Australasia

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

The Silver Lining When Bill Leak Wins His Racial Discrimination Case

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You win some, you lose some. And New Matilda editor Chris Graham thinks Aboriginal Australia is about to lose small, but ultimately win big. By Chris Graham  In case you’ve been living under a rock, cartoonist for The Australian newspaper, Bill Leak is being taken to the… The Silver Lining… Read More »

Australia’s Shift Towards Totalitarianism

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A suite of harsh anti-protest laws were passed by the NSW parliament on March 17 this year. By Sydney Criminal Lawyers The legislation has increased police powers to prevent public protests and created a new offence of “aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands.” Among other things, the… Australia’s Shift Towards… Read More »

Cash is for criminals: Why we should scrap big notes

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A massive stash of cash may sound like a good thing, but according to one US economist, the vast numbers of banknotes in circulation around the world are making us poorer and less safe. RN, By Nathan Coates for The Money Even as people in advanced economies are using less paper money, there is more hard currency in… Cash is for… Read More »

Health workers exempt from immigration detention secrecy provisions

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The so-called ‘gag laws’ relating to Australian immigration detention centres will no longer apply to health workers. By Andrea Booth The Australian government has amended the secrecy and disclosure provisions of the 2015 Australian Border Force Act to exempt health… Health workers exempt… Read More »

Australia’s Stranded Refugee Prisoners

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Four years ago, the government of Australia set out to stop migrants and refugees from reaching its shores by boat. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  It came up with a ruthlessly efficient policy under which people found at sea were sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or to the nation of Nauru, each a tiny island in the Pacific, ostensibly the… Australia’s Stranded Refugee… Read More »

Fishing is worth more than jobs and profits to Australia’s coastal towns

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Many of the iconic coastal villages of Australia have a close association with professional fishing. In New South Wales, towns up and down the coast historically supported fishing fleets which supplied the seafood needs of locals, Sydney and the broader state community. Michelle Voyer  Alistair McIlgorm Kate Barclay  But the NSW fishing industry has changed significantly in the past 30 years, in response to a… Fishing is worth… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

‘I am young, I am gay, I am black’: 13th NT Parliament opens to maiden speeches

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“Madam Speaker, I am young, I am gay, I am black, a true blue Territorian,” were among the stirring words that opened the 13th Parliament of the Northern Territory. By Stephanie Zillman Newly elected member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, told the Parliament he was proud of who he was, and that he wore his various labels with pride. “I am a Centralian man, I am the… ‘I am young, I… Read More »

Pauline Hanson cracks down on dual-citizen terrorists’ entire families: ‘I don’t want them here’

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Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well. AAP A dual-national terrorist is set to become the first to be stripped of citizenship after the controversial laws cleared federal parliament last year, but… Pauline Hanson cracks… Read More »

From Tampa to now: how reporting on asylum seekers has been a triumph of spin over substance

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most divisive national election campaigns in Australia’s recent history: the Tampa affair. Coming just weeks after the September 11 terror attacks, the pitched battle between John Howard and Kim Beazley drew heavily on fear and panic. The divisions of… From Tampa to… Read More »

Waleed Aly uses Andrew Olle lecture to call for media to stop pursuing short-term victories

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Writer and media personality Waleed Aly has called for the media to stop pursuing short-term victories at long-term cost to its authority as he delivered the Andrew Olle media lecture. The co-host of current affairs program The Project and writer for Fairfax Media himself confessed to struggling with thoughts of whether he… Waleed Aly uses… Read More »

Radio Maubere: The secret link between occupied East Timor and the outside world

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If someone was to make an Australian version of Forrest Gump, they might look to Brian Manning’s life story for inspiration. RN – By Jack Kerr for Earshot In 1966, he helped the Gurindji strikers in the Wave Hill walk-off. When Cyclone Tracy hit his hometown of Darwin, police commandeered his truck to… Radio Maubere: The… Read More »

Australia is vulnerable to cyber threats, so what can we do about it?

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) 2016 Threat Report, released today, has some concerning details about the state of Australia’s cyber security. Jill Slay The report highlights the ubiquitous nature of cyber crime in Australia, the potential of cyber terrorism, and the… Australia is vulnerable to… Read More »

‘How could this happen in Australia?’: Cairns cafe worker responds to customer’s racial slur

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A Queensland cafe worker who was racially vilified by a customer who refused her assistance because of the colour of her skin, says she’s appalled that such an incident could still happen in Australia. By Peter Theodosiou Former refugee Josie Ajak, 20, was on shift last week at the busy Gloria Jeans cafe in central Cairns when a female customer refused her assistance, instead requesting her to ‘get a… * ‘How could this… Read More »

False perceptions: what lies behind our attitudes to Muslim immigration

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This week’s act of political leadership rejecting racist immigration policy is commendable, and an important marker for multiculturalism Peter Lewis This week’s joint commitment by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to reject One Nation’s call for a discriminatory immigration policy is more than an False perceptions: what… Read More »