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Four of the 16 candidates in the Wentworth byelection attended a refugee forum organised by Wentworth for Refugees on October 14.

Waverley College hall was packed with about 300 concerned citizens. The forum, moderated by Refugee Council of Australia president Phil Glendenning, focused on the almost 100 children on Nauru, many of whom are at risk from “resignation syndrome” and have given up on life. About 1500 people are being held hostage on Nauru and Manus, by the Australian government.

"The new [Sri Lankan] government has made no substantial changes," leader of the Tamil National People’s Front Gajen Ponnambalam said when addressing a mainly Tamil audience in Melbourne on October 14.

Ponnambalam was referring to the government of Maithripala Sirisena, who was elected president of Sri Lanka in January 2015, replacing Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Anti-poverty campaigners braved the rain on October 13 to march through Perth's CBD, calling for an immediate raise of the Newstart allowance, social housing and an end to welfare drug testing and income quarantining. The protest was part of the Anti-Poverty Week of events being held around the country until October 20.

This is the second year in a row that the Rally Against Poverty has been organised by the newly-formed Anti-Poverty Network (APN) Perth.

After its embarrassing failure to win either popular or Senate crossbench support for its proposed big business tax cuts, the Coalition government has instead opted to bring forward tax cuts for small and medium businesses by five years.

In 2009, economist Steve Keen walked from Canberra to Mount Kosciuszko after losing a bet that the Australian housing market would crash 40% after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). However, he had been one of the few economists who actually predicted the coming of the GFC. And he still maintains that a crash in the Australian housing market is coming.

“What was the Daily Telegraph even doing at an event like that?” a few people asked me after Tim Blair’s scathing review of Green Left Weekly’s September 22 comedy fundraiser was the the subject of his Tele feature column last month.

The answer is simple; Bashing the left. If you can’t make Scomo & Co sound good, bash the opposition.

Things are hotting up in this modern climate of terrorism and security fears — and politicians are penning laws that are likely to directly affect our freedoms.

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia has disputed home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s version of events which led to the organisation being told by the Nauruan government to leave on October 5.

When Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga used his United Nations address on September 27 to warn that, for the Pacific, “climate change is a weapon of mass destruction”, most of the seats were vacant. 

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on October 8, has called for zero net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 as the only way to ensure runaway climate change is avoided. 

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