Australasia

Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again

A shadowy entity is deciding the fate of Australian citizenship, while NSW lawmakers want the power to punish those found not guilty of crimes. The erosion of our rights is continuing, just without the fanfare… Source: Thought ‘death cult’ lawmaking ended with Abbott? Think again – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it

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At QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre we are about to complete ARC-funded research on the state of the Australian political news media. A key finding of the work has been the nearly complete withdrawal of commercial free-to-air television from the current affairs space, which is… Source: Real journalists report the news – they don’t make it Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps

According to theatre legend, Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in a rush at the command of Elizabeth herself. The Virgin Queen couldn’t get enough of Falstaff, the fat rogue knight from Henry IV, and wanted to see him in love. The resulting spinoff proved a highly contrived farce. Its minor character names – Shallow… Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor review: Lively production of one of the Bard’s sillier romps Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come

A $30m ad campaign to change attitudes about violence against women will be launched this weekend as part of a broader strategy that puts gender inequality at the centre of a violence prevention program. When it comes to preventing violence against women, Australia has made history in the last few weeks… Source: Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come | Mary Barry | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals

Fraudsters have become better at parting Australians with their money, even as people become more savvy about responding to scams, a survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals. Australians lost an enormous $2 billion to credit card fraudsters last… Source: More Australians falling victim to scams, ABS data reveals Read More »

Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story

Aisha’s story of life in Australia amid a climate of Islamophobia and fear about terrorism. “It is vital that we have frank conversations about why terrorist groups are so alluring.” Source: Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story Read More »

The plebiscite requires decency

OPINION  |  Barney Zwartz  Eternity #68 April 2016 Australia is heading for trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with P, which stands for plebiscite (with apologies to The Music Man). The national temperature is rising, and the angry words are increasing, even though we don’t have a date or a question or much certainty … Source: The plebiscite requires decency Read More »

Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru

Fears over money laundering and the risk of financing of terrorism has prompted calls for Bendigo Bank to abandon any dealings with the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru. Bendigo Bank is the only bank with a presence on the island, which Australia relies on as a crucial part of its refugee policy… Source: Money laundering fears over Bendigo Bank operations on Nauru Read More »

Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac

Richard Di Natale highlights fact a significant Liberal donor received $14m under a carbon scheme later axed by Abbott government. The Greens leader Richard Di Natale has gone on the front foot about the need for a national anti-corruption body by highlighting the fact a significant donor to the… Source: Greens leader says $14m Brickworks grant shows need for federal Icac | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them

The future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees. Meet the entrepreneurs and start-ups upskilling these groups. Contrary to the views being espoused in the lead up to the election, the future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees… Source: Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them | Culture Read More »

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money

A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system by 2050 is… Source: New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money : Renew Economy Read More »

FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more?

ASIC has the powers of a royal commission and, in fact, it has greater powers than a royal commission. – Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking to reporters, April 8, 2016. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to set up a royal commission into misconduct… Source: FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more? Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil

Today’s column is about to natter about the looming annual Anzac Day eve Canberra Peace Vigil. But surely one of the problems with peace vigils, a sceptic might say (even a leftie, bleeding heart, militarism-deploring sceptic like this columnist) is that they do nothing to thaw the frost in the hearts of truculent, war-like leaders… Source: Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil Read More »