This happened on Sunday ---> Man dies while being arrested on the Gold Coast.
Australia. Your media is corrupt.
Death in custody, Robina [QPS Media – 7/9/15]:
The Ethical Standards Command is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 65-year-old man at Robina yesterday.
Preliminary information indicates police attended a Leopardwood Circuit residence around 4.30pm following a call in relation to a domestic disturbance.
Initial information suggests the man stopped breathing after struggling with officers as they attempted to take him into custody.
Police commenced CPR and called for an ambulance, however attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful.
The State Coroner has been advised and the Crime and Corruption Commission has oversight of the investigation.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
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.
A 52-year-old man has been charged with the murder and attempted murder of his two young daughters in Brisbane's north.
Police were called to the Kedron home at 8:00am Monday after the mother found the body of her six-year-old daughter in her bedroom. ... [ABC - 7/9/15]
Administration Officer suspended, Northern Region [QPS Media – 7/9/15]
Mt Isa geezers and fascist blowins consider curfew for nuisance displaced persons and black children [Yahoo – 7/9/15]
The government will continue to restrict what vulnerable Australians can buy with their welfare payments for another two years.
A bill to extend income management, under which a percentage of a person's welfare is managed by Centrelink, passed the Senate [with the support of the ALP] on Monday night. ... [SBS - 7/9/15]
Man tries to change Broadbeach tapas bar table tipover guilty plea [Yahoo - 7/9/15]
Come on Media Watch - discredit where discredit is due!
Queensland's Murdochesque wannabe "Brisbane Times" (via Natalie Bochenski) was the first establishment media outlet to fall for this obvious stunt and to run it without question.
It appeared at about lunchtime on 1st September and the third comment was:
"haha, I don't believe a word of this! Never happened. Be careful media - you are being set up. CommenterDubiousDate and timeSeptember 01, 2015, 1:47PM"
And you should also have run the priceless outraged rant from the editor, Simon Holt, from a few days later when he was wiping egg from his face and blaming everyone (except his own outlet's lack of journalistic ability) for his embarrassment.
Corbyn and the end of time - The 'Crisis Of Democracy' [Medialens - 4/9/15]:
... As we have noted many times, it turns out that the fiercest gatekeepers protecting the 'liberal' press, ironically, are the handful of salaried 'dissidents' that work for them.
Revered as heroes for their truth-telling, they do not speak out honestly on the performance of their corporate employers.
If they tell the truth, they risk damaging their careers.
If they dilute the truth, they risk damaging their reputations as truth-tellers.
The best bet is to say nothing, to ignore and block those of us speaking out, and hope we go away.
Cyclist injured during hit and run, Mermaid Beach
A woman has been injured in a hit-and-run accident in Mermaid Beach.
The woman was riding a bike when she was collected by a car at the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Markeri Street at around 8:00am.
The Queensland Ambulance Service took the woman to hospital, suffering a broken wrist.
Police want to speak to the driver but are yet to provide a description of the vehicle involved.
WA police search for run over by car in Perth [Nine MSN - 6/9/15]:
Police in Western Australia are seeking help from the public to solve a mystery attack with a twist in Perth's northern suburbs.
It is believed a man was deliberately run over by a car but he hasn't come forward and police can't find him.
It all started in Landsdale at about when a group of men broke in to a home and stole a red Alfa Romeo.
Police believe that same group then went to a house in Girrawheen where a fight spilled out on to the street at about 3.30am this morning
Witnesses told police a man was bashed and tried to run away but the gang ran him over with a black four-wheel-drive.
The gang then put him in the car and fled the scene.
Where this man is and how badly he's hurt remains a mystery, and police need public help.
Police want to hear from anyone who has seen a red Alfa Romeo 156 or a black jeep or has any information at all – contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police have charged a man following a series of incidents that occurred in Churchill this morning. ... [QPS Media - 7/9/15]
Two cynical fuckwit peas in a pod ----> They may be from opposite sides of both the political divide and the Brisbane River, but Brisbane MPs Teresa Gambaro and Terri Butler were a united force on Monday as they advocated for marriage equality. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/9/15]
At the Nauru Senate Inquiry in July, a Save the Children staff member gave evidence that they were instructed to downgrade a report of children fainting in the education tent (where temperatures regularly reached 40-50 degrees).
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for gender equality in education during a public lecture at her alma mater, The University of Adelaide.
“We fail the world’s children, particularly the poorest girls. In doing so we violate their human rights.” ... [Nine MSN - 7/9/15]
Detain Syrian refugees at Point Nepean barracks [The Age – 7/9/15]
Incarcerate Syrian refugees at Inverbrackie detention centre [ABC - 7/9/15]
Refugee supporters urge Barnaby Joyce to release Syrian accountant from Villawood concentration camp
Hard to fathom the scale of the pain and suffering that happened at Auschwitz until its liberation 70 years ago today
Image: @JoshFrydenberg - Assistant Treasurer [27/1/15]
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [7/9/15]:
... The Minister was quoted saying, “As an accountant myself, when you see an accountant walking across the border into Hungary from Syria when his life has been destroyed I feel a sense of empathy for him.”
“Barnaby Joyce has only got to look to the Villawood detention centre to find a Syrian accountant asylum seeker who has been in detention over two years. I hope Barnaby Joyce’s empathy extends to him,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“He spent a year on Manus Island and now a year in Villawood. It is time he was freed from detention.”
The 43 year-old asylum seeker whose house in Aleppo was destroyed in 2012 by bombs dropped by the Assad regime, is one of at least six Syrians being held in Villawood, Manus and Nauru.
His wife and four children remain in danger in Syria.
“We are calling for the government to release all Syrians from detention. It is sheer hypocrisy for the government to express any concerns at all for the Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe while it condemns Syrian asylum seekers seeking protection in Australia to indefinite detention on and off shore.”
Around two weeks ago, the Australian government removed one Syrian asylum seeker from Manus to Syria even though IOM (which is usually contracted to arrange asylum seeker returns) refused because Syria is too dangerous.
The Government refused to resettle the man in Australia and also refused to consider any third country from which he could have sought to help his family. His friends have not heard of the man since he was returned.
“Notwitstanding Baranby Joyce’s comments about Syrian accountants, the hypocrisy of the Abbott government over Syrian refugees is starkly being revealed.”
Who put this woman on Nauru Melissa Parke MP ? ----> Minister must act to protect assaulted woman [Media Release - 7/9/15]
What a shameless hypocrite you are.
The Saturday Paper [27/9/14]:
... [Melissa] Parke plays a different role, as Labor navigates an awkward environment in which its options for criticising the government are circumscribed by its desire to be part of Team Australia.
She provides an alibi for Labor to avoid a loss of votes to the Greens as it joins the government in backing tougher terror laws and military action in the Middle East and continues to offer bipartisan support for offshore processing of asylum seekers.
Some Coalition MPs argue Bernardi plays a similar role in placating those Liberal supporters who were disappointed that Abbott abandoned the 18C changes.
As Labor leader Bill Shorten stresses that he is “working very well together” with Abbott on national security, it doesn’t hurt to have at least one opposition MP putting an alternative view.
It’s a fine line, though, as left-wing Labor senator Sue Lines discovered late last month when Shorten rebuked her for accusing the government of using the threat of terrorism to deflect attention from the budget.
Back in May when Parke and Burke first raised their intention to pursue a caucus motion on ending offshore detention, there was frustration among Labor MPs at the timing, distracting as it did from the backlash to the budget. The motion was destined to fail.
Some also feared that, by reopening the debate, Parke was risking exposing Labor to attack over whether it was strong enough to manage the electorally sensitive issue.
But Parke is not a loose cannon and her recent statements have been carefully worded. Even dissent in modern Labor is often tightly scripted.
Although Dastyari’s remarks on refugee policy earlier this year were reported as pitting him against Shorten, his speech had in fact been vetted by the party’s leadership.
Indonesia migrant boat death toll rises to 61
Channel News Asia [7/9/15]:
Sixty-one bodies have been recovered from an overloaded wooden boat which sank off Malaysia carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants, maritime officials said on Monday.
The dead were mostly men, with one toddler on board, the maritime agency's search and rescue director, Robert Teh, told Reuters. Only 20 people are believed to have survived Thursday's disaster.
"If no more bodies are found today, we may call off the search and rescue operations tomorrow," Teh said.
The boat is believed to have overturned due to overloading and bad weather as immigrants were making the journey home for the Eid al-Adha holiday, officials told reporters on Thursday.
One of the victims, Asminah, was making her first trip home in three years. Her eldest son, Yan Iqbar, told Reuters that only he had been told of her visit.
"She wanted to give the family a surprise," he said.
Most of Malaysia's estimated six million legal and illegal migrant workers are from Indonesia, working on construction sites, plantations, in factories and in domestic service.
Southeast Asia had a huge migrant crisis in May after boats carrying thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh were left at sea following a Thai crackdown on people-smuggling gangs.
Last week's tragedy occurred at a time when Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis with thousands of Middle Eastern refugees making their way by boat across the Mediterranean. Hundreds have died.
Rescue workers in Malaysia have recovered another 19 bodies from Bernam River, believed to be the victims of the sunken boat carrying illegal Indonesians. ... [Jakarta Post - 7/9/15]
Greek Coast guard, ferry rescue 61 refugees off Lesvos [ekathimerini.com - 7/9/15]
Some 13,000 Palestinian structures in the West Bank are currently under Israeli demolition orders, leaving residents and homes "in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat", the U.N. said Monday.
A report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also highlighted the difficulty Palestinians face in obtaining building permits needed to prevent such demolition orders.
More than 11,000 Israeli demolition orders relating to an estimated 13,000 Palestinian structures are currently awaiting implementation in a huge swathe of the occupied West Bank, said the report entitled "Under Threat." ... [Naharnet - 7/9/15]
Mother of Palestinian baby killed in arson attack dies [Naharnet - 7/9/15]
Egyptian security officials say an army officer and a conscript have been killed and five soldiers injured when their armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. ... [Daily Star - 7/9/15]
Al Shabaab took control of a populous town in central Somalia on Sunday after African Union forces left the area - the third town the Islamist insurgents have seized since Friday, militants and local officials said. ... [Yahoo - 6/9/15]
... “Our revenge shall not take long,” Emirati media quoted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed as warning. “We will press ahead until we purge Yemen of the scum.” ... Saudis continue airstrikes across Yemen - RT - 7/9/15]
Jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition accidentally killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, as Arab warplanes pounded Houthi positions and allied forces behind a missile strike in which dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers died. ... [Ahram - 6/9/15]
Pakistan armed-drone kills three in first attack: military [Daily Star - 7/9/15]
Foreign troops have destroyed in airstrike the six Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicles that Taliban had recently hijacked in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.
Gen. Daud Shah Wafadar, commander of the 205th ANA Corps in Kandahar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the air raid was conducted in the Band-i-Taimur area of Maiwand district last evening.
He said the militants had seized the six military vehicles along with weapons and ammunition in Nawzad district.
The Taliban were shifting the vehicles and arms to Band-i-Taimur when they came under attack from international forces.
All the six vehicles and four heavy machineguns were destroyed and seven insurgents eliminated during the strike, which caused civilians no harm, the commander added.
Separately, one civilian was killed and three others were wounded by unidentified gunmen near the Shikarpur Gate in Kandahar City at 8.30am, according to the governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak said. [Pajhwok - 7/9/15]
Germany to spend extra €6bn to aid 800,000 refugees [Irish Times - 7/9/15]
Greece asks EU for humanitarian aid to cope with refugee crisis [Yahoo - 7/9/15]:
... On Monday morning, a Greek ferry unloaded 2,500 migrants at the port of Piraeus, bringing the total number of people moved to the mainland since last Monday to more than 15,000. Thousands more are waiting to be identified and ferried to Athens to continue their trip to other European countries. ...
The United Nations' humanitarian aid agencies are "financially broke", a senior figure said, amid an ongoing effort to help tens of thousands of people fleeing war.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said people's basic needs were being failed and called on EU nations to fund aid in the same way as they do peacekeeping operations. ... [ITV - 7/9/15]
UNHCR's new biometrics system helps "verify" 110,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand [Media Release - 30/6/15]:
The UN refugee agency has completed its roll-out of a cutting-edge system to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand's nine border camps.
Between January and May this year, UNHCR and the Royal Thai Government verified and updated the records of nearly 110,000 registered and unregistered refugees from Myanmar with the help of UNHCR's new biometrics identity management system (BIMS). ....
Australian government spends $1.2 billion torturing refugees in its Guantanamos on Nauru and Manus Island [Sydney Morning Herald - 5/2/15]
Portfolio Budget Statements in support of the 2014-15 Budget for the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio:
Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance
$762,000 ---> IOM
Initiatives to address the situation of displaced persons and promote sustainable returns - $700,000
Refugee and humanitarian passage, associated costs and related services - $18,966,000
$4,817,000 - offshore biometric program expansions
New Zealand announced on Monday it will take 750 Syrian refugees over the next three years after coming under intense pressure to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Europe. ... [Yahoo - 7/9/15]
Turkey's military said on Monday its warplanes bombarded Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets overnight after the militants staged a deadly attack in which, one security source told Reuters, 16 Turkish soldiers were killed. ... [Ahram - 7/9/15]
Athens denies US request to close airspace for Russian aid to Syria [Sputnik News - 6/9/15]
United States "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [6/9/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted four airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Mar’a, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL excavator, an ISIL front-end loader and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Tal Abyad, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:
-- Near Beiji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and terrain features denying ISIL a tactical advantage and destroyed four ISIL buildings.
-- Near Fallujah, five airstrikes struck three ISIL staging areas and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL bunker.
-- Near Hit, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache.
-- Near Kisik, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL training facility and an ISIL rocket firing position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Tuz, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 26 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
LÉ Niamh arrives in Sicily after rescue of 329 refugees and migrants [Irish Times – 6/9/15]:
A number of Irish non-governmental organisations joined together on Friday to sign a letter calling on the Irish Government to provide “a clear statement of leadership” on the refugee crisis ahead of the EU foreign affairs council meeting on September 7th.
“Without compassionate and courageous action and leadership, more lives will be lost, more families will be destroyed and the bodies of more children will wash up on European shore,” wrote the letter, signed by NGOs including Trócaire, Peter McVerry Trust, the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Oxfam Ireland, Dóchas, Conference of Religious in Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council.
The signatories demanded that the Government recall the Dáil immediately to agree on a “firm plan of action on how Ireland intends to respond to the needs of refugees seeking protection in Europe” ahead of the EU justice and home affairs meeting on September 14th.
They also called for the Government to “significantly increase” the numbers of people seeking asylum arriving into Ireland.
“Accelerate the processes of relocation and resettlement, and expand legal channels of migration including family reunification in Ireland and across the European Union. ”
The letter asked the Government to suspend the return mechanism in the so-called Dublin Regulation which allows EU states to send migrants back to the first member country that they entered.
@MSF_Sea [6/9/15]: "We have even discovered dead bodies in our fishing nets, we bury them in the best way we can" - Nourdin
Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday and move step by step "towards normality". ... [Reuters - 7/9/15]
... State Department spokesman John Kirby, in an interview with Reuters late on Saturday, offered no indication the United States would be greatly boosting the number of immigrants it would allow into the country.
He cited the $4 billion U.S. contribution to refugee relief and reconfirmed the Obama administration's position about security concerns.
"There is a significant vetting process here for folks from Syria that we have to follow," he said, adding that the Obama administration had been in contact with European allies and was exploring options.
U.S. authorities want to prevent militants from Islamic State or al Qaeda from slipping into the country as refugees.
But there are risks to sticking to current policy and not playing a more active role in helping Europe.
Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that, given the graphic images of the refugees' plight, Washington may face an international image problem for admitting only a small number compared with European countries. ... [Reuters - 6/9/15]
The Rohingya - Stateless [Tribune – 6/9/15]:
... However, as these countries shirk their responsibilities towards the Rohingya, the refugees are left with nowhere to turn.
“When you have two sons, you treat them equally, don’t you?” asks 23-year-old Noor-ul-Amin, who migrated to India some three years ago and now lives at Kalindi Kunj, working as a labourer to make ends meet.
“India gives refugees from Somalia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan all the rights they deserve according to the UNHCR. They are treated with respect, but we are not.”
Noor-ul-Amin says the Indian government does not facilitate with the Rohingya’s education or access to basic facilities.
These refugees can only hope that the Indian government hears their cry for help, just as it does the pleas of asylum-seekers from around the world who live here.
Calling for Australia to accept a particular cohort of refugees while others who have tried to reach our shores are being tortured and have no justice is BULLSHIT.
Anything short of calling for the following is hypocrisy - an insult to Syrian refugees and Aylan's memory:
I call for an end to mandatory detention and a Royal Commission into all aspects of Australia's refugee policy from 1992 onwards.
I call on government and opposition politicians to acknowledge their role in the torture, refoulement exile and death of refugees, and to immediately cease these activities.
I reject the “stop the boat”, “deterrence” and “resettlement” policy as lies.
Recent allegations of torture, rape and the ongoing traumatisation of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru are untenable.
Unfair and unjust deportations of Manus refugees participating a legal challenge to their detention in the PNG Supreme Court are also unacceptable.
Asylum seekers currently incarcerated offshore must be immediately brought to Australia so their claims can be assessed.
All funding to the IOM must be ceased and the UNHCR reinstated as the primary referal agency.
Australia must apologise to PNG and Nauru, begin fulfilling its obligations under the UN Refugee Convention, and accepting its regional responsibilities.
What's worse? Abbott and Dutton's lies, or the despicable co-optation of a tragedy by ALP politicians and supposed human rights organisations who support boat turnbacks?
The ALP support turning refugee boats back and mandatory detention. Premier Jay Weatherill and Richard Marles don't care about refugees - and have no moral authority lecturing the country about taking refugees.
Where was Premier Daniel Andrews in May when 1,000s of refugees were lost at sea?
West Australian [7/9/15]:
Safe haven visas should be used to allow up to 1000 Syrian refugees to come to South Australia, Premier Jay Weatherill says.
Mr Weatherill says he and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will make an announcement about Syria's refugee crisis later on Monday.
He says every state and territory should be helping people fleeing the Syrian civil war.
"It [the safe-haven visa] was used in the Kosovo crisis. It doesn't need to disturb the existing humanitarian intake. It is temporary," Mr Weatherill told ABC radio on Monday.
"Where's the humanity in bombing, and we're part of that or being asked to be part of that.
"But at the same time not offering a humane solution and giving them a safe place they can come because they're fleeing that sort of violence.
"No citizen of the world seeing this awful suffering could do anything other than offer to help and that's what we should do as Australian and as South Australians."
However, Mr Weatherill refused to say whether he supported Labor's boat turn-back policy.
"I'm just not getting into the politics of refugee policy. I think it's been a really ugly feature of the Australian political debate," he said.
@RichardMarlesMP: The people you meet in Yangon - Kieran Gorman-Best of IOM who hails from my hometown of #Geelong.
ALP and LNP vote against Greens Senate motion to save Rohingya [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]:
Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I move:
That the Senate—
(a) expresses concern at the disturbing reports aired on the Four Corners television program on 22 June 2015;
(i) that only 412 Rohingyans have been resettled in Australia through Australia's humanitarian program since 2008, and
(ii) the Government's recent refusal to provide assistance or resettlement for Rohingyans currently in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and stranded at sea off these three countries; and
(c) urges the Government to:
(i) contribute to the search and rescue mission for thousands of migrants, including Rohingyans, currently stranded at sea,
(ii) resettle some of the Rohingyan migrants rescued by Indonesia and Malaysia, and
(iii) resettle an increased number of Rohingyans in the 2015 humanitarian program, increasing the number of the program if necessary.
The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be agreed to.
The Senate divided [15:39]
(The President—Senator Parry)
Ayes ...................... 13
Noes ...................... 33
Majority ................. 20
Di Natale, R
Siewert, R (teller)
McEwen, A (teller)
Julian Burnside [7/9/15]:
... So, a few simple facts:
Australia is NOT the most generous country when it comes to resettling refugees
Australia IS the only western country which punishes people for seeking asylum, even though seeking asylum is not a crime: boat people are NOT illegal. [Not entirely true.]
Australia spends vast amounts of money to lock up and mistreat refugees.
Tony Abbott either does not know the facts or he wilfully misleads the public, by pandering to our natural desire to do good. He could encourage us to be generous, but instead promotes cruelty while pretending that we are being generous.
Richard Marles either does not know the facts or sees political advantage insupporting the Abbott government policy.
Tony Abbott is unfit to be Prime Minister and Richard Marles is unfit to be shadow Immigration Minister.
... The principle of non-refoulement travels with the state in all its guises. Australian naval, customs and immigration officials remain bound by it even when they act outside Australian territory or waters. This is because governments are responsible for the actions of their officials wherever they assert effective control.
What matters most is who is acting, rather than where.
The same rules apply in Europe, where unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants are crossing the Mediterranean. As the European Court of Human Rights has stressed: "The special nature of the maritime environment … cannot justify an area outside the law where ships' crews are covered by no legal system capable of affording them enjoyment of the rights and guarantees provided by the convention, which the states have undertaken to secure to everyone within their jurisdiction."
The United States has been a lone objector to the otherwise consistent view that the principle of non-refoulement applies extraterritorially. The US Supreme Court has been criticised for upholding this approach in the 1993 Sale decision, which examined the US's obligations in relation to Haitian asylum seekers intercepted at sea. That decision was based on domestic, not international, law, and must be confined to and understood within that context – just like this week's High Court decision.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has protested constantly the US interpretation of the Refugee Convention. Further, no other government – apart from now Australia – has ever objected to UNHCR's position. It is an important indication that other countries agree with UNHCR. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 30/1/15]
Australia's draconian refugee policy is built on myths, Professor Jane McAdam [Guardian - 30/10/13]
Light the Dark rally organisers Welcome to Australia and Save the Children support turning back refugee boats.
All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:
... As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.
But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.
They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’ ...
Why isn't Amnesty also calling for the immediate release of Syrian refugees on Nauru and Manus?
Australia and IOM use millions of taxpayer dollars to pressure
refugees into returning home. UNHCR says nothing. [South
China Morning Post - 7/9/15]:
One of four refugees resettled in Cambodia just three months ago in a multimillion-dollar deal that saw them sent from an Australian-run detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru has decided he wants to go home, an official said on Sunday.
The man, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, said he wanted to give up his refugee status and return to his homeland, according to Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak. The man, who was not named, has contacted Myanmar’s embassy in Cambodia to get permission to return home, but Khieu Sopheak was unaware of the response.
Two Iranian men, an Iranian woman and the Rohingya man came to Cambodia under a A$40 million, four-year agreement aimed at resettling hundreds of asylum seekers who have been living for years in Nauru.
They were the only ones among 677 there who signed up for the package – despite substantial encouragement – and arrived in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in early June. Only asylum seekers granted refugee status by the UN’s refugee agency were eligible for the move.
“The agreement of the two countries remains valid, but at the moment we want to see the first pilot refugees that have already arrived here integrate into our society before we accept newcomers,” Khieu Sopheak said by phone.
The deal, part of Australia’s efforts to deter boats of asylum seekers, has been criticised since Australia made the agreement with Cambodia last September. Critics have expressed concerns that Cambodia is too impoverished to handle the new residents and that its poor human rights record would put them at risk.
Khieu Sopheak said that the Rohingya man, who was born in 1990, did not explain why he wanted to return to Myanmar, but that his father had visited him recently in Cambodia and may have sought to reunite his son with their family.
The man’s action comes as many Rohingya, who are Muslims, are expected to take to boats in fresh efforts to leave Myanmar to escape persecution and better their economic prospects. Many try to head to Malaysia, with which they have a religious affinity, but others try to make the long and dangerous journey to Australia.
Khieu Sopheak said the Cambodian government respected the man’s decision. Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to Ian Rintoul, Sydney-based director of the Australian advocacy group Refugee Action Coalition, none of the four resettled people wants to stay in Cambodia. He said they expected to get a lump sum of at least US$10,000, but that was not what happened.
“They all went with the idea that they would get the money that they were being told they would get and be able to go somewhere else,” Rintoul said. “The government has dribbled the money to them. They’ve been kept in a very isolated arrangement and there’s been no prospects for them.”
Rintoul, who maintains close contacts with the refugee community, has been a major source of information on the Nauru asylum seekers, to whom the Nauru, Cambodian and Australian governments have allowed limited access.
“The Iranian couple never had enough money even to subsist, let alone do anything with it. They complained quite bitterly that they were struggling to survive in Cambodia,” Rintoul said.
“The whole resettlement arrangement is going belly-up,” he said. “The harassment on Nauru to get people to go to Cambodia stopped a few weeks ago. There’s no sign of anyone else on Nauru going to Cambodia.”
No UNHCR. No journalists. No lawyers. No justice.
Australia's getting away with it and THIS is the Law Council's response?
Lawyers Weekly [7/9/15]:
... The Law Council of Australia (LCA) has welcomed the report by the Senate’s select committee on the management and operation of the detention centre in Nauru released last week.
The majority report recommends greater transparency of conditions and operations at the Nauru processing centre.
The dissenting report sets out that effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms are already in place.
It notes that certain improvements to the detention centre have been made or are in train, such as the commitment to and planning for the educational needs of asylum seeker and refugee children in Nauru.
“While improvements have been made, the report recommends further action,” said LCA president Duncan McConnel.
He said the committee’s report was a “positive step” in safeguarding those seeking refuge.
“I welcome any effort by the government to keep the Australian public informed of progress on ongoing improvements to off-shore processing centres,” he said.
“We urge the government to prioritise the processing of children so they are removed from centres as soon as practicable."
He continued: “Australia has duty of care obligations and responsibilities for the health and safety of detainees.
“Establishing effective, independent monitoring and review of detention centres is important to preventing the future risk of physical and sexual abuse.”
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court, their current whereabouts is unknown [ABC - 24/8/15]
... 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. ...
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
'I'm pretty sure he said shoot that guy': Nauru guard [VIDEO - ABC - 13/8/15]
SUBMISSION 71: Senate Inquiry Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru:
... one month ago, an intoxicated off duty NPF officer tried to break down the front gate of the house of 14 unaccompanied refugee minors while yelling racial abuse at them.
They did not lodge a complaint as there have been four assaults against unaccompanied refugee minors by locals that have been reported to the police with no action taken.
On the contrary, after one assault which led to the hospitalization of a 16 year old unaccompanied refugee minor, the official police report stated that his injuries were self-inflicted.
After a different occasion where 3 unaccompanied refugee minors were assaulted by locals, a NauruanGovernment representative told all the URMs at a meeting that there is no need to be scared, Nauruans will beat you but they won't kill you.
a Wilson's guard (name withheld) with a vendetta against a male asylum seeker at camp 2, is on record admitting that he staged being beaten by the asylum seeker to get him back.
I'm not sure if the asylum seeker was charged but concrete evidence of the 'set up' has been passed on to the NPF and no action has been taken.
The Wilson's guard involved in this incident is now in a promoted position on island.
Joseph Zreika* fled Lebanon with visions of Australia as "the best country" with "good people and justice for everyone".
But after the asylum seeker was allegedly framed by an Australian guard at Nauru for a violent assault he did not commit, these days he is sadder and wiser.
Mr Zreika, aged in his 20s, was jailed for more than one month over the incident.
Speaking from a Melbourne detention centre, he recounted the anger and exhaustion that drove him to try to hang himself in a hot, stuffy tent at the Nauru detention camp. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/8/15]
Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:
... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.
There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour. ...
... While we understand that the comparison we are making would seem shocking to many, based on our long-standing research in this area we see no option but to identify practices in Australia’s own Pacific gulags as tantamount to torture. ...
Professors Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese [The Conversation - 26/8/15]:
… Recently, a whistleblower who worked in the Nauru detention centre went public with allegations that waterboarding took place in the compound and that cable-ties were used to chain asylum seekers to beds and fences.
His allegations, and the delays in providing medical treatment for asylum seekers and refugees until their condition becomes critical, lend weight to our argument that that there seems to be little or no distinction between care and punishment, or between asylum seekers and those identified as “enemy combatants” in the war on terror.
The Nauru whistleblower claimed some detention centre staff, including several former military personnel, harbour hatred toward asylum seekers “who they perceive to be the enemy, [though they are] the people they are supposed to be providing care for”.
A growing number of voices are recognising that we have crossed a threshold. Official policies have converted people seeking refuge into the enemy, leading to the logic that they deserve not care but punishment and abuse from the state and its agents.
Australia did this. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is responsible. ----> This is a jail cell some of the female refugees were imprisoned for 30 hours and given only one bottle of water to share. ... [Refugees on Nauru - 5/3/15]
"We are dying. Don't be spectators." Photos, video from Nauru refugee protest [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 27/2/15]
The United Nations Special Rapportuer on Torture has found that various aspects of Australia’s asylum seeker policies violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. ... [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release - 9/3/15]
Sudden death, Kedron
QPS Media [7/9/15]:
Police are investigating after the sudden death of a six-year-old girl in Kedron this morning.
Police were called to a Sturt Street address at around 8am.
A crime scene has been declared, and detectives and forensic officers are currently at the home.
There is no further information available at present.
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.
Man convicted of public nuisance, fined $1,200 over Broadbeach Tapas Bar table tipover [West Australian - 7/9/15]
A man has been shot in the leg during an argument at a home at Victoria Point in southeast Queensland. ... [Yahoo - 6/9/15]
Unlawful wounding, Eagleby [QPS Media - 6/9/15]
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boat last seen at Arlington Reef on Friday after a man died whilst spearfishing. ... [QPS Media - 6/9/15]
Assault charge, Gatton [QPS Media – 6/9/15]
Serious assault charges, Doomadgee [QPS Media - 5/9/15]
Burglary with violence, Parkinson [QPS Media - 7/9/15]
Armed robbery, Windsor [QPS Media - 7/9/15]
Robbery with violence, Hermit Park [QPS Media - 5/9/15]
Armed robbery, Eight Mile Plains [QPS Media - 5/9/15]
Debate on the "License to Kill" Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 resumes in the Senate this week.
'Treated like dogs': Australian Border Force raids Maribyrnong Detention Centre [The Age – 1/9/15]
Where do you think this will lead?:
Youth worker alleges assault by police outside venue at Surfers Paradise on Gold Coast [ABC - 5/9/15]
On her morning drive to work through the inner-west Sydney suburb of Stanmore on Wednesday morning, Sarah* was surprised when police stopped her for a random breath test.
But when the officer saw her UK driver's licence, his actions left her dumbfounded.
"He asked to see her visa – but we don't have a paper visa, its electronic," said her boyfriend, Mark*, who, together with Sarah, is in Australia on a skilled work visa.
"Australia is feeling like it's becoming ever more closed to the outside world. The powers that be seem to have the attitude that this country is theirs and absolutely no one else is allowed to benefit from it." [Canberra Times - 4/9/15]
Young boy in hospital after getting arm stuck in escalator, Tuggerah Westfield [Nine MSN – 6/9/15]
A mine worker has died after a truck rolled over in Western Australia.
Police said they were called on Sunday afternoon to a mine site near Southern Cross, 360km east of Perth, where they found the worker unresponsive. ... [West Australian - 7/9/15]
Serious traffic crash, Charters Towers [QPS Media - 7/9/15]
Serious traffic crash, Burbank
QPS Media [6/9/15]:
Police are investigating a traffic crash that occurred at Burbank last night.
Initial inquiries suggest at about 7pm a vehicle was stationary on the side of Mount Cotton Road when a vehicle has collided with it from behind.
A 32-year-old Sunshine Coast woman, who was the driver of the stationary vehicle, has been transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
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.
A woman has been rescued by emergency crews after crashing her car over an embankment on the Gold Coast Hinterland.
A rescue crew battled tough terrain to carry a car crash victim 200m up a steep mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland today. ... [Nine MSN - 6/9/15]
Two women have been lucky to escape serious injury after the car they were in smashed into five other cars at a Toowoomba Church where a wedding was taking place. ... [Nine MSN - 6/9/15]
US Open: Samantha Stosur beats Sara Errani to progress; Bernard Tomic knocked out by Richard Gasquet
Former champion Samantha Stosur is once again the last Australian singles hope at Flushing Meadows after advancing to the last 16 for the first time in four years.
As Bernard Tomic crashed out with a straight-sets third-round loss to 12th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Stosur buried some mental demons with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Italian 16th seed Sara Errani.
Errani had beaten Stosur in their two previous meetings and shattered the Queenslander in Paris three years ago in one of the most disappointing defeats of her career.
But there was no repeat of Stosur's third-set meltdown from that infamous French Open semi-final as she broke the higher-ranked Errani twice to power through the final set on Saturday in 29 minutes.
Stosur's impressive win set up a clash on Monday with either Italy's 25th seed Flavia Pennetta or Czech Petra Cetkovska as she eyes her first grand slam quarter-final since her US Open title defence in 2012.
Tomic crashed out of the Open but not before featuring in the sporting moment of the tournament with 12th seed Gasquet.
Tomic triggered a standing ovation for Gasquet on The Grandstand after the classy Frenchman produced a dazzling round-the-net-post forehand winner early in the third set of his 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory.
Left in awe by Gasquet's extraordinary court coverage and racquet skills to produce possibly the shot of the Open, Tomic rushed to the Wimbledon semi-finalist and give him a congratulatory fist bump.
The Australian then went to the back of the court, put down his racquet and urged the capacity crowd to applaud the Frenchman.
Gasquet said he had never before shared such an on-court moment with an opponent.
"I think I never did it," he said.
"Bernard is a great friend of mine, so I think I can do it with him. You don't do it with guys you don't like. With him, he's a great friend.
"Yeah, I think it was the best shot of the match for sure. When I saw he put it on the net, I saw I could do it, and of course it's a lucky shot because if it's not touching the net I can't do that.
"Of course it's an incredible shot, so I'm very happy with it. It's very funny for me. The crowd loved it. That's very nice."
Australian police drop Mel Gibson investigation
Hollywood star Mel Gibson will not face charges over allegations that he pushed and verbally abused a photographer, police said Friday, with the actor reportedly considering legal action himself.
Kristi Miller, an experienced news photographer with Sydney's The Daily Telegraph, complained last month about Gibson's behavior towards her after she took pictures of him as he left a cinema.
"The matter was reported appropriately and investigated thoroughly," a New South Wales police spokeswoman told Agence France Presse.
"At this stage, based on the evidence gathered, no formal action will be taken."
Representatives for Gibson, who is in Australia to direct World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge", stressed no physical contact ever took place between the "Braveheart" and "Lethal Weapon" star and the photographer during their encounter.
Gibson has retained Sydney defamation lawyer Mark O'Brien and may initiate proceedings against The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday.
New Zealand Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior bomber apologises
The French secret service frogman who led the deadly attack on the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has for the first time apologised for his actions.
"I would like to to take this opportunity to express my deepest regret," Jean-Luc Kister told the Sunday programme of TVNZ.
He said that the death of a man on the vessel was an "unfortunate accident".
The ship was mined to stop Greenpeace protests against French nuclear tests.
The Rainbow Warrior on 10 July 1985 was imminently due to sail to Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia where the tests were due to be conducted.
The two mines planted by Mr Kister immediately sank the vessel in Auckland harbour and killed Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira.
Mr Kister told TVNZ's Sunday programme that it was not the aim of his team to kill anybody and that he wanted to say sorry to the family of Pereira, to Greenpeace members on board the vessel and to the people of New Zealand.
He said the destruction of the vessel was "an unfair, clandestine operation conducted in an allied, friendly and peaceful country" which "unfortunately resulted in the accidental death of an innocent man".
Mr Kister was working for France's DGSE spy agency at the time of the attack, and was part of a 12-member team, whose mission was to attach two large limpet mines to the hull of the converted trawler.
One of the men on his team was Gerard Royal, the brother of the current French environment minister and former presidential candidate Segolene Royal.
"For us it was just like using boxing gloves in order to crush a mosquito," he said." It was a disproportionate operation, but we had to obey orders, we were soldiers."
He said that he had decided to apologise now because the incident was weighing on his conscience and now that he was retired he no longer had to keep quiet about a mission misconceived from the start.
"We are not cold-blooded killers," he said, while describing the attack as "an act of sabotage rather than an act of terrorism".
France has apologised and paid damages for the bombing and in 1996 stopped the nuclear testing that initiated the Greenpeace protest.
Only two agents have stood trial for the attack - Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart, who both posed as Swiss tourists.
They pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and wilful damage, attracting sentences of 10 and seven years.
However a UN-negotiated settlement meant that they were transferred to a base in French Polynesia. They were released within two years.
The Japanese government on Saturday lifted the evacuation order for the first town near the crippled Fukushima reactors, more than four years after ordering mass relocations near the tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant. ... [Channel News Asia - 5/9/15]
7 September 2015