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New Zealand Politics

New Zealand bishops urge politicians to focus on issues, not trivia

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops want the politicians elected in the country’s general election on October 14 to focus on issues that matter, instead of the trivia and scandals that dominate public debate. Source: NZCBC.

Health Politics

Major state decisions to be excluded from COVID inquiry

Australia’s COVID-19 inquiry will call on premiers to give evidence about how they worked together during the pandemic but will not have the scope to investigate major decisions they took individually, such as lockdowns and school closures. Source: The Age.

Health Politics

Albanese to announce 12-month inquiry into COVID-19

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will today announce the long-awaited inquiry into Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The Age. 

Digital Life Politics Religious Freedom

PM defends social media disinformation bill

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese defended Labor’s social media disinformation bill yesterday, explaining it addresses concerns of media organisations about misinformation on social media. Source: The Guardian.

Digital Life Politics Religious Freedom

Church seeks exemption for religious belief in misinformation bill

Catholics and Muslims have raised the alarm about the potential for Labor’s new online misinformation laws to restrain the teaching of religious doctrine on issues such as euthanasia. Source: The Age.

Health Politics

Senate votes down bill to force inquiry into Calvary takeover

The Senate yesterday voted down a last-ditch attempt to force the ACT to conduct an inquiry into the takeover of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Source: Canberra Times.

Disability Politics

Shorten’s warning on sustainability of NDIS

States and territories are failing to deliver adequate support to school children with disabilities, with National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Bill Shorten declaring the Commonwealth did not have enough oversight of the federal funding delivered to jurisdictions for special needs education. Source: The Australian.

First Nations Politics

Albanese rejects Opposition’s call to scrap Voice referendum

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Australia will vote as scheduled, despite a last-ditch appeal from the Opposition to scrap the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum. Source: Yahoo News.

Housing Politics

Labor’s $10b housing fund secure after $1b Greens deal

The Greens and the Albanese Government have finally come to an agreement to get Labor’s cornerstone $10 billion housing policy through Parliament after months of protracted negotiations and delays. Source: The Age.