Australasia

Peter Dutton the voice of moderation? You have got to be kidding

Peter Dutton - The Age

Peter Dutton found himself in unfamiliar territory this week, cast as the victim of the “tricky language” and “double talk” of Bill Shorten, all of it designed to cause division and stymie efforts to prevent the radicalisation of alienated young Muslims. The Age Michael Gordon All of a sudden, the potential heir to Tony Abbott as unofficial commander-in-chief of the hard right, and conservative aspirant to the Liberal leadership, was projecting himself as the… Peter Dutton the voice of… Read More »

Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

Refugee deal - The Guardian

Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »

ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for legal aid to help vulnerable Canberrans

Domestic Violence - Canberra Times

The ACT Law Society has renewed pressure on the federal government to reverse harsh cuts to the legal aid sector to ensure continued access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans. The Canberra Times Megan Gorrey President Sarah Avery called for ongoing funding for community lawyers on Friday as Attorney-General George Brandis​ launched the ACT Women’s Legal Centre’s domestic violence program, to help victims navigate the family law system. The federal government signalled nationwide cuts of… ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for… Read More »

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

Sayed Abdellatif - The Guardian

Exclusive: Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited The Guardian Ben Doherty and Sarah Malik Sayed Abdellatif’s horizons are low already, and narrowing still. Where once he could wave to his family through… Australian government concedes evidence against… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

Nationalism - The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a politician I’ve never met. Jo Cox was the British Labour MP slain on… As nationalism is weaponised, Australia…   Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton - The Guardian

The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

George Brandis: Labor calls for Attorney-General to be sacked over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

Secret deal - ABC

The Federal Opposition is calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to be sacked over a “secret” deal struck with the West Australian Government allowing it to claw back nearly $1 billion from the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group. ABC Jane Norman In May, the High Court struck down WA legislation that would have given the state the power to decide how to carve up the settlement following the collapse of the Bell Group in the 1990s. According to The West ... Read More »

White ribbons must become real measures to address domestic violence scourge

White Ribbons - SMH

Wearing a white ribbon today is a potent symbol marking your opposition to domestic violence but changing our industrial relations system is the practical measure addressing this scourge on society. SMH Ros McLennan Already Queensland employers, with government and union support, are introducing ground-breaking leave provisions to provide meaningful practical help to those suffering violence and abuse. Shockingly, 67 women have been killed by… White ribbons must become real measures to… Read More »

Domestic violence charges double as awareness grows

Domestic Violence

Family violence-related charges have doubled in the ACT in the past two years and the territory’s first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence has warned: “It will get worse before it gets better.” The Canberra Times Georgina Connery As groups prepare for White Ribbon Day on Friday, Yvette Berry said the sharp rise in charges laid for family violence crimes was “confronting”, but attributed the rise to increased reporting rather than a spike in violence. “There is ... Read More »

What is concealed by ‘telling it like it is’?

Straight talking - ABC

A certain kind of public language has been emboldened of late in Western politics: call it “straight talking”. ABC It is at once intemperate and inflammatory, it is deliberately non-conciliatory and destined to be widely reported – all in the name of “being honest” with voters. Donald Trump’s claims about… What is concealed by ‘telling… Read More »

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (Greens MPS, Flickr) Cash For Contacts: Larissa Waters Calls For End To Secret Meetings, Sweetheart Political Deals

Larissa-Waters-mining - New Matilda

When Ministers retire from politics straight into the arms of Big Corporate and Big Mining, our democracy is under threat. New Matilda Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues for tighter restrictions. Australians are fed up with establishment politics and… Queensland Greens Senator… Read More »

Why Peter Dutton’s crime statistics don’t tell the whole story about crime or terrorism in

Dutton - The Age

We charge individuals with crimes, not ethnic communities. There is an important reason why. The Age Maher Mughrabi Australia’s leaders went out of their way to express concern over the prospect of a President Donald Trump. Now that the prospect is a reality, they are… Why Peter Dutton’s crime statistics don’t… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

Malcolm Turnbull - The Age

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »

Rod Culleton and the associates who claim 50 years of Australian laws are invalid

Australian laws are invalid - The Guardian

Inside story: A letter written by the One Nation senator to a Queensland magistrate is linked to unorthodox legal advocates who argue that the constitution requires the governor general to be paid in pounds instead of dollars The Guardian Joshua Robertson Rodney Culleton’s alleged attempt to influence a Queensland magistrate involved a case against a bankrupt former legal advocate whose supporters include an adviser to the One Nation senator. Culleton has been referred to police over a letter asking the ... Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

Women - ABC

Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »