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  • South Australia mum avoids prison over fake death threats, husband jailed

    02/21/2017 3:30:10 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 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.
  • Wanted: New fishing mate. SA fisherman Ray Johnstone turns to Gumtree for companionship

    01/30/2017 1:51:10 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser (Australia) ^ | 30th January 2017 | Jade Gailberger
    A LONELY pensioner hooked the hearts of hundreds with his catchy and endearing online ad to find a new “fishing buddy.” Tired of fishing South Australia’s beaches alone, Ray Johnstone, 75, of Lewiston, said he was desperate to find someone else to share his lifelong passion — but was left stunned by the enormous response. His ad in Gumtree, featuring a selfie under and which Mr Johnstone jokingly lists himself as “used”, has had a staggering 55,000 views and offers from across the country. “What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants...
  • Donald Trump set to negotiate new trade deal with Australia

    01/29/2017 10:23:14 PM PST · by Dundee · 22 replies
    The Australian ^ | 30 Jan 2017
    One of US President Donald Trump’s top trade advisers has raised speculation the US will attempt to negotiate a new free trade deal with Australia. Peter Navarro, director of Mr Trump’s White House Trade Council, named Australia and New Zealand as two nations the Trump administration will seek bilateral deals with. Australia already has a free trade agreement with the US, signed in 2004, but Mr Trump has repeatedly said he will look at every trade deal the US has signed and renegotiate them if he can get a better deal for American workers. Professor Navarro, in an interview with...
  • Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

    01/29/2017 2:56:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Sydney Morning Herald | January 30, 2017 | Tom McIlroy
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  • Turnbull, Trump confirm deal to resettle Manus, Nauru island refugees (Australian refugee deal)

    01/29/2017 12:36:48 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies ^ | 29th January 2017 | Annika Smethurst
    REFUGEES from Manus Island and Nauru will be resettled in the United States, despite moves by US President Donald Trump to suspend his country’s refugee program for 120 days. Mr Trump vowed to honour the agreement reached between Australia and the previous US administrations during a 25-miute phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today, the first since his inauguration. The one-off refugee resettlement deal seemed unlikely to go ahead after US President this week followed through on his election promise by placing a four-month suspension on allowing refugees into the United States.
  • Reverend Fred Nile classed as a ‘security threat’, denied visa to Donald Trump inauguration

    01/24/2017 10:25:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 25th January 2017 | Jason Tin
    CHRISTIAN Democrats founder Fred Nile says he has “no idea” why he was blocked from entering the US for Donald Trump’s inauguration. But the MLC is questioning whether he was denied a visa because Obama administration staffers were unimpressed with his support for President Trump. Rev Nile said he was to stay at Mr Trump’s hotel in Washington, after Australia’s Ambassador to the US, former treasurer Joe Hockey, helped organise the inauguration tickets. But upon reaching the American Airlines desk, tickets in hand, he and his wife were told they would not be allowed entry to the US. “We just...
  • Italian, Spanish Frigates Sail to Do Battle In Australia

    01/23/2017 5:30:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies ^ | JANUARY 23, 2017
    Built by Fincantieri to the French-Italian FREMM design, Carabiniere is the fifth of the Italian Navy’s Bergamini-class frigates which, displacing 6,700 metric tonnes, are in fact destroyer-sized ships fitted out in both ASW and air-defense versions. (Italian navy photo) PARIS --- A major naval battle is brewing Down Under, as two of Western Europe’s most modern surface combatants steam through the Indian Ocean to fight for the next prize offered by the Royal Australian Navy. At stake is an A$35 billion order for 8 or 9 SEA Future Frigate (FF) to be built in Adelaide, South Australia, under the SEA5000...
  • Three-month-old boy becomes Melbourne rampage killer's fifth victim...

    01/21/2017 9:48:13 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 22nd January 2017 | Riley Morgan and Freya Noble
    The tragic fallout from the horror rampage in Melbourne continued on Saturday with a three-month-old boy succumbing to his injuries, becoming the fifth person to die in the attack. Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, has been identified as the man who drove an allegedly stolen maroon Holden Commodore along Bourke Street on Friday afternoon, ploughing through people on the packed sidewalk as they desperately ducked for cover. Four people died at the scene, and police said on Saturday 37 were rushed to hospital. At least ten of them are still in a serious condition, and there are fears the the death toll...
  • Australia: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” plows car into pedestrians

    01/20/2017 4:28:25 AM PST · by milford421 · 35 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 1/20/17 | Pamela Geller
    Breaking news out of Melbourne, Australia that at least three people have died after a vehicle plowed into a group of pedestrians near a shopping mall. According to one witness, the driver was screaming, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar!”… Witnesses describe the scene: “There was a man hanging out of the window screaming” – teen describes driver as thin, dark hair, appeared Middle Eastern. @theheraldsun — Andrea Hamblin (@AndieHamblin) January 20, 2017 This witness claims the driver was screaming, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar!”
  • Police pursuit through Melbourne CBD (car running down a number of people - ongoing)

    01/19/2017 6:57:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 106 replies ^ | 20th January 2017
    POLICE are chasing a rogue car which has driven erratically through the Melbourne CBD. Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics had reports multiple people had been hit by a car. A number of unmarked Police cars and a police helicopter have been deployed in the chase. Paramedics are still unsure how many pedestrians had been hit. Emergency services were flooded with calls about 1.30pm.
  • 'I Believe in Democracy’: Nicole Kidman Clarifies Her Comments About Donald Trump

    01/14/2017 5:43:29 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies ^ | JANUARY 14, 2017 AT 12:56PM EST | Dave Quinn
    Nicole Kidman is clarifying the comments she made about Donald Trump‘s presidency. The 49-year-old actress came under fire after she addressed the 2016 presidential election results in an interview with BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire. “I just say, [Trump‘s] now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” the Hawaiian-born actress, who was raised in Australia and has dual citizenship, said. The call for unity fell on some deaf ears, with many on social media lashing out at the actress. But in a new interview with Access Hollywood, Kidman clarified...
  • Exclusive: Video of terrifying moment axe-carrying woman attacks two customers in suburban 7-Eleven

    01/08/2017 7:28:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies ^ | 2017-01-09 | Candace Sutton
    EXCLUSIVE TERRIFYING video has emerged of the moment a young woman strolls into a suburban 7-Eleven with an axe and then hacks into two customers waiting to be served. CCTV footage shows the bloody rampage second by second as it takes place inside the 7-Eleven at Enmore, in Sydney’s inner west, in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is 2.19am and a blonde 24-year-old strolls casually into the store carrying an axe. She is wearing black shorts, a dark singlet top, black sandshoes and, in her right hand, a long-handled black and red axe. The 7-Eleven, which sits at...
  • Michael Chamberlain dies after battle with leukaemia, aged 72 (father of Azaria taken by a dingo)

    01/09/2017 1:32:33 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 9th January 2017
    MICHAEL Chamberlain, the man who fought one of Australia’s longest battles for justice — the fight to clear his family’s name after their baby daughter Azaria was snatched by a dingo in 1980 — has died aged 72, according to reports.
  • Australian health minister stands down over expense claims

    01/08/2017 6:18:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 8:16 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s heath minister temporarily stepped down Monday while her travel expense claims are investigated. The scandal surrounding Minister Sussan Ley’s expense claims could trigger the first reshuffle of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet since his government was re-elected six months ago. Ley has been under scrutiny since last week over allegations that she made taxpayers pay for personal travel in recent years, including to the tourist city of Gold Coast where she bought a luxury apartment in 2015. Turnbull said Ley had agreed to stand aside without ministerial pay while the prime minister’s department investigated whether her expense claims met...
  • Australia Has a Serious Cat Problem

    01/08/2017 2:50:49 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 80 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 6, 2017 | Kate Samuelson
    Australia has a serious cat problem, with feral cats covering 99.8% of the country according to new research published in the journal Biological Conservation. The exact number of cats fluctuates from roughly 1.4 million after continent-wide droughts cramp food sources to about 5.6 million after extensive wet periods, which result in plenty of available prey. An additional 700,000 feral cats are estimated to live in other environments, including Australia’s urban areas, rubbish dumps and intensive farms. Despite this, researchers say that the cats’ impact on Australia’s fauna is still severe, and that reducing this impact is of critical importance. The...
  • NZ plane hijacker threatens repeat action

    01/07/2017 11:15:07 AM PST · by csvset · 20 replies
    Radionz ^ | 4 january 2017 | Tim Graham
    NZ plane hijacker threatens repeat action The country's only convicted plane hijacker has almost completed her prison sentence and is threatening to hijack another aircraft if she gets the chance. Asha Abdille was sentenced in the High Court in Christchurch to nine years jail in 2010. Photo: David Hallett / The Press / Fairfax NZ Asha Abdille stabbed both pilots on an Air New Zealand flight from Blenheim to Christchurch in February 2008. One passenger was injured in the incident. The Somali refugee took knives onto the 19-seater plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing. Abdille was sentenced...
  • New SA (South Australia) Policy for Transgender Students

    01/05/2017 1:36:13 PM PST · by blackbetty59 · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 5, 2017 | AAP
    Transgender school students will be able to use their preferred names, wear the uniform and use the toilets of their choice under a new Education Department policy. They will also be able to sleep alongside students of the gender they identify with on school camps. - See more at:
  • Indonesia backs down on its threat to suspend military ties with Australia

    01/05/2017 1:35:01 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 5th January 2017
    INDONESIA has backed down on its threat to suspend all military ties with Australia, according to reports. Cabinet minister Wiranto issued a statement this evening explaining that the suspension will only apply to language classes at Special Forces facilities, the ABC reported. It’s a stunning reversal from comments made only 24 hours earlier that Indoensia would suspend all military activity and co-operation with Australia after one of its special forces officers was offended by a poster and training materials at a Perth army base which were insensitive to Indonesia’s position on West Papua — a nation which has long-sought independence.
  • Why making fun of Pancasila is no joke to Indonesians (Australian/Indonesian military dispute)

    01/04/2017 5:59:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 5th January 2017 | Charis Chang
    “PANCASILA”, a word that embodies the Indonesian national philosophy, is at the centre of a high-profile spat between Australia and its close neighbour. Many Australians may be scratching their heads at the Indonesia’s reaction to an apparent play on words making fun of their national ideology, but one expert has explained why it’s so offensive. According to Indonesia’s Kompas newspaper, the country suspended relations with Australia in early December after an Indonesian special forces trainer who was teaching at an Australian military facility in Perth discovered writing that insulted Pancasila, the national philosophy. Associate Professor Greg Fealy of the Australian...
  • Indonesia suspends military co-operation with Australia

    01/03/2017 8:03:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    9 News Australia ^ | 4th January 2017
    Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia, the ABC reports. The move was reportedly made over 'offensive' training materials on display at an Australian SAS base in Perth. Major General Wuryanto has not confirmed the reason for the suspension, saying it was for technical matters, and that there were "ups and downs in every cooperation between two national forces". According to Indonesian newspaper, Kompas, an Indonesian Special Forces instructor took offence to some “laminated material” at the Perth base.