Members' Forum

09Nov2017

Right wing group ‘Patriot Blue’ has been widely condemned for a racist verbal attack on Iranian-born Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

Members of the group approached Senator Dastyari in a Melbourne pub, calling him a terrorist and little monkey and demanding to know if he was a Muslim. They filmed the incident and posted it on their Facebook page.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there was no place for racial vilification in Australia and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he was disgusted by the “ugly” incident.

But One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson claimed...

26Oct2017

Travel bible Lonely Planet has named Australia’s national capital, Canberra, number three in the world’s best Top 10 Cities for travel in 2018.

The national capital was named for its many cultural attractions, including the Australian War Memorial, which will be centre stage next year for the centenary commemorations of the WWI Armistice.

Canberra became Lonely Planet’s highest listing for an Australian city, with Fremantle and Hobart both having placed seventh in 2016 and 2013 respectively.

Seville in Spain was named top of the list of cities to visit in 2018,...

12Oct2017

State governments have agreed to share biometric data, featured on identity documents such as drivers’ licences, as part of a national database.

The technology means the data can be automatically matched with that collected from devices located in airports, bus and train stations, retail malls, court buildings, prisons, sports facilities and anywhere else that has a networked camera.

An SMS survey by Roy Morgan Research showed Greens supporters (59 per cent) were more concerned about mass facial recognition technology than Labor supporters (33.5 per cent) or LNP supporters (...

28Sep2017

The Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) will be reinstated to about 92,300 former pension recipients from Monday, 9 October.

Those whose pensions were cancelled on January 1, 2017 due to changes to the assets test, lost their entitlement to a range of concessions.

From 9 October, they can regain access to discounts and concessions, such as power, water, rates and public transport, offered by states, territories and private providers.

Do you think all existing and future full and part-pensioners should be eligible for a concession card? Is the card a basic entitlement for...

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...