Australasia

New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series explores different ways of addressing this unfinished business. Today, lessons from New Zealand. The relationship between Māori and the British Crown (which delegated its authority to the New Zealand government) has historically been filled… Source: New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough Read More »

‘Dismay’: NASA appeals to CSIRO not to cut global climate efforts

EXCLUSIVE A top scientist from US space agency NASA has appealed to CSIRO to abandon plans to cut a key monitoring program that it says will undermine Australia and the world’s ability to monitor and predict climate change. The cost to our international reputation is immense Kim Carr, ALP’s shadow science minister Brent Holben, the project scientist in charge of NASA’s Aerosol Robotic Network, urged CSIRO to reconsider any plans it had to cut or withdraw its contribution to the… Source: ... Read More »

Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years

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IN the week of Scott Morrison’s first budget, 330 scientists in Hobart were focusing on the astonishingly rapid shift in global ocean chemistry. The fourth international conference on “the ocean in a high-CO2 world” looked at how rising carbon dioxide levels are affecting oceans… Source: Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years | The Mercury Read More »

Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out

I won’t be advising the Muslim community to use a new hotline set up for parents who fear their children are being radicalised.. The attorney general’s department, tasked with “countering violent extremism”, often comes up with ideas that objectively seem sound, but in the context of growing and rampant Islamophobia, are actually rather daft… Source: Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out | Mostafa Rachwani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent

Editorial Seven years ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry suggested Australia was ranked “among the least regulated jurisdictions in the Western world” in terms of the laws that govern political donations and campaign financing. It is altogether dispiriting that nothing has changed in the interim. In terms of transparency, accountability and timeliness, the laws remain hopelessly inadequate… Source: Political donation laws must be reformed to make campaign financing more transparent Read More »

Federal election 2016: Thanks for paying for my house, loser

The Prime Minister is correct. There are a lot of mum and dads with negatively geared property investments. Once upon a time, I was one of them. It was great for me. Not so much for you… Source: Federal election 2016: Thanks for paying for my house, loser Read More »

Gold Logie 2016 winner Waleed Aly stuns with powerful speech

Television presenter Waleed Aly silenced his critics with a stunning victory at the annual TV Week Logie Awards last night. Aly, who co-hosts Ten’s news panel program The Project, was one of six personalities up for the night’s top award – the publicly-voted Gold Logie – and, with SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin, had been branded a controversial inclusion by some quarters of the media… Source: Gold Logie 2016 winner Waleed Aly stuns with powerful speech Read More »

Sydney from a blimp: a bird’s eye view of Australia’s harbour city

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Shot from a blimp as it drifted above Sydney, these photos capture everything from the patterns in the sand created by everyday beach life to colourful piles of recycling; and from a lone golfer lining up a critical putt to the sprawl of suburbia… Jonny Weeks Source: Sydney from a blimp: a bird’s eye view of Australia’s harbour city | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you

Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating.. Peter Dutton, what do you do between the hours of midnight and 5am? Do you sleep? If so, I really must ask – how can you?… Source: Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull defends saying wealthy parents should ‘shell out’ to buy their kid a house

Malcolm Turnbull has defended his suggestion that wealthy parents should buy their children homes to help them into the expensive housing market, with Labor accusing the multi-millionaire Prime Minister of being “out of touch.” Wealthy parents should “shell out” and buy their children houses, Mr Turnbull said in off-the-cuff remarks on Wednesday, comments which have been seized on by the opposition… Source: Malcolm Turnbull defends saying wealthy parents should ‘shell out’ to buy their kid a house Read More »

Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s immigration minister accused human rights advocates on Tuesday of giving “false hope” to asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, suggesting that they bore some responsibility for two recent protests in which asylum seekers set themselves afire. The minister, Peter Dutton, spoke a day after a 21-year-old Somali woman set fire to herself on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, where hundreds of.. Source: Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers – The ... Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »

The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you

Understanding why it’s bad to abolish restrictions on the importation of books can be hard, which means it can be hard to care. But trust me, you need know why this is terrible for us all.. People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing… Source: The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you | Susan Hawthorne | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame

Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians. For sure it’s all about us, that is, the white Anglo Christians who comprise the bulk of the Australian ruling class. Many psychologists say narcissism is rising in Australia… Source: Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »