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  • Australia goes two years without illegal boat arrival

    07/26/2016 7:33:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th July 2016 | Daniel Meers
    AUSTRALIA has officially gone two years without people smugglers successfully bringing an ­illegal boat into the country. ..... The government’s uncompromising turnback policy has led to 28 boats being turned around, with 700 people on board, since Operation Sovereign Borders was implemented when the Coalition came to power in 2013.... nobody has died at sea during the operation. ..... It is stark contrast to the 50,000 people who arrived illegally on more than 800 boats during six years of Labor. More than 1200 people died at sea during the period.....
  • 6.1 'potentially tsunamigenic' quake hits off southern Australia

    07/25/2016 2:47:26 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | July 25, 2016
    A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck near Australia, according to Geoscience Australia. The quake reportedly has the potential to cause a tsunami. Mag 6.1 Western Indian Antarctic Ridge, 25 July 2016, 18:58 (AEST). Lat/Long 49.36S, 126.0E. Depth 15km. Info is preliminary. — EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) July 25, 2016 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has put the quake at a 5.9, with a depth of 10km (6.2 miles). The quake struck at 8:58am GMT, 1704.1km (1058.8 miles) off the coast of Queenstown, Australia. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • Soldier son missed Herbert vote: father (Australian election)

    07/22/2016 1:16:02 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd July 2016
    The father of a north Queensland soldier says his son was unable to cast a vote in his home seat of Herbert while on a military exercise in South Australia. The father, identified only as Glen on the Townsville Bulletin website comments blog, said his son had left Townsville before pre-poll voting opened in the federal election. When the soldier arrived at Exercise Hamel in SA no polling station was available, despite having been told there would be. "A new poll is required ... this is a failing of process," Glen wrote. Sky News reported on Thursday more than 600...
  • Inside the little French factory engraving headstones for Commonwealth soldiers killed in world wars

    07/21/2016 2:20:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 21st July 2016 | James Glenday
    The two world wars have long since passed, but for those employed to honour the dead, the task is never-ending. At a factory in the northern French city of Beaurains, machines operate 70 hours a week to produce a constant, global supply of gravestones for the 1.7 million Commonwealth soldiers killed in the two horrific conflicts. Although age may not weary them, the years continue to condemn their gravestones and they need to be replaced. "Some of these headstones are 100 years old," the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Peter Francis said. "For us an illegible headstone is a brave man...
  • US to send ship in first naval visit [New Zealand] in three decades

    07/21/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    radionz.co.nz ^ | 6:29 pm on 21 July 2016
    The United States will have to comply with New Zealand law when it sends a naval ship here in November, Prime Minister John Key says. ... A surface vessel, which would not be nuclear-powered or carry nuclear weapons, would be the most likely US ship to come, Mr Ayson said. "That doesn't mean that New Zealand has got some sort of victory here over American policy. It just means the two sides are finding another way to work around this." Greenpeace, however, hailed the announcement as a victory for New Zealand, echoing the sentiments of investigative journalist Nicky Hager who...
  • Car filled with gas cylinders rams building (Suspected terror attack, Sydney, Australia)

    07/21/2016 4:50:09 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 38 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 21st July 2016
    A MAN is in custody after he set himself alight and drove a vehicle filled with gas bottles into a Western Sydney police station underground carpark, in what is suspected to be an attempted terror attack. It is understood the bottles did not detonate when the car rammed into the gates of Merrylands police station carpark about 7pm tonight. The driver was not arrested until about 8pm, after police closed off Memorial Ave, and he was taken to Westmead Hospital to be treated for minor burns.
  • Fromelles, 100 years on: The worst day for Diggers (anniversary of Australia's bloodiest day)

    07/19/2016 6:31:15 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th July 2016
    IT WAS the worst day in Australian military history, an action described by one commander as a “tactical abortion” which succeeded in killing and wounding thousands of soldiers for no gain whatsoever. From the evening of July 19, 1916 — a century ago today — Australian troops attacked German lines, held a small section overnight and were expelled with casualties of 5533, including 1917 dead and 470 prisoners. In this one inconsequential 14-hour action, Australia lost almost a quarter of what was lost in eight-months at Gallipoli. So ended the Battle of Fromelles, the first major action involving Australian troops...
  • Former Australian leader wants nomination for UN top job [Kevin Rudd]

    07/17/2016 8:46:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2016 10:12 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked the government to nominate him for the United Nations top job, the foreign minister said on Monday. Julie Bishop said Rudd wanted the government’s endorsement to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose second five-year term ends Dec. 31. That decision would be made by Australia’s next cabinet, which will be named Monday following July 2 elections. …
  • Islamic terror rocks Goulburn jail (New South Wales, Australia)

    07/13/2016 3:15:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 14th July 2016 | Miles Godfrey
    PRISON officers fired live bullets and used tear gas to break up fresh violence involving radical Islamists allegedly trying to force other inmates to adopt their extreme views. The fighting at Goulburn jail is the latest serious violence in NSW’s overcrowded prisons and an apparent escalation of a campaign by a small but growing band of hard-line Islamist prisoners to use fear and threats to convert fellow prisoners. A radicalised teenage prisoner, said to be an ISIS supporter, was charged after allegedly pouring boiling water over another inmate and carving “e4e” (eye for an eye) into his head at Kempsey...
  • Takeaway owner, confronted by armed robber, serves another customer instead

    07/13/2016 1:44:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 July 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    The attempted robbery happened on a Saturday night at Taste of Egypt takeaway shop in Christchurch. Ahmed was working alone, preparing a large chicken souvlaki for a customer. The street was quiet, the other kebab shops had closed an hour before and Ahmed was tired and wanted to go home. On the 26-second video an armed, masked person approaches the counter at 10.38pm. Ahmed gives him a cursory glance and appears to smile. He sees the pistol in his hand – and decides to ignore it.Ahmed, who emigrated from Egypt to New Zealand 20 years ago and has a degree...
  • Australian Arabic Council founder jailed for sex attack on boy

    07/12/2016 4:19:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Australian Arabic Council founder Joseph Wakim has been jailed for less than two years for a brazen sex attack on a teenage boy on Christmas Day. The former Victorian multicultural affairs commissioner was told he had already suffered from the public humiliation after being ordered to hand back his Order of Australia medal and resign from his advisory position with the NSW police. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to the rape of a 13-year-old boy on Christmas Day in 2015 after showering him with gifts and holidays.
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Muhammad “instrument of God’s mercy”

    07/10/2016 5:34:33 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JULY 10, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has issued greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the feast of Eid al-Fitr. The Very Reverend Denis Stanley, Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Melbourne Archdiocese, wrote: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne would like to extend its best wishes to the Muslim community in Victoria and Australia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, celebrated at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan.The Holy Qur’an was first revealed in the month of Ramadan and had a special purpose:And We sent down of the...
  • Australian opposition concedes defeat in tight election

    07/09/2016 10:07:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2016 12:44 AM EDT | Kristen Gelineau
    Australia’s opposition leader conceded defeat on Sunday in a chaotic national election that has left Australia in a state of political paralysis for more than a week, while officials scramble to sort out who, if anyone, actually won the tight race. Vote counting was still underway from the July 2 ballot, but opposition leader Bill Shorten said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ruling conservative coalition would eventually secure enough seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to retain power. […] With Shorten’s center-left Labor Party out of the running, just two options remain: Either the coalition will form a majority government...
  • 'Australia has a government' (very narrow 'conservative' win in Australian election)

    07/08/2016 5:22:45 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 8th July 2016
    RESPECTED election analyst Antony Green is predicting the Coalition will get the seats it needs to form government. While the official seat count still sits at 63 for the Coalition, the ABC analyst said he thought he could “pretty accurately predict” the Coalition would achieve between 75 to 77 seats. “All the seats which are in doubt are starting to trend towards the Coalition so 76 may be an underestimate, it may be 77, we’ll see,” Mr Green said during an appearance on the ABC 7pm news bulletin. He said the Coalition definitely had 73 seats and it needed to...
  • The Mufti warns: criticise the imam and risk death

    07/06/2016 6:49:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 7th July 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    THE Grand Mufti of Australia has just proved that Pauline Hanson is right to feel threatened by Islam in this country. Ibrahim Abu Mohammad has written an astonishing letter warning that to criticise even a gay-hating imam is to risk inciting terrorist attacks against us. His inflammatory letter perfectly demonstrates why Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a fool to hold an Iftar dinner for the Mufti and other troubling Muslim leaders during the election campaign. And Turnbull’s dinner — shown on all TV news bulletins — may explain why Hanson’s vote on Saturday was so high, helping her to win...
  • Gun-Toting Action Star Matt Damon Wants Australian-Style Gun Ban in U.S.

    07/05/2016 9:24:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/5/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Gun-toting action star Matt Damon of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Departed, says he wishes the U.S. would implement a gun ban similar to the one Australia implemented in the 1990s. Appearing in Sydney, Australia, for his latest gun-toting action film, Jason Bourne, Damon praised Australia’s gun ban and said he wishes the U.S. would follow the Aussies’ lead. According to Stuff, Damon said, “You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk...
  • Watch: Journalists Punched, Kicked, And Rammed With Car In Sweden’s ‘Little Mogadishu’ No-Go Zone

    03/20/2016 2:41:26 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Mar 2016 | LIAM DEACON
    An Australian TV station has released a shocking report showing its crew being attacked by masked men in a Stockholm suburb known as ‘Little Mogadishu’ due to its primarily Somali population. Since the report was filmed last month, Swedish police have dropped all charges, despite the migrants throwing missile and punches, fly kicking the journalist, and even running one over with a car. The Channel Nine crew and high-profile Australian news correspondent, Liz Hayes, had traveled to the Swedish capital to investigate how the migrant “overload” has affected Swedish society. Upon entering a migrant area, Rinkeby, they were quick to...
  • Brexit could mean VISA-FREE migration between Australia, UK, Canada and NZ

    07/04/2016 8:45:31 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 17 replies
    Express Daily and Sunday ^ | Fri, Mar 18, 2016 | UPDATED: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 | Laura Mowat
    A Proposed free mobility labour zone between Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada has strong support, according to a poll. A survey commissioned by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London found that 70 per cent of Australians, 82 per cent of Kiwis, 58 per cent of Brits and 75 per cent of Canadians are in support of reciprocal open borders between [these UK] nations when it comes to living and working in them. If the UK exits the EU, it would no longer be bound by the EU’s free labour movement laws. end of except, i added in brackets...
  • Only Tony Abbott can fix what Malcolm Turnbull broke in the Liberal Party (Australia)

    07/03/2016 8:31:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th July 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    TONY Abbott must return as leader of the shattered Liberals after Saturday’s election disaster. ..... True, Abbott ideally needs months more to repair the image that a smart-arse media tore to shreds, feeding off his sometimes dumb mistakes. But who else but Abbott could hope to fix what Turnbull has just smashed? This election result has been a near-total catastrophe for the Liberals, who have been left without a mandate, platform, unity, honour or real power after letting Turnbull hijack their party last year. Turnbull, a man of the ABC Left, then ditched the Liberals’ base, Liberal principles and even...
  • Malcolm Turnbull - you are finished (Australian Prime Minister - but for how long?)

    07/02/2016 2:46:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd July 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    Malcolm, You assassinated a Liberal Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who’d won an election by a huge margin. You promised to do even better than him. You then treated the Liberal base like dirt, smashing it with a huge super tax, refusing to speak to conservative journalists, repeatedly humiliating Abbott. You referred to the colonial settlement of Australia as an “invasion” and even held an end-of-Ramadan meal with known Muslim bigots. You called an early double dissolution election on the excuse of needing new laws to tackle rogue unions with a building and construction commission, but with the true aim of...
  • The tally: Who’s winning the vote? (Australian Federal Election - Hung Parliament looks likely)

    07/02/2016 2:00:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 3rd July 2016
    MALCOLM Turnbull says he is confident the Coalition will form a majority government in the next parliament, despite huge losses for his party that have left the result on a knife-edge. ..... Australia is facing the prospect of a hung parliament or a narrow Coalition victory. .... The Coalition is sitting on 50.04 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, compared to 49.96 per cent for Labor. ..... The ABC is predicting the Coalition to win 67 seats, equal to 67 seats for Labor. The Greens are expected to retain one seat, the Nick Xenophon Team will pick up one...
  • Islamist Teen Pleads Guilty to Kangaroo Pouch Bomb Plot

    06/30/2016 8:57:42 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/30/16 | Jim Hoft
    In January an Aussie Islamist teen was arrested for planning an ISIS kangaroo bomb attack. The teen planned to paint a kangaroo with the ISIS flag, fill its pouch with bombs and let it loose on Aussie police on Anzac Day. On Thursday Sevdet Besim pleaded guilty to the kangaroo bomb plot. The Daily Star reported: An Australian teenager accused of discussing packing a kangaroo with explosives and setting it loose on police is facing life behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday to planning a terrorist act.Sevdet Besim was arrested in Melbourne last year when he was 18 and accused...
  • ‘Devastated’: scientists too late to captive breed mammal lost to climate change

    06/29/2016 7:57:20 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 91 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jeremy Hance
    The Bramble Cay melomys has become more famous in extinction than it ever was in life. A mouse-like rodent, the melomys amazingly survived on a 3.6 hectare grass-covered cay (a low-lying island in a coral reef) in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef like a ratty Robinson Crusoe for thousands of years. There, it thrived off just a few plant species until human-caused climate change—in the form of rising sea levels and increasing inundations of sea water on the low-lying island—wiped it off the planet. But, while the extinction has been reported widely, articles have missed an important point: the scientists who...
  • Car set on fire outside Perth mosque as hundreds pray inside

    06/28/2016 4:39:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    Guardian Australia ^ | Tuesday 28 June 2016 18.06 EDT | Ben Doherty
    A suspected car bomb was detonated outside a Perth mosque on Tuesday night as hundreds of worshippers attended a prayer service inside. No one inside the Thornlie Mosque was injured when the white 4WD exploded shortly after 8pm outside the Thornlie mosque, near the Australian Islamic College in Perth’s southern suburbs. Anti-Islamic graffiti was also sprayed on a fence.
  • Brexit boosts calls for Australia to leave the Commonwealth

    06/27/2016 7:34:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 27, 2016 | Telegraph
    Australia's republican movement says membership has surged in the wake of the Brexit vote, as Australians question the benefits of remaining part of “little Britain”. An “AusExit” campaign, including calls to remove the Union Jack from the flag and remove the British monarch as head of state, has gained momentum since Friday, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Peter FitzSimons, the chairman of Australia’s republican movement, said Australia had belonged to the British empire but the historic ties between the nations had become less relevant because “Great Britain barely exists anymore”. “It’s one thing for the monarchists to...
  • Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe

    06/27/2016 4:08:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 27th June 2016 | Rita Panahi
    WATCHING the unhinged and unrestrained hysteria of the Left has been a delightful side benefit of the Brexit poll. While the conservatives who campaigned for Great Britain to remain in the European Union have largely accepted the result with a measure of grace, elements of the Left have reacted with a level of hyperbole that is remarkable even by their shrill standards. There are even demands for a new poll from the Brexit losers who seem to think democracy is only a valid exercise if their side wins. But a referendum is not a game of rock, paper, scissors that...
  • Snow for Blue Mountains, as Sydney shivers ...

    06/25/2016 2:48:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 June 2016 | Caity Stone
    The brutal cold snap has continued into the weekend as parts of New South Wales are blanketed by snow while Sydney braces for continuing chilly blasts. The heavy snowfall and ice buildup has caused widespread congestion on roads in country NSW, forcing the closure of stretches of highway. ...
  • New Zealand CrimeThink on Guns for Self Defense

    06/24/2016 4:17:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I have considered a trip to New Zealand, or to Australia.  Australia makes it very difficult to bring in hunting guns.  Not quite impossible, but you must apply for a permit to possess guns in Australia. It is fairly involved, including such things as sending them a letter from your local police chief months in advance of your trip.  New Zealand requires that you obtain a temporary firearms license, but it appears much easier to obtain, mostly done online. You are not required to pay any fees until you arrive in New Zealand, and the temporary license is good...
  • Why are activists so afraid of the truth about Nauru? (about Australian immigration detention)

    06/20/2016 7:27:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 21st June 2016 | Caroline Marcus
    The conspiracy theories began well before a single frame of the story went to air. A Current Affair on Nauru? What a hatchet job! The Australian government must be behind this pre-election stunt! They’d only be shown the pretty stuff! ..... After spending years calling for media outlets to be allowed on the Pacific island to see what’s really going on in offshore detention centres, the Left press and refugee activists couldn’t have been more incensed one finally made it on. Why? Because it wasn’t one of their own. .....we had no conditions imposed and were able to wander freely...
  • Z Special Unit: Secret military commando group to be recognised by Australian War Memorial

    06/20/2016 1:28:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 20th June 2016 | Thomas Orti
    Z Special Unit, Australia's secret commando unit during World War II, will be recognised by the Australian War Memorial. The special military unit, the existence of which was kept secret for decades, was made up of ordinary Australians who ended up being responsible for some of the most heroic acts in World War II. They were not allowed to discuss their activities with anyone, until now, when they will be recognised in the public ceremony. John Connor, a historian from the University of New South Wales, said the men in the unit were not necessarily professional soldiers before the war....
  • Geelong street cleared after a BOMB was found in a car in a quiet suburban street (Australia)

    06/16/2016 8:00:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 17th June 2016 | Hannah Moore
    Police found and destroyed a suspected pipe bomb in Geelong on Friday morning. Streets were closed after police recovered what they suspected was a pipe bomb from a residence in Norlane, reported 7News. The device was found inside a car on the corner of Robin Avenue and Swallow Crescent, where police were carrying out a search warrant at about 10am this morning.
  • Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

    06/15/2016 5:57:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | By MICHELLE INNIS
    SYDNEY, Australia - Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to human-caused climate change. The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea. The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier...
  • University Censures Science Prof For Fact-Checking Global Warming Claim

    06/13/2016 8:34:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    An Australian university recently censured marine scientist Paul Ridd for “failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the institution,” because he questioned popular claims among environmentalists about coral reefs and global warming. What was Ridd’s crime? He found out two of the world’s leading organizations studying coral reefs were using misleading photographs to make the case that global warming was causing a mass reef die-off. Ridd wasn’t rewarded for checking the facts and blowing the whistle on misleading science. Instead, James Cook University censured Ridd and threatened to fire him for questioning global warming...
  • America's fears of splendid isolation under Brexit

    06/12/2016 5:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | June 13, 2016 | Edward Luce
    Why is America so alarmed by Brexit? Lest the reader be in doubt, remind yourself of this. Never before has a sitting US president visited a fellow democracy in a bid to sway an election. Nor, until now, have 13 former US secretaries of state and defence risked addressing a letter to a foreign electorate with the same motive. Ditto eight former Treasury secretaries and five former supreme commanders of NATO. Not only has the US establishment broken its non-interference rule over Brexit, it is stamping on its smithereens. If we did not know better, it might seem the UK...
  • Black Hawk tragedy: Services held to remember fallen Australian soldiers 20 years on

    06/12/2016 4:26:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Services have been held in Townsville, Sydney and Perth to mark the 20th anniversary of a Black Hawk crash which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers. In June 1996, two helicopters collided mid-air near Townsville, while the troops were carrying out a counter-terrorism training exercise. In Townsville, the Chief of Army Lieutenant Angus Campbell said the lives of the men were lost "for the sake of others". Crash survivor Gary Proctor also delivered an emotional prayer and the service ended with a Black Hawk flyover and the playing of the Last Post. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill...
  • I have just witnessed something rare - a socialist politician with real principles

    06/09/2016 6:43:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    10th June 2016 | vanity
    Like tens of thousands of other Australians, I am a volunteer firefighter - bush fire is a constant threat in Australia, especially during the summer months, and the nation's sheer size and relatively low population means volunteer fire fighters are critical to public safety - the professionals do a fine job in the big cities but on the edges of those cities and out of them, it's the volunteers that are most critical. As a Victorian, I am a volunteer with the CFA - the Country Fire Authority - which has about 60,000 volunteers and about 1,000 professional employed firefighters...
  • Most ADF soldiers ‘believe Islam promotes violence and terrorism’ (Australian Defence Force)

    06/09/2016 5:31:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th June 2016
    The vast majority of Australian Defence Force personnel believes the Muslim religion promotes ­violence and terrorism, despite “cultural sensitivity training” by the ADF to have its soldiers take the view that Islam is a religion of peace. The bombshell new study sponsored by the army finds that such “anti-Muslim sentiments” are “probably quite widespread” among Australian frontline troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the military’s efforts to reverse this trend are counter-productive. ..... “The best estimate … for the proportion of soldiers who have received cultural sensitivity training and who believe that the Muslim religion promotes violence and terrorism...
  • Police shoot knifeman at Westfield Hornsby as three more injured (by police - Australia)

    06/08/2016 11:36:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9th June 2016
    FOUR people have been injured in a shooting outside a shopping centre in Sydney’s northwest after police opened fire on a 23-year-old man carrying a knife. The man, who went missing from a psychiatric hospital yesterday, was seen brandishing a kitchen knife as he wandered around the mall “babbling incoherently”, before he was shot three times by officers. The man reportedly lunged at a female officer after he was told to drop the knife, before she and a male officer opened fire, leaving him with injuries to his arm, thigh and abdomen. Fragments from police gunfire also injured three female...
  • People are spending much less time on social media apps: Report

    06/06/2016 10:53:51 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 23 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/ ^ | 6/6/16 | Harriet Taylor
    People are spending less time on social media apps, in some cases substantially less, a new study from marketing intelligence firm SimilarWeb found. The company compared Android users' daily time spent on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat from January to March 2016 with the same period in 2015. The firm looked at data from the U.S, UK, Germany, Spain, Australia, India, South Africa, Brazil and Spain. Facebook's Instagram saw the biggest year-over-year drop — usage was down 23.7 percent this year, closely followed by Twitter (down 23.4 percent), Snapchat (down 15.7 percent) and Facebook (down 8 percent), the study found.
  • Why government is to the Left when voters are to the Right (Australia)

    06/05/2016 8:24:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 6th June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    NOTICED how the unelected Left is seizing control? Let me give just the latest examples of this putsch. In Victoria, Roz Ward, a Marxist who calls our flag “racist”, is a university lecturer running a government-funded program teaching children to be more “gender fluid”. In NSW, Mark Scott, who as ABC boss did not let any conservatives present his main current affairs shows, has now been hired by the Liberal NSW Government to run its Education Department. Back in Victoria, Fair Work Commissioner Julius Roe, a former Left-wing union official, last week ruled that the far-Left firefighters’ union be given...
  • ‘Alco-Gates’ Trial Will Force Drivers to Take Breath Test Before Leaving Car Parks in Victoria

    06/02/2016 9:22:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A new Victorian State Government trial will force drivers to pass a breathalyser test before leaving licensed venues. The 'alco-gates' will see breath tests linked to the boom gates at car parks via sensors, and were announced as part of the State Government’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 road strategy. If drivers fail the breath test, the boom gate will prevent them from leaving and they will be made to wait until they are sober or take a taxi home. The trial will begin at a small number of pubs and clubs initially, before being rolled out further if successful. Those affected...
  • Australian Vietnam War dead finally return home

    06/02/2016 2:24:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Neil Keene
    DECADES after the Vietnam War ended, the remains of 22 fallen Australian servicemen have finally arrived back in Australia for burial on home soil. Under full military honours their coffins were unloaded from two RAAF C17 Globemaster jets at Richmond RAAF base in Western Sydney, with hundreds of emotional family members, friends and Vietnam veterans watching on. Also arriving home were the remains of three servicemen killed on deployment in Malaysia, and eight dependants — partners and children of servicemen who died overseas and were interred in a Malaysian cemetery. Service personnel from all three arms of the Australian Defence...
  • Jump-Kicking Kangaroo Ruptures Woman’s Breast Implants

    06/01/2016 7:54:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | May 31, 2016 | Warner Todd Huston
    A woman who was cycling in Australia reported to authorities she was attacked by a kangaroo with a jump-kick that hit her so hard it burst her breast implants. Sharon Heinrich said that she and a friend were biking along a public trail in Clare Valley in South Australia when the kangaroo began to chase them. The 45-year-old cyclist said as the two began to ride past the beast, it gave chase then leapt at them first using its powerful legs to slam into her and then springing off to hit her companion, Helen Salter, 47. Both were knocked off...
  • Green activists feel gorilla’s pain but can’t see spooked kids

    06/01/2016 4:36:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    THERE’S many green activists who can see all the way to the African rainforests, but can’t see the bawling baby in front of them. It’s what Charles Dickens called “telescopic philanthropy”, and you can see it in the latest green propaganda clip to go viral. It stars Henry Marr, a six-year-old from Washington, bawling from the fear of the green doom preached by his parents and teachers. Filmed by his proud mother, Henry is shown strapped in his car seat, tears streaming down his face. When he finally can speak, he explains what has so terrified him. ..... Indeed, scaring...
  • Adam Giles vs the new racism

    06/01/2016 4:24:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    One reason I have huge respect for Adam Giles is that he rejects the new racism pushed by the ABC, in which we are divided into racial types and not judged as complex individuals: TONY JONES:... You’re the first Indigenous head of any Australian government. Has any of the political instability up there got anything at all to do with racism? ADAM GILES: Oh, look, I just correct you on one point there. I’m not an Indigenous head of government. I’m a person who’s head of government who has Indigenous heritage and I’ll always make sure that I compete on...
  • What the dead can teach us about cowardice and weakness

    05/31/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 2 replies
    Australian Christian Lobby ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lyle Shelton (Australian Christian Lobby)
    "Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed...The cowardice and weakness of Australia's 'gatekeepers' is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s." Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer's personality cult and more to the failure of Germany's 'gatekeepers' to...
  • Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

    05/30/2016 7:57:58 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 29, 2016
    Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.
  • 'Eating our bacon reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent'

    05/24/2016 4:08:58 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/23/2016 | By SINEAD MACLAUGHLIN and LOUISE CHEER
    A butcher's sign that said eating his bacon reduced the chance of someone being a suicide bomber has raised a few eyebrows. A photo posted on social media showed a sign up in the window of Jeff Rapley's butchery, Rapley's Midtown Quality Meats, in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. 'Eating two strips of Rapley's award-winning bacon for breakfast reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent,' the sign read.
  • Canada once again backs Israel at the UN

    05/29/2016 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2016, 5:59 AM | Dalit Halevy
    Canada once again backed Israel at the UN this week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined the Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. …
  • The sound of silence — why Germany lost its subs bid (Australia)

    05/29/2016 10:33:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    It was the smallest of sounds, too soft for human ears but deemed loud enough to potentially doom an Australian submarine. Two weeks ago, behind closed doors in a shipyard in the German port of Kiel, the secrets behind Australia’s $150 billion submarine decision were finally revealed. It was a moment that left the Germans stunned. They were told for the first time that they had lost the bid because their proposed Aust­ralian submarine had an “un­acceptable’’ level of “radiated noise’’. In the world of submarines, noise equals potential detection and death, but when the Germans pressed the Australian officials...