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Why government tax package should be blocked by Labor and Senate crossbench

There are about half a dozen reasons why Labor and the crossbench in the Senate should block the government’s tax package next month. Crispin Hull The Canberra Times First, upper and upper-middle income earners already got a generous tax cut last year. Second, the all-or-nothing approach amounts to blackmail. Third, it is bad economics and risk management. Fourth, in these says of fake news, election lies, and massive spending, who knows if a government has a mandate to do anything? ... Read More »

Brexit: Corbyn under pressure to clarify backing for second vote

Facing a Boris Johnson premiership, Labour shadow cabinet to debate its stance Heather Stewart The Guardian Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet is set to debate Brexit on Monday, as the prospect of a Boris Johnson premiership accelerates Labour’s drift towards supporting a second referendum. Corbyn is coming under renewed pressure to set out his backing for a fresh public vote more clearly, as the shockwaves from Labour’s catastrophic performance in the European elections continue to reverberate. Shadow ministers will be shown the second part ... Read More »

Brexit: Does the UK owe the EU £39bn?

The front-runner in the contest to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Party leader – and prime minister – has raised the issue of the UK’s “divorce bill” from the European Union (EU) as part of his Brexit strategy. By Reality Check BBC News Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold the money until he gets a better deal with the EU than the one negotiated by Theresa May. So, what does the UK owe, and what could happen if the money ... Read More »

Once upon a time, there were Kurds

Visiting my hometown of Diyarbakır last week, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yıldırım, said that when Turkey’s parliament was first established, “a Kurdistan deputy” was among those invited to participate by the… Nurcan Baysal Ahval Yet for years, many people, including myself, have been subject to investigation for using the term Kurdistan. Encompassing southeastern Turkey as well as parts of Iraq, Syria, and Iran, Kurdistan is a place that alternatively exists and does ... Read More »

India vs. Pakistan: The Two Nations That Might Start a Nuclear War?

With millions dead? In Pakistan in February 2000, President General Pervez Musharraf, who was also the army chief, established the Strategic Plan Division in the National Command Authority, appointing… by War Is Boring The National Interest In October 2001, Kidwai offered an outline of the country’s updated nuclear doctrine in relation to its far more militarily and economically powerful neighbor, saying, “It is well known that… It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket exchanges across that border ... Read More »

Saudi and Iran: how our two countries could make peace and bring stability to the Middle East

Relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have rarely been worse, regarding the attacks on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman – for which both sides blame… Authors: The Conversation Nevertheless, in the history of relations between the two countries, there have been regular shifts between tension and rapprochement – and things can change for the better once again. As an Iranian and a Saudi, working as research fellows for peace studies, ... Read More »

Melbourne’s Indigenous people in grips of mental health crisis

It’s a wet Wednesday morning in Thomastown and all the patients Dr Peter Walsh has seen so far have severe mental health problems. One is suicidal, another is experiencing drug-induced psychosis. Miki Perkins The Age It’s not unusual for most – sometimes all – of the patients in a day at this new Aboriginal health service to be in the midst of a full-blown, severe mental health crisis. The clinic’s Melbourne-based patients experience trauma and mental health conditions more often ... Read More »

China Says to Promote Steady Ties with Iran ‘No Matter How Matter Changes’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani that Beijing will promote steady development of ties with Tehran no matter how the situation changes. Al Manar Source: Agencies The official Xinhua news agency said Xi made the comment in a meeting with Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday. The Chinese president said Beijing and Tehran should jointly combat “the three evils forces,” a term first defined in June 2001 at ... Read More »

Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness

About 16% of older adults are victims of some form of mistreatment and the number of reported cases of elder abuse is steadily increasing. Authors: The Conversation Because of poor record-keeping, however, those of us who study elder abuse don’t know if the trend reflects an actual increase, an increase because of growing numbers of older adults, or only an… Elder abuse involves intentional or unintentional acts that result in physical, emotional or financial harm to an individual who is ... Read More »

Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation

The UK can only feel humiliated by the EU if it expects to be superior. This poisonous idea should be banished Fintan O’Toole The Guardian Launching his bid for the Tory leadership this week, Dominic Raab announced, histrionically: “We’ve been humiliated as a country.” For those of us who do not live on planet Brexit, this might have been mistaken for a belated reaction to the genuinely demeaning spectacle of Donald Trump’s state visit a week earlier. But, of course, ... Read More »

Irish economy caught between overheating and Brexit, ESRI chief warns

Formulating budgetary policy extremely difficult given uncertain outlook, says chief economist The Irish economy is on a knife-edge, poised between “overheating” and a major Brexit-related downturn, the State’s chief economist has warned. Eoin Burke-Kennedy The Irish Times John McCarthy described the situation as “extraordinarily complex” and uncertain, saying it made forming budgetary policy extremely difficult. He said overheating could transform rapidly into “underheating” as a result of a cyclical downturn internationally, made worse by Brexit and trade tensions between the ... Read More »

Australia has spent over $700m to curb domestic violence — but it’s unclear if it’s working

After almost a decade of action and more than $700 million spent, a scathing review has raised concerns about the effectiveness of Australia’s domestic violence strategy. By political reporter Eliza Laschon ABC Commonwealth auditor-general Grant Hehir reviewed the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, arguing the Department of Social Services’ effectiveness in implementing the… “Performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting is not sufficient to provide assurance that governments are on track to achieve the National Plan’s overarching ... Read More »

Paul Keating pays tribute to ‘great friendship’ with Bob Hawke

Read former prime minister Paul Keating’s eulogy at Bob Hawke’s memorial service. When Bob invited me over to see him, the better part of a year ago, he and I were again joining the circle on the great friendship and partnership that drove the longest reform period in the country’s history. The Sydney Morning Herald Eight and a half years we were together and with a great cabinet we were able to give the country what it formerly never had ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests against extradition bill spurred by fears about long arm of China

The dramatic protests unfolding in Hong Kong evoke memories of the most sensational episodes of the country’s “umbrella movement” five years ago at the very same sites. Malte Phillipp Kaeding The Conversation At the end of the unprecedented 79 days occupation in 2014, demanding genuine universal suffrage, protesters vowed to be back. Few would have expected that it would be so quick and with such vengeance. A mass demonstration on June 9 was followed by protests three days later that ... Read More »

Sweden Makes a Sustainability Leap

Despite its small size—handling just 135,000 passengers yearly—Halmstad City Airport (HAD) in June 2017 became one of the first airports in Sweden to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to its… Cathy Buyck AIN At the end last year, HAD took its sustainability commitment a step further and implemented a biofuel quota—at least 5 percent on average per year of an airline’s fuel uptake at the airport must be SAF. The airport’s board put SAF on its agenda in 2014 and its ... Read More »

Children with autism may use memory differently. Understanding this could help us teach them

Around one in every 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum. The proportion of children with autism is higher – more than 80% of all Australians on the autism spectrum are aged under 25. John Munro The Conversation Autism is most prevalent among school-aged children between 5 and 14. Many of these children have social, learning, communication and intellectual difficulties. The high proportion of children on the autism spectrum presents an obvious challenge to teachers and the learning environment. One ... Read More »