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Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation

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Home secretary pushes ahead with finding new leader, saying ‘success of this inquiry remains an absolute priority’.. The chair of the public inquiry into institutional child abuse has resigned, saying it was beset with a “legacy of failure” that was hard to shake off… Source: Child sexual abuse inquiry: Rudd vows to press on after Dame Lowell Goddard resignation | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows

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American study of people with early-stage disease adds to evicence about health impact of airborne toxins.. Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found… Source: Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, are 750 million refugees predicted to move away from flooding?

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PETER SINGER: That is going to basically inundate every coastal city around the world, including, of course, all Australian major cities are coastal. It is going – estimated to cause something like 750 million refugees just moving away from that flooding. Never mind those who also because refugees because (indistinct)… VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Some of those claims are contested, of course? PETER SINGER: Well, they are contested but do you want to take the… Source: FactCheck Q&A: as the climate changes, ... Read More »

Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm

In a world of digital disruption with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, the focus is now turning to how rapid changes to business and lifestyles could translate to the workplace. In a report released today, law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth said there would be likely challenges to legal rights for both employers and employees given the move to contracting and more flexible work arrangements… Source: Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm – ABC ... Read More »

Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry has started moving on its action plan in dealing with the new Turkish warnings regarding the third licensing round in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On Tuesday the Ministry reported that they would be sending a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the matter… Source: Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ | News Read More »

Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue

Casual sex is the new normal and teenagers are not being armed with the tools to deal with it.. Netflix and chill, shift, dank, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, bae and fam: buzz words for the modern teenager. The language is changing so rapidly that parents are googling the urban dictionary But how different is 2016 teenage etiquette? Source: Teach teenagers about sexting and not how to preserve their virtue Read More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

The recent exposure of the abuse inflicted on child detainees at the Don Dale facility in the Northern Territory has shone a much-needed light on youth justice in Australia. Important questions are being asked about why these children were treated this way in detention. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all… Source: Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention Read More »

North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A North Korean ballistic missile fell for the first time into Japan’s exclusive economic zone early Wednesday, drawing strong condemnation from the government in Tokyo.. The missile, believed to be an intermediate-range Rodong type, flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before falling into waters about 250 kilometers from Japan’s coast line, according to South Korean and Japanese… Source: North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone – Bloomberg Read More »

Syria’s secret library

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When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. Mike Thomson BBC But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it. Down a flight of steep steps, as… Syria’s secret… Read More »

Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse

Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on Nauru in a bid to deter further asylum seekers from arriving in the country by boat, according to two peak human rights groups.. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Australian Government’s “persistent failure” to address abuses committed under its authority on Nauru “strongly suggests that they are adopted or condoned as a matter of policy”… Source: Human Rights Groups Claim Australia Is Ignoring Nauru Abuse – Pro ... Read More »

Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland

​As the regime keeps delaying an encounter with the electorate, growing tensions and state repression in Congo’s resource-rich Katanga may be the precursor of a violent escalation. Without a credible national dialogue and better working relations between the central government and new provinces, the country could descend into a crisis reminiscent of the… Source: Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland | International Crisis Group Read More »

China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony

Bullying won’t get Beijing to the top. Taking over responsibility will.. Steven Kopits On July 12, China lost the UNCLOS decision regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea… Source: China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony | The National Interest Read More »

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

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Negotiators’ statement omits promise to move 10% of refugees to developed world but praises shared responsibility principle World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis… Source: UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam

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“At a time when Western democracies are searching for moderate Muslim voices, I and my friends in the Hizmet [Service] movement have taken a clear stance against extremist violence, from the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaeda to brutal executions by the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL] to the… Source: Gülen and the claim of ‘moderate’ Islam – MURAT YETKİN Read More »

Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance

And you thought our parliament was toxic. Trying consuming our mainstream media. James Rose looks at the decline of progressive ideas in a fetid sea of sensationalism. Many are looking with trepidation across a world which seems filled with hate and self-loathing, a dangerous place not fit for sensible people. While we can make our judgements on the… Source: Mainstream News Media Culture Gives Progressive Ideas No Chance – New Matilda Read More »

Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy

Many people are watching the Donald Trump campaign in the US and wondering: how has it come to this? Anti-politics, populist, and some say even authoritarian candidates such as Trump have risen in recent years across established democracies, along with rising polarisation and increasing political instability… Source: Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy Read More »