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Australia

2020

22

Feb

ALP acts against powerbroker who ‘attacked, racially vilified’ members

The Labor Party’s powerful administrative committee has moved to discipline an ALP powerbroker accused of attacking and racially vilifying party members. Socialist Left figure Jasvinder Sidhu has been referred to the party’s internal disputes tribunal over comments he made at a private branch meeting last month, with the administrative committee saying if Labor did not […]

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Country: Australia
Source: TRT Haber , The Age

17

Feb

Australian public broadcaster loses legal challenge

In June, police searched the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the home of a newspaper journalist over articles which relied on leaks from government whistleblowers. The raids sparked a public outcry and protests across the nation’s media. However, the Federal Court of Australia has ruled the searches were legal. ABC’s managing director David Anderson said […]

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Country: Australia
Source: Milliyet , BBC

2019

04

Dec

‘Medevac’ law: Australia denies medical evacuations for refugees

Australia has controversially repealed a law which allowed sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. The government’s push to scrap the “medevac” law – passed by opposition MPs in February – has drawn criticism as cruel and inhumane. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued the law had presented a “national security” risk. […]

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Country: Australia
Source: AA , BBC

21

Oct

Australian newspapers black out front pages as media unites to defend press freedom

The biggest news outlets in Australia, normally fierce rivals, are uniting in support of press freedom with a campaign including blacked-out newspaper front pages and slots on prime time broadcasts. The newspapers and networks are trying to “to highlight the constraints on media organizations under strict national security legislation,” Australia’s ABC network reported. The news outlets have […]

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Country: Australia
Source: Trt Haber , CNN

05

Jun

Police raid ABC headquarters over Afghanistan stories

Police in Australia raided the headquarters of national broadcaster ABC in connection with a series of stories it ran in 2017 on accusations of unlawful killings committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The operation on Wednesday came just a day after police raided the Canberra home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst about a report […]

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Country: Australia
Source: BBC , Aljazeera

2018

30

Jan

Australia’s security bill threatens journalists and whistleblowers

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Australian government to remove secrecy and espionage provisions from a proposed national security law that could result in journalists being sent to prison just for doing their job. Several provisions in the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government plans to submit soon to […]

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Country: Australia
Source: ifex

2017

22

Aug

Austrian soldiers to stop migrants from Italy

Austria is building up a stronger police and military presence on its borders in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers trying to enter via Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Austria is sending soldiers to stop migrants coming from Italy, while Bulgaria has said the EU should “defend” its borders by “force of […]

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Country: Australia
Source: EU Observer

2016

25

Oct

‘Island of despair’: Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report

The Australian government is responsible for the deliberate and systematic torture of refugees on Nauru and should be held accountable under international law, according to a major new report informed by unprecedented access to the secretive island. Amnesty International said it had interviewed 62 refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, and more than a dozen […]

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Country: Australia
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald , Amnesty International