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  • Reports of a second earthquake or tremor in southeast Queensland (5.2 / 5.6)

    08/01/2015 5:58:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Courier and Mail (AU) ^ | 8/2/15 | Daryl Passmore, Josh Dutton
    QUEENSLAND dodged a potential disaster as the most severe earthquake in nearly a century struck yesterday.The magnitude 5.7 earthquake recorded 110km east of Fraser Island at 1.38pm was the second time the state had been rattled in three days.Yesterday’s quake was equal in force to the December 1989 Newcastle earthquake which killed 13 people, levelled much of the city centre and damaged 50,000 buildings.But Queenslanders were spared any injuries or serious damage by the off-shore location of yesterday’s quake, about 10km north-west from where Thursday’s occurred.“If this had hit Noosa, there would have been deaths and damaged buildings,’’ Geoscience Australia...
  • Luggage has washed up on island where possible debris from missing Flight MH370 was found

    07/30/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/30/2015 | Pamela Engel
    In yet another sign we're getting closer to figuring out what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, battered luggage has washed up on an island near where plane debris was found this week. Malaysian and Australian officials have said that it's "almost certain" the plane debris came from a Boeing 777. Flight MH370 is currently the only missing Boeing 777 in the world. It's unclear whether the suitcase that was found on Reunion Island near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is from the missing plane, but it's a possibility considering where the suitcase washed up.
  • Australians Taking Advantage of Lessons Learned with New Growler

    07/30/2015 5:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | 7/29/2015 | Allyson Versprille
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy presented the first EA-18G Growler tactical jamming and electronic protection aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force at a rollout ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, July 29. In June 2014, the RAAF awarded Boeing the contract for 12 Growlers to be purchased under a foreign military sales agreement. The ceremony marked the presentation of the first Growler to Australia, the only foreign country to acquire the aircraft so far. The Growler is a derivative of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The Australian Growler has some features not on the U.S. version. It has an advanced targeting...
  • Exclusive - Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine: sources

    07/23/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | TIM KELLY, NOBUHIRO KUBO AND MATT SIEGEL
    A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion (£32 billion) project to build submarines for Australia. Germany's ThyssenKrupp (TKMS), a rival bidder, is wooing anxious members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ruling Liberal Party with the economic and political benefits of its proposal. Two Japanese government officials and a company source in Tokyo said Babcock International Group and BAE Systems had approached the consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries with...
  • Bill Shorten to pledge to adopt boat turnback policy (Australian left accept border protection)

    07/22/2015 2:16:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 23rd July 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    LABOR will go to the next election promising to turn back asylum-seeker boats in a dramatic policy switch which will test Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s leadership. The Herald Sun can reveal Mr Shorten and Immigration spokesman Richard Marles will endorse a new policy which will see Labor go to the election vowing to turn back asylum seeker boats intercepted on the way to Australia. The decision will set up a massive brawl with the party’s Left, which opposes turnbacks, and could be undermined almost immediately by a vote at the party’s national conference on Saturday. Writing for the Herald Sun,...
  • Feline Massacre: Australia Unveils Plan to Kill Two Million Feral Cats

    07/21/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 68 replies
    VICE News ^ | 07/16/2015 | VICE News
    The Australian government intends to eliminate two million feral cats by the end of the decade, Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced on Thursday, waging a war on hordes of felines that are said to be the single biggest threat to many of the country's native species. "By 2020, I want to see two million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland areas as safe havens, free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares," Hunt declared. Millions of feral cats roam around the continent, and scientists say that they are a primary factor behind...
  • Court rejects climate change hearing [Global Warming Refugee Status Denied]

    07/21/2015 2:36:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Ioane Teitiota has been battling deportation to Kiribati since 2011, when he overstayed his visa. He argues he faces indirect persecution from global warming in his home country. In its decision, the Supreme Court said while Kiribati undoubtedly faces challenges, Mr Teitiota did not face serious harm if he was returned there. The court said there was no evidence the government of Kiribati was failing to take steps to protect its citizens from the effects of environmental degradation. Kiribati's president, Anote Tong, recently described climate change as the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time. He said Kiribati and other low-lying...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...
  • Commodities crash could turn Australia into a new Greece

    07/19/2015 2:51:40 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2015 | Andrew Critchlow
    Last month Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman and matriarch of Perth’s Hancock mining dynasty delivered an unwelcome shock to her workers in Western Australia: accept a possible 10pc pay cut or face the risk of future redundancies. Ms Rinehart, whose family have accumulated vast wealth from iron ore mining, has seen her fortune dwindle since commodity prices began their inexorable slide last year. The Australian mining mogul has seen her estimated wealth collapse to around $11bn (£7bn) from a fortune that was thought to be worth around $30bn just three years ago. This colossal collapse in wealth is symptomatic of...
  • The ‘Other Country’ Fallacy

    07/19/2015 8:03:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    welikeshooting.com ^ | 7/17/2015 | Savage One
    Whenever an argument comes up for gun control, the United Kingdom and Australia are brought forth as examples where gun control ‘worked’. “Australia and the UK banned a lot of guns and instituted strict gun control and their gun crime went down, so if other countries besides the US can ‘make gun control work’ we should follow their example here”. There are a number of fallacies and biases that this line of reasoning adheres to; correlation = causation, , single cause fallacy, the ‘bandwagon’ fallacy or ‘appeal to popularity, and confirmation bias through functional fixation, otherwise known as technological determinism...
  • Anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare in Australia

    07/19/2015 3:41:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/19/15
    SYDNEY — Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies saw hundreds protest across Australia at the weekend with violent clashes in Melbourne, as police officers mounted a strong presence in cities Sunday to keep the two sides apart. About 100 anti-Islam protesters from the Reclaim Australia and United Patriots Front groups waved the national flag and yelled chants at a rally in Sydney Sunday, with signs declaring “Say no to Sharia” and “Immigration is the elephant in the room”.They were met by around 250 counter-demonstrators who carried banners including “No racism, no Islamophobia.”Police — including riot squad officers and mounted units —...
  • Reclaim Australia rally: Anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clash in Spring St

    07/18/2015 3:09:28 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    heraldsun.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | ANDREW JEFFERSON AND CHAD VAN ESTROP
    SPRING St was turned into a war zone as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters fought running battles with police, shutting down one of Melbourne’s busiest streets. More than 450 police officers were needed to keep the peace in an major operation expected to cost Victorian taxpayers up to $250,000.
  • Australia actually declares ‘war’ on cats, plans to kill 2 million by 2020

    07/17/2015 1:41:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 117 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 16 2015 | Ishaan Tharoor
    The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats' predatory behavior. Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country's first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt "is declaring war on feral cats, and he's asked me to take charge of that program."
  • Snow causes traffic chaos amid best falls in a decade [Australia]

    07/17/2015 1:53:20 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 19 replies
    SBS news ^ | 17 July 2015 | anon
    Major roads have been closed and highway traffic is banked up as Australia's eastern states experience the best snowfall in a decade. ....
  • Columbus gives Redflex contract the red light ( Ohio )

    07/16/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andy Long
    Mayor Michael Coleman announced Wednesday the termination of the city’s contract with Redflex, effective immediately. Redflex is the company that handled Columbus’ red light camera program before a state law forced the city to cease issuing citations. The announcement comes after a Redflex executive pleaded guilty to charges relating to bribing public officials. “Based upon the City’s contract authority, we will be terminating the contract with Redflex immediately,” said Mayor Coleman. “I support a photo red light camera program because it saves lives, however the actions of the Redflex executives have raised questions about the integrity of their program.”
  • Barack Obama’s appalling blunder gives us a nuclear Iran

    07/15/2015 4:13:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | 16th July 2015 | Greg Sheridan
    Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a wretched capitulation by a weak President whose word means nothing. So many American red lines are given up in this deal it makes your head spin. They suffered the same fate as Obama’s red lines with Syria. You use chemical weapons and we’ll react, Obama told the Syrians. But he was only joking. Since then America’s adversaries in the Middle East, and all over the world, have become significantly bolder. The Iranians completely outmanoeuvred and out-negotiated Obama. But this was not hard because as time went on it became increasingly obvious Obama...
  • Living in the danger zone as ANZUS is re-evaluated (Australia-New Zealand-United States treaty)

    07/15/2015 3:59:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australians have been delivered a timely warning they may be entering an era of significant strategic shifts and they should not take for granted three crucial relationships. One is with our closest military ally, the US, which we presume will always be there to help defend us. Another is with the world’s most populous Muslim nation, ­Indonesia, which is growing and changing fast on our doorstep. The third leg of what has been in recent history a sturdy triumvirate of friendships is China, but a new report suggests the possibility of an uncertain future with the unthinkable catastrophe of a...
  • French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

    07/15/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 15, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. It’s a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. DCNS says it’s “pre-concept design” is for the world’s most advanced conventional submarines. France, Germany and Japan are competing for the contract to build up to 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy worth more than $20 billion. DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said the new...
  • Jewish groups condemn 49ers running back for his tweets

    07/14/2015 10:25:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 48 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 07/13/2015 | Kevin Lynch
    A tweet by 49ers returner and running back Jarryd Hayne drew the attention of the Anti-Defamation League. Hayne, an Australian attempting to make a conversion from rugby to the NFL, tweeted that Jews killed Jesus. ADL, in a press release, noted that the tweet appeared July 1st and has since been rescinded. “Jesus wanted to help people but was killed by his own people,” the ADL quoted Hayne writing. When challenged by a fan on twitter, Hayne then wrote, “The Jews were the people who took him to the Romans n forced them to give the order because they couldn’t.”
  • Generation unprepared: The school and university leavers with ‘no skills to work at all’

    07/14/2015 8:20:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    .news.com.au ^ | 7/14/2015 | Unknown
    OVER the past 18 months, Queensland mining employer Jack Trenamen has developed a formula that helps him predict the performance of his new apprentices. The country kids who have worked on mum and dad’s farm from a young age will work hard and appreciate every dollar they get. “You can’t fault ‘em on work ethic,” he says, adding that it shows in their performance. But the ones who come from more affluent areas, whether that be from the big cities where their parents are a bit more well off and happy to give them pocket money, or mining regions where...
  • Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941

    07/13/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 14th July 2015 | Aneeta Bhole
    The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged. The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941. The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year. Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles...
  • Trump: ‘Corrupt’ Mexican officials let ‘El Chapo’ go

    07/12/2015 5:17:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/12/15 | Anna Brand
    <p>Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that the escape of a Mexican drug lord by “corrupt Mexican officials” just raised fears in America. But he was quickly shot down by Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media baron whose blessings could make or break a GOP hopeful.</p>
  • Rupert Murdoch Criticizes Donald Trump Over Mexican Immigrant Comments

    07/12/2015 4:41:40 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 73 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 12 2015 | THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch apparently won't be supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Australian-born media mogul, who became a U.S. citizen in 1985, on Sunday became the latest to decry the Republican candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants in a message posted to Twitter.
  • Govt lines up double dissolution bills (Australia)

    07/12/2015 2:28:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 13th July 2015
    THE federal government will give itself the option of calling a double-dissolution election with legislation cracking down on union corruption.
  • Jakarta emerges as the US’s go-to friend

    07/12/2015 1:50:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    An increasingly powerful Indon­esia may supplant Australia in the future as the go-to ally for the US in the Asia-Pacific region, the new report on ANZUS says. It calls for the creation of a trilateral security process to milit­ate against potential rifts between Jakarta, Canberra and Washington. The report, by the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, says a stronger Indonesia is likely to attract far greater interest from Washington — to the extent that Jakarta would, over time, become­ a competitor with Canberra for US attention. “Under such...
  • Era of US dominance in region ‘coming to close’: report

    07/12/2015 1:43:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th July 2015
    China’s growing naval power and long-range missiles threaten to bring Canberra within range of the People’s Liberation Army as Australia’s geographical isolation no longer protects it. The dramatic warning is contained in a joint analysis of the state of the ANZUS alliance by US and Australian defence specialists with high-level access to key policymakers in Washington and Canberra. The report says there are increasing concerns about China’s behaviour in maritime disputes in the South China Sea and about the possibility of Australia becoming involved if China takes more risks to consolidate its control over large areas of ocean, including the...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Cancels All Government Wind Farm Subsidies

    07/12/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | Simon Kent
    Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his “war on wind power”. In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects.
  • Desalination plants key to Perth water security

    07/10/2015 5:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | July 9, 2015 | Royce Kurmelovs
    Perth, Australia - Up to a third of Perth's drinking water starts life in the Indian Ocean where it is drawn into an intake pump about 400 metres inland. It is pumped another kilometre into the sprawling, open-plan complex at the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant in Binningup, Western Australia (WA). Here, the seawater goes through a complex five-step filtering process that includes 32,872 reverse osmosis membranes and 18,080 ultra-filtration membranes. About 45 percent of the seawater entering the system gets turned into fresh drinking water that can then be piped out north towards Perth, or even as far as Kalgoorlie...
  • Robots picking fruit and driving tractors? [Immigration Problem solved?]

    07/10/2015 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    www.dailymercury.com.au ^ | 10th Jul 2015 5:00 AM | Emily Smith
    Dr Christopher Lehnert talked about the potential robots held for the agriculture industry at CQ University yesterday. A STEREOTYPICAL farmer might wear overalls and gumboots in 2015. But in not long at all, he could be a state-of-the-art robot. Agricultural robotics research fellow Dr Christopher Lehnert spoke at CQUniversity yesterday about robots being developed to pick fruit and detect weeds. One problem they could solve was harvesting labour shortages. "It's a causal workforce problem. (For farmers) their really high risk is getting a workforce to pick the fruit," Mr Lehnert said. "There's not a worry about job losses. We're just...
  • Australia's bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

    07/08/2015 7:06:45 PM PDT · by markomalley
    CNA ^ | 7/8/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered a leading same-sex marriage activist who said the pastoral letter should be reported to the Tasmanian government for illegal bias. “The Catholic Church in Tasmania is exercising its right to freedom of opinion, just as opponents to the Church’s views on marriage are also exercising their rights,” Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart said, according to the Catholic Leader newspaper. His comments concern the booklet “Don’t Mess with Marriage,” a pastoral letter the Australian bishops’ conference released May 28. He said...
  • Fears for police safety after data shows Melbourne gun crime on the rise

    07/07/2015 7:58:11 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    9News.com.au ^ | 07/07/2015 | ninemsm
    There are fears Melbourne's gun crime could be spiralling out of control with police data showing a 300 percent rise in firearm offences in the past five years. Mr Iddles said the streets were more dangerous than he had ever seen. "The homicide rate's not up but if you have ice and you have the threat of terrorism, it's more dangerous now on the street as a police officer (than) in all my time of 37 years," he said. Data shows police find an illegal firearm in Victoria every 48 hours. Mr Iddles said Melbourne's northwest suburbs were a particular...
  • Confederate flag shirt: indigenous affairs bureaucrat’s shock move

    07/07/2015 6:42:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | 6th July 2015
    The Northern Territory’s most senior indigenous affairs bureaucrat wore a shirt bearing the controversial Confederate battle flag to a beef breeders dinner — and won best dressed on the night. Eyebrows were raised in some sections at the Central Australian Beef Breeders dinner when Mark Coffey, the Northern Territory manager in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, rocked up in the shirt, bearing a flag which is offensive to many because of its connection to slavery and white supremacist groups. Mr Coffey won best-dressed man at the dinner. He declined to comment when contacted by the NT News. Debate...
  • Aboriginal Language Had Ice Age Origins

    12/13/2006 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 508+ views
    ABC Science ^ | 12-13-2006 | Judy Skatssoon
    Aboriginal language had ice age origins Judy Skatssoon ABC Science Online Wednesday, 13 December 2006 A researcher has suggested that the origin of Aboriginal language can be traced back to a time when Australia and New Guinea were one (Image: Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water) Aboriginal languages may be much older than people think, argues a linguistic anthropologist who says they originated as far back as the end of the last ice age around 13,000 years ago. This challenges existing thinking, which suggests Aboriginal languages developed from a proto-language that spread through Australia 5000 to 6000 years ago....
  • PM's floating fighter jet plan quietly sunk by Defence (Australia)

    07/07/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Financial Review, Australia ^ | Jul 7 2015 | John Kerin
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defence white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly. Mr Abbott asked defence planners in May last year to examine the possibility of putting up to 12 of the short-take-off and vertical-landing F-35 Bs on to the two ships – the largest in the Navy – which carry helicopters and are likely to be primarily used to transport troops and equipment to war...
  • Border Force: what is it, and why do we need it? (Australia's new border security agency)

    07/06/2015 5:22:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th July 2015
    AUSTRALIANS leaving for holidays at the weekend will have noticed new signage at airport departure terminals announcing a new force watching us. Even the plastic tape marking queue lines to official counters proclaimed this new instrument of regulation and policing: Border Force. However, few of those travellers would have noticed anything else different, even though this agency is one of the most powerful in the country and one of the most important politically for the Abbott Government. It is another element of its promise to voters to “stop the boats”. The new body essentially combined the frontline functions of Customs...
  • Most support child over (homosexual) rights: poll

    07/01/2015 8:09:03 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 24 replies
    AU.News.Yahoo.com ^ | 6/25/2015 | None given
    Australians support the right of a child to have a mother and a father over the rights of homosexuals to get married, opinion poll shows
  • Riot breaks out at Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall (Australia - cigarette ban)

    06/29/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th June 2015 | ANTHONY DOWSLEY, REBEKAH CAVANAGH
    A RIOT has broken out at the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall in Melbourne’s west. The riot comes as a smoking ban was enforced today. Men in balaclavas carrying weapons have taken to yards and firefighters are en route to the high security prison to put out small blazes. Prison staff have been evacuated. It’s understood the nearby Port Phillip Prison has also been put into lockdown. CPSU acting secretary Catherine Davies said riots broke out at the jail after lunch. “There’s a riot going on right now,” she said. “All staff have been evacuated.” Ms Davies said she was...
  • Are we heading for an early election? (Australia)

    06/25/2015 7:43:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th June 2015 | Lillian Radulova
    On the surface, it appeared to be an innocent email offering Liberal MPs the opportunity to refresh stock photos of themselves with the Prime Minister ahead of the six-week winter break. But Peta Credlin's leaked message, sent out on Thursday, has begun whispers that an early election could be in the works. The Chief of Staff's email invited members and senators to update their photographs with the prime minister 'to use in local electorate materials'. Mr Abbott has left open a timeslot on Thursday afternoon for the happy snaps. 'Any MP wanting an updated photograph is welcome to drop around,'...
  • The One Number That Shows Why Jews Really Vote Liberal

    06/25/2015 6:04:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The debate over why Jews vote the way that they do is an old one, but it’s rarely backed by much data except the estimates of the Jewish vote from the last election. There is, however, one piece of data that currently predicts the Jewish vote. It’s religious attendance. 60 percent of Jews that attend weekly religious services disapprove of Obama. Only 34 percent approve. Among those who don’t attend religious services, approval of Obama stood at 58 percent to 38 percent. There are really two Jewish votes; the religious Jewish vote and the secular Jewish vote. ... When we...
  • PM says thanks to retiring navy ship (Australia)

    06/24/2015 10:58:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th June 2015
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has paid tribute to HMAS Tobruk, the navy's ageing amphibious supply ship who made her final voyage into Sydney Harbour on Thursday ahead of decommissioning. MR Abbott said after 34 years, Tobruk and her crew had served Australia with distinction, supporting a series of defence operations, most recently disaster relief in Vanuatu. "HMAS Tobruk has fulfilled her mission and a grateful nation says thank-you," he told parliament. Named after the World War II siege in which Australian troops played a heroic part, Tobruk was constructed at the Carrington shipyard in Newcastle and commissioned into the navy...
  • From US drug fugitive who faked his own death to Aussie croc hunter:

    06/23/2015 2:09:23 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 24th June 2015 | Tina Brodal
    A well-respected Queensland tourism operator who died in a car crash last month, has been revealed as an American drug smuggler who faked his own death more than 40 years ago to escape US police. Dennis 'Lee' Lafferty was an admired Crocodile cruise operator in Daintree, northern Queensland, deeply mourned by the community after dying in a car accident in May. But US newspaper The Tampa Bay can reveal that Mr Lafferty's real name was in fact Raymond Grady Stansel Jr, an alleged drug smuggler who reportedly died in a scuba diving accident in 1974. 'Our challenge was to make...
  • Australian schools are becoming too ‘kumbaya’ with progressive, new-age fads

    06/22/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 20th June 2015 | TAYLOR AUERBACH & BRUCE McDOUGALL
    THE two chairs of the government’s review into the national curriculum fear our schools are becoming too “kumbaya” and overrun with “progressive, new-age fads” that are hurting our children. Australia is sliding behind a number of countries in education standards including Singapore, South Korea, Finland and Hong Kong — a development which Professor Ken Wiltshire and Doctor Kevin Donnelly’s report blames on the fact students have been handed autonomy in the classroom and that wishy-washy ideals like “child-guided learning” and “collaborative negotiated goal-setting” are overtaking the traditional model of teachers imparting knowledge. ..... Professor Wiltshire said he was dismayed by...
  • An Australian comic on what U.S. gun laws look like to the rest of the world

    06/21/2015 9:08:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ana Swanson
    "I'm going to talk about something now that sort of splits the crowd a little bit," Australian comedian Jim Jeffries says. "Gun control." "Don't get excited," he continues, "because the other people have guns!" "Shhhhh." In this hilarious act, Jeffries says he believes in the right of Americans to have gun, but seems skeptical of the argument -- often made by gun rights activists often claim -- that Americans need guns for their own security. "In Australia we had guns, right up until 1996. In 1996 Australia had the biggest massacre on earth. Still hasn't been beaten," Jeffries says. "Now...
  • Jim Crow Hill near Mansfield has named removed after it was deemed racially derogatory (Australia)

    06/20/2015 9:05:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 20th June 2015 | Andrew Jefferson
    A VICTORIAN council has been ridiculed for removing the name of a hill called after an early stockman whose name was deemed racially ­derogatory. The Office of Geographic Names ordered Mansfield Council to remove or change the name of Jim Crow Hill. It said Jim Crow refers to an 1828 US minstrel show song Jump Jim Crow, where a white man blackened his face to ­resemble a poor Negro. It claimed the term has been widely used in Australia to disparage black people. But locals are angry at the decision, claiming Jim Crow was an early stockman who had a...
  • Gun licence discrimination claim by (man with strange name) dismissed by VCAT

    06/17/2015 4:14:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Knox Leader ^ | 18th June 2015
    A MAN who maintained Knox Police wouldn’t give him a gun licence because of his unusual name — Justice Neville Abolish Child Support and Family Court — has had his discrimination claim dismissed. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Judge Marilyn Harbison, on handing down her decision, said the police rejected the man’s application because he did not use his birth name of Neville Brewer, and would have investigated just as closely if someone using the name of “Mickey Mouse” had applied for a gun licence. Mr Brewer, who changed his name legally to Justice Neville Abolish Child Support and Family...
  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • (Australian Prime Minister Tony) Abbott greeted with reverential silence

    06/16/2015 7:00:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th June 2015
    TONY Abbott has momentarily put aside political slogans about boats and trousering for something more reverent. THE prime minister was preaching to the converted at the inaugural interfaith parliamentary prayer breakfast in Canberra on Wednesday, telling a room of religious leaders and other politicians that believing in something greater than ourselves made us better people. ..... Harking back to his seminary days as a trainee priest, Mr Abbott said faith was all people had in their most difficult times. "Faith doesn't make us good but by God it makes us better," he said. "There is a judge over us who...
  • Staring death in the face: (incredible potrait photos of New Zealand gang members)

    06/11/2015 7:33:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th June 2015 | Nelson Groom
    It is New Zealand's most notorious gang whose members operate in a criminal world of violence that is usually shut off to the outside world. But one photographer managed to gain their trust - and in turn rare access - resulting in haunting images of some of the key members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob. Wellington-born Jono Rotman has spent nearly eight years, from 2007, embedded with the Mob, gaining a unique glimpse of their culture, customs and even a bloody clash with rival group the Black Power. Like most gangs, the Mob, who formed in Wellington and Hawkes Bay...
  • Mundine’s persuasive blow knocks out Pearson’s case (on Australian constitutional 'reform')

    06/11/2015 2:44:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    The Australian ^ | 11th June 2015 | Greg Sheridan
    Warren Mundine has made a magnificent and devastating intervention in the debate on a ­referendum for indigenous recognition in the Constitution. He has surely destroyed any prospect of the Noel Pearson model of constitutional change getting approved. In describing Pearson’s proposal for a separate declaration on indigenous recognition, as well as the creation within the Constitution of a special indigenous body that must be consulted on all legislation that affects indigenous people, as the most radical ever proposed for a referendum, as very dangerous and as entering bizarre territory, Mundine has surely ensured this option is dead. I write these...
  • Australia Contends with Potential Wave of Disillusioned Former ISIS Members

    06/09/2015 2:54:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 6/8/15 | MARY CHASTAIN
    In 2014, thousands of Westerners traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as the terrorist group expands its caliphate. But now some are realizing the life of a jihadist is not nearly as grand as advertised, forcing Western countries to contend with the mass return of citizens with ties to the terrorist group.The topic is extremely controversial in Australia, especially after the wife of Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf announced she wants to come home with her five children. David Sharma, Australia’s ambassador to Israel, spoke with i24news about a possible new law that “would revoke the...