Author: Bilal Cleland

Review: The Palestine Laboratory

There is evidence that human rights are becoming important investment considerations, as important as climate change, and this is not good news for the occupiers of Palestine.

“Losing its reputation as a pariah nation, with public opinion in many countries steadily turning against the Jewish state, will be impossible without a radical change in its behavior and defense policies.”

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The shape of things to come: The No Vote and Gaza

The exposure of racism, exemplified by the success of the politically motivated No campaign will bring about national reflection.

Awareness that the genocide has not ended has grown.

The gap in life expectancy, suicide rates, incarceration rates, educational levels and employment opportunities remains.

The other harbinger is world wide reaction to the destruction of Gaza and the cowardly response of the USA, the EU and Australia.

Their ability to defend human rights in the rest of the world is destroyed.

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Voice to Parliament: Confronting the Gap

The 2023 Draft Report of the Productivity Commission shows that overall Australian governments are failing to meet their commitments. [26 July]
It found four targets are improving and on track, including reduced numbers of young people in detention.
Seven targets are not on track but improving.
Four targets are not on track and are worsening.
Failure is noted in the targets of increasing the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children assessed as developmentally on track, decreasing the rate of adults held in incarceration, reducing rates of children in out-of-home care, and a significant and sustained reduction in suicide. [12 July 2023 Guardian]

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