The government’s long-awaited review into religious freedoms recommends amending anti-discrimination legislation in order to guarantee religious school the right to turn away LGBTIQ students and teachers.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that sections of the review, which is still being debated by cabinet more than four months after being handed to the Coalition, recommend amending the Sex Discrimination Act to nationalise discriminatory powers that some states already confer to religious schools.

However the panel, chaired by former attorney-general Philip Ruddock, also rejected notions that religious freedoms are in “imminent peril” across Australia, and warned against extending LBGITQ discrimination to businesses.


A federal court judge has criticised Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton for repeatedly ignoring medical transfer requests for a refugee family on Nauru who, following a family member’s death by suicide earlier in the year, were suffering severe mental health problems.

Buzzfeed reports that Justice Tom Thawley published the remarks yesterday in reasons for a September 21 court order to transfer the family. The group were forced to take legal action after Dutton, in a move Thawley says “fell short of what is expected of a model litigant”, had ignored urgent requests for medical transfers from their lawyer.

The remarks follow recent attempts by the Australian and Nauruan governments to, respectively, fight and block medical transfers of refugees, and comes as Médecins Sans Frontières mental health workers were ordered to stop work and leave by the Nauruan government on Saturday.


Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel has called to replace the fossil fuel sector with a shift to a multi-billion dollar hydrogen export industry, following a recommendation for the fuel source in Monday’s landmark IPCC report.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Finkel, who also wrote an op-ed on his recent fact-finding mission in Japan, recommends Australia jump on growing international demand and start “shipping sunshine” in lieu of coal and gas exports. Hydrogen can be produced with renewables generation, as well as fossil fuels coupled with carbon capture and storage, and used as an alternative source for transport, household, and industrial processes.


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The Chaser, via a jerry-rigged Opera House projection.

The comedy group gets in on the Alan Jones/Opera House controversy, with a prank reminiscent of their Howard-era work.


“We currently have no climate policy beyond the next 18 months, and the government actually boasts about that. Our latest energy minister — who has disappeared without trace since his first, embarrassing public outing — is a campaigner against renewable energy. Australia’s emissions are rising, and the government seeks to hide that by sneaking out the data when they hope no one is looking. Australian bureaucrats tried to sabotage the latest IPCC report by demanding the removal of references to the need to phase out coal. The Prime Minister routinely lies that Australia will easily meets its low-ambition Paris Agreement targets. Australia is the only country in the world to establish an effective, low-cost and highly efficient emissions abatement scheme and then dump it.”

“That the current US president is clinically bonkers is not an unpopular opinion. Shortly after the chap’s inauguration, diagnoses were widely shared. Today, the amateur shrinks of press continue their public assessment and we should all be very worried. Not for Donald Trump, who seems perfectly suited to the role of Malignant Narcissist in Chief. We should worry for the mental wellbeing of all those liberal US journalists soon to enter their third year of erratic delusion. An occasion they celebrate by writing about the pop singer, Taylor Swift.”

“‘Do they intend to drink oil?’ asks Celestino Gusmão, of the young Timorese whose economic futures were recently shackled to Timor Sea resources. The coordinator of economic analysis institute La’o Hamutuk is critical of Timor-Leste’s surprise purchase of a stake in the Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields, and he’s not the only one.”


Labor pledges a $14 billion public school boost

Protesters turn out in droves to boo horse race advertising on Opera House

IMF warning over US and China trade tensions ($)

LNP to allow its MPs a conscience vote on Queensland abortion reform

Lord Mayor Martin Haese endorses Adelaide railyards site for proposed new multipurpose arena ($)

‘Catastrophic outcome’: Premier calls Archbishop in Rome over funding

Images show baby humpback whale trapped in shark net off Queensland coast

Federal five-year migration plan to ‘target’ the Territory ($)

Australian Banking Association seeks to overhaul code of practice after royal commission fallout

Good timing? Morrison pops in to congratulate new Daily Telegraph boss

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to UN


Coal is on the way out, the only question is how quickly — Mark Howden and Frank Jotzo (Sydney Morning Herald): “A crystal clear message comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: keeping global warming to a 1.5 degrees rise would save untold damage. Achieving this means rebuilding the world’s energy systems. But decarbonisation will happen even if the 1.5 degrees goal is missed, and it will bring plenty of opportunity for Australia.”

Welcome to Melbourne, now please leave ($) — Rita Panahi (Herald Sun): “While the plan has sensible suggestions about integrating population policy with infrastructure projects, the geographical restrictions appear patently unfair and near impossible to enforce. Why should people who are productive members of our society — paying taxes, obeying laws and adding to the wealth of the nation — be told where they can live?”

ASIO needs help of laws to disarm evildoers ($) — Duncan Lewis (The Australian) “At a time when ASIO risks going dark, the recent introduction into parliament of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 is an important step to ensure our laws keep pace with technological developments and today’s security environment.”


The Latest Headlines



  • Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will present “The enduring challenge of transnational, serious and organised crime” at the National Press Club.

  • The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee will table a report on the provisions of the Customs Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Comprehensive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Implementation) Bill 2018.

  • Chief scientist Alan Finkel will speak on “Hydrogen for Australia’s future” at an ANU public lecture.


  • Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne will meet with their Japanese counterparts for the eighth Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministers’ meeting.

  • Day one of the two-day AFR National Energy Summit, to feature regulators, energy producers, users and political leaders such as Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian will announce a new, Australian-first collaboration between Western Sydney University and UNSW Sydney.

  • A Wentworth by-election climate forum will discuss the new United Nations’ IPCC 1.5 degree global warming report and, with Lee Lin Chin as MC, feature former Liberal leader Dr John Hewson, coral reef expert Professor Terry Hughes, and former Howard government conservation adviser Geoff Cousins amongst others.


  • Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier, former deputy premier of Victoria Patrick McNamara and Launch Housing CEO and former Victoria Legal Aid boss Bevan Warner will outline election priorities ahead of the Victorian state poll.

  • Organisers of “End Alcohol Advertising in Sport” will meet at Olympic Park to launch the initiative’s national campaign.


  • South Australian confectionary company Robern Menz will begin production of Violet Crumble chocolate bars after a $4 million factory redevelopment and relocation of production equipment from a Nestlé factory in Victoria. SA Trade Minister David Ridgway will help launch the event.

  • A red carpet event will be held for the Australian premiere of the film Hotel Mumbai featuring Dev Patel.


  • Reverend Tim Costello will deliver the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture at the University of Tasmania.

  • Tasmania and WA police will play a commemorative soccer match in honour of Hobart officer Ty Bennett, who died in a car crash while on duty in 1999, and as part of a national police tournament running from October 8-12.


  • Chief Justice of the WA Supreme Court Wayne Martin will deliver a keynote speech at the launch of Commitment to Excellence: Essays in Honour of Emeritus Professor Gabriël A. Moens.


  • Author Clementine Ford will speak on her new book Boys Will Be Boys in conversation with local author Johanna Bell at the Northern Territory Library.

Goulburn, NSW

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack will launch Rural Road Safety Week.

Williamstown, Victoria

  • Researchers will host a media conference on a new corrosion-resistant coating currently being trialed on the Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra, which halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components.

Sunshine Coast, Queensland

  • Staff at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service will launch a new community-based service for eating disorders.

Richmond Plains, Victoria

  • Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville will mark a milestone of the South West Loddon Pipeline.

Bendigo and Castlemaine, Victoria

  • Day one of the five day biennial regional arts event Artlands Victoria.


  • As part of World Day Against the Death Penalty, major Australian art galleries and cinemas will screen the film Guilty, a look at the final 72 hours of the life of Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran, and host filmmakers and prominent human rights advocates to discuss capital punishment.

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