Category Archives: EDITORIAL

Dr Joyce Chia on Australian High Court’s Refugee Stance

Dr Joyce Chia, from the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, spoke and answered questions from a live audience on Thursday evening at Sydney’s ‘Politics in the Pub’, regarding surprising developments earlier that day in Australia’s High Court. In her article for the Guardian, entitled ‘High court verdict spells the end for Australian immigration detention as we know it’, she made clear the implications of the Court’s verdict. Continue reading

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Antony Loewenstein on Gaza

According to Antony Loewenstein and Noam Chomsky, liberal Zionists and the younger generation have become increasingly uncomfortable with the actions of the Israeli State and its US backers. Listen here to the talk Antony recently gave at ‘Politics in the Pub’ in Sydney, on the subject of Gaza under attack. Continue reading

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Visit the Aboriginal Embassy in Sydney

I caught up with Jenny Munro, Wirajuri Elder, and her friend Judex at the new Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Redfern, near Sydney. She extended an invitation to one and all, to visit and camp around the Embassy, on the condition that Aboriginal protocols and camp rules are respected while on the grounds – and grounds they are for visiting, giving “million dollar view” of the city. Continue reading

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“Australian Government Crisis!” say We the People…

50,000 people have just rallied across Australia to protest the Abbott Government’s extreme Budget cuts and levies. It appears that all three of the other major Parties have been shocked into contemplating an Alliance to block the Budget and remove the government, whose choices have almost exclusively threatened the country’s most vulnerable: the young, the old, the sick, the poor, students, refugees and the environment. Continue reading

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Palantir Technologies – The Philosopher’s Stoned

Palantir Technologies, is a premium Silicon Valley start-up, whose business it’s been to write clever software to track your digital footprints, and then JOIN THE DOTS to predict who you are, and where you might go next. Its directors are Peter Thiel, Mr Paypal-Facebook, and Alex Karp an “eccentric philosopher” who has turned their Palo Alto head-quarter into a replica of The Shire. If it sounds like a fairy story, it’s not. Palantir’s software has been labelled the KILLER APP. It was used to hunt down and murder Osama Bin Laden. Continue reading

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SPIES IN THE SKIES – Wars Crimes Alert for Australia

Our Intelligence Facility at Pine Gap is jointly run, and shares its SIGINT (signals intelligence) with another nation: the US. It’s supposed to be an open exchange, not only with the US, but other countries that form the 5 Eyes group: Canada, the UK and New Zealand. But history has shown that exchange to be uneven in nature, with the US Executive ultimately deciding what information will be shared. By contrast, our Prime Ministers have never been allowed to enter the building at Pine Gap. Continue reading

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Sister Susan Connelly speaks out for Australia’s Refugees

Sister Susan Connelly delivered a moving and instructive speech yesterday to 4000 rain-drenched Sydney-siders, who had come to the Palm Sunday rally to show their support for Australia’s refugees. Susan is one of the five Sisters of St Joseph, who have taken on the Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission to bring basic education to the children of East Timor. Continue reading

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NOT A FUNNY SUBJECT… Stand-up comedian Carlo Sands on Australia’s Refugees

NOT A FUNNY SUBJECT… Stand-up comedian Carlo Sands on Refugees Continue reading

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EVENT: BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND by David Bradbury, Friday March 28

Blowin’ in the Wind examines the secret treaty that allows the US military to train and test its weaponry on Australian soil. It looks at the impact of recycled uranium weapons and the far-reaching physical and moral effects on every Australian. The film’s release has been timely as the government currently moves to approve more uranium mines while arguing the contrary – that by going nuclear we are being both ‘safe’ and ‘green’. Continue reading

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Citizens may take action over rough treatment in Victorian Parliament

ALP MP Gavin Jennings has condemned the call for the removal of the public from the Gallery of the Victorian Parliament last week, during the Summary Offences Act debate. He immediately entered testimony into Hansard, that he had only on rare occasions, heard “chortling” or “clapping”, and deemed the President’s description of “dangerous and provocative behaviour” a misrepresentation of the facts. Two men and two women said they wanted to stay and hear all of the debate, under the reasonable assumption that they had done nothing to warrant eviction from the Gallery, but a 30-man special task force was called in, with guns and tasers, to forcibly remove them. Continue reading

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