It would be deeply sad if this was just a cynical political attack on Malcolm Turnbull.

 

But, considering it comes from the news organisation infamous for hacking into a murdered child's phone to get a "scoop", and given that it has had years to advocate for the release of children from immigration detention - and has failed to do so - scepticism should be applied.

 

 

 

...  News Corp is reporting the doctors are concerned about the welfare of their dozens of patients and say it would be unethical to discharge them to unsafe conditions that could compromise their health. ... Royal Children's Hospital doctors refuse to return children to detention [The Age - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

RCH Board

 

 

 

... An analysis of appointments in health - where Victoria and Canberra continue to trade blows over hospital funding - shows many positions have been given to former ministers, MPs, political staffers and party officials.

For instance, Kennett government minister Mark Birrell was made the deputy chairman of VicHealth, former health minister Robert Knowles was appointed to the Royal Children's Hospital board, former Caulfield MP Helen Shardey was made chairwoman of The Alfred hospital, and former Nationals MP Noel Maughan was appointed chairman of Goulburn Valley Health. ...  [The Age - 3/2/13]

 

 

 

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital:

 

... A founding member of the Institute in 1986, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s unparalleled generosity has enabled the Institute to improve the health and wellbeing of children all over the world. Together with founding director Professor David Danks, Dame Elisabeth is at the heart of the Murdoch Childrens.

Until her passing in 2012, Dame Elisabeth was heavily involved in the oversight of the Institute as a generous philanthropist and esteemed patron. She influenced and inspired people from all walks of life - from politicians and business leaders to families and children - to discover the joy of giving and championed the importance of medical research.

She had the foresight to recognise the importance of investing in and developing genetic research, even when this field was in its infancy. ...

 

 

 

“Free the Children; Free Everyone; Close Manus and Nauru; End Offshore processing.”



Response to @RACVictoria’s “Open Letter to the Refugee Movement” by @xBorderOps [2/10/15]:

 

RAC-Vic recently posted an Open Letter on the renewed push by the Greens and GetUp’s ‘No Business In Abuse’ to remove children from detention.

We share RAC-Vic’s concerns at the reductive call for the removal of only children from detention.

The call for “children out” is a backward step in the campaign to close the detention industry down.

We do not see it as pragmatic but as a recurrent attempt, over the span of more than two decades, by pro-detention groups to obscure their own practical support for and links to the detention industry, and as a means to limit the movements for freedom and against the camps.

Implicit in the call to remove only children from detention is an assumption that children are “innocent” and therefore that adults (without children) deserve to be detained.

There is nothing pragmatic about supporting these racist arguments for detention.

There is nothing “tactical” about peddling racist assumptions while imagining that this might serve to lessen or be a challenge to that racism.

GetUp’s various positions are therefore inexplicable as part of a strategy to close the detention industry down. If this were indeed the aim, the approach is tactically incompetent, conveys no information about the financial and corporate arrangements in the detention industry, and is so contradictory, ambiguous and without legal significance that any detention industry contractor could, for instance, agree to sign GetUp’s ‘pledge’.

Given the successes of the boycott and divestment campaign, we are particularly concerned with GetUp’s attempts to derail that momentum by aligning it with the reductive call for ‘children out’ and a ‘corporate code of conduct.’

This is merely their latest effort at astro-turfing [2].

Here are the previous and ongoing boycott and divestment campaigns: DivestFromDetention.com

To be clear, GetUp’s NBIA are in no position to assure companies that divestment and boycott campaigns will cease if those companies engage in the window-dressing that NBIA have offered them.

xBorder has never supported detention [3] – every reason for detention is ultimately an argument for institutionalised racism.

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Palestinian shot dead in 2nd Damascus Gate stabbing, 3 police injured [Maan - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Locals from the Hebron-area town of Deir Samit in the occupied West Bank told Ma'an that 18-year-old Jalal Shahir Rayyan was detained by Israeli forces Saturday after being shot by armed Israelis in the Bushtur outpost. ... [Maan - 10/9/15]

 



Deadly clashes in Gaza Strip and West Bank [Middle East Eye – 9/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Palestinian lives don’t matter to US media [Electronic Intifada – 9/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Saudi air raids on Yemen leave 12 Somalis dead [Press TV - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

 

India's foreign ministry has complained to the Saudi Arabian authorities following an alleged "brutal" attack on a 58-year-old Indian woman in Riyadh.

Kasturi Munirathinam's right arm was chopped off, allegedly by her employer, when she tried to escape from their house last week, reports say. ... [BBC - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Two bomb explosions targeted a peace rally Saturday by leftist and Kurdish activists in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing 86 people and wounding 186, the country's health minister said.

The explosions occurred seconds apart outside Ankara's main train station as hundreds were gathering for the rally, organized by Turkey's public sector workers' union and other civic society groups.

The rally was to call for increased democracy and an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. ... [Yahoo - 10/9/15]

 

 

 

 

‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [9/10/15]:  

 

 

 

Suleimaniya: 6 protesters were either killed or wounded when the security forces shot fires today in Suleimaniya ....................

 

 

 

 

Suleimaniya: A huge demonstration has been organized in Suleimaniya to protest on delaying of employees' salaries which have not been paid since four months..................

 

 

Diyala: 11 civilians were killed and others wounded as Hashd militias shelled by mortars the civilians on sectarian basis in Gatoon ,Mafraq ,Hay and Jurf Al-Milih in Ba'aquba district and Hadid ,Hibhib and Al-Aswad in Khalis district...................

 

 

 

 

14 civilians including 6 children and 4 women were killed and 12 including 5 children and 5 women wounded as the government's forces committed a new massacre by shelling of the families while crossing Albu Shajal crossing point north of Fallujah........

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 US Department of Defense [9/10/15]:

 

 

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter aircraft conducted two strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL training camp.

-- Near Mar’a, one strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, attack, fighter-attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Beiji, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply truck and an ISIL homemade explosives cache.

-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL trench and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL building, suppressed an ISIL mortar position, denied ISIL access to tactical terrain, and damaged two ISIL obstacles.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

 

 

 

Natural Born Killers --->  The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine -- Illinois -- Oct. 10, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, according to a Defense Department news release issued today.

First Lady Michelle Obama, the submarine’s sponsor, will officially christen the Illinois, the release said. ... [US Department of Defense - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Russia says kills 300 militants in Syria in most intense raids yet [Reuters - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

A first group of 19 asylum seekers was relocated from Italy to Sweden today under an EU relocation scheme.

The asylum seekers who arrived in Sicily by boat over the last few weeks were registered in Lampedusa and accepted to take part in the relocation scheme that will allow them to be relocated to other EU countries. ... [Media Release - 9/10/15]

 

 

UNHCR head Guterres urges massive EU response to help Greece attend to refugees [Media Release - 9/10/15]

 

 

UN Security Council authorises operations to disrupt "migrant smuggling" of coast of Libya [Media Release - 9/10/15]:

 

 

... Council members also underscored that the aim of the resolution is intended to disrupt the organized criminal enterprises engaged in migrant smuggling and human trafficking and prevent loss of life, “and is not intended to undermine the human rights of individuals or prevent them from seeking protection under international human rights law and international refugee law.” <---- WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT.

 

 

 

@AlbaFerrs [9/10/15]:   El fotoperiodista @ArisMessinis cuelga su cámara y ayuda a los refugiados. ...

 

 

 

... "Push-backs, building walls, increasing detention, and further restricting access, combined with few legal avenues to safety, will never be the answer," he said.

"The impact is simply the diversion of refugee movements along other routes and the aggravation of already precarious situations in regions embroiled in conflict. Worse still, these measures compel more people who have nothing left to lose to risk dangerous journeys onward in the hope of finding eventual safety and stability." ... UNHCR's Türk warns against growing politicization of refugee and asylum matters [Media Release - 8/10/15]

 

 



One-year old boy dies on migrant boat from Turkey to Greece [Ahram - 9/10/15]

 

 

Torture, rape and humiliation of women. It's bipartisan, and the Australian media support it ---->  ... They were allocated housing by Nauru and Australian governments. Then Connect – a consortium of the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) in Queensland and Adult Multicultural Education Services (Ames) in Victoria – was contracted to provide caseworkers to oversee any difficulties. The young single women were placed in isolated housing without security.

Late at night drunken locals knock down their doors with flimsy locks and invade their rooms. The women barricade themselves in the bathrooms and ring Connect for help:

“I miscall her – I had no credit. She rang and said that she will ring me tomorrow. It was 3am. No help.” ... [Guardian - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Mohsen.

 

 

Say his name so called refugee advocates at your self indulgent "what you can do" and "plan for change" forums, featuring propagandists, apologists for refoulement, partisan co-opters and  judgmental, bigoted snouts in the trough NGOs.

 

Mohsen.

 

 

 SAY HIS NAME.

 

 

... But there is a solidarity forged of their shared experience. Even at the height of divergence, there is still fraternity: “excuse me my brother, I think you are wrong”.

And a consistent theme, a single word, emerges over several hours of conversation with Manus Island’s refugees, that same word Mohsen keeps mentioning: freedom.

They write it on banners, mark it on their bodies, and litter it through their conversations, a shibboleth that is both idee fixe and unattainable goal.

They are still not free. And they don’t know, they can’t see, how they ever will be.

Mohsen is exhausted, almost broken, by the struggle.

“It has been two years in hell. I don’t care about your policy, I don’t care about your politics. I am tired. I am sick.   I just want to get out of this cage. Send me away. Hand me over to the UN. Just let me be free.” ...

 

 

A life in limbo: The refugees who fled torture only to end up incarcerated indefinitely by the Australian government on Manus Island [Guardian – 5/9/15]

 

 



Democrats President offers sanctuary to Manus Island refugee after suicide attempt at Transit Centre [Jeanie M Walker - 9/10/15]:

 

A refugee living in the transit centre on Manus Island has jumped off the roof in an attempt to end the misery of life in limbo on Manus Island says Australian Democrats SA President and Federal Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Jeanie Walker.

On Sunday the 4th of October, the 30 year old man jumped from a balcony and sustained bruises and cuts to his face and body.

“Mohsen is in a lot of pain but refusing medical treatment because he doesn’t want their help” Ms Walker says.

“He is tired and struggling to cope with what has been done to him for over 2 years”.

“He has been assessed as genuine refugee and is now languishing in the transit centre with no hope for the future and wanting to know why Australia has done this to him”.

Ms Walker and her daughters have had asylum seekers living in, and sharing their home for over 3 years and have bought a bigger house to accommodate more people.

“Australians are being encouraged to go on lists to offer accommodation to Syrian refugees which is a wonderful thing” says Ms Walker, “but what of the forgotten refugees on Manus and Nauru that we have broken and tortured for over 2 years?”

“I commend Australians for showing their true generosity in offering up their homes to refugees from Syria but I would like to also address the issues of the refugees on Papua New Guinea and Nauru and want to offer a room in my home to this young man effective immediately.

“The government is squandering billions of dollars for a few hundred people in offshore detention centres – money that could be better used in the Australian community in areas such as community services and the failing health system”

“Let’s bring them home and end this dark, dark day in Australia’s history and start repairing the damage.” concludes Ms Walker.

 

 

 

 

 

Australia is not only torturing this refugee incarcerated on Manus Island - we are also tormenting his family in Iraq [VIDEO - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Australian media's anti refugee propaganda continues [West Australian – 10/10/15]

 

 

1.  CLOSE THE CAMPS.

 

 

2.  BRING THE REFUGEES TO AUSTRALIA.

 

 

3.  START ADHERING TO THE UN REFUGEE CONVENTION.

 

 

  4.  BOYCOTT COMPANIES AND POLITICAL PARTIES THAT SUPPORT AUSTRALIA'S CRUEL AND INHUMANE REFUGEE POLICY.

 

 

 

Making money from misery? Disaster capitalism from the migrant crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti [Democracy Now - 9/10/15]:

... AMY GOODMAN: I want to ask you about a place some call the Guantánamo Bay of the Pacific. The Manus Island detention center is paid for by the Australian government and run by an Australian contractor, Transfield Services, but located offshore on Papua New Guinea’s soil. The prisoners are not accused of any crimes; they’re asylum seekers from war-ravaged countries who are waiting indefinitely for their refugee status determination. Earlier this year, Democracy Now! spoke to Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson about Manus Island.

JENNIFER ROBINSON: I’ve been to PNG, and I’ve spent times in West Papuan refugee settlement camps, so I can speak with first-hand experience that PNG is not a state that is capable of accepting our asylum seekers and refugees. Ninety percent of these people who come by boat to Australia have been determined to be refugees in the past. The conditions in PNG are terrible. Australia is—it is unlawful for Australia to be continuing to send asylum seekers to conditions the U.N. has found to amount to inhuman, degrading treatment. We are in breach of our international obligations.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Antony Loewenstein?

ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN: It’s a problem. I mean, one of the things also we should also say is there’s Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, but also Nauru, which is a Pacific island. So, Australia for the last years has been sending thousands of refugees to essentially prison camps in these islands, as you rightly say. They run for profit. It was G4S, it’s now Transfield. In a recent Australian Senate report, it was found, clear evidence, that often refugees are being raped and tortured. This is not an allegation, this is a fact. There was one allegation by a guard that he saw evidence of waterboarding. So, ultimately we have a situation where the Australian government, which increasingly, I might add, is being used by the European Union as inspiration in potentially how to deal with their refugee crisis—the key point about the offshore detention camps, and indeed onshore in Australia, is that they’re privately run. And the key problem—it wouldn’t make a difference if it was publicly run. I mean, it shouldn’t be there in the first place. But Australia wants an unaccountable system. Journalists can’t get there, as Jennifer rightly said. You essentially have a—it’s a black site. The journalists can’t get in there, human rights workers can’t get in there. You can visit Manus Island as a tourist, but you can’t get into the center. Nauru charges $8,000 to apply for a visa. And if you don’t get the visa, which you wouldn’t, you don’t get that money back. So, essentially, many Australians—and sadly, I would argue, only a minority of Australians are outraged by this. But the truth is, like in Europe and like in the U.S., after decades in my country have privatized detention camps, sadly, a lot of people regard those people as a threat who need to be essentially seen as silenced and as a number, that’s all. It’s a massive problem, and I write about that in the book.

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WikiLeaks release TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter

 

 

 

WikiLeaks [9/10/15]:

Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter.

The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP.

Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19.

The document is dated four days ago, October 5th, or last Monday, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an accord after five and a half years of negotiations.

The IP Chapter of the TPP has perhaps been the most controversial chapter due to its wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents.

“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director.

“The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.”

Hundreds of representatives from large corporations had direct access to the negotiations whereas elected officials had limited or no access.

Political opposition to the TPP in the United States, the dominant member of the 12 negotiating nations, has increased over time as details have emerged through previous WikiLeaks disclosures.

Notably, the Democratic front runner, Hillary Clinton, came out against the TPP on Wednesday saying: “Based on what I know so far, I can´t support this agreement.”

This is a populist reversal by Hillary Clinton as earlier she has hailed the TPP as “the gold standard in trade agreements”.

In June the House of Representatives of the US Congress narrowly approved to “fast-track” the TPP, preventing the Congressmen from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty, only vote for or against it. 218 voted for the “fast-track” measure and 208 against.

Only 28 House Democrats backed it.

TPP is the first of a trinity of US backed economic treaties, the "Three Big T’s", to be finalized. The other two being Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) which covers 52 countries and TTIP, the EU-US version of TPP.

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Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer. ... [Channel News Asia - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

ACLU: Benton County, WA, operating "Modern-Day Debtors’ prison" [Democracy Now - 9/10/15]:

 

 

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Benton County, Washington, for operating a "modern-day debtors’ prison."

The suit says Benton County routinely fines people more than $1,000 as part of criminal proceedings.

If they can’t pay, they are sent to jail or forced to work manual labor.

ACLU attorney Vanessa Hernandez says: "On any given day, scores of indigent persons sit in jail or do manual labor for the county simply because they are too poor to pay the government."





GE nears deal to sell over $30 billion of loans to Wells Fargo – source [Reuters – 9/10/15]

 

 

 

The Lutheran Church has distanced itself from the actions of Marburg's Trinity Church after a well-known local family had to look to Ipswich to hold a funeral service.

While Marburg Pastor Owen Ohlson, from the Australian Evangelical Lutheran Church, said the church facilities were made available for the funeral while he was away on holiday, the family of long time Marburg resident Olive Stuhmcke said he had told them "you will not enter my church" as the family were not part of the congregation or parish.  ... [Queensland Times - 10/10/15]

 

 


Australia:  Continued bipartisan calls for harassment of Muslims

 

 

"You can't teach a monkey to speak and you can't teach an Arab to be democratic. You're dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers … the Arab destroys everything he touches."

 

 

 

[Sydney Morning Herald - 9/10/15]

 


West Australian [10/10/15]:

Two MPs - one Liberal and one Labor - whose western Sydney electorates include a significant Muslim population, agree there's a greater need to reach out to young people to curtail radicalisation.

Liberal Fiona Scott said on Saturday mosques and families were the frontline and needed to be the ones to call the police when they saw children being radicalised.

Labor frontbencher Jason Clare said youth outreach services needed to be strengthened for better collaboration between organisations and Muslim groups.

This follows the murder of a police worker outside Parramatta police station last week at the hands of a Muslim teenager who was himself shot dead.

That prompted anti-Muslim protests in Parramatta on Friday and in Bendigo on Saturday.

Mr Clare said many good people in the Muslim community were fretting that they would be blamed for the bad actions of one young man. Non-Muslim people were worried for themselves and their children.

"There has been a lot of talk here but not a lot of action. We have to look at what turns a teenager into a terrorist and what are the sorts of things that government can do, working with people right across the community, to tackle the problem," he told Sky News.

Mr Clare said Labor in government did not do this perfectly and it was not being done perfectly now.

This started at school and talking to pre-teens gave a much bigger chance of producing a positive outcome.

But work was also needed on the streets and in communities, like the youth outreach work by Father Chris Riley's organisation.

To counter the radicalisation message, young smart Muslim men and women were needed on the streets.

"Youth outreach services need to be massively boosted. It is a very practical way to get on the ground and get a message to young people that the sort of things that we have seen overseas and here in Australia are just not on," he said.

Ms Scott said that sounded like a good idea.

"It is that social side that we do need to look at," she told Sky News.

Ms Scott said a united effort was needed to find a solution and the Islamic community was coming on board.

"We have to ensure that these families when they see their children being radicalised that they are the one who pick up the phone to the Australian Federal Police or their local police. The mosques and the families and the Islamic community are the frontline here," she said.

 

 

 

 

Malcom Turnbull announced further measures to “partner” with the Muslim community to take on the “scourge” that is “extremism”.

This approach is no different to Tony Abbott’s approach when he also sought to “consult”  the community in order to gain the rubber stamp for future #AntiMuslimLaws.

This time around, the new Prime Minister will also “consult” the community in order to rubber stamp the so-called de-radicalisation measures that aim to target the Islam of the youth.

The Parramatta shootings are indeed being milked to implement what was agreed by world powers even before the shootings.

At a high level US counter terrorism forum on 27th September 2015,  hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, he said he wanted to address the “lifecycle” of radicalisation with grass roots programs like mentoring. ... [GIMC - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

10 recent News Corp cartoons exemplifying rampant Islamophobia [GIMC - 9/10/15]

 



Sun reporter a "good bloke" working in public interest [Byline - 8/10/15]: 


Jurors should "weigh" the public interest in having a free and diverse press when considering whether to brand journalist Jamie Pyatt "a criminal," his lawyer told the Sun trial today.

Making his closing speech at the Old Bailey, Richard Kovalevsky, QC, said the Crown had deliberately avoided defining the public interest when setting out the case against the Sun reporter for paying a police officer for information.

Yet the public interest was the vital test that jurors would have to consider when deciding whether Mr Pyatt's behaviour was "so awful" it reached the high thresh-hold of criminality, Mr Kovalevsky told Court 13.

The lawyer was making his speech at the third week of the trial of Mr Pyatt, the Sun's Thames Valley reporter, and Chris Pharo, Sun's Assistant Editor (News), for aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

The charge relates to a Surrey police constable, Officer 2044, paid £10,000 in cash by Mr Pyatt for providing information or photographs for stories at least times between 2002 and 2011.

In the last of the three closing speeches, Mr Kovalevsky told jurors that the case was "essentially a balance" between the poor conduct of Officer 2044 (whom he called "Officer A") on the one hand and the public interest on the other.

He said: "Everybody in this court, everybody in this country has a right... to receive information.

"What the prosecution are doing is saying: 'Members of jury we are going to say' – because the onus is upon them – 'that the hurt to the public interest as a result of what Officer A did is greater than your right to receive that information'."

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1 dead, 1 wounded in Texas university shooting [USA Today - 9/10/15]

 

 


Former navy mechanic leaves handwritten suicide note admitting that he murdered three people


West Australian [10/10/15]:

A self-confessed serial killer slipped through the fingers of WA Police during a 1997 murder investigation, going on to kill possibly two more people before taking his own life last year.

Former navy mechanic Richard Edward Dorrough, 37, left a handwritten suicide note at his Byford home, admitting that he murdered three people, including one case that police were not aware of.

The name of that victim remains a mystery and a nationwide search has now been launched to try to identify him or her from missing person reports and unsolved murder files over the past two decades.

The first of Dorrough’s victims is believed to have been 21-year-old Broome woman Sara-Lee Davey, who vanished early on January 14, 1997.

Dorrough, who was then 19, was in Broome on shore leave from HMAS Geelong when he met Ms Davey at a local nightspot.

A taxi driver would later confirm to police that he drove the pair to the Broome port some time after 2am.

A fisherman at the port would later report hearing a struggle and a woman screaming early that morning.

And when Dorrough reported for duty the next day, other sailors observed he had three scratches down one side of his face.

But when detectives caught up with Dorrough almost two months later in Darwin and formally interviewed him, they decided not to lay charges, citing a lack of evidence as the reason for releasing him.

About 18 months after that interview, it is believed Dorrough killed again — this time in NSW.

The naked body of 29-year-old prostitute Rachael Campbell was found in a church carpark in the Sydney suburb of Rosebery on November 7, 1998, with multiple stab wounds to her neck and bite marks on her arms.

Ms Campbell had also been raped and her killer's DNA was found at the scene.

But it was not until 2009 that a DNA match was found, resulting in Dorrough being arrested at his workplace in Perth and extradited to NSW to stand trial.

Dorrough admitted having sex with Ms Campbell and even biting her, but he denied he killed her, arguing that Ms Campbell's estranged boyfriend with whom she had recently broken up was the likely killer.

A jury accepted Dorrough’s version of events and found him not guilty in April 2010, allowing him to return to Perth where he resumed work as a commercial diver.

It is understood he was never re-interviewed by police about Ms Davey's murder after his return.

But on August 9 last year, police reopened the investigation after Dorrough went to the Lone Ranges Shooting Gallery in Belmont, where he hired a gun and turned it on himself.

The Weekend West understands his suicide note did not name his three victims but police are now certain he was responsible for Ms Davey and Ms Campbell's deaths.

Police admit they have no idea if the third victim was killed before or after Ms Davey.

Dorrough lived in almost every Australian State during his life, as well as New Zealand, which means the victim could have come from anywhere.

 

 

 

Death in custody: Corruption watchdog oversees Queensland investigation [ABC - 10/10/15]:

 

Queensland's corruption watchdog is overseeing a police investigation into the death of an Aboriginal man in custody.

Shaun Charles Coolwell, 34, died after being restrained by officers who had been called to an address at Kingston, south of Brisbane, on October 2.

At the time, Mr Coolwell was still mourning the death of his brother who died in similar circumstances four years ago.

Mr Coolwell had hurt himself and was bleeding profusely at the time of the arrest, family spokesman Sam Watson said.

His family called triple-0 about 11:30am.

"Instead of rendering him first aid, apparently the police restrained him," Mr Watson said.

 "Smashed him down to the floor, used their knees and shoulders to hold him and handcuffed his hands behind his back."

Neighbours said about 12 police cars and two ambulance crews responded to the incident.

 They said children who witnessed what took place were traumatised by the events.

 ...

Mr Coolwell's brother Bradley Coolwell had also been detained by police at the same address and died after being taken to Logan Hospital.

An inquest into Bradley Coolwell's death is currently scheduled to occur in November.

 

 

 

 

Man charged with "assault police" after being savaged by police dog, Logan Central  [QPS Media - 10/10/15]:

 

 

Logan police have charged a man after a series of incidents around Berrinba and Logan Central yesterday afternoon.

Police will allege the man stole a car from a Camelia Avenue residence in Logan Central sometime around 3pm and crashed into a parked vehicle on Cedarwood Street, Berrinba as well as through the fence of a nearby residence.

The man then ran from scene and allegedly attempted to gain access to a number of moving vehicles in the vicinity.

The Dog Squad tracked the man to an address in Logan Central where he allegedly refused to obey police direction.

He was apprehended by a police dog and is alleged to have hit the dog several times before being taken into custody.

The man was taken to the Logan Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries to his leg.

A 25-year-old Waterford man has been charged with thirteen offences including assault police officer, attempting to injure a police dog, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, attempted unlawful entry of a vehicle, burglary and drug possession.

He is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

Man dies following police pursuit, Taigum [QPS Media - 10/10/15]:

 

 

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigation into a fatal traffic crash which occurred in Taigum early this morning.

Initial investigations suggest at 2.40am, police attempted to intercept a hatchback on Murphy Road at Geebung.

The vehicle failed to stop and accelerated away.

A short time later, the car was travelling along Handford Road near the Beams Road intersection when it collided with a power pole.

A male, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The northbound lanes of Handford Road have reopened, however, southbound lanes remain closed.

The Ethical Standards Command is investigating. There is no further information available at this time.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

Death of a 13-year-old girl, Redbank Plains [Queensland Coronial Inquests – October 2015]:

 

1. The findings required by s.45 2 of the Coroners Act 2003; namely the identity of the deceased, when, where and how she died and what caused her death;

2. The causes of a collision involving a Holden Commodore sedan registration 421IVJ at Kruger Parade, Redbank Plains on 11 April 2012;

3. Whether the police officers involved in attempts to intercept the Holden Commodore before the collision complied with QPS policies in place at the time;

4. The adequacy of the investigation undertaken by police into the circumstances surrounding the death;

5. The circumstances leading to the deceased taking control of the vehicle, including the actions of her carers;

6. Whether any steps could have been taken to prevent a child in the deceased’s position from gaining access to the vehicle and taking it from the residential care facility;

7. The adequacy of care provided to the deceased by the Department of Communities and whether this contributed to the death;

8. The adequacy of the care provided to the deceased by other service providers and whether this contributed to the death; and

9. If there are ways to prevent a similar death occurring in the future, including reforms to the delivery of services for children with highly complex needs.

 



South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million over police shooting of Walter Scott [Reuters – 9/10/15]:

 

... The settlement comes after New York agreed to pay $5.9 million to the family of Eric Garner, whose death in 2014 after allegedly being put in a chokehold by an police officer was captured on bystander video.

Baltimore said last month it would pay $6.4 million to the family of Freddie Gray, whose death from an injury in the back of a police transport van in April sparked protests and rioting. Six officers are charged in his death.

 

 

 

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked with an axe and a knife at Redbank Plains, west of Brisbane. ... [ABC - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Four men charged over alleged rape of friend with beer bottle [Brisbane Times - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Armed robbery, Browns Plains [QPS Media - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

Serious assault, Toowong [QPS Media - 9/10/15]:

 

 

Police are appealing for public assistance following an assault that occurred this evening in Toowong.

Police were called to Sherwood Road shortly around 5pm following reports that a female was allegedly being assaulted by a man following a verbal argument.

The 16-year-old girl was taken to the Mater Mothers Hospital where she is receiving treatment.

A man has been located by detectives and is currently assisting with their enquiries.

Police are seeking a woman who stopped to render assistance to the girl to please contact them, and also anyone else that may have witnessed the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

A man who allegedly watched his friend be tortured before she was murdered by a "demon" couple says he is still haunted by memories of being forced at gunpoint to clean up the crime scene.

A court has heard mother-of-four Tia Landers and friends Jake McKenzie, 23, and Ryan Morgan, 20, visited a north Brisbane home on June 16 last year to sell drugs to raise money for Ms Landers' jailed brother.

Ms Landers' body was found dumped in a shallow grave at Beerburrum State Forest near the Glasshouse Mountains about two weeks later.

John Edward Harris, 43, and Linda Eileen Appleton, 42, were committed in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday to stand trial for the torture and murder of Ms Landers, 28.

Mr McKenzie and Mr Morgan were allegedly made to watch Ms Landers' being tortured before she was shot and killed in a different room of the home.  ... [Yahoo - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

 

The Mount Isa Mayor is calling on the Queensland Government to give local councils the power to remove flying fox colonies by lethal force.

A large colony of bats is currently roosting at the Mount Isa Cemetery. Last year, the State Government passed legislation to allow councils to remove flying foxes, or the trees they roost in, without a permit.

However, Tony McGrady said it was not enough.

"What we do need is to give councils the power to, if you like, destroy, euthanase bats," he said. ... [ABC - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

Dingo pup drowns in Fraser Island crab pot as fishers warned of threat to wildlife [ABC - 9/10/15]

 

 

 



Dead whale found beached at popular surf spot near Port Lincoln [ABC - 9/10/15]

 

 

 

Lawyer urges more health testing as part of Oakey chemical contamination investigation [ABC - 9/10/15]

 

 

A 39-year-old man has been killed in a hang glider crash in southeast Queensland.

The hang glider went down near Beaudesert on Friday afternoon, and emergency services later found the man's body.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident. [Yahoo - 9/10/15]

 

 

Brisbane Grammar School releases statement on Greg Masters [Brisbane Grammar - 9/10/15]

 

 

The man who accused a senior teacher at one of Queensland's most exclusive private schools of historic child sex offences has told why he came forward after more than 30 years of silence.

Brenden Sheehan said the publicity around the child abuse royal commission, combined with the hope his words would encourage potential victims to come forward, prompted him to write a blog post accusing Brisbane Grammar School teacher Greg Masters of drugging him and sexually abusing him. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/10/15]

 

 

Peter Garrett's 'short memory' on Clubs NSW payment claims should be referred to police, Andrew Wilkie says [ABC - 8/10/15]


 

 

10 October 2015

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