Australasia

Full-term prison sentences for police killers like Craig Minogue ‘dangerous, unnecessary’, Liberty Victoria says

Prison Sentences - ABC

The Victorian Government’s move to keep police killers behind bars for life is “dangerous”, “unnecessary” and interferes with the independence of the justice system, a human rights group has said. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The Government has introduced laws into Parliament to prevent people who kill police officers from being released on parole. The laws would affect three current prisoners, including… Full-term prison sentences for police killers like… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?

Opinion

The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »

NT Royal Commission told building more youth detention facilities won’t solve juvenile justice issues

Juvenile justice - NT

Building more youth detention facilities is not the solution to the juvenile justice problems in the Northern Territory, a royal commission has heard. NT News Former Queensland Corrective Services director-general Keith Hamburger says more of the same will not work. “It’s like when you’re taking medicine that’s not… NT Royal Commission told building more… Read More »

‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of church and state, there’s no need

Church state - The Guardian

Polling about spiritual beliefs and how they intersect with politics shows some disconnection between our inner worlds and the physical world we share The Guardian Peter Lewis While the separation of church and state is enshrined in the Australian constitution, the presence of religion has never been far beneath the surface of our political system. The Australian Labor party is in many ways a creature of… ‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of… Read More »

Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over ‘fair use’ provisions

Celebrities Protest - NT News

A GROUP of Australian actors, artists, writers and musicians have launched a campaign to prevent changes to copyright laws which they say will hurt artists and stifle the country’s creative industries. NT News Nick Whigham Author and TV personality Tara Moss, musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa and radio and TV personality Rove McManus are among the Australian celebrities who have lent their support to the campaign to… Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over… Read More »

Australia’s political elites are fiddling while Rome burns

Aus Politics - The Conversation

Australians are used to the vulgar antics and empty point-scoring that pass for debate in federal parliament. The Conversation Joseph Camilleri But little could have prepared them for the current descent into pure farce. Politics divorced from… Australia’s political elites are fiddling while… Read More »

Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

Youth violence - ABC

Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

18C - The Canberra Times

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

Police receive powers to compel offenders to hand over passwords

Civil liberties - Brisbane Times

New laws which will allow police to demand computer and phone passwords from certain offenders could violate fundamental rights, a civil liberties group argues. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Police Minister Mark Ryan introduced a new bill on November 29 which would allow police to demand passwords and access codes for electronic devices from reportable offenders where there was a suspicion that an offence had occurred. The law would cover reportable offenders who… Police receive powers to compel offenders to… Read More »

Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to 20pc of Australians, survey reveals

Torture - ABC

One in five Australians think it is acceptable to use torture to obtain military information during war, a Red Cross survey has found. ABC Jean Kennedy The survey found Australian men were more likely than women to agree that captured soldiers can be tortured to obtain information. Overall, 24 per cent of men think Australian soldiers can be… Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to… Read More »

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders

Racism - The Guardian

Mutuma Ruteere warns xenophobic hate speech on the rise, and political leaders need to ‘censure this kind of divisive and racist rhetoric’ in their ranks The Guardian Paul Karp Mainstream Australian political leaders need to denounce divisive and racist rhetoric, particularly from members of their own parties, a United Nations expert has said. The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, made… Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges… Read More »

Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to target adults procuring kids to commit crimes

Fagins - ABC

The Victorian Government has said it will introduce a new offence to target adults procuring children to do their criminal “dirty work”. ABC Attorney-General Martin Pakula said legislation would be introduced to State Parliament next year to see adult criminals facing up to 10 years’ jail for such behaviour. The new law has been dubbed Fagin’s Law, after the… Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to… Read More »

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

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Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »

NSW Stolen Generations receive compensation

Stolen Generations - SBS

The NSW government will offer survivors of the Stolen Generation financial compensation as part of a reparation package worth more than $73 million. SBS Laura Morelli The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors is in order to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams says the package is a… NSW Stolen Generations receive… Read More »

New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private counselling remains private

Victims - Brisbane Times

Sexual assault victims’ private communication with counsellors will be unavailable for perpetrators to use in court under new laws. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced a bill on Thursday providing extra measures for victims of crime in Queensland. Under the changes, a sexual assault counselling privilege will… New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion

Opinion

Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »