Month: September 2014

Police taking care to say that anti-terrorism operations were to do with criminality, not religion. Andrew Bolt isn’t taking the police line

Victoria police deputy commissioner Graham Ashton

Family of Abdul Numan Haider have been sent death threats, police say

Police condemn threats and say family of teenager shot dead by police in Melbourne must be ‘left alone to grieve’

There is increasing concern about a backlash against Muslim Australians, with police taking care to say that anti-terrorism operations were to do with criminality, not religion. RacistIslamic leaders have also been upset at some media coverage of recent events.

The treasurer of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Eugenia Flynn, said the anti-Muslim incidents “run the gamut from verbal abuse on the street right through vandalising of property, vehicles and then to actual assaults, physical assaults.’

She said the council was encouraging people to report any incident to police.

100 police to arrest one man not bent on terror. Bolt’s Bog this morning hinted at ” not tiny or unrepresentative minority” He got it wrong again

As it happened: Man charged after FBI tip-off sparks anti-terrorism raids across Melbourne suburbs of Seabrook, Kealba, Flemington, Broadmeadows and Meadow Heights

Updated 34 minutes agoTue 30 Sep 2014, 2:58pm

A man has been charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation, after more than 100 police officers carried out raids across five Melbourne suburbs.

The Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police conducted seven search warrants in Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.

Following an FBI tip-off, a 23-year-old man was arrested at a Seabrook home and it will be alleged he paid for a US citizen to go and fight in Syria.

Police say they do not believe the man intended to carry out a terrorist attack on Australian soil.

Look back on how the day unfolded.

600 SAS are off to Iraq to train the Iraqi army. The same army of deserters that abandoned their US hardware to ISIS. They have no guaranteed loyalty to the state of Iraq other than$$. Is Abbott doing us any favours??

Tony Abbott is desperate to go to war, but what are the costs Veteran Australian diplomat Bruce Haigh says

The so called Islamic State is a marauding force of Sunni adherents with an ambitious and opportunistic agenda. It seeks to fill the political and military vacuum brought about by the first American invasion of Iraq.  Acquiring power behind the shield of religion is its modus operandi.

Commonsense and compassion dictates that the rampaging rebels must be halted and contained. They must be stopped from beheading western hostages, abducting and raping women and executing prisoners of war. But who is it that should stop them?

This is not Australia’s fight.Australia is not threatened in the way Iraq and neighbouring states might feel threatened.This is a fight for a broad coalition of Arab states. In the absence of this why should Australia step up?

Abbott is approaching military involvement as a religious crusade. He has said that anyone fighting for the rebels is against God and religion. The Attorney General, George Brandis, appears to be on the same hymn sheet, describing the “mission” as humanitarian with military elements. They describe the rebels as evil.The original Crusaders saw their missions as an act of love, righting the wrongs of Islamic occupation of the Holy Lands.

As with American entry to the war in Vietnam, this current undertaking is bereft of strategic thinking and planning. There is a forward rush based on emotional footage and commentary.Abbott and his followers are banging an urgent military tattoo, in order to drown out dissent and numb clear thought.

In building the case for war in Vietnam, media outlets in 1963 were swamped with images of village headmen decapitated, hung and disembowelled by the Viet Cong. Emotion and fear was exploited.

The slogan of the time was that it was better to fight Communism in Vietnam than at home. Abbott’s better to fight the Jihadists in Iraq than Australia eerily echoes the propaganda from that earlier ill-judged and failed war. 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, 521 died and 3,000 were injured.

Nothing was achieved.

America fatally misread the political and social dynamics of Vietnam.Yet here is Abbott, a latter day lap dog, swallowing every grim U.S. ‘intelligent report’ on IS and Iraq, not factoring in the earlier failure of U.S. policy, which has led to the present imbroglio.

How exactly does Abbott believe the U.S. confrontation of IS will proceed to a more successful outcome than Vietnam, the first and second Iraq wars and Afghanistan?

We have gone to war with the IS in conjunction with the Iraqi military in order to support the government of Iraq, but what if the government in Iraq collapses and/or the  untrained and uncommitted Iraqi military fades into the desert? Will the ‘Coalition’ continue the war? Will they take over the instruments of the failed Iraqi state?If Vietnam is any guide, the answer is yes — and with predictable and catastrophic results.What if IS should have further success, gaining more ground and assets and, in the process, look and behave more like a functioning state to the point that a number ‒ perhaps a majority of Arab countries ‒ give recognition and trade with the new entity or state.What if they turn against the ‘Coalition’ on the basis that it comprises interfering infidels?

What if the Taliban in Afghanistan use the ruggedness and remoteness of the country to train IS and other fighters?

As the war drags on, or perhaps before even that situation is reached, will the Abbott government introduce a war levy (tax) and re-introduce selective conscription, for what is likely to become an unpopular war? To top off Abbott’s silly and alarming sabre rattling, we have heard little from the immature government he leads regarding the far greater threat to the world posed by the Ebola plague.

Bruce Haigh is a political commentator, conscript and retired diplomat, who served in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

George Brandis famous words in an attempt to change the Bolt Law were ‘even Bigots had the right to be Bigots’ except Muslims it seems

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis.

Our values define us not our race or religion

When Muslims are threatened and mosques defaced NSW Commissioner  sees it as bigotry that requires no extra effort by police. When a 14-year-old Muslim boy yells abuse and waves a black flag it’s a hate crime. A concerted effort is made and arrests follow.

Date
September 30, 2014 – 12:00AM
Tim Soutphommasane
Political philosopher and regular columnist

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We must  be vigilant on more than one front. We must be united in countering terror. We must not allow fear and suspicion to triumph.Nothing would please ISIL extremists more than to see Muslim Australians being alienated or ostracised. Were this to happen, ISIL’s job becomes easier – it would help them recruit disaffected Muslims to their heinous cause.
At the same time, there are xenophobic factions that see an opportunity to spread their messages of hate. Muslim communities have reported an increase in hate attacks. There has been abuse of Muslims on streets and graffiti on mosques. There have been violent threats: last week a man armed with a knife entered an Islamic college in south-west Sydney.Anti-Muslim bigotry is now contaminating community harmony at large. For example, Sikh Australians say they are becoming targets of racial abuse because people are linking turbans to terrorism.

Bigotry has no place in our society. There is no right to be a bigot. Every person in Australia should be free to live without being subjected to harassment or humiliation. As a liberal democracy we uphold the freedom to practise your religion.

Indeed, while a small number subscribe to their abhorrent ideology, the overwhelming majority of Muslim Australians do not.Why would they support a group whose actions are certain to make their life more difficult?

Earlier this month in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba I attended a community barbecue organised by Lebanese community leader Dr Jamal Rifi. Thousands from the community attended under the banner of “Muslims Love Australia”. They are evidently patriotic.The patriotism I saw in Lakemba was a particular kind. It’s the patriotism of migrants, a love of country that comes not from ancestry but from citizenship.

Such patriotism is typically a pride that lies within. But it’s the right kind of pride for a multicultural Australia – a modern Australia that has been built on immigration. We are a country that is today defined by our values, and not by race or religion.

Everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable in their own skin. Everyone should enjoy the right to express their heritage or practise their faith. Where religion or culture clashes with any of these things, the demands of citizenship must prevail. Our civic identity is paramount.

 “I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.”

Most of all, we must remember that national security can never be divorced from cultural harmony and social cohesion. And we are always better placed to combat threats when we are united rather than divided.

Tim Soutphommasane is Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/our-values-define-us-not-our-race-or-religion-20140929-10ndch.html#ixzz3EkolO3lK

How can this government be serious about corporate revenue collection if 3000 senior ATO wereforced to take redundancy packages

Illustration: John Spooner.
Date
September 30, 2014 – 12:15AM

After the G20 Corporations will go on their merry way transfer-pricing and their big-swinging tax lawyers and accountants will keep ripping out huge fees for the most slippery advice on how to skive out of paying tax (while sanctimoniously preaching to government about tax reform and the finer points of budget management).

“Morale is down and 3000 of our most senior ATO staff have recently taken redundancy package,” said one former officer. “There was also an absurd clear out of senior transfer pricing staff about two years ago, so there is very little likelihood of the ATO ‘manning-up’ on multinationals any time soon. Corporate lobbyists smuggly tell us is such a minimal issue amongst the top 200 companies.

“The big firms can afford to attract the best brains while the ATO has to get by on a few well-meaning but outgunned do-gooders,”

The sources grumbles that the focus in the ATO is now to to “facilitate business”.

“The general impression among senior ATO officers is that we are supposed to give the big firms what they want and to usher the revenue out the door. The News decision is symptomatic of that and a lot of staff were pissed we caved on that case.”

The source was referring to the decision by the ATO not to appeal a case against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. News, an infamous tax minimiser, won an $880 million rebate last year for a transaction which harked back to 1989.

If it had the political will, the government could enact laws right away to remove the secrecy around tax.

“Lack of transparency of settled disputes with multinationals can, in my opinion, promote questionable back-room tax deals, if not corruption … where litigation is discouraged, settlement encouraged, a ‘light touch’ approach promulgated and where the appointment of senior executive staff (SES) to positions in a handful of large, multinational-specialist, tax advisory firms, and vice versa, has increasingly become a revolving door,” the source said.

This secrecy plays directly into the hands of the corporations dodging tax, not to mention their advisers at the big four accounting firms and their tax lawyers.

The government could move to make the tax laws and regulation more transparent tomorrow and the corporate regulator could insist on companies publishing general purpose financial statements. The tools are there to bring in billions in tax, all that is needed is some fair dinkum government.

 

I know this is a 2007 case but has ASIO changed that much? They were doing this in 60s and 70s. Why do we belive they have changed?

Terror case thrown out

Terrorism charges against Izhar ul-Haque have been dropped.Terrorism charges against Izhar ul-Haque have been dropped.
Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Justice Michael Adams said one ASIO officer had committed the crime of false imprisonment and kidnap at common law

ASIO becoming unaccountable: watchdog

Tom Allard
November 12, 2007 – 2:19PM

A high profile terror case was abandoned before it got to trial today after a judge found that two ASIO officers had kidnapped and falsely imprisoned a young medical student, Izhar ul-Haque.

Mr ul-Haque’s lawyer, Adam Houda, later accused authorities of launching a politically motivated and “moronic prosecution” against his client.

In a scathing judgment, NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams found that two ASIO officers had broken the law in a deliberate attempt to coerce answers from Mr ul-Haque.

“I am satisfied that B15 and B16 [the ASIO officers] committed the criminal offences of false imprisonment and kidnapping at common law and also an offence under section 86 of the Crimes Act,” the judge said.

He said this misconduct meant subsequent police records of interview with Mr ul-Haque were inadmissible as evidence.

The judge’s findings forced the Crown to withdraw its case against Mr ul-Haque, just before a trial jury was to be empanelled.

Mr ul-Haque had faced charges of training with the Pakistan-based terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Toiba since April 2004.

He was accused of receiving weapons and combat training from the organisation during a visit to Pakistan in January and February 2003.

“This is reminiscent of Kafka,” Justice Adams said in a lengthy judgment in which he derided the misconduct of both ASIO and Australian Federal Police officers.

He detailed how ASIO officers had confronted Mr ul-Haque, forced him into a car and then taken him to a park where he was threatened with serious consequences if he did not co-operate fully.

Justice Adams said Mr ul-Haque rightly believed had no choice but to comply with all their demands.

The student was taken to his home where as many as 30 plain-clothes intelligence officers and police conducted a search while his family watched.

Mr ul-Haque was then interviewed again amid continuing threats against him, even though ASIO only had a search warrant.

It was a “gross breach of the powers given to the officers given under the warrant” Justice Adams said, adding later that at least one ASIO officer had broken the common law and legislative protections against false imprisonment.

He also heavily criticised two AFP officers who had demanded Mr ul-Haque become their informant against Faheem Lodhi, a Sydney architect who was found guilty last year of terrorism offences. That verdict is now subject to appeal.

The police officers also threatened Mr ul-Haque with adverse consequences if he didn’t comply.

However, Mr ul-Haque refused to wear a wire and to spy for the authorities, and was charged three months later with a single terrorism offence.

Justice Adams detailed evidence of how law enforcement authorities had told Mr ul-Haque all along they accepted that his brief training with Lashkar-e-Toiba was linked to the Indian presence in the disputed state of Kashmir and had nothing to do with Australia.

Mr ul-Haque declined to to comment to the waiting media after today’s case ended.

However, Mr Houda said his client had been unfairly persecuted.

“This has been a moronic prosecution,” Mr Houda said. “From the beginning, this was no more than a political show trial designed to justify the billions of dollars spent on counter-terrorism.”

