Australasia

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

Crowdfunding - The Conversation

The glistening white sails of Sydney Opera House and the red brick and bluestone of Geelong’s industrial mills have little in common at first glance. The Conversation Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduño Freeman and Matt Novacevski But for both these places crowdfunding has led people to connect with these buildings. Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) is a… How crowdfunding can connect… Read More »

From sizzling south to frozen north

Sydney - Asia Times

At Asia Times our focus typically tracks the sun from the Pacific Ocean to the Middle East, but our universe covers a vast range when viewed from top to bottom Asia Times The annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race is a spectacular sporting event that is generally regarded as among the world’s most challenging races. The Boxing Day start in… From sizzling south… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

Reverent - ABC

A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Van drove into Australian Christian Lobby’s Canberra headquarters and ‘exploded’

Van - The Canberra Times

A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders has exploded after being driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, setting the building alight. The Canberra Times There were no injuries suffered from people inside the building but the driver is being treated for his injuries in hospital. ACT Policing said the… Van drove into Australian… Read More »

Eucalypt politics

Opinion

The faded blue of the Eucalypt trees is a distinct feature of the Australian landscape. On Line Opinion Anica Niepraschk It’s not a full colour, it’s unlike the green of countless shades and density in the northern hemisphere, or the rainforests in South America and Asia, strongly expressing fertility, generosity, life. It is as if the leaves of the… Eucalypt politics… Read More »

Nauru refugee says medical treatment withheld after he had heart attack

Nauru - The Guardian

‘Yusuf’ says medical transfer to Papua New Guinea did not eventuate and he still suffers from chest pains and numbness The Guardian Melissa Davey A refugee on Nauru says he has been denied appropriate medical treatment since suffering a heart attack more than one month ago. On 5 November the… Nauru refugee says… Read More »

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending ‘fair use’

Books - The Conversation

The Australian Government has just released the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements. The Conversation Nicolas Suzor and Shereen Parvez It’s a move that appears to have been designed to avoid some of the controversy of the copyright wars by releasing the report just before most Australians settle into their summer break. The report does something… Productivity Commission re-ignites… Read More »

Don’t let new money for family violence fool you – community legal centres have been gutted

Money - The Guardian

The conservative victory in the non-profit public advocacy sector has not been in simply making it leaner, but also in making it meaner The Guardian Chris Atmore It is accepted wisdom that would-be winners of vast fortunes should be careful what they wish for. As the story goes… Don’t let new money for… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

Voter Interest Hits Record Low in 2016 – ANU Election Study

Elections - Pro bono

A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. The latest Australian Election Study, conducted by… Voter Interest Hits Record… Read More »

Timor-Leste: Poll Reveals Widespread Optimism, Overwhelming Intent to Vote in Upcoming Elections

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Dili, Timor-Leste—A nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research indicates that survey respondents are optimistic about the country’s future prospects and committed to participating in the… Timor-Leste: Poll… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

Malaysia - Al Jazeera

Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

Court - WA Today

The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Power Unconstrained

Arene Magasine

The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »

The innovation this government doesn’t want

Government - Canberra Times

It takes five years for you to make it, you get paid quite badly for it and then someone else rips it from you, uses your work; and they never have to pay you another cent. The Canberra Times Jenna Price When I asked Anna Funder, the author of Stasiland and of All That I Am, what she thought about proposed changes to copyright in Australia, she was much more eloquent than me. Obviously… The innovation this government… Read More »

Cash in hand: how big is Australia’s black economy?

Economy - The Guardian

A taskforce is to be set up to crack down on the underground economy, but what exactly will it be dealing with? The Guardian Nick Evershed The Australian government has announced a taskforce to “crack down on the black economy”, with a panel reportedly to consider measures such as removing the $100 note from circulation and limiting cash transactions … Cash in hand: how big is Australia’s… Read More »