Anthony Albanese grills PM on wages growth being lower than forecast. Plus John Hewson says Liberals have ‘lost their roots’ on climate
With Wednesday having delivered the visual of the deputy prime minister throwing his John Deere out of the cot, we are going to call it a night and await, feverishly, what Thursday will deliver.
Will Michael McCormack remain spicy, or return to a more stale ham sandwich sort of vibe?
Just a quick note on the Coalition’s proposed integrity commission.
The shadow attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, today criticised the government for its lack of progress on establishing a federal integrity commission, something it promised to do in late 2018.
Sam Dastyari is standing on the middle of a street, being broadcast into the Sky studios, for an interview with David Speers.
It’s … interesting and very Sam-Dastyari-hasn’t-seen-the-cameras-for-a-while.
New Labor SA senator Marielle Smith is delivering her first speech:
I have been fortunate throughout my life to be surrounded by strong, passionate and remarkable women. I’ve been fortunate beyond words to have the mentorship of two in particular who have travelled from Adelaide to support me today.
To Kate Ellis, a great trailblazer of our movement and parliament. Simply, and on many levels, I would not be in this place without you and all that you have done for me.
A familiar face in an unfamiliar place, Julia Gillard in the senate chamber to watch the first speech of South Australian Senator Marielle Smith @AmyRemeikis @GuardianAus #polticslive https://t.co/Ll819yRZyk pic.twitter.com/zYIbYBa6l5
Asked if he had watched the Andrew Bolt interview with Gladys Liu, Barnaby Joyce told Patricia Karvelas he had.
Everyone has a bad day in the office and that was one.
Thousands of mature-age students – including Newstart recipients, single parents and the disabled – would have their welfare payments slashed under a revived Morrison government plan.
On Thursday, the Coalition re-introduced legislation to parliament that would effectively reduce two top-up welfare payments received by older students who do not study full-time.
You may notice here the lack of reaction from Scott Morrison to his deputy having a complete and utter meltdown at the despatch box.
I mean, a cynic would think that some sort of distraction was … almost … planned.
.@AngusTaylorMP just gave a 10-minute speech in Parliament on climate change WITHOUT mentioning the term “climate change” once! Fantastic. Great move. Well done Angus.
In all seriousness though, what was that hour?
Well, if one of your MPs has done a trainwreck interview, against advice, which has made them the story, at a time when you are attempting to play as beige as possible, and you know question time is coming up, what do you do?
How Mike Bowers saw the rest of the Michael McCormack snaps hour:
When you ask for meat and three veg, and get onion.
Question time ends.
As does my will to keep typing.
For a visual of what is not happening in question time today
All of this
Just to cut a long story short. No one wants to get to the bottom of anything today, (apart from the chum bucket) #qt
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
Doesn’t matter, it is ruled out of order.
Someone is feeling a bit more comfortable
Labor senator Nita Green has continued to push the Coalition on the Biloela Tamil family, noting in Senate question time that Nationals MPs Ken O’Dowd and Barnaby Joyce, independent Helen Haines and conservative broadcaster Alan Jones have all called for the family to stay.
The government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, responded by arguing Labor has been inconsistent on the point:
Anthony Albanese asks Christian Porter when the government will introduce its national integrity commission legislation.
Porter says the government is making its way through it. He then says the phrase “flip flop” about a million times (time moves slowly in this place) in relation to Albanese. That’s one of Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison’s favourites as well, as they try and get it happening.
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
Did the minister for home affairs’ actions meet the high standards expected of ministers under ministerial standards, given an ABC report that the minister for home affairs had a lunch with a man arranged by a lobbyist who called the minister one of his best friends, and said he could arrange access to the minister’s office for $20,000, and has the prime minister taken any steps to investigate that report?
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
Can the prime minister explain why it was proper for the Liberal National party to accept a donation from the CEO of Brisbane-based company Canstruct which resulted in a lucrative contract.
One of the points that is well-established is that ministers and prime ministers are not responsible for political parties’ statements by members, by ministers, obviously, occurrences and party rooms, and a range of statements. I won’t keep repeating myself, it is clear. The question is out of order.
Certainly members’ statements can be referred to. I mean, that’s a well-established precedent, I couldn’t stop that. But just because the prime minister has made a statement, it doesn’t allow the member for Isaacs to ask whatever he feels like.
And let’s be frank here, we are all politicians. I am ruling the question is out of order, and there doesn’t seem to be, you know, any upset or outrage from my left. I mean, let’s just call a spade a spade.
Awwwww Peter Dutton gets another opportunity to smile, with another lickspittle on JUST HOW SAFE ARE WE.
tl;dr – VERY. BUT JUST IMAGINE IF PETER DUTTON AND THE MORRISON GOVERNMENT DIDN’T WIN THE ELECTION.
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
I refer to his comments in the House yesterday and today, the front page headline of the Daily Telegraph… Why does he promise to go over the top when he sees political advantage, but go into hiding when there is Liberal party corruption in his own party members are breaking the law? (he holds up a front page)
The member for Isaacs will not use props, the question is out of order, it offends. Ministers could stop interject! The member for Sydney is warned. If the member for Isaacs is having difficulty, I suggest he acquaint himself with pages 553 and 554, a practice that outlines a whole list of elements that ministers can’t be question on, and he offended five of them.
At the National Press Club, Mark Dreyfus gave some hints about his thinking on press freedom – which is significant because he is a Labor member of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security examining the issue.
Dreyfus suggested the raids on the ABC and Annika Smethurst were “a product, not of the laws which have been in place for very, very many years, but of the way that this government has chosen to go about demanding that leaks are investigated”.
I’ve been a bit concerned about some of the public commentary in this area because it’s been so focused on black letter law. I think some of it needs to be focused on what you call unwritten law on the exercise of discretions on the conventions which have surrounded the way in which, just to take a simple example, section 70 and 79 of the Crimes Act 1914, have been there since the first world war, have manifested. What’s happened to them? On the face of them, they criminalise a lot of journalistic activity. They criminalise the publication when the journalist know that is it is a leak from government. But no journalist has been prosecuted for that in the more than 100 years which have gone past. And you have to ask the question is why is that so? It’s so because of the way in which governments exercise discretions and apply conventions to make sure that journalists and ordinary media work in this country is protected.
Christian Porter delivers the ‘unions are terrible’ lickspittle.
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
I refer to the prime minister’s previous answer where he said the test was whether money had changed hands. I refer to the responsibility for the AEC and its role in political parties, and I refer to the article in the Herald Sun by James Campbell that the Liberal party returned $300,000 in donations from dinner guests associated with the member for Chisholm because of security concerns, and to the member for Chisholm’s statement last night that the donation and its return was all made up. Prime minister, is she correct?
Peter Dutton has waited very patiently for almost 24 hours and now gets to give the answer to the lickspittle he had lined up yesterday, after Andrew Hastie says the magic words “alternative approaches”.
“Give us a smile,” Labor backbenchers call out. It is, after all, a year after Dutton told us all he wanted was to smile more.
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
When Sam Dastyari failed to support the bipartisan position on the South China Sea, the prime minister said Sam Dastyari has been caught betraying his country, and that means he is betraying every patriotic Australian in this country. Does the prime minister stand by that statement, and the standard it sets? Will the prime minister apply this test to the member for Chisholm?
I further comment on the statement by the member for Chisholm today which makes it very clear her support for the government’s position.
The prime minister can pause for a second. I have made it clear I need to listen to the question, because I need to make rulings on these matters. I am going to listen to the answer without interjection. Prime minister.
Thank you, Mr Speaker. So I refer the member to her statement which makes it very clear about her support for the government’s position in the long-standing position we have taken in relation to those matters. What the member has raised with me is the conduct of the former senator, Sam Dastyari.
Now, what he will remember about Senator Sam Dastyari is, not only, Mr Speaker, not only was he a minister, shadow minister, I should say, in the executive of the opposition at that time, he seems to forget the fact that money changed hands between then senator Sam Dastyari… Money changed hands…
Goodness. Michael McCormack just got so worked up during that previous lickspittle, he shifted from 11-4001 TPG to 11- 4801 TPG on the Pantone colour chart.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack gets a little heated during and answer to a dixer when Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon interjected @AmyRemeikis @GuardianAus #PoliticsLive https://t.co/Ll819z9AWU pic.twitter.com/MJInEVaChh
Mark Dreyfus to Scott Morrison:
What steps did the prime minister take to ensure that the member for Chisholm is a fit and proper person to sit in the Australian parliament?
That question is out of order. It doesn’t go to the prime minister’s responsibilities at all.
It’s been 116 or so days – can someone please tell Josh Frydenberg he won the election?
Tanya Plibersek to Scott Morrison:
The Australian Industry Group warns the nation has a skills crisis, 75% of businesses struggling to find qualified Australians to fill jobs. Why has this government ripped $3bn from Tafe in training and done nothing to stop the loss of 150,000 apprenticeships and traineeships?
Mr Speaker, between 2011 and 2013, when the member for Sydney was sitting around a cabinet table, Labor cut employer incentives to businesses, nine times, that totalled 1.2 million. The member would be fully aware Tafe is funded by state government, not commonwealth governments. That is why last year, I initiated a review conducted by Stephen Joyce. That review found the funding and spending going into skills education, every year, was not getting the results, the results they were not getting was that people weren’t being trained with the skills, for the skills needed by the employers who wanted to employ them.
That’s because of the outdated funding model, the process is put in place over many years, run by previous governments, these other things we need to fix and this is what we intend to fix.
Michael McCormack appears to have sprinkled too much sugar on his Weet-Bix this morning, as he gets very worked up at Joel Fitzgibbon over not caring about farmers. He screams that Fitzgibbon is “a disgrace”. Fitzgibbon gets upset. The chamber is upset, but at different things.
It’s amazing what happens when salt is added to bland carbohydrates.
Michael McCormack is attempting to act like a politician.
It’s going about as well as you would expect.
Tanya Plibersek to Scott Morrison:
As Plibersek is announced, a small cheer goes up from the government benches:
The number of Australians doing an apprenticeship or traineeship is lower than it was a decade ago. Why has this government cut $3bn from Tafe and training?
I have learnt when the member for Sydney puts forward figures they can never be taken at face value. At the last election our government committed to 80,000 new apprentices, as the government program has been wound out, 2000 people have taken up the program. We look forward to further success.
Luckily, there is already a press release on that lickspittle, for those who need the information (and given the fires, there will be some of you), so here it is:
Disaster-hit communities will be back on their feet faster, with the Government introducing legislation for a new $4 billion future fund.
The Emergency Response Fund will grow to up to $6.6 billion over the next decade.
Phil Thompson gets the first lickspittle of the day, but given he has tomato sauce on his bacon and egg roll instead of barbecue (and hot sauce if you are me), I can’t listen to anything he says.
Question time begins and we are straight into it.
Anthony Albanese to Scott Morrison:
My question is addressed to the prime minister. Can he confirm wages have grown more slowly than the last 38 consecutive forecasts?
I can confirm when it comes to wages growth, and the most recent quarter, it was 0.7%. I can confirm, in the September quarter of 2018 when we came to office it was 0.5%. Wage growth was higher than what we inherited from the Labor party.
Scott Morrison on prostate cancer:
But the message today is pretty simple, blokes – don’t muck about with your health. If, like me, you’ve hit the big 50 then you’ve absolutely got to get on to it straight away and must be getting on to it much sooner than that.
Go and talk to your doctor. I did that last Friday as part of my usual check-up and did the usual thing in making sure that these issues were totally sussed out. That’s what we all should be doing on a regular basis. Go to your doctor, know the risks, get the test. Treat it like your life depends on it. Because it does. And it’s important that we appreciate that.
It’s almost question time.
Put your predictions down below
As Sarah Martin, who has had a read through the drug testing bill, has pointed out, the government is not releasing the cost of the trial.
The financial impact of these amendments is not for publication.
Someone has been paying attention:
It’s clear @GladysLiuMP needs to answer some serious questions. Her statement is shocking. She should be held to the same standard that I was – a standard the PM set. I resigned. I took responsibility. That was the right decision in my circumstances.
Does Mark Dreyfus see any reason for a religious discrimination act?
Some of the public commentary and some of the submissions, Senator Lambie, for example, the day before yesterday, expressed the view that the legislation wasn’t necessary at all. I imagine that that’s going to be part of the debate because some people are expressing that view – but speaking for myself, I think that there’s a number of groups in the Australian community that have suffered discrimination because of their religious belief, and the community that most springs to mind in recent years would be the Muslim community among us, who directly suffer discrimination in employment and the provision of services.
I think that it’s absolutely a worthwhile innovation that the attorney general has produced to add this additional ground of discrimination to our existing set of anti-discrimination laws.
The whole question and answer exchange is here:
In the context of the marriage debate, Bill Shorten gave a very simple commitment that Labor would not vote for legislation that watered down the protection of LGBT Australians.
Now, I know the religious discrimination bill is just an exposure draft and I know Labor is still consulting about it, but will you recommit today that Labor will not vote to water down existing protections in state and federal discrimination law?
Well, I don’t want to give an absolutely clear answer to Paul’s excellent question.
It’s one of the questions raised by the exposure draft bills that Christian Porter released about 10 days ago.
Mark Dreyfus refuses to recommit to principle @billshortenmp established that Labor won’t vote to water down protections of LGBT Australians. Says it’s “not of assistance to commit” and he doesn’t want to “pre-empt” consultation by giving that guarantee. #auspol #NPC
Cory Bernardi has been unable to file his weekly “commonsense” missive to supporters, because he is “under the pump in Canberra”.
Given what the Senate is dealing with this week, he may be the only one, but I guess we all handle transitions differently. Or in this case, approaching a transition.
On the ongoing Labor review, and what may happen to some of the policies of the last six years, Mark Dreyfus says this:
I’m not going to pre-empt the outcome first of all of the review being conducted by eminent former figures of the Labor party. That review is going to report to the party later in the year. And this will be an ongoing debate in the Labor party, as it should be after an election defeat.
It’s an election defeat where the government increased its majority by precisely one seat, moving from having a one-seat majority after the 2016 election to a two-seat majority after the 2019 election.
Could everyone who is commenting on some of the issues today take a breath and think about the origins of their comments, and how it may be coming across. Not all racism is intentional, but it still needs to be called out.
I don’t need comments defending some of the terms or nicknames. Just think about it, before posting.
This is either “farmers don’t take drugs” or “if farmers take drugs we don’t care”, because not all welfare is equal, apparently.
If the point is to try and find drug problems and help people defeat them, shouldn’t everyone be involved?
Farmers in welfare drug test sites who receive farm household allowance are exempt, according to the legislation tabled today:
‘recipients who receive a payment of farm household allowance made under the Farm Household Support Act will not be subject to the drug testing trial’
And here are Mark Dreyfus’s problems with the government’s proposal for a national integrity commission:
The government’s model proposes a body with two wings – one wing is essentially the existing Australian Commission for Law Enforcement and Integrity, with a few new departments brought under its jurisdiction. The second wing is designed to cover politicians, their staff, and the commonwealth public service.
The government proposes vastly different powers for the two wings, which would be in effect two different bodies. The ACLEI wing would retain all its previous investigatory powers and the ability to hold public hearings – although notably it has not held a single public hearing since its foundation in 2006. The second wing, however, would be far more limited:
… As the prime minister might put it, “how good is a national integrity commission that can’t investigate anything that embarrasses my government?”. (He did a voice for that)
Mark Dreyfus acknowledges the NSW Labor situation in his speech:
There has been a great deal in the news recently about the conduct of individuals in the NSW Labor party in relation to election donations, aired at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. Other matters at Icac over recent years have resulted in the resignation of some 11 Liberal party MPs, and just this morning we read that another Liberal minister has serious questions to answer. Without prejudging any possible findings of the current investigation, let me make an unequivocal statement, and that is that Labor stands for integrity, accountability and transparency in government. And that we do not tolerate misconduct, whether in government, business or unions. In keeping with this guiding principle we have always worked to foster a culture of integrity in government. And in opposition.
