Qantas passenger banned after asylum seeker walkout

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Qantas has banned a Melbourne man from flying with them after he asked to be removed from aflight taking an asylum seeker from Melbourne to Darwin for deportation. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Reporter for The Age Paul Leary has filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s human rights division, on the grounds that the ban discriminates against him ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News


The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »

French Catholic Church refuses to sign Charlie Hebdo free speech petition

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The Catholic Church in France will not sign a declaration on freedom of expression written by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Christian Today Carey Lodge The declaration, proposed in the wake of last month’s terror attack on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, is addressed solely to religious groups. It calls on them to support free speech, regardless of the possibility that ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention


Group of 14, including four Turner prize winners, condemns arrest and legal charges over free speech performance piece in Havana Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian Fourteen of the world’s most prominent artists, including Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and painter Howard Hodgkin, have publicly condemned the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. In an open letter to the Guardian on Monday, the ... Read More »

Passengers removed from Qantas flight following asylum seeker protest

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A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Darwin was disrupted when passengers refused to buckle their seatbelts in protest at the attempted deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker by immigration authorities. The Sydney Morning Herald - Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Qantas confirmed a “number of passengers” on QF838 became disruptive when they refused sit down and follow cabin crew instructions on Monday ... Read More »

Pro-democracy protesters return to streets of Hong Kong

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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. AFP – Brisbane Times – Dennis Chong A sea of yellow umbrellas – the symbol of the campaign – moved slowly through central Hong Kong with crowds shouting for “true ... Read More »

In Madrid, 100,000 flock to anti-austerity Podemos rally

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MADRID: At least 100,000 people poured into the streets of Madrid on Saturday in a huge show of support for Spain’s new anti-austerity party Podemos, riding a wave of popularity after the election success of its Greek hard-left ally Syriza. AFP – The Times Of India  A sea of demonstrators chanted “Yes we can!” and carried signs reading “The change ... Read More »

Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe

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As Holocaust day nears, anger erupts at arrival in Rotterdam of the Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest vessel The Observer – Ed Vulliamy Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. ... Read More »

Manus stand off halted as guards storm compound

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A stand off between asylum seekers and security guards on Manus Island came to a dramatic halt as Wilson guards stormed one compound on Monday. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent Peter Dutton accuses asylum seekers of ‘aggressive behaviour’ Delta compound, which had been barricaded by asylum seekers who were refusing to eat or allow security guards inside, was forced open by ... Read More »