… All 7 and we'll watch them fall
They stand in the way of love and we will smoke them all
With an intellect and a savoir-faire
No one in the whole universe will ever compare …
'7', Prince 
The betrayal by the black elite with Chris Hedges and Professor Cornel West [VIDEO - Popular Resistance/teleSUR - 12/8/15]:
… HEDGES: Well, King becomes frozen in 1963 “I have a dream” speech. And you published a book of King’s–it’s Radical King.
WEST: The Radical King, anti-imperialist, anti-empire.
HEDGES: And a socialist. And I’m going to read just a little passage from that book that I loved, and it’s what your definition of an intellectual–and I said before we begin, I’d like to know which tenure committee in the American educational system is going to embrace this.
WEST: I’ve never given a damn about tenure, other than getting into a position to take care of my family. But if I’ve got to get tenure and can’t tell the truth, tenure can kiss my black behind. But go right ahead.
HEDGES: Well, it’s the vocation of the intellectual–this is Dr. West–is to let suffering speak, let victims be visible, and let social misery be put on the agenda of those in power, and second, that moral action is based on a broad, robust propheticism that highlights systemic social analysis of the circumstances under which tragic persons struggle. So talk about that, because we have seen such a corruption not just of the black intellectual class, but the white intellectual class. They have sold themselves to a neoliberal agenda which is promoted widely within academia. Many of these elite colleges and universities are virtually corporations themselves. Talk about that concept of the organic intellectual and what’s taking place.
WEST: Well, one is you have to keep track of what the prophetic intellectuals are up against: massive commodification, big money, big banks, big corporations trying to incorporate black voices, white voices, brown voices, intellectuals, academics to in many ways keep them distant from a prophetic tradition that will bring critique to bear not just in a narrow talk about discrimination, not just in a narrow talk about liberal reform, but of a highly financialized monopoly capitalist system which is global, in which, as we see in Greece, the big banks dictate and the poor people suffer.
AT&T helped NSA spy on array of internet traffic
New York Times [15/8/15]:
The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.
While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”
AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003 to 2013. AT&T has given the N.S.A. access, through several methods covered under different legal rules, to billions of emails as they have flowed across its domestic networks.
It provided technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations headquarters, a customer of AT&T.
Iran gives UN watchdog information about past nuclear activities [Reuters – 15/8/15]
A southeastern Indiana sheriff said a 43-year-old man was shot dead after charging at deputies in a "highly agitated manner" after being struck by a stun gun. ... [WLWT5 - 15/8/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [15/8/15]:
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 five airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Al Hasakah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL excavators, an ISIL heavy machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL bulldozer..
-- Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the government of Iraq:
-- Near Al Baghdadi, one airstrike destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Bayji, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Fallujah, one airstrike had inconclusive results.
-- Near Haditha, three airstrikes struck an ISIL command and control facility and two ISIL staging areas.
-- Near Kirkuk, one airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.
-- Near Makhmur, one airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.
-- Near Mosul, one airstrike destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck two large and one small ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings, three ISIL IEDs an ISIL truck, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Iraqi Prime Minister has approved the decision of an investigative council to refer military commanders to a court martial for abandoning their positions in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Ramadi. ... [Al Jazeera - 16/8/15]
Suicide attacks, clashes kill 17 troops near Fallujah [Daily Star - 16/8/15]
Analysts concerned over possible civilian casualties from US airstrikes from Turkey [Today's Zaman - 15/8/15]
Germany will pull two Patriot missile batteries and 250 troops from southern Turkey by the start of next year after a reassessment of the threats stemming from the conflict in neighboring Syria.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced at the weekend that Berlin would let its three-year Patriot mission lapse in January instead of seeking parliamentary approval to extend it. ... [Reuters - 16/8/15]
At least three civilians have been killed in rocket attacks by foreign-backed Takfiri militants on areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo. ... [Press TV - 16/8/15]
Syrian rebel group says ceasefire over, talks collapse [Reuters – 15/8/15]
Saudi warplanes continue to pound more areas across Yemen despite reports of civilian casualties in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
According to local media reports, Saudi military aircraft targeted an airbase in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a in their latest deadly airstrikes late on Saturday.
Saudi warplanes also carried out an airstrike on a residential area in the Saddah district of Yemen’s southwestern province of Ibb.
Four civilians were killed, including three children. The jets also targeted a school in Ibb's Qafr district.
In a similar airstrike on the Harad district of the northwestern province of Hajjah, over ten civilians lost their lives. ... [Press TV - 16/8/15]
India-Pakistan border clashes leave civilians dead [Al Jazeera - 16/8/15]
Pakistan Punjab Home Minister assassinated in suicide attack [The Hindu - 16/8/15]
The British special forces have been returned to Afghanistan and reportedly take part in military operations against Taliban and other militant groups.
According to a British media organization these forces together with the special forces of the United States are taking part in military operation almost every night. ... [Khaama - 16/8/15]
Unidentified gunmen kill police officer and wife, Badakhshan [Pajhwok - 16/8/15]
@MSF_Sea [15/8/15]: The way in which people are forced to flee is inhumane. A safe and legal alternative is the only way to end these preventable deaths ...
@MSF_Sea: ... #Phoenix rescued 201 ppl from this wooden boat. Among them 11 women, 4 children & 8 minors ...
At least 40 refugees have died as Italian navy rescues 320 in Mediterranean [Irish Times – 15/8/15]
Amnesty International criticises inhumane conditions in Austrian refugee camp, say nothing about latest allegations of torture on Manus Island and Nauru [BBC - 14/8/15]
The International Committee of the Red Cross has released World War II documents showing the organization knew about the persecution of Jews in Nazi death camps but felt powerless to speak out. ... [J Weekly - 3/1/1997]
Given the ongoing secrecy, media gatekeeping and the tacit approval of "opposition" politicians and human rights organisations, we can only presume Australia is applying US military torture techniques in refugee detention centres.
Tony Abbott second Australian politician to respond to latest allegations of torture on Nauru. All others still MUTE. [Guardian - 16/8/15]:
Tony Abbott has denied an allegation asylum seekers are being waterboarded while held in detention in Nauru.
A former security guard for Wilson Security on the island made the allegation in a submission to the Senate inquiry into circumstances and conditions at the Australian-run offshore detention centre.
The anonymous guard said he would give evidence to the committee about torture taking place on Nauru, including “waterboarding asylum seekers throughout the facility” though no further detail is given.
The prime minister was asked about the allegations on Sunday. “I’d say they’re false, they’re absolutely false and if people have evidence to the contrary, let it be produced,” he said.
Abbott has previously refused to deny other allegations relating to asylum seekers, such as claims a crew was paid to turn around a boat carrying asylum seekers, saying in such cases he would not discuss details of Operation Sovereign Borders.
The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, denied the allegations on Friday.
The security guard also alleged that documents reporting asylum seeker misconduct had been fabricated and documents that incriminated Wilson Security employees had been destroyed.
Wilson Security has responded to the allegation of water torture saying there was no evidence to back up the claim.
“We are extremely concerned by this very serious allegation,” it said. “If this claim was true it would amount to criminal activity that would not be tolerated by Wilson Security.
“However there is not has never been any suggestion that this has ever occurred – apart from this unparticularised and generalised claim. We reject the claim, and have seen nothing to suggest that it is credible.”
Wilson Security added that asylum seekers had regular access to telephones, internet and social media. [Asylum seekers distressed as Facebook blocked in Nauru - SMH - 3/5/15]
“Finally, we are unable to conceive why such activity would ever take place – the Nauru facility is a processing seeker for asylum seekers,” the company said. “It is not involved in anti-terrorism activities.
“It has no information-gathering function. [<---- LIKE THIS IS SOMEHOW PROOF TORTURE OF REFUGEES IS NOT OCCURRING?] There is simply no motive for this sort of activity. The absence of details makes it very difficult to provide any further response.
“Of course, if we became aware of any evidence supporting an allegation of this nature, we would immediately contact the police and other authorities.”
Debate on the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 resumes in the Senate this week
A former Victorian Supreme Court Judge says new powers proposed for guards in immigration detention centres would in effect authorise them “to beat asylum seekers to death”.
In extraordinary evidence to a Senate hearing on Thursday, Stephen Charles SC said the migration amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 would substantially expand the powers granted to guards in detention centres in a way that would “inevitably encourage violence by guards against asylum seekers”.
The new powers would allow immigration officers – which may include private contractors – to use “reasonable force against any person” if the officer believes it is necessary to protect the life, health or safety of people in detention or to maintain the good order, peace or security of a detention centre.
Such powers potentially give staff with a low level of training a greater level of immunity than that granted to state and federal police forces.
Charles, who sat on the Victorian court of appeal until 2006, said the standard proposed in the bill would introduce a similar test to those that have been considered in the US, and drew parallels with the recent shooting of Walter Scott by the police officer Michael Slager.
“Time and again police in the United States have been acquitted in circumstances such as these,” Charles said.
“These amendments to the Migration Act will in effect authorise guards to beat asylum seekers to death on the basis they reasonably believe it is necessary … to do so.”
He said the fact there would be “no effective way to take proceedings against the commonwealth” would further encourage guards to use excessive force in detention centres, and described the training requirements proposed in the explanatory memorandum of the bill as a “joke in extremely bad taste”.
The bill will give the commonwealth, private companies and guards immunity from civil and criminal liability unless it could be demonstrated that the use of force was not in good faith.
The United Nations Special Rapportuer on Torture has found that various aspects of Australia’s asylum seeker policies violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. ... [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release - 9/3/15]
Antimalaria drugs part of secret program to torture detainees at Guantanamo [Fire Dog Lake - 5/4/15]
Asylum seekers on Manus Island are being given a type of anti-malaria medication that detention centre staff have been warned not to take because of serious side effects.
Centre staff were warned not to take Mefloquine, also known as Lariam, because of adverse health effects.
Salvation Army worker Simon Taylor says in a submission to a Senate inquiry that he is aware asylum seekers have been given the drug despite the warnings to staff.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration warns that patients with a history of depression, anxiety disorders or other major psychiatric illness should not be prescribed the drug.
It's common for asylum seekers in detention to suffer depression, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.
The US military developed the drug in the 1970s and has curbed its use among troops after it was linked to permanent brain damage, suicide, murder and domestic violence.
Blind dog kicked to death in Griffith backyard [The Area News -16/8/15]
... "I think it's great to see the dogs recognised in this way. The six dogs who died in Afghanistan in particular. All had similar stories; to look after the people they are working with." ...
Corporal Mark Donaldson opens up about loss of 'best friend', Devil the German Shepherd, in Afghanistan war [ABC - 16/8/15]
A US Soldier in a flak jacket appears to be using both hands to restrain a dog facing an Iraqi detainee in the Abu Ghraib prison. [Antiwar.com - 17/2/06]
Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014 [Senate Report]:
Events of the night of 17 February
5.49 Correspondence between G4S and the department indicates that on the night of 17 February, the PNG police force present at the centre was 46 officers, comprising 36 mobile squad members and ten dog squad members (with four dogs).
Emergency situation, Upper Coomera
QPS Media [16/8/15]:
Gold Coast police, currently speaking to a man at an Upper Coomera home, have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act.
The emergency declaration encompasses Elk Court at the intersections of Hargraves Street, Reserve Street, Carribu Crescent and the nearby college carpark.
Preliminary information indicates police were called to an Elk Court home around 12.20 this afternoon following reports of a disturbance.
The man is alone inside the home and police investigations are continuing. 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.
... It is understood the man was involved in a dispute with his partner earlier today before she left the property and called police. ... [ABC - 16/8/15]
Pilot walks away from light plane crash in Southport
An elderly pilot has walked away from a plane crash at Southport Flying Club.
It’s thought the 75-year-old’s single-engine fixed wing aircraft lost power as he was landing and crashed into a tree near the runway, behind Coombabah State High.
Emergency crews were called to the scene at 9.50am, but the man didn’t suffer any major injuries.
He was taken to Allamanda Private Hospital as a precaution.
However, the light plane appears to be worse for wear and will need to be extracted from the tree.
Fuck the whales, dolphins, turtles, seabirds, recreational fishermen and tranquil sunsets: Dangerous, inappropriate and environmentally destructive event will close off access to the Gold Coast Spit and surrounding waterways to the public next weekend
Gold Coast City Council:
XCAT Gold Coast Grand Prix Sport - Major Events Best described as “Formula One on the water”, this will be the sixth international race in the World Professional Powerboating Association XCAT World Series.
This new three-day event will form part of a week-long party and be based out of Doug Jennings Park on The Spit.
It’s anticipated to bring 10,000 spectator vessels to the Broadwater to witness the action.
After years enthusiastically spruiking a dead ideology of authoritarianism, eradication and soullessness, Gold Coast City Councillor laments the lack of life in her Division
Southport: Signage discouraging busking was removed during construction of
the light rail to nowhere.
Gold Coast City Council Media Release [14/8/15]:
Music buskers - the CBD Gold Coast wants you.
City of Gold Coast is conducting a six month busking trial in Southport.
Divisional Councillor Dawn Crichlow said the aim of the trial was to reinvigorate the CBD and give local musicians an additional platform to perform live.
“We want to see Southport come alive with culture and sound, and what better way to create a dynamic atmosphere than to have buskers on some of our street corners?” she said.
“This trial, which aligns with the aims of the City’s Culture Strategy, is about activating our CBD and encouraging people to come to Southport.
“Busking has previously only been permitted in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, so now it’s Southport’s turn to liven up the city.”
Local five-piece funk soul fusion band Ivori was the first to take up a Southport busking permit.
Lead singer Marisa De Angel said her relatively new band, who recently played at the monthly Chinatown Street Markets, thought it a great opportunity for more exposure.
“Busking in Southport is going to be a great way to introduce our music to the general public who wouldn't necessarily see our shows at venues,” she said.
“Personally I think this is a wonderful way to support live music. Most of the time you will find musicians just want to share their music with people. Busking is a fun and laid back way to do so.”
Busking permits are only open to musicians and are free for the trial period, which ends on 31 December.
To apply for a permit, visit: www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/busking
For enquiries, contact the Gold Coast CBD office on 1300 223 832 or CBD@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
This signage - also a prominent feature throughout Southport for years - was removed during construction of the light rail to nowhere.
An outspoken Gold Coast City Councillor is on the war path, to rid Southport of a possible radical Islamic group.
Cr Dawn Crichlow is concerned Ahlul Tawheed has moved into a building in our city’s CBD.
According to the [horrible old fascist Rupert Murdoch's] Sunday Mail, the Islamic group is operating out of the Red Cross building on Lawson Street, despite being forced out of another on nearby Davenport Street over a "parking violation".
Cr Crichlow claims a prominent member of the Islamic community has warned her the group are religious ‘radicals’.
NBN News [VIDEO - 6/3/14]:
Councillor Dawn Crichlow will fight to have public benches removed from Southport’s Carey Park ...
The highly amenable pedestrian tunnel linking the Broadwater Parkland to the Nerang Street Mall, Southport (beneath the Gold Coast Highway) was inexplicably fenced off in May 2008 then filled in as part of the Broadwater Parkland Redevelopment.
... Councillor Dawn Crichlow has problem bats in her division and is keen to find a solution.
"I think we realise they're absolutely out of control and something has to be done... we can't have those creeks and waterways polluted so to eliminate the problem is a necessity," she says. ... [ABC - 16/8/11]
In 2010, loud classical music was continuously broadcast at Southport's two main bus stops (at Australia Fair) as an experimental deterrent to the area's imaginary troublemakers.
At the time Councillor Crichlow appeared on the cover the local Murdoch Press to promote this blatant act of class war.
Erasing the meaning and the memory
These pretty, and historical garden beds surrounding the memorial statue of the soldier at the original Anzac Park, Gold Coast Highway, Southport were ripped out in March 2009
The Gold Coast City Council and the RSL tossed the original Southport War Memorial down the memory hole [GCCC Media Release - 11/11/10]:
The newly completed Anzac Park in Broadwater Parklands will be dedicated at 10.15 am today - ready for this year's Remembrance Day Service to be held at 11am
The new Anzac Park - located on the foreshore of the Broadwater opposite Short Street in Southport - is the result of a close working partnership between the Council and the Southport RSL. Key features of the new development include:
o relocation of the refurbished memorial soldier to the water's edge
o installation of replica memorial gates o provision of a large grassed area to accommodate returned servicemen and spectators, and o construction of an area known as The Hill, which provides an elevated viewing area of the new Anzac Park.
At today's dedication service, Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke will lay a wreath at the statue of the memorial soldier, and he will be joined by Divisional Councillor Dawn Crichlow in unveiling a plaque.
Cr Crichlow said it had been identified early in the redevelopment of the parklands that the existing Anzac Park was no longer adequately servicing the RSL and the local community.
"With the growth in interest in attending Anzac Day Dawn Services and other RSL-related events, it had become clear that a new and improved space was desperately needed.
She said Council and the RSL worked together to identify the issues and design the new space. "We are extremely thrilled with the way the new Anzac Park has turned out," said Selwyn Hannant, of the Southport RSL.
Southport disaster capitalism: Construction of light rail to nowhere and demolition of hospital put locals out of business but offers boundless opportunities for ruthless developers
Gold Coast Hospital being demolished, Southport [January 2015]
Gold Coast City Council Media Release [31/7/15]:
Investment in the Gold Coast’s CBD has reached new heights, with the value of potential developments lodged under the Priority Development Area (PDA) scheme now soaring to more than $2.5 billion.
This figure* includes the land value, cost of construction and all normal development costs for each development. A total of 47 development applications for Southport have been lodged since the PDA was declared, with approximately 6,700 apartments approved or being assessed to date.
Oath Keepers to arm 50 black protesters in Ferguson with AR- 15’s for an epic rights flexing march
Free Thought Project [15/8/15]:
The Missouri chapter of the Oath Keepers are planning to hold an open carry march through downtown Ferguson, Mo., which will reportedly involve arming 50 black protestors with AR-15 rifles.
The decision to hold the event transpired after St. Louis County officials, in violation of Missouri’s open carry law, insisted that members of the group could not open carry long barrel rifles within the city.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, police chief Jon Belmar is seen warning a number of Oath Keepers that open carrying long barrel rifles would be a violation of the law.
“My only problem is with the long guns and inciting these guys out here,” Belmar said, referring to the Ferguson protesters.
When one of the men questioned Belmar regarding Missouri’s open carry law, he responded by saying, “I have attorneys. I didn’t go to law school. I get what you guys stand for and probably agree with most of it. All I’m trying to do is manage this thing.”
While trying to simply manage things is semi-understandable, it’s Belmar’s duty to assure that those he employs respect Missouri’s open carry law and the Constitutional rights’ of American citizens.
Head of the St. Louis County, Mo. Oath Keepers group, Sam Andrews called Belmar out for his blatant disregard of the law.
“He (Belmar) was thumbing his nose at the legislature of the State of Missouri. It was like he couldn’t give a crap about the Bill of Rights or state law.”
Andrews told Red Dirt News that the march would be held in the next “couple of weeks,” as a means of demonstrating the veracity of Missouri’s open carry law to law enforcement.
Andrews explained that he and members of his group spent almost an entire night speaking with black protestors about the events in Ferguson and the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
“Every person we talked to said if they carried they’d be shot by police. That’s the reason we’re going to hold this event and it will be a legal demonstration,” Andrews said.
“I’m sick and tired of law enforcement who doesn’t think they have to abide by the law. They’re narcissistic and that guy (Belmar) discredited my men.”
Oath Keepers are made up mainly of current and former military and law enforcement officers who have sworn to place their oath to the Constitution ahead of any law or command given that violates the rights of the citizens.
Children subjected to internal examinations at Victorian "youth training centres" [West Australian - 16/8/15]:
... Ms Sheedy said most girls who went to Winlaton were internally examined in what her network calls "state-sanctioned rape", to check if they were sexually active.
"Children who had no one to turn to had no human rights and nobody there to protect them," she said.
"What I hope to get out of this royal commission hearing is that the public knows it isn't just the churches and charities, it's public servants who raped children, who neglected children in their care.
"They were getting paid by the taxpayer of this state and the state abdicated responsibility for those children to sadists and pedophiles." ...
Baby girl “abducted” from Barnados in Belconnen found safe and well [Canberra Times – 14/8/15]
... Three female juveniles have been taken into custody and transported to Mount Isa Watch House. ... Suspicious building fire, Soldiers Hill [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
... She will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justices Act. ... 16-year-old charged with "endangering property by fire", Surfers Paradise [QPS Media - 13/8/15]
Supervision and support processes: Young people at risk of self harm handcuffed at Townsville detention centre [Yahoo - 5/8/15]
… Maxine, you're not the only one
To take the whole world on
But no one's ever won …
'Maxine', Sharon O'Neill 
Police have called off their search in scrubland west of Brisbane for the body of a teenager who is believed to have been murdered.
Tiffany Taylor, 16, was last seen leaving a Logan motel on July 12 with Rodney Wayne Williams, a 60-year-old man she had met on an internet dating site.
Queensland Police said the teenager had been offering sexual services for money over the dating site and was 20 weeks' pregnant at the time of her death.
Williams has been charged with her murder.
Ms Taylor was reported missing three days after she disappeared and a joint search by police and SES volunteers took place in scrubland off the Brisbane Valley Highway between the Warrego Highway and Fernvale.
Ms Taylor had gotten into Williams' car, a 1995 Hyundai Excel sedan, about midday on the day she disappeared.
It is believed they travelled about 15 kilometres to an industrial estate at Larapinta, then a further 40 kilometres to the Brisbane Valley.
Her mobile phone was disposed of on the way, police said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Bristow said it was not known why Ms Taylor and Williams would have travelled to the Brisbane Valley, or if the teenager was already dead.
Forty SES volunteers and 20 police took part in the search but it proved fruitless and was called off about 3pm.
Police have not scheduled a search for Sunday.
"The terrain is quite thick bushland. There are some pastoral areas, however there are pockets of this which is extremely thick lantana and various water courses," Senior Sergeant Bristow said.
He said Williams had provided police with "a number of versions" of events which were being investigated.
SES volunteer Brenda Berry said she was determined to find Ms Taylor.
"If we don't find a body, at least we've ruled out this area, that she's not in this area," she said.
"I have determination to find her, if it was my daughter I'd like to have her found to put it to rest."
Chloe Taylor said her younger sister was a family-oriented girl who was eagerly awaiting the birth of her child.
She had been living with her boyfriend of four years at a Waterford West motel, where she was last seen alive.
She was not in school and had been working to support her family.
Chloe said her sister's disappearance was out of character and she still held hope that she was alive.
"My sister was a lovely little girl, a good girl. Very friendly, she'd talk to anybody," she said.
"She is a young girl after a little bit of attention from the wrong people.
"She knew what she was doing, she knew what she was getting into.
"If you do have her, just hand her to us, because she's not in any sort of trouble, we just want her home and safe."
Body found in Sydney's Wentworth Park [ABC - 15/8/15]
Woman pleads guilty to murdering 4yo, grandmother with garden shears, Melbourne [ABC – 13/8/15]
A Queensland man charged with the murder of his former partner's four-year-old son has been remanded in custody.
Matthew Anthony Ian Scown, 32, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday morning after he was charged with the torture and murder of Tyrell Cobb in 2009.
The boy died in hospital after he was found unconscious at a property at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast. ... [Nine MSN - 14/8/15]
One man is dead and another is in hospital following a double stabbing in Perth's north. ... [West Australian - 13/8/15]
Police investigate suspicious fire at Ravenswood house in Launceston [ABC - 15/8/15]
Fire destroys abandoned resort and cabins on Hinchinbrook Island off north Queensland [ABC – 14/8/15]
Suspicious factory fire, Meadowbrook [MYGC – 14/8/15]
Melbourne man accused of causing fatal minibus crash was allegedly high on ice [Nine MSN – 15/8/15]
Jimna rally driver airlifted to hospital [Brisbane Times – 15/8/15]
Serious traffic crash, Kedron
QPS Media [14/8/15]:
Police are investigating a serious traffic crash that occurred this evening in Kedron.
Around 7.20pm, a man was seen on the northbound shoulder of Gympie Road just past the intersection of Kitchener Road.
A vehicle travelling on Gympie Road has then slowed but struck the man, who rolled onto the car and was then thrown onto the road.
The pedestrian, a 26-year-old Biggera Waters man, was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
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.
Skateboarder critical after hit-and-run, Rosalie
A skateboarder is in a critical condition in hospital with serious head injuries after a hit-and-run incident in Brisbane.
Police say the 28-year-old man was hit by a grey Mercedes Benz sedan at Rosalie at around 6.50pm on Friday, but the motorist drove off.
The skateboarder was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition.
Man in critical condition after car crashes into wheelchair at Allenby Gardens [ABC - 16/8/15]
Serious traffic crash, Livingstone [QPS Media - 16/8/15]
Armed robbery, Stafford [QPS Media - 16/8/15]
Armed robbery, Natural Bridge [QPS Media - 16/8/15]
17-year-old charged with armed robbery, Bundamba [QPS Media - 16/8/15]
Armed robbery charges, Scarborough [QPS Media - 15/8/15]
Armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Meadowbrook [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Traffic crash and robbery with violence, Tuan [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Two men who helped import nearly half a tonne of cocaine into Australia by boat will have their sentencing adjourned to undergo a psychiatrist assessment. ... [ABC - 14/8/15]
Police allegedly found more than a thousand rounds of ammunition during a search at an East Victoria Park house yesterday.
The search followed drugs and ammunition allegedly being found during a traffic stop in Dayton earlier in the day.
At about 3pm yesterday police stopped a Nissan Navara on Harrow Street in Dayton.
It is alleged a search of the car found about 50 rounds of .22 ammunition, 60 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of cocaine and $1800 cash. ... [West Australian - 14/8/15]
Man arrested "in relation to other matters" after suspected ‘Fantasy’ drug seizure, Labrador [QPS Media – 14/8/15]
Drug trafficking arrests, Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley [QPS Media – 13/8/15]
Suspended sentences for men charged in Broadbeach tapas bar table tipover, anti rights legislation remains [Yahoo - 14/8/15]
Former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell will consider seeking compensation after serving jail time on extortion and threat to kill charges, which were later dropped. ... [ABC - 12/8/15]
Melbourne man accused of planning to fight against Islamic State granted bail [ABC – 13/8/15]
Suspected stolen car “rammed into police vehicle” during class and race based pursuit, Holland Park [Yahoo – 15/8/15]
Class and race based pursuit involving police dog, Ballajura [West Australian - 15/8/15]
Class and race based policing of children, Robina Town Centre [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Class and race based "special treatment" of Ormeau children [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Gold Coast police continue singling out Muslim community [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Gold Coast media continue singling out Muslim community [ABC - 15/8/15]
Class and race based policing nets another “serious assault police”, Normanton [QPS Media – 13/8/15]
Cash theft – ATM card skimming, Nerang, Kippa Ring [QPS Media - 14/8/15]
Teenager falls off roof in Surfers Paradise [MYGC – 14/8/15]
Serious assault – Molendinar
QPS Media [13/8/15]:
Police are investigating the serious assault of a 38-year-old man at a house at Molendinar in the early hours of this morning.
Around 3.45am the man was sitting on a patio with a friend when two men and a woman known to him arrived at the Sturt Street address.
The men began to assault the victim punching him to the ground and kicking him to the face.
As a result of the assault the man sustained serious injuries including suspected fractures to his ribs, jaw and eye sockets.
The trio then fled the scene.
The victim was transported to hospital for treatment to his injuries.
Investigations are continuing.
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.
Serious assault charge, Calamvale [QPS Media - 15/8/15]
Hutchison workers return to work
Sydney workers fired by Hutchison Ports via email a week ago have returned to work following an interim court injunction ruling that they cannot be sacked.
About 100 workers in Brisbane and Sydney were celebrating Thursday night's last-minute Federal Court win by the Maritime Union of Australia, which argued Hutchison Ports failed in its responsibilities over the sackings.
The court accepted the union's argument that Hutchison had breached its enterprise agreement by failing to adequately consult with workers and ignoring a dispute resolution clause before announcing the forced redundancies.
However, addressing the sacked workers at Port Botany on Friday before they started their first shift since beginning a blockade seven days ago, MUA Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer cautioned it was only a temporary win.
