Tag: Australia’s Shame

Blackbirding: Australia’s history of luring, tricking and kidnapping Pacific Islanders – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Starting from the 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were lured, tricked or kidnapped to work on plantations.

Starting from the 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were taken to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland — often by force or trickery.

Unmarked mass graves full of labourers who died on those plantations are still being uncovered today.

Source: Blackbirding: Australia’s history of luring, tricking and kidnapping Pacific Islanders – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

PNG tells Australia it can’t leave Manus Island asylum seekers behind – report | Australia news | The Guardian

PNG’s attorney general reportedly tells high commissioner Australia can’t close camp and leave ‘international fugitives’ behind

Source: PNG tells Australia it can’t leave Manus Island asylum seekers behind – report | Australia news | The Guardian

Power and water cut off for refugees on Manus as Dutton confirms closure | Australia news | The Guardian

Authorities cut off basic services to a number of detention compounds as they try to force refugees out to a transit centre in the township of Lorengau

Source: Power and water cut off for refugees on Manus as Dutton confirms closure | Australia news | The Guardian

Rising inequality and the two party system

The average income of the richest ten per cent of the population is about nine times that of the poorest ten per cent across the OECD, up from seven times, 25 years ago.In emerging economies, such as China and India, a sustained period of strong economic growth has not been evenly distributed and high levels of income inequality have risen further.Brazil is the only emerging economy to reduce inequality in recent years, but the gap between rich and poor is still about five times that of OECD countries.Inequality is now growing within some nation-states as overall wealth has risen and so now we see some of the world’s poorest communities in the richest nations.Australia, for example, is now home to some of the poorest communities in the world.

Source: Rising inequality and the two party system

Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

“I’m unsure about what’s going to happen next but I’m hopeful that things will work out. If you can be happy with nothing, you can be happy with anything. It’s the only way to get by.”( When more Australians are becoming indigenous ) For thousands of Australians, home is a Holden or a Toyota parked in a dimly-lit street, and the number is growing. What’s forcing them to take such drastic action?

Source: Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian

Australia is one of the worst performing countries in terms of protecting its ecoregions. Koalas are a litmus test for conservation of a habitat in crisis

Source: Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian

Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

Australia has broken ranks with the United States and New Zealand over Israel, indicating that it would most likely have opposed the UN Security Council resolution condemning its settlements on Palestinian land.

Source: Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

Finland Set To Become First Country To Remove All Traditional School Subjects

Finland’s education system is always in the top ten in international ratings and is considered one of the best in the world. The authorities have decided to make changes in their already excellent school system.

Source: Finland Set To Become First Country To Remove All Traditional School Subjects

It’s no wonder no-one will help Dutton – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s cut to the chase.  Our refugee policy is a dismal failure and making it worse for cynical political purposes is despicable.  Dutton is a disgrace who has been increasingly emboldened by Turnbull’s weak-kneed pandering to the far right and Labor’s cowardly chase to the bottom for fear of losing the racist vote. Stop the…

Source: It’s no wonder no-one will help Dutton – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Vigilante-style group Soldiers of Odin patrolling Melbourne CBD

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A vigilante-style group is running “safety patrols” in Melbourne’s CBD in a bid to counteract what they claim is rising street crime and the inability of police to protect the public from gangs like Apex.

Source: Vigilante-style group Soldiers of Odin patrolling Melbourne CBD

Kunduz Redux: Australia joins US in Deir al-Zour cock up. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

On Saturday at 5pm local time US Central Command launched airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir al-Zour in the Thardeh Mountain region, killing 62 Syrian Aran Army soldiers and leaving over 100 injured. The SAA was defending a position it had recently reclaimed from Islamic State, and the air strike enabled IS militants to…

Source: Kunduz Redux: Australia joins US in Deir al-Zour cock up. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Government will not explain why it is engaging a second resettlement agency for the sole Nauru refugee who resettled in Cambodia.

Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Federal election 2016: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton links asylum seekers with terrorism

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has linked asylum seekers with terrorism, insisting recent attacks overseas have made border security a key issue for voters at the election.

Source: Federal election 2016: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton links asylum seekers with terrorism

Peter Dutton says news organisations are ‘prolonging the difficulty’ of asylum seekers through coverage – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton hits out at the media over its coverage of asylum seekers and refugees.

Source: Peter Dutton says news organisations are ‘prolonging the difficulty’ of asylum seekers through coverage – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tens of thousands of people have turned out across the country for Anzac Day services, but despite our collective pledge to remember, there are some diggers who were very nearly forgotten.

Source: The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The ICC debunked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Tracie Aylmer Over the past year, people have come to me asking about the International Criminal Court (ICC). While I have recently tried to take a break, events at the ICC haven’t allowed for me to truly get away from it all, so I figured I should explain aspects of the ICC so that…

Source: The ICC debunked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The World’s Most Popular Website Just Ripped The Rug Out From Under Australia Day – New Matilda

If you were hoping to wake up to an all ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi’ Australia Day this morning, then whatever you do, don’t log onto the world’s largest website. In a stunning departure from convention, today’s ‘Google Doodle’ – the picture that adorns the Google logo, and changes based on the significance ofMore

Source: The World’s Most Popular Website Just Ripped The Rug Out From Under Australia Day – New Matilda

Day to Day Politics. ‘A Coalition of well-educated No Hopers’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday January  13  2016 1 Tony Abbott came to the Prime Ministership with a mixture of negative malevolence, callous misogyny, lying, cheating and creating crisis when none existed. With the support of Rupert Murdoch he successfully deceived the Australian public into believing that the country would be better in his hands. The evidence of his…

Source: Day to Day Politics. ‘A Coalition of well-educated No Hopers’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

Australia’s militarised border protection policy borrows its methods from the war on terror – not least by moving questionable activities offshore and outside the easy reach of courts

Source: Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

Drum interview: Climate change isn’t going to wait for Australia – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The UK’s head climate advisor has slammed Australia’s efforts to reduce green house gas emissions, labelling targets sad and a disgrace.

Source: Drum interview: Climate change isn’t going to wait for Australia – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“Death Cult Bad. Escaping Death Cult On Boat Badder”: Government Talking Points Leaked

tony abbott death cult boats

The evil Death Cult wreaking havoc across the Middle East has absolutely no regard for human life, and its victims should under no circumstances try to escape on a boat, leaked Government talking points confirmed today.

“Thank goodness we’re doing everything we can to stop this Death Cult and to stop people fleeing this Death Cult,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today.

Mr Abbott appealed directly to Syrians under threat from the Death Cult. “Let me remind anyone considering running from this brutal, medieval, blood-thirsty, ruthless, callous Death Cult to think very carefully before doing anything silly. Like getting on a maritime vessel to escape it”.

From those who think Adam Goodes was asking for it. They are the same who say a woman raped was asking for it. Reversing the notion of victim.

Five People Who Know The Real Victims Of The Goodes Booing Saga Are White Australians

Surely Adam Goodes isn’t booed because he’s Indigenous?

Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic gold medal that enraged Hitler …

The hero who couldn’t find work when he came home.

Jesse Owens

Track star Jesse Owens defiantly bucks Hitler

by Mike Morrison
Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. (Source:AP)

It was the summer of 1936 and Nazism was running rampant throughout pre-World War II Eastern Europe. The Olympics were coming to Berlin and Adolf Hitler viewed it as a golden opportunity to showcase his country and prove to the rest of the world that his Aryan race was superior. Not so fast, Adolf.

Twenty-two-year-old American Jesse Owens didn’t care much for Hitler’s politics—or any politics for that matter. He just wanted to show off his immense skills and represent his country to the best of his abilities. Just over a year earlier, on May 25, 1935, Owens recorded one of the more mind-boggling performances in track and field history. He broke three world records and tied another at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships in Michigan—in just 45 minutes!

Hitler viewed African-Americans as inferior and chastised the United States for stooping to use these “non-humans.” Despite the endless racial epithets and the constant presence of the red and black swastika, Owens made Hitler eat his words with four gold medals.

Owens Hits Gold

The first gold was in the 100 meters, where Owens edged out teammate Ralph Metcalfe in a time of 10.3 seconds.

Gold number two came in the long jump, where he fouled on his first two attempts. One was just a practice run where he continued down the runway into the pit, but German officials didn’t buy it and counted it as a jump. Top German long jumper Luz Long suggested Owens play it safe and jump a few inches before the usual take-off spot. He took his advice and qualified for the finals, where he won the gold with a leap of 26—5½. And Long was there to congratulate him. “It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler,” Owens would later say. “You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment.”

The third gold was in the 200-meter dash, where he defeated, among others, Jackie Robinson’s older brother Mack and broke the Olympic record with a time of 20.7 seconds.

Gold number four was a controversial one—not with the Germans, but with his fellow Americans. American Jews Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller were supposed to run for the United States on the 4×100 relay team. At the last minute, they were replaced by Owens and Metcalfe and it was reported that Hitler asked U.S. officials not to embarrass him any further by having two Jews win gold in Berlin. Whether that’s true or not, the Owens-led U.S. team rolled to victory in a world record time of 39.8 seconds and Owens’ magical Olympics came to a close.

Charlie’s Country review: Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil produce a work for the ages: NOT TO BE MISSED

David Gulpilil produces a majestic performance in a confronting portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life.

In years to come, the work that Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil have done together in the past dozen years will take an exalted place in the history of Australian film. There is no partnership like it in our cinema.

Through The Tracker (2002), Ten Canoes (2006) and now this beautiful, culminating film, Gulpilil and de Heer have created a patchwork of Aboriginal stories, both spiritual and temporal. The Tracker was history, Ten Canoes was pre-history and Charlie’s Country is about the present.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/charlies-country-review-rolf-de-heer-and-david-gulpilil-produce-a-work-for-the-ages-20140715-ztbq2.html#ixzz3RWpmOgmm

Charlie’s Country review: Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil produce a work for the ages.

Vandals deface Australia Day plaque for anti-racism hero Adam Goodes

The damaged plaque, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, displaying the image of Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014.

The damaged plaque, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, displaying the image of Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014. Photo: Graham Tidy

Vandals have defaced a plaque that bears the image of champion indigenous football player and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore in Canberra.

Goodes is one of dozens of high-profile citizens honoured on the Australians of the Year Walk, which starts at the western end of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the south side of the lake.

The walk, designed by the National Capital Authority, features plaques set atop concrete plinths with photographs and information about the annual winners of the Australian of the Year awards.

A photograph of Goodes, who was named Australian of the Year in January 2014 for his advocacy against racism, was marred by a deep cross scratched in the aluminium plaque on Sunday

Several other faces on nearby plaques had been lightly scratched but showed less serious signs of damage.

A handful of Canberrans, including ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, brought the damaged plaque to the attention of the NCA on Twitter.

The authority used the social media platform on Sunday to assure residents it would repair the damage as soon as possible.

Goodes, a Sydney Swans star who has been awarded two Brownlow medals and claimed two premierships, is considered a role model for young indigenous Australians and budding footballers.

But it has been his staunch fight against racism, after he identified a 13-year-old girl in the MCG crowd who shouted “ape” at him in May 2013, which garnered him the most attention in recent years.

The 35-year-old was named Australian of the Year during Australia Day celebrations in Canberra last year.

At the time Goodes admitted he found it hard to buy into a celebratory notion of Australia Day “because of the sadness and mourning and the sorrow of our people and a culture that unfortunately has been lost to me through generations”.

But he still found cause for optimism, he said. “We are still here, we’ve got a lot to celebrate about being here and that we have one of the longest-serving cultures still alive and kicking.”

Manus Island: What will it take to shock us? Opinion By Julian Burnside

Asylum seeker sews lips shut in protest

The reports coming out of Manus Island right now should be enough to shock us, but they aren’t. What will it take? Barrister Julian Burnside has some ideas.

Reports about what is happening on Manus Island are mixed. According to inside sources, hundreds of asylum seekers are on a hunger strike, many have sewn their lips together, and tensions are high. According to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, security levels have been high, as a precaution, and the hunger strike and lip sewing are the result of urging by refugee advocates. There has been little apparent public concern.

Some of the hunger strikers have said they are willing to die, and want to donate their organs to Australians. The public, in its post-Christmas torpor, was unmoved. Letters sent from Manus have been published, but this has provoked outrage only in that minority of Australians who are concerned about refugees. The public remain unmoved.

In February 2014, Reza Berati was murdered inside the Manus detention facility, allegedly by members of the staff who were supposedly keeping the detainees safe. I have been informed that eyewitnesses to the murder are still being held in solitary confinement. No one has yet been brought to trial for the murder. In September 2014, Hamid Kehazaei died of septicaemia after an infected foot was inadequately treated. Nobody has been held to account for his death in what looks like significant medical negligence.

Public reaction to these things has been minimal.

There are a few facts we all know, or should know. First (and arguably the most significant fact): the asylum seekers held on Manus and in other detention centres are not “illegal”. They have committed no offence by coming to Australia seeking protection.

They are held in captivity without charge and without trial, because their conduct in seeking asylum is not an offence under Australian law. The government of Australia, and parts of the media, refer to them as “illegals” because it makes locking them up look faintly respectable. When they arrive in Australia asking to be protected from persecution, Australia takes them forcibly, against their will, to Manus. There they are held in uncomfortable, unhygienic conditions in tropical heat. They wait until their claims for refugee status are determined. Some of them have been there for about two years.

It should shock us to know how comprehensively the government has lied to us about Manus. It lies to us by calling asylum seekers “illegal”. It lies to us about the conditions in which they are held. Maybe it would shock us to know that the people who are being mistreated by our government (and at vast expense to the taxpayer) are just ordinary people: human beings who have the same hopes and desires, the same frailties and fears as most of us.

Second: It is very clear that, if you lock up an innocent person in circumstances where they do not know how long it will be before they are released, they fall into hopelessness and despair after about 12 or 18 months. One very well-documented response to this despair is self-harm. Typically, they will cut themselves, or sew their lips together, or try to starve themselves to death.

Third: conditions in Manus are very harsh. In October 2013, the UNHCR reported on conditions on Manus. It noted:

Overall, UNHCR was deeply troubled to observe that the current policies, operational approaches and harsh physical conditions at the [detention centre] do not comply with international standards and in particular …constitute arbitrary and mandatory detention under international law; …and do not provide safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention…

There is not much doubt that our treatment of asylum seekers in Manus constitutes a crime against humanity. This is a matter of legal analysis, not political rhetoric. The hard facts about the horrific conditions on Manus Island that I’ve outlined above may not be enough to shock us, but the one thing that really might shock us is to see Abbott, Morrison and Dutton prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for those crimes. That’s a pro bono case I would gladly prosecute.

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister and an advocate for human rights and fair treatment of refugees.

Australia slashes funding for UN Environment Programme

Greg Hunt

Australian minister for the environment Greg Hunt said some of the funds amounted to ‘bureaucratic support’ for the UN.

Cuts to environmental sustainability agency make country a ‘global pariah on the climate front’, says Australian Greens party

Australia will cut its funding to the UN Environment Programme (Unep) by more than 80%, it has been reported.

The federal government was due to give $1.2m to Unep this year, but will now give just $200,000. The ABC reported $4m would be cut over the next four years.

The environment minister, Greg Hunt, said the fund was not a budget priority for the government.

“You’ve always got to make choices in a difficult budget environment. I would imagine that most Australians would think that putting $12m into coral reef protection within our region, and combating illegal logging of the rainforests of the Asia Pacific would be a pretty good investment, rather than $4m for bureaucratic support within the UN system,” Hunt said.

Unep was established in 1972 with the aim of promoting environmental sustainability through global action. It relies on contributions from member countries.

“Close to 90% of the financing of Unep is voluntary and depends on countries’ goodwill and also their recognition of Unep,” the executive director of the program, Achim Steiner, told the ABC.

“You have to be disappointed [with the funding cut] because clearly the contribution of member states is what enables the Unep to fulfil its mandate and be of service to the global community,” Steiner said.

The opposition spokeswoman on foreign affairs, Tanya Plibersek, said: “Tony Abbott tried to keep climate change off the G20 agenda, but he failed. That’s because other world leaders know climate change is both an environmental and economic issue.”

“The cuts revealed today just reinforce that when it comes to climate change Tony Abbott is out on his own.”

Based on its funding commitments for 2012, Australia ranked 13th globally in its support for Unep. The Netherlands contributed the most, with $10m. The US pledged $6.5m and the UK $5.7m.

The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will soon visit Peru for major international climate talks that have been hailed the best chance in a generation for reaching global climate consensus.

The Greens leader, Christine Milne, labelled the funding cut “a slap in the face”. “Australia is a global pariah on the climate front,” Milne said on Tuesday. “This sleight of hand is just extraordinary.”

She accused the government of using money taken from Unep to fund its commitment to stop illegal logging of rainforests, made at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in November.

“This is really Australia on a world stage behaving badly on the climate. We are so out of step as a nation with the rest of the world. We are not only risking the environment, but Australia’s standing in the world is seriously diminished by the Abbott government,” Milne said.

Australian actor Bryan Brown launches campaign against holding asylum seeker children in detention

A group of prominent Australians are lending their voices to a campaign to end the practice of holding children in detention centres.

The We’re Better Than This movement includes well known Australian sportspeople, business people and actors such as Ita Buttrose, Ian Chappell, Claudia Karvan and George Gregan.

The song We’re Better Than This has been released online amid comparisons to Live Aid’s We Are The World.

A group of prominent Australians are lending their voices to a campaign to end the practice of holding children in detention centres.

The We’re Better Than This movement includes well known Australian sportspeople, business people and actors such as Ita Buttrose, Ian Chappell, Claudia Karvan and George Gregan.

The song We’re Better Than This has been released online amid comparisons to Live Aid’s We Are The World.

Actor Bryan Brown is heading the campaign and said it was time for the Government to find an alternative way of managing young asylum seekers.

“These children are self-harming. They’re in there for 400 days on average, and we’ve got to treat them better than this,” he said.

“We want the subject talked about. Our Government, our politicians, are being given the responsibility to look after these children and we want them to take that responsibility and to do it properly, which is what they are not doing at the moment.

“We want it discussed and we want them to come up with an alternative way of dealing with these children which is humane and proper.”

Brown said he came up with the idea for We’re Better Than This after recieving a “magnificent” response from a number of prominent people who said they wanted to join the campaign.

“A couple of mates were talking to me about how wrong this was and we had a few discussions and we thought we had better do something about it,” he said.

“It’s too easy to sit around and talk about things and you sort of have to get off your bum and do stuff. This is appalling how these children are being treated.

“So I sent out emails to a number of prominent people, some I knew and others I didn’t, and the response from them was magnificent, and they said ‘yes’ – they wanted to be part of a We Are The World type video.”

Brown said the Australian Government needed to be held accountable for how children in detention were being treated.

“There’s about 700 children being kept on the mainland and offshore. We want all of them – we want this addressed – as to how you treat 700 children, or more, or whoever we take in while we’re dealing with immigration problems,” he said.

“How do we look after those children? Whether they go into homes in Australia – into Australian homes or how it’s done. We want that talked about, and we want the Government to address it.

“I find it deeply depressing to think that a country that I have a lot of pride in can actually think that this is alright how we look after children, by putting them behind barbed wire where children are self-harming. That somehow this is OK.”

‘The more I think about it, the more I’m just appalled’

In response to the Government’s announcement earlier this year that young children and their families held in detention in Australia would be released on bridging visas, Brown said the move was positive but not enough.

The policy will not extend to children being held on Nauru and Christmas Island.

Most Australians know how to look after children. Our Government doesn’t. Both sides of politics have failed in this. And I think it’s time they pulled their finger out.

Actor Bryan Brown

“I don’t know how we’ve got to this position. And that was a comment made by many of the people that are in this video. ‘How did we get here? How did we think this is alright?’

“If we don’t know how to look after children who are put in our care, how do we know how to do anything else? The more I think about it, the more I am just appalled.

“I don’t know how decisions can be made by people who represent me and my friends and the other people that are Australians, how they can choose to think this is the way to look after children.

“These children are here. How they got here and why they got here is a whole other conversation. But we have the responsibility to look after them. It’s as simple as that.

“I know how to look after children. I brought up three of them. Most Australians know how to look after children. Our Government doesn’t. Both sides of politics have failed in this. And I think it’s time they pulled their finger out.”

Professor Gillian Triggs, president of Australian Human Rights Commission, also took part in the video and said the practice of detaining children marred Australia’s international human rights reputation.

“No other country in the world holds children in the way that we do and the United Nations is very, very concerned about Australia’s policies,” she said.

Buttrose, who is part of the campaign, said the detention of children was responsible for destroying childhoods.

“I think when you lock a child up, you lock up their imagination and when you do that, you destroy the childhood,” she said.

Only 38% of Australia’s Ebola funds have made it to Africa, group claims. Is there anything noble about this government?

A healthcare worker dressing in protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Advocacy group One says the global response to the virus has been too slow and funds are stuck in treasury departments

Only 38% of the funds pledged by Australia to fight the Ebola crisis have been distributed to stricken west African countries, an international advocacy organisation has claimed.

Campaigning group One, which boasts over six million members worldwide, has created an online Ebola tracker tool which shows how much funding, equipment and health personnel have been pledged by donor countries and large foundations.

Australia has committed a total of $42m to tackle the disease, $20m of which will go to private Australian company Aspen Medical to operate a UK-built medical centre in Sierra Leone. Another $18m has gone to the United Nations’ Ebola response.

Spokeswoman for One, Friederike Roder, has told Guardian Australia that less than 40% of the money Australia has already committed has made it to Ebola-stricken communities.

“We don’t need words, we need action,” Roder said. “Australia’s response, like the response of many other countries, has been too slow.”

But Roder admits there’s a “lack of clarity” around how and when the money is distributed, saying after countries make their pledges, “no one knows if it is then left in Treasury departments”.

Labor said the government’s response to Ebola leaves Australia in danger of being internationally isolated.

Tanya Plibersek, the opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, said: ”As the current president of the UN security council, the Abbott government must explain exactly how it is providing leadership on the fight against Ebola, especially given the security council resolution Australia co-sponsored and voted for back in September calling on all nations to do more,”

Australia co-sponsored a UN bill to call for a better global response to the virus, which has killed more than 5,000 people worldwide.

“At the G20 in Brisbane last weekend, the world’s most powerful leaders called on the international community, including Australia, to do more to get the Ebola crisis under control,” Plibersek said.

G20 leaders issued a statement on Ebola following the two-day conference, despite Tony Abbott’s efforts to keep the international meeting focused on economic issues.

Roder welcomed the statement but said the meeting failed to deliver substantive goals in stopping the spread of the disease.

“It [Ebola] made it onto the G20 agenda way too late,” Roder said.

World leaders needed to set out a timetable for how services and resources would be delivered to disease-affected communities, she said.

The comments come as aid agencies defend the slow rollout of services at a newly-built hospital in Sierra Leone. The 80-bed facility, which has been functional for the last fortnight, has only seen 18 patients so far.

Roder said there needs to be more transparency of how resources are being used.

“We need better international coordination. There’s very little information about what’s happening on the ground in west Africa,” Roder said.

The advocacy group has released a video featuring celebrities such as Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon to raise awareness of the disease

home » India-News » India Australia: Gurdwara in target of anti-Islamic slurs

 

Australian readers of News Corp are the pride of Aussie bigotry they found the Muslims they were looking for. I think they had their hoods on back to front.

A newly-built Sikh gurdwara has been vandalised and painted with obscene messages and anti-Islamic slurs in Australia’s Perth city.

The multi-million dollar gurdwara in Bennett Springs was painted with the words like “Aussie pride” and “go home”, ABC reported. Security cameras of the gurdwara were also damaged. “We are from India, particularly from Punjab, we have got no relation with any other religion.

We are Sikhs and our religion is totally different from any other religion,” said the pastor Satjit Singh.

He said the vandalism was very upsetting and the damage could cost up to $50,000 to repair. I’m ashamed because I’m also a citizen and someone who is a citizen here has done it, he said. “It hurts me, and I believe it’s insulting to the Australian community and the people.”

The treasurer of the gurdwara, Aman Deep Singh, said it was very hurtful. “Whoever has done this, he has done a shameful act, and also, please get your knowledge right,” Aman Deep said. “Make the difference between Arabs and Sikhs and above all we all are here, we have left our businesses, jobs. They have done so much damage.

They have not actually just done the damage to this temple, they have done the damage to the whole country,” he said. He said these “shameful acts” damaged the progress of the country.

Labor MP Margaret Quirk said the racial slurs showed “complete ignorance”. “Most of the people that worship in this temple are in fact Australian citizens and this of all weeks; it’s particularly shocking,” she said. Sikh soldiers were beside Aussie soldiers at Gallipoli and so this week of course we remember that it’s the centenary of our soldiers going to Gallipoli and we serve next to many soldiers who were of the Sikh religion, she said.

“It would be no less acceptable if this was done on a mosque but it does show the calibre of the people that are doing this graffiti. I think racially and religiously motivated vilification and graffiti should be stamped on immediately,” she said.

“On behalf of the West Australian community I certainly want to apologise to my friends in the Sikh community that they have to put up with this rubbish,” she added. The incident has occured few days after two Perth mosques and an Islamic school were vandalised and had been painted with slogans against Islam.

BOLT IS SCUM, MALCOLM FRASER IS A LIBERAL, A HUMAN AND SO RIGHT

Bolt is Scum
Quote: “WHY have the Greens — and leftists such as former prime minister Malcolm Fraser — made Sri Lanka their favourite villain?  “Is it so they can now attack Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a criminal for sending back two boats with 200 [alleged] Tamils intercepted a week ago? ”
Basically Bolt is calling Christine Milne MP,  Malcolm Fraser, Retired PM, Chief Justice Alister Nicholson, his mates Steven Harper Canadian PM & his security, David Cameron British PM ,MI5  and a host of other heads of state uninformed liars for condemning  the Sri Lankan government’s record on Human Rights abuses.
Like the misinformed 97% of scientists of Climate Change the UN and the security services of a host of countries are in total error about the Sri Lankan government. There is no chance let alone 51% chance  that current lot of asylum seekers are being handed back like “Jews to the Nazis”.
If as Bolt says they are merely “alleged” Tamils why are they being handed to Sri Lanka anyway? That alone is criminal let alone giving their navy two vessels.
Bolt has been quoted saying his heart is in Aalsmere the small village of his forebears. Infamous for  it’s dark past having elected the most Nazi sympathizing council and mayor in Holland. After WW2 100’s of cases were brought to justice in the sweet little village of Aalsmere.