In devastated Nymboida, dark humour keeps residents going

The updated number of homes destroyed was revealed to townsfolk at the fortnightly Sunday market in the village hall. They shared tea cake and instant coffee and checked on another. Nymboida is a village made up of cow cockies, hippies and tree changers: Fifth-generation beef graziers and those who fled the foetid and gritty air of the dusty, dirty city. Eleven days ago the rampant Liberation Trail fire burnt 50,000 hectares in a matter of hours. It still threatens neighbouring townships and has wiped out more than 163,850 hectares. Those…

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Morrison government reveals NDIS reforms in Canberra as minister Stuart Robert calls for more flexibility

Loading Until now, plans have generally been reviewed every year, contributing to delays in processing times. The longer plans will be available to participants in stable situations whose needs are unlikely to change. They can still seek a review of their plan in the three-year period if desired. Another change to the scheme will give participants the ability to access their NDIS plan in a range of accessible formats, including large font, audio, e-Text and braille. “Being able to read and understand an NDIS plan is key to getting the…

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Best of cartoons November 17, 2019

Best of cartoons November 17, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 8 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. November 17, 2019 — 10.07pm 1/8 Reg Lynch 2/8 Rocco Fazzari 3/8 Matt Davidson 4/8 Oslo Davis 5/8 Matt Golding 6/8 Matt Golding 7/8 Matt Golding 8/8 Richard Giliberto Politics

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Best of cartoons, November 18, 2019

Best of cartoons, November 18, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 5 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. November 17, 2019 — 8.07pm 1/5 Illustration: John Shakespeare 2/5 Illustration: Matt Golding 3/5 Illustration: Matt Golding 4/5 Illustration: Pat Campbell 5/5 Illustration: Jim Pavlidis Politics

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MPs from across politics defend China critics Hastie and Paterson

Senator Di Natale said: “It is shocking that our largest trading partner would block elected officials from entering the country, simply for criticising the government of the day. “We hope this doesn’t stop other members of our government from speaking up against escalating human rights abuses in China. If this chilling effect is allowed to work, we will see even less resistance to Beijing’s totalitarian grip on the Chinese people.” Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said free expression of ideas was intrinsic to Australia’s political system. “We’re a democracy…

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China’s brutal detention regime revealed in leaked documents

Officials who resisted carrying out the campaign of mass detention were purged by Chen Quanguo, the hardline party boss installed to oversee the program in 2016. One local official who was worried about the impact of the crackdown was jailed after he released thousands of detainees. Loading According to the Times, the rare leak from inside the Chinese political elite was the result of an insider’s desire to “prevent party leaders, including Mr Xi, from escaping culpability for the mass detentions” of as many as a million Muslims. Responding to…

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Rapid-fire gun attachments to be outlawed in Australia

Bump stocks increase the firing speed of semi-automatic rifles and were used by Stephen Paddock when he killed 58 people in Las Vegas in 2017. They are banned in Queensland and South Australia but haven’t been made illegal in other states and territories, including NSW. Mr Wood wants the new rules in place by Christmas, with penalties of up to 10 years in jail for anyone caught importing the devices. “Until now, border officers haven’t been searching for these devices because they weren’t on anyone’s radar,” he said. Under the…

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Adam Bandt defends Greens rhetoric, says young people are terrified

“People may quibble about the words that are used but I would urge people to have a listen to the point that Jordon was making.” Mr Bandt also said he did not regret pointing the finger at Mr Morrison over Coalition climate policy, maintaining that Australia’s enthusiasm for coal-fired power was contributing to climate change and exacerbating bushfires. He called on Australia to play an international leadership role on emissions reduction. Scientific research, including from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, has found climate change to be driving the increased…

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‘Repent and redress’ China tells defiant Lib MPs

But it would “not welcome those who make unwarranted attacks, wantonly exert pressure on China, challenge China’s sovereignty, disrespect China’s dignity and undermine mutual trust between China and Australia”. “The colonial days of Western powers are long gone. China will never yield to colonisation of ideas and values,” the embassy spokesperson said. The statement indicated the MPs would be able to travel to China if they apologised for their remarks. “As long as the people concerned genuinely repent and redress their mistakes, view China with objectivity and reason, respect China’s…

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