Human face of Australian poverty: St Vincent de Paul highlights stories of struggle

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EXCLUSIVE Gemma* was working at a popular fast-food restaurant when she slipped and hurt herself on some wet stairs that had not been properly marked. Brisbane Times – Judith Ireland , National political reporter She already had a bad back and as time went on, her injury and pain sometimes left her unable to get out of bed. When she couldn’t work, she also developed depression and anxiety. Because the incident wasn’t reported at the time, and she couldn’t claim compensation, Gemma went onto the Newstart unemployment payment. She saw a “huge drop” ... Read More »

Royal Children’s Hospital refused to discharge mother and child to detention

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””” Doctors speak out against children in detention – Video Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital say they cannot effectively treat severe disturbances among children in detention while they are being detained.””” Doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital refused to discharge an asylum seeker and her child because the immigration department would have sent them back to detention at the expense of their health. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Bridie Smith, Judith Ireland The woman, aged in her 30s, was suffering post-traumatic ... Read More »

Cancel Geert Wilders’ visa like you cancelled Chris Brown, Muslim leader tells Malcolm Turnbull

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Anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman deported GetUp retract Chris Brown visa ban campaign Muslim leaders have pressed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to cancel the visa of Dutch anti-Islamic MP Geert Wilders during a meeting with seven Islamic community leaders on curbing violent extremism. The Sydney Morning Herald – James Massola, Political correspondent Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan told Fairfax Media that he had warned the Prime Minister, during a  high-level meeting on Friday, that Mr Wilders’ visit would fan the flames of anti-Islamic sentiment at a time when the federal and state governments were reaching out ... Read More »

The shame of Australia’s offshore war on women

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Rape, sexual assault and other forms of degradation typify detention for women in Australia’s processing centres. They must have the right to live free from violence The Guardian – Pamela Curr @pamelacurr It came unexpectedly, this war on women. In 2012 we began to hear of unaccompanied women arriving on boats. This was previously the mode of transport for men, boys and families only. It seemed that women and girls in danger were waking to the possibilities of flight. They ... Read More »

When You Educate A Girl, You Educate A Nation

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I was almost ashamed to look directly at her. She stared at the ground, but that couldn’t hide her two bruised eyes, a cut lip, and an abnormally swollen face. You could see the shame she felt. And while the naïve 27-year-old part of me wondered why she didn’t just leave her husband, it would take me some time before I realised she had less choice than most. The Huffington Post – Chantelle Baxter, Co-founder of One Girl Violence against ... Read More »

Comment: I’m Muslim and I’m glad Geert Wilders is coming to Australia

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Anti-Islam, far-right politician Geert Wilders has been granted a visa to Australia. And I’m glad – because haters are always going to hate, writes Irfan Yusuf. SBS – By Irfan Yusuf Since the brutal murder of police worker Curtis Cheng in Parramatta last week by a schoolboy believed to have been influenced by extremists, columnist Andrew Bolt has been alleging a conspiracy between politicians and police. On 5 October he wrote: “They treat us like fools. Police and politicians are ... Read More »

Parramatta Mosque chairman Neil El-Kadomi to tell Islamic extremists to go back to where they came from

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Counter-terrorism raids in Sydney Gunman Jabar kept a low profile “If you don’t like Australia, leave it.” The Canberra Times – Eryk Bagshaw, Education Reporter These are the words Parramatta Mosque chairman Neil El-Kadomi will utter when he stands before his congregation on Friday for the first time since the Sydney terror attack last week. Mr Kadomi will deliver the sermon to more than 400 worshippers in the same mosque in which, only a week earlier, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar had ... Read More »

Data regime will see us funding our own surveillance

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Talk of ‘metadata’ has largely faded from the headlines outside the tech press. It’s a conversation that needs to continue. © Eureka Street – Leanne O’Donnell From next Tuesday 13 October 2015, telcos such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will begin retaining your telecommunications data, as required by the data retention laws passed in March this year. There’s also roughly 400 small internet service providers who, together with the big players, will be required to comply with these retention obligations, subject ... Read More »

The High Court has confirmed what we already knew: human genes are not inventions

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Opinion The company Myriad had intellectual property rights for 20 years in Australia over genetic material the High Court now recognises it never invented. This won’t happen again, writes Luigi Palombi. ABC – TheDRUM – By Luigi Palombi Almost two and a half years ago, I wrote a piece for The Drum on the subject of the patenting of human genes. Justice Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia had just handed down his decision in the case of D’Arcy ... Read More »

Police Commissioner vows to defend religious freedom as anti-Islam protests loom

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Victoria’s reputation for warmth and generosity is increasingly at risk from a new wave of intolerance. The Age – Graham Ashton * Police defend migrants as mosques brace for protests Australia, the lucky country. Regardless of what the author Donald Horne might have intended, I think most people would agree: We are indeed fortunate to live in a very special corner of the world. What makes us the envy of other countries? There are many reasons. Now … is the time ... Read More »

Why can’t we know what’s happening on Nauru and Manus Island?

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The Border Force Act is intended to scare workers on Nauru and Manus Island into silence. It should never be a criminal offence to report a criminal offence The Guardian – Julian Burnside @JulianBurnside The mistreatment of people detained on Nauru and Manus Island is notorious. The following facts are plain, even if they are not widely understood. Asylum seekers who tried to reach Australia by boat: have committed no offence; are removed to Manus or Nauru; are held in ... Read More »

Nauru detention camp ‘not controlled by Australia’, say government lawyers

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Turnbull commits to make Nauru transferees safe The Age – Nicole Hasham Australia will support the Nauru government to provide a safe environment for transferees, says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Vision courtesy ABC News 24. Video  Nauru won’t meet promise on refugee claims Lawyers challenge offshore detention centres Nauru rape victim begs to come to Australia for an abortion Australia does not control the controversial Nauru detention camp and a Bangladeshi mother and baby who are “terrified” of being ... Read More »

What more can Australia do to end the death penalty worldwide?

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has initiated a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s efforts in campaigning against the death penalty. The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has sought submissions with regard to: … reviewing how Australia currently engages internationally to promote abolition of the death penalty, and further steps Australia could take to advocate for worldwide abolition. This inquiry is a progressive response to the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia this year. The ... Read More »

China free trade agreement to invite wave of Chinese workers, drive down wages: report

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Exclusive If the China-Australia free trade agreement proceeds without labour market protections, the Turnbull government will “effectively surrender autonomy over its migration laws” and invite a wave of Chinese workers into Australia, driving down local wages and conditions, a new report has found. The Age – Heath Aston, Political reporter The politically-explosive findings are contained in a report by employment migration expert Dr Joanna Howe, a senior law lecturer at Adelaide University and Rhodes Scholar who has advised the current Coalition ... Read More »

Detainees on Nauru may have been ‘released’, but they are not free

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News of the Nauruan government’s decision to turn its Australian-funded detention centre into an “open centre” started circulating among detainees on Sunday afternoon. Their immediate response was one of deep anxiety and foreboding. The Conversation – Suvendrini Perera * and Joseph Pugliese * A wave of fear swept through the women in the camp in particular. Several immediately turned to the thought of ending their lives as the only option. Despite Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s spin, the undeniable truth is ... Read More »

Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion

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A 23-year-old “vulnerable and traumatised” Somali woman who was raped on Nauru is pleading with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow her to come to Australia to have an abortion. The Sydney Morning Herald – Latika Bourke, National political reporter The woman, “Abyan” (not her real name) is one of two female Somali refugees who have requested help from Australia after being raped on the island. Last week the ABC’s 7.30 broadcast distressing footage of the other victim, a 26-year-old woman ... Read More »