He died alone, a young man in a Sydney hospital bed thousands of kilometres from home, a victim of exploitation, poverty and a disease belonging in the pages of a 19th century medical text — tuberculosis. When a doctor phoned the man’s family in India to say that he wouldn’t … Continue reading
“Hate campaigns” are detracting from the reputation of Australia’s $13bn halal industry overseas, according to one of the country’s largest Islamic certifiers, which says anti-halal campaigners are “manipulating the public to harm the Australian economy”.
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Even for the Abbott government the inconsistencies in the latest “war on environmental vigilantes and saboteurs” are astonishing. And the slapstick nature of its attempt to use the issue as a political wedge is up there with Laurel and Hardy.
The head of Federal Parliament’s key security and intelligence committee has put controversial, UK-style secret courts for terrorism cases on the political agenda, saying such an approach balances national security with judicial fairness.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security is set to report this week on the government’s controversial bill to strip dual nationals involved in terrorist activities of their Australian citizenship.
Everything in moderation, including ideology. Unless you’re a Liberal Party minister. Mathew Kenneally explains. In an opinion attacking Victoria’s Human Rights Charter, the then High Court Justice Dyson Heydon compared human rights to narcotics: The odour of human rights sanctity is sweet and addictive. It is a comforting drug stronger … Continue reading
There is an urban legend about boiling frogs, and it goes like this. If you put a frog in a pan of cold water and slowly, slowly turn up the heat, the frog will sit there quite calmly until it boils to death. Creeping cultural change is like that. It’s … Continue reading
It is not your ordinary after-school job. It is the year 2000, and Daniel Kerr is under pressure from his mum to get part-time work. The 15-year-old schoolboy wouldn’t mind a few extra dollars given he needs a new set of wheels; he does, after all, have a habit of … Continue reading
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says claims by an Australian guard that asylum seekers at Nauru detention centre were water-boarded are “unsubstantiated” and the firm at the centre of the allegation strenuously denies the assertion.