Paul Farrell Senior Reporter at Buzzfeed Australia (19 February 2018) reports that United Nations rapporteurs are seriously concerned about the impact of the Turnbull government’s new security law, and its effect on freedom of the press.
Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough. Continue reading Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink
By Joe Montero
Since this article was written, Barnaby Joyce has announced his retirement, on the grounds that he “can’t take it anymore.” As indicated below, the situation had developed to the point where his own team pulled the knife in him. It is likely that he was given the option to leave or be pushed. He took the first.
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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has warned that increasing the punishment of the unemployed, will result in worsening poverty and joblessness. Continue reading Welfare overhaul will increase poverty and unemployment
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is appealing for support to help get action for the protection of our oceans. Continue reading It’s time to open their eyes about the threat to our oceans
This article from From DW (13 February 2018) concerns the release of the findings of a study by the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which is based in the United States. This adds to the mountain of evidence that shows the planet is warming. The co-authors on the study came from the University of South Florida, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Old Dominion University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
The following from Sam Levin ( The Guardian 9 February 2018 San Francisco), gives an account of how during a court case, evidence of collusion between the police and odious hate organisations has come to light.
By Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)
“Canada’s $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and people’s rights in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018. Continue reading Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations