliamentary oversight of the use disallowable instruments.
Disallowable instruments are rules that must be tabled and are open to Parliamentary veto or disallowance for a set period, usually fifteen sitting days. Disallowable instruments are rules that must be tabled and are open to parliamentary veto or disallowance for a set period, usually 15 sitting days.
If the party’s amendments are not supported, then Labor will vote against the bill. It was an otherwise uneventful caucus meeting following Albanese’s earlier colourful comments, with the party agreeing to support a raft of non controversial legislation. If the party’s amendments are not supported, Labor will vote against the bill.
After Labor agreed to support a royal commission into veterans’ suicide, one MP also raised the issue of Indigenous suicide. It was an otherwise uneventful caucus meeting after Albanese’s earlier colourful comments, with the party agreeing to support a raft of non-controversial legislation.
After Labor agreed to call a royal commission into veterans’ suicide, one MP also raised the issue of Indigenous suicide.
Albanese said that he was “very conscious” of the importance of the issue and hoped to continue to work with the government on a bipartisan basis to address it.Albanese said that he was “very conscious” of the importance of the issue and hoped to continue to work with the government on a bipartisan basis to address it.
The press gallery took on the pollies in basketball this morning. Looks from the photos like the journos employed a fairly deliberate strategy: bashing Ed Husic out of the game (Husic in headlock, Husic at bottom of pile-on).The press gallery took on the pollies in basketball this morning. Looks from the photos like the journos employed a fairly deliberate strategy: bashing Ed Husic out of the game (Husic in headlock, Husic at bottom of pile-on).
Seems a sound tactic to me. But, alas, the journos went down.Seems a sound tactic to me. But, alas, the journos went down.
Mike Bowers was down there for all the colour.Mike Bowers was down there for all the colour.
Ged Kearney, Labor MP, is speaking on the medevac repeal bill which is before the Senate. The critical vote rests with Jacqui Lambie, who is reportedly ready to give her support if the government agrees to the New Zealand resettlement deal, which would take the current cohort off Manus and Nauru. The government has shown little appetite for that proposal.Ged Kearney, Labor MP, is speaking on the medevac repeal bill which is before the Senate. The critical vote rests with Jacqui Lambie, who is reportedly ready to give her support if the government agrees to the New Zealand resettlement deal, which would take the current cohort off Manus and Nauru. The government has shown little appetite for that proposal.
Kearney is asked whether securing the New Zealand deal would be a better outcome than salvaging medevac. She tells Sky News the Australian government can do the New Zealand deal and keep medevac.Kearney is asked whether securing the New Zealand deal would be a better outcome than salvaging medevac. She tells Sky News the Australian government can do the New Zealand deal and keep medevac.
She said the laws have nothing to do with national security. The minister can still refuse medical transfers on the grounds of national security.She said the laws have nothing to do with national security. The minister can still refuse medical transfers on the grounds of national security.
John Barilaro, the deputy NSW premier, has been speaking on the Murray-Darling Basin plan. He is threatening to walk away from it (again) if changes are not made to better suit NSW.John Barilaro, the deputy NSW premier, has been speaking on the Murray-Darling Basin plan. He is threatening to walk away from it (again) if changes are not made to better suit NSW.
Barliaro has a list of demands to be met by the federal government. He wants more water written out of the plan and for water management plans to be deferred until the end of the drought.Barliaro has a list of demands to be met by the federal government. He wants more water written out of the plan and for water management plans to be deferred until the end of the drought.
“If this plan does not work for NSW, we will have to walk away,” he said.“If this plan does not work for NSW, we will have to walk away,” he said.
Barilaro is asked whether Gladys Berejiklian, the premier, knows of his announcement. He doesn’t directly answer the question.Barilaro is asked whether Gladys Berejiklian, the premier, knows of his announcement. He doesn’t directly answer the question.
But he says the opportunity for the federal government to negotiate with NSW is now. He says the commonwealth gave some indication last night that it was ready to talk.But he says the opportunity for the federal government to negotiate with NSW is now. He says the commonwealth gave some indication last night that it was ready to talk.
We’ll have more on this story shortly.We’ll have more on this story shortly.
One new fact out of Labor caucus this morning: the opposition will introduce a private senators’ bill to make amendments to the encryption legislation to try to force the government to make improvements agreed by a bipartisan committee report last year.One new fact out of Labor caucus this morning: the opposition will introduce a private senators’ bill to make amendments to the encryption legislation to try to force the government to make improvements agreed by a bipartisan committee report last year.
Labor passed the encryption legislation in the final week of parliament in 2018, later accusing the Coalition of reneging on a deal to make amendments including improving protections against the creation of “systemic weaknesses”.Labor passed the encryption legislation in the final week of parliament in 2018, later accusing the Coalition of reneging on a deal to make amendments including improving protections against the creation of “systemic weaknesses”.
In a joint statement Labor’s Kristina Keneally, Mark Dreyfus, Michelle Rowland, Claire O’Neil and Tim Watts said it was one year since the government broke its promise to Australia’s tech sector “putting a handbrake on the digital economy, and hindering the creation of jobs, productivity and growth of the economy”.In a joint statement Labor’s Kristina Keneally, Mark Dreyfus, Michelle Rowland, Claire O’Neil and Tim Watts said it was one year since the government broke its promise to Australia’s tech sector “putting a handbrake on the digital economy, and hindering the creation of jobs, productivity and growth of the economy”.
They said:They said:
Another amendment would require judicial authorisation before law enforcement authorities can use their new powers to compel tech companies to provide assistance or create capabilities to enable spying on customers.Another amendment would require judicial authorisation before law enforcement authorities can use their new powers to compel tech companies to provide assistance or create capabilities to enable spying on customers.
This is designed to address concerns that the encryption legislation is not compliant with the US CLOUD Act, which Labor says will imperil cooperation between US and Australian law enforcement.This is designed to address concerns that the encryption legislation is not compliant with the US CLOUD Act, which Labor says will imperil cooperation between US and Australian law enforcement.
The bill will be introduced tomorrow and debated in the new year.The bill will be introduced tomorrow and debated in the new year.
The Murray-Darling Basin plan protesters have made their way to the headquarters of the National Farmers’ Federation. The protest places the NFF in a tricky position. The organisation agrees the basin plan needs to be improved but it has split with protesters on their demand that it be scrapped altogether.The Murray-Darling Basin plan protesters have made their way to the headquarters of the National Farmers’ Federation. The protest places the NFF in a tricky position. The organisation agrees the basin plan needs to be improved but it has split with protesters on their demand that it be scrapped altogether.
Tony Mahar, chief executive of the NFF, spoke to the protesters outside his office.Tony Mahar, chief executive of the NFF, spoke to the protesters outside his office.
“We want to see change, I can assure you of that,” he said.“We want to see change, I can assure you of that,” he said.
He says the NFF will lobby for Mick Keelty, the inspector general of Murray–Darling Basin water resources, to have the proper powers to take action where needed.He says the NFF will lobby for Mick Keelty, the inspector general of Murray–Darling Basin water resources, to have the proper powers to take action where needed.
“We want to see change. We want to see the basin plan fixed.”“We want to see change. We want to see the basin plan fixed.”
Labor has issued a full statement on its decision to call for a royal commission into veteran suicide. It reads:Labor has issued a full statement on its decision to call for a royal commission into veteran suicide. It reads:
Just a reminder that parliament will not sit until midday to allow for caucus and party room meetings. Mike Bowers was down in Labor’s caucus where eader Anthony Albanese was given a standing ovation.Just a reminder that parliament will not sit until midday to allow for caucus and party room meetings. Mike Bowers was down in Labor’s caucus where eader Anthony Albanese was given a standing ovation.
Albanese says Labor will continue to pursue Scott Morrison over his “Angus horribilis”, a line that gets a decent guffaw from the Labor faithful.Albanese says Labor will continue to pursue Scott Morrison over his “Angus horribilis”, a line that gets a decent guffaw from the Labor faithful.
If you don’t understand that strike force Garrad gag, look up Garrad on urban dictionary.If you don’t understand that strike force Garrad gag, look up Garrad on urban dictionary.
He looks forward to Labor’s strategy for the end of the year. He says the party will examine media reforms and measures to strengthen democracy. Labor will have the first meeting of its national policy committee on Friday.He looks forward to Labor’s strategy for the end of the year. He says the party will examine media reforms and measures to strengthen democracy. Labor will have the first meeting of its national policy committee on Friday.
It’s all about confidence, he says.It’s all about confidence, he says.
Albanese says when Scott Morrison says “quiet Australians” he really means “shut up and listen to me”. This prompts some applause.Albanese says when Scott Morrison says “quiet Australians” he really means “shut up and listen to me”. This prompts some applause.
Albanese is now paying tribute to Labor’s Senate team for their work opposing the union-busting laws which were defeated on Friday. He tells caucus that the people in this room “made a difference”.Albanese is now paying tribute to Labor’s Senate team for their work opposing the union-busting laws which were defeated on Friday. He tells caucus that the people in this room “made a difference”.
Albanese is now talking about Labor’s calls for a royal commission into veteran suicides. He speaks of meeting Julie-Ann Finney, the mother of a former sailor who killed himself after suffering PTSD.Albanese is now talking about Labor’s calls for a royal commission into veteran suicides. He speaks of meeting Julie-Ann Finney, the mother of a former sailor who killed himself after suffering PTSD.
Albanese pays tribute to Bill Shorten and Linda Burney for the work they did to oppose the robodebt system.Albanese pays tribute to Bill Shorten and Linda Burney for the work they did to oppose the robodebt system.
He then turns to aged care.He then turns to aged care.
Albanese describes Scott Morrison as “an ad man with no plan”.Albanese describes Scott Morrison as “an ad man with no plan”.