A nurse has told an inquest into the death of asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei she has no independent recollection of the day she filed forms for his removal from the Manus Island detention centre.
Coroner Terry Ryan is examining the death of the 24-year-old in Brisbane's Mater Hospital from septicaemia in September 2014, two weeks after his first treatment on the island for a cut foot.
Coordinating nurse Laura Zhai conceded on Friday to barrister Stephen Keim, representing Kehazaei's family, that her testimony was based on phone and email records captured at the time she filed forms about Kehazaei needing to be flown from Manus.
The inquest will re-open in February. [Yahoo - 9/12/16]
@drkhubyb [9/12/16]: A #Rohingya boy with gunshot wounds (shot by #Burmese troops) is left behind w/out medical tx; severely infected, will die if no Rx.
More reports of rapes and robberies emerge from northern Maungdaw [RVision TV News - 9/12/16]
Whitewashing of genocide continues ---> UN calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to listen to her "inner voice" [Media Release - 8/12/16]
@Reaproy [9/12/16]: Very welcome & important statement by diplomats in #Yangon #Myanmar - let's hope gov't is listening. But where is #Australia & #England?
@the_erc [9/12/16]: ERC appreciates @rushanaraali's collective concern. We'd like to request you to take more proactive steps to END the suffering of #ROHINGYA.
Bangladesh continues proudly pushing back Rohingya refugee boats with the blessing of the "international community" [Dhaka Tribune - 9/12/16]
... Pilger says: “The aim of this film is to break a silence. A new cold war is under way along with the drumbeat to war, this time with the real possibility of nuclear weapons. ... The Coming War on China. Premieres 9 December. [RT]
South Korea’s parliament on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, holding her responsible for acts of corruption by her confidante Choi Soon-sil and for neglecting her duties as the nation’s elected leader.
Park was suspended from her duties as president at 7:03 p.m. the same day.
The fate of her presidency now rests with the nine judges of the Constitutional Court, who will review whether her alleged wrongdoings warrant her removal.
While the court deliberates, Park is suspended from office and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will step in as acting president. ... [Korea Herald - 9/12/16]
A series of Chinese probes into one of South Korea’s largest companies has renewed fears that Beijing is taking aim at Korean business interests after Seoul’s decision to host a US-made missile shield.
Lotte, South Korea’s fifth-biggest conglomerate, struck a deal last month to relinquish one of its golf courses to make way for the advanced anti-missile system. ... [Financial Times - 9/12/16]
The Royal Australian Navy’s largest combat ship, HMAS Adelaide, briefly docked in Burnie on Friday afternoon after losing anchor at sea.
HMAS Adelaide stopped in Burnie after losing the anchor past the breakwater.
A buoy has been used to mark the spot where the anchor was lost before it is salvaged.
HMAS Adelaide is in the region as part of Exercise Ocean Raider. ... [The Advocate - 9/12/16]
Queensland graziers ready for battle to save homes from Defence land acquisition [ABC - 8/12/16]
Elevated levels of toxic firefighting foam chemical found at Tamworth Airport [ABC - 9/12/16]:
... It is the same substance identified in groundwater and surface water in areas surrounding RAAF bases including Williamtown, near Newcastle and Oakey, in Queensland. ...
The true cause of an experienced swimmer's death off Cairns may have been covered up to protect tourism on the Great Barrier Reef, a court has heard.
Skipper Leila Trott was found floating face down in the water after she swam more than 450 metres to retrieve a rogue dinghy on April 6 this year. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/12/16]
Dreamworld prepares to reopen doors [MYGC – 9/12/16]
... Stuxnet specifically targets programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which allow the automation of electromechanical processes such as those used to control machinery on factory assembly lines, amusement rides, or centrifuges for separating nuclear material. ...
Derailment of freight train near Julia Creek, Queensland on 27 December 2015 [ATSB Report - 9/12/16]
Queensland police officer from South Eastern region allegedly found to be intoxicated while on duty [MYGC - 8/12/16]
Father charged with driving young daughters around with drugs and weapons in car, Tweed Heads [MYGC - 8/12/16]
A teenage boy is due to face court today, charged with supplying a cocktail of dangerous drugs in Byron Bay.
Detectives raided the 18-year-old’s Patterson Street home yesterday and allegedly found a stash of cannabis, methamphetamine and Viagra in his bedroom.
The raid comes after police commenced an investigation into the distribution of drugs in the area earlier this year. ... [MYGC - 8/12/16]
Child stabbed with scissors at Dakabin State School [Yahoo – 9/12/16]
Five people have been taken to hospital following three separate traffic crashes on the Gold Coast last night.
Ambulance crews were first called to the corner of Currumbin Creek and Tomewin Currumbin Creek roads at Currumbin Valley just after 7:30pm after a man lost control of his car and crashed into a barrier.
He was treated at the scene before being transported in a stable condition to the Tweed Hospital.
Then, around two hours later, two cars came to grief at the intersection of Mudgeeraba and Worongary roads in Mudgeeraba.
Three people were assessed and treated by paramedics at the scene before they were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
They too were all transported in a stable condition.
Finally, a woman was injured after she lost control of her car and crashed into a ditch on Nerang Connection Road near the M1 at Nerang just after midnight.
She suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 9/12/16]
Man injured after ploughing car through Southport fence [MYGC - 9/12/16]
Agnes Water State School student seriously injured after being hit by bus [Brisbane Times – 9/12/16]
Isis Court resident granted wish to change concerning name of Mackay street [ABC – 8/12/16]:
... An accounting firm at Caboolture, north of Brisbane, changed its name from Isis Financial Planners last year after customers started avoiding their business.
A national property company also changed its name from Isis last year, with its website stating the rebranding was critical to ensure "everyone feels safe, connected and proud of working with us".
However, the Isis Devils football team, from the Isis district south-west of Bundaberg, have resisted criticism over their name and refuse to back down.
Sydney men Mohammad Kiad, Omar Al-Kutobi sentenced to 20 years' jail over foiled terror plot [ABC – 9/12/16]:
... Al-Kutobi and Kiad had been under surveillance for about a month when they were arrested and charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack in February 2015.
Their first target was a Shiite Prayer Hall in Granville where the pair went on February 8 to attack with a petrol bomb, according to Al-Kutobi's testimony during the trial.
But they pulled out after discovering someone was at the hall at the time.
Two days later Al-Kutobi bought a hunting knife and the pair took photos and videos in front of a homemade Islamic State flag.
Court documents revealed an informant tipped off the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team (JCCT) to the plot on February 10. ...
Sydney man found guilty of trying to send $6000 to Pakistan to be used for sending fighters to Syria [SBS - 9/12/16]
A Muslim woman who refused to stand for a judge is potentially facing criminal charges in New South Wales.
It is the first test of tough new legislation that makes it an offence to disrespect a court in the state. ... [ABC - 9/12/16]
A WA couple who sued police after they were arrested and tasered in Fremantle eight years ago have been awarded more than $1 million in damages.
Robert Cunningham, an Associate Law Professor, and his wife Catherine Atoms sued the state of WA and three police officers for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault and battery over an incident outside the Esplanade Hotel in November 2008. ... [WA Today - 9/12/16]
A Burnie man who attacked a policewoman with a large rubber sex toy called Barry has been jailed.
Disability pensioner Ross Richard Gladwin launched what Justice Michael Brett described as a brutal and dangerous assault on the officer after police were called to a Burnie home on April 25.
There had been some thought he might be the first person in Tasmania sentenced under mandatory sentencing laws for assaults on police.
The Sentencing Act provides for mandatory jail when a police officer suffers serious bodily harm in certain circumstances.
Justice Brett decided the section did not apply in Gladwin’s case as he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt the bodily harm amounted to serious bodily harm. [The Advocate - 9/12/16]
The 25-year-old man alleged to have tried to strangle a police officer at the Mount Isa Spring Cup Races in September is listed to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday. ... [North West Star - 8/12/16]
Homicide squad investigates after man stabbed to death at Williamstown property [The Age - 9/12/16]
Tasmania Police are investigating the death of a man who was found with stab wounds outside Hobart’s Old Woolstore apartments. ... [The Advocate - 9/12/16]
The foster brother of slain Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has applied for bail.
Corrections Minister Bill Byrne confirmed Thorburn had told guards he'd twice been bashed in jail by fellow prisoners only after the officers saw the second assault. ... [Yahoo - 9/12/16]
Man, 19, presents himself to police over woman's death in Deeragun [ABC – 8/12/16]
Third deadlock in Southport murder trial [Yahoo – 9/12/16]
A man beat his girlfriend until she was unable to move or speak, then went to sleep and woke up to find her dead beside him, a court has heard.
Mataio Aleluia had been in a relationship with his girlfriend Brittany Harvie, 22, for about six months when he killed her, the Supreme Court heard on the first day of his murder trial on Thursday.
Senior Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, said that Aleluia, 20, became enraged when she denied allegations she had had an affair, and began beating her in her car in the early hours of June 3, 2015.
The couple were living in the car at the time, and had parked it near a nature reserve in Clayton South. ... [The Age - 8/12/16]
Father pleads guilty to Kyhesha-Lee Joughin's manslaughter [ABC – 8/12/16]
More than 80 Catholic and Anglican Church priests and other representatives – including women - are alleged to have committed child sex crimes against Hunter children over decades, newly released data analysis and evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/12/16]
STOP THE LIES!
END THE POLICY!
FREE THE REFUGEES!
... DIRTY POLICY!...
via @InsurrectNews [9/5/16]
Political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016
"This is a dirty policy" Shaghayegh has been imprisoned by the Australian government on Nauru for over three years. [AUDIO - BBC - 17/8/16]
MOVE OUT THE WAY FRANK AND LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK! ---> Catholic Leader helps anti-refugee advocate continue to peddle his false choice [9/12/16]
Human Rights Overboard: A rebuttal to the latest iteration of the Brennan, Costello, Manne and Menadue "solution".
"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ...
"It's a wicked thing to do." [SBS - 20/11/15]
Image: @KJBar [20/11/15]
What Australia's fanatical "stopping the boats" policy means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]
1,000s of migrants "scattered" by border patrols as part of US "deterrence" policy have been killed and/or disappeared [teleSUR - 8/12/16]
Since last Friday, Berks, Texas immigration detention centres have been operating without licenses [Reading Eagle - 8/12/16]
Nauru's Minister of Transport and Health, Valdon Dowiyogo, has died suddenly in Russia.
There are no details yet about the cause of his death but it is known he had been suffering poor health for some time.
Mr Dowiyogo, who is the son of a former president of Nauru, was 48 years old.
He was in Russia on government business and the government information office reports Foreign Minister David Adeang is to accompany the body home. [RNZI - 9/12/16]
Trump’s ex-adviser Carter Page in Moscow for talks with businessmen, ‘thought leaders’ [RT - 8/12/16]
Power to the people: John Lennon’s legacy lives on [Counterpunch - 8/12/16]
'He will fight to the last breath': Julian Assange's mother speaks out six years after his arrest [SBS – 8/12/16]
1950 or 2016?: Cold War propaganda re-emerges in response to ‘Fake News’ [Mint News Press - 7/12/16]
... It's hard to kill when you don't know whose side you're on ...
'Broken Soldier', The Black Angels 
US-led coalition can give air support to Shiite Hashd forces in Iraq [RUDAW - 8/12/16]:
... The spokesman said that the coalition could provide air support for the Hashd al-Shaabi, which is also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), when they are partnered with the Iraqi army.
“We have conducted strikes all over Iraq and we continue to target the enemy anywhere that they can be found,” Dorrian said.
“In many cases the Popular Mobilization Forces are partnered with the Iraqi security forces, the army and the police, and in these incidents we can provide support directly to those forces and all of these strikes help with advance.”
The coalition conducted an airstrike against the hospital, based on a request from the Iraqi army.
Asked about civilian casualties from the strike, Dorrian told Rudaw “we are not exactly sure.”
“We saw no civilians observed in the area, we are not exactly sure. But we did not observe any civilians in the area and we conducted the strike in the interest of protecting the Iraqi Security Forces from firing that Daesh (ISIS) was doing from that building,” he said. ...
Iraq house speaker blames Baghdad for Anbar airstrike that killed civilians [RUDAW - 8/12/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [8/12/16]:
The toll of massacre committed by the government air force against the civilians in Qa'im west of Anbar has climbed to more than 130 deaths mostly women and children and greater than 100 serious injuries.
8 persons were killed as a blast occurred in Shurta Al-Rabe'a area southwest of Baghdad.
Two persons were killed and 4 wounded as roadside bombs exploded in Sho'la and Amiriya area in Baghdad.
British hostage John Cantlie is featured in the latest propaganda video purportedly released by the Islamic State focusing on coalition airstrikes on Mosul, Iraq. ... [Heavy - 7/12/16]
The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Yazidis said his people need international help to recover from the worst atrocities they have suffered in more than a century and to reintegrate thousands of women who were enslaved by Islamic State. ... [Reuters - 8/12/16]
Syrian Army continues advance in Aleppo’s eastern neighbourhoods [SANA - 8/12/16]
President Barack Obama has ordered a waiver of restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others in Syria, deeming it “essential to the national security interests” of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the four-decades-old Arms Export Control Act.
A White House press release Thursday announced that foreign fighters in Syria supporting US special operations “to combat terrorism in Syria” would be excused from restrictions on military assistance. ... [RT - 8/12/16]
Moscow condemns coalition airstrikes in Raqqa leading to civilian casualties [Sputnik News - 8/12/16]
A Russian military adviser working in Aleppo has been killed by artillery shelling carried out by Syrian opposition rebels, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 7/12/16]
Turkey continues bombing northern Syria [Reuters - 8/12/16]
9 December 2016