Australasia

Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype. By Michael Atkin and Nikki Tugwell The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the… Source: Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has lost a two-year bid to keep the summaries of meetings in his ministerial diary from being considered for release under the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act. A Federal Court judge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and a full Federal Court bench decided the reasons advanced on Brandis’ behalf to not… Source: Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up

Recent weeks have seen media attention focus on the role of Chinese nationals in sponsoring or donating to Australian politicians and political parties, amidst public concerns over what these donors might potentially expect in return – from Australia’s foreign policy objectives, to favourable deals in domestic economic projects… Source: Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up | SBS News Read More »

Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty

Melbourne woman Jasmine Pilbrow found guilty of interfering with an airline crew member for refusing to sit down during protest over the deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker A Melbourne university student who protested against the deportation of an asylum seeker on an interstate flight has been found guilty of interfering with an… Source: Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the… Source: UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea | Natural Gas Daily Read More »

Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report

An audit of health care services in Australia’s onshore detention centres reveals the Government asked operators to reduce the costs of treating asylum seekers. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reportexamined the delivery of health care services in immigration detention… Source: Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

On political donations, Canberra is sleepwalking into its own integrity crisis

Everyone in Australian politics is chasing cash, and Sam Dastyari’s lapse of judgment over a travel entitlement repayment is a symptom of a system that needs cleaning up Katharine Murphy Once upon a time in Canberra, there was an ironclad convention. People in glass houses didn’t throw stones. The response to short-term imbroglios about the… Source: On political donations, Canberra is sleepwalking into its own integrity crisis | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru

‘I would consider it a privilege to live out my final years in either Nauru or Manus Island in his or her stead,’ Jim Macken says Ben Doherty An 88-year-old retired judge has offered to swap places with a refugee held in offshore detention, volunteering to live the rest of his life on Manus or Nauru in… Source: Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Heroin treatment drug naloxone ‘saves lives’ in WA trial

A trial giving heroin users’ family members and friends a drug to prevent overdoses has been hailed a success, and may even reduce overall heroin use, researchers say. The WA Peer Naloxone Project trained users and family members how to administer naloxone, which is used in emergency medicine to reverse the effects of opiates… Source: Heroin treatment drug naloxone ‘saves lives’ in WA trial – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime

Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in a month, and yet public debate has been muted not to mention pointless, writes Amy McQuire reports. Last week, there was yet another black death in custody in Australia. A 31-year-old Aboriginal man was found dead in his cell in a Darwin correctional centre. The media release, of… Source: The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime – New Matilda Read More »

On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright

This week’s conciliation talks in The Hague give Australia a new chance to do the right thing by the new country to help it secure its future Ben Saul Australia and Timor-Leste start conciliation talks in The Hague on Monday in an effort to resolve their bitter legal dispute over maritime boundaries – and $40bn of… Source: On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers

In the hands of school children the old adage, a picture can speak a thousand words, has been proven once more. Hundreds of students across Victoria have used art to express their views and show support for those seeking asylum in Australia. As part of an art competition, the Saint Vincent de… Source: Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers | SBS News Read More »

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups

A push by domestic intelligence agency ASIO to reduce the level of judicial safeguards in terrorism investigations has been criticised by a peak legal group. By political reporter Francis Keany Special warrants currently allow ASIO to question and detain people for up to a week without charge. Under the proposal only the Attorney-General, and… Source: ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »