Manus Island:  IOM and PNG immigration launch bizarre "Refugee Settlement and Integration" pantomime - sans refugees [EMTV - 26/2/17]



The Head Master (Buddhist) of Kyin Kyung (Bawlibazar) high school has threatened the Matriculation examinees that they (Rohingya students) would not be allowed to sit for exam if they don’t receive NVC card. ... [Arakan Times - 25/2/17]



‏@MayWongCNA [25/2/17]:  #Myanmar says #Rakhine Commission preparing an "independent, factual & non-discriminatory report" on the #Maungdaw incident/situation



‏@MayWongCNA [25/2/17]: #Myanmar government says #Rakhine Commission planning to visit #Bangladesh where many #Rohingyas from #Maungdaw are said to have fled to



‏@mir_sidiquee [24/2/17]:  Another Mass grave of Rohingyas found in Northern Maungdaw ...



The Sri Lankan police said the shooting of the Batticaloa Land Reform Commissioner, Nesakumar Vimalaraj  on Wednesday was a contract job over Mr Vimalaraj's opposition to land in Eravur being illegally aquired by politicians, the Daily Mirror reported. 

According to the paper, police have instructed two teams to investigate the shooting. 

Mr Vimalaraj was shot after he was called outside by two unidentified motorcyclists, whose faces were covered by helmets.

Mr Vimalraj was immediately taken to Kaluvanchikudy Hospital, and later transferred to Batticaloa Teaching Hospital for further care. [Tamil Guardian - 26/2/17]



Displaced of Vali North demonstrate in support of Mullaitivu land protests [Tamil Guardian - 26/2/17]



Muslim organisations in Batticaloa held a rally in support of protestors in Keppapilavu on Friday, demanding the release of military occupied land. ... [Tamil Guardian - 25/2/17]



The Philippine military says troops are pressing efforts to eradicate Abu Sayyaf militants, who have threatened to behead a German hostage by a ransom deadline that has lapsed. ... [Inquirer - 26/2/17]



Malaysia rolls out red carpet for visiting Saudi King Salman and his 600-strong entourage [The Straits Times - 26/2/17]



Japanese think tank argues for moving US marines off Okinawa [Stars and Stripes - 24/2/17]



A U.S. sailor was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday. ... [Japan Times - 26/2/17]



Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday he will hold talks with the Okinawa governor and a U.S. military commander during his two-day trip to the southern island prefecture from Saturday. ... [Japan Today - 25/2/17]



Controversial operations in which sailors pose online as underage girls lead to dozens of Naval Criminal Investigation Service arrests in Okinawa [Japan Times - 23/2/17]:


... Details of the operations were revealed by two American lawyers — Timothy J. Bilecki and Stephen H. Carpenter Jr. — who have represented some of those service members arrested.

Both lawyers have criticized the methods employed by the U.S. Navy’s law enforcement agency.

According to Honolulu-based Bilecki, in the operations, NCIS agents task female sailors with posting messages online, including in the personals section of Craigslist and on the Whisper messaging app.

After being contacted by service members, the sailors pose as bored young women, engage in sexually provocative chat and, at some point during the conversations, they describe their ages as 14 or 15 years old. ...



South Korea is expected to conclude the land acquisition for the US advanced missile defense system this week with actual deployment to be completed by late June at the earliest, the military said Sunday.

The defense ministry said administrative measures to take over the Lotte Skyhill Country Club in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, owned by local retail giant Lotte Group will be completed soon. ... [Korea Herald - 26/2/17]



South Koreans hold competing mass rallies over Park's impeachment [Yonhap - 25/2/17]



A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.

Rights groups say the case exposes how Thailand's broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to expose wrongdoing in a country where corruption is endemic.   

The prosecution was sparked by a September 2015 report by Jonathan Head, the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, looking at how two foreign retirees were scammed out of their properties in Phuket. ... [Yahoo - 23/2/17]



Queensland political and media establishment in shock after outbreak of journalism [Brisbane Times - 23/2/17]



Naughty North West Star! [23/2/17]



The first stage of the federal government's $47 million cyber security plan has been unveiled in Brisbane.

The Turnbull government's Joint Cyber Security Centre allows law enforcement agencies, government and industry to collaborate and share information to battle cyber security.

Similar centres are set to be launched in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Speaking at the unveiling, Attorney-General George Brandis said a strong cyber security approach was critical, not just for national security, but the economy as well. ... [Yahoo - 24/2/17]



Omar Succarieh 'threatened to break legs' of Brisbane cafe manager, extortion trial hears [ABC - 22/2/17]:


... In giving evidence, Mr Pippos told the court he handed over $10,000 to his former business partner before going to police. "I was shit scared," Mr Pippos said.

"I feared for the family."

Mr Pippos denied he owed any money, but under cross examination he admitted to taking money and stock from a fruit shop he ran for his business partner — something he did not reveal in a police statement.

"So you took cash out of the till and gave it to yourself?" asked defence barrister Saul Holt QC.

"Yes, that's right," Mr Pippos responded, saying he took it in lieu of pay, but did not report it in his tax return.

Mr Pippos initially went to a friend — "the only hard nut" he knew — to help sort out the dispute before going to police.

The court was read a transcript of a conversation between that man and Succarieh in which the defendant said: "I have no intention to do anything to anyone."

Mr Holt suggested Mr Pippos had lied about Succarieh's threats to break his legs.

"It happened," Mr Pippos responded. ...



Tara Brown murder trial to begin Monday [Yahoo - 26/2/17]



Major breakthroughs, startling revelations and unanswered questions in the Ristevski case [The Age - 24/2/17]



A man who tried to strangle his ex-partner in front of their baby during an unprovoked attack has been jailed.

The 42-year-old man attacked the woman at her home at Dakabin, north of Brisbane, when she returned from work on October 7 last year. ... [Yahoo - 22/2/17]



A teenager has been charged after allegedly biting and hitting a police officer on the northside of Brisbane on Friday evening.

Police said about 11pm a car left Church Street in Eatons Hill and hit a tree, with witnesses seeing the male driver fleeing the scene. ... [Brisbane Times - 25/2/17]



A young couple in their 20s have been killed when their car crashed head-on into a power pole at high speed north of Brisbane this morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent Andrew Bailey said emergency services were confronted with "a horrific traffic accident" at Bayview Terrace, at Deception Bay.

Sarah Mitchell, 21, and her boyfriend Jordan Whittle, 20, died when their car wrapped around the power pole. ... [ABC - 25/2/17]



Brisbane man forces ex-girlfriend into head-on smash causing serious injury, court told [ABC – 25/2/17]:


A Brisbane man deliberately grabbed the steering wheel of his ex-girlfriend's car and tried to strangle her, causing her to crash head-on into a ute and leaving her seriously injured, a court has heard.

Douglas Heath Deacon, 23, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning on 13 charges, including dangerous interference of a car causing grievous bodily harm, domestic violence, torture, strangulation and wilful damage.

Deacon's ex-girlfriend remains in hospital with serious injuries as a result of the car crash. ...



A man who allegedly abducted a woman who was seriously injured after throwing herself out of a moving car in a bid to get away, has been extradited from Queensland to WA more than 10 years later.

It is alleged the man held the woman against her will in 2006, when he forced her into a vehicle.

She leapt from the car, knocking herself unconscious, before he allegedly put her back in the vehicle and drove away again.

The car was parked on the Great Northern Highway in Chittering when she was found by a member of the public in the early hours of October 30.

Police said the woman, who was known the man, was in great distress.

She had severe gravel rash, head injuries and had lost teeth. ... [ABC - 23/2/17]



Fatal crash kills two teen pedestrians after leaving party near Darwin [ABC – 25/2/17]



A man has died after crashing his motorbike into a pole at Atherton in far north Queensland.

Police said the crash occurred at about 10.45am on Sunday when the 34-year-old rider failed to negotiate a bend on Beantree Road.

Emergency services tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene. [Yahoo - 26/2/17]



Four people survive rollover incident outside Cloncurry [North West Star - 25/2/17]



A man is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital after a serious crash in Carrara.

Police say the 22-year-old, from Worongary, was hit by a bus on Nerang Broadbeach Road around 10pm on Friday. ... [MYGC - 25/2/17]



A man has been rushed to hospital after a single-vehicle crash on the Gold Coast this morning.

The accident occurred just before 8.45am on Dromana Crescent at Helensvale. ... [MYGC - 24/2/17]



A Gold Coast man has walked away after a runaway horse hit and tore open the cabin of his car.

Mark Rose, 50, was driving home from the shops on Beaudesert-Nerang Road at Nerang about 7:30pm on Wednesday when the horse hit his car head-on.

The horse was one of three roaming loose on the road after escaping from a nearby property. ... [ABC - 23/2/17]



One person has been taken to hospital following a two-car crash at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. ... [MYGC - 22/2/17]



A young woman has miraculously escaped with only minor injuries after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was struck in Burleigh Waters around 8.30am.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. ... [MYGC - 22/2/17]



A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a ‘bicycle incident’ in Burleigh.

It’s understood the man crashed and came off his bike on Goodwin Terrace just after 11.45am.

Paramedics treated the man for injuries to his face and shoulder before taking him to Gold Coast University Hospital. ... [MYGC - 21/2/17]



A man has been charged with attempted murder after an elderly man was seriously assaulted at a home in Brisbane's southwest.

Police say two men and a woman visited the Inala address at about 3.30am on Friday and assaulted a 31-year-old man as they demanded cash.

It's further alleged the two men seriously assaulted an elderly man at the address before the three offenders left with a quantity of property. ... [Yahoo - 25/2/17]



Death of Cairns pensioner Robert Duffy suspicious, police say [ABC - 21/2/17]



Bait 'n Switch --->  The Defence Department has scaled back its controversial plans to expand military training bases in central and north Queensland and says it will be able to meet its future training needs and its deal with the Singapore Armed Forces. ... [ABC- 23/2/17]



If you can't work out who the "enemy" is, take a look in the mirror [RNZI - 25/2/17]:


Singapore's government is considering New Zealand's Ohakea air base as a training facility for its F-15 fighter jet pilots.

Up to 500 extra people could be stationed at the base if the move goes ahead.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed a feasibility study was under way. ...



Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority warns of widespread bleaching again this year [ABC - 24/2/17]



It's perfectly normal, and an opportunity to learn ---> Masses of 'cornflake' seaweed inundating Gold Coast waves and beaches [ABC - 23/2/17]



Freight to increase on north Queensland roads as Glencore moves some transport operations to trucks [ABC - 23/2/17]



Queensland Premier invites regional mayors to meet Adani in India [Brisbane Times - 25/2/17]



The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has dismissed claims organisers did not properly consult with the local indigenous community before naming its Koala mascot Borobi and hosting sporting events on Aboriginal land.

Borobi is the name for a koala used among the local Yugembeh people on the Gold Coast.

Wesley Aird, sole director of a Yugembeh cultural heritage body and former indigenous adviser to John Howard, claims the Games’ mascot is disrespectful to the Yugembeh people and has launched legal action against Games’ organisers. 

Mr Aird has also accused organisers of failing to properly consult with the local Yugembah people about hosting sporting events on traditional Aboriginal country.

To withdraw his opposition to the use and trademark of the mascot, Mr Aird is reportedly demanding licensing fees and a percentage of profits from merchandising the blue koala for the benefit of the indigenous community. ... [MYGC - 25/2/17]



The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union unlawfully and intentionally held up work at a $126 million Gold Coast Commonwealth Games site for three weeks in 2016, a Federal Court judge has found.

Justice John Reeves found the construction union intentionally held two-hour meetings twice a day over 17 days in May 2016 "so that minimal work was performed" at the Carrara Sports Precinct. ... [Brisbane Times - 24/2/17]



Queensland children in residential care are being given medication to control their behaviour, without appropriate diagnosis and parental consent, the state's Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) says.

It has raised concerns a medication being used to chemically restrain children had serious side-effects and was being administered without consent of a parent or guardian.

The Public Guardian, a state body responsible for protecting kids in out-of-home care, raised the concerns in its submission to a review of child protection legislation. ... [ABC - 24/2/17]



Queensland Cancer Council and the ABC remind Queenslanders that if they get cancer, it's their own fault [20/2/17]



Australia's Kafkaesque punishment of asylum seekers continues because there is no opposition, and media, human rights organisations and "advocates" refuse to challenge the bipartisan "deterrence" lie [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/2/17]



Former Mayor Jenny Dowell and her ALP branch members exploit the memory of dead refugees at their latest Lismore anti-LNP protest theatre ---> ... Earlier, the president of Sanctuary Northern Rivers, Michael Douglas, and several other key speakers, helped to rev the crowd up and urged them not to lose their "voice" on the issue of refugees.

With choir master Peter Lehner and his trusty crew ready to whip into song, there was no chance of the protest staying silent for long.

It was the second such walk for human rights.

Those attending were encouraged to gather and walk to remember the deaths in custody of people seeking asylum who were held in detention on Manus lsland and Nauru.


Speakers told of the vigil held outside Page MP Kevin Hogan every Thursday afternoon between 4.30pm to 5.30pm. ... [Northern Star - 26/2/17]



They may claim to be ashamed of their party, and wring their hands, but anyone who is still a member of the ALP or LNP at this stage is a fascist.

As Malcolm Fraser said back in 2014 [55 mins in], the major parties are "beyond reform" - which is probably the reason why he left the Liberal Party - thus becoming a powerful (and authentic) advocate.  



WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING...  ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]




26 February 2017