Society

Hamid Khazaei: Doctor wanted sick asylum seeker on Manus Island sent to Brisbane, not Port Moresby

A doctor involved in the evacuation of a sick Iranian asylum seeker from Manus Island recommended he be flown to Brisbane ahead of Port Moresby due to Papua New Guinea’s lower level of emergency care, an inquest has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… ... Read More »

How François Fillon plans to knock out Marine Le Pen

His camp aims to expose National Front leader as a ‘false conservative’ and go after her blue-collar voters. Politico By NICHOLAS VINOCUR PARIS — With former Prime Minister François Fillon on his way to the French presidential election next year, his staff is turning to the… How François Fillon… Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start

Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to flee persecution

A number of people from the LGBTQI community living in East Africa have had to flee their homes because of their sexuality. ABC Martin Cuddihy Uganda is one the most intolerant places in the world for homosexual people. Many have fled to neighbouring Kenya and are now… Escaping Uganda: Gay refugees forced to… Read More »

Romano Prodi: ‘My Commission is over’

‘Referendums are rarely about the question they ask,’ says the former prime minister and Commission president. Politico By ALBERTO MUCCI BOLOGNA, Italy — The Italian media likes to start articles about Romano Prodi with a… Romano Prodi: ‘My… Read More »

Is It Legal To Shoot Down Drones On Your Property?

A company called DroneShield recently released an ‘anti-drone’ gun (pictured above) that is designed to interfere with a drone’s signal and force it to land. Life Hacker Spandas Lui For those who value their privacy and hate the idea of drones snooping on their property, this is an alluring proposition. But is it legal to shoot a drone down if it’s on… Is It Legal To Shoot Down… Read More »

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime

South Sudanese parents in Australia are sending their children to boarding schools in Africa to escape rising youth crime rates. ABC Madeleine Morris Desperate parents have told 7.30 it is safer for their children to go to school in Kenya or Uganda than live in some Melbourne suburbs. “It is very extreme, but there are many cases where… South Sudanese parents in Australia sending… Read More »

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

Rouhani’s first target is the country’s corrupt banking system. The National Interest Farhad Rezaei From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and… How Iran Hopes… Read More »

Greens call on UK Government to contribute to child sex abuse compensation

Greens senator Rachel Siewert has said it was “extremely distressing” to hear allegations the United Kingdom government might have continued to send child migrants to Australia after being told they were being mistreated at institutions here. ABC Barbara Miller Senator Siewert said if the allegations were found to be true then the UK Government should offer to contribute to Australia’s compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse, announced earlier this month. “If the UK government continued to send ... Read More »

It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with the ‘gay panic’ defence

It’s high time, as Queenslanders, that we stood up for our gay brothers and sisters in the state. Brisbane Times Rob Pyne No matter what your opinion is on marriage equality, I think we can all agree that no gay person deserves to be bullied until they take their own life, and no gay person deserves to be murdered. The Queensland Parliament this week has… It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with… Read More »

Cooling-off periods for consumers don’t work: study

When customers are offered a “cooling off” period, they don’t change their minds, even when the alternative is considered subjectively better, our research finds. The Conversation We also found that some consumers (around 30%) only responded when contacted by the seller and asked if they would still like to opt in. Under current Australian consumer law, Australians have a… Cooling-off periods for… Read More »

Religious extremists not the only terror threat, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton says

Victoria’s top cop has warned terrorism threats are broader than religious extremism, as the likely return of foreign fighters increases the chance of an attack on Australian soil. ABC Sarah Farnswoth The warning came as experts from nine different countries, including the deputy head of French police group RAID, met in Melbourne to share knowledge of countering extremist behaviour. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said it was not just… Religious extremists not the only terror… Read More »

My country, my shame

Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »