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Who cares about War Crimes?

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The book co-authored by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, “Hit and Run”, contains allegations that some people have said could amount to war crimes.

Why does it matter? Horrible things happen in war, so let’s just get over it. Right?

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The Refugee Quota Compromise

By   /  June 15, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The decision to raise the quota to 1000 refugees per year from the current 750 does nothing to redress the three decades of no increase to our refugee quota. It is a token gesture designed to mollify proponents for more resettlement and to be able to tell the general population that the government is “doing something”.

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Good men dying for a cause

By   /  April 29, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This Monday, our ANZAC day of remembrance, saw a horrific crime take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr Xulhaz Mannan and his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, were hacked to death in Mr Mannan’s apartment. Both men were gay and trans activists, murdered by people driven by hate, fear and ignorance.

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Europe’s Bad Refugee Deal

By   /  March 24, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

On 7 March 2016 the EU-Turkey summit lead to a deal being agreed on the “refugee crisis” now confronting Europe. The deal is a terrible one, undermines protection, and completely ignores the human reality of those forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution.

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The Kiwi Trudeau

By   /  February 24, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

After years of the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, Canadians voted for the Liberal Party lead by Justin Trudeau. Trudeau shows the value of a progressive party uniting under a charismatic leader with a core message – that diversity is a strength and Canada’s common uniting feature.

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Davos and the Future of Work

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Currently, the World Economic Forum meeting is taking place in the Swiss alps. This annual march to Davos brings together individuals across the public and private sectors where these privileged few get to discuss the issues that affect all of us.

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Execution in Saudi Arabia

By   /  September 24, 2015  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many of you will have seen the horrible news that Saudi Arabia is intending to go ahead with the planned crucifixion and execution of Ali Mohamed al-Nimr who was arrested when he was a child.

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