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Gay panic defence: Bill introduced to Queensland Parliament

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The Queensland government has introduced a bill to abolish the controversial “gay panic” defence. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell The homosexual advance defence, to use its legal term, has been used by people accused of murder to claim they were provoked due to an unwanted sexual advance. The successful application of section 304 of… Gay panic defence: Bill introduced to… Read More »

Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin’s 10-point plan to drain the swamp!

Brenda - The Guardian

First Dog on the Moon The Guardian Had enough of corruption? Of government pumping a huge pipeline of money right into the gaping wazoo of corporate interests? Here’s Brenda’s plan to… Brenda the Civil Disobedience… Read More »

Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and call for investigation – as it happened

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Protesters superglue hands to railing in public gallery and chant ‘Where is your moral compass?’ and other slogans in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Guardian Gabrielle Chan As it happened I have to run so here is the results of… Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and… Read More »

Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but how did it happen?

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It is one of the most secure buildings in the nation, with sub-machine-gun-toting police guarding the entrances. ABC Matthew Doran So how did a bunch of refugee protesters armed with super glue manage to get in to Parliament House, and force the suspension of Question Time? Guests to Parliament House go through the same sort of… Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but… Read More »

We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In A Post-Truth World

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Human rights are everybody’s rights. The Huffington Post Claire Mallinson It’s natural to feel concern for the state of human rights, following the result of the U.S. presidential election, Brexit, and the rise elsewhere of populist, authoritarian regimes and political parties. The underlying sentiments and the… We Can Still Uphold Human Rights In… Read More »

Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers boats to ship migrants to Greece over EU anger

Tur migrants - Express

EUROPE is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks. Express Alix Culbertson Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast. The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to… Europe on ‘BRINK OF WAR’ as Turkey gathers… Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist president is embracing Donald Trump

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The sultan and the salesman The Economist But Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s enthusiasm may not last long  IN JUNE, a few months after Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Turkey’s Islamist president… Read More »

NT Indigenous MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula seeks to speak native language in Parliament

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An Indigenous Northern Territory politician says he feels “stronger and more powerful” when he uses his own language and is seeking support for a motion to remove restrictions on speaking it in Parliament. ABC Sara Everingham “I am here in the Parliament House with my language and cultural background; it’s the first time trying to ask for permission, trying to ask kindly that I need to use my language in the Parliament house,” Independent MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula said. Under ... Read More »

Nauru blocking release of information about asylum seekers, court documents show

Asylum seekers - The Guardian

Documents filed by the immigration department urge blocking of freedom of information request The Guardian Calla Wahlquist Nauru is blocking the release of information requested under Australian freedom of information laws relating to refugees and asylum seekers held on the island, according to court documents. Documents filed by the immigration department to… Nauru blocking release of information about… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker stuck on Manus Island ‘deteriorated fast’, doctor says

Immigration - The Guardian

A sick Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island missed a flight to Port Moresby because of visa issues, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

Public servant charged by South Australia’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

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A public servant has been charged in South Australia following an investigation by the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. ABC Commissioner Bruce Lander said in a statement the 44-year-old had been charged with making a false declaration. “A report made to me by the… Public servant charged by… Read More »

Greek Foreign ministry slams Erdogan comment on Cypriot flag; calls it ‘historically groundless’

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Attempts by Turkey to equate the victim with the aggressor in Cyprus is ‘historically groundless’ and “arbitrary”, the spsokesman of the foreign ministry Stratos Efthimiou said on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus’ flag. Mignatiou “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told journalists. ... Read More »

Can Democracy Endure Where the Cyber Things Are?

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During a national crisis, executive action to reconfigure U.S. network data flows to the global Internet may be lawful. The National Interest Jessica Smith Imagine if a U.S. president determined that an insurrection or a… Can Democracy Endure… Read More »

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

Counter terrorism - IA

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 »