Australian News 2014:05a on Flipboard

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.

Amnesty’s submission details further eyewitness accounts of the unrest at …

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 …

Australia

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.A presidential office …

Australia

$A falls after weak Chinese inflation data

The Australian dollar fell China posted its slowest inflation rate for 18 months.

Patrol boats flagged for border blind spot

A NEW super agency called the Australian Border Force will replace Customs by the middle of next year.

Australia

The state of Australia: health

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

Australia

The state of Australia: our international standing

Australia under the Abbott government has so far been treated to a succession of foreign policy gaffes, including with Indonesia.EPA/Adi WedaIn the

Australia

The state of Australia: education

Australia's education system is comparing well internationally, but has the potential to do better.AAPIn the lead-up to the budget, the story of

Education

The state of Australia: welfare and inequality

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

Justice

Australian corruption inquiry could ensnare prime minister

According to the Australian Financial Review, the ICAC inquiry is “inching closer” to Tony Abbott’s office.

Australia

Motorists to be hit hard at the bowser

Motorists could be slugged an extra $1 billion a year at the petrol pump under the federal budget.

Australia

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 …

Australia

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 …

Elections

The state of Australia: our people

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

Australia

The state of Australia: cultural economy

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

Australia

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 …

Recycling

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.

Justice John Burns in the ACT supreme court on Friday rejected an application by Slipper to have the charges dismissed.

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.

The immigration minister said earlier on Friday that the first refugee …

Recommendations

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 …

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.

The penalty notice carries a fine of $500 if it goes uncontested by the recipient.

A police statement on Friday said a 46-year-old man …

James Packer

Melbourne public meeting examines role of Australian imperialism in East Timor

The “Justice at Sea” meeting discussed Canberra’s latest moves to retain its grip over the vast oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

Australia

Cabinet approves axing of Australia Network

The Abbott government is set to scrap the ABC’s Australia Network international broadcasting service in next Tuesday’s budget.

Lillee responds in CA pay dispute

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Dennis Lillee has responded to Cricket Australia's announcement that the former Test wicket-taking record holder would no longer be working with the nation's fast bowlers due to a dispute over pay demands, citing the impact of Mitchell Johnson in the past two series as the best …

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 …

Government Spending

The state of Australia: the economy

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

Economics

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

Four out of five Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast – but expanding cities are taking a toll on our environment. Paul Boyce/Flickr, …

Environment