Albanese Slams Greens Threat to Ask G-G to Intervene in Citizenship Saga
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Sydney: Greens leader Richard Di Natale's threat to ask the Governor-General about dissolving Parliament over the citizenship crisis has infuriated both Labor and Liberal frontbenchers, with Anthony Albanese declaring he never wants to see another dismissal.
Senator Di Natale revealed he is seeking advice from parliamentary officials about what options his party has to call for the Governor-General to intervene, referencing the 1975 Whitlam dismissal.
It evoked outrage from Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, who said the Greens leader "stood condemned" for the suggestion.
"Anyone who was around on the 11th of November, 1975, and saw the damage that did to our democracy — the idea that this bloke would call for the intervention of the Governor-General to dismiss a government!" he told ABC's Lateline program.
Australians pause to mark Remembrance Day
Canberra: Ninety-nine years after the guns fell silent across the Western Front, Australians have gathered around the world to remember the sacrifices of the World War I servicemen and women.
The anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI was marked with Remembrance Day services in Australia and internationally on Saturday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern in Vietnam for a modest service at their hotel Da Nang, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
The Liberals are a united family: Abbott
Sydney: Former prime minister Tony Abbott has described the liberal party as a 'united family', despite rumours of unrest that have plagued the government.
In footage obtained exclusively by Sky News, Mr Abbott described the theme for the Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney was 'unity and resolution'.
'Yes there different sides to this family as to most families and occasionally we squabble,' Mr Abbott said.
'But we unite to meet a common challenge and when outsiders take us on its one in all in to take win.'
The resolution, Mr Abbott said was for the Liberal Party to win the next election.
Thanking 900 supporters who attended the event Mr Abbott wrote in a Facebook post; 'there could be nothing worse for Australia than a Shorten-led Labor government. The Coalition must be returned.'
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton also attended the fundraising event, but both he and Mr Abbott managed to elude protesters and were not seen entering the venue
Outside the event hundreds of angry protestors gathered to oppose Australia's offshore detention system.
NSW Government's secret Central Station blueprint reveals billion-dollar overhaul
Sydney: Documents seen by the ABC and Fairfax reveal taxpayers will be slugged almost $3 billion to complete a planned revamp of Central Station in Sydney.
Neighbouring commercial properties around Henry Deane Plaza and the Goods Line will be acquired as part of the ambitious 20-year building scheme by the NSW Government, including a heritage-listed post office building and a YHA hostel.
Some construction is already underway and will span three decades, with major disruptions to passengers at Australia's busiest train station expected until 2035.
Upgrades at the main terminus, which dates to 1906, will cost $2 billion and include new platforms, shops, restaurants and a 180-room luxury hotel on the top floor.
The secret Berejiklian government blueprint also warns commercial proposals may become unviable investments for the Government — recommending ongoing reviews as the project evolves.
WA needs more Chinese students: Premier McGowan
WA: Premier Mark McGowan wants the number of Chinese students studying in Western Australia to double.
Speaking from China, where he is leading a 40-strong WA delegation of educators and tourism representatives, Mr McGowan said there were significant economic benefits for the state if it could attract more Chinese students.
“Our percentage of Chinese students is 6pc of the national total,” Mr McGowan said. “But we are 11 per cent of the national population.
“The (WA) universities do well and the schools and TAFE colleges do well but the eastern states have far more Chinese students.
“We are obviously underdone when it comes to higher education exports and tourism.
“We haven’t done as well as we should.”
Malek Fahd Islamic School to be paid $10 million and given Beaumont Hills campus
Malek Fahd Islamic School will be paid $10 million and get a property worth about $12 million as it continues to sue its founder, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) in a Sydney court.
On Thursday, AFIC agreed in the NSW Supreme Court to transfer money and property to Malek Fahd a year after the school began litigation seeking $45 million in damages.
Malek Fahd alleges AFIC breached its fiduciary duty and engaged in "unconscionable conduct" by forcing the school to pay inflated rent, including years of rent in advance, to keep the organisation afloat over a number of years.
The school says the organisation treated it as a "servant", bought property using funds which belonged to Malek Fahd, then charged the school "extortionate" rent for the same properties.
This led to government funding being withdrawn because authorities believed the school was operating for profit.
Hasty interest rate hikes could trigger a property crash, UBS warns
Sydney: A recent correction in Australia's housing market could turn into a full-blown crash if the Reserve Bank hikes rates too soon or too fast, a global investment bank has warned.
The end of the nation's world record housing boom and the drawing down of household savings has caught the RBA in an interest rate trap, says George Tharenou, chief economist at UBS.
Dubbing it the "household wealth effect", he has outlined a scenario where rising asset prices, falling savings and the fact that consumption has grown faster than wages leave Australians particularly vulnerable to interest rate hikes.
"People underestimate this sensitivity to interest rates," Mr Tharenou said at a market briefing in Sydney on Friday. "If the RBA hikes too much or too early, it runs the risk of turning a quarterly correction in the housing market into a crash."
Police officer Arun Trevitt saved Dan Price's life after a suicide attempt three years ago and the pair have been mates since. Picture: Sam RuttynSource:News Corp Australia
The hero cop who saved a suicidal man on Harbour Bridge
Sydney: It was a clear early morning in December, 2014, when Constable Arun Trevitt was called to an urgent job on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A security guard spotted a man balancing precariously on a beam on the wrong side of the bridge’s barbed wire fence.
That man was Dan Price, then a 29-year-old associate director of an international property firm, who was minutes away from taking his own life.
Dozens of emergency services, including police negotiators, swarmed the bridge, bringing peak hour traffic to a crawl.
But it came down to Constable Trevitt, a general duties officer with just two years’ experience on the beat, to convince Mr Price that life was worth living.
That moment marked the start of a unique friendship between those two men, who have shared their extraordinary story in a bid to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health.
The pair have become close mates since Mr Price’s suicide attempt on December 4, 2014, after reconnecting late last year.
Mr Price is now a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, travelling the world to share his story with people who face similar struggles.
In a remarkable change of circumstances, Mr Price has recently been a mate to lean on for Constable Trevitt after he responded to an horrific triple fatal car crash in the CBD.