Politics

Australia refuses to sign UN migration pact, citing risks to turnbacks and detention

Morrison government says global deal risks reversing ‘hard-won successes in combating the people-smuggling trade’ Paul Karp The Guardian The Morrison government has confirmed it will not sign up to the United Nation’s migration pact, claiming it will undermine Australia’s harsh policies to deter asylum seekers despite Australia’s role in helping to draft it. The Refugee Council of Australia and advocates have strongly rejected the government’s claim, citing the fact the compact is non-binding and has a provision stating that countries ... Read More »

‘Alarming’ number of women forced to move out of the Gatwick for The Block are now in jail

The lights, cameras and crowds have finally cleared out of St Kilda following the auctions last month at the Gatwick Private Hotel, a run-down three-storey rooming house that was… Hayley Gleeson ABC But as the new owners collect the keys and prepare to move in to their luxury lodgings, ABC News can reveal an “alarming” number of women who used to live at the Gatwick — a place of “last… Channel Nine’s purchase of the 1930s mansion, which in its ... Read More »

Conversation should be had about lowering the voting age: AG

Queensland’s top law officer has called for a conversation to be had about lowering the voting age from 18. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath was speaking at the release of findings from a Queensland Family and Child Commission study which surveyed the views of more than 7000 people aged four to 18. The study found young people had an “intense desire” to be included in decisions that affected their lives, with more than one-quarter highlighting the need for leaders ... Read More »

As the Euro-show rolls on, where do we now fit in with our neighbours?

It’s on, it’s off, it’s on again — the Macron-Merkel relationship has the affection and froideur of a grand screen romance. ANNE MCELVOY EveningStandard The final throes of Brexit agony, deficit-laden Italy busting the eurozone’s fragile rules and the first date of the German Chancellor’s farewell tour have combined to reconcile the duo after a… But the effulgent displays of mutual affection were timed to follow the Armistice commemorations. A vast tragedy of the past was summoned to broadcast a message for ... Read More »

Breaking Algeria’s Economic Paralysis

Political paralysis in oil-dependent Algeria has blocked much-needed economic reform. ICG To avoid a new era of instability, the government should increase transparency and accountability within state institutions and the private sector, as well as improve opportunities for the country’s burgeoning youth. What’s new?  Since the 2014 oil price drop, Algeria’s economic model, which emerged from the civil war in the 1990s, appears increasingly unsustainable. Despite repeated reform promises, the political system remains paralysed, led by an… Why does it ... Read More »

APEC 2018: US-China clash at regional meeting leads to historic summit failure

Deep divisions between the United States and China have derailed the APEC meeting in Port Moresby, with regional leaders failing to agree on a final communique for the first time in the summit’s history. By Pacific affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic ABC The two regional powers clashed repeatedly over the language on trade in the final document, with Beijing angrily rejecting paragraphs that called for an overhaul of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and… The Trump administration has repeatedly accused China ... Read More »

Cleveland Browns deny Condoleezza Rice discussed as coaching candidate

Cleveland: Browns general manager John Dorsey says the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate for its coaching vacancy. WAtoday AP Rice is an avid Browns fan and has visited the team’s headquarters on numerous occasions in recent years. On Sunday, Dorsey issued a statement praising Rice as a “great leader” and said he has “the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished.” Dorsey said the team is in the process of composing a ... Read More »

‘Enough, enough, enough’: Scott Morrison says he will cut Australia’s migration intake

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will cut the number of migrants coming to Australia, declaring the “roads are clogged” and buses, trains and schools in Sydney and Melbourne “are full”. Bevan Shields The Age In a dramatic shift in rhetoric as cabinet plots a new population policy, the Prime Minister predicted the impending changes would lower the annual immigration target from its cap of 190,000. “Population growth has played a key role in our economic success. But I also know Australians ... Read More »

Spain threatens to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal over Gibraltar

Foreign minister demands last-minute changes to withdrawal agreement text Jon Stone Independent The Spanish government has threatened to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal over the issue of Gibraltar, demanding that last-minute changes be made to the text ahead of a crunch summit. The country’s foreign minister said Spain would not back the proposals at the European Council unless it received assurances that the agreement would not apply to Gibraltar. But Downing Street said it would not exempt Gibraltar or any other British territory ... Read More »

Setback for Rohingya refugees as Bangladeshi repatriation plan stalls

Cox’s Bazar: Bangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis are set to be stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programmes only likely be revisited after year-end general elections, a… Zeba Siddiqui Brisbane Times More than 720,000 Rohingya fled a sweeping army crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017, according to UN agencies. The crackdown was launched in response to insurgent Rohingya attacks on… Rohingya refugees say soldiers and Buddhist civilians killed families, burned many villages and carried ... Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon: decision on Scottish independence vote in ‘not-too-distant future’

Nicola Sturgeon has said her MPs will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit plan and that she will make a statement on a second independence vote soon. Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsaman The First Minister said plans for another referendum on independence would have to wait “until the dust settles”, meaning after a Commons vote on the proposed Brexit deal, and any public vote that could follow. Uncertainty over the UK’s relationship with the EU has forced Ms Sturgeon to repeatedly delay ... Read More »

Irish bruiser, on the ropes at home, comes out swinging in Brussels

Agriculture commissioner has eyes on a bigger prize, but it’s unclear how far Dublin will back him. By SIMON MARKS AND EMMET LIVINGSTONE Politico There’s no going back for Phil Hogan. With his reputation at home still in tatters for introducing an unpopular water charge at the height of the financial crisis, the Irishman has launched a stealth campaign to stay in Brussels after next year’s European election. The giant from County Kilkenny, who stands 1.95 meters tall, has set his eyes ... Read More »

The royal commission is about to grill the chiefs of the big four banks. Here’s why soon they mightn’t exist

It will be worth watching the final round of hearings at the banking royal commission, which begin on Monday. Pat McConnell The Conversation The chief executives of each of the big four will be recalled for reexaminations. It might be the final time they appear in the same room. It might even be the last time there’s even such a thing as the big four. Not only are the so-called four pillars under attack from the Commissioner Kenneth Hayne, but ... Read More »

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Australians split on Muslim migration ahead of new population policy

Australian voters are split on whether to cut the number of migrants coming from Muslim countries, as the Morrison government considers an overhaul of immigration and population rules within weeks. David Crowe The Sydney Morning Herald A special Fairfax-Ipsos survey finds only 14 per cent of voters support an increase in the number of immigrants from Muslim countries while 35 per cent believe the intake should stay the same. But another 46 per cent believe the intake should be reduced ... Read More »

Tony Abbott rejects warnings, urges Scott Morrison to move Israel embassy

Tony Abbott has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to proceed with a controversial shift in policy on Israel despite a warning from Malaysia that the move could fuel terrorism and concerns from Indonesia over a… David Crowe The Canberra Times Mr Abbott said the “rhetorical backlash” from Muslim countries in Asia was always going to happen but that this should not stop Australia showing its support for Israel by moving the Australian embassy from Tel… The comments are another strong ... Read More »

Detained and in danger: The tortured Australian families who fear for their missing loved ones

Increasingly helpless and desperate, Uighurs building new lives in Australian suburbs feel compelled to go public with their stories and identities despite the risks. Fergus Hunter The Age The security agents came for Adeham Abliz late on a Thursday night. That day, September 8, 2016, had been much like any other in the 59-year-old Uighur man’s life in the city of Ghulja in north-western China. Abliz, a shopkeeper, had performed his five daily prayers, starting with fajr at dawn through ... Read More »