Australian Politics: 1 February 2015 – Lessons Learnt?


Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Are on Hunger Strike Over Australia’s Resettlement Plan


Originally posted on TIME:

Nearly 700 detainees, or almost two-thirds of those held in an Australian offshore detention center on Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Manus Island, are on hunger strike to protest Canberra’s plan to permanently resettle them on the island.

The hunger strike comes in the wake of a vow by Australia’s recently-appointed Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, that Manus Island detainees would “never arrive in Australia,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

During the past week, hundreds of detainees have abstained from food, and some from water, over the government’s plan to move them to the nearby town of Lorengau. As many as 14 have sown their lips together, the Herald says.

Visiting Australian medical staff and refugee rights groups say that health facilities on Manus Island center are not equipped to handle the hunger strike.

“They don’t have the capacity to handle a hunger strike of even one tenth of that size,”…

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Crews Race to Control South Australia’s Worst Bushfire in 3 Decades


particularkev:

The number of house severely damaged or destroyed now stands at 26 confirmed, plus other buildings. The number may yet rise.

Originally posted on TIME:

Thirteen homes have been destroyed in the worst bushfire in South Australia since 1983.

That number is expected to rise to more than 30 homes as specialist crews of firefighters assess the damage in the Adelaide Hills and try to control the blaze, which has been burning since Friday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports.

But it is a race against time as weather conditions are expected to hamper efforts on Wednesday, with high temperatures and winds expected.

More than 1,100 properties lie in the affected area and authorities say they will have a better idea of the damage as the day goes on.

Fire crews are working to protect pockets of homes from the blaze and will increase their efforts to control the fire from the air.

[ABC]

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The Gospel Coalition (TGC) Australia


The link below is to an article reporting on the establishment of TGC Australia in early 2015.

For more visit:
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-tgc-australia