Archive - 2015

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Another Reason Why Australia’s Prime Minister is Unfit For Office
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Asylum seeker torture report: UN responds to Tony Abbott’s criticism
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UN: Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Breaches Torture Convention
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How Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey Plans to Justify Stealing From Poor to Give to Rich
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Another Reason Why Australia’s Prime Minister is Unfit For Office

 

Watch what @TonyAbbottMHR said about closing remote Aboriginal communities, leaving them nowhere to go. This from a man that supports public funding of wealthy private schools, tax-free status for religious institutions, and billion-dollar tax refunds for billionaires:

 

Read the story here: http://ab.co/1BotCuo

Asylum seeker torture report: UN responds to Tony Abbott’s criticism


UN reply

Mr Mendez is a human rights lawyer who survived torture under Argentina’s military junta in the 1970s.

In 1975 he was blindfolded and shoved in a car and taken for nearly three days of questioning by Argentinian intelligence officials. Interrogators gave him electric shocks and at one point put a gun in his mouth to try to force him to reveal information about his work and associates.

The report also found that recent changes to the Maritime Powers Act to give the government the power to detain asylum seekers at sea and return them violated the convention.

“I think people who are detained in the high seas and subject to prolonged detention on the basis of their status and not given a fair opportunity to make their case that they should not be sent back to a country where they might face torture,” Mr Mendez said on Tuesday.

“I think it is my duty to tell Australia that, at least in that respect and in respect of keeping children in detention, that policy needs to be corrected.”

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/asylum-seeker-torture-report-united-nations-special-rapporteur-juan-mendez-responds-to-tony-abbott-criticism-20150310-13zrwz.html

UN: Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Breaches Torture Convention

TortureAustralia is systematically violating the international Convention Against Torture by detaining children in immigration detention, and holding asylum seekers in dangerous and violent conditions on Manus Island, a United Nations report has found.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/09/un-reports-australias-immigration-detention-breaches-torture-convention

How Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey Plans to Justify Stealing From Poor to Give to Rich

Fat BastardThe 2015 intergenerational report provides the clearest possible example of the maxim “garbage in garbage out”. While the Treasurer is adamant that his first (and likely last) IGR shows what happens if you let Labor into government, what the report really shows is how meaningless economic forecasts are when they are based on dodgy modelling and meaningless assumptions.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/03/05/hockeys-igr-meaningless-forecasts-based-on-magical-thinking/

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