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Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald part of plan to clean up Canberra - The Sydney Morning Herald

Legendary corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is challenging federal politicians to prove they truly are "honourable" members.

The former judge has teamed up with the Australian Institute think tank to survey MPs on their ethical values as part of a push to clean up Canberra and build momentum for a federal anti-corruption body.

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald is part of a push to clean up Canberra. 

The Queensland QC – who presided over the Fitzgerald Inquiry that ultimately led to the resignation of the state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen – has developed the questionnaire that asks MPs about their attitudes towards accountability, integrity, nepotism, deception and the spending of public money.

The major political parties are controlled by professional, "whatever-it-takes" politicians who are driven by self-interest and ideology, and addicted to vested interest funding, Mr...


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Politicians and reporters glam up for Mid Winter Ball in Canberra - 9news.com.au

Politics might be Hollywood for ugly people, but Canberra has just hosted its Oscars equivalent that was anything but hideous.

Defying the old adage, politicians and political reporters put on a glamorous display at the Press Gallery's annual Mid Winter Ball in the Great Hall of Parliament House.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the fashion pack in a feathered and bedazzled purple and cream gown.

Labour leader Bill Shorten's wife Chloe stunned in a tight off-the-shoulder purple gown.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy wore a black jacket over a white top with a floor-length skirt.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)

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While the men at the ball almost all matched in black tuxedos, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce added flair to his outfit that stole the...


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Political networking the Chinese way - a Sydney MP and his 'community adviser' - The Sydney Morning Herald

On the night of the 2016 federal election, a beaming Craig Laundy was photographed surrounded by two dozen campaign supporters who had helped him retain the Sydney seat of Reid he had snatched from Labor three years earlier.

Laundy has his arm draped around the shoulder of a man in the middle of the group. His name is Yang Dongdong and he claims to be a "community adviser" to Laundy. He is also a conduit to the large Chinese-Australian community in Laundy's electorate.

Craig Laundy at his 2016 election victory celebration, with his arm around Yang Dongdong. Craig Laundy at his 2016 election victory celebration, with his arm around Yang Dongdong. Photo: Supplied

The Liberal MP disavows Yang's claims about the pair's closeness and flatly dismisses the claim Yang has worked as an adviser, despite one of Laundy's own casual staffers, Amanda Li, telling Fairfax Media on Monday that Yang is a "consultant" and is "quite close" to him.

Laundy also professes complete ignorance of...


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Treasurer warns major political parties are losing trust of ordinary ... - The West Australian

The forgotten people have decided to forget Australia’s political class, Treasurer Scott Morrison has warned, saying the major parties had lost the trust of ordinary people who were demanding answers and not petty point scoring.

Ahead of a key speech to the Liberal Party’s Federal conference today, Mr Morrison signalled the Federal Government would ditch ideology as it sought to reassure Australians it understood the economic squeeze they have faced since the global financial crisis.

In an exclusive interview with The Weekend West, Mr Morrison said economic circumstances had changed dramatically since 2008 but many of the political battles and ideas of recent years had taken place without recognising the changed economic reality for most people.

Wages were no longer growing quickly and people relied more on services to ease financial pressures. Mr Morrison said the parties and media...


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Politicians under fire for pay increases while penalty rates cut, One Nation wants to reject rise - ABC Online

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has said he may donate his pay rise to charity, arguing federal politicians should be able to turn down the wage hike.

The pay of a junior federal politician will rise to more than $203,000 a year from July 1, after the Remuneration Tribunal announced the 2 per cent pay rise for federal parliamentarians and senior public servants.

Politicians will also secure a tax cut once the Government's deficit levy on Australia's highest income earners is lifted on July 1, which will lower the marginal tax rate to 47 per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's pay packet will increase from $517,504 to $527,852, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take home $416,191.

This all comes as hundreds of thousands of workers prepare to have their Sunday penalty rates cut, prompting criticism from unions.

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Scott Morrison says 'fed up' voters see politicians as irrelevant to their lives - The Guardian

Scott Morrison described Bill Shorten as ‘no political outsider’ when he spoke to the Liberal party’s federal council in Sydney. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

The treasurer, Scott Morrison, says voters have stopped listening to politicians and increasingly see partisan conflict as completely irrelevant to their interests.

In a frank speech to the Liberal party’s federal council in Sydney, Morrison said Australians had “collectively reached for the remote and turned down the volume on Canberra’s noise”, tuning out from politics and from media coverage of politics.

Referencing Robert Menzies’ 1942 “forgotten people” speech, Morrison said “the twist for today’s forgotten people ... is they have also chosen to forget us, the political class, making them much harder to reach”.

“They are giving up on politics holding any value for them because, too often, it is simply not relevant for...


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Payments, power and our politicians - The Sydney Morning Herald

Man of many dimensions

The way Huang built his Australian network is all the more remarkable given his humble beginnings in the back blocks of southern China’s Guangdong province.

As a 15-year-old, Huang left school for a year to look after his impoverished family after the sudden death of his father.

“Life was a struggle, especially with five children to feed,” he recently told a Chinese magazine. “Despite the hardships we were a close family.”

In 2001, he scraped together enough funds to form the Yuhu Investment Development Company in Shenzen, a buzzing metropolis in Guangdong. He built upmarket villas and apartment blocks before diversifying into energy and agriculture. He also formed the close Communist Party connections expected of any billionaire property developer in China.

In 2011, Huang moved to Australia. He claims to have been seeking new business opportunities and a place...


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Federal MPs to get pay rises and tax cuts in July 1 bonanza - The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal politicians are set for a July 1 cash bonanza, with every MP in Parliament to receive thousands of extra dollars in pay, and a cut to their tax rate.

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Australia drops five places in 'best places to live' survey - The Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Politicians' pay rise: Salary of an Australian federal MP now above ... - NEWS.com.au

The three things that will help you ask for a pay rise.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham argued politicians 'don't do it for the money'. Picture: Channel 7

SENIOR federal politicians have distanced themselves from a decision handing them their second pay rise for the year.

Federal politicians, judges and agency heads will get a two per cent bump in pay from next week.

The Remuneration Tribunal on Thursday decided to grant the increase to public office holders starting on July 1.

It follows a two per cent pay rise in January last year, and a 2.4 per cent boost in 2013.

The change will come into effect on the same day income tax cuts for high earners are introduced with the end of the deficit levy leaving politicians at least $4000 better off. It means backbenchers’ pay will now be above the $200,000 mark.

In interviews on Friday morning, ministers and shadow...


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Politics podcast: Alan Finkel on the future of Australia's energy market - The Conversation AU

Despite the government still considering his proposal for a clean energy target (CET) – after endorsing his other 49 recommendations – Chief Scientist Alan Finkel is optimistic the CET remains firmly on the agenda.

Finkel’s challenging task has been to put forward a scheme to bring Australia’s energy market into the future, providing certainty for investment and supply. His plan has required a balance between appeasing consumers on prices and meeting Australia’s commitments on climate change.

This is made harder by the desire of many in the government to push on with developing new “clean-coal-fired” power stations, a term Finkel describes as “a murky concept”. “There is no prohibitions in any of our recommendations. The government has to decide whether to license new technologies,” he says.

Asked about the concept of “reverse auctions” – better called competitive tenders – he says...


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Finance meets politics: Australian banks in a bilateral sandwich - The Sydney Morning Herald

The government's levy on Australia's five biggest banks has passed through federal Parliament.

Expected to raise $6.2 billion, it will come into effect on July 1 for ANZ, Westpac, NAB, CBA and Macquarie.

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We need to connect with voters, Morrison - The West Australian

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has warned the Liberal Party that it needs to change to keep voters who are looking for "authentic outsiders" such as Donald Trump to change politics.

He's told the Liberal Party federal council in Sydney on Saturday that it's no longer enough to rely on an impressive track record or for the "other mob to always be worse".

"We will not get a leave pass from the Australian people for failing to constantly connect with them and their concerns, just because we have been a competent government with a good record of achievement," he said.

But he said Labor and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten would not fill that "authentic outsider" role in Australia.

"Bill Shorten is no political outsider. Nor is he defined by his authenticity," Mr Morrison said.

"Bill Shorten is not feeling Australians' pain, he is seeking only to cynically exploit it."

He said a...


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Their parents came to Australia with negligible English but these MPs back the citizenship crackdown - The Sydney Morning Herald

Liberal politicians from non-English speaking migrant backgrounds have defended toughened language requirements for aspiring Australian citizens, arguing that the ability to communicate properly with others is critical to successful migration and a multicultural society.

