United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 11/11/16]



The door is open for 200 unaccompanied migrant children from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp to come to Ireland after a motion passed unopposed in the Dail today.

The bill was put forward by the Government following protests outside the Dail last week and a similar motion tabled by Anti-Austerity-Alliance/People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. ... [Irish Mirror - 10/11/16]



First official refugee and migrant shelter opens in French capital [France 24 - 10/11/16]




... You'll all be safe with us to protect you

And keep you out of harm's way

You'll thank creation and your liberation

From the dark into a new day ...


'After We Torture Our Prisoners' David Rovics  [2005]




Shorten attempts to disown the indefinite detention component of his anti-refugee torture and exile policy [Nine MSN - 11/11/16]:


... Mr Shorten supported the idea "in principle" while at a Remembrance Day farewell in Darwin on Friday evening for 400 Anzac diggers about to deploy to the Middle East.

"We obviously need to see the detail but I think that our strong bipartisan commitment to stop the scourge of people smuggling does not mean that people need to be kept in indefinite detention," Mr Shorten said.

"We need strong borders but fair treatment as well." ...



No opposition = more twisted chicanery, as former ALP candidate George Newhouse totally misses the point [ABC - 11/11/16]:


The Nauruan Government has withdrawn a bill that would have legalised abortions for refugee and asylum seeker women.


Lawyer George Newhouse from the National Justice Project law firm has acted for a number of women on Nauru, one of whom requested an abortion.

"A law like that would never pass muster in Australia. It's racially discriminatory, in that only one class of person is entitled to a termination in Nauru," he said. ...



Maloney v. The Queen [2012]



LNP, ALP, Greens and media - all liars and fascists - playing with people's lives [ABC - 11/11/16]



If PEN International were serious about freeing Behrouz Boochani they would be directing their demand to the ALP also ---> Join PEN & call on #Australia to process #journalist Behrouz Boochani's asylum claim & end offshore processing now! ...  ‏@pen_int [10/11/16]



Five jailed for Perth body-in-boot murder [Nine MSN - 11/11/16]



A western Sydney man who is accused of attempting to murder a woman in a car crash remains in custody after a brief court hearing today.

Yesterday, police arrested Paul Moore, 47, after he allegedly drove a car into a power pole on Pye Street at Westmead.

A 42-year-old woman was in the car at the time.

She was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. ... [ABC - 11/11/16]



A man will face Caboolture Magistrates Court on Friday charged over a home invasion north of Brisbane which led to a stand-off with police.

It's alleged a 27-year-old Caboolture man broke into a home in McMillan St at Caboolture and threatened a pregnant woman, who escaped with her young child and alerted authorities.

He barricaded himself inside the home for several hours before being arrested and charged with a range of offences including deprivation of liberty. [Yahoo - 11/11/16]



Gold Coast man who killed infant daughter jailed, eligible for parole in early 2017 [ABC - 11/11/16]



Brisbane woman who allegedly starved baby to crowdfund $15,000 granted bail [ABC - 11/11/16]



The grieving mother of two young girls who drowned in the family pool south of Brisbane last week has given a heartbreaking account of the girls' final moments. ... [Yahoo - 11/11/16]



A toddler has been rushed to hospital following a near drowning in Surfers Paradise this afternoon.

Paramedics say they were called to a private residence just after 4pm where they found the little boy conscious and breathing.

He has since been transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 11/11/16]



A man has drowned in a backyard pool at Bundall. ... [MYGC - 7/11/16]



The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has called off its search for a fisherman missing off Fraser Island in southern Queensland, but police say they will continue to try to find him.

Brett Munn, 53, from Yeppoon in central Queensland, was last seen in the wheelhouse of his prawn trawler before it capsized early on Tuesday morning.

Two crew members were rescued uninjured. ... [ABC - 10/11/16]



Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has pleaded innocent in the death of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa, who died of blunt force trauma to the head after being hit with binoculars, a mobile phone and a beer bottle during a violent struggle on Kuta Beach. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 10/11/16]



Goat injures man, Tallai [MYGC - 11/11/16]



Sunshine Coast teenager hit in the head by golf club while cane toad hunting dies [ABC - 8/11/16]



A woman has been charged after a man was stabbed in the back twice during an argument at a home in Logan early this morning. ... [MYGC - 10/11/16]



Man charged after woman slashed with knife in Logan [MYGC - 9/11/16]



Queensland police have found chemicals believed to be used in the making of explosives at a home near a daycare centre at Ayr in the state's north. ... [ABC - 10/11/16]



A truck rollover on Queensland's Bruce Highway caused chaos for motorists on Friday morning.

The crash happened near the Bli Bli exit on the Sunshine Coast around 4.25am when the truck, which was carrying an excavator, rolled into the northbound lanes of the Bruce Highway. ... [Yahoo - 11/11/16]



A man in his 20s was transported to Mount Isa Hospital after a motorbike crash in Pioneer. ... [North West Star - 11/11/16]



Man seriously injured in motorbike fall at Upper Coomera [MYGC - 11/11/16]



Women injured in multi-vehicle crash, Broadbeach [MYGC - 10/11/16]



Man hit by car at Main Beach [MYGC - 10/11/16]



A man has died in hospital three days after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash in far north Queensland.

The car, driven by a 24-year-old male, lost control and struck an embankment on Lake Barrine Road in Yungaburra on Saturday.

The passenger, also 24, was taken to a hospital in Cairns with head injuries and died on Tuesday, police said. [Yahoo - 9/11/16]



Global mining giant BHP Billiton said it was prepared to change its regulations on coal dust after it confirmed three of its existing workers – and two former workers – in its Queensland mines had been diagnosed with black lung disease.

BHP's vice-president of occupational health and hygiene Rob McDonald, who monitors the company's mines across the world, told a parliamentary committee in Brisbane on Friday there had been no other examples of coal workers' pneumoconiosis found in its global operations. ... [Australian Financial Review - 11/11/16]



The Queensland government has granted the controversial Carmichael mine an 11th-hour exemption to new water laws that could have seen the project subjected to further legal challenges.

The government has introduced laws requiring Queensland mining projects to obtain a water licence, in an effort to reduce the impact on ground water.

But the Palaszczuk government on Wednesday added an amendment to the laws that will allow the Adani mine project, which has already faced significant legal action, to avoid court challenges to its water licence. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/11/16]



Family of dead miner lose bid to claim his life insurance after payroll mistake [WA Today - 11/11/16]



A woman charged with the cold case murders of a young mother and her brother has been denied bail in Brisbane. ... [ABC - 11/11/16]



Witness tells Dubois murder trial police mistrust kept him quiet for 40 years [ABC - 11/11/16]



WA police and media celebrate their brutality [WA Today - 10/11/16]



Police break up “dangerous doof” in Arakwal National Park [Tweed Shire Echo – 7/11/16]



Who will speak for the kids? They are most likely being severely punished as Queensland's political, media and union establishment lie and bay for blood ----> ... Ms D'Ath denied repeated questions that guards were not allowed to defend themselves and restrain the detainees. ... [Brisbane Times - 11/11/16]



ABC [19/8/16]:


... Jeff Ingram [former Cleveland Detention Centre staff member] says his complaint about a manager assaulting an inmate in the face with steel can was never followed up.

I've been trying for two years to get somebody to listen, and somebody to do something about it, and even when I went to outside organisations like the Official Visitor and the Guardian.

I got no help, I got nothing, they just didn't want to know about what happened to that boy. 

And these are organisations that are meant to protect those young people.


Shane Duffy [Head, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service]:  The profile of the staff, we notice more and more ex-service people. ...



Former worker claims abuse rife at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Queensland [ABC – 30/7/16]:


... Shayleen Solomon, a youth worker at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville, told Lateline that physical and emotional abuse was rife in the north Queensland centre.

Ms Solomon worked at Cleveland for almost six years from 2009.

She described an incident in 2012 in which she alleges a 15-year-old boy was involved in a physical altercation with a group of male staff.

Ms Solomon said she was returning the boy to his room when he yelled out at the group of men.

"[He was saying] 'I'll have a go at you', stuff like that. So they came out and absolutely trashed this boy," she said.

"There were 15 fully grown men on top of this child. They had him in a sort of crucifix position trying to bend his arms back behind his body to put handcuffs on him.

"The young boy was head butting the ground because he was face down. He had blood coming out of his forehead. There was no room to move.

"I was the worker that went down and put my hands underneath his head to stop him hurting himself more. And he was pleading with them to stop and everything, but they didn't."

Ms Solomon's claims follow similar allegations of abuse made earlier this week at the Cleveland centre.

Ms Solomon said the Four Corners report on the Northern Territory's Don Dale detention centre proved incidents like this had been going on for too long.

She alleged that she regularly witnessed verbal and emotional abuse of detainees at the Cleveland centre.

"In the detention centre the things that you see — and it's not only the physical abuse — the way that these big brutes of men will boast about how many young people they've smashed," she said.

"They strip them of everything ... they strip them of all their self-esteem." ...



"The problem is with these [anti-rights] laws, we weren't getting any convictions."


Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D'Ath  [Nine MSN - 5/4/16]



@qldlawsociety [11/11/16]:  Congrats to Warren Strange, Debbie Kilroy & Dan Rogers on their appts to the Sentencing Advisory Council! ...



"They [youths] are more disturbed when they come out then they were when they were in there."


Former Queensland youth detention worker 'took abuse concerns to Government in April' [ABC - 20/8/16]



Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]



Children being tortured by the Queensland government protest their imprisonment [Nine MSN - 11/11/16]:


Three people are in hospital and a youth detention centre is in lockdown after a ‘disturbance’ in Townsville.

Staff were evacuated from the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre at around 6.45 last night, when a group of up to 25 inmates began throwing projectiles, police said.

“The centre is in lockdown with general duties officers and specialist police responding to the incident,” a statement said.

It is understood the group of males was on the roof of the facility.

Negotiators are speaking to the group with the hopes of coming to a peaceful resolution. ...



Five prison officers have been injured after violence erupted at the Brisbane Correctional Centre.

Tensions flared in a secure unit of the centre just after noon on Monday, and the officers were injured when they tried to defuse the situation, Corrective Services Queensland said.

All five received medical treatment but none needed to stay in hospital overnight.

The incident is now under investigation. [Yahoo - 8/11/16]



A teenage boy who attempted to hang himself while in isolation in juvenile jail and another who cut his own face after a prolonged period of isolation are preparing legal action against the NSW government. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/11/16]



Privatise the profits, socialise the losses ---->  Noel Pearson withdraws support for Aurukun school [ABC - 10/11/16]



Premier Anna Bligh and Cape York Partnerships Chairman, Noel Pearson today announced the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA), which achieved promising results in Coen and Aurukun this year, would be extended to include Hope Vale State School students next year. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 17/12/2010]



The magistrate hearing the trial of a Queensland outback police officer who pulled his gun out and allegedly threatened to "put a hole" in a speeding motorist has adjourned a decision in the case until December.

Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan is heard on video footage screaming "f***ing pull over now, c***" before stopping Lee Povey near Longreach last year. ... [Yahoo - 9/11/16]



Vision released of police officer pulling gun on motorist in outback Queensland [ABC - 6/11/16]



Queensland police officer investigated after allegedly helping mate find ex-wife despite domestic violence order [ABC - 20/8/16]:


... The alleged text messages joked about how the woman would "flip out" once she knew she had been tracked down.

Stalking expert Dr Phil Watts, who was in Brisbane attending a family violence conference, said he was very concerned this kind of private information could be released.

The forensic psychologist said it was very concerning that both men also joked about the incident.

"It is probably how he has rationalised what he is doing - like he has been fed a story about the ex which has probably distorted his perception," he said.

"So he is now acting in some immature way with his mate, which is how he has justified what he has done - thinking it is not that serious.

"Don't know whether he is a rogue officer or whether it is something within the culture." ...



Russian experts find evidence of chemical weapon use in Aleppo [Sputnik News - 11/11/16]



Syrian Foreign Ministry: Terrorism will not stop unless foreign support to it stops [SANA - 10/11/16]



One person was killed and three others were injured in terrorist rocket attack on Harasta residential Suburb in Damascus Countryside on Thursday. ... [SANA - 10/11/16]



Iraqi forces preparing advance on south Mosul [Reuters - 10/11/16]



Iraq's Secret War Files [Journeyman - 2012]



This documentary outlines the Coalition Provisional Authority's achievements in Iraq --> No End in Sight [2007]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 10/11/16]



Defense Secretary Ash Carter today urged Congress to adopt a proposed budget amendment that he said is “vitally important for our national security.” ... [US Department of Defense - 10/11/16]


@a_contenta [10/11/16]:  At 4am #Serbia #Belgrade city centre approx. 100 #Refugees #migrants were taken by police buses. Destination still unknown!



‏@MSF_Sea [10/11/16]:  Some were so scared they climbed on the roof with at least 1 person falling and requiring @MSF teams to take him to hospital.



‏@MSF_Sea [10/11/16]:  This is where 100s of #refugees & #migrants were sleeping before they were forced onto buses at 4am today. It was absolutely terrifying.



Over 120 migrants rescued off Cyprus [Al Manar TV - 10/11/16]



Senate Inquiry: Politicians, officials agree a "suite of integrated measures" needed for "final phase" of Australia's anti-refugee policy


Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows the war is over

Everybody knows that the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That's how it goes

Everybody knows ...


'Everybody Knows' Leonard Cohen [1988]



Ideological dedication to the punishment and ultimate destruction of human beings was on full display at today's Senate concentration camp inquiry.

Smug, detached officials from the Australian National Audit Office, Department of Immigration and DFAT responded to an array of partisan questioning which did not challenge, but again reinforced, the weaselly veneer of respectability over a deliberately malevolent policy.

Senators and bureaucrats spent the first hour of today's hearing agreeing how expensive it is to torture and exile refugees, and that the re-opening of Nauru and Manus Island concentration camps necessitated an expedited procurement process.

Record keeping, "value for money" and "level of service" were also considered beyond scrutiny in the context of the policy's enthusiastic implementation - along with the IOM's activities in Cambodia.

Senator Pauline Hanson asked the only serious question: Why don't they [Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island and Nauru] go home?

After indulging her victim blaming, Australia's People Smuggling Ambassador Andrew Goledzinowski explained the crucial - and uncontroversial - policy outcome of statelessness.

Emboldened by his protected status in this partisan charade, Department of Immigration Michael Pezzullo rambled on about "psychological deterrence" and the "suite of integrated measures" needed for the "final phase".

Pezzullo also claimed that on his recent visit to Nauru, doctors [who are paid $13,000 a week] indicated that they don't need any more resources - as did those profitting from the delivery of so called schooling and accommodation services.

Someone said "durable", Eichmann smiled, and the poppy wearing Senators scurried off to exploit and misrepresent the memory of those who died in World War One.

Next Tuesday's hearing is in Melbourne.

Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed.



There is no "resettlement" and there never was.  There is only torture, indefinite detention, exile and death. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship [19 July, 2013]



... It is important to consider that health care staff are not functioning in a humanitarian role at present, they are well remunerated – a recent position for a doctor working on Nauru was offering $13,000 a week. ... The “patients first” argument, Dr John-Paul Sanggaran [The Guardian - 5/3/16]




11 November 2016