“It is simply a person without a name and without an identity who is placed in complete and absolute isolation from the outside world. We don’t know if he gets visits, or if anyone even knows he’s even in jail. There is confidentiality surrounding the detainee in every respect.” ISRAELI PRISON SERVICE OFFICER June 2010 [...]
AUSTRALIA’S top sporting codes have been rocked by revelations that organised crime is behind the increasing use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by ”multiple athletes” across sporting codes and possible attempts to fix matches and manipulate betting markets.
The heads of all the main professional and participation sports expressed shock after being briefed on a 12-month [...]
AP, February 5
Sydney — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a South Pacific earthquake generated a tsunami that may be destructive near the epicenter.
It says sea level readings indicate a tsunami formed after the magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit near the Solomon Islands. More distant coasts may be threatened.
Powerful quake strikes off Solomon [...]
The Australian prime minister warns of more extreme weather to come.
Mother Jones, By James West, January 8
Every Australian knows well the smell of burning eucalyptus. As a kid, I remember filling bathtubs and hosing the house as embers flew overhead and the lawn turned grey with ash. The family photo albums practically lived [...]
The Australian Government has finally followed other countries and Prime Minister Gillard states that the Royal Commission will be consulting with the organisations that represent the survivors of child abuse, with religious organisations, with state and territory governments, to ensure the terms of reference are right.” The inquiry will not be confined to the Catholic [...]
Sydney Morning Herald, By Rory Callinan & Josephine Tovey, November 12
More than 70 per cent of the Brothers from the St John of God order are suspected child abusers and the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney should immediately shut it down, says a psychologist who was employed by the order to meet scores of victims.
AFP, November 8
Sydney — Australia on Friday scrapped a controversial plan to filter the Internet, saying it will instead block hundreds of websites identified by Interpol as among the worst child abuse sites.
The centre-left Labor government had pushed since 2007 for a mandatory Internet filter to protect children, to be administered by service [...]
Today the Australian government, announced via a Tweet from the Australian Treasurer a forecast surplus of $1.1 billion. Howls of outrage from the mainstream media who had been in lockdown and unable to publish the details until an hour later.
An hour later Australia discovered that the surplus would come, inter alia, from a cut [...]
In late August, conservative radio broadcaster Alan Jones accused women of “destroying the joint” as he widened his attack on Julia Gillard to take in other female public figures. Jones sunk even lower resulting in a huge social media campaign against him. Today, the Speaker of the Australian Parliament, Peter Slipper has faced up to [...]
Australia should transfer asylum-seekers offshore to places such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea to deter boatpeople from risking their lives at sea, a government-ordered report recommended.
An expert panel headed by former defence chief Angus Houston on Monday said Canberra should introduce greater disincentives to stop would-be refugees from paying people-smugglers to bring them [...]
Taliban-led insurgents killed two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers Saturday in an ambush in the peaceful central province of Bamiyan, local officials said Sunday.
The intelligence officers, members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s spy agency, had received a report of explosives and IEDs stockpiled in the Baghak area of [...]
A coalition of Internet advocates launched a campaign Wednesday against Canada’s participation in closed-door trade talks that could force Canada to rewrite its laws and impose draconian restrictions on Canadian Internet users.
The coalition, which includes Vancouver’s OpenMedia.ca, is calling on the Canadian government to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding negotiations in the Trans-Pacific [...]
An installation light projection on the Australian landmark makes it look as if its roof crumbles to the ground. The display forms part of the Vivid light and music festival in the New South Wales capital, and is created by the German design company Urbanscreen. The festival runs until 11 June, with 50 [...]
Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, warned that Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later. Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the [...]
U.S. servicemembers looking at career options in this era of shrinking military budgets and force drawdowns might want to take a look Down Under.
The Australian government is recruiting experienced U.S. enlisted personnel and officers to fill a range of positions ”” from submariners to doctors ”” in its military, according to a posting on [...]