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Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

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Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of politics are biased in their political thinking

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Any frequent user of social media is probably aware of the tendency for both sides of politics to view the other as fundamentally immoral and ignorant. The Conversation Sam Moreton Interestingly, longitudinal data suggests that political polarisation is intensifying, at least in the United States, with the recent US election seeing partisanship reach an all-time high. One important contributor to this phenomenon is… From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of… Read More »

We need to resist censorship of cyberspace

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I’m among the liberal US journalists and professors whom Google warned were targeted by government-backed attackers. Al Jazeera By Kara Alaimo The hacking effort – aimed at prominent thinkers including New York Times Pulitzer laureate Paul Krugman , Stanford professor and… We need to… Read More »

It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our attachment to facts

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Even Donald Trump’s own team knows that what he says often isn’t true. The Guardian Richard Wolffe But the problem isn’t his lies – it’s our naiveté The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say that… It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our… Read More »

Harris should meet parents of babies with life-limiting conditions

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More support services needed for parents who choose to continue with such pregnancies The Irish Times Breda O’Brien <img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=8946263&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> Parents whom I know whose baby was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition before birth not only had to cope with the Harris should meet… Read More »

Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for how to dissolve the fog of lies

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So now it is just being baldly stated: facts are dead. This week Trump henchman Scottie Nell Hughes said on NPR that “there are no such thing as facts”. SMH Julia Baird Just like that. On air. When people were listening. I think we can all agree that is as daft as it is dangerous. Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for… Read More »

Making vaccines work in Timor-Leste: a small country with a big future

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It is seven o’clock in the morning, and as the cool night gives way to the heat of the day, a winding road stretches ahead of us towards the town of Gleno in Ermera province. On our way, we’re treated to unparalleled views of the jungle and the ocean. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Timor-Leste is a very young country, which is still recovering from the… Making vaccines work in… Read More »

Amid global anti-establishment anger, Italy may be next in line for upheaval

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ROME — Amid a global wave of anti-establishment anger, Italy may be the next in line for upheaval after a Sunday referendum that could topple Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and cast the nation into political crisis. The Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum With Britain quitting the European Union and Donald Trump headed to the… Amid global anti… Read More »

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

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Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »

‘You’re making a TERRIBLE mistake’ Stephen Hawking slams Remain plot to keep Britain in EU

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STEPHEN HAWKING today blasted scheming Remoaner MPs who are trying to subvert the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU, telling them: “You’re making a terrible mistake.” Daily Express By Nick Gutteridge The renowned physicist, who supported staying in the ‘You’re making a… Read More »

A man walks into a bar — not just any old bar

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Co-creator of the infamous Star Wars ‘Cantina’ reminisces at Tokyo Comic Con about making the first movie 40 years ago Asia Times By Liu Hsiu Wen and Kenta Kato The Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley has to be one of the… A man walks… Read More »

We Cannot Ignore The Culture Of Sex Abuse We Have Created

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There is an ongoing crisis at the heart of British culture involving horrific cases of child sexual abuse. Christian Today Krish Kandiah The latest scandal involves the abuse of young footballers. It hit the headlines in the middle of a beleaguered inquiry into… We Cannot Ignore The Culture Of Sex Abuse We… Read More »

NSW Stolen Generations receive compensation

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The NSW government will offer survivors of the Stolen Generation financial compensation as part of a reparation package worth more than $73 million. SBS Laura Morelli The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors is in order to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams says the package is a… NSW Stolen Generations receive… Read More »

New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private counselling remains private

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Sexual assault victims’ private communication with counsellors will be unavailable for perpetrators to use in court under new laws. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced a bill on Thursday providing extra measures for victims of crime in Queensland. Under the changes, a sexual assault counselling privilege will… New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion

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Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »