WA Police and media celebrate their brutality as another pursuit ends in crash [WA Today - 5/3/17]



A man who allegedly tailed and then rammed an undercover police car in Perth's southern suburbs on Saturday has been arrested and charged. 

The incident occurred on Carrington Street in Hilton around 6am.  ... [WA Today - 5/3/17]



Two teenagers in hospital after dirt bike crash in north Queensland [Brisbane Times - 5/3/17]:


A teenager is fighting for life in hospital after two dirt bikes crashed near Proserpine in north Queensland on Saturday evening.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Spoor Road at Crystal Brook about 7pm to find two teenagers with serious injuries.

An 18-year-old man was flown to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition with severe head injuries, while a 15-year-old boy suffered multiple fractures and was flown to Mackay Base Hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.



A 42-year-old man has died after his ute collided with a truck in far north Queensland.

The Captain Cook Highway at Clifton Beach, north of Cairns, was closed in both directions for several hours on Friday following the crash, which occurred about 12.20pm.

The 42-year-old Kewarra Beach man was taken to Cairns Base Hospital but died as a result of his injuries.

The 50-year-old male driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. [Yahoo - 3/3/17]



Truck rollover on Bruce Highway at Caloundra [Brisbane Times - 4/3/17]



A young man has died after the car he was a passenger in crashed in Southport early Saturday morning.

Initial investigations indicate the car was heading north on Olsen Avenue when it collided with a vehicle travelling south near the intersection with Griffith Way.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene at 1.30am, but the man, aged in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. [MYGC - 4/3/17]



A man has died after the moped scooter he was riding was involved in a collision with a van at Labrador yesterday.

Police say that preliminary investigations suggest that around 9.00am, the van and the scooter were travelling north along Marine Parade when they came to a stop sign and collided.

The male rider of the scooter was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious injuries, however he died a short time after arrival. ... [MYGC - 3/3/17]



A man has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a car and motorbike collided at Labrador on the Gold Coast this morning.

The accident occurred just after 9.00am on Frank Street. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Teenager hospitalised after being hit by car on Sandgate Road, Toombul [Brisbane Times - 3/3/17]



Cyclist injured after being hit by a car, Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 2/2/17]



@QldAmbulance [5/3/17]:  Male in his 40's w/ wrist fracture taken stable to QE2 Hospital after car & cyclist incident at Archerfield Rd #Richlands.



@QldAmbulance [5/3/17]:  Man in his 40's with shoulder injury taken stable to Gatton Hospital after car and bicycle incident on William St #Gatton.



@QldAmbulance [5/3/17]:  A 15 YOF taken to Lady Cilento Hospital Hospital with minor injuries after she was hit by a car on Mckean & Beerburrrum Rd #Caboolture



@QldAmbulance [5/3/17]:  Paramedics treating a 13 YOM who was struck by a car whilst riding his scooter in ... #AlexandraHeadlands at 7:07pm



@QldAmbulance [4/3/17]:  25y/o male taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with facial injuries after he was hit by a car on Ipswich Road, #Wooloongabba about 8:40pm



A young man has died, nearly a week after he was hit by a bus on the Gold Coast.

The 22-year-old suffered severe head injuries when he was struck while walking along Nerang Broadbeach Road in Carrara around 10pm on Friday.

He had been in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Univeristy Hospital since the accident. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



One arrested after car slams into truck in Logan [MYGC - 27/2/17]



A man has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being pulled unconscious from water at Burleigh Heads this morning. ... [MYGC - 3/2/17]



A 29-year-old footballer has died in hospital after collapsing during an amateur league game in Eden Hill last Saturday.

The Bassendean Amateur Football Club player was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital on February 25 but died five days later, on Friday.


The incident occurred on the same day the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles competed in a pre-season game in Geraldton, with temperatures reaching 41 degrees.

At the time, BOM spokesman Neil Bennett tweeted, "It's simply insane to play in conditions like this". 

The cause of the man's death, and whether it was heat-related, is not yet known. ... [WA Today - 5/3/17]



A man has been killed while working on a barge near the Barangaroo construction site in central Sydney.

The man, in his 30s, was standing on the barge just before 4.25pm when he was crushed by a large piece of steel. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/3/17]



Backpackers allegedly break into Surfers Paradise home to use swimming pool and toilets [Nine MSN - 3/3/17]:


... "My wife rang me to say that some people had broken into our house. They’d been swimming in the pool and they’d raided the refrigerator," owner Terence O’Sullivan said.

The offenders allegedly broke in, used the swimming pool while blaring loud music, used the toilets and stole "Light and Easy" meals from the refrigerator.


At the same time, police said three other teenagers were stealing a tinny from another property nearby.

CCTV footage shows them sneaking through the backyard before becoming stranded on the canal after the boat’s motor wouldn’t start.

Within 30 minutes, police managed to arrest all six people.  

The backpackers are facing several charges, including burglary and assault.



A Gold Coast property developer and two other men have faced court after being charged with hundreds of drug offences.

Steven John Seabrook, 55, is facing 296 charges, including supply and possession of dangerous drugs, following a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into an alleged cocaine and ice syndicate.

Seabrook and co-accused George Boulos, 41, and Shaun Vincent Loader, 46, all faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with the offences. ... [Yahoo - 3/3/17]



Police discover elaborate, hydroponic cannabis set-up at Tallebudgera home [MYGC - 3/3/17]:


... A blue tongue lizard was also located at the home and wildlife officers were called in to remove the animal. ...



This week marks the start of new laws that will allow certain patients in Queensland – including on the Gold Coast – to legally access medicinal cannabis.

But there are concerns that affordability will be an issue for some patients. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Handguns and ammunition have been seized in a raid on the home of a Runaway Bay man with alleged links to outlaw motorcycle gangs. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Police from Queensland’s elite anti-bikie strike force have charged five members of outlaw motorcycle gangs with fraud, over the issuing of motorbike licences. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has announced $1 million will be spent on new CCTV cameras and lighting for the Broadwater Parklands. ... [MYGC - 28/2/17]



A Gold Coast man will spend the next week in jail after facing Byron Bay court today charged with murdering his wife by crashing their car into the Tweed River near Tumbulgum on October 18, 2015. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Lionel Patea sentenced to life for murder of Gold Coast mum Tara Brown [MYGC - 27/2/17]



Abortion decriminalisation bills withdrawn from Queensland Parliament agenda [ABC - 28/2/17]



Women seeking abortions are being turned away from Queensland hospitals [Buzzfeed – 15/7/16]



A Polish nanny brutally beaten and raped north of Brisbane last year has died in a car crash in her home country days before her alleged attacker was charged.

The Queensland Police Service confirmed the 24-year-old woman died this week after returning to Poland in December.

Acting Detective Superintendent Mick O'Dowd said it was "a very sad set of circumstances" and all the police involved had been moved by the news, which came a day after police charged a 28-year-old Petrie man with rape, assault with intent to commit rape and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.  ... [Brisbane Times - 3/3/17]



Mother and daughter killed in Footscray fire shared 'enormous' love [The Age - 5/3/17]:


A mother and daughter killed in a fire in Footscray this week had an "enormous" love for each other, according to their distraught family.

Tanya and Zoe Elizabeth Burmeister were squatting in the former Kinnears rope factory in Footscray when a blaze erupted at 11.30pm on Wednesday.

The mother and daughter were killed, along with an unidentified male known as 'Bluey'.

Darren Patrick Clover, 52, is alleged to have lit the fire. He has been charged with three counts of murder, arson causing death and arson.

Sharren​ Jeffs said she was devastated to learn of the death of her daughter, Tanya, and beloved granddaughter, Zoe, in such tragic circumstances.

"The love they had for each other was just enormous," she said. 

"I didn't know they were living there, I only found out it was them when my other daughter called to tell me."

Ms Jeffs said she was upset and angry that she hadn't heard directly from Victoria Police.  ...



Woman’s body found inside home in Bankstown, in Sydney’s west [Nine MSN - 5/3/17]



Geraldton doctor Chamari Liyanage, who killed abusive husband, granted parole [ABC – 27/2/17]



Man charged over bashing in Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Accused torturer belted boy, dragged girl [Yahoo - 3/3/17]:


A man accused of punishing children with torturous "bootcamps" forced them to run through a forest, locked up and belted an autistic boy and made him drink bottles of Tabasco sauce, a court has heard.

Christopher Martin Munro has pleaded not guilty to the repeated torture of four children aged between four and 12 years old in a trial at the Brisbane District Court.

Throughout 2013, it's alleged Munro tortured the children, who are unrelated to him, as punishment for insulting each other, running, or being "too loud".

A witness, who cannot be identified, told the jury on Friday he would dump the children in a state forest on the Sunshine Coast and drive off, making them fear they would be abandoned.

On one occasion, a five-year-old girl was pulled by the hair by Munro as he drove for about two kilometres, while another man held a second girl through the rear window on the driver's side.

"They had to run to keep up," the witness told the court.

"They were screaming and trying to stop, saying they were tired."

The jury heard a police interview given by the oldest alleged victim in December 2014, where he told detectives he had large bruises after being hit by Munro with a large, grey strap.

The 12-year-old boy, who suffers from autism, said he was locked in a room for a week and prevented from seeing his mother as punishment for misbehaviour.

He was allowed out to use the toilet and was fed dinner at about 4pm, the court heard.

The boy also told the jury about other modes of punishment and described one incident after he had called other children names such as "stupid and silly".

"I like Tabasco sauce," he said.

"Every time, when I called (the children) bad names ... he used to get it out and he used to give it to me - the whole bottle."

At dusk, he was taken to a forest north of Brisbane and made to run behind a car until exhausted.

"I felt like I was going to faint," he said.

The boy also said he was afraid Munro would find out he had spoken about the alleged abuse.

Munro also allegedly ran "bootcamps", some lasting several days, during which he made the children repeatedly sit and stand and march on the spot, then punished them when they couldn't keep it up. The trial continues.



A Brisbane father whose young daughter died after prolonged physical and sexual abuse has had his sentencing unexpectedly adjourned to investigate whether he suffered a "psychological abnormality".

Matthew Lee Williamson had pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to the manslaughter of three-year-old Kyhesha-Lee Joughin but denied fatally harming the child.

After hearing two days of evidence, Justice Roslyn Atkinson was anticipated to hand down her findings on Thursday as to what role Williamson played in Kyhesha's painful death and his appropriate punishment.

But Williamson's case was adjourned until March 16 after his defence barrister Michael Copley requested a report into whether a "psychological abnormality" contributed to his conduct towards Kyhesha. ... [Yahoo - 2/3/17]



Kyhesha-Lee locked in room using rope, father's manslaughter sentencing hears [ABC - 1/3/17]



A 35-year-old man will face a Queensland court next month after being charged with child pornography offences.

The Goodna man was allegedly identified by the Crime and Corruption Commission during an ongoing investigation into people using peer-to-peer networks to share child exploitation material.

Police carried out a raid on the man's home late on Thursday, finding illegal video and image files, and he is set to face Ipswich Magistrates Court on April 5. [Yahoo - 3/3/17]



Three teenagers who used social media to boast about their Brisbane crime spree are facing more than 40 charges after members of the public dobbed them in.

Police say social media posts led them to a boy and a girl, both 15, and another boy aged 14.

They are now facing more than 40 charges over a string of burglaries and thefts across Brisbane's north over the past month.

The teens face charges including stealing, unlawful use of motor vehicles and burglary among others. [Yahoo - 3/3/17]



Murdered prisoner should not have been in Maryborough Correctional Centre: Queensland Coroner [Brisbane Times - 3/3/17]:


...  Gordon, who suffered a fatal blow to his head from behind, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, Mr Ryan found in a report handed down this week.

It followed an inquest he held in June and August last year.

"The failure to remove loose items of metal exercise equipment was an oversight that led to a catastrophic result," Mr Ryan said.

Gordon was in jail after a positive urine test resulted in him breaching the conditions of his parole in relation to an intensive correction order.

He had previously served short periods in custody on property-related offences.

Glebow, meanwhile, was sentenced to life imprisonment after he bashed Brisbane father Michael Greer to death in March 2000, after mistakenly assuming he was gay.

While Gordon was a slender man, with a frame less than 60 kilograms, Glebow was a feared prison "head" who had beaten and raped fellow inmates, the inquest heard. ...



The approval of an Instrument Landing System (ILS) for Gold Coast Airport has  been confirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

It comes more than a year after the original approval was challenged by local protest groups.

A review of the project timeline is underway to determine whether the ILS will be installed and operational in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. ... [MYGC - 2/3/17]



Board members sacked from embattled Queensland Sugar Limited in fight with competitor [ABC - 3/3/17]



Sugar companies Wilmar and Queensland Sugar Limited have reached an in-principle agreement to end a long-running stand-off that was threatening the harvest season in North Queensland.

Singaporean-owner miller Wilmar and marketing company QSL on Friday announced they had reached agreement on the three issues that had been holding up a deal.

QSL managing director Greg Beashel released a statement confirming the parties were now working on the next stage of the process. ... [Yahoo - 3/3/17]



Black lung found in 19th Queensland coal mine worker [Brisbane Times - 1/3/17]



Sanctuary calls on Queensland government to stop shooting Fraser Island dingoes [ABC - 5/3/17]



Australia's only hospital for frogs may be forced to move almost 150 kilometres from its home in the next month, as its owner struggles to find a suitable location in Cairns. ... [ABC - 3/3/17]



A Gold Coast prawn farmer says he will turn his attention to far north Queensland to keep his business afloat after white spot disease wipes out his southern business.

Seven prawn farms on the Logan River have tested positive to the devastating virus which causes productivity losses of up to 80 per cent.

One of the largest farms, Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture, lost 25 million black tiger prawns when it was forced to destock as part of the eradication program earlier this year.

General manager Nick Moore said the facility could be shut down for more than a year. ... [ABC - 1/3/17]



Bundaberg receives official drought declaration [Brisbane Times - 4/3/17]



Environmentalists want the Federal Government to scrutinise the proposed Colton mine, which they say will pour a billion litres of untreated waste into waters around the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. ... [ABC - 28/2/17]



Judge denies Queensland University of Technology 18C racism appeal [ABC - 3/3/17]:


Queensland University of Technology administration officer Cindy Prior has been denied leave to appeal her racial discrimination case against three students.

Ms Prior attempted to sue three QUT students under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act for $250,000 after they posted comments on Facebook about being asked to leave an Indigenous-only computer room.

Federal Court Justice John Dowsett dismissed Ms Prior's case in November on the grounds it did not have reasonable prospects of successfully bringing a racial hatred case.

On Friday, Justice Dowsett denied her leave to appeal his decision. ...



Jemena has adapted its construction schedule for the pipeline aimed to connect Mount Isa and the eastern coast to the Northern Territory’s gas supply. 

The construction of the Northern Gas pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa was due to start in April. 

It will be delayed as the company finalises outstanding land access approvals with traditional owners in the Northern Territory. 

A company spokesman said the approvals will be completed in several weeks, and the compressor stations in Phillip Creek and Mount Isa will be completed this year as planned.


Last month the Wakaya Aboriginal Land Trust lodged an emergency objection to the Northern Territory Government saying they had not consented to land clearing. [North West Star - 3/3/17]



Sir Angus Houston appointed University of the Sunshine Coast chancellor [Brisbane Times - 3/3/17]










Political prisoners display the faces of their friends who Australia has tortured, killed or disappeared - Nauru, May 2016



Australia imprisons other country's dissidents until they die or are deported  [Guardian - 13/5/16]:


... On Wednesday a 26-year-old Bangladeshi man [Rakib] died of suspected heart failure in the Nauru hospital before he could be evacuated to Australia.

He had checked himself into the hospital two days earlier after – according to reports from Nauru – he ingested a large number of pills including Panadol.

A statement written by the young man to support his refugee claim said he fled Bangladesh after locals threatened to kill him and his boyfriend for having a homosexual relationship.

“The locals forced us to go to the local mosque, a five-minute walk away, and started to beat us in public in front of the mosque,” he said.

“[My boyfriend] and I were pleading with everyone to forgive us but they would not stop beating us. They said words to the effect of ‘if you rectify your actions we will not kill you. However if we catch you again we will kill you’.”

The couple were treated for injuries, but attacked several times again, he claimed.

He was threatened with dismemberment and blinding, and his parents disowned him.

He and his partner fled separately and never made contact again, he said. ...




Memorial for Rakib - Nauru, May 2016



Coercion of illegally held political prisoners on Manus Island continues unchallenged and unopposed by the Australian media, lawyers, "advocates" and human rights organisations [The National - 2/3/17]:


... According to Boochani, three asylum seekers from Lebanon and 12 from Bangladesh agreed to voluntarily leave the centre.

“They will be transferred in the next few days,” Boochani said.

“All of these men signed but the big problem is that all of them were under pressure and threatened by immigration for a long time.

“Nobody has done research about the people who went back to their countries during the past four years, so we don’t know what has happened to them.

“It’s hard to imagine the cruelty of this policy and how they have put so much pressure on people who had suffered incredibly for four years.”

Boochani said that the Resettlement Support Centre, a company contracted to assist refugees seeking permanent resettlement in the United States, interviewed about 20 refugees per day.

The Resettlement Support Centre was contracted by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

He said that there was uncertainty within the centre whether the resettlement deal between the Australian and the United States governments would eventuate.

“In Manus, there are no advisers for refugees to help them make decisions about their future,” he said.

“When refugees asked RSC (Resettlement Support Centre) company officers, they don’t give them any useful information.

“There is no assurance that they will reunite with their families and it’s very worrying .”



Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal? [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]



Why are the only pictures and videos of the #NoPrideInDetention float at the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras being posted and tweeted by ALP advocates at Refugee Action Coalition Sydney?  Have #NoPrideInDetention been bullied by the ALP again?

Where is the footage of the #NoPrideInDetention float from genuine activists?



@RAC_Sydney [4/3/17]:  No Pride in Detention, No Pride in Turnbull: Mardi Gras Float ...  Saturday 4 March from 4 pm #SydneyMardiGras



... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru.  ... Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98 [2015]



Manus Island: Guardian Australia obtains six letters detailing persecution in Iran, detention centre abuse and fears about being exiled to Papua New Guinea, where homosexuality is illegal. [24/9/14]



Page 129: Information provided by the Salvation Army – Introduction to PNG Powerpoint Presentation (received 11 June 2014) [Senate Inquiry into the "incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre during 16 February to 18 February 2014"]



Fears for gay refugees on Manus Island [Star Observer - 20/12/13]:


... Since July when then- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd introduced a policy of resettling all refugees arriving by boat in either Manus Island or Nauru, the population at the Manus facility has tripled to over 1,000 people.


The report also highlighted claims of bullying of gay asylum seekers by staff and other detainees.

The most senior Australian immigration official on the island, Renate Croker, is also alleged to have warned gay asylum seekers that any sexual relations between them would be reported to the local police.

Amnesty International Australia refugee crisis spokesperson Graeme McGregor said they had spoken to gay men who detailed the extent to which they were forced to hide their true identities, including altering their asylum bids to remove any claims of sexuality persecution so as not to come to the attention of PNG authorities. ...



Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship [19/7/13]



Women and children, including unaccompanied minors, will be among those sent to Nauru and Manus Island for processing under a hardline approach aimed at sending a message to people smugglers that there will be no exemptions.

With the first batch of about 40 asylum seekers to be flown this week to Nauru, where a temporary tent city has been erected, the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said he would not be issuing any blanket exemptions to people sent offshore because these would be exploited by the people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/9/12]



5 March 2017