Members' Forum

14Sep2017

Pauline Hanson wants a plebiscite on banning the burqa, saying it has already been banned or restricted in many countries, including Muslim countries.

The One Nation leader, who caused controversy in August by wearing a burqa into the Senate chamber, has described the burqa as "offensive".

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis labelled her action a stunt.

But a burqa ban has gained support from conservative crossbencher Cory Bernardi who described the garment as a "flag of fundamentalism" and suggested terror threats could be identified by targeting those wearing the...

31Aug2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week sought further assurances from power companies  they will write to twice as many households as previously pledged in a bid to help customers save money on their power bills.

Mr Turnbull said he would do everything he could to ensure energy is affordable and reliable.

Two million customers on so-called standing offers will be directed to the government's comparison website, Energy Made Easy, where they can discover better deals.

But are you convinced this will have any effect? Or will power prices continue to rise unchecked?

17Aug2017

Last month, National Seniors ran a poll on its website, asking if Australians with dual citizenship should be allowed to stand for parliament.

Seventy per cent of respondents said no, while 30 per cent said yes.

But the issue has escalated in the past week, with various federal ministers accusing the Opposition of treachery for colluding with the New Zealand Labour Party.

The controversy may topple the Coalition Government, which clings to power with a one seat majority, if the National Party loses the seat of New...

02Aug2017

Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale says his party plans to introduce Charter of Rights legislation in the next sitting of parliament, which starts next week.

“We want to see a broad range of rights protected, including digital rights, economic rights, the right to a clean environment and conventional civil and legal rights,” Dr Di Natale said.

“A Charter of Rights will give us all the opportunity to shape our own lives and help us to live with dignity and self-respect.”

But does Australia need a Charter of Rights?

20Jul2017

Police in Sydney this week encouraged neighbours to look out for each other after an elderly woman with a disability died alone in her home.

Police believe Anne Iddon, who was blind and had other disabilities requiring a high level of assistance, died after her husband and carer passed first of natural causes, leaving her unable to support herself or seek help.

Officers found the bodies of the "fiercely independent" pair, both in their eighties, after concerns were raised for their welfare. Neighbours described the couple as "together all the time" and "reclusive". The couple...