Australasia

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

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London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Locking teens in prison won’t break cycle of youth offending, Victorian judge says

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There must be renewed efforts to break the cycle of youth offending, instead of locking an increasing number of children up, a Victorian Supreme Court judge has said. Emma Younger ABC Justice Lex Lasry made the comments during a bail hearing for a teenager who suffered a fractured neck when he was bashed by fellow inmates at Barwon Prison. The 16-year-old, who… Locking teens in… Read More »

Bigotry and fear is the new norm, says Muslim Greens candidate in WA

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A Muslim vice principal is throwing her hat in the political ring to counter what she says is a rise in the ‘politics of division’ in Australia. Ryan Emery SBS An Australian Muslim convert is contesting a Liberal-held lower house seat in the Western Australian election to “stick up for the underdog”. Toni Pikos-Sallie said… Bigotry and fear… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

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Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

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A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

‘I realised I never was able to help one child’: where the justice system fails

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Cathy McLennan, who represented Indigenous young offenders as a barrister for two decades, says real solutions can only be found outside the courtroom Joshua Robertson The Guardian • Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison? – interactive case study Cathy McLennan threw… ‘I realised I never… Read More »

Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel third act

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The grim statistics are read out in the Australian parliament every February. Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 14 times more likely to be in custody than non-Indigenous people. A teenage boy who identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is more likely to go to jail than go to university and… Indigenous incarceration: turning… Read More »

The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne

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A DRUG that melts plastic and has the nickname “coma in a bottle” has had a devastating impact on Melbourne’s party scene. Olivia Lambert News.com.au GBL is believed to be the cause of almost 40 overdoses in the city on the weekend, with people unknowingly taking the drug, which is a derivative of GHB. People were being… The drug that… Read More »

Women also sexually abuse children, but their reasons often differ from men’s

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Data from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently revealed that, between 1950 and 2010, 60% of all abuse allegedly took place at faith-based institutions. Xanthe Mallett The Conversation Evidence showed that, in Catholic institutions, 95% of alleged offenders were men. This means the… Women also sexually… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

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Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

What is it like to live next to a prison?

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In the Victorian town of Ararat, sandwiched between Ballarat and the Wimmera in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, it can seem like every second person you meet either works at the prison or has a family member who does. Jane Cowan ABC While Werribee residents have protested against the decision to build a youth detention centre, in Ararat you are hard pressed to find anyone willing to say a bad word about the jail that has been part of ... Read More »