Australasia

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Indigenous Australian deaths in custody More than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the end of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991. The Guardian The royal commission emphasised the importance of monitoring and maintaining accurate data about deaths in custody. Despite public reporting and tracking through the Australian Institute of Criminology’s national program, detailed, up-to-date information is hard to find. Guardian Australia’s reporting… Deaths… Read More »

Explainer: why the rock art of Murujuga deserves World Heritage status

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The West Australian government has committed to pursuing a World Heritage listing for the rock art of Murujuga. Jo McDonald The Conversation Murujuga is the Aboriginal name for the Dampier Archipelago and the Burrup Peninsula in north west WA and is home to at least a million individual works of art. Australia has some of the world’s richest and most diverse rock art. While rock art is found all around the globe, Australia is relatively unique because here there are ... Read More »

Taiwanese fishing boat investigated after being caught in NZ waters

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The Navy was involved in drama on the high seas, after sailors and fisheries officials boarded a Taiwanese-flagged vessel in New Zealand waters. Andrea Vance stuff The Yi Rong No.6 was spotted close to the Kermadec Islands, in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, earlier this month. A crew from the offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Otago went aboard the Taiwanese boat on August 9 and spent two hours inspecting it. The ship wasn’t illegally fishing in New Zealand waters – but fisheries officers did ... Read More »

Indigenous prisoner restrained by 14 officers before death in custody, footage shows

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Inquest shown ‘distressing’ images of Wayne Morrison, who was left braindead after altercation at Adelaide’s Yatala prison Lorena Allam The Guardian Shocking footage has been played to a coronial inquest of the lead-up to the death of an Indigenous man who died after being restrained while on remand in a South Australian jail. Wayne Fella Morrison, 29, died at Royal Adelaide hospital on 26 September2016, three days after the altercation with corrections staff at Adelaide’s Yatala prison left him braindead. At one ... Read More »

Much-loved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora dies aged 90

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Mirka Mora, one of Melbourne’s best-known and most-loved artists whose distinctive works have adorned the city like no other, has died at the age of 90. Debbie Cuthbertson The Sydney Morning Herald Mirka, one of Melbourne’s most famous bohemians, transformed the culture of her adopted home town since emigrating to Australia in the 1950s from war-torn France. Mirka’s son, William Mora, confirmed his mother’s death on Monday night. “It’s with great sadness that the Mora family announces the passing of ... Read More »

Alan Jones contacted MPs to urge change

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Controversial radio host Alan Jones has opened up about his role in last week’s Liberal leadership spill, saying he contacted MPs to say the party had to change direction. 9news “I contacted certain MPs, yes, and encouraged them to recognise that if they wanted to go, Australia wanted to go the same way, there had to be change,” he told the ABC TV’s 7.30 program on Monday. “I didn’t turn against Turnbull, but I turned against the (energy) policy,” he ... Read More »

State governor sheds light on ‘out-of-touch’ judicial process

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Public opinion surrounding sentence severity, perceived leniency and “out-of-touch” judges are not as polarised or adverse to the Australian justice system as they appear on the surface, a sentencing expert has said. Grace Ormsby Lawywers Weekly The Honourable Kate Warner AC, in her role as Governor of Tasmania, gave an overview of the Victorian Jury Sentencing study and discussed the impact of the results in a speech she made at the annual Victoria Law Foundation Law Oration. Ms Warner said ... Read More »

Cancer eating the heart of Australian democracy

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Beneath the sound and light show that passed for Australian politics last week, there is a much deeper question of what underlying forces have been at work that have brought us this low. Kevin Rudd The Sydney Morning Herald The uncomfortable truth is since the coup of June 2010, Australian politics has become vicious, toxic and unstable. The core question is why? There have been many factors at work. First, the histrionic politics of climate change dividing the nation for ... Read More »

‘Darkness surrounds me’: Nauru child refugee paints pictures of despair

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Medicated, terrified and traumatised, seven-year-old Ahoora has been held for five years on the island. Experts say his drawings reflect a broader, familial deterioration Saba Vasefi and Ben Doherty The Guardian Given pens, Ahoora draws. They are not the conventional drawings of a seven-year-old child: he draws pictures of children on fire, of sharks circling small terrified boys, of crying faces behind bars. Seven-year-old Ahoora, a refugee, has spent most of his life on Nauru. He arrived on the island as ... Read More »

Fascism: Are we there yet?

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There’s a lot of discussion about Fascism at the moment, in the media it’s “this is fascism, that’s fascism”, which indicates there’s some confusion about what fascism actually is. IA Political editor Dr Martin Hirst interviews Australia’s most prominent Nazi-hunter, Andy Fleming, to better understand this vexing term. THE TERM “fascism” and descriptor “fascist” have been bandied around by ill-informed members of the commentariat in the last few weeks. The decision to remove Sky News from televisions in Victorian railway stations was… Fascism: ... Read More »

New program to tackle domestic violence during pregnancy in Western Australia

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Roia Atmar was no stranger to violence when her husband set her on fire while she was holding her baby daughter, but she believes things could have been very different if the medical professionals she… Sarah Collard ABC Ms Atmar was a child bride. She was 14 when she came to Australia from Afghanistan, and had her first child at 15, before having three other children to her abuser. She said the abuse started early in the marriage. “For a ... Read More »

Australia’s barbaric policy confronted by Boochani’s prison memoir

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Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani has been exiled on Manus Island since August 2013. Arnold Zable The Age He fled Iran in fear of his safety, as a result of his advocacy on behalf of Kurdish people. I was introduced to Boochani in late 2014. His acclaimed book No Friend but the Mountains was published on July 31. Arnold Zable: Behrouz, for years you have been defined as a refugee, and for a time, as a number – MEG 45 – reduced, as ... Read More »

The important and humbling work of doing diversity

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Growing up in suburban Sydney, I broke bread with all kinds. The dismantling of the White Australia policy in the 1960s and 1970s had allowed my parents to bring me from South Africa, aspire to belong and buy a house on a quarter acre block. Toni Hassan Brisbane Times My father started a business. Schooled in Islam, he ensured we never ate pork. I went to a public school alongside Aboriginal, Slavic, Italian, Greek and Malay students, as well as ... Read More »

The reasons behind Australia’s racism

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No matter how much we deny it, Australia can be a racist nation, but there are several factors causing this, writes Peter Wicks. IA WE MAY LIKE TO tell ourselves we are not a racist country in Australia, but let’s face it, a lot of Australians are racist. They may not all be neo-Nazis, but they are racist nonetheless. In New Zealand, our nearest neighbour, they celebrate Maori culture with the haka at major events such as the football. In ... Read More »

‘Tokatu’ makes first visit

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The country’s largest deepwater fishing vessel, Tokatu, made its maiden call to Dunedin yesterday, and will be a semi-regular visitor to the city’s upper harbour. Simon Hartley Otago Daily Times Sealord took possession of the $70 million, 81.7m-long Norwegian-built vessel in mid-June, after a six-week delivery via the Panama Canal to its home port, Nelson. Sealord fleet manager Bill Healey said the ship was still in its commissioning stages and working towards full capacity, which was to catch, process and ... Read More »

Pointless: Australian democracy is now an even bigger laughing stock

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Of all the pointless convulsions in Australian politics in the last decade, this is surely the most pointless. Peter Hartcher The Canberra Times It achieved no benefit on any level but came at great cost to the government and to Australia. There was no great principle at stake. The only policies at issue could have been worked through with a bit of goodwill, as Malcolm Turnbull said. The new prime minister isn’t even as electable as… Only 54 per cent ... Read More »