By Thom Mitchell and Chris Graham And you thought Workchoices was bad. Be grateful you’re not a foreign worker doing construction for a company run by a BRW 200 Rich Lister. Thom Mitchell and Chris Graham report. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has forced the federal government … Continue reading
Papua New Guinea’s government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected. As the first six Manus Island refugees move into transitional housing ahead of resettlement, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the majority of those still in detention were … Continue reading
It’s over. It’s now impossible to satirise Tony Abbott | Comment is free | The Guardian.
By Bob Ellis Only Sarah Palin has run a campaign as crazy as Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s and now only Rupert Murdoch can save him, writes Bob Ellis. Only Sarah Palin has run a campaign as crazy as Campbell Newman’s. It may well be that Murdoch will save him. Certainly, … Continue reading
By Lyn Bender. Australia’s treatment of refugees on Manus Island has disturbing similarities to the treatment of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany before World War II says Lyn Bender, whose parents fled Poland before the War. As Tony Abbott praises the great work of guards in riot gear rushing in … Continue reading
Naomi Fryers explains why she broke up with her service provider and how her life has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Dear Disability Service Provider (staff and management alike), You came into my life like a light of hope on the horizon when I was vulnerable. Following the … Continue reading
For services to having lots of money: Australia Day honours list announced | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian.
Penalty rates, the minimum wage and the workplace flexibility of 11.5 million Australian workers will come under the microscope in a sweeping review of the industrial relations system. In an interview to mark the launch of five issues papers that set out the key areas the inquiry will put under … Continue reading
By Bob Ellis On Manus, there are a 100, 300, 700 men – some of them fathers of children, all of them sons of mothers – thirsting to death. Some have willed their organs to sick Australians, so some part of them will get here though they, while alive, do … Continue reading
Seven-hundred men taking part in a week-old hunger strike and protest; unconscious bodies strewn over the ground from lack of stretchers; between 30 and 40 cases of stitched lips; parched asylum seekers desperately grabbing for the water bottles placed tauntingly just beyond their reach. The scale of the humanitarian disaster … Continue reading