‘Dark days of old Don Dale’: Human rights groups condemn NT’s new youth justice laws

NT families minister says changes made to manage security risks but Amnesty says they are ‘dangerous’

Human rights, legal groups and Aboriginal peak organisations have called for a halt to the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice laws they say will take them back to the “dark days of the old Don Dale”.

Following the swift passage of the youth justice amendment bill in NT parliament this week, Amnesty International said the changes were “dangerous”.

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‘Dark days of old Don Dale’: Human rights groups condemn NT’s new youth justice laws

NT families minister says changes made to manage security risks but Amnesty says they are ‘dangerous’

Human rights, legal groups and Aboriginal peak organisations have called for a halt to the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice laws they say will take them back to the “dark days of the old Don Dale”.

Following the swift passage of the youth justice amendment bill in NT parliament this week, Amnesty International said the changes were “dangerous”.

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Labor backs official apology for thalidomide survivors

An inquiry also recommended affected families receive compensation and payments towards ongoing care

Labor has called on the government to endorse a national apology to Australians born without limbs and life-long disabilities as a result of the thalidomide scandal, one of the world’s worst pharmaceutical failures.

A parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of thalidomide survivors has recommended the federal government apologise to affected families and provide compensation and ongoing payments towards their health needs.

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‘People think it’s not safe’: nature tourism takes hit over Trump wall policy

Texas’s eco-tourism industry is seeing a drop in visitors in what should be a blockbuster year – and locals think the push for a border wall is to blame

In the Alamo Inn’s gift shop, a whiteboard lists recent bird sightings in the valley: Morelet’s seedeater; ferruginous hawk; crimson-collared grosbeak; golden-crowned warbler.

“We didn’t see these birds at all last year,” said Keith Hackland, who with his wife co-owns the inn, in the small Texan town of Alamo, which caters to birders and other nature tourists.

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Home Affairs says it is targeting ‘extremist ideology of white supremacy’

Mike Pezzullo says agency to investigate claim author of Fraser Anning’s infamous ‘final solution’ speech, was on unpaid leave from his department

The Department of Home Affairs head, Mike Pezzullo, has said his staff are zeroing in on white supremacists and their sympathisers in the week following the Christchurch terror attack, including, if necessary, those within his own department.

Pezzullo’s comments on white supremacy come just a week after he delivered a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute where he listed “seven gathering storms” for national security, where “radical extremist Islamist terrorism” was mentioned, but white supremacy was not.

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Republicans’ silence over Trump’s attacks on McCain is truly shameful | Lloyd Green

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator’s former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own image

In death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family’s connections – his father and grandfather served as navy admirals – the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his sense of duty and honor.

While Trump’s nonstop effort to mar the late senator’s memory should surprise no one, the response of McCain’s Republican Senate colleagues to Trump’s posthumous onslaught is both telling and disgraceful. The barons of the Senate live in fear of the president and his base. When Trump told Iowans in early 2016 that he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters, he knew of what he spoke.

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Republicans’ silence over Trump’s attacks on McCain is truly shameful | Lloyd Green

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator’s former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own image

In death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family’s connections – his father and grandfather served as navy admirals – the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his sense of duty and honor.

While Trump’s nonstop effort to mar the late senator’s memory should surprise no one, the response of McCain’s Republican Senate colleagues to Trump’s posthumous onslaught is both telling and disgraceful. The barons of the Senate live in fear of the president and his base. When Trump told Iowans in early 2016 that he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters, he knew of what he spoke.

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