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Policy primers: what you need to know before election day

Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote. What are the parties promising on issues ranging from tax to education to infrastructure? Click through below to find out… Source: Policy primers: what you need to know before election day Read More »

Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started

Bernie Sanders’ revolution is hardly over. He has more power than ever and millions of foot-soldiers ready to push his agenda, says Jordan Chariton.. Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for “The Young Turks” news show… Source: Bernie Sanders real campaign is just getting started—commentary Read More »

The noble aim of open justice and the public’s right to know

In high-profile court cases there is much we never get to hear about. Do we wrap our jurors in cotton wool, and what is the public’s right to know?.. Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes more grandly put it, “the public’s ... Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Consumer benefits fuelled by low oil price, fail to reach poorest Somalis dependent on public transport.. Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the city and its residents… Source: Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global ... Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges

Commissioner Karmenu Vella tells MEP country must not back out of commitment.. The European Commission has insisted Ireland cannot abolish water charges without breaching European law. In a written response to MEP Marian Harkin, the Commission said Ireland had committed to water charges in 2010 and it could not revert on that… Source: EU to Ireland: You cannot go back on water charges  Read More »

‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum

Since the EU referendum results revealed the UK voted Leave, reports online have emerged of an anti-foreign sentiment.. A number of incidents where people have experienced hostility because of the colour of their skin and their ethnic background have been shared online… Source: ‘Go back home’ – Bitter backlash post EU referendum – BBC News Read More »

Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.. The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was at Bilaspur to highlight achievements of the Modi… Source: Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa | The Financial Express Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

PM: Malaysia well-positioned to face any volatility post-Brexit referendum

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has sound fundamentals, diversified economic structure and ample liquidity in its financial markets, is well-positioned to face any volatility following the UK referendum result, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am confident we will be able to weather this period of uncertainty. The government will also continue to strengthen the economy and further our fiscal reforms,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said exit from the 28-nation European Union (EU) would not ... Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future

The French Australian Preschool is calling on the community to help raise a $1 million shortfall needed to safeguard its future. The privately run preschool and its vast outdoor play area hold 40 years of fond memories for thousands of graduates and 128 current students… Source: French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future Read More »