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16 November 2017 11:06 AM George Takei congratulates Australia on gay marriage vote, denies sex harassment claims

Star Trek icon George Takei has used his Australian tour to congratulate the country on the outcome of the same-sex marriage survey and once again deny sexually harassing a former model in the early 1980s. The 80-year-old actor, speaking at the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday evening, labelled the allegations a "fantastical claim". "I was completely 11

14 November 2017 10:40 PM Same-sex marriage vote: results and live coverage as postal survey verdict announced

Labor senator Penny Wong says the Paterson bill is "an attempt by those who have opposed equality at every step of the way to frustrate it further". Senator Wong says the vote has been "not just about lesbian and gay couples, not just about the LGBTI community - although it is about us - it is about the sort of nation we are. And it will be a very important 29

9 November 2017 6:18 AM Nicholls courts the cuddly vote with wildlife pledge

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital would get a $900,000 boost if an LNP government wins the November 25 state election. On Thursday, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls visited Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in the LNP-held Currumbin electorate to announce funding for the hospital. “The wildlife hospital does fantastic work saving our native wildlife,” he said. “As part of our plan to provide 15

3 November 2017 12:21 AM Dumped Labor MP Rick Williams releases phone recording with Premier

Independent MP Rick Williams has released recordings of a phone conversation he had with the Premier in which she can be heard praising the now-disendorsed former Labor member. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk can be heard telling Mr Williams - who is recontesting his seat of Pumicestone after being dumped from the ALP last Friday - that he was "doing a good job" and she was receiving 16 1

31 October 2017 8:14 AM Stephen Parry: Citizenship debacle rears its head and Tasmanian Senate recount could get messy

We thought it was over, but another senator has revealed they may be a dual citizen. We asked ABC election analyst Antony Green to explain what could happen with Senator Parry's position. Barnaby Joyce faces a by-election in New England because he sits in the House of Representatives, while Senator Parry sits in the Senate. According to Green, there 13

31 October 2017 6:08 AM John Oliver’s epic takedown of Australia’s same-sex marriage vote

British comedian John Oliver has delivered a scathing rant against Australia’s postal vote on the legislation of same-sex marriage, calling it “dispiriting and pointless” and a “weird” waste of taxpayer money. During this week’s episode of his late-night talk show Last Week Tonight, Oliver shared his opinion on the federal government’s “non-legally binding 22

31 October 2017 6:02 AM Same-sex marriage survey update: 12.3 million Aussies have voted

WITH a one week to go before same-sex marriage postal survey closes, the ABS has revealed how many Aussies have voted. The poll is in its final week, and 77 per cent of all eligible voters have now had their say, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed today. Last Friday was the recommended final deadline for postal votes to put in the mail, but with the poll to close 29

30 October 2017 11:25 PM Same-sex marriage: John Oliver tears into Australia over 'truly toxic' postal survey

Comedian John Oliver has turned his sights on Australia, blasting the same-sex marriage survey in a monologue that saw him mock Tony Abbott and Baz Luhrmann. The host of HBO's weekly satirical news program Last Week Tonight wasted little time in introducing the "non-legally binding voluntary postal vote" to his American audience, saying existing surveys 18

30 October 2017 11:16 PM John Oliver slams Australia's 'toxic' same-sex marriage postal survey

Oliver, who is well-known for adding his satirical spin on complex social and political issues, labeled the survey "toxic" and the "weirdest waste" of taxpayers' money. He took aim at the money being spent on the Turnbull government campaign. "It is an odd thing to do because polls already exist showing around two-thirds of Australians support it [marriage 23

30 October 2017 10:44 PM Nick Xenophon readies NXT for his Canberra departure, announcing Senate replacement and new name

Influential South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has outlined his succession plan once he leaves federal politics for good, naming senior adviser Rex Patrick as the man to take his place in the Senate. The party that bears its founder's name, the Nick Xenophon Team, will also be renamed as SA-BEST (Federal) — but he will keep hold of the reins of his Canberra 12