Sydneysiders are sick of being locked out of their favourite venues at 1:30am - and that's just one of 99 reasons thousands joined this party protest!
We gathered at Hyde Park and danced to Kings Cross and Taylor Square, where a huge party broke out. [Same Same - 13/9/15]
Nine MSN [13/9/15]:
... "The decay of our nightlife is a visible symptom of a much bigger problem: the influence of money upon policy," the statement says.
"As property developers, casino owners, miners, and bankers fight over their own agendas, the interests of the average person take a backseat.
"We believe the city should be affordable, open and supportive of everyone who works, lives or plays here."
Business as usual.
… Garbage ain't collected, women ain't protected
Politicians using people, they've been abusing
The mafia's getting bigger, like pollution in the river
And you tell me that this is where it's at.
Woke up this moming with an ache in my head
Splashed on my clothes as I spilled out of bed
Opened the window to listen to the news
But all I heard was the Establishment's Blues. ...
'This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues', Rodriguez 
Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin [13/9/15]
Hello. I am a little dog made by the artist Dion Parker. ... If you find me, please look after me and give me a good home. ... Thank you.
Palaszczuk Government moves to maintain the status quo [Media Release – 13/9/15]
Sydney Morning Herald [26/4/12]:
Governor-General Quentin Bryce has made a surprise visit to Australian troops in Afghanistan on Anzac Day.
Ms Bryce addressed several hundred soldiers at the dawn service at Tarin Kowt base in the Oruzgan province.
The 32 Australian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, were commemorated during the ceremony with poppies.
Ms Bryce, and her husband, Michael, dined in the mess hall with troops and spent the morning at the base before meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai and presenting him with a toy kangaroo.
Ms Bryce paid tribute to the ''modern Anzacs'' fighting in Afghanistan and the 32 Australian soldiers who lost their lives there. ''[Their loss] reaches into all of our hearts,'' she said.
She said it was an enormous privilege to attend the dawn service with serving soldiers at the military base.
AFP reveals sex trafficking based in Sydney brothels [Sydney Morning Herald – 13/9/15]:
... Earlier on Friday, the inquiry heard from Touching Base, an Associate Member of Scarlet Alliance – the Australian Sex Workers' Association, during which its president Saul Isbister said he had "never personally met anyone trafficked" and that "overall evidence" implied the subject had been "inflated through the media." ...
... “Resource extraction is often accompanied by prostitution and human trafficking” she said.
“The ecosystem destruction caused by fracking to access oil and gas is paralleled by the quieter destruction of trafficked woman.”
Special Agent Carla Croft of the FBI and Cyndee Peterson, an assistant U.S. attorney in Montana, also noted the jump in trafficking that has followed growth in the Bakken. ... [Sex trafficking easy to find in Montana, speakers at University of Montana say [The Missoulian - 17/4/14]
Australian Thriller Reveals A Dark Underbelly In Human Trafficking:
Brisbane International Film Festival Screens 'The
Jammed' [Review from 2007]:
One of the Australian films screening at this year's Brisbane International Film Festival is 'The Jammed', a story set amidst the human trafficking and illegal prostitution that is taking place in our cities.
The film begins as Crystal (Emma Lung), a young Indonesian girl, is questioned by immigration officials and about to be sent to a detention centre.
It then shifts back three weeks, as insurance clerk Ashley Hudson (Veronica Sywak) is drawn into Melbourne's sinister underworld when she reluctantly agrees to help a Thai woman Sunee (Amanda Ma) find her daughter Rubi (Sun Park).
Speaking at yesterday's screening of 'The Jammed', writer and director Dee McLachlan said that her film presents a "huge cultural calamity" currently taking place in Australia.
"This is about displaced people," she said, referring to the victims of human trafficking - 30% of whom have no idea they will be working as prostitutes.
"They work for nothing, and then get deported," she said.
Ms McLachlan said that the inspiration for 'The Jammed' came from a series of court cases, in particular the case of Gary Glasner who in the late 1990s, was found guilty of violations of the Victorian Prostitution Control Act (the federal slavery and sexual servitude legislation had not been introduced at that stage). Glazner received a penalty of 18 months imprisonment (fully suspended for two years) and a $31,000 fine.
According to Ms McLachlan, one criticism of the film, put to her by a human rights advocate was that the girls should have been shown working in a legal brothel, because in reality, that's where they are.
Actress Veronica Sywak (who had initially auditioned for the role of Vanya - played by Saskia Burmesiter) also spoke at the screening. Of her role as Ashley, Ms Sywak said she had to "plumb the depths of human debauchery and sadness."
"It was an incredibly emotionally charged set," she said.
Ms McLachlan said that such was the potency of the subject matter, on difficult days the assistance of a "talent alignment" person was sought for counselling purposes.
The Jammed' is a powerful piece of cinema that delves into Australia's dark underbelly - a confronting and unpleasant place - that like Ashley Hudson, many of us would prefer to turn our back on.
It was interesting to see Debra Lawrence (Pippa from 'Home & Away') in the role of the heartless DIMIA Case Officer, and Kate Atkinson ('Seachange's' Constable Karen Miller) as Ashley's detached, middle class friend Gabi.
Alleged Gold Coast police brutality caught on officer’s bodycam
[Nine MSN – 12/9/15]:
Another victim of alleged police brutality has come forward on the Gold Coast, with his entire experience recorded on an officer’s bodycam.
Father-of-two Sylvain Pignier was woken just after 9pm yesterday by a group of police officers already inside his Robina property.
When he asked them how they got there, one officer reportedly responded, “Yeah mate, we’re the police, we can get in”.
The police, allegedly responding to reports of yelling from inside the home, began their search.
“Mate just turn around and go up against the wall, I'm going to make sure…” a policeman can be heard saying in the footage.
Within seconds the situation escalated.
Multiple police can suddenly be seen roughly grabbing at the stationary man and shouting at him.
“On the ground! Get on the ground! Get on the ground," a policeman yells, as the men throw Mr Pignier to the concrete.
The father is handcuffed and a weapon is pointed in his face.
“See this mate, this is a taser if you don't calm down I'm going to hit you with it right, calm down,” a policeman says.
Mr Pignier was left bloodied and bruised by the incident, left to explain to his children what had happened.
“For a four-year-old son now he's got a different ... view on the police,” he said of one his children.
Police never received a complaint about the arrest but senior officers have now reviewed the footage and the ethical standards command is investigating the incident.
The state’s police minister Jo-Ann Miller has announced a review into Gold Coast Police following three public allegations against them this week.
An officer from Cairns Police will require surgery to a broken arm he sustained during an arrest this morning in the Cairns CBD area. ... [QPS Media - 12/9/15]
Police gun drawn, ute driver accelerates away after injuring officer at Dickson [Canberra Times – 13/9/15]
A Brisbane woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly used her car to hit a man, believed to be her current or former partner.
The woman, 31, is accused of deliberately driving at the man as he stood in the driveway at a home in Saigon Place Inala, just after 11:00pm.
The 34-year-old man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with leg injuries. ... [ABC - 13/9/15]
Brawl involving 200 people at Townsville junior rugby league match [ABC - 13/9/15]
Traffic crash, Kuranda [QPS Media - 13/9/15]
Man tries to run over bride, wedding guests in south-west Sydney [ABC - 13/9/15]
A 45-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car while he was walking on Railway Parade in Maylands on Saturday night. ... [WA Today - 13/9/15]
Pedestrian hurt in crash at Evanston South [SA Police - 12/9/15]
10-year-old boy hit by car, Kanwal [NBN News – 12/9/15]
TAFE to sell off 27 sites, close regional campuses [Sydney Morning Herald – 13/9/15]
Suspicious fire, Leichardt [QPS Media - 13/9/15]
Building fire, Kingaroy [QPS Media - 13/9/15]
Fire crews are battling a blaze that has broken out in the classroom of a Sunshine Coast school. Crews were called to the fire at Unity College in Caloundra shortly after 1pm on Sunday after reports of smoke coming from the classroom's roof. ... [Yahoo - 13/9/15]
Armed robbery, St Lucia [QPS Media - 13/9/15]
Restaurant fire, Airlie Beach [QPS Media - 13/9/15]
Robbery, Boondall [QPS Media - 12/9/15]
The booing controversy surrounding Adam Goodes has re-emerged during the AFL finals series as the Sydney Swans star was booed by Fremantle Dockers fans at Subiaco Oval.
