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In his Honour, Justice Emilios Kyrou’s recently published autobiography: “Call me Emilios,” his Honour describes how ongoing racism at school caused him to try to conceal his ethnic identity by means of adopting a more ‘Anglo’ sounding name, in his case, ‘John.’ Dean Kalimniou The moment of supreme emancipation for him, came on the day he was confident enough to ... Read More »

Is this how a civilised country responds to the Rohingya crisis? Nope nope nope

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The Prime Minister says we mustn’t, under any circumstances, encourage people smugglers. International law, the reaction of our neighbours, sheer humanity are all to be subordinated to this imperative, writes Mungo MacCallum. TheDRUM - By Mungo MacCallum Nope, nope, nope – the most negative and illiterate of all Tony Abbott’s three word slogans. His rejection of even the merest consideration of ... Read More »

Green power success stories take the wind out of Tony Abbott

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Comment The Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald political and international editor There was so much, in fact, that the price of electricity actually fell to zero. And the price kept falling. It went negative. There were times on April 17 when wholesale electricity in Germany was selling for minus 14.91 euros for a megawatt hour. So it wasn’t ... Read More »

If You Thought Sorry Was The Hardest Word, Try Mentioning Compensation

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Today is National Sorry Day. And as we continue to dodge justice and repeat the mistakes of our past, we still have plenty to be sorry for, writes Amy McQuire. New Matilda – By Amy McQuire It’s been 18 long years since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Parliament. To commemorate this, Aboriginal communities and organisations across the country ... Read More »

The speech on dying you were prevented from hearing

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Dr Rodney Syme, a urological surgeon, has been campaigning for many years to have the law changed to recognise the right of terminally ill people to have the knowledge and means to choose the manner and timing of their death. The Age – Michael Short This is Dr Syme: Through this newspaper, he has openly admitted breaking the law many times ... Read More »

Politicians and media to blame for ‘dumbing down’ news

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As intensified personal ambition has heightened competition among between the parties, unwritten rules that certain subjects were off limits to the political contest have gone by the board. The Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor The obvious example is immigration, Asian immigration in particular, and boat people. For many years, both sides knew there was an ... Read More »

The right to discriminate is just a cover for prejudice

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The most significant thing to come so far from George Brandis’ inquiry into freedoms is a reminder that the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) still exists. The Age - Tim Dick *, Columnist Almost a century on from the revolution, after the fall of the Soviet Union and conversion of China to one-party capitalism, its central committee reminded the inquiry that true freedom ... Read More »

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strike military deal

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Australia hopes to ink a deal with Japan this year that would smooth the passage of military personnel into one another’s country for joint exercises in a further tightening of strategic bonds amid concern about Chinese ambition in the region. The Age - David Wroe, National security correspondent Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday and ... Read More »