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July 2014

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31 July 2014

TURC turnabout: Kathy chokes on her whistle

Kathy Jackson and Michael Smith arrive beaming at TURC yesterday: the mood wasn't to last

Kathy Jackson melted down yesterday in the union Royal Commission as it dawned on her that her self-professed whistleblower status was not going to save her.

If #turc was ice cream Craig McGregor's treatment would be Rocky Road and Kathy Jackson's treatment so far would be soft serve #auspol

Well, at the Commission yesterday, Kathy Jackson finally had a taste of that Rocky Road ice cream and it is fair to say she had an allergic reaction. [Read More...]


31 July 2014

Turnbull defends Israel school attack

Communications Minister says Israel faces extinction, has right to defend itself.

After another night of deadly fighting in Gaza during which 16 people were killed when Israel shelled a UN school, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio that Israel had a right to defend itself. [Read More...]


31 July 2014

Wireless Electricity Over Distance

Imagine never having to plug ANYTHING in again!

You don't have to imagine any more, wireless electricity is here now!
Witricity Corp out of Boston have, using Faraday and Tesla inventions successfully transfered electricity over distance without wires.
They have also invented the world's first AA battery that will charge WITHOUT taking it out of its device. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

Abbott government calls on internet providers to punish illegal downloaders

GoT Kalisi & Dragon

Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis release a discussion paper calling for ISPs to police online piracy

Australians are leading the charge to pirate shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
The Abbott government has moved to crack down on illegal downloading, saying internet service providers (ISPs) will be forced to take “reasonable steps” to prevent it – including possible sanctions against offending customers. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

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Australian govt blindfolds citizens with ‘unprecedented’ media gag order - WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has accused the Australian government of blindfolding the public with the worst suppression order in “living memory.” The media gag bans Australian news outlets from reporting on a multinational corruption case for reasons of national security. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

Australian Internet 'tax' may fund new spy laws

Phone and internet customers could face a ''surveillance tax'' of up to $100 a year if the federal government implements a scheme requiring companies to store customer data for two years, the telecommunications sector warns. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

by Bob Ellis

Joe Hockey Is A Fucking 'Nong'

Joe Hockey just said on PM that requiring young people to make forty applications per month would get the ‘most hungry’ into jobs, and Big Business’s view that the plan was ‘nuts’ was wrong. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

Is There A Debt and Deficit Disaster Remedy - YES!!!

In a recent article by Warwick Smith in The Guardian, a group of economists refuted three of the government’s claims, namely that there was a budget emergency, that there was a debt crisis and that the carbon tax was an economic wrecking ball. [Read More...]


30 July 2014

Govt’s $330,000 room it doesn’t use

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison an Operation Sovereign Borders press conference.

Taxpayers have forked out close to $330,000, including $800 for a door knob, for a border protection media briefing room that hasn’t been used since its completion 10 months ago.

Construction and fit-out costs for the high-tech theatrette totalled almost $235,000 while the annual cost of having it on stand-by is running at about $100,000. [Read More...]


29 July 2014

Hockey Admits No Budget Emergency

Every day in parliament, from every minister, we hear the words Debt and Deficit Disaster. For the first time, Joe Hockey, the treasurer, admits that Australia's economy is in fine shape.
In an interview in New Zealand during his visit there he proclaims "Australia has been "exporting its socks off, and has had 23 years of economic growth... [Read More...]


28 July 2014

Did Howard Steal Medibank?

Fresh doubts on Medibank sale

Sale could deliver a windfall to policy holders, documents suggest.

Selling Medibank may incur some unforeseen costs for the government.
Fresh doubts have emerged about the planned sale of Medibank Private following the discovery of documents which show policyholders were the owners of the health fund’s assets, not the federal government. [Read More...]


27 July 2014

Ali, Frazier … Geale walks in the footsteps of greats

Daniel Geale stood nose-to-nose with Gennady Golovkin on a stage inside Madison Square Garden, looked deep into the Kazakh champion’s eyes and then reached into his soul.
Geale was searching for a crack, a seed of doubt or sliver of fear in the intimidating Golovkin.
The Tasmanian found something. [Read More...]


25 July 2014

Our ABC thinks India doesn't exist

Image from the Guardian Online

Link Here [Read More...]


30 July 2014

Margaret Thatcher 'Told Of Sir Peter Morrison Paedophile Claims'

Thatcher with Sir Peter Morrison

Margaret Thatcher was told about alleged sex parties with under-age boys held by one of her closest aides claims her former personal bodyguard.
Barry Strevens, who worked as the prime minister's personal bodyguard, said that he passed on allegations about her confidant Sir Peter Morrison.
The former senior police officer said that Lady Thatcher appointed Sir Peter deputy party chairman of the Conservatives despite learning of the rumours. [Read More...]


23 July 2014

What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?

The U.S. media’s Ukraine bias has been obvious, siding with the Kiev regime and bashing ethnic Russian rebels and Russia’s President Putin. But now – with the scramble to blame Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down – the shoddy journalism has grown truly dangerous.

In the heat of the U.S. media’s latest war hysteria – rushing to pin blame for the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – there is the same absence of professional skepticism that has marked similar stampedes on Iraq, Syria and elsewhere – with key questions not being asked or answered. [Read More...]


23 July 2014

The Kurds Eye Long-Desired State

Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani. (U.S. government photo)

The sectarian conflict engulfing Iraq has created an historic opportunity for the Kurds, a people who have long dreamed of their own homeland. A new Kurdish state carved out of Iraq also could shift the region’s power relationships.

At the height of the American invasion of Iraq and the sectarian war that it unleashed, the “Kurdish ambassador” in Bahrain argues passionately that an independent Kurdish state is inevitable despite opposition from all its neighbors and world powers. [Read More...]


23 July 2014

Dr. Scott Watkins from CSIRO on catching the sun

Ever dreamt of charging your phone on the fly? Or thought about how the plants outside your house could power your home? Imagination could become reality thanks to Dr. Scott Watkins and the clever folks at the CSIRO who are creating new ways to soak up and store the sun’s rays. Watch this video to discover how photovoltaic cells could turn every surface - from your jacket to your car door to your rooftop - into a source of energy. [Watch 2 minute Video...]


23 July 2014

by Craig Murray

More on MH17

MH17 – Downed by Elite Collusion

The immediate cause of the MH17 disaster was a missile shot by pro-Russian forces who mistook it for one of the military aircraft they had been regularly shooting down. It is a terrible tragedy – and tragically not unique. There have been several such events in my lifetime, including the USS Vincennes incident and the Soviet downing of a Korean airliner.

The problem is that Vladimir Putin has revived the Soviet cult of perfectionism – the idea that the state simply cannot make a mistake. That Putin-backed forces could commit an error is therefore unthinkable, as that would imply that Putin made an error in backing and supplying them. Putin cannot make errors. We have therefore seen a stream of desperate propaganda stories emanating from the Russian media. [Read More...]


22 July 2014

Time to rethink the decision to cut Pararoos funding

A blame game has erupted over funding cuts to a successful disability sport programme, but that is of no help to the athletes affected

At a time when a National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out and there is a search for ways of improving services which contribute to the physical and mental health of the Australian population, it is odd, to say the least, that one successful programme has had its funding removed. It is especially puzzling when this is a programme that combines sport and support for a disadvantaged group, athletes with a disability. The Pararoos, Australia’s national football team for players with a disability, have been financially assisted at recent Paralympic Games and have done very well on and off the field. Now their funding from the Australian Sports Commission has been cut completely. [Read More...]


22 July 2014

Great Barrier Reef 'in worst state since records began'

Scientists say reef will be ‘pretty ugly’ within 40 years, with large swaths of seaweed where complex coral structures once thrived

The Great Barrier Reef is facing threats from coastal development, such as a massive port-related dredging project at Abbot Point, farm run-off and poor water quality. Photograph: Brandon D Cole/Corbis The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say. [Read More...]


22 July 2014

Rinehart considers takeover

Gina Rinehart is reportedly considering a full takeover of Fairfax Media amid worries about the company’s performance

Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is reportedly considering launching a takeover bid for Fairfax Media. [Read More...]


22 July 2014

Amateur hour as Games officials kick own-goal

Alex Rowe is grilled after arriving (late) in Gateshead

Athletics needs to celebrate its up-and-coming champions, not treat them like children.

Amateur has always been an ambiguous epithet, a term that covers all manner of supposed virtues and actual sins.

Unfortunately, while our athletes are no longer amateurs in the financial sense, their officials have demonstrated their amateurism – in the worst possible sense of the word – in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. [Read More...]


22 July 2014

Stafford wipe-out dooms Newman

The Redcliffe and Stafford by-election wipeouts mean the Newman Government is now doomed to be a one-term Government.

Following the LNP's drubbing in Stafford, it seems Queensland faces a repeat of the 1998 election, when voters decided there was a pox on both the National-Liberal and Labor houses. [Read More...]


19 July 2014

Julie Bishop upbraided the Russian ambassador, accusing him of complicity in premeditated mass murder, and the Russians decided not to talk to her any more, adjudging her doubtless a ‘complete fool’ as the Chinese have.

19 July 2014

Abbott stacking an ideologue pile

With an unprecedented fervour, the government is filling boards and commissions with old cronies.

It was nothing personal. New attorney-general George Brandis made that quite clear on October 25, announcing the forced resignation of ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy from his new job as chairman of the Old Parliament House Advisory Council.
It was a matter of principle. Cassidy understood that, Brandis said in his media release, and “accepted the importance of the Museum of Australia [sic] Democracy [in Old Parliament House] maintaining its apolitical and nonpartisan character”. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines crash: analysts point towards Soviet-era Buk missile system

People walk among the debris of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

The Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed over Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew, may have been shot down by a vehicle-mounted Russian-built Buk missile system, according to western-based defence specialists. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

Australian suicide bomber kills 3: reports

Civilians inspect the site of the bomb attack in Shorja Market in Baghdad, Iraq

The first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq has killed three people and injured more than 90 people in a Baghdad market attack on Thursday. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

English players brought to semi-professional Victorian Premier League admit throwing matches for betting syndicate

Segaran "Gerry" Subramaniam

Footballers players yelled "don't save it" to their goalkeeper in a desperate bid to throw a Victorian Premier League game, a court has heard.

An international match fixing syndicate wanted the Southern Stars to lose 4-0 but the team was only two goals down, according to documents presented in Melbourne's magistrates court on Thursday. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

US loses multi-billion dollar court cases against China and India

The World Trade Organization agreed on Monday this week to side with claims against the United States made by both China and India concerning US-imposed tariffs on products exported to America.

In both instances, the WTO ruled against the US and decided in favor of the major BRICs countries, who for two years now have each asked the organization to intervene and weigh in on America’s use of tariffs to tax certain imports dating back to 2007. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

by John Passant

Spanking: not fit even for low-life politicians

Kevin Donnelly, the reactionary ‘educationalist’ heading up Tony Abbott’s school curriculum ‘review’, has come out in favour of corporal punishment in schools. Beating kids up does not ‘discipline ‘them. It brutalises them and teaches them violence is OK. [Read More...]


18 July 2014

Conspiracy of silence

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

If you think that Scott Morrison is justified in keeping “on-water” operations secret for safety and security reasons, perhaps you can explain to me why this secrecy extends to onshore activities like detention camps and gagging people who work with asylum seekers. Perhaps you can explain why the carers of the two boys, recently disappeared by Immigration officials, are too scared to speak out for fear of losing their job which is to make a home for these kids. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

‘The ATO ruined my life’

A Sydney man is suing the Tax Office for $6 million in damages after a massive mistake.

35 per cent of tax penalties are unfairly imposed.

A Sydney man has accused the Australian Tax Office (ATO) of ruining his life after he spent the past eight years fighting a botched tax bill. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Australia’s renewable investment hits 13-year low

Rows of solar panels face skywards at the Greenough River Solar project near the town of Walkaway, about 350 km (217 miles) north of Perth, Australia

Australians invested just $40 million in renewable energy in the first half of 2014, the lowest figure since the first half of 2001. The investment shift comes as the country prepares to vote on lifting the two-year fixed price on carbon emissions. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Australian bill sees whistleblowing on intel ops punishable by up to 10 years in jail

Australia’s attorney general has proposed a new bill which would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks on special intelligence operations. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Australian Army plans for future high-tech combat in Asia’s mega-cities

The Australian Army has begun planning for high-tech combat in Asia’s mega-cities, including hotly contested cyber warfare, scientifically enhanced soldiers and killer robots, according to a new Defence Department study. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Why Jonathan Moylan’s Whitehaven Hoax Was Great

Anti-coal activist Jonathan Moylan left court still in the dark about his fate, after his sentencing for breaching Section 1041E of the Corporations Act was adjourned. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Abbott's Tea Party and Australia’s true political spectrum

The Mad King and his fool: Rupert Murdoch's publishing empire has been instrumental in promoting the rise of the Tea Party in the U.S. as well as in installing hard right religious extremist Tony Abbott into power. Tony Abbott leads the world's first Tea Party Government — something that simply does not fit into Australia's usual political spectrum. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Baden-Clay coffin bugged

Police hoped to hear a confession at murdered wife’s funeral.

Gerard Baden-Clay.

Gerard Baden-Clay has spent his first night behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the murder of his wife Allison.
The former real estate agent was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday, meaning he’ll spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars for killing the mother of his three children. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Police chief's killer David Eastman should stay in jail, says DPP

David Eastman

There is an overwhelming case against convicted police killer David Eastman and he should not be let out of jail, the lawyer for ACT prosecutors says.
Jeremy Kirk, counsel for the ACT director of public prosecutions (DPP), said Eastman's conviction for the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester should be confirmed. [Read More...]


17 July 2014

Li-fi protocol allows use of the Internet at the speed of light

Sisoft Company in Mexico has developed a technology that can illuminate a large work space, an auditorium or an office, while providing full mobile internet to every device that comes into the range of the light spectrum. [Read More...]


16 July 2014

Australia Network switched off

The Pacific Freedom Forum group says Australian government budget cuts to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation sends a chilling message to the region. [Read More...]


16 July 2014

Poor form: Eddie’s misguided war on Sydney

Eddie McGuire is embroiled in a war of words with the Swans. Does the Collingwood president need to withdraw gracefully?

Is it time for Eddie McGuire to hang up the boots? He’s been working overtime in the past few weeks generating headlines for himself and his beloved Magpies. He likes a stoush – just look at his current blue with the Swans. [Read More...]


16 July 2014

David Hicks a step closer to having war criminal conviction quashed

Australian David Hicks is one step closer to having his conviction as a war criminal quashed, after a US court found the offence he pleaded guilty to was not a war crime. [Read More...]


16 July 2014

The IPA and Waubra Foundation's charitable tax status rorts

For an organisation that has been touting 'low taxes' for sixty years, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) sure delivers big on tax benefits to its major donors, especially Big Mining — which is already heavily subsidised by Australia’s taxpayers [Read More...]


15 July 2014

Tattslotto winner says he forgot about $700,000 ticket until now

'When I checked my ticket in February and realised I'd won, I thought I'd be excited, but it turns out I was just overwhelmed'

The man only remembered about his win when he saw a news story about the unclaimed prize money. [Read More...]


15 July 2014

Julie Bishop 'appalled Chinese people', state-run newspaper says

Minister accused of acting like an angry youth after she said Australia was willing to stand up for liberal democratic values

A state-run Chinese newspaper has compared Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, to an angry youth and described Australia as a place with a history of being “roamed by rascals and outlaws”. [Read More...]


15 July 2014

Same-sex marriage: crossbench senator pushes for conscience vote

David Leyonhjelm, who is threatening to withhold his vote on other legislation, says marriage is not the government's business

The Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm will push ahead with plans to introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriage, warning he could withhold his crucial crossbench vote on other legislation to pressure the government to allow a conscience vote. [Read More...]


15 July 2014

Trading of world’s biggest bubble stopped, after shares soared 25,000%

Trading in Cynk Technology, an online market for the contact info of famous people like Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie, was stopped on Friday after its shares soared 25,000 percent. It is the biggest stock bubble, as the company has no assets or revenue. [Read More...]


15 July 2014

Guillotining Christopher

Unsurprisingly, Pyne would lose his seat, Sturt, in a twenty percent swing against him reported by an automated poll on the weekend, and published this morning by Fairfax. [Read More...]


14 July 2014

The Madness of King Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch talks about setting up The Australian.

When ageing media mogul Rupert Murdoch sat down for an interview with Paul Kelly in May, he demonstrated not only his own weakness, but also the flaws in Australian democracy. Managing editor David Donovan reports. [Read More...]


13 July 2014

Swimmer Ian Thorpe ‘reveals he’s gay in interview with Michael Parkinson’

Ian Thorpe (top left) sat behind Michael Parkinson (bottom left) at Wimbledon recently

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has reportedly revealed he’s gay in an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson that is due to be broadcast today. [Read More...]


13 July 2014

Israeli 'knock on the roof' bombing technique caught on film (VIDEO)

The IDF practice of firing a missile at a civilian home to warn the occupants to leave the building before a larger attack, has been caught on film. Amnesty International has decried “roof knocking,” saying it in no way constitutes an “effective warning.” [Read More...]


13 July 2014

by Craig Murray

In this article by Craig Murray, it shows that Brandis is under orders from the neo-cons in the UK to follow their draconian war on terror laws...

The Absence of Liberalism

The overruling of a European Court judgement to assert individual privacy, and the anti-democratic rushing of emergency legislation through parliament where no emergency exists, are the antithesis of liberalism. So of course is the jettisoning of all the Lib Dem manifesto pledges on civil liberties. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

An Early Double Dissolution? Don't Hold Your Breath!

The tedious topic of a double dissolution seems to be doing the rounds again. In particular, there seems to be quite a lot of badly informed commentary on political blog sites on how a double dissolution would be brought on. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

Unsettled in Australia

In our streets, men are setting themselves ablaze. One is dead, another hopelessly burnt. On Christmas Island, women are reportedly attempting suicide in the hope their orphaned children might be given refuge. These people have fled one terrible regime, only to find another. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

Estranged bedfellows: Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm

The two new ex-Liberal crossbench senators were meant to make the government’s life easier. But Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm have their own radically right-wing agendas. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

Newman's moves to neuter the CMC

The Newman government’s moves to control the Crime and Misconduct Commission threaten a return to pre-Fitzgerald days.

When Campbell Newman led the Liberal National Party to a stunning victory in the 2012 election, winning 78 seats to Labor’s seven, he did so promising to reintroduce a section of the criminal code that allowed for prosecution of those found to have lied to a parliamentary committee. The 100-year-old section 57 was repealed by then Labor premier Peter Beattie in the wake of the Crime and Misconduct Commission’s 2006 pursuit of his health minister, Gordon Nuttall. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

Aussie terrorist given pension

Australian convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf received a disability pension months after arriving in Syria.

Australian convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf reportedly continued to receive a disability pension months after arriving on the battlefields of Syria. [Read More...]


12 July 2014

Outrage as Australian judge says incest, paedophilia ‘may be accepted’ by society

An Australian judge has incurred the wrath of child protection and gay rights advocates after stating that incest and paedophilia may no longer be considered taboo – just as gay relationships are now more accepted than they were in the 1950s and 60s. Read More....


12 July 2014

PUP Candidate Unmasked

Who is Zali Burrows?

In recent times we’ve heard a lot about Clive Palmer, ISIS and bikies.
And in all these separate stories, one rather intriguing name pops up everywhere: Zali Burrows.
So who is she?
I did a little research and this is what I found. Read More...


11 July 2014

Jonathan Moylan: crown lawyer tells court he will not press for jail time

Moylan’s barrister says environmental activist, who pleaded guilty to charges of disseminating false information, is remorseful

Crown lawyer David Staehli has told the supreme court he will not press for jail time for an environmental activist whose hoax Australian Stock Exchange email temporarily wiped $314m off the value of Whitehaven Coal. Read More...


11 July 2014

Memo to Scott Morrison: Sri Lanka for Dummies

Scott Morrisson chums up with Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and alleged human rights violator Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in Canberra.


BEAM ME UP SCOTTY, I've prepared a diplomatic aide-memoire on Sri Lanka for you to read on the plane today. Sort of 'Sri Lanka for Dummies'. Read More...