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  • Australia Gun Culture Part 14: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

    08/20/2017 4:25:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Extremely restrictive firearms laws were imposed on the Australian population in 1996, after the Port Arthur Massacre.The Australian gun culture is fighting to restore some sanity to firearm law down under. One of the clampdowns put in place in 1996, was to make ownership of .22 rimfire semi-auto rifles so restricted as to be an effective ban. The combined firearms council of Victoria is calling for the return of their bunny guns. From firearmscouncil.org.au: The state’s peak political body for Victoria’s shooting organisations is calling on the state government to allow shooters to use 22 self-loading rifles after a 20...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 13: Maxim Memorial, Ben Hall Wall

    08/19/2017 1:19:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Driving south from Quirindi in the Gunnedah Shire in New South Wales, Australia, there is a war memorial.It started as a war memorial for the Great War of 1914 to 1918, World War II and Vietnam were added later. The names of the dead and those who served are reverently listed. On top is a Maxim machine gun. A few parts are missing. I could not determine if it was a captured gun or one used on the side of the British and Australians.It struck me as being remarkably complete, though there were layers of thick paint and I...
  • Gay activist did bomb ‘research’ before ACL hit (ACL = Australian Christian Lobby)

    08/18/2017 4:32:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 16th August 2017 | Rachel Baxendale
    The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas ­bottles into the Australian ­Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its “position on sexuality” and had searched ­online how to make plastic ­explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb. Court documents tendered to the ACT Magistrates Court ­yesterday reveal Jaden Duong had also run searches about gay marriage in other countries and, a month before the alleged attack at 10.45pm on December 21 last year, had searched for the “Australian Christian Lobby”. After the blast at the group’s Canberra headquarters in Deakin, which gutted...
  • Pauline Hanson wears burka in Australian Senate (right before terror attack injures 3 Aussies)

    08/17/2017 9:19:54 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/17/2017 | BBC
    The leader of Australia's far-right One Nation party has worn a burkha on the floor of the nation's Senate. Pauline Hanson's entrance drew audible shock from other senators ahead of a bid by her party to ban the garment in Australia. Government minister George Brandis condemned Ms. Hanson's stunt and "counselled and cautioned" her against causing offense to religious groups. Mr. Brandis received a standing applause from opposition parties..... Her motion to ban the garment will be debated in the Senate later on Thursday. In a statement online, she said 'the need to ban full face coverings in public (is)...
  • Anti-Muslim Australian Senator Wears Burqa in Parliament

    08/17/2017 10:18:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Thursday, August 17th, 2017 | Rod McGuirk
    An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers. Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes before taking it off as she rose to explain that she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds. “There has been a large majority of Australians (who) wish to see the banning of the burqa,” said Hanson, an outspoken fan of President Donald Trump, as senators objected.
  • Pauline Hanson turns up to Parliament in full burqa

    08/16/2017 9:56:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th August 2017
    ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson has turned up to Parliament wearing a full burqa. Pictures from the Senate on Thursday afternoon show Ms Hanson calmly taking her place in the chamber wearing the full body covering. The noted critic of Islam reportedly identified herself to security before entering the chamber. Gasps of “what on earth?” could be heard from the Senate as she sat down. Attorney General George Brandis looked bemused by the spectacle. In a statement on her Facebook page the Senator she had attended Question Time “dressed modestly in a full burqa” and will later deliver a speech...
  • Explosive new report virtually pinpoints location of missing flight MH370

    08/15/2017 9:31:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 16th August 2017
    STARTLING new evidence has virtually pinpointed the location of MH370 — 1258 days since it disappeared. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has today released an explosive new report that effectively narrows the search zone for the missing plane down to an area half the size of Melbourne. GeoScience Australia has been examining four satellite images taken in the weeks after the plane went missing in the area identified late last year as MH370’s likely resting spot. They found 12 objects in those images that they deemed man-made and 28 that they regard as possibly man-made. The images were taken by...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 12: Amnesty of 2017 Halfway Through

    08/14/2017 1:08:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Australia is undergoing a gun “amnesty”, the first general one since 1996, when some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world were imposed on Australia. The federal guidelines were fast tracked by the hoplophobic Prime Minister, John Howard, with substantial aid by the anti-gun Australian media, during the emotional effect of the Port Arthur massacre.From sbs.com.au: Since being declared a month ago, 1700 rifles, 460 shotguns and nearly 200 handguns have been surrendered and thousands more firearms submitted for registration.Surrendered items include four SKS assault rifles, a 9mm homemade sub-machine gun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, M1 carbine,...
  • Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealand citizen, NZ Government confirms (Deputy PM of Australia ineligible?)

    08/13/2017 10:29:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The office of NZ Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has told ABC News that as far as the NZ Government is concerned, Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealand citizen. Mr Dunne's office says that under NZ law, a child born to a NZ citizen is automatically given Kiwi citizenship. It does not have to be activated or registered.
  • Australia’s Tiger attack helicopters ‘unsafe’

    08/13/2017 9:07:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 13, 2017 | RORY CALLINAN
    The maker of Australia’s problematic Tiger attack helicopters has issued a safety warning describing all versions of the aircraft as being in an “unsafe condition”. The Airbus bulletin about the choppers which have cost Australia $1.5 billion to buy, was issued after a German operated variant crashed in Africa last month. Blades falling of the German helicopter mid flight have since been blamed as the possible cause of the crash that saw the aircraft plunge into the desert from a height of about 500m killing the two crew. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) which operates 22 of the Tigers last...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 11: Technological Response to Gun Legislation

    08/12/2017 12:49:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- When the Australian government passed its restrictive gun law scheme in 1996, it did not anticipate the technological innovations that would be promoted.Some, like the straight pull FN/Browning Maral, above, are not much different from previous rifles. The British Lee-Enfield had 10 round detachable magazines a hundred and twenty years ago. The Canadian Ross and Swiss K31 rifles both used straight pull bolt actions with five shot magazines. The Maral has small improvements over all three previous rifles.From browning.eu: With all its undeniable experience in making hunting rifles, BROWNING has innovated yet again in the field of straight-pull...
  • The Latest: Australia says it would come to US aid in attack

    08/10/2017 4:51:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | August 10, 2017 | The Associated Press
    ...Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW: "We would come to the aid of the United States. How that manifests itself will obviously depend on the circumstances and consultations with our allies." Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously terrible consequences will follow." The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight.....
  • Australia Gun Culture (Part 10): How to Shoot Kangaroos in Australia

    08/09/2017 12:59:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In Australia, there are few limitations on the hunting of non-native species.Rabbits, cats, feral dogs, feral horses, feral donkeys, feral pigs, feral goats, foxes, camels, wild cattle, and water buffalo can be taken with few regulatory limitations.Deer have some limitations on the calibers that may be used. Game can be shot with spotlights and from vehicles.The shooting of Kangaroos, on the other hand, is highly regulated, and requires numerous different types of permits and licenses.Kangaroos maintain high populations and are agricultural pests in large areas of Australia. In New South Wales, near Quirindi, road killed Eastern Grey Kangaroos are...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Poisonous Atmosphere’ Grips McMaster’s National Security Council As Accusations Fly

    08/09/2017 7:07:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Richard Pollock
    Finger-pointing erupted within the National Security Council following a major leak to The Washington Post of telephone transcripts between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. And as the U.S inches closer to war with North Korea, the White House body charged with discussing and coordinating U.S. foreign policy is engulfed in what one administration official called a “poisonous environment.” Initial leak accusations from two White House officials focused on Megan Badasch, the National Security Council (NSC) deputy executive secretary, who manages the NSC’s document portal. The portal...
  • Sydney suburb bans construction of synagogue over fears it could be a terrorist target

    08/08/2017 11:59:58 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 7 replies
    thestar.com ^ | August 6, 2017 | Amanda Erickson
    A Sydney suburb has banned the construction of a synagogue because it could be a terrorist target, a decision that has infuriated religious leaders. The temple was to be built in Bondi, a short walk from Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. But locals worried that the space would pose a security risk to nearby residents, motorists and pedestrians. As evidence of that threat, the council pointed to the synagogue’s own design, which included setback buildings and blast walls. ***In its decision, the court explained that western countries are under threat from Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and that the...
  • Australian Gun Culture (Part 9): Quirindi Sporting Clay Target Club

    08/07/2017 1:27:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Sunday morning, July 23, 2017, Roy Eykamp, Jr. invited me to the Quirindi Sporting Clay Target club. The club is located 20 some kilometers out of town on a few acres of a former sheep farm, in New South Wales, Australia. A small creek meanders through the property.  A combination of flat land for a club house and parking, with surrounding hills and mixed elevation gives an ideal location to configure challenging sporting clays competitions.I fell in love with the atmosphere and the club from the start. The club house is a former shearing shed.  The exterior is...
  • Surprise! Australian temperature readings drop after ministry orders 'fix'

    08/07/2017 10:25:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2017 | Rick Moran
    Australia's Bureau of Meteorology announced that the equipment at several cold-weather temperature stations was being replaced to make it "fit for purpose."  What the bureau didn't mention is that once the equipment was in place, temperatures from those stations dropped. Climate Depot: A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoM's monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C. The BoM said it had taken immed­iate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making...
  • Search for three US marines called off

    08/05/2017 10:50:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th August 2017
    US miliary officials have effectively confirmed they don't expect to find three Marines missing after their aircraft crashed off Queensland's coast alive and say recovery attempts could drag on for months. Authorities on Sunday suspended search and rescue operations less than 24 hours after their aircraft crashed off Queensland's coast while trying to land. The US Navy and Marine Corp - with help from the Australian Defence Force - are now focusing their efforts on salvage and recovery, which they warn could take several months. The three missing marines' next-of-kin have been notified, the Marine base Camp Butler in Japan...
  • US Marine aircraft crashes off east coast of Australia

    08/05/2017 5:27:28 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 32 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 5th August 2017
    A MASSIVE search is underway after a Marine Corps aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. Military officials said in a statement an MV-22 crashed off the east coast of Australia. It’s unclear how many service members were on board.
  • ‘Terrorists have won!’ Outrage after Sydney synagogue banned over ‘extremist threat’

    08/04/2017 3:40:02 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 8.4.17
    Australian authorities have banned the construction of a synagogue in the Sydney suburbs, citing a potential terrorist attack threat. The step has been labelled “anti-Semitic” and some said it means terrorists “have already won.”