Australasia

Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on decision to move teens to Barwon Prison

The Victorian Government has backed down on its plan to transfer Indigenous teenagers involved in recent riots at a youth detention centre to a maximum-security prison. ABC Emma Younger It has settled a legal case lodged by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service on behalf of Aboriginal teenagers moved to a segregated wing of Barwon Prison. The Government had planned to… Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on… Read More »

Asylum seekers who jumped off a sinking boat drowned, WA coroner finds

The WA coroner has confirmed the drowning deaths of three men who went missing after making a raft to escape a sinking asylum seeker boat. ABC Courtney Bembridge Mohammad Hassan, Mohammad Noor and a man known as Mr Sabibullah were among a group of 16 asylum seekers — mostly from Myanmar — and three Indonesian crew members who left Java in January 2013 to travel to Australia. A coronial inquest earlier this year was… Asylum seekers who jumped off a… Read More »

Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to accept account of Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

The child sex abuse royal commission has been urged to find current Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, had not been wrong in his response to abuse allegations three decades ago. ABC In January the inquiry heard a suggestion that he had known about a rector’s abuse of another boy when they were youth group members in the 1980s. Hobart hearings lasting over a… Royal commission into child sex abuse asked to… Read More »

Domestic Violence Also Has an Economic Penalty

Australia’s social safety net is not doing nearly enough to counter the economic harms of domestic violence, according to researchers Jane Bullen and Natasha Cortis from Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety in this article which first appeared in The Conversation. Pro Bono Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s… Domestic Violence Also Has an… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctor wanted sick asylum seeker on Manus Island sent to Brisbane, not Port Moresby

A doctor involved in the evacuation of a sick Iranian asylum seeker from Manus Island recommended he be flown to Brisbane ahead of Port Moresby due to Papua New Guinea’s lower level of emergency care, an inquest has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… ... Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start

Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Prison rehab programs for high-risk sex offenders on hold in NT

The Northern Territory Correctional Services Department has confirmed there are currently no rehabilitation programs being run for high-risk sex offenders inside prisons. ABC Felicity James A damning report about the state of the NT’s corrections system, led by career public servant Keith Hamburger and released last week, called for the immediate reinstatement of rehab programs for all sex offenders. The review found that, at the time of preparing the report in… Prison rehab programs for high-risk… Read More »

Is It Legal To Shoot Down Drones On Your Property?

A company called DroneShield recently released an ‘anti-drone’ gun (pictured above) that is designed to interfere with a drone’s signal and force it to land. Life Hacker Spandas Lui For those who value their privacy and hate the idea of drones snooping on their property, this is an alluring proposition. But is it legal to shoot a drone down if it’s on… Is It Legal To Shoot Down… Read More »

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime

South Sudanese parents in Australia are sending their children to boarding schools in Africa to escape rising youth crime rates. ABC Madeleine Morris Desperate parents have told 7.30 it is safer for their children to go to school in Kenya or Uganda than live in some Melbourne suburbs. “It is very extreme, but there are many cases where… South Sudanese parents in Australia sending… Read More »

Judge criticises NT government department over ‘appalling parenting’ of 14-year-old troubled girl

A Northern Territory judge has criticised the Department of Territory Families, saying its “parenting” of a 14-year-old girl accused of multiple property-related offences seemed appalling. ABC Sara Everingham Judge Greg Smith made the comments in the Darwin Children’s Court after the girl failed to appear in court earlier this month. He said the department had been awarded the care of… Judge criticises NT government department over… Read More »

Greens call on UK Government to contribute to child sex abuse compensation

Greens senator Rachel Siewert has said it was “extremely distressing” to hear allegations the United Kingdom government might have continued to send child migrants to Australia after being told they were being mistreated at institutions here. ABC Barbara Miller Senator Siewert said if the allegations were found to be true then the UK Government should offer to contribute to Australia’s compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse, announced earlier this month. “If the UK government continued to send ... Read More »

It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with the ‘gay panic’ defence

It’s high time, as Queenslanders, that we stood up for our gay brothers and sisters in the state. Brisbane Times Rob Pyne No matter what your opinion is on marriage equality, I think we can all agree that no gay person deserves to be bullied until they take their own life, and no gay person deserves to be murdered. The Queensland Parliament this week has… It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with… Read More »

Cooling-off periods for consumers don’t work: study

When customers are offered a “cooling off” period, they don’t change their minds, even when the alternative is considered subjectively better, our research finds. The Conversation We also found that some consumers (around 30%) only responded when contacted by the seller and asked if they would still like to opt in. Under current Australian consumer law, Australians have a… Cooling-off periods for… Read More »

Religious extremists not the only terror threat, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton says

Victoria’s top cop has warned terrorism threats are broader than religious extremism, as the likely return of foreign fighters increases the chance of an attack on Australian soil. ABC Sarah Farnswoth The warning came as experts from nine different countries, including the deputy head of French police group RAID, met in Melbourne to share knowledge of countering extremist behaviour. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said it was not just… Religious extremists not the only terror… Read More »

Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from Scott Morrison on boat turnbacks revealed

Document sought in FoI case purports to authorise possibly unlawful return of asylum seekers to Indonesia The Guardian Christopher Knaus The existence of a “pivotal” letter purporting to show the immigration minister’s authorisation of possibly unlawful asylum seeker turnbacks has been revealed in the closing stages of a long-running freedom of information case. The case began in early 2014 when the then… Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from… Read More »

My country, my shame

Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »