Australasia

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

Prison - The Conversation

A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

‘I realised I never was able to help one child’: where the justice system fails

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Cathy McLennan, who represented Indigenous young offenders as a barrister for two decades, says real solutions can only be found outside the courtroom Joshua Robertson The Guardian • Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison? – interactive case study Cathy McLennan threw… ‘I realised I never… Read More »

Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel third act

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The grim statistics are read out in the Australian parliament every February. Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 14 times more likely to be in custody than non-Indigenous people. A teenage boy who identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is more likely to go to jail than go to university and… Indigenous incarceration: turning… Read More »

The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne

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A DRUG that melts plastic and has the nickname “coma in a bottle” has had a devastating impact on Melbourne’s party scene. Olivia Lambert News.com.au GBL is believed to be the cause of almost 40 overdoses in the city on the weekend, with people unknowingly taking the drug, which is a derivative of GHB. People were being… The drug that… Read More »

Women also sexually abuse children, but their reasons often differ from men’s

Abuse - The Conversation

Data from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently revealed that, between 1950 and 2010, 60% of all abuse allegedly took place at faith-based institutions. Xanthe Mallett The Conversation Evidence showed that, in Catholic institutions, 95% of alleged offenders were men. This means the… Women also sexually… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

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Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

What is it like to live next to a prison?

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In the Victorian town of Ararat, sandwiched between Ballarat and the Wimmera in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, it can seem like every second person you meet either works at the prison or has a family member who does. Jane Cowan ABC While Werribee residents have protested against the decision to build a youth detention centre, in Ararat you are hard pressed to find anyone willing to say a bad word about the jail that has been part of ... Read More »

Why no one’s protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia

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Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to… Andrew Masterson The Age Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he’s… Why no one’s… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

Racism - The Conversation

While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Meet Zealandia, the underwater continent that New Zealand sits on

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Scientists have for the first time clearly defined Zealandia, a continent that sits to the east of… Marcus Strom The Sydney Morning Herald And before you start thinking about a trek around the continent, you’ll need to realise that 94 per cent of it is below the Pacific… The bits that aren’t waterlogged are commonly referred to as New Zealand and New… Meet Zealandia, the… Read More »

Rushing marriage equality puts ‘democracy at risk’, says Liberal senator

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David Fawcett says broader protections for religious groups needed before same-sex marriage bill can progress Paul Karp The Guardian Pushing for same-sex marriage in the short term without further religious protections would “put plural and tolerant democracy at risk”, the chair of a Senate inquiry into marriage equality has said. Liberal senator David… Rushing marriage equality… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Closing the gap: Australia is meaner, dumber and more racist than 25 years ago

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The Closing The Gap report should have been a wake up call about the way the government is failing First Australians. Andrew P Street Brisbane Times It won’t be. In 2001 John Howard… Closing the gap… Read More »