What do you think?

Check out dis Anti-Rape Device. (Mahalo Cindy P.)

Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product for woman to fight back. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.”
Ehlers created a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed.
Some critics say this is a medieval punishment.

What do you think?

What no innuendo, no speculation by Bolt and the muckraking media? Abbott’s participation in the Coalition of Concern and it’s public amplification put a target on this man’s back which read AUSTRALIAN. He never made it home.

Syed Musawi, the Australian man tortured and killed in Afghanistan

  Australian Sayed Habib Musawi ‘tortured, killed by Taliban’

AUSTRALIAN officials are trying to confirm reports a dual citizen has been tortured and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The family of 56-year-old Sydney resident Sayed Habib Musawi have told the Guardian Australia his body was found on Tuesday with signs he was tortured before being killed.

The ABC reports Mr Musawi was was pulled off a bus by Taliban militants between Kabul and Ghazni province, where he was visiting family.

Reportedly tortured and killed by the Taliban … Sydney resident Sayed Habib Musawi. Source: Facebook

Ghazni’s deputy governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said Mr Musawi was targeted for being an Australian citizen.

“Of course the reason is that he was an Afghan-Australian,” Mr Ahmadi told the ABC’s AM program today.

“He didn’t do anything besides that – he didn’t do anything wrong, he wasn’t a criminal, he wasn’t involved in government activities.

Mr Musawi had lived in Australia since 2000. Source: Supplied

Mr Musawi had lived in Australia since 2000 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing his family with consular assistance. “The Australian Embassy in Kabul continues to seek to confirm reports an Australian-Afghan dual national has been killed in Afghanistan,” a department spokesman told AAP.

“The area where these events reportedly occurred is contested by the Taliban and it will be difficult to obtain definitive and official confirmation of the man’s death from the Afghanistan government.”

Mr Musawi’s 23-year-old son Nemat Musawi told ABC radio this morning that the family was “devastated”.

“It seems like it was all set up, because they just stopped the bus on the way to Ghazni and then they just went straight to my dad,” he said.

“Everyone has been in shock, it’s just unbelievable,” Mr Musawi’s daughter Kubra Musawi told the Guardian.“He’s an Australian citizen and yet nothing’s happened yet.

Ms Musawi, who lives in the Sydney suburb of Berala, says she wants DFAT to “find out how the Taliban knew how [her] dad was going back to Kabul”.

Habib’s destination … an aerial view of Ghazni, considered to be in one of the most volatile regions of Afghanistan. Picture: Shah Marai Source: AFP

“He wasn’t anything to do with the government there. They just wanted to stop him coming back to Australia. I don’t want anyone else to experience this. Every minute we think of my brother’s family who are still there, I can’t study or work because of the stress of it.”

Habib’s wife and youngest son, who lives in Melbourne, travelled to his funeral in Jaghori, where he was buried.

Afghanistan remains listed as a “do not travel” destination under Australian government advice to travellers.

Our shock-jock hate mongers like Andrew Bolt put a target on this woman’s back that cried Muslim. She never made it home either.

Isis ‘fanboys’ may now switch to attacks in UK, say terror experts. Abbott what does it take to get your attention???

Tag team wrestlers Vanstone & Bolt Ugly as should be masked and gagged. Bolt tagged her argument she failed to name or shame him.

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis.

Fanatics, not Muslims, are our enemy

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/fanatics-not-muslims-are-our-enemy-20140926-10mg5k.html#ixzz3EeUy2tXw

Amanda Vanstone reminds us how in history we stood shoulder to shoulder with Muslims during various wars. That’s well and good and she reminds us that non-Muslim Australians would do well to ensure that any criticism is focused not on Muslims generally but on fanatical Muslims. Equally, Muslim Australians need to be loud, strong and clear in their condemnation of the fanatics.

This is a time to show disdain for the shock-jocks and jingo-junkies who whip up rednecks with their rubbish. In doing so, we will remind ourselves of the best of Australia.

The problem is that the fanatic shock-jocks at home the real dividers of this country are right in front of us and Vanstone fails to name and them. Which makes her gutless and she should be ashamed as she has the platform and the voice but fails to use it. “Shame” was an Ingmar Bergman film done in 1968 during the Vietnam war. It is about a couple who try to isolate themselves from a civil war that is going on around them by moving away as far as possible but get caught up in it nevertheless. It was about guilt  the Vietnam war and not doing anything. Not doing anything is supporting the worst and we all stand accused.

“Men, women and children — familiar like mine — are being burnt and blasted to death in Vietnam and I have absolutely no idea what may be happening to me and the few people I love ten years, five years, two months from now. SHAME is central to the experience we are living now”

Vanstone’s article ends where it should have begun naming and shaming those agents of hate Newscorp  2GB  those that are glorifying this war that is so complex that it defies any of our political class to explain it other than the futile slogan of annhilating ISIL.

Bolt, Devine,Henderson,Rule Jones are cloned Fox News media puppets that give rise to the shadows that our security forces find so hard to realize. They more than anybody amplify the darkness the doom and gloom portrayed by our current government for the past 20 years. The LNP has grabbed hold of a chicken little approach to  politics and these fear mongers do their bidding in amplifying it. Vanstone fails to name them which is as good as letting them be.

Bolt’s article in the Herald Sun today is written as if he was forewarned of Vanstone’s commentary in The Age. It’s a joke the man who has accused Islam outright for every evil that currently exists. That Islam is a stain on the way we live today turns around and merely says it’s only a  fringe element we need to be careful of. Vanstone and Bolt today are like two tag team wrestlers. Bolt has even used Vanstone’s words to name his favorite punching bag the ABC for disseminating hatred. If Vanstone didn’t tell him what her Age article was going to be then Bolt must feel smug that somebody at SMH is his mole. Bolt’s attempt today wear the halo is about as effective as putting on make up, lipstick and a dress and telling us he’s had a gender change. Either way  he is an extremely ugly human being. He tagged Vanstone and tried a hypocritical, tongue in cheek body slam.

“We cannot afford any more these shock jocks of the ABC, these inciters of hate”

Wholesale bombing, the pretense that the bombs  only harm  ISIS  a media made enemy is a total denial of what those bombs actually do. The damage done is as much as was done in  the missiling of Gaza or the bombing and napalming of commies in North Vietnam. To go in on the ground and fight the mythical ISIS is just as futile ISIS will dissolve to rise again somewhere else. You can’t fight an enemy you can’t identify but an enemy that can clearly identify us. All you  do is commit wholesale indiscriminant slaughter. That will only grow sympathy for a political ideology that gave birth to ISIS. The history of stupidity has shown us this.

We need to shut down the warmongers those that give life to this myth. We need to win the hearts and minds of those on the ground who wish to fight it and can see who the enemy is. ASIO finds sweet FA it’s  Islamic Australia that’s our best line of defense now that we have decided to poke the hornet’s nest.  The Arab nation states our allies are more aware of this than anyone.  Do you think for one second anyone of them would syndicate  Bolt’s news commentary. History will shame and blame Bolt that is inevitable Vanstone won’t.

 

 

The usual culprits top the list again this year: Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, Frank Lowy’s Westfield and the host of real estate trusts listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

ATO needs to ‘man up’ on tax dodges

Date
September 29, 2014 – 7:12AM

The Age

The usual culprits top the list again this year: Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, Frank Lowy’s Westfield and the host of real estate trusts listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

These are our thoroughbreds of tax avoidance; the nation’s chief “leaners”, as opposed to its “lifters”, the ordinary tax-paying Australians, small businesses and big retailers who fork out their fair share.

Those singled out in for special mention in the latest report from the Tax Justice Network will scream blue murder that they obey the law, that they have a duty to their shareholders to minimise tax. This much may be true. The one simple thing about corporate tax though, despite its impenetrable complexity, is that every year in a company’s financial statements there is a number showing exactly how much has been paid.
The two biggest miners, BHP and Rio Tinto, were nominated for failing to disclose all but a fraction of their tax haven subsidiaries.

The two biggest miners, BHP and Rio Tinto, were nominated for failing to disclose all but a fraction of their tax haven subsidiaries.

Or in the case of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, how much it got back. This group has historically “leaked” very little in tax but last year it even won an $880 million rebate from the Australian Tax Office for a company restructure – where no money changed hands – back in 1989. It has now split into two entities, News Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox.

Fox, which led the pack for sheer numbers of tax haven subsidiaries, was also cited for the dubious honour of having the greatest negative impact on Australia’s tax base. With its effective tax rate of just one per cent – even before last year’s rebate – the Tax Justice Network estimates $1.6 billion in tax forgone.

Elsewhere, the word “aggressive” was used a number of times in respect of the tax practices of the world’s biggest shopping mall operator Westfield. Toll-road operator Transurban, Sydney Airport and many stapled trust structures spawned from the loins of the Macquarie Group were also among the nation’s top leaners.

They will argue it is up to their unit-holders, members in the trust that is, to pay income tax not them. Yet many of these are offshore or are trusts themselves which enjoy special tax relief.

The two biggest miners, BHP and Rio Tinto, were nominated for failing to disclose all but a fraction of their tax haven subsidiaries. These pay good deal more tax though than the third biggest miner, Glencore, whose coal holding company enjoyed an $8 million rebate last year.

The point is that while tax avoidance is rife among companies in the ASX Top 200, which are covered by the analysis, it is far worse among multinational companies who have their headquarters elsewhere.

 

The courage and the political will are not there yet. Public concern is on the rise, though. The result of concerted action is evident in the case of Macquarie, whose tricky tax structures once had it paying less than 10 per cent (the corporate tax rate is 30 per cent). Recently it has been paying 40 per cent, bringing in extra tax revenue of hundreds of millions of dollars – all thanks to the ATO manning up and having a crack.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/ato-needs-to-man-up-on-tax-dodges-20140928-10n7f7.html#ixzz3EeR7bSB9

30% of our largest companies pay less than.10c in the dollar corporate tax. We have a revenue problem not a spending problem

Global crackdown on tax havens fails to sway Australian companies

There would be no deficit Mr Hockey. If you collected what Mr Murdoch and others have been allowed to forego: Murdoch alone $1.5billion.

How is it that I paid 35% income tax and 30% company tax throughout my working life and the largest companies pay less than 10% and you call them lifters.?????

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Julie Bishop fails to mention that the $40mill Trade for Aid delivered to Cambodia has come from the pockets of the ABC abandoning our Pacific neighbours

Australia Network

Australia Network set to go off the air in the Asia and Pacific region after 40 years

All yours China

 

Posted 41 minutes agoSun 28 Sep 2014, 7:12pm

The Australia Network goes off the air from today after the Federal Government withdrew funding for the broadcaster earlier this year.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cut Australia’s international television service, which had broadcast content to 46 countries in the Asia and Pacific region including Solomon Islands, India, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, in the May budget.

The ABC was one year in to a ten-year contract to provide the service, which had a potential audience of 144 million people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told ABC’s Insiders this morning that the Government cut funding to the broadcaster because it did not believe it was meeting its contractual obligations.

However, an ABC spokesman said the number of viewers in the region had grown over the past 12 months.

“Australia Network met all of its contractual obligations and key performance indicators as set out in its contract with DFAT,” he said in a statement.

“During the first twelve months of the contract the network grew to with a potential an audience of 144 million in the Asia and Pacific region.

Australia Plus will also ensure big events from Australia including the Melbourne Cup, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race air in the region.

ABC could continue to deliver Australia Network: Bishop

Ms Bishop said the ABC’s failure to meet its obligations and the “corrupted tender process” which delivered the national broadcaster the contract had convinced the Government there were “much more creative” ways to promote Australia abroad.

$40 million to Cambodia on the condition they take our unwanted refugees is Bishop’s sub text for “much more creative” ways.

“So I’m looking at other alternatives where I think we can do it in a much more creative and positive way.”

“My question is whether under a soft power diplomacy contract… is that the best use of taxpayers money to project a positive image into the region?” she said.

What she failed to disclose that that the ABC delivered local news for the past 40 years to the small Pacific Nations it’s withdrawl due to the cuts has handed broadcasting to the Chinese. So much for the pivot of Asia and the delivery of “soft power diplomacy”

The Government will also save $43.5 million over four years from cuts to the base funding of the ABC and SBS.

 

What we have is of no useful purpose. A frenzy of supposition that has divided us.

 The Cold War, and Vietnam were ASIO’s hay day they lied and made things up then. There is no reason to believe they won’t do it again coupled with the media what chance do we have in this illusion of democracy.

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It should never have come to this

about recent incidents involving members of Australia’s Muslim communities. The media is not making any effort to minimise the hysteria that is developing.  To constantly speculate about aspects that have no foundation will cause great harm.

Publishing the wrong photo of the man who attacked two police officers in Melbourne’s South-East by the Fairfax media this week was disgraceful. The ramifications of such an error could have been enormous if any subsequent harm came to the innocent man concerned.

Prior to the 1990s, there was no issue in our country with Muslims. There may well have been an underlying, simmering degree of discontent in certain quarters.

dark sideThere are people among us who continually harbour a suspicion that those who are different and culturally unusual, are somehow a threat to our way of life.  Ignorance breeds contempt. Many in the community are already spooked enough.

A man paying too much attention to his iPad causes Sydney Airport’s Terminal 3 to go into lockdown. A Virgin Airlines low level fly over at the MCG on Saturday, caused an AFP officer to reach for his gun.

What has made our country so tolerant and so successful at peaceful integration in the past has much to do with our egalitarianism, the absence of a class structure and our layback approach.  Up until 1996, immigration was always managed on a bipartisan policy agreement.

It enabled a post-Vietnam War exodus of refugees to seek a safe haven here with not so much as a whimper of opposition. They came in their thousands and in a matter of a few years had established themselves as hard working, diligent members of society. It was just what we needed.Our already broad cosmopolitan make-up was richer for the experience.

hansonPrior to the 1996 election Pauline Hanson tapped a racial intensity of feeling in the electorate and won her seat even after the Liberal party disowned her.

When her One Nation Party had won over a large chunk of Liberal voters in a Queensland State election, that was the beginning of the end of immigration bipartisanship in Australian politics.

Just 5 years later, John Howard seized an opportunity to win an election with the Tampa incident by appealing to the same racially minded mentality. From that point on, to our national shame, the issue of immigration and management of refugees has become a game of political football.

But it wasn’t Asians that bore the brunt of this new degenerate attitude. Greatly assisted by our engagement in a falsely contrived war in Iraq, the fear of Muslims became a dark, festering disease covertly encouraged by certain sections of the media. Its nakedly, aggressive manner is a blight on a once welcoming nation and is covertly urged on by vested political interests.

morrisonIn 2011, Scott Morrison, as Opposition Immigration spokesman, “urged the shadow cabinet to capitalise on the electorate’s growing concerns about “Muslim immigration”, “Muslims in Australia” and the “inability” of Muslim migrants to integrate.”

And, we know the mindset of Scott Morrison. We also know the mindset of Cory Bernadi. Who else in government thinks this way? By their actions, or lack of them, we will know them. How can we possibly begin to reverse this attitude when government members are so vocal?

Democracy does not serve us well when elected representatives act in a manner that creates division. It is counterproductive. It may suit the interests of some but in the long term, everyone pays.

It has kept all other government folly off the radar

Islamophobia: Australia’s Newest National Sport

By Amy McQuire

The only Australians who should be feeling under threat right now are Muslims, the targets of hateful abuse and morally bankrupt politics. Amy McQuire explains.

Australia is one of the safest countries in the world. Until last week we didn’t particularly fear “terrorism” or war on home soil, because these horrible events are far removed from our daily reality, encased in 30-second soundbites we ignore over our dinners.

We’re more likely to fear bushfires and the holiday road death tolls along with our world-beating killer spiders, snakes, sharks and occasionally, crocodiles.

But we don’t fear these things regularly. We’re unlikely to come into contact with them on a daily basis. We do, however, come into contact with people. And if you live in western and north-western Sydney, where the majority of the “anti-terror” raids occurred last week, you are likely to run into *shock horror* a Muslim.

Last week, Australia woke to the front pages and shrill cries of breakfast radio and TV anchors acting as a government mouthpiece, trying to convince Australians that the war against the Islamic State, the militant Sunni group which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, had arrived on our shores.

And not just on our shores, like the “hordes of boat people” who apparently threaten the freedoms we enjoy, but also flourishing in our suburbs – near hospitals and schools and shopping centres.

Every day places so far from the dusty battle fields in the Middle East.

For most Australians, the information on IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL has been limited, filtered through sexed-up stories of “Jihadi war brides”, shocking images of beheadings and crucifixions and the sensationalist executions of three westerners – two journalists and an aid worker – filmed with all the suspense of a Hollywood drama.

The reality that nearly 60 Australians are estimated to have left the country to fight with IS forces has been abused constantly by the Abbott government to try and draw Australians into believing IS is a threat to the freedoms Australia has built off Aboriginal suffering and poverty for the past 200 years.

These events are undoubtedly shocking, but if your main source of information is the mainstream media, you’ve been sorely let down. There has been very little analysis on whether these threats are valid, and certainly no explanation of how it justifies an estimated $500 million a year “humanitarian” military intervention into a foreign country, and far-reaching, invasive laws which target one section of the Australian community.

Today, renowned American journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the Australian political class’ “unhinged, fear mongering orgy over terrorism”.

On the Abbott government’s concerning anti-terror laws he wrote:

“The Australian government wasted no time at all exploiting this event to demand ‘broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists.”

Even by the warped standards of the west’s 9/11 era liberty abridgments, these powers are extreme, including making it ‘a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits’.

“Already pending in that country is a proposal by the Attorney General to make it a criminal offense ‘punishable by five years in jail for ‘any person who disclosed information relating to ‘special intelligence operations’; the bill is clearly intended to outright criminalise WikiLeaks-and Snowden-type reporting and the government thus expressly refuses to exempt journalists.”

Greenwald criticises Abbott’s recent speech to Parliament as a “shameless” exploitation of terrorism fears to “seize greater power”.

“Abbott assumed the grave demeanor and resolute tone that politicians in these situations don to convince others that they’re the modern incarnation of Winston Churchill: purposeful, unyielding, and courageously ready for the fight. He depicted his fight as one of Pure Good v. Pure Evil, and vehemently denied that his nation’s 10-year support for the invasion and occupation of Iraq plays any role whatsoever in animosity toward his country in that region (perish the thought! – ‘It’s our acceptance that people can live and worship in the way they choose that bothers them, not our foreign policy’). And, most impressively, he just came right out and candidly acknowledged his real purpose: to exploit the emotions surrounding the terrorist arrests to erode liberty and increase state power, telling citizens that they will die if they do not meekly acquiesce.”

Sadly, just as all over the world, the greatest victims of “terrorism” have been Muslims themselves. How you define “terrorism” is up to you, but I would suggest the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians killed by western forces would count as victims as well, just as the innocent children of Gaza who are still recovering from a murderous assault by Israel earlier this year.

And the people who are most likely affected by Abbott’s response to this purported IS threat are Muslim Australians, who represent diverse ethnic groups across the country and yet are being targeted as one homogenous mass.

I attended the Lakemba rally held on the day of the shocking raids last week. The anger was clear, but the mood was solemn. A 12-year-old boy whose home was the subject of one of the raids spoke of his experience and was so obviously traumatised it raised the question of how the Abbott government can expect to placate a community who are so used to being targeted and ostracised by mainstream society, and whose hurt only continues to compound.

Since the raids, a torrent of hate has been unleashed towards Muslims across the country. Last week, a Muslim woman in Auburn awoke to find her car spray-painted with anti-Muslim slogans.

A rally on the Sunshine Coast against a planned mosque descended into outright hate with 500 people turning up.

One man, quoted by the Sunshine Coast Daily said, “It’s a disgusting religion. I’m in the Catholic Church over the road and I’d hate to think it was opposite. It’s evil and I’m totally against it.”

The waves of abuse on social media has also highlighted how open bigotry has become, as if the disgust around the Islamic State has given a free pass to intolerance.

Secretary of Salam Care, Rebecca Kay told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week that she had received a number of reports of intimidation across western Sydney.

“We had some Aussie ladies standing making gun movements with their fingers towards some Muslim ladies,” Ms Kay told the newspaper.

“It’s trivial… but it does affect people…. They seem to be more upset at first rather than scared. But then they do get scared that it might happen again, and they start worrying about whether they need to protect their children.”

While anti-semitic remarks and other racial attacks regularly attract condemnation in Australia – in fact can be used as justification to fire a popular newspaper columnist – the widespread vitriol against Muslims in the wake of these terror raids has been sadly underplayed.

Why is this so?

The biggest victims of this “terror threat” are not the suburban keyboard warriors afraid of random alleged beheadings, but Muslims, who should have the right to practice their religion free from persecution.

Sure, it’s easier to fear them than more immediate threats. It’s easier to take out our fears from a position of power, backed by a media that has been actively promoting Islamophobia. You can’t abuse a shark or crocodile or a holiday road death toll.

But that doesn’t make it ok. And it doesn’t smooth over the fact that this government is trying to exploit a foreign fear of terrorism to pass severely invasive powers over a targeted community just because you don’t feel safe.

It tells all Abbott stands next to the son of god not just any old prophet. The message is hell in handbag full of new laws

Beware people, the word terrorist can be (and is being, read below for an extract of the parliamentary speech made by this right wing nut job) broadly applied to those who oppose the Abbott government. I wonder which Coalition MP will be the first to apply the word terrorist to the Union movement? Watch this space.

George Christensen:

“We will call out their falsehoods and call for the Extremists to be treated the same as anyone else who commits a crime or an act of terrorism.”

“The extremists are the large, well organised, and very well-funded organisations who use fear and blackmail to coerce the government and the public into adopting their extreme political and ideological views.”

“The eco-terrorists butchered the international tourism market, which sources tell me is down 30 per cent as a result of their campaign, not for the sake of the reef but for the sake of their political ideology.”

“They threaten to kill off thousands of more jobs in the resource industry because they don’t like coal, they don’t like capitalism, and they don’t like people working hard to earn a decent living.”

“Today, I put the Extreme Greens on notice,” he said. “North Queensland will not bow down to eco-terrorists. We will not allow them to lie, to smear, to defame, and to break the law for their own political purposes.”

Sources and read more:

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/coalition-mp-calls-anti-coal-protesters-terrorists-green-germs-14326

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/25/team-idiot-bill-shorten-accuses-george-christensen-and-cory-bernardi

Are Abbott and Bolt no longer singing from the same hymn book? He’s a noted liar after all.

Abbott faces the reality of multicultural Australia

Posted Fri at 2:58pmFri 26 Sep 2014, 2:58pm

While many conservatives continue to hold to the Howard line against multiculturalism, Tony Abbott is adjusting to the reality that Australia is a multicultural country, writes Mike Steketee.

“The Australian Government will be utterly unflinching towards anything that threatens our future as a free, fair and multicultural society; a beacon of hope and exemplar of unity-in-diversity.”

This is how Tony Abbott expressed his defence of Australian values before the United Nations Security Council this week.

 

“My view was that Australia should emphasise the common characteristics of the Australian identity. We should emphasise our unifying points rather than our areas of difference.”

His views translated into action, with his government’s abolition of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration, Multiculturalism and Population Research

Many conservatives continue to hold to the Howard line. According to Senator Cory Bernardi,

“the naïve … proclaim multiculturalism as a triumph of tolerance when in fact it undermines the cultural values and cohesiveness that brings a nation together”.

When police conducted anti-terrorism raids in Brisbane and Sydney last week, he tweeted:

Bernardi may be a Liberal maverick but on this issue his views are widely held amongst conservatives.

 

But Abbott no longer counts himself amongst the critics. Two weeks ago, he said:

“I’ve shifted from being a critic to a supporter of multiculturalism, because it eventually dawned on me that migrants were coming to Australia not to change us but to join us.”

 

In short, as Abbott came to realise, Australia changed migrant families more than they changed Australia.

As prime ministers need to do, Abbott is adjusting to the reality that Australia is a multicultural country. The Government frontbench includes members with strong ethnic connections – Treasurer Joe Hockey (Armenian-Palestinian), Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (Belgian), Government Senate leader Eric Abetz (German), suspended assistant treasurer Arthur Sinodinos (Greek) and Fierravanti-Wells (Italian).

Abbott is conscious that the ethnic vote can swing the result in federal seats, particularly in Sydney. He disappointed some of his strongest supporters with his decision to drop the so-called Bolt amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act after widespread opposition from ethnic groups.

The vast majority are as law abiding as any other Australians. They have alerted Australian authorities to planned terrorist attacks. Deriding their religion, criticising how they dress, let along branding them as terrorists, is seriously counter-productive.

Mike Steketee is a freelance journalist. He was formerly a columnist and national affairs editor for The Australian. View his full profile here.

Islamic State ‘brand’ gains ground among Asian Muslim militants. Abbot the Pivot has been invaluable.

(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. Philippine troops killed more than 30 Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and overran the rebels' main base on a remote island in the south of the country, a top military commander said on Tuesday. Picture taken September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSKCN0HK1V520140926?videoId=343695083

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group’s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

Over 100 people from Southeast Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State’s fight in Iraq and Syria. Malaysian and Indonesian militants have discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking unit within Islamic State in Syria, according to a report from a well-known security group released this week.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the U.S. Armed Forces’ Pacific Command, said on Thursday around 1,000 recruits from India to the Pacific may have joined Islamic State to fight in Syria or Iraq. He did not specify the countries or give a time-frame.

“That number could get larger as we go forward,” Locklear told reporters at the Pentagon. In addition to India, the Hawaii-based Pacific Command’s area of responsibility covers 36 countries, including Australia, China and other Pacific Ocean states. The command does not cover Pakistan.

In the region, thousands have sworn oaths of loyalty to Islamic State as local militant groups capitalise on a brand that has been fuelled by violent online videos and calls to jihad through social media, security analysts say. Security officials say this has disturbing implications for the region, especially when battle-hardened fighters return home from the Middle East.

The Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf group, which has earlier claimed links with al Qaeda and is led by a one-armed septuagenarian, has threatened to kill one of the two Germans it holds hostage by Oct. 10, according to messages distributed on Twitter. As well as $5.6 million in ransom, the group demanded that Germany halt its support for the U.S.-led bombing campaign launched against Islamic State this week.

Read the full story here.

Will Australia pay ransom or shrug it off as collateral damage. The pivot of Asia Tony Abbott has abandoned thousands of Australians and put tergets on their backs.

Abbott tells us to go about our business normally.

Not Normal

Passengers caught in the security scare today. Photo: Markmyersboom Twitter

Passengers caught in the security scare today. Photo: Markmyersboom Twitter Source: Twitter

SWANS fans flying to Melbourne for today’s AFL Grand Final are in a race against time after a a security scare sparked delays at Sydney Airport.

Passengers were evacuated after the man walked into Terminal 3, used for domestic flights, without passing through security screening this morning.Qantas said the delay only lasted about an hour, although any ardent Sydney Swans fans travelling to Melbourne for the AFL grand final this afternoon probably broke into a sweat.

Mosque vandalised: Abuse spray-painted on Muslim community site in Brisbane

Posted Wed at 9:42pmWed 24 Sep 2014, 9:42pm

Not Normal

Scott Morrison champagne toast in Phnom Penh ‘crass, sickening’: Greens

Not Normal Disgusting

A toast: Scott Morrison and Cambodia’s interior minister, Sar Kheng, at the signing ceremony in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images

Toasting his Cambodian “dirty deal” with champagne was a crass and sickening move by the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, the Australian Greens have said.

Toasting his Cambodian “dirty deal” with champagne was a crass and sickening move by the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, the Australian Greens have said.

Morrison signed a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia’s interior minister, Sar Kheng, in Phnom Penh on Friday to allow refugees processed on the Pacific island of Nauru to resettle in Cambodia. Afterwards, the pair toasted their deal with champagne.

 

The acid test: Australian journalists must ask what agenda they serve

At the end of a week of much media hysteria about terrorism, the Senate passed arguably the most significant restraints on press freedom in this country outside of wartime

It requires us to seek truth, whether the truth is ugly and discomfiting or whether it is reassuring and soothing. It requires us to ask questions – a lot of questions – of very powerful people, without fear or favour.

It requires us to take the time to get things right rather than assuming in cavalier fashion that an error in the internet age is never wrong for long. And it involves taking steps to ensure we don’t inflame the tinderbox: truth is not inflammatory, but dog whistling and ethnic stereotyping certainly are.

To put it simply, this story requires what great journalism always requires: that no agenda is served other than the interests of the readers. If we are asking the state to be accountable and not abuse its power and position, then best we hold ourselves to the same standard.

If we meet this basic test, then perhaps we’ll be worth defending.

Newscorp any agenda the government wants

John Howard is Strikingly Left of Center compared to Abbott

Advance Australia Where?

As Tony Abbott sends us off to war we are reminded of John Howard’s eagerness to do the same thing 12 years ago. Dean Laplonge offers a brief insight into Howard’s Australia and what Howard tried to achieve, and the comparisons to today’s Australia are startling.

I wrote this article 12 years ago. Has anything changed?

Australia is fast heading down a dangerous path. While our stories of history may permit us to see an era of fascism only in some distant place and some distant time, there is no guarantee in this story that the ugly head of right wing extremism will not rise again. Just because we participated in the fight against it, and shared in the spoils of the victory over it, does not remove us from being the constructors of an equally horrific threat. The current rhetoric of patriotism that is circulating within this nation suggests quite clearly that fascist ideologies are gaining prominence once again. And in this land where we claim there is opportunity for all, amidst all the rhetoric of a tolerant multiculturalism, such destructive ideas are starting to appear quite normal.

I’m not saying that John Howard is akin to Hitler. Let’s be honest, he really doesn’t have that much flair. Given a bit more intelligence, and the ability to speak with passionate vigour, and he might be taken more seriously by the masses. As it stands, however, he’s far too feeble and too docile to be such a crowd-controlling force. All too often his slippages and wayward comments have to be reshaped by his publicity machine in order to make them fit the full picture. It’s as if he doesn’t quite have all the pieces there to be able to do it alone.

Today, we fail to see that the Aussie dream, where the voice of the average person on the street is said to matter, is all but dead; that our governments are becoming increasingly distant, wrapped up in their own corporate-style worlds from which they see nothing of the reality of our lives. We just sit back and we trust them. We let them tell us of the fear on our streets and to our borders. There’s something out there, threatening, waiting to get in. Don’t go outside. Don’t question. The foreign—the outside world—is, so we are told, now a danger to our “normal” and precious way of life. But this way of life, this normality of us, is just an idealised way of life. It doesn’t even exist. The people we offend by adopting such a nationalistic and high-and-mighty stance may soon grow impatient with having to appease us. We would do better, therefore, to start recognising our commonalities with them instead of dozily lapping up the rhetoric of right wing ideologies without thought, without concern for the kind of future we invite. But we can only begin this process of communication and understanding when we stop thinking of ourselves as some superior and master, unquestionably lucky race.

Dean Laplonge is a cultural theorist whose research and consulting work explores the relationship between culture and everyday practices. He is the Director of the cultural research company Factive (www.factive.com.au) and an Adjunct senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Morrison’s Multi Facited Approach to Getting Rid of Australia’s Refugees & Islamic Immigration, Pay Cambodia Malaysia wasn’t good enoughTorture

Features
 Torture, when they say stop it’s called  voluntary

Cambodia and Australia sign refugee deal

Several suicide attempts at a refugee camp in Nauru followed a resettlement agreement between Cambodia and Australia.

Last updated: 26 Sep 2014 14:04
Phnom Penh, Cambodia Refugees on the Pacific island country of Nauru have expressed “high distress” following the signing of a controversial $40mill resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia on Friday afternoon after reports that seven teenagers – six boys and a 16-year-old girl – attempted suicide on the island upon hearing the news.According to Professor Suvendrini Perera of Curtin University’s Asia-Pacific Institute,  there were seven suicide attempts after the refugees received a video message from Australia’s Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison saying that if they did not accept “voluntary” resettlement in Cambodia, they would stay on Nauru for another five years and never be resettled in Australia. The message sparked protests on the island Thursday night.

Confusion and disarray

“We don’t know what Scott Morrison is doing,” the refugee said. “Sometimes he gives us [Temporary Protection Visas] and sometimes he deals us [to] Cambodia.”

A senior ruling Cambodian People’s Party official, Chheang Vun, on Thursday said Australia was “bored” of accepting refugees.

If the pilot is considered a success, Morrison said there would be “no cap” on the number of refugees arriving in Cambodia – a country ranked as second only to North Korea in East Asia in terms of public sector corruption last year and behind only Iran and Afghanistan in terms of susceptibility to money laundering.

Refugees are now doubly devastated to learn that not only are they ineligible to be considered for TPVs, but that they are to be shipped out yet again … to a new place characterised by harsh conditions and without any clarity about their future.”

Morrisson’s preping the refugees on a Voluntary Decision

“We are living in a camp in the jungle. This is where they ‘resettled’ us. This is no place to live. If we are refugees why are we not living in [the] community? We have no neighbours here. Our ‘neighbours’, our ‘relatives’ are mosquitoes and flies and dogs,” they said in a statement at the time.

 

Marc Isaacs, who has spent a considerable amount of time with the refugees, describes the camp’s conditions as “purposefully underprepared” in his book, The Undesirables. He claims that the shoddy conditions played a part in Australia’s “No Advantage” policy, which, along with the Abbott administration’s “Sovereign Borders” policy, seeks to deter asylum seekers, who arrive on overcrowded boats in Australia’s territorial waters, by processing them in Pacific island detention centres run by private security firms with a history of abuse.

“Cambodia – one of the poorest countries in our region with one of the worst human rights records – is a completely unsuitable place to resettle refugees. It’s a country that can barely meet the needs of its own population, let alone the basic needs of refugees,” he added.

“You know, we are [the Australian governments’] animals. In the words of Scott Morrison, he wants to sell us – sometimes to one country, sometimes to another country. But no one is ready to [welcome] us,” the Pakistani refugee on Nauru said. “In our country [the] Taliban can come kill us; they will cut my throat and I will die quickly. But Australia [is] killing us day by day. We don’t know about Cambodia, but we need to [escape] this torture.”

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade for Aid is Australia’s Slogan. Morrison has out done himself. “Where the bloody hell are you?” “What the bloody hell are you doing here”

Foreign Aid inducement plus costs will abrogate responsibility.

It will be  a silenent “operational matter”

Cambodia is a refuge for political expediency

Date
September 27, 2014

 

Editorial

The Abbott government’s squalid deal with one of Asia’s poorest and most corrupt nations reflects badly on Australia, harms our regional ambition to be seen as a friendly neighbour and abdicates our moral responsibility to the vulnerable.

‘Their standards are not our standards – and it is very wrong of Australia to send people who have come into our care, however briefly, to a country whose standards are so different from ours.”

How two faced can you get? This was Tony Abbott’s withering critique, from opposition in 2011, of Labor’s ill-judged people-swap with Malaysia. The Coalition at the time refused to support the Malaysian deal, arguing – as did The Age – that the rights of asylum seekers could not be protected. Those very same doubts apply in at least equal measure to Cambodia.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, having initially refused to acknowledge the negotiations with Cambodia with his regrettable contempt for public information, has now made a risible attempt to dress up this deal as a sign of that country’s progress.  But, politically, the country is moribund. Prime Minister Hun Sen has preserved his grip on power for more than two decades by intimidation and repression.

Australia to strike a deal that promises Cambodia an additional $40 million in aid over four years, to accept refugees whom Australia itself has refused to accept, smacks of exploitation.

Offshore processing of refugee applicants in Nauru and Papua New Guinea is an attempt to evade Australia’s international obligations; now, by paying to send refugees to Cambodia, the government is similarly attempting to buy its way out of the responsibility to resettle people found to be fleeing persecution.

It is extraordinary that, beyond the additional $40 million in aid, the government has entered into this deal with an apparent blank cheque, to pay for the costs of providing for refugees in Cambodia. Mr Morrison has conceded the cost is unknown.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/cambodia-is-a-refuge-for-political-expediency-20140926-3gqby.html#ixzz3ETRZiuU3

There is no economic argument for what Morrison is doing. If 20,000 adult refugees were settled to become tax payers of this country at the lowest level $10-15k it would bring the government approx $300 mill or over $2 billion income over the next 5 years and that’s only one group of 20,000. What’s our reputation as a global citizen worth. Nothing it would appear to this government. Immigration,Climate,Security,Welfare,Education have become the most regressive policies in the Western World.

Martin Flanagan vs Andrew Bolt. Inspiration vs Depression. Reporter vs Denigrator: Story Teller vs Curmudgeon

Bachar Houli congratulates winner Hisham Kerbatieh.

Why I’m barracking for Bachar Houli and his AFL academy

The Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury is a tasteful building with a subtle design that is both Australian and Islamic. Its rusted steel front is perforated with an Aboriginal dot painting. Walking through the freckled sunlight, I meet the receptionist, Wafa, whose smile is as big as the West Gate bridge.

Wafa is a member of the remarkable Fahour family. Her brother Ahmed is the head of Australia Post. Another brother, Ali, is the AFL’s national diversity manager. Another, Mustafa, had the dream of building the museum. Another sister, Samira, was a MasterChef finalist. She runs the cafe out the back.

I’m there to meet Bachar Houli, devout Muslim and Richmond AFL player. When Bachar was 16, he captained the Vic Metro team at the national championships. His roommate liked loud music and had the TV on all the time. In the end, Bachar told his teammate that he was a Muslim and had to pray – could the television go down a little? His teammate was so impressed he got Bachar to talk to the whole team about being a Muslim. That, says Bachar Houli, was “the turning point”.

The Islamic Museum in Thornbury

His best mate at Richmond is its Croatian Australian ruckman, Ivan Maric. Bachar has been deeply moved by the respect big Ivan has shown him. Bachar says all his teammates have been great. I ask him if he likes playing footy. His whole body clenches as he says, “Love it”.

There were two Muslim AFL players before Bachar. Sedat Sir played 24 games with the Bulldogs in the ’90s, Adam Yze retired in 2008 after 271 games with Melbourne. But Bachar was the first to stand up and say being a Muslim wasbasic to his identity. He also says being Australian is basic to his identity.

There is nothing wasteful in Bachar’s manner. He’s straight and he respects straightness in others. Other AFL players are currently holidaying in places such as Las Vegas. Bachar’s running the Bachar Houli Academy, which encourages young Muslim men to envisage a career in the AFL and become leaders in their communities. The first year he ran it, 2012, he had only 25 applicants. This year, he had more than 500.

On Wednesday, the final squad of 30, drawn from around Australia, were shown round the Islamic Museum of Australia, which, to my eye, shows what is graceful and elegant about Islam: its magnificent architecture, its history in mathematics and medicine.

Australia’s Islamic history is traced back to the Makassar traders, who were visiting Australia from Indonesia for several centuries before Europeans arrived, and the cameleers of central Australia who are commonly remembered as Afghans but were actually a lot more diverse than that. Among large, colourful photos in the museum of the great mosques of the world is a photograph of one of the first mosques in Australia, at Marree. It looks like an early shearing shed – mud brick walls, gum trunks for its supports, bark roof.

Bachar Houli tells the young men who attend his  academy that being a devout Muslim makes him a better AFL player. So many of the qualities demanded by the religion, he says, are demanded by the game – particularly discipline. “You get the respect of your teammates by being honest and humble,” he says.

I meet 17-year-old Hisham Kerbatieh, who played this year with the Calder Cannons. He’s respectful and friendly, confident beneath his shyness, and he wants to play AFL. I’m barracking for Hicham, in part because the Australian game needs him. The Australian game, because it’s competing against international codes, needs everyone it can get.

But I’m also barracking for the Bachar Houli Academy because, right now, we desperately need people to walk the bridge in both directions between Muslim Australians and the rest.

Martin Flanagan is a senior writer at The Age.

 

 

Australia’s shame 40k refugees at $25000 could be working and paying tax before a year is up. $500K Tax = Abbott’s WAR

Cambodia refugee deal: Protests outside Australian embassy in Phnom Penh as Scott Morrison signs agreement

Updated 22 minutes agoFri 26 Sep 2014, 8:05pm

As few as four or five people could be sent from Nauru to Cambodia under a deal signed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in Phnom Penh today.The agreement will offer settlement of refugees on a voluntary basis, with the number of refugees accepted to be determined by Cambodia.

“In order to ensure an effective and positive implementation of the resettlement program, Cambodia and Australia have agreed to undertake an initial trial arrangement with a small group of refugees which will be followed by further resettlement in accordance with Cambodia’s capacity,” the statement said.

Australia will pay Cambodia $40 million in additional aid and also “bear the direct costs of the arrangement, including initial support to refugees, and relevant capacity building for Cambodia”.

Cambodians say country unable to look after its own

Riot police kept watch outside the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh as Cambodians protested against the agreement.Around 100 protesters gathered outside the embassy to protest against the deal, saying the poverty-stricken country was unable to look after its own people and should not be taking in Australia’s refugees.Refugee advocates said they feared locals would be upset if refugees were given money and were perceived to be better off than others in the community.

Cambodia: Fact File

  • Cambodia has a population of around 15 million
  • More than 96 per cent of them speak Khmer
  • It is a democracy under a constitutional monarchy. King Norodom Sihamoni currently reigns, while Hun Sen is prime minister
  • Suffered civil war under the Khmer Rouge, who sent 1.7 million Cambodians to their deaths in the ‘Killing Fields’
  • 20 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line
  • The country remains one of the poorest in Asia
  • 37 per cent of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition
  • More than half of the population is less than 25 years old
  • More than half of the government’s money comes from international aid

There are also fears that the Australian funding will end up in the pockets of corrupt officials.

Mr Morrison earlier said there would be no cap placed on the number of refugees Cambodia would accept, but said it would only take those who voluntarily chose to go there.Human rights and aid groups working on the ground in Cambodia called the deal “shameful”, and said the country had a terrible record of protecting refugees.”It is shameful but it is also illegal,” said Virak Ou, president of Cambodia’s Centre for Human Rights.

“The Australian Government has an obligation to protect refugees and sending them Cambodia’s way is not how a responsible country protects refugees.”Cambodia is in no position to take refugees. We are a poor country, the health system is sub-par at most. I don’t know how the refugees will send their kids to school.”The Cambodian school system is rife with corruption … the access to education here is quite bad. So I don’t know what the Australian Government is thinking nor what they expect from

George Brandis = Raging Bedsore as ugly as sin and not funny unless we choose to laugh.

 

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THE WAR ON TERROR AND SPYING ON EVERYONE are both very serious matters. Indeed, the war on terror is killing people all over the world — including, sadly, here in Australia this week.

The tragic death of Abdul Numan Haidar is not a laughing matter. The confusion, misinformation and outright lies being spread about this young man are appalling. That the news media is buying into it with awful headlines and front page stories vilifying him, his friends and even random, totally unconnected young men should shame some journalists into silence.

At the same time, the rush to cut into our liberties in the name of ‘protecting’ us from a shadowy threat that kills less people than bee stings is also not something to joke about, or is it?

In the last 24 hours, a new Twitter hashtag, #HeyASIO, has burst into prominence to take the piss out of Raging Bedsore’s new surveillance powers.

Now that our security services have the right to monitor the whole of the inter-webs with just one warrant allowing them to tap into any computer ‘network’, it seems that nothing we do online is going to be private anymore.

The rightwing trolls don’t like it and curmudgeonly columnists like Andrew Bolt complain (without even having a Twitter account) that social media is dominated by “the left”, but for those of us who:

  1. don’t like the Abbott Government;
  2. think the terror threat is overblown;
  3. don’t like the idea of ASIO snooping on us around the clock and, more importantly;
  4. have a sense of humour…

… then It’s  a great way to get your message across while having a bit of fun.

Immigration gave us a country where the armed forces no longer dare wear uniforms in our street….Bolt’s Blog No Alleged here..Immigration did it

Will BOLT APOLOGISE. PIGS ARSE HE WILL

 

Australian Defence Force chief apologises after officer withdraws Sydney attack allegation

Updated 4 minutes agoFri 26 Sep 2014, 2:34pm

The Chief of the Defence Force has apologised after an officer claimed he was assaulted by two Middle Eastern men in Sydney, then withdrew the allegation.

The 41-year-old sailor had claimed he was left with bruising after being attacked by two men of Middle Eastern appearance near his home at Bella Vista, in Sydney’s north-west.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) chief Mark Binskin said the ADF would investigate the officer’s conduct.

“There was a sailor who alleged he was assaulted yesterday morning,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

“I have been in contact with [NSW Police Commissioner] Andrew Scipione throughout the evening and just spoken to him before I came down here now and that sailor has withdrawn those allegations.

“What I would like to say, because this is breaking news, on behalf of the Australian Defence Force I would like to apologise to the Australian community and particularly the Middle Eastern community for any angst that this has caused.”

The claim, made on Thursday, came amid concerns about the safety of military personnel and police officers two days after an attack in Melbourne in which two police officers were injured and their attacker was shot dead.

It also followed calls for “restraint and civility” from religious leaders concerned about heightened community tensions after last week’s counter-terrorism operation involving raids on homes in Sydney and Brisbane.

 

Australia State of Terror. Lies and Misconceptions

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Like many things our prime minister says, it is simply a convenient lie.These are not good laws. They are not even laws to make Australia safer.These are cynical, opportunistic laws. Laws barrelled through under the spurious guise of protecting us against a fanatical foreign Islamic beheading cult with apparent links to Muslims in this country.

They are appalling laws, built on a lie.

There has never been an act of domestic terror in Australia. And no, a lone teenager committing a seemingly unplanned act of violence is neither a terror attack nor a retrospective justification for foreign military intervention and ramped up “counter-terrorism” powers.The so-called Islamic State ‒ a ragtag bunch of rebels occupying a chunk of land about the size of Tasmania half a world away, is hardly a threat to anyone — except if you happen to live in Iraq or Syria. American Homeland Security are quite clear on that

Yes, there may indeed be 50 or 60 Australians fighting with them, but that doesn’t make them a threat here in Australia — particularly after ASIO summarily cancelled their passports. Any supporters these foreign fighters have in this country ‒ a miniscule number at most ‒ are surely able to be easily monitored using existing laws and, if they commit a criminal act, arrested and prosecuted under the existing criminal law.

The real reason for these new powers has got nothing to do with Islamic State, or ISIL, or ISIS ‒ or whatever they are called this week ‒ but they are to do with closing down scrutiny of Australia’s spies and the Government unpublicised activities.

ASIO have been caught with their pants down on two majorly embarrassing occasions since the Abbott Government took power last year.

The first occurred when the ABC and Guardian Australia published leaks from former U.S. intelligence operative whistleblower Edward Snowden that our spies had tapped then Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s mobile phone for 15 days in 2009. These revelations caused a major rift with Indonesia and is still a lingering source of tension.

It was not long after this event, on January 28, that Abbott first used his famous “team” epithet, while denouncing the ABC in an interview with on 2GB with his friend, right wing Sydney shock jock Ray Hadley [IA emphasis]:

“It dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everyone’s side but our own and I think it is a problem.

“You would like the national broadcaster to have a rigorous commitment to truth and at least some basic affection for the home team, so to speak.”

Abbott went on to call Snowden a “traitor”, saying the ABC “seemed to delight” in publishing his information:

“And of course, the ABC didn’t just report what he said, they took the lead in advertising what he said. That was a deep concern.”

Abbott reaffirmed his position in a subsequent doorstep, going on to condemn the ABC for working with the Guardian, or as he put it:

“… touting for a left wing British newspaper.”

There were no surprises when the vindictive Abbott left it for his broken former rival Malcolm Turnbull to announce an efficiency review of the ABC a couple of days later. This review has now called for the ABC’s budget to be slashed with some important investigative news programs, such as Lateline, in the firing line. Turnbull has also flagged cutting $200 million from as ABC budget already cut deeply in the May Budget, blatantly breaking a clear election promise.

These terror laws will stop whistleblowers exposing the Government’s undercover operations through the media.

The problem with this is that the Coalition ‒ under Tony Abbott, avowedly “open for business” ‒  is seemingly not above using the security services in an improper way to assist private individuals and corporations. Under the new laws, any whistleblower seeking to expose the security services, for instance, helping an Australian big business on the behest of a cabinet minister looking for a cosy post-parliamentary sinecure will now be shut down and any journalists assisting locked up for a long time.

These security laws, therefore, can be seen as the next stage in the Abbott programme to hamstring the ABC as an effective source of scrutiny of Government activities.

But, even more importantly, they will make Australian journalism generally reluctant to expose the Government’s undercover activities, as this could lead to them being sent to prison for a decade.

Australia’s spy network was again in the spotlight in December last year after Attorney General George Brandis ordered ASIO to raid the Canberra offices and home of barrister Bernard Colleary, a former ACT deputy chief minister, who was representing East Timor against Australia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.

This is not democracy. No wonder they don’t want a Federal ICAC.

The Islamic State is a mirage as far as we are concerned here in Australia. It is not an existential threat to us. The grave threat, in truth, is new security laws that stifle freedom of speech, remove privacy protections, gaol journalists and serve, in the end, to limit scrutiny of the Government and its operatives.

Moreover, providing new powers to secret agents, which also provides them with civil and criminal immunity is an outright danger and threat to us as citizens. It makes these shadowy figures immune to prosecution and therefore, effectively, unaccountable for their actions. Under these laws, frankly, spies can kill us and fear no recourse.

Under these laws, there is no-one to watch the watchers. Now that is truly terrifying.

In truth, we probably expect our extreme right wing Government to implement these sorts of outrageous and unwarranted laws; certainly we can see why they are doing so. It is, however, the weak acquiescence by their so-called Opposition that is most criminal part of this affaor.

We know the ALP under Bill Shorten do not want not a cigarette paper between themselves and the Government on immigration and security matters. This is the exact small target strategy using so brilliantly and effectively by former Opposition leader Kim Beazley during such events as the Tampa Affair and Children Overboard.

However, politicians who unnecessarily sacrifice the rights of the people in the interests of popularity and power show themselves up as unsuitable for high office.

By supporting these so-called “anti-terror” laws ‒ which have nothing to do with preventing terrorism ‒ the ALP, under their current milquetoast leader, have followed the Coalition so far to the right, they are no longer truly a progressive Opposition.

And now more than ever, as the Government shuts down scrutiny and proposes gaoling journalists, Australia needs a progressive Opposition

 

Fears for refugee children in Morrison’s Cambodia deal . Resettlement or Rendition the Australian way …..SSSSSHHHH

The criticism comes despite Cambodia and Australia keeping details of the agreement secret.

"We have picked out the poorest and worst governed states in Asia to fend off these unfortunate people": Alastair Nicholson.Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

An alliance of international aid, children’s and human rights and refugee organisations said grave fears were held for the welfare of the refugee families,  especially children.

The alliance includes UNICEF Australia, Save the Children, Plan International Australia, World Vision, Amnesty International, the Refugee Council of Australia, International Detention Coalition and Children’s Rights International

Former Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alastair Nicholson, the spokesman for the alliance, said Cambodian non-government organisations have advised the plan would overwhelm an already struggling welfare sector and exploit one of the poorest nations in south-east Asia.

“It’s reprehensible,” he told Fairfax Media. “We have picked out the poorest and worst governed states in Asia to fend off these unfortunate people,” he said. “It’s not regional resettlement, it’s just suiting Australian convenience with a degree of arrogance that I find is appalling.

“The exploitation of children is really troublesome,” Mr Nicholson said.

Human Rights Watch said the agreement does not meet Australia’s commitment to send refugees to a “safe third country” and will undermine refugee protection in the region.”Australia’s deal with Cambodia will send people to a country that has a terrible record for protecting refugees and is mired in serious human rights abuses,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch.

The deal is believed to involve Australia sending up to 1000 refugees to Cambodia, mostly from Nauru. This would represent a 1075 per cent increase of refugees in the country.

There was speculation that Canberra would, in return, provide more than $40 million in additional aid to the country, which is rated among the world’s most corrupt nations.Mr Morrison confirmed that figure on Friday, and told ABC radio that those costs could increase

“We have clear costs on the ADA payments and that’s $40 million over four years,” the Minister said.

I do hope but doubt that ASIO focuses on Andrew Bolt for incitement of hatred

 

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Spy laws passed in Senate: ASIO given new powers

Australia has no specific laws that protect privacy, so innocent people who may be monitored have “very little by way of redress in legal terms”.

The Palmer United Party managed to attach an amendment that means anyone who publicly names an ASIO agent could be jailed for up to a decade, which is a 10-time increase in the existing maximum penalty.

“Everybody condemns what (terror group) ISIL is doing, it’s horrendous, it’s barbaric, but we do not want to see the fabric of our own society here in Australia torn apart.”

You never see anything like this in Bolt’s blog or reports. He must not have been of Middle Eastern appearance.

Muslim school threats: Man armed with knife allegedly yells abuse at Al-Faisal College in Minto

Parents of students at a Sydney Islamic college say they are scared for their children’s safety after a man took a knife onto the school grounds and made threats yesterday afternoon.

Tony Abbott addresses UN General Assembly, labels Russia ‘a bully’

Pity it was to an empty chamber

“We’re grateful for help that Ukraine gave us and are naturally sympathetic to a country struggling to preserve its independence and territorial integrity against a bully,” he said.

“This organisation ( UN )in fact, is founded on the principle that we should work together for the common good, and that over time, talking together and working together will improve our capacity for living together.”

One needs to ask why the mud slinging at this moment when cooperation is needed the most?

The prime minister also talked about his vision for economic growth and Australia’s determination as the chair of the G20 to help strength the world economy.

By being the only nation to drop the Carbon tax, remove RET targetsand not reveal any future plans passed 2020

“We’re strong enough to be useful but pragmatic enough to know our limits.”

We will raid the Foreign Aid and Welfare budgets for Defense and Sovereign Borders and of course sell you cheap coal….see Andrew Robb MP

“Bully” according to Abbott.

Noun
1. A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

Ring a bell?

 

All persons committing violent acts in Australia are to be referred to as ‘terror suspects’ unless they can prove otherwise. Especially acts towards public servants

Public Enemy No 1 he has been savagely attacking people for years.

We can no longer say he’s mentally impaired

“Last week, an Australian operative in Syria instructed his local network to conduct demonstration killings – and this week, an Australian terror suspect savagely attacked two policemen,” Mr Abbott said.

Andrew Robb is now out selling the coal now. Tony Abbott’s dropped that along with Women and the Indigenous loves war though.

“Instead of thinking brown coal’s day has passed, we need to bear in mind its potential to support new industries and jobs in the future.” Things we haven’t thought of. According to Robb it would seem to be the new fuel of science fiction.

Mr Robb has insisted that people who describe it as a resource of the past – not the future – are being “unduly pessimistic and indeed naive” in their view of the role coal plays in the world. That you can never be sure whether a resource has had it or not. Just because it is not feasible or economic to develop a mine at present  doesn’t mean it will always be that way,” Mr Robb will tell the conference.

“Australia’s reputation as a reliable supplier of low-cost resources and energy is something we must continue to nurture, or our customers will diversify away from us.” Whilst there was rising demand for a more diversified energy mix from China and India, but demand for coal remained high in those two booming economies.

The man is a salesman with nothing to sell. China has declared its purchase was going to drop by 50%. The world’s largest coal port Newcastle is seriously threatened so Abbott has handballed the indefensible problem to Robb…. Poor Klutz he’s just taking on Abbott’s mantle….if my lips move you know I’m lying

Andrew Bolt believes in civilised culture so he pretends

Someone posted this picture on Facebook, and a person responded with this: 
Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we? Without Muslims you wouldn't have:
- Coffee
- Cameras
- Experimental Physics
- Chess
- Soap
- Shampoo
- Perfume/spirits
- Irrigation
- Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
- Combination locks
- Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
- Surgical instruments
- Anesthesia
- Windmill
- Treatment of Cowpox
- Fountain pen
- Numbering system
- Algebra/Trigonometry
- Modern Cryptology
- Crystal glasses
- Carpets
- Checks
- University
- Optics
- Toothbrush
- Hospitals
- Bathing
- Quilting
- Mariner’s Compass
- Soft drinks
- Pendulum
- Braille
- Cosmetics
- Plastic surgery
- Calligraphy
- Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on and on..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

CPD

Someone posted this picture on Facebook, and a person responded with this:
Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we? Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
– Coffee
– Cameras
– Experimental Physics
– Chess
– Soap
– Shampoo
– Perfume/spirits
– Irrigation
– Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
– Combination locks
– Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
– Surgical instruments
– Anesthesia
– Windmill
– Treatment of Cowpox
– Fountain pen
– Numbering system
– Algebra/Trigonometry
– Modern Cryptology
– Crystal glasses
– Carpets
– Checks
– University
– Optics
– Toothbrush
– Hospitals
– Bathing
– Quilting
– Mariner’s Compass
– Soft drinks
– Pendulum
– Braille
– Cosmetics
– Plastic surgery
– Calligraphy
– Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on and on..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

Andrew Bolt believes he is wiser than Anthony Byrne, Deputy Chairman of the Joint Committee on Intelligence.

Anthony Byrne

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“The Islamic Council of Victoria’s reaction yesterday is a disgrace and only too typical of the Muslim leadership that has so betrayed Australia.”……Andrew Bolt

Column – Blame Islam before you blame Australia

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4094160.htm#

Anthony Byrne

“we’ve had communications with Islamic community leaders in my electorate. They are doing everything they can to help. They’ve met with AFP officers. There’s a meeting at the Hallam North mosque tonight. I’ll be meeting with them on Friday. They are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of this as well.

Ask Bolt what he knows about Endevour Hills

I know lot about Endeavour Hills and its people. They’re a great people. They’re a people that are filled with resolve and purpose and they’re people that come from all walks of life, all races, colours and creeds and they live together in harmony.

I could tell you about, in my experience, Leigh, of a young Afghan man of that age was a young man that lived next door to where I used to live in Endeavour Hills, and when I used to fly to Canberra, one of the things that I was very heartened about was the fact that that family, including that young man, would be keeping an eye on my family.

But I do think that what shouldn’t happen is that those wonderful people that I know, whose mosques that I walk into, that lived next door to me, shouldn’t be demonised, they shouldn’t be – and they shouldn’t be – you know, your story had a comment made by a senator, who I didn’t know was an expert on security, talking about burqas. Ill-informed comments don’t add to either the investigations that are taking place at this point in time or the very community harmony that we need in my area at this point in time.

I think if there’s one thing that I would say, Leigh, is that we’ve got to do – rather than pull ourselves apart, which is what ISIS wants us to do, we’ve got to come together, and if there are any further programs that we can develop to encourage and include people, regardless of what faith they might be, that is going to significantly reduce the chance of radicalisation.

You never listen to these people do you Andrew Bolt? No time for being inclusive.

 

 

Fairfax journo’s have become Hyenas fighting over the carcase to get a headline. Spawned by Andrew Bolt they are like Mr Smith in Matrix

Australian Media Spawned By Andrew Bolt have no compassion

The only place to deal withe the leader of this swarm is Section 18C of the RAD 

 

Bruce Giles AFP Commander said:

“He(Numan Haider hadn’t been monitored for a long time, it was very early days of investigation with this individual”

Totally ignored by these news hounds baying for a headline and grasping at any rumour that might come to their perverted imaginations.

That Numan had been on police radar for months,bullshit. That he planned to behead the two cops crap. That the young man was a full blown terrorist in constant communication with ISIL. In their kafkaesque media storm  they  have turned  this young 18 year old kid with no priors  into the devil. Their moronic reporting is doing what extremists want. Fairfax ought to be ashamed Newscorp is on par. Andrew Bolt has spawned print media morons everywhere. The image of Mr Smith in Matrix  has morphed into Andrew Boltcame  when I picked up this mornings paper.

The only sensible words heard  anywhere  were those of Gaith Krayem of the Islamic Council of Victoria

“brandishing a flag and making disparaging comments about agencies does not make someone a terrorist”

“Many young men of that age can be brash, angry and immature. None of those things make him a terrorist”

Not one single reporter or commentator many of them with kids of their own gave any creedance that this young man might just have been suffering from a mental illness.

The percentage of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis of a mental illness was highest in younger people, with the prevalence decreasing with age. Twenty-six per cent of 18-24 year olds had experienced a mental disorder, while only 5.9% of people aged 65 years and over had experienced a mental disorder. – See more at:

When for the past few years the papers have been full of the fact that mental illness is is increasingly prevalent amongst young men none of the reporting even gave it consideration. 26% of young men 18-24 no matter their religion suffer from a mental disorder.

This young man had all the markers of a psychotic breakdown which had been building up for some time.

  • He was extremely stressed because he’d broken up with his girlfriend who was extremely important in his life some months before. A common trigger in the onset of a mental breakdown among young men.
  • His friends indicated that he’d changed. That he  had become withdrawn and really didn’t want to talk.
  • Neighbuours said he was quite removed just nodded when they passed
  • He had left the “extremist” group months before which was yet another an indication of his withdrawl
  • His parents didn’t know what he was doing  he wasn’t talking to them  another sign of withdrawl.
  • He was paranoid  and angry as he’d  only just had a confrontation with police on the 18th of September. Bruce Giles head of the ADF comment above says it clearly that he’d just come on their radar.
  • He had a strong relationship with god. Not uncommon in mental illness.
  • He was by and large a normal Aussie kid.

The above are all telling signs of a young man suffering from a mental illness rather than the fanciful idea of being a heroic  over idealised terrorist. Gaith Krayem of the Islamic council of Victoria seems to be the only one quoted by the media that is the voice of reason and more-over compassion in the circumstance for everyone involved

Andrew Bolt has kids he should be so lucky as to not have one of his sons come down with a mental illness so crippling that something like this occurs. Any of the other media fuckwits that claim to have half a brain should have considered this possibility. They have certainly gone down in my eyes.   Christian,Muslim,Seikh or Buddhist are not immune to the crippling effects of Paranoid Schizophrenia,Schizo-Affective Disorder, Chronic Bi-Polar Episodes, or Devastating Depression which can bring about psychosis.

I’m sure some of the above media dolts suffer or have suffered from a mental disorder at some time in their life. Or that they have experienced the effects of it in others yet none  even considered the possibility of it climbing over themselves for the headline. I’m certain Andrew Bolt more than any of you knows what mental illness is …no compassion, blinkered tunnel vision, inflexibility, inability to listen are also symptoms

 

 

 

 

If this story is true Abbott either is lying to us or he and ASIO know nothing & have been told nothing either way he’s not a leader. He has to go

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Terror threat from al-Qaeda veterans in Khorasan eclipses that of the Islamic State, US intelligence officials say

Terror group Khorasan plot attacks in the US and Europe

THEY are so dangerous, no one dared to reveal their name until now. Khorasan. The US says this “unholy mix” of militants’ sole mission is to attack the West.

Intelligence showed that the Khorasan group was in the final stages of plotting attacks against the US and Europe, most likely an attempt to blow up an airplane in flight using explosive toothpaste tubes or clothing they had learnt to smuggle on to planes undetected.

They are a collection of veteran al-Qaeda fighters, actively plotting an attack against a US homeland and Western targets.

As a result, they were the central focus of yesterday’s air strikes.

US Central Command said that eight strikes were conducted against the previously unnamed group including training camps, an explosives factory and command facilities.

Revealed to be named Khorasan, it is just one of many al-Qaeda fragments to find a new identity and purpose after the death of Osama bin Laden.

It asserts the sole reason for its existence is to attack the United States and Europe.

The White House believes them.

The Obama administration has said that the Islamic State, the target of more than 160 air strikes in recent weeks, does not pose an imminent threat to the US homeland. The Khorasan group, however, is considered a clear and present danger.

RELATED: Is al Qaeda planning to surgically implant bombs?

US intelligence sources have revealed they have intercepted discussions from Khorasan that prompted a heightened terror alert among airlines and airports earlier this year, with mobile phones and laptops being banned on flights to the US from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The director of US national intelligence James Clapper named the new terrorist organisation for the first time last week.

RELATED: Missing airliners raise new 9/11-style attack fear

The warning was initially lost amid his dramatic admission that he had “mistakenly misled” Congress about the surveillance of US citizens last year.

“There is potentially yet another threat to the homeland, yes,” he told an intelligence conference.

“In terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as Islamic State.”

Under pressure … US intelligence director James Clapper Source: AP

Until now, US officials have been reluctant to name the group and its members.

Clapper first warned a Senate hearing in January that a group of core al-Qaeda militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan was plotting attacks against the West from Syria. But the group was not named.

Republican Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, declined to name the group in an interview with AP. But he described concerns among intelligence officials about “an unholy mix of people in Iraq and Syria right now — some who come from (Yemen), some who come from Afghanistan and Pakistan, others from the Maghreb” in North Africa.

“They can combine in ways that could pose a greater threat than their individual pieces. And that’s something we worry about,” said Schiff.

But Republican member of Congress, Mike Rogers, took the threat warning one step further. He says Khorasan is “engaging with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to develop a terror plot to bring down aeroplanes.”

Like the Islamic State, Khorasan spawned amid the confusion and turmoil wracking Syria. Feeding from the US-backed Muslim-based opposition to Syria’s President Assad, the terror cell is reportedly not interested in carving out a new caliphate.

Instead, it draws inspiration from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon. It is reportedly actively recruiting Islamic fighters with Western passports in order to conduct similar strikes.

 

BORN OF BLOOD

Despite the years of drone missile strikes against the leadership of core al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen, the movement’s offshoots and affiliates remain a threat to the West. It has been rejuvenated in the past year as offshoots have grown in strength and numbers, bolstered by a flood of Western extremists.

Muhsin al Fadhli, 33, is reported to be the leader of the veteran al Qaeda operatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen who have formed the new terror cell.

The name “Khorasan” refers to a province under the Islamic caliphate, or religious empire, of old that included parts of Afghanistan.

A member of al Qaeda since he was a teenager, the New York Times says Fadhli was such a closely trusted adviser to Bin Laden that he was one of the very few who knew of the September 11 attacks in advance.

His terror credentials include organising a suicide attack on an oil tanker in the Red Sea, conspiring to attack a hotel frequented by US officials in Yemen and plotting to attack a US base in Kuwait.

Terror training ground … Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near Kabul. Al-Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen are said to be behind the newly formed Khorasan group. Source: AFP Source: AFP

CNN reports that Fadhli arrived in Syria in 2013 to work with al Qaeda affiliates in the region. Fadhli is said to be copying the Islamic State’s social media recruitment campaign to seek and train Westerners willing to attack their homelands.

US intelligence has expressed fears Khorasan recruits may include some trained by al Qaeda’s master bombmaker in Yemen, Ibrahim al Asiri, who is believed to be the brains behind several attempts to bring down airliners with devices such as exploding underwear and shoe bombs.

According to US intelligence assessments, the Khorasan militants have been testing new ways to slip explosives past airport security.

US officials say it was because of Khorasan’s ties with Asiri that the Transportation Security Administration in July decided to ban uncharged mobile phones and laptops from flights to the US that originated in Europe and the Middle East.

Concealed weapon … Underwear with a six-inch long packet of the high explosive chemical called PETN was smuggled onto Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old Nigerian suspect on 25/12/2009. Source: AFP

“The group’s repeated efforts to conceal explosive devices to destroy aircraft demonstrate its continued pursuit of high-profile attacks against the West, its increasing awareness of Western security procedures and its efforts to adapt to those procedures that we adopt,” Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, recently told a Senate panel.

US officials have identified some members of the Khorasan group, but would not disclose the individuals’ names because of concerns they would hide from intelligence-gathering.

Intelligence officials have been deeply concerned about dozens of Americans and hundreds of Europeans who have gone to fight for various jihadist groups in Syria. Some of those Westerners’ identities are unknown and therefore they are less likely to draw the attention of intelligence officials when they purchase tickets and board a crowded jetliner heading for European and American cities.

Pressure-cooker … The flow of arms and cash to support those attempting to overthrow Syria’s President Assad has created a safe training ground for terror, intelligence officials have warned. Source: AFP Source: AFP

TRACKING TERROR

A US-led effort to galvanise the international community against what the Obama administration officials call an “unprecedented” threat from Western-based extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq will be taken to the UN this week.

“These are individuals who’ve been trained. These are individuals who have access to military equipment. And these are individuals who have indicated a willingness to die for their cause,” a White House spokesman said.

President Barack Obama is expected to lead the UN Security Council session that begins tomorrow, just the second time a US president has done so.

What President Obama wants out of the UN meeting, a the spokesman said, “is to have a discussion about what kinds of global standards can be put in place to mitigate the threat from these individuals.”

Prying eyes … This file combination of images shows an airport staff member demonstrating a full body scan at Manchester Airport in Manchester, northwest England. Source: AFP Source: News Limited

The Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution that would require nations to bar their citizens from travelling abroad to join terrorism organisations in a bid to stem the flow of Europeans, Americans and members of other Western nations into their ranks.

The US has been dealing for more than decade with the problem of Islamic extremists flocking to various battlefields, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen. But the movement of an estimated 15,000 foreign fighters to the civil war in Syria, which has spilt into Iraq, is an “unprecedented flow,” that creates an increased risk that some of those people will return to their home countries to attempt terrorist attacks, officials said.

And they are also worried about the presence of foreigners within the Islamic State, including the militant with the British accent who appeared to behead two American journalists and a British aid worker.

Off-focus … The National Security Agency (NSA), home of the United States secret surveillance programs, allegedly spying on the electronic communications of US citizens. Source: AFP Source: AFP

SLIPPING THROUGH THE GAPS

US intelligence agencies are working to track Westerners travelling to fight with extremists in Syria, but there are major gaps.

An Obama administration official said last night that the US “didn’t have full knowledge” of the travel patterns of Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who returned to Europe this year after fighting in Syria. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, one afterwards. Nemmouche was arrested later, apparently by chance.

The US also failed to detect when Moner Mohammad Abusalha, an American who grew up a basketball fan in Vero Beach, Florida, travelled back home from the Syrian battlefield. He later returned to Syria, and in May killed 16 people and himself in a suicide bombing attack against Syrian government forces.

The US and many European nations already have laws on the books that allow them to prosecute their citizens who attempt to or succeed in travelling to join extremist groups. The UN resolution is intended to prod other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, to step up efforts to stop the flow of foreign fighters. It is also designed to facilitate more sharing of travel data and other intelligence designed to allow the tracking of foreign fighters, the officials said.

What triggered his rage?” He wasn’t part of Al Furqan for quite some time” His passport was cancelled and his home raided

Man shot dead, two counter-terrorism officers stabbed outside Endeavour Hills police station

Numan Haider was shot dead after stabbing two police officers outside a Melbourne police

Numan Haider in a Facebook image posted today. Source: HeraldSun

POLICE searched the home of terror suspect Numan Haider just hours before he was shot dead last night, it has been claimed.

Firebrand preacher Sheikh Ustadh Mohammed Junaid Thorne made the explosive claims on Facebook as he paid tribute to the slain Endeavour Hills teenager.

Haider, 18, had an Islamic flag with him when he was shot dead after stabbing two counter-terrorism police officers.

“We understand that the local authorities had cancelled the passport of this young boy for no reason, keeping him a captive in his own country for no valid purpose,” Sheikh Thorne wrote.

“We also understand that the police visited or raided his house (not clear yet) as he was hanging out with some friends in Hungry Jacks, just hours before his death.”

“The police then requested him (or forced him) to come in for a brief meeting or questioning.”

Sheikh Thorne said Haider’s friends tried to talk him out of visiting the police station, but he said he had nothing to hide or be afraid of.

“Unfortunately, our young brother went alone to meet with these “ambiguous” policemen, the violators of his privacy, and it is still unknown the details of what happened then,” he wrote. “What we are sure of though is that he was murdered in cold blood right in front of a police station, in front of a place that is supposed to be providing security and comfort to our youth.”

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Haider, whose recent behaviour had caused authorities “significant concern”, had his passport cancelled about a week ago on security grounds.

People seen walking into Haider’s Endeavour Hills’ home today. Source: HeraldSun

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said the Afghani teen, a past member of radical Islamic group Al-Furqan, first came in contact with police three months ago.

He said officers had previously spoken to Haider but his activities had heightened in recent weeks. ????

“We first became aware of this male three months ago when he came into contact with Victoria Police,” Mr Lay said.

“It’s true to say late last week we learned of some behaviours that were causing us significant concern and our interest was greatly heightened.” ???

A constant stream of wellwishers and family have visited Haider’s Endeavour Hills home today. While today it’s in mourning, last night it was crawling with counter-terror officers.

A relative who answered the door said the family were grieving.

The teen’s mother Suraya has barely spoken since the news was broken to her last night.

“She did not know what her son was doing,” the friend told the Herald Sun.

“She is in shock and very upset.”

The teen’s 20-year-old brother is comforting his parents, the friend said.

“We are in mourning, we have not buried the body we have not seen the body, “ he said.

The body of Numan Haider is removed from the scene. Picture: Andrew Batsch Source: News Corp Australia

 

Forensic police outside Endeavour Hills police station. Picture: Getty

Forensic police outside Endeavour Hills police station. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

A neighbour said the teenager had lived at his Endeavour Hills home for several years.

He said Haider would politely nod a greeting in the street.

Earlier it was confirmed that Haider had been waving a flag supporting terror group Islamic State at a shopping centre, bringing him under scrutiny.

It is understood it was at Dandenong Plaza Shopping Centre.

“It’s true to say some of our people came across this person in public places and held conversations with him,” Mr Lay said.

Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the investigation was in its early stages but no specific threat had been made by Haider against Prime Minister Tony Abbott despite reports.

Mr Colvin said “a range of factors” heightened the police interest in the Muslim teen in recent days. ????

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Mr Colvin said a decision was made to talk to Haider about his “rhetoric” and his intentions.  ????

Counter-terrorism officers met Haider outside Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne’s southeast about 7.45pm after the teen told police he felt uneasy about taking in the station’s foyer.

He greeted the officers with a handshake before stabbing an AFP agent in the neck, abdomen and upper body.

He then stabbed a Victoria Police officer twice in the arm.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said the Victorian officer fired a single shot that killed Haider.

A second knife was found on Haider’s body after the shooting.

The AFP officer has undergone surgery in Melbourne and is in a serious but stable condition.

The Victoria Police officer will have surgery today and is in a stable condition.

Police said they had “no choice” but to shoot the teen dead after the stabbings.

“I think the fact that the Joint Counter Terrorism Taskforce was doing some work around him indicates our level of concern,” Mr Lay told 3AW radio today.

Mr Lay said Haider “had one thing on his mind and that was to do the most amount of harm to these people (police officers) that he could”.

Mr Abbott said the incident in Melbourne’s southeast shows some Australians are capable “of very extreme acts” and would do their countrymen harm.

“The suspect did mount a fierce attack on both officers,” Mr Abbott said in a statement issued from the US.

“Obviously, this indicates that there are people in our community who are capable of very extreme acts.

“It also indicates that the police will be constantly vigilant to protect us against people who would do us harm.”

Mr Abbott was briefed on the incident while travelling to New York to attend United Nations meetings dealing with the rising threat of the Islamic State.

Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Ghaith Krayem said members of Al Furqan told him Haider hadn’t been a part of the group for a while.

A bomb squad member is suited up before inspecting the police station. Picture: Mike Keat

A bomb squad member is suited up before inspecting the police station last night. Picture: Mike Keating Source: News Limited ???

Police at the scene. Picture: Mike Keating Source: News Limited

Timeline of last night’s incident. Source: HeraldSun

Harun Mehicevic, leader of Al-Furqan in Springvale, refused to confirm Haider’s alleged involvement in the group.

He said he would not comment on Haider’s attack on two police officers or discuss his death last night.

Speaking outside a Springvale flat near the Al-Furqan bookshop, the controversial sheik said the group was working on a statement to be released later today.

Al Furqan Information Centre in Springvale South was raided by counter-terrorism squads in 2012.

Horat Ali Batoor, a photographer representing Melbourne’s Afghani Hazara community, said Haider appeared to be of Aryan descent.

He said that Haider was not linked to the Hazara community who moved to Melbourne in the 1990s.

“He’s Aryan looking,” he said.

“Probably he was born here.”

Mr Batoor condemned the attack.

“We totally condemn this action,” he said.

“Terrorism is not acceptable, we came here to escape terrorism.”

A large crime scene remains in place at the police station as detectives continue to investigate.

Police and SES members erected a tarp and makeshift wire fence around a silver sedan, believed to be Haider’s car. Detectives removed what is believed to be evidence in paper bags from the scene.

“Our members had no inkling that this individual posed a threat to them,” Mr Cornelius said.

“It’s absolutely clear to us that our members really had no choice other than to act in the way in which they did.”

Mr Lay said the officers would get help to recover from the physical and mental trauma of the attack.

“These were two young men who turned up to work, doing their job, keeping their community safe, in a very very difficult environment,” he said.

Mr Lay has written to all Victoria Police members today warning them to be alert and prepared for any situation.

There will be extra police at the AFL Grand final on Saturday, including undercover operatives.

Mr Cornelius said it was “important that the community understands this is not an exercise in police seeking to single out particular individuals in the community”.

“Where we see individuals in the community behaving in a way which causes a concern to public safety, we have to reach out to those individuals and do what we can to understand what it is that they might be planning to do and put ourselves in a position to deal with those individuals in a way which is safe and in a way which promotes community safety,” he said.

The homicide squad will investigate on behalf of the State Coroner, with the police Professional Standard Commands to oversee the investigation.

Details won’t be made public. Going Going Gone to corrupt 3rd world country Cambodia. We never promised you a rose garden

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Scott Morrison will sign a refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia

Govt confirms Cambodia refugee agreement

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison will sign a controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia at the end of the week.

But details of the agreement won’t be made public until after it is signed off in Phnom Penh on Friday.

The Abbott government only confirmed a deal had been reached after the Cambodian government announced Mr Morrison’s impending visit.

Under the agreement, asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat and are found to be refugees after being processed offshore on Nauru or Manus Island in Papua New Guinea could voluntary choose to be resettled in Cambodia.

They will have freedom of movement and work rights.

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Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison, during Question Time in the House of Representatives. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: News Corp Australia

Mr Morrison, earlier in September, said the arrangement was not about “just putting people somewhere and looking the other way”. Labor is demanding the government release details of the agreement.

It was “completely unacceptable” that Australians were being forced to rely on Cambodia for news of an agreement the government was preparing to sign, opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles said.

He asked how Cambodia was an acceptable location to send refugees when the coalition rejected a Gillard government proposal to resettle asylum seekers in Malaysia.

The government previously has defended the plan by saying Cambodia is a signatory to the UN Convention on Human Rights. However, the Greens and refugee groups have cited the country’s human rights record and poor economic status.

The Greens have vowed to vote against the “dirty deal” if and when the government seeks parliamentary approval for the agreement. As one of the poorest nations in the world, Cambodia struggled to look after its own citizens, let alone the refugees Australia wants to “dump” there, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Women and young girls especially would be at extreme risk of abuse and exploitation.

“The moment those young girls walk off a plane in Cambodia, their lives will be at risk,” she told reporters.

10 things you should never say to someone with bipolar disorder

10 things you should never say to someone with bipolar disorder

Referring to somebody “as bipolar” sort of insinuates that the only thing this person is is an illness .It is more polite to say someone “has bipolar” than “is You wouldn’t say that somebody “is cancer”.

Oh yeah, I’m a bit like that. Feeling fed up is a normal. Clinical depression, however, (whether unipolar or bipolar), is a devil that chews on bones and gorges on souls and should never be underestimated or undermined. 

Do you think I might have it? If you are concerned about your own, or somebody else’s mental health, please do go and see your GP.

Are you like Stephen Fry? No he has the illness

So are all bipolar people creative or genius? I don’t think it plays a part in any of these things that I definitely do possess.

Did you ever try to kill yourself?  I wouldn’t ask this until you’re 99.9% it won’t make you a dick for asking this.

I feel bad for you

Is it cured? Are you cured? Mental illness cannot be “cured”.  It’s pretty much there for life.

Have you taken your medication?This is actually very much a question family and friends of people with bipolar should ask.

I’d love to be able to say my heart doesn’t break a little every time I’m reminded to take my meds, but it does.

Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? Everyone should see this film.

 

Study this and be a Foreign Policy expert

The irony is obvious to many of the commenters, understanding the threat starts with those three. It is the continuing follies of U.S. policy and our involvement in them, that make us a potential target for domestic terrorism — not some bogus perceived external threat.( pic above)

If you listen to what U.S. presidents say, they always invoke freedom, peace, democracy and human rights as they launch their brutal forays into other countries. However if you look at what the U.S. does in the world, then it is clear freedom, peace, democracy and human rights are irrelevant to U.S. policy.

The U.S. talks democracy, but doesn’t hesitate to cuddle up to brutal tyrants, nor to overthrow elected governments. Democracies were replaced by repressive and usually corrupt governments with power bases among the wealthy elites. The Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is among the most notorious for his reign of terror, involving torture, murder and “disappearances”, from 1973 until a popular uprising ousted him in 1990.

Iraq played no role in the 2001 attack on New York’s World Trade Centre, but President George W. Bush used the attack as an excuse to invade Iraq, which was allegedly harbouring Al Qaeda groups. Somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 civilians are reported to have died as a result of the invasion and subsequent fighting, effectively retribution for the 3,000 who died in the WTC attack.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, governed by a repressive family plutocracy, is maintained as a staunch ally of the U.S., even though it too is accused of supplying some groups in the Middle East accused of terrorism. The key, of course, is that Saudi Arabia hosts a large fraction of the world’s oil reserves.

Human-rights abuses are being cited as a prime reason for U.S. intervention, yet the U.S. saw no reason to intervene directly in other barbarities ‒ even including genocide ‒ in places like Cambodia from 1975-79, Rwanda in 1994, the civil wars in the Congo over a long period, in Liberia in the 1990s, and many other parts of Africa and the world.

The consistent factor in U.S. policy clearly is to defend or enhance U.S. “interests” — which means, in practice, the commercial interests of U.S. business. Oil underpins all the other interests. U.S. presidents have always allowed their foreign policy to be bounded by the interests of the country’s rich and powerful.

Why is this apparently so beyond the critical faculties of what passes for Australia’s political conversation? That the US is doing what’s always been normal and can’t afford it so coopts us. Iraq will pay for this excercise whatever the outcome.

The solution ‒ not easy, but clearly available ‒ is to desist from further military intervention. There will, unfortunately, continue to be violence within the Middle East, but the defensible course is to try, by nonviolent means, to reduce the violence as much as possible. Intelligence analyst Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning argues for the viability of such an approach

There is already an overwhelming case, from global warming, for a rapid shift away from oil to renewable, non-polluting sources of energy, such as solar-generated hydrogen.  The further pursuit of control over oil is wrong-headed in every respect, not least because of its costs in blood and money.

As to the so-called leadership of Australia, it adds the spectacle of being a pathetic lap dog to all the US follies it chooses to be complicit in.

Abbott’s let the dogs out and 3 families suffer

 

Be Alert, Be Very, Very Alert! The Person Next To May Have An iPhone.

  • September 24, 2014
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Last night a man was shot by police. A policeman is in hospital with serious wounds. These events are tragic. The man is alleged to have made threats against the Prime Minister (who is currently out of the country). Whether these involved a knife or a chaff bag is unclear at this stage.

It just strikes me as inconsistent that we can dismiss a threat to one prime minister as just being “a figure of speech”, but another will be used by many people as justification for a range of measures. And yes, it  has resulted in a violent altercation.

A few days ago, the terrorist threat was raised to high, but we were told that there was no particular threat.

Then we had the raids. Which we were told had been part of an investigation which had been going on for months. And that an attack would have been carried out within days.

We’re told that the PM and Parliament are a potential target for threats.  this always been the case?  John Howard wore the bullet proof vest when speaking to good, old responsible Aussie gun owners.

Tony Abbott tells us a few days later that all that’s needed for an attack is “a knife, an iPhone and a victim”, but he adds:

“Terrorists want to scare us out of being ourselves and our best response is to insouciantly be fully Australian, to defy the terrorists by going about our normal business,” he told reporters in Sydney.

Abbott went on to tell us that orders to carry out demonstration executions had been sent to the the “small networks” of followers in Australia and other countries.

So, lets make sure that those “small networks” didn’t miss the orders by broadcasting them on the nightly news. Let’s tell everyone that how easy it is to become a terrorist – all you need is “a knife, an iPhone and a victim”

Then say that you need to be “fully Australian”  and just say “She’ll be right, mate” and go off to work.

Videos posted by ISIL stays there and nobody takes it down. Some sort of perverse respect for freedom of speech?

Yet the Murdoch media can completely ignore hundreds of thousands (world-wide) marching on climate change, but find it worth writing stories about less than a hundred protesting the building of a mosque.

 

Abbott said it was simple baddies vs baddies He can’t ID them. They know who we are and Abbott has put a target on our backs

Mosul dam Isis airstrikes

Isis: the international community has responded just as the jihadists wanted

It is irrelevant what terminology the Australian government chooses to use to defend its involvement in a new war because the declared enemy, Isis, has already set the terms

While it might suit us to imagine this fight in binary terms, a struggle of good versus evil, there is an important point that must not be ignored. This war is pulling together an uncomfortable conglomeration of natural allies and natural enemies on one side and pitting them against an equally messy conglomeration of allies on the other. Within this international coalition there is not even a clear set of values underpinning the agenda and perhaps, more worryingly, there is no clear objective.

Some members of this coalition will be satisfied with diminishing the operational capabilities of Isis. Others will want to see Isis destroyed completely, whatever that means. No convincing argument has yet been made about how bombing specific targets in northern Iraq and Syria will help to destroy an ideology which has spread, cancer-like, radicalising limited but troubling numbers of disaffected young Muslim men and women around the world, including in western Sydney.

Complicating this scenario even further will be the outlying objectives of some members of the international coalition. The Sunni governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have long wanted to see off the Alawite dominated regime of Bashar al-Assad, with its allegiances to Shia Iran and Shia Hezbollah, in Lebanon. Speaking on Sunday, Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad put it mildly when he described that approach as “a very dangerous game”

As this drags on, there’s every chance the line will become blurred between radical Sunni Muslim targets and other targets in Iraq and Syria. If, for example Sunni tribes in the north-west of Iraq are not brought back into the fold by a more inclusive national government in Baghdad, how then does the coalition distinguish between them and the radicals? The risk is that what we, in Australia, might see as a clear battle-line between Isis and the rest of the civilized world will be understood in a vastly more nuanced fashion in the Middle East. In truth, this war has a multitude of battle-lines and whilst Australia might be clear about where it stands, it will not always be immediately clear where our partners stand.

The Australian government may have deemed that there is simply no other choice than to commit to this. And they would not be alone in concluding that. But if we are going into battle, we should firstly know if this is in fact “a war”, which side we are on and what precisely it is that we are fighting for.

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