Australasia

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

FASD - ABC

Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »

Sex workers want full decriminalisation in NT, Attorney-General says legislation will be reviewed

Sex workers - ABC

Sex workers in the Northern Territory would be significantly safer if the industry was decriminalised, and the Northern Territory Government holds true to its promise to review the legislation, peak bodies have said. ABC Stephanie Zillman If sex work is decriminalised, as a motion called for at a Labor conference held in February, the Northern Territory would become only the second state or territory in Australia to do so, after New South Wales. The Attorney-General and Minister for… Sex workers ... Read More »

Citizenship test to get a major overhaul: reports

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Extremists and radical migrants will be prevented from becoming Australian citizens in planned changes to visa laws, according to media reports. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has held talks at Parliament House this week to reform Australia’s citizenship test, reports The Daily Telegraph. The changes are reportedly aimed at… Citizenship test to get a major… Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in NT children’s group home

Child Abuse - ABC

Staff members inappropriately touched children at a residential care home in the Northern Territory, a former worker has alleged. ABC Alex Barwick Helen (not her real name), who worked for an organisation she declined to name in 2014, told the ABC she saw a fellow staff member inappropriately touching children in one of the group homes the organisation managed. Despite taking her concerns to management, she claims they… Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in… Read More »

Rubbing salt into the wound for abuse victims

Assault - SMH

When I think things cannot get worse for my institutional child sexual abuse clients – wham! – another round of trickery is thrust at already vulnerable victims by the highly legalistic and parsimonious hierarchy of the Catholic Church. SMH Judy Courtin Whilst feigning compassion, this hierarchy is nervously propelling unknown millions of dollars at lawyers to help them defend the indefensible and to conceal the truth. The Archdiocese of Melbourne, hiding in the shadows until the… Rubbing salt into the wound ... Read More »

How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And Remain In The Turnbull Ministry

Peter-Dutton - New Matilda

A simple illustration of Peter Dutton’s hateful and idiotic comments, by Michael Brull. New Matilda Michael Brull Let me begin with a thought experiment. A few months ago, Harriet Wran was sentenced to… How To Be Hateful And Idiotic And… Read More »

George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

WA deal - ABC

The Greens are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into a “secret deal” involving Attorney-General George Brandis and the West Australian Liberal Government over funds from Alan Bond’s failed Bell Group. ABC Nikki Roberts The deal would have given the WA Government preference as a Bell Group creditor over others including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is owed $300 million. Late last year, the WA Government passed legislation giving… George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over… Read More »

Corporate culture’s dark side demands attention

Corporate culture - The Age

Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to “modern day slavery”. The Age Welcome to Australia in 2016. For the past two years, The Age‘s journalists have exposed… Corporate culture’s dark side demands… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

Geelong residents rally for the extension of opening hours at Warum Ponds police station

Protest - The Herald Sun

HUNDREDS of Geelong residents rallied for the extension of opening hours at a local police station yesterday. The Herald Sun Brianna Travers Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Waurn Ponds police station as part of a community law and order gathering organised by the local member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. A three month trial of cutback manned hours at… Geelong residents rally for the extension of… Read More »

Peter Dutton erodes trust and fuels division

Dutton - SMH

The Herald condemns the Immigration Minister for being ignorant – or deliberately blind – to the message he sent, and for potentially increasing the risk of Islamic radicalisation. SMH The Herald supports and defends free speech: the revelation of facts, public exposure of wrongdoing and vigorous contest of ideas. We also respect the responsibilities that come with… Peter Dutton erodes trust and… Read More »

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

Abortion - ABC

  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to say sorry to LGBTIQ community

Premier Jay Weatherill - ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced he will deliver an apology in State Parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination. ABC Mr Weatherill said in a Facebook post that “for far too long, discrimination against our LGBTIQ community has been written into our state’s laws, causing pain and distress for many South Australians”. The apology on Thursday, December 1 will follow the… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to… Read More »

Domestic violence leave is a must across the nation: Palaszczuk

Domestic Violence - Brisbane Times

Domestic violence leave needs to be introduced across the nation, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Speaking at a White Ribbon Day breakfast on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk said it was important for people to be able to say to their employer: “I need some time to get my life in order. I need some time to look after… Domestic violence leave is a must across… Read More »