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French backpacker shouts “Ali ackabar” (God is great) as he stabs two backpackers at Home Hill in North Qld

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Police at the scene of a fatal stabbing at Home Hill in north Queensland.

From ABC and Cairns News

More than 30 people witnessed a double-stabbing at a north Queensland backpackers hostel which left one woman dead and another fighting for his life in hospital, police say.

Police were called to Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after receiving reports of a knife attack at about 11:15pm on Tuesday.

They arrived to find a woman, a British national, dead, and a man, a 30-year-old British national, with serious knife wounds.

He was taken to Townsville Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Another man, a 29-year-old French national, has been taken into police custody. Witnesses reported the French assailant screamed “Ali ackabar” as he stabbed the two innocent backpackers.

He received an injury to one of his arms.

Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder told a press conference more than 30 people witnessed the incident.

“As we understand it at the moment, the French gentleman, the person who’s helping us, has attacked the two British nationals,” Det Supt Rohweder said.

“We don’t have any motive at this stage. We’re taking a number of statements in relation to what exactly was said on the evening.”

Dep Supt Rohweder said the first responding officers were confronted by a terrible scene.

“But both officers in my book acted tremendously and ensured the safety of other persons at the venue,” he said.

Police have taken possession of a knife believed to be the weapon used in the attack.

Trading banks in the firing line of Katter, One Nation and the ALP

A Royal Commission to investigate banks took a step closer after two senators and two Lower House members vowed they would push the Coalition Government into establishing an inquiry as soon as possible.

Bob Katter, One Nation senators Rod Culleton and Malcolm Roberts and the ALP member for Herbert, Cathy O’Toole at a Townsville meeting on Saturday condemned current banking practices.

They agreed that for Australia to survive record bank foreclosures and business failures, the banks had to operate within the law.

Speakers believed the Coalition Government would not take any action to rein in “unlawful” banking practices which had caused multiple suicides, family break-ups and business failures around the nation.

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Banking industry corruption engenders support across the political spectrum, as Bob Katter, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts, ALP Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole and One Nation senator Rod Culleton vow to create a royal commission to investigate unethical bank behaviour.

Western Australia One Nation senator Rod Culleton slammed the record number of foreclosures describing how he too had been a victim of “dodgy” banks.

“Banks operate like organised crime,” Senator Culleton said.

“I’ve had a litany of evidence come into my office of receivers sinking the boot into their customers.

“That’s what they think about the lamb chop on their plate; enough is enough.

“The banks seem to think they are above the law because they’re unregulated, we’re going to change that.” He said if banks did not support their customers through thick and thin, he’d support the creation of a sovereign rural bank to assist farmers.

“We’re here to correct things and we’re in support of a sovereign rural bank where the beneficiaries are the people who bank with it,” he said.

“It’s important the public realise if we lose our agriculture and our rural people we will be in strife and we will lose the quality of our food.”

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter told the crowd of 50 farmers, small businessmen and home owners the banks own the Australian Government.

“Banks have the only government guaranteed business in Australia,” Mr Katter said.

“We only need one vote to get the royal commission but in 16 years no member has ever crossed the floor in Federal Parliament when it comes to banks.”

“My office has details of nearly 100 cases of banking malpractice that has ruined businesses and families.”

Supporting the One Nation senators and Mr Katter was Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole saying she too had banking industry misbehaviour in her sights.

“We need Australians to believe they can have confidence in the banks and financial institutions that serve us,” she said.

“And we aren’t even measuring the holistic cost to the people affected in our communities.

“The first place you’d want to have a look at the additional costs is in healthcare, people’s physical, mental and emotional health has been destroyed; families have been destroyed and suicides are occurring.

“All these things have a huge impact on the social structure of community in addition to the financial impact.”

Burdekin-district sugar industry advocate Margaret Menzell agreed a royal commission was needed but warned the meeting the Australian Banking Association was gearing up for a massive publicity blitz to ward off the establishment of an inquiry.

Meeting resolutions

Nine resolutions were passed by the meeting calling for the establishment of a royal commission, abolition of the arbitrary appointment of receivers by anyone, condemning the actions of government in allowing banks to act with impunity, creation of a development bank for primary and secondary industries and infrastructure, the role of police is to protect the public and then property and forbid the use of police to reinforce property repossessions, restore a grand jury system to deter corporations from engaging in unconscionable and unlawful conduct and restore compliance with Chapter 3 of the Commonwealth Constitution, property to be found disposed of unethically must be restored, the terms of reference include an investigation of the creation of credit by trading banks, a moratorium be immediately imposed on forced property sales.

All resolutions passed unanimously.

 

 

Lindt Café fiasco has exposed police incompetence from the top down

Remove the cowboys – commission the experts

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s credibility is collapsing

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn.

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn has history of credibility problems

Police forces in every state and territory of Australia are loaded with anti terrorist experts on paper with senior commanders incapable of seeking help from expert forces for fear of exposing their massive ego driven level of incompetence.

We are a continent of one nation requiring one team of experts responsible for anti terrorist deployment across this nation. Remove the cowboy cops from the equation TODAY.

It is your life these uniformed actors are playing with being accredited by our parliaments of fools that we taxpayers are paying.

Read this article in the Australian by John Lyons.  

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Missed opportunities that could have ended fatal Lindt cafe siege

Missed opportunities that could have ended fatal Lindt cafe siege\Within 75 minutes of the Lindt cafe siege beginning, two clear and viable options that might have avoided the deadly outcome were available. The first involved TAG East, the Australian Army’s elite counter-terrorism unit, which quickly assembled at Holsworthy army base in Sydney, ready to be called.

Fifteen hours later, as a police team that had none of the real-life experience of TAG East would storm the Lindt cafe, the special forces soldiers were still on standby. TAG East — the Tactical Assault Group based on the east coast — has commandos who have worked in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If, for example, 18 Australians were taken hostage by Islamic State in Iraq, this is the team the Australian government would dispatch to rescue them. Yet here they were — 30 minutes drive from the Lindt Cafe — and they were never called.

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Great Barrier Reef in near pristine condition: dive boat operators

The healthy Great Barrier Reef deniers have been caught out lying about coral bleaching and the near-pristine condition of the world’s best coral icon.

Dive boat operators who visit the reef almost on a daily basis taking thousands of tourists on diving expeditions have been telling authorities for several years there is nothing wrong with the reef.

They have warned lying so-called conservation bodies such as the WWF, Wilderness Society, CAFNEC, the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce and the Australian Conservation Foundation their misleading campaigns would harm the Far North tourism trade.

Tourist operators have advised the State Government that coral bleaching is a natural and annual event that can affect small sections of the reef.

Spirit of Freedom dive boat owner Chris Eade told the Cairns Post that reports of coral bleaching along 93 per cent of the 2300 klm reef had damaged the reputation of the $5 billion tourism industry.

“Scientists had written off the entire northern section as a complete white-out,” Mr Eade said.

“We expected the worst, but it is in tremendous condition, most of it pristine, the rest in full recovery.”

“It shows the resilience of the reef.”

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operations manager Craig Stephen, who conducted a similar survey on the remote reefs 20 years ago, said there had been almost no change in two decades despite the latest coral bleaching event.

“The discrepancy is phenomenal. It is so wrong. Everywhere we have been we have found healthy reefs,” Mr Ball said.

“There has been a great disservice to the Great Barrier Reef and tourism and it has not been good for our industry.”

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority estimated a mass coral white-out of between 50 to 60 per cent, on average, for reefs off Cape York.

Scientists with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies reported about 35 per cent mortality but warned “the final death toll” on some reefs may exceed 90 per cent.

This year the worst bleaching was found at Lizard Island, 180 klms north of Cooktown, where several reefs have shown distress due to fluctuating water temperatures.

Photo: Quicksilver Cruises Dive boat operators maintain the reef is in near-pristine condition, dismissing the lies of conservation groups

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Dive boat operators maintain the reef is in near-pristine condition, dismissing the lies of conservation groups

According to the late Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University in an interview several years ago, this is a natural phenomenon that has occurred for several thousand years.

The climate and reef-runoff cults namely the Labor Party, Greens and conservation groups have campaigned to stop sediment runoff from farming areas which they claim is causing coral bleaching and would be doomsday for the entire reef.

The only problem with the Lizard Island bleaching is that no farming or grazing occurs on the entire eastern coastline or hinterland north of Cooktown which includes the nearby mainland opposite the tourist island. The closest farming activities are 180 kilometres to the south.

Never letting the facts get in the way of a fictitious environmental issue, the State Government in June purchased the large pastoral property ‘Springvale’, 50 klms west of Cooktown for $6.7 million ostensibly to prevent sediment runoff from grazing.

If ever the government made an unnecessary land acquisition, this one took the cake.  The Government’s own Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett in May released a report clearing the Spingvale/ Normanby River system of any measurable sediment runoff entering the ocean.

ALP sources have advised there are several more property acquisitions from the Cooktown district in the pipeline, which, according to Lakeland district graziers, would be a monumental waste of taxpayers money and would have a severe impact on the district’s economy.

The Labor Government now proposes a blanket World Heritage listing over the entire Cape York Peninsula to pacify the Greens after their planned, savage vegetation management bill was voted down last week in Parliament, thanks to the good grace of the independent Member for Cook, Billy Gordon.

This vexatious World Heritage nomination will be sure to agitate indigenous people and pastoralists who said they would take the fight to the minority ALP government which is teetering on the edge of electoral defeat.

Katter thinks ruling on “bat tree” pruning is madness – “bat greenies are dangerous fanatical extremists”

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KAP member for Kennedy, Bob Katter thinks the verdict and fines handed down to an arborist and Cairns Regional Council by Magistrate on Tuesday for pruning the infamous flying fox trees are wrong.

Mr Katter said, “Cairns Regional Council is not even allowed to carry out normal safety measures from qualified arborists! These bat greenies are dangerous fanatical extremists and they’d be more at home in Iraq or Syria than here.

“These bat extremists have spiritual belief systems that fly in the face of common humanity.  Future generations will look upon them as they’ll look upon the abhorrent behavior of other crazy extremists down through history without the slightest scintilla of humanitarian values.

“We can’t continue our tourism industry with bat droppings falling out of the sky above you carrying all sorts of diseases and let me go through them:

  • The bat-born Lyssavirus (A.K.A “Bat Virus”), (rabies like disease). In a Qld government health paper it says that Lyssavirus is almost always fatal. A young boy died a terrible death from Lyssavirus after being bitten or scratched by a flying fox in North Qld in 2013.
  • Leptospirosis (Which would kill cane cutters. This is transmitted via the urine of infected animals. A main originating factor is flying foxes.)
  • Hendra Virus (We’ve had 6 cases of Hendra in Qld and four have been fatal.) Hendra is almost always fatal.
  • Salmonella
  • SARS
  • Avian Flu
  • Nipah Virus

“We need jobs from the tourism trade and I’m sick and tired of ratbags telling me this is the bat’s habitat. The proliferation of pythons have vanished because of the cane toads, they’re mostly gone. The owls and other predatory birds have been crowded out of the trees because of the massive bat numbers. Nature is completely out of balance. Humans have a right to defend themselves and protect their families.”

“Bats and human health” from QLD Health.

http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/33/14/Bats-human-health

 

Japan pays less for OZ gas because we have no Reserve Resource Policy

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KAP member for Kennedy isn’t surprised by today’s reports that Australian gas is 40 per cent cheaper in Japan than in Australia, despite export costs.

Mr Katter said “Our mineral processing industries in Australia now are under very serious threat. They have announced twice the closure of the copper refinery in Townsville, we have the Qld nickel plant closed, and in Mount Isa they’ve closed a lot of refineries, why? Because they cannot afford the gas!

“It is the major expense in fertiliser productions. So all farming is at a huge disadvantage on the world stage. Every country on earth has a Reserve Resource Policy. Every fertiliser plant on earth buys gas for under $4 a gigajoule. We have to buy at world market prices at $14 a gigajoule. So how can we have a fertiliser plant in Australia? Well the fact is we can’t.

“We have 6,000 –7,000 people employed in fertiliser plants, 2000 of them are  effectively in Mount Isa. How can we continue to pay $14 a gigajoule when every other competitor nation is paying $3 a gigajoule?

“Previously in Qld, we had the cheapest electricity in the world because we had a Reserve Resource Policy. One or two per cent of all coal in Qld we took for free. So we had the cheapest electricity in the world and that’s how we secured the aluminium industry. Now, we have only the second most expensive electricity in the world and I think it’s only a matter of time before we say, ‘bye-bye aluminium industry’.

“Do the State or Federal Governments intend on having a Reserve Resource Policy? No, not the slightest intension. They are interested in looking after the interests of every other country on earth and being big heroes as ‘free marketeers’ at the expense of their own people. Western Australia by the way, still has a Reserve Resource Policy.

“The gas industry is worth nothing to the Australian economy. The gas industry of Australia is 90 per cent foreign owned. The money comes in, we sell the gas, and then the money just boomerangs back out again. It’s not like the coal, copper or iron ore industry with massive employment.”

Bob Katter delivers facts on the China free trade deal

Lets us reflect on what Bob Katter had to say in the parliament Wednesday, 21 October 2015 with concern to the China trade deal that government think is deceiving the people.

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Bob Katter a lone true peoples representative in the parliament of Australia

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Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (17:50): I feel sorry for the members of the government, I really do. They get a brief and they have got to get up and tell us how wonderful the free trade deal is and how it is going to save the world. I was in this place and saw the then Prime Minister stand up and lead the clapping for Andrew Robb on the free trade deal with China and I thought, ‘Maybe I know nothing about politics, but if this is getting you votes I am a Martian astronaut!’ Four weeks later he was thrown out a window.

You think you are deceiving the people of Australia. You are not. When they hear ‘free trade deal’, they hate you. Understand that, because I might not be an expert in a number of fields, but after 41 years of straight wins in pretty hostile territory, I can tell you that I know a little tiny bit about politics. I sat at the feet of the great master, Bjelke-Petersen. So if you are not interested in governing the country, if you are not interested in helping your country, maybe you might just think about your survival.

I feel sorry for the LNP. They somehow think that Australia is this big, huge country and that it can produce a magnificent amount of agricultural production. It most certainly can produce a lot more than it is producing. But it is not a big, huge agricultural country at all. There is 53 per cent of Australia that is designated as desert and 23 per cent is designated as Indigenous lands. Since the governments of Australia will not give title deed to those lands, they are sterilised. That is 76 per cent gone. There is seven per cent that is national parks. So, if you take out that 83 per cent, there ain’t a lot left.

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COMMUNIST CHINA BUYS JOHN HOLLAND CONSTRUCTIONS KEY DEFENCE DEPT PROVIDER

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John Holland is the Defence Department’s key provider of construction services, with contracts of about $570 million in 2014, according to the Australian Defence Magazine,which releases an annual report on defence contractors.John Holland provides a wide range of services to the department, including administration and medical facilities, airfields, aircraft hangars, maintenance workshops, vehicle shelters, and armouries.

The company often works on fully operational Defence bases to complete contracts such as a $110 million contract to develop new buildings for the department’s Robertson Barracks in Darwin.

Some of John Holland’s projects for the Defence Department have required staff to receive security clearances approved by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

The China Communications Construction Company will become the first big Chinese group to build Australian roads and bridges after sealing a deal to acquire John Holland from Leighton Holdings for $853 million.

CCCC plans to keep the John Holland brand and retain senior management as it uses the acquisition to get a foothold in the Australian market and bid on a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects.

CCCC, a state-owned company that has a market capitalisation of $23.5 billion, will become one of Australia’s biggest construction companies after Leighton and Lend Lease.

John Holland’s current projects include tunnels and stations for Sydney’s North West Rail Link; building Perth’s new $1.2 billion Children’s Hospital; and developing part of Victoria’s new Regional Rail Link.

The sale, which was reported by Street Talk on Thursday, comes as the company’s chief executive, Marcelino Fernandez Verdes, restructures the company and pays down debt following Spanish construction group
ACS’s $1.15 billion takeover of Leighton in March.

John Holland, which was acquired by Leighton in 2000, was considered the easiest of Leighton’s three big subsidiaries, which include Thiess and Leighton Contractors, to sell.

The sale includes $100 million of debt in addition to John Holland’s equity value of $853 million and reduces Leighton’s gearing, which was running at 33.7 percent at the end of September, to around 24 percent.

“The divestment of John Holland supports our focus on further reducing gearing and strengthening our balance sheet so we can be sustainably competitive,” Mr Fernandez Verdes said.

“Proceeds will be used to finance future growth, particularly in public private partnerships.”

Some 4100 John Holland employees will transfer to CCCC International Holding Limited, a subsidiary of CCCC.

Lu Jianzhong, CCCI’s president, said there were “significant growth opportunities” in the Australian market.

“From our perspective, ownership of John Holland is the optimal way for CCCC to participate in this dynamic market as part of our aim to be a global transportation infrastructure business.”

CCCC, which is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, specialises in large transport projects, including bridges, ports, and high speed rail networks such as the 1,318 kilometre rail link between
Beijing and Shanghai.

It plans use John Holland’s expertise in road and rail projects, as well as tunnelling and water infrastructure elsewhere in Asia.

The sale, which requires the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board, is expected to be completed in early 2015.

The deal comes comes after Australia struck a free trade agreement with China in November that allows for Chinese workers to be brought into ­Australia to help build projects.

Leighton on Friday released details of Mr Fernandez Verdes’ pay package after the Spaniard replaced Hamish Tyrwhitt as CEO in March and subsequently also became chairman.

Mr Fernandez Verdes, who is CEO of Hochtief, Leighton’s controlling shareholder, will be paid an allowance of $495,000 in 2015.

He will also receive 1.2 million share appreciation rights, which reflect any increase in the company’s stock price between March 2014, when they traded at an average of $17.71, and March 2016.

The maximum price payable per share right will be $32.29, giving Mr Fernandez Verdes the opportunity to make more than $17 million.

John Holland is the Defence Department’s key provider of construction services, with contracts of about $570 million in 2014, according to the Australian Defence Magazine,which releases an annual report on
defence contractors.

John Holland provides a wide range of services to the department, including administration and medical facilities, airfields, aircraft hangars, maintenance workshops, vehicle shelters, and armouries.

The company often works on fully operational Defence bases to complete contracts such as a $110 million contract to develop new buildings for the department’s Robertson Barracks in Darwin.

Some of John Holland’s projects for the Defence Department have required staff to receive security clearances approved by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

China Communications, which is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, specialises in large transport projects, including bridges, ports, and high-speed rail networks such as the 1318-kilometre rail link between Beijing and Shanghai.

Forwarded by Bob Vinnicombe

Source: https://stopforeignownershipinaustralia.com.au/2016/08/10/state-owned-chinese-company-buys-john-holland-key-provider-for-defence-dept-in-construction-in-1-15b-deal-2/

St Vincents to move 150 Moslim into retirement village

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“Friend of ZORO”

RETIREMENT village residents fear being victimised if they speak out against plans allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees to lease units in the same centre they call home.

St Vincent’s Health Australia has submitted a planning scheme amendment request to Planning Minister Richard Wynne as part of a bid to lease one-bedroom units to displaced women and children for short to medium-term rentals at its Eltham centre.

But a person living inside the village, who spoke to the Diamond Valley Leader on condition of anonymity, said residents were not consulted about the proposal.

“It was either like it or lump it,” the resident said.

“We were told it was going to enliven the community and become a more vibrant and dynamic place, but this is a retirement centre.

“We’re all waiting here to die.

“Some of the older people are on walking frames and they’re not game to speak up because they’re afraid they’ll be victimised.”

The decision by St Vincent’s to provide lodgings was made in the wake of the Tony Abbott-led Federal Government’s 2015 plan to resettle 12,000 refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq, 4000 of who will call Victoria home.

St Vincent’s mission group leader Jack de Groot previously told the Leader the houses would be leased to the refugees for up to three years before being made available as affordable housing.

But under the Nillumbik Planning Scheme, only people over the age of 65 can live at the village. St Vincent’s made a submission to Nillumbik Council to have the planning scheme changed so the age limit could be reduced, but the application has since been withdrawn.

Nillumbik chief executive Stuart Burdack said the council did not have the power to approve the change, but suggested St Vincent’s liaise directly with Mr Wynne, with the council’s support.

The relative of another village resident, who also did not want to be named, pleaded in a registered letter to Mr Wynne for the application to be refused.

“The residents are feeling very scared and unsafe,” the letter read.

“Please listen to the residents and family members.”

A Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning spokesman said the planning scheme amendment request from St Vincent’s had not yet been received.

St Vincent’s spokesman Paul Andrews said the organisation was awaiting approval for the planning permit application.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/retirement-village-residents-voice-concerns-over-syrian-refugees/news-story/2d512befbec977c1bd2508db54f8f4e6

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