East Timor is taking Australia to the United Nations to solve the dispute over its maritime border under international maritime law.

The island nation has long argued current arrangements mean it is missing out on billions of dollars in revenue from offshore oil and gas fields.

Last month, thousands of protesters gathered outside the Australian embassy in Dili calling for Australia to negotiate.

In a statement, the East Timorese Government said while there were temporary resource-sharing arrangements in the Timor Sea, there was no permanent maritime boundary between Australia and the small island nation.

It has now approached the UN to begin a formal conciliation process conducted by an independent panel of experts.

Australia has withdrawn from the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  ... [ABC - 11/4/16]





PNG Supreme Court judge arrested, charged with corruption [RNZI – 11/4/16]





Solomons government issues contamination warnings after tailings dam spill at Gold Ridge mine [ABC – 11/4/16]








Indonesia's leading human rights organisation says there has been no improvement in the area of rights in the Papua region since president Joko Widodo took office in 2014.

President Widodo has pledged more focus on a socio-economic approach to resolving issues for West Papuans.

However, Haris Azhar, the co-ordinatorof the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, or KONTRAS, says the abuses in Papua are as rampant as they were under previous governments.

"I checked the data in my office. It showed the number last year of more than 1,200 people suffer from harassment, killings, torture and ill-treatment," he said.

"We haven't put the other issues into this number - the economic and social rights issues."

Haris Azhar says these abuses are often made by security forces against Papuans for exercising their right to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and movement. [RNZI -11/4/16]





Starvation in Australia: Utopia's dirty secret [John Pilger - 11/4/16]





Maddy Dowman inquest: Teenager had no psychological care before suicide [ABC – 11/4/16]




A schizophrenic Indigenous man who died after being restrained in a south-east Queensland hospital was placid and well-managed before his death, his family says.

Bradley Karl Coolwell died in September 2011 after he was admitted to Logan Hospital. Four years later, in 2015, his brother Shaun also died after being restrained by police.

Family members attending a Coroner's Court hearing in Brisbane on Monday wore T-shirts bearing the Aboriginal flag and text reading: "Shaun Coolwell Our Land Is Where We Stand". ... [Brisbane Times - 11/4/16]





Four 18-year-old youths have been charged after two police constables were allegedly assaulted during a fight in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Police say two youths the officers were speaking to around 2.20am on Saturday became aggressive and then several others assaulted and obstructed the constables.

One officer was treated for facial injuries by paramedics at the scene, while two youths aged 18 and 19 were taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital for treatment.

The 19-year-old sustained a head injury and was kept in hospital for observation. The 18-year-old from Woodridge was released from hospital and has been charged with serious assault on police.

An 18-year-old from Mareeba was also charged with one count each of assaulting police, obstructing police and public nuisance. Two other 18-year-olds were charged with obstructing police. [Yahoo - 9/4/16]





A man has been charged over the death of a 38-year-old woman in a remote Queensland camping ground, while a man assists officers with inquiries into another woman's death on the Cape York Peninsula.

The 38-year-old woman died about 3:00am at Bladensburg National Park, just south of Winton.

A 39-year-old Western Australia man who is believed to be known to the woman, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm - whilst armed.

Police said those charges could be upgraded, pending the outcome of a post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death.

The man is due to face Longreach Magistrates Court on April 12.

Police said the man and woman were from Kununurra in Western Australia.

Earlier, paramedics said the man called them to say the woman had gone into cardiac arrest or collapsed. The woman had died by the time paramedics arrived.

Police said investigations were continuing and they were awaiting the results of a post-mortem to determine the cause of death.

In a separate incident, a woman died in the Indigenous community of Pormpuraaw on Cape York Peninsula.

Police said they arrived at a home at 6:30am after receiving reports of an assault. A man, believed to be known to the woman, is helping police. [ABC - 9/4/16]





A man has been stabbed in the stomach in a far north Queensland town.

Family members took the victim, 29, to the Mossman hospital on Sunday night and he was later airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital.

A 26-year-old man, believed to be known to the injured man, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and will face the Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday.  [Yahoo - 11/4/16]





14yo girl charged after allegedly stabbing 15yo at Morayfield [ABC - 9/4/16]






A bus driver has been punched in the face by youths while sitting in his parked vehicle on the Gold Coast.

Police say he was parked in Coolangatta at about 10.15pm on Saturday when 12 to 15 youths began banging on the door, demanding to be driven.

One youth, aged 12 to 13, gained entry by pushing the emergency release button and got into a scuffle with the driver who was punched in the face by the boy.

Two other youths entered the bus and also punched the driver in the face, causing swelling, before the group moved on. [Yahoo - 10/4/16]





NT's Yirara College subject of child abuse royal commission information request spanning 23 years [ABC - 11/4/16]





The former head of Tennis NSW has admitted his organisation showed "complete disregard" for a promising junior player whose coach allegedly tried to have sex with her against her will.

The then chief executive Craig Watson told a royal commission on Monday he had believed the girl's allegations at the time and thought the board had as well. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 11/4/16]





Man caught by Brisbane police entrapment pleads guilty to child sex offences [ABC - 11/4/16]





... Corey David Jamieson was given a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence in August 2014 for indecently treating a 12-year-old and a 10-year-old, including filming and taking photos of them.

Jamieson appeared in Brisbane's District Court on Monday for breaching that suspended sentence by failing to file a report and possessing a bong.

Judge Paul Smith extended Jamieson's suspended sentence to three years. ... [Yahoo - 11/4/16]





A man accused of earning money from child prostitution set up an online profile for a teenage girl and had sex with her in the presence of another man, police allege.

The 42-year-old is accused of almost twenty child sex offences between 2008 and 2010, including procuring a child for unlawful sexual activity and obtaining benefit from child prostitution.

In court documents, police allege the man organised the prostitution of a 15-year-old girl, who can't be named for legal reasons, to a couple.

They also say he was responsible for Bondi and Homebush Bay premises where child prostitution took place and obtained cash, including one payment of $200, for organising the acts.

He is accused of personally assaulting the girl, who was 14 when the offences began, in Bondi, Homebush Bay, Watsons Bay and Cronulla. ... [Yahoo - 9/4/16]





Man dies after jumping off cliff’s edge at Currumbin rock pools [MYGC - 11/4/16]





One person is dead and several people have been injured after two serious crashes in the Mackay region.

A 59-year-old man was killed when the van he was a passenger in crashed into a culvert and hit a tree near Koumala.

The damaged vehicle was found about 4.45am (AEST) yesterday.

The driver of the van was taken to the Mackay Base Hospital in a serious condition.

Late yesterday afternoon, police seized a truck at Rockhampton to determine if was involved in the crash. No charges have been laid at this stage.

Police are asking anyone who was on the highway between Sarina and Rockhampton, from 4:30am to 8:00am, to contact them.

Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, a 35-year-old woman and her seven-year-old daughter were taken to Mackay Base Hospital after their car collided with a fuel tanker at Bakers Creek.

The driver and the passenger of the tanker were not injured. [ABC - 11/4/16]





A 29-year-old cyclist has died after he was hit by a truck while riding south of Brisbane.

The man was struck near the busy intersection of Paradise and Learoyd Roads at Acacia Ridge on Monday morning and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have interviewed the driver of the truck - a 55-year-old man from Redbank Plains - and say he was not injured in the crash. [Yahoo - 11/4/16]






A teenager is still fighting for life after he was involved in a deadly dirt bike accident on the Gold Coast.

He was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after two bikes collided near Azure Way in Coomera before lunchtime on Saturday.

A 14-year-old rider died at the scene and a 17-year-old remains in the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition. [MYGC - 11/4/16]








Truck causes delays after becoming wedged in Tugun Bypass tunnel [MYGC - 11/4/16]






An electrician has cut free a "blue" man he found pinned between a mower and a beam at a Brisbane service station.

The man was taken to hospital in a stable condition after becoming trapped on Monday morning. ... [Brisbane Times - 11/4/16]




Fire at Marburg poultry farm kills 30,000 chickens [ABC - 9/4/16]






Researchers who found a cluster of Parkinson's disease cases in Victoria's north-west say there needs to be an investigation into a possible link to pesticides used by farmers.

The study by Monash University and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health found rates of Parkinson's disease were between 34 and 78 per cent higher than average in Buloke, Horsham, Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack. ... [ABC - 11/4/16]








Australia's last refrigerator factory, the Electrolux plant at Orange in central west NSW, will roll its last fridge off the production line today, after producing around 12 million fridges in its lifetime.


The closure means the end of more than 70 years of whitegoods production in the regional city of Orange and the end of an era for Australian manufacturing.

Of the remaining 300 employees at Electrolux's fridge factory, 210 will have their last day tomorrow while 90 will stay on for up to eight months decommissioning the plant.

The Electrolux factory in Orange began in 1942 as a World War Two munitions plant. ... [ABC - 11/4/16]




The Queensland ALP is either terminally corrupt or terminally incompetent.



... "Clearly it is important that we do pursue him for money - it is money that is owed to Queenslanders," Acting Premier Jackie Trad said on Monday when asked whether it was worth trying to recoup the money, given Morehu-Barlow's inability to pay. [Brisbane Times - 11/4/16]




The Queensland government will face a mammoth legal bill for the full 2.5 year duration of a lawsuit it commenced against IT giant IBM in the state’s Supreme Court, following the official end of the case.

Today the state was ordered to pay the second round of costs in its failed attempt to sue its one-time IT partner over the $1.2 billion collapsed Queensland Health payroll replacement. ... [IT News - 7/4/16]




Classic McCarthyism forces Brisbane Vietnamese restaurant to change name.



US imperialism continues.


… Dance to the tune of a civilized hate

Just a few more Reds to exterminate

Business, labor and Congress agree

Just like they used to in Germany …

'Hitler Ain't Dead', Bill Frederick [1967]




Surfers Paradise [11/4/16]




...  The flag of the former South Vietnam (also used under Emperor Thành Thái) remains highly controversial, particularly in the case of Vietnamese Americans, Vietnamese Australians, and other Vietnamese around the world who fled Vietnam after the war, who call it the "Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag." ... [Wikipedia]




The day Vietnamese anti-communist violence came to Australia [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/1/16]




Terror in Little Saigon:  New documentary ties US-allied kill squad to unsolved murders of Vietnamese journalists in US [Democracy Now - 11/11/15]:


AMY GOODMAN: When journalists are killed for doing their job, their names often become known around the world, martyrs in the cause of media freedom.

But we turn now to a series of killings that happened in this country but were all but ignored.

During the '80s, five Vietnamese-American reporters were murdered. The killings shared key traits. All five victims appeared to be deliberately targeted. All five worked for small outlets serving the Vietnamese refugee community after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. All had either voiced support for Vietnam's Communists or had published criticism of a right-wing paramilitary Vietnamese exile group called the National United Front for the Liberation of Vietnam, known as "the Front."

And despite a lengthy FBI investigation, none of the victims’ killers were ever brought to justice.

But now the case is being re-examined in the new PBS Frontline documentary called Terror in Little Saigon. ...



… And I tell myself it's just a blue day

And it's hard to see it any other way ...

'Blue Day', Mi-Sex [1983]




John Cox's "Blue Perspective" Broadwater Parklands, Southport [11/4/16]




No more public golf course. Helensvale [11/4/16]







This is what it is being replaced with.







Magpie geese enjoy their home before the "Villawood" developers move in.







Brisbane heritage houses not worth saving, Queensland Heritage Council rules [ABC - 11/4/16]





A child saw death as something to be put up with, and not as something that came in old age, because most of her brothers had been killed.

Likewise, some people fear death, some believe in some sort of afterlife, and others don’t.

For some in this world, death is normalised and funerals are weekly things. For others, it is barely tangible.

And we mark death in different ways: mourning it, grieving, remembering, laughing at it, honoring lives, confronting and celebrating it as part of life, or denying it and letting it hide in taboo.

Sometimes the dead are more alive than the living. Isaac Cordal, in these beautiful photos, presents his view. [The different shapes of death - Resistence Words - 24/1/16]




Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining, Public Hearing - Darwin [12/4/16]







John Fenton Australian Tour [Lock The Gate]:


... Come and hear directly from US rancher John Fenton, as he talks about how fracking for unconventional gas polluted water and ruined lives in Pavillion, Wyoming.

He'll have the latest on new research released just last week by Stanford University which has confirmed that oil and gas activities have contaminated water in the area, and which has exposed a 10 year cover-up by the authorities.

‘Once you have fracking move in on agricultural land, it’s never the same’ John Fenton, 2014. ...





Media belittles need for a Human Rights Act.


Inquiry reveals CSG killed pigs.


Refugees invisibilised.


Queensland Greens candidates insult their voters.




Queensland Human Rights Inquiry



Lawyers Weekly [15/2/16]:


... The recent High Court decision on offshore detention of asylum seekers is a prime example of the damage that can be done in the absence of adequate human rights protections, according to Professor Williams.

In the current legislative context, “it becomes almost expected that [human rights breaches] will happen as opposed to being something that should be avoided”, he said.

Through his research, which he will share at the upcoming seminar, Professor Williams explores “just how deep the human rights problem goes” in Australia.

“[The problem] actually goes well beyond asylum seekers [and] anti-terror laws and [is] entering all sorts of other areas of law as well,” he said.

While Professor Williams is advocating for reform, he said it is unlikely that change will occur federally in the current political climate.

 “At the federal level, there's not much on the horizon because really to get that you've got to have political will and at the moment neither party is showing that,” he said.

In fact, the government appears to be travelling in the opposite direction with respect to human rights – with the full blessing of the opposition, he continued.

“We keep lowering the bar on respecting human rights standards and there just hasn't been any political pushback to that,” he said.

“So, in fact, rather than there being strong and vigorous debate in parliament, often these provisions will sail through.

“The combination of lack of legal checks and a political culture that is quite willing to see such law enacted means that we have a very permissive system when it comes to breaching human rights.”





Being a prisoner entails daily indignities, some of which are unavoidable. But for sheer cruelty and pointless degradation, it is hard to top the shackling of women who are pregnant, in labor or caring for their newborns.

The practice has never made any sense. Apart from the fact that women giving birth or about to give birth pose little threat to anyone, handcuffs, waist chains and ankle manacles introduce very real health risks to the mother and her fetus. The American Medical Association has called the practice “barbaric.”

Yet it is perfectly legal in 28 states, and was common practice in New York until 2009, when Gov. David Paterson signed a law prohibiting shackling a woman before, during or immediately after labor and delivery.

The practice appears not to have disappeared in New York. A survey revealed that 23 of 27 incarcerated women who gave birth in the five years after the legislation passed were shackled illegally, according to the Correctional Association of New York, an inmate advocacy group. Many others were shackled during their pregnancies on medical visits or transfers between prisons, which can involve bus rides of up to 10 hours. ... [New York Times - 23/9/15]




ABC, 7.30 Report [26/11/11]:

JESSICA van VONDEREN: Imagine living in a country where you could be picked up off the street and sent to jail without going through a courtroom. Well you do. Early this year police in Brisbane took a young mother into custody at her local shopping centre and locked her up for seven months. Her so called crimes were unpaid fines, mostly for traffic offences, some dating back ten years. Accumulated during a time when she was homeless. She was released from jail only after the prisoners legal service took up her case. Now the legal fraternity in Queensland is calling for a permanent change to the system to make sure no one goes to jail without the approval of a judge or a magistrate. Karen Berkman explains.


KAREN BERKMAN: Susan gave birth to baby Fabian while she was in the Brisbane Women's Prison.

SUSAN BEBBINGTON: Because I had a really bad birth with Fabian in there and you never get over that. I was handcuffed during my ultrasound handcuffed during, when I was in labour. It was horrible. It was the most hardest birth I've had. And then being there on my own.

KAREN BERKMAN: Corrective Services denies that she was handcuffed, but Sisters Inside, who lobby for the rights of women in prison, say it's a battle they've been having for years.

DEBBIE KILROY: We have a pregnant woman who then gives birth in handcuffs. Now Corrective Services have been very clear to us that that policy exists no longer. But it obviously does exist.


KAREN BERKMAN: Paying rent, and with only limited education, she just scrapes by from week to week while the State has spent a fortune locking her up.

MATILDA ALEXANDER [Prisoners Legal Service]: Well taxpayers have in fact spent $61,600 incarcerating this woman. It hasn't solved her problems in relation to employment, it hasn't given her stable accommodation, it hasn't drawn her or her family out of poverty, in fact, it's made all those situations a lot worse.





"I am in the middle of an unknown journey." As Australia continues stopping people from seeking asylum, Indonesian learning centre offers hope to refugee children [VIDEO - BBC - 4/4/16]





Free the Children NAURU [8/4/16]:  This photo is arm of the mother that had a heart attack on Wednesday night,she saw securities hitting her 15 years old son,she tried to reach him and help him but other securities stopped her by pulling her arms and push her to the ground,after that she had a heart attack and was sent to medical.His son also tried to go to his mother but securities didn't let him at first and told him they would take him to the police station. Why would they say they take him to police station? for reaching his mother? do you call this a crime to be taken to police station for?if that is a crime,then what that happened in this photo is? BEYOND CRIME






‏@MSF_Sea [10/4/16]:  Amongst our patients at #Idomeni today were 3 kids under 10 with plastic bullet wounds to the head.





... What follows are my reflections on the week in the small town of Dilley, Texas, that I spent volunteering with the CARA Pro Bono Project. This piece is a compilation of the nightly emails from Dilley that I sent to friends and the generous folks who donated financial support for a week, edited a bit. I have kept my unedited reactions and impressions- shock, anger, shame, hope, joy- in hopes of conveying the reality of this experience. ... How to pack for the “other refugee crisis”: My diary from Dilley, Clare R. Thomas [Medium - 7/4/16]





"All they want is a safe place to call home."  Kids crossing borders – alone [AUDIO - REVEAL - 9/4/16]:


... We followed migrants who traveled from Afghanistan to Sweden to London, from El Salvador and Mexico to California, and we found that kids seeking safe harbor in Europe and the U.S. often confront years of uncertainty and insecurity when they arrive. ...





Several Iraqi policemen claim to have seen US aircraft dropping weapons and munitions for Daesh terrorists in a region west of the Anbar province on Friday. 

In a video posted on Iraq’s al-Maaloomah news website on Sunday, they are purportedly heard saying that the American plane had also jammed their communication devices in the Hadisah Island district. ... [Press TV - 10/4/16]





11 April 2016