Two in five indigenous Australians not on electoral roll



Nine MSN [4/11/15]:

At least two out of five indigenous people are not enrolled to vote, a new study shows.

The Australian Electoral Commission study, revealed in an auditor-general report released on Wednesday, found 42 per cent of indigenous people are not on the electoral roll.

The figure could be even worse, given that the AEC told the auditor it has "no definitive data on indigenous participation" including enrolment and voter turnout.

The broader enrolment rate across the country is 92.8 per cent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Bill Shorten's closest allies and friends had his own ALP membership paid by an anonymous gift card, as the fallout of the branch stacking scandal engulfing the Victorian ALP widens.

Plumbers' union federal and state secretary Earl Setches, a key factional lieutenant of Shorten, had his own membership paid for by an Australia Post Gift Card in both 2013 and 2014.

A Fairfax investigation has discovered that nearly 1000 ALP memberships and renewals have been paid for by anonymous gift cards over the past four years by prominent suburban Labor warlords.

The scam is centred on Setches' plumbers union and factional powerbroker David Asmar – two factional players rusted on to Shorten's political machine. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A union staffer used union credit cards on a spending spree buying lavish nights out, gifts and personal treats and channelled false salaries into her own bank account, the trade unions royal commission has heard.

Danielle O'Brien, the niece of National Union of Workers (NUW) NSW secretary Derrick Belan, broke down repeatedly as she was confronted with purchases she made using her union credit card and cards in other officers' names while working as the branch's accounts manager. ... [Nine MSN - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of images the Department of Transport released to Queensland Police has continued to increase, with more than 63,000 images released to police officers in the last financial year, up from 5000 the year before. ... [Brisbane Times - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn is looking into whether New Zealand was involved in an American CIA detention and interrogation programme. ... [RNZI - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Land Court to hear from multiple objectors against Acland Coal expansion



Lock The Gate [4/11/15]:


Widespread and growing community opposition to the Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion on the Darling Downs will be demonstrated again from today, when the Land Court holds a series of directions hearings for 27 objectors to the mining lease applications and 35 objectors to the draft Environmental Authority.

The six separate hearings will be at the Dalby Courthouse commencing at 8:40 am today (Wednesday 4th November) and local community group, Oakey Coal Action Alliance, will be one of the first objectors to appear.

Oakey Coal Action Alliance lodged formal objections to the project, and will be appearing tomorrow to request a directions timetable that will allow relevant issues to be thoroughly considered by the Land Court in a final hearing next year.

The group is comprised of farmers and residents from the local area and surrounds who will be affected by the proposed mine expansion.

"The extraordinary number of objectors who have been prepared to stand up and challenge the Acland coal mine expansion in the Land Court shows the enormous scale of community opposition to it” said Frank Ashman, local farmer and spokesperson for Oakey Coal Action Alliance.

"The Acland Stage 3 coal expansion represents a serious threat to our water resources, our farm businesses and the health of our local families.

"We are very glad to have the opportunity to get our legal challenge underway and to finally be able to start the long process of presenting solid evidence as to why this mine should not go ahead.

"Our case will be that the expansion should not proceed because of the irreversible impacts it will have on important farming land, groundwater resources and the wellbeing of local communities.

"We will also argue that the costs of this expansion to Qld far outweigh any benefits, especially given that the mine proponent is operating under an old title system which means it pays a large proportion of royalties to itself” Mr Ashman said.

Michael Kane will also be present at the directions hearing as an objector from Clean Air Queensland – an alliance of community groups from Brisbane and south-east Qld raising awareness about the impacts of coal pollution and uncovered coal trains on human health.

"I will be telling the Land Court about the downstream impacts of the proposed mine expansion, including the impacts on the health of Brisbane residents as uncovered coal trains travel through the suburbs on the way to the Port” Mr Kane said.

"Currently, 9 million tonnes of coal is transported through Brisbane suburbs each year with industry plans to increase this figure to 20 million tonnes.

"The World Health Organisation has classified airborne particulate pollution associated with coal mines and coal transport as a carcinogen which has been linked to increased rates of asthma, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

"The people of Brisbane do not want more dirty, uncovered coal wagons rumbling through their city and putting the health of their children at risk” he said.

OCAA will be represented in the Land Court by lawyers from community legal centre, Environmental Defenders Office (Qld).

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10 pilot whales wash up on beach in Calais, France [France 24 - 3/11/15]:

 

 

A school of 10 pilot whales that washed up on a beach in Calais in northern France Monday may have beached themselves voluntarily after the death of the group’s dominant male, an expert has said.

A local woman discovered the stranded mammals as she took a stroll on the beach early Monday morning and raised the alarm. Six of the black pilot whales were already dead, including a 4.5-metre male and a large female.

Firefighters and conservation groups launched a frantic effort to return the survivors to the water, but another of the whales died during the rescue attempt. The remaining three whales – a female and two calves – were successfully returned to sea when the tide came in.

It is believed all 10 whales belonged to the same family and had been migrating north.

"The group was in the middle of a deep-sea migration towards the Faroe Islands to reproduce and feed," said Jacky Karpouzopoulos, of the Centre for Marine Mammal Research at La Rochelle.

"It's possible that this was a voluntary family beaching, whereby the dominant male died at sea and the rest followed his body," she said.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

“The male probably died out at sea, we'll know once the autopsy's done,” said Karpouzopoulos.

France’s Observatory for the Conservation of Marine Mammals and Birds, which is investigating the incident, said whale beachings can happen for numerous reasons.

“They can be accidents related to the topography and the tide, or be caused by illness,” it said in a statement.

However, human activity could also be to blame, said the observatory.

Noise created by shipping and other manmade sources can cause a “state of stress” among whales and prompt them to try to “flee towards the coast”, it said.

Pilot whales are a fairly common site in the waters around Calais, but the beaching of so many of the animals at the same time is rare.

Firefighters hosed down the whales to avoid them becoming dehydrated as heavy machinery arrived to move the creatures back into the water.

"It's not an easy task, you can see from the vehicles we're using," said David De Smedt, environmental services director for Calais.

“They weigh quite a bit, the last two we took down weighed around 2 tonnes each.”

It is not known if the whales that made it back to the water will be able to continue their migration north without the rest of the group by their side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Severe impact feared in Yemen due to rain potential of cyclone Chapala [UN Media Release - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Maldives declares state of emergency [Yahoo - 4/11/15]:


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally.

The move, announced on Twitter, follows an alleged attempt to assassinate Yameen and the discovery of a bomb near his official residence.

The declaration comes two days before a planned protest by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail after a widely criticised conviction under anti-terror laws.

"President Yameen has declared state of emergency to ensure the safety and security of every citizen," his spokesman Muaz Ali tweeted.

Official sources said the declaration of the state of emergency, initially for a period of 30 days, would lead to the automatic suspension of several constitutional provisions including the right of association.

Tensions are high in the honeymoon island nation following an explosion aboard President Yameen's speedboat on September 28 that wounded his wife and two others.

Yameen was unharmed, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said there is no evidence it was caused by a bomb.

But authorities in the Maldives have called it an attempt on his life. On October 24 Yameen arrested his deputy Ahmed Adeeb, accusing him of "high treason" and linking him to the boat blast.

This week the Maldivian National Defence Force said it had found a remote-controlled bomb near the president's official residence and defused it.

Over a third of the country's 340,000 Sunni Muslim population lives on the capital island Male, where authorities said the device was found.

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Indian police detain hundreds before Modi visits Kashmir [Centre Daily Times - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

FIFA says the Palestinian soccer association will not host two World Cup qualifying matches this month for security reasons.

The decision followed meetings Tuesday in the Palestinian territory "after which the Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question." ... [Daily Star - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces as a military checkpoint in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem remained closed for a second consecutive day, locals told Ma’an.

The clashes erupted after Palestinian children and workers were denied entry through the Ras al-Amoud military checkpoint between Silwan and the Old City, preventing access to schools and workplaces. ... [Maan - 4/11/15]

 

 



Why did Amnesty say one thing in English and another in Hebrew? [Electronic Intifada – 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

At least 3 Egyptian police killed in Sinai bombing [Naharnet - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members and five Taliban were killed during a clash in the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday.

The firefight erupted after the Taliban tried to storm police check-posts in Qarghan Tapa and Jovi Bigam localities, Amanuddin Quraishi, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News. ... [Pajhwok - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

An airliner carrying much-needed relief supplies provided by China arrived in Kabul on Tuesday after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the country last week.

The plane brought aid supplies worth 10 million yuan, including 20,000 blankets, 300 tents, and 60 generators. ... [TOLO News - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

The top UN relief official in Libya today condemned the abduction of two aid workers in southern Libya and warned that persistent threats against humanitarian workers is hindering the delivery of crucial aid to those in need in that part of the war-torn country. ... [UN Media Release - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

South Sudan:  Officials say at least 41 people are killed after plane crashes near Juba airport shortly after takeoff. ... [Al Jazeera - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Lavrov, UN envoy to talk implementation of Vienna communique on Syria [TASS - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Syrian Army takes control over key highway connecting Aleppo and Hama [Sputnik News - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

The Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out 1,631 sorties and destroyed 2,084 ISIL and Nusra Front targets in Syria since the start of the anti-terrorist air campaign in the country on September 30, the Russian General Staff said Tuesday. ... [Sputnik News - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Contacts between Russia’s Defense Ministry and moderate Syrian opposition are useful for the political process, special representative of the Russian president for the Middle East and African countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday. ... [TASS - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

A young French fisherman accused of helping migrants cross the Channel to Britain was arrested with five others near the port town of Dunkirk, a judicial source said Wednesday.

The man, who is thought to be around 20, was detained on Monday along with two Vietnamese citizens and three Albanians, a judicial source in the northern city of Lille said.

The six people are currently being held in detention and could be charged by Friday, the source said.

The fisherman had been smuggling migrants to Britain "for several months" on an inflatable boat that could carry more than a dozen people.

Migrants were charged between 10,000 and 12,000 euros ($11,000 to $13,000), the source added. The boat would leave from a quiet beach near Dunkirk at night, and landed on the British shore after a perilous 90-kilometer journey. ... [Naharnet - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Helicopters winch Lebanese, Syrian migrants from sea off Cyprus [Ahram - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Refugees protest at military base in Cyprus [BBC - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

... This is only the second time boats of refugees have come ashore at the SBA. In 1998, a boat carrying mostly Iraqi and Syrian Kurds was brought ashore with the aid of British forces.

However, due to the legal and political status of the base, the group of 67 asylum seekers remain stuck on the base almost 17 years later. ... [Guardian - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

... Australia supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and recognises the Republic as the only legitimate authority on the island.  Australia does not recognise the ‘TRNC’, nor does any country other than Turkey.

 ...

Australian police officers have served as part of the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) continuously since 1964, making a valuable contribution to the maintenance of peace and stability on the island. 

In 2015, the Australian Government extended the deployment of the contingent for a further two years until 2017.  In 2014, the Australian Government also celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the UNFICYP to which 15 Australian police officers are currently deployed annually.  ...  [DFAT]

 

 

 

 

NT Police investigate allegation of asylum seeker bashing by guards at Darwin's Wickham Point concentration camp [ABC – 4/11/15]:


NT Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations that up to five guards at a Darwin immigration detention centre bashed a man, putting him in hospital.

The 45-year-old man, who wishes to be known as Osman, was allegedly set upon by staff at the Wickham Point Immigration Detention Facility on Monday night.

The man's son, who is also being detained there, said his father went to the medical area to get medication for his kidney stones.

"When he was coming out, one of the officers and another one, they ask him 'open your hand'," said the man's son, who did not wish to be named.

"They thought my dad had got pills in his hand but actually my father, he had them already."

He said his father "opened his hands and then the officer, he thought my father is tricking him... he grabbed my dad's hands".

"My dad said 'why are you touching me? Don't touch me, you don't have any reason to touch me'," the man said.

"When my father said that, he (the guard) called on more officers and they ganged on him, they beat him... after like five minutes they said, 'come with us to interview room, we're going to talk with you'."

The man alleged his father was taken to an interview room, where "they start to beat him really hard and he was breathing really bad".

The man was later transported to Royal Darwin Hospital in "a bad situation", the man's son said.

"He was bleeding bad... and his eyesight became dim," he said.

Northern Territory Police have confirmed they are investigating the matter.

The father and son, who are from Iraq, have been at Wickham Point for seven months after spending 15 months on Nauru and six months at Christmas Island.

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Texas:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) punishes immigrant women on hunger strike with isolation, cold cells [Shadowproof - 2/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) has been awarded a preliminary contract valued at up to $5.37 billion to build a ninth batch of 55 F-35 jets for the U.S. military and its allies, the U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

United States, “allies” continue bombing Iraq and Syria



US Department of Defense [3/11/15]:

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.

Strikes in Syria

Fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL structure.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes struck an ISIL oil pump and destroyed two ISIL front end loaders, three ISIL cranes, and an ISIL pump truck.

Strikes in Iraq

Using bomber, fighter, attack, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes against ISIL targets, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Beiji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike suppressed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb-making facility, an ISIL roadside bomb-making facility, and an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Sinjar, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL staging areas, two ISIL headquarters, two ISIL weapons caches, and one ISIL tunnel system.

-- Near Ramadi, three strikes destroyed two ISIL buildings, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb storage area, damaged an ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.




… “At this base, you’re flying a record number of sorties. I understand you’re distributing record amounts of fuel to enable those planes to fly … [and] you guys are running the largest DFAC operation in the region,” she said to applause.

“I want the world, the country to know is that you all have some serious skills,” the first lady said. “It’s no joke to be here doing what you do.”

The nation owes its servicemen and servicewomen a debt of gratitude, the first lady said. …  First Lady visits, praises troops at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar [US Department of Defense – 3/11/15]



 

 

Canadian-led NATO exercise with more than 36,000 soldiers a ‘dramatic show of force’ aimed at Putin [National Post - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Are we heading for a new Cold War in the Mediterranean and Black seas?

Russia's military intervention in Syria has suggested this scenario, along with its growing  display of warships and submarines around the Mediterranean, in the Black Sea and at the Syrian port of Latakia (28 miles from Turkish border) — a main "homeport" of the Russian Navy.

This geostrategic situation is evolving while NATO is developing its biggest, most ambitious exercise in more than a decade with about 36,000 troops, more than 140 aircraft and 60 ships from over 30 nations.

In addition to NATO allies, participants include Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Macedonia, Sweden — and Ukraine.

The Trident Juncture 2015 exercise opened Oct. 19 in Trapani Air Base, Sicily, and will be hosted by Italy, Spain and Portugal until Nov. 6.  ... [Defense News - 25/10/15]

 

 

 

 

European Union states have relocated just 116 refugees out of 160,000 [Guardian - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Greece on Wednesday carried out the first relocation of asylum seekers from its territory to Luxembourg, part of an EU-approved plan to ease the burden on border nations inundated by this year's influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Six families from Syria and Iraq were being relocated from Athens, among the first under a 780-million-euro, two-year scheme funded by the European Union.  ... [Reuters - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

‏@Marodriguez1971 [3/11/15]:   Final de viaje, Lesbos. Tenía 10 años ...

 

 

 

 

As morgue fills, aid group pledges more money for refugees in Greece [Reuters - 3/11/15]:

 

… The advent of more wintry conditions has not stemmed the flow, and the number of border crossings in the last 11 days of October was up almost 40 percent on the previous 11 days, the International Committee for Migration said.

On the island of Lesbos, which receives the most arrivals, one witness told Reuters about 40 vessels laden with refugees had arrived on Tuesday alone.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) promised to provide 12.7 million Swiss francs ($12.8 million) for the refugees in Greece over the next seven months, after giving 3 million in September.

In Athens, IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy called for a loosening of travel restrictions to allow the refugees to move legally, echoing a position long held by Greece.

"If you do it legally, you take away the illegal business from the traffickers and then the smugglers. And then people would feel safer and it would be better organized," he said.

Rescue organizations report that smugglers take up to 1,400 euros per passenger for a short crossing. Tourists taking a round trip from Turkey to Lesbos pay around 25 euros.

Bishop Iakovos of Mytilene (Lesbos) said about 20 people were still unburied on the island due to a lack of space.

"A special freezer car has been brought and people are placed in there until they can be buried. Most of them are unidentified, and that includes children," he told Mega TV.

The coroner of the island said local authorities were finding it difficult to cope.

"We are giving 150 percent of ourselves ... we are getting small children, babies, pregnant women. It is impossible not to break down," Thodoros Nousas told the newspaper Ethnos.

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The politics of illegality in the humanitarian borderwork of Médecins Sans Frontières, Assistant Professor Polly Pallister-Wilkins [Faculty of Law, Oxford University - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

How a Palestinian camp in Lebanon is welcoming Syrians [The Conversation - 4/11/15]:

 

 

... Baddawi is a stark reminder of the urgent reality of this crisis.

 We’ve been saturated with stories and images about the refugee crisis (really a protection crisis) in Europe – and yet the vast majority of refugees from Syria are still hosted by Syria’s neighbouring countries.

At the end of August 2015, there were 1,114,000 in Lebanon, 630,000 in Jordan and 1,939,000 in Turkey. ...

 



Sprigg told the court he wasn't remorseful for his actions - an act of protest against the government's border protection measures and detention of refugees - and reiterated this after his sentence was handed down.

 


Brisbane Times [4/11/15]:

… David Sprigg, 34, was found guilty of being a public nuisance following a one-day trial in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Sprigg threw his footwear at Mr Dutton at a citizenship ceremony in Brisbane's south in June.

The immigration minister had started giving a speech at the event when Sprigg yelled "release the refugees" and "free the children" before throwing his shoes at the north Brisbane-based MP.

One of the shoes missed Mr Dutton, the other he caught before continuing with his talk.

Sprigg told the court he wasn't remorseful for his actions - an act of protest against the government's border protection measures and detention of refugees - and reiterated this after his sentence was handed down.

"Peter Dutton should be on trial - two women have been raped (and) children are in detention," he repeated three times while flanked by supporters outside court on Wednesday afternoon.

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan agreed with the prosecution's argument that Sprigg's actions were disorderly and in contrast to the peaceful nature of the ceremony.

Prosecutor Julie Pietzner-Hagan said evidence given by several officers during the trial proved Sprigg's actions had caused some level of alarm and disruption, although she said there wasn't any concern about violence.

During closing submissions, the accused told the court the act was political, not criminal. He also disputed that his behaviour was disorderly.

"It is necessary for a democracy for people to be able to express their political opinion," Sprigg said, adding that shoe-throwing was an act of protest recognised world-wide.

He also told the court he was a virtuous person who acted on his conscience, saying he was ashamed of the way Australia treated refugees.

Magistrate Bradford-Morgan said she did not accept Sprigg's argument that his conduct didn't interfere with the ceremony and handed him a $1000 fine.

"It is accepted that no physical harm was intended, however the conduct of throwing shoes is in contrast to the defendant's assertion that he's a pacifist," she said.

The magistrate took into account the fact he only had one minor prior conviction - which related to a separate protest earlier this year - and ordered no conviction be recorded.

 

 

 

 

A refugee - along with a Nauruan citizen who tried to rescue him - drowned on Nauru last year. UNHCR's Australian branch said nothing  -  and yet they're still highlighting the plight of refugees on the other side of the planet, and still fundraising, but for what? [Daily Mail - 22/6/14]

 

 

 

 

Myanmar's Rohingya people look back to the water [BBC - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

Rohingyas told to shut up during Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) delegation visit [Burma Times - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

A man has died from tuberculosis (TB) in the Aung Minglar quarter of Akyab.

21 year Jamal Hossain died on Monday at around 4.15 am.

Jamal had contracted the disease at least a year ago but he was continuously denied medical treatment in various clinics.

His family took him to many health clinics but all of them drove them away because he was a Muslim. ... [Burma Times - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Refugees in the Kutupalong camp of Bangladesh organised a large demonstration on Monday demanding the government of Myanmar stops ethnic cleansing and human rights violations against the Rohingya populace.

There was also criticism for the international community, whom the Rohingyas accuse of not doing enough. ... [Burma Times - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Professor Damien Kingsbury leads observers to Myanmar elections [Deakin University Media Release - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Corruption has ruined Myanmar's economy, which is why a democratic election this weekend is so important, says Labour MP David Shearer who will be there to keep watch.

The former United Nations worker is used to tough environments and said witnessing historical elections in corrupt countries was a reminder of how lucky New Zealand is.

...

It's not his first time to Myanmar – Shearer has been twice before, the most memorable trip being his honeymoon after he and his wife got married in Bangkok.

National MP Mark Mitchell and former National MP Wyatt Creech will also be on the trip that is being funded by the Government as part of its aid programme. ... [Stuff.co.nz - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

ASEAN defense chiefs cancel joint statement over South China Sea row [Reuters - 4/11/15]:

 

 

...Wednesday's gathering brought together the 10 Southeast Asian defense ministers, along with ministers from countries such as the Australia, China, India, Japan and the United States.

The meeting, first held in 2006, is a platform to promote regional peace and stability.

The meeting is taking place a week after a U.S. warship challenged territorial limits around one of Beijing's man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago with a so-called freedom-of-navigation patrol.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter today met with several counterparts representing nations from across the Asia-Pacific region during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ Meeting – Plus, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to statements provided by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. ... [US Department of Defense - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Tamil refugee detained on arrival in India after fleeing Sri Lanka

 

 Tamil Guardian [3/11/15]:

 

 An Eelam Tamil refugee has been arrested on arrival in Tamil Nadu after fleeing from Sri Lanka, reports the Deccan Chronicle.

 Indian authorities reportedly arrested the woman, identified as 57 year old Mary Margaret, who was found walking around aimlessly by the seashore where she was dropped off.

She was arrested on charges of not having valid travel documents.

 

 

 

Where is the Australian Greens response to the letter from the Maori Party and ongoing torture on Kiwi Alcatraz?

 

The Maori Party says border control officers in Australia are victimising Maori people and deporting them on flimsy reasons.

The party wants the Australian government to immediately return detainees of New Zealand descent from the remote Christmas Island to the mainland.

It has written an open letter addressed to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull which calls on his government to return detainees.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said she presented the letter to an Australian Greens senator [Lee Rhiannon] in Sydney.  ... [RNZI - 1/11/15]

 

 

 

Kelvin Davis - NZ Labour Party MP [30/10/15]:

Just been on the phone tonight to another detainee on Christmas Island. He's been on the Island 3 months. He's been in isolation all that time, locked up 23 hours a day. He was released into mainstream today. He was the one guy the Detention Centre refused to let me see last Friday. After hearing his story I can understand why.

The ERT (riot squad) stormed his cell some time back, threw him on the floor, zip tied his hands, lay a riot shield on him, twisting his legs to immobilise him, but went beyond what was necessary and snapped a ligament in his leg while they pummelled him.

When he finally got to see a doctor, he was given a medical certificate to say his ligament was snapped and he needed surgery. The ERT raided his cell soon after, took all his clothes and the paperwork. Now he doesn't have that certificate/ proof any longer. When he asked for his clothes and the medical certificate, he was told they don't know what happened to any of his things.

He was made to live in his undies and given dry cereal to eat with no utensils. He was hosed down with a fire hose and left in his wet undies. They cranked the air conditioning up so that he froze. He sat in the shower at night with the water on hot until it ran out, just to warm up.

He told of how they tried to force him into signing papers to send him back to NZ.

Soon after arriving on Christmas Island four Iranians hung themselves. He cut one down and put him in the recovery position then pushed the emergency alarm.

The nurses arrived about an hour later and laughed at him. He hasn't seen three of the Iranians since, he's not sure whether they survived.

This is all happening in Australia folks.

 

 

 

 

There are no lefties or intellectuals in the ALP.

