Royal Children’s Hospital refused to discharge mother and child to detention

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””” Doctors speak out against children in detention – Video Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital say they cannot effectively treat severe disturbances among children in detention while they are being detained.””” Doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital refused to discharge an asylum seeker and her child because the immigration department would have sent them back to detention at the expense of their health. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Bridie Smith, Judith Ireland The woman, aged in her 30s, was suffering post-traumatic ... Read More »

Paid or not, women have always contributed to the wealth of nations

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Economists have had it wrong for centuries about the worth of women’s work The Guardian – Katrine Marcal * Invest in girls and growth will take off – this has become a bit of a mantra in the last few years. From the UN to the IMF, international organisations pen beautiful press releases about how women are the key to economic development. Girls can fix the global economy, we hear, and the experts have numbers to prove it. Economists have ... Read More »

The shame of Australia’s offshore war on women

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Rape, sexual assault and other forms of degradation typify detention for women in Australia’s processing centres. They must have the right to live free from violence The Guardian – Pamela Curr @pamelacurr It came unexpectedly, this war on women. In 2012 we began to hear of unaccompanied women arriving on boats. This was previously the mode of transport for men, boys and families only. It seemed that women and girls in danger were waking to the possibilities of flight. They ... Read More »

Bao Zhuoxuan, teenage son of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, is missing

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Teen bound for Melbourne school stranded after Chinese authorities arrest parents ​Beijing: The teenage son of a detained human rights lawyer blocked by Chinese authorities from attending high school in Australia has gone missing in Myanmar while attempting to flee China. The Sydney Morning Herald – Philip Wen, China correspondent for Fairfax Media Bao Zhuoxuan, 16, was taken from his hotel on Tuesday by uniformed men in the Burmese town of Mong La, near the Chinese border, according to rights activists helping ... Read More »

When You Educate A Girl, You Educate A Nation

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I was almost ashamed to look directly at her. She stared at the ground, but that couldn’t hide her two bruised eyes, a cut lip, and an abnormally swollen face. You could see the shame she felt. And while the naïve 27-year-old part of me wondered why she didn’t just leave her husband, it would take me some time before I realised she had less choice than most. The Huffington Post – Chantelle Baxter, Co-founder of One Girl Violence against ... Read More »

Police Commissioner vows to defend religious freedom as anti-Islam protests loom

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Victoria’s reputation for warmth and generosity is increasingly at risk from a new wave of intolerance. The Age – Graham Ashton * Police defend migrants as mosques brace for protests Australia, the lucky country. Regardless of what the author Donald Horne might have intended, I think most people would agree: We are indeed fortunate to live in a very special corner of the world. What makes us the envy of other countries? There are many reasons. Now … is the time ... Read More »

Detainees on Nauru may have been ‘released’, but they are not free

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News of the Nauruan government’s decision to turn its Australian-funded detention centre into an “open centre” started circulating among detainees on Sunday afternoon. Their immediate response was one of deep anxiety and foreboding. The Conversation – Suvendrini Perera * and Joseph Pugliese * A wave of fear swept through the women in the camp in particular. Several immediately turned to the thought of ending their lives as the only option. Despite Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s spin, the undeniable truth is ... Read More »

EU leaders ask Erdoğan to back radical refugee plan

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Turkish president will extract high price for agreeing to proposals to tighten up Europe’s borders hatched by Germany and the EC The Guardian – Ian Traynor in Brussels EU leaders have pleaded with Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to join forces behind a radical plan aimed at stemming the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants to Europe. The Europeans are offering eventually to take half a million Syrians from new refugee and asylum-processing camps they would ... Read More »

Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion

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A 23-year-old “vulnerable and traumatised” Somali woman who was raped on Nauru is pleading with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow her to come to Australia to have an abortion. The Sydney Morning Herald – Latika Bourke, National political reporter The woman, “Abyan” (not her real name) is one of two female Somali refugees who have requested help from Australia after being raped on the island. Last week the ABC’s 7.30 broadcast distressing footage of the other victim, a 26-year-old woman ... Read More »

Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent for the first time: World Bank

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Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 per cent of the global population for the first time, although there is still “great concern” for millions in Africa, a World Bank report says. “This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. According to World Bank projections, about 702 million ... Read More »

Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby. The New York Times – By ALISSA J. RUBIN The attack, which the military said in a statement might have been “collateral damage” that occurred while engaging militants, drew a fierce international outcry. The head ... Read More »

Mental health shake-up imminent, Health Minister Sussan Ley says

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Health Minister Sussan Ley says Australia’s mental health system will soon be overhauled after a review found the current regime was disjointed and must get better at “catching people before they fall”. Brisbane Times – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent Ms Ley is on Monday expected to foreshadow the root and branch reform, which would refocus the system on the needs of the individual. The full details would be announced before the end of the year. The announcement is ... Read More »

A sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family

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Today is a sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family. We lost one of our founding members and member of our Board for the last 15 years, Eleni Kourri, our Nitsa. I choose to write this in English to share this sad news with our Europa Donna European family as Nitsa was an active ED member attending the advocacy training, all the Pan European conferences, and was one of the first Cypriot women who spoke out for women with ... Read More »

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

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Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says The Guardian – Felicity Carus A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, ... Read More »

Anne Harris: History will judge O’Reilly as a man of principle

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While the former newspaper proprietor will always have his critics, his dedication to press freedom is unassailable The Irish Times – Anne Harris Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. However, the book itself is fair to a man who was defined by dual loyalties: personal ambition and patriotism, business and ethics. Some reviewers had agendas they did not declare. Words like charm ... Read More »

Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

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Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. Australian Institute of International Affairs – By Marlene Millott An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or PKI) were massacred by the Indonesian Army, with help from local religious and youth groups. These killings contributed to a ... Read More »