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Majority of the nation wants Australia Day unchanged: Poll
An overwhelming majority of Australians want to keep Australia Day on January 26, with a new poll showing 71 per cent are opposed to a date change. The poll, commissioned by conservative lobby group Advance Australia, follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement that local councils will be stripped of their citizenship ceremonies if they do not hold them on Australia Day. Many reject the current date, which they argue represents the 'invasion' of Australia by the First Fleet.
Questions raised over Brexit consequences for Australia
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australians should remain assured amid the prospect of the UK heading towards a no deal Brexit. Australian winemakers have been stockpiling supplies across European warehouses, while the Meat and Livestock Organisation has raised concerns about potential risks to red meat exports. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says while there is uncertainty, the Australian Government has been working since the Brexit vote to ensure Australia's market access with both the UK and EU is addressed.
Prime Minister ‘stepping up’ Australia’s Vanuatu commitment
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he is ‘stepping up’ Australia's commitment in Vanuatu as he becomes the first Australian leader to visit the Pacific Island nation since the early 1990s. Mr Morrison held bilateral talks with his Vanuatu counterpart, focusing discussions on building infrastructure, importing labour into Australia and strengthening security ties. It comes as the government continues its push to counter China's rise in the pacific region, with the Prime Minister also set to visit Fiji on January 17.
‘One-on-one relationships’ key to PM’s Pacific plan
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with his Vanuatu counterpart, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, in Port Vila in what is the first visit of a serving Australian prime minister since 1990. The Australian's political reporter John Ferguson told Sky News that a 'key plank' of the PM's foreign policy agenda is to increase Australia's presence in the Pacific by building 'one-on-one relationships' with leaders. Both the PM and opposition leader Bill Shorten, with Labor's infrastructure bank proposal, are treating the Pacific region with renewed importance amid growing Chinese influence. Mr Morrison will next visit Fiji for bilateral talks on January 17.
Consumer confidence suffers biggest plunge in three years
Australian consumer confidence has suffered its biggest plunge in three years, weighed down by a drop in house prices and ongoing concern about global uncertainty. The Melbourne Institute and Westpac Bank index of consumer sentiment slid 4.7 per cent in January.
Body found near shopping centre
A body found in bushes near a suburban shopping centre carpark has been identified as a woman, who appears to have been assaulted prior to her death.
Crowd Cheers in London’s Parliament Square After May’s Brexit Vote Defeat
Anti-Brexit demonstrators cheered as the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the European Union was broadcast on a big screen in Parliament Square, outside the House of Commons, in London, on January 15. May’s deal was defeated by 432 votes to 202 – the largest government defeat since 1924. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a “no confidence” vote in the government, raising the potential for a general election. Credit: John McCabe via Storyful
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Scott Morrison ‘stepping up’ Australia’s commitment in Vanuatu
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he is ‘stepping up’ Australia's commitment in Vanuatu as he becomes the first Australian leader to visit the Pacific Island nation since the early 1990s. Mr Morrison held bilateral talks with his Vanuatu counterpart, focusing discussions on building infrastructure, importing labour into Australia and strengthening security ties. He will go to Fiji to continue bilateral talks on January 17.
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