Next three months critical to ensure Indonesia’s democracy

Andrea Booth | Journalist | SBS World News | 6 October 2014 | Indonesia

Joko Widodo popularly known by his nickname Jokowi examines document in his Jakarta governor's office (Getty)

Joko Widodo popularly known by his nickname Jokowi examines document in his Jakarta governor’s office (Getty)

Indonesian president-elect, Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo, is under pressure to gain a majority of parties in the House of Representatives within three months to prevent the archipelago potentially slipping back into an era that would echo Soeharto’s dictatorship, an Indonesian law expert says.

The Red-and White Coalition last week passed the Regional Election (Pilkada) bill into law, which eradicates direct elections at the regional level so that regional legislative councils elect regional leaders, instead of the people.

“This reflects a desire to return to the old pre-democratic model under Soeharto where political elite controlled power in the country,” said Professor Tim Lindsey, director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne.

Read the full story and listen to an extended interview on SBS World News here

 

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Australia accused of falling behind on Indigenous women’s rights

Andrea Booth | Journalist | World Affairs Journal and SBS World News | 5 September 2014 | Women’s rights and Indigenous rights

Australia has been accused of making little headway in protecting Indigenous women’s rights as the government launches a new initiative to prevent violence against women.

The allegations from an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People coincide with the launch of Our Watch, an initiative of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children.

The initiative, conceived by the Commonwealth of Australia and State of Victoria, has been launched ahead of the departure of an Indigenous delegation to the United Nation’s World Conference on Indigenous People in New York that will feature women’s rights.

Professor Megan Davis, an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People, said violence against women was the number one human rights issue for Australia – but said it was slow to make progress in regards to Indigenous women.

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Former Japanese PM warns traditional owners on nuclear dangers

Andrea Booth | Journalist | SBS World News | 23 August 2014 | Nuclear energy, Indigenous rights

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan views the Ranger uranium mine from the air.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will talk with traditional Indigenous land owners during his current visit to Australia.

The meeting follows Indigenous communities on Friday declaring the ongoing nuclear debate in the country was irrelevant unless they were making the decisions.

Mr Kan told NITV News’ Michelle Lovegrove that the Fukushima crisis was still unresolved and that the best place for uranium was in the ground. “It is not possible for human beings to control nuclear technology,” he said. Continue reading

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Bowraville murders: Push for justice continues

Andrea Booth | Journalist | SBS World News | 11 August 2014 | Human rights, justice and Indigenous affairs

BOWRAVILLE VICTIMS MARCH

Clarice Greenup (centre), aunt of Evelyn Greenup, one of the victims of the Bowraville murders, is comforted by Raymond Robinson (left) and Marg Campbell, prior to a march on NSW Parliament House. (File: AAP)

There is hope that the unsolved murders of three Aboriginal children killed more than 23 years ago in NSW may be solved if fresh evidence can be brought to light, a lawyer says.

An application by the Attorney General is required for a case to be heard in the Court of Criminal Appeal, however that application has not yet been made.

“He shouldn’t be making decisions. He should be sending it to the court,” said Professor Behrendt, a UTS professor of Indigenous research and director of documentary Innocence Betrayed that explores the case. “If the judge turns around and says there’s not enough evidence, at least [the families] had a hearing in court.”

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Cost of global violence hits more than $10 trillion

Andrea Booth | Journalist | SBS World News | 19 June 2014 | Economics and peace

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Syria is one of the least peaceful countries (Photo/AFP)

The Global Peace Index, which measures the level of peace in 162 countries, found the economic cost of global violence reached more than $10 trillion. Australia ranked 15th, but had an overall higher score than 7 years ago, meaning violence had increased.

The economic cost of global violence reached more than $10 trillion or more than $1300 per person last year, the annual Global Peace Index has found.

The report, which measures the level of peace in 162 countries, found the amount spent on trying to prevent violence or dealing with the aftermath had increased by more than $179 billion since 2012.

 

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Redfern ANZAC Coloured Diggers March

Andrea Booth | Journalist | SBS-NITV Australia | 25  April 2014 | Indigenous affairs

An Elder Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Max, burns eucalyptus leaves as the public exit the Coloured Diggers ANZAC Service in Redfern, Sydney on 25 April, 2014.

An Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Max, performs a smoking ceremony as the public exit the Coloured Diggers ANZAC Service in Redfern, Sydney on 25 April, 2014. Photo/AndreaBooth

NITV Online attended ANZAC Service and Coloured Digger March at Redfern in Sydney, Australia, on Friday 25 April 2014, that commemorated Indigenous Australian war heroes and their families who made enormous sacrifices for our great country. Here is an NITV Online news story about the event.

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Albert Namatjira’s legacy lives on

Andrea Booth | Video journalist | SBS-NITV Australia | 10  April 2014 | Indigenous affairs

NITV’s Online team went into the field in April 2014 to talk with legendary artist Albert Namatjira’s granddaughters who put on a painting workshop at Sydney’s Tali Gallery. We feature photos and a video where the two artists talk about their love of painting and how they are keeping the Namatjira legacy alive.

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