Watchdog says Australia lawmakers increasingly exploit race Rod McGuirk (Associated Press) - August 7, 2018 - 7:54am CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's racism watchdog said on Monday the country is experiencing a resurgence in lawmakers exploiting race to advance their political agendas and listed ethnic Chinese and Sudanese among the minorities who are suffering. Tim Soutphommasane said in the final speech of his five-year tenure as race discrimination commissioner that as politicians take advantage of voter fears of some ethnic groups, sections of the Australian media are exploiting racism to earn revenue from racist audiences. "I take no pleasure in saying this but, right now, it feels like there has never been a more exciting time to be a dog-whistling politician or race-baiting commentator in Australia," Soutphommasane said at a Sydney university. "Five years ago, I wouldn't have said it was likely that we would see … [Read more...] about Watchdog says Australia lawmakers increasingly exploit race
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SYDNEY: As populists in the United States and Europe embrace increasingly hardline immigration policies, Australia is touting its own uncompromising stance, a controversial yet effective campaign that has largely stopped boatpeople reaching its shores.Canberra has courted both praise and outrage in the last five years after its conservative government adopted tough tactics to halt the flood of arrivals.Faced with boatloads of desperate people from war-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East setting sail from Indonesia and arriving almost daily on its northern shores - with some 1,200 drowned at sea - the government opted for zero tolerance.Vessels filled with asylum-seekers were turned back, strict secrecy blanketed operations on the high seas, and those who made it to Australia were promptly shipped off to remote camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.The policy worked with boat arrivals plummeting - even if it did provoke a visceral division among the Australian public and … [Read more...] about Australia: Immigration blueprint or reputational blot?
Asia Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal popularity is at its highest level in two years, an opinion poll showed on Monday, but his government still trails the opposition a month before crucial by-elections. 18 Jun 2018 12:20PM Bookmark SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal popularity is at its highest level in two years, an opinion poll showed on Monday, but his government still trails the opposition a month before crucial by-elections.The latest Newspoll, published by The Australian newspaper on Monday, gave Turnbull a 40 percent approval rating, the highest since his government was elected in 2016, as support for the far-right One Nation party has slumped.Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Labor party, scored a personal rating of 33 percent.The result suggests Turnbull has shed the ill effects of a scandal over his deputy's personal life and the disqualification of 11 lawmakers from parliament over their dual-citizen status, … [Read more...] about Australia PM’s popularity rises, but party still lags
SYDNEY: Australian Rules Football is breaking new ground in the country's Muslim community, embracing its culture and encouraging hijab-wearing women players to broaden the appeal of the country's biggest spectator sport. When the sun sets during the holy month of Ramadan, the Sydney suburb of Lakemba comes to life with charcoal barbecues and fried flatbread, as hundreds break their fast in one of Australia's largest Muslim communities. Western Sydney is among the country's fastest growing regions and a battle is brewing there between popular sports for hearts and minds in the largely migrant neighbourhoods, as Aussie Rules seeks inroads into what is a traditional rugby league heartland. "The vision is a generational change for young kids who are in primary school at this current moment who have got a Sherrin (Aussie Rules ball) in their hands — taking it home," Ali Faraj from the Australian Football League's newest club, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants, told AFP. "In 10 to … [Read more...] about Aussie Rules seeks new ground in multicultural Australia
SYDNEY: Australia's far-right One Nation party said on Tuesday (May 22) it will not support the government's proposed corporate tax cut, all but ending Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's hope for a policy victory ahead of a series of by-elections.Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition government had proposed to reduce the corporate income tax rate by 5 per cent to 25 per cent for all companies by 2026-27.The legislation has been stalled in the Senate where the government is in the minority and was struggling to win the support of enough independent lawmakers."The people in general don't want it. It has not been well received," One Nation leader Pauline Hanson told The Australian in an interview published on Tuesday.The opposition Labor Party, The Greens and several independent lawmakers have said they will not back the bill.Without One Nation and its three votes in the Senate, Turnbull's centre-right government is well short of securing enough support for the tax measure, analysts … [Read more...] about Australia far-right party rejects proposed tax cut, adding to PM’s woes