Police took over an hour to respond to fatal domestic violence call: Queenland Court


Brisbane Times [15/9/15]:



Cairns police took more than an hour to respond to a domestic incident that turned out to be fatal, a Queensland court has heard.

The tragic circumstances surrounding the 2013 death of 39-year-old domestic violence victim Elsie May Robertson were outlined at a pre-inquest conference in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Counsel assisting the coroner Emily Cooper said officers found Ms Robertson's battered body at her Cairns home on the night of March 6, 2013, more than an hour after her concerned aunt called police.

"She was naked and face down on a mattress on the floor," Ms Cooper said.

"(Her) body showed signs of trauma, and there was dried blood on her face.

"Extensive efforts at resuscitation were attempted but were not successful."

Ms Robertson and her partner James Grannigan had been heard fighting in the bedroom until 8pm.

Ms Robertson's aunt Anne Conway, who shared the home, phoned police at 9pm after her niece failed to respond to her calls.

But it wasn't until 10.20pm that two constables arrived to find Ms Robertson's battered and bloodied body, Ms Cooper said.

A domestic violence order had been in place.

An internal police investigation found there was an "unreasonable delay" in the police response.

The operator who took the call and the two attending constables were given managerial guidance for breaching operational procedures.

But Ms Cooper said an inquest next month won't further examine the police response, but will instead try to pin down the cause and time of Ms Robertson's death.

Grannigan is serving an eight-year sentence for manslaughter but hasn't explained what happened, while an autopsy was inconclusive.

Coroner Terry Ryan has asked the police service to report on how its response policies have changed since Ms Robertson's death.

The three-day inquest is due to start on October 21 in Cairns.





NSW Police oficer charged over domestic assault [Nine MSN - 15/9/15]:

A NSW police sergeant attached to a specialist unit has been charged over alleged domestic assaults from 2006 and 2014.

The police officer was issued a future court attendance notice for common assault, intimidation, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The alleged incidents occurred on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

The officer is set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on October 27.





Goulburn Supermax death under investigation

Goulburn Post [15/9/15]:

An investigation is underway after a death at Goulburn Prison.

During a routine check of cells in the High Risk Management Correctional Centre, staff located a 23-year-old with critical injuries, at around 7.30am on Saturday.

The man was in single-cell accommodation at the time, a Corrective Services spokesperson confirmed.

Corrective Services Investigation Unit (CSIU) are investigating the death, believed to be non-suspicious.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

Meanwhile, Corrective Services NSW has praised staff who suppressed an incident at the Correctional Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Just before 4pm, six inmates returning to a yard began fighting with each other. One of the men produced a gaol-made weapon and began stabbing another with it.

Two officers in the area immediately intervened and broke up the fight, disarming the inmate. Additional staff attended and tear gas was used.

Five of the men involved were handcuffed and segregated. The sixth man suffered stab wounds and was taken to Goulburn Base Hospital. His injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

"Fortunately all our staff are well trained to deal with inmate unrest," Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran said.

"I congratulate the Goulburn officers whose response was nothing short of courageous."

An investigation into the incident is under way.

On Saturday, as a result of continued security and contraband crackdown, five mobile phones and a small quantity of drugs were located during an intelligence-based search of a cell.

Police were notified and the phone’s contents were to be analysed to determine appropriate charges.

Elderly Victorian man found dead and tied up on 90th birthday

Nine MSN [15/9/15]:

An elderly man has been found dead and tied up in his own home near Ballarat, in central Victoria, on his birthday.

Ken Handford had lived alone in his Springbank home after his wife died more than a decade ago.

A neighbour was visiting Mr Handford to wish him happy birthday when they made the grim discovery.

Police were called to the 90-year-old's home at 1.30pm today and found him tied up in his bedroom.

The homicide squad is investigating the death, and said Mr Handford was last seen alive in Ballarat on Sunday morning.

"Someone's been through the house and that's why we're treating it as suspicious," Detective Inspector Mick Hughes said.

"They may have been looking for valuables or money."

Anyone with information about Mr Handford's death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.





Grievous bodily harm charges, Rockhampton [QPS Media - 15/9/15]







Armed robbery, Nudgee [QPS Media - 15/9/15]







Twin Waters medical centre employee charged with fraud

Yahoo [15/9/15]:

A disgruntled Queensland medical centre employee who allegedly posed as a doctor and cancelled the clinic's phone and internet connections has been charged with 14 offences.

Police say a 56-year-old woman was involved in fraud at Ocean Drive Medical Centre at Twin Waters on The Sunshine Coast over a seven month period.

They allege she stole medical records in February and cancelled the clinic's phone and internet lines in March.

After being fired, she then tried to take mail from a post office box and access the centre's computers in July.

The woman could face more charges, police say.

She will face Noosa Magistrates Court on October 13.


Man killed in Welshpool factory accident

WA Today [15/9/15]:

A 58-year-old man has died after his arm was caught inside machinery at a Welshpool manufacturing plant on Tuesday morning.

Police and paramedics were called to the Klinger Australia factory on McDowell Street at about 9.40am.

A spokesman from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said firefighters assisted at the scene and a DFES chaplain was sent to support some of the man's coworkers.

WorkSafe confirmed the man was a process worker whose arm was trapped inside "a large industrial mixer". It's understood the business manufactures compression packings and gaskets.

Seven News reporter Grant Wynne told Radio 6PR that WorkSafe inspectors were being helped by officers from WA Police's Coronial Investigation Branch.

"He looks like he was a much-loved employee, there are lots of people very upset that we saw there," Mr Wynne said.







... The IVF treatment for the partner of an organiser from the CFMEU's Queensland branch was paid for, in part, by two building sub-contractors.

The organiser, Mick Myles, was stood down by the union as part of the fall-out, while then national president of the construction division of the CFMEU Dave Hanna, who played a central role in the scheme, was found guilty of "seriously inappropriate" conduct and resigned. ... [Brisbane Times - 15/9/15]




Tickets for a union fight night event that cost $4400 were claimed on a invoice for excavation work, a royal commission into trade union corruption has heard. ... [Yahoo - 15/9/15]



Teenage girl hit by ute and trapped in NSW Southern Highlands

Nine MSN [15/9/15]:

A 17-year-old has been airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a ute and trapped beneath it in NSW's Southern Highlands.

The girl was freed by emergency crews when they arrived to an education facility at Moss Vale just before 6pm, and she has been taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition, police say.

It's believed the girl and the driver, a 55-year-old man, were working on the ute when the driver moved it forward, hitting the girl.






Appeal for witnesses: Traffic crash, Nundah




QPS Media [15/9/15]:

Police are appealing for witnesses following a traffic crash that occurred on Sandgate Road at Nundah this morning.

Initial investigations suggest about 6.55am, a red sedan, possibly a red Holden Cruz, was travelling north on Sandgate Road and moved to turn right into Northgate Road.

The vehicle turned right into Northgate Road and collided with a bicycle that was travelling south on Sandgate Road in the bicycle lane.

The vehicle then failed to remain at the scene of the collision.

The male bicycle rider was taken to hospital for serious but not life-threatening facial injuries.

Police believe the vehicle involved would likely have damage to its front with a smashed headlight.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or might have information on the vehicle involved in the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Dead dolphins wash up on South East Queensland beaches

Yahoo [15/9/15]:

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on an otherwise healthy looking dolphin that washed up dead on the Gold Coast.

It is not known how long the animal had been dead when it came ashore at Broadbeach on Sunday without any scarring or visible injuries.

An autopsy will be carried out in coming days to determine whether it died from natural causes, Sea World director of marine sciences Trevor Long told AAP.

"It was slightly bloated, but it could be many things," he said of the bottlenose's cause of death.

He said the dead mammal was the latest in a string of dolphin strandings in the area.

A three-month pregnant female repeatedly stranded at Cape Moreton this month.

The 15-year-old suffered skin abrasions from rolling around on the shoreline.

That dolphin - now nicknamed "Sandy" - is in veterinary care, with handlers hoping to release the expectant mother once she has recovered and her pod is found.

They are also hoping test results from the US will shed light on why she washed ashore, Mr Long said.

A third dolphin with a fishing line embedded in its tail was found dead at The Spit last week.

"It probably had a slow death, unfortunately," Mr Long said.

"It was very thin, very emaciated and the line had cut very deeply into its tail."





Operation Naked King:  US secretly targeted Bolivia's Evo Morales in drug sting [Huffington Post - 15/9/15]




Speak out with Snowden, Assange and Manning outside the UN


teleSUR [14/9/15]:

The "Anything to say?” sculpture moved from Germany to the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday.

It is “a life size bronze sculpture, portraying three figures each one standing on a chair.

The fourth chair is empty because it is our chair,” according to the installation’s website.

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the website says, “had the courage to say no to the intrusion of global surveillance and to lies that lead to war. Both loved and hated, they chose to lose the comfort zone of their lives to tell the truth.”

Charles Glass, the author, journalist and broadcaster who inspired Davide Dormino’s artwork explains: “Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies. Chelsea Manning is serving 35 years in an American federal prison. Julian Assange has been confined in England for four years ... Edward Snowden is trapped in Moscow. We will honor their courage by erecting a monument, designed by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino.”

Glass continues, "Most statues in public spaces commemorate warriors. The Dormino statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war. Manning, Assange and Snowden accepted their loss of freedom. While you remain free, thank them by erecting this reminder that we can refuse to collaborate with unaccountable power.”



States have a sovereign right to secure their borders, and to determine conditions of entry and stay in their territories. But they also have an obligation to respect international human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law.

Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council [14/9/15]:


... It was the way he lay: asleep, terminal, so profoundly sad – as if by lying in supplication before the waves that killed him he was asking for a replay, with a different outcome this time; and his socks and little shoes told us he was ready to try life again. But his cheek on the soft sand whispered otherwise, it made us choke. Shamed and disgraced, the world wept before the body of this little boy.

These speeches, these sessions, these protests by so many of us here for a world more humane and more dignifying of the rights of all humans, all humans – what good are they, when this happens?

Not just once, not just to this tiny boy, Aylan Al Kurdi, but to so many across the world: the horror they experience, relayed daily to us through the news media, shreds our hopes for some mercy, some relief.


And so I implore decision-makers in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific – as well as Europe – to take swift action to establish effective and principled migration governance.

States have a sovereign right to secure their borders, and to determine conditions of entry and stay in their territories. But they also have an obligation to respect international human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law.

I welcome the President of the EU Commission's proposal last week to relocate a further 120,000 people in member states, and his statement that this is "a matter of humanity and dignity".

In Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and even – despite the long-standing xenophobia of tabloids and some politicians – the United Kingdom, ordinary people have volunteered, not only assistance, but also political support for the rights of migrants and refugees.

I urge European States to build on this surge of human feeling by putting in place an architecture of migration governance that is far more comprehensive, thoughtful, principled and effective.

We need expanded channels of regular migration and resettlement – two measures which would prevent deaths and cut smuggling.

Detention, particularly of children, and all forms of ill-treatment should cease, at borders and elsewhere.

… The Australian government has recently decided to resettle more refugees from Syria. Yet the Government continues to restrict independent monitoring of detention centres for asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Their access to medical care, independent legal counselling and journalists has also been curtailed.

One consequence is that the public is misinformed about the situation in immigration centres.






Voyage of the Damned: Australia to exile more Iranian and Rohingya refugees from Nauru to Cambodia for disappearance


Anadolu Agency [15/9/15]:

Cambodian officials are to assess a group of four refugees who “volunteered a few months ago” to be resettled in Cambodia as part of a landmark deal with Australia, the Interior Minister confirmed on Tuesday.

General Khieu Sopheak told Anadolu Agency that the three Iranians and one Rohingya Muslim -- presently detained on the South Pacific island of Nauru -- will be following in the footsteps of the first refugee volunteers once they have had their paperwork approved by the government.

“We have been informed that there are four again who are volunteering to come to Cambodia, and we are going to send officers to meet them directly on Nauru, but they have not departed yet. We are waiting to the end of this month, or beginning of next month,” he said Tuesday.

That delegation of officers does not have the power to approve the transfer, he said, but they would assess the volunteers and then deliver the necessary paperwork back to government officials in Cambodia.

Those officials - as was the case with the first intake of refugees -- will give the green light if it is deemed appropriate.

The first four refugees -- also three Iranians and one Rohingya -- have been living in a gated villa in southern Phnom Penh since their arrival in June.

Sopheak said the new arrivals would join them there once they arrive.

The Rohingya man from the first intake, however, has already made a formal request at the Myanmar Embassy to be sent back to Myanmar, where Rohingya people are not officially recognised.

Activists have claimed they are also routinely subject to harassment - suspected of being state sponsored - persecution and even murder.

Critics of the deal, which cost Australia A$55 million ($39 million) in aid and resettlement costs, say it is using Cambodia as a dumping ground, and that Cambodia does not respect the rights of refugees.

Last week, Sopheak was quoted in local media as saying that nearly 200 Montagnard asylum seekers who crossed in to Cambodia would have to leave within the next three months, or face forcible deportation.

In 2009, Cambodia deported 20 Muslim Uighur asylum seekers back to China at gunpoint.




Transfield's Diane Smith-Gander concerned for female CEOs while her organisation imprisons and tortures women refugees on Nauru [Brisbane Times - 15/9/15]



Still no word from UNHCR about Australia's "generous" Syrian Refugee PR stunt which deliberately dehumanises and invisibilises refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus, Nauru and onshore



Image: ‏@LaydeeAidee  [12/9/15]



The Catholic diocese of Toowoomba says it has the capacity to double its usual refugee intake, to help those fleeing the Syrian crisis. ... [ABC - 15/9/15]




Canberra 'well prepared' to accept handpicked, non muslim refugees who don't come by boat [Canberra Times - 15/9/15]




Sydney Morning Herald [15/9/15]:

Australian officials in the Middle East are preparing to process about 500 Syrian refugees a week for resettlement, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised troops in the region risking their lives to "stop the spread of a violent ideology".

World Vision chief executive Tim Costello on Tuesday said he hoped Mr Turnbull's philanthropic, humanitarian bent would prompt an increase in Australia's foreign aid budget and permanent refugee intake, as the Syrian crisis shows no signs of abating.

Australian officials are flying to the Middle East over the next fortnight to help process Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, after the government last week announced an emergency intake of 12,000 refugees.

About 40,000 new refugees flow into the camps each week.

It is understood Australia expects to process about 500 Syrian refugees a week. About 200 refugees have already been "triaged", or identified for urgent resettlement.

The refugees will be assessed in the camps or via video conference, and all will be interviewed by an Australian immigration official.

They will undergo health, character, identity and national security checks, and will be asked to provide biometric data, such as a facial recognition scan.

In his first question time as prime minister on Tuesday, Mr Turnbull said the government's successful border regime, which has stemmed the flow of asylum seekers arriving by boat, meant Australia could play its part in accepting refugees. <--- To precis Turnbull:   We stopped the boats.

The government last week announced an expansion of RAAF air strikes into Syria.

Mr Turnbull said Australia was no longer "a country far away from the problems of the world".

"As I speak today, members of the ADF are in the Middle East putting themselves in harm's way to stop the spread of a violent ideology," he said.

"The defence of Australia and its people is the single most important duty of this government and we remain focused on that mission now as we have always been."

He said Australia's pledge of $44 million in humanitarian assistance for people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria would support more than 240,000 people.

The Abbott government drew fire internationally after cutting more than $11 billion in foreign aid spending, despite coming to office promising to increase such spending in line with inflation.

Refugee advocates have vehemently opposed the government's policies of asylum-seeker boat turnbacks and offshore processing.

Mr Costello said on the questions of refugee policy and foreign aid, he was "much more hopeful about Malcolm Turnbull".  <--- What a crock of shit.

"Obviously he has made certain promises to keep conservatives in the party on board, and the most sacred touchstone for them is the [boat] turnbacks," Mr Costello said.

"[But] I think [Mr Turnbull] has a clear commitment to social compassion. He is philanthropic, he's humanitarian, I think that resonates with him."

Mr Costello did not expect changes to detention centres at Manus Island and Nauru, or boat turnbacks.





Is it any wonder? ---->   Nominations for Australian Human Rights Commission's Awards deadline extended for two weeks [Media Release - 14/9/15]




... The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers and the Rwandan genocide did not start with the slayings. It started with the dehumanization of a specific group of persons. ...

UN official welcomes proclamation of International Day to honour victims of genocide [Media Release [14/9/15]:


The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has welcomed the resolution adopted by the General Assembly last week proclaiming 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

“Remembering the events of the past and paying tribute to those who perished should strengthen our resolve to prevent such events from ever happening again,” Adama Dieng said in a press release issued today.

“We have a collective responsibility to prevent genocide – and by commemorating the victims of the crime of genocide, we can dignify them and show that we are not indifferent, that we care about what happened to them and will never forget them.”

Genocide is defined by the UN as a crime that is committed against members of a national, ethnic or religious group solely because they are members of that group. Genocide also entails there being intent to exterminate a particular group.

The 9th of December is the anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention. The International Day is intended to commemorate and honour the victims of the crime of genocide around the world, and to raise awareness of the Convention and its role in protecting populations from future genocides.

In adopting the resolution on Friday, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it, through appropriate and necessary means, and that fighting impunity for the crime of genocide is an important factor in its prevention.

“Genocide represents the very worst of humanity. No human being should experience such a terrible crime,” Mr. Dieng stated.


Refugees boat heading to Greece from Turkey sinks, 13 dead [Ahram - 15/9/15]:

At least 13 migrants including four children trying to reach Greece drowned Tuesday when their boat from Turkey sank in international waters, local media reported.

Turkish coastguards rescued 205 migrants from the wooden boat which set off from Turkish holiday resort town of Datca in the southwest for the Greek island of Kos, the private Dogan news agency said. The nationalities of the migrants are not yet known.

Rescue efforts were still continuing, according to the news agency.




Syrian refugee count down in Lebanon, near 2M in Turkey [Daily Star - 15/9/15]:

The numbers of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq fell in August, while the number in Turkey has risen to almost 2 million and asylum applications in Europe have leapt, the U.N. refugee agency said.

The Syrian refugee count in Turkey has jumped by more than 200,000 since June, having risen by just 14,000 in the previous three months, UNHCR spokeswoman Selin Unal said.

From Turkey, tens of thousands of refugees try to reach Europe by attempting the short sea crossing to Greece, though many have drowned on the way.

Unal said Turkish authorities were trying to stop people reaching Europe. Syrians who were found making their way through Turkey were stopped and registered as refugees.

However, she said it was impossible to say that the spike in refugee numbers in Turkey was due to people moving towards Europe. It could have been caused by Syrians who had been in Turkey for some time deciding to register as refugees.

In Lebanon, a recount of refugee numbers last month removed almost 60,000 from the tally of Syrians there, taking the total down to 1,113,941.

In Iraq, the decline in the numbers was small -- 3,747 left while 3,151 arrived during August -- leaving the population of Syrian refugees at 249,463. But any fall in refugee numbers is unusual because of the relentless outflow from Syria, where the war shows no sign of stopping after more than four years.

Unlike Lebanon and Jordan, which have effectively closed their borders to new Syrian refugees, Iraq is still open to those fleeing from ISIS or fighting between the government and opposing armed groups.

Many of those leaving Iraq told UNHCR they were returning to Syria because of the high cost of living and lack of jobs in Iraq's Kurdistan region, or for family reunions and improving conditions in their former home regions.

However, there had been a sharp increase in people saying they were heading to Turkey and onwards to other European countries, and UNHCR said people-smuggling had been frequently reported in all refugee locations in Iraq.

"Camp authorities have for instance reported the departure at Basirma camp of 30 head of households to Turkey, leaving wives and children behind," a UNHCR report said, adding that the smuggling route ran through the Balkans and ended in Germany.

A UNHCR mission to the Sarziri border post into Turkey reported that "illegal crossings by Syrians continue through the mountains, with numbers reaching an average of 10-15 individuals intercepted per week," the document said.

UNHCR data showed 428,735 Syrians applied for asylum in 37 European countries between the start of the war in early 2011 and August this year, an increase of 60,000 since July.



Egypt Tycoon 'in Talks to Buy Two Islands for Refugees' [Naharnet - 14/9/15]:

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who offered to buy a Mediterranean island to help hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing war, said Monday he was in talks to buy two private Greek islands.

The businessman announced earlier this month he was looking to buy an island which would "host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country."

More than 2,300 people have died at sea trying to reach Europe since January, many of them Syrians fleeing their country's four-and-a-half year conflict.

A statement from Sawiris' company on Monday said he had "identified two privately owned Greek islands that constitute a good opportunity for the project.

"We have corresponded with the owners and expressed our interest to go into negotiation with them," it said.

The tycoon said he had been approached by the U.N.'s refugee agency UNHCR to cooperate on the project, which he estimates would require $100 million (90 million euros) to get off the ground.

Sawiris is the chief executive of Orascom TMT, which operates mobile telephone networks in a number of Middle Eastern and African countries plus Korea, as well as underwater communications networks.

He also owns an Egyptian television channel.


Airport famed as site of Berlin airlift has a new role: refugee camp [LA Times – 14/9/15]





Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque for a third day [Al Jazeera - 15/9/15]





Jordan's King warns Temple Mount violence will affect Israel-Jordan ties [Haaretz - 14/9/15]




BBC Panorama Documentary:  The Train that Divides Jerusalem [July, 2015]





A Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed ten people in a suburb in Yemen's capital Monday, Reuters reported. Residents and medical sources told Reuters the airstrike that targeted a government building killed seven from the same family in the Waalan area in southern Sanaa. 

Saudi Arabia have intensified airstrikes on the capital since a missile launched by Houthi rebels killed 60 Gulf soldiers stationed in the Marib province in early September. 

International human rights groups have expressed concern over the high number of casualties in the Saudi air raids, which began in late March against Houthis and their allies when they overtook the government stronghold of Aden. [Albawaba - 14/9/15]




Afghanistan:  5 civilians, soldier dead as Taliban open fire at car [Pajwhok - 15/9/15]:








A number of unknown gunmen killed former Jihadi commander Nazim and his two sons in northern Sar-e-Pul province on Monday night, local security sources said.

The incident took place in the capital of Sar-e-Pul, the sources said. ... [TOLO News - 15/9/15]





Families on the run often surviving brutal attacks in Nigeria are now threatened with the lack of food, water and deadly epidemics in neighbouring Cameroon, where they have sought refuge, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the region said today.

"Many fled overnight, leaving all they had behind,” Toby Lanzer, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said after a week-long visit to Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the Far North region to assess the mounting humanitarian impact of the crisis in neighbouring northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.

“They now rely on humanitarian assistance and the scarce resources of host communities that were already on the brink before the crisis,” Mr. Lanzer said.

Grave concerns persist for some 20 million people in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Recurrent conflict, erratic weather patterns, epidemics and other shocks continue to weaken the resilience of households across a region still suffering chronic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.  ... [UN Media Release - 14/9/15]




Six dead in Nigeria school collapse [Ahram – 14/9/15]





Russia will keep offering military-technical help to Damascus in fight with IS — Putin [TASS - 15/9/15]





A Mississippi college professor was shot and killed in his campus office on Monday, and police said a fellow Delta State University teacher was "a person of interest" in the shooting.

Authorities said they were searching for geography and social science instructor Shannon Lamb in connection with the killing of Ethan Schmidt, an assistant professor of American history.

Lamb was also a suspect in the killing of a woman in Mississippi earlier on Monday, police said.

The shooting left students and staff at the Cleveland, Mississippi, school on edge for several hours as police locked down the campus and searched buildings following reports of active gunfire.  ... [Reuters - 14/9/15]




United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defence [14/9/15]:



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 four airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Dayr Ar Zawr, two airstrikes struck an ISIL crude oil collection point and destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Kobani, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Mar’a, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:

-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL trenches.

-- Near Beiji, four airstrikes struck one large and two small ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL buildings, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL ant-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL structure.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Haditha, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL motorcycle.

-- Near Kisik, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area and destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes destroyed two ISIL trenches, an ISIL bulldozer and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes destroyed four ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL armored personnel carrier and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, an airstrike struck an ISIL sniper firing position.

-- Near Tuz, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.








160 US troops arrive at Iraq’s Habbaniyah air base [Middle East Monitor - 14/9/15]




@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center  [15/9/15]:


Anbar: US forces accompanied by the tribal Hashd militia move in Khalidiya district.......


Baghdad: "A person was killed and 3 wounded as a roadside bomb attached to civil car exploded while passing through Nisoor Square today afternoon", a security source said ......



Activists post a message to the current government and politicians............................. [VIDEO]






Foreign Ministry: Syria calls on UN to condemn al-Hasaka explosions, combat terrorism [SANA - 14/9/15]





The Israeli authorities used Thursday night helicopters to transport 6 terrorists injured in Syria to receive treatment in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel Radio mentioned on Friday morning that a man in his 20s critically injured in Syria was transported by a helicopter belonging to the Israeli air force to Ziv Hospital in Safed to receive treatment.

Five other injured terrorists were carried on board an Israeli helicopter and taken to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, according to Israeli websites. ... [SANA - 4/9/15]








Third car bombing in Tripoli in less than a week: report [Libya Herald - 14/9/15]





The day borders came back to Europe [EU Observer – 14/9/15]



Hollande wants registration centres in Italy, Greece, Hungary [ANSA – 14/9/15]:



... French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that "instructions have already been given" to re-establish controls at the French border with Italy "if a situation identical to that of some weeks ago repeats itself," referring to thousands of migrants massed at Ventimiglia. France on that occasion mustered a large police operation to stop the migrants.

Alfano responded by saying that "closing the borders doesn't solve problems". Alfano said EU border agency Frontex should be tasked with deporting migrants whose asylum requests are denied.

 "In our opinion, Frontex should do the deportations," Alfano said on his way into the meeting of EU interior ministers.

"It should be Europe's responsibility and European money is needed to organise the repatriations". ...



Greek coast guard unable to find more survivors from Faramakonisi sinking [ekathimerini – 14/9/15]





EU forces to launch "anti-smugglers" operations but let babies and children drown in the Aegean [Keep Talking Greece - 14/9/15]




The two main candidates for the Greek premiership in this weekend's snap election on Monday questioned the EU's migration policy and said they would seek ways to amend the country's unpopular new economic bailout.

In a televised debate, leftist leader and former PM Alexis Tsipras said military action against people smugglers would not work in Greek waters.

"Operations of a military nature cannot be carried out in Greece's case, you will hit innocent refugees, not smugglers... the boats come without smugglers," Tsipras said. … [Yahoo – 14/9/15]




Australia.  Please activate your bullshit antennae and start resisting!


From Europe To Australia: Free the Refugees! [VIDEO - Rez Nez - 12/9/15]



... In all, Australia is engaged in a shameful, degrading and illegitimate method of determining the fates of asylum seekers. It cannot hold its head high in regards to one intake of refugees while many others languish in prisons of the government's making. ...


[The Age - 10/9/15]




13k new arrivals last week alone. Lebanon, 1/3 the size of Belgium, hosts 630k Syria refugees


Image: @UNHCRLebanon [23/7/13]



Australian hypocrisy undermines regional efforts to protect refugees [Refugee Council of Australia - 23/7/13]



1,272 individuals and organisations sign open letter to the Prime Minister re Australia’s Pacific Black Sites


Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites:



The open letter to the PM has now closed.

We thank each of the 1,272 individuals and organisations who participated in this campaign. Your support has meant a great deal to the people subjected to the routinised and systematic violence in Australia’s Pacific Black Sites.

RAPBS is planning several follow up steps to present your letter to the Prime Minister and initiate a national Out of Sight NOT Out of Mind campaign. Watch this site and our FaceBook page for updates.

We encourage those of you who were not able to sign the letter to contact your local MP as as well as the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister direct.

Thank you again for standing against the inhumane, cruel and degrading policy of offshore detention.

Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites [14/9/15]:

Statement issued by Reclaim the Night Castlemaine organising group:

On behalf of the community of 400 women who are members of Reclaim the Night Castlemaine online group.

We implore the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene and make special provisions for the family of Nazanin Bagheri to be brought from the immigration detention centre on Nauru, to Australia in order to support Nazanin while she receives specialist medical attention in an Australian hospital.

As your office will be aware Nazanin Bagheri was the victim of a brutal sexual assault and rape, on Nauru, by a group of up to three men, in May 2015. She was brought to Australia for specialist medical attention in August 2015.

Nazanin has suffered profound psychological, as well as physical trauma from this attack, and has reportedly attempted suicide twice in the months since it occurred.

Nazanin has been separated from her family for six weeks, since immediately after her second suicide attempt. Nazanin has never been away from her family before, they are a close loving and supportive family. This removal of immediate physical contact with her family has significantly compounded her already profound psychological trauma.

As Nazanin Bagheri is being detained by the Australian Department of Immigration, she is legally in the care of the Australian Government. The Australian Government have a duty of care to ensure that Nazanin is receiving the psychological and physical health care she requires, this includes the immediate love and support of her family.

Reclaim the Night is a worldwide movement which advocates against men’s violence toward women, including sexual assault and rape. Australian women have a 1 in 6 chance of experiencing sexual assault in their lifetime. These women, as citizens of Australia have access to best practice health care including high quality targeted treatment for the physical as well as psychological trauma which impacts victims of sexual assault and rape.

As women, and as Australian citizens, we are demanding that Nazanin Bagheri be reunited with her family in Australia, so that they may support her recovery after this traumatic sexual assault.


The membership of Reclaim The Night Castlemaine

Will Turnbull spend first weeks as PM explaining Syrian/Iraqi death on Manus Island? [Jeanie M Walker, National Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Australian Democrats – 15/9/15]:

“The Australian Democrats fear that Malcolm Turnbull may spend his first few weeks as Prime Minister explaining why an Iraqi asylum seeker was systematically beaten, tortured and allowed to die due to medical neglect on Manus Island Detention Centre” says Australian Democrats Federal Asylum Seeker Spokesperson Jeanie Walker.

“This man fled the Syrian/Iraqi conflict after working as a contractor for the Allied Forces and being persecuted for assisting our country, only to meet a worse fate at the hands of the Australian Government”.

31 year old Mohammad Albederee was beaten by more than 10 Australian Wilson Security guards in July last year inside the infamous Chauka Compound in Manus Island Detention Centre after he intervened in the guards beating his brother into unconsciousness.

His brother sustained injuries to his back, neck and shoulders and fled back to Iraq where he was subsequently shot by militia and fled to Turkey.

His brother has required at least 2 surgeries to his back for the injuries he sustained. The altercation was simply over the men asking to use the phone as there had been news of a tragedy in their family.

Mr. Albederee also had his finger broken in an earlier incident with previous G4S guards over wanting longer time on a phone call to family in Iraq.

Mohammad was beaten until he was unconscious and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder which resulted in nerve damage causing extreme pain and numbness in his hand. He also suffered kidney damage causing blood in his urine due to the severity of the assault. This has resulted in severe chronic pain for over a year.

Mohammad was supposed to be brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment in February 2015 by medical request, but this did not happen.

He was told by Wilson Security that he had a flight if he signed a form saying he would never make a complaint against the guards that beat him.

When he would not sign the papers he was told that he would never leave Manus Island alive.

Mohammad started a hunger strike on March 9th 2015 to protest against his lack of medical treatment for injuries caused by Wilson Security.

This has been highlighted in numerous national media stories and Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton has been contacted hundreds of times to intervene.

Minister Dutton’s office claimed he was ”eating and drinking now” which resulted in Mr. Albederee self harming his stomach with a razor blade to ”prove there is not food in there”.

Mr. Albederee is currently still in his room ( a shipping container) with infected stomach wounds.

“He was promised by Immigration officials and medical staff that if he broke the hunger strike that they would transfer him to an Australian Hospital, so he attempted to eat.

He has been unable to hold down any food or fluid for over 2 months (he vomits anything straight back up) and medical staff on Manus Island now believe he may have an infection in his stomach as it no longer works” says Ms Walker

”It is now over 160 days since he has been able to ingest any food and now he cannot take in any fluid either” says Ms Walker.

“Without proper medical care in an Australian hospital he has no chance whatsoever of survival – and even then his chances are slim due to the medical negligence and time wasted already”.

Australian Democrat Jeanie Walker contacted the Iraqi Embassy several months ago and issued an urgent request for them to intervene and save Mr. Albederee’s life.

“The Iraqi Embassy sought an urgent meeting with Immigration Minister Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Bishop which has still not been granted.

They have requested permission to bring Mr. Albederee to the mainland for treatment”

“The Iraqi government have been advised of the situation and requested an explanation as to what Australia is doing to assist Mohammad. They are concerned about the ramifications of Australia allowing him to die”

Ms Walker urges Prime Minister Turnbull to act with great haste to evacuate Mr. Albederee to an Australian hospital immediately before we have another coroner’s report to explain to the International community which are already condemning the deaths of Reza Berati and Hamid Kehazaei on Manus Island.




@drzarni [15/9/15]:   "#refugees" versus economic "#migrants': Western Governments, Experts & the media have devised an assessment method.



There are still refugee children in detention.



The last asylum seeker children being detained on Christmas Island have been moved to the mainland. [ABC - 21/12/14]



House of Representatives Hansard [14/9/15]:

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (16:07): … I present six petitions that have been approved by the House. There are three petitions from Dr Penny Vine from Albury and one each from Patrick Naughtin and Barbara Block from Beechworth and Susan Brunskill from Wooragee. The six petitions are signed by 514 concerned Australians.

At the heart of all of these petitions is overwhelming care and concern for those who cannot look after themselves. The petitions: express concern about the proven physical and psychological damage of indefinite and arbitrary detention of asylum seekers; call on the government to legislate time limits in detention; express concern about the plight of children in detention in Australian centres and Nauru; call on the government to stop the detention of refugee and asylum seeker children; express concern with the withdrawal of legal representation for asylum seekers who are subject to fast-tracking processes; and call on the government to reinstate the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme.

Refugees seek security and protection in Australia, not indefinite detention, not detention of children and not limited access to legal representation. We need an immigration system that reflects international law, is fair, and ensures people's health, safety and dignity is maintained. It gives me great pleasure to present these petitions.

Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.




UNHCR not answering calls from journalist re Australia's 12,000 Syrian refugee "resettlement" PR stunt [Nine MSN - 11/9/15]:


... A spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection told ninemsn that partner agencies will then refer cases for permanent settlement on to Australian officials for further assessment.

"Departmental staff and other agencies, such as ASIO, will then carry out Australia’s screening," confirmed the spokesman.

"Candidates for resettlement will be required to meet all criteria for a protection visa, including health, character and security checks."

The 12,000 Syrian refugees will be processed in the same way the government has handled refugees since World War II, the spokesman said.

ninemsn tried to contact UNHCR to enquire about their processes and selection criteria but the Canberra-based office did not return calls. ...



 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar


UNHCR urges region to establish search and rescue effort before next expected wave of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh [Media Release - 28/8/15]


969 activists take position on strategic hill passage in Maungdaw North [Burma Times – 14/9/15]:

Activists belonging to the 969 movement have taken over a strategic passage near Hanti para and Boli Bazar in Maungdaw North.

Many of those trying to reach Maungdaw town from the Rathedaung area have been robbed and sent back.

The first contact with the Buddhist nationalists lurking on the hill slopes were made by shepherd boys last Tuesday when they were assaulted and livestock seized.

Since then some Rohingyas passing though the hill pass which is the main route from Rathedaung to Maungdaw have been beaten up and assaulted.

The 969 activists are calling out insults to anyone in the distance and threatening to clear Arakan from the ‘Kalars’ and Bengalis.

There are fears that Buddhist nationalists are mobilising ahead of the Muslim religious festival of Eid ul Adha which will take place later this month.

As election looms, Myanmar trials target dissent [Reuters – 14/9/15]:

Every Tuesday, the moss-covered redbrick courthouse in Tharrawaddy erupts into activity for a weekly ritual: the mass trial of student protesters.

Under heavy guard at a session in late August, 81 students faced charges related to protests that were crushed by baton-wielding police in March.

They are among a growing number of people caught in a crackdown on dissent as Myanmar heads towards a historic election in November, when the military-backed ruling party will compete with the ascendant National League for Democracy (NLD) party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the first free national vote in 25 years.

The country will face a tense three months after the vote as elected politicians - and the still-powerful military - tussle over who will become president. Suu Kyi has called for international vigilance during this period.

"A smooth and tranquil transition is almost more important than a free and fair election," she said in a recent campaign stop.

Rights groups say the signs are not good, with Myanmar authorities increasingly bringing cases against students, land rights campaigners and other activists, who also complain of increased monitoring by the police's feared Special Branch.

It's a dramatic change from the mood when the military relinquished full power in 2011, which saw about 1,300 political prisoners released as part of reforms.

In early 2014, there were just 29 political prisoners, most involved with ethnic insurgencies, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a Yangon-based monitoring group.

Now, 108 people are imprisoned, and 460 are on trial, the AAPP says.

Myanmar is still a far cry from the days of military rule, when the junta jailed and tortured opponents at will, said Aung Thane, a prominent lawyer defending many of the latest detainees.

"Now that we have this constitution and a parliament, they don't act as carelessly as before," he said. "If they arrest you, they file charges to the court within 24 hours. They work within the law as much as they can. But the oppression is the same."

For rights groups, the crackdown conveys a simple message: the military still runs Myanmar's political transition and brooks limited dissent.

"The people arrested and detained are being used as examples to intimidate other students and activists out of protesting," Bo Kyi, a co-founder of AAPP, told Reuters.

The military and its allies still dominate politics.

President Thein Sein is a former general and most members of his ruling Union Solidarity and Democracy Party (USDP) are ex-military.

The military-drafted constitution gives the armed forces 25 percent of seats in parliament and the three ministries overseeing security, including the home affairs ministry, headed by Lieutenant General Ko Ko.

Home affairs, the most powerful bureaucratic tool for curbing dissent, controls the police, Special Branch and the General Administration Department (GAD), a superbody that runs unelected local governments.

Ko Ko did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment. Information Minister Ye Htut and Zaw Htay, a senior official at the president's office, declined interview requests.

Outside Tharrawaddy court, as a Special Branch officer photographed and recorded his interview with Reuters, student leader Nanda Sit Aung, 35, said he could face more than 30 years in prison.

He was arrested in Yangon by plainclothes Special Branch officers on March 27. "They didn't say who they were," he said. "They just told me: 'get in the car'."

Nanda Sit Aung said he was questioned all night over a cross-country student march the police broke up in Letpadan town, just north of Tharrawaddy.

Police officers from many townships have summoned him from his cell to face charges including illegal assembly and inciting people against the state. With every township the students marched through counting as at least one separate offence, Nanda Sit Aung said he faces a total of 68 charges.

At least 15 others face similar multiple counts of the same charge, said Bo Kyi of AAPP, enabling "authorities to prolong the sentences of those detained and exclude them from public life and activism in the lead up to the elections".

The march, by around 200 students, had set out from the central city of Mandalay bound for Yangon.

On Feb. 28, 11 days after they reached Letpadan, still about 130 km (80 miles) north of the former capital, Home Minister Ko Ko issued a public statement: the students shall march no further.

That prompted township authorities to draft an undated authorization for police to put down the protest, said Thiha, the township chief whose position comes under the GAD and who showed a copy of the authorization to Reuters.

On March 10, amid confrontation between protesters and police, local authorities signed the letter, Thiha said. Police charged and scores of students were beaten and arrested.

For Nanda Sit Aung, there was only one lesson to draw from the crackdown.

"Before, the government claimed they were reforming and they were releasing prisoners," he said. "But it seems now they're backsliding on democracy."




Woodside takes up more acreage in Myanmar with BG [Australian Financial Review – 23/3/15]



Oil Search rejects Woodside's advances [Australian Financial Review - 14/9/15]:

Oil Search has left the door open to consider rival offers for the company after flatly rejecting Woodside's $11.6 billion offer, which it says would dilute its shareholders interests in the company's growth prospects.

There was little doubt chairman Rick Lee was going to knock the opportunistic offer on the head, which was reflected in the less than 1 per cent fall in the company's share price.

There is still a modest takeover premium in the stock, which indicates investors have not given up on the idea of a successful bid. Woodside they are surprised hich they shouldn't be given the offer was only a 13 per cent premium. The target board's failure to engage did disappoint the Perth-based bidder though and the message is now clear. Oil Search will not talk until a more realistic offer is on the table.

Lee cancelled a meeting scheduled with his Woodside counterpart Michael Chaney on Sunday as the Oil Search board met formally for the first time to assess the offer.

What happens next is more interesting.

As you would expect, Lee is not giving much away about what he believes a fair price for the company would be but he says the target would go through a similar process if anyone else put something on the table.

The Woodside bid has put the spotlight on Oil Search's attraction as a takeover target and the growth potential of the PNG LNG and the Elk Antelope LNG development in Papua New Guinea.

While Oil Search's partners Exxon and Total are considered potential suitors, the other scenario is that Woodside's low-ball offer was the opening salvo in a protracted negotiating process which became public before the target was ready to respond.

Oil Search chief Peter Botten was travelling on Monday, leaving Lee to handle the analysts' call after the company formally announced it had rejected the "opportunistic" bid which "grossly undervalued" the company.

He talked up Oil Search's deep links with the local communities in PNG and the government, which owns a 10 per cent stake in the company, and was among the shareholders who told the board not to back the offer.

Lee says the offer undervalued the company on whatever basis you looked at the offer, including Oil Search's opinion of Woodside's value and assets. He also said there were little benefits in the potential synergies from a deal, besides the usual head office costs.

Asked about other bidders, Lee said: "If other people choose to make a proposal we will apply exactly the same test. Our primary obligation is to Oil Search shareholders. And we will be going through a similar process with anyone who puts something on the table we need to respond to."

Lee is playing down where the company sees itself now that it has fallen into the takeover spotlight and says there is nothing that has made it re-assess its priorities.



These bills were passed by the Senate yesterday [14/9/15]



Water Amendment Bill 2015

Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015

Civil Law and Justice (Omnibus Amendments) Bill 2015




Why are the Greens defacto campaigning for the ALP?




Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn? Chris Hedges [ICH/Truthdig - 14/9/15]




Female Genital Mutilation: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones


Labiaplasty and Female Genital Cutting: Not So Different:


Archive 2011-12 / News / No. 6, Vol. 58 (2012)

Renee Griffin

... On a western-centric website, body modification is described as being performed for “motivations (such) as sexual enhancement, a rite of passage, aesthetic reasons, denoting affiliation, trust and loyalty, religious or mystical affiliations, shock value, and self-expression”. Interestingly, these are the exact same reasons that certain body modifications such as the oft-criticised Female Genital Cutting (FGC, also referred to as Female Genital Mutilation) are performed in non-Western states.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the labia majora, usually with scissors or a scalpel. Despite the grim images such an operation is likely to conjure, it has been rising by over 100% each year in Australia and can often even be subject to Medicare rebates.

There is a belief that the proliferation of the ‘designer vagina’, or the vagina that 0.7% of the female population have, can partly be attributed to other types of vaginas being deemed too rude by the Australian Classification Board. According to their guidelines, “Realistic depictions may contain discreet genital detail but there should be no emphasis”. What this has been reported to mean in practicality, according to Brad Boxall, ex-editor of People Magazine, is that “they basically consider the labia majora too offensive for soft porn”.

Female Genital Cutting on the other hand describes a variety of procedures from the removal of some of the labia majora to a practise known as infibulation, which constitutes the total removal of much of the outer vagina, including the clitoris, with the organ sewed up with a 1 cm hole to allow urination and menstrual blood to flow. The reasoning behind the clitoridectomy is that a woman will be less likely to be unfaithful to her husband is she is unable to feel any sexual pleasure. It is also used to prove virginity and so maintain the economic value of a woman to her husband. On the wedding night the husband will have to rip open the sewed up vagina, to perform intercourse.

The justification for both labiaplasty and FGC is to increase their desirability. If all motivations are stripped to their rudimentary reasoning, female genital surgery in and out of the West both stem from an identical basis. ...




@KeeganNYC [14/9/15]:   Dozens of people jumped off the sidewalks & joined us in the streets as we marched down 42nd St for #JonathanFerrell




@KeeganNYC [14/9/15]:   Die-in for #JonathanFerrell in the position cops left him in for four hours as he bled to death from a chest wound.



Community marks two year anniversary of Jonathan Ferrell's death [TWC News - 14/9/15]



Woman left in Darwin prison van on hot day after guards forget about her



ABC [10/9/15]:



An internal inquiry is underway after a woman was left locked in a prison van on a hot Darwin day earlier this month and forgotten about by guards who transported her back to jail from court.

The ABC has been told the woman was left locked in the van alone for about half an hour late in the afternoon at the Holtze Prison on September 1, and was only discovered by chance, after other guards went to use the vehicle.

On that day the temperature in Darwin reached a high of 32 degrees Celsius.

"This incident is the subject of an internal investigation by the Professional Standards and Intelligence Unit," a Corrections spokesman said.

"NT Correctional Services will make no comment until the conclusion of that investigation," he said.

It is understood that the modified Ford Transit van holding the woman had some ventilation and was parked out of the sun when the prison officers let six other inmates out.

The woman was kept in a separate compartment to the men who were being taken to the prison from court, and was seemingly overlooked when the rest of the prisoners were taken from the van.

When she was found by guards the prisoner is not believed to have been in distress but was nonplussed that she had been forgotten.

The ABC has been told an afternoon headcount of prisoners is conducted at 3:00pm each day at the jail, so the woman's absence would probably have been realised by then if the other guards had not gone to use the van earlier.

Sources have told the ABC that in light of the incident, procedures for taking prisoners back to the new Holtze Prison would likely be tightened up and the guards and woman involved interviewed.

In 2008, a West Australian man who had been picked up for drink driving died after security guards left him in the back of a van in searing heat for four hours



15 September 2015