‘Cutting it fine’: Questions raised over future of Nauru detention contracts – SBS World News

020217m_NauruPregnant_800x600.jpgThe Immigration Department is “cutting it a bit fine” by having not yet secured a new provider to run the offshore detention centre on Nauru, according to an independent expert.

The contracts for running both the Nauru and Papua New Guinea detention centres expire by the end of October – six months from now.

The current provider, Broadspectrum, and its parent Spanish company Ferrovial, have announced they will not continue operating the centres beyond the current contract.

Read the full story here – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/12/cutting-it-fine-questions-raised-over-future-nauru-detention-contracts 

‘Time for a different voice’: Christian group to tackle homophobia within the Church – SBS News

Church-goers gather at St. James in Sydney for a service apologising to LGBT for discrimination (2).JPGGrowing up in Malaysia’s Catholic community, Benjamin Oh would go to church with his family most nights of the week. But visits became more difficult after he came out as gay when he was in his teens.

While the homophobia he experienced in the Christian community never shook his faith, at times it did make him feel uncomfortable and unsafe going to church, both in Malaysia and in Australia, where he moved to study.

Read the full article here – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/28/time-different-voice-christian-group-tackle-homophobia-within-church

And listen to the story here – http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/02/28/one-church-apology-treatment-gays

Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad unites with enemy Anwar Ibrahim in bid to oust Najib Razak – ABC News

7830866-3x2-700x467Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The historic meeting of the two titans of Malaysian politics took place in a courtroom on Monday, where imprisoned Opposition Leader Anwar was mounting a legal challenge to controversial security laws recently introduced by Mr Najib.

Full article – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558