Young Generation

Western Australia’s New Sentencing Laws May Increase Indigenous Incarceration Rates

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Changes in Western Australia’s “three strikes and you’re out” sentencing laws have drawn concern that they’ll further increase the number of Aboriginal youths incarcerated in the state. The bill expands mandatory jail sentences for those convicted of home burglary for a third time by making it easier for prior records to count as “strikes”. It also doubles the penalty to ... Read More »

International Women’s Day – Inspiring People Series

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From THE FOOD for THOUGHT NETWORK TOPIC: GIRLS & EDUCATION Food for Thought Network invites you to special event celebrating International Women’s Day . The topic is Girls and Education. Distinguished guests who will provide the Key note address are: Jenny Mikakos State Minister for Families and Children  and Minister for Youth Affairs and the Greek Ambassadrice Mrs  Eva T. ... Read More »

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

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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 »

Speak Greek In March

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Not a few things made a profound impression upon me at the launch of the Speak Greek in March campaign, which took place last Sunday at the new improved Greek Orthodox Community HQ. Dean Kalimniou The first was the blessing of the whole endeavor by the articulate and functionally grecophonic second generation priest, Father Eumenios. In perfect Greek, tinged with ... Read More »

Spend money fighting child porn, not asylum seekers: judge

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One of Victoria’s longest-serving judges has urged the federal government to divert part of the money it spends detaining refugees to combating child pornography crimes. The Sydney Morning Herald - Stephen Butcher Judge Michael McInerney said there had been an “abject failure by the Commonwealth to advise the community of the dangerous consequences” of committing child pornography offences. The community still did not understand the “serious ... Read More »

Asylum seekers: A tale of two reports

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Malcolm Turnbull did his homework before Monday’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program. Knowing last week’s report on children in immigration detention would be raised, he came briefed by new Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and armed with the latest statistics. The Age - Michael Gordon, Political editor, The Age Unlike his ministerial colleagues, Turnbull chose not to take aim at the messenger, ... Read More »

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners in bid to end ‘rent-a-womb’ tourism

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Thailand’s interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a “rent-a-womb” industry that made the country a top destination for fertility tourism. Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals last year, including allegations that an Australian couple abandoned a baby boy with Down syndrome while taking his healthy twin sister. Another case involved ... Read More »

Comment: Do we care more about convicted criminals than vulnerable children?

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Why does our government care more for the plight of convicted drug smugglers than they do for defenceless and highly vulnerable children? SBS - By Lilani Goonesena Last week, Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek pleaded for clemency in a bipartisan motion against the imminent execution of Australian heroin smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It was an impassioned and moving occasion that ... Read More »

What happens to migrant women when there’s no happily ever after

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Forced underage marriage, trafficking, female genital mutilation and domestic violence – this doesn’t sound like the “lucky” country. However, the harsh reality is that there are serious concerns in these areas and some have referred to domestic violence as a national epidemic in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Sinha Rita (not her real name) came to see me after ... Read More »

Why is bearing children seen as more important than surviving pregnancy?

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I am scared for women who have been taught to believe that the most important, beautiful thing they can do is perish for their children The Guardian – Jessica Valenti There is nothing selfish about wanting to live – it’s the most simple, instinctive, human desire there is. Still, most of us – men and women – feel we would lay ... Read More »