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  • Australian Woman Accused Of Squirting Breast Milk On Police Officer (denied bail)

    03/27/2015 1:26:13 PM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | 3/26/15
    FREMANTLE, Australia, March 26 (UPI) — An Australian woman was denied bail after she allegedly squirted breast milk on a police officer’s head, arms and clothes. Authorities said Erica Leeder, 26, of Calista, Western Australia, was being searched Tuesday at the Fremantle police station after being arrested on an unspecified warrant. Police said Leeder, who was nude from the waist up during the search, grabbed her own breast and squirted milk onto the forehead, arms and clothes of the female officer conducting the search. Leeder appeared Wednesday in Fremantle Magistrate’s Court on a charge of assaulting a public officer. She...
  • Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia

    07/21/2002 4:01:35 PM PDT · by vannrox · 54 replies · 15,665+ views
    Crystal Links ^ | FR Post 7-22-02 | An Article by Paul White - 1996
    Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia An Article by Paul White - 1996 After 5,000 years Australia's Amazing Hieroglyphs still struggle for recognition ! Egyptian hieroglyphs found in New South Wales: The hieroglyphs tell the tale of early Egyptian explorers, injured and stranded, in ancient Australia. The discovery centres around a most unusual set of rock carvings found in the National Park forest of the Hunter Valley, 100 km north of Sydney. The enigmatic carvings have been part of the local folklore of the area for nearly a century with reports of people who sighted them as far back...
  • Fuente Magna (The Rosetta Stone Of The Americas)

    01/03/2006 6:26:08 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,456+ views
    Geocities ^ | 11-5-2002 | J M Allen
    Fuente Magna Rosetta stone of the Americas "Atlantis: the Andes Solution" by J.M.Allen (pub Windrush Press 1998) and basis of the Discovery film "Atlantis in the Andes" by Lisa Hutchison proposes the question "did anyone ever consider that the first reed boats may have crossed from west to east perhaps following the route from the River Plate eastwards across the Atlantic, past the Cape of Good Hope and via the Indian Ocean to enter the Persian Gulf and Red Sea to found the early civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt?" It is obvious that at that time, the author suspected a...
  • Expert: The Pharaohs Discovered Australia, Egyptians Have Legal Rights There

    03/23/2015 3:51:34 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 49 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-6-15 | TRT Arabic (Turkey)
    During a recent TV debate on the destruction of antiquities by ISIS, Syrian political analyst Yahya Badr said that the Egyptian people was entitled to claim legal rights in Australia, since inscriptions in ancient hieroglyphics had been found near Sydney, indicating that the grandson of a pharoah had landed there. On the show, which aired on the Turkish TRT TV channel on March 6, 2015, Badr was introduced as owning the patent to mummy technology. Following are excerpts: TV host: Let's discuss the destruction of antiquities. Yahya Badr: This is a crime, because antiquities constitute documentation, which preserves the [legal]...
  • Newspoll: Coalition support rises, Tony Abbott gets vital boost (good news in Australia)

    03/23/2015 1:20:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 24th March 2015 | Phillip Hudson
    Support for the Abbott government has jumped to 41 per cent, giving the Coalition real hope for the first time in six months. The latest Newspoll, taken ­exclusively for The Australian at the weekend, shows core support for the government is up three points in the past fortnight and is six points higher than when Tony Abbott faced a spill motion against his leadership six weeks ago. It is the first time the ­Coalition’s primary vote has been above 40 per cent since September and is the equal-highest level since April — before last May’s budget when the vote collapsed....
  • Thousands line up in Melbourne to honour Australian defence personnel who served in Afghanistan

    03/22/2015 1:10:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 21st March 2015 | Mark Dunn
    ALMOST 4000 people turned out in Melbourne yesterday to welcome home Australian defence personnel who had served in Afghanistan during the war on terror. Well-wishers lined St Kilda Rd to cheer on 1400 soldiers, sailors, air force personnel and Australian Federal Police officers who served in the war-torn country under Operation Slipper, which ran from October 2001 until December 2014. More than 34,500 Australian personnel served in the years since the September 11 attacks in 2001 on New York and Washington. Forty-one Diggers were killed in action, 263 were wounded and hundreds more still suffer either physical or psychological injuries.
  • Spies like us: ASIS training Japanese (Australia training Japanese spies)

    03/20/2015 11:19:58 PM PDT · by Dundee · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | MARCH 21, 2015 | Paul Maley
    AUSTRALIA’S overseas intelligence agency, ASIS, has been training Japanese spies in the tradecraft of espionage as Tokyo seeks to establish its first foreign spy service since World War II. ...ASIS has taken a key role in training Japan’s fledgling spies since Tokyo decided to ­establish a foreign intelligence service to gather information on looming regional security challenges, such as those posed by North Korea, the rise of China and the threat of Islamist terror. Japan’s intention to establish a spy service was flagged in a cable published by WikiLeaks... ...Japanese intelligence officers have been posted to Australia as part of...
  • Malcolm Fraser dead at 84: Former P(rime) M(inister) (of Australia) passes away

    03/19/2015 4:47:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 20th March 2015
    FORMER Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015,” Mr Fraser’s office said in a statement this morning. “We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time.”
  • Residents fume as HMAS Canberra blocks their view, keeps them awake (Australia's newest warship)

    03/18/2015 2:10:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 54 replies ^ | 18th March 2015 | Nick Hansen
    THIS is the wall of grey which residents of Wolloomooloo and Potts Point now wake up to — that’s if they’ve managed to get to sleep. They say the 27,800 tonne HMAS Canberra has obliterated their views of the harbour, spewed oil fumes into their homes and kept them awake with the groan of engines­ and generators since it arrived to fanfare in November. "It’s just so depressing ... it’s all those things and they’re constant,” said one resident, Catherine Regan. But the Department of Defence has confirmed, not only will the 27.5m-high helicopter landing dock stay indefinitely at the...
  • Swedish government claims Australia is spreading lies about submarines

    03/17/2015 6:31:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | MARCH 17, 2015
    Swedish defence giant Saab has accused the government of spreading lies about its submarine building capability. The head of Sweden’s defence purchasing agency, Lena Erixon, has written to her counterpart at the Defence Materiel Organisation in Canberra, Harry Dunstall, to protest about the denigration of Sweden’s submarine industry led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Ms Erixon also revealed that at no stage had Australian officials requested detailed design details from Sweden or included any technical experts in various government delegations to visit the country. Mr Abbott told Parliament that only France, Germany and Japan could build the submarines. “The last...
  • PM must ignore critics and continue reforms (Australia)

    03/16/2015 3:01:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17th March 2014 | Maurice Newman
    FOR the Left there is no greater hate figure than Tony Abbott. After all, the Prime Minister is a liberal of the European school and embraces all the policy instincts and beliefs the Left des­pises. What’s more, Abbott effectively toppled Australia’s first female prime minister, the Left’s beloved Julia Gillard, and it is determined to get even. Abbott is a fiscal conservative. He stands for lower taxes. He believes in smaller government and competition. He wants freer trade, freer markets and fewer regulations. He encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, which run counter to the ideals of the collective. He sees a...
  • Abbott’s decision on China regional bank a poke in eye for Obama

    03/15/2015 1:44:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 16th March 2015 | Greg Sheridan
    THE decision by the Abbott government to sign on for negotiations to join China’s regional bank, foreshadowed by Tony Abbott at the weekend, represents another defeat for Barack Obama’s diplomacy in Asia. ..... Canberra’s move follows similar decisions by Britain, Singapore, India and New Zealand. Make no mistake — all this represents a colossal defeat for the Obama administration’s incompetent, distracted, ham-fisted dip­lomacy in Asia. The Obama administration didn’t want Australia to sign up for the China Bank. The Abbott government rightly feels that it owes Obama nothing. Obama treats allies shabbily and as a result he loses influence with...
  • New Zealand Confronts Violent Past, Gives New Hope to Maori

    03/15/2015 12:16:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2015 | NICK PERRY
    Their land was confiscated, their homes burned down and many of their people killed. Now, 150 years later, the indigenous Ngai Tuhoe tribe in New Zealand is getting a new start. The government has apologized for its past atrocities, handed over 170 million New Zealand dollars ($128 million) and agreed the tribe should manage a sprawling, rugged national park it calls home. Last year's settlement is one of dozens the government has signed with Maori tribes in a comprehensive, multi-billion dollar process described in a U.N. report as imperfect but nevertheless "one of the most important examples in the world...
  • Scott Walker could become the world’s most powerful man. So who the hell is he?

    03/14/2015 4:31:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    News Australia ^ | March 14, 2015
    EVERY talking head in the United States has spent the last week prattling on about Hillary Clinton’s emails.Fair enough. The former Secretary of State violated government rules in an apparent effort to keep her correspondence safe from scrutiny. That’s no small matter. But in the meantime, another politician has come from nowhere to dethrone Jeb Bush as the frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. His name’s Scott Walker.A few months ago, Walker was an obscure underdog with little more than an outside chance of becoming the nominee. Now he’s being seriously considered for the most important job on the...
  • Re-listing of 4 terrorist organizations by Australia

    03/14/2015 3:53:56 AM PDT · by piasa
    Malaysia Sun (IANS) ^ | Thursday 5th March, 2015
    CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian government on Wednesday re-listed Ansar al-Islam, Lashkar-e Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammad, from Pakistan, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as terrorist organisations, Efe news agency reported. These organisations, which have been listed since 2003, would continue to be listed for another three years, according to a statement from the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Under this measure, it remains a criminal offence to direct the activities of, be a member of, recruit for, train for or receive training from these groups. It would also be a criminal offence to get funds to, from, or for, provide support to,...
  • Kimberley gas plant protesters ‘left nothing’ for people

    03/12/2015 1:53:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th March 2015 | Andrew Burrell
    THE Aboriginal leader who backed a $40 billion gas plant in the Kimberley as a way of creating indigenous jobs has attacked “extreme nutter” environmentalists who he says derailed the plan but have since done nothing to help the region’s impoverished people. Wayne Bergmann, a businessman and former head of the Kimberley Land Council, told an oil and gas conference in Perth yesterday that suicide rates and unemployment were rising in the Kimberley due to a paucity of jobs, especially for younger people. Telstra director Geoff Cousins and singers Missy Higgins and John Butler were among those who opposed the...
  • This is what a real leader sounds like

    03/11/2015 7:36:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Nick Adams
    While American leadership on the Islamic State terrorist group has been marked by reluctance and lethargy, the response of its Australian ally has been strikingly different.The anodyne words of the Obama Administration in describing the terror threat have been conspicuously absent in the highest levels of the Australian government. The latter has demonstrated repeated willingness to identify the enemy, with repeated references to “Islamist” and “the Muslim community”, and is yet to use the term “violent extremism”. This comes amid reports that Prime Minister Tony Abbott canvassed unilateral action against ISIS in Iraq with 3500 ground troops, with Australia’s leading...
  • UN lacking the proof to cry ‘torture’

    03/10/2015 2:50:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th March 2015 | Paige Taylor and Chris Merritt
    THE UN’s conclusion that Australia exposes asylum-seekers to torture or inhumane treatment was reached after accepting the claims of activists without hearings or independent investigation of the facts, and was based on the lack of detailed rebuttal from the ­government. The report of the “special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” is based on the submissions of lobby groups such as the Australian Human Rights Law Centre and concludes: “In the absence of ­information to the contrary, the rapporteur concludes that there is substance in the allegations ­presented.” ..... When the new report emerged...
  • 'Australia is sick of being lectured by the United Nations': Prime Minister Tony Abbott

    03/09/2015 3:45:15 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 9th March 2015 | John Carney
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reacted angrily to a UN report that stated the government's asylum-seeker policy breaches the UN torture convention by saying that 'Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations'. Mr Abbott was furious that the UN did not acknowledge his government for stopping the boats, and questioned the international organisation's credibility. The report by UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez focused on the offshore detention on Manus Island of asylum-seekers by Australian authorities. It found that the conditions breached Australia's obligations under the Convention against Torture. However, Mr Abbott said that the...
  • Silence fails in the face of evil (the hypocrisy of gay lobby and the left when it comes to Islam)

    03/08/2015 5:53:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 9th March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    WHAT will it take for many in the Left to openly condemn the Islamic State? Why this silence in the face of evil? In January, the Islamic State threw two men off a tall building in Iraq for the “crime” of being gay. In February, they threw another gay man off a building, this time in Syria and, when he somehow survived, had a crowd stone him to death. IS is in a war against gays — not just against Jews, Christians and any Muslim thought insufficiently devout. But what have our main gay representatives — largely Left-leaning — said...
  • Anti-marriage equality ad pulled from SBS TV (misleading hyphen in headline)

    03/08/2015 5:43:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 9th March 2015
    AN ADVERTISEMENT critical of same-sex marriage was pulled by SBS management ahead of their telecast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Sunday night, the ad’s sponsors say. The Australian Marriage Forum said in a statement that the ad was booked and scheduled for broadcast during a Sunday night Mardi Gras special. Dr van Gend says the ad was booked and paid for before he received an email on Friday to inform him it had been pulled from the Sunday night schedule. “I’ve unfortunately been instructed to advise you that we choose not to run this TVC for...
  • MH370 One Year On: Everything You Need to Know

    03/07/2015 6:02:08 PM PST · by beaversmom · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 7, 2015 | Tom Phillips, Méabh Ritchie and Jennifer Rigby
    One day, perhaps, a rainbow-coloured luggage strap or a royal blue seat cover will wash up on a pristine west Australian beach. But until then, we might never be sure what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The shocking disappearance of the Boeing 777 a year ago tomorrow still baffles the experts, who cannot find a trace of wreckage or come up with a definitive explanation for its sudden disappearance. More tragically, its loss still haunts the lives of those whose friends and family were aboard the doomed plane. Here, we round up the key theories – and the few...
  • Inmates banned from speaking Arabic at SuperMax jail in Goulburn

    03/07/2015 2:02:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 8th March 2015 | Yoni Bashan and Linda Silmalis
    EXTREME high-risk inmates charged with terror offences will be banned from speaking Arabic during visits and phone calls in SuperMax. From today, 13 inmates classified as “Extreme High Risk Restricted” will be forced to speak English when communicating with the outside. Letters will also be required to be written in English under the new ­restrictions at SuperMax, which is housed within Goulburn jail. It follows a call by State Attorney General Brad Hazzard to increase the number of moderate imams working behind bars to prevent radicalisation of Muslim inmates and ­inmates who convert. Mr Hazzard said he had ordered the...
  • Overnight snowfall brings teeth-rattling taste of winter to Hobart (Aus - Global Warming Alert)

    03/05/2015 6:47:15 PM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    HOBARTIANS could be excused for thinking winter had come early today, waking up to a snow-capped Mt Wellington. At 8am, the temperature at the summit was a chilly minus 1.8 degrees, with the apparent temperature a teeth-rattling minus 13.2.
  • New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden leaks say

    03/05/2015 4:16:53 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 March 2015 Last updated at 02:34 ET | BBC
    New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New Zealand Herald said. The data was shared with other members of the "Five Eyes" network - the US, Australia, Britain and Canada.
  • Hate campaign has made PM stronger (Australia's conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott)

    03/04/2015 1:23:51 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 5th March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    HOW I’ve laughed. The howling pack of journalists trying to destroy Tony Abbott may have left him stronger. There are many reasons why the Prime Minister is making a stunning recovery in some polls. ..... And it’s working. First came a Newspoll showing Abbott more than halving Labor’s lead. Then came Monday’s IPSOS poll that (exaggeratedly) claimed the Liberals were now only a whisker behind, 49 per cent to 51. But there is one factor in Abbott’s recovery that media hasn’t yet admitted: Abbott’s media haters finally went too far and made him an underdog. They made it too obvious...
  • Teenager Abu Bakar Alam slams The Age for ‘devastating’ mistake... wrongly branded a terrorist

    03/03/2015 3:14:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th March 2015 | Tom Minear
    THE teenager wrongly branded a terrorist by The Age has slammed the paper for the “devastating” mistake which put his family in “potential danger”. Abu Bakar Alam, 19, even feared he would not be able to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer after his picture was printed on the front of Fairfax newspapers last September. He was incorrectly identified as Numan Haider, the man who stabbed two police officers before he was shot and killed in Endeavour Hills. Mr Alam reached an out-of-court settlement with Fairfax Media as he prepared to launch a defamation lawsuit. The exact figure...
  • Kiwi war veteran's ANZAC tattoo has become a social media hit around the globe

    03/03/2015 1:46:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 3rd March 2015 | Leesa Smith
    A Kiwi war veteran waited 41 years until he finally came across a design that he fell in love with for his second tattoo and the social media world feels just as strongly about the new piece of body art. New Zealander Bruce Neal was just 18 when he got his inked creation of a kiwi bird on his shoulder - and now at 52 years old he has World War I soldiers marching into the distance in a shape of a fern with the words 'Lest We Forget' written below. When Pieces of Eight Tattoo Studio, on the northeast...
  • Tamil escapee’s ‘lies’ no bar to visa

    03/02/2015 3:23:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 3rd March 2015 | Jared Owens
    A TAMIL refugee who escaped to Australia while on bail for ­allegedly murdering his pregnant lover cannot be refused a visa ­­des­pite repeatedly lying to the Immigration Department about his past, a tribunal has found. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is now reviewing the case of the Sri Lankan man, 36, whom his officials believe lied to “cover up” his role in the murder and ­secure residency. Under the Refugees Convention, countries are permitted to refuse visas where there are “serious reasons for considering that” the applicant “has committed a serious non-political crime” overseas. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal found the man’s...
  • Stunning Tony Abbott recovery in latest poll despite media attacks (Australian leadership crisis)

    03/01/2015 1:38:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 2nd March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    WOW. Despite everything they’ve tried to throw at Abbott — false claims about “unilateral invasions”, heckling at media conferences, wall-to-wall ABC and Fairfax attacks, open campaigning for Malcolm Turnbull and constant peddling of false claims of an imminent challenge — the media have not destroyed Tony Abbott. In fact, they have failed to stop an astonishing recovery, if the latest IPSOS poll can be believed. The Sydney Morning Herald grudgingly admits: “Australian voters have thrown Tony Abbott a lifeline just as his internal opponents were shaping to dump him, with a Fairfax-IPSOS poll confirming a pro-government shift is under way....
  • Media in Tony Abbott witch hunt (Australian leadership crisis)

    03/01/2015 12:55:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 2nd March 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    ABC boss Mark Scott is openly gloating at the near-fatal troubles of Tony Abbott. Last week, he tweeted a joke about the latest leak designed to hurt the Prime Minister — one attacking Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin. “Torrential rain in Canberra tonight,” sniggered Scott, linking to a weather forecast. “More leaks expected.” Taxpayers give the ABC $1 billion a year. In exchange, it is meant, by law, to be balanced, but under Scott, it is campaigning against Abbott. It’s not alone. The media pack attack has been astonishing, and truth barely seems to count. Check some recent anti-Abbott...
  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • Smoke Billows from Auckland mall after 'Explosion' (New Zealand)

    02/26/2015 2:37:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    One News ^ | 11:12 a.m. (Friday), February 27, 2015
    There are reports of an explosion at a mall in the Auckland suburb of Henderson. The blast happened at Westfield West City a short time ago. It's understood a van is on fire in an underground carpark.
  • Tony Abbott leadership under threat, ministers talk resignation (Australian leadership crisis)

    02/26/2015 12:37:10 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 27th February 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    TONY Abbott’s leadership is once again under threat, with a group of Cabinet ministers discussing who should be delegated to seek the Prime Minister’s resignation. And supporters of Mr Abbott said they now believed Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull would be able to muster the numbers if he stood for the top job. Another torrid week in Can­berra — which saw the Government smashed in Question Time over whether it had offered an inducement to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs — sparked another furious round of talks last night between backbenchers and ministers about the PM’s hold on the job....
  • Islamic State: Former Australian soldier Ashley Johnston killed fighting militants in Iraq

    02/25/2015 10:46:49 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | News Desk
    A former Australian soldier has been killed fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq. It is believed Ashley Johnston, a former Army reservist originally from Queensland, was killed in an assault by Kurdish forces on an IS position near the Iraqi city of Shingal. ...
  • Bring Them Home: Families of 25 Vietnam War veterans buried overseas launch campaign...

    02/25/2015 5:09:40 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th February 2015 | Freya Noble
    The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia has launched a campaign to bring 25 of their fellow soldiers killed in action home to Australian soil. With the majority of them buried in Malaysia, and just one soldier laid to rest in Singapore, Vietnam veterans say their mates deserve a proper war grave in the country they died for. Among those buried is Reginald Hillier, and his nephew Neil Bond said his family have been trying to get his uncle home for almost 50 years. 'My mother she pushed tirelessly... She never gave up and she never stopped grieving,' Mr Bond told...
  • 'Go f*** yourself': The potty-mouth politician... in response to 'obnoxious abuse' (Australia)

    02/24/2015 12:31:07 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th February 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    A controversial politician who responds to 'hate mail' with profanities has defended his fiery responses, telling Daily Mail Australia he should not have to quietly cop 'obnoxious' abuse. Senator David Leyonhjelm has recently fired back at email correspondents who 'get under his skin', saying one read: 'DILLIGAF' - an acronym which stands for 'Do I Look Like I Give A F***'. It wasn't the first missive containing cursing - in January Mr Leyonhjelm replied to an activist's email referencing Hitler with the response: 'Go f*** yourself you communist turd.' 'If you're polite to me, I'll be polite to you,' said...
  • Aussie jihadists were on the dole

    02/24/2015 6:09:24 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | February 21, 2015 | SIMON BENSONnational
    ALMOST all of the wannabe terrorists who have snuck out of Australia to join jihadist armies in Iraq and Syria were on the dole or some form of welfare payment, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal. A federal investigation into the welfare status of Australian foreign fighters, prompted last year by revelations in The Telegraph, shows 96 per cent had been on welfare benefits when they fled to the Middle East. Most had continued to collect payments from Australian taxpayers while training with Islamic State to become terrorists intent on wanting to kill Australians. The investigation has captured the records of...
  • Tony Abbott sought military advice on go-it-alone invasion of Iraq (Australia)

    02/20/2015 2:33:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 21st February 2015
    TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group. Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in ­Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of ­Islamic State in northern Iraq. After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous...
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nation’s $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work “under any possible scenario”. “There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia,” he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • Senate is a threat to our future (Australia)

    02/19/2015 1:47:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    AUSTRALIA’s problem isn’t the Abbott Government. No, it’s the other one that’s pushing us to disaster. Few voters understand that Australia effectively has two governments. One is Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s, which dominates in our House of Representatives and so gets to do the official governing. The other is actually Labor leader Bill Shorten’s, which rules in the Senate. This second government is a loose coalition of Labor, Greens, Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer’s two senators that between them hold 38 of the 76 Senate seats and can block any law the Abbott Government tries to pass.
  • Spies sent into Iraq for ISIS fight (Australian Secret Intelligence Service)

    02/18/2015 2:08:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th February 2015 | Paul Maley and Cameron Stewart
    THE nation’s overseas spy ­agency has dramatically increased its footprint across the Middle East, reopening its ­defunct Iraq station and increasing the number of officers in ­Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. The move by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is part of a historic new “pivot” to the Middle East by intelligence and police agencies in an effort to meet the threat posed by Islamic State and its army of foreign ­fighters, many of whom are Australian. ..... In 2010 it was reported that ASIS had shut six international stations, including the Baghdad post — the agency’s biggest — that July....
  • Bias against Tony Abbott is truly sickening

    02/18/2015 12:29:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    THE ABC is trying to destroy Tony Abbott. Its bias — actually unlawful — has never been so ruthless. Even the ABC’s hand-picked reviewer had to admit this week that the ABC’s coverage of the Abbott Government’s first Budget was marred by anti-Liberal bias — and she hadn’t even looked hard. Colleen Ryan, a former Fairfax editor, had been asked by the ABC to check its reporting of the Budget in the week after it was delivered. This Budget was the country’s first and best hope of reining in Labor’s massive deficits. If it wasn’t a make-or-break moment for the...
  • Queensland MMM Cult Leader tracked down and confronted in Vanuatu

    02/18/2015 12:28:13 PM PST · by GeronL · 18 replies
    9 News Australia (MSN) ^ | A Current Affair
    A Queensland cult leader accused of fraud by former senior members has reportedly fled Australia. Debra Burslem, founder of the Magnificat Meal Movement (MMM), has been confronted by A Current Affair in Vanuatu after being accused of making money from her followers and using it to fund her lavish lifestyle. The MMM was founded in 1986 by Ms Burslem out of Helidon in southeast Queensland. The cult leader claims to see and hear Jesus and the virgin Mary. Reporter Chris Allen tracked down Ms Burslem and her son at a store in Vanuatu and asked her a number questions that...
  • We, the people, are the threat to fiscal reform

    02/17/2015 12:24:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18th February 2015 | Janet Albrechtsen
    THE Prime Minister came to off­ice 17 months ago with the right instincts about structural reforms to fix the federal budget. To be sure, mistakes have been made, but last week a contrite Tony Abbott said: “We are determined to work for you, the people, who elected us.” If it’s fair to censure the government for errors on the reform front, we should be equally straight shooting about the chief reason reform has stalled in this country. We, the people, are one of the biggest hurdles for a reforming government. According to record low polls for the government, we, the...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Abbott streets ahead on good policy

    02/17/2015 12:13:36 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 17th February 2015 | Terry McCrann
    TONY Abbott has been a very good Prime Minister, leading a competent and indeed effective Government, where it really counts — delivering good policy and good outcomes in the best interests of Australia overall and of individual Australians. He has been an ordinary and indeed arguably very poor PM in areas where it doesn’t really count, either for the nation or for individuals — the peripheral policy areas and in the winning of popularity contests. Now obviously, the second of those really does count for the PM, any PM, personally. If you don’t win the key “popularity contest”, the next...
  • Opinion: Tony Abbott trying to save Australia, nation trying to destroy him

    02/17/2015 12:06:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 16th February 2015 | Rowan Dean
    FOR crying out loud, can we give this bloke a break? ..... And yes, there will need to be measures to increase government revenue as well as cut spending. But the bottom line remains inescapable: Government expenditure must be reduced dramatically in order to remain affordable into the future, and the three main areas are welfare, education and health. If we continue spending the same vast sums on those three areas that we have become accustomed to, and keep promising ourselves more and more of, we are robbing the next generation of the standard of living that we now enjoy....
  • Learner driver who stitched own chainsaw wound before drink driving to hospital loses appeal

    02/16/2015 9:07:18 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 39 replies
    ABC ^ | February 17, 2015 | Loukas Founten
    A learner driver who stitched his own chainsaw wound before attempting to drink drive to hospital has lost an appeal to have the matter considered "trifling" by the Supreme Court. Timothy Withrow, who sustained the wound at this Port Willunga home south of Adelaide in February 2014, used a sewing needle and fishing line to stitch himself up for fear the cut could become infected. He had earlier phoned the Noarlunga Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, only to be told they were extremely busy and would be unable to treat his gaping wound for more than 10 hours. Mr Withrow...
  • Abbott not giving up hope on Bali pair

    02/16/2015 10:19:07 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 17 February 2015 | skynews
    The federal government is not giving up hope of preventing two Australian drug smugglers from being executed in Indonesia. ...'Let's not do this dreadful, final, irrevocable thing any time soon,' Mr Abbott says. It's unclear what action the government will take if the executions go ahead, but one of them won't be using the $1 billion aid program for Indonesia as a bargaining tool.
  • Human Rights Commission inquiry’s bias fails detainees

    02/15/2015 5:53:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 16th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    GILLIAN Triggs says it’s “distressing” that Australia has some children of boat people in detention. But what should really distress her is that she has just betrayed them. The best she could now do for them is resign as president of the taxpayer-funded Australian Human Rights Commission and hand over to someone not so obviously an activist. ..... Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week said Triggs’ commission “should be ashamed of itself”, and no wonder. The commission last held an inquiry into children in detention in 2004, when — surprise — the Howard government was successfully stopping the boats. But...