Humanity

Peter Dutton’s fake war on asylum seekers

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Peter Dutton’s war on “fake refugees” is misleading, based on a false premise and dangerous in that it pre-empts a fair hearing of claims for refugee… Michael Gordon The Sydney Morning Herald The message is that thousands of asylum seekers who arrived on boats in the Labor years have not lodged protection claims because they are not refugees and are intent on taking the… Quite simply, the Minister for… Peter Dutton’s fake… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s office tells Canadian-Australian: ‘go back to US and deal with Trump’

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Doug Stetner, who has represented Australia in underwater rugby, called Dutton’s office to voice support for asylum seekers Joshua Robertson The Guardian A Canadian-born Australian citizen who called Peter Dutton’s Brisbane office to voice opposition to treatment of asylum seekers says an electorate officer told him to “go back to the United States then and… Doug Stetner, an Australian citizen for 21 years, who represented the… Peter Dutton’s office… Read More »

Standing royal commission to protect the vulnerable

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All Australians should be appalled at allegations about NSW mental health units and group homes for the disabled. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald The Herald, like many Australians, adheres to Gandhi’s adage: “The true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable.” With great regret, then, we all must recognise that abuses and mistreatment of the vulnerable occur daily in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and… Standing royal commission… Read More »

U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

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Some 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016. Anastasia Moloney Reuters HuffPost A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children’s agency said on Wednesday. Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in… U.N. Sees Slavery… Read More »

It’s 50 years since Indigenous Australians first ‘counted’. Why has so little changed?

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In 1967 Australia voted in a landmark referendum to finally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its census. But, as Paul Daley reports, the fight for genuine equality for the country’s first people is far from over The Guardian Sol Bellear, a former rugby league player for South Sydney Rabbitohs and Aboriginal rights activist, sits in the soft autumn sunshine at a cafe intersecting Redfern Park and the oval that remains the spiritual home of his beloved… It’s 50 ... Read More »

Axworthy: ‘We can’t simply leave refugee policy to border control’

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Former Canadian minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy on the world’s flawed refugee system, why serious reform is needed, and his new project — the… Mary Ambrose OpenCanada When Lloyd Axworthy was in grade 11, an inspirational talk by Canadian prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson set Axworthy on a path that would lead him to serve under three Canadian prime ministers and… After an illustrative 27-year political career, in… Axworthy: ‘We can’t… Read More »

Government has role to play in stopping modern slavery

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We might think slavery is something relegated to the annals of history, but it is a huge modern-day problem. And a global one. Molly Harriss Olson Brisbane Times The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people in 167 countries are in some form of modern slavery. And the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that 21 million people were in forced labour in 2012, generating a profit of nearly… Government has role… Read More »

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

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When he was 21, Bill Sourour, a programmer and teacher, was hired by a marketing firm to build a website for a pharmaceutical company. Antigone Xenopoulos The Stanford Review As part of the site, he was asked to code a quiz that would recommend a drug treatment to teenage girls. But the details of the app were misleading: the company told him to display their drug as the only answer, regardless of the… Python Meets Plato… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Kuwait raises $4 million for debt convicts

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Kuwaitis have donated around $4 million in a matter of hours in a fund-raising campaign to help secure the release of Kuwaiti prisoners convicted for failing to pay their financial dues. Gulf Insider Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al Jabri said the fund-raising campaign aimed to alleviate the financial burdens on… The campaign, organised by Zakat House in collaboration with the… Kuwait raises $4… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

The London Conference and Prospects for Peace and Stability in Somalia

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The 11 May 2017 London Conference on Somalia will discuss boosting humanitarian aid and security reforms that will increase the army’s numbers to 18,000. ICG But the government must tackle corruption and restart national reconciliation if it wants to build effectively on recent progress toward ending the 25-year conflict. The 11 May London Conference on Somalia comes at a… The London Conference… Read More »

Australia’s shame on stage for the world to widness

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It’s not every day you get invited to speak on the stage of New York’s Lincoln Centre between the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the woman who very nearly became the first female President of the US, Hillary Clinton – and just after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Jennifer Robinson Brisbane Times But such is the growing international concern about Australia’s… President Trump’s infamous first phone call with… Australia’s shame on… Read More »

Coalition counts cost of delay to US refugee deal in budget

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$713,000 has been allocated to fund the Nauru and Manus centres – well above the $434,000 the government forecast The Guardian Spending on offshore detention centres has not been reduced in the federal budget to reflect the refugee resettlement agreement with the United States because of the deep uncertainty surrounding the arrangement. For 2017-18 the government has budgeted $713,641 for offshore detention, lower than the… Coalition counts cost… Read More »

Supporting people in crisis a real privilege

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This week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the contribution of Australia’s volunteers. Adrian Momber The West Australian I have been one of Lifeline WA’s volunteer crisis supporters for nearly two years. The reason I volunteered was that I grew up understanding and supporting my mother, who had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide more than once, and I always intended to… Supporting people in… Read More »