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Sewage leak closing Tasmanian oyster farms, deterring swimmers

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A sewage leak, which has closed some Tasmanian oyster farms, will cost jobs and hurt the economy in the St Helen’s region, the mayor has… Georgie Burgess ABC Heavy rainfall on Friday caused a TasWater pump station to overflow and leak raw sewage into Georges Bay on the state’s east… Sewage leak closing… Read More »

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers

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A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers. Max Chalmers New Matilda Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and… The New Australian Order… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidency will be ‘hopelessly conflicted’, corporate governance expert says

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Donald Trump will be a “hopelessly conflicted president” with an unrivalled array of commercial conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the presidency, according to a leading expert on corporate governance. Stephen Long ABC “I doubt he will survive two years. It could be months,” Professor… Donald Trump’s presidency will be… Read More »

Australia’s privacy laws gutted in court ruling on what is ‘personal information’

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In possibly Australia’s most important privacy case to date, the Federal Court today dealt a severe blow to Australia’s information privacy laws by narrowing the definition of “personal information”. Jake Goldenfein The Conversation Australia’s data privacy laws only protect “personal information”, which is defined by whether a person is identified or identifiable from data. By reasoning that data is… Australia’s privacy laws gutted in… Read More »

Drug Prohibition Is Killing Young Australians

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We need to make it as safe as possible for when our kids experiment. Greg Chipp The Huffington Post Drug prohibition is not protecting young Australians; it is killing them. Last weekend, an apparently… Drug Prohibition Is Killing… Read More »

If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

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If you were starting Australia all over again, you would have a national government and 20 regional governments. John Quiggin The Conversation That was one of the things I agreed with Gough Whitlam on. … Anything that can reduce or… If we scrapped the states… Read More »

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

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Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island — a place of deprivation and despair

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A shocking first-hand account and photos of the appalling conditions on Manus Island as shared by a hospital volunteer. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia HELEN FOX is agitated: “The doctors in the hospital… EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

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It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so… Colleen Lewis The Conversation It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to tackling the ever-widening trust deficit between MPs and those they… We need to criticise MPs’ questionable… Turnbull makes a good start on… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

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Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts

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Sometimes truth is stranger than… Here we are – Donald Trump is about to become the 45th president of the United States and we have to prepare for the… Bill McKibben The Sydney Morning Herald It beggars belief that in 2016 an outright climate change denier could rise to the highest office in the US, dragging with him a… Australia joining US… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

Immigration Department spent more than $1 billion without proper authorisation, independent audit alleges

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper… STEPHANIE ANDERSON ABC A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed “significant… Immigration Department spent… Read More »

Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »