Politics

Germany can take that smug look off its face

The AfD and the insurrection led by Donald Trump are both a visceral reaction to voters’ fears about immigration, terrorism and the arrogance of the powers-that-be. Each gains strength in the electronic echo chambers of social media… Source: Germany can take that smug look off its face Read More »

Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history

The Federal Government picks a fight with state leaders and the Federal Opposition over the future of public school funding. Ahead of today’s Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) meeting in Canberra, the Prime Minister telegraphed his interest in discussing the prospect of handing the states the power to levy a slice of income taxes… Source: Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin

Russia looms large in the coming vote on EU-Ukraine agreement. AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands holds a referendum next week on whether the EU should work more closely with Ukraine, but the campaign is just as much about Vladimir Putin. On the surface, Dutch voters will decide if they should accept a treaty to… Source: Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin – POLITICO Read More »

Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday he was “troubled” by the path President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey down, amid rows over press freedom and the war in Syria. “It’s no secret that there are some trends within Turkey that I have been troubled with,” Obama said… Source: Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path Read More »

Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed

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Every day, our members and the people we support see the impact of the measures implemented in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We believe the legal aid reforms have had a severe impact on the ability of vulnerable people to access justice since they came into effect on 1 April 2013. We… Source: Legal Aid Act has denied justice to the most vulnerable. It must be reviewed | Letters | Law | The Guardian Read More »

I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think

A battle of ideas about Indigenous Australia in an open democracy founded on free speech isn’t helped by forced orthodoxy or group think.. I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia. How can I? People were standing on the shore as he weighed… Source: I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders?

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The rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US shows that renewed passion for politics is still possible … just not in Australia. harisma and persuasion matter in politics. Though neither trait guarantees fair policies or outlook – think Tony Blair backing the catastrophic waragainst Iraq, or Malcolm Turnbull hailing himself as a… Source: Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders? | Antony Loewenstein | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry

Australian executives, including former managers at Leighton Holdings, will be hauled before the Senate’s inquiry into foreign bribery to explain their part in the alleged oil industry bribery racket exposed by Fairfax Media… Source: Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry Read More »

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters

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HIS views are bizarre. His words are extreme. His political experience is nil. So why are so many voters in the United States taking Donald Trump seriously? Just one election campaign ago, any other candidate uttering a single one of his authoritarian assertions would have been committing political suicide… Source: The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters | CairnsPost Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s President, is coming to Washington this week, where he’ll probably meet President Obama. It’s a good bet he’ll manage to get in and out of the capital without being subjected to the public humiliation he deserves… Source: Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey – The New Yorker Read More »

Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom

A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son. A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son… Source: Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom Read More »

Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility

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Ahead of Chad’s presidential election on 10 April popular discontent is rising amid a major economic crisis, growing intra-religious tensions and deadly Boko Haram attacks. The regime that portrays itself as spearheading the fight against regional jihadism could see all sorts of violent actors gain influence at home if it pursues exclusionary politics and denies its people a viable social contract… Source: Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility – International Crisis Group Read More »

Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews pledges to introduce all 227 proposals, including support for victims to return to homes and get through court cases • Follow all the reaction to the commission’s recommendations here… Source: Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How the NSC Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy

The next president must unleash America’s diplomats. In the last year, the Obama administration began a little-noticed process that should be embraced by the next president: the downsizing of the National Security Council (NSC). On the White House blog, the National Security… Source: How the NSC Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy | The National Interest Read More »