No more refugees are allowed in to Australia. History is over. ... Hoang's parents and brothers tried to escape Vietnam "a couple of times" and got caught on one attempt and jailed. Eventually they were successful and made the treacherous journey by boat to Thailand.
"They were at sea for nine days and nights with little food and a few people died on the journey," Hoang says.
"I don't think they knew where Australia was to be honest."
But the Hoang family ended up being settled in Australia in a hostel and Hoang was born here.
"They couldn't be more thankful to the government," Hoang says.
"Mum and Dad worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week sewing in their garage up until six years ago. They worked very hard for a long, long time. I guess that is where the real strong work ethic comes out in our business." ... [Canberra Times - 14/3/16]
Abetz endorses Albanese for Grayndler, and Greens candidate is a stooge [Canberra Times - 14/3/16]
... Considering we'd previously opted out our son from the program, I was appalled when he still attended the first class of the year. How vigilant must I be?
I'm not blaming the school. The fault lies in the contradictory policy of requiring parents to opt-out of a compulsorily offered class.
Since the school must obtain written permissions from all parents, it's unsurprising that errors occur.
Recent figures show that a massive 400,000 children should not be taking part in the program.
We reluctantly allowed our son to attend the course in Year 1, assuming it would be harmless enough.
Alison Courtice, of Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools, said RI "flew under radar" for many parents.
I was reassured by the state government Religious Instruction policy statement pledging to "respect the background and beliefs of all students" and not to promote "any particular set of beliefs in preference to another".
But soon after, my son came home singing songs about Jesus, and exclaimed how "amazing" it was that "God created the whole world".
So I visited the class and witnessed a Christian pastor brazenly promoting Anglican Christian beliefs.
The Queensland RI program fails to "respect background and beliefs of all students" because it fails to offer non-belief.
This is discriminatory. ... [Brisbane Times - 14/3/16]
A gay student at St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace has hit back at his school's decision to not join the Safe Schools Coalition.
The student, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted school principal Dr Michael Carroll with his own deeply personal story of bullying at the school but was met with a cold, short response.
Fairfax Media made multiple attempts to contact Dr Carroll but calls and emails were not responded to. ... [Brisbane Times - 14/3/16]
Court hears Mackay police officer raped
woman in police car
[Brisbane Times – 14/3/16]
A south-east Queensland constable has been suspended from duty after being accused of hacking into the police database to access confidential information.
The 30-year-old male officer from the Southern Region has been charged with 38 offences, including computer hacking and misuse, following an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
He will face Ipswich Magistrates Court on April 11. [Brisbane Times - 14/3/16]
A former Queensland drug squad detective fined $8000 for misusing the police service's computer system blew his career in "spectacular fashion", a magistrate says.
Peter Ashley Betts on Monday pleaded guilty to 51 charges of using a restricted computer without consent to benefit himself and others, while stationed at Surfers Paradise between July and October 2014.
The 50-year-old, who resigned from the service that year, was convicted and fined $8000 for the offending, which Magistrate Stuart Shearer described as a "persistent and repetitive" breach of the community's trust.
Betts' lawyer, Calvin Gnech, told the court his client had lapsed into drug use after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his experiences during the Palm Island riots in 2004. ... [Brisbane Times - 14/3/16]
Two women murdered, man and woman injured, Cairns [Brisbane Times – 14/3/16]
A jury has failed to reach a verdict for the second time over the alleged murder of a Gold Coast drug addict.
Shane Hansen and Dean Wills were on trial in Brisbane's Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to the 2001 murder of Darren John Britza, whose body was found buried in 2008.
After deliberating for more than two days, the jury told the court today they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict and the trial was dismissed.
It is the second time a jury has been unable to reach a verdict in relation to the charges against Wills, who stood trial for the same matter in early 2015. [Brisbane Times - 14/3/166]
Tiahleigh Palmer murder: Mother Cindy Palmer makes public appeal [Brisbane Times – 14/3/16]
A young man has been stabbed in the chest during a fight in Gladstone.
A 23-year-old man will appear in a Queensland court on Monday, charged with attacking another man of the same age during a fight on Sunday night.
Police say the men knew each other.
The victim was taken to the Gladstone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [Yahoo - 14/3/16]
Cyclist dies after being hit by ute, Eumundi-Noosa Road [Brisbane Times – 14/3/16]
Police are investigating a single vehicle motorcycle traffic crash at Burleigh Heads early this afternoon.
Initial investigations indicate around 12.20pm the motorcycle has left West Burleigh road before crashing into a sign and a wall.
The rider, a 37-year-old South Australian man, was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital with serious injuries.
The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating. ... [QPS Media - 13/3/16]
Highly variable but widespread coral bleaching has been found across the Great Barrier Reef, prompting authorities to upgrade the level of threat to the eco-system.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) said on Monday that surveys carried out by divers over the past fortnight found reefs around Lizard Island, north of Cairns, and further north were the worst impacted. ... [Yahoo - 14/3/16]
Police defuse pipe bomb which sparked emergent situation at Arundel [MYGC - 11/3/16]
Lebanon 'You Stink' protesters slow traffic on key highways [Daily Mail - 14/3/16]
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flooded the streets on Sunday in the biggest ever protests calling for President Dilma Rousseff's removal, reflecting rising popular anger that could encourage Congress to impeach the leftist leader.
The demonstrations were the latest in a wave of anti-government rallies that lost momentum late last year but have regained strength as a sweeping corruption investigation nears Rousseff's inner circle. ... [Reuters - 14/3/16]
Argentinian rights groups to seek US aid in quest for truth, justice [Buenos Aires Herald - 12/3/16]:
Human rights groups will take to the United States Embassy a request for Washington’s cooperation in investigations into crimes against humanity ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to the country on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the last military coup.
“We will file a request before the embassy as we want the US to declassify information regarding the era of state terror,” Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo head Estela Barnes de Carlotto explained to the Herald in an interview at the organization’s headquarters in Buenos Aires City.
“We want the US judiciary and the government to cooperate because we are investigating several baby-snatching cases with links to that country,” Barnes de Carlotto added.
Despite media reports indicating that Barnes de Carlotto will be meeting Obama when he arrives in Buenos Aires, the iconic human rights leader said that nothing has been arranged so far.
“I will not meet Obama. I will only meet him if he wants to greet us in a silent place and to give him our petition,” Barnes de Carlotto said, making it clear that any decision will be made between the group of organizations that have already met with President Mauricio Macri at the Olivos presidential residence last month.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday in the latest round of a constitutional row that has put the government on a collision course with the country's top court. ... [News 24 - 13/3/16]
Germany’s Green party for the first time won a state election outright, capturing the most votes in Baden-Wuerttemberg to lay claim to govern the southwestern region for another five years. ... [Bloomberg - 14/3/16]
Two former Nauru presidents have appealed to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum to begin early monitoring of the island's elections. ... [RNZI - 14/3/16]
Australia's underwriting of Nauru economy allows rule by fear, impunity: Former Secretary of Justice [RNZI - 14/3/16]
Papua New Guinea will soon be exporting fresh water from the Highlands via a 1,500km pipeline to Queensland, Australia, under an ambitious new plan approved by the O’Neill Government.
The National Executive Council (NEC) has approved K20 million for a feasibility study into the project, which will give the PNG Government a 25 per cent stake, with options for further equity participation.
NEC has also endorsed the incorporation of a company, Mt Giluwe Water Limited, to oversee the operation of the project in PNG.
The company will be a subsidiary of the State-owned Kumul Consolidated Holdings (formerly Independent Public Business Corporation).
Cabinet’s blessing formalises more than 16 years of data compilation, with the initial project designed by Australian company, Snowy Mountain Engineering Company (SMEC), and other industry experts.
MPA [Might & Power Australia Limited] is considering the same alignment for the abandoned PNG-Queensland gas pipeline for the water export project. ... [The National - 14/3/16]
Water and food shortages remain critical in parts of Papua New Guinea such as Western Province and Milne Bay Province amid a prolonged drought. ... [RNZI - 14/3/16]
PNG drought: Prime Minister Peter O'Neill rejects reports of widespread deaths [ABC – 3/3/16]
Pacific Free Trade deal bad for PNG: Maru [PNG Loop – 13/3/16]
A recently completed road sealing and pavement project funded by Australian AID along the Madang-Lae highway is already seeing major damage along several sections. ... [PNG Loop - 12/3/16]
Operations at Papua New Guinea's massive Ok Tedi copper mine remain suspended after the death of a worker on Thursday. ... [RNZI - 14/3/16]
A mine collapsed after heavy rains in northwest Pakistan, killing at least five workers and injuring 10 others, authorities said Sunday.
Rescuers pulled 26 miners to safety, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. ... [CNN - 13/3/16]
Pakistan rains leave 28 dead: officials [Gulf News - 13/3/16]
Māori have criticised the Treaty of Waitangi provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and don't believe it can protect their interests. ... [RNZI - 14/3/16]
Cuba has not yet made a request for membership of the International Monetary Fund, the fund's chief said on Sunday, adding such a request would be considered in accordance with its rules.
Christine Lagarde's comments came just days after the European Union and Cuba signed an agreement in Havana to establish normal relations, bringing the Communist-run island further into the international fold and paving the way for full economic cooperation with the 28-member bloc.
Cuba was one of the founding members of the IMF until it quit in 1964. ... [Reuters - 13/3/16]
Japan protests over alleged rape by US sailor on Okinawa [Japan Today - 14/3/16]
Paid agent of Swedish security services implicated in second disinformation campaign against Assange [The Indicter - 13/3/16]
A British man who suffered 73 injuries after being arrested by anti-terrorist police has called on the Metropolitan police commissioner to apologise for the actions of his men.
Babar Ahmad, 41, who won a court case against the Met and £60,000 in damages, says that during the “ferocious” assault in 2003 he thought he was going to die.
He was released a few days later after the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that there was no evidence of any terrorism offence.
But in 2004 he was imprisoned in the UK without trial for eight years following an extradition request from the Americans. In 2012 he was deported to face trial in Connecticut. ... [Guardian - 13/3/16]
National Police claim self defense after suspect dies while in custody of Densus 88 [Jakarta Globe - 13/3/16]
The Indonesian and U.S. navies will hold joint exercise called "Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training" (CARAT) 2016 in August this year.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian navy has conducted exercise in security operation in the sea border between Indonesia and Australia.
Chief of the maritime fleet Rear Admiral Darwanto said a countrys' strength in defense would determine the bargaining position facing other countries.
"Countries especially in this region have seen sea territory as important assets in the future that they have placed military development, navy development in particular a priority to protect their interests," he said.
Therefore, Indonesia, as the worlds largest archipelago, needs to continue efforts to strengthen its navy, he said. [ANTARA - 13/3/16]
@FreeWestPapua [14/3/16]: SOS call for the people of #WestPapua.
New church report alleges 'slow motion genocide' in West Papua [RNZI - 14/3/16]
An inquest examining the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in custody will resume in Perth with police evidence expected to be heard.
Ms Dhu, whose first name is not used for cultural reasons, died two days after being locked up at Western Australia's South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines totalling $3622, stemming from offences including assaulting an officer.
She died during her third visit in as many days to the Hedland Health Campus from staphylococcal septicaemia and pneumonia, following an infection in her fractured ribs that spread to her lungs.
A two-week inquest began late last year but fell behind schedule and will now resume on Monday. ... [Yahoo - 14/3/16]
Gaza refugee released from Arizona detention centre after 480 days [Electronic Intifada – 13/3/16]
Palestinian school children prepare to fly kites to show solidarity with the Japanese people, near the Japan-funded housing project in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sunday.
The event was organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to mark the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis in Japan. [Japan Today - 14/3/16]
Issue Ali Abunimah a visa to speak in Australia [PETITION - Friends of Palestine WA]:
... Mr Abunimah, a US citizen, was denied an Electronic Travel Authority by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection in January. After being denied a visitor visa, Mr Abunimah applied for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa on 13th February 2016, at the request of Immigration staff at the Australian High Commission in Ottawa. To date his visa has not been issued, despite his scheduled departure being less than one week away.
Mr Abunimah is a journalist and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, a nonprofit, independent online publication focusing on Palestine. He is the author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and The Battle for Justice in Palestine. Mr Abunimah has been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years and is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. ...
Death in Honduras – The coup, Hillary Clinton and the killing of Berta Cáceres [Media Lens - 10/3/16]
“They want to prohibit us from dreaming”: A 2014 interview with renowned Honduran activist Berta Cáceres [Jacobin - 8/3/16]:
... If you could say anything to the people or the government of the United States, what would it be?
Well, first that we have a lot of respect for the people of the United States. We know your story, your resistance, your rebellion, your support for the struggle of indigenous people, the struggle of black people for their rights. We know the struggle for peace, for the end of war, for the right US citizens have to housing. For many things.
But the government of the United States wants to be the first enemy of its own people and also all the peoples of the world. Because its big business is pillaging our peoples, starting wars, selling weapons. It’s the exploitation of immigrants.
The United States has a great responsibility for the violation of human rights in Honduras. They have financed and trained these repressive forces, not just right now, but for a long time. They have invaded this country. They have occupied it. They used us as a banana enclave, and still for mining enclaves.
Today as an enclave for multinationals, for the capitalist project on the subject of energy. The United States uses us as a laboratory for the invasion of brother and sister peoples. And they have the cynicism to say that what we do is terrorism. The government of the United States is terrorist, because massacring entire villages — boys, girls, women — that’s terrorism.
Djuki dancers got a message for ya #letthemstay #womad
Image: @kellyymackenzie [13/3/16]
@rowly_emmett [13/3/16]: As sovereign people of this country we say #letthemstay #womadelaide ...
Indonesian officials say Australia should resume fulfilling its obligations as a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention [Jakarta Post - 14/3/16]:
Citing the financial and supervisory burden, Indonesia aims to persuade Australia to let in more refugees who intend to enter Australia but are currently stranded in many parts of Indonesia.
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s director general of immigration, Ronny F. Sompie, told recently that his office was currently too short of funds and human resources to fully manage the asylum seekers and refugees.
“We hope Australia will consider increasing its take of the refugees, although we know they will apply a very selective process before accepting them,” said the former Bali Police chief, who assumed the immigration job in August last year.
He said the country’s 13 immigrant detention centers were already experiencing extreme overcapacity, as the number of "illegal" migrants had soared more than fivefold over the past seven years.
According to UN refugee agency UNHCR, 5,277 refugees and 7,911 asylum seekers reside in Indonesia as of June last year.
An asylum seeker is someone who says he or she is a refugee, but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated.
Only those with refugee status from the UNHCR can be resettled to third countries.
However, resettlement is an extremely lengthy and open-ended process.
According to UNHCR figures, only 372 refugees residing in Indonesia have been resettled as of August last year.
Ronny said he would extend his appeal to relevant ministers attending the upcoming Bali Process — an international event on people-smuggling and related transnational crime.
The event will be held on March 22 and 23, cochaired by Indonesia and Australia.
“We have to temporarily take care of them. It’s actually not only our responsibility, but also that of other countries and institutions, including the Australian government and the UNHCR,” Ronny said, adding that all costs during the stay were covered by the Indonesian government, the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration.
Although Ronny had yet to accept an invitation by his Australian counterpart to visit Australia, he expected to forge better relations with all stakeholders with regard to the handling of asylum seekers and refugees.
Ronny stressed that Indonesia needed a stronger partnership with Australia on information technology to handle the asylum seekers and should jointly monitor and conduct profile checks in an attempt to prevent terrorism and human trafficking.
“We know that such refugees are vulnerable to human trafficking by certain parties who want to profit from their suffering,” he said.
Meutya Hafid, the deputy chairman of House of Representatives’ Commission I, which oversees defense and foreign affairs, said Indonesia should not walk alone in handling the asylum seekers.
Prospective destination countries of the refugees should also chip in to find a solution that would not be a burden to Indonesia, she said.
“Australia, as a country that recognizes human rights, should be willing to open the door for the refugees,” said the Golkar Party politician.
Meutya expressed her hope that during the Bali Process, Indonesia could get the Australian government to accept more refugees.
“The refugees mostly come from conflict areas. They need a safe place to live. Therefore, Australia should consider the human rights aspect of this matter,” she said.
Imprisoned by the LNP and ALP. FREE THEM ALL! Men, women AND children ---> ... DAY OF ACTION in Canberra on Wednesday 16th March begins with a cavalcade of cars and buses driving to Parliament House at 8.30am to a rally in Parliament House grounds from 9am.
At the rally and at many meetings with parliamentarians throughout the day, grandmothers will put their case as clearly and vehemently as they can for justice and compassion.
We will seek to FREE THE CHILDREN.
GRANDMOTHERS WILL BE HEARD.
Policing the Desert: The IOM in Libya Beyond War and Peace [August 2015]
How many refugee boats did the Australian Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... Navy push back and/or abandon today? ----> @guardiacostiera [14/3/16]: #Egeo, acque antistanti Samos: motovedetta CP322 #GuardiaCostiera soccorre gommone con 15 #migranti (tra cui 4 donne e 5 minori)
@guardiacostiera [13/3/16] #Egeo, continuano i soccorsi: la motovedetta CP322 #GuardiaCostiera, nelle acque di Samos, salva 78 migranti,tra cui bambini e donne incinte
@PROACTIVA_SERV [13/3/16]: Madre e hija hacinadas en bote se juegan la vida #Egeo. Para la #UE NO es noticia,para nosotros es lo más importante
@guardiacostiera [13/3/16]: #Egeo, acque antistanti isola di Kos: motovedetta CP292 #GuardiaCostiera soccorre un gommone in balia del mare e salva 19 #migranti
@sakirkhader [12/3/16]: Syrian girl: Treating people disrespectfully for being born on the other side of the planet is called: Racism.
Amnesty says EU-Turkey migrant plan is morally, legally flawed [Ekathimerini – 13/3/16]
... Greek authorities handed out leaflets in Idomeni on Saturday informing people that the main route to northern Europe was shut.
The pamphlets urged them to move to buildings and hospitality centers across Greece that have been set aside for the purpose, according to a government official from the country's refugee crisis management coordination body. ... [Reuters - 13/3/16]
Turkey's coastguard intercepted dozens of migrants at sea on Saturday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Turkey's efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union.
Reuters reported that a group of 51 people from ten different countries including Cuba, South Africa, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iran were taken to a repatriation center after being ushered to safety, the Turkish coastguard said. ... [TOLONews - 13/3/16]
What has happened to these people?
Where Are They?
.... Meanwhile, 670 "illegal" migrants were captured while trying to cross the Aegean illegally on Friday and Saturday, the Turkish General Staff said in a separate statement released on Sunday.
Accordingly, more than half of those refugees were captured off the coast of Dikili, where the distance between Turkish mainland and Greek island of Lesbos is some 16 kilometers.
Turkey's official broadcaster Anadolu Agency reported that more than 112,000 illegal migrants alone were captured in western province of Çanakkale in the last 14 months with the combined efforts of coast guard, police and gendarmarie units. [Daily Sabah - 13/3/16]
"Everywhere is Trouble" An update on the situation of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [March 2016]:
... BROUK [Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK] and Fortify Rights note with concern the disappearance of hundreds of Rohingya refugees from the camps in Aceh.
When Fortify Rights first visited Rohingya refugees in Aceh less than two weeks after fishers rescued them from boats abandoned by human traffickers in May 2015, more than 1,000 Rohingya men, women and children were living in several makeshift camps.
BROUK and Fortify Rights noted that there are now only 300 Rohingya refugees in the camps in Aceh. ...
Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh are progressively being deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]
Some 100 refugees from Bangladesh being accommodated at Blang Mangat immigration office in Lhokseumawe city, Aceh province, have been repatriated, according to local immigration spokesman Albert Djalius.
"We hope that all the Bangladeshi refugees can be repatriated in mid-August 2015," Djalius stated here on Wednesday.
He remarked that some 100 refugees who were stranded in Aceh in early May, this year, had complete immigration documents, and therefore, they were flown back to their country of origin from Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.
However, he noted that 71 other refugees are still being accommodated in shelters, awaiting a clear demographic data from the Embassy of Bangladesh to Indonesia in Jakarta.
According to Djalius, the repatriation was managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has been making all the necessary arrangements for providing accommodations.
Gunmen from al Qaeda's North African branch killed 16 people, including four Europeans, at a beach resort town in Ivory Coast on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks that have confirmed the Islamists' growing reach in West Africa.
Six shooters targeted hotels on a beach at Grand Bassam, a weekend retreat popular with westerners about 40 km (25 miles) east of the commercial capital Abidjan, before being killed in clashes with Ivorian security forces, the government said. ... [Reuters - 13/3/16]
Second car bomb in a month kills 34 in Turkish capital Ankara [Reuters - 13/3/16]
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara released a statement Sunday regarding a warning - which was published on its website on Friday- about a possible plot to attack a part of central Ankara and said the information was received from Turkish authorities.
Responding to speculations circulated on Turkish media that the embassy might have had the information before the attack, the statement said last week's warning was released after the embassy received intelligence from Turkish authorities about a possible attack. ... [Daily Sabah - 13/3/16]
Border attack feeds Tunisia fears of Libya jihadist spillover [Reuters - 13/3/16]
A new round of wide-ranging comments on his assorted wars in The Atlantic saw President Obama defending America’s involvement in the 2011 NATO-imposed regime change in Libya, saying he had a UN mandate and it only cost $1 billion, which “is very cheap.”
And while Obama conceded that Libya turned into a “mess” in the aftermath, he sought to shift blame for that onto Europe, particularly Britain and France, saying he had “more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.” ... [Antiwar.com - 10/3/16]
14 March 2016