Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton will be first on the starting grid at what will be the last Malaysian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future. A solid qualifying performance saw the Briton take pole position in his Mercedes, while his closest title rival, Sebastian Vettel, failed to set a time […]
Now that the High Court prepares to hear cases concerning the dual citizenship status of seven current and former parliamentarians, it is important to reflect on the reasons why section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution exists. What exactly is it meant to prevent? Is it doing its job?
Photo credit: CSIRO (Website) — CC BY 3.0 licence Fears of an energy crisis in NSW and Victoria have been put to rest after the Government stuck a deal with Australia’s largest gas exporters. In a meeting with the heads of Shell, Origin and Santos this morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeated his threat to […]
Photo credit: Stefan Krasowski (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has accused United States President Donald Trump of delcaring war on the rogue state. Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, Ri said, “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared […]
With two months left until the result of the Australian Marriage Law Survey is announced, a lot of attention will be dedicated to the proposed changes to the Marriage Act, with many column inches and plenty of airtime postulating on the effects and justification of doing so. Lost in this analysis is the purpose for […]
Photo credit: FelixMittermeier (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Angela Merkel will serve a fourth term as German Chancellor after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian counterpart, the Christian Social Union (CSU), secured 33% of the vote in Germany’s national election on Sunday. The Social Democrats (SPD) led by Martin Schulz received 20.5% […]
Australia stands almost alone in the Anglosphere in its lack of marriage equality, with only Northern Ireland to keep it company. Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, most of the United Kingdom, and the United States have all achieved marriage equality over the past decade-and-a-half, through a variety of judicial and legislative mechanisms. Australia is […]
Ten Network creditors have voted in favour of CBS’ bid for the struggling broadcaster, rejecting a rival offer made by Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. US media giant CBS upped its offer to unsecured creditors from $32 million to over $40 million just hours before the vote in Sydney on Tuesday. The CBS deal will […]
Photo credit: Mirko Stange/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) On a weekend that looked set to be dominated by Red Bull and Ferrari, it was Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes that was first across the finish line in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Despite starting fifth on the grid, Hamilton seized several opportunities that brought him his 60th […]
Sebastian Vettel set a blistering lap time during qualifying at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit to secure pole position for Sunday’s race. Vettel’s time of 1:39.491 is over three seconds faster than Nico Rosberg’s pole-setting time in 2016.
Photo credit: Aitoff (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Everywhere online, political commentators use the terms “left” and “right” to describe various, often conflicting, movements. This trend is an unfortunate development, as it seems to be destroying the distinctions and subtleties that make the political landscape — and the societies it reflects — so diverse. […]
There were a few initial hints that the turnout would be as massive as it turned out to be — the snatches of overheard conversation on the train into Town Hall, the mass of people a full thirty-five minutes early crowding the narrow construction bollards and milling around in the square near St. Andrew’s, selling […]
Image credit: US Geological Survey (website) An 8.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Western coast of Mexico. The US Tsunami Warning System has issued tsunami warnings for eight countries including Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
Photo credit: StockSnap (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication The High Court has dismissed the challenges to the same-sex marriage (SSM) postal survey. The ruling means that the postal survey will go ahead as planned, with ballots being mailed out from Tuesday 12 September 2017. The challenges were made by SSM advocates, Independent MP Andrew […]
In 1953 the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention on Human Rights, establishing a regional system to protect human rights in its member states, complete with domestic and regional courts to enforce it. Regional systems have also developed in the Americas through the Organisation of American States, and through the African Union. This leaves Asia and the Pacific as the only region without a human rights system.
The recent spate of referrals to the High Court about dual citizenship has put quite a few political careers on the line, and has made for some pretty interesting news in the meantime. But can we expect things to get resolved anytime soon? Not likely — at least not before the High Court starts considering cases in October. Either way, the path forward on the citizenship issue is rocky, and is a bit different for each House of Parliament.
In Part 1, we had a look at the definition of free speech according to two United Nations instruments, and some common principles that give rise to exceptions for it. In this article, we’ll be looking in more detail at how this applies to a country — namely Australia — and then how everything changes once you jump online.
Photo credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Website) — CC BY-SA 3.0 licence. Swiss President Doris Leuthard has said Switzerland is prepared to mediate talks between North Korea and the United States. Ms Leuthard noted that Swiss troops were deployed in the Korean Demilatarised Zone and that the country had a long history of neutral diplomacy. “We […]
“Ocean & Montana”, the latest collaborative EP from Pharrell protege Buddy and Montreal Hip Hop producer Kaytranada hits the spot. Although only 16 minutes and spanning 5 songs, Buddy makes a great impression, leaving listeners wanting more. Kaytranada’s smooth production combined with Buddy’s delivery makes this EP a must listen. Buddy had a huge […]
Here in Australia, we consider ourselves quite ‘lucky’. I can put pretty much what I like on Facebook, and know that police won’t be showing up at my door. Unless I start posting about bombs, or assassination, or terrorism, perhaps – but even then, it depends on the context. I could be talking about water bombs, the mafia card game, and Counterstrike.