Coalition’s ‘laser-like focus’ only sees what it wants to see | Lenore Taylor

Imagine the schools and hospitals that could be built with the $28bn from 15 years of infrastructure cost overruns

Scott Morrison likes to tells us about the government’s “laser-like focus” on getting spending under control and “repairing” the federal budget.

That’s why he is trying to force the parliament to swallow recooked versions of Tony Abbott’s welfare cuts, three years after they were tabled. It’s apparently the only way we can afford the Coalition’s childcare plans and possibly also decent services for the disabled and their carers under the national disability insurance scheme, although that linkage seems to come and go depending on political tactics.

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Trump claims Dems like Putin, too | The Minute

Got a minute? President ‘demands’ investigation into photos of Democrats with Russian president and ambassador… in bewildering riposte… and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

10.28pm GMT

As controversy churned over previously undisclosed meetings between attorney general Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador, Donald Trump tweeted a photo of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer with Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s Watergate?

10.27pm GMT

We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!

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The cyberpunk revolution begins with video games

Hey, game developers: William Gibson called. He wants his dystopian sci-fi future back. The annual Game Developers Conference showcases the latest projects from studios around the world, offering a first-hand look at the themes and trends driving t…

Rex Tillerson skips launch of US state department’s human rights report

Bush and Obama administrations held ceremonies to announce report, but this year a US official instead takes questions over phone – on condition of anonymity

The US state department released its annual report on human rights around the world on Friday, but the release was overshadowed by criticism that the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, gave the report little of the traditional attention or fanfare.

Tillerson declined to unveil the report in person, breaking with precedent established during both Democratic and Republican administrations. A senior US official answered reporters’ questions by phone on condition of anonymity rather than appearing on camera, also a break with precedent.

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