Australasia

Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry

It is time to look into political donations in Queensland, independent MP Peter Wellington said, nearly a year-and-a-half after the Palaszczuk Government promised him it would launch an inquiry into the issue.. The Nicklin MP, who has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ask for an update on where the government is with its investigation into real-time disclosure of political donations, gave Ms Palaszczuk… Source: Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry – now Read More »

China’s propaganda arms push soft power in Australian media deals

The visit of a Chinese propaganda chief has seen the signing of a string of understandings and deals with Australian media outlets, including Fairfax Media… Source: China’s propaganda arms push soft power in Australian media deals Read More »

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Neda Rahmani

A child of the revolution, born in Iran to Persian and Mauritian Parents. Neda grew up in Australia enjoying the freedom to perform and develop as one of Australia’s strong live female performers. A seasoned percussionist and natural performer, she is also now establishing herself as an actress and story teller. Her main band is called Neda – All Colour Project. She is Melbourne Festival’s and Multicultural Arts Victroria’s Cultural ambassador and her career has been in collaborating and delivering ... Read More »

Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru

Now only one refugee remains in Cambodia under Australia’s controversial $55 million agreement… Source: Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru Read More »

My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?

Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of punishment altogether and instead focus on managing criminals and… Source: My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals? Read More »

Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears

The Greens candidate in the inner city seat of Wills has pulled out of an anti-racism rally in Coburg this weekend because of police fears of violence. Samantha Ratnam, who will stand down as City of Moreland Mayor on Friday to contest the election, was due to speak at the “Moreland says no to racism’ rally on Saturday. But on Thursday afternoon she decided to pull out… Source: Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’

The former Greek finance minister has a laundry list of suggestions to fix Australia’s economy. Here for Sydney Writers’ festival, he doesn’t hold back. here are two seats to choose from: a deep, soft black-leather couch, or a red one that has the utilitarian look of a school chair. Yanis Varoufakis – a man who has described himself as an “erratic Marxist”… Source: Yanis Varoufakis: Australia’s negative gearing is ‘scandalous’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records

The Department of Immigration sought an investigation by the Australian Federal Police which resulted in a whistle-blowing psychiatrist having his phone records accessed, it has emerged.. Guardian Australia reported on Tuesday that the AFP had compiled hundreds of pages of file notes and reports involving Sydney-based psychiatrist and detention centre critic, Peter Young, including documents that show his phone records had been investigated. Source: Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records Read More »

Former Liberal Party treasurer admits he knew of illegal donations

The Liberal Party’s former federal treasurer, Michael Yabsley, has admitted he knew of illegal donations made through the notorious Free Enterprise Foundation during his tenure. His admission that property developers had “in a couple of cases” donated to the NSW Liberal Party will put further pressure on the party’s former treasurer in that state, Arthur Sinodinos, who denies he had any knowledge of such donations. Mr Yabsley was asked by the ABC’s Four Corners program whether he knew prohibited donors… Source: Former ... Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

Chinese interests play increasing role in Australian political donations

A Chinese government-backed propaganda unit and a swag of companies that stand to gain from the China Australia Free Trade Agreement have made more than half a million dollars of political donations in Victoria… Source: Chinese interests play increasing role in Australian political donations Read More »

Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments

Iranian refugee Osamah Sami, 33, has taken out the Multicultural category at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for his memoir, ‘Good Muslim Boy’. The book, which describes his own experiences of fleeing Iran, was printed last year. He took this opportunity to criticise comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on ‘illiterate refugees.’… Source: Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments | SBS News Read More »

Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd

Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugees.. Ihave recently spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group of refugees resettled from Manus Island, and have been able to experience their resettled life first-hand… Source: Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the ... Read More »

Match words with action on Papua abuses

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The detention of more than 1,500 Papuan independence supporters on May 2 for “lacking a permit to hold a rally” speaks volumes of the government’s stubbornly problematic approach to dealing with dissent in the restive territory of Papua… Andreas Harsono Source: Match words with action on Papua abuses – The Jakarta Post Read More »

Judge says WA is worst in world for meth

A senior judge says levels of ice use in WA are among the worst in the civilised world and are a sign that the so-called war on drugs has been lost.. During a sentencing hearing of a meth dealer in the District Court yesterday, Judge Philip McCann said the State’s ice epidemic was “a national and international disgrace”, caused by Chinese drug cartels targeting the WA economy when it was booming… Source: Judge says WA is worst in world for ... Read More »