Brooks says she offered hacker a job

Posted on 2019年1月21日

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks says she offered a job to a reporter convicted of phone hacking to keep him from going public with allegations.

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But she insisted she hadn’t known that illegal activity was taking place under her command.

The tabloid’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were arrested in 2006 and later convicted of eavesdropping on the voicemails of royal aides.

Brooks – then editing sister tabloid The Sun – said she offered Goodman a backroom job after he was released from jail to stop him going to an employment tribunal.

“He was going to allege that other people at the News of the World knew he was accessing voicemails and agreed to it and certain other people were involved in that practice,” Brooks told a jury at her trial.

She said Rupert Murdoch’s media company believed the allegations were unfounded, but wanted to avoid “damaging headlines”.

Goodman turned down the job but accepted a financial settlement.

Brooks said police told her in 2006 that her own phone had been hacked by Mulcaire for 18 months. She said she was “pretty shocked” by that, but after consulting with her bosses decided not to make a formal complaint or become a prosecution witness.

Brooks insists she did not know phone hacking was taking place when she edited the News of the World between 2000 and 2003.

But she said there had been a collective failure among newspapers in employing a large number of private investigators to ferret out secrets for scoops.

More hacking revelations erupted in 2011, leading Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World.

Brooks denies conspiracy to hack phones, bribe officials and obstruct police. Six other defendants also deny a variety of charges.

Qantas needs tough love, not corporate welfare

Posted on 2019年1月21日

By Sinclair Davidson, RMIT University

So it begins – a company running to Canberra with a good story and in need of some or other political favour.

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To be fair, these companies tend to have very good stories – consumer safety, national security, skills development, employment prospects, and the like. It is very hard to say “No” and for a long time Canberra has tended to say “Yes”.

The problem being that the amount of money available to be spent on corporate welfare is finite, the demand for corporate welfare infinite, and the prospects of those companies needing corporate welfare poor.

To its credit the Abbott government has being saying “No” to some companies – but not others. We know that government is poor at picking winners, so while saying “No” is an improvement on previous practice there are likely to be problems with the new practice.

It looks like Joe Hockey has developed a four point test to inform his decisions on corporate welfare.

These four points can be summarised as follows:

    Is the firm subject to unique regulation that impedes its business model?Does the firm provide an essential service?Does the firm compete against foreign State Owned Enterprises (SOE)?Is the firm working to restructure its operations?

The Abbott government is likely to argue that Qantas meets all four criteria. My opinion is that it meets one, at best, with the other criteria being arguable or irrelevant.

Qantas is subject to the Qantas Sale Act and this does impede its business model. The solution to this problem is to repeal, or at least relax, the Act. This is the course of action that the government should pursue to the exclusion of any other support. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled support for this option. Unfortunately it appears there is little political will in the Parliament for it.

 

Who should do the heavy lifting to help return Qantas to profitability? Jasoneppink/Flickr

We need to be clear – Qantas does not provide an essential service. We need to differentiate between the service being provided and the service provider. It is true that the failure of the company would cause a temporary disruption and inconvenience to the travelling public, but very quickly we would find planes flying the same routes and providing much the same service.

Competing against a state-owned enterprise is a furphy. Every single Australian firm that competes in any international market is competing against an SOE on some margin. We in Australia decided long ago that the government had no business running airlines (or most other types of business) – it was a good decision to privatise Qantas and that decision should not be revisited.

Finally there is the question of whether the firm is restructuring its own operations, with Abbott stating Qantas must get its “house in order”. The Abbott government is looking closely at industrial relations when thinking about this question. Quite rightly so, but that isn’t enough.

Premium price for premium service?

Qantas appears to be pursuing a strategy where it will provide a premium service while charging premium prices. I’m not convinced – as a long-time Qantas customer – that it’s succeeding in providing a premium service. Nor do I believe Qantas will be able to maintain its premium prices. As Sam Wylie explained in the Australian Financial Review, the capital markets share this opinion.

Qantas has a book value of A$6 billion and a market value of just A$2.7 billion. Qantas has turned each dollar invested into 45c. Turning that around is going to be a lot harder than being tough on unions or cutting back on the drinks menu.

Allowing Qantas to borrow at the government bond rate – even if it has to pay a fee – will distort the market. The thing is that Qantas can borrow – just at junk bond rates. Borrowing at the government rate would mean Qantas could borrow more and more cheaply than the market thinks it should. That means Qantas would maintain its size and dominance when the market thinks it should contract.

Government has no business propping up businesses that should be contracting. As things stand Qantas is a poor investment. Yes; unique government regulation is partly to blame for that and the Qantas Sale Act should be repealed. Yet I suspect Qantas’ current strategy has more to do with its troubles than the Qantas Sale Act.

By repealing the Qantas Sale Act Qantas will have to survive on its own terms – this is the outcome that would best serve the interests of the flying public (broadly defined). Any other form of assistance is likely to leave Australians worse off in the long run.

Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT University and a senior fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He has previously held research grants from the Australian Research Council.

Hamstring injury denies Defoe chance of final Spurs match

Posted on 2019年1月21日

Defoe, 31, was expected to make his 364th and final appearance for Spurs against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in their Europa League last 32, second leg match at White Hart Lane on Thursday when they will try to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.

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“He will be at the game to say his goodbyes at halftime,” said Sherwood before praising the fans’ favourite who is the fifth highest scorer in the club’s history.

“Jimmy Greaves was the best, but you would say Jermain has also been one of the best goalscorers this club has ever seen.

“Let’s hope we can find another one like Jermain Defoe.

“He has been all about goals. Whenever he put on the shirt he always played with all his heart and spirit for the club. Everyone appreciates his efforts. He is a legend at the club.”

Defoe, who still hopes to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, is joining Major League Soccer club Toronto FC.

Although he officially signed for the Canadian outfit last month, he has been on loan back at Tottenham since then with a view to leaving this week to prepare for the new MLS season.

Defoe scored 143 goals in all competitions during his two spells at White Hart Lane and was expected to play against Dnipro and try to add to his club record of 23 European goals which he established earlier this season.

His last match for Spurs was a brief substitute appearance in the 1-0 home Premier League win against Everton on February 9 and his last goal came in the 2-0 home victory over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on January 11.

He originally joined Tottenham in 2004 and stayed until 2008 before spending a year at Portsmouth. Defoe returned to north London in January 2009 and made more appearances and scored more goals in his second spell than he did in his first.

There was better news for Spurs regarding Brazilian midfielder Sandro who has returned to full training following a calf injury that has kept him out since December.

Right back Kyle Walker (hip) could also return but they will be without midfielder Etienne Capoue and left-back Danny Rose after they picked up knee injuries in Sunday’s 1-0 league defeat at Norwich City which left them six points off fourth place.

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Beasts Bayern must show teeth

Posted on 2019年3月21日

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the European champions need to live up to their “Black beasts” nickname when they face Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first-leg.

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Real fans have dubbed Bayern “la bestia negra” (Black beasts) or “Bete Noire” after a series of key defeats to the German giants, most recently in the 2012 Champions League semi-final, which was decided by a penalty shoot-out in Madrid.

Bayern have suffered a dip in form with three wins in their last seven games since winning the Bundesliga title last month with a record seven matches to spare and Rummenigge wants to see a more threatening display in Madrid.

“We’re known as ‘la bestia negra’ down there and we need to show them ‘la bestia negra’ is back,” said Rummenigge after Bayern’s unimpressive 2-0 Bundesliga win at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.

Rummenigge has called for courage – and at least one away goal in Madrid’s first leg.

“We need to score at least one goal. That’s what we learnt from Dortmund’s meetings with Real Madrid,” he added after Borussia Dortmund bowed out of the Champions League, despite a 2-0 quarter-final win at home, having lost 3-0 in Madrid.

Bayern were boosted on Sunday when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer returned to training having missed the last two games with a calf injury and left-back David Alaba took part having missed the Braunschweig game with a cold.

It remains to be seen whether Real’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for the Bernabeu clash, but Rummenigge has said he wants to see the Portugal star lead Real’s attack in Madrid.

Hawaiian youngster stars in Bells surf

Posted on 2019年3月21日

One jaw-dropping move has put John John Florence’s season back on track and shown why many rate him the future of men’s surfing.

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The 21-year-old Hawaiian phenomenon produced a stunning aerial manoeuvre on Monday at Bells Beach that earned him the first perfect-10 wave score of the season.

More significantly, it also helped propel him to a round-four heat win over 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and current world No.1 Gabriel Medina.

In a day of pulsating action at the Rip Curl Pro, well-credentialled Australians Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow also graduated to the quarter-finals after winning in the fourth round.

But the story of Easter Monday was Florence’s brilliant flourish.

Four judges scored the wave ride a 10 and the fifth rated it a 9.5.

“I had no idea what it was going to be scored,” Florence said.

“I couldn’t tell what it felt like, really.

“Having a heat like that just builds my confidence so much.”

Slater was on the back of a jet ski, heading back out to find another wave in the heat when Florence produced his masterpiece.

“When he landed I thought oh, he was just stuck to his board,” Slater said.

“You can’t really do a better ‘air’ than that.”

Parkinson, watching from the beach, was gobsmacked.

“John John tricked everybody,” he said.

“I was just baffled when I saw that.”

Florence had struggled for form since finishing runner-up to Slater last December at the Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

Producing a perfect score in such a talented heat took care of that problem.

Florence is from Hawaii’s North Shore surfing mecca and appears destined for stardom.

“Just to make the heat and to win it over those two guys – I was pretty nervous going into it and I tried to forget about surfing against them,” Florence said.

“I surprised myself – I landed perfectly.

“I’ve had a hard start to the year – just to be in the quarters and make it this far, I’m over the moon.”

Florence is the odd man out of the round-four winners, and not just because he is the only non-Australian.

Fanning, Parkinson and Burrow are in their 30s and are all former Rip Curl Pro winners, while this is just the second time the youthful Florence has competed at Bells.

Berbatov brilliance inspires Monaco

Posted on 2019年3月21日

A delightful Dimitar Berbatov goal gave Monaco a 1-0 win against near neighbours Nice on Sunday and meant that Paris Saint-Germain will have to wait a little longer yet before clinching the Ligue 1 title.

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Berbatov’s nonchalant fifth-minute lob was the only goal of the Cote d’Azur derby at the Stade Louis II and the victory got Claudio Ranieri’s side back on track after their shock exit from the French Cup to Guingamp at the semi-final stage on Wednesday.

A third successive league win for the principality club means they are now certain to finish in the top three and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

They are nine points clear of third-placed Lille, who go to Marseille later, and seven behind leaders PSG, who do not host Evian until Wednesday having beaten Lyon 2-1 in the League Cup final on Saturday night.

Even if PSG win that game, they will not secure a second consecutive championship until next weekend at the earliest.

For all the money spent last summer, finishing second would be an excellent achievement for Monaco, who were in Ligue 2 a year ago, but coach Ranieri’s future has been the subject of much speculation recently.

This win will come as a relief to him, although it will be best remembered for Berbatov’s outrageous early goal.

The Bulgarian controlled a pass forward from Joao Moutinho on the left of the penalty area near the byline, looked up and nonchalantly lobbed the ball over Nice ‘keeper David Ospina and into the net at the far post for his sixth goal in French football since arriving from Fulham in January.

Monaco had chances to increase their advantage in the first half, with Valere Germain striking the post before Ospina was forced into a good save from a free-kick by his compatriot James Rodriguez.

However they couldn’t get a second goal and they were fortunate not to concede an equaliser midway through the second half when Danijel Subasic saved well from substitute Dario Cvitanich and Mathieu Bodmer’s header from the resulting corner was blocked by Subasic and then cleared by Mounir Obbadi right on the line.

The Nice players appealed for a goal to be given, but the officials waved play on and Claude Puel’s side are without a win in five matches.

Later on Sunday, Ajaccio cross Corsica for the derby against Bastia knowing they have to win to stand any chance of further postponing their inevitable relegation.

16-year-old survives stowaway flight drama

Posted on 2019年3月21日

An FBI agent says a 16-year-old US boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii has no memory of the trip and is lucky to be alive.

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The teen survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet (11,500 metres) and a lack of oxygen.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said on Sunday night the boy was questioned after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification.

“Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Simon said.

Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning.

The teen had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. When the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds, he said.

