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How to reverse Australia’s remand explosion

April 29, 2018 - 16:27 -- Admin

Jails were on the front page of the Melbourne Age last week, with news that the number of prisoners awaiting trial or sentencing in Victoria has almost doubled since Daniel Andrews’s Labor government came to power in late 2014. The state’s shadow corrections minister, Edward O’Donohue, says the blow-out reflects “chaos and dysfunction” in that state’s courts and Labor’s failure to manage heavier judicial caseloads.

One Malaysia, two Chinas

April 28, 2018 - 16:00 -- Admin

Malaysia’s official eleven-day election campaign kicked off this weekend as candidates presented themselves for nomination ahead of voting on 9 May. The Merdeka Centre and other pollsters are predicting a win for Najib Razak and his ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition, hardly a bold prediction after thirteen similar wins stretching back to Malaya’s transition to independence in the mid 1950s.

Untangling the hair trade

April 28, 2018 - 09:35 -- Admin

In Alang, the centre of India’s ship-breaking industry, they deal with ships as big as 50,000 tonnes. The people who break them up for scrap are lonely men who usually come from eastern India, attracted by better wages than they would get at home — if there were any work for them there. They have no personal attachment to or cultural beliefs about the ships they take apart.

Sleeping on it

April 27, 2018 - 12:29 -- Admin

Sleep has been a bestselling topic for a few years now, so another book on the topic — even one as good as this — comes as no surprise. Interest probably peaked with Arianna Huffington’s call to action, The Sleep Revolution, but the TED talks, special issues of New Scientist and media stories about sleep’s role in health, wellbeing and even beauty have kept rolling out.

Life, death and the pollsters’ art

April 24, 2018 - 11:08 -- Admin

When Malcolm Turnbull justified knocking off Tony Abbott as prime minister partly by referring to the Coalition’s loss of “thirty Newspolls in a row,” it turned out to be a politically unwise move. On top of that, the prime minister deserves a stern rebuke for pushing political commentary even further into meaninglessness.

The lost portrait

April 23, 2018 - 16:03 -- Admin

“I suppose you’d like to see the portrait before we have coffee.” The smiling woman who had greeted me at the door of her elegant Art Deco flat, typical of 1930s Melbourne, gestured towards the living room and ushered me in. On the wall next to the window overlooking the front garden I saw a group of four framed portraits. Three were of the same man painted by different artists.

Letters from a pilgrimage

April 23, 2018 - 12:05 -- Admin

In 1965 the Returned Services League, or RSL, and its New Zealand equivalent sponsored a three-week cruise around the Mediterranean, visiting sites of significance in Anzac memory and culminating in a landing at Anzac Cove on the fiftieth anniversary of the first one. Some 300 pilgrims signed up. A few were World War II veterans whom the tour planners enabled to visit sites of their own experience, and there were also some former nurses and some wives.