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Wednesday, 17 October

17:15

Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

Summary and recommendation The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act to: 1. allow the Minister to determine that an item is a prohibited thing in relation to immigration detention facilities, 2 allow existing screening, search and seizure powers to be used in relation to prohibited things, 3 provide a power to search all areas of immigration detention facilities without a warrant, and 4 enable the use of detector dogs to search facilities and to screen detainees and other persons entering the facilities. This post goes into the details of the Bill, the responses of the main parties and the Government's respond to these comments.

16:04

Visitors All in the Name of Liberty


James and Chris on the couch

15:55

Authorising the Unlawful: The Powers of Undercover Police in NSW Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim An unidentified man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison last February for his part in the robbery of an Armaguard truck outside a Sydney shopping centre back in March 2013. However, police were initially concerned they didnt have enough evidence to see him convicted. When the man

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14:35

Light Rye Loaf Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Em, can you please send me a new copy of your book? Mine is covered in oil My friend just laughed at me she knows I already have both the paper and digital versions of her magnum opus. If youre a sourdough baker and you havent already bought a copy of Emilie Raffas Artisan []

11:39

Unionising democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last week, people gathered around the Opera House in Sydney, disgusted by how politicians had allowed a World Heritage public space to be sold off to the destructive and predatory gambling industry. As the protest swelled, it was reported how the whole kitchen staff from the Bennelong restaurant gathered at their windows and gave the protesters a standing ovation. While a worker takeover of the Opera House seems unlikely, it also seems instinctively no less fair to give them a say in how their workplace is run.

09:21

1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle ~ Chinese, Ashfield B-Kyu

Lanzhou beef noodle is one of most treasured of all Chinese noodle soups. It's a magic mix of gentle, subtle, soothing broth, and chumpy noodles handmade just minutes ago. Seems we're not alone, there's a monster queue on opening day. (We wish the awesome Lanzhou beef noodle joint in Dixon House received such deserved attention, it might still be open). It's super casual order at

08:37

Which Cases Are Heard in the Childrens Court? Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (the Act) sets out many of the rules relating to criminal and traffic law proceedings involving those under the age of 18 years in New South Wales. Section 5 of the Act provides that no child under the age of 10 can be guilty of an offence. This is

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04:16

Australia mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

General news

Australia considers recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital
SYDNEY/JERUSALEM (Reuters) Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and shifting its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Australias Prime Minister said on Tuesday. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital. Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem, enraging the Palestinians and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Australia was firm in its refusal to follow suit at the time, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in parliament he was now open-minded about doing so, while not changing Australias policy of support for a Palestinian state. The orthodoxy thats driven this debate which says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo. I think we have to challenge that, Morrison said.   The whole point of a two-state solution is two nations recognised living side by side, he added, saying he was open to the suggestion from Dave Sharma, Australias former ambassador to Israel, that Australia support West Jerusalem as Israels capital and East Jerusalem as Palestines.
https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1MP2F4

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahus statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is another attempt at distorting the reality of Israeli occupation
IMEMC/Agencies 16 Oct Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman , said, in response to Sundays statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have had on the Palestinian Christian community since 1948. If Mr. Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem area, he would return the 22,000 dunams of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem, for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity, and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousand of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to th...

01:44

Will Scott Morrison Move Australias Embassy to Jerusalem? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Like the United States, Australias Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference that he was open to proposals to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move his countrys embassy there, just as the United States did in May. Hours after announcing the idea, Morrison said he wanted to poll the views of the regions leaders on the resolution before the government took a specific stance on the issue.
Although the prime minister said his country was committed to a two-state solution, his move was seen as a breach of the policies pursued by successive Australian governments for decades.

Following the announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chirped through his Twitter account:

Morrison said: Frankly, things are not going well (with the two-state solution), there has not been much progress, and we should not continue to do the same thing and expect different results. His controversial move, as he himself stated, was sparked accusations by some of his opponents  who accused him of using the announcement at this time to win votes in sub-legislative elections in a circle dominated by Jews in Sydney. Opinion polls indicate that Morrison, the Liberal Party candidate, has lost popularity and, if defeated, will lose the majority seat in parliament.

Against this background, the spokesperson of the opposition Workers Party, accused Morrison of announcing his decision to entice more voters.

Scott Morrison is so desperate to stay in office that he is willing to say anything...

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Tuesday, 16 October

22:03

The Weekly Times TWT 17th October 2018 The Weekly Times

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT171018

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19:15

1) News Focus - Papua, West Papua remain at risk of elephantiasis l AWPA Sydney News


2) Thought extinct for 90 years, rare tree kangaroo photographed in West Papua Province
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1) News Focus - Papua, West Papua remain at risk of elephantiasis l
Reporter: Otniel Tamindael  3 hours ago

Jakarta,  (ANTARA News) - Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, has been a public health problem in Indonesia for a long time, with the ea...

19:13

Movies, Food, Friends and Travel james o'brien

Im normally asleep before take-off. Within seconds of switching off my mobile phone, my head can normally be found bobbing from side to side, probably to the annoyance of the person sitting next to me. And there is always only one, as I have a preference for aisle seats. I dont want to be the []

15:20

Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong and Its Not Okay to Celebrate Being White "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Like a redneck cockroach in a white hood, Pauline Hanson has well and truly crawled out of the woodwork, and continues to spout bile about how threatened she, as a white person, is by anyone who doesnt share her lack of melanin. In case you missed it, yesterday, she moved a motion in Parliament claiming the Senate acknowledge the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation and that it is okay to be white.

The latter phrase is deeply rooted in neo-Nazi and other white supremacist organisations: in fact, Klan groups have used the hashtag #IOKTBW on Twitter since 2012. Numerous Liberal, National and One Nation Senators backed Paulines motion in fact, it was only narrowly defeated by 31 votes to 28. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called it regrettable that his Senators showed their support for her, and the Coalitions Finance Minister says the motion was backed by mistake (but we call bullshit). Channel 7 News is in the midst of conducting a poll at the time of writing, nearly 65,000 people had voted, and 62 per cent of them had done so in favour of the One Nation Senator.

Whilst some voters may hold these views due to deep-seated notions of white supremacy and a sense of entitlement to what has been well-established to be stolen land (Im actually from the First Fleet), we at Global Hobo like to believe that others are just misinformed. Accordingly, we reckon if everyone was just better informed, they too would be shaking their heads at Pauline and telling her to return to her fish and chip shop (provided a migrant hasnt taken her job).

So here you have it a quick and easy guide to what the hell is the go with reve............

14:22

The Foetal Manslaughter Debate. Should Unborn Babies be Separately Protected? Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Currently in New South Wales, a person who destroys a foetus can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm against the mother, but not with a separate crime such as manslaughter or murder against the unborn baby. However, a recent collision which caused the death of a 23-year old

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13:40

Traditional owners to tell Origin Energy it has not gained consent for fracking on their land "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ABC,  By Jane Bardon 16 Oct 18 A group of Indigenous traditional owners from remote parts of the Northern Territory will travel to Origin Energys annual general meeting in Sydney on Wednesday to tell shareholders they have not given permission for the company to frack their land for gas.

Key points:

  • A group of Indigenous traditional owners will soon tell Origin Energy shareholders they did not give consent for its planned developments
  • They will ask the company to review consent agreements
  • But the company is confident traditional owners already gave consent

Origin Energy gained official approvals for gas exploration, including test fracking, in the gas-rich Beetaloo Basin, both from traditional owners through the Northern Land Council, and the Northern Territory Government.

But some of the traditional owners plan to tell the shareholder meeting they oppose fracking, and did not give their free, prior and informed consent.

They hope to tell the meeting when permission for fracking was sought by Origin Energy, they did not fully understand the companys explanations of processes, or the potential size of developments potentially numbering hundreds of wells.

The letter that were bringing up to Origin, we want that to be recognised, and to be respected for who we are, Alawa traditional owner Naomi Wilfred said.

The Alawa traditional owner, whose country includes Nutwood Downs in the northern part of Origin Energys EP98 permit area, said she is worried about potential environmental impacts if production goes ahead..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-16/indigenous-traditional-owners-origin-energy-fracking-consent/10379162

12:55

Religious Freedom Laws: PM Proposes Schools Can Sack Teachers, but Not Expel Students Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Following the leaking of a section of the Ruddock religious freedoms review last week, Scott Morrison spoke out in support of recommended strengthening and clarification of federal laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of their sexuality. Indeed, Morrison appeared in a clip where he smugly reiterated a total of

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12:50

Kids off, everyone off rally Refugee Action Coalition


Rally 2pm Saturday 27 October, Hyde Park north

Invite your friends to the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/2388411144532334

Speakers include:
GEORGE NEWHOUSE Principal solicitor, National Justice Project, involved in legal action to get children and adults off Nauru
NICOLE JUDGE Manus whistle blower & star of former Go Back To Where You Came From series
FR ROD BOWER Gosford Anglican Church
NAJEEBA WAZEFADOST Afghan refugee and President, Hazara Women of Australia

In recent weeks the mental health crisis on Nauru has escalated. Children on Nauru have been consumed by despair and are refusing food and water. Dozens of other adults and children have been moved to Australia, as a result of court action opposed by Border Force, to get them help. Around 80 children remain there.

Pressure is building with three Liberal MPs, Craig Laundy, Russell Broadbent and Julia Banks, breaking ranks to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton to get all the children off Nauru.

The situation is growing more and more urgent. The doctors peak body, the AMA, has called the situation on Nauru a humanitarian emergency...

12:39

Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement Refugee Action Coalition

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US.

The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans, and one Bangladeshi.

The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US in the last two years is now just 167. Over 600 remain in limbo on Manus or in Port Moresby. Around 800 (including around 80 children) are on Nauru, with little prospect of resettlement.

The composition of the group confirms the pattern of the nationalities being accepted to the US from Manus and Nauru, this year. Again, there are no Iranians, Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi or Syrian refugees in the group for resettlement.

The number of refugees from Manus being rejected by the US is growing.

The failure of the US deal exposes the humanitarian crisis that has been created by the Australian government on Manus and Nauru, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, A very similar medical emergency to that on Nauru, is unfolding on Manus. Severe medical and mental health cases are left without help.

Fift...

12:29

The Duty of Disclosure in Criminal Cases Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Under both the common law and professional conduct rules, Australian prosecutors are required to serve upon the defence all material in their possession that is relevant to determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant. That requirement extends to material that is adverse to the prosecution case, and is

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12:03

Australian Jews Condemn Morrisons Plan To Move Our Embassy To Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian rights group Jews Against The Occupation has strongly condemned yesterdays announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia would consider moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The announcement was made as Morrison tours the electorate of Wentworth, which heads to a by-election on Saturday following the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Wentworth is a wealthy electorate, and also has a high proportion of Jews around 13 percent of the electors.

The highly provocative move would align Australia with the United States, which moved its Embassy in May, but put us out of step with the rest of the world the international convention has been to locate embassies in Tel Aviv, a recognition of the contested status of Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine.

In a written statement, Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against the Occupation a Jewish-based Pro-Palestinian organisation based in Sydney said Morrisons move was an insult to the Jewish community of Wentworth, and predicted the stunt would fail.

Jews against the Occupation absolutely condemns the Prime Ministers raising the possibility of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, Ms Porzsolt said.

This is a provocative move which reveals complete disregard for international law and for efforts to achieve justice for Palestinians and a peaceful resolution of the conflict for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In the last-minute dash for the imminent Wentworth by-election, it is a blatant appeal to the so-called Jewish vote.

This is an insult to the Jewish community which encompasses a much broader range of views than is reflected in the pronouncements of the Jewish leadership in lockstep with the State of Israel.

Such transparent electioneering is an abuse of policy-making processes. It should persuade the voters of Wentworth to support any other candidate to send a message of No Confidence to the current government.

Currently, only the United States and Guatemala house their embassies in Jerusalem, recognition of the fact that when Israel was established in 1948, the United Nations resolved Jerusalem would be given the status of special international city, with future plans for it to be jointly controlled by Israel and Palestine given its importance to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people.

A succession of wars between Israel and its neighbours has delayed the foundation of the Palestinian state, and East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six War Day.

Under international law, it is illegal for an occupying power to move their own citizens into occupied territory. Israel has already established more than....

07:35

Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...

05:02

Gay penguin couple breeds egg "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

Sphengic on the ice Sphen and Magic

Same-Sex [gentoo] penguin couple at Sea Life Aquarium Sydney

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The gay couple were first given a fake egg in their nest, so they could practice breeding. That went so well that they got a real egg. That egg came from the nest of another penguin couple that had two eggs.

Natural talents

In the wild, gentoo penguins can usually only raise one youngster. So, the chick from the second egg will die. The biological parents did not even realize that an egg had been taken away by the caretakers, says [keeper] Hannan.

According to Hannan, Sphen and Magic are real natural talents as future parents. They change jobs on a daily basis, says Hannan. One of the two is sitting on the egg and the other bird makes sure nobody can get around to steal stones from the nest.

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

#LoveWins Sphen and Magic Penguin Couple

Penguins Breeding at Sea Life Sydney 2018

03:30

Refugee families ripped apart by Australian Government take their case to the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The group includes:

  • five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;

  • a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and

  • husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.

The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.

Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.

Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.

The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.

The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.

The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.

Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...

Monday, 15 October

17:41

Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare

South China Morning Post

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2018, 10:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2018, 10:39am
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