Australasia

My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader’s nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former UN climate chief Christina Figueres and several candidates from Eastern Europe, make his prospects slim. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Monday that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked to be nominated as a candidate to be the next United Nations Secretary-General. Some ... Read More »

Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration

Television host Sonia Kruger has responded to the media storm caused by her comment thatshe would like to see Muslim immigration in Australia stopped in the interests of safety. The World Today By Sarah Sedghi She made the comment on Channel Nine yesterday in response to a column written by Andrew Bolt in News Corp papers about immigration policies and terrorism… Source: Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

Tong 5e

Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

Tong 4d

Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing

By Roger Burritt, University of Kassel and Katherine Christ, University of South Australia Those in the greyhound racing industry were surprised by Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird’s announcement on the banning of the industry in NSW from July 1, 2017, which was closely followed in the ACT. But the writing has been on the… Source: What other industries can learn from the failures of greyhound racing – SmartCompany Read More »

When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years. An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed. In any event, its brief is to recount ... Read More »

The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign

Triatha 1a

Editorial: The 2016 campaign began with high hopes for bold and positive policies. Eight long weeks later, the major parties have let themselves down.. The 2016 Australian election campaign began with the hope that big ideas and bold positive policies might mean voters would be able to choose the party that inspired them the most rather than the one they despised the least…. Source: The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign | Opinion ... Read More »

Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking

Scientists predict the hole could close permanently by the middle of the century.. The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing, say scientists. Recovery of the hole has varied from year to year, partly because of the effects of volcanic eruptions… Source: Hole in ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking Read More »

Policy primers: what you need to know before election day

Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote. What are the parties promising on issues ranging from tax to education to infrastructure? Click through below to find out… Source: Policy primers: what you need to know before election day Read More »

The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset switch

End The Corpocracy 1a LLLL

At a crucial moment in history, it’s worth thinking about the evolution of progressive ideas, in the US, the UK and in Australia.. The remarkable story in the latest Mother Jones about life in the American private prison system helps us think through a remarkable US election – and, more generally, the death spiral in which the liberal left seems to have trapped itself… Source: The liberal left is trapped in a death spiral: progressives need to throw the reset ... Read More »

The noble aim of open justice and the public’s right to know

Auli 1a

In high-profile court cases there is much we never get to hear about. Do we wrap our jurors in cotton wool, and what is the public’s right to know?.. Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes more grandly put it, “the public’s ... Read More »

Perth photographer captures beauty of double rainbow off WA coast

A Perth photographer has captured the rare moment a double rainbow formed over the ocean off Yanchep on Saturday morning.. Bob Ellisdon, owner of Outback Bob Photography, told WAtoday he saw the rainbow forming from his house and rushed to capture the phenomenon… Source: Perth photographer captures beauty of double rainbow off WA coast Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

A more humane Australian foreign policy

Australia is committed to a better world,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in announcing Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council last year. The bid was originally launched by the Labor government and is for a two year term commencing in 2018. In announcing support for the bid, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stressed Australia’s record of support for human rights, and spoke of five pillars underlying the bid: “freedoms of expression and of religion; good ... Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future

The French Australian Preschool is calling on the community to help raise a $1 million shortfall needed to safeguard its future. The privately run preschool and its vast outdoor play area hold 40 years of fond memories for thousands of graduates and 128 current students… Source: French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future Read More »