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Migrants to the rescue of Victoria’s economy as housing slump digs in

Victoria’s population boom, with nearly 85,000 overseas migrants settling here in the 12 months to September 2018, is keeping the state’s economy out of trouble as the property market… Noel Towell The Age More than a third of Australia’s 240,000 overseas migrants last year made their way to Victoria, with most of the new arrivals settling in Melbourne and keeping the state’s economic engines… But there are worrying signs that the housing slump is eating away at consumer confidence, according ... Read More »

Access to justice and election agendas

With just three weeks to go, Lawyers Weekly has taken a look at what the major parties think of access to justice as a federal election issue. The Bar Grace Ormsby Lawyers Weekly Liberal Party According to the Liberal Party’s website, there is no consideration of the justice system specifically as an election policy. Despite this, the current government, now in caretaker mode until the election takes place, has cited the “combating of violence against women and children as remaining ... Read More »

China is attempting a large-scale rewriting of history

Burning maps, which is instrumental to China’s actions in the future, is an inseparable part of this project. Prabhakar Singh The Telegraph On March 26, the Press Trust of India reported that the People’s Republic of China has destroyed some 30,000 old maps. Printed in China, the allegedly “incorrect” maps had depicted Taiwan as a separate state and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India. Such unprecedented, large-scale map burning mimics State-sponsored rewriting of history textbooks. The burning of maps has, ... Read More »

No Ever Closer Union

Pro-Europeans have long avoided a debate on the end goal of EU integration. Heinrich August Winkler Berlin Policy Journal It’s time for honesty: ever closer cooperation between member states is the only realistic way forward. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections, none of the German political parties has shown quite as much ambition as the Free Democratic Party (FDP). In its election program, adopted at the end of January 2019, the pro-business liberal party calls for the convening ... Read More »

White House ignores Erdoğan’s proposal for S-400 working group in readout

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put forward a proposal to create a working group on the Russian S-400 air defence system during phone call with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on… Tiny Url Ahval The Turkish President “brought up the proposal to establish a working group regarding the procurement of the S-400 defence system from the Russian Federation,” Ankara’s statement on the… The White House approximately 3 hours after the release of the Turkish statement, sent out a readout for ... Read More »

Slow cinema: what it is and why it’s on a fast track to the mainstream in a frenetic world

It feels apt that Claire Denis’s new film, High Life is reportedly an idea she’d been toying with for 15 years. Andrew Russell The Conversation The movie is already drawing comparison to Solaris, a science fiction film by the seminal slow cinema director Andrei Tarkovsky. Denis has dabbled with slow cinema aesthetics before. Her 2009 film White Material portrays a struggling female coffee producer who elects not to flee an impending civil war. The cinematography revels in stillness and quietude. ... Read More »

Zambia: debt, unpaid salaries and a poor harvest have sown seeds of crisis

In the volatile landscape of southern Africa, Zambia is often overlooked. It played a huge role in the liberation struggles of its neighbours. Stephen Chan The Conversation The ANC, banned in South Africa by the apartheid government, established its exile headquarters in Lusaka. The SWAPO movement, fighting for a free Namibia, was also headquartered there. Joshua Nkomo’s wing of the armed struggle in Zimbabwe was there, too. In the 19th century, Zambia was deeply influenced by Cecil Rhodes and his ... Read More »

Navy needs more warships to patrol WPS—solon

The Philippine Navy needs more warships to guard the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea against potential foreign threats, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, a… Rio N. Araja and Nat Mariano Manila Standard “The Philippine Navy has to establish a credible presence there—in terms of combat ships—if we are to discourage foreign seaborne threats, including poachers,” he said amid reports that several… “The reality is, the Navy lacks battle-ready ships. This is why we are ... Read More »

Guide to the classics: Orwell’s 1984 and how it helps us understand tyrannical power today

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. Robert Hassan The Conversation As novel-openers go, they don’t come much better than this one in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. See how the unexpected “striking ... Read More »

The very big business of organised crime costing Australians millions a year

Australians were tricked out of nearly half a billion dollars by scammers in 2018 with reported losses the “tip of the iceberg”, said Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) deputy… Julie Power The Age/The Sydeney Morning Herald/The Canberra Times She attributed a 44 per cent spike in losses – a $149 million increase – by consumers and businesses to increasingly sophisticated scammers: “They’re organised crime, they’re very big business and they’re very tech… To avoid detection by banks and money ... Read More »

Synagogue gunman ‘inspired by NZ attacks’

The young man accused of carrying out a deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue is said to have been inspired by the Australian who allegedly committed the Christchurch mosque attacks. Australian Associated Press The Canberra Times The gunman walked into the suburban San Diego synagogue late on Saturday morning, the last day of the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing… He gave himself up to police shortly after the shooting, authorities say. ... Read More »

London Marathon hands out edible water capsules to reduce plastic bottle waste

Organisers hope to reduce number of plastic bottles on course by more than 215,000 Sarah Young The Independent Thousands of edible water bottles were handed out at the London Marathon today in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The aftermath of the marathon is usually a sea of plastic waste as thirsty runners attempt to stay hydrated by drinking from then discarding bottles of water as they go. Bu for the 2019 London Marathon, organisers arranged for participants to be handed edible pods ... Read More »

Sudan protesters, army rulers in breakthrough talks over civil rule

Sudanese protesters April 28 welcomed a breakthrough in talks with army rulers who agreed to form a joint civilian-military council, paving the way for a civilian administration as… KHARTOUM – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The agreement would replace the existing 10-member military council that took power after the army ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir on April 11 amid massive protests. “What happened yesterday is a step to have a civilian authority,” said Mohamed Amin, one of thousands of demonstrators who have been ... Read More »

Would a nuclear war erupt over South China Sea dispute?

Islets of desire: There are far too many warships in the disputed maritime territory Jay Hilotin, Web Editor  and  Christian Borbon, Web Producer Gulf News “Mischief” means “a cause of harm, evil, irritation”. A reef (rock, sand or coral just above or below the sea surface) called Mischief has many other names — it’s called Meiji Jaio by China; Panganiban by the Philippines, Meiji Reef by Taiwan; and Da Vahn Khan by Vietnam. Names and wordings are a big deal in ... Read More »

‘We didn’t bring our children here to die’: Natalina Angok remembered at second Melbourne vigil

Bunches of pink flowers clasped in shivering hands burst through a sea of black coats and grey scarves at the vigil for Natalina Angok at Federation Square last night. By Matilda Boseley and Joe Hinchliffe The Age Pink was Ms Angok’s favourite colour. Around 200 people attended a vigil at Federation Square for Ms Angok, a 33-year-old Geelong woman whose body was discovered in a Chinatown alleyway on Wednesday morning. Her aunt, Teresa Kau, said the family had to trust Ms Angok ... Read More »

Nauru counsellor escaped a refugee camp only to put himself back in a detention centre

Riziki Saidi has plenty of reasons to never want to set foot in a refugee camp again. Instead, he decided to return to work as a torture and trauma counsellor at the Australian Government’s detention centre on Nauru. Gabriella Marchant ABC He would like to go back there again after recently finishing a 12-month contract on the Pacific island. Mr Saidi spent eight years raising six children in a camp with his wife, Mwajemi, after a harrowing journey fleeing their ... Read More »