Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $70,319
82%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 82%!! Less than $15k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Australia/New Zealand (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Julian Assange: Ecuador grants Wikileaks founder asylum

    08/17/2012 4:46:03 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It said his human rights might be violated if he is sent to Sweden to be questioned over sex assault claims. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country and the move was also criticised by Stockholm. Ecuador said it would seek to negotiate arrangements for Mr Assange to leave. "We don't think it is reasonable that, after a sovereign government has made the decision...
  • Is Australia Prohibiting Branding on Packs of Cigarettes?

    08/16/2012 3:31:01 PM PDT · by OneVike · 16 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 8/16/12 | Mina Fabulous
    With the recent Australia's High Court dismissal of the appeal by tobacco companies against a law requiring all cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, Australia is now on track to become the first country to prohibit branding on packs of cigarettes. Reports say Australia's court has dismissed a legal challenge from the tobacco industry targeting the Country's new restrictive tobacco marketing laws. The ruling means that from December 1 companies will be banned from displaying brand designs on cigarette packets. The packaging will require only olive-green packaging. Today, the World Health Organization strongly welcomed the "landmark" ruling.WHO Director-General...
  • Carbon tax price hike jolts Anglican Church Grammar School electricity bills

    08/12/2012 1:52:51 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 13 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michael Madigan
    THE carbon tax has begun hitting Queensland small businesses, including a Brisbane private school which faces a $70,000-a-year hike in its electricity bill. Six weeks into the carbon tax regime, price hikes are starting to hit hip pockets as power bills drop into letterboxes. Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry president David Goodwin said the "weird distortions" were becoming apparent. "We are finding that ordinary supermarkets like the local IGA may be up for up to $15,000 on the carbon tax alone if they have to re-gas their giant refrigeration system," Mr Goodwin said. "Somehow these guys are going to...
  • Islamic preacher on porn and terror charges bailed

    08/10/2012 9:24:50 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic preacher charged with child pornography offences and threatening a terrorist attack on Sydney's Mardi Gras parade has been granted bail in a Sydney court. Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon, 35, is accused of making a hoax terrorist threat on the Facebook page of Today FM's Kyle and Jackie O Show. He allegedly outlined a "terrorist threat" to the annual Sydney parade that celebrates gay lifestyles and diversity, in a post on the show's online chat forum. Siddiq-Conlon is also facing two separate charges relating to use of a laptop to access online child pornography and a charge of possessing child...
  • Australian court rules motel owner can’t ban prostitute from taking clients to her room

    08/08/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/8/12 | s
    Prostitutes have the right to work from motel rooms in an Australian state, a court said after finding the owner’s refusal to rent to a sex worker was discriminatory. The ruling in the northeastern state of Queensland has stunned hotel and motel owners, who thought they had a right to decide what sort of businesses were operating from their premises. The prostitute, identified as G.K., had taken her discrimination case against the Drovers Rest Motel in the coal mining town of Moranbah to the Queensland state Civil and Administrative Tribunal after management refused to rent her a room. The 3...
  • Aussie Sports Minister Concedes Defeat to British Counterpart

    08/08/2012 11:34:18 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 August 2012 | BBC
    Australia's sports minister is set to don a Team GB shirt and take to the water after resigning herself to losing a wager with her UK counterpart about who would win more gold medals.
  • Art critic Robert Hughes dies in New York at 74

    08/07/2012 9:46:07 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 7, 2012 | Matthew Westwood
    The brilliant and sometimes controversial art critic and historian Robert Hughes has died in New York at the age of 74.
  • 'WE ARE NOT MUSEUM PIECES': Elders blast Greens crusader Bob Brown (the racism of the left)

    08/07/2012 6:17:50 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 7th August 2012 | Anthony Sharwood
    An Aboriginal elder in Western Australia's Kimberley region has hand-delivered a stinging letter to Bob Brown, urging the former Greens leader to back off from his protest against a major gas project. The full, unedited letter is reprinted below. In the letter, Jabirr Jabirr elder Rita Augustine tells Mr Brown that "The only thing we need saving from is people who disrespect our decisions and want to see our people locked up in a wilderness and treated as museum pieces". She also says, "what saddens me most is your complete disregard for Aboriginal people. I know you care about the...
  • Fewer men than women support gay marriage: poll (Australia)

    08/06/2012 10:04:29 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 8 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | Aug 6 2012 | Unattributed
    A NEW opinion poll suggests almost two-thirds of Australians support same-sex marriage but there's a clear gender divide with men generally less keen on the idea than women. The survey, released on Monday, comes just days after the Tasmanian government announced plans to legalise gay marriage. The Galaxy poll shows 64 per cent of people believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry - up two percentage points from February. But only 58 per cent of men back changing the law compared with 70 per cent of women. The poll was commissioned by lobby group Australian Marriage Equality.
  • Homosexuality a personal choice, says New Zealand Conservative Party leader

    08/04/2012 2:40:13 AM PDT · by gareththomasnz · 34 replies
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 4 august 2012 | gareththomasnz
    Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has sparked outrage by saying homosexuality is a choice and gay people are more likely to have been abused as children. The comments on TV3's The Nation this morning came in a discussion with Labour MP Louisa Wall over her bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Asked if he thought the bill might encourage homosexuality, Mr Craig replied people chose to be homosexual and factors other than genetics could determine whether someone was gay. "I think most people recognise that there are other influences such as upbringing, such as events in life," he said. "For homosexuals,...
  • AGT: Australia's LNG Industry Lacks Engineers Over 5-Year Period

    07/26/2012 5:35:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 25, 2012 | Quintella Koh
    Australia will have to grapple with a shortfall of 1,700 engineers and 3,000 geoscientists over the next five years as the country is not producing enough engineering graduates to keep pace with its energy resources projects, GE Australia and New Zealand's industry skills development leader Stuart Manifold said Wednesday. Manifold was speaking at the inaugural Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition, running from July 25 to 27 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. Manifold said that the skilled manpower shortage problem is pressing as other energy resources industries, such as the mining sector, are also vying with the liquefied natural...
  • Romney gets warning from Australian leader

    07/23/2012 12:19:56 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 23, 2012 | AP
    The Australian foreign minister has privately warned Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that foreign leaders see "America in decline." That's according to Romney, who says he met with Foreign Minister Bob Carr in a San Francisco hotel Sunday evening shortly before a Republican fundraiser. Romney says Carr suggested that America could improve that international perception "with one budget deal" that helps balance the budget. A Romney spokesman says the foreign minister requested the private meeting. The campaign would not say whether the two discussed foreign policy.
  • Country music star Beccy Cole outs herself on Australian story (patriotic singer is a lesbian)

    07/22/2012 4:30:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 74 replies
    Daily Telegraphy (Sydney) ^ | 23rd July 2012 | Kathy McCabe
    COUNTRY music sweetheart Beccy Cole has decided to reveal her sexuality to set an example to her son "that to be yourself is the most important thing in the world". Cole said she was inspired to use the opportunity to come out as a lesbian on Australian Story tonight by her 13-year-old son Rikki. "While you can have your privacy and all that, there are certain times and certain issues where I want to set an example to him," she said. "I have never hidden who I am from him. "What started me thinking about revealing this more publicly was...
  • FTA with EU likely by year-end [Free Trade Agreement]

    07/21/2012 6:20:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 22, 2012 | Special Correspondent
    The Central government is hopeful of concluding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) by the end of this year. According to Union Commerce Secretary S.R. Rao, the final leg of negotiations between the two parties is likely to be held in September. The deal was likely to be concluded as "we have closed most of the issues". India was exploring options for widening its engagement with ASEAN countries while negotiations with Pakistan on FTA were well on way. Mr. Rao, who was talking to reporters here on Saturday, said, "They (the EU) want us to take...
  • A hero's stress fracture (pilot who saved hundreds after Airbus explosion)

    07/21/2012 10:50:19 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 22nd July 2012 | Jennifer Sexton
    The pilot who saved the lives of hundreds on a crippled jet should have felt elated but, as he tells Jennifer Sexton, he descended into grief and self-doubt in the months that followed Richard Champion de Crespigny was about to turn off the Airbus's seatbelt sign on the climb out of Singapore when engine two on QF32 blew up like a cluster bomb. In his hands were the lives of 469 Sydney-bound passengers and crew. The former RAAF pilot of 35 years' experience then captained a four-hour nightmare on board a catastrophically damaged Qantas plane. The 55-year-old not only brought...
  • Tony Abbott’s speech to the Heritage Foundation (Australian opposition leader)

    07/20/2012 4:01:49 AM PDT · by Dundee
    It was the US Information Agency that organised my first trip to America as a member of parliament. I’d just been elected as a Liberal Party MP and had previously been one of the leading opponents of Australia becoming a republic. Something happened in translation, though, because my US hosts had been told that I was very liberal and strongly anti-republican so I spent most of my fortnight in America being introduced to virtual communists. Perhaps this was an illustration of the capacity of government agencies to get things wrong, in this country as well as in my own. In...
  • Proving to Freepers that the Olympics will be worth watching [Video]

    Michelle Jenneke of Australia winning 100m hurdles with finesse and style
  • Traffic signs in New Zealand destroyed by prostitutes performing stunts

    07/17/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 17, 2012 | Paul Chapman
    Dozens of traffic signs have been destroyed by prostitutes performing pole-dances in the street to attract clients, officials in New Zealand's biggest city have revealed. More than 40 poles have been bent, buckled or broken in the past 18 months in one area of south Auckland, New Zealand, it is claimed. The signs, bearing legally required notices such as parking restrictions, are thought to have cost ratepayers thousands of dollars to replace. "Prostitutes use these street sign poles as dancing poles," said Donna Lee, an elected member of the city council's Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. "The poles are part of their...
  • Husband and wife ban hits the Marks(downunder)

    07/17/2012 4:20:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | 16 July, 2012 | NA
    Australia shooter Russell Mark arrived in Britain an angry man after being told he won't be allowed to sleep with his wife during the London Olympics. Mark and his wife Lauryn, a fellow competitor who is also on the Australian shooting team, have been told to room separately during the Games. The 48-year-old Mark, competing at his sixth Olympics, said Australian officials had enforced the ban as a result of Lauryn's contentious appearance in 'lads magazine' Zoo, where she has been photographed holding a shotgun over her back dressed only in a green and gold bikini. Mark said he and...
  • Bungle leads to taxi rape ( Australia )

    07/14/2012 9:52:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | Glenn Cordingley
    A TAXI driver who raped his female passenger last weekend should have been banned from driving cabs five months ago, but was allowed to keep driving. The Sunday Times can reveal a 34-year-old woman was subjected to the horrific sex attack following a breakdown in communications between WA Police and the Department of Transport. The department admitted it would have immediately suspended the taxi licence of Sumudu Rangana Bamunu Arachchige, 28, in February when he was charged with stabbing a man twice with a kitchen knife, but claims police did not notify them of that until Monday. ... The bungle...
  • Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines (Australia)

    07/09/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | July 9, 2012 | Hamish McDonald
    Navy eyeing off new Japanese submarines THE admiral in charge of planning for Australia's next generation of submarines and the chief defence scientist are studying an advanced new submarine in service with the Japanese navy. Rear-Admiral Rowan Moffitt, head of the Royal Australian Navy's Future Submarine Program, and Dr Alexander Zelinsky, the Chief Defence Scientist, travel to Japan this month to look at the Soryu-class submarines, which started service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force three years ago. Access to the Soryu technology was discussed during a visit to Australia last month by the Japanese navy's chief, Admiral Masahiko Sugimoto....
  • Launch of Second Canberra-Class light carrier for Australia

    07/06/2012 9:08:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 25 replies
    Royal Australian Navy ^ | July 05, 2012 | Royal Australian Navy
    Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the launch of the second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at the Navantia shipyard in Spain. The launch represented a major milestone in the shipbuilding process and was attended by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs. Australia is acquiring two amphibious ships for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy and will provide the ADF with one of the most capable and sophisticated amphibious deployment systems in the world. The Canberra Class LHDs are...
  • ‘Rightful Heir’ to British Throne Dies

    07/06/2012 8:59:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Time ^ | July 6, 2012 | Terri Pous
    Mike Hastings, an Australian forklift driver often called the “rightful heir” to the British throne, died June 30 in Jerilderie, Australia.
  • Australian soldier killed in Chorah Valley

    07/02/2012 6:58:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    An Australian Special Forces soldier has been killed as a result of a small arms engagement in the Chorah Valley, Afghanistan, yesterday afternoon (2 July 2012). The soldier was shot in the chest during an engagement with insurgents while on a partnered mission with the Afghan National Security Forces to target a known insurgent commander. The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley extended his sympathy to the soldier's family and friends. "Words cannot ease the overwhelming grief they feel today but I hope they can find comfort in the knowledge that this soldier served his country with pride...
  • Batman killed in NT car crash

    06/26/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    AUSTRALIAN Olympian Daniel Batman has been killed in a car crash on a remote Northern Territory highway, southeast of Darwin.The 31-year-old was driving on the Arnhem Highway when his car veered off the road about midnight on Monday, the NT News reported. Debris including side panels, a front bumper, shocks and the engine - strewn 100m along the road - was seen by a passing motorist about 7am. Batman was once married to fellow sprinter and Hockeyroo Nova Peris and the couple have two children. He was based in Canberra and was in the Top End visiting his children after...
  • Cops scour Darwin fringes for beheading suspect [Australia]

    06/26/2012 5:13:56 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Northern Territory police are focusing the search for a man wanted over a decapitation murder in New South Wales on Darwin's rural area. More than 100 officers searched the outskirts of Darwin overnight for Jonathon Andrew Stenberg. The 46-year-old is wanted in relation to the murder of a man on the New South Wales north coast on Thursday. It has been reported that Stenberg beheaded 54-year-old Edward 'Ned' James Kelly at Broadwater, about 25 kilometres south of Ballina. Mr Stenberg's car was found near the Cox Peninsula Road yesterday. Darwin's rural area has been in lockdown ever since, but last...
  • Last Bali bomber, Umar Patek, gets 20 years' jail

    06/21/2012 2:24:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st June 2012
    THE last member of the 2002 Bali bombing plot to face justice has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after a panel of judges found him guilty of mass murder for his role in Indonesia's deadliest terrorist attack. Umar Patek, who spent almost 10 years on the run as one of South-East Asia's most wanted, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit terrorism and harbouring information about terrorism. But more significantly, the 45-year-old was also sentenced in relation to his role in building the explosive devices used in the bombing of two nightclubs in Bali's popular holiday area of...
  • Digger graveyard desecrated again in Libya

    06/17/2012 6:51:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 16, 2012
    Graves of British soldiers of the Royal Horse Artillery at the Commonwealth Benghazi War Cemetery Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi targeted again Headstone damaged, markers removed Digger graves among 198 damaged in February THERE has been another war graves attack at a cemetery in Libya which contains the remains of Australian soldiers. Authorities say a headstone has been damaged and temporary markers removed from some graves at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi. "The nationality of the individual buried beneath the headstone that was damaged is not yet known,'' the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) said today. The Commonwealth War...
  • CSI Tasmania (Tassie's Crime Busting Scientists)

    06/16/2012 4:30:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Mercury ^ | June 16, 2012 | Zara Dawtrey
    DOWN a quiet backstreet in the Hobart suburb of New Town lies a nondescript series of buildings that are home to some of the best and brightest scientific minds in the country. The Mercury has been granted a rare glimpse into the operation of what might be called Tassie's CSI. But as Forensic Science Service Tasmania director Laszlo Szabo is quick to point out, that is a misconception. "It's not CSI," he says, literally opening the door to a world of crime, crash- and death-related DNA, drugs, blood and trace evidence. "It's better." He's right. Everyone knows science has changed...
  • Tortoises divorce after 115 years of marriage (+video)

    06/14/2012 6:59:01 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    CSM ^ | 13 June 2012 | Laura Edwins
    There were confrontations, bruised feelings, and evening some biting. Now, someone is moving out. After living together in captivity for 115 years, a mated pair of giant tortoises at an Austrian zoo are refusing to share their cage. Last week, the Austrian Times reported the turtles were getting a "divorce," after the female turtle, Bibi, bit off part of the male turtle, Poldi’s, shell. Zoo staff reported the pair have reached the point where they “couldn’t stand each other,” and despite staff efforts to reconcile the reptiles, with aphrodisiacs and interactive games, nothing seems to have helped.
  • Lucy Lawless pleads guilty to oil ship protest

    06/13/2012 8:07:36 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    3news.co.nz ^ | 14 June 2012 | Imogene Crispe
    Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace protestors have pleaded guilty to unlawfully boarding a ship after appearing in the Auckland District Court this morning. The group originally faced burglary charges but those were today withdrawn. Lawless and seven activists carried out a four-day protest aboard oil drilling ship the Noble Discovery in February. The group were arrested and charged with burglary. The eight defendants have been granted bail and will reappear on September 14. Outside court today Lawless said she was not sure if the impending conviction would affect her ability to travel with her job. “I don’t believe...
  • Albino possum causes log truck roll-over at Narooma

    06/12/2012 9:20:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    naroomanewsonline.com.au ^ | 8 June 2012 | Stan Gorton
    IN a bizarre set of circumstances, a rare but dead albino possum is believed to have caused a log truck roll-over on the Princes Highway just south of Narooma. The accident occurred just after 1pm when witnesses said a local from Wallaga Lake stopped to look at the road-kill possum that had been lying on the roadside at the entrance to the Island View Beach Resort. A series of cars backed up behind the stopped vehicle in the southbound lane. Another Narooma local who was last in the line of stopped cars looked in his rear-vision mirror only to see...
  • Cold snap to slow winter veg production [Australia]

    06/10/2012 8:51:11 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 30 May 2012 | By Jennifer Huxley
    A north Queensland agricultural group says the recent cold snap will delay the winter vegetable season by almost two weeks. Weather bureau figures show maximum temperatures for the region over the past four days have been about eight degrees Celsius below average and there has been significant rain. Bowen Gulmu Growers Association spokesman Carl Walker says it could have a positive effect on prices. "A bit of rain, a bit of cold, a bit of wind - they won't grow quite as quick and it will slow down production," he said. "It is probably a good thing because down south...
  • Australia urges Libya to ensure security of detained lawyer

    06/10/2012 4:45:40 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    Radio Australia ^ | 10 June 2012 | anon
    The Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has called on Libyan authorities to ensure the security of an Australian lawyer detained in Libya. Melinda Taylor is an International Criminal Court lawyer who was in Libya ahead of proceedings against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the country's former ruler Muammar Gaddafi. She was detained on Thursday for alleged breaches of Libyan national security. Senator Carr says consular officials are trying to get access to Ms Taylor and consular staff have been in touch with her family. The Australian Lawyers Alliance has called on the Libyan Government to immediately release Ms Taylor....
  • Australian Olympic swimmers in hot water after gun photo

    06/08/2012 11:54:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/12 | Molly Gray
    (CNN) -- Two Australian Olympic swimmers who posted pictures on Facebook of themselves brandishing weapons have been ordered to take them down by the country's swimming authorities. The image, taken in a gun shop in Santa Clara, California, showed Nick D'Arcy with two pistols standing next to Kenrick Monk who is holding two shotguns across his chest, according to a Friday report in Australia's Herald Sun. The swimmers were training in the U.S. ahead of the Olympic Games in London later this year. Swimming Australia said in a statement that it does not condone "the posting of inappropriate content on...
  • Mel Gibson's Father Files For Divorce From Second Wife

    06/04/2012 6:59:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    Radar Online ^ | June 4, 2012 | Jen Heger
    Mel Gibson's father, John Hutton Gibson, has filed for divorce from his second wife, Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson after ten years of marriage, RadarOnline.com is reporting. The 93-year-old devout Catholic's first wife, and Mel's mother, Anne Reilly died in 1990 and they had eleven children together. According to court docs obtained by RadarOnline.com, Hutton states the date of separation of May 28, 2012 and cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The former couple didn't have any children together. Hutton is asking that his estranged wife pay his legal fees and is seeking spousal support from Teddy. Mel's...
  • Secret 'war' with China uncovered (Australia's defence strategy)

    06/01/2012 4:06:57 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 02, 2012 | Brendan Nicholson
    A SECRET chapter in the Rudd government's 2009 defence white paper detailed a plan to fight a war with China, in which the navy's submarines would help blockade its trade routes, and raised the prospect of China firing missiles at targets in Australia in retaliation. A new book, 'The Kingdom and the Quarry: China, Australia, Fear and Greed', reveals how Force 2030 set out in the white paper - to include 12 big conventional submarines with missiles, revolutionary Joint Strike Fighters, air warfare destroyers and giant landing ships - was being prepared for a possible war with Australia's main trading...
  • Former PM John Howard joins Queen's 24

    06/01/2012 3:16:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1st June 2012
    FORMER prime minister John Howard has joined an exclusive group of 24 living people to be honoured by the Queen with the Order of Merit. Mr Howard was presented with the medal by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace overnight, with his wife Janette observing the ceremony. Earlier this year Mr Howard was hand-picked by the Queen to receive the insignia of a member of the Order of Merit, in recognition of his distinguished service. After being invested with the honour, Mr Howard said the Queen was a woman of commitment, duty and professionalism with a great sense of humour...
  • Japanese midget sub attack commemorated in Sydney

    05/31/2012 10:06:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 1st June 2012
    FOR the first time in 70 years, there were no surviving sailors to commemorate the attack on Sydney Harbour by Japanese midget submarines. Twenty-one Australian and British sailors died in World War II during the early morning raid on June 1, 1942. The last two sailors to have survived the attack - Neil Roberts and stoker Ray Major - died in November 2011 and January this year. But 200 people turned up at Sydney's Garden Island Fleet Base East today to show the dead are not forgotten. "It's going to be up to us to provide an ongoing narrative for...
  • The heroes given a front-row seat at the royal party: ... 28 living VCs and GCs...

    05/31/2012 2:56:36 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 31st May 2012 | Robert Hardman
    The last thing that Keith Payne needs is another medal. Not only does he have a rack of decorations the size of a television aerial but he is a member of the most exclusive and exalted club in the world – The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association. But even Mr Payne, 78, was delighted yesterday when he received a 24th medal to add to his astonishing collection: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. As the world prepares for the Diamond Jubilee this weekend, all 28 living holders of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross – the two highest accolades...
  • Gillard faces down mining bosses

    05/30/2012 1:51:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told the mining industry face-to-face that they do not own Australia's mineral wealth, and they have to be prepared to share more of their profits with the rest of the population. Ms Gillard delivered a feisty speech to the Minerals Council last night, one month out from the introduction of the carbon tax, telling them she is determined to stick to Labor's plan to share the benefits of the boom. Her frank challenge to the industry came after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told mining bosses that she had caved in to union pressure to water...
  • Woman says kangaroo ‘stalked’ her for two days before attacking(Australia)

    05/30/2012 1:16:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 29 May, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    An Australian woman says she was "stalked" for two days by an angry kangaroo, which finally attacked, leaving her with a 12-inch scar. "It was lucky it was cool weather and I had two layers of clothing; otherwise it could have been worse," Kirrily McWilliams said. The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reports that McWilliams called the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) to report that the female eastern gray kangaroo was lurking outside her home, in Port Macquarie in New South Wales. But wildlife officials reportedly told her to simply ignore the kangaroo and that it would move on. Instead, the...
  • My new Anglosphere hero is New Zealand's John Key

    05/28/2012 7:58:00 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 1 replies
    Daniel Hannan/The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Last updated: May 28th, 2012 | Daniel Hannan
    Is it possible for a Right-wing government to freeze spending and cut the deficit while remaining popular? As they say in New Zealand, ‘yih’. I’ve remarked before that, while no country is physically further from Britain, none is temperamentally closer. Yet there is a difference when it comes to public expenditure. A slowing of the rate of increase in the UK – there have, as yet, been no net cuts – is howled down as an assault on the poor directed by a clique of ancien régime aristocrats. In New Zealand, by contrast, ‘zero budgets’ are seen as prudent and...
  • Eternal Flame doused in bizarre act at Shrine of Remembrance (attack on war memorial)

    05/25/2012 8:25:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 26th May 2012 | David Hurley
    A HEARTLESS vandal used a fire extinguisher to put out the Eternal Flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne today. Police have released CCTV footage of the man and want the public to help track him down.
  • Down Under, Things May Not Be So Happy (Australia's economy vulnerable: China-powered growth slows)

    05/25/2012 10:02:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Barron's ^ | 05/23/2012 | RANDALL W. FORSYTH
    Australia, long called the "lucky country," officially is the happiest country on earth. That's at least according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose economists reckon they can distill human emotion into statistics. At least the OECD's number crunchers acknowledge there is something more to happiness than money. In addition to household income, they also take into account how much of that is required for shelter; the percentage of the population that is employed; the percentage that have to work "very long hours;" educational attainment; voter turnout, and pollution. Norway comes in second, while the U.S. ranks third,...
  • Don't serve carbon lies, ACCC warns (Australia's draconian Carbon Police)

    05/25/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Hudson
    SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact. And households are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers offering to deposit carbon tax compensation into their bank accounts. The prices watchdog, the ACCC, will today launch its countdown to the July 1 carbon tax with a special focus on helping small businesses understand their obligations and consumers to be vigilant for false claims. It is releasing internet videos to help business, a 16-page guide and has set up a dedicated...
  • Dud Obama mugs buried at Parliament (destroyed in a "mafia-style execution")

    05/23/2012 1:49:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Faulty coffee mugs made to celebrate US president Barack Obama's Australia visit have been destroyed in a "mafia-style execution". The Department of Parliamentary Services had 200 coffee mugs made to sell in the Parliament gift shop ahead of Mr Obama's planned visit two years ago. But somehow the mugs were ordered with the president's first name wrongly spelled - with two Rs. A total of 198 of them were subsequently destroyed, but not before a journalist could purchase two. Bronwyn Graham from the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) used Estimates to explain to Labor Senator John Faulkner how and...
  • 'Angel of The Gap' Don Ritchie farewelled by hundreds (a man who saved hundreds from death)

    05/18/2012 7:55:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th May 2012
    DON Ritchie was said to have salt water in his veins. He loved fishing, he loved boats and he loved the navy. But it was his love for life that earned him the epithet Angel of The Gap, according to friends and family who paid tribute to the Sydneysider at his funeral service on Friday. About 300 people, including local MP Malcolm Turnbull, gathered at the HMAS Watson Naval Chapel in Watsons Bay to farewell Mr Ritchie, who died on Sunday. The 85-year-old lived just metres from The Gap, the notorious Watsons Bay cliff, where for half a century he...
  • Church stands firm against homosexuality [Christians in Fiji Uphold Biblical]

    05/18/2012 3:10:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Fiji Times ^ | 5/18/12 | Serelisoni Moceica
    WE love the person but we hate the sin. The comment was made yesterday by the Methodist Church as it maintained its stand against the promotion of the activities of sexual minority groups. Church acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the church was adamant that a union between a man and a woman alone was sacred and the scriptures abhorred any other kind. "It (the promotion of sexual minority rights) is against the moralsandthe teachings of the church, we do not condone any such activities."
  • Weekend Oz apologises for (apartheid) slur

    05/15/2012 6:36:26 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies
    JN (AU) ^ | May 11, 2012
    Weekend Oz apologises for slur MAY 11, 2012 NATIONAL, NEWS · TAGGED: ADAM KAMIEN, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN JEWRY, JOHN LYONS, NICK CATER, PETER WERTHEIM, WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN EDITOR of the Weekend Australian Nick Cater has apologised for an inflammatory headline that ran in the magazine last week, sparking outrage from Jewish readers. http://www.jewishnews.net.au/weekend-oz-apologises-for-slur/26072