Respect on #IWD to refugee women in #Nauru.

Cannot fathom Australia - pretends against discrimination but forgets treatment of refugee women

 

 @BehrouzBoochani [8/3/17]

 

 

Nauru jail cell where female refugees were imprisoned for 30 hours and given only one bottle of water to share [during March 2015 protests]

 

 

 

A refugee woman resists, Nauru [November 2015]

 

 

Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:

 

25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room

I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.

please help me just I need a room for live.

I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.

I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.

This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane

He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .

he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )

 

 

... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May.

Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink.

Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped.

They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault.

Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh. 

As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it.

Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet.

She is now back on Nauru. 

...

These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop.

“In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.

“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.”  ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]

 

 

This International Women's Day let us fight for the Rohingya women who are raped, persecuted, forced to flee, denied access to medical care & education, simply because they exist.‏ @ProtectRohingya  [8/3/17]

 

 

At IORA Summit, Bangladesh PM consults Jokowi about Indonesian expertise in deporting Rohingya refugees [bdnews24.com - 7/3/17]

 

 

@MarkCutts [7/3/17]:  Muslim IDPs in Rakhine living in longhouses that were meant to be temporary. After 5 years, many collapsing #Myanmar  

 

 

@MarkCutts [7/3/17]:  These Muslim children in Kyauktaw, Rakhine, can't attend this school. Open to others but closed to Muslims since 2012

 

 

Fishing groups in Tamil Nadu said a fisherman was shot dead by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday evening whilst he worked in the Palk Straits. 

The victim, 22 year old Bristo, was killed when Sri Lankan navy personnel allegedly opened fire. 

Speaking to PTI, the Rameshwaran Fishermen Association President, P Sesuraja said that the officers did not even fire a warning shot first. 

The allegation has been denied by the Sri Lankan navy spokesperson, Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge, reported the Daily Mirror. 

According to India Today, the Indian Vice President, Hamid Ansari raised the issue with the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena during a meeting in Jakarta [IORA Summit].

Mr Sirisena said a "full investigation" had been ordered into the incident.  [Tamil Guardian - 8/3/17]

 

 

Entirely Sinhalese ceremony held to open new path at historically Tamil Kanniya hot wells [Tamil Guardian - 7/3/17]

 

 

On the bridge at Port Augusta. ...

 

 

Image:  @Clintonswalk [8/3/17]

 

 

@Clintonswalk [8/3/17]:  Thanks for coming down #PortAugusta!

 

 

Young women speak out for Treaty - 22 March, Redfern Community Centre [Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney]

 

 

Don Dale class action lawsuit adjourned as NT Government challenges jurisdiction [ABC  - 8/3/17]

 

 

A guard who restrained Dylan Voller after he was stripped naked when he was 13 and the corrections minster who oversaw his time in detention are among the witnesses who will give evidence at the next round of Royal Commission hearings. ... [ABC - 8/3/17]

 

 

High Court rejects challenge of NT protective custody laws [Nine MSN - 8/3/17]:

 

The High Court has rejected a challenge against the Northern Territory's protective custody laws, dismissing an appeal by an Aboriginal man who claimed he was wrongfully apprehended by police based on racial stereotypes.

Anthony Prior was arrested on New Years' Eve in 2013 while drinking on a footpath outside a shopping complex in Darwin, based on a police officer's belief he was intoxicated and likely to commit an offence involving disorderly behaviour or drinking in a regulated place.

He was later charged and convicted of assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty and public indecency while in custody.

After failed appeals to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Prior appealed to the highest court in the land to argue the officer did not have reasonable grounds to believe he was likely to commit an offence, having known nothing about his background.

The High Court on Wednesday rejected the appeal.

While prejudice was irrational and unacceptable grounds for a police officer's decision-making, knowledge born of experience was not irrational, the court said.

It ruled it was fair to infer the officer's belief about how Prior might behave was informed by his experience dealing with intoxicated people.

"The appellant was drunk, disinhibited, abusive and blatantly consuming liquor in a conspicuous public place in close proximity to licensed premises," the court said, adding that particular spot was known to the officer as a site where alcohol was consumed illegally.

"It was reasonable for him to believe that Mr Prior was likely to continue drinking liquor in a regulated place."

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, who ran the case for Prior, said the powers were disproportionately used against Aboriginal people.

"The Northern Territory government should be doing all it can to avoid the unnecessary locking up of Aboriginal people," principal legal officer David Woodroffe said.

"Today we continue to see protective custody and paperless arrest laws being over-used, and more and more Aboriginal people are ending up in police cells."

He's calling on the NT government to adopt an alternative approach such as sobering-up shelters and rehab programs.

The Human Rights Law Centre says the powers are used about 10,000 times each year, with more than 90 per cent of those locked up being Aboriginal.

 

 

Film about Indigenous Australia before Europeans shutdown by studio, says Tim Minchin [NITV - 7/3/17]:

 

A film about pre-European Australia featuring Indigenous music and themes to be directed by comedian Tim Minchin has been “shutdown”, according to a statement released by Minchin on his website.

“The animated film to which I’ve dedicated the last 4 years of my life was shut down by the new studio execs,” Minchin said in the statement.

The feature Larrikins has been under development for four years and was to be released through Dreamworks according to Minchin. ...

 

 

Grant signing ceremony for replacing electricity network in Sarta Village funded by Japan [PNN - 8/3/17]

 

 

65 Palestinian women and girls imprisoned by Israel as world marks Women's Day [Maan - 8/3/17]

 

 

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed an amendment into law on Monday evening forbidding entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported. ... [Maan - 7/3/17]

 

 

Israeli forces on Tuesday detained eight Palestinians, at least one of whom a minor, as clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers outside the Ofer detention center in the central occupied West Bank's Ramallah district a day following the killing of well-known activist Basel al-Araj by Israeli forces.

Clashes erupted between the youth, mostly students from the nearby Birzeit University, who threw stones at Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.

The Birzeit students had organized a sit-in demonstration inside the university’s campus condemning the “assassination” of al-Araj who was killed by Israeli forces in Ramallah on Monday.

After the sit-in, the protesters headed towards the Ofer detention center, where clashes then erupted.

According to witnesses, Israeli soldiers detained “seven youths and a child” before assaulting them and “brutally throwing them inside military jeeps and into the detention center.” ... [Maan - 7/3/17]

 

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met Tuesday with his US counterpart James Mattis at the Pentagon and called for an “active America” in the Middle East. ... [Times of Israel - 7/3/17]

 

 

Gunmen storm army hospital in Kabul; 3 killed, over 50 wounded [TOLO News - 8/3/17]:

 

A group of attackers entered Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, also known as army hospital, in Kabul after an explosion at an entrance gate of the health facility on Wednesday morning, security officials confirmed.

Clashes are ongoing between security forces and the attackers at parts of the hospital's building, the Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

At least three dead bodies and 54 wounded were taken to Wazi Akbar Khan Hospital while 12 other wounded were taken to Emergency Hospital in Kabul, the Ministry of Public Health said.

The attack took place at around 9am at Kabul's local time after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the main entrance gate of the hospital while four other attackers entered into the compound, a source said.

“I saw one of the suicide bombers who wore the doctors’ uniform and opened fire at me but I managed to escape from the area,” a medical doctor from the hospital told TOLOnews.

The doctors who have been trapped inside the hospital in a contact to TOLOnews said the firing is ongoing in third and fourth floors of the hospital.

However, security forces are not providing details about the incident.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on his Twitter page rejected any involvement of the group in attack on the military hospital.

However, Daesh militants reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

 

Continuing a string of regular drone strikes against targets in rural Yemen dating back to last week, US drones today attacked and killed a pair of young boys on a road outside the village of Yakla.

There were no indications any combatants were anywhere near the targeted spot. ... [Antiwar.com - 7/3/17]

 

 

Libyan oil guard head says asked to protect oil ports after clashes [Reuters - 7/3/17]

 

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/3/17]

 

 

Greek Coast Guard rescues 113 migrants aboard Maltese-flagged freighter off Paxi [Greek Reporter - 7/3/17]

 

 

IOM reports more dehumanised horror from Libya as its own shady, EU-funded anti-refugee activities go unscrutinised [Reuters - 7/3/17]:

 

Fighting between rival people-smuggling gangs on Libya's Mediterranean coast has killed 22 people, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

The dead were thought to be migrants rather than smugglers because they were sub-Saharan Africans, IOM spokesman Joel Millman said. More than 100 people were wounded, he told a news briefing in Geneva, citing information from colleagues in Libya. ...

 

 

IOM press release trumpets refugees' contrite excitement at being "voluntarily" returned home with a dignity kit [7/3/17]:

 

.. This voluntary return programme is funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the European Union’s Regional Development and Protection Programme for North Africa. 

 

 

Hungary approves plans for migrant concentration camps on its border with Serbia [Reuters - 7/3/17]

 

 

A Szeged court has reached a final guilty verdict in an appeal hearing against 10 immigrants for their involvement in clashes with police at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Röszke in September, 2015.

Among the convicted are an ill, elderly woman, a man who walks with a cane, and a man in a wheelchair.

The court ruled that all of the accused had illegally crossed Hungary’s border as participants in a riot, index.hu reports. ... [The Budapest Beacon - 28/2/17]

 

 

US authorities targeted young Argentinian woman for deportation for speaking out on immigration, attorneys say [LA Times - 7/3/17]:

 

... Growing up in Morton, a small city 35 miles east of Jackson, Miss., Vargas graduated high school in 2013 with honors, ranking ninth in her class with a 3.77 grade point average.

After attending the University of Southern Mississippi, she recently took on a full-time job as a manager of a small store because she could not afford tuition.

Vargas first came under the media spotlight on Feb. 15, after ICE agents detained her father and brother outside their Jackson home as they left for work.

Vargas barricaded herself in her home, yet federal agents returned with a search warrant and broke in.

 After handcuffing her, the petition claims, federal agents later released her, saying they knew her DACA status had lapsed, but that they were giving her a “hall pass.”

Shaken, Vargas emerged from the house to speak to local media reporters who had gathered outside.

Two weeks later, on March 1, ICE agents detained her shortly after she spoke at a news conference outside Jackson City Hall about the need for a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country without authorization. ...

 

 

... So we are moving to a lighthouse, you and I

While seas drown sailors, we'll be locked up safe and dry ...

 

'The Lighthouse Song', Josh Pyke [2008]

 

 

The empire of chaos wants to exclude any possibility of safety and protection for its victims. Even a lighthouse. ---> Lighthouse Cuban migrants in legal limbo after months of imprisonment at Guantánamo [Miami Herald - 9/1/17]:

 

...“We are very grateful for all the help they have given us, but we do not understand why we are not allowed to talk to lawyers or work,” the Cuban migrant said.

Initially, a total of 20 migrants were transported to the base, but three of them returned to Cuban soil — two of them returned voluntarily and a third was repatriated after authorities discovered that he once worked for the government’s Ministry of the Interior.

 “We are forbidden to speak to the press about our situation,” said the rafter, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the authorities at the base.

Of the group of 17 men who remain at Guantánamo Bay, 10 are unemployed, said a second Cuban rafter who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We can call our family once a week, but nobody tells us how much longer we have to be here,” he said.

“Some of us work in manual jobs and get paid $4.97 an hour.”

According to the migrant, a high-ranking official at the base, Commander Dennis Mojica, has told them twice that anyone who does not accept their current situation “has the door open to return to Cuba,” a phrase which they consider a pressure tactic to get them to return to the island.  ...

 

 

Where is Hodan?


... One day we'll dance on their graves


One day we'll sing our freedom


One day we'll laugh in our joy


And we'll dance ...

 

'They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)', Sting [1987]

 

 

 

 

Two refugees set themselves alight in Australia’s Nauru detention centre [WSWS - 4/5/16]:

 

... The self-immolations came just days after the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Supreme Court ruled that the Australian-run Manus Island centre violated the PNG constitution’s ban on the unlawful deprivation of liberty.

The Australian government has defied that ruling, insisting that the PNG government must not shut down the facility, highlighting Canberra’s flouting of both domestic and international law, which recognises the right of refugees to seek asylum without being punished or persecuted for doing so.

Yasi, who was reportedly sent to Nauru as a 16-year-old child three years ago, is being treated in a Brisbane hospital for “critical injuries” after being airlifted from Nauru.

Reports from Nauru suggest she has severe burns to 70 percent of her body, with her upper body and face most badly affected.

The teenager was returned to Nauru less than a week ago, having been brought to Australia last November after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

Early last Wednesday morning, guards forcibly dragged her, screaming in protest, out of a Brisbane immigration facility. ...

 

 

22 February 2016, House of Representatives: Wilkie MP moves to censure the Immigration Minister re self harm lie and the ALP leap to Dutton's defence <---- 21 mins in.

 

 

Guardian Australia gives anti-feminist Julia Gillard another soapbox as the women she imprisoned on Nauru are once again censored by the media on International Women's Day. --->  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]

 

 

March 2015: Australian media and human rights organisations ignored protests on Nauru as they celebrated International Women's Day at the Sydney Opera House [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 10/3/15]

 

 

@wikileaks [7/3/17]:  Chat application Telegram issues statement on CIA attacks in today's WikiLeaks' "Year Zero" publication ...

 

 

@wikileaks [7/3/17]:  Crowd-sourced find in #Vault7 discovers CIA tool to make Android phones bulk-spy on WiFi networks around them ...

 

 

... According to WikiLeaks, the CIA’s interest in hacking vehicles is not specified, but could be used in sinister ways, including assassinations. ...  [Sputnik News - 7/3/17]

 

 

@wikileaks [19/7/13]:  Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [8/3/17]:  SAME FUCKING CAR. SAME FUCKING LOCATION. EVERY 5 MINUTES FOR LAST 3 HOURS. IGNORAMUS. #GoldCoast

 

 

A car has been completely gutted by fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The blaze broke out just after midday on Sir Bruce Small Boulevard at Benowa Waters.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency service spokeswoman said fire crews found the car well-involved upon arrival and quickly worked to extinguish the flames, which were out by 12.40pm.

It is unknown what caused the fire.

No one was injured and investigations are underway. [MYGC - 7/3/17]

 

 

@9NewsBrisbane [8/12/15]: Investigators believe a faulty car alarm may have sparked the Surfers Paradise car fire. ...

 

 

Engineers assessing BuzzSaw after Dreamworld thrill ride comes to a halt [MYGC - 6/3/17]

 

 

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering an electric shock at a Gold Coast business overnight.

The man, who is aged in his 30s, was using a kitchen appliance at a Surfers Paradise business when he received the powerful jolt.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Gold Coast Robina Hospital. [MYGC - 6/3/17]

 

 

A behavioural surveillance scheme being trialled by a Queensland Council in an attempt to anticipate antisocial and illegal acts has prompted concern, with civil liberties advocates saying the technology is “straight out of 1984” and has been linked to racial profiling.

The Queensland privacy commissioner, Philip Green, confirmed he had not been consulted by Toowoomba Regional Cpuncil over its trial of “privacy-invasive” behavioural recognition software with CCTV cameras, which has been linked to racial profiling in the United States.

...

The Gold Coast City Council has consulted Green’s office on a trial of facial recognition surveillance in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Green said even with the security risks around such an event, given the high-level presence of law enforcement, he personally wondered “whether Councils should be getting into that sort of thing”. ... [Guardian - 8/3/17]

 

 

Queensland hotel, strip club hit with hefty fines after disabling fire alarms [Brisbane Times - 3/3/17]:

 

Hefty fines have been handed to a north Queensland hotel and Gold Coast strip club, after the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services found them to have breached fire safety regulations.

A fine of $30,000 was handed to the owner of Surfers Paradise strip club Hollywood Showgirls and Lounge Bar, who also manages apartments in the building, after QFES officers found fire alarms had been disabled and fire doors blocked during several inspections.

The building occupier was convicted of 25 charges, fined and had a conviction recorded.

Meanwhile, Magnum's Hotel in Airlie Beach, 150 kilometres north of Mackay, was hit with a $42,500 for disabling fire alarms. ...

 

 

A British backpacker who was allegedly repeatedly raped, bashed and choked during a "traumatic" two-month hostage ordeal in outback Queensland was saved after a routine traffic stop.

The 22-year-old woman was rescued on Sunday afternoon when police pulled over a four-wheel drive at Mitchell, about 600km west of Brisbane, and found her terrified and injured behind the wheel.

"Police acted on their instinct in that they noticed that she seemed overly alarmed and that she had injuries," Detective Inspector Paul Hart this afternoon said.

She had facial fractures, bruises and cuts, and when officers searched the vehicle, they found her alleged attacker hiding in a storage alcove in the back.

"We would certainly say that what's happened to this young lady is quite catastrophic," Det Insp Hart said.

"When located we will allege that the male person was secreted in the back section of the vehicle which made it quite difficult to find him."

The 22-year-old man, from the Cairns suburb of Manunda, is facing more than 20 charges, including four counts of rape, eight counts of assault, four of strangulation, two of deprivation of liberty, and one charge of obstruct police.

He's also facing drug and willful damage charges.

One of the willful damage charges relates to the alleged offender damaging the victim's passport.

He applied for bail but was refused when he faced a court in Roma on Monday.

He is due to face court again on May 23. ... [Nine MSN - 7/3/17]

 

 

Hundreds of sex abuse allegations referred to police by Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/3/17]:

 

... The figures come as Commission Chairman Justice Peter McClellan urged state and territory governments to sign up to the $4 billion national redress scheme to support victims of child sexual abuse.

"We considered (redress) to be one of the most significant issues we were given to address," he said.

"Not only is it significant in terms of a recognition of the suffering but also of fundamental importance to ensure the ongoing care for those who have been abused in an institutional context."

The national redress scheme was announced by federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter last year but no state and territory government has agreed to opt in. ...

 

 

Hunter Catholic priest Vince Ryan and former Marist Brother Romuald charged with child sex offences [Newcastle Herald - 8/3/17]

 

 

Penrith Panthers supremo Phil Gould says the club had no knowledge of or involvement in Bryce Cartwright reportedly paying his former partner to have an abortion. ... [Yahoo - 6/3/17]

 

 

A highway patrol officer has been filmed threatening to arrest a man for swearing and lock him in a cell where he would be sexually assaulted.

In the footage posted on social media at the weekend, the officer, who appears to be from Western Australia, seems not to realise the man he is chastising has started filming him with his phone. ... [Nine MSN - 6/3/17]

 

 

A man will appear at court today after allegedly ramming two vehicles, including a police car, and leading officers on a pursuit in Lismore. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 6/3/17]

 

 

Man found badly injured on side of Gold Coast Hinterland road [MYGC - 8/3/17]

 

 

Woman found dead in northwest Sydney home [Nine MSN - 7/3/17]

 

 

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead inside a home in Sydney's west last night. ... [Nine MSN - 7/3/17]

 

 

Spanner used in fatal bashing of brother in Brisbane apartment, police allege [ABC - 7/3/17]:

 

A man accused of bashing his younger brother to death over money at an apartment in Brisbane's west has been remanded in custody.

Michel Willemyns, 56, is charged with murdering Patrick Willemyns.

Queensland police allege Willemyns attacked his 53-year-old brother with a spanner and repeatedly stomped on his head in a row over money.

The caretaker of the complex found his body on a couch on Monday afternoon after noticing damage to the front door. ...

 

 

Supporters of Queensland's one punch law say the jail sentence handed down to the first person convicted under the legislation is far too light.

Twenty year old Ariik Mayot will serve less than six years in jail for striking and killing a 54 year old man in 2015.

