Members' Forum


Former prime minister John Howard says Labor Senator Sam Dastyari should leave parliament.

Mr Howard also accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of protecting the embattled Senator Dastyari because he relies on his factional support.

Mr Shorten has refused to call on Senator Dastyari to resign from the Senate or the Labor Party.

Senator Dastyari is reported to have told Chinese Communist Party-aligned donor, Huang Xiangmo that his phone might be tapped, a move which has been widely condemned.

Should Senator Dastyari resign?


The Federal Government has cancelled next week’s parliamentary sitting week to allow the Senate time to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it returns to the House of Representatives.

The Lower House was due to sit for two weeks from Monday but will instead sit for one week from December 4, with an option of extending sittings for another week.

The move comes amid the MPs’ citizenship crisis and a backbench push for a royal commission into the banks. Some backbenchers are threatening to cross the floor to set up a banking commission.

It remains to be seen...


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...


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,...


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 (...