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The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you

Understanding why it’s bad to abolish restrictions on the importation of books can be hard, which means it can be hard to care. But trust me, you need know why this is terrible for us all.. People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing… Source: The looming threat to our book industry is bad for authors, publishers … and for you | Susan Hawthorne | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame

Australia is a sick country, primarily because it has become such a selfish and self-centred country. A sense of entitlement pervades, indeed is encouraged and fostered within the ruling class and politicians. For sure it’s all about us, that is, the white Anglo Christians who comprise the bulk of the Australian ruling class. Many psychologists say narcissism is rising in Australia… Source: Asylum-seekers: Australians all, let’s hang our heads in shame Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »

Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths

Successive Australian governments have boasted their success at “stopping the boats”  That is, they have stopped the boats arriving: we know they are still setting out, because our navy turn them back. But are we saving any lives by stopping refugees from getting to Australia?  No, we are not. Leave aside the refugees who are killed in detention (Reza Berati) or who die of medical neglect in detention (Hamid… Source: Stopping the boats doesn’t stop the deaths | Julian Burnside Read More »

Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world

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The people behind the independent Melbourne store that just won International Bookstore of the Year talk fostering local literature, great regulars and Australian book recommendations.. Readings first opened in 1969, and it was a partnership of three – Ross Reading, his wife Dorothy Reading, and Peter Reid. At the time, Australia had a very small… Source: Interview with a Bookstore: Melbourne’s Readings, the best bookshop in the world | Books | The Guardian Read More »

Operation Fox Hunt: Law council says extradition treaty with China is ‘a joke’

Beijing: The national peak body representing the legal profession in Australia has urged the federal government not to ratify an extradition treaty with China, citing concerns the mainland’s criminal justice system lacked procedural fairness and was “steadily marching in the wrong direction”. Addressing the parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in Canberra on Monday, the Law Council of Australia said there was no way to guarantee those extradited would be granted a fair trial, nor were there any effective measures to ... Read More »

We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services

If the Turnbull Government’s budget does not boost funding for domestic violence services, it will leave women in grave danger. Even though the money is there to protect them, it’s just being frittered away. Source: We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services | Larissa Waters Read More »

Green, Hilda

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Hilda Green graduated from the University of Melbourne with a major in Business Strategy and Development. To futher her skills she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Web Development from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. With extensive experience working on marketing, communication and fundraising campaigns for some of Australia’s leading organisations (Liberty Victoria, Australian Red Cross, beyondblue, Amnesty International), Ms Green has carved out a unique skill base. Included in her set of experience is website development, graphic design, ... Read More »

Submarines And Power Stations: Only One Of Them Is Useful In Climate Change Battle

The Turnbull Government’s announcement of a new fleet of submarines leaves Geoff Russell wondering how we’ll win that ‘other’ war… the one far more likely to wipe us out. They shall not pass! … Turnbull, Morrison and Dutton are armed to the teeth and manning the barricades defending us against the militant hordes of ManusMore… Source: Submarines And Power Stations: Only One Of Them Is Useful In Climate Change Battle – New Matilda Read More »

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation

Five male conference speakers want to see conference organisers involve more women. Five of Australia’s most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don’t include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for “dude fests”… Source: Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation Read More »

Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’

New film features shocking footage from within offshore detention centres. ‘I wanted to make a film that would shame Australia’, the film-maker says. Australia’s current refugee policy has been informed by a succession of prime ministers, and four of them have a part to play in the development of Chasing Asylum: a stunning new documentary directed by Eva Orner… Source: Eva Orner on Chasing Asylum: ‘Every whistleblower that I interviewed wept’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward

Watching loved ones with dementia slowly fade away is heartbreaking, but the use of doll therapy is emerging as a powerful way to put a sparkle back in patients’ eyes by giving them something to care about and hold close. Some may find the thought a family member or patient caring for an… Source: Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward Read More »

Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers

A 14-month investigation into the supply of the party drug fantasy on the Gold Coast has resulted in police seizures of $100,000 worth of the drug.. Police say the dangerous drug, also known as GHB, was responsible for a death at Adelaide’s Stereostonic music festival in December and multiple overdoses in Sydney… Source: Police seize $100,000 worth of fantasy in raids targeting party drug traffickers Read More »

Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test

In making a preliminary decision on the sale of S. Kidman & Co to a Chinese consortium, the Treasurer Scott Morrison has shed some light on what the government defines as being in the “national interest”. He describes the Chinese bid as being contrary to Australia’s national interest, because… Source: Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test Read More »

Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention

The prime minister says settlement in New Zealand would be used by people smugglers as a ‘marketing opportunity’. Malcolm Turnbull has again rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres saying: “Settlement in a… Source: Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice

Tuesday’s Papua New Guinea Supreme Court decision has two vital lessons for Australia: the power of a Bill of Rights and the importance of a courageous Court. Thomas Kiat explains. The judgment blew a hole in Australia’s offshore detention network by declaring the arrangement unlawful under PNG’s Constitution. In doing so it raised the bar for theMore… Source: EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice – New Matilda Read More »