Barnaby Joyce flies over Rockhampton in a helicopter [Yahoo - 9/4/17]
Yatala Pies reopen after flooding [MYGC - 10/4/17]
The body of one of three men who went missing during south-east Queensland's big wet has been found.
David Heidemann, 50, was last seen in his home town of Mondure, west of Gympie, on March 30.
He had told family he was going to visit a friend, but never returned and was reported missing.
The SES found his body in the region's Barambah Creek about 8:30am.
A report was being prepared for the coroner.
A 58-year-old man who went missing at Mount Pleasant, near Mackay, was found on Friday.
But a man in his 60s who went bushwalking in the Lamington National Park is still missing.
He set off with a lack of supplies and failed to return to a meeting point with the rest of a large sightseeing group on February 29. [ABC - 8/4/17]
Aspiring rapper believes Gold Coast seafood restaurant should apologise to him [Brisbane Times - 10/4/17]
A motorcycle rider is fighting for life after a crash at Highland Park just after midday.
Police say his bike slammed into the back of a parked car on Armstrong Way at 12:15.
The 31-year-old man sustained critical, life-threatening injuries and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. ... [MYGC - 10/4/17]
A Queensland police officer has been suspended from duty and will face court after allegedly crashing a police car while drunk.
The 39-year-old senior constable was off duty when he was allegedly over the limit and involved in an accident while driving the Queensland Police Service vehicle.
He is a member of the Central Region Command, which stretches from the Sunshine Coast to Mackay, and will face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on April 19. [Yahoo - 10/4/17]
Just after midday, a white Holden sedan was spotted driving dangerously at high speeds on the M1, forcing other vehicles off the road.
Luckily, the speeding car came to an abrupt stop after running out of petrol at Gaven.
When police attempted to arrest the driver, who was attempting to run from the scene, he allegedly assaulted two officers and attempted to steal a police vehicle before he was apprehended.
The man, aged in his mid 30s, remains in police custody after being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment of a head injury.
Investigations are ongoing. ... [MYGC - 10/4/17]
Dangerous driving charge, Morayfield [QPS Media – 9/4/17]:
Police have charged two boys following a traffic crash that occurred early this morning in Morayfield.
Officers were called to Oakey Flat Road this morning at 2.30am after a car which is alleged to have been stolen from Morayfield this morning left the road and rolled.
On arrival, the five occupants including a 19-year-old woman, a 13-year-old girl and three boys, two aged 15 and one aged 16 fled the scene.
They were located around 500 meters from the crash site by the dog squad.
Three of the occupants were taken to hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.
Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with one count each unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one has also been charged with dangerous driving. ...
Woman, 101, dead after three-car crash on Kennedy Highway near Cairns [Brisbane Times - 7/4/17]
Lifeguards perform CPR on child pulled unconscious from surf at Broadbeach [MYGC - 9/4/17]
Police arrest two men after fight with security guard in South Brisbane [Brisbane Times - 9/4/17]
Shots fired at Highland Park party [MYGC - 9/4/17]
Two injured in attacks in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach [MYGC - 8/4/17]
Queanbeyan stabbing: Teenagers charged with murder, robbery extradited to face court in NSW [ABC - 8/4/17]:
... NSW Police charged the pair, via future court attendance notices, with murder, robbery, wounding with intent and aggravated take and drive with conveyance.
The 16-year-old was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The teens faced court in the ACT this morning where they were extradited to NSW to face court.
It is believed the teenagers will be taken to the Queanbeyan Police Station and then transferred to the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre in Wagga Wagga.
NSW Police confirmed that the counter-terrorism unit was investigating, but no terror-related charges had been laid. ...
Warmongering, dogwhistling, dickhead. ---> ... Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also spoke of the attack, [conflated the crime with his justification - and support for - the US missile attack on Syria] saying the circumstances raised "sufficient concern" to warrant the involvement of the joint counter-terrorism police team.
Mr Turnbull said the crime "is shocking and a matter which underlines many of the concerns we have raised in this field". ... [ABC - 7/4/17]
Former Logan bookstore owner to learn sentencing date for extortion charges [MYGC - 7/4/17]
Accused killer thought wife was playing a trick when he found her dead at home [Canberra Times - 6/4/17]
Police are treating the death of a Cairns woman as suspicious, after concerned co-workers found her body in her unit. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/4/17]
Couple escapes burning Logan home in suspected arson attack [MYGC - 7/4/17]
Boy, 15, charged with stabbing Helensvale father in the throat [MYGC - 5/4/17]
Mine worker airlifted to Mount Isa Hospital [North West Star - 7/4/17]
Three people have sustained third-degree burns in an electrical explosion at JBS's processing plant at Riverview in Ipswich.
The blast went off at JBS's processing plant while maintenance workers were fixing a power board.
A police spokesperson said some of the victims had injuries to their faces and hands.
Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Michael Augustus said paramedics rushed to the Riverview plant just after 9:00am. ... [ABC - 8/4/17]
A Toowoomba man has had a lucky escape while mowing his lawn.
His ride-on mower rolled down a slippery embankment, pinning him underneath the vehicle. ... [Yahoo - 9/4/17]
Former Bligh government minister Paul Lucas has been handed a job overseeing the delivery of Labor's Cross River Rail project in Brisbane.
Mr Lucas, a former transport minister and Deputy Premier, will on Monday be announced as the Deputy Chair of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Board. ... [Brisbane Times - 10/4/17]
'Worst failure of public administration in this nation': Queensland Health IBM payroll system [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/8/13]:
... On July 6, 2009 a memorandum, known as "The Price Memorandum" - prepared by a Health Department director named Anthony Price with 36 years' experience - attempted to warn Health Minister Paul Lucas of faults with the payroll system.
It was written as a ministerial brief, but never got to Mr Lucas, Mr Chesterman's report found.
"The Price Memorandum was a clear attempt by Mr Price to collate and bring to the attention of the minister the many problems which he had been informed were facing the system."
Anthony Price was made redundant by former Queensland Health director general Mick Reid.
In his submission to Mr Chesterman's inquiry, Mr Price's legal representatives said he had been a scapegoat. ...
Queensland government keeps Mason Lee report secret [Yahoo - 10/4/17]
A man who discovered his three-year-old daughter dead in his lounge room has been sentenced to nine years in jail.
During the sentencing hearing, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said she was satisfied Matthew Lee Williamson, 32, had delivered the fatal blow to Kyhesha-Lee Joughin, saying the child had died a "slow, painful death". ... [ABC - 6/4/17]
Child Abuse Royal Commission: Counsel's submission criticises Newcastle Anglican bishops [ABC – 6/4/17]:
A counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has taken aim at several former Newcastle Anglican bishops, concluding one was "weak and ineffectual on child sexual abuse".
In its Newcastle and Sydney hearings in 2016, the Royal Commission heard claims of paedophile networks and cover ups during its probe into Newcastle's Anglican Diocese.
The Royal Commission today published the written submissions for the public hearings into the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
In her submission, counsel assisting the Royal Commission, Naomi Sharp, made nearly 150 observations known as 'available findings' in the report.
She said when former bishops Alfred Holland and Richard Appleby were able to ignore disclosures of allegations of sexual abuse, they chose to do so.
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack charged over child porn allegations [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/4/17]:
... His arrest and charging was part of Strike Force Trawler, a police operation that is using undercover stings to catch alleged online predators.
The strike force has arrested almost one person per week this year, with many more cases passed to local police.
Those arrested have been diverse: from teenagers to 70-year-olds, school teachers, fathers, defence force members, priests, police academy students and aspiring politicians. ...
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack admitted to hospital [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/4/17]
The lawyer for a Queensland university lecturer accused of posing as Justin Bieber online to procure child porn failed to show up for his court date, a court has heard. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/4/17]
GEO Group UK Ltd and Nestor Primecare Services Ltd face charges over death of man in UK immigration detention centre [Guardian - 5/4/17]
"These people have faces Bryan, that is how we recognise them"
Clarke and Dawe - Julia's First Interview [1/7/10]
Bill Shorten is congratulated by Shayne Neumann after he was announced as the ALP leader at Parliament House in 2013. [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/4/17]
Minister for Immigration Chris Bowen [PROTECT] explores migration semantics with Clarke and Dawe [ABC - 1/11/12]
Clarke and Dawe: Democracy. From the Greek ‘Demos’ and ‘Crassy’ [18/2/15]
@BehrouzBoochani [10/4/17]: Iranian refugee arrested in #Manus because of yesterday's fight. Now in Lorengau jail.The situation has been full of unrest.
Australian media/literary/Walkley types bask in the reflected glory of Behrouz's journalism while simultaneously censoring the dire predicament of imprisoned men ---> 4 YEARS AND STILL NO JUSTICE: Provocation of refugees continues at Australia's illegal and unconstitutional prison on Manus Island [RNZI - 10/4/17]:
60 refugees and guards fought a running battle yesterday at Australia's refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.
The Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani reports a food shortage on Saturday led to a protest over food quality on Sunday.
Mr Boochani says new guards from Australia provoked the protestors into an all in brawl.
He says guards from the island hurled stones at the refugees, who retaliated by throwing water bottles.
Last month, a similar brawl broke out over food, in which combatants fighting with plastic chairs smashed up a dining area. ...
"Zabra chicken used as medication on us. Breakfast zabra lunch zabra dinner zabra. When I go to sleep I dream zabra" @ManusChefAU [11/6/16]
Serious fighting between refugees and officers in Mike compound over food quality. Some people injured. The new officers provoked refugees
An Iranian refugee seriously injured on head because of fighting, other refugees and officers injured too. Calming down now. #Manus
Ravi is a survivor of Australia’s No Advantage Asylum Policy.
He was detained in Nauru and Victoria for over 3 years.
Upon his release in 2016, Ravi launched his poetry anthology 'From Hell to Hell' and continues to speak out on behalf of those who remain incarcerated in Australia’s onshore and offshore mandatory detention centres. ... [Ravi's Hell - Part 1 - 4/4/17]
The BIPARTISAN policy is push backs, indefinite detention, exile, death and lies.
Dutton is free to cover up his atrocities with tired old talking points about "people smugglers", "bleating advocates" and "they're not coming here", because there is no opposition, and no journalism. ---> Reacting to nationwide Palm Sunday rallies (which they have censored), the media and ALP demand the government clarify its final solution to the ALP's anti--refugee policy. [Guardian - 9/4/17]
... Mr Neumann supported one of his staff members and close friend Kylie Stoneman to run for Ipswich City Council.
She ran as an independent and was successfully elected.
Sitting councillors accused Mr Neumann and the Labor Party of trying to take over the council by stealth.
Mr Neumann says he will attend the hearing on April 21.
Ms Stoneman will appear on the same day. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/4/17]
Free the #refugees
#canberra #palm Sunday @carolinelec [9/4/17]
"Boat refugees learn their lesson and redeem themselves" is twisted deterrence propaganda, not journalism [SBS - 8/4/17]
What would you do Gareth Boreham? This is happening now - why are you and your colleagues censoring it as Turnbull visits India? ---> ... JCCI president, Rakesh Gupta, had on Friday in Jammu threatened to launch an “identify and kill” campaign against Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis to force them to leave Jammu and other areas of the state where they are living temporarily.
Gupta has been quoted as saying, “If this is not done, we would be left with no option but to launch a movement of “identify and kill” against foreign settlers who are criminals across the state. It would not be an offence if they are pushed to death (maut ke ghaat utaray gain)since they are not citizens of this state.
”The JCCI president added that they would be doing it as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“Neither the government of Jammu & Kashmir is signatory to any United Nation’s treaty nor Article 370 allows illegal foreign settlers for any permanent settlement in the state. We won’t let them survive here on our land and the owners on whose land these foreign settlers are living should be booked under PSA.” ... Business leaders threaten 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Jammu [Milli Gazette - 9/4/17]
What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee "stopping the boats" policy means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.
Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...
Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more IOM concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014. All the UNHCR does these days is support government/opposition policy. [SBS - 18/11/14]
@HanNguyenNews [6/2/17]: Huge police presence forming outside the UNHCR office in #Jakarta as #refugee protest heads into its 6th hour. ...
Over 100 have died in Malaysian immigration detention centres in the last 2 years. More than half were from Myanmar. [CDA News - 4/4/17]
Prosecutor files appeal to increase penalty on Malaysian rights activist for screening Sir Lankan war documentary No Fire Zone [Free Malaysia Today - 8/4/17]
@sol2refugees [8/4/17]: 22/4, 1 year #CityPlaza: we invite u all to celebrate 1y of #solidarity & #commonstruggles with #refugees together.
@sol2refugees [8/4/17]: A nice short 3video: The First #Anniversary of the #European #Borders Closure
A Syrian man has succumbed to his wounds after sustaining extensive burns across his body last week in a Greek refugee camp, police and medical sources said on Saturday.
The refugee, identified by police as 27-year-old Ali Aamer, had suffered burns covering 85 percent of his body after a March 30 incident in the Vial detention centre in the eastern Greek island of Chios. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/4/17]
@IReggaeNation [8/4/17]: Around 230 migrants were on Friday rescued from two boats in the Mediterranean Sea. Some sang Bob Marley's 'One Love'. ...
@openarms_fund [7/4/17]: Gran celebración a bordo para celebrar #VIDA.Es la máxima expresión de unión entre personas, entre culturas. Ellos y nosotros, todxs iguales
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/4/17]
US-led coalition warplanes launched a number of air strikes that targeted the districts of Farooq, Zanjili and al-Islah al-Zeraei in central and western right bank of Mosul city. ... [The Baghdad Post - 8/4/17]
Explosion hits northern Baghdad, three injured [The Baghdad Post - 8/4/17]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [8/4/17]: Anbar: News agencies: "4"persons were wounded including a woman as an IED exploded in "Kilo 25"area west of Rutba.
Witnesses in Mosul report that militants are executing scores of people trying to escape the fighting.
They are hanging the bodies of some victims from utility poles or leaving near the frontlines as a warning to others. ... [Antiwar.com - 7/4/17]
US-led international alliance aircrafts kill 15 civilians in Raqqa western countryside [SANA - 8/4/17]
Trump lavished with media and bipartisan praise for bombing Syria [The Intercept - 8/4/17]:
... As it always does, the U.S. media last night was an almost equal mix of excitement and reverence as the bombs fell.
People who dissent from this bombing campaign – who opposed it on the merits – were almost entirely disappeared, as they always are in such moments of high patriotism (MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had two guests on after midnight who opposed it, but they were rare).
Claims from the U.S. government and military are immediately vested with unquestioned truth and accuracy, while claims from foreign adversaries such as Russia and Syria are reflexively scorned as lies and propaganda. ...
Human Rights Watch officially calls for another US illegal war of aggression in the Middle East. ---> Never forget how Assad's ability to continue committing atrocities depends on Putin's military support and UN Security Council cover. @KenRoth [8/4/17]
@karentalford66 [8/4/17]: #HandsOffSyria Anonymous Message..
@BrotherFlourish [8/4/17]: My homie @CroomsConnell was brutally assaulted by Jacksonville Sheriff's officers at a #HandsOffSyria protest today in Jacksonville.
Defense and energy stocks were higher Friday, with Tomahawk missile-maker Raytheon Corp. a key gainer, after U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base overnight. ... [MarketWatch - 7/4/17]
Who really has the chemical weapons - the Syrian government or UK/US de facto backed militants? [RT - 8/4/17]:
We speak to the Associate Editor of the Spectator magazine, Middle East Eye columnist, Peter Oborne on the similar hallmarks this time round in Syria to WMD in Iraq and genocide in Libya.
New details on how US helped Saddam as he gassed Iran [NPR - 26/8/13]
A military judge on Friday dismissed two relatively minor charges against the five prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention center who are accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Army Col. James Pohl accepted a defense argument that the five-year statute of limitations had run out on two non-capital charges: attacking civilian objects and destruction of property.
The men still face vastly more serious charges, including committing murder in violation of the law of war and terrorism for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
They could get the death penalty if convicted. ... [Miami Herald - 7/4/17]
@GraffitiExpert [4/4/17]: Cuban migrants’ lighthouse landing merits US entry, Eleventh Circuit told ...
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating claims that the Cuban migrants who made it to a lighthouse in the Keys were mistreated as they waited for a judge to decide their fate.
Lawyers for the 24 Cubans showed a note they said came from a bottle found near American Shoal Lighthouse where the scene took place May 28th.
Fisherman Jason Harrelson found the letter and handed it over to the Coast Guard.
“Those copies were sent out pretty much simultaneously with what we sent the Coast Guard as well, Harrelson explained, “because it said on the letter, it said legal and some e-mail address on them and we sent what had out.”
Inside was a two-page handwritten letter from the 24 migrants alleging mistreatment aboard the 278-foot Coast Guard Cutter, including violence from Coast Guard personnel.
Four of the Cubans were sent back to Cuba.
Twenty were judged to have a fear of persecution and were sent to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. ... [CBS - 5/7/16]
@wikileaks [8/4/17]: Shadow Brokers releases password to NSA hacking tool binaries from 2013 as "protest" over "abandoning base" ...
@wikileaks [7/4/17]: NSA historian James Bamford (@WashAuthor) says that CIA led cyber attack on Iranian centrifuges #Vault7 ...
@wikileaks [7/4/17]: RELEASE: CIA malware for Windows "Grasshopper" -- which includes its own language ...
Julian Assange is a political prisoner who has never been charged with a crime.
That few people know this and that large media outlets have conveniently ignored this fact is an indictment of all Western political leaders and journalists who claim to care about human rights and civil liberties but remain silent - or worse - about one of the world's most famous prisoners of conscience. ... [The Sacramento Bee - 6/4/17]
Gael García Bernal and Pablo Larraín on Neruda [RT - 5/4/17]
9 April 2017