"We won last night but it wasn't a victory for the war that we're in the moment because this is going to go on for some time," he said.
Justice Darryl Rangiah on Thursday agreed to grant a temporary order that would remain in place until a full hearing in September.
In Brisbane, Hutchison staff returned to work early on Friday morning, while staff in Sydney were set to resume work at 2pm.
The court injunction seemed to have caught Hutchison's Sydney arm unaware, with wharfies turning up for their first shift told to turn around and come back in the afternoon.
NSW Government votes down CSG Protection Bill [Lock The Gate - 14/8/15]
Swimmers warned after sewage released into Botany Bay during power outage [ABC – 14/8/15]
A quarry outside Lismore has been given permission to carry out blasting despite the area having a high concentration of koalas. ... [Tweed Shire Echo – 13/8/15]
PNG: Villagers block road over water supply
The National [14/8/15]:
A group of villagers in the National Capital District has blocked off an access road to a liquefied natural gas project site, disrupting traffic and forcing children to miss classes.
Baruni villagers blocked the public road leading to the LNG site near the Tatana junction in protest over the poor water supply to the area. Baruni village leader Tomtom Daure told The National that the village had not being receiving adequate water supply from Eda Ranu. “Our cries have fallen on deaf ears and this is our way of getting attention from the concerned authorities,” Daure said.
Baruni villager Jaclyn Oika, a mother of three, said water pressure in the village was low, sometimes forcing them to travel to Port Moresby to get water.
“Sometimes, we do not wash for more than a day or two and the children suffer because of the water problem,” Oika said.
Eda Ranu’s water operation manager Gerea Gairo told The National that they had fixed the problem. He urged the villagers to take up any grievances with the village water committee who can discuss it with Eda Ranu.
Primary school students from Tatana and Baruni are refusing to attend classes. Hagara Primary School head teacher Kellie Kimali said students from the affected villages were concerned about their safety.
Kimali said it was quite sad to see the children’s education suffering because of such problems.
CUT THE CRAP ON EQUAL MARRIAGE.
Why don't the Greens or crossbenchers IMMEDIATELY introduce a Private Members' Bill to AMEND Section 5 of the Marriage Act 1961 to CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE?
Anything less is PR for the illusion of an ALP "opposition" - which deserves to flounder and wither away
Senator Lazarus Media Release [13/8/15]:
Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus today announced he is co-sponsoring a Bill to force the Abbott Government to undertake a plebiscite on marriage equality at the next federal election.
“The Bill, entitled the ‘Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill 2015’, if passed by both houses of Parliament will become an Act requiring the Abbott Government to undertake a national plebiscite with the question ‘Do you support Australia allowing marriage between two people regardless of their gender’,” Senator Glenn Lazarus said today.
“The plebiscite will be held at the same time as the next election which will make the process easier and more convenient for voters and reduce the overall cost of delivery.
“Voters will simply be given an extra ballot paper to complete when voting at polling booths.
“If the people of Australia vote yes to marriage equality, the Act will require the Parliament to pass any legislation necessary to make same sex marriage legal within six months of the plebiscite result being announced.
“Marriage equality is an important issue which needs to be decided by the people of Australia not politicians. “I believe the majority of Australians will vote for marriage equality. “Tony Abbott has failed to show any leadership on this issue and has bumbled around for far too long.
“It is time for Tony Abbott to get out of the way and let the people decide whether Australia should embrace marriage equality. I believe the people will vote yes.
“I am currently working with other Bill co-sponsors including the Australian Greens and crossbenchers to determine a date for the introduction of the Bill.”
Australian Electoral Commission:
Advisory referendums (also called Plebiscites)
An issue put to the vote which does not affect the Constitution is called an advisory referendum or a plebiscite.
Governments can hold advisory referendums to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue. The government is not bound by the 'result' of an advisory referendum as it is by the result of a Constitutional referendum. Federal, state and territory governments have held advisory referendums on various issues.
Military service plebiscites were held in 1916 and 1917 but, as they were not proposals to amend the Constitution, the provisions of section 128 of the Constitution did not apply. Voters in all federal territories were permitted to vote. Both the military service plebiscites sought a mandate for conscription and were defeated.
16 August 2015