Australasia

Manus Island refugee who had breakdown found ‘hungry and homeless’

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Behaviour of Hamed, who has been released from Lorengau prison following an acute mental health episode, described as erratic and bizarre Ben Doherty The Guardian A refugee jailed following an acute mental breakdown in the Manus Island detention centre has been released from prison, only for… Manus Island refugee who… Read More »

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

Asean GDP all set to surpass the UK this year after Brexit

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Strong growth suggests the regional grouping’s economy will become larger than those in the UK, France and India this year Johan Nylander Asia Times The slump in pound sterling after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union will mean the economy of the ASEAN group of 10 Southeast Asian countries will likely surpass the UK this year, something unthinkable not that long ago. Rajiv Biswas, chief economist on… Asean GDP all set to surpass the… Read More »

Stamping out political rorts requires a cultural change, not more bodies to police it

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Calls for a federal Independent Commission against Corruption-like body are growing following Health Minister Sussan Ley standing aside while several of her travel entitlement claims are investigated. Adam Graycar  The Conversation However, a federal ICAC will not solve the… Stamping out political… Read More »

Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

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In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

Patricia Cornelius is a courageous Australian playwright – why is she so neglected?

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One of our best dissenting, provocative voices has become collateral damage in a war between economics and art Wesley Enoch The Guardian Patricia Cornelius jokes that her son will make a packet when she is dead. She is one of the most awarded playwrights in the… Patricia Cornelius is… Read More »

Greater transparency can restore trust in charities

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Australians donate almost $7 billion a year to charities. Editorial The Age But that is not the important figure. What’s far more significant – and far more difficult to find out – is how… Greater transparency can… Read More »

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

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The glistening white sails of Sydney Opera House and the red brick and bluestone of Geelong’s industrial mills have little in common at first glance. The Conversation Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduño Freeman and Matt Novacevski But for both these places crowdfunding has led people to connect with these buildings. Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) is a… How crowdfunding can connect… Read More »

From sizzling south to frozen north

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At Asia Times our focus typically tracks the sun from the Pacific Ocean to the Middle East, but our universe covers a vast range when viewed from top to bottom Asia Times The annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race is a spectacular sporting event that is generally regarded as among the world’s most challenging races. The Boxing Day start in… From sizzling south… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

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A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Van drove into Australian Christian Lobby’s Canberra headquarters and ‘exploded’

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A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders has exploded after being driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, setting the building alight. The Canberra Times There were no injuries suffered from people inside the building but the driver is being treated for his injuries in hospital. ACT Policing said the… Van drove into Australian… Read More »

Eucalypt politics

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The faded blue of the Eucalypt trees is a distinct feature of the Australian landscape. On Line Opinion Anica Niepraschk It’s not a full colour, it’s unlike the green of countless shades and density in the northern hemisphere, or the rainforests in South America and Asia, strongly expressing fertility, generosity, life. It is as if the leaves of the… Eucalypt politics… Read More »

Nauru refugee says medical treatment withheld after he had heart attack

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‘Yusuf’ says medical transfer to Papua New Guinea did not eventuate and he still suffers from chest pains and numbness The Guardian Melissa Davey A refugee on Nauru says he has been denied appropriate medical treatment since suffering a heart attack more than one month ago. On 5 November the… Nauru refugee says… Read More »

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending ‘fair use’

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The Australian Government has just released the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements. The Conversation Nicolas Suzor and Shereen Parvez It’s a move that appears to have been designed to avoid some of the controversy of the copyright wars by releasing the report just before most Australians settle into their summer break. The report does something… Productivity Commission re-ignites… Read More »

Don’t let new money for family violence fool you – community legal centres have been gutted

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The conservative victory in the non-profit public advocacy sector has not been in simply making it leaner, but also in making it meaner The Guardian Chris Atmore It is accepted wisdom that would-be winners of vast fortunes should be careful what they wish for. As the story goes… Don’t let new money for… Read More »