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Political leaders must discard rusted-on ideologies and embrace compassion, Albanese says | Labor party

Anthony Albanese says political leaders must not “walk past those who are in need or suffering” while declaring the Covid-19 pandemic has dispelled some “dangerous fantasies” about individualism.In a speech aiming to reach out to faith groups on Monday, the Labor leader will cite the parable of the Good Samaritan and say that “our care for others should be neither conditional nor transactional”.Taking a veiled swipe at the Coalition, Albanese will observe that the pandemic has resulted in “political parties that are more instinctively tilted towards individualism setting aside their...
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Brittany Higgins: Scott Morrison warns Labor ‘this issue’ is not confined to one party | Australian politics

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has doubled down on claims his office knew nothing of the alleged 2019 rape of staffer Brittany Higgins, while delivering a veiled threat to Labor that the issue was not “confined to any one party in this place”.The handling of the rape allegation dominated parliament on Thursday as government ministers denied a cover-up and Morrison insisted the response to Higgins’ allegation had “respected her wishes” at all times.Higgins’ former boss, defence minister Linda Reynolds, broke down in the Senate and asked to be excused from...
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Fine-tuning the message: federal Labor looks to Queensland as the electoral canary in the coalmine | Labor party

“I’ll know my song well before I start singing it,” Bob Dylan wrote in 1963.When it comes to Queensland, federal Labor is still working on its song. But the party is hopeful Anthony Albanese and the party machine at least have a tune.Albanese’s sortie north had been in the works for more than a year, but the pandemic played havoc with everybody’s plans. The Labor leader then planned to use the summer to make up for lost time campaigning in Queensland, Western Australia and northern Tasmania, but his car crash...
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