This story is about a man given eternal jail without due process.

 



This is the wrong headline ---->  
Man who set himself on fire at Yongah Hill detention centre is convicted child sex offender

 

 

 

ABC [16/9/15]:


... Ali Jafarri was last night found barely alive by detainees and Serco guards inside the toilet of his room in the centre's Eagle compound.

Detainees told the ABC he had a blanket wrapped around his body and was completely burned.

It is believed he had doused himself with an accelerant before setting himself on fire.

Emergency services were called to the centre at Northam, 100 kilometres east of Perth, just before 10:00pm on Tuesday.

Jafarri was flown by helicopter to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, where he remains in a critical condition, while two guards who helped him also needed medical care.

Refugee advocates have called for a full investigation into the incident, saying Jafarri had self-harmed before and should have been in a mental health hospital, not a detention centre.

They have also questioned how he was able to get hold of the accelerant.

Jafarri pleaded guilty last year in the Victorian County Court to one federal charge of accessing child pornography material using a carriage service.

He had been viewing 27 images and videos of teenage boys and girls on his laptop at the St Kilda Public Library between July 2012 and May 2014, when he was arrested by detectives.

He had already had his permanent protection visa cancelled by then-immigration minister Scott Morrison after being previously convicted of six counts of an indecent act with a child.

Those offences occurred after Jaffari was released into the Geelong community on a protection visa, after stints in immigration detention at Christmas Island, Curtin in the Kimberley, and in Perth.

He has been held in immigration detention ever since his visa was cancelled, but could not be deported to Afghanistan because he had been recognised as a refugee.

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South Australians urged to help a handful of handpicked, non muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat
[ABC - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

ABC continues categorising refugees into "good" and "bad" groups [ABC - 16/9/15]

 


 

Still no word from the UNHCR about Australia's "generous" Syrian Refugee PR stunt which deliberately dehumanises and invisibilises refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus, Nauru and onshore.  [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 Australian government's 12,000 Syrian refugee announcement is not just a PR stunt, it's a cruel joke ---->  People in Australia with family in Mideast conflict zones try hard to get them to safety [SBS - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Protected and unaccountable Dutton and Marles still patting each other on the back.

 

 

 

 

Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.

 

 



Runnymede 'Magna Carta' squatters eviction begins


BBC [16/9/15]:


Squatters on land near the Magna Carta memorial in Surrey have told the BBC they are being evicted and their homes are being destroyed.

They lost a court battle to stay at Runnymede Eco-Village in woodland on Coopers Hill which is being developed by Orchid Runnymede.

Camp member Ieuan Davies said bailiffs and police entered at 06:30 BST, and want the site clear by midday.

The developers said the law was clear as to landowner's rights.

About 30 people, including children, are living at the eco-village.

The group, who call themselves Diggers after a group of 17th Century land activists, claimed to have rights to subsist on unused land under the medieval Charter of the Forest.

Some people had dug themselves into the ground, Mr Davies said, while between five and seven others were in the trees with water and non-perishable food.

A spokesman for Orchid Runnymede said the squatters had "comprehensively" lost their appeal and the law was clear on the rights of landowners.

"This final step is clear notice of eviction and we are surprised that having exhausted all legal avenues, the squatters have not taken steps to remove their belongings and leave the site peacefully," he said.

"The bailiffs are evicting the squatters and dismantling illegally-erected temporary dwellings on the site."

Surrey Police have confirmed they are on the site in Coopers Hill Lane, Egham, while the landowners and bailiffs executed the High Court eviction order.

 

 

 

Feel safe Queensland?

 

 

Image: @QPSmedia  [3/12/14]

 

 

Nine MSN [16/9/15]:

 


The Queensland government wants to extend laws for another decade allowing security agencies to temporarily detain terrorism suspects.

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has tabled a bill to continue laws allowing people to be detained to stop terrorist acts or preserve evidence of terrorism.

"The Palaszczuk government is determined to ensure Queenslanders are protected, as far as is possible, from acts of terrorism," she told parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queensland Parliament Hansard [16/9/15]:


Hon. JR MILLER (Bundamba—ALP) (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services) (2.33 pm): Every September communities across Queensland pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our police women and men make in the line of duty. In the lead-up to National Police Remembrance Day on 29 September, officers from across Australia converge on the nation's capital to remember their fallen mates and raise much needed funds for Police Legacy. The year 2015 was the sixth year the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance has been run across Australia and I was honoured to take part in two special ceremonies as part of this event. Last Wednesday, a large contingent of police motorcycle riders left the Queensland Police Service Academy to join more than 2,000 others taking part. A group representing each Australian policing jurisdiction travelled with a baton from their capital city to Canberra for a ceremony at the National Police Memorial. Each baton was engraved with that state's emblem and held a scroll bearing the names of those officers who had died in the line of duty over the past year. Thankfully, this year Queensland's baton was empty, but it paid tribute to the fallen officers from past years whose memories will live on.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski joined me in handing over the Queensland Police baton to the Queensland Police Service party led by Road Policing Command Inspector Peter Flanders. The Wall to Wall Ride is an opportunity for our officers to commemorate their comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their names and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The ride has become an important part of commemorations in the lead-up to the National Police Remembrance Day and it also promotes safe and responsible motorcycle riding.

The commissioner joined the official QPS group as a rider on the final leg of the journey from Sydney to Canberra. It was an honour to greet them as they arrived in Canberra on Saturday and to represent the Palaszczuk government at this moving national remembrance ceremony. I know that all members of this House today will join me in encouraging as many Queenslanders as possible to turn out to National Police Remembrance Day ceremonies across the state on 29 September. From Coolangatta to the cape, let us all send a strong message to our Police Service that we deeply appreciate the personal sacrifice that they make each and every day to keep us safe. With honour they served.

 



 

 

Victoria Police gets new anti-terror squad [Nine MSN – 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Four boys arrested following dangerous, resource wasting class and race based police pursuit through Melbourne CBD [Nine MSN – 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Empowered bigots threaten local politicians, police gently ask them to leave Council meeting [Bendigo Advertiser - 16/9/15]:

 

7.50pm: Council meeting now officially closed and chambers empty after police asked protesters.

Senior Sergeant John Dalton said police would investigate the incident.

“At this stage, no one has broken any laws, the crowd was asked to leave and they did so,” he said.

“We have not received any formal complaints at this point.”

7pm: Police have asked crowd to leave, a gallery numbering more than 100 refused to stop asking questions.

Afterwards, a man approached the council table and thumped his fist on the table.

Anti-mosque and anti-refugee chants broke out and the mayor adjourned the meeting.

Several police officers separating crowd from councillors.

6.45pm: Anti-mosque protectors are being told to leave the meeting by police as meeting adjourned as members of public shout at councillors and journalists.

6.40pm. Police enter building as more than 60 anti-mosque protesters overtake meeting.

6.27pm: Extraordinary scenes as meeting members of crowd shout and physically intimidate council.

6.25pm: Question seven asks mayor from where he gets figures claiming anti-mosque protesters are from out of town. Loud jeering from crowd as well as profanities.

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No halal certifiers to appear at Bernardi inquiry scheduled on Muslim holy day [Guardian – 16/9/15]:

… Among those who will testify next Thursday are Kirralie Smith, an anti-halal campaigner, and Bernard Gaynor, a former army reserve major who was sacked from the defence force last year for “conduct that demonstrates repeated behaviour inconsistent with army and defence policies”.

Gaynor has lodged an appeal with the federal court over the decision to terminate his commission and is awaiting judgment.

Jewish leaders testified at an earlier round of public hearings in August, where Peter Wertheim, from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said scrutiny of kosher certification in Europe had “often been used as a cloak for persecution and discrimination against the Jewish community”.

Bernardi suggested at the hearing that consumers had the right to be informed about how their meat was being slaughtered and whether “prayers [were] being said over it”.

“I can only imagine the outcry if it was a priest there with holy water,” he said. ...

 

 

Explosives and dangerous goods charges, Burpengary


QPS Media [16/9/15]:


Police have charged a man with several offences following the alleged discovery of explosives and dangerous goods in a home at Burpengary this morning.

Police will alleged that around 8.30am police discovered chemicals and explosives inside the Sophia Street home.

A PSPA was declared at 11.30am as a precaution and remains in place with the declared area being Sophia Street between Station and Henderson Roads, and Merewyn and Jill Streets.

Police, including specialist officers are expected to remain at the scene until tomorrow.

A 19-year-old Elimbah man has been charged with two counts each of carrying dangerous goods in a vehicle and possessing unauthorised and prohibited explosives.

He is expected to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on October 15.

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.

 

 



Breaches of domestic violence orders grow by 13 per cent across every Queensland police jurisdiction [Brisbane Times – 16/9/15]:

 

... "I think this negative publicity (about DVOs) is really interesting because they only work if police and courts and service providers are working together to have a really good integrated response," she said.

"If there is no enforcement of the violation that's obviously not helpful to anyone.

"People say, 'it can't protect you, it's just a piece of paper' but that's the same with any law.

"It's not the piece of paper, it's the implementation that protects you." [QUT Associate Law Professor Molly Dragiewicz]

 

 



Bail granted to Queensland woman accused of torturing, killing four-year-old son [ABC - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Armed robberies Chermside and Lawnton [QPS Media – 16/9/15]

 

 


Attempted armed robbery, Brassall [QPS Media - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

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

 



 

Three men caught in one of Australia's largest cocaine busts have each been sentenced to 30 years jail.

German man Holger Sander, 49, and Australians Terrance Elfar, 54, and Simon Golding, 46, were sentenced in Brisbane on Wednesday for trying to smuggle 400kg of cocaine into the country in 2010.  ... [Yahoo - 16/9/15]




 

Fire engulfs semi-trailer truck on Sunshine Coast [ABC – 16/9/15]

 

 

 

All lanes of the Pacific Motorway just north of the Tugan Tunnel have reopened following a truck accident earlier today. … [Tweed Shire Echo – 16/9/15]

 



Catholic teachers strike over pay



North West Star [16/9/15]:


Local teachers will be among thousands of Catholic school union members to take part in statewide strikes on Wednesday and Thursday over a pay issue.

More than 6300 teachers in 173 schools across Queensland will stop work for half an hour at the end of the school day on Wednesday and an hour at the end of the school day on Thursday.

Of those, more than 360 members will be from schools in the Toowoomba region.

Those schools include Sacred Heart Primary School, St Anthony's School, Youth and Community Learning Centre, Mary Mackillop Catholic College, St Thomas More's Primary School, St Mary's College, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, St Joseph's College, St Saviour's Primary School, St Maria Goretti School, St Saviour's College and St Ursula's College.

Teachers at the Mount Isa Flexible learning centre will also take part in the action.

The protected action includes a ban on going to staff meetings and doing duties outside school time unless they are directly related to planning, preparation and correction.

Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory branch secretary Terry Burke said employees had no choice but to take the action.

“Catholic school employees across Queensland are taking this action and committed to continuing this campaign until their employers recognise employees’ legitimate concerns, respect their professionalism and reward their contribution to the high quality of education in Queensland Catholic schools,” Mr Burke said.

“Queensland Catholic school employers’ rejection of comparable wages for Queensland Catholic school teachers with their New South Wales counterparts is hypocritical given Catholic schools in both states receive comparable funding and require teachers to do comparable work.”

Mr Burke claimed the interstate pay discrepancy was unfair.

“Simply because of their postcode, Queensland Catholic school teachers at the top step of the automatic scale currently receive $6,792 less per year than their equivalent counterparts in a NSW Catholic school,” Mr Burke said.

“The current employer wage offer is inadequate, totally ignores this disparity and would continue to put Queensland teachers at financial disadvantage compared to their New South Wales counterparts.”



 

 

Seattle strike enters fifth day as teachers protest testing policies, racial inequity and low wages [Democracy Now - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

In Kerala, India, thousands of women tea plantation workers have ended an unprecedented nine-day strike after their managers agreed to their demands to increase bonuses.

The women blockaded roads in the hill town of Munnar.

The strike was unusual because of the women’s decision to reject the involvement of male-dominated trade unions and almost all politicians. [Democracy Now - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

How 7,000 women tea plantation workers brought Munnar to a halt [DNA - 14/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N), which is splitting into two listed companies later this year, said it expects to cut another 25,000 to 30,000 jobs in its enterprise business as part of its efforts to save $2.7 billion in costs. ... [Reuters - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Japan:  Protesters rally as contentious security bills near passage [Japan Times - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

UN calls for special court to prosecute Sri Lanka war crimes [Channel News Asia - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Without trust, Sri Lanka cannot investigate its own war crimes [Guardian - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Saudi airstrike claims lives of a whole Yemeni family [Press TV - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Saudi Arabia suspended construction giant Saudi Binladin Group from new contracts on Tuesday following Friday's collapse of a crane in Mecca's Grand Mosque which killed 107 people.

It also ordered the Finance Ministry to review exisitng projects by the firm, a titan of the Arab business world. ... [Reuters - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

UN officials condemn ‘virtual silence’ about escalating violence in Yemen [Media Release - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

[Afghanistan]  The Ministry of Defense has announced that 145 militants have been killed and wounded in newest military operations. ... [Khaama - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

At least nine civilians have been killed during clashes between security forces and Taliban in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Wednesday. ... [Pajhwok - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: Israeli authorities rearrest hunger striker Muhammad Allan after he was discharged from hospital [Maan - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Sabra and Shatila: The death of their world [Ahram - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she would not be seeking re-election in the city’s 2016 mayoral race so that she could focus on governing a city on edge over the trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died in April after being arrested and transported in a police van.

The announcement came at the end of a week that saw several developments in the case. On Thursday, Judge Barry Williams ruled that the six officers charged in Gray’s death will face separate trials.

Williams also refused defense attempts to dismiss the charges, move the case out of Baltimore, and remove prosecutor Marilyn Mosby from the case.

And earlier in the week, the city reached a $6.4 million settlement with Gray’s family.

A key piece of evidence in the case against the officers is the video showing Gray screaming in apparent agony as police drag him to a van.

It was shot by Kevin Moore, a Baltimore resident who lives in the Gilmor Homes housing projects where Freddie Gray lived.

We speak with Moore, who, after filming the event, became a member of WeCopwatch, a nationwide effort to reduce police violence and harassment by videotaping encounters with the community.

He also founded a WeCopwatch chapter in Baltimore. ... [Democracy Now - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

Former North Charleston police officer denied bond in Walter Scott case [WVTM 13 - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

Guantanamo force-feeding videos released to federal court [JURIST - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 US Department of Defense [15/9/15]:

 

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 aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, an airstrike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:

-- Near Baghdadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

-- Near Huwayjah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Beiji, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL buildings, an ISIL roadside bomb and an ISIL carport.

-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL rocket rails.

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, two ISIL rocket firing positions and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed three ISIL berms and 14 ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL house-borne bomb, an ISIL vehicle bomb, five ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL motorcycle.

-- Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL cache.

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Australian warplanes make first air strike in war on Syria [Times of Israel - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

Australian Jewish News [21/8/15]:


 

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Israeli columnist and editor Shmuel Rosner engaged in a vibrant, robust conversation at the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 2015 plenary on Sunday.

...

“I think it’s very important that support for Israel is bipartisan. I’ve always resisted the temptation to rev up a partisan approach. I’m thinking very much in Israel’s interest and in the national interest.”

Speaking about Australia’s “very good” relationship with Israel, Turnbull said more could be done.

 “We need to collaborate more with Israel, particularly on matters of science and technology. The more we can do with Israel, the better,” he said.


 

 

... So I put on the record continuing concern at the treatment of the Palestinian people. It is of course internationally leading to a wider criticism of the methods being utilised on an international scale, and I commend these issues to the House.  [Laurie Ferguson MP - House of Representatives Hansard - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

The Australian Federal Police dumped a $145 million plan to fight crime using software developed in the Middle Eastern flashpoints of Gaza and the West Bank after an intervention by Finance Department boss Jane Halton.

The increasingly powerful Finance secretary wrote to AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin in January after her department's Major Project's Review team completed an appraisal of the police force's plans to buy the Israeli-made policing software. ... [Canberra Times - 19/8/15]

 




Syrian Christian choir denied visa to sing at French sacred music festival [RFI – 15/9/15]:


A Syrian Christian choir has been refused visas to come to France to perform in a sacred music festival, leading organisers to denounce official "hypocrisy" in the wake of the refugee crisis. The interior ministry has ordered that their case be reexamined.

The 20 members of the choir of a Greek Orthodox cathedral in Damascus were billed to give three concerts in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in early November as part of as part of the Sacred Days festival of music from various religions.

They travelled by bus to the French embassy in Beirut to apply for visas but, although they were armed with return air tickets, hotel bookings and a letter from Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries, their applications were turned down, according to festival organiser Jean-Louis Hoffet.

"I'm outraged, amazed that they can refuse visas to people who are coming to sing for their faith in our churches, while people are making grand speeches about accepting 24,000 migrants!" Hoffet commented.

The choir perform in Aramaic, the language spoken in Palestine at at the time of Jesus Christ, and a related language, Syriac.

In Paris the interior minister told the AFP news agency that it had about the case thanks to the media and had immediately ordered the Beirut consulate to cast a more friendly eye over the case.

 

 

 

 

‏@benmundy - BBC [15/9/15]:   What a day on #DignityI . 239 rescued people now on the @MSF_Sea boat heading for Sicily.

 

 

 

 

‏@ItalianNavy [15/9/15]:   #SAR nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare ha recuperato 120 #migranti che saranno trasbordati su Dignity1 di @MSF_ITALIA

 

 

 

 

‏@MSF_Sea [15/9/15]:   Fences and walls will never stop people from trying to save their lives and those of their loved ones ...

 

 

 


Hungary continues emulating Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers

 

 

... “We hope that the messages we have been sending migrants for a long time have reached them,” said Gyorgy Bakondi, an aide to Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary.

“Don’t come. Because this route doesn’t lead where you want to go.”  ...

 

 

 

Hungary detains migrants in border crackdown [New York Times - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ASEAN parliamentarians urge international action to address escalating human rights concerns ahead of elections in Myanmar [APHR Media Release - 14/9/15]:

With elections less than two months away, Myanmar stands at a critical moment in its political transition. But without deliberate steps to address core human rights concerns, including support from the international community, the country risks veering from a path toward democracy, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today.

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the collective of Southeast Asian parliamentarians urged the international community to support Myanmar in addressing a number of issues that threaten to undermine upcoming elections and the country’s democratic future.

“Elections have the potential to be transformational. But we are deeply concerned about recent government decisions, which undermine the credibility of the contest,” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of parliament from Malaysia.

Among those decisions is the rejection of dozens of Muslim candidates for parliament, including sitting MP U Shwe Maung, who is in New York, along with other APHR members, to address representatives from UN agencies and missions.

“I wish I could say I was an exception. But the truth is that Rohingya, along with other Muslims in Myanmar, are totally alienated and excluded from participation in politics. And make no mistake: it is because of our ethnicity and religion,” Shwe Maung said.

“In any other country the rejection of an entire class of candidates would render the contest itself undemocratic. Yet some in the international community seem to view this as simply a minor bump in the road,” Santiago added.

“The international community, including the United Nations, must call out the Myanmar government and urge the Union Election Commission in Myanmar to reverse this deeply problematic decision.”

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End of Mission Statement by APHR Delegation to Myanmar [14/9/15]

 

 

 

The Rohingya Crisis and the Risk of Atrocities in Myanmar:  An ASEAN Challenge and Call to Action [ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights - April 2015]:


Executive Summary

The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea since the U.S. war in Vietnam. Human rights violations against Rohingya have resulted in a regional human trafficking epidemic, and there have been further abuses against Rohingya upon their arrival in other Southeast Asian countries.

This protracted culture of abuse threatens Myanmar’s political transition, puts strains on regional economies, and supports the rise of extremist ideologies that pose potential security threats throughout the region. Ongoing human rights abuses against Rohingya pose a threat to regional peace and security and must end.

Broader anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence has also flared up in locations across Myanmar in recent years. These incidents, as well as ongoing abuses against ethnic minority groups throughout the country, pose similar risks for Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In April 2015, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), an organization of members of parliament from several ASEAN countries, conducted a fact-finding mission in Myanmar. APHR is deeply concerned about the current dynamics there and how they affect the region and the broader global community. APHR is equally concerned with the failure of ASEAN nations to adequately respond.

Critical national elections in Myanmar are slated for the end of 2015. APHR has found an alarmingly high risk of atrocities against Rohingya, other Muslims, and other ethnic minority groups in the lead up to the election. These risks constitute a regional concern, not only due to potential cross-border spillover effects, but also because ASEAN member states share a moral responsibility to take all possible measures to prevent the commission of atrocities within ASEAN.

Despite these troubling realities, the Rohingya issue remains conspicuously absent from the agenda of the ASEAN Summit. ASEAN and other global leaders ignore these dynamics at their own peril. The Rohingya crisis and broader animosity toward other Muslims and ethnic minorities in Myanmar are not just a Myanmar problem—they are an ASEAN problem.

Nearly every common risk factor for atrocity crimes identified in the United Nations’ Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes is present in Myanmar today. This report draws upon APHR’s collective knowledge to analyze the situation in Myanmar within the context of this United Nations’ Framework. Based on this analysis, it is clear that there is a high risk of ongoing atrocity crimes in Myanmar in 2015 and beyond.

The report represents a call to action. It demonstrates that the escalating human rights crisis in Myanmar and Southeast Asia more broadly is exacerbated by the failure of ASEAN to take effective action. ASEAN should:

• Recognize the escalating crisis in Rakhine State and the plight of Rohingya as a serious danger to both Myanmar and ASEAN by prioritizing the issue in Summit meetings.

