Humanity

Melbourne lawyers act out

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A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

Big Business Welcomes Anti-Slavery Legislation

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A coalition of Australian big businesses has backed calls to introduce Australia’s first anti-slavery legislation. Rachel McFadden Pb The Modern Slavery Act, introduced by the federal opposition to Parliament on Monday, will mean big business will be forced to clamp down on slavery in their supply chains. If passed, the policy will mean that major Australian companies will have to publicly report all of their efforts to identify and… Labor’s legislation also called for the Read More »

Far right raises £50,000 to target boats on refugee rescue missions in Med

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Aid charities have saved more than 6,000 from drowning this year. Now anti-Islam ‘Identitarians’ are crowdfunding to pay for vessels to chase them down. Mark Townsend The Guardian Far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a… Members of the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant “Identitarian” movement – largely twentysomethings often described as… Far right raises… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

Ethics office will press White House on undated conflict-of-interest waivers

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The Office of Government Ethics plans to press the White House to clarify when it issued a slew of ethics waivers giving its staffers permission to interact with their former employers or clients, an indication that the… Matea Gold  The Washington Post Ten of the 14 waivers publicly disclosed this week by the White House are undated and unsigned, raising questions about when they… Particularly troubling, ethics experts said, was a… Ethics office will… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »

The Powerful Anti-Terrorism Ad That’s The Hit of Ramadan

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The month of Ramadan is a time of peak TV consumption in the Arab world, and in turn, peak TV ad budgets. So the Kuwaiti telecom company Zain decided to make to the most of the holy season with a powerful three-minute musical spot urging Arabs to reject suicide… Kuwaiti Telecom Company Zain Speaks Out Against Terrorism The ad begins with a man making a bomb in a… The Powerful Anti… Read More »

Meet Jessica Pearce, the woman buying houses for Melbourne’s homeless

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A woman has been so moved by the sight of Melbourne’s homeless people that she has started buying houses for them. ABC Radio Melbourne Simon Leo Brown Jessica Pearce was staying at a hotel in Flinders Street with her partner over the Christmas period when they came face to face with city’s homeless problem. “I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn’t realise how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was,” she told… Meet ... Read More »

Religious scholars issue unanimous fatwa declaring suicide attacks Haram

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ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed… TheNews The fatwa carrying signatures of 31 noted scholars was released at a seminar “’Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of ‘Mithaq-e-Madina’ (Charter of… The event was organised by the Islamic Research Institute of the International… Religious scholars issue… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Duterte makes rape ‘joke’ for martial law troops

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Philippines’ president reassures soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under Mindanao island martial law. Al Jazeera Source: News agencies President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly-declared martial law in… Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed military rule law on Tuesday to… Duterte makes rape… Read More »

Odyssey Project

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The Odyssey Project is an attempt to challenge the hostile discourse surrounding migrants, the Odyssey Project is a documentary following four humanitarian aid workers as they trace one of the main migration routes into Europe. Odyssey Project – Trailer/Appeal from Odyssey Project on Vimeo. We’ll be stopping off at key points and engaging locals population and refugee community through workshops, discussions and performances at “Routes Festivals”, piloted on events we’ve already run in Serbia. Project Description Whilst there are more ... Read More »

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

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WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United… GARDINER HARRIS  The New York Times The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to… Quietly Lifts Limit… Read More »