Australasia

Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to 20pc of Australians, survey reveals

Torture - ABC

One in five Australians think it is acceptable to use torture to obtain military information during war, a Red Cross survey has found. ABC Jean Kennedy The survey found Australian men were more likely than women to agree that captured soldiers can be tortured to obtain information. Overall, 24 per cent of men think Australian soldiers can be… Torture acceptable in some circumstances according to… Read More »

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders

Racism - The Guardian

Mutuma Ruteere warns xenophobic hate speech on the rise, and political leaders need to ‘censure this kind of divisive and racist rhetoric’ in their ranks The Guardian Paul Karp Mainstream Australian political leaders need to denounce divisive and racist rhetoric, particularly from members of their own parties, a United Nations expert has said. The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, made… Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges… Read More »

Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to target adults procuring kids to commit crimes

Fagins - ABC

The Victorian Government has said it will introduce a new offence to target adults procuring children to do their criminal “dirty work”. ABC Attorney-General Martin Pakula said legislation would be introduced to State Parliament next year to see adult criminals facing up to 10 years’ jail for such behaviour. The new law has been dubbed Fagin’s Law, after the… Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to… Read More »

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

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Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »

NSW Stolen Generations receive compensation

Stolen Generations - SBS

The NSW government will offer survivors of the Stolen Generation financial compensation as part of a reparation package worth more than $73 million. SBS Laura Morelli The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors is in order to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams says the package is a… NSW Stolen Generations receive… Read More »

New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private counselling remains private

Victims - Brisbane Times

Sexual assault victims’ private communication with counsellors will be unavailable for perpetrators to use in court under new laws. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced a bill on Thursday providing extra measures for victims of crime in Queensland. Under the changes, a sexual assault counselling privilege will… New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion

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Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go against the evidence

Euthanasia - The Conversation

South Australia recently voted against legalising voluntary active euthanasia. The Conversation Andrew McGee, Ben White, Lindy Willmott The legislation failed by one vote. It was the latest of more than 50 legislative attempts in… South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go… Read More »

ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future

ALP - IA

At a time when fair-go Australia is desperate for enlightened leadership, Dr Geoff Davies asks: ‘Where is the ALP?’ Independent Australia Dr Geoff Davies PROGRESSIVE REFORMERS are attempting to take control of the major parties of the nominal left in the United States and the United Kingdom, in the wake of losses in national elections and the rise of reactionary forces. Even if the rebels do not take full control, there is some… ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future Read More »

Top cop tells jail bosses: stop riots

Prisons - The West Australian

WA’s top cop has told prison bosses to “get their act together” and fix problems at the troubled Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre, claiming police wasted hundreds of hours each year responding to call-outs from the facility. The West Australian Grant Taylor Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the workload was not sustainable and if the situation did not improve, he would consider instructing his officers to “de-prioritise” attending jobs at the prison, except for serious cases. “We are spending an ... Read More »

‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects Dutton linking Lebanese migration with terrorism

Malcolm Turnbull - SBS

Speaking to SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied Immigration Minister Peter Dutton recently linked Lebanese migration to terrorism. SBS Andrea Booth In an interview with SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was “misrepresented, recklessly so” over his comments that appeared to link Lebanese migration in the 1970s with concerns around planned terrorist activity today. During question time on… ‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects… Read More »

Children in detention have rights: keeping them in isolation compounds their problems

Children - SMH

Earlier this year I visited the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, along with a number of other centres where children are detained across the country. SMH Megan Mitchell The purpose of the visits was to see how young people were being treated and how their rights were being protected. I toured the facilities and spoke to just under… Children in detention have rights: keeping them in… Read More »

Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay in NT Parliament, NTEC application dismissed

Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula - ABC

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula will retain his seat in the Northern Territory Parliament after the Court of Disputed Returns dismissed a case challenging his election. ABC Avani Dias The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) said it had information that Mr Guyula had been a member of the Milingimbi Local Authority which could make him ineligible to nominate as a candidate in the August state election. In a statement, lawyer Ken Parish said… Nhulunbuy MLA Guyula to stay ... Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

Protest - The Guardian

History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

Children’s rights report 2016

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I am pleased to present my fourth annual Children’s Rights Report as the National Children’s Commissioner. Australian Policy Online This report details how I have fulfilled my statutory functions, outlined in Section 46MB of the Australia Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act) during the 2015-16 period. During the course of my term, I have continued to… Children’s rights report… Read More »