Global Issues

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to say sorry to LGBTIQ community

Premier Jay Weatherill - ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced he will deliver an apology in State Parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination. ABC Mr Weatherill said in a Facebook post that “for far too long, discrimination against our LGBTIQ community has been written into our state’s laws, causing pain and distress for many South Australians”. The apology on Thursday, December 1 will follow the… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to… Read More »

Peter Dutton the voice of moderation? You have got to be kidding

Peter Dutton - The Age

Peter Dutton found himself in unfamiliar territory this week, cast as the victim of the “tricky language” and “double talk” of Bill Shorten, all of it designed to cause division and stymie efforts to prevent the radicalisation of alienated young Muslims. The Age Michael Gordon All of a sudden, the potential heir to Tony Abbott as unofficial commander-in-chief of the hard right, and conservative aspirant to the Liberal leadership, was projecting himself as the… Peter Dutton the voice of… Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for legal aid to help vulnerable Canberrans

Domestic Violence - Canberra Times

The ACT Law Society has renewed pressure on the federal government to reverse harsh cuts to the legal aid sector to ensure continued access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans. The Canberra Times Megan Gorrey President Sarah Avery called for ongoing funding for community lawyers on Friday as Attorney-General George Brandis​ launched the ACT Women’s Legal Centre’s domestic violence program, to help victims navigate the family law system. The federal government signalled nationwide cuts of… ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

Nationalism - The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a politician I’ve never met. Jo Cox was the British Labour MP slain on… As nationalism is weaponised, Australia…   Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton - The Guardian

The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

George Brandis: Labor calls for Attorney-General to be sacked over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Federal Opposition is calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to be sacked over a “secret” deal struck with the West Australian Government allowing it to claw back nearly $1 billion from the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group. ABC Jane Norman In May, the High Court struck down WA legislation that would have given the state the power to decide how to carve up the settlement following the collapse of the Bell Group in the 1990s. According to The West ... Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer Βritain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »

What is concealed by ‘telling it like it is’?

Straight talking - ABC

A certain kind of public language has been emboldened of late in Western politics: call it “straight talking”. ABC It is at once intemperate and inflammatory, it is deliberately non-conciliatory and destined to be widely reported – all in the name of “being honest” with voters. Donald Trump’s claims about… What is concealed by ‘telling… Read More »

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (Greens MPS, Flickr) Cash For Contacts: Larissa Waters Calls For End To Secret Meetings, Sweetheart Political Deals

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When Ministers retire from politics straight into the arms of Big Corporate and Big Mining, our democracy is under threat. New Matilda Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues for tighter restrictions. Australians are fed up with establishment politics and… Queensland Greens Senator… Read More »

Carly came forward about sexual abuse – then she lost her benefits

Sexual Abuse - The Guardian

Carly lives with terrible pain, but when her benefits were taken away the appeals tribunal was at the same court handling the sexual abuse case The Guardian Frances Ryan The thought of going to court makes Carly feel sick. In her 30s, she has been building up to it for… Carly came forward about sexual abuse… Read More »