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Largest fish trawler Geelong Star arrives in Australian waters

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The controversial Dutch-owned factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has arrived in Australia and been given initial Federal Government approval to fish, despite concerted opposition. Brisbane Times - Andrew Darby * Geelong Star would be the largest trawler to fish in Australian waters, after a bigger sister ship, the Margiris, was banned in the 2012 supertrawler controversy. The 95 metre vessel arrived without ... Read More »

Australia Looks to Bolster Naval Power

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Defense ministry seeks to preserve jobs in the country’s shrinking shipbuilding industry. The Wall Street Journal – By Rob Taylor CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is considering ramping up its naval fleet on a continual basis to help preserve shipbuilding jobs, protect vital commodity exports and respond better to regional conflicts. The defense ministry said it was looking at building warships and possibly new ... Read More »

Sector leaders unite to call on Government to reinstate access to justice for asylum seekers

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To mark the 12-month anniversary of drastic Government cuts to free legal services for asylum seekers, leading refugee organisations across Australia have called on the Federal Government to ensure access to justice and reinstate free legal representation. One year ago today – on 31 March 2014 – the Abbott government made deep cuts to a long-standing and successful scheme that ... Read More »

The Podemos revolution: how a small group of radical academics changed European politics

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Just 15 months after it was founded, Podemos now leads the polls in Spain. Can this grassroots party win power – or is its bubble about to burst? The Guardian - Giles Tremlett At the start of the 2008 academic year, Pablo Iglesias, a 29-year-old lecturer with a pierced eyebrow and a ponytail greeted his students at the political sciences faculty ... Read More »

They Couldn’t Save The World Cup, But They Might Just Save The Planet

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If the World Cup were a race to save humanity, then New Zealand would be global leaders. Of course, it’s a cricket contest… so, you know. New Matilda - By Thom Mitchell New Zealand – let’s face it, they don’t often get to celebrate. Clearly, that was never more true than last weekend, when Australia thrashed them in the cricket. But ... Read More »

Why won’t we share our lucky country with asylum seekers?

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Only the most courageous and vulnerable people get on rickety boats in search of safety, yet we treat them like criminals. The Sydney Morning Herald - Julian Burnside There is something indecent about the idea that, in order to prevent asylum seekers from drowning at sea in their attempt to reach safety, you punish the ones who don’t drown. Yet, ... Read More »

Government knew of abuse on Nauru months before it acted, staff to allege

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Current and former workers at asylum seeker detention centre are prepared to tell Senate inquiry that the government was aware of abuse before Moss report The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Current and former workers on Nauru are preparing to tell a Senate inquiry that the government knew of allegations of sexual abuse and assault of asylum seekers in the island’s detention ... Read More »

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Every year while attending the Greek Community’s annual 1821 Revolution Commemoration at the Shrine of Remembrance, I am reminded of the verses of Epirote poet Panagiotis Noutsos’ brilliant poem ‘National Magma,’ (Έθνους Μάγμα). Noutsos writes: «Δεν είναι εδώ το Σούλι, εδώ ναι το μαγιασούλι! Σούλι, καψούλι, μαξούλι, μαγιασούλι, ζητωζητωζητωκραυγάζουν ούλοι!» In his own unique way, by employing wordplay in an ... Read More »