Human Rights

Australia-East Timor relationship: how important is it? Brandis meets with alleged war criminal Wiranto in West Papua

On August 11, 2016 Australia's top lawmaker Federal Attorney-General Geroge Brandis visited the Indonesian-controlled province of West Papua and dined with ex-General Wiranto (Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs) in the capital Jayapura.

Australia-East Timor relationship: how important is it? Brandis meets with alleged war criminal Wiranto in West Papua

On August 11, 2016 Australia's top lawmaker Federal Attorney-General Geroge Brandis visited the Indonesian-controlled province of West Papua and dined with ex-General Wiranto (Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs) in the capital Jayapura.

Breaking: High court convicts Baden Clay of murder and more Zedlines

The high court of Australia has found Gerard Baden Clay had intent to kill his wife. This ruling means the charge previously downgraded to manslaughter will be once again be raised to murder. (Source: News.Yahoo)

Breaking: High court convicts Baden Clay of murder

The high court of Australia has found Gerard Baden Clay had intent to kill his wife.

This ruling means the charge previously downgraded to manslaughter will be once again be raised to murder.

Baden Clay has now exhausted all legal avenues.

QLD Government plan to make Easter Sunday a public holiday

Legislative changes are to be introduced by the Palaszczuk government in an attempt to make Easter Sunday a public holiday.

Kalgoorlie community in mourning and more zedlines

Kalgoorlie community leaders have called for calm after a violent riot broke out yesterday outside the town’s courthouse. Rioters were expressing their frustration at local authorities after the man who struck and killed a 14 year old boy on a motorcycle was charged with manslaughter. Source: (facebook)

Kalgoorlie community in mourning

Kalgoorlie community leaders have called for calm after a violent riot broke out yesterday outside the town’s courthouse.

Rioters were expressing their frustration at local authorities after the man who struck and killed a 14 year old boy on a motorcycle was charged with manslaughter.

Many police officers were injured as residents threw rocks and bottles, with the tone of outrage changing later in the day with a candlelit vigil for the boy, Elijah Doughty.

Dead baby mistakenly cremated and more Zedlines

A stillborn baby has been mistakenly cremated at North Shore Hospital in Sydney following a body mix-up that has denied the parents the ability to bury their child. The discovery came after the child’s body tag was found on an older woman, authorities realising a mistake had been made.

Dead baby mistakenly cremated

A stillborn baby has been mistakenly cremated at North Shore Hospital in Sydney following a body mix-up that has denied the parents the ability to bury their child.

The discovery came after the child’s body tag was found on an older woman, authorities realising a mistake had been made.

A full investigation is underway and a spokesperson for the North Shore Hospital has offered condolences for the family.

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Labor to push same sex marriage bill and more zedlines

The Federal Opposition have lodged a motion for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage. The first opportunity for the bill to be debated will be during private members’ business on September 12.

Labor to push same sex marriage bill

The Federal Opposition have lodged a motion for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage.

The first opportunity for the bill to be debated will be during private members’ business on September 12.

The bill comes in stark opposition to the Coalition’s plan for a plebiscite on marriage equality which looks increasingly unlikely to pass with the Greens and four crossbenchers indicating they will vote against it.

Victoria set to ban fracking and more Zedlines

Premier Daniel Andrews says the risks associated with fracking are simply too high, and the legislation is designed to protect farmers.

Local Vietnamese groups donate to UN

Brisbane’s Vietnamese community has pooled together with fellow Vietnamese communities across Australia to make a sizable donation to the United Nations refugee agency.

Between Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s Vietnamese community pledged a total of five-hundred thousand dollars.

The donation was presented to UNHCR national director Naomi Steer at a Vietnamese community fundraising dinner in Sydney.  

LNP may put Pauline before Palaszczuk and other Zedlines

Pauline Hanson may receive a huge boost at state level, with the LNP discussing placing One Nation candidates above Labor on how-to-vote cards. Image source: Free Aussie Stock

LNP may put Pauline before Palaszczuk

The Liberal National Party has announced they may preference Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party above Labor at the next state election.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the LNP will be doing all in their power to prevent the Palaszczuk Government winning a second term, which may involve preferencing Labor members last in a number of key seats.

This follows a threat from Pauline Hanson to have One Nation supporters preference all sitting MPs last at the next election, regardless of party affiliation.

Amatrice death toll reaches 250 and more Zedlines

Following Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice, officials have stated the death toll is now at 250. Image source: wikimedia commons

Amatrice earthquake death toll reaches 250

The death toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy now stands at 250, with rescue workers pessimistic about the chance of finding any more survivors as aftershocks continue to rock the region.

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change and more Zedlines

The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change. Image: Flickr, Nonprofit Organizations

Open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball regarding climate change
The Australian National University published an open letter signed by 154 environmental scientists addressed to Malcolm Turnbull espousing the threat posed by climate change.

The letter, which began with the line “There is no Planet B” pointed out the global temperatures this July were the hottest in 136 years, and the “unprecedented” rise in global greenhouse gasses.

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