Thursday, August 16, 2018

Senate votes down euthanasia bill

A bill that would give the territories authority to make legislation on euthanasia has been narrowly defeated after protracted debate in federal parliament. The bill was defeated 36 votes to 34 on Wednesday after several Coalition senators were persuaded to recant their support. Speaking against the bill, Labor senator Pat Dodson said that legalised assisted suicide in the Northern Territory would leave Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people “even more vulnerable, when our focus should be on working collectively to create laws that help prolong life and restore their right to enjoy a healthy life”. Federal Labor MPs Andrew Leigh and Luke Gosling have drafted a similar bill for debate in the House of Representatives.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens immigration spokesperson Nick McKim have urged the federal government to bring refugee and asylum seeker children suffering from resignation syndrome to Australia for urgent medical treatment. BuzzFeed Australia reported on Monday that at least six children in offshore detention were suffering from the rare psychological disorder, with psychologists and doctors warning children were at risk of serious mental and physical harm. While Labor immigration spokesperson Shayne Neumann urged home affairs minister Peter Dutton to “provide appropriate health, security and welfare services to people living in Australian-funded offshore processing centres”, he declined to back the proposal, saying Labor supported “strong borders, offshore processing, regional resettlement, and turn backs when safe to do so”.

The royal commission into the banking and financial services industries has heard wealth management company Colonial First State charged clients’ accounts up to three months after they had died. The commission also heard the Commonwealth Bank of Australia subsidiary directed customers to the CBA-owned CommInsure life insurance brand, despite its being significantly more expensive than similar competing services. Rob Clancy, a senior manager at the Catholic Superannuation Fund, admitted on Wednesday that the fund awarded lucrative marketing contracts to agencies associated with his wife and brother.

And the chair and several board members of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation have agreed to appear before a senate inquiry into a $444 million grant given to the charity by the federal government. GBRF chair John Schubert, former Goldman Sachs chair Stephen FitzGerald and Business Council of Australia president Grant King will give evidence before the senate standing committee on the environment and communications on September 18. The committee will also seek to obtain correspondence from the offices of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and environment minister Josh Frydenberg relating to the April meeting in which the grant was offered.

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I’m a Muslim migrant, I’m about to be a Senator and there’s not a damn thing Fraser Anning can do about it.

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Saudi women can drive. But will they be allowed to take the wheel?

“It’s past midnight the day after the ban is lifted and I’ve found myself involved in a high-speed car chase. The lead car is ours, an Uber, driven by a man taking me and my friend Sarah home from dinner. In pursuit, and now coming up on our right, are two men whose idea of romance apparently includes some light stalking. ‘What’s your number?’ the young men shout in English from their car windows as we hurdle down the highway. ‘Why don’t you want to hang out with us?’”elle

South Korean women are fighting to take off their ‘corsets’

“Getting a short haircut and forsaking makeup and bras is radical in a nation like South Korea. Like other East Asian countries, South Korea is still heavily influenced by Confucian ideals, which explicitly qualify men as superior, and command women to be obedient to their fathers and brothers when young, then to their husbands, and later to their male children. Though women no longer exist for the sole purpose of bearing a male heir, they are still expected to be passive, soft-spoken, and utterly feminine.”  the establishment

Ghost tigers: climate change and the escalation of extinction

“Absence is perhaps the most common condition of the Anthropocene, this epoch in which humans have irrevocably altered the face and future of the planet. In urban and undeveloped environments alike, we are haunted by a spectral presence of vanished nature: those organisms that, because of us and despite us, aren’t coming back.” guernica



Where does Pauline Hanson get off pointing fingers at other people for saying racist things?

“Pauline Hanson has condemned Fraser Anning’s ‘appalling’ first speech under the Katter’s Australian Party banner, likening the former One Nation member’s words to Nazi propaganda ... Senator Hanson said the words during the speech were straight from Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels’ handbook.”  sbs


Fraser Anning wouldn’t even be in parliament if it weren’t for her.

“Today Senator Pauline Hanson will introduce her Plebiscite (Future Migration level) Bill 2018 to the Senate. The Bill proposes to give voters a say on whether Australia’s immigration levels are too high by casting a vote at the next general election. ‘For years the people of Australia have had immigration and population levels dictated to them by governments that refused to listen to the will of the people,’ Senator Hanson said.”  senator pauline hanson


and finally:

The website for Vermont’s 14-year-old gubernatorial candidate has convinced me he’s fit for the job

“Ethan Sonneborn is running for governor of Vermont. He’s also 14 years old. This is perfectly legal, which he explains on his very adorable and surprisingly professional website. All that’s required for someone to run for governor in Vermont is that they have lived in the state for a minimum of four years. For the skeptics, a link to the Vermont constitution is also provided on Sonneborn’s website.”  mashable