Victorian government swears new MPs on the front bench

The Victorian Labor government is set to swear in five MPs to the front bench after four senior ministers resign on Friday. The roles for upcoming frontbench ministers Colin Brooks, Sonya Kilkenny, Lizzie Blandthorn, Steve Dimopoulos and Harriet Shing are confirmed today. Mary-Anne Thomas will take over from Martin Foley as Secretary of Health, while … Read more

Albanian ‘critical’ opportunity to ‘reach shoulders’ with world leaders at NATO summit

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s meeting with NATO leaders is a “critical” opportunity to “shrug” with world leaders, says Sky News political reporter Trudy McIntosh. “We will also have this face-to-face meeting between the French president in Paris towards the end of this week,” Ms McIntosh said. “Anthony Albanese is making that journey to mend the … Read more

NASA launches rockets from Northern Territory space center

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‘Timely’: TGA revises guidelines for prescribing antidepressants to children

Melbourne deputy mayor Nicolas Reece says the news that the TGA will review guidelines for prescribing antidepressants for children is “timely”. “The numbers are pretty terrifying… you’re looking at 115,000 kids under 18 who are on drugs? It’s absolutely extraordinary,” he told Sky News presenter Erin Molan. If you or someone you know needs help: … Read more

‘Sense of invincibility’: young people urged to be careful when travelling

Kate Gladdin of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation says her sister’s death in a motorcycle accident in Thailand is the reason she promotes travel safety, especially among young people. After Nicole Fitzsimons, 24, lost her life in 2012, Ms Gladdin decided to dedicate her life to stopping other young people from suffering the same fate. Ms … Read more

Abortion ‘isn’t banned’ in the US, but it’s up to states to decide

Sky News presenter Paul Murray says abortion is not “banned” in the United States, but the Supreme Court has left it to the states to decide. “Some say absolutely no, others say until the day before the birth,” he said. “That’s how their system works, that’s how it is. “But…why would anyone ask an Australian … Read more

‘We can’t assume anything China says is correct’: Jim Molan

Liberal Senator Jim Molan says we can’t take anything China says as “correct”. Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian recently extended an olive branch to the new Albanian Labor government. “If you look at the authoritarian countries…their default position is to lie,” Mr Molan told Sky News presenter Erin Molan. “When something happens, they immediately … Read more

‘We can’t assume anything China says is correct’: Jim Molan

Liberal Senator Jim Molan says we can’t take anything China says as “correct”. Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian recently extended an olive branch to the new Albanian Labor government. “If you look at the authoritarian countries…their default position is to lie,” Mr Molan told Sky News presenter Erin Molan. “When something happens, they immediately … Read more

Cutting the staff of crossbenchers the ‘first great example’ of ‘each-way alboism’

Sky News presenter Paul Murray says he predicts Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will cut the number of parliamentary assistants from cross-benchers, becoming the “first major example of alboism in government”. “And it will be fascinating to know what the excuses are,” said Mr Murray.