Greens support Qld Premier’s vote to #LetThemStay

The Queensland Greens have expressed support for the Premier’s offer of support and assistance to asylum seekers currently in the Queensland community. Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett says Annastacia Palaszczuk is right to say that these people deserve our compassion and support.

Apple and FBI in encryption battle

The stage is set for a showdown between the FBI and Apple after the tech company’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed he will not assist the FBI in hacking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Mark Zuckerberg has defended Apple move, saying he does not believe the authorities should have backdoors to bypass encryption protection. Academic expert in computer security, Dr Suelette Dreyfus says Apple’s stance is the correct one.

Senate voting bill to be considered

The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.

Greens condemn push to allow discrimination in marriage debate

Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on the Government to reject the Australian Christian Lobby’s push to suspend anti-discrimination laws in any plebiscite on marriage equality. I spoke to the senator about this issue and its implications.

ACOSS says 2016 budget must reassess priorities

The Australian Council of Social Service, or ACOSS, released its submission to the Federal Budget on Tuesday morning, and is calling on the Government to set a new course. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie says the government must realign its spending priorities and strengthen the tax base.

Gravitational waves: confirmed

Scientists and astronomers announced they have confirmed a prediction made nearly a century ago, regarding the very fabric of our universe. Researchers at the LIGO institute in the US observed ‘gravitational waves’ using two 4km long laser detectors. Alan Duffy, a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, spoke about this discovery and what it means.

Housing body calls for urgent reform

National housing policy body National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget. National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski says a lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia.

Domestic Violence conference to discuss electronic options

Experts from across the globe will attend the eSafe Relationships conference at the University of Melbourne tomorrow to share information and ideas on the use of technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. Co-Chair of the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children and conference convenor, Professor Kelsey Hegarty says the talks will discuss the problems and determine what interventions are most needed.

Calls for super trawler ban after albatross deaths

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has expressed outrage that the Geelong Star super trawler has caught and killed vulnerable marine life, this time including endangered albatross species. AMCS Fisheries Campaigner Josh Coates says that rather than sanctions, the trawler should be banned from Australian waters.