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1. Leaked documents were not included in final review of Nauru detention centre.

Over 15o pages of transcripts that never made it into the recent Moss Review into Nauru detention centre, reveal sexual assault, violence and self-harm are common at the Australian-run centre.

The transcripts leaked to New Matilda never made it into the final report, calling into question the validity of its findings.

Sexual assault, violence and self-harm are rampant on Nauru.

The 86-page report was released by the Department of Immigration last Friday, in wake of the news of Malcolm Fraser’s death.

According to New Matilda, one transcript revealed the story of a woman who fled her home country and sexually abusive husband, only to be raped in Nauru detention centre. The woman said she feared for her safety as the tents in which they live have no security doors — they don’t even have a proper floor.

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Other accounts revealed the horrific state of security, — particularly Australian security guards — including that incidents of self harm had been met with laughter by detention centre security.

“The Australians [sic] security, their attitude is very bad,” one asylum seeker said.

Another transcript revealed:

Asylum seeker: “The Nauruans are even better than the Australians.”

Moss: “They’re better in their behaviour? They’re more courteous? Polite?”

Asylum seeker: “They are more human.”

The leaked documents also reveal the government weren’t actually sure that Save the Children staff had done anything wrong, prior to sacking them for allegedly encouraging self harm.

The transcripts only further enhanced the findings of the review, which already told of the horrific levels of self harm and abuse of detainees.

Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson Young, has called for a full parliamentary inquiry into the allegations of sexual assault, The Guardian reports.

2. South Australia makes record penalty rate cuts.


Saturday penalty rates will be abolished and Sunday rates halved in South Australia under a landmark enterprise agreement that a union has described as a win for employers and workers.

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) struck the template enterprise agreement with Business SA after nine months of negotiation.

“The SDA has always been willing to negotiate with fair-minded employers provided it doesn’t leave workers worse off, and this template agreement demonstrates how this can be done successfully for small retailers,” SDA official Peter Malinauskas said.

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South Australia will cut penalty rates on Sundays. Image: iStock.

He said employers would be better off under the deal, which offers significantly higher base rates of pay, guaranteed annual pay rises and improved rostering and shift breaks.

Saturday penalty rates are to be abolished and Sunday penalties reduced under the deal.

Mr Malinauskas said in return, permanent staff would have a right to regular weekends off and a choice about working Sundays or public holidays.

“It gives individual enterprises and their employees a choice, which they’ve always had under the Fair Work Act but this one that has been endorsed by the state’s largest union and the state’s largest chamber of commerce so we think it’s a positive step forward,” he said.

This article originally appeared on the ABC and was republished here with full permission. 

3. At least 37 people killed in Peru bus crash.

A bus swerved into incoming traffic in Peru, causing a multi vehicle collision and killing at least 37 people, according to local authorities.

The death toll was initially reported as 22, but Health Minister Anibal Velasquez said the number increased significantly as rescue workers gained access to the scene.

A further 70 people were left injured as a result of the accident.

The head of the highway police, Orfiles Bravo, said that the bus swerved into oncoming traffic on the Pan American Highway, before hitting a truck and two other buses.


3. Young people view domestic violence as commonplace.

More than three quarters of young people believe domestic violence is common in Australia, a new survey has found.

The study, conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia, found 83 per cent of young women and 60 per cent of young men considered domestic violence to be common or very common in Australia.

A new survey found young people consider domestic violence to be common in Australia.

“The survey shows that young people have a good awareness of domestic violence, but they also show that some young people, particularly young men, hold attitudes that support gender stereotypes that lead to violence against women,” CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies, said.

More young men (15 per cent) believe men are better at more things than women (3 per cent), and 19 per cent of boys believe men are supposed to be the head of the houshold, as opposed to 4 per cent of women.

The study surveyed 3,000 respondents between the ages of 16-25.

4. Elite Sydney boys school reports rape allegations to police.


Allegations of child sexual abuse at Sydney’s Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview have been reported to NSW Police, the school says.

The principal of the prestigious private school, Paul Hine, wrote to the old boys yesterday informing them a former student had made allegations concerning child sexual abuse over 30 years ago.

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St Ignatius College, Riverview. Image: Wikipedia.

Former students of the school include Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.


Mr Hine said the matter had been reported to police and the school was assisting the Jesuits’ professional standards office with its investigations.

In the letter, Mr Hine wrote he would also tell the boys at the school about the allegations later today.

“I am also communicating with all the boys today, in an age-appropriate manner, so that they do not hear about this matter in a piecemeal way or in a situation where they have no reassurances,” he wrote.

He said the school took its duty of care seriously and he believed procedures at the school to safeguard students were of the highest standard.

This article was originally published by the ABC and was republished here with full permission. 

5. America has its first official Presidential candidate.

Republican congressman Ted Cruz has announced he will run for United States presidential candidacy.

According to ABC News, Cruz is a Tea Party conservative and a freshman senator for Texas. He became the first of more than a dozen potential Republican candidates to declare. The senator promised to “reignite the promise of America” and urged US Christians to get out and vote.

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Ted Cruz. Image: Getty.

At an auditorium at Liberty University — the world’s largest Christian university — Cruz spoke to students, many of whom were wearing t-shirts bearing his name.

“Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting, they’re staying home,” he said.


“Imagine instead, millions of people of faith all across America, coming out to the polls and voting our values.”

6. Australian Defence Force launches campaign to boost number of female recruits.


A new $1.8 million national campaign to recruit more women and change the culture of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been launched in Darwin.

The recruitment drive, which comes amid several high-profile scandals involving the treatment of women in the defence force, is the first time the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force have been involved in the one campaign.

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“We need more women in the Australian Defence Force.” Image: ABC.

Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said women made up only about 18 per cent of the ADF but about 51 per cent of Australia’s population.

“You might ask why that is, we certainly do,” he said.

“We need more women in the Australian Defence Force.”

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He stressed that a career in the armed services was compatible with raising children, citing a mother working part-time who “still manages to find time to fly into Vanuatu and deliver aid”.

This article was originally published by the ABC and was republished here with full permission. 

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