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Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files

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British and NZ governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault The UK and New Zealand governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault in more than 2,000 reports… Source: Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files | News | The Guardian Read More »

Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding?

More revelations of horrific child abuse at the Nauru detention centre following on from the shocking footage of abuse in the Northern Territory youth detention centre Don Dale raise some fundamental issues for the charity and Not for Profit sector, writes David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia… Source: Custodial Cultures – What Are We Breeding? – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored?

It was the sexual abuse case labelled the “worst of the worst”. Late last month, an Australian father and mother were found guilty of dozens of child sex offences against their daughter over a 14-year period. The abuse began when the victim was five years old and continued into her late teens. Her father often forced her to sleep in an old shed where… Source: Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored? Read More »

Nauru files reveal cases of alleged sexual violence and child abuse not disclosed to parliament

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Exclusive: Wilson Security, contracted to protect asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru, did not tell an Australian Senate inquiry about at least 16 serious allegations 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in offshore detention • Read the Nauru files The global security company employed to protect asylum seekers held on Nauruand Manus Island did not disclose at least 16 cases of sexual violence and child abuse to the Australian parliament… Source: Nauru files reveal cases of alleged ... Read More »

Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter?

During his recent trip to the US, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with US President Barack Obama, made a joint pitch for the ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. However, the hope that the TTP would form the foundation of a robust and prosperous East Asian security regime centered on economic integration and positive US engagement is fading as China… Source: Does TPP matter? Does Singapore matter? – Asia Times Read More »

More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance

The latest legal census by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has found that as many as 160,000 Australians were turned away from Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in 2014/15 – up by at least 30,000 from the previous census.. The third annual national census was conducted by NACLC as a survey of CLCs across Australia. More than 130 CLCs completed the census using data from the 2014/15 financial year… Source: More Australians Missing Out on Community Legal Assistance ... Read More »

I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon

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Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday’s census. With controversy surrounding the extension of the retention of names from 18 months to four years, Xenophon wants to prompt a test case on the validity of the requirement. He faces prosecution and a cumulative fine of A$180 a… Source: I won’t be giving my name to census: Xenophon Read More »

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test

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Freedom of information case pursued by Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell to be heard in administrative appeals tribunal A landmark freedom of information case set to be heard on Monday will test whether the Australian government can hide details of asylum seeker boat… Source: Asylum seekers: Australia’s silence over ‘on-water matters’ faces legal test | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

The recent exposure of the abuse inflicted on child detainees at the Don Dale facility in the Northern Territory has shone a much-needed light on youth justice in Australia. Important questions are being asked about why these children were treated this way in detention. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all… Source: Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention Read More »

Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on Nauru in a bid to deter further asylum seekers from arriving in the country by boat, according to two peak human rights groups.. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Australian Government’s “persistent failure” to address abuses committed under its authority on Nauru “strongly suggests that they are adopted or condoned as a matter of policy”… Source: Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse – Pro ... Read More »

Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance

And you thought our parliament was toxic. Trying consuming our mainstream media. James Rose looks at the decline of progressive ideas in a fetid sea of sensationalism. Many are looking with trepidation across a world which seems filled with hate and self-loathing, a dangerous place not fit for sensible people. While we can make our judgements on the… Source: Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance – New Matilda Read More »

Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection

Four women who locked themselves into a makeshift metal cage were preparing to spend the night on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to protest against the abuse of children of prisons. On Saturday, police closed the intersection to all traffic, maintaining only a minimal presence to oversee the crowd of about 100 peaceful agitators… Source: Protest against abuse of children in detention shuts down Melbourne intersection Read More »

The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far

Jordina Rust and George Georgiou With doctors working in immigration detention now challenging the Border Force Act in the High Court, serious questions should be asked by the Australian public about the inability of doctors to speak out about what happens to the asylum seekers and refugees that they treat in offshore detention centres… Source: The secrecy surrounding Australia’s border security regime has gone too far Read More »

Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties

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THE cosy and often secretive relationship between political parties and their donors in the mining industry has been highlighted in a report that looks at six controversial projects in Queensland including Adani’s Carmichael mine… Source: Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties | Greasing The Wheels Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »