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Australia’s poor old women

September 25, 2020 - 20:00 -- Admin

By Jane Caro   Despite women facing the wage gap, eventual poverty and possible homelessness, the government is quite happy to blame us for our fate. As soon as the Federal Government understood that millions of Australians were likely to find themselves living on unemployment benefits for the foreseeable future, they realised just how politically untenable…

Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies

September 25, 2020 - 16:32 -- Admin

September 24. Central Criminal Court, London. The lion’s share of today’s Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange’s extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US…

Industrial relations reform talks breached again as deadline approaches

September 25, 2020 - 16:29 -- Admin

With less than a week to go in the scheduled agenda for the industrial relations reforms negotiations which have been ongoing since early June, Sally McManus – national secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) – has voiced her displeasure over an apparent breakdown in the talks which have been primarily featuring union…

The big lie

September 24, 2020 - 20:00 -- Admin

By Leonie Saunders   A little over two weeks have passed since I listened intently to the presenter of the ABC’s Statewide Drive program, Nicole Chvastek interview the owner of a popular Kyneton restaurant to get his opinion of the COVID-19 Roadmap aimed at taking Victoria out of lockdown that Premier Andrews announced the previous day.…

Assange’s Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons

September 24, 2020 - 18:00 -- Admin

September 23. Central Criminal Court, London. Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey. In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act…

The forced sterilisation of women in detention is nothing new

September 24, 2020 - 17:50 -- Admin

By Mikayla Chadwick   The headlines may have shocked the world, but the forced sterilisation of immigrants in detention centres is not new, nor should it be surprising. The Irwin Country Detention Center (ICDC), a prison facility that detains immigrants in Georgia, has been subject to complaints about human rights violations for many years. This month, whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a…

The $3.5 billion investment in the NBN is not an upgrade

September 24, 2020 - 12:57 -- Admin

By Laurie Patton   The Coalition has announced that a further $3.5 billion will be poured into the NBN. But, don’t get it twisted, this is not an upgrade. In the end, it was inevitable. The government couldn’t risk heading into another election with the NBN in the mess that has resulted from Tony Abbott’s fateful instruction to…

Assange’s Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture

September 24, 2020 - 10:00 -- Admin

September 22. Central Criminal Court, London. Today, the prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud. The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts…