Australasia

UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education

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Australia has been ranked 39 out of 41 high- and middle-income countries in achieving quality education, in the latest international report to find that the country is falling behind in basic measures of… Pallavi Singhal The Age Only Romania and Turkey were ranked below Australia in education in the latest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report… The report looks at the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and… UN agency ranks… Read More »

Talking Point: Gun law reform soft on crime, hard on owners

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WHEN someone proposes a solution to a problem that does not exist, you can suspect they have an agenda. Carlo Di Falco Mercury The recent mail-out to Tasmania’s 38,000 shooters about the storage of firearms requirements fall into this category. Last year, the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management released the regulatory impact statement and draft regulations about the… Talking Point: Gun… Read More »

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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Great power competition between the US, India, Japan and Australia on one side, and China on the other, is raising the strategic stakes in the maritime area Bertil Lintner  Asia Times A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the… New Cold War… Read More »

Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters

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Daniel Pauly is calling for a new plan to manage fishing levels as the industry’s expansion combines with global warming Helen Davidson in Darwin The Guardian As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management plan for… Marine expert warns… Read More »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »