Sudden death, Bundaberg
QPS Media [15/7/15]:
Police are investigating the sudden death of man in Branyan, Bundaberg this morning.
Around 7am the body of a man believed to be in his fifties was located near the intersection of the Isis Highway and Childers Road.
A crime scene has been established and investigations are ongoing.
There is no further information available at this stage.
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 Sydney man became so violent when his fiancee said she wanted to postpone their wedding that she stabbed him to save herself, her murder trial has heard. ... [Nine MSN - 15/7/15]
The mother of a four-year-old Melbourne girl, killed when she was thrown off the West Gate Bridge by her own father, has thanked emergency services for their efforts. ... [Nine MSN - 15/7/15]
Child whose remains were found in SA 'most likely murdered' [Nine MSN - 15/7/15]
Witness in extortion case says he was coerced and intimidated by police into giving a statement
A witness in a bikie extortion case says he was used by police and coerced into giving a statement against Bandidos members.
Bodybuilder Adam Dowling's 2013 police statement is key evidence in the case against four former Bandidos charged with involvement in an extortion ring targeting gym members.
Mr Dowling's statement alleges among other things that the gang's former West End president Anthony Toumpas pointed a gun at his chest and that money was demanded from him.
However Mr Dowling failed to answer a summons to testify in court last month and only appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday after he was arrested a day earlier.
He told the court he made his statement to protect himself from being arrested on steroid charges and that large parts of it were untrue.
"The taskforce that was set up to do this was manipulative ... I was coerced and intimidated," Mr Dowling said.
"It was very clear and evident that the taskforce at hand was relying on me personally to use me in a way against these alleged criminals.
"The past few years have been quite stressful for me personally, but the last 24 hours have been incredibly stressful as well.
"Because I've been in custody, I've been arrested, I've been treated like a criminal for no reason whatsoever."
Despite Mr Dowling's backflip Magistrate Anne Thacker ruled there was still sufficient evidence to commit Toumpas and co-accused Milan Kalanj and Joshua Vosuqa to stand trial on extortion charges.
Toumpas pleaded not guilty while no plea was entered by Kalanj and Vosuqa.
Two other former gang members, Brett Pechey and Emmanuel Janouris, are also before the court facing committal proceedings over other alleged extortions.
Those proceedings are continuing.
Motorists trapped in cul-de-sac, tasered and capsicum sprayed during class and race based policing incident, Logan
Police have used capsicum spray and a Taser to subdue two motorists during a traffic intercept south of Brisbane.
Four people were arrested after the incident, which began when two motorists confronted officers after their vehicle had been intercepted in a cul-de-sac at Loganlea on Wednesday.
Another man and a woman then became involved, and officers tasered one motorist and used capsicum spray on another, a police spokesman said.
Newly released video shows California police fatally shoot unarmed man [Gawker - 15/7/15]
Fatal Accident on the Tweed Valley Way
A woman has died after a head on accident at Tumbulgum this afternoon.
Ambulance were called to the Tweed Valley Way just before 3 after reports that one person was trapped in a head on collision between a station wagon and a light truck..
The driver of the light truck was treated for minor injuries at the scene and later transported to Tweed Heads District Hospital.
The female driver of the station wagon died on scene.
A horrific bus crash on Kwinana Freeway that claimed a woman’s life yesterday happened on a stretch of road not protected by safety barriers installed on parts of the freeway after another head-on collision two years ago. ... [West Australian - 15/7/15]
New safety fears after big blaze guts gas bus [West Australian – 15/7/15]:
... There were three major fires on the OC500 LE buses in Perth between December 2012 and March 2013, taking the total to 14 in five years.
Those fires led to Perth’s entire fleet of 474 gas buses being taken off the road last year for modifications, after the State Government came to an agreement with maker Mercedes-Benz, rather than take the company to court. ...
Serious traffic crash, Cannon Hill
QPS Media [15/7/15]:
Police are investigating a serious traffic crash that occurred near the intersection of Richmond Road and Dorothea Street in Cannon Hill this evening.
Initial investigations suggest that around 6.30pm a motorcycle was travelling eastbound on Richmond Road when it was struck by a vehicle.
The male motorbike rider, aged in his twenties, was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact CrimeStoppers.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
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.
Man on the run after causing ute rollover, Nerang
Police are hunting a man who is alleged to have fled after causing a ute to roll on the Gold Coast this morning.
The man, believed to be aged in his late 20s, ran from the scene of the accident on Nerang-Broadbeach road.
Emergency services were called to the scene at the corner of Mount Street and Nerang-Broadbeach Rd just after 9.30am.
The man on the run is alleged to have caused a ute to roll and lose its load, causing major delays for motorists.
Elderly woman hit by golf buggy, Gold Coast
An elderly woman has been hit by a golf buggy on a road near a course on the Gold Coast.
The 85-year-old suffered a hip injury when she was struck on Gilston Road, at Nerang, on Wednesday morning.
She was taken to the Pindara Private Hospital in a stable condition, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said.
Kangaroo hit on M1 at Helensvale
A kangaroo has reportedly been hit by a car on the Pacific Motorway this morning.
Traffic crews rushed to the scene northbound on the M1 at Helensvale following reports an animal had been struck.
The kangaroo is believed to have been hit between exit 60 and 62 at Helensvale.
Motorists have been advised to proceed through
the area with caution.
Royal Commission receives over 13,000 allegations of abuse - half relate to faith-based institutions
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has so far referred 666 matters to police with a view to prosecuting the offenders.
The commission has received more than 13,000 allegations of sexual abuse with approximately half of those relating to faith-based institutions.
Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan gave an overview of the figures during an address to the 14th Assembly of the Uniting Church meeting in Perth this morning.
The speech marked the halfway point of the hearings which began two and a half years ago.
So far, the commission has completed 3,766 private sessions, and there are another 1,527 people waiting.
Justice McClellan said the people who told their stories in private sessions covered a broad spectrum of Australian society, but each of them has been "betrayed by a trusted adult" and for some "the lifelong consequences have been catastrophic".
"We have witnessed humour and ingenuity among survivors, but we have also seen profound sorrow, grief and pain that for many may never go away," he said.
Justice McClellan said for many victims, the best way to get justice would be through a national redress scheme, but that measure raised many complex questions, including who should be eligible, how a scheme should be funded, who should manage it, and what benefits it should provide.
The royal commission's recommendations on compensation for victims will be handed to the Federal Government in the coming weeks.
Justice McClellan said it was time to consider whether institutions should also face criminal charges for the abuse that went on in their facilities.
He noted that in both the United Kingdom and Canada, a law had been developed so institutions could be made liable for the "deliberate criminal act of a member of that institution, even when the institution itself has acted without negligence".
Currently, Australia does not have such laws.
After being granted an extension last year, the commission will now conclude at the end of 2017.
Banksters, political and media establishment pretend ALP isn't dedicated to privatisation and the dismantling universal health care in Queensland [Yahoo – 15/7/15]
State’s most vulnerable to be abandoned with launch of NDIS outsourcing [Minister for Disability Services Media Release – 14/7/15]
Gold Linq wants assurances the profits will be privatised and the losses socialised before committing to extending the Gold Coast Light Rail (They still haven't fixed the screeching noise pollution) [Brisbane Times - 15/7/15]
More than half of the governing left-wing SYRIZA party's central committee has signed a statement slamming the agreement Greece reached with its European creditors earlier this week, describing it as a coup against their nation by European leaders. ... [Ekathimerini.com - 15/7/15]
@ThePressProject [15/7/15]: Watch the Greek parliament vote on #greekment live on TPP. With live english interpretation.
Victorian government pays compensation to Carl Williams' daughter
West Australian [15/7/1]:
The teenage daughter of slain underworld figure Carl Williams will receive Victorian government compensation for his prison murder.
The gangland killer was beaten to death by fellow inmate Matthew Johnson with part of an exercise bike in their shared cell inside the maximum-security Barwon Prison near Geelong in April 2010.
The Victorian government says it accepts no liability in the case and the confidential settlement for Dhakota, 14, won't extend to her mother Roberta or grandfather George, who have dropped their claims against the government.
Premier Daniel Andrews says while he understands no one is particularly pleased about the settlement, government lawyers advised him that it was the best outcome for all involved.
"The daughter is getting significantly less than she sought," he told ABC Radio 774.
"And on a matter of principal, if you're going to penalise children because of what their parents did ... it does set a pretty damaging precedent for the future."
Dhakota was nine years old at the time of her father's death and the reported six-figure sum will be held in trust until she turns 18.
A Victorian Ombudsman's investigation found the murder, motivated by Williams' turning into a police informer, was a failure in the prison's duty of care to ensure his safety.
Man crushed to death aboard supply ship off Pilbara coast
WA Today [15/7/15]:
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the death of a man who was crushed aboard a supply vessel off the Pilbara coast in Western Australia's north.
A statement from the bureau said the man, 39, was believed to be attempting to secure cargo during bad weather early on Tuesday morning when a wave hit the Norwegian vessel Skandi Pacific, 166 kilometres off the coast .
"While attempting to shelter from the weather and secure cargo a wave came over the back deck of the vessel and shifted cargo.
"A crew member was attempting to secure cargo when he was crushed between a moving mini-container and a cargo skip.
"He was removed to the nearby drill platform to receive medical assistance but died of his injuries."
Evidence is being collected by the bureau for a draft investigation report for comment prior to the final report.
WA Police spokeswoman Barb Crane said the man was to be formally identified on Wednesday afternoon and a report would be prepared for the coroner.
New Montara Report highlights Australia’s six years of failure [Australian Lawyers Alliance – 15/7/15]
Mystery surrounds the death of thousands of fish which washed ashore on the banks of an east Tasmanian river, with scientists failing to pinpoint a cause. ... [Nine MSN - 15/7/15]
CuDeco silent about Cloncurry redundancies
North West Star [15/7/15]:
CuDeco has not confirmed local rumours that it laid off half the workforce from its Rocklands project this week while it struggles to find capital.
A North West industry source believed one shift of workers was made redundant – which amounted to about 30 workers.
Cloncurry Shire Council has received no official confirmation of redundancies but acting Mayor Jane McMillan said the news was “disappointing” if true.
Gold Coast based staff were at the Cloncurry site this week, and a meeting was held with employees on Tuesday afternoon.
A Western Australian miner applying for a job at Cudeco heard through a friend that the company made layoffs.
He was concerned because he was only interested in relocating to Cloncurry if guaranteed long-term employment.
“Certainly when a mate tells you this you do not want to pack up shop from WA for Cloncurry,” the miner said.
CuDeco was placed in a trading halt early this month after shareholders rejected the company’s bid to raise $50 million from Chinese supported Focus Sun Holdings.
The rejection means the company is struggling to find the capital it needs to operate at Rocklands.
'Auschwitz book-keeper' Groening sentenced to four years
A German court has convicted a 94-year-old former guard at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.
Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was sentenced to four years in prison.
He was responsible for counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners and had admitted "moral guilt".
His lawyers said he did not facilitate genocide, but prosecutors argued that he had helped the camp run smoothly.
Many observers have questioned whether Groening will ultimately be sent to jail, given his advanced age. He is expected to be one of the last Nazis to face a courtroom.
The trial was held in the northern German city of Lueneburg, hearing testimony from several people who had survived the death camp.
Oskar Groening described "orderly" scenes as trainloads of Jews were taken to the gas chambers
The case revolved around the question of whether people who had played a minor role in the Nazi-ordered genocide but had not actively killed any Jews could still be guilty of a crime.
Groening had publicly discussed his role at Auschwitz, making him unusual among former Nazis brought to trial. He said he was speaking out in order to silence those who deny the Holocaust took place.
"I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria," he told the BBC in the 2005 documentary Auschwitz: the Nazis and the "Final Solution".
"I was on the ramp when the selections [for the gas chambers] took place."
More than one million people, most of them European Jews, died between 1940 and 1945 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
A refugee with severe mental health issues received an "appalling" lack of treatment in immigration detention before being tasered outside Parliament House, where he'd gone to tell politicians he was a prophet.
Alidad Haqjoe, 27, has now been returned to Villawood immigration detention centre after being dragged through six months of protracted and confused criminal proceedings, only to have the case against him discharged due to his mental health. ... [Cnnberra Times - 15/7/15]
DASSAN advocates have sufficient info to suspect large transfer of approx 40 people to #Nauru #Manus imminent, including small children.
Reports coming in of Emergency Response Team members and dog squad onsite at Wickham Point detention centre right now. ...
"tweeted" by @DASSAN12 - Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network [15/7/15]
Jailed Nauru opposition MP has heart attack
A Nauru opposition MP Sprent Dabwido who has been in custody on the island following protests has been taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack.
The wife of a fellow remanded MP Squire Jeremiah was visiting the two MPs in prison this morning and saw a doctor arrive to check on Mr Dabwido who is in his early forties.
Christine Jeremiah says Mr Dabwido, who is a former president of Nauru, was taking medication for health problems while on remand and she says something like this was expected.
"I think about 11.40 am they took him to the hospital and I asked Squire and he said last night they took him to the hospital as well because he was having a breathing problem and when they came today to check on him again they said he had a minor heart attack."
The opposition MPs have been remanded in custody for nearly a month facing criminal charges after anti-government protests on the island.
They are among five suspended opposition MPs who are the focus of international attention amid concerns over alleged rights violations on the island.
Christine Jeremiah says family members are given one hour a week to visit the remanded MPs who are housed together in one cell.
Free the refugees!
Free Julian Assange!
UNHCR Canberra and anti refugee Murdoch Press continue pretending there is a "debate" when Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October last year:
@UNHCRCanberra [15/7/15]: Stories which put a face and a personality to the #asylumseeker debate in Australia. [Link to Daily Telegraph]
Guardian Australia peddles "good" refugee hipster cafe fantasy.
The United States has been obsessed with the movement of refugees in South East Asia (especially their attempts to reach Australia) for a long time.
Human rights are of scant consideration to the key players in this decade long humanitarian crisis - the priority is to render large numbers of desperate people invisible as they are enslaved, shunted into camps and detention centres, or deported back to danger.
Since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has officially declared it is "open for business" - but only to some.
The urgency to diminish regional sympathy (and following on from that, possible sanctions, along with a co-ordinated rescue and resettlement effort) for displaced and persecuted persons fleeing this miracle of rapacious, corporate-style democracy, is obvious.
Hence the more recent conflation of seeking asylum with "trafficking" and "people smuggling", and the media's blackout of any possibility that Australia has a responsibility to act.
ROHINGYA MOVED FROM ACEH TO MEDAN, AWAIT NEXT STEPS [22/12/09]:
... IOM staff told Consulate Medan that UNHCR had been in touch with them about giving status determinations to the Rohingya as early as December 21 but were holding off as per IOM's request. ...
BURMESE ROHINGYA UPDATE -- GOI WORKING WITHIN THE BALI PROCESS [28/7/09]
IRREGULAR MIGRANT FLOWS SURGING THROUGH INDONESIA [10/6/09]:
... According to Jim O'Callaghan, Regional Director for Southeast Asia Immigration at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the numbers of irregular migrants residing in Indonesia are an estimated 2000, the highest since around the year 2000 when Afghans and Iraqis streamed through Indonesia en route to Australia. With the calm sea sailing season of July to November imminent, he expects an even larger inflow later this year. There also has been an increase in Pakistanis, O'Callaghan told DepPol/C.
The migrants are generally treated well in Indonesia. [UNHCR's Francis] Teoh, in fact, asserted that that Indonesians are "almost too nice," not deporting irregular migrants who have no claim to protection status. A few return voluntarily but most will not.
Part of this is cultural, not wanting to force the migrants to return home and being very concerned about their human rights, but this is mostly because Indonesian Immigration has a zero budget to deport immigrants. Australia is funding all voluntary repatriations but will not fund deportations from Indonesia.
IOM Indonesia is taking care of many failed asylum seekers already rejected by UNHCR three times, a few for as long as seven years. Because of the surge in numbers and concern that this could be a pull factor, Indonesia recently began keeping migrants in immigration detention centers rather than letting them move about freely in community settings, IOM explained. Detentions centers are now overflowing, IOM said.
The GOI, meanwhile, has an icy relationship with UNHCR. Desra Percaya, Director for International Disarmament and Security at the Foreign Affairs Department, told DepPol/C that UNHCR does "nothing" to resettle refugees elsewhere, which is the cause of the problem. That is why the GOI is now keeping migrants under detention, to force UNHCR to resettle refugees. However, UNHCR explained that it is processing the refugees and resettling them as quickly as possible, limited by how quickly third countries are willing to take refugees.
UNHCR RECOMMENDS REFUGEE PROTECTION FOR ROHINGYAS; MORE ON SRI LANKANS [19/5/09]:
UNHCR has determined that 269 of the nearly 400 migrants who landed in Aceh in January and February 2009 are Rohingyas who came to Indonesia either directly from Burma or via Bangladesh (ref B). UNHCR has determined that they would face persecution if they are returned to Burma. UNHCR intends to grant them refugee status, Francis Teoh, UNHCR Head of Protection, told Labatt.
IOM is currently using USD 236,000 in Australian funding to care for the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, but most of this money will be used to repatriate the Bangaladeshis, Hamilton said.
IOM will soon need the USD 280,000 requested from PRM, as it has no other sources of funding at this time. Mission requests that PRM advise on the status of this request.
BURMESE REFUGEES PUT GOI IN TOUGH SPOT [1/5/06]:
... UNHCR suggested to us that a Burmese refugee would have a strong asylum claim given the on-going human rights abuses in Burma but they cannot process asylum claims for refugees that do not request it. UNHCR quietly approached the Indonesian government on April 28 for their concurrence to send an UNCHR team to interview the 77 Burmese as possible asylum cases. UNHCR expects the Indonesian government to provide an answer by May 2. Our contact was sensitive to Indonesia's desire to handle the case discreetly rather than be seen by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as commenting on the human rights condition in Burma. (Note: Although our UNHCR contact did not mention Papua, we note that given the GOI's vehement objection to Australia's decision to grant temporary visa's to Papuan asylum seekers, it is likely another reason the GOI will be hesitant to be seen as promoting asylum for the Burmese. End Note). ...
BALI PROCESS REINVIGORATED, SEEKS ANSWERS TO ROHINGYA CRISIS [17/4/09]:
... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.
Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis. This can be discussed without Burma.
Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."
Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh. IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...
Legislation for a dramatic change in Japan’s defense policy that could allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two was approved by a lower house panel on Wednesday, despite opposition from a majority of ordinary voters. ... [Japan Today - 15/7/15]
Trespassing, Shoalwater Bay [QPS Media - 15/7/15]
The Cat in the Hat released after hide & seek
with Talisman Sabre @ Shoalwater Bay ...
"tweeted" by @peaceconvergenc [15/7/15]
@peaceconvergenc [15/7/15]: Magistrate upholds confiscations. Nick loses his uncles prized camping equipment from Dunkirk.
Grannies speak of Quaker tradition as motivation for trespass
[Peace Convergence – 14/7/15]:
Quaker Grannies arrested yesterday for blockading a military training area gate appeared before a magistrate this morning after refusing bail and spending a night in the Rockhampton Police cells.
Yesterday the Grannies were arrested and detained by police after holding a tea party complete with flowers, tea and cake to create dialogue with soldiers participating in the joint U.S / Australia / Japan /NZ Talisman Sabre war exercises.
When asked to move by the police they politely stated their intention to stay. Eventually police reluctantly and politely arrested the grandmothers and moved them to the police van.
Each of the Grannies were fined $500, conviction not recorded.
The Grannies spent time ‘in negotiation’ with the soldiers.
“Negotiation is not currently part of the war rehearsals, so we are drawing attention to this missing element. It essential to achieve peace,” said Quaker Helen Bayes.
“The Quakers have a 335 year history of exercising democratic rights to create peace through dialogue.”
When asked about why they chose to break the law, Helen said “the democratic rights we have today are the result of the work of people of conscience pushing back from generations”.
Quakers ‘build trust and healing to stop war sowing the seeds of the next war. Peace can only be created through peaceful methods, not bombing and killing and making the other lose”.
Former WA Senator and Quaker Granny Jo Valentine said, “This is not a game, this is war. Our children are taught to grow up with militarism as the norm and see billions being wasted war making.”
The Grannies collectively have fourteen grandchildren.
Margaret Pestorius and Paul Christie also appeared in court this morning facing trespass.
They had been walking though the area for a couple of days as part of their “Peace Pilgrimage” before they were picked up by soldiers.
Paul received a fine of $500, conviction not recorded. Margaret’s conviction was recorded given her prior history of civil disobedience, with a fine of $750.
“Catholicism has a strong history of opposing injustice…Jesus was of course the greatest law breaker of all” said Margaret.
The Quaker Grannies and other faith-based groups
of activists have converged in Rockhampton to send a message of peace and
highlight the costs of the U.S / Australia military alliance and the Talisman
Sabre exercise for its military posturing in the face of rising tensions with
Could historic Iran nuclear deal transform the Middle East? [Democracy Now - 14/7/15]:
… AMY GOODMAN: I want to ask you about what’s going to happen in Congress right now, a battle royale. Now, President Obama has already, in his national address, said he will veto any rejection of this. And then it will go, of course, back to Congress to try to overturn his veto. But for those who say this is a terrorist nation, that it doesn’t stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb but simply delays it 10 or 15 years down the road, your response?
FLYNT LEVERETT [Professor of International Affairs, Penn State and former CIA analyst]: You know, I think, for people who say that, you know, I think they really—the burden of proof should be on them to prove that it is actually Iran’s intent to build nuclear weapons and that the kinds of—you know, even after this deal runs out, Iran is still going to be bound by the obligations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty not to build nuclear weapons. I went to work for the U.S. government in 1992 and have been hearing ever since, from Israeli intelligence agencies, from U.S. intelligence agencies, that Iran is three to five years away from being able to build a nuclear weapon. And every year we just push that—we just push that three- to five-year estimate further, further out. You know, I think at this point we really need to ask ourselves, is Iran—does Iran really have the intention to build a nuclear weapon? And I don’t think there is any evidence that they do.
AMY GOODMAN: And to those who say now, with the sanctions lifted, it will simply be able to give more support, for example, to Bashar al-Assad of Syria, talk about an issue you ended with yesterday in our conversation, which was your feeling that President Obama is selling this in the wrong way, that it should be talked overall about a shifting of U.S. policy in the Middle East. But begin with that issue of those who say this is a terrorist nation supporting terrorists, and now they’ll have more money to do that.
FLYNT LEVERETT: My wife and I have been arguing for years, both inside the U.S. government when we served there and in the years since we left government, that the United States, for its own interests, needs to come to terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Relying overly much on partnerships with Israel and Saudi Arabia is increasingly dysfunctional for the U.S. position in the region. It is breeding jihadi terrorism across the region. It is enabling open-ended Israeli occupation of Arab populations. All of that is ultimately bad for the United States. The only way the United States can recover from the many tragic mistakes it has made in this part of the world in recent years, and put itself on a more positive trajectory, is by coming to terms with Iran. Iran is a rising regional power. It is a legitimate political order for most Iranians who live inside their country. We need to come to terms with that reality.
AMY GOODMAN: There was a discussion in the media today, those who are saying Iran is involved with something like four wars, you know, against the United States. But, in fact, that is not exactly true, is it, Flynt Leverett? I mean, look at Iraq. The U.S. is not looking at—
FLYNT LEVERETT: Yeah, you know—
AMY GOODMAN: The U.S. is working on the side of Iran.
FLYNT LEVERETT: And you look at—that’s right. If you look at the constituencies that Iran supports in these various arenas, we may want to label them terrorists, but the reality is, these are unavoidable constituencies in their societies with real and legitimate grievances. And what Iran does more than anything else is to help these communities organize in various ways to press their grievances more effectively. That’s why Iran’s influence is rising.
If we want to be serious about conflict resolution in Syria, not about funding, working with the Saudis to fund jihadi militants that end up coalescing into either al-Qaeda or the Islamic State, if we want to get serious about conflict resolution in Syria, we need to be talking with and working in a serious way with Iran. If we want to get serious about conflict resolution in Iraq and dealing with the Islamic State in a serious and effective way, we need to stop just letting the Saudis and helping the Saudis fund the jihadi militants that create these groups, and we need to work with Iran to devise a regional strategy to contain that threat.
It is an extremely unpopular thing to say in the United States. My wife and I have paid various kinds of personal and professional prices for making this argument over the years. But the reality is, if the United States is going to have a more effective foreign policy in the Middle East—and, frankly, a more humane and constructive foreign policy in the Middle East—rapprochement with the Islamic Republic of Iran is essential to that end.
President al-Assad congratulates Khamenei and Rouhani on final nuclear deal, says it asserts Iran’s credibility [SANA - 14/7/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [14/7/15]:
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
Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Aleppo, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL towed artillery piece.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two airstrikes struck nine ISIL staging areas.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, attack, and fighter-attack aircraft conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:
-- Near Fallujah, six airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units destroying two ISIL excavators, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun position, an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike destroyed two ISIL vehicle bombs, an ISIL armored personnel carrier and an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Haditha, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units destroying an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL structure.
-- Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL mortar position and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Ramadi, five airstrikes destroyed an ISIL excavator, an ISIL vehicle bomb factory, an ISIL armored vehicle, an ISIL structure and four ISIL vehicle bombs.
-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying five ISIL buildings, two ISIL light machine guns, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Tal Afar, one airstrike had inconclusive results.
Saudi warplanes launch fresh raids across Yemen [Press TV - 14/7/15]
Obama, Saudi King discuss their bombing of Yemen [Naharnet - 14/7/15]
US/Saudi stooges recapture Aden airport [Al Jazeera - 14/7/15]
10,000 returning (and other) refugees arrive in Yemen since start of conflict in March [UNHCR Media Release - 14/7/15]:
... UNHCR Yemen Representative Johannes van der Klaauw said the agency had recorded some 10,500 new arrivals, a mix of returning refugees and those fleeing conflicts elsewhere in the region, to Yemen since the start of the conflict on March 26, but said thousands had also fled the country.
The number of internally displaced Yemenis has increased four-fold since the conflict began, with 1,267,590 Yemenis now displaced within their own country. The largest concentrations are of internally displaced people (IDPs) are in Hajjah (298,788); Al Dhale (227,414); and Aden (184,100).
Hundreds of refugee bodies wash up on Libyan shore [Migrant Report – 14/7/15]
US Defense Secretary to visit Israel [Naharnet - 14/7/15]
Palestinian bystander shot by Israeli forces in Shufat loses eye [Maan - 14/7/15]
Afghanistan: University lecturer, policeman gunned down in Zabul [Khaama - 15/7/15]
Drone strike kills 28 in Nangarhar [Khaama - 15/7/15]
Father, son killed in landmine explosion in Maidan Wardak [Khaama - 15/7/15]
What is the UN's role in Afghanistan? Soften the blow and/or enable US imperialism? [Media Release - 14/7/15]
French terror squads march in Bastille Day parade [France 24 - 14/7/15]
3 shot, including police officer, in St. Louis [USA Today - 14/7/15]
Aurora Theatre massacre trial, the latest from Day 49 [Denver Post -14/7/15]
"Their only way out is by boat."
Yet Australia's anti refugee media persist in labelling these mass movements of people fleeing war and neocolonialism (the only way they can) as a "migrant crisis", while deliberately blacking out the latest genocide unfolding on Australia's doorstep, and its connection to international events.
ABC's Fran Kelly follows up on Murdoch Press ridicule of Senator Hanson-Young's trip to the Mediterannean [AUDIO - ABC - 15/7/15]
@moas_eu [14/7/15]: Dinner is served: Australian Senator @sarahinthesen8 and journalist @ianbirrell prepare food for our guests. ...
... The UNHCR acknowledged that the unregistered Rohingyas have “a valid claim to international protection” and were also “persons of concern” to the agency.
The government has thus far declined to grant the agency's request for “unrestricted access to the unregistered Rohingyas”.
The UN agency head in Dhaka stated that she had recently made a verbal request to the government seeking permission to provide assistance to the “most vulnerable of the undocumented Rohinyga population”. ... [Daily Star - 13/7/15]
Threats, attacks, jail: what's coming between us and the Rohingya story [IFEX - 19/6/15]
Australia's Border Force uses PNG Pacific Games to do PR for keeping refugees out with "Gumby" the sniffer dog
The National [15/7/15]:
Amid all of the excitement of the Pacific Games, border agencies have been ensuring that competitors, officials and tourists can enter the country without any problems.
PNG Customs has been using a drug detector dog on loan from the Australian Border Force.
Detector dog “Gumby” and his handler Australian Border Force officer Susan Vanzwan had spent the past two weeks in Port Moresby.
The team has been deployed to Jackson Airport, Post PNG’s international mail centre and air cargo facilities.
Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch and Customs Chief Commissioner Ray Paul visited Jackson Airport to thank the Customs team for supporting the Games.
“Engaging Gumby is very helpful during this time of the Pacific Games,” Pruaitch said.
Paul thanked the Australian Border Force for its support.
“The Australian Border Force is known for their world class dog teams,” he said.
This garbage has nothing to do with progressing debate. It is about mocking the victims, humiliating a minority of ignorant racists, cementing the Overton Window and maintaining the status quo. It crowds out actual journalism.
... The Cordell Jigsaw camera crew were in Alice Springs filming a documentary for ABC2 called 'Dumb, Drunk and Racist', which follows four Indian citizens as they visit locations around Australia to get an outsiders perspective on race issues. ... [ABC - 9/2/12]
WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN.
WE ARE STILL WATCHING.
WE ARE NOT VOTING ALP.
THOSE RESPONSIBLE WILL FACE JUSTICE.
G4S has told a Senate inquiry that the Department ignored its warnings and sent the dog squad in to control the escalating situation in the centre.
Twenty-three year old Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati died during the violence in February this year.
The security contractor says ordering local police to enter the compound marked a violent turning point.
"If there is a mob mentality that night, it was when that occurred," Chris Manning, G4S Australia's Managing Director of Immigration told senators.
He says G4S was against sending local PNG mobile police into the compound.
"We were overruled [by the Department]", Mr Manning says.
Managing director of the Manus Island detention centre agrees.
"I had some concerns, as we all did, that if we called in the police, what would happen," Kevin Pye says.
The Guardian Newspaper reported on the fact that the police dog squad was invited into the centre shortly after the incident occurred.
The Immigration Minister would not be drawn on the issue at the time, citing the eminent release of the Cornell Review into the incident.
Head of the Department of Immigration distanced himself from the decisions made on the island, saying it was ultimately the responsibility of security contractors and PNG authorities.
But Secretary Martin Bowles admitted in the Senate Inquiry that the Department did not have a comprehensive list of all subcontractors working in its centre. Nor did they ask for one from G4S.
"We do not... tell them how to run their business," Mr Bowles says.
Australians GIVE money and support to groups advocating for refugee rights.
THE ONGOING SILENCE OF THESE GROUPS STINKS OF A CONSPIRACY, AND WE DESERVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY AND AN EXPLANATION.
WE WILL NOT BE DISCIPLINED OR PATRONISED BY PRAGMATISTS OR ALP TROLLS.
WE WILL NOT SHUT UP.
AND WE WILL KEEP HIGHLIGHTING THE HYPOCRISY OF THOSE WHO PRETEND TO SPEAK FOR LIBERATION, WHILE USING REFUGEES FOR THEIR OWN AGENDAS.
LET THEM IN. LET THEM STAY. FREE THE REFUGEES!
Australia has not resettled UNHCR approved refugees since October 2014 [SBS - 10/7/15]:
The federal government has been blocking United Nations-approved refugees from its resettlement waiting list for the past nine months, according to a high level source.
The government instigated a pause on accepting new referrals from the UN's refugee agency from October last year, and which was due to be lifted on January 31, according to documents obtained by AAP under freedom of information laws.
But now a high level source familiar with the matter has told AAP the suspension actually remained in place until June 30 and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is still awaiting official confirmation that the decision's been reversed.
Former immigration minister Scott Morrison initiated the referral ban, which wasn't publicly revealed.
"While the decision has been communicated to UNHCR headquarters, the minister has asked expressly that it not be made public and as a result should be treated with appropriate sensitivity," an immigration department official wrote in an email when the pause was put in place.
Mr Morrison announced last November Australia would not take any more asylum seekers who had applied for resettlement through the UNHCR office in Indonesia after July 1, 2014.
At the time he said the processing ban didn't extend to UNHCR applicants in other countries.
According to a department talking points document, a pause on adding to the offshore humanitarian program waiting list was necessary because it was already under significant pressure with 75,000 unfinalised applications - including from 50,000 people with relatives in Australia seeking family reunions.
Recent violence in Iraq and Syria had led to high demand and there had also been an increase from Burmese and African applicants, the department said. Australia resettled a total of 13,750 refugees in 2014.
Comment is being sought from now Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the UNHCR.
Why have the Greens not highlighted Morrison's lie?
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he's "taking the sugar off the table" by shutting the door on all refugees registered with the United Nations in Indonesia.
Mr Morrison says Australia will no longer accept asylum seekers who apply for resettlement after July 1 through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Indonesia.
The minister has rejected claims the ban extends to UNHCR applicants in other countries.
"The government's announcement only applies to Indonesia," he said.
Nauru opposition MP quietly confident about passport case
The opposition MP Roland Kun is quietly confident about getting his passport back, with the Nauru courts due to hear his case next Monday.
Mr Kun is taking the government to court in an effort to get his passport back after it was cancelled nearly a month ago separating him from his young family living in New Zealand.
He is one of five suspended opposition MPs who are the focus of international attention amid concerns over alleged rights violations on the island.
He says after a court hearing yesterday the government has been given until Friday to respond to his submissions.
"I am feeling quietly confident, of course appreciating that the court is yet to decide, but in terms of the work that has been put into my case and the way we're advancing with the case, I'm feeling quietly confident."
Mr Kun says lawyers outside Nauru are helping him develop his case on a pro bono basis but visa costs prevent them from representing him in person.
The other three opposition MPs facing criminal charges after an anti government protest also appeared for mention yesterday and their case has been adjourned until the 17th of August.
Two of the MPs, who are in remand, are having their bail application heard again on Friday.
[Indonesian] Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi meets with Europe Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans over the possibility for Indonesian citizens to be freed from the obligation to get Schengen visas whenever they enter European countries.
This is viewed as a reciprocal gesture toward Indonesia’s recent policy that freed most residents of European countries from paying for visas on arrival. [Jakarta Post - 14/7/15]
Tank distribution underway in Solomons disaster zone
Water tanks are being trucked in to help thousands of people in the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal who are living downstream from a dangerously full mine tailings dam.
Heavy rains in recent weeks have filled the dam with its highly toxic sediment to bursting point and communities are potentially in danger if they draw water from waterways downstream.
The chairman of the Gold Ridge Community and Landowners Association Dick Douglas says all villages must have water tanks before water is pumped from the dam into the Metapona river.
"We have to install the tanks first and when all the tanks have been installed by all communities then we have to put the water-trucking into the tanks. So that they refill and fill up the tanks then we can discharge the water"
Mr Douglas says the community and landowners are only agreeing to the untreated discharge of water as an emergency measure and are still demanding a treatment plant be built.
Hong Kong student activists charged over anti-China protest
Channel News Asia [14/7/15]:
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and another prominent young pro-democracy activist were charged on Tuesday over an anti-China protest last year, in what they said was a witch hunt against political campaigners in the city.
Wong, 18, the teenage face of the city's pro-democracy movement, and Nathan Law, 22, leader of the major university student union, accused the authorities of rounding up activists after a contentious Beijing-backed reform package was vetoed last month.
The rejection of the government's bill was an unprecedented rebuke to Beijing and left the city politically polarised.
The charges against Wong and Law date back to a small peaceful protest in June last year, before large-scale pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.
They were among dozens who gathered outside Beijing's representative office in Hong Kong to oppose a "white paper" from China that asserted its control over the semi-autonomous city and a reproduction of the document was burned.
Wong emerged from a Hong Kong police station after more than three hours and said he had been charged with two counts of obstructing police officers. "It's political persecution ... It's mystifying that I am to be charged for being part of a legal protest," Wong said.
"If we're involved in a civil disobedience act and police try to arrest us, it is within our expectation. But while we just organised a peaceful rally, do not violate any law and principle, I don't know why they still need to arrest us," he added.
Scores of supporters arrived to support them, carrying yellow umbrellas, used to represent the pro-democracy movement in the city.
Wong is also facing a separate charge of criminal contempt of court for allegedly obstructing bailiffs during the clearance of the Occupy Mongkok site back in November.
Lawyer Michael Vidler, who represents Wong, questioned the delay in arresting and charging the student when his whereabouts were known to the authorities.
"It all gives rise to the suspicion that this is persecution rather than proper policing," he told AFP. "It may be in due course we will make an application that this is abuse of process."
Law was charged on one count of obstructing police officers and said it set a dangerous precedent. "I was quite shocked because they charged me with an event that happened last year. And that rally was very peaceful, with only 20-something people, and it is obviously a political move by the government," said Law, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.
"If we are charged because we burned the white paper, it means protesters can face more clampdowns in future when they oppose Hong Kong or central government policies," he added.
Police made no immediate comment.
Wong and Law will appear in court on Friday with two other activists - Raphael Wong and Albert Chan - who have already been charged for obstructing police officers at the June protest.
Headquarters of Ecuador's ruling party bombed
The headquarters of the ruling PAIS Alliance party in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, were damaged after a bombing late Monday night.
Police and firefighters responded to the scene at approximately 10:40 p.m Monday night. The bombing only resulted in damage to building, no people were injured. The bomb was strong enough to damage the concrete wall and sent debris into the adjacent street.
Police did not release details regarding possible motives or suspects.
Tensions in the South American country have been high since the government of Rafael Correa introduced two bills aimed at redistributing wealth and improving inequality in the country.
After weeks of often-violent protest, President Correa opted to temporarily withdraw the bills in order to hold a nationwide debate about the aims of the bills and the direction of the country.
The political opposition has largely rejected the president's calls for dialogue, choosing to engage in streets protest instead, some of which have turned violent.
Viviana Bonilla, the Ecuadorean national secretary for political management, responded to the bombing on her Twitter account, saying, “Through dialogue everything, through force nothing. We should all reject violence.”
Multiple race and class based police pursuits with chopper and dogs keep fascists busy and endanger lives [West Australian - 15/7/15]
Gold Coast's class and race based policing continues: Over the top, wasteful and dangerous response to suspected petty criminals
QPS Media [14/7/15]:
Police patrolling an Elanora shopping centre today were alerted to a suspicious male and female in a vehicle in the car park.
Whilst the officer waited for backup the vehicle left the centre and was seen by police travelling in the opposite direction along K P McGrath Drive.
By the time police turned around the vehicle was gone.
A motorist stopped police and advised them the vehicle had just crashed in Ironbark Street, Elanora.
Witnesses observed a male and female described as ‘a heavily tattooed male’ and a blonde female possibly in a blue dress.
The suspect couple were seen to decamp into yards on Ironbark Street and despite the efforts of local police, Dog Squad and PolAir they could not be located.
The vehicle has been reported stolen by the rental company it belongs too.
Various suspicious items possibly drug paraphenalia were located in the vehicle.
Further inquiries are being conducted to located the couple.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.
Refugee Rights Action Network WA [14/7/15]:
UPDATE: TICKET CANCELLED. While the injunction was not granted in court today the young man due to be deported to Kabul was told mere moments ago that his ticket has been cancelled. We expect this is due to the pressure put on Kabul regarding his imminent departure. Stay turned for further updates.
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!
No alternative says Premier LSE: Queensland government pilfers public servants' superannuation to pay Wall Street
Nine MSN [14/7/15]:
The Queensland government is set to liquidate billions of dollars set aside to pay public servants' long service and try to use their super funds to buy into the state’s electricity network.
Firefighters work to extinguish fire at VISY factory in Rocklea [ABC - 15/7/15]
Qunaba waste plant in Wide Bay deemed safe to reopen after fatal accident says Bundaberg council [ABC - 14/7/15]:
... Much energy is expended by the media on whether the Terms of Surrender will pass through Greek Parliament, and in particular on whether MPs like myself will toe the line and vote in favour of the relevant legislation. I do not think this is the most interesting of questions.
The crucial question is: Does the Greek economy stand any chance of recovery under these terms? This is the question that will preoccupy me during the Parliamentary sessions that follow in the next hours and days. The greatest worry is that even a complete surrender on our part would lead to a deepening of the never-ending crisis. ... On the Euro Summit’s Statement on Greece: First thoughts - Yanis Varoufakis - 14/7/15]
@vicentmontagud [14/7/15]: Esto es normal después de una guerra o un terremoto. Quienes piden + recortes deberían ver este hospital de Atenas.
Update, serious assault investigation, Aramac
QPS Media [15/7/15]:
The woman who was seriously injured during an incident in Aramac on Saturday night has died in hospital from her injuries.
Around 9:15pm on Saturday July 11, two men were involved in a physical altercation in front of the hotel on Gordon Street, Aramac.
A 55-year-old woman attempted to intervene and was seriously injured as a result.
The woman was transported to the Barcaldine Hospital with life threatening head injuries and subsequently flown to Townsville.
Police are appealing for anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Unlawful wounding, Aspley
QPS Media [15/7/15]:
Detectives have charged a 28-year-old man following an incident in Aspley overnight.
Police were called to a residence on Gympie Road in Aspley at around 1:55am following reports a man had been stabbed during an altercation.
Police located a 28-year-old man nearby and took him into custody a short time later.
An 18-year-old Aspley man was transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his leg.
A 28-year-old Aspley man has been charged with unlawful wounding and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.
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.
Body found in Brisbane River, police say
Police are working to identify a body that was discovered in the Brisbane River at Yeronga, in the city's south-west.
The grim discovery was reportedly made by a rower earlier this morning.
A 44-year-old man disappeared in the river on Saturday, while trying to retrieve a remote-controlled toy boat.
It is believed he got into difficulty in a strong current and was swept downstream.
Priest faces historical sex offence charge
Nine MSN [14/7/15]:
An elderly former Anglican priest and scout leader has been charged over child sex allegations dating back 60 years.
Police say the 83-year-old Wembley Downs man sexually assaulted three boys - two aged 10 and the other 16 - in separate incidents between 1954 and 1979 while he served as an Anglican priest in Ravensthorpe and as a scout leader at Wembley.
He has been charged with two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and one of committing indecent practices between males in a private place.
The man has been bailed to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on August 27.
Drugs charges, Mermaid Beach
QPS Media [14/7/15]:
Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit are continuing investigations into a large haul of drugs located in a Mermaid Beach unit overnight after police responded to a disturbance.
It will be alleged that when police arrived at 9.15pm, they searched the Gold Coast Highway apartment and discovered drugs, cash, ammunition and more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets.
A 21-year-old Broadbeach Waters man was due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today charged with possessing dangerous drugs and possessing a pipe.
A 23-year-old Hollywell man and a 22-year-old Bundall man are scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on July 28 charged with possessing dangerous drugs and possessing a pipe.
Armed robbery, Parkinson and other offences
QPS Media [14/7/15]:
Police are investigating the armed robbery of a business at Parkinson early this morning along with a number of other offences believed linked in the area.
Around 5.15am a man entered an Algester Road bakery armed with a knife and demanded money from a female attendant at the counter.
A second man armed with a piece of wood then entered the store and smashed a glass front on a fridge before moving to the rear of the business and smashing a pot off a bench whilst also demanding money from three other staff members.
The man then took a bag of money from a bench.
At this time one of the workers armed himself with a stick and charged the offender causing him to run back to the front of the shop.
The two men attempted to take a cash register but dropped it before running outside to a waiting car.
The first man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 170cm tall and had his face obscured by cloth
The second man is described as having a dark complexion, 190cm tall and was wearing black clothing and gloves.
No one was physically injured during the incident.
Detectives are also investigating a number of other incidents in the vicinity early today.
Around 4.30am a grocery store on Beenleigh Road at Runcorn was broken into after a window was smashed. Entry was gained and a cash register was stolen.
A break and enter of a bottle shop at Oxley Road, Graceville also occured around 4.30am, where a glass door was smashed allowing access to the business. The premises was entered and a quantity of alcohol was stolen before the offenders drove away in two cars.
Images have been released of four people who may be able to assist with their inquiries into this incident.
Around 9am this morning a woman was sitting in a car at a Forest Lake Boulevard carpark at Forest Lake when a man opened her passenger door took her bag from the passenger seat.
It is believed that two stolen vehicles are involved in these incidents which were also involved in petrol drive-offs overnight at Carseldine and Oxley.
The first is a red Holden Calais bearing Queensland registration 545MAN, which was stolen following a burglary at Victoria Avenue Woody Point on July 12.
The second is a grey jeep bearing Queensland registration 901TOR which was stolen from Nandina Court at Upper Coomera overnight on July 12 to 13.
Traffic crash, Hamilton
QPS Media [14/7/15]:
Police investigating a single vehicle traffic crash at Hamilton this morning are appealing for witnesses.
Initial information suggests around 6.45am a white utility travelling outbound along Kingsford-Smith Drive left the road and entered the Brisbane River.
A passerby entered the river to assist the sole occupant of the vehicle get to safety.
The driver, a 51-year-old man was treated at the scene and transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable condition.
Investigators are appealing for the man who assisted the driver and
anyone else who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800
Assault police charges, Toogoolawah
QPS Media [14/7/15]:
Police have charged a man after an incident in Toogoolawah last night, where a man threw an axe towards a police officer and threatened two other officers.
Police were attempting to locate a man at around 9.20pm last night, after reports of a possible assault and an animal cruelty incident.
Police arrived Cressbrook Street to find the man armed with an axe and a knife.
Police directed the man to put the weapons down. It will be alleged that the man pointed the axe at two male Senior Constables and threatened to harm them. It will be further alleged that the man threatened a female Senior Constable before throwing the axe at her.
The officers presented a service fire arm and a taser, and the man was taken into custody without incident.
The officers were not physically injured.
A 24-year-old Blackbutt man has been charged with three counts of serious assault police, one count of assault police whilst armed, two counts of going armed to cause fear, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor, and one count of injuring animals.
He is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.
Woman injured by ride-on mower on Sunshine Coast
Brisbane Times [14/7/15]:
A woman has been hospitalised after the ride-on mower she was driving rolled off a retaining wall at a Sunshine Coast hinterland property.
The woman, aged in her 40s, suffered multiple injuries in the accident on Tuesday morning.
She was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition.
15 July 2015