Israeli soldiers attack journalists on West Bank [Guardian - 26/9/15]
Two Egyptian policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in the Sinai Peninsula Saturday, the interior ministry said, in an attack claimed by ISIS. ... [Daily Star - 26/9/15]
Egypt’s Sisi meets Angela Merkel in UN General Assembly [Ahram - 26/9/15]:
... The Egyptian president will also meet later a number of American businessmen and heads of hedge funds, to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt. He will meet also a number of prominent American figures, including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. ...
Foreign ministers of Turkey and Australia have vowed to support Afghanistan in different areas, including security and economy.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabani on the sideline of 70th United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) meeting hold separate meetings with Turk and Australian foreign ministers.
They discussed bilateral issues, including energy, security, peace and training of Afghan diplomats in Australia. ... [Pajhwok - 26/9/15]
Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported Friday, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group. ... [Naharnet - 26/9/15]
... To give to each his own, to cite the classic definition of justice, means that no human individual or group can consider itself absolute, permitted to bypass the dignity and the rights of other individuals or their social groupings. ...
Full Text: Pope Francis' speech at the United Nations [Al Jazeera - 25/9/15]
… Your car got mags that be dippy dippy dope
But the whole damn nation got the same
Honey only flock to the bee that's the Pope
Not the President with government lame …
Mombasa ship: UN weapons seized by Kenya 'not illegal' [BBC - 25/9/15]:
The UN has denied that weapons found on a cargo ship seized by Kenyan authorities at the port of Mombasa were being transported illegally.
It says they were part of a legitimate consignment for its peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Both Kenyan authorities and the ship's Norwegian owners have said that the weapons were not declared.
It has also criticised Kenyan authorities for breaking protocol by inspecting the ship's cargo in their absence.
The ship is still being held in port, a week after elite Kenyan police units launched a surprise midnight raid on the vessel.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has on several occasions cited Kenya as a transit point for the re-packaging and trans-shipment of drugs to Europe and America.
Saudis seek to fend off UN Inquiry on Yemen [New York Times - 24/9/15]
A man who was “whipping his hand around” as though it were a gun was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police, authorities said Thursday. ... [Gawker - 25/9/15]
EU, Iran discuss push for peace in Syria [Daily Star - 26/9/15]
US urges Iraqi forces to move 'as quickly as possible' to retake Ramadi [Ahram - 25/9/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [25/9/15]:
Yesterday, 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 strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrike in Syria
A fighter aircraft conducted an airstrike near Dayr Az Zawr, which struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:
-- Near Huwayjah, two airstrikes destroyed 37 ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Beiji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
-- Near Hit, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed two ISIL vehicles, and wounded three ISIL fighters.
-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Kisik, an airstrike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cache, and an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Qayyarah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL resupply truck, an ISIL dump truck, an ISIL cache, and cratered a road to deny ISIL use.
-- Near Rawah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, an airstrike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL vehicle, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/9/15]: Baghdad: 5 persons were either killed or wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in small bus in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad....
US-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: US military [Reuters – 25/9/15]
… A walk in the park can become a bad dream … 'Robert De Niro's Waiting', Bananarama 
Australia is considering softening its opposition to the Assad regime in Syria, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying a political solution needs to be found to solve the country's deadly conflict. ... [ABC - 26/9/15]
Putin: Does anyone even listen to us? [VIDEO - ICH – 25/9/15]
Lockheed Martin to open submarine combat system laboratory to support design, delivery and sustainment of Australia's submarine force [Media Release - 25/9/15]
The Australian Defence Force has wrapped up one of the biggest military exercises carried out in WA, testing its skills in reaching across the country to protect the State’s resources-rich north.
Exercise Northern Shield brought together infantry, special forces, the navy and the RAAF to repel an imagined enemy threatening the WA coast.
The military used its giant C-17 transports to rush a task force from Brisbane’s 6RAR to Exmouth, while F/A-18 Hornet jets flew from Darwin using in-flight refuelling tankers to provide cover for ground troops.
Commandos came from Sydney, attack helicopters from Darwin and warships patrolled the waters around oil and gas infrastructure off the coast. ... [West Australian - 26/9/15]
... A spokesperson for oil and gas company Modec confirmed crew members on one of their tankers off Dampier sighted what appeared to be an asylum seeker boat at first light this morning. ... [ABC - 20/7/15]
@pmarsupia [25/9/15]: Hungría-Croacia, una frontera INTERNA de la UE hoy. (Fotos de János Bodey)
@MSF_Sea [25/9/15]: 4000 people sleeping outside at the crossing point between #Serbia and #Croatia at Jamena. No food, water, shelter #refugeecrisis
@MSF_Sea [25/9/15]: This tented #refugee village in #Belgrade is home to hundreds of families, mainly from #Syria
UN refugee agency opens two new camps for displaced Iraqis in Baghdad [Media Release - 25/9/15]
A Spanish coast guard ship rescued 32 African migrants from a boat off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, officials said Friday.
It was the latest in a string of arrivals that suggest the Canary Islands are regaining popularity as an entry point for migrants trying to reach Europe. ... [Relief Web - 25/9/15]
United States accepts 24 Rohingya refugees (labelled "trafficking victims" to deliberately diminish empathy) - 540 still languish in detention centres nationwide [Bangkok Post - 25/9/15]
Japan Times [25/9/15]:
Myanmar has defended a decision barring 800,000 ethnic minority people from voting in November elections by saying that green card holders can’t vote in U.S. elections either.
Foreign Minister Wanna Maung Lwin drew awkward laughter Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations when he likened the situation of foreign citizens permitted to live and work in the U.S. with Myanmar’s “white card” holders, many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims.
In March, Myanmar declared the temporary identification cards invalid. Those who held them could vote in the last national elections in 2010, but they won’t be able to vote this time.
That’s drawn international criticism. It is the latest sign of discrimination against a persecuted, stateless minority. Many Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for decades.
Stand up Australia this is an utter disgrace. We have blood on our hands.
Open letter to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader from over 6,000 Australian women
No-one wants to be a party pooper and deny families the opportunity to experience a fireworks display.
Just be aware that your attendance at Sunsuper Riverfire gives tacit support for Australian militarism and the mistreatment of refugees.
If you must go, why not also take the kids to the Toowong Peace Temple tomorrow?
HESTA Divest notes that Cbus Super, VicSuper, Sunsuper, Allan Gray and Invesco Australia all hold shares in Transfield Services. We call on these super funds and fund managers to #DumpTransfield and divest from the detention industry. ...
The heritage listed Temple of Peace, was erected in 1924 by Richard Ramo as a memorial to his four sons, three of whom had died in World War One. The heritage register states:
"The temple was more than just a personal memorial, it was an expression of revulsion of war, containing many pacifist and anti-war inscriptions. The dedication ceremony on 6 December 1924 was attended by several thousand people, including many socialists and pacifists. The band played 'The Red Flag' as the coffin was placed in the memorial."
... Sometimes the form belies the message. Consider Richard Ramo's unique "Temple of Peace" in Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery.
It looks like a splendid mausoleum but the inscriptions on it are an enraged litany against war.
A socialist and a rationalist, Ramo was devastated by the loss of three sons in World War One and the suicide of an adopted son.
Appealing to the mothers and workers of the world as the hope for humanity in the face of a war wrought by capitalism, the inscriptions also express the grief of a father unable to draw comfort from conventional christian faith.
Like an ordinary war memorial, the Temple of Peace served as the site of ritual for many others with similar feelings as demonstrated by the several thousand people who gathered at its dedication.
The Peace Temple's interior contains more inscriptions and a memorial to "pup".
The Temple of Peace at Toowong Cemetery was boarded up in 2007 after being vandalised.
It was restored in 2009.
According to a Media Release from the Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology [4/9/09], the Temple of Peace at Toowong Cemetery was repaired, along with the "A Battery Memorial":
"Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said repairs to the 'Temple of Peace Monument' and the 'A Battery Memorial' at Toowong Cemetery were supported by the Queensland Government's Community Memorials Restoration Program.
"The Bligh Government was pleased to contribute $18,500 towards the $37,000 restoration of these two memorials, with Brisbane City Council matching our contribution," Mr Schwarten said. "
UN official visit to Australia cancelled due to risk of reprisals
Human Rights Law Centre Media Release [26/9/15]:
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, announced overnight he was postponing his imminent official visit to Australia due to the lack of cooperation from the Australian Government including on the risk of reprisals against those who spoke to him.
“The cancellation highlights the secrecy and threats to whistleblowers inherent in Australia’s harmful asylum seeker detention regime. It’s extraordinary that the Australian Government couldn’t assure the UN expert that people he spoke to wouldn’t be exposed to prosecution under the Border Force Act,” said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.
The Human Rights Law Centre and other civil society groups were due to meet the Special Rapporteur in Melbourne over the weekend.
“This outcome is unprecedented for a western liberal democracy. The other countries to which visits have been cancelled on similar grounds recently include The Gambia, Bahrain and Zimbabwe,” he added.
“This is extremely damaging for Australia’s reputation – particularly when our human rights record will be reviewed at the UN in November and we’re seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council in 2018. It’s extremely damaging to our ability to advance our national interest on the world stage,” said Mr de Kretser.
“Not only did Australia fail to provide the standard assurances on reprisals, it refused to facilitate access to offshore detention centres that it funds and effectively controls,” said Mr de Kretser.
“This is a huge missed opportunity for the new Prime Minister establish a more constructive relationship with the UN. We urge the Australian Government to urgently provide the necessary assurances to the Special Rapporteur to enable the official visit to take place at a future date.”
A link to the Special Rapporteur’s media release is here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16503&LangID=E
Just this week, the Human Rights Law Centre and Human Rights Watch released a report calling on Australia to improve its leadership on human rights at home and abroad ahead of the UN Human Rights Council bid. A link to the report is here: http://hrlc.org.au/australia-needs-to-lift-its-game-to-strengthen-its-bid-for-a-seat-on-the-uns-human-rights-council/
For more information about Australia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review appearance in November please visit http://hrlc.org.au/upr/.
UN Human Rights Expert to assess situation of migrants in Australia [UN Information Centre, Canberra - 22/9/15]:
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Australia from 27 September to 9 October 2015 to assess the migration programmes, policies and laws developed by the Australian authorities in recent years.
“Understanding how Australia manages its overall migration policies, and their impact on the human rights of migrants, will be an essential part of my visit,’’ Mr. Crépeau said announcing his first information-gathering visit to the country.
During his 13-day visit to Australia, the independent expert will meet with a range of government officials responsible for border management, civil society, trade unions, the Australian National Human Rights Commission, international organisations, and migrants themselves, to discuss the complex management of Australia’s borders.
The Special Rapporteur will carry out his meetings in Canberra, Melbourne, Darwin and Sydney, as well as in detention centres.
At the end of the mission, the UN Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary conclusions at a press conference on 9 October 2015 at 11:30am, at the UN Information Centre, Level 1, 7 National Circuit Barton, Canberra. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.
The country mission report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2016.
The refugee who reluctantly agreed to be removed from Manus Island to rescue his wife and infant daughter from war in Syria has begged the Australian government to be included among the 12,000 Syrians it will accept for resettlement.
Twenty-nine-year-old Eyad* nominated to be voluntarily returned to Syria from Manus last month so he could help his wife and meet his baby daughter, born while he was in detention.
Reunited with his family in his home city of al-Harra, Eyad says he has had to leave his bombed-out home – destroyed in fighting between the al-Assad regime and separatist fighters – and is now living in the abandoned home of a friend who has fled the country.
Through intermediaries he said: “I am so tired and the situation here getting more worse every day. Dead bodies everywhere. I really need help [because] I could not find anyone here to help me nor when I was on Manus. Even the International Organisation for Migration weren’t not able to send me back.
“But the Australian government wasn’t have any problem to send me back to this danger. My house has destroyed completely and I am living in my friend’s house [because] he’s out Syria now.
“If there is help for me and a way of getting us to Australia with the people they are taking [the 12,000 Australia has promised to resettle], I wish for that.” ... [Guardian - 26/9/15]
Human Rights Watch [24/9/15]:
... It’s time for Turnbull to act on his concerns.
His best move, of course, would be to stop the policy of diverting asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island and for Australia to take direct responsibility for examining refugee claims.
Failing that, for starters, he should open up access to offshore detention centers to journalists, lawyers, and rights organizations.
Turnbull should encourage the PNG government to promote and facilitate resettlement of recognized refugees from Manus Island to the PNG mainland and beyond, and immediately allow them to work and have freedom of movement in the country.
If PNG doesn’t do the right thing, the Australian government should at least reverse its current policy and green light resettlement of recognized refugees from these offshore processing sites to Australia.
Wellington to take in first Syrian refugees - who don't come by boat
[RNZI - 26/9/15]:
The capital city will be absorbing the first intake of the government's emergency quota of Syrian refugees.
The government announced earlier this month that it would accept 600 Syrian refugees over the next two-and-a-half years.
Wellington deputy mayor Justin Lester said the city will take all 85 refugees of the first group in January.
Mr Lester said the reasons behind that decision were that Wellington had the nation's largest community of Syrian refugees and had social housing available to take the influx.
The refugees were currently being housed in Lebanon, a country that has taken in about 1.5 million people fleeing Syria, he said.
"It's not intended that they will stay there. That's not sustainable for the Syrian refugees nor the Lebanese population or government."
Wellington will take 250 Syrian refugees during 2016, on top of five scheduled refugee groups from other nations.
Mr Lester expected the refugees will go through a huge cultural shock when they first arrive in the city.
"For the most part [they'll] be a disparate group, wide-ranging in terms of education, in terms of international travel, in terms of literacy.
"Some will have experience in tragedy so we want to make sure we cannot only house them, but then support them and integrate them into the community."
New Zealand government refers refugees to Australia [RNZI - 13/6/15]:
The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.
The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.
In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.
A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.
It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra have said nothing - as is their usual response to regional refugee issues - and the media have not asked them about the refugees' predicament.]
A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees.
... Nazmul Hassan, who identifies himself as one of the 65 in a Kupang detention centre, said they just wanted a peaceful life.
"We leave our country because of some problems and political violence and [too many problems]."
"We are really in trouble now, and under pressure now."
Mr Hassan said they were all confined to one room at the centre in West Timor. He said the group was mentally and physically exhausted. ... [RNZI - 7/6/15]
Sydney Morning Herald [2/6/15]:
... Fishermen spotted two boats floating near Landuti island in the West Rote district, 500 kilometres north-east of the Australian coast, on Sunday.
"They looked exhausted," Rote police chief Hidayat said.
"One female passenger is pregnant – we took her immediately to the hospital but she is ok now."
Mr Hidayat said the migrants told him they had been caught by Australian customs on May 26, who sunk their boat.
They were put in two blue and white boats, and sent back into Indonesian waters. ...
Queensland Government continues disincentivising public transport use with outsourced, overpriced, spying ticketing system [Brisbane Times - 26/9/15]
The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state.
The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of U.S. Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top U.S. diplomat in January and February of 2009. ... [Reuters - 25/9/15]
drafted to end mass surveillance, protect whistleblowers worldwide
Two years after Edward Snowden leaked information about the US government’s mass surveillance to reporter Glenn Greenwald, the two were joined by other journalists and leaders to draft an international pact for privacy rights called the Snowden Treaty.
Officially called The International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers, the global agreement seeks to “curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers,” according to the website.
“Protecting the right to privacy is vital not just in itself but because it is an essential requirement for the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression, the most fundamental pillars of democracy.”
Greenwald, who originally broke Snowden’s story, and other journalists were joined at a Thursday forum in New York by the image of Edward Snowden being broadcasted remotely.
Over his video link from Moscow, Snowden called mass surveillance “a global problem,” and said that the treaty was “the beginning of work that will continue for many years.” The pact aims to institute international protections for whistleblowers and pressure governments to recognize privacy as a human right.
Snowden also warned against the creep of government surveillance into more mundane parts of life.
“The same tactics that the NSA and the CIA collaborated on in places like Yemen are migrating home to be used in the United States against common criminals and people who pose no threat to national security,” he said.
The draft treaty, which is designed to gain nation-states as signatories, is the creation of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda, with whom he resides in Brazil.
The gathering coincided with the annual United Nations General Assembly, which is also being held in New York City.
The Snowden Treaty is supported by figures such as academic Noam Chomsky, security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, and actor John Cusack.
Snowden currently faces charges in the US for revealing the extent of mass surveillance conducted by the NSA and other government agencies.
The Intercept [25/5/15]:
… The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom’s electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.
The revelations about the scope of the British agency’s surveillance are contained in documents obtained by The Intercept from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previous reports based on the leaked files have exposed how GCHQ taps into Internet cables to monitor communications on a vast scale, but many details about what happens to the data after it has been vacuumed up have remained unclear. …
The United Nations has a radical, dangerous vision for the future of the Web [Washington Post – 24/9/15]
British resident held at Guantanamo Bay to be sent to the United Kingdom [Washington Post – 25/9/15]
Jody Meyers case: Body found under tool shed as partner charged with her murder
A body thought to be that of missing South Australian woman Jody Meyers has been recovered from beneath a tool shed in Mannum, east of Adelaide, shortly after her partner was charged with her murder.
Mannum man Neil Archer, 29, was arrested by detectives overnight and appeared in court for the first time charged with murder.
Police found what is believed to be Ms Meyers' body buried under concrete in a tool shed at the house of the accused's father at Mannum.
Archer appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court about 2:45pm by video link from the police cells at Murray Bridge.
He sat slumped in a chair, one elbow resting on his knee, staring up at the camera, wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.
Archer's lawyer, Stephen Ey, did not apply for bail on behalf of his client.
"The matters are contested but it's not appropriate at this time to apply for bail," Mr Ey said.
Magistrate Bob Harrap approved a police request to ban publication of Archer's image to allow for further identification procedures.
"The police are indicating that they still have some significant further investigations."
Archer will return to court in December for declarations, where the prosecution will provide further evidence to the defence.
A date to answer the charge will be set at the next hearing and the image publication ban reviewed.
Ms Meyers, 20, was last seen at a house at Burdett, east of Adelaide, on the evening of August 26.
Officers investigating the alleged murder yesterday announced they had charged a woman with theft, alleging she withdrew cash from an ATM using Ms Meyers' credit card.
The 55-year-old Mannum woman was granted bail and will face the Magistrates Court at Murray Bridge next week.
Burglary with violence charge, Edmonton [QPS Media - 26/9/15]
Far North District OMCG activity [QPS Media - 25/9/15]
Arrest of Rebels OMCG associate, Nerang [QPS Media - 25/9/15]
An alleged Hells Angel bikie facing 50 drug, weapons and fraud charges has been granted conditional bail.
Vadim Volkov, 33, was arrested last month after a series of police raids across the Gold Coast targeting a drug trafficking network. ... [Yahoo - 25/9/15]
A prestigious Brisbane school has reiterated an apology to former students who were sexually abused by a counsellor as it becomes the latest target of the child sex abuse royal commission.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced on Friday it would commence public hearings on November 3 into Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) and St Paul's School at Bald Hills.
The commission will inquire into the responses of the board of trustees, headmasters and other members and staff at BGS to complaints about the behaviour of former school counsellor Kevin Lynch.
About 70 former students sued the school in the early 2000s, alleging Lynch sexually abused them during counselling sessions between 1975 and 1988. ... [Brisbane Times - 25/9/15]
An ex-News of the World executive has confessed to telling Rebekah Brooks about phone hacking while she was editor
The admission has been made by Brooks’ former right-hand-man Greg Miskiw, who was in charge of the paper’s notorious ‘dark arts’ operation.
According to Miskiw, Brooks was informed specifically about the illegal interceptions in late January 2002. ... [Byline - 25/9/15]
Crown closes corruption case against Sun journalists [Byline - 25/9/15]
Man killed in workplace accident, SA Riverland
Nine MSN [25/9/15]:
A man has died from crush injuries after an accident involving a prime mover in the South Australian Riverland, work safety officials say.
SafeWork SA acting executive director Dino Soulio says the man died at the scene of the incident in Renmark on Thursday.
He says investigators are checking for any potential breaches of health and safety laws.
The man's death takes SA's work-related toll in
2015 to 10.
Construction workers walk off job at Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital amid safety concerns [ABC – 25/9/15]
George Efrossynis and some 20 co-workers at a Sydney-based industrial lighting company felt as though they were working for family until their boss died and the company was sold.
The employees of Wadco Lighting, which manufactured specialist lights for mines, supermarkets and other food and beverage suppliers, say representatives of Queensland Manufacturing Industries assured them their jobs would be safe.
The workers were asked to sign a form which said a company called Waltek Industries would be their new employer. The form said there would be "no change in your role or duties" and that employees would retain all entitlements. Bonuses of up to $5000 were offered if they stayed until the end of the year.
"It appears this inducement was never to be realised and offered to us so we would sign the document," Mr Efrossynis said.
Within a few weeks, employees were asked to hand in their phones, computers and cars for possible replacement. They were offered $200 for a taxi home and back to work the following Monday.
But when the employees returned on Monday, they were shocked to find a notice taped to a roller door which said Waltek Industries had been placed into administration and to "please accept this notice as confirmation that your employment is terminated". ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 25/9/15]
Man killed in truck rollover, Central Queensland
A man had died after his truck rolled in central Queensland.
The man, in his 50s, was driving on the Leichhardt Highway at Theodore around 7.15am on Friday when his vehicle crashed and he became trapped inside with his passenger.
He was airlifted to hospital but died in the afternoon, police said.
Woman run over by truck on Princes Motorway at Dapto [Sydney Morning Herald - 25/9/15]
Man critically injured following car crash at Booroobin this afternoon [QPS Media - 25/9/15]
A toddler has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being struck by a 4WD on the NSW Central Coast.
It's believed the car reversed onto the 17-month-old boy in a car park off Racecourse Drive in West Gosford on Thursday morning, police say.
He has since been flown to Westmead Children's Hospital, while the 22-year-old male driver has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing. [Nine MSN - 25/9/15]
A mother of two who was critically injured when she was struck by a motorcyclist in a "callous" hit-and-run has died.
Andrea Lehane, 34, was walking through a pedestrian crossing at a Carrum Downs shopping centre in Melbourne's south-east when she was bowled over by a mini-motorcycle.
Earlier on Friday her husband confirmed her life support would be switched off, after she suffered catastrophic injuries.
CCTV captured the moment she was struck. It shows a group of motorbike riders speeding off after the collision.
A 17-year-old from Seaford and a 16-year-old from Carrum Downs have been charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering persons, as well as charges for unlicensed riding of an unregistered vehicle, after police searched several properties on Friday.
They have been bailed and will appear before the Children's Court at a later date. ... [ABC - 25/9/15]
Four foreign students die in Seattle “Ride the Ducks” bus crash [BBC - 25/9/15]
WA post-pursuit death an accident: coroner
Nine MSN [25/9/15]:
The death of a man following a police pursuit in Western Australia's north was an accident, a coroner has concluded.
However, the report raised questions about police understanding of pursuit policies after three officers were found to have breached emergency driving rules and were "ultimately disciplined".
Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker found "apparent contradictions" in pursuit guidelines, but acknowledged police were working to rewrite them.
"The fact clarification was necessary emphasises some difficulty with the way the policy is written," Ms Vicker said.
The 45-year-old man, who has only been referred to as Mr Toby, lost control of his ute on an unsealed road near Kununurra after a 17-minute police pursuit in August 2012 and was thrown through an open window before being crushed by the vehicle.
An autopsy on the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.255 and died from head injuries.
"I find death arose by way of accident," Ms Vicker said.
In her report, she noted Mr Toby had been bailed to live in Wyndham at a rehabilitation centre after being charged with driving under the influence and had a serious problem with alcohol.
"Serious assault police" charges, Kaimkillenbun (Dalby) [QPS Media - 26/9/15]
A prized $120 million CSIRO ship built to study marine science has been hired out to international energy giants Chevron and BP to help them search for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight. ... [Canberra Times - 25/9/15]
Singapore shuts schools, cancels events as haze worsens [Bloomberg - 25/9/15]
East Timor scraps sea-border talks with Australia [Nasdaq – 24/9/15]
Argentina: Barrick’s cyanide solution spill five times larger than previously thought [Buenos Aires Herald – 24/9/15]
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