Posts Tagged ‘ Australia ’

Australia: New South Wales regime seeks partner to trial Uber-like public transport

December 6, 2016
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"Transport for NSW is looking to partner with industry to develop a series of pilots that will see the trial of on-demand public transport services. The state government has gone to tender, calling for pitches comprising 'innovative models' for on-demand services that also offer customers personalised and flexible technology-enabled solutions. According to Transport for NSW customer services deputy secretary Tony Braxton-Smith, partnering with industry leaders would put the government department at the forefront of the 'technology revolution.'" [editor's note: If they want a real revolution, the solution is to repeal all regulations on, and subsidies of, transportation and let the market work - TLK] (12/06/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nsw-government-seeks-partner-to-trial-uber-like-public-transport/  

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Australian, US regimes “close” to asylum seeker deal

November 11, 2016
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Sky News [Australia]    

"Immigration department chief Michael Pezzullo says the government is closer to a deal to resettle asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. But he's declined to confirm reports about 1800 asylum seeker boat arrivals at Australia's offshore detention centres could be about to be resettled under a deal with the United States. The Australian newspaper reported on Friday the two countries were poised to announce a deal after months of negotiations." (11/10/16)

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/11/11/asylum-seeker-deal-with-us-close--reports.html  

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Australia: Senate puts the kibosh on marriage apartheid plebiscite

November 8, 2016
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Australian Times [UK]    

"The Australian government's proposed 2017 plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been defeated in Parliament’s upper house. The Senate vote to block the bill legislating for the marriage equality plebiscite had been expected, following Labor last month announcing its opposition to holding it." (11/07/16)

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-bill-defeated-in-senate/  

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Australia: Labor Party votes to block referendum on marriage apartheid

October 11, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Australia's opposition Labor Party has voted to block a government-backed referendum on same-sex marriage. The move means it will remain one of the last countries in the Western world to grant [sic] gay and lesbian couples the right to wed. Labor Party leader Bill Shorten -- as well as a majority of Australians, according to recent Essential opinion polls -- support marriage for same-sex couples. But Shorten said Tuesday his party voted unanimously against the referendum proposed for February amid concerns it would be too costly and create an acrimonious climate for LGBT Australians." [editor's note: Same-sex couples have the right to wed whether governments "grant" it or not. The question is whether or not governments SUPPRESS it, as has been the case since governments started requiring that marriages be "licensed" - TLK]

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/marriage-equality-not-coming-australia-anytime-soon-n664186  

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Australia: Plan for marriage plebiscite hits stumbling block

August 29, 2016
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New York Times    

"The government's plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage has suffered a setback when a political party announced it will not support the proposed plebiscite. The Nick Xenophon Team supports marriage equality, but the party says its senators will not support legislation to authorize the plebiscite. The party says it would effectively become an opinion poll without legal weight. Another party that favors gay marriage, the Greens, announced last week that it would also oppose the plebiscite." (08/28/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/28/world/asia/ap-as-australia-gay-marriage.html  

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Defending free speech down under

August 25, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"On Q&A ... spiked editor Brendan O'Neill once again prompted the right-thinking first to tweet their spleen, and then to fire off snarky op-eds. And the reason for the riling? Was it O'Neill's criticism of the Australian state's incarceration of migrants on the micro-island of Nauru, 'a kind of purgatory, a limbo where aspiring migrants are stuck between a place they don't want to be and a place they want to be,' as he described it? Or was it perhaps his criticism of pro-refugee campaigners, whom, as The Australian reports, O'Neill accused of 'infantilising' migrants .... Nope, none of the above. What got up the nose of the unthinkingly politically correct was O'Neill's attack on Section 18C of Australia's Racial Discrimination Act, which prohibits speech 'reasonably likely ... to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people' because of their 'race, colour or national or ethnic origin.'" (08/24/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/defending-free-speech-down-under-brendan-oneill-qanda/  

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Papua New Guinea, Australia regimes agree to close immigrant concentration camp

August 17, 2016
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Beatrice Daily Sun    

"Papua New Guinea and Australia said Wednesday they have agreed to close a detention center on Manus Island for asylum seekers but they offered no details on when it will happen or on the fate of the 850 men being held there. Australia's tough stance on migrants and refugees has long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. The country has a policy of sending people who try to reach its shores by boat to island detention centers, including Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Leaked documents and eyewitness reports have detailed grim living conditions in many of Australia's detention centers. In April, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that the Australian-run detention center there was unconstitutional." (08/17/16)

http://beatricedailysun.com/news/world/asia/papua-new-guinea-australia-agree-to-close-detention-center/article_5abe0974-85ed-573b-ab8a-49a1ab80f6d6.html  

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Australia: Regime’s census website shut down after cyber attacks

August 10, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Australian Bureau of Statistics says a series of hacking attacks led to the census website being shut down Tuesday night on the first day people were able to fill out the forms online. Last Wednesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' top statistician, David Kalisch, said the agency was 'ready' with 'the best security features [for which] you could ever ask.' But six days later, Kalisch said the census website was hacked four times and was shut down as a precaution after the fourth attack. It remained shut down Wednesday." (08/10/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/08/10/Australias-census-website-shut-down-after-four-hack-attacks-on-first-day-of-online-census/3971470836167/  

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Amnesty International: Australia abusing refugees on island of Nauru

August 3, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Australia has instituted a system of abuse of refugees in the island nation of Nauru, the activist group Amnesty International reported. The London-based non-governmental organization said Tuesday those seeking asylum in Australia are routinely transferred to Australian-administered settlement camps in nearby small nations, to make clear they will not be staying in Australia. In Nauru, an independent island northeast of Australia, 1,200 people are living in conditions Amnesty International's Dr. Anna Neistat described as a 'system of deliberate abuse. It is essentially like an open-air prison for these refugees and people seeking asylum.'" (08/03/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/08/03/Amnesty-International-Australia-abusing-refugees-on-island-of-Nauru/4571470231259/  

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Australia: As election approaches, politicians try to avoid disclosing positions on marriage apartheid

June 29, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Same-sex marriage has become a front-page issue in the final days of Australia's election campaign. The ruling conservative Liberal Party has promised to hold a plebiscite on the issue if it returns to power at this weekend's election. But questions remain over whether the party would abide by a result in favour of same-sex marriage. ... Two senior Australian ministers have refused to say if they would support same-sex marriage in parliament. In an interview, Treasurer Scott Morrison refused six times to say how he would vote. ... In a separate interview, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop echoed the treasurer's comments, refusing to be drawn on the 'hypothetical' issue." (06/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/36659051  

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Australia: Police shoot escaped mental patient, hit three bystanders too

June 9, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Video shows the moment a barefoot man lunged at police with a carving knife when two officers gunned him down after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital. Footage exclusively obtained by Nine News shows the dramatic moments outside Westfield shopping centre at Hornsby, north-west Sydney, on Thursday shortly before noon. Police had asked the man to drop the knife and get down before the man appeared to run at them. Two police officers fired several shots and inadvertently injured three elderly women until the 23-year-old man was shot down." (06/09/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3632538/Policewoman-shot-man-knife-Sydney-s-Westfield-Hornsby-comforted-colleagues.html  

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Papua New Guinea: Court says Australia can’t hold abducted immigrants on island

April 26, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"It's illegal for Australia to hold asylum-seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court says, in a ruling that clashes with a recent ruling by Australia's high court. The justices say the detention center runs afoul of Papua New Guinea's constitution and should be closed. ... Faced with the pending arrival of thousands of refugees and migrants, Australia reached an agreement with Papua New Guinea inn 2013 that called for its northern neighbor to hold travelers in detention centers hundreds of miles from Australia's shores. The deal is often called the PNG Solution — but today, Papua New Guinea's high court said the deal should never have been made." (04/26/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/26/475706611/australian-refugee-detention-center-is-declared-illegal-by-papua-new-guinea-cour  

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US, Australian and Philippine forces begin annual show of force in South China Sea

April 4, 2016
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea. The exercises have been opposed in recent years by China, which has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with several countries, including the Philippines, and suspects the drills are part of efforts to contain Beijing. Washington and Manila say the drills are not directed against China, and that they also focus on responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises." (04/04/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/u-s-australian-and-philippine-forces-start-combat-drills-1.673705  

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Top Vatican advisor denies helping shield Australia’s worst pedophile priest

March 1, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Interrupted by jeers from observers, one of Pope Francis'[s] top advisors on Tuesday denied an accusation that his testimony to an inquiry into child sex abuse was an attempt to deflect blame for the Catholic Church transferring Australia's worst pedophile priest from parish to parish. Australian Cardinal George Pell was a priest in the 1970s in the town of Ballarat where he advised Bishop Ronald Mulkearns about the placement of priests within the diocese. ... The Royal Commission -- which is Australia's highest form of investigation -- is looking into how Pell dealt with abuse allegations as a priest, educator and advisor to Mulkearns, as well as how the Melbourne archdiocese responded to allegations of abuse, including when Pell served as a Melbourne auxiliary bishop." (03/01/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-top-vatican-australia-abuse-20160229-story.html  

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Australia: Five, including 15-year-old, held on terrorism conspiracy charges

December 10, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Police will charge two people arrested on Thursday and another three already in custody with conspiring to prepare a terrorist act, probably an attack on a police building in Sydney. Ibrahim Ghazzawy, 20, from Raby, and a 15-year-old from Georges Hall who cannot be named were arrested after at least four early-morning raids across Sydney's south-west. Another three men already in custody in Goulburn's Supermax prison -- understood to include 20-year-old Sulayman Khalid -- will be charged with the same offence. The charges relate to documents seized in raids on 18 December last year as part of the counter-terrorism investigation Operation Appleby." (12/10/15)

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/10/anti-terrorism-raids-in-south-west-sydney-target-15-year-old-and-one-other-young-person  

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Thai cop who implicated officials in human trafficking seeks asylum in Australia

December 10, 2015
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"The police general who led Thailand's probe into human trafficking said on Thursday (Dec 10) he was seeking political asylum in Australia, after fleeing the kingdom fearing for his life for implicating senior officials in the grim trade. ... Major General Paween Pongsirin headed a police investigation into trafficking after dozens of shallow graves were uncovered on the Thai-Malaysia border. ... Thai officials are accused of orchestrating smuggling routes through the south of their country to neighbouring Malaysia, raking in huge sums of money over several years. Dozens of people, including a powerful Thai army general in the south, Manas Kongpan, and other local officials appeared in court last month charged with trafficking." (12/10/15)

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-cop-who-implicated-officials-in-human-trafficking-seeks-asylum-in-australia  

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Australia: Police raid home of reported Bitcoin creator

December 9, 2015
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Reuters    

"Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, a Reuters witness said. The property is registered under the Australian electoral role to Craig Steven Wright, whom Wired outed as the likely real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous figure that first released bitcoin's code in 2009. ... The Australian Federal Police said in a statement that the officers' 'presence at Mr. Wright's property is not associated with the media reporting overnight about bitcoins.' The AFP referred all inquiries about the raid to the Australian Tax Office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ... as an early miner of bitcoins, Nakamoto is also sitting on about 1 million bitcoins, worth more than $400 million at present exchange rates, according to bitcoin expert Sergio Demian Lerner." (12/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bitcoin-exclusive-idUSKBN0TS0AB20151209  

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Australia: Turnbull wins party ballot to become prime minister

September 15, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Former Cabinet Minister Malcolm Turnbull will become Australia's sixth prime minister in eight years after defeating Tony Abbott in a ballot of Liberal Party lawmakers on Monday Turnbull won by 54 votes to 44, hours after condemning Abbott's economic management and challenging him for the leadership of the governing party." (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/objbc8s  

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Idiot couple vows to divorce if Australia ends marriage apartheid

June 11, 2015
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Time    

"An Australian couple has vowed to divorce 'as a matter of conscience' if the country legalizes same-sex marriage. ... The Australian Parliament is scheduled to vote on a marriage equality bill introduced by the opposition Labor Party by the end of the year." [editor's note: No children mentioned. Hopefully they haven't reproduced - TLK] (06/11/15)

http://time.com/3917674/couple-divorce-gay-marriage/  

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Odd-one-out Australia moves toward ending marriage apartheid

May 31, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Ivan Hinton-Teoh’s marriage to his partner Chris in 2013 lasted just five days before Australia’s government had the same-sex union quashed. The couple may soon get another chance. Spurred by Ireland’s vote in favor of gay marriage, lawmakers will introduce legislation on Monday in another bid for marriage equality. With Australia increasingly isolated among English-speaking nations on the issue, pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose own sister is gay, to drop his opposition." (05/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orczqg3  

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As if Prohibition never happened

May 14, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Dick Puddlecote  

"Now, Australia obviously doesn't believe it justifiable that tobacco be banned outright or they would have the balls to have done so by now. So instead they are witnessing the bizarre situation whereby a legal industry has been railroaded into competing with the criminals that the government have empowered by their hysterical fascist policies. Incredible stuff! There's more though, because -- despite this being an entirely predictable turn of events -- anti-smoking lunatics are still trying to pretend that their unsustainable policy wet dreams are not insane in practice." (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pywcs93  

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Australia: US citizen charged with bribery over bank contract

March 18, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A U.S. citizen formerly employed by a major Australian bank has been charged in Sydney with bribery and more than $1.5 million in suspected corrupt payments have been frozen as part of a joint FBI-Australian police investigation, authorities said Wednesday. State police Fraud and Cybercrime Squad officers arrested the 61-year-old American at a Sydney apartment Tuesday and charged him with two counts of bribery, a police statement said." (03/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q97bvu4  

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The tyranny of health down under

February 19, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Tim Gregg  

"It'’s a funny old place, Australia. We have a peculiar love of rules and regulations that sets us apart from other liberal democracies. No other country in the free world imposes such stringent controls on individual behaviour -- even when that behaviour puts no one else at risk." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m9cj3g5  

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Australia: Police arrest two, claiming “imminent” terror attack

February 11, 2015
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Detroit News    

"Two men were charged on Wednesday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State group, a machete and a hunting knife in a counterterrorism raid. The men, aged 24 and 25, would have carried out the attack on Tuesday if they had not been arrested that day in the raid in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, New South Wales state Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters." (02/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzpgv53  

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Australia: Abbott survives leadership challenge

February 9, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today survived a confidence vote on his leadership after just 17 months in power, despite a disastrous new poll showing his popularity plunging. ... The motion aimed to declare vacant the positions of party leader and deputy leader -- currently occupied by Abbott and Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop. If it had succeeded, the party room, or Liberal Party members of both houses of Parliament, could vote for new candidates for the jobs. But the 101 Liberal parliamentarians -- one was absent -- rejected the proposal by 61 to 39 in a secret ballot." (02/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pk7sbha  

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