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Bali nine family critical of Turnbull government death penalty decision

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The family of executed Bali nine drug smuggler Andrew Chan says the Turnbull government is putting more Australians at risk of the firing squad by turning its back on a plan to change police intelligence… Adam Gartrell The Sydney Morning Herald The government has quietly rejected a recommendation made by a… Bali nine family… Read More »

Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

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He replaced Sedat Ergin, the paper said in a brief statement, without giving a… GulfNews Reuters Istanbul: Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the… Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints… Read More »

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

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Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

We need to hear the stories of exploited unlawful migrant workers, not just deport them

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Migration status – even for those with the right to work in Australia – is often used as leverage to exploit workers. Marie Segrave The Conversation This is evident from my ongoing research, other research and government inquiries. So, if the… We need to… Read More »

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

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All governments would like to overcome impasses caused by contentious issues. Janette Hartz-Karp The Conversation Particularly when they turn into a political slanging match, the result is loss of money, time and public trust. Take the decades-old… What would a… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

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Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »

As global food demand rises, climate change is hitting our staple crops

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While increases in population and wealth will lift global demand for food by up to 70 per cent by 2050, agriculture is already feeling the effects of climate change. Andrew Borrell ABC This is expected to continue in coming decades. Scientists and farmers… As global food… Read More »

Think Trump’s travel ban was bad? Peter Dutton may soon have the power to play God

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Two bills before parliament would dramatically expand the power of the immigration minister while decreasing transparency and accountability Elizabeth Colliver, Lauren Bull and Shawn Rajanayagam The Guardian The world reacted in horror as President Trump’s executive order to limit travel from seven Muslim-majority nations saw families torn apart and… Think Trump’s travel… Read More »

Asylum seekers, as captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Asylum’. There Is A Fresh Asylum Seeker Crisis In Australia, And We Need To Act Now

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The Turnbull government is once again targeting asylum seekers, this time those already living in the community. Michael Brull explains the… Michael Brull New Matilda Right now, the crisis faces some 1,200 asylum seekers in Australia. Increasingly desperate calls for help have been coming from the Refugee Advice and… But the… Asylum seekers, as… Read More »

18C debate: Racist speech law could be eased

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A parliamentary inquiry into changing race hate speech laws will suggest changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. SBS Race hate laws could be changed to ban speech that harasses or intimidates people, but the decision to push for it will be up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A parliamentary inquiry… 18C debate: Racist… Read More »

Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn

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Thirty-one years ago in the District Court, Justice Fred McGuire interpreted the Queensland Criminal Code to allow abortion to be performed in cases where there is a serious danger to the physical or mental health of a woman. Julie Borger On Line Opinion There is no need to change existing Queensland legislation, as no woman has ever been jailed for or even convictedof an illegal abortion in the 118 years the law has been in place. And it cannot… Law ... Read More »

Rape claims at universities covered up, taken less seriously than plagiarism, advocacy group says

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With thousands of new students starting university this week, an advocacy group has claimed violence against women is still a major problem on campuses, and assault claims are being covered up. Danuta Kozaki ABC The advocacy group End Rape on Campus Australia has made a submission to the Human Rights Commission which will bring down a report on the issue later this year. Founder and director Rape claims at… Read More »

Ghost ships: Why are World War II naval wrecks vanishing in Indonesia?

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Seventy-five years ago this month, Australia, the UK, US and the Netherlands suffered a series of disastrous naval defeats against Japan in the narrow straits and seas around Indonesia. Natali Pearson ABC The warship wrecks in the Java Sea and the Sunda Strait are the final resting place for thousands of Allied sailors. The sites are… Ghost ships: Why… Read More »

Domestic and family violence charges jump 30 per cent in the ACT in 12 months

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Family and domestic violence charges are on the rise in the ACT. Clare Sibthorpe The Canberra Times The offender rate for those crimes jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 from 459 people to 624. Demand for domestic… Domestic and family… Read More »