Australasia

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

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Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their… Source: Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem

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While he talks of ‘revolutionary’ vision in the welfare sector, Christian Porter ignores the fact that unemployment is a failure of the market, not the person John Falzon You don’t build communities up by putting people down. Structural changes to the economy have resulted in entire communities being left without work and… Source: Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem | John Falzon | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies

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Speaking at UN summit, the prime minister says security of national borders must come first if the public is to accept large migration flows Ben Doherty Malcolm Turnbull has told world leaders at the UN that Australia’s uncompromising border protection regime should be a model for other countries, and… Source: Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians

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This could be be the most divisive parliament in Australia’s history. But by standing up to racists, the Greens can help bring communities together Richard Di Natale ”Go home you greasy wog!”. Those words, yelled at me in anger by classmates who didn’t know any better, still sting. This didn’t happen often, and… Source: When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians| Richard Di Natale | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing

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He says he’s apolitical – a conservative on law and order but all-but a socialist on hospitals and medicine. He says he’s going to listen and learn before making up his mind on legislation. Who knows? Gay Alcorn Derryn Hinch is unlikely to remember this, but way back in the 1980s I had a long, long lunch with him and… Source: Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing | Gay Alcorn ... Read More »

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

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President’s introduction Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers and refugees to Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing of their claims has been one of the most contentious aspects of Australia’s migration policies. Introduced in 2012, third country processing has been a key plank of successive Australian governments to deter asylum seekers from travelling to Australia by… Source: Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea | Australian Human Rights Commission Read More »

Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor

The University of South Australia is hoping to increase Indigenous enrolments with the appointment of its first Indigenous pro-Vice Chancellor Irene Watson. BY NICOLA GAGE The inaugural position was created after the university announced it would close its David Unaipon College, with its programs to merge into the mainstream campus… Source: Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Exclusive: MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators Michael Slezak Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the… Source: Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants

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Greens urge Labor to oppose $1bn cut to Australian Renewable Energy Agency, removing its future capacity for grants Michael Slezak A giant surge of investment in renewable energy has been sparked by what might be the last grants made by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, as the… Source: Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype. By Michael Atkin and Nikki Tugwell The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the… Source: Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has lost a two-year bid to keep the summaries of meetings in his ministerial diary from being considered for release under the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act. A Federal Court judge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and a full Federal Court bench decided the reasons advanced on Brandis’ behalf to not… Source: Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

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Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up

Recent weeks have seen media attention focus on the role of Chinese nationals in sponsoring or donating to Australian politicians and political parties, amidst public concerns over what these donors might potentially expect in return – from Australia’s foreign policy objectives, to favourable deals in domestic economic projects… Source: Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up | SBS News Read More »

Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty

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Melbourne woman Jasmine Pilbrow found guilty of interfering with an airline crew member for refusing to sit down during protest over the deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker A Melbourne university student who protested against the deportation of an asylum seeker on an interstate flight has been found guilty of interfering with an… Source: Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the… Source: UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea | Natural Gas Daily Read More »