Australasia

Patriot shame: new citizens deserve respect, not contempt

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Peter Dutton has introduced the citizenship bill. It’s supposed to infer loyalty to Australia but in reality means we can all be mates as long as we’re the same. Tasneem Chopra  The Guardian Βlend in or butt out. Speak up, but stop being confronting. Come forward, but only so far. By perpetually redefining the parameters of what it means to be Australian, the new citizen ideal has morphed into a farce. And now, there’s no coding of intentions; it’s clear ... Read More »

Government to pay damages to 1,905 Manus Island detainees in class action

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Detainees claimed physical and mental injuries in settlement believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars Ben Doherty The Guardian The Australian government has settled a class action with more than 1,900 Manus Island detainees and will pay damages believed to be in excess of… Lawyers for the detainees told the Victorian supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday that they have reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the… Government to pay… Read More »

Refugee-turned-lawyer helps others in Australia ahead of deportation deadline

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Hundreds of Israeli commandos are headed to Cyprus as the two countries prepare to start a large-scale, week-long military drill Sunday. Jacqueline Breen ABC Ahmad Dostizada was 10 years old when his father left Afghanistan and travelled by boat to Australia to seek asylum for the family. After months in detention and years on a temporary protection visa, his father was recognised as a refugee, winning the right to bring his wife and… Refugee-turned-lawyer… Read More »

Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing

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Three senior Turnbull government ministers will be hauled before the Supreme Court of Victoria to explain why they should not be charged with contempt after accusing the… Josh Gordon Benjamin Preiss The Age In an explosive development, the Supreme Court has ordered Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge to appear on Friday “to… A letter from Judicial Registrar Ian Irving obtained by Fairfax Media says… Ministers to be… Read More »

Adelaide couple face deportation because of daughter’s disability

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An Adelaide mother and father are pleading for an eleventh hour intervention as they face deportation because of their daughter’s disability. 9news Mary George was born with a neurological disorder in 2014 at Lyell McEwin Hospital in the city’s north. She was on life support for 28 days and didn’t leave hospital for almost a… Adelaide couple face… Read More »

‘Totally unwarranted and draconian’: Lawyers condemn Peter Dutton ‘power grab’ on citizenship

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Lawyers, including the country’s peak law body, have condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship crackdown as a power grab that threatens the independence of the… Michael Koziol Fergus Hunter The Sydney Morning Herald Under changes to be put to Parliament this week, the minister will be empowered to overrule citizenship decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in a bid to put a stop to its… Mr Dutton said the… ‘Totally unwarranted and… Read More »

News Australia loses appeal in Federal Court on $15m tax bill

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Australia’s highest-risk taxpayer has lost an appeal in the Federal Court on a $15 million tax bill relating to interest income. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been in long-running legal battles with the ATO and in 2015 was outed as the nation’s highest risk taxpayer. On Thursday the Federal Court’s Justice Tony Pagone dismissed News Australia Holding’s appeal relating to an old tax assessment amounting to about… News Australia loses… Read More »

Too white, too black, or not black enough? This is not a question for others to decide

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Many young First Nations people feel confused about their identity and where they belong. Constantly being questioned about who you are doesn’t help, writes @IndigenousX host Shannan Dodson Shannan Dodson The Guardian Growing up with a last name associated with Aboriginal activism, my identity is often decided for me. In some ways it becomes a validation of my Aboriginality. As I do not fit the stereotypical “mould” of what an… Too white, too… Read More »

Timor-Leste president Francisco ‘Lu’Olo’ Guterres: a product of war now pushing for peace

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He spent a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance. Helen Davidson in Dili The Guardian Now, as oil and gas reserves dwindle, the young country’s new leader faces a battle to steer his people through difficult times ahead. Before becoming the fourth president of one of the world’s youngest countries, Francisco “Lu’Olo” Guterres spent almost a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance against Indonesian occupation… Timor-Leste president… Read More »

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson fails in third attempt to stop criminal proceedings against him

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CATHOLIC Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has again failed to stop criminal proceedings against him over claims he concealed a colleague’s sexual abuse of a young… Margaret Scheikowski, AAP Advertiser Wilson is accused of concealing information about the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in 1971 by the now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region town of… The NSW Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed his third attempt to have the… Catholic Archbishop Philip… Read More »

“There’s no foreseeable opportunity for this”: Jay declares nuke dump “dead”

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Premier Jay Weatherill has officially walked away from one of the major policy hallmarks of his term in Government, pronouncing the nuclear waste dump “dead” and… Tom Richardson InDaily The position appears a significant rhetorical shift from his stance last November, when he pledged to keep the debate alive ahead of a future referendum on the… At the time, his position was seen by critics both inside the… •”There’s no foreseeable… Read More »

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals

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Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governments Elle Hunt The Guardian Gillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the… The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a… Gillian Triggs says… Read More »

Melbourne lawyers act out

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A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

ASIO warns political parties over foreign donations

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ASIO has warned the major parties about taking donations from two billionaires because its intelligence reveals worrying links to the… Four Corners A joint Four Corners-Fairfax investigation by Nick McKenzie, Chris Uhlmann, Daniel Flitton and Richard Baker ABC The agency has also briefed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his predecessor, Tony Abbott, and… A Four Corners-Fairfax investigation has discovered the two are property developers Huang Xiangmo and Dr Chau Chak Wing. Between them and… ASIO warns political… Read More »

Big Business Welcomes Anti-Slavery Legislation

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A coalition of Australian big businesses has backed calls to introduce Australia’s first anti-slavery legislation. Rachel McFadden Pb The Modern Slavery Act, introduced by the federal opposition to Parliament on Monday, will mean big business will be forced to clamp down on slavery in their supply chains. If passed, the policy will mean that major Australian companies will have to publicly report all of their efforts to identify and… Labor’s legislation also called for the Read More »

Big business backs Labor call for new anti-slavery legislation

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Big business has backed a Labor Party push for new laws to force major Australian companies to report on modern slavery in their supply chains. Anna Patty The Age Federal Labor will on Monday announce the new policy and call for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act to impose new requirements on big business to report on slavery and… The policy includes the introduction of a… Big business backs… Read More »