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From the newsrooms of The Age and SMH, Please Explain gives you a daily insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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From the newsrooms of The Age and SMH, Please Explain gives you a daily insight into the stories that drive the nation.

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    Morrison government moves to make online trolls pay

    Morrison government moves to make online trolls pay

    The government has vowed to tackle online bullying through new laws that would compel social media giants to “unmask” anonymous trolls who make defamatory comments online.

    It says the new laws would give victims the power to then sue those unmasked trolls for defamation.

    The proposed laws also seek to circumvent a High Court ruling that found media companies are responsible as publishers for defamatory comments on their social media posts.

    Under the new regime, a social media company would be legally responsible for the defamatory posts unless they revealed to the victim the identity of the trolls.

    But critics say the laws would do little to tackle online bullying.

    Today on Please Explain, legal affairs reporter Michaela Whitbourn joins Bianca Hall to discuss the proposals and how they could work in practice.

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    • 12 min
    How worried about Omicron should you be?

    How worried about Omicron should you be?

    The World Health Organisation on Friday labelled the new coronavirus strain Omicron a “variant of concern”.

    Australia’s national cabinet will meet this week to discuss our national response, which could include extending quarantine for incoming arrivals.

    While the new variant has sparked concern among a world fatigued by COVID-19, scientists and leading medical officials are cautioning it’s too soon to know how dangerous this variant is.

    Today on Please Explain, federal health reporter Rachel Clun joins Bianca Hall to discuss Australia’s response to the threat posed by Omicron, and how the new strain’s emergence highlights the urgency of vaccinating developing countries.

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    • 9 min
    Coalition split on vaccine mandates and religious freedom bill

    Coalition split on vaccine mandates and religious freedom bill

    It’s been a dramatic week in Parliament with seven Coalition MPs crossing the floor to vote against the government in protest against vaccination mandates and a lack of a federal corruption commission.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison stepped up his rhetoric against a federal corruption commission on Thursday after Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer backed an independent push to establish a national watchdog.

    The Prime Minister also introduced the religious discrimination bill to Parliament on Thursday. That bill has highlighted divisions within the Coalition, with several moderate liberals urging the government to protect gay students and teachers.

    Chief Political correspondent David Crowe joined Rachel Clun in Canberra to discuss what happened in the second last week of Parliament for the year.

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    • 10 min
    Proposed voter ID laws described as racist and discriminatory

    Proposed voter ID laws described as racist and discriminatory

    The government’s attempt to push through controversial voter ID laws before the next election now hangs on a handful of crossbenchers.

    Labor and the Greens are strongly opposed to the laws, which have been described as racist and discriminatory.

    The government now needs the support of One Nation, which has announced a boycott on government bills unless the government moves to block states imposing vaccine mandates.

    It would also need the support of either Jacqui Lambie or Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff.

    Today on Please Explain, political reporter Katina Curtis joins Bianca Hall to discuss the controversial proposals, which must pass the Senate by next week if they’re to take effect at the next election.

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    • 9 min
    Will there be more tax cuts next year?

    Will there be more tax cuts next year?

    Australian taxpayers are on course to pay their highest average personal income tax rate since the turn of the century, according to a recent analysis.

    In 1959, Aussie workers had, on average, just 12 per cent of their pay packets set aside as income tax.

    That is set to rise to 25.5 per cent over the coming decade, according to the analysis by the Parliamentary Budget Office. And that’s after factoring in massive tax cuts scheduled to kick in for higher income workers in 2024.

    Today on Please Explain, economics correspondent Shane Wright joins Jess Irvine to discuss whether the looming federal election means more personal income tax cuts are on their way.

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    • 10 min
    Voters mark down Morrison as another government MP threatens key bills

    Voters mark down Morrison as another government MP threatens key bills

    Voters have given Prime Minister Scott Morrison a net performance rating of minus nine per cent, ahead of a difficult fortnight for the government.

    Forty-nine per cent of voters surveyed in the Resolve poll, conducted for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, said Mr Morrison was doing a poor job as Prime Minister, while 40 per cent said he was doing a good job.

    It comes as two government senators and one lower-house MP threaten to withhold support for bills before Parliament unless the government moves to end state vaccine mandates.

    If maverick MP George Christensen makes good on his threat, the government could struggle to pass laws including its religious freedom bill.

    Today on Please Explain, chief political correspondent David Crowe joins Bianca Hall to discuss what’s ahead for the final two sitting weeks of Parliament for the year.

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