Global Issues

Counter-terrorism ‘lawfare’ and the ADF’s covert security war

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Counter-terrorism “lawfare” and the lead-agency debate — how the Australian Defence Force is winning a covert national security policy war where other Western militaries have failed. Dr Allan Orr reports. Independent Australia Allan Orr MOVING at breakneck speed to curtail Section 51 of the Defence Act governing the deployment of military units in domestic security scenarios, the Turnbull Government, very publicly supported by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), is about to go against the international grain and hand off future active shooter ... Read More »

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons

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Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government’s decision to house teenagers in the “harshest of adult prison settings”. ABC Jean Edwards Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said they had taken the unusual step because they shared a deep concern about the welfare of “the most vulnerable and impressionable children” in the youth justice system. The Andrews Government last week started… Melbourne archbishops condemn… Read More »

Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks increasing violent extremism’

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Leaked government document reveals Department of Social Services concerns new visas that remove social safety net may undermine refugee resettlement The Guardian Paul Karp A secret Coalition plan to create a class of provisional visas with less access to social services may undermine resettlement of refugees, reduce social cohesion and increase the risk of violent extremism, according to a leaked government document. Speaking at question time, Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the… Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

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Price may have a new way to discriminate against the LGBTQ community Salon Matthew Rozsa Rep. Tom Price, who was selected by President-elect Donald Trump as his pick for secretary of health and human services on Monday, has previously expressed views about the LGBTQ community that call into… Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about… Read More »

Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after talks with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis, must engage with Ankara despite concern about its response to a failed coup in July. Bild newspaper ran a story under a ... Read More »

America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief

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As she prepares to leave the White House, first lady and self-titled “mom-in-chief” Michelle Obama remains popular. Sara Hayden The Conversation Indeed, Obama was one of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocates during Clinton’s historic but ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign. From Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to her rebuke of Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, Obama urged the country to “go high” for the sake of our children. Assuming a maternal role is not unusual for a ... Read More »

State ministers may be called to Senate inquiry into Bell ‘deal’

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WA’s audacious attempt to leapfrog other creditors in the Bell Group liquidation will be subjected to a Senate inquiry — and Barnett Government ministers Mike Nahan and Michael Mischin will be asked to appear. The West Australian Andrew Probyn and Shane Wright Central to the inquiry will be why the State Government was so adamant that it had a deal with the Federal Government not to challenge its controversial Bell legislation when Commonwealth ministers insist that no agreement was struck. ... Read More »

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

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The federal government has threatened Sydney man Mark Rogers with legal action over use of the Medicare logo on his “Save Medicare” website. The Conversation In response to publicity generated by a GetUp! petition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will look into the matter. But how are Australia’s trademark and copyright laws able to… Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to… Read More »


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Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

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For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as Chief Justice of the High Court?

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Soon, for the first time, the most senior judge in Australia will be a woman. ABC Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the new chief justice of the High Court will be Susan Kiefel, who replaces the retiring Robert French. She’ll be joined on the bench by James Edelman, who… What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as… Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

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Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

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More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »

SNP under fire for spending just £90k on Remain campaign

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The SNP has come under fire for spending just £90,830 on campaigning to remain in the European Union – well short of the £700,000 spending limit and less than the £98,597 the party spent on fighting the Glenrothes by-election. The Scotsman By Tom Peterkin The figure, which has been released by the Electoral Commission, was criticised by the… SNP under fire… Read More »