Australasia

Pregnancy’s complex truth remains taboo as glamour replaces confinement

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There is a certain image of pregnancy visible in the advertisements around us that depicts soon-to-be mothers as clean, pastel-coloured and happy. Olivia Humphreys ABC It all seems very far from what I imagine, which is a bit more along the lines of the famous scene from Aliens with John Hurt, where an alien comes ripping out of his stomach. I’ve always thought… Pregnancy’s complex truth… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity

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Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’ Ben Doherty The Guardian Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a… International Criminal Court… Read More »

Liberals to put One Nation ahead of Nationals in unprecedented election deal

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The Turnbull government is defending an unprecedented preference deal that will see the Liberals put One Nation ahead of the Nationals in Western Australia, with a senior frontbencher saying Pauline Hanson’s party is more “sophisticated” than… Adam Gartrell Brisbane Times Arthur Sinodinos says One Nation has “evolved” in the 16 years since his… Liberals to put… Read More »

The Opcat treaty could revolutionise Australia’s treatment of detainees

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You may never have heard of it, but Australia’s decision to ratify this treaty could be its single most positive step in improving life for prisoners Edward Santow The Guardian The federal government has announced it will ratify and implement the Opcat treaty. Few people will… The Opcat treaty… Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Australia Post salary scandal highlights our nation’s growing wage inequality

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How much more than an average worker should a… Research shows Australians believe CEOs should earn eight… Carl Rhodes  The Conversation It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that revelations about the salary of Australia Posts CEO Ahmed Fahour have caused a… Fahour’s pay is estimated at up to 119 times that of a Australia Post salary… Read More »

Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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A large number of Australian cartoonists have supported international efforts to get their colleagues out of detention in Malaysia, Turkey and Manus Island but, as Dr Martin Hirst discovered, there’s… Martin Hirst Independent Australia  Where’s #FreeSpeech Bill when we… The Australian’s highly… Media Sauce: Where’s… Read More »

Australian citizen, former East Timorese minister fights against ‘unfair’ seven-year jail sentence for corruption

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East Timor’s former finance minister and dual Australian citizen Emilia Pires is fighting to have her name cleared over charges she corruptly awarded a $1 million contract to her husband’s company in… ABC Pires has been sentenced to seven years’ jail, and sought to have her appeal referred to a… Australian citizen, former… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

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In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

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The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

Massive ancient undersea landslide discovered off Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists were amazed to find remains of 300,000-year-old sediment slip while conducting 3D mapping of deep sea floor… Australian Associated Press The Guardian Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered off the Great Barrier Reef… Massive ancient undersea… Read More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

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Some commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply. Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander The Conversation These concerns hinge on the fact that solar panels and other domestic generators can push up voltages, potentially making it harder for network companies to maintain stability across the grid. But what is… Crisis, what crisis… Read More »

Dear Minister For Immigration Peter Dutton, And Whoever Else Will Listen

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Stunned by America’s ‘travel bans’, and outraged by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, Olivia Congdon has penned an open letter to Peter Dutton. Olivia Congdon New Matilda RE: Ending the suffering we cause asylum seekers Yesterday, a customer… Dear Minister For… Read More »

‘Worse than death’ Nauru: A mother’s story

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Another shocking first-hand account of the appalling conditions in offshore detention, this time on Nauru. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia MARIE* AND I have a lot in common. We are both… ‘Worse than death… Read More »