Australasia

Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice

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Contracting out the punishment of criminals to private companies creates conflict with the way the state is supposed to be responsible for upholding criminal justice… Source: Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history

The Federal Government picks a fight with state leaders and the Federal Opposition over the future of public school funding. Ahead of today’s Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) meeting in Canberra, the Prime Minister telegraphed his interest in discussing the prospect of handing the states the power to levy a slice of income taxes… Source: Public school funding: Labor declares Federal Government plan ‘most outlandish’ idea in history – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think

A battle of ideas about Indigenous Australia in an open democracy founded on free speech isn’t helped by forced orthodoxy or group think.. I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia. How can I? People were standing on the shore as he weighed… Source: I don’t believe Captain Cook discovered Australia either, but unis can’t tell students what to think | Stan Grant | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Theatre needs quotas to address ‘deliberate and shocking discrimination’ against women

Theatre companies should enforce gender quotas to address “deliberate and shocking discrimination” against women, according to one of Australia’s leading playwrights… Source: Theatre needs quotas to address ‘deliberate and shocking discrimination’ against women Read More »

Aboriginal Justice Agency seeks High Court appeal to set safeguards around police powers

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The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) today sought permission from the High Court to appeal a Northern Territory decision concerning police powers of ‘protective custody’. NAAJA’s principal lawyer, Jonathon Hunyor, said that in the Northern Territory, the protective custody powers are used approximately 10,000 times each year, with over 90 percent of the people locked up being Aboriginal. “Locking drunk people up cannot simply become routine. Standards should be in place to ensure police turn their mind to other ... Read More »

Why Australia lies to itself about its Indigenous history

Debate about Aboriginal history in Australia always descends into hysteria because it bruises our misplaced national pride. Every country has its weirdness, its reflex points that trigger spontaneous, uncontrolled actions that look almost comically irrational to the observer. It’s the kind of thing you can only… Source: Why Australia lies to itself about its Indigenous history Read More »

Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders?

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The rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US shows that renewed passion for politics is still possible … just not in Australia. harisma and persuasion matter in politics. Though neither trait guarantees fair policies or outlook – think Tony Blair backing the catastrophic waragainst Iraq, or Malcolm Turnbull hailing himself as a… Source: Will Australia ever have a progressive leader like Corbyn or Sanders? | Antony Loewenstein | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry

Australian executives, including former managers at Leighton Holdings, will be hauled before the Senate’s inquiry into foreign bribery to explain their part in the alleged oil industry bribery racket exposed by Fairfax Media… Source: Former Leighton executives to be called to Senate bribery inquiry Read More »

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal

New aerial surveys have found the devastating coral bleaching event hitting the Great Barrier Reef has a larger footprint than initially thought. Professor Terry Hughes, who is part of a national coral bleaching taskforce, said research flights on Wednesday between Townsville and Cairns had observed differing levels of bleaching across all 74 reefs that had been surveyed in the… Source: Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal Read More »

Banks to feel slowing housing market

Banks’ vast home loan businesses are tipped to face less buoyant conditions this year as mortgage growth slows and the number of customers falling behind on home loans edges up from record lows. Credit ratings agency Moody’s on Thursday forecast mortgage arrears would rise from current low levels over 2016 because of the slowing housing market and a sub-par economy and the… Source: Banks to feel slowing housing market Read More »

Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community

A decision to install monument honouring the victims of genocide in a Melbourne park has angered a host of ethnic groups – even prompting the Turkish Consulate General to demand that the project be scrapped… Source: Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission

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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews pledges to introduce all 227 proposals, including support for victims to return to homes and get through court cases • Follow all the reaction to the commission’s recommendations here… Source: Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence, says royal commission | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right

The erosion of Safe Schools has echoes of a similar program undermined by religious conservatives 20 years ago, but the issue of LGBTI rights isn’t going away. Almost 20 years ago in 1997, a federal youth suicide prevention program aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers was scrapped after a backlash from the religious right… Source: History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right | Brian Greig | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo

Carmen Lazar is used to receiving thanks from Syrian refugees, including digital bouquets of flowers posted on her Facebook page, but now the tireless president of the NSW based Assyrian Resource Centre has been called a “liar” by those who had hoped to call Australia home by now. As well as managing disappointment, other refugee organisations have been forced to lay off… Source: Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo Read More »

There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work

OPINION: Critics say opposition to racial profiling hampers police, and accuse activists of being politically correct. But as the evidence makes clear, the discriminatory practice in fact lowers the success rate of searches. On top of harming minority groups it also wastes time and resources, writes Tamar Hopkins. Victoria Police’s zero tolerance policy on racialMore… Source: There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work – New Matilda Read More »