Society

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

White ribbons must become real measures to address domestic violence scourge

Wearing a white ribbon today is a potent symbol marking your opposition to domestic violence but changing our industrial relations system is the practical measure addressing this scourge on society. SMH Ros McLennan Already Queensland employers, with government and union support, are introducing ground-breaking leave provisions to provide meaningful practical help to those suffering violence and abuse. Shockingly, 67 women have been killed by… White ribbons must become real measures to… Read More »

Domestic violence charges double as awareness grows

Family violence-related charges have doubled in the ACT in the past two years and the territory’s first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence has warned: “It will get worse before it gets better.” The Canberra Times Georgina Connery As groups prepare for White Ribbon Day on Friday, Yvette Berry said the sharp rise in charges laid for family violence crimes was “confronting”, but attributed the rise to increased reporting rather than a spike in violence. “There is ... Read More »

Xinjiang locals told to turn in their passports

All residents in China’s restive region of Xinjiang must hand in their passports to local police stations for “examination and management”, the Global Times newspaper said yesterday. “Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police station,” an anonymous police officer in Aksu prefecture told the paper, adding that the… Xinjiang locals told… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »

No Asians, no black people. Why do gay people tolerate blatant racism?

Most LGBT ethnic minorities say they’ve faced discrimination, and bigotry on dating sites is a throwback to the 50s. The LGBT community must address this. The Guardian Owen Jones Racism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. “How can I be a bigot when I am myself a… No Asians, no black people. Why do… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

Duterte Harry

At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

Child abuse charges dropped against Department of Human Services worker

Police have dropped historic child sexual abuse charges against a child protection worker after deciding they did not have enough proof to convict her, despite photographing her pelvic region against her wishes to help their investigation. The Age Jane Lee Katrina Arrendondo​, who works in the child protection division of the Department of Health and Human Services, was stood down after she was charged in September with one count of sexual penetration and one count of an indecent act against a child under ... Read More »

Former Icac commissioner leaps to Megan Latham’s defence

Anthony Whealy says comments that the outgoing corruption watchdog head should consider a ‘quiet retirement into private life’ were misguided and unfair The Guardian Christopher Knaus The former Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) assistant commissioner Anthony Whealy has leapt to the defence of Megan Latham, saying comments that she should consider a “quiet retirement into private life” were completely unfounded and unfair. Latham resigned as Icac commissioner on Wednesday after… Former Icac commissioner leaps to… Read More »

Nanny knows best

Recently we heard that a Tasmanian farmer Mr Carter, has had a run in with the Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority for giving people a taste of raw milk straight from the udder of his dairy cows after a milking demonstration. On line opinion Nicola Wright He has been issued with an infringement notice for this subversive activity even though he isn’t selling raw milk, the justification being that consumption of raw milk carries with it health risks, especially for children. ... Read More »

State acts as one in five apprehended domestic violence orders breached

Domestic violence perpetrators will no longer be able to use the excuse that they did not understand the law, with the NSW government removing complex legal jargon from new apprehended domestic violence orders. SMH Rachel Browne It comes after research from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed one in five apprehended domestic violence orders are breached, equating to almost 7700 breaches a year. The new plain-English orders, to be introduced next week, will be… State acts as ... Read More »