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Kevin Rennie

Secondary teacher (now retired), unionist and Australian Labor Party member since 1972. 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned in June 2008 to Melbourne to live after 15 months in Broome.

Kevin's website is Red Bluff

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29 June 2017

Cardinal George Pell, Vatican's Third Highest-Ranking Official, Charged With Sexual Assault Offences in Australia

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has indicated that Pell will return to Australia to try to clear his name.

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

19 June 2017

What Next for US-Australian Relations After Malcolm Turnbull Mocks ‘The Donald'?

Audio of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimicking US President Donald Trump in a stand-up at Canberra's midwinter ball has been leaked by political journalist Laurie Oakes.

26 May 2017

Aussie Tennis Icon's Star Fades Over Opposition to Marriage Equality

Australian tennis great Margaret Court is at the center of an angry tweetstorm after refusing to fly with Qantas airlines because of its support for same-sex marriage.

18 May 2017

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients in Australia Raises Discrimination and Privacy Concerns

"The overwhelming Twitter response to the plan to drug test welfare recipients: drug test politicians and their staff too"

2 May 2017

‘We Told You So': Australian Federal Police Accessed Journalist's Phone Records Illegally

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Australian police have breached the law by accessing a journalist's phone records without a warrant in order to trace a leak.

12 April 2017

International Scholars Search for Ways to Protect Syria's Ancient Heritage

Melbourne University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibition that focuses on saving what remains of Syria's ancient history.

9 March 2017

‘Girls To The Front': Celebrating International Women's Day 2017 in Australia

Australians highlighted both achievements and unrealised goals on International Women's Day 2017.

2 March 2017

Australian Children's Writer Mem Fox Says Her Detention at US Border Was ‘Traumatic’

"America I was already furious at you but now you've made Mem Fox cry I think we're officially DONE FOREVER."

24 February 2017

Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic Visit to Australia Gets Mixed Reactions

"Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace..."

19 February 2017

Aussie Media Cop Criticism for Coverage of Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist's Meltdown

"Please consider the impact of sustained coverage on the #mentalhealth of a celebrity – important to be respectful." #GrantHackett

6 February 2017

Women's Australian Football Competition Bursts onto National Stage at Last

The historic opening weekend of the Women's Australian Football League competition grips the nation.

25 January 2017

Australia Day Ads Promoting Diversity Stir Controversy Before National Holiday

"If you’re not sure how to feel about the ad, why not ask an Aboriginal person who they feel about it. And if you don’t know any Aboriginal people… well…"

5 January 2017

Death, Beatings Highlight the Horrors of Australia's Manus Island Refugee Detention Centre

"The refugees were so scared and distressed and they said the police did not give them any food or medical treatment. "

15 December 2016

The 2016 Word of the Year Down Under? ‘Democracy Sausage’.

'Democracy Sausage', the Australian word of the year, celebrates the sausage sizzles at polling booths on election day.

7 December 2016

Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The Greens leader's call to decriminalise recreational drugs has many supporters in Australia.

25 November 2016

Call for Sugar Tax on Beverages Ignites Nanny State Debate Down Under

"Rather than considering a sugar tax, it'd be more useful if there was a fresh fruit and veg subsidy for low income earners and pensioners"

20 November 2016

Melbourne’s Networked Society Symposium Explores Digital Landscape

The threats and opportunities presented by our digital world and the rise of the 'Fifth Estate' were explored at a symposium at Melbourne University's Networked Society Institute.

8 November 2016

Melbourne Locals Welcome Syrian Refugees With Open Arms—and Butterflies

"Our butterflies are a reminder that even the smallest action can have a far-reaching effect."

1 November 2016

Australian Government Plans Lifetime Visa Ban for Asylum Seekers Arriving by Boat

"It makes a mockery of international law to outlaw genuine refugees from forever entering Australia. That is the most draconian thing I have ever heard of."

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