And if misconduct does occur, action must be taken. Not just action against the individual or individuals involved, but serious action to ensure that such conduct never occurs again.
This is a statement from Gladys Liu to me less than 24 hours ago denying any connection with a number of Chinese organisations. She now accepts she did have an association with three of the groups #auspol pic.twitter.com/luJAliP5PN
Gladys Liu is putting her statement out via twitter:
not take sides on competing territorial claims but we call on all claimants to resolve disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.
Our relationship with China is one of mutual benefit and underpinned by our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. China is not a
being the first Chinese-born member of Parliament. I know some people will see everything I do through the lens of my birthplace, but I hope that they will see more than just the first Chinese woman elected to Parliament. I hope they will see me as a strong advocate for everyone
•Honorary President of the United Chinese Commerce Association of Australia. My involvement was done for no other reason than to support the promotion of trade between Australia and Hong Kong, and to encourage individuals in the Australia-Hong Kong community to undertake
Association in 2011. I no longer have an association with this organisation
My Labor opponent in the recent election also had an association with the United Chinese Commerce Association of Australia and was honorary President of the Australian Jiangmen General Commercial
I am in the process of auditing any organisations who may have added me as a member without my knowledge or consent.
I am a proud Australian, passionately committed to serving the people of Chisholm, and any suggestion contrary to this is deeply offensive.
Labor’s new senator from South Australia, Marielle Smith, will make her first speech in the Senate later this afternoon.
There will be one or two very familiar faces in the gallery as she delivers it – Smith worked with former prime minister Julia Gillard on delivering a global education policy for about five years. Kate Ellis is a big supporter as well.
Mark Dreyfus is delivering the National Press Club address on the need for a national integrity commission:
The proof of the government’s lack of commitment to integrity and hence, the title of my speech, Time’s Up!, is that more than 20 months after Labor’s announcement that we would establish a national integrity commission, and more than eight months after the Liberal government announced the same commitment, we still don’t have, from the government, so much as an exposure draft for legislation to establish such a body.
Indeed, legislation to establish such a body is not even on the government’s published legislative plan for the rest of this year. And this is despite the fact that at the time of the December press conference, the government claimed to have been working on legislation since January 2018. It seems Mr Morrison’s statement in November that ensuring integrity in government is a ‘fringe issue’ continues to be an accurate statement of his view on this matter.
This piece from Michelle Grattan was interesting. Russell Broadbent has also been pushing the government to end mandatory detention.
A spokesman for foreign minister Marise Payne has confirmed Australia is assisting families of three Australians who have been detained in Iran:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran. Due to our privacy obligations, we will not comment further.
All Australian citizens and holders of dual nationality with Australia who are travelling to or through Iran are urged to follow the travel advice on the DFAT Smartraveller website.
Pauline Hanson is giving a masterclass in ‘we need answers to these questions that take this situation out into the stratosphere that I have just thought of, but I have no idea whether or not that is the actual case’ on Chris Kenny’s show.
It’s a wonderful technique:
The Big Aussie BBQ is on in parliament today, raising awareness for prostate cancer.
Scott Morrison will attend.
Gladys Liu has released her statement:
“Last night in a TV interview I was not clear and I should have chosen my words better. As a new member of parliament I will be learning from this experience”
Australia’s longstanding position on the South China Sea is consistent and clear.
Melisssa McIntosh, another class of 2019 alumnus as the new Liberal MP for Lindsay, has announced she will be delivering a speech ahead of question time in the chamber, talking about September 11 and the Australian flag that was found in World Trade Centre 3.
