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#auspol @acoss this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard come from the mouth of a Liberal Senator. Sen Lucy Gichuhi live kenyan TV saying 200k is not enough money , wage pic.twitter.com/3HLlkQTjPZ MsRebeccaRobins (@MsRebeccaRobins) June 17, 2018 Senator ordered to pay back over $2,000 after charging...
The Turnbull Governments second session as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world, will begin in Geneva tomorrow.
Key focusses for the session will be the ongoing atrocities in Syria and Myanmar. Reports on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, racism, violence against women and the human rights responsibilities of businesses will also feature at the session.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to scrutinise the role the Australian Government plays on the world stage and to ensure transparency and accountability for the Governments actions domestically.
"Just saying over and over again that you respect human rights doesnt make it true. If we want a world where all people are treated fairly and humanely - where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then we need Governments like ours to play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council, said Mr Webb.
Australias first session on the Council, in March this year, was dominated by strong criticism of its indefinite detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and what an independent UN expert described as the Turnbull Governments astonishing anti-democratic slide. While the Australian Government spoke out strongly against the Syrian Governments continuing atrocities against civilians, it offered only a weak response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
"The Rohingya families being burned alive in their homes in Myanmar. The children dying in attacks in Syria. The journalists rotting in prisons for speaking truth to power. They all need Governments like ours to form part of the UNs principled spine, not to gnaw away at the foundation of human rights with mealy-mouthed words and unprincipled actions, said Mr Webb.
Straight-talking, principled action and practising what we preach are absolutely vital to our Government being able to play the role the international community needs us to.
Australia was elected for a three-year term on the Council in October last year. This Council session runs from 18 June - 6 July. The Human Rights Law Centre will attend every day of the Council session and provide regular updates on the Australian Governments actions.
The Council session can be livestreamed here: ...
Australia is overexposed to a full-blown trade war between the US and China, business leaders have warned, as the Trump administration increases sanctions on Chinese products.
The Turnbull government moved quickly to put itself at the front of negotiations on Saturday after it was revealed a 25 per cent tariff on $US50 billion ($67 billion) worth of 1102 Chinese imports would take effect from July 6.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop urged the worlds two largest economies to take their dispute to the World Trade Organisation before it hit global standards of living and economic growth.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop
By Eryk Bagshaw
16 June 2018 4:57pm
Free and open trade and investment is of great benefit to our country and the world, she said. Its a position that we have made very clear to our American friends and well continue to promote it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would not stop lobbying for free trade despite the fifth hit to the dominant world economic order in as many months.
My job as your prime minister is to ensure more Australians have well-paid jobs, he said. Thats why were supporting free trade; we dont give up on it.
Labor trade spokesman Jason Clare said the signs were ominous.
This is not good no one wins from a trade war, he said. The US and China make up almost half the worlds gross domestic product. If this escalated into a full-blown trade war, everyone will suffer including us.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry struck back at the US immediately on Saturday, stating it would fight back strongly against the short-sightedness of the US, by imposing an additional 25 per cent tariff on 659 US goods worth $US50 billion.
Industrial machinery, communications technology, orange juice, whiskey, beef, poultry and soybeans are among the products in the middle of the trade battle, which comes just weeks after the US slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
The crackdown is the next step in US President Donald Trumps election pledge to protect US manufacturing jobs. He has also accused China of undermining Silicon Valley-produced technology and intellectual property.
Ive kept out of the latest silly culture war so far, but I couldnt resist this from Josh Frydenberg. After decrying a long march to the left in Australian universities, he says
It is absolutely critical that the next generation of students understand about where the rule of law came from, where democracy came from, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, womens suffrage
Looking through that list, it can be described as a potted summary of the long march to the left in Britain (and by extension Australia) over the course of the long 19th century from the French and American revolutions to the outbreak of the Great War. At the beginning of that period, Freydenbergs conservative precursors supported the rule of law, and opposed democracy, freedom of speech and religion and womens suffrage. It was only after long struggles that restrictions on freedom of speech and religion like the Six Acts and Penal Laws were repealed. The fight for (initialy male-only) democracy and womens suffrage took even longer.
If we extended Frydenbergs list into the 20th century, wed get something like this University of Sydney course which covers
struggles over labour rights and working conditions in the 1900s, womens suffrage, Aboriginal land rights, race relations and the White Australia Policy, homelessness during the Great Depression, freedom of speech during the Cold War, the Vietnam Moratorium and sexual liberation in the 1970s, the environmental movement, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBT rights today
Looking at this mess, I think we might need a course in the history of Western Civilisation after all. It should be provided to people like Frydenberg and dAbrera so they can decide exactly whether they want to stop the clock at 1970, 1950 or perhaps at 1900.
If you knew that a government routinely covered up soldiers massacring civilians as if they were shooting them in a video game, would you stay silent?
If you knew that 66,081 of the 109,000 recorded deaths in the illegal war on Iraq from US military were civilians, would you stay silent?
If you found out that a government was spying on the citizens of every nation in the world and passing the information onto corporations and the military, would you stay silent?
Julian Assange did not stay silent. Courageously, he published the documents exposing murder and illegal surveillance, passed on to him by US. soldier, Private Manning.
These documents were also accessed and published in whole or in part by many other reporting outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, El Pas, Al-Akhbar, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Verdens Gang, Aftenposten, Politiken, NRC, RTL Nieuws, Die Welt,and Fairfax Media. But those media are not being punished.
The United States Government was the government involved in these war crimes and illegal global surveillance. It controlled the mainstream and corporate press and was incensed that Wikileaks, an alternative press, had the moral conviction to out it for its crimes. Its revenge was to engineer Julian Assange's illegal detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy from August 2012.
Using trumped up charges, the UK and Swedish Governments colluded with the United States so that Assange was likely to be extradited to the United States on unknown and probably illegal grounds if he left his place of asylum. The United States has the highest rates of imprisonment in the world and its private and military prisons are known to be brutal and unaccountable.
Assange did not committed any crime by publishing material from a foreign state, any more than have the newspapers who also published this. His arbitrary detention has been denounced by the United Nations. His access to internet, telephone and visitors have all been withdrawn recently and a change of government in Ecuador threatens his continued asylum in its embassy. The Australian Government needs to act to bring Assange home to safety, in accordance with UN rulings.
Righto Fitzy, you asked for it. 500 DAYS: In his first 500 days in office, President Donald J. Trump has achieved results domestically and internationally for the American people. Since taking office, President Trump has strengthened American leadership, security, prosperity, and accountability. After 500 days, the results are clear: the...
The Herald Sun reported that 28 year old Sandeep Singh pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, inviting a minor to be concerned in child pornography, and sexual penetration of a child. The victim of his crimes was a 14 year old girl.
Despite the guilty plea, the Herald Suns headline still described Singhs grooming, sexual assault and exploitation of a child as sex and included an implication she was consenting to his crimes with the idea she was being showered with freebies.
The article describes the 14 year old girl as begging him to stop and his attacks on her. This is not sex.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately...
Introduction to This Series, by Mary W Maxwell
There are at least two war-powers cases in appeals today. One is mine, Maxwell v. Trump (Case 18-1127) at the First Circuit, in Boston. The other is a fascinating one by Captain Nathan Smith at the DC Circuit Court in Washington, DC.. His case began as Smith v. Obama, but after the January 2017 Inauguration it was changed automatically to Smith v. Trump.
This series will include a review of some of the cases and principles, but to begin we are reprinting here an article published at Huffington Post by Erin Smith McAdams, the sister of Captain Nathan Smith. It first appeared in 2016 but was updated at Huffington Post on May 11, 2017. I should point out in all previous cases by soldiers, the soldier opposed the war (e.g., Vietnam). Captain Smith supports the war.
Here is Erin Smith McAdams article with its original title: My Brothers Challenge to the Undeclared War Against ISIS
I come from a tradition of military service. My parents served full careers in the Navy. My grandfather served a career that included fighter missions during World War II; my grandmother served as a Navy nurse. I served four years as a naval officer, and my brother, Army Captain Nathan Smith, currently serves at command headquarters in K...
When it rains it pours, and its pouring.. so Im in the writing mood, especially now that Im home alone after a hectic week and a visit from my better half and our son. During this visit, we started discussing the Briggs and Meyers personality testing system, and how nearly all the people who think as I do turn out to be almost universally INTJs.
Glenda even googled this, and got an audio on her phone we listened to, and we could not stop giggling because it was me down to a T. Research also pointed to INTJs as being Masterminds, not something Ive ever really thought of as a personal trait, but I did feel chuffed, I have to admit. brought a smile to the dial.
2% of U.S. population
Traits: Drive toward constant improvement of everything; big picture person who sees both the forest and the trees; learns by arguing; appears aloof and unfriendly to others; dreams and visions are form of relaxation; work is the laboratory in which blueprints become reality; builder of systems; natural brainstormer; good at generalizing, classifying, summarizing, proving, and demonstrating information; pragmatic; future-oriented; high achiever; loyal to organizations (employment); unemotional; strong need for privacy; skeptical; reality is malleable to ideas; easy decisionmaker; nonexpressive, but deeply emotional
Occupations: Teacher/professor, researcher, inventor, program analyst, architect, engineer
Examples: Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, Vulcans
Vulcans. now that brought another smile! And Ive certainly been displaying engineering and architectural talents lately..! With only 2% of the population thinking as I do (and probably as you do if youre even reading this) its no wonder we are heading over the cliff. The other 98% just dont think straight. And no, I dont have pointy ears.
INTJs, are introverts, quiet, reserved, and comfortable being alone. Though I peronally get tired of being alone, having now been doing this for almost three years They are usually self-sufficient and would rather work alone than in a group. I do work well with one or two other persons, but I admit, I am no team worker Socializing drains an introverts energy, causing them to need to recharge. I think Im tired of dealing with people who dont get it, and I certainly dont suffer fools.
INTJs are interested in ideas and theories. When observing the world they are always questioning why things happen...
1788 - The name "Sydney" was used for the first time in some new
settlement in some strange, far off land where the dregs of society
were shipped...no, not 10 Downing St, although that sounded just as
promising as Canberra....
The original name/s for Sydney are Djubuguli (Bennelong Point) and Cadi (all of Sydney Cove).
1804 - Some 300 Aboriginal people threw spears at armed Hawkesbury River settlers, who opened fire and returned to Richmond Hill with stolen goods they have retrieved. A military detachment at Windsor shot two Aboriginal people.
1826 - One bloke who does a bit of haunting is Frederick Fisher - he was done a nasty mischief on this day and his ghost has been seen, celebrated and interviewed at length ever since.
1836 - Michael Maloney was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.
1836 - James Hare was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.
1843 - Continuing the grisly theme and today saw The Wairau Massacre take place, the first deadly fight between the Maori and Europeans since the since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
1843 - Gov George Gipps ordered the removal from office of Justice John Walpole Willis, resident Judge in the Port Phillip District, after powerful interests in Melbourne petitioned for his recall.
Melbourne-based crypto trading platform Blockbid has become the first cryptocurrency exchange in the world to introduce a new generation of risk management and identity verification technology developed in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions and ThreatMetrix. The partnership combines the 1.4 billion-strong identity database owned by ThreatMetrix with the LexisNexis database of potentially high risk identities
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Pope Francis has ordered Catholic priests not to break the seal of confession when dealing with child rapists and pedophiles. Priests should go to jail than abide by a new law introduced in Australia designed [...]
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Riga, Latvia: Bob Posners name is perfect for who he is: a mild, middle-aged British public servant, not given to grand statements or dramatic claims.
He comes across as the sort of chap whod say things like anything for a quiet life.
But suddenly its not that quiet.
Posner is the director of the UK Electoral Commissions finance and regulation section. His job is to make sure, using the principle of follow the money, that elections and referendums are run lawfully.
Usually this is just going over receipts and rapping the knuckles of anyone loose in their funding declarations.
But now there are a significant number of major investigations and inquiries on our books, he says. Just last week they opened another new investigation into a major campaigner in the Brexit referendum.
It does seem different and it does seem a concern, he says.
I find myself talking to my counterparts in a number of other countries about their issues. I find myself talking to security services in the UK and elsewhere, in the US in particular.
That doesnt seem normal to me. That seems very different to when I started my job four years ago. Theres been a change of some sort.
Earlier this year British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was deeply concerned by Russias attempts to weaponise information.
The Kremlin is seeking to undermine the international rules-based system, she said....
Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday. Midfielder Pogba, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half 
Proposed new defamation laws would allow corrupt companies such as the banks to sue whistleblowers and social media users. If the laws had been in force a few years ago it would mean we would never of had the Banking Royal Commission as most of the whistleblowers who sparked the Royal Commission would have been 
A couple of days ago, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was opened by a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia national teams that many anticipated. At the grand opening of this event, Russias president Vladimir Putin announced that:
I congratulate the whole big, strong, multi-national football family from all over the world and welcome to the beginning of the planets main football tournament.
Even though soccer, or football as they call it in Europe, lies far beyond the boundaries of day-to-day politics, its hardly a secret to all those who have been following political events closely that it has been dominating the world of sports for quite some time. Its no wonder than that the world cup that has just opened attracts so much attention, as Russia and the Western world are engaged in the most intense and bitter geopolitical struggle since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, what is even more intriguing, Russia appears to be winning.
Long before the grand opening of the 2018 World Cup, the deputies of the European Parliament announced their intention to declare a diplomatic boycott of this massive event. British authorities were first to officially announce the boycott of the FIFA World Cup, with a number of other countries joining them, including Iceland and Australia.
However, on the day Vladimir Putin made his greeting speech, most of the Western media sources had to acknowledge that the whole idea of a boycott was nothing but a big failure.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the largest event that Russia hosts since the end of Soviet days, back when the United States and other countries chose to boycott of the Russia Olympics in 1980 because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Reuters notes.
Its rather symbolic that the new anti-Russian hysteria was launched after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that was the largest sports-related PR victory for Vladimir Putin until those very days. The Atlantic Council...
If Theresa May thinks this video will unite Britons she is off her freakin' nut! I do not give thanks for the Muslim negative contribution to the world at all. It's a nett value subtractor. "The end of the holy month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to come...
With the opening of the new childrens hospital there has been interest in the origins of the first one, Princess Margaret. One popular retelling of the tale is:
In 1897, a young girl entered Charles Moores department store. She was drawn to an unusual moneybox into which she put three pennies. When Mr Moore asked her what she would like in return for her money, she asked to give it to the childrens hospital. Moore said there was no such hospital and the girl replied, Then why not have one? Moore responded, We certainly will, and we will start it with your pennies.
When Charles Moore told this story in 1909 at the opening of the hospital there wouldnt have been a dry eye in the room. And since Moore himself related the tale, it must be true. Mustnt it? Well, no, so let Dodgy Perth debunk it. But first, why is the moneybox always described as unusual?
The following section contains racially charged language and an image some may find offensive.
Moore said the moneybox was a negro one, where a coin placed into the hand would be thrown into the box. These were sometimes called jolly negro moneyboxes or, worse, greedy n****r boxes and were popular around the turn of the 20th century. Casual racism like this was the norm in the Perth of a century ago, so we shouldnt read too much into Moores story, or the fact that this box apparently stood on the hospitals front counter for years. However, to...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
An external surplus is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a nation that wishes to grow during a period of fiscal surpluses and private domestic deleveraging.
The answer is True.
This is a question about the relative magnitude of the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance. The balances taken together always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts. The balances reflect the underlying economic behaviour in each sector which is interdependent given this is a macroeconomic system we are considering.
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).
Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):
(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI
To render this approach....
For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australias High Commission. It has not Continue reading "Assanges Ecuadorian Cave"
For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australia's High Commission. It has not Continue reading "Assange's Ecuadorian Cave" The post Assange's Ecuadorian Cave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
ANOTHER great post from SRSrocco.. this one should be of particular interest to Australians though, because we are in a more vulnerable region. and while Australia may look not too bad on those charts, its only because our relatively small population means we consume way less than most of the other nations of the Asia Pacific region
Certain areas of the world are more vulnerable to economic and societal collapse. While most analysts gauge the strength or weakness of an economy based on its outstanding debt or debt to GDP ratio, there is another factor that is a much better indicator. To understand which areas and regions of the world that will suffer a larger degree of collapse than others, we need to look at their energy dynamics.
For example, while the United States is still the largest oil consumer on the planet, it is no longer the number one oil importer. China surpassed the United States by importing a record 8.9 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2017. This data came from the recently released BP 2018 Statistical Review. Each year, BP publishes a report that lists each countries energy production and consumption figures.
BP also lists the total oil production and consumption for each area (regions and continents). I took BPs figures and calculated the Net Oil Exports for each area. As we can see, the Middle East has the highest amount of net oil exports with 22.3 million barrels per day in 2017:
The figures in the chart above are shown in thousand barrels per day. Russia and CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) came in second with 10 mbd of net oil exports followed by Africa with 4 mbd and Central and South America with 388,000 barrels per day. The areas with the negative figures are net oil importers.
