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.
Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani has hit back at "shameful" comments by Labor Senator Kirstina Keneally after she welcomed the news he had arrived in New Zealand following six years on Manus Island.
Mr Boochani pointed out a Labor government sent him to Manus in 2013 after the opposition home affairs spokesperson on Friday said the party welcomed his departure from Papua New Guinea.
He described Senator Keneally's statement as "rediclilius (sic) and unacceptable".
Mladenovic powers France to 1-0 lead over Australia
"In my view anyone who supports this barbaric policy is criminal and terrorist. Such a shameful statement by Labor Party," he tweeted.
He arrived in Auckland on Thursday night after being invited to speak at a writers' festival, ending his long detention in Australia's offshore processing system.
World No. 1 Barty defeats Garcia to level Fed Cup final
Australian Ash Barty continued her season-long extraordinary form to beat France's Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and level the Fed Cup final at 1-1 on Saturday. Australian Ash Barty continued her season-long extraordinary form to beat France's Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and level the Fed Cup final at 1-1 on Saturday.
In a statement, Senator Keneally blamed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton for Mr Boochani's six years on Manus.
"We look forward for Mr Boochani having the opportunity to permanently resettle in a third country as soon as possible, wherever that may be," she said on Friday.
"Refugees have been languishing in indefinite detention for six years because of Peter Dutton's incompetence to negotiate practical and durable third-country resettlement options."
Pictures: UN refugee report: Top countries of origin and asylum
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a total population of concern of 70.4 million people have been reported as of June 30, 2018. In the first six months of the year, the body revealed that at least 5.2 million people were newly displaced. World Refugee Day is marked on June 20 every year to draw attention to the plight of millions of forcibly displaced men, women and children around the world.
Mladenovic upsets Barty to give France 2-1 Fed Cup final lead
Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2-1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer to a first title since 2003. Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2-1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer to a first title since 2003.
Click through to look at 10 countries responsible for the most number of refugees and the top 10 countries in which they seek shelter. The list is drawn from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mid-Year Trends 2018 data.
Where are they settling? Turkey (3.6 million), Lebanon (968,100), Jordan (667,200), Germany (514,000), Iraq (251,200), Egypt (129,700), Sweden (104,900), Austria (46,800), Netherlands (31,500), Greece (21,800)
Barnaby Joyce says NSW bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for the Greens
Victims of New South Wales' bushfires are dragged into the federal political arena as politicians bicker over the role of climate change and controlled burning. Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has claimed two of the victims who were killed at the weekend had "most likely" voted for the Greens — comments senior Government minister Mathias Cormann has denounced. He made the comments as he sought to attack Greens politicians for what he said was a failure to support hazard-reduction burning during winter.
Where are they settling? Ethiopia (169,900), Sudan (108,200), Germany (53,100),
Why are they displaced? Armed conflict and human rights abuse
Albanese defends Shorten for his Labor conference speech
Anthony Albanese has defended a speech given by former leader Bill Shorten, saying he was simply doing his job as a local MP and shadow minister. Mr Albanese was absent from the Victorian Labor Conference on Saturday, where union delegates staged a walkout during an address by deputy labor leader Richard Marles. But it was Bill Shorten's address that received a standing ovation from delegates, just six months after Labor's shock election loss in May. "Bill's entitled to speak at an ALP conference in his local branch...
Boochani not allowed in Australia: Dutton .
Peter Dutton won't be drawn on whether he is concerned refugee Behrouz Boochani, who spent years in offshore detention, could seek asylum in New Zealand.The home affairs minister was reluctant to comment on speculation the former Manus Island detainee might seek protection after arriving in Christchurch last week.