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Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of Everything Wrong With Politics

Joyce’s pork-barrelling goes beyond that of others, harming those he claims to speak for. It also undermines the already weak faith in our democratic system, writes Max Chalmers. New Matilda Max Chalmers Barnaby Joyce should send George Brandis a heartfelt thank you this weekend. The Attorney-General’s ruinous week from hell has distracted from Barnaby Joyce Is The Self-Serving Face Of… Read More »

Consideration of Romney for State Dept. draws scorn from some Trump loyalists

President-elect Donald Trump is for now unswayed by the extraordinarily public revolt by some of his top advisers and allies over the possible choice of Mitt Romney as secretary of state and continues to see his foe as a serious contender for the diplomatic post, several people briefed on the deliberations said Monday. The Washington Post By Philip Rucker and John Wagner Romney plans to have a private dinner Tuesday with… Consideration of Romney… Read More »

Victims caught in legal catch-22s after reporting sexual abuse to authorities

The royal commission examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard from survivors who were caught in a legal “catch-22s” after they reported their abusers. ABC Michelle Brown The inquiry is looking at how aspects of the legal system could be reformed to provide better outcomes for abuse victims, without prejudicing the right of the accused to a fair trial. Two survivors told the inquiry they had spent years trying to… Victims caught in legal catch-22s after… Read More »

Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ABC Michelle Brown Last year, the commission examined the experiences of two abuse survivors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. It also looked at evidence from case files that… Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. ICG To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal. Executive Summary President Obama has a final chance to shape his legacy as a… Israel/Palestine: Parameters… Read More »

Trump claims ‘serious’ fraud, says millions voted illegally

President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Nov. 27 of serious U.S. voter fraud and said “millions of people” had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter. Hurriyet Trump’s shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the… Trump claims ‘serious… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten unite against Indigenous domestic violence in bipartisan display

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor Leader Bill Shorten have linked arms with MPs from across the political spectrum to unite against staggering rates of domestic violence inflicted on Indigenous Australians. ABC Dan Conifer Politicians from both houses and major parties joined together on the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra this morning. The bipartisan display was part of the… Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten unite against… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

Publishing fake news has proven a lucrative business model — with very real consequences. Crikey Myriam Robin Did you see the heartwarming story that the founder of Corona beer left millions of dollars to everyone in his small town in his will? It was widely reported — the perfect story for sharing on Facebook. The problem is that, like the story of… News, news everywhere, but not a… Read More »

FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for domestic violence legal services in Australia?

The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9.35pm. The Conversation Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on Facebook or by email. In response to a question regarding violence against… FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for… Read More »

Child abuse survivor worries community ‘fatigued’ by issue

A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform. ABC David Marchese Peter Gogarty was abused by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales Hunter region as a child and now spends his time advocating for other survivors. He will address a hearing of… Child abuse survivor worries… Read More »