Global Issues

Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

Youth violence - ABC

Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

18C - The Canberra Times

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of politics are biased in their political thinking

Fascism - The Conversation

Any frequent user of social media is probably aware of the tendency for both sides of politics to view the other as fundamentally immoral and ignorant. The Conversation Sam Moreton Interestingly, longitudinal data suggests that political polarisation is intensifying, at least in the United States, with the recent US election seeing partisanship reach an all-time high. One important contributor to this phenomenon is… From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of… Read More »

Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by police, as community grapples with Apex stigma

South Sudanese - ABC

Deng Maleek, a university-educated youth worker, was on his way to meet with police to discuss issues facing the South Sudanese community, when he was pulled over and asked to provide his registration papers. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The young South Sudanese man said the officers who stopped him implied he was an Apex gang member, an experience he described as not uncommon amongst his peers. “Young people of Sudanese background find… Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by… Read More »

We need to resist censorship of cyberspace

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I’m among the liberal US journalists and professors whom Google warned were targeted by government-backed attackers. Al Jazeera By Kara Alaimo The hacking effort – aimed at prominent thinkers including New York Times Pulitzer laureate Paul Krugman , Stanford professor and… We need to… Read More »

It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our attachment to facts

Trump - The Guardian

Even Donald Trump’s own team knows that what he says often isn’t true. The Guardian Richard Wolffe But the problem isn’t his lies – it’s our naiveté The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say that… It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our… Read More »

Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for how to dissolve the fog of lies

Fog of lies - SMH

So now it is just being baldly stated: facts are dead. This week Trump henchman Scottie Nell Hughes said on NPR that “there are no such thing as facts”. SMH Julia Baird Just like that. On air. When people were listening. I think we can all agree that is as daft as it is dangerous. Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for… Read More »

Amid global anti-establishment anger, Italy may be next in line for upheaval

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ROME — Amid a global wave of anti-establishment anger, Italy may be the next in line for upheaval after a Sunday referendum that could topple Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and cast the nation into political crisis. The Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum With Britain quitting the European Union and Donald Trump headed to the… Amid global anti… Read More »

‘You’re making a TERRIBLE mistake’ Stephen Hawking slams Remain plot to keep Britain in EU

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STEPHEN HAWKING today blasted scheming Remoaner MPs who are trying to subvert the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU, telling them: “You’re making a terrible mistake.” Daily Express By Nick Gutteridge The renowned physicist, who supported staying in the ‘You’re making a… Read More »

NSW Stolen Generations receive compensation

Stolen Generations - SBS

The NSW government will offer survivors of the Stolen Generation financial compensation as part of a reparation package worth more than $73 million. SBS Laura Morelli The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors is in order to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams says the package is a… NSW Stolen Generations receive… Read More »

New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private counselling remains private

Victims - Brisbane Times

Sexual assault victims’ private communication with counsellors will be unavailable for perpetrators to use in court under new laws. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced a bill on Thursday providing extra measures for victims of crime in Queensland. Under the changes, a sexual assault counselling privilege will… New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion

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Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

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Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go against the evidence

Euthanasia - The Conversation

South Australia recently voted against legalising voluntary active euthanasia. The Conversation Andrew McGee, Ben White, Lindy Willmott The legislation failed by one vote. It was the latest of more than 50 legislative attempts in… South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go… Read More »

ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future

ALP - IA

At a time when fair-go Australia is desperate for enlightened leadership, Dr Geoff Davies asks: ‘Where is the ALP?’ Independent Australia Dr Geoff Davies PROGRESSIVE REFORMERS are attempting to take control of the major parties of the nominal left in the United States and the United Kingdom, in the wake of losses in national elections and the rise of reactionary forces. Even if the rebels do not take full control, there is some… ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future Read More »

Top cop tells jail bosses: stop riots

Prisons - The West Australian

WA’s top cop has told prison bosses to “get their act together” and fix problems at the troubled Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre, claiming police wasted hundreds of hours each year responding to call-outs from the facility. The West Australian Grant Taylor Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the workload was not sustainable and if the situation did not improve, he would consider instructing his officers to “de-prioritise” attending jobs at the prison, except for serious cases. “We are spending an ... Read More »