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Will Queensland Labor be able to focus on the long-term need to keep fossil fuels like coal in the ground if that risks them losing government?
Federal Labor has effectively abandoned its 50 per cent renewable energy target after its leaders failed hopelessly to identify the obvious arguments to defend the policy.
Prolific writer Bob Ellis has died at his home in Sydney at the age of 73 after a battle with liver cancer. A Seventh Day Adventist who grew up in Lismore, Ellis wrote speeches for Labor leaders including Paul Keating, Kim Beazley and Bob Carr.
Paul Power, chief executive officer, Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow immigration minister Richard Marles are pandering to the politics of fear by supporting the forced turnbacks of asylum seeker boats.
Given its poor handling of refugee policy when it came to power in 2007, the Labor Party will need to tread very carefully when it formulates a new policy at its upcoming national conference.