 

There are only individuals interested in power - and getting the ALP elected - even if that means co-opting resistance.

 

 

 

WA Labor’s dominant Left faction is manoeuvring to kill Gary Gray’s political career in a move that will force Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the ALP national executive to consider a rare Federal intervention. ... [West Australian - 2/11/15]

 

 

 

Still no explanation as to why they appear to have backpedalled from their original stated aim of closing the camps [Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru - 3/11/15]:

 

 

... It then occurred to Julie that this was actually a collective issue – something a lot of Australians would want to be a part of.

So when Julie asked Wendy Bacon if she would consider going as an independent and very highly regarded investigative journalist - she jumped at the opportunity and recognised why it was imperative.

The two then discussed who else should go as kind of 'ambassadors' for Australians, especially Australian women.

Professor Carmen Lawrence’s name came up straight away.

Professor Carmen Lawrence is a woman of enormous intellect but also real heart and great facilitation skills.

Julie then posed her idea to her. After explaining it her Professor Lawrence took a deep breath and said, “of course I will go if you think I can be of use.” ...

 

 

 

 

 

‏@FFFADmelbourne:  We walked, got dragged, and chanted  ...

 

 

 

 

@FFFADmelbourne:   refugee supporters pulled out of DIBP after pram jam occupies building #letabyanstay ...

 

 

 

 Direct action won't stop until the camps close ...

 

 

Family friendly civil disobedience at DIBP now! Waiting for police

 

Image:  @FFFADmelbourne  [4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

‏@FFFADmelbourne:   Cops just asked us to leave

 

 

 

‏@FFFADmelbourne:   Families do pram jam demanding #LetAbyanStay . Waiting for police ...

 

 

Protesters gather outside Brisbane Mags Court to support man accused of throwing shoe at Imm Minister Peter Dutton.

 

 

Image:  @Alex_Patrikios [4/11/15]

 

 

@Alex_Patrikios:

 

 

 

Dutton's shoe thrower [David Sprigg] subpoenaed minister to appear for his case. Told minister travelling internationally on official business.

 

Tells Brisbane hearing Mr Dutton "should be here." Says he threw shoes to protest against government's crimes against humanity.

 

 

Nauru Review - 23rd Session of UPR [VIDEORECORDING OF WEBCAST - 3/11/15]:    Australia continues torturing refugees on Nauru because the Australian media are derelict (and therefore complicit).

 

 

 

RNZI [4/11/15]:

 

... At a meeting in Geneva overnight several countries made recommendations to Nauru.

Recommendations included an end to the regional resettlement arrangement [Kenyan delegate] and the introduction of measures to deal with violence against women.

Concern was raised by several countries about freedom of expression, access for journalists and the treatment of opposition MPs.

Nauru's delegation which was led by the Minister of Justice David Adeang said asylum seekers are now free to move around the island and it pledged to submit delayed reports within the month. <---- NO PROOF REFUGEES HAVE BEEN RELEASED BECAUSE NO JOURNALISTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN ACCESS TO VERIFY.   THEREFORE BULLSHIT.

 

 

 

Nauru in hot seat as UN decries internet blocking, clampdown on free expression [Access - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

Nauru Opposition MP in court again on Friday on passport quest [RNZI - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

Immigration authorities have ramped up the pressure on foreign bikies living in WA - hitting another three Rebels gang members with deportation orders.

The three men were all New Zealand nationals who were taken into custody on Sunday and Monday after their visas were cancelled by the Immigration Minister on “character grounds”.

One of the men - former New Zealand soldier Ko Rutene - was arrested as he was leaving Casuarina Prison after visiting another senior member of his gang who is also awaiting deportation to New Zealand.

Mr Rutene’s lawyer Michael Pena-Rees claimed his client was a FIFO worker and a father with no criminal record, but was being treated like a criminal simply because of his membership of a motorcycle gang.  ... [West Australian - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Sydney woman found bound and gagged inside home [Nine MSN - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Domestic violence link in Gold Coast murder-suicide [MYGC - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... Detective Inspector Hogan described the deaths as tragic and disturbing, and admitted they had taken a toll on officers involved.

"We live and work in the community," he said.

"When you see this sort of thing and you see the reaction, in particular what went on last night at the dwelling and in the street with friends and neighbours [of the couple], it does bring home the importance of the work we do." [ABC - 3/11/15]

 

 



 

Grandmother to stand trial over alleged attempted murder of two children at Morayfield [ABC - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Fatal traffic incident, Mount Coot-tha [QPS Media - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to make way for the future Southport–Burleigh Road upgrade, three buildings owned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads will be demolished from 9 November 2015.

The buildings to be demolished are: 13 Bundall Road,  23 Bundall Road and  3 La Spezia Court.

Further demolition works will occur in late 2015 and in early 2016, weather and construction conditions permitting. ... [MYGC - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire and rescue crews are on the scene of a large diesel spill at Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.

The fuel has flowed across about four kilometres on Henry Parry Drive, between Wyoming and East Gosford. ... [West Australian - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

House fire, Woodridge [QPS Media - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A house has been completely destroyed by fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to the two-storey home on Gumleaf Drive in Molendinar just after 1.30pm Tuesday, following reports of a fire. ... [MYGC - 3/11/15]

 

 

 



Criminologist Paul Wilson played naked hide and seek with young girl, encouraged her to undress, court told [ABC – 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

When a young Brisbane boy started at one of Queensland's most prestigious schools 30 years ago, his family thought it was the first step on the road to success.

Instead, his life was ruined by appalling sexual abuse at the hands of a depraved paedophile that victims say the school knew about and failed to stop.

The former student, now in his early 40s and only able to be referred to by the pseudonym BQS, has tried to kill himself three times.

The youngest of four, BSQ said he was already being beaten by his heavy-drinking father in 1986 shortly after he started at Brisbane Grammar School, which he originally thought of as a refuge.

That all changed once he started sessions with the school's counsellor, notorious paedophile Kevin Lynch, who may have abused more than 100 boys at Grammar and later St Paul's School. ... [Brisbane Times - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Queensland's former solicitor-general has offered to "absent" himself during one witness's evidence at the Brisbane hearing of a child sexual abuse commission.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began hearings on Tuesday, tasked with probing the experiences of former students at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul's School at Bald Hills.

But a brother of a former student set to give evidence interrupted the hearing's opening claiming they'd approached Walter Sofronoff QC for legal advice more than 10 years prior.

Mr Sofronoff is representing Brisbane Grammar School. ... [Yahoo - 3/11/15]



 

 

Boy, 15, charged over Cairns rape [Yahoo - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Man who stole Piggie the echidna from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary pleads guilty to animal cruelty [ABC - 3/11/15]

 

 


 

Two former Gold Coast Rebels bikie gang members have been jailed for their involvement in a drug trafficking ring. ... [Yahoo – 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Drug charges, Burpengary [QPS Media - 2/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man is in a Perth hospital with serious injuries after he was thrown from his motorcycle while fleeing police.

Police tried to stop the 36-year-old man for driving without registration plates on Albany Highway on Monday afternoon but he allegedly sped off.

The officers followed him but lost sight of the motorcycle, later finding he had hit a stationary car and been flung from the motorcycle. [West Australian - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

Serious assault police, Milton [QPS Media - 2/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armed robbery, Inala [QPS Media - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Update – armed robbery, Waterford West [QPS Media - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Armed robbery, Nundah [QPS Media - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Police are searching for a man following the armed robbery of a pharmacy at Alderley this afternoon.

Around 12.30pm a man entered the South Pine Road business before threatening a female staff member with a hammer.

The man stole a quantity of prescription medication and fled the scene. ... [QPS Media - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

Government to remove paracetamol, aspirin, other common drugs from Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme [ABC – 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Australian woman who made headlines around the globe after she was fined $500 for stealing a $6.75 pack of tampons will donate to charity a quarter of the money raised in her name in a bid to ensure it doesn't happen to other women.

The 20-year-old, who did not wish to be identified, said she was acutely embarrassed by what had happened. ...  [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Cloverdale woman pleads guilty to racially harassing neighbours [WA Today - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

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