Nauru blocking release of information about asylum seekers, court documents show

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Documents filed by the immigration department urge blocking of freedom of information request The Guardian Calla Wahlquist Nauru is blocking the release of information requested under Australian freedom of information laws relating to refugees and asylum seekers held on the island, according to court documents. Documents filed by the immigration department to… Nauru blocking release of information about… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker stuck on Manus Island ‘deteriorated fast’, doctor says

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A sick Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island missed a flight to Port Moresby because of visa issues, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

Public servant charged by South Australia’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

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A public servant has been charged in South Australia following an investigation by the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. ABC Commissioner Bruce Lander said in a statement the 44-year-old had been charged with making a false declaration. “A report made to me by the… Public servant charged by… Read More »

Counter-terrorism ‘lawfare’ and the ADF’s covert security war

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Counter-terrorism “lawfare” and the lead-agency debate — how the Australian Defence Force is winning a covert national security policy war where other Western militaries have failed. Dr Allan Orr reports. Independent Australia Allan Orr MOVING at breakneck speed to curtail Section 51 of the Defence Act governing the deployment of military units in domestic security scenarios, the Turnbull Government, very publicly supported by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), is about to go against the international grain and hand off future active shooter ... Read More »

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons

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Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government’s decision to house teenagers in the “harshest of adult prison settings”. ABC Jean Edwards Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said they had taken the unusual step because they shared a deep concern about the welfare of “the most vulnerable and impressionable children” in the youth justice system. The Andrews Government last week started… Melbourne archbishops condemn… Read More »

Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks increasing violent extremism’

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Leaked government document reveals Department of Social Services concerns new visas that remove social safety net may undermine refugee resettlement The Guardian Paul Karp A secret Coalition plan to create a class of provisional visas with less access to social services may undermine resettlement of refugees, reduce social cohesion and increase the risk of violent extremism, according to a leaked government document. Speaking at question time, Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the… Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

State ministers may be called to Senate inquiry into Bell ‘deal’

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WA’s audacious attempt to leapfrog other creditors in the Bell Group liquidation will be subjected to a Senate inquiry — and Barnett Government ministers Mike Nahan and Michael Mischin will be asked to appear. The West Australian Andrew Probyn and Shane Wright Central to the inquiry will be why the State Government was so adamant that it had a deal with the Federal Government not to challenge its controversial Bell legislation when Commonwealth ministers insist that no agreement was struck. ... Read More »

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

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The federal government has threatened Sydney man Mark Rogers with legal action over use of the Medicare logo on his “Save Medicare” website. The Conversation In response to publicity generated by a GetUp! petition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will look into the matter. But how are Australia’s trademark and copyright laws able to… Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to… Read More »

What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as Chief Justice of the High Court?

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Soon, for the first time, the most senior judge in Australia will be a woman. ABC Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the new chief justice of the High Court will be Susan Kiefel, who replaces the retiring Robert French. She’ll be joined on the bench by James Edelman, who… What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as… Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

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Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »

US 300 refugee deal intake claims false: Dutton

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru.  The United States and Australia are close to announcing a deal in which the U.S. would resettle hundreds of asylum seekers banished by Australia to Pacific island camps, a newspaper reported on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.  The U.S. had agreed to accept up to 1,800 refugees held for up to three years at Australia's expense in camps on the impoverished island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, The Australian newspaper reported.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will only accept a limited number of refugees from Nauru. SBS The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will limit its intake of refugees from Nauru under a resettlement deal. But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is… US 300 refugee deal intake claims… Read More »

George Brandis to face new Senate inquiry about his role in Bell Group litigation

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Attorney-General George Brandis will face another Senate inquiry grilling to determine his role in the West Australian Government’s bid to claw back nearly $1 billion from a corporate collapse. ABC Henry Belot Senator Brandis has strongly rejected claims he struck a secret deal with the State Government to order the Commonwealth to run dead in a settlement case for Alan Bond’s Bell Group. That case has run over 20 years in… George Brandis to face new Senate inquiry about… Read More »

Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to ‘folk hero’ Ned Kelly in letter to Prime Minister calling for his release

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One Nation senator Pauline Hanson says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be freed, and has likened his plight to that of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. ABC In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Hanson urged him to begin a multilateral process bringing all Australian political parties together to support Mr Assange. “Australia has a long and proud history of… Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to… Read More »

Corinna Horvath: Victoria Police officer charged by IBAC over alleged 1996 assault

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A serving Victoria Police officer has been charged by the state’s anti-corruption watchdog with assaulting a woman during a raid in 1996. ABC The charge from the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) comes two years after the woman received compensation and an apology from the force over the incident. The commission said it had charged the… Corinna Horvath: Victoria Police officer charged by… Read More »

New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel a decisive, experienced pick

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If you want to know something about Australia’s first female Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, just ask Clive Palmer. ABC Elizabeth Byrne He may be the first person to feel the sting of a confident and decisive judge so comfortable in the role she led the court to throw out his bid to stop liquidators questioning him about the collapse of Queensland Nickel on the spot. The court almost never rejects a case so… New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel ... Read More »