Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

Malcolm Turnbull - The Age

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »

Rod Culleton and the associates who claim 50 years of Australian laws are invalid

Australian laws are invalid - The Guardian

Inside story: A letter written by the One Nation senator to a Queensland magistrate is linked to unorthodox legal advocates who argue that the constitution requires the governor general to be paid in pounds instead of dollars The Guardian Joshua Robertson Rodney Culleton’s alleged attempt to influence a Queensland magistrate involved a case against a bankrupt former legal advocate whose supporters include an adviser to the One Nation senator. Culleton has been referred to police over a letter asking the ... Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

Women - ABC

Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Secret emails reveal how Transfield got Nauru contract

Secret emails - Crikey

Why did Transfield get the contract to run the offshore detention center on Nauru when it had not even sent in an official proposal? Crikey Josh Taylor Emails obtained by Crikey show Immigration was so keen for Transfield to be given the contract to manage the Nauru offshore immigration detention centre back in 2012 that the department handed Transfield the proposal it had sent to rival company Serco. In September, the Australian National Audit Office delivered a scathing report of… Secret ... Read More »

Former Icac commissioner leaps to Megan Latham’s defence

Megan Latham - The Guardian

Anthony Whealy says comments that the outgoing corruption watchdog head should consider a ‘quiet retirement into private life’ were misguided and unfair The Guardian Christopher Knaus The former Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) assistant commissioner Anthony Whealy has leapt to the defence of Megan Latham, saying comments that she should consider a “quiet retirement into private life” were completely unfounded and unfair. Latham resigned as Icac commissioner on Wednesday after… Former Icac commissioner leaps to… Read More »

Child abuse charges dropped against Department of Human Services worker

Melbourne Court - The Age

Police have dropped historic child sexual abuse charges against a child protection worker after deciding they did not have enough proof to convict her, despite photographing her pelvic region against her wishes to help their investigation. The Age Jane Lee Katrina Arrendondo​, who works in the child protection division of the Department of Health and Human Services, was stood down after she was charged in September with one count of sexual penetration and one count of an indecent act against a child under ... Read More »

Nanny knows best

Raw milk

Recently we heard that a Tasmanian farmer Mr Carter, has had a run in with the Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority for giving people a taste of raw milk straight from the udder of his dairy cows after a milking demonstration. On line opinion Nicola Wright He has been issued with an infringement notice for this subversive activity even though he isn’t selling raw milk, the justification being that consumption of raw milk carries with it health risks, especially for children. ... Read More »

The era of post-truth


How dangerous things have become in an era marked by post-truth. As opposed to appeals to the heart, objective facts are no longer able to influence public opinion. On line opinion Kellie Tranter Look no further than Australia’s offshore detention program in post-truth terms. It is difficult to fathom how a system could be touted publicly as an… The era of post-truth… Read More »

State acts as one in five apprehended domestic violence orders breached

State acts as one in five apprehended domestic violence orders breached - SMH 1a

Domestic violence perpetrators will no longer be able to use the excuse that they did not understand the law, with the NSW government removing complex legal jargon from new apprehended domestic violence orders. SMH Rachel Browne It comes after research from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed one in five apprehended domestic violence orders are breached, equating to almost 7700 breaches a year. The new plain-English orders, to be introduced next week, will be… State acts as ... Read More »

Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is dangerous

Peter Dutton - The Age

Peter Dutton has sought to rewrite history in a disgraceful appeal to prejudice. The Age In broad strokes, he set out to besmirch the legacy of migration to Australia during the Fraser years, by claiming “the reality is that Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in”. It is obvious that Mr Dutton is not interested in learning from the past, but instead has a political aim in the present. Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is… Read More »

Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most Liveable City For Women

Melbourne ... City For Women - Huffington Post 1a

One in three Australian teenage girls report feeling unsafe in public. The Huffington Post Zoe Condliffe I met Carly at my parent’s house, in suburban Melbourne. She’s 16 years old, and goes to my old school. I interviewed her about her experiences of… Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most… Read More »

Hanson decries reverse racism in Australia

Pauline Hanson's One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson arrives at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Pauline Hanson has been labelled a "one-trick pony" as federal MPs react to the One Nation leader's explosive first speech to the Senate in which she warned Australia is being swamped by Muslims. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Pauline Hanson says Australians are fed up with reverse racism and being tolerant of immigrants with no intention of assimilating. SBS Pauline Hanson insists Australia has a reverse racism problem, telling defenders of race-hate laws to look at the way women who choose to wear mini skirts are being treated by Muslims. The One Nation leader says Australians are fed up with… Hanson decries reverse racism in… Read More »

Comment: Two Good – making a difference to the lives of women and children in refuge

Two good men - SBS

Domestic Violence New South Wales CEO Moo Baulch talks about the reach and impact the Too Good initiative has had on women and how little things can make a big, big difference. SBS Moo Baulch Rob (Caslick) from Two Good and I met a couple of years ago now. He came to us with a brilliant and… Comment: Two Good – making a difference to… Read More »

Ask Shorten why you got death threats, Minister Dutton tells Labor MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Labor leader Bill Shorten of misrepresenting him and whipping up a political storm. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says a Labor MP who has received death threats in the wake of his comments about migrants should look to her own leader for answers. Labor MP and counter-terrorism expert Anny Aly, who was born in… Ask Shorten why you got death… Read More »

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison ‘not fit for purpose’

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison - The Guardian

Keith Hamburger’s report on Darwin correctional centre reveals rampant construction and operational failures The Guardian Helen Davidson A leaked report into the two-year-old Darwin correctional centre, which was sat on by the previous government and then only partially released by the current one, has reportedly revealed details of rampant failures in the $1.8bn, 1,000-bed facility. Sky News has reported it received a leaked copy of the report, by the former head of… Justice minister rejects finding… Read More »

How can the left respond to the global resurgence of far-right populism?

far-right populism - The Guardian

Far-right movements have been successful globally by politicising hostility to immigrants and cultivating a resurgent ethnonationalism. The left can – and should – fight back The Guardian Jason Wilson When Donald Trump won the US presidential election, it was as if a great gear whirred and clanked into place, and the whole global machine was suddenly moving at a different velocity. It was just the latest victory for… How can the left respond to the global resurgence of… Read More »