Scribe in line for literary gong

SYDNEY: One of Australia’s most respected politics commentators and essayists has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Miles Franklin literary award for fiction.

Professor Peter van Onselen (among those pictured above) was recognised for his essay in The Australian several days ago on how well Prime Minister Scott Morrison was going to go in the current House of Representatives sittings that began yesterday.

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CANBERRA: Dozens of women who attended the #March4Justice rally in front of Parliament House yesterday have sent personal and heartfelt messages of thanks to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Father of our Nation and possibly the best wartime leader Australia might still have, for creating a nation in which they could protest in complete safety.

“Your leadership made it possible for us to forcibly argue our cause without the need for bullet-proof vests and helmets,” one wrote.

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PERTH: Attorney-General Christian Porter has overnight reiterated his desire to give sworn evidence and be prepared to answer questions at length at his defamation trial against the ABC and Louise Milligan.

“I’ve cleared mid-2025 for that to happen,” he said in a statement.

“And when that time eventually comes, I’ll just be glad to be able to put this whole sorry and sordid saga behind me.”

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ADELAIDE: The leader of South Australia’s Liberal Party government says the outcome of the West Australian election has prompted him to seek urgent action from Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the state enters the last 12 months before a scheduled election.

SA Premier Steven Marshall reminded voters that an election was due by law to be held on Saturday 19 March 2022.

“In the interim I’m asking Scott Morison to do all he can to publicly and repeatedly lambast me for pandemic-related border closures,” Mr Marshall said.

“I know that he has previously only attacked Labor Party premiers, but I’m urging him to make me a special case.

“And if Gladys Berejiklian is also happy to join in, I can see the next South Australian parliament not having a single Labor member in it.”

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PERTH: As if the devastated Western Australian Liberal Party doesn’t have enough problems already, it is reeling from the news this morning that Zac Kirkup plans to renege on his promise to quit politics for good and instead has vowed to help rebuild the shattered party.