Australasia

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times Roger Cohen MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by human hand. South Pacific waters lap onto deserted beaches. The jungle glistens… Broken Men in… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Harsh reality is: do the crime, do the time

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on prisoners in Australia shows a worrying upwards trend of more people serving time. The Examiner The number of people in Australian prisons jumped for the fifth straight year, with almost 39,000 people in jail in 2016 – up 8 per cent from the same time in 2015, 10 per cent in 2014 and 7 per cent in 2013. It’s worth noting that according to the ABS, that… Harsh reality is: do the crime, ... Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on family violence leave

Two states urge leaders at Council of Australian Governments meeting to make domestic violence leave a workplace entitlement The Guardian Katharine Murphy Victoria and Queensland have launched a concerted push to convince all jurisdictions, state, territory and federal, to agree on concrete measures to help victims of family violence. The two states will urge leaders gathering in Canberra for… Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on… Read More »

Revealed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives

Exclusive: Privacy campaigners express alarm after company contracts Sodexo to ‘capture individual insights’ from staff in Western Australian mining camps The Guardian Max Opray In the remote Australian outback, multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition. Rio Tinto has long mined the Pilbara region of… Revealed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to… Read More »

Julian Assange says texts show he is ‘entirely innocent’ of rape; WikiLeaks founder criticises Swedish prosecutor

Julian Assange has gone public for the first time with his version of events surrounding a rape allegation made against him, saying he is “entirely innocent” and text messages show “it is clearly consensual sex between adults”. ABC Steve Cannane The ABC has obtained a copy of the statement the WikiLeaks founder gave prosecutors from his refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on November 14. The statement… Julian Assange says texts show… Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but only when spoken to

Have pro-refugee protestors in Parliament House inspired action for Australia’s stranded asylum seekers? Deputy editor Michelle Pini reports. Independent Australia Michelle Pini AUSTRALIA’S official position on asylum seekers is now their indefinite and inhumane imprisonment. Should any imprisoned refugees ever manage to… Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but… Read More »

Full-term prison sentences for police killers like Craig Minogue ‘dangerous, unnecessary’, Liberty Victoria says

The Victorian Government’s move to keep police killers behind bars for life is “dangerous”, “unnecessary” and interferes with the independence of the justice system, a human rights group has said. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The Government has introduced laws into Parliament to prevent people who kill police officers from being released on parole. The laws would affect three current prisoners, including… Full-term prison sentences for police killers like… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?

The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »

‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of church and state, there’s no need

Polling about spiritual beliefs and how they intersect with politics shows some disconnection between our inner worlds and the physical world we share The Guardian Peter Lewis While the separation of church and state is enshrined in the Australian constitution, the presence of religion has never been far beneath the surface of our political system. The Australian Labor party is in many ways a creature of… ‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of… Read More »

Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over ‘fair use’ provisions

A GROUP of Australian actors, artists, writers and musicians have launched a campaign to prevent changes to copyright laws which they say will hurt artists and stifle the country’s creative industries. NT News Nick Whigham Author and TV personality Tara Moss, musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa and radio and TV personality Rove McManus are among the Australian celebrities who have lent their support to the campaign to… Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over… Read More »