George Christensen advocates for civil disobedience as vaccine mandates rock Coalition

Scott Morrison is continuing to battle insurgencies within his own ranks, with Queensland National George Christensen sanctioning civil disobedience in response to vaccine mandates, and veteran Victorian Liberal Russell Broadbent declaring mandates “without reasonable exemptions are not only unconscionable, they are criminal”. Senior ministers on Wednesday persuaded two rebel Liberal senators, Gerard Rennick and Alex … Read more

Senate scuttles Coalition crackdown on charity advocacy work

The Senate has disallowed rules cracking down on charities’ advocacy work, a major defeat for the government in the penultimate sitting week of the year. On Thursday afternoon Labor, the Greens and crossbench combined to support a disallowance moved by independent senator, Rex Patrick. One Nation joined the push despite fears they were set to … Read more

The Betoota Advocate set to produce satirical TV show with Warner Bros

The team behind popular satirical news site The Betoota Advocate say they have rejected multiple offers to produce sketch comedy for television in the past because they won’t be “put in a box”. But now they have teamed up with Warner Bros International Television Production Australia (WBITVP) for a major television project which seems to … Read more

Coalition will consider changes to religious discrimination bill after Senate inquiry, Michaelia Cash says

The attorney general, Michaelia Cash, has left open the possibility of making further changes to the proposed religious discrimination act, as she defends the controversial statement of belief clause facing widespread criticism, including from moderate Liberals. Cash, who presented the revised religious discrimination bill to the Coalition party room on Tuesday, also rejected claims from … Read more