Australasia

Senator Nick Xenophon moves to bring down ‘dangerous’ drone rules recently introduced by CASA

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Independent senator Nick Xenophon has pledged to move an “urgent disallowance motion” to change new rules that allow people to fly light drones without a licence or training. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently changed rules governing the use of commercial drones. The new… Senator Nick Xenophon moves to… Read More »

Read With Raf October: The Fighter by Arnold Zable

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The Read With Raf book for October is Arnold Zable’s ‘The Fighter’, a biography of Henry Nissen, champion boxer and youth social worker. Grab the book from your local library, or buy a copy from your local bookstore and read along with Raf and Alicia Sometimes this month. Author Arnold Zable is an award-winning Australian writer and storyteller, who garnered widespread acclaim for his 1991 memoir ‘Jewels and… Read With Raf… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

For refugees kidnapped and exiled to the Manus prison, hope is our secret weapon

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During the past three years, the only ‘laws’ applied to us have been force and dictatorship. We are like people smitten with plague, left on isolated islands Behrouz Boochani Why is hope dangerous? Central to the policy of exiling refugees to remote islands is the… For refugees kidnapped and exiled to the Manus prison, hope is our secret weapon… Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying

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Bad things happen when good people stay silent, and when politicians and public servants put process before outcome, writes Rajan Venkataraman. By Rajan Venkataraman In November 2014, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, chartered a helicopter at public expense to take her to a… The Dying Art Of Judgement: How To Follow The Rules Without Even Really Trying… Read More »

Chinese investors pay A$88.88m for Sydney property

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Business sense suggests you try to buy property at the lowest possible price, but that was not the case for one property in Sydney, Australia. It was just bought by Chinese buyers for A$88,888,888.88. The number eight is considered lucky in Chinese as it sounds like the… Source: Chinese investors pay A$88.88m for Sydney property – BBC News Read More »

Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row

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THE HAGUE (AFP) – An international arbitration court agreed Monday (Sept 26) to take up a decade-long maritime border dispute between Australia and Timor Leste which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration “held that it was competent to continue with the arbitration process” initiated by Timor Leste against Canberra in April, the… Source: Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The ... Read More »

We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry

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Much has been written on how to combat racist rhetoric and attitudes. Yes, we need a different kind of politics but that depends on defeating racism Jeff Sparrow The fringe becomes mainstream not by slow increments but by sharp lurches – or, more exactly, gradual acceptance manifests itself through dramatic… Source: We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island

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Survivors and relatives who lost family members are suing the Australian government for negligence Ben Doherty “Complete chaos” in communications between customs, the navy and government officials in Canberra meant “at least 20 minutes were… Source: Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Oxfam report notes WA native title woes

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Native title rights are being undermined in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, a global Oxfam report says. Rebecca Gredley, Australian Associated Press The report refers to state government policies and actions including the controversial proposed closure of remote WA indigenous communities, the… Source: Oxfam report notes WA native title woes | The Mercury Read More »

Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them

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Qualified prison educators are being replaced by outsourced trainers in NSW prisons, following a KPMG report. But the move could end up being a false saving Catharine Lumby Some days I think it’s KPMG’s world and we are only allowed to live in it. Not… Source: Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them | Catharine Lumby | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter

Analysis Credibility is an elusive ideal; difficult to attain and deceptively easy to squander. By business editor Ian Verrender Janet Yellen, the head of the world’s biggest central bank, the US Federal Reserve, last week shredded what remained of hers and the organisation she chairs. Once again, she hesitated when decisiveness was required. Once again, she capitulated to… Source: US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed

A proposal designed to stop illegal phoenix activity being actively considered in New Zealand could be similarly adopted in Australia, potentially saving billions of dollars. Helen Anderson  Illegal phoenix activity – which involves directors intentionally liquidating companies after shifting their assets to new (“phoenix”) companies to… Source: Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed Read More »

Why police should be able to ram cars

People who drive like maniacs while evading police are playing Russian roulette with all of our lives. George Tilbury VIDEO WA Police want new powers to ram cars off the road Two recent high-profile pursuits in three days are just the tip of the iceberg in WA, with statistics revealing there were almost three pursuits every day last… Source: Why police should be able to ram cars – The West Australian Read More »

5 tips for dealing with workplace sexual harassment

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Hayley Boswell is one of those “good people” who started law because she genuinely wanted to help others. By Hayley Pearson She’s always been a champion for the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in Adelaide. Before she became “legally brunette” in her legal career, Hayley was a… 5 tips for… Read More »