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"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time ... but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson, aboriginal educator and activist, Brisbane
* Other Things *
... Why did he die and who is guilty?
Not I said the big world leader
Who prosecutes the "war on terror"
I am keeping the world safe for you
It is what leaders are appointed to do
The refugees that have to flee
Are not my responsibility
Don't point your finger at me
He was in prison to keep you free ...
'Who Killed Reza Berati?', Phil Monsour 
Please dont leave us alone.
We need your help. Its a really bad situation here.
... Transfield, which beat G4S in a tender in late February, will be paid $1.22 billion to operate the Manus Island and Nauru detention facilities for 20 months.
This equates to about $900 a day for each detainee.
Transfield will take full control of the Manus Island detention centre on March 28.
One detainee has provided photographs of what is alleged to be instructions by management in the event of more violent incidents within the camp:
If the PNG police are required to enter your compound you will hear multiple fire engine sirens being turned on and off. If you are not part of the riot sit down and put your hands on your head. G4S personnel will then attempt to move you to a place of safety, it reads.
A 29 year old Afghani boat refugee just died alone of cancer after his pregnant wife was repeatedly denied a visa to visit him while he died. "tweeted" by @Asher_Wolf [11/3/14]
Prime Minister dismisses Australians calling for an end to fascist refugee policies as a "hallelujah chorus"
Nine MSN [11/3/14]:
Refugee rights activists have disrupted the Prime Minister's opening of a medical research facility in Perth, with one protester shouting out "you are scum".
Tony Abbott was almost drowned out while speaking at the new Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research building at the QEII complex in Nedlands on Tuesday when the protesters interrupted.
The small but vocal group of about 20 placard-wielding activists chanted "open the borders, close Manus, free the refugees", "not Manus Island, not Nauru, Tony Abbott, coming for you" and "Tony Abbott racist coward, you are even worse than Howard".
They chanted at the beginning of the speeches and paused during the welcome to country ceremony, but piped up again when Mr Abbott took to the stage.
"It's nice to have the hallelujah chorus over there," he said to the VIP crowd.
Mr Abbott had earlier toured the facility, where scientists are researching illnesses including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
He was in the West Australian capital to campaign for Liberal candidates in the April 5 Senate election re-run.
Prime Minister dismisses Australians calling for an end to fascist refugee policies as a "hallelujah chorus"
Australian Federal Police declined to interview 'tortured' Sri Lankan asylum seeker [Guardian - 11/3/14]:
... The cable also makes reference to a letter from the returned asylum seekers lawyer, which lays out the torture allegations in detail. It makes clear that the high commission was in possession of this letter at the time the torture allegations were made.
The legal letter, which formed part of the returned documents from a Freedom of Information Act request initiated by Guardian Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre, sheds further light on the allegations.
It states that the alleged torture victim had received a call from the Australian high commission in Colombo seeking to return some of his possessions from Christmas Island, a year after his return. It says just a few days after this call, the man was contacted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sri Lankan police.
According to the letter, the man was later arrested and witnesses reported he was publicly tortured by CID in front of other villagers, mother and wife. The letter states that the man was tortured again in custody and that his lawyer had been prevented from visiting him.
Journalist shot dead in Afghanistan
A foreign national, thought to be a journalist, has been shot in the head and killed in central Kabul.
The attack came in a district close to a Lebanese restaurant in the Afghan capital where 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in January.
"I heard a single gunshot and saw the man fall down," said a witness. A doctor at Kabul's emergency hospital said the victim was dead on arrival.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came ahead of presidential elections in Afghanistan on 5 April and the withdrawal of Nato combat troops by the end of this year after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.
Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for January's restaurant attack in Kabul.
Foreigners have been targeted before at guesthouses, luxury hotels and embassies in the city, but attacking a civilian social venue appeared to signal a new and ruthless stage of the Taliban insurgency.
Among the dead in that attack were three Americans, two British citizens, two Canadians, the International Monetary Fund head of mission, and the Lebanese owner of the Taverna du Liban, which was a popular social venue for expatriates.
It was the deadliest attack on foreign civilians since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. One attacker detonated his suicide vest at the fortified entrance to the restaurant before two other militants stormed inside and gunned down diners and staff.
At least two security guards of Dr. Abdullah Abdullahs campaign office were killed and four election campaign workers were injured following an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday.
Dr. Abdullahs campaign office in western Herat province of Afghanistan said the incident took place after a motorcycle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) went off near the campaign office where a gathering was organized.
Provincial police chief, Gen. Samiullah Qatra, confirming the report, said the incident took place on Monday in Robat Sangi district.
Gen. Qatra further added at least four policemen along with a number of civilians were injured following the explosion.
In the meantime, officials in provincial hospital said the dead bodies of two people who were killed in the blast were taken to hospital along with eight other individuals who were injured.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
This comes as the Taliban group in Afghanistan issued a statement and warned to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections.
Taliban in its statement urged Afghans not to take part in upcoming presidential elections and prevent participating in any election gathering or getting close to election campaign offices or sites.
Taliban vowed to use all force to target the election sites and election workers across the country.
Palestinian Dies after Israel Troops Fire on his Car
A Palestinian died on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired on his car near Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.
The sources said his car then veered off the road, and it was not clear whether the gunfire or the subsequent crash killed him.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army, but the police described the incident as a traffic accident.
Deaths, refugees and damage: Syria's crisis in figures
More than 140,000 people have been killed and at least 500,000 wounded in Syrias three-year conflict, which has also displaced millions of people and devastated the economy.
Key figures follow on the casualties and damage in the conflict, which started in March 2011 with peaceful protests for reform but soon escalated into all-out civil war after the government launched a brutal crackdown on dissent.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in February that at least 140,041 people had been killed since March 2011 on both sides of the conflict. The toll from the Britain-based group, which relies on a network of contacts inside Syria, includes 49,951 civilians, among them 7,626 children and 5,064 women.
At least half a million more people have been wounded, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Observatory says 17,000 people are missing and tens of thousands are held in regime prisons.
Refugees and displaced
The United Nations says Syrians are about to displace Afghans as the worlds largest refugee population, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres saying 2.5 million Syrians have now registered as refugees with UNHCR in neighbouring countries in the Middle East.
More than 957,000 of them are in Lebanon.
An additional 584,000 refugees are in Jordan, 634,000 in Turkey, 226,000 in Iraq and 134,000 in Egypt, according to UN figures.
Some 6.5 million have been displaced within Syria itself.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned the situation in Syria is catastrophic, urging greater field access for aid.
According to the United Nations the situation is critical, with 40 percent of hospitals destroyed and 20 percent of the others not functioning properly. Syrias GDP has fallen more than 35 percent, while the local currency has lost 80 percent of its value.
Oil minister Suleiman al Abbas said in mid-February oil production has plunged by 96 percent since the start of the uprising, with most wells now in rebel-held areas.
Chilean national killed in Venezuela protests
Buenos Aires Herald [10/3/14]:
A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters in the first foreign fatality from a month of unrest in Venezuela, authorities and state media said.
The death of Giselle Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the total number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.
"According to preliminary information, in the early hours of Sunday March 9, she was shot while removing rubbish blocking the road next to her house in Merida," Venezuela's State Prosecutor's Office said.
State media said masked demonstrators had shot her, but there was no official confirmation of that.
Students and militant opponents of Maduro have been maintaining street barricades in various cities since last month, demanding the president's resignation and solutions to problems of crime and economic shortages.
The barricades have become frequent flashpoints for violence between protesters, security forces and government supporters.
Supporters of both sides, and members of the security forces, have all been among the dead from the South American OPEC member nation's worst unrest in a decade.
Outgoing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera lamented the latest death. "We've asked the Venezuelan government to investigate and give us all the information about the circumstances and cause of this death," he said.
Excavator accident: Sydney man loses part of leg
A man has lost part of his leg after an excavator accident at a worksite in Sydney's south.
The man aged in his 30s was working for a demolition company at a construction site in Wooli Creek.
Bystanders say he was placing a large tyre under the tracks of the excavator to stop the machine from damaging the road when it crushed his legs.
Nearby resident Mario Camilleri ran out the front of his home when he heard screams.
"[It was] shattering and he was screaming and screaming... for 15 minutes," he said.
He added there were only a couple of other workers at the site and they were frantically calling for help on their phones.
The injured man was rushed to hospital but he lost part of one leg.
He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
WorkCover is investigating the incident.
Attendees at opening of WA institute of med research getting frustrated at manus protestors here for the PM drowning out speeches.
"tweeted" by @DanEmerson14 - State political reporter with The West Australian [11/3/14]
Mr Marles ... Mr Marles!
But what about the concentration camps Mr
Thanks to #GGS [Geelong Grammar School] year 6 students for the meet and greet @ #ParliamentHouse! Great to see my old #school on the grounds.
Image: @RichardMarlesMP "Opposition" Immigration spokesperson [4/3/14]
#WorldDayofPrayer at Wesley Uniting Church #geelong, what a wonderful service and thank you for the sandwiches. "tweeted" by @RichardMarlesMP [6/3/14]
Richard Marles travels to PNG, and nobody knows why [Nine MSN - 11/3/14]
Manus prepares for church century celebration
PNG Edge [11/3/14]:
Youth congregations of the Evangelical Church of Manus (ECOM) have begun preparations for its 100 years celebration in July.
Youths from the Wharl island local level Youth Ministry began visiting neighbouring villages in Manus south Coast starting with Timonai for an outreach program.
The 12 youths accompanied by President Litau Pokanau arrived in Timonai village on Friday night via boat where fellowships were held over the next two days as well as door to door visits in Timonai village.
Sunday saw our main program where we got two converts from Timonai, the president said.
The church there is not very strong so as congregation members we are visiting them to encourage them in preparation for the 100 years anniversary that will be held in Lugos come July,
We will be visiting our mother village Mbuke next month before July, says Pokanau.
... Writer Budd Schulberg, assigned by the US Navy to the OSS for intelligence work while attached to John Fords documentary unit, was ordered to arrest Riefenstahl at her chalet in Kitzbühel, Austria, ostensibly to have her identify the faces of Nazi war criminals in German film footage captured by the Allied troops.
Riefenstahl claimed she was not aware of the nature of the internment camps. According to Schulberg, She gave me the usual song and dance. She said, Of course, you know, I'm really so misunderstood. I'm not political. However, when Riefenstahl later claimed she had been forced to follow Goebbels orders under threat of being sent to a concentration camp, Schulberg asked her why she should have been afraid if she did not know concentration camps existed. When shown photographs of the camps, Riefenstahl reportedly reacted with horror and tears.
Riefenstahl continued to maintain she was fascinated by the National Socialists but politically naïve and ignorant about any war crimes. From 1945 through 1948 she was held in sundry American and French-run detention camps and prisons along with house arrest but although Riefenstahl was tried four times by various postwar authorities, she was never convicted through denazification trials either for her alleged role as a propagandist or for the use of concentration camp inmates in her films. However, she was found to be a fellow traveler who was sympathetic to the Nazis.
Riefenstahl later said that her biggest regret was meeting Hitler: It was the biggest catastrophe of my life. Until the day I die people will keep saying, Leni is a Nazi, and Ill keep saying, But what did she do? Although she won more than 50 libel cases against people accusing her of collaborating with the Nazis, there are many unanswered questions[specify] about her relation to National Socialism in particular and fascism more generally. ...
"I was never a Nazi": Budd Schulberg meets Leni Riefenstahl
"She claimed she was just an artist ... it was a lie she never let go ... "
Feel safe Australia?
Queensland Times [11/3/14]:
The finest aerial fighting forces of Australia and the United States are launching from RAAF Base Amberley for simulated sky battles.
About 120 United States Air Force personnel and up to 10 F-16 aircraft from the USAF 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska are at the base for Exercise Lightning Viper that started last week and will be held until March 24.
The exercise will provide pilots, weapon system officers and the E-7A Wedgetail air battle managers with training they would normally only receive when deployed on overseas exercises.
Dead fish wash up at Hoods Lagoon
Daily Mercury [11/3/14]:
Isaac Regional Council is investigating a large number of dead fish washed up at Hoods Lagoon in Clermont.
Residents are advised to stay away as the council removes the dead fish and conducts onsite investigations today.
If you have any information which may assist investigations, phone Isaac Regional Council environmental services department on 1300 472 227.
Almost 700 native birds killed by pesticide exposure
ABC, AM [11/3/14]:
CHRIS ULHMANN: A pesticide is killing hundreds of native birds in the central west of New South Wales.
Almost 700 birds have now been found dead in Dubbo, after initial discoveries more than a week ago.
The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the mass deaths and says initial testing shows it's linked to pesticide exposure.
With birds continuing to die, there are concerns about long-term effects on bird populations.
Natalie Whiting reports.
(Little Corella cries)
NATALIE WHITING: The call of the Little Corella is a familiar sound in Dubbo, in the central west of New South Wales.
It's a common species in the area and it's been the worst affected in recent mass bird deaths.
Hundreds of native birds have been dying in the city from exposure to a pesticide.
Ann Mara is a volunteer with wildlife group WIRES in Dubbo.
ANN MARA: When we started going out to try and find some live birds, we were finding the body of a dead bird every five to ten meters in this area.
NATALIE WHITING: She says after initial discoveries last week, an area with more than 100 dead birds was found yesterday.
ANN MARA: A member of the public called in and said that they'd been noticing birds dying and their dog had been bringing back carcasses and so on.
They said it was really sad for them because normally at sunrise every morning they'd hear the birds go over and at sunset at night they'd hear them come home. It's just been silent for the last week.
NATALIE WHITING: The number of dead birds has jumped from 300 last week to almost 700.
Along with Corellas, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Galahs have been killed.
The New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the deaths.
Garry Davies from the EPA says initial testing has been completed.
GARRY DAVIES: We've collected samples of the dead birds; we've sent those samples away to our laboratories in Sydney, they've analysed the material. The results of those tests have indicated it's an insecticide.
NATALIE WHITING: The EPA is expecting results from further testing this week. It's hoped the inquiries will identify the source of the contamination.
With the number of dead birds rising, Ann Mara says there are now concerns about what affect it will have on bird populations long term.
ANN MARA: Little Corellas, which is the breed that's mostly affected, they might start breeding on average at four to five years of age. So to rebuild a flock of 500 from a group of 20 to 30, even if everyone of them was a breeding pair, it's going to take a very long time to get anything like that flock back to that size - if we can indeed.
NATALIE WHITING: Volunteers are also concerned about other birds higher up the food chain after two ill Whistling Kites were found.
ANN MARA: It certainly seems like the likely scenario, because that's what these raptors eat, that they've fed on carcasses.
NATALIE WHITING: WIRES says it's worried more birds will die while the EPA tries to identify the source of the contamination.
CHRIS ULHMANN: Natalie Whiting there.
Former Queensland Mines Inspector backs Ipswich fire warning
Lock The Gate [11/3/14]:
A former Queensland mines inspector has backed Lock the Gate Alliance (LTG) warnings about the threat of fires at coal mines.
Jim Leggate worked for the Queensland state government as a senior coal mines rehabilitation inspector from 1986 and was chairman of the states Chamber of Mines environment committee.
Mr Leggate today backed concerns by the LTGs national president, Drew Hutton about the risk of coal fires around Ipswich and other mining centres in Australia.
Drew Hutton is quite correct to draw attention to the risk of coal fires around any mining in the Ipswich area, he said. In Queensland the regulation of the rehabilitation requirements on coal mines has failed spectacularly.
There have been coal fires burning around Ipswich, on old disused coal mines, for decades. They give off an evil smell that has continually been a nuisance, if not a health risk, to nearby residents. The coal residues left on the surface after mining should have been properly rehabilitated by selective handling and burial but there was very little rehabilitation undertaken around Ipswich coal mines.
Mr Leggate said there was a coal fire on a disused coal mine within 10 minutes drive of his Goodna home where there was uncontrolled public access.
It represented a very dangerous hazard to children who could easily walk unsuspectingly across firm ground only to fall into a burning inferno, beneath a thin surface crust, he said.
The mines department never treated this with any concern. I encountered similar fires at BHP mines in Central Queensland on poorly rehabilitated areas.
With increasing incidence of high fire hazard days around our coal fields in Australia and with fire embers flying great distances, any coal residues left unrehabilitated on the surface will be at risk of combustion, including the massive dumps/stockpiles of uneconomic coal at the big open cut mines.
It is not true that there is monitoring of these areas by safety authorities. There are thousands of hectares of open cut coal mine hazards still to be rehabilitated in Queensland and the government should provide an independent audit of the progress being made, particularly on those mines like Gregory Mine (in Central Queensland) that are about to close.
Mr Hutton said there were hundreds of thousands of hectares of unrehabilitated mine sites around Queensland that were at risk of igniting.
There have been plenty of black coal fires around the world, its not only brown coal mines that ignite, he said. The Queensland government is showing gross irresponsibility by not demanding mining companies rehabilitate mines as they close.
Rous Water councillor seeks immediate gas ban
Tweed Shire Echo [11/3/14]:
A Rous Water board member will move a motion calling on the state government to end gas exploration in areas where aquifers could be used for water supply.
The move follows the news over the weekend that Santos received just a $1,500 fine for poisoning an aquifer in its Pilliga exploration area with 20 times the allowable quantity of uranium together with heightened quantities of lead, aluminium, arsenic, barium, boron and nickel.
Last month Rous released its Future Water Strategy, which revealed the authority will be highly reliant on exploiting ground water for the regions supplies in the future.
The NSW government must immediately ban unconventional gas drilling in areas that could damage or destroy underground water that may be required for the future needs of Rous Waters customers, said councillor Simon Clough, one of Lismore Councils representatives on the authoritys board.
Rous Water has spent many years and considerable resources in developing its Future Water Strategy. This strategy includes as one of its highest priorities undertaking detailed investigation to assess the suitability of increased use of groundwater as a new water source, said Cr Clough.
Rous Water already taps aquifers to supply some of its 100,000 customers and is looking to dramatically increase its use of groundwater to ensure water supplies into the future.
It is critical that the communitys groundwater resources are protected for its future generations. It is absolutely unacceptable that this community resource could be damaged or destroyed for private profit before it can be fully investigated for the benefit of the whole community, said Cr Clough.
Meanwhile a local Nationals MP who will be addressing an anti-gas meeting in Lismore tonight has urged protesters not to break the law.
Page MP Kevin Hogan told local media protesting should be done the right way.
We have to be very careful how [to protest] and we do need to do that legally, otherwise it does the whole thing youre protesting about a disservice, he told ABC local radio.
Last week landowner Peter Graham, whose Bentley property is scheduled for CSG test drilling by Metgasco, told media that barricades built by protesters were causing him access problems.
And Richmond Valley Council warned protesters it would close the road completely if they used cars or their bodies to block access by Metgasco vehicles.
Attempted arson, Currumbin Creek
QPS Media [11/3/14]:
Police are investigating after a caravan was damaged overnight at Currumbin Creek.
Initial investigations indicate around 11.20pm containers of lit flammable liquid appear to have been thrown at a caravan parked beside a home on Currumbin Creek Road.
The caravan sustained damage to windows and minor damage to the interior. Some minor damage was also caused to the side of the house.
No one was injured during the incident.
Investigations are continuing.
Gold Coast surgeon quits over contracts stalemate
An orthopaedic surgeon from the Gold Coast University Hospital has blamed the Queensland Government and the bureaucracy for his resignation over work contracts.
At least three specialists have resigned from the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and more are threatening to leave over an ongoing dispute with the State Government about individual work contracts.
Yesterday, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ezekiel Tan added his name to the growing list of specialists tendering their resignations.
In an email to colleagues explaining his decision obtained by the ABC, Dr Tan stated "the behaviour and posturing of the current Newman Government and Queensland Health bureaucracy over the last week" influenced his decision.
Dr Tan says there is the "real possibility of senior staff moving off" and that "a lot of clinicians will leave" if the progress isn't made before the end of this month.
About 300 specialist medical officers work on the Gold Coast and many say they are considering leaving if the negotiation stalemate cannot be resolved.
The director-general of Queensland Health is due to travel to the Gold Coast today to meet doctors.
A Nambour doctor has written an impassioned letter to Health Minister
Lawrence Springborg and Premier Campbell Newman as the stand-off over a contracts
dispute shows no sign of abating. The doctor, who asked to remain anonymous
for fear of "legal implications", wrote the letter on behalf of all
Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) statewide. ... [Sunshine
Coast Daily - 11/3/14]
Several swine flu cases on Palm Island
Yahoo 7 [10/3/14]:
Several people have contracted swine flu on Palm Island in north Queensland, health officials say.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service confirmed on Monday that four residents from the mainly indigenous community off Townsville have the virus.
One patient has been admitted to Townsville Hospital and the others have been treated on the island.
Dr Robert Norton, director of microbiology and pathology at Townsville Hospital, says although there have been several cases it doesn't constitute an outbreak.
"It is not uncommon for this virus to circulate throughout Queensland," he said.
During a 2009 outbreak on the island a 19-year-old woman lost her 36-week-old unborn child due to swine-flu related complications.
Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey says the number of recent cases are concerning and may be due to the poor level of healthcare available on the island.
"I think the delivery of health care on the island isn't as good as it should be," he told AAP.
"If this [level of healthcare] was in a normal mainstream community then every man and his dog would want something done."
He says the community wants more say over how healthcare is administered on the island, and he's in discussions with Queensland Health about changing their approach.
Health officials recommend an annual vaccination to stop the spread of swine flu or Influenza A (H1N1).
Five in court for over Doomadgee "Australia Day" street fight
North West Star [10/3/14]:
Five people appeared in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court yesterday on charges relating to a massive street fight in Doomadgee on Australia Day.
Numerous fights occurred along Diamond and Boomerang streets during the hours of 10am and 7pm on January 26, attracting up to 300 spectators.
The court was told that the situation was fuelled by a continuing dispute between two of the town's families, the Walden family and the Johnny family.
Before Magistrate Rod Madsen yesterday was Tarnna Lee Gee Gee on one count of affray.
The court heard that Tarnna Lee Gee Gee, a 32-year-old Mount Isa father of four charged with one count of affray, was in Doomadgee to visit family when he became involved in a fight with a man accused of bullying Gee Gee's nephew.
Police told the court that Gee Gee and the co-defendant adopted a boxer-like stance before engaging in a round of wild punches to the upper torso and head.
Magistrate Rod Madsen has ordered a report to be compiled on Gee Gee before he reached a verdict, but warned Gee Gee that he would consider a jail sentence to deter such activity.
``These fights have to stop, some people don't know what they are fighting about any more,'' he said. ``This is a disgrace from the offender and the community.''
Charmaine Karen Aplin, Darren Stuart Walden, Amanda Rose Fowler and Nichola Kaye Daly were also charged with affray.
37-year-old Aplin was handed a probation order of 18 months, after being found guilty of two charges of affray, for her involvement in fights with another woman on Diamond Street .
The court heard that the Gidgee Healing health worker landed multiple punches on the woman before she fell to the ground and Aplin kicked her in the head, and later engaged in another fight.
The court heard that 20-year-old Walden was involved in a fist fight for three minutes with another male before three of his family members joined the fight.
Walden was handed a 12- month probation order.
Mother-of-five Fowler was handed a probation order of 14 months for her participation in a fist fight with another female.
The court heard that Daly was called out to confront another female while standing in her mother's front yard, and engaged in a ``brutal fist fight'' between 10am and 12pm.
She was further charged with driving unlicensed and driving a vehicle carrying a passenger less than six months of age unrestrained.
The 24-year-old mother of three received a probation order of 18 months, was disqualified from driving for two years and fined $1000.
Undercover cop says accused boasted about shooting
Tweed Daily News [11/3/14]:
An undercover police officer posing as a prisoner told jurors how Anthony Stewart Bagley boasted about shooting a man shortly after he was arrested and placed in the same cell as the operative.
The undercover officer described in detail the secret recordings between the two at the Southport watch house where Mr Bagley admitted he "murdered the f***in c***" when the two got talking about the shooting which occurred in Broadbeach earlier in the week.
The former Hervey Bay resident has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to murdering Colin Edgar Lutherborrow on July 20, 2011, at Broadbeach Waters.
The court was told on Monday how two undercover police officers were placed in a cell at the watch house before Mr Bagley was placed in the same cell shortly after his arrest on July 25, 2011.
The officers, who used pseudonyms and cannot be named, said Mr Bagley admitted he was responsible for the "shootin' at Broadie" a few days earlier.
Earlier the court was played a reordered conversation at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre between Mr Bagley and detectives.
Justice Peter Lyons told jurors it was normal for a person who has been charged with murder to be held in such a facility until their court date and they should not draw any conclusions from it.
During the recording Mr Bagley repeatedly told the detectives that he was innocent and the truth would come out at his trial.
"I was there you know that, but I am not guilty," he said.
"I know everything about what really happened because I was there.
"You have it all wrong.
"If I was guilty I would man up about it.
"But, you have it all wrong . . the truth will come out."
Mr Bagley can be then heard boasting that he was going to engage top Queensland silk Michael Byrne and high-profile New South Wales barrister Winston Terracini for his bail application.
The trial before Justice Peter Lyons continues.
Former lover found guilty of Sydney murder
Nine MSN [10/3/14]:
After being convicted of stabbing his ex-lover Rachelle Yeo to death, Paul Mulvihill put his head in his hands and said "no" over and over.
At the back of the court, one of Ms Yeo's supporters exclaimed "yes" before embracing other supporters in tears.
A jury needed just two hours on Monday to find Mulvihill, 46, guilty of murdering the 31-year-old in her North Curl Curl unit in Sydney's north in July 2012.
The two had started an affair a year earlier when they worked together at Sanofi Aventis pharmaceuticals in Brisbane, while Ms Yeo was engaged and Mulvihill was married to his wife of 16 years.
Their romance began to unravel and, in April 2012, Ms Yeo accepted a promotion and moved to Sydney.
She hid her new address from Mulvihill, but he discovered it when he found a letter to her.
On July 16, 2012, he waited for her outside her apartment block and followed her upstairs and into her unit without her knowing.
Ms Yeo was found fatally stabbed in the neck and chest.
The court heard Mulvihill later called his wife and said "she's gone".
Wearing a yellow scarf signifying her murdered daughter's energy, Kathy Yeo cried after Mulvihill was found guilty.
"It is extremely sad that we have lost our daughter but I am glad that (the jurors) were able to come with this verdict," she said outside the NSW Supreme Court.
Ms Yeo's father, Roger Yeo, said justice had been served but there were no winners.
"Unfortunately over 70 women are killed every year by the partner or ex partner and our daughter is one of them," he said.
"It's unfortunate that in cases like this a lot of evidence doesn't come to light.
"Things like tendency and character and history don't play a part because they give rise to a possibility of appeal."
Mulvihill claimed he did not murder Ms Yeo and acted in self-defence when she lunged at him with a massive knife.
A neighbour told the court she heard a female voice inside Ms Yeo's unit "begging for help and crying, very distressed".
The case will return to court on March 28 for sentencing submissions.
Mulvihill's lawyer asked for her client to be put on suicide watch.
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'I cut her like bread', murder trial told
Yahoo 7 [10/3/14]:
A Queensland man admitted to cutting his partner's throat "like a loaf of bread", a court has heard.
Ronald Craig is facing trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane for the murder of Kylie Hitchen in 2011.
Ms Hitchen was found dead in the kitchen of the home she shared with Craig in Esk, northwest of Brisbane, on January 21 that year.
Prosecutor Ben Power told the court her throat had been cut very deeply, through her windpipe and both arteries.
