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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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

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 »

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

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London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Locking teens in prison won’t break cycle of youth offending, Victorian judge says

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There must be renewed efforts to break the cycle of youth offending, instead of locking an increasing number of children up, a Victorian Supreme Court judge has said. Emma Younger ABC Justice Lex Lasry made the comments during a bail hearing for a teenager who suffered a fractured neck when he was bashed by fellow inmates at Barwon Prison. The 16-year-old, who… Locking teens in… Read More »

Bigotry and fear is the new norm, says Muslim Greens candidate in WA

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A Muslim vice principal is throwing her hat in the political ring to counter what she says is a rise in the ‘politics of division’ in Australia. Ryan Emery SBS An Australian Muslim convert is contesting a Liberal-held lower house seat in the Western Australian election to “stick up for the underdog”. Toni Pikos-Sallie said… Bigotry and fear… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

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Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

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A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

‘I realised I never was able to help one child’: where the justice system fails

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Cathy McLennan, who represented Indigenous young offenders as a barrister for two decades, says real solutions can only be found outside the courtroom Joshua Robertson The Guardian • Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison? – interactive case study Cathy McLennan threw… ‘I realised I never… Read More »

Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel third act

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The grim statistics are read out in the Australian parliament every February. Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 14 times more likely to be in custody than non-Indigenous people. A teenage boy who identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is more likely to go to jail than go to university and… Indigenous incarceration: turning… Read More »