Australia

Christmas Island locals concern the lack of accountability from government

Christmas Island locals say they are becoming increasingly concerned about the island’s detention centre, which now also houses foreign criminals awaiting deportation, and the lack of accountability from the federal government. For many years, the residents of Christmas Island have been caught up in Australia’s attempts to manage the flow of asylum seekers. But for the past few years, they ...

The head girl criticises her School “more and more like businesses”

The head girl of one of Australia’s most prestigious girls’ schools has sparked debate with a speech accusing it of putting profits before students. Sarah Haynes used her year-end speech to accuse Ravenswood School of peddling an unrealistic image of perfection. The speech was posted to YouTube and provoked strong responses, both positive and negative, on social media. The school ...

Australian Muslims experience much higher rates of racism than other Australians

Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination and verbal slurs at three times the rate of all other Australians, a study that is the first of its kind in the country has found. Nearly two thirds of Muslims surveyed had been subjected to racism, with one in 10 reporting such encounters as happening “often or very often”. Despite much higher rates of experiencing racism than the Australian average, nearly 86 per cent felt ...

Sydney woman dies at music festival and 70 people were charged with drug offences

Police have blamed the death of a 25-year-old Sydney woman on a drug overdose at the Stereosonic music festival at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. Another woman, 22, is in an induced coma in hospital after going to the same festival, where almost 70 people were charged with drug offences. The 25-year-old, from Oyster Bay, was taken from the festival to Concord Hospital, ...

Violent scenes in anti-Islam and anti-racism protests in Melbourne

At least six people were arrested on Sunday as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters faced off in simultaneous protests held across Australia. There were violent scenes in Melton, in Melbourne’s west, and weapons including knives were seized when Reclaim Australia campaigners clashed with anti-racism protesters. Police were forced to subdue some protesters with capsicum spray. Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane ...

Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national security statement

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national security statement today outlining his approach to groups like IS, also to reassure people that his Government will do everything in order to keep them safe. The plan to improve the current system was proposed more than a year ago and formally agreed to by the Commonwealth and all state and territory ...

Scott Morrison warns against ‘hot-headed’ response to Syrian crisis

Treasurer responds following former defence minister Kevin Andrews’s call for Australia to put ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria The treasurer, Scott Morrison, warned against a “hot-headed” response to the crisis in Syria, following the intervention of the former defence minister, Kevin Andrews, who has called on Australia to put boots on the ground. Andrews, an Abbott loyalist who lost ...

Labor calls for debate on involvement in Syria and Iraq – politics live

Kevin Andrews has been helpful, suggesting the government should push the United States to put troops on the ground in Syria. Two senior government members, treasurer Scott Morrison and innovation minister Christopher Pyne, have pointed out that Australia is hardly going to go at it alone. Pyne added that no one (that means Kevin) suggested such a thing the last ...

Reclaim Australia rally drowned out in Brisbane

Wearing Australian flags as capes and flashing chest tattoos proclaiming ‘Anzac’, the organisers of the Brisbane Reclaim Australia rally were forced to let Jimmy Barnes vocals do the talking for them, when their microphone failed to launch. Emma Miller Place, just outside the CBD, was home to duelling rallies on Sunday, with fences and a strong police line dividing Reclaim Australia supporters from the counter ...

Man charged after baby allegedly beaten and burnt

A 10-month-old baby boy sustained “horrendous” water burns to 40 per cent of his body in circumstances that investigators are treating as domestic violence, police allege. The baby was at home on Castlereagh Street in Penrith on Sunday afternoon with a 23-year-old man, who had been in a relationship with the boy’s mother, Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden told reporters. Investigators, including ...

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