Julie Bishop
Former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop


Former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has called on the Coalition to work out a deal with Labor over the National Energy Guarantee, as moderate Liberal MPs continue to call for reform in the wake of the landslide loss at the Victorian election.

According to The Australian Financial Review ($), Bishop joins Senate leader Scott Ryan and MP Tim Wilson in calling for climate action post-Danslide and has pointed to industry support and investment certainty as reasons to work out a bipartisan energy policy. Further, The Herald Sun ($) reports that Minister  for Jobs and Women Kelly O’Dwyer spoke at yesterday’s crisis meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state colleagues, saying that the party is now largely seen as “homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers”. For his part, Morrison has reacted to the loss by comparing himself to the triumphant Premier Daniel Andrews.


The Coalition’s draft encryption law has come under fire for potentially eroding press freedom by enabling police and other agencies to identify sources, whistleblowers and journalists’ metadata.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports that industry groups and legal experts are calling on the federal government to redraft an “obscurely drafted” bill that force the disclosure of journalists’ communications and metadata without a warrant. The warning follows a call from ASIO director Duncan Lewis, speaking at an inquiry into the bill, for parliament to urgently pass the new encryption powers, and a Saturday Paper investigation that found 80 government authorities are using loopholes to lodge around 350,000 metadata requests per year under the existing laws.


Labor is reportedly set to delay a referendum on an Indigenous voice to parliament, going instead with a parliamentary report rejecting an early constitutional vote.

The Australian ($) reports that the draft, to be tabled on Thursday, is expected to be taken up by both major parties and recommends that, while the committee supports a voice to parliament, it does not support a referendum until further work is done designing the system. The news follows calls from Cape York leader Noel Pearson for Bill Shorten to put the issue to a vote if he wins next year’s election, and delay a republic vote until after the voice has been settled.


Each day I send my kids to school and I know other members’ kids should also go to school but we do not support our schools being turned into parliaments … What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools.

Scott Morrison

Faced with the prospect of kids protesting his government’s inaction on global warming, the Prime Minister delivers the one thing all children respond to: a condescending speech.


“To be fair, former Abbott chief of staff Peta Credlin delivered a relatively thoughtful column in Monday’s edition of The Australian, looking at some of the long term, foundational, and practical factors that cost the Libs so dearly. But that doesn’t excuse her contention on election night — that the Bourke Street attack made campaigning more difficult for the Coalition because they couldn’t go as hard on law and order, fearing they would be accused of politicising the issue.”

“The common observation is that Victoria is now a thoroughly progressive state, and that the Victorian Liberal Party did not even begin to perceive the degree to which this has occurred. How the Libs managed to do that is quite a thing. Victoria, and Melbourne, may have been a hidebound place for decades, but it was always a ‘socially liberal’ place keen on collective and statist solutions.”

“When is it wrong to write 5.3% as ‘around 5 and a half percent’? Not when the Reserve Bank does it. According to Nick Cater and Judith Sloan, the answer seems to be ‘when the writer is a member of the Labor Party’. Over recent weeks, the duo has mounted a bizarre attack on an opinion article that I had published online in The New York Times at the start of October. The critiques are as fatuous as they are false. “


Visa cancellation invalid because Peter Dutton ineligible, lawyers argue

Rebel independents contemplate moves to seize official NT Opposition status

KordaMentha vow to fix Adelaide health network’s budget blowout by 2021, but warn of ‘adverse reaction’ ($)

Australia needs a well-resourced anti-corruption agency, says Quaedvlieg

Lower migration will reduce house prices, NSW warned ($)

Newspoll: majority backs laws to protect religions ($)

Minister for Sport, Tourism, Major Events and Veterans John Eren steps down from cabinet

Diane Beamer chosen by Labor to run for Emma Husar’s seat of Lindsay in NSW

Push for national Indigenous sports body

Russia accuses Ukraine of naval ‘provocation’ in Kerch strait


Time for cooler Liberal heads to prevail ahead of federal election ($) — Dennis Shanahan (The Australian): “A state electoral hammering doesn’t necessarily spell federal disaster and Morrison’s retail political and personal success compared with Malcolm Turnbull and superiority over Bill Shorten is certainly not the basis for a Coalition strategic victory. Panic over the loss and over-reliance on leadership standing could bring the Coalition undone and turn a likelihood of defeat into a certainty.”

We need to abolish prisons to disrupt a society built on inequality — Nayuka Gorrie and Witt Church (The Guardian): “Right now there is a meta narrative and obsession that is going over our heads, from Manus Island and Nauru, Don Dale, to the Victorian election platform of demonising African young people, New South Wales forced adoption laws, prison expansion and privatisation in both Victoria and Queensland – whether we know it or not what we are talking about is incarceration.”

Ludicrous beyond belief: corruption doesn’t stop at the state borders — Kate McClymont (The Sydney Morning Herald): “The idea that because no major corruption has been detected in federal government agencies or among our national politicians means that no such corruption exists is ludicrous beyond belief. If major corruption has been detected in the awarding of contracts on a state level, you can only imagine the level of corruption at a national level in agencies such as Centrelink, Medicare, regional development and transport.”


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  • Independents Kerryn Phelps and Andrew Wilkie and Greens senator Nick McKim will address a Kids Off Nauru rally outside Parliament House.

  • Trade Minister Simon Birmingham will speak at a function honouring 88 business representatives and national finalists in the Australian Export Awards.

  • The Australia Institute and EnergyLab will host roundtable event “How California is seizing the new energy opportunity”.


  • Representatives for The Australia Institute’s HealthWatch initiative will discuss new analysis demonstrating how extreme heat days of over 35 degrees are projected to increase five-fold in Western Sydney, from 11 days per year to up to 52 days per year, by 2090.

  • Former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop will deliver a speech on the impact of populism on leadership.

  • The NSW inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes between 1970 and 2010 will hold its last hearing for 2018.

  • The Ethics Centre and the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics launch “Ethics at work: 2018 survey of employees – Australia, New Zealand and the UK”.


  • NAB chairman Ken Henry will continue to give evidence at the final banking royal commission round before AMP acting CEO Mike Wilkins appears.

  • The Age will hold a 2018 wrap event hosted by Editor Alex Lavelle and featuring a panel line-up of senior Fairfax journalists.

  • Social theorist Boris Frankel will launch his new book Fictions of Sustainability: The Politics of Growth and Post-Capitalist Futures at the New International Bookshop.

  • The Wheeler Centre will host a Fifth Estate year in review with host Sally Warhaft and political observers George Megalogenis and Gabrielle Chan.


  • A petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on all levels of government to protect Tasmania’s World Heritage takayna/Tarkine rainforest will be presented to the state government.


  • South Australian Premier Steven Marshall will mark the start of Sonnen’s production of home batteries at its new facility at an old Holden site.


  • National Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box will launch Australia’s Threatened Bird Species Index.


  • Climate scientist Dr Bill Hare and The Conversation’s Energy and Environment editor Michael Hopkin will speak at a “state of our planet” discussion and book launch for The Conversation 2018 Yearbook.


  • Harvey Norman will hold their AGM.

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