NT Royal Commission receives new leaders

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Malcolm Turnbull’s royal commission into the Northern Territory’s youth detention system has been given a second chance with appointment of former Queensland justice, Margaret White, and Indigenous community leader Mick Gooda. Continue reading NT Royal Commission receives new leaders

Calls for greater mining safety after black lung resurgence

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A leading dust diseases lawyer has called on the mining industry to focus on stronger preventative safety measures for workers, following the re-emergence of black lung disease in Queensland. Slater and Gordon lawyer Martin Rogalski said there is now an opportunity to not only eradicate black lung but also reduce the occurrence of other respiratory diseases in the industry.

LNP cabinet sworn in

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Malcolm Turnbull’s new government is being sworn in today, but there are a couple of aspects of his new ministry that has political commentators worried. Political scientist Sarah Maddison says the increased National presence in cabinet doesn’t match up with voter’s attitudes, and the lack of female-held portfolios is disappointing, but typical of the LNP.

Chilcot report damns Iraq invasion

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After seven years of committees, the more than two million word Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq has been released. The findings are unambiguously negative; the US, Great Britain, and Australia’s reasoning for the invasion was faulty, and consequences were underestimated. Former prime minister John Howard has responded to the Chilcot report, maintaining his decision to send Australian troops into the conflict was justified at the time. Dr Marko Beljac says the report’s finding are something ordinary people already know.

A Human Rights Act for Queensland?

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Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are supporting the state government Human Rights Inquiry recommendation that the Queensland government introduce a Human Rights Act. ALHR President Benedict Coyne says the recommendation is a positive step forward, however he has some concerns about how the Act might be implemented.

New funding announced to combat domestic violence

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New funding has been announced to support domestic violence crisis centres in Brisbane and Townsville, and assist in the setup of a third shelter in Charters Towers. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said tackling domestic and family violence is a priority, and these programs have helped hundreds of women and children. Save the Children runs the Brisbane based centre, and regional co-ordinator Theresa Kellet spoke about what the funding will be used for.

Election leaves Turnbull a hollow man

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Whatever the final seat count, the 2016 election hasn’t been what Malcolm Turnbull planned. At best, Turnbull will be forming a government with only a narrow majority. In a much-less-desirable outcome, he’ll be negotiating with minor parties and independents to form a minority government in a hung parliament.

Associate Professor Sarah Maddison says the future isn’t looking great for Malcolm Turnbull. Continue reading Election leaves Turnbull a hollow man

New site simplifies political data

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As we approach the 2016 Australian Federal election, there hasn’t been a more important time to understand who is donating to our political parties. A new web site (politicaldonations.info) provides an easy way to visualise political donations over all years for which the AEC provides data. Continue reading New site simplifies political data

NDIS roll out coming soon

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A number of free videos and articles are being made available to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The national rollout of the NDIS will take place in stages from July and will eventually grow to support hundreds of thousands of Australian children. Julie Green from the Raising Children Network says their website has a range of free resources so parents can find out what the Scheme will mean for them.

Early voting opens in Australia

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The polls are open! Voting starts Tuesday 14th June for anyone eligible to vote before election day on July 2 – which is a fair portion of the electorate. Early voting was first allowed for the 1984 election. Since then, the number of people casting a ballot before polling day has been rising steadily and it’s expected to keep growing. Melbourne University’s Nick Reece says the trend will mean a change in how politicians campaign in the lead up to the election.