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Canberra blocks prominent Chinese political lobbyist Huang Xiangmo

Canberra blocks prominent Chinese political lobbyist Huang Xiangmo

Good morning, early birds. Chinese lobbyist and billionaire political donor Huang Xiangmo has had his Australian permanent residency blocked, and Scott Morrison rules out a snap election resulting from any upcoming losses in parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The government already has far too much power over us and wants more

The government already has far too much power over us and wants more

The supposed privacy protections in Commonwealth law can be overridden by bureaucrats and ministers looking to target critics. And the government wants yet more powers over us.

Centrelink contradicts earlier statements, says paying a debt is admitting it is accurate

Centrelink contradicts earlier statements, says paying a debt is admitting it is accurate

A debt paid back to Centrelink is a debt owed, unless those who were forced to repay the debt ask for a review, according to Human Services officials.

‘An agency in crisis’: Human Services struggles under Centrelink debacle

‘An agency in crisis’: Human Services struggles under Centrelink debacle

Centrelink's robodebt notices scheme is the end result of years of budget cuts to the Department of Human Services, the union says.