Human Rights

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Duterte Harry

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At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

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Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »

The era of post-truth

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How dangerous things have become in an era marked by post-truth. As opposed to appeals to the heart, objective facts are no longer able to influence public opinion. On line opinion Kellie Tranter Look no further than Australia’s offshore detention program in post-truth terms. It is difficult to fathom how a system could be touted publicly as an… The era of post-truth… Read More »

Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it turn out like marriage equality?

This week a citizens’ assembly will meet in Dublin to take the first step towards a referendum on the contentious issue of abortion. ABC Keri Phillips While the Irish may have established their progressive bona fides last year with their vote on same-sex marriage, a vote on abortion could produce a very different result. In almost all circumstances, abortion is… Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it… Read More »

Freedom of speech? More like freedom to be a racist

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To no one’s great surprise, I guess, the government has finally caved in to pressure and announced an inquiry into “freedom of speech”. The Canberra Times Sarah Gill A better title might be the “freedom to be a racist” though, in view of the fact that the Racial Discrimination Act is the sole focus of the inquiry. Announced by Attorney-General George Brandis on November 8, the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee will consider whether the act imposes “unreasonable restrictions” on… ... Read More »

NT child abuse reports skyrocketing, children’s commissioner report shows

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Almost 1,800 children have been abused or neglected in just one year in the Northern Territory, and Territory Families failed to protect almost a quarter of them from more abuse, a new report has revealed. ABC Neda Nanovac and Eleni Roussos The NT children’s commissioner has released her annual report, finding that the number of notifications potential harm to children has more than doubled in the past five years. Last year alone, there was a 20 per cent spike in ... Read More »

Anglican priest undressed, touched boy in South West town, WA court hears

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A man has told a Perth court he was repeatedly undressed and touched in the groin by an Anglican priest in the late 1970s, while going to church with his mother. ABC Emily Piesse Retired priest Raymond Sydney Cheek, 84, has pleaded not guilty to five charges spanning 30 years, including indecent dealing with a child under 14 years. The first charge related to an alleged offence on… Anglican priest undressed, touched boy in… Read More »

Children in 20-hour lockdown at Barwon prison: lawyers

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Teenagers are being kept in 20-hour lock down in cells designed for hardened murderers such as Peter Dupas and Julian Knight, their lawyers say. The Age Bianca Hall The state government has imposed a detention-centre style secrecy on the fate of the young prisoners sent to adult maximum-security prison near Geelong, and Victorians may never know how many children will be sent to Barwon prison. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will not provide “daily discussions” on the… Children ... Read More »

Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith says need for repeated reviews is concerning

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In his 25 years’ experience with the foster care system, Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith has seen a lot of reviews into child safety. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell There was Leneen Forde’s inquiry into abuse of children in Queensland institutions in 1998-99, a 2003 CMC inquiry into abuse in abuse in foster care and the 2012 Carmody inquiry into child protection. In 2016, it was the Queensland Family and Child Commission review, which was broadened to… Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith says need ... Read More »

Child abuse royal commission: defrocked Anglican dean denies leading group of paedophile priests

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A defrocked Anglican dean has vehemently denied at a royal commission hearing that he was the leader of a group of child abusers, but admitted he failed to act when he “suspected” a priest in his charge was having sex with a teenage boy. ABC David Marchese The ex-dean of Newcastle, Graeme Lawrence, has returned to the witness box in Sydney after beginning his evidence last week when he was questioned intensely about the events leading up to his defrocking ... Read More »

Talking Point: Child sex abuse scheme fails on too many levels

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LIKE many Tasmanians, I was shocked and appalled by evidence given at the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Mercury Catryna Bilyk All abuse of children is horrendous, but it is particularly abhorrent for abuse to be committed by people entrusted with the care of those children. I welcome the Turnbull Government’s decision to fund trauma counselling and… Talking Point: Child sex abuse scheme fails on… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »