Opinion

Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you

Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating.. Peter Dutton, what do you do between the hours of midnight and 5am? Do you sleep? If so, I really must ask – how can you?… Source: Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed

The Prime Minister describes asylum seeker policy opponents as “misty eyed”. They are not – they are furious.. Many Australians may wonder why it was necessary to set up detention centres in the far north of the country, or offshore, far from the Australian mainland, surrounded by guards and razor wire, in circumstances of great secrecy, with all staff and visiting medical personnel banned… Source: Our detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed Read More »

We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services

If the Turnbull Government’s budget does not boost funding for domestic violence services, it will leave women in grave danger. Even though the money is there to protect them, it’s just being frittered away. Source: We Need To Get Our Priorities Sorted When It Comes To Funding Domestic Violence Services | Larissa Waters Read More »

Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails

Filmmaker Mai Masri ups the ante in telling the story of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. In his now legendary painting, Women of Algiers in their Apartment/Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (1834, oil on canvas), Eugene Delacroix captured something so provocative, so elemental, about Arab and Muslim women at the height of the… Source: Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Labor claims unity ticket with government on boat people, but not on Immigration Minister

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OPINION LABOR’S history means it will never win an asylum seeker debate in the broad electorate, but it could make a strong showing in another important area: Competence. On the eve of his calling the election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing an accusation that the ministry he hand-picked might not be the smartest bunch in the… Source: The Manus Island decision illustrates how Peter Dutton and the Coalition lack a clear policy Read More »

How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen?

Educated people voted for one of the country’s most unashamedly conservative politicians. For some of those watching this week’s Seanad election results, Independent senator Ronan Mullen’s easy re-election exposed… Source: How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen? Read More »

The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them

On 26 April, 2015, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court handed down a 5:0 ruling that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal. The Court ruled that detention in Manus breaches section 42 of PNG’s Constitution. Section 42 of the PNG Constitution provides (in part)… Source: The Only Thing ‘Illegal’ About Asylum Seekers Is The Way Australia Treats Them | Julian Burnside Read More »

Donald Trump: One reason Trump is a chance for White House

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WANT to know the real reason Donald Trump has such a strong chance of becoming the next president of the USA? It’s because he’s racist. Those who support him? They’re racist too. Which is why each new outrageous comment fails to bring him down… Source: Donald Trump: One reason Trump is a chance for White House | The Courier-Mail Read More »

PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed

An unbending attitude may have served Peter Dutton well during his nine years in the Queensland Police Service and in his current portfolio of immigration, but stern rhetoric will not invalidate or override the practical effect of the PNG Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday… Source: PNG ruling leaves Australia further exposed Read More »

Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful

There’s a vast difference between being a victim of discrimination and the reality of fewer people agreeing with you than you’re used to. There’s no more perfect example of cognitive dissonance than straight, white conservative males using the platform of their privilege to protest… Source: Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful | Brad Chilcott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Jose Ramos Horta: Australia needs to negotiate not litigate with neighbours

The maritime border dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia dates back at least to the 1960s.. Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer called it unfinished business. He got that right… Source: Jose Ramos Horta: Australia needs to negotiate not litigate with neighbours Read More »

Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On

Aboriginal people got one national apology. But Anzacs have had more than 100 thank you’s, writes Chris Graham. At the outset, I should say that my Grandfather fought in the Second World War. He did so to protect the liberties and freedoms that I enjoy today. I’m grateful for that. But I think the senseMore… Source: Anzac Day: We’ve Already Said Thanks, It’s Time To Move On – New Matilda Read More »

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

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Dear Bernie: I know you and I have had our differences over the past few months, so perhaps I’m not the person you’re most inclined to listen to about your political future. But please, hear me out. You’ve had a pretty good run so far. A year ago, you were trailing Hillary Clinton by 50 points in the polls. No one… Source: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders – The Boston Globe Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »