Monday, July 22, 2013

Mon Jul 22nd Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Thuy LeRonald TsangJenny Thaiand Andrew Van Vloten. Born on the same day, across the years. This day traditionally marked the wine harvest beginning in Israel, and is their day for love. It is also the birthday of Rd Dr William Archibald Spooner (1844), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Rick Davies (1944), Danny Glover (1946), Rufus Wainwright (1973), Franka Potente (1974) and Selena Gomez (1992). 1209 – The first major military action of the Albigensian Crusade took place as a crusader army captured Béziers in southern France and slaughtered the inhabitants.
1894 – Despite finishing in first place in the world's first auto race, Jules-Albert de Dion did not win, as his steam-powered car was against the rules.
1933 – Wiley Post became the first pilot to fly solo around the world, landing after a seven-day, nineteen-hour flight at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York City.
1993 – During the Great Flood of 1993, levees near Kaskaskia, Illinois, US, ruptured, forcing the entire town to evacuate by barges operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
2002 – Following a trial that captivated Brazil, a court in São Paulo sentenced Suzane von Richthofen to 39½ years in prison for the murders of her parents. 22/7 is an approximation for Pi, and todays date in US notation. It is a day for love, first fruits, or, as the Rd Dr Spooner might say, it is a lay for dove.

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Kevvie the conman caught out on PNG “arrangement”

Piers Akerman – Monday, July 22, 2013 (12:07am)

ON FRIDAY, Kevvie from Brizzie began his announcement of the phony PNG deal by saying: “I want to level with the nation” – but that was complete nonsense.
He said he an “arrangement” with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill but we only learnt yesterday what sort of an “arrangement” it is.
For all the claims that Kevvie made, the deal might as well be a flower arrangement.
It’s all poppycock.
As Opposition leader Tony Abbott said after he was finally able to obtain a copy of cobbled together humbug, Kevvie is “essentially misleading the Australian people”.
“This is not a solution to our problem, Abbott said. “This is not a policy to stop the boats.
“This is simply a pre-election fix. This is simply something that is held together with Blu-Tak and sticky tape to last until the election, if possible.”
Just as all intelligent Australians who have worked out just how insubstantial Kevvie is were thinking.
Kevvie has done it again.
For a failed former Prime Minister and failed former Foreign Minister to be chosen to lead the Labor Party says a lot about how far that party has fallen.
The deal is not open-ended as Kevvie said, only Australian funding for the deal is open-ended.
It won’t stop the boats and it won’t stop illegal arrivals from coming to Australia.
Kevvie has been lying again.
The PNG Prime Minister has made it clear that the number of people his country would accept was governed by the capacity of its facility on Manus Island.
That’s the only detention camp the nation has.
It has a a current capacity of about 300 – approximately one week’s arrivals.
The Papuans themselves have already made it clear they are deeply unhappy at the prospect of boatloads of Muslims arriving and being forced into their communities. They are currently debating a Bill which would bar non-Christians from permanent settlement.
When they look across the Torres Strait and see the angst that 50,000 uninvited guests can cause, they are understandably fraught about the destabilising effect such numbers would have on their nation.
Kevvie hasn’t solved any problems in his life, he has only created them.
His two-page “arrangement” with PNG is a scandalous recipe for national mayhem.
If $60 million damage can be done by a handful of inmates of a camp on Nauru, just imagine the damage that could be caused in an urban environment by a significant number of determined illegal arrivals?
Kevvie the conman has struck again.
This thing is crumbling before our eyes –only the ABC and the Fairfax media think it is brilliant.
Which really says it all.

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HANG OUT WITH DISCO JULES

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (7:08pm)

Ask Julian Assange a question. Or vote for some of the excellent questions already submitted. You could win a big prize: 
The winning question-askers will join a Google Hangout with Julian Assange on August 20 … 
(Via Peter M.)

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LABOR’S LURCH CONTINUES

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (3:34pm)

The Department of Immigration evidently shares Kevin Rudd’s latest approach on asylum seekers. Note the caption: 

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They might be slightly overdoing the whole “tough guy” thing.

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GREENS PLAYED

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (3:41am)

Kevin Rudd has finally learned the golden rule of Australian politics: if the Greens agree with you, then the electorate won’t.
It’s also true that Greens opposition is an absolute electoral boon. The Prime Minister probably gains .25 of a percentage point in the opinion polls every time Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson-Young rage against Labor’s new asylum seeker policy, which will send boatloads of Iranians and other sea-borne refugees to Manus Island.
Under Labor’s plan, Papua New Guinea’s mountainous terrain could eventually become home to a modelIslamophibian community. 

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NEXT TIME, DETONATE

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (3:39am)

Finally, someone is doing something about the Great Barrier Reef.

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ALL IT TAKES

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (3:37am)

The SMH’s Ross Gittins
Am I the only person to be amazed by the way – if the polls are to be believed – the swapping of a leader has transformed the Labor government’s election prospects from dead in the water to level-pegging?
Is that all it takes? Can the mere replacement of an unpopular woman with a popular man make a world of difference? Does it transform Labor’s six-year record in government from disastrous to fair enough? 
Apparently so. Still, give it a few weeks.

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HIS REAL NAME IS STUART

Tim Blair – Monday, July 22, 2013 (3:30am)

Florida Man – lately winning attention from the New Yorker – gets up to his usual antics: 
Florida Man Gives Quote On Zimmerman Trial To Local Newspaper, Says Name Is “Howie Felterbush” 
It seems the local newspaper in question is held in low regard
The trick played on the FLORIDA TODAY reporter by a Brevard County resident would come as little surprise to locals who know of the long-term animosity by residents against the paper. Brevard residents, which lean center-right and are comprised of a large number of active and retired military, space, and defense workers with hard science degrees, often view FLORIDA TODAY ‘s editors and reporters as ultra-left, not-so-bright as the residents, or both. 

