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Overlooked aspects of the PM's leadership spill; Palestine's bid to join ICC; 50 years since the Australian Freedom Ride.

February 9th, 2015

Episode 131 of 531 episodes

Surviving his leadership challenge, Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledged to make changes to appease his backbench critics, and has organised face to face meetings with them. Political analyst Laura Tingle looks ahead. At the beginning of this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted the appropriate forms to become a signatory to the International Criminal Court. Shortly afterwards UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon confirmed Palestine will officially be a member from April 1st, despite the UN not recognising Palestine as a state. So how do they get around this and what does this mean for the peace process between Palestine and Israel? Fifty years ago this week, twenty-nine students from the University of Sydney began a two-week journey around rural New South Wales. The aim of the Freedom ride was to draw attention to racial discrimination against local Aborigines and to the appalling conditions under which indigenous people lived, in shanty towns, on reserves and on missions.

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