“He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” Simon said. The flight lasted about 5 1/2 hours.

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security.

“Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived,” Croyle said.

Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed.

“Doesn’t even remember the flight,” Simon said. “It’s amazing he survived that.”

The boy will not be charged and was referred to child protective services, Simon said.

In August, a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria survived a 35-minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities credited the flight’s short duration.

Others stowing away in wheel wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell on to a suburban London street from a flight from Angola in 2012.

Queen’s portrait by David Bailey released

Posted on 2019年3月21日

The photograph of the monarch, smiling, was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and commissioned on behalf of the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

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The image will be used in activity to support the campaign, which aims to generate jobs and growth through highlighting Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.

The Queen is wearing pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, who has served as personal assistant and senior dresser to her since 2002.

A Buckingham Palace source said: “Bailey’s name was suggested by Number 10 and the GREAT campaign and the Queen agreed. The Queen agreed to sit for it in recognition of the work of the GREAT campaign.”

Bailey said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I’ve always liked strong women and she is a very strong woman.”

It is hoped that the image will encourage overseas visitors to experience Britain’s royal heritage. Britain’s monarchy, including royal heritage and property, is one of the biggest drivers of tourism into the UK, generating an estimated STG500 million ($A901.47 million) per year from overseas tourism spend.

The campaign has delivered economic returns worth more than STG500 million to the economy with a further STG600 million to STG800 million of returns forecast for 2013-14.

It is the government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign and showcases the best of what Britain has to offer in order to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.

The initiative was launched by the Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2011 and is a global campaign, deployed by Britain’s diplomatic posts in 144 countries around the world.

Bailey, 76, has photographed an extraordinary range of subjects over more than half a century – actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels.

Fowler-Reid delivers Steel shooting clinic

Posted on 2019年2月21日

The Canterbury Tactix had no answer to prolific Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in a lopsided trans-Tasman netball league match in Christchurch.

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Towering Jamaican Fowler-Reid sunk 60 of 61 shots to dominate her team’s 77-61 win on Monday and leave the home side rooted to the bottom of the 10-team championship standings.

A third win from eight games lifts the Steel past the Mystics to eighth place, joining a clamour for the playoffs which sees the teams ranked from third to ninth separated by just two points.

The Tactix sit four points behind that group, with a fourth-round upset of Central Pulse still their only bright point in a difficult season.

They couldn’t stop Fowler-Reid delivering another shooting clinic, extending her tally to a league-leading 347 goals, which is 77 more than any other player.

Last year she was named the championship’s most valuable player, sinking 666 goals for the sixth-placed Steel.

Her shooting percentage is also superior to anyone this year at 94 per cent, climbing ahead of Northern Mystics’ Cathrine Latu (93.8 per cent).

The Steel lost the second and fourth quarters by two goals, but their 10-goal advantage in both the first and third quarters ensured they were never threatened.

Shannon Francois was outstanding at wing attack for the winners, routinely finding space for herself and delivering a steady stream of possession to Fowler-Reid.

Rachel Rasmussen was the pick of the Steel defence although she joined a number of team-mates in being rested during the second half as their lead stretched out.

Jodi Brown shot 16 from 19 for the Steel while the impressive Mwai Kumendra (49/52) and Anna Thompson (12/20) scored for the Tactix.

Man charged with murder of two sisters

Posted on 2019年2月21日

A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder after the deaths of two young sisters in an Easter Sunday tragedy in Melbourne.

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The girls, both aged under 10, were found dead at a house in Watsonia, and a man known to them was arrested at the scene on Sunday afternoon.

Police issued a statement early on Monday saying Charles Mihayo, of Watsonia, had been charged with the murder of both girls and remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police have yet to reveal how the children died or give details of any injuries.

A number of family members were at the home at the time the incident unfolded.

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the tragedy had touched many.

“This is a tragic set of circumstances that has impacted on the family, and there were a number of family members here at the time,” he said at the scene.

“It’s naturally impacted on friends, neighbours and also on members of the fire brigade, the ambulance services and members of Victoria Police who have attended the scene today.”

Police were called to the Longmuir Road home about 2.40pm (AEST).

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics treated two people in a critical condition there for some time, but could not be save them.

A neighbour said the incident was hard to comprehend.

“(I feel) sick to the stomach,” he said.

“It’s really hard to believe this could happen in a quiet little suburban street.”

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Outrage over Japan PM’s gift to war shrine

Posted on 2019年2月21日

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine has sparked a Chinese charge that he was offering “a slap in the face” to US President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit.

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The unapologetically nationalist Abe on Monday donated a sacred masakaki tree to coincide with the start of a three-day festival, a shrine official said.

The sending of a gift has been seen as a sign that Abe does not intend to go to the shrine – as he did on December 26, sparking fury in Asia and earning him a diplomatic slap on the wrist from the United States, which said it was disappointed.

Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan’s war dead, including some senior military and political figures convicted of serious crimes in the wake of the country’s World War II defeat.

That, and the accompanying museum, which paints Japan as a frustrated liberator of Asia and victim of World War II, makes it controversial, especially in China and South Korea, where it is seen as a symbol of Japan’s lack of penitence.

Abe and other nationalists say the shrine is merely a place to remember fallen soldiers. They compare it with Arlington National Cemetery in the United States.

Masaru Ikei, an expert on Japanese diplomacy and professor emeritus at Keio University, said that with Obama due to arrive on Wednesday for a state visit, Abe was always likely to stay away from the shrine.

“The prime minister does not want to worsen ties with China and South Korea before President Obama’s visit. But he does want to maintain his creed that he should pray for the war dead,” he told AFP.

Ikei said Washington’s public and slightly unexpected rebuke after his last visit meant Abe “will not be able to visit the shrine again for a while”.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang, speaking at a regular briefing on Monday, said Japan needed to “face up to and deeply reflect on its history of aggression and make a clean break with militarism”.

The South Korean foreign ministry also issued an angry statement.

“Our government cannot but deplore Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines war criminals, in glorification of Japan’s past invasion and colonisation, as well as war aggressions,” it said.

Many conservative lawmakers are expected to go to the shrine to mark the spring festival on Tuesday.

In a further sign of their parlous state, Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines said China had seized one of its ships in a row over what Beijing says are unpaid damages relating to events in the 1930s.

Deadline looms for Race Discrimination Act submissions

Posted on 2019年2月21日

(Transcript from World News Radio)

Australia’s national Indigenous representative body says there have been some compelling submissions made to the federal government arguing against changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

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The Attorney General’s office is accepting submissions until the end of April on its exposure draft which would see Section 18 C of the act repealed.

That’s the section which makes it unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person of group of people on the basis of race, colour or national or ethnic origin.

The government believes the act imposes too many restrictions on free speech but critics say it’s only wanting to change the legislation because of a 2011 judgment against the News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt.

Greg Dyett has the details.

Ever since a Federal Court judge ruled that Andrew Bolt had breached the Racial Discrimination Act, Tony Abbott has been determined to right what he regards as a wrong.

The 2009 articles on fair skinned Indigenous people contained what the judge called errors in fact, distortions of truth and inflammatory and provocative language.

Justice Mordy Bromberg stressed that his judgment did not make it unlawful to debate the issue of racial identity.

This is because under the existing provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act it is possible to insult or humiliate people because of their race or colour, without breaking the law, if it is done reasonably and in good faith.

But Justice Bromberg found Andrew Bolt wasn’t acting in good faith – Bolt himself told the court that he knew what he’d written was likely to offend.

In arguing in favour of change, the Attorney-General George Brandis appeared to condone Australians being bigoted when he was asked about it in the Senate.

“Mr President, people do have a right to be bigots, you know. In a free country people do have rights to say things that other people find offensive or insulting or bigoted. Nevertheless, Senator Peris, through you Mr President may I point out to you that Section 18 C, in its current form does not prohibit racial vilification.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says sometimes free speech will offend and that can be okay.

“Sometimes, free speech will be speech which upsets people, which offends people. It is in the nature of free speech that sometimes some people will not like it.”

Just as the government has wanted to change the Racial Discrimination Act, a diverse range of groups is just as determined to fight for maintenance of the status quo.

Their activism may have swayed public opinion, with a series of recent polls showing Australians overwhelmingly don’t support the federal government’s proposed amendments.

One of the most prominent cases involving the Act was launched back in 2003 against the Holocaust revisionist Fredrick Toben.

The Federal Court found some of the material on Toben’s website had breached the Act, such as his claim Jews had deliberately exaggerated the number of them killed in the Second World War for financial gain.

Under the proposed changes, critics say claims like that would not be unlawful.

The draft legislation does prohibit vilification.

But this would not apply to “words, sounds, images or writing that are spoken, broadcast, published or otherwise communicated in the course of participating in the public discussion of any political, social, cultural, religious, artistic, academic or scientific matter”.

The co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Les Malezer, says the changes threaten decades of work at building better race relations in Australia.

His body has been campaigning with representatives of ethnic and religious groups to oppose the amendments.

“It is a common interest. There’s complete agreement amongst all of our groups about how we should be approaching this exercise and that we shouldn’t be supporting the changes that the government is pushing for. And amongst that we’re finding that there’s a lot more common interest that we have to, it’s not just about 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act but it’s about a view of a strong, tolerant multicultural society in Australia, including respect for the first peoples.”

Lez Malezer is encouraging others who are concerned to make submissions ahead of the April 30 deadline and says he’s heartened by the submissions he’s already seen.

“They’ve all been very strong to say that racial vilification is a very damaging thing, that it can cripple the lives of people. It doesn’t have to be physical harm it can be by abuse, verbal abuse. It can have a big impact upon individuals, young people in particular but also on whole communities. So that’s been very strongly pointed out in the various submissions that we have seen. So we’ve seen some very good arguments based both on the workings of the law but also upon harm that is done to communities where racial vilification occurs.”

Author Arnold Zable is one of a group of 175 authors, artists and publishers who have lodged a submission arguing against the change.

He says the signatories are all mindful of how words can be used in both uplifting and harmful ways.

“As writers we are acutely aware of the power of words to uplift or to humiliate, the power of words to inform, break through ignorance and the power of words to mislead, you know, so I think that when it came to making submissions I think it was beholden upon us to do so, I think it’s our responsibility.”

Geoff Clark was one of the Indigenous people who was targetted by Andrew Bolt’s articles.

Mr Clark has told SBS’ Living Black program that Andrew Bolt lost the case for a combination of reasons, including getting many of his facts completely wrong.

And he says the fact that Bolt and his employer, News Limited, decided not to appeal against the judgment is significant.

“I think it was that combination what was so strong, they chose not to appeal it. So it wasn’t just, I think, the racist nature of the language it was a combination of those things so we brought that about because there were sections in the Act which were used. Now you remove that, I’m sure that there will still be arguments in the future where you know if people are going to be vilifying you, there are going to be arguments but it’s got nothing to do with free or curbing free speech, I think that also was a distortion and that was certainly perpetuated by the Bolt camp.”

Somali politician killed in car bomb

Posted on 2019年2月21日

A Somali politician, MP Isak Mohamed, has been assassinated and another wounded by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister says.

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The incident is the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the conflict-ravaged capital.

“Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country,” Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement on Monday, referring to the slain MP.

The attack comes as the government holds a security conference hoping to tackle continued attacks by al-Qaeda linked Shabab insurgents.

“This cowardly attack will not derail the progress made in Mogadishu and across Somalia,” Ahmed said.

Mohamed was killed when a bomb stuck to a vehicle he was in exploded in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, near the port and close to the heavily fortified government district.

His colleague and fellow MP, Mohamed Abdi, was wounded.

“The explosive device was attached to the car of the lawmaker … we are investigating and hunting the perpetrators to bring them to justice,” said Abdukadir Mohamed Abdukadir, commissioner of the Hamarweyne district.

Witnesses said the MPs were driving when the explosion occurred.

“The car went off as it was passed by… one of them burned to death, the other one was seriously injured,” said Mohamed Adam, a witness.

The Shabab have been driven out of fixed positions in Somalia’s major towns by a UN-mandated African Union force.

But they still regularly launch attacks which include bombs and guerilla-style raids.

The blast comes a day after Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud opened the thee-day security conference, where he claimed that the “culture of lawlessness that has plagued Somalia for the last 23 years is coming to an end.”