Rescuers to monitor humpback whale freed from Gold Coast shark net
A humpback whale that became caught in a shark net in waters off the Gold Coast has been partially freed from the tangle.
Whale-watching tour boats spotted the distressed juvenile on Saturday morning and alerted rescuers at Sea World.
Channel Seven reported rescuers had removed about 80 per cent of the netting from the whale's body before it swam away.
"It would thrash the lower half of its body to one side as if it was trying to free itself," Sea World's Mitchell LeRoy told the network.
"We are notifying the fisheries departments up and down the coast - they'll keep an eye out and we will get reports as the animal moves forwards."
Fourteen ships have been identified as possible sources of a film of oil [an OIL SLICK] stretching, in broken sections, 30 kilometres long and five kilometres wide south of Townsville, Patrick Quirk, general manager of Maritime Services Queensland said on Saturday. ... [Brisbane Times - 19/7/15]
... He said a sample of oil had been taken from the water by a police vessel and would be compared with samples also drawn from about 14 nearby oil tankers. ... <------ WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT. ALL SHIPPING SHOULD BE CHECKED - ESPECIALLY ANY MILITARY SHIPPING - WHO HAVE A RECORD FOR DISREGARDING THE ENVIRONMENT.
Aerial searches of water along the Great Barrier Reef have failed to spot any evidence of large patches of crude oil.
Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said there had been visual evidence of oil on the water near Cape Upstart late on Friday.
But aerial searches with ultra-violet sensors on Saturday morning had come back negative, he said.
“It's a big ocean and a little bit of oil goes a long way," Mr Quirk said in Brisbane.
The US aircraft carrier which dumped rubbish into the water near Moreton Island while still in port during its recent visit to Brisbane cannot be prosecuted by Australian authorities because it is allowed to operate outside internationally-recognised pollution laws. ... [Sunshine Coast Daily - 1/2/06]
A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety before burning at least four structures. Two people suffered minor injuries, authorities said Friday. ... [Las Vegas Sun - 17/7/15]
Dozens flee homes as wildfires rage in Greece [Kathimerini - 17/7/15]
Johnny Depp buys Greek island for 4.2 million euros [Greek Reporter - 16/7/15]
UNESCO calls for investigation into death of Indian journalist [Media Release - 17/7/15]
A British man accused of hacking into US government computer networks has been re-arrested by police in the UK.
Lauri Love, 30, of Stradishall in Suffolk, faces charges in the US of hacking into agencies including the US Army, Nasa and the US Federal Reserve.
The Met Police executed an extradition warrant, on behalf of the US, at his house on Ash Walk on Wednesday.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court and was bailed until his next hearing on 1 September. ... [BBC - 16/7/15]
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days. ... [Media Release - 17/7/15]
Armed attack, Suicide bombing left three killed including senior police officer in Pakistan [Khaama - 18/7/15]
Afghanistan: Roadside bomb kills six policemen in Herat [Naharnet - 18/7/15
A bomb blast inside a mosque killed one person and injured nearly a dozen others in the Sholgar district of northern Balkh province, the district chief said on Friday, the first day of Eidul Fitr. ... [Pajhwok - 17/7/15]
Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen near Gaza border [Maan - 18/7/15]
ICC judges order new investigation of Israeli massacre on Mavi Marmara [Electronic Intifada – 17/7/15]
US backed Saudi airstrikes and fighting continues across Yemen [Reuters - 18/7/15]
France shuts public shore before Saudi royals’ visit [Press TV – 18/7/15]
Ban condemns deadly car bomb attack in Saudi Arabia [Media Release - 17/7/15]
United States - and their allies IS - continue attacking Iraq and Syria
… Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things. ...
'Pumped Up Kicks', Foster The People 
US Department of Defense [17/7/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, nine airstrikes struck seven ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL structure and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Raqqah, three airstrikes destroyed an ISIL excavator, three ISIL bridges and an ISIL T-wall.
-- Near Tal Abyad, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:
-- Near Beiji, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tank and destroyed an ISIL sniper position and four ISIL buildings.
-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
-- Near Haditha, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, an ISIL boat and an ISIL barge.
-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL mortar tube, two ISIL buildings and an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL up-armored Humvee.
-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL rocket position and destroyed an ISIL technical vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.
More than 100 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of the country. ... [Reuters - 18/7/15]
Syria Kurds Say IS used chemical weapons against them [Naharnet - 18/7/15]
The Queen wasn't the only one giving Nazi salutes in 1930s. Someone should tell that horrible old fascist Rupert Murdoch.
Fascist demonstration, 3 October 1937 [National
Media Museum Collection]
With new laws about to be introduced that could strip the Australian citizenship of dual nationals, some of those who were interned – held without trial – in Northern Ireland in the 1970s are concerned.
Dr Gerardo Papalia of Monash University in Melbourne says there is a precedent for their fears. … [Irish Echo – 18/7/15]
Fascism happens when good people let fascists speak at a Childcare Conference ---> ... The minister [Scott "fluffy" Morrison"] has told a conference of more than 1000 early childhood educators a federation review process is underway, which he says will put pressure on states such as Queensland and NSW to do more for their respective childcare systems. ... [Yahoo - 18/7/15]
Check the "Dinner" sponsor.
#HESTA, divest from Transfield & the detention industry | #Manus #Nauru [xborderops – 23/1/15]
Standing against Border Force Act in WA #wewillnotbesilenced #NoJailForOurDuty ...
Parliament House, Perth
Image: @SOgnenis [18/7/15]
9 month ban on Australia's acceptance of UNHCR refugees continues being ignored by "opposition" and human rights establishment [SBS - 9/7/15]
... Comment is being sought from now Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the UNHCR.
South East Asia
Australia's corrupt political, media and human rights establishment allows Dutton to get away with ongoing atrocities against refugees [Ray Hadley interview - 2GB/4BC - 16/7/15]:
JOURNALIST: Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has reportedly used some of her travel entitlements to go and observe the rescue of boat people in the Mediterranean.
Now, I was reading in detail about this. This is a boat that’s put there, by some wealthy American I think, and it’s basically a ferry service which conveys those people straight to Italy and therefore encourages the smugglers to sell them tickets and get them on a boat, which will be rescued by this large vessel she’s on.
PETER DUTTON: Well this is pretty much the approach that Julia Gillard had when she was in Government with the Greens.
It’s a beacon out on the high seas and this is part of the reason that 1200 people died coming to Australia.
Why Hanson-Young would want to try and use this as an example for us to follow again, it just demonstrates to me that they haven’t learned from the mistakes that they’ve made in the past.
I suspect that’s why the left of the Labor Party is going to roll Bill Shorten when it comes to boats policy at the ALP Conference. It’s just madness.
JOURNALIST: Just on this in relation to her, she gets part of her travel entitlements, Sarah Hanson-Young because, I think I’m right in saying Julia Gillard stopped all this nonsense, but is there some kind of grandfather clause where the money stays there, in some way?
PETER DUTTON: I don’t know all the detail, but I think there was a grandfathering arrangement, from memory, which means that she would have some money that she’s used for so called ‘study leave’, so she’s gone across there and gone to Rome and other places, as I understand it.
But, as I say, it just defies logic, Ray. Why you’d want to repeat these mistakes of the past. We’ve come up with a solution to stop the boats. People smugglers are still out there looking for any crack, any opportunity. They would be desperate to see a change of Government at the next election so that they can get people back onto boats.
If you have these operations out in the sea the boats will continue to make a beeline for them, because they know they’ll be picked up there and then taken to safe sanctuary somewhere else.
You can’t stop every boat, you can’t pick up everyone that makes the voyage and ultimately you’ll end up with people at the bottom of the ocean.
I just don’t know why Labor and the Greens want to continue down this path.
The Star [18/7/15]:
… But even those who are in Malaysia don’t have it easy. If they are lucky, they are able to work informal jobs for a menial salary.
Nurul said that he could not get treatment for a whole host of health problems he was suffering from, even though he had valid refugee status. It doesn’t help that he can’t work, he said.
“I have to depend on the community to help me out, to pay for my rent and food,” said Nurul.
As of April, there were almost 46,000 Rohingya registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country.
There are many more who are still seeking refugee status, such as 22-year-old Anwar Shah, who has only been in the country for about seven months.
In Myanmar, he said that congregation at mosques is not allowed and that he was arrested several times for trying to pray with his friends.
Fed up with the situation, he came to Malaysia with his uncle paying the cost for him.
Unlike at home, he can pray anytime he wants at the surau Al-Islamiah, where the main congregation is made up of Rohingya.
He, however, can’t work or go anywhere he pleases as he fears arrest by the authorities.
“I am very confused … My family is facing ethnic cleansing in Arakan. But at the same time, there are many problems here. I want to go back to Myanmar one day … not now … but one day I hope,” he said.
Australian frigate visits Mauritius [Navy Daily - 18/7/15]
ALP, LNP agree "stakeholders" require certainty re planning "reform"
Queensland Parliament Hansard [17/7/15]:
Hon. SJ HINCHLIFFE (Sandgate—ALP) (Leader of the House) (9.51 am), by leave, without notice: I move—
That the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee suspend its consideration of the:
• Planning and Development (Planning for Prosperity) Bill 2015;
• Planning and Development (Planning Court) Bill 2015;
• Planning and Development (Planning for Prosperity—Consequential Amendments) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
and not report until the House further resolves.
Mr NICHOLLS (Clayfield—LNP) (9.51 am): I rise to support this motion. The bills, as you know, Mr Speaker, are private members’ bills that I introduced with a reporting back date that was agreed to by the House of 13 October this year, giving some five months for consideration of the bills. Since then, I have had some discussions not only with you, Mr Speaker, but with the Deputy Premier in relation to them and I have also had representations by members of industry. In those discussions, it has been made apparent that there is more to be gained by a joint consideration of the bills, including the bills that are proposed to be introduced into the House by the Deputy Premier. In terms of resourcing, these are complex pieces of legislation, with the three bills from our side comprising hundreds of pages. So it seems to me to be sensible and reasonable that we do that. I note that you, Mr Speaker, have received some correspondence and I have copies of that here which I am prepared to table.
Tabled paper: Letter, dated 16 July 2015, from Mr Greg Hallam PSM, Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Association of Queensland, to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Peter Wellington, regarding submission on planning bills.
Tabled paper: Letter, dated 14 July 2014, from Mr Chris Mountford, Queensland Executive Director, Property Council of Australia, to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Peter Wellington, regarding planning legislation.
I think it is important that this matter is brought back to the House and not resolved by the CLA or the committee itself. There are two principles: the first is the reporting back date, which the Leader of the House has just moved be deferred for further consideration; and the second is that it is the House that made the resolution for the reporting back date so it ought to be the House that changes that or agrees to any change to it or suspension in it.
The other issue is that those stakeholders who are interested in this legislation have a clear understanding of what is to happen. Since the decision was made by the committee considering the bills, the stakeholders have been wondering what it is they need to do next. This now puts it clearly on the record that that is the case. They have a clear path forward. I want to also acknowledge the cooperation from the Deputy Premier, in a rare outbreak of bipartisanship in relation to this matter.
Hon. JA TRAD (South Brisbane—ALP) (Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade) (9.53 am): And I will continue the rare outbreak of bipartisanship in relation to this matter. The Better planning for Queensland directions paper has been out for almost two months now. During those consultations, it has become clear that stakeholders were involved in quite a comprehensive engagement process under the previous LNP government, and they did not want to see that thrown away.
Mr Seeney interjected.
Ms TRAD: I know the member for Callide is getting a bit enthusiastic over there because he does have some responsibility for the planning bills that were brought into this House by the member for Clayfield. It has become clear that the stakeholders want some certainty from this parliament. They do not want to be using up their very scarce resources on a number of duplicated processes, so I think this is a mature decision. I thank the member for Callide for engaging with me in this matter, I also thank the parliamentary committee for considering this application, and I thank you, Mr Speaker, for considering this.
Question put—That the motion be agreed to.
Motion agreed to.
Parliament also passed the following legislation:
State Development and Public Works Organisation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
Appropriation (Parliament) Bill
Gold Coast Airport set for $200 million upgrade before Games [Brisbane Times - 18/7/15]
Lawyers acting for about 150 retirees have launched a class action to try and recover millions of dollars of savings lost by a failed Queensland investment fund.
Wickham Securities went into liquidation in 2013, leaving its investors about $27 million in the lurch.
The class action, filed by Shine Lawyers on behalf of lead applicants Graeme and Marion Clarke on Friday, is against Wickham's trustee company Sandhurst. ... [Brisbane Times - 17/8/15]
Penny Wright to step aside as a Greens Senator for South Australia [Media Release - 17/7/15]
Senator Glenn Lazarus [14/7/15]:
This week I am in Cairns establishing a regional office, undertaking community consultations, meeting with business leaders and visiting service organisations. Below are photos from an 'Advance Cairns' breakfast and media interviews.
Tsipras purges leftists [Ekathimerini - 17/715]
German lawmakers on Friday approved entering into detailed negotiations for a Greek bailout amid a simmering international debate over providing more debt relief to Athens and intensifying questions about whether Greece would be better off leaving the European common currency. ... [New York Times - 17/7/15]
Greece, Europe, and the United States, James K. Galbraith [Harpers - 16/7/15]:
... What will become of Europe? Clearly the hopes of the pro-European, reformist left are now over. That will leave the future in the hands of the anti-European parties, including UKIP, the National Front in France, and Golden Dawn in Greece. These are ugly, racist, xenophobic groups; Golden Dawn has proposed concentration camps for immigrants in its platform. The only counter, now, is for progressive and democratic forces to regroup behind the banner of national democratic restoration. Which means that the left in Europe will also now swing against the euro. ...
Gold Coast police target Robina Town Centre road rage
QPS Media [17/7/15]:
... Police from the Robina Police Station have noticed several complaints which have come through from motorists in and around the Robina Town Centre.
Police have received several complaints of road rage incidents ranging from as severe as Tailgating and verbal abuse to drivers honking their horns are other motorists who are not travelling at an appropriate speed.
The majority of these complaints occur during peak driving times, where the traffic flow slows.
These times are generally between 8.30am to 9.30am and 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
Police are aware of the congestion around the Robina Town Centre area, in particularly the Robina Town Centre drive and we urge drivers to be mindful of this when using these roads at the stipulated times.
Please consider doing the following;
• Leaving 10 to 15 minutes earlier
• Playing calming music during your drive
• Avoiding congested areas
• Being mindful of other motorists
Taking other means of transport also assists in easing congestion.
If you are commuting a short distance to school or work, consider walking or riding to your destination.
Walking or riding is an excellent way to stay healthy and stimulates endorphins which will assist you in having a more fun and happy day.
Police from the Robina Town Centre Shopfront and the Robina Police Station are constantly performing regular traffic and speed management patrols in this area.
This will increase as a part of our road safety campaign which is due to commence in the coming weeks.
Please take care and be mindful of other commuters on your roads.
Drug test leaves Ocean Shores man with unpleasant taste [Tweed Shire Echo - 17/7/15]:
... Mr Podhajsky has heard nothing since and is now concerned that if he refuses a test in the future that he may be charged and end up in court.
He contacted Echonetdaily after reading recent reports questioning the effectiveness of the roadside drug-testing regime.
Those reports have centred around results from last month’s state-wide Operation Saturation, which indicate that a third of motorists in the northern rivers area, who tested positive during the roadside test, then tested negative in the testing bus. ...
Serious traffic crash, Coombabah
QPS Media [17/7/15]:
Police are investigating a serious traffic crash that occurred earlier today in Coombabah.
Around 4.15pm, two cars collided on Pine Ridge Road near the intersection of Coombabah Road.
The driver on one of the vehicles, a 57-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 19-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
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.
Appeal for witnesses: Serious traffic crash, Maryvale
QPS Media [17/7/15]:
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a serious traffic crash that occurred on the Cunningham Highway at Maryvale yesterday afternoon.
Initial investigations suggest that about 2:55pm on Thursday July 16, a Ford sedan travelling north on the highway, left the road and hit a street sign which impaled the front windscreen. The vehicle came to a stop in a nearby field.
The passenger of the vehicle, a 45-year-old woman, was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries, and the driver, a 44-year-old woman, was transported to Warwick Base Hospital for observation.
The Warwick Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigation and is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers.
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.
Elderly woman hit by bus at Logan
Firefighters have freed an elderly woman trapped underneath a bus south of Brisbane.
The woman was hit by the bus on Wembley Road at Logan Central about 11.25am on Friday.
She suffered a head injury and was trapped underneath the bus for about half an hour.
Girl in critical condition after being struck by car in Adelaide Hills
A girl is in a critical condition after being struck by a car at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills this afternoon, police say.
The incident happened on Matthew Road at about 2:30pm.
The girl, 9, was taken to the Women's and Children's Hospital in a serious condition.
Major Crash Investigators attended the scene.
Police are calling on any witnesses who have not yet spoken to them to contact Crime Stoppers.
On Friday morning Bathurst woke to a carpet of snow, sub-zero temperatures and a murder suicide that took the lives of two of its most prominent citizens.
The bodies of businessman Elie Issa and his girlfriend Nadia Cameron were found by a family member just before midday inside their home in the central-western NSW city.
A firearm was also found in the Rosemont Avenue residence.
Mr Issa was a widely respected Bathurst businessman and restaurateur, known for entertaining the likes of former governor-general Quentin Bryce and Australian rugby league star Brent Tate.
... [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/7/15]
18 July 2015