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Why The Fate Of The World’s Climate Is Largely In Australia’s Hands

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We’re told Australia’s contribution to global warning is minimal. A report out today proves that’s a dangerous lie. Thom Mitchell * explains. New Matilda  As American academic Bob Massey put it, “Australia now holds the fate of the world’s climate in its hands”. In its pursuit of a solution to the ‘budget emergency’ Australia is using up the ‘carbon budget’ ... Read More »

The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

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This article is one of several following up The Conversation’s series, State of Imprisonment, which provides snapshots of imprisonment trends in each state and territory. The intention is to provide a basis for informed public discussion of the costs and consequences of imprisonment and the alternatives. The Conversation – Bronwyn Naylor * Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This ... Read More »

The Secret Country Again Wages War On Its Own People

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Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. “Information Clearing House” – By John Pilger Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state ... Read More »

Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network compares vaccines to rape

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A controversial anti-vaccination group has likened vaccines that prevent disease to rape, drawing condemnation even from some its own supporters. The Age – Alana Schetzer, Reporter The controversial Facebook post. The Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network posted a black and white image of a woman with a man forcibly holding his hand over the woman’s mouth on its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon. ... Read More »

France calls in Indonesian ambassador over citizen facing execution with Bali nine ringleaders

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France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss the case of a Frenchman facing the death penalty for drug offences, a government spokesman told AFP. Brisbane Times – Serge Atlaoui with his wife Sabine during a visit at Nusakambangan prison island in 2008. Photo: AFP The summons came a day after Serge Atlaoui, 51, had an ... Read More »

Is Anzac Day a remembrance or a sedative?

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The Gallipoli Centenary may well be the biggest civic cultural event this country has seen or will see in a generation. The Interpreter James Curran The commemoration of the First World War in various forms has been undergoing something of a resurgence in Australia in recent years. In itself this is an extraordinary phenomenon, especially when there was a prediction ... Read More »

Two arrested over drowning of up to 900 migrants off Libya

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EU emergency summit to discuss plans to tackle crisis The Irish Times – Paddy Agnew Mohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of trafficking, watching the bodies being disembarked, at Senglea in Valletta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters Two men have been arrested over last weekend’s boat disaster off the ... Read More »

Rupert Brooke Centenary Commemoration @ Skyros

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The Municipality of Skyros will host theRupert Brooke Centenary Poetry Celebrations on April 23 to commemorate the English poet’s life and works. The special event will take place on the island of Skyros, where the poet died on April 23, 1915, during WWI, on a hospital ship off the Greek island; he was buried in an olive grove on the ... Read More »