Australasia

Bernie Diver: The defence industry helps in NZ and abroad

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OPINION: The world is changing – and our South Pacific slice of heaven is not the safe haven it once was. New Zealand’s 2016 Defence White Paper notes a number of challenges to the country’s security interests over the next 25 years. BERNIE DIVER Not least is the… Bernie Diver: The… Read More »

Australia is paying for Malcolm Fraser’s immigration mistakes, says Peter Dutton

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Immigration minister says many foreign fighters involved in conflict zones are descendants of migrants who came in the 1970s under former prime minister Helen Davidson Malcolm Fraser made mistakes in bringing some migrants to Australia and the country is paying for that now, Peter Dutton has said. The immigration minister made the… Australia is paying… Read More »

Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

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The United States Government says the United Nations will decide how many refugees it accepts from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek and political reporter Stephanie Anderson The statement from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration comes two days after the head of… Refugee deal: United… Read More »

Lifetime ban on asylum seekers ‘not connected’ to US deal, says immigration head

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Michael Pezzullo says the US did not ask for the plan to permanently ban boat arrivals from entering Australia Gareth Hutchens The head of the immigration department has confirmed that legislation banning asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia is not… Lifetime ban on… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

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The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

Change section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first

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The federal government has announced a parliamentary inquiry into free speech and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Katharine Gelber   Luke McNamara So the time is right for a crash course on the law, its exemptions, and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Let’s start with the… Change section 18… Read More »

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

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Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

Brandis scraps direction to Solicitor-General

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Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him. After a scathing report from the non-government majority on a Senate inquiry into the events surrounding Brandis issuing the… Brandis scraps direction to… Read More »

NXT member Rebekha Sharkie will not support Coalition’s proposed immigration laws

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South Australia’s Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie has announced she will not be supporting the Federal Government’s proposed immigration laws, contrary to the party leader. By Michael Coggan The Government is proposing a life-time ban on asylum seekers being held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia. In a… NXT member Rebekha… Read More »

Australia’s fall from Lucky Country to Cruel Country

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They were young men – call them Liam and Ben – best mates, far from home, full of chutzpah and crazy self-belief. Elizabeth Farrelly They’d been through a lot together and landed on this idyllic-looking tropical island. One day they were swimming near a waterfall when, stupidly, Liam drowned. He was a poor swimmer, got stuck under a… Australia’s fall from… Read More »

Media Sauce: Why is The Australian fixated on 18C?

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There’s plenty of bigotry about and a lot of it flows from the pages of the News Corp media, especially The Australian, says political editor Dr Martin Hirst. Martin Hirst Why does The Australian want the right to be bigoted? I’VE BEEN wanting to catch up with The Australian’s recent and ongoing campaigning about freedom of speech, press freedom and… Media Sauce: Why… Read More »

Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

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Site yields artefacts including tools and a bone from huge wombat-like creature that indicate humans activity 10,000 years earlier than previously thought Nicola Davis Humans arrived in the arid interior of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists working at a… Humans arrived in… Read More »

Bob Day High Court case would set a precedent and have far-reaching implications, legal expert says

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The likely High Court case about Bob Day’s eligibility to be a senator will set a legal precedent that could endanger other politicians’ right to sit in Parliament. AM – By political reporter Tom Iggulden The impending case will revolve around an anti-corruption section of the constitution that prohibits parliamentarians from having even an indirect relationship with companies that get government contracts. But the section is not precise and has never been tested by a full bench of the High ... Read More »

Powering Australia’s Economic Surge

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MELBOURNE, Australia — If you were designing a nation from scratch, it would look something like Australia. By GEORGE MEGALOGENIS A Eurasian people, boring politicians, and an economy that virtually runs itself. Australia, uniquely, has avoided every major shock of modern globalization. Its… Powering Australia’s… Read More »

Adoption laws in Queensland changed to allow same-sex couples to become parents

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Same-sex couples, single people and couples undergoing fertility treatment will now be able to adopt a child in Queensland. By Gail Burke The Palaszczuk Government passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 last night with the help of the three independent MPs. The LNP and… Adoption laws in… Read More »

Could a mild outbreak of humanity be behind the Coalition’s cynical new asylum politics?

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Given the government might be about to present some refugees on Nauru and Manus with an opportunity to get out of limbo, perhaps it’s best we don’t look too closely while they mask it with deranged, macho theatrics Katharine Murphy Inside the Coalition, there is a strong expectation that the government will shortly unveil a third country resettlement deal to try and… Could a mild… Read More »