Welcome To Q Research AUSTRALIA
In anticipation of FISA DECLAS and SPYGATE revelations, a new thread for research and discussion of Australia's role in The Great Awakening.
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Q Research AUSTRALIA #5 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/6576586
Q Research AUSTRALIA #4 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/5945347
Q Research AUSTRALIA #3 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/5443913
Q Research AUSTRALIA #2 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/4899520
Q Research AUSTRALIA #1 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/4520
Q's Posts made on Q Research AUSTRALIA threads
>>7358352 ————————————–——– These people are stupid.
>>7358338 ————————————–——– All assets [F + D] being deployed.
>>7358318 ————————————–——– What happens when the PUBLIC discovers the TRUTH [magnitude] re: [D] party corruption?
>>7357790 ————————————–——– FISA goes both ways.
>>7356270 ————————————–——– There is no escaping God.
>>7356265 ————————————–——– The Harvest [crop] has been prepared and soon will be delivered to the public for consumption.
>>7356017 ————————————–——– "Whistle Blower Traps" [Mar 4 2018] 'Trap' keyword select provided…..
>>5945210 ————————————–——– Sometimes our 'sniffer' picks and pulls w/o applying credit file
>>5945074 ————————————–——– We LOVE you!
>>5944970 ————————————–——– USA v. LifeLog?
>>5944908 ————————————–——– It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
>>5944859 ————————————–——– 'Knowingly'
Q's Posts referencing Australia
Q's Posts referencing Australian citizens
Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)
Cardinal George Pell
Q's Posts referencing The Five Eyes intelligence alliance (FVEY)
"The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence."
"Does AUS stand w/ the US or only select divisions within the US?"
Q - 11/25/18.
are not endorsements
#6 - Part 1
>>7356017 New Q Post - "Whistle Blower Traps" [Mar 4 2018] 'Trap' keyword select provided…..
>>7356086 Selected Q drops referencing Australia
>>7356163 Anon speculates - Katherine Keating (daughter of former Australian PM, Paul Keating) identified with Jeffrey Epstein?
>>7356244 Clinton Foundation Bilked $130 Million From Australia – After 2016 Election Directors Fled Country
>>7356244 Spygate and Australia
>>7356265 New Q Post - The Harvest [crop] has been prepared and soon will be delivered to the public for consumption.
>>7356267 8kun Administrator asks Q: Many people are asking me to migrate the /patriotsfight/ board…Did you want me to migrate it for you?
>>7356270 New Q post - For those who decide to save the taxpayers some money. There is no escaping God.
>>7356468 8kun Administrator: Lots of people are still asking me to migrate /patriotsfight/
>>7356479 Six O’Clock Advisory - Australian crisis management consultancy
>>7356564 Video: Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein FULL INTERVIEW - BBC Newsnight
>>7356575 Video: Prince Andrew: I have no recollection of meeting Virginia Roberts
>>7356579 Video: What really happened on Jeffrey Epstein's private planes | 60 Minutes Australia
>>7356588 Video: Jeffrey Epstein kisses unidentified woman as they leave his mansion (possibly Katherine Keating?)
>>7356590 Video: Who is the mystery brunette Prince Andrew waved to from Jeffrey Epstein's mansion?
>>7356607 Side by side - Unidentified Woman and Katherine Keating
>>7357123 US Marines Tweet - Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, @2ndMLG, provide security on a ridgeline at @CombatCenterPAO
>>7357183 Board Owner asks Q: We need a way outside this board to confirm your ID. /patriotsfight/ would suffice. Please advise
>>7357214 8kun Administrator: The shared ID bug should be fixed now
>>7357548 Melania Trump Tweet: Welcome to the @WhiteHouse PM Morrison and Mrs. Morrison!
>>7357577 Melania Trump Tweet: It was a great honor to host Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP and Mrs. Morrison at the @WhiteHouse!
>>7357790 New Q Post - FISA goes both ways.
>>7357800 8kun Administrator: Did you want me to migrate the /patriotsfight/ board?
>>7358174 8kun Administrator: Sorry for these inconveniences, working on getting things patched up
>>7358175 8kun Administrator: Project Odin is back from lawyer review, aiming to release it by this weekend.
>>7358215 POTUS Tweet: Today we celebrate the long-cherished and unwavering friendship between the United States & Australia
>>7358215 POTUS Tweet: Both of our nations are blessed by uncommon courage, unfailing commitment, and unyielding character!
>>7358215 POTUS Tweet: Australia upholds the principles of fair and reciprocal trade
>>7358318 New Q Post - What happens when the PUBLIC discovers the TRUTH [magnitude] re: [D] party corruption?
>>7358338 New Q Post - All assets [F + D] being deployed.
>>7358352 New Q Post - These people are stupid.
>>7358858 PM Morrison Tweet: An honour to be hosted at a state dinner by @realDonaldTrump & the First Lady
>>7358858 PM Morrison Tweet: Our alliance with the United States keeps our economy strong, creates jobs and underpins our national security
>>7358878 PM Morrison Tweet: Incredibly moving for Jenny and me to visit Arlington Cemetery today
#6 - Part 2
Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition Bun
>>7364025 Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years
>>7374387 Pamela Anderson urges Scott Morrison to 'pick up the phone' and help free Julian Assange
>>7387792 Scott Morrison responds to Pamela Anderson’s Julian Assange plea
>>7398556 Spanish judge to question Julian Assange over Ecuador embassy spying claims
>>7417872 Assange to Testify on Being Recorded in Embassy in London
>>7437833 Doctors rip 'irresponsible' U.K. government for ignoring 'grave' concerns about Julian Assange
>>7522559 Lawyers complain about lack of access to Julian Assange in jail
>>7569394 Open letter to Scott Morrison regarding Julian Assange
>>7569719 Treaty bans extradition of Julian Assange to the US, lawyers to argue
>>7581209 WikiLeaks' Assange testifies in embassy spying case
>>7607344 Julian Assange’s mother Christine breaks her silence and reveals her agony as her son remains in jail
>>7670380 ‘I’m slowly dying here’: ‘Sedated’ Assange tells friend during Christmas Eve call from UK prison
>>7709614 Mexico's president hopes Julian Assange is 'forgiven and released'
>>7774684 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange awarded Dignity Prize from Catalans
>>7807962 WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in UK court fighting extradition to USA
>>7807979 Assange ‘denied access’ to lawyers in UK
>>7807994 Video: Assange caught on camera leaving UK court in prison van after US extradition hearing
>>7872811 Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange
>>7887327 Assange may not get US press protection
>>7901416 Assange moved out of solitary in UK prison
>>7984912 Assange team monitoring outcome of CIA leak case as WikiLeaks publisher awaits extradition trial
#6 - Part 3
Spygate / FISA Declassification Bun
>>7461939 Australia may figure in new Trump-Russia report
>>7470777 William Barr accuses FBI of using tip-off by Australia as ‘thinnest’ excuse to start Russia probe
>>7470869 John Durham’s Investigators ‘Do Not Agree’ with DOJ IG’s Findings on Origin of Russia Probe
>>7472224 Anon eviscerates the IG Report: "...nothing less than an effort to set up and frame a Presidential Candidate"
>>7487100 'There is no deep state': US senators battle over Downer meeting
>>7542908 Secret FISA court issues highly unusual public rebuke of FBI for mistakes
>>7569337 Secret McCabe texts with MI-5 counterpart emerge, spotlighting UK’s early role In Russiagate
>>7690738 Catherine Herridge Tweet: July 28, 2016 intel from Australians, July 31 FBI case opened
>>7700499 Catherine Herridge Tweet: Comey likely got Australian intel on 29July16, BEFORE Crossfire Hurricane opened
#6 - Part 4
Australian/Regional Resignations Bun
>>7449547 Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Australia will resign
>>7569327 Sir John Key resigns from Air New Zealand board
>>7569327 WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s senior media advisor Stephen Kaless resigns over ‘incident’ at Christmas party
>>7569327 Brisbane councillor Matthew Bourke announces resignation
>>7808374 Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns in shock announcement
>>7859621 Conservative senator Cory Bernardi resigns from Parliament
>>7912922 Virgin Australia's frequent flyer boss resigns
>>7912922 New leader named for the CLP as Gary Higgins resigns ahead of 2020 NT election
>>7912922 Senior Treasury executive moved to new department after investigation into conduct
>>7912922 Water Corporation chairman Michael Hollett quits two months after contract renewed by Dave Kelly
>>7912922 MLC Life Insurance boss resigns
>>7912922 Crown chairman John Alexander steps down ahead of casino inquiry
>>7985323 Jann Stuckey resigns as Currumbin MP as she reveals mental health battle
>>7985323 Virgin director Mark Chellew quits board
>>7985323 Bank of Queensland loses head of business banking Peter Sarantzouklis
>>7985323 Houssam Abiad resigns from city council
>>7985323 Nine’s managing director of Melbourne, Matt Scriven, steps down
#6 - Part 5
>>7358878 PM Morrison Tweet: An honour to pay my respects to Australian Pilot Officer Francis D Milne at Arlington National Cemetery
>>7360688 D5 - Massive archive of Qanon / The Great Awakening documents and resources - BE THE CALM DURING THE STORM
>>7363752 Paul Keating remains tight-lipped, PM's daughter waved out of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's apartment by Prince Andrew
>>7363927 Court to compel alleged pedophile Leifer to undergo psychiatric evaluation
>>7363992 George Pell: Timeline for High Court appeal released
>>7364119 Legal breaches allowed Westpac customers to pay for child sexual abuse undetected, Austrac alleges
>>7374314 Westpac CEO pushed out amid child exploitation scandal
>>7398369 Australia moves closer to compelling priests to report confessions of child abuse
>>7409988 Nationals MP George Christensen blocks release of information over AFP travel probe
>>7410016 Independent senator Nick Xenophon claims banned Chinese telco Huawei have been treated 'unfairly' by Australia
>>7410587 ASIO takes lead as spy agencies are put on war footing
>>7417463 Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Giuffre says she was passed around 'like a platter of fruit'
>>7417583 Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre urges UK to 'stand beside her' as Duke faces US subpoenas
>>7417801 Video: Jeffrey Epstein's Victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre BBC Panorama Interview 12/02/2019 (FULL)
>>7424181 Video: Honest Government Ad | Quiet Australians - QAnon gets a disparaging mention
>>7431007 AFP staffer found dead in Melbourne hotel after emailing suicide note accusing police of 'toxic bullying'
>>7431162 How China's 'insidious' influence on Australia has been sensationally laid bare
>>7437729 Over 200 arrested in 13 countries in Europol crackdown on money laundering
>>7437742 Prime Minister announces dramatic cuts to public service departments
>>7449448 Pre Captain Cook map - Hollandia Nova and Terre Australe
>>7449462 Video: Exposing Jeffrey Epstein's international sex trafficking ring | 60 Minutes Australia
>>7449502 Former Vice editor gets 9 years in prison for recruiting young drug mules for massive cocaine smuggling ring
>>7449567 Israel Folau settles with Rugby Australia: 'Vindicated' after being sacked for controversial Bible verse post
>>7449580 JPMorgan banker testifying for cartel prosecutors says there was no agreement
>>7449593 Australia: Breaking up social media giants an option to deal with misinformation, Labor says
>>7449616 Bob Hawke's daughter makes explosive claim: raped by a former minister, father forced her to stay quiet
>>7461820 The Assistance and Access Bill 2018: One year later (Five Eyes implications for internet surveillance)
>>7461833 Connection between Benjamin Netanyahu & Australian Billionaire James Packer
>>7461843 Stars and Stripes Tweet: [WWII Sex Slaves] were from Korea, Taiwan and Australia, the Philippines as well as Japan.
>>7461859 Global manhunt for Australian human rights advocate accused of running child sex ring from centre for homeless boys
>>7470655 Genevieve Cook, Barack Obama's Australian girlfriend revealed
>>7470663 Unprecedented trial of ‘secret prisoner’ in Australia raises legal questions
>>7486967 Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton Criticizes Social Media CEOs for Failing to Stop Online Child Abuse
>>7486985 Australia to develop code of conduct for the likes of Facebook, Google
>>7487014 Brian Houston, Christian worship leaders pray for Trump, visit Oval Office
>>7487220 Australia's Adelaide Airport terminal evacuated due to security alert
>>7487223 'I'm NOT suicidal': Virginia Roberts posts chilling message - 'if something happens to me, do not let this go'
>>7487225 Westpac chairman says board "devastated" by money laundering claims
#6 - Part 6
Australian Bushfires Bun
>>7449473 Fears grow about Sydney after Australia fires merge into giant blaze
>>7449484 'Unprecedented' fires turn skies orange in Australia
>>7477312 'This is not normal': NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean urges action on climate change
>>7495390 Australian water sold for $490m to foreign company during drought
>>7578834 Former leader Tony Abbott puts on his uniform and fights fires south of Sydney while PM Scott Morrison kicks back in Hawaii
>>7583521 Arson, mischief and recklessness: 87 per cent of fires are man-made
>>7583521 Australia 'absolutely' must take more action on climate change: Michael McCormack
>>7596210 Video: Drought by Design - The Genociding of Australia
>>7597467 Waiting for a mate? The PM’s office sets record straight on Hawaiian holiday theories
>>7607358 Aussie PM Scott Morrison Rejects Greta Thunberg’s Climate Advice
>>7607376 The REAL story behind elderly firefighter who said 'he's not my Prime Minister' when she met ScoMo
>>7670969 Live Breaking News Tweet: Mobile phone coverage will be lost tonight between Nowra and Moruya due to bushfires
>>7678739, >>7678751 OPERATION TORCH AUSTRALIA: A Special Report on the Geoengineered Firestorms and Arson Fires
>>7682223 Video: Fueling the bushland
>>7695660 Video: 'You're not welcome': Australian PM Scott Morrison heckled by bushfire victims
>>7699138 Video: Australian Fire Series Part 4: The Perfect Firestorm - Created By Design
>>7700259 paulmuaddib61 Tweets: Between Nov 7 and Nov 8 the fires got an extra kick
>>7700534 Bette Midler Tweet: Pity the poor #Australians, their country ablaze, and their rotten @ScottMorrisonMP...What an idiot
>>7700547 Gwyneth Montenegro Tweet: As the country burns, at last count, there was around 200 people under investigation for arson
>>7700635 Australian Greens Party's opposition to hazard reduction burning exacerbates bushfires
>>7705383 Environmentalists Made Australia’s Bush Fires Worse
>>7709462 Climate activists charged with trespassing on Scott Morrison's home 'waiting to sh** in his pool'
>>7710515 Morrison officially postpones India, Japan visit during national bushfire crisis
>>7713018 Vic Emergency logo = 666
>>7738394 Donald Trump calls Scott Morrison to send his 'sympathy, support and friendship' to Australia amid killer bushfires
>>7738833 Video: Australian Fire Series Part 5: An Australian Holocaust
>>7739136 Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
>>7739140 The ugly truth about viral image of bushfires from space
>>7747438 Donald Trump Jr. Tweet; Truly Disgusting that people would do this! God Bless Australia
>>7770408 American pastor says why ‘God’ set fire to Australia
>>7776225 President Donald Trump Tweet: We love Australia!
>>7776256 Kangaroo Island Mayor says Barack Obama 'wrong' on climate change bushfire connection
>>7780067 Department of Defence - Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020
>>7808366 Scott Morrison intervenes after US issues travel warning to Americans: 'exercise increased caution' in Australia
>>7808467 Pauline Hanson angrily rejects climate-bushfires link on Today
>>7814608 "F----- Aussies!" Amid bushfire devastation, team of rescuers brings light-hearted relief with prank on Scottish TV reporter
>>7814964 Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation - QAnon/bushfire hit-piece from Australian Strategic Policy Institute
>>7827695 Malcolm Turnbull lashes out at former colleagues, Murdoch media over climate denial
>>7827695 Turnbull in Time Magazine - Australia’s Bushfires Show the Wicked, Self-Destructive Idiocy of Climate Denialism Must Stop
>>7836997 Video: 24 arson suspects arrested in Australia
>>7873130 Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Trump is the world's 'leading climate denier'
>>7873130 BBC Newsnight Tweet: “Trump is the leading climate denier in the world.” - Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian PM
>>7873251 Tony Abbott downplays link between bushfires and climate change - 'Almost a religious aspect'
>>7873491 Only a third of Red Cross donations committed to bushfire victims so far
>>7873491 Regarding Red Cross - Q Post #252: "Red Cross is corrupt and used as a piggy bank."
>>7882887 RFS investigating reports of Large Air Tanker crash in southern NSW
>>7921677 President Donald Trump Tweet: Three great men! [3 U.S. firefighters killed while fighting Australia wildfires]
>>7921677 Senator Martha McSally Tweet: AZ tragically lost First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson yesterday
#6 - Part 7
George Papadopoulos Tweet Bun - Part 1
>>7356826 Alexander Downer Tweet - Of course I didn’t [Spy on the Trump campaign]. It’s complete rubbish. I’m not Left wing
>>7356826 George Papadopoulos' response - Yeah whatever you say, buddy. We got the tapes
>>7357156 I always win, @AlexanderDowner. Always
>>7357156 Alexander Downer is breaking. He knows he’s next
>>7357156 US President Donald Trump demands Australia’s role in “Russia hoax” be examined
>>7357156 It was the five eye’s greatest counter intelligence failure in history
>>7357156 The truth about why the UK and Australia was involved in my case is going to be revealed
>>7357169 Being spied on by the FBI/CIA, UK, Australia and Italy is no joke
>>7357169 Mifsud was the first I exposed. Alexander Downer is next
>>7357169 I played Alexander Downer for a fool. He will be remembered as the Clinton errand boy
>>7357169 Out of all the spies who came after me. Alexander Downer and Stefan Halper were the two biggest idiots I made within minutes
>>7357169 The UK, Australia, Turkey and Italy were involved in spying operation against me
>>7357174 Haven’t I exposed the UK, Brennan CIA, Turkey, Italy and Australia enough for their spy plot against me and Trump?
>>7357174 It’s imperative that the President confronts Australia about their spying on the 2016 campaign
>>7357174 Alexander Downer and Stefan Halper were both recording my conversations about my energy business work in Cyprus
>>7357174 John Brennan doesn’t understand that foreign assets he weopanized against us (Mifsud, Downer, Turk, Halper and more) are being exposed
>>7357174 That’s what happens when I exposed Mifsud’s connections to Italian intelligence and Downer’s bizarre recording of my conversation
>>7357175 Bye bye Downer
>>7357175 Downer was a fool. I played him the entire meeting that I knew was designed to spy on my energy related work
>>7357175 I have been right about Downer from the beginning. A wannabe spy and Clinton errand boy who is about to get exposed on the world stage
>>7357175 First, I testified against both Downer and Mifsud a year ago to help launch Durham’s investigation
>>7357175 Will be speaking directly to Australia. Very soon.
>>7357184 If the President and the department of Justice want the transcript of my meeting with Downer, they will get it
>>7357184 You need to follow the energy game I was involved in and advising on. Downer, Mifsud, Halper (paid me for an energy report)
>>7357184 From August (For anyone who thinks that the president is going to let Australia and the U.K. off the hook…)
>>7357184 Doesn’t stop at UK/Australia/Italy.
>>7357184 We will soon find out who directed Alexander Downer to spy on me. The Australians don’t freelance without our rubber-stamp
>>7357509 Am perplexed why the Australian ambassador to the US would publicly lie to Senator Graham and the American people about Downer
>>7357509 The Australians are trying to obstruct the investigation. They must answer why Downer claims that the “Israelis” directed him
>>7357509 The President is absolutely correct about this! (US president believes Australia was “part of a conspiracy”)
>>7357509 Looks like Mifsud was in on it with Aust. Bad news for Australia!
>>7357509 Jim Comey and Joseph Mifsud were meeting the same Australian intel officials days before I was introduced to Joseph Mifsud
>>7357513 Comey and Mifsud were meeting the same officials in Australia just days before I was guided to meet Mifsud in Rome
>>7357513 I always found it bizarre that Downer was speaking to me about his ties to an obscure intel group named “Hakluyt.”
>>7357513 I knew that my suspicions about U.K. and Australian intel spying on us in 2016 would be confirmed
>>7357513 Downer was in on it with Mifsud. Halper was there to cover for Downer. The three stooges are all being exposed
>>7357513 I lived this spy story. The government’s of the UK, Australia, Italy sent their agents: Mifsud, Downer, Halper, Azra Turk and many more
>>7357519 At the end of this, the person I am most happy I exposed was Alexander Downer and the Australians
>>7357519 Clapper has gone awfully silent since his month long adventure in Australia
>>7357519 Alexander Downer will forever be remembered as the Clinton errand boy
#6 - Part 8
George Papadopoulos Tweet Bun - Part 2
>>7357519 When I said Mifsud and Downer were in on it together and Halper was there to provide cover, I was serious
>>7357519 Keep the microscope on Clapper’s numerous trips to Australia over the past year to cover both Australia’s and his tracks
>>7357522 Could not believe my eyes when I saw Alexander Downer begin to repeatedly ask me questions and record me with his phone
>>7357522 Australia, Ukraine, Italy and U.K. interfered in our election. Keep the heat on them. Impeachment nonsense is a red herring
>>7357522 Keep focus on Ukraine, U.K., Australia and Italy as the four countries who did the most to interfere in our democratic process
>>7357522 First Italy flipped on Mifsud, then Australia on the Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer, now the UK, feeling the pressure
>>7357522 UK, Australia, Italy and Ukraine. Watch them
>>7357524 We will soon understand why Alexander Downer recently made a bizarre rant about “Israelis” asking him to spy on me
>>7357524 Alexander Downer will forever be remembered as the Clinton errand boy...Good job, dummy.
>>7357524 Alexander Downer...was on Australian tv today ranting like a lunatic against Trump and me. The probe is closing in on him.
>>7357524 Australian government is now throwing Downer and Thompson under the bus
>>7357524 The previous administration pushed Mifsud (Italy), Halper (CIA), “Azra Turk” (Turkey), Downer (Australia)
>>7357528 Alexander Downer and Joseph Mifsud have begun to talk about their involvement with the US investigators over the past 72 hours
>>7357528 Word of advice to Downer: when you are spying on an American in London, don’t use your phone so obvious like you did
>>7357528 Facts: the last WH had Ukraine, Australia, the U.K. and Italy “investigate” an entire presidential campaign
>>7360962 Keep the heat on the Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer, who tried to trap the President and his campaign
>>7360962 The UK is implicated. Halper was there to cover for Downer
>>7360962 Halper = CIA, Mifsud = CIA, Downer = MI6 The FBI doesn’t operate abroad
>>7389230 NYTs reporting on the IG report confirms one thing: Halper, Turk, Downer, Mifsud were not “FBI informants”
>>7410556 Focus on the global nature of the spying: Australia, Ukraine, Italy and UK all had skin in the game for a Clinton presidency
>>7410556 Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer, apparently has me on tape (spying) that I said: “the Russians have dirt” on Clinton
>>7417387 Durham’s probe examined all foreign governments (Australia/UK/Italy/Ukraine) that were colluding with the Brennan CIA
>>7417387 It’s not difficult to understand why the Attorney General is objecting to Australia’s version. Truth is Australia was spying on me
>>7417387 The world will never be the same once Joseph Mifsud and Alexander Downer’s handlers are revealed
>>7423810 Alexander Downer, with Peter Strzok’s boss, Bill Priestap, in town, begins to spy on me and record me
>>7454403 Names to focus on for the report out this Monday: 1) Alexander Downer
>>7454403 Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory
>>7470703 We will soon be learning why the Australian government made contact with me on April 20th
>>7478943 Alexander Downer Tweet: I’m not going to comment!
>>7486945 Fact: I testified against Alexander Downer, Clinton errand boy Australian diplomat, to BOTH the FBI and Congress
>>7522583 Clowns like Alexander Downer from Australia, Tobias Ellwood from U.K. or Vincenzo Scotti from Italy
>>7569490 Australia was conspiring against the United States of America with their bizarre diplomat, Alexander Downer
>>7597419 Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer, will go down in history as the bumbling wannabe spy
>>7597419 Australia (Alexander Downer) had this conspiracy set in motion LONG before the DNC emails came out
>>7670495 The US-Australia relationship will take years to recover, if ever. Bad move Australia. Bad move
>>7848771 With the slow release of my 302s...the $10,000 set up has become even more critical to examine
>>7848771 The most awkward moment of the Mueller testimony was when @DevinNunes asked about the $10,000
>>7896714 Get ready to understand the connection between the Australian government (Alexander Downer) and Stefan Halper
>>7896714 Indictments are coming, and the foreign governments who spied on us will be held accountable
>>7979424 Get ready to see indictments drop on the other side, foreign governments who spied on us and interfered in our election exposed
#6 - Part 9
>>7495351 Australian Prime Minister unveils 'world-leading' regulation of tech giants
>>7495367 Australia's Westpac 'shattered' over money laundering bombshell
>>7495384 New Zealand recovers 6 bodies days after volcanic eruption
>>7495397 Australia to Spend $715 Million Upgrading Port to Accommodate More US Navy Ships
>>7495421 Royal Australian Mint reveals hidden phrase on ASIO 50c piece
>>7512341 New Q Post - WAS THE CoC FOLLOWED?
>>7522478 Australian election strategist Isaac Levido hailed for Conservative victory
>>7522492 London calling: Boris Johnson talks trade with Scott Morrison
>>7533084 Australian bishops’ Conference secretary: Catholics can become Freemasons ‘with no penalty’
>>7569359 Man jailed for abducting and raping NSW schoolgirl
>>7569372 Customs officers seize US$9.8 million of crystal meth from Mexico at Hong Kong International Airport
>>7569385 Child sex offender in custody after trying to flee country in missing yacht
>>7569403 Businessman Sir Ron Brierley charged for alleged possession of child pornography
>>7569411 Reuters Tweet: Bad to worse: pain not over for Australia's beleaguered banks
>>7569743 Boris Johnson eyes Australia in biggest overhaul of foreign policy 'since the Cold War'
>>7574260 Rachel Noble to become the first woman to lead a major Australian spy agency - Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)
>>7579587 Australian cyber soldiers hacked Islamic State and crippled its propaganda unit – here's what we know
>>7640981 Allies join Space Force for multinational collaboration
>>7641035 Fuel deal between Trump and Australia secures crucial backing
>>7655129 Video: Australia's Banks Are Preparing For Negative Interest Rates
>>7660581 Westpac scandal: Apra launches full investigation into bank over child exploitation allegations
>>7670348, >>7670364 Advice for Patriot-anons when red-pilling normie-anons
>>7675762 Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts says '99% of people would turn in Ghislaine Maxwell'
>>7676005 Hillary Clinton Tweet: With Australia on fire and the Arctic in meltdown, it's clear we're in a climate emergency
>>7681957 Israeli political appointment a 'slap in the face' to alleged Malka Leifer child abuse victims
>>7690729 Ghislaine Maxwell’s powerful contacts protecting her in safe houses
>>7700477 Video: Katherine Keating and Francesco Carrozzini present Ghislaine Maxwell on protecting the world's oceans
>>7700477 Ghislaine's interviewer, Katherine Keating, is the daughter of former Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating
>>7700490 Star of Australian reality series “Bride & Prejudice” dies suddenly, no cause of death revealed.
>>7700509 Planefag report: Aussies are checking in on the Middle East. Royal Australian Air Force NIGHT01
>>7700792 ACT laws tangled spies gathering foreign intelligence, Howard-era cabinet documents reveal
>>7700799 US Navy puts wind in Australian shipbuilder Austal's sails
>>7700807 Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for Filipino children to perform sex acts for them online
>>7710368 PM calls for restraint of US-Iran tensions as embassy 'locked down'
>>7711712 Cardinal George Pell appeal highlights 'opportunity' doubt
>>7716679 Twitter is promoting child abuse under new policy, alleges Australia-based professor
>>7727455 Clover Moore, Sydney's Lord Mayor, LGBTIQ icon and cabal asset
>>7728141 Julie Bishop wearing her fav. Child Lover top on Channel 9 this morning.
>>7747639 Australians safe after attacks in Iraq: PM
>>7760138 Dassi Erlich welcomes the outpouring of support for her and other alleged victims of Malka Leifer
#6 - Part 10
>>7760148 Scott Morrison confirms Australian troops will remain in Iraq after Iran's missile attack on US bases
>>7762786 Panel finds accused sex abuser Leifer fit to stand trial, feigned mental illness
>>7770285 Australia echoes western leaders in alleging Iran accidentally downed Ukraine plane
>>7770479 Australian Prudential Regulation Authority teams up with spy agencies
>>7770551 Singapore student charged over child-like sex doll
>>7788532 George Pell reportedly moved after drone flown over jail
>>7789587 Twitter Thread by Mark, @awakeinaus: Bruce Wolpe email to John Podesta - Abbott climate denialism is over
>>7798778 Virginia Roberts Giuffre backs DHS campaign against human trafficking
>>7799070 Don't hide hacks: cyber security boss Rachel Noble, director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate
>>7799563 Liberal National Club president dies after protesting at Brisbane library
>>7799930 2 21-year-old models fall to their deaths on same day, different countries (Sydney and Moscow)
>>7808293 State prosecutors demand court set date for Leifer extradition hearing
>>7808319 Twitter Threads by Dassi Erlich: Psychiatric report is to be presented to Judge Lomp tomorrow. What can we expect next?
>>7808430 Man, 29, arrested as Britain’s worst paedophile Richard Huckle stabbed to death in cell
>>7811804 Malka Leifer, former Melbourne principal and accused child abuser, granted further delays in extradition process
>>7811804 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Over an hour long repetitive hearing of defence screaming & attempting to delay the process again
>>7812340 'It would be an issue': Malcolm Turnbull intervenes in UK's Huawei debate
>>7812514 Joe Hockey’s farewell draws elite of US industry and politics
>>7816058 Rockets reported fired at Taji military base in Iraq that hosts US-led coalition troops
>>7816058 Defence Minister Linda Reynolds Tweet: All Australian personnel have been accounted for & are safe
>>7827691 Huawei hits back at Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘factually incorrect information’
>>7827691 Turnbull still getting it wrong on 5G ban: Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate & Public Affairs, Huawei Australia
>>7827852 Panel to call for more lay control in Australian church
>>7827870 'I’m deeply disturbed': Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey condemns Archbishop's claims
>>7827870 Mark Bailey Tweet: Deeply disturbed the Brisbane Archbishop opposes laws requiring priests report child sexual abuse
>>7827962 'This is an ugly work' - Trump's giant empty head sculpture descends on Ballarat
>>7828116 UK cops block bid to trace Prince Andrew’s location on night he’s accused of sex with teen
>>7828116 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: There could only be one reason the bodyguards would not to expose where the prince had been
>>7828116 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: You saw me at your parties, you saw me in Epstein’s homes, you saw me on the plane…
>>7836768 Westpac linked to international paedophilia case after Australian man charged
>>7836807 Man detained over ‘high level exploitation’ of foreign workers
>>7836897 Search for next Australian Cyber Security Centre chief begins as outgoing head Rachel Noble prepares to leave
>>7837080 Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell and Virginia Giuffre appear in court to hash out plan to unseal documents
>>7837080 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Sigrid McCawley is a warrior badass!! Watch her standup for the countless victims of Epstein & Maxwell
>>7837465 Government used sporting grants as slush fund for re-election campaign
>>7838666 White House chief of staff confirms Trump's desire to visit Australia
>>7843308 Catholic priest 'confessed 1,500 times to abusing children', victim says mandatory reporting could have saved him
>>7848771 FBI Interview Notes With Carter Page and George Papadopoulos Are Released
>>7859575 Australian police using face recognition software as privacy experts issue warning
#6 - Part 11
>>7859621 Senate President Senator Scott Ryan Tweet: I have received a letter of resignation from Cory Bernardi, senator for SA
>>7865082 Ex-Labor MP, convicted pedophile Milton Orkopoulos breaches parole
>>7865087 Australian detainee says she rejected invitation to spy for Iran
>>7872901 'Confused' Milton Orkopoulos hit with two charges
>>7874430 Big Brother Australia aims to ban cash spending
>>7876024 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Follow the money - down the rabbit hole we go
>>7876024 Joanna Brittan Twitter Thread - How Prince Andrew May have been helped by Jeffrey Epstein
>>7884517 New Q post referencing The Five Eyes (FVEY) - [[F] classified intel provided [FVEY - Non FVEY] as needed]
>>7887462 Four Australian MPs urge Britain to ban Huawei
>>7896347 Scott Morrison's father John, a former policeman and mayor, dies aged 84
>>7896561 Australia singled out for climate 'denial' at Doomsday Clock event
>>7896908 Coulson Aviation names three aerial firefighters who died in NSW tanker crash
>>7897412 PM Morrison Twitter Thread: Thank you also to President @realDonaldTrump, Vice President @Mike_Pence and @SecPompeo for your continuous and steadfast support for Australia at this difficult time
>>7897536 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Israeli PM Netanyahu's response to an open letter written by President of the ZFA, Jeremy Leibler
>>7898142 Video: WHO OWNS CORPORATE AUSTRALIA: The truth and their intentions
>>7901315 Police in West Midlands praised for bringing down Dark Web paedophile ring, Australia played a role
>>7901315 International collaboration leads to arrest of child sexual abuser in Portugal
>>7912995 Former Head of World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme, Australian Doctor Peter Salama Dies Suddenly
>>7917203 Boris Johnson Tweet: This Australia Day, I want all our Aussie friends to know that we Brits are thinking of you
>>7917203 US Embassy Canberra Tweet: Today we celebrate #Australia and the strength of our relationship with the Australian people
>>7917203 US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo: I would like to congratulate the Australian people on the occasion of Australia Day
>>7934932 Video: Has Chinese Biological WMD Penetrated Australia?
>>7951411 Australia's worst paedophile is jailed for 35 years after abusing nearly 50 boys in four countries
>>7951531 Twitter profile sized Q Heart for Australia
>>7955124 Canberra concerned about Britain's decision to open 5G door to Huawei
>>7955193 Sydney man charged with transferring money for child sex tourism
>>7961772 Australia won't withhold intel from Brits despite Huawei split
>>7965242 Red Mass for judges, lawyers defended amid protests at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne
>>7980049 George Pell team ignores evidence, says DPP
>>7980972 The man who stopped Huawei: A former spook speaks out
>>7981376 Virginia Roberts calls on Prince Andrew to 'do the right thing for Epstein victims who deserve the truth'
>>7981376 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Tick Tock Andy- time to talk!! The world is over the lies, the cover ups
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Repost from Q Research General #10228
"human capital piece and how do we overlay this in a democratic society in which the rights of the individual and the freedoms we all enjoy…remain unchecked"
"That is not an easy equation."
National Security Address: Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Published by ASPICanberra on Thu, 09 May 2019
National Security Address: Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Published on 8 May 2019
Admiral (Ret'd) Michael S. Rogers is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre. He was the keynote speaker at the National Security Dinner in May 2019.
Admiral Rogers retired from the U.S. Navy in 2018 after nearly 37 years of naval service rising to the rank of four-star admiral. He culminated his career with a four-year tour as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency. In those roles he worked with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD and the U.S. Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe. He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence and technology – including extensive work with corporate leadership in the Finance, IT, Telecommunications and Technology sectors.
Q Post #3821
Who was the 17th Director of the NSA?
Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove head of NSA
November 19, 2016
The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.
The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Action has been delayed, some administration officials said, because relieving Rogers of his duties is tied to another controversial recommendation: to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the military’s cyberwarfare unit, a recommendation by Clapper and Carter that has been stalled because of other issues.
The news comes as Rogers is being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to be his nominee for director of national intelligence to replace Clapper as the official who oversees all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.
The White House, Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. The NSA did not respond to requests for comment. Carter has concerns with Rogers’s performance, officials said. The driving force for Clapper, meanwhile, was the separation of leadership roles at the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, and his stance that the NSA should be headed by a civilian.
Britain’s plan for post-Brexit union with Canada, Australia and New Zealand REVEALED
CANADA could formally propose a non-political union with Britain, Australia and New Zealand within just two years.
The plan, revealed by potential future Canadian PM Erin O’Toole MP on the weekend that Britain left the EU, would see Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK ease migration, bolster defence sharing and increase trade between the four Commonwealth nations. Together the “natural allies” of 136 million people account for more than £4.3trillion in gross national income and around 10 percent of the world’s wealth. They also share close strategic relationships with the US through the “Five eyes” intelligence community, the American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Armies' Program and a programme to provide interoperability between navies.
Because of their similar GDPs, the risk of “brain drain” and “wage dumping” caused by EU Freedom of Movement would not be there, say supporters.
The so-called Canzuk plan, an expansion of the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement currently enjoyed between Australia and New Zealand, already has the backing of Boris Johnson, who last year said: “If we can do something better with Australia, Canada and New Zealand we certainly should.”
Last night Bob Seely MP, chair of the Canzuk All Party Parliamentary Group, confirmed the FCO had started to make plans.
Canada’s Conservative Party, currently in opposition, has already formally adopted the plans.
While Justin Trudeau narrowly scraped a victory in October’s elections, popularity for his Liberal Party minority government is waning, leading to the likelihood of a Conservative victory in 18 months.
Speaking on the weekend that Britain formally left the EU O’Toole, currently in a Conservative leadership contest, said: “There’s a real chance of another general election within the next 18 months. If I become PM I will prioritise Canzuk through PM Johnson and counterparts in Australia and NZ. There’s a potential this would form a very real working group and lead to substantive efforts right out of the gate.
“There is much interest across all four partners. With Brexit and PM Johnson’s majority, it would be likely well received in Britain."
Decisions over migration would be decided by a steering group which would “set the agenda”, he said, adding: “If we get a surge in LNG development in British Columbia, there night be an ability for specialised skilled labour from Britain and Australia and New Zealand. This would be mutually beneficial.
In Australia Sen Eric Abetz, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said: “I believe this would make us the envy of the world. We might in fact encourage Canzuk members to have reciprocal rights like the EU. For tourists and trade, given our commonality, there's a real scope to have greater free trade.”
He rejected any EU-style political merging between the four sovereign nations.
“This would absolutely not be a political union. I wouldn't want a Canzuk Human Rights court which would determine what Australia or New Zealand parliaments can legislate,” he said.
“We all want to avoid the diminution of democracy. that’s been the cause of so much concern in the UK and elsewhere in Europe about the impact of the EU.
“It’s within the national interest of all four countries to keep each other’s criminals out, or to prevent those who have other debts to respective governments from travelling, but this still leave massive opportunities for 99 percent.
“The more limited approach of Canzuk would get a lot of traction because people would see the many benefits but no downside. We’d continue to remain masters of our own destinies.”
In London Bob Seely MP, who co-authored a report on Cazuk with the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “This isn't to replace the Special Relationship with the US, UN or EU.
“This is about the future with four very modern multicultural nations which are very close. It’s about enriching our lives by re-investing in traditional alliances."
He added: “The Foreign Office is looking at it.
“We have the EU and US trade deals to focus on this year. But many of us in Britain and abroad would like to put this plan on the front burner.”
Prince Andrew called his 'victim' Virginia Roberts 'a very sick girl': Duke made insensitive remark just days after she told of her abuse at hands of Royal's paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew described his alleged victim Virginia Roberts as 'a very sick girl', The Mail on Sunday can reveal today.
The Duke made his insensitive remark in a message to a friend and business associate just days after Ms Roberts described the appalling abuse she had suffered at the hands of Andrew's paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Her shocking revelations – which came in this newspaper – were accompanied by the now-infamous photograph of the Prince with his arm around her waist.
The apparently dismissive comment to his friend – who had asked how Andrew was coping with the scandal –appears to question the mental health and credibility of Ms Roberts, who later claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew from the age of 17 after being trafficked by Epstein.
Last night a lawyer for clients suing the Epstein estate said: 'Until Andrew talks to the FBI about his relationship with Virginia – and what he knows about the other victims and wrongdoers – it's his credibility at stake, not hers.
'Virginia's mental health is excellent and has been throughout, although it has been severely tested by Andrew and Epstein.'
The revelation comes as:
* The Duke faces mounting demands, including from Ms Roberts, to co-operate with an FBI investigation into Epstein's sordid activities;
* Four of Epstein's other alleged victims urge Andrew to talk to the FBI for the sake of 'your daughters and their children', warning him in a powerful open letter published in today's Mail on Sunday that 'the world is watching';
* This newspaper reveals that the Prince also sent the same associate a repellent 'joke' about breast cancer, raising serious questions about his judgment.
The Duke made both the bad-taste joke and his comment about Ms Roberts' health to his friend Jonathan Rowland in 2011.
The 'very sick girl' slur came in an exchange seen by the MoS. Mr Rowland, the son of controversial property tycoon David Rowland, had contacted Andrew, saying: 'Hope the press isn't getting you down to [sic] much.'
The Duke replied: 'Not at all!… She is a very sick girl apparently. The innuendo is the problem. But there is nothing that one can do for that! Shrug and move on.'
His comment appears to show little sympathy for Ms Roberts, who had bravely waived her anonymity to tell the disturbing story of the years she spent as Epstein's sex slave.
The Duke similarly failed to show sympathy for Epstein's victims during his disastrous BBC interview with Emily Maitlis in November that ultimately led to him quitting Royal duties. During the questioning, Andrew insisted he had no recollection of ever meeting Ms Roberts, now 36 and going by her married surname Giuffre.
But the messages between the Duke and Mr Rowland suggests that Andrew had spoken to someone – possibly billionaire Epstein or Ghislaine Maxwell, who is alleged to have procured young girls on Epstein's behalf – about her claims.
Last year it emerged that the Duke asked for Ms Maxwell's help in dealing with Ms Roberts's claims in 2015. In an email uncovered by BBC's Panorama, the Prince wrote: 'Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.' Ms Maxwell replied: 'Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.'
The exchange with Mr Rowland is one of the few times Andrew has directly referred to Ms Roberts, who claimed she was forced to have sex with the Duke in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein. She claimed that Andrew bought her alcohol in London's Tramp nightclub in March 2001, when she was 17, before they had sex at Ms Maxwell's home. The Duke, 59, has vehemently denied the allegations against him.
Review unearths years of sex abuse by Jesuits priests
Sex-offence allegations against 21 Jesuit priests and lay staff have been unearthed in an independent review into the society’s duplicitous handling of serial pedophile and former brother Victor Higgs.
Former Victorian Supreme Court chief justice Marilyn Warren said the 21 other offenders were accused of misconduct between 1968 and 1971, with Higgs transferred to Sydney’s St Ignatius at Riverview from Adelaide’s St Ignatius at Athelstone in 1970.
It is the first time the extent of offending across the order in the late 1960s and early 70s had been made public and was cited by Ms Warren as relevant to the society’s decision-making when dealing with Higgs.
Higgs, now in his 80s and in jail, was sent from Adelaide to Sydney despite the order’s hierarchy knowing that he had assaulted children at the Athelstone campus.
Ms Warren’s review into Higgs has revealed an extraordinary lack of documentation previously kept by the order in Australia, including three of its marquee schools — Riverview, Xavier College in Melbourne and St Ignatius in Adelaide.
She found that at least three complaints about Higgs’s behaviour were made to St Ignatius’s then Athelstone rector, the late Father Frank Wallace, before Higgs was shifted to Sydney in a state of internal disgrace.
Ms Warren found that the order’s then provincial, the late Father Francis Kelly, knew that Higgs had offended against children at the Adelaide campus.
Despite these complaints, Higgs was moved to Sydney, where his offending intensified while working at Riverview’s boarding school.
The current-day Society of Jesus provincial, Father Brian McCoy, told The Australian that anyone with complaints about wrongdoing should approach the order, stressing it had been a lamentable chapter in its history.
“Certainly we would want people to come forward and feel free to come forward,’’ he told The Australian.
The full report of Ms Warren’s review was sent to survivors of Higgs at the weekend and comes after relentless debate about what the order knew, and when, about his depraved ways.
Higgs was an overweight alcoholic who preyed on dozens of children in Adelaide and Sydney, despite authorities being told very early that he was an offender. He has been convicted in both states off multiple offences.
Higgs also worked at Xavier College in Melbourne and St Aloysius in Sydney.
Victims said Higgs was a voyeur who also touched them on their genitalia in the guise of monitoring their sexual development. He picked on sexually underdeveloped children.
In conducting the inquiry, Ms Warren has exposed a culture where the order in the late 1960s would deliberately leave out of meeting minutes discussion about pedophiles.
“In my view, the fact of these complaints was a factor in the decision to move Higgs from Athelstone to Riverview in 1970,’’ she found. She wrote to the society in December seeking more documents and answers in relation to the 21 other accused.
The first of the allegations relating to the 21 did not surface until decades after the offences occurred and not all allegations were substantiated or referred to police, sometimes because the accuser did not want to progress through the courts.
Only two of the 21 accused are still with the order, one having been exonerated and the other is on restricted duties.
Regarding Higgs, Father McCoy said: “I need to apologise. … We dropped the ball and people got hurt and they’ve carried the burden. We let people down. And, yes, we failed to keep records and I think that some of the Jesuits and others didn’t think it was as serious as it was.’’
Higgs pleaded guilty in 2016 to two counts of indecent assault at St Ignatius in Adelaide and was sentenced to 2½ years’ jail for offences between 1968 and 1970. In 2018, he was found guilty of 16 counts of indecent assault at Riverview against six boys.
The Warren review was set up by the Jesuits to determine what the order knew and when about Higgs. Father Wallace, now dead, was the principal at the school and the review found he had been told at least three times that Higgs was an offender.
Resignations in the news
Australia Agriculture Minister McKenzie Quits Over Sports Grants
Bridget McKenzie resigned as Australia’s agriculture minister after weeks of criticism over her handling of a A$100 million ($67 million) sport-grants program before last year’s election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said McKenzie had tendered her resignation following an internal investigation that found she had breached ministerial standards by failing to declare she was a member of a shooting club for which she approved a A$36,000 grant.
The investigation found the “timing was such that a potential conflict should have been clear,” Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra on Sunday.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale quits leadership, will leave Senate
Senator Richard Di Natale has resigned as leader of the Greens and will leave Federal Parliament within months to spend more time with his young family.
He made the surprise announcement to Greens colleagues on Monday, immediately spilling his position as leader and those of co-deputy leaders Adam Bandt and Larissa Waters.
The 10-member Greens party room will vote for a new leadership team on Tuesday.
Senator Di Natale, who replaced Christine Milne as the party's leader in 2015, described the decision to quit as "very difficult", but told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, "The time's right for me, my family and for the Greens.
"It's a tough, demanding job. It's been a privilege to do it. But I've got to the point in my life where I've got two young boys [and] I want to be there for them," he said.
Repost from Q Research General #10242
Rabbi who crowned Netanyahu warns against Trump plan
"Somehow [Trump] has been misled to come to believe that a demilitarized Palestinian state is acceptable," said Australian mining tycoon Joseph Gutnick.
The Australian mining tycoon who helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win his first election for prime minister in 1996 came out strongly on Sunday against Netanyahu’s endorsement of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.
Netanyahu trailed incumbent Shimon Peres in that race but received a last-minute boost from the “Netanyahu is good for the Jews” campaign that was funded by Joseph Gutnick, a Chabad rabbi who made a fortune from taking the advice of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to mine diamonds in Australia’s Northern Territory.
“With all the respect, recognition and appreciation to President Trump for all he has done for Israel and the Jewish people, somehow he has been misled to come to believe that a demilitarized Palestinian state is acceptable,” Gutnick said. “It would be catastrophic for the security of Israel, much worse than the Gaza Strip withdrawal and its terrible consequences.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe warned for more than 40 years and 101 times the enormous dangers of any type of Palestinian state, and even talking about such a possibility,” he said. “The prime minister must realize that he is leading Israel into a dangerous trap if he continues talking about a Palestinian state in any form.”
Gutnick has maintained a close relationship with Netanyahu. He warned that if the prime minister did not clarify the issue of a Palestinian state immediately, it would cause him “serious, damaging results” in the March 2 election, because he will lose the support of opponents of a Palestinian state to other parties on the Right.
Asked if he has relayed that message to the prime minister, Gutnick said he spoke to him a few weeks ago and has warned him many times about the dangers of even a demilitarized Palestinian state. And he questioned Netanyahu’s motivations.
“How do you stop Islamic radicals from entering such a state?” he asked. “What stops another prime minister from making it into a militarized state, like we saw with Oslo? We have discussed all the dangers at length. I can’t fathom what he is doing and why. Will that be his legacy?”
When asked if Netanyahu will lose the election if he keeps promoting the Trump plan, Gutnick said that he is "not a prophet."
Human trafficking cases on rise
Human trafficking referrals to the Australian Federal Police jumped from just two in 2013-14 to 33 last year.
Prosecutions have fluctuated, with two prosecutions launched in 2018-19 and eight new prosecutions for human trafficking and slavery offences launched this financial year.
Data obtained by The Australian shows the difficulty in obtaining convictions for these offences. The Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions prosecuted 36 cases between July 1, 2013, and January 21, 2020. In that time, it recorded eight convictions.
CDPP deputy director Mark de Crespigny said there were “significant issues” in addressing human trafficking and slavery in a criminal context.
He said prosecutions of human trafficking and slavery almost invariably relied on evidence of the alleged victim who would have to be willing to testify in court.
He said there was often limited evidence independent to the victim’s as to the nature of the interactions between the victim and the accused.
“These are very serious offences, which can result in very significant terms of imprisonment and need to be proved beyond reasonable doubt,” he said.
Australian Federal Police National Response Operations Detective Superintendent Joanne Cameron said it would be simple to put the increase down to a rise in offending, but she was more confident in saying the increase was because of the community becoming more aware of the problem and more confident in the justice system.
Superintendent Cameron said it was important to note that not all referrals result in a case following investigation and could lead to other action including referring the alleged victim to supporting agencies.
“At least we get them out of that exploitation and give them support,” she said.
She agreed with Mr de Crespigny that cases came down to witness statements, adding that there were similarities between dealing with trafficking victims and victims of family violence.
“You have vulnerable people and a criminal justice system that needs to be very aware of their vulnerabilities so they aren’t re-traumatised by the whole process of going to court,” she said.
Superintendent Cameron said trafficking may involve the victim entering Australia under a false identity or legitimately.
“A person gets duped into believing they’re coming into Australia for a reason, to do legitimate work,” she said.
‘‘When they get here … it’s possible they have their passport and identity documents taken.”
She said it was common for people to then be told they had to work off a debt whether in the sex industry, construction or working 12 hours a day on a farm.
“It is extraordinary wrongdoing and strikes at the heart of why a lot of people need police — to help victims,” she said.
Elon Musk's SpaceX clears first hurdle to Australian broadband market
Communications regulator allows Starlink satellites over Australian airspace, but Foxtel objects
Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite broadband service has taken its first step into the Australian market. The communications regulator has added the company to a list of satellite operators allowed over Australian airspace.
But Foxtel has raised concerns the service might conflict with its subscription TV service.
The SpaceX Starlink currently has 242 satellites deployed above earth, which it plans to expand to a “constellation” of 7,518 low-earth orbit satellites.
The company launched 60 satellites into space last month, and plans to launch around 60 per fortnight in 2020.
It is aiming to have services operating in northern parts of the US and in Canada in 2020, and then “near-global coverage of the populated world” by 2021.
Late last month, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (Acma) added SpaceX and two other companies to the Radiocommunications (Foreign Space Objects) Determination that governs what satellite companies can operate in Australia.
Much remains a mystery about what Starlink’s internet services will be like in reality. In a November 2016 filing with the US federal communications commission (FCC), SpaceX said it would be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for users, at “low cost”.
SpaceX being added to the list of satellite operators in Australia is the first stage in the regulatory process. The company still needs to obtain more regulatory approvals, and eventually a licence to use spectrum for the satellites to communicate.
That licence is likely to be a matter of contention. Australia’s subscription television company has indicated it could potentially be in conflict with its own satellite TV service.
In a submission to the Acma’s proposal, News Corp-owned TV service Foxtel said it had “very high levels of concern” about potential interference of its service to satellite customers if SpaceX and another company, Kepler, are allowed to use the same Ku frequency band that Foxtel operates in.
“Given the potential catastrophic business impact of interference, the need to protect existing [geostationary orbit] systems from these new [non-geostationary orbit] constellations must be a priority for the Acma going forward.”
In its submission to the FCC, SpaceX said it would have “flexibility to share that spectrum with other licensed satellite and terrestrial users”.
The difficulty facing SpaceX is that customers will need to buy antennas to connect to the satellites, and some have questioned whether that would be affordable for most, or whether it would be commercially viable, given the project would not only compete with other satellite operators but 5G networks and fixed-line internet providers.
Musk has said they will be about the size of a pizza box, easy to install, and simple to use, and between US$100 ($149) and US$300 ($447). But one analyst, Tim Farrar, has suggested it could cost US$1,000 ($1,488) alone.
In Australia, the biggest competitor would be the government-owned NBN Co’s two satellites, currently servicing over 96,000 homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia. The speeds offered on NBN’s satellites are significantly less than that promised on Starlink.
The NBN satellites are currently five years into their fifteen-year lifespan. The company has flagged it will need to start considering options in five years for how to replace the satellites and has suggested it could consider a SpaceX-style system in the future.
Thanks for all your hard work bakers.
POTUS and Q - thank you for saving us.🙏
Will rock these plates for you once a few more of my VIC frens wake up. Too dangerous right now. Surrounded by aggressive blue pills, unfortunately.
GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED
Repost from Q Research General #10284
Must watch. From Australia of all places. The World is watching and We are the News now. Why are Gorka and JJ Duff mad at the Q movement? Because we're stealing their shekels. POTUS has put enormous power in our hands. We're becoming known as the only place you can get a full range of views rather than what MSM labels us as, a 'Q worshiper'. That's huge. Seriously, watch this.
Nancy Pelosi ripping up Donald Trump's speech will cause a 'big shift'
Published on 5 Feb 2020
Sky News host Paul Murray says President Donald Trump’s State of the Union, and the Democrats response to it, was a ‘very big day in the race to November 2020”.
Immediately after the State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up President Trump’s speech which included mentions to families affected by the ongoing war in the middle east, premature births, and families affected by international terrorism.
Mr Murray said following Ms Pelosi’s actions, there will be a “big shift” in the race to the November election.
Jeffrey Epstein victims’ lawyer claims she has a NEW witness who saw Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts at nightclub
A LAWYER for Jeffrey Epstein's victims claims she has a NEW witness who saw Prince Andrew dancing with Virginia Roberts at the Tramp nightclub.
Lisa Bloom said the woman had been partying with a friend when she accidentally stepped on a fellow reveller's toes at the exclusive nightspot in London in 2001 - before realising it was the royal.
And the witness claimed she saw the prince with a young woman - since recognising her as a young Virginia Roberts, who claims she had sex with Andrew when she was a teen.
Prince Andrew has denied the allegations, stating he has "no recollection" of meeting Ms Roberts and was instead at a Pizza Express in Woking for a party on the night in question.
Speaking today, lawyer Ms Bloom said she had been approached by the witness after Prince Andrew's interview with Newsnight.
She said: "Her story is this - she was there in the nightclub and she stepped on the foot of somebody who was dancing next to her.
"She said 'I'm sorry', he said 'that's OK'.
"The friend she was there with said 'don't you realise you just stepped on the foot of the member of Royal Family - that's Prince Andrew'.
"(The witness) thought to herself 'oh my God I'm in the presence of a royal'.
"She had never been in the presence of a royal before, she never has been since.
"It was a very big moment to her."
Lisa added: "She says she frankly stared at him and gawked at him because he was a prince.
"After she was done staring at him, she looked at who he was with and it was a very young girl about her age.
"In the photographs she has seen since, she identifies that young woman, that girl I should say, as Virginia Roberts."
PIZZA EXPRESS CLAIM
Prince Andrew has denied claims he was ever at the nightclub on March 10, saying he had taken his daughter Beatrice to the restaurant.
He said: "I've only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.
"As soon as somebody reminded me of it, I went 'oh yes, I remember that'. But I have no recollection of ever meeting or being in the company or the presence."
But Lisa said the new witness was "incensed" by Prince Andrew's claims, saying: "She felt it was her obligation as a citizen to come forward."
She added the witness was now willing to speak to the FBI if they needed.
Today, Lisa Bloom sat down with the spokesperson for the family of Harry Dunn, Radd Seiger, as they called on more to be done in both cases.
Harry, 19, was tragically killed near RAF Croughton in August last year, with suspect Anne Sacoolas - the wife of a US diplomat - fleeing the country.
Despite being charged, the 42-year-old has not returned to the UK.
An extradition request to the US was also turned down.
Both Ms Bloom and the Dunn family have demanded Ms Sacoolas return to the UK to face justice, while saying Prince Andrew should likewise answer questions from the FBI.
Ms Bloom said the "parallels between the two cases are eerie" and involved "everyday teenagers" who were "victimised".
She said: "Today we stand with the family of Harry Dunn and they stand with us. Both Mrs Sacoolas and Prince Andrew must cooperate with law enforcement.
"I call upon my government, the US to return Mrs Sacoolas to the UK to face justice."
US authorities recently claimed they had received "zero cooperation" from Prince Andrew despite him stating he was "willing" to speak with them about his friendship with paedo Jeffrey Epstein.
It has since been reported the FBI had been trying to interview the under-fire royal since November.
Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Epstein's crimes.
'Like terrorists': Malcolm Turnbull assails Liberal climate deniers
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has likened climate change deniers within the Liberal Party to "terrorists", and argued for a "green new deal" to shift the economy off fossil fuels.
Speaking in Sydney at an event hosted by the Coalition for Conservation, Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy said Australia should use the "black spring and black summer" of huge bushfires as a "turning point" to take serious climate action.
"If ever Australians were under any illusion that the consequences of a hotter and drier climate were not real, harsh and dangerous, those illusions have been shattered this summer. These bushfires are utterly without precedent in our history," Mr Turnbull said.
The Turnbulls, who were in south-east Asia during some of the peak of the bushfires, said the effect on Australia's image abroad had been profound.
"This has branded us in a way that we would never ever imagine could happen," Mrs Turnbull, who is also chair of the Greater Sydney Commission, said.
"We are seen as very behind….as a leader in a negative sense. That should really embarrass so many Australians."
Mr Turnbull, who was toppled as prime minister in August 2018, said Australia should "use this terrible summer as a turning point where we will embrace the reality of our obligation to cut emissions, our obligation to lead", and also stop burning coal and other fossil fuels.
What was lacking was political will but that would change when Australians demanded it, he said.
"When they recognise a political cost in not addressing climate change in an effective way they will change," Mr Turnbull said.
"The calculus that has been made by many people in the Coalition is that they can take many of their voters for granted."
Liberal Party MPs who were sceptical about climate change were "reinforced and amplified and nourished by the right wing media" particularly those of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, and "basically operates like terrorists".
"Basically they say, unless you give us what we want we will blow the joint up," Mr Turnbull said.
The Coalition for Conservation is a lobby group of mostly Liberal Party members who are pressing for a higher priority to be given to environmental issues, especially climate change.
Both Mr and Mrs Turnbull stressed the prospect of more jobs with renewables, including through lower electricity prices. The cost of large-scale solar photovoltaics with six hours of storage was now $40 per megawatt-hour cheaper than new black coal-fired power plants, Mr Turnbull said, citing figures from the Australian Energy Market Operator.
Mr Turnbull's backing of a "green new deal" echoed a similar call this week by new Greens leader Adam Bandt, in his first comments after securing the post.
"We are all custodians of future generations," Mrs Turnbull said. "We are all traumatised to some degree or another by this…black spring and black summer"
"We have to try our very best to do something about it. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to the rest of the world," she said.
Pyne under fire for comments about cyber attack on Parliament
Former defence minister Christopher Pyne has been rebuked by Federal Parliament for suggesting a cyber attack was "much worse" than the public had been told.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith condemned Mr Pyne's comments about the hack on Parliament's computer network in January 2019, saying any suggestion the public had been kept in the dark about the extent of the hack was "false".
In an interview with former Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Martin Parkinson on his podcast Pyne Time, Mr Pyne said the cyber attack was serious but he could never talk about the true extent of it.
"You and I know how much worse it all was, which we can never talk about," Mr Pyne said with a chuckle to Mr Parkinson.
Mr Smith told Parliament on Thursday he and Senate President Scott Ryan received detailed briefings from the Australian Signals Directorate and the Department of Parliamentary Services after the cyber attack that informed their public statements.
"Communication and management of the incident was guided by the information available to us as presiding officers in the context of the parliamentary computing network," Mr Smith said. "Of course, as we pointed out, our statements balanced the need for transparency with discretion on matters of national security.
"But any inference that our statements to the parliament to this issue were inaccurate or misleading as to the seriousness of the situation is false. I stand by the statements made by the President of the Senate and myself.
"I would just finally say the podcast also refers to a cyber intrusion at the Australian National University … So perhaps it shouldn't be inferred that the comments necessarily relate to the parliamentary network. The important point is the president and I have no further information or knowledge as to what Mr Pyne meant."
The comment has caused concern within senior levels of the government after Prime Minister Scott Morrison last year assured Australians the government had "chosen to be transparent" about the attack.
In a letter to Mr Smith, Labor's assistant spokesman for cyber security, Tim Watts, said Mr Pyne's comments risked undermining public confidence in the statements of the Prime Minister and presiding officers.
Mr Watts said he was conscious of the need to balance transparency with discretion, but Mr Pyne's comments that the incident was "much worse" than publicly revealed was "not easily dismissed".
"Given this, I am writing to you to seek your guidance about what steps you intend to take in response to Mr Pyne's comments to ensure the Australian public is able to have confidence in their understanding of the nature and extent of these attacks," Mr Watts said.
"As I know you are aware, cyber attacks on democratic institutions have become common place around the world in recent times. A common intent of these attacks is to undermine public confidence in the integrity of these institutions and democratic processes more broadly.
"In this context, it is a national security imperative that the public has confidence in what they are told about the nature and impact of cyber attacks on Australia's democratic institutions."
Mr Pyne was contacted for comment but had not responded by deadline.
Although the Morrison government has never publicly confirmed it, senior government sources have said Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for the malware attack.
Mr Parkinson told Mr Pyne he was "amazed" at how little concern was expressed by the public when cyber attacks were reported.
"Look at [the attack on] ANU … we should be appalled by this, look at what happened to Parliament House – we should be appalled," the former most senior bureaucrat said.
Mr Parkinson said there was "no question that the level of cyber attacks and political interference had "gone through the roof".
"And that's not good, that's eroding our sovereignty, and we must, and are, responding to that … but to then take it to the sort of level of hysteria where if somebody is a member of the Chinese diaspora, automatically they seem to have some sort of mark against them …" he said.
Dear Mr Turdbull, Fuck off with your AOC Green New Deal (GND). You should be well equipped to manage that given your happy synchronicity with the GND’s manifesto to abolish cows as a food source. And also, you have a free pass to fuck off via airplane one last time to a sympathetic country, given the manifestos abolishment of fossil fuels, before you start walking the talk. OR you could venture over to China and have a nice dictatorial chat with the CCP about a GND for them. I hear they are in need of superior opinions like yours.
Glad to never have to hear from your condescending propaganda again.
My brother nearly got whiplash when I mentioned Rothschilds’ and US FED in the same sentence. Totally rejected the idea, almost aggressively.
It’s hard work trying to get through.
Not one successful red pill yet.
At least they have an inkling before the SHTF and they know I know so have somewhere to turn.
Julie Bishop says climate change has been 'weaponised' in Australian politics
Climate change has become a weapon with which to wage war over other issues in Australian politics, says former foreign minister-turned Australian National University chancellor Julie Bishop.
Ms Bishop also said she had no regrets about the Coalition's campaign against the Gillard government's carbon price.
But she did regret the dumping of the National Energy Guarantee, which triggered an internal party furore that ended close ally Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership, and her 11-year tenure as deputy Liberal leader.
"It was a national energy policy – we do not currently have a national energy policy, as far as I can see," she said in her first series of interviews as ANU chancellor.
After leaving politics at the last federal election in May, Ms Bishop replaced former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans at the helm of the ANU.
But during her first month in the job, the campus was closed due to bushfires and had important research destroyed by a violent hailstorm.
The university is also grappling with a travel ban from China due to the coronavirus, which is stopping thousands of Chinese students from flying to Australia before the start of the academic year on February 24.
Ms Bishop said Australia has been on the front line of extreme weather events and climate change, and it has "given many people cause for reflection".
She said the decision on emissions reductions for the Paris conference while she was foreign minister was "a unanimous position. We can agree, even though there might be different perspectives on how we achieve that."
But climate change had been weaponised, "ostensibly" costing a series of prime ministers since Kevin Rudd their job, she said.
"Julia Gillard lost her way when we – as a Coalition – mounted such an effective attack on the carbon tax that both Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were subject to such discontent in the party room because there were not aligning with a particular view of climate change," she said.
"But I actually think many of those leadership tensions were related to other matters … as I said, weaponised."
Ms Bishop had no regrets about campaigning against the carbon price, even though it effectively reduced emissions.
"The fact is Julia Gillard as prime minister promised, 'there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead' – I can't believe I still remember that. Her government was always going to be held to account for that election promise.
"No I don't have any regrets that we held her to account. I do regret that the National Energy Guarantee did not become government policy, I believe it was an elegant solution.
"It was agnostic on how renewable or other forms of energy would be produced, as long as it was lower in price and accessible 24/7 and met our emissions reduction targets. I believe the National Energy Guarantee would do that."
JB's Red shoes have been 'weaponised' so she sold them for 'charity'
First stop White House as Australia’s new ambassador to US Arthur Sinodinos meets Trump
Australia’s new Ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos says he is ‘humbled’ to represent his country in overseeing the relationship with its most important ally.
Mr Sinodinos, who arrived in the US this week, met with Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to present his credentials.
“It was an honour to present my credentials this morning, with my wife Elizabeth, as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States to President Trump,” the former Senator said.
“I could not be more proud or humbled to represent Australia as custodian of our most important bilateral relationship.”
Mr Sinodinos replaces former Ambassador Joe Hockey at a time when relations between the two countries are strong with no major bilateral disputes.
After initially clashing with then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the refugee deal in early 2017, Mr Trump has since adopted a positive view of the relationship with Australia.
In 2018 he exempted Australia from his new steel and aluminium tariffs and last year he threw a rare state dinner in Washington to honour Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr Sinodinos first came to public attention during his highly successful stint as chief of staff to the then prime minister John Howard from 1997 to 2006.
After several years in the business world, he was elected as a liberal Senator from 2011 to 2019 serving for awhile as a Cabinet minister in the Turnbull government.
Arthur Sinodinos Tweet
Honoured to present my credentials as [Australian] Ambassador to the [United States] to President Trump with my wife Elizabeth.
I could not be more proud or humbled to represent Australia as custodian of our most important bilateral relationship
White House [photo]: Joyce N. Boghosian
From General 10314
Next group of Australians evacuated from coronavirus ground zero Wuhan will be sent to MINES near Darwin to keep them isolated from Christmas Island evacuees
By Australian Associated Press
04:04 GMT 07 Feb 2020 , updated 04:51 GMT 07 Feb 2020
For fuck sake, what part of don’t dox yourself failed to register with a doctor with a specialty?
Charged ALP lobbyist found dead
A Labor high-flyer and political lobbyist has died just months before he was due to face court on child sex charges.
Andres Puig was found dead at his East Melbourne home yesterday. Police confirmed the development and said a report would be compiled for the coroner.
“Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the death of a man in East Melbourne on Friday night,” Victoria Police said.
“The man was located deceased in his Powlett Street home shortly before 6.30pm. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
Police charged Mr Puig, an influential political lobbyist with child sex offences and producing and possessing child pornography. The former assistant state secretary of the Victorian ALP with impeccable Labor connections has been listed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 16.
Mr Puig failed to respond to telephone and text requests from The Weekend Australian on Friday to detail the nature of the police charges.
The 44-year-old was charged by Footscray police after being investigated for the offences, allegedly committed last year.
The investigation ramped up last October, and it’s believed Mr Puig was more recently arrested and charged, before being bailed. “It’s very early in the legal process,” a source said.
In a statement, a Victoria Police spokesman said: “Police have charged a 44-year-old East Melbourne man with ‘enter agreement for child sex services’ and ‘produce and possess child pornography’. The charges relate to alleged offences in 2019. The man has been bailed and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court.”
Mr Puig built his reputation as a political machine man in the 1990s and 2000s. He is well connected within the union movement and rose to ALP assistant state secretary in the early 2000s.
After leaving the ALP, Mr Puig helped build Civic Group into a lobbying powerhouse across both sides of politics but appears to have cut ties with the firm. Company records reveal the Argentinian-born lobbyist ceased being a director of several Civicrelated entities on October 10, 2019. “There’s no coincidence he disappeared from public life at this time,” a source said. “It’s the same time the investigation ramped up.”
A Labor source said Mr Puig had been keeping a low profile more recently. “He seems to have gone missing in the past few months,” the source said.
In the lead-up to Labor’s 2014 election victory, Mr Puig was embroiled in controversy when several staff within then opposition leader Daniel Andrews’s office broke ranks and raised concerns about his influence on policy. Three Labor staffers raised concerns there was a conflict with Mr Puig providing strategic advice to Labor, which went on to win the 2014 election, while representing developers who could benefit from policy decisions. “He’s everywhere,” one staffer said in 2014.
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Pedophiles coerce kids as young as three to film themselves
There has been a spike in child sexual abuse videos and images being made by children themselves on their mobile phones under the instruction of pedophiles.
New figures revealed exclusively to The Weekend Australian by the eSafety Commissioner show a doubling in overall investigations into online child sexual abuse and other abhorrent violent material online, up from about 10,000 in 2018 to nearly 20,000 last year. Among the material, investigators say, they are seeing a higher volume of “coerced, self-generated child sexual abuse material involving children”, some as young as three years old.
The videos seen by investigators include many cases of children, either alone or in a group, recording themselves on their mobile phones or webcams taking off their clothes, and engaging in sexual acts.
The children are acting at the instruction of a person on the other end of the phone, who is recording it.
Many of these videos are then shared in pedophile forums on the clear or the dark web. “When we give a child a connected device, we are potentially allowing a stranger into their lives,” said Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant. “And our research reveals that 94 per cent of parents have given their child access to an online device by the age of four. In this context it is disturbing that we are seeing an increasing volume of coerced, self-generated child sexual abuse material online.”
Ahead of Safer Internet Day next Tuesday, Ms Inman Grant also endorsed a letter sent on Thursday to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg from more than 100 child safety advocates and organisations urging him to ditch his plan for end-to-end encryption on all its platforms, including the popular Facebook Messenger. The groups are worried that encryption will increase the risk to children by allowing abusers to escalate their grooming activity without fear of detection.
New George Papadopoulos Tweet
It’s now or never for the President to hold the U.K., Australia, Italy and Ukraine accountable for spying and attempting to sabotage the campaign. If they are not exposed now, this dark chapter in American history will repeat. Our democratic process is at stake.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre Twitter Thread
BS raises flag in UK for this Honourable Man yeah rite! If I hear one Bell chiming for 60th celebration Royal family need to understand the people know of Andrew it can not be brushed under the carpet. Stay Strong Virginia TWEET MORE!!
Virginia Giuffre @VRSVirginia
Thank you for being upset by this I’m bloody fuming!! We the people have to stand united in one belief that it IS NOT OK TO SEXUALLY ABUSE ANYONE- EVER!! Why that is so hard for anyone to understand is beyond me. #Justice #EnoughIsEnough #PrinceAndrew #DontRingTheBells
Duchess AdiosBogart @Meggone2
He isn't welcome in Australia anymore. No one wants to greet him. Your message has been received here loud and clear.
Virginia Giuffre @VRSVirginia
Thats because Aussies have a zero tolerance for anyone involved in sex crimes. Thank you Australia for being my sanctuary, a safe place for kids to grow up and my personal favourite, only 1 person turned out for his last visit.
Lonely Prince Andrew in Australia: Few fans turn out to greet queen’s embattled son
The single fan who greeted Andrew at an event in Perth agreed that his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein had ‘marred his credibility,’ a report said.
October 4, 2019
The fan who greeted Andrew, school teacher Renae Grljusich-Poolman, told the Australian that the turnout for Queen Elizabeth’s second son was “disappointing.” But she agreed that concerns about Andrew’s friendship with the now-deceased sex offender Epstein had “marred his credibility,” the Australian reported.
Westpac knew anti-crime provisions were inadequate years ago, MPs told
Labor senator reads out secret report in parliamentary inquiry over objections from bank
Westpac knew its ability to fight financial crime was inadequate two years before legal action in November in which authorities accused it of 23m breaches of the law that included allowing customers to pay for child exploitation in the Philippines, federal parliament has heard.
The bank’s risk of breaching anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism finance (AML-CTF) laws was unacceptably high and the bank accepted it needed to improve its systems, the prudential regulator was told in a secret report delivered by accounting firm EY in 2017.
On Friday, Labor senator Deborah O’Neill read out sections of the report during a committee inquiry into auditors, steamrolling through objections from Westpac executives and warnings from the chair of the committee, Liberal James Paterson.
O’Neill also blasted Westpac for refusing to give the committee a list of documents she requested on 28 January, and only informing the committee of its position at 6.30pm on Thursday night.
The report was prepared by EY for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (Apra) so that Westpac could comply with a prudential standard, CPS 220, that requires it to have systems in place to monitor and mitigate its risk.
O’Neill said: “EY’s overall conclusion was the design of Westpac’s risk management framework was overall adequate, appropriate and partially effective for an institution of the size and complexity of Westpac.”
However, EY found that “risk identification, assessment and management of non-financial risk was evaluated as partially effective and partially adequate”.
“Westpac has noted that financial crime is an area that requires improvement,” she said, reading from the report.
She continued: “The risk of breaching AML-CTF obligations has at times been outside of appetite and we observe there have been issues across several jurisdictions reflecting heightened regulatory expectations and an acknowledgment by Westpac that its current AML-CTF capabilities require improvement.”
“Outside of appetite” is a term meaning that the risk of a breach of the law was higher than management of the bank was willing to accept.
“Westpac are investing in the roll-out of a new transaction monitoring system … to enhance its financial crime capability,” O’Neill said, again reading from the report.
Westpac’s chief risk officer, David Stephen, who was giving evidence to the hearing, repeatedly complained that the report had been provided to the committee on a confidential basis.
He and the acting chief financial officer, Gary Thursby, declined to answer most of O’Neill’s questions on the basis that Westpac was facing multiple investigations and lawsuits over the breaches.
Australia’s financial intelligence agency, Austrac, launched federal court legal action against Westpac over the alleged breaches on 20 November last year, sending the bank’s share price into a steep decline.
While most of the 23m breaches alleged by Austrac relate to its treatment of international funds transfer instructions, the regulator also alleged it failed to stop a dozen customers making more than 3,000 low-value payments to the Philippines that were consistent with child exploitation.
These customers included six who had repeatedly travelled to the Philippines or south-east Asia and one who had a prior conviction for child abuse, Austrac said in court documents.
The lawsuit resulted in the former chief executive Brian Hartzer, chairman Lindsay Maxsted and the non-executive director responsible for oversight of risk, Ewen Crouch, tendering their resignations.
Thursby was elevated into his current role as a temporary replacement for Peter King, who is acting as CEO until a new boss is found.
O’Neill savaged the bank over its lack of cooperation with the committee, saying that despite its ability to command legions of lawyers it had failed to make a proper application for public interest immunity against production of documents.
“Your counsel simply doesn’t understand the rights of parliament to demand that information,” she told Stephen and Thursby.
Stephen apologised for the lateness of Westpac’s letter on Thursday night.
“With the benefit of hindsight that communication wasn’t appropriate,” he said.
Dassi Erlich Tweet
Tomorrow-bipartisan motion in Parliament will demand Leifer return to face justice! Important this issue remains outstanding in the minds of Israel legal & political establishment.
Validated this frustrating process will not be ignored by Au until extradition honoured by Israel.
Motion to be heard in Parliament
Labor MP Josh Burns and Liberal MP Dave Sharma will tonight (Monday) move a motion calling for the urgent extradition of alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer.
FEDERAL MPs Josh Burns and Dave Sharma will tonight (Monday) move a motion in Parliament calling for alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer to be extradited to Australia.
The bipartisan motion – which is expected to pass the house – will acknowledge “the bravery of Ms Leifer’s alleged victims – especially Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper for their tireless pursuit of justice”, and note that “over five years have elapsed, and over 60 court hearings have been held in Israel, since this extradition request was first lodged, without any significant progress having been made”.
It will also call for the “immediate extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse”.
Alleged victim Dassi Erlich welcomed the motion, stating it was “important this issue remains outstanding in the minds of the Israeli legal and political establishment”.
She said she felt “validated this frustrating process will not be ignored” by the Australian government until extradition proceedings are honoured by Israel.
“To our friends in Israel we say: it is time to act. Do the right thing and support justice for victims in both our countries,” Sharma said.
“We have been exceptionally patient in this case, but enough is enough.”
“Allegations of interference in this case, especially by the Israeli Minister for Health, Yaakov Litzman, are shameful,” Burns added.
Resignations in the news
Matt Canavan offers Cabinet resignation, throws support behind Barnaby Joyce for Nationals leadership
The political future of Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack hangs in the balance amid an insurgent push to reinstate Barnaby Joyce into the Nationals leadership.
Cabinet Minister Matt Canavan late on Monday called Nationals leader Mr McCormack to offer his resignation from the frontbench to back Mr Joyce's push.
In a late twist, Senator Canavan said he had also referred himself to the Prime Minister over a possible conflict of interest having failed to disclose a membership.
Mr Joyce had earlier in the day said he would challenge for the leadership if the top job was spilled.
Barnaby Joyce backer and Queensland MP Llew O'Brien quits Nationals party room
Queensland MP Llew O'Brien has quit the Nationals party room. But in a shock move late on Monday, he won a promotion after Labor successfully conspired to elevate him to become Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives.
The backbencher has been a vocal supporter of former leader Barnaby Joyce, and moved the spill motion which allowed Mr Joyce to challenge leader Michael McCormack in the Nationals party room last week.
That challenge from the former deputy prime minister ultimately failed.
Mr O'Brien has been outspoken on a number of policy issues, including a stronger national integrity commission.
He will remain a member of the Liberal National Party in Queensland and has told Prime Minister Scott Morrison he will continue to offer the Government support.
Court to decide if serial WA paedophile should remain in community
A former athletics coach who groomed and abused several young girls and breached his bail conditions three times after being released will remain in the community until the court makes a decision on his supervision order in June.
Ross Finch O'Brien, 68, was first sentenced to four years in jail in 2000 for abusing five girls aged between seven and 12 who he was coaching in a Little Athletics program.
Between 1991 and 1999, O'Brien befriended the parents of some children before touching the young girls over the clothing or near their genitals and kissing them on the mouth.
After taking part in a sex offender treatment program, O'Brien was released on parole in 2002 but was sent back to jail in 2007 after abusing two young sisters he was babysitting.
O'Brien, who had again befriended the mother of the girls, abused the sisters several times and on one occasion penetrated the eight-year-old. He also recorded and photographed the victims.
At the time of his arrest, police found more than 7000 images and video files of young children being abused as well as several short stories about child pornography in his computer.
He was sentenced to nine years and two months in jail but was released again in 2015 under a strict supervision order subject to 45 stringent conditions, including the prohibition to collect, in electronic or permanent form, images of children.
Shortly after being released, O'Brien breached his supervision order by going to the home of a sex worker to access her services.
He breached the order again a year later when he was found with several non-sexual images of children cut from magazines and newspapers stored along with his adult pornography.
O'Brien pleaded guilty of the offences at Busselton Magistrates Court in December 2016 and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
While he hadn't committed any further offences since 2016, psychological reports showed O'Brien continued to have an "entrenched and ongoing sexually deviant interest in young girls".
Dr Gosia Wojnarowska, who diagnosed O'Brien with paedophilia in 2016, said the 68-year-old's behaviour could escalate once he felt "secure in his ability to deceive".
Dr Wojnarowska's findings were echoed in a report by psychologist Sarah Ballantyne in March 2019, which found O'Brien had a tendency to "test boundaries" and showed "resistance or rejection" to supervision.
She said O'Brien failed to take responsibility for his behaviour, and continued to fantasise about young women despite denying he had an interest in prepubescent girls.
"Though some improvement has been reported … he has failed to engage meaningfully with offence and risk-specific attempts to discuss his sexual functioning, interests and strategies for managing or appropriately meeting those needs," she said.
Both Dr Wojnarowska and Ms Ballantyne found O'Brien was a serious danger to the community and needed to remain under supervision.
The 68-year-old will undergo an examination by psychiatrist Dr Wojnarowska and psychologist Jule Hasson before facing the WA Supreme Court in June 3, when a decision will be made about extending his supervision order.
It is anticipated that O'Brien, who lives in Busselton, will move to Pinjarra to live with family.
Sir Ron Brierley expected to plead not guilty to child abuse charges
Millionaire businessman and former corporate raider Sir Ron Brierley is expected to plead not guilty to charges of possessing hundreds of thousands of child abuse images and videos and "typed stories" about "the rape of children".
Sir Ron appeared at the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday using a cane for his first court appearance, less than two months after he was arrested at Sydney International Airport.
The 82-year-old was detained by Australian Border Force officials while attempting to board an early morning flight from Sydney to Fiji in December. Detectives seized his carry-on bags, laptop and electronic storage units and allegedly discovered more than 200,000 images and 512 videos.
He was subsequently charged with six counts of possessing child exploitation material.
The charges against Sir Ron include possessing images and videos of "young girls aged between approximately two and 15 years of age in sexually suggestive poses", court documents state.
Two of the charges relate to the alleged possession of documents, "being typed stories that spoke of the rape of children".
On Monday Sir Ron's defence lawyer Penny Musgrave told the court her client was intending to plead not guilty to the charges against him, however she said a plea was yet to be formally entered.
The matter returns to court on April 2, when Sir Ron has been excused from attending.
The investigation into the recently retired corporate titan was prompted by an anonymous tip to NSW Police in August last year. His airport arrest four months later came after a travel alert was issued by police. He has since been on strict conditional bail that requires him to live at his Point Piper mansion.
Sir Ron made his reputation in Australia and his native New Zealand by targeting poorly run and undervalued companies. He was worth nearly $200 million in the late 1980s and was widely considered one of the most admired and feared corporate raiders operating in Australia.
Born and raised in Wellington, Sir Ron had already made his mark in New Zealand business circles when he emigrated to Australia in the 1980s. By 1988 he had been knighted for his "services to business management and the community".
In December 2015, Sir Ron, through his new company, Mercantile Investment, launched a hostile takeover of Australian shipping company Richfield International. Late last year, he spearheaded a bid, through Mercantile, for Mark Bouris' wealth management company Yellow Brick Road. Mr Bouris rejected the bid as "grossly inadequate".
Sir Ron stepped down from Mercantile in June, citing "age and ill health".
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - Federation Chamber - PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Leifer, Ms Malka - SPEECH - Monday, 10 February 2020
Speaker Sharma, Dave, MP
Mr SHARMA (Wentworth) (18:46): I move:
(1) notes that Malka Leifer, the former Principal of the Adass Israel Girls School in Melbourne, fled Australia in 2008 as child sexual abuse allegations against her surfaced;
(2) reaffirms the formal extradition request that was filed by Australia in 2014 requesting she be returned to Victoria to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse;
(3) acknowledges the bravery of Ms Leifer's alleged victims - especially Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper for their tireless pursuit of justice;
(4) further notes that over five years have elapsed, and over 60 court hearings have been held in Israel, since this extradition request was first lodged, without any significant progress having been made;
(5) expresses regret and concern at the numerous attempts to prevent and delay Malka Leifer facing justice in Australia; and
(6) calls for the immediate extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.
I wish to address the House today about an important issue of justice. Ms Malka Leifer, who was principal of the Adass Israel School in Elsternwick, Melbourne, bolted from Australia in 2008, two days after she was sacked by the school board amid allegations surrounding inappropriate relationships with some of the pupils at the school.
In 2013, 74 charges of sexual assault were filed against Ms Leifer in connection with her time at Adass school. In 2014, Australia made a formal request for the extradition of Ms Leifer in order to face these 74 charges. In the same year, in August 2014, this extradition request was filed in the Jerusalem district court. I recall this well. I was living in Israel at the time, representing Australia as our ambassador. I distinctly recall receiving and formally conveying our extradition request. I expected it would be a straightforward case, that the wheels of justice would turn and that, within the space of 12 to 18 months, we would see Ms Leifer extradited to Australia in order to face justice for these most grave and serious charges levelled against her.
But I regret to report that in the five years that have elapsed since the extradition request was first made the wheels of justice have stalled. There have now been upwards of 60 court hearings in this case and yet only now are we just beginning, painfully slowly, to see the wheels of justice break free from their shackles and ever so perceptibly begin gradually to turn. The actual petition for extradition has in fact never been argued before the courts in Israel because, prior to each hearing, Ms Leifer would claim to be experiencing a psychiatric episode and fail to appear before the court. This behaviour is not only an affront to justice; it is deeply traumatic for the victims of this abuse, it is damaging to Israel's reputation and it is increasingly becoming a point of contention and friction in our otherwise positive and productive relationship with Israel.
Members of the House would be aware that, in a further twist in this case, the Israeli police have recommended the indictment of the Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, in Israel for allegedly pressuring the officials in his office to prevent the extradition. This is an exceptionally serious allegation. If true, this would be a gross interference in the course of justice. I hope and, indeed, I expect that it will be fulsomely and fearlessly investigated.
In December last year, the member for Macnamara, Josh Burns, and I met with Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer, two victims of Malka Leifer's abuse who came to personally lobby for fast-tracked extradition. The passion and determination that Dassi and Nicole and others have shown in continuing to fight for justice in this case is inspiring. Nicole said of her motivations:
We're trying to send a message to all survivors that even if you have been abused life can go on, justice can be served, and we want to stand strong on behalf of all others, not just ourselves.
Dassi Erlich Tweets
Update re the #bringleiferback motion.
With so many members of parliament from both sides of the aisle standing on behalf of the #bringleiferback the clock ran out, there was not enough time to pass the motion today. The motion will be resumed tomorrow.
I sat listening to MP after MP stand & speak in support of us.
Looked at my daughter listening to their words thru earphones & filled with a sense of hope & pride.
Hope we r creating a better world for her future. Proud our Gov stood together 2night 4 all survivors of sex abuse
Downer revelations could have put Five Eyes alliance at risk: Hockey
The revelation that a tip-off from Alexander Downer triggered the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the Trump campaign put the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing arrangement at risk, Joe Hockey has revealed.
The recently departed US ambassador stressed the importance of American intelligence to Canberra, warning the FBI and CIA were under "profound attack" over the former Australian foreign minister's tip-off to US authorities and "it could have gone really badly for us".
A move to downgrade the information-sharing arrangement would have been a significant blow to Australia, with US intelligence instrumental in stopping nine out of the past 13 foiled terror plots in the country.
The explosive revelations come amid uncertainty over what Britain's decision to allow Huawei into its 5G network means for the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing arrangement.
As Australia's ambassador to the US, Mr Hockey was key in calming tensions within the Trump administration when Mr Downer's unwitting role in sparking the FBI probe came to light in late 2017.
Mr Hockey, who was known to be close to US President Donald Trump, said the importance of the Five Eyes partnership could not be understated.
"I can't tell you how important the Five Eyes partnership is for us. US intelligence has been instrumental in thwarting nine of the 13 disrupted terrorist attacks in Australia," he said.
"Our role in Five Eyes is more valuable than ever because of the increasing importance of the Indo-Pacific. We are not under threat in Five Eyes, but we could have been."
Asked how Australia's role in the intelligence sharing alliance could have been under threat in the past, Mr Hockey said: "Australia was under pressure on Five Eyes because of the whole Downer issue."
"The FBI and CIA were under profound attack and the Downer issue could have gone really badly for us… I don't want to say anything more about that."
Mr Downer famously met with Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos at a London wine bar in 2016, where he was told the Russians had a dirt file on rival candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of hacked Democratic Party emails. He later relayed the information to Canberra via a diplomatic cable and then to the Chargé d’Affaires of the US embassy in London.
In a break with diplomatic protocol, Australia allowed the FBI to conduct a highly sensitive interview with the then-UK High Commissioner in London just hours after the probe opened in August, 2016, just as the US election was heating up.
Mr Trump was said to be infuriated by the Downer revelations, asking his Attorney-General William Barr to investigate how the Russia probe started and telling reporters "I hope he looks at Australia".
A report by US Inspector General Michael Horowitz later concluded that Downer's intervention was pivotal in the FBI's decision to launch "Operation Crossfire Hurricane", but did not include any criticism of his or the Australian government's actions.
John Blaxland, professor of international security and intelligence studies at the Australian National University, said revelations that US intelligence had been so integral to thwarting terror plots in Australia underscored the importance of the information sharing arrangement between the two countries.
“The current dynamics have undoubtedly generated unease and concern, and a desire to double down on ensuring the United States recognises what they’re doing for us," he said.
“Most people don’t appreciate the depth, breadth and intimacy of those ties – how much it is an arrangement of mutual benefit."
Australia, the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand are members of the "Five Eyes" alliance that shares highly sensitive intelligence with each other.
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(1/2) When you have an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, and his intermediaries meet with an advisor to two Presidential campaigns (Carson/Trump) between 2015-2016, record a conversation, and ask bizarre open ended questions about my personal business and public info on…
(2/2) Clinton and Russia after you have been summoned to spy on this advisor for the sole purpose to try and sabotage a rival presidential campaign with fake info, and then lie to the President, you can understand why Australia’s feet are to the fire now.
The Australian government was mocking candidate Trump to my face and spying on his team, the U.K. prime minister was the only leader who called him “stupid and wrong” and is also neck deep in the Halper crisis, Durham is probing both countries. The findings will change history.
The moment it’s clear that the “meetings” in London between myself and Downer/Halper were the same exact set up, the faster the investigations will proceed.
Struggling Biden touts experience, vows to rebuild Australia alliance
Manchester, New Hampshire | Former vice-president Joe Biden has rejected Donald Trump's aggressive transactional approach to geopolitics and vowed to restore America's alliances, including with Australia and others in the Asia-Pacific region.
As he battles for his political life against a upstart Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders - the independent senator who enters the final leg of the New Hampshire primary in the lead - Mr Biden touted his foreign relations experience, his biggest natural advantage over the rest of the Democrat field.
"The next president will inherit a world in disarray on day one," Mr Biden told a crowd of supporters in Hudson late on Sunday (Monday AEDT). "There will be no time for on-the-job training . . . . it's not like any other time in modern history."
Australia scored a rare mention in what has otherwise been a primary campaign season almost exclusively focussed on domestic issues, as Mr Biden name-checked it as one of his alliance priorities in office.
"The day he or she stands behind the podium, or behind that desk . . . . world leaders will have to know who that person is and understand him or her, and he has to demonstrate he knows them," Mr Biden said.
"I would be back on the phone to [Japanese prime minister Shinzo] Abe . . . I would be putting back the alliance between South Korea and Japan and Australia, because we need to.
"These are things I have done my whole career.
"And it is not because we are looking to go to war; we are looking to avoid going to war," he said.
Mr Biden's emphasis on his foreign policy credentials contrasts with most of his leading rivals, who have focused their campaigns on issues such as Medicare for all, gun control and grander pledges such as a "Green New Deal" on climate change and fee-free university education.
If he falters in coming weeks as the Democratic nomination heats up, the lack of foreign policy experience among many of the other candidates underscores the degree to which this year's election will affect Australia and other US allies, some of which are questioning Washington's resolve on key geopolitical issues.
"Biden is seeking to demonstrate to the region that the United States under his administration would be back in the multilateral security business," said Patrick Buchan, director of the US alliance project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
"It's about seeking to signal to allies that the US sees its security best locked in through the alliance structure."
Mr Buchan said the former vice-president was also trying to differentiate himself from President Donald Trump in that he wants the help of "South Korea and Japan, in addition to the third key ally, Australia, in managing China", Mr Buchan said.
While Mr Biden's support for a return to strong US support for multilateral arrangements such as NATO would be welcomed in many western capitals, it's not clear it's the kind of message that will resonate with voters in New Hampshire. Nor would it win a presidential race against Mr Trump, whose aggressive "America first" stance is at the core of this political base.
A flurry of last-minute polls on Sunday showed Mr Biden struggling to break into the top three candidates in the state, the first in the nation to hold a primary. As in Iowa last week, Mr Biden is expected to come in fourth, with 12.7 per cent of the vote, according to polling tracker FiveThirtyEight.
Ahead of him are Senator Elizabeth Warren (13.1 per cent), the Iowa winner Mr Buttigieg (20.9 per cent) and Senator Sanders (25.8 per cent).
Analysts have warned that another weak result in New Hampshire by Mr Biden could be the death of his 2020 campaign, which is his third attempt at the White House since 1988.
Stop focusing on the errand boys like Strzok and Comey. Brennan was running this spying scandal against us along with Australia, the U.K., Ukraine and Italy. You want to hit back? Go after them.
'Every parent's worst nightmare': Child rapist to die behind bars after horrific Sydney dance studio attack
Sydney man Anthony Sampieri, who bound and raped a seven-year-old girl inside a Kogarah dance studio, will die behind bars.
Today Sampieri was sentenced to life in prison for the horrific attack on a young girl in public toilets in November 2018.
The 56-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 charges related to the attack including three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
In sentencing, Judge Paul Conlon in the Downing Centre District Court described the crime as "sexual abuse of the most horrifying and degrading kind".
WARNING: Some readers may find the content below distressing
He said what happened to the girl was "every parent's worst nightmare".
Judge Conlon detailed how Sampieri – who was on parole at the time of the attack - raped, punched and bound the girl in the toilets after consuming the drug ice.
Sampieri tied a cord around the seven-year-old girl's neck and hands and threatened the victim with a knife during the abuse.
There is a four minute and 43 second recording of the 56-year-old sexually abusing the young girl. The court heard Sampieri stopped filming because he "felt guilty".
"Using crystal meth, I believe that led me to what I did," Sampieri told a sentence hearing last week.
The victim suffered a number of injuries including bruising and swelling on the cheek, a cut on the inside of her left cheek, and bruising to her neck, arms, and body.
The court heard the attack lasted about 45 to 50 minutes.
"One can only imagine the confused and heightened state of fear she would have been in," Judge Conlon said.
Sampieri later told a psychiatrist that he could not recall many details from the attack.
Judge Conlon noted that the child will be subject to lifelong "emotional scarring", and will be traumatised when entering public toilets, and maybe even the bathroom in her own home.
The court also heard how witness Nick Gilio intervened and was slashed across the back of the head from ear-to-ear by Sampieri. Mr Gilio found the girl in the toilet cubicle.
He had 12 stitches in his head and six for a cut on his abdomen. He is still recovering physically and has deep psychological scars from the incident.
The court hear Mr Gilio suffers from sleeplessness, flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive thoughts. In a victim impact statement, he said he had lost enjoyment in his life, and lost his sense of optimism.
"The victim, her family everyone at the dance school and indeed the whole community are indebted to you for the courage you displayed in the face of someone wielding a knife," Judge Conlon said.
Outside court, Mr Gilio gave a touching tribute to "our little dancer", who he said was the victim of a "heinous and despicable crime".
He stood alongside dentist Jeffrey Stack, who knocked Sampieri out before police arrived.
"Today is your day for justice, your day towards light and healing," Mr Gilio said through tears.
"My wish for you is that you grow to be a healthy, confident, strong, grounded young woman, who is caring and compassionate towards others, respectful and honourable towards others.
"And to not let this scar you, do not let this evil break who you are.
"There is no day that goes by that I don't think of you, you are there for eternity. And although I will not be there in presence, I will always send my love to you in spirit.
"You are now forever locked in my heart, you are my hero and you always will be.
"And if we are to cross paths again please know that it is only yesterday that I thought of you."
Previously Sampieri also admitted to charges related to sexually explicit and harassing phone calls he made to women in the months before the Kogarah attack.
In the lead-up to a rape in Wollongong, he had made a string of offensive phone calls for sexual gratification, giving him a feeling of power and control.
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Parents in the dark as child predators evolve, online exploitation soars
Online child exploitation has soared from 1000 Australian cases to 17,000 in a decade, with federal police warning parents that they are being left behind while predators evolve their methods and target new platforms.
Investigators are finding sex offenders infiltrating new spaces such as online gaming to trade messages with children under the guise of being another like-minded enthusiast.
Others are turning to parents themselves, tricking them and their children with promises of fashion competitions or pretending to come recommended by friends.
Australian Federal Police child safety manager Marina Simoncini said there was also a trend for predators to use a scatter-gun approach to target hundreds of children at any given time "and see who bites", dispelling perceptions that offenders carefully identified victims and spent months or years to groom them.
In one particularly notable case, a Melbourne man created more than 80 female social media profiles and bombarded children until he had duped more than 30 unwitting victims and acquired more than 500,000 items of child abuse material. The man was caught, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in jail early last year.
The demographic of offenders was also widening, Ms Simoncini said. While most were older men, increasing numbers of women and people between the ages of 18 and 24 were among those busted by investigators.
Australian victims or offenders were the subject of more than 17,000 individual reports in 2019 ranging from online grooming to transmitting or receiving explicit images, according to new data released by the federal police. Ms Simoncini said this was up from about 1000 cases in 2009.
Once a surprising outlier, many of these cases now included babies, while some forums, particularly in south-east Asia, advertised children "almost like basketball cards".
Results from a survey by the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, released on Thursday as part of this year's launch of the ThinkUKnow child safety program, show many parents are still unaware of online risks to their children.
Of more than 3000 people surveyed, only 3 per cent listed online grooming as a concern, while only half made the effort to discuss online safety with their children.
This is despite the rapid uptake of internet use by increasingly young children, with the survey showing four out of five four-year-olds had access to the internet. One-third of these children had access to their own device such as a phone or tablet.
Ms Simoncini said the research also showed the issue of online child sexual exploitation remained stigmatised, with 21 per cent of parents or carers feeling online child sexual exploitation is too “repulsive” or “sickening” to think about.
She said results from the survey, the first of its kind in Australia, were not surprising, but it was nonetheless alarming to see their suspicions confirmed in research.
She said parents did not need to take away their children's online world, but should apply a "level of supervision".
"A lot of parents came back and said they were worried about interfering in the privacy of their children and we completely understand that," she said.
"It's more about equipping children with the tools and understanding that there are people out there who will engage with them, that they aren't who they say they are all the time, and just to be very cautious of getting unsolicited messages from a person you don't know."
Ms Simoncini said the survey results would help federal police shape current and future child safety programs.
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Same 'ol shit. Blame others for your uselessness.
Dr Russell McGregor here.
To whosoever posted this - thank you for the coverage mate❗️
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Federal MPs plea: Extradite Leifer
FEDERAL members of Parliament united across the political divide this week calling for the “immediate extradition” of former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer from Israel.
The motion, introduced by Liberal Wentworth MP Dave Sharma and seconded by Labor Member for Macnamara Josh Burns, noted that “over five years have elapsed, and over 60 court hearings have been held in Israel, since the extradition request was first lodged, without any significant progress having been made”.
Leifer faces 74 charges relating to child sexual abuse in Victoria.
Recalling that Leifer has been found to feign mental illness to avoid extradition proceedings, Sharma charged, “This behaviour is not only an affront to justice; it is deeply traumatic for the victims of this abuse.
“It is damaging to Israel’s reputation and it is increasingly becoming a point of contention and friction in our otherwise positive and productive relationship with Israel,” he continued, also referring to allegations that Israel’s Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, had pressured officials in his office to prevent the extradition.
“I do not doubt the independence and the integrity of the Israeli legal system; nor do I doubt the commitment of the Israeli justice ministry in pursuing this case, but, quite simply: enough is enough.”
Dave Sharma MP speech - #bringleiferback motion
Echoing Sharma’s sentiments, Burns referred to the recent open letter penned by Zionist Federation of Australia president Jeremy Leibler to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which reminded, “Friendship must go both ways.”
“And right now our friends are not doing right by us,” said Burns.
The motion also acknowledged the bravery of Leifer’s alleged victims, including sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper, “for their tireless pursuit of justice”.
Burns reflected, “It has been nine long years since the first brave victim, Dassi Erlich, gave her statement to Victoria Police … It has been four long years since Dassi Erlich began her public campaign to bring Leifer back, joining forces with her sisters, Nicole and Elly, to tell their story.
“Make no mistake: if justice is allowed to run its course, it will be because of the inspiring pursuit by three brave women.”
Liberal Member for Higgins, Dr Katie Allen; and Jewish MPs, Labor Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander; Liberal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser; and Labor Member for Isaacs, Mark Dreyfus all subsequently rose to voice their support of the motion while honouring the courage shown by Erlich and her sisters.
Erlich told The AJN she felt very emotional and “in awe” of the stand taken in such a forum, as she listened at home to the debate.
“They spoke about this for close to 45 minutes, in support of us, in support of all the victims of sexual abuse, and really made such a stand for it. It was just so, so validating to be heard,” she said.
“During the motion, I was just looking at my daughter, and realising, it has been a lot of hard work to get to this space. Much of that has been wanting a better world for her and this plays a really big part in that hope.”
Following the motion, Israel’s ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer said, “While Israeli law courts are independent, there are very many in Israel, including among the authorities, in whose eyes the case has gone on for far too long.”
He added, “The entire issue causes so many of us, too, deep anguish. I dearly hope that it will soon come to an end and that justice will finally be served.”
Leifer’s lawyers are due to cross-examine the latest psychiatric panel that has found her fit to face extradition proceedings later this month.
Josh Burns MP speech - #bringleiferback motion
Australian MP Announces Visit to Belmarsh Prison Amid Rising Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed
Pressure on Australian politicians to speak out in the case of Julian Assange continues to build following the surprise intervention by ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who called the US prosecution against the WikiLeaks publisher "unacceptable" and "disproportionate".
Australian MP Andrew Wilkie announced that he intends to visit WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison and “lobby for his release” in the coming days. The visit will be paid for by the MP himself and is scheduled to happen the weekend of 15/16 February 2020, according to a video released via social media on 11 February.
“The purpose of my visit is to check on Julian’s health and welfare, to see first hand the circumstances of his incarceration, and to reassure Julian that although he doesn’t have the support of the Australian government, he certainly does have the support of a great many people right around the world, especially in Australia”, Willkie says in the video.
Wilkie, a member of the Australian House of Representatives for Clark, Tasmania, says that the “substantive matter” regarding Assange’s case is that he “reported on and published information in the public interest, and in particular evidence of US war crimes”.
The lawmaker, who served as an infantry officer for over 20 years, and later worked as an intelligence analyst with Australia's Office of National Assessments (ONA), resigned from his position with the ONA in 2003, over the Australian government’s support for the US-led war on Iraq.
On the same evening as Wilkie’s announcement Australian senator Peter Wish-Wilson called on his government to “intervene to bring Julian home” on the basis that “journalism is not a crime”, during a parliamentary session.
The statements by both MPs represents the latest voices from Australian politicians to speak out on Assange’s case. In November 2019 Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called the prosecution of Assange “unacceptable” and “disproportionate”.
The publisher, editor and journalist, who recently won the Garry Web Freedom of the Press Award, faces up to 175 years in prison in the US. The charges all relate to his role in the publication of documents revealing alleged war crimes committed by the US military.
George Pell High Court appeal hearing date set for March
The High Court has set a date to hear Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for abusing two choirboys in 1996 while he was Catholic archbishop of Melbourne.
The case will be heard on March 11 and 12 in Canberra.
Pell, 78, was convicted on five charges — one count of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 and four counts of committing an indecent act with, or in the presence of a child.
In March last year he was sentenced to six years' jail, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months.
In August, two of three judges from Victoria's Court of Appeal turned down Pell's primary ground of appeal, that the jury's verdict was unreasonable.
The judges unanimously dismissed two other grounds of appeal which argued that there were errors in the way the trial was run.
The High Court case will be Pell's final chance to seek to have his convictions overturned.
His offending took place in the sacristy at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, in what the sentencing judge described as a "brazen and forcible sexual attack on the victims".
Pell was the archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s and eventually rose to the powerful position of Prefect for the Secretariat for the Economy, a position which essentially made him the Vatican treasurer.
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Convicted pedophile, Robert Hughes, the star of Australia's longest running sitcom "Hey Dad", is seeking parole after serving 6 years of his 10 year sentence for sexual assault of young girls.
Hughes' wife, Robin Gardiner, who knew of his behaviour as far back as 1996, ran a talent management agency in Australia that represented many internationally famous actors -
"His wife, the acclaimed actor agent Robyn Gardiner, represented the cream of the A-list stars like Cate Blanchett, Anthony LaPaglia and Rose Byrne who were not just clients but friends."
Now it looks like the MSM are trying to play they sympathy card for him. It won't work. Aussies will not forgive this scumbag. These people are sick.
Well, can I post a picture here?
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Parliamentary trip to UK cancelled after High Commissioner pens angry letter over Huawei leak
London: A planned visit to the UK by the Australian Parliament's powerful intelligence and security committee has been abruptly cancelled amid a diplomatic row over Boris Johnson's controversial decision to allow Chinese telco Huawei into its 5G network.
The committee was supposed to travel to Britain in late March and spend the first week of April meeting the House of Commons intelligence committee, Britain's security agencies and other high-level national security figures, as part of the countries' mutual links and membership of the elite Five Eyes spying club.
But The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age can reveal the trip has been suddenly cancelled.
It comes after the ABC revealed that the UK High Commissioner Victoria Treadell, a civil servant, penned an angry letter to two of Australia's most prominent MPs working in the national security space, demanding an explanation over an explosive leak revealed last week by the Herald and The Age that embarrassed the British.
While the leak caused upset in London, the disagreement had largely died down until Thursday, a week after the exchange took place, when Ms Treadall sent a stern letter to Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, who chairs the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and Liberal senator David Fawcett, who chairs the Foreign Affairs committee.
Two sources familiar with the contents of her letter said it was the equivalent of a "dressing down" and that it was unprecedented for a UK civil servant to berate elected MPs in this way, particularly given the two men have served in the military.
Mr Hastie was an officer in the elite SAS for five years and served on the frontline in Afghanistan, while Senator Fawcett was an experimental test pilot.
Last week the Herald and The Age revealed the committee's deputy chair and veteran Labor MP Anthony Byrne rebuked the UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during a face-to-meeting in Canberra. Mr Byrne told the British Secretary of State that letting China build Britain's critical national infrastructure was tantamount to allowing the Russians to construct it.
The confrontation underlined the deep tensions within the Five Eyes allies over Britain's green light for Huawei in defiance of Australia and the US' urgings to copy their bans on the Chinese vendor over fears of spying.
US President Donald Trump was reportedly "apoplectic" about Mr Johnson's decision on Huawei, while Mr Byrne's intervention was widely regarded as a reflection of Australia's position - something confirmed this week by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in Question Time, who endorsed and praised the Labor MP.
"I don't think there's much that the member for Holt would say that anybody could argue against when it comes to these matters," Mr Dutton said.
"You [Mr Hastie and Mr Byrne] should both be commended for the leadership you provide [of the security and intelligence committee]."
The dispute over Huawei has also caused a serious rift between Mr Johnson and Mr Trump, with British tabloid The Sun reporting Mr Johnson had postponed a planned trip to the US.
Australia first banned Huawei from supplying equipment to the nascent National Broadband Network in 2012 under Julia Gillard, and in 2018, then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull banned the company from taking part in the 5G rollout, on security advice.
Intelligence committee cancels UK visit amid diplomatic tensions over Huawei policy leak
Diplomatic tensions over Britain's decision to allow Chinese telco Huawei into its 5G network have boiled over after confidential discussions with Australia about the policy were leaked.
The ABC can reveal the UK's High Commissioner has taken the rare step of writing to the heads of two federal parliamentary committees to formally protest the leak of details of sensitive talks involving Britain's visiting Foreign Secretary.
One of those committees — Parliament's powerful intelligence and security committee — has now cancelled a planned visit to the United Kingdom amid the quickly escalating dispute between the allies.
MPs and senators were due to meet with Britain's security agencies and the UK Parliament's intelligence committee in March and April.
New George Papadopoulos Tweet
The errand boys like McCabe were never the target. Brennan was running this with Clapper. Be patient. Case is being built around them with the lower level grunts like Alexander Downer and others having already been interviewed.
Malaysian nationals detained in Perth, facing deportation, for allegedly exploiting foreign workers in sex and agricultural industries
Three Malaysian nationals have been detained in Perth and face deportation after allegedly exploiting foreign workers in the sex and agricultural industries.
Australian Border Force officers went to a home in Balga on February 13 to arrest a 25-year-old woman suspected of being ‘a key player’ in a syndicate making ‘significant profits through the exploitation of foreign women in the sex industry’.
Officers said they found approximately 500 phone SIM cards during the search.
The SIMS are suspected of being used to facilitate the buying and selling of sexual services in locations across Australia.
The woman’s partner, a 26-year-old man, was also detained and placed in immigration detention.
Both face being removed from Australia.
As part of a separate investigation, Australian Border Force Field Operations officers executed a warrant on a Belmont house on February 12 targeting a 43-year-old man suspected of money laundering related to the exploitation of foreign nationals in the agriculture industry.
His alleged crimes are specifically related to market gardens.
He was placed in immigration detention pending his removal from Australia.
None of the three had a valid Australian visa.
Acting ABF Commander of Field Operations, Sally McAuliffe, said the Australian Border Force would “continue to target criminal syndicates and unscrupulous individuals exploiting vulnerable foreign workers.”
“The individuals we are targeting in this operation are not those that are being exploited but those non-citizens that are facilitating illegal work and migration fraud,” she said.
“We encourage individuals who are being exploited, regardless of visa status, to come forward and provide the ABF with information so we can identify and take action against those involved in these practices.”
Visa holders who do not comply with their conditions due to workplace exploitation will generally not have their visa cancelled, be detained or removed if they come forward and assist with inquiries.
Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work is urged to contact Border Watch at australia.gov.au/borderwatch
Judge takes rare step to help serve elusive Ghislaine Maxwell with lawsuit
Jeffrey Epstein crony Ghislaine Maxwell is so impossible to find that a Manhattan judge has taken the rare step of allowing her to be served with a new lawsuit — by email, according to a federal court filing Friday.
Lawyers for Epstein sex-assault-accuser Annie Farmer had griped to federal Judge Debra Freeman that they’ve been trying to find the disgraced British socialite to serve her with the complaint, filed in November, but that she’s done such a good job of hiding that they haven’t been able to get to her, court documents show.
“Plaintiff has attempted to locate and personally serve Maxwell to no avail. Her counsel has conducted extensive public records searches and located various addresses for Maxwell,” Farmer’s lawyers wrote in a Jan. 27 motion imploring Freeman to allow them to serve Maxwell using “alternate” means.
On Wednesday, Freeman granted the motion, acknowledging that Farmer has “adequately demonstrated that personal service would be impracticable” and ordered Maxwell to be served by email and through her lawyers representing her in a lawsuit involving another key Epstein accuser, Virginia Giuffre.
Farmer’s lawyers promptly emailed a copy of the summons and complaint to Maxwell’s email, as well as to the attorneys representing her in the Giuffre case.
“Ms. Maxwell, Please see the below text order granting our motion to approve alternate service on you in Farmer v. Indyke,” reads the email, which was filed to the court as evidence.
If Maxwell’s camp doesn’t respond to the suit by March 6, a default judgment will be placed against her, Freeman ruled.
Farmer’s lawyers have said they know she’s out there because she’s been “actively participating” in the defamation suit involving Giuffre, which was filed against her in the same court, and is “vigorously fighting” the release of documents in that case, the records state.
Farmer’s lawyers told The Post that they are elated to finally serve the elusive alleged abuser.
“We just don’t think she should be able to dodge the law,” said one of the lawyers, who asked not to be named.
Farmer’s suit alleges she met Maxwell and Epstein through her older sister, Maria, who’d been hired by the billionaire to purchase art for him.
Epstein began taking an interest in Annie when she was around 16 and eventually invited her to his remote New Mexico ranch, where Maxwell pressured her to get naked and then “touched intimate parts” of Farmer’s body and “groped her” under the guise of a massage, court documents allege.
Maria was also allegedly abused later on by both Epstein and Maxwell, but she is not named as a plaintiff in this suit.
Epstein died in federal lock-up in August.
Maxwell is facing at least one other civil suit in federal court in Manhattan, where her buddy Epstein had an Upper East Side townhome.
Her lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment.
Farmer is seeking undisclosed damages.
Annie Farmer Tweet
Grateful that Judge Freeman is not letting Maxwell's disappearance block this attempt to hold her accountable and grateful to all of the people out there offering their support!
Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweets
Andrew Zeglicki @AZeglicki
Judge allows Ghislaine Maxwell to be served with lawsuit by email
Virginia Giuffre @VRSVirginia
Take her down @anniefarmer It’s time that spider gets served with a dose of justice!!
Cedric the Gentrifier @gentrifier_the
Virginia, do you think it's possible Ghislaine is dead? Asking sincerely
Virginia Giuffre @VRSVirginia
No- you can’t kill that kind of evil. She’s out there & I sincerely believe @NewYorkFBI knows exactly where she’s hiding. Unfortunately it’s up to us to keep the pressure on them to do the right thing and #LOCK them ALL up!! @MissingKids @EpsteinJustice
Patrick Stupfel @patrick_stupfel
Virginia! We have a major crisis on our hands!!! Sam Adams, the disgraced PEDOPHILE Mayor of the US capital for SEX TRAFFICKING, IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE! PLEASE CALL GLOBAL ATTENTION TO THIS IMMEDIATELY
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams running for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s seat
Virginia Giuffre @VRSVirginia
@SamAdamsPDX WE ARE ONTO YOU & WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!! SEX OFFENDERS BELONG IN JAIL NOT IN POLITICS!! Sadly there is a horde of them already in our government- as our ol’ pal @realDonaldTrump would say “It’s time to drain the swamp”
US praises Labor MP Anthony Byrne’s Huawei stance
US intelligence officials have contacted Labor MP Anthony Byrne and praised him for taking a stand against Britain’s decision to allow Huawei to take part in its 5G network.
Members of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security said US officials had reached out to the committee’s co-chair after reports in Nine Newspapers took aim at Boris Johnson’s government.
Sources told The Australian PJCIS members had been contacted by foreign officials, including the US, to back Mr Byrne’s reported comments.
Mr Byrne criticised Britain’s decision in a meeting with the committee’s co-chair, Andrew Hastie, and British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell.
Ms Treadell later complained to the MPs in writing that the contents of the meetings had been leaked.
The committee is considering visiting the US after cancelling plans to meet MPs in Britain.
Mr Byrne declined to answer questions about conversations with US intelligence officials, saying only “our closest ally is the US”.
Mr Hastie said: “The US has been our most important strategic ally since the fall of Singapore in 1942.
“We value that special relationship above all else.”
Members of the PJCIS committee played down the link between the Huawei decision and next month’s cancelled trip to London.
Some committee MPs said the trip was cancelled because the relevant British committee did not have time to be constituted since Mr Johnson’s thumping election victory.
Another source said: “If that is what people want to believe, all the best. It’s horseshit. If people genuinely believe that, then they should wait for Father Christmas next year to turn up with their Christmas presents.”
Britain’s decision to engage Huawei was announced last month in defiance of advice from Five Eyes intelligence partners Australia and the US.
New George Papadopoulos Tweet
This clown is about to get exposed in a spectacular fashion. I reported him to the FBI, Congress and he has already been interviewed by Durham.
Catholic Church creates one-stop shop for victims of modern slavery
Filipino community leader Roberto Lastica from St Joachim Catholic Church in Lidcombe has seen many cases of modern slavery across the country. Among them was a woman from the Philippines in her early 30s who arrived in Australia after responding to an advertisement for student nurses.
When she boarded her flight she discovered her visa described her as an architect instead of a nurse. Her recruiter told her the visa description would be corrected in Australia.
When she got here she was told she would be living in a Chinese restaurant, where she would also be working in exchange for food and accommodation, rather than wages.
Under a new Catholic Church initiative, victims of forced labour and modern slavery will be given access to free legal advice, housing assistance, health care, financial advice and welfare support.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, said the national network would be linked to 45 Catholic schools, universities, dioceses, health and aged care services, social services and finance and investment services.
The network, named Domus 8.7, will target victims of modern slavery and those trapped in forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage or human trafficking.
"This service enables entities to have a safe, confidential conversation about situations of modern slavery and forced labour," Archbishop Fisher said.
"Domus 8.7 fills a gap in providing readily available support from a formal perspective, emergency assistance and addressing other needs for people trapped in modern slavery or facing exploitation in the workforce."
The name of the service is a reference to the Latin word "domus", meaning home, and the United Nations Target 8.7 sustainable development goal.
Mr Lastica said the new service would be a "breath of fresh air".
Mr Lastica has also helped Filipinos who worked on farms after entering Australia via Fiji or New Zealand.
"We try to give these people community support while seeking justice for them. Many are embarrassed to return home because of debts they have to pay," he said.
"Domus is a breath of fresh air. It promises to help people with accommodation and litigation services."
The Chair of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce, John McCarthy, QC, Australia’s former ambassador to the Vatican, said the new centre would act as a central hub for advice and support for people trapped in slavery-like conditions.
"Australia currently has no mention of victim or survivor assistance in our modern slavery laws and instead victim assistance, such as immunity and witness protection, are based on whether victims speak with the police," he said.
"The new centre fills a real gap here in providing that confidential, easily available support to help meet the basic needs of those entrapped in modern slavery, such as providing them with warm clothing, addressing workplace problems and visa problems and concerns."
Dassi Erlich Tweets
Court hearing #64 and #65 will be held in the Jerusalem district court on the 26th and 27th of February.
Leifer is excused from attending and the hearing will be closed to the public.
These 2 hearings are to allow cross examination of the 3 psychiatrists who declared…
Leifer was not only fit to stand trial but unequivocally faked her mental illness to escape justice.
Since 1 panel member is having a medical proceedure on the 26th, cross examination of this psychiatrist will be further delayed till mid March.
Qanon hit piece from Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise, 16 February 2020.
TRUMP'S SECRET SIGNAL - THE RISE OF 'QANON' - 'QANON' A TERROR THREAT
QANON Conspiracy News Australia @realDonaldTrump @M2Madness @X22Report @andweknow @RedPill78 @pushforward40
QANON Australia Final bit this was live @realDonaldTrump @M2Madness @X22Report @andweknow @RedPill78 @pushforward40
Full interview in HD here
Weekend Sunrise - 16 Feb 2020
(Starts at 1:28:17)
We the people don't give a shit about this being in your closet. But we do give a shit if you have been hiding the truth of this global cabal of evil and how it operates.
Evil scumbags - if you want to save the taxpayers some money, there is no escaping God.
In reply to the video:
((( + )))
Good v Evil. It's that simple.
In all that you do, in every action you take, in every though you make, you make the choice.
No conspiracy there.
General Motors cans Holden in Australia
The Holden brand will be retired from sales in Australia and New Zealand and local design and engineering operations will wind down by 2021, General Motors has revealed.
The company’s Commodore and Astra models were retired late last year amid waning sales.
Rich Australian history
The manufacturer says it is saddened to see the end of the vehicles’ 160-year history in Australia.
“Today’s announcement will be felt deeply by the many people who love Holdens, drive Holdens and feel connected to our company which has been with us for 160 years and is almost ubiquitous in our lives,” Managing Director Kristian Aquilina said.
We need a Gday Mate version of Trump
And we need him now
New Green Deal
Muh Climate Change!
Muh Fake News
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Muh Bernie @SenSanders
Fires threatening an entire continent are extreme—a Green New Deal to tackle the climate crisis is not.
Let us harness our skills, talents and enormous resources to protect the home we all share.
The End of Australia as We Know It
What many of us have witnessed this fire season feels alive and monstrous. With climate change forcing a relaxed country to stumble toward new ways of work, leisure and life, will politics follow?
(From QR #10452)
EX-PM Rudd flogging a dead car
Muh “New Car Plan 2009’ kek
Time for all of us to boycott GM brands. My stomach turns when I think of successive Labor governments working to build the car industry. Including our 2009 New Car Plan.All torpedoed by the Liberals decision to kill it in 2014 thru pure ideological spite.
New Q post referencing Australia
Do people really believe this [attack] can happen against the President of the United States and nothing will happen?
Moves and countermoves.
Tweet by We The People, @45HarisonHarold
Is this who [GS] made puppet [Hussein] investigate?
I RAN..I WON..
I WAS INVESTIGATED and it could have been the UK, by AUSTRALIA, could have been by ITALY ….I WAS INVESTIGATED
BY THE OBAMA
Retweeting Miguelifornia, @michaelbeatty3 - 5 Oct 2019
Former Australian PM calls party colleagues' conduct over climate change "idiotic"
Malcolm Turnbull, a political conservative who served as Australia's prime minister up until August of 2018, was bounced out of office by the right-wing of his own party largely over his support for cutting carbon emissions.
"The right-wing climate deniers treat an issue of science and physics and fact as though it was a question of ideology. And their conduct is not just idiotic, it is downright dangerous."
That's what former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a political conservative, told 60 Minutes correspondent Holly Williams in an interview that aired this week as part of a report on the fires ravaging Turnbull's country.
"Dangerous for us here in Australia and around the world," Turnbull said.
When Williams reminded Turnbull he was calling conduct by members of his own party dangerous and idiotic, Turnbull did not waver.
"Well, of course, it is dangerous and idiotic not to be taking the strongest action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions," Turnbull said.
Fires in Australia have burned 27 million acres and killed 33 people and an estimated billion animals. Turnbull, who served as prime minister until August 2018, said he was warned while in office that fires in the country were getting worse because of climate change.
"Everyone has known this," Turnbull said. "We've been warned by the climate scientists. Everyone has been aware of this except for those who, well, the climate change deniers are aware of it, but they choose to deny reality."
Turnbull was forced out of office by the right-wing of his own party largely over his support of cutting carbon emissions. He was replaced by Scott Morrison, who has minimized climate change and been criticized for his response to the fires.
Morrison has prioritized protecting Australia's mining industry, coal is the country's second-largest export. And members of the current government argue it's not Australia's responsibility to act on climate change since the country only produces about 1% of global emissions.
"Isn't there some truth in that?" Williams asked Turnbull. "I mean, if, if the U.S. doesn't act, if China and India don't act to cut emissions, it doesn't matter very much what Australia does."
"Well, if we don't act, if we don't act, a wealthy advanced economy facing the harsh reality of climate change, if we don't act and show leadership, why would anyone else act?" Turnbull said.
See the full 60 Minutes report on the fires in Australia here.
Australia's bushfires show drastic effects of climate change
Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia.
Weekend Sunrise Australia - Qanon Hit Piece - 16 February 2020
Complete interview with Joe Uscinski, Political Scientist, University of Miami.
New George Papadopoulos Tweet
There is a conspiracy case being built around Brennan. Lower level grunts like Alexander Downer have all ready been interviewed. Just a matter of time.
‘Something has to be done’: Trump’s quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe
Australian MPs say Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 'a man under enormous pressure' following prison visit
Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen have raised concerns over Julian Assange's mental wellbeing after meeting with him in a British jail.
Mr Wilkie and Mr Christensen, who are both part of the Bring Assange Home parliamentary group, spent over an hour with the WikiLeaks founder at London's Belmarsh prison, where he is being held ahead of an US extradition hearing next week.
Assange has been held there since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London last April and arrested for skipping bail.
Prior to that he had spent seven years inside the embassy after seeking asylum in 2012, and Mr Christensen said his lack of exposure to the outside world showed.
"It was kind of state you'd expect from a man who has been absolutely and utterly isolated and who doesn't know what has been going on," he said.
"It was clear to us that his mental state isn't good."
Mr Wilkie echoed Mr Christensen's assessment.
"I'm not a psychologist. but it was obvious that there's a man who's under enormous pressure," he said.
"Clearly his health and mental health has deteriorated during what is effectively years in captivity."
The 48-year-old is fighting extradition to the US, where he faces 18 charges including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law, and Mr Wilkie said if Assange is found guilty it would almost amount to a death sentence.
"If he is convicted of those charges he faces up to 175 years in a US federal prison," he said.
"It's a life sentence and it could be said to almost a death sentence."
Mr Christensen said he believes information that will come to light during the extradition hearing may change people's views on Assange and he called on the Australian government to do more to bring him home.
"I think that there's information that I now know that will be known next week that will probably make people sit up straight and worry about this a hell of a lot," he said.
"I think now is a time that the Government that I am a part of needs to be standing up and saying to both the UK and the US, 'Enough is enough, leave our bloke alone and let him come home'."
Yesterday, Mr Wilkie met with UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said he has sensed a shift in the UK's view on extradition in the light of another high-profile case involving the wife of a US diplomat.
Earlier on Tuesday, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson had said Assange's health was improving after he was taken out of solitary confinement.
"I saw him about 10 days ago," Mr Hrafnsson told a news conference ahead of an extradition hearing that starts next week.
"He has improved thanks to the pressure from his legal team, the general public, and amazingly, actually from other inmates in Belmarsh Prison, to get him out of isolation."
Assange's father, John Shipton, said his son's long confinement indoors had damaged his health.
"The ceaseless anxiety that Julian's been under for now 10 years has had a profoundly deleterious effect," he told BBC television on Tuesday.
"I imagine that he will be really worried because being sent to the United States is a death sentence."
Last November, more than 60 doctors wrote an open letter saying they feared Assange's health was so bad he could die in jail.
In the letter to British Home Secretary Priti Patel, the doctors say Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.
Judge in Malka Leifer case will allow private psychiatrists for defense
In January, a panel of three state psychiatrists appointed by the court found that Leifer was feigning mental illness and was fit for trial.
Judge Chana Miriam Lomp of the Jerusalem District Court has decided to allow private psychiatrists to testify in defense of alleged pedophile Malka Leifer that she is mentally unfit for trial.
The decision has generated outrage among activists due to the new delays this decision will cause in the nearly six-year-long case.
The Australian authorities have sought Leifer’s extradition since 2014 to stand trial on 74 counts of sexual abuse and rape against pupils in the school where she served as principal.
In January, a panel of three state psychiatrists appointed by the court found that Leifer was feigning mental illness and was fit for trial.
Lomp has acquiesced to Leifer’s defense attorneys’ request that they be able to cross-examine the state psychiatrists. Those hearings are scheduled for the end of this month. She also conceded to delay those hearings due to “scheduling conflicts” for Leifer’s attorneys.
The court has already heard from private psychiatrists brought by Leifer’s defense team who argued that she was mentally unfit for trial.
Further, the same psychiatrists, Prof. Moshe Kotler and Prof. Shmuel Tiano, who will testify, already gave testimony in this case last year.
Alleged victim Dassi Erlich reacted with anger to Lomp’s decision, which could delay a case that has taken more than five years and more than 60 hearings with no resolution in sight.
“We have been calm,” she said in a statement on Facebook. “We have tried to trust the Israeli court system and understand that this takes time. But when we go backwards and repeat a process that has already been endlessly delayed, we have had enough!!”
“In an unprecedented move, Judge Lomp has ruled that the defense can bring two of their psychiatrists, who have already testified, to give their opinion on a panel that she requested to make a final decision!!” Erlich said. “This panel unanimously decided Leifer is faking on Sept 23, 2019! Can anybody see the sense in this??? Psychiatrists for the defense will be cross examined on March 12th.”
Leifer fled from Australia to Israel in 2008 after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against her. She has evaded extradition since 2014 with claims of being mentally unfit.
However, in 2018, Leifer was rearrested when evidence of her leading a normal life in the Samaria settlement of Emmanuel led to suspicions she was feigning mental illness to avoid extradition. Legal proceedings were then restarted.
Dassi Erlich Tweets
In an unprecedented move, Judge Lomp has ruled that the defense can bring two of their psychiatrists, who have already testified, to give their opinion on a panel that she requested to make a final decision!!
This panel unanimously decided Leifer is faking on Sept 23 2019!
We have been patient.
We have been calm.
We have tried to trust the Israeli court system, understand this takes time.
But when we go backwards, repeat a process already endlessly delayed we have had enoug!
Psychs for defense will be cross examined March 12
This is a completely unprecedented move - there has never been a case in Israel where a judge has allowed the defense to bring more witnesses after a court appointed expert panel made a final decision.
Prime Minister spruiks Australian role in NASA's Mars plan at launch of space agency base
The Australian Space Agency has officially opened its new Adelaide headquarters, with the Federal Government predicting activities at the site will help to triple the size of the nation's space industry.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the agency's new home this morning, saying it will provide local companies with opportunities to capitalise on Australian involvement in NASA's plans to launch human missions to Mars.
Head of the agency, Dr Megan Clark, said a small mission control centre inside the Australian Space Discovery Centre — which is based at the site — would open next year.
"What will be unusual is the mission control will be right here and we will have glass at the back so people can come in off the street and see what we are doing," she said.
"We want kids and people to be able to see what's happening on the lunar surface, to be able to see what's happening in real time on the lunar orbiter, and eventually to be able to come and say 'I wonder what's happening on Mars today', and come in and see people in action.
"No other agency has opened their mission control up in that way."
Deputy head of the agency Anthony Murfett said the mission control centre would also allow stronger collaboration with other space agencies.
"Our businesses will be doing their activities to control satellites right here in Adelaide," he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
"We will work with our international counterparts to show a feed of what is actually happening in space."
During a visit to the US last year, the Prime Minister committed $150 million over five years to help Australian businesses get involved in US President Donald Trump's plans for missions to the Moon and Mars.
Mr Morrison said the global space economy was forecast to be worth more than $1 trillion by 2040, and that Australia needed to position itself to take advantage.
"[The] space industry … is growing faster than the global economy, faster than our regional economy," he said.
"We're investing almost $700 million into the space sector, including $150 million into Australian businesses so they can pick up more work and support more jobs by partnering with NASA's Moon-to-Mars initiative."
Agency will help space industry 'triple in size'
Federal Science Minister Karen Andrews said the launch of the space agency would help deliver on previous promises of jobs.
"Currently the space industry in Australia employs about 10,000 people and is worth about $3.9 billion," she said.
"The plan that we have in place, that we are currently implementing, will grow the space industry here in Australia to triple in size to $12 billion and to employ an additional 20,000 people by 2030."
Ms Andrews said growth occupations would be diverse, and include astrophysicists, scientists, engineers and electricians.
Adelaide was revealed as the home of the new space agency in 2018, fending off strong competition from other states to secure the headquarters.
The agency is based at Lot Fourteen, the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site in Adelaide's CBD.
Mr Morrison toured the site this morning alongside Ms Andrews, Dr Clark and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.
Mr Marshall said South Australia was now at the forefront of the nation's space endeavours.
"We are now, without a doubt, the space capital of the nation," he said.
"Young people from across the state have the opportunity to seize incredible jobs across the sector, right here in South Australia."
Despite these grand ambitions, Dr Clark said the agency would itself only employ a modest number of staff.
"We have 20 people here — we have 19 and we've got one more to go. Even on opening day we are almost full up there," she said.
"This is now a door that we can showcase when we have our international visitors.
"Opening that door internationally, with the United Kingdom, with France, with what we're doing with NASA on the Moon-to-Mars [initiative] … this is an important role."
Kogarah dance studio rapist Anthony Sampieri to appeal life sentence
Convicted child rapist Anthony Sampieri will appeal the life sentence he received for his brutal attack on a seven-year-old girl.
Convicted child rapist Anthony Sampieri intends to appeal the life sentence handed to him over his attack on a seven-year-old girl inside a toilet at a Sydney dance studio.
Sampieri punched, bound and choked the girl for almost an hour while he filmed part of the ordeal and threatened to kill her at Kogarah in November 2018.
Sampieri pleaded guilty to 10 charges related to the attack and was sentenced to life in jail with no non-parole period in the NSW District Court on February 12.
The rapist also admitted to charges related to 94 sexually explicit and harassing phone calls he made to women in the months before the attack.
The 56-year-old has liver cancer and only a few years to live, and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
He lodged a notice of intention to appeal with the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal one day after his sentencing.
Sampieri must outline his case for appeal by August 13.
His lawyer, Penny Musgrave, confirmed to AAP on Wednesday that Sampieri had lodged the notice of his intention to appeal, which gives him six months to decide whether he will go ahead with it.
Sampieri, who was on parole at the time for an earlier rape in Wollongong, was high on ice during the attack on the child.
Acting Judge Paul Conlon in sentencing said the attack could “only be described as any parent’s worst nightmare”.
He said it would have been terrifying and the girl would have held “grave fears” for her life.
The judge described mechanic Nick Gilio as brave for confronting the knife- wielding Sampieri after he found the girl in the toilets.
Mr Gilio suffered several large cuts during the confrontation, including a 14cm wound to the back of his head and cuts to his neck and abdomen.
256 Australians spend more than $1.3 million watching child sexual abuse online
More than 250 Australians have spent more than $1.3 million to watch child sexual abuse, live streamed on the internet from the Philippines, over 13 years.
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) compiled the data in a landmark study of criminal behaviour online and found the majority of the Australians paying for what has been dubbed "webcam child sex tourism" were aged in their 50s and 60s.
More than half had no criminal record and were from a range of occupations. They included aged care workers, gardeners and even one housewife.
The AIC matched more than 2,700 transaction records between 2006 and 2018, provided by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).
The financial details belonged to Australians linked to people arrested for child sexual exploitation in the Philippines.
Some payments to watch children being abused were less than $49.
The institute said the live streaming of child sexual abuse was "distinct from other child sexual abuse material shared on the internet due to the 'real-time' element".
"Offenders often request how they want the child to be sexually abused either before or during the live streaming session," the report said.
Of the 256 Australians who paid to watch children being abused, more than half made more than one payment, with the AIC stating there was "clear evidence of escalation in the frequency and potential severity of offending in the financial transactions made to [child sexual abuse] live stream facilitators".
The institute was unable to determine exactly what led to some transactions being worth more, but argued it could be a case of a higher price being charged for more egregious and sickening abuse.
The report, released today, coincides with an address to the National Press Club (NPC) in Canberra by the new Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Reece Kershaw, AUSTRAC boss Nicole Rose and the AIC's chief Michael Phelan on countering child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Ms Rose said the Philippines was a "hub" for the live streaming of child sexual abuse.
"This can be sadly attributed to factors of poverty, a high level of English speaking, strong internet coverage and reliable services to facilitate payment," she said.
"It's alarming there's a continuing trend of Australians purchasing viewing and directing the abuse of children on the internet. While these offenders may try to stay under the radar at home, a pattern of crime escalation may compel them to travel out of the country to offend."
The trio are calling for stronger legislation to tackle encryption online, in a bid to pursue child abusers and paedophiles hiding in the darkest reaches of the internet.
"We are seeing more videos, younger children, more violence, we are seeing the rape and torture of our children all for sexual gratification," Commissioner Kershaw told the NPC.
"Australian offenders are involved in producing this material, they travel to impoverished places and they exploit vulnerable children.
"They use the dark web like a weapon, they use encryption like a sword and anonymity like a shield."
Australians who view live streaming of child sexual abuse: An analysis of financial transactions
Australian Institute of Criminology
In recent years, there has been growing evidence of live streaming technologies being used to facilitate child sexual abuse (CSA). This study examined a sample of financial transactions made by a cohort of Australians who provided funds to known facilitators of CSA live streaming in the Philippines.
The results showed that these individuals were likely to be aged in their 50s or 60s and the majority (55%) had no criminal record. Ten percent had a sexual offence recorded in their criminal history.
Most CSA live streaming transactions involved a small proportion of individuals. Just three percent accounted for half of all transactions. In contrast, 25 percent of individuals made just three percent of transactions.
As individuals purchased more CSA live streaming transactions, the median amounts they paid increased and the transactions became more frequent. These two variables were significantly correlated. This may reflect an escalation in the frequency and severity of offending.
Fresh charges for ex-Labor MP Orkopoulos
Convicted pedophile and former NSW Labor MP Milton Orkopoulos could be sent back to prison after being charged with three additional counts of breaching his parole conditions.
Orkopoulos will appear at Waverley Local Court on Thursday to answer the fresh charges, including being caught with an unapproved mobile phone.
The 62-year-old was already before the courts facing two counts of breaching his parole in January.
Orkopoulos was arrested at his Malabar home on Wednesday and taken to Maroubra Police Station where he was charged.
It was the second time the former Iemma government Aboriginal affairs minister had been arrested since his release from Long Bay jail in December after serving 11 and a half years for child sex offences.
Orkopoulos was previously detained on January 22 after allegedly setting up an Instagram account without informing police and talking to a child while on a phone call with one of his adult children.
He pleaded not guilty and remained on parole but now he's in danger of being sent back to prison.
Corrective Services NSW has written to the State Parole Authority asking for his parole to be revoked.
Orkopoulos did not appear on Wednesday when his matter was briefly heard in Waverley Local Court and adjourned until Thursday.
Orkopoulos's lawyer, Michael Vo, said outside court he would be making a bail application on Thursday, when police will apply for his client to be kept in custody.
The former state politician was jailed in 2008 after being convicted of 30 offences, including having sexual intercourse with a male aged between 10 and 18 years, possessing child pornography, and supplying cannabis and heroin.
Orkopoulos had 18 parole conditions imposed on him when he was released in late 2019 despite his head sentence not expiring until October 2021.
He was granted parole by the SPA after the Serious Offenders Review Council and Corrections recommended he be released on supervised parole.
St Kevin's headmaster Stephen Russell resigns over character reference for paedophile
Russell quits elite Melbourne school after revelations in ABC Four Corners program over former coach Peter Kehoe
The headmaster of St Kevin’s college in Melbourne has resigned after it was revealed he wrote a character reference for a school’s athletic coach after he was convicted of grooming a student.
In a letter to parents, headmaster Stephen Russell said he would resign immediately for the wellbeing of the school and students.
“I have a deep and abiding passion for this school community and am very grateful for the 24 years of nurturing I and my family have received,” he said in the letter.
“I extend my best wishes and encouragement to the current student body to be ‘good people’ the way so many who went before them have been across the decades.”
Former coach Peter Kehoe was convicted in 2015 for grooming then year 9 student Paris Street. According to the ABC when Kehoe was coaching Street, he sent him messages via Facebook which eventually escalated to the coach taking Street to his house and inviting him into his bed.
Russell and the school’s dean of sport, Luke Travers, came under fire after the ABC’s Four Corners program revealed Russell had provided a reference to Kehoe during sentencing, and Travers had provided a character reference before the trial.
Street’s lawyer, Judy Courtin, told ABC RN Breakfast on Wednesday that after the sentencing, Street was “forced” to have a meeting with Travers at the school, despite Travers being a friend of Kehoe. Courtin said Travers allegedly told Street in the meeting that he didn’t think he should have been convicted and would continue to be friends with Kehoe.
“That happened at school.”
Victorian education minister James Merlino has said the state’s education regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, will review the school’s management of child abuse risks in the wake of the ABC report.
Courtin said she wasn’t convinced the review would recommend any changes.
“Here we have the Old Boys sticking by each other … Have all the policies you like, it doesn’t seem to stop this terrible culture that is psychiatrically harmful for the children.”
Blue Knot Foundation, the national centre of excellence for complex trauma, welcomed Russell’s decision to resign.
“His resignation hopefully represents the beginning of a critical change in child safety and accountability at St Kevin’s moving forward,” its president, Cathy Kezelman, said.
“It is not acceptable to ever ignore the suffering of victims and the impact of the crime of child sexual abuse in favour of institutions and their hierarchy.”
In a statement provided to the ABC last week, St Kevin’s College said Kehoe’s actions were “completely unacceptable” and strongly condemned. Kehoe was banned from entering the school after he was convicted.
Edmund Rice Education Australia, the governing body of St Kevin’s, said in a letter on Wednesday that Russell would be replaced by St Patrick’s College Ballarat principal John Crowley as acting headmaster for 2020.
Travers was also formally stood down pending further investigations of issues raised in the ABC report.
“During Monday’s Four Corners program, we heard from young people who shared their disturbing accounts of distress, pain and disempowerment,” executive director Dr Wayne Tinsey said in the letter.
“They made a plea for an education that empowers them to challenge what is dehumanising and wrong. As educators, we hear these voices and commit further to this empowerment of the young through the education we provide them.
“For most members of the St Kevin’s community, watching the program was a distressing and challenging experience.”
Repost from Q Research General #10474
I think it's rather funny Twitter suspended Wikileaks account because it was said to be compromised. If you've been following Q's post about Wikileaks, the word "compromised" is rather fitting actually. Back in june 2018 Wikileaks openly attacked Qanon and Q hinted Wikileaks as an org is under C_A control but the source(Assange) is with the good guys.
Government considering bringing foreign cyber spy powers onshore to hunt Australian paedophiles
Australia's premier foreign cyber intelligence agency would be enlisted to help track down online paedophiles, terrorists and other serious criminals under a proposal being developed by the Federal Government.
The ABC understands the change could allow the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to call for assistance from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) or extend the cyber capability of the AFP.
The ASD, whose motto is to "reveal their secrets, protect our own", is restricted under legislation to hacking, disrupting and destroying foreign criminal cyber activity.
The agency is banned from spying or hacking into online systems based in Australia.
This means that if cyber spooks working for ASD come across cybercriminal activity within Australia, its work must immediately stop, no matter how serious the offence.
For example, the ASD can hunt down sexual predators using overseas networks, but it cannot spy on them if the server is based in Australia.
"At the moment, if there is a server in Sydney that has images of a five- or six-month-old child being sexually exploited and tortured, then that may not be discoverable, particularly if it's encrypted and protected to a point where the AFP or the ACIC can't gain access to that server," Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told the ABC.
"It can be a different picture if that server is offshore, so there is an anomaly that exists at the moment."
It is understood that the Government wants agencies to be able to develop cyber expertise or to enlist the skills of ASD by relaxing the restrictions governing the agency's remit.
While he wouldn't back the proposal outright, Mr Dutton made it clear he wants change.
"What I think is that there should be a public debate about whether we think it's acceptable for our society to tolerate the presence of these criminal networks right next door to us and yet we have no ability to do anything about it," he said.
The AFP received 17,000 referrals for online child exploitation material last year, compared to just 300 a decade ago.
A referral doesn't mean a single image of a child, but potentially thousands of videos and pictures of children being sexually abused.
Security agencies argue that the online world, especially the largely ungoverned "dark web", protects those attempting to do harm and interception laws have not kept up.
Publicly, the agencies and Mr Dutton have complained that warrants allowing agencies to use ASD are too restrictive and criminal networks onshore are operating with impunity.
Mr Dutton wants to bring online warrants into the 21st century to keep up with evolving technology that has made it easier for criminals to hide.
He is pushing for the online warrants to mirror the process police are able to use when searching a house.
"I want to make sure that if they [the police] can get a warrant from a court and go to a paedophile's house and search that house for material … I want to make sure we have the same power to do that in the online life of that paedophile. Nothing more, nothing less," Mr Dutton said.
AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said "perverted offenders" were using the dark web to evade law enforcement and commit "heinous crimes".
"We are seeing more videos, younger children … we are seeing the rape and torture of our children, all for sexual gratification," he told the National Press Club on Wednesday.
The search powers of AUSTRAC, the nation's financial intelligence unit that tracks money laundering and financial terrorism, allow it to conduct wide-ranging searches within strict rules to gather intelligence on an individual or group.
Mr Dutton has referred to those powers as an example of what security agencies hunting paedophiles online could have.
"[AUSTRAC chief executive Nicole Rose] has the ability to look at millions of transactions, to look for payments made from an Australian paedophile to a syndicate in the Philippines that is sexually abusing children," he said.
"She can look at the transactions and put together an intelligence picture. Nobody is asking for any more than that … it's a debate worth having."
Dana Rohrabacher denies offering Assange a pardon from Trump
A former Republican congressman has denied he offered a pardon to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of US President Donald Trump.
Assange's lawyer said Dana Rohrabacher claimed to be acting "on instructions" from Mr Trump in offering clemency.
In return, the president was said to have wanted Assange to say Russia was not involved in leaking emails during the 2016 US election.
But Mr Rohrabacher, a former California representative, rejected the claims.
"At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange," he said in a statement.
Mr Rohrabacher said he was acting on his own "fact-finding mission".
He said he told the Wikileaks founder that if he could provide evidence of who passed on the DNC emails, he would then call on the president to pardon him.
The White House called the allegation "a complete fabrication and a total lie".
What's the row about?
Leaked emails published by Wikileaks ahead of the 2016 vote contained embarrassing details about the Democratic Party, and were seen to have damaged its presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Assange has previously denied receiving the material from the Kremlin, although Russian intelligence officials have been indicted in the US for the leak.
Assange is facing extradition to the US on 18 charges over earlier leaks of diplomatic cables.
He faces up to 175 years in prison if found guilty.
Where does the allegation come from?
The claim was made at a court hearing in London before a formal extradition request for Assange begins. He is wanted in the US on espionage charges.
Assange's barrister, Edward Fitzgerald QC, told Westminster Magistrates Court there was evidence that former congressman Rohrabacher made the pardon offer.
Mr Rohrabacher, known for his outspoken support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, visited the Ecuadorian embassy in August 2017, where Assange was staying, he said.
At the time, Russia was widely suspected of stealing embarrassing Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, which were published by Wikileaks - although Assange has denied Russian involvement.
Mr Fitzgerald said a statement from Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson showed "Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange… said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks."
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled the evidence admissible in court.
What has the response been?
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: "The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he's an ex-congressman. He's never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject.
"It is a complete fabrication and a total lie."
Mr Trump has previously praised him as "a great congressman" who "works hard and is respected by all".
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2017 that he had contacted the White House in an attempt to secure a pardon for Mr Assange.
The paper said that, under Mr Rohrabacher's terms, Mr Assange was required to provide "proof" that Russia was not the source of hacked emails published by Wikileaks during the 2016 US election.
My Meeting with Julian Assange
There is a lot of misinformation floating out there regarding my meeting with Julian Assange so let me provide some clarity on the matter:
At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange. I was on my own fact finding mission at personal expense to find out information I thought was important to our country. I was shocked to find out that no other member of Congress had taken the time in their official or unofficial capacity to interview Julian Assange. At no time did I offer Julian Assange anything from the President because I had not spoken with the President about this issue at all.
MPs astounded at further Malka Leifer extradition delay
Government and Labor MPs have hit out at an “astounding” decision from an Israeli judge which could further delay the years-long extradition process of a former Melbourne school principal accused of child sex abuse.
The concern from Labor MP Josh Burns and former Australian ambassador Dave Sharma follows the decision of an Israeli judge on Tuesday to allow psychiatrists for the defence to testify again that Malka Leifer is not mentally fit to stand trial for extradition to Australia, after a psychiatric panel in January determined she was feigning mental illness and was fit to stand trial.
A former principal of Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school, Ms Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 as accusations against her surfaced. She has since been charged with 74 charges of child sexual abuse, with Australia lodging a formal extradition request in 2014.
The decision from Judge Chana Lomp comes months after an earlier psychiatric opinion that the principal was not fit to stand trial was thrown out over concerns Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman had interfered with the assessing panel to influence their determination.
It is understood the decision to allow the psychiatrists for the defence to submit their opinions will force prosecutors seeking Ms Leifer’s extradition to cross examine them in hearings, which would further delay the case that has already run for more than 60 hearings.
Josh Burns, the Labor MP for Macnamara in Melbourne which takes in the Adass Israel School where Ms Leifer is alleged to have committed the abuse, labelled the court’s decision “astounding”.
“It is astounding that Judge Lomp is allowing additional psychiatrists to testify against the independent medical panel that she appointed and who unanimously found that Malka Leifer is fit to stand trial,” Mr Burns told The Australian.
“These seemingly endless delays and the allegations of corruption that have been made by Israeli police reflect extremely poorly on Israel and is exposing serious flaws in its justice system.”
Dave Sharma, Liberal MP for Wentworth and former Australian ambassador to Israel, told The Australian the case has “already been delayed for far too long”.
“I would be concerned by any steps which cause further delays in these proceedings,” Mr Sharma said.
Earlier in February Mr Sharma and Mr Burns moved a motion urging Israel to extradite Ms Leifer immediately.
Dassi Erlich, one of Ms Leifer’s former students and alleged victims, described the court’s decision as going backwards.
“We have been patient. We have been calm. We have tried to trust the Israeli court system and understand this takes time,” she wrote on Facebook.
“But when we go backwards and repeat a process that has already been endlessly delayed we have had enough!!
“Can anybody see the sense in this???”
Manny Waks, the head of Jewish child sexual abuse support organisation Kol V’Oz said the case had become “farcical”.
“This unprecedented decision continues to make a mockery of the Israeli legal system,” he said.
“Judge Lomp herself appointed this latest psychiatric panel, which has made a unanimous, unequivocal decision; that Leifer is faking her illness and that she is in fact fit to face justice.
“Why on earth does Judge Lomp need to hear from these psychiatrists again?”
The new psychiatric opinion will be submitted on Monday, with the next court date set for March 12.
Encryption laws haven't created weaknesses: ASIO boss
The nation's domestic spy chief says his agency's use of controversial encryption laws to access encoded messages has not introduced any systemic weaknesses to networks and devices as critics had feared.
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation boss Mike Burgess also revealed tech companies had not formally challenged his organisation's requests to establish new capabilities to intercept and decrypt communications, saying the process had been "very collaborative so far".
Under the Morrison government's encryption-subverting laws, security agencies can order a "technical capability notice" requiring service providers to create new capabilities to gain access to encrypted messages.
The tech sector has previously warned it is impossible to introduce selective backdoor access to an encrypted service without weakening the entire system and leaving users vulnerable to hackers.
Mr Burgess said all technical capability notices had been done in co-operation with providers and had not involved the development of any backdoors that might create systemic weakness in networks or devices.
"Our experience is we've not had an issue – it's been very collaborative so far," he told a hearing into the laws on Thursday. "I know that members of our society, depending on where you fall, will have a different view of what a 'systemic weakness' is.
"But that's in my mind when I consider this, because I have no intention of introducing something that breaks the internet, no intention of introducing something that actually means that whilst it gives me lawful access to target A, I've now put every Australians' private communications at risk …"
Mr Burgess said ASIO had used the new encryption laws within 10 days of them coming into effect last year.
With more than 95 per cent of ASIO's most dangerous counter-terrorism targets using encrypted communications, Mr Burgess said the laws had helped significantly in gaining targeted access to specific encrypted data and it was done "in a co-operative way".
The guarantee by the ASIO boss comes as calls grow from tech companies for more oversight of the encryption laws, including a requirement that security agencies must go before a senior judge before gaining access to encrypted messages.
The laws – which were hurried through Federal Parliament at the end of 2018 – are being reviewed by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, James Renwick, who has already suggested that some of his recommendations would include a senior judicial officer being involved in ticking off on encryption requests.
In his opening remarks to the hearing, Dr Renwick said it might be preferable for law enforcement agencies to go before a senior judge or the security division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to access encrypted messages. Currently, "technical assistance notices" (TANs) – which require service providers to hand over encrypted data – can be approved by an agency head or their delegate.
"Unlike the underlying warrants or authorisations, TANs are not granted by an eligible judge or independent tribunal member but are simply granted by the agency head or their delegate, a departure from the normal course of an independent eligible judge or tribunal member in relation to a coercive power affecting privacy," he said.
Dr Renwick said nothing he had seen in his review of the encryption laws so far amounted to "mass surveillance" of Australians, and they had instead allowed for existing powers to be used in a more targeted or limited fashion.
But he said many of the submissions had raised concerns about the laws creating systemic weaknesses or vulnerabilities in networks and devices, suggesting the definitions of these terms in the laws needed to be improved.
George Pell: High Court weighs details of witness testimony
The High Court is weighing up the importance of viewing the testimony of George Pell’s victim compared to just reading the transcript.
The court requested submissions on the issue this month and released the response from Pell’s legal team on Wednesday.
Pell’s barristers, Bret Walker SC and Ruth Shann, argue the majority opinion of the Victorian Court of Appeal last year took the wrong approach in assessing the impact of the demeanour of witnesses whose evidence was viewed.
The Court of Appeal sought submissions on this topic last year indicating it intended to view video recordings of the trial evidence of the victim and three other witnesses.
“The applicant submitted that … there was no necessity to watch any video recordings because the complaint of the applicant on appeal did not depend on the manner in which any witness gave evidence,” Pell’s counsel said in their High Court submissions.
“In particular, it was submitted that no matter how favourable a view was taken of the manner that the complainant gave evidence, it was not open to the jury, acting rationally, to conclude that the prosecution had eliminated all reasonable doubt due to the combined effect of the unchallenged evidence of other witnesses.”
The appellate court ended up conducting a view of St Patrick’s Cathedral, where the abuse took place, and video recordings of 12 witnesses.
Pell’s counsel said it was unnecessary for the appellate court to watch any recordings but it wouldn’t have been in any way determinative of the issues on appeal.
“This is because the issue for the court’s consideration remained whether it was sufficient for belief in the complainant to eliminate doubt otherwise raised and left by unchallenged exculpatory evidence unanswered by the evidence of the complainant,” they said in the response to the High Court.
Pell’s counsel argue the Court of Appeal majority, Chief judge Anne Ferguson and the president of the court Chris Maxwell, substantially based their conclusion on their favourable view of the victim’s manner despite saying they “bore in mind” caution from a previous High Court decision about too readily drawing conclusions about truthfulness and reliability solely or mainly from the appearance of witnesses.
“Many of the other matters considered by the majority to affect the complainant’s credibility were either viewed by the majority as not detracting from the favourable perception they had of his demeanour or are interpreted through the lens of having concluded he is credible and reliable because of his demeanour,” they said.
Dissenting Justice Mark Weinberg found the victim’s manner of giving evidence less compelling.
“Weinberg JA noted the risks of giving too much credence to matters such as demeanour when evaluating the evidence of a witness,” Pell’s legal team said.
“Weinberg JA stated that while demeanour must be ‘weighed in the scale’, it was to be considered in the light of the evidence as a whole.”
Pell’s counsel submitted Justice Weinberg adopted the “correct judicial method” compared to the majority.
The High Court hearing is listed for March 11 and 12.
Pell was convicted in December 2018 on one charge of sexual penetration with a child under 16 and four counts of indecent act with, or in the presence of, a child under 16, relating to two separate incidents at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 and 1997.
The first incident related to choristers J and R who had left the procession and made their way to the priests’ sacristy, where Pell caught them drinking sacramental wine. Pell sexually abused the boys after mass in the sacristy.
The second incident involved Pell squeezing J’s genitals in a corridor. Prosecutors relied solely on evidence from J in the trial. The second choirboy, R, died in 2014 of a drug overdose.
Pell is serving a six-year sentence with a minimum of three years and eight months.
Dassi Erlich Tweets
President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin is visiting Melb next week.
We requested to meet with him.
There have been many requests he meet with us, from Goverment officials to heads of several international jewish organizations.
We still do not have a meeting with @PresidentRuvi
This letter was written by the Members of Israel's Jewish Peoplehood Coalition.
We thank them and hope the President heeds their words.
Thank you Adam Segal for tirelessly advocating on our behalf.
Our response to President Rivlin's letter addressed to Ambassador @MarkSofer after repeated requests that we meet with the President while in Australia.
Resignations in the news
Rebel Queensland Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller resigns
Rebel Labor backbencher Jo-Ann Miller has resigned from Queensland parliament effective immediately, likely triggering another by-election for the state ahead of the October poll.
A tearful Ms Miller handed her resignation letter to Speaker Curtis Pitt in parliament on Thursday morning, indicating it would be effective immediately.
Ms Miller, who has long held enmity for Deputy Premier Ms Trad, told ABC Radio – in an interview broadcast this week – that “Trad is a four-letter word”. She said she had been ostracised by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Ms Trad after she was forced from Cabinet.
Ms Miller blamed that on raising corruption claims about the Labor-leaning Ipswich City Council. But she resigned after a damning Ethics Committee report about her “reckless” behaviour and improper disposal of confidential documents.
New concerns at St Kevin's College
St Kevin's College deputy head Janet Canny has been stood down following allegations she responded inappropriately to a teacher's complaints about further child-grooming allegations.
Edmund Rice Education Australia confirmed on Thursday that Mrs Canny had been removed from her position.
The Melbourne Catholic boys' school is set to undergo more scrutiny after teacher Maree Keel alleged she was mistreated and has launched legal action under the Fair Work Act.
"Ms Keel alleges she was mistreated after raising concerns about the behaviour of a St Kevin's staff member," law firm Maurice Blackburn said.
The ABC reported on Wednesday that St Kevin's allegedly responded inappropriately to Ms Keel's complaint about inappropriate sexual conduct by a fellow teacher last year.
Mrs Canny told Ms Keen she was being "disloyal to St Kevin's College", the ABC said.
St Kevin's headmaster Stephen Russell resigned on Wednesday over the school's handling of a 2014 child-grooming case.
Mr Russell had been under pressure after it was revealed he provided a character reference to a court for former volunteer athletics coach Peter Kehoe who was convicted of grooming a student under 16.
Relationships Australia Tasmania CEO Mat Rowell to leave in two weeks
The head of Relationships Australia Tasmania Mat Rowell will hand over to his replacement in two weeks.
Mr Rowell became chief executive in August 2009 and tendered his resignation late last year.
The new CEO will be Dr Michael Kelly who has worked for Relationships Australia for 13 years.
Relationships Australia's President Rick Marton praised Mr Rowell's contribution.
"We are certainly disappointed to lose Mat's significant expertise, commitment and leadership, but we are also extremely grateful for the more than 10 years he has dedicated to RATas," Mr Marton said.
George Pell’s legal team argue DPP adopted a “piecemeal approach” in defending guilty verdict
The Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions has adopted a “piecemeal approach” in defending the guilty verdict of George Pell, submissions to the High Court from Pell’s legal team argue.
The High Court has now received the final submissions before the two-day full court hearing in March.
In Pell’s counsel’s reply to the prosecution, barristers Bret Walker SC and Ruth Shann claim the Court of Appeal majority, 2-1, didn’t independently weigh the combined effect of the evidence.
In their submissions, counsel make the point that the trial judge, Chief Judge Peter Kidd, “without demur from the prosecution” directed the jury that there was no evidence to support the prosecution case other than that of the complainant.
Counsel argue the victim’s description of the layout and features of the “wood panelled area” in the priests’ sacristy were not accurate and although he was correct about the location of the wine in a particular corner: “That was a simple fact that could only be speculated as incapable of recall from a tour.”
Counsel said that the evidence of two choristers who joined the choir in 1991 and 1993 that they had not been in the priests’ sacristy before, did not prove the victim didn’t enter the room on a tour when he joined the choir in 1996 nor the fact the room was off-limits to choristers on Sundays.
A further point is made that there is no positive evidence that Pell didn’t openly use the priests’ sacristy.
Counsel said the DPP relied on the evidence of Monsignor Charles Portelli to establish Pell would have robed in the sacristy on 15th and 22nd December 23 “without confronting the tension between that reliance and the respondent’s assertion that Portelli’s memory is unreliable when he says that he was with the applicant when he robed and disrobed in that room on those dates”.
Counsel also argued the alibi provided for Pell by people like Portelli was “not anywhere near eliminated”.
Pell was convicted in December 2018 on one charge of sexual penetration with a child under 16 and four counts of indecent act with, or in the presence of, a child under 16, relating to two separate incidents at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 and 1997.
The first incident related to choristers J and R who had left the procession and made their way to the priests’ sacristy, where Pell caught them drinking sacramental wine.
Pell sexually abused the boys after mass in the sacristy.
The second incident involved Pell squeezing J’s genitals in a corridor. Prosecutors relied solely on evidence from J in the trial.
The second choirboy, R, died in 2014 of a drug overdose.
R had denied being abused to his parents who weren’t called to give evidence at trial.
In their submissions Pell’s counsel argued the prosecution’s forensic choice not to call the parents “leaves as an uneliminated possibility that it was a true denial”.
“As the relevance of the denial of offending by the alleged co-victim is to determine if the complainant can be accepted beyond reasonable doubt, it is impermissibly circular to use belief in the complainant to eliminate the doubt otherwise raised by the denial,” counsel submitted.
Pell is serving a six-year sentence with a minimum of three years and eight months.
Scott Morrison flies to US spy base for first classified briefing
Scott Morrison has flown to the remote US spy base at Pine Gap for a classified briefing from US and Australian intelligence officials.
The visit this afternoon follows the prime minister announcement this morning of the $1 billion upgrade to Tindal RAAF base which will serve as the spearhead for USAF and RAAF operations in the Indo Pacific.
The announcement, signed off by the national security committee of cabinet last week, marks a significant expansion in the reach of air force capability into the region and signals a more assertive Australia-US posture as China continues to expand its strategic footprint into the region.
“It will be integral to our alliance with the United States, and increase the reach of Air Force capabilities in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Morrison said in a statement. Mr Morrison said RAAF Base Tindal would support critical Defence operations including air combat missions and responding to natural disasters. “This investment is all about keeping Australians safe and putting Australians in jobs,” he said.
The highly secretive base jointly operated by Australia and US agencies including the CIA and National Security Agency is a major hub for US global intelligence interception and satellite monitoring for military and nuclear missile threats in the region.
The controversial facility south west of Alice Springs is regarded as a key asset for Australia’s national security architecture as well as the US control centre for satellite surveillance operations over China, Russia and the Middle East.
Julian Assange intends to seek asylum in France, lawyers say
Julian Assange's European defence team has said it will try to seek asylum in France for the WikiLeaks founder, whose full hearings for extradition to the United States on spying charges start next week in London.
French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange's case placed at stake "the fate and the status of all journalists".
"We consider the situation is sufficiently serious that our duty is to talk about it [with French President Emmanuel Macron]," the lawyer said.
He was one of a team of lawyers lined up at a Paris news conference to explain why they view the case against Assange as unfair, citing his poor health and alleged violations of his rights while in jail in London.
French members of the team said they have been working on a "concrete demand" for Mr Macron to grant Assange asylum in France, where he has children and where WikiLeaks was present at its founding.
"It is not an ordinary demand," lawyer Antoine Vey said, noting that Assange is not on French soil.
Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish coordinator of Assange's team, reiterated his client's plan to claim that the Trump administration offered him a pardon.
The alleged condition was that Assange must agree to say that Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US election campaign.
Mr Garzon insisted that Assange was "pressured by the Trump administration" but resisted and "the order was given to demand the extradition of Julian Assange," he said.
The White House has firmly denied the claim. However, Mr Garzon said that both testimony and "documentary proof" of the claim will be offered to the court at the full hearing that opens on Monday.
Assange, 48, spent seven years in Ecuador's London embassy before being evicted in April 2019 for what the South American country's President called "spoilt brat" behaviour.
He was arrested by British police for jumping bail in 2012. In November, Sweden dropped a sex crimes investigation against him because so much time had elapsed.
44-year-old Queensland man charged with possessing child-like sex dolls
A man from Brisbane’s western suburbs has become the first person in Queensland to be charged for possessing child-like sex dolls under new Commonwealth laws targeting child abuse-related offences.
The 44-year-old man is due to appear in court today (21 February) after being charged by the Queensland Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) and faces a potential 15-year jail term if convicted of possessing the anatomically-correct doll.
The new offence came into force on 20 September 2019 as part of the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019.
The Queensland JACET launched an investigation into the 44-year-old’s activities after a child-like sex doll was detected in a shipment from China by Australian Border Force (ABF) on 20 January.
Investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s Riverhills home on 25 January where, it will be alleged, they seized two further child-like sex dolls, a laptop and tablet.
Police will further allege a laptop seized at the house contained child abuse material.
The man is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today, charged with:
* Two counts of possessing a child-like sex doll or other object that resembles a child (or part of a child) under 18, and a reasonable person would consider it likely that the doll is intended to be used to simulate sexual intercourse, contrary to section 273A.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 15 years.
* One count of attempting to possess a child-like sex doll contrary to section 273A.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 15 years.
* One count of possess child exploitation material contrary to section 228D of the Criminal Code (Qld). The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 14 years.
Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology has found that use of child-like sex dolls may lead to an escalation in child sex offences – from viewing online child abuse material to contact sexual offending.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Northern Command Lesa Gale said the dolls could desensitise people who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.
“These dolls are not harmless and do not prevent people from offending in the future,” she said.
“The Australian Federal Police will pursue any form of child exploitation or activity that reinforces the sexualisation of children. This includes sexual acts using items depicting children such as these dolls, which are legally considered child exploitation material.
“This arrest highlights the commitment undertaken by the AFP and its partners to protect children and identify and prosecute anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.”
ABF Regional Commander for Queensland, Chris Waters said this arrest should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can import this kind of abhorrent material, that the ABF and its partner agencies will stop you and bring you to justice.
“Child sexual abuse is a rapidly evolving global issue and the ABF actively cooperates with our law enforcement partners to further investigate these matters domestically and internationally, to prevent any harm to children here or overseas“ he said.
Images of the dolls can be downloaded from the link below:
Alexander Downer Tweet
“Mr Barr praised Australia’s role, saying the move by former Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer to tip-off the US about information he had obtained was the act of a close ally”.
Julian Assange and his Australian lawyers were secretly recorded in Ecuador's London embassy
Barrister Geoffrey Robertson shuffles into the entrance to Ecuador's embassy in London, a camera recording the sound of his shoes echoing on the hard tiles.
It's just after 7:00pm on January 12, 2018.
The camera rolls as Robertson stops at the front door, unbuttons his overcoat and removes his cap.
Once inside the embassy, other cameras follow him as he's ushered into a meeting room, where the storied Queen's Counsel is offered a cup of tea.
After a few minutes, he is greeted by the embassy's most famous resident, Julian Assange.
The camera continues to roll, recording every word of the confidential legal conversation which follows.
While this may be typical surveillance at a secure diplomatic property, what Robertson did not know was he and a handful of other lawyers, were allegedly being targeted in a remarkable and deeply illegal surveillance operation possibly run at the request of the US Government.
And recordings such as Robertson's visit are at the heart of concerns about the surveillance: privileged legal conversations between lawyer and client in a diplomatic residence were recorded and, later, accessed from IP addresses in the United States and Ecuador.
Robertson was only one of at least three Australian lawyers and more than two dozen other legal advisers from around the world that were caught up in the surveillance operation.
Long-time WikiLeaks adviser Jennifer Robinson was one of the other Australian lawyers caught in the spying operation.
"It's important that clients can speak frankly and freely in a confidential space with their lawyers in order to be able to protect themselves and ensure that they have the best possible legal strategy and that the other side does not have advance notice of it," Robinson said.
Referring to a Spanish allegation that the US Government had advance notice of legal conversations in the embassy, she said: "That is … a huge and a serious breach of [Assange's] right to a defence and a serious breach of his fair trial rights".
On Monday evening (Sydney time), Assange will face an extradition hearing relating to US criminal charges against him for his role in the WikiLeaks releases of classified US Government material.
The extradition hearing comes amid a flurry of activity related to Assange: on Friday his legal team also confirmed they will try to seek asylum for the WikiLeaks boss in France, and on Thursday an English court heard that Assange was offered a US presidential pardon if he agreed to say that Russia was not involved in a 2016 leak of Democratic Party emails.
The offer of a pardon was allegedly made by the US congressman Dana Rohrabacher when he visited Assange in the embassy in August 2017. Rohrabacher has denied he was making the offer on behalf of Donald Trump.
'It's an occupational hazard for human rights lawyers'
The surveillance was uncovered via a very public investigation into the Spanish company contracted by the Ecuadorian Government to provide security at the embassy, UC Global.
WikiLeaks Spanish lawyer, Aitor Martinez, told the ABC the surveillance came to light after Assange was arrested, when former UC Global employees provided a large file of material.
"This consisted of recordings from cameras installed in the embassy and hidden microphones; recordings made with secret microphones placed inside the embassy; hundreds of secret copies of the passports of Mr Assange's visitors; multiple emails exchanged between the company owner and the employees," Martinez said.
The recording of lawyers and legal conversations was not accidental, according to the Spanish criminal case, which is now investigating UC Global and its owner, former Spanish Navy marine David Morales.
"David Morales was justifying himself by saying that he had been expressly asked for this information, sometimes referring to 'the Americans'," a UC Global employee turned prosecution witness said.
"He sent on several occasions — via email, by phone and verbally — some lists of targets in which we had to pay special attention … they were mainly Mr Assange's lawyers."
Study identifies 16 child sex abuse rings in Victorian Catholic Church
A three-year research project into paedophile Catholic clerics in Victoria has identified 16 child sex abuse networks operating over six decades involving 99 priests and Christian Brothers.
The investigation found that clergy paedophile rings shared patterns of behaviour with criminal gangs, the Mafia, terrorist cells, corrupt police, drug dealers, money launderers and price-fixing cartels.
The research showed their abuse was facilitated and reinforced by church hierarchy, including five successive archbishops of Melbourne from Daniel Mannix, appointed in 1917, through to George Pell (himself appealing against a conviction for child sex abuse) in 2001.
The researcher, Sally Muytjens, spent more than three years investigating "dark networks" of paedophile clergy in Victorian dioceses. She published the research late last year, receiving a doctorate from Queensland University of Technology.
Muytjens’ research found the largest and most active dark networks were at schools including St Alipius in Ballarat and Salesian College, Rupertswood, and orphanages including St Vincent de Paul’s in South Melbourne and St Augustine’s in Geelong.
One of the worst offenders, convicted paedophile and former Christian Brother Edward "Ted" Dowlan, was active in five of the 16 dark networks, she found.
Her study also identified Christian Brother Rex Francis Elmer as a member of two paedophile networks. The Sunday Age last week revealed that Elmer taught at Catholic schools in regional Victoria and Africa for decades after his order first knew he had abused children at a Melbourne orphanage.
In her thesis, Muytjens used a research method called social network analysis, which can reveal hidden patterns and ties between members of groups and provide insights into how they operate.
Using SNA enabled her to identify connections between clergy perpetrators and specific locations in Victoria from 1939 until 2000, unearthing what she described as a pervasive “sexual underworld” that had the potential to destroy Victorian dioceses.
Elsewhere, SNA has been used to map links between terror cells involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks and 2005 London bombings, and to track child sex trafficking networks in Britain, Italian money-laundering rackets and an Australian amphetamine trafficking ring.
It has also been employed to track the spread of contagious diseases, as well as population displacement after natural disasters.
Muytjens also drew on material from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry and the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, victims’ advocacy group Broken Rites and media coverage of criminal trials involving clergy, to map links between clergy child sex abusers in Victoria over six decades.
Her thesis examined the responses of the Catholic Church to such criminal activity, describing the institution as a "grey network" that repeatedly facilitated abuse.
“One of these patterns was promoting known clergy perpetrators of child sex abuse to senior positions which not only provided further access to victims but also placed them in positions where they were better able to protect the dark network from exposure,” she wrote.
The code of silence among Catholic clergy in Victoria mirrored patterns of behaviour exhibited by groups including crooked police and the Mafia, Muytjens added, and that “extended to a refusal to give evidence to the police". "Similar methods were utilised by clergy perpetrator networks within the Victorian Catholic Church to maintain silence.”
Documented clusters of paedophile clergy, including at St Alipius Boys’ School in Ballarat in the 1970s, showed they were “conducting illicit activity in an organised and co-operative way”, Muytjens wrote.
Dowlan and notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale both had multiple convictions for sexually abusing children, including at St Alipius. Another four clergymen were each part of least two different clusters of abusers at different times, Muytjens found.
“Some [clergy] committed child sex abuse at institutions where they were the only known dark network actor … [but] they were also transferred to parishes where there were clusters of other known clergy perpetrators.
“These perpetrators were part of multiple clusters at different times … As [Ridsdale and Dowlan] were prolific perpetrators, it can be reasonably argued that [they] were transferred out of clusters when subject to complaints of child sex abuse but were returned to clusters where they could be better supported and protected through stronger ties.
Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts says EVERY SINGLE room of Jeffrey Epstein's $77million mansion had cameras and questions why the FBI still hasn't made any arrests
Virginia Roberts, who claims she was trafficked and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, has said convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's house was crawling with cameras.
Roberts has said that she has seen images from the cameras and that they were fitted throughout his house.
'I've seen the video rooms,' she said on Twitter.
'EVERY SINGLE ROOM was being filmed. I've even seen some of the pics.'
Epstein's 'sex slave' Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, claims she had sex with the Duke of York three times - once in London when she was 17, one time in New York and another at Epstein's private Caribbean island. The claims have been strongly denied by Prince Andrew.
Roberts' remarks come after a former acquaintance of Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Epstein and his alleged 'madam', had 'everything on videotape'.
In an interview with the New York Post, socialite Christina Oxenberg, said Maxwell had told her about the cameras when they were alone.
'She said many things. All creepy. Unorthodox. Strange. I could not believe whatever she was saying was real. Stuff like: 'Jeffrey and I have everyone on videotape'.' Oxenberg said.
Several other sources have also claimed that Epstein secretly filmed his guests using hidden surveillance cameras in his Manhattan mansion, according to The Telegraph.
In response, Roberts question why there was a hold-up in the police investigation.
'Everyday I wake up hoping that someone has been help accountable and everyday I wake up disappointed,' she said.
Prosecutors in the US are investigating sex trafficking allegations and are looking at possible 'conspirators' who worked with Epstein,
Andrew has been accused of failing to respond to requests for an interview about the nature of his friendship with Epstein.
The duke has stepped away from royal duties following a disastrous Newsnight interview which probed his relationship with disgraced Epstein.
Andrew has 'emphatically' denied any relationship with Roberts, who is now 36 and a mother-of-three and living in Cairns in Australia, 'in any form'.
He says he does not recall a 2001 picture of him with Roberts, in which he appears to have his hand on her bare waist, and Ghislaine Maxwell being taken. He has questioned the authenticity of the picture.
The duke has also strongly denied claims he had been dodging an interview with authorities.
He also denies any knowledge that Epstein was abusing teenagers.
Epstein, who died in August 2019, was found dead in his New York jail cell aged 66 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death was ruled a suicide but this has been disputed by his lawyers.
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I’ve seen the video rooms- EVERY SINGLE ROOM was being filmed. I’ve even seen some of the pics- why are the feds taking so long with arrests. Everyday I wake up hoping that someone has been help accountable and everyday I wake up disappointed. #DoSomethingAlready
'Epstein and I have everyone on videotape' Ghislaine Maxwell alleged to have confided
Socialite with links to royal family reveals she has spoken to FBI about friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ms Maxwell
Witness claims he saw Prince Andrew kiss and grope Virginia Roberts on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘paedo island’
A NEW witness sensationally claims he saw Prince Andrew “groping” Virginia Roberts.
Steve Scully, 70, says he saw saw Prince Andrew kissing Virginia Roberts and grabbing her bottom on paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island home.
Scully, the tycoon’s former phone and internet specialist, said Andrew was with a young bikini-clad blonde by a pool on Little St James.
He said he later spoke to Andrew when he encountered the pair holding hands on a pathway.
Steve recalled: “I said, ‘Your Highness,’ and he said, ‘No, it’s Andrew’. I said, ‘I’m sorry, I really didn’t know how to address you.’.
He is convinced the young woman was Virginia —- who has claimed she was forced to take part in an orgy with the Duke of York on the tropical estate.
Steve is the first witness to come forward to say they saw Andrew with Virginia on the island.
Prince Andrew has emphatically denied a relationship with Ms Roberts and has said he cannot recall a 2001 picture of them together.
In a world exclusive interview, Steve told The Sun on Sunday that he saw Andrew and the young woman fooling around by the pool for several minutes.
Steve, 70, said: “He was grabbing her ass and stuff like that. They were kissing.
"He was grinding against her and groping her.”
Steve, who had been summoned to fix a phone jack, continued: “They were initially lying on lounge chairs by the pool.
“When they stood up, they were in between the chairs.
“She wasn’t resisting in any manner whatsoever. The look on Andrew’s face was excitement.
“They were bumping and grinding and fooling around for five, six, seven minutes and they then laid back down on the lounge chairs and continued.”
When he later bumped into the pair, Steve said that he introduced himself. “I said, ‘I’m Steve the phone guy’.
He said, ‘All right, Steve the phone guy. I saw you earlier…it’s certainly a lovely place to work isn’t it.’
'SHE WAS SO YOUNG'
“This is where it struck me as how young the girl was, because she stood like a kid would stand behind a parent.
"They walked off together and I went the other way.
“It was so obvious she was so young and she never said a word.
“I thought she looked particularly young. It bothered me. I thought that it wasn’t appropriate.”
There is no suggestion that what Steve saw appeared non-consensual to him.
But Ms Roberts now says she was forced to take part in an orgy with the royal on Little St James — after having sex with him in London and New York in 2001.
Father-of-three Steve — who has not been paid for this interview — is making his astonishing claim publicly for the first time.
His wife Pamela and pal Bobby Gottlieb both confirmed he had told them what he saw at the time.
He said he ran into Prince Andrew one Saturday, sometime between 2001 and 2004, but never saw him or the blonde again.
He had been called to Little St James by Miles and Cathy Alexander, then caretakers of the island.
Steve said: “When Miles called, he said, ‘I had to fix Jeffrey’s favourite phone. It was on the front porch in front of the living room.”
Steve said he was warned by Miles there was a “special guest” on the 72-acre Caribbean paradise.
Once there, Steve went to the porch and saw Prince Andrew — about 50ft away from him — with the young blonde.
He said: “He turned toward me and I went, ‘Oh my goodness, British royalty. That’s amazing.’”
Last night Virginia’s lawyer David Boies described Steve as “a very significant” witness and was arranging to speak to him.
He added: “Virginia was with Prince Andrew on the island — it would have been in 2001 or the first half of 2002.
She doesn’t remember this particular incident — but she says she was groped by him on a number of occasions.”
Steve said he was prepared to give a statement under oath.
Brisbane CBD stabber was on counter terror list, police reveal.
"The man shot dead by police after stabbing a young tourist in Brisbane's CBD this morning was on a counter terror watch list, police have revealed.
The 25-year-old was born in Afghanistan but had been living in Australia and was known to police, but detectives say at this stage they are not treating his actions as a terror attack.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, was shot by police after he stabbed an overseas tourist with a knife on Mary Street around 10am today.
The 26-year-old male victim was walking down Mary Street with a woman, at 10am when they were approached by the man, who they say was "behaving strangely".
He stopped in front of them and said nothing as he pulled a knife out of his bag, police say."
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New Oz $100 note covered in owls
Could they be more obvious?
New $100 note design revealed with added security measures
It’s a tiny feature, easily missed at first glance - but it makes our new $100 note almost impossible to counterfeit, the Reserve Bank says.
The Reserve Bank has revealed the design of the new $100 banknote which has new security features.
This little owl has a rolling colour effect when the note is tilted and is visible on both sides.
The four dots above the owl are raised bumps for people who are vision impaired.
The clear top to bottom window also has multiple security features - if you tilt the note you can see a three-dimensional fan with colourful lines and the colours change within the owl’s wings.
Other security features include tiny, clearly defined text in multiple locations on the banknote, and an owl and wattle branch that glow under UV light.
“Perhaps the most obvious is a clear top-to-bottom window that runs from the top to the bottom of the banknote,” Lindsay Boulton, Reserve Bank Assistant Governor, told Sunrise.
“There’s also micro-text on the banknote, so very small printing that is less than a quarter of a millimetre in height.”
As with the existing banknote, the new $100 features Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba.
Governor Philip Lowe said Australians should feel proud of their banknotes.
“They are innovative and contain world-leading security features that keep the banknotes secure,” he said.
“The new $100 banknote celebrates the contributions that two outstanding Australians – Sir John Monash and Dame Nellie Melba – made to our society.”
The note features the Australian masked owl and Australia’s national floral emblem, the golden wattle, which is native to southeastern Australia and southern inland areas of NSW.
Existing $100 banknotes remain legal tender and can continue to be used.
Julian Assange an 'ordinary criminal' who put lives at risk, court told
London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not a free-speech champion but an ordinary criminal whose publication of secret documents put many people at risk of torture and death, a lawyer for the US government said on Monday as Assange's extradition hearing opened in a London court.
Assange's lawyer countered that the Australian computer expert was being victimised as a result of the "declaration of war on leakers and journalists" by the administration of President Donald Trump.
US authorities want to try Assange on espionage charges over the 2010 publication of hundreds of thousands of secret military documents and diplomatic cables. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.
Lawyer James Lewis, representing the US government, called WikiLeaks' 2010 document deluge "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States."
"Reporting or journalism is not an excuse for criminal activities or a licence to break ordinary criminal laws," he said.
Dozens of Assange supporters protested outside the high-security Woolwich Crown Court, chanting and setting off a horn as District Judge Vanessa Baraitser began hearing the case. Assange, 48, watched proceedings from the dock in the courtroom - brought there from Belmarsh Prison next door, where he has been imprisoned for 10 months.
Just before the lunch break, Assange complained that he was having difficulty concentrating and called the noise from outside "not helpful."
Assange has been indicted in the US on 18 charges over the publication of classified documents. Prosecutors say he conspired with US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password and hack into a Pentagon computer and release secret diplomatic cables and military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Assange argues he was acting as a journalist entitled to First Amendment protection, and says the leaked documents exposed US military wrongdoing. Among the files published by WikiLeaks was video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack by American forces in Baghdad that killed 11 people, including two Reuters journalists.
But Lewis said Assange was guilty of "straightforward" criminal activity in trying to hack the computer. And he said WikiLeaks' activities created a "grave and imminent risk" to US intelligence sources in war zones, who were named in the documents.
"By disseminating the materials in an unredacted form, he likely put people - human rights activists, journalists, advocates, religious leaders, dissidents and their families - at risk of serious harm, torture or even death," the lawyer said.
Lewis said some informants and others who had been assisting the Americans had to be relocated after the leak, and others "subsequently disappeared."
While acknowledging that US authorities could not prove that anyone had been killed, Lewis said WikiLeaks' information had helped America's enemies. Documents from WikiLeaks were found in al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan after he was killed in a US attack, the lawyer said.
Assange's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said it was unprecedented in the United States for a publisher to be prosecuted for disseminating leaked material.
"Julian Assange has been made an example of," Fitzgerald said. "He was the obvious symbol of all that Trump condemned."
The extradition hearing follows years of subterfuge, diplomatic dispute and legal drama that have led the Australian computer expert from international fame through self-imposed exile inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to incarceration in a maximum-security British prison.
An end to the saga could still be years away. After a week of opening arguments, the extradition case is due to break until May, when the two sides will lay out their evidence. The judge isn't expected to rule until several months after that, with the losing side likely to appeal.
If the courts approve extradition, the British government will have the final say.
Lewis, attorney for the American government, said it wasn't the role of the British court to determine whether Assange was guilty.
"This is an extradition hearing, not a trial," he said. "The guilt or innocence of Mr. Assange will be determined at trial in the United States, not in this court."
ASIO boss warns of rising foreign interference and far-right extremism in Australia
Mike Burgess says ‘sleeper agents’ for foreign powers have lain dormant for years and threat from extremists is real and growing
Foreign interference in Australia is higher than it has ever been, and “sleeper agents” for foreign powers have lain undetected for years in Australia before being uncovered, the head of Australia’s domestic spy agency has warned.
In a wide-ranging annual threat assessment address delivered in Canberra on Monday night, the director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Mike Burgess reiterated earlier security agency warnings that a terror attack in Australia is “probable”, and said that rightwing extremism, brought into “sharp terrible focus” by last year’s Christchurch massacre, was manifesting in “small cells” of adherents gathering to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons and disseminate “hateful ideology”.
The intelligence chief said the threat of rightwing extremism was real and growing, and that the number of overall terrorism leads under investigation had doubled over the past year.
“Our view is that the threat of terrorism will remain a constant feature of the global security environment in 2020 and the threat to Australia and Australian interests will remain.”
Australia’s terrorism threat level remains at “probable” and would remain unacceptably high for the foreseeable future, Burgess said.
“The unfortunate reality is that, right now, terrorists are still plotting to harm Australians,” he said.
ASIO had discovered children as young as 13 being targeted by extremist recruiters.
“As a father, I find it truly disturbing to see cases where extremists are actively trying to recruit children who have only just started high school and are as young as 13 or 14,” Burgess said.
He said the level of threat Australia faced from foreign interference and espionage was unprecedented.
“It is higher now than it was at the height of the cold war.
“Indeed, some of the tactics being used against us are so sophisticated, they sound like they’ve sprung from the pages of a cold war thriller.”
The intelligence chief revealed for the first time the case of a “sleeper agent” sent to Australia by an unspecified foreign intelligence service.
“The agent lay dormant for many years, quietly building community and business links, all the while secretly maintaining contact with his offshore handlers,” Burgess said.
“The agent started feeding his spymasters information about Australia-based expatriate dissidents, which directly led to harassment of the dissidents in Australia and their relatives overseas.”
The ASIO chief said the agent was rewarded with “significant cash payments” in exchange for providing “on-the-ground logistical support for spies who travelled to Australia to conduct intelligence activities”.
“These are the sort of insidious activities ASIO works to detect and disrupt every day,” Burgess said, confirming ASIO had disrupted the operation.
ASIO has also uncovered cases where foreign spies have sought to establish sophisticated hacking infrastructure in Australia targeting computers containing sensitive and classified information. China has previously been blamed for large-scale hacking operations in Australia, including on the Australian National University.
Burgess said while violent Islamist fundamentalism remained ASIO’s primary concern, the threat of rightwing extremism – of the type espoused by the Australian-born Christchurch killer – was “real and growing”.
“In suburbs around Australia, small cells regularly meet to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons, train in combat and share their hateful ideology.”
Burgess said Australians were signing up as members to international white supremacist hate groups such as The Base, where members use online platforms to share extremist rightwing ideologies and encourage each other into committing acts of violence.
“We expect such groups will remain an enduring threat, making more use of online propaganda to spread their messages of hate.
“While we would expect any rightwing extremist-inspired attack in Australia to be low capability, ie a knife, gun or vehicle attack, more sophisticated attacks are possible. And we also need to be mindful of state-sponsored terrorism as states seek to use terrorism to further their goals.”
Director-General’s Annual Threat Assessment
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Catching up with a mate in London! A great man
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The next clown that is going to have his true role exposed is Alexander Downer. His bizarre spying was so comical that I ended up reporting him to the FBI, Congress and Mueller’s team. Until they confirmed to me he was recording my convo! Australia was willfully interfering
Julian Assange was 'handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked'
WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers complain of interference after first day of extradition hearing
Julian Assange was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had his case files confiscated after the first day of his extradition hearing, according to his lawyers, who complained of interference in his ability to take part.
Their appeal to the judge overseeing the trial at Woolwich crown court in south-east London was also supported by legal counsel for the US government, who said it was essential the WikiLeaks founder be given a fair trial.
Edward Fitzgerald QC, acting for Assange, said the case files, which the prisoner was reading in court on Monday, were confiscated by guards when he returned to prison later that night and that he was put in five cells.
The judge, Vanessa Baraitser, replied that she did not have the legal power to comment or rule on Assange’s conditions but encouraged the defence team to formally raise the matter with the prison.
The details emerged on the second day of Assange’s extradition hearing, during which his legal team denied that he had “knowingly placed lives at risk” by publishing unredacted US government files.
The court was told Wikileaks had entered into a collaboration with the Guardian, El País, the New York Times and other media outlets to make redactions to 250,000 leaked cables secret cables in 2010 and publish them.
Mark Summers, QC, claimed the unredacted files had been published because a password to this material had appeared in a Guardian book on the affair. “The gates got opened not by Assange or WikiLeaks but by another member of that partnership,” he said.
The Guardian denied the claim.
“The Guardian has made clear it is opposed to the extradition of Julian Assange. However, it is entirely wrong to say the Guardian’s 2011 Wikileaks book led to the publication of unredacted US government files,” a spokesman said.
“The book contained a password which the authors had been told by Julian Assange was temporary and would expire and be deleted in a matter of hours. The book also contained no details about the whereabouts of the files. No concerns were expressed by Assange or Wikileaks about security being compromised when the book was published in February 2011. Wikileaks published the unredacted files in September 2011.”
The Guardian’s former investigations editor David Leigh, who wrote the book with Luke Harding, said: “It’s a complete invention that I had anything to do with Julian Assange’s own publication decisions. His cause is not helped by people making things up.”
Assange, 48, is wanted in the US to face 18 charges of attempted hacking and breaches of the Espionage Act. They relate to the publication a decade ago of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and files covering areas including US activities in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Australian, who could face a 175-year prison sentence if found guilty, is accused of working with the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents.
Julian Assange attempted to warn White House, Hillary Clinton of impending WikiLeaks release, lawyer says
Julian Assange tried to contact Hillary Clinton and the White House when he realised that unredacted US diplomatic cables given to WikiLeaks were about to be dumped on the internet, his lawyer has told his London extradition hearing.
Assange is being sought by the United States on 18 counts of hacking US government computers and an espionage offence, having allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of secret documents almost a decade ago.
Outlining part of his defence, Assange's lawyer Mark Summers said allegations that he had helped Manning to break a government password, had encouraged the theft of secret data and knowingly put lives in danger were "lies, lies and more lies".
Mr Summers said Assange attempted to warn the US Government, calling the White House and attempting to speak to Ms Clinton, then-secretary of state, saying "unless we do something, people's lives are put at risk".
Mr Summers said the State Department had responded by suggesting that Assange call back "in a couple of hours".
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pledge to intervene on Malka Leifer extradition: MP
The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, has told Australian MPs he will personally intervene in the extradition process of former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer, charged with child sexual abuse, if her years-long legal process drags beyond this week.
As he met with Scott Morrison and a handful of other politicians in Canberra on Wednesday, Mr Rivlin faced questions on Leifer’s extradition which was raised by both the Prime Minister and other MPs from both sides of politics.
A former principal of Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls’ school, Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 as accusations against her surfaced.
She has since been charged with 74 counts of child sexual abuse, with Australia lodging a formal extradition request in 2014.
More than 60 hearings have since taken place, with her extradition stalling over claims she is mentally unfit to stand trial and serious allegations of corruption levelled against Israel’s Deputy Health Minister for attempting to influence psychiatrists testifying in her extradition.
The commitment from Mr Rivlin comes after local MPs hit out at an “astounding” decision from an Israeli judge last week which threatened to further delay the extradition process.
According to Labor MP Josh Burns — whose electorate of Macnamara takes in the school where the alleged abuse occurred — Mr Rivlin told him he would meet with Israel’s Chief Justice as early as next week to expedite proceedings should a scheduled hearing in Jerusalem this week not progress the matter.
“I raised the issue of the extradition of Malka Leifer with President Rivlin on behalf of my constituents, particularly Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper,” Mr Burns said, referring to alleged victims of Leifer’s.
“I was pleased that President Rivlin advised me that, if hearings scheduled this week do not see this matter progress towards Malka Leifer being extradited to Australia, he will personally meet with the Chief Justice of Israel to discuss how this matter can be expedited.”
“This matter has dragged on far too long. These victims deserve justice and I will continue to fight until Malka Leifer is back in Australia facing trial.”
The Australian has also obtained a briefing letter Mr Rivlin is handing out to politicians he meets in Australia, that acknowledges the extradition proceedings “have been undermined by Leifer’s fraudulent claims of severe mental illness”.
It is understood the Prime Minister discussed Australia’s “strong commitment to seeing justice in the case of Malka Leifer.”
Mr Rivlin drew frustration from Leifer’s alleged victims when he refused to schedule a meeting with them during his visit to Australia this week.
Trump wants stronger ties with India, Japan and Australia
President and Modi sign $3bn defense deal with China in mind
NEW DELHI – India and the U.S. on Tuesday finalized huge defense deals under which New Delhi will buy advanced American military equipment, including Apache and MH60 Romeo helicopters, worth over $3 billion.
These items are "the finest in the world," U.S. President Donald Trump said in a joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after talks at the end of his two-day visit. "These deals will enhance our joint defense capabilities as our militaries continue to train and operate side by side."
The purchases are expected to bolster India's defense capabilities against Pakistan and narrow the gap with China, the two neighbors with which New Delhi has had long-standing border disputes.
The deal came as both leaders hailed progress toward negotiating a trade agreement, a priority for Trump, who has in the past denounced India's tariffs on U.S. goods.
He said he discussed with Modi about the expansion of the so-called Quad cooperation to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, the "importance of a secure 5G wireless network," and an economic relationship that is "fair and reciprocal."
The Quad is the economic and security dialogue spanning Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. that began in 2007 and was revived in 2017 after a 10-year hiatus.
"Together, the Prime Minister and I are revitalizing the Quad Initiative with the United States, India, Australia, and Japan," Trump said. "Since I took office, we have held the first Quad ministerial meeting … and expanded cooperation on counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and maritime security to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific."
Trump received a warm welcome on arrival on Monday in Ahmedabad in Modi's home state of Gujarat where he addressed a rally of more than 100,000 in the world's largest cricket stadium.
In Ahmedabad, Trump said the U.S. was looking forward to providing India with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet. "We make the greatest weapons ever made: airplanes, missiles, rockets, ships," he said.
"And we're dealing now with India," he said.
On Tuesday, he said teams from both sides have made "tremendous progress on a comprehensive trade agreement" and that he was optimistic the two countries can reach a deal that will be of great importance.
At a news conference, Trump said if a trade deal happens with India it will be toward the end of the year.
"Previous administrations had no clue, they didn't know the problems," the president said. "We are being charged large amounts of tariffs."
Trump also mentioned that global energy major Exxon Mobil signed a deal with state-run Indian Oil Corp. to improve India's natural gas distribution network "so that the U.S. can export even more [liquefied natural gas] to India."
To further strengthen bilateral economic ties, he added the U.S. International Development Finance Corp., a government-backed lender, will be setting up a permanent presence in India.
"We are at a point where our relationship is so special with India. It has never been so good than it is right now," Trump said.
Modi said after talks with Trump that they have "agreed to start negotiations on a big trade deal."
Trade tensions between India and the U.S. have been on the rise since Trump took office in 2017. Trump labeled India the "tariff king," in particularly for its treatment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which the president mentioned again Tuesday. New Delhi took umbrage at Trump's additional levies on Indian steel and aluminum imports.
But the visit appears to have helped changed the relationship. Modi said Tuesday that the India-U.S. relationship will be upgraded to a "comprehensive global strategic partnership," adding that ties between the two are "people-driven and people-centric."
Trump steered clear of commenting on India's controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
"I don't want to discuss that," the president said in response to a question on the law. "I want to leave that to India, and hopefully they are going to make the right decision for the people. That's really up to India."
Trump, however, said he and Modi did talk about religious freedom, and that the prime minister told him India has worked "very hard" for that. He said he and Modi had not discussed Monday's violent protests in Delhi over the citizenship law.
Local media reports said the death toll in Monday's violence had climbed to at least 11.
Former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos has parole revoked
Convicted paedophile and former NSW Labor Minister Milton Orkopoulos has had his parole revoked.
The 62-year-old was arrested at his home at Malabar, in Sydney's east, last week and charged with three counts of failing to comply with his reporting obligations.
The State Parole Authority (SPA) today said it revoked Orkopoulos's parole order on the basis he had breached two conditions of his parole; that he must not commit any offences and must comply with all conditions of the Child Protection Register (CPR).
The decision was made during a closed meeting of the SPA this afternoon.
Orkopoulos has been in custody since last week when he was refused bail after facing court on three counts of failing to comply with his reporting conditions.
The former minister was also arrested last month over two alleged breaches of parole.
Police allege he had failed to report changes to his personal information, as required by his parole conditions.
Orkopoulos's lawyer told Waverley Local Court in January that the alleged breaches related to a conversation he had with his granddaughter and an Instagram account that had been set up in his name.
The account was declared to police on January 8 but it was created three days prior.
Orkopoulos was released from Long Bay prison on parole in December after serving 11 years behind bars.
He was convicted of 30 drug and child sex offences in 2008 after it was revealed he had been raping minors.
He was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and was banned from approaching his victims.
Resignations in the news
Rugby Australia announces Cameron Clyne's immediate resignation as chairman
Rugby Australia has announced the immediate resignation of Cameron Clyne as chairman, with former Wallaby and board director Paul McLean set to take on the role in the interim.
It was revealed in November 2019 that Clyne intended to step down from his position at the annual general meeting in March, which he held since the start of 2016.
However, with the AGM set to held on March 30, McLean revealed that the board has made the early decision to ensure a seamless transition for the new chairman.
WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt in shock resignation
Western Australian treasurer Ben Wyatt has made the shock announcement that he is quitting politics, in a major blow to the McGowan government ahead of next year’s election.
Mr Wyatt, the McGowan government’s stand-out performer and a man widely tipped as a future premier, said this morning he would continue to serve as treasurer before leaving parliament at the next election in March 2021.
He cited health issues in his family for his decision. “My (two) daughters have only ever known me in parliament…It’s the right call professionally and personally.”
The treasurer, who also serves as the state’s Aboriginal Affairs minister, was one of the most highly respected members of Mark McGowan’s Labor government.
Premier McGowan described Mr Wyatt as a “terrific person and great intellect”.
“I always thought he would become Premier of the state,” he said.
The resignation means that Labor will go to the next poll without one of its most recognisable and highly regarded figures.
East Timor leader offers resignation after coalition collapse
DILI, East Timor: East Timor’s prime minister said Tuesday he was quitting after a political coalition that supported him collapsed, setting up the tiny Southeast Asian nation for another round of instability.
Taur Matan Ruak — a one-time guerilla fighter in the former Portuguese colony later annexed by Indonesia — said he had filed a resignation letter to President Francisco Guterres, citing a “political impasse.”
“I was in a meeting with President (Guterres) and I asked to resign from the PM position,” Ruak told reporters in the capital Dili, adding that he would remain in the job until his resignation request was accepted.
Ruak was sworn in as prime minister in June 2018 following a protracted political crisis that had paralyzed the half-island nation of some 1.3 million squeezed between Indonesia and Australia.
That marked East Timor’s second government in less than a year in the impoverished nation that won independence in 2002 after a brutal 24-year occupation by neighboring Indonesia.
Born Jose Maria Vasconcelos but universally known by his nom de guerre Taur Matan Ruak — which means “two sharp eyes” — Ruak was a commander in the East Timorese resistance before becoming chief of the newly independent nation’s army.
He also served in the largely ceremonial role of president between 2012 and 2017.
Perth paedophile who sexually abused his daughters, stepdaughters to remain behind bars
A Perth father who sexually abused his daughters and stepdaughters several times between 2001 and 2006 will remain behind bars after breaching his release order on more than ten occasions.
The man, whose name has been suppressed to protect the identity of his victims, was released back into the community in 2018 under a supervision order subject to several conditions.
However, he was arrested less than a year later after he breached his release order by removing his tracking device, loitering around children's playgrounds, contacting a 16-year-old girl online and coordinating an online bisexual exploration meet and greet group.
The 53-year-old's criminal history stretches back to 2004, when he was sentenced to a 12-month community-based order for indecently dealing with his daughter's teenage friend.
In 2008, he was sentenced to eight years in jail after it was discovered he had sexually abused his two daughters, aged between 10 and 15, on five different occasions between 2001 and 2006.
While in custody, the father-of-four, who had separated from his wife in 2003 and started a relationship with another woman, pleaded guilty to indecently dealing with his three stepdaughters between 2003 and 2006 and was sentenced to a combined two years and nine months in jail to be served cumulatively.
A warrant for his arrest was also issued in Queensland in 2009 for "having carnal knowledge of or with a person's offspring or lineal descendant" in 1996 and 1997.
According to court documents, the 53-year-old had a difficult upbringing in a violent household.
He told forensic psychiatrists his offending occurred during periods of heavy drug use when he smoked more than an ounce of cannabis every two or three days and drank "approximately 5-6 cans of mixed spirits" a day.
But a 2018 report by forensic psychiatrist Dr Gosia Wojnarowska found his offending was a mixture of opportunistic and predatory conduct and his risk of re-offending was still high.
She described the father-of-four as being "emotionally immature, craving love and attention" that he had not obtained "from age-appropriate relationships due to his personality inadequacies".
Judge Michael Corboy found the community would be adequately protected "from the risk of the respondent committing a serious sexual offence" if he was released under a supervision order.
"There is nothing in the respondent's prison records to suggest he would not comply with the supervision and reporting requirements to be imposed," he said.
The 53-year-old was released in the community in August 2018, but was arrested in April 2019 after the prosecution alleged he had breached his supervision order conditions by removing his tracking device on three occasions, engaging in conversation with a neighbour's child, failing to attend sessions of the sex offender maintenance program and entering Kings Park despite explicit instructions not to from his corrections officer.
During his time in the community, he also accessed pornography sites online, joined a bisexuality exploration online group and met with a man through an online homosexual male dating site.
The court heard the man had experienced "difficulty since being released to the community in not looking at young females and having sexual thoughts about them" and had contacted a teenager online.
Judge Corboy found the 53-year-old was likely to commit a sexual offence if he was released under a supervision order and ruled he should remain behind bars.
"There were no further conditions that could be imposed or amendments made to the supervision order that could, in my view, adequately protect the community," he said.
Kim Beazley offers Bloomberg impromptu campaign wisdom on Bernie Sanders poll bounce
WA Governor and former Australian ambassador to the US Kim Beazley has used a forum in Perth to offer billionaire Michael Bloomberg impromptu advice on winning the Democratic nomination in this year’s presidential election.
Mr Beazley, a former deputy PM and Labor leader, took aim at Bernie Sanders, who he said would lose the race for the White House if the Democrats picked him as their candidate.
Mr Sanders, the 78-year-old senator who has described himself as a democratic socialist, has won early victories in Democratic primaries, leaving more moderate candidates such as Mr Bloomberg in his wake.
Mr Beazley, a life-long student of US politics, said if Mr Sanders became the Democrat candidate, "Trump will win".
"The Democrats are always very genteel, the ones that I used to come across, and they don't stick the boot in," Mr Beazley told business leaders at CEDA's Perth 2020 Political and Economic outlook lunch on Tuesday.
"If I was Bloomberg, after the performance the other day, I'd be putting out an ad saying 'here's a picture of Sanders on his honeymoon in the Soviet Union half-naked'," he said.
"That's one of the ones I'd be using. Two, here is Sanders saying he endorses the Ayatollah's regime in Iran, you get that clip.
"Number three, here is Sanders saying he loves [late Cuban dictator Fidel] Castro and, number four, here's Sanders avoiding almost all of the child payments he was supposed to make.
"And finally, here's Sanders who didn't vote for 40 years."
Mr Beazley said campaigns such as these would emerge as soon as Mr Sanders was endorsed.
He qualified his comments by noting that he was an observer of US politics.
"Who the Americans elect as president is their business, not ours," he said.
"And who we elect as Prime Minister is our business not theirs. That's always important to remember that."
Speaking on the US-Australia relationship, the former diplomat said it was important for officials on both sides to join the "working bees, making sure underneath that no matter what is happening on the surface, the relationship is sustained".
"I think by and large we do that pretty well," he said.
"I think the role for me and for others who have been in official positions in Australia is how do you keep the show on the road even if some of your people are spurned by what they see as emerging on the other side?
"And that's a challenge. Sanders might not be the candidate, if he's not the candidate and [Elizabeth] Warren's not the candidate, then I think it's likely Trump will be defeated."
Mr Beazley made the remarks alongside both US consul-general David Gainer and Beijing's consul-general Dong Zhihua.
Mr Sanders was this week defending a partial defence he mounted of the Castro regime in Cuba and remarks that although China's government was increasingly authoritarian, it had taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history.
The candidates vying to take on President Trump in November's election are preparing for next week's 'Super Tuesday' when Democratic party electors from 15 states will vote on who they prefer as their nominee.
Rivlin pledges to help extradite alleged pedophile Leifer to Australia
"We were very confused about it all, and we hope that [things] will move along a lot faster,” one of the victims said Wednesday.
President Reuven Rivlin told Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that he will personally convey to Israeli authorities the importance of extraditing alleged pedophile Malka Leifer to Australia.
“We are responsible for handling this matter in an organized and efficient way,” the president said on Tuesday. “The State of Israel will not allow anyone to use it to evade the law.”
Rivlin clarified that he is in contact with the authorities dealing with the case in Israel and gave the prime minister the document he had received from the Israeli authorities before departing on his official visit to Australia. He noted that Israel is governed by the rule of law, and that he will continue to monitor the case when he returns to Israel.
Rivlin added that he understands the feelings of the Australian authorities and of the Jewish community, and will convey them to the relevant authorities in Israel.
Leifer, who was the principal at the ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School in Melbourne from 2003 to 2008, fled to Israel in 2008 after allegations that she sexually abused school pupils came to light. She has evaded deportation back to Australia ever since a formal request was received by Israel in 2014 by claiming to be mentally ill.
Rivlin’s meeting took place on the same day that Nicole Meyer, one of Malka Leifer’s alleged victims, expressed frustration and surprise with the accommodating attitude of Judge Chana Miriam Lomp toward Leifer’s defense attorneys and their various legal and scheduling demands.
Speaking to the press at the Jerusalem District Court before a closed-door court hearing, Meyer also noted that she and her two sisters, who were allegedly subjected to sexual abuse and rape by Leifer, are in weekly therapy due to the ongoing trauma of the tortuous legal proceedings against their former teacher.
“My sisters and I were supposed to travel to Israel in September, but because of our mental health because of this case, we decided not to come – so it is definitely taking a huge toll,” said Meyer on Wednesday morning.
“All of us are in therapy weekly, more than once, and trying our best to heal. But at the same time, this protracted process is not allowing us to heal. That’s what keeps making it current in our lives, giving us trauma all over again, time and time again.”
Meyer was also asked about the recent decision by Lomp to allow Leifer’s defense attorneys to bring testimony from private psychiatrists, who have previously testified in court, about the decision of a three-member expert panel of state psychiatrists who established in January that Leifer had been feigning mental illness to avoid extradition and was mentally fit for trial.
Meyer said that she and her sisters had found the judge’s decision incomprehensible.
“That filled us with a huge amount of frustration, and we were wondering what on earth is happening here. None of it made sense, we were very confused about it all, and we hope that [things] will move along a lot faster,” she said.
“It’s hard to think that the system has continued the way it has with so many court dates and so many delays, but unfortunately that is the way it is and I hope it will not continue any longer.”
Asked about Lomp’s decision in early January to accommodate the various scheduling requests of Leifer’s defense attorneys, including their participation in legal conferences abroad and a “family day” of one of the attorneys, Meyer said that she had been surprised by the judge’s leniency in a case which is in its sixth year.
“If one defense attorney is not available, then just bring another one and continue the court process,” Meyer said. “I don’t know why it works like that in Israel. I definitely think in Australia it wouldn’t be like that, but I don’t have the power to do anything about it. I have to wait for closure to come.”
Far-right groups and conspiracy theories are being brought together through the internet
In ASIO's first-ever annual threat assessment, delivered in Canberra this week, director-general Mike Burgess warned of the rise of right-wing extremism in Australia.
Describing it as a "real" and "growing" threat, he emphasised the role of online communities in fostering international connections between far-right groups.
"Extreme right-wing online forums such as the Base proliferate on the internet, and attract international memberships, including from Australians," Burgess said.
"These online forums share and promote extremist right-wing ideologies, and encourage and justify acts of extreme violence."
Far-right extremists have been quick to recognise the potential of fringe and shadowy online spaces as an opportunity to promote their propaganda, communicate with one another and win others over to their cause.
But they're often not alone in these spaces.
Transnational conspiracy theories
Any serious attempt to grapple with the threat posed by the modern, digital-native and increasingly transnational far-right movement will also have to reckon with its weirder but equally disturbing twin: transnational conspiracy theories.
Several days before he would go on a shooting rampage in Hanau, Germany, killing nine people, 43-year old Tobias Rathjen posted a 24-page manifesto and videos to his personal website.
While much of the focus since the attack has been on the far-right elements of Rathjen's ideology, the documents reveal a noxious mess of conspiratorial beliefs.
The twisting and incoherent narratives are a smorgasbord of online conspiracy movements from both Germany and the United States.
In one English-language video which Rathjen calls "my personal message to all Americans", he makes claims about the existence of underground US military bases in which children are tortured and killed. (This video has been removed from mainstream platforms but has been reuploaded to fringe video-hosting platforms. The version I found had been uploaded by an Australian user).
This conspiracy has distinct echoes of QAnon, an increasingly transnational pro-Trump conspiracy movement.
QAnon adherents believe that Trump is waging a secret war with a "deep state" cabal of elite paedophile cannibals, alongside an undercover operative known as "Q" who posts coded messages on 8chan, now called 8kun.
Its genesis, at least in part, is drawn from the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which claimed several US restaurants and high-ranking officials of the Democratic Party were linked to an alleged human trafficking and child sex ring.
In 2016, a gunman attacked a pizza restaurant in Washington DC in an attempt to rescue the children he believed were being held captive and abused in the basement (the restaurant did not have a basement).
QAnon has been linked to violent incidents
The QAnon conspiracy theory was closely tied to the community of users on 8chan, the now-infamous online forum where multiple far-right extremists have posted manifestos before launching their attacks (8chan was briefly driven offline in 2019, but has since reincarnated under the name 8kun).
These manifestos also contain strong conspiratorial elements. Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant even titled his manifesto "The Great Replacement" in reference to a white supremacist conspiracy theory about a plot for the "ethnic replacement" of white people.
Patrick Crusius, who killed one person and injured three others at a synagogue in Poway in 2019, wrote about how "Hispanics … will turn Texas into an instrument of a political coup which will hasten the destruction of our country".
QAnon itself has been linked to multiple violent incidents. In the US, a QAnon supporter recently plead guilty to a terrorism charge for blocking the Hoover Dam with a homemade armoured vehicle and multiple firearms.
Lawyers for a man accused of killing a mob boss claim that he was radicalised by QAnon. The FBI reportedly considers QAnon to be a domestic terrorism threat.
Coronavirus: PM initiates emergency response plan as Australia prepares for global pandemic
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the coronavirus outbreak will enter a pandemic phase, prompting the Australian government to initiate its emergency response plan.
Addressing the public, Mr Morrison said there is "every indication" coronavirus will become a pandemic and the risk to Australia is "very much upon us".
"I want to stress that these actions are being taken in an abundance of caution," said Mr Morrison.
Mr Morrison said the plan was triggered to "contain the impact of this virus".
"Together we will get through this," he said.
The World Health Organisation has not yet declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, but Mr Morrison said based on "expert medical advice" the government has taken "steps necessary" to contain the pandemic.
Mr Morrison has asked the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force to strengthen Australia's ports of entry to identify persons who may require additional quarantine.
The PM also stressed the declaration of a pandemic does not place additional risk on vulnerable people in the community.
"There is no evidence before us that children are at any greater risk, but we do believe to take care of our kids that we needed an even greater abundance of caution," said Mr Morrison.
"There is no need for us to be moving to stopping mass gatherings of people.
"You can still go to the football and the cricket and play with your friends down the street, you can go to the concert and you can go out for a Chinese meal.
"You can do all of these things because Australia has acted quickly, Australia has gone ahead of this at this point in time."
The Morrison government has also extended the travel ban on people coming from China for a further week and enacted an emergency response plan as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread globally.
WHY THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN WAS ACTIVATED
The turning point was new data showing the rate of cases being confirmed outside China was growing faster than those inside China.
Australia has so far had 22 cases of COVID-19, most of whom have been cleared and are now back in the community.
There has been no evidence of transmission within the community.
State and territory health ministers will meet with federal minister Greg Hunt on Friday to discuss the next steps.
Border Force has also been asked for advice on how to step up measures at ports of entry.
Education ministers will look at what steps can be taken to further protect children.
LATEST FACTS AND FIGURES ON CORONAVIRUS
* 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia: 8 in Queensland; 4 in NSW; 7 in Victoria; 3 in South Australia; 1 in Western Australia.
* 15 of these cases are reported to have recovered. The remaining cases are in a stable condition.
* 8 cases are passengers who were on the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan. They have returned to their home states for medical treatment.
* Across the world, there have been 81,310 confirmed cases and 2771 reported deaths.
* Of the confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is 3.4 per cent. The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is 1.4 per cent.
* Australia's travel restrictions have been extended for a further week.
* Foreign nationals - excluding permanent residents - who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.
* Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians and dependants only).
* People who have been in contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they were in contact with that person.
* Australian government is operating on the basis that a pandemic will be declared soon.
Julian Assange's extradition hearing finishes a day early
Part one of Julian Assange's extradition hearing has finished, a day early.
The case being heard in London's Woolwich Crown Court has been adjourned until May 18, when it's scheduled to resume for another three weeks.
It's expected witnesses will be called to the stand during this second part of the hearing.
Earlier in court, Assange's lawyers made an application for him to be freed from the dock, allowing the Australian to sit with them in open court.
Despite the move, however, the Judge refused to let Assange come out of the dock and argued that other measures could be taken for him to be able to better communicate with his lawyers.
Those measures include delaying the start of hearings each day so lawyers can take instructions from Assange and the possibility of the upcoming May hearings running longer than the three weeks scheduled, if necessary.
Earlier, the court heard Assange's alleged offences are solely political because he was trying to change US government policy by exposing wrong-doing and war crimes.
Barrister Edward Fitzgerald argued that Assange wanted the US government to change its foreign policy when WikiLeaks released thousands of classified military and diplomatic files in 2010.
"We've seen WikiLeaks did effect change, that was one of the reasons there was (US troop) withdrawal (from Iraq), we also say that the US frequently said: 'WikiLeaks opposes US policy in Afghanistan'," he said.
"What other purpose can there be publishing the Apache helicopter strike (video) and (US) rules of engagement showing that the war conflicted with fundamental human rights?
"What other point can there be to releasing the Guantanamo Bay files than to induce a government change of policy, and the same for revealing for civilian deaths in Iraq war (it) was to induce a change in government policy."
Mr Fitzgerald said Assange's actions and inducing a change in government policy were "intimately connected".
Prosecution barrister James Lewis also said that Assange's action was not aimed at changing the US government or its policy.
"We say, it's not and therefore will not fall into the definition of political offence," he said.
The barrister said there was an English definition of a political offence, which was not purely dependent on the name of the offence like espionage, which Assange is charged with in the US.
"Extradition is based on conduct, it is not anymore based on the names of offences," he said.
Mr Lewis said there was no "political struggle" going on between the US government and "other factions" like WikiLeaks when the organisation was publishing the classified files.
"Any bare assertion that WikiLeaks was engaged in a struggle with the US government … needs to be examined far more," he said.
He also said a political offence was a "dated" exemption in modern societies because the "times had changed" from when dissidents were trying to uphold liberal democracy.
Assange has been charged in the US with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one of conspiring to commit computer intrusion over the leaking and publishing of thousands of classified US diplomatic and military files in 2010.
The charges carry a total of 175 years' imprisonment.
Repost from Q Research General #10584
So it was Ebony Bowden, an Australian "journalist" who was mocking the Indian reporter's accent.
Here's her YT acc:
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Should I bring @AlexanderDowner on my podcast for an in-depth discussion?
Australian Man Accused Of Abusing Young Children In Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Police arrest an Australian man, accused of sexually abusing girls over a period of years. the suspect is back in Tulsa after his arrest on Monday.
Tulsa's fugitive warrants squad found Trevor Rombouts living with a woman and her small children and investigators say that fits his pattern.
The investigation started with one victim telling police Rombouts abused her as a child. Tulsa Special Victim's Unit Detective Lt. Jillian Phippen says officers quickly discovered the pattern.
"And as we did that, made phone call after phone call, we found out that he did molest multiple other young girls, anywhere from 2007 to present," said Lt. Phippen.
Police say Rombouts is 52 and a native Australian who goes by the nickname "Wombats". He's accused of abusing children in 3 cities, Tulsa, Jenks and Crane, Texas. The victims were children he knew, three children, who said they were as young as 3 to 9 years old when the abuse happened.
"So, it was a pattern over the years that he finds a woman with young children, or he marries a woman with young children, and then he molests him, and we knew if he was still in that position, he might still be molesting young children and we wanted to get him off the streets as soon as we could," said Lt. Phippen.
Each victim told police the abuse was frequent, each describing similar sex acts in their police interviews. Rombouts was arrested on 2 counts of child sexual abuse and 2 counts of lewd molestation. Lt. Phippen says a check of his past in Australia found even more cases.
"So, once we made that call, they did confirm that he was accused of that there, in the late '90s," she said.
Australian authorities told Tulsa police Rombouts had an outstanding warrant for abuse of three children; the victims, five, four and two weeks old.
Australian ‘child predator’ arrested in Oklahoma
An Australian man nicknamed “Wombats” has been arrested in the US and is accused of sexually assaulting children in Australia, US and possibly Europe.
An accused Australian child predator and fugitive who went by the nickname “Wombats” is locked up in an Oklahoma jail accused of sexually assaulting children in Australia, the US and possibly Europe.
Oklahoma authorities said Trevor Rombouts’ youngest alleged victim was a two-week-old baby in Victoria.
The 52-year-old has been on the run since Victorian police issued warrants for his arrest in the late 1990s.
“This clearly is a predator,” Detective Lieutenant Jillian Phippen, of the Tulsa Police Department’s special victims unit in Oklahoma, told AAP on Wednesday.
Tulsa detectives began investigating Rombouts last year when a victim in Oklahoma came forward to say Rombouts had assaulted her for several years when she was younger.
Lt Phippen said the investigation found Rombouts followed the same predatory pattern of moving in with women who had young children and then assaulting the children.
Two of Rombouts’ alleged US victims were in Oklahoma.
A third was in Texas.
“Once we started looking at it my detective was like, ‘there’s going to be more victims just because of his behaviour and how he was treating the victim’,” Lt Phippen said.
“Once he started diving into the investigation that’s what happened.
“We found more victims who were able to come forward and tell their story.
“We reached out to Australia where he lived and we received information back saying he had been looked at there for child molestation as well.
“Our red flags went up and we knew this was a predator and he was not going to stop.”
The investigation also found Rombouts had lived in Europe and he might have victims in Belgium, Lt Phippen said.
They tracked Rombouts down in Joplin, Missouri on Monday and took him into custody.
The Australian warrants from the 1990s relate to the alleged abuse of three children aged five-years-old, four-years-old and a baby just two-weeks-old.
Tulsa prosecutors have charged Rombouts with two counts of child sexual abuse and two counts of lewd molestation.
Leifer psychiatrist cross-examination ends
A two-day hearing in the Jerusalem District Court which featured the cross-examination of psychiatrists in the ongoing case against alleged child sex abuser Malka Leifer has come to a close.
Three psychiatrists were cross-examined in total, all of who previously deemed Leifer fit to face extradition trial.
The closed court hearing is one in 65 of the nearly decade long saga to bring Leifer back to Australia to face 74 charges of rape and child abuse.
The charges stem from her time as principal at Melbourne's Ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School.
Nicole Meyer, one of the three sisters who have pressed charges against Leifer, flew from Australia at the last minute this week to be present at the hearings.
"I feel it was very important for me to be present at these hearings, and I'm glad I came, despite the difficulties," Meyer said in a statement released following court on Thursday.
The mother of four further said she plans to attend as many hearings as possible into the future until Leifer is sent back to Australia.
"Being in court is challenging. Not having a direct voice in the courtroom, and not understanding the language, has added to the complexity of my experience," Meyer said.
"But I'm grateful for the support and assistance I've received from so many, especially from those who have personally attended the lengthy hearings."
Manny Waks, a strong supporter of victims of sexual abuse in the Jewish community, assisted with translation for Meyer during court.
"I felt proud and privileged to sit beside the courageous Nicole and to update her courageous sisters, who were waiting desperately in Melbourne for developments, as they have over the past 60 plus hearings, on what was happening in the courtroom," Waks declared in a press statement.
"It was challenging to sit in the courtroom for such lengthy periods listening to Leifer's defence try to undermine the credibility of the latest psychiatric panel, who unanimously and unequivocally found that Leifer has been faking her illness and is fit to face justice."
In previous hearings, Leifer's defence stated they wanted to cross-examine further witnesses following Thursday's hearing.
It is likely these extra witnesses are psychiatrists the defence has previously used to enter evidence.
Waks added that they hope Judge Chana Miriam Lomp won't allow any additional witnesses in order for the case to finally be resolved.
Still, a slew of further court dates were announced in Thursday's hearing, further adding delay in bringing Leifer to an extradition trial.
Judge Lomp, who has long been presiding over the Leifer case, allowed the defence to submit an additional psychiatric report by March 3.
Further hearings will be held into mid March.
Despite the arduous delays, Meyer and her sisters continue to have strong hope.
"We hope that the process will now be expedited, and that we'll see a positive outcome shortly," Meyer said.
George Pell’s lawyers ‘have failed to identify judicial errors’
George Pell’s lawyers have failed to identify any errors in the Victorian Court of Appeal majority’s judicial method, prosecutors claim in further submissions to the High Court.
Victorian prosecutors, including Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC and senior crown prosecutor Mark Gibson QC, who led the prosecution in the original Pell trial, submitted that the appellate court’s role was not as a substitute for trial by jury.
Pell appealed against his conviction to the Victorian Court of Appeal, which held a two-day hearing in June last year and rejected his appeal in a majority 2-1 decision.
The High Court has set the case down for March 11 and 12 and asked the parties to provide submissions on the viewing of recorded evidence compared with reading the transcript of witnesses, including the victim.
The prosecution submitted this week the Court of Appeal’s role was to undertake an independent assessment of evidence to answer whether it was open to the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt on Pell’s guilt.
Addressing the issue of recorded evidence compared with transcript, prosecutors said the Court of Appeal had discretion on the matter and was not required to provide reasons for its decision.
They submitted that a court’s decision to view recorded evidence might reduce but couldn’t eliminate the jury’s benefit in seeing and hearing the evidence.
“A jury undertakes its task in the particular atmosphere of the trial which may not be reproducible upon appeal,” they said.
Another advantage for juries, they submitted, was the “worldly experience it brings to its task”, ability to deliberate as a group throughout the trial and the discipline generated by the requirement of unanimity or very high majority.
Pell was convicted in December 2018 on one charge of sexual penetration with a child under 16 and four counts of indecent act with, or in the presence of, a child under 16, relating to two separate incidents at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 and 1997.
The first incident related to choristers J and R, who had left the procession and made their way to the priests’ sacristy, where Pell caught them drinking sacramental wine. Pell sexually abused the boys after mass in the sacristy.
The second incident involved Pell squeezing J’s genitals in a corridor. Prosecutors relied solely on evidence from J in the trial. The second choirboy, R, died in 2014 of a drug overdose.
In the High Court submissions, prosecutors claimed Pell’s counsel overstated the Court of Appeal majority’s consideration of the victim’s demeanour in their submissions when it was just one aspect of the assessment.
“The majority’s discussion of (the victim’s) demeanour occurred in its assessment of the applicant’s argument that (the victim’s) account was a deliberate falsity or a fantasy,” the prosecutors said.
“In reaching its conclusion that the jury were entitled to reject that contention, the majority took into account not only (the victim’s) demeanour but also the substance of what (he) said.”
The prosecution said the majority “expressly recognised” that the victim’s account could not be considered in isolation but had to be critically evaluated in light of the “opportunity evidence”.
Scott Morrison, Jacinda Ardern clash over policy to deport convicted New Zealand nationals
The New Zealand and Australian prime ministers have publicly clashed over the deportation of Kiwi criminals, with Jacinda Ardern calling for Australia to "stop exporting" people.
At a press conference, Ms Ardern told journalists Australia needed to stop sending convicted criminals who had spent most of their lives here back to New Zealand.
"Australia is well within its rights to deport individuals who break your laws, New Zealand does the same," Ms Ardern said.
"But we have a simple request; send back Kiwis, genuine Kiwis. Do not deport your people and your problems."
Ms Ardern and Scott Morrison were in Sydney on Friday for their annual meeting.
The back and forth on deportation, which Ms Ardern said was "corrosive to our relationship", dominated the conference.
The Federal Government has cancelled the visas of 2,633 New Zealand nationals on character grounds over roughly the past five years.
Ms Ardern, who faces an election this year, said some of those sent back were too young when they left New Zealand to have developed criminal tendencies.
"We will own our people, we ask that Australia stop exporting theirs," she said.
She said some people had no connections to New Zealand, making reintegration into society difficult.
"The success of these rehabilitation programs are reliant on a network of people, a network of family and they have none of those," Ms Ardern said.
She said New Zealand was not asking Australia to end its policy, but to afford its Pacific friends some leniency.
Mr Morrison said his government's stance was firm, and that it would expect the same treatment from other countries.
The New Zealand Opposition is threatening to reciprocate and send Australia's criminals back if it comes to power in September.
Mr Morrison indicated that would not be a problem from New Zealand or any other country.
"We would think that was totally understandable and we wouldn't take any offence."
The Prime Minister's message was clear.
"You commit a crime here, you're convicted, once you have done your time, we send you home," he said.
Ms Ardern responded to the comments by saying many people did not feel they were coming home, but being sent away from it.
She said she knew of people who had children in Australia and had lived there for most of the lives before being sent back after serving their time in jail.
"The Prime Minister used a key word in his reference just now, he said that after they serve their time, he sends them 'home'," she said.
"We [New Zealand] have countless that have no home in New Zealand, they have no network, they have grown up in Australia; that is their home and that is where they should stay."
Despite their different views on the matter, both prime ministers said they valued their relationship with one another more than with any other world leader.
Convicted child sex offender and Marist Brother William Wade pleads guilty to concealing child sex crimes
MARIST Brother and convicted child sex offender William Wade has made history as the first senior Catholic in Australia, and possibly only the third in the world, to plead guilty to concealing the child sex crimes of Catholic colleagues.
The former principal of five Marist high schools, including the flagship Ashgrove school in Queensland, entered guilty pleas today to two counts of failing to provide information to Strike Force Georgiana police in 2014 during child sex investigations into Marist Brothers Francis Cable and Darcy O'Sullivan.
The two counts of concealing serious offences are the first successful outcome from one of the controversial Section 316 of the Crimes Act cases, where an offence is committed if someone " knows or believes that a serious crime has been committed, and fails, without a reasonable excuse, to inform the police".
It is believed to be the first conceal case against the member of a religious order that has ended with guilty pleas, and one of only a handful of prosecutions in the world against Catholic Church leaders for failing to report child sex allegations to police or authorities.
The only such prosecutions in Australia have been in the Hunter region, including the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for concealing the child sex crimes of child sex offender priest Jim Fletcher in 2018, that was overturned on appeal.
Wade entered the guilty pleas in Sydney District Court today before Judge Christopher O'Brien, who set a sentence date and advised the court he had been a student where Wade was principal.
Francis Cable (Brother Romuald) and O'Sullivan (Brother Dominic) are serving jail terms for serious child sex crimes against multiple boys at the Hamilton Marist school in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wade, who was principal of the Hamilton school between 1971 and 1976, was convicted of child sex offences in 2017 and served a jail sentence after an unsuccessful appeal.
During evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016 Wade said he received only one complaint about Brother Romuald while principal at the Marist Hamilton school, and none against Brothers Dominic and Patrick.
He told the royal commission he knew his evidence conflicted with the evidence of others, who said they reported child sex allegations about the three Marist brothers to Wade. He told the commission he did not doubt most of the abuse against multiple boys happened, but he could not recall any of the details.
Wade told the royal commission he could not recall ever referring any complaints about Marist Brothers staff to the order's provincial.
Wade said he accepted Romuald's denial in the 1970s after a child sex complaint, after Romuald said: "I thought I had been good in that area recently."
Royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan challenged Wade on whether a single complaint of child sex against a Marist colleague would have stood out.
Justice McClellan put to Wade that he was wrong to accept Romuald's denial, which had "terrible consequences".
Wade said he carried "a great deal of grief and regret and sorrow about it".
"I should have at least informed the provincial (the head of the order) and possibly gone to the police," Wade told the royal commission in 2016.
ASD Director-General announces senior staff appointments
DGASD Rachel Noble PSM
28 February 2020
The Director-General of ASD, Ms Rachel Noble PSM, has today announced the appointment of Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC as the new Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
“Ms Bradshaw has deep experience in crisis management and incident response, having served as the Deputy Commander Maritime Border Command at the height of the people smuggling trade, as well as her current role as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency,” said Ms Noble.
“Cyber threats in Australia continue to increase in sophistication. Ms Bradshaw has the proven experience to continue the ACSC’s commitment to ensuring Australia is the safest place to connect online.”
Ms Bradshaw commenced her career as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy and has served in a range of other senior appointments, including in Home Affairs, and in the National Security Division in PM&C.
“I am delighted to be returning to the Defence Portfolio, bringing my crisis management experience, and domestic and international connections to this exciting role in ASD,” Ms Bradshaw said.
“I look forward to working closely again with colleagues inside and outside the portfolio, and with the talented team in ACSC to acquit our important cyber mission.”
Ms Noble today also announced the appointment of Ms Linda Geddes, who will take up the role of Deputy Director-General Sigint and Network Operations on 16 March.
“Ms Geddes will be a tremendous asset to ASD as she brings to this role her deep counter-terrorism and national security experience, including through her current role as the Commonwealth’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator,” said Ms Noble.
Ms Geddes has previously held senior appointments in Home Affairs, PM&C and ONI, has served in ASD, New Zealand’s GCSB, and served for eleven years in the Australian Army.
“I am very excited to be returning to ASD. I have had the privilege of working in this great organisation twice before, both as a member of the ADF and as a public servant, and I look forward to renewing old relationships and making new ones. I also look forward to working with Director-General Noble once more,” Ms Geddes said.
How to get a job as an Australian spy
An Australian spy has revealed details about "one of the most important jobs in the world" - inside the country's top spy agency as ASIO recruits more into its ranks.
"Sam" told 9News she is "working to protect people from harm," describing it as "hard work, but it's very, very rewarding".
The former nurse revealed she changed jobs after the September 11 attacks and attacks on Australians in the Bali Bombings in 2003.
"It made me curious as to, to who was working to prevent these things from happening, to stop these things from happening," she told 9News.
"Sam" cannot reveal her real identity or even specifics of her job, due to its highly classified nature.
But she did offer a rare insight into the mysterious world of counter espionage.
"I'm an intelligence officer, and I guess broadly speaking, my job is to look at various pieces of often quite vague information and bring them together and distill them to create a picture of what somebody might be planning to do to harm Australians," she said.
"Coming to work for ASIO you realise how serious the intelligence business is.
"Unfortunately, in the past few years we have had a high operational tempo. The Australian public would be aware of a large number of disruptions and unfortunately some attacks that have occurred in Australia and around the world. This is not an issue just Australia is facing - the entire world is facing."
Since 2014 there have been seven terrorist attacks in Australia, but ASIO has helped prevent 17 more.
The agency also actively works countering foreign interference.
Earlier this week, in his first annual "Threat Assessment" Director-General Mike Burgess said: "terrorists are still plotting to harm Australians" and described the level of threat from foreign spies as "unprecedented".
"It is higher now than it was at the height of the cold war," Mr Burgess said.
Today, during a parliamentary inquiry into Australia's metadata laws, he revealed a scientist was "undertaking clandestine intelligence activity on behalf of a foreign government".
"For more than 10 years the scientist had access to the Australian government clearance holders. People with access to Australian government secrets. Thanks to retained data we managed to identify some of the scientist's contacts."
With ASIO hiring intelligence officers and intelligence analysts, he too has pushed the recruitment drive.
"Our success is built on the imagination and intelligence of our humans. We need people who can out-think and out-imagine our adversaries, and who can harness the power of technology and data alongside good old-fashioned relationship building to achieve our mission of protecting Australia," Mr Burgess said.
To be eligible as an officer or an analyst, applicants need to be an Australian citizen, have completed a three-year bachelor's degree and pass security vetting checks.
"Sam" and the Director-General are encouraging Australians from all walks of life to apply.
"Don't rule yourself out. We've got people from all sorts of backgrounds musicians, athletes, nurses, teachers, even a couple of ex-journalists so everyone's welcome," she said.
"You do have to get through our rigorous recruitment process.
"I'd encourage anyone to apply because I've had, am still having a great career and it's very, very rewarding."
Full details on all the criteria and more on how to the enter the world of one of Australia's top spy agencies, can be found here.
Applications close on March 9.
Army would follow US withdrawal from Afghanistan
All Australian troops could be out of Afghanistan within 14 months after the US and the Taliban signed a historic peace agreement.
Australia, along with other coalition forces, will follow the US in any troop withdrawal from the country, but there are still further negotiations to come that could derail the deal.
US President Donald Trump said it was "time to bring our people back home" after the US signed the deal with the Taliban, which sets into motion the potential for a full withdrawal of coalition troops.
The US and NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the Taliban upholds its side of the deal, which includes a "a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire".
A full withdrawal would mark the end of a near two-decade war in which 41 Australian troops have been killed.
There are about 200 ADF personnel still serving in Afghanistan.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Australia welcomed any peace agreement after "a lot of effort" had been put in over the years since coalition forces entered the country in 2001.
“Australians have fought alongside our allies for many years in an effort to provide a brighter future for Afghanistan," Mr Dutton told the ABC's Insiders program.
“It's been an incredibly important effort and if there are troop withdrawals and we'll work that out with the United States, but obviously the Taliban need to abide with any conditions on such agreement.
“If there's a withdrawal of coalition troops, we'll do that in line with consultations with the United States, the UK and our Five Eyes partners."
Asked whether he was comfortable with the Taliban being back in power, Mr Dutton said: “Well, I'm comfortable if people aren't being slaughtered and attacked and that young girls can go to school.
“And this will be part of the discussion and as you say, we want to make sure that the Taliban and others abide by the conditions and the intent of the agreement. But we'll wait for the detail.”
Mr Dutton said the long-running war had taken its toll but there had been benefits for Australia's national security in staying in the country for the past two decades.
“We always mark the loss of any Australian soldier in any conflict – their families still live with that pain today – but for us, there are important equities in the Middle East," Mr Dutton said.
"We have done an enormous amount in terms of intelligence-collection in Afghanistan, in Iraq, elsewhere, across Syria for example, and the collection of that intelligence has stopped terrorist attacks taking place in the West including in Australia, in Indonesia and elsewhere. So there are many facets to our involvement in the conflict."
The agreement, which followed more than a year of negotiations, lays out a timetable for the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
The deal hinges on tricky further negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government over the future of the country, including the possibility of a power-sharing arrangement and permanent ceasefire.
Mr Trump said he believed the Taliban wanted to "do something to show that we're not all wasting time".
"If bad things happen, we'll go back," he said.
"I'll be meeting personally with Taliban leaders in the not too distant future and will be very much hoping that they will be doing what they say.
"They will be killing terrorists. They will be killing some very bad people. They will keep that fight going."
Reviewing Australian commitment
Last month, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced the ADF had reduced its footprint in Afghanistan to about 200 personnel.
Senator Reynolds said the Australian government "constantly reviews" its military commitment in the country.
"I will continue to work closely with the US, NATO and other partners to ensure our military contribution to Afghanistan remains appropriate, including to reflect developments in the peace process," she said.
"Australia reaffirms its longstanding commitment to Afghanistan and ongoing support for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.
"We are committed to working with the Afghan people and government to support next steps toward peace."
Prince Andrew faces more lurid claims: New court evidence that he DID meet with his teenage accuser Virginia Roberts - despite claiming he had 'no recollection' of sex-trafficking victim - will be made public in a string of American civil lawsuit
Explosive new evidence undermining Prince Andrew's claim that he did not know teenage trafficking victim Virginia Roberts is set to emerge in the United States, her lawyer claimed last night.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, David Boies said further evidence linking the Duke of York with Ms Roberts will be made public as part of a string of civil lawsuits being brought in America by victims of serial paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
His comments came after this newspaper last week revealed that a highly respected former Royal protection officer has raised questions about Andrew's 'alibi' for the night he allegedly had sex with Ms Roberts in London.
Ms Roberts claims that she was flown to London by Epstein in March 2001 when she was 17 and coerced into having sex with the Duke. This was the first of three alleged sexual encounters with the Prince.
Andrew, 60, has categorically denied the claims, and in November he told Newsnight's Emily Maitlis: 'I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.'
But Mr Boies, who with his colleague Sigrid McCawley is representing Ms Roberts and seven more Epstein's victims, last night accused the Queen's second son and his advisers of 'continuing to dissemble'.
'There is other evidence that will come out that undercuts his assertion that he didn't know Virginia, had not been with her,' he said.
Referring to this newspaper's revelations last week and another report claiming Andrew was seen kissing a young blonde woman on Epstein's Caribbean island, he added: 'The evidence that has come out in the last week is important, but it is not all that is going to be coming out.'
Any new evidence will pile pressure on Andrew to co-operate with an FBI probe into Epstein's sex trafficking ring.
In a blistering interview, Mr Boies also:
* Claimed further evidence will emerge showing the Duke visited Epstein's notorious £13 million New Mexico ranch where several women have said they were sexually abused;
* Urged the Metropolitan Police to reopen an investigation into Ms Roberts's claims;
* Condemned Andrew for refusing to co-operate with Epstein's victims;
* Admitted lawyers still do not know the whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite accused of recruiting girls for Epstein's sex trafficking ring.
Prince Andrew faces the prospect of further damning revelations about his relationship with Epstein and claims about Ms Roberts being made public between now and June as part of a slew of civil cases against the multi-million pound estate of the disgraced financier, who was found dead in his New York jail cell last August after his arrest on child sex trafficking charges. He had previously served 13 months in jail in 2008 for procuring a child for prostitution.
Last month, US Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman, who is overseeing lawsuits brought by 16 women against the Epstein estate, ordered a so-called 'fact discovery' before cases are brought to trial. This means the victims' lawyers will be able to present new evidence, demand the publication of previously undisclosed documents and even quiz alleged co-conspirators accused of helping Epstein procure young women and underage girls for his sex ring.
Judge Freeman said this process should be completed by June 10. Mr Boies claims this will lead to the publication of new evidence showing that the Duke knew Ms Roberts, now 36 and going by her married surname Giuffre.
Repost from Q Research General #10614
hold on - not sure what i'm seeing anons - but gut feeling is comms are hot
RUN TO AUSTRALIA?
Sergei and Yulia Skripal are 'desperate to start a new life in Australia' following two years in an MI6 safe house after surviving a novichok poisoning attack
Sleepless in Surfers Paradise! Tom Hanks poses with local fans on a Gold Coast beach while on a break from filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic in Australia
Miley Cyrus says she's always considered Australia 'a second home' and reveals Cody Simpson will be 'a support system' when she headlines bushfire relief concert in March
Interestingly, the guy who took the photo with Hanks has the following on his profile, prob nothing but interesting:
I help people remove online content!
➡️ @contentremoval .com
i also think speilberg may have been grabbed by our guys, or knows he's gone (quit Indiana Jones 5 film, daughter starts porn career because she can't rely on daddy's money forevr)
why can't she rely on parents money? think guantanamo
why porn? think abuse
>"I can't stay dependent on my parents or even the state for that matter – not that >there's anything wrong with that – it just doesn't feel comfortable for me," Mikaela said.
Imprisoned academic deserves more sympathy than Assange, Sharma says
Australians should focus their attention on securing the freedom of Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ahead of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a Liberal MP and former diplomat has told federal Parliament.
In a speech to the House of Representatives on Monday night, Dave Sharma said Mr Assange has strong legal representation and would receive a fair hearing in court, while Dr Moore-Gilbert was trapped in an Iranian prison after being tried and convicted in secret.
Following the visit of independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Nationals MP George Christensen to Mr Assange in a London prison, Mr Sharma said he wished a "comparable number of Australians would show the same level of commitment and interest in the case of Dr Moore-Gilbert".
The former ambassador to Israel said Dr Moore-Gilbert's circumstances were "far more compelling of our national sympathy and attention".
The Liberal MP's comments come amid unconfirmed reports that at least three prisoners may have contracted the COVID-19 infection in the Iranian prison where Dr Moore-Gilbert is being held.
Dr Moore-Gilbert, who most recently worked as a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, was arrested in September 2018 while at an educational conference. She was later convicted of espionage.
Mr Sharma, who met with the Iranian ambassador to Australia on Monday, said Dr Moore-Gilbert was being held far from home, in very trying conditions, and her future was bleak.
"In late 2019, Dr Moore-Gilbert was tried and convicted of espionage and sentenced to ten years in prison," Mr Sharma said.
"It was a trial that was held in secret, and at which she did not appear to receive independent legal representation. An appeal against her sentence failed."
"I know many in Australia are following the case of Julian Assange, including several members of Parliament who have taken a particular interest in this case. My own view is that I have faith in the rule of law, due process and the independence of the judiciary in the United Kingdom."
"He will get a fair hearing in court, and justice will ultimately be served."
Mr Sharma said the Wikileaks founder had "strong and independent legal representation in an open trial, and before an impartial judiciary".
"The charges he faces are known, and he has a spirited defence team acting on his behalf," he said.
"In one of Dr Moore-Gilbert's letters, she wrote 'I feel like I am abandoned and forgotten.' Let us all do everything we can to let Dr Moore-Gilbert and her family know that we will not abandon her, that we will not forget her, and that we will advocate ceaselessly on her behalf to secure her release."
In letters smuggled out of prison, Dr Moore-Gilbert said Iran tried to recruit her as a spy in exchange for her release, an offer she appears to have rejected.
She is serving a 10-year sentence but has described being shown two conflicting sentences: one outlining 13 months' imprisonment and the other a decade-long term.
In a letter to her "case manager", Dr Moore-Gilbert wrote: "Please accept this letter as an official and definitive rejection of your offer to me to work with the intelligence branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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When will they stop protecting the abusers and start supporting the abused?
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Close to a quarter million Israelis voted today for a party headed by a man that police want to indict for his alleged support of accused pedophile Malka Leifer.
Repost from Q Research General #10622
Free PDF download - Fiona Barnett's book: Eyes Wide Open
Revised 2nd edition 2019
- CIA Child Trafficking
- MK-ULTRA in Australia
- Ritual Abuse & Mind Control
- Trauma-Based Forced Dissociation
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In this second version, I have added the material I intended to include in my initial upload, notably an explanation of the relevance of isotopes and why MK-ULTRA / DELTA and the CSIRO were located at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor…
NZ deputy PM Winston Peters slams Peter Dutton over response to Jacinda Ardern deportation comments
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister has lashed Peter Dutton for disrespecting his country when making a “highly emotive” suggestion Jacinda Ardern had only raised issue with Australia’s deportation laws to win votes at her upcoming election.
Winston Peters accused the Home Affairs Minister for politicising what he said most New Zealanders saw as a valid issue, and said New Zealand didn’t “make a song and dance” after an Australian citizen carried out a massacre in Christchurch in 2019.
Mr Peters comments come a after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reinforced her view that Australia’s deportation policy is “regrettable” on Monday, hours after Mr Dutton launched an attack on her over comments she made at a press conference in Sydney last week.
Responding to Ms Ardern, who told Scott Morrison that he was deporting “your people and your problems” and not “genuine Kiwis”, Mr Dutton reasoned Ms Ardern was going into an election campaign and that Australia had no regrets about the number of visas its cancelled and criminals it has deported to New Zealand.
Mr Dutton also said: “I sleep well at night knowing that deporting pedophiles from our shores mean that more Australian children won’t fall victim to that paedophile, and I’d want to make sure that we have a great migration system.”
On Tuesday, Mr Peters said Mr Dutton had chosen a “highly emotive” example by mentioning paedophiles, and said Australia’s policy was unfair.
“He’s wrong,” Mr Peters told ABC Radio about the suggestion that raising issue with the deportation policy was an election tactic.
“We’ve been saying it ever since our special relationship changed in 2001.
“Of all countries Australia should understand the unfairness of deportation for so called crime reasons.
“Australia’s foundation was a foundation of awful unfairness to good people and here we are in 2020 and we’re having this dispute about this matter.
“They (Australians) believe in a fair go, and fair play. And If they knew what was going on here I think they wouldn’t support it either.
“You’ve sent thousands back to New Zealand and we’ve sent a handful back to you.
“When you send back people who have been in Australia since year one or year two, you’ve lost the plot.
“You can pick that highly emotive case of somebody who is a sexual predator.
“If they’ve arrived in Australia in year one its quite possible that the formation of that predatory mind was an Australian cultural experience and not a New Zealand cultural experience.”
“We had a mass murderer come to this country from Australia. Did we make a song and dance with Australia about that? It was the worst tragedy we’ve ever had, 51 people lost their lives … far worse than Port Arthur. And nobody in my country sought to abuse Australia about that. That’s my point. We want a fair go and we want a thing called respect.”
“We’ve been friends for centuries, don’t ruin it for some political opportunism which originates in Australia not New Zealand.”
Asked if New Zealand should deport more Australians in response, Mr Peters said: “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
He also warned that criminals deported from Australia have created serious gang violence issues in his country.
“You need friends in Australia, so do we. We have got a great deal in common far more than any other two nations. Let’s not spoil it, let’s not behave this way, let’s not politicise this matter.”
President Donald Trump Tweets
Australia’s Central Bank cut interest rates and stated it will most likely further ease in order to make up for China’s Coronavirus situation and slowdown. They reduced to 0.5%, a record low. Other countries are doing the same thing, if not more so. Our Federal Reserve has us….
….paying higher rates than many others, when we should be paying less. Tough on our exporters and puts the USA at a competitive disadvantage. Must be the other way around. Should ease and cut rate big. Jerome Powell led Federal Reserve has called it wrong from day one. Sad!
Allegations against former St Kevin's head of junior school referred to police by child safety authorities
Child safety authorities have made numerous referrals to Victoria Police over allegations about teachers following a Four Corners investigation into Melbourne's prestigious boys' school, St Kevin's College.
St Kevin's new acting principal, John Crowley, Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) have been given information containing potential concerns of conduct about several teachers which has then been passed on to police for investigation.
Four Corners understands that at least four referrals by the CCYP to Victoria Police relate to Peter Finnigan, who had been a very senior member of staff at St Kevin's and other prominent Catholic boys' schools around Australia.
St Kevin's has been in the spotlight since a Four Corners investigation in mid-February revealed how the school did not support a student victim through a child sex offence trial.
Five teachers have left St Kevin's College since the story aired including the headmaster and his deputy following criticism of the school's handling of complaints.
Victoria's Regulations and Safety Authority is also investigating St Kevin's response to complaints after the State's Education Minister, James Merlino, raised concerns.
Mr Finnigan, a former Christian Brother, was head of the St Kevin's junior school until 2011 and then taught at the senior campus.
He left in 2014 to become assistant principal at Brisbane's St Joseph's Gregory Terrace.
Mr Finnigan is now dean of the junior school at another prominent Melbourne Catholic boys' school, Mazenod College in Mulgrave, in the city's south-east.
St Kevin's College notified Mazenod's principal, Tony Coghlan, about the concerns on February 20.
Mr Finnigan went on leave the following day pending the results of an independent investigation commissioned by the school.
"As Mazenod College is the teacher's current employer, it is our responsibility to report the allegations arising from his previous school to the CCYP," Mr Coghlan said.
"It's our legal responsibility, but it's also the right thing to do," he said.
Mr Coghlan declined to comment on the details of any current investigations, but reassured parents that "the safety and wellbeing of students in our care is paramount."
"The college has been working diligently with the other school to ensure a thorough and fair investigation."
In a statement to Four Corners, Victoria Police said they had received several reports of incidents.
"The reports, and any other information received by police, will now be assessed.
"While this process is underway it would be inappropriate to comment further."
Finnigan gave evidence at Cardinal Pell's trial
Mr Finnigan became publicly known when he gave evidence in the trial of Catholic Cardinal George Pell, as he was the St Patrick's Cathedral choir marshal at the time when two teenage choirboys were abused by Pell.
After his evidence, in which the court heard he was a strict disciplinarian and would have known if the two boys had gone missing after mass, Mr Finnigan walked past the prisoner's dock and shook Pell's hand.
County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd expressed his disappointment to the defence team that this had taken place and said, "It's not a good look, and the jury would have noticed."
Chief Judge Kidd then told the court that witnesses were no longer permitted to walk past the dock where Pell was sitting.
'We cannot be complacent': Victoria's Children Commissioner
Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan, said she could not discuss particular cases, but said that concerns raised about any potential conduct must be fully investigated.
"I commend the courage of those who have taken the confronting decision to speak out," Ms Buchanan said.
"We cannot be complacent and we cannot assume organisations are always prioritising children's safety over their own reputations," she said.
Most states now have very strict mandatory reporting laws for staff in schools.
Anyone found to have not disclosed to authorities when they have a reasonable belief about child safety risks can be criminally prosecuted in Victoria.
Boys Club: Private school privilege and a culture of cover up | Four Corners
Published on 17 Feb 2020
Last year, St Kevin's found itself in the middle of a public relations nightmare when a video emerged of "Skevies" boys shouting out an offensive chant on a public tram.
The school says it "challenges its young men to become the saints and scholars of the modern era". But a Four Corners investigation has uncovered other incidents that point to a systemic problem.
Despite the school's insistence that it does not tolerate bad behaviour, Four Corners has uncovered evidence of how a desire to protect reputation at all costs has allowed a toxic culture to flourish.
Read more: https://ab.co/3bM6GvF
How St Kevin's College supported a child sex offender coach to the horror of his student victim
Shut it down and STOP yappin'
From QResearch General 10640
economic modelling of potential scenarios by ex-RBA economist leads to this faggotry.
could not find same the article online (daily telegraph austraila, 4 Mar 2020)
>2016/2017 influenza death stats
[desire to stab coronachan narrative in the face intensifies
Sorry, posted my record and not the third pic.
Repost from Q Research General #10639
Mum jailed over 'depraved' abuse of young daughter at sex parties
A Perth mother has been jailed for horrific crimes involving bringing her eight-year-old daughter to group sex parties.
The girl, now 13, watched from another room as her 41-year-old mother was handed a 28-year jail sentence for what the judge called her "depraved and perverted" crimes – the longest sentence in WA history.
The woman's former partner, and the young girl's stepfather, was jailed for 26 years for crimes against his two biological daughters, who are now adults.
The Perth court heard the mother's biological daughter was abused, drugged and forced to watch pornography and film graphic sex acts.
The crimes began when she was just four.
Her younger brother was also abused from the age of three.
Prosecutors said the crimes never would have been exposed if not for the discovery of a camera memory card containing the footage, at a Nedlands apartment.
Fears private details of Defence Force members compromised in database hack
A highly sensitive military database containing the personal details of tens of thousands of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members was shut down for 10 days due to fears it had been hacked.
The ABC can reveal Defence Force Recruiting's outsourced electronic records system was taken offline and quarantined from other military networks in February, while IT specialists worked to contain an apparent security breach.
Since 2003, the Powerforce database has stored sensitive information about ADF recruits, under a contract awarded to the ManpowerGroup company.
Details stored on the online system include medical exams, psychological records and summaries of initial interviews with potential recruits.
The Defence Department acknowledged a "potential security concern" but suggested an investigation found there was no evidence of data being stolen.
"The security of information systems and personnel data is of paramount importance to Defence," a spokesman said in a statement.
"Due to a potential security concern, some elements of the Defence Force Recruiting Network (DFRN) were proactively taken offline on February 2, 2020. Normal operation resumed on February 12, 2020.
"An investigation did not identify any evidence to suggest a compromise of information had occurred."
A source familiar with the investigation said the "security concern" was detected before Christmas and sparked fears within Defence that hackers may have accessed the DFRN.
"Over the summer holidays, crisis meetings were held twice a day to deal with the situation," a Defence insider told the ABC, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
"During this period, email contact between Defence Force Recruiting and computers connected to the Defence Department's protected network was suspended."
Soldiers-turned-politicians demand answers
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is among tens of thousands of serving ADF members and veterans whose personal details are stored in the Powerforce database.
The former SAS captain and chairman of Parliament's Intelligence Committee described the potential database breach as a "very concerning development".
"Our government and defence networks should be fortresses — no breach can be considered small," the Liberal MP said.
"For Defence to take this offline for 10 days suggests a fairly sophisticated actor."
His concerns are shared by Labor backbencher and former commando Luke Gosling, who is demanding more answers about the possible hack.
"A whole range of information that we wouldn't want to go into the wrong hands — the Federal Government needs to let us know what's happened," he said.
"There needs to be a thorough investigation into this."
ManpowerGroup Australia said it was "aware of a potential issue identified with the Defence Force Recruiting Network (DFRN), requiring Defence to proactively take elements of this network offline".
"All elements of the DFRN have since been restored to full operations," a spokesperson told the ABC.
Last year, Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester announced a two-year extension to the recruiting services contract with ManpowerGroup.
Defence a regular target for foreign hackers
Revelations of a possible breach of the Defence Force Recruiting Network follows confirmation that a "sophisticated actor" had accessed student data from the Australian National University in 2018.
Defence insiders have blamed China for the massive hacking operation, which included records of numerous military personnel who had studied at the ANU's National Security College.
In 2017, cyber thieves hacked into the computer system of a national security contractor, stealing large amounts of the defence suppliers' data.
Details of the multi-billion-dollar Joint-Strike Fighter and P-8 Surveillance plane programs were among information stolen from an Adelaide-based defence subcontractor by hackers.
Intelligence gathering by the Australian Signals Directorate was involved in forensic analysis of the attack and it was alerted a hacker had been inside the subcontractor's computer system for five months.
The ASD investigators codenamed the hacker "Alf" after the Alf Stewart character from the Australian TV program Home and Away.
It was not hard to crack the password in that case, the system's username was "admin admin" and the password was "guest guest".
In 2016, Four Corners revealed the Defence research division had been breached by hackers.
Intelligence sources said they suspected the hackers in the cases were sponsored by Beijing.
At the time, the Prime Minister's then cyber security adviser Alistair MacGibbon said the Australian Government was "attacked on a daily basis".
Five Eyes closes on tech child sex deal
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will meet security ministers from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance in Washington on Thursday, in a bid to finalise a global agreement that would force Facebook and Google to help shut down live streaming and sharing of child sex abuse.
The top-level forum to be hosted at the White House will coincide with the introduction of a bill today to the Australian parliament that would enact mirror laws with the US CLOUD Act.
This would allow reciprocal rights for both US and Australian security agencies to issue warrants for data held offshore by cloud providers in hunting down terrorists and child sex networks.
Mr Dutton has led a campaign with US AttorneyGeneral William Barr and Britain’s Home Affairs secretary Priti Patel to force the tech companies and online platforms to co-operate with security agencies in stopping the viewing and live streaming of child sex material.
At the meeting it is hoped that a set of landmark “voluntary principles” will be agreed on that will establish systems for online companies to deal with criminal use of their platforms. They will include the threat of forcing the industry to act through legislation if required.
Mr Dutton told The Australian before leaving for Washington that the agreement, if reached, would reflect the government’s expectations of the tech industry.
“Nothing represents the darkest corners of the internet like child sexual abuse,” the Home Affairs Minister said.
“It is here the most unspeakable crimes — the torture of toddlers, the rape of children and the sexualisation of minors — occur. But speak about them we must, because giving a voice to the profound and enduring harm experienced by the victims and survivors of these crimes is critical to stopping them from happening to just one more child.
“When it comes to tackling child abuse committed on online platforms and services, the digital industry has a vital role to play.
“The voluntary principles will help industry optimise these efforts. They reflect governments’ expectations of digital industry, and are scalable and practical to implement across various platforms — from search engines to gaming services to social media networking sites.”
The Five Eyes alliance is a security and intelligence-sharing coalition between Australia, the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. It is regarded as the most expansive global security agreement.
Mr Dutton has been vocal in his condemnation of the tech giants — Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Roblox, Snap and Twitter — for dragging the chain and rolling out ever more sophisticated encryption that would keep terrorists and child-traffickers hidden from law-enforcement agencies.
At a meeting of the Five Eyes Ministerial Council in Britain in July last year, tech companies were issued a veiled threat that the governments of the alliance were prepared to use legislative means to “compel” the companies.
It was then agreed that a set of voluntary principles be established that would involve a framework and systems allowing tech companies to help shut down the sharing of child abuse material and live streaming of terrorist attacks — such as the Christchurch massacre — on their platforms.
The White House roundtable forum will hear from victims and survivors of online child sex abuse.
Industry representatives will also attend.
Has Australia’s leader learned from the catastrophic fires? The coronavirus is a test.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was mugged by reality in December. The coronavirus has given him a second chance — and he’s embracing it.
In December and January, Australia was consumed by unprecedented bush fires. Morrison played down the threat, refusing to take expert counsel and declaring that the fires were nothing out of the ordinary. “Sure,” he said at one point, while talking of Sydney, “we’re going through tough times. You know, it’s not the first time Australia and, in particular this city, has gone through difficult times before.”
He even went on a family holiday to Hawaii, as if to prove to himself that nothing special was occurring.
Those decisions cost him dearly. He was excoriated when he finally visited the fire front and criticized by those on his own side of politics. And he saw his own popularity dive in opinion polls.
Eventually, he apologized and, belatedly, showed some leadership.
Then along came the coronavirus.
The difference in response could not have been starker. From the start, the Australian government took aggressive action. Australia became one of the first countries to stop incoming flights from those parts of China most affected by the virus. Restrictions on travelers and students who had visited China followed, despite the hefty economic cost and backlash.
Then, late last week, the prime minister announced that Australian experts believed the virus was already at pandemic levels, a classification the World Health Organization has been slow to embrace, and is activating the country’s pandemic plans. The government followed up with a ban on flights from Iran and is considering restrictions on those arriving from South Korea and Italy.
Why, compared with the bush fires, did the Morrison government respond so strongly?
Some say the government is merely playing to its strengths. Morrison has long positioned himself as the king of border security. As minister for immigration and border protection, he was the chief architect of Australia’s controversial system of offshore detention, a harsh policy designed to limit boat arrivals by would-be refugees.
There’s a belief within contemporary politics that falsehoods, if asserted strongly enough, and often enough, will always win the day. The master of the genre, of course, is President Trump, who has zigzagged on the coronavirus — sometimes taking it seriously, but also at times playing down the virus and saying the situation is “very well under control.”
That Trump love of spin has long been embraced by Morrison. A former marketing man, he has been confident about the power of confident assertion. In the past months, he has defended members of his administration on other issues, proclaiming that nothing illegal had happened, even in cases in which it was clear there had been missteps. He has sung the praises of coal, even while climate change exacerbated Australia’s farm-destroying drought. And, most infamously, he talked down the fires as they ravaged his country.
That last attempt at ignoring reality went particularly poorly. By the end of summer, at least a billion animals, birds and reptiles were lost in the Australian fires. Add to that the frogs, fish, platypuses and insects not included in that figure. More than 20 percent of Australia’s forests were burned, and more than 3,000 homes were lost. In the country’s big cities, smoke filled the streets, slipping a political message about climate change under every door and through every window.
And 34 Australians lost their lives.
Political rhetoric is a fine thing. A well-honed speech can turn a crowd. But, in Australia this summer, our political class might have learned the limits of denialism.
Denial will get you only so far. In the end, there’s a reckoning. Governments, such as those in Iran and China, that tried to ignore or play down the virus are already paying the price.
This time around, Australia’s prime minister is comparatively ahead of the game. He has discovered a taste for science — and for action.
Whether it’s climate change, bush fires or a coronavirus, reality will eventually assert itself. Maybe Australia’s Morrison has finally learned the lesson: Why not face it first?
Australian Signals Directorate has already spied on Australians, boss confirms
Rachel Noble tells Senate estimates the agency has sought ministerial approval to gather intelligence on Australians
The Australian Signals Directorate has already spied on Australians in the last year, invoking “rare circumstances” and seeking ministerial approval to extend its powers in an unspecified number of cases.
ASD’s director general, Rachel Noble, indicated in Senate estimates on Wednesday that although the focus of the agency’s powers was directed at gathering intelligence about people or organisations outside Australia, it had also produced intelligence about Australians.
The evidence follows the home affairs department secretary, Michael Pezzullo’s, confirmation on Monday that “detailed consideration” is under way to better use law enforcement to tackle “evils” on the dark web.
In June 2019, the News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home was raided after she reported on government plans to extend ASD’s spying powers to Australians.
The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, dismissed the report as “absolute nonsense” but has since repeatedly called for a public debate about extending the powers, as recently as February.
Noble said that “while much of our cybersecurity role, and the protection of Australia’s digital borders, is conducted domestically – ASD is prohibited by legislation from producing intelligence on Australian persons except in rare circumstances, and only then under the authority of a ministerial authorisation”.
“This is an important safeguard, and one that is fundamental to ASD’s work,” Noble said in an opening statement tabled at the hearing. “Our responsibility to protect the online safety and privacy of Australians is paramount.”
Asked by senator Jacqui Lambie if any of the “rare circumstances” justifying production of intelligence on Australians had occurred in the last 12 months, Noble replied: “Yes.”
Noble took on notice follow-up questions about the number of incidents and how that compared with previous years.
Noble declined to answer what the circumstances were, explaining that to give an example would reveal classified information.
Earlier, in her statement, Noble said the Australian Cybersecurity Centre had “responded to over 1,275 cybersecurity incidents” since July, more than five a day.
The defence minister, Linda Reynolds, said there was “currently no proposal before government” to extend ASD’s domestic spying powers and noted that the home affairs department was responsible for policy development.
Noble said that home affairs was considering the challenges of “the dark web, the proliferation of cyber crime and the horrors therein”.
ASD’s role was to be consulted on technical advice about its own powers “to help them develop a clear view about where there are gaps”, she said.
In July 2018, the government expanded ASD’s functions to include prevention and disruption of cybercrime conducted outside Australia, which included the power to do so for crimes undertaken or enabled by an Australian person offshore “in special circumstances, subject to authorisation by the minister”, she said.
Noble denied that ASD had given advice about extending its powers to the disruption of cyber crime on Australian telecommunications infrastructure.
On Monday, Pezzullo said the government “will soon consider a new cybersecurity strategy to succeed the strategy that was launched in 2016”.
Pezzullo said that while “connectivity is a positive force for global human interaction and prosperity, in the shadowy creases of the surface web lies the demonically evil phenomenon known as the dark web”.
“As I’ve previously advised this committee, it is the expert view of my colleagues and myself that the only way to hunt and disrupt on the dark web is to better use the lawful capabilities of our law enforcement and technical intelligence functions in closer partnership and under strict oversight.
“As ministers have said, this is something to which detailed consideration should be given. That process is under way.”
The Australian federal police wants the power to be able to call in the ASD when its hunt for cyber criminals, including those related to child abuse and terrorism, lead back to Australian borders.
In February, the AFP commissioner, Reece Kershaw, told the National Press Club while the AFP is happy with its current powers “there are some challenges there in some additional legislation [that is required]”.
Anyone know which squadron flew southbound around 4am this morning? Only got visual on the last helo's red/greens, I say between 4-5 flew low and fast…
How many woman are MEN? GEEZ. they are everywhere: gov't, sports, entertainment, HIgh-end magazines, some clothing websites, even entertained us during the Ukraine ridiculousness.WTH.
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Border officials in coronavirus quarantine after child-like sex doll discovery
Eight Australian Border Force officials are in quarantine for coronavirus after executing a search warrant at the home of a man whose partner returned from South Korea and has been self-quarantined.
Border Force began investigating Brent Hazleton, from Albion Park, south of Wollongong, earlier this year, after a package arrived in Australia in December last year that allegedly contained a child-like sex doll.
The package was "described as containing a clothing display model," ABF said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr Hazleton was stopped by Border Force officials at Sydney Airport when he returned from an overseas holiday on February 22. He was interviewed but not arrested, and allowed to leave after his phone was seized.
"A later forensic examination of the man's phone revealed a folder [allegedly] containing child abuse material," the statement said.
A search warrant was executed at Mr Hazleton's home on Wednesday and he was taken to Lake Illawarra police station.
He was charged with two counts of intentionally importing child sex dolls into Australia and one count of possessing child abuse material.
Possessing a child-like sex doll is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, following amendments to the Criminal Code in September last year.
Mr Hazleton's girlfriend Bethany Alwert, who is believed to have interacted with arresting officers and Border Force officials, has been in self-imposed quarantine after returning from a trip to South Korea.
On Wednesday, she was coming to the end of the 14-day quarantine period and was displaying no symptoms.
Border Force has since put the eight officers involved in the search warrant into quarantine as they await Ms Alwert's test results.
Ms Alwert has not been charged with any offences.
Mr Hazleton was granted bail by police to appear in Port Kembla Local Court on April 22.
It comes two months after a Singaporean student in Perth was charged with the same offences.
The use of child-like sex dolls "may lead to an escalation in child sex offences—from viewing online child abuse material to contact sexual offending," ABF Acting Superintendent of Investigations NSW John Fleming said in a statement on Thursday.
"This arrest shows our officers are committed and trained to detect, investigate and prosecute those who seek to import this abhorrent material into our community."
Resignations in the news
Mike Baird privately rules out return to politics after quitting NAB
Former NSW premier Mike Baird has told associates he has no intention of returning to politics after stepping down as chief customer officer of the National Australia Bank after three years at the lender.
Mr Baird joined NAB six weeks after stepping down from state politics in 2017 to lead the institutional arm of the bank and moved to consumer banking the following year. The bank said in a statement to the ASX on Thursday morning Mr Baird will leave the role on April 15 and take a break before considering new opportunities.
Mr Baird stood by NAB as its reputation took a hit during the banking royal commission, including harsh criticism of former chief executive Andrew Thorburn and chairman Ken Henry in commissioner Kenneth Hayne's final report.
Mr Baird was rumoured to be among the candidates for the chief executive role after Mr Thorburn's departure following the commission's scathing findings, but the bank eventually tasked former Commonwealth Bank retail boss Ross McEwan with rebuilding its battered reputation as its new CEO.
It was reported the timing hadn't been right for Mr Baird to spend the necessary time away from Sydney as the leader of the Melbourne-based lender, but some observers also expressed doubts about his ability to climb to the top, saying he lacked the operational experience to lead a big four bank.
Mystery over Northern Territory tourism chief executive Simonne Shepherd’s sudden resignation
THE chief executive of the Territory’s Tourism and Culture department resigned abruptly yesterday.
Simonne Shepherd advised staff in an email that she would walk away from the job on March 20.
A government statement said Ms Shepherd, who maintained a very low profile, was leaving the Territory for family reasons.
However, mystery surrounds whether there were additional reasons behind the departure.
The NT News understands many in the industry had been lobbying for a change within the Tourism department due to issues which can not be revealed for legal reasons.
The NT News is not suggesting the push for change related specifically to Ms Shepherd’s role.
The Territory is also on the lookout for chief executives for the education and housing departments.
The CEO of NT Major Events, Tim Watsford, has also resigned and is due to leave in April.
Current tourism department deputy CEO Andrew Hopper will initially act in the role of chief executive following Ms Shepherd’s departure.
Repost from Q Research General #10644
Freedom of Speech ‘No Longer Exists’ in Australia and the UK: Katie Hopkins
Stringent government control and oppressive social media platforms are forcing Australians to self-censor themselves, according to controversial media personality Katie Hopkins.
Ms Hopkins, who is known for her strident support of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, says social media giants like Twitter and Facebook often punish those whose views fall out of the mainstream.
She told Sky News freedom of speech, which was once the bedrock of democracy, “no longer exists” in many western nations.
“Frankly, no one would defend freedom of speech to their death because we (Australia and the UK) don’t have it anymore,” she said.
“Good Australians that I know and I love, they self-censor everywhere they go because they can no longer speak about how they think or how they feel.
“It’s the mechanism of control.”
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Repost from Q Research General #10654
For at least the second time, POTUS tweets at @abc but "incorrectly" tags Australia's @abcnews instead.
POTUS was ostensibly addressing the American ABC news coverage. Note that the Australian ABC took Trump to task the last time Trump "accidentally" tweeted at them when he seemed to be addressing America's ABC.
Of course, there is no way this is a coincidence. There is no way this is an accident.
Trump is trolling the Cabal-controlled @abcnews of Australia for a reason.
Who owns Australia?
Joe Hockey’s claims on Alexander Downer jeopardising Five Eyes ‘not credible’
The nation’s top diplomat says Joe Hockey’s claim that Alexander Downer jeopardised the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance by reporting Trump campaign links with Russia is “not credible”.
After his retirement as Australia’s ambassador to the US, Mr Hockey criticised Mr Downer — a former UK high commissioner — for his diplomatic cable that led to the Muller probe into the Trump campaign. “Australia was under pressure on Five Eyes because of the whole Downer issue,” Mr Hockey told Nine newspapers.
“The FBI and CIA were under profound attack, and the Downer issue could have gone really badly for us.”
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Frances Adamson told a Senate estimates hearing that the comments were “just so far from the truth it was my assumption he had not made those remarks — It was not credible at all”, she said.
In a now-famous 2016 encounter, Trump aide George Papadopoulos told Mr Downer in a London bar that Russia had damaging material on Donald Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
He later relayed the information to Canberra via a diplomatic cable, and also told the charge d’affaires of the US embassy in London.
Ms Adamson also expressed concern about comments made by current high commissioner to the UK, George Brandis, who enthusiastically endorsed Boris Johnson’s elevation as Prime Minister late in 2019. Mr Brandis told a British think tank the leadership change was a case of “cometh the hour, cometh the man”, adding there was a “spirit of optimism that just drips from him”.
Ms Adamson said there was often a “particular warmth” between politically appointed diplomats and their counterparts in the countries where they served, but DFAT took its apolitical position seriously, and expected its diplomats to behave professionally at all times.
Consular officials pressured over trial conditions facing Julian Assange
Australian officials are confident Julian Assange is being afforded due process during his extradition trial in London.
Australian officials have been pressured over whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being afforded due process during his extradition trial in London.
The WikiLeaks founder has complained about being unable to instruct his lawyers from his glass-encased dock and says he can't hear the proceedings given the noise outside the courtroom.
Consular officials and officers from the high commission in London are attending each day of Assange's trial and providing summaries of the proceedings to Foreign Minister Marise Payne and senior officials.
"At this stage, we have not received any information to suggest that anything other than due process is being afforded to him," DFAT executive Andrew Todd told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday.
Last year, Mr Assange withdrew consent for information about him to be given to the Australian government.
The Wikileaks founder reported being handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and having his case files confiscated after the first day of his trial.
"We sought advice from the prison in relation to those reports," Mr Todd said.
"We were advised that other than the issue with legal documents, they were standard prison-to-court and court-to-prison procedures."
Senator Payne said there had been "an acknowledgement an error was made" in relation to the legal documents and they were returned.
"I trust we have determined that won't occur again," she told the committee.
It was revealed last week that meetings between Mr Assange and his lawyers inside the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom were allegedly secretly filmed.
Those claims are subject to separate legal proceedings in Spain, which Australian officials are also monitoring.
The UN special rapporteur on torture has raised concerns about the continued deterioration of Julian Assange's health since his arrest and detention earlier this year, warning his life was at risk.
Mr Assange is currently is being held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who recently visited Mr Assange inside the facility, told SBS News the Wikileaks founder is effectively being held in "solitary confinement" and his attendance in court sees him "quarantined from his lawyers."
"He is being treated very poorly and in my opinion not consistent with what we would regard as reasonable standards for someone who is not actually charged with anything," he said.
"He's basically just been detained facing an extradition trial - I think it is completely unreasonable."
Senator Payne said she raised Australia's expectations about Mr Assange's treatment with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during his visit to Canberra three weeks ago.
Mr Assange is facing extradition to the United States on 17 espionage charges, including conspiring to receive, obtaining and disclosing national security information.
All bar one offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, but Australian officials have been advised people charged with similar offences in the United States have not received cumulative sentences.
None of the offences Mr Assange faces carries the death penalty, but department officials confirmed he could face further charges in the United States if he is extradited.
Attorney General Barr, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Wolf And International Partners Announce New Initiative In Protecting Children From Sexual Exploitation
Published on 5 Mar 2020
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and partners from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom launch a new initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
(Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton speaking at 25:05)
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Launch of Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Washington, DC ~ Thursday, March 5, 2020
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Good afternoon. I am pleased to be joined here today by Acting Secretary Wolf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, distinguished colleagues from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and representatives from leading tech companies, to announce a very important initiative: Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
Last summer, I traveled to London for the Five Country Ministerial Digital Industry Roundtable. There, our five nations met with senior representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Roblox, Snapchat, and Twitter. We agreed that a more robust global response to online child sexual abuse was necessary to ensure that all children across the globe are protected, and that there is no safe space online for offenders to operate. Further, we committed to developing a set of voluntary principles to ensure online platforms and services have the systems they need to combat online child sexual exploitation. As a result of that meeting and much diligent work since then, today, we are collectively launching the 11 Voluntary Principles. I am happy that our hard work has come to fruition with today’s event.
The 11 Voluntary Principles establish a baseline framework for companies that provide online services to deter use of the Internet as a tool for sexually exploiting and abusing children. The six technology companies involved in this initiative have now publicly endorsed the Principles, and I commend them for their leadership.
The sexual exploitation and abuse of children is one of the most horrendous crimes affecting the most vulnerable members of society. Unfortunately, this has emerged as a massive problem not only in the real world, but also in the virtual one. Last year alone, more than 16.8 million CyberTips of suspected child sexual abuse material offenses were made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), involving children as young as infants.
Earlier today at the White House, we heard from members of the Phoenix 11, which is the group responsible for the powerful video you just watched. Phoenix 11 is an organization of survivors whose child sexual abuse was recorded and, in the majority of cases, distributed online. I commend these brave survivors for raising the profile of this issue. Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to them for their courage in coming forward and telling their stories. They have given a voice to victims who have been silenced. They inspire us to take action, and we are thankful for their fearless and unrelenting efforts.
No child should ever have to endure the unspeakable pain and suffering of sexual exploitation and abuse. Sadly, however, technological change over the past few decades has amplified the scope and harm caused by these crimes.
Victims of paedophile school gardener John Bodey take legal action against WA Education Department
Victims of a former school gardener who systematically abused children over a period of more than 15 years are taking legal action against Western Australia's Education Department.
John Melverne Bodey, 78, this week pleaded guilty to 57 historic child abuse offences stemming from his abuse of 13 boys in Derby, 2,400km north of Perth, between 1970 and 1986.
Bodey was the gardener at Derby District High School and president of the local motocross club, using both positions to groom and abuse the children.
He had been expected to face trial in the Perth District Court this week, but entered the guilty plea prior to the start of proceedings.
His victims, who flew in from Derby, Broome, and the eastern states, had expected to be testifying against him.
But instead they watched Bodey admit to inflicting years of horrific abuse.
Authorities 'failed to protect'
While Bodey is due back in court for sentencing this week, the victims of his abuse have turned their attention to WA's Education Department.
In a civil claim lodged by Sydney firm Artemis Legal in 2017, and separate to the criminal proceedings against Bodey, the victims allege the Department failed to protect them from Bodey's predatory behaviour.
The ABC understands the victims are seeking an acknowledgement of responsibility from the Department, something that the Department of Education WA has strongly contested.
In response to questions from the ABC, the Department's executive director for professional standards and conduct Fiona Hunt said the Department only became aware of Bodey's offending when the case was lodged.
"The Department was first made aware of this matter in 2017 when one civil claim was recieved," Ms Hunt said.
"As this is an ongoing claim, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
Two years of work to catch a predator
That Bodey was caught at all is down to the work of Detective Senior Constable Jacob Wilkins, who received the case file on his first day at the Derby detectives office in 2017.
Similarities between a complaint filed in 2004 in New South Wales with a report from one of Bodey's victims still living in Derby led him to strike up a rapport with the local man.
Speaking in the wake of Bodey's guilty plea, the detective said it was an immensely challenging investigation.
"It's a very long process. All of the victims were male, they're now in their forties and fifties," Detective Senior Constable Wilkins said.
"At the time of them growing up, these type of offences, they were embarrassed and ashamed.
"Bringing them up and getting them to re-live it again is very difficult. That's why out of the many, many victims, not all of them were able to make a complaint."
With 13 victims willing to testify, the next challenge was locating Bodey, who had disappeared from Derby in the late 1980s.
The initial trail led to Kununurra, 40km from the WA-NT border, but then went cold.
"He was very nomadic. He hadn't paid taxes for years and years so he wasn't in any government systems," Detective Senior Constable Wilkins said.
"His lifestyle led him to live in caravan parks and on cattle stations, doing cash jobs. Do it was quite difficult to track him."
Inquiries with NT Police initially led to two discontinued child abuse investigations placing Bodey in Katherine, while a letter from Bodey kept by one of the victims identified a link with Queensland.
Utilities bills eventually located a John Bodey living in Charters Towers, where he had attended boarding school, from where he was tracked down and extradited in May 2018.
'Affected all of Derby'
Detective Senior Constable Wilkins said he was thankful the victims would not have to go through the pressure of a trial.
"Because so many of the victims are still living in town, this was really sensitive," he said.
"He affected an enormous amount of the big families up here. I can safely say its affected all of Derby."
Morrison government to stop funding international collaboration on shift to zero emissions
The five-year Australian-German initiative to transition to new energy and low emissions was due to end in 2022
The Morrison government has told researchers at two of Australia’s leading universities it will break a commitment to fund an international collaboration into what is required to shift to a zero emissions future.
The Australian-German Energy Transition Hub was announced in 2017 by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and German chancellor Angela Merkel as a collaboration that would “help the technical, economic and social transition to new energy systems and a low emissions economy”.
Based at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and three German institutions, it was to receive $4m over five years from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of an eventual full cross-country funding of $20m.
But in an email to staff on Friday afternoon, hub managers said the department had told them the government had decided it would “not follow through on its original commitment to fund the hub until 2022”.
Government funding for the hub will end in June. Guardian Australia has been told there is $1.75m unpaid from the original agreement.
Some researchers said the decision made little sense given the hub’s work included areas of government interest, particularly the development of a clean hydrogen industry. Other hub projects focus on energy storage, energy system modelling, plans for a just transition to clean energy and integrating solar energy into the grid.
Dylan McConnell, from the University of Melbourne’s climate and energy college, said: “It’s seems pretty hypocritical and counter-intuitive to be talking about this [hydrogen] and at the same time cutting funding.”
The email said the department had indicated it hoped the hub would “continue to deliver” but it wanted to “refocus” resources “at a time of tight budgets”. It said negotiations between the University of Melbourne and the department were under way, and the university was “looking at the options for different levels of support”.
“Now, it is very early days to say what comes next,” the email, by hub managing director Rebecca Burdon and co-directors, Malte Meinshausen and Frank Jotzo, said.
“We know that our contribution is filling a key niche in the Australian and international research landscape, on a topic that is continuing to gain in importance. And we know that we have a great group of researchers (you!) working on crucial issues, and that we’ve established powerful networks.
“We also know that industry and most state governments, and many parts of the federal government, are keenly interested in the energy transition. And we know that the bilateral relationship between Australia and Germany is and remains important, including on energy. We will need to recalibrate our activities in order to maximise opportunities for alternative funding.”
The email said the department had noted in its reasoning that the German government had not continued funding for its side of the hub, which was for two and a half years. But it said the German institutes remained involved and were part of a separate upcoming major project funded by the government that was designed to advance the energy transition.
On Friday night, a department spokesperson said the goals of the hub were to strengthen Australia’s bilateral relationship with Germany and better coordinate investments in research in energy transition. They said the remaining funding would be reallocated “to support our strategic priorities with Germany and other European partners more effectively, including potential collaboration with Germany on hydrogen”.
Jotzo, Meinshausen and hub chairman Ross Garnaut declined to comment.
Prince Andrew hires General Pinochet's former lawyer as he fights FBI Epstein probe
Clare Montgomery QC, the leading expert on extradition law, whose clients have included Augusto Pinochet and Nirav Modi has been hired
The Duke of York has hired Britain’s most respected extradition lawyer to fend off an FBI inquiry into his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Telegraph can reveal.
Prince Andrew is receiving legal advice from Clare Montgomery QC, the leading expert on extradition law, whose clients have included Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former dictator and Nirav Modi, wanted for India’s biggest fraud. She has been described as “the most formidable member of the bar.”
Ms Montgomery is being briefed by Gary Bloxsome, a criminal defence solicitor who has defended British troops against war crime allegations and is understood to have been appointed directly by the Duke.
The powerful legal team was assembled by the Queen’s 60-year-old son following a demand by the FBI and US prosecutors to interview him about his relationship with Epstein.
Yet their identities have been shrouded in secrecy, with Buckingham Palace aides refusing to reveal who is acting for the Duke.
The disclosure that he is using such an eminent team of lawyers suggests the Duke is taking hugely seriously the threat of investigation by the FBI. It is understood to be the first time the Royal Family has needed to use such a powerful team of criminal lawyers.
Ms Montgomery, a senior barrister at Matrix Chambers, which was co-founded by Cherie Blair, is thought to command fees of around £1,000 an hour.
She is also one of the most highly respected specialists in criminal and fraud law and is well known for her work on legally and factually complex cases.
Her clients have included Shrien Dewani, the newlywed charged and acquitted with murdering his new bride in South Africa. She also worked on behalf of the British government in the high profile case of British “superhacker” Gary McKinnon as he fought extradition to the US.
She prosecuted the Metropolitan Police when it stood trial under health and safety legislation for failures leading to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, shot seven times in the head during a failed anti-terror operation.
An online profile of Mr Bloxsome reveals that he often receives instructions from “leading companies and ultra-high net worth individuals” in international jurisdictions as well as in the UK. He is also known for reputation and crisis management.
A partner at Blackfords, where he is co-head of the dispute resolution team, he shares a love of golf with the Duke.
One acquaintance said: “He’s as sharp as a blade, he’s absolutely brilliant.”
In January, US prosecutors took the unusual step of publicly accusing the Duke of ignoring their repeated attempts to contact him, publicly humiliating him and sparking a stand-off between the two camps.
Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who is leading the investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, made what was deemed an unprecedented move when he announced that the Duke had provided "zero cooperation" following the FBI’s requests for an interview.
In response, sources close to the Duke accused US prosecutors of “failing to play with a straight bat” and revealed that his lawyers were preparing to counter the claims.
A friend suggested he was “angry and bewildered" by the suggestion he had refused to cooperate, insisting he had not been approached.
But since then, there has been silence. Buckingham Palace has distanced itself from the ongoing crisis, avoiding repeated questions with the excuse that the Duke is no longer a working royal and as such, they did not represent him.
Having effectively washed their hands of the scandal, they would say only that the issue was being dealt with by the Duke's legal team, which they declined to identify.
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That was expected- I knew he’d never help with any probe or investigation because he’s guilty as sin. #Epstein #EnoughIsEnough #TimesUp #PrinceAndrew #GhislaineMaxwell @KirbySommers @shaunattwood @Tiff_FitzHenry @LevineJonathan @petermoore76 @shalmalimu This is only the beginning
Julia Gillard: ‘It’s important to show that women can hold their own’
The former Australian Prime Minister on misogyny in politics
Julia Gillard thought her work would be done by now. It’s been eight years since the former Australian Prime Minister gave her poised and powerful speech that exposed the misogyny at the centre of the political system.
“I did naively think when I was younger that gender equality was on the way to being fixed and wouldn’t be a feature of much of my life,” says Gillard, aged 58, on the phone from her house in Adelaide where she is looking after her niece’s dogs Pepper and Lebowski. “I wish I could tell my younger self that wasn’t right.”
It’s rare for Gillard to be at home — since she stood down as PM in 2013 she has travelled the world speaking about gender equality. This weekend she’s on a panel at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre. She’s in London regularly, as Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London.
She has also worked with Meghan Markle, who she thinks is an example of how “gender stereotyping affects every woman no matter what life she leads”. “It affects all women in the royal family but it’s only Meghan who has experienced that interrelationship between gender and race discrimination.” Gillard knitted a baby kangaroo for Markle’s nephew, Prince George, when he came to Australia and still knits. “Its rhythmic nature is calming”.
Gillard speaks with the same focused anger that drove her 2012 speech, which has been viewed half a million times on YouTube. “I didn’t know I was going to give the speech until I gave it,” she recalls. It was a response to leader of the opposition Tony Abbott talking about whether the speaker should stay in office after sending sexist text messages — but it became a rallying cry, spanning everything from comments about Gillard’s appearance to extreme bullying: she was called “barren” for not having children, and an opposition fundraising dinner included the “Julia Gillard quail, small breasts, huge thighs and a big red box”. “I wrote the notes that became the speech while Tony Abbott was talking. I felt a sense of cool anger from many days in my prime ministership where I’d tolerated sexist remarks without reply. Afterwards I had to go back to my office and work. By the time I got there it was clear the speech was having an impact beyond Parliament. People were starting to ring in.”
Gillard was elected in 2010. She thought the sexism was “a reaction to me being the first woman prime minister in Australia”. I thought things would normalise but instead it grew the longer I was PM. It made me wish I had pointed out the sexist incidents earlier when they were a bit more benign.”
She knew political culture in Australia was “robust” but “felt it was important to show that a woman could stand in an environment like that in politics and hold her own.” Her partner, Tim Mathieson, was the one who worried. “Your family feel the slings and arrows more than you do, so they are protective and supportive as a result,” she said.
As PM, Gillard fought for greener policy, which made her unpopular. Although, after the fires in Australia this summer, more people are realising her actions were necessary.
“We did introduce a scheme to reduce emissions but it was repealed by the government elected afterwards. The peril to our planet is increasing and the tragic summer we’ve had in Australia has increased hunger for change.” How does the political culture in the UK compare? “I’m delighted to see more women MPs in Westminster, especially after so many resigned before the election because the situation was so toxic. Nicky Morgan and Heidi Allen going was a loss.” Are there particularly female leadership qualities? “I’m writing a book about that with my friend [Nigerian economist] Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. I don’t believe babies are born with inherent leadership styles. Women are socialised differently.” She remembers not being allowed to do woodwork at school and the girls being the ones who had to do the washing up.
“As we strive for more equality it impacts men too,” says Gillard. Men still tell her they’ve asked the women in their lives to watch her speech. “There’s an increasing recognition that a gender equal world will be better for women and men.”
For more about the Women of the World Festival, visit thewowfoundation.com and for tickets to Gillard's panel, visit southbankcentre.co.uk/british-vogues-forces-change-2020
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Yesterday Home Affairs @PeterDutton_MP joins @IvankaTrump, Attorney General Barr & our five eyes partners to fight online child exploitation. We heard from 9 brave survivors & announced principles that technology companies should implement to protect children online
Cardin, Barrasso Lead Senate Recognition of US-Australian Firefighting Cooperation
The bipartisan resolution marks the longstanding partnership between the United States and Australia to share critical firefighting resources during times of crisis.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday lauding the more than 100 years of firefighting cooperation and security assistance between the United States and Australia. The Senate resolution comes the same week the last brushfires were extinguished in New South Wales, the worst hit jurisdiction of the 2019-2020 Australian brush fire season. Over the course of a grueling and destructive 240 days, more than 300 American firefighters were deployed to Australia on behalf of multiple federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service through the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
“America and Australia have been helping each other through the most difficult of times for generations. Our close relationship crosscuts so many areas of cooperation and mutual support,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment & Public Works and Senate Foreign Relations committees. “Regrettably, three American firefighters lost their lives while assisting in this latest collaboration. The Senate honors their sacrifice and the dedication of all those who have risked their lives to keep Americans and Australians safe from harm.”
“The United States and Australia have built a strong alliance. During difficult times, our two nations have supported each other with critical firefighting resources. I’m so proud and grateful for the 15 Wyoming firefighters who recently answered the call to help Australia fight the bushfires ravaging their country,” said Senator Barrasso. “These brave men and women routinely risk their lives to protect others. That was made startlingly clear when three Americans—including a member of the Wyoming National Guard—lost their lives in January fighting the Australian fires. This resolution honors their sacrifice. It also supports the continued partnership between the United States and Australia on sharing resources, research and best practices related to wildfire mitigation and suppression.”
Additional cosponsors include Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Steven Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
The full text of the resolution is below and can be found at this link.
Need a woolies fag or Coles fag who can confirm or deny that shop shelves are being short changed of the essentials to exaggerate the hype and feed the hysteria.
Seeing the images of warehouses full of crapper paper and essential food items says that they are being shorted on purpose by woolies and Coles.
Biden or Sanders? Voters in Docklands could play a key role in picking Trump's opponent
Iowa. New Hampshire. South Carolina. Docklands.
In a Democratic presidential primary that has matured into a battle between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, people voting in the shadows of Marvel Stadium could play a key role in determining Donald Trump's election opponent.
This week, tens of thousands of US citizens living away from their homeland – including Sanders' own brother, who lives in England – voted to elect delegates who will select the Democrats' presidential nominee in July.
More than a thousand Americans living in Australia – including hundreds of Melburnians – voted on Saturday, with local organisers noticing a surge in turnout of voters energised to topple Trump.
The Democratic race tightened dramatically this week as Biden resurrected his bid with unexpected wins in key states like Texas, pushing him into favouritism ahead of fellow septuagenarian Sanders.
With Biden into a narrow lead, some pollsters and bookmakers are tipping a situation where neither candidate receives a majority of delegates to automatically win the primary.
Overseas voters send 21 delegates to the party's convention, where a candidate requires 1990 delegates to win the nomination. Voters in Australia are expected to make up less than 5 per cent of the total overseas vote.
In a neck-and-neck race, each delegate is key – and no group of voters has a more outsized influence on the delegate pool than those who vote outside the US.
The Democrats' formula for apportioning delegates meant there was one delegate for every 2500 overseas votes in the 2016 primary. In comparison, about 11,000 votes equated to each delegate in the California.
Kent Getsinger, chair of the Australian chapter of Democrats Abroad, said the overseas vote in this tight primary could be "impactful". He compared the situation to the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, where a small number of overseas ballots proved crucial.
The Democratic Party is gripped by an internal conflict over its identity, with the divide evident at the polling station in Docklands.
Its younger generation, who are voting in droves for self-described "democratic socialist" Sanders, rails against globalisation and free trade and demands universal healthcare.
The moderate establishment wing, which is lining up behind Biden, advocates more incremental reforms.
If history is anything to go by, Sanders' left-wing agenda is a winner among Americans living Down Under. In 2016, the senator crushed Hilary Clinton 635-237 among voters living in Australia.
Laurie Staub is a Melbourne resident and a lifelong Democrat with decades of experience working on party campaigns, including Barack Obama's 2012 campaign where she met Biden and got to know his now-deceased son Beau.
She supported Sanders in 2016, but believes the likeability and pragmatism of Biden is what the party now needs.
"He's the most authentic, genuine, kind human being," said Ms Staub, who met the former vice-president for a third time when he visited Melbourne in 2016.
"The next four years in the United States needs someone to steady the ship.
"You can't dream all these wonderful ideas that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have until you clean up the mess so you get back to the basic foundations, and then you build."
In the other camp is 25-year-old Stephen Underwood, who is scrutinising ballots at Docklands for the Sanders campaign.
He's young and passionate, and believes Sanders is the only person capable of making what he calls the "corrupt" economic system work in favour of working-class people.
"He has authenticity and absolute consistency across the years in pushing a progressive agenda, and he's willing to take on vested interests," Mr Underwood said.
"He doesn't talk shit."
Australia reaches breakthrough deal to buy US emergency oil supplies
London and Washington: The Morrison government has struck a landmark deal to tap into the US government's tightly-guarded emergency fuel reserves, a move that will help lower the risk of Australia plunging into an economic and national security crisis.
The agreement, to be signed by Energy Minister Angus Taylor in Washington on Monday (Tuesday AEDT), will help shore up the dangerously low supplies in Australia that have left consumers vulnerable to price spikes and rationing in the event of a sudden supply disruption.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed last year that the government was in talks with the Trump administration to buy millions of barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Australia imports 90 per cent of its liquid fuels but only has enough in storage to last 54 days – well below the 90 days it is obliged to stockpile under an agreement with the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The need to bulk up oil supplies has grown increasingly acute recently because of the volatility in key shipping routes such as the Strait of Hormuz off Iran and the South China Sea.
The deal, which involves leasing US storage facilities, means the government will not need to spend billions of dollars building expensive new storage facilities in Australia.
The oil stored in America will count towards Australia's overall supply, allowing the government to meet its IEA requirements.
"This landmark Australia-US arrangement represents our joint commitment to maintaining fuel security and improving Australia’s resilience, as well as strengthening the close bonds between our two great nations," Mr Taylor said.
"The US is a trusted ally who has been essential for global oil security and we are glad to be building on our strong, longstanding relationship, while ensuring Australia is best prepared to act during a global oil disruption.
"This arrangement further improves our ability to ensure stocks of critical diesel, petrol and aviation fuel to keep the economy going in the event of disruptions to supply chains."
Stored underground in massive caverns in Texas and Louisiana, the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve was set up by president Gerald Ford in 1975 to keep the country running in a crisis.
It holds more than 640 million barrels of crude oil. One cavern is so big it could fit Chicago's 110-storey Willis Tower in it.
The agreement to be signed by Mr Taylor and US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will kickstart detailed contractual negotiations about how much crude oil Australia can buy from the US and how much space it can use in the underground caverns to store it.
No final decisions have been made about how much fuel Australia wants to buy or how much it is willing to spend.
US politicians have previously raised concerns about the idea of selling off fuel from the petroleum reserve to other countries. But the fact Australia's deal involves leasing facilities in the US - rather than shipping the oil directly to Australia - helped assuage some worries in Washington.
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last year, IEA executive director Fatih Birol said he welcomed the prospect of such a deal between the US and Australia.
While in the US, Mr Taylor will also visit the oil and gas state of Texas to meet with top industry executives.
He will also visit the US government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, which is leading research into production of biological hydrogen as a clean source of energy.
The Australian government has released a National Hydrogen Strategy designed to encourage the expansion of the local hydrogen industry.
Australian police praised for helping capture US pedophile
US authorities have commended an Australian undercover police operation that led to a hefty prison sentence for a pedophile who took sexually explicit photos of a sleeping 11-year-old girl and traded her underwear on Craigslist to another pedophile.
The global hunt for Donnie Barnes Sr, 52, began on February 11, 2018 when a Queensland officer discovered photos of the girl on a public photo-sharing site.
The officer, posing as a pedophile, reached out to Barnes who went by the online username TICK10TO12TOCK.
Queensland police investigated and reached out to the US Homeland Security Investigations’ child exploitation unit.
The investigation led US authorities to Barnes’ home in Washington state.
In October last year a jury found him guilty of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography charges.
Barnes was sentenced to 15 years’ prison on Monday in Tacoma, Washington.
Barnes told officers after his US arrest he traded the girl’s underwear for child rape images to someone seeking the items via Craigslist.
“This defendant horribly betrayed the trust of not only the child but the child’s parent and caregiver,” US Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Brian Moran, said.
“I commend the international cooperation that uncovered this crime and put an end to this predatory behaviour.”
Spanaway man sentenced to 15 years in prison for production and distribution of images of child molestation
Defendant shared explicit photos he made of sleeping 11-year-old
Tacoma, Washington – A Spanaway, Washington, man who made sexually explicit images of an 11-year-old child and traded the child’s underwear for more images of child rape, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 years in prison announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. DONNIE BARNES, SR., 52, was convicted in October 2019 of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography following a two-day jury trial. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle said, “It is hard to describe” how serious these types of offenses are in terms “real harm.” The victims of these offenses themselves face a “life sentence” of “pain we cannot know.”
“This defendant horribly betrayed the trust of not only the child but the child’s parent and caregiver,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “I commend the international cooperation that uncovered this crime and put an end to this predatory behavior.”
According to records filed in the case and testimony at trial in February 2018, BARNES came to the attention of law enforcement when a police detective in Queensland, Australia, noticed a suspicious file on a public photo-sharing website. The album showed close-up photos of a child’s genitals. In an undercover persona, the officer commented on the photos and received emails the next day from BARNES describing the child in sexual terms and revealing BARNES’ relationship to the child.
In early March 2018, agents with Homeland Security Investigations searched BARNES’ residence in Spanaway. When interviewed by law enforcement, BARNES admitted photographing the child while the child was asleep and uploading the images to the internet. Additionally, BARNES told officers he had traded soiled underwear from the child for additional images of child rape to someone seeking such items via Craigslist. Those images were located on an electronic storage device in BARNES’ home.
Following his prison term, BARNES will be on lifetime supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Hampton and Lyndsie Schmalz.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals better who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Suspected foreign agents ordered to hand over documents as new unit targets China links
Chinese government-funded language and culture institutes operating at Australian universities, community groups linked to Beijing’s overseas propaganda arm and organisations looking to harm Australia’s critical infrastructure will be targeted by a new unit set up to enforce the Morrison government’s flagship foreign influence scheme.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has warned potential agents of foreign powers will be ordered to hand over documents in coming months, and has not ruled out going after agents acting on behalf of foreign embassies in Australia if they have not declared their activities on the foreign influence register.
The Sunday Age and The Sun Herald understands the new unit will focus on Confucius Institutes operating at some Australian universities and groups linked to Beijing’s United Front Work Department.
The Attorney-General's Department is working with domestic spy agency ASIO and the AFP in its revamped bid to enforce the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.
It is also expected foreign companies and organisations will be served with notices requesting them to hand over documents relating to potential agents under their influence.
Only two notices have been served on individuals or groups since the scheme came into operation in late 2018, including a Chinese company suspected of engaging in influencing activity which was ordered to hand over documents in recent weeks.
Asked in an interview whether more notices would be served in the coming months, Mr Porter said: "The short answer is yes."
He said his department was now in the "second round" of administering the scheme and it was "quite conceivable" that some organisations that were trying to influence government policy and democratic processes were not being open about who was directing them.
"Now that we have seen, after a year, what entities have registered as either foreign principals or foreign government-related entities, there are other entities … which bare some similarity, on the face of them at least, to entities that have registered," Mr Porter said.
"And where an entity looks like they may have some of the features of a foreign government enterprise, we will be enquiring of them about their structure, their constituent nature, who makes up leadership and director positions inside the entity, so that we can make a determination to our satisfaction that they are either are or not a foreign government enterprise."
The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age can reveal the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China will be a target of the dedicated new unit.
China experts have said the council is the Australian arm of a foreign influence network run by the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work Department, but the organisation has always denied any link.
Another target will be the 13 Confucius Institutes operating at Australian universities, which were last year sent letters by the AG's department alerting them to the introduction of the scheme, according to senior government sources.
The centres are joint ventures between the host universities and Hanban, a Chinese government entity that provides funding, staff and other support.
While not naming Confucius institutes directly, Mr Porter said individuals who were employed through a university that connected back to a foreign power could be captured by the scheme if they were "trying to affect democratic outcomes or influence government".
"Universities need to obviously be very live themselves to who it is who is seeking to influence their decision-making, their structure, their expenditure, their outcomes, and those people who are seeking to influence universities in that respect universities themselves need to be very mindful about who those people are working on behalf of," he said.
Mr Porter said diplomats registered at foreign embassies would unlikely be captured by the scheme, but agents being directed by ambassadors or an embassy could be captured.
"The nature of the scheme is where people want to hide the nature of that influence then we have to dig through the layers of secrecy and make the relationships transparent," he said.
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Read the comments. Why would he continue to post like this? He has to 'hide' it in plain sight for people to see. It's how they must operate. Sickens me to see this in my home state in Australia.
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Coronavirus toilet paper row at Western Sydney Woolworths leads to two women charged
Two Sydney women have been charged over a physical altercation over toilet paper, which occurred at a Western Sydney supermarket on Saturday morning.
NSW Police said officers were called out to a Woolworths in Chullora, near Bankstown, after an argument broke out between two women in an aisle over toilet paper.
It said two women went to Bankstown Police Station about 8:00pm and were then issued court attendance notices for affray.
The argument was captured on video and has since been viewed over 4 million times on social media and was featured on newscasts around the world.
It begins with the two women arguing in the aisle of the Woolworths in Chullora on Saturday morning, before a man who appears to be an employee steps in.
"I just want one pack," a woman is heard saying to the other woman and her mother.
"No, not one pack," the mother of the woman responds, shielding her trolley full of toilet paper.
A third voice is heard asking "what's the limit?", an apparent reference to the limit on how much toilet paper can be purchased in a single transaction, imposed by supermarkets this week.
The shelves of many supermarkets were stripped bare the past week as shoppers stockpiled items amid a panic about the spread of the coronavirus.
Bankstown Police Area Command duty officer Acting Inspector Andrew New said on Saturday that supplies were being replenished and there was no need to panic.
"There is no need for people to go out and panic buy at supermarkets, Paracetamol and canned food or toilet paper," Acting Inspector New said.
"It isn't the Thunderdome, it isn't Mad Max, we don't need to do that."
Police said a 49-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted but did not sustain any injuries.
Supermarket giant Coles said on Sunday morning it had applied a one-pack purchase limit on toilet paper, both in-store and online, to help improve access for customers.
"This additional measure will allow us to maintain stock levels in stores so more customers will be able to purchase the products they need," a Coles spokesperson said.
The two women charged over the fight are due to appear at Bankstown Local Court in late April.
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All because of toilet paper
Lmaoooooooo round 2
2020 what a year for Australia: From January Bushfires to February Floods and now we have March Toilet paper madness
Tracking the Coronavirus in Data Animation, Update #15, Sunday Morning March 8, 2020
Update #15 of timelapse animation using data from Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins
data as of 8:53 am ET today (USA)
Resignations in the news
'''Westpac’s Anita Fung joins boardroom exits==
Westpac risk and compliance committee member Anita Fung has joined a growing list of boardroom departures amid the bank's money laundering and child exploitation scandal.
The bank confirmed on Friday Ms Fung would retire from the board on March 31, the same leaving date given for its outgoing chairman Lindsay Maxsted.
Their exits follow the departure of former chief executive Brian Hartzer in November, who accepted ultimate accountability for the bank's alleged 23 million breaches of money laundering laws, and failure to properly monitor payments potentially linked to the streaming of child exploitation.
Westpac's risk and compliance committee head Ewen Couch has also gone, choosing not to seek re-election at the December 12 annual general meeting, when Westpac was roasted by furious shareholders and handed a second strike on executive pay.
Ms Fung retains her role as a member of Westpac's Asia Advisory Board.
Statement from World Vision Australia Board Chair Shannon Adams
World Vision Australia Board Chair Shannon Adams has today announced that after three and a half years of outstanding service, Chief Executive Claire Rogers has tendered her resignation to spend more time with her family before starting the next chapter of her career.
Ms Rogers has been an influential contributor to both World Vision and to the NGO sector in Australia, and the Board is thankful for her resolute focus on building good foundations for the future.
“Claire has made a significant contribution to support vulnerable children throughout the world in our humanitarian work, including in the advocacy campaign, Kids Off Nauru, innovations such as 1000 Girls, and in leading an organisation-wide digital transformation,” Mr Adams said.
“Claire leaves World Vision Australia in a very strong position for future growth, and the Board sincerely thanks her for her contribution and leadership during her tenure as CEO.
Charity World Vision in allegations of corruption and nepotism
One of Australia’s biggest charities, World Vision, is implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal that involves AFL stars, a free Bali holiday, nepotism and suspected kickbacks in return for lucrative printing contracts.
Leaked invoices and emails suggest that donations from Australians to the humanitarian behemoth — famous for its child sponsorship campaign and celebrity endorsements — have helped pay for contracts to a printing group which then made secret payments to the father of a World Vision executive.
The revelation comes as World Vision Australia chief executive officer Claire Rogers announced her resignation late on Sunday, citing family and personal reasons. The organisation and its chairman denied Ms Rogers' resignation had anything to do with the news about the alleged corruption in the organisation, though her announcement had been brought forward from its planned timing of Wednesday. There is no suggestion Ms Rogers was involved in any wrongdoing.
The Docklands printing group was run by wealthy print industry businessman Brett Chalmers and former AFL stars Stephen Kernahan and Craig Bradley. Leaked emails reveal Mr Chalmers and Mr Kernahan knew of the demands for secret payments, with Mr Chalmers arranging for a free trip to Bali before the World Vision contract was awarded, and then regular payments to Glenn Kuramoto whose son is an executive at World Vision.
On Friday, World Vision’s chief financial officer, Gordon Allison, said the charity was “deeply concerned by the allegations of inappropriate conduct” and had called in Victoria Police and auditors KPMG “to undertake a formal, independent investigation of this matter''.
“We have engaged workplace investigation and mediation service iHR Australia to conduct an investigation into the role of a staff member in the matter; and notified the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission,” Mr Allison said. “We have temporarily suspended the staff member named in the allegations, pending the outcome of the investigations.”
An investigation by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald reveals World Vision executive Zane Kuramoto — the suspended staff member — recommended that the charity engage his father, Glenn, in 2013 as an adviser to oversee the $2.5 million printing and marketing contracts the charity relies on to do mass mail-outs and promotions to donors.
Former World Vision manager Dean Mills said of the decision to hire Glenn Kuramoto: “Zane, who headed that area, said, ‘my father has been in the industry for a number of years’.”
Zane Kuramoto has been one of the faces of World Vision as it seeks donors to respond to humanitarian crises. Having run its marketing department, he was recently seconded to be global director of content.
After Glenn Kuramoto was hired by World Vision, he sought a deal with the Docklands printing group. The group would get the lucrative contract but it was asked for a trip to Bali for Mr Kuramoto snr. After the contract was awarded, Docklands received a demand for monthly payments to him.
Emails sent by Glenn Kuramoto suggest he was paid $3000 a month over a number of years. His son, Zane, in his senior position at World Vision, extended the printing contracts, which had the effect of delivering his father further windfalls. There is no suggestion Zane knew of, or was party to, his father’s corruption. Zane said last week he was confident he would be cleared of any wrongdoing. He declined to answer specific questions, including the appropriateness of suggesting his father get a job with the charity.
In December 2018, World Vision transferred the printing contract from Docklands to a closely aligned company, the Waratah Group. The group was also owned by Mr Chalmers and Mr Kernahan.
In late 2019, Waratah itself collapsed, owing staff, the tax office and creditors millions of dollars. After this, World Vision transferred the printing contract to another business, Finsbury Green. This business employs both Mr Kernahan and Mr Chalmers.
The scandal is the worst faced by World Vision Australia in its history and will rock the charity sector and federal government, which funds it along with tens of thousands of Australians. Trust is a key component in maintaining relationships with donors.
Facebook sued by Australian information watchdog over Cambridge Analytica-linked data breach
Facebook alleged to have committed serious breaches with data collected by This is Your Digital Life app used by Cambridge Analytica for political profiling
Australia’s information commissioner is suing Facebook over allegedly breaching the privacy of over 300,000 Australians caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In a case lodged in the federal court on Monday, the Australian information commissioner Angelene Falk has alleged Facebook committed serious and repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law because data collected by Facebook was passed onto the This is Your Digital Life app by Cambridge Analytica for political profiling, which was not what it was collected for.
Data included people’s names, dates of birth, email addresses, city location, friends list, page likes and Facebook messages for those who had granted the app access to the messages.
“We consider the design of the Facebook platform meant that users were unable to exercise reasonable choice and control about how their personal information was disclosed,” Falk said.
“Facebook’s default settings facilitated the disclosure of personal information, including sensitive information, at the expense of privacy.”
At the time, Facebook said 311,127 Australians between March 2014 and May 2015 had data shared with the app, accounting for 0.4% of users affected by the breach.
However, the court documents reveal just 53 people in Australia installed the app.
87m users worldwide were affected by the scandal.
The OAIC says in its court filing that the design of Facebook made it so that users were unable to consent or control over how their data was disclosed, and to date, Facebook has not been able to tell the OAIC which Australian users were affected.
The Guardian and Observer revealed data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the Leave campaign in the UK Brexit referendum.
The data was used to build a software program to predict and influence voters. Facebook discovered the information had been harvested by a third party in late 2015, but failed to alert users at the time.
Each contravention comes with a maximum penalty of $1.7m. The OAIC is alleging multiple breaches but did not indicate whether penalties would be sought for all 311,127 users affected.
The relief sought just asks the court to order Facebook to “pay civil pecuniary penalties” under the Privacy Act “as applicable for contraventions that occurred during the relevant period.”
According to the court documents, Cambridge Analytica provided written confirmation in January 2016 that all users’ personal information obtained through the app had been deleted, but the company did not take any independent steps to ensure the data had been deleted or destroyed.
In the UK Facebook was fined £500,000 for the breach, while in the US, the federal trade commission fined the company US$5bn. In October last year, the OAIC was criticised for taking its time in resolving the investigation.
Guardian Australia has sought comment from Facebook.
More to come.
Russia sensationally claims Australia tampered with MH17 wreckage after the plane was shot down - as four separatists accused of killing 298 passengers and crew face court for the first time
The Russian ambassador to Australia has claimed that the country's federal police tampered with evidence from the MH17 plane wreckage.
Dr Alexey Pavlovsky believes integral evidence from the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over the Ukraine was falsified by Australian investigators.
A total of 298 people were killed, including 38 Australians, when a BUK missile shot down the Boeing 777 from Ukrainian territory held by pro-Russia separatists in July 2014.
Dr Pavlovsky claimed that there are flaws in the investigation which was made to reach a predetermined result and blame Russia for the attack.
'The experts say that many of these pictures have been heavily tampered with and it seems that the Australian Federal Police as part of the investigation also had information to this effect but it somehow chose to withhold it from the public,' he told 9News.
Analysts from the MH17 Joint Investigation Team (JIT) included representatives from Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine.
The JIT have charged Russia's Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov and Ukraine's Leonid Kharchenko with the tragedy, with a trial to begin on Monday.
Footage used in evidence by the JIT showed a truck with a BUK missile from the Russian armed forces travelling from Russia to the Ukraine before returning with no missile.
Russia has denied this accusation, with Dr Pavlovsky saying it is important to establish the truth for the victims families.
'I saw on the internet some copies of the documents indicating the Australian participants to the JIT at least had some signals on the pictures presented as evidence being falsified,' he said.
Dr Pavlovsky believes any evidence that is contrary to blaming Russia for shooting down the plane has been hidden by the Australian and international media.
'The investigation was based on falsified pictures and on the recordings provided by the security services of Ukraine. For me that's quite enough to smell a rat here,' Dr Pavlovsky said.
The Australian Federal Police have denied accusations of using falsified evidence.
Many questions remain unanswered more than five years after the tragedy.
Former Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop told the ABC in 2018 that Russia needed to explain why a missile was taken Russia to Ukraine prior to the attack.
'The Russian Federation must answer how it is that a sophisticated weapon, a BUK missile, was transported from Russia into Eastern Ukraine and was used to bring down a civilian aircraft carrying 298 people and then was immediately taken back into Russia,' she said.
None of the accused will appear in court because both Russia and the Ukraine don't extradite citizens for criminal trials.
Because of this, any sentence imposed may not be served as the Netherlands has no authority over either country.
There is a possibility for more people to be charged over the incident, with the accused facing life in jail under Dutch law.
MH17 investigation: Russia's ambassador to Australia accuses AFP of cover-up
On the eve of the trial of three Russians accused of murder over the downing of MH17, the Russian ambassador to Australia has accused Federal Police of a cover-up.
In a rare exclusive interview with 9NEWS Dr Alexey Pavlovsky, a long-time Russian diplomat, claimed key photographic evidence was "falsified" and withheld from the public.
It's a claim denied by the Australian Federal Police.
Thirty-eight Australians were among 298 people killed when a BUK missile shot down the Malaysian airlines flight in Ukraine in 2014.
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Call for investigation into Australian Prime Ministers and their family members since Keating
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I had a good idea Anons, a bit of digging. Research every Australian politician since Paul Keating and the jobs they and their family do. Because i know they sold out Australia to the Chinese!!! Example the biggest Faggot in history Alexander Downer that kicked off the FBI case against GEOTUS. Julia Gillard works for the Clinton Foundations( will provide links next bread) My idea is for AussieAnons to research KEVIN07 speaks mandarin works as chairman of the board for a foreign company. This shit is worldwide. Will provide evidence appreciate any help in digging to expose these fucks. PEACE OUT BRUVAS
A list of Australian politicians and their help (Aids) Money (Ca$h) before and after taking office. This could start the storm because i know these faggots are useless and easy to track. They are all heads of Asian and mid eastern companies. WILL PROVIDE EVIDENCE next Bread
Pay for Play bitch, Julia Gillard is laughing all the way to the bank
Turnbull (ex Bankster) is comped up to his eyeballs; when he was dumped as PM he ran straight off to NYC to cry in the arms of his handlers
Australia and NZ have their own fetid political Swamps, it's not just the USA
NZ PM Ardern is a tranny/ Cabal asset
don't forget Turnbull Made a deal with US president Barack Obama to swap refugees. Australia would take 1,250 refugees from Central America in exchange for the U.S. accepting refugees on Nauru and Manus island.
don't forget the Rhodes Scholarship
don't forget they are all a jar of delicious salty cunts
GOD bless Australia
>I had a good idea Anons, a bit of digging. Research every Australian politician since Paul Keating
Well, that cunt sold you out to the bankers and don't forget there are pics of her leaving Epstein's apartment.
The PM, Bob Hawke, before Keating was Rhodes Scholar, the PM before him, Malcolm Fraser, was installed after a CIA coup against Whitlam, and Fraser was mysteriously found wandering around a Texas hotel room without any trousers and without any explanation, etc, etc.
I lived in your country for hundreds of years and know full well the evil that has dwelt within.
I used to refer to it as the NWO's proving ground, but now realise it was the Cabal all along
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World Vision accused of corruption and nepotism
One of Australia’s biggest charities, World Vision, is implicated in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal that involves AFL stars, a free Bali holiday, nepotism and suspected kickbacks in return for lucrative printing contracts.
Leaked invoices and emails suggest that donations from Australians to the humanitarian behemoth — famous for its child sponsorship campaign and celebrity endorsements — have helped pay for contracts to a printing group which then made secret payments to the father of a World Vision executive.
An investigation by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald reveals World Vision executive Zane Kuramoto — the suspended staff member — recommended that the charity engage his father, Glenn, in 2013 as an adviser to oversee the $2.5 million printing and marketing contracts the charity relies on to do mass mail-outs and promotions to donors.
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George Pell's appeal is before the High Court tomorrow. Here's what might happen
George Pell's final bid for freedom at the High Court this week will be one of the most closely watched hearings in Australian legal history.
It's one of the most high-profile and contentious High Court cases in recent memory — up there with Lindy Chamberlain.
In December 2018, when a jury found Pell guilty of sexually abusing two choirboys, many of his supporters were hopeful the convictions would be overturned on appeal.
Only one of the former choirboys gave evidence at the trial, the other died of a drug overdose in 2014.
But a majority of the three judges at the Victorian Court of Appeal backed the jury's verdict, leaving Pell to continue serving a six-year jail term.
Now it all comes down to a two-day hearing before the full bench of the High Court starting tomorrow.
Here's a quick guide to how the case will run.
What are the grounds for Pell's appeal?
If you have time for the long version, Pell's legal team sets out its case in a 21-page written submission to the High Court.
The Crown's response is also 21 pages and there are further written submissions on the High Court website.
Essentially, Pell's lawyers argue the Victorian Court of Appeal should have ruled that the guilty verdict handed down by the jury was unsafe.
"They say the evidence at the trial means that even if you accept the complainant's testimony as seemingly credible, it's not enough to convict Pell because the other evidence creates too much doubt," Melbourne University Law School Professor Jeremy Gans said.
"The Crown say the Court of Appeal majority considered all of that and was still left without doubt that Pell was guilty."
Has the High Court agreed to hear the appeal?
Funnily enough the answer is no, or at least, not yet.
Despite setting a two-day hearing where the parties will argue for and against the appeal, the High Court is yet to grant what's called 'special leave to appeal'.
It may even hear all the arguments on the appeal itself before ruling if leave is granted. That's not unusual in High Court cases.
If leave is not granted, the appeal fails, and Pell must serve his time. If leave is granted, the High Court will then make a judgment on the appeal and publish its reasons.
How will the case be heard?
The case will be heard before the full bench of the High Court. That could mean five judges or seven judges — for the moment the High Court won't say how many.
The exact number will become clear later today or tomorrow.
The judges won't examine all the trial evidence.
"The High Court will be looking at the appeal judgment and around 100 pages of trial transcript selected by the parties," Professor Gans said.
"Each side has asked for four hours to make their case, but it's up to the court how long they have.
"If the judges disagree on the special leave application or the appeal itself, the majority decision stands."
What are all the possible outcomes?
According to Professor Gans, there are five possible outcomes from Pell's High Court application:
* Refuse special leave — which ends the case and leaves Pell in prison.
* Grant special leave and dismiss the appeal — which again leaves Pell in prison, but the High Court will publish more detailed reasons.
* Grant special leave and allow the appeal — that ends the case and means Pell is cleared and must be freed immediately.
* Grant special leave and send the case back to the Victorian Court of Appeal — that puts the case back where it was a year ago, after Pell was sentenced.
* Do something else — for example ask Pell and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to provide more arguments or information down the track.
Could there be a result tomorrow?
Professor Gans said it was possible the court could decide to throw out Pell's appeal after his lawyers put their case tomorrow.
World watching Australia for virus response: Trump adviser
US President Donald Trump's former economic adviser Kevin Hassett says Australia's response to the virus crisis should not be tax cuts but direct cash injections into businesses, ensuring jobs and cash flows are maintained.
Dr Hassett, who supported Donald Trump's $US1.5 trillion tax cut, favours a faster direct stimulus and relief such as payroll tax holidays – something for which various state governments are preparing.
The former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who is in Australia for The Australian Financial Review Business Summit, said the world was watching how Australia dealt with the crisis because of its reliable data on raw material exports to China.
He is also betting that the crisis won't be drawn out and that the stockmarket will still be a good investment over the long term, despite the local sharemarket recording its worst session since the global financial crisis.
"A corporate tax cut right now would not be good because you would not get that much purchase out of it. It won't be super-effective in the short term," Dr Hassett said.
"A lot of businesses are cash-strapped. I have just been up to the Blue Mountains and everyone was talking about how empty the place is of tourists.
"The big companies won't be hindered by liquidity yet. But the problem is people are staying home and inventories are not where they are supposed to be. So this could lead to layoffs. When things dry up quickly, firms could end up with a liquidity crisis."
If the virus spread beyond April then concerns about credit markets would intensify and the effectiveness of central banks, monetary policy would be questioned.
After announcing Dr Hassett's departure last June from the Council of Economic Advisers, President Trump tweeted that the economist was a “true friend". Dr Hassett has a similar view of Mr Trump, suggesting he was a "joy to work with".
Dr Hassett said he did not know whether the crisis would assist in Mr Trump's re-election but said its characteristics were similar to those of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
"It is comparable to 9/11 because everyone thought the attacks were going to be global and security was ramped up. For a month or two after, markets were still panicking.
"I think this virus has spread so rapidly that I think it's creating such a big unknown like we have never seen before."
What has exacerbated the impact on international sharemarkets has been poor information. "The Chinese data are so difficult to read," Mr Hassett said, "And so I think Australia's data on exports to China are going to be watched very carefully because Australian data is so solid."
"I would also expect that, because Australia is so close to China that this will end up being a net negative for you.
"But markets go up and down. I don't think anyone thinks this will be a permanent shock. We have learnt that over time stocks go back up."
Dr Hassett, who authored a book in the late 1990s called Dow 36,000, argued that the sharemarket was a good place for long-term investment.
"If the long-run growth path is unaffected by the current crisis, then earnings will eventually grow again. Over long time horizons, compounding of growth has tended to overwhelm short-term panics."
President Donald Trump Tweet
Kevin Hassett, who has done such a great job for me and the Administration, will be leaving shortly. His very talented replacement will be named as soon as I get back to the U.S. I want to thank Kevin for all he has done - he is a true friend!
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Assange trial rehearsal? Hung jury results in mistrial for former CIA tech accused of handing ‘Vault 7’ docs to WikiLeaks
Federal prosecutors were unable to convince a jury on any of the spying-related charges against an ex-CIA engineer accused of stealing reams of classified material – in what may be a dry run for the case against Julian Assange.
In a significant blow to prosecutors on Monday, jurors failed to come to a verdict on eight central counts against former CIA software engineer Joshua Schulte, who was charged for stealing thousands of pages of classified information on the agency’s secret hacking tools and passing them to WikiLeaks – what later became its ‘Vault7’ release, the largest breach of classified material in CIA history.
While Schulte was found guilty of contempt of court and making false statements to investigators, a hung jury on the remaining eight charges – including illegal gathering and transmission of national defense information – prompted District Judge Paul Crotty to order a mistrial and dismiss the jurors on the case, who had deemed themselves “extremely deadlocked” in a note to the judge.
The split verdict came after nearly a full week of messy deliberations, which saw one juror removed for researching the facts of the case against Crotty’s orders. She was never replaced, however, leaving a short-handed panel to deliver a final decision.
The former technician left his job in the CIA’s Langley headquarters in 2016 and was charged some two years later for his alleged role in the Vault 7 leak. But prosecutors had difficulty tying Schulte to the disclosure throughout his four-week trial, with jurors often mystified by a complicated maze of technical evidence.
The case may offer parallels to that of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who faces 17 charges under the World War I-era Espionage Act and up to 175 years in prison over his role in the publication of the Iraq and Afghan war logs in 2010. Assange is accused of helping leaker Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley) “hack” into military computers to obtain classified material, but if extradited from the UK to stand trial in an American courtroom, prosecutors would likely produce similar technical forensics to prove his involvement, precisely what the government was unable to do in Schulte’s case.
The split verdict came after nearly a full week of messy deliberations, which saw one juror removed for researching the facts of the case against Crotty’s orders. She was never replaced, however, leaving a short-handed panel to deliver a final decision.The former technician left his job in the CIA’s Langley headquarters in 2016 and was charged some two years later for his alleged role in the Vault 7 leak. But prosecutors had difficulty tying Schulte to the disclosure throughout his four-week trial, with jurors often mystified by a complicated maze of technical evidence.The case may offer parallels to that of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who faces 17 charges under the World War I-era Espionage Act and up to 175 years in prison over his role in the publication of the Iraq and Afghan war logs in 2010. Assange is accused of helping leaker Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley) “hack” into military computers to obtain classified material, but if extradited from the UK to stand trial in an American courtroom, prosecutors would likely produce similar technical forensics to prove his involvement, precisely what the government was unable to do in Schulte’s case.
Repost from Q Research General #10708
Roger Waters Talks to Tucker Carlson About Assange
Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters speaks with FOX host Tucker Carlson about the political and physical persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the hands of the UK and US governments. Watch:
Huawei gives up on Australia in short term but wants probe of 5G competitors
Huawei's chief cyber security officer says the Chinese telecommunications giant has given up on changing the Australian government's mind on 5G security restrictions in the short term but wants a probe of the China-based manufacturing operations of rival European suppliers.
Huawei and the Chinese government have agitated against Australia's ban on the company participating in the rollout of next-generation 5G networks since it was announced in August 2018. The telco is now pivoting to a "long haul" public relations strategy, including a series of community forums in Australia.
"We are not trying right now to get the government to change their mind," Andy Purdy, a former government official who now works as Huawei's chief cyber security officer in the United States told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
"We are trying to emphasise: block Huawei if you must but it's really important to do what's necessary to make Australia safer and there's a lot of stuff not being done."
Mr Purdy, who arrives in Australia on Tuesday morning for the public forums, conceded the company was "not trying to win that battle [with the Australian government] anytime soon" but said a long-term cyber security approach might one day allow the company to do more business in Australia.
"People focus on China, people focus on Huawei, but you have got the global supply chain with the major footprint in China, including our European competitors," he said.
"Ask the experts what's being done to address the risk that China will hack into Nokia and Ericsson's products and be able to launch attacks inside Australia? What's being done about that?"
Nokia and Ericsson are Huawei's main rivals in the development of next-generation telecom networks. Huawei says the European companies' products are more expensive and technologically inferior.
Much Nokia and Ericsson equipment is manufactured in China with state-owned joint venture partners connected to the Chinese Communist Party.
Mr Purdy said there should be an "assurance and transparency initiative for all telecom equipment suppliers", with significant involvement from Australian network operators. Mr Purdy said Huawei was willing to fully participate in any oversight initiatives.
Last week, Huawei dissolved its Australian board, including chairman John Lord's position, facing growing job losses linked to the ban on its participation in 5G.
Australia was the first country to ban the company from supplying technology for 5G networks. The United States also announced a prohibition while Britain has diverged from its key intelligence allies, allowing Huawei limited involvement in its rollout.
Earlier this year, a former Australian intelligence official went public to detail how the government investigated whether it was "possible to prevent a sophisticated state actor from accessing our networks through a vendor", ultimately concluding it could not be done.
"We asked ourselves, if we had the powers akin to the 2017 Chinese Intelligence Law to direct a company which supplies 5G equipment to telco networks, what could we do with that and could anyone stop us?" Simeon Gilding wrote for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
"We concluded that we could be awesome, no one would know and, if they did, we could plausibly deny our activities, safe in the knowledge that it would be too late to reverse billions of dollars’ worth of investment."
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Resignations in the news
Senate president to quit at next election
Senate President Scott Ryan will resign at the next election after 14 years in parliament.
The coalition senator from Victoria announced his decision on Twitter on Sunday.
"Today I announced to my annual BBQ for Liberal members and supporters that this will be my last term in parliament," he said.
"It has been a privilege to represent the people of Victoria for over a decade, to serve as a minister and currently as President of the Senate, only the second Victorian to do so."
He served in various assistant ministry roles and as vocational education minister under the Turnbull government before being appointed senate president in 2017.
As Senate president, he oversaw and regulated the upper house.
Senator Ryan said he was unwilling to commit to continuing until 2028 and wanted to provide sufficient notice to the Liberal Party.
Konica Minolta names new Australian MD as David Cooke resigns
Konica Minolta Australia has announced a top level shake-up with chairman and managing director David Cooke resigning from the company.
The outgoing managing director will stay with the company until mid-July, the end of the Japanese-based printer vendor's financial year, while his replacement Yohei Konaka will take over from April.
On his resignment, Cooke said he had “very mixed feelings” about leaving Konica Minolta Australia.
“The choice of replacement however, gives me considerable confidence with regards to the future success of the company,” he said.
“I’m confident that Yohei will continue to build on the reputation Konica Minolta Australia has as a leader in areas such as human rights and ethical sourcing in line with the company strategy aimed at creating value for business, customers and society and meeting our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and delivering that into the future.”
George Pell appeal: cardinal's lawyers say jury was wrong to reject defence arguments
High court justices hear arguments on why they should grant Pell leave to appeal his conviction for child sexual abuse
The high-profile barrister Bret Walker SC has argued jurors who convicted Cardinal George Pell of child sexual abuse were wrong to reject arguments from his defence about the improbability of the offending occurring.
On Wednesday morning Pell’s final chance of appealing his verdict began before the full high court bench of seven justices in Canberra. The court is yet to grant Pell leave to appeal his conviction – first, it is hearing arguments from Walker as to why the appeal should be allowed. It may grant or deny the appeal at any time.
Outside the court, Pell supporters who arrived together on a bus gathered holding crosses and a sign that read “We are praying for you Papa”. A victim advocate held up a sign that read “Go to hell Pell”.
Walker opened by telling the bench, led by the chief justice, Susan Kiefel, that questions of the complainant’s credibility combined with the improbability of the offending occurring should have led jurors who convicted Pell to hold a reasonable doubt as to his guilt. The jury’s perception of the complainant’s credibility should not have alone persuaded them beyond reasonable doubt, Walker said.
“It is an extreme fallacy for anyone to assume the credibility of the complainant will supply an answer to reasonable doubt raised via evidence to which the complainant says nothing,” Walker said.
Justice Virginia Bell put it to Walker that the high court was not concerned with credibility, given it was up to jurors to decide that. If the court did decide to hear the appeal, Bell said it would proceed with the acceptance that “the witness impressed the jury as a truthful witness”.
Walker said he was “at pains to point out” that belief in a complaint did not eliminate coexisting reasonable doubt as to the accused’s guilt.
Doubt “… could not be eliminated [just] because the jury had manifestly been impressed by the complaint”, Walker said. He said this was because the complainant’s evidence, even if it was impressive and believable, did not address questions of doubt raised by the defence, such as a lack of opportunity for the offending to have occurred.
The court also grappled with whether Victorian appellant court judges, who dismissed Pell’s first appeal by a majority of three-to-one, may have been unduly influenced by the complainant’s testimony by watching a recorded video of it rather than just reading the transcript. Walker said it may have led the judges who dismissed the appeal to give too much weight to the complainant’s evidence rather the evidence in its entirety.
Pell’s master of ceremonies at the time of the offending, Charles Portelli, gave evidence during the trial that Pell would usually remain on the front steps of the cathedral after mass greeting parishioners for anywhere up to 20 minutes. If this were the case, Walker said, there would be no opportunity for Pell to offend in the sacristy. Prosecutor’s argued at trial that while standing on the steps became Pell’s custom, it was not yet custom after he first became Archbishop in 1996, and other witnesses gave evidence that there were occasions when this meet and greet might be skipped or cut short.
Walker told the high court the prosecution had not discredited Portelli’s evidence. His evidence was “material on the basis of which you can not eliminate the possibility that the archbishop was on the front steps.” That “forensically” put a “full-stop” on any chance to offend, Walker said. “That’s another point that says it was not open to find guilt, on the balance, beyond reasonable doubt,” he said.
He said it was not the defence’s role to prove Pell was innocent, but “… to demonstrate there were unexcluded possibilities to show it was not open to the jury to convict”.
Court again rejects bid to speed up extradition proceedings against Malka Leifer
An Israeli court has again rejected a bid to speed up extradition proceedings against alleged child abuser Malka Leifer, sparking renewed calls from an Australian MP to immediately send the former Melbourne school principal back to the country.
Labor MP Josh Burns has written to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin calling for the court proceedings to be completed "as expeditiously as possible" to allow Ms Leifer to be extradited to Australia.
According to a report by Israel's Channel 13, the Jerusalem District Court this week rejected the state attorney office's request to set a date as soon as possible for the formal extradition proceedings.
Judge Miriam Lomp said the required legal proceedings had not yet been completed and the request had no legal basis.
"I was a young woman and have since matured, yet never have I seen such a request," the judge said, according to the media report.
"Instead of acting in accordance with the instructions of the court, and advising its stance on the matters of investigating defence experts and the question of re-examining additional witness testimonies, the petitioner decided to submit an idle request without any legal basis."
In his visit to Australia last month, Mr Rivlin told Australian MPs he would take up the extradition case with his country's chief justice if no progress was made during court hearings that week.
Ms Leifer faces 74 counts of sexual assault in Victoria related to accusations by three sisters who say they were abused while she was a teacher and principal at the Adass Israel ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne.
Mr Burns, whose Melbourne electorate of Macnamara takes in the school, wrote to Mr Rivlin on Tuesday to again raise concerns about the "constant delays" in the extradition case.
"The extradition process of Malka Leifer has gone on far too long and Australians are expressing their increasing frustration with the endless delays," Mr Burns wrote.
"While I make clear we do not wish to interfere with the independent judicial process currently under way, I again put our request that the extradition proceedings be completed as expeditiously as possible."
Mr Burns also called on Israel authorities to investigate allegations its Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, interfered in the extradition case.
Since extradition proceedings were first brought by Australia more than five years ago, there have been more than 60 court hearings and the case still has not moved to the formal extradition phase.
Ms Leifer's defence lawyers argued she was mentally unfit to be extradited, but a psychiatric panel declared she was fit to stand trial in January this year.
Dassi Erlich Tweet
This Saturday 14th March @3pm, Loud fence will tie ribbons around the fence of Adass Israel School from where Leifer abused multiple students before fleeing to Israel with the help of the school board in accordance with a finding of a Victorian Supreme Court Judge.
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A #bringleiferback show of support by the Loud Fence Movement!
This Saturday 14th March @3pm, Loud fence will tie ribbons around the fence of Adass Israel School from where Leifer abused multiple students before fleeing to Israel with the help of the school board in accordance with a finding of a Victorian Supreme Court Judge.
If you'd like to tie a ribbon, join us at the Beavis St school gate - across the road from 11 Beavis St in Elsternwick.
MP Josh Burns, MP David Southwick and Former Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu will be there in support and Australian Story will be filming the event.
Loud fence is a grassroots movement that ties ribbons around the fences of institutions in support of all victims of sexual abuse.
This will be a no contact event so as much as we look forward to meeting you there will be no handshaking. 😶
Essential poll: Scott Morrison regains lead as preferred prime minister after bushfire backlash
Latest survey shows PM also increased approval rating despite government’s ongoing ‘sports rorts’ scandal
Scott Morrison has pulled back in front of Anthony Albanese as preferred prime minister, and Morrison has recorded a slight improvement in his approval rating as the coronavirus has dominated the headlines, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.
As the government moves to finalise its stimulus package, the latest survey finds Morrison is preferred as prime minister by 40% of the sample and Albanese by 35% – a five-point rebound.
The prime minister lost his lead on the head-to-head preferred prime minister measure in January during the sharp voter backlash over the catastrophic summer bushfires, and the slump was sustained. Last month Morrison and Albanese were level pegging on 36%.
Morrison’s approval has also increased from 39% to 41% in a month, and his disapproval has gone from 52% to 49%. Albanese’s approval is steady on 41% and the Labor leader’s disapproval is up two points from 31% to 33%. These movements are largely inside the poll’s margin of error, which is plus or minus 3%.
The poll also suggests Australian voters have a firmer fix on Morrison than Albanese. Asked whether they approve or disapprove of the prime minister’s performance, only 10% of the survey said they didn’t know, while a quarter of the sample is still on the fence about Albanese. But the trend in the survey suggests people are beginning to develop clearer views about the Labor leader. Last July, 37% of the sample didn’t know whether they approved or disapproved, compared with 26% now.
The mild recovery for Morrison comes as the government finalises a multi-billion dollar stimulus to try and stave off a domestic recession triggered by the coronavirus. Morrison on Tuesday warned the economic effects of the pandemic could be worse than the global financial crisis.
The government has signalled that a new business investment allowance, a financial boost for pensioners through changes to deeming rates, and immediate support for small and medium-sized businesses will form part of the stimulus package, which is expected to be unveiled before Morrison meets the premiers this Friday at the Council of Australian Governments. The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has also softened the ground for some form of handout to boost consumption, confirming the government will look to support people through the tax and transfer system to ensure “the support gets out there as fast as possible”.
Ahead of the stimulus package, the government will unveil a $2.4 billion health package aimed at boosting the capacity of the sector to cope with the outbreak and slowing the spread of the virus.
The Morrison government also continues to be dogged by the sports grants controversy, which shows no sign of abating. Senate hearings are under way to try and untangle mismanagement in the grants program that was savaged by the Australian National Audit Office.
According to responses to a series of questions posed this week about which major party is best placed to manage particular events – voters continue to rate the Coalition as better than Labor at managing both a major health crisis and an economic one – even though the then Rudd government’s management of the global financial crisis helped keep Australia out of recession.
The Coalition is also rated ahead of Labor on managing security threats and on managing the challenge of Australia’s ageing of the population. Labor is rated ahead of the Coalition on managing a major environmental crisis, and also managing the transition to a low carbon economy.
Voters in the sample were also asked more specific questions about economic management. A majority said the Coalition was better at managing the economy to benefit big business, and a majority thought Labor was better at managing the economy to benefit workers.
The government was rated ahead of Labor at managing the economy generally and managing the economy to benefit small business, while Labor was in front on managing the economy to benefit older Australians and people in regional communities.
Child sex abuse victim says Anglican Church fobbed her off, then offered payout in exchange for silence
Anglican Church officials wrongly told a woman who was sexually abused more than 60 years ago they had to hold off resolving her complaint, then offered a payout and an apology if she agreed to a gag clause.
The church's Brisbane diocese has admitted to again failing Beth Heinrich over her 1995 complaint, which culminated in then-governor-general Peter Hollingworth publicly blaming her for a priest sexually exploiting her as a 15-year-old.
Its apology for causing her "additional trauma and distress" through "unacceptable delays" came a day after the ABC questioned its latest missteps in the case, which led to Dr Hollingworth's public downfall but still fuels calls for him to be stripped of millions of dollars of public benefits.
The diocese in January belatedly offered Ms Heinrich up to $30,000 for its mishandling of her complaint, which Dr Hollingworth dismissed repeatedly when he was archbishop of Brisbane.
The offer was a fraction of the $200,000 she sought — a figure she said was increased after independent legal advice and church officials in Melbourne advising that her original request for $50,000 was too little.
The Brisbane diocese also told her in January it was "happy to provide an apology" but this should be kept "confidential" until its Melbourne counterpart ended a separate investigation into whether Dr Hollingworth should be stripped of his Holy Orders.
Its request for secrecy contrasted with Dr Hollingworth's widely publicised 2002 comments on ABC TV's Australian Story program that it was "not sex abuse" by priest, and later bishop, Donald Shearman, but "rather the other way round".
"It was devastating for me at the time [and] I'm still really angry about it because there's been no ending to it," Ms Heinrich told the ABC.
"[Dr Hollingworth] knew the true story but he chose to lie about me and victim blame."
A church spokesman said: "The Brisbane diocese acknowledges there have been unacceptable delays in finalising a redress claim of Ms Beth Heinrich".
"The diocese apologises that this has caused her additional trauma and distress," the spokesman said.
'Most extraordinary case'
Child protection expert and University of South Australia adjunct professor Chris Goddard said Ms Heinrich's was "the most extraordinary case of so-called secondary abuse I have ever seen".
He helped Ms Heinrich prepare her testimony to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, with a 300-page presentation involving about 70 documents.
"To my knowledge [Dr Hollingworth] has never publicly apologised for the public humiliation of Beth," Professor Goddard said.
In 2005, the Bathurst Anglican diocese paid Ms Heinrich $100,000 over Mr Shearman's abuse of her while running the church hostel where she was a school boarder in the 1950s.
Ms Heinrich said she decided to press a complaint over Brisbane diocese's mishandling of the matter, after it advertised in a newspaper for survivors to come forward in the wake of the royal commission into child sex abuse in institutions.
In October 2017, the diocese told her it had "little option but to wait for the findings of the Melbourne investigation before [we] can advance and conclude the consideration of your complaints and claim".
'Happy to consider an apology'
It said any examination of her complaint "could not be safely concluded until the findings of the Melbourne committee are known, and may risk prejudicing the Melbourne investigation".
However, the diocese changed its tune in August 2018 after Ms Heinrich questioned the delay.
It told her that it "might be possible to deal with your claim on a private and confidential basis without waiting for the outcome" from Melbourne.
It said the diocese was "happy to consider an apology" but it would be "better delivered" after Melbourne's findings.
Any settlement would need to be "private and confidential" so as "not to prejudice" the other investigation, it said.
But Melbourne church officials contradicted this last November.
"I can confirm that any compensation or redress paid to you will not impact the investigation," Kooyoora Ltd executive director Fiona Boyle said in a letter.
Alexander Downer Twitter Thread
Alexander Downer @AlexanderDowner
In the end I guess the Democrats will choose Bloomberg and the race will be on! If they don’t then Trump will win. He might even beat Bloomberg.
Secret Agent @SeekretAgent
“Trump might even beat Bloomberg”.
Do you have any idea how dumb you sound. By the way, didn’t the FBI use you to spy on American citizen(s)?…
Alexander Downer @AlexanderDowner
No they didn’t. Crazy conspiracy theory.
So there exists no transcript of your conversation with Papadopolis, because you didnt record it, right? What exactly did he say to you, because the IG report couldn't quite make clear what he specifically told you. These crazy conspiracy theorists are tearing the US apart.
Alexander Downer @AlexanderDowner
No transcript exists because there was no recording.
George Papadopoulos Tweet
I reported Alexander Downer to the FBI, Mueller and Congress. My testimony to Congressman Mark Meadows and Congressman John Ratcliff is now public. Mueller’s team asked me how did I know Downer was recording me. I demonstrated to them, the FBI and Congress. Five eyes at risk.
Spygate Could Make Watergate Look Like A Third-Rate Burglary
The investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation – or as President Trump prefers to call it, the witch hunt – continues to expand. Durham reportedly opened criminal investigations last fall. And unlike the narrow Justice Department Inspector General’s review of the abuse of the FISA process, Durham is looking into the questionable activities of other government agencies, in particular the CIA and its former director John Brennan.
The widening scope involves not only the agencies being investigated, but who was being targeted and why. Earlier last week Sharyl Attkisson reported that, based on her sources in the intelligence and law enforcement communities, the authorizations to spy on Trump functionaries such as Carter Page or former campaign manager Paul Manafort were actually pretexts for a much more expansive web of surveillance that could include anyone in contact with Page, or even anyone twice removed from the ostensible target. Hence, thousands of people could have been unknowingly caught up in the Spygate web and are still unaware that their privacy had been violated under the severely compromised FISA process.
This ties into the whirlwind of “unmaskings” during the 2016-17 transition period. Names of people inadvertently caught up in this expansive web, which ordinarily would be classified and their privacy interests protected, were revealed and information sent to Democratic allies in Capitol Hill for “safe keeping.” Judicial Watch has chronicled how Obama’s United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, colluded in this effort to bolster the “insurance policy” to hobble the Trump presidency.
There is also the matter of President Obama finalizing rules in the closing days of his administration that opened the raw, unedited information feeds collected by the National Security Agency to all of the 16 other agencies in the Intelligence Community before any privacy protections are implemented. This ill-considered and unnecessary rule change vastly expanded the potential for abuse in the system and was a curious move for Obama to make in the waning days of his presidency.
However, it makes perfect sense if you believe that Obama officials were doing their utmost to put in place a bureaucratic infrastructure seeking to undermine the Trump administration before it began. Also, factor in the distrust of NSA head Admiral Michael S. Rogers, who met with President-elect Trump in November 2016 and allegedly blew the whistle on the Trump Tower wiretapping.
Essentially, Obama’s rule change took Rogers out of the equation and gave other agency heads like Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper the freedom to spread around whatever information the NSA was scooping up, whether relevant to Russia or not.
Thus, the people peripheral to Donald Trump who were the initial targets served principally as gateways to justify a massive domestic spying operation. And the ultimate target of this illicit activity was clearly Trump himself. It says a lot that given this unprecedented abuse of domestic spying, with the coup cabal having unfettered access to the virtually unlimited information collected by the Intelligence Community, and after two years of brutal investigation by the Mueller team, the effort to show ties between Trump and Russia came up empty. But the insurance policy at least achieved part of its objective in severely damaging the Trump administration in its first years.
Another important question yet to be resolved is when Spygate started. For example, George Papadopoulos was being targeted by foreign intelligence services like Australia, perhaps at Brennan’s behest, months before Donald Trump was the Republican nominee. This raises the question, were members of other then-still active Republican campaigns being targeted in this time frame as well? Was this part of a general push to begin weaving the Russian collusion story against any potential GOP 2016 nominee, and not just Trump? If the answer to that question is yes, then it will be clear that the entire enterprise was not an intelligence operation at all but a criminal political conspiracy of unprecedented scope and impact. It would indeed make Watergate look like a third-rate burglary.
PICACC celebrates first year; firm in its resolve to end online sexual exploitation of children
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) celebrated its first-year anniversary today in Camp Crame in Manila. Since its inauguration on February 27, 2019, PICACC has been firm on pursuing its mission of combatting the online exploitation of children. The online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is one of the most alarming forms of human trafficking in the Philippines today. Sex offenders and predators anywhere in the world can search online and pay to direct the sexual abuse of children.
The PICACC, a model for an enhanced global response against OSEC, is a cooperation among local and international law enforcement, namely the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC), the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human-Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (UK NCA); in partnership with non-government organization, International Justice Mission (IJM).
In its first year, the PICACC has had 41 operations which led to the rescue of 136 victims and children-at-risk of OSEC and the arrest of 41 suspected OSEC local traffickers. 3 traffickers have been convicted and 36 have ongoing adjudication.
Atty. Janet Francisco, Chief of NBI-AHTRAD is pleased to witness the strides the PICACC has made, working together to save the children from online sexual exploitation. She said, “We want the PICACC to be the biggest threat to perpetrators of OSEC. We will continue to be vigilant in our pursuit of those who take advantage of our children.”
One of the highlights from the many accomplishments of the PICACC last year took place on April 12, 2019. On that day, a joint operation between PNP-WCPC and NBI-AHTRAD, supported by the PICACC, resulted in the arrest of Europol’s most wanted criminal, Nelson Turayno, who on December 16, 2019 was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing child sexual exploitation materials under Republic Act No. 9775. Turayno is still facing other charges of qualified trafficking, acts of lasciviousness and rape.
PBGEN Alessandro Abella, Chief of the PNP-WCPC is honored by the work of his team and the partners who support them. “We are grateful for the deepening support and partnership among local and international law enforcement agencies. The PICACC’s successes benefits the world. We will continue to grow in our ability to detect, investigate, and enforce the law to ensure that the victims of OSEC are rescued and that their perpetrators both here and abroad are brought to account for their crimes,” Abella said.
The AFP and the UK NCA built investigation capability through delivery of strategic training to enhance the law enforcement response and activities conducted by the PNP-WCPC and NBI-AHTRAD and their corresponding regional officers. Further, both agencies have brought key PNP and NBI leadership and investigators to their respective jurisdictions to learn about their country’s enforcement strategies. These trainings aim to increase capability of law enforcement to bring rescue to children victimized by this crime.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Perkins, AFP Senior Officer to the Philippines reinforced the AFP’s continued commitment to the PICACC stating that combatting child exploitation within Australia and offshore, including the Philippines, is a key priority for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.
“Our collaborative cross-border efforts to protect children have significantly increased since the establishment of the PICACC. Child sex offenders operating in the Philippines and abroad have been disrupted and child victims of online sexual exploitation have been rescued and removed from harm. Furthermore, the work undertaken by the PICACC has strengthened prosecution cases in Australia, identified further suspect offenders and generated intelligence leads and more investigations,” Perkins remarked.
The PICACC, led by NBI-AHTRAD and PNP-WCPC, serves as a model showing how international collaboration is an incredible tool in fighting OSEC. It is continuing to expand its capability, personnel, and facilities to increase and strengthen its ability to rescue and protect the survivors of OSEC.
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WA Bishop Christopher Saunders steps down over ‘serious sex abuse allegations’
West Australian Catholic Bishop Christopher Saunders has stood down from his senior role administering the Broome diocese amid claims of serious but undisclosed sex abuse allegations.
The Catholic Church in Perth issued a communique from the Vatican, dated 10 March, indicating that Bishop Saunders, 70, had “voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese.”
The church move was in response to a Channel Seven TV report that police have been investigating historic allegations by two men that they had been victims of sex abuse by Bishop Saunders.
According to the Seven report, WA police have interviewed past and present members of the Bishop’s staff, including priests, who allegedly laid complaints against his behaviour. No charges have been laid against him.
WA Police minister Michelle Roberts confirmed to The Australian that she had “directly referred correspondence in relation to Bishop Saunders to police.”
When confronted by a reporter in Broome outside his church, Bishop Saunders said: “Without any reservation, without any doubt whatsoever, that has never happened, and it never would happen.”
He is one of the Kimberley’s most prominent religious figures, respected as an advocate and outspoken commentator on indigenous affairs and education in the region.
He spent his early life at missions throughout the northwest of the state before moving to the Kimberley. He arrived in Broome as a deacon in 1975 before becoming a priest the following year.
He served at La Grange Mission, 200 kilometres south of Broome and then at Kalumburu Mission, in the far north Kimberley, until 1988. As Bishop, he has been a regular visitor to far-flung Aboriginal communities.
Former Broome mayor Ron Johnstone, a friend of the bishop, said the airing of the allegations would be “a shock to Broome and the Kimberley.”
“Bishop Saunders is a visionary who has done fantastic work for the community,” he said. “He is a generous spirit, and I will not desert him in his hour of need,” he said.
>Many more to come?
>Dark to LIGHT.
So Russia Russia Russia failed…
X, Y, Z failed
Is Wuhan Flu a last ditch effort to take out POTUS with a virus that targets only the old elites?? Except it is now backfiring like everything else they do.
POTUS is insulated!
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus at hospital in Australia
American actor, who is starring in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis film, and his wife say they are to be isolated while they recover
The US actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been diagnosed with coronavirus while filming in Australia.
The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor is currently on the Gold Coast in Queensland filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled production about Elvis Presley.
Hanks wrote on Instagram on Thursday that after he and Wilson had been feeling “a bit tired, like we had colds” they arranged to be tested for the virus and had been “found to be positive”.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches,” he wrote on his official Instagram page.
“Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.
“Well, now. What to do next? The medical officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
The Guardian understands that early on Thursday morning cast and crew attached to the film received an email instructing them to stay away from set after a member of the production tested positive for the virus.
The premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said on Thursday that health officials would conduct contact tracing to determine who had been in close contact with Hanks and Wilson.
“People who have come in close contact with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will now need to self isolate and quarantine,” she said.
Famously approachable, Hanks had regularly posed for photos with fans at Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast and a cafe near Mount Warning on the New South Wales far north coast.
But the premier said she did not believe a selfie would constitute close contact.
“Tom has been having a wonderful time on the Gold Coast and we are so lucky to have Tom in Queensland,” she said.
“But what it is, is people who have come in very close contact with him in recent days [our] experts will now work very closely with him with Baz [Luhrmann] and all the cast the crew and then they will isolate those people who have been in that close proximity.
“From what the chief health officer has told me it’s over 15 minutes of being in very close contact, so a selfie wouldn’t count as that.”
She said Hanks and Wilson would receive “the best treatment in our hospital”.
“I’m very confident with the physicians that we have that will be treating Tom and his wife and like I said we wish them all the very best for a speedy recovery,” she said.
“I know the thoughts of Queenslanders and all Australians are with Tom and Rita during this time.”
In the lead up to shooting, normal practice would involve lead actors to have close contact with wardrobe and hair and makeup departments for screen tests and sound tests. These often involve close physical contact with potentially dozens of crew.
Production on the Luhrmann film had been set to begin filming on Monday. In a statement the US production company behind the film, Warner Bros, said it was “taking precautions” to protect its employees.
“The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world,” the company said in a statement.
“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for Covid-19 (coronavirus).
“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual.
“The individual who tested positive for Covid-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
Hanks and Wilson, who is an American singer and actor, had been travelling to different locations in Australia and had posted photos from Sydney and Brisbane on Instagram.
Wilson performed at the famous Sydney Opera House over the weekend and had appeared on the Nine breakfast morning show Today earlier in the week.
Chelsea Manning attempts suicide in her jail cell and is resuscitated by guards following her refusal to testify before grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning attempted suicide inside her Virginia jail cell and was resuscitated by prison guards, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Sources said Manning – who has been held in custody since May for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and Julian Assange – tried to hang herself with a sheet inside Alexandra Detention Center.
The 31-year-old still had a pulse when she was found at around 1pm, however, and DailyMail.com understands she was still breathing while en route to the hospital.
Manning previously spent seven years in military prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US documents to WikiLeaks in 2010.
But she told a judge last May she would rather starve to death than change her decision to testify about it in front of a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Manning’s lawyers have called for her to be set free and UN special rapporteur Nilz Melzer has denounced her captivity as a form of torture.
'A jail deputy discovered her while conducting a check in the special housing unit where Chelsea is being housed,' a source told DailyMail.com.
'They found her with a sheet around her neck. Other deputies arrived and first aid was administered before she was taken to the hospital.'
Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years for leaking to WikiLeaks but was released in May 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her time in prison.
The insider said Manning is expected to recover and was well enough last night to be able to communicate with medical staff.
'It was a close run thing. Chelsea was unconscious, she was blue and unresponsive, but the deputies were able to resuscitate her,' the insider added.
'They did a great job keeping her life. Nobody wants a repeat of the Jeffrey Epstein fiasco.'
Manning, a transgender woman whom supporters call a whistleblower, passed more 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks that exposed possible war crimes and internal US communications about other countries.
Manning’s attorney, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, confirmed her suicide attempt in a statement to DailyMail.com.
'On Wednesday March 11 Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life. She was taken to a hospital and is currently recovering,' she said.
'Ms. Manning is still scheduled to appear on Friday for a previously calendared hearing, at which Judge Anthony Trenga will rule on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from her May, 2019 refusal to give testimony before a grand jury investigating the publication of her 2010 disclosures.
'In spite of those sanctions - which have so far included over a year of so-called "coercive" incarceration and nearly half a million dollars in threatened fines - she remains unwavering in her refusal to participate in a secret grand jury process that she sees as highly susceptible to abuse.'
Meltzer-Cohen said Manning had previously indicated that she 'will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself'.
She added: 'Her actions today evidence the strength of her convictions, as well as the profound harm she continues to suffer as a result of her "civil" confinement - a coercive practice that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, recently said violates international law.'
City of Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'There was an incident at approximately 12:11pm today at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning.
'It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.'
In March of last year Manning was called to testify to a grand jury - a panel investigating major crimes that operates in secrecy - about her work with the site’s founder, Assange.
When Manning refused and accused the government of abusing the grand jury process a judge found her in contempt of court and jailed her indefinitely.
She was released two months later when the grand jury's mandate expired but and was called to testify before another one, asking many of the same questions.
George Pell's High Court appeal sees prosecutors defend appeal judges' viewing of victim's video testimony
The second Day of George Pell's appeal hearing in the High Court has opened with prosecutors defending the Victorian Court of Appeal viewing video of the victim's testimony.
Pell is serving six years' jail for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s, when he was the archbishop of Melbourne.
He is convicted of committing the crimes after he found the boys swigging altar wine in the priests' sacristy after mass in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral.
A jury convicted him in 2018 — a decision that the Victorian Court of Appeal upheld in a two-to-one decision.
But his lawyers have gone to the High Court, saying the appeal court failed to take proper account of evidence that cast doubt on his guilt.
During yesterday's hearing Pell's lawyer, Bret Walker SC, argued the Victorian appeal judges may have been unduly convinced by the video.
Under intense questioning, Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, today told the court that the videos formed part of the evidence and it was the Court of Appeal which requested to view them.
"It wasn't the Crown's idea and it wasn't the Crown advancing the point about demeanour," Ms Judd said.
But she said the video furnished the judges with an impression of the victim's demeanour which was vital because "credibility issues were up front and centre".
Victim's demeanour a 'relevant consideration'
On the first day of the appeal, Pell's legal team argued there were inconsistencies in the victim's evidence, which they said were signs he was "embellishing and fantasising".
Today, Ms Judd argued that the victim's demeanour was a "relevant consideration".
"Demeanour is not something that the Court of Appeal are prevented from looking at and considering," she said.
"The question then becomes not whether or not they looked at demeanour … but whether or not they were unduly influenced by demeanour."
The Crown's contention is that the victim has long been truthful.
On the issue of undue influence, Justice Viriginia Bell drew Ms Judd to the Crown's closing address in the cardinal's case, when the prosecutor invited the jury to recall the victim closing his eyes on two occasions to remember something.
"It may be that watching and seeing the complainant close his eyes and think back impressed members of the jury as an evidence sign of truthfulness," Justice Bell said.
But others, she noted, might see it as the victim fabricating his answer.
"My point is that it's such a subjective consideration that it's very difficult to see how the Appellate Court … can be assisted by its own subjective view of matters of that character," Justice Bell said.
Ms Judd said that ultimately, reliability and credibility of a witness was "primarily and essentially" a matter for the jury.
She said that though there was some evidence which could point to innocence, it did not mean the jury was unable to find Pell guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
Evidence moves to the priest's sacristy
Ms Judd told the High Court the evidence presented was enough for the original jury to convict Cardinal Pell beyond reasonable doubt.
She pointed to the victim's intimate knowledge of the priest's sacristy, where he says he was abused, as evidence which corroborated his story.
But Justice Geoffrey Nettle asked what evidence there was which placed the victim in the sacristy.
"This witness gave positive evidence that he had not been in that room before," Ms Judd said.
She rejected the notion, put forward by the defence, that he could have once toured the room.
"He's in that room and he's describing it in such detail that if something's happened when he's in that room, it's indelibly marked on his memory," Ms Judd said.
"This is not just a quick look in this room. Something significant has happened in that room."
But under questioning, she conceded that the pivotal five or six minute window, during which time the abuse is said to have occurred, could have been longer.
Outside the court, a group of Pell supporters from Sydney who clashed with an abuse survivors' advocate yesterday gathered again this morning.
Man charged over George Pell death threats
A Melbourne man has been charged with making threats against George Pell, as the disgraced cardinal’s High Court bid for freedom continues.
The 49-year-old Brunswick man was charged on Wednesday with making a bomb threat and making three threats to kill Pell.
Documents obtained by AAP confirm Pell, 78, was the target.
The man is accused of making one of the threats directly to Pell on March 2.
Two other charges allege the man made the threats against Pell to another person, who works alongside Pell’s specialist appeals barrister Bret Walker SC.
The man is also accused of knowingly spreading false information about an explosive device in Victoria on the same day.
Pell’s legal team are currently in Canberra fighting for him to be granted a final appeal against his convictions for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
Mr Walker completed his arguments in Pell’s case on Wednesday. Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC began presenting her case on Thursday.
The Brunswick man was bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 9.
>At some point it will not be safe for them to walk down the street.
One step closer to justice?
The Malka Leifer case will return to court on Wednesday, March 18; Labor MP Josh Burns says, 'We will not rest until Malka Leifer faces trial in Australia'.
MALKA Leifer’s alleged victims hope they are “one step closer” to justice after a Jerusalem court judge decided not to allow any more defence witnesses to cross-examine a psychiatric panel who assessed Leifer’s mental state.
The decision means the next court hearing on Wednesday, March 18 will hear summaries of the defence and prosecution’s cross-examinations.
It comes amid another setback in the case, however, after the Jerusalem District Court this week reportedly dismissed a request by the state attorney office’s to speed up extradition proceedings.
According to Israel’s Channel 13, Judge Chana Lomp said the request was “without any legal basis”, noting the required legal proceedings had not yet been completed.
Meanwhile, Labor MP Josh Burns – who has been advocating for Leifer to face justice in Australia, where she faces 74 charges of child sexual abuse – has written to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin following their meeting last month during the President’s visit to Australia.
Stating, “While I make clear we do not wish to interfere with the independent judicial process currently under way,” Burns said, “I again put our request that the extradition proceedings be completed as expeditiously as possible.”
During their meeting, Rivlin vowed to personally intervene in the Leifer case if no progress was made in the latest round of court hearings in Israel.
Burns reiterated to Rivlin this week, “We will not rest until Malka Leifer faces trial in Australia.”
Burns, Caulfield MP David Southwick and former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu will be among attendees at an event in Melbourne on Sunday in support of the #BringLeiferBack campaign.
The Loud Fence movement, a grassroots initiative that ties ribbons to show support to all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, will tie ribbons around the fence of Adass Israel School, where Leifer was principal before fleeing to Israel.
Community members have been invited to join the event which will be held at the school’s Beavis St, Elsternwick gate at 5.30pm on Sunday. Ribbons may be tied from 3pm onwards.
Dassi Erlich Tweet
Just in from Israel…
Judge Lomp has decided not to allow any more defense witnesses.
The next court hearing will be summaries of the defense and prosecution, both taking place on the 18th March!
One step closer… #bringleiferback
Reposts from Q Research Generals #10732 and #10733
What is that figure on the other side?
Look like a mech from anime.
Soldier carrying another
"Firemans" carry (Soldiers)
gift from Australia
No One Left Behind
gift from Australia, where hanx is right now, with the wuhan
hanx got the wuhan is Australia and is there now.
the statue behind POTUS is a gift from Australia.
The presents Scott Morrison gifted to Donald Trump at the White House