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  • First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?

    07/21/2014 10:00:14 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 31 replies
    Conjugality ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    New Zealand’s first same-sex “marriage” is shaping up to become the country’s first same-sex divorce. Less than a year since they became the poster girls for the country’s new legal definition of marriage (last August) the NZ Herald reports that Melissa Ray, a former Ferns football player, and Natasha Vitali, a sales rep, are “believed to have split”. The main source of the story appears to be Ms Vitali’s Facebook page on which the following poem appeared yesterday: Drink it down, laugh it off, Avoid the drama, take chances, And never have regrets Because at one point everything you did...
  • The West is to blame for creating monster of Vladimir Putin

    07/20/2014 4:03:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 21st July 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has the blood of Australians on his hands, and is now hiding the evidence of his crimes. But blame the West, too, for its fatal weakness. In fact, the Abbott Government hopes to use the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to persuade the West to muscle up at last to Russia. It is Russia — under Putin’s policy of securing his borders — which helped pro-Russian militias seize parts of eastern Ukraine, making them near lawless. .... And if Putin needed any more encouragement, he had only to look to the Middle East, which has...
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...
  • ‘No provocation, no excuses’: PM lashes Russia over downing of Malaysia Airlines plane

    07/19/2014 2:00:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    heraldsun.com.au ^ | July 19, 2014 | ELLEN WHINNETT
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Russia over the tragedy in Ukraine, stopping just short of accusing Moscow of involvement in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. In comments which go further than those of other world leaders, an angry Mr Abbott said Russia should not be able to stand in the way of a full, independent investigation. “I want to stress that Australia takes a very dim view of countries which are facilitating the killing of Australian citizens,’’ he said. “I want to say to the Australian people that as far as I am concerned, when you...
  • Australia Still has Carbon Taxation

    07/19/2014 6:12:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    As some conservatives celebrate the repeal of Australia's carbon tax, a dose of caution is warranted: Australia still has carbon taxation on its agenda. This repealed legislation is apparently going to be replaced by the multi-billion dollar "Direct Action" climate change policy that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been promoting. Thus, one form of carbon pricing gets replaced by another form of carbon pricing, neither of which is acceptable. Many critical thinkers about climate science got excited over Abbott's public statement that the "science behind climate change was 'crap'"? A little -- more accurately, a lot -- premature that...
  • MH17 crash: Russia furious at 'unacceptable' Tony Abbott comments

    07/18/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    watoday.com.au ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Kenny
    Moscow has voiced anger over being blamed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the downing of a Malaysia passenger jet over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board, calling his comments "unacceptable". "Without bothering himself about evidence and operating only on speculation, Mr T. Abbott assigned guilt," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Abbott's statements are unacceptable." On Friday, Australia issued a blunt ultimatum to Moscow and was reconsidering Vladimir Putin's attendance at the G20 in November as the world reeled from the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, killing 298 people - 28 of them...
  • Murder in the Sky

    07/18/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) | 19th July 2014
    The front page of tomorrow's (actually, it's nearly 1am, so I suppose it's todays) Melbourne Herald Sun: Bastards.
  • Malaysian airline crash... is second highest Australian death toll in an overseas disaster

    07/18/2014 12:41:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th July 2014
    THE loss of 28 Australians on Malaysian airliner MH17 — believed shot down by a surface-to-air missile — is the second worst Australian death toll from a disaster overseas. ..... Only the October 2002 Bali bombing has claimed more Australian lives, with 88 killed when Jemaah Islamiah bombers targeted the Sari Club in Kuta.
  • MH17 Crash: Australian PM Points Finger at Russia

    07/17/2014 10:12:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday July 18, 2014 | -
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. Abbott appeared to go further than other Western leaders in apportioning blame over the crash, demanding that Moscow answer questions about the "Russian-backed rebels" that he said were behind the disaster. He also said the Russian ambassador to Australia has been officially summoned to discuss the issue.
  • Canadian on downed Malaysian airliner [Also Australian, British, German, Belgian and others.]

    07/17/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 36 replies
    Reuters, Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Anton Zverev
    One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow...The Netherlands declared a day of national mourning for its 154 dead. Twenty-eight passengers were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 11 Indonesian, six British, four German, four Belgian, three Filipino and one Canadian. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Nationalities of the others aboard were unclear.
  • Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

    07/17/2014 6:07:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 July 2014
    Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election last year, had made the repeal a central aim of his government. Politicians have been locked in a fierce row about the tax for years. Labor says it helps to combat climate change, but the Liberals claim it penalises legitimate businesses. The Australian Senate voted by 39 to 32 votes to repeal the tax. Introduced in July 2012, it charges the 348 highest polluters A$23 (£13; $22.60)...
  • PM’s (Tony Abbott) vow met after five years, two polls (axed the carbon tax)

    07/17/2014 2:15:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18th July 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    AT 11.14am yesterday, Tony Abbott was delivered a victory in the Senate after five years of hard political campaigning and two election mandates to repeal the carbon tax. At 2pm yesterday, the political momentum began to shift in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister was able to point to the fulfilment of one of his biggest promises and at the same time start to deflect the pressure of an obstructed and unpopular budget back on to Bill Shorten and Labor ..... What’s more, Abbott has the opportunity to turn this legislative victory into a telling political victory.
  • Australia repeals controversial carbon tax

    07/17/2014 5:26:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2014 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.60) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the center-left Labor government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the final tally was announced. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative coalition government rose to power last year on the promise of getting rid of the tax, assuring...
  • (Australian) Carbon tax repeal to clear the Senate (it's done... finally)

    07/16/2014 6:40:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th July 2014
    TONY Abbott’s great big election promise to dump what he called the great big carbon tax was finally delivered this morning after a Government ordeal of frustration and embarrassment. Negotiations with the Palmer United Party and other crossbench senators finally paid off for the Prime Minister with Labor’s price on carbon emissions dismantled. The Senate voted 39-32 to scrap Labor’s carbon pricing scheme after securing the support of PUP senators and other crossbenchers.
  • Cultivating a Curious Mind

    07/16/2014 4:43:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    I recently returned home after two weeks of engagements in New Zealand and Australia focusing on empowerment through reading. The Kiwis and Aussies are not very different from Americans, even though they inhabit the opposite side of the globe. I was struck by the way many people perceived the political atmosphere in the United States. Although the well-educated individuals who have access to all of the American cable channels tend to be well informed on the issues, most people had only heard that America has finally repaired its broken medical system with the advent of Obamacare and now everyone, including...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • Are children of gays better off? (One horribly conducted Australian study says 'yes')

    07/11/2014 7:47:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2014 | Tom Trinko
    Since humanity began, children have been raised by mothers and fathers.  Whether that is due to evolutionary pressures or God is irrelevant to the conclusion that children must benefit from having two parents of different genders.Recently the MSM has been trumpeting a study that supposedly says that children of gay couples are better off than children who have a father and a mother. To anyone who has been a parent, or a child in a family with two parents of different genders, that sounds like gays protesting too much.  Experience, and common sense, tells us that women and men bring...
  • Australian Judge Says Incest May No Longer Be Taboo [Abortion Is Solution To Birth Abnormalities]

    07/10/2014 7:35:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 10, 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Australian Judge Says Incest May No Longer Be Taboo Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion Holding hands Judge Garry Neilson thinks that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings Photo: Alamy By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney 10 Jul 2014 A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in...
  • Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

    07/10/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted. He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion. "A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a...
  • Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

    07/10/2014 12:33:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 7/10/14 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted. He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
  • Sri Lanka asylum seekers returned by Australia face 'rigorous imprisonment'

    07/08/2014 6:09:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/8/2014 | JANE WARDELL AND SHIHAR ANEEZ
    Forty-one Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned by Australia are to be charged with leaving the country illegally and those found guilty face "rigorous imprisonment", police said on Monday, fuelling concerns about Australian policy and rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Australia said the 41 were transferred to Sri Lankan authorities at sea on Sunday, but declined to comment on a second boat reported to be carrying an additional 153, saying only that it was not currently in Australian waters. Australian border patrol personnel intercepted the first vessel carrying 41 Sri Lankans west of the remote Cocos Islands last week, after they...
  • At last, we wake up to Dr Death, Philip Nitschke

    07/07/2014 6:46:48 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | July 7, 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    EUTHANASIA guru Dr Philip Nitschke is furious the ABC has finally pinged him for actually helping the healthy to kill themselves. “Attacked by rabid Christians & journalist jackals!” he tweeted last week. But you don’t need to be rabid or even Christian to consider Nitschke dangerous. For 20 years Nitschke, founder of Exit International, has had largely positive coverage from a media which too often assumed he’s just helping the dying and the suffering. Only now does he seem in trouble, with the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Medical Association and beyondblue publicly denouncing him. This follows the ABC’s revelations...
  • Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax (barf alert)

    07/06/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 2:18 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    … Opponents of the carbon tax implemented in 2012 had the media largely on their side. Electricity prices soared—not mainly because of the tax, but because power companies were spending billions on infrastructure. Most electricity users were compensated for the added cost of the tax, but many of them didn’t know that. And rising gas prices fed the fury—even though the tax didn’t apply to gasoline. Australia’s experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants’ carbon...
  • Aims of Donor Are Shadowed by Past in Coal

    07/06/2014 4:14:44 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | By MICHAEL BARBARO and CORAL DAVENPORT
    To environmentalists across Australia, it is a baffling anachronism in an era of climate change: the construction of a 4,000-acre mine in New South Wales that will churn out carbon-laden coal for the next 30 years. The mine’s groundbreaking, in a state forest this year, inspired a veteran to stand in front of a bulldozer and a music teacher to chain himself to a piece of excavation equipment. But the project had an unlikely financial backer in the United States, whose infusion of cash helped set it in motion: Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in American politics, who has...
  • Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests

    07/05/2014 6:46:16 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 76 replies
    Children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units, new Australian research suggests. In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing. Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion. "That's really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems...
  • Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents

    06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 23 2014 | Harriet Sherwood
    Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three correspondents for Al-Jazeera English by the Cairo regime was intended to intimidate others from reporting freely on events in Egypt. The jail terms of between seven and ten years for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were met with outrage from veteran correspondents who have reported on the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, said the verdicts and sentencing were a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. "This is also at least partly designed to intimidate other journalists, and...
  • Egyptian correspondent sentenced to five years in prison for inciting strife (Christian convert)

    06/23/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 23/06/2014 - 12:37 | (Al Masry Al Youm)
    Minya Misdemeanor Court sentenced an Egyptian correspondent who works for a US TV channel to five years and ordered him pay LE500 bail over charges of inciting sedition by broadcasting false news. […] Senior sources disclosed that the defendant was called Mohamed al-Sayyed Hegazy before converting to Christianity. …
  • John Kerry snubbed by Egypt's heavy jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists

    06/23/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/223/2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising. The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating...
  • Rolf Harris guilty of indecent assaults (Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport)

    07/03/2014 12:29:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 6-30-2014 | BBC
    <p>Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.</p> <p>One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, another was an autograph hunter aged seven or eight.</p>
  • ISIS Chief Confirms Indians Could Be Part of Insurgent Group

    07/02/2014 9:58:14 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 3, 2014 04:44 GMT | Sanjib Kr Baruah
    In a revelation that is sure to raise worries in India's security establishment, the first-ever audio message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS, has confirmed suspicions that Indians could well be part of his organisation's ranks. While enumerating the nationalities of fighters who constitute ISIS, Al-Baghdadi's 20-second-long audio titled 'A message to the Mujahideen and the Muslim Ummah in the month of Ramadan' that was released on Tuesday mentions that Indians, among a host of other nationalities including Chinese, American, French, German, Australian, etc. figure in the ISIS squad. According to intelligence sources, on January 22, a...
  • Mystery surrounds death of Australian Commando shot in Afghanistan after no weapon found

    07/02/2014 2:47:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 3rd July 2014
    THE mystery surrounding the shooting death of an Australian Commando in Afghanistan deepened when it emerged no weapon had been found in the room at Kabul airport where the elite soldier was fatally injured by a single gunshot. Earlier reports from NATO Military Police investigators said that three weapons were being examined in what was regarded as a suspected suicide. However a follow-up report stated that no weapon had been recovered from the scene. The second report also stated that there was no sign of any projectile entering the building and no indication of the angle of the weapon or...
  • Clive Palmer and Al Gore become convenient allies

    06/29/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 30th June 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    AL Gore, the world’s most famous global warming guru, last week used Australia to trash what’s left of his reputation. The Nobel prize-winning alarmist didn’t just tell his disciples here more astonishing falsehoods about the climate of the kind that’s good for his business. (See Gore’s truth for his latest whoppers.) Gore also meddled in our climate politics to the undisclosed benefit of his business partners, and against the interests of Australians. And in return for a favour, he falsely praised coal baron Clive Palmer as a planet-saver, when Palmer was in fact destroying our biggest schemes to tackle global...
  • Al Gore’s a hypocrite who is out to enrich himself, says Liberal Dennis Jensen

    06/27/2014 7:12:33 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au ^ | june 26, 2014 | jared owens
    LIBERAL MP and climate change sceptic Dennis Jensen claims Al Gore will personally profit from Clive Palmer’s new climate policy, saying the Nobel laureate “would do anything and say anything for a buck”. Dr Jensen also likened the former US vice-president and leading climate activist to a member of a fictional, profit-obsessed alien race in the Star Trek movie and TV series. Mr Gore last night commended the Palmer United Party’s policy of abolishing Labor’s world-leading carbon tax, while retaining the Renewable Energy Target and Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Dr Jensen, speaking in parliament, said the joint media announcement proved...
  • A couple of inconvenient truths, Mr Vice-President (Al Gore utterly manipulated in Australia)

    06/25/2014 9:24:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 26th 2014
    WHAT on earth possessed climate change champion Al Gore to share a stage with mining baron and — at least until yesterday — climate change dinosaur Clive Palmer? Does the former US vice-president realise that, with his 12 minutes on stage, he has helped dismantle the toughest climate change response on the planet, leaving Australia, in all likelihood, without any carbon abatement scheme? Gore has either been duped into thinking Palmer is an environmentalist or he has been handsomely paid for his bizarre appearance. Or both. What is certain is that the man who refashioned himself as a cel­ebrity by...
  • Court stops Australian funding of school chaplains

    06/25/2014 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/2014 | Rod McGuirk
    An Australian atheist campaigning to keep religion out of the education system won his second victory Thursday when the nation's highest court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to fund a program that provides chaplains to schools. Ron Williams began his legal battle against the multimillion-dollar program after his 6-year-old son came home from Darling Heights State School in Toowoomba city in Queensland state singing gospel songs in 2010. Williams won in 2012 when the High Court ruled that the government had exceeded its constitutional powers by funding the program, which began in around 2,700 schools five...
  • USGS Scientist Says Alaska, New Zealand Quakes Might Be Linked

    06/24/2014 5:37:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 6/23/2014 | unknown
    With massive quakes striking off the Alaskan and New Zealand coast Monday, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey said he is weighing the possibilities that the two might be connected.
  • Australia Pushes for Pardon of Al-Jazeera Reporter

    06/23/2014 10:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Jun 24, 2014 9:15 AM
    Australia on Tuesday urged Egypt's new leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to issue a presidential pardon for Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste to prove to the world Cairo is on a path to democracy. Australian Greste and his Al Jazeera colleague, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, were both sentenced to seven years in Jail by a Cairo court on Monday for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and "spreading false news".
  • Australian PM introduces bill to repeal carbon tax

    06/22/2014 11:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2014 1:12 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay. The opposition center-left Labor Party and minor Greens party used their Senate majority in March to block the bills that would remove the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.79) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by a Labor government in July 2012. The bills were defeated 33 votes to 29. …
  • Opera Australia has sacked soprano Tamar Iveri over homophobic slurs

    06/22/2014 9:38:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 38 replies
    Daily Life ^ | 20 June 2014 | Debbie Cuthbertson
    Opera Australia have sacked soprano Tamar Iveri following the furore over "unconscionable" homophobic comments singer posted on her Facebook page. ... The post took the form of a letter to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in which she implored him to "stop vigorous attempts to bring West's ‘fecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda". The singer was responding to a gay pride parade that had been organised to pass through the yard of an Orthodox Church in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. On Saturday the singer blamed her husband for the comments ...
  • Obama making up facts about guns

    06/17/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Lott
    President Obama just can't seem to help himself. Over and over again, he makes exaggerated or false claims about guns and crime. Last year Obama kept asserting the bogus numbers such as “40 percent of all gun purchases take place without a background check.” Besides the study being based on a tiny survey it was started before the Federal background check law went into effect. Moreover, the 40 percent figure referred to all transfers, not just sales, and the vast majority of transfers took place within families through gifts and inheritances. Then, for good measure, Obama added an extra 4...
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • Decorated Vietnam veteran Keith Payne donates 23 service medals to Australian War Memorial

    06/20/2014 4:13:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 19th June 2014 | Siobhan Heanue
    One of the most decorated soldiers in Australian history, Keith Payne, has donated all his service medals including a Victoria Cross (VC) to the Australian War Memorial. Mr Payne was awarded a VC - the highest honour for gallantry - for his actions in the Vietnam War. He also fought in Korea, Papua New Guinea and Malaya after joining up in 1951. Mr Payne earned 23 service medals over the course of his military career, as well as a Medal of the Order of Australia. Placed side by side, the medals are far more than one man's chest can accommodate....
  • Germans submarines now appear the safer replacement bet (Australia)

    06/19/2014 12:13:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 19 JUN 2014 | JOHN KERIN
    Within the space of a few weeks the Abbott government has presided over a shake-up of the options for a fleet of submarines to replace the ageing ­Collins class. While an evolved Collins class was a short-price favourite at the end of the Labor era, an almighty spat between the Swedish government and German industrial giant Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems means a German design could now fall over the line. The nuclear option remains off the table despite the US indicating it would be amenable to an Australian approach on the Virginia class submarines. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s enthusiasm for...
  • Obama ´Disappointingly Complacent´ on Islamic Extremism says Former Australian PM

    06/18/2014 9:51:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/18/14 | Raheem Kassam
    Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has today referred to U.S. President Barack Obama´s approach to Islamic extremism as ´disappointingly complacent´ in a speech to the Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference in London. The high-profile event was attended by hundreds of political journalists, activists, writers, legislators and other global stakeholders. Howard’s comments were met by nods of approval across the room as he took aim at Barack Obama´s West Point commencement speech of last month. Howard said: "Islamic fundamentalism is a far greater threat than many people in their culturally equivocal way believe. "Obama´s West Point commencement speech… with the greatest
  • Bomb fears as streets sealed off around Wentworth Park Rd, near Glebe (Sydney, Australia)

    06/18/2014 4:26:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th June 2014
    PARTS of Sydney have been shut down tonight after fears an inner city unit was being used as a bomb making factory. Just before 6pm more than 15 fire brigade units and number of police raced to Wentworth Park Rd, near Glebe and immediately evacuated the area. The light rail has also been closed down. Police said a number of gas cylinders were on the premises and there was some concern what their purpose was for. “The area has been sealed off as a precaution.’’ Fire brigade units were told to restrict any communications to the phone and not over...
  • Snow falls on Victorian alpine peaks [Australia]

    06/14/2014 7:01:09 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Sky News Australia ^ | 15 June 2014 | Staff
    After a slow start to the season, snow has finally begun falling on Victoria's alpine peaks. At Mt Hotham, 3cm of snow had fallen since Saturday morning ...
  • 17 Years After Gun Bans in Australia… Police Say Gun Crime is Out of Control

    06/14/2014 10:34:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    weapon-blog.com ^ | 6/13/2014 | Aaron Spuler
    In 1996 Australia unloaded some of the most severe gun bans and gun confiscation programs on record. And for the guns that were not confiscated gun owners were forced to enter into license agreements and have their guns registered so the government knew what guns everyone had. Well, they really only knew what guns the law abiding had, since none of the criminals actually followed the program. Fancy that. Breitbart just reported some interesting developments in Australia that prove all the anti-gun lawmakers wrong. Gun control does NOT take guns out of the hands of criminals, it only disarms the...
  • Tony Abbott and Barack Obama strike deal to let the US build military facilities in Australia

    06/13/2014 6:26:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th June 2014
    THE United States will be able to build permanent military facilities on Australian soil and expand to locations across the country under a deal struck between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama. The deal — which initially covers up to 2500 US forces rotating through Darwin but can be expanded — will allow the US to bring warships, planes and troops in Australia. New bases can be set up across the country and the number of troops increased without limit over 25 years under the deal, senior US officials confirmed. ..... "The United States has paid a very high price to...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott lays wreath for US war dead

    06/13/2014 5:19:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th June 2014
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, as his government drops the idea of creating a national war cemetery in Canberra to commemorate the Anzac centenary in 2015. The tomb is in the Arlington National Cemetery. Mr Abbott on Friday viewed the elaborate changing of the Army soldier guard ceremony at the tomb, before laying the wreath. “It’s fitting that I should lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier here,” Mr Abbott told reporters. “I should pay tribute to the Americans who have fought for their country...
  • Australian mother poisoned healthy three-year-old with chemo drugs she bought online from Canada

    06/13/2014 4:28:02 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman, The Telegraph
    A 23-year-old woman a has been jailed after poisoning her healthy daughter with cancer drugs and setting up a Facebook page to attract support and donations. The Australian mother of two, who cannot be named to protect her child’s identity, was sentenced to six years in jail after feeding the three-year-old girl toxic chemotherapy drugs for more than eight months. She posted videos on YouTube and wrote about her daughter’s “fight for life” on Facebook, attracting more than 8,000 supporters and about $515 [$AUS500] in donations. The girl, now five, suffered life-threatening illnesses, including bone marrow failure, and was treated...