Law & Order

Political donations: why voters are tuning out

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The demand is real for the resolve to reform electoral funding and lobbying. The Age - John Hewson * On the pub test, many are concerned that we have “the best government money can buy”. Whether it’s the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings in New South Wales, individual politicians caught with their hands out, dubious council planning decisions, “corrupted” infrastructure projects, big miners being ... Read More »

Mexico missing students: Search uncovers 60 mass graves

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Sixty mass graves have been uncovered in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero during a search for 43 student teachers abducted last September, official documents have revealed. BBC - The attorney general’s office says the remains of 129 bodies have been recovered from the graves. None of the remains have been linked to the students who vanished in Iguala. The ... Read More »

Westminster paedophile scandal casts shadows over British establishment

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London: In October 2012, Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the British House of Commons and lobbed a grenade – metaphorically speaking. Brisbane Times - Nick Miller, Europe Correspondent Tapping a sheaf of paper in his hands, he told the Prime Minister that police had – or used to have – a file of evidence containing “clear intelligence suggesting a ... Read More »

Thailand indicts 72 people over human trafficking

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BBC – Thai prosecutors have indicted 72 people, including politicians and an army general, over the trafficking of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Arrest warrants have been issued for more than 30 others, the attorney general’s office said. The investigation follows the discovery of mass graves, believed to contain the bodies of refugees, in jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border ... Read More »

‘Spartan warriors’ march in Beijing PR stunt, police respond

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Beijing: Scores of bare-chested Spartan warriors marched through Beijing’s streets, drawing swarms of admirers, picture-takers – and then suddenly, police. A local salad restaurant’s marketing stunt went awry on Wednesday afternoon when public security officials detained some of the muscular male models – each dressed in sandals, shorts and flowing black capes – that the eatery had hired to muss up enthusiasm ... Read More »

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

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Thailand on July 24 said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh rocked the Southeast Asian region. Hurriyet – BANGKOK – Agence France-Presse The move comes after a major people-smuggling trade unravelled in May when thousands of migrants were abandoned at sea and in ... Read More »

Conversation continues on end of life options for the ACT

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The ACT is unlikely to be a trailblazer on the issue of voluntary euthanasia, according to a Canberra academic The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty, City reporter for The Canberra Times University of Canberra associate professor in the school of law and justice, Dr Wendy Bonython, believes the ACT will have to wait for the states to make laws on voluntary euthanasia or assisted ... Read More »