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Australia/New Zealand (News/Activism)

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  • Promoting the traditional family is ‘not charitable,’ NZ group told

    05/22/2017 8:20:41 AM PDT · by fwdude · 8 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | May 22, 2017 | Carolyn Moynihan
    When we highlighted an academic article criticising the special status of the nuclear family a few days ago the issue may have seemed rather theoretical. But a decision by the New Zealand Charities Board to remove the charitable status of an advocacy group, Family First NZ, shows that campaigning against the traditional or natural family is not confined to ivory towers. The board’s move to deregister Family First as a charity goes back to 2013 when it told the group: “(W)e do not consider that the Trust continues to qualify for registration as it has an independent purpose to promote...
  • Is Australia’s Health Care Better than Ours? Let's Take a Peek Under the Hood

    05/11/2017 6:25:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    President Donald Trump in a recent press briefing with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced, “Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does.” On the heels of the House narrowly passing the first in many steps toward Obamacare repeal and replace, President Trump’s comment caused a bit of a stir, to say the least. MSNBC was all over it. Chris Hayes interviewed fellow socialist Senator Bernie Sanders who was giddy over Trump’s comment. “Thank you Mr. Trump for admitting that universal healthcare is the better way to go,’’ he crowed. Bernie laughed out loud...
  • Bernie Sanders: Trump Was Right, Australian Healthcare Is Better

    05/07/2017 11:48:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 6 May
    Sanders also says Senate should use Australian system as model while crafting an alternative to Republicans’ replacement for ObamacareBernie Sanders has declared President Donald Trump was right to say Australia has better healthcare than the US. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said the US Senate should use the Australian system as a model while crafting an alternative to the Republican healthcare legislation that Trump endorses. “President Trump is right. The Australian healthcare system provides healthcare to all of its people at a fraction of the cost than we do,” Sanders commented...
  • Golden Girl! Melania glows in Australia's National Color as her Husband makes a Triumphant [Tr]

    05/05/2017 10:42:24 AM PDT · by Cecily · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 5, 2017 | Regina F. Graham
    First Lady Melania Trump glowed in Australia's national color as her husband made a triumphant return to New York City on Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after celebrating the House passage of legislation undoing much of his predecessor's health law. President Donald Trump commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during WWII onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum where he was joined by his wife, youngest daughter Tiffany Trump, actor John Travolta, News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Greg Norman and Gina Rinehart. Murdoch, 86, introduced Trump during the American...
  • Trump Tells Australian PM: ‘You Have Better Health Care Than We Do’

    05/05/2017 8:38:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    TPM ^ | 05/05/2017 | By Caitlin MacNeal
    During a meeting Thursday night with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump praised Australia’s universal health care system. He made the comments while insisting that Republicans are “united” in their push to repeal Obamacare and praising the legislation passed by the House on Thursday. “It’s a very good bill right now. The premiums are going to come down, very substantially. The deductibles are going to come down. It’s going to be fantastic health care. Right now Obamacare is failing. We have a failing health care,” Trump said. “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend...
  • Boeing P-8 Poseidon in the Mix for New Zealand Requirement

    05/02/2017 7:53:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN online ^ | May 2, 2017 | Mike Yeo
    The Royal Australian Air Force is on contract to acquire 12 P-8A Poseidons for delivery through March 2020. (Photo: Mike Yeo) The U.S. has cleared the Boeing P-8A Poseidon for sale to New Zealand, as that country moves toward the next phase of acquiring a new maritime patrol aircraft to replace its Lockheed Martin P-3 Orions. Several manufacturers are eyeing the requirement. The Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on April 28 that the State Department has approved the possible foreign military sale of four Boeing 737-based P-8As and associated support to New Zealand for approximately $1.46 billion....
  • Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable [tr]

    05/01/2017 4:18:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 1, 2017 | Nick Whigham
    FACEBOOK has come under fire over revelations it is targeting potentially vulnerable youths who “need a confidence boost” to facilitate predatory advertising practices. The allegation was revealed this morning by The Australian which obtained internal documents from the social media giant which reportedly show how Facebook can exploit the moods and insecurities of teenagers using the platform for the potential benefit of advertisers.
  • PM honours servicemen from Coral Sea

    04/30/2017 2:00:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 1st May 2017
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thanked the Australian and American servicemen who fought in the pivotal World War Two Battle of the Coral Sea on behalf of the generations who followed. "Our freedoms were secured by the bravery of the fighting men on those ships and the pilots who flew through everything the enemy and the weather could throw in their way," he told a dawn service in Townsville to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle. Families from sailors who served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington that was lost in the battle, have flown from America to...
  • 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...