• Conduct an independent investigation of conditions and risks of increased violence and displacement in Myanmar, as well as associated risks to ASEAN, including greater refugee flows to countries like Malaysia and Thailand.

• Expand the mandate of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to include country visits, inquiries, complaints, and emergency protection mechanisms, and ensure adequate independence and staffing support for its members. Engage AICHR to conduct a follow-up investigation into the Rohingya crisis.

• Deploy ASEAN monitors well ahead of the Myanmar elections to observe and report on the Rohingya crisis and broader anti-Muslim and ethnic minority dynamics.

• Utilize existing mechanisms in ASEAN, such as the ASEAN Troika, AICHR, the office of the ASEAN Secretary General, and the role of the ASEAN Chair, to respond appropriately to humanitarian crises in member states in accordance with the principles of the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights.

• Commit to protecting those fleeing the crisis in Rakhine State, including by granting prima facie refugee status to Rohingya and providing the UN refugee agency with unfettered access to asylum seekers.

• Ratify the 1951 Refugee Convention.

• Strengthen and expand the mandate of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) to help combat threats to women’s rights, including those presented by the “Protection of Race and Religion Bills” and other Myanmar government policies that restrict rights, particularly for ethnic and religious minority women.

• Call upon the Myanmar government to adhere to regional and international human rights and humanitarian standards, including rejecting the “Protection of Race and Religion Bills.”

• Call upon the Myanmar government to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis by amending the 1982 Citizenship Law to provide Rohingya with equal access to full citizenship, promoting reconciliation initiatives, denouncing hate speech and propaganda, and holding perpetrators of violence, including government officials, accountable.



 



 

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, will begin her first visit to the Kingdom today, almost six months after it was announced she would be taking the job.

Smith will be in Cambodia for nine days, during which she will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng and other senior government figures.

She will also meet representatives of civil society and local community groups and members of the donor community. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 16/9/15]

 

 

Fascism:  In Australia, police dogs receive better health care than refugees

 

FUCK "COMPASSION" AND APPEALING TO TURNBULL TO FREE ONLY THE CHILDREN.

 

ALL REFUGEES MUST BE FREED AND GIVEN ACCESS TO JUSTICE.

 

 

Healthy and happy: Police Dog Maui underwent the preventative surgery  [QPS Media - 15/9/15]

 

 

UQ News [16/9/15]:

German shepherd PD Maui and his canine colleagues are lean, keen policing machines, thanks to important surgery at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus.

The UQ Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital is treating Queensland Police Service dogs to minimise their risk of developing gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).

Police Dog Maui has had laparoscopic surgery to prevent GDV, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency veterinary treatment.

Animal surgery senior lecturer Dr Jayne McGhie said GDV, also known as bloat, occurred when the stomach became dilated and twisted into an abnormal position.

Dogs can die quickly without prompt medical attention.

“GDV is common in large, deep-chested dogs such as great danes, German shepherds, weimaraners, setters and standard poodles,” she said.

“High drive dogs such as working dogs, anxious dogs, dogs that eat rapidly and dogs with a first-generation relative that have had the condition are at higher risk,” Dr McGhie said.

The Brisbane Dog Squad’s PD Maui had his day surgery at UQ’s Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital, where he was treated by a team of veterinary surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff.

“The procedure, known as a gastropexy, creates a permanent attachment between the stomach wall and the body wall to reduce the risk of the stomach twisting,” Dr McGhie said.

“We perform this surgery on dogs such as police or military working dogs and other at-risk dogs to greatly reduce their risk of developing GDV at some time in their life.

“This is an elective procedure, performed when the dog is healthy and at a time that suits the Police Dog Squad to have one of a handlers and their dog rostered off duty.

“Surgeons insert a small-diameter laparoscope into the abdominal cavity via a small cut in the abdominal wall.

“This alleviates the need for large open incisions which are more painful and take longer to heal.

“The dogs are discharged the same day, have less pain because they have very small surgical incision sites, and police and military working dogs have less time off work,” Dr McGhie said.

Video Interviews (of the humans involved) and images of PD Maui with veterinary and police staff are available at the Queensland Police Service blog.

 

 

 

 

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]

 

 

 

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.

Signed

The membership of Reclaim The Night Castlemaine

 

 

 

 The Hon Chris Bowen has updated the interests register.

 

 

wife got a job with toll holdings

 

 

@AusDisclosure via @NickEvershed [16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

... Toll Holdings' remote logistics division had air-charter contracts totalling more than $11 million.

It also had a $2.25 million contract to provide ''kitchen rental'' on Manus Island between October and April, and $1.9 million for ''rental of kitchen - refrigeration storage and mobilisation'' on Nauru.

The transport giant has been searching for new contracts for its remote logistics business to offset the end to its provision of services for Australian troops in East Timor. Refugee concentration camp industry's $8 billion money spinner [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/4/13]

 

 

 

 

Image: @lachlanr [15/8/12]

 

 

In the House of Representatives in August 2012, Adam Bandt MP moved an amendment to put a cap on the amount of time refugees can be detained.

After the ALP and LNP voted together so that refugees can be locked up overseas forever, the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, and the Opposition Immigration Spokesman, Scott Morrison, shook hands.

 

 

 

... The latest arrivals came as the House of Representatives passed amendments to allow offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, with the support of the government, the coalition and a majority of the crossbenchers.

Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie and Green MP Adam Bandt were the only dissenters. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. ...[Sydney Morning Herald - 15/8/12]

 

 

 

 

Aide to Former Minister for Immigration Chris Bowen called asylum seekers 'undesirables' [Radio Australia - AUDIO - 23/4/14]

 

 

 

 

Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court, their current whereabouts is unknown

[ABC - 24/8/15]

 

 

... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru.  ...

 

 

Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]

 


Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:

 

... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.

The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.

I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.

As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.

After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.

It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.

Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...

 


 

... Within the RPC there were service provider offices, a staff mess hall, and a parking lot and a separately cordoned camp for the men, also enclosed by temporary fencing and the perimeter of which was patrolled by Australian Wilson Customer Service Offers (CSOs). It was clear they were not to leave these confines. And if people weren't being processed, as indeed they weren’t – for months on end – then this was effectively their prison.

 ...

I found that the fire started as a peaceful demonstration by a large group of asylum seekers against a processing system that lacked logic or fairness. They had been in Nauru nine months and had still not received any processing decisions. Their lawyers who were due to arrive on island in July 2013 did not arrive and this sparked anger. The men wanted clarification regarding their future; they wanted to see a logical refugee processing system that offered them steps towards freedom. ...  Submission 67, Nauru Senate Inquiry

 

 


Salvos staff condemn Nauru’s Cruel and degrading conditions [Pro Bono Australia – 24/7/13]:

 

... “We have worked alongside these asylum seekers since the opening of the NRPC when the men were first housed in tents. Brought them pedestal fans when the temperature within their tents soared to over 50 degrees. Used buckets to empty rivers of rainwater when the same temporary accommodation flooded during the wet season.

“We comforted men who were brought to Nauru in handcuffs by the Australian government under false pretences. We watched their numerous peaceful protests against the uncertainty of their future. We saw the scars of self-harm, and suicide attempts. We tried to motivate the hundreds of men on hunger strike to eat again.”

...

In an explosive SBS Dateline interview with whistleblower, Rod St George, a former senior detention manager on Manus Island said: “I have never seen human beings so destitute, so helpless, and so hopeless before. I took the position with every intent of making the place a safer environment but it proved quite rapidly to be an impossibility. In Australia, the facility couldn't serve as a dog kennel. The owners would be jailed.”

...

 “We have good reason to believe that those asylum seekers arrested and detained in Nauruan jail will not be provided with legal representation. It is likely that a large number of those men arrested in the riot did not in fact act criminally. As such we advocate for everyone to be treated as innocent until proven guilty in a court.

This is especially pertinent given the comments of Minister Tony Burke already stating that visas may not be granted to those men arrested.

...

 

 

 

Asylum seeker falsely accused of assault by Nauru guard still being punishd by the Australian government [Brisbane Times - 21/8/15]

 

 

 

SUBMISSION 71 (and 71.1):  Senate Inquiry Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru:

 

... a Wilson's guard (name withheld) with a vendetta against a male asylum seeker at camp 2, is on record admitting that he staged being beaten by the asylum seeker to get him back. I'm not sure if the asylum seeker was charged but concrete evidence of the 'set up' has been passed on to the NPF and no action has been taken. The Wilson's guard involved in this incident is now in a promoted position on island.

...

There is an audio recording in Wilson's possession (and that of others) of the staff member in question, confessing to "stitching up" the asylum seeker in question.

The audio also includes a detailed recount of the Wilson staff member's actions during the incident which included "pulling him down on me" and punching himself in the face so as to appear assaulted.

This audio and the subsequent investigation report which highlighted the staff member's illegal actions, including perjury, have been in Wilson's possession for over 3 months with the staff member in question still employed.

Furthermore, the NPF were not made aware of the audio recording while the asylum seeker remained on charges and in police custody.

Both sides of the issue were only presented to the NPF in the form of witness statements pertaining to the alleged assault perpetrated by the asylum seeker.

 The audio was never presented to the NPF for consideration, nor were the actions of the Wilson staff member raised with the NPF for investigation.

Even without the audio evidence, the Magistrate eventually found in favor of the defendant but this was only after a prolonged period in custody in the Nauruan gaol which could have been avoided if Wilson's acted honestly and in the Asylum Seeker's best interests.

...

 

 

 

Submission 67 Nauru Senate Inquiry:  ... We were expected to "manufacture" Individual Management Plans as this was what the Department of Immigration wanted. ... After the murder of Reza Barati,  we were told to lie to our clients and tell them it was a "riot" to deter them from protesting. ...

 

 

Submission 74 Nauru Senate Inquiry ... When I asked the little girl on Nauru gently, if there was anything she wanted to tell the Prime Minister of Australia..she just said in her chiming dainty voice, “ I want to be happy too, like other children in Australia..why doesn’t Australia like me?” ...

 

 

Submission 79 Nauru Senate Inquiry:  ... I observed a direct correlation between DIBP messaging and self-harming and protest by asylum seekers. ...

 

 

 

Australia: Man in critical condition after attempted self immolation at WA's Yongah Hill refugee concentration camp

Nine MSN [16/9/15]:

An Afghan detainee managed to obtain petrol and set himself on fire despite two previous attempts to take his own life, advocates say.

The man has burns to 90 per cent of his body after dousing himself in petrol and setting himself alight at Western Australia's Yongah Hill detention centre overnight.

The Refugee Action Coalition says it's the third time the man has tried to kill himself in six weeks, and it defies belief that he was able to get petrol.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said the man had made two other recent attempts on his life.

"How was he allowed to obtain the materials that allowed him to do this?" he asked.

"This seems to be an outright incident of negligence or worse."

Mr Rintoul said the man had been held at Yongah Hill for about eight months.

"Given his known mental state, he should not have been at Yongah Hill and he should not have been able to obtain flammable fluid."

He said the centre's operator had questions to answer about its duty of care.

"There's simply been no adequate mental health treatment or proper care."

AAP has sought comment from the centre's operator.

The Greens have called for a review of health and welfare services at the centre and others across Australia after a young asylum seeker died at Yongah Hill in July. <----- PISSWEAK.

The Refugee Action Coalition said the Afghan man who died in July had been held for three years and may have died of a heart attack.

It said despite being sick for days and asking for medical assistance, he was only given paracetamol.

Soon after his death angry detainees staged protests at the centre.

The centre was also the scene of a brawl involving 50 detainees earlier in July.

 

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14

 

 



ABC [16/9/15]:


... Mr Rintoul said he had been told the man was depressed after he was released into the community in Melbourne, but was detained again eight months ago and sent to Yongah Hill.

"Given that he had been re-detained it was likely that he was simply facing an indefinite detention, and in those circumstances it seemed likely he had no future and no prospect of release," Mr Rintoul said.

"The effects of long-term detention are well-known and this is one of them."

Last month the Refugee Action Coalition called for an inquiry into conditions at the centre, after the sudden death of a 27-year-old Afghan detainee.

Five guards were also injured in a brawl involving up to 50 detainees at the centre in July.


 

Sydney Morning Herald [2/8/15]:

 

An Afghan asylum seeker who died on Friday at a West Australian detention centre was dreaming of a better future with his wife and two children, a detainee has said.

The comments come as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was accused of being missing in action for failing to respond to the tragedy more than 24 hours after it occurred.

Refugee advocates have called for an immediate investigation of the incident and warned on Sunday that further protests by asylum seekers at the Yongah Hill Detention Centre were likely.

Mohammad Nasim Najafi, who was in his mid-20s, is believed to have died from a suspected heart attack.

There are claims he had been denied medical treatment for two weeks.

​It is understood that Mr Najafi arrived at Christmas Island four years ago by boat after his family was killed by the Taliban.

"He was a very sweet guy," the detainee said.

"He had two boys and his wife was in India, illegally. He always talked about his family.

"His dream was to have a better future."

Fellow detainees have said they were denied an opportunity to say goodbye before authorities removed Mr Najafi's body from the centre.

"They just took Nasim and go. We didn't even see him," the detainee said.

"We have to say goodbye to the body in the Muslim way.

"[But] they bring the police and they make like a wall, they stand in front of us and we couldn't see anything."

...

 

 

 

PISSWEAK ----->  The new Prime Minister must show leadership and compassion by releasing all children and families from the Nauru detention camp, the Australian Greens have said.  ... [Media Release - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

Flash floods killed 12 people near Utah's border with Arizona when a "large wall of water and debris" triggered by heavy rain pounding nearby canyons swept them away in their cars, officials said on Tuesday.  ... [Reuters - 15/9/15]

 

 

 

Valley and Butte wildfires in California have destroyed 700 homes [NBC - 15/9/15]

 



Gladstone port site evacuated after chemical spill

 

 

West Australian [16/9/15]:

An industrial site in central Queensland has been evacuated as emergency crews try to determine the cause of a chemical leak.

A 100-metre exclusion zone has been set up at the port at Gladstone while scientific officers inspect a shipping container that was reported leaking at 6.45am on Wednesday.

There have been no reports of injuries.



 

Senator Glenn Lazarus Media Release [15/9/15]:

… "As the only independent Senator for Queensland, I am deeply concerned about a range of issues affecting the people of Queensland including CSG mining.

"I have formally invited Malcolm to join me on a tour of the gas fields in Queensland to see firsthand the hell that the people across rural and regional Queensland are having to live with.

"CSG mining is decimating the health of our people, land and water.

"I would like the gas fields tour to happen as a matter of urgency as I strongly believe once Malcolm sees the damage and devastation this will encourage the Government to increase, rather than reduce, the environmental and social scrutiny of projects in Australia.  <---- WHAT A GIANT STINKING CROCK OF SHIT.

"I will also raise a number of other issues with Malcolm as well. Queensland needs assistance across a range of areas."

 

 

Media

 

 

 

Senate Hansard [15/9/15]:

 

 

Senator MUIR (Victoria) (14:40): My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Communications, Senator Fifield. Is the minister aware of the campaign to bring about media reform so that regional broadcasters are able to compete fairly with big-city media? Can the minister inform the Senate whether there has been any serious discussion of the issue within senior levels of government, what the government's position is and whether there has been a detailed discussion paper on the issue that will bring to light the various agendas of the media outlets, principally Channel 7, which are opposed to the changes?

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (14:41):  *** BLAH BLAH BLAH BLURT BLURT BLURT ****

Senator MUIR (Victoria) (14:42): Recent media reports and my own investigations reveal that there is cross-party support for media reforms that would deliver a fair go for regional broadcasters, which are essentially being run into the ground because of regulation that unfairly advantages big-city stations. Can the minister inform the chamber what steps the government is taking to ensure that these reforms are urgently addressed, given the broad base of support that exists for the changes?

