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I have never encountered so pathetic a leader as Turnbull. But bad leaders cannot operate without weak followers. Jim Molan is not a weak man. But he's keeping very, very bad company. Too many of our Canberra crew have succumbed to the "Disunity is Death" mantra. The Labor Party lives...
It'd be hilarious if it was just a joke. Don't get me wrong - it's a joke. But it's not just a joke. It's also real. The AFL has actually done it. TV host Waleed Aly has been hand-picked by the AFL to consult on proposed rule changes: >> https://t.co/hU9vC51d9q...
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Muellers office filed a sentencing memorandum in its pending criminal case against former Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI, is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
In the sentencing memorandum, Muellers team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos criminal offense and suggested Papadopoulos lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission and proves the FBI is either incompetent, or incompetent at lying.
Before we get to why, a quick refresher. In early March 2016, Papadopoulos learned he would serve as a foreign policy advisor for the Trump presidential campaign. Later that month, Papadopoulos met a professor while traveling in Italy, Joseph Mifsud.
According to court filings, Mifsud seemed uninterested in him until after Papadopoulos told the professor he was joining Trumps campaign team, at which point Mifsud took a great interest in Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos stated in the same filing that in late April, Mifsud, after purportedly returning from a trip to Moscow, told him the Russians had obtained dirt on then-candidate Clinton.
Papadopoulos reportedly repeated that claim to an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, in May over drinks in a London bar. Then, following the WikiLeaks release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, to investigate any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
From text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, we know one of the first things the FBI did after officially launching the probe into the Trump campaign was send Strzok and another trusted agent to London. Strzoks texts reveal he arrived in London on August 1 and flew back to the District of Columbia on August 3, following at least one meeting and several interviews, bringing with him a slew of documents.
Two-plus months later, the DOJ filed its first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for a court order to wiretap a different Trump campaign advisorCarter Page. (The DOJ recently released heavily redacted copies of the applications.) The FISA court issued its first surveillance order in October 2016, with renewals approved in early January, early...
China will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, Chinas Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.
Phiva said in a statement on Friday that after further reflection he believed the forum was not the proper platform to discuss Chinese debt, and that Pacific nations should each find their own solutions.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he noted Phivas statement of clarification and his positive appraisal of ties with China.
I would like to stress that China and Tonga are strategic partners of mutual respect and common development, Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.
China will continue to provide support and assistance to Tonga and other Pacific island countries in achieving sustainable development to the best of its ability, he added, without elaborating.
A recent Reuters analysis of the financial books of South Pacific island nations showed Chinas lending programs had gone from almost zero to more than $1.3 billion outstanding in a decade.
The debt burden of small economies with little earning power has stoked fears the region could fall into financial distress and become more susceptible to diplomatic pressure from China.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel
Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.
The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.
Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.
The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.
If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.
I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.
Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.
At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown....
Tighter rules for CFIUS are echoed in great scrutiny from Europe to Australia.
Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg
Doors are slamming shut in the developed world not just to Chinese investment in technology but potentially to a wave of acquisitions with a tech element, as diverse as smart heaters and robotic lawnmowers.
President Donald Trump last week signed an update to legislation for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. that broad...
At least three Black Honeyeaters (two males and one female) seen at about 8:40am near the middle of the Kingfisher circuit. Watched them for about 15min. They were mostly perched high up on dead branches, with intermittent hawking around the tops of trees.
21st Century Wire
The withdrawal of US coalition support for rebels in Syria, portrayed as a failure to achieve noble and humanitarian goals by Western governments and media, should rather be seen as an admission of guilt. The rescuing of violent militants and White Helmets from Southern Syria by Israeli forces actually marked the failure of the covert project to forcibly replace Syrias legitimate government with one of NATOs choice, regardless of the democratic will and lives of the Syrian people.
Before we can ask what if? about the war on Syria, as Ramesh Thakur does in The Strategist, republished here on P&I, we need to understand what actually happened during the Western-sponsored seven-year long assault on the Syrian state, as seen from the perspective of those on the receiving end of this attack. Now that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are finally prevailing in their defence of the country and its citizens, it is also time for Western commentators to stop repeating the same vapid accusations against the Syrian President, and instead start making accusations against their own mis-leaders.
Rather it appears that many in the West are entrenching their opposition to the Syrian government at the same time as millions of Syrians are confirming their support for it, and the armies that have fought off their enemies chosen alternative.
Ramesh Thakurs partisan view on the Syrian civil war and the benign nature of the Wests intimate involvement in it is evidently shared by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and one would imagine by many of those in public office who act on its advice. The same innocence could not be assumed for ASPI sponsors, defence contractors Lockheed Martin and Thales who profit from that advice, nor presumably for Australian Intelligen...
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has disclosed that millions of dollars in savings could be generated by Australian firms once the exchange migrates from the existing Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) to a blockchain technology-based platform. Currently, it is estimated that the average fee that large investors are charged for clearing and settlement services
The post $23 Billion: Blockchain Pivot to Bring Big Savings for Australias Biggest Stock Exchange appeared first on CCN
August 2018 Bird Outing Report Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Sports Road Bli Bli.
Five or six birds feeding on (males defending) flowering Eremophila bignonifolia
The Sustainable Australia
Party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than
divide Australians: secure jobs, affordable housing, better
planning and a sustainable environment.
Related policies feature in the video.
In short, our party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide us: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.
We've featured these four issues in our new video:
One of the unique selling points of our party is a genuine sustainable population policy. First and foremost, rapid population growth is an environmental problem, but it also impacts on our ability to achieve secure jobs, affordable housing and better planning.
For example, without slowing population growth, desperately needed housing affordability policies around taxation, bank lending practices and overseas buyers are negated by continued rapid growth in domestic demand.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the mainstream media, our voice is drowned out by the extremes - pro-big Australia and anti-immigration forces. For a combination of commercial and ideological reasons, perhaps the mainstream media wants it that way.
Despite a series of uncontested pro-big Australia articles and opinion pieces in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, none of these publications will print an evidence-based opinion piece I offered rejecting big Australia on environmental and infrastructure grounds.
Getting around mainstream media barriers in order to reach voters is one reason why it is so important that you watch and share our latest video.
We need rational voices to rise above intolerant ones. The alternative is even more polarised political discourse. Suppression of moderate voices simply drives people into the arms of extreme parties.
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Most of the debate about housing is framed around the recent realisation that younger middle class people are now worried they may not be able to afford to buy their own houses, shock horror! Contrasted with this view is the story of what the poor (who have never had access to the property market) are faring.
This picture of me at a hackfest from a few years ago shows no sign of the difficulties I was (and still am) experiencing trying to make a living for myself after decades spent raising and educating a special needs child. I spent the weekend hacking for free for Random Hacks of Kindness in Sydneys swish Commonwealth Bank offices. At the time I had temporarily rented someones laundry. The room was still being used as a laundry, unfortunately, with people from the flat wandering in and out at will to do their washing while I tried to sleep, work or relax.Random Hacks of Kindness team working on open data site for Ocius Chief Exec Robert Dane
Unless youre unlucky enough to be really struggling with housing you may not be aware of the ways the housing market is straining to deal with record demands now placed on it. You may think this picture below is some kind of joke but its just the extreme end of the overcrowding and exploitation of vulnerable renters that is is going on nation-wide.
The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre maintains a list of what it calls low cost housing, that is, properties that rent for under $250 a week or 100% of what Newstart recipients receive. One day when Im rich enough, I hope to be able to afford their low cost housing options!
For cheaper accommodations, a quick search on Gumtree shows a large number...
From the Where Are They Now files. Julie - Wyatt will be PM. Monday, 04 July 2016 This is a rare document from the dawn of the Innovation Age, circa September 2015. Wyatt Roy's qualifications seem to arise from knocking back Bundie and Cokes at Harbourside Mansion. Here's the Courier...
Although an undisclosed source suggested he's more your spirit on Prospero's island type. Ariel in fact! PS - I bow to our readers vastly superior knowledge of the Shakespearean oeuvre - this from CK OK! " Ariel is Prospero's eyes and ears throughout the play, using his magical abilities to...
The hype surrounding the unprecedented sanctions levelled against Moscow for its alleged involvement in the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury has once again highlighted the importance of diversifying Russias external economic and commercial ties.
The Russian Federations trade dynamics in the Middle Eastern region are, therefore, noteworthy in these conditions. In 2017, its foreign trade turnover increased three times on account of its food sector. For example, almost half of the wheat purchased by Egypt, a highly populous Arabic country, comes from Russia. In 2017, the nation imported $1.4 billion worth of Russian wheat.
The same year, Russias foreign trade volumes to other countries such as Syria, Sudan, Kuwait and Tunisia rose two-fold, and trade with Saudi Arabia increased three times. The quantity of Russian food products sold to the United Arab Emirates soared by 150 percent, 80 % of these supplies are accounted for by grain.
Local media outlets have been reporting on these numbers under headlines such as Wheat is Russias weapon in the Middle East and Africa, Russias growing influence on Middle Eastern wheat markets, etc.
This contrasts with the situation of not too long ago. In 1970s and 1980s, when cooperation levels between the Soviet Union and Arabic nations were at their peak, Moscow could not meet its partners demands for grain. Russia itself bought increasing volumes of grain from Australia and Canada, which depleted its foreign reserves.
But the dependence of Arabic nations on food purchases, first and foremost on those of grain, from Western countries limited their freedom to act. For instance, at that time, three out of four pieces of flatbread in Egypt were baked using the flour supplied by the US at subsidized rates. This was used as a means of influencing Cairos policies in Cold War times.
At that time, the term food security entered the political lingo in the region. Fearing blackmail in this regard, Arabs proposed an initiative to turn Sudan, with its vast uncultivated lands and abundant precipitation, into a food basket for the region, with participation of the Persian Gulf nations. But this plan never came to fruition for various reasons.
In the last decades, Saudi Arabia produced enough wheat to meet its own demands, bu...
PS - I think Mr Finger On Nose guy in the freeze frame gets it!
Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more
The strength of State of the Union lies in its multifaceted representation of the labour movement with consideration to gender, immigration and globalisation. In the current post-Brexit post-Trump climate, where these issues are often polarised against the white working class, this exhibition highlights instances where theyve aligned.
An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout.
The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.
This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.
I've seen their ABC commit some low acts in their push to "legitimise" refugees and show that "refugees" come from all walks of life. Their bullshit about RAN sailors torturing illegal boat people springs to mind, along with countless stories promoting the purported suffering of Manus Island and Nauru detainees....
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Some men are shy. Some men are weak. Some men are strong. Some men are fearless.
Meet South Australian Andrew McIntyre fearless.
As we will see, Andrew, who is now 64, has tried exhaustively to tell anyone who would listen that he knows who killed the Beaumont children, and why. The jig is now up. His story can be denied no more.
By the greatest of luck thank you, Parliament; thank you, Letters Patent from the Queen Australia has had four-years worth of hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. That commission was a priceless exercise. Its main result is that THE HABIT OF LYING IS EXPOSED.
I hereby declare it is no longer possible to use platitudes, spin, gobbledygook and other means of hiding fact...
MELBOURNE, AAP Victorians who swap their old hot water system for a solar one can get a $1,000 rebate under a $60 million program.
The 10-year program starts immediately, premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday at solar hot water manufacturer Rinnai at Braeside.
It follows on from his Sunday announcement that a re-elected Labor government would pay for 650,000 homes to get solar panels under a $1.24 billion plan where owner-occupiers would repay half the cost through their bill savings.
Were putting solar panels and hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills, Mr Andrews said in a statement.
The government predicts the systems will save households between $160 to $400 a year in electricity bills.
The rebate is available to households with a combined income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued up to $3 million.
Houses can take part in the half price solar panels program or the $1,000 hot water rebate, but not both.
The rebate has been created so houses who cannot get solar panels because of roof design or shade can still get a reduction in energy bills, the government says.
What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?
Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.
Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.
The governments debacle over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been described in some quarters as an example of the prime ministers inept leadership. If only it was so simple.
Malcolm Turnbulls headache exists because the factions most intent on absolute market liberalisation and big brother style politics, not only continue to have a stranglehold on the Liberal and National parties. They are tightening it.
As their captive and the resulting internal battle, the government is once again caught in a paralysis, where policy transforms into inaction. The most reactionary elements within the parties and fitting.
Although he is part of it, this is not just a Tony Abbott thing.
Speculation about the continuing survival of the prime minister as leader has risen again. His enemies are showing that they might be prepared to cross the floor and vote down the NEG. Through their opposition to the latest modest change, shifting the control over the emissions target from the policy to the minister, they have hung out Malcolm Turnbulls essential weakness for all to see. He is plating into their hands. The reactionaries are also announcing a determination to keep on being the champions of the fossil fuel industry.
At the very least, the way he has handled the affair, has ensured that Malcolm Turnbull has made his own contribution to the governments instability. He is a dead man walking.
There is no room for sentimentality in this vision. Government provision of welfare and other services that even out opportunities to an extent, have no place in this, and must be done away with as far as possible.
They see their rivals in the Liberal and National parties as a barrier against achieving this, and standing for unwarranted government interference in what should be a free cho...
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy.
The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.
Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes.
But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished.
Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come?
Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy.
Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country.
In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address....
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...
by Gil Hanrahan
The concerted campaign by the ABC against Senator Fraser Anning and federal MP Bob Katter over Muslim immigration has left the public broadcaster with egg all over its collective face.
According to an ABC poll held on August 15, in an attempt by the left wing of the ABC to further subvert Katter and Anning, 75 per cent of 38,400 respondents said Anning should not apologise for his speech.
Significantly the poll was taken in the south east corner of Queensland, taking in Brisbane.
All the usual detractors from the Liberal, Labor and Greens have been left floundering in the wake of Annings dialogue which the majority of Australians were waiting for a politician to air.
Another similar poll, according to KAP staffers, shows 98 per cent support for Annings speech.
Cairns Liberal politician Warren Entsch, known locally as the father of the gay marriage debacle, was critical of Katter exposing the flaws in the Liberal immigration policy.
Entsch described Katte...
Extractive industries are worried their rape of PNG might be about to come to an end.
They pay the government less than 2% of revenue, K400 million from exports of K25 billion in 2017; but they dont want to have to pay a single toea more!
Post Courier | August 19, 2018
The PNG Chamber of Mines and
Petroleum continues to encourage government to undertake an
independent review of the proposed amendments to the Mining Act
The chamber maintained that this was
to ensure full understanding of the economic implications of the
revised Act on the economy of the country.
President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Gerea Aopi said stable government policies and favorable investment climate are critical for future growth in the PNG resource sector, and that the proposed changes to the Mining Act would undermine PNGs i...
18 August 2018 In the wake of
yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge
to Adanis ILUA, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional
Owners say yesterdays judgement merely
confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right
as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent,
which is at the heart of their action.
Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and
W&J cultural leader says:
We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out
extinguishing our native title in any part of our land.
Once native title is gone, it is gone forever.
It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani.
If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money,
or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land.
They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense,
based on discriminatory laws.
The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and
in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title.
Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next.
Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect
the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners?
We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land,
and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent,
or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country.
They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care.
They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done.
Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says:
While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied
by this judgement
and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court.
We know the Queensland Government has no
obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani.
They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted.
We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a
within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision.
Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction.
We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging
project on our land.
No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground
to defend and prote...
I first published this piece in May 2016. I think it's important today as the Liberal Party looks to the future. The punters guide to Malcolm Turnbull's form in leading the nation Sunday, 01 May 2016 A few days ago I was chatting with a good mate who talks a...
by Alex Bruce
On-the-ground reports from California are surreal. Its hard to know what to make of them from 3,000 miles away and especially in light of the undeniable correspondences between images we see here and images seen around Ground Zero in Dr Judy Woods book, Where Did the Towers Go? where she outlined her hypothesis that Directed Energy Weapons were involved with the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers. This is also what some people are alleging has occurred to cause the wildfires in California.
A subscriber sent me this video with the message, I personally went to Santa Rosa and saw all the devastation and spoke to at least 20 construction workers onsite. I asked them if there were any anomalies regarding the fires and several said that theyd never seen steel melt, aluminum engine blocks melting, with molten aluminum running into the gutters and that almost all the trees and landscaping were still there.
The video is from APlaneTruth.Info, who has been on a relentless tear, uploading videos and commentary about the Santa Rosa fires, non-stop. The photos show many anomalies but the ones that really give me pause are of the toasted cars. Im immediately reminded of the work of...
With talk this morning of a possible leadership challenge to the Prime Minister by Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, Ben Eltham reviews what landed the coalition in trouble in the first place.
Covering federal politics is never the most uplifting of tasks, but the past month has been something else again.
The dog days of winter have revealed a splintering Australian polity and an alarming resurgence of overt racism, a Liberal government that has all but exhausted any claim to the moniker of liberal, policy stasis bordering on dereliction of national duty, and a rightwards drift of conservative thought that should concern all thinking Australians, especially those who identify as conservatives.
I could talk about the racism about the neo-Nazi on national television, or the Senator flourishing a reference to the Final Solution in a maiden speech and in an accompanying article, I will.
But in this article, I want to talk about policy, because there seems to be less and less media coverage of the substance of policy these days. Thats a problem, obviously, because policy is important. Policy is the sum of the things that the government is doing, in many cases to ordinary citizens.
Despite all outward indications, the Turnbull government is still actually making policy.
My Health Debacle
Explaining the My Health Record disaster in detail would require a Senate Inquiry,...
(Natural News) Chewing mints may not be the solution to your bad breath. It can actually make it worse. This claim was made by Australian-based dentist James Buchan...
This video from the USA says about itself:
1000+ Reports Of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Priests In PA | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC
15 August 2018
A bombshell Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania reveals a shocking level of abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by Shaun Dougherty, a Catholic sexual abuse survivor, and Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing six victims from this Pennsylvania case to discuss this two-year long investigation and the churchs efforts to cover up the crimes.
The cardinal said this in an interview with the president of the Christian organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The conversation took place after it became known that thousands of children in the USA had been abused for years by some three hundred priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to him, the church is not to blame for the abuse, but it is acts that are...
It takes exquisitely well developed ineptitude to be losing to this.
This country is stuffed. .@senbmckenzie on the Paris Agreement: We made an international commitment and its one that wont affect our economy or jobs. It was a sound decision at the time and I havent reversed my perspective on that. MORE: https://t.co/MwDHdlRgwV #SpeersonSunday pic.twitter.com/jlve7NLY7N Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August...
This is Michelle Goldberg - MSNBC put her on the television to tell us Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world and President Trump would probably like to round people up and have them killed. One of her recent NY Time columns was headed: The Pragmatic Left Is...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.
R E S P I C T pic.twitter.com/d7ivNJD1xB Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) August 19, 2018
Lets consider Paraguay, a country that has traditionally been dominated by two parties, the Colorados and the Liberals. Ill make up a hypothetical set of facts, and you tell me the most plausible way to interpret this imaginary scenario:
1. Manuel Suarez of the Colorado Party is elected president.
2. Almost all Liberals view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
3. The leading Colorado intellectuals and pundits view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
4. Roughly 80% of former leaders of the Colorado party (who are now retired from politics) view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
5. Roughly 10% of current Colorado politicians criticize Suarez as if he were a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
6. In private, most Colorado politicians view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue, even while supporting him publicly in order to please their constituents.
7. Most Colorado voters do not view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. These voters support Suarez on virtually all issues, regardless of whether his views represent traditional Colorado positions.
Suppose you were a French, Australian or Egyptian political scientist, examining the political situation in Paraguay. You have no emotional tie to either the Colorados or the Liberals. You are examining the situation as dispassionately as one might study an ant farm. Which hypothesis would you regard as most plausible:
A. Suarez is a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
B. Suarez is not a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. Rather hes very much misunderstood by the elites in Asuncion, of both parties, who follow him most closely. Only his cult-like following among ordinary voters of one political party see him for what he is.
PS. AP had a good piece on how GOP politicians view the Trump cult. I almost broke out laughing when I read the concluding paragraph:
The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows, the former Ohio GOP chairman said. When it does end, its the job of a lot of us to make sure that the party is still populated by goo...
from the Australian Morning Mail
The Clintons and Turnbulls
One cant escape that the two families seem to like foundations, it has a cozy sound, one of philanthropy through the pure heart of a samaritaneven Mother Theresa like. Past Australian governments simply adored the Clinton Foundation to the tune of more than $400 million. Gillard is in there somewhere also. Perhaps foundation was the lure for Malcolm? The Great Barrier Reef Foundation sounds regaldont you think? The Clinton Foundation $400 million odd. The GBRF $444 millionnot too much and not too little. Gee, big Mal has a lot of good friendstoday. TomorrowI dunnow!
Malcolm Turnbulls office has confirmed that two of the directors of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation the recipient of a $444 million grant from his government awarded without tender may have been hosted at the Prime Ministers home by wife Lucy.
Source: News Corp
PM fends off Lucys links to $444m reef grant recipients
The Australian can reveal the head of the Great Barrier Reef Foundations philanthropy committee, Stephen Fitzgerald, a one-time head of Mr Turnbulls former investment bank Goldman Sachs, was on the board of the European Business Advisory Council at the same time as Mrs Turnbull.
Hey guys n girls. I'm helping out one of my technologically challenged gfs. She is a FIFO worker like myself, is currently using a prepaid sim with little to no data on her sim. She doesn't have home internet, but has just built a house in an NBN only area.
She only plans to use the internet every other week to watch Netflix at home in Cairns, but plans to use her phone at work in the mine which requires the Telstra network (only decent infrastructure in Moranbah). She wants to be able to FB video call her family and friends while away at work, but wants to do so when home on wifi =)
Since her new house has been built, she's probably looking at an initial infrastructure setup fee (Optic to home etc). I have had a pretty lazy look online myself... But was hoping someone in the Cairns area could help me out with this? She doesn't need high speeds or anything, just a consistant connection. She needs a home and mobile bundle. She's no CSGO player =P
Sonographs often used to determine sex of baby so the girls can be killed
It is a moment burned into the memory of a veteran sonographer.
A number of years ago, the sonographer was asked by a couple at their scan around 12 weeks to tell them the gender of their developing baby.
They said something along the lines of We need to know the sex, because if its a girl we are going to terminate it, they said.
You have to deal with things like terminal cancer and miscarriages when youre working as a sonographer. But this occasion, it still sickens me to this day.
Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender
New Australian research, revealed this month, has indicted that a group of parents could be aborting female babies because of a preference for sons. Its led to questions over whether it is necessary to provide parents with early information about the sex of their fetuses.
Already, many obstetricians and sonographers dont routinely provide gender information at the 12-week scan when people can still readily access abortion, largely because its not always accurate and there is rarely any medical purpose. Yet there is an unwillingness to follow in the path of China and India, where abortion of female foetuses is a well-identified problem, and there are bans on early gender reveals.
Advances in science and technology mean Australians are now able to find out the sex of their baby from as early as 10 weeks, via a blood test that also screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. Others may find out their babys sex during an ultrasound around the 12-week mark.
While ultrasound providers have different protocols on whether they reveal the gender of the baby at the first scan, its the stance of the Australasian Sonographers Association that they should play no part in the debate around gender selection.
The associations chief executive, Jodie Long, said if the sonographer was confident in being able to identify the gender, then they would provide that information if asked.
What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine, she said
The dry is pushing birds east. I saw 1,200 pink-eared ducks fly in and land on an unnamed lake near Gracemere.
This is Chloe and she has bravely shared her story in the hope that someone may recognise the offender who raped and assaulted her. We urge you to watch this and please share to bring Chloe justice. pic.twitter.com/nWSNkhRwSQ Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 18, 2018
Today on #WorldHumanitarianDay we recognise those on the front line of humanitarian efforts. This years theme is #NotATarget - Australia condemns those who target civilians and humanitarian workers in conflict pic.twitter.com/ki3Wm4D1CE Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) August 19, 2018
Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.
Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due to its lack of diplomatic status.
As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipeis 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, officials and business people there say.
There is an ongoing discussion about China weaponizing tourism, said Jeffrey Barabe, owner of Palau Central Hotel and Palau Carolines Resort in Koror. Some believe that the dollars were allowed to flow in and now they are pulling it back to try and get Palau to establish ties diplomatically.
In the commercial center of Koror, the Chinese pullback is obvious. Hotel blocks and restaurants stand empty, travel agencies are boarded and boats which take tourists to Palaus green, mushroom shaped Rock Islands are docked at the piers.
Prior to the ban, Chinese tourists accounted for about half the visitors to Palau. Of the 122,000 visitors in 2017, 55,000 were from China and 9,000 from Taiwan, official data showed.
Chinese investors had also gone on a buying frenzy, building hotels, opening businesses and securing large swathes of prime coastal real estate.
The decline since the ban was announced has been so sharp, charter airline Palau Pacific Airways announced in July it would terminate flights to China, four hours away, from the end of this month.
The Chinese government was putting an effort to slow or stop tourists going to Palau, said the Taiwanese-controlled airline, which has experienced a 50 percent fall in bookings since the China restrictions began.
China has previously used its tourism clout as a diplomatic tool, last year halting tours to South Korea after Seoul installed a controversial U.S. missile defense system.
Asked if designating Palau an illegal destination was a way....
Australias environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent. It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace. When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism. Few typify this more than Labors environment minister Senator Graham Richardsons efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests. To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green at least for a bit.
The Great Barrier Reef has not been exempt from the political tussles of a troubled environmental conscience. Its monumental size, and its status as an ecological wonder meant little in the late 1960s, when the appetite for development mattered most. In 1967, it seemed to be facing imminent destruction, another casualty of a predatory mining industry keen for new conquests. The state of Queensland had elected a National Party government hungry to exploit the environments wares.
As local tour operator Alistair Pike explained to the ABC, We had a fairly full-on development oriented government and mate, if they couldnt drill it, mine it, chop it down or whatever, they really didnt want to know about it. It took characters such as that feted rat bag of an activist, rogue of action and Mission Beach artist John Bsst to bring angered but focused attention on threats to bulldoze Ellison Reef. An impeccably connected person, he had the ear of Australian prime minister and fellow diver Harold Holt. A cast of characters were duly mobilised: the CSIRO forester Len Webb, and president of the Queensland Wildlife Society Judith Wright became enthusiastic and un-phased recruits.
In the Australian environmental conscience, this gorgeously freakish wonder of ecology has been seen in isolation, its problems a local provenance and interest rather than a global phenomenon of ailing. As the earth continues is warming push, earthbound, and very terrestrially unimaginative politicians have been attempting to treat the Reefs woes as separately resolvable from the broader challenges of climate change.
Little wonder, then, that a problem viewed in such limited terms could be duly remedied by donations without tender, lump sum payments without review. Narrowly viewed problems tend to lead to narrowly devised solutions. Such was the nature of the Turnbull governments $...
With apologies to Joe Hildebrand who hit the gibberer's nail on the head - more gibberish from the gibberer-in-chief - the lying, dissembling, disingenuous, conceited, unctuous, verbose bumpick who's temporarily Prime Minister. Blah di Blah di Blah - he's keeping more gas in Australia or something.
I have two SASR mates called Kevin - this is from one of them! You know who you are and thank you for your service men. "They are the best in the world" Well said Roger Hayden, US Seal Team Legend. Proud to have been trained, served and worked with...
I want to be clear up front. The Indonesian military command has apologised for this. But it happened and no one stopped it. The children had prepared for Merdeka - Indonesia's Independence Day, 18 August 2018. The 'uniforms' and props were already stored in the kindergarten. This is East Java,...
From Senator Fraser Anning today: ABC News and ABC Brisbane did recent polls with 65,000 and 38,400 people voting respectively. The overwhelming majority of people (60% and 75%) agreed that I have nothing to apologise for in my recent speech which called for an immigration plebiscite. I think the Canberra...
MEDIA RELEASE 18 August 2018 Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani ~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab ~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title ~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title ~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent ~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent, which is at the heart of their action. Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and W&J cultural leader says: We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws. The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and yesterdays ruling in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title. Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next. Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners? We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land, and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent, or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country. They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care. They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done. Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says: While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied by this judgement and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court. We know the Queensland Government has no obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani. They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted. We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a conservative judgement within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision. Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction. We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging project on our land. No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground to defend and protect Wangan a...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Being a crime reporter is not my job, but in the last month three separate people in South Australia came to me asking me to tell their stories. I am now going to act as reporter for one of them, Rachel McIntyre.
I also wish to announce that the avalanche is now happening. The silly little cabal overplayed its hand bigtime and the world of its members is crashing down on them. They believed it was suffici...
Two male Brown Songlarks at Korman Road Dohles Rocks this morning on the claypan. Terrible record shot attached before my camera battery died. Also a fly through Pallid Cuckoo. A few drier country birds around Brisbane at the moment. Hopefully going to be a good spring...
BBC World took the hes such a good guy narrative to the next level yesterday by describing Chris Watts as an amazing hubby in the headline of a story about him being charged with murdering his pregnant wife Shannen and two daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.
The headline was changed after an instant twitter backlash, but nothing is ever gone from the internet. Changing a headline because your readers react with disgust is a step in the right direction, but you still have to wonder about the process that led to someone writing the headline, subbing it, editing it and posting it on twitter when no one in that process either noticed or mentioned that maybe this was not an accurate description of a man charged with murdering his wife and two children.
The amazing hubby quote came from Shanenn Watts social media posts about her husband. Maybe if you wanted to put the best possible interpretation on the original headline, you might wonder if the BBC was attempting to show that men who appear to be loving husbands and good guys can still wind up on a murder charge. But the Good Guy narrative is far too common, its almost embedded into media reporting on men who kill their families although, of course, it never almost applies to men of colour or to men who kill women they dont know.
In 2012, then Australian Press Council Chair David Weisbrot spoke about the Good Guy reporting on men who kill their partners and children:
Its pretty irrelevant to the story, and you would never include information like that in a story about an alleged armed robber, or an alleged terrorist. Yet there is that tradition in a lot of family violence coverage.
It will be up to the court to determine Watts guilt or innocence but in the meantime journalists should be past the point where they need to create a sympathetic portrait of him on the day he was charged with murder.
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BARCELONA A letter from the former vice-chancellor of Papua New Guinea's University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) in Rabaul has said senior staff urged him to leave PNG for his own safety after a scurrilous attempt had been made to level trumped up criminal charges against him.
A member of UNRE staff has provided PNG Attitude with a letter to the universitys council which explains to its members exactly why Professor John Warren left hurriedly and without formal ceremony this month, the experience of former University of Technology vice-chancellor Dr Albert Schram fresh in his mind.
Earlier this year, there were attempts to detain Dr Schram in PNG as an act of vengeance following his identification of corrupt practices at Unitech. Dr Schram was later able to leave the country when he realised a conspiracy against him was beginning to take shape and was able to regain his passport and return to Italy.
In his letter to the university council, Prof Warren says he hopes it will clarify the circumstances surrounding the events that led to his sudden departure which occurred after the UNRE chancellor Kenneth Sumbuk accused him of spreading rumours that he (Sumbuk) wanted to take over the university.
LEE DUFFIELD | Pacific Media Centre
When host country Nauru banned pool broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, from the Pacific Islands summit set for next month, the act was condemned widely as an attack on freedom of the media. Lee Duffield recently paid a visit to Dan McGarry, media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead in declaring his outlet would no longer attend.
AUCKLAND -The Vanuatu-based journalist who pulled the plug on the Nauru government for interfering with media freedom was having a typical full day at the office and elsewhere around Port Vila.
Time was being taken up by the major event for his newspapers market, of a Chinese goodwill ship in port giving out free health care to thousands of citizens and a revival of trouble over the earthquake on Ambae Island.
He had joined prime minister Charlot Salwai on board the hospital ship, Peace Ark, together with Chinese rear-admiral Guan Bailin, recognising the visit as both a community happening and another part of Chinas highly active influence-building.
On Ambae, where thousands have had to be evacuated since the earthquake and volcanic eruption a year ago, talk of a need for fresh evacuations was being matched with criticism of government relief efforts by the Opposition.
Dan McGarry characterised this as a day in the life of a Pacific Islands journalist, something like the experience of a country journalist in Australia, where the audience, contacts, critics and personal friends are the same people.
Life is tough enough for many people in the small island states or big ocean states, as some like to say with limited development and economic opportunity.
Add in the deeds of political leaders across the region partial to power without much responsibility, standing on their dignity, adverse to free circulation of i...
Australian anti-war journalist Caitlin Johnstone was suspended from Twitter for several hours after a tweet blasting Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) as a warmonger and suggested that his death would make the world a better place. Johnstone, a self-described "bogan socialist" and critic of imperialism, had over 33,000 followers on Twitter when she got banned - apparently over a post criticizing McCain earlier this week. Being both vocally anti-Russian and a critic of President Donald Trump, McCain is a figure popular with both the NeverTrump conservatives and #Resistance liberals. The hawkish Republican has battled brain cancer for over a year. Johnstone's tweet said that McCain "devoted his entire political career to slaughtering as many human beings as possible at every opportunity." She then added that "the world will be improved when he finally dies." Comment: McCain is a warmongering psychopath and certainly won't be missed when he departs this planet for good.
The Autonomous Bougainville Government has sent its strongest
message yet that it is cracking down on corruption as part of
getting referendum ready.
Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau, in his six-month update to the people this week said corruption must stop now.
Four more Department Heads have been petitioned for allegations of serious misconduct, matters that are now subject to Independent Boards of Inquiry established under the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act, Mr Nobetau said.
Corruption is not only against the law. It is stealing from Bougainville it is selling out on our dream, our future, and the idea that we are destined for a higher level of behaviour.
The Chief Secretary said one of the biggest issues faced this year has been the uncovering of mass payroll fraud.
An independent audit by the National Departments of Personnel Management and Finance has now revealed our worst fears, Mr Nobetau said.
Bougainvillean public servants have been stealing from government and selling out Bougainville over many years claiming allowances they were not entitled to, paying salaries well in excess of their classification level, paying themselves and not turning up for work.
Mr Nobetau said the administration was standing shoulder to shoulder with the Minister for Public Service, who said the fraud was nothing short of theft.
With just nine months until Bougainvilles target referendum date and the need to demonstrate good governance to the international community, the Chief Secretary has made an impassioned plea to fellow public servants, politicians and the people.
I am committed to ensuring that the fraud squad investigates these matters and that where criminality is found, that individuals be held to account. Nobody is above the law. Nobody has the right to take what is not rightfully theirs. And nobody has to right to steal from law abiding Bougainvilleans. To do so brings shame to the person, to their family and Bougainville as whole.
I want to assure tax payers and proud Bougainvilleans that those responsible for this fraud will be held to account and that we will do better.
Changes had already been made to ensure the payroll fraud never happens again.
The good news is that our eyes are not closed and we will not look the other way. The majority are better than that, the majority want a brighter future for Bougainville.
I expect that in time both disciplinary and criminal charges will be made.
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