Australasia

London terrorist attack: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost impossible to guard against. Tony Walker ABC When a sole attacker drove randomly across London’s Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament — one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in the Western world — killing and maiming innocent bystanders, it served ... Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Department of Social Services (Australia) Australian Policy Online We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. And we are… Multicultural Australia – united… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

Workplace diversity benefits society

Workplace diversity is generally recognised as a positive thing. The Canberra Times Most organisations recognise the benefit of reflecting the community they serve and it’s good practice that helps an organisation to function better. Forty years ago… Workplace diversity benefits… Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

The case for holding politicians to the same disclosure standards as company directors

Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced. Bede Harris The Conversation Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a A$1 million commercial property he owns in South Australia. He denies any… The case for… Read More »