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RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Champion of Gender Equality

by Sonia Hickey
United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer over the weekend, was a passionate, astute, outspoken advocate of women’s rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to a...

Australia Looks the Other Way, as Assange Is Hung Out to Dry

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, the substantial extradition hearings involving the US government request that the UK hand over publisher and journalist Julian Assange are underway. The Wikileaks founder has been held in British custody at London’s Belmarsh prison since April 2019. The...

Police Arrest Pregnant Woman Over Social Media Post

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Welcome to the state of Victoria, September 2020, where police officers walk into a 28-year old, pregnant woman’s home, handcuff and arrest her in front of her child while she is wearing pyjamas and seize her computers and mobile phones...

Aboriginal People Twice As Likely to be Sentenced to Imprisonment, Study Finds

by Sonia Hickey
The global Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year, sparked by the death in America of George Floyd, highlighted an uncomfortable truth for many Australians – that our Indigenous people are often treated unfairly by police. In fact, racism in...

Billionaires Clean Up Under COVID-19, As the Rest of the Planet Suffers

by Paul Gregoire
Institute for Policy Studies research released last week outlines that despite an initial downturn in wealth during the early stage of COVID-19, the twelve richest US billionaires have been building up their wealth during the pandemic, whilst much of their...

Dutton is Hell Bent on Punishing and Silencing Detainees

by Sonia Hickey
Exactly what goes on behind the walls of detention centres is not common knowledge. In fact, the Federal Government has long sought to keep as many details as possible, secret, out of the public domain, going so far as to...

Facebook Censorship: Silencing Anarchist and Anti-Fascist Groups

by Paul Gregoire
Facebook announced in a 19 August statement that it’s commenced erasing antifascist and anarchist content from its platform, as it claims that while these groups don’t directly organise violence, they “have celebrated violent acts” and have weapons they’ve suggested using....

The War Between Google and the ACCC: What Does it Mean for Users?

by Sonia Hickey
A high profile online campaign has drawn the battle lines between Google and the Australian consumer watchdog (the ACCC), over proposed new laws which would require Google to share its advertising revenue with news outlets. Earlier this week Google began...

Lawyers Condemn UK Over Assange Extradition, as US Submits New Indictment

by Paul Gregoire
Australian legal adviser to Julian Assange Greg Barns SC asserts that “one of the most dangerous features of” the journalist’s “case is the idea that the US can seek to extradite any person, anywhere in the world, if they upset...

Maccas Sues Former CEO Over Alleged Sexual Relationships with Employees

by Sonia Hickey
Eyebrows were raised late last year when Maccas fired it’s United States CEO Steve Easterbrook for having a consensual sexual relationship with an employee, despite the fact it was in breach of the company’s policy. Now, the fast-food chain has...
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