Citizenship pledge would be encouraged in schools under a federal Labor government

Citizenship pledge would be encouraged in schools under a federal Labor government

Updated November 22, 2017 10:37:47 Photo:School students should be familiar with the “very elegant” pledge, Tayna Plibersek says. (AAP: Lukas Coch) Schoolkids would be encouraged to learn and recite Australia’s citizenship pledge under a federal Labor government. Most migrants say the pledge when taking part in citizenship ceremonies. Would-be Australians praise the nation’s democracy and laws, and promise to be loyal to the country. Pledge 1 From this time forward, under God,I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,whose democratic beliefs I share,whose rights and liberties I respect, andwhose…

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Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos coach ahead of World Cup

Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos coach ahead of World Cup

Updated November 22, 2017 09:13:59 Photo: Postecoglou announced he will not be in charge of the Socceroos at the 2018 World Cup. (Australian Story: Stavros Sakellaris) The Socceroos will need to find a new coach to guide them at the 2018 World Cup after Ange Postecoglou announced he is stepping down from the role ahead of the tournament. Postecoglou fronted the media this morning alongside Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief David Gallop to announce his decision to step aside. “After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that…

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State governments urged to sign off on National Energy Guarantee

State governments urged to sign off on National Energy Guarantee

Updated November 22, 2017 00:57:14 It might be imperfect, but state governments are being urged to sign onto the federal plan for a National Energy Guarantee (NEG) — warts and all. Key points: State and federal energy ministers due to discuss NEG in Hobart on Friday ACTU, Australian Industry Group and Clean Energy Council among 16 groups Josh Frydenberg says modelling shows NEG will save households $120 a year Sixteen groups from across the political and social spectrum have joined together to issue a statement urging timely action to tackle…

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Sydney FC beats Adelaide 2-1 to claim first FFA Cup title

Sydney FC beats Adelaide 2-1 to claim first FFA Cup title

Posted November 22, 2017 00:07:35 Photo: Bobo delivered Sydney their first FFA cup. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts) There was extra-time and a late all-in brawl as Sydney FC won the FFA Cup final to clinch the coveted domestic treble. Milos Nikovic opened the scoring and Nikola Mileusnic levelled with the first away goal in the Cup’s short final history, before Bobo finally separated the sides in the 111th minute. Late drama overshadowed Tuesday’s enthralling affair in front of 13,452 people at Allianz Stadium, when Adelaide’s Michael Marrone pushed a ball boy…

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Calls for Australia to disclose defence deals with Saudi Arabia as Yemen starves

Calls for Australia to disclose defence deals with Saudi Arabia as Yemen starves

Posted November 21, 2017 20:55:19 Photo: Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Saudi Navy during a joint exercise in August 2017. (Facebook) The Australian Government has been called on to disclose all defence deals it has made with Saudi Arabia, as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen worsens. Key points: Amnesty International wants Australia to reveal its defence deals with Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia is blockading Yemen’s main port, preventing food from reaching much of the population The UN says seven million people in Yemen are on the…

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