Global Issues

Olive Oil Museum Tops CNN’s List

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TV channel CNN compiled a list with the 11 top food museums in the world. Among them, the Museum of Olive Oil Production, on Lesvos island, Greece, focuses on how Greece’s olive oil industry was transformed by the introduction of machinery. The museum, which is located at the village of Agia Paraskevi, is housed inside a beautiful stone building, where ... Read More »

Qantas passenger banned after asylum seeker walkout

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Qantas has banned a Melbourne man from flying with them after he asked to be removed from aflight taking an asylum seeker from Melbourne to Darwin for deportation. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Reporter for The Age Paul Leary has filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s human rights division, on the grounds that the ban discriminates against him ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s new king is trying to get a firmer grip on the kingdom’s oil

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s subtle change of energy policymaker line-up since the accession of new King Salman in late January appears to give the monarch’s inner circle a firmer hand on the kingdom’s oil strategy than previous rulers have enjoyed. BusinessInsider – RANIA EL GAMAL, ANGUS MCDOWALL The most notable change was the promotion of the king’s son Prince Abdulaziz ... Read More »

Senate expresses confidence in Gillian Triggs and Human Rights Commission

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Sarah Hanson-Young says Greens-led motion, which gained cross-party support, was in response to the ‘Abbott government’s hysterical attack on the Human Rights Commission’ The Guardian – Shalailah Medhora The Senate has passed a motion expressing confidence in Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission after the motion gained cross-party support. The Greens-led motion had the backing of Labor, the Palmer United ... Read More »

Croatian President Eases Tensions on Bosnia Visit

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On her first official foreign visit since becoming Croatia’s new President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has sought to play down controversies over the status of Croats in Bosnia. BalkanInsight – Elvira M. Jukic BIRN Sarajevo Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sought to calm concerns about her views on Bosnia on her first official visit abroad, to Sarajevo on Tuesday. After meeting Bosnia’s Presidency, members of parliament ... Read More »

Time for a concerted anti-death penalty campaign

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The Canberra Times – Editorial – Australia does not yet know when or whether Indonesia will carry out the sentence of death by firing squad imposed on two Australian nationals convicted of being involved in drug trafficking. But the omens are bad, and the indications are that the sentence will be carried out – and soon. Our prime minister, Tony Abbott, has ... Read More »

Why the silence of the left on anti-Semitism?

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On  February 15, 38-year-old volunteer security guard Dan Uzan was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration. A month earlier, a gunman executed four customers at a kosher grocery store in Paris. The Age – Nick Dyrenfurth * In May 2014, a gunman killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In 2012, a gunman ... Read More »

Tony Abbott expresses confidence in George Brandis after Senate censure

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Labor motion accuses attorney general of being unfit for the office and follows evidence last week suggesting human rights chief Gillian Triggs was pressured to resign The Guardian – Daniel Hurst, political correspondent @danielhurstbne The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has expressed “an abundance of confidence” in George Brandis after the Senate censured the attorney general over his treatment of the president of ... Read More »

Operation to retake Tikrit begins: Iraq state TV

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Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. BAGHDAD – The Associated Press – ... Read More »

It’s time to choose what kind of tax system we want

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Five years ago the Henry Review undertook a detailed examination of Australia’s tax and transfer system. Today, the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at ANU’s Crawford School has revisited the Henry Review, as the Australian government prepares to release its tax white paper. The Conversation - Miranda Stewart * Tax reform should not be piecemeal, but should be considered across the ... Read More »