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  • Australia could add 'values test' for migrants, Malcolm Turnbull says

    07/20/2018 1:23:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Amy Remeikis and agencies
    Australia will consider adding a “values test” for those considering permanent residency in order to protect its “extraordinarily successful” multicultural society, Malcolm Turnbull said. The prime minister confirmed what his citizenship and multicultural minister Alan Tudge told the Australia/UK Leadership Forum overnight, where he floated the idea of a “values” test to fend off “segregation”. Tudge told his London audience “our ship is slightly veering towards a European separatist multicultural model and we want to pull it back to be firmly on the Australian integrated path”. “Some of the challenges to social cohesion that we are facing today are similar...
  • Let Trump make mistakes: John Howard (Former Australian Prime Minister)

    07/17/2018 10:09:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! 7 News ^ | July 17, 2018 | The Australian Associated Press
    John Howard believes the world has to let Donald Trump make mistakes, after his much-condemned press conference with Vladimir Putin. The former Australian prime minister said the US president had clearly made a mistake when he said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies. "I thought he was wrong to have said what he did but he's now dealt with that and the important thing is to understand that people shouldn't take sides too much on Mr Trump," Mr Howard told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday. "I think one of the problems with the attitude around...
  • Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, U.K.

    07/13/2018 8:15:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    Top: Artist’s concept of Royal Australian Navy Hunter-class guided-missile frigate. Bottom: (left to right) U.K. Royal Navy Arrowhead Type 31e design, Austal USA FFG(X) design and Lockheed Martin FFG(X) design CAPITOL HILL – The U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in the hopes that all four navies will design and field frigates with common combat systems – or at least interoperable ones – the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships told USNI News. Jay Stefany said the four navies have quadrilateral talks every six months, and a recent focus of those talks...
  • US pork and beef out of Chinese market(Shanghai news report-English)

    07/11/2018 7:52:14 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 35 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 7/11/18 | Shanghai news
    English language news report from Shanghai TV talking about American Beef and Pork being pulled from the menu and substituted with Beef from Australia. Watch to the end of the report as it looks like the tariffs might crash the pig head market. Video here.
  • Gay farmers go naked to help raise awareness of mental health

    07/11/2018 5:10:02 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 53 replies
    ABC ^ | 10th July 2018 | Nathan Morris
    When The Naked Farmer came to town looking for people to get their kit off for a good cause, dairy farmer Kerry Wilson was approached to take part. He and his partner Paul Wilson agreed, though Kerry had reservations about not having the right body type. "Gee whiz, I'm 56. Does it matter?" Kerry asked. It didn't. The cause, which raises awareness about the mental health of Australian farmers, hit a personal chord with the couple. Kerry and Paul are fifth-generation farmers who live and work together near Nimbin in the northern rivers of New South Wales. "You carry a...
  • Residents baffled after finding blocks of cheese in their pot plants

    07/10/2018 11:10:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    au.news.yahoo.com ^ | 9 July 2018 | Melissa Buttigieg
    Baffled residents have been left scratching their heads after finding blocks of cheese popping up in bushes and gardens around an inner-Melbourne suburb. Residents have shared pictures of large tasty cheese blocks stashed in yards, pot plants, and reserves across Elwood in recent weeks, causing alarm among pet owners who have reported dogs vomiting up the dairy item. ... Vivienne Forbes said her friend’s pooch ate some of the mystery cheese without an upset, but she was baffled by where it came from. “My friend’s dog came out of the bushes near st kilda dog beach with a block of cheese in its...
  • Australian law makes sexual consent explicitly verbal

    07/09/2018 5:09:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 6, 2018 | Jessica Rapana
    If you want to have sex you now have to ask for it loud and clear and get a verbal “yes” back under new reforms announced by the New South Wales government in Australia. NSW is a state on the west coast of Australia and Sydney is its capital. Sexual consent is at the core of the state’s first strategy against sexual assault released on Friday, which will focus on raising awareness about consent, as well as protecting victims and preventing sexual harassment in workplaces and universities.
  • Kim Dotcom loses New Zealand extradition appeal

    07/05/2018 10:23:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.yahoo.com ^ | July 4, 2018 | Neil SANDS
    Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom suffered a major setback in his epic legal battle against online piracy charges Thursday when New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled he was eligible for extradition to the United States. The German national, who is accused of netting millions from his file sharing Megaupload empire, faces charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering in the US, carrying jail terms of up to 20 years. Dotcom had asked the court to overturn two previous rulings that the Internet mogul and his three co-accused be sent to America to face charges. Instead, a panel of three judges backed...
  • What happened at the Battle of Hamel? (first time US/Australian troops fought together 7/4/1918)

    07/03/2018 9:34:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    SBS (Australia) ^ | 3rd July 2018
    At precisely 3.10am, the guns thundered into life and the soldiers rose, lit up cigarettes and followed the booming artillery barrage into battle, their objective a French village named Le Hamel. As dawn loomed it was all over. The village had fallen, casualties were mercifully light (by World War One standards) and victory was complete. In his detailed planning, Australian commander Lieutenant General John Monash calculated this would take 90 minutes. It actually took 93. The Battle of Hamel, fought on July 4, 1918, was a sign of what was to come as allied forces achieved battlefield mastery after three...
  • Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority [but sends it to UN Humanitarian Fund instead]

    07/03/2018 2:35:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.02.2018 | law/kms (AFP, AP, dpa)
    Australia on Monday announced it had ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) government over concerns the funds could be used to assist Palestinians convicted of political violence. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia would no longer be giving its yearly funding of A$10 million (€6.9 million, $7.5 million) to the World Bank’s trust fund for Palestinian recovery and development. “I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence,” Bishop said in a statement. “I am confident that previous Australian...
  • Watch terrifying moment woman feeding sharks is bit, pulled into water

    07/03/2018 6:32:28 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 29 replies
    wgntv ^ | 7/2/2018 | cnn wire
    A woman was yanked from a boat when a shark she was hand-feeding bit into her finger and hauled her into waters off the northwestern coast of Australia. Melissa Brunning was standing on the stern of a yacht, feeding fish to a group of tawny nurse sharks, when one sank its teeth into her finger and dragged her overboard. Mobile phone video footage of the incident shows her screaming as she fell into the water. “It happened so quickly. All I could really focus on was the fact that my finger is gone. He’d clamped on it and it felt...
  • The REAL story behind Australia's $35billion warship deal: How the high-tech 'submarine killer'...

    07/03/2018 6:12:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA ^ | 3 July 2018 | MAX MARGAN
    The REAL story behind Australia's $35billion warship deal: How the high-tech 'submarine killer' ships have NEVER been tested in the water - and now experts fear the project could end in 'disaster' Australian taxpayers will foot the $35billion bill to build a new fleet of 'state-of-the-art' anti-submarine warships in a mammoth project experts say could be a disaster - because they've never been tested at sea. British defence firm BAE Systems is building eight Type 26 Global Combat frigates for the British Navy and last week won the contract to construct nine of the so-called 'submarine killers' for Australia's Defence...
  • 90 per cent of global plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa

    07/02/2018 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Sergio · 44 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 2 July 2018 | Gavin Butler
    Critics of Australian supermarkets' plastic bag ban continue to drum up protest, as it is revealed that 90 per cent of the world's plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa. The river systems that carry the most waste into the ocean include the Amur, Ganges, Hai, Indus, Mekong, Pearl, Yangtze and Yellow Delta in Asia, as well as the Niger and Nile in Africa, a research paper has revealed. (trunc) The study, carried out by Germany's Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, suggests that the most effective way of reducing the amount of plastic in the world's...
  • Australia store owner pelts ax-wielding robber with tuna cans and Pringles

    07/02/2018 11:13:43 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/02/2018 | Travis Fedschun
    A store owner in Australia recently proved an ax-wielding robber was no match for tuna fish and Pringles. Baz Rizk, who owns the Friendly Grocer, fought back against an assailant. The masked man walks up an aisle demanding cash only to have Rizk pelt him with cans of tuna fish and Pringles until the suspect runs away. Rizk said his coworkers chased the man away from the store using baseball bats. He previously has defended his store from robbers, pelting one would-be thief with a jar of Vegemite in an incident 10 years ago.
  • When Senator Leyonhjelm told me to ‘stop shagging men’, I had to speak up

    06/29/2018 4:42:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 29, 2018 | Sarah Hanson-Young
    Yesterday the Senate was asked to vote on whether the best thing to do to prevent the assault, rape and murder of women is to arm them. I voted no, because I don’t believe that putting more weapons in the hands of the public will make women safer in their homes or on the streets at night. I also don’t think that women should continue to be made to have to take responsibility for the violent crimes and behaviour that some men perpetuate. Truth is, every woman I know has felt unsafe or intimidated at some point, whether it was...
  • Australia’s $26 Billion Warship Deal Goes to Britain’s BAE

    06/28/2018 7:21:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 28, 2018 | Rob Taylor
    CANBERRA, Australia—BAE Systems has won a $26 billion contest to build nine anti-submarine frigates for Australia’s navy, as the U.S. ally seeks to bolster its navy against an Asian arms race and more assertive China. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce Friday that a variation of the British arms maker’s Type 26 frigate has been chosen over competitors from Italy’s Fincantieri and Spain’s Navantia SA. The frigates will be built in Australia by local state-owned ASC Shipbuilding, which will become a BAE subsidiary for the duration. They will begin entering service in the late 2020s. “BAE’s Global Combat Ship...
  • Goochland mom shoots man who flew around the world to see her teenage daughter

    06/26/2018 4:37:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | 6-25-2018 | Melissa Hipolit, Web Staff and Laura French
    The FBI is now investigating after a woman shot a New Zealand man outside her Goochland County home Friday afternoon. Troy Skinner, 25, flew to Virginia to meet the woman's teenage daughter after the two chatted online using Discord, a service popular among gamers, the Goochland County Sheriff said. The 14-year-old girl's mother shot Skinner when he attempted to break into the family's home in the Holland Hills community, the sheriff said. "He was not invited here, he was not expected here, he had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him," Goochland...
  • It’s Time to Rethink America’s Failing Highways

    06/18/2018 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2018 | Robert Poole
    Here are two recent events you might have missed: In March, House speaker Paul Ryan was widely quoted as saying, “The last thing we want to do is pass historic tax relief and then undo that, so we are not going to raise gas taxes.”The next month, in California, Republicans submitted 54 percent more than the required signatures to put on the November ballot a measure that would repeal the 2017 state law increasing gasoline and diesel taxes. Meanwhile, roads in Los Angeles are in such bad shape that it costs the average driver $892 a year in additional vehicle...
  • Infamous pedophile smiles as he gets life in prison

    06/17/2018 10:33:30 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 45 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 06/14/18 | Candace Sutton
    Australian pedophile Peter Gerard Scully, considered one of the world’s most depraved child traffickers and rapists, smiled as he was sentenced to life in a Philippines court. The former Melbourne, Australia, property developer was filmed smiling as he left the Cagayan de Oro city court in the southern Philippines province of northern Mindanao. He had just been sentenced to life in prison, along with his former girlfriend and accomplice, Carme Ann Alvarez. Scully, 55, faces up to 60 further charges for child murder, torture and abuse cases against children as young as 12 months. That includes the abuse of two...
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...