Double dissolution: what does it mean?

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It’s on… again. Malcolm Turnbull has set July 2 as a tentative date for the double dissolution, after his ABCC bill was again rejected by senate. Melbourne University’s Professor Sarah Maddison was available to talk about Labor’s gains in the polls and Turnbull’s “D-Day”.

Brazil’s president facing impeachment

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Brazil’s lower house has passed a vote to begin the impeachment processes of their President Dilma Rousseff. The case now passes to the senate, who will also vote on whether the president used money from state-owned banks to cover a budget deficit during her re-election campaign. However the turmoil goes deeper than this issue, as Dr Tom Chodor explains.

Enoggera ward candidates speak about election

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http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.

Greens support Qld Premier’s vote to #LetThemStay

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The Queensland Greens have expressed support for the Premier’s offer of support and assistance to asylum seekers currently in the Queensland community. Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says Annastacia Palaszczuk is right to say that these people deserve our compassion and support.

Senate voting bill to be considered

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The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.

Greens condemn push to allow discrimination in marriage debate

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Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on the Government to reject the Australian Christian Lobby’s push to suspend anti-discrimination laws in any plebiscite on marriage equality. I spoke to the senator about this issue and its implications.

ACOSS says 2016 budget must reassess priorities

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The Australian Council of Social Service, or ACOSS, released its submission to the Federal Budget on Tuesday morning, and is calling on the Government to set a new course. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie says the government must realign its spending priorities and strengthen the tax base.

Lock the Gate calls on Liberals to return ‘tainted’ donations

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The Lock the Gate alliance is calling on the Liberal Party to return what it’s calling ‘tainted donations’ from resources company Linc Energy, which is currently facing legal action from the Queensland Government for one of the largest contamination events in Queensland’s history. Carmel Flint is Lock the Gate Alliance’s National Campaign Coordinator, and she spoke to us about the details of this issue.

PM Turnbull asked to lobby US Congress re: TPP

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (September 6, 2012) Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis (third from right) poses with trade ministers from Trans-Pacific Countries (Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Mexico; Craig Emerson, Australia; Lim Jock Seng, Brunei; Alfredo Moreno, Chile; Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia; Tim Groser, New Zealand; Jose Luis Silva Martinot, Peru; Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore; Demetrios Marantis, United States; Vu Huy Hoang, Vietnam; Edward Fast, Canada).  [State Department photo by William Ng]

The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Prime Minister Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network says if this surprising advice is followed, the PM will face an uphill battle to convince members of Congress to support the TPP.  

Jamie Briggs saga defines current Australian politics

Mr Briggs resigned as cities minister after acting inappropriately towards a young woman while drinking in a Hong Kong bar during a ministerial visit in late November. Since then, Peter Dutton sent an insulting and misogynistic text, about a journalist who published details of the event, not to his college Jamie Briggs, but to the journalist herself. I spoke to Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne about this event, and what it demonstrates about Australian politics.