Opinion

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 »

Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come

A $30m ad campaign to change attitudes about violence against women will be launched this weekend as part of a broader strategy that puts gender inequality at the centre of a violence prevention program. When it comes to preventing violence against women, Australia has made history in the last few weeks… Source: Prevention of violence against women – finally, an idea whose time has come | Mary Barry | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The plebiscite requires decency

OPINION  |  Barney Zwartz  Eternity #68 April 2016 Australia is heading for trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with P, which stands for plebiscite (with apologies to The Music Man). The national temperature is rising, and the angry words are increasing, even though we don’t have a date or a question or much certainty … Source: The plebiscite requires decency Read More »

The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal

Editorial: Nothing is clear in Brazil’s murky political crisis, except that the country will suffer the consequences for a long time to come.. Ever since Stefan Zweig, writing in 1941, dubbed it “the land of the future”, Brazil has been reproached for failing to live up to the promise that its size, its… Source: The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org. Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals—to tax financial speculation? Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and… Source: Robert Reich: Why We Should Tax Those Who Speculate on Stocks Read More »

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN

Their chances of reaching their 5th birthdays have been drastically reduced. One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF reported on Thursday… Source: 1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN Read More »

Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians?

After five years of war, expecting the Syrians to give Bashar al-Assad a chance is as reprehensible as it is dangerous.. When American and Russian spokespersons deny the existence of a secret agreement between them over Syria, they’re not necessarily lying – but they are being… Source: Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians? – Al Jazeera English Read More »