But a prominent criminal lawyer says the sentence is appropriate and instead questions the new law's ability to act as a deterrent against one punch assaults. ... [ABC - 7/3/17]

 

 

Kicking his workmate repeatedly in the head after drinking 24 beers at their work Christmas party has seen Mitchell Sanders placed on a suspended jail sentence.

The 20-year-old second-year apprentice painter pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident at Lismore Local Court on Monday. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 7/3/17]

 

 

NSW one-punch alcohol fuelled violence legislation isn't working, legal experts say [Sydney Morning Herald – 17/12/16]:

 

A 15-year-old Queanbeyan boy being charged under the controversial one-punch legislation for accidentally killing his younger brother is a prime example of how the laws have failed in their intentions, legal experts say.

The Queanbeyan case is a far cry from the violence which led to the introduction of the legislation, University of Wollongong School of Law associate professor Julia Quilter said.

The teen is charged with assault causing death, after he pushed his 10-year-old brother who fell, hit his head and died.

The NSW government introduced the one-punch offences to focus on alcohol-fuelled, random street violence in and around licensed premises two years ago.

It was as a result of high profile deaths in Sydney's Kings Cross.

Former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions and member of the NSW Sentencing Council Nicholas Cowdery said the new laws were "net widening" and could have greater consequences than intended. ...

 

 

NSW police told a Deniliquin woman whose grandchildren had been snatched by their mother on Thursday morning that she should contact their Victorian counterparts in Echuca, her lawyer has claimed.

One of the children is now dead and the other recovering in hospital in Melbourne after their mother allegedly tried to kill them that afternoon in the River Murray at Moama in NSW.

...

The grandparents are understood to have been forced to take out an apprehended violence order against their daughter last May and had recently alerted NSW Police, the Department of Family and Community Services in NSW and Corrective Services about her deteriorating mental state.

Mr Brooks said several "warning signs" had been ignored.

"[The mother] was obviously a very troubled woman, the mother of these kids, and there just does not appear to have been enough action taken about some of these early warning signs."

NSW Police has been contacted for comment.

NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said her department was undertaking a comprehensive review as a result of the incident.

"The death of this little boy and the serious injury suffered by his older brother are a tragedy," Ms Goward said.

"This incident has shocked us all, and [Family and Community Services] staff are supporting the family.

NSW homicide detectives are expected to complete their brief of evidence by April 17. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/3/17]

 

 

More than 1,000 childcare workers will walk off the job around the country this afternoon as part of a campaign for higher wages in the female-dominated sector, the early childhood union says. ... [ABC - 8/3/17]

 

 

Six-year-old girl dies in quad bike crash near Pilliga, NSW [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/3/17]

 

 

A health system that places profit and ideology above patient care and ethics is sick. ---> ... Shyam Acharya worked in the NSW public health system - specifically at Manly, Hornsby, Wyong and Gosford hospitals - from 2003 to 2014, NSW Health deputy secretary Karen Crawshaw said in a statement on Tuesday.

Acharya allegedly obtained stolen and fraudulent documents while living in India and used them to gain registration with the Medical Board of NSW, Ms Crawshaw said. ... [Nine MSN - 7/3/17]

 

 

Sydney doctor arrested after allegedly sexual assaulting female patients at medical centre [Nine MSN - 7/3/17]

 

 

A patient at Darwin Private Hospital who died following elective surgery waited 36 hours before receiving appropriate treatment for a complication, a coronial inquest in Darwin has heard. ... [ABC - 6/3/17]

 

 

Ongoing silence of AMA and health unions re Nauru dengue outbreak indicates they don't care whether men, women, children live or die [Guardian - 25/2/17]

 

 

Application to halt deportations from Australia's illegal refugee concentration camp on Manus Island expected to be heard in PNG Supreme Court today [ABC - 3/3/17]

 

 

After being closed for operating without registration in PNG, Australian-funded medical refugee "deterrence" facility re-opens ---> The health clinic for Australia's immigration detainees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has reopened after it closed temporarily over the weekend. ... [RNZI - 8/3/17]

 

 

 

8 March 2017

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