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‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells abuse inquiry

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Greg Thompson tells royal commission he has been warned by parishioners he is not safe after alleging abuse as a young man by senior clerics The Guardian An Anglican bishop says he has received warnings from parishioners that he is not safe in his own diocese after he revealed claims of his abuse as a young man by senior church clerics. Newcastle bishop Greg Thompson said cathedral parishioners had… ‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells… Read More »

Murdoch And The ABC Need Each Other, And We Need Both More Than Ever

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With the rise of fake news, the pull and push of traditional media is more important than ever, writes Mike Fewster. New matilda Mike Fewster I am in shock finding that I am writing this, but the world is spinning very fast at the moment. A few weeks ago, I argued that Murdoch’s approach to Murdoch And The ABC Need Each… Read More »

Doctors slam AMA position on euthanasia as ‘out of touch’

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Pro-euthanasia doctors have slammed the Australian Medical Association’s decision not to back assisted death laws, saying the powerful group is out of touch with the community. The Age Julia Medew On Thursday, the AMA released a new position on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in which it did not support the controversial practices. The doctors’ union said a recent survey of 4000 of its 31,000 members showed… Doctors slam AMA position on euthanasia as… Read More »

Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray breach section 18C?

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The bigger question however is not Dutton’s legal but his moral culpability. Crikey Michael Bradley It’s best to always assume conscious intent behind politicians’ choice of language. That’s the lens to apply in considering… Did Dutton’s anti-Muslim spray… Read More »

Racial Discrimination Act debate a ‘creep back to bigotry’, says Pat Dodson

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Indigenous senator says ‘racism isn’t growing wild in the fields, it’s being tended in flower boxes in flats and houses’ The Guardian Katharine Murphy Labor senator Pat Dodson says the debate about watering down the Racial Discrimination Act is a “creep back to bigotry and racism” and has used a speech to the Senate to underscore the power of words. Dodson, a prominent Indigenous leader before his entry to federal politics, told… Racial Discrimination Act debate a… Read More »

Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as a Senior Counsel is an embarrassing episode for the legal profession in South Australia

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The appointment of John Rau to the position of Senior Counsel is a mystery to those who are ignorant of the significant contribution he might have made to the bar, to the law and to the legal profession. The Advertiser Stephen Pallaras There is a rich history to the appointment of SCs, formerly known as Queen’s Counsels. The first was appointed in 1597 when Sir Francis Bacon was… Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as… Read More »

Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it turn out like marriage equality?

This week a citizens’ assembly will meet in Dublin to take the first step towards a referendum on the contentious issue of abortion. ABC Keri Phillips While the Irish may have established their progressive bona fides last year with their vote on same-sex marriage, a vote on abortion could produce a very different result. In almost all circumstances, abortion is… Ireland’s abortion laws may go to a referendum, but will it… Read More »

Working for Corporations, but Failing Workers and the Planet

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Ethical supply chain audits can enable business as usual under the veneer of corporate responsibility, write Genevieve LeBaron and Jane Lister. New Internationalist Blog Genevieve LeBaron In recent years incidents such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in April 2013 and the exposé by The Guardian of slavery and human trafficking in the Thai shrimp industry in 2014 have focused attention on the supply chains of global corporations. What has been reported less is that both ... Read More »

It’s time to relax the rules on growing human embryos in the lab

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Researchers can only study human embryos up to 14 days past fertilisation, but new techniques can go beyond that – a change in the law would benefit all of us New Scientist Sam Wong WHEN it comes to studying our earliest existence, how far are we willing to go? Growing human embryos in the lab beyond the seventh day after fertilisation – the moment when embryos normally implant in the wall of the uterus – has been a long-standing challenge ... Read More »

There’s great potential in maritime heritage

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Leaders recently adopted the African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development. Daily Nation By PAUL ODHIAMBO The charter has been developed at a time when African states are rethinking the potential of the blue economy in their territorial waters and… There’s great potential… Read More »

Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be the beacon of the free world

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Other nations look to America as an example. The Guardian Richard Wolff The president-elect’s attitude to his business interests won’t help efforts to spread good governance. Somehow Donald Trump manages to dumb down… Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be… Read More »

The world’s most generous countries

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It seems that lending a helping hand to a stranger can be more than just a good deed. By Lindsey Galloway In fact, according to research consulting company Gallup, a culture’s willingness to help others is a strong indicator of… The world’s most… Read More »

Lawren Harris painting goes for record $11.2 million

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Auction house estimated Harris 1926 oil canvas painting “Mountain Forms” would go for $3-$5 million. By LAUREN LA ROSE The Canadian Press The Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms smashed a Canadian art record in Toronto on Wednesday night by selling for just over $11.2 million, more than double the… Lawren Harris painting… Read More »

Revenge porn civil penalties considered by Government to give victims faster access to justice

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The Federal Government is considering a new range of civil penalties to try to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” get justice more quickly. Abc Naomi Woodley and Josie Taylor The states and territories are already discussing ways to harmonise their laws which criminalise the sharing of intimate photos without someone’s consent. But the Federal Government said… Revenge porn civil… Read More »