Monday, August 21, 2017

Pregnant refugees denied abortion access

Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru are being denied overseas medical treatment by Nauruan authorities despite doctors’ recommendations. Three pregnant women have not been allowed to leave the island to terminate pregnancies, as the overseas medical referral committee that approves or denies overseas medical transfers is restricted by Nauru’s prohibition against abortion. Since 2015 the Australian government has mandated that pregnant women in offshore detention should give birth there, as many women obtained court injunctions against being returned to detention once they arrived in Australia for treatment. A detention centre worker on Nauru told Guardian Australia “if things do not change, these women will unwillingly become mothers, if they do not kill themselves first”.

The family of seven-year-old Australian boy Julian Cadman has confirmed he was one of 13 people killed in the Barcelona terror attack last week. Cadman was the only Australian whose whereabouts were not officially confirmed following the attack, while his mother Jumarie is still in hospital being treated for serious injuries. In a statement, foreign minister Julie Bishop said Julian’s family “has requested privacy at this difficult and harrowing time and we ask the media to respect their request”.

Three men have been charged with terror offences after fire destroyed the Imam Ali Islamic Centre at Fawkner in Melbourne’s north in December last year. Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Ian McCartney told reporters on Sunday the attack on the Shia mosque was “IS-inspired” and committed by attackers who “adhere to an extremist Sunni ideology”. Two of the men charged, 25-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 27-year-old Abdullah Chaarani, were already in custody, having been charged with an attempt to bomb several Melbourne landmarks on Christmas Day.

Nick Xenophon Team parliamentarian Rebekha Sharkie has withdrawn her support for the Turnbull government on confidence and supply matters, bringing the government dangerously close to collapse if Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is found ineligible to sit in Parliament by the High Court. Sharkie and fellow House of Representatives crossbencher Bob Katter withdrew  support after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to make Joyce and deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash stand down from their ministerial portfolios while the High Court examines their eligibility to sit in parliament.

NXT leader Nick Xenophon announced he would refer himself to the High Court once Parliament resumed over his British overseas citizenship status, which he claims was “exhumed by my political opponents to try and render me not so much stateless as Senate-less”. The Court will sit on Thursday to set hearing times for Joyce and four other current and former parliamentarians caught up in the citizenship debacle. Attorney-general George Brandis said he believed the Court would hear their cases in October and defended the right of Coalition MPs with potential dual citizenship status to vote in parliament until their cases were heard.

Open Quotemarks

Dastyari has since unveiled a strategy to rehabilitate his reputation. This is it: Look – a kebab!

Close Quotemarks

The news you need. Delivered free to your inbox. 7am weekdays.


Dont just change the date of Australia Day. Get rid of it altogether.

“January 26 marks the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788, but symbolises not only the invasion, but the atrocities perpetrated against Aboriginal nations by the colonial project, from the stealing of land and children, to the demeaning of Aboriginal men and women as violent savages, incapable of love and worthy of extermination. For Aboriginal people, the idea that you would celebrate a date that symbolises attempted genocide is incredibly offensive.” buzzfeed oz

What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations?

“‘The worst thing Britain ever did was letting go of our colony and thinking Americans were capable of governing themselves without eventually resorting back to tribal politics’, said Martin Rhodes, a shopkeeper in London. ‘I can’t believe a once-great empire would threaten everything it has built over generations just because a group of people give in to racism and xenoph…’ Rhodes’s voice trailed off as he stared wistfully at a silent Big Ben.” the washington post

The inner lives of adult One Direction fans

“Whether you’re 23 or 34 or 52, loving a boy band can be framed as a shameful pursuit. At a time when you’re expected to be more concerned with achieving varying levels of adulting – paying down college debt, pursuing a career, getting married, securing a 401k – there’s an arrested development in being taken by the member of a current boy band ... While the mainstream has made it seem as if 1D only has teen fans, there have always been older fans – and, at this point in its ‘extended hiatus’ moment, there’s clearly an appetite for more like-minded dialogue.” the outline



What does the Catholic Church find more morally objectionable than priests failing to report child sex abuse?

“When I was 16, I went to confession for real. I’d been sexually abused by a Catholic high school teacher and her husband. I went to see a priest on the suggestion of one of my abusers, because I was so upset ... He didn’t do anything about what I told him as far as I know. I guess he maintained the seal of confession, the higher order communication with God in Archbishop Hart’s terms. I wish he had done something, reported what I’d told him to my school, parents or the police, because I’d have been far less harmed.”  guardian australia


LGBT employees teaching and healing people.

“Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised, in a dramatic move led by the country’s most senior Catholic. Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, speaking exclusively to Fairfax Media, pointedly warned the church’s 180,000 employees they were expected to uphold its teachings ‘totally’, and defiance would be treated ‘very seriously’.”fairfax


and finally:

Beatles monuments in unexpected places

“Some monuments to Beatlemania are featured in places one might not expect to find them. From the bronze statues of Paul, George, Ringo, and John in Kazakhstan to a wall in Prague dedicated to their legacy, the British Invasion, which gained momentum after the group’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, made its way to places that aren’t often associated with rock ‘n’ roll history.” atlas obscura