The parents of Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Jason Falinski​ and Julia Banks arrived in Australia with little or no English. But the federal MPs say their forebears either could have passed the Turnbull government's proposed test or that, even if they couldn't, times have changed.

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Politicians and reporters glam up for Mid Winter Ball in Canberra - 9news.com.au

Politics might be Hollywood for ugly people, but Canberra has just hosted its Oscars equivalent that was anything but hideous.

Defying the old adage, politicians and political reporters put on a glamorous display at the Press Gallery's annual Mid Winter Ball in the Great Hall of Parliament House.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the fashion pack in a feathered and bedazzled purple and cream gown.

Labour leader Bill Shorten's wife Chloe stunned in a tight off-the-shoulder purple gown.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy wore a black jacket over a white top with a floor-length skirt.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. (AAP)

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While the men at the ball almost all matched in black tuxedos, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce added flair to his outfit that stole the...


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Political networking the Chinese way - a Sydney MP and his 'community adviser' - The Sydney Morning Herald

On the night of the 2016 federal election, a beaming Craig Laundy was photographed surrounded by two dozen campaign supporters who had helped him retain the Sydney seat of Reid he had snatched from Labor three years earlier.

Laundy has his arm draped around the shoulder of a man in the middle of the group. His name is Yang Dongdong and he claims to be a "community adviser" to Laundy. He is also a conduit to the large Chinese-Australian community in Laundy's electorate.

Craig Laundy at his 2016 election victory celebration, with his arm around Yang Dongdong. Craig Laundy at his 2016 election victory celebration, with his arm around Yang Dongdong. Photo: Supplied

The Liberal MP disavows Yang's claims about the pair's closeness and flatly dismisses the claim Yang has worked as an adviser, despite one of Laundy's own casual staffers, Amanda Li, telling Fairfax Media on Monday that Yang is a "consultant" and is "quite close" to him.

Laundy also professes complete ignorance of...


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Politicians under fire for pay increases while penalty rates cut, One Nation wants to reject rise - ABC Online

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has said he may donate his pay rise to charity, arguing federal politicians should be able to turn down the wage hike.

The pay of a junior federal politician will rise to more than $203,000 a year from July 1, after the Remuneration Tribunal announced the 2 per cent pay rise for federal parliamentarians and senior public servants.

Politicians will also secure a tax cut once the Government's deficit levy on Australia's highest income earners is lifted on July 1, which will lower the marginal tax rate to 47 per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's pay packet will increase from $517,504 to $527,852, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take home $416,191.

This all comes as hundreds of thousands of workers prepare to have their Sunday penalty rates cut, prompting criticism from unions.

Senior...


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Federal politicians' overseas travel bill slashed amid expenses crackdown - The Sydney Morning Herald

Federal politicians have slashed their overseas travel bill by half, cut up to a million dollars from car hire services and reduced their their travel allowances by more than $500,000 compared with four years ago.

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Treasurer warns major political parties are losing trust of ordinary ... - The West Australian

The forgotten people have decided to forget Australia’s political class, Treasurer Scott Morrison has warned, saying the major parties had lost the trust of ordinary people who were demanding answers and not petty point scoring.

Ahead of a key speech to the Liberal Party’s Federal conference today, Mr Morrison signalled the Federal Government would ditch ideology as it sought to reassure Australians it understood the economic squeeze they have faced since the global financial crisis.

In an exclusive interview with The Weekend West, Mr Morrison said economic circumstances had changed dramatically since 2008 but many of the political battles and ideas of recent years had taken place without recognising the changed economic reality for most people.

Wages were no longer growing quickly and people relied more on services to ease financial pressures. Mr Morrison said the parties and media...


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Payments, power and our politicians - The Sydney Morning Herald

Man of many dimensions

The way Huang built his Australian network is all the more remarkable given his humble beginnings in the back blocks of southern China’s Guangdong province.

As a 15-year-old, Huang left school for a year to look after his impoverished family after the sudden death of his father.

“Life was a struggle, especially with five children to feed,” he recently told a Chinese magazine. “Despite the hardships we were a close family.”

In 2001, he scraped together enough funds to form the Yuhu Investment Development Company in Shenzen, a buzzing metropolis in Guangdong. He built upmarket villas and apartment blocks before diversifying into energy and agriculture. He also formed the close Communist Party connections expected of any billionaire property developer in China.

In 2011, Huang moved to Australia. He claims to have been seeking new business opportunities and a place...


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