Australian News 2014:05a

By particularkev | Australian news from the 5th May 2014 to the 12th May 2014.

Australia and PNG governments don't fulfil human rights duties: Amnesty

The Australian and Papua New Guinea governments are failing to meet human rights commitments set out in refugee agreements between the two nations, says Amnesty International’s submission to the Manus Island Senate inquiry.<p>Amnesty’s submission details further eyewitness accounts of the unrest at …

Human Rights

Hockey confirms politicians' pay freeze

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey says politicians and senior public servants will have their pay frozen to contribute to the repair of the federal …

Brisbane

National Australia Bank Charitable Index reveals who Australians donate to

<b>COST of living pressures and economic uncertainty have not stopped Australians from opening up their wallets and becoming more generous.</b><p>The new …

Indonesia's ambassador to Australia to return to Canberra

Indonesia is sending its ambassador back to Canberra as part of its efforts to normalise relations between the two countries.<p>A presidential office …

$A falls after weak Chinese inflation data

The Australian dollar has fallen from its six month high as weak Chinese inflation and profit taking weigh on the currency.<p>At 1700 AEST on Friday, …

Patrol boats flagged for border blind spot

<b>FAST new patrol boats will be used to combat drug traffickers and people smugglers in the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea.</b><p>The …

The state of Australia: health

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

The state of Australia: our international standing

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

The state of Australia: education

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

The state of Australia: welfare and inequality

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

Australian corruption inquiry could ensnare prime minister

By Mike Head<br>9 May 2014<p>Amid deep dissatisfaction within the corporate establishment over the mooted imposition of new taxes in the government’s first …

Explainer: how do Australia's laws on hate speech work in practice?

The Abbott government’s intention to amend national racist hate speech law has reignited a debate that has raged in Australia for decades: is there a …

Proposed Senate voting reforms would curb micro parties

Sweeping changes to the electoral law to crack down on micro parties ‘'gaming’‘ the system to win Senate seats appear certain after unanimous …

The state of Australia: our people

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

The state of Australia: cultural economy

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

Asset recycling scheme looks more like policy recycling

The Abbott government is about to unveil a new A$10 billion infrastructure package in its first budget. Apparently it is to be funded by a “special …

Peter Slipper loses bid to have fraud charges dropped

Former speaker Peter Slipper has lost his bid to have criminal charges over alleged fraudulent travel claims thrown out of court.<p>Justice John Burns in the ACT supreme court on Friday rejected an application by Slipper to have the charges dismissed.<p>Slipper now faces a hearing in the ACT magistrates …

Fraud

Scott Morrison says decisions on Manus refugee applications ‘recommendations’

Scott Morrison has conceded that refugee determinations handed down on Manus Island are only recommendations, and the Papua New Guinea government has not finalised resettlement arrangements that would allow visas to be granted.<p>The immigration minister said earlier on Friday that the first refugee …

Asylum seekers

Asylum seeker 'mega department' risks our democracy

Today, in his address at the Lowy Institute, immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of the Australian border force, a "single integrated border protection agency" of customs and immigrations assets – including detention centre management. A commissioner, to lead the agency, will …

Democracy

James Packer and David Gyngell face $500 fine for Bondi street fight

James Packer and David Gyngell have both been slapped with criminal infringement notices for offensive behaviour for their fist fight on a Bondi street last weekend.<p>The penalty notice carries a fine of $500 if it goes uncontested by the recipient.<p>A police statement on Friday said a 46-year-old man …

James Packer

Melbourne public meeting examines role of Australian imperialism in East Timor

By our reporters<br>8 May 2014<p>Students from East Timor and Australia, as well as academics, professionals and retired people, attended a public meeting …

Cabinet has approved axing of ABC's Australia Network: report

The Abbott government is set to scrap the ABC’s Australia Network international broadcasting service in next Tuesday’s budget.<p>Cabinet approved the …

Lillee responds in CA pay dispute

Australia news<p>Dennis Lillee has responded to Cricket Australia's announcement that the former Test wicket-taking record holder would no longer be …

Australia

Swan claims government-business conspiracy to trash Labor's record

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan has accused the Abbott government and Commission of Audit head Tony Shepherd of “trashing” Australia’s record …

The state of Australia: the economy

<i>In the lead up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

A national ICAC? We need better anti-corruption bodies, not more

The corruption scandals facing New South Wales politics are about as complex as they come. The sheer number of investigations, seemingly involving a …

Corruption

The state of Australia: our environment

<i>In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is</i> …

Environment