Australia/New Zealand (News/Activism)

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  • Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants free movement between UK,Canada,NZ and Australia

    09/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th September 2016
    <p>WHILE much of the world is throwing up new borders to clamp down on unwanted migrants, one organisation is pushing for free movement between Australia and a select group of countries.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants to see unrestricted movement for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK between nations.</p>
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Australian shot dead by robbers in US praised as hero by wife (Savannah, Georgia)

    09/24/2016 1:27:25 AM PDT · by seacapn · 45 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 24 September 2016 04.35 BST | Australian Associated Press
    Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid has been praised as a hero by his wife after he moved her out of danger moments before masked robbers fatally shot him dead on a US street. Kari Graham-Reid told how she was on an after-dinner stroll with her “wonderful” husband near their home in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday night when three men suddenly appeared from the shadows... Local police described one of the suspects as a black male wearing a light coloured bandanna over his face. The other two suspects were described as black males. “There hasn’t been an arrest in the...
  • Pine Gap ‘spy base’ makes Australia a target, researcher claims

    09/21/2016 8:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd September 2016
    IT’S the top secret military facility in Central Australia that plays a key role in US intelligence and military operations around the world. But rather than protecting us from a potential enemy attack, Pine Gap’s very existence makes us an ideal target. That’s the view of Richard Tanter, a professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne, who told news.com.au the level of data collected from Pine Gap was beyond staggering. Prof Tanter has conducted years of research into the facility with ANU colleague and leading authority on Pine Gap, Desmond Ball, and will...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Turnbull says no to Muslim refugees. Kind of

    09/21/2016 5:38:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd September 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull has good news for Hanson voters about the refugees he’ll bring in: more Catholics, fewer Muslims. But the Prime Minister didn’t put it like that on Wednesday, of course. He doesn’t want to be called racist. So he said this: “We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” How convenient. They are Catholics there, aren’t they? They sure aren’t Muslim. Not Muslims like the ones Pauline Hanson and her other three senators now want banned from coming in. They’re certainly not Muslim like the immigrants...
  • French hitchhiker 'goes berserk' in New Zealand after four days stuck without a lift

    09/21/2016 7:59:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 September 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    A Frenchman has gone on a frustrated rampage in a tiny New Zealand fishing village after he spent four days waiting for a hitchhiking ride. The 27-year-old Frenchman arrived in the west coast settlement of Punakaiki late last week. the man spent four days attempting to hitchhike south. On the fourth day after no one had picked him up he went “berserk”, allegedly attacking the Welcome to Punakaiki sign with a rock, abusing motorists and throwing other road signs into the local river. “Oh he threw an absolute hissy fit; he was lying prone on the road screaming that New...
  • The rise of the far right in Australia

    09/19/2016 10:51:06 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Ange McCormack, Sarah McVeigh
    In early April last year, 23-year-old Thomas Sewell headed along to a Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne. It was one of 16 rallies attended by thousands of people across the country. Thomas wasn’t draped in an Australian flag or covering his mouth with a mask; he wasn’t wielding placards; he didn’t look like the guys who were splashed across newspapers the next day. “I was just curious as to what was going on,” Thomas told Hack. “I rocked up with nice clothes, not looking for a punch-on. To hear people speak. All I wanted to do was hear people speak....
  • Aust warships to be inferior to US vessels

    09/14/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AAP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Delays with new air warfare destroyers, the navy's most complex and expensive warships, mean they will go to sea inferior to comparable US vessels. A new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that's because US warships are being equipped with the latest version of the Aegis combat system, which features greatly enhanced capabilities including ballistic missile defence. ASPI analyst James Mugg said defence was aware of this shortcoming and had scheduled an upgrade for the three vessels between 2017 and 2028, at an an eye watering estimated price of $4-5 billion. That's around half the cost of building...
  • Australian parliament gets bill to set up gay marriage vote

    09/13/2016 8:46:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 11:34 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow a public but non-binding vote on gay marriage early next year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a marriage equality advocate who is the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, introduced the bill on the first anniversary of his ascension to the top government job. […] Although such a vote appears to be a move toward changing the law, most gay rights activists are against a plebiscite, saying it should be decided in Parliament without the potential divisive public debate. They fear that...
  • Suspected debris from missing MH370 points to fire on plane

    09/12/2016 6:42:33 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 13 | Staff
    Charred debris, possibly belonging to the missing MH370 plane, has been handed to investigators - raising the prospect of a flash fire on board the ill-fated jet. An American amateur investigator handed over several pieces of blackened debris to Australia's Transport Safety Bureau on Monday in what may prove to be a breakthrough in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Blaine Gibson said the material, which had washed up in Madagascar, included what appeared to be an internal panel.
  • 'IS-inspired' Australian man charged with terrorism

    09/10/2016 9:45:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    bbc ^ | 09/10/2016
    fficers say the attacker repeatedly stabbed a 59-year-old man in a suburban park and then tried to stab a policeman. A large knife has been seized from the accused, who will appear in court later on Sunday. The victim, who was reportedly walking his dog in the park, suffered injuries to his body and hands, and remains in hospital in a serious condition. Although the authorities say they believe the attacker was inspired by IS, they do not think he has close ties to any extremist organisation. "This is the new face of terrorism. This is the new face of...
  • At least we could (probably) invade New Zealand: How small is the Royal Canadian Navy, really?

    09/08/2016 11:46:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Tristin Hopper
    Hull for hull, at least one landlocked country can match Canada's Atlantic fleet. How the Royal Canadian Navy stacks up on the high seas In 2017, Canada's last destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, will be retired, forcing the Royal Canadian Navy to lean on the U.S. to protect its ships from air attack. Last year, the vessel, flagship of the Atlantic fleet, twice broke down while at sea. Meanwhile, even Canada's newly renovated submarines won't last more than a few years without a few billion dollars in upgrades. Critics have called the Royal Canadian Navy "decayed," "neglected" and "embarrassing." But how small...
  • ISIS has issued calls for 'lone wolf' attacks on the Opera House, MCG and Bondi

    09/08/2016 8:49:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | September 7, 2016 | Sarah Kimmorley
    Islamic State has issued fresh calls for terror attacks in Australia, targeting iconic landmarks including the Opera House, MCG and Bondi. In the first edition of Rumiyah, Islamic State’s online magazine, which was released yesterday, the terrorist group has urged followers to stab, shoot, and poison Australian people. “Light the ground beneath them aflame and scorch them with terror. Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards,” the article reads. “Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your...
  • Flimsy strap secured $50m jet engine which fell from a truck in Arncliffe

    09/08/2016 1:47:12 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 55 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 8th September 2016 | David Meddows
    THIS is the $20 strap used to secure a multi-million dollar RAAF jet engine that literally fell off the back of a flatbed truck on a major Sydney road on Tuesday. The seven tonne General Electric CF6 is worth $40-50 million new, and is used by the Air Force’s KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft, a military derivative of the Airbus A330-200. The massive engine fell onto the road when the driver braked suddenly and the strap holding it in place snapped on Forest Road in Arncliffe at about 9.30am.
  • Australia: Catholic teacher forced Qur’anic readings on students

    09/03/2016 2:37:18 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 | CHRISTINE WILLIAMS
    “Parents have been left fuming after discovering a history and geography teacher has been reading excerpts of the Koran to their children at a Catholic boy’s high school.” Now why would Jesse Pittard not read to the children the Torah, the Vedas (Hindu scriptures), the Sutras (Buddhist texts) etc., all in the spirit of diversity? What could be his motive to choose only one religion? Apparently he was a well-intentioned Leftist multiculturalist who has swallowed the full gamut of “Islamophobia” propaganda and was trying to “help out.” Another dhimmi candidate for Useful Idiot prize of the year. Kudos to the...
  • India shelves plan to expand French submarine order after data breach

    09/03/2016 5:25:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/03/2016 | Sanjeev Miglani
    India is unlikely to give French naval contractor DCNS a proposed order for three new submarines, in addition to the six it is already building in the country, following the leak of secret data about its capabilities, Indian defence officials said. Details of the Scorpene submarine were published in the Australian newspaper last month, triggering concerns that it had become vulnerable even before it was ready to enter service. DCNS had offered to build three more submarines to help India replace its ageing Soviet-era fleet, and had held talks over the past year, two Indian sources said. That offer will...
  • Australian government auditor slams Tiger attack helicopter

    09/02/2016 12:07:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 02 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | GREG WALDRON
    The Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) has issued a report that is highly critical of the army’s fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The 64-page report details a range of issues. It identifies 76 “capability deficiencies,” of which the Department of Defence (DoD) deems 60 to be “critical.” “The Tiger helicopter fleet has not yet delivered the original capability expected by the Australian Government, and continues to experience higher than expected sustainment costs and lower than expected aircraft availability,” says the ANAO. On the original acquisition of the type, it contends that the Tiger was still...
  • Panic as the PM loses control of Parliament (Australia)

    09/01/2016 7:23:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd September 2016 | Daniel Meers & Simon Benson
    - First time a majority Government has lost a House of Representatives vote since 1962 - Ministers, MPs hauled off flights, out of interviews after Labor coup MALCOLM Turnbull has read the riot act to missing-in-action coalition MPs whose absence from parliament allowed Labor to inflict an embarrassing defeat on the government overnight. The MPs, including three ministers, did the wrong thing by thinking they could get an early mark on Thursday, he said. ..... The Turnbull government was plunged into chaos last night when up to eight ministers and MPs had to be forced off planes, hauled out of...
  • Four-year-old child the youngest to transition gender in NSW schools

    08/31/2016 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 58 replies
    9News Australia ^ | September 01, 2016 | nine.com.au staff
    A four-year-old child in NSW is transitioning their gender before their first day of preschool as new data shows a steep climb in the number of children with gender dysphoria. The child is the youngest of a number across the state currently transitioning, while at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital 250 children, some as young as three, have been referred for assistance by the gender dysphoria unit, the Daily Telegraph reports. Where the child is from or their birth sex has not been revealed. "We have a number of ­students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the...
  • Kim Dotcom's Mega-Extradition Hearing Will Be Livestreamed

    08/30/2016 3:07:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. to face conspiracy, racketeering and money-laundering charges. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.
  • Tom Jackson, hero Brit backpacker who tried to save Mia Ayliffe-Chung, dies in hospital

    08/30/2016 2:27:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th August 2016
    A HEROIC British backpacker who attempted to save the life of a young woman in a hostel stabbing frenzy last week has died in hospital. Tom Jackson, 30, suffered more than 20 stab wounds to the face, head and torso as he tried to shield Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from a vicious attack at Shelley’s Backpackers, in Home Hill, south of Townsville last Tuesday night. French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, along with the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man. One charge of attempted murder will now be upgraded to murder in the...
  • Good News: Streisand Says If Trump Wins, She’ll Move to Australia

    08/29/2016 8:16:17 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 82 replies
    Tammy Bruce ^ | 08-29-2016 | Shifra
    Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November. The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.
  • Aboriginal mum posts daughter's 'whiteface' photos

    08/29/2016 8:50:26 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Last week a young boy in Perth attended a school event with his skin painted black in tribute to his idol, Australian Rules player Nic Naitanui. The incident sparked furious discussion on social media. The mother-of-two from Far North Queensland shared a photo on Facebook showing her daughter dressed as a Dr Seuss character in a red wig and white face paint for similar school event three years ago. "Not once did anyone say anything when I painted my black daughter white 3 years ago. We need to stop the double standards, a hero is a hero!" Ms Bee wrote.
  • French submarine builder tries to plug global leak in Australian court

    08/28/2016 10:10:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SUBSCRIBER-ONLY ARTICLE THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | August 29, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    <p>The French shipbuilder at the centre of a global submarine data leak scandal is threatening legal action today to prevent further publication of the information contained in 22,400 secret documents obtained by The Australian.</p>
  • Man allegedly added hydrochloric acid to lubricant dispenser in Sydney gay club

    08/28/2016 2:22:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | August 28, 2016 | Staff
    A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly putting hydrochloric acid inside what is understood to be a lubricant dispenser at a gay club in Sydney's north-west. Police said the 62-year-old man went into the Bridge Street premises in Rydalmere on Saturday, filling a dispenser inside a room with the highly corrosive acid. Hydrochloric acid is a strong, corrosive acid which can produce burns, ulcers and scars when put into contact with skin.
  • Australia Police: No Extremist Motive Found in Hostel Attack

    08/25/2016 2:03:33 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 31 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday. Police in Queensland state said there was no indication the attack at a northeast Australian hostel was motivated by extremism. But they are looking into whether the suspect, 29-year-old Smail Ayad, had been rejected by 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung before police say he stabbed her to death on Tuesday, Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said. "That is one of the lines of inquiry that we are conducting. There...
  • British backpacker, 21, stabbed to death by French knifeman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (Australia)...

    08/24/2016 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Gritty · 54 replies
    The SUN ^ | 24 August 2016 | James Cox, Simon Tomlinson,...
    Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, who had been working as a bartender for the past six months, was knifed in a frenzied attack in front of 30 horrified witnesses. Another Brit, named locally as Tom Jackson, is fighting for his life in hospital after reports that he was stabbed up to 15 times. ... It has emerged the knifeman also stabbed a dog to death as he rampaged through a room of around 30 people on Tuesday night. Cops have now arrested a 29-year-old man who they say screamed extremist Islamic prayers during the attack. ... A backpacker who did not wish...
  • Scorpene submarines: Huge setback for India as 22,000 pages of secret data leaked

    08/23/2016 10:20:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | August 24, 2016
    Indian Navy seems to have suffered a huge setback after more than 22,000 pages of secret data related to the six Scorpene-class submarines being made by the French company DCNS in India was leaked, “The Australian” newspaper reported. The leaked data gives away the entire secret combat and performance capabilities of these submarines, and will completely negate their operational usefulness if China and Pakistan get access to the same. India is currently building six Scorpene-class submarines, named Project 75, in partnership with the French company DCNS under a $3.5-billion deal signed in 2005. These submarines are being built at Mazagon...
  • Woman stabbed to death at Home Hill (Australia - assailant yelled "Allah Akbar")

    08/23/2016 7:29:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    UPDATE 12.15PM: POLICE have confirmed a Frenchman accused of a stabbing frenzy at a Home Hill backpackers yelled “Allah Akbar” during the violent incident and as he was taken in to custody. QPS Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said investigators would examine whether the comments were made as a result of extremist motives but could not yet rule out whether mental health issues or drug use were factors in the crime. A Bristish woman, 21, was killed in the incident and a 30-year-old British man remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital. A 46-year-old Home Hill man was also injured...
  • Long Tan: Vietnamese authorities allow restricted access to battle site after negotiations

    08/17/2016 3:16:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Vietnamese authorities have agreed to allow restricted access to the Long Tan site after negotiations with the Australian Government overnight. Access to the site is being limited to groups of 100 people or fewer. The Federal Government's Smart Traveller website advises that any visitors to the Battle of Long Tan site cannot wear medals or uniforms, carry banners or make speeches. The Vietnamese Government said the commemoration ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary remained cancelled. Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan, who yesterday described the last-minute cancellation as "a kick in the guts", said he was glad for the reprieve. "The...
  • Alaska Court’s Ruling on Abortion and Parental Notification Hurts Teens

    08/17/2016 6:14:33 AM PDT · by milton23 · 38 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/16/16 | Jana Minich & Elizabeth Slattery
    Hillary Kieft grew worried when her daughter didn’t arrive from school on the bus as usual. After she called the school to find out what was wrong, a school nurse pulled into her driveway with the daughter (let’s call her “Kelly”) in tow. The nurse explained that she had taken Kelly for counseling after school, according to LifeNews.com, which reported on the Kieft story. But, in fact, the nurse took Kelly to have an abortion. In New Zealand—where the Kieft family lives—it is completely legal for a minor to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Parents like Hillary Kieft...
  • Vietnam's Long Tan commemoration cancelled ('kick in the guts' for Australian veterans)

    08/17/2016 12:27:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    A commemoration ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam has been cancelled. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Vietnamese authorities had cancelled Thursday's Veterans Day at the Long Tan cross site. The department said it understood private access to the site was still permitted and the advice of exercising normal safety precautions in Vietnam was still current. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement the Vietnamese government had advised it would not permit the ceremony to go ahead. An official party including the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors will still...
  • Australia could play pivotal role in a US-China war, ex-Obama intelligence chief says

    08/15/2016 7:21:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A former top intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama predicts Australia could play a "very consequential" role if a war breaks out between the United States and China. David C Gompert was principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has just led a US Army-commissioned report examining the prospect of the two military powers going to war. The report War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable says war between the US and China would be long, destructive and could erupt if regional disputes already underway overheat. The 115-page document by the Washington-based RAND Corporation also suggests...
  • World-first trial lets WA residents sell their own excess solar power

    08/15/2016 5:55:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    The technology behind virtual currency 'bitcoin' has enabled Perth to launch a world-first trial to let people with solar panels sell their excess electricity to each other, not back to the grid.
  • Missile defence could be on the way (Australia)

    08/14/2016 9:03:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | AUGUST 14, 2016 | Max Blenkin
    Australia's new air warfare destroyers could be equipped to shoot down ballistic missiles threatening the Australian mainland or deployed troops. That would require a government decision to acquire this politically controversial capability, which could then be retro-fitted to the three vessels. The 2016 Defence White Paper says the threat of missile attack on Australia is low. But more nations, such as North Korea, are acquiring ballistic and cruise missiles and that increases the risk of attack on Australian territory or on deployed forces. Most concerning, such missiles could carry nuclear or chemical warheads. The white paper says Australia and the...
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm files racism complaint because he was called an 'angry white male'

    08/14/2016 8:28:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Ashleigh Davis
    Senator David Leyonhjelm has lodged a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act for comments made about him by a journalist. The Liberal Democrat senator, from New South Wales, submitted the complaint last week after a Fairfax media article was published referring to him as a 'boorish and gormless as a result of being an angry white male', reported the Daily Telegraph. It is reportedly the first complaint of its kind for the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Under this section, it states it is unlawful to commit an act which would reasonably...
  • 'Nauru Files': Allegations of Abuse of Asylum Seekers on Remote Island Shock Australia

    Advocacy groups have exposed shocking allegations of human rights abuses -- many against children -- inflicted on asylum seekers detained by Australia at a remote island in the South Pacific. Nauru is an independent country northeast of Australia with a population of approximately 10,000 and a special economic and political relationship with Australia. HRW and Amnesty International allege that the abuses have gone on unchecked because of how difficult it is to access the remote island. "Journalists in particular face severe restrictions on entry, with an $8,000 non-refundable visa fee and a protracted application process," the report states. Refugees on...
  • Australian Vietnam veterans who fought in the Battle of Long Tan finally receive military honours...

    08/11/2016 2:27:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 11th August 2016
    Ten Australian Vietnam veterans will be awarded military honours 50 years after fighting in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Following a long fight with Canberra, soldiers who took part in the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966, will finally have their heroism recognised ahead of 50th anniversary commemorations. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan announced on Wednesday he would write to the prime minister and governor-general to recommend the 10 soldiers be awarded military honours or have existing honours upgraded. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, 83, was commander of Delta company during the Battle of...
  • Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

    08/11/2016 6:02:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 6:47 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group had until next Thursday to respond to his preliminary view that their leasing a 50.4 percent stake in Ausgrid over 99 years would not be in the national interest. The decision almost certainly sinks the deal for the New South Wales state-owned electricity network that would have earned more than 10 billion Australian dollars ($7.6 billion). The money would have been spent on...
  • Two professors kidnapped in Kabul: report

    08/07/2016 2:25:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 7, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Two professors, one of them an American citizen, were reportedly abducted at gun point near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul this weekend, ABC News reported. The other man was Australian, according to ABC. Men wearing National Security forces uniforms reportedly kidnapped the men at about 8:30 p.m. Kabul time, according to the Voice of America. The Kabul police have begun an investigation into the incident. A U.S. State Department official said the department is "aware of reports of a U.S. citizen kidnapped in Kabul." "Due to privacy considerations, we have no information to offer," an official told Voices...
  • Bell Helicopter pitches Vipers and Venoms to the ADF

    08/07/2016 9:48:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Bell Helicopter is pitching its AH-1Z Viper attack and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters to meet ADF requirements outlined in the recent Defence White Paper. February’s Defence White Paper and its accompanying Integrated Investment Program (IIP) detailed the planned early retirement and replacement of Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from the mid-2020s plus plans to acquire “deployable light helicopters” to support Special Forces operations. “The White Paper calls for Australia to have an outward-facing, strategically engaged capability of being forward deployed,” Bell’s regional director for military business development, John Woodbery, told Australian Aviation in Canberra in late July. “We are...
  • Long Tan veterans to receive gallantry awards 50 years after battle (Australia/Vietnam War)

    08/05/2016 5:06:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 6th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    Australian veterans from the Battle of Long Tan will next week receive official recognition for their gallantry, almost 50 years to the day after their heroic efforts in the Vietnam War. On 18 August, 1966, members of D Company who were outnumbered 20 to 1, fought against enormous odds to defeat the Viet Cong in one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the war. For half a century, many of the men have received no official recognition of their courage, despite sustained campaigning from D Company commander, retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith. In April last year, former army chief...
  • ‘Paper cat’ Australia will learn its lesson (Red China threatens)

    08/05/2016 6:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016/7/30 0:23:01
    Around the announcement of the arbitration tribunal over the South China Sea, Australia was one of the most delirious countries. Canberra immediately supported the arbitration result and claimed China “must” abide by it, and also signed a joint declaration with the US and Japan. Australia has inked a free trade agreement with China, its biggest trading partner, which makes its move of disturbing the South China Sea waters surprising to many. Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials,...
  • Australia swim team avoid using Olympic pool for fear of sickness after water ‘turns soupy’

    08/05/2016 5:29:09 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Gold Coast Bulletin ^ | August 4, 2016
    Leading swim coach Michael Bohl, who has seven athletes racing in Rio, said he had to move his training session into the main arena as a precaution because the water quality had deteriorated at the warm up pool. Bohl brought world champion Mitch Larkin, butterflyers Emma McKeon and Grant Irvine into the main arena for the afternoon session as a health precaution. While Bohl said other swimmers remained training in the cloudy water, organisers had assured him they were looking into the problem.
  • Australia suspends World Vision's Palestine aid after allegations funds were diverted

    08/04/2016 7:39:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has suspended funding of World Vision programs in Palestine, after the head of the charity in Gaza was charged by Israel for allegedly providing funds to Hamas. The World Vision Australia chief executive, Tim Costello, has welcomed the suspension but said the charity was “mystified” by the charges given that independent audits had found its programs in the Palestine were clean. Israel’s domestic security agency Shin Bet alleges that Mohammad El Halabi, the director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, used his position to divert tens of millions of dollars of humanitarian...
  • Bill Leak's cartoon of Aboriginal people in 'The Australian' called racist

    08/04/2016 4:14:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 5th August 2016 | Harry Pearl
    A cartoon depicting an Aboriginal father clutching a can of beer and unaware of his son's name has been condemned as racist by Indigenous groups. The drawing by veteran cartoonist Bill Leak appeared in The Australian on Thursday and shows an outback scene in which a policeman is bringing an Indigenous child back to his barefoot father. The policeman says: 'You'll have to sit down and talk to your son about personal responsibility.' The boy's father responds, 'Yeah righto, what's his name then?'
  • Woman killed in London attack was an American, police say

    08/04/2016 7:11:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/4/2016 | unknown
    An American woman was killed and five other people injured in a stabbing attack in London’s Russell Square by a Norwegian man of Somali origin who was arrested after the incident, authorities said. "So far we have found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism," Rowley said. He said the woman who died was a 60-year-old American, and the five injured people are British, American, Israeli and Australian. None had life-threatening injuries. Two remain in a hospital, while three others have been discharged.
  • Missile selfie: Did this Aussie pilot just take the best 'Top Gun' photo ever?

    08/03/2016 6:48:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    ABC, Australia ^ | August 03, 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot has managed to capture the exact moment he fired a high-tech missile in a perfectly timed cockpit selfie. Flight Lieutenant Todd 'Woody' Woodford took the spectacular picture inside his EA-18G Growler during a live fire exercise off the Californian coast. The airman is one of six Australians serving in US Navy expeditionary EA-18G squadrons as part of a bilateral Personnel Exchange Program, and the first RAAF member to launch an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missile. His Top Gun-style missile selfie was first published online yesterday by the California-based Tailhook Association. Twelve EA-18G Growler...
  • Malcolm Turnbull... blocked... Rudd's UN SG bid... 'couldn't bring himself to praise him on camera'

    08/02/2016 5:41:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 3rd August 2016 | Rachel Eddie and Nelson Groom
    Malcolm Turnbull made his 'captain's call' to block Kevin Rudd's United Nations bid because he didn't want to lie to the camera and pretend he believed he was the right person for the job. The night before the cabinet discussion last week, Mr Turnbull told his ministers he couldn't bring himself to feign support for Mr Rudd to media and the public, a source told Sydney Morning Herald. It comes after revelations cabinet was 11-10 in favour of nominating Mr Rudd for the international role of Secretary-General at the UN. But his bid was shut down by the Prime Minister...
  • Hillary Clinton bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints

    08/02/2016 7:35:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Theguardian.com ^ | 8-1-2016 | Melissa Davey
    A Melbourne street artist who was threatened with a council fine over a provocative mural he painted of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has responded by covering her image with a niqab. Maribyrnong council took issue with the original mural, which depicted Clinton wearing a revealing swimsuit with $100 notes tucked into it. The council said residents complained about the piece, which was painted on to the side wall of a scooter shop in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne. In a statement, the council said the mural contravened its gender equity policy. "We believe that this mural is offensive because...