A man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for the murder of 66-year-old Doris Fenbow in Sydney’s south-east 27 years ago.
Much more to come.
A man has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for the murder of 66-year-old Doris Fenbow in Sydney’s south-east 27 years ago.
Much more to come.
Labor has likened Tony Abbott to Donald Trump, soon after the former prime minister referred to as for a “religious revolution” inside Islam and declared “all cultures are not equal”.
Mr Abbott created the comments in a wide-ranging interview with Sky News final night, and followed up with an opinion column published by News Corp these days.
“All of these items that Islam has never had — a Reformation, an Enlightenment, a nicely-created concept of the separation of church and state — that needs to come about,” Mr Abbott stated.
“It is not culturally insensitive to demand loyalty to Australia and respect for Western civilisation.
“Cultures are not all equal. We should be prepared to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one particular that justifies killing folks in the name of God.”
Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh described the comments as “strange”.
“I do not think the correct part for Tony Abbott is to be an Australian Donald Trump, and I do not think anybody imagines that if there are sensitive conversations to be had within the Muslim community, that our most divisive prime minister is the correct person to lead those conversations.”
Labor frontbencher, and the only Muslim MP in federal parliament, Ed Husic said the comments appeared to be portion of a broader effort to “Trumpify” Australian politics.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten referred to as on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to “pull Tony Abbott into line”.
“Producing assertions about cultural and religious superiority is totally counterproductive,” Mr Shorten said.
“Inflammatory language undermines efforts to build social cohesion, mutual respect and has the possible to harm the efforts of national security agencies to preserve Australians secure.”
Yesterday Mr Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, referred to as for a “total and total shutdown” of Muslims getting into the US, claiming there was “great hatred towards Americans by massive segments of the Muslim population”.
His comments drew fire from all sides of the US political spectrum, with everybody from Hillary Clinton to Dick Cheney saying banning a specific religious or ethnic group would go against almost everything America stood for.
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Donald Trump’s get in touch with for a ban on Muslims getting into the United States has been met with scorn and criticism from the United Nations and his fellow Republicans.
Mr Trump, who is the Republican’s presidential front-runner, named for a “comprehensive and total shutdown of Muslims entering the country”, claiming there was “fantastic hatred towards Americans by massive segments of the Muslim population”.
“Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to decide,” he said in a earlier statement.
“Until we are able to figure out and comprehend this dilemma and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by folks that think only in jihad, and have no sense of explanation or respect for human life.”
His announcement of the proposal at a rally in South Carolina was met with cheers.
UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, asked about Mr Trump’s remarks, mentioned they could endanger the system for resettling Syrian refugees in the US.
“What the candidate you are speaking of was speaking of was an entire population but this also impacts the refugee plan,” she mentioned.
Rival Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush mentioned was Mr Trump “unhinged”, while Marco Rubio said the comments had been “offensive and outlandish”.
Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton mentioned the comments have been “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive”.
“You do not get it. This tends to make us less protected,” she tweeted.
Dick Cheney, former Republican vice-president below George W Bush, said banning Muslims would go against every thing the US stood for.
“Religious freedom has been a really essential element of our history. My ancestors got here because they had been Puritans,” he said.
“It really is a mistaken notion.”
Bernie Sanders, another Democrat presidential hopeful, mentioned the comments have been racist and divisive.
“Demagogues all through our history have attempted to divide us primarily based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin,” he tweeted.
“Now, Trump and other folks want us to hate all Muslims.
“The United States is a fantastic nation when we stand with each other. We are a weak nation when we enable racism and xenophobia to divide us.”
Mr Trump’s comments resonated with some Republicans and commentators, like Ann Coulter who tweeted: “Go Trump, go!”
About one hundred,000 refugees are resettled worldwide every year, like to the US, the biggest recipient under the UNHCR’s program.
The screening procedure requires up to two years and priority is provided to the most vulnerable, like females, Ms Fleming stated.
“The [Obama] administration has been standing by the plan. This is most scrutinised population coming into the United States,” she added.
Up to 40 US governors had spoken out against the resettlement program, the UNHCR mentioned.
“We are concerned that the rhetoric that is getting utilised in the election campaign is placing an incredibly crucial resettlement plan at risk that is meant for the most vulnerable people — the victims of the wars that the globe is unable to stop,” Ms Fleming said.
Subjects: us-elections, political-parties, government-and-politics, world-politics, refugees, immigration, united-states
India’s primary airport in flood-devastated Tamil Nadu state has reopened as emergency workers strive to aid thousands of residents in distress, some of whom are frustrated with the government’s response to the all-natural disaster.
