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.

Protesters protest NSW anti-protest laws

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Environment groups, unionists, activists and MPs from diverse parties are coming together to protest the increased penalties and powers proposed by the NSW Baird Government. The plan is to protest new laws which would increase police powers in relation to protests and activism, and increase the penalties for protesters. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge says the government is implementing these laws because they know protest and direct action work to protect both human rights and the environment. The protest mentioned in this interview took place on 15 March 2016.

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.

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.

Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’

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The new federal government has announced they are spending an additional $100 million dollars to combat domestic violence. I spoke to Senator Larissa Waters and family lawyer Heather McKinnon about this. Continue reading Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’

New speaker means changes for parliament

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Bronwyn Bishop has been relegated to the back benches as Tony Smith takes on his new role as Speaker of the House of Reps. I spoke to Nick Reece, Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne, about what we can expect to see from this speaker, and what effects the recent debacle may have had on government.