Australasia

Countdown to death: Bali pair given final notice

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Jakarta: Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may have just three days left to live after they were officially given 72 hours notification of their executions on Saturday. Brisbane Times - Jewel Topsfield, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax The condemned men are bracing to be killed on Tuesday night however Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana said no date had been set and they may have longer. Their Australian lawyer ... Read More »

More calculated cruelty to asylum seekers: is this really us?

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Here is a report from Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Βy Julian Burnside | Asylum Seekers, Human Rights | 1 comment Read it and ask: is this really what Australia has come to?  Is this really how we should behave?  Are we really this uncivilized? And for those who read this who disagree fundamentally with my stand on ... Read More »

Refugee resettlement adds $40m to struggling Victorian town’s economy

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A study has found refugee resettlement added $40 million to a struggling rural Victorian town’s economy. By SBS, AAP Refugee resettlement has created 70 full-time jobs and added $40 million to a struggling rural Victorian town’s economy, a new study shows. Since early 2010, about 170 Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) have resettled at Nhill in western Victoria’s wheatbelt, with the ... Read More »

Why The Fate Of The World’s Climate Is Largely In Australia’s Hands

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We’re told Australia’s contribution to global warning is minimal. A report out today proves that’s a dangerous lie. Thom Mitchell * explains. New Matilda  As American academic Bob Massey put it, “Australia now holds the fate of the world’s climate in its hands”. In its pursuit of a solution to the ‘budget emergency’ Australia is using up the ‘carbon budget’ ... Read More »

The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

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This article is one of several following up The Conversation’s series, State of Imprisonment, which provides snapshots of imprisonment trends in each state and territory. The intention is to provide a basis for informed public discussion of the costs and consequences of imprisonment and the alternatives. The Conversation – Bronwyn Naylor * Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This ... Read More »

The Secret Country Again Wages War On Its Own People

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Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. “Information Clearing House” – By John Pilger Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state ... Read More »

Is Anzac Day a remembrance or a sedative?

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The Gallipoli Centenary may well be the biggest civic cultural event this country has seen or will see in a generation. The Interpreter James Curran The commemoration of the First World War in various forms has been undergoing something of a resurgence in Australia in recent years. In itself this is an extraordinary phenomenon, especially when there was a prediction ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments

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Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »