Police appeal for witnesses after 18yo suffers severe burns on Gold Coast


 ABC [22/11/15]:



A teenager with critical burns to his upper body and face told police he was doused in petrol and set alight on the Gold Coast.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the injured 18-year-old made his way to a person's front door on Wardoo Street, Southport, pleading for help about 7:45am.

A Queensland Police Service (QPS) spokesman said it was unclear where the incident occurred, but the man's silver Toyota Camry with NSW number plate BM 52 VZ was discovered parked on Baratta Street, which runs off Wardoo Street.

"Initial investigation suggests someone has set him alight, but we don't know that for sure, that is why we are appealing for witnesses to come forward," the spokesman said.

Critical care paramedic Grant Gamble said they found the man with significant burns to his face, neck, back and shoulders.

"He was in a significant amount of pain," he said.

"Our big concern was his airway. Unfortunately when burns occur sometimes the first thing people do is take a deep breath and that can burn the airway."

Mr Gamble said it was possible an accelerant was used.

"It appears for those burns to occur and rapidly, I'd speculate that an accelerant was used. What accelerant I can't say exactly," he said.

The man was placed into an induced coma before being taken to the burns unit at the Royal Brisbane and Woman's Hospital.

Police confirmed the incident was not Schoolies-related.

Anyone with information that could assist should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.







A Wollongong man has been charged with assault following the death of his partner in suspicious circumstances. ... [ABC - 22/11/15]





A five-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being stabbed multiple times in Ballarat. 

Police have arrested a 23-year-old Mitchell Park man, who is in custody.

Paramedics were called to outside the Mitchell Apartments on Learmonth Road in Mitchell Park just before 3pm on Sunday. 

The girl, who had stab wounds to her abdomen and upper body, was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital, where she remains in a critical but stable condition. 

Ballarat Police Senior Sergeant Neil Robinson said the stabbing was not domestic violence, with the girl and man unrelated to each other. 

However, police at the scene confirmed both lived at the apartment complex.  ... [The Age - 22/11/15]




Domestic violence identified as main driver of rising rate of homeless women in Queensland [ABC - 21/11/15]






Man sets fire to his Brisbane home after allegedly threatening ex-wife, children [ABC - 20/11/15]:


A man has been taken into custody after a tense stand-off which ended with a house being set on fire in Brisbane on Thursday night.

The drama begin just before 7:00pm local time when police responded to reports of a man allegedly making threats against his ex-wife and children at their Wynnum West home.

When officers arrived the man had already left his ex-wife's home.

Police Inspector Steve Flori said the man went back to his own house, locked the doors, armed himself with a knife and then set the house on fire.

He said the man lit the fire in the rear bedroom. "I authorised an emergency action to extract him and allow entry for the fire service to put the fire out," Inspector Flori said.

"There is some reasonable damage to the house, but there are no injuries to the male involved, and two police officers have received minor smoke inhalation."






A woman who believed her former partner was a pedophile when she hit him with a car then repeatedly punched him has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

Tameka Seymour, 28, avoided jail on Friday after admitting she swerved into the man in Cairns before assaulting him in October last year. ... [Yahoo - 20/11/15]






Tactical response group officers surrounded a house in Wilson after a shot was fired at a car earlier this morning. ... [West Australian - 20/11/15]





Child Abuse Royal Commission: Complaint protocols not always followed, Brisbane Archbishop tells inquiry [ABC - 20/11/15]




... A court was told that in the months before the murder Ashby’s former wife expressed concerns to Mrs Ashby that it was evident during phone calls between them he was off his medication and that if he had a psychotic episode, he may harm the 68-year-old.

In a statement released exclusively toThe West Australian, Ashby’s sister Emma Ashby said her mother brought up those concerns but nothing was done to admit her brother to hospital, which in her opinion would have prevented the murder. ... [West Australian - 22/11/15]




Barrett inquiry: Queensland departments unable to provide documents until after reporting date [ABC - 19/11/15]





Shooting incident, Bundamba [QPS Media - 20/11/15]






An elderly pedestrian has been killed near Bundaberg in Queensland after he was struck by a car while crossing the road. ... [Yahoo - 22/11/15]



30 injured in Defence Force NSW bus crash [West Australian - 22/11/15]





Serious traffic incident, Nambour [QPS Media - 21/11/15]





Serious traffic crash, Maudsland [QPS Media - 20/11/15]




Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic incident that claimed the life of a woman in Southport on Monday night, November 16.

The crash occurred around 7pm and initial reports indicate that a woman walked onto Wardoo Street before being struck by a vehicle travelling north.

Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit are urging any members of the public who may have seen the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. [QPS Media - 20/11/15]





Police pursuits kill [West Australian - 22/11/15]




Woman dead after being pinned by car in Ipswich [Brisbane Times – 19/11/15]




Surfers Paradise police crack down on electric bikes [QPS Media - 20/11/15]





Police are investigating several incidents in Aurukun last night including the suspicious death of a man.

At around 9.20pm, police responded to reports that a 30-year-old man had been hit by a motor vehicle.

The man was taken to the Aurukun Clinic where he later died.

Earlier in the evening, at around 7.15pm, police responded to reports a firearm had been discharged and upon arrival a police car was struck by shotgun pellets.

Soon after, officers located a group of men who began throwing rocks at the police vehicle and later in the evening a vehicle was set alight.

Police believe the incidents may be linked and are appealing for anyone who may have information to come forward.

Officers from Weipa and Cairns arrived in Aurukun this morning to assist with investigations into the incidents.

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. [QPS Media - 22/11/15]





Children taken into custody after stealing food, Mt Isa [QPS Media - 20/11/15]





A 19-year-old man has been charged following an alleged unlawful wounding incident in Clontarf this morning. ... [QPS Media - 21/11/15]





Police are appealing for public assistance after a bus driver was assaulted and robbed in Minyama last night. Around 6.30pm, a bus driver pulled in at a bus stop on Nicklin Way and a man boarded the bus.

The man and the driver were involved in an argument about the fare, and the man then punched the driver in the arm and head before grabbing a handful of coins and fleeing the scene.

The 51-year-old bus driver received bruising and abrasions to his head and knee and was treated at the scene for his injuries.

No one else was injured as a result of the incident.

The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 183cms tall and had a slim build and short facial hair.

Investigations are continuing. ... [QPS Media - 20/11/15]





Charges: Disturbance, Kingaroy [QPS Media - 20/11/15]





Armed robbery, Flinders View [QPS Media - 22/11/15]





Armed robbery charge, Merrimac [QPS Media - 22/11/15]





A man has been tasered after allegedly brandishing a block of wood at a police officer during a home invasion in central Queensland.

An officer used the device to detain the 28-year-old after he broke into a house at Baralaba and threatened occupants with a length of timber.

He's now facing a raft of charges, including serious assault police while armed, and will front Rockhampton Magistrates Court on November 23. [Yahoo - 21/11/15]





A man has been charged after police located a large quantity of what they alleged to be Cannabis hidden in a vehicle at Warwick yesterday.

Around 1.15pm Saturday afternoon officers performing patrols on the Cunningham Highway intercepted a four wheel drive. It will be alleged that during a subsequent search of the vehicle officers located sealed packages containing Cannabis secreted beneath the floor.

The vehicle was seized and police will allege they located in total over 12 kilograms of Cannabis within the vehicle. A 58-year-old Victorian man has been charged with possessing dangerous drugs, supplying dangerous drugs and possessing anything used in the commission of crime.

He is expected to appear at the Warwick Magistrates Court on Monday (November 23). ... [QPS Media - 22/11/15]





Two men have been charged after Toowoomba police executed search warrants at two separate addresses in the Toowoomba area yesterday. ... [QPS Media - 21/11/15]




Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley 'extremely embarrassed' over involvement in drug manufacturing syndicate [ABC - 20/11/15]





The CFMEU has obtained a Federal Court injunction stopping the Australian Federal Police from inspecting material seized in a raid at the trade union's Brisbane headquarters. ... [Yahoo - 20/11/15]




Indian mining giant Adani misled the National Native Title Tribunal when seeking approval for its  massive Galilee Basin coalmine, according to Mr Burragubba, spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners' Council. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/11/15]





Amount of voluntary redundancies at George Fisher better than Glencore expected [North West Star - 20/11/15]





Huge amounts of gas leaked from underground coal gasification trial site, court told [ABC - 19/11/15]:


A court has heard workers at Linc Energy's underground coal gasification trial site on the Western Darling Downs recorded huge amounts of gas escaping from the wells in 2007.

Queensland's Environment Department has accused the mining company of causing irreversible damage to the environment by allowing toxic chemicals and gases to escape into agricultural land.

Linc Energy is defending five charges of serious environmental harm. Entries from a log book were presented to the Dalby Magistrates Court, in which operators reported having heart palpitations and stinging eyes after being exposed to gas on the site near Chinchilla.

Hydrogeologist Dr Gary Love began work at the facility in June 2008.

In his testimony today, he drew on a series of log book entries by gasifier operators written prior to his period of employment.

"More gas appears to be escaping, we both experienced heart palpitations," the entry from October 2007.

"Eyes stinging. Relief only achieved by flushing with water," another entry on the same day said.

Prosecutor Ralph Devlin QC asked Dr Love if the incidents could be explained by "a couple of leaking wells".

"No. There has to be significant amounts of gas coming out to cover an area of that size and to have it register inside a mobile office," Dr Love replied.

The committal hearing has been adjourned until November 23.






Concerned community members gathered at the New Hope Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Ipswich today to plead with the company’s shareholders to help landholders who will be negatively affected by proposed New Hope coal mine expansions.

The event focused on New Hope’s proposed expansion of the Acland mine stage 3 on the Darling Downs and the proposed Colton mine on the Mary River, near Maryborough – both which will have devastating impacts on local famers, landholders and communities. ... [Lock The Gate - 19/11/15]





Esperance fire emergency [West Australian - 22/11/15]





A large vegetation fire on the Southport Spit, which caused the evacuation of Sea World and its resort, has been brought under control.

Emergency services were called to the blaze, burning near Seaworld Drive, about 9:45am. It forced Queensland Police Service to declare an emergency situation in the area at 11:00am.

At the fire's peak, water-bombing helicopters were brought in to assist with up to 13 Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) ground crews.

Smoke from the blaze also forced the evacuation of Sea World, its adjacent resort and a nearby recreational area as a precaution for a couple of hours.

They have since been allowed to reopen. ... [ABC - 21/11/15]





Humpbacks & High-Rises [21/11/15]:



Devastating news from the Spit on the Gold Coast.

Thousands of volunteers hours were spend to replant this area and some of it was lost to flames today.

We stand with the Friends of Federation Walk who put so much effort into making the Spit a place for nature, runners, bikers, bird watchers and beach goers ‪#‎savethespit






A leading defence strategist has urged the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to consider national security, not just economics when it considers bids for the nation's largest electricity grid.

The sale of the New South Wales poles and wires, or Transgrid, is estimated to raise $9 billion for the State Government.

The successful bidder would be the biggest player in the national electricity grid and own part of the Federal Government's fibre optic network, as well as control much of the nation's backup electricity supply.

There are several contenders, but one of the leading bidders is the Chinese government-owned State Grid, which is partnering up with Macquarie Infrastructure.

Other bidders include foreign companies from Canada and the Middle East, however the State Grid Corporation's interest is raising concerns in defence circles.

The NSW Government said it expected to announce a successful bidder for Transgrid by the end of the year, but that appropriate approvals would need to be given by the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission and the FIRB. ... [ABC - 21/11/15]





Russian PM calls for united fight against ISIS at East Asia summit [The Malaysian Insider - 22/11/15]





China said on Sunday that the United States was making political provocations with its patrols in the disputed South China Sea, as tensions around the strategic waterways mount.

China will continue to construct military facilities on artificial islands it is building, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The facilities are needed to protect the islands, he said.

Washington was testing Beijing with its insistence on "freedom of navigation" in the strategic waterway, he said. ... [Reuters - 22/11/15]








Nearly 80 bodies pulled from landslide at Myanmar jade mine in Kachin State, 100 still missing [Reuters - 22/11/15]





Southeast Asian nations on Sunday established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of US$2.6 trillion. ... [Channel News Asia - 22/11/15]




US eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP pact [Japan Today - 22/11/15]




More than 50 members of NGOs and political parties gathered in #KL today to voice protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPPA) amid a visit by #US #president Barack #Obama to #Malaysia.

Led by coalition lobby group NGO Bantah TPPA, its chairman Mohd Nizam Mahshar said the protestors represented 52 groups who were against the #trade deal which has yet to be ratified.

He said there was no guarantee that TPPA would benefit the country as the agreement would prioritise the interests of foreign countries and companies first.

The groups taking part in today's gathering were Isma, Perkasa, Abim and Kongres Rakyat.

 #Muslim group, Hizbut Tahrir, held a separate #protest outside the #KLCC shopping centre. ... [The Malaysian Insider - 22/11/15]





Bangladesh hangs two opposition leaders for war crimes committed during 1971 war [First Post - 22/11/15]





Canada plans to fly in 900 Syrian refugees a day as of next month, according to media reports, as the defense minister said showing compassion for these people sends a message to Islamic State extremists.

Canadian officials said details of a plan to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by year's end would be announced Tuesday.


At a security forum in the Atlantic port city of Halifax, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said by welcoming Syrian refugees, Ottawa was also striking at IS.

"This crisis is not just about a humanitarian project," he said in his opening remarks to military commanders and defense ministers from around the world.

"This also sends a great message to ISIS that you might create this environment for us, but we will not let you take advantage of this," he said, using an alternate acronym for the IS group.

"By doing our part for this, we are actually hitting ISIS in a different way as well." ...  [Yahoo - 21/11/15]





Where's the boat that arrived on Christmas Island last Friday?




What did you do with the refugees?




Where are they?




And where is the journalism?





 Great morning with @JulieBishopMP, Mr Fumio Kishida and Mr Gen Nakatani on HMAS Canberra ahead of #AusJapan15 talks.


Image:  ‏@MarisePayne [22/11/15]





Prime Minister of Australia Doorstop interview, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [22/11/15]:

































British media helps Australian media invisibilise refugees imprisoned in the gulag archipelago by legitimising government's ugly "handpicked Syrian refugees who don't come by boat" PR stunt [Guardian - 22/11/15]





Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.





Australian extremism is evident in the mainstream - i.e. the political, media and human rights establishment's silence on fate of this refugee boat



We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.

We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.

But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.



Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]



Image:   ‏@KJBar [20/11/15]




Counter protesting a minority group of  uneducated, underprivileged bigots like Reclaim Australia allows the lying, warmongering fascists in the major parties and the media to appear reasonable - and free to continue perpetrating and propagandising human rights atrocities







SBS [20/11/15]:



...  Christmas Island shire president Gordon Thomson said locals spotted the fishing boat early on Friday morning about 100 to 200 metres from Smith Point, the entry to the island's harbour.

By the time he arrived to join onlookers at Smith Point before 7am, the boat was being towed by an Australian navy patrol boat and was about 3 to 5km out to sea.


"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island," he told AAP.


"It's a wicked thing to do."






@gordonthomsonci [21/11/15]:   Secret state#29 Indofishboat at Xmas Is Thurs 8 men on board Patrolboat towed it out to sea to north Did customs issue port clearance?





 Mountz: image showing #Australia's onshore and offshore #detention sites ...



Image:  ‏@AudraLMitchell [12/11/15]





Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]




@AudraLMitchell:   Mountz: 'islands within islands'- proliferation of spaces of isolation, #ChristmasIsland detention centre ...






‏@AudraLMitchell:   Image of a memorial from a #refugee camp on Christmas island from Mountz lecture (photo by K. Coddington) ...






10 rednecks in Penrith and a bunch of Melton skinheads did not imprison this refugee child on Nauru for over 800 days. ALP and LNP fascists did. [Free the Children NAURU - 19/11/15]





... what we have in Western politics is neither the extreme Left nor the extreme Right but an extreme centre. And this extreme centre encompasses both centre-Right and centre-Left, which agree on fundamentals – waging wars abroad, occupying countries and punishing the poor, pushing through austerity measures. It doesn’t matter which party’s in power either in the United States or in the Western world… things, you know, carry on like before. There’s continuity from one regime to the next, which affects the functioning of the media, which has become more and more narrow so there’s very little diversity, very few debates constructed within the mainstream media. And, that is a big characteristic now ...  a dictatorship of capital which is exercised through this extreme centre. ...



Tariq Ali [Episode 11 - The World Tomorrow - 2012]




All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:


... Welcome to Australia director Brad Chilcott has publicly supported a policy of turn-backs in breach of the principle of non-refoulement.

In advance of the ALP conference, which he attended as a delegate for the increasingly inappropriately named left faction of the party, Chilcott called for the ALP to ‘neutralise’ a divisive debate by ‘closing the ocean route to Australia’.

This, from the leader of an organisation that takes its motto from the national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas.’

Writing in The Australian, Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds makes a more reluctant argument for the same conclusion: that organisations supporting refugees should embrace the opportunity for bipartisan consensus by abandoning active support for the principle of non-refoulement:


Although we may not like turnbacks, it is clear the policy is here to stay. Now we and other advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers must look beyond this aspect of the policy and concentrate our efforts on implementing a genuine regional framework, which we have long called for.


As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.

But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.

They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’  ...







Sri Lanka's ex-navy chief denies operating secret jail [Bangkok Post - 21/11/1]:



Sri Lanka's former navy chief on Saturday denied operating secret jails during the country's 37-year ethnic war, local media reported, after UN experts urged an investigation into what they said were torture chambers.

Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda rejected UN experts' claims that a secret prison hidden inside the main naval base in the island's northeast was used to torture minority Tamil prisoners, under his command.

Karannagoda said the "prison" hidden inside the base in the port city of Trincomalee was actually a British World War II air raid shelter used to house breakaway Tamil rebels collaborating with the military.

"The navy had no option but to accommodate them in previously unused buildings. We used British-time air raid shelters," he was quoted by the local English-language Island daily as saying.

"We didn't operate torture chambers in Trincomalee."

The main Tamil National Alliance opposition demanded in parliament Saturday that Karannagoda be arrested for his alleged involvement, demanding an investigation.

"Today, he is walking free," legislator M. A. Sumanthiran said. "How is it possible. He should be arrested and questioned."

Sri Lanka's former regime consistently denied the existence of secret jails, but the new administration which came to power in January, has agreed to investigate.

A court heard last month that at least 11 Tamil students had been held in the facility illegally between 2008 and 2009 and subsequently killed.

However, it was the UN panel which for the first time characterised it as a "secret illegal prison", saying it toured the 12-cell underground jail hidden inside the sprawling naval base in Trincomalee.

Sri Lankan authorities are already conducting a separate murder investigation into allegations that sailors close to Karannagoda abducted Tamil youngsters and extorted money from their families.

The main suspect in that case is a close aide of Karannagoda who was made ambassador to Japan by the former regime, but recalled to Sri Lanka by the new government earlier this year.

President Maithripala Sirisena's government has promised to punish war criminals and set up a truth commission to help heal the wounds of the conflict that ended in 2009, when the military crushed Tamil rebels.




Former LTTE cadre found dead after witnessing murder attempt [Tamil Guardian - 21/11/15]









US Ambassador to the UN (and genocide expert) arrives in Sri Lanka to survey ongoing pacification of Tamil population [Tamil Guardian - 17/11/15]





22 November 2015