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Australia/New Zealand (News/Activism)

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  • 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...
  • Dual to the Death!

    11/03/2017 12:27:35 PM PDT · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | November 2, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Here is a news story that will make no sense whatsoever to anyone who is not Australian - and, indeed, shouldn't really make any sense even if you are Australian. From The Sunday Times of Perth: Senator Parry has released a statement confirming he will step down as President of the Senate and resign his seat if British authorities say that he is a British citizen. The senator is still awaiting confirmation from the authorities... "As a result of this I have had cause to examine my citizenship status in relation to my late father having being born in the...
  • If a Shakespeare play is racist or antisemitic, is it OK to change the ending?

    11/03/2017 12:30:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2 November 2017 | Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
    It’s the last scene of The Merchant of Venice and the Christians are celebrating. They have love, youth and wealth on their side. Best of all, they have outsmarted “the Jew”. Not only does Shylock not get his pound of flesh, but he is forced to convert – his kippah brutally ripped off his head – and sign away his fortune to his daughter Jessica, who has turned her back on her family to elope. While the group cavorts around the Sydney Opera House stage with giddy, ecstatic abandon, Jessica goes quiet. She bursts into tears, sinks to the...
  • 'Zero emissions' will test the convictions of Canberrans

    11/02/2017 6:21:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 11/2/2017 | Viv Forbes
    Canberra, with its “zero emissions” target, yearns to be Australia’s greenest address. Good. Let’s use them as a full-blown test of “zero emissions” before we all jump over that cliff. Canberra (the center of Australia Capital Territory, the equivalent of the District of Columbia) passes thousands of laws for us. If their zero emissions dream is fair dinkum, they need to pass just three laws for themselves. First, ban all petrol, diesel and gas-powered trucks, cars, boats, generators, and aeroplanes from Canberra. That should remove emissions from their atmosphere, food from their supermarkets, and leave their roads free for pedestrians...
  • AR15 and 416 lb Feral Hog; Semi-Autos Good Hunting, Target Shooting, Defensive Arms

    10/29/2017 6:34:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 79 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Opponents of an armed population often make the unfounded claim that AR-15 rifles are unsuitable for hunting. Joe Clowers of Texas shows that America's favorite rifle, some variation of the AR-15, works very well for hunting feral pigs. From A Texas man shot a 416-pound boar that he found ripping up his backyard and terrorizing the makeshift deer sanctuary he has on his land. Joe Clowers, of Union Grove, Texas, said he shot the boar with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He was fed up with the boar preying on his fawns for the last five years. The semi-automatic...
  • Report: Voters Say Country Is Full, Support Partial Muslim Immigration Ban [Australia]

    10/28/2017 9:58:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Breitbart Jerusalem ^ | 10/28/17 | Simon Kent
    In a blow for multiculturalism and open door migration, a majority of Australian voters believe the country is full and almost half support a partial ban on new Muslim arrivals.The changing approach to immigration Down Under has been highlighted in a new survey that shows that just over 50 per cent of voters agree that Australia has changed beyond recognition and “sometimes feels like a foreign country.” The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) conducted the polling. The independent organisation claims the results are driven by a rapid change in Australia’s ethnic and religious make-up and concerns over quality of life.It comes as ordinary...
  • High Court rules Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce ineligible to serve in Parliament (Australia)

    10/26/2017 11:26:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    The Turnbull Government has lost its one-seat majority after the High Court ruled Barnaby Joyce's election invalid because of his New Zealand citizenship. Mr Joyce will now face a by-election. The court also found former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were not validly elected, along with One Nation's Malcolm Roberts and the National Party's Fiona Nash.
  • 'No' Gay Marriage in Australia Ad Showing Alarming LGBT Sex Ed in Schools Banned From Prime Time TV

    10/25/2017 8:23:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The latest video by Australia's "no" on gay marriage campaign has been banned from prime time TV in the country until 8:30 p.m., as it was deemed too explicit — for featuring quotes that students are taught in school. Yahoo7 News reported that the 30-second ad has been given an MA rating due to "depictions of implied sexual activity and verbal sexual references." The Coalition for Marriage used passages from the controversial Safe Schools sexuality education program to showcase just what pupils are being taught. "Penis-in-vagina sex is not the only sex, and certainly is not the ultimate sex," one...
  • Australian MP calls out Irish for role in atrocities against Aboriginal people

    10/24/2017 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 24, 2017 07:49 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Irish colonists were among those who mistreated Australia’s indigenous people, the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives has said. Linda Burney, MP, said that it must be acknowledged that the Irish had a historical role in committing atrocities against the Aboriginal people. Burney’s comments come days after Irish president Michael D. Higgins recognized during a speech in Western Australia the role of the Irish in injustices against the Aboriginal people. […] The Labor Party MP also spoke about “the warm relationship” between the Irish and Aboriginal people today, and mentioned the number of Aboriginal people...
  • Man arrested in early morning raids accused of financially supporting Islamic State

    10/23/2017 6:35:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    3AW ^ | 10/24/17
    A Hampton Park man has been charged with allegedly providing funds and services to people involved with Islamic State in Syria.The 43-year-old was arrested during dawn raids, after an investigation involving the Joint Counter Terrorism team.He’s due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court later today.It will be alleged the man provided funds and services to people in the conflict in Syria supporting the terror network.Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations Shane Patton said the arrest sent a strong message.“This arrest sends a very strong message of deterrence to those who would seek to provide support or fund terrorism that they will...
  • Australian Gun Culture: End of the 2017 Amnesty 50,000 Guns

    10/22/2017 8:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Australian nationwide gun amnesty is over. It lasted three months, was nationwide, and received a lot of attention, domestic and international. I was there for almost the entire amnesty, from 1 July to September 26. The Amnesty ended on 30 September.While I was there I talked to dozens of gun owners, employees and owners of gun shops, and police officers. There are some interesting things that are not being written about or are overlooked.Most articles are claiming that over 50,000 guns were turned in and will be destroyed. I believe the 50,000 number for guns turned in. I...
  • The last Holden: GM closes plant, ends Australia auto production

    10/21/2017 2:08:57 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 27 replies
    SYDNEY — Australia's near 100-year automotive industry ended on Friday as Holden, a unit of General Motors, closed its plant in South Australia to move manufacturing to cheaper locations. The closure comes a year after Toyota and Ford similarly moved out, eliminating thousands of manufacturing jobs. It adds pressure on the government to help those made redundant find work in a battleground state ahead of a federal election in 18 months.