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  • Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia 'illegally'

    05/21/2018 9:29:36 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | May 21, 2018 | bbc
    Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year's Commonwealth Games, a government official has said. Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status. Australia has warned it will deport those who stay in the country illegally, after dozens of competitors - including many from Africa - disappeared from the competition. The numbers are a dramatic increase on other international sporting events... Australian media had speculated that anywhere between 20 and 100 athletes had absconded during the Golden Coast Games, which ended on 15 April. They included eight members of Cameroon's...
  • Breitbart Reporter Warner Todd Huston Suspended from Twitter over Transgender Comments

    04/26/2018 11:54:36 AM PDT · by DFG · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 04/25/2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Breitbart News reporter Warner Todd Huston was recently suspended from Twitter for stating his belief that transgender people suffer from mental illness. Breitbart News reporter Warner Todd Huston was recently locked out of his Twitter account following his reply to a tweet published by the Independent. The Independent‘s tweet related to Sheila Jeffreys, an Australian academic and feminist who claims that transgender woman are not real women. Jeffreys described transgender rights movements as: “[One of many] internet exploited sexual fetishes that try to make themselves a rights movement.”
  • Cambridge Professor Spied On Trump Campaign Advisers

    05/19/2018 11:06:56 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 19 May 2018 | Chuck Ross
    Halper, 73, reached out to Clovis and Papadopoulos within days of each other in August and September 2016. He reached out to Clovis first, offering to provide the campaign with foreign policy advice... ...Halper contacted Papadopoulos through email on Sept. 2, 2016, offering to fly him to London.... Papadopoulos made the trip and had dinner multiple times with Halper and a Turkish woman described as his assistant. Sources familiar with Papadopoulos’s version of their meetings said Halper randomly asked Papadopoulos whether he knew about Democratic National Committee emails that had been hacked and leaked by Russians. Papadopoulos strongly denied the...
  • Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

    05/18/2018 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2018 | by Rosie Perper
    Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday. The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's national security and the insights are startling. Sherri Goodman, a climate security expert and a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, told the committee that climate change poses a "direct threat to the national security of Australia," and also creates a "global existential risk." "We know that the storms that you've been experiencing in your part...
  • Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Top Secret Origins of the F.B.I.’s Trump Investigation

    05/16/2018 11:26:17 AM PDT · by detective · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 16, 2018 | Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos
    Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark. Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I....
  • Australia is begging to be colonized again

    05/16/2018 7:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/16/2018 | Viv Forbes
    Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high-quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan's electricity. Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all over the world, mostly in China. In addition, China will bring five new nuclear power reactors online in 2018 and has plans for a further six to eight units. India generates more than 65% of its electricity from thermal power plants, and about 85% of these plants are coal-fired. India's state-run...
  • Vietnam veterans get gallantry recognition (Australia)

    05/14/2018 4:28:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Those who fought in the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral during the Vietnam War are being recognised for gallantry. On the 50th anniversary of the battles, members of the 1st Australia Task Force and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral are being encouraged to apply for a new Unit Citation for Gallantry. Veterans' Affairs Minister Darren Chester said the battles were among the largest and most protracted fought by Australians in Vietnam. "The men who fought at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral displayed collective...
  • 7 Killed in Australian Mass Shooting

    05/11/2018 7:20:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 5/11/18 | Stephen Gutowski
    Seven people were killed in a shooting in Western Australia on Friday. Someone in Osmington, Australia, a small village near the town of Margaret River, murdered seven members of the same family. Police responded to a call about the shooting around dawn. They found three generations of the same family killed and recovered two firearms from the scene. "Police are currently responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident," Western Australia state police commissioner Chris Dawson told the Associated Press. "This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community...
  • Hillary Clinton Tells Australian Crowd: 'In My Country' There Is Fear and Rage When Women Seek Power

    05/11/2018 7:26:44 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 143 replies ^ | 5/11/18 | Lauretta Brown
    Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke in Melbourne Thursday with Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard. The two discussed misogyny in politics and Clinton yet again blamed sexism for her 2016 loss, implying that the U.S. just couldn’t handle a leader who is a woman. “There is still a very large proportion of the population that is uneasy with women in positions of leadership,” Clinton told Gillard, “and so the easiest way to kind of avoid having to look at someone on her merits is to dismiss her on her looks.” Gillard compared the chants of “lock her up”...
  • Australia Bans Cash For All Purchases Over $7,500 Starting July of 2019

    05/11/2018 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 65 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 11, 2018 | Matt Novak
    Australia’s Liberal Party government has announced that it will soon be illegal to purchase anything over $10,000 AU ($7,500 US) with cash. The government says it’s, “encouraging the transition to a digital society,” and cracking down on tax evasion. But not everyone is happy with the move. “This will be bad news for criminal gangs, terrorists and those who are just trying to cheat on their tax or get a discount for letting someone else cheat on their tax,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said in a speech announcing the government’s new budget. “It’s not clever. It’s not OK. It’s a crime.”...
  • Australia MASS SHOOTING: Four children among seven shot dead near holiday town

    05/11/2018 10:07:46 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 16 replies
    Express UK ^ | PUBLISHED: 05:29, Fri, May 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56, Fri, May 11, 2018 | By JOSEPH CAREY
    estern Australia Police officers were called to a rural property in Osmington, around 20 kilometres north-east of Margaret River, at around 5:15am local time on Friday. Five adults were found inside the property and two other bodies were discovered outside in what police described as a shed that had been converted into living quarters. Two firearms were also found at the scene. Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Unit are at the scene as part of the investigation. The ages of the children and the adults have not yet been revealed.
  • Margaret River murder-suicide: Seven people found dead in house near WA holiday town (Australia)

    05/10/2018 8:39:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Seven people including four children and three adults have been found dead at a home near Margaret River in Western Australia's South West. Police sources have confirmed the deaths are a murder-suicide. WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said officers were called to the rural property in Osmington, about 20 kilometres north-east of Margaret River, about 5:15am today. Two adults were found outside the house and the other five bodies were discovered inside. Two firearms were located at the scene. Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Scene Unit have travelled to the scene, about 270 kilometres south of Perth,...
  • Hillary Clinton tells Julia Gillard the 2016 US election was 'a perfect storm'

    05/10/2018 2:05:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    Radio Australia ^ | May 11, 2018 | By Danny Tran
    In the days after Donald Trump stormed into the oval office, the former Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, drank Australian chardonnay, practised alternate nostril-breathing and read mystery novels because "the bad guy usually gets it in the end". "There were times when I was tempted to just pull the covers back over my head," Mrs Clinton told a packed Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Thursday night. But when the covers finally came off, and the sharp pain of loss had faded to a dull ache, the former secretary of state faced a poignant but less-than-comforting conclusion. "Everyone gets knocked down," she...
  • Bill Shorten’s ‘rolled gold guarantee’ has come back to haunt him (constitutional crisis-Australia)

    05/09/2018 7:07:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 10th May 2018 | Gavin Fernando
    IT WAS a misleading promise repeated over and over again. Last August, Bill Shorten gave a “rolled gold guarantee” that none of his MPs would be caught up in the dual citizenship debacle. “We have a strict vetting process. There is no cloud over any of our people,” he said. But Mr Shorten has been forced to eat his words after four Labor MPs were forced out of Parliament due to a High Court ruling. The MPs came unstuck due to the Prime Minister’s requesting November that the Opposition Leader refer all politicians with questions over their status to the...
  • Three Labor MPs RESIGN forcing by-elections across Australia for being BRITISH...

    05/08/2018 9:54:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Three Labor MPs have resigned from federal parliament after the High Court found Opposition senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible to stand for the 2016 election because of her dual British citizenship status. Marginal seat Opposition backbenchers Susan Lamb and Justine Keay, along with Josh Wilson, have subsequently quit the House of Representatives, sparking a series of by-elections. Crossbench lower house MP Rebekha Sharkie, who was elected in 2016 as a Nick Xenophon Team candidate, has also quit parliament because like the Labor MPs, she too could be a dual Briton. Senator Gallagher had claimed she took all reasonable steps to...
  • Hillary Clinton Considered Permanently Relocating to New Zealand After Defeat

    05/07/2018 12:57:56 PM PDT · by davikkm · 108 replies
    breitbart ^ | IAN MASON
    Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an audience in New Zealand Monday that she gave “some thought” to permanently leaving the United States and settling in that country after Donald Trump scored his upset victory over her in 2016. “I want to thank some of you for sending good wishes a very long way during my campaign and the months that followed. I received a number of invitations from Kiwis to permanently relocate here,” Clinton tells the Auckland, New Zealand audience in a video posted by an organ of the Republican National Committee. “I must say, I really did appreciate...
  • Ex-officer who killed Australian woman to appear in court (MN)

    05/08/2018 5:49:52 AM PDT · by texas booster · 36 replies
    Minnesota StarTribune ^ | May 8 2018 | None Listed
    A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last summer after she called 911 to report a possible assault is scheduled to appear in court. Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15 killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. An omnibus hearing will be held Tuesday in Hennepin County .... Prosecutors say Noor was in a squad car's passenger seat when he shot Damond through the open driver's side window after she approached the vehicle. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said there is no evidence that Noor encountered a threat...
  • Clinton Meets Secretly With New Zealand PM, Complains About Trump

    05/07/2018 1:49:17 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7 May 2018 | Thomas Phippen
    Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton met with the leader of New Zealand at an unofficial breakfast Monday, where she complained that she didn’t receive fair treatment in the U.S. election. “I was surprised at the level of ingrained sexism and misogyny in people’s reactions and the coverage of the campaign,” Clinton told New Zealand news outlet The Stuff. “And the more I thought about it and studied about it, the more I realized was a factor.” Clinton met with Jacinda Ardern, the leader of New Zealand’s labor party, who was elected prime minister in October,...
  • Dem Congressman Pens Op-Ed Calling for Govt. to Ban, Confiscate ‘Assault Weapons

    05/03/2018 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 90 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/03/18 | Andrew Kugle
    Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) wrote an op-ed for USA Today calling for the government to ban and confiscate assault weapons across the United States. In the article published Thursday, Swalwell argues that a measure similar to the 1994 federal assault weapons ban is not enough to combat gun violence, because it would only prevent new sales of assault weapons. He suggests the government should institute a buy-back program, which would take existing assault weapons out of possession. The congressman also advocates the prosecution of any individual who decides to keep their firearm. "Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that...
  • David Goodall: doctors threaten 104-year-old scientist's bid to end his life

    05/01/2018 4:22:18 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 16 replies ^ | 05/01/2018 | Australian Associated Press
    Doctors in Perth are threatening to stop Australia’s oldest scientist flying to Switzerland to end his life through voluntary euthanasia. Edith Cowan University honorary research associate David Goodall, 104, does not have a terminal illness but his quality of life has deteriorated. Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke said Goodall had attempted suicide about two months ago after suffering a fall, ended up in hospital and his daughter had to fight hard to get him out – only succeeding after arranging an independent psychiatric review.