Mr Power said Craig had admitted during a police interview to cutting Ms Hitchen's throat with a kitchen knife after a drunken row.
Craig told police Ms Hitchen had attacked him with the knife and he'd grabbed it from her, Mr Power said.
"He said: 'In the heat of the moment, I just cut on the neck'," Mr Power told the court on Monday.
"The police officer asked the defendant how he had cut her throat. The defendant said: 'I just cut it like I was cutting a loaf of bread'."
Mr Power said Ms Hitchen also had two shallow stab wounds to her shoulder and a gaping cut between her thumb and index finger.
"The wounds to her throat were so deep that there were two incised wounds to the bones of her vertebrae," he said.
Craig and Ms Hitchen were living together at the time she died and had signed a lease to move into a new home, the court heard.
Mr Power said that on the morning Ms Hitchen was found dead, security footage captured Craig using her keycard to withdraw $1300 from two ATMs and to purchase fuel.
The accused then left Queensland and booked into a hotel at Brunswick Heads in NSW, the court heard.
After police spoke with Craig's family, he surrendered to NSW police.
The trial continues.
Defence says Cowan is a "convincing liar" not a murderer
Sunshine Coast Daily [10/3/14]:
The man accused of killing Daniel Morcombe used details of where to find the body and clothes to "spice" up his confession, his defence team has told the jury.
Defence barrister Angus Edwards told the jury Brett Cowan "played his part just a little too well" but there were many convincing liars in the world.
"How can you reject beyond reasonable doubt the possibility Mr Cowan heard about those locations and used them to spice his lies, spice his false confession?" he asked.
"There is a lot of pressure to convict Mr Cowan to bring an end to this tragic episode in the lives of the Morcombes and the people in the state of Queensland but follow the evidence.
"Don't be pressured, look what the evidence proves.
"You would not be doing anyone any favours by closing this chapter in convicting the wrong man.
Ciobo and Langbroek on Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal [VIDEO]
Channel 9 Report with Jeff Leigh-Smith, Steven Ciobo "a betrayal of the residents of Main Beach and Gold Coast". John Paul Langbroek "I have no doubt there is somebody from the private sector is probably behind this from the start".
Asking the Beattie government to come clean.
A federal MP says the Queensland Premier's opposition to a cruise ship terminal in the Gold Coast Broadwater is politically motivated.
The federal Liberal Member for Moncrieff, Steven Ciobo, told Parliament he does not want the terminal built on the Spit, but Peter Beattie says the broadwater is not an option.
Mr Beattie says the Member for Moncrieff is out of touch with his electorate, but Mr Ciobo says the last remnants of dunal vegetation at the Spit would be seriously threatened if a terminal was built there.
"It's a short-sighted, knee-jerk reaction that's simply seeing the Premier trying to protect his two state members in the Broadwater," he said.
The Age [4/7/08]:
Gold Coast MPs have called on the Queensland government to revisit plans for a cruise ship terminal in the tourist region.
Federal opposition tourism spokesman Steven Ciobo and Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek said yesterday they wanted to see a new terminal on the Gold Coast in a bid to boost tourism.
They said the Gold Coast was losing out on being part of an industry worth $700 million a year.
A cruise ship terminal was proposed by the state government at the last state election in 2006, but was eventually vetoed because of its potential high costs.
Mr Ciobo said it was time to reconsider.
"It's time the Gold Coast diversified its key tourism infrastructure and we see a cruise ship terminal as being a valuable, ongoing component of being able to do that," he said.
"We've now got real opportunity to embrace a cruise ship terminal provided, of course, that it stacks up environmentally, and to get a piece of this $700 million industry, that's growing by over 25 per cent a year."
Mr Langbroek called on Premier Anna Bligh to release information about the proposal so Gold Coast residents could assess its pros and cons for themselves.
"The premier has the information, the premier has the studies that have been conducted into this matter and it's important to either rule it in or rule it out," he said.
"It's not fair to the people of the Gold Coast."
Both Mr Ciobo and Mr Langbroek were opposed to a terminal being built at The Spit, which has been the subject of local protests, but said they needed more information before suggesting a possible site.
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