Two Liberal MPs with a history of speaking in favour of banning live animal exports have voted against a bill banning the practice. Sussan Ley and Sarah Henderson, who were promoted to outer ministry positions in August’s cabinet reshuffle, voted down a private member’s bill banning live exports, and also blocked moves to bring forward debate on a similar bill they introduced in May. Henderson and Ley’s votes decided the bill’s fate, which was defeated 72 votes to 70. Shadow agriculture spokesperson Joel Fitzgibbon claimed the pair “put their own political careers ahead of their policy convictions”.
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton has denied misleading parliament over his role in approving visas for several foreign au pairs. Speaking in parliament on Monday, Dutton said he “did not have a personal connection or any type of relationship with the people involved in these matters”, despite tabling an email from former Queensland Police officer Russell Keag that revealed the pair knew each other professionally. In a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into the au pairs affair, former Australian Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg reiterated his previous claim that Dutton’s chief of staff, Craig Maclachlan, asked him to prevent a young woman’s deportation “between October 2015 and the end of calendar year 2016”. Quaedvlieg also claimed he may have been asked to intervene in another case involving “a young European female”. Meanwhile, Fairfax reports that Dutton personally asked Quaedvlieg to help two Queensland police officers, Matt Stock and John Lewis, get jobs with the Australian Border Force.
The presumed frontrunner in the Liberal Party’s preselection process for the seat of Wentworth has withdrawn from the race, saying the position should go to a woman. In a social media post, former Business Council of Australia lobbyist and marriage equality campaigner Andrew Bragg said outgoing Liberal MP Julia Banks’ claims of gendered intimidation and bullying during August’s leadership crisis “genuinely shocked me”, and that her “exit from public life is a loss for all of us”. Citing former foreign minister Julie Bishop’s comments regarding the low level of female representation in Liberal ranks, Bragg said “these recent events and comments have changed the mood and accordingly I will withdraw my nomination”. City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster withdrew from the race to replace former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in Wentworth earlier this month.
And the man who defaced a memorial to murdered Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon has been ordered to pay more than $19,500 and do 200 hours of community service. Andrew Nolch, 29, was arrested after defacing a memorial to Dixon on the site where she was raped and murdered in June. Speaking in Melbourne Magistrates Court, Magistrate Olivia Trumble told Nolch “the emotional damage of your conduct is immeasurable”. Speaking outside court after the sentence, Nolch said the act was a protest at how “the mainstream media and feminists turned the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon into one giant political man-hating event”, and that “not all men are bad”. Nolch was among attendees at former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage’s Melbourne speaking event on Saturday.