The area in the world with the largest net oil imports was the Asia-Pacific region at 26.6 mbd followed by Europe with 11.4 mbd and North America (Canada, USA & Mexico) at 4.1 mbd.
Now, that we understand the energy dynamics shown in the chart above, the basic rule of thumb is that the areas in the world that are more vulnerable to collapse are those with the highest amount of net oil imports. Of course, it is true t...
Markets always seem to be waiting for something and even today
it appears they were concerned about the BOJ and then later the
US/China Trade Talks. The result for cash was that the market felt
that the BOJ offered a helping hand after it today downplayed its
previous view on inflation. The subsequent bounce in the Nikkei
(+0.5%) was one of the few markets that managed a positive return
today. The other core market to benefit off of today events was the
Australian ASX (+1.25%), but that too saw currency declines -0.4%.
Shanghai and the Hang Seng
both lost around -0.6% as concerns escalate over the Trade Talks. SENSEX did well just to close unchanged as most of the afternoon session was spent in negative territory. However, the markets was probably helped by the continued decline in the INR, this evening closing with a 68 handle.
Europe was generally weaker across the board with the UKs FTSE (1.7%) being hit hardest. The UK continues to battle with BREXIT plans and so we are seeing the currency also under pressure and also market concerns surrounding US trade. Core Europe were also lower with DAX and CAC off around -0.6% the pair, whilst peripherals (IBEX, FTSE MIB) closed a little over 1% lower. The markets are still concerned about the ECBs possible tapering from QE from September. We did hear Draghi state that the door could remain open but these moves appear a little more concerning.
US core were waiting for more information about US/China trade tariffs and so were trading lower in the uncertainty. By the close all core had recovered much of the intraday declines closing just 80 points off on the DOW. Earlier in the session the DOW was down almost 300 points but had recovered by the close. Eventually, we heard the US put a Trade number of $50bn of charges on trade and later we hear China stated a $32bn number. The result of todays trading really blends into the previous rally and is having a negligible impact. It may be too early to make such a claim but the market consensus is that somehow these guys will work things out. US stocks still looking in good shape with gains of around 5% over the past month for NASDAQ and the broader S+P.
Japan 0.03%, US 2...
Its been busy here for the past month or so since we started coming out of the ground As I type, the masonry work is as good as finished, weather permitting will be so next Monday. So on a rainy weekend and I have to say weve been so lucky weather-wise Ive decided to update you all on the progress.
I started with 24 pallets of blocks, and it looks like well have almost three left over, even after the numerous broken ones found beneath the plastic wrap around the pallets. Beats me how everything is plastic wrapped now, even concrete blocks
Mark the Irish block layer has done a wonderful job.. he may be six years younger than me, but us old farts can sure work when the pressures on!
Having fitted the electrics on top of the first course, it occurred to me that dropping
concrete from a great height onto the plastic conduit spanning almost 400mm between the block webs might not be a good idea, so I filled the bottom course by hand to support all that hard work. Didnt want to...
In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.
A bitter, politicised standoff ensued. The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island. Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract. The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.
Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling. The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island. As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.
And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight. The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.
Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations. The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily. The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.
The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising. One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May. The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement....
1806 - Some convicts decided on a change of scenery so they
lifted the brig 'Venus' from Port Dalrymple (in Tassie) and sailed
off into the sunset and over the ditch to NZ.
1801 - Lieut William Paterson founded a settlement on the Hunter River. Alas! He forgot the first rule in real estate - location, location, location, and thus it was kicked to the kerb (abandoned to you fancy-pants readers) in 1802.
1806 - Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eyeing off the latest line of chastity belts.
An early St Trinian's....?
1807 - The first Russian ship in Australian waters, the trading sloop Neva, 370 tons, popped into Sydney to share a bottle of voddy with the colonials. While anchored in Neutral Bay, Lieutenant Leonid Hagemeister collected Aboriginal weapons, which were sent to St. Petersburg
1828 - John Curtis was hanged at Sydney for the theft of a cow from the herd of William Wentworth, at Bringelly.
1828 - James (or Joseph) Johnson (also called Philip Macauley, Phillip Gawley) was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery and assault of George Tills outside Liverpool.
1857 - Beginning the looong tradition of pollies wasting time & money by "looking into it" Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, headed a select committee established to inquire into federation of the Australia's colonies.
1869 Explorer Charles Sturt dropped off the perch.
1879 - Proving that scratching about in the dirt isn't just a fun hobby prospectors John Atherton and James Robson tripped over tin deposits on the tablelands inland from Cairns, Queensland.
1884 - The Bendigo Railway Line (Vic) was opened from the glorious Castlemaine Station (Maldon Junction) to equally delicious Maldon Station.
1885 - Not to be outdone by Benders transport improvements, Ballarat saw the launch of the Golden City steamer on Lake Wendouree.
1887 - Queen's College at Uni of Melbourne (named for the Jubilee of Queen Vicky's reign), was founded by the Reverend William Quick (Founders Day) on the piece of land granted by the Victorian Government to the Methodist Church.
1888 - Melbourne Footy Club were trying to spread the love of the game in Banana Bender country where they played a match against QLD at the Exhibition Ground.
Melbourne 6.16 defeated Queensland 3.5 (Attendance: 5,000)
1903 - The Lake Condah Mission Aboriginals formed an unbeatable football team in 1902, the Darlot Creek Wanderers which the Hamilton Spectator reported on this day having won by 52 points against Condah.
1906 The town of Roma, Queensland became the first town in Australia to be lit and po...
Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012. Ecuador is exploring possible ways to resolve the situation of Australian activist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that are "not traumatic," Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said on Wednesday. Valencia said Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, but with increasing restrictions.
Tropical cyclones are moving more slowly. As temperatures rise, the pace at which a hurricane storms across a landscape has slowed perceptibly in the last 70 years. But the slowdown means each hurricane has more time to do more damage and deliver more flooding.
Tropical cyclones over land have slowed down 20% in the Atlantic, 30% in the northwestern Pacific and 19% in the Australian region, said James Kossin, of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations national centres for environmental information.
These trends are almost certainly increasing local rainfall totals and freshwater flooding, which is associated with a very high mortality risk.
He reports in the journal Nature that thanks to atmospheric warming as a consequence of the profligate combustion of fossil fuels in the last century, the summer tropical circulation has slowed and, along with it, hurricane and typhoon speeds. Overall, since 1940, cyclone movements have slowed by 10%; over some land areas, they have slowed much more.
But as the temperature goes up, the capacity of the atmosphere to hold moisture increases by at least 7% with each degree Centigrade. That means a tropical cyclone a whirling system of terrifying winds bearing huge quantities of water has both more water, and more time to drop it over land.
And Dr Kossin cites the example of Hurricane Harvey which in 2017 dumped more than 1.25 metres of water on Houston, Texas and the surrounding countryside in just five days. Devastating floods displaced 30,000 people, and 89 died. Economic losses were assessed at more than $126bn.
This shift in what researchers call the translation speed is new and is only the latest study in a procession of alarming findings about the response of the winds in a warming world.
Researchers have already established that hurricanes are gaining in ferocity that is, becoming more intense at a faster rate than they did decades ago. They have warned that windstorms capacity to damage the worlds economy is on the increase directly because of global warming and consequent climate change, and they have identified a trend in hurricane geography: the storms are moving further north, in the northern hemisphere.......
The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light. The discovery, published today in Science, was led by Imperial College London, supported by the BBSRC, and involved groups from the ANU in Canberra, the CNRS in Paris and Saclay and the CNR in Milan. The vast majority of life on Earth uses visible red light in the process of photosynthesis, but the new type uses near-infrared light instead. It was detected in a wide range of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) when they grow in near-infrared light, found in shaded conditions like bacterial mats in Yellowstone and in beach rock in Australia. As scientists have now discovered, it also occurs in a cupboard fitted with infrared LEDs in Imperial College London.
Crypto investors in Australia should expect scrutiny from the tax authority, experts say
The State Government is seeking to have an anti-vaccination billboard pulled down in Perth, after doctors complained it was posing a public health risk. The billboard has sparked outrage among Australian doctors and authorities who [...]
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Undoubtedly, sellers are in charge and it"s solely because of this that the cryptocurrency market cap is down $25 billion in the last four days or so. But, this is coming at the expense of other coins because Bitcoin controls 
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STUDY: Left-wing Aussies are anxious about expressing political
views online: According to new research, almost half of
Australians are worried about what their friends, family and
colleagues will think of them if they express their political views
on social media. This is an important contribution to understanding
the changing nature of the Australian public sphere and the way
citizens moderate their behaviour in different media settings.
The finding is contained in the latest Digital News Report: Australia 2018, released by the University of Canberra yesterday.
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A new anti-vaccination billboard in Perth has sparked outrage amongst Australian doctors and caused a dispute to flare on social media. The ad poses the controversial question "Do you know what's in a vaccine?" The billboard was met with fierce criticism from Australian doctors and the authorities, which vowed to pull it down, as social media users argued about whether this could violate freedom of speech. Placed on a street corner, the billboard provided a link to an American anti-vaccination group called 'Learn The Risk.' It defines its mission as one of raising people's awareness of "the dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines." However, the message wasn't received so well by the Australian Medical Association. As soon as the billboard was spotted, the Association insisted on having it pulled down by the local authorities. Their outrage was reinforced by Health Minister Roger Cook, who in turn branded the billboard "nasty and devious" and warned that its "misleading" nature could seriously endanger people's lives. Cook vowed to pull all the necessary strings to have it removed as soon as possible and said he was considering toughening laws to fight against this sort of "misinformation."
Even though Frances first encounter with its Australian rival wont be held at the World Cup till tomorrow, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann scored two goals yesterday. But not in any Russian stadium about 750 meters away from the barbed wire between Israel and Gaza.
The real blonde-haired Griezmann was represented by his number 7 blue shirt, worn by the 25-year-old Rami Jendia, who played for a Gaza sport club in a simulation match of the World Cup, held at Malaka, the base camp for the Great March of Return protests in Gaza. In the simulation, 14 amputee players played who had lost a leg from Israeli fire either from the weekly marches that began March 31, or from three wars on Gaza over the past decade.
The simulation-team players wore T-shirts from several countries participating in the World Championships. They were not able to buy only French and Australian jerseys because they are not available in sport equipment stores in the blockaded Strip.
The short game lasted only one-sixth the length of a real match, due to the stress on the players who were forced to jump on one foot all the match time. It kicked off after 13 hours of continuous fasting of the last day of the Holy Ramadan month.
Hamza Sersawi, 23, who symbolized the Manchester Citys superstar Leroy Sane, preferred to play as a goalkeeper, despite suffering paralysis on his left side of body and unable to repel his opponents balls.
There are people on this planet who love life and love sport, and not being forced to be killed or wired to deprive their freedom, Sersawi, who represented his countrys 2012 athletics national team, told ...
An anti-vaccine billboard is now displayed over a heavily trafficked corner in Perth, causing a slew of controversy in the area. Residents are upset that the owner of the billboard accepted money from the American...
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SOCIAL media has been such a game changer that NSW is to have a look at how the 2005 uniform defamation law is coping. But some things remain constant: humans like to be liked, like to be respected and like to be trusted. It is in our evolved genes. So we should be careful.
Whether the respect or trust is deserved is another matter. And deserved or not, humans will fight for it. Indeed, men (they were nearly all men) if insulted used to duel for honour with swords and pistols injuring or killing themselves so often that law-makers and policy-makers encouraged and then insisted that honour be settled in the courts and not the dueling field.
As the press became more popular, publication became more widespread, so the damages for loss of reputation became higher. The law became more complicated and costs went up.
Newspapers and later broadcasters staked their reputations on reliability and veracity. It meant, of course, that anyone defamed by them could argue thay had suffered great reputational loss because the publishers had urged everyone to rely on them.
As Tom Bathurst said in the defamtion action this week against broadcaster Alan Jones the damages had to be enough to convince Mr Joness devoted followers, who write to him and hang on every word that he says, to convince them that his charges are baseless.
Before the internet, Newspapers and broadcasters usually took great care to avoid defamation actions, and they still do. Editors and sub-editors were trained to spot defamation dangers.
Newspapers and broadcasters had a monopoly on the widespread publication of news and information. You needed an expensive press or broadcast licence to be in the game.
Then came the internet. It did not take much to publish material. Then came Google and it took even less. Then came social media and suddenly anyone could be a publisher to a lot of people at virtually no cost. They could also be republishers of other peoples material.
The new publishers arose around the time the 2005 defamation law was taking shape.
These new publishers have little or no understanding of defamation law. They know nothing of the old legal adage: you publish at your peril.
Rather, in Australia, they were imbued with inapplicable US concepts of freedom of speech.
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