Goodes was the subject of repeated boos from the stands whenever he touched the football in Saturday's qualifying final, which Fremantle won by nine-points. ... [ABC - 12/9/15]
Kimberley station embroiled in violence, animal abuse claims [ABC – 10/9/15]
Israeli forces storm al-Aqsa mosque, assault worshippers [Maan - 13/9/15]
At least nine people have been killed in two separate US drone strikes in Yemen’s southwestern and northern provinces of Hadhramaut and Jawf. ... [Press TV - 13/9/15]
Afghanistan: US drone strike kills five in Nangarhar province [Khaama - 13/9/15]
Rome is burning ---> Three inmates killed as violence breaks out at Cimarron Correctional Facility, Oklahoma [New York Times - 13/9/15]:
... Corrections Corporation of America — which owns Cimarron, a 1,720-bed facility for medium and maximum-security inmates, and two other prisons in Oklahoma — is one of the largest private prison companies in the United States.
Nearly 70,000 inmates are housed in more than 60 facilities that the company owns or operates across the country, according to its website.
A film about the 2008 U.S. financial crisis, "99 Homes" by Ramin Bahrani, was awarded the Grand Prize at France's Deauville American Film Festival in Normandy on Saturday.
Part social drama, part thriller, the film centers on a young father who is evicted from his home after it is foreclosed and then agrees to work for the very real estate broker responsible for his troubles. ... [Naharnet - 12/9/15]
Work resumes on new US base in Okinawa [The Straits Times - 13/9/15]
Hillary Clinton's private emails may be recoverable: Washington Post [Reuters - 12/9/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [12/9/15]:
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 and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, two airstrikes struck two ISIL crude oil collection points.
-- Near Al Hasakah, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL car bomb.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 22 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:
-- Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL car bomb and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Hit, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL building.
-- Near Kirkuk, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Kisik, two airstrikes struck an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position and an ISIL rocket firing position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL armored personnel carrier and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL improvised explosive device.
-- Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one airstrike struck an ISIL rocket firing position.
-- Near Tuz, eight airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units and destroyed 22 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL vehicles, one ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL ammunition cache, an ISIL light machine gun and an ISIL motorcycle.
Defense Department officials provided the following information, summarizing Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work's visit to the United Kingdom Sept. 9-12, which concluded the last leg of a seven-day trip that included visits to Iceland and Norway:
The deputy secretary met with senior government officials in London, including U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon; Minister of State for Defense Procurement Philip Dunne; Secretary of State Michael Fallon; and Vice Chief of Defense Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stewart Peach.
They discussed European security issues, bilateral defense cooperation, NATO reform, and initiatives to improve Alliance force posture and capabilities. ... [US Department of Defense - 12/91/5]
Nations using child soldiers are invited to British arms fair [Guardian - 13/9/15]
Campaigners occupy and blockade the setup of DSEI arms fair in London [Media Release - 7/9/15]
... Conservative figures suggest that since 9/11, the "War on Terror" has killed some 14,000 Afghans, 35,000 Pakistanis, and 120,000 Iraqis – excluding indirect deaths from destruction of power, water, sanitation and medical facilities: 150,000 people overall. That’s fifty 9/11s.
At the higher end, a survey of major epidemiological studies by the Nobel Prize-winning doctors group, Physicians for Social Responsibility, puts the direct and indirect death toll at some 1.3 million people. That’s over four hundred 9/11s.
Yet another study based on UN
Population Division mortality data suggests the full death toll may be as high
as four million: that’s over a thousand 9/11s. ...
East Monitor - 10/9/15]
Greek Coast Guard Searching for Five Missing Migrants and Refugees in the East Aegean Sea [Greek Reporter - 12/9/15]:
The Hellenic Coast Guard is currently conducting a search operation for five people, who were on boats that capsized, while transporting migrants and refugees to Greece on Saturday.
Four of the missing people are minors.
One of the two boats, was operated by migrant smugglers, and had departed from Turkey and capsized on its way to the East Aegean Greek island of Samos, according to the Associated Press.
The remaining 25 people that were on the boat were safely rescued, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard’s announcement.
Frontex also conducted an operation on Saturday that lead to the rescue of 32 people that were on the second capsized boat that was headed from Turkey to the East Aegean Greek island of Lesvos.
A 20-year old Syrian that was aboard that boat has gone missing and authorities are currently trying to locate him.
The Hellenic Coast Guard announced that it had rescued 260 migrants and refugees in multiple operations off the coasts of various East Aegean Greek islands throughout Saturday.
Why I've given up my middle-class life to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean [Telegraph - 12/9/15]:
... We came across one man from Syria who had applied to 13 embassies for asylum, including the UK’s and France’s, before taking matters into his own hands and making the Mediterranean crossing.
No one would make this treacherous journey unless there was no alternative. I am so lucky to have wound up, through the lottery of life, with a peaceful place to live in a beautiful house in Britain.
These refugees have done nothing to deserve the situation they are in. Most are civilians fleeing for their lives with nothing as the bombs rain down back home.
Syrian Refugees flee the war together with their pets [Keep Talking Greece - 11/9/15]
Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ...
[ABC, Law Report - 22/7/14]
... Destitute migrants escaping countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq in a bid to reach Europe via land and sea have been well-documented by the mainstream media over the past couple of months.
However, an equally bigger humanitarian emergency is about to erupt – again – in the Southeast Asia and the international community remains as negligent as ever about it.
The United Nations has issued a warning over an expected surge of mostly Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees heading out into the Andaman Sea in September.
The last time these asylum-seekers, mainly hailing from Myanmar, made headlines was in May when police in Thailand discovered dozens of graves of suspected Rohingya migrants in an abandoned jungle camp.
Subsequently, thousands of refugees were discovered stranded in Southeast Asian waters; they were initially denied help from neighboring nations, including Indonesia and Malaysia.
The refusal to rescue these "boat people" – as they were collectively dubbed by international media – led to protests by human rights activists. After much outrage, several countries, including Japan, finally offered asylum.
The flow of boats eventually subsided but now the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has warned the crisis will resume before the end of the monsoon season in the region.
“We expect this to resume again in about a month,” said UNCHR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.
“There are appalling conditions on these boats and a bit of ping pong, and real concerns about access to territory.”
Thousands of Rohingya have tried to escape atrocities by Buddhist extremists in Myanmar by risking their lives on dilapidated vessels. Since the conditions in the country remain the same, members of the persecuted minority will yet again attempt to flee violence.
According to the agency, around 31,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis left from the Bay of Bangal on boats since the beginning of the year; that’s almost 34 percent more people from the same period in 2014.
A total of 94,000 people are believed to have embarked on similar perilous journeys since 2014.
At least 1,100 more have reportedly drowned in the same time period.
The migrant crisis in Europe is undoubtedly one of the biggest humanitarian challenges of this decade.
As world leaders continue to work on a possible solution to the problem, it’s important that they do not leave out the refugees fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh since they too deserve to be rescued and saved.
... Morally, it is Australia’s neighbours to whom it owes its first duty of assistance. ... Catherine Renshaw [The Conversation – 9/9/15]
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will conduct the census in six districts – Khagrhachharhi, Bandarban, Rangamati, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, and Patuakhali.
“We’ll have to finish the work by March next year,” Project Director Alamgir Hossain told bdnews24.com about the first of its kind project.
The government claims thousands of unregistered Rohingyas are staying in Bangladesh apart from 30,000 registered Rohingyas, who are lodged at two refugee camps.
Thousands of people from Rohingya Muslim ethnic community fled to Bangladesh from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar over the years, mostly to avoid persecution. ... [BDNews24 - 12/9/15]
Brother of alleged rape victim claims he was urinated on by guards in Nauru [The Age – 9/9/15]
The ALP helped Abbott lock in offshore detention two months ago [ABC - 24/6/15]
Refugee Crisis: Fascist Australian political, media, religious and human rights establishment continue congratulating themselves for a PR stunt, as UK parliament debates immigration detention.
UNHCR still silent.
: freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things
: providing more than the amount that is needed or normal : abundant or ample
: showing kindness and concern for others
Australia did this. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is responsible. ----> This is a jail cell some of the female refugees were imprisoned for 30 hours and given only one bottle of water to share. ... [Refugees on Nauru - 5/3/15]
Dozens of MPs have called on the Government to introduce a time limit when detaining immigrants and start treating them more humanely.
At a Chambers debate on immigration detention yesterday, 25 cross-party MPs spoke up in favour of a major overhaul of the current system where detainees have been locked up for months - if not years.
Conservative Richard Fuller MP, who was responsible for sparking the debate along with fellow Tory David Burrowes and Labour’s Paul Blomfield, called for an urgent end to the detention of rape and torture victims.
He also pressed the Home Office to shut down Yarl’s Wood - an immigration removal centre recently labelled a ‘place of national concern’ by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.
“This is not just about the plight of the women in Yarl’s Wood and of others caught in the immigration detention system,” he said.
“It is not just about looking tough on immigration, because there is no inconsistency between being tough on immigration and having an effective policy. This is about the type of people we are. When it comes to Yarl’s Wood, it is time for the Minister to close it down.”
The Home Office does not have a maximum time limit for detaining immigrants, but denies it can be indefinite, though most immigrants have no idea how long they will be locked up for and there have been cases of refugees detained for three years.
One pregnant woman fleeing religious persecution in her country was kept in Yarl’s Wood for four months - even though Home Office guidelines state that pregnant women should only be detained in exceptional circumstances.
Blomfield stressed that this culture of 'indefinite detention' had to change: “Our central recommendation, as I say, is for a statutory limit on detention—not simply because it is more just and more humane, but because it would be less expensive and more effective in securing compliance.”
The MPs present in the debate unanimously agreed on this, but Immigration Minister James Brokenshire refused to state whether the Home Office would implement a limit.
He said the UK only detains immigrants as a last resort – contradicting evidence given by MPs showing otherwise, as well as the fact that 32,053 people were detained this year - an increase of 10 per cent.
It is a far cry compared to other European countries. In 2013, the UK detained 30,418 people while Germany detained 4,309 people, Belgium detained 6,285 and Sweden detained 2,893.
During that time period, Germany received four times as many asylum applications as the UK in that time.
Labour MP Andrew Smith pointed out these statistics, saying: “That shows that there are workable alternatives to detention.”
But Brokenshire said: “Our published policy makes clear that there is a presumption in favour of liberty and that detention should be used only as a last resort, but there will be some cases in which longer periods of detention may be appropriate.”
He agreed that “that more use should be made of alternatives to detention in the UK” adding: “I am considering carefully what further steps may be taken in that regard.”
But he refused to agree to a time limit, saying he would only comment after an ongoing Government review into detention has been finalised.
Natasha Walter, founder of Women for Refugee Women – a charity campaigning for the closure of immigration detention centres – said the minister’s response was “really disappointing but only what we expected.”
She said: “Obviously the minister wasn’t going to do a sudden turnaround in a backbencher’s debate but hopefully as he had to sit there and listen for more than three hours to criticism from the Conservatives as well as Labour, he’ll take that on board. So the next time he has to make a statement, he’ll say something different.
"I hope the wider movement now to look at what refugees are going through, and the growth of empathy to their situations, will help us to get more humanity for refugees in the asylum process here."
... My rotation was over and I was ready to go home.
When I was working I tried not to think too much about what was happening or what I was seeing. But when I returned home I needed a week to process what I had seen and heard.
I cried for nearly the whole week.
Seeing the men housed in Delta made me think of animals in a cage.
Delta was so overcrowded and there was not a lot of room for the men to move around or exercise. I was disturbed at having to speak to them through a wire fence with them holding onto the fence.
It did not seem right to me to speak to another human being through a fence. The words of the man in the group who wanted action not just words from me, stays with me to this day. ... Inside immigration detention on Manus Island — Part 3 - Green Left Weekly - 11/9/15]
Exposing US immigration detention injustices with Detention Watch Network [AUDIO - WORT 89.9 fm - 11/9/15]
Dutton transfers suspected drug trafficker to Christmas Island ahead of trial [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/9/15]:
... Immigration and law enforcement authorities have refused to explain why the man was taken to the island in the Indian Ocean shortly before he was due to appear at multiple court hearings in Melbourne.
The former Shiite Iraqi refugee, who has a lengthy criminal record in Australia and extensive connections in Melbourne's underworld, was on bail and could face a committal hearing over his alleged involvement in a $6 million heroin and ecstasy importation ring.
The 31-year-old was taken into custody after Federal Police called in Australian Border Force officials. The Melbourne-based Magistrate hearing his case rejected a bid by the Australian Federal Police to have his bail revoked.
The man's defence solicitor had successfully argued he posed no risk of offending and should be released from remand so he could care for his wife and young child.
His family was reportedly distraught after he failed to return because the man had been subject to underworld threats. A close relative of the man was gunned down in an execution-style murder earlier this year.
There is no greater sorrow than the loss of one`s native land.
Vietnamese Boat People Monument, Brisbane
Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese boat people perished at sea on their journeys seeking freedom from 1975 - 1995.
In the hour of our greatest need - you were there
We thank you Australia
13 September 2015