The free forums are now under new ownership, a full announcement will be made shortly
Some are speculating an Islamic invasion of Australia by Indonesia. Barak Hussein Obama was raised in Indonesia.
Obama visited in November 9–10, 2010 in Jakarta, TNI-AU Force was offered 24 ex-USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 32 for free.
In October 2011 the House of Representatives approved the grant.
Obama is militarizing this islamic power which is a threat to Australia.
Australia at the center of a new world order
November 17, 2011 News.com.au
US President Barack Obama will use troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan to bolster forces in the Asia-Pacific - the strongest sign yet that Australia will be at the centre of a new world order.
Announcing yesterday, during a historic speech to the Australian parliament, that he had already told his national security team to draw up plans, Mr Obama gave his strongest vow to date about more US involvement in our economic zone, The Daily Telegraph reported.
He also promised planned cuts to US defence spending to tackle the country's debt crisis would not apply to the Asia-Pacific, where existing bases would be strengthened with a greater and more flexible military presence.
The hawkish push into the region was met with a frosty reception from Beijing.
Chinese officials yesterday questioned the US plan, accusing it of "flexing its muscles over the South China Sea issue".
"The move may not be in the interest of countries in the region," a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
An opinion piece on China's People's Daily website also warned that "Australia will be caught in the crossfire" if it uses its military bases to help the US harm Chinese interests.
"Australia surely cannot play China for a fool," it stated.
"It is impossible for China to remain detached no matter what Australia does to undermine its security. One thing is certain - if Australia uses its military bases to help the US harm Chinese interests, then Australia itself will be caught in the crossfire.
Australia should at least prevent things from growing out of control. Australia should cherish its friendship with China and show this, not merely spout soothing words."
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd last night said: "We are not going to have our national security policy dictated by any other external power ... We don't seek to dictate to the Chinese what their national security policy should be."
The move to switch troops from the two war zones into our region was first raised by Mr Rudd at last year's Ausmin meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mr Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrive in Bali today for the high-powered East Asia Summit, at which the issue of China's provocative claims over natural resources in the South China Sea will be a focus.
While most ASEAN countries will privately welcome the tough talk on China, analysts acknowledge yesterday's announcement may hamper security talks today when Mr Obama will be the first US president to attend a meeting of the East Asia Summit.
Russian and Indian leaders will also attend for the first time, in an expanded forum established by Australia and which has now become the leading world group for economic and security issues.
Obama said that as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wound down, he would make the Asia-Pacific region a key priority.
"As we end today's wars I have directed my national security team to make our presence and missions in the Asia-Pacific a top priority," he said.
"As a result, reductions in US defence spending will not, I repeat will not, come at the expense of the Asia-Pacific."
He said the US would seek co-operation with China, including communication between militaries to foster understanding and avoid "miscalculation".
"We will do this even as we continue to speak candidly to Beijing about the importance of upholding international norms and respecting the universal human rights of the Chinese people," he said.
President Obama and Bob Brown have a brieft chat, as PM Julia Gillard looks on in the background. Picture: AFP
Obama also turned his attention to US domestic issues while outlining his Pacific priorities, saying the region was crucial to achieving his country's economic goals.
"As the world's fastest-growing region - and home to more than half the global economy - Asia is critical to achieving my highest priority: creating jobs and opportunity for the American people," he said.
"With most of the world's nuclear powers and nearly half of humanity, this region will largely define whether the century ahead will be marked by conflict or co-operation, needless suffering or human progress.
"As President, I've therefore made a deliberate and strategic decision - as a Pacific nation, the US will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future, by upholding core principles and in close partnership with allies and friends. In an interconnected world we all rise and fall together." In a historic joint meeting of senators and MPs in the house of representatives in Canberra, the US President described his country's alliance with Australia as never stronger and the values of the two nations as just as important as any wartime partnerships
"The bonds between us run deep," he said.
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Australian stocks hit 11-month low
July 29, 2011 AUSTRALIAN shares have hit a near 11-month low as investors head into what has been labelled possibly the most crucial weekend in history for financial markets.
Negotiations will continue in coming days after Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives postponed a vote on legislation to avert the threatened August 2 debt default.
"We're basically standing on the edge of an abyss peaking over, with the bottom nowhere to be seen," IG Markets strategist Ben Potter said.
"That's the situation facing all financial markets heading into a weekend that could prove to be one of the most crucial in history."
At 4.15pm (AEST) today, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 39.2 points, or 0.88 per cent, at 4424.6, and the broader All Ordinaries index was down 38.7 points, or 0.85 per cent, at 4500.5.
Australian unemployment rate rises unexpectedly
10 August 2011 - The Australian unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.1% in July, according to data compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Economists had been expecting an unemployment rate of 4.9%.
The number of people unemployed increased by 18,000 to 611,600 while the number of employed remained broadly unchanged at 11.45 million, the ABS data showed.
The country's participation rate remained steady at 65.6%.
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Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigns
22 February 2012
Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has resigned amid widespread reports of a leadership tussle between him and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
He made the announcement at a press conference in Washington DC, where he had earlier met US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Ms Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as PM in June 2010. There has been speculation he plans to challenge her for the top job.
Ms Gillard said Mr Rudd did not inform her he intended to resign.
Amid the leadership wrangling she had faced calls from backbenchers to sack Mr Rudd - who said her failure to defend him from these attacks had helped him come to a decision.
What Mr. Rudd said and the way he said it shows how much better he is at diplomacy and has better integrity than the associate who stabbed him in the back and leads a minority government as a resilt. He compared the dramas in government as viewed by the people as a soap opera.
He is not an avowed atheist like Miss Gillard who lives in Government House in Canberra with her live-in boyfriend.
She and her buddies stabbed him in the back shortly before the last election.
Labor Party went from a good working majority under Mr Rudd to a minority which rules in the lower house purely with the votes of one Green representative and two independants.
Green is communist, evil, NWO.
Kevin Rudd to run against PM Julia Gillard for Aussie leadership
Fitch downgrades 3 Australian banks; Aussie falls
24 February 2012 Another major credit rating agency has downgraded Australia's banking sector, with Fitch Ratings citing higher bank funding costs for rating cuts that took some sheen off the Australian dollar.
Fitch downgraded by one notch its credit rating on Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd. , Westpac Banking Corp. (WBC.AU) and National Australia Bank Ltd. to "AA-" from "AA".
It didn't change its position on Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., which already had a "AA-" rating.
Aussie Eugenicists argue FOR Killing Babies!
February 29, 2012 Australian PM Julia Gillard defeats Kevin Rudd in the Labor leadership vote.
Ethicists argue killing newborn babies should be allowed. And you thought Hitler was gone.
The practice of infanticide has its origins in barbaric eras of ancient history, but it is still common is many areas of the world today, including China.
A paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics argues that abortion should be extended to make the killing of newborn babies permissible,
even if the baby is perfectly Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva at the University of Melbourne want a healthy baby killed.
They claim fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons.
Its a short step from killing babies after declaring them non-persons,
to killing Christians, Jews, blacks - declaring us non-persons.
Isnt that what Hitler did?
Thousands of spiders blanket Australian farm after escaping
March 7, 2012 Thousands of normally solitary wolf spiders have blanketed an Australian farm after fleeing a rising flood.
Reuters reports that the flooding has forced more than 8,000 Australian (human) residents from their homes in the city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. But for every temporarily displaced person, it appears several spiders have moved in to fill the void.
"What we've seen here is a type of wolf spider," Owen Seeman, an arachnid expert at Queensland Museum, told Reuters. "They are trying to hide away (from the waters)."
The Australian Museum's entomology collections manager Graham Milledge told Reuters that there's even a term for the phenomenon, "ballooning," and that it is typical behavior for spiders forced to escape rising waters.
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Outbreak of Hendra virus in Australia
JULY 5 ,2011 The outbreak of Hendra virus that has killed six horses and exposed 26 people to infection has reached the outskirts of Brisbane and is the most virulent in the known history of the fruit bat-borne disease. As the emergency spread to Queensland capital, chief veterinarian Rick Symons warned the outbreak was killing horses faster than before, and testing had indicated 30 per cent of samples from a southeast Queensland flying fox population had the virus.
The first outbreak of the virus was in 1994.
21 August 2010 Australia count begins after tight election race.
Labor Party incumbent Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition challenger Tony Abbott were neck-and-neck ahead of the voting, which Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, had described a cliffhanger.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is facing a strong challenge from Tony Abbott
Counting is underway in Australia in a general election that looks to be one of the tightest in the country for decades.
Is New Oz PM Head of Satanist Lodge?
July 13, 2010 by Henry Makow Ph. D
In a dramatic coup June 24 2010, Julia Gillard took over as Prime Minister from Kevin Rudd and became Australia's first female PM.
Gillard is the first PM to be unmarried and a lesbian. (She is in a relationship with Tim Mathieson - who is a "beard.") She is the first PM to be sworn in without making reference to God. (Gillard is an atheist and has no religious beliefs.)
A reader has suggested that Gillard is head of the Satanic Alpha lodge of Sydney ("Australia`s global satanic legacy and future.")
This is based on the posthumous confessions of a leading Australian Satanist "Frater 616":
As PM, Gillard just looks like another version of Rudd. Pretending to listen to the people, she instead pushes the NWO agenda. Being a non-religious 50 year old woman in a de-facto relationship is nothing unusual in Australia anymore. Gillard simply mirrors what Australia already is, while helping to push it ever closer to extinction in the name of "tolerance."
Gillard, Labor to govern Australia
Sept. 7, 2010 Can you spell RIGGED? The NWO choose in elections. They are NOT fair.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's center-left Labor Party will form a minority government to rule Australia for a second three-year term, after two independent lawmakers joined her coalition this afternoon, in the interest of stable government.
The decision by Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott gives Gillard's party control of 76 seats in the 150-seat House or Representatives and avoids the need for another round of polls, following inconclusive elections late last month.
It also means Gillard can continue with her plans to introduce a 30 per cent tax on iron ore and coal miners' burgeoning profits and make Australia's biggest polluters pay for carbon gas emissions.
"From New Zealand's point of view, we're looking forward to working with the Government.
"I know what it's like to be in a tough fight, this is the tinniest of margins."
Australia Senate Passes Carbon Tax Bill
November 8, 2011 This is a tax on breathing!
The Gillard government declared victory for a "historic economic reform" after the Senate passed a carbon tax. Coalition leader Tony Abbott was overseas when the Senate took its vote, but National Party frontbencher Senator Barnaby Joyce declared it was "a sad day when we reorganise our economy on the basis of a colourless, odourless gas ... it is the height of foolishness."
UN Agenda 21 * Euthanasia * 666
Carbon tax is a tax on breathing. Its nuts.
Man breathes OUT carbon dioxide - CO2 - which plants breathe IN.
Plants give off oxygen which man and animals breathe IN.
Australian billionaire to build Titanic II
30 April 2012 One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York.
Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions as its predecessor.
"It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," Palmer said in a statement.
"Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere and her maiden voyage from England to North America is scheduled for late 2016."
Australia's RBA lowers growth, inflation forecasts
3 May 2012 The Reserve Bank of Australia on Friday lowered its growth and inflation forecasts and painted a subdued outlook for the economy, saying growth so far this year has only been modest and varies significantly across the country.
The new forecasts come days after the central bank cut its cash rate target by 50 basis points to 3.75% in its biggest policy move since the 2008-2009 phase of the global financial crisis.
But the bank gave little away on the timing of any next policy easing, saying only that it continues to monitor economic data and will "adjust the cash rate as necessary to foster sustainable growth and low inflation."
Explaining its reasons for Tuesday's big rate cut the RBA said it wants an easing in financial conditions "in order to deliver the appropriate level of borrowing costs" for consumers.
Its latest assessment of the economy covered familiar themes.
The bank again highlighted the impact of the strong Australian dollar--which it doesn't assume will weaken over its forecast period--and cautioned that the outlook for employment remains subdued at best in an economy split between a red-hot mining sector and sluggish conditions elsewhere.
Core inflation is forecast to remain inside its 2%-3% target band through to the end of 2013 reflecting moderate wages growth in a soft jobs market and amid expected improvements in productivity.
Economic growth in year ended terms is expected at 2.75% in June compared with a previous forecast of 3.5% and is expected at 3.0% at year end, down from a February forecast of 3%-3.5%.
Analysts are divided on the bank's next policy move.
Local lenders so far have only partially passed on the RBA's rate cut, something that could force further easing by the central bank in coming months.
On the risks to Australia from global developments, the RBA warned that any sharp ramp up in Europe's crisis could have significant effects on trade demand with Asia, which in turn would hurt commodities prices.
Chart of the Day: Australian Credit Growth Has Collapsed
3 May 2012 , by Edward Harrison (Credit Writedowns)
Source: Nowhere to Grow – Steve Keen’s Debtwatch http://www.debtdeflation.com/blogs/2012/05/02/nowhere-to-grow
Australia consumer mood downbeat despite rate cut
13 June 2012 Consumer mood hard to budge despite rate cuts
--Global fears a key factor
--Some evidence property back in vogue
Australia Awards Infanticide Backer Peter Singer Its Highest Honor
6/12/12 Australia Awards Infanticide Backer Peter Singer Its Highest Honor
Good grief. Peter Singer is one of the most subversive, pro culture of death advocates in the world, and he has been granted Australia’s highest civic award. After my head stopped exploding, I took to The Corner: From “Australia Awards Infanticide Guru Highest Civic Award:”
Singer is best known for advocating the ethical propriety of infanticide. But that isn’t nearly the limit of his odious advocacy. Here is a partial list of some other notable Singer bon mots:
- Singer supports using cognitively disabled people in medical experiments instead of animals that have a higher “quality of life.”
- Singer does not believe humans reach “full moral status” until after the age of two.Singer supports non-voluntary euthanasia of human “non-persons.”
- Singer started the “Great Ape Project” that would establish a “community of equals” among humans, gorillas, bonobos, chimpanzees, and orangutans.
- Singer has defended bestiality.
- Singer supports health-care rationing based on “quality of life.” (DEATH PANELS)
– Singer has questioned whether “the continuance of our species is justifiable,” since it will result in suffering.
– Singer believes “speciesism” — viewing humans as having greater value than animals — is akin to racism.
– Singer believes that animals should be given “equal consideration” with humans in utilitarian policy analyses.
– Singer asserted that Australia’s greenhouse-gas emissions are morally equivalent to “waging aggressive war on Bangladesh.”
Well, you get the idea. As the old song says, it’s a sign of the times. The more radical and anti–human exceptionalism a public intellectual’s views, the greater his or her chances are of receiving civic and academic accolades.
What a disgraceful thing for the Aussie government to do. I am not alone in my scorn.
Australia marine reserve
14 Jun 2012 Australia to create the world's largest network of marine parks ahead of the Rio+20 summit.
Australia is increasingly appearing on the leading edge of the New World Order, which is NOT a good thing.
The reserves will include the Coral Sea.
Restrictions will be placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration in the protected zone covering 1/3 of Australian waters.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and wacko Minister Tony Burke will attend Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil next week.
Rio is a global gathering of nutcase leaders from more than 130 nations.
This is nothing less than witchcraft, earth worship, diminishing humans for whom Christ died.
Folks, these waters are already toxic with radiation from the Japan reactor.
UN Rio Summit
Anti-American Islamic jihad hits Australia
September 15, 2012 The fury over an anti-Islam film that targeted American diplomatic missions has spread to include a number of other Western facilities in the Muslim world, raising the specter Saturday of a widening protest.
Attacks on German and British embassies in Sudan, the ransacking of an American school in Tunisia, a fire at a U.S.-based fast-food restaurant in Lebanon and attacks against multi-national peacekeepers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were among the latest targets in protests that turned violent.
Top Western diplomats warned leaders in countries where the unrest has been most pronounced to ensure the protection of its missions and its people.
"I am following the unfolding events with grave concern and call on national authorities in all countries concerned to swiftly ensure the security of diplomatic mission and protect diplomatic staff," Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign affairs chief, said in a statement.
Australia to Abandon the U.S. Dollar
April 11, 2013 Australia’s announcement that it is abandoning the U.S. dollar for trade with China is the latest broadside in the global currency war. Starting April 10, Australia and China will no longer use the U.S. dollar for trade between the two nations. For the first time, Australian businesses will be able to conduct trade in Chinese yuan. No more need for U.S. dollar intermediation.
This is a significant announcement and key development for China as it continues its campaign to internationalize the yuan and chip away at the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement during an official visit to Shanghai on Monday. She noted that China is now Australia’s biggest trading partner and that the direct currency trading would be a “huge advantage for Australia.”
She called the currency accord a “strategic step forward for Australia as we add to our economic engagement with China.”
According to hsbc bank, more than 40 percent of small and medium-size Australian businesses that trade with China plan to offer quotes for goods and services in yuan. No longer will Chinese customers need U.S. dollars before purchasing Australian goods.
For China, this is a big accomplishment as it works toward its goal of having about a third of its foreign trade settled in yuan by 2015.
But for the U.S. dollar, it is more like the treatment the U.S. Eighth Army got at Chosin Reservoir in Korea.
This Australia-China currency pact isn’t the only whipping the dollar has taken lately either.
On March 26, China and Brazil agreed to cut out the U.S. dollar for approximately half of their trade. Some $30 billion worth of commerce per year will now be conducted in yuan and reals. Brazilian Economy Minister Guido Mantega said the trade and currency agreement would act as a buffer against any unexpected dollar turbulence in the international financial markets.
Less than a week later, China announced its participation in the joint brics bank initiative. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa announced the creation of a new development bank that some analysts say has the potential to rival the U.S.-dominated World Bank and European-influenced International Monetary Fund.
“Most people assume that the current economic crisis has led to a great strengthening of the power of the World Bank and the imf, and that this power is largely uncontested,” notes Prof. Geoffrey Wood, who teaches at Warwick Business School. “The proposed brics development bank represents an important new development that potentially further circumscribes the influence of these bodies.”
America’s other major ally in the Pacific announced last year that it would be curtailing its use of the dollar too. In June, Japan and China began cutting out the dollar in bilateral trade. The initiative was announced as part of a broad agreement to reinforce financial ties between the world’s third- and fourth-largest economies.
Similar dollar exclusion deals have been announced by Russia and China, Russia and Iran, India and Iran, and India and Japan.
“[T]he free lunch the U.S. has enjoyed ever since the advent of the U.S. dollar as world reserve currency may be coming to an end,” writes popular financial blog ZeroHedge. “And since there is no such thing as a free lunch, all the deferred pain the U.S. Treasury Department has been able to offset thanks to its global currency monopoly status will come crashing down the second the world starts getting doubts about the true nature of just who the real reserve currency will be in the future.”
As more nations challenge the dollar’s position as reserve currency it will greatly impact living standards in America. Interest rates will skyrocket. The government will be forced to resort to full-scale money printing to finance its debt. Credit and loans will become unaffordable, collapsing much of America’s consumer economy. Monetary inflation will shoot through the roof destroying the value of people’s savings. And higher levels of unemployment will become a way of life.
By jumping ship and swimming to China, Australia may think it will mitigate the worst of the looming dollar war. But eking out strategic partnerships with China comes with a whole set of other risks that are just as deadly.
The next PM of Australia admires the Jesuits
"Abbott attended primary school at St Aloysius' College at Milson's Point, before completing his secondary school education at St Ignatius' College, Riverview in Sydney (both are Jesuit schools).
In 1984, aged 26, Abbott entered St Patrick's Seminary, Manly. At high school, Abbott had been taught and influenced by the Jesuits, a liberal Catholic religious order, and nominates Fr. Emmett Costello SJ as a significant mentor. At university, he encountered B. A. Santamaria, a noted Catholic political activist who had led a movement against Communism within the Australian trade union movement and Labor Party a generation earlier. Abbott did not complete his studies at the seminary, quitting the institution in 1987.
Throughout his time as a student and seminarian, Abbott was writing articles for newspapers and magazines—first for the Sydney University Newspaper, and later The Catholic Weekly and national publications like The Bulletin. He eventually became a journalist and wrote for The Australian."
Opposition leader Tony Abbott prepares to give his address at the National Press Club on January 31, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Gillard yesterday set Australia's election date for September 14, making the campaign period the longest in Australia's history. Opposition leader Tony Abbott used his speech to outline his plan to win the Australian publics vote.
New Australian commercial: ‘You’re having a lesbian’
A pregnant woman holds her partner's hand while a hospital technician checks on the unborn baby with an ultrasound machine. The technician then turns to the couple and asks if they want to know what they're having. They nod.
"You're having a lesbian," the technician says. The overjoyed parents-to-be break into smiles.
The Australian commercial was created to promote awareness of and support for gay marriage, according to whatruhaving.org, the organization behind the video. There is also a similar billboard that features the tagline, "Congratulations, you're having a lesbian."
Shelley Argent, spokeswoman from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, told Australia's news.com.au that the campaign was designed to show Australian families that children are born gay.
"Being lesbian or gay is not a choice," she told news.com.au. "It's got nothing to do with culture or parenting skills. It's just the way you are. You're born that way."
The campaign was thought up by Steve Minon, a freelance advertising creative director, according to news.com.au. "It is designed to get people thinking, and challenge them a little," he told the paper. "We're trying to point out to any family that marriage equality can be your number one priority, without your knowing about it."
Lawmakers in Australia voted against a bill to legalize same-sex marriage last September. Neighboring country New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year.
Australia dumps PM Julia Gillard in favor of Kevin Rudd June 26, 2013
Video: Polls in Australia signal Abbot election win
06 Sep 2013 With hours to go before Australians vote in federal election, polls signal that Liberal National leader Tony Abbot is set to win with a clear majority. Sarah Toms reports.
Margie Abbott open to gay marriage
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's wife says Australia needs to have a conversation about gay marriage.
Margie Abbott, the woman likely to be the prime minister's wife after Saturday's election, says her opinion on same-sex marriage is "open to discussion".
It's a contrast to the view of her husband, who has ruled out a Liberal party conscience vote on the issue.
**Kind of like how George W. Bush was "against" gay marriage, but his wife Laura supported it(as well as abortion)?
"I suppose at the end of the day I think that love, commitment, are things that should be recognised and I think it's a conversation that Australia needs to have," Mrs Abbott told the Nine Network.
"Hopefully going forward that is one that we will have."
But Mrs Abbott said change should be incremental.
"We as a family welcome discussion, we're very open and I think Tony, if nothing else, is a great listener and I think that is a great quality in whatever you do," she said.
Mrs Abbott said her family had embraced Mr Abbott's sister, Christine, who recently announced she is gay.
She also said she had not made up her mind whether to leave her job in early learning if the coalition wins on Saturday.
Sept. 8, 2013 One source calls Abbott conservative, another calls him liberal.
He admires the Evil Jesuits so he is part of the Beast - the 666 system.
Tony Abbott won Australian national elections as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for failing to maximize the benefits of a mining boom.
Abbott, a trainee priest, promised to restore political stability, cut taxes and crack down on asylum seekers arriving by boat.
Australia is under new management and open for business.
Abbott promised to rein in government spending, scrap an unpopular tax on carbon emissions, and stop the flow of refugee boats arriving in Australia.
DEBKA wrote - The Liberal-National coalition led by Tony Abbot swept Labor out of power in Australia for the first time in six years, and us on course for 88 seats, compared with 57 for Labor. The outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called the election three months after defeating Julia Gillard in a Labor leadership challenge and was encouraged by polling figures to believe he would be home and dry. The main election issues were the economy and containing the rising figures of Asian asylum seekers arriving by boat.
Australia to Abandon the U.S. Dollar
Local Australian parliament debates gay marriage
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A provincial Australian parliament began debating legislation on Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages despite the threat of a court challenge by the federal government.
The Australian Capital Territory parliament began debating the bill that would create Australia's only law allowing gay couples to marry. It was likely to be passed later Tuesday with the support of lawmakers from the province's governing party, despite all eight opposition lawmakers in the 17-seat Legislative Assembly announcing they would vote against the bill.
Federal Attorney General George Brandis has threatened to challenge the validity of the law in the High Court if the bill becomes law and allows same-sex marriage in the national capital Canberra.
Australian federal law was amended in 2004 to specify that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes gay marriage and his coalition has thwarted federal bills that would have allowed legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
His sister Christine Forster disclosed on Nine Network national television on Tuesday that she is engaged to her gay partner of six years, Virginia Edwards.
Forster said the couple would not marry until they were able to do so in their hometown of Sydney, either because of a change to federal or New South Wales state law.
Forster said the prime minister supported her relationship. However brother and sister disagreed on whether same-sex relationships should be legally recognized as marriages.
"He's always said: `Well, I'll be there at the wedding, Chris,'" Forster told Nine.
Gay lobby group Australian Marriage Equality said thousands of same-sex couples from across Australia had shown interest in tying the knot in Canberra.
If the legislation is passed, the first same-sex marriage ceremonies could be held in Canberra from December.
Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said she had refused a request from the federal government not to allow same-sex marriages to take place until the High Court ruled on the law's constitutional validity.
"I think this is an issue that captured the imagination of people right around the country," Gallagher told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "The ACT has never been afraid to lead the way."
That explains the wrath of GOD fires
I was thinking the same thing.
Australian Capital Territory legalises same-sex marriage
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage.
The ACT parliament passed a bill that will allow gay couples to marry, after a short debate on Tuesday.
Celebrants will now be allowed to marry same-sex couples inside the ACT, regardless of which state they live in.
Federal law, however, specified in 2004 that marriage was between a man and a woman, and the federal government is expected to challenge the move.
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Gay weddings allowed before Australia court ruling
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend after the nation's highest court decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the national capital.
The Australian Capital Territory government, which administers Canberra, passed legislation in October that allows same-sex couples to wed in ceremonies equivalent to those heterosexual couples are entitled to under federal law.
The federal government immediately applied to the High Court to quash the law. The court's six judges heard the case Tuesday and announced that they would deliver their ruling on Dec. 12.
The first weddings are scheduled to take place in Canberra on Saturday, the first opportunity under the legal conditions.
The federal government's lawyer Justin Gleeson told the court that having differing marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion.
The ACT government argues its same-sex marriage laws should stand because they govern couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Ivan Hinton and Chris Teoh, who attended the court hearing, plan to marry on Saturday. Hinton said he knew of at least 12 other same-sex couples who planned to do the same.
Hinton said he hoped that the court would not order an injunction to prevent any marriage before the legality of the legislation was settled.
But when the hearing ended, the federal government did not apply for an injunction and the court issued no orders.
Australian federal law was amended in 2004 to specify that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. But it also specifically applied to heterosexual couples, and some lawyers argue that leaves states free to legislate for same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes gay marriage and his coalition last year thwarted two federal bills that would have allowed legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
While this may seem to be good news outwardly, this "fight" is only going to get worse - looks like Australia is taking the opposite approach to what the USA is doing - the latter's USSC ruling said to let the states decide, while the former's high court says to let the federal government decide.
Again, this is only to intensify the dogfight.
Australia's top court overrules gay marriage in capital
Sydney (AFP) - Australia's High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital where dozens have wed under a landmark law, ruling that parliament must decide whether to approve same-sex unions.
Had the nation's top court upheld the Australian Capital Territory's gay marriage legislation it would have opened the door to similar laws being passed across the country, pressuring the government to make it legal at a national level.
In a unanimous decision, Australia's highest court ruled that the federal parliament -- not state and territory authorities -- had the ultimate say over marriage, and whether it was extended to same-sex couples was a matter for lawmakers.
"The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same-sex couples," the court said.
"That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage," it added.
"Under the constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same-sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal parliament."
The decision means that the 27 couples who have wed since the ACT laws came into effect a month ago will have their marriages annulled as unconstitutional.
There were tearful scenes outside the court as those who had married digested the judgment, with Ivan Hinton describing it as "personally devastating" to have his vows to partner Chris Teoh overturned.
"In less than a week we've been married and we've been unmarried, at least on a legal level," he told reporters, fighting back tears.
"We're still married. I've made commitments to Chris to spend the rest of my life with him, through sickness and through health, in the good times and in the bad. Today's not particularly good."
Veteran gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome said the case represented major progress.
"Although there's been a defeat for marriage equality in the High Court today this week we've seen a much greater victory," an emotional Croome said.
"For the first time ever same-sex couples have married on Australian soil. That has been a huge step forward and one from which there is no return."
Instead of "protests or politics, or even laws and the constitution", Croome said the passage of the ACT laws had showed that gay marriage was about "love, commitment, family and fairness".
The ruling had also given campaigners a clear path forward, Croome said, putting the ball squarely in the parliament's court, and affirming "for the first time ever" that lawmakers "definitely" had the power to make same-sex marriage legal.
"Many people had assumed that until now but it has never been declared by the court," he said.
Others also took heart from the court's declaration that while the Marriage Act was restricted to male-female unions, the constitution did not inherently exclude same-sex couples from the definition of "marriage", underscoring that it was a political rather than legal issue.
Religious groups including the Australian Christian Lobby welcomed the ruling, saying gay marriage was irrelevant to most Australians and it was "time to move on".
Gay marriage has been explicitly outlawed in Australia since 2004, when then-prime minister John Howard amended the Marriage Act to specify that such unions were only valid between a man and a woman.
The conservative Tony Abbott-led government is opposed to gay marriage, despite Abbott's sister being a lesbian who is engaged and hopes to marry her partner.
Same-sex couples can have civil unions or register their relationships in most states across Australia but the government does not consider them married under national law.
For legal purposes they are considered de facto couples and have exactly the same rights as married couples.
Australia says - Dont call settlements illegal under international law
Jan 17, 2014 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop expressed skepticism about the peace process, says boycott Israel activists are anti-Semitic.
Bishop said that the international community should refrain from calling settlements illegal under international law, without waiting for their status to be determined in a deal with the Palestinians.
The settlements are NOT illegal under international law.
She said she would like to see which international law has declared them illegal.
FACT NOTE - Territory taken in war legitimately belongs to the winner.
Israel won land in a war Arab nations started. Israel owns it, and it NOT an occupier.
Major blackout hits Darwin Australia
Mar 12, 2014 Darwin in northern Australia has been hit by a major power blackout, forcing schools to close and knocking out traffic lights.
The power cut, which was caused by a tripped circuit at a sub-station, affected all of Darwin and towns up to 300km (185 miles) away.
Government offices were closed for the day and the bus network was affected.
Power was restored 2 hours later.
Australia's top court recognises 'neutral' third gender
02 Apr 2014 Sydney (AFP) - Australia's highest court on Wednesday recognised the existence of a third "non-specific" gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners said will help end years of discrimination.
The High Court ruled that not everyone should be forced to identify as a man or woman when dealing with officials, saying some people could legitimately describe themselves as gender neutral.
"The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non‑specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement.
The 53-year-old, who uses only a single name, was born male and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1989 to become a woman.
But the surgery failed to resolve the Scottish-born activist's ambiguity about sexual identity, prompting a push for the recognition of a new, non-traditional gender.
But soon afterwards the office revoked its decision, saying the certificate was invalid and had been issued in error. At the time, Norrie said the decision felt like being "socially assassinated".
That sparked a series of appeals which resulted in the NSW Court of Appeal recognising Norrie as gender neutral last year, a decision which the High Court backed on Wednesday.
The Human Rights Law Centre, which provided expert testimony in Norrie's case, said the court had "rejected outdated notions of gender" in the decision.
"Sex- and gender-diverse people face problems every day accessing services and facilities that most Australians can use without thinking twice," the centre's litigation expert Anna Brown said.
Brown said the decision did not mean people could simply identify themselves as "non-specific" and expect legal recognition.
Under the law, only a person who had undergone gender reassignment surgery could nominate themselves as "non-specific" after presenting medical evidence to back up their claims, she said.
Brown added that it remains unclear who gender-neutral people would be able to marry.
"No one has actually looked at that question legally," she said, adding that there were few international precedents for the decision.
Germany last year passed a law allowing babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.
Several countries including Australia, Germany and Nepal also allow people to have an X on their passport rather than male or female, while social media giant Facebook recently moved to allow users to choose "other" gender options, such as "transsexual", "intersex" or "androgynous".
Activist group Gender Agenda said the court decision's impact went far beyond the legal system.
"Transgender, gender diverse and intersex people face high levels of stigma, social exclusion and discrimination," group director Samuel Rutherford said.
"To have the highest court in our land say the law recognises the reality of our existence is not only important in a practical way, but paves the way for achieving equality and freedom from discrimination."
Australia - Thousands turned out to greet the royal couple at Sydney Opera House to mark the start of their 10-day visit.
In a speech, the duke also spoke of the Queen's affection for Australia and praised the nation's creativity.
William, Kate and Prince George arrived in Sydney having completed a tour of New Zealand.
British Royal Family, William, Kate, George
Aussie Obama climate change war
June 10, 2014 Aussie leader Tony Abbott seeks to thwart Barak Insane Obama on climate change.
Austrailia and 4 other govts see the lunacy and expense of obama climate change policy.
Frosty climate talks between Abbott and Obama
Tony Abbott is seeking like-minded countries, aiming to dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and undermine a push by Barack Obama to push the case through the G20.
Mr Abbott is visiting Canadian PM Stephen Harper in Ottawa. He seek an alliance led by Canada, Britain and Australia along with India and New Zealand.
The combined front would attempt to counter Obama moves to lift the pace of climate change abatement via policies such as a carbon tax or state-based emissions trading.
Obama favors higher taxes and an unhealthy attitude of state intervention.
Climate change off the G20 agenda as Australia prepares to abolish carbon price. GOOD.
NOTE - A carbon tax is a tax on breathing. Humans breathe out CO2.
G20 to be held in Australia in Nov. 2014
Palestinians threaten Australia
June 13, 2014 Friday PA threatens Canberra with trade sanctions.
Australia could face trade sanctions by Arab nations over its decision to stop using the term occupied when referring to Jerusalem.
Australia will no longer refer to Jerusalem as occupied because the term carries pejorative implications and was neither appropriate or useful. Stick to your guns Aussies!
Australian export trade with the Middle East is significant, particularly in wheat and meat, with Qatar and Jordan being major markets for live sheep.
Now the LORD saida to Abram,
Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
A curse is on all persons or nations who disregard Israel
Israeli satellite downed over Australia
July 16, 2014 By Sorcha Faal
Israeli satellite downed over Australia after CIA nuke discovered on plane.
Israel spy satellite Ofek 10 was targeted and destroyed during an over flight of Australia while it was attempting to gather photographic information from a CIA aircraft (Snow Goose) after it was discovered carrying a highly sophisticated nuclear device.
Snow Goose was at Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque New Mexico for fuel where it acquired a radioactive signature.
How did this plane ended up in Australia and why was Israeli Ofek satellite destroyed?
CIA aircraft Snow Goose is known to be highly secret. Contradiction in terms? Its spotted in various places but never reported by BORG kontrolled media.
Does this relate to the missing Malasia plane? Does CIA plot a nuke attack in mideast?
Sorcha Faal website is a garden - pull the weeds
AIDS conference in Australia
July 18, 2014 Many on downed MH17 plane were heading to AIDS conference.
AIDS Conference Attendees on Downed Malaysian Jet
More than 100 of the 298 passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were on route to a major AIDS conference in Melbourne, several Australian media sources reported Friday morning.
Delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne due to start on Sunday were told on Friday morning that about 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on board the plane that crashed over eastern Ukraine after being hit by a surface-to-air missile, reports in The Australian, the Star Observer and the Age said.
Both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels fighting in the region denied responsibility for the crash.
Researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community.
Among the passengers were former president of the International AIDS Society Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands, and Worth Health Organization spokesman Glenn Thomas, based in Geneva.
MH17 plane down in Ukraine
There's no cure or AIDS - scripture clearly says so...
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Australia airport security
August 28, 2014 New counterterrorism units have been working at 2 Australian airports and already intercepted a person of interest. They monitor movements of travelers on security watch lists.
Biometric screening of passengers will also be introduced at all airports. The Australian government is giving high priority to reducing the domestic terrorism threat created by homegrown extremists who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight.
NOTE - Good for EBOLA protection also.
Australia raises terror alert to 'high' on Mideast fears
Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.
The heightened alert after years on "medium" officially means a "terrorist attack is likely" and comes after repeated government warnings that attacks could happen.
"There are people with the intent and the capability to mount attacks here in Australia," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a press conference.
The lifting of the threat level was "not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia", Abbott added in a joint statement with Attorney-General George Brandis.
"Security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the increasing number of Australians working with, connected to, or inspired by terrorist groups such as ISIL (Islamic State), Jabhat Al-Nusrah, and Al-Qaeda," he said.
"The threat they pose has been increasing for more than a year."
The "high" alert is just below "extreme" -- the top level -- which would indicate a "terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred".
It followed a similar decision by Britain in August, which raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" meaning an attack is thought "highly likely".
Abbott said his country's alert was now "broadly comparable to the threat level in the United Kingdom".
Monash University's Global Terrorism Research Centre director Greg Barton said the alert was last raised after the September 11, 2001 attacks and following the 2002 Bali bombings.
"We've never had the alert bumped up when nothing's happened -- when there's no incident," Barton said, adding that the current move was "largely driven by developments with Islamic State".
- 'Significant threat to our community' -
The government believes up to 60 Australians are fighting alongside jihadists for Islamic State, while another 100 were actively working to support the movement at home.
Abbott said based on previous experience with Australians who went to Afghanistan and Pakistan to join the Taliban, they had retained the "inclination to engage in terrorist activity" when they returned home.
"We do know that people coming back from the Middle East are militarised and brutalised, accustomed to kill without compunction, do pose a significant threat to our community should they not be under the closest possible supervision," he said.
Barton said the higher alert would give authorities more resources in patrolling public locations and in sifting through intelligence about potential attacks.
"Given that our big concern at the moment is the targeting of soft targets, particularly something like a train station in the city... our best line of defence... is intelligence," he said.
Abbott stressed the new threat level was not linked to his government's decision to support US military action in Iraq and Syria, adding: "We have experienced significant levels of threats for a long time now.
"We would be targets regardless of anything that we did."
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's executive director Peter Jennings agreed, saying that while Australia's alliance with the US might see some "extra risk", it was "only a result of a prolonged process of radicalisation involving significant numbers of Australians over the last few years".
Brandis stressed that the decision was not targeted at Muslims.
"This is not about any particular community, but it is a sad fact that the wicked people who recruit and exhort to violence Australian citizens are preying on the Muslim community so as to encourage their young men to fight... in the Middle East," he said.
"The steps that we have taken, the legislation we are preparing in consultation with that community in particular, is designed to protect them... and the interests of their communities."
The decision came two days after police raided an Islamic centre in Brisbane and charged two men for alleged involvement in recruiting and sending jihadist fighters to Syria.
Abbott said Australians "should continue to go about their lives" despite the increased alert, although security would be stepped up.
"What people will probably notice is more security at airports, more security at ports, more security at military bases, more security at government buildings and more security at public events," he said.
Canberra recently announced a Aus$630 million counter-terrorism package to boost support for security agencies.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott promises to send military to Gulf in response for help to fight Islamic State
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised to send Australian military forces to the Persian Gulf to assist in attacks on the Islamic State.
He told media in a press conference in Darwin today that he had decided to prepare and deploy an armed force to the UAE to assist the United States in its military action against the Islamic State’s forces in Iraq and Syria.
He warned “should this extend into combat operations, it could go on for some time”
Mr Abbott said his reaction to the latest video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines was: “Shock, horror, outrage, fury. And a steely resolve to do anything we can ...”
Mr Abbott said Australia had received a specific request from the US government to contribute forces to possible military action in Iraq.
Cabinet and the National Security Committee had met on Sunday to discuss the matter.
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“The government has decided to prepare and to deploy to the United Arab Emirates a military force,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Darwin.
Australia’s contribution would include 600 personnel and up to eight Super Hornet aircraft, an early warning and control aircraft, aerial refuelling aircraft and a contingent of Special Forces troops.
The prime minister emphasised that Australia was part of an international coalition and that there was no intention for Australian forces to be engaged in independent combat operations.
UNDERSTANDING ISIS: Of knights and caliphs
He also said the deployment did not mean Australia was at war. “There are obviously further decisions to be taken before Australian forces will be committed to combat operations in Iraq,” he said.
He stressed that the deployment was “essentially a humanitarian operation to protect millions of people in Iraq”.
“Nevertheless Australia is prepared to engage in international operations to disrupt and degrade ISIL because of the threat that this murderous death cult poses not just to the people of Iraq, not just to the people of the Middle East, but to the whole world including to Australia.”
Mr Abbott said he was not aware of any Australians being held hostage by Islamic State terrorists.
“The evil and exaltation in evil that was yet again on display today, should make all of us more resolved than ever to do whatever we reasonably can to disrupt, degrade and if possible destroy this movement,” he said.
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He refused to the movement Islamic State, insisting it was neither Islamic nor a state.
“It is a death cult,” Mr Abbott said.
The prime minister said about 400 air personnel and about 200 military personnel would be involved in the deployment.
He said “air elements” would depart in the next week or so, while “military elements” could depart sooner.
“We think this is a balanced and proportionate contribution to what is our fight, but it is the world’s fight,” Mr Abbott said. “Australia has a long and proud tradition of doing what we can to help at home and abroad to make for a safer Australia and a safer world.”
He rejected suggestions growing involvement in Iraq would make Australia a target.
“These terrorists and would-be terrorists are not targeting us for what we have done or for what we might do, they are targeting us for who we are, they are targeting us for our freedom, our tolerance, for our compassion, for our decency,” he said.
Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, said disrupting and degrading Islamic State would take a “comprehensive and sustained effort”.
“But ... if we do nothing, the risk of allowing the shocking acts of ISIL to further destabilise the Middle East, and spread beyond the Middle East region, potentially back to Australia, is a greater risk,” he said.
STAY ALERT, NOT ALARMED
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reassured Australians that everything possible is being done to protect them, a day after the terror alert was raised to high for the first time.
He said the decision to increase the alert level on Friday followed a spike in “chatter” detected in a sixfold increase in counter-terrorism operations during the past year.
Security will be beefed up at football finals and at so-called “soft targets” like shopping centres, but Mr Abbott stressed the terror alert upgrade does not mean an attack is imminent.
Senator Brandis said earlier today that the government was not asking people to avoid large crowds.
“In fact we’re saying the opposite,” he said.
“We’re saying that you should go to the footy finals, you should go about your ordinary life in the same way you always have, reassured that the government is aware of the threat, aware of the risk and has taken appropriate steps.”
Security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the increasing number of Australians who are fighting with terrorist groups such as Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.
The government knew the identity of some but not all of the 60-odd Australians fighting in the Middle East, the attorney-general said.
However, it would ensure none returned to Australia undetected. “Any foreign fighter who returns and has committed a crime by participating in the civil war in Syria and northern Iraq will be prosecuted,” he said
“People should go about their lives normally, reassured that strong arrangements are in place to detect, to prevent and to respond to terrorism,” Mr Abbott said in a statement.
“The government is ... taking considered action so that you can continue to lead your lives confident that everything, everything possible is being done to protect you.”
Australia beheading plots
Sept 18, 2014 Australia detained 15 people after receiving intelligence that Muslims planned public beheadings.
The plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the video.
* I do not know what to believe so I pretty much believe NOTHING.
Australia, ISIS And The Role Of Guns
Sep. 18, 2014 Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State militant group was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.
About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. A sword was removed as part of evidence at one of the homes.
Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State’s propaganda arm in the Middle East.
A second man was charged Thursday night in connection with the raids. The 24-year-old, who police didn’t name, was charged with possessing ammunition without license and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon. He was released on bail and ordered to appear in court next week.
Most readers probably pondered how ISIS was able to infiltrate a country and the awful acts they were prepared to perpetrate. I didn’t. My thoughts ran immediately to the fact that at least one of the individuals had a “prohibited” weapon and ammunition. As with all gun control, law abiding citizens are unarmed and unprotected, while the criminals have their weapons.
Australia has some of the most restrictive gun control laws on earth. We’ve discussed this before. An Australian farmer lost his fight to obtain a handgun to shoot feral hogs because he couldn’t satisfy the woman heading the “administrative tribunal” that he really needed the gun.
The response to the ISIS members in Australia points out several important things. First of all, gun control doesn’t apply to those in charge. Law enforcement will always have their weapons. Second, when law enforcement acts, they do so in order to secure the hive, or the collective. Their concern isn’t and wasn’t for any particular individual who may have been (or will be) targeted by ISIS, because if it was, they would allow people to be armed for purposes of self defense. But actions directed against the collective is a threat to their command and control, and will not be allowed.
So do the ordinary people feel threatened?
Never before have I felt so naked.
Now more than ever, I wish I was armed.
And I’m not alone.
Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia. The United Kingdom has had two beheadings of members of the public in the last two years, with neither police nor civilians able to prevent it. It has prohibitive gun laws.
With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting.
It appears Australians are finally understanding the importance of gun ownership and craving it at a time when the world is increasingly unsafe.
“I’ll tell you this point blank: I’d feel safer in a country where I was legally allowed to carry around a firearm,” says J. Coughran, 30, a businessman.
According to Coughran, media coverage of Islamic State is fueling the change in heart.
“This ISIS stuff is seeing quite a few people changing their opinions.. one of my mates told me today- he’s coming around on the gun issue. He’s 68 years old, been against guns his whole life- now he’s turning around because of these savages,” he said.
We’ll see what comes of this. But time is short. For Australia it may be ISIS or criminal gangs which have become more prominent in Australia lately. With America the problems run deeper, with a porous Southern border and criminal cartel gangs ravaging country from the border and on up to large cities like Chicago.
Self defense is a luxury when times are safe. When times become hard, the giggling and jokes go away, and people begin to think grown up thoughts. Those who want to continue to think as children pretend that the police will take care of them. Adults know better.
Eight-year-old girl in Australia asks Muslim youth to back jihad
Sydney: An incident has shocked not only the Australian security agencies who are chasing the Islamists on the ground, but also the entire world. According to a report in 'Australian', an eight-year-old girl has called the Muslim youths to back jihad. The worst fears have come true. The report says, "As Julia Gillard struggled to explain how Muslim children could be used to incite violence, eight-year-old Ruqaya yesterday fronted a congress of Islamic fundamendalists in Sydney to espouse her love for jihad. Addressing a 600-strong crowd at the Australian chapter of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Bankstown in the city's west, the young girl urged all Muslim youth to fight for the restoration of the Islamic caliphate, a single global government for all Muslims established under strict sharia law."
The girl said, "My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, as the world gathers against the believers in Syria...seeking to hijack our sincere and blessed uprisings, children in Sydney would like to send their message of hope and support to the Muslims of (Syria), especially to the children and mothers," she read from notes. "These uprisings have demonstrated that this umma (global Muslim community) is alive and well, her love is for jihad, she is unshackled herself from the fear which she held, and she yearns to once again live under the banner of (the Islamic state). Children as young as myself can be seen on the streets joining the uprisings, risking their lives to bring food, water and medicine to their wounded family members, some of them never returning to their mothers ... Nobody is too young," she said.
Ruqaya was the seventh of nine speakers at the "Muslims Rise" conference. Organisers of the event invited the media to report on her address. Julia Gillard on Sunday expressed her horror at images showing Muslim children carrying inflammatory placards at a protest in Sydney on Saturday, including one that read "Behead all those who insult the Prophet".
Another sign at the protest read, "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell." "I do not want to see in the hands of anyone, particularly children, offensive signs that call for the killing of others," the Prime Minister said. "This is not the Australian way.
"We believe in freedom of religion and we believe that every religion should be treated with respect."
Hizb-ut-Tahrir is an international political movement devoted to restoring a caliphate, the last of which collapsed in the 1920s. The movement hopes Islamic fighters in Syria will replace the Assad regime with a caliph-led state that will eventually annex other Muslim countries and promote Islam in the West.
The caliphate would also threaten Western nations with jihad if they did not prevent their citizens from defaming the Prophet Mohammed or Islam. It would be established under the same constitution imposed under Mohammed, which could not be reformed.
Ruqaya said, "We must work hard to achieve victory. It is enough that your generation and your parents' generation were raised in the absence of the khilafa (caliphate). Do not allow my generation to be added to that list."
Khaled Sukkarieh, the chairman of the Islamic Council of NSW, said images of children at the protest shocked many in his community. "Someone put that (banner) in the hand of a child. "That is a poor, innocent child. It is abhorrent and a very sad way of using children," Mr Sukkarieh said.
Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom
SYDNEY - The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security.
Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police said they foiled a plot by the Islamic State group last month to behead a random Australian citizen.
Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that the balance between freedom and security "may have to shift" in the wake of a series of raids targeting what authorities say are the group's members and supporters.
Under the legislation, which passed the lower house with support from the main opposition Labor Party, anyone disclosing information about "special intelligence operations" could face a decade in prison.
It also outlaws copying, transcribing, retaining, or recording intelligence materials, which critics say is a direct response to former damaging leaks by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and vastly expands the government's power to monitor computers.
The reforms were needed to update legislation written in the 1970s, Attorney General George Brandis said, and were in the same spirit as emergency legislation passed in Britain forcing telecoms firms to retain customer data.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the government made "no apologies" for trying to protect the secrecy of covert intelligence operations.
"This is not, as has been wrongly suggested, about preventing the release of information that might simply embarrass the government of the day or expose it to criticism," he said.
But the Committee to Protect Journalists said it was concerned that the legislation did not contain an exemption for journalists, which could mean they could be imprisoned for up to ten years simply for reporting on national security matters.
"This national security bill and other draft legislation raise grave concerns about the direction in which Australia is heading," spokesman Bob Dietz said in a statement.
"These bills would seriously hamper reporting in the public interest and we urge lawmakers to add the necessary safeguards to protect journalists and whistleblowers."
The legislation is the first of a series of laws aimed at beefing up the government's security powers, including a controversial proposal to make it a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits.
Legislation requiring telecommunications providers to keep metadata and to make it available to police and security agencies will soon be introduced as well, granting the government broader access to its citizens' communications.
Tony Abbott condemns beheadings
October 9, 2014 Tony Abbott claims Islamic group is “unIslamic” after a prominent member refused to condemn beheadings.
The Koran, Satanic bible of Islam, demands beheadings. Only utter ignorant fools would say its not Islamic. Islam is NOT peaceful, its a satanic cult of murder and hate.
Australian PM Tony Abbott is as screwed up, compicit with the 666 Beast as Barak Obama and that nitwit Brit PM Cameron.
RAAF bombs Iraq
October 9, 2014 Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft has dropped two bombs in Australia’s first strike in Iraq. They struck an ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) facility.
ISIL / ISIS is made up. It is Sunni MB (Muslim Brotherhood).
Australia nurse hospitalised with Ebola symptoms
October 9, 2014 A nurse is in a Cairns hospital with Ebola symptoms.
She returned home Oct. 7 after working with the Red Cross in Sierra Leone.
She developed a fever and was admitted to hospital.
Blood flown to Brisbane for testing, results expected by Oct. 10th.
Australian Nurse Tested for Ebola
October, 2014 An Australian nurse is undergoing medical tests after showing possible signs of Ebola.
Queensland health officer said the 57-year-old woman developed a "low-grade fever" shortly after returning from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.
Australian nurse cleared of Ebola
9th October, 2014 The Australian nurse who was rushed to hospital after suffering Ebola-like symptoms has tested negative.
Sue Ellen Kovack, 57, was tested for the deadly virus Thursday after she spent time in Sierra Leone, where she was volunteering as a nurse at a Red Cross Ebola treatment hospital.
Can we trust test results when CDC has been LYING to us about so many things?
Australia PM says will confront Putin at G20 over downed flight MH17 'murders'
October 13, 2014 - Australian PM Tony Abbott said he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the "murder" of Australian citizens.
Abbott needs to shut up. He has no idea who or what downed MH17.
Russia is blamed for the jetliner downed in east Ukraine. However, the Kiev nazi govt is MOST probably to blame.
Malaysia MH17 down in Ukraine
Australia welcomes G20
November 14, 2014 The G20 is in Brisbane for the world's largest and most influential economic talks. PM Tony Abbott has sworn that this G20 will not be a talkfest. Still, over the next few days, political pundits will be scrutinizing the words, actions and gestures of at least 25 world leaders for hints at future policy.
Brisbane Airport created the Big Obama Burger, knowing Obama is hamburger now with the GOP win.
Brisbane Convention Centre hosts the G20 Leaders Summit November 15-16.
World leaders join Australia PM Tony Abbott - China's Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi, Japan's Shinzo Abe, Indonesia's Joko Widodo, UK's David Cameron, Germany's Angela Merkel, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.
Crimea voted to join Russia
Obama started the war in Kiev
Kiev downed MH17 which was planned. That plane diverted for a suicide mission.
The 4th beast was different from all the others and most terrifying,
with its iron teeth and bronze claws – the beast that crushed and devoured its victims
and trampled underfoot whatever was left. Daniel 7:19
(Bronze is a combination of copper and other metals, usually tin.)
Massive fire Perth, Australia
December 14, 2014 - The fire started in Whitman Park threatening homes and lives, cause of the blaze is unknown. Hours later the flames were downgraded as the fire was under control.
HOSTAGES in Sidney Australia
December 15, 2014 - What we do and don't know.
A gunman is holding a number of hostages in a cafe in central Sydney.
An armed offender has been holding an unknown number of hostages inside a cafe.
The hostage-taker is known to police.
Police have been in direct contact with him and are conducting negotiations.
He wants to be associated with Islam, as a black flag with an Islamic creed written on it in Arabic has been displayed in the windows.
The flag is not the one used by Islamic State.
We don't know how many hostages remain in the cafe.
Police in contact with gunman as five hostages escape
I had the advantage of not seeing this til morning USA time.
As I paged thru clicking links I thot - somethin aint right. This aint ISIS.
Man seems to be a mental case.
Sydney Newspaper Urges 'Empathy,' Forgiveness For Hostage-Taker
In an article published Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald called the hostage situation at the Lundt Café a test of “what sort of nation we want to be.” This latest attack on innocent civilians—conducted by what by all reports appears to be a violent radical with a criminal record including "extremist activity" and charges of rape and accessory to murder—the Sydney Morning Herald argues, requires Australians to "first and foremost" empathize with and forgive the criminal.
First and foremost, we have faced yet another test of our empathy. Like the Bali bombings and myriad natural disasters, our thoughts are with the innocent victims: those inside the cafe who were caught up in a tragic situation for no other reason than they were going about their daily lives. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, too, for the hard times ahead.
Perhaps we face an even more difficult test of our empathy as well. How should we feel for the perpetrator so far witnessed and his family? While we do not know his story or his motivation, we know he was once someone just like those people whose lives he has now treated with such disdain. He must have loved ones, too. Forgiving him will be very difficult, and it will take time. Without forgiveness, though, we have to live with destructive hate.
The man the Herald asks Australians to empathize with has a long, sordid rap sheet. The Daily Mail provides the following bio on the self-described “sheik” Man Haron Monis:
Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The siege in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported.
Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis.
Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013.
The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.
He was also arrested in April this year for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 after luring her to his clinic following claims he was as an expert in astrology, meditation and black magic, The Daily Telegraph also reported.
Monis was slapped with an additional 40 charges in October after more victims to come forward after the alleged incidents that occurred from his spiritual healing clinic in Station Street in Wentworthville - western Sydney.
An "anti-Islamophic" hashtag movement,#IllRideWithYou has sprung up in response to "racist" sentiments reportedly expressed by Australians against Muslims on public transport, gaining global traction and official endorsement by Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
Sydney Siege ends in gunfire
December 15, 2014 - Police stormed the cafe in Sydney. Loud gunshots and the ring of flash-bang grenades were heard and the windows broken after several more hostages escaped the cafe.
'hate sheikh' Man Haron Monis also goes by the name Mohammad Hassan Manteghi.
He has had multiple charges of assault, harassment, and murder.
Family and friends of several hostages recounted the fear the hostages experienced. Monis surrounded himself with the staff members, the paper reports. He used them to control messages to social media. He directed them what to do and what to say.
Police end hostage ordeal in Sydney, kill gunman
Security stormed cafe with grenades and gunfire where an Islamist gunman held dozens of people hostage for about 22 hours.
The Islamic gunman who had taken at least 40 people hostages was identified as Man Haron Monis, a self-proclaimed "sheikh" and sexual predator.
Several hostages including men and women ran out of the cafe just after the police operation began around 2.30 a.m. Tuesday with three bangs that were followed by dozens of gunfire shots.
Within minutes, several hostages were carried away on stretchers.
Three people, including the gunman, were killed in the cafe.
The nut was no stranger to police.
The 50-year-old Iran-born cleric was granted asylum in Australia in 1996.
He first came to the attention of police when he penned poisonous letters to the family of dead Australian soldiers 7 years ago.
Last year he was charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife and mother of two.
Most recently, he was charged with sexual assault relating to his black magic.
Why was Sydney siege gunman not on terror list?
Australia, worst fires since 1983
January 3, 2015 - Out-of-control bushfires threatening homes in South Australia and Victoria.
South Australia bushfire
January 5, 2015 - South Australia out-of-control bushfire burning in all directions.
Some have returned to find they have lost all that they own.
The intense fire east of Adelaide was continuing to burn in all directions, threatening lives.
At least 12 homes have been destroyed. The conditions for fire-fighting have improved. The weather is cooler and the weather conditions will permit aerial firefighting, but worsening weather conditions due Wednesday.
Temperatures are forecast to hit 34C in Adelaide on Monday.
The area is known for its farming produce and wineries.
February 9, 2015 - PM Tony Abbott survives vote to stay on as leader.
Australia thwarts ISIS terror attack
February 11, 2015 SYDNEY - Police arrests two men near Sydney, seize ISIS flag, machete and a hunting knife.
They were planning an imminent terrorist attack in western Sydney, Australia. A video showed one of the men making threats. Omar Al-Kutobi and Mohammad Kiad were charged with planning terrorism.
February 22, 2015 - 1,500 homes were damaged and thousands left without electricity in Queensland, Australia, after category 5 Cyclone Marcia hit the area,
Implants to aid payment with a wave of the hand
Is it retail therapy gone mad? The dawn of a new cyborg age? Or a new meaning to going down under?
Whatever the case, a fair proportion of Australians are receptive to technology mixing with their precious human organic flesh, if it means making payments at retail stores is easier.
A survey, commissioned by global payments firm Visa, found 25 per cent of Australians were “slightly interested” in having a commerce-oriented chip implanted in their skin.
Research firm UMR conducted the survey for Visa, interviewing 1000 local consumers.
A subcutaneous chip would let consumers pay at a retail terminal without a wallet, credit card, smartphone or smartwatch. They would simply wave their bare hand over a terminal.
The finding was revealed as Visa and University of Technology Sydney announced a partnership to explore the future of wearable technology. Visa’s research looked at the wearable technology Australian consumers were interested in using for payments.
Thirty-two per cent would be interested in paying with a smartwatch; 29 per cent with a smart ring, and 26 per cent with smart glasses.
It is little wonder Visa regards Australians as adventurous with tech. “Australians are among the world’s earliest adopters of new technology,” said George Lawson, Head of Emerging Products and Innovation for Visa in ANZSP.
There’s nothing new about implanting tags under the skin. The US firm VeriChip obtained approval to do just that more than a decade ago.
Their chip consisted of a tiny antenna and an identification number. It was designed to be implanted in the soft tissue between the thumb and index finger and detected by a radiofrequency identification (RFID) scanner.
Before you see the human species morphing towards a cyborg future, there is a cautious note. Research in the past has linked subcutaneous chips to cancers in laboratory animals at the implant site.
IBM high-rise catches fire
June 2, 2015 - Hundreds of people evacuated after a fire broke out on the 13th floor of the IBM building in the central business district of Brisbane, Australia. The whole 13th floor filled with smoke, but all employees were safely evacuated. Electrical fault blamed
June 15, 2015 - Several injured after bus, train collide in Cairns.
A train collided with a bus near Cairns in Australia, 16 on the bus were injured.
Sydney Australia furniture factory fire
July 27, 2015 - John Cootes Furniture warehouse blaze broke out at 12.30 pm.
The whole warehouse is alight, with numerous crews on the scene.
All staff evacuated safely.
Gay marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament
A controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage has been introduced to the Australian parliament. The private member's bill comes amid heated debate among government MPs about whether to change the law or put the matter to a plebiscite. The government's official position is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Australia has a new prime minister
Sept 14, 2015 - Australia PM Tony Abbott ousted by liberal Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull is Australia's fourth prime minister since 2013. PM Julia Gillard was ousted by Kevin Rudd in June 2013 - months before a general election that Tony Abbott's Liberal Party won.
Australia * Terror attack on Sydney Police Hq
October 2, 2015 - Police station HQ stormed by men in black.
A NSW Police Force employee has been shot dead in a double shooting outside the state's police headquarters in Sydney's west. Fairfax Media has been told at least one gunman opened fire on a police IT worker outside the State Crime Command, which houses some of the state's top detectives, in Parramatta at 4.35pm on Friday.
Police said an officer then returned fire.
Australia raids mosque
October 5, 2015 - LQQK!!! The Aussies know how to handle Muzslim dogs!
And they do not avoid calling it - TERRORISM!
Police in New South Wales raid a Sydney mosque visited by a 15-year-old boy before he shot a policeman in an act of terrorism. His sister flew to Istanbul, could be bound for Iraq or Syria.
The boy was born in Iran.
Japan new advanced subs
October 7, 2015 - Japan has offered to build Australia a larger version of its stealthy Blue Dragon submarine. The Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by lithium ion batteries, which are smaller.
PHOTO / diagram
Australia prison riot
Nov 9, 2015 - Inmates lit fires at Australia's Christmas Island detention centre, sparked by the death of a detainee who had escaped the camp. The guards had been withdrawn for safety reasons. Christmas Island is a part of Australia's network of offshore processing centres for illegals who arrive by boat, and also houses New Zealanders facing deportation from Australia. Iranian inmates rioted over the death of an Iranian Kurd, Fazel Chegeni who had escaped. His body was found at the bottom of a cliff on Sunday.
100 Things That Can Kill you in Australia
November, 2015 - Email to me
Labor (means left, liberal, communists, i.e. stupid) and the Greens (more stupid) are pleading "humanitarianism" as a reason to bring these criminals back soon. John Key (National = Moderate) is withstanding Labor.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country on earth and announced years ago that they would invade Australia ("AU"). There was a PM change in AU recently bringing in a more liberal man. AU changes PMs like it changes sweaters. AU has had a lot of problems with "boat people" who buy a ride on boat from SE Asia to Aussie. Often they are abandoned in the middle of the ocean or the boats capsize and hundreds have died. North AU has a lot of huge crocodiles and landing safely on shore is dangerous at best.
Some boats have tried to make it to NZ but that is 1,300 km across the Tasman Sea from AU to NZ and almost impossible. The leftists in AU and NZ plead "humanitarianism" as a reason to bring these Muslims ashore and calls them "refugees". Those refugees, I note, have nice clothes, lots of money, cellphones and big signs (in English) to hold up to the TV cameras. So far AU has said No and puts them on islands outside of AU. AU is an economic downturn and the cost of this is terrific so they want NZ to take "their" criminals who moves from NZ to AU. It is in progress.
AU is a continent with a lot of nearly uninhabitable space. People live around the edges. There are whole books called "100 Things That Can Kill you in Australia." It is hot, dry, windy, and has frequent wildfires and floods.........and lots of poisonous snakes and spiders.
Guards storm Christmas Island detention centre
Standoff ends at Australian immigration detention camp
Mass riot at detention centre now over
John Key accuses Labour of 'backing rapists' and supporting child molestors
John Key accuses Labour of 'backing rapists' - NZ Herald Videos
Train with 200,000 liters of sulfuric acid derails in Australia
Dec 27, 2015 - A freight train carrying 200,000 liters of sulfuric acid has derailed in Queensland, Australia.
Minor spill of acid and diesel fuel. The locomotive and all 26 carriages derailed.
Australia train crash, sulfuric acid leak
Dec 29, 2015 - A freight train that derailed near Queensland, Australia has leaked up to 31,500 liters of sulfuric acid which contaminated the land.
Australia fire threatens towns
Jan 8, 2016 - A massive Waroona bushfire is burning out of control in Western Australia.
About 95 houses in Yarloop, south of Perth, have been destroyed. The fire area is 58,000 hectares with warnings for Waroona, Harvey and surrounding areas including Preston Beach.
Jan 10, 2016 - Two men have been killed as fire tore through Yarloop, Australia destroying 130 buildings in its wake. The town was virtually obliterated by the fire.
China buying Australia too
April 20, 2016 - Australian ranch sold to Chinese investors. Military base?
Under Obama, the Chinese have purchased more oil royalty in the US than ever before. Chesapeake oil is in bed with Obama selling these royalties. Now lo and behold, the US can now ship natural gas out of it's borders and overseas. It is the Chinese pulling the strings.
Chinese pulling the strings in Oregon and Utah where the BLM are killing white ranchers and stealing their land. Harry Reid and his son are waste deep in murder.
June 28, 2016 - The AusExit campaign has surged in popularity as Aussies ponder their future in Commonwealth after Brexit. Australia wants to split from the monarchy. Australian republic surged. Great Britain barely exists anymore. FitzSimons believes that leaving the monarchy will unite Australia as a nation.
Terror plot against police station
July 21, 2016 - A man has been arrested in Sydney after he rammed a car filled with gas cylinders into an underground police car park, reportedly claiming he had a bomb. The man suffered burns in the incident. It is believed a threat was made at the police station that there would be a large explosion. Thankfully the bottles did not detonate.
I love work accidents
Australia should be republic
Dec 26, 2016 - Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull calls for a republic after Queen Elizabeth death. Turnbull support for an Australian head of state stemmed from patriotism. The Queen is hugely popular, but the monarchy is viewed as a relic. He called for a two-stage voting process to decide on whether Australia should be a republic.
Has the queen exposed royal pedofiles?
Are they going to give her a dirt nap?
Australia to seek UK deal
Jan 22, 2017 - Australia wants easier access for businesspeople, and exploratory talks have already begun. Britain will have to relax immigration rules for Australians if it wants to secure a free trade deal. Alexander Downer said Australia would seek better access for its business people before agreeing a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK.
Theresa May has made it clear that she wants to reform the UK’s relationship with the EU customs union for trade deals with other countries around the world after Brexit. Australia is ready to reach a deal with Britain and it may take on more urgency given U.S. President Donald Trump’s wish to pursue an America first strategy, raising doubts about a potential UK-US agreement.
U.S.-Australian refugee exchange
Jan 29, 2017 - Christian refugees from Manus Island and Nauru will be resettled in the United States, per agreement between US President Donald Trump and Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Some of the refugees that the US has agreed to take from Australia are Christians, some from the Middle East. They have been vetted by Australia already, and the United States will vet them again as a further protection.
It is a refugee exchange, and in return, Australia is taking from the US refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Turnbull denies Trump hung up
Feb 2, 2017 - Donald Trump has blasted as dumb a refugee deal between Australia and the United States, but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident the president won't backflip on their agreement. US would take refugees on Manus Island and Nauru in return for Australia accepting refugees from Central America.
Trump tweeted - Obama agreed to take thousands of illegals from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal! Trump will honour the deal.
Mr Turnbull had received multiple assurances from Mr Trump the deal would be progressed. The prime minister denied reports the call ended abruptly or in anger. The call ended courteously.
Not all refugees are Muslims. A significant number of them are Middle Eastern Christians fleeing Muslim oppression.
The call was courteous, not rude! FakeNews!
Australia * Plane hits Melbourne Mall
Feb 21, 2017 - A light aircraft smashed into a Melbourne shopping centre, 5 dead. Australian pilot and 4 American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames shortly after takeoff. Greg Reynolds DeHaven and Russell Munsch were 2 of the victims.
The pilot was Max Quartermain, who was involved in a near midair collision 2 years ago. The pilot reported a catastrophic engine failure moments before the plane crashed.
20 staff were inside at the time, but none were injured.
USA interviews in Australia
Mar 21, 2017 debka - US officials interview and take fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on Nauru island. They seek resettlement in the USA. Obama agreed to accept 1,500, in return, Canberra agreed to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. President Trump called this a dumb deal but said he would stand by it.