Pair accused of Reza Barati's murder claim false witness statement written by Australian guards

 

 

 ABC [28/9/15]:

 

 

The two Papua New Guinean men accused of killing asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island have told a court the main witness against them signed a false statement written by "Australian guards".

Joshu Kaluvia and Louie Efi are charged with wilful murder over Mr Barati's death. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They are accused of hitting Mr Barati with a piece of wood and a large rock respectively, causing him to die from a serious head wound on February 17 last year.

Mr Barati's roommate at the Manus Island detention centre, Benham Satah, said he watched the pair attack the Iranian asylum seeker.

The two men told the PNG National Court they spoke with Mr Satah at the prison in Lorengau, the main town on Manus Island, after they saw a witness statement from him in their court file.

But Mr Kaluvia said Mr Satah told them he had not written the statement.

"He said it was a 'frame-up' by the Australian guards and he said what the story that was written down, he must base it on that," Mr Kaluvia told the court.

"He said if he doesn't do it, they will bribe the locals to attack him."

Mr Kaluvia, who was a recreation worker with the Salvation Army, told the court he had not entered the centre until after the violence had ceased.

He also denied sending text messages which appeared to admit to the murder, saying he did not have his phone after the incident.

One message, allegedly to Mr Kaluvia's girlfriend, read: "On the TV News most of the asylum seekers are dead. We killed them, especially me and my friend."

Mr Efi, who was a security guard with centre managers G4S, said he had been a "static guard" who played no role in putting down the violence.

But he had sought treatment for cuts to his hand sustained that evening.

His brother, Emmanual Efi, said outside court that the way his brother became a suspect in the murder was suspicious.

"After the incident he complained about his salary and the cuts [for which] he was supposed to be compensated and then the next thing, all the fingers were pointing on him," he said.

Earlier, Mr Satah had told the court he saw Mr Kaluvia and Mr Efi at the Lorengau Hospital, not the prison.

"They told me 'if you don't withdraw your affidavit we will do what we did to Reza'," he said.

Mr Satah said he was scared when he was confronted by the two accused.

"I am witnessing the death of my roommate and Wilson Security exposed me to the killers of my roommate in the Lorengau Hospital," he said.

Mr Satah was brought to court under special police guard, but said new measures introduced to protect him in the Australian-run detention centre actually placed him in more danger.

"They have isolated me from the others, they have isolated me from my friends," he said.

"I have to live in fear, please don't send me back to that life."

Mr Satah had told the court he was scared to testify against Mr Kaluvia and Mr Efi but on Monday identified both of them and described how they had attacked Mr Barati.

He said Mr Kaluvia began the attack by hitting Mr Barati on the head twice with a large piece of wood with nails sticking out of it.

Other people kicked Mr Barati in the head after he fell down, Mr Satah said, before Mr Efi dropped a large rock on his head.

Both Mr Kaluvia and Mr Efi rejected Mr Satah's account.

The court is yet to hear final submissions in the case before Judge Nicholas Kirriwom retires to make a decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propagandists ramp up efforts to ignore Australia's human rights atrocities  ---->  Nauru seen through the eyes of leading photographer Sally McInerney [Daily Mail - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Close the camps of torture and rape.

 

 

Bring the refugees to Australia.

 

 

 

ABC [28/9/15]:

 

 

Two refugees are requesting help from Australia after reportedly being raped on Nauru, leaving one of them pregnant.

The ABC's 7.30 has obtained a harrowing video of the moment one of the victims was found by Nauruan police, several hours after the alleged assault occurred.

The footage was filmed in the dark by the 26-year-old Somali woman as she hid in the bushes late at night on August 21 after allegedly being raped by two Nauruan men.

In the video, the woman is heard weeping and calling for help as she phones Nauruan police.

...

 

 

 



Planned protest at the International Criminal Court, The Hague - 1 PM 6 October 2015:  To raise awareness within European nations and internationally of the genocidal nature of Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya [The Stateless]


 

 

 

Myanmar refugees stranded in Denpasar have requested assistance.  Where's the UNHCR? [Beatmag - 21/9/15]:


A father and son from Myanmar who planned to seek asylum in Australia have approached staff at Denpasar Police Headquarters for assistance after their initial travel plans were thwarted by insufficient funds.

The 29-year-old father named Mamat alongside his 10 year-old son Joo Nai arrived at Denpasar Police Headquarters on Friday, September 18 after fleeing Malaysia where they had been living for five years after being granted a temporary refugee visa.

It is understood the pair fled Malaysia on September 13 to the Indonesian island of Batam after paying 3000 Malaysian Ringgit to be placed in the storage unit of a boat. Once they arrived in Batam they then paid for a plane ticket to Surabaya.

Upon arriving in Surabaya the man who had arranged a boat for the two to travel to Australia demanded another Rp. 5 million, Mamat having no money leftover could not afford the man’s requests. It was at that time that Mamat decided it best to seek refuge in Bali.

“Mamat was asked to pay Rp. 5 million to continue his journey to Australia. As he did not have enough money he was abandoned by his travel entourage,” said a spokesperson from Denpasar Police who chose to remain anonymous.

According to the Head of the Public Relations Subdivision of Denpasar Police, AKP Sugriwo, the paid have requested protection and assistance at Police Headquarters, however it is not yet known whether their pleas have been met.

“I will not elaborate on any further details if they will stay at the Headquarters or not. They have been questioned in the Criminal Unit room,” said Sugriwo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brisbane churches help with Australian government's cruel "handpicked, non-muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat" stunt [Yahoo - 28/9/15]

 

 

 


He said the mother of wanted man William Blackman asked his photographer to take pictures to prove her son, who had run into bushland during raids, wasn't injured before he handed himself in.

 


Yahoo [28/9/15]:

 

The Palm Island community was angry the partner of local man Mulrunji Doomadgee was turned away by police as he lay dead in a cell days before rioting razed the station, a court has heard.

Journalist Tony Koch told the Federal Court on Monday local women reported the community was angered by revelations Mulrunji's partner had spoken to arresting officer Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley on the day he died and was turned away.

"Senior Sergeant Hurley had told her to go away," Mr Koch told the court on Monday.

"He didn't tell her he (Mulrunji) was lying dead in the cell."

The trial will determine whether alleged police failures after Mulrunji's 2004 death in custody were racially discriminatory.

Mr Koch said he and a photographer flew to the island on a helicopter so they would not be met by police and could stay with a well-respected local family.

He said local women told his host few Palm Islanders believed the coroner's preliminary findings that Mulrunji had died as a result of falling over a step.

Mr Koch also said the women, including some teenagers, were concerned about their partners and male relatives who had been arrested and charged.

He said the mother of wanted man William Blackman asked his photographer to take pictures to prove her son, who had run into bushland during raids, wasn't injured before he handed himself in.

"We don't want him to be injured or shot by police," he recalled the grey-haired woman telling him.

The court has previously heard masked, armed and shielded policemen marched Palm Island's streets in lines after the riots, which saw the police station burnt to the ground.

Mr Koch said some were initially angered about being photographed but relaxed when he told them not even their mother would recognise them in their balaclavas.

The trial continues.

 

 

 

Coalition and ALP pretend to disagree over Iran [Guardian - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

New clashes as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound [Maan - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Afghanistan:  Taliban take control of parts of Kunduz city [TOLO News -28/9/15]

 

 

 

Achin attack was organized by ISI, district governor says [Khaama - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

US forces come under attack in Bagram [Pajhwok - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

At least nine people were killed and as many as 51 others were wounded in a deadly car suicide bombing in eastern Paktika, officials said Sunday.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when a car packed with explosives exploded in a sports stadium in Khair Kot district, local officials told TOLOnews.

The interior ministry has also confirmed the attack.  ... [TOLO News - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

US sailor dies after shooting in Bahrain [USA Today - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

The Norwegian owner of a ship intercepted in Kenya says the vessel has been set free and allowed to continue its voyage to South Africa, West Africa and Mexico.

Hoegh Autoliners said in a statement seen Sunday that, after a delay of more than a week, no crew have been arrested.

No illegal drugs were found, it added.

The ship, which carried UN vehicles, arrived at the Kenyan port of Mombasa on Sept. 17 and was boarded by Kenyan authorities who suspected it was carrying illegal weapons and drugs.

After Kenyan authorities revealed they had found undeclared weapons aboard the ship, the UN said the weapons found were part of declared cargo packed in India and destined for the Indian battalion in the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. [Ahram - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

'10 dead' in Benghazi clashes between Libya army, jihadists [Ahram - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

Saudi air strikes hit Yemen wedding party, kill several women [Press TV - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

A total of five soldiers were wounded on Sept. 28 in a bomb attack by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the eastern province of Bitlis. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

‏@MSF_Sea [28/9/15]:   ... The #Dignity1 has just rescued 130 people including 27 women and 3 children

 

 

 

 

Seventeen migrants trying to reach Greece from Turkey drowned on Sunday when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea.

The victims were Syrians who departed from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum and were bound for the Greek island of Leros, the Doğan news agency reported.

Five women and five children were among the dead. The remaining 20 migrants on the boat were rescued, with none missing or unaccounted for by Sunday afternoon. ... [Today's Zaman - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

US Department of Defense [27/9/15]:

 

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.

Airstrikes in Syria

Bomber and fighter aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL structure.

-- Near Abu Kamal, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Mar’a, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 27 ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL staging area and damaged an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Hit, five airstrikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb facility, an ISIL command and control facility, and an ISIL headquarters.

-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL armored vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Ramadi, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL buildings and denied terrain to ISIL forces.

-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL armored vehicles.

-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL mortar tubes, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL vehicle.

...

 

 

 

... The coalition takes great care to reduce collateral damage and preserve Iraqi infrastructure, officials said. ... [US Department of Defense - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

@IraqiSMCEn - Iraq Spring Media Center  [27/9/15]:  

 

 

 

Ta'ameem: 8 civilians were killed as unknown plane shelled two homes in Yourgon Village in Daqooq district (35 km south of Kirkuk).......

 

 

 

Anbar: The international alliance air force has conducted 3 raids targeting the industrial city in Heet district west of Anbar resulted in causing material losses ......

 

 

 

 

 

Israel fires at Syria Army in response to mortar fire [Haaretz - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Vladimir Putin gave an interview to American journalist Charlie Rose in the run-up to his address at the UN General Assembly’s 70th session. [28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

... Putin, who will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York on Monday, branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective and said Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State.

He mocked U.S. plans to train up to 5,400 Syrian rebels to fight the group.

"It turns out that only 60 of these fighters have been properly trained, and as few as four or five people actually carry weapons," he said.

Putin said Russia had no plans now to deploy combat troops.

"Russia will not take part in any field operations on the territory of Syria or in other states; at least, we do not plan it for now," he said.

Referring to the risk of radicalized fighters returning home after fighting with Islamic State, he said:   "There are more than 2,000 militants in Syria from the former Soviet Union. Instead of waiting for them to return back home we should help President al-Assad fight them there, in Syria."  ...[Reuters - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Migrants from Nigeria, others rescued on Europe-bound boat [The Nation - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [27/9/15]:   ... The #Argos has just rescued 112 people from #Sudan and #Nigeria. They're all doing well.

 

 

 

 

Thousands of people marched in support of refugees and asylum seekers from conflict zones in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Sunday.

According to the official Twitter page of “BLXRefugees”, a citizen platform supporting Brussels' refugees and undocumented populations, the number of participants in the rally exceeded 20,000 people. ... [Anadolu Agency - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

Greater fools and bigger liars

 

 

 

The Automatic Earth [27/9/15]:


… What is happening in today’s world is a total downfall, both economic and moral, and the two are closely intertwined. What’s more, though we’re blind to it, as Anaïs Nin said, “Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.” Our societies therefore end up with liars only. Nobody else gets a shot at the title. There’s no use for anything but lies.

All leaders, as we can see these days wherever we look, talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Every single one of them schemes and lies and hides their acts from public scrutiny. Political leaders, corporate leaders, the lot. This behavior is so ubiquitous we’ve come to see it as inevitable, even normal.

Whether it’s the economy, climate, the planet, warfare, your future obligations, your pensions, the future of your children, nobody in power tells you the truth. Human life is fast losing the value we would like to tell ourselves we assign to it. We don’t, do we? Children drown in the Mediterranean every day, and we let them drown, it’s not just our leaders who do.

Children also get shot to bits in various theaters of war (or rather, invasion) in faraway countries that our leaders involve us in, our tax dollars pay for, and our media don’t show. What the European refugee crisis shows us is that there are no faraway countries anymore, or theaters of war. Our own technological advances have taken care of that. They’re on our doorstep. And sending in the military is only going to make it worse.

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Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh are progressively being deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

ANTARA [5/8/15]:

 

 

Some 100 refugees from Bangladesh being accommodated at Blang Mangat immigration office in Lhokseumawe city, Aceh province, have been repatriated, according to local immigration spokesman Albert Djalius.

"We hope that all the Bangladeshi refugees can be repatriated in mid-August 2015," Djalius stated here on Wednesday.

He remarked that some 100 refugees who were stranded in Aceh in early May, this year, had complete immigration documents, and therefore, they were flown back to their country of origin from Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

However, he noted that 71 other refugees are still being accommodated in shelters, awaiting a clear demographic data from the Embassy of Bangladesh to Indonesia in Jakarta.

According to Djalius, the repatriation was managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has been making all the necessary arrangements for providing accommodations.

...

 

 

 

230 Bangladeshi refugees ready for deportation: Aceh immigration [ANTARA - 15/7/15]

 

 

 

Qatar gives Indonesia $49m to "host" Rohingya refugees [Jakarta Globe - 29/5/15]:

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that at a meeting in Doha, she had spoken with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, about the regional efforts to help the refugees.

Most if not all of the people made it to Indonesian shores in recent weeks are Muslims.

Indonesia currently receives aid from the International Organization of Migration, which has allocated $26 million to "help" refugees stranded in Southeast Asia.

“The donation is in a form of financial aid from Qatar to Indonesia to help cover expenses allocated for Rohingya refugees,” Tamim said on Friday, as quoted by newsportal Detik.com.

President Joko Widodo said last week that Indonesia would need international aid to cover expenses it would incur in hosting refugees, most of whom are fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

 

 

 

 

Myanmar's state-owned Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE) has agreed to a joint venture with Puma Energy Group Pte Ltd to distribute jet fuel, the state-owned Myanma Alinn daily reported on Saturday.

Last year, MPPE chose Puma Energy from a short list of four firms as its partner to distribute jet fuel amid a rise in demand from new airports and a boom in tourist arrivals.

MPPE and Singapore-based Puma Energy Group signed the agreement in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on Friday, the daily reported. ... [Reuters - 26/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digicel has bought out Fiji Television Ltd’s pay-TV service Sky Pacific for a reported F$5.75 million (K7 million) deal. ... [The National - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands gathered at the Unagi oval in Port Moresby today for the last day of the national rally hosted by the Revival Centres of PNG. ... [PNG Loop - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

 

National Cultural Commission says Christian fundamentalist "Burn the Witch" National Day of Repentance incites violence against PNG culture [PNG Loop - 25/8/15]

 

 

 

 

A two-page paid advertisement in print media on Repentance, or National Day of Prayer this Wednesday, August 26 has come under scrutiny by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches.

The advert stated that during repentance day, an offering called the Aliyah will be collected and given officially to the Jewish people by the government of Papua New Guinea.

It also quotes bible verses showing support for idols, and why they should be brought forward to be burnt.

The Aliyah offering as defined in the advert is the return of Jews to Israel from whatever nation around the world they have been scattered. ... [EMTV - 24/8/15]

 

 

 

 

PNG Loop [27/4/15]:

 

After staying in the plane for about 20 minutes awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister, the 404 years old Bible from the United States was ushered down from the plane by church elders.

They were lead by Reverend Joseph Walters to the VIP’s podium where a stage was set up for the elders and leaders.

The sound of a bugle at the plane’s stairs welcomed the Bible as people began cheering and praising the Lord and welcoming Him into the country.

Thousands of people in the city braved the midday heat to welcome the bible, brought from the US by Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc and his delegation.

Men, women and children from many denominations who gathered at the Jackson’s international airport as they awaited the Holy Word from the plane began praying and singing praise, giving glory to the Lord.

The bible is one of a limited number from a 1611 printing in England.

Reverend Walters along with other church elders carried the Bible out from the plane, along the red carpet and onto the stage.

Tears of joy were shed by the people who were crying out openly, praising the Lord.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill arrived later and was ushered straight to the stage and received the Bible from Speaker Zurenuoc.

The PM is reported to have flown in from Popondetta.

Other Ministers and MPs who welcomed the Bible include Opposition Leader Don Polye, Finance Minister James Marape, Forestry Minister Douglas Tomuriesa, Community Development and Religion Minister Delilah Gore, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso, Mul Baiyer MP De Kewanu, Usina Bundi MP Anthony Yagama and other distinguished leaders.

A mighty worship team from the AOG Cornerstone church led proceedings as people began praying and rejoicing, welcoming the Bible.

Mr Zurenuoc challenged the Government to reform the ways they were operating and to look unto the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for their refuge and shelter.

“There’s no way for us to hide or run to. Jesus is our only Hope and our refuge in time of need,” he said

Mr O’Neill thanked the Speaker for bringing the Bible to PNG and received the Bible.

Chairman of the Port Moresby Pastors Fraternity Reverend Joseph Walters made the final remarks and blessed the Holy Word as it departed for the Governor General’s office before bringing it to the National Parliament where it will be kept.

 

 

 

 

PNG PM sign deal with Israel for defence, security boost [PINA - 17/10/13]

 

 

 

US Embassy Suva [17/8/15]: 

 

 

 U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin presented her credentials to His Excellency Honourable Baron Waqa MP, President of the Republic of Nauru.

When presenting her Letters of Credence, Ambassador Cefkin said it was an exciting time to have been appointed Ambassador to Nauru, because the relationship between the two countries is rapidly growing.

She expressed the United States Government’s commitment to work closely with the Nauruan Government to take bilateral relations to a new level.

 

 

 

 

 

US Ambassador Cefkin with the Republic of Nauru media team [17/8/15]

 

 

 

Each time an asylum seeker complains about their human rights or about the conditions in the centre, they are offered an appointment with IOM to discuss voluntary return.

 

Submission 94, Nauru Senate Inquiry

 

 



PNG Supreme Court halts secretive, unjust deportations from Australia's refugee death camp on Manus Island [Guardian - 25/8/15]

 



US Embassy - Port Moresby [21/9/15]:


The U.S. Embassy announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) awarded $100,000 to International Organization for Migration (IOM) in disaster assistance for Papua New Guinea’s Highlands Region.

As the impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño affected vulnerable communities in Papua New Guinea, recent periods of frost and drought damaged croplands, which in turn led populations in some areas, including the Highlands Region, to experience food shortages and highlighted the need for greater water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming.

USAID/OFDA regional advisors, together with disaster management officials, members of the National Agricultural Research Institute, and IOM staff traveled to the Highlands provinces to assess the extreme conditions. USAID/OFDA determined that frost and drought affected areas required food assistance, agricultural inputs, and increased WASH support to include programs to raise awareness regarding safe treatment and storage of drinking water.

The U.S. Government continues to work closely with the government of Papua New Guinea and non-governmental organization partners like IOM to deliver relief assistance and to identify the most effective ways to immediately help those people affected by the El Niño event.

The U.S. Government wishes to express its ongoing support and assistance to the people of Papua New Guinea who have been affected by El Niño.



 

Minister for Immigration Media Release [28/4/15]:


A new Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will further strengthen Australia’s important relationship with the organisation.

Today the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton met with the Director General of IOM William Lacy Swing in Canberra where they signed the new SPF.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said this signing marks a milestone for Australia’s relationship with IOM.

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US Embassy in Port Moresby awards two new grants totalling US$1 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) [11/12/14]

 

 

 

 

Divestment and Mandatory Detention: Where is your super going?

 

 

 

Divest from detention

 

 

 

New Matilda cartoon  - 27 Sep 2015

 

 

 

I worked in women's refuges 40 years ago and saw how escape can change lives. Also saw the damage that continuing incarceration can do. I now have teenage grand-daughters and look at those girls in those appalling camps and think 'they are someone else's grand-daughters' and they should not be there.

 

 

Open letter to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader signed by over 15,500 Australian women

 

 

 

 

... The principal justification remains the alleged necessity to deter others from coming by boat. But in truth, this conscious, calculated cruelty is not necessity – it's a choice. And the wrong one. The ethical rock on which our policies must stand is that it is never acceptable to inflict irreparable harm on innocent people we are obliged to protect.  ... [The Age - 28/9/15]

 

 



Letter from asylum seekers in Nauru to PM Turnbull [Medium.com – 27/9/15]

 

 

 

New Zealand:  Campaigners argue TPP text ban is unlawful

 

 

 

RNZI [28/9/15]:

 

 

A court has been told that the government's refusal to release information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is unlawful and constitutionally dangerous.

A range of organisations including Consumer New Zealand, Ngati Kahungunu and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists are at the High Court in Wellington seeking a judical review of the Trade Minister's refusal to release information on the proposed trade pact under the Official Information Act (OIA).

The minister, Tim Groser, argued that was due to the confidential nature of the 12-nation talks and the Ombudsman upheld that decision.

The applicants' lawyer, Dr Matthew Palmer QC, said the Government's blanket refusal was unlawful as Mr Groser did not review all the documents being requested.

Dr Palmer said that was constitutionally dangerous as it signalled to all government lawyers considering OIA requests that information could be withheld without looking at it, and would allow the Government to veil itself even more than it does from public scrutiny.

He said the groups seeking the judicial review were not a bunch of wild-eyed radicals, but instead wanted the law applied as intended.

The TPP seeks to cut trade barriers and set common standards for 40 percent of the world economy.

In the latest effort to conclude the talks, officials from countries including New Zealand have been meeting in the United States.

The US has called a meeting of trade ministers in Atlanta for 30 September - 1 October but Groser has said that he would wait to see if the officials made any progress before deciding whether to go.

Secrecy surrounding TPP talks has prompted nationwide protests, with at least 25 protesters arrested in Wellington earlier this month after trying to force their way into a government building.

The High Court case is continuing.

 

 

 

 

Mass protest on Norfolk Island

 

 

RNZI [28/9/15]:

 

Hundreds of Norfolk Islanders marched through the island's streets on Sunday protesting against what they say is the Australian Government's failure to ensure basic human rights.

 This comes after Canberra ended the island's 36 years of self government in June.

The march was organised by a group called 'Hands up for Democracy' which says Australia has failed to abide by the United Nations charter and failed to ensure the basic human rights associated with democracy.

A former Norfolk Island chief minister, Andre Nobbs, says the group is giving people, distressed by Canberra's actions, a chance to express how they feel.

"That [it] is impossible to argue with - that the people of Norfolk Island want their democracy back because the dictatorship and the misrespresentation of the island is at a point where no one is prepared to sit down any more and stand by and watch it."

 

 

 

 

 

... On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Indonesia will hold the 50th commemoration of the butchering of innocent and guilty victims either because they were members of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) or because they were assumed to be communists or supporters of the party.

Hundreds of thousands — some even speculated millions — were killed throughout the country.

We will never know the exact number of people who were jailed without trials or those who were taken by force from their families.

Nor will we ever know many of these people’s whereabouts.

After 50 years, will we as a nation be willing to reconcile with the past and help heal those who are still suffering from our uncivilized acts as a nation?  ... [Jakarta Post - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

The Look of Silence:  Will new film force US to acknowledge role in 1965 Indonesian genocide? [Democracy Now  3/8/15]

 

 

 

The New Rulers Of The World [John Pilger - 2001]

 

 

 

Her master's voice:  Australia's protected and unaccountable Foreign Minister tells US Counter Terrorism forum she's worried prisoners are being released after completing their sentences

 

Image:  @thewest_com_au [15/8/15]

 

 

ABC [28/9/15]:


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia is concerned about the threat posed by prisoners convicted of terror charges who are being released from jails across Asia.

Ms Bishop has addressed a counter-terrorism forum hosted by US secretary of state John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

She said hundreds of convicted terrorists are soon to be released from jails in the Asian region — particularly in Indonesia — and that they pose a significant threat if they have not been rehabilitated.

"A significant number of prisoners in Indonesian prisons who have been convicted of terrorist-related activities will be released. It runs to the hundreds," she said.

"And of course, if they've not been rehabilitated, then they pose a serious risk not only to Indonesia but to our region."

She said there was concern those prisoners were radicalising fellow inmates and spreading extremist ideology.

"It is also a concern that we have this kind of perverted ideology [that] could be spread within the prison system as it has been in other countries," Ms Bishop said.

She and her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi have been discussing ways to rehabilitate and reintegrate radicalised inmates and the pair will jointly host a conference on the issue next month.

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Still no response from Australian government re Indonesia's allegations that officials repelled a refugee boat by bribing its crew [SBS - 19/6/15]

 

 

 

 

Queensland anti-rights legislation a costly failure: lawyer [Brisbane Times - 28/9/15]:

 

 

A high-profile lawyer has rubbished Queensland's anti-bikie laws after a case involving his clients was thrown out of court on Monday.

Prosecutors could offer no evidence against five Victorian men, dubbed the `ice-cream bikies', who were arrested in January last year on anti-association charges while holidaying on the Gold Coast.

Bill Potts, representing two of the men, said the whole exercise would have cost taxpayers upwards of $500,000 and was further evidence the laws - which he claims are yet to result in a single conviction across the state - were flawed.

 

 

 

The case against a man charged with the murder of his six-year-old daughter and the attempted murder of her elder sister has been temporarily suspended while the accused killer undergoes mental health testing.

Stephen Philip Playford, 52, a one-time Brisbane mining executive, is accused of killing his daughter Sydney, 6, in her bed in their home in the inner-northern suburb of Kedron on September 7.

He is also accused of attempting to kill his eldest daughter, Sidney's eight-year-old sister.

 Mr Playford has been held in custody since he was charged the night his daughter's lifeless body was found in her bedroom by her 36-year-old mother.

Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Monday that he has been held involuntarily in a mental health facility since his arrest.

The case has been suspended until mid-November in order for him to be psychologically assessed.  The outcome of the assessment will determine how the Director of Public Prosecutions will proceed with the matter. ... [Brisbane Times - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Nine MSN [28/9/15]:

 

... Schoolboy Luke Batty was murdered after cricket practice at a suburban oval in Melbourne on February 12, 2014, by his mentally ill father Greg Anderson, 54, who was then shot dead by police.

His mum Rosie Batty went became a tireless anti-domestic violence campaigner and is the 2015 Australian of the Year.

State Coroner Judge Ian Gray will release his report this morning, examining the police response and other factors contributing to the 11-year-old's death.

 

 

 

Burglary with violence, Mount Warren Park [QPS Media - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Armed robbery, Murrumba Downs [QPS Media - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

Armed robbery charge, South Brisbane [QPS Media - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

Woman charged following class and race-based police pursuit ending in crash, Mt Isa [QPS Media - 28/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Men arrested after resource wasting, class and race-based police pursuit, Yatala [QPS Media - 27/9/15]

 

 

 

“Serious assault police”, Fortitude Valley [QPS Media – 27/9/15]

 

 



“Serious assault police”, Fortitude Valley [QPS Media – 26/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Serious assault, Fortitude Valley [QPS Media - 26/9/15]

 

 

Fatal traffic crash, Barcaldine

 

 

 

QPS Media [27/9/15]:

 

 

A man has died following a single vehicle crash at Barcaldine this afternoon.

Initial investigations suggest about 4:30pm the man’s vehicle was travelling westbound on the Capricorn Highway when it left the road, rolling several times before coming to a stop.

A 66-year-old Lammermoor man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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

 

 

 

 

Fatal traffic crash, Advancetown

 

 

 

QPS Media [27/9/15]:

 

 

 

A man has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a three vehicle crash in Advancetown this morning.

Initial investigations suggest that around 11:30am today, a van travelling north on Nerang-Murwillumbah Road collided with two motorcycles travelling in the opposite direction.

A motorcyclist, a 59-year-old Carindale man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Another motorcyclist, a 58-year-old Eatons Hill man, was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the van, a 56-year-old Browns Plains man, was also taken to hospital for treatment. Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

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

 

 

 

 

Fatal traffic crash, Kingsholme



QPS Media [27/9/15]:


Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in Kingsholme last night.

Initial information suggests at around 8.40pm, a car travelling along Upper Ormeau Road has left the roadway, impacted with a tree and caught fire.

The male driver and sole occupant of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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

 




Serious traffic crash, Noosa North Shore



QPS Media [26/9/15]:

Police are investigating a serious motorcycle crash on a beach in Noosa North Shore this morning.

Around 9:30am, a woman was riding on Teewah Beach on a trail bike before losing control and being ejected from the motorbike.

The 23-year-old woman, a United States national, was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with serious head injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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



 

 

 

 

Rental car crashes into Q1, Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 27/9/15]

 

 



Three people were injured in a boat explosion in the Brisbane River at Yeronga this afternoon, police reported. … [ABC – 26/9/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly woman dies in balcony fall at home in Beaudesert [ABC - 26/9/15]

 

 

 

 

No trust in a health system that puts profit before patient care and ethics

 

 

Activity based funding and corporatisation has been happening for years, but the political, media and medical establishment have suddenly noticed that universal health care is being undermined in Australia?

 

Neoliberal ideologues competing with each other about the best way outsource medical services - and funnel public money to the private sector - is not good governance or an authentic debate.

 

Government undermines MBS review with attack on medicare and integrity of doctors [AMA Media Release – 27/9/15]:


AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, said today that the Government has undermined its own Review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) by launching a political attack on Medicare and the integrity of doctors.

Professor Owler said the AMA had been very supportive of an MBS Review process that was clinician-led, and which had no preconceptions about the use or misuse of medical services, but Health Minister Ley has overnight launched an attack on the medical profession.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Government has launched an attack on Medicare and the integrity of doctors in its rush to cut health funding and services,” Professor Owler said.

“The Prime Minister and the Health Minister have today lost the goodwill and support of the medical profession in our shared goal of a modern MBS, which means reviewing items, removing those that are no longer used in practice, and introducing new items to provide patient rebates for modern medical practice.

“Instead, the Government has revealed its true intentions to cut health services and cut health funding – and publicly attack the medical profession.

“It is outrageous for the Minister to claim that doctors would deliberately conduct tests only for financial gain and without consideration of what is best for the patient. This is a slur on all doctors.

“It is not acceptable for the Minister to tell us one thing in private, then go in a different direction with her public comments.

“Rather than continue with a Review based on consultation with clinicians, the Minister has now chosen to follow a consumer-driven process, which will endanger the trust and respect of the doctor-patient relationship – the foundation of quality health care.

“And it is wrong for the Minister to push responsibility for the new direction of the MBS Review on to the members of the Taskforce – this is totally the responsibility of the Government.”

For the Review to be clinician-led and the MBS to support quality patient care, there must be:

•a clear and overarching vision and specific direction for the Australian healthcare system to guide the final outcomes of the reviews;

•specific and quantifiable aims;

•the direct involvement of specialist colleges, associations and societies;

•full transparency of the individual reviews as they progress and the decisions that will come from them; and

•new items are able to be added to the MBS.


 


Italy: Clampdown on unnecessary clinical tests. Doctors protest [Corriere – 23/9/15]

 

 

 

Since 2009 the Australian government has spent $1.6 billion denying refugees health care [Guardian - 21/7/15]:

 

An independent audit of healthcare records kept by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) on Christmas Island in 2012 has been leaked to Guardian Australia and shows IHMS repeatedly failing criteria set by the immigration department on how to look after the health of asylum seekers in its care.

Failures include:

Asylum seekers saw a GP within three days of making the request only 29% of the time.

Vaccinating children when needed only happened in 7% of cases.

When an asylum seeker was involved in a critical incident, a report was provided within four hours only 56% of the time.

An accurate and complete summary of an asylum seeker’s clinical history was only kept in 25% of cases.

A screening for mental health concerns, substance dependence problems and torture and trauma history occurred 71% of the time.

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RNZI [20/4/15]:

A contractor International Health and Medical Services, or IHMS, says it supports an Australian Bill that would allow its staff to use force against detainees in immigration centres.

...

Mary Baines reports.

"In its submission to changes on the Migration Act, IHMS, which has 260 staff at Australian-run detention centres, says it has seen an increase in violent and aggressive behaviour.

It says that includes the damaging of furniture, walls and doors, throwing objects, and some isolated incidents of inappropriate touching and physical aggression.

It says there has been a small number of serious attempts to harm IHMS staff in which individuals have had to be physically restrained by security staff.

It says given the serious repercussions should security personel not have the capability to restrain an individual who is harming themselves or another person, IHMS supports the Bill.

Opponents of the Bill say it would allow immigration officers to beat asylum seekers to death with impunity, and allow excessive force to be used in almost any circumstance."

 




Politics of Medicine:

 

... Decreased access and equity

Neoliberal policies in healthcare are heavily criticised as it has misdiagnosed the problems and its treatment led to a much worse situation. Shrinking from welfare state to minimum liberal state, retreating from most of the public services and letting the area to irrationality of market dynamics is making pharmaceutical, medical technology, insurance, and law companies the lead actors. It is claimed that a system provides services according ability to pay rather than healthcare need decreased the availability and accessibility to services.

The reduction of public services to a minimum and the cessation of less cost-effective treatments impairs accessibility among poor and working people; this therefore infringes on the right to access to needed healthcare. IPR agreements decrease healthcare access. Irrational prescribing, unethical practices, and increased health expenditures related to aggressive marketing of pharmaceutical companies were another factors limiting access.

Leaving the provision of services to market dynamics increased inequalities. Privatisation concentrates wealth in fewer entities and the public must then pay more out of its own pocket.

Privatisation also transfers to the public healthcare sector higher-risk patients, further degrading the quality of public healthcare services. Overall, access to healthcare services is improved neither by the conversion of public insurance to private insurance, nor by the expansion of private insurance.

The exclusion of higher-risk patients from the private healthcare sector means that privately insured health consumers effectively relegate the public sector to serving exclusively the poor. User choice among hospitals is fictitious, as hospitals that cater to the wealthy and middle class largely exclude the poor . Given equal healthcare requirements, the wealthy visit doctors more frequently than lower-income groups.

Efficiency, quality, and costs

It is stated that those with a commercial interest in these reforms have an interest in emphasising and even exaggerating the shortcomings of public providers and presenting themselves as the only alternative to better care; in fact, health planning can estimate demand with some accuracy, and funding can be adjusted accordingly.

Furthermore, neoliberal health policies themselves are far from improving health system efficiency; researches showed that in a number of cases efficiency and quality were decreased. Competition eventually led to monopolization, and performance-based incentives caused unethical practices and increased costs.

The cost-effectiveness approach does not address the complex, social nature of illness; this results in a number of practical problems, including reduced access, cost inflation, and resource misallocation. Further, data suggest that cost-consciousness adversely affects clinical approaches. ...

 

 

  

 

28 September 2015

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