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  • Most support child over (homosexual) rights: poll

    07/01/2015 8:09:03 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 24 replies ^ | 6/25/2015 | None given
    Australians support the right of a child to have a mother and a father over the rights of homosexuals to get married, opinion poll shows
  • Riot breaks out at Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall (Australia - cigarette ban)

    06/29/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 30th June 2015 | ANTHONY DOWSLEY, REBEKAH CAVANAGH
    A RIOT has broken out at the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall in Melbourne’s west. The riot comes as a smoking ban was enforced today. Men in balaclavas carrying weapons have taken to yards and firefighters are en route to the high security prison to put out small blazes. Prison staff have been evacuated. It’s understood the nearby Port Phillip Prison has also been put into lockdown. CPSU acting secretary Catherine Davies said riots broke out at the jail after lunch. “There’s a riot going on right now,” she said. “All staff have been evacuated.” Ms Davies said she was...
  • Are we heading for an early election? (Australia)

    06/25/2015 7:43:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th June 2015 | Lillian Radulova
    On the surface, it appeared to be an innocent email offering Liberal MPs the opportunity to refresh stock photos of themselves with the Prime Minister ahead of the six-week winter break. But Peta Credlin's leaked message, sent out on Thursday, has begun whispers that an early election could be in the works. The Chief of Staff's email invited members and senators to update their photographs with the prime minister 'to use in local electorate materials'. Mr Abbott has left open a timeslot on Thursday afternoon for the happy snaps. 'Any MP wanting an updated photograph is welcome to drop around,'...
  • The One Number That Shows Why Jews Really Vote Liberal

    06/25/2015 6:04:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The debate over why Jews vote the way that they do is an old one, but it’s rarely backed by much data except the estimates of the Jewish vote from the last election. There is, however, one piece of data that currently predicts the Jewish vote. It’s religious attendance. 60 percent of Jews that attend weekly religious services disapprove of Obama. Only 34 percent approve. Among those who don’t attend religious services, approval of Obama stood at 58 percent to 38 percent. There are really two Jewish votes; the religious Jewish vote and the secular Jewish vote. ... When we...
  • PM says thanks to retiring navy ship (Australia)

    06/24/2015 10:58:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 25th June 2015
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has paid tribute to HMAS Tobruk, the navy's ageing amphibious supply ship who made her final voyage into Sydney Harbour on Thursday ahead of decommissioning. MR Abbott said after 34 years, Tobruk and her crew had served Australia with distinction, supporting a series of defence operations, most recently disaster relief in Vanuatu. "HMAS Tobruk has fulfilled her mission and a grateful nation says thank-you," he told parliament. Named after the World War II siege in which Australian troops played a heroic part, Tobruk was constructed at the Carrington shipyard in Newcastle and commissioned into the navy...
  • From US drug fugitive who faked his own death to Aussie croc hunter:

    06/23/2015 2:09:23 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 24th June 2015 | Tina Brodal
    A well-respected Queensland tourism operator who died in a car crash last month, has been revealed as an American drug smuggler who faked his own death more than 40 years ago to escape US police. Dennis 'Lee' Lafferty was an admired Crocodile cruise operator in Daintree, northern Queensland, deeply mourned by the community after dying in a car accident in May. But US newspaper The Tampa Bay can reveal that Mr Lafferty's real name was in fact Raymond Grady Stansel Jr, an alleged drug smuggler who reportedly died in a scuba diving accident in 1974. 'Our challenge was to make...
  • Australian schools are becoming too ‘kumbaya’ with progressive, new-age fads

    06/22/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 20th June 2015 | TAYLOR AUERBACH & BRUCE McDOUGALL
    THE two chairs of the government’s review into the national curriculum fear our schools are becoming too “kumbaya” and overrun with “progressive, new-age fads” that are hurting our children. Australia is sliding behind a number of countries in education standards including Singapore, South Korea, Finland and Hong Kong — a development which Professor Ken Wiltshire and Doctor Kevin Donnelly’s report blames on the fact students have been handed autonomy in the classroom and that wishy-washy ideals like “child-guided learning” and “collaborative negotiated goal-setting” are overtaking the traditional model of teachers imparting knowledge. ..... Professor Wiltshire said he was dismayed by...
  • An Australian comic on what U.S. gun laws look like to the rest of the world

    06/21/2015 9:08:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ana Swanson
    "I'm going to talk about something now that sort of splits the crowd a little bit," Australian comedian Jim Jeffries says. "Gun control." "Don't get excited," he continues, "because the other people have guns!" "Shhhhh." In this hilarious act, Jeffries says he believes in the right of Americans to have gun, but seems skeptical of the argument -- often made by gun rights activists often claim -- that Americans need guns for their own security. "In Australia we had guns, right up until 1996. In 1996 Australia had the biggest massacre on earth. Still hasn't been beaten," Jeffries says. "Now...
  • Jim Crow Hill near Mansfield has named removed after it was deemed racially derogatory (Australia)

    06/20/2015 9:05:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 20th June 2015 | Andrew Jefferson
    A VICTORIAN council has been ridiculed for removing the name of a hill called after an early stockman whose name was deemed racially ­derogatory. The Office of Geographic Names ordered Mansfield Council to remove or change the name of Jim Crow Hill. It said Jim Crow refers to an 1828 US minstrel show song Jump Jim Crow, where a white man blackened his face to ­resemble a poor Negro. It claimed the term has been widely used in Australia to disparage black people. But locals are angry at the decision, claiming Jim Crow was an early stockman who had a...
  • Gun licence discrimination claim by (man with strange name) dismissed by VCAT

    06/17/2015 4:14:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Knox Leader ^ | 18th June 2015
    A MAN who maintained Knox Police wouldn’t give him a gun licence because of his unusual name — Justice Neville Abolish Child Support and Family Court — has had his discrimination claim dismissed. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Judge Marilyn Harbison, on handing down her decision, said the police rejected the man’s application because he did not use his birth name of Neville Brewer, and would have investigated just as closely if someone using the name of “Mickey Mouse” had applied for a gun licence. Mr Brewer, who changed his name legally to Justice Neville Abolish Child Support and Family...
  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • (Australian Prime Minister Tony) Abbott greeted with reverential silence

    06/16/2015 7:00:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 17th June 2015
    TONY Abbott has momentarily put aside political slogans about boats and trousering for something more reverent. THE prime minister was preaching to the converted at the inaugural interfaith parliamentary prayer breakfast in Canberra on Wednesday, telling a room of religious leaders and other politicians that believing in something greater than ourselves made us better people. ..... Harking back to his seminary days as a trainee priest, Mr Abbott said faith was all people had in their most difficult times. "Faith doesn't make us good but by God it makes us better," he said. "There is a judge over us who...
  • Staring death in the face: (incredible potrait photos of New Zealand gang members)

    06/11/2015 7:33:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th June 2015 | Nelson Groom
    It is New Zealand's most notorious gang whose members operate in a criminal world of violence that is usually shut off to the outside world. But one photographer managed to gain their trust - and in turn rare access - resulting in haunting images of some of the key members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob. Wellington-born Jono Rotman has spent nearly eight years, from 2007, embedded with the Mob, gaining a unique glimpse of their culture, customs and even a bloody clash with rival group the Black Power. Like most gangs, the Mob, who formed in Wellington and Hawkes Bay...
  • Mundine’s persuasive blow knocks out Pearson’s case (on Australian constitutional 'reform')

    06/11/2015 2:44:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    The Australian ^ | 11th June 2015 | Greg Sheridan
    Warren Mundine has made a magnificent and devastating intervention in the debate on a ­referendum for indigenous recognition in the Constitution. He has surely destroyed any prospect of the Noel Pearson model of constitutional change getting approved. In describing Pearson’s proposal for a separate declaration on indigenous recognition, as well as the creation within the Constitution of a special indigenous body that must be consulted on all legislation that affects indigenous people, as the most radical ever proposed for a referendum, as very dangerous and as entering bizarre territory, Mundine has surely ensured this option is dead. I write these...
  • Australia Contends with Potential Wave of Disillusioned Former ISIS Members

    06/09/2015 2:54:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 6/8/15 | MARY CHASTAIN
    In 2014, thousands of Westerners traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as the terrorist group expands its caliphate. But now some are realizing the life of a jihadist is not nearly as grand as advertised, forcing Western countries to contend with the mass return of citizens with ties to the terrorist group.The topic is extremely controversial in Australia, especially after the wife of Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf announced she wants to come home with her five children. David Sharma, Australia’s ambassador to Israel, spoke with i24news about a possible new law that “would revoke the...
  • ISIS Likely Has Ability to Make Chemical Weapons, Warns Australian Foreign Minister

    06/08/2015 5:34:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Islamic State terror group's recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the West, shows it could be developing chemical weapons, Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said. "The use of chlorine by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State], and its recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the west, have revealed far more serious efforts in chemical weapons development," Agence France Presse quoted Bishop as saying in a speech in Perth late Friday. "Daesh is likely to have amongst its tens of thousands of recruits the technical expertise necessary to further refine precursor materials and build chemical...
  • Islamic State has used chlorine as a weapon, says Australia’s Foreign Minister

    06/06/2015 12:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 6, 2015 | Reuters
    The comments follow allegations by Iraqi Kurdish authorities that they have evidence that ISIS used chlorine gas against their peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. PERTH - Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned. In a speech to an international forum of nations that works to fight the spread of such weapons, Bishop said the rise of militant groups such as ISIS, also known as Daish, posed “one of the gravest security threats we face today.” “Apart from some...
  • Critics remain silent on Tony Abbott’s revival (Australia's conservative Prime Minister)

    06/03/2015 7:05:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 4th June 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    TONY Abbott’s astonishing poll recovery is so unprecedented, it’s caught critics with their pants down. What a laugh it’s been this week, when Newspoll showed the Prime Minister beating Labor leader Bill Shorten in popularity for the first time in a year. Let’s count the people who never thought Abbott would come back from the dead after February, when a third of his party voted to spill the leadership positions. For a start, his recovery clearly caught out one of his two main rivals until recently, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Or both. ..... Also...
  • Australian ‘Sex Party’ Claims Tobacco Should Only be Sold in ‘Adult’ Premises

    06/03/2015 3:31:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/3/15 | Oliver Lane
    Australians are facing the prospect of having to visit sex shops to buy cigarettes, in a bid by lobbying groups who say ‘adult only’ premises should get a monopoly on selling tobacco products.The Australian Sex Party, which has one member of parliament in Victoria, has made the claim with the Eros Association, which represents the interests of sex shops and adult venues, reports ABC.The Eros Association is encouraging all of its members to get tobacco licences, and is campaigning for laws to force all tobacco retailers to sell the products in ‘adult only’ areas where minors cannot enter.
  • The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2015

    06/01/2015 6:11:54 AM PDT · by bob_denard ^ | Monday, 1 June 2015, | Press Release: New Zealand Government
    The Order of New Zealand The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointment to The Order of New Zealand:
  • Australian opposition party proposes gay marriage law

    05/31/2015 8:36:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2015 10:09 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s political opposition hopes to harness momentum from the Irish gay marriage referendum after it proposed a law Monday that would recognize same-sex marriages, something the country’s conservative prime minister is against. Center-left Labor Party leader Bill Shorten became the first leader of a major Australian political party to back a bill to overturn a national ban on gay marriage. Gay rights advocates fear that government lawmakers will be reluctant to support the bill as such a law would be seen as a political victory for Shorten over Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian and a staunch...

    05/23/2015 12:25:32 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    THE INTERCEPT ^ | 05/21/2015 11:27 AM | BY RYAN GALLAGHER
    The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA...
  • Ex SAS soldier/Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith becomes GM of Australian TV network

    05/29/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 29th May 2015 | Frank Coletta
    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith is set to take over as boss of Seven Queensland, which is the regional group of stations for the network. Staff at 7Q have been told of the unexpected development which is set to push Roberts-Smith from the deputy role into the General Manager's position, sources have told Daily Mail Australia. While Mr Roberts-Smith was being groomed to eventually take the role from ex-Today Tonight reporter Neil Mooney, he has now had to step up after just one month with the network. ..... Corporal Roberts-Smith was thrust into the national spotlight in 2011 when he...
  • The Pill Kills again: Tragedy strikes as 21-year-old dies after 25 days on the pill

    05/28/2015 5:42:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies ^ | 5.28.15 | Rita Diller
    She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot on her lung. Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with...
  • The [Australian] property boom is on borrowed time

    05/28/2015 11:02:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne
    Business Spectator ^ | 26 May 2015 | Callam Pickering |
    The stage is set for Australian property to finally feel the pain so evident across other sectors of the economy. A series of headwinds -- combined with tighter lending standards -- ensures that the investor property boom is now on borrowed time. Yesterday, Westpac decided to cut the lucrative interest rate discounts offered to new housing investors -- following similar action from its major rivals last week -- as regulatory pressure from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority begins to take effect. The implication of this shift in regulatory policy will be modest at first but could soon snowball into a...
  • Wedgetail aircraft declared fully ready (Australia's AEW&C aircraft - final operational capability)

    05/27/2015 4:18:17 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 27th May 2015
    ONCE in danger of being branded a costly turkey, the RAAF's Wedgetail aircraft are now flying high. AFTER more than 1200 hours directing Australian and coalition aircraft in strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the six E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft have been declared fully operationally ready. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia now had the most advanced air battle space management capability in the world. But this didn't come easy. A succession of technical problems with the aircraft's advanced radar raised concerns that the entire project could be cancelled. US aerospace company Boeing...
  • Warrant issued for ‘army hero’ who missed court appearance

    05/26/2015 7:38:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 26th May 2015 | Peter Mickelburough
    AN arrest warrant has been ­issued for an accused fake war hero who told a magistrate he was dying of cancer after he failed to appear in court. “Major-General” Neville Donohue faces deception charges, including impersonating a public official, and is also being chased for failing to repay a $460,000 loan. Mr Donohue has repeatedly failed to appear in court, writing to a magistrate in February last year that he was dying of cancer and had just months to live. On Monday, police officer Vaughan Atherton told the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court Mr Donohue was “an old-time swindler” after he again...
  • PM calls for ‘discussion’ on being Australian as well as laws to strip nationality from terrorists

    05/26/2015 2:28:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 26th May 2015
    CAN you recite Australia’s citizenship pledge? Tony Abbott believes we all should be able to rattle off the five lines of the oath and wants to talk to you about it if you can’t. The Prime Minister made that clear today as he confirmed plans to strip terrorists of their nationality. Mr Abbott wants a “national conversation” about the rights and duties of Australian citizenship as well as its privileges. He underlined the “profound commitment to this country” in the pledge to highlight the seriousness of withdrawing citizenship. “Every new citizen takes the citizenship pledge. Increasingly at citizenship ceremonies, all...
  • No complaints yet from sheep: dept

    05/26/2015 2:25:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies ^ | 26th May 2015
    AGRICULTURE officials have yet to hear from sheep reportedly upset they've been sworn at. AN extraordinary complaint, in which animal activists reported shearers at a NSW property for abuse because they were upsetting the herd with abusive language, generated global headlines last week. While the case has been dropped, the issue came up at a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday with Nationals senator John Williams demanding to know if department officials had received any formal complaints - from the sheep themselves. "Not yet senator," policy official Fran Freeman said.
  • Sydney mother who abandoned her two children to join the death cult in Syria

    05/26/2015 1:25:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily (AU) Telegraph ^ | 5/26/15 | BEN MCCLELLAN
    THE mother of a Sydney women who chose life under the brutal dictatorship of Islamic State over her children says she has been brainwashed. Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home and never returned. She sent a text message to her Turkish-Australian ex-husband on May 3, while he was in Turkey, telling him she...
  • Last 25 Vietnam vets to come home for burial

    05/24/2015 5:20:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 25th May 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The remains of 25 Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam will be brought home four decades after the conflict ended. Tony Abbott and Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson will announce today that the government will offer the families of Australian servicemen killed in Vietnam War and buried overseas the chance to repatriate their remains. More than 60,000 men and women served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1973 and 521 died. In line with earlier Australian policy, those killed were buried in the nearest Commonwealth war cemetery. After January 1966, a change of policy meant those killed were brought home. However, 24...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • First Air Warfare Destroyer launched at ASC, Osborne (Australia)

    05/22/2015 9:04:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 23, 2015 | PAUL STARICK
    The first air warfare destroyer built in Adelaide, the Hobart, is launched at Osborne. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia AUSTRALIA’S most powerful warship, the Hobart, is being launched this morning in a ceremony at shipbuilder ASC’s Osborne headquarters. Praising the highly skilled workforce, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia could not afford to lose a naval shipbuilding industry. Premier Jay Weatherill drew cheers from thousands of workers at the ceremony when he praised them for their efforts and urged the Federal Government to build the next-generation submarines in Adelaide. “I want our Federal Government to trust South Australians...
  • Australia an estranged country to many Muslims including Sheik Omran

    05/22/2015 5:09:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies
    The Australian ^ | 23rd May 2015 | Chip Le Grand
    ..... Australia’s most senior Salafist cleric says if he knew then what he does now, he wouldn’t have come at all. On a Saturday night in Coolaroo, an industrial northern Melbourne suburb where more people consider themselves Muslim than any other religion, the sheik speaks with disappointment, a tinge of bitterness and overwhelmingly a deep sense of dismay. He says he feels like a foreigner in his own country. ..... “If I knew that one day this would happen in Australia, I swear by the almighty God I will never step foot in my — in your — country,” he...
  • Report: NSA [planned to] hijacked app stores to hack phones

    05/22/2015 1:31:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    The National Security Agency planned to infiltrate the Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones, according to new documents published from files leaked by Edward Snowden. The Intercept and CBC News jointly published the documents Thursday, which outline the snooping efforts designed by the U.S. and its “Five Eyes” alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The intelligence agencies came up with the strategy as a potential way to hack smartphones. The pilot project was code-named “IRRITANT HORN.” Essentially, the agents sussed out smartphone Internet traffic by browsing through its Web traffic database created...
  • Sikh Man Removes His Turban To Help Save Life Of Schoolboy Hit By Car

    05/22/2015 5:07:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18th May 2015 | Valerie Loftus
    'A sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to save a boy’s life – and his story is going viral. Harman Singh used his turban to stem the bleeding of a five-year-old boy who had been hit by a car on his way to school. Men of the Sikh religion are expected to keep their heads covered by turbans at all times in public.'
  • ‘Disrespectful’ thieves steal plaques from war veterans’ graves in Frankston Memorial Park

    05/21/2015 2:19:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 22nd May 2015 | Lisa Schefman
    MEMORIAL plaques for 15 war veterans were among 48 stolen from graves at a Frankston cemetery in a crime branded ‘despicable’ by police. Caretakers of the Frankston Memorial Park were horrified when they discovered the headstone plaques missing on May 13. They were taken overnight. Frankston RSL sub-branch secretary Brent Clyne said: “Desecrating a grave in itself is an abominable act but to also target war graves it’s just heartless and senseless”. “A war grave is a sacred site meaning so much to the Frankston Community, it’s where many of our war dead are laid to rest and these sites...
  • Australian immigration policies need tightening, Islamic Council founding president says

    05/20/2015 6:09:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    As authorities grapple with the threat posed by Islamic State, there are calls from within the Muslim community to tighten Australia's immigration policies. The founding president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Haset Sali, who also served as both a president and legal adviser to the organisation, said moderate Muslims had been sidelined by an Islamic leadership promoting more fundamentalist views. Mr Sali also said there was a widening gulf between Muslims who had integrated into Australian society and those who had not. "Sometimes the truth has to be faced and if the truth is awkward, then it...
  • Relief Coming for Drought-Ravaged California?

    05/19/2015 5:19:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | 0515 | Greg Miller
    After two long years of forecasts, calculations, and waiting, it’s finally happening… The global weather event called El Niño is back. This happens every few years, when the waters in the Pacific Ocean, primarily off the coast of South America, become warmer. This heats the air above the ocean and disrupts the normal west-to-east flow of Pacific winds. In turn, this shifts the usual areas of cloud formation, causing unusual fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology recently joined the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency in saying that Pacific Ocean temperatures have risen...
  • Woman lied about abortion and gave man's baby to gay friend

    05/17/2015 2:02:51 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/15/2015 | BBC
    A mother has been found guilty of duping her former partner into thinking she had an abortion in order to give his child to her gay friend. A jury at Perth Sheriff Court found the woman and her male friend guilty of an elaborate fraud. The court heard the pair hatched a "cynical and calculated" plot to cover up who the child's real father was. The woman, aged 29, and her 35-year-old male friend were warned they could face up to five years in prison. Sheriff William Wood described the offence as "very serious" and paid tribute to the child's...
  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Major police operation underway in Sydney near location of Lindt siege

    05/15/2015 12:10:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    15th May 2015
    Running on Australian TV news. Man arrested in Martin Place, Sydney. Largescale police operation.
  • The Mutilator dead at 90:... cut off victims’ genitalia, was NSW’s longest-serving prisoner

    05/13/2015 6:30:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 13th May 2015 | Mark Morri
    WILLIAM MacDonald, known as The Mutilator and NSW’s oldest and longest-serving prisoner, has died in Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital. MacDonald, who would have been 91 next month, terrorised Sydney in the early 1960s, killing four men in city parks and one earlier in Brisbane by luring them into dark places and then mutilating their genitalia. Many believe he was Australia’s first high-profile serial killer. His victims, mostly derelicts, were stabbed dozens of times with a long-bladed knife before MacDonald would cut off their penis and testicles. Between 1961 and 1962, MacDonald was responsible for a series of grisly murders...
  • Johnny Depp, Amber Heard face death-row wait for pet dogs after dodging Australian quarantine

    05/13/2015 5:30:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 50 replies
    Hollywood star Johnny Depp will have his two pet dogs seized by Australian authorities and possibly put down after he failed to declare them on the an in-flight manifest. The Department of Agriculture is investigating Depp after it emerged he was currently in Australia with his two Yorkshire terriers. Officers from the Department of Agriculture have issued Depp and Heard with 48-hours notice to either remove the dogs voluntarily from the country or have them seized. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said this morning the two pooches needed to return home. “It doesn’t matter if Johnny Depp has been awarded sexiest...
  • MH370 search discovers a shipwreck not the missing plane

    05/13/2015 1:46:03 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies ^ | 13th May 2015
    THE $90 million search for MH370 has discovered “man made objects” almost four kilometres under the surface of the southern Indian Ocean, but they are not the missing Boeing 777. Instead the debris is thought to be from an ancient shipwreck, comprising an anchor and other items. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Operational Search Director Peter Foley said they were “obviously disappointed” the discovery was not the missing aircraft.
  • How a Darth Vader selfie showed the worst side of social media (Australia)

    05/11/2015 11:05:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jenni Ryall
    A dad has been incorrectly accused of being a pedophile on Facebook by a woman he doesn't know. The woman is now mortified and begging for forgiveness. Both say they are "devastated" by the events surrounding the misunderstanding. The moral of the story: Don't post stupid things on social media.
  • Parents have vowed to continue protests and boycotts until Islamic College of SA board resigns

    05/10/2015 2:00:06 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser (Australia) ^ | 10th May 2015 | Tim Williams
    FOR years it was the pride of the Muslim community, a school that reached out to its neighbours and helped promote cultural understanding across Adelaide. Migrant students from across the globe were taught to be proudly Australian, regularly singing the national anthem and their own school song. But they don’t sing any more. A deep rift between parents and management threatens the future of the Islamic College of South Australia. Relations have soured to the point where hundreds of parents kept their children at home on Friday in protest against the school’s board and they say they will organise more...
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Kia Ora Harry! The people's prince meets with rugby players after he gets a Maori welcome

    05/09/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2015 | SALLY LEE and BELINDA GRANT GEARY
    Prince Harry ended his month long embed with the Australian military by stalking buildings with an assault rifle, abseiling from helicopters and raiding ships with a team of navy divers. The Captain Wales performed a series of counter-terrorism exercises as a part of his commitments with the military. Harry also trained in the country's arid north in bush survival skills, including how to source food and water. The 30-year-old also spent time flying helicopters, training with SAS commandos and taking part in drills with Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers. Harry, who is due to quit the British Army in June,...