Global Issues

Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray breach section 18C?

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The bigger question however is not Dutton’s legal but his moral culpability. Crikey Michael Bradley It’s best to always assume conscious intent behind politicians’ choice of language. That’s the lens to apply in considering… Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray… Read More »

Racial Discrimination Act debate a ‘creep back to bigotry’, says Pat Dodson

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Indigenous senator says ‘racism isn’t growing wild in the fields, it’s being tended in flower boxes in flats and houses’ The Guardian Katharine Murphy Labor senator Pat Dodson says the debate about watering down the Racial Discrimination Act is a “creep back to bigotry and racism” and has used a speech to the Senate to underscore the power of words. Dodson, a prominent Indigenous leader before his entry to federal politics, told… Racial Discrimination Act debate a… Read More »

Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as a Senior Counsel is an embarrassing episode for the legal profession in South Australia

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The appointment of John Rau to the position of Senior Counsel is a mystery to those who are ignorant of the significant contribution he might have made to the bar, to the law and to the legal profession. The Advertiser Stephen Pallaras There is a rich history to the appointment of SCs, formerly known as Queen’s Counsels. The first was appointed in 1597 when Sir Francis Bacon was… Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as… 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 »

There’s great potential in maritime heritage

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Leaders recently adopted the African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development. Daily Nation By PAUL ODHIAMBO The charter has been developed at a time when African states are rethinking the potential of the blue economy in their territorial waters and… There’s great potential… Read More »

Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be the beacon of the free world

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Other nations look to America as an example. The Guardian Richard Wolff The president-elect’s attitude to his business interests won’t help efforts to spread good governance. Somehow Donald Trump manages to dumb down… Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be… Read More »

The world’s most generous countries

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It seems that lending a helping hand to a stranger can be more than just a good deed. By Lindsey Galloway In fact, according to research consulting company Gallup, a culture’s willingness to help others is a strong indicator of… The world’s most… Read More »

Revenge porn civil penalties considered by Government to give victims faster access to justice

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The Federal Government is considering a new range of civil penalties to try to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” get justice more quickly. Abc Naomi Woodley and Josie Taylor The states and territories are already discussing ways to harmonise their laws which criminalise the sharing of intimate photos without someone’s consent. But the Federal Government said… Revenge porn civil… Read More »

John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given special consideration, confirms SA Chief Justice

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Special consideration was given to an application by Attorney-General and Deputy Premier John Rau to become a Senior Counsel (SC), South Australia’s Chief Justice Chris Kourakis has confirmed, as it would spare any public embarrassment if it had been rejected. ABC Nick Harmsen and Angelique Donnellan The Chief Justice absented himself from considering Mr Rau’s application to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Mr. Rau’s ultimately successful application was submitted after a… John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given ... Read More »

Megan Latham resigns just days after Government passed legislation which effectively sacked her

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Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Megan Latham has resigned. ABC Sarah Gerathy Her resignation comes just days after she learnt she would have been forced to reapply for her job under changes to the ICAC’s structure that passed New South Wales Parliament last week. The legislation prompted claims that the State Government was effectively forcing Ms Latham out of her job, as… Megan Latham resigns just days after… 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 »

President Trump and the Art of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy direction remains uncertain, but his campaign rhetoric has cast doubt on the future of the successful multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. ICG The co-signatories with the U.S. – China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK – can take action now to… President Trump and… 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 »