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Cannabis: We can shut up, toe the line, be vilified, or not be reported at all

October 2, 2023 - 14:52 -- Admin

When President Obama commented that he thought cannabis was likely less dangerous than alcohol it generated headlines around the world. Why? Cannabis is a relatively harmless therapeutic and recreational drug. It has been studied more exhaustively than any other therapeutic substance on earth. In recorded history there is not a single documented case of a…

Corruption suspicions hang over secret PNG refugee contracts

October 2, 2023 - 13:52 -- Admin

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release AUSTALIA’S SECRET PNG DEAL MUST BE INVESTIGATED Refugee advocates are calling on both the Australian and PNG governments to urgently investigate the secret 2021 deal struck by the Morrison government and PNG governments for services to refugees left in PNG by Australia. Serious suspicions surround the governance of the deal…

Desperate refugees hold their ground

October 1, 2023 - 14:09 -- Admin

In Melbourne, there have been rolling protests by refugees outside the electoral offices of the Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles for the past fortnight. More rallies are planned. The 500 or so protesters who have attended are people from multiple ethnicities who are still awaiting permanent visas. They aim…

Manus, Nauru way worse than Pezzullo texts

September 30, 2023 - 13:39 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon    All the hyperbole about Pezzullo’s fall from grace is annoying. Everything Pezzullo oversaw on Manus and Nauru was actually worse than all the insider grandstanding, the attacks on public service neutrality, the enabling of lobbyists, the damage to democracy, the filthy deals. He oversaw actual torture, restrictive practices, medical neglect, human…

From my “To read” list comes nothing but doom and gloom and a little ray of sunshine

September 30, 2023 - 06:00 -- Admin

Now, how do I tackle this? Do I use the information in my “To read” list as source material for another article, or do I use it all as an overview of our politics in its current gloomy state? I select the latter and click into my “To read” box. 1. The first piece I…