What TB outbreak and UN condemnation of refugee policy?: Australia's protected and unaccountable Foreign Minister visits a zoo in PNG
The National [11/11/15]:
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop took a look at a Bird of Paradise for the first time yesterday as she toured the Port Moresby Nature Park.
She also witnessed the successful partnership programmes developed at the park between the National Capital District Commission, businesses, local community and overseas organisations.
Nature Park’s general manager Michelle McGeorge said it was a great opportunity to share with Bishop how staff had been able to benefit from the partnership programmes.
“Bishop took great interest in Papua New Guinea’s native wildlife, specifically asking to see a Bird of Paradise for her very first time and noting how impressive the male’s spectacular feathers were,” she said.
Marketing and Communications officer Curtis Fowler said Bishop was interested in the park’s ties with the University of Canberra on the Pikupig-nosed turtle head-start programme and the sister-zoo programme with Zoos Victoria.
She was given the opportunity to hold one of the 47 baby pig-nosed turtles which will eventually be tagged and re-released into the Kikori River.
A man has died in hospital allegedly from injuries he received during the unrest in Lae on Monday, according to police. ... [The National - 11/11/15]
Six soldiers charged with the wilful murder of student Jeremiah Yinu went before the National Court this afternoon seeking bail for their release. ... [PNG Loop - 11/11/15]
Bloody Sunday: Ex-soldier arrested over Londonderry shootings
A former soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating the events of Bloody Sunday in Londonderry.
Thirteen people were killed when British paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march through the city in January 1972. A fourteenth died later.
The 66-year-old is a former member of the Parachute Regiment.
It is understood he is being questioned over the deaths of William Nash, Michael McDaid and John Young.
The man is the first person to be arrested as part of the Bloody Sunday investigation.
He is being interviewed at a police station in Belfast after being detained in County Antrim on Tuesday morning.
He is soldier J, who was one of the soldiers who appeared before the Saville Inquiry.
Kate Nash, whose 19-year-old brother, William, was killed on Bloody Sunday, said she welcomed the news.
"I had a call this morning from the police liaison officer that deals with our family," said Ms Nash.
"She said that they had arrested a soldier and that he was being questioned. She said she wanted the family to know first before it went out on the news.
"She said he was being questioned in relation to the death of my brother, William and two others: Michael McDaid, John Young and the attempted murder of my father.
"I started to shake. I couldn't believe it. I became very emotional.
"To see a soldier even being questioned has truly shocked me. I never thought it would get to this.
"There is a flicker of hope. It's a very positive step."
The officer leading the investigation, Det Ch Insp Ian Harrison, said the arrest "marked a new phase in the overall investigation which would continue for some time".
In a statement, Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane Solicitors, the firm that represents most of the Bloody Sunday families, said the arrest was "a very welcome development".
13 Palestinians injured by live fire as clashes break out in Qalandiya refugee camp [Maan - 11/11/15]
The European Commission has issued new guidelines for the labelling of some products made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.
Agricultural produce and cosmetics sold in EU member states must now have clear labels showing their place of origin. Israel's foreign ministry condemned the "exceptional and discriminatory step".
The EU considers settlements built on territories occupied by Israel in 1967 to be illegal under international law - something Israel disputes.
The EU says settlements constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible. ... [BBC - 11/11/15]
Spanish PM Rajoy challenges Catalan secession bid [BBC - 11/11/15]
Renowned journalist and human rights activist Hossam Bahgat issued a statement on Tuesday following his release, describing the details of what occurred during his three-day detention period and military interrogation. ... [Daily News Egypt - 11/11/15]
Afghan guards open fire at Kabul rally against Hazara deaths [Daily Mail - 12/11/15]
Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets of Kabul city on Wednesday - carrying the bodies of seven civilians - in protest over the beheading of the kidnapped victims by alleged Daesh insurgents in Zabul province.
The demonstrators braved wet and chilly conditions to condemn the act by alleged Daesh militants who kidnapped the civilians last month while they were traveling between Ghazni and Zabul provinces.
Among the victims were three women. ... [TOLO News - 11/11/15]
@HAS_Blog [11/11/15]: There are at least two Australian Hazaras whose immediate relative and family member are amongst those beheaded in Zabul, Afghanistan 1/2
Special Forces gun down 2 more civilians during Khost raid [Pahwok - 11/11/15]
At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Benghazi between forces allied with the official government and Islamic State fighters, a military commander said on Wednesday. ... [Ahram - 11/11/15]
Ban condemns killing of UN 'blue helmet' in Central African Republic [Media Release - 10/11/15]
Somalia: Security Council reauthorizes international naval forces to fight piracy off East Africa [Media Release - 10/11/15]
Nine months into unbridled Saudi attacks on Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is appalled by the continuing strikes on the impoverished country’s healthcare facilities.
"The neutrality of healthcare facilities and staff is not being respected,” said Kedir Awol Omar, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen, on its website Tuesday.
“Health facilities are deliberately attacked and surgical and medical supplies are also being blocked from reaching hospitals in areas under siege," he added. ... [Press TV - 11/11/15]
Heavy trucks carrying wire fencing arrived in the Slovenian border village of Veliki Obrez early Wednesday, a day after Slovenia's prime minister said his country would begin erecting barriers to control the flow of refugees.
Nearly 10,000 refugees arrived Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to Slovenian police statistics.
Slovenia has received almost 180,000 refugees since Hungary sealed its southern border with Serbia, re-diverting thousands of refugees taking the Balkan route from Turkey to the European Union.
Slovenia's prime minister said the fencing is designed to force migrants to use official crossings rather than cross unrestricted along its 670-kilometer (416-mile) border with Croatia. ... [Deutsche Welle - 11/11/15]
Dozens of migrants went on hunger strike in a Czech detention centre to protest against the length of their stay and the threat of repatriation, the Interior Ministry and volunteer workers said. ... [Yahoo - 11/11/15]
Police and migrants clash for third straight night in Calais [France 24 - 11/11/15]
Fourteen people died and a further 27 were rescued by Turkish authorities after their boat sank on its way to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 11/11/15]
Russian bomber destroys IS tanks, infantry vehicles in Syria’s Homs — Defense Ministry [TASS - 11/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [10/11/15]:
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.
Strikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb.
-- Near Hawl, six strikes destroyed 22 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL structure, and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes struck three ISIL gas and oil separation plants, two ISIL pump stations, and an ISIL crude oil main pump station.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL boat.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece.
-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL heavy machine guns, 15 ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL mortar, an ISIL building, damaged another ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, seven strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 30 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL light machine guns, and an ISIL command-and-control node.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL light machine gun position.
US fighter jets sent to "help protect Turkish airspace" [US Department of Defense - 10/11/15]
Syrian army breaks US-backed IS siege at Aleppo airbase [Reuters - 10/11/15]
... He tried all the Gulf countries with no luck and then tried to obtain a visa to a European country.
But it was to no avail. It was only then that he started thinking of getting to Europe illegally.
Some of his friends had made it that way and it was the only option. ... 'I lost my wife and daughter and became a number' - Syrian refugee surgeon in Malta [Times of Malta - 11/11/15]
@guardiacostiera [11/11/15]: #Pantelleria CP301 della #Guardiacostiera salva 14 migranti su un natante di legno a circa 13 miglia dall'isola
@JlSmoris [10/11/15]: Para muchos un barco de esperanzas, salida de Kios#refugees @PROACTIVA_SERV la imagen lo dice todo
MOAS to launch missions in Aegean Sea, South East Asia and Central
Mediterranean [Times of Malta – 10/11/15]:
The Malta-based search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) will launch a new rescue mission in the Aegean Sea where thousands of primarily Syrian refugees continue to cross every week from Turkey to Greece in unsafe vessels.
The charity will deploy the 51-meter Topaz Responder, a custom-made emergency response vessel in Greek territorial waters to act as a fast response and patrol vessel.
The Topaz Responder will host two high-speed rescue vessels on board capable of being launched rapidly or kept on patrol. The two rescue boats will be named Aylan and Galip, in honour of the Kurdi brothers whose deaths shocked the world in September.
MOAS is also establishing a new operation in South East Asia as well as renewing its mission in the central Mediterranean Sea, where the NGO saved almost 12,000 lives since August 2014.
“We are expanding thanks to the overwhelming support we have received from all over the world in the past months. We now plan to have a presence in all three major migrant crossing routes. Each life we save is a testament to everybody who has donated to turn MOAS into the global NGO it is today,” said Christopher Catrambone, who founded MOAS together with his wife Regina Catrambone.
“All the MOAS missions will be distinct due to the different realities in each area of operation. The common thread is that each mission will seek to prevent more deaths at sea. We will work collaboratively with all stakeholders in each region as we have done successfully in the Mediterranean Sea since 2014,” said Martin Xuereb, director of MOAS.
The MOAS flagship Phoenix will arrive in Bangkok tomorrow where it will undergo repairs and maintenance after which it will be ready for operations by 2016.
Thailand: Criminal Court opens hearings into the deadly trafficking of Rohingya boat refugees [The Nation - 11/11/15]
Three days after Myanmar's historic election, official results were trickling in at a snail's pace Wednesday but it was clear that the military-backed ruling party faced an overwhelming electoral defeat at the hands of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party.
What's also known — even before the elections — is that regardless of the result the military involvement in this nation's politics would not end. Far from it.
The military, which took power in a 1962 coup and brutally suppressed several pro-democracy uprisings during its rule, gave way to a nominally civilian elected government in 2011 -- with strings attached. ... [Jakarta Post - 11/11/15]
Tamil protests in Mannar call for release of all political prisoners [Tamil Guardian - 10/11/15]
'People's tribunal' at The Hague opens hearings into 1965 US backed mass killings of Indonesians [Times Colonist - 10/11/15]:
... One of the first witnesses to testify, academic Leslie Dwyer who has conducted research on the Indonesian island of Bali, said that 80,000-120,000 people were killed there between late 1965 and March 1966 and that the killings only started when government special forces arrived and began organizing local police and militias.
Dwyer said that in some cases only the most tenuous links to the Communists was enough to cost a person his or her life, including having sung or danced at an Indonesian Communist Party event. ...
Canada to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, repeal bill stripping "terrorists" of citizenship
The new Liberal government will fully restore refugee health care as part of their commitment to refugees, said Canada's new immigration minister John McCallum.
"That's a no-brainer," McCallum told host Chris Hall in an interview on CBC Radio's The House.
Back in 2012, the Conservatives under Stephen Harper trimmed medical benefits for newcomers to Canada, leaving most immigrants with basic, essential health care but without supplementals such as vision and dental care.
The Federal Court found the government's treatment of refugees was "cruel and unusual" because it jeopardizes their health.
"It was cruel and unusual, and it was economically stupid because it probably cost the Canadian taxpayer more. They saved a few dollars at the federal level, but people who were desperately sick were going to emergency hospitals," said McCallum.
"So the net cost of the Canadian health-care system probably went up."
Restoring health benefits to refugees and immigrants is just one commitment the Liberal government is making within his immigration portfolio, said McCallum.
But the top priority remains the resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015.
"That is our target, that is our objective. We're going to do our very best to hit that target, but we're also going to do it well," he said.
"I think it's important for Canadians that we do this well, that we take account of security issues and health issues. But our target remains December 31 of this year."
Canadians can expect to see refugees arriving within the month, if not before, he added.
McCallum acknowledged the target is an ambitious one.
"It's a major challenge. There's so many dimensions to it — you have to identify the people, you have to get exit permits for the people, you have to get transport for the people, you have to get places for the people to live.
"It's such an enormous, challenging project, but it's in the spirit of the Canada we know and love."
Another file on McCallum's agenda is revoking Bill C-24, he said.
Bill C-24 is the legislation responsible for the changes to the Citizenship Act, which included the revocation of citizenship for those found guilty of terrorism, treason and foreign spying, a provision that came into effect in May.
"We're totally, utterly opposed to two classes of citizenship," he said.
"We believe terrorists should go to jail."
McCallum said he is also committed to reducing processing times for immigrants waiting to be reunited with family.
But he cautioned Canadians against expecting too much, too soon.
"There's a long list of things which we've committed to in the area of immigration," he said.
"We will not get them done in a day, but we'll get them done expeditiously."
UNHCR hails Canada's pledge to take another 25,000 Syria refugees [Media Release - 10/11/15]
Journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Tory law made him fear losing Canadian citizenship [Huffington Post - 9/11/15]
Will Peter Greste be able to give this lecture next month? Or will he be incarcerated on Christmas Island - stripped of his citizenship?
Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste seeks pardon from Egypt [Democracy Now - 28/9/15]
Journalist Peter Greste has questioned the Abbott government's proposal to strip Australian citizenship from terrorism suspects, saying that as a dual national who has been accused of terrorism charges, he would be a 'prime candidate'. The al-Jazeera reporter spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison after being accused of aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking at the Lowy Institute on Wednesday, Greste said 'due process underpins democracy' and 'to take away judicial oversight and hand it to a political figure is a very, very dangerous thing to do'. [VIDEO - Guardian - 11/6/15]
Fuck "Plan for Change".
Are you not in parliament Australian Greens?
DO SOMETHING TO HOLD THE FASCISTS TO ACCOUNT PLEASE.
The Brisbane Refugee Action Collective protested outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in response to the Federal Government ignoring medical advice and refusing to bring Hatami (not her real name), a pregnant 34 year-old, Kurdish asylum seeker, to Australia to give birth.
Aswas Photography [10/11/15]
@FFFADmelbourne [AUDIO - 10/11/15]: Women on the Line | 3CR Community Radio Interview about #pramjam at #DIBP ...
Christmas Island: Journalists continue parroting Dutton's victim blaming racism as he takes Australia back to 19th Century Queensland
Koori Mail [25/9/13]:
Protesters want a statue of a man they consider a blackbirder and a slave trader removed from a park near Townsville’s city centre.
The protesters, many descended from ‘kanaka’ labourers brought to Queensland during the 19th century, object to the statue of Robert Towns adjacent to the city’s Victoria Bridge.
They say the statue honours the memory of a man who was heavily involved in the brutal system of indentured labour that established Queensland’s sugar, maritime and pastoral industries.
Towns, who died in 1873, gave his name to Townsville, but visited the city only once after it was founded in 1866. At the bottom of his statue is inscribed ‘visionary or villain’.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the indentured labour system, under which some 55,000 South Sea Islanders (95 per cent male) were bought to Australia on 62,000 indentured contracts.
Many of these people did not return to their island homes, and 15,000 lost their lives to common diseases to which they lacked immunity.
James Cook University academic Professor Gracelyn Smallwood received warm applause when she described Towns as a criminal who benefitted from being a slaver.
“We are all offspring of these people who were brought here and these kanaka people as they were called were treated poorly,” she said.
“Towns was not an entrepreneur but a slave trader. Queensland was built on the work of these South Sea Islanders.”
Ayr man Ian Zaro, of South Sea Islander and Murray Island descent, said Towns was a slaver who should not have a statue.
“After being brought here 150 years ago, our South Sea Islander people did so much after being forced to work on cane farms and other industries,” Mr Zaro said.
“We have to be strong.”
1,100 Kanakas in Queensland - a South Sea legacy by Clem Lack [Sunday Mail - 13/2/1938]:
... It was not until Federation, however, and the adoption of the White Australia policy, that defenite legislative action was taken to put an end to indentured kanaka labour.
The first Act passed by the Commonwealth Government in relation to the sugar industry sphere were thirteen Acts from 1904 to 1912 was an act to provide for the regulation, restriction, and prohibition of labour from the Pacific Island.
It was enacted that no Pacific Islander should enter Australia after March 31, 1904 and that none should enter before that year without a licence. No agreement for island labour was to be made or to remain, in force after the end of 1906.
If any Pacific Islander were found after the end of 1906 they were to be deported.
An amendment of this Act was later passed, which provided that certain Pacific Islanders, such as those who had entered Australia prior to September 1859 or were of extreme age, were married, or who were in possession of freehold land, or those whose lives might be imperilled on landing on the islands, could be granted certificates exempting them from deportation.
Thus the great exodus of kanakas back to the islands began, and by 1906 the fleets of schooners which crowded the Mary, Burnett, and other Northern Rivers had transported more than 6000 of them back to their Pacific homes. ...
Why is there no news from Christmas Island?
Why are the Australian media, human rights groups and the Greens protecting Turnbull, Dutton, Shorten and Marles?
... You know, you just think of your own country, your own family ...
Dear Immigration Australia, Please treat all people in detention centres with compassion, humanity and dignity the same way you are treated in other countries, particularly New Zealand.
[IWI N AUS - VIDEO - 10/11/15]
Melbourne woman killed after court appearance
Nine MSN [10/11/15]:
A man allegedly stabbed his former partner to death in broad daylight outside a Melbourne shopping centre after the pair left a court.
Craig McDermott and Fiona Warzywoda were together for 18 years before they separated in February last year, the Supreme Court of Victoria was told on Tuesday.
Both attended Sunshine Magistrates Court on April 16 last year before they headed separately to a nearby shopping centre.
Crown prosecutor Brendan Kissane QC said Ms Warzywoda told court staff McDermott had approached her and said "you're f***ed".
She went to visit her solicitor after the hearing, the court heard.
Mr Kissane said McDermott, with his son Dylan, who is not related to Ms Warzywoda, walked past some stores and into a supermarket before allegedly heading to a `Spare Change' shop.
McDermott bought a knife, Mr Kissane said.
"That's the knife ultimately used to stab Fiona Warzywoda," he told the jury.
Mr Kissane said McDermott and his son were at a coffee shop when McDermott approached Ms Warzywoda as she headed to her car.
He allegedly stabbed her six times in the chest, neck and head and then ran back to his vehicle, Mr Kissane said.
"All that takes ... something just short of 60 seconds," he told the court.
But defence barrister John Desmond said McDermott never had a knife and it was Ms Warzywoda who produced the weapon.
He said McDermott had not gone into the Spare Change store at all.
McDermott had gone over to speak to Ms Warzywoda and a struggle ensued with McDermott acting in self-defence after she produced the knife, Mr Desmond told the court.
He denied allegations McDermott made threats against Ms Warzywoda in the lead up to her death, including claims he said he was going to "slice her".
McDermott has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Warzywoda.
The trial, expected to run for about five weeks before Justice Jack Forrest, continues.
Tiahleigh Palmer: No suspects and few leads in death of Logan schoolgirl, Queensland Police say as so called child protection advocates continue promoting themselves [ABC - 11/10/15]:
Queensland Police have said they may never know how 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer died and still have no suspects, as divers scour a Gold Coast river for clues.
Tiahleigh was last seen being dropped off at Marsden State High School in Logan, south of Brisbane, by a carer on October 30.
Fishermen found her decomposing body six days later on the bank of the Pimpama River, about 30 kilometres from her last known sighting.
Tiahleigh's school clothes and backpack are yet to be found, despite police divers searching the river again on Tuesday and SES volunteers scouring thick bushland along its bank.
Forty-three students from Marsden State High have been interviewed by police and 200 reports to Crime Stoppers have been received, Detective Inspector Dave Hutchinson said.
"We don't know what happened to Tia, we just don't know," he said.
"We are still looking at options that she has planned what she is doing.
"There are no suspects at this time.
"The cause of death is still not determined. We may never identify the cause of death."
Officers want to speak to anyone who was on Kerkin Road North around the bridge that crosses the Pimpama River in the seven days prior to Tiahleigh's body being found.
They also want dashcams from cars which were on Chambers Flat Road on Friday October 30 between 7:00am and 10:00am
"We are still trying identify Tia's movements on that morning," Detective Hutchinson said.
"We are getting versions but sometimes they contradict each other, there are inconsistencies.
"We do have some footage of Tia previously, but nothing around that time, not relevant to this inquiry."
... Mr Hutchinson denied reports that Tiahleigh's Facebook page had been deactivated after she disappeared.
He also said interviews with her classmates had provided some leads but also a number of inconsistencies.
What detectives do know is she was at the school between 8.10am and 8.20am on October 30.
But where she went and if she met anyone after that remains unclear, as does the cause of her death and how her body wound up in the Pimpama River, 30km from her school.
"The focus of our investigation is still very much to identify Tia's movements on the day," Mr Hutchinson said.
"We have no suspect at this stage."
Police are once again appealing for help to locate Tiahleigh's purple Mambo-branded backpack and her school uniform.
They are also asking anyone with dashcam footage from near her school, particularly along Chambers Flat Road on the morning of her disappearance, to come forward.
People who used the Pimpama River, particularly near a bridge on Kerkin Road North, in the past week are also asked to contact police.
Suspicious fire, Southport [QPS Media - 11/11/15]:
Police are investigating a suspicious unit fire in Southport today.
Around12.30am emergency services were called to the Lawson Street unit block after reports of a fire in one of the units.
The unit was unoccupied at the time and one woman was treated for smoke inhalation.
A crime scene has been established as the cause of the fire is investigated.
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 Queensland mother didn't seek help for her three-year-old daughter despite knowing she suffered horrific injuries from being repeatedly sexually abused by the woman's ex-partner.
The 28-year-old woman, who can't be named, was sentenced to four years' jail in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one charge of cruelty to a child under 16.
However, the mother's sentence was suspended as she has spent 522 days in custody, but she must remain on good behaviour for the rest of the sentencing period.
Her ex-partner was sentenced to 16 years' jail in 2013 after being found guilty of torturing, raping and assaulting the girl over a five-month period in 2009. ... [Yahoo - 10/11/15]
A former deputy premier of South Australia wrote a positive reference for a former teacher found to have molested three boys because he naively felt he "owed him something". ... [Yahoo - 10/11/15]
Child Abuse Royal Commission: St Paul's Headmaster warned about paedophile teacher [Brisbane Times - 10/11/15]
South Australian upper house MP Bernard Finnigan has been found guilty on one child pornography charge.
District Court Judge Steven Millsteed has found Finnigan guilty in relation to one count of accessing child pornography, after a trial in April this year.
But the judge cleared Finnigan on one count of attempting to access child pornography.
Finnigan, 42, was industrial relations minister in the state Labor government when he was arrested in 2011 and has continued to sit in state parliament as an independent. [West Australian - 10/11/15]
Unlawful use of motor vehicle and assault police charges following police pursuit, Coomera [QPS Media - 11/11/15]
Man allegedly bashed by police has assault police charges dropped [MYGC - 10/11/15]:
A man who was allegedly bashed by officers on the Gold Coast has had police assault charges against him dropped after video footage of the shocking incident emerged.
The footage shows youth worker Ray Currier being tackled to the ground and punched unconscious while being restrained by five officers outside a nightclub in January this year.
Following the incident, Currier was charged with assault and obstructing police, however in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning the charges were dropped.
Teenager charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Logan [MYGC – 10/11/15]
Feel safe Queensland? Taskforce Maxima – Motorcycle impoundment, Finks OMCG [QPS Media - 10/11/15]
Armed Robbery, Bulimba [QPS Media - 11/11/15]
Armed robbery and attempted robbery, East Brisbane [QPS Media - 10/11/15]
Armed robbery, Narangba [QPS Media - 10/11/15]
This is not governance. It is a pathetic joke. ----> Queensland is set to have the toughest anti-smoking laws in the country with new legislation introduced to Parliament. ... [ABC - 10/11/15]
Meanwhile, Queensland government gives Glencore the greenlight to continue poisoning Queenslanders. [North West Star - 10/11/15]
Environment authorities and researchers are attempting to figure out what caused the death of a juvenile dolphin in Perth’s Swan River.
Gizmo, a six-year-old male calf, is believed to have been found dead between two and three weeks ago along the banks of the waterway. ... [West Australian - 10/11/15]
The Queensland government is still trying to recover $3.4 million after a bungle saw contractors inadvertently overpaid $12 million. ... [Yahoo - 10/11/15]
Parents rally to save Kilcoy kindergarten in southern Queensland from closure [ABC – 10/11/15]
A man has been injured after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast this morning.
Emergency services rushed to Olsen Avenue at Arundel just after 9.20am following reports a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.
A 20-year-old male has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with a foot injury. [MYGC - 10/11/15]
The free market will cure your TB
Tuberculosis out break hits Port Moresby [ABC – 10/11/15]
Jane Prentice MP visits PNG to lecture everyone about domestic violence and inspect a private hospital ----> Inspecting facilities at Pacific International Hospital with PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Image: @JanePrentice_MP [13/2/15]
An Australian MP is in Papua New Guinea today to see what help can be given to women suffering domestic abuse. ... [Radio Australia - 13/2/15]
And as hunger striking refugees incarcerated on Manus Island were beaten, arrested and held without charge in Bomana Prison ----> @amnestyOz - Amnesty Australia [11/2/15]: @JanePrentice_MP introduces speakers from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch & ANU at Aus Parliament House
@amnestyOz - Amnesty Australia [11/2/15]: RT @JanePrentice_MP: With colleagues being briefed on the latest news from Indonesia by @amnestyOz [re "#KeepHopeAlive for #Bali2"]
... According to the reports, the Cabinet guidelines include three modes of execution: hanging, lethal injection, and firing squad.
Executions will be carried out at a facility built at Bomana Prison, in the capital Port Moresby. ... [PNG Cabinet Approves Guidelines for Implementation of the Death Penalty - Library of Congress - 11/2/15]
Where'd the $18 million go Bill? The fund set up by billionaire Bill Gates will donate $18 million to fight rampant tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea. The donation, officially signed off in Port Moresby on Monday, is the largest ever cash grant to charity organisation World Vision Australia and will contribute to a PNG government strategy in all 22 provinces aiming to halve infection rates. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 16/2/15]
'Absolute disaster': TB centre faces closure [Brisbane Times - 1/8/12]
Tennant Creek loses alcohol treatment centre [NIRS – 11/11/15]
"Labor 4 Refugees" don't care about refugees.
Their job is to retain as many votes as possible for the ALP without changing the policy.
If you believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and that the ALP will drop its inhumane refugee policy, read this [Safecom.org]:
The struggle for Labor from and as a result of the 2001 Federal Election in Australia gave rise to the formation of the lobby and action group "Labor for Refugees" around Australia.
Boycott Murdoch ---- > Correction and Clarification on Chris Kenny Post @pamelacurr [11/11/15]
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