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PRISM, Snowden and Government Surveillance

By Lavanya Rathnam Edward Snowden, one of the most famous whistleblowers of our times, brought to light the many surveillance programs and other snooping activities of the U.S. government. This former intelligence officer revealed top secret documents to Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and Laura Poitras, a freelance journalist, in May 2013 at a hotel […]

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Not always and only broken: some responses to Roger Cohen’s New York Times article

– by Janet Galbraith with Behrouz Boochani “I don’t want to be written as a broken man”, says Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish journalist and writer incarcerated in Australia’s immigration prison camp in Papua New Guinea, after reading Roger Cohen’s ‘Broken Men in Paradise’ published December 9, 2016 in The New York Times.  “I have punched the […]

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Ground breaking project achieves 100 per cent record in the prevention of child removals

One in 9 of Perth’s Aboriginal children are in the care of the state, removed by child protection authorities but an unfunded advocacy service is leading the way with a thus far 100 per cent track record of keeping children with their families. Since February, the Perth-based First Nations Homelessness Project and Advocacy Service has […]

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Safe Schools makes schools – wait for it – safer

by Seb Starcevic Who wants to play Monopoly, the Safe Schools edition? Every time someone mentions “radical gender theory,” “leftist agenda” or “social engineering,” advance one space. Do not pass go. Bonus points whenever an ultra-conservative senator appears on an ABC program to rail against the program. Watching the drama unfold over the past few […]

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Categories Politics
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Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World’s 60 Million Refugees

In Brussels, more than 1,200 people protest against Europe’s unwillingness to do more about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, April 23rd, 2015. – Amnesty International. Today, one in every 122 humans living on the planet is a refugee, an internally displaced person, or an asylum-seeker. In 2014, conflict and persecution forced a staggering 42,500 persons per […]

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Notes from Kabul

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t. One […]

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Transport Minister Nalder’s recent public declaration to legalise uber failed the Litmus “reason” Test.

Notwithstanding the current chaotic under regulated Western Australian transit market place, has been the recent decision by the beleaguered transport minister to openly declare the government’s intention to legalise uber. On the 18th of this month Minister Nalder officially announced that uber would legally be incorporated into the transit sector, albeit that its participation would […]

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Dramatic modifications for the taxi industry have been a work in progress -but who will really benefit?

For better or for worse, the Western Australian Taxi Industry is currently going through a revolutionary transit transformation process. Many fragments of this transformation had been ambiguously foreshadowed some years ago, but it was the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), cumulative demand for transit options and advent of the uber effect that eventually fuelled the need […]

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‘White Lives Matter’ only? Swastikas cannot be let slide

The Ethnic Communities Council Western Australia (ECCWA) is staggered by the increasing hostilities among peoples, the growing divides borne of racism. It is getting ugly. ECCWA is responding with the launch of a whistleblowing website on racist acts. The Racial Vilification Act, the Racial Discrimination Act overall have been ineffective. The Australian Human Rights Commission […]

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Ethnic Communities Council views Bill Leak’s cartoon as racism

The Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA), and one of its former chiefs, anti-racism campaigner Suresh Rajan, view Bill Leak’s cartoon in The Australian yesterday depicting starving Indians chopping up and eating solar panels sent to the developing nation as coveted in racial slurs. The solar panels to India are in addition to providing power […]

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