Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

The ratio of poker machines to people is almost double in Adelaide’s poorest councils than the city’s most well-off areas, a PHACTORY investigation has found. The LGAs (local government areas) of Playford, Salisbury, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt, average around 120 people per EGM (electronic gaming machine), while Burnside, the Adelaide Hills, Mitcham and Unley councils average over 210 people per machine. The research … Continue reading Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

‘Keep the Arabs out’: Racist and hate-fuelled attacks in the US

When Port St Lucie (Florida) Police approached Richard Leslie Lloyd, 64, he nonchalantly announced that he was setting the shopfront on fire to ‘run the Arabs out of the country’. Lloyd was hoping by setting a garbage bin on fire he would ignite a bigger blaze targeting the store — fortunately, the attack was unsuccessful. To add further confusion, the shop owners were of Indian descent, putting to bed Lloyd’s xenophobic … Continue reading ‘Keep the Arabs out’: Racist and hate-fuelled attacks in the US

Australia’s refugee resettlement program desperately needs attention

Nauru and Manus Island immigration detention centres are still in operation with over 1,000 refugees remaining detained offshore. And Australia’s harsh refugee policy is only getting harsher, with a newly proposed lifetime ban permanently preventing refugees who sought to enter Australia without a visa from mid-2013, from ever reaching the country. Is it time for Australia to change its stance? Dr Melanie Baak, Convener of the … Continue reading Australia’s refugee resettlement program desperately needs attention