May 2018

09 May 2018


The Editor

Editorial: recalling Rerum Novarum on the condition of work in May, the workers' month

09 May 2018 | Cecily McNeill

May kicks off with International Workers’ Day on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, an important anniversary in Catholic Social Teaching which started with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891 on the condition of the working classes. 


Indigenous

Abused indigenous children need safe homes not derailed debate

09 May 2018 | Helen Davidson

Revived arguments about the removal of Indigenous children from their families are just the latest instalment of a “narrow debate” bringing Australia closer to another Northern Territory-style intervention, writes Helen Davidson for The Guardian.


Politics

No one's exercise of free speech should make another feel less free

09 May 2018 | Moana Jackson

Some of the noblest moments in human history have been struggles for freedom, but in the far from noble history of colonisation, the notion of freedom, and certainly free speech, has always been a term subjected to troubling interpretations.


Work

Icebreaker buyer used sweatshop labour

09 May 2018 | Jonathan Underhill and Nikki Mandow

Iconic New Zealand merino clothing brand Icebreaker was sold to a company with a less-than-squeaky-clean history around worker conditions.
Icebreaker's new owner, Pennsylvania-based VF Corp, whose brands include The North Face, Timberland, SmartWool, Vans, Wrangler and Lee, has been caught up in several cases of bad worker treatment in Asian factories producing its clothes over the last three years, write Jonathan Underhill and Nikki Mandow for Newsroom.


Poverty

Timor-Leste water and food programs

09 May 2018 | Siktus Harson and Thomas Ora

Access to clean water and sanitation is difficult for many Timorese, particularly for those living in rural areas. To help address this, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) have built ten water towers that benefit more than 2,000 people.


Human Rights

The fight to make water a human right

09 May 2018 | Cristy Clark

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council recognised the existence of a human right to water, guaranteeing access for everyone to 'sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses', writes Dr Cristy Clark for Eureka Street.


Environment

Solar PV and wind on track to replace all fossil fuels

09 May 2018 | Andrew Blakers and Matthew Stocks

Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels worldwide within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly on politics. The protestation from some politicians that we need to build new coal stations sounds rather quaint, write Andrew Blakers and Matthew Stocks for The Conversation


Refugees

The myth about stopping the boats

09 May 2018 | John Menadue

With the appointment of Angus Campbell as the new Chief of the General Staff we have witnessed again the repetition of the nonsense that the Coalition and Operation Sovereign Borders stopped the boats. As if the media farce over a Chinese military base in Vanuatu was not enough the media has climbed aboard again 


Use It

Bin liners to takeaway containers: ideas to solve your plastic conundrums

09 May 2018 | Koren Helbig

Those dedicated to going plastic-free wonder how to dispose of cat litter or buy cleaning products sans packaging. Share your problems – and solution.


Refugees

Graveyard of dreams: Julian Burnside on the plight of refugees

09 May 2018 | Luke Buckmaster

In a scene from the Australian documentary Border Politics, presenter Julian Burnside AO QC visits a strange and surreal garbage dump on the Greek island of Lesbos, located off the coast of Turkey. Strewn across beautiful grassy hills, with aqua blue water visible in the background, is the unsettling sight of thousands upon thousands of life jackets.


Politics

Macron visits Ouvea on eve of anniversary

09 May 2018 | Radio New Zealand

The French president Emmanuel Macron has visited the island of Ouvea on the 30th anniversary of the bloody end of the 1988 hostage crisis