They came with their laws and legislations,

Along with rules and regulations.

Enforcing them upon a people of a different race.

And committing genocide, what a disgrace.

With corrupt minds and greedy souls,

Killing and stealing is their goals.

For over 200 years we had it tough,

We say no more - Enough’s enough.

We want our freedom,

Our self determination,

Our kids and our lands,

So we can be our own nation.

We sick of their policies and propaganda of lies,

Their whole system stinks

With thieves in disguise.

Where is the Treaty or consent?

We never ceded to this foreign government.

We will stand up and fight,

We will not go away,

We will not be silent,

We're here to stay.



by Daniel Whyman via [Aboriginal Tent Embassy]

 

 

 

 

 

1 Palestinian killed, 1 injured after alleged attack in Beit Shemesh [Maan - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces shot and killed a Jewish man in central Jerusalem overnight Wednesday after mistaking him for a "Palestinian attacker," Israeli police and media said. ... [Maan - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

IDF kills Hebron peace activist, Hashem Azzeh [Muftah - 21/10/15]:

 

 

Hashem Azzeh was the Israeli government’s worst nightmare.

First, he was Palestinian. Second, he was educated, a medical doctor. Third, he was a leader in his community. Which brings us to his next offense, he was a peace activist. Finally, and perhaps most aggravating for the Israeli state, he adamantly refused to be forced from his home in Hebron’s Old City – though the IDF and Israeli settlers, who lived in houses perched right above his, never tired of using intimidation and violence to try and push Hashem and his young family from their home.

IDF soldiers are a constant presence in the Old City, providing cover for the approximately 500 Israeli settlers who lord over and terrorize the tens of thousands of Palestinians who live in this part of Hebron. Today, October 21, those soldiers killed Hashem Azzeh.

...

 

 

 

Israeli and American teams are putting together a plan to increase annual U.S. military aid to Israel by as much as $1 billion, on top of the current $3.1 billion, a source close to the military aid process said Wednesday. ... [Haaretz - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is being sued in the United States over his nation's deadly raid of six Turkish boats trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2010, an event that still affects relations between Turkey and Israel.

The Turkish parents of 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, among nine killed in the raid, sued Barak in federal court in Los Angeles on October 16, claiming unlawful death and torture.

Barak, Israel's defence minister at the time of the raid, was served with the papers on Tuesday after he gave a speech near Los Angeles. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes on Sa'ada, Sana'a, Hajjah provinces [Press TV - 22/10/15]

 

 



Yemen: 3.3 million people in need of critical aid in besieged Taiz, warns UN health agency [Media Release - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

Six killed in eastern Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels [Yahoo - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

South Sudan faces the "concrete risk" of famine by the end of 2015 and 30,000 people are already classified as being in a food security catastrophe, a statement from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said on Thursday.

The IPC, whose members include the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, said famine had not been officially declared because it was hard to get data from conflict zones.

"There is a great concern that famine may exist in the coming months but it may not be possible to validate it at that time due to lack of evidence as the result of limited access to the affected areas and populations," it said. [Reuters - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

20 shot dead by Boko Haram in NE Nigeria: locals [Daily Nation - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Philippines:  6 killed, 9 wounded as soldier runs amuck in Basilan military camp [Phil Star - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

The United States, Britain, France and Germany sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council's Iran sanctions committee on Wednesday notifying it of Tehran's recent missile test and demanded action in response to what they said was a violation. ... [Reuters - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [21/10/15]:


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

Attack and fighter aircraft conducted four airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL structures, two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL resupply point.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Kisik, six strikes struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility and destroyed five separate ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL bomb, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 14 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL light machine gun, and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed ISIL mortar fire.

-- Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed 16 ISIL fighting positions.

...

 

 

 

 

A military source said the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, carried out 46 sorties within the past 24 hours which targeted 83 terrorist sites in the Syrian provinces of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, Damascus Countryside, and Lattakia. ... [SANA - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Humanitarian situation in Iraq ‘deteriorating and growing more complex,’ UN relief wing reports [Media Release - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan:  District Chief for Jaghato, Ghazni killed [TOLO News - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Journalists in central Parwan province have denounced the beating of Metra Television reporter by police and demanded the issue be investigated by the provincial council. ... [Pajhwok - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

At least 21 militants were killed late on Wednesday in fresh airstrikes near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

“Twenty-one militants were killed in air trikes in Rajgal and Tirah areas of Khyber Agency,” Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. ... [Tribune - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

France's interior minister on Wednesday reinforced security in the port city of Calais and said women and children would be given heated tents as migrants and refugees in a makeshift camp face the bitter cold.

The so-called "New Jungle" camp, which is around an hour away on foot from the centre of the northern French city, has swelled in size over recent months as more and more migrants arrive, wanting to cross over to Britain.

Some 6,000 people are now camped out there in cold temperatures, and as winter approaches, aid groups fear that conditions in the area will deteriorate further. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eurotunnel delays after migrants break through boundaries at Calais [Kent Online - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

The Lebanese Navy seized a small fishing boat of 53 migrants attempting to leave the country off the northern coast of Tripoli, a military statement said.

"A navy patrol managed to seize a boat at dawn, three miles (five kilometers) from the Palm Islands," said the statement, referring to the small, flat surfaced islands located just off Tripoli's coast.

The statement noted that the boat was designed to hold just 15 people.

The migrants included eight Lebanese, 28 Palestinians, 14 Syrians and three stateless people. ... [Daily Star - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

The Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed tripping up a Syrian refugee intends to sue the man she targeted while he was trying to escape war and terror.

Petra Laszlo, who was sacked from her N1TV job after the footage went viral, told a Russian newspaper she would sue Osama Abdul Mohsen, 52, for changing his testimony after initially blaming the police, reports said on Wednesday. She also threatened to sue Facebook. ... [Al Jazeera - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

Turkish teenager detained for 'insulting' Erdogan [Ahram - 22/10/15]

 

 

 


The hearing to decide whether the internet businessman should be sent to the United States to face charges has dragged to the end of its fifth week, with no end yet in sight.

The Crown, which is acting for the US, is attempting to block the second of three applications from the men to pause or even halt the proceedings.

The men argue the Crown acted unlawfully and unreasonably, and the only remedy was to end the extradition attempt.

Mr Dotcom's lawyer, Ron Mansfield, told the court the entire prosecution "was commenced for the improper purpose of the United States government mollifying a key benefactor ... the Hollywood studios".

The New Zealand government was "only too eager to please" and had gone along with various requests from the US, Mr Mansfield said.  ... [RNZI - 22/10/15]

 



 

Vanuatu Speaker sentenced to three years in jail [RNZI – 22/10/15]

 

 



Solomons PM to adjourn parliament after mass exodus [RNZI - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Police fire stun grenades as South African student protesters storm parliament [Quartz - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

Indonesia: Jail sought for British journalists who filmed docu on a tourist visa



Rappler [22/10/15]:

Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday, October 22 recommended that two British journalists on trial for trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas be sentenced to 5 months in jail.

Prosecutor Bani Ginting told Batam district court that Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, had been proven "legally and convincingly guilty" of misusing their tourist visas for "inappropriate activity".

"Each of them should be jailed 5 months... and fined 50 million rupiah ($3,700)," he said.

Having no previous convictions, being cooperative and expressing regret for their actions were mitigating factors, he said.

Foreign journalists wanting to report in Indonesia must get a special visa. However, foreign reporters detained in Indonesia for illegal reporting in the past have been deported immediately or handed short prison terms.

The pair arrived in Indonesia in May to shoot the film for production house Wall to Wall with funding from National Geographic, according to their indictment.

It added they had hired several Indonesians to act out a scene of a tanker being boarded by a group of pirates off Batam. The island is in the Malacca Strait, a major shipping lane.

Later Thursday, their lawyer Aristo Pangaribuan called for the court to free the pair, claiming prosecutors lacked evidence.

"The charges could not be proven. Why? They did not define clearly what activities committed by our clients that were considered violations," he told the court.

Pangaribuan also argued that many people were involved in the case, hence making it difficult to pinpoint who the "main perpetrators" were.

"We call on the court to release them immediately," he told AFP after the trial.

The next hearing is expected on October 26.

 

 

Small numbers of rev heads, sand sculptors appear around Surfers Paradise

 

 

 

 

[22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

… Now here in the heart of the city

That big machine keeps rolling on

The rain's still falling down



And I look out over my street

That got caught up in the win

They broke some guy who lived down the block

And threw him back again ...



'Hold On', The Models [1986]

 

 

 

Sunset from the Sundale Bridge [22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Former Geelong Grammar master has 'no recollection' of student alleging abuse, Royal Commission hears [ABC - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

UGH ---->  The Greens have proposed the government’s Nauru investigator Philip Moss as a potential “independent advocate” to assist the Somalian refugee known as Abyan. ... [Guardian - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

DOUBLE UGH -----> ... ‘The Church wants to offer trauma-related counselling and practical support to Abyan, to help her feel supported during and after her pregnancy, and to other women who find themselves in the same horrific situation,’ Bishop Long said. ... [Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

THE ONLY SOLUTION IS FREEDOM.  CLOSE THE CAMPS AND BRING THE REFUGEES TO AUSTRALIA.

 

 

 

 

Justice for Abyan.

 

 

Justice for ALL refugees and asylum seekers being tortured by the Australian government.

 

 

Freedom so sweet

Yet for me

Merely a mirage.



Farhad Bandesh, Manus Island, 27 months

 

 

 

 

Refugee activists deliver roses to Senator Cash's electoral office in Perth via Pema Monaghan [22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Grant Boxer [22/10/15]:    ‪#‎rosesfornauru‬ action outside Immigration Dept and Senator Cash's office ‪#‎closethecamps

 

 

 

 

 

The US asserts its dominance over our region yet remains unquestioned on the human rights atrocities which are occurring? Why? Does the US Ambassador have ANYTHING to say about Australia's torture of refugees on Nauru?  Perhaps she approves?

 

 

US Embassy Suva [18/10/15]:

 

This morning, Ambassador Cefkin met with U.S. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard officers who are among personnel from the U.S. Naval Ship Lewis and Clark.

The Ambassador thanked the military staff for their joint participation with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in the recent "KOA MOANA" (Ocean Warrior) 15-3 training exercise, which was held in Fiji from October 12 – 17, 2015.

U.S. military engagements in the region are a major part of enhancing military-to-military relations with Pacific island nations, and building cooperative capacities particularly in the event of natural disasters.

 

 

Why is this irrelevant for the Australian media? --->  US Ambassador Cefkin with the Republic of Nauru media team [17/8/15]

 

 



Police carry out more raids on Save the Children staff at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Nauru [Guardian - 22/10/15]




In March this year - as refugee women protested their imprisonment on Nauru -  "creatives", intellectuals, opinionators and media chatterati attended the "All About Women" event at the Sydney Opera House.

 

These privileged women knew what was happening to their sisters and they used this gathering and their numbers to say NOTHING.

 

 

@702sydney - ABC Sydney [8/3/15]: A great atmosphere @SydOperaHouse as the audience for #AllAboutWomen start to arrive and @sarahvmac broadcasts live



 

  This is a jail cell where some of the women were imprisoned for 30 hours and given only one bottle of water to share. ... [Refugees on Nauru - 5/3/15]

 





Where have you been Anne Summers?



Applauding Gillard then suddenly caring about the rights of women on Nauru is GROSS.

 

Australia's Guantanamo-inspired refugee policies appear to be only of concern to certain intellectuals when the ALP is not in government. [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/3/12]:


The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.

Documents released under freedom of information show the ''deed of agreement'' that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ''informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay''.

The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, as ''the right balance'' in circumstances that included ''the current climate associated with media ethics, media 'phone hacking' [in Britain]''.

In an email to a reporter who was consulted on the policy, Immigration's national communications manager, Sandi Logan, said, ''I reckon while the phone hacking scandal is all the rage, what else would the media expect of us? Trust you say? Gimme a break, sorry!''

The Greens' immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young, said yesterday ''the idea that [media access] guidelines have, even in part, been inspired by Guantanamo Bay is absolutely appalling - it really shows the attitude of Immigration and [the] government - they have forgotten that they are dealing with asylum seekers, not criminals or terrorists.''

The policy requires that journalists visiting detention centres must be escorted at all times by Immigration officers. There is a bar on any ''substantive communication'' with detainees, a right for officials to censor recordings, and the right for Immigration to immediately end any visit. The chief executives of the largest media organisations, including Fairfax Media's Greg Hywood, News Ltd's Kim Williams and the heads of all TV broadcast networks last month condemned the agreement as ''unacceptable censorship''.

Documents released to the Herald under FOI show the agreement was drafted with reference to past departmental policy and present practice at NSW, Victorian and Queensland prisons.

However, prompted by criticism from the ABC TV 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales, who argued that it was easier to visit Guantanamo Bay than an Australian immigration facility, Immigration reviewed arrangements for media access at the US military detention facility.

This ''informed'' the final draft of the deed submitted to Mr Bowen in late July 2011.

In his submission, Mr Logan justified tight restrictions on media access to safeguard the privacy of detainees, prevent publicity that could affect refugee claims and to manage ''risks that during any media visits detainee clients would use the media's presence as an opportunity to protest their continuing detention''.

Mr Logan privately consulted 12 journalists. More responses were negative than positive, with the proposed arrangements being described as ''incredibly restrictive'', ''draconian and heavy-handed'', ''a shocker'' and ''a lawyer's picnic.''

However Immigration made no further submission to Mr Bowen who endorsed new arrangements without amendment on October 6.

Since October, the ABC, SBS, Channels Seven, Nine and Ten, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph have signed the deed of agreement for visits variously to detention facilities at Villawood, Maribyrnong, Inverbrackie and Wickham Point.

In their letter to Mr Bowen last month, media CEOs argued the fact media organisations have signed the deed ''should not be taken as agreement to its terms''.

 

 

 

Gillard's rise marks the triumph of machine politics over feminism, John Pilger [ICH - 12/3/12]:

 

In 1963, a senior Australian government official, A.R. Taysom, deliberated on the wisdom of deploying women as trade representatives. "Such an appointee would not stay young and attractive forever [because] a spinster lady can, and very often does, turn into something of a battleaxe with the passing years [whereas] a man usually mellows."

On International Women's Day 2012, such primitive views are worth recalling; but what has happened to modern feminism? Why is it so bereft of its political, indeed socialist roots that any woman who "achieves" within an immoral system is to be admired? Take the rise of Julia Gillard as Australia's first female prime minister, so celebrated by leading feminists such as writer Anne Summers and Germaine Greer. Both are unstinting in their applause of Gillard, the "remarkable woman" who on 27 February saw off a challenge from Kevin Rudd, the former Labor prime minister she deposed in a secretive, essentially macho backroom coup in 2010.

On 3 March, Greer wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that she "fell in love with" the "matter-of-fact" Gillard long ago. Omitting entirely Gillard's politics, she asked, "What's not to like? That she's a woman, that's what. An unmarried, middle-aged woman in power - any man's and many women's nightmare".

That Gillard might be a nightmare to the Aboriginal women, men and children whom this quintessential machine politician has abused and blamed for their impoverishment, while implementing punitive and racist measures against their communities in defiance of international law, is apparently not relevant.

That Gillard might be a nightmare to refugees detained behind razor wire, children included, in places that are "a huge generator of mental illness", according to Australia's ombudsman, is of no interest.

...

 

 

 

 

"Opposition" calls for Nauru, Manus torture transparency [Nine MSN - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Australian politicians discuss regional peace and security for women - but not refugees on Nauru:

 

@UNWomenAust [22/10/15]:   Thank you again @TeresaGambaroMP and @tanya_plibersek for addressing the Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security this morning. ...

 

 

 

 

 

Queensland government continues giving lessons on how to maintain the status quo [Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Media Release - 21/10/15]:

 

 

Townsville residents will have an opportunity tomorrow to have their say on how North Queensland can tackle the scourge of domestic and family violence.

The Townsville City Council Forecourt will host an information hub on domestic and family violence and residents can drop in anytime between 11 am and 3 pm.

The information hub will coincide with the Townsville City Council Domestic and Family Violence Day of Action March, which starts at 11 am in Flinders Square and ends in the Council Forecourt. ...

 

 

 

Sudden death investigation, Kangaroo Point

 

 

QPS Media [22/10/15]:

 

 

 

Police are responding to an incident at Goodwin Street at Kangaroo Point.

Officers were called to the address at about 5.30am where they located a deceased woman.

Investigations into the death are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

 

The son of missing Gold Coast woman Linda Sidon will face court charged with her murder. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt heard fatal north Queensland DV attack [Yahoo - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic violence:  BLURT BLURT BLURT, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says [ABC - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigators are urging the public to be part of the next step in solving the mystery behind the brutal deaths of mother and daughter Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce Kiara Pearce whose remains were found five years apart in NSW and South Australia.

Police have this morning confirmed they are following a number of lines of inquiry but are still trying to piece together the pair's final movements and how their remains ended up hundreds of kilometres apart. ... [Nine MSN - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Marnielee Cave received death threat before body found under Tathra bridge [Canberra Times - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

A two-year-old baby girl has been rushed to hospital after falling from the window of a home in Brisbane’s south-east this morning.

9NEWS understands the baby fell through a fly screen from a second-floor apartment in Coorparoo shortly after 8.30am. ... [Nine MSN - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

The coronial inquest into the disappearance of Mount Isa teenager Kyle Coleman has been delayed. ... [North West Star - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Assault charge, Goodna [QPS Media - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Robbery, Strathpine [QPS Media - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Armed robbery, Browns Plains [QPS Media - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

This morning officers from the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group executed search warrants at residences and business premises as a part of two major operations targeting criminal organisation cold call investment scams operating out of the Gold Coast.

The investigations focussed on fraudulent sports betting and share trading schemes. ... [QPS Media - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Suspicious fire, Biggenden [QPS Media - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

Logan thought crime suspect granted legal aid

 

 

MYGC [21/10/15]:

 

A Logan man being held on remand in Brisbane charged with terror-related offences has been granted legal aid.

Agim Kruezi, 23, is facing seven charges related to allegations he stockpiled weapons in preparation for a home-soil terrorist act, that he was preparing for incursions into war-torn Syria, and that he recruited people to join that fight.

Legal Aid lawyer Kylie Bell told the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday that Kruezi’s funding application had been approved, and his case was adjourned for mention on November 11.

Kruezi was one of two men arrested during counter-terrorism raids in Logan in September last year.

The other man, former Islamic Centre bookstore owner Omar Succarieh, 32, is alleged to have helped arrange for Kruezi to join the fight in Syria and of sending money to aid the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.

Succarieh is also on remand ahead of a Supreme Court trial on three charges.

 

 

 

Queensland Ombudsman to investigate infant death

 

 

 

Yahoo [22/10/15]:

 

 

The health ombudsman will investigate the death of a baby at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Queensland's health minister has ordered an investigation in the death of a baby boy reportedly awaiting urgent surgery at the the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

It comes after rural health advocate Justine Christerson used a community cabinet meeting last Sunday to raise concerns about the deaths of two other children in the past month.

"I have asked the Office of the Health Ombudsman to investigate this incident," a statement from Health Minister Cameron Dick said.


 

 

AMAQ urges cannabis caution before trial at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital [Brisbane Times - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

This morning, Palm Beach Police executed a search warrant on a residence in the Palm Beach area. 

As a result of a search of the home officers uncovered a quantity of cannabis and equipment used in drug use. 

