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Labor premiers do the differentiation? And other reflections on Mohamed Haneef

There were some suggestions on the thread about Mohamed Haneef that the Labor response to wedges is for Rudd or a shadow minister to agree with the government, only to have Premiers and other state Labor figures cast doubts as

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Posted in Authoritarianism, Crime, Developing world, elections, Howardia, immigration, Law, politics, Terrorism

Mohamed Haneef and protecting liberal democracy in the age of terror

Balancing civil liberties with the need to have an effective counterterrorism campaign has long been a difficult issue for liberal democracies. The arrest, detention, release and now detention of suspect Mohamed Haneef has raised important questions about the protection of

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Posted in Authoritarianism, Law, Policy, Terrorism

Cyber choice activism for Australian-Americans

Yes, we do exist! 🙂 Tigtog wrote last week about the reactionary Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Carhart. If you’re an American citizen, and are concerned, you should urge your Senator and Congressperson to co-sponsor and support Barbara Boxer

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Posted in activism, feminism, Law, politics

The US Supreme Court's ruling on Gonzales v. Carhart

In light of certain special interest groups who expect our current federal government to follow the lead of the Bush administration, an important point needs to be made widely known: the new abortion decision from the US Supreme Court will

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Posted in feminism, Law, Medicine, Parenting, politics

You show me yours, I'll show you mine

The bizarro world refugee swap plan (whereby we swap Sri Lankan refugees who’ve arrived at Christmas Island and been shunted off to Nauru with Cuban refugees who’ve been intercepted trying to reach the States) has almost everyone perplexed. Though maybe

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Posted in immigration, Law, politics, USA

Ruddock wants to ban Star Wars

Well, possibly. HeathG at Catallaxy links to media reports of a new thought bubble from Emperor Palpatine…er…Ruddock to ban material that “advocates terrorist acts”. In the wake of stories in the Daily Terrorgraph about various Muslim clerics circulating rather inflammatory

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Posted in Crime, Howardia, Law, Middle East, religion, Sydney

Thunderbolts from the heavens?

Legislators in Mexico City are moving towards decriminalising abortion. Scott from Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the central point well: The key question of abortion policy is always not whether women will get abortions, but whether non-affluent women will have

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Posted in Apocalypse, Developing world, feminism, Iraq, Law, Lesbian and Gay, Philosophy, politics, Poverty, religion, USA, War

US Supreme Court pushes EPA to regulate greenhouse

The United States, and Australia, are the big holdouts in the developed world on doing anything about climate change. However, the ground is shifting under the White House, as it has been shifting here in Oz. The latest development is

Posted in environment, Foreign policy, Law, politics, USA

All In The Timing

Dr John Billings, creator of the Billings Method of contraception, has died in Melbourne at the age of 89. The Billings Method involves calculating the times at which a woman is most likely to become pregnant (I won’t go into

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Posted in activism, Crime, Ethics, feminism, history, Law, life, Parenting, sexuality
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