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Bali Nine: Tony Abbott says he believes Joko Widodo is ‘considering position’ on executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he believes his Indonesian counterpart is “carefully considering” his position over the execution of two Australian men. ABC – By Melissa Clarke and Helen Brown Mr Abbott telephoned Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo last night to appeal for clemency for convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. He said he would not reveal the details ... Read More »

The attack on Triggs is an Abbott stitch-up

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Australia is witnessing a political stitch-up of extraordinary proportions. Not by Professor Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission, as the Prime Minister might wail and cry. No, it is clear what is going on. The Abbott government is cynically moving to de-legitimise certain institutions that perform vital roles in the democratic life of this nation. The Age – Editorial Its ... Read More »

We stand for mercy: Australia’s top legal minds sign petition calling for clemency for Chan and Sukumaran

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More than 140 of Australia’s leading law professors, deans and academics have signed a petition pleading with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to use his constitutional powers to spare the lives of the Bali nine pair, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Australians unite for mercy Comment: Bali nine case highlights the quality of mercy The Sydney Morning Herald – Anna Patty, Workplace Editor In ultimately ... Read More »

Attacks on our Human Rights Commission are part of a broader disturbing trend

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The federal government is actively undermining a range of vital checks and balances and stifling criticism of its actions. This is corrosive for democracy and human rights. The Age – Hugh de Kretser The extraordinary revelations in Senate estimates on Tuesday reveal the depths of the government’s attacks on the Australian Human Rights Commission. In early February, Attorney-General George Brandis asked the ... Read More »

Q&A panel shows why we can’t move beyond the basic questions in domestic violence

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Instead of capitalising on their expertise in family violence, Rosie Batty and Natasha Stott Despoja were used on a Q&A special to interpret and validate men The Guardian – Amy Gray, Contact author @_AmyGray_ Simon Sentosha said “we need to start listening to women”. It’s a shame Q&A wasn’t going to give them the opportunity. Instead, only two women panelists featured on a ... Read More »

Federal Govenment plans new anti-terror measures

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In a major speech yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, outlined plans that he says will keep Australia safer from terror attacks. ABC Gippsland Mornings with Jonathon Kendall – by Elise Kinsella These measures include revoking or suspending citizenship of duel nationals who have been involved in terrorism and restricting the rights of Australian citizens involved in terrorism. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News

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The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »