The Nauruan government has accused detractors of contempt of court, and media of allowing people to attempt to influence the long-running prosecution of a group of high-profile Nauruan protesters. Last week the group of demonstrators known as the Nauru 19, which has included former MPs and presidents, were found guilty of charges including riot and assault in a controversial retrial overseen by former Fijian chief justice Daniel Fatiaki. Fatiaki acquitted defendants of disturbing the parliament during the 2015 protests, which were sparked by the suspension of MPs who had spoken to international media, criticising the government for dismissing and deporting members of the judiciary. The four-and-a-half year saga has drawn heavy criticism from human rights and legal groups, and at least four members fled Nauru and sought asylum in Australia and Fiji. All remaining defendants have been held in remand and face sentencing next week. In its statement, sent through a Brisbane-based PR firm, … [Read more...] about Nauruan government alleges ‘reprehensible’ interference in Nauru 19 case
Empty lanes at Jetstar check-in counters told a grim tale on Saturday, as 90 of the budget airline's weekend flights were cancelled because of an industrial dispute. Jetstar workers have walked off the job at airports across the country this week as part of an escalating pay and safety dispute. A departures board at Sydney Airport showed Jetstar flights to Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast all cancelled today. The departures board at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning told of flight cancellations The Jetstar counters were eerily quiet at Sydney Airport on Saturday morning The empty Jetstar check-in lanes spoke of disrupted holiday plans during the peak December period when families criss-cross the country to gather for Christmas celebrations. A total of 44 flights were cancelled on Saturday with a further 46 services to be axed on Sunday, Jetstar said on its website. The airline said passengers affected had been notified on Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Going nowhere fast: Grim scenes at Australian airports as 90 weekend flights are cancelled due to Jetstar’s worker safety and pay dispute
Boris Johnson can now kick back and watch Labour's implosion on BBC News in the Downing Street flat after winning an 80-seat majority. The Prime Minister's general election triumph - thanks to Labour's worst rout since 1935 - means he can now proceed with his plans to hold a Queen's Speech next week. So when will it actually happen, what will he prioritise and what votes will happen before Christmas? First, Boris Johnson could carry out a mini-reshuffle of his team from Monday - though as all Cabinet ministers kept their MP seats he doesn't need to make many changes unless he wants to. Chancellor Sajid Javid has been told he can remain in post but gaffe-strewn Jacob Rees-Mogg , who outraged Grenfell victims' families, could be dumped. Over the weekend he his likely to also hold congratulatory phone calls with world leaders. MPs will then come to the Commons (many for the first time) to begin "swearing in" - which takes several days - on Tuesday 17 December. It will be a frantic … [Read more...] about When is the Queen’s Speech and when will Parliament sit after Boris Johnson win?
Labour’s crushing defeat in the British general election ignited instant debate among Democrats in the US, with 2020 election frontrunner Joe Biden framing it as a warning to the party against moving too far left. While the Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, is often compared to Donald Trump, some also see parallels between the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a 70-year-old socialist, and left-wing senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, aged 78 and 70 respectively. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco, Biden, the former vice-president, said: “Look what happens when the Labour party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with ideas that are not able to be contained within a rational basis quickly. “You’re also going to see people saying, my God, Boris Johnson, who is kind of a physical and emotional clone of the president, is able to win.” Others cautioned against over-extrapolation, noting the deep policy and structural … [Read more...] about Democrats pick over Labour loss in UK as Biden warns of moving ‘so far’ left
LABOUR faces a formal investigation into the party's anti-Semitism crisis, the equalities watchdog announced today. Jeremy Corbyn's party is accused of breaking the law by allowing anti-Jewish racism to rage inside Labour. It could now be subjected to legal action from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Furious Labour MPs said it was a "day of shame" and hit out at the "unforgivable" leadership for repeatedly failing to deal with the problem. The watchdog launched a formal probe into Labour this morning after opening a preliminary investigation earlier this year. The EHRC said the party "may have committed unlawful acts" by failing to crack down on anti-Semitism.It comes after Mr Corbyn and his allies have repeatedly been accused of tolerating racism from far-left activists. Gideon Falter of the Campaign Against Antisemitism blasted: "Over the course of his leadership we have seen enough to convince us that Jeremy Corbyn himself is an anti-Semite and unfit for any public … [Read more...] about Labour accused of breaking the law with anti-Semitism scandal as human rights watchdog launches formal probe