Papua New Guinea’s supreme court halts asylum seeker deportations

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Exclusive: immigration department will defy highest court in the land if it continues forcing men held on Manus to return to their countries of origin The Guardian – Ben Doherty, @bendohertycorro Papua New Guinea’s supreme court has stepped in to halt all deportations of asylum seekers back to their home countries, ordering an interim injunction late on Tuesday to stop ... Read More »

The Dyson Heydon question and Australia’s infantile disorder

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One of the busiest people in Australia this past weekend has been what is described as “a fair-minded lay observer” (FMLO), otherwise known as “the hypothetical reasonable observer” or “the hypothetical bystander”. This is the person whose judgment is being invoked to decide whether Dyson Heydon, the Royal Commissioner on Trade Union Governance and Corruption, should recuse himself or, even, ... Read More »

Allegations of violence, abuse in disability homes not referred to police

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It takes a lot to wipe the smile from Gary Comerford’s face. The Canberra Times - Christopher Knaus, Reporter for The Canberra Times. For more than 20 years, he’s lived happily in the government-run Fairweather House disability group home. But Mr Comerford, who has an intellectual disability, says he was made to feel terrified in his own home when a ... Read More »

Liberty Victoria welcomes removal of religious instruction from classrooms

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Liberty Victoria has welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to remove Special Religious Instruction (‘SRI’) from scheduled class time at government schools. The government has announced instead that SRI will only be available before or after school or at lunchtime. The government’s move comes just weeks after Liberty Victoria released a detailed report on the SRI programme, available at, on ... Read More »

Dob-in-a-dealer fails at the first step

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When losing a war, change tactics. Except if the war is on drugs, then change nothing and prepare for defeat. The Age - Tim Dick, Columnist The Prime Minister might be a fighter, but his battle plan on drugs is wrong. He is doubling down on the failed strategy of law-and-order first and everything else later. Australia’s default position is ... Read More »

HESTA decision to dump Transfield marks turning point for shareholder activism

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On Tuesday the divestment bandwagon took an extraordinary turn. AFR Weekend – by Joanna Mather and Sally Rose Australia’s sixth-largest superannuation fund junked its shares in immigration detention centre operator Transfield. Tobacco and fossil fuels such as coal have become familiar targets of divestment campaigns. But HESTA’s decision to dispose of its $23 million stake in Transfield is a response to what might be termed “human rights risk”. It was ... Read More »

High Court sets date for case challenging offshore detention

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The High Court will sit in Canberra on 7-8 October to consider the lawfulness of the Australian Government’s role in offshore detention on Nauru, in a case brought by a group of people seeking asylum. HRLC – The case, filed by the Human Rights Law Centre, raises important and untested questions about the Australian Government’s power to facilitate, fund and ... Read More »