John Howard slams Turnbull government’s handling of same-sex marriage postal vote

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Former Prime Minister John Howard has slammed the Turnbull government’s handling of the same-sex marriage postal vote 9news Mr Howard has demanded the government release its planned legislation before the vote ends to show how it plans to handle “parental rights”, “freedom of speech” and show how “religious freedoms will be protected”. “The government’s response has been to wash its hands of any responsibility,” Mr Howard said. Malcolm Turnbull’s predecessor Tony Abbott agreed with Mr Howard. “People don’t know exactly ... Read More »

Tony Abbott on why same sex marriage would fundamentally change society

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Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people who deserve our love, respect and inclusion but that doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to reserve the term “marriage” for the relationship of one man with one woman, ideally for life and usually dedicated to children. Tony Abbott * The Sydney Morning Herald Like you, I want a country where everyone gets a fair go and where no one is ... Read More »

Map: Australian views on same-sex marriage

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Polling consistently shows most voters support same-sex marriage — but how do views vary across Australia? By Matt Liddy, Nathan Hoad and Ben Spraggon ABC How Australians think about same-sex marriage, mapped – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Last year, the ABC’s Vote Compass asked Australians whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement: Marriage should only be between a man and a woman. More than 1.2 million Australians responded, and a majority of people indicated support for allowing same-sex ... Read More »

Inequality has a major impact on a country’s wellbeing. Why?

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I’ve been in South Africa and the US recently. From geography to development both countries are, of course, very different. But they do share some similarities. Vincent Chin World Economic Forum Take inequality, for example. This issue – which is by no means limited to their shores – has become a deeply rooted feature of their social and economic landscapes, one that proven stubbornly resistant to attempted remedies. Inequality has many invidious consequences – too many to list here. This ... Read More »

Inquiry into The Status of the Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Time did not permit Liberty Victoria to address in full all aspects of the Terms of Reference for this Inquiry. Liberty Victoria Submitted To: Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Our concerns therefore centred on “3 — The relationship between the freedom of religion or belief and other human rights, and the implications of constraints on the freedom of religion or belief for the enjoyment of other universal human rights” (ToR 3). In particular we considered the balancing of freedom ... Read More »

Property feeds the roots of inequality in Britain. Inheritance will entrench it

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The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to… Ian Jack The Guardian What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very… From my father’s side the treasures included: a stuffed canary; a tiny stuffed crocodile (a… Property feeds the… Read More »

The insecurity of inequality

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Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late 19th century – and it is continuing to rise. Kaushik Basu Asia Times With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle… The insecurity of… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

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Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

How American women gained, lost, and are regaining their collective voice

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Women have been far more prominent in American politics throughout history than conventional wisdom might suggest. Kristin Goss VOX This the second post in a series on the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s induction into the US House of Representatives. Passing the statue… How American women… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

The Bigotry of “Intersectionality”

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There is no more evidence that Jews are responsible for economic or social inequality in contemporary America, than there was for Jews being responsible for any of the other crimes that… Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute Indeed, Jews disproportionately support racial equality and other liberal causes. Most successful Jews… The Bigotry of… Read More »

ECJ’s immoral, unjust ruling against Muslim women

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The rise of anti-Islamic sentiment and xenophobia has unfortunately become increasingly widespread in Europe. Esra Karatas Alpay Daily Sabah Recent events have proved that intolerance and racism have become accepted forms of behavior against minorities – even on open public display. Two weeks ago… ECJ’s immoral, unjust… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

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The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Education Doesn’t Solve the Gender Pay Gap

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For women in professions that require advanced degrees, such as dentists and physicians, discrepancies in pay are becoming harder to explain. Bourree Lam The Atlantic In recent decades, women have been making significant headway in becoming dentists, doctors, and lawyers—professions which require a significant amount of education and postgraduate training. According to some… Education Doesn’t Solve… Read More »

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

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On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

New York’s Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

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The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said BBC News Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea. The bronze Fearless… New York’s Fearless… Read More »