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Australia’s immigration detention system is cruel and damaging by its very nature

November 7, 2019

‘The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on the use of force in immigration detention is the latest chapter in a now familiar story of excessively harsh, punitive and degrading conditions in Australian immigration detention centres.’ ‘Once again, we see a … read more

Man waits years for hepatitis C medication after immigration detention transfer

October 25, 2019

‘A man who waited 18 months for hepatitis C medication to be approved while in detention was transferred interstate before it arrived, leading to another two-year delay in receiving it.’ ‘The case has been brought to light by the Public … read more

‘Wake-up call’: Royal Caribbean settles with MND patient

September 17, 2019

‘A global cruise ship company has reached a settlement with a high-profile motor neurone disease patient who was turned away from a ship in Sydney.’ ‘Royal Caribbean has vowed to improve its service for people with a disability, in a … read more

Call to fast-track ‘demand response’ to stabilise energy supply

September 16, 2019

‘Big energy users have called for new “demand response” rules to be fast-tracked and extended by allowing electricity to be sold into the wholesale market from both businesses and households as the threat of summer blackouts looms on the east … read more

Police watchdog to probe ‘excessive’ bail checks of Indigenous accused

September 9, 2019

‘The independent police watchdog will hold public hearings into claims an Indigenous man in NSW was subjected to excessive bail checks as part of a broader probe into whether officers across the state have engaged in unlawful behaviour or serious … read more

New demand response rule to erode market power of generator cartel

July 19, 2019

‘Australia is about to take another significant step towards breaking the market power of the country’s electricity generation cartel – and prepare for a renewables-dominated grid – with the main rule maker finally allowing demand response to enter the … read more

Big energy users paid for reducing demand

July 19, 2019

‘Big energy users look set to be rewarded for reducing their power usage during peak periods, under a plan to prevent summer blackouts.’ ‘The energy market rule-maker has released a draft version of its so-called “demand response mechanism” for public … read more

How ‘negawatts’ could help businesses cut their power bills

July 19, 2019

‘Manufacturers including BlueScope Steel and CSR stand to benefit from proposed rule changes in the electricity market that will allow them to better control their power use and bid directly into the wholesale market, saying it will help drive down … read more

National plan to cut use and cost of power released

July 19, 2019

‘The Australian National Energy Market Commission has today released a wholesale demand response draft rule that would allow businesses to sell power into the grid.’ ‘It is designed to reduce power use and cost…’

AEMC urges change to allow users to sell power back to the grid to guarantee energy demand

July 19, 2019

‘In a sign of rising pressure on power generation, the Federal Government’s chief energy advisor is urging rule changes to allow large commercial and industrial users to easily reduce their demand in peak periods and sell it back into the … read more

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