A clear majority of voters support recognising indigenous Australians in the constitution and creating a voice to parliament, according to a new poll. Most also support a treaty with indigenous Australians, the Essential survey confirms. Indigenous Australians Minister has committed to holding a referendum on constitutional recognition within the next three years. But he and the prime minister are not going to support a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice to parliament as proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Liberal and National MPs have long raised concerns the indigenous advisory body could become a "third chamber" of parliament. "We're not in favour of a third chamber or a separate voice," senior government minister Peter Dutton told the Nine Network today. "We've got a very strong democracy, we want to see more indigenous people in the parliament, and it's great that Ken Wyatt is the first indigenous affairs minister. "He's got a process that's underway, let him … [Read more...] about Most Aussie voters support indigenous recognition
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JEFF BEZOS wants humans to live in space. On May 9th the founder and boss of Amazon, who also runs Blue Origin, a private rocketry firm, unveiled plans for a lunar lander. “Blue Moon”, as it is called, is just one phase of a bold plan to establish large off-world settlements. It is a vision ripped directly from 20th-century science fiction. Having persuaded people to take other leaps of faith, from shopping online to placing his firm’s always-on listening posts in their homes, he could be just the person to convince millions to leave Earth. But it will take a unique economic pitch. Unless Mr Bezos obtains the state-like power to order masses of people around, his plans will require emigré Earthlings to leave voluntarily. Their motives need not be entirely economic. The Puritans left Britain for America in search of freedom from religious persecution. Mr Bezos might well find recruits among unhappy minorities—or deeply devoted believers in his vision for … [Read more...] about Amazon’s boss reckons that humanity needs an HQ2
Science & Environment By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 6 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48133143 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The most comprehensive and detailed review of the state of nature has … [Read more...] about Five things we’ve learned from nature crisis study
Life on Earth has suffered a catastrophic decline in diversity as a result of human activity over the past 50 years, according to the most comprehensive assessment ever undertaken of the global ecosystem.A report released on Monday by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) concludes that “nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history”, with species already becoming extinct “at least tens to hundreds of times faster than the average over the past 10m years”. One million of Earth’s estimated 8m plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” said Sir Robert Watson, chair of the UN-sponsored IPBES. “Transformative change” is needed at every level of society to stem the decline in biodiversity, he added. “The member states of IPBES … [Read more...] about Global biodiversity in rapid decline, UN scientists warn
Other than his diminutive comrade in the Kremlin, no nation’s leader is trying to harm Ukraine more than the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban. According to Mr. Orban and his Fidesz Party, Ukraine wrongfully passed what has come to be known as the “Education Law.” This has resulted in threats by Mr. Orban to veto Ukraine’s potential membership in the European Union and NATO, but Mr. Orban’s recent activities show a far more dangerous course that potentially threatens not only Ukraine but Hungary, Europe, NATO and the United States. Ukraine’s law on education establishes that all educational curricula taught in public schools after the sixth grade must be taught in the Ukrainian language. Prior to the sixth grade, any ethnic language may be utilized for education. Post-sixth grade, Hungarian is offered as an elective course in schools, and there is no prohibition for Hungarian, Russian, Romanian or other languages to be taught outside of school. … [Read more...] about What is Viktor Orban’s end game for Hungary, Ukraine and NATO?