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We’re under siege from a new breed of intellectual: The pseudo academic

Iain Dooley shows us how to deal with the paranoid delusional ravings of pseudo academics, like the Alt-Right in America and Australia’s serial pest, Malcolm Roberts. Independent Australia Iain Dooley THE PHENOMENON has made its mark across a huge range of topics, aiming to convince us that climate change is fake, Muslims are amassing at our borders crying out for blood, and that Hillary Clinton and George Soros are funding teams of left wing protesters in the U.S. who just want to ... Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can argue for human rights

In revealing what Ms Dhu suffered in a Western Australian police cell, her family hope the graphic proof will arouse public opinion The Guardian Jane Lydon and Donna Oxenham Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland police station in August 2014. Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from… Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can… Read More »

The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

This report analyses the role that organisational culture plays in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. Australian Policy Online Donald Palmer It specifically considers how organisational culture can affect the perpetration and detection of child sexual abuse and the responses to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The report also develops suggestions for… The role of organisational culture in… Read More »

Electoral donations for local governments to be revealed in real-time

Donations made to candidates in the lead-up to local government elections will be revealed online in real-time under new laws introduced on Thursday. Brisbane Felicity Caldwell Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the reform followed recommendations from the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Transparency and accountability in local government report. The changes would create a real-time online… Electoral donations for local governments to… Read More »

Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

This week, Sky News Australia aired a report from Nauru – having been given rare access to the island nation – on the Australia-US deal to resettle refugees detained there and on Manus Island. The Conversation The reporter, Laura Jayes, had visited Nauru in the previous week. Her report contained footage of interactions with some asylum seekers and refugees responding to questions put to them on the resettlement deal. The report included claims the… Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound ... Read More »

Royal commission asked to make damning findings against school and Hollingworth

A royal commission investigating historical child sex abuse has been asked to make damning findings against Queensland’s most prestigious school and a former governor-general. Brisbane Times Jorge Branco In submissions published on Thursday, counsel assisting said a large number of students likely would not have been abused had former Brisbane Grammar School headmaster Maxwell Howell investigated sexual abuse claims from students. Over two weeks in November 2015, the commission… Royal commission asked to make… Read More »

SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to LGBTIQ community for discrimination

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has made an apology in State Parliament to members of the LGBTIQ community who have been discriminated against because of legislation. ABC Leah MacLennan During his apology, Mr Weatherill spoke of the death of a British man, David Bulmer-Rizzi, in South Australia whose marriage was not recognised on his death certificate. Mr Bulmer-Rizzi died while honeymooning in… SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to… Read More »

Family violence, alcohol consumption and the likelihood of criminal offences

Alcohol is involved in a substantial number of family violence incidents recorded by police. Australian Policy Online Paul Sutherland, Cleave McDonald  & Melanie Millsteed However, there is a paucity of Australian research on the relative contribution of alcohol use by perpetrators and/or victims to whether or not the incident results in the perpetrator being arrested for or charged with a criminal offence. This study involved statistical analysis of… Family violence, alcohol consumption and the… Read More »

Trials delayed as ACT Supreme Court runs out of room

ACT Supreme Court cases are being delayed because of a lack of room, as the construction of a new court complex begins. ABC Elizabeth Byrne The court is at its busiest with a series of major trials in the lead up to Christmas and a lack of jury facilities has caused major logistical problems. Chief Justice Helen Murrell’s central… Trials delayed as ACT Supreme… Read More »

Parliament protesters played into the government’s hands

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s over-the-top protests at Parliament House could not have been more poorly timed. The Canberra Times David Ellery They made the rapid passage of a multi-million dollar security upgrade that will effectively deny visitors access to the building’s roof-top lawn almost a foregone conclusion. The plans, revealed by Fairfax earlier this… Parliament protesters played into… Read More »

Cord to skip elections summit, says organiser extension of Jubilee

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) principals have declined an invite to a multi-sectoral summit on elections, terming the organiser an appendage of the Jubilee administration. Daily Nation By PATRICK LANG’AT & JOHN NGIRACHU The matter also raised storm in the National Assembly when Majority Leader Aden Duale said that a… Cord to skip… Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »