PNG Loop [4/8/15]:
Police in Manus continue to investigate the alleged rape of a local woman by three expatriate men at the Regional Processing Centre in Lombrum.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Alex N’drasel says a request for the men’s return from Australia has been made however it is up to the government to ensure they come back to answer to a crime they are alleged to have committed.
N’drasel says according to their report the woman was drinking with the men at their accommodation area when she was given two pills shaped like capsules.
He says the woman claims she immediately fell asleep after taking the pills.
The three men are said to be employees of Wilson Security, the company providing security services at the asylum seeker centre.
N’drasel says the investigators will take two weeks to complete their work and a report of their findings will be sent to the Police Commissioner.
Australian funded police building opens in Lae [PNG Loop - 4/8/15]
Parents and children of a Konedobu settlement in Port Moresby have no place to sleep tonight as a threatened eviction goes ahead.
LOOP News witnessed about six police vehicles and policemen with guns standing on guard as settlers picked up their bags and pulled down their houses.
Police men told this reporter she was not allowed to take pictures of the eviction and that she had to get permission from their lawyer. ... [PNG Loop - 4/8/15]
An indigenous man who renounced his Australian citizenship to head a self-declared nation has been released after refusing to acknowledge his former name in court two days in a row.
Murrumu Walubara Yidindji - formerly press gallery journalist Jeremy Geia - was arrested on a warrant on Sunday to face charges related to his alleged use of number plates and a driver's licence issued by the unrecognised Yidindji government in May.
He was remanded in custody on Monday after refusing to answer to his former name in the Cairns Magistrates Court and on Tuesday repeated his stance that he is "Murrumu in the appropriate persona".
"I'll take it on that basis that effectively you are not Jeremy David Joseph Geia," Magistrate Robert Spencer said on Tuesday.
"You will be released from custody."
Murrumu previously told the court that members of his nation do not fall under Australian law and that he had been illegally detained.
"That's not a sacred name," he said after being called Mr Geia.
Earlier, Murrumu was arrested in the dock after arguing with Mr Spencer about whether the magistrate should identify himself before he answered questions about his former name.
Yidindji Nation supporter Brynn Mathews said the arrest was "totally over the top".
He also said Murrumu had "dumped his whitefella name with his Australian citizenship".
"He doesn't accept the right of the Australian courts to rule over him because they... never had the participation of the traditional owners of this country," he said.
Murrumu did not take questions outside court.
The matter will return to court on August 20.
Mr Spencer said a notice would be sent to Mr Geia and if he didn't appear the matter would be heard without him.
Citizenship bill likely to be struck down in High Court, says legal expert
Sydney Morning Herald [4/8/15]:
The High Court would probably strike down a plan to automatically revoke dual nationals' citizenship, a leading constitutional law expert says, with solicitors already gearing up to challenge it if it becomes law.
UNSW professor George Williams told a Senate inquiry on Tuesday that it was the most "problematically drafted bill" he had ever seen, with more constitutional problems in it than any he had given evidence on. This included a law that allows ASIO to detain and question any Australian for up to a week and foreign fighter legislation aiming to restrain Australians returning from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.
Professor Williams had "no doubt" such a law would be challenged in the High Court and had already been approached by "prominent solicitors" who had clients facing charges that are included in the bill.
"It's such an obvious one to bring a challenge to; I don't see why they wouldn't to escape loss of their citizenship."
Under the plan, crimes that could automatically deprive you of your citizenship range from treachery, sabotage and mutiny to damaging or destroying Commonwealth property. Dual nationals engaged in terrorism-related activity would automatically forfeit their Australian citizenship even without a conviction, though they could appeal the revocation in court.
Under the bill, offenders could have their citizenship revoked even if they were later acquitted by a jury, Professor Williams said. It aimed to bypass the courts in breach of the separation of judicial power, and also breached the implied right to vote.
Professor Williams conceded the property damage offence – which does not require proof of a link to terrorism – could have been a drafting mistake. "It is the most problematically drafted bill I've seen, which is deeply concerning [because it allows the] automatic revocation of citizenship."
This raised questions about what advice the Solicitor-General gave the government on whether the bill was constitutionally sound and whether it should be introduced to Parliament.
Asked by Senator Penny Wong how the Parliament could deal with the "evidentiary and practical concerns" involved in terrorism-related offences, Professor Williams said: "I don't have a concrete answer ... that's the price you pay for living in a democracy [with] basic fact-finding procedures that sometimes prove inconvenient. Not only do we have them, they're constitutionally entrenched."
UNSW law academic Sangeetha Pillai said the bill afforded fewer rights to some Australians than asylum seekers and permanent residents who never had citizenship to begin with.
Criminal solicitor Rob Stary told Fairfax Media he had not sought Professor Williams' advice but said he and many others would want to challenge such a law in the High Court, to preserve the rule of law and the separation of powers.
"I've not heard one person in the criminal law fraternity – prosecution or defence – that says there's a demonstrated need for this legislation or who supports it."
Offenders nearing the end of their prison terms for terror-related crimes would be the most likely to be targeted, adding another layer of punishment to their crimes, he said.
Duncan McConnel, president of the Law Council of Australia, told the inquiry he had "serious concerns" about the current bill, including the "very broad and imprecise" definition of the conduct that would lead to the automatic loss of someone's Australian citizenship.
Barrister Gabrielle Bashir added the bill could "capture activity" that had nothing to do with "not having allegiance to Australia". This could include puncturing the tyre of a Commonwealth vehicle, even if someone was not aware it was a government car.
The council said the bill also had no safeguards for children and could apply to children under 10 "regardless of whether the children knows that his or her conduct is wrong and without an intention to sever allegiance with Australian values".
Ms Bashir noted that in criminal law, children under certain ages are exempted from criminal responsibility because they did not have the capacity to understand the consequences of their acts.
Belconnen schools to be the first to trial 30km/h school zones
Canberra Times [3/8/15]:
Two Belconnen schools will be the first to trial 30km/h speed zones outside their gates this term while two other schools will trial "dragon's teeth" road markings.
Macgregor, Latham, Mount Rogers and Macquarie schools are part of the trial as the government considers measures to cut speeding near schools and improve signs so drivers realise they're entering a school zone.
ACT chief police officer Rudi Lammers said there had been a serious accident, several minor accidents and a series of "near misses" near schools this year.
The worst case was a male motorist speeding at 102km/h in a 40km/h school zone.
"At that speed, it would have taken the driver 130 metres to stop. If he had hit a child, he would have more than likely killed them. At that speed, he would have hit a child at four times the impact had he been driving at 40km/h," Assistant Commissioner Lammers said.
Police would have a high-visibility presence at every school this year and focus on schools with heavy traffic.
Last week, a 13-year old boy received serious injuries when he was hit by a car outside Kingsford Smith School.
The ACT government has sought community views on reducing speeds from 40km/h to 30km/h near high-risk schools.
Education Minister Joy Burch said she had considered the NSW program of installing flashing lights at schools, but given the suburban sites of Canberra's schools and the all-day hours of the 8am to 4pm zones – rather than simply at school drop-off and pick-up times – it was decided to look at speed limits and signs.
"Dragon's teeth", or white triangular markings that signal a 40km/h school zone, would be painted on roads near the trial schools and other signs would be "simplified and uncluttered" with a message that focused on speed, addressing feedback from motorists who said they didn't always see small signs.
The mother of a four-week-old baby girl has told her ex-partner's committal hearing in Queensland she saw bruises on her daughter's body the night she died.
Michael John Humphreys was Tuesday committed to stand trial for the alleged murder and torture of baby Paige, who died from blunt force trauma on September 23, 2012. … [Yahoo – 4/8/15]
On the evening of July 29 2015 Gold Coast District (GCD), Cross Cultural Liaison Unit (CCLU), hosted “Let’s Support You, To Support Your Community” – Domestic Violence Response Training.
The aim of this initiative is to provide community leaders from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD), the skills and knowledge to present effective domestic violence awareness training within their individual CALD communities in the Gold Coast District. ... [QPS Media - 3/8/15]
Lismore man Adam James Gooley has pleaded guilty to the murder of his lover’s partner in Gilston, on the Gold Coast, two years ago. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 3/8/15]
The headmasters of a prestigious Perth private school failed to attach “sufficient and correct significance” to reports made about a teacher later found to have abused five students, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found.
The inquiry’s report of Case Study number 12 - the response of an independent school in Perth to concerns raised about the conduct of a teacher between 1999 and 2009 - was released today. ... [West Australian - 4/8/15]
Murder charge, Coonarr [QPS Media - 4/8/15]
Man falls 6m into tank at Gold Coast building site
A man has suffered spinal and head injuries after falling about six metres into a water tank at a Gold Coast building site.
Paramedics were called to the Biggera Waters work site on Tuesday morning after the man, believed to be in his 30s, fell through a hole into the concrete tank.
Critical care paramedic Darrin Hatchman said it took about 40 minutes to safely get the man out of the tank.
He suffered minor head and lower back injuries and has been transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition.
It is not clear how the man fell through the hole but Mr Hatchman said the incident would be investigated by workplace health and safety authorities.
Grievous Bodily Harm, South Townsville
QPS Media [4/8/15]:
Police have charged a 40-year-old South Townsville man with grievous bodily harm following an incident in South Townsville yesterday afternoon.
Police allege two men were involved an altercation at a Griffith Street unit around 2.30pm and one has sustained injuries consistent with knife wounds.
A 39 year-old man from Vincent was transported to Townsville Hospital for treatment.
A 40-year-old man will appear in Townsville Magistrate Court today also charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
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.
Firearm incident, Rochedale
QPS Media [4/8/15]:
Police are investigating after shots were fired into a house in Rochedale earlier this morning.
Police were called to an address on Rochedale Road around 2.50am following a report that shots had been fired at the address.
On arrival, police have discovered damage to the front door and a window that is believed to have been caused by a firearm.
The single male occupant wasn’t physically injured as a result.
Two men were seen leaving the address in a vehicle. Investigations are continuing.
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.
Armed Robbery, Alexandra Hills [QPS Media – 4/8/15]
Armed robbery charges, Aspley [QPS Media – 4/8/15]
Task Force Maxima – operation targeting Rebels OMCG [QPS Media – 4/8/15]
Queensland police officer suspended over assault
A Queensland police officer has been suspended over assault allegations.
The 43-year-old male senior constable from the southern region will appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on September 9.
"In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have an undertaking to inform the public when an officer faces criminal charges," the Queensland Police Service said in a written statement.
Queensland police officer to face court over drink-driving [Yahoo – 4/8/15]
Three hospitalised after crash following Sydney police pursuit [Nine MSN - 4/8/15]
Second man charged over echidna theft, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
QPS Media [4/8/15]:
A second man has been charged in connection to the theft of an echidna from an enclosure at a Currumbin sanctuary on August 1, 2015.
Piggie the echidna was recovered safe and well last night after she was left under a fence at the sanctuary.
A 25-year-old Tugun man has been charged with receiving tainted property and animal cruelty in relation to the alleged theft of the echidna.
He was also charged with one count each of possession of a drug utensil, possession of a dangerous drug and unlawful possession of a weapon.
He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on August 17.
Investigations are continuing.
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.
For the third time in its history an ilmenite mine in south-east Queensland has been mothballed due to collapsing prices.
Canadian miner Melior Resources, yesterday placed its Goondicum mine at Monto in the North Burnett in care and maintenance, sacking 30 workers. ... [ABC - 3/8/15]
The Commonwealth Government is delivering a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. Over the next 20 years the Government will invest over $89 billion in ships and submarines for the Navy. ... [Prime Minister of Australia Media Release - 4/8/15]
Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief
Channel News Asia [4/8/15]:
Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
At least 47 people have died in the floods, according to the government.
Myanmar's call for international aid stands in sharp contrast to stance taken when it was ruled by generals. The junta had refused outside help in the wake of a devastating cyclone in 2008, when 130,000 people perished in the disaster.
While the quasi civilian government, which took power in 2011 and faces elections in November, is leading the relief effort, but the military is handling operations on the ground.
"We are cooperating and inviting international assistance. We have started contacting possible donor organizations and countries," Ye Htut, the Minister of Information and spokesman for the President's Office said.
He said international assistance was also needed to relocate people and rebuild communities after the flood waters retreat. With a per capita GDP of US$1,105, Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in East Asia and the Pacific.
The Chinese Embassy in Yangon began providing relief supplies to stricken areas this week.
The minister said that the flood waters have begun to recede in Rakhine state on the west coast, which suffered some of the worst flooding after being lashed by the tail of Cyclone Komen, which made landfall in Bangladesh late last week.
Areas northeast of the Rakhine state capital, Sittwe, including Mrauk U and Minbya, were particularly hard hit.
Video footage shot by Reuters on Monday aboard a military helicopter in Rakhine showed hundreds of people rushing through muddy flood waters to collect air dropped supplies.
Rakhine is home to around 140,000 displaced people, mainly Rohingya Muslims who live in squalid camps scattered across the state.
Emergency workers were still facing difficulties in Chin State on Tuesday after the rain caused landslides in the mountainous state that borders India and Bangladesh.
Main roads running through the state remained impassible and attempts to access cities by helicopter were hampered by the relentless downpours, Ye Htut said.
The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, citing the Ministry of Education, said that more than 1,300 schools across the country had been shuttered due to the floods.
Shwe Mann, the speaker of parliament, has also postponed the reconvening of parliament scheduled for Aug. 10, in what will be the final session before the country heads to the polls on Nov. 8.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland have been inundated by the floods, with the U.N. warning that this could, "disrupt the planting season and impact long-term food security."
The Global New Light reported that the Myanmar Rice Federation would halt exports until mid-September in an effort to stabilise domestic rice prices and keep rice in country.
... Only Southeast Asian foreign ministers met on Tuesday, but the talks will expand over the following two days into the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Wang, and envoys from the wider region including Japan, the Koreas, Russia and elsewhere. ... [Channel News Asia - 4/8/15]
East Asia Summit - Kuala Lumpur [Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Media Release - 4/8/15]
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (the AHA Centre) has officially concluded the second batch of its signature programme – the AHA Centre Executive Programme (ACE Programme) today in Kuala Lumpur.
Sixteen disaster management officers from ASEAN Member States' National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam have successfully completed the six-month training with satisfactory performance. ... [Media Release - 31/7/15]
Australian Embassy in Myanmar [4/8/15]:
During her recent visit to Myanmar, Angelina Jolie was shown how to check the Myanmar voter lists on-line, for the forthcoming 2015 general election by ‘She Leads’ participants. She Leads aims to increase women’s electoral and political knowledge and leadership skills, as part of the “Support to the Election Process in Myanmar” program supported by Australia, UK and Switzerland and implemented by IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems). For more information on the program and IFES ...
@HugoSwire - Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and MP for East Devon [2/8/15]: Distressing reports of flooding in #Burma. Saw for myself last week how vulnerable some communities are, not least in camps in #Rakhine.
India building collapse kills 11 near Mumbai [Naharnet – 4/8/15]
Two cranes employed to restore a bridge in the central Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn have collapsed on to buildings with rescuers searching for victims.
Amateur video showed the cranes, on a pontoon on the River Rhine, trying to hoist a section of the Juliana Bridge and toppling over under the weight.
It is still not known how many people, if any, are trapped in the rubble, the town's vice-mayor said. ... [BBC - 3/8/15]
Journalists in Mexico rally over press intimidation after photographer murder [EURO News – 3/8/15]
Two journalists at the prominent German news website Netzpolitik are under investigation for treason after publishing details about the planned expansion of the German Secret Service’s Internet surveillance program. ... [The Intercept - 31/7/15]
Sir Edward Heath abuse claims: IPCC investigates police [BBC – 3/8/15]
Video shows Saadi Qaddafi was tortured in prison [Al Arabiya – 3/8/15]
Afghanistan: School principal shot dead, 3 others wounded in Logar [Pajhwok - 3/8/15]:
A school principal was killed and three others were wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the Mohammad Aghi district of central Logar province, an official said on Monday.
Mohammad Shapoor Arab, provincial education director, told Pajhwok Afghan News Dilawar Khan, the principal of Safid Sang High School, was shot dead by unknown armed men.
The incident took place when the principal along with three education department officers was carrying salaries of around 1,000 teachers, he added.
The attackers failed to take the money, he said, adding that three of the officers were also wounded in the incident.
A resident of the area Dadullah said: “The armed men were waiting on the road and then opened fire on a corolla car and left one man dead and several others wounded.”
Logar police chief Col. Qari Mohammad Ora confirmed the incident and said police have been reached at the scene and started investigations.
Elsewhere, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and another wounded in Pashtoon Zarghoon district of western Herat province.
Najibullah Najibi, spokesman of the 207th Zafar Military Corps, said the incident took place when ANA soldiers were on their way from the district to Herat city.
He said one ANA soldier was killed and another wounded when their vehicle they were travelling in hit by a roadside bombing.
Taliban militants did not comment on the incident.
Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian at Nablus checkpoint [Maan - 3/8/15]
Israeli settlers on Monday attacked a Palestinian vehicle on the road between Ramallah and Nablus, witnesses said. ... [Maan - 3/8/15]
Egypt's security at highest level ahead of New Suez Canal opening [Ahram - 3/8/15]
US agrees to 'expedite' arms sales to Gulf states: Kerry [Ahram - 3/8/15]
The disbanding of an RAF Tornado squadron spearheading the air campaign against Isis has been postponed - in a decision that reveals Government plans for Britain to be involved in military action against the Islamist extremist group for another two years. ... [Independent - 4/8/15]
Up to 100 extra security guards are to be sent to patrol the Channel Tunnel terminal in the latest move to get the migrant crisis at Calais under control. ... [Independent - 3/8/15]
UK to target migrants' landlords as more attempt entry [Al Jazeera - 4/8/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense Media Release [3/8/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, six airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and three ISIL small tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL mortar system, four ISIL bunkers and an ISIL resupply vehicle.
-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Kobani, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:
-- Near Huwayjah, three airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and two ISIL small tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapon and an ISIL checkpoint.
-- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle, three ISIL bunkers and an ISIL bridge.
-- Near Haditha, two airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and an ISIL small tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Makhmur, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache and four ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL vehicle and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL motorcycle, an ISIL drone, four ISIL vehicles and an ISIL resupply truck.
-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tal Afar, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
U.S. officials Monday confirmed an expanded bombing campaign in Syria that increases the risk of confrontation with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, possibly drawing Washington more deeply into that country’s punishing four-year war.
The Obama administration authorized the Pentagon to use force to help defend a small, U.S.-trained Syrian rebel unit against other insurgent factions — or against fighters allied with the Syrian government, officials said. ... [LA Times - 3/8/15]
U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.
The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths.
It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.
While Airwars noted the difficulty of verifying information in territory held by the IS group, which has kidnapped and killed journalists and activists, other groups have reported similar casualties from the U.S.-led airstrikes. ... [US News - 3/8/15]
Deaths reported amid warplane crash in Syria [Al Jazeera - 3/8/15]
Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and allied military forces have repelled a large-scale attack by the supporters of the fugitive former president on a key airbase in the southwestern Lahij province.
The al-Anad airbase was attacked by militia groups loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi after being extensively bombed by Saudi warplanes, Yemen's al-Masirah TV reported on Monday. ... [Press TV - 4/8/15]
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over the situation in Burundi, where the security situation continues to worsen following the recent elections, and strongly condemned the assassination yesterday of General Adolphe Nshimirimana. ... [UN Media Release - 3/8/15]
11 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp [Naharnet - 3/8/15]
More than 600 Congolese refugees who fled into Central African Republic (CAR) six years ago to escape attacks from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) returned to their country on Monday in an airlift organized by the UN refugee agency. ... [UNHCR Media Release - 3/8/15]
More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.
The migrants who were brought to safety in Palermo had been travelling on several different boats and were rescued over the weekend, the aid group said. ... [Yahoo - 4/8/15]
@MSF_Sea [3/8/15] Those who died, are not just numbers. One was this child’s mother.
Moroccan refugee dies after hiding in vehicle trunk during ferry journey [El Pais - 3/8/15]
Our priority is repelling refugees: Australia uses weasel words to deflect PNG concern about slave boat
The National [4/8/15]:
Australia is yet to receive a request from Papua New Guinea on operational assistance in relation to the detainment of a fishing vessel in its waters.
A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection told The National that they were aware of the illegal human smuggling operation.
“The department is aware that a foreign fishing vessel suspected of using indentured labour has been detained by PNG authorities,” the spokesperson said.
“We believe that information-sharing has been a key part in the PNG operation and we will continue to work with our international partners to provide assistance and funding to combat human trafficking in the region.
“We also believe this is a good model for future cooperation and note the continuing importance of bilateral, inter-agency coordination to tackle this important regional security challenge.
“The Australian Border Force maintains a strong presence in the Torres Strait. We conduct regular operational activities to monitor, deter and respond to any breaches to the border in the Torres Strait.
“For operational security purposes, the Maritime Border Command within the ABF does not disclose details about operational activity or the locations of MBC assets.
“However patrols using vessels, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are regularly conducted in the Torres Strait.”
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had expressed disgust that human trafficking was taking place in the Asia-Pacific region.
@JarniBlakkarly [4/8/15]: Crowd gathering at the #Justice4Julieka rally in Melbourne #BurkeSt
Whose lives matter? Jarni Blakkarly [Overland - 4/8/15]
.... “We had to rely massively on social media, because the mainstream media yet again fails us black people of Australia on the really important black issues.
“And these aren’t just black issues, but Australian issues as well…. We can’t keep being pushed aside or shoved under the carpet. They have to stop being in denial about how they’re treating us, how they’re murdering us.” ... Amy McQuire [New Matilda - 4/8/15]
Aboriginal Tent Embassy [4/8/15]:
Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy remembers the death of Julieka Dhu. Killed by the apartheid state of WA one year ago today. They have not even held a coronial inquest yet. We will never stop fighting for justice.
... "One of our 14-year-old clients was arrested, handcuffed and strip-searched on three separate occasions over a two-week period. He was held in custody overnight each time." ... [ABC - 4/8/15]
As many as 100 people were victims of basic errors in the Computer Operational Policing System (COPS) in relation to bail status and conditions.
The errors occurred when bail conditions were either dropped because a case was finalised, or varied to allow for work, study or family commitments, but this change was not added to the database.
As a result the young people involved were wrongly arrested for breaching bail.
One person involved in the class action, Musa Konneh, was wrongly arrested, handcuffed and then driven to the Penrith court cells where he was strip-searched and kept over night. ... Wrongful detentions: NSW Police to pay $1.85 million in compensation after settling class action [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/8/15]
BOYCOTT MURDOCH: ... Trans Health Australia co-ordinator Melody Moore was on the verge of tears when speaking to Fairfax Media on Tuesday, saying the coverage of the young woman's gruesome death at the hands of her boyfriend was shattering for an already fragile sector of the community. ...
Ms Moore said News Corp's coverage was a major setback in the transgender community's battle for social acceptance. ... ['Courier-Mail' front page dehumanising, transgenger advocate - Brisbane Times - 7/10/14]
… The work song in the wheels
The rider calls the ghosts
Home through a dreaming city
Finished for another night …
'Rickshaw Man' stringmansassy 
via [Maung Zarni - 3/8/15]: .... honourable rickshaw man:"all my earnings today will be donated to flood victims!" He is a real role model - for me.
Hlakyaw Khubybe I love this man. He is unlike psychopath in uniforms (military) #Myanmar who are even blocking aids for flood affected people. He is saying, "today's income goes to help flood affected people." Gold bless you!
What flood? What dead and displaced people? ---> Australian Embassy in Myanmar [4/8/15]: Tender Announcement
Prosecutor disappears in dubious Phuketwan trial [Bangkok Post - 4/8/15]
Pissweak ---> Australia is donating a specially equipped school minibus for disabled children in the Cook Islands as its contribution to the island nation's 50th anniversary celebrations. ... [RNZI - 4/8/15]
The Look of Silence: Will new film force US to acknowledge role in 1965 Indonesian genocide? [Democracy Now 3/8/15]:
... AMY GOODMAN: Which brings me to—back to the perpetrator, one of them, the one that Adi confronts, saying that "I am a product of the United States." Talk more, for those who are not familiar with the history of Indonesia, the modern history of Indonesia, back to the ’60s, what the U.S. role was.
JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER: The United States provided aid, weapons, money to the military so that they could carry out this genocide. They may have been involved with masterminding or conspiring to create the events that were used as a trigger for the genocide, the excuse for the genocide, which was the murder of six army generals by other members of the armed forces. But those whatever—all of the CIA job documents pertaining to this period in Indonesia remain classified, and we’re pushing to have those released. Senator Tom Udall introduced a "sense of the Senate" resolution on the day of the film’s release in Indonesia, saying it’s time for the United States to declassify and to take responsibility for its role in these crimes and to declassify its records.
We know—what we already know is damning enough. We know that, for example, embassy officials were compiling lists of thousands of names of public—of public figures in Indonesia—U.S. Embassy officials—and handing these to the army and saying, "Kill everybody on these lists and check off the names as you go, and give the lists back to us when you’re done." I spoke to one of those men, a man named Robert Martens, early in my journey here, and he talked about how this was crucial intelligence he was giving. But these were public figures. And the United States had already funded and trained the Indonesian army and advised the Indonesian army to be deployed into every village in the country, so they were useless for national defense. They were deployed for internal repression and mass murder. And if you are, like an octopus, with your tentacles, reaching into every village, of course you know—of course you know who a local public figure is—a journalist, an intellectual, a trade union leader—who might be opposed to the military government. So this wasn’t intelligence. This was incitement. This was saying—the United States saying, "Kill everybody. We want this new regime to stick. Kill every possible opponent." The U.S. also provided the radios, deliberately, that allowed the—for the purpose of the military coordinating the massacres across the vast archipelago of 17,000 islands that Indonesia is.
And in The Look of Silence, we also see an NBC News report that celebrates the genocide, more or less, right afterwards. And we see, most chillingly, that Goodyear, a major multinational corporation, is on the rubber plantations, where they’re harvesting the latex for our tires and our condoms. Goodyear is using slave labor drawn from death camps to harvest their rubber. This is, of course, what German corporations did on the periphery of Auschwitz a mere 20 years earlier. But here it’s being broadcast on American TV and celebrated as good news, as a victory for freedom and democracy. It should give every viewer of The Look of Silence pause, leading us to wonder whether this was really done—whether the real reason for U.S. participation was the so-called—the struggle of the so-called free world against the communist world, or whether that was a ruse, a pretext, an excuse, for murderous corporate plunder.
AMY GOODMAN: And this was all about the rise of the U.S.-backed dictator Suharto.
JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER: That’s right. This is how Suharto came to power. And he remained in power for 35 years. And while in power, he—the U.S. continued to aid that government and to encourage further abuses, including the invasion and occupation of East Timor, which led to its own genocide, where a third of the population of East Timor was killed. This was all to the tune of billions and billions of dollars aid was showered upon the Suharto dictatorship. And that aid started flowing while the rivers were still choked with bodies.
Privatise the profits, socialise the losses: Queensland government approves casino on public land, Gold Coast Spit
The Gold Coast’s multi-million dollar integrated resort is back on track following agreement on a home base at Main Beach.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced agreement between the State Government and proponents ASF Consortium on a five hectare site between Sea World and the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative.
Speaking at a site inspection with ASF on the Gold Coast today, Dr Lynham said the announcement that the process was back on track was great news for the tourism industry and economic development at the Gold Coast.
“Construction of a new resort development and casino will generate thousands of new jobs during construction and thousands more long term jobs and training opportunities once facilities are operating,” he said.
“This news can only add to the rising level of activity and excitement on the Gold Coast as it ramps up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the influx of visitors and global exposure it will bring.”
Dr Lynham said the site was part of the original land parcel released for the development of an integrated resort development in 2013.
“I know that the Gold Coast has been waiting on this news, but it’s been important to get this right,” he said.
“The Government has delivered on its election commitment to protect Wavebreak Island and this valuable natural asset for generations to come.
“ASF Consortium is the sole proponent for the integrated resort development process and we’ve been working hard to keep this process moving for the jobs and economic boost it will bring the Coast.
“The Palaszczuk Government appreciates the confidence that ASF Consortium has continued to show in Queensland’s potential as a location for their proposed investment.
“I’m looking forward to seeing ASF’s detailed proposal and what is has to offer the Gold Coast and Queensland,” he said.”
The next stage of the process is for government to issue a request for detailed proposal to outline requirements and timeframes, with ASF Consortium expected to respond with a detailed master plan proposal in the first quarter of 2016.
Integrated resort developments typically include premium hotels, resort-style features such as pools, public and entertainment spaces, a casino and signature/celebrity food and beverage outlets.
Today’s announcement comes just a fortnight after Destination Brisbane Consortium won the right to develop Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, a multi-billion integrated resort and casino in Brisbane’s CBD.
Coafeidian, The Chinese eco-city that became a ghost town [Zero Hedge - 3/8/15]
They wouldn't let the people access it. They couldn't sell it, Now they're giving it away.
ALP bait and switch which will be roundly endorsed as a "reasonable
compromise" by stooge environmental groups.
And the first rule of development is ...... ? In April 2010, the "NDA" (Sea World Drive, Main Beach) was cleared of trees
Developer Brookfield Multiplex has advised the Government it would withdraw its proposal to redevelop land south of Sea World at the Gold Coast Spit.
Brookfield Multiplex had been selected as the short-listed proponent following a competitive expression of interest process to develop the five-hectare parcel of land owned by the State Government, known as the Northern Development Area.
Brookfield Multiplex formally withdrew their proposal on Monday afternoon.
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade Andrew Fraser said the company had advised the government it was unable to meet the commercial requirements agreed to as part of the development process.
“Although disappointed by this news, we recognise that this parcel of land is an important asset to the Gold Coast community, and to the growth of the tourism industry,” Mr Fraser said.
“The Government will consider its options for the site’s future development and use, given the decision by Brookfield Multiplex to withdraw from the process.”
The State Government has called for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) on a 5ha land parcel on the Gold Coast Spit, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced today.
Mr Hinchliffe said the announcement marked the start of a competitive bidding process for the State-owned site located between Sea World and the Versace Hotel.
The site is part of the 8.2ha area previously known as the Northern Development Area (NDA) under the former Gold Coast Marine Development (GCMD).
The State Government previously sought to develop the area however bids received failed to meet State Government’s timeframes and objectives.
As a result the State ended the bidding process in June 2010. Since then a number of unsolicited proposals have been received and interested parties are now invited to formally submit applications as part of the EOI process.
“The Bligh Government is committed to delivering jobs and investment within the Gold Coast tourism industry,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.
“A competitive bidding process will now begin with all interested parties encouraged to submit their ideas prior to the March 4 deadline.
“It is important however to emphasise that this project is not proposing any development east of Sea World Drive or at Doug Jennings Park.’’
Proponents have until 12pm Friday 4 March 2011 to submit their EOIs.
It is anticipated a decision will be made by mid 2011.
To receive the Expression of Interest Invitation email company name details and at least two contacts to: GCSDproject@dip.qld.gov.au
Development options for the remainder of the State-owned land, which formed the GCMD, are not part of the current EOI process and will be considered in the future.
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!
Billboard, Red Hill
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has urged Queenslanders battling a gambling addiction to seek help to turn their lives around.
Launching Responsible Gambling Awareness Week at the Broncos Leagues Club in Brisbane, Mrs D’Ath said more than 17,000 Queensland adults were considered problem gamblers.
However, fewer than one in five – 17 per cent – sought help when they were in over their heads. ... [Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills Media Release - 28/7/15]
And on Arctic drilling and the Keystone Pipeline Senator Waters? [Greens Media Release - 4/8/15]:
President Obama's clean energy plan must serve as an urgent wake up call to Prime Minister Abbott.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said:
"Why is Tony Abbott so ready to follow the US blindly into a war with no clear plan but when it comes to climate action to save our very way of life he runs a mile?"
"While President Obama is shutting down polluting coal, Tony Abbott is still obsessed with propping up the dying coal industry to please his donor mates.
Pretending Obama is still wearing clothes is pathetic - and dangerous.
4 August 2015