Australasia

George Pell media contempt case could have ‘chilling effect’ on open justice, court hears

Lawyers for 36 Australian news organisations and journalists accused of committing contempt of court over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse trial have told a hearing the case could have a… Emma Younger ABC The news outlets and individuals, including the editors of The Age and Herald Sun newspapers, are accused of breaching a suppression order which banned reporting on Cardinal Pell’s first trial until the… Barrister Matt Collins QC, representing the accused media, told the first hearing ... Read More »

Assange will cooperate with Sweden, but fight US warrant: lawyer

Julian Assange would cooperate with Swedish authorities if they reopen a rape case against him but will continue to resist any bid to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said on April 14. LONDON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet “We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up,” Jennifer Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims. “The key issue at the moment is U.S. extradition, which we have warned about for many years,” she added. The WikiLeaks ... Read More »

China takes Australia’s Huawei 5G ban to global trade umpire

Beijing: China has complained to the World Trade Organisation about Australia’s ban on Huawei participating in the 5G network. Kirsty Needham WAtoday The complaint, made at a WTO meeting in Geneva on Friday, does not mention Huawei by name but refers to Australia’s “discriminatory market access prohibition on 5G equipment”, according to the meeting’s agenda seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The complaint has been lodged with global trade umpire as the federal government has entered caretaker mode ahead of the ... Read More »

Australia needs stronger laws to deal with hate speech

The attack on the Al Noor mosque began at 1.40 in the afternoon, when most of those in attendance were at prayer. Forty-two people, ranging in age from three years old to 77 years old, died. By Gillian Triggs and Julian Burnside The Sydney Morning Herald The attack resumed about 15 minutes later at the Linwood Islamic Centre, a few kilometres from the Al Noor mosque where eight people died. A 28-year-old Australian has been charged with 50 murders. He ... Read More »

‘I did as I was told’: $1 million lawsuit against Knox for child sex abuse

Greg Dubler was just 10 years old when he was sent to board at Knox, the prestigious private school on Sydney’s upper north shore. Peter FitzSimons and Rick Feneley The Sydney Morning Herald His parents were having marriage troubles and wanted to travel to Europe together to try to work things out. Their three sons, Martin, Robert and Greg, who had been Knox day boys, were sent to board at the school for three months in 1975. Greg was the ... Read More »

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

Mary Kostakidis, a prominent Australian journalist, attended the Socialist Equality Party’s rally in Sydney yesterday, called to oppose the illegal arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and… Oscar Grenfell wsws Kostakidis has been a leading figure in the media industry for many years. Kostakidis was the main presenter for the national television program “SBS World News” for over two decades, until 2007. She is known and respected by millions of people across the country. The journalist has a lengthy record ... Read More »

UK’s Labour urges government to block Assange extradition

Labour cites case of hacker Gary McKinnon, whose extradition to the US was blocked by the UK government on human rights grounds. Ian Geoghegan Politico The U.K.’s opposition Labour Party called on the government to block the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he faces up to five years in prison for a computer hacking charge. Assange was arrested Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had been holed up for seven years after ... Read More »

The government wants to bulldoze my inheritance: 800-year-old sacred trees

To sit in a tree that saw your people birthed, massacred, and now resist is a feeling that the English language will never be able to capture Nayuka Gorrie The Guardian Victoria’s settler colonisation has been a violent and traumatic ongoing series of events on both Aboriginal people and our landscapes. Despite attempts to kill us off, assimilate us, we are still here. This truth is a thorn in the colonial side. As our physical human form persists, our land ... Read More »

DLA Piper teams up with refugee advocates for access to justice

Global firm DLA Piper has partnered with the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre to deliver its first Australia-based Know Your Rights Legal Empowerment Program. Jerome Doraisamy Lawyers Weekly DLA Piper‘s Know Your Rights program has been successfully delivered across a number of cities to date including Bangkok, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Hamburg, Cologne, Brussels, Milan, Luxembourg and Rome, and has now come Down Under. It is a “signature part” of the firm’s global pro bono practice that focuses on access to ... Read More »

Time to stop pretending: fascism is back

It is no use pretending. The signs are clear. Fascism is raising its poisonous, extremist head again. Paolo Totaro The Age To very old people like me, whose World War II experiences as children are still raw, fascism signifies many things but its essence still is intolerance of diversity. Fascism does not accept as equal, human beings of a diverse race, gender, faith, appearance, creativity, culture. WWII had its genesis in the Nazis (German fascists) rejecting as Germans, those German ... Read More »

The potential of refugee entrepreneurs is huge. But they need our help

Refugees are already equipped with the key skills to succeed in business and their contribution can be worth billions of dollars Philippe Legrain The Guardian Kinan Al Halabi arrived in Australia in 2016 as a refugee from the civil war in Syria. He spoke English, had a university degree, had taught computer science in Syria and had experience working for Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Yet his qualifications weren’t recognised in Australia and obtaining an Australian degree would have taken three ... Read More »

Julian Assange Q+A: WikiLeaks founder arrested in London

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been arrested in London and charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over his alleged role in the leaking of classified United States government documents. Gbenga Oduntan The Conversation Assange has already been found guilty of failing to surrender British police, who took him from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been living for nearly seven years, having claimed asylum there. Here’s what we know so far. Why was Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy ... Read More »

Big win for women’s reproductive freedom, but still a long way to go

This week saw a big win for women’s rights in Australia in the High Court. It is an historic step forward in the long journey for reproductive freedom for women in Australia. It’s also a timely reminder of how far we have to go. Adrianne Walters The Age In the 1970s, my nan, as a member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, pushed for the decriminalisation of abortion. She knew what it felt like to discover a pregnancy and be powerless ... Read More »

‘A dangerous precedent’: Julian Assange’s lawyer hits out at his arrest

The founder of WikiLeaks, Australian Julian Assange, has been arrested after he was kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. AFP – SBS WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s seven-year hideout in Ecuador’s London embassy ended on Thursday when British police dragged him out and arrested him on an extradition request from the United States to face hacking charges. Footage shot by the Russian video news agency Ruptly showed Mr Assange – his worn face framed by a bushy white beard ... Read More »

The outlook for the global economy goes from bright to precarious

The latest IMF report should provide sobering reading for both major parties ahead of the federal election Greg Jericho The Guardian The IMF has downgraded forecasts for economic growth across the world in its latest world economic outlook released this week. The report should provide sobering reading for both major parties ahead of the federal election as a substantial slowdown in the world economy could severely affect revenue forecasts and the ability to deliver spending commitments and tax cuts while also balancing ... Read More »

Dog whistles, regional visas and wage theft – immigration policy is again an election issue

Immigration policy will be a major issue in the 2019 federal election. We know this because immigration has featured significantly at every Australian election since the 2001 “children overboard” election. Jock Collins The Conversation David Marr and Marian Wilkinson argued in their 2003 book, Dark Victory, that willingness to play the race card in relation to boat people was a decisive factor in John Howard’s election victory. For Tony Abbott, “Stop the boats” was a major campaign theme when the ... Read More »