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Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

We’re thinking about happiness all wrong

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Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman explains the problem. Al Jazeera News “We’ve been brought up by marketing, by advertising … to think about happiness as an uninterrupted row of better and better pleasures.” Philosopher Zygmunt Bauman breaks We’re thinking about… Read More »

(Another) Christmas crisis in Northern Ireland

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 19: A freshly painted mural referencing the RHI crisis and Arlene Foster is pictured in a city centre car park on December 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. First Minister Foster faced a vote of no confidence over the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme today at Stormont. Set up in November 2012, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was an attempt by the Northern Ireland Executive to help to increase consumption of heat from renewable sources. The DETI minister at the time was the now First Minister, Arlene Foster. A whistleblower has since highlighted a loophole that will result in a cost of £485 million pounds because of a flaw in the scheme. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Unionist leader under pressure to quit over botched energy project. Politico Peter Geoghegan BELFAST — On Monday, lawmakers in Northern Ireland were supposed to discuss a draft budget. Instead, there were farcical scenes including two walkouts by opposition MPs and the Northern Irish first minister, Arlene… (Another) Christmas crisis in… Read More »

Sticks And Stones May Break Israel’s Bones, But It’s Words That Really Frighten

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The ‘Democratic State of Israel’ has decided to go ‘full North Korea’ and threaten to not renew an Australian Jewish journalist’s press visa for… wait for it… asking a question at a media event. New Matilda Chris Graham Chris Graham explains. Living in a free and democratic society is… Sticks And Stones May Break… Read More »

Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash ‘probably terror attack’

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German police are investigating a “probable terrorist attack” after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. BBC They have detained the driver, who security sources reportedly say is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker. He arrived in Germany in… Berlin attack: Police say… Read More »

Voter Interest Hits Record Low in 2016 – ANU Election Study

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A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. The latest Australian Election Study, conducted by… Voter Interest Hits Record… Read More »

Dear Surgeon General and public health agencies, anti-vaping polices are bad for public health

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In 1964, public health experts began an all-out assault on smoking when the Surgeon General released his landmark report on smoking and health. AEI Sally Satel Today, the reported smoking rate among adults is down to 15 percent. Still, cigarette smoking remains the… Dear Surgeon General and public… Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

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The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

Timor-Leste: Poll Reveals Widespread Optimism, Overwhelming Intent to Vote in Upcoming Elections

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Dili, Timor-Leste—A nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research indicates that survey respondents are optimistic about the country’s future prospects and committed to participating in the… Timor-Leste: Poll… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

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Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

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The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

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A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

The solitude of female politicians in South Asia

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To deflect the sexist charge of being barren viragos, female politicians in the region have to deny their sexuality. Al Jazeera News Mukul Kesavan All the women who have become heads of government in India have been single. It’s an unwritten job requirement. Indira Gandhi, who became… The solitude of female… Read More »

Let Ivanka be first lady

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ivanka Trump exits Trump Tower November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

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Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to remain despite negligence over state payout to businessman

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has been found guilty of negligence for failing to challenge a 400 million euro ($575 million) state arbitration payout to a business tycoon in 2008 when she was French finance minister. ABC Despite the ruling, the judges imposed no punishment, citing her preoccupation at the time with the global financial crisis. She had denied the… Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to… Read More »