Australia/New Zealand (News/Activism)

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  • Tony Abbott ‘assaulted’ by same-sex marriage campaigner (former Australian Prime Minister)

    09/21/2017 5:12:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 22nd September 2017 | Liz Burke, Victoria Craw and James Law
    POLICE are investigating after Tony Abbott alleged that he was headbutted in the face by a tattooed pro-gay-marriage campaigner in Hobart. The former prime minister said he was the victim of “politically motivated violence” when he was confronted by a man after attending a private function in the Tasmanian capital on Thursday afternoon. “A fellow sung out to me, ‘Hey, Tony’. I turned around, there was a chap wearing a ‘vote yes’ badge. He says ‘I wanna shake your hand’,” Mr Abbott told 2GB radio. “I went over to shake his hand and he headbutted me.” Mr Abbott said his...
  • Australia's newest world-class navy ship (commissioning on Saturday)

    09/21/2017 4:41:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Australian Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2017 | AARON BUNCH
    It's all smiles on deck aboard the Australian Navy's newest ship, the Hobart, and there's none bigger than that on Captain John Stavridis. "I pinch myself everyday that I'm actually in command of a guided missile destroyer," he told AAP on Thursday. But the veteran sailor, with 29 years service, says it's not just him. All 186 crew members feel "very fortunate and very blessed" to be serving on the first of Australia's three new Hobart Class destroyers. "It's a very excited crew," he said. Australia's most sophisticated warship comes into service as regional tensions reach boiling point following North...
  • Newshub election poll: Either National, Labour could take power

    09/21/2017 12:39:52 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 1 replies
    Newsbub (NZ) ^ | 9/22/17 | Patrick Gower
    The final poll is in, and it shows either side could take power on Saturday.
  • New Zealand dollar hits 6-week high as opposition tumbles in pre-election poll

    09/20/2017 3:01:07 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 9/20/17 | Edward White
    The New Zealand dollar jumped as much as 1 per cent on Wednesday following the release of a new poll …
  • New Zealand's ruling National Party regains wide lead over Labour: poll

    09/20/2017 2:52:02 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/20/17 | NA
    New Zealand’s ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of Saturday’s election, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, sending the New Zealand dollar higher in the face of what is still expected to be a tight race.
  • Spanish shipbuilder’s landing craft sank under Australian tanks

    09/19/2017 8:35:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 4, 2017 | RORY CALLINAN
    A Spanish company vying for a $30 billion Navy ship building contract is using a Youtube video to imply its landing craft can carry Australia’s heavy tanks despite the boat sinking too low in water when the armoured vehicle was put on board. Navantia, one of three contenders for Australia’s $30 billion Future Frigates contract, has a contract worth about $240 million to supply Australia with 12 landing craft supposedly capable of carrying the army’s 62 tonne M1A1 Abrams tanks. Defence has since confirmed trials of the boats had to be suspended after they sank to low in the water...
  • Donald Trump honours Australia refugee deal, 50 asylum seekers resettled in first wave

    09/19/2017 4:56:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | September 20, 2017 | Claire Bickers
    ABOUT 50 refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres have passed the United States’ “extreme vetting” and will be resettled in America in coming weeks. It comes just six weeks before the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea is due to close. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning said it was “good news” that about 25 refugees from both Manus Island and Nauru would be resettled. Mr Turnbull thanked US President Donald Trump for honouring his deal with the Obama Administration despite his obvious reservations. The deal had been the subject of their testy phone call in January, just...
  • The Opening Bell: Where currencies start on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    09/19/2017 1:49:20 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 3 replies ^ | 9/20/17 | Dan Bell
    The NZDUSD opens at 0.7318 (mid-rate) this morning.
  • Australia's warmest winter 'driven by climate change'

    09/19/2017 6:53:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | September 19, 2017
    Climate change has driven Australia to its warmest winter on record, a leading climate group has said. Data released this month showed average maximum temperatures in the winter months of June to August were nearly 2C above average. Climate change made the "exceptionally warm and dry" winter 60 times more likely, the Climate Council said in a report. The group has linked the record hot winter to "worsening climate change". The Climate Council is an independent, non-profit organisation that was set up in 2013 to continue the work of its government-funded predecessor, which was abolished by the Tony Abbott government....
  • Experts admit global warming predictions wrong

    09/19/2017 1:07:03 AM PDT · by iowamark · 36 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 19, 2017 | Ben Webster
    The worst impacts of climate change can still be avoided, senior scientists have said after revising their previous predictions. The world has warmed more slowly than had been forecast by computer models, which were “on the hot side” and overstated the impact of emissions, a new study has found. Its projections suggest that the world has a better chance than previously claimed of meeting the goal set by the Paris agreement on climate change to limit warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, makes clear that rapid reductions in emissions will still be...
  • General Election Jitters Keep The New Zealand Dollar Under Pressure Despite Improving Data

    09/18/2017 2:10:48 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 2 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | James Elliot
    The NZD has struggled for direction despite consumer confidence hitting three year highs.
  • Queen’s top aide ousted in palace power struggle

    09/16/2017 2:35:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 37 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 16, 2017 | Valentine Low, Alexi Mostrous
    The Queen’s most senior courtier was forced out in a power struggle between Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles. Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary, left his post in July after complaints by the Prince of Wales and his brother, the Duke of York, sources have revealed now. The unprecedented ousting — the first time the Queen has got rid of her private secretary — was the climax of increasing tensions between the two royal households. It came amid differences over how to manage the transition of power between the Queen, who is 91, and her eldest son. Royal sources...
  • Horizon Poll: Nats and Labour neck-and-neck, ACT at two MPs

    09/15/2017 6:44:10 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 2 replies
    NBR Radio (NZ) ^ | 9/16/17 | Chris Keall
    National (38.5%) and Labour (38.2%) are neck-and-neck according to a new poll from Horizon Research. The survey also finds ACT on 1.4%, just over the 1.2% threshold for David Seymour to bring in a second MP …
  • Labour and National even in tight New Zealand election race: Roy Morgan poll

    09/15/2017 9:32:06 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/15/17 | N/A
    Support for New Zealand’s opposition Labour Party was neck-and-neck with the National Party, a poll showed, threatening the center-right government’s decade-long grip on power. Backing for Labour had surged 7 points to 39.5 percent, virtually even with National on 40 percent, a Roy Morgan Poll showed on Friday.
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 24: Illicit Manufacture of Handguns

    09/14/2017 12:16:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Australia has one of the strictest firearms regulatory schemes in Western Civilization. It has not appreciably changed their overall murder or suicide or accidental death rates, which were already low and falling when the scheme was implemented.As Australia is a continent considerably separated from the rest of the industrialized world, it is a near ideal test case for the efficacy of gun control schemes. A figure from an Australian government report on sources of illegal guns shows that when guns are tightly regulated, criminals find ways around the regulation.Guns are basically 14th-century technology. A first world country, with access...
  • Support for NZ's Labour Party improves position as frontrunner in election race

    09/14/2017 1:56:18 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever
    Reuters ^ | 9/14/16 | N/A
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s Labour Party on Thursday promised no surprise new taxes until 2020 and improved its position as frontrunner in a national election, with a poll showing its support edging up, threatening the National Party’s ten-year grip on power.
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 23: Numbers of Guns, Licenses, and Costs

    09/12/2017 1:01:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    When surveying various articles about firearms and firearms ownership in Australia, I have read that the numbers cannot be known. I have had knowledgeable people tell me the same thing.Only a year ago, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) published an important and informative report about illicit firearms. In the report, substantive information is given about firearms ownership and licenses in Australia.The illustration is from the report. Over 1.16 million legal guns have been added to Australia's private stock since the enormous cost and upheaval of the 1996 gun confiscation scheme.The mandatory firearm confiscation/compensation turn-in resulted in the unnecessary...
  • Greens out of Parliament on latest Newshub poll

    09/12/2017 12:01:01 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever
    Newshub (NZ) ^ | 9/12/17 | Anna Bracewell-Worrall
    The Green Party has been in every Parliament since 1999, but unless the party can turn Newshub's latest poll result around, this year its streak could end.
  • Indian government lodge official diplomatic protest over lamb ad with Hindu god Lord Ganesha

    09/11/2017 10:14:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies ^ | 12th September 2017 | Natalie Wolfe
    AFTER generating a huge amount of debate and controversy, India’s own government has called for Australia’s new lamb ad to be trashed, labelling it “offensive”. The ad, titled “You Never Lamb Alone”, launched by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) on September 4, outraged thousands of Hindus after it featured Lord Ganesha, a revered Hindu deity, “toasting lamb” as “the meat we can all eat”. Only, Lord Ganesha is a vegetarian. Australia’s Hindu community called for action and the Indian government has since lodged an official diplomatic complaint. In a press release on Friday, the High Commission of India said it...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 22: More Amnesty Treasures

    09/11/2017 1:16:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    It is the first general amnesty since the implementation of the extreme restrictions placed on firearms ownership and sales in 1996. Those were put in place by a hoplophobic Prime Minister and a unified establishment media.The media fed the wave of emotion after the Port Arthur Massacre. John Howard and Rebecca Peters (George Soros gun control lobbyist in Australia) had the plan in place, waiting for a suitable trigger.I have been told that other than his sick fascination with firearms, John Howard was one of the best prime ministers in Australian politics. People place him with the likes of...