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (14:43): As stated, the government will continue to consider potential media reforms as part of its ongoing deregulation agenda. The government appreciates the importance of local commercial television broadcasters in regional and remote Australia, including the role they play in providing local news and current affairs. The deregulation road map for the portfolio was released by Mr Turnbull and the parliamentary secretary in May 2014. The road map indicates that the government will consider reforms to the regulation of media ownership and control through 2014 and 2015, among other potential deregulatory reform measures. The government is committed to maintaining these arrangements to ensure that local news and information in regional Australia remain available to audiences.

Senator MUIR (Victoria) (14:44): Noting that there is a consensus among the regional broadcasters—WIN, Prime, Southern Cross Austereo and Imparja—as evidenced by their recent Save Our Voices campaign, why is the government holding back these urgently needed reforms, and what will it take for the government to listen to the concerns of regional Australia and remove outdated media ownership legislation?

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (14:44): The government appreciates the importance of local commercial broadcasters in regional and remote Australia, including the role they play in providing local news and current affairs. The Save Our Voices campaign reflects the concerns of regional commercial TV broadcasters that the existing media control rules are hampering their efforts of competing effectively in the media marketplace.

It is important to note that, irrespective of any changes to the media control and ownership rules, local content on regional commercial television and radio will be preserved through existing licence conditions on regional commercial TV and radio licensees. These conditions require commercial television licensees in major regional television licence areas and commercial radio licensees in most regional radio licence areas to broadcast minimum levels of local content. The government is committed to maintaining these arrangements to ensure that local news and information in regional Australia remains available to audiences.

 


Nine MSN [22/6/15]:


Australians could be blocked from accessing websites allowing them to download content illegally after new anti-piracy legislation cleared parliament today.

A bill to allow copyright owners to seek a court injunction forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to block overseas piracy websites passed the Senate with bipartisan support late today.

Introduced in March by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in an effort to curb online piracy of film and television shows, the bill passed with 37 votes to 13.

The Australian Greens opposed the bills, as did Senator David Leyonhjelm, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Senator Ricky Muir.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam labelled the bill "lazy and dangerous", while Senator Leyonhjelm said it was a badly drafted law.

The legislation allows the rights holder to go to a Federal Court and have a site blocked if it has the "primary purpose" of facilitating copyright infringement.

If the rights holder is successful with their request, ISPs will need to comply with the judge's order and disable access.

Popular torrenting sites The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents are expected to be among the first sites to be blocked.

The federal government said Australians need to be reminded that if they take too much from creative industries such as film or music without giving back, they will jeopardise content.

 

 

 

The Motley Fool [19/6/15]:

 

Today, shares of APN News and Media Limited (ASX: APN) shrugged off a swooning share price to jump as much as 5% higher on the back of a resignation and appointment to its leadership team.

After more than two years in the top job, current CEO, Michael Miller, announced his resignation in order to take the executive chair position of News Corp’s (ASX: NWS) Australasian business later in the year.

Current CEO of the Australian Radio Network, Ciaran Davis, will take the reins from Mr Miller at 1 September 2015.

Commenting on Mr Miller’s resignation APN Chairman, Peter Cosgrove, said, “I would like to thank Michael for his significant contribution as CEO of the Company. He has done an excellent job setting the growth platform for APN and building a strong leadership team.”

...

 

 

 

Sydney Morning Herald [20/3/15]:

 

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has intrigued its rivals by swooping on a 14.99 per cent stake in APN News & Media, which owns strong-performing radio assets, positioning Australia's biggest media company for further consolidation of the struggling media sector.

It acquired most of the stake in a sale by APN's Irish dominant shareholders, ending a 27-year-relationship with the trans-Tasman newspaper, radio and outdoor advertising group by selling their combined 30 per cent stake for about $300 million.

The surprise move, news of which was broken on Thursday morning by Fairfax Media, comes as the federal government considers ripping up cross-media ownership restrictions that limit mergers between traditional players.

While News describes the holding as an "investment stake", APN pays no dividends and the shares have already performed strongly in the past 18 months.

"It's not untypical for News to buy these strategic stakes as part of a bigger-picture move or a bigger play," said one senior media executive who asked not to be named.

A 14.99 per cent stake gives News, which is prevented by law from buying APN, a right of veto if another company attempted to acquire APN via a scheme of arrangement. News Corp's local rival Fairfax Media, which owns The Australian Financial Review and Business Day, has discussed various commercial opportunities with APN in recent years.

APN owns more than 100 regional newspapers, many of them in Queensland, and Australian Radio Network, which is the star of the radio sector with leading FM breakfast shows on its Sydney stations KiiS FM, and WS FM.

News Corp is prevented from acquiring 15 per cent or more of APN because News co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch owns 100 per cent of rival radio company Nova Entertainment. Nova owns the Sydney stations Nova and Smooth FM. No media owner can control more than two radio licences in a major market.

...

 

 

 

 

Young Gold Coast mum’s alleged killer to face court [MYGC - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 

An elderly man who faced four trials over the death of a woman in Perth more than 20 years ago is about to be sentenced for his crime.

Ronald Leslie Pennington, 86, was found guilty in July of unlawfully killing 41-year-old Cariad Anderson-Slater in 1992. ... [West Australian - 16/9/15]

 

 

 

 



The man accused of the axe-murder of Tara Costigan had allegedly pledged to kill the next woman to take out a domestic violence order against him, according to court documents.

Police have also alleged that Marcus Rappel, 40, fatally struck Ms Costigan while she carried their newborn baby in her arms.

Rappel appeared in a courtroom packed with Ms Costigan's family and friends on Tuesday, and was committed to stand trial on four charges relating to the domestic violence attack in late February.  ... [Canberra Times  15/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

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