Opinion

The attack on Triggs is an Abbott stitch-up

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Australia is witnessing a political stitch-up of extraordinary proportions. Not by Professor Gillian Triggs and the Human Rights Commission, as the Prime Minister might wail and cry. No, it is clear what is going on. The Abbott government is cynically moving to de-legitimise certain institutions that perform vital roles in the democratic life of this nation. The Age – Editorial Its ... Read More »

Attacks on our Human Rights Commission are part of a broader disturbing trend

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The federal government is actively undermining a range of vital checks and balances and stifling criticism of its actions. This is corrosive for democracy and human rights. The Age – Hugh de Kretser The extraordinary revelations in Senate estimates on Tuesday reveal the depths of the government’s attacks on the Australian Human Rights Commission. In early February, Attorney-General George Brandis asked the ... Read More »

Nobody is immune from resisting science they wish weren’t true. Even liberals

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Many believe that conservatives have a strange relationship to the truth. But we may all be more concerned with shoring up our beliefs than objective reality The Guardian - Oliver Burkeman, Contact author @oliverburkeman There’s been plenty of evidence, in recent days, to support the popular liberal notion that conservatives have a uniquely weird relationship to the truth. Take the allegations that Bill ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News

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The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »

Our languages, our heritage, our culture

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Lose a language, lose a culture and a collective history. Lose thousands of languages, and the world’s wonderful cultural diversity becomes impoverished. This is precisely what is happening – globalization has played its part in placing under threat around half of the world’s current seven thousand languages. For UNESCO, the loss of a language goes deeper: “Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique ... Read More »

Speak Greek In March

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Not a few things made a profound impression upon me at the launch of the Speak Greek in March campaign, which took place last Sunday at the new improved Greek Orthodox Community HQ. Dean Kalimniou The first was the blessing of the whole endeavor by the articulate and functionally grecophonic second generation priest, Father Eumenios. In perfect Greek, tinged with ... Read More »

Open Letter To The German Readers

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Greece president Alexis Tsipras’ “open letter” to German citizens was published first in Handelsblatt, a leading German language business newspaper. The Moroccan Times Most of you, dear Handesblatt readers, will have formed a preconception of what this article is about before you actually read it. I am imploring you not to succumb to such preconceptions. Prejudice was never a good ... Read More »