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  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • Smoke Billows from Auckland mall after 'Explosion' (New Zealand)

    02/26/2015 2:37:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    One News ^ | 11:12 a.m. (Friday), February 27, 2015
    There are reports of an explosion at a mall in the Auckland suburb of Henderson. The blast happened at Westfield West City a short time ago. It's understood a van is on fire in an underground carpark.
  • Tony Abbott leadership under threat, ministers talk resignation (Australian leadership crisis)

    02/26/2015 12:37:10 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 27th February 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    TONY Abbott’s leadership is once again under threat, with a group of Cabinet ministers discussing who should be delegated to seek the Prime Minister’s resignation. And supporters of Mr Abbott said they now believed Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull would be able to muster the numbers if he stood for the top job. Another torrid week in Can­berra — which saw the Government smashed in Question Time over whether it had offered an inducement to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs — sparked another furious round of talks last night between backbenchers and ministers about the PM’s hold on the job....
  • Islamic State: Former Australian soldier Ashley Johnston killed fighting militants in Iraq

    02/25/2015 10:46:49 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | News Desk
    A former Australian soldier has been killed fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq. It is believed Ashley Johnston, a former Army reservist originally from Queensland, was killed in an assault by Kurdish forces on an IS position near the Iraqi city of Shingal. ...
  • Bring Them Home: Families of 25 Vietnam War veterans buried overseas launch campaign...

    02/25/2015 5:09:40 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th February 2015 | Freya Noble
    The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia has launched a campaign to bring 25 of their fellow soldiers killed in action home to Australian soil. With the majority of them buried in Malaysia, and just one soldier laid to rest in Singapore, Vietnam veterans say their mates deserve a proper war grave in the country they died for. Among those buried is Reginald Hillier, and his nephew Neil Bond said his family have been trying to get his uncle home for almost 50 years. 'My mother she pushed tirelessly... She never gave up and she never stopped grieving,' Mr Bond told...
  • 'Go f*** yourself': The potty-mouth politician... in response to 'obnoxious abuse' (Australia)

    02/24/2015 12:31:07 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th February 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    A controversial politician who responds to 'hate mail' with profanities has defended his fiery responses, telling Daily Mail Australia he should not have to quietly cop 'obnoxious' abuse. Senator David Leyonhjelm has recently fired back at email correspondents who 'get under his skin', saying one read: 'DILLIGAF' - an acronym which stands for 'Do I Look Like I Give A F***'. It wasn't the first missive containing cursing - in January Mr Leyonhjelm replied to an activist's email referencing Hitler with the response: 'Go f*** yourself you communist turd.' 'If you're polite to me, I'll be polite to you,' said...
  • Aussie jihadists were on the dole

    02/24/2015 6:09:24 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | February 21, 2015 | SIMON BENSONnational
    ALMOST all of the wannabe terrorists who have snuck out of Australia to join jihadist armies in Iraq and Syria were on the dole or some form of welfare payment, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal. A federal investigation into the welfare status of Australian foreign fighters, prompted last year by revelations in The Telegraph, shows 96 per cent had been on welfare benefits when they fled to the Middle East. Most had continued to collect payments from Australian taxpayers while training with Islamic State to become terrorists intent on wanting to kill Australians. The investigation has captured the records of...
  • Tony Abbott sought military advice on go-it-alone invasion of Iraq (Australia)

    02/20/2015 2:33:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 21st February 2015
    TONY Abbott suggested a unilateral invasion of Iraq, with 3500 Australian ground troops to confront the Islamic State terrorist group. Flanked by his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, in a meeting in ­Canberra on November 25, the Prime Minister said the move would help halt the surge of ­Islamic State in northern Iraq. After receiving no resistance from Ms Credlin or his other staff in the room, Mr Abbott then raised the idea with Australia’s leading military planners. The military officials were stunned, telling Mr Abbott that sending 3500 Australian soldiers without any US or NATO cover would be disastrous...
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nation’s $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work “under any possible scenario”. “There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia,” he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • Senate is a threat to our future (Australia)

    02/19/2015 1:47:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    AUSTRALIA’s problem isn’t the Abbott Government. No, it’s the other one that’s pushing us to disaster. Few voters understand that Australia effectively has two governments. One is Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s, which dominates in our House of Representatives and so gets to do the official governing. The other is actually Labor leader Bill Shorten’s, which rules in the Senate. This second government is a loose coalition of Labor, Greens, Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer’s two senators that between them hold 38 of the 76 Senate seats and can block any law the Abbott Government tries to pass.
  • Spies sent into Iraq for ISIS fight (Australian Secret Intelligence Service)

    02/18/2015 2:08:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th February 2015 | Paul Maley and Cameron Stewart
    THE nation’s overseas spy ­agency has dramatically increased its footprint across the Middle East, reopening its ­defunct Iraq station and increasing the number of officers in ­Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. The move by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is part of a historic new “pivot” to the Middle East by intelligence and police agencies in an effort to meet the threat posed by Islamic State and its army of foreign ­fighters, many of whom are Australian. ..... In 2010 it was reported that ASIS had shut six international stations, including the Baghdad post — the agency’s biggest — that July....
  • Bias against Tony Abbott is truly sickening

    02/18/2015 12:29:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    THE ABC is trying to destroy Tony Abbott. Its bias — actually unlawful — has never been so ruthless. Even the ABC’s hand-picked reviewer had to admit this week that the ABC’s coverage of the Abbott Government’s first Budget was marred by anti-Liberal bias — and she hadn’t even looked hard. Colleen Ryan, a former Fairfax editor, had been asked by the ABC to check its reporting of the Budget in the week after it was delivered. This Budget was the country’s first and best hope of reining in Labor’s massive deficits. If it wasn’t a make-or-break moment for the...
  • Queensland MMM Cult Leader tracked down and confronted in Vanuatu

    02/18/2015 12:28:13 PM PST · by GeronL · 18 replies
    9 News Australia (MSN) ^ | A Current Affair
    A Queensland cult leader accused of fraud by former senior members has reportedly fled Australia. Debra Burslem, founder of the Magnificat Meal Movement (MMM), has been confronted by A Current Affair in Vanuatu after being accused of making money from her followers and using it to fund her lavish lifestyle. The MMM was founded in 1986 by Ms Burslem out of Helidon in southeast Queensland. The cult leader claims to see and hear Jesus and the virgin Mary. Reporter Chris Allen tracked down Ms Burslem and her son at a store in Vanuatu and asked her a number questions that...
  • We, the people, are the threat to fiscal reform

    02/17/2015 12:24:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18th February 2015 | Janet Albrechtsen
    THE Prime Minister came to off­ice 17 months ago with the right instincts about structural reforms to fix the federal budget. To be sure, mistakes have been made, but last week a contrite Tony Abbott said: “We are determined to work for you, the people, who elected us.” If it’s fair to censure the government for errors on the reform front, we should be equally straight shooting about the chief reason reform has stalled in this country. We, the people, are one of the biggest hurdles for a reforming government. According to record low polls for the government, we, the...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Abbott streets ahead on good policy

    02/17/2015 12:13:36 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 17th February 2015 | Terry McCrann
    TONY Abbott has been a very good Prime Minister, leading a competent and indeed effective Government, where it really counts — delivering good policy and good outcomes in the best interests of Australia overall and of individual Australians. He has been an ordinary and indeed arguably very poor PM in areas where it doesn’t really count, either for the nation or for individuals — the peripheral policy areas and in the winning of popularity contests. Now obviously, the second of those really does count for the PM, any PM, personally. If you don’t win the key “popularity contest”, the next...
  • Opinion: Tony Abbott trying to save Australia, nation trying to destroy him

    02/17/2015 12:06:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 16th February 2015 | Rowan Dean
    FOR crying out loud, can we give this bloke a break? ..... And yes, there will need to be measures to increase government revenue as well as cut spending. But the bottom line remains inescapable: Government expenditure must be reduced dramatically in order to remain affordable into the future, and the three main areas are welfare, education and health. If we continue spending the same vast sums on those three areas that we have become accustomed to, and keep promising ourselves more and more of, we are robbing the next generation of the standard of living that we now enjoy....
  • Learner driver who stitched own chainsaw wound before drink driving to hospital loses appeal

    02/16/2015 9:07:18 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 39 replies
    ABC ^ | February 17, 2015 | Loukas Founten
    A learner driver who stitched his own chainsaw wound before attempting to drink drive to hospital has lost an appeal to have the matter considered "trifling" by the Supreme Court. Timothy Withrow, who sustained the wound at this Port Willunga home south of Adelaide in February 2014, used a sewing needle and fishing line to stitch himself up for fear the cut could become infected. He had earlier phoned the Noarlunga Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, only to be told they were extremely busy and would be unable to treat his gaping wound for more than 10 hours. Mr Withrow...
  • Abbott not giving up hope on Bali pair

    02/16/2015 10:19:07 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 17 February 2015 | skynews
    The federal government is not giving up hope of preventing two Australian drug smugglers from being executed in Indonesia. ...'Let's not do this dreadful, final, irrevocable thing any time soon,' Mr Abbott says. It's unclear what action the government will take if the executions go ahead, but one of them won't be using the $1 billion aid program for Indonesia as a bargaining tool.
  • Human Rights Commission inquiry’s bias fails detainees

    02/15/2015 5:53:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 16th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    GILLIAN Triggs says it’s “distressing” that Australia has some children of boat people in detention. But what should really distress her is that she has just betrayed them. The best she could now do for them is resign as president of the taxpayer-funded Australian Human Rights Commission and hand over to someone not so obviously an activist. ..... Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week said Triggs’ commission “should be ashamed of itself”, and no wonder. The commission last held an inquiry into children in detention in 2004, when — surprise — the Howard government was successfully stopping the boats. But...
  • Prime Minister Abbott promises crackdown on ‘bad people’ who may turn to terrorism

    02/15/2015 6:57:22 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies ^ | February 15, 2015
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Australia’s Muslim leader and signalled another crackdown on border control, citing new concerns about the threat of terrorism. Mr Abbott, who will deliver a national security statement on Monday week, said the rise of Islamic State had seen new threats emerge, “where any extremist can grab a knife, a flag, a camera phone and a victim and carry out a terror attack”. “We are a free and fair nation. But that doesn’t mean we should let bad people play us for mugs, and all too often they have: Well, that’s going to stop.” Prime...
  • 'We owe you only stabbing in the kidneys and striking in the necks':rant against 'blonde people'

    02/14/2015 7:46:19 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08:58 GMT, 12 February 2015 | By Lillian Radulova and Candace Sutton
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released details of the video in which one of two accused terrorists made threats about carrying out an attack on Australia and stabbing victims in their 'kidneys' and 'livers'. Mohammad Kiad, 25, and Omar Al-Kutobi, 24, were arrested in their shared squalid granny flat at Fairfield, western Sydney, on Tuesday afternoon, where a police raid allegedly uncovered a machete, a hunting knife, an Islamic State flag and a video featuring both the men, with one recorded making threats of carrying out an attack. During Question Time in parliament on Thursday, Mr Abbott said he was...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    ( - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Mick Kramer fought for Australia in Vietnam and was then denied citizenship and a passport

    02/13/2015 5:07:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 14th February 2015
    AFTER spending a year in Vietnam fighting for Australia and for his life Mick Kramer had his citizenship stolen and his passport revoked. 40-years after the war, he was forced into a three-year battle with bureaucrats in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, who had even threatened him with jail. After News Corp Australia revealed his story in 2013 his rights were restored and his passport reissued and next month German-born Mick and his wife Carol will travel to Europe for a holiday that has been decades in the making. Last year he was sitting around his pizza oven enjoying...
  • Nearly 200 whales stuck on New Zealand beach

    02/13/2015 7:39:41 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 46 replies
    click2houston ^ | 2-13-15 | Jethro Mullen
    Conservationists are racing to try to save more than 170 whales stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand's South Island. Twenty-four of the 198 pilot whales stuck on the beach have already died, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said Friday. The department's staff, helped by 140 volunteers, were planning to try to refloat the giant mammals as the tide rose Friday evening, it said. The whales are stuck on Farewell Spit, a thin claw of land that reaches out into the sea from the northern tip of the South Island. The spit forms the top of Golden Bay, which...
  • Husbands killed, Australian jihadi brides face sexual slavery

    02/12/2015 9:45:49 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 12, 2015 | Simon Benson
    YOUNG Australian jihadi brides are now being traded as sex slaves by terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, intelligence ­officials have revealed. Other young women captured by Islamic State fighters were also being bought and sold for as little as $100 each. The publication of an IS document revealing a price list by age for buying women has prompted intelligence officials to warn that young Australian women risked being sold into sexual slavery. It is known several Australian women who had gone to Syria had now become slaves of the terrorist group after their partners were killed. ... They are...
  • Muslim leaders must take a stand

    02/11/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 12th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    TWO more Muslim men were arrested in Sydney yesterday for — police alleged — plotting to kill civilians. But why have none of the many men arrested so far for alleged terror attacks here planned to kill moderate Muslim clerics? Australian historian Christopher Clark, in his widely admired Sleepwalkers, points out “one abiding strand in the logic of terrorist movements, namely that reformers and moderates are more to be feared than outright enemies and hardliners”. Terrorists hate compromisers. Islamists murdered Egyptian president Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel. But which Muslim clerics are in danger of being too moderate?...
  • Soldiers of the Islamic State death cult: The plot to behead on our streets (Australia)

    02/11/2015 2:33:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 12th February 2015 | ANDREW CLENNELL, SIMON BENSON, AMY DALE AND ASHLEE MULLANY
    TWO alleged terrorists ­accused of being hours from attempting a public beheading trained as body builders and boasted that they acted for “soldiers of Islamic State”. Omar al-Kutobi, 24, and Mohammad Kiad, 25, who is on the dole, had flown under the radar and were picked up only after a tip-off led police to uncover a video ­detailing the alleged plan — potentially ­involving a gruesome attack. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament that “police found a large ISIL or Daesh flag, a machete, and a hunting knife, and a video recording of one suspect kneeling in front of the...
  • Bent over in despair seconds after he opened fire:...

    02/10/2015 2:55:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 11th February 2015 | By Lillian Radulova and Sarah Dean and Sarah Michael and Louise Cheer
    The critical moments directly after a police officer shot a knife-wielding woman in the chest outside a Hungry Jack's store, were captured on the phone of a shocked motorist driving past the bloody scene. Shouts of 'he shot her!' could be heard from the car as it slowly edged towards the footpath on Tuesday just before midday in West Hoxton, Sydney's west, where five police officers were filmed surrounding the 22-year-old woman's body on the ground. The officers appeared to be frozen in place for an instant, with their guns still drawn, when the car finally came right up to...
  • (Australian Opposition Leader) Bill Shorten an economic Pontius Pilate

    02/10/2015 2:33:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 11th February 2015
    BILL Shorten currently ­enjoys a substantial ­numerical lead in opinion polls over Prime Minister Tony Abbott. But the Labor leader knows his lead is soft, and that in a volatile electorate many voters may in time drift back to the Coalition. Presumably that is why, in an ­attempt to impress Labor’s base and to lock in the welfare vote, Shorten has recently escalated his frantic class war rhetoric. “We will fight to the last drop of our breath the brutal attack on the poor in Australia,” Shorten told Labor’s caucus yesterday. “We will put social justice back up the political...
  • US Marines will be ‘all hands on deck in regional crisis’

    02/10/2015 12:19:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th February 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    US Marines training in Darwin could carry out joint military ­operations with the Australian Defence Force in any sudden ­regional crisis. ..... Admiral Greenert is visiting Australia for talks with his Australian counterpart Tim Barrett about close co-operation between US and Australian submarines on ­operations. ..... He was in Darwin on Monday to see if the port could accommodate the 40,0000-tonne helicopter carriers used by the US Marine Rotational Force. Admiral Greenert said the US intended to send about 2000 marines with aircraft, some light armoured vehicles and the ability to “do what we call joint forcible entry from the...
  • Ex Tweed cop sentenced to 20 months jail over ‘Glock fondling’ case

    02/09/2015 4:38:36 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies ^ | 2-6-2015 | unattributed
    A former Tweed detective who let a woman use his pistol as a sex toy at Kingscliff police station has been sentenced to 20 months’ jail by a Sydney court. Mark Anthony Garner, 50, had pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in office on Thursday. and was sentenced by Sydney District Court Judge Ross Letherbarrow to the 20 months in jail. Judge Letherbarrow referred him for assessment for serving the sentence in the community. The court is expected to make a final decision on March 20. Garner met the woman, who can’t be named, when she went to Kingscliff...
  • Malcolm Turnbull must explain himself (on the Australian Prime Minister's leadership woes)

    02/09/2015 4:07:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    TONY Abbott was again written off — but yesterday this hugely underestimated leader survived once more to fight on. First impressions: the Prime Minister has finally got the wake-up he ignored all last year. And his stalker, Malcolm Turnbull, should explain why he helped cause the Government so much pointless damage. Abbott yesterday won the support of 61 of 101 Liberal MPs to defeat a motion to put his job up for a vote, with one other MP writing “pass” on his ballot. That is much fewer than Abbott needed to feel safe. He is on his last chance, and...
  • The Global Private Social Security Revolution

    02/08/2015 2:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 8, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last month, I posted “the cartoon argument” for Social Security reform. My main goal, as an American, is to achieve this important reform in the United States. And I’ve tried to bolster the argument by citing lots of hard data, including the fact that “funded” accounts already exist in nations such as Australia, Chile, Sweden, and the Netherlands. In this spirit, I wrote an article for the most recent issue of Cayman Financial Review, and I looked at the issue from a global perspective. I first explained thatdemographics are destiny.
  • Tony Abbott survives as Australian Prime Minister.

    02/08/2015 2:14:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    No link yet - this is breaking news based on leaks.
  • Give Tony Abbott more time: John Howard (Australian leadership crisis)

    02/08/2015 2:03:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th February 2015 | David Crowe and Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has urged the Liberal Party to give Tony Abbott more time to improve his performance amid signs the Prime Minister will stare down a leadership spill today but risk an ongoing revolt and subsequent challenge. The former prime minister said that “obviously some things have to change” but that Mr Abbott should be given the chance to fix the problems, in an influential move in the battle over the government’s future. Malcolm Turnbull will contest the leadership if today’s spill succeeds but Liberal MPs said a majority was unlikely to vote for change today despite frustration with Mr...
  • Tony Abbott leadership spill: Newspoll shows PM faces disaster

    02/08/2015 1:55:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 9th February 2015
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is facing an uphill battle after a Newspoll has revealed the Coalition’s worst polling ­figures, and Liberal MPs are divided on the leadership spill. The latest Newspoll, taken ­exclusively for The Australian, shows the Coalition’s primary vote down three points to an eight-month low of 35 per cent. Labor is up two points to 41 per cent. In two-party terms, the government’s vote went to 43 per cent with Labor on 57 per cent, which is the Coalition’s worst result since November 2009. Tony Abbott has admitted he could be removed as leader on Monday but...
  • Abbott leadership crisis: judgment day as PM faces spill motion (Australia - new Prime Minister?)

    02/08/2015 1:43:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th February 2015
    8.31am: Half an hour to go. You can read a handy pointer to how a leadership spill works here (although do note the 102 partyroom has been reduced to 101 after one MP called in sick): 8.28am: Tony Abbott will need to channel John Howard’s historic 2001 recovery in the polls if is to emerge victorious, says Mathias Cormann: ‘Abbott has done this before’ 8.25am: Chris Kenny is saying on Sky that he is hearing there is strong support for the spill. 8.22am: Tony Abbott spoken briefly while leaving the church service.“We want to put the internals behind us and...
  • Liberal leadership crisis: Abbott supporters make case to keep PM

    02/06/2015 5:04:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 7th February 2015
    TONY Abbott, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss have appeared together in Townsville this morning, as senior Liberals hit the media to support the leadership team ahead of Tuesday’s spill motion. The Prime Minister, Ms Bishop and Mr Truss announced that Townsville airport would be open to international flights from March 1, with Mr Abbott repeating that “this is a government that is getting on with business every day”. Mr Abbott is battling a “backbench revolution” by warning Liberal MPs against repeating the chaos of the past Labor government as he faces an extraordinary leadership spill...
  • Statement by Tony Abbott, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

    02/05/2015 10:14:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Statement by the Honourable Tony Abbott, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia As you know, two of my colleagues have called for a leadership spill of the two senior positions in our party. They’ve called for a spill of my position as leader and they’ve called for a spill of Julie Bishop’s position as deputy. The first point to make is that they are perfectly entitled to call for this, but the next point to make is that they are asking the partyroom to vote out the people that the electorate voted in, in September 2013. I want...
  • Tony Abbott-haters can’t cope with reality

    02/02/2015 1:43:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 3rd February 2015 | Nick Cater
    THE challenge of conquering Labor’s mountain of debt would have defeated a less tenacious prime minister by now. To do so weighed down by your predecessors’ other unwelcome legacy — a deficit of trust in the entire political class — requires strength of will rarely seen in modern politics. ..... Here are just a few of the Abbott government’s accomplishments, in no particular order: • Electricity bills have fallen by 10 per cent, the biggest drop ever recorded. • Jobs have been created four times faster than in the period before Abbott came to power and the economy is growing...
  • It’s crunch time for Tony Abbott (Australia's conservative Prime Minister in deep trouble)

    02/02/2015 1:30:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 2nd February 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    I HATE to say this of such a good man, but Tony Abbott may be finished as Prime Minister after the apparent defeat on Saturday of Queensland’s Newman Government. Abbott is blamed — rightly — for helping an LNP government with a record majority crash to a near-certain defeat. Some panicky Liberal MPs are now moving to dump Abbott, with former minister Mal Brough suggesting he’s been asked to challenge just to bring a contest to a head. Abbott has warned that changing leaders inevitably makes things worse — that history shows “you do not change leaders”. But history in...
  • 'Ancient' boat expedition hits trouble

    09/09/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 25 replies · 1,179+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 8, 2005 - 5:25PM | SMH
    A bid by an Australian archaeologist and other sailors to recreate an ancient voyage in a traditional reed boat has struck trouble in the Arabian Sea. Nautical archaeologist Dr Tom Vosmer and seven other sailors had set off from Oman for a two-week voyage in the Magan, a 12-metre-long sailing boat made of reeds, rope and wood, but capsized within hours. "Water leaked into the Magan causing it to capsize, but a support ship from the Omani royal navy accompanying the boat intervened and rescued the sailors," a source from Oman's culture and national heritage ministry which organised the trip...
  • Abbott on the brink: Disaster poll and shock Queensland result fuel leadership rumblings (Australia)

    01/31/2015 8:37:24 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 1st February 2015
    THE Prime Minister has been warned. After conceding there are lessons to be learnt from Queensland’s bloodbath election, there is talk Tony Abbott could have as little as a week to turn things around. One federal MP has predicted the government would face a similar fate to Campbell Newman’s first-term government and another government minister is reported to have warned: “Abbott is finished”. Speaking on ABC News today, Independent Senator Nick Xenephon said the PM has a week. “The Liberal brand is toxic mainly due to Tony Abbott,” he said. “I think Tony Abbott has until the end of this...
  • The stunning 'boltholes with airstrips' in New Zealand being bought by the world's super-rich

    01/30/2015 6:56:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2015 | Richard Shears
    As world events threaten the comfortable lifestyles of the West's super-rich they have begun buying up fabulous 'bolt hole' properties in the far-away safe haven of New Zealand. The world's elite are snapping up properties in the tiny country, which they see as a shelter from the threat of terrorism, civil unrest and instabilities in the financial markets. Interest in pricey land and homes in the North and South Islands has soared in recent years following terrorist strikes and civil disobedience in North America, the UK and Europe.
  • ‘Australia is under attack by Islamic State’ (Details of Sydney Siege emerging at inquest)

    01/29/2015 5:10:46 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 30th January 2015
    ..... At 9.44am, Johnson was made to call triple-0, telling the operator Monis was pointing a gun at him and passing on the message that “Australia is under attack by Islamic State”. There is in fact no evidence that Monis had contacted the terrorist group before carry­ing out his attack, the inquest heard. He also lied about having a bomb on him and about having planted a number of radio-controlled bombs in Martin Place and at nearby Circular Quay and on George Street. ..... Between 2.03am and 2.11am six more hostages escaped, provok­ing Monis to fire the first of five...
  • Scientists Take Big Step Toward Peanut Allergy Cure

    01/29/2015 10:20:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies ^ | Posted Jan 28, 2015 1:08 PM CST | By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff
    (Newser) – As many as three million Americans may be allergic to peanuts, the Huffington Post has reported, with one study suggesting that the number of kids with the allergy doubled between 1997 and 2002. But those who are affected may have a reason to smile: A new study could point the way to a cure for the condition, the Australian Associated Press reports via the Guardian. For a year and a half, 30 kids with the allergy were given peanut protein plus a probiotic every day; another 30 received a placebo, researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute report....
  • Australians fighting for Isis reportedly killed in battle for Kobani

    01/28/2015 10:55:09 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | 28 January 2015 | Michael Safi
    Australians were among the largest contingent of foreign jihadists killed in the battle for Kobani, a senior US state department official has said, after Kurdish forces announced the “liberation” of the Syrian city on Monday. A coalition of Kurdish and Syrian rebel fighters claimed full control over Kobani, located less than a mile from the Turkish border, after a bloody four-month siege by the militia group known as Islamic State (Isis or Isil). Their victory was confirmed by a senior US state department official on Tuesday, who told AFP: “[Isis] is now, whether on order or whether they are breaking...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Hundreds join peaceful ‘Je suis Muslim’ rally in Sydney

    01/24/2015 4:48:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 6:03 PM EST
    Hundreds of Muslims rallied in Sydney on Friday night to protest negative media coverage of Islam and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 14 people were moved on from the rally for breaching the peace. But no one was charged and the event was peaceful. Some of the 800-strong demonstrators in the Muslim enclave of Lakemba held placards with the slogan «Je suis Muslim,» French for “I am Muslim.” …
  • Australia releases postage stamps in honour of Victoria Cross recipients

    01/21/2015 11:34:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Australia Post ^ | 22nd January 2015
    Monday is Australia Day (the anniversary of the beginning of European settlement in Australia in 1788) and every year since 1997 around this time, Australia Post releases of stamps called 'Australian Legends' - designed to honour prominent Australians - a different group each year (Doctors were honoured in one year, musicians another, etc). Ex-soldiers have appeared once before - in 2000, Australia last three surviving veterans of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign were the subject. This year, the stamps have just gone on sale, honouring Australia's four living Victoria Cross recipients (Keith Payne VC, who received his Victoria Cross for actions...