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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 »

Russia Wants Arctic SAR Robots

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Russia’s navy commander Admiral Victor Chirkov has called for the development of Arctic underwater search and rescue robots. The Maritime Executive  – By Wendy Laursen “We have formulated our requirements and set the task for manufacturers to create both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles, which can be used  to provide search and rescue support with proper effectiveness in the harsh conditions ... 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 »

Abuses against refugees at Aussie-paid detention camp ‘known by govt for years’

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RT - Staff members at the Nauru refugee detention center, where Australia keeps its asylum seekers, spoke about violations including rapes as early as November 2013. They are reportedly prepared to testify before parliament. The workers will speak before a senate committee, which has been tasked with getting to the bottom of the issue amid mass protests against immigrant treatment ... 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 »