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Australia Day 2024 – Australia honours its people

Australia Day 2024 – Australia honours its people

Australia wakes up on its national day faced with hundreds of people who have received deserved rewards for their contribution to the nation. The Voice of the Maltese carefully goes through the lists of those honoured in search of Maltese-born, those of Maltese descent or even those with some connection with our islands. It is not always easy to identify them unless they are indicated as such in their official citation. The Voice contacted Ms Nicole Oborne OAM from Caroline Springs, Melbourne (See photo). She was honoured for service to the financial sector, and to the community. Amongst others, she…
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Israeli illegal settlements aren’t consistent with a “path to a two-state solution” says Foreign Minister Penny Wong

Israeli illegal settlements aren’t consistent with a “path to a two-state solution” says Foreign Minister Penny Wong

If you could mention one major stumbling block that would prevent peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, that would have to be the settlements built by the Israelis. Senator Penny Wong, the Australia Foreign Minister, has criticised the building of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal under international law and a barrier to peace. During her tour of the troubled region, the Australian Minister said that West Bank settlements weren't consistent with the "pathway to a two-state solution". "It is clear from the conflict that the path to peace demands a just and enduring two-state solution,"…
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The Iraq War, 20 years after

The Iraq War, 20 years after

A satirical tea towel, created to mark the end of John Howard's Prime Ministership. Photo: "John Howard - End Of An Era - tea towel" by angusf is licensed under CC BY 2.0. The decision to invade Iraq alongside the USA and UK has been heavily scrutinised and even after all these years, politicians are still calling for an inquiry. Opposition to the war was prominent throughout 2003, with mass demonstrations in Australian cities not seen since the moratorium movement at the height of the Vietnam War. At the time, the triumvirate of Bush, Howard and Blair justified the now-debunked claim that Saddam…
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First Australian-born Queen

First Australian-born Queen

Australia may not be a republic yet, however, the unexpected announcement from Denmark that Queen Margrethe is to abdicate makes the Australian-born Princess Mary, wife of Crown Prince Fredrick, the future Queen of Denmark. The King-in-waiting met his wife Mary Donaldson, a Tasmanian-born lawyer, in a Sydney bar during the 2000 Olympic Games. The 83-year-old Queen Margrethe II made the surprise announcement that she will formally step down from the Danish throne after 52 years during her annual New Year's Eve televised address. She revealed her eldest son Crown Prince Frederik, married to Princess Mary, will succeed her when she…
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Many changes coming your way in 2024

Many changes coming your way in 2024

Readers, especially those in Australia, will be interested on at least some of these changes coming in this year. Superannuation Workers now can claim this as a right, as superannuation will be included into the National Employment Standards. The idea is to help workers, not already covered by an award or enterprise agreement, to take up the matter legally with their employer if they fail to make superannuation payments. Welfare payments "THIS MONTH'S IMAGE MAKERS: Centrelink's rebranding has helped them capture a 100% market share." by David Jackmanson is licensed under CC BY 2.0. There will be a 6 per…
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Looking back at the year 2023 in Federal politics

Looking back at the year 2023 in Federal politics

It is customary to look at the old year as we bid her farewell and what’s better than to look at it through the reviews of the SBS News, a very trusted media outlet. We had the Voice of Parliament referendum, the indefinite detention ruling and Robodebt, all reported in the Voice of the Maltese during year 2023. It is past the halfway mark for the first term Labor Government. Opposition leader Peter Dutton is still trailing behind the support he needs to challenge Anthony Albanese. There were things we will remember or we might have forgotten. Photo Source: SBS News…
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The “spiralling humanitarian nightmare” in Gaza echoes in Australia

The “spiralling humanitarian nightmare” in Gaza echoes in Australia

Thirteen United Nations Security Council members voted in favour of a brief draft resolution, put forward by the United Arab Emirates, while Britain abstained. The draft demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza, diplomatically isolating Washington as it shields its ally Israel at all costs. Before the Council’s vote, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reminded of a "spiralling humanitarian nightmare", and declared that nowhere in Gaza was safe for civilians. "We are at breaking point," he told the UN Security Council, saying the collapse of the humanitarian system could result…
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Proposed tax cuts will favour the wealthy the most

Proposed tax cuts will favour the wealthy the most

Front cover of report by Anglicare Australia on the Stage 3 tax cuts The stage three controversial tax cuts have been labelled most unfair as they favour high-earning Australians. They could come into force early next year. More surprising, if not extraordinary, these stage three changes were passed by the Liberal/Country Pary coalition in 2019 with the support of the then Labor Party. Many are now calling for the plan to be dropped in favour of cost-of-living measures. People earning more than $180,000 a year will be better off by $233.65 per fortnight while those earning over $200,000 will gain…
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88 Crazy Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Australia

88 Crazy Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Australia

Some are very interesting, but some, well, we will have to think about them! "Sydney opera house" by jimmyharris is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’. The first photos from the 1969…
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All States in Australia now have voluntary assisted dying legislation

All States in Australia now have voluntary assisted dying legislation

Voluntary assisted dying (VAD), also known as euthanasia, is now legal in NSW, bringing it into line with all other states. NSW was the last State to legislate. The practice is not yet legal in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Adults with a terminal diagnosis who have up to six months to live or those with a neuro-degenerative disease and a life expectancy of up to 12 months will be able to apply to voluntarily end their lives in NSW. Approval is to be granted by two independent doctors as well as a board, made up of…
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