Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests

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Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel face felony charges that first amendment advocates say are part of a growing number of attacks on freedom of the press Sam Levin in San Francisco Two documentary film-makers are facing decades in prison for recording US oil pipeline protests, with serious felony charges that… Documentary film-makers… Read More »

Successful Leaders Can Change the World

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The Sydney Leadership program offers social leadership and impact based on the Harvard Adaptive Leadership model and provides life-changing skills. Being a leader involves more than managing a team to drive success in an organisation. The world needs leaders who not only excel within a business context, but also who believe in social impact, in… Successful Leaders Can… Read More »

Bid to pressure BBC for ‘Scottish Six’ defeated in Commons

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MPs have rejected an attempt to increase the pressure on the BBC over a “Scottish Six” news programme after the SNP attached a demand for broadcasting to be devolved to the corporation’s latest charter agreement. By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS Seeking to amend the motion agreeing the latest ten-year deal on BBC funding, the SNP’s Westminster culture spokesman John Nicolson claimed the… Bid to pressure BBC… Read More »

‘How could this happen in Australia?’: Cairns cafe worker responds to customer’s racial slur

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A Queensland cafe worker who was racially vilified by a customer who refused her assistance because of the colour of her skin, says she’s appalled that such an incident could still happen in Australia. By Peter Theodosiou Former refugee Josie Ajak, 20, was on shift last week at the busy Gloria Jeans cafe in central Cairns when a female customer refused her assistance, instead requesting her to ‘get a… * ‘How could this… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

When race and class collide, the biggest challenge is using your voice

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For a new series from the Australia Indonesia Centre, four writers and thinkers – two Australian (Alice Pung and Susan Carland), two Indonesian (Leila Chudori, Eliza Vitri Handayani – were invited to reflect on key issues facing their societies • Read more about the Australia Indonesia Essay Series Alice Pung When you are seven months pregnant, your husband and… When race and class collide, the… Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want the option of an assisted death

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Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent my time working for dignity for the living. By Desmond Tutu I have campaigned passionately for people in my country and the world over to have their… Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When my time comes, I want… Read More »

Read With Raf October: The Fighter by Arnold Zable

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The Read With Raf book for October is Arnold Zable’s ‘The Fighter’, a biography of Henry Nissen, champion boxer and youth social worker. Grab the book from your local library, or buy a copy from your local bookstore and read along with Raf and Alicia Sometimes this month. Author Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer and storyteller, who garnered widespread acclaim for his 1991 memoir ‘Jewels and… Read With Raf… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home


In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »

Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public


Under the law, the garment will be banned in public institutions, schools, areas of administrative and public services. Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a nationwide law banning the wearing of face-covering veils from most public places. Source: Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures

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From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too Helena Smith in Athens Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis – was never meant to be. On that, all of its… Source: Athens’ unofficial community initiatives offer hope after government failures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »