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Australia

2021

23

Dec

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Racism against Australian Aborigines

Australia to pay £1.1m in compensation to hundreds of Aboriginal people for ‘racist’ welfare scheme. The Australian government will pay $1.4m (£1.1m) in compensation to hundreds of Aboriginal people in settling a class action suit that argued the Scott Morrison government’s “work for the dole” programme was racist. Introduced in 2015, the Community Development Programme […]

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Country: Australia
Source: TRT , Independent

01

Dec

Sexual harassment rife inside Australian parliament, report finds

One in three people working in Australia’s parliament have experienced sexual harassment, a report published on Tuesday said, following an independent inquiry into parliamentary workplace culture. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who ordered the review in February after his party came under pressure over its handling of an alleged rape inside the building, said the findings […]

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Country: Australia
Source: BBC , Reuters

25

Sep

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Australian police clash with anti-vaccine protesters

Police in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney have clashed with thousands of people protesting against Covid lockdowns. In Melbourne, mounted officers used pepper spray when elements of a 4,000-strong rally broke through police lines. Police arrested 218 people, and at least seven officers were injured. In Sydney, where lockdown measures have been extended […]

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Country: Australia
Source: , BBC

2020

01

Dec

Photo reveals Australian soldier drinking beer out of dead Taliban fighter’s prosthetic leg

Senior Australian special forces soldiers drank beer out of the prosthetic leg of a dead Taliban soldier at an unauthorised bar in Afghanistan – with a photograph of the act being revealed for the first time by Guardian Australia. A number of photographs obtained by the Guardian show one senior soldier – who is still […]

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Country: Australia
Source: SPUTNIK , The Guardian

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