Australasia

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money

A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system by 2050 is… Source: New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money : Renew Economy Read More »

FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more?

ASIC has the powers of a royal commission and, in fact, it has greater powers than a royal commission. – Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking to reporters, April 8, 2016. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to set up a royal commission into misconduct… Source: FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more? Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil

Today’s column is about to natter about the looming annual Anzac Day eve Canberra Peace Vigil. But surely one of the problems with peace vigils, a sceptic might say (even a leftie, bleeding heart, militarism-deploring sceptic like this columnist) is that they do nothing to thaw the frost in the hearts of truculent, war-like leaders… Source: Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil Read More »

Victoria to provide legal aid to thousands of asylum seekers under new initiative

More than 10,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria will be able to access legal assistance under a new two-year initiative announced by the State Government.. The initiative is funded by Victoria Legal Aid and will enable two community legal centres — Refugee Legal and… Source: Victoria to provide legal aid to thousands of asylum seekers under new initiative – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame

Despite the strenuous efforts of some, the gulf between the hope of reconciliation and the reality of mass incarceration of Aboriginal people is growing… Source: Pat Dodson must keep on highlighting Australia’s continuing shame Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people believe voluntary-assisted dying should be made legal. Former prime minister Bob Hawke has recently come out in favour of the proposal, but other politicians and the clergy are holding back progress… Source: Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia Read More »

Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let’s hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move… Source: Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns

One of Australia’s biggest banks has told the Nauru Government it will no longer do business with it or any of its entities. The Westpac bank has also told its Australian customers who do business with the Nauru Government that they will have to close their… Source: Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers

EXCLUSIVE Deputy Premier Troy Grant has come under an extraordinary attack from the peak NSW barristers’ association over “draconian” proposed powers it warns are “an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms and the rule of law”. The NSW Bar Association has taken aim at Mr Grant’s bill to introduce “crime prevention… Source: Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers Read More »

Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy

An Australian couple involved in an international surrogacy dispute did not abandon their surrogate baby, Gammy, in Thailand, a court finds. Australian David Farnell and his wife Wendy turned to surrogacy after they were unable to conceive naturally… Source: Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy – BBC News Read More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers

Around the world politicians are raising issues of fairness, equality and social values – so why have Australians gone quiet? In the context of elections and political discourse, there is a debate about core democratic values emerging in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada – nations with… Source: We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers Read More »