Flights from the international airport in the state capital Chennai resumed on Sunday soon after it was closed for more than 4 days, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Record rains worsened flooding in many components of the state, with the disaster claiming almost 300 lives since December 1.
“There was no harm to the runway. It remained beneath water for a couple of days but has been cleared now,” national aviation minister Mahesh Sharma said.
“We had a handful of relief flights yesterday from the airport and today industrial flights have resumed their services.”
Thousands of residents had been rescued by boat or plucked from rooftops following the floods left a lot of Chennai, a city of far more than 4 million, underwater.
Power supplies and telephone networks have been also hit.
Soldiers and other emergency workers who poured into the south-eastern state have now switched to rushing meals, clean drinking water and medical supplies to tough-hit residents.
“The army has … distributed relief materials like water and food to more than 20,000 men and women,” Colonel Rohan Anand stated.
But rain was once more falling in Chennai on Sunday, threatening to hamper relief efforts along with attempts to clear roads of waterlogged debris.
Meanwhile, anger is mounting among some residents who accuse nearby authorities of failing to perform swiftly to help these impacted.
V Padmavathy mentioned she had been stuck on the 1st floor of her home for days after waist-deep water swept by way of her north Chennai neighbourhood.
“None of the politicians or volunteers have approached us for the previous couple of days. Numerous of us stayed indoors and starved,” she said.
Prime minister Narendra Modi very first drew nods of approval when he rushed to Chennai final week, promising to stand by its people in their hour of need to have.
However, inside hours, Mr Modi became the object of mockery on social media after his press workplace released a doctored photo of him inspecting flood harm.
For each him and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the image of robust leadership created by their publicity machines was undermined.
Ms Jayaram, a single of India’s most effective politicians and a former film star named “Amma” or “Mother” by her followers, is being heckled and abused for going missing in action after floods swept the capital of her state.
Now, she faces a backlash from residents fed up with the sight of her image on billboards, aid packets and her personal Jaya Plus Television channel.
She has been given that in public only twice in the course of the crisis — as soon as with Mr Modi.
“Neglect about Amma coming right here, there was no sign of the celebration cadres,” a resident from Ms Jayaram’s constituency said.
“She is supposed to be a fantastic administrator. But this time there was no presence of government at all,” yet another flood victim said.
“Ordinary folks did all the work that government and police had been supposed to do.”
Avadi Kumar, a spokesman of her ruling AIADMK party, mentioned there was anger amongst the people but the administration was carrying out all it could to bring relief.
A lot of residents and celebrities have taken the matter into their own hands, utilizing social media to organise supplies for people in need to have.
South Indian actor Siddarth, who has nearly 2 million followers, tweeted details of where volunteers and supplies were necessary.
“Pouring in Chennai. Please keep indoors. Unless you are in teams do not head out for rescue or relief function,” he wrote.
Authorities have stated poor urban preparing had most likely worsened the disaster.
India suffers severe flooding every year in the course of the annual monsoon rains from June to September.
Topics: climate, floods, disasters-and-accidents, environment, government-and-politics, india, asia
Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($ 838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement prime minister Najib Razak cooperated with its officers during the meeting, which lasted two-and-a-half-hours.
A corruption scandal erupted around Mr Najib in July when the Wall Street Journal reported that investigators focused on state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had found that funds had been transferred into his bank accounts.
Critics have accused the government of dragging its feet on the investigation and have called for Mr Najib to step down due to his failure to fully explain where the money came from, why it was paid, or how it was used.
The MACC said on Thursday that it would be recording Mr Najib’s statement in connection with graft allegations at SRC International, a firm linked to 1MDB, and the funds in his account.
Mr Najib, who chairs the 1MDB advisory board, has denied wrongdoing or taking any money for personal gain.
The MACC has said earlier that the money was a political donation from an unidentified Middle Eastern benefactor.
The government has repeated that explanation in parliament, but most Malaysians, not just the prime minister’s critics, remain dissatisfied with that answer, and noted his failure to take legal action against the Wall Street Journal.
The fund is also being investigated by law enforcement agencies in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the United States, media and sources have said.
The controversy has battered Malaysian markets with the ringgit losing about a quarter of its value to become Asia’s worst-performing currency this year.
The MACC statement said it will keep the public informed of developments.
Topics: corruption, law-crime-and-justice, world-politics, foreign-affairs, malaysia
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has not ruled out approving increases for private overall health insurance premiums.
Ms Ley wants to apply higher scrutiny to rising expenses of private cover, citing an “overwhelming level of concern” among voters.
She has the capability as Wellness Minister to refuse price tag hikes, but told the ABC that practically nothing had been decided.
“I’m not ruling in or out what I may do,” she mentioned.
“What I am expressing is actual concern on behalf of consumers when they see private health insurance coverage premiums going up.”
Half a million Australians have dropped or downgraded their private health insurance in the final economic year.
Ms Ley said men and women “dumping and downgrading” their policies meant they were not necessarily covering necessary procedures.
She mentioned it could also lead to unnecessary pressure on the public well being program.
“We can’t load up the public system with patients who would successfully describe themselves as private,” she stated.
Ms Ley mentioned she would investigate whether or not a stronger public-interest test in regards to approving premium increases, citing the need to have for a “circuit breaker”.
She has also extended the deadline for an on the internet survey, which has already received nearly 40,000 responses.
The Australian Competition and Customer Commission (ACCC) found Australia’s private well being sector was also complicated and drove customers to reduced-priced policies which lacked adequate coverage.
In its annual report on the business issued earlier this year, the ACCC said there had been a quantity of market place failures in private well being insurance that impeded consumers’ capability to make selections that are probably to be in their greatest interests.
Topics: government-and-politics, federal-government, overall health, health-insurance, australia
By Avani Dias
A developer who cleared a block of land in Darwin’s north, which at the time was alleged to be a “clear breach” of arranging procedure, will not be prosecuted.
In February, Darwin businessman Nick Bjelica lodged an application to have the block on Boulter Road in Berrimah rezoned from Community Purposes to Numerous Residential Dwelling.
Two months later, four of the seven hectares of native vegetation on the block of land had been cleared, sparking a furious reaction from neighborhood groups.
Then lands and arranging minister Peter Chandler alleged the act was a “clear breach” of government procedure.
“I cannot ask the public to have faith in the Government’s organizing processes if they’re not enforced when there has been a clear breach,” Mr Chandler told News Corp.
“We want to see sustainable improvement, that is why we’re looking at this area’s flood and drainage issues to see what improvement is suitable … this guy has just jumped the gun.”
But the Government will not be proceeding with a prosecution.
“The Development Consent Authority (DCA) has concluded its investigation into the matter and has advised that it will not be proceeding with prosecution,” a spokeswoman for current Planning Minister Dave Tollner stated today.
She mentioned that “regrettably, even with the assistance of the NT Police, the DCA was unable to prepare a viable case against the primary parties responsible” for what she alleged was “the illegal clearing” of the block.
“The current enforcement action has brought to light a quantity of shortcomings in the investigatory provisions (of the Preparing Act),” Mr Tollner’s spokesperson said.
“For this cause the Minister has directed the Department of Lands, Preparing and the Atmosphere to undertake a overview of the present provisions of the act with a view to escalating the department’s investigatory and enforcement powers.”
Mr Tollner’s spokeswoman mentioned that would be carried out to cease alleged “equivalent illegal clearing activities” from happening “in the future”.
Each the DCA, which is headed by former Nation Liberals chief minister Denis Burke, and Mr Tollner “take the situation of illegal clearing of land really seriously”, the spokesperson stated.
“As a result advice was sought from the solicitor for the Northern Territory on whether there have been any extra avenues to pursue the matter in light of the proof.”
Mr Tollner’s office stated the evaluation would assist “increase Government’s capability to effectively undertake comparable prosecution actions in the future”.
There was, Mr Tollner stated, “no connection amongst the land clearing and the application to rezone the land”.
MD zoning allows for development two storeys above ground level.
The Speedy Creek Landcare Group stated it was dismayed by the selection and claimed there was adequate proof to prosecute the organization that did the clearing function.
“We had been shocked… there is clear evidence that the organization did carry out the clearing,” the group’s secretary Lesley Alford stated.
That contractor, Litchfield Green Waste Recyclers, confirmed they did clear the block, but did so below instruction from one more organization, Halikos, which said it was neither the owner nor the developer of the block.
Ms Alford mentioned the Government and DCA’s choice not to prosecute showed a weakness in legislation.
She asked how could the neighborhood have faith in the arranging process if it was not going to be implemented when what she described as “a clear breach” occurred.
“The wetland that’s on this block is part of the Marrara wetlands which type the upper Fast Creek catchment,” Ms Alford stated.
“It’s a actually critical element of the Rapid Creek program, for the ecology of the program and for the hydrology of Speedy Creek.
“But there’s also the principle of the Government enforcing its own arranging act and its personal organizing scheme.”
Mr Bjelica told the ABC he was not conscious that the land was being cleared.
“I was away in Katherine doing organization at the time,” he mentioned.
“I don’t go there very typically I was told by a person else that the land had been cleared.”
A committee formed to supply tips to Government on flood mitigation in the higher Darwin area discovered “preparing decisions requiring stormwater assessment are fragmented and responsibilities are ambiguous”.
The committee, which delivered its report to Government in September, advised the “definition of flooding within the NT Preparing Scheme is amended to incorporate stormwater flooding to the effect that the owner or occupier of land maintains the pre-improvement peak flow prices within a catchment”.
It identified there was “no underlying legislation that bargains directly with stormwater management”.
“There is no overarching understanding at the organizing level of the principles and objectives of stormwater management to be followed in the Northern Territory,” the committee mentioned.
In October, Mr Tollner announced the Government would be “implementing the measures” from the committee’s suggestions.
Public feedback on the improvement application at Boulter Road is open till December 18, 2015 and can be accessed on the Department of Lands and Arranging web site.
Subjects: environmental-policy, land-clearing, government-and-politics, berrimah-0828
The man accused of murdering 3 men and women by torching a shop at Rozelle last year, Adeel Ahmad Khan, has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Sydney Supreme Court.
Khan, 44, is alleged to have murdered 27-year-old Christopher Noble, 31-year-old Bianca O’Brien and her infant son Jude on September 4, 2014.
They lived in the flats above the Darling Street shop Khan is alleged to have deliberately destroyed for private obtain.
Khan made the not guilty pleas by way of audio visual hyperlink from prison.
His lawyer mentioned a prospective neurological issue had come to light that necessary investigation and the case was adjourned for mention on February 12 subsequent year.
Topics: courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter, rozelle-2039
Thai police are readying to charge an American man with the murder of former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider.
Tyler Gerald, 21, who has been arrested, is believed to have been 1 of the five guys who abducted the Australian man from his house on Monday.
Mr Schneider was found buried in a roadside grave with a broken neck and facial injuries on Tuesday, a day following he was abducted from his property.
Police in the seaside town of Pattaya, south of Bangkok, have also detained the 25-year-old female partner of Australian man, Antonio Bagnato, who is believed to have masterminded the attack.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr Bagnato, but reports say he has fled to Cambodia.
Police stated the motive for the murder was a dispute among Mr Schneider and Mr Bagnato, whom he was noticed drinking with on Sunday evening.
They stated both men were on a watch-list for drugs and funds laundering in Australia, but there was no info about them dealing drugs in Thailand.
Police said Mr Bagnato asked his Thai partner to rent the car used in the kidnapping — which was fitted with a GPS system that led police to the body — and then told her to delete all text messages relating to the automobile hire.
She has not been formally charged and is being held at a military base beneath wide-ranging powers introduced after final year’s coup.
Mr Schneider has previously been described as a senior member of the Hells Angels.
In 2006, Mr Schneider was on New South Wales’ most wanted list more than the shooting of a bouncer in the kneecap outdoors a Kings Cross nightclub.
The charges had been later dropped.
He has also faced charges for drug offences and dealing with the proceeds of crime, right after being found with $ 200,000 worth of casino chips in 2009.
Subjects: law-crime-and-justice, death, murder-and-manslaughter, crime, thailand, asia
A police officer who was accountable for an Aboriginal lady who died in custody in WA’s Pilbara was given the second highest misconduct notice for her behaviour, an inquest has been told.
Ms Dhu, 22, died in August final year right after visiting the Hedland Health Campus three instances in significantly less than 48 hours.
She had septicaemia and pneumonia triggered by an infection from a broken rib.
Detective Inspector Eric Smith, from the Internal Affairs Unit, stated Senior Constable Shelly Burgess had failed to respond with “adequate urgency” to Ms Dhu’s clear deterioration whilst in the South Hedland police lock-up.
Constable Burgess and yet another officer took Ms Dhu to hospital but she died significantly less than an hour later.
Constable Burgess was provided an Assistant Commissioner’s warning and three of her colleagues received warning notices.
The inquest continues.
Subjects: black-deaths-in-custody, law-crime-and-justice, port-hedland-6721, perth-6000