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Children’s eSafety Commissioner Reports on First Year

More than 7,400 investigations into online child sexual abuse material have been carried out by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner in its first year.. The office, established on 1 July 2015 to protect Australian children from cyberbullying, online harassment and predatory behaviour, has issued a 12-month report card to mark its first birthday… Source: Children’s eSafety Commissioner Reports on First Year – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Will post-sentence detention of convicted terrorists make Australia any safer?

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged state and territory leaders to agree on the design of nationally consistent laws to enable convicted terrorists to be detained at the end of their prison sentences. This will be the first order of business when federal parliament resumes at the end of August… Source: Will post-sentence detention of convicted terrorists make Australia any safer? Read More »

How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East

The crackdown against the LGBT community is part of Erdogan’s grander ambition to Islamize Turkish society… Source: How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East | afr.com Read More »

Looking at women in bikinis not a sackable offence

But if the financial controller at a BMW dealership was given a chance to explain himself, the sacking might have stood… Source: Looking at women in bikinis not a sackable offence | afr.com Read More »

Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth

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ADDRESSING horrendous rates of ear infection in Cape York children has been identified as key to reducing an over-representation of indigenous people in Queensland prisons. Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post The national spotlight has once again been shone on ­disproportionate rates of indigenous prisoner numbers, ­following an ABC Four Cornersepisode this week showing abuse of children in a Northern Territory juvenile detention centre… Source: Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth | Cairns Post Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline?

Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? By Dee Madigan No. Sitting down with her and chatting to her gives credibility to her views that will actually help her. As if what she has to say is worth hearing. It isn’t… Source: Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? | SBS News Read More »

Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say

Lawyers and support workers are calling for the management of Queensland’s juvenile detention centres to be included in the Northern Territory royal commission into the mistreatment of young inmates.. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to establish the royal commission after the ABC’s Four Corner’s exposed the disturbing mistreatment of boys in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin… Source: Northern Territory’s royal commission into juvenile detention should include Queensland, lawyers say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Why Vietnam might need to embrace ‘shamefare’ in the South China Sea

For those who were hoping that China and the Philippines might be able to move towards negotiations after Manila’s victory in the Hague over Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea — well, it seems China is back to its usual bag of tricks.. After the Philippines reacted with what I would consider praiseworthy restraint–and in complete contrast to China’s countless venomous statements — Filipino leaders seemed to offer Beijing what… Source: Why Vietnam might need to embrace ‘shamefare’ in the South ... Read More »

The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive?

In the News In a new report on the much-delayed Counter-Extremism Bill, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has concluded that the proposed legislation is confusing, unnecessary, and likely to be counter-productive. Though first announced by the Government in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, the Bill itself has yet to appear. The JCHR report is a result of what was in effect a pre-legislative scrutiny Source: The Round-up: Counter-Extremism Bill – Counter-Productive? – UK Human Rights Blog Read More »

Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts?

The attempted military coup in Turkey ended in total failure. Within 24 hours, the AKP government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained control. Within hours it initiated a purge against the organizers. But the government’s crackdown was not limited to the ranks of the military, a faction of which were the instigators of the coup. Source: Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts? Read More »

The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Opinion: In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Census will not be anonymous. When you fill out the 2016 Australian Census questionnaire — if you don’t somehow avoid it or refuse to take part — your name and address will be linked for the first time to other, previously anonymised data like your status of employment, education and personal health. The Census on the night of August 9th will be conducted almost entirely online, too — so get used to ... Read More »

Yahoo sold for $4.8bn to telecom giant Verizon

US mobile network provider buys the struggling internet company after a five-month auction.. Yahoo has agreed to sell its core assets to telecom giant Verizon for $4.8bn, ending a 20-year run by the internet pioneer as an independent company… Source: Yahoo sold for $4.8bn to telecom giant Verizon – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Number 10 Drab Street

The time for frivolousness is over as the grown-ups take over Downing Street.. By QUENTIN LETTS  LONDON — So many flowers have been arriving at 10 Downing Street that the official residence of the British prime minister must, inside, resemble a funeral parlor. Well-wishers have been sending bouquets to Theresa May to congratulate her on being appointed successor to David Cameron… Source: Number 10 Drab Street – POLITICO Read More »