Two people were taken into custody and investigations undertaken concerning the supply of drugs in the Palm Beach area. 

A 46 year old female will face the Coolangatta Magistrates Court on 10 November 2015 charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Drug Utensils and Possession of property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.

A 13 year old juvenile was dealt with under the Juvenile Justices Act. [QPS Media - 21/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Teachers at most of Queensland's Catholic schools are set to go on strike over a pay dispute.

About 6600 Independent Education Union staff will strike from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, following stop-work action on two days in September.

The Independent Education Union has said teachers have no choice but to take action as experienced staff are paid nearly $7000 less than their NSW counterparts. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two senior bureaucrats in Queensland's education department have been sacked over a computer glitch that meant almost 1000 reports of suspected child abuse in the state's schools never made it to police. ... [Yahoo - 21/10/15]

 



Vigils for George Bender; CSG Crisis Action Plan Launched

 



Lock The Gate [21/10/15]:

Community members will gather for a vigil outside the Queensland Premier's office on Thursday evening to commemorate the legacy of Queensland cotton farmer George Bender, pay respects to his family and community, and continue his work protecting communities against the threat of CSG.

Concurrent vigils will be held outside Origin Energy offices in Melbourne and Adelaide.

In the lead-up to the vigils, Lock the Gate has released a CSG Crisis Action Plan that, if adopted by the Qld Government, would immediately reduce the suffering being caused by CSG companies to people in Qld.

Drew Hutton, spokesperson for Lock the Gate Alliance, said that George Bender had shown extraordinary courage in his bid to defend his community at Hopeland from CSG, and that the Qld Government had failed to protect him from the worst excesses of CSG companies.

"We’re holding this vigil outside the Qld Premiers office to honour George and to say 'never again.'

"Never again should CSG companies be allowed to coerce and intimidate farmers and to drag them through the courts.

"Never again should communities be left with nowhere to turn when their dealings with gas companies become unbearable.

"We’ve written to the Qld Premier requesting an urgent crisis meeting to identify action that can be taken to ensure that what happened to George Bender never happens again, but the Premier has thus far not agreed to meet. This continues a pattern of callous disregard that the Qld Government has shown for the suffering of people in rural Qld over the last decade.

In the lead up to the vigils for George, today we are launching an 8 point CSG Crisis Action Plan that the Qld Government could adopt immediately that would drastically reduce the harm to people being forced to live in gasfields.

The Qld Premier needs to step up and make some urgent changes to stop CSG company coercion and stand over tactics, give landholders the right to say no to mining, and provide support services for Qld families at most risk from the industry," he said.

...

 

 

 

 

The Indian company that plans to develop Australia's biggest coal mine has registered its interest in a taxpayer funded scheme to help build its infrastructure, a Senate estimates hearing has heard. ...  [Brisbane Times - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

Multi-vehicle crash at Logan causes M1 chaos [Brisbane Times - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

 

A prison van carrying eight inmates has reportedly caught fire in Brisbane's south.

Emergency services were called to Ipswich Road in Moorooka about 8.25am following reports of a fire.

An Australian Traffic Network spokeswoman said the fire had been extinguished. ... [Brisbane Times - 22/10/15]

 

 


CIA Director John Brennan emails


WikiLeaks [21/10/15]:

 

 

Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan's non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.

John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009--a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief.

According to the CIA Brennan previously worked for the agency for a 25 year stretch, from 1980 to 2005.

Brennan went private in 2005-2008, founding an intelligence and analysis firm The Analysis Corp (TAC). In 2008 Brennan became a donor to Obama.

The same year TAC, led by Brennan, became a security advisor to the Obama campaign and later that year to the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

It is during this period many of the Obama administration's key strategic policies to China, Iran and "Af-Pak" were formulated. When Obama and Biden entered into power, Brennan was lifted up on high, resulting in his subsequent high-level national security appointments.

...

 

 

 

Westmead Hospital to offer poo transplant treatment [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/10/15]

 

 

 

22 October 2015

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