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  • 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.
  • Renters resort to paying for tents and shared rooms due to high cost of living

    03/20/2017 10:55:12 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    News AU (Australia) ^ | 17 March 2017
    RENTAL prices are about to soar even higher in Melbourne, but people are already on the brink and living in dodgy conditions just to be close to the city. People have been so desperate for cheaper rent, they have even resorted to paying about $100 a week for tents set up in backyards and on balconies, that were advertised on Gumtree. Others share a small living space, with a number of curtains strung up so each housemate can have their own space. Renters are also sharing bedrooms, with one ad on Gumtree offering a bed in a room with three...
  • New Yorkers who don’t vote would pay $10 fine under assemblywoman's bill

    03/18/2017 7:24:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:11 PM | Glenn Blain
    A state lawmaker from Manhattan wants to make it costly for New Yorkers not to vote. Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a Democrat, introduced legislation this week that would establish “compulsory voting” in the state and punish those who don’t vote with a $10 fine. “Mandatory voting would drastically increase civic participation and transform the political arena by making politicians more reflective of the constituents that elected them,” Glick wrote in a memo submitted with the bill. Under Glick’s bill, any eligible voter who fails to vote would be hit with the $10 fine unless they have a “valid excuse” why they...
  • Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her

    03/17/2017 7:40:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 16, 2017 | Staff
    Frightened teachers at a Sydney primary school have revealed students are showing signs of extreme radicalisation at a young age, saying they have been traumatised by threats of beheading and other violent behaviour. Students as young as in Year 5 are making the threats and pressuring peers into reading the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney's southwest, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Documents given to the newspaper reportedly reveal that at least three staff members have taken stress leave, received counselling and been paid compensation after bullying from Islamic students.
  • New Zealand river first in the world to be given legal human status

    03/16/2017 12:47:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 15th March 2017
    A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity. Long revered by New Zealand's Maori people, the river's interests will now be represented by two people. The Maori had been fighting for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river, a minister said. "I know the initial inclination of some people will say it's pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality," said New Zealand's...
  • Australia Takes Aim at Guns, Again, After Confiscation Scheme Fails to Disarm Criminals

    03/14/2017 7:55:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 3/13/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    The much-heralded Australian gun confiscation scheme of the late 1990s failed to disarm criminals to such a degree that Australia is going after guns again, beginning in July of this year. In other words, the gun confiscation scheme Hillary Clinton praised on October 16, 2016, as “worth looking at” for gun policy in America actually created an uneven playing field where law-abiding citizens turned in their guns while criminals retained theirs. The NRA-ILA reports: In a tacit admission that criminals and scofflaws have had little trouble circumventing Australia’s National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and the government’s confiscation effort, Australian officials have...
  • US applications for New Zealand citizenship jump post-Trump

    03/14/2017 6:54:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 43 replies
    AP via SFGATE ^ | 03/14/2017 | Nick Perry
    It's one thing to talk about changing allegiance to another country when a new president is elected. It's another thing to go ahead and do it. But that's exactly what seems to be happening, on a small scale, in at least in one distant corner of the world. In New Zealand, the number of Americans who applied for a grant of citizenship rose to 170 in the 12 weeks following the election of President Donald Trump from 100 in the same period a year earlier, immigration records obtained by The Associated Press show.
  • South Australia Embraces a Command Economy to Fix Green Energy Woes

    03/14/2017 6:00:29 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | March 13, 2017 | Eric Worall
    Instead of coming clean on policy failures, South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, has announced a decision to ditch free markets and assume direct government control of the electricity grid, in an effort to stabilise their self inflicted renewable energy nightmare.
  • Bill Leak A Free Speech Hero (Obituary)

    03/13/2017 9:57:40 PM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 9 replies
    SPIKED ^ | 19 March 2017 | Brendan O'Neill
    Bill Leak, the great Australian cartoonist and painter and a dear, loyal friend of spiked, died this morning. He was 61. That his death, unexpected, comes just two days after the mirthful Sydney launch of his brilliant new book Trigger Warning: Deplorable Cartoons by Bill Leak makes what would have always been a tragic passing even more so. Bill was justifiably proud and excited about his new book, which is a collection of his best consensus-slaying cartoons. It should stand as a tribute to him now. Bill was the daily editorial cartoonist for the Australian. He was a rare breed...
  • Pubs Are Taking Coopers Beer Off Tap Because The Brewery Supports The Bible Society

    03/13/2017 7:13:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 28 replies
    As part of a deal with the Bible Society, Coopers released 10,000 cartons of commemorative Premium Light beer. Each can has a “Happy 200th birthday” message to the Bible Society printed on the side, while the cartons sport verses from the Bible. No money changed hands in the deal, which the Bible Society described as a “bicentennial gift”. The backlash started when the Bible Society hosted a video debate on marriage equality, featuring federal MPs Tim Wilson (who supports same-sex marriage) and Andrew Hastie (who opposes it). It was advertised as the first in a series of “light discussions on...
  • Australia: high school students bullied into attending Muslim prayers, lectures on the Koran

    03/12/2017 11:25:54 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 March 2017 | Kate Darvall
    High-school students are being pressured to attend daily prayer meetings, lectures on the Koran and even cut their hair by peers badgering them to conform to Islam, according to 'scared' parents at Punchbowl Boys High School. The Punchbowl high school in Western Sydney has been identified as one of 19 New South Wales schools at risk of radicalising Muslim students, according to The Daily Telegraph. The NSW Government listed 19 schools across Western and South-Western Sydney taking part in a counter-extremism program called School Communities Working Together. Punchbowl Boys High School former principal Chris Griffiths initially refused the deradicalisation program,...
  • 'Justin Bieber impostor' on 931 child sex-related charges

    03/10/2017 4:01:55 AM PST · by Loyalist · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 8, 2017
    A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The man, 42, masqueraded as the Canadian singer to gain explicit images from children, Queensland Police said. He was charged with 931 crimes, including three of rape, involving 157 alleged victims across the globe. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse called the allegations "frankly horrendous" and warned young fans of the singer and parents to be vigilant. "The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the...
  • There are reports a lot of Chinese buyers are struggling to settle on their Aussie apartment

    03/09/2017 3:15:03 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    According to a report in The Australian, citing an industry expert, almost 80% of Chinese buyers can’t settle on the Australian apartments they have bought off the plan and wish they could walk away from the contracts. *snip* “Chinese buyers are still active in the established property market, but they would like to extend the settlement periods in their contracts out to as far as 12 months, betting on changes within China that might lead to a loosening of lending policies and of the barriers to taking money out,” he said. *snip* According to data released by the NAB earlier...
  • Owner rejects $1.79 million offer for equestrian centre 'on principle'... (Islamic prayer room)

    03/07/2017 7:05:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 8th March 2017 | Sinead MacLaughlin
    The owner of an equestrian centre rejects $1.79 million offer for 4.5 hectare property because the offer came from Muslim businessmen. Gainsborough Equestrian Centre owner John O'Leary, says he rejected the offer from the Islamic group 'on principle '– they had reportedly planned to build a function centre complete with prayer room in the South Australia suburub of Golden Grove. 'We want Australia to remain Australia and not disappear,' Mr O'Leary told Adelaide Now. 'I'm a right-winger of Irish Catholic background.'
  • 3D Printers and Illegal Australian Submachine Guns

    03/04/2017 1:40:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    ammoland ^ | 4 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In late November of 2016, the leftist Guardian, in the UK, reported that 3D printers were used to make illegal submachine guns in Australia.  Reports of homemade submachine guns in Australia have become fairly common. From A highly sophisticated weapons production facility using 3D printers and computers to make machine guns has been uncovered in a series of raids across the Gold Coast. Police say they found four homemade automatic submachine guns, silencers, ammunition, a replica handgun, a .45 calibre pistol and equipment used to make weapons at two Nerang businesses, as well as a pill press. The...
  • Sheik, rabble and brawl at Preston mosque [ Australia ]

    03/01/2017 12:42:49 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | February 24, 2017 | Andrew Bolt
    Islam means peace. Islam means peace. Islam means ... well, also this: DRAMATIC footage has emerged of a fight outside a Preston mosque. The Sunday Herald Sun understands the dispute was sparked over the banning of Sheik Abdou Eid. The footage showed a large crowd of men pushing and shoving outside the mosque on Friday. ... Vicious infighting threatens to tear apart the congregation of one of Melbourne's largest mosques, amid claims that millions of dollars of donations have disappeared and accusations that a sheikh had behaved inappropriately with women. The conflict came to a head last week when Sheikh...
  • Rainbow Pride Flag Belongs To A "Hostile Nation" That Has Declared War On Australia, Says Politician

    02/27/2017 5:40:08 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    "Just for what it's worth, by way of some slight humour on this issue, this particular flag you will realise is the flag of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands that declared war on Australia," he said. The comment created much consternation – but Abetz wasn't making it up. The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands declared itself an independent nation from Australia in 2004, protesting changes to the Marriage Act that enshrined in legislation the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
  • By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating its warriors (Australia)

    02/26/2017 11:54:23 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 27th February 2017 | Miranda Devine
    THE “diversity” revolution that Lieutenant General David Morrison inflicted on the Australian Army now threatens to diminish our war fighting capability. Five years after the former Army chief and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick launched a social engineering experiment aimed at stamping out the male “Anglo Saxon” warrior culture, the troops are unimpressed. The top brass might have drunk the feminist Koolaid of “Pathway to Change” and its mutant offshoots, but most of the people they command are sceptical about gender fluidity, appeasement of radical Islam, and promotion by chromosome as payback for 116 years of military patriarchy. “People...
  • Australian Bar Prohibits Men From Approaching Women, Must Speak ‘As They Would to Their Mother’

    02/23/2017 5:43:34 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 36 replies
    A new bar in Canberra, Australia has created bizarre a rule for men: they are prohibited from approaching women; and if a female comes up to a man, he must speak to her “as he would speak to his mother.” Maple Bar, according to the Daily Mail Australia, opened its doors last Saturday. Entry only comes with adherence to the formal dress code and house rules – especially about men not approaching women. “We have a set of house rules, and the one that people have found most interesting is that gentlemen don’t approach ladies,” bar owner Mike Kadinski told...
  • South Australia mum avoids prison over fake death threats, husband jailed

    02/21/2017 3:30:10 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    Adelaide Now ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Sean Fewster
    SHE spent two years drafting false, baseless threats against her own life, and those of her children and fellow public servants, to score holidays, time off and compensation payments. On Tuesday, Tabitha Lean left the District Court through its front doors, permitted to serve her three-year minimum term at home caring for the very children whose lives she menaced. Her partner, Simon Craig Peisley, was not so fortunate. ...
  • Aussie Muslim Schoolboys Allowed to Refuse Women’s Handshakes

    02/21/2017 8:00:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Heat Street ^ | February 20, 2017 | Staff
    A Sydney school has adopted a policy allowing Muslim schoolboys to refuse to shake hands with women. At a recent awards ceremony at Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College, female presenters were told by one of the two principals that some students would not shake their hands because of their Muslim faith, The Australian reported.
  • Explosion at DFO, Essendon Airport (plane crash into retail outlets, Melbourne, Australia)

    02/20/2017 2:51:32 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies ^ | 21st February 2017
    AN aircraft has crashed into a building near Essendon Airport causing a major explosion. Police say the plane crashed into a building, believed to be DFO, near Bulla Road in Essendon Fields. Police say the plane crashed just before 9am. There are reports the plane was carrying up to five people. “At this stage we do not have information regarding possible casualties and police are currently evacuating the area,” a Victoria Police statement said. “The surrounding roads will be effected for some time.” Ambulance Victoria says paramedics are responding to the incident. “No details about injuries are known at this...
  • Male Muslim students at Sydney public school given permission to refuse to shake hands with women

    02/19/2017 3:08:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th February 2017 | Nic White
    Muslim students at a Sydney public school can refuse to shake hands with women even at an awards ceremony. The Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College introduced the policy to allow Muslim boys to instead put their hand on the heart as a greeting. The Year 7 to 10 school's two principals told guests at its 2016 presentation day, including notable community members, that students may decline the gesture. The practice comes from the Muslim teaching of hadith that states: 'It is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of...
  • Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for long-overlooked continent

    02/17/2017 6:13:02 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    msn ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Elle Hunt
    Zealandia – a new continent submerged in the southwest Pacific – is a step closer to being recognised, the authors of a new scientific paper claim. A paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America, contends that the vast, continuous expanse of continental crust, which centres on New Zealand, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent. Despite the obvious question of how something so large could be previously undiscovered, the paper’s authors argue that even “the large and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked”. Zealandia covers nearly 5m square km (1.9m sq...
  • Australian PM says Trump wasting his time criticizing media

    02/17/2017 12:13:28 AM PST · by Impy · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-17-17 | Swati Pandey
    U.S. President Donald Trump was wasting his time deriding the media over their coverage of his administration, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday, citing the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill. Trump has repeatedly described media criticism of him as "fake news" since taking office last month, labeling the media as the "opposition party". On Thursday, he dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia as a "ruse" and a "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media. Turnbull, whose relationship with Trump got off to a rocky start earlier this month, said the 45th...
  • We'll assess any more troops request: PM (Australia)

    02/16/2017 8:14:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 17th February 2017 | Lisa Martin
    As the Trump administration prepares a new strategy for the Middle East fight against Islamic State, Malcolm Turnbull insists Australia will consider any US request for more troops on its merits. Australia already has 780 defence personnel deployed in the region carrying out air strikes and special operations, and with New Zealand troops training Iraqi soldiers and police. The prime minister, in the NZ resort centre of Queenstown on Friday for trans-Tasman talks, said Australia was making the largest non-US contribution to the coalition force. "We will assess all requests on their merits, as we always do," Mr Turnbull told...
  • Mother slams Donald Trump for labelling daughter’s killing in Australia as terrorism (Allahu Akbahr)

    02/09/2017 6:21:12 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 59 replies
    Global News ^ | 2-8-2017 | Staff
    Rosie Ayliffe’s daughter, 20-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung, was killed during a knife attack in August 2016. Her alleged killer, Smail Ayad shouted “Allahu akbar” — an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great” — during the attack. However, authorities said there was no indication the assault was motivated by extremism.“Any fool can shout ‘Allahu akbar’ as they commit a crime,” Rosie Ayliffe wrote. “This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred.”
  • Indonesia 'accepts apology' from Australia over military saga

    02/08/2017 6:03:33 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 9 2017 | staffer
    Indonesia's military chief says Australia has apologised over "offensive" training materials used at an army base in Perth. General Gatot Nurmantyo accepted the apology from the chief of Australia's army, the Indonesian military said. Indonesia last month said it had put all defence co-operation on hold, before clarifying the suspension was for one language-training programme. The nation said the materials referenced several sensitive topics. They were "soldiers in the past, East Timor, Papuan independence and 'Pancasila'", a reference to Indonesia's founding philosophy, Gen Nurmantyo said last month.
  • [Australia] Nation bans teaching gender as a “social construct”

    02/08/2017 5:47:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2/8/17 | Ryan Girdusky
    Feminists, liberals, and social justice warriors suffered a massive blow in Australia on Wednesday when the country’s most populous state banned high school teachers from teaching the concept that gender is a social construct.The Australian reported that an independent review into the New South Wales’ sex and health education resources found that the state schools were pushing gender theory in 11th and 12th grades.Teachers will now be forbidden to teach that gender is “social construct,” sexuality is “non-binary,” and/or it’s “constantly changing.” Furthermore, a plan to “de-gender” school language has been scrapped. Teaching aids like the “Genderbread Person,” which tells students...
  • Turnbull must be dumped as PM, Liberals turn to the Right (Australia)

    02/08/2017 1:58:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 8th February 2017 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull is finished as Prime Minister and must be replaced — but only by a conservative. Don’t listen to the dumb talk that says Turnbull’s crash and burn in the polls proves changing leaders does not work. Wrong. It’s changing to a dud leader — whether Julia Gillard or Turnbull — that does not work. But changing to a better one does. Changing to Paul Keating won Labor the 1993 election. Changing back to Kevin Rudd after Gillard turned toxic saved at least 10 Labor seats at the 2013 election. It is now clear the Liberals must also change...
  • Rolling blackouts ordered as Adelaide swelters in heatwave ('green' energy fails in 100+ heat)

    02/08/2017 4:58:55 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 61 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser ^ | 8th February 2017 | Ben Harvey, Tory Shepherd
    SA POWER Networks was ordered on Wednesday night to restore electricity to about 40,000 households and businesses after supplies were deliberately cut amid soaring temperatures. Power to customers across the state was switched off from 6.33pm under “rotational load shedding" orders from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) “due to lack of available generation supply in SA”, SA Power Networks said. About 45 minutes later electricity was restored after SA Power Networks announced that AEMO had ordered it to return supply. “AEMO has called an end to load shedding, we are restoring power," the supplier said. As customers reacted with...
  • [AUS] School lectures mom over chocolate in child’s lunch box: ‘Please choose healthier options’

    02/06/2017 6:17:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    EAG News ^ | 2/6/17 | Victor Skinner
    The mother of an Australian preschooler got a rude awakening recently when her child’s teacher sent home a letter lecturing her about what she includes in the student’s lunch box.“My friend (mother of 8 healthy children, what follows relating to no. 7) received this today from her 3 year old’s kindy,” Melinda Tankart Reist posted to Facebook last Thursday. “I told her to put in two slices tomorrow and tell them to get lost.”Reist included a picture of the note from the child’s teacher with a big red sad face on top that read: “Your child has chocolate slice from...
  • the truth about execution of Australia child during World War II (11y/o for espionage by Japanese)

    02/06/2017 12:12:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia) ^ | 6th February 2017 | Mike Colman
    WHEN first hearing the story of an 11-year-old Australian boy executed by the Japanese as a spy in World War II, one can’t help but think two things: this is shocking, and how have I not heard of it before? When he stumbled onto ­details of the firing squad death of Dickie Manson and his mother Marjorie in May 1942, Brisbane author Ian Townsend, 56, thought exactly that... ... The chilling facts behind what Townsend believes is the only military court martial and execution of an Australian child were not too hard to piece together. The Australian government, knowing the...
  • One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

    02/06/2017 7:50:39 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | PTI
    Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, "shocking and indefensible" data showed on Monday during an inquiry into paedophilia in the church. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that 4,444 alleged incidents of paedophilia were reported to church authorities and in some dioceses, more than 15% of priests were perpetrators. Australia ordered the Royal Commission in 2012 after a decade of growing pressure to investigate allegations of child abuse across the country, with the inquiry now in its final phase...
  • Cory Bernardi to split with Coalition to form own party (Australia - new Conservative Party)

    02/05/2017 4:37:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 6th February 2017 | Chris Uhlman, Stephanie Anderson, Jane Norman
    Liberal senator Cory Bernardi is set to split from the Coalition over coming days to form his own political party. The ABC understands the South Australian senator will walk out of the Liberal Party within the next 48 hours. Senator Bernardi has previously indicated he may start a new party for disenchanted conservative voters, with reports surfacing as early as mid-2016. In July he called for voters to back his Australian Conservatives movement, citing the need for a "broad conservative movement to help change politics". ..... The South Australian senator is a social conservative and economic liberal — he believes...
  • Fascinating World War II handbook reveals what American soldiers were told to expect in Australia

    02/05/2017 12:00:52 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 5th February 2017 | Max Margan
    Australian men were described by the US military during World War II as incoherent, beer-drinking tough guys who would gamble on raindrops falling on a window. In 1942, the US Army handed a 54-page booklet to its soldiers who were sent to Australia during the war to help them deal with culture shock. Titled 'Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia', the handbook's overriding theme was that the two countries shared a robust military and cultural alliance. But 75 years later, it gives a compelling insight into America's perception of Australians and reveals what the US Army told its men about...
  • Australia to take in Central Americans... (refufee swap deal was done by September last year)

    02/04/2017 1:58:09 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 1st September 2016 | Stephanie Anderson and Dan Conifer
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia will take refugees from Central America as part of its annual intake, which will remain at the 2018-19 goal of 18,750. Mr Turnbull made the announcement during an address at a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, convened by US President Barack Obama, aimed at finding a better international solution to deal with 65.3 million people displaced around the globe. But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled the announcement on the intake numbers as a "hoax", saying the Prime Minister had "reheated the leftovers" from Tony Abbott's policies. The US earlier this...
  • Donald Trump's press secretary get Aussie Prime Minister's name wrong TWICE 2/03/2017

    02/04/2017 7:42:24 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 86 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2 2017
    Donald Trump's press secretary get Aussie Prime Minister's name wrong TWICE 2/03/2017 Watch Donald Trump's press secretary get Aussie Prime Minister's name wrong TWICE in hilarious fashion Sean Spicer couldn't quite get Malcolm Turnbull's name out properly during a briefing over his phone call row with Trump. Not to mention the mass protests in cities across America as his controversial policies continue to divide the nation. But Spicer found himself stumbling on the most basic of details during Thursday's press conference at the White House; the name of the Australian Prime Minister. In his eagerness to emphasise Trump's anger at...
  • 'I spit on the Australian flag and burn it': Female navy officer under fire.....

    02/04/2017 4:27:11 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 4th February 2017 | Belinda Cleary
    A female member of the Australian Navy appears to have posted a scathing anti-Australian message on social media threatening to spit on and burn the national flag. The post was made under the name of Micqaella O'Shane, also known as Micquaella Pryce who works on the HMAS Cairns, in north Queensland. The shocking attack which takes time to reflect on the suffering of Aboriginal people before threatening to damage the Australian flag was posted alongside a picture of O'Shane in her navy uniform. 'I spit on the Australian flag and burn it (if I even owned the disgusting thing),' she...
  • Loose Talk (The Australian Refugee Swap)

    02/03/2017 6:00:53 AM PST · by OddLane · 11 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 3, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    Whatever adjectives can be used to describe our new President, ‘diplomatic’ is not one which springs readily to mind. His phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull merely serves to reinforce a reputation for bluntness that was already solidified within the public imagination. In this case, however, I think his impolitic speech is actually beneficial for American citizens. For the refugee resettlement swap cooked up by his predecessor, which involves the exchange of non-Muslim Central American refugees for Muslim boat people currently being detained at the behest of the Australian government, is another disastrous scheme to further erase our...
  • Turnbull humiliated for thinking he could outsmart Donald Trump, Andrew Bolt writes

    02/03/2017 2:05:05 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 80 replies
    Hearld Sun ^ | 2/02/2017 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull thought he could outsmart Donald Trump and trap him into taking 1250 of our boat people. Huge mistake, and now he’s been humiliated. There is no surprise that an angry Trump attacked Turnbull in their call at the weekend and hung up halfway through, after just 25 minutes. What did Turnbull expect? This political disaster was always on the cards from the moment Turnbull announced, on November 13 last year, that he’d signed a deal with then US president Barack Obama to take our boat people detained on Nauru and Manus Island. That was very dumb because just...
  • Sifting Through the Fake News on Trump’s Calls with Mexico and Australia

    02/02/2017 5:22:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush ^ | February 2, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let’s start here with the fake news, because there’s a lot of it out there today. I had a story, I was talking to the vice president yesterday on the program, and I told him that I had a list of stories, 30 fake news stories, 30 out-and-out lies in just the last five days, and that was yesterday. And, of course, we add more to them today. And it’s always a bit of a fun challenge to determine where to start with the fake news on each and every day. How about the AP report that Trump threatened...
  • UN refugee summit: Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton tout Australia's immigration policy

    02/02/2017 4:52:58 PM PST · by onyx · 13 replies
    ABC.NET.AU ^ | Updated 19 Sep 2016, 10:21pm | North America correspondent Stephanie March and political reporter Stephanie Anderson
    Email UN refugee summit: Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton tout Australia's immigration policy By North America correspondent Stephanie March and political reporter Stephanie Anderson Updated September 20, 2016 15:21:12 Video: Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a UN summit about Australia's border control policies (ABC News) Related Story: 'Life jacket graveyard' in London to commemorate refugee deaths Related Story: Turnbull arrives in New York ahead of refugee summit Map: Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have used a United Nations summit to encourage world leaders to look to Australia's strict border control policies as a way to...
  • Donald Trump says he loves Australia

    02/02/2017 12:47:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 54 replies ^ | 3rd February 2017 | Peter Mitchell
    US President Donald Trump is still talking tough about allies but instead of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his sights, he is turning up the heat on Barack Obama for negotiating the Manus Island and Nauru refugee deal. Mr Trump said on Thursday he loves Australia and will honour the deal struck by his predecessor but only refugees who pass extreme vetting will be allowed into the US. "If a previous administration does something you have to respect that but you can also say 'Why are we doing this?'" Mr Trump, speaking to reporters before a meeting at the...
  • Ryan reaffirms support for Australia as a 'central ally'

    02/02/2017 10:38:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies ^ | 2/2/17 | Scott Wong
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday went out of his way to assert that Australia remains a critical ally of the United States after reports that President Trump badgered and hung up on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a weekend phone call. “I know Prime Minister Turnbull. He was in my office a couple months ago. He is a very important ally. Australia is a very central ally. They are and will continue to be,” Ryan told reporters during a news conference. Later, Ryan was asked by a reporter for Australian Broadcasting Corp. if her country should be worried...
  • ‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader

    02/02/2017 8:29:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/01/2017 | By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker
    <p>It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.</p> <p>Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.</p>
  • Turnbull denies Trump 'hang up'

    02/02/2017 1:15:49 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Sky News Australia ^ | 2nd February 2017
    Donald Trump has blasted as 'dumb' a refugee deal between Australia and the United States, but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident the president won't backflip on their agreement. An explosive tweet from Mr Trump has once again cast doubt on the deal, in which the US would take refugees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru in return for Australia accepting refugees from Central America. 'Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!' the US president tweeted on Thursday. Mr Turnbull said despite the...
  • U.S.-Australia Rift Is Possible After Trump Ends Call With Prime Minister (No G'Day Matey Alert)

    02/01/2017 10:54:07 PM PST · by goldstategop · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/02/2017 | By Glenn Thrush and Michelle Innis
    WASHINGTON — A phone call between President Trump and the Australian Prime Minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call. The phone call last Saturday between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turned contentious after the Australian leader pressed the president to honor an agreement to accept 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center. Late Wednesday night, Mr. Trump reiterated his anger over the agreement on Twitter. He called the agreement a “dumb deal” and blamed the...

    01/31/2017 8:11:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 82 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 30th January 2017 | Tim Blair
    I went online yesterday to learn more about Donald Trump blocking arrivals from Islamic nations – only to discover something shocking. The US president had been destroyed. Completely destroyed. And not just once but repeatedly. It was all there, as clear as day, in headline after headline: “JK Rowling destroys Trump in one sentence.” – Raw Story, December 8 2015 “Sanders destroys Trump by 13 points.” – The Hill, December 22 2015 “Donald Trump destroyed by Stephen Colbert.” – YouTube, January 30 2016 ..... June was a particularly active month for Trump, who was destroyed five times by Clinton and...
  • Sex abuse: Prestigious NSW boys’ schools hit with 1500 lawsuits

    01/31/2017 3:25:11 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies ^ | 1/30/2017 | JANET FIFE-YEOMANS
    SOME of the most prestigious boys’ schools in NSW face multimillion-dollar lawsuits alleging systemic sexual abuse on an “outrageous” scale. Lawyer Jason Parkinson has more than 1500 cases against such schools as Trinity Grammar, Knox Grammar, St Patrick’s at Goulburn, Newington College and De La Salle colleges at Revesby Heights and Marrickville.