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Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »

Supreme Court to hear appeal against South Australian electoral boundary changes

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It is a little over a year until the next South Australian election but a legal row has thrown preparations into turmoil. Angelique Donnellan ABC The SA Labor Government has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court to overturn new state electoral boundaries, which favoured the Liberal Party. Labor has said the redistribution is… Supreme Court to hear appeal… Read More »

South Korean political crisis escalates as Samsung chief awaits notice of arrest

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Seoul:  South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye’s government gained… Canberra Times Reuters Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee was held overnight on… South Korean political… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

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Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

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HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Report: Chicago police use excessive force and often treat people “as animals or subhuman”

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The Justice Department just completed an exhaustive 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Updated by German Lopez Vox The findings are horrifying. The Chicago Police Department routinely violates civil rights, uses unnecessary force, discriminates against minority residents, and Report: Chicago police… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

Legal minefield

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As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval explanation on women’s rights over their own bodies

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Driving along the N25 towards the Rosslare ferry in Co Wexford, we pass a slightly homemade looking billboard. 250,000 lives saved by the 8th, it says. Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Daughter asks what this means. The 8th of what, she… SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval… Read More »

Germany’s terror divide

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The splits within the ruling coalition in Berlin over how best to protect the public from terror attacks. By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Last month’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has exposed a deep divide within the ruling coalition in Germany over how to protect the… Germany’s terror… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »