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  • Australia agrees to first national gun amnesty in 20 years

    10/22/2016 9:47:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 10/21/2016 | unknown
    Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty next year as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons, a federal minister said Friday. Australia's police and justice ministers agreed at a meeting to start a nationwide gun amnesty from the middle of 2017, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said. "Australia is world-renowned for the strength of our firearm laws, but illegal firearms do remain a deadly weapon of choice for organized criminals," Keenan told reporters. It will be the first Australia-wide amnesty since a gun buy-back program in 1996 that followed a lone gunman killing 35...
  • The town living in terror of CHILDREN: Aboriginal kids as young as eight going on violent crime...

    10/19/2016 5:01:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th October 2016 | Belinda Cleary
    Children as young as eight are terrorising a town in retaliation after an Aboriginal man was shot by police. Residents in Cowra, in central west New South Wales, are so terrified they are sleeping with weapons next to their beds. Dennis John 'DJ' Doolan was shot by police on September 28, prompting angry members of the Aboriginal community to chant 'black lives matter' until elders had to stop them rioting. The 32-year-old accused thief is still in hospital recovering following the shooting. Now the town is being terrorised by a mob of mostly Aboriginal children, believed to be as young...
  • Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral, To The Horror Of Scientists

    10/15/2016 10:51:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 14, 2016 | Chris D'Angelo
    Dead and dying are two very different things. If a person is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their loved ones don't rush to write an obituary and plan a funeral. Likewise, species aren't declared extinct until they actually are. In a viral article entitled "Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016)," however, writer Rowan Jacobsen proclaimed ― inaccurately and, we can only hope, hyperbolically ― that Earth's largest living structure is dead and gone.
  • Australian Song For Islamic Immigration

    10/13/2016 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Finnwolf · 5 replies
    Chuck's Blog ^ | October 6, 2016 | Chuck's Blog A good commonsense tune.
  • Australian state lawmakers condemn Trump as 'revolting slug'

    10/13/2016 2:22:37 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 62 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/13/2016 | AP
    SYDNEY (AP) A state Parliament in Australia on Thursday unanimously passed a motion that described U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump as "a revolting slug unfit for public office." Jeremy Buckingham, a lawmaker from the minor Greens party, introduced the motion to the New South Wales Legislative Council, the Parliament's upper house. "This house ... agrees with those who have described Mr. Trump as a 'revolting slug' unfit for public office," the motion said.
  • Counter-terrorism police arrest schoolboys in Sydney

    10/12/2016 12:47:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies ^ | 13th October 2016
    ONE of two schoolboys arrested yesterday as they were allegedly preparing to behead someone in Sydneys southwest is the son of a convicted terrorist. Police swooped on the 16-year-olds in a laneway behind a Bankstown mosque about midday, hours after the pair allegedly bought two bayonets at a gun shop. The threat of an attack was considered imminent and police wearing protective vests descended on the prayer hall after officers received information about the alleged purchase of the knives. The pair allegedly also had pieces of paper with religious statements written on them that were to be read out while...
  • Australia Same-Sex Marriage Vote Blocked by Opposition

    10/11/2016 11:44:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/11
    Australian opposition MPs have said they will block the prime minister's plan to hold a national vote on legalising same-sex marriage. Malcolm Turnbull has promised to put the issue to a non-binding ballot, or plebiscite, next year. But critics, including many supporters of same-sex marriage, say parliament should make the decision itself. They say the plebiscite will be expensive and runs the risk of unleashing homophobic rhetoric. Parliament will still vote on whether to hold the plebiscite, but without opposition and crossbench support it is unlikely to pass the senate.
  • (Australian) Greens want (Australian) Senate to condemn Trump

    10/09/2016 9:04:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 10th October 2016
    The Senate will formally condemn US presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments bragging about sexual assault if the Australian Greens get their way. Greens leader Richard Di Natale labelled Mr Trump "a sexist and racist pig who is completely unfit for office" and asked the Senate and government to condemn the Republican and hate speech in all forms.
  • US military bases in Australia: Protecting us or putting us at risk?

    10/02/2016 2:03:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies ^ | 2nd October 2016
    THE US is strengthening a network of secretive military bases across Australia that could be used for waging wars against our interests, it was claimed at a weekend summit. Instead of fostering crucial relationships, we are allowing the US to create enemies for us with its growing strategic presence on our soil, say the academics, politicians and campaigners who gathered for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) conference attended by in Alice Springs this weekend. Under a burning hot sun in the red centre, experts and citizens shared their fears over what is happening in the most remote...
  • Lance Franklin says Anthony Mundines call to boycott national anthem at Grand Final is stupid

    09/30/2016 2:47:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies ^ | 30th September 2016
    SYDNEY Swans star Lance Franklin says Anthony Mundines call for players to boycott the national anthem at this weekends AFL and NRL grand finals is stupid. On Thursday, champion boxer and former NRL player Mundine suggested that players should boycott the anthem to raise awareness of the treatment of indigenous Australians. It follows the actions of many American athletes including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who have knelt during the US anthem to protest against racial inequality and injustice. During the AFL grand final parade on Friday, Franklin said there would be no chance he would be following Mundines...
  • Australia: State-wide power loss raises 'serious questions' (Climate Changers Get their Due)

    09/29/2016 5:17:47 AM PDT · by IncPen · 22 replies
    ABCNews Australia ^ | 9/29/16 | Matthew Doran and Alexandra Beech
    -- snip --Mr Frydenberg said more than 40 per cent of South Australia's energy supply comes from renewable energy, but emphasised that was not the cause for the blackout. "That does raise questions for the stability of the system not just for supply, because when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, electricity is not being generated but also for the stability of the system because of the frequency that is generated as opposed to base-load power which has historically been more coal and more gas," Mr Frydenberg said. "So questions are raised by...
  • What Happened When New Zealand Got Rid of Government Subsidies for Farmers

    09/28/2016 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    In 2006, Chris Hausman, a fourth-generation Midwestern farmer long accustomed to depending on government support for survival, traveled across the world to witness a revolution in agriculture. It had been more than 20 years since a left-leaning government in New Zealand chose to eliminate government subsidies for farmers, and Hausman was surprised at what had transpired since. I will tell you it was a shock to their agricultural system, says Hausman, 58, who farms corn and soybeans on a 1,500-acre plot 150 miles south of Chicago. You had a system dictated by government programs that was thrown out the window...
  • Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants free movement between UK,Canada,NZ and Australia

    09/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies ^ | 26th September 2016
    <p>WHILE much of the world is throwing up new borders to clamp down on unwanted migrants, one organisation is pushing for free movement between Australia and a select group of countries.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants to see unrestricted movement for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK between nations.</p>
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim host country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a race). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize Islamophobia as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Australian shot dead by robbers in US praised as hero by wife (Savannah, Georgia)

    09/24/2016 1:27:25 AM PDT · by seacapn · 45 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 24 September 2016 04.35 BST | Australian Associated Press
    Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid has been praised as a hero by his wife after he moved her out of danger moments before masked robbers fatally shot him dead on a US street. Kari Graham-Reid told how she was on an after-dinner stroll with her wonderful husband near their home in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday night when three men suddenly appeared from the shadows... Local police described one of the suspects as a black male wearing a light coloured bandanna over his face. The other two suspects were described as black males. There hasnt been an arrest in the...
  • Pine Gap spy base makes Australia a target, researcher claims

    09/21/2016 8:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 22nd September 2016
    ITS the top secret military facility in Central Australia that plays a key role in US intelligence and military operations around the world. But rather than protecting us from a potential enemy attack, Pine Gaps very existence makes us an ideal target. Thats the view of Richard Tanter, a professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne, who told the level of data collected from Pine Gap was beyond staggering. Prof Tanter has conducted years of research into the facility with ANU colleague and leading authority on Pine Gap, Desmond Ball, and will...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Turnbull says no to Muslim refugees. Kind of

    09/21/2016 5:38:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 22nd September 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull has good news for Hanson voters about the refugees hell bring in: more Catholics, fewer Muslims. But the Prime Minister didnt put it like that on Wednesday, of course. He doesnt want to be called racist. So he said this: We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica. How convenient. They are Catholics there, arent they? They sure arent Muslim. Not Muslims like the ones Pauline Hanson and her other three senators now want banned from coming in. Theyre certainly not Muslim like the immigrants...
  • French hitchhiker 'goes berserk' in New Zealand after four days stuck without a lift

    09/21/2016 7:59:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 September 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    A Frenchman has gone on a frustrated rampage in a tiny New Zealand fishing village after he spent four days waiting for a hitchhiking ride. The 27-year-old Frenchman arrived in the west coast settlement of Punakaiki late last week. the man spent four days attempting to hitchhike south. On the fourth day after no one had picked him up he went berserk, allegedly attacking the Welcome to Punakaiki sign with a rock, abusing motorists and throwing other road signs into the local river. Oh he threw an absolute hissy fit; he was lying prone on the road screaming that New...
  • The rise of the far right in Australia

    09/19/2016 10:51:06 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Ange McCormack, Sarah McVeigh
    In early April last year, 23-year-old Thomas Sewell headed along to a Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne. It was one of 16 rallies attended by thousands of people across the country. Thomas wasnt draped in an Australian flag or covering his mouth with a mask; he wasnt wielding placards; he didnt look like the guys who were splashed across newspapers the next day. I was just curious as to what was going on, Thomas told Hack. I rocked up with nice clothes, not looking for a punch-on. To hear people speak. All I wanted to do was hear people speak....
  • Aust warships to be inferior to US vessels

    09/14/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AAP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Delays with new air warfare destroyers, the navy's most complex and expensive warships, mean they will go to sea inferior to comparable US vessels. A new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that's because US warships are being equipped with the latest version of the Aegis combat system, which features greatly enhanced capabilities including ballistic missile defence. ASPI analyst James Mugg said defence was aware of this shortcoming and had scheduled an upgrade for the three vessels between 2017 and 2028, at an an eye watering estimated price of $4-5 billion. That's around half the cost of building...
  • Australian parliament gets bill to set up gay marriage vote

    09/13/2016 8:46:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 11:34 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australias prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow a public but non-binding vote on gay marriage early next year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a marriage equality advocate who is the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, introduced the bill on the first anniversary of his ascension to the top government job. [] Although such a vote appears to be a move toward changing the law, most gay rights activists are against a plebiscite, saying it should be decided in Parliament without the potential divisive public debate. They fear that...
  • Suspected debris from missing MH370 points to fire on plane

    09/12/2016 6:42:33 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 13 | Staff
    Charred debris, possibly belonging to the missing MH370 plane, has been handed to investigators - raising the prospect of a flash fire on board the ill-fated jet. An American amateur investigator handed over several pieces of blackened debris to Australia's Transport Safety Bureau on Monday in what may prove to be a breakthrough in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Blaine Gibson said the material, which had washed up in Madagascar, included what appeared to be an internal panel.
  • 'IS-inspired' Australian man charged with terrorism

    09/10/2016 9:45:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    bbc ^ | 09/10/2016
    fficers say the attacker repeatedly stabbed a 59-year-old man in a suburban park and then tried to stab a policeman. A large knife has been seized from the accused, who will appear in court later on Sunday. The victim, who was reportedly walking his dog in the park, suffered injuries to his body and hands, and remains in hospital in a serious condition. Although the authorities say they believe the attacker was inspired by IS, they do not think he has close ties to any extremist organisation. "This is the new face of terrorism. This is the new face of...
  • At least we could (probably) invade New Zealand: How small is the Royal Canadian Navy, really?

    09/08/2016 11:46:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Tristin Hopper
    Hull for hull, at least one landlocked country can match Canada's Atlantic fleet. How the Royal Canadian Navy stacks up on the high seas In 2017, Canada's last destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, will be retired, forcing the Royal Canadian Navy to lean on the U.S. to protect its ships from air attack. Last year, the vessel, flagship of the Atlantic fleet, twice broke down while at sea. Meanwhile, even Canada's newly renovated submarines won't last more than a few years without a few billion dollars in upgrades. Critics have called the Royal Canadian Navy "decayed," "neglected" and "embarrassing." But how small...
  • ISIS has issued calls for 'lone wolf' attacks on the Opera House, MCG and Bondi

    09/08/2016 8:49:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | September 7, 2016 | Sarah Kimmorley
    Islamic State has issued fresh calls for terror attacks in Australia, targeting iconic landmarks including the Opera House, MCG and Bondi. In the first edition of Rumiyah, Islamic States online magazine, which was released yesterday, the terrorist group has urged followers to stab, shoot, and poison Australian people. Light the ground beneath them aflame and scorch them with terror. Kill them on the streets of Brunswick, Broadmeadows, Bankstown, and Bondi. Kill them at the MCG, the SCG, the Opera House, and even in their backyards, the article reads. Stab them, shoot them, poison them, and run them down with your...
  • Flimsy strap secured $50m jet engine which fell from a truck in Arncliffe

    09/08/2016 1:47:12 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 55 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 8th September 2016 | David Meddows
    THIS is the $20 strap used to secure a multi-million dollar RAAF jet engine that literally fell off the back of a flatbed truck on a major Sydney road on Tuesday. The seven tonne General Electric CF6 is worth $40-50 million new, and is used by the Air Forces KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft, a military derivative of the Airbus A330-200. The massive engine fell onto the road when the driver braked suddenly and the strap holding it in place snapped on Forest Road in Arncliffe at about 9.30am.
  • Australia: Catholic teacher forced Quranic readings on students

    09/03/2016 2:37:18 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 | CHRISTINE WILLIAMS
    Parents have been left fuming after discovering a history and geography teacher has been reading excerpts of the Koran to their children at a Catholic boys high school. Now why would Jesse Pittard not read to the children the Torah, the Vedas (Hindu scriptures), the Sutras (Buddhist texts) etc., all in the spirit of diversity? What could be his motive to choose only one religion? Apparently he was a well-intentioned Leftist multiculturalist who has swallowed the full gamut of Islamophobia propaganda and was trying to help out. Another dhimmi candidate for Useful Idiot prize of the year. Kudos to the...
  • India shelves plan to expand French submarine order after data breach

    09/03/2016 5:25:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/03/2016 | Sanjeev Miglani
    India is unlikely to give French naval contractor DCNS a proposed order for three new submarines, in addition to the six it is already building in the country, following the leak of secret data about its capabilities, Indian defence officials said. Details of the Scorpene submarine were published in the Australian newspaper last month, triggering concerns that it had become vulnerable even before it was ready to enter service. DCNS had offered to build three more submarines to help India replace its ageing Soviet-era fleet, and had held talks over the past year, two Indian sources said. That offer will...
  • Australian government auditor slams Tiger attack helicopter

    09/02/2016 12:07:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 02 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | GREG WALDRON
    The Australia National Audit Office (ANAO) has issued a report that is highly critical of the armys fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). The 64-page report details a range of issues. It identifies 76 capability deficiencies, of which the Department of Defence (DoD) deems 60 to be critical. The Tiger helicopter fleet has not yet delivered the original capability expected by the Australian Government, and continues to experience higher than expected sustainment costs and lower than expected aircraft availability, says the ANAO. On the original acquisition of the type, it contends that the Tiger was still...
  • Panic as the PM loses control of Parliament (Australia)

    09/01/2016 7:23:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd September 2016 | Daniel Meers & Simon Benson
    - First time a majority Government has lost a House of Representatives vote since 1962 - Ministers, MPs hauled off flights, out of interviews after Labor coup MALCOLM Turnbull has read the riot act to missing-in-action coalition MPs whose absence from parliament allowed Labor to inflict an embarrassing defeat on the government overnight. The MPs, including three ministers, did the wrong thing by thinking they could get an early mark on Thursday, he said. ..... The Turnbull government was plunged into chaos last night when up to eight ministers and MPs had to be forced off planes, hauled out of...
  • Four-year-old child the youngest to transition gender in NSW schools

    08/31/2016 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 58 replies
    9News Australia ^ | September 01, 2016 | staff
    A four-year-old child in NSW is transitioning their gender before their first day of preschool as new data shows a steep climb in the number of children with gender dysphoria. The child is the youngest of a number across the state currently transitioning, while at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital 250 children, some as young as three, have been referred for assistance by the gender dysphoria unit, the Daily Telegraph reports. Where the child is from or their birth sex has not been revealed. "We have a number of students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the...
  • Kim Dotcom's Mega-Extradition Hearing Will Be Livestreamed

    08/30/2016 3:07:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. to face conspiracy, racketeering and money-laundering charges. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.
  • Tom Jackson, hero Brit backpacker who tried to save Mia Ayliffe-Chung, dies in hospital

    08/30/2016 2:27:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 46 replies ^ | 30th August 2016
    A HEROIC British backpacker who attempted to save the life of a young woman in a hostel stabbing frenzy last week has died in hospital. Tom Jackson, 30, suffered more than 20 stab wounds to the face, head and torso as he tried to shield Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from a vicious attack at Shelleys Backpackers, in Home Hill, south of Townsville last Tuesday night. French national Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Ms Ayliffe-Chungs murder, along with the attempted murder of Mr Jackson and another man. One charge of attempted murder will now be upgraded to murder in the...
  • Good News: Streisand Says If Trump Wins, Shell Move to Australia

    08/29/2016 8:16:17 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 82 replies
    Tammy Bruce ^ | 08-29-2016 | Shifra
    Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November. The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.
  • Aboriginal mum posts daughter's 'whiteface' photos

    08/29/2016 8:50:26 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Last week a young boy in Perth attended a school event with his skin painted black in tribute to his idol, Australian Rules player Nic Naitanui. The incident sparked furious discussion on social media. The mother-of-two from Far North Queensland shared a photo on Facebook showing her daughter dressed as a Dr Seuss character in a red wig and white face paint for similar school event three years ago. "Not once did anyone say anything when I painted my black daughter white 3 years ago. We need to stop the double standards, a hero is a hero!" Ms Bee wrote.
  • French submarine builder tries to plug global leak in Australian court

    08/28/2016 10:10:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SUBSCRIBER-ONLY ARTICLE THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | August 29, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    <p>The French shipbuilder at the centre of a global submarine data leak scandal is threatening legal action today to prevent further publication of the information contained in 22,400 secret documents obtained by The Australian.</p>
  • Man allegedly added hydrochloric acid to lubricant dispenser in Sydney gay club

    08/28/2016 2:22:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | August 28, 2016 | Staff
    A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly putting hydrochloric acid inside what is understood to be a lubricant dispenser at a gay club in Sydney's north-west. Police said the 62-year-old man went into the Bridge Street premises in Rydalmere on Saturday, filling a dispenser inside a room with the highly corrosive acid. Hydrochloric acid is a strong, corrosive acid which can produce burns, ulcers and scars when put into contact with skin.
  • Australia Police: No Extremist Motive Found in Hostel Attack

    08/25/2016 2:03:33 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 31 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Australian police were investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her, an official said Thursday. Police in Queensland state said there was no indication the attack at a northeast Australian hostel was motivated by extremism. But they are looking into whether the suspect, 29-year-old Smail Ayad, had been rejected by 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung before police say he stabbed her to death on Tuesday, Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said. "That is one of the lines of inquiry that we are conducting. There...
  • British backpacker, 21, stabbed to death by French knifeman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (Australia)...

    08/24/2016 7:43:27 AM PDT · by Gritty · 54 replies
    The SUN ^ | 24 August 2016 | James Cox, Simon Tomlinson,...
    Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, who had been working as a bartender for the past six months, was knifed in a frenzied attack in front of 30 horrified witnesses. Another Brit, named locally as Tom Jackson, is fighting for his life in hospital after reports that he was stabbed up to 15 times. ... It has emerged the knifeman also stabbed a dog to death as he rampaged through a room of around 30 people on Tuesday night. Cops have now arrested a 29-year-old man who they say screamed extremist Islamic prayers during the attack. ... A backpacker who did not wish...
  • Scorpene submarines: Huge setback for India as 22,000 pages of secret data leaked

    08/23/2016 10:20:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | August 24, 2016
    Indian Navy seems to have suffered a huge setback after more than 22,000 pages of secret data related to the six Scorpene-class submarines being made by the French company DCNS in India was leaked, The Australian newspaper reported. The leaked data gives away the entire secret combat and performance capabilities of these submarines, and will completely negate their operational usefulness if China and Pakistan get access to the same. India is currently building six Scorpene-class submarines, named Project 75, in partnership with the French company DCNS under a $3.5-billion deal signed in 2005. These submarines are being built at Mazagon...
  • Woman stabbed to death at Home Hill (Australia - assailant yelled "Allah Akbar")

    08/23/2016 7:29:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    UPDATE 12.15PM: POLICE have confirmed a Frenchman accused of a stabbing frenzy at a Home Hill backpackers yelled Allah Akbar during the violent incident and as he was taken in to custody. QPS Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said investigators would examine whether the comments were made as a result of extremist motives but could not yet rule out whether mental health issues or drug use were factors in the crime. A Bristish woman, 21, was killed in the incident and a 30-year-old British man remains in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital. A 46-year-old Home Hill man was also injured...
  • Long Tan: Vietnamese authorities allow restricted access to battle site after negotiations

    08/17/2016 3:16:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Vietnamese authorities have agreed to allow restricted access to the Long Tan site after negotiations with the Australian Government overnight. Access to the site is being limited to groups of 100 people or fewer. The Federal Government's Smart Traveller website advises that any visitors to the Battle of Long Tan site cannot wear medals or uniforms, carry banners or make speeches. The Vietnamese Government said the commemoration ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary remained cancelled. Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan, who yesterday described the last-minute cancellation as "a kick in the guts", said he was glad for the reprieve. "The...
  • Alaska Courts Ruling on Abortion and Parental Notification Hurts Teens

    08/17/2016 6:14:33 AM PDT · by milton23 · 38 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/16/16 | Jana Minich & Elizabeth Slattery
    Hillary Kieft grew worried when her daughter didnt arrive from school on the bus as usual. After she called the school to find out what was wrong, a school nurse pulled into her driveway with the daughter (lets call her Kelly) in tow. The nurse explained that she had taken Kelly for counseling after school, according to, which reported on the Kieft story. But, in fact, the nurse took Kelly to have an abortion. In New Zealandwhere the Kieft family livesit is completely legal for a minor to have an abortion without her parents knowledge. Parents like Hillary Kieft...
  • Vietnam's Long Tan commemoration cancelled ('kick in the guts' for Australian veterans)

    08/17/2016 12:27:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    A commemoration ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam has been cancelled. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Vietnamese authorities had cancelled Thursday's Veterans Day at the Long Tan cross site. The department said it understood private access to the site was still permitted and the advice of exercising normal safety precautions in Vietnam was still current. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement the Vietnamese government had advised it would not permit the ceremony to go ahead. An official party including the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors will still...
  • Australia could play pivotal role in a US-China war, ex-Obama intelligence chief says

    08/15/2016 7:21:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A former top intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama predicts Australia could play a "very consequential" role if a war breaks out between the United States and China. David C Gompert was principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has just led a US Army-commissioned report examining the prospect of the two military powers going to war. The report War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable says war between the US and China would be long, destructive and could erupt if regional disputes already underway overheat. The 115-page document by the Washington-based RAND Corporation also suggests...
  • World-first trial lets WA residents sell their own excess solar power

    08/15/2016 5:55:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    The technology behind virtual currency 'bitcoin' has enabled Perth to launch a world-first trial to let people with solar panels sell their excess electricity to each other, not back to the grid.
  • Missile defence could be on the way (Australia)

    08/14/2016 9:03:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies ^ | AUGUST 14, 2016 | Max Blenkin
    Australia's new air warfare destroyers could be equipped to shoot down ballistic missiles threatening the Australian mainland or deployed troops. That would require a government decision to acquire this politically controversial capability, which could then be retro-fitted to the three vessels. The 2016 Defence White Paper says the threat of missile attack on Australia is low. But more nations, such as North Korea, are acquiring ballistic and cruise missiles and that increases the risk of attack on Australian territory or on deployed forces. Most concerning, such missiles could carry nuclear or chemical warheads. The white paper says Australia and the...
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm files racism complaint because he was called an 'angry white male'

    08/14/2016 8:28:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Ashleigh Davis
    Senator David Leyonhjelm has lodged a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act for comments made about him by a journalist. The Liberal Democrat senator, from New South Wales, submitted the complaint last week after a Fairfax media article was published referring to him as a 'boorish and gormless as a result of being an angry white male', reported the Daily Telegraph. It is reportedly the first complaint of its kind for the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Under this section, it states it is unlawful to commit an act which would reasonably...
  • 'Nauru Files': Allegations of Abuse of Asylum Seekers on Remote Island Shock Australia

    Advocacy groups have exposed shocking allegations of human rights abuses -- many against children -- inflicted on asylum seekers detained by Australia at a remote island in the South Pacific. Nauru is an independent country northeast of Australia with a population of approximately 10,000 and a special economic and political relationship with Australia. HRW and Amnesty International allege that the abuses have gone on unchecked because of how difficult it is to access the remote island. "Journalists in particular face severe restrictions on entry, with an $8,000 non-refundable visa fee and a protracted application process," the report states. Refugees on...
  • Australian Vietnam veterans who fought in the Battle of Long Tan finally receive military honours...

    08/11/2016 2:27:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 11th August 2016
    Ten Australian Vietnam veterans will be awarded military honours 50 years after fighting in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Following a long fight with Canberra, soldiers who took part in the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966, will finally have their heroism recognised ahead of 50th anniversary commemorations. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan announced on Wednesday he would write to the prime minister and governor-general to recommend the 10 soldiers be awarded military honours or have existing honours upgraded. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, 83, was commander of Delta company during the Battle of...