Australasia

Eight ways to clean up money in Australian politics

Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. Both levels suffer significant weaknesses; foremost is the lack of transparency associated with the place of private money. When devoted to lobbying, donations can sometimes result in covert influence over the political process. And when made directly to political… Source: Eight ways to clean up money in Australian politics Read More »

Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’

Scratching out of ochre stencils on Derwent valley cave wall is ‘devastating’, says Clyde Mansell, chairman of Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council.. Vandals have destroyed a sacred Aboriginal site in Tasmania by scratching out hand stencils which traditional owners say were made during large clan gatherings up to 8,000 years ago… Source: Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support

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Pauline Hanson claims to enjoy support from a number of coalition members “behind closed doors”, despite the prime minister’s belief she is not welcome in Australian politics.. The One Nation leader, who launched her Queensland Senate campaign at a Brisbane bowls club on Friday night, pledged to work with whichever leaders were elected at the July 2 double dissolution election should she win a seat… Source: Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support Read More »

Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little?

The suspension of Roz Ward is the culmination of a McCarthyist campaign against an academic who’s done nothing wrong.. On 9 June 1954, the lawyer Joseph N. Welch stood up before Joseph McCarthy, the senator from Wisconsin who’d built a political career by denouncing real and imagined communists… Source: Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little? | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears

Japan has temporarily stopped accepting live feeder and breeder cattle exports from Australia after a number of animals tested positive for bovine Johne’s disease… Source: Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears Read More »

China demand to drive 15 year-long bauxite boom, says Rio Tinto

Just when you thought the mining boom was over, there’s a commodity poised to soar over the next 15 years… Source: China demand to drive 15 year-long bauxite boom, says Rio Tinto Read More »

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 »

Rahmani, Neda

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 »