Australasia

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

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Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island — a place of deprivation and despair

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A shocking first-hand account and photos of the appalling conditions on Manus Island as shared by a hospital volunteer. Sarah Smith reports. Sarah Smith Independent Australia HELEN FOX is agitated: “The doctors in the hospital… EXCLUSIVE: Manus Island… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

Turnbull makes a good start on expenses, but needs to go further

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It is regrettable that the path leading to the establishment of an independent body to oversee the work-related expenses of parliamentarians has been so… Colleen Lewis The Conversation It is also regrettable that it took such an inordinate amount of time for a political leader to conclude that creating such a body was essential to tackling the ever-widening trust deficit between MPs and those they… We need to criticise MPs’ questionable… Turnbull makes a good start on… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

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Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts

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Sometimes truth is stranger than… Here we are – Donald Trump is about to become the 45th president of the United States and we have to prepare for the… Bill McKibben The Sydney Morning Herald It beggars belief that in 2016 an outright climate change denier could rise to the highest office in the US, dragging with him a… Australia joining US… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

Immigration Department spent more than $1 billion without proper authorisation, independent audit alleges

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper… STEPHANIE ANDERSON ABC A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed “significant… Immigration Department spent… Read More »

Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »

Supreme Court to hear appeal against South Australian electoral boundary changes

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It is a little over a year until the next South Australian election but a legal row has thrown preparations into turmoil. Angelique Donnellan ABC The SA Labor Government has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court to overturn new state electoral boundaries, which favoured the Liberal Party. Labor has said the redistribution is… Supreme Court to hear appeal… Read More »

Heed Hawke’s call – Australian federalism is an idea whose time has ended

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Former prime minister Bob Hawke’s recent call for the state governments to be abolished is worthy of support. Bede Harris The Conversation Labor has historically been in favour of centralisation, while the Coalition has supported federalism. So, Hawke’s position is not… Heed Hawke’s call – Australian… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

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Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »

Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims

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Exclusive: Same-sex marriage groups warn against ACL’s call for broader rights to discriminate against same-sex couples Paul Karp The Guardian Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said. ACL makes the claim in submissions… Marriage equality will lead to… Read More »

How fake nature in child care centres could be damaging

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The grass is always greener when it’s real and outdoors. Henrietta Cook The Age That’s the view of academics and teachers who have criticised the Education Department for letting inner-city child care centres operate without any outdoor space… How fake nature… Read More »