Thursday, August 02, 2018

Asylum seeker child ordered to Australia

The federal court has ordered the department of immigration and border protection to transport a sick asylum seeker child from Nauru to Australia for urgent medical treatment. In his ruling on Thursday, justice Alan Robertson noted the applicant, a teenage girl, “cut her thighs multiple times ‘superficially’ with a razor” earlier this month, “stopped eating and drinking after this self-harm and continues to deteriorate” and that “the applicant is at serious risk of permanent complications from her current medical situation which does not appear to be being monitored or managed”. The ruling marks the ninth court-ordered transfer of a critically ill child from offshore detention in the last six months.

A Senate inquiry has uncovered further details about an obscure charity gifted nearly half a billion dollars by the federal government. Following questioning by the environment and communications references committee on Monday, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation released a statement identifying its four founders, including late shale oil pioneer Sir Ian McFarlane and former James Hardie chair John B. Reid. In a follow-up letter to the committee after giving evidence, GBRF managing director Anna Marsden clarified that no environment departmental officials were present in an April meeting in which prime minister Malcolm Turnbull offered the GBRF a $443.8 million grant.

Supermarket chain Coles has been criticised for backtracking on its pledge to reduce plastic waste with its decision to offer free reusable plastic bags at the checkout of many stores indefinitely. In a statement yesterday, Coles said “some customers told us they needed more time to make the transition to reusable bags” and “complimentary bags are intended to be an interim measure to help customers make the transition to reusable bags”. Laws banning single-use bags are on the books or will soon take effect in every state and territory except New South Wales. Supermarket chains reported a spike in threats and abuse from customers in some states upset at being compelled to buy reusable bags, because some people have no real problems.

And Denmark’s ban on facial coverings has come into effect, prompting rallies in support and in opposition. Denmark’s centre-right government passed the ban in May, prohibiting full-face veils such as the niqab or burqa. While fewer than 200 women are estimated to wear veils in Denmark, a protest against the ban in Copenhagen attracted hundreds of people. Amnesty International Europe director Gauri van Gulik said the ban would “have a particularly negative impact on Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa,” and that “all women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that expresses their identity or beliefs”.

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An unsolved murder at Italy’s most notorious tower block

“Hotel House has been compared to Scampia – the famous Naples estate featured in the film Gomorrah – and the former Olympic village in Turin: high-concept architectural projects that have, over time, become dystopian citadels for drug dealers and an Italian and immigrant underclass. These are places where honest destitution mixes with criminal wealth, and where the Italian state often appears to have lost control completely.”  the guardian

ハーフ (Hafu): on the fetishisation and mistranslation of a biracial identity

“To try to define hafu is to try to define a nation’s shifting attitudes toward a people it cannot quite bring itself to disown. Popularised in the 1970s, hafu is the Japanised pronunciation of the English word half. In its shallowest definition, hafu refers to individuals who have one Japanese parent and one foreign parent ... As hafu, it seems we are at once objects of fetish and scrutiny.” catapult

The long, noble and stinky quest to make human shit useful

“The autopsy came back in April. It didn’t look good: contraband muscle-building steroids, cooking oil, nappies and a smattering of MDMA. Beyond these toxins and alien objects, the 130 tonne South Bank fatberg, the latest congealed, impacted mound of wet-wipes and clotted fat to be discovered in London’s sewers, was also found to contain potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, worrying levels of listeria, campylobacter and E. coli.”wired



How will Australia remember the giant fake Uluru that burned down on Tuesday?

“To some it was Leyland Brothers World, to a generation of schoolkids it was the Great Aussie Bush Camp, and to anyone who ever drove north out of Sydney, it was that weird fake Uluru on the side of the road ... The 1/40th scale Uluru that created so many fond memories for thousands of Aussie kids is no more.”  junkee


Warts and all, hopefully.

“The complex was heavily criticised after it was discovered it had become home to Australia’s only dedicated Golliwog shop. We almost wrote a story about the shop last year after a number of readers contacted us in disgust about the Golliwog shop. We thought this may backfire and actually result in the wider Australian public rallying around the business as we have seen in similar cases. But now it seems fate has had the final say.”  welcome to country


and finally:

The 100 best TV episodes of the century

“With the understanding that television is going through yet another revolution, and that the boundaries and definitions of the medium could change yet again, it feels like the right time to look back at the past 18 years and determine the 100 best episodes of TV since 2000 – the ones that stunned and entertained more than any others, and in turn made TV what it is today.”  the ringer