Australasia

Corporate corruption and government failure to act: who’s running this country?

Protest - The Guardian

The controversial Perth freight link development shows that it’s business-as-usual in awarding government contracts to companies with a chequered past Carmen Lawrence The Guardian It’s clear Australians are increasingly wary of the power of big business; in the latest post-election survey by researchers at the Australian National University, 74% responded “yes” to the proposition that “big business has… Corporate corruption and… Read More »

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a… By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker The Washington Post Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and… No ‘G’day, mate’… Read More »

One Nation candidate David Archibald slammed by Anthony Albanese over ‘offensive’ single mother comments

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Federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is calling for one of Pauline Hanson’s WA election candidates to be dumped for calling single mothers “lazy”. Joseph Dunstan ABC In a 2015 Quadrant article One Nation candidate David Archibald described single mothers as “too lazy to attract and hold a… One Nation candidate… Read More »

Why, only now, are we finding out who the biggest donors in an election year were?

Elections - The Conversation

The Australian Electoral Commission has released disclosures on political donations for the financial year 2015-16. Yee-Fui Ng The Conversation The Electoral Act requires donors, candidates, political parties and associated entities to give details to the commission about the political donations they received for each financial year. All donations above… Why, only now… Read More »

What has Turnbull agreed to do for Trump?

Turnbull - The Conversation

Let’s hope it’s worth it. Mark Beeson The Conversation Malcolm Turnbull has sacrificed whatever remaining credibility he may still have had as a small-l liberal in a desperate effort to save his tawdry asylum-seeker deal with the US government. Those hoping for… What has Turnbull… Read More »

More than ever, Australians must work together to create an inclusive society

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From advertising to workplaces, in 2017, let’s endeavour to recognise the enormous opportunity that diversity offers all of us Lisa Annese The Guardian The new year brings with it new hope and optimism, a chance for a fresh start and an opportunity to reassess the way forward. Or at least… More than ever… Read More »

Fourth LNP member defects to One Nation

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PAULINE Hanson’s One Nation has welcomed another defector from the LNP with former Logan MP ­Michael Pucci appointed as the… Sarah Vogler The Courier-Mail Mr Pucci – who was voted out in 2015 after one term in State Parliament – told The Courier-Mail that he resigned from the LNP via email over the… Fourth LNP member… Read More »

James Packer caught in middle of corruption inquiry into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Packer - ABC

James Packer’s lawyer asked about arranging citizenship or residency in Israel for the Australian billionaire, the country’s Interior Minister says, in a move that could bring Mr Packer significant tax benefits. Sophie McNeill ABC Mr Packer has found himself caught in the middle of a major corruption inquiry that has rocked the Middle Eastern country. His name has been… James Packer caught in… Read More »

In a global trend towards crimmigration, Australia has led the world

Immigration - The Guardian

Donald Trump’s plans to detain and deport non-citizens follows the lead of Australian policies that inflate executive powers and criminalise immigration Anthea Vogl and Elyse Methven The Guardian Many have expressed opposition and abhorrence towards US President Donald Trump’s plan to deport undocumented migrants en masse from the United States. Last Wednesday, Trump… In a global trend… Read More »

Gold Coast domestic violence: ‘The floodgates are open’

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Three years ago the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre in Southport dealt with 60 domestic violence cases. In 2016 that number was 890. Tony Moore Brisbane Times That is not just a tripling, or a quadrupling, or a 10-fold increase in domestic violence reports on the Gold Coast. It is a 14-fold… Gold Coast domestic… Read More »

Queensland Government ‘defending racism’ in appeal against discrimination ruling

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The Queensland Government is perpetuating racism and injustice in backing a court challenge against a landmark discrimination case, Indigenous health campaigner Professor Gracelyn Smallwood says. Kristian Silva ABC The Federal Court ruled in December that police committed racial discrimination during the 2004 Palm Island riots following the death in custody of Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee. More than 16,000 people… Queensland Government ‘defending… Read More »

Queensland brides were paid to marry Indian men: court

Marriage - Brisbane

A migration agent and his celebrant wife married 16 Brisbane brides off to Indian men as part of a “one-stop shop” for spousal visas, a trial has heard. Brisbane Times Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and Divya Krishne Gowda are alleged to have wed couples on sight, with the grooms seeking a citizen to help them stay in Australia and the brides large payments. The Brisbane District Court… Queensland brides were paid to… Read More »

How Australia is stubbing out smoking

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Australia was the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products – and the UK will have followed suit by May this… Sarah McDermott  BBC But will any country copy Australia’s plan to keep increasing taxes until a… It’s not easy being a smoker in… How Australia is… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »

MyWay data from light rail will be able to be used in criminal investigations

Rail - Canberra Times

The Australian Federal Police will be able to track the movement of suspects on Canberra’s light rail system without a warrant in the same way investigators currently do with ACT buses. Katie Burgess The Canberra Times Law enforcement agencies have been able to request data retained on MyWay cards since 2010, although have done so less than 70 times since the scheme was introduced. And since the MyWay… MyWay data from… Read More »

Turnbull news conference an exercise in avoidance and obfuscation

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There were several take-outs from Malcolm Turnbull’s rather odd Monday news conference, which followed his Sunday telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Michelle Grattan ABC First, Australians are still not to be given any detail about the agreement – forged under the Obama administration and now confirmed by Trump – that the US will take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Second, Turnbull appears to… Turnbull news conference… Read More »