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Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them

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Qualified prison educators are being replaced by outsourced trainers in NSW prisons, following a KPMG report. But the move could end up being a false saving Catharine Lumby Some days I think it’s KPMG’s world and we are only allowed to live in it. Not… Source: Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them | Catharine Lumby | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter

Analysis Credibility is an elusive ideal; difficult to attain and deceptively easy to squander. By business editor Ian Verrender Janet Yellen, the head of the world’s biggest central bank, the US Federal Reserve, last week shredded what remained of hers and the organisation she chairs. Once again, she hesitated when decisiveness was required. Once again, she capitulated to… Source: US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed

A proposal designed to stop illegal phoenix activity being actively considered in New Zealand could be similarly adopted in Australia, potentially saving billions of dollars. Helen Anderson  Illegal phoenix activity – which involves directors intentionally liquidating companies after shifting their assets to new (“phoenix”) companies to… Source: Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed Read More »

Why police should be able to ram cars

People who drive like maniacs while evading police are playing Russian roulette with all of our lives. George Tilbury VIDEO WA Police want new powers to ram cars off the road Two recent high-profile pursuits in three days are just the tip of the iceberg in WA, with statistics revealing there were almost three pursuits every day last… Source: Why police should be able to ram cars – The West Australian Read More »

5 tips for dealing with workplace sexual harassment

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Hayley Boswell is one of those “good people” who started law because she genuinely wanted to help others. By Hayley Pearson She’s always been a champion for the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in Adelaide. Before she became “legally brunette” in her legal career, Hayley was a… 5 tips for… Read More »

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

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Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their… Source: Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem

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While he talks of ‘revolutionary’ vision in the welfare sector, Christian Porter ignores the fact that unemployment is a failure of the market, not the person John Falzon You don’t build communities up by putting people down. Structural changes to the economy have resulted in entire communities being left without work and… Source: Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem | John Falzon | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies

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Speaking at UN summit, the prime minister says security of national borders must come first if the public is to accept large migration flows Ben Doherty Malcolm Turnbull has told world leaders at the UN that Australia’s uncompromising border protection regime should be a model for other countries, and… Source: Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians

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This could be be the most divisive parliament in Australia’s history. But by standing up to racists, the Greens can help bring communities together Richard Di Natale ”Go home you greasy wog!”. Those words, yelled at me in anger by classmates who didn’t know any better, still sting. This didn’t happen often, and… Source: When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians| Richard Di Natale | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing

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He says he’s apolitical – a conservative on law and order but all-but a socialist on hospitals and medicine. He says he’s going to listen and learn before making up his mind on legislation. Who knows? Gay Alcorn Derryn Hinch is unlikely to remember this, but way back in the 1980s I had a long, long lunch with him and… Source: Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing | Gay Alcorn ... Read More »

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

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President’s introduction Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers and refugees to Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing of their claims has been one of the most contentious aspects of Australia’s migration policies. Introduced in 2012, third country processing has been a key plank of successive Australian governments to deter asylum seekers from travelling to Australia by… Source: Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea | Australian Human Rights Commission Read More »

Lionel Shriver’s full speech: ‘I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad’

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This is the full transcript of the keynote speech, Fiction and Identity Politics, that author Lionel Shriver gave at the Brisbane Writers Festival Lionel Shriver I hate to disappoint you folks, but unless we stretch the topic to breaking point this address will not be about “community and… Lionel Shriver’s full… Read More »

Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor

The University of South Australia is hoping to increase Indigenous enrolments with the appointment of its first Indigenous pro-Vice Chancellor Irene Watson. BY NICOLA GAGE The inaugural position was created after the university announced it would close its David Unaipon College, with its programs to merge into the mainstream campus… Source: Irene Watson appointed University of South Australia’s first Indigenous pro-vice chancellor – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Exclusive: MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators Michael Slezak Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the… Source: Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants

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Greens urge Labor to oppose $1bn cut to Australian Renewable Energy Agency, removing its future capacity for grants Michael Slezak A giant surge of investment in renewable energy has been sparked by what might be the last grants made by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, as the… Source: Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants | Environment | The Guardian Read More »