Australasia

[CENSORED] was meant to celebrate freedom. Instead it exposes something darker

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Sari Braithwaite watched all the scenes cut by Australian censors between 1958 and 1971. What she discovered was deeply disturbing Sari Braithwaite The Guardian n 1969 Australian government censors claimed a Swedish film playing at the Sydney film festival included an actual sex scene involving a heavily pregnant woman. The film could only play, they said, if the offending copulation were deleted. But the scene in question involved no sex whatsoever. The censors apparently couldn’t distinguish between an embrace and ... Read More »

A plea from Nauru: ‘No one can understand the conditions here’ – video

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Nauru A refugee held in offshore immigration detention speaks about her experiences on Christmas Island and Nauru that have left her ‘helpless and broken’. She pleads with the Australian public for more compassionate treatment instead of a ‘clenched fist’ The Guardian Video Read More »

Catholic Church signs up for national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse

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Victims of institutional child sexual abuse are one step closer to receiving compensation, after the Catholic Church announced it would sign up to the national redress scheme. By political reporter Jane Norman and staff ABC In a major step forward, the Church has confirmed it will enter the national scheme, despite its earlier misgivings, becoming the first non-government institution to opt in. The church’s governing bodies, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia, wrote to the Government ... Read More »

What’s it like to be young and from overseas in Australia?

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The first ever census of young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds paints a mixed picture of optimism and belonging against a backdrop of ongoing discrimination By Professor Johanna Wyn, Dr Rimi Khan and Dr Babak Dadvand, University of Melbourne The majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly that they belong here, despite almost half experiencing some form of discrimination or unfair treatment in the past twelve months, the first Multicultural Youth Australia Census shows. Nearly 2,000 young ... Read More »

Judges ‘overwhelmingly’ get it right, Vic Chief Judge says

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The Herald Sun has been corrected by Peter Kidd, Chief Judge of the Victorian County Court, for inaccurate and sensationalised reporting that suggested sentencing decisions by so-called “lenient judges” were… Melissa Coade LawyersWeekly Victoria’s Chief Judge has admonished News Corp for an article which suggested that prosecutors have increasingly succeeded in appeals for tougher jail terms. In a letter penned to the Herald Sun, Peter Kidd (pictured) rejected assertions made by journalist Aleks Devic that successful appeals brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions ... Read More »

How your religion changes your views on the right to die

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Rank-and-file Christians are at odds with religious leaders on euthanasia, with some denominations more supportive of voluntary assisted dying than others. Katie Burgess The Canberra Times As an ACT parliamentary inquiry into the end-of-life choices available to Canberrans continues, a survey of 1004 people has revealed how nearly half (48 per cent) of people with religious beliefs supported assisted dying laws. This is despite a hardline stance from some religious orders against legalising the practice. One of the report’s authors, Anthony ... Read More »

How much exercise keeps our brains healthy as we age?

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New guidelines outline how much physical exercise older Australians concerned about their memory should be aiming for each week, to help maintain brain health By Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, University of Melbourne Staying physically active later in life, by doing around an hour and half of moderate aerobic exercise and a couple of strength training sessions per week, can help keep your brain healthy. Research has shown that exercise can improve cognitive function in people who are concerned about their memory ... Read More »

Super Saturday: Greens attack Josh Wilson over offshore detention

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Greens Fremantle candidate Dorinda Cox has attacked Labor’s Josh Wilson over his party’s support for the offshore detention of asylum seekers, accusing him of lacking compassion after a… Nathan Hondros WAtoday Ms Cox urged Mr Wilson to support closing offshore detention centres on Manus and Nauru and “bring the refugees to Australia”. “I know Fremantle,” Ms Cox said. “This is a progressive and caring community and we are absolutely horrified by the organised suffering going on in offshore camps that ... Read More »

Universities need to do more to support refugee students

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In the past two decades Australian universities and schools have received growing numbers of students from refugee backgrounds. This is in line with increasing numbers of people accepted through… Authors: The Conversation But there are concerns refugee students are denied access to equitable educational opportunities as a result of: the challenges of settlement competing demands on their time due to family responsibilities (both in Australia and back home) financial concerns and getting trapped in low-skilled jobs. In addition, transition is ... Read More »

‘It doesn’t change a damn thing here or anywhere else’

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A few weeks ago, I was dawdling around my university campus when I stumbled upon a string of familiar posters. Eleanor Kirk Brisnane Times They were familiar because I had seen the same image and slogan posted, shared and re-tweeted by almost every left-wing American celebrity I follow on social media: March For Our Lives. This wasn’t the first time I had seen posters that focused on political issues far from home. A year and a half earlier, the same ... Read More »

Biloela residents bring fight to return ‘loved’ asylum seeker family home to Q&A panel

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At dawn on March 5, Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian born daughters were taken from their home in Biloela and placed into custody by Border Force officials. Rebeka Powell ABC Almost three months later, the family remains in a detention centre in Melbourne. Now Biloela locals Marie and Margot have made a public plea on Q&A to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, to allow the family to stay in Australia. “Our town loved this ... Read More »

Have you got an end-of-life plan?

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Lawyers are encouraging us to think about how we want our lives to end as part of a campaign to record end-of-life wishes with a free online tool called Advance Care Directive. Melissa Coade LawyersWeekly While the topic of death and dying remain uncomfortable subjects for many, lawyers in South Australia are urging members of the community to think seriously about the end. These can include questions about whether a patient wishes to be resuscitated or placed on life support ... Read More »

High-flying lawyer for the ‘little guy’ says Australia needs to shake its ‘fearful’ outlook

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RACIAL taunts and injustices propelled a Sydney lawyer to become the champion of the “little guy”. Here’s the big problem Australia needs to fix. Ben Graham news.com.au JAHAN Kalantar is at the frontline of fighting injustice in Australia and some of what he sees on a day-to-day basis is disturbing. The high-flying Sydney lawyer from a firm which prides itself on standing up for the “little guy”, such as the desperately poor and people with mental illnesses, believes we have ... Read More »

Is abortion legal in Australia? It’s complicated

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Ireland has just voted on whether to lift the country’s controversial ban on abortion. Olivia Willis ABC But in Australia, whether or not abortion is legal depends on where you live — as does the cost and availability of the procedure. And that’s because abortion laws are made by state and territory governments, not the Federal Government. Abortion in Australia: A snapshot It is estimated between a quarter to a third of Australian women will choose to terminate a pregnancy ... Read More »

‘We are absolutely in a new culture war’: ‘Religious freedom’ next on the Liberal agenda

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On Monday night, former deputy prime minister John Anderson delivered a rousing and ominous speech to a gathering of religious educators in Parliament House. Michael Koziol WAtoday With a gusto more suited to the Great Hall in which the Christian Schools Australia gala dinner normally takes place, Anderson dared speak the name of a spectre which is often invoked but rarely acknowledged: the culture war. “We’re living in the age of enormous cultural disharmony, I put it to you,” he ... Read More »

Justice Connect Set to Develop National Guide for Volunteering

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Charity legal service Justice Connect will use a $250,000 government grant to produce a National Guide for Volunteering, containing legal resources to assist not for profits with volunteer management. Luke Michael ProBonoAustralia Announced on Wednesday to coincide with National Volunteer Week (21 to 27 May), Justice Connect will use $250,000 in funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop a full suite of legal resources for NFPs to… Justice Connect CEO Chris Povey, said the organisation would create ... Read More »