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  • Is having a loving family an unfair advantage? (true lunacy from the left)

    05/05/2015 3:37:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 1st May 2015 | Joe Gelonesi
    So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families. The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment. Swift in particular has been conflicted for some time over the curious situation that arises when a parent wants to do the best for her child but in the process makes the playing field for...
  • Peter Hartcher’s vile smear (disgusting 'homophobia' attacks on Australia's conservative PM)

    05/05/2015 2:28:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 6th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    The author of this piece, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher, also suggested - falsely and disgracefully - on 2GB a few minutes ago that this was on Tony Abbott’s instructions and it was open to “speculation” that this was driven by Abbott’s homophobia: Australia’s ambassador to France offered his resignation after an incident while greeting Tony Abbott as he arrived in Paris on Anzac Day. According to multiple sources, the ambassador, Stephen Brady, was on the airport tarmac with his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, waiting to meet the incoming plane around 7pm Paris time. The prime minister’s...
  • Bill Shorten paying for being too safe (Australia's socialist opposition begins to slide)

    05/03/2015 6:50:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    IN January, Tony Abbott seemed finished as Prime Minister. But how things have changed. Now the leader under pressure is Labor’s Bill Shorten. Just ask his smiling deputy, Tanya Plibersek. The mischief began last week, with Shorten away and Plibersek acting leader. First, Plibersek declared Labor should now force its politicians to vote for gay marriage, rather than allow a conscience vote. Many Labor MPs were outraged. MPs — including devout Christians — who would feel morally obliged to vote against party policy could be expelled under Labor’s rules. Labor could split. Shorten, on his return, quickly rejected Plibersek’s bullying...
  • Grow a spine! The sudden raging popularity of those who stand up to the Offendotrons

    05/01/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    JoNova ^ | 5/1/2015 | Joanne Nova
    There’s a message here to politicians from marketers: Grow a spine, stand up for something sensible Martin Daubney on Breitbart describes a new form of internet-era marketing. Companies that put out provocative ads predictably get attacked by the holier-than-thou. But if they stand up to the thought police, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of a social media war and at the winning end. Because they didn’t cave in to the PC, they get thousands of passionate defenders online, lots of new customers, loads of free PR, and the “wave” breaches the social media world and spills into the...
  • Why turn drug smugglers into heroes for our kids?

    04/30/2015 6:38:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 1st May 2015 | Piers Akerman
    THE nauseating canonisation of executed convicted heroin smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was well under way before their corpses had been returned to their families. At Castle Hill High, the words “merciless”, “barbaric”, “futile” and “weak” were plastered on the noticeboard on Wednesday by principal Vicki Brewer after students ­expressed horror at the executions of Chan and Sukumaran, and six others in Indonesia. “I think it’s affecting students and staff, they’ve been chilled by it, haunted by it and there’s been certainly a good deal of reflection and discussion about the ethical and moral dilemmas this has caused,” she...
  • Australians host national day of repentance -- for the USA.

    04/29/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 17 replies
    RealMedia ^ | April 29, 2015 | HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif., /Christian Newswire/ —
    n addition to grassroots repentance services in many communities the first ever “global call for repentance” will take place this Thursday April 30 as part of this year’s National Day of Repentance. The call will be hosted by Australian prayer leaders whose earlier global prayer call for the USA has gone viral. Using media releases and YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppeSN1xBn4 they are calling Christians in Australia and other nations to fast and pray for America beginning April 30 for seven days leading up to the National Day of Prayer on May 7. http://www.dayofrepentance1.org/global-support-for-usa-national-day-of-repentance/
  • A BLAST FROM HEAVEN? (MAJOR IMPACT DISASTER 500 YEARS AGO?)

    12/05/2003 6:43:33 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies · 1,781+ views
    USNews.com ^ | 8 December 2003 edition | Charles W. Petit
    In 1989, Edward Bryant climbed a point on the southeast coast of his native Australia with a colleague and found an odd jumble of boulders well above the surf. A big wave, he thought, maybe a tsunami from an earthquake, must have tossed them up there. Over the next few years, however, the University of Wollongong geologist explored hundreds of miles of coast and found more signs of wave action, hundreds of feet above the water--too high for any quake-spawned surge. An astonishing hypothesis of devastation from outer space formed in his mind. It gathered some praise, along with many...
  • Fresh from battle, R&R now on the radar for US sailors

    04/26/2015 2:08:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th April 2015 | Andrew Burrell
    The commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson says Islamic State extremists began as an invad­ing force and ended as an enemy in retreat during the aircraft carrier’s recent six-month deployment to the Middle East. Speaking 250km off Perth on board the massive American vessel — which carries 55 planes, 20 choppers and more than 5000 crew who went ashore at Fremantle yesterday afternoon — Captain Karl Thomas proclaimed the airstrikes over Syria and Iraq a success. ..... "I think why our sailors love to come to Australia so much is that the countries are so similar,” he said. “We...
  • SBS reporter Scott McIntyre sparks outrage on twitter with ‘despicable’ Anzac comments

    04/25/2015 5:15:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 47 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th April 2015 | Andrew Hamblin
    A HIGH-profile SBS presenter has come under fire for a vicious public attack on Australian Diggers in which he implied that Anzacs were rapists and terrorists. SBS soccer reporter Scott McIntyre’s rant on social media late on Anzac Day has been drawn outrage from Australian leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments “despicable”. “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted. “Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”
  • LEST WE FORGET: Thousands of Australians attend Anzac Day dawn ceremonies (great photos at link)

    04/24/2015 6:19:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th April 2015 | Lucy Thackray and Heather Mcnab
    While the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey prepares to receive more than 10,000 people to it's shores on Anzac Day, around Australia dawn services are being held with proud Aussies paying respects in record numbers on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in a sign of unity and honour. Since 1915, Anzac Day has been marked with ceremonies of remembrance to pay tribute to the 50,000 Australians and New Zealanders who fought on the shores of Turkey, and on Saturday special centenary celebrations will mark the sacrifice and valour of these fallen soldiers. Although no WWI soldiers survive, moving dawn...
  • Anzac graves site vandalised on eve of UK service

    04/24/2015 4:41:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2015
    A major World War I monument in Britain has been vandalised just hours before an Anzac Day service at the site. The Australian flagpole was sawn through at Harefield (St Mary) Churchyard, and the memorial and information panel were peppered with blue spray paint. More than 100 servicemen and one nurse are buried at the site after being treated at the adjacent Harefield hospital, which was a converted mansion donated in 1915 by a wealthy Australian, Charles Billyard-Leake. The annual Anzac Day service was to still go ahead at Harefield on Saturday afternoon local time following immediate intervention from the...
  • US citizens seek asylum from land of the free (Australia)

    04/24/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 25th April 2015 | Tessa Akerman
    America promotes itself as “the land of the free and the home of the brave’’, but more than 100 US citizens have sought asylum in Australia in the past six years. They have sought asylum in Australia on the basis of unemployment due to the global financial crisis, the impact of ­Obamacare, a high crime rate, claims America is a terrorist ­target, religious persecution and persecution because of sexuality or ­perceived sexuality. ..... This month, the Australian Federal Circuit Court referred the case of an American woman back to the Refugee Review Tribunal for reconsideration. The woman, known as SZUQO,...
  • Ring of steel around Anzac Cove (Australia and New Zealand commemorate the 100th ANZAC Day)

    04/24/2015 8:09:02 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2015
    IT should surprise no one that Gallipoli is a hard place to get to. AFTER all, that's the reason 10,500 Australians and Kiwis are here: to commemorate a disastrous loss for the Allied forces who tried to invade this stony strip of land a century ago. Any geographic difficulties posed by the Gallipoli peninsula, however, are only amplified by the enormous security machine that squeezed tighter in recent days and now has clamped shut on Anzac Eve. ..... The steel security curtain extends far beyond the national park where the famous Gallipoli cemeteries are: the nearby ferry port towns of...
  • Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega tower, demolished in Gippsland (radio navigation)

    04/23/2015 2:09:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega tower, has been demolished in a paddock in Gippsland. The Omega radio navigation tower stood at around 430 metres tall but after a series of explosions it was brought crashing to Earth. The defence facility was used for submarine navigation in the 1980s and '90s and was decommissioned in 2008. The Department of Defence decided to demolish the tower after a young base jumper plunged to his death last year when his parachute failed to open. Michael Pollock from the Department of Defence said the structure was no longer needed. "From Defence's perspective, we've...
  • Wellness author admits cancer diagnosis not true

    04/23/2015 8:30:05 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 46 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 22 Apr 2015 | Unknown
    Wellness advocate Belle Gibson, who translated her high profile as a cancer survivor into publishing success, has admitted her cancer diagnosis was not real.Ms Gibson, 23, who claimed to have healed terminal brain cancer by eating wholefoods, made the admission in an interview with the Australian Women's Weekly.The success of Gibson's book, The Whole Pantry, and her smartphone application, which advocates natural therapies, has been largely dependent on her high-profile as a cancer survivor.Asked if she had ever had cancer, Ms Gibson told the magazine: "No. None of it's true."I don't want forgiveness. I just think [speaking out] was the...
  • Anzac Day terror plotters were going to 'mow down a police officer with a car...

    04/20/2015 3:37:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 21st April 2015 | Sarah Carty
    A police insider has revealed sickening details about the alleged Anzac Day terror plot, claiming the accused men planned to run over a police officer and then kill him with a knife. According to the ABC, a security official close to the ongoing investigation said the group of five men intended to take the officer's gun and embark on a shooting rampage on the streets of Melbourne. The shocking plans mirror those of Islamic preachers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who ran down 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich south-east London in May 2013 before 'butchering him' to death. ........
  • Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

    04/20/2015 12:21:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 4-20-15
    Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution. In the first trip to Iran by an Australian minister in more than a decade, Bishop said it would be an informal arrangement. Her comments came after a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign affairs adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "We have a common purpose with Iran in defeating Daesh and helping the Iraqi government," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation,...
  • Australians call for return of nation's 'birth certificate' from Britain

    01/25/2011 11:05:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/25/2011 | Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
    Australians have started a campaign calling for Britain to hand over the first map ever to refer to the nation by the word "Australia", claiming that the document is country's "birth certificate". Captain Matthew Flinders Matthew Flinders, a British explorer and cartographer, drew the map in 1804 after becoming the first European to circumnavigate Australia. It was the first time a navigator used the name "Australia" to describe the continent, which had previously been referred to as New Holland or Terra Australis. Flinders, who hailed from Lincolnshire and spent several years charting the coast of Australia, wrote a book about...
  • Men Arrested in Melbourne Over Alleged 'ISIS-Inspired' Anzac Day Terrorist Plot

    04/17/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Australia ABC ^ | (Saturday) April 18, 2015
    Counterterrorism police have alleged two of the five men they arrested in an operation in Melbourne were planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on an Anzac Day ceremony. The two men, an 18-year-old Hallam man and an 18-year-old Hampton Park man, were arrested this morning during a major joint counterterrorism team operation. Another man was arrested for weapons offences and two other men were in custody assisting police with their enquiries, after seven search warrants were executed as part of Operation Rising. The Australian Federal Police said they believed the two 18-year-olds were plotting an attack to take place on...
  • Melbourne terror plot: raids live coverage

    04/17/2015 8:09:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 18th April 2015
    LATEST: PREMIER Daniel Andrews says security will be stepped up across Victoria after police allege they’d foiled Anzac Day terror attack in Melbourne by ISIS-inspired teens. Police allege they have foiled the terrorism attack against serving police officers involving “associates’’ of the dead Melbourne terrorist Numan Haider. The Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism chief Neil Gaughan confirmed details of the terror plot today following raids across Melbourne. Two teenagers were arrested in relation to allegations they were “planning a terrorist attack in Australia’’. “It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for a terrorist attack at an Anzac Day event in...
  • Barack Obama a failure on world stage

    04/16/2015 2:55:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 31 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17th April 2015 | Graham Richardson
    There is a question I keep asking myself — is Barack Obama to blame for failing on virtually every front imaginable? I want the answer to be in the negative so badly that I fear I may be shutting out an ugly reality. Domestically and internationally, the US President’s policies have been a mix of brilliance and failure. On foreign policy I had hoped for so much from him. After an inarticulate fool such as George W. Bush, the world deserved something special from America. At the time of his election Obama was the answer most of us were seeking........
  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq in fight against Islamic State

    04/13/2015 8:42:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th April 2015 | Annika Smethurst
    MORE than 300 Australian troops will be deployed to Iraq for a training mission, starting tomorrow. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the 300 strong force, first announced last month, will be largely from army’s 7th Brigade in Brisbane and will serve alongside New Zealanders at the Taji military complex, north of Baghdad Federal cabinet has approved the deployment of the additional Australian troops to the Middle East to help train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State. The deployment will be for two years from the middle of May. “It is a dangerous place and I can’t tell you...
  • Mystery of the 'alien' signals solved: Baffled astronomers trace source to kitchen MICROWAVE

    04/13/2015 5:59:15 PM PDT · by dennisw · 78 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 13 April 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Mystery of the 'alien' signals solved: Baffled astronomers trace source of noise to the observatory's kitchen MICROWAVE Strange signals, known as perytons, originated near to the planet Scientists could not explain where they were coming from for decades They replicated signal by opening microwave door while still running For years, scientists have been trying to uncover the source of mysterious radio signals being picked up in Australia. Theories have ranged from evaporating black holes to extraterrestrial communication and mergers of neutron stars. Now researchers at the Parkes Observatory claim they have finally found the source of these 'alien' signals -...
  • Opinion: US President Barack Obama is not a friend to the Western world

    04/12/2015 5:44:02 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 13th April 2015
    “IF I was running al-Qa’ida in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and pray as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats.” These prophetic words were uttered by John Howard less than 24 hours after Barack Obama announced he was running for US president. Mr Howard was always the master of the understatement, no more so than on this occasion. It wasn’t just al-Qa’ida but rather, practically every sinister outfit on the planet that must have popped the bubbly the day Obama was swept to power in a...
  • The Power of Ten: The heroes Ben Roberts-Smith, VC (Victoria Cross), looks up to

    04/12/2015 2:16:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th April 2015
    HE’S Australia’s fiercest soldier. One of the most decorated members of the Australian Defence Force, he was singled out for acts of extraordinary bravery when locked in a bloody gunbattle with an unpredictable enemy in 2010. But for Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith, there is a group of men who put his achievements on the battlefield in the shade. Tonight, Roberts-Smith will present a special episode of Sunday Night where he will uncover extraordinary stories of valour that turned 10 of the first Anzacs into legends. There are not many Australians who can truly say that they’ve walked in the...
  • Strong turnout for world's first glimpse at Apple Watch

    04/10/2015 1:23:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 278 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | Pauline Askin and Noel Randewich
    Consumers in Australia flocked to Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) store in Sydney on Friday to get the world's first up-close look at the tech giant's smartwatch, which the company expects will be its next runaway hit. The Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook's first new major product, was available for pre-order online and to try out in stores - but not take home. On April 24, consumers will be able to buy it online or by reservation at retail locations including high-end fashion boutiques in Paris, London and Tokyo, part of Apple's strategy of positioning the wearable computer as a must-have accessory.
  • Pantsuit Presidency Last Thing America Needs

    04/06/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Nick Adams
    You can guarantee it. When Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee next year, she and her team will frame the election as “historically significant”. In doing so, they will ignite a great social movement to elect the first Madame President. In the last twelve months, Secretary Clinton’s public speeches and commentary have discernibly shifted in focus and content, to female empowerment, pay equity and her “grandmother glow”. Never far away with a ready and helping hand, the media are showing their intent to advance the Clinton 2016 narrative. Just last month, following the conclusion of her prepared remarks at her...
  • Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia

    04/04/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/4/15
    Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country on Saturday in events organisers said were against Islamic extremism. The "Reclaim Australia" events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticised them as racist and called for greater tolerance. "We are pro-Australian values and anti-extreme Islam, but we're not anti-Muslim," Reclaim Australia spokeswoman Catherine Brennan told AFP, adding there was no racism behind the rallies, which she said had attracted people from diverse backgrounds. "Since when is it being racist to love your country and to love...
  • Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia

    04/04/2015 5:00:46 AM PDT · by South40 · 13 replies
    Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country on Saturday in events organisers said were against Islamic extremism. The "Reclaim Australia" events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticised them as racist and called for greater tolerance. "We are pro-Australian values and anti-extreme Islam, but we're not anti-Muslim," Reclaim Australia spokeswoman Catherine Brennan told AFP, adding there was no racism behind the rallies, which she said had attracted people from diverse backgrounds.
  • FREEP a pol - Should Australians be allowed to own guns?

    04/03/2015 4:37:26 PM PDT · by normbal · 29 replies
    Someone's running a poll in Oz. http://www.9jumpin.com.au Let's help them decide.
  • How to get published in The Age (major Oz paper required to publish pro-Muslim articles?)

    04/01/2015 3:21:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Not so long ago, The Age made a rather costly mistake by identifying an entirely innocent Muslim lad as the teen terrorist who attacked two policemen in Melbourne, very nearly killing one of them. This sort of error is apt to happen when competent sub-editors are shown the door, replaced by cheap-to-hire, hip-dude children working under the supervision of the few older hands not quite sharp enough to have read the signs of a newspaper in terminal decline and landed jobs at the ABC. Fairfax Media dug deep, slung the slandered kid a sum variously reported to be as much...
  • Left right out: the campaign to stifle conservative views

    04/01/2015 2:39:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1st April 2015 | Jennifer Oriel
    A curious condition of early 21st-century life is that for every citizen trained in causal reasoning and dedicated to truth, there is a mob of determinedly unenlightened dolts incapable of distinguishing public opinion from empirical fact, whose greatest champion is the censorial Left. Enter the latest limp cant against Social Services Minister Scott Morrison by former students of his alma mater, Sydney Boys High School. In an online letter endorsed by John Pilger, the moribund band of brothers exhorts the school to withdraw a speaking invitation to Morrison on the charge that he advocated policies in violation of the UN...
  • Here be dragons: warming wakens wyverns

    03/31/2015 8:38:23 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 23 replies
    Farmonline ^ | 01 Apr, 2015 | JUSTIN JHESTE
    CLIMATE change could not just impact agricultural production, but also potentially waken sleeping giants who could in turn exacerbate the warming trend, according to Australian academics.
  • Third Catholic church in Melbourne set on fire (third in three days)

    03/31/2015 3:25:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 1st April 2015 | Monique Hore
    A MELBOURNE bishop believes the third suspicious church fire in as many days is not linked to clergy sexual abuse. Fire crews and police are investigating a fire at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Foster St, Dandenong, that started about 2.30am. The fire, which caused $250,000 damage, was started in the church’s storeroom. Another was sparked near the altar. A team of about 40 firefighters took about an hour to control the blaze. It comes after fires on Monday at St James in Brighton and St Mary’s in St Kilda East - two parishes home to notorious paedophile priest, Ron...
  • Australia's most decorated CANINE who went missing in Afghanistan...

    03/31/2015 1:38:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 1st April 2015 | Freya Noble
    Australia's most decorated canine war hero, who was at one stage missing in action for nearly 14 months in Afghanistan, has lost her battle with brain cancer. Sarbi, who worked as an explosive detection dog for the Australian Army, suffered a number of seizures in recent weeks and scans revealed a brain tumour. The canine, affectionately known as 'the wonder dog', lost her short battle with the terminal illness on Friday, and died surrounded by her loved ones, according to her handler.
  • Autofill mistake exposes Obama's passport data

    03/30/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/30/15 | Corey Bennett
    An Australian government official made the mistake that is every office workers’ nightmare: an autofill mistake causing an email to go to the wrong person. Except in this person’s case, the mistaken email exposed the personal details of 31 world leaders, including President Barack Obama. “The cause of the breach was human error,” said an email sent to the Australian privacy commissioner and obtained by The Guardian under freedom of information laws... excerptedThe exposed data included not only names and dates of birth, but passport numbers and visa details as well. On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz...
  • Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

    03/30/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 30, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime...
  • [Australia]set to introduce tax on bank deposits

    03/30/2015 9:40:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | 28 March 2015
    The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details
  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits (Australia)

    03/29/2015 5:32:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    http://www.abc.net.au/ ^ | 3-29-15 | ABC Australia
    The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details.
  • School Textbooks Gloss Over Jihad and Undermine Christianity

    03/28/2015 10:10:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | March 28, 2015 | Kevin Donnelly
    Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict XVI, in Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity and Islam, details the rising tide of secularism that seeks to banish Christianity from European history and the public square. While the situation in Australia appears nowhere near as dire, it is the case here that Christianity is often misrepresented and undermined. This happens especially in subjects such as history and in relation to what American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington terms the “clash of civilisations”. The expectation is that school textbooks present a balanced, objective and impartial view of ideas, beliefs and events. Such...
  • Exit poll puts Baird back in office (really good news for Australian conservatives)

    03/28/2015 2:07:25 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 28th March 2015
    AS the count continues in the NSW, seats are starting to be decided. With about 5.5 per cent of the overall vote counted, our experts have already called 32 winners. The Coalition is already well in front with 27 seats being called in their favour, including Albury, Baulkham Hills, Ryde and Wagga Wagga for the Liberals and Barwon, Coffs Harbour and Oxley for the Nationals. Our experts have called Charlestown, Liverpool, Maroubra, Summer Hill and Wollongong. Exit polls of voters taken moments after they cast their ballots pointed to the Coalition being re-elected despite a swing to Labor. Opposition Leader...
  • Australian Woman Accused Of Squirting Breast Milk On Police Officer (denied bail)

    03/27/2015 1:26:13 PM PDT · by drewh · 52 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
    news.com.au ^ | 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
    news.com.au ^ | 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...