More than 90 Queensland prisoners mistakenly released early, report finds

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A prisoner mistakenly released from jail more than two years early is among 91 Queensland inmates freed before their due date since 2004, the state’s auditor-general has found. ABC Casey Briggs The report, tabled on Tuesday, revealed “frequent” and “significant” errors — at least 329 — made by corrective services between 2004 and 2016. Communication issues, poor data entry and… More than 90 Queensland prisoners… Read More »

Trump expected to name financier Steve Mnuchin to Treasury

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President-elect Donald Trump is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. The Washington Post By Ylan Q. Mui and Philip Rucker Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) joined Trump’s whirlwind… Trump expected to… Read More »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

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His camp aims to expose National Front leader as a ‘false conservative’ and go after her blue-collar voters. Politico By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — With former Prime Minister François Fillon on his way to the French presidential election next year, his staff is turning to the… How François Fillon… Read More »

Donald Trump’s most obvious conflict of interest problem is right down the street from the White House

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The new Trump International Hotel in Washington DC is a ticking time bomb for Donald Trump, and not just because foreign countries seeking to win his favor are already planning events there to line the US president-elect’s pockets. Quartz By Tim Fernholz Steven Schooner and Daniel Gordon, lawyers specializing in federal… Donald Trump’s most… Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start


Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Prison rehab programs for high-risk sex offenders on hold in NT

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The Northern Territory Correctional Services Department has confirmed there are currently no rehabilitation programs being run for high-risk sex offenders inside prisons. ABC Felicity James A damning report about the state of the NT’s corrections system, led by career public servant Keith Hamburger and released last week, called for the immediate reinstatement of rehab programs for all sex offenders. The review found that, at the time of preparing the report in… Prison rehab programs for high-risk… Read More »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

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‘Referendums are rarely about the question they ask,’ says the former prime minister and Commission president. Politico By ALBERTO MUCCI BOLOGNA, Italy — The Italian media likes to start articles about Romano Prodi with a… Romano Prodi: ‘My… Read More »

Russia Pulse

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a session of the World Energy Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSRLXH

Why Russia isn’t rushing to lift sanctions on Turkey Al Monitor Yekaterina Chulkovskaya For a long time, Russian-Turkish relations were based on a certain formula: “The economy is the economy. Politics is politics. And they shouldn’t be… RUSSIA PULSE… Read More »

Brexit Britain reaches out to Warsaw

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UK rolls out the red carpet for the Polish prime minister and her team. Politico By CHARLIE COOPER LONDON — As grueling Brexit negotiations get closer, Britain needs a friend in Europe — and Theresa May thinks she has found one in… Brexit Britain reaches… Read More »

Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

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President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »

Yemen: Houthi rebels form new government

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Spokesperson for exiled president Hadi says move shows disregard for Yemeni people and international community. AlJazeera Yemen’s armed Houthi rebels and their political allies have formed a new government, the… Yemen: Houthi rebels… Read More »

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

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Rouhani’s first target is the country’s corrupt banking system. The National Interest Farhad Rezaei From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and… How Iran Hopes… Read More »

Judge criticises NT government department over ‘appalling parenting’ of 14-year-old troubled girl

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A Northern Territory judge has criticised the Department of Territory Families, saying its “parenting” of a 14-year-old girl accused of multiple property-related offences seemed appalling. ABC Sara Everingham Judge Greg Smith made the comments in the Darwin Children’s Court after the girl failed to appear in court earlier this month. He said the department had been awarded the care of… Judge criticises NT government department over… Read More »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »

Bahcelism in Turkey


When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »