Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia

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Euthanasia is dangerous, which is one of the key reasons the Catholic Church has long opposed it. The Canberra Times - Christopher Prowse * In a column in The Canberra Times on Monday (“Let the dying taste freedom”, Times, May 25, p1), Ross Fitzgerald accused the Catholic Church of all sorts of things, but his main concern was our opposition to ... Read More »

Listen to someone you don’t agree with – for a change

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People can’t handle hearing opposing views any more and it’s snuffing out real debate. The Canberra Times – Mark Brandi * Imagine a job where your every word is scrutinised, analysed and pulled apart. Where fevered calls for your sacking are trending on Twitter. Where colleagues offer qualified support, but privately lobby for your position. And you can’t remember the last ... Read More »

Revoking citizenship is pointless and absurd

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Abbott is suggesting an irresponsible and impractical way to manage terrorists. The Canberra Times - Andrew Zammit The federal government has announced it will introduce legislation to revoke citizenship as a counter-terrorism measure, but this is not a practical or responsible way to tackle the terrorist threat that Australia faces. Under the proposed law, dual-national Australians suspected of terrorism offences (namely ... Read More »

Court dismisses claim of German complicity in Yemeni drone killings

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Judge says German government not obliged to prohibit US from using Ramstein airbase for relaying drone control signalling but allows campaigners to appeal The Guardian - Kate Connolly in Cologne A court in Cologne has dismissed a claim brought by three Yemenis accusing the German government of complicity in the deaths of civilians for allowing the US to relay drone data ... Read More »

Remind me again, how does cannabis affect the brain?

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Governments and communities worldwide are softening their views on cannabis use. Trials of medicinal cannabis have been approved in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. And the Australian parliament is currently debating legislation to introduce a government regulator of medicinal cannabis. The Conversation AUTHORS: Murat Yücel, Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Monash University Aaron Kandola, Research Assistant, Monash Clinical and Imaging Neuroscience at ... Read More »

Give asylum seekers proper assessments

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Since September 2013, the Abbott government has pursued a policy of turning back boats laden with people who either want to seek asylum or are opportunistic migrants. The Age - Editorial  In that time, 18 boats have been prevented from reaching our shores. We know that much, and not much more because details of the government’s gung-ho Operation Sovereign Borders, ... Read More »

Defence secretary warns of China’s ‘unprecedented’ land reclamation activity in South China Sea

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The secretary of the Defence department, Dennis Richardson, has expressed Australia’s strong concern about China’s recent land reclamation in the South China Sea area. The Conversation - Michelle Grattan The speed and scale of the reclamation on disputed reefs and other features raised the question of China’s intent and purpose, Richardson said in very pointed comments, noting that if it were ... Read More »

Spain’s Two-Party System Makeover

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It could be in for a long-overdue democratic renewal. The National Interest – Stan Veuger * Spain woke up on Monday to confirmation that its relatively stable two-party system of the past thirty-five years had been fundamentally transformed. In last year’s European elections, the center-left Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and the center-right People’s Party (PP) saw their joint vote share reduced from close ... Read More »

Revoking citizenship should be based on conviction, not ministerial decision, former security law monitor Bret Walker says

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Leading barrister and former independent monitor of national security legislation Bret Walker SC has spoken out about the implications of the proposed move to strip dual citizens involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship. ABC – Lateline – By Steve Cannane He told Lateline there must be a judicial system deciding on charges and convictions, not ministerial opinion based on confidential intelligence that ... Read More »