Law & Order

When the ‘interests of the common good’ no longer apply

Ireland - Irish Examiner

An Bord Pleanála has a duty to the Irish people that it is not living up to with regards to Indaver’s plans for Cork Harbour, writes Linda Fitzpatrick Linda Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner THE Constitution, in the section outlining the fundamental rights of every citizen in Ireland, says that the courts, and all other bodies or persons making decisions that affect you, must treat you fairly. As a community… When the ‘interests… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

People - The COnversation

Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

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18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

Why Young People of Color Are Central To ‘Raising The Age’ Debates

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Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York attended an event at a Manhattan synagogue in which he sharply criticized the city for not closing Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail. Gene Demby npr “Kids are literally dying because of the policy we have today,” Cuomo told the assembled crowd. “These are poor… Why Young People… Read More »

Erdoğan vows to reinstate death penalty as referendum opponents face ‘attacks and imprisonment’

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In the build up to the referendum, the Turkish President promised he will introduce the death penalty in a campaign that has caused a… Hanna Yusuf Independent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Saturday that he will reinstate capital punishment “without hesitation”, ahead of the… Speaking at a televised rally in Canakkale, the leader of the… Erdoğan vows to… Read More »

Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

Trump - WP

The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

Law - IA

SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

The Muslim ban and the ethnic cleansing of America

US - Al Jazeera

Trump’s Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant ‘nation’. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News The Muslim ban did not happen in one day – and it means more than one thing. The Muslim ban… The Muslim ban… Read More »

Highlights From Court Ruling Halting Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

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Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu, who issued a… The New York Times The case was brought by the state of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh, an American citizen of Egyptian descent who is an imam and a leader in… Addressing the government’s contention that the… Highlights From Court… Read More »

The minimum age of criminal responsibility continues to divide opinion

Crime - The Economist

A proposal to let Philippine criminal courts try nine-year-olds has drawn sharp criticism. The Economist But in 35 American states, children of any age can be convicted and sentenced COMMON law has… The minimum age… Read More »

An immigration-reform plan for the age of Trump

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Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, hasn’t given up on immigration reform. Ramesh Ponnuru AEI He was in the Senate to watch comprehensive bills he favored fall apart in 2006, 2007, and 2013. He was one… An immigration-reform… Read More »

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

Centrelink - The Con-ion

Recent controversy over the government’s use of information provided to Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates there are major holes in Australia’s privacy regime that we need to fix. Bruce Baer Arnold The Conversation Australians are accustomed to providing personal information to federal and state governments. We do it… How the law… Read More »

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

Hijab - The Guardian

Religious identity isn’t something you can take off in public. Iman Amrani The Guardian The European court of justice has turned the headscarf into a symbol of resistance This week’s decision… The hijab ruling… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

Tasmania - Examiner

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »