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Nicole Rogerson says she was “appalled” at Pauline Hanson’s comments on children with autism

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Disability advocates and politicians have slammed One Nation senator Pauline Hanson’s call for children with autism and disabilities to be removed from mainstream classrooms, saying the “hurtful” idea would amount to “segregation”. ABC Duration: 5min 10sec Nicole Rogerson says… Read More »

Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it’s failing for marijuana

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Decriminalising marijuana would be a small step and free up resources that could be put to better use elsewhere. So where’s the push for legalisation? Jeff Sparrow The Guardian Why haven’t we legalised marijuana already? It’s a question brought to mind after reading Fairfax crime writer John Sylvester’s recent report on Melbourne as, in the words of assistant commissioner (crime) Steve Fontana, “the engine room of the… Sylvester takes the reader behind the scenes of the old-style anti-pot… Prohibition didn’t ... Read More »

Get autistic students out of mainstream classrooms: Pauline Hanson

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Pauline Hanson has called for disabled students to be removed from mainstream classrooms and attacked teachers as “do-gooders” in a bizarre speech lamenting the state of Australia’s education… Luke Henriques Gomes  The New Daily It comes as the Turnbull government appears to have won enough Senate support to pass its controversial Gonski 2.0 schools funding… In offering her support to the government, Senator Hanson expressed concern that teachers were struggling to deal with disabled students in mainstream… Get autistic students… Read More »

‘We’re not immune’: The Project’s host Waleed Aly warns Australian Muslims could be killed by terrorists and claims far-right extremists are like Islamists after London mosque attack

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The Project’s Waleed Aly asked about an Australian anti-Muslim terror attack The Muslim TV presenter likened London mosque attack to Islamist terrorism Conservative Jewish activist Avi Yemini said it was wrong to compare the two Muslim Labor MP Anne Aly said attacks on Muslims shouldn’t be called ‘revenge’ The Project‘s Waleed Aly has suggested far-right extremists could soon kill Muslims in… Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia In his daily editorial, the… ‘We’re not immune’.. Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

Malcolm Fraser’s widow Tamie condemns Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s treatment of refugees in Australia

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Tamie Fraser AO, refugee advocate and wife of the late former Prime Minister Malcolm, has used World Refugee Day to criticise the current Liberal government’s stance on… ABC – Jon Faine “Last year I didn’t talk about this because there was an election coming up, but I can’t look at it any longer and say it’s OK. It’s not ok to treat refugees as they’re being treated in Australia at this… Mrs Fraser, who affectionately described herself on… Malcolm Fraser’s ... Read More »

Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor faces deportation after visa denied

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Lawyers for Brisbane woman – whose campaign was supported by ministers and fellow former pupils – say decision will ‘rip her away’ from her… Naaman Zhou The Guardian Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been given six months to leave Australia despite a long-running national campaign for immigration minister Peter Dutton to intervene and… The former Yeronga state high school student had her application for a… Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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Analysis A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. RN By Eleanor Gordon-Smith for The Philosopher’s Zone ABC The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. You might remember reading about it in the New York Times. For a minute it looked like the story would end there: Stubblefield looking open-mouthed over her shoulder in the black and… What ... Read More »

Judge defends independence of courts in wake of Dutton comments

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Justice John Logan, who has overturned a deportation order by the minister, says ‘political rhetoric’ must be resisted by the… Ben Doherty The Guardian The acting president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has overturned a deportation order by Peter Dutton for the second time, saying independent courts would not be swayed by political… In a decision on the case of Indian national Jagdeep Singh on Friday, Justice John Logan defended the independence of the AAT, whose decisions have been publicly ... Read More »

Let Us Not Ignore Our Ocean, EEZ’

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Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilvesau spoke to more than 50 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel at the RFMF Training Centre in Vatuwaqa over the weekend on Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and… FijiSun “Ideally, this topic should of concern to every Fijian as it is this important geographical feature that has given us the greater bounds within which we have derived great values and… “Fiji, like any other island state, is surrounded by the… Let Us Not… Read More »

Mixed media: how Australia’s newspapers became locked in a war of left versus right

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We are living through a period of fragmentation and polarisation in public discourse on a scale mankind has not before experienced. Denis Muller The Conversation By far the greatest fragmenting and polarising force is social media. An increasing proportion of the population, especially those under 40, get their news from social media, overwhelmingly from Face… The algorithms that tailor what Facebook prioritises for… Mixed media: how… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor

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Opinion Clara Schumann, the wife of the great composer Robert Schumann, wrote in her diary on May 25, 1854: Liszt sent Robert today a sonata dedicated to him and several other things with a friendly letter to me. But the things are dreadful! The Conversation By Zoltán Szabó, Sydney Conservatorium of Music ABC [Johannes] Brahms played them for me, but they made me utterly wretched … This is nothing but sheer racket — not a single healthy idea, everything confused, ... Read More »

UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education

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Australia has been ranked 39 out of 41 high- and middle-income countries in achieving quality education, in the latest international report to find that the country is falling behind in basic measures of… Pallavi Singhal The Age Only Romania and Turkey were ranked below Australia in education in the latest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report… The report looks at the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and… UN agency ranks… Read More »

Talking Point: Gun law reform soft on crime, hard on owners

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WHEN someone proposes a solution to a problem that does not exist, you can suspect they have an agenda. Carlo Di Falco Mercury The recent mail-out to Tasmania’s 38,000 shooters about the storage of firearms requirements fall into this category. Last year, the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management released the regulatory impact statement and draft regulations about the… Talking Point: Gun… Read More »

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area Bertil Lintner  Asia Times A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the… New Cold War… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »