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Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

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Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »

Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

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Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes contributing editor-at-large, Tess Lawrence. Independent Australia Tess Lawrence PETER DUTTON IS PROOF THAT DONALD J. TRUMP has a half-brother living in Australia. The fascist, white supremacist ideology at the core of… Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

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Exclusive: Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to convict him was discredited The Guardian Ben Doherty and Sarah Malik Sayed Abdellatif’s horizons are low already, and narrowing still. Where once he could wave to his family through… Australian government concedes evidence against… Read More »

ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for legal aid to help vulnerable Canberrans

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The ACT Law Society has renewed pressure on the federal government to reverse harsh cuts to the legal aid sector to ensure continued access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans. The Canberra Times Megan Gorrey President Sarah Avery called for ongoing funding for community lawyers on Friday as Attorney-General George Brandis​ launched the ACT Women’s Legal Centre’s domestic violence program, to help victims navigate the family law system. The federal government signalled nationwide cuts of… ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for… Read More »

Germany’s Chinese investment problem

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European firms are being snapped up by China companies, and that’s causing headaches in Berlin. By JANOSCH DELCKER HAMBURG, Germany — In the conflict between Beijing, Berlin and Brussels over skyrocketing investment by Chinese firms in… Germany’s Chinese investment… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a politician I’ve never met. Jo Cox was the British Labour MP slain on… As nationalism is weaponised, Australia…   Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

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The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

George Brandis: Labor calls for Attorney-General to be sacked over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Federal Opposition is calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to be sacked over a “secret” deal struck with the West Australian Government allowing it to claw back nearly $1 billion from the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group. ABC Jane Norman In May, the High Court struck down WA legislation that would have given the state the power to decide how to carve up the settlement following the collapse of the Bell Group in the 1990s. According to The West ... Read More »

White ribbons must become real measures to address domestic violence scourge

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Wearing a white ribbon today is a potent symbol marking your opposition to domestic violence but changing our industrial relations system is the practical measure addressing this scourge on society. SMH Ros McLennan Already Queensland employers, with government and union support, are introducing ground-breaking leave provisions to provide meaningful practical help to those suffering violence and abuse. Shockingly, 67 women have been killed by… White ribbons must become real measures to… Read More »

Domestic violence charges double as awareness grows

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Family violence-related charges have doubled in the ACT in the past two years and the territory’s first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence has warned: “It will get worse before it gets better.” The Canberra Times Georgina Connery As groups prepare for White Ribbon Day on Friday, Yvette Berry said the sharp rise in charges laid for family violence crimes was “confronting”, but attributed the rise to increased reporting rather than a spike in violence. “There is ... Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer Βritain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »