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same-sex marriage: turnbull appoints philip ruddock to consider 'religious freed




the turnbull cabinet has decided to appoint philip ruddock, a former liberal mp, to examine whether current australian law does enough to protect religious freedoms. the announcement comes amid pressure from coalition conservatives who want to see religious exemptions built into the bill to legalise...



'yes' campaign must keep its promises after 5 million people voted 'no' in same-




five million australians is the number of people who voted "no" in the postal survey for the same reasons i did – because we are concerned about the impact on basic freedoms of speech, conscience and religion – freedoms that we expect to be upheld in our democratic country in accordance with hum...



turnbull appoints philip ruddock to consider 'religious freedoms' law




the turnbull cabinet has instructed philip ruddock, a former liberal minister and the current mayor of hornsby, to examine whether current australian law does enough to protect religious freedoms. a statement from the prime minister’s office said mr ruddock would conduct a "timely expert stocktake...



same-sex marriage debate could yet claim malcolm turnbull as a victim




here was i thinking that malcolm turnbull had finally found a way through the same-sex marriage issue. confronted with his own party's divisions even after a decisive "yes" vote, he declared this would now be a matter for the parliament to handle, and not the party room.dean smith's private member's...



queensland's history of tough bans




years before bikini inspectors patrolled gold coast beaches "measuring bikinis while women wore them, walking around", queensland was so prudish that male swimmers had to cover their chests before they hit the water.freedom then, freedom now, an exhibition at the state library of queensland, reveals...



codes won’t defeat campus censorship




the uk government, spearheaded by minister for universities and science, jo johnson, has announced plans to urge universities to commit themselves to freedom of speech. by encouraging universities to sign up to new governance documents and codes of practice protecting free speech, johnson and others...



codes won’t defeat campus censorship | down with campus censorship! | education




the uk government, spearheaded by minister for universities and science, jo johnson, has announced plans to urge universities to commit themselves to freedom of speech. by encouraging universities to sign up to new governance documents and codes of practice protecting free speech, johnson and others...



right to privacy is fundamental right: apex court




in a progressive decision with far-reaching consequences, the supreme court on thursday ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.it held privacy as a core of human dignity, which recognises an individual’s right to make essential choices of life without any intrusion from state or no...



another same-sex marriage bill proposed




liberal senator james paterson has proposed an alternative bill to legalise same-sex marriage to "preserve" the freedoms of australians. conservative liberal senator james paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to "preserve the freedoms of all australians".senator paterson, who vo...



'yes' campaign must keep its promises after 5 million people voted 'no' in same-




five million australians are the number of people who voted "no" in the postal survey for the same reasons i did – because we are concerned about the impact on basic freedoms of speech, conscience and religion – freedoms that we expect to be upheld in our democratic country in accordance with hu...



donald trump's impeachable offense




the commander in chief’s calls to abridge freedoms of speech and the press represent attacks on the constitution he swore to protect and defend.



skye kakoschke-moore quits over uk citizenship




a ninth mp has been struck down by the citizenship fiasco that has engulfed the federal parliament, with nxt senator skye kakoschke-moore announcing she will resign after discovering that she is a british citizen by descent. after an exhaustive search to determine her citizenship status, senator...



how donald trump tries to 'improve race relations'




“i think the president believes it is his role to improve race relations.” that was the line marc short, the white house’s legislative affairs director, shared on nbc’s “meet the press” yesterday.how’s that working out?the latest racial firestorm began on friday night, when donald trum...



barnaby joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by gina rinehart




barnaby joyce has moved to return a $40,000 cheque handed to him by mining magnate gina rinehart on tuesday night, a cash award described as "very unusual and concerning" by opposition leader bill shorten.mr joyce took time out from campaigning in the new england byelection to attend an agricultural...



expanding freedoms | business standard editorials




business standard editorial comment  august 14, 2017 last updated at 22:45 ist



sc recognises right to privacy as fundamental right




the supreme court on thursday recognised the right to privacy as a fundamental right, in a progressive decision with far-reaching consequences on the life of citizens.a nine-judge bench presided over by chief justice j s khehar declared, “the right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of t...



hong kong 20th anniversary q&a: chris patten, last governor




twenty years ago, just after midnight on july 1, 1997, chris patten and his family boarded the royal yacht britannia in hong kong’s victoria harbour and sailed off into the night. not long before, the british flag, which had flown over hong kong since 1841, had been lowered and replaced with the r...



china's xi warns against impermissible challenges in hong kong




china's president xi jinping said today hong kong was freer than ever before but warned against "impermissible" challenges to beijing's authority as the city marked 20 years since it was handed back by britain.xi spoke in a televised address after swearing in new hong kong leader carrie lam as pro a...



hong kong 20th anniversary q&a: chris patten, last governor




twenty years ago, just after midnight on july 1, 1997, chris patten and his family boarded the royal yacht britannia in hong kong’s victoria harbour and sailed off into the night. not long before, the british flag, which had flown over hong kong since 1841, had been lowered and replaced with the r...



rosalind croucher takes on the poisoned chalice of human rights roles




it only took an hour for the knives to come out for rosalind croucher. barely was the ink dry on her appointment as the next australian human rights commission president when the institute of public affairs think tank denounced her as a "triggs lite" choice who would likely continue "the erosion of...



rosalind croucher takes on the poisoned chalice of human rights roles




it only took an hour for the knives to come out for rosalind croucher. barely was the ink dry on her appointment as the next australian human rights commission president when the institute of public affairs think tank denounced her as a "triggs lite" choice who would likely continue "the erosion of...



presstv-french president vows to step up security




president emmanuel macron has pledged to intensify security measures in france, stressing that the measure is aimed at restoring the freedoms lost under the country’s state of emergency.addressing members of the national assembly and senate in the versailles palace on monday, macron said he wanted...



mattis, tillerson touch down in sydney for high-level security talks




the us and australia are united in their fight against terrorism, us defense secretary james mattis says, as high-level ministerial talks begin in sydney. us defense secretary james mattis says america and australia are united in their resolve to take on terrorists and won't be scared off.speaking a...



presstv-eu censures bahrain for dissolution of political party




the european union says bahrain’s dissolution of the national democratic action society (wa’ad) “contravenes provisions on the freedoms of speech and association,” a day after a court in manama upheld a ruling on banning the major opposition party.the european external action service of the...



pauline hanson's senate burqa stunt ignites firestorm over religious freedoms




one nation leader pauline hanson has triggered a firestorm around religious freedoms, after wearing a burqa into parliament, a stunt that has united all sides of politics in condemnation.the queensland senator, accompanied by colleague brian burston, entered the senate dressed in a black islamic dre...