Australasia

George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Greens are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into a “secret deal” involving Attorney-General George Brandis and the West Australian Liberal Government over funds from Alan Bond’s failed Bell Group. ABC Nikki Roberts The deal would have given the WA Government preference as a Bell Group creditor over others including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is owed $300 million. Late last year, the WA Government passed legislation giving… George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over… Read More »

Corporate culture’s dark side demands attention

Corporate culture - The Age

Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to “modern day slavery”. The Age Welcome to Australia in 2016. For the past two years, The Age‘s journalists have exposed… Corporate culture’s dark side demands… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

Geelong residents rally for the extension of opening hours at Warum Ponds police station

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HUNDREDS of Geelong residents rallied for the extension of opening hours at a local police station yesterday. The Herald Sun Brianna Travers Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Waurn Ponds police station as part of a community law and order gathering organised by the local member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. A three month trial of cutback manned hours at… Geelong residents rally for the extension of… Read More »

Peter Dutton erodes trust and fuels division

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The Herald condemns the Immigration Minister for being ignorant – or deliberately blind – to the message he sent, and for potentially increasing the risk of Islamic radicalisation. SMH The Herald supports and defends free speech: the revelation of facts, public exposure of wrongdoing and vigorous contest of ideas. We also respect the responsibilities that come with… Peter Dutton erodes trust and… Read More »

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to say sorry to LGBTIQ community

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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced he will deliver an apology in State Parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination. ABC Mr Weatherill said in a Facebook post that “for far too long, discrimination against our LGBTIQ community has been written into our state’s laws, causing pain and distress for many South Australians”. The apology on Thursday, December 1 will follow the… South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to… Read More »

Domestic violence leave is a must across the nation: Palaszczuk

Domestic Violence - Brisbane Times

Domestic violence leave needs to be introduced across the nation, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Speaking at a White Ribbon Day breakfast on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk said it was important for people to be able to say to their employer: “I need some time to get my life in order. I need some time to look after… Domestic violence leave is a must across… Read More »

Peter Dutton the voice of moderation? You have got to be kidding

Peter Dutton - The Age

Peter Dutton found himself in unfamiliar territory this week, cast as the victim of the “tricky language” and “double talk” of Bill Shorten, all of it designed to cause division and stymie efforts to prevent the radicalisation of alienated young Muslims. The Age Michael Gordon All of a sudden, the potential heir to Tony Abbott as unofficial commander-in-chief of the hard right, and conservative aspirant to the Liberal leadership, was projecting himself as the… Peter Dutton the voice of… Read More »

Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

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Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »

ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for legal aid to help vulnerable Canberrans

Domestic Violence - Canberra Times

The ACT Law Society has renewed pressure on the federal government to reverse harsh cuts to the legal aid sector to ensure continued access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans. The Canberra Times Megan Gorrey President Sarah Avery called for ongoing funding for community lawyers on Friday as Attorney-General George Brandis​ launched the ACT Women’s Legal Centre’s domestic violence program, to help victims navigate the family law system. The federal government signalled nationwide cuts of… ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for… Read More »

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

Sayed Abdellatif - The Guardian

Exclusive: Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited The Guardian Ben Doherty and Sarah Malik Sayed Abdellatif’s horizons are low already, and narrowing still. Where once he could wave to his family through… Australian government concedes evidence against… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

Nationalism - The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a politician I’ve never met. Jo Cox was the British Labour MP slain on… As nationalism is weaponised, Australia…   Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton - The Guardian

The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »