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  • Car set on fire outside Perth mosque as hundreds pray inside

    06/28/2016 4:39:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 40 replies
    Guardian Australia ^ | Tuesday 28 June 2016 18.06 EDT | Ben Doherty
    A suspected car bomb was detonated outside a Perth mosque on Tuesday night as hundreds of worshippers attended a prayer service inside. No one inside the Thornlie Mosque was injured when the white 4WD exploded shortly after 8pm outside the Thornlie mosque, near the Australian Islamic College in Perth’s southern suburbs. Anti-Islamic graffiti was also sprayed on a fence.
  • Brexit boosts calls for Australia to leave the Commonwealth

    06/27/2016 7:34:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 27, 2016 | Telegraph
    Australia's republican movement says membership has surged in the wake of the Brexit vote, as Australians question the benefits of remaining part of “little Britain”. An “AusExit” campaign, including calls to remove the Union Jack from the flag and remove the British monarch as head of state, has gained momentum since Friday, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Peter FitzSimons, the chairman of Australia’s republican movement, said Australia had belonged to the British empire but the historic ties between the nations had become less relevant because “Great Britain barely exists anymore”. “It’s one thing for the monarchists to...
  • Britain’s exit from European Union flags big changes across the globe

    06/27/2016 4:08:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 27th June 2016 | Rita Panahi
    WATCHING the unhinged and unrestrained hysteria of the Left has been a delightful side benefit of the Brexit poll. While the conservatives who campaigned for Great Britain to remain in the European Union have largely accepted the result with a measure of grace, elements of the Left have reacted with a level of hyperbole that is remarkable even by their shrill standards. There are even demands for a new poll from the Brexit losers who seem to think democracy is only a valid exercise if their side wins. But a referendum is not a game of rock, paper, scissors that...
  • Snow for Blue Mountains, as Sydney shivers ...

    06/25/2016 2:48:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 June 2016 | Caity Stone
    The brutal cold snap has continued into the weekend as parts of New South Wales are blanketed by snow while Sydney braces for continuing chilly blasts. The heavy snowfall and ice buildup has caused widespread congestion on roads in country NSW, forcing the closure of stretches of highway. ...
  • New Zealand CrimeThink on Guns for Self Defense

    06/24/2016 4:17:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I have considered a trip to New Zealand, or to Australia.  Australia makes it very difficult to bring in hunting guns.  Not quite impossible, but you must apply for a permit to possess guns in Australia. It is fairly involved, including such things as sending them a letter from your local police chief months in advance of your trip.  New Zealand requires that you obtain a temporary firearms license, but it appears much easier to obtain, mostly done online. You are not required to pay any fees until you arrive in New Zealand, and the temporary license is good...
  • Why are activists so afraid of the truth about Nauru? (about Australian immigration detention)

    06/20/2016 7:27:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 21st June 2016 | Caroline Marcus
    The conspiracy theories began well before a single frame of the story went to air. A Current Affair on Nauru? What a hatchet job! The Australian government must be behind this pre-election stunt! They’d only be shown the pretty stuff! ..... After spending years calling for media outlets to be allowed on the Pacific island to see what’s really going on in offshore detention centres, the Left press and refugee activists couldn’t have been more incensed one finally made it on. Why? Because it wasn’t one of their own. .....we had no conditions imposed and were able to wander freely...
  • Z Special Unit: Secret military commando group to be recognised by Australian War Memorial

    06/20/2016 1:28:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 20th June 2016 | Thomas Orti
    Z Special Unit, Australia's secret commando unit during World War II, will be recognised by the Australian War Memorial. The special military unit, the existence of which was kept secret for decades, was made up of ordinary Australians who ended up being responsible for some of the most heroic acts in World War II. They were not allowed to discuss their activities with anyone, until now, when they will be recognised in the public ceremony. John Connor, a historian from the University of New South Wales, said the men in the unit were not necessarily professional soldiers before the war....
  • Geelong street cleared after a BOMB was found in a car in a quiet suburban street (Australia)

    06/16/2016 8:00:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 17th June 2016 | Hannah Moore
    Police found and destroyed a suspected pipe bomb in Geelong on Friday morning. Streets were closed after police recovered what they suspected was a pipe bomb from a residence in Norlane, reported 7News. The device was found inside a car on the corner of Robin Avenue and Swallow Crescent, where police were carrying out a search warrant at about 10am this morning.
  • Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

    06/15/2016 5:57:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | By MICHELLE INNIS
    SYDNEY, Australia - Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to human-caused climate change. The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea. The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier...
  • University Censures Science Prof For Fact-Checking Global Warming Claim

    06/13/2016 8:34:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    An Australian university recently censured marine scientist Paul Ridd for “failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the institution,” because he questioned popular claims among environmentalists about coral reefs and global warming. What was Ridd’s crime? He found out two of the world’s leading organizations studying coral reefs were using misleading photographs to make the case that global warming was causing a mass reef die-off. Ridd wasn’t rewarded for checking the facts and blowing the whistle on misleading science. Instead, James Cook University censured Ridd and threatened to fire him for questioning global warming...
  • America's fears of splendid isolation under Brexit

    06/12/2016 5:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | June 13, 2016 | Edward Luce
    Why is America so alarmed by Brexit? Lest the reader be in doubt, remind yourself of this. Never before has a sitting US president visited a fellow democracy in a bid to sway an election. Nor, until now, have 13 former US secretaries of state and defence risked addressing a letter to a foreign electorate with the same motive. Ditto eight former Treasury secretaries and five former supreme commanders of NATO. Not only has the US establishment broken its non-interference rule over Brexit, it is stamping on its smithereens. If we did not know better, it might seem the UK...
  • Black Hawk tragedy: Services held to remember fallen Australian soldiers 20 years on

    06/12/2016 4:26:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Services have been held in Townsville, Sydney and Perth to mark the 20th anniversary of a Black Hawk crash which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers. In June 1996, two helicopters collided mid-air near Townsville, while the troops were carrying out a counter-terrorism training exercise. In Townsville, the Chief of Army Lieutenant Angus Campbell said the lives of the men were lost "for the sake of others". Crash survivor Gary Proctor also delivered an emotional prayer and the service ended with a Black Hawk flyover and the playing of the Last Post. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill...
  • I have just witnessed something rare - a socialist politician with real principles

    06/09/2016 6:43:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    10th June 2016 | vanity
    Like tens of thousands of other Australians, I am a volunteer firefighter - bush fire is a constant threat in Australia, especially during the summer months, and the nation's sheer size and relatively low population means volunteer fire fighters are critical to public safety - the professionals do a fine job in the big cities but on the edges of those cities and out of them, it's the volunteers that are most critical. As a Victorian, I am a volunteer with the CFA - the Country Fire Authority - which has about 60,000 volunteers and about 1,000 professional employed firefighters...
  • Most ADF soldiers ‘believe Islam promotes violence and terrorism’ (Australian Defence Force)

    06/09/2016 5:31:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th June 2016
    The vast majority of Australian Defence Force personnel believes the Muslim religion promotes ­violence and terrorism, despite “cultural sensitivity training” by the ADF to have its soldiers take the view that Islam is a religion of peace. The bombshell new study sponsored by the army finds that such “anti-Muslim sentiments” are “probably quite widespread” among Australian frontline troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the military’s efforts to reverse this trend are counter-productive. ..... “The best estimate … for the proportion of soldiers who have received cultural sensitivity training and who believe that the Muslim religion promotes violence and terrorism...
  • Police shoot knifeman at Westfield Hornsby as three more injured (by police - Australia)

    06/08/2016 11:36:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9th June 2016
    FOUR people have been injured in a shooting outside a shopping centre in Sydney’s northwest after police opened fire on a 23-year-old man carrying a knife. The man, who went missing from a psychiatric hospital yesterday, was seen brandishing a kitchen knife as he wandered around the mall “babbling incoherently”, before he was shot three times by officers. The man reportedly lunged at a female officer after he was told to drop the knife, before she and a male officer opened fire, leaving him with injuries to his arm, thigh and abdomen. Fragments from police gunfire also injured three female...
  • People are spending much less time on social media apps: Report

    06/06/2016 10:53:51 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 23 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com/ ^ | 6/6/16 | Harriet Taylor
    People are spending less time on social media apps, in some cases substantially less, a new study from marketing intelligence firm SimilarWeb found. The company compared Android users' daily time spent on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat from January to March 2016 with the same period in 2015. The firm looked at data from the U.S, UK, Germany, Spain, Australia, India, South Africa, Brazil and Spain. Facebook's Instagram saw the biggest year-over-year drop — usage was down 23.7 percent this year, closely followed by Twitter (down 23.4 percent), Snapchat (down 15.7 percent) and Facebook (down 8 percent), the study found.
  • Why government is to the Left when voters are to the Right (Australia)

    06/05/2016 8:24:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 6th June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    NOTICED how the unelected Left is seizing control? Let me give just the latest examples of this putsch. In Victoria, Roz Ward, a Marxist who calls our flag “racist”, is a university lecturer running a government-funded program teaching children to be more “gender fluid”. In NSW, Mark Scott, who as ABC boss did not let any conservatives present his main current affairs shows, has now been hired by the Liberal NSW Government to run its Education Department. Back in Victoria, Fair Work Commissioner Julius Roe, a former Left-wing union official, last week ruled that the far-Left firefighters’ union be given...
  • ‘Alco-Gates’ Trial Will Force Drivers to Take Breath Test Before Leaving Car Parks in Victoria

    06/02/2016 9:22:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A new Victorian State Government trial will force drivers to pass a breathalyser test before leaving licensed venues. The 'alco-gates' will see breath tests linked to the boom gates at car parks via sensors, and were announced as part of the State Government’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 road strategy. If drivers fail the breath test, the boom gate will prevent them from leaving and they will be made to wait until they are sober or take a taxi home. The trial will begin at a small number of pubs and clubs initially, before being rolled out further if successful. Those affected...
  • Australian Vietnam War dead finally return home

    06/02/2016 2:24:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Neil Keene
    DECADES after the Vietnam War ended, the remains of 22 fallen Australian servicemen have finally arrived back in Australia for burial on home soil. Under full military honours their coffins were unloaded from two RAAF C17 Globemaster jets at Richmond RAAF base in Western Sydney, with hundreds of emotional family members, friends and Vietnam veterans watching on. Also arriving home were the remains of three servicemen killed on deployment in Malaysia, and eight dependants — partners and children of servicemen who died overseas and were interred in a Malaysian cemetery. Service personnel from all three arms of the Australian Defence...
  • Jump-Kicking Kangaroo Ruptures Woman’s Breast Implants

    06/01/2016 7:54:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | May 31, 2016 | Warner Todd Huston
    A woman who was cycling in Australia reported to authorities she was attacked by a kangaroo with a jump-kick that hit her so hard it burst her breast implants. Sharon Heinrich said that she and a friend were biking along a public trail in Clare Valley in South Australia when the kangaroo began to chase them. The 45-year-old cyclist said as the two began to ride past the beast, it gave chase then leapt at them first using its powerful legs to slam into her and then springing off to hit her companion, Helen Salter, 47. Both were knocked off...
  • Green activists feel gorilla’s pain but can’t see spooked kids

    06/01/2016 4:36:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    THERE’S many green activists who can see all the way to the African rainforests, but can’t see the bawling baby in front of them. It’s what Charles Dickens called “telescopic philanthropy”, and you can see it in the latest green propaganda clip to go viral. It stars Henry Marr, a six-year-old from Washington, bawling from the fear of the green doom preached by his parents and teachers. Filmed by his proud mother, Henry is shown strapped in his car seat, tears streaming down his face. When he finally can speak, he explains what has so terrified him. ..... Indeed, scaring...
  • Adam Giles vs the new racism

    06/01/2016 4:24:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd June 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    One reason I have huge respect for Adam Giles is that he rejects the new racism pushed by the ABC, in which we are divided into racial types and not judged as complex individuals: TONY JONES:... You’re the first Indigenous head of any Australian government. Has any of the political instability up there got anything at all to do with racism? ADAM GILES: Oh, look, I just correct you on one point there. I’m not an Indigenous head of government. I’m a person who’s head of government who has Indigenous heritage and I’ll always make sure that I compete on...
  • What the dead can teach us about cowardice and weakness

    05/31/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 2 replies
    Australian Christian Lobby ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lyle Shelton (Australian Christian Lobby)
    "Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed...The cowardice and weakness of Australia's 'gatekeepers' is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s." Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer's personality cult and more to the failure of Germany's 'gatekeepers' to...
  • Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

    05/30/2016 7:57:58 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 29, 2016
    Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.
  • 'Eating our bacon reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent'

    05/24/2016 4:08:58 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/23/2016 | By SINEAD MACLAUGHLIN and LOUISE CHEER
    A butcher's sign that said eating his bacon reduced the chance of someone being a suicide bomber has raised a few eyebrows. A photo posted on social media showed a sign up in the window of Jeff Rapley's butchery, Rapley's Midtown Quality Meats, in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. 'Eating two strips of Rapley's award-winning bacon for breakfast reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent,' the sign read.
  • Canada once again backs Israel at the UN

    05/29/2016 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2016, 5:59 AM | Dalit Halevy
    Canada once again backed Israel at the UN this week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined the Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. …
  • The sound of silence — why Germany lost its subs bid (Australia)

    05/29/2016 10:33:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    It was the smallest of sounds, too soft for human ears but deemed loud enough to potentially doom an Australian submarine. Two weeks ago, behind closed doors in a shipyard in the German port of Kiel, the secrets behind Australia’s $150 billion submarine decision were finally revealed. It was a moment that left the Germans stunned. They were told for the first time that they had lost the bid because their proposed Aust­ralian submarine had an “un­acceptable’’ level of “radiated noise’’. In the world of submarines, noise equals potential detection and death, but when the Germans pressed the Australian officials...
  • Guardian admits reporter fabricated stories

    05/27/2016 8:30:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th May 2016 | Darren Davidson
    The Guardian has been hit by a journalism ethics scandal after the newspaper admitted a reporter fabricated interviews and made up quotes in articles. Lee Glendinning, editor of Guardian US and a former Fairfax Media journalist, said reporter Joseph Mayton also falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about. The former deputy editor of Guardian Australia apologised to readers and to the “people whose words were misrepresented or falsified”. The newspaper, which was instrumental in campaigning for a British inquiry into press standards, has now removed 13 of contributor Mr Mayton’s articles from its website. Other articles...
  • Marxist Safe Schools revolutionary quits under fire

    05/27/2016 7:49:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    When will the Socialist Left government of Victoria realise that the Safe Schools program to coach children into being more ”gender fluid” is part of the Marxist Ward’s work, too?: Safe Schools Coalition co-ordin­ator Roz Ward was forced yesterday to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and faces a university ­investigation over a Facebook post where she ­labelled the Australian flag “racist” and called for it to be replaced with a socialist red ­ensign. .....Ms Ward posted a photo of the rainbow flag on top of Parliament House on Facebook with the comment: “Now we just need to...
  • Coaching Year 12 into believing Hitler was a conservative

    05/27/2016 7:44:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority recommends teachers take Year 12 students to a play by a communist apologist mocking Hitler that has now been reworked into an attack on “the current waves of conservative politics spreading across the western world”: The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht Theatre Company Phillip Rouse and Co, presented by Theatre Works… The Resistable [sic] Rise of Arturo Ui is Brecht’s satirical allegory about the rise of Hitler in the lead up to WWII. Written while in exile from Nazi persecution, this play contains all the hallmark aspects of Brecht’s epic theatre....
  • Christianity Must Exorcise Itself of Homophobia

    05/25/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 105 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 5/23/2016 | Benjamin Jones
    When Australia's most successful Olympian, Ian Thorpe, came out as gay in an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson in July 2014, he was inundated with messages of support. At the time, some posed the question: does this even count as news? Is homosexuality today not a simple biographical detail rather than a sensational scandal? And yet, it is significant that on the same night that Thorpe came out, Australian Rules Football commentator Brian Taylor used a homophobic slur on air, referring to Geelong player Harry Taylor as a "big poofter." The two events accentuated perfectly why it remains the case,...
  • Fear of Islam drives proposal to change Samoa's constitution

    05/24/2016 4:13:07 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 8 replies
    Radio New Zealand ^ | May 17, 2016 | RNZ Staff
    Samoa's council of churches has welcomed the prime minister's call to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi recently said the country's supreme law may be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble. However the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam. He said even though most Samoans are Christian, Islam poses a future threat to the country. "We are not going too far, no," Reverend Motu said. "We are still wanting our own...
  • Alice Springs surrounds rocked by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

    05/21/2016 1:32:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1, unusually powerful for Australia, has struck outside of Alice Springs. The quake hit at 4:14am, 125 kilometres west of Uluru, at a depth of about 10 kilometres, according to Geoscience Australia. Two aftershocks measuring 3.8 and 3.4 were recorded in the hour afterwards, and senior seismologist Johnathan Bathgate said more were expected. He said there had been activity near the site before, with a 5.6 recorded slightly further west in 1999. Geoscience Australia said the main tremor could have been felt as far as 507 kilometres from its epicentre, although any damage would...
  • Our dangerous war on Christianity (Australia)

    05/18/2016 2:35:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    IT’S not the haters who will kill Christianity. It’s the ignorant, who have no clue how we non-Christians will suffer. But, wow, that hatred sure is feral. The latest examples? One: the Greens this week say they want to strip churches of their “right to discriminate” — actually their freedom to insist their employees live the faith. Two: Sydney University’s Student Union threatened to deregister the university’s Evangelical Union unless it stopped insisting members declare their faith in Jesus Christ. Three: Christian lobby group Family Voice Australia this week accused Facebook of deleting one of its pages arguing against same-sex...
  • New Zealand housing crisis forces hundreds to live in tents and garages

    05/17/2016 6:00:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 16 May 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    <p>Property prices in Auckland have increased by nearly 80% in five years, leaving some families unable to buy or rent ___ Hundreds of families in Auckland are living in cars, garages and even a shipping container as a housing crisis fuelled by rising property prices forces low-income workers out of private rental accommodation.</p>
  • Australia: Muslim avoids jail for sex assault: he has PTSD

    05/16/2016 12:13:20 AM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 15, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    And the lawyer for the defendant told the victim that she could have avoided the sex assault if she had just adjusted her own behavior. The West is swiftly internalizing the idea that whenever Muslims commit acts of violence, it’s the non-Muslim victim’s fault.
  • ‘They’re not a nation, they’re part of Australia’... Norfolk Island’s unique status comes to an end

    05/15/2016 7:49:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th May 2016 | Bendedict Brook
    FAMILIES relying on food parcels to survive; pregnant women being whisked away to give birth because the hospital can’t help them, pot holes that just keep getting bigger and a community that can’t afford to look after itself. It sounds like a damned corner of a faraway land. But it’s actually a forgotten fragment of Australia whose handful of residents were given unprecedented power to look after their own affairs. According to some, the experiment in self-rule has failed so miserably it’s end can’t come quickly enough. In just over a month Gai Brodtmann, the Labor member for Canberra, will...
  • MH17 Victims: Parents Whose 3 Children Died In Crash Welcome Baby Girl

    05/15/2016 5:41:26 AM PDT · by xp38 · 9 replies
    An Australian couple who lost three kids when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in 2014 has some happy news: they have welcomed a baby girl. Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris’ kids – Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 – were flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when their plane was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The three kids were killed, along with their maternal grandfather Nick Norris.
  • Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet

    05/13/2016 8:05:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet And the US should buy them too. Here's why. was one of the biggest international defense contracts in recent memory. Australia’s Collins class submarine replacement program, also known as SEA1000, looked to procure 12 highly advanced diesel-electric multi-role submarines, each equipped with the latest in air independent propulsion (AIP) and quiet running technologies. These new foreign-designed submarines, which would be outfitted with American combat systems, would be fielded in the next decade and would serve into the latter half of the century. The program’s total cost is estimated just...
  • Australian guard, 34, killed... sniper opens fire at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad

    05/12/2016 7:06:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 13th May 2016 | Freya Noble
    One person has been killed and another injured during a shooting near the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday night. The government confirmed the man who died was a 34-year-old Australian who was working as a private security contractor for Unity Resources Group at the embassy. 'The Government extends its condolences to the family of the Australian man over this tragic incident,' the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said in a statement on Friday. ..... The man killed was a former Australian special forces soldier, according to Fairfax Media reported
  • Q&A star Duncan Storrar exposed as thug as public raise $60,000 (left wing 'hero' a criminal)

    05/12/2016 2:11:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 13th May 2016 | Anthony Galloway
    DUNCAN Storrar, the Geelong man the ABC presented as a “new national hero”, has an extensive criminal record over two decades, including threats to kill and unlawful assault. The Herald Sun can reveal Storrar has gone to prison at least three times over the past 25 years for a string of offences. The revelations will likely place pressure on the organisers of a Go Fund Me web page to reconsider whether to give Storrar the more than $60,000 raised in his name. Storrar, 45, captured the nation’s attention when he appeared on the ABC’s Q&A Budget election special, saying he...
  • Ancient bubbles in Australian rocks show early Earth's air weighed less (trunc)

    05/11/2016 12:34:28 AM PDT · by blueplum · 39 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 10 May 2016 04:37am | Chiara Palazzo, Sydney
    Full title: Ancient bubbles in Australian rocks show early Earth's air weighed less than half today's atmosphere Air bubbles trapped in 2.7 billion-year-old Australian rock suggest the Earth's atmosphere weighed less than half of today and was much thinner than previously thought. Researchers analysed the size of air bubbles that formed at the top and bottom of lava flows along the Beasley River in Western Australia's Pilbara region almost three billion years ago and used the data to calculate the atmospheric pressure at the time. The results suggest that the air at the time exerted at most half the pressure...
  • Australian Election officially announced for 2nd July 2016. Double Dissolution election.

    05/07/2016 9:29:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies
    Via Sky News Australia | 8th May 2016
    Australian Prime Minister has just officially announced Australia will go to the polls on 2nd July 2016 in a double dissolution election. This has been known for a while, but now it's official - he's visited Governor General and asked for Parliament to be dissolved and the writs will be issued. A Double Dissolution election is an unusual one.
  • Talking Point: Gun control laws the biggest con job in our nation’s history

    05/07/2016 8:13:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    themercury.com.au ^ | 5/5/2016 | CARLO DI FALCO
    The proposition you can vicariously control criminal or psychopathic behaviour by confiscating private property and burying law-abiding citizens under a mountain of regulation is simply absurd. Former Australian prime minister John Howard has claimed success because there had not been another mass shooting. The reality is last year we had our first mass shooting (four or more victims in a single incident) when a man shot his wife and three children before taking his own life at Lockhart, NSW. Mental health issues were a factor and firearms had been confiscated from this house previously.
  • 'Take my brother first' (For years, Australia’s bravest boy was overlooked...)

    05/05/2016 8:08:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th May 2016 | John Tyson
    "TAKE my brother first." These were the final words spoken by a shy 13-year-old boy: my son, Jordan, while trapped in the 2011 Queensland floods. When help arrived, Jordan's first thought was not of himself. It was of his younger brother Blake, then just 10. They must've been terrified. Jordan couldn't swim; gushing water and chaos surrounded him. He could've panicked but instead he helped rescuers Warren and Chris, civilians like you and I, reach the car. Jordan was closest and time was almost up, so they grabbed for him to take him to safety. Instead he pushed them away...
  • Reports Claim Satoshi Nakamoto Might Be 44-Year Old Australian

    12/09/2015 3:37:55 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 34 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 12/9/15 | Stan Higgins
    New reports by Wired and Gizmodo may have identified the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, as Australian entrepreneur Craig S Wright. WIRED cites "an anonymous source close to Wright" who provided a cache of emails, transcripts and other documents that point to Wright's role in the creation of bitcoin. Gizmodo cited a cache of documents sourced from someone claiming to have hacked Wright’s business email account, as well as efforts to interview individuals close to him. The news outlets further claimed that Dave Kleiman, a computer forensics expert who died in April 2013, played a significant role in the...
  • Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen

    02/13/2014 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 13, 2014 | Andy Greenberg
    The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road. On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site’s administrators posted a long announcement to the Silk Road 2.0 forums admitting that the site had been hacked by one of its sellers, and its reserve of Bitcoins belonging to both the users and the site itself stolen. The admin, who goes by the name “Defcon,” blamed the same “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrency’s exchanges halting withdrawals in the...
  • Man called Bitcoin's father denies ties, leads LA car chase

    03/06/2014 7:29:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 3/6/2014 | Aron Ranen and Brandon Lowrey
    (Reuters) - A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press. Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.
  • CPRC ON THE LARRY ELDER SHOW TO DISCUSS AUSTRALIA’S GUN BUYBACK

    05/03/2016 9:19:26 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 3, 2016 | Larry Elder
    CPRC’s John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about Australia’s gun buyback and discussed his testimony before the Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. They also talked about Hillary Clinton’s comparison of the gun buyback to Obama’s Cash for Clunkers program. (8:40 to 8:55 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016)
  • Coordinated attack feared after massive cathedral blaze

    05/03/2016 7:26:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez
    The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius...