WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018

Labor has indicated it would support the federal government’s proposed ban on people held in offshore detention coming to Australia in order to give critically ill refugee children and their families access to medical treatment.

In a statement on Tuesday, shadow immigration minister Shayne Neumann said Labor would support the so-called “lifetime ban” bill if the government pledged to transfer “all children and their families from Nauru to New Zealand”, and that any ban “only applies to the refugee cohort transferred to New Zealand”. Iranian journalist and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani said “refugees on Manus and Nauru are more than happy to never put foot on Australian soil after relocating to New Zealand”.

NATIONALS SENATOR BARRY O’SULLIVAN SUMMARISES THE SENATE ESTIMATES PROCESS, IN MAYBE THE MOST VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION HE’S EVER MADE TO PUBLIC LIFE

“A man walks into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and is never seen again. His disappearance creates a geopolitical firestorm that sweeps around the globe, buffeting many of the world’s most powerful people and states, and even pricks the dormant consciences of global bankers. Unbelievable.”

“There’s a tiger in Tantanoola, South Australia, at least that’s what the tourist signs on the highway say. They are compelling and I am sure I am not the first wanderer to follow the signs in an attempt to discover what the tiger is. They lead to a small town, a few streets of houses, a post office barely visible from where I am parked and a low pub of rendered painted stone.”

“If I were a character in one of Moriarty’s novels, she would see every part of me, the good, the bad and the ugly, but she would never skewer me. I’ve become a little kinder to the other parents, and to myself, as a result of reading her books. I’m more accepting of the roles we play at different times, more understanding that they’re not some sign of inauthenticity, but necessary for survival in the sometimes savage social worlds we inhabit.”

“Kevin Rudd wants Australians to know why Labor dumped him and brought him back. If that means a few current Labor MPs have to take a hit in his new book, so be it. ‘There’s no such thing as the perfect time to do this. It’s not an election year’, Mr Rudd told AAP ahead of the launch of the book.”

“Kevin Rudd tells book launch at Parliament House he has basically sat down, shut up and ‘said nothing’ about the 2010 coup against him … Coup culture and factional disease is damaging Australia’s standing overseas Kevin Rudd warns.”

“A school has banned bags for health and safety reasons leading some pupils to get creative with how they carry their books. Jacob Ford, 17, disagreed with the policy at Spalding Grammar School after sixth-formers were ordered not to carry bags between classes.”