At 23, I entered the corporate world. Like many young people — like many young women — I was rushing to get ahead and achieve it all before kids.
I was also the girl from Penrith, wanting to be the best and to take all the opportunities. People from western Sydney are really committed; if you have to commute three hours a day or more for your job, you have to be.
Terri Butler fronted up to doors this morning to have a chat about David Littleproud’s admission that he is unsure if climate change is manmade.
But she wouldn’t say which way Labor would vote on the climate emergency proposal the crossbench is putting forward. Why? Because Labor doesn’t know yet:
The latest independent health advice panel (the government-appointed panel for the medevac bill) has tabled its latest report.
It has found that, in terms of ministerial refusal to transfer patients to the mainland for treatment, the panel agreed with the minister’s decision in nine of the 15 cases.
Linda Burney chatted to Sabra Lane this morning on ABC AM. She gave Labor’s positions on the upcoming welfare legislation the government is putting forward.
On drug testing:
We are still waiting on the statement.
Massive clean out of Gladys Liu’s office planned. Victoria’s Liberals believe she is unsupported and therefore unprepared #auspol
So @GladysLiuMP office says there’s a statement coming – but not to Parliament where she faces penalties for misleading the House – and referring all questions to the Prime Minister’s office! So that’s unusual.
Zed Seselja, who has obviously taken his shitstirrer tablet this morning, says he is unclear if Kim Carr is supporting the bill or not, because it has been “19 minutes” of talking the bill down.
Carr is having none of it. He says the government is ignoring the big issues and using things like this bill as a distraction.
Kim Carr, who spoke up during yesterday’s caucus meeting about Labor’s intention to vote for what has become known as the “vegan terrorist” bill, is forcibly listing his concerns about the bill in the Senate.
He’ll vote for it, because that is the caucus position, and to go against the caucus position in Labor is grounds for getting kicked out of the party.
It being Wednesday, means it is National Press Club day.
Mark Dreyfus will be delivering today’s speech. It’s on the need for a national integrity commission.
Seems the seat of Chisholm comes with a side of “hanging the MP out to dry”.
Julia Banks held the seat before Liu.
Govt confident there’s no “smoking gun” with Liu but she was told not to do the interview with Bolt, but did. Govt believes her office is out of ifs depth #auspol
We saw the home affairs minister briefly yesterday, during a failed lickspittle attempt (when you want to talk about how terrible the opposition is, you kinda have to add the “alternative approaches” kicker to the question, which wasn’t there yesterday) but Peter Dutton has kept relatively quiet, for him, this sitting week.
We aren’t hearing from him anywhere near as much as we usually do.
Don’t think the Biloela community have forgotten.
The former Liberal party leader John Hewson says his party membership has lapsed but he remains motivated by liberal values which “got me into the parliament in the first place”.
Speaking to Annelise Nielsen on Sky, he says that he is part of the push for the parliament to declare a climate emergency because not enough is being done.
AAP has written about the latest banking royal commission move from the government.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released draft legislation on Wednesday for consultation to strengthen the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s enforcement and supervision powers.
It includes strengthening Asic’s licensing powers by increasing the standards required of an Australian Financial Services entity, both at the time of application and on an ongoing basis.
Over in the portrait hall, the outgoing head of Asio, Duncan Lewis, has called for a public service college and referred to the apolitical public service as a “precious jewel”.
And the bells have tolled for the beginning of the parliamentary session.
Duncan Lewis is doing his valedictory speech to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
That’s in the portrait gallery, if anyone is interested.
If Gerard Rennick’s speech wasn’t enough, I have just discovered that Phil Thompson, the LNP MP for Herbert (also class of 2019), has his bacon and egg roll with tomato sauce.
On behalf of all of Queensland, I apologise for this travesty.
Just back to the climate emergency motion (hello, good people of blogues), Labor hasn’t made a decision yet about whether to back the Greens motion. If you aren’t across the details of this story, read it here. The frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon (who faced a backlash from constituents in the Hunter in the May election) said on Radio National this morning he was more supportive of outcomes than gestures.
During the May election campaign, Bill Shorten adopted language about climate change referencing an emergency. He declared in a speech during the final week: “We will take [the climate change] emergency seriously, and we will not just leave it to other countries or to the next generation.”
Labor will consider any motions brought forward through our usual processes. The Morrison government needs to make up its mind about whether they think climate change is even real, let alone an emergency.
Just yesterday we had the spectacle of the minister for water resources and emergency services say he doesn’t know if human-induced climate change is real in spite of a clear consensus from all Australia’s scientific agencies about the impacts of climate change on the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and drought. No wonder we’ve seen no real climate policy from this government, and emissions that keep on rising.
Penny Wong went by the doors this morning, because Labor has decided how it is going to tackle the Gladys Liu story. The Liberal MP has refused to explicitly criticise China after questions about her connections to Chinese Communist party propaganda organisations. Liu also would not say China’s actions in the South China Sea are unlawful, despite an international tribunal finding otherwise.
Wong says Scott Morrison needs to assure Australia that the Chisholm MP is “a fit and proper person in the Australian parliament”. She raised the government’s response to Sam Dastyari’s actions, with a “samesies” tone:
He needs to come into the parliament, make a statement and assure the Australian parliament, and through them, the Australia people, that sheis a fit and proper person in the Australian parliament …
I would make this point: I can recall the Liberal party making Sam Dastyari a test of Bill Shorten’s leadership. Well, this is Scott Morrison’s test.
Two British-Australian women and another foreign national, also believed to be Australian, have been detained in Iran.
The Times of London has reported that a blogger who was travelling through Asia with her Australian boyfriend, and an academic who studied at Cambridge University and has been working at a university in Australia, were seized separately.
The two women are believed to be at the Evin prison in Tehran, where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41-year-old British-Iranian national, has been incarcerated on spying charges since 2016.
Marise Payne’s office has been contacted.
Zali Steggall is speaking to Laura Jayes on Sky about why she wants the parliament to declare a climate emergency.
Essentially, she says, it boils down to a need to act.
Lisa Cox and Anne Davies have an update on the grasslands story involving Angus Taylor:
Department of the environment officials were acutely sensitive about meeting Angus Taylor over critically endangered grasslands while his family’s company was being investigated for alleged illegal land clearing in New South Wales, according to internal emails.
The information is revealed in correspondence that had previously been partially redacted from documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws in June this year.
Of course, it’s not just Gerard Rennick who has people talking about the class of 2019. There is also Gladys Liu after her interview with Andrew Bolt on Sky News overnight, following up this ABC story.
It opened with this:
Meanwhile, the Liberal senator Gerard Rennick, who appears to be a great fan of the settling “founding fathers” and that can-do convict spirit, was everything his LNP colleagues had told me he would be in his first speech.
Here’s a taste:
The greatest threat to our environment is not carbon dioxide but unsustainable immigration.
As the son of a farmer, I was taught from a young age about carrying capacity and never to overstock your paddocks. Yet immigration is doing just that, causing major city congestion and overdevelopment on our city fringes.
Labor, which went to the election with a plan to recognise climate change and reduce emissions, has not been overly vocal in linking the Queensland and NSW fires to what is happening to the climate.
While Sussan Ley copped some flak for saying this on ABC Melbourne radio late yesterday:
Larissa, right now, people’s homes are burning & others are risking their lives to put out dangerous fires. You’re not alone in thinking about climate change, but is now really the time to be making political mileage?
Well, there is never a dull moment in this place.
Less than 24 hours after the water minister, David Littleproud, admitted to Guardian Australia that he was unsure whether climate change was human-made or not, he went into further detail with on Sky News:
The declaration motion to be released today calls on the House to declare an environment and climate emergency and to take urgent action consistent with internationally accepted science. The motion will be moved by Greens MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt, seconded by the independent Member for Warringah Zali Steggall OAM, and supported by the independent Member for Indi, Helen Haines, Centre Alliance Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie and the independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie.