Greens: Government must send mental health Crisis team to Christmas Island

Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said “Christmas Island is at crisis point,” and has called on the Abbott Government to immediately send a team of mental health experts to Christmas Island to deal with the current crisis in the centre.

“The children are suffering terribly and they need specialised mental health support now.” Stated Senator Hanson-Young.

She also noted that a lack of female staff on the island has seen mothers put on 24-hour suicide watch under the supervision of male prison guards.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also said that it’s clear that the Nauru detention centre needs to be opened up to independent investigators.

“The Australian Government pays for, runs and controls the Nauru centre but they have banned the Australian Human Rights Commission from setting foot inside.”

“Until these women and children can be brought to Australia, the Abbott Government should be doing everything they can to reduce the damage that’s being done.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said that children in the Inverbrackie detention centre have told her Christmas Island was Hell and they begged not to be sent back there.


Egypt: Egyptian Army Kills Suicide Bomber Heading For Israel And Destroys Rockets Heading For Gaza

The Egyptian army has killed a suicide bomber attempting to enter Israel as the suicide bomber ran towards the border at Kerem Shalom.

The incident happened on Wednesday night (Israel time). In a related incident the Egyptian Army also destroyed a car that had rockets that were to be fired at Israel from Gaza.

Egypt has also been carrying out military against terrorist groups in the Sinai while Israel has been conducting their military campaign against Hamas.


Conflict In Gaza Continues While Officials Search for Cease-Fire

150px-Badge_of_the_Israel_Defence_Forces.svgThe Israeli Defence Force (IDF) continues to strike the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank fire, while Hamas continues to launch rockets into Israel amid efforts to secure a cease-fire to end the conflict.

Palestinian health officials said the IDF attacks killed at least 20 people early Thursday.  They have put the total death toll at 718 people since Israel began its operation to halt Hamas rocket fire on July 8.  Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have died during the conflict.

The IDF also reported multiple rockets being fired Thursday, including several it said were intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defense system


Air Algerie flight (AH5017 ) carrying 116 people has disappeared flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers

An Air Algerie flight (AH5017 ) carrying 116 people has disappeared during a trip from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

Algeria’s official news agency said air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on what is typically a four-hour flight.

Algerian sources say the last contact with the plane came while it was flying over northern Mali.

The plane is owned by a private Spanish airline, Swiftair. A Swiftair statement said there were 110 passengers and six crew members on board.

It said emergency equipment and personnel have been deployed to find out what happened to the plane. (Source: VOA)


12 Children Killed In Bus Crash In India

At least 12 children have been killed, the bus driver was also killed. when their school bus was hit by a train in southern India.

Police officials have said the children were on their way to school when the accident happened at an unmanned railroad crossing in Telangana state Thursday.

Accidents are common on India’s railroad network, one of the world’s largest that carries more than 20 million people per day.


100 Days Since Boko Haram Kidnapped 200 Girls In Nigeria – Girls Still Held Captive

It has been100 days since more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their schoolhouse in the war-torn northeast of Nigeria.

Two weeks after the abduction, activists in Nigeria took to the streets demanding the immediate rescue of the girls.

Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie expressed support for the movement and the movement became known as Bring Back Our Girls.

Two months after the abduction, rallies continued almost every day and members of the U.S. Congress visited Nigeria, adding their voices to the call for the rescue of the 200 girls.

Now 100 days after the abduction, the world still knows nothing certain about the girls’ condition or their whereabouts.

The only information comes from Boko Haram’s leader, who said in a video they are being held captive as “slaves” and will not be returned unless the government swaps imprisoned militants for girls.

To keep up the pressure for their return people have been asked to join the global show of solidarity at http://www.aworldatschool.org/100days

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If Newman Was Truly Sorry He Would Show Real Action And Not Crocodile Tears

20140623-145208-53528035.jpgEditorial – Campbell Newman claims he is sorry for the wrong decisions he has made. If he was truly sorry he would do the following:

  1. Remove Tim Carmody as Chief Justice. Newman and the Attorney General made this appointment with complete disregard to the legal profession in Queensland. Carmody can not and doesn’t have the respect of his colleagues of the the bar.
  2. He should remove the Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie for introducing laws that were unconstitutional and that later had to be repealed- after which he claimed he had nothing to do with them, even though when they were drafted he was actively involved with them. He has also tried to intervene within the justice system for political gains which has cost the state millions. Since June 2012 the number of inmates in Queensland jails has soared from 5,600 to 6,899 as a direct result of Mr Bleijie’s policies. In fact there are now more people in jail than the official capacity of our correctional facilities thanks to policies such as mandatory sentencing.
  3. He would remove Ken Levy from being acting chair of the CMC and appoint a person who truly has bi-partisan support.
  4. Hold a true and independent inquiry in the political dealings of the LNP after the likes of Scott Driscoll
  5. Stop the pursuit of the sale of assets. Despite Queenslanders saying ‘no’ to the proposed sell off of more than $33 billion worth of public assets during the Strong Choices ‘consultations’, the LNP still don’t get it.
  6. Repeal the VLAD laws that have been used to inflict pain on the families that have been effected
  7. Explain why he has allowed the dredging and dumping at Abbots Point and endangered the great barrier reef
  8. Commission and Audit report which was based on lies and was used as the blue print to push Queensland back into the past

If Newman truly was sorry he would do the 8 listed things and more  but in trying to justify his abysmal work as Premier “Pass the buck” Newman said that he “…can’t let the history of the 20 years prior to us be forgotten” and it better not be forgotten. The history of the past 20 years is a proud history of people in and out of government, lead by the workers and people of Queensland with the Labor party in government, who brought Queensland out of the dark days of the Bjelke Petersen era which were filled with corruption and draconian laws, it was all but a dictatorship. This dark era in Queensland’s history was lead by a man whom Newman admires. He once said that Joh had set the bar and that he hopes to reach it and go beyond!

Queensland has had 20 years of development, growth and the creation of wealth. A strong and well managed integration into the national and global economies. During the past 20 years Queensland has come of age all thanks to the workers and people of Queensland with the Labor party in government.

Photo: Real Media One Group © Aaron Watson
Photo: Real Media One Group © Aaron Watson

In contrast to the past 20 years Queensland has seen regression for the past 2 and half years and the destruction of a civil society . Charade after charade from the LNP government has been played out on the political stage in Queensland trying to fool the people of Queensland. Queenslanders have been told that they have it all wrong about Newman and what he is doing , they just don’t get it – rubbish!

Queensland and its people will not fall for these crocodile tears! The LNP may win the next election but Queensland will send a message so loud that Newman may well have to look for a new job.


U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of MH17

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet that killed all 298 aboard, and demanded that pro-Russian separatists, who are now known as terroists, controlling the crash site allow investigators unrestricted accesss to the area.

Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop welcomed the vote result, calling it an “uanmbiguous response” to an “utterly deplorable act.”

Thirty-seven Australian citizens died when the plane was shot down. Officials in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union say a surface-to-air missile slammed into the plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine on July 17.

In remarks at the White House Monday, Obama said “The burden now is on Russia” he said Russia must insist that the separatists-terrorists stop tampering with the evidence and grant investigators who are already on the ground immediate, full, and unimpeded access to the crash site.

After intense international pressure, the separatists-terrorists have allowed a train carrying the bodies of the victims of this terrorism to leave the rebel-held town of Torez for the town of Kharkiv in Ukraine. The bodies are to be handed over to the Netherlands.

Rebel-Terrorists controlling the crash site said Monday they would give the plane’s flight recorders to Malaysian officials. The so-called black boxes contain voice and flight data recordings from the passenger plane.

Source: Craig Toocheck

Obama To Sign Executive Orders Banning Anti- Gay Job Bias

Official_portrait_of_Barack_ObamaPresident Obama is to sign Presidential executive orders banning anti-gay job bias.  The two executive orders will prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender government workers.

The President announced his plans for the orders last month, saying it is “upsetting” and “wrong” that Americans could go to work fearing they could be fired for being themselves.

White House officials said the orders Monday will impact 24,000 companies that employ 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the the U.S. workforce.

Human Rights Campaign, a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group, said the changes “will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of LGBT people across the country.”

The orders will update two separate orders signed by previous presidents.

One, signed in 1965 by president Lyndon Johnson, bars discrimination against federal contractors on the basis of race, religion, gender or nationality. The new order will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

Feature image: Source: Craig Toocheck www.freeimages.com

The other order, introduced by president Richard Nixon in 1969, prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability.

President Bill Clinton added sexual orientation to that list in 1998, and Obama’s order will further add gender identity.


Israel: 400 dead after deadliest day – IDF releases video of Hamas shooting from homes

The death toll from the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) Operation Protective Edge in Gaza has reached 400 since the start of the conflagration. Officials in Gaza have claimed that 60 people have been killed over the past 24 hours.

The IDF began heavily targeting the Shijaiyah neighbourhood leaving people dead in the street and destroying infrastructure. While the IDF have been targeting Gaza a heavy garage of rockets have been fired from the Gaza strip which has set off Israel’s Iron dome. The rockets were heading for Tel Aviv and Beit Shemesh.

The Iron Dome also intercepted 5 rockets over Ashdod and 3 over Ashkelon.

The IDF has also released a video which the claim shows members of Hamas shooting from within homes at the IDF. They have also released footage of the IDF killing members of Hama infiltrating Israel from the Gaza strip.

In related news, reports are coming out of Khartoum that the IDF have struck a Hamas weapons arsenal. It is claimed that the arsenal held long range missiles. The  government of Sudan is not confirming the attack. Just hours before Israel had accused Sudan of supporting Hamas.

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