Libs filter decision applauded

THE Liberals have finally spoken and it's music to most internet users' ears.  Joe Hockey's public denunciation of Labor's controversial mandatory ISP filtering plan late yesterday was warmly welcomed by the Greens and others, but slammed by the peak Christian lobby group.  The opposition treasury spokesman late yesterday told ABC Radio's Triple J that if elected the Coalition would scrap the filter scheme.

Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace, ex-Officer Commanding for the Special Air Service Regiment and now the Managing Director of the Australian Christian lobby, talks to Michael Smith about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks issue, the Green Party and more.

Meet Greens leader Bob Brown, who could control Australia

BOB Brown says he does not want to decriminalise any drugs and he believes illegal immigrants should be sent straight back home.  But he does think high-income earners should pay more for private health insurance, he supports moves to reintroduce compulsory student union fees and would switch money from wealthy private schools to poorer public ones.

Christian lobby slams “incomprehensible” filter block

The Australian Christian Lobby has slammed as “incomprehensible” a revelation by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey late yesterday that the Coalition would vote against Labor’s controversial mandatory internet filtering project if associated legislation made it into parliament.  If the Greens hold the balance of power after the upcoming Federal Election in several weeks, the Coalition’s block will doom the filter legislation in the Senate.

Malcolm Turnbull to hold forum on web filtering

JOE Hockey's put the boot into the internet filter, now it's Malcolm Turnbull's turn to have a go.  The former Liberal leader has organised an event in his seat of Wentworth this Saturday to "discuss" the Government's controversial plan to censor the internet.   The panel will include Simon Sheikh, national director of GetUp!, as well as former Telstra BigPond head Justin Milne - both critics of the plan.

Green vote surges to record high: Westpoll

Disillusionment with Labor and the Liberal Party has thrust the Greens into the role of political kingmakers in WA, with the third political force attracting a record number of voters, according to the latest Westpoll.  The poll, exclusive to The West Australian, shows the Greens on 14 per cent primary support, up five points since the last Statewide Westpoll on June 27.

Julia Gillard meets Kevin Rudd, but media access to meeting is tightly controlled

JULIA Gillard has held talks with her predecessor Kevin Rudd in Brisbane at a meeting to which media access was tightly controlled.  The meeting in commonwealth offices in central Brisbane was the first face-to-face encounter between the two since Ms Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as prime minister in June.   The Prime Minister and Mr Rudd were expected to discuss Mr Rudd's role in the last two weeks of the election campaign, beginning with an anticipated visit to marginal seats tomorrow.

Churches push gay adoption ban

THE MAIN adoption agency for infants in Sydney, Anglicare, has written to state MPs urging them to vote against a bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt when it is debated in Parliament later this month.  The chief executive of Anglicare, Peter Kell, cites a child's need for both a mother and father among the 11 reasons why same-sex couples should not be given the same rights as heterosexual couples under adoption law.   ''Men and women complement each other in their parenting roles as a result of their inherent physical, psychological and emotional attributes. Adoptive children should not be denied this opportunity,'' Mr Kell said.

ALP barely dents Coalition poll lead and still trails two weeks from election

LABOR has failed to make up any significant ground on the Coalition in new polling and is still trailing as the campaign enters its last fortnight.  The Nielsen poll in Fairfax newspapers shows the opposition leading Labor by 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.  This follows last week's shock result which had Labor trailing the Coalition 48 per cent to 52 per cent.  While the Coalition's two-party lead is down one point, this is not considered statistically significant.

Abbott to meet Nauru President

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will meet Nauru President Marcus Stephen in Brisbane this afternoon to ramp up his push for a Pacific solution on border protection and his political attack on Prime Minister Julia Gillard.   Mr Abbott declined to say what financial commitments the Coalition was prepared to make to the tiny island nation, which played a key role in the Howard government's offshore processing of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australian waters.