Australia even today has no overarching plan or political strategy to bring peace to Syria or Iraq. We've outsourced it, as we have the larger fraction of our foreign and defence policy, to a conflicted and exhausted superpower that seems increasingly helpless as the ghosts of past decisions have proliferated into nightmares.
We’ve hit peak car, but trying to solve the problem with more roads is like loosening your belt to cure obesity. Senator Rice outlines the Greens plan to prioritise train, tram and bus projects, as well as paths for people to walk and ride their bike.
The Senate notes with deep concern recent political developments in Cambodia, including the issuing of an arrest warrant based on seven-year-old defamation charges against opposition Leader Sam Rainsy and his subsequent removal from parliament and stripping of his parliamentary immunity.
The uranium industry is desperate to deny its role in nuclear weapons proliferation, and the Australian government is quietly sabotaging efforts to negotiate a nuclear weapons abolition treaty. It is time we called them out on it.
Lee reveals the folly of the WestConnex urban motorway project. Not only will it be under-utilised but there are concerns that asbestos from the project is being dumped at a waste facility unable to accept it. While Sydney's need for more and better public transport couldn't be greater, this project will be a financial failure and could endanger our health.
Lee discusses the benefits of the Nuka System in fixing a fragmented and beaurocratic healthcare system. This program and other super utiliser programs integrate medical, dental, behavioural and other types of support services to reduce unnecessary hospital care, increase social benefits, and provide truly universal healthcare.
Lee recently launched a book called Freedom From Religion in a Canberra bookshop. The author, Ms Wallace, argues that freedom from religion or belief is the real promise of article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom from suppression or imposition of religious or non-religious doctrines by the state or anyone else.
On the same day the Greens tabled a petition of 2550 signatures collected by these Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children calling for the government to release all children in detention, the Senate passed Greens amendments to do just that.