Society

Sex workers want full decriminalisation in NT, Attorney-General says legislation will be reviewed

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Sex workers in the Northern Territory would be significantly safer if the industry was decriminalised, and the Northern Territory Government holds true to its promise to review the legislation, peak bodies have said. ABC Stephanie Zillman If sex work is decriminalised, as a motion called for at a Labor conference held in February, the Northern Territory would become only the second state or territory in Australia to do so, after New South Wales. The Attorney-General and Minister for… Sex workers ... Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in NT children’s group home

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Staff members inappropriately touched children at a residential care home in the Northern Territory, a former worker has alleged. ABC Alex Barwick Helen (not her real name), who worked for an organisation she declined to name in 2014, told the ABC she saw a fellow staff member inappropriately touching children in one of the group homes the organisation managed. Despite taking her concerns to management, she claims they… Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in… Read More »

Rubbing salt into the wound for abuse victims

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When I think things cannot get worse for my institutional child sexual abuse clients – wham! – another round of trickery is thrust at already vulnerable victims by the highly legalistic and parsimonious hierarchy of the Catholic Church. SMH Judy Courtin Whilst feigning compassion, this hierarchy is nervously propelling unknown millions of dollars at lawyers to help them defend the indefensible and to conceal the truth. The Archdiocese of Melbourne, hiding in the shadows until the… Rubbing salt into the wound ... Read More »

George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Greens are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into a “secret deal” involving Attorney-General George Brandis and the West Australian Liberal Government over funds from Alan Bond’s failed Bell Group. ABC Nikki Roberts The deal would have given the WA Government preference as a Bell Group creditor over others including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is owed $300 million. Late last year, the WA Government passed legislation giving… George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over… Read More »

Costa Coffee launches in-store cup recycling scheme

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UK’s biggest coffee chain will take paper cups from any brand at recycling points in all of its stores Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent The UK’s largest coffee chain Costa Coffee is to launch a recycling scheme in all of its stores to ensure that as many as possible of its… Costa Coffee launches… Read More »

Corporate culture’s dark side demands attention

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Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to “modern day slavery”. The Age Welcome to Australia in 2016. For the past two years, The Age‘s journalists have exposed… Corporate culture’s dark side demands… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

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Whatever way you cut it, Australian politics in the past week travelled further down the low road of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno It’s the new fashion propelled by the extraordinary success in Britain and the United States of politicians who push these buttons. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, already a practitioner in… Peter Dutton’s racism to the… Read More »

Geelong residents rally for the extension of opening hours at Warum Ponds police station

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HUNDREDS of Geelong residents rallied for the extension of opening hours at a local police station yesterday. The Herald Sun Brianna Travers Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Waurn Ponds police station as part of a community law and order gathering organised by the local member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. A three month trial of cutback manned hours at… Geelong residents rally for the extension of… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a… As nationalism is… Read More »

White-Collar Supremacy

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The New York Times By KELLY J. BAKER  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the… White-Collar… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves

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Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in a southern Mexican state plagued by kidnappings, murders and drug cartel turf wars, officials said Nov. 24. Hurriyet The remains were unearthed between Nov. 22 and Nov. 24 in 17 pits on a hill in the… 32 bodies, 9… Read More »

White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over ‘poison’ of violence against women

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Six hundred people have marched at White Ribbon Day events in Darwin and Alice Springs, to stand against the scourge of violence continuing to threaten the lives of women. ABC Dijana Damjanovic Sixty-eight balloons were released a ceremony in Alice Springs, in memory of the women who have already died from domestic violence this year in Australia. In both Alice Springs and Darwin, about 300 people joined in… White Ribbon Day: Territorians march over… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »