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Raw milk

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 »

The era of post-truth


How dangerous things have become in an era marked by post-truth. As opposed to appeals to the heart, objective facts are no longer able to influence public opinion. On line opinion Kellie Tranter Look no further than Australia’s offshore detention program in post-truth terms. It is difficult to fathom how a system could be touted publicly as an… The era of post-truth… Read More »

State acts as one in five apprehended domestic violence orders breached

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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 »

Europe migrant crisis: A third of child asylum seekers ‘missing’ after Calais Jungle closure


Nearly a third of the child asylum seekers being tracked by a refugee charity have gone missing since the “Jungle” migrant camp in the French city of Calais was dismantled last month, the organisation says. ABC Refugee Youth Service said it could not locate a third of the 179 children it had been tracking since authorities bulldozed the camp, home to up to 10,000 people fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The fate of children staying ... Read More »

Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is dangerous

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Peter Dutton has sought to rewrite history in a disgraceful appeal to prejudice. The Age In broad strokes, he set out to besmirch the legacy of migration to Australia during the Fraser years, by claiming “the reality is that Malcolm Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in”. It is obvious that Mr Dutton is not interested in learning from the past, but instead has a political aim in the present. Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is… Read More »

Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why Australia must legalise compensated surrogacy

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Cambodia is the latest country in our region to ban commercial surrogacy. The Conversation As happened when India, Thailand and Nepal introduced such bans, dozens of Australians are now extremely anxious because they have no idea what is going to happen to their babies who have recently been born or are on their way. A lack of regulation of surrogacy in these countries makes it easy for… Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why… Read More »

Hanson decries reverse racism in Australia

Pauline Hanson's One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson arrives at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Pauline Hanson has been labelled a "one-trick pony" as federal MPs react to the One Nation leader's explosive first speech to the Senate in which she warned Australia is being swamped by Muslims. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Pauline Hanson says Australians are fed up with reverse racism and being tolerant of immigrants with no intention of assimilating. SBS Pauline Hanson insists Australia has a reverse racism problem, telling defenders of race-hate laws to look at the way women who choose to wear mini skirts are being treated by Muslims. The One Nation leader says Australians are fed up with… Hanson decries reverse racism in… Read More »

Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most Liveable City For Women

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One in three Australian teenage girls report feeling unsafe in public. The Huffington Post Zoe Condliffe I met Carly at my parent’s house, in suburban Melbourne. She’s 16 years old, and goes to my old school. I interviewed her about her experiences of… Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most… Read More »

Comment: Two Good – making a difference to the lives of women and children in refuge

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Domestic Violence New South Wales CEO Moo Baulch talks about the reach and impact the Too Good initiative has had on women and how little things can make a big, big difference. SBS Moo Baulch Rob (Caslick) from Two Good and I met a couple of years ago now. He came to us with a brilliant and… Comment: Two Good – making a difference to… Read More »

Ask Shorten why you got death threats, Minister Dutton tells Labor MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Labor leader Bill Shorten of misrepresenting him and whipping up a political storm. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says a Labor MP who has received death threats in the wake of his comments about migrants should look to her own leader for answers. Labor MP and counter-terrorism expert Anny Aly, who was born in… Ask Shorten why you got death… Read More »

Tusk and Juncker sitting pretty, with or without Martin Schulz

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The German Social Democrat’s departure is unlikely to expose Jean-Claude Juncker or Donald Tusk. By FLORIAN EDER Martin Schulz’s announcement that he’ll quit his post as European Parliament president to return to German politics came as a surprise to his own center-left… Tusk and Juncker… Read More »

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison ‘not fit for purpose’

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison - The Guardian

Keith Hamburger’s report on Darwin correctional centre reveals rampant construction and operational failures The Guardian Helen Davidson A leaked report into the two-year-old Darwin correctional centre, which was sat on by the previous government and then only partially released by the current one, has reportedly revealed details of rampant failures in the $1.8bn, 1,000-bed facility. Sky News has reported it received a leaked copy of the report, by the former head of… Justice minister rejects finding… Read More »

How can the left respond to the global resurgence of far-right populism?

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Far-right movements have been successful globally by politicising hostility to immigrants and cultivating a resurgent ethnonationalism. The left can – and should – fight back The Guardian Jason Wilson When Donald Trump won the US presidential election, it was as if a great gear whirred and clanked into place, and the whole global machine was suddenly moving at a different velocity. It was just the latest victory for… How can the left respond to the global resurgence of… Read More »

The changes to the ICAC will make it more effective

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Since the decision of the High Court in ICAC v Cunneen, many thousands of words have been written about the ICAC. The Age Bruce McClintock Much of that commentary has focused on personalities to the detriment of rational discussion of the reforms which the recent amendments to the ICAC legislation introduce. While the resignation of Commissioner Megan Latham is obviously a… The changes to the ICAC will… Read More »