Unreported by Queensland media ----> Attempted murder charge, Sunnybank Hills
QPS Media [Nov 8, 2015 @ 2:49pm]:
Detectives from Acacia Ridge have charged a man following investigations into an incident in Sunnybank during the early hours of this morning.
It will be alleged around 2am, a man assaulted a 35-year-old woman at a residence on Beenleigh Road, causing her severe facial and head injuries.
The woman left the residence to the street where she was located by witnesses who were driving past and they transported her to the QE2 hospital however she was later transported to the PA Hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.
A 27-year-old man is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with one count of attempted murder.
The man and woman are known to each other.
Suspicious death investigation, Pimpama [QPS Media - 8/11/15]:
Detectives investigating the suspicious death of Tiahleigh Palmer continue to appeal for public assistance.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police are in particular asking for any motorists, cyclist or anyone else who was travelling on Chambers Flat Road or Muchow Road on Friday, October 30 and had a dash cam or a similar type of recording device with that footage still available to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are also continuing to appeal to the public to come forward if they were in the vicinity of the bridge over the Pimpama River on Kerkin Road North between October 30 and November 6.
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.
Police appeal for information about a man with a dragon tattoo who fell from Kangaroo Point Cliffs [ABC - 8/11/15]
A cyclist has been stabbed repeatedly by a man wielding a screwdriver on a Brisbane bike path.
The rider, 46, suffered chest and shoulder injuries in the frenzied attack near Venice Street at Norman Park in the city's inner-east on Sunday morning.
The attacker fled on foot but police arrested a man a short time later who is now being questioned.
The cyclist was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition. [Yahoo - 8/11/15]
Shooting incident, Redland Bay [QPS Media - 8/11/15]:
Police are appealing for witnesses following a shooting incident on Pitt Street in Redland Bay overnight.
Initial investigations suggest around 8:00pm an unoccupied car parked on Pitt Street was fired upon and damaged.
No one was physically injured during the incident.
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.
A young girl has been hit by a car outside a school on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Emergency services rushed to the scene in Benowa just after 3.15pm Friday after receiving reports a school child had been struck by a vehicle.
On arrival, they found a 10-year-old girl with abrasions and a broken ankle. ... [MYGC - 6/11/15]
What Shall We Love? Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love. Arundhati Roy [Outlook - November 2015]
Up to 30 million people in nearly 800 cities rocked the globe on February 15, 2003, in antiwar rallies against the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq, making it the largest coordinated protest in history.
And while the first U.S. bombs would hit Baghdad weeks later, a new documentary argues that the protests weren’t just a one-day historical feat, but a spark that changed the world forever.
The new documentary "We Are Many" tells the story of that historic day of protest and how it’s helped shape global political movements ever since. We are joined by the film’s director and producer, Amir Amirani. ... [Democracy Now - 6/11/15]
We Are Many - The Sydney Preview - 9 November [SOLD OUT]
... Media in California confirmed that the light came from an unarmed Trident missile fired from the USS Kentucky navy submarine. ... [BBC - 8/11/15]
Kurdish refugee dead on Christmas Island: Another victim of long term detention
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [8/11/15]:
It is believed that an Iranian Kurdish refugee, Fazel Chegeni, has died on Christmas Island.
The man, in his early 30s, escaped from the North West Point detention centre 48 hours ago – on Friday 6 November.
Detainees had reported that Fazel was missing on Friday.
Detainees in the centre report that police brought the man’s body to the detention centre around 9.00am Christmas Island time, this morning, Sunday 8 November.
The circumstances of his death are not known. But there was a resident woken around 4.00am this morning at a house in the Settlement area and the man disappeared down a track known as “The Incline”. But it is not known whether this incident is related to Fazel at all.
Fazel arrived in Australia in 2010. He had been found to be a refugee when he was in Curtin detention centre, around two and half years ago.
He was unfairly charged with assault following a fight between detainees at the detention centre. He was later released into the community in Melbourne for a few months but was re-detained in Melbourne even though he was given a good behaviour bond for the assault charge.
He had been in Christmas Island detention for around 10 weeks after being transferred from Wickham Point, Darwin. He had recently been invited by the Minister to make another protection visa application.
Christmas Island detention centre has been locked down since this morning.
At a meeting late this afternoon, detainees were told that Fazel’s body was found ‘in the jungle’ and that he had been dead ‘for some time’.
Like so many others, Fazel was suffering the effects of long-term, arbitrary detention.
Fazel has attempted suicide when he was in Melbourne; again when he was in Brisbane, and then again in Wickham Point not long before he was transferred to Christmas Island.
He had told other detainees that he could no longer stand being in detention and just wanted ‘to go outside.’
“This is another needless detention death,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“This time of a refugee who should never have been in detention. His mental health problems were well known. Detention could only exacerbate those problems.
“The delay in processing and releasing him is inexcusable. He is a victim of the punitive regime detention regime that cares nothing for the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees.”
A 51-year-old man who has lived in Western Australia since he was one year old is stuck in limbo on Christmas Island and facing possible deportation to the UK.
He is one of hundreds of people who have lived the majority of their lives in Australia but because they have served more than 12 months in jail have been caught up in changes to the Migration Act that lawyers say are tearing families apart.
Ian Wightman was last year convicted on charges of starting a scrub fire and served 15 months in jail.
He was released in September but immediately apprehended and detained at a WA detention centre for eight weeks before being flown to Christmas Island, allegedly without warning, at 3:00am last Wednesday.
Speaking from Christmas Island, Mr Wightman described the detention as "mind-numbingly degrading".
"It's an open-ended sentence and there's no information, you can't get any information," he said.
"There's a constant struggle every day to keep your sanity, try to maintain who you are without falling into the depths of bloody despair."
Kelvin Davis - NZ Labour Party MP [30/10/15]:
Just been on the phone tonight to another detainee on Christmas Island. He's been on the Island 3 months. He's been in isolation all that time, locked up 23 hours a day. He was released into mainstream today. He was the one guy the Detention Centre refused to let me see last Friday. After hearing his story I can understand why.
The ERT (riot squad) stormed his cell some time back, threw him on the floor, zip tied his hands, lay a riot shield on him, twisting his legs to immobilise him, but went beyond what was necessary and snapped a ligament in his leg while they pummelled him.
When he finally got to see a doctor, he was given a medical certificate to say his ligament was snapped and he needed surgery. The ERT raided his cell soon after, took all his clothes and the paperwork. Now he doesn't have that certificate/ proof any longer. When he asked for his clothes and the medical certificate, he was told they don't know what happened to any of his things.
He was made to live in his undies and given dry cereal to eat with no utensils. He was hosed down with a fire hose and left in his wet undies. They cranked the air conditioning up so that he froze. He sat in the shower at night with the water on hot until it ran out, just to warm up.
He told of how they tried to force him into signing papers to send him back to NZ.
Soon after arriving on Christmas Island four Iranians hung themselves. He cut one down and put him in the recovery position then pushed the emergency alarm.
The nurses arrived about an hour later and laughed at him. He hasn't seen three of the Iranians since, he's not sure whether they survived.
This is all happening in Australia folks.
About 1,500 people have protested outside the UK's Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre, demanding that the government close its doors and release its detainees.
Wet and muddy conditions were not enough to silence cries for freedom from the demonstrators on Saturday afternoon after they squelched through two fields to reach the isolated centre.
Demonstrators, including a number of asylum seekers and refugees, travelled from as far as Glasgow to participate in the protest organised by the grassroots Movement for Justice organisation. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/11/15]
Hundreds of French people have held a demonstration to condemn the appalling living conditions of asylum seekers trapped in the northern port city of Calais, who are waiting to cross the Channel Tunnel into Britain.
Some 700 protesters marched through the streets of the northern French city of Lille on Saturday to voice their support for asylum seekers and express their dissatisfaction with the situation in the refugee camp in Calais. ... [Press TV - 8/11/15]
Detained Taiwanese activists slam Singapore clampdown [Yahoo – 8/11/15]
Four dead, 16 injured in a building collapse in Egypt's Fayoum [Ahram - 8/11/15]
Palestinian shot dead, 3 Israelis injured after suspected car attack [Maan - 8/11/15]
An Israeli security guard on Sunday shot a Palestinian woman following an alleged stabbing attack at the entrance to the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit, near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the southern occupied West Bank, an Israeli army spokesperson said. ... [Maan - 8/11/15]
@PalestineSocial [8/11/15]: Picture of the girl that was shot by #IOF in Beitar Illit settlement, west of #Bethlehem .
@PalestineSocial [8/11/15]: The wounded girl is still bleeding, #IOF are preventing ambulances from reaching her . ...
Tunisians rally in support of Palestinian uprising [Ahram - 7/11/15]
Over 7,000 people gathered at Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest a controversial agreement reached over the past few months between the government and large energy companies over natural gas production.
Protesters marched from Habima Square down Kaplan Street toward government offices. Demonstrations were also held in Jerusalem, Haifa and Be’er Sheva. Protesters carried signs with pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, outgoing Economy Minister Arye Dery and Yitzhak Tshuvah, the major shareholder in the Delek Group, which owns the gas reserves together with Noble Energy. Some of the signs read: “Do not steal,” “Stop the gas robbery,” and “Right or left are for breaking up the monopoly.” .. [Haaretz - 7/11/15]
Nigeria denies entry to an art memorial for environmental activist Ken
Saro-Wiwa [Quartz - 8/11/15]:
A week ahead of the 20th anniversary of the hanging of environmental activist and author Ken Saro-Wiwa, tensions are rising in the oil-rich Ogoni region after Nigerian customs blocked entry of a memorial sculpture made in his honour.
The memorial, a bus, made in remembrance of Saro Wiwa and eight other environmental activists sentenced to death by military tribunal in 1995, was denied entry after arriving in Nigeria from London. Flyers made in commemoration of Saro-Wiwa’s execution on Nov. 10, 1995 were also seized by Nigeria’s State Security Service. The customs authorities claimed the sculpture was seized due to its ‘political value’.
Two Ogoni groups have reportedly threatened to shut down oil production in the region if the Nigerian government failed to release the memorial bus allegedly impounded by customs since September.
The bus, created by London-based Nigerian artist Sokari Douglas Camp, has the words of Saro-Wiwa inscribed: ‘I accuse the oil companies of practising Genocide against the Ogoni’.
The names of Saro-Wiwa and the other eight Ogoni men executed by the Sani Abacha military dictatorship are also inscribed on the bus.
A seriously ill Bahraini dissident faces deportation from the UK after the British Home office rejected his asylum case.
26-year-old Ali Isa Hasan is expected to be deported to Bahrain on Tuesday, November 10.
There are mounting fears that Hasan could be arrested and tortured in the Persian Gulf country. ... [Press TV - 8/11/15]
Clashes between police and protesters in Togo kill 5 [Ahram - 8/11/15]
Somalia lawmaker survives gun attack [Nation - 7/11/15]
Afghanistan: 33 "militants" killed in drone strike, military operations in Nangarhar province [Khaama - 8/11/15]
Norwegian Refugee Council attacked in Jalalabad (capital of Nangarhar province) ---> @NRC_Norway [8/11/15]: All staff safe after roadside explosion in #Afghanistan. NGOs cant provide aid if our #safety is not assured by all parties to the #conflict
At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in the operation conducted Saturday night in Dasht-e-Archi district in northern Kunduz, officials said Sunday. ... [TOLO News - 8/11/15]
Gunmen have shot dead at least seven people in an attack on a bar in the Burundi capital, forcing them lie on the ground before executing them, government officials said Sunday. ... [Naharnet - 8/11/15]
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, backed by allied army units, have liberated a district in the southwestern part of the war-stricken country.
Yemeni forces freed the district, which was controlled by forces loyal to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, in the southwestern province of Dali', after fierce clashes with forces loyal to Hadi on Saturday.
Saudi warplanes in their latest combat sorties bombed several locations across Yemen. A woman was killed and two children were wounded as a residential area in Sana’a Province was pounded. Earlier, warplanes hit two bridges in a border district in the province of Sa’ada. ... [Press TV - 8/11/15]
Locals on Yemen's beleaguered Socotra Island have taken emergency shelter for the second time in a week as yet another tropical cyclone tracks towards them packing potentially devastating winds and rain. ... [Al Jazeera - 7/11/15]
IS frees 37 kidnapped Syrian Christians: NGO [Arab News - 7/11/15]:
... Elsewhere, the Britain-based Observatory said at least 10 civilians, among them a child and a woman, were killed in air strikes on rebel-held Douma, outside Damascus.
The group said the strikes were believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes, but could not confirm. ...
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Saturday met the Arab-European delegation currently visiting Syria to show support for it. ... [SANA - 7/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
Constituent gives feedback to Gold Coast MP Stuart Robert [8/11/15]
US Department of Defense [7/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft conducted five strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hawl, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, seven ISIL structures, and three ISIL trenches.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL petroleum storage tank.
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and an ISIL logistical facility.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and attack aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade position, an ISIL weapons cache, four ISIL vehicle-borne bombs, six ISIL heavy machine guns, 11 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL anti-tank weapon, two ISIL buildings, damaged one ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL weapons cache and suppressed two ISIL mortar positions.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
Military activity forces Los Angeles airport to detour night flights [Reuters – 7/11/15]
Black Louisiana marshals face murder charge over shooting deaht of white boy [BBC - 7/11/15]
Only the people save the people ...
@PROACTIVA_SERV Solamente el Pueblo salva al Pueblo. Mil gracias...
Image: @javibolsamontal [7/11/15]
@MSF_Sea [7/11/15]: ... No distress calls today on the Central #Mediterranean. Last night's storm means that boats didn't leave...
Boats packed with thousands of new arrivals continue to land in Greek Islands – UN refugee agency [Media Release - 6/11/15]
Police use anti-terrorism powers to detain UK volunteers taking aid to Calais refugee camp [Independent - 7/11/15]
Planned refugee centre burned down in Sweden [Naharnet - 7/11/15]
Germany has scaled back its refugee policy for Syrians, the largest group of asylum seekers, including eliminating their right to have their families join them in the country, a newspaper reported Friday.
As Europe's top economy prepares for the arrival of around one million asylum seekers this year, Germany has now downgraded the standard of legal protection for Syrians, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported.
The new measures mean that Syrian refugees will only receive a residence permit for one year and can no longer claim a right of their families to move to Germany. ... [Ahram - 6/11/15]
Police have told Rohingyas in some neighbourhoods of Maungdaw that they will be shot if they ventured out of their homes in the election weekend. ... [Burma Times - 8/11/15]
Western banks are cutting trade finance in Myanmar after learning that part of the country’s main port is controlled by a man blacklisted by Washington, threatening to stop nascent U.S. economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation in their tracks.
U.S. shipments to Myanmar have slowed to a crawl in recent months, after several banks including Citigroup Inc, Bank of America, HSBC and PNC Financial curtailed their financial backing of trade with the country, according to sanctions lawyers and other people familiar with the matter. ... [Reuters - 7/11/15]
... “International observers will likely harp on technical aspects of Sunday’s vote. But even if everything goes perfectly on that front — a highly unlikely outcome, decisions by the government have already rendered this contest far short of real democracy,” Santiago added. ... Myanmar elections cannot be considered inclusive or credible [ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights Media Release - 6/11/15]
other parties have members that raise concerns about these deals, the Greens are
the only party to listen to their members and actually use their position in
parliament to try to vote them down. ...
Greens members unanimously reject dangerous
and undemocratic TPP and ChAFTA deals
[Media Release – 8/11/15]
Defense Secretary wears underpants on head at Ronald Reagan Library [Yahoo -
… "We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot, war with Russia," he said.
"We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake; the United States will defend our interests, our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all."
The backdrop to Carter's remarks is the reality that after more than two decades of dominating great-power relations, the United States is seeing Russia reassert itself and China expand its military influence beyond its own shores. Together these trends are testing American preeminence and its stewardship of the world order.
Carter, returning from eight days of travel in Asia, cited several pillars of the international order that he argued should be defended and strengthened: peaceful resolution of disputes, freedom from coercion, respect for state sovereignty, and freedom of navigation.
"Some actors appear intent on eroding these principles and undercutting the international order that helps enforce them," he said. "Terror elements like ISIL, of course, stand entirely opposed to our values. But other challenges are more complicated, and given their size and capabilities, potentially more damaging."
Nationwide Pram Jams call for refugees
incarcerated on Nauru to brought to Australia for immediate neonatal care
Friends, Families, and Feminists Against Detention (FFFAD) [8/11/15]:
A national PRAM JAM FOR GOLESTAN has been called for this TUESDAY the 10th of NOVEMBER!
Actions in capital cities and elsewhere.
Contact our fb if you'd like to endorse the action or would like to join us in jamming!
Bring Golestan and other pregnant mums to Australia now! ...
Stop offshore processing! ...
Direct action won't stop until the camps close ...
Family friendly civil disobedience at DIBP now! Waiting for police
Image: @FFFADmelbourne [4/11/15]
and Feminists Against Detention (FFFAD) Media Release
... Friends, Families, and Feminists Against Detention, who this Wednesday the 4th of November were evicted by police after organising a 'pram jam' at Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Melbourne, are calling on refugee supporters to organise pram jams across the country in response to government negligence in their responsibility to look after Golestan, a refugee in Nauru in critical need of neonatal support in Australia.
Jill Sparrow, the mother of a 22 month old child who was removed by police at DIBP while still breastfeeding on Wednesday, said “ The treatment of Golestan echoes the same negligent attitude shown towards Abyan. Nauru does not have the facilities to keep this woman safe during birth, Australia does. She needs immediate transferal with her family to the Australian mainland as a matter of urgency. The government has allowed continued child abuse and sexual violence to occur under its watch. We are saying no more. Children need safety, and women need to be respected. Bring her to Australia now!”
The 'pram jam' on Wednesday consisted of parents, bubs, and feminists grounding elevators in the DIBP by lodging prams inside and then peacefully sitting on the floor to have a picnic.
Their demands were for the permanent resettlement of Abyan in Australia, an end to sexual violence to refugees, and for the closure of all offshore processing facilities.
While some protesters left voluntarily, others were evicted by Police who carried and dragged them out.
Jill said “If the government won't act on this, we will. We are calling on pram jams across the country for Golestan. We must be resolute in our commitment where the government is not for the safety and well being of refugees that sought asylum in Australia. We stand strong with the Australian Medical Association which has called for her transferal here. We will accept nothing less.”
Locked up and neglected after fleeing danger, immigrant women detainees launch hunger strike in Texas [Democracy Now - 6/11/15]
For-Profit Texas immigration jails challenged over child detention [Democracy Now - 6/11/15]:
... BOB LIBAL: Right, these for-profit prison corporations are attempting to license what is essentially the largest trend in family detention since Japanese internment as child care facilities.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: That was exactly my point. How do they get away with trying to redefine a detention center as a child care facility? What is the—what’s the criteria or the bright line that they have to pass to go from one to the other?
BOB LIBAL: Right. Well, the state of Texas has laws, right, that sort of lay out what child care facilities are supposed to be. And part of that process is that organizations have the ability to weigh in, right, and have the ability—there’s a procedure by which a facility can be licensed as a child care facility. And the state of Texas has essentially not followed the law and not allowed Texans to weigh in on that process.
AMY GOODMAN: What does the American Academy of Pediatrics say about this?
BOB LIBAL: Well, they’ve been very firm that family detention is not appropriate for children. And another thing that I would note is the social worker—the head social worker at the Karnes family detention center actually resigned her position and said that she could no longer continue being a social worker at this facility, that she thought that what she was doing there actually endangered her licensure. And so, this was a very experienced social worker, former professor, former social work teacher. ...
Pennsylvania immigration "detention as deterrence" jail could be forced to stop locking up parents and kids [Democracy Now - 6/11/15]:
... RENÉE FELTZ: Yes. I was able to go inside the facility and speak with a young woman from Guatemala, who came here seeking asylum, escaping domestic violence and also extortion from gangs there, where she tried to work in the capital. Her nine-year-old daughter is also held there and has also faced harassment and came with her. Now, Myra is a person who’s come several times, and therefore, since she’s been deported previously, she’s not able to get released immediately right now under the way things are being handled.
So, what’s interesting in part about Myra, in addition to just her personal story, is that she was held in a facility down in Texas, the Karnes detention center. And then, because of new limits that ICE is trying to place on how long these women and children are held in the facilities, and they’re trying to keep it to maybe 20 or 30 days, she was not released after that time, but instead she was moved from the Texas facility to the Berks facility in Pennsylvania. So that was interesting to find out.
Now, one of the things I mention in the report is the characterization of this facility as a "secure facility." How free are people to roam? When I was done with my interview with Myra, she was able to get up and walk out of the room. It did seem kind of free, witnessing the facility inside. I didn’t see locks on the doors, for example. However, as I say in the report, the women do face punishment if they were to leave. And during the interview, Myra repeatedly would descend into sadness in her answers to me and appeared very tired and would slump over. And I asked her to confirm whether or not the counselors, as they call them in the facility, check on them at night. And she did say, yes, they come in about every 15 minutes and shine a flashlight to check on people. And I’m not sure if that’s why she was so tired. She seemed, you know, pretty stressed out about the whole experience. ...
Somebody stop me: Protected and unaccountable Minister for Refugee Death Camps and Refoulement outlines plans to strip Australians of their citizenship by decree, and expand inmate numbers throughout the gulag archipelago.
[Rupert 'n Barrie 'n Friends - 8/11/15]
How'd you like to spend Christmas on Christmas Island? ...
It's bipartisan and the media approve ---> More than 1 in 4 Australians could be incarcerated and/or deported under laws to be introduced to Parliament this week.
What is dual nationality?
FUN FACT: 67+ yo Murdoch reading anti refugee geezers COULD be stripped of citizenship and/or deported under the new law. [History of Australian citizenship - National Archives]
Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015
Fascinating Extract From Parliamentary Debates (Volume 145, at around p 256 -270, 14 November 1934) Discussing Egon Kisch, who Menzies was determined to prevent addressing the "Congress Against War And Fascism"
Mr BRENNAN (Batman) ...The fact was that after Herr Kisch had been in England for some time and when he was in Paris, a kind of mock trial or inquiry was proceeding in London into the burning of the Reichstag. Evidence was taken before a self-constituted tribunal designed to show mainly that the accused were denied that justice that they were entitled to in that connexion. When Herr Kisch left France for England to give evidence on that matter he was refused admission by the action of the Fascists in Germany acting in co-operation with the Fascists in Britain who are now acting, apparently, in co-operation with the Fascists in Australia. ... The Government, and especially the Attorney-General, have bungled the matter inexcusably, the Attorney-General sacrificing accuracy and a sense of responsibility to his insatiable hunger for notoriety and the applause of his press claqueurs.
Mr MENZIES (Kooyong - Attorney-General) [4.23] - The matter raised by the honourable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) is, I agree, one of importance, and I rather welcome the opportunity to explain to honourable members and through them to the public exactly where the Government stands in connexion with it. The action in relation to Herr Kisch was taken pursuant to certain provisions of the Immigration Act which have for a long time enjoyed the sanction of this Parliament. Parliament has declared its policy, and reinforced - if I may use the expression - the right of every civilized country to control the terms upon which foreigners shall enter it. We have, as an independent country, a perfect right to indicate whether an alien shall or shall not be admitted within these shores. ...
14 November 1934. Fascists fabricating lies in order to take the world into a murderously profitable war and taking draconian steps to prevent innocent people from getting in their way. Menzies telling the parliament that, essentially, we shall decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come. The 'press claqueuers' playing their role.
In launching his election campaign on 28 October 2001, just weeks after 9/11 and the "Tampa", with what we now know were well advanced plans for a murderously profitable war based on lies, didn't John Howard say something similar? The 'press' played a vital role then, too.
8 November 2015