Australasia

Turnbull news conference an exercise in avoidance and obfuscation

Turnbull - ABC

There were several take-outs from Malcolm Turnbull’s rather odd Monday news conference, which followed his Sunday telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Michelle Grattan ABC First, Australians are still not to be given any detail about the agreement – forged under the Obama administration and now confirmed by Trump – that the US will take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Second, Turnbull appears to… Turnbull news conference… Read More »

Drop The ‘Islamophobia’ Narrative

Islam - The Daily Caller

The unreal word of “Islamophobia” was all over the Canadian media on Monday as it covered the very real story of a Quebec City mosque shooting attack of the night before. David Krayden The Daily Caller Even before the facts were known and even while the Quebec provincial police, who did not seem to have a grip on the investigation, looked ridiculous by first identifying two assailants and then saying that one of them was only a… Drop The ‘Islamophobia’… Read More »

Who gets to see CCTV footage? The law favours the operators

CCTV - The Conversation

In a recent report, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed “significant shortcomings” in the management by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru. Rick Sarre The Conversation One shortcoming identified by the ANAO was that video records and reports of incidents provided by the department and their service providers between 2013 and 2016 were not always able to be reconciled. “There were records of… Who gets to ... Read More »

Fear deliberately spread on Manus Island

Manus Island - Saturday

Crude stories about criminal asylum seekers and cannibal locals were used to foster division and suspicions on Manus Island, aiding Australia’s agenda of obfuscation. Janet Galbraith The Saturday Paper Many in Australia reiterate one story about Manus Island and Manusians. It is a crude story, developed to… Fear deliberately spread on… Read More »

Can you be feminist and pro-life? The question misses the point

Abortion - ABC

The Women’s March on Washington, attended by a crowd estimated to be about three times the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration, carried with it a powerful, global message for women’s equality and human rights. Rachel Hirsch ABC The spirit of women’s solidarity, however, was soon marred with controversy, on account of the reported exclusion from the march of pro-life women’s groups and pro-life women in general. The politics of the March… Can you be feminist and… Read More »

‘Australia first’ is opportunism – and politicians should be careful where it leads

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Scott Morrison’s echoing of Trump may have been an attempt to keep populism at bay but there is a clear danger in this type of rhetoric Jason Wilson The Guardian Donald Trump’s “America first” inaugural speech found strange echoes in Australia this week. After the newly sworn-in… ‘Australia first’ is opportunism… Read More »

Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

Australia day - CNN

(CNN) – Australia’s national day, held on January 26 every year, isn’t all beer and barbeques. Ben Westcott CNN While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it’s a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever. Australia Day marks the arrival of Why some Australians want to… Read More »

Doctors plead for pregnant refugee on Nauru to be moved to Australian hospital

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Kuwaiti is more than 35 weeks’ pregnant, her baby is in breech and she has a fibroid or benign tumour on the wall of her uterus Ben Doherty The Guardian Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru facing a complex and… Doctors plead for… Read More »

Australia fails to improve ranking in global corruption index amid mounting push for federal watchdog

Corruption - ABC

Australia has maintained its position in a key corruption ranking, ending a four-year slide down Transparency International’s global corruption ladder, but experts warn the reprieve may be short-lived if major reforms are not implemented. Sam Clark and Dan Oakes ABC The index ranks countries based on perceptions of corruption in the public service. Nations at the top of the… Australia fails to improve… Read More »

Blasphemy laws desecrate democratic rights

Opinion

Two religious communities have shown us the cross roads for free speech at which we have arrived. Amanda Stoker On Line Opinion The Grand Mufti of Australia, leader of the Muslim faith in this country, called for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to be expanded to make it unlawful for a person to (among other things) offend or insult a… Blasphemy laws desecrate… Read More »

Right to refuse gay weddings protects against other discrimination, inquiry told

Marriage - The Guardian

LGBTI campaigners say department’s submission shows double standard if discrimination based on sexuality allowed Paul Karp The Guardian The government’s marriage equality bill specifies that ministers of religion would be able to refuse same-sex weddings because otherwise it risks creating a right to refuse weddings based on disability or race, the attorney… Right to refuse gay weddings protects… Read More »

More police won’t necessarily lead to better outcomes on family violence – here’s what we need

Police - The Conversation

The Victorian government is recruiting more frontline police as part of a broader drive to tackle crime in the state. Marie Segrave, Dean Wilson and Kate Fitz-Gibbon The Conversation  Among the new recruits will be 415 officers specially trained to deal with family violence. The efforts to change attitudes and… More police won’t necessarily lead… Read More »

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date

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26 January – a day that marks the beginning of Indigenous dispossession – is the wrong day for national… Editorial The Guardian Respectful debate is the best way to a solution that will allow all Australians to join the… Mick Dodson explained succinctly why he… The Guardian view… Read More »

The markers of everyday racism in Australia

Racism - The Conversation

While Australians value equality, our multicultural nation contains markers of racial discrimination. Claire Smith, Jordan Ralph and Kellie Pollard The Conversation Some are so innocuous we may not recognise them. Experiencing racism is part of… The markers of everyday… Read More »

Police pursuits: when does the end justify the means?

Police - ABC

The carnage in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, in which five pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle driven by a wanted offender, has again highlighted the issue of police pursuits. Terry Goldsworthy ABC Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with community safety. So what is the appropriate balance? And have Australian jurisdictions… Police pursuits: when does the… Read More »

More domestic violence data needed ​to prevent deaths, says report

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Human Rights Commission calls for system to report, collect, analyse and share data on domestic or family violence deaths Helen Davidson The Guardian Australia must improve its national data collection on domestic and family violence to identify gaps in services and prevent avoidable deaths, the Human Rights Commission has said. In a report released on… More domestic violence data… Read More »