Refugee rights groups and the Greens have criticised Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese for saying he has changed his opposition to boat turnbacks. In an interview with Sky News on Tuesday, Albanese said “the government’s policies have stopped the boats” would introduce “no change in terms of people who arrive by boat, they wouldn’t be settled in Australia”. Greens immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said “Labor is every chance to form government after the next election”, and the current policy would likely be maintained without any mandate for change. “The ALP is putting its own electoral fortunes above the lives, freedom and wellbeing of people about to clock up five years in offshore detention,” McKim said.
ABC chair Justin Milne has warned the broadcaster will “cease to exist” unless it increases investment in digital media. Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce in Sydney on Wednesday, Milne hit back at calls from commercial news outlets for the ABC to confine itself to traditional broadcasting, saying “if the ABC were barred from serving audiences on digital platforms, it would wither away and cease to exist”. Milne brushed off “the sniping of commercial foes and partisans” as “situation normal” for the broadcaster, predicting that “within a generation, a majority of Australians will no longer use broadcast platforms at all”. The speech came as economist Robert Kerr prepares a government review into whether public broadcasters comply with competitive neutrality principles.
In India, police have condemned the actions of bystanders who took selfies and filmed video of three dying men after a road crash rather than helping them. Three day labourers died in the western city of Barmer on Wednesday after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a schoolbus. An image of a man taking a selfie with the dying men in the background has gone viral in India, as has footage of bystanders filming on their phones while the men plead for help. Police said the men may have survived if they had received medical attention.
And Grand Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Abdel Aziem al-Afifi, has died, four months after being elected to the position. In his opening address as Grand Mufti in March, al-Afifi said he would “be very happy if I can do something to save our kids and to keep them away from any bad ideas”. In a statement, the Australian National Imams Council said Sheikh al-Afifi had “dedicated to serving the Australian Muslim community for over 20 years”. He was one of the founding members of ANIC, serving two terms as president.
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The staggering rise of India’s super-rich
“Men like Mallya and Modi were members of India’s expanding billionaire class, of whom there are now 119 members, according to Forbes magazine. Last year their collective worth amounted to $440 billion – more than in any other country, bar the US and China. By contrast, the average person in India earns barely $1,700 a year. Given its early stage of economic development, India’s new hyper-wealthy elite have accumulated more money, more quickly, than their plutocratic peers in almost any country in history.” the guardian
The untold story of Syria’s antifa platoon
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The world’s worst industrial disaster is still unfolding
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Where’s Australia’s great left-wing hope?
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Supporting boat turnbacks.
“Anthony Albanese has conceded that the Coalition’s policies ‘have stopped the boats’, and rejected calls to put a time limit on offshore detention, in an appearance on Sky News on Tuesday evening. The senior frontbencher suggested during the interview that Labor could make refugee policy more humanitarian in several respects but ruled out allowing refugees who came by boat to settle in Australia.” guardian australia
The Washington Post mistaking ClickHole for real news is a thing of beauty
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