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  • Sam Dastyari quits Federal Parliament (Australia - Chinese "double agent")

    12/11/2017 6:33:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 12th December 2017 | Malcolm Farr
    LABOR’S Sam Dastyari today quit the Senate as the accumulation of questionable ties to Chinese contacts made his continued service impossible. The 34-year old former party whiz-kid said he wanted to “spare the party any further distraction”. His decision to quit the Senate ultimately was his own, Bill Shorten said today. But the Opposition Leader pointed to his own barbed comments last Friday that Senator Dastyari’s career was going nowhere. “His career in federal politics is over. He’s resigned. It was a tough decision,” Mr Shorten told reporters in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. ..... His shock decision followed claims...
  • Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise

    12/07/2017 3:00:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/6/17 | James Delingpole
    Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen). But after the evidence had been adjusted by tidal records gatekeepers at the global databank Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) it suddenly showed a sharp and dramatic rise.The whistle was blown by two Australian scientists Dr. Albert Parker and Dr. Clifford Ollier in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment.
  • Australian wives furious over proposal to send sex workers to troops

    12/09/2017 4:01:51 AM PST · by x1stcav · 103 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/7/17 | Kerry Warren
    Jane Taylor* has a lot of things to worry about when her husband is deployed. Will he come home alive? Will her kids see their dad again? But until last month, “Will he slip up and sleep with a taxpayer-funded sex worker?” wasn’t one of them. Like many military wives, Brisbane, Australia, resident Jane was horrified to read Australian army Capt. Sally Williamson recommending prostitutes be sent to the front line to help “relieve stress” in serving troops.
  • Australia legalises same-sex marriage

    12/07/2017 12:06:36 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 7th December 2017 | Roje Adaimy and Paul Osborne
    Australia's first legal same-sex marriages will go ahead in January after a marathon session of parliament passed laws. Same-sex couples will be able from this Saturday lodge a notice of intended marriage to start the minimum notice period required before their marriages can be solemnised from January 9. Only four MPs in the House of Representatives voted against a private bill on Thursday, just more than a week after it was agreed to by the Senate. It went through unchanged, after 56 hours of parliamentary debate despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions, including for religious organisations, civil...
  • Violent clashes outside Milo Yiannopoulos Melbourne event continue into the night

    12/04/2017 9:50:35 AM PST · by BusterDog · 11 replies
    A violent brawl has continued into the evening, as protesters clashed on the streets of Melbourne ahead of a talk from right-wing commentator, Milo Yiannopoulos. Police were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue a number of protesters before pulling them off to the side. The wild scenes on the streets of Flemington first erupted around 6pm, ahead of the alt-right poster boy's first talk in Victoria at the Melbourne Pavilion.
  • Citizenship: Federal MPs to come clean on status in official register (Australia)

    12/03/2017 4:46:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 4th December 2017 | Claire Bickers
    MORE federal politicians could be caught up in the citizenship fiasco after MPs were told to disclose their spouse’s status, along with their parents’ and grandparents’ details by tomorrow. FEDERAL MPs will be forced to disclose their spouse’s citizenship status, along with their parents and grandparents, in a directive that could see more politicians caught up in the ongoing citizenship fiasco. The deadline for disclosure has also been moved back to 9am on Tuesday, rather than 8pm, in a bid to deal with outstanding citizenship issues as soon as possible. MPs could be fined or face jail time if they...
  • Matt Lauer could potentially lose New Zealand farm

    WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s overseas investment regulator said Thursday it was discussing allegations made against former US “Today” show host Matt Lauer with his representative as part of a review of his purchase of a large South Island farm. NBC News fired Lauer on Wednesday after a female colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior, the network said, making him the latest rich and powerful man to be felled by such accusations. New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office cited the requirement that foreign investors be “of good character” as it confirmed it was seeking further information on Lauer. “The Overseas Investment...
  • Employee used crisp packet as 'Faraday cage' to hide his whereabouts during work

    11/29/2017 7:58:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | Novembere 27, 2017 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A man in Australia was sacked after he relied on a 180-year-old scientific discovery to help prevent his colleagues discovering his whereabouts while he played golf during work hours. Tom Colella, a 60-year-old electrician in Perth, lost his job after an anonymous letter to his firm claimed that he left work to play golf at least 140 times over the last two years. Australia’s Fair Work Commission, a workplace tribunal, heard that Mr Colella blocked his whereabouts by storing his personal digital assistant, a phone-like device that has a GPS inside, in an empty foil packet of Twisties, a puffy...
  • Same-sex marriage bill passes Senate

    11/28/2017 8:08:30 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 59 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/28/17
    Same-sex marriage is a step closer to being legal - after the Senate passed a bill without amendments. This afternoon, the upper house voted 43 to 12 in favour of the bill originally proposed by Liberal senator Dean Smith. But it's a move expected to cause some tension within the Coalition. Last night, six Coalition senators joined Labor and the Greens to scuttle changes to the bill - despite the majority of Coalition senators supporting the amendments to broaden religious protections. Cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Marise Payne and Nigel Scullion joined Senator Smith, Jane Hume and Linda Reynolds in voting...
  • The Gay High-Water Mark (Steyn on Australia)

    11/27/2017 4:24:46 PM PST · by Salman · 13 replies
    Mark Steyn (his own site) ^ | November 27, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Australia's "marriage equality" campaign triumphed in this month's referendum under the slogan "Let's Get It Done". In other words, it's inevitable, so why waste another five years arguing about it? Let's get it done, and over, and move on to transgender bathrooms or whatever's next. That's how "progressives" think about progress. As a certain author wrote long ago in a certain bestselling book: We assume that social progress is like technological progress: it can't be reversed. Just as you can't disinvent the internal combustion engine, so you can't disinvent women's rights. Just as the horse and buggy yielded to the...
  • Woman dies while trying to take a selfie

    11/25/2017 10:34:19 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 81 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 24, 2017 | Tamar Lapin
    A woman known for documenting her travels on social media fell to her death while trying to snap a selfie, according to reports. Toni Kelly, 20, a New Zealander living in London, died Nov. 14, two days after plunging out of a second-story window and suffering a severe brain injury, the Evening Standard reported.
  • The Australian Plebiscite On Gay Marriage Is Finally Over (The Homosexuals Win)

    11/15/2017 10:10:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    It took a couple of months and was filled with charges and countercharges of dirty tricks and the suppression of free speech, but the Australian plebiscite on gay marriage is finally finished. The people responded in large numbers and in the end, the tally ran fairly close to what the current polling had indicated. More than sixty percent of respondents voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage and now the Parliament is vowing to bring it to a vote before Christmas. (Associated Press) Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Vote: Australia votes Yes to gay marriage

    11/14/2017 3:11:10 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 37 replies ^ | 15th November 2017
    Australia votes yes Ausralians have voted in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. Australian Statistician David Kalisch announced the results of the postal survey from Canberra, confirming the survey had delivered a Yes result.
  • Livestock to blame for 19% of global warming - study

    11/12/2017 5:33:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Radio New Zealand ^ | November 12, 2017
    Research from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre shows methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock contributed to 19 percent of the world's global warming in 2010. An additional 4 percent was due to emissions created when land was converted to pasture. The study's author, Andy Reisinger, said the figures showed the critical role methane played in global warming. "This estimate does not consider indirect emissions from energy use or growing livestock feed, such as soy beans, so this can be taken as a lower bound of the actual contribution of livestock to global warming. Dr Reisinger said...
  • Liberal MP John Alexander quits over dual citizenship (Australian government loses majority)

    11/10/2017 7:51:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 11th November 2017 | Natalie Wolfe
    FEDERAL Liberal MP John Alexander has today announced he is a dual citizen, confirming his British citizenship in a press conference this afternoon. Mr Alexander is the second lower house Coalition MP to resign over the citizenship saga and has triggered a by-election for the unpredictable Sydney seat of Bennelong. Mr Alexander’s decision, coupled with the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, means the Coalition has 74 seats in the 150 seat lower house and has lost its majority. For a majority, 76 seats are needed. “I have always believed that I am Australian and solely Australian. In view...
  • 'The Canadians screwed everybody': Trans-Pacific Partnership talks collapse as Canada fails to show

    11/10/2017 4:31:54 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    Talks to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact have effectively collapsed after Canada pulled out. +++ According to a Reuters report, Canadian Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said “a misunderstanding about the schedule” was to blame for the absence of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. ABC reported that one official familiar with the situation said: “The Canadians screwed everybody”, and that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had walked into the meeting after a delay to announce that the planned signing of the deal would not proceed
  • Australia targets export of radar technology for UK warships

    11/10/2017 6:50:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba undocking after completing its Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade. (Defence) The UK government is considering fitting Australian radar systems on future Royal Navy warships. A capability study that will look at the feasibility of fitting CEA Technologies’ CEAFAR active phased array radar on UK ships will begin early next year, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has confirmed. The announcement, which was made by UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin during a visit to Adelaide, came after the Australia/UK Defence Industry Dialogue that took place in the UK. “A...
  • Australian Federation of Islamic Councils to repay $22 million

    11/08/2017 6:22:04 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    The peak body for Muslims in Australia has agreed to repay $22m in misappropriated rent payments, loans, service fees and property to the largest Islamic school in Australia which amounts to about half the total by the school being tested in the NSW Supreme Court. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has agreed, without admission, to hand back almost $10m worth of payments once made by Malek Fahd Islamic School to the organisation and a property worth $12m at Beaumont Hills in Sydney which it purchased but which was done so under the name of AFIC. Orders were made by...
  • Kathy Griffin 'No Longer Sorry' for Trump Photo Shoot: 'The Whole Outrage Was BS'

    11/08/2017 11:31:56 AM PST · by drewh · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | nov 8 2017 | staff
    Kathy Griffin can´t get her "sorry" straight. The comedian who tearfully apologized twice after a photo shoot of her holding a blooded Trump mask in May caused an uproar is not sorry now. "I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody," Griffin told Australia´s "Sunrise." Griffin noted her friends like Debra Messing didn´t stand by her at the time. "These Trump fans, they´re hardcore," the 56-year-old said blaming President Trump supporters for the fall out.
  • Australia: Lever action shotguns reclassified into tightest legal ranking, changes labelled 'unfair'

    11/03/2017 8:06:11 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 20 replies
    LEVER action shotguns – “tools of the trade” to the North West farming community – have officially been reclassified into the tightest legal ranking. The Firearms and Weapons Legislation Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on November 1, re-categorising lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than five rounds from a category A to a category B, and those with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds from a category A to a category D. NSW Nationals Senator John “Wacka” Williams has publicly attacked the reclassification, labelling it “unfair” and “inconsistent”. “My opinion is that...