Australasia

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline?

Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? By Dee Madigan No. Sitting down with her and chatting to her gives credibility to her views that will actually help her. As if what she has to say is worth hearing. It isn’t… Source: Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? | SBS News Read More »

Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say

Lawyers and support workers are calling for the management of Queensland’s juvenile detention centres to be included in the Northern Territory royal commission into the mistreatment of young inmates.. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to establish the royal commission after the ABC’s Four Corner’s exposed the disturbing mistreatment of boys in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin… Source: Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Opinion: In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don’t somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to ... Read More »

Population growth stabilising, providing economic boost: UBS

Australia’s population growth stabilises at 1.4 per cent per annum, in positive news for the nation’s economic outlook, according to UBS.. By business reporter Michael Janda The investment bank observed that most of the slowdown in population growth had actually come from increased emigration… Source: Population growth stabilising, providing economic boost: UBS – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow

Another political scare campaign has started. It’s not about negative gearing or Medicare. This time it’s the sale of the New South Wales electricity distribution network, Ausgrid. The NSW Premier, Mike Baird, staked his government’s re-election on the privatisation of 49% of the state’s electricity distribution and transmission networks. The transmission network, Transgrid, was wholly privatised for A$10.26 billion in 2015… Source: Xenophon and Katter’s concerns over Ausgrid sale ring hollow Read More »

My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader’s nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former UN climate chief Christina Figueres and several candidates from Eastern Europe, make his prospects slim. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Monday that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked to be nominated as a candidate to be the next United Nations Secretary-General. Some ... Read More »

Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration

Television host Sonia Kruger has responded to the media storm caused by her comment thatshe would like to see Muslim immigration in Australia stopped in the interests of safety. The World Today By Sarah Sedghi She made the comment on Channel Nine yesterday in response to a column written by Andrew Bolt in News Corp papers about immigration policies and terrorism… Source: Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

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Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing

By Roger Burritt, University of Kassel and Katherine Christ, University of South Australia Those in the greyhound racing industry were surprised by Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird’s announcement on the banning of the industry in NSW from July 1, 2017, which was closely followed in the ACT. But the writing has been on the… Source: What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing – SmartCompany Read More »

When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years. An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed. In any event, its brief is to recount ... Read More »

The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign

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Editorial: The 2016 campaign began with high hopes for bold and positive policies. Eight long weeks later, the major parties have let themselves down.. The 2016 Australian election campaign began with the hope that big ideas and bold positive policies might mean voters would be able to choose the party that inspired them the most rather than the one they despised the least…. Source: The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign | Opinion ... Read More »

Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking

Scientists predict the hole could close permanently by the middle of the century.. The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing, say scientists. Recovery of the hole has varied from year to year, partly because of the effects of volcanic eruptions… Source: Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking Read More »

Policy primers: what you need to know before election day

Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote. What are the parties promising on issues ranging from tax to education to infrastructure? Click through below to find out… Source: Policy primers: what you need to know before election day Read More »

The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset switch

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At a crucial moment in history, it’s worth thinking about the evolution of progressive ideas, in the US, the UK and in Australia.. The remarkable story in the latest Mother Jones about life in the American private prison system helps us think through a remarkable US election – and, more generally, the death spiral in which the liberal left seems to have trapped itself… Source: The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset ... Read More »