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  • Australian ‘Sex Party’ Claims Tobacco Should Only be Sold in ‘Adult’ Premises

    06/03/2015 3:31:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/3/15 | Oliver Lane
    Australians are facing the prospect of having to visit sex shops to buy cigarettes, in a bid by lobbying groups who say ‘adult only’ premises should get a monopoly on selling tobacco products.The Australian Sex Party, which has one member of parliament in Victoria, has made the claim with the Eros Association, which represents the interests of sex shops and adult venues, reports ABC.The Eros Association is encouraging all of its members to get tobacco licences, and is campaigning for laws to force all tobacco retailers to sell the products in ‘adult only’ areas where minors cannot enter.
  • The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2015

    06/01/2015 6:11:54 AM PDT · by bob_denard
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1506/S00002/the-queens-birthday-honours-list-2015.htm ^ | Monday, 1 June 2015, | Press Release: New Zealand Government
    The Order of New Zealand The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointment to The Order of New Zealand:
  • Australian opposition party proposes gay marriage law

    05/31/2015 8:36:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2015 10:09 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s political opposition hopes to harness momentum from the Irish gay marriage referendum after it proposed a law Monday that would recognize same-sex marriages, something the country’s conservative prime minister is against. Center-left Labor Party leader Bill Shorten became the first leader of a major Australian political party to back a bill to overturn a national ban on gay marriage. Gay rights advocates fear that government lawmakers will be reluctant to support the bill as such a law would be seen as a political victory for Shorten over Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian and a staunch...
  • NSA PLANNED TO HIJACK GOOGLE APP STORE TO HACK SMARTPHONES

    05/23/2015 12:25:32 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    THE INTERCEPT ^ | 05/21/2015 11:27 AM | BY RYAN GALLAGHER
    The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA...
  • Ex SAS soldier/Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith becomes GM of Australian TV network

    05/29/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 29th May 2015 | Frank Coletta
    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith is set to take over as boss of Seven Queensland, which is the regional group of stations for the network. Staff at 7Q have been told of the unexpected development which is set to push Roberts-Smith from the deputy role into the General Manager's position, sources have told Daily Mail Australia. While Mr Roberts-Smith was being groomed to eventually take the role from ex-Today Tonight reporter Neil Mooney, he has now had to step up after just one month with the network. ..... Corporal Roberts-Smith was thrust into the national spotlight in 2011 when he...
  • The Pill Kills again: Tragedy strikes as 21-year-old dies after 25 days on the pill

    05/28/2015 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies
    All.org ^ | 5.28.15 | Rita Diller
    She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot on her lung. Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with...
  • The [Australian] property boom is on borrowed time

    05/28/2015 11:02:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne
    Business Spectator ^ | 26 May 2015 | Callam Pickering |
    The stage is set for Australian property to finally feel the pain so evident across other sectors of the economy. A series of headwinds -- combined with tighter lending standards -- ensures that the investor property boom is now on borrowed time. Yesterday, Westpac decided to cut the lucrative interest rate discounts offered to new housing investors -- following similar action from its major rivals last week -- as regulatory pressure from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority begins to take effect. The implication of this shift in regulatory policy will be modest at first but could soon snowball into a...
  • Wedgetail aircraft declared fully ready (Australia's AEW&C aircraft - final operational capability)

    05/27/2015 4:18:17 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 27th May 2015
    ONCE in danger of being branded a costly turkey, the RAAF's Wedgetail aircraft are now flying high. AFTER more than 1200 hours directing Australian and coalition aircraft in strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the six E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft have been declared fully operationally ready. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia now had the most advanced air battle space management capability in the world. But this didn't come easy. A succession of technical problems with the aircraft's advanced radar raised concerns that the entire project could be cancelled. US aerospace company Boeing...
  • Warrant issued for ‘army hero’ who missed court appearance

    05/26/2015 7:38:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 26th May 2015 | Peter Mickelburough
    AN arrest warrant has been ­issued for an accused fake war hero who told a magistrate he was dying of cancer after he failed to appear in court. “Major-General” Neville Donohue faces deception charges, including impersonating a public official, and is also being chased for failing to repay a $460,000 loan. Mr Donohue has repeatedly failed to appear in court, writing to a magistrate in February last year that he was dying of cancer and had just months to live. On Monday, police officer Vaughan Atherton told the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court Mr Donohue was “an old-time swindler” after he again...
  • PM calls for ‘discussion’ on being Australian as well as laws to strip nationality from terrorists

    05/26/2015 2:28:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th May 2015
    CAN you recite Australia’s citizenship pledge? Tony Abbott believes we all should be able to rattle off the five lines of the oath and wants to talk to you about it if you can’t. The Prime Minister made that clear today as he confirmed plans to strip terrorists of their nationality. Mr Abbott wants a “national conversation” about the rights and duties of Australian citizenship as well as its privileges. He underlined the “profound commitment to this country” in the pledge to highlight the seriousness of withdrawing citizenship. “Every new citizen takes the citizenship pledge. Increasingly at citizenship ceremonies, all...
  • No complaints yet from sheep: dept

    05/26/2015 2:25:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th May 2015
    AGRICULTURE officials have yet to hear from sheep reportedly upset they've been sworn at. AN extraordinary complaint, in which animal activists reported shearers at a NSW property for abuse because they were upsetting the herd with abusive language, generated global headlines last week. While the case has been dropped, the issue came up at a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday with Nationals senator John Williams demanding to know if department officials had received any formal complaints - from the sheep themselves. "Not yet senator," policy official Fran Freeman said.
  • Sydney mother who abandoned her two children to join the death cult in Syria

    05/26/2015 1:25:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily (AU) Telegraph ^ | 5/26/15 | BEN MCCLELLAN
    THE mother of a Sydney women who chose life under the brutal dictatorship of Islamic State over her children says she has been brainwashed. Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home and never returned. She sent a text message to her Turkish-Australian ex-husband on May 3, while he was in Turkey, telling him she...
  • Last 25 Vietnam vets to come home for burial

    05/24/2015 5:20:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 25th May 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The remains of 25 Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam will be brought home four decades after the conflict ended. Tony Abbott and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson will announce today that the government will offer the families of Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam War and buried overseas the chance to repatriate their remains. More than 60,000 men and women served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1973 and 521 died. In line with earlier Australian policy, those killed were buried in the nearest Commonwealth war cemetery. After January 1966, a change of policy meant those killed were brought home. However, 24...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • First Air Warfare Destroyer launched at ASC, Osborne (Australia)

    05/22/2015 9:04:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 23, 2015 | PAUL STARICK
    The first air warfare destroyer built in Adelaide, the Hobart, is launched at Osborne. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia AUSTRALIA’S most powerful warship, the Hobart, is being launched this morning in a ceremony at shipbuilder ASC’s Osborne headquarters. Praising the highly skilled workforce, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia could not afford to lose a naval shipbuilding industry. Premier Jay Weatherill drew cheers from thousands of workers at the ceremony when he praised them for their efforts and urged the Federal Government to build the next-generation submarines in Adelaide. “I want our Federal Government to trust South Australians...
  • Australia an estranged country to many Muslims including Sheik Omran

    05/22/2015 5:09:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies
    The Australian ^ | 23rd May 2015 | Chip Le Grand
    ..... Australia’s most senior Salafist cleric says if he knew then what he does now, he wouldn’t have come at all. On a Saturday night in Coolaroo, an industrial northern Melbourne suburb where more people consider themselves Muslim than any other religion, the sheik speaks with disappointment, a tinge of bitterness and overwhelmingly a deep sense of dismay. He says he feels like a foreigner in his own country. ..... “If I knew that one day this would happen in Australia, I swear by the almighty God I will never step foot in my — in your — country,” he...
  • Report: NSA [planned to] hijacked app stores to hack phones

    05/22/2015 1:31:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    The National Security Agency planned to infiltrate the Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones, according to new documents published from files leaked by Edward Snowden. The Intercept and CBC News jointly published the documents Thursday, which outline the snooping efforts designed by the U.S. and its “Five Eyes” alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The intelligence agencies came up with the strategy as a potential way to hack smartphones. The pilot project was code-named “IRRITANT HORN.” Essentially, the agents sussed out smartphone Internet traffic by browsing through its Web traffic database created...
  • Sikh Man Removes His Turban To Help Save Life Of Schoolboy Hit By Car

    05/22/2015 5:07:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18th May 2015 | Valerie Loftus
    'A sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to save a boy’s life – and his story is going viral. Harman Singh used his turban to stem the bleeding of a five-year-old boy who had been hit by a car on his way to school. Men of the Sikh religion are expected to keep their heads covered by turbans at all times in public.'
  • ‘Disrespectful’ thieves steal plaques from war veterans’ graves in Frankston Memorial Park

    05/21/2015 2:19:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd May 2015 | Lisa Schefman
    MEMORIAL plaques for 15 war veterans were among 48 stolen from graves at a Frankston cemetery in a crime branded ‘despicable’ by police. Caretakers of the Frankston Memorial Park were horrified when they discovered the headstone plaques missing on May 13. They were taken overnight. Frankston RSL sub-branch secretary Brent Clyne said: “Desecrating a grave in itself is an abominable act but to also target war graves it’s just heartless and senseless”. “A war grave is a sacred site meaning so much to the Frankston Community, it’s where many of our war dead are laid to rest and these sites...
  • Australian immigration policies need tightening, Islamic Council founding president says

    05/20/2015 6:09:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    As authorities grapple with the threat posed by Islamic State, there are calls from within the Muslim community to tighten Australia's immigration policies. The founding president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Haset Sali, who also served as both a president and legal adviser to the organisation, said moderate Muslims had been sidelined by an Islamic leadership promoting more fundamentalist views. Mr Sali also said there was a widening gulf between Muslims who had integrated into Australian society and those who had not. "Sometimes the truth has to be faced and if the truth is awkward, then it...
  • Relief Coming for Drought-Ravaged California?

    05/19/2015 5:19:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | 0515 | Greg Miller
    After two long years of forecasts, calculations, and waiting, it’s finally happening… The global weather event called El Niño is back. This happens every few years, when the waters in the Pacific Ocean, primarily off the coast of South America, become warmer. This heats the air above the ocean and disrupts the normal west-to-east flow of Pacific winds. In turn, this shifts the usual areas of cloud formation, causing unusual fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology recently joined the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency in saying that Pacific Ocean temperatures have risen...
  • Woman lied about abortion and gave man's baby to gay friend

    05/17/2015 2:02:51 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/15/2015 | BBC
    A mother has been found guilty of duping her former partner into thinking she had an abortion in order to give his child to her gay friend. A jury at Perth Sheriff Court found the woman and her male friend guilty of an elaborate fraud. The court heard the pair hatched a "cynical and calculated" plot to cover up who the child's real father was. The woman, aged 29, and her 35-year-old male friend were warned they could face up to five years in prison. Sheriff William Wood described the offence as "very serious" and paid tribute to the child's...
  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | May 15 2015 | IAN MCPHEDRAN
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Major police operation underway in Sydney near location of Lindt siege

    05/15/2015 12:10:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    15th May 2015
    Running on Australian TV news. Man arrested in Martin Place, Sydney. Largescale police operation.
  • The Mutilator dead at 90:... cut off victims’ genitalia, was NSW’s longest-serving prisoner

    05/13/2015 6:30:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 13th May 2015 | Mark Morri
    WILLIAM MacDonald, known as The Mutilator and NSW’s oldest and longest-serving prisoner, has died in Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital. MacDonald, who would have been 91 next month, terrorised Sydney in the early 1960s, killing four men in city parks and one earlier in Brisbane by luring them into dark places and then mutilating their genitalia. Many believe he was Australia’s first high-profile serial killer. His victims, mostly derelicts, were stabbed dozens of times with a long-bladed knife before MacDonald would cut off their penis and testicles. Between 1961 and 1962, MacDonald was responsible for a series of grisly murders...
  • Johnny Depp, Amber Heard face death-row wait for pet dogs after dodging Australian quarantine

    05/13/2015 5:30:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 50 replies
    Hollywood star Johnny Depp will have his two pet dogs seized by Australian authorities and possibly put down after he failed to declare them on the an in-flight manifest. The Department of Agriculture is investigating Depp after it emerged he was currently in Australia with his two Yorkshire terriers. Officers from the Department of Agriculture have issued Depp and Heard with 48-hours notice to either remove the dogs voluntarily from the country or have them seized. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said this morning the two pooches needed to return home. “It doesn’t matter if Johnny Depp has been awarded sexiest...
  • MH370 search discovers a shipwreck not the missing plane

    05/13/2015 1:46:03 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 13th May 2015
    THE $90 million search for MH370 has discovered “man made objects” almost four kilometres under the surface of the southern Indian Ocean, but they are not the missing Boeing 777. Instead the debris is thought to be from an ancient shipwreck, comprising an anchor and other items. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Operational Search Director Peter Foley said they were “obviously disappointed” the discovery was not the missing aircraft.
  • How a Darth Vader selfie showed the worst side of social media (Australia)

    05/11/2015 11:05:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jenni Ryall
    A dad has been incorrectly accused of being a pedophile on Facebook by a woman he doesn't know. The woman is now mortified and begging for forgiveness. Both say they are "devastated" by the events surrounding the misunderstanding. The moral of the story: Don't post stupid things on social media.
  • Parents have vowed to continue protests and boycotts until Islamic College of SA board resigns

    05/10/2015 2:00:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser (Australia) ^ | 10th May 2015 | Tim Williams
    FOR years it was the pride of the Muslim community, a school that reached out to its neighbours and helped promote cultural understanding across Adelaide. Migrant students from across the globe were taught to be proudly Australian, regularly singing the national anthem and their own school song. But they don’t sing any more. A deep rift between parents and management threatens the future of the Islamic College of South Australia. Relations have soured to the point where hundreds of parents kept their children at home on Friday in protest against the school’s board and they say they will organise more...
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Kia Ora Harry! The people's prince meets with rugby players after he gets a Maori welcome

    05/09/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2015 | SALLY LEE and BELINDA GRANT GEARY
    Prince Harry ended his month long embed with the Australian military by stalking buildings with an assault rifle, abseiling from helicopters and raiding ships with a team of navy divers. The Captain Wales performed a series of counter-terrorism exercises as a part of his commitments with the military. Harry also trained in the country's arid north in bush survival skills, including how to source food and water. The 30-year-old also spent time flying helicopters, training with SAS commandos and taking part in drills with Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers. Harry, who is due to quit the British Army in June,...
  • Police find homemade bombs, arrest teen in Greenvale anti-terror raids (ROP in Australia)

    05/08/2015 12:44:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | May 9, 2015 | anthony.dowsley@news.com.au
    A youth sits restrained after the police raid in Greenvale. Source: Supplied POLICE swooped and arrested a doctor’s teenage son in Melbourne before bombs were found at his Greenvale home, foiling an “imminent terror plot”. A boy, 14, was also targeted in raids in Sydney. It is believed there was a plot to detonate three bombs in an attack planned in Melbourne on Sunday. Victorian bomb squad officers found improvised explosives at a home in Greenvale in the northern suburbs. Dramatic photos obtained by the Herald Sun showed the arrested teen handcuffed and sitting under police guard. Police ran controlled...
  • Australia PM advisor says climate change a U.N.-led ruse to create new world order

    05/08/2015 8:26:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    japantimes.com ^ | 5/8/2015 | Unknow
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s top business adviser on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under its control. Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, said the real agenda was “concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook.” In a column for The Australian newspaper to coincide with a visit by U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, he added that the world had been “subjected to extravagance from climate catastrophists for close to 50 years.” “It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate models...
  • Australia PM advisor says climate change is ‘UN-led ruse to establish new world order’

    05/07/2015 11:38:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:20AM BST 08 May 2015 | (AFP)
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s top business advisor on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under its control. Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, said the real agenda was “concentrated political authority. Global warming is the hook”. In a column for The Australian newspaper to coincide with a visit by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, he added that the world had been “subjected to extravagance from climate catastrophists for close to 50 years”. “It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate...
  • Australia to get classified Japanese data on stealthy submarines ahead of bid, sources say

    05/07/2015 1:53:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | Reuters
    Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signaling Tokyo’s intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan. The “competitive assessment” will see Germany’s ThyssenKrupp and France’s state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately competing with a Japanese government-led bid for such contractors as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan had been the front-runner in the planned sale of around 12 vessels, for as much as $40 billion, to replace Australia’s ageing Collins class submarines, sources have said, until...
  • Get over historical indigenous wrongs: Noel Pearson

    05/06/2015 3:41:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | 7th May 2015 | Natasha Bita
    Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has challenged indigenous Australians to get over their traumatic history in the same way that Jews survived the Holocaust. Mr Pearson yesterday declared that alcohol was damaging indigenous communities far more than the past wrongs inflicted on Aborigines. “I honestly believe people can rise above historic trauma, otherwise we’ll lose agency and we’re defeated by history,” he told the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists annual congress in Brisbane. “I have to push back against too much attribution to past, to people’s present troubles. Whatever the scars and the burdens that people coming out...
  • Attack on Prime Minister Tony Abbott a new low

    05/06/2015 3:27:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 6th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    IF you believe reporter Peter Hartcher, our Prime Minister decides mid-flight he doesn’t want to be met at the airport by a gay. If you believe Hartcher’s claims in the Sydney Morning Herald and Age on Wednesday, Tony Abbott actually checked who’d be in the greeting party when he landed in Paris on Anzac Day. You also believe Abbott got a staffer to ring ahead and tell the gay guy on the list — the Australian ambassador’s partner — to “sit in the car” instead. Seriously? Abbott has copped plenty of abuse from the media, portraying him as a lying,...
  • Smearing Tony Abbott as a homophobe is victory for hatred (Australia's Prime Minister)

    05/06/2015 3:21:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 7th May 2015 | Chris Kenny
    Given Tony Abbott has been dubbed a misogynist, Islamophobe and racist, I suppose the ­occasional allegation of homophobia shouldn’t be a surprise. But having met Abbott through a mutual, and dear, gay friend more than 20 years ago, it has ­always bemused me. Each time it is attempted, the slur is revealed as increasingly absurd and desperate. Christopher Pearson, a former columnist for this newspaper, was my openly gay editor at The Adelaide Review in the 1990s when he developed a friendship with ­Abbott through an organisation that was anathema to me, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Pearson, from the start,...
  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage? (true lunacy from the left)

    05/05/2015 3:37:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 60 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 1st May 2015 | Joe Gelonesi
    So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families. The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment. Swift in particular has been conflicted for some time over the curious situation that arises when a parent wants to do the best for her child but in the process makes the playing field for...
  • Peter Hartcher’s vile smear (disgusting 'homophobia' attacks on Australia's conservative PM)

    05/05/2015 2:28:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 6th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    The author of this piece, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher, also suggested - falsely and disgracefully - on 2GB a few minutes ago that this was on Tony Abbott’s instructions and it was open to “speculation” that this was driven by Abbott’s homophobia: Australia’s ambassador to France offered his resignation after an incident while greeting Tony Abbott as he arrived in Paris on Anzac Day. According to multiple sources, the ambassador, Stephen Brady, was on the airport tarmac with his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, waiting to meet the incoming plane around 7pm Paris time. The prime minister’s...
  • Bill Shorten paying for being too safe (Australia's socialist opposition begins to slide)

    05/03/2015 6:50:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    IN January, Tony Abbott seemed finished as Prime Minister. But how things have changed. Now the leader under pressure is Labor’s Bill Shorten. Just ask his smiling deputy, Tanya Plibersek. The mischief began last week, with Shorten away and Plibersek acting leader. First, Plibersek declared Labor should now force its politicians to vote for gay marriage, rather than allow a conscience vote. Many Labor MPs were outraged. MPs — including devout Christians — who would feel morally obliged to vote against party policy could be expelled under Labor’s rules. Labor could split. Shorten, on his return, quickly rejected Plibersek’s bullying...
  • Grow a spine! The sudden raging popularity of those who stand up to the Offendotrons

    05/01/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    JoNova ^ | 5/1/2015 | Joanne Nova
    There’s a message here to politicians from marketers: Grow a spine, stand up for something sensible Martin Daubney on Breitbart describes a new form of internet-era marketing. Companies that put out provocative ads predictably get attacked by the holier-than-thou. But if they stand up to the thought police, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of a social media war and at the winning end. Because they didn’t cave in to the PC, they get thousands of passionate defenders online, lots of new customers, loads of free PR, and the “wave” breaches the social media world and spills into the...
  • Why turn drug smugglers into heroes for our kids?

    04/30/2015 6:38:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 1st May 2015 | Piers Akerman
    THE nauseating canonisation of executed convicted heroin smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was well under way before their corpses had been returned to their families. At Castle Hill High, the words “merciless”, “barbaric”, “futile” and “weak” were plastered on the noticeboard on Wednesday by principal Vicki Brewer after students ­expressed horror at the executions of Chan and Sukumaran, and six others in Indonesia. “I think it’s affecting students and staff, they’ve been chilled by it, haunted by it and there’s been certainly a good deal of reflection and discussion about the ethical and moral dilemmas this has caused,” she...
  • Australians host national day of repentance -- for the USA.

    04/29/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 17 replies
    RealMedia ^ | April 29, 2015 | HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif., /Christian Newswire/ —
    n addition to grassroots repentance services in many communities the first ever “global call for repentance” will take place this Thursday April 30 as part of this year’s National Day of Repentance. The call will be hosted by Australian prayer leaders whose earlier global prayer call for the USA has gone viral. Using media releases and YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppeSN1xBn4 they are calling Christians in Australia and other nations to fast and pray for America beginning April 30 for seven days leading up to the National Day of Prayer on May 7. http://www.dayofrepentance1.org/global-support-for-usa-national-day-of-repentance/
  • A BLAST FROM HEAVEN? (MAJOR IMPACT DISASTER 500 YEARS AGO?)

    12/05/2003 6:43:33 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies · 1,781+ views
    USNews.com ^ | 8 December 2003 edition | Charles W. Petit
    In 1989, Edward Bryant climbed a point on the southeast coast of his native Australia with a colleague and found an odd jumble of boulders well above the surf. A big wave, he thought, maybe a tsunami from an earthquake, must have tossed them up there. Over the next few years, however, the University of Wollongong geologist explored hundreds of miles of coast and found more signs of wave action, hundreds of feet above the water--too high for any quake-spawned surge. An astonishing hypothesis of devastation from outer space formed in his mind. It gathered some praise, along with many...
  • Fresh from battle, R&R now on the radar for US sailors

    04/26/2015 2:08:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th April 2015 | Andrew Burrell
    The commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson says Islamic State extremists began as an invad­ing force and ended as an enemy in retreat during the aircraft carrier’s recent six-month deployment to the Middle East. Speaking 250km off Perth on board the massive American vessel — which carries 55 planes, 20 choppers and more than 5000 crew who went ashore at Fremantle yesterday afternoon — Captain Karl Thomas proclaimed the airstrikes over Syria and Iraq a success. ..... "I think why our sailors love to come to Australia so much is that the countries are so similar,” he said. “We...
  • SBS reporter Scott McIntyre sparks outrage on twitter with ‘despicable’ Anzac comments

    04/25/2015 5:15:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 47 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th April 2015 | Andrew Hamblin
    A HIGH-profile SBS presenter has come under fire for a vicious public attack on Australian Diggers in which he implied that Anzacs were rapists and terrorists. SBS soccer reporter Scott McIntyre’s rant on social media late on Anzac Day has been drawn outrage from Australian leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments “despicable”. “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted. “Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”
  • LEST WE FORGET: Thousands of Australians attend Anzac Day dawn ceremonies (great photos at link)

    04/24/2015 6:19:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th April 2015 | Lucy Thackray and Heather Mcnab
    While the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey prepares to receive more than 10,000 people to it's shores on Anzac Day, around Australia dawn services are being held with proud Aussies paying respects in record numbers on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in a sign of unity and honour. Since 1915, Anzac Day has been marked with ceremonies of remembrance to pay tribute to the 50,000 Australians and New Zealanders who fought on the shores of Turkey, and on Saturday special centenary celebrations will mark the sacrifice and valour of these fallen soldiers. Although no WWI soldiers survive, moving dawn...
  • Anzac graves site vandalised on eve of UK service

    04/24/2015 4:41:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2015
    A major World War I monument in Britain has been vandalised just hours before an Anzac Day service at the site. The Australian flagpole was sawn through at Harefield (St Mary) Churchyard, and the memorial and information panel were peppered with blue spray paint. More than 100 servicemen and one nurse are buried at the site after being treated at the adjacent Harefield hospital, which was a converted mansion donated in 1915 by a wealthy Australian, Charles Billyard-Leake. The annual Anzac Day service was to still go ahead at Harefield on Saturday afternoon local time following immediate intervention from the...