Greens to set up Senate inquiry into abortion, contraception access in Australia

The Greens have established a new Senate inquiry to look at how easy or hard it is for people to access abortion services and contraception in Australia — particularly those living in regional and remote areas. Key points: The Greens say the government could do more to cover out-of-pocket expenses The inquiry will also look … Read more

Italy’s far-right Meloni begins tricky government talks

Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni and her allies began Tuesday what is likely to be a weeks-long process of forming a new government, with crises looming on several fronts. Meloni’s post-fascist Brothers of Italy party, which triumphed in Sunday’s elections, has no experience of power but must assemble a cross-party team to tackle sky-high inflation … Read more

Trump can’t declassify documents by thinking about it: GOP Sen. John Barrasso

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on ABC’s “This Week” disagreed with Trump’s claim that presidents can declassify documents by thinking about it. Why it matters: Barrasso, the chair of the Senate Republican Conference and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is one of several GOP senators to criticize the former president for his comments, … Read more

Anthony Albanese leads condolence motions to the Queen in special parliament sitting

In a final official event, MPs in both houses of federal parliament have paid tribute to the Queen and shared their reflections on her death, with many acknowledging the difficult nature of the past two weeks for First Nations people. Key points: Parliament summarized for a special sitting day to hear condolence motions for the … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

Crossbench concerns over narrow scope of national anti-corruption body

Days out from the likely release of the federal government’s anti-corruption bill, some key crossbenchers are raising concerns it might not be given the level of power they are looking for. Key points: The government says it will establish a body with “broad powers” to tackle corruption both inside and around the federal government Senator … Read more

‘Floundering’ Fetterman worries Dems in Senate race vs. Dr. Oz

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is running for US Senate, but his floundering performance by him on the campaign trail has left many questioning whether he is fit to run for office — or even serves in the upper chamber of the house. After Fetterman suffered a stroke just days before his May primary, reporters … Read more

Lindsey Graham to propose new national abortion ban bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) will announce an updated bill on national abortion restrictions Tuesday. Driving the news: That’s according to an email from Graham’s office on Monday night saying he will hold a press conference on the introduction of the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act with anti-abortion leaders. Graham has previously introduced … Read more

ACT independent David Pocock asked to withdraw for unparliamentary language after calling bull on climate change debate

ACT Senator David Pocock has copped a slap on the wrist after getting fired up in Parliament, much to the amusement of other senators. Labor’s climate change bill – which includes its 43 percent emissions reduction target by 2030 – was debated in the Senate on Thursday, after passing the House of Representatives in August. … Read more

Federal government’s climate bill clears final hurdle, becomes law

The federal government’s landmark climate bill has passed parliament, enshrining its 43 per cent emissions reduction target in law. Key points: The bill received crucial Senate support from the Greens, Jacqui Lambie Network and independent senator David Pocock. It requires the government to provide annual reports tracking progress towards the goal and ensure future targets … Read more