Pope Francis and the age of automation

19/1/17; Michael McVeigh Thousands of Australians received an unwelcome Christmas present last year, after the government issued debt-recovery letters to Centrelink clients whose benefits, the letters claimed, had been overpaid. Up to 1.7 million more letters are being sent out by the government as it makes good on its promise to improve the budget bottom […] read more…

Netanyahu visit drives the Palestine wedge deeper

21/2/17; Andra Jackson; Eureka Street Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia this week is having precisely the opposite impact to what he no doubt intended. Instead of shoring up support for Israel’s flagrant disregard for United Nations resolutions condemning its continual annexation of Palestinian land, it is driving a deep wedge into what […] read more…

Clarity beyond clericalism: Bishop Long at the Royal Commission

21/2/17; Andrew Hamilton The final sessions of the Catholic ‘wrap up’ at the Royal Commission have been dedicated to summarising and testing what has been said in previous sessions. The numbers of complaints, abusers and cases presented have been horrifying. Nothing should be allowed to minimise the evil represented in them. The panels of people […] read more…

Looking for light amid Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap-up

5/2/17; Frank Brennan – Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Garran, ACT, 5 February 2017. The response to today’s psalm is ‘A Light Rises in the Darkness for the Upright’. Listening to the media and our church leaders in recent days, we know that there is plenty […] read more…

Food waste in the age of hunger

23/2/17; Francine Crimmins This week the United Nations announced that more than 20 million people across four African countries face starvation in the coming months. UN Chief Secretary Antonio Guterres says there are currently four famine alerts including Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The UN also told the news conference they had managed to […] read more…

Sifting the scat of Trump’s first ten days

31/1/17; Andrew Hamilton After Donald Trump’s first ten days in office the shape of his presidency is beginning to be discernible. Its final shape will be determined by how he responds to events outside his control (including those initiated by him). But what we have seen merits reflection. Much of what he has done is […] read more…

The Catholic wrap-up at the Royal Commission

12/2/17; Frank Brennan Last Monday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced its three-week examination of the causes of child sexual abuse and cover up in the Catholic Church in Australia over the last 60 years. The statistics were horrifying. Every case represented a person who claims as a child to […] read more…

Palestinian rally in Hebron sends ‘message to Trump’

25/2/17 Aljazeera Demonstrators in Hebron condemn US president’s pro-Israel stance and demand reopening of street near settler enclave. The demonstrators also called for the Israeli army to re-open a street. Dozens of Palestinians have staged a protest in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron against US President Donald Trump who has voiced strong support […] read more…

Heartbreaking, Inhumane, and Illegal: ICE Targets Woman with Brain Tumor

23/2/17; Abby Zimet, staff writer Oddly, one of the latest victims rounded up for deportation by Herr Trump’s “military operation” doesn’t quite fit his righteous boast of how, “We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country.” In fact, this time he’s getting Sara Beltran-Hernandez. […] read more…

Indigenous incarceration rates are not an intractable problem – we have the solutions

20/2/17; Shane Duffy and Antoinette Braybrook As a new series starting today in Guardian Australia today shows, communities have answers but their governments need to start listening ` Breaking the cycle: turning the tide on colonisation’s third act `More than 25 years ago the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody provided governments across Australia […] read more…

Yes, we jail too many Indigenous Australians – but what happens next is worse

22/2/17; Megan Williams @MegBastard Even more worrying than the incarceration rate is the number of people who die within days of being released All the focus on incarceration rates risks distracting from the crucial issue of healthcare in prison and support for inmates once they are released. Photograph: Alamy Amid the intense focus on the […] read more…

Yes, we jail too many Indigenous Australians – but what happens next is worse

22/2/17; Megan Williams Contact author @MegBastard Even more worrying than the incarceration rate is the number of people who die within days of being released Amid the intense focus on the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, a more profound concern has rated barely a mention. Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel […] read more…

Pope Francis: better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

24/2/17; Associated Press in Vatican City Pope criticises ‘double life’ led by some members of his own church during the sermon of his private morning mass Pope Francis has delivered another criticism of some members of his own church , suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he […] read more…

Mexican man jumps to his death after being deported from US

24/2/17; Rory Carroll in Los [email protected] The suicide of a father of three, who was working as a gardener in California, near the Tijuana-San Diego border has prompted shock and anger. The Trump administration has unveiled sweeping measures to deport millions of undocumented people. A Mexican man has leaped off a bridge and killed himself […] read more…

Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia

24/2/17; AFP Sydney Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia – Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a “war criminal”. A police helicopter hovered over the city as speakers slammed Canberra’s strong support of Netanyahu and his government. “We are […] read more…

Trump utters average of four falsehoods a day

Chris Cillizza analysis; Wellington Post; 23/2/17; & NZ herald.co.nz Donald Trump has been President for all or part of 33 days. He has averaged four falsehoods or misleading statements a day in that time. There hasn’t been a single day of Trump’s presidency in which he has said nothing false or misleading. That data, which […] read more…
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