... The government has announced "safety enhancements" on the Queensland Rail city network, with "an increase of more than 500 CCTV cameras", along with "improved technology" and extra officers for the police railway squad. ... [Brisbane Times - 24/11/15]
Woman doused in petrol by intruders, Carrara [Yahoo - 23/11/15]
Burglary with violence, Newtown [QPS Media - 23/11/15]
Robbery with violence, Burpengary East [QPS Media - 23/11/15]
A man aged in his 30s has died in a suspected crushing accident at a business in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.
The incident happened at a sandblasting business in Mica Street at Carole Park about 3:30pm.
It is believed a portable crane was being used to move large steel pipes and one of the pipes came free from the crane and crushed a man nearby.
He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The crane driver has been treated for shock. Police and forensic investigators remain at the business.
The incident will be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety. [ABC - 23/11/15]
Serious traffic crash, Tewantin [QPS Media - 23/11/15]
Police say charges are likely after a car crashed into a Mexican restaurant, in the Mackay CBD, after a collision with a taxi.
The crash happened early yesterday morning, causing significant damage to the Zambrero restaurant on the corner of Gordon and Gregory streets. ... [ABC - 23/11/1]
71yo man drowns while swimming at Chinchilla Weir on Darling Downs [ABC - 23/11/1]
McCulkin deaths: Brother of murder accused Gary Reginald Dubois points finger at Vincent O'Dempsey [ABC - 23/11/1]
The death of an ex-prisoner linked to a backpacker's murder in north Queensland has reignited calls for a coronial inquest promised to the victim's family. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/11/15]
A physiotherapist accused of secretly filming female clients, including a four-year-old, has appeared in a far north Queensland court. ... [Yahoo - 23/11/15]
Animal cruelty charge, Broadbeach [QPS Media - 23/11/15]
Sacked LNP media advisor Graeme Hallett threatened to release information that would "go off like Krakatoa" unless he was given a new job, a Brisbane court has heard.
Mr Hallett has pleaded not guilty to one count of making demands with menaces upon agencies of government.
He was fired as media advisor to then-Queensland housing minister Bruce Flegg in November 2012. ... [ABC - 23/11/15]
News Corp to axe 55 jobs at propaganda outlets The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun [Canberra Times - 24/11/15]
Where is the boat?
Where are the refugees?
We do not accept your obfuscation Senator Brandis.
Senate Hansard [23/11/15]:
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:49): My question is to Senator Brandis, the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Yesterday, during a meeting with our Prime Minister in Malaysia, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, personally called on Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider Australia's policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. This follows requests from the Indonesian government to cease the dangerous practice. Could the minister please explain to the Senate whether the government will consider these appeals from both the United Nations and our neighbours in Indonesia to cease the tow-backs of asylum seeker boats?
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:49): No, we will not, and there is a reason why we will not: because the policy has been successful. As a result of that policy—a policy that I know has been opposed tooth and nail by the Greens—we have stopped the people smuggling trade. We have stopped the penetration of Australia's maritime borders by people smugglers. We have saved countless lives. On the most conservative estimates more than 1,200 people, many of them innocent women and children, drowned at sea during the period when our borders were out of control, and some 50,000 people arrived in Australia illegally.
Senator Hanson-Young, we have absolutely no intention of reversing the policies which saw that evil trade stopped and returning to policies that saw those lives lost, that saw the loss of control by Australia of its borders. We are proud of the humanitarian achievement of saving all of those lives. We are proud of the release of all the children who have been released from detention—an issue about which you have spoken often and eloquently, Senator Hanson-Young, but about which we can point to actual results.
Because of the policies that you supported in previous years, the number of children in detention peaked at 1,992. As a result of the policies of this government, which you so decry, the number of children in detention today is 109. That is one-twentieth of the number of children that were in detention as a result of policies of which you approved, Senator Hanson-Young. We will not be going back to the bad old days. We will not be embracing those failed policies—not for a moment.
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:51): Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. The minister said that the boats had stopped. I would like to ask the minister if he can please explain the sighting of a boat just three days ago, when a refugee boat reportedly made it to within 200 metres of Christmas Island. Could the minister explain why this boat was there, how many people were on it and where it is now?
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:52): Senator Hanson-Young, as you know, the government does not comment on operational or on on-water matters. But what we can comment on, what tells the story in words more eloquent than yours or mine is the outcome, is that we have stopped this trade—50,000 people in five years; most of them, by the way, women and children undertaking this hazardous journey involuntarily; more than 1,200 lives lost as a result of policies which failed; as a result of policies, by the way, which those who were their authors now acknowledge failed because the Labor Party, in opposition, have now moved closer to the government's position, a position we called for for many long years. So we will not, on this side of the chamber, be going back to the failed policies that saw thousands of children in detention and hundreds upon hundreds of lives lost. (Time expired)
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (14:53): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. This is a photograph of the boat that was found off Christmas Island. Could the minister please explain why this boat was not stopped and where it is now?
The PRESIDENT: Senator Hanson-Young, would you place that down, thank you.
Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:53): Senator Hanson-Young, if in years gone by, you had held aloft a photograph of every boat that penetrated Australian borders there would not have been enough question times in the six years of the Labor government for all the individual boats that penetrated Australia's borders. The Australian people know, and even the Australian Labor Party now acknowledge, that those policies were a failure, that our government's policies are a success—
Senator Hanson-Young: Mr President, I rise on a point of order. I simply would like to know where the boat in this photo is now and what has happened to the people on board?
The PRESIDENT: Senator Hanson-Young, your question was disorderly in the manner in which you asked it by displaying prompts in the first instance. There is no point of order. Attorney-General, have you completed your answer?
Senator BRANDIS: Mr President, I was in the middle of saying to Senator Hanson-Young that the Australian people know that as a result of our successful policies, the people-smuggling trade has been broken, the boats have stopped and innocent women and children are no longer in peril of being drowned at sea. Senator Hanson-Young, you seem to regard that as a bad outcome. Shame on you.
We are child and we can work out the lie why no one else work out the lie?
"Hiding from Reality" by refugee child M on Nauru
Free the Children NAURU [23/11/15]:
Lot of people are telling us be happy Sarah Hanson Young is telling Mr Turnbull to let us be free from detention before Christmas.
THIS DOES NOT help us! We need free from Nauru!!! They already tell you we are free because we have paper to say you are refugee not asylum seeker but it change nothing we still live in camp.
We free to walk out of camp but we can not walk to freedom because there is no freedom anywhere on Nauru. We have so sorrow. We see they building new accommodation in the same place as the camp. It is small better than a tent but still in gaol and still no good.
Please don't leave us in Nauru for 5 to 10 years because the 6 km x 4 km is all a goal. No education, no natural water, no food because a cabbage cost $30, no safety. The country ground is poison with phosphate and everyone sick. They say hospital is good but it is broken and dogs inside and no good.
The government tell you this is safe country then why they say they ban facebook because too many sex predators? We are child and we can work out the lie why no one else work out the lie? Country cannot be safe if has to ban facebook for that reason. The Government been telling you that the facility is good here. We show you only one picture of how they flood our tent. That is not good facility.
Please don't leave us here! We know the Government is trick you again and say all children out of detention. No we not! We busy to start petition to say all childs out of detention and all childs get off Nauru.
Please Australia or New Zealand or some good country please take us. Please wait one day for our petition to write. Please be happy for childs in detention in Australia detention. We happy for our friends locked in Australia but we not happy for ourselfs.
Where's the boat?
Where's the political representation?
Where's the journalism?
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]
... 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."
Meaningless amendments are meaningless.
They are not "a start".
Dishonest and misleading use of old photo ----> Caption reads: "The last children held in detention on Christmas Island have been flown to the Australian mainland." [Last child removed from Christmas Island - West Australian – 21/12/14]
It was from this story ---> 157 Tamil asylum seekers will seek compensation for their being detained at sea for three weeks [Daily Mail - 27/7/14]
There was never any proof these families and children were released from Christmas Island refugee concentration camp after last year's Palmer and crossbench amendments [ABC - 21/12/14]:
The last asylum seeker children being detained on Christmas Island have been moved to the mainland, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says.
Mr Morrison said a total of 194 people in family groups, including 94 children, were transferred on three separate charter flights from Christmas Island over the last week
"These families are now being accommodated at the Bladin Point facility in Darwin while arrangements continue to release them into the community," he said.
He said it had always been the Government's policy to place as many children into the community as possible, especially young children.
"The Government has been reducing the number of children in held detention across the country since coming to office," he said.
The minister said moving the children to the mainland was "consistent with the Government's commitment following the passage of legislation to resolve Labor's asylum legacy caseload".
"A record number of more than 8,000 children arrived on illegal boats under the previous government.
"In July last year a baby was among 18 people who died at sea in attempts to reach Australia illegally by boat."
He said asylum seekers who are transferred to offshore processing centres will continue to be assessed by the Governments of Nauru and Papua New Guinea in line with Australia's agreements with both countries.
"Not only are children no longer arriving after dangerous illegal boat journeys, the Government's successful border protection policies have enabled us to return to a situation where no more children are detained on Christmas Island," Mr Morrison said.
A coronial inquest into the death of a 22 year old Aborignal woman in Western Australia has heard police thought she was faking when she told them that her hands were going blue and she could not feel her leg.
Ms Dhu, who who was taken into custody for fine defaults had been taken to the Hedland Health Campus three times during her detention.. but was diagnosed by doctors during the first two visits as having “behavioural issues” and discharged.
CCTV footage presented at the inquest shows Ms Dhu later vomiting in the jail cell and failing backwards before hitting her head on concrete floor. [CAAMA - 23/11/15]
WA should stop locking people up for unpaid fines, say family and lawyers as coronial inquest begins into Ms Dhu’s death in custody [Human Rights Law Centre - 23/11/15]
Media excitedly report how Mt Isa police charge children as young as seven in Apartheidesque weekend youth crime blitz [ABC - 23/11/15]
Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli to death near Gush Etzion [Maan - 22/11/15]
A Palestinian was shot and killed near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim in the central occupied West Bank on Sunday, after the Palestinian, driving a taxi, ran into another car on a main road, an Israeli police spokesperson said. ... [Maan - 22/11/15]
Israeli settlers on Sunday night attacked Palestinian homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, amid ongoing movement restrictions imposed by the Israeli army inside the city. ... [Maan - 22/11/15]
Israel has 115-warhead nuclear arsenal: US agency [Middle East Monitor - 22/11/15]
Israeli settlement wines back on Berlin store shelves [Deutsche Welle - 23/11/15]
72 "Taliban Insurgents" killed in Helmand military operations [TOLO News - 23/11/15]
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Presidential Palace on Sunday.
The two sides talked on different issues including the war on terror, strengthening Afghan National Security and Defense forces and improving cooperation between the United States and Afghanistan on the situation of the region and world. ... [Khaama - 23/11/15]
Three people have been killed and six others wounded during separate security incidents in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Sunday.
Provincial council head, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, told Pajhwok Afghan News one child was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb blast. ... [Pajhwok - 22/11/15]
Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation as regulatory bodies set up after the 2011 uprising "lack independence" and officials are not held accountable, Human Rights Watch said Monday. ... [Naharnet - 23/11/15]
Eight killed in NE Nigeria suicide bombing [Ahram - 22/11/15]
US drone strike kills eight, Somalia [Antiwar - 22/11/15]
Yemen: A mother and child killed by Saudi airstrikes in Saada [ABNA 24 - 23/11/15]
S Korea stages live-fire drill near sea border [Tribune – 23/11/15]
Ukrainian army shells Spartak, Gorlovka, Shirokino in Donetsk republic [TASS - 23/11/15]
Electric power supply in Crimea will be restored within several hours, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday.
"Electric power supply in Crimea will be restored within several hours after repair teams complete their work," the minister said. ... [TASS - 23/11/15]
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran Monday on his first trip to Iran in eight years, for talks on the devastating conflict in Syria where both countries support Damascus. ... [Daily Star - 23/11/15]
Russian airstrikes hit 472 "terrorist facilities" in Syria over past 2 days - combat report [RT - 23/11/15]
The Syrian army and allied militia, backed by Russian bombardments, took control of two towns in western Syria after heavy battles with ISIS fighters, reports said Monday.
Syrian state media reported the military and a local force had taken control of Mheen and Hawwarin towns, to the southeast of Homs city, and had killed a large number of ISIS militants. ... [Daily Star - 23/11/15]
Prime Minister David Cameron will this week set out the case for joining air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, his finance minister said on Sunday, in a bid to persuade a parliament loath to embark on another war in the Middle East.
Britain is already bombing IS in Iraq but Cameron has said he believes Britain should be doing more to fight the militants, who claimed responsibility for this month's attacks in Paris in which 130 people died.
France has in the days since stepped up its bombing campaign against the group's members in Syria, who are also being targeted from the air by a U.S.-led coalition and Russia. Cameron is keen to avoid a repeat of 2013 when he lost a crunch parliamentary vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. ... [Reuters - 22/11/15]
Demonstrators camp outside Minneapolis police station to protest the shooting of Jamar Clark [The Week - 22/11/15]
At least 16 people were hospitalized in New Orleans Sunday evening, following a shooting during a party at a city park, authorities said.
The victims were all in stable condition.
The shooting broke out at Bunny Friend Park in the Upper Ninth Ward where about 500 people were gathered at the playground for the impromptu shooting of a music video, officials said.
According to officials, a gun battle took place at the site. ... [USA Today - 23/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [22/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces 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.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, ground-attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted nine strikes in Syria:
-- Near Al Hasakah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, three ISIL structures, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), damaged an ISIL structure, and wounded ISIL fighters.
-- Near Al Hawl, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded ISIL fighters.
-- Near Mar'a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Haditha, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Hit, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL IED obstacles, two ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine gun positions, two ISIL vehicles, three ISIL weapon caches, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL VBIED, cratered an ISIL road, suppressed an ISIL rocket position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL checkpoint.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tikrit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and four ISIL vehicles.
Turkey's military says fighter jets have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in a new cross-border offensive in northern Iraq.
A military statement on Saturday said the overnight airstrikes hit suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, hideouts, shelters and supply points in four areas of northern Iraq. Areas targeted included the Qandil mountains where the PKK's leadership is based.
Separate raids were also conducted on PKK caves, shelters and weapon emplacements in Turkey's mainly Kurdish Sirnak province, the military said.
Turkey has been striking PKK targets in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey since July, when violence between the rebels and Turkey's security forces re-ignited, killing hundreds of people and derailing a fragile peace process. [Daily Star - 21/11/15]
Iran says Washington Post reporter Rezaian sentenced to prison [Reuters – 22/11/15]
Syrian journalist killed while covering army operation: SANA [Daily Star – 21/11/15]
Migrants not admitted into Macedonia because they are coming from non-combat zones have protested on the Greek side of the border for a fourth day.
But their numbers dwindled Sunday as they are likely searching for new pathways into other EU countries.
Greek police say there were 1,300 such migrants, compared to more than 2,000 on Saturday, at the border crossing at Idomeni, along with 800 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who are allowed to transit through Macedonia.
The protests have been mostly peaceful.
In an incident earlier Sunday, an Iranian man threatened to cut his wrists with a razor if not allowed into Macedonia.
Police intervened to disarm him, but, in the scuffle, he cut his face.
The migrants continued to block the railway link from Greece to Macedonia.
A total of 6,000 refugees crossed into Macedonia from early Saturday through early Sunday, police say. ... [US News - 22/11/15]
@MSF_Sea [22/11/15]: Of the ~3600 #people at #Idomeni now, ~1500 are unable to cross because of their nationality, these kids included.
@Fatenhbu [22/11/15]: 150 sleeping bags for #refugees to stay warm at Kara Tepe last night. Mission successful #lesvos. #refugeeswelcome
@SantiPalacios [22/11/15]: A boy, who arrived by a yacht on the Greek island of Lesbos, watches other refugees disembarking on a beach.
@Chara_fc [22/11/15]: #Lesvos,#Greece A man kisses his wife with relief as they arrive with their children,#refugeesGr Photo-Bulent Kilic
Manus Island hunger striker Mohammad Albederee 'close to death'
Sydney Morning Herald [23/11/15]:
An asylum seeker who once reportedly cut open his stomach during a hunger strike to prove it was empty is close to death and must be brought to Australia for treatment, prominent human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC says.
Mohammad Albederee, a married Iraqi father-of-three who is detained at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, recently had a fit and "bashed his head against a wall until he lost consciousness," Mr Burnside said.
"He was sent to hospital bleeding from the head, the nose and the ears," he said, adding he understood Mr Albederee can no longer take fluids or solids and struggled to accept intravenous hydration.
Confirmation of the claims has been sought from the Immigration Department.
Mr Burnside said he contacted the office of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and spoke to Labor leader Bill Shorten about the case.
"The department needs to be very quick off the mark. I think he needs to be [evacuated], probably to an Australian hospital, to get proper care," he said.
Asylum seeker advocates had alerted officials to the man's condition and "if he dies, he dies with their knowledge of the risk. The sad truth is whatever happens whether he lives or not, he is likely to be seriously damaged long-term," Mr Burnside said.
Jeanie M Walker, National Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Australian Democrats [15/9/15]:
... “This man fled the Syrian/Iraqi conflict after working as a contractor for the Allied Forces and being persecuted for assisting our country, only to meet a worse fate at the hands of the Australian Government”.
31 year old Mohammad Albederee was beaten by more than 10 Australian Wilson Security guards in July last year inside the infamous Chauka Compound in Manus Island Detention Centre after he intervened in the guards beating his brother into unconsciousness.
His brother sustained injuries to his back, neck and shoulders and fled back to Iraq where he was subsequently shot by militia and fled to Turkey.
His brother has required at least 2 surgeries to his back for the injuries he sustained. The altercation was simply over the men asking to use the phone as there had been news of a tragedy in their family.
Mr. Albederee also had his finger broken in an earlier incident with previous G4S guards over wanting longer time on a phone call to family in Iraq.
Mohammad was beaten until he was unconscious and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder which resulted in nerve damage causing extreme pain and numbness in his hand. He also suffered kidney damage causing blood in his urine due to the severity of the assault. This has resulted in severe chronic pain for over a year.
Mohammad was supposed to be brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment in February 2015 by medical request, but this did not happen.
He was told by Wilson Security that he had a flight if he signed a form saying he would never make a complaint against the guards that beat him.
When he would not sign the papers he was told that he would never leave Manus Island alive.
Christmas Island detention conditions disgraceful says New Zealand MP, as Australian politicians pretend they've freed the refugee children
... As part of their day-long visit, Davis and Williams visited the Invercargill Prison, met with members of the Wahine Toa women's self-defence group, and stopped by the Community Law Centre.
Among the most-discussed topics with Labour members was the situation of detainees at Australia's Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre.
"What is being done is absolutely disgraceful," Davis said.
"New Zealanders are second-class citizens over there."
Following riots on November 9, up to 24 detainees were forced to sleep on top of black plastic rubbish bags in a small "cage" with no ceiling or toilet, Davis said.
He said he had been in contact with detainees in the centre, but that the detainees had their mobile phones confiscated.
"What the Australians are doing is creating an enemy," he said.
"It's called the politics of fear."
After the riots, Davis said he had been told some of the detainees were given only five packets of dried noodles and three loaves of bread.
They were also given a water bottle every 3-4 hours in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and would urinate in the water bottles because they didn't have a toilet, he said.
Some of the detainees had been held for more than 18 months, he said.
Davis said he had not heard of any Southlanders being among the detainees.
Poto Williams said she hadn't heard of any Southlanders being held either, but didn't necessarily make things better.
"It's a breach of rights," she said.
"What really concerns me is the narrative coming out of National [about this]. The 'con air' planes."
The death of an asylum seeker is thought to have sparked riots at the Christmas Island detention centre - managed by Serco, the same company that runs Auckland's Mt Eden Corrections Facility - on November 9.
On November 19, a group of 12 New Zealanders who had been detained at the facility were flown to Auckland, on what was dubbed a "con air" flight.
The Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 - just passed in the Senate - closes off another possibility for asylum seekers to seek protection/legal redress.
It will further entrench Australia's repudiation of the UN Refugee Convention.
Australia's sunset ostriches,
For we are young and ... um ... surrounded by a gulag archipelago ...
The Greens so called "free the children", "let journalists in", "report abuse" amendments are meaningless.
Even if the children were freed as part of a creepy stolen generationesque exercise - where are they going to go? What's the cut off age? Who will "look after" them - and in what illogical paradigm does anyone imagine this will lead to their parents, then other refugees, finally being released from Australia's concentration camps?
Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015:
Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: provide that when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Australian Greens "Free the children" line is BULLSHIT.
Free ALL the refugees.
ROYAL COMMISSION NOW!
No more secrecy: We have a right to know how our Government treats people seeking asylum [Refugee Council of Australia Media Release - 14/11/15]
Australian government must be held accountable [Amnesty - 11/11/15]:
Our elected officials should not be able to brush off evidence of abuse.
We call on the Prime Minister to do the right thing, and end the secrecy.
The time has come for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders.
Only a Royal Commission, with the power to assess all the evidence, will uncover all the facts.
This public statement has been signed by the following media personalities, advocates and sector organisations:
Rosie Batty, Founder and Director - Luke Batty Foundation, Australian of the Year 2015
UN Secretary General urges PM Turnbull to rethink Australia’s anti refugee policies [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release - 23/11/15]:
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday met with Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and expressed concern over the detention conditions in Australia’s offshore processing centres and encouraged the Prime Minister to reconsider Operation Sovereign Borders.
The Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, said Australia’s harsh and unfair treatment of people seeking asylum was counterproductive to global efforts to address the unprecedented need to provide safety to people displaced by conflict and fleeing persecution.
“If other countries adopted our punitive deterrence policies then the world’s refugees would have nowhere to go. We are setting a dangerous global precedent and the head of the UN is quite rightly calling for change,” said Mr Webb.
Mr Webb said as a wealthy, developed democracy with a strong history of refugee resettlement, Australia could and should do more to pursue genuine regional solutions to provide safe pathways to protection
“The UN clearly sees we have the potential to be part of the solution but our current policies make us part of the problem. Instead of punishing those who arrive and turning back those seeking to come, we should work with the UN and countries in our region to ensure families who need protection can access it safely,” said Mr Webb.
@gordonthomsonci [22/11/15]: State Secret#30 Correction of #29 Indofishboat at Xmas Is Friday not Thursday.Still no answer to ? Re customs issuing port clearance
Second reading resumes in Australian Senate today [23/11/15] ---> Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015
@fresconews [21/11/15]: Thousands rally in Lumpkin, Georgia to demand the closure of Stewart Detention Center.
@KateSchulte24 [21/11/15]: #ShutDownStewart !!!!!!!!!
The Stewart Detention Center and the School of the Americas: Imperialism and Pain Profiting in Georgia [SOAW]:
From November 22 through the 24, we held the 23rd annual School of the Americas Vigil in Columbus, Georgia. November 22 also marked the 7th annual Shut Down Stewart Detention Center Vigil in nearby Lumpkin, Georgia.
It was the sixth year in which large numbers of SOA Watch activists have participated in the Stewart Vigil, which has become the first event during the School of the Americas Vigil.
This year once again saw a moving rally, march, and vigil in which the reprehensible treatment of migrants in the U.S. was made painfully evident to the over 300 protesters in attendance.
We sang, we laughed, we cried, and we raised our voices in unison to say "!Ya Basta!" "Enough!" to the incarceration of migrants.
Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) is the largest for-profit prison company in the U.S. CCA is the owner of the Stewart Detention Center, which is the largest immigrant prison in the country.
The fact that CCA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) warehouse almost 2,000 men in Stewart simply for seeking a better life for themselves and their families is infuriating enough.
That they do so for profit is immoral. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the injustice occurring in Lumpkin and other private and public immigrant prisons across the country.
Honduras detains Syrian, Pakistanis “traveling illegally”: police [Reuters - 21/11/15]
If it is in the Murdoch Press, it is usually untrue and/or pushing a hidden agenda
Communications Minister Jimmy Miringtoro says discussions are underway for media ownership laws for Papua New Guniea.
He told LOOP News that the government does not want the media industry to be monopolized by foreign companies.
He says the law will require media companies to share a percentage of ownership with the people of Papua New Guniea through the government. ... [PNG Loop - 2/10/15]
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23 November 2015