Australasia

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful

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Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Department of Social Services (Australia) Australian Policy Online We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. And we are… Multicultural Australia – united… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

Forests - IA

The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

Workplace diversity benefits society

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Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. The Canberra Times Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it’s good practice that helps an organisation to function better. Forty years ago… Workplace diversity benefits… Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

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Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

Yemen - New Matilda

Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

Multiculturalism - ABC

The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

Parliament House, Canberra. How Australia’s Most Under-Appreciated Asset Protects Us All Against A ‘Trump In The Lodge’

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Sure, Tony Abbott was pretty bad, but Australia is unlikely to end up with a ‘Trump in the Lodge’ for one very simple reason, write Tony Shields and Rod Campbell. Tony Shields and Rod Campbell New Matilda With each day the new Trump administration courts controversy on a new topic. Racist travel bans… Parliament House, Canberra… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

Law - IA

SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

The case for holding politicians to the same disclosure standards as company directors

Politicians - The Con-ion

Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced. Bede Harris The Conversation Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a A$1 million commercial property he owns in South Australia. He denies any… The case for… Read More »

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

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Recent controversy over the government’s use of information provided to Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates there are major holes in Australia’s privacy regime that we need to fix. Bruce Baer Arnold The Conversation Australians are accustomed to providing personal information to federal and state governments. We do it… How the law… Read More »

Tasmanian government’s Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 passes through House of Assembly completely unopposed

Tasmania - Examiner

In a rare display of tripartisan support, the government’s family violence reform legislation passed through the Lower House unimpeded on Tuesday. Rob Inglis Examiner Premier Will Hodgman acknowledged the cross-party cooperation that enabled the Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016’s passage through the House of Assembly. “There’s been a… Tasmanian government’s Family… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

Health - ABC

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »