Barnaby Joyce pops the question to partner Vikki Campion

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is engaged to marry partner Vikki Campion after popping the question during a romantic restaurant dinner. The couple will marry after the looming federal election, which is due by late May. Mr Joyce, 54, proposed to Ms Campion, 36, and received a positive response, at the Latitude 30 restaurant in … Read more

Support for Coalition drops in new poll

The Morrison government’s handling of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 during summer has led to a voter backlash, with the Coalition falling behind Labor in a new opinion poll. The Resolve Political Monitor poll, published on Tuesday in the Nine newspapers, has Labor leading the government 35 per cent to 34 on primary vote. The … Read more

Paul Bongiorno: Summer of our discontent changes political calculus

So much for the lazy, hazy days of summer giving the nation a break from our politicians and providing a reset for the bungling Morrison government. Scott Morrison has scarcely been absent from our TV screens, where he frantically lays blame elsewhere and looks on the bright side of a very dark situation he had … Read more

Telehealth expansion wins praise from doctors and patient groups

Doctors and health groups have applauded the Morrison government’s decision to provide additional funding to assist the temporary widening of telehealth consultations at a time of high Omicron infections. The $24 million will also cover the continued supply of personal protective equipment, such as masks, respirators, face shields and gowns for face-to-face consultations including patients who … Read more

Minister: Djokovic’s presence in Australia could spark ‘civil unrest’

The Australian government says Novak Djokovic’s mere presence in the country is a danger to public health because he might inflame “anti-vaccination sentiment”. In an email outlining his detailed reasons for cancelling Djokovic’s visa and included in court filings released on Saturday morning, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke abmitted the jab-shy tennis star poses a “negligible” … Read more

One judge or three? Wrangle over Djokovic’s next court hearing

A federal court is considering whether Novak Djokovic’s second visa stoush with the Australian government should be heard by a lone judge or full bench. There was no sign of the Serbian tennis star during Saturday’s procedural hearing of the Federal Court of Australia ahead of a further hearing on Sunday. Djokovic, 34, had been due to meet … Read more

Unions call emergency meeting on COVID crisis

Australia’s peak union body has called a crisis meeting after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “failure” to protect workers and community safety by making rapid tests free. The ACTU wrote to Scott Morrison on Monday offering to work together through Australia’s staffing crisis and proposing urgent changes for workers, but has not heard back from him. … Read more

Roll up for Morrison’s Novak circus – where the Djoker is on all of us

Thirteen years ago, an exiled Uyghur human rights activist named Rebiya Kadeer applied to my government for a visa to visit Australia and speak at the Melbourne Film Festival on the Chinese government’s treatment of her fellow citizens in their homeland of Xinjiang. It had all the makings of a political spectacle. The Chinese government … Read more

‘Stop this debacle’: Minister urged to act on Djokovic

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has been told to get on and make his decision on whether Novak Djokovic can stay in the country and compete in the Australian Open. Independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie implored the government to deal with the visa debacle after the world No.1 was named in the draw for the tournament. … Read more