From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Protesting the protesters. Western Australia looks like it will soon pass broad anti-protest laws that carry penalties of of up to two years' jail and $24,000 fines for "physically preventing lawful activity" passed the lower house last week, despite calls from the United Nations Office of the High Commission on Human Rights to vote against the laws. The laws were debated last year and are opposed by UN rapporteurs David Kaye, Maina Kiai and Michel Frost. WA Premier Colin Barnett says the laws are to stop people putting themselves or others in danger, but they are worded so broadly, a person could be found guilty for "knowingly possess[ing] a thing": WA protest law Always watching. Not long after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government would be moving ahead with Senate voting reform, Victorian Senator Ricky Muir confirmed that bridges had been burned, and there would be consequences. We'll be watching:

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  Trump card. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a big win at the South Carolina primary over the weekend, using the Sunday morning politics programs in the US to predict that he would face Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president. On Meet The Press, he offered this analysis of the war in Iraq:
"I think that it wasn’t done correctly. In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been done at all. It was sort of, it was just done. We dropped bombs."
After such a searing hot take, he said on Fox News Sunday that he "can" behave presidentially and will do so "pretty soon". This piece in the New Yorker does what many wish they could do -- copy edits Trump's statement about Pope Francis, to make the presidential hopeful actually make sense.

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