United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 23/11/16]


@sol2refugees [22/11/16]:  Shame: It's not enough one, #Hungary is building a 2cd #wall (3meters height & 10,3km length) in the #border with #Serbia to stop #refugees.


@sol2refugees [22/11/16]:  18 years old #afghan boy founded dead in #borders of #Bulgaria & #Serbia. #EU policies push #refugees to death. The borders r the problem



This morning, during yet another challenging rescue operation, 117 people were rescued from a sinking rubber boat, but unfortunately many are claimed to be missing.


This morning’s rescue was just the last in a string of rescue operations that occurred throughout the night.

About 600 people have been brought to safety between Monday night and Tuesday morning, among them many Syrian families. ... [MOAS - 22/11/16]


@MSF_Sea [23/11/16]:  ... Late last night the #Aquarius took on a transfer of 641 #people. They're all well and enjoying a hot cup of sweet tea on board.



‏@guardiacostiera [23/11/16]:  #SAR: #NaveDiciotti #GuardiaCostiera soccorre altri 122 migranti a bordo di un gommone


@guardiacostiera [23/11/16]:  #SAR #MediterraneoCentrale: #NaveDiciotti #GuardiaCostiera soccorre barcone nella notte. Salvati 374 #migranti











Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru: "HUMAN RIGHTS! HUMAN RIGHTS! WHERE ARE YOU?!" [March 2016]



UNHCR don't suddenly care about boat refugees, they're in PR overdrive because their brand stinks.




Before they raise one more cent the UNHCR should be held to account for their role in the suicides on Nauru, and their lack of advocacy for the rights of refugees in our region.



Note no Rohingya or Tamil boat refugees feature in this latest damage control for the UNHCR [The Age - 23/11/16]



Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unchallenged [Guardian - 29/9/16]:


... Charlotte Chompff, who formerly worked on Manus Island, told Guardian Australia the men held on the island faced constant coercion to return home “voluntarily”.

Rohingyans, Somalis and Sudanese were being pressed to go home, induced with money and told they should abandon their claim to protection, even though their homelands were active warzones, or it was accepted by the Australian government that because of their ethnicity or religion they faced systemic persecution, she said. ...



Behrouz Boochani's defiant protest at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Guardian - 24/4/16]



... Behrouz told the Refugee Action Coalition, “I have never accepted their positive result. I want to show to all people that their process is fake. Where would you find an asylum seeker who would rather be in a ‘negative’ prison than be found to be a refugee? Only in Manus.”  ... [Media Release - 24/4/16]



Man dies after falling from QT Hotel room in Canberra [Canberra Times - 23/11/16]



A man has been arrested after he was found covered in blood at a train station in Sydney's south-west, near to where another man was stabbed to death.

Emergency services were called to Amy Street in Campsie, near the back of St John's Anglican Church, at 2.50pm with reports a man had been stabbed multiple times.

The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found lying on the footpath with severe injuries.

He died at the scene.

It's alleged the man was stabbed after an argument with another man.

Police believe the men knew each other, but were unable to say what the argument was about. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 23/11/16]



Fatality on board Skandi Pacific, off the Pilbara coast, Western Australia on 14 July 2015 [ATSB Report – 23/11/16]



A mining industry veteran has told a Queensland inquiry investigating the re-emergence of the potentially deadly black lung disease that the fear of not being able to breathe, and of losing his job, causes him great stress.

The coal workers' pneumoconiosis parliamentary select committee late yesterday heard evidence from workers in one of Queensland's biggest mining towns, Moranbah, south-west of Mackay. ... [ABC - 23/11/16]



A renowned flying fox expert says the discovery of dead baby bats along the east coast of Australia is the result of dwindling habitat and an acute food shortage. ... [ABC - 22/11/16]


Did anybody bother to ask the kids what they think? ---> ... Now, far from being afraid of or distrustful of police, children in Yarrabah looked out for officers in the community.

"The kids are quite happy to come up and talk to us and hang off the police car and talk on the loudspeaker. It's been fantastic," acting senior sergeant Pool said. ... Slingshot amnesty improves police relations with young Indigenous community members [ABC - 22/11/16]



Police have dismantled three meth labs and seized a stockpile of machine guns, silencers and dangerous drugs following a series of raids on the Gold Coast. ... [MYGC - 23/11/16]



Alleged bikie associate arrested in Surfers Paradise drug raid [MYGC - 23/11/16]



Gold Coast lawyer Briana Ioannides has been ordered to stand a second trial over a spate of drug charges relating to alleged offences between November of last year and May 2016.

Ioannides had already been committed to face a trial at Brisbane Supreme Court for allegedly producing steroids.

On Tuesday at Southport Magistrates Court, she had a further three charges added to that case for the possession of dangerous drugs, including heroin.

She was also committed to stand another trial at Southport District Court in relation to producing and possession of dangerous drugs after a Broadbeach police raid in May this year.

A number of other matters have also been adjourned for another hearing in January at Southport Magistrates Court.

The suspended criminal lawyer arrived 75 minutes late for her hearing on Tuesday.

"She should know better," Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan told the court. ... [Yahoo - 22/11/16]



Perth boy, 15, is kingpin of Northam's meth trade: police [WA Today - 23/11/16]



Former AFL star Ben Cousins is in a stable condition under police guard in hospital after suffering minor injuries in a car crash with a truck overnight while a warrant was out for his arrest. ... [WA Today - 23/11/16]



Queensland criminologist Paul Wilson guilty of historic sex abuse [Brisbane Times - 23/11/16]



Woman sentenced over bestiality, drug trafficking charges [ABC - 22/11/16]:


... Video of the bestiality was found by police after a drug investigation in October 2014.

The court heard she engaged in three sex acts with the dog for the arousal of her then partner. ...



Three men accused of raping an unconscious teenager with a glass bottle at an Australian Day party in 2015 will fight the allegation at trial. ... [Yahoo - 23/11/16]



Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru murders: Accused man went back to sink toolbox, court told [ABC - 23/11/16]



Deputy federal Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said it would be appropriate for CEPU NSW leader Jim Metcher to stand down from his union positions over revelations of his decades-long domestic violence history.

She also said it was actions by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and herself that saw Mr Metcher resign from the Labor Party on Tuesday, which was when she said was the first time federal Labor leaders were aware of his violent history. ... [Australian Financial Review - 23/11/16]



Family and friends of a man stabbed to death at a house at Alexandra Hills on Brisbane's bayside on Tuesday night have paid tribute to the 37-year-old.

Daryl Corcoran was stabbed multiple times in the bedroom of the house he shared with his partner and her three children, two of them aged seven and an 11-year-old.

Police were today preparing to charge the woman's ex-husband with his murder. ... [ABC - 23/11/16]



A 48-year-old man has been charged after an alleged disturbance in Burleigh Waters on Sunday afternoon.

The man attended the Broadbeach police station and has been charged with two counts of acts to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of breach of a domestic violence order. ... [MYGC - 22/11/16]



Minister scapegoats Child Protection staff to perpetuate an outsourced, under resourced and rotten system [ABC - 23/11/16]:


... Ms Fentiman said the report found no systemic failures in the department, but did find "serious local flaws at the Caboolture Child Safety Service Centre".

The findings have prompted the Minister to split the North Coast child safety region into two.

But work to split the region and put in place two regional directors won't start until January.

The Minister has not released the report, which she says is just the first stage of the investigation into what happened to the toddler. ...



The man charged with manslaughter over the death of his girlfriend's toddler son, Mason Jet Lee, has been denied bail.

William Andrew O'Sullivan, 36, is accused of inflicting a fatal blow to the 22-month-old’s abdomen that left him to die in agony over several days in a Caboolture home, north of Brisbane.  

Mason died on June 10, but was not found until a day later when a visitor to the house rang Triple Zero. ... [Nine MSN - 22/11/16]



The foster mother and brother of slain schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer have formally applied to plead guilty to perjury and pervert course of justice charges. ... [Nine MSN - 21/11/16]



A man who allegedly murdered his own son over the weekend has been held in custody after facing Lismore Local Court yesterday.

John Christopher Gibson, 61, has been charged with murder after his 29-year-old son was found dead in the pair’s Barrow Lane home with stab wounds to his neck on Saturday night

Mr Gibson did not appear in court and his lawyer did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

The matter will return to court on January 17 next year. [Tweed Shire Echo - 22/11/16]



Queensland police have charged a 21-year-old man over his involvement in a Charters Towers pub brawl that left another man in a critical condition.

Police say the 45-year-old victim was attempting to intervene in a late-night altercation on Friday when he was allegedly punched in the head. ... [Yahoo - 22/11/16]



Pair charged after man threatened with gun in Runaway Bay [MYGC - 21/11/16]



A New Zealand man involved in a fatal road rage incident alongside a Brisbane motorway has had his murder charge downgraded to manslaughter. ... [ABC - 21/11/16]



French backpacker jailed over attack of female paramedic in Cairns [ABC - 21/11/16]:


... In court today, Ms Fitzgerald read an emotional victim impact statement.

She told the court she had been employed with Queensland Ambulance Service for nearly 15 years, with 10 of those in a clinical role as a paramedic.

"In the weeks that immediately followed this incident I was unwell, with constant pain in my shoulder and back, an unrelenting headache, insomnia due to the constant pain and then exhaustion due to the insomnia," she said.

"I felt totally fatigued and fed-up due to the combination of physical injuries and anxiety."

She said the incident had gained a lot of attention.

"I am a very private person and this event has made me feel very exposed and socially anxious," she said.

"I was horrified when my identify became well known and dreaded any type of social interaction.

"I know people had good intentions but I despise being thought of as a victim and my privacy being invaded — I didn't answer my phone, I ignored invitations and I isolated myself.

"I spent several weeks in my house fatigued from the constant attention and pain related to my injuries."

However, Ms Fitzgerald said she did not hold any ill feelings towards Rousselle.

"On September 28, I performed my role and attended to my patient with care and compassion as I do for all my patients," she said.

"From the moment I arrived on scene until I handed my patient over to the doctor I treated and genuinely cared for him.

"I do not harbour any ill feelings towards him and I hope both him and myself both never have to be involved in a situation such as this again." ...



Man drowns in Tallebudgera Creek [Brisbane Times - 22/11/16]



A truck driver was airlifted to hospital after a crash near the Queensland border on Tuesday.

Paramedics were called to Lower Plains Road at Dirranbandi, south of Saint George, after reports a truck driver had crashed into a tree just before 11am. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/11/16]



Traffic diversions are in place as fire crews work to control the spread of diesel after a dog food truck caught fire in Brisbane's north.

Emergency services were called to Hoyland Street at Bald Hills following reports a dog food truck was "well alight" just before 10am. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/11/16]



A cyclist has died after a collision with [being hit by] a truck in Beaudesert early Tuesday morning.

The male cyclist collided with [was hit by] a truck on the Mount Lindesay Highway at the Gould Creek Bridge Road intersection about 5.45am. ... [Brisbane Times - 22/11/16]



Repeated calls for footage of a horrific Warrego Hwy crash which left a man clinging to life have gone unanswered.

Police are still piecing together how a car and a semi-trailer truck collided in the east-bound lanes of the busy highway at College View about 2.30pm on Monday. ... [Big Rigs - 21/11/16]



Three hospitalised after separate traffic incidents on Gold Coast [MYGC - 22/11/16]



A man has been injured after crashing his motorbike on the northern Gold Coast overnight.

The man aged in his 40s came off his bike on Christensen Road at Stapylton just after 6.30pm. ... [MYGC - 21/11/16]



Mudgeeraba Library to close in January [MYGC - 22/11/16]



Help! Help! Big pharma is being oppressed: Australian doctors union [Guardian - 23/11/16]



... Timothy John, 22, took his own life just eight days after being prescribed Champix in 2013.

 The inquest has heard the medication, which can cause suicidal urges, has a side effects warning printed on the packet in the US but that is not the case in Australia.

Dr Mendelsohn has sat on the Champix advisory board for Pfizer since 2008 but was the most independent expert into quitting smoking the inquest could find. ... [Yahoo - 22/11/16]



"The Bourbon Kings were beheaded." Bob Katter [North West Star - 23/11/16]



Cargill tells Federal Court it is not defending MLA's appeal of the cattle genome [ABC - 23/11/16]



A southeast Queensland abattoir has been fined $225,000 for releasing ammonia into a nearby creek, killing fish.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court was told officials from the Department of Environment and Logan City Council investigated sites in Native Dog Creek, downstream of the facility, from June to October 2014 after reports of dead fish. ... [Yahoo - 23/11/16]



Queensland Government makes another announcement for its constituents ---> ...The 6.7km water main will connect the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant to the Bromelton State Development Area, which is part of a new inland freight port covering 15,000 hectares. ... [Yahoo - 23/11/16]



Delays at Gold Coast sugar mill costs growers $5m, fuel calls for farm land to be sold for development [ABC - 21/11/16]



ALP takes two days, but have finally worked out how to assist Dutton in his bigotry.


… Garbage ain't collected, women ain't protected

Politicians using people, they've been abusing

The mafia's getting bigger, like pollution in the river

And you tell me that this is where it's at.

Woke up this moming with an ache in my head

Splashed on my clothes as I spilled out of bed

Opened the window to listen to the news

But all I heard was the Establishment's Blues. ...


'This Is Not a Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues', Rodriguez [1970]




SBS [23/11/16]:


... Suggesting it was a mistake to allow a generation of migrants to come to Australia because of the crimes of a tiny handful of their grandchildren is not just ignorant and insulting, but a denigration of people who have given so much to the country, he told parliament.

"His ignorant comments contradict and undermine and fly in the face of every briefing I have ever received from our security agencies who explain to us how best to counter radicalisation about defeating extremism" Mr Shorten said.

"Loud, lazy, disrespect, wholesale labelling of entire communities for the actions of a tiny minority, aid and abet the isolation and resentment that the extremists prey upon." ...



No journalism.


No opposition.


Human rights organisations, NGOs and pro-ALP "advocates" complicit.


Australia's political prisoners on Nauru, Manus Island and onshore are still imprisoned.



Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra - 19 July 2013



Parliamentary Committee finds Turnbull's attempt to cement ALP anti-refugee policy is nothing but a pointless wedge [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/11/16]



President-elect Donald Trump has backed off of one of the most controversial pledges of his campaign today, his promise to bring back torture of detainees, saying following a talk with retired Gen. James Mattis that he was told torture doesn’t work as well as building a rapport with prisoners.


Gen. Mattis, who is seen as a front-runner for Secretary of Defense, told Trump that in his experience torture and abuse didn’t work well, and that he’d do better with “a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers.” Trump cited this conversation in his statement today backing away from torture. ... [Antiwar.com  22/11/16]



Trump: 'Forget the press, read the internet' [The Hill - 22/10/16]



Immigration advocates are asking the Obama administration to release thousands of detained Central American women and children who want asylum in the U.S., citing concerns that Donald Trump will deport them after his inauguration in January.

Representatives of groups including the Women’s Refugee Commission and the American Immigration Lawyers Association met with White House officials last week to discuss a host of immigration issues, including the fate of about 4,000 Central American detainees, some as young as 2 years old, who have fled violence in their home countries.

They’re housed in jail-like facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania, some for more than a year, as they wait for the government to process their asylum pleas. ... [Stars and Stripes - 22/11/16]



Conversation with University of Hawaii Geography Professor Reece Jones about his new book Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move ... [KALW - 22/11/16]



Australia's fascist political, media and opinionating establishment double down on One Nation attacks [ABC - 23/11/16]



Impact of Myanmar's ongoing military operation in the Rakhine on Woodside's exploration activities "a bit too newsy" for Australian journalists? [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:


... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).

Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction. ...



Abbott's sister Christine Forster becomes Woodside spinner [Australian Financial Review - 5/10/16]:


... Forster's appointment comes as the streets of Woodside's hometown of Perth hum with talk that former Saturday Paper journo (and one-time scribe for this esteemed organ) Sophie Morris has also joined the mining company. ...



Woodside Energy has appointed former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Ian Macfarlane as a non-executive director.

Woodside Chairman Michael Chaney said Mr Macfarlane’s experience with various high-profile government portfolios over 14 years will be of great benefit to Woodside as an independent director.

“Mr Macfarlane is held in high regard in the Australian resources industry and brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Woodside Board,” said Mr Chaney.

Mr Macfarlane was also recently appointed as Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council. [Pipeliner - 14/11/16]



The Power Index: biz directors, Michael Chaney at #3 [Crikey - 12/12/12]: ... But it’s not just boardroom influence — ideas have always coursed through the Chaney household.

He’s the son of Menzies government minister Sir Fred Chaney and the brother of former Liberal Party deputy leader Fred Chaney Jr (a WA senator and member for the federal seat of Pearce).

Another brother, John, is a WA Supreme Court Judge. ...



Which of these South East Asian nations (whose political media and human rights establishment are helping invisibilise Rohingya) are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention?


Australian politicians, human rights establishment launch "I'm not racist but" book




@nslwin [23/11/16]: #BreakingNews: Nearly 200 #Rohingya who managed to cross #Myanmar border last night are being pushed back by #Bangladesh BGB right now.



Rohingyas flee Myanmar violence [The Stateless - 22/11/16]



Myanmar: International community must act to halt state abuses against Rohingya [Islamic Human Rights Commission - 22/11/16]



Malaysian human rights organisation CENTHRA calls for protests, suspension of Myanmar from ASEAN [Malaysiakini - 22/11/16]



Indonesian politician calls for diplomatic measures against Myanmar as Foreign Minister holds concern pantomime with Ambassador [ANTARA - 22/11/16]



UNGA panel adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the universal right of people to self-determination [Hindustan Times - 23/11/16]:


A United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) panel on Tuesday unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the universal right of people to self-determination as a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.

The resolution, co-sponsored by 72 countries, was adopted without a vote in the 193-member assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, a Foreign Office statement said.

Political observers say the resolution, which Pakistan has been tabling since 1981, serves to focus the world’s attention on the struggle by peoples for their inalienable right to self-determination, including those in Kashmir and Palestine.

The resolution is expected to come up for the General Assembly’s endorsement next month.

Presenting the draft, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said the right to self-determination was a fundamental principle of the UN Charter and international law.

“Exercise of this right has enabled millions across the world to emerge from the yoke of colonial and foreign occupation, and alien domination,” she said.

“Many of us present here today are proud inheritors of this struggle,” Lodhi said, adding that the very struggle has enabled generations “to achieve a life of dignity and honour as free citizens of independent states.”

Pakistan’s commitment to the universal right of peoples to self-determination remains “firm and abiding”, Lodhi said.

Under its terms, the Assembly deplored the plight of millions of refugees and displaced persons who have been uprooted as a result of human rights violations and reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and honour, the Foreign Office statement said. 



@oulosP [23/11/16]:  UN by an absolute majority votes for Palestinian self-determination - guess who was only 1 of 7 countries to vote against it?



UN Third Committee delegates approve 12 draft resolutions for action by UN General Assembly [21/11/16]:


... The Committee took up the draft resolution on the “Intensification of efforts to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls: prevention and elimination of domestic violence” (document A/C.3/71/L.21/Rev.1).

By its terms, the Assembly would emphasize that States should continue to adopt and implement legislation and policies addressing violence against women and girls in a comprehensive manner, not only by criminalizing such violence, but also by including protection and access to the effective remedies for victims. 

It would call on States to prevent and eliminate domestic violence as a matter of priority, urging them to address the structural and underlying causes and risk factors.


The representative of Australia, on behalf of Iceland, New Zealand and Liechtenstein, described the wider social impacts of violence against women and welcomed the text’s focus on that aspect.


The Committee then took up a draft resolution titled, “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” (document A/C.3/71/L.50). The representative of Israel said peace must be negotiated, not imposed from the outside.  She expressed regret that the draft targeted Israel and encouraged Palestinians to take unilateral steps, rather than negotiate.  Calling for a vote, she said Israel would vote no.

The draft resolution was approved by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, Tonga and Vanuatu). ...



ALP floats another meaningless thought bubble to maintain domestic violence status quo [SBS - 23/11/16]



Beware of politicians who want to take away your rights (eg by censoring the internet) by stealth ---> 'Revenge porn' to be criminalised in response to NSW privacy inquiry [ABC - 5/9/16]



... TERRI BUTLER: Obviously this is an issue that was brought to the attention of the Senate committee because of the bill that Tim and I moved.

I think that they have been very sensible and sought to respond to this issue in a very non-partisan manner which I very much welcome.

I think for the Senate committee to be saying that we should criminalise revenge porn is exactly the sort of outcome that I wanted from that inquiry so I'm really pleased with it. ...  [ABC - 26/2/16]



Trump talks peace in Israel and Palestine, Syria; explains why he hired Bannon [RT - 22/11/16]





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