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Christian Porter kicks A on Insiders

The questions were a bit curly but Attorney-general Christian Porter not only nailed it, but also staked a solid claim to be Liberal leader if they lose the 2019 election.

This was a problem …

Because Porter didn’t use a case from just the day before reported in The Daily Telegraph:

A refugee who served almost three years in prison after encouraging his cousin to rape a woman and refusing to intervene despite her pleas has won an appeal to have his visa cancellation overturned.

The 25-year-old, who arrived in Australia from Iraq in 2008, was found guilty of one count of aggravated sexual assault in company by a jury.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal heard the man, and his cousin had gone to a motel where he and a woman had consensual sexual intercourse.

Declaring the man was at “limited risk of offending”, Tribunal senior member Milton Griffin, QC, said the “correct” decision was to reinstate the man’s visa.

“The primary consideration of the protection of the Australian community ultimately weighs in the Applicant’s favour,” he said.

There’s more on Milton Griffin in the podcast.

Is it time for the ‘change the anthem’ debate already?

It’s a bit late for calls to change the anthem. Usually the annual cry starts a week before Australia Day, but this year the pleas came after the Indigenous All Stars rugby league game.

Who would have thought that a spectacle which highlights differences in Australia would, you know, exacerbate those differences?

Indigenous All Stars captain Cody Walker and rugby league Immortal Mal Meninga have both called for the national anthem to be changed, with Walker saying Advance Australia Fair does not represent him or his family.

Walker said he felt uncomfortable with the anthem being played prior to the NRL’s All Star match in Melbourne on Friday night.

“It just brings back so many memories from what’s happened and I think everyone in Australia needs to get together and work something out.

“I don’t have the answer, but we as a group probably need to come together and as a country we need to come together and make some sort of decision together,” he said.

We did. in 1984.

Calls to change the flag can’t be far behind.