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  • Australian policemen line up to investigate the case of the 'Buxom Bandit'

    07/03/2012 8:24:02 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 37 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 7/2/2012 | Richard Shears
    A buxom bandit is on the run after holding up a petrol station on Queensland's Gold Coast in the early hours of this morning. However, it's likely that she won't evade capture for long. The curvaceous blonde, who is believed to be in her 20s, made a series of schoolgirl blunders.
  • PHOTOS: Exercise Malabar 2012 (Indo-US Annual Naval Exercises)

    06/30/2012 6:51:10 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 16 replies
    The US Consular Offices in India ^ | 14 April, 2012 | The US Consulate, Chennai
    As part of Exercise Malabar 2012, the U.S. 7th Fleet is visiting Chennai, where they have been warmly received by the Indian Navy. Sailors from the fleet have also been participating in volunteer events around the city. NOTICE: Bandwidth-heavy images below. INDIAN OCEAN (Apr. 12, 2012) Indian Sailors assigned to the Visit, Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard Indian Navy Ship Satpura (F-48) transit toward guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) via rigid hull inflatable boat during a VBSS training exercise. Halsey and Satpura are participating in Malabar, a regularly scheduled naval field training exercise conducted to advance multinational...
  • Climate Alarmists Target the Arabunna People – With No Evidence

    06/29/2012 1:00:03 PM PDT · by Rocky · 7 replies
    Watt's Up With That ^ | June 29, 2012 | Willis Eschenbach
    The Arabunna people live in the area around Lake Eyre in Southern Australia. It is a hot, hostile desert region, which is no surprise, because … well … it’s in Australia. ------------------------ (Lake Eyre region in South Australia.) ------------------------ A new report from the University of Everybody-Panic is a study of the horrendous future faced by these poor folks: "The first stage of University of Adelaide research released today shows that South Australia’s Arabunna country, which includes Lake Eyre in the far north, is likely to get both drier and hotter in decades to come. “'Temperatures could increase up to...
  • Cops scour Darwin fringes for beheading suspect [Australia]

    06/26/2012 5:13:56 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Northern Territory police are focusing the search for a man wanted over a decapitation murder in New South Wales on Darwin's rural area. More than 100 officers searched the outskirts of Darwin overnight for Jonathon Andrew Stenberg. The 46-year-old is wanted in relation to the murder of a man on the New South Wales north coast on Thursday. It has been reported that Stenberg beheaded 54-year-old Edward 'Ned' James Kelly at Broadwater, about 25 kilometres south of Ballina. Mr Stenberg's car was found near the Cox Peninsula Road yesterday. Darwin's rural area has been in lockdown ever since, but last...
  • Christianity on the Decline in Australia; Eastern Faiths Increasing

    06/26/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently revealed its first set of findings for 2011, which showed that Christianity remains the dominant religion among Australia's 21,507,717 population, and was claimed as the faith of practice by 61.1 percent of respondents – although that figure was down by almost 3 percent from 63.9 percent in 2006. Of those Christians, 25.3 percent...
  • Australians Find Huge Mega-Wombat Graveyard

    06/21/2012 7:34:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | 6/22/2012
    Australian scientists yesterday unveiled the biggest-ever graveyard of an ancient rhino-sized mega-wombat called diprotodon, with the site potentially holding valuable clues on the species’ extinction. The remote fossil deposit in outback Queensland state is thought to contain up to 50 diprotodon skeletons including a huge specimen named Kenny, whose jawbone alone is 70cm long. Lead scientist on the dig, Scott Hocknull from the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, said Kenny was one of the largest diprotodons he had ever seen and one of the best preserved specimens. Pigeon-toed and with a backward-facing pouch large enough to carry an adult human, Hocknull...
  • Italian Prosecutor: Calabrian Mafia "Is Quickly Spreading In The United States"

    06/16/2012 3:58:24 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 39 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has emerged as the world's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries. Indeed, Nicola Gratteri, a top anti-Mafia prosecutor in Italy warns that "this mafia is quickly spreading in the United States, particularly in Florida and New York" as reported by Beatrice Borromeo for The Daily Beast: Gratteri's latest operations have led to the sentencing of 34 'Ndrangheta members and have uncovered a...
  • Digger graveyard desecrated again in Libya

    06/17/2012 6:51:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 16, 2012
    Graves of British soldiers of the Royal Horse Artillery at the Commonwealth Benghazi War Cemetery Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi targeted again Headstone damaged, markers removed Digger graves among 198 damaged in February THERE has been another war graves attack at a cemetery in Libya which contains the remains of Australian soldiers. Authorities say a headstone has been damaged and temporary markers removed from some graves at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi. "The nationality of the individual buried beneath the headstone that was damaged is not yet known,'' the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) said today. The Commonwealth War...
  • Pipe Blockage's Furry Culprit (Wombat)

    06/16/2012 4:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Mercury ^ | June 15, 2012 | Zara Dawtrey
    A SUSPICIOUS pipe blockage had Launceston stormwater experts stumped until a remote-controlled camera robot came face to face with the furry culprit. Launceston City Council engineering development officer Sonia Smith said anyone developing a new subdivision was required to ensure all stormwater pipes were working. "They do that by conducting a remote video camera survey, and they then send the videos in to us," she said. But no one expected to find a wombat 10m below the ground, in a cosy stormwater pipe "burrow" in the outer Launceston suburb of St Leonards. The wombat can be seen on video attempting...
  • Harry Entwistle appointed Ordinary of Our Lady of the Southern Cross [Catholic/Angl/CoE Caucus]

    06/15/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT · by sitetest · 9 replies
    Catholic-Hierarchy ^ | June 15, 2012 | David Chaney
    Henry Entwistle appointed Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate for Australia, Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The Ordinariate was erected June 15, 2012.
  • Infanticide and bestiality advocate given Australia’s highest civic award

    06/15/2012 2:21:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 14, 2012 | WANDA SKOWRONSKA
    CANBERRA, Australia, June 14, 2012 ( - Notorious infanticide and bestiality-promoting ‘ethicist’ Peter Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) this week, sparking strong criticism by pro-life advocates, ethicists, and columnists. Singer was presented with the award, which is the greatest civic honour in Australia and given for “merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large,” on Monday at the 2012 Queen’s Birthday honours. It was granted for his “eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty,...
  • Australian coroner confirms dingo killed baby in 1980

    06/11/2012 11:12:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2012, 9:39 p.m. | (From the Associated Press)
    Settling a notorious 1980 case that split the nation and led to a mistaken murder conviction, an Australian coroner ruled Tuesday that a dingo took a baby from a campsite in the Outback, just as her mother said from the beginning. The eyes of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, welled with tears as the findings of the fourth inquest into the disappearance of their 9-week-old daughter, Azaria, were announced in court. Lindy Chamberlain served more than three years in prison for the baby's death, but was later cleared and has always maintained that a wild dog took her....
  • Coroner rules dingo took Chamberlain baby

    06/11/2012 6:26:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    A dingo was responsible for the death of Azaria Chamberlain in 1980, a Northern Territory coroner has found. Coroner Elizabeth Morris told a packed courtroom on Tuesday that a dingo was to blame for the attack at Uluru, which originally saw Azaria’s mother Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton jailed for murder and her husband Michael given a suspended sentence for being an accessory after the fact.
  • Tourism Australia Video

    06/08/2012 7:55:33 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 08 June 2012 | TonyfromOz
    Tourism Australia has released a new advertising campaign to attract tourists to Australia. While shorter versions of this new video appear on TV, the above link has the full version of this video, coming in at almost 3 minutes. While some of the things in the ad may be readily recognised, others may not, so I have also included some text, describing those things.
  • Anglers' extraordinary find is no sea monster, but a giant squid

    06/05/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Grind TV ^ | June 4, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Al McGlashan, a prominent big-game fisherman in Australia, ventured to sea Friday in search of tuna and swordfish. The highlight, however, was the bizarre discovery of a fresh giant squid carcass.
  • Should Jews Leave Europe Before its too Late ?

    01/22/2009 6:38:51 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 15 replies · 781+ views
    The Spectator/Yidwithlid ^ | 1/22/01 | Yidwithlid
    England's Scotland Yard estimates that security costs for anti-Israel protests last week exceeded $1.4 million. In one protest alone, more than 12,000 angry Palestinian sympathizers in London smashed windows, destroyed a car, and set Israeli flags ablaze. Across Europe, police took to the streets to prevent full-scale riots. In Paris, 30,000 protesters denounced Israel and pelted police with stones. Norwegian police used tear gas to disperse several hundred rock throwers in Oslo. Swedish police arrested forty-seven demonstrators at an anti-Israel rally Norrmalmstorg. These demonstrations are not surprising. The Gaza war is the latest excuse for Islamist violence on Europe's streets....
  • Please Go Fight for My Country So I Can Take Your Job

    05/28/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    New English Review ^ | March 2007 | John Derbyshire
    The United States will accelerate the resettlement of about 7,000 Iraqis referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and will contribute $18 million to the agency's appeal for Iraq, about one-third of the total, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky said Wednesday. — Washington Post, 2/15/07 I hope it won't be thought impertinent, over-inquisitive, or — Heaven forfend! — mean-spirited of me to ask, but: Just what, exactly, are these refugees seeking refuge from? Us? A few more questions come to mind. Let us suppose, for example, that Sergeant John Q. American, a serving member of the U.S. armed...
  • Down Under, Things May Not Be So Happy (Australia's economy vulnerable: China-powered growth slows)

    05/25/2012 10:02:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Barron's ^ | 05/23/2012 | RANDALL W. FORSYTH
    Australia, long called the "lucky country," officially is the happiest country on earth. That's at least according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose economists reckon they can distill human emotion into statistics. At least the OECD's number crunchers acknowledge there is something more to happiness than money. In addition to household income, they also take into account how much of that is required for shelter; the percentage of the population that is employed; the percentage that have to work "very long hours;" educational attainment; voter turnout, and pollution. Norway comes in second, while the U.S. ranks third,...
  • Don't serve carbon lies, ACCC warns (Australia's draconian Carbon Police)

    05/25/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Hudson
    SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact. And households are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers offering to deposit carbon tax compensation into their bank accounts. The prices watchdog, the ACCC, will today launch its countdown to the July 1 carbon tax with a special focus on helping small businesses understand their obligations and consumers to be vigilant for false claims. It is releasing internet videos to help business, a 16-page guide and has set up a dedicated...
  • China Warns Australia - Choose Between us or the United States

    05/23/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies ^ | 23/05/2012 | John Daly
    It is rare in diplomatic circles for governments to speak bluntly, particularly in the Orient, where manners are highly prized. The exceptions to this rule are retired military officers, who are often able to voice sentiments too impolitic for other channels. One of the more startling pronouncements in this vein occurred last week when Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People's Liberation Army, warned that Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and "Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later. Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Partial Eclipse Over Manila Bay

    05/20/2012 6:06:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    NASA ^ | May 20, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happened to the setting Sun? An eclipse! In early 2009, the Moon eclipsed part of the Sun as visible from parts of Africa, Australia, and Asia. In particular the above image, taken from the Mall of Asia seawall, caught a partially eclipsed Sun setting over Manila Bay in the Philippines. Piers are visible in silhouette in the foreground. Eclipse chasers and well placed sky enthusiasts captured many other interesting and artistic images of the year's only annular solar eclipse, including movies, eclipse shadow arrays, and rings of fire. Today parts of the Sun again will become briefly blocked...
  • Heterosexual marriage better for children: doctors' group (Australia)

    05/19/2012 2:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Radio Australia ^ | 13 May 2012, 20:37 AEST
    The Australian Medical Association has distanced itself from a statement made by a group of doctors who say heterosexual marriage is better for children. Around 150 medical practitioners from the group Doctors For The Family have signed a submission to the Senate inquiry into marriage equality opposing same-sex marriage. The group says it believes heterosexual marriage is healthier for children. Doctors for the Family's convener Lachlan Dunjey has told ABC News Radio the group is concerned about the health consequences for children of gay marriages. "It's well proven that children who grow up with a mother and a father in...
  • Remains may be ancient[Australia]

    05/17/2012 11:44:04 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The Area News ^ | 16 May 2012 | Emily Tinker
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS are on the cusp of unravelling the mystery behind a set of “hugely significant” ancient Aboriginal remains discovered in the region last year. Former local man Robert Harris Jnr found the remains near an old water course late last February while working on a property outside Lake Cargelligo. The remains – confirmed to be tens of thousands of years old –have been hailed as the greatest discovery in more than half a century. “They’re more significant than first thought,” local Aboriginal site recorder and brother of Robert, Max Harris said. “They are as old, or even older than Mungo...
  • Israel Not Invited to NATO's Chicago Summit

    05/12/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-11-12 | Slobodan Lekic
    Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked Israel's participation because of the raid in 2010 by Israeli troops on ships heading to Gaza in which eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. NATO has a system of partnerships with dozens of nations across the globe such as the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO...
  • US Leads Major War Drill in Jordan – Israel Not Invited

    05/15/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-15-12 | Gabe Kahn
    The United States is leading what it described as the "largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years" in Jordan on Tuesday. Eager Lion 2012 “is the largest exercise held in the region in the past ten years,” Major General Ken Tovo, head of the US Special Operations Forces, told reporters in Amman. “Yesterday we began to apply the skills that we have developed over the last weeks in an irregular warfare scenario … They will last for approximately the coming two weeks,” he added. “The message that I want to send through this exercise is that we...
  • Weekend Oz apologises for (apartheid) slur

    05/15/2012 6:36:26 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies
    JN (AU) ^ | May 11, 2012
    Weekend Oz apologises for slur MAY 11, 2012 NATIONAL, NEWS · TAGGED: ADAM KAMIEN, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN JEWRY, JOHN LYONS, NICK CATER, PETER WERTHEIM, WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN EDITOR of the Weekend Australian Nick Cater has apologised for an inflammatory headline that ran in the magazine last week, sparking outrage from Jewish readers.
  • Bigger and brainier: did dingoes kill thylacines?

    05/15/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies ^ | May 3, 2012
    A comparison of museum specimens has found that thylacines on mainland Australia were smaller than those that persisted into modern times in Tasmania, and significantly smaller than dingoes. The last known Tasmanian thylacine died in 1936. Measurements of the head size and thickness of limb bones of the semi-fossilised remains of thylacines and dingoes from caves in Western Australia have revealed that, on average, dingoes were larger than thylacines. “In particular, dingoes were almost twice as large as female thylacines, which were not much bigger than a fox,” says ecologist Dr Mike Letnic, an ARC Future Fellow in the UNSW...
  • Twitter Highlights Little Known Bacon Tax

    05/13/2012 1:10:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Twittersphere has decided that the Federal Budget's bacon tax is not hogwash.Hundreds of Tweeters used #bacontax to express amusing views on the federal government little-known increase on the pig slaughter levy. "Treasury have gone the whole hog on finding new revenues #Budget #bacontax," Bondles tweeted. "The #bacontax proves the greens are driving Gillard's vegan agenda," Zackster wrote. The incessant bacon talk made Helen Chad hungry. "All this #bacontax talk is making me want to go to bed so that breakfast comes quicker," she tweeted. While Preston Towers drew a connection between the tax and former prime minister Paul Keating....
  • Senator demands inquiry into ‘terror’ funding

    05/06/2012 7:17:03 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    The Australian Jewish News ^ | May 4, 2012 | GARETH NARUNSKY
    A SENATOR has requested an official inquiry into whether Australian taxpayers are unknowingly funding a Palestinian terrorist organisation. In a letter sent to Foreign Minister Bob Carr last week, Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson cited evidence collected by Israeli civil rights organisation Shurat HaDin, which alleges that the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), based in Gaza, is a subsidiary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP has a history of hijackings and suicide bombings, and was listed as a terrorist organisation by the Australian government in 2001. The Australian government’s foreign-aid arm, AusAID, funds...
  • Australia vs. USA: Two Charts that Tell You Everything You Need to Know about Social Security Reform

    05/03/2012 9:51:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/03/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    There are two serious problems with America’s Social Security system. Almost everyone knows about the first problem, which is that the system is bankrupt, with huge unfunded liabilities of about $30 trillion. The other crisis is that the system gives workers a lousy level of retirement income compared to the amount of taxes they pay during their working years. Younger workers are particularly disadvantaged, as are African-Americans because of lower life expectancy. These are critical issues, but perhaps looking at a couple of charts is the best way to illustrate why the Social Security system is inadequate. Let’s start by...
  • Bloody battle between neighbours sees man's arm almost severed with a chain saw...

    05/02/2012 5:24:49 AM PDT · by TYVets · 21 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | Richard Shears
    In a bloody battle between two warring neighbours in Australia today, one man's arm was almost severed with a chain saw, while another had a finger chopped off with a Samurai sword.
  • India's nuclear-capable missile

    04/29/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    Editorials | The Australian ^ | April 30, 2012 | The Australian
    INDIA'S arms build-up, dramatically underlined by its achievement in launching an ICBM capable of carrying nuclear warheads between 5500km and 8000km, will understandably raise concern among those who believe that with hundreds of millions of its people living in abject poverty, the country has got its priorities wrong. Such criticism is easy to make, especially given the enormity of its defence spending, which last year amounted to $49 billion, and its new status as the world's largest weapons purchaser, with an inventory including an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine. It should be seen, however, in the context of what...
  • Point of No Return: "Australia is Screwed"

    04/25/2012 10:55:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:19 AM | Mike Shedlock
    (The Age's Ian) Vettender bemoans "lending has run counter to the most fundamental laws of economics". Mish says, what a bunch of nonsense. Australian banks will not admit so, but they are capital-impaired or soon will be (and they likely know it). I suggest banks have loans on the books that will not be paid back and they do not have adequate loan loss provisions. Vettender notes: "a drop in lending for new housing and for business, falls to levels not seen in decades, sometimes of a magnitude never before recorded. No-one is borrowing." Yes indeed "No-one is borrowing". Vettender...
  • This is a neat "The Vortex" about the Maronite Rite

    04/24/2012 7:03:15 PM PDT · by stpio · 5 replies
    RealCatholic TV ^ | April 24, 2012 | Michael Voris
    My computer won't let me put up a Youtube directly so I post the link. Watch this latest from Michael Voris of RealCatholic T.V., The Vortex:
  • Australian woman gets workers comp after sex injury on business trip

    04/20/2012 7:54:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    The Daily Telegraph in Sydney ^ | 04/19/2012 | Amy Dale
    An Australian woman who was injured in 2007 while having sex during a business trip has been awarded worker’s compensation. The woman, a human resources employee in a government agency, was having sex with a male friend in her motel room when a lighting fixture fell off the wall and and injured her nose and mouth ... The woman sued for compensation, saying that since her employer reserved and paid for the room, the injury happened “during the course of her employment.”
  • Men at Work musician Greg Ham found dead

    04/19/2012 3:11:40 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 23 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | April 19, 2012, 7:05 AM EST | MSN Entertainment
    SYDNEY (AP) -- Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house but did not identify him by name, in keeping with local practice. Ham was 58 and neighbors said he was the lone occupant of the house. Bing music: Men at Work Two concerned friends who had not heard from Ham for some time found the body after going to check on him, police said, declining to release any details...
  • Joanne Nova-The Earth is Round & Polar Bears Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You--19.Apr.2012

    04/19/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 2 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/19/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents Joanne "Jo" Nova has made a career of fighting a never ending war against propaganda, media manipulation, and ignorance. Jo is the ultimate climate change skeptic, and she's even written a book about it. From Australia, where she resides, her message resonates around the world; stand up, think for yourself, and stop letting the government think for you. This message, along with many others, is in her book Septic's Handbook, which has hit 200,000 copies. Jo is trying to get people to understand there's a lot more to widely held popular beliefs; thus, we all need to question...
  • PM asked to join push against handguns (Australia)

    04/18/2012 11:04:58 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | April 17, 2012 | AAP
    PRIME Minister Julia Gillard needs to step in and work with the states to ban semi-automatic handguns in response to Sydney's plague of drive-by shootings, a gun control group says. ******* Ms Lee said it was "crazy" that semi-automatic handguns were legal while semi-automatic longarms are banned. "It's an anomaly in the laws that really needs to be addressed," she said.
  • Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan earlier than expected

    04/17/2012 5:17:27 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies ^ | April 17, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Australian troops could begin pulling out from Afghanistan in the coming months and may leave the country almost entirely by the end of next year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Tuesday. It's the latest announcement of foreign troop drawdowns in Afghanistan, a trend that signals the coalition's confidence in the country's fighting forces and the transition to Afghan security control. Australia's move would mean that most of the more than 1,500 Australian soldiers in Afghanistan could leave a year earlier than the government had previously suggested.
  • Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her

    04/17/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her too because she spurned his advances A British teenager who slaughtered a girl who turned down his advances has been jailed for at least 35 years after he repeatedly stabbed her and also stabbed her parents to death in their home. Prosecutors said he left the bodies in their 'blood soaked' home after stabbing his victims at least 112 times. Jason Alexander Downie, originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, emigrated to Australia with his mother in 2006, pleaded guilty to stabbing 16-year-old Chantelle Rowe and her parents...
  • Singer Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame in coma: reports

    04/14/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 14, 2012
    (Reuters) - Singer Robin Gibb, a founding member of the disco-era hit machine the Bee Gees, is in a coma surrounded by members of his family in a London hospital, British media reported on Saturday. A spokesman for the 62-year-old, who has been battling cancer and recently contracted pneumonia, was not immediately available to comment on the reports. "Our prayers are with Robin," an unnamed family friend told the Sun newspaper, which first reported the news. "He has kept so positive and always believed he could beat this. Sadly, it looks like he has developed pneumonia, which is very bad...
  • Heated debate between Cardinal Pell and Professor Dawkins

    04/11/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Cath News ^ | April 9, 2012
    Screenshot from The Sydney Morning Herald---Frustration and something bordering on barely concealed mutual disdain boiled over more than once during the ABC's Q&A television show Monday evening, in the hour-long debate between Cardinal George Pell and Professor Richard Dawkins, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the Cardinal, because Darwin ''couldn't believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity'' - a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ''just not true''.Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ''It's on page 92...
  • Snakes On A Plane: Real-Life Scare For Australian Pilot

    04/05/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | M. Johanson
    Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found when an Australian pilot found himself with "Snakes on a Plane" Tuesday. Air Frontier pilot Braden Blennerhassett was just 20 minutes into a flight from Darwin to the remote Northern Territory community of Peppimenarti to drop off cargo when a snake suddenly appeared in the cockpit. "Look, you're not going to believe this," he told air traffic controllers, "I've got snakes on a plane." Blennerhassett was forced to make an emergency landing after the unusual mayday call. "Sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I see a little bit of...
  • There go those gravy trains in Queensland & Victoria ( Carbon Tax Rejected)

    03/29/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 28th, 2012 | Joanne
    Australia is stepping back from the cliff We shouldn’t underestimate shift that has just taken place. The psychology of Australian politics moved as the large swinging center was revealed. Not only was the Queensland election worse for Labor than anyone predicted, the message was clear, voters rejected the lies, and rejected the carbon tax. The smear campaign by the Labor leader (Bligh) did more harm to her than it did to her target. Finally, the Hype-&-Spin Machine ran off the rails.This is real progress. Today both Queensland and Victoria are peeling back the warmist bureaucracy. I’m happy.The new premier of...
  • 175k to cheer up Dept.of Energy/Climate Change (Aussies)

    03/26/2012 8:32:25 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 11 replies · 6+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | March 24, 2012 | Linda Silmalis
    THEY are responsible for some of the government's most important policies - but staff at the Department of Energy and Climate Change are too ashamed to admit where they work. Staff morale is so low the government has spent almost $175,000 on consultants to lift staff's flagging spirits. A negative public image of the department, changing environmental policies and lack of internal support had left them feeling miserable and disengaged, an internal report has found. The report was conducted by consultants Right Management in July 2010 when the department was under the responsibility of Finance and Deregulation Minister Penny Wong....
  • Australia's Quickstep completes first F-35 parts

    03/26/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/26/2012 | Greg Waldron
    Australian composites manufacturer Quickstep has completed the first production parts it is making for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, with the firm hoping to secure additional work on the programme. The parts have been presented to Northrop Grumman - a major partner in the F-35 programme - for acceptance. They were covered in a July 2011 purchase order from the US company. "The parts, assembled access panels for the F-35 aircraft, represent the first "flying" Group 1 parts manufactured by Quickstep for the [F-35] programme," says Quickstep in a statement. "Quickstep initially expects to manufacture approximately one completed part...
  • The Sun Also Sets ... Mark Steyn

    03/25/2012 5:15:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 24 March 2012 | Mark Steyn
    I was in Australia earlier this month and there, as elsewhere on my recent travels, the consensus among the politicians I met (at least in private) was that Washington lacked the will for meaningful course correction, and that, therefore, the trick was to ensure that, when the behemoth goes over the cliff, you’re not dragged down with it. It is faintly surreal to be sitting in paneled offices lined by formal portraits listening to eminent persons who assume the collapse of the dominant global power is a fait accompli. “I don’t feel America is quite a First World country anymore,”...
  • Australia: Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax

    03/25/2012 10:48:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 67 replies · 2+ views
    JoNova ^ | March 24th, 2012 | Joanne
    Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax Thanks to Truthseeker & Anthony Watts ...UPDATE: Is this a record? Has there ever been a loss this bad in Australian history? Conservatives likely to win 74 seats of an 89 seat parliament. Labor was reduced to only 11 seats in 1974, and on latest counting tonight appeared set to retain only nine seats. Some analysts put the figure even lower, at seven. This would mean Labor falling short of official party status and relying on the incoming LNP government to grant it party offices, staff and resources....
  • US warning over North Korea rocket flight path

    03/24/2012 10:23:10 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/24/2012 | BBC News
    A US official says a North Korean rocket due to be launched next month may affect an area between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is reported to have asked the three countries to condemn the launch. North Korea says the rocket will take a new southern trajectory instead of a previous route east over Japan. Japan is readying anti-missile defences around the southern islands of Okinawa, which could be under the flight path. North Korea says the rocket is intended to put a satellite in space, but the US and others say the...
  • South Korea says North wants rocket for nuclear weapon

    03/19/2012 12:14:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:29am EDT | Jeremy Laurence
    South Korea on Monday condemned rival North Korea's planned rocket launch as a "grave provocation", saying it was a disguised attempt to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Seoul also extended a security alert in the capital, and said it was concerned the North might follow the ballistic missile launch with another nuclear test. The North announced on Friday it would put a satellite into orbit next month barely two weeks after reaching an agreement with Washington to suspend long-range missile launches as part of a deal to restart food aid. "Our government defines North Korea's...