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Rex savages Mr X over China links as senate contest escalates

UPDATED | The SA senator who replaced Nick Xenophon – and is now running against him to retain his seat – has launched an extraordinary attack on his former boss, using parliamentary privilege to slam the lawyer for representing Chinese tech giant Huawei and likening it to doing PR for German arms manufacturers under the Nazi regime.

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Former prime minister Kevin Rudd holds up a News Corp front page at the Senate inquiry into media diversity in Australia. Photo: AAP/Mick Tsikas
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Dissent over call for 'royal commission-like' probe into media ownership

A Senate inquiry has called for a royal commission-like probe into the the concentration of media ownership in Australia and whether a new independent press regulator is needed – but the committee’s Liberal MP deputy chair has branded it a “shameless political stunt”.

Politics

SA factional boss set for Senate

The convenor of the SA Labor Party’s Left faction is set to enter federal parliament as the party’s choice to replace the late senator Alex Gallacher, who died last week after battling lung cancer.

News

Sharkie poll shock as truncated workplace reforms pass senate

UPDATED 5PM | Unions have South Australia’s Centre Alliance in their sights, with an ACTU poll suggesting falling support for federal Rebekha Sharkie in her Adelaide Hills seat of Mayo – as she today took aim at her senate colleague over his support for the Government’s contentious workplace reforms.

Opinion

Long-term impact of quick nuclear dump fix

Legislation to set up a national nuclear waste storage site on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is being debated by federal parliament. Margaret Beavis argues that both the site selection process and storage plans for long-lived intermediate nuclear waste are unacceptable.