Labor panders to 'mindless climate hysteria'
Sky News host Chris Kenny says Labor is pandering to the “fame of mindless hysteria” be seeking to declare a “climate emergency”. Mr Kenny said Labor pushed the motion in parliament but made no motion for a “drought emergency” or a “debt emergency”. “This is terrible stuff for the Labor Party in particular,” he said.“A party of government, a party they needs to reconnect with voters and a party that is supposed to be fighting for policies that can deliver prosperity for working families.“Instead it is playing the game of virtue-signalling gestures, the fame of mindless hysteria, the game of extinction rebellion.
Labor says it will work with the Morrison government on designing a new indigenous "voice" to governments, but stands by its policy to have it enshrined in the constitution.
We were wrong, federal Labor deputy admits
The federal Labor Party must change if it is to be an effective opposition and alternative government, its deputy leader has argued. Labor must unplug itself from the daily news cycle to hold the Morrison government to account, its deputy leader admits.Richard Marles says the party needs to change if it wants to be an effective opposition and alternative government."Part of that is resetting the reflex muscle that led us to believe that our fortunes were pegged to winning the daily cycle, which ultimately proved to be a false economy," he wrote in The Australian on Thursday.
Indigenous affairs minister Ken Wyatt announced Tom Calma and Marcia Langton as the two indigenous leaders who would spearhead the co-design process, working with up to 20 others in a senior advisory group.
They will consult with people in urban, regional and remote Australia on how the "voice" would operate, but the government has rejected the idea outlined in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart that it be enshrined in the constitution.
Hitmaker's song marks end of Uluru climb
A concert to to mark the closure of climbing on Uluru is possibly the most significant indigenous event since the apology to the Stolen Generations.Howard, who was a member of the folk rock group Goanna, said that his close friend and Pitjantjatjara Anangu singer Trevor Adamson asked him earlier this year to co-write a song about the closure of the climb.
Instead it would be legislated and empowered to work with local, state, territory and federal government.
Labor's indigenous spokeswoman Linda Burney said a constitutional voice, a truth-telling process and a treaty-making commission remained her party's policy.
"But we have said from day one we will be informed by what first nations people say in the co-design process," she told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.
She expected there to be a wide variety of views expressed, however a minimalist approach would not be acceptable.
"I am respectful of Ken and I offer collaboration and cooperation and bipartisanship," she said.
"But it cannot be a race to the bottom - it must be about achieving excellence and that is what Labor will pursue."
Anthony Albanese is 'the best tactician Labor has'
Former Canberra Press Gallery journalist Darrin Barnett says Anthony Albanese is “the best tactician that Labor has”. Mr Barnett said the Labor party “want to keep themselves as a small target…and have a small number of topics that they focus on to attack the government”.“There is a bit of Rudd playbook to this,” Mr Barnett said. Anthony Albanese recently said the Labor party, “looked a lot like a government in waiting, and the [Liberal] government looked a lot like an opposition in exile on the government benches, during the election campaign”.
Ms Burney said the government also needed to get a timeframe for the promised referendum on recognising indigenous people in the constitution.
Prof Langton said she and Prof Calma supported constitutional reform to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a voice in parliament, but their priority now was to find ways to improve decision-making at all levels of government.
She said the 12-month process would consist of two stages.
The first would involve a local-regional co-design group and a national co-design group developing models to improve local and regional decision-making and a national voice.
The second stage would be to refine the proposed models with indigenous leaders and communities.
Mr Wyatt said he wants Australia's 800,000 indigenous voices to be heard in the process.
Labor lost because 'voters couldn't stand' Shorten .
Sky News host Sharri Markson says Labor lost the federal election because “voters couldn’t stand” Bill Shorten, adding the party’s former leader “didn’t connect with what Australians want out of life”. Labor released a report this week revealing several factors contributing to its May defeat. Ms Markson said Mr Shorten “still seems to be harbouring future ambitions” despite losing the election twice. She said he may plan on “sticking around in parliament for the next 20 years”. She noted another reason for the party's defeat is its emphasis on progressive causes.