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Domestic Violence: A Red Flag for Other Violent Offending


As Police unravel the story behind Sydney woman’s Michaela Dunn’s murder, New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller mentioned to press earlier this week that the alleged perpetrator Mert Ney “had some domestic violence issues linked back to his family, that again, were not significant or serious injuries . . . but if you look …
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“Fair Go”: Morrison Moves to Bust Unions to the Detriment of All Workers


The Arbitration Court ruled to adopt a 40 hour working week for all Australians, as of January 1948. Then ACTU president Percy Clarey told the Age that an increase in production was likely to result from the change, as was seen after the drop in weekly hours down from 48 hours to 44 in 1927. …
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Nonviolent Civil Disobedience: The Gandhian Influence on Climate Activists


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in October last year that at the time, humans had 12 years to curb global greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the climate and ecological catastrophe the Earth is currently plummeting towards. This grave scientific forecast has sparked climate activists into action the world over. Locally, members of the …
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NSW Police Strip Search Activists to Intimidate: An Interview With Socialist Alliance’s Rachel Evans


These days, a commuter disembarking at Central Station during afternoon peak hour can face the prospect of being ordered by police to step behind a screen and remove their clothes, following a positive indication from a drug detection dog. NSW police setting up screens to conduct strip searches at Sydney’s main train station is by …
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Thinking of Getting a Digital Assistant Device? Think Again


According to recent data, nearly 6 million Australians own digital assistant devices (DADs) like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo. And it’s easy to understand why – for as little as a couple of hundred dollars, these cool little gadgets can accurately answer almost any question you can think of. They can make play …
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“People of Faith Aren’t Being Discriminated Against”: An Interview With Father Rod Bower


In December 2017, literally days after marriage equality was passed, then treasurer Scott Morrison announced that he’d be pushing for laws in 2018 that prevented discrimination against Christians and those of other religious faiths. “Where I think people are being offensive to religion in this country, whichever religion that might be, but particularly the one …
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“Shoot Me in The F***ing Head”: Knife Attack in Sydney CBD


It has been reported that at around 2pm this afternoon, a man walked along York Street in the Sydney CBD armed with a knife before stabbing a woman, after which he was subdued by members of the public. Video footage shows the man climbing on top of a Mercedes Benz station wagon at the corner …
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Djab Wurrung “Stand Tall” in the Face of Neo-Colonisation


Victoria police turned up at the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy on 8 August and issued the traditional owners camped there with a notice to vacate the sacred landscape in southwestern Victoria within 14 days. Major Road Projects Victoria and VicRoads have plans to run a 12.5 kilometre stretch of the Western Highway duplication project …
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Decriminalised: The NSW Laws Governing Sex Work


NSW was the first jurisdiction in the world to decriminalise adult sex work. And the outcomes have been lauded globally. Indeed, in a 2016 report, the NSW government stated that decriminalisation is the best way to ensure sex worker safety and maintain transparency within the industry. The process of decriminalising adult sex work in this …
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Transgender Woman Complains Against Beauticians Who Refused to Wax Her Crotch


In recent weeks, the Victorian Government has reintroduced a bill to Parliament which would make it easier for people to change the gender recorded on their birth certificate to male, female or any other gender descriptor of their choice. The Government says the reform is aimed at rectifying laws which provide that Victorians can only …