@EbonySecombe [6/3/16]: #CloseTheCamps #LetThemStay #BringThemHere
@fabiari [6/3/16]: ... #LetThemStay #CloseTheCamps Sydney Doctors'Vigil. Hypocratic oath - 1000s years before Border Force
Taliban: No peace talks until foreign troops gone [Al Jazeera - 6/3/16]
At least 39 anti-government armed militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in various provinces of the country. ... [Khaama - 6/3/16]
Bombs continue raining down upon Syria and Iraq
US Department of Defense [5/3/16]:
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
Rocket artillery and attack aircraft conducted two strikes in Syria:
-- Near Al Hawl, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and damaged an ISIL fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Ground attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Al Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bed down location.
-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, two ISIL mortar positions, four ISIL vehicle bombs, and seven ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL tunnel, and an ISIL front end loader.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
The Russian guided missile destroyer Smetlivy has left the country's southwestern port of Sevastopol for the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. ... [Sputnik News - 6/3/16]
Russian air warfare in Syria praised in classified NATO report [RT - 5/3/16]
With coalition support, Iraqi security forces are preparing for the assault to reclaim the key city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces are continuing the isolation phase of Fallujah and have encircled the town and surrounding urban sprawl, Garver [Army Col. Christopher Garver] said, and continue to improve defensive positions and prepare for future operations into Fallujah.
The coalition supported the isolation phase by conducting 11 strikes against ISIL targets since Saturday, Garver said. ... [US Department of Defense - 4/3/16]
Truck bomb kills at least 60 at Iraq police checkpoint south of Baghdad [Reuters - 6/3/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/3/16]:
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Sabe' Al-Bour area north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries ..............
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near shops in Ghazaliya area west of Baghdad resulted in death and 7 injuries ..............
Anbar: Heet district has been shelled ,details unknown...........
Two children injured in landmine and bomb blasts in Hasaka countryside [SANA - 6/3/16]
What did your Navy do today Australia? ----> @ItalianNavy [6/3/16]: #Sar Nave AVIERE #MareSicuro ha soccorso 87 migranti poi trasbordati su Nave Enterprice. @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ
@guardiacostiera [6/3/16]: #Egeo motovedetta CP292 #GuardiaCostiera italiana salva 13 #migranti su un gommone semiaffondato a Kos
@MSF_Sea [6/3/16]: Sunday in #Lesvos -270 #people arrive at Mytilini port. They survived the sea but their future is totally uncertain.
At least 18 migrants died on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, a Turkish official said.
The Turkish coastguard rescued 15 migrants from the boat off the coastal town of Didim in southwest Turkey, the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The nationality of the migrants was not immediately known. ... [Naharnet - 6/3/16]
@Hibai_ [6/3/16]: Aquí no hay ninguna organización grande, no hay profesionales. Sólo el pueblo salva al pueblo. #refugeesGr
@Hibai_ [6/3/16]: La plaza Syntagma, escenario de tantas luchas dignas, hoy es el punto de encuentro de la colecta popular para las refugiadas. Vamos allá.
The European Commission has allegedly prepared a Draft proposal that the EU leaders will be called to sign tomorrow Monday in Brussels.
“The European Union leaders plan to officially announce the Closure of the Balkan Route for refugees and the internal borders of Schengen for economic migrants.”
According to an exclusive story published by Austrian newspaper Der Standard, that has reportedly obtained a copy of the Conclusions Draft prepared by the European Commission, “the immediate end of the migrants’ flow and the waving from Greece to Germany is top priority of the EU policy.”
And this will be decided and announced at the extraordinary EU-Turkey Summit on Refugee Crisis in Brussels tomorrow Monday. ... [Keep Talking Greece - 6/3/16]
Merkel plays false and urges Greece to provide shelter for 50,000 refugees [Keep Talking Greece - 5/3/16]
Exhibition of German WWII atrocities in Athens Metro [Keep Talking Greece - 3/3/16]
Which Australian literary identity will travel with World Vision to chronicle the flow on impact of Australia's anti-refugee policy throughout South East Asia?
Imagine what it would be like to be trapped in your own home - not because you weren't given forewarning - but because you weren't allowed to leave?
... Sittwe’s municipal market once hosted more than 150 shops owned by Aung Mingalar’s Muslim residents.
Today they have all closed; restrictions banning Muslims from entering Buddhist Arakanese quarters also keep them from the city’s commercial area.
Alhmet Ohsan, from Sittwe’s Bu May village, told The Irrawaddy that villagers were forbidden to shop or work downtown, so they bought commodities from Thae Chaung, once a village and now a camp for internally displaced Muslims.
He owns a roadside stall and earns a maximum of 3,000 kyats (less than US$ 2.50) per day, an amount insufficient to feed the eight people in his family.
Although his house is still standing, more than 40 homes in Bu May were burned down, leading many to seek refuge in IDP camps.
The authorities have allowed some Arakanese to sell goods in the camps, but Muslim Rohingya are not allowed the same privilege, and are restricted from leaving.
Those who evacuated received food and clothing from relief groups, Alhmet claims, but those who remained in the village have not had access to any aid.
‘‘Living in my own house feels better than being in a refugee camp,” he maintains.
Although Alhmet does not regret staying in Bu May, others now feel trapped in their surroundings.
“We feel like we are under house arrest,” said Mhamat Husein, an administrator for a Muslim neighborhood within Ambala. ... [The Irrawaddy - 3/3/16]
Questions surround Rohingya census in Bangladesh [DVB - 4/3/16]:
… The only outside group involved in the process is the International Orgainzation for Migration (IOM) which is providing outreach and awareness workshops separate from the actual count. Speaking over the phone from Dhaka, Asif Muneer, head of the IOM in Bangladesh, admitted that there were several points that the government “hasn’t clarified yet.”
Muneer acknowledged the criticisms of the count, saying “We can certainly see both sides of this argument”, but went on the say that the program has the full confidence of the IOM, and emphasised that the census represents a “big step” towards giving aid to isolated communities. “This will have a lot of implications for the future.”
Many Rohingya Muslims, who are referred to as “Bengalis” by the Burmese government, fled across the border from northern Arakan State into Bangladesh in the late 1970s and early 1990s. An additional wave came after the anti-Muslim violence in June 2012.
According to the UNHCR, today Bangladesh is home to somewhere between 200,000 to 500,000 Rohingya refugees.
Of that number, 32,000 are registered in two official refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, the rest are undocumented.
While the UNHCR spearheaded several initiatives that allowed some Muslim refugees to voluntarily return to northern Arakan in the mid-1990s, they and other INGOs have been denied access to the undocumented Rohingya camps since 2005.
Speaking to DVB, Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, said this undocumented status leaves the Rohingya vulnerable to isolation and abuse.
A spokesperson for the Arakan Army claimed Friday that the ethnic armed group destroyed two vehicles belonging to Burma’s military using rocket-propelled grenades, killing some 30 soldiers from the Buthidaung-based Light Infantry Battalion No. 565 in the attack.
The strike, according to Khine Thu Kha of the Arakan Army, occurred on Thursday evening near Wanet Yon village, about 18 miles northeast of Buthidaung town in Arakan State. ... [The Irrawaddy - 4/3/16]
An Indonesian Member of Parliament said the upcoming 5th Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation would be very important to save Palestine and Jerusalem.
"The situation in Palestine is becoming more uncertain. This is what would make the OIC Conference very important with regard to saving Palestine and Al Quds Al Sharif (the holy city of Jerusalem)," Mahfudz Siddiq, the chairman of Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) noted in a press release received here Saturday.
The upcoming summit, scheduled on March 6-7, would bring the issue of Palestine back on to the surface again after it had been neglected for the past few years, he said.
As host, Indonesia would propose two documents in the form of a Resolution and a Declaration for adoption as the results of the summit, she said.
Until now 47 countries out of 56 member countries of the OIC, two observer countries, five state representatives from UN Security Council and UN special envoy in the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation Quartet, have confirmed their presence at the summit.
Some 527 Indonesian and foreign journalists are expected to cover the event.
There will be 391 journalists from Indonesia and 136 journalists from foreign nations (covering the event), Djoko Agung Harijadi, Director General of Information and Public Communication of the Communication and Informatics Ministry, informed the press, here Thursday.
The foreign reporters would come from Japan, Britain, China, and Australia, apart from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Qatar, among others. ... [Antara - 5/3/16]
Myanmar: Incoming NLD government urged to restore Rohingya rights [Jakarta Post - 27/2/16]:
... Meanwhile, Lilianne Fan, international director of the Geutanyoe Foundation, which provided humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya refugees who arrived in Aceh, said that awareness of the Rohingya issue should be heightened in the region.
She expressed concern that people were more informed about issues of further regions, such as in the Middle East where the Palestinians were stateless, in comparison to the problems that are right at their doorstep.
"For the Rohingyas, this is our Palestine," Lilianne said.
She viewed Indonesia as having shown exemplary leadership in terms of conducting a humanitarian response for the refugee crisis last year where Acehnese fishermen were involved in rescuing 1,807 people from stranded boats.
Jail for boat crew paid by Australian official to turn back [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]:
The captain of an asylum seeker boat who said he was paid thousands of dollars by an Australian official to return to Indonesia has been sentenced to five years and eight months' jail on people smuggling charges.
The panel of judges also ordered Yohanis Humiang, 35, to pay 700 million rupiah ($70,000) or serve an additional five months in prison.
The remaining five crew members were sentenced to five years and six months' jail and a fine of 500 million rupiah or an extra three months' prison time.
The asylum seekers remain in limbo in Indonesia.
Kandiha Kayuran and his wife, who gave birth in December, are still in immigration detention in Kupang.
He told Fairfax Media they had no idea what the future held.
"No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us."
New Zealand government refers refugees to Australia [RNZI - 13/6/15]:
The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.
The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.
In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.
A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.
It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra have said nothing - they refer any concerns about atrocities against refugees in our region to the Bangkok office.]
A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees. [As far as we know, these refugees are still detained in Kupang.]
Sydney Morning Herald [16/10/15]:
A group of 120 refugees stuck in Pekanbaru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, have gone on a hunger strike to protest their frustration over delays to their resettlement in a third country.
Ahmad Zaki, a Hazara refugee from Pakistan, said the refugees wanted the UN refugee agency to come to Pekanbaru to discuss their resettlement cases and open an office in the Sumatran city.
"We are waiting for our resettlement process from more than one year," Mr Zaki said. "I want to go to Australia or any other country."
The men, who are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Myanmar, have been found to be genuine refugees by the UNHCR.
Their accommodation, medical care and a living stipend is paid for by the International Organisation of Migration.
"We tried to contact UNHCR many times. They make excuses every time. They reached other cities every two to three months regularly," Mr Zaki said.
About 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia.
Many found to be genuine refugees remain stranded in the archipelago while the UNHCR tries to find a third country in which to resettle them.
In an interview with Fairfax Media last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia was not a destination country for refugees.
"So we hope that countries like Australia could take more. But of course I understand the domestic situation," she said.
"Shared responsibility, shared burden is very important. I leave it to the UNCHR to have a discussion with destination countries that belong to the Convention [relating to the Status of Refugees]."
Forgotten plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia [Hazara Asylum Seekers - 16/8/15]
Australians are being denied the right to render assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.
We are also being denied the truth of what is being done in our name, and that it is making us a regional pariah.
A ramshackle fishing boat carrying 66 suspected asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has arrived in Australia - carrying passengers holding a sign saying "We want to go to New Zealand".
The overcrowded wooden fishing vessel carrying men, women and children was spotted off the coast of Geraldton, about 400km north of Perth in Western Australia. ... [NZ Herald - 10/4/13]
Jason Smith, Everything Geraldton [9/4/13]:
"Quick, get down to the foreshore! There's an asylum seeker boat here."
I started to jog down from the centre of town after a friend dropped her sandwich in disbelief as to what she was seeing, then quickly rang whoever she knew might be near by.
The boat had gotten within a few metres of the shore, as though they were heading for a casual coffee from Skeetas, before a customs boat encircled them and guided them back out a little.
Still only a stones throw from the shore, we took some photos and I quickly uploaded them to Everything Geraldton, Facebook and Twitter.
Within moments the story went viral as of course it would. Comments were rather mixed. Some people were simply gob smacked, others upset that a boat could make it this close to the shore.
But for the most part, people were compassionate and understanding... that some people had travelled a long way under harsh conditions risking their lives.
They must have been leaving something not very pleasant to risk such a journey and the least we could do is treat them like fellow human beings.
People were asking how they could provide assistance, and who to talk to offer any help they could. The desire of Geraldton locals to be hospitable to these people was touching.
@nagaveeran1 [6/3/16] Student for refugees picnic
Tom Cummings, Greens for La Trobe [6/3/16]:
This is a real shame. For the second time in a week, a #LetThemStay community installation created by the Emerald Community House has been wiped out with high-pressure hoses by the local council.
The bus shelter housing the installation was adopted by the ECH several years ago; they've looked after it and have regularly posted community information and artwork there, with no consequences.
But it seems taking a stance on people seeking asylum is a step too far.
These days we have too few places where we can, as a community, share information, opinions and events with each other.
This bus shelter has for years been one of those places, a community hub, maintained by the community.
Not any more. The end result is a mess. The shelter and the mosaic that was created by local children some years ago have been badly damaged by the high pressure cleaners.
The resulting debris has been washed down storm water drains, although much of it is spattered on the walls, the ground and in the plants nearby.
Yet just 5 minutes down the road, another bus shelter has a poster for a music venue taped to the wall. It's still there. So are the garage sale signs taped to poles nearby.
Let them stay, indeed.
@rac_canberra [5/3/16]: We have been told Rainbow Labor requested the refugee float be excluded from #MardiGras2016. Refugee float was held back to appease them. :
I was on this float. We were set up directly behind Rainbow Labor. I was standing on our truck with full view of the space between our two groups.
In the final ten minutes before our float was due to go, there was a flurry of urgent conversations with the people responsible for our float. Then we were told that instead of taking off as part of the stream - as occurred with every other float - we were to be taken to the side and held there until another float took our place.
I spoke to our organisers [at] the end and they were clear and adamant that they were first told that Shorten's security were concerned about us and wanted us to be excluded from the parade. The compromise reached was to sideline us and put another group between us.
@alana_west90 [5/3/16]: @AustralianLabor is so scared of queers supporting refugees our float has escorts #NoPrideInDetention #MardiGras2016
And be "organised" by paid, pro-detention, pro-ALP campaigners? I wouldn't go anywhere NEAR this ---> #LetThemStay Training [GetUp]
Erica Johnstone saw the impact of psychotropic medication on her late father Wolfgang Schulz while he was in a health facility in Victoria's regional west living with dementia.
"We went to visit him and he was unrecognisable. He was sitting in a chair, with his head just hanging down, with drool all over his T-shirt. We walked in the room and mum was horrified," she said.
Ms Johnstone, a palliative care clinical nurse consultant and lecturer in nursing at Australian Catholic University, said her dad was given a lot of olanzapine, a lot of risperidone.
"He just kept getting it like potato chips," she said.
She said it took 10 days to detox her father when he was moved to another health facility that took a different approach to the use of drugs.
Cases like this highlight growing concern about the use of drugs in the care of the elderly, particularly as a first-step treatment or to manage staffing shortages. ... [The Age - 6/3/16]
No matter your view on asylum seekers and offshore detention, a prohibition on torture is something we can all support, writes Greens Senator Penny Wright, who will present a motion to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture to Parliament today. ... [Lawyers Weekly - 11/8/15]
Senator Wright's motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:
Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (15:54): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 782 standing in my name for today, relating to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, be taken as a formal motion.
The PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?
Senator Moore: Yes.
The PRESIDENT: There is an objection.
Senator WRIGHT: I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator WRIGHT: I am greatly concerned that the government has chosen to deny me a chance to put this important motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. This OPCAT was voluntarily signed up to by an Australian government in 2009, and since then both Labor and coalition governments have inexplicably dragged their feet in its ratification. OPCAT would ensure independent monitoring and reporting on places of detention in Australia, all those places where some of the most overlooked marginalised and powerless people are kept detained: prisoners in jails and police lockups, patients in psychiatric facilities, young people in juvenile detention, and asylum seekers. With very recent examples of deaths in custody and cruel and inhumane treatment of people detained, it is very disappointing that I have been prevented from putting this motion today. It is crucial to fully ratify the protocol and set clear time frames to implement. Australia's own good standing is at stake.
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator FIFIELD: Just for the sake of accuracy, while the government does not support Senator Wright's motion, it was the opposition that denied formality on this occasion.
Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:56): I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice. Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.
Manus Island asylum seekers given anti-malarial drug [ABC - 9/2/16]
Antimalaria drugs used in "an experimental program in interrogation and torture" of detainees at Guantanamo [Kevin Gosztola - 5/4/15]
Mass administration of the antimalarial drug mefloquine to Guantanamo detainees: a critical analysis, Remington L. Nevin - Department of Preventive Medicine, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Ft. Polk, LA, USA :
... One possibility is that the use of mefloquine was simply erroneously directed by senior US military medical officials overly confident of the drug’s safety and unfamiliar with its appropriate use, in an apparent foreshadowing of its later, broader misprescribing among US military personnel (Nevin 2010).
Another possibility, which is deeply troubling to consider, is that the decision to administer the drug was informed and motivated at least in part by knowledge of the drug’s adverse neuropsychiatric effects and the presumed plausible deniability of claims of misuse in the context of its seemingly legitimate clinical or public health indication. ...
600 refugees in Australian detention centre write open letter demanding assisted suicide [Independent - 2/12/15]
Guardian [VIDEO - 23/1/15]:
... Video footage obtained by Guardian Australia shows dozens of asylum seekers and refugees held in a single, windowless prison cell.
There is no furniture in the cell. Almost all the men lie close together and motionless in tight lines on the floor.
A man speaking on the video – whose voice has been altered to avoid identification – alleged the men were beaten by security guards employed by Wilson and by police while in custody.
“They have beaten everyone in this camp. We are totalling 58 people, they beat the shit out of all of us,” he said.
The video shows marks on some of the men’s bodies.
It ends abruptly when a noise is heard, apparently outside the cell.
Newcastle real Australians says #let them stay , bring them here , set them free
Image: @nagaveeran1 [2/3/16]
Police conducting a search for a woman reported missing from Boronia Heights have located a woman’s body in bushland this morning.
The missing woman was last seen on March 2.
At this time there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
The public and media are thanked for their assistance.
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. [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Abduction investigation, Mooroobool [QPS Media - 5/3/16]:
Police have charged three people over the alleged assault and deprivation of a woman at Mooroobool on Thursday night.
The charges relate to an incident on March 3 where it will be alleged a 32-year-old woman was assaulted at a Mooroobool residence before being driven away in a car and further assaulted.
The woman was able to flee before raising the alarm.
She was taken to Cairns Hospital with serious head injuries.
A 24-year-old Whitfield woman has been charged with deprivation of liberty, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company and one count of possessing dangerous drugs.
She is expected to reappear in Cairns Magistrates Court on April 1.
A 17-year-old woman also from Whitfield has been charged with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company, assault occasioning bodily harm and burglary and commit indictable offence.
She is expected to reappear in Cairns Magistrates Court on March 24.
A 27-year-old Woree man has been charged with deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm whilst in company. He is expected to appear at the Cairns Magistrate Court on March 21.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day
Serious assault, Oakey [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Wounding, Ipswich [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Thirteen people charged after police create disturbance following class and race based law enforcement, Darra [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Man charged with dangerous driving following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Ipswich [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Police have charged a 21-year-old man following investigations into a traffic crash at Colosseum, south of Miriam Vale early this morning.
It will be alleged around 3.25am a stolen sedan travelling north on the Bruce Highway crashed into the rear of a semi trailer before another semi trailer crashed into the rear of the sedan.
A 17-year-old female passenger of the car was airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital with head injuries while the 21-year-old male driver and 21-year-old male passenger were taken to Gladstone Base Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Both truck drivers were uninjured.
A 21-year-old Gunalda man has been charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, dangerous operation of a vehicle and unlicensed driving.
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. [QPS Media - 5/3/16]
... The man was arrested and placed in a police vehicle and as he was being transported to the Watchhouse, it will be further alleged the man then spat blood on the back of another male Constable's head and neck from the back seat of the police vehicle. ... Serious assault police charge, Redbank [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
... A 10-year-old local boy has been charged with trespass, stealing, wilful damage by fire and negligent acts causing harm. ... Serious burns incident, Mount Isa [QPS Media - 6/3/16]
Police have confirmed a fire that ripped through a furniture store at Southport this morning has been brought under control.
Fire fighters raced to the Ferry Road shop front after flames were seen shooting from the roof shortly before 10am.
Crews have since managed to contain the blaze, however police are urging motorists to steer clear of the area with heavy delays affecting northbound traffic on Ferry Road. ... [MYGC - 6/3/16]
Davis Cup 2016: Australia v United States: Bernard Tomic beaten, Australia lose 3-1 [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/3/16]:
Australia's 2016 Davis Cup campaign is over, after Bernard Tomic lost the first reverse singles match he needed to win to force a fifth rubber in the first round tie against the US at Kooyong.
Tomic was beaten 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) by rival No.1 John Isner, as what started poorly ended as a contest, but not with victory.
Australia had not lost to the US on grass since the 1979 final, when John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis swept the singles rubbers against John Alexander and Mark Edmondson at Sydney's White City.
But Tomic's four-set defeat of Jack Sock on the opening day was the sole success this time, as the 2016 world group campaign for last year's semi-finalists faltered in the first round.
That means a return to the promotion/relegation round in September, while the US progresses to a quarter-final against either Croatia or Belgium in July, the Croats entering the final day leading 2-1 in Liege.
Even if you simply acknowledge there's a Gold Coast Light Rail noise pollution issue you MIGHT get my vote!
Surfers Paradise Boulevard [6/3/16]
Queensland has Optional Preferential Voting.
This means you don't have to vote for him at all.
'Won't Get Fooled Again', The Who 
Rather deceitful stickers popping up all around the Gold Coast.
Privatise the profits, socialise the losses: Queensland government approves casino on public land, Gold Coast Spit
They wouldn't let the people access this public land. They couldn't sell it, and now they're giving it away.
A classic ALP bait and switch which was roundly endorsed as a "reasonable compromise" by stooge environmental groups ---> Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Media Release [4/8/15]:
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.
"Number every box and put the LNP last" was a vote for the ALP i.e. retain the status quo - if not worse. [Antony Green - ABC - 11/2/15]:
... After a decade in which the number of voters showing preferences has declined consistently, in 2015 the trend has reversed.
While the LNP continued to recommend 'just vote 1', both labor and the Greens moved back to recommending lists of preferences in every seats, and the union movement ran a strong 'Put the LNP last' campaign.
It looks like those preferences recommendations, and the decisions of voters themselves to number more squares, have been the difference between Labor winning the 2015 election and the LNP being returned.
Queensland Election 2015: Broadwater Results [ABC]
RALLY for FOOD NOT COAL - Stop Acland Coal Mine Stage 3:
Protect the Darling Downs from the New Acland Coal Mine Expansion to Stage 3.
PLEASE COME to show your support for the people who are fighting in the Land Court to keep their farms and water supplies.
We fought for communities’ rights to object to be restored in Queensland; please support Queensland food growers as they start their court case to protect their farms, their families and their communities.
Throughout the court case please use hastags: #foodnotcoal for #acland
WHEN March 07, 2016 at 9am - 10:30am
WHERE Outside the Magistrates Court 363 George St on the corner of Turbot St Brisbane, QLD 4000
'Godfather of coral' warns of Great Barrier Reef 'mass extinction' [Brisbane Times - 6/3/16]
Turnbull is under no pressure while the ALP has identical policies.
Insulting intelligent Australians by not demanding the same of Shorten - is a VOTE LOSER!
As the country’s leader, PM Turnbull needs to take on his party & abandon Abbott’s policies on marriage equality & refugees @RichardDiNatale [interviewed on ABC]
"tweeted" by @Greens [6/3/16]
So proud to be amongst the hundreds at #MardiGras2016 standing in solidarity with asylum seekers.#NoPrideInDetention
Image: @onceaparnatime [5/3/16]
@onceaparnatime [5/3/16]: @tanya_plibersek and @billshortenmp trying to get away from #NoPrideInDetention protestors. #MardiGras
@onceaparnatime [5/3/16]: "Let them land, let them stay, this is what the people say." #LetThemStay #MardiGras #NoPrideInDetention
@ben_cronly [5/3/16]: Brilliant! #NoPrideInDetention contingent at #MardiGras2016. #BringThemHere #CloseTheCamps ...
Nessuno tocchi il soldato Julian Assange [Beppe Grillo - 5/3/16]
Press release from Podemos international secretariat regarding UN’s freedom demand for Assange [8/2/16]
6 March 2016