Society

Jeremy Corbyn would give British Museum’s Elgin Marbles back to Greece

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The UK should start “constructive talks with the Greek government on the return of the sculptures”, Mr Corbyn says. SkyNews Jeremy Corbyn has said he would give the Elgin Marbles back to Greece if he became prime minister. The Labour leader told Greek newspaper Ta Nea “the Parthenon sculptures belong to Greece” when asked whether he would consider returning the carved figures and stelae. The Parthenon sculptures, as they are also called, have been housed in the British Museum since ... Read More »

NSW chooses timber over koalas, critics of habitat plan claim

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The great bulk of new reserves set aside by the Berejiklian government for koala habitat offer no new protection for an animal whose numbers are plummeting in some regions of the state, new mapping analysis shows. Peter Hannam Brisbane Times The government last month hailed the release of its $45 million koala strategy as “the biggest commitment by any state” to protect the “national treasure”. But mapping details obtained by environmental groups show 82 per cent of the reserves being set aside ... Read More »

SNP’s Ian Blackford warns May over ‘new Windrush generation’

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Theresa May has been warned she risks creating a “new Windrush generation” by charging undocumented children living in the UK lawfully thousands of pounds. Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsman The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has written to the Prime Minister urging her to waive fees of up to £10,000 which risk denying more than 100,000 people their right to stay in the UK and become British citizens. Campaigners say the fees put tens of thousands of people, born in the ... Read More »

England’s fields ‘are turning to concrete’

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ENGLAND’S green and pleasant land is being concreted over “at an alarming rate”, campaigners warned yesterday. John Ingham Express The area of undeveloped greenfield land used for housing has soared by 58 per cent in four years, said the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The pressure group called for the Government to require brownfield sites to be used before greenfield land is released. The group cited official figures showing that the area of “nonpreviously developed land” lost to housing annually ... Read More »

The Grey Zone: space that gives us freedom is under threat

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In recent years, a Middle East-based organisation has been thinking about what it calls “the Grey Zone”. The term refers to the pluralist, open, multicultural space that is fundamental to the way a functioning democratic society works. Peter Greste Brisbane Times The Grey Zone allows us to live alongside different faiths without killing one another; it is the space that means we can have robust political debates without punching each other in the nose. It is the space defined by ... Read More »

Israeli army kills Palestinian nurse in Gaza border protest

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Gaza City: Israeli forces killed a Palestinian nurse on Friday as she tried to help a wounded protester at the Gaza border, according to health officials and a witness, while Israel said militants had attacked its troops with gunfire and a grenade. Nidal al-Mughrabi The Sydney Morning Herald Reuters Razan Al-Najar’s death brought to 119 the number of Palestinians killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist group Hamas and long ... Read More »

The Crazy Talk About Bringing Back Asylums

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When President Trump mused that the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February might have been prevented if the United States had more mental institutions, he revived a not-quite-dormant debate: Should the country bring back asylums? The Editorial Board The New York Times Psychiatric facilities are unlikely to prevent crimes similar to the Parkland shooting because people are typically not committed until after a serious incident. Still, a string of news articles, editorials and policy forums have noted that plenty of mental ... Read More »

Surprising catch behind my idea for new political party

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I’m thinking I’ll start a new party. Political, not daiquiri. And not a party of protest, like One Nation or the Shooters. Elizabeth Farrelly Brisbane Times A party of central purpose. Because honestly, this can’t continue. The lying and conniving, the greed and gutlessness, the shameless expedience and entrenched short-termism. Someone’s gotta sort them out, right? Give them a proper run for their money. It’ll be the TT Party, and it’ll stand for simple decency. Nothing grand or utopian. Just ... Read More »

It’s not just the young who have a drink problem

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I consume 100 times more alcohol than my dad did. Now I’ve learned that harmful drinking affects older people most, I feel I need to do better Ian Jack The Guardian Recently I calculated that every year I drink about 100 times as much alcohol as my father did, and at least 200 times as much as my mother. The annual total in dad’s case came at most to a dozen small bottles of beer plus a whisky at New ... Read More »

7 Reasons US Should Not Ratify UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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President Donald Trump recently proclaimed June 2018 to be National Ocean Month and stated his support for better utilizing the vast resources contained in America’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the 200-nautical mile zone off U.S. coasts over which the U.S. has jurisdiction.j Authors: The Daily Signal There are now sure to be renewed calls for the United States to accede to the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea—also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty—as a useful ... Read More »

Domestic violence perpetrators praise police program helping them to change

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Domestic violence perpetrators on the Sunshine Coast are crediting a collaborative police program with turning their lives around and changing their behaviour. ABC Sunshine Coast By Kylie Bartholomew Michael* ended up in DV Court after an incident in which his partner “got injured”. “The love had gone, the kids were suffering, my partner was suffering, everyone in the house was suffering actually,” he told ABC’s Focus program. His first encounter with officers from the Sunshine Coast’s Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) ... Read More »

Africa’s whistleblowers

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‘All I did was tell the truth’ Those who denounce corruption face hardship and physical danger even when there’s a legal framework that should protect and guarantee them a fair hearing. by Olivier Piot Le Monde diplomatique South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February over the biggest corruption scandal since the end of apartheid, which involved both the president and his son. Zuma’s exit became inevitable last June, after the publication of thousands of confidential documents revealing that the ... Read More »

Defence lawyer calls Puneet Puneet’s hit-and-run ‘just an accident’

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“Just an accident”, is how the defence lawyer for hit-and-run driver Puneet Puneet described the death of Queensland student Dean Hofstee, aged 19, in 2008 when Puneet smashed into him after drinking and driving at high speed in Melbourne. Amrit Dhillon The Age Speaking in a Delhi court hearing the Puneet extradition case, Kanhaiya Kumar Singhal said Puneet’s crime was “not heinous in nature”. He went on: “Yes a life was taken but it was not intentional. Accidents happen. It’s ... Read More »

Catholics offer burial spaces to Muslims as Sydney cemeteries fill up

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Muslim community leader Kazi Ali was distressed to see the nearly full Muslim section at Rookwood Cemetery that he helped transform 40 years ago from paddock to an oasis of palms. Julie Power The Sydney Morning Herald Many who helped Mr Ali build the cemetery in the 1980s are among the 6000 Muslims buried there now. A friend’s daughter was buried behind a white picket-style fence. Mr Ali pointed to a grave of his former teacher. “Our tradition is to ... Read More »

The rise and fall of AMP’s Catherine Brenner

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It all started to go wrong for Catherine Brenner the day that Jack Regan walked into the witness box at the Financial Services Royal Commission in Melbourne. Deborah Snow WAtoday The date was Monday, April 16, and Regan, the head of advice at financial giant AMP, was due to give his much-anticipated evidence under the hawk-eyed gaze of presiding justice Kenneth Hayne. Forty-seven year old Brenner, the well-remunerated chairman of AMP, logged on to follow the webcast live from Japan. ... Read More »

Crop exports to wilt as autumn rains fail over much of Australia

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Australia’s third-driest May on record has compounded the misery facing many of the nation’s farmers, with the window for winter plantings closing fast. Peter Hannam The Canberra Times Projections by Rabobank released on Friday indicate 21.6 million hectares of winter crop will be planted this year. While down 2 per cent on the previous year, the drop in Queensland and NSW will be much more severe at 11 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively. Rainfall last month was down ... Read More »