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  • Trump names Scott Brown ambassador to New Zealand

    04/20/2017 7:53:48 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 04/20/2017 | Alex Pappas
    President Trump on Thursday said he plans to nominate former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand. "If confirmed, Scott Brown of Massachusetts will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand," the White House said in a release. "Mr. Brown is a lawyer and former United States Senator. Mr. Brown served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard before receiving his law degree from Boston College Law School. He then went on to serve in the Massachusetts legislature for over a decade before winning the special election for Ted Kennedy's U.S....
  • Australia scraps visa for skilled foreign workers

    04/19/2017 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | 18 April 2017 | kristen gelineau
    Australia will scrap a temporary visa for skilled overseas workers, the prime minister said Tuesday, arguing that Australians must be given priority over foreigners for local jobs. The popular 457 visa, which allows foreigners to live and work in Australia for up to four years, will be replaced with a stricter scheme that requires a criminal background check and includes tougher English language requirements, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. The list of occupations that qualify for the new visa will be sharply reduced. "We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains: Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs,"...
  • Australia toughens foreign worker visas, says Australian jobs for Australians

    04/18/2017 4:19:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/17 | Swati Pandey
    Australia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new programme requiring better English-language and job skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. Turnbull, struggling with poor voter approval ratings, rejected suggestions the visa policy change was in response to far-right wing political parties, such as One Nation, demanding more nationalistic policies. But in a Facebook announcement Turnbull said: "Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values." In a similar vein, U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday directing changes to a temporary visa programme...
  • World given false timeline about US aircraft carrier headed for Korean Peninsula

    04/18/2017 2:44:34 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies ^ | 19th April 2017
    THE declaration last week that the US had sent an aircraft carrier barrelling towards waters off the Korean Peninsula put tensions with North Korea at boiling point. Except, that never happened. A series of glitches meant that the USS Carl Vinson and four other warships were actually sailing in the opposite direction when officials announced it was surging towards the West Pacific, The New York Times has revealed. A defence official went even further, telling the AFP on Tuesday that the armada had not yet even begun sailing to the region.
  • US troops arrive in Top End for Marine Rotational Force Darwin

    04/18/2017 1:20:36 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 18th April 2017
    THE first of 1250 US Marines have begun to touch down in Darwin as they “stand ready to fight” against North Korea should the situation escalate. The Marines began arriving in Australia’s tropical north on Tuesday for a six-month deployment during which they will conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces. Commanding Officer of Marine Rotational Force Darwin, Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, says the 1250 US Marine deployment to Darwin stands ready to fight if tensions between his country and North Korea escalate into direct conflict. The 25-year annual deployment program started by former U.S. President Barack Obama...
  • Snowy Mountains [Australia] get blast of pre-winter snow well ahead of official ski season

    04/11/2017 6:50:35 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 9 April 2017 | Jesse Dorset
    The alpine region of southern New South Wales has received a big blast of snow — months ahead of the official start to the ski season. Visitors and staff at ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains fell asleep last night in Autumn and woke up in what looked like the dead of winter. ...
  • ‘Sick and tired’ of hospital’s Islam bias (Australia)

    04/11/2017 1:23:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th April 2017 | Meredith Booth
    The new $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital will open this year with a prayer room for Muslims but without a “chapel” after ­bureaucrats opted for a “spiritual care” area to cater for “multiple faiths”. The move has angered Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi, who says Aus­tralians are “sick and tired” of ­accommodating a minority religion while undermining Christian traditions and heritage. The hospital’s new “spiritual care” room is a departure from other major hospitals in the state, including the Queen Elizabeth and Flinders Medical Centre, which have chapels. ..... “We’re bending over to ­appease a minority for fear of causing...
  • Donald Trump puts Australia on North Korean rocket alert (Ready to Intercept)

    04/10/2017 6:59:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 71 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | April 10, 2017 | SHARRI MARKSON
    Donald Trump puts Australia on North Korean rocket alert SHARRI MARKSON, National Political Editor, The Daily Telegraph April 10, 2017 11:00pm AUSTRALIA and its allies have been put on standby for the possibility of the United States shooting down test rockets launched by North Korea. Intelligence sources told The Daily Telegraph that North Korea may launch ballistic missile test flights around the birthday of Kim II-sung, the founder of the rogue nation, on April 15 or even sooner. The United States, which has a fleet headed to the Korean Peninsula, is understood to have notified Australia that it is fully...
  • Delingpole: Only Gullible Fools Believe that the Great Barrier Reef Is Dying

    04/10/2017 11:00:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 4/10/2017 | James Delingpole
    The Great Barrier Reef is dead. It has ceased to be, expired and gone to meet its maker, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and gone to join the bleedin’ choir invisible. It is an Ex Great Barrier Reef. Well, at least it is if you believe the left-wing media such as the Guardian, which claims today that the reef is at “terminal stage” because of damage allegedly caused by “climate change”. Lots of eco loons have been rending their garments and throwing their (recyclable, organic, gluten-free) toys out of the pram in horror...
  • Australian Wearing Cross Beaten By Muslim Gang Shouting ‘F*** Jesus!’

    04/10/2017 10:11:41 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 59 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 04/10/2017 | Jack Montgomery
    Christians in Sydney, Australia, are being advised to hide their crosses after an Arabic-speaking gang shouting “F*** Jesus!” attacked a couple on a train while transport officers looked on from a “safe space” and did nothing. The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph – a News Corp outlet unrelated to the Telegraph Media Group newspaper of the same name – reports the couple were attacked while riding the train through “Muslim enclaves” in south-west Sydney. {..snip..}
  • So what happens to those Australian asylum seekers now?

    04/09/2017 11:44:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot ^ | April 9, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    As you may recall, there was a dubious deal on the table with Australia, left over from the Obama administration, dealing with that nation’s “refugee” problem. We first covered it last November, barely a week after the election. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a very firm stand on Islamic asylum seekers for the most part, wanting nothing to do with them. He’s got 1300 “refugees” holed up in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. They are primarily from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka. At the time of the deal it was reported that John Kerry...
  • Faith in Politics - Australia's First Muslim MP

    04/07/2017 2:29:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    SBS ^ | Jana Wendt
    Ed Husic is known to some as 'the minister for basketball', to others as the first federal MP sworn in on the Quran. He became the first ever Muslim frontbencher under Kevin Rudd. What next for an outspoken Gen Xer with a friend on the wrong side of parliament? “Would you like to say a few words?” someone asks the politician. Ed Husic, federal Labor MP, is visiting St Francis of Assisi Catholic school in Glendenning, a suburb that forms part of his vast Western Sydney electorate of Chifley. The modest chapel, which doubles as a general-purpose hall, is full...
  • Are These Two Jewish Dudes The Aussie Voice Of The Alt-Right?

    04/05/2017 10:16:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    The Forward ^ | April 5, 2017 Read More: Http://Forward.Com/Scribe/368193/Are-These-Two-Jewish-Dudes-The-Aussie-Voic
    Nothing Left on Melbourne’s Jewish community radio station J-AIR has a niche firmly in the right. The show’s hosts, Alan Freedman and Michael Burd, say they are there to fill a gap created by what they see as the left-wing media and the political left. Are they Australia’s answer to Breitbart News? “I suppose that’s how you could pigeon-hole us,” says Burd. “I agree with a lot of what Breitbart would write and say. We fit in with them on issues like multiculturalism, Islam and immigration. We don’t pretend to be balanced.” Would they be classified as Australia’s alt-right? It’s...
  • Miranda Devine: Reverse racism is now acceptable in Australia

    04/04/2017 8:24:31 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | April 1, 2017 | Miranda Divine
    IF you don’t think that multiculturalism and the politics of identity have become instruments of division in Australia, then you need to hear Tara Coverdale’s story. Like most mothers with young children, Coverdale enjoys opportunities to socialise with other mothers of children the same age while on maternity leave, especially in her neighbourhood in inner-city Sydney. So when a Russian-born friend mentioned a playgroup on Thursdays, at the Alexandria Park Community Centre, she was enthusiastic. Two weeks ago, on a humid Thursday morning, she bundled her eight-month-old baby in the pram and walked with her four-year-old son the short distance...
  • Outing Christian Bigots In Australia [Wear a Ring for LGBT Marriage]

    04/04/2017 8:00:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    American Conservartive ^ | April 3, 2017 | Rud Dreher
    In this space, I have mentioned the concerns of several Christian readers that they will face pressure in their companies to declare themselves in favor of same-sex marriage, or stand exposed as “bigots” and marginalized. This is now happening in Australia. A reader there sends this story from The Australian. Excerpts: Some of the country’s biggest businesses have upped the ante in the crusade for marriage equality by asking Australians to wear a specially designed “acceptance ring” until same-sex marriage is legalised.
  • Why Climate Change Is Making Koalas Thirsty

    03/31/2017 8:27:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 31, 2017 | By Heather Brady
    Australian koalas are drinking much more water than they used to—and it’s likely because of hot, dry weather aggravated by climate change. Koalas, which normally spend most of their time in the safety of eucalyptus trees, have begun to climb down and drink from artificial water stations provided by University of Sydney researchers. The koalas of Gunnedah, a town in southeastern Australia often referred to as the “Koala Capital of the World,” were drinking from the stations for more than 10 minutes on average, according to a press release from the university. Koalas are leaving their trees even when they...
  • Islamic centre donates Anzac cash after Sydney Council denied $5000 grant for Dawn Service

    03/23/2017 10:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 24th March 2017 | Miles Godfrey
    AN Islamic community centre is generously giving $5000 for this year’s CBD Anzac Dawn Service after Sydney’s arty-farty Lord Mayor Clover Moore refused a grant for our brave Diggers. Ms Moore’s City of Sydney council has a whopping $574.3 million in the bank but has rejected an application­ from the Anzac Dawn Service Trust for a measly $5000 for next month’s commemorations. At the same time the Lord Mayor has been splashing the cash among her arts mates, including a recent $14,000 grant for a weird exhibition of crochet headwear. After The Daily Telegraph highlighted the issue, Imam Hasan Centre...
  • Egg The Pug's Owner Has Been Charged With Making A False Complaint

    03/23/2017 3:45:02 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    HuffingtonPost ^ | 22/02/2017 | Lucy Quaggin
    A man who claimed his pet pug 'Egg' was stolen at knife point during an armed robbery has been charged with making a false report. It's an unexpected twist in a story that captured the nation's attention. NSW Police are now one step closer in cracking the case of Egg's disappearance, although it remains unclear if the dog was ever owned by the man in the first place....
  • Melbourne man 'slaughtered' wife in front of children (trunk)

    03/23/2017 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | March 23, 2017 | Emma Younger
    Police believe a Melbourne man who allegedly "slaughtered" and then mutilated his wife in front of their three young children may have murdered her because she did not want him to join the Islamic State group in Syria, court documents have revealed. The 35-year-old Broadmeadows man is also accused of bashing two of their children, aged under six, around the head — in one instance with a milk crate — and burning his toddler daughter with hot water. The man cannot be identified under a court order to protect the identity of his children. He was arrested and charged with...
  • House prices: Take a tour inside a Sydney micro apartment

    03/21/2017 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    ABC Radio Sydney ^ | March 19, 2017 | Lucia Stein & Lawrence Champness
    With housing affordability a huge concern for many Sydney residents, one organisation is offering low- to middle-income earners the opportunity to live more cheaply in smaller spaces. Evolve Housing's initiative has already seen single people and couples making the switch to one-bedroom, one-bathroom places that are close to work but do not hurt the hip pocket. But can people actually live in a tiny apartment? The ABC took a tour inside one to see what it would be like.