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JASON CLARE: BOUNTY HUNTER

Tim Blair – Sunday, July 21, 2013 (10:51pm)

Just add Don LaFontaine’s voice and we’re ready to shoot the trailer for home affairs minister Jason Clare’s action movie debut
These people are peddling in misery and death.
We need to shut this market down.
That’s why we are putting a bounty on their heads. 

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Jason Clare brandishes his Fist of Annoyance 

We have taken the product they are selling off the shelves.
We also need to lock these people up. 
Emphasise the second half of each sentence. The member for Blaxland is clearly no stranger to western Sydney’s cinemas. 

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Is she pretending to cry at this pretend threat?

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (6:17pm)

What Immigration Minister Tony Burke admitted on Friday:

So that, where at the moment, we will not be transferring women and children immediately across to Manus Island, the intention is that as the temporary facility moves to a permanent facility, anybody who arrives from now on will be subject to the new rules.
When that permanent facility - for just 600 people - will be finished:
31 January 2014
What the Immigration Department now claims in this new tough-guy act:


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Did Kevin Rudd really make this woman cry? Or is she relieved to know she’s actually not going to Manus now, and probably not ever?
Chances of this woman not being settled in Australia? About as high as a Kevin Rudd plan succeeding.
UPDATE
The first boat arriving under the new arrangements - carrying the woman above - had 83 on board. Now a second boat is escorted in, rather than stopped:

Authorities found the missing asylum seeker vessel about 3.30pm on Monday, which had disappeared carrying 30 people on its way to Christmas Island on Monday morning…

An Australian Navy boat was helping the boat on Monday afternoon.
Manus at the moment has room for about 300 boat people. At last report it had 145 people there. Almost full already then, three days after Rudd’s announcement.

UPDATE
Reader nonna:

You have missed the point. What civilised country photographs distraut people for government propaganda purposes? There is no justification for this. We already have a Prime Minister who thinks he’s the Messiah. What next?
I hope Tony Abbott condemns it out of hand.

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Rudd cements power. So do faction bosses

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (3:15pm)

Rudd forces Labor to make him unsackable for as long as he is Prime Minister, no matter what policies he adopts or how off the rail he goes:

KEVIN Rudd’s position as Labor leader will be virtually unassailable if he wins the upcoming election, after the restored Prime Minister today won caucus approval for his party reform demands.
Under rule changes, it will take a 75 per cent vote of the caucus to force a leadership spill when Labor is in government.
However, after a lengthy debate at Sydney’s Balmain Town Hall today, the threshold for calling a leadership spill in opposition has been set at the lower level of 60 per cent.’
Rudd claims:

Decisions can no longer simply be made by a factional few.
Oh, really?
On the same day, faction bosses decide who gets to go to Senate:
THE Stephen Conroy forces in the Victorian ALP are pushing for a deal to shut out Bill Shorten and his backers in the last preselections to be held before the federal election.
In an unusually tense set of negotiations, Senator Stephen Conroy is being linked with a side deal to elect ally Mehmet Tillam to the Senate.
Discussions were held at the weekend with the shop assistants’ union and the National Union of Workers to elect Mr Tillam ahead of Labor Unity candidate Kimberley Kitching.
Two more faction heavies push their way to the head of the queue:

NSW ALP secretary Sam Dastyari is destined to become the next Sussex Street boss to be rewarded with a Senate seat, filling the spot of Matt Thistlethwaite, who won preselection at the weekend for Kingsford Smith.
Senator Thistlethwaite won the ballot for the Sydney seat against Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen by 136 votes to 105.
UPDATE
More of that refreshing Labor grassroots democracy:
Labor Party voting to select a candidate for the plum Melbourne seat of Hotham has descended into chaos, with officials responsible for conducting the ballot accused of abuse, intimidation and unscrupulous conduct.
This row is exposed just as the federal Labor caucus endorses Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s sweeping party reforms, aimed at improving harmony and strengthening grass-roots support.
Lawyer and councillor Geoff Lake has written to ALP State Secretary Noah Carroll with a litany of complaints against Labor Party officials, including the use of offensive and threatening language and refusing to let scrutineers examine votes.
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The vote of about 497 local members is a two-way contest between Mr Lake — who is backed by former premier Steve Bracks and outgoing incumbent Simon Crean — and Rosemary Barker, member of the right Labor Unity faction lead by Bill Shorten.

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Rudd agrees to unknown millions for unknown facilities

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (3:11pm)

A blank cheque for PNG in exchange for no facilities that are ready:
PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says projects agreed to by Australia in exchange for expanding its asylum seeker processing capability have not been costed…
Australia has a agreed to a raft of infrastructure programs in the university, roads, health and law and order sector.
“The costings for the Ramu-Madang highway has not been done, design and costings for of course Lae hospital has not been done. So it costs into millions of Kina,” Mr O’Neill told journalists in Port Moresby…
When asked where in PNG asylum seekers will be resettled under the plan he replied: “We’ll get there when we start processing them.”
I have a strange feeling that this deal is no stronger than Rudd’s promise. 

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How dare Rudd blow our cash on Labor ads?

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (2:12pm)


The Rudd Government is now running five separate ad campaigns in the media, every one of them paid for by taxpayers and every one of them essentially useless for anything other than promoting Labor.
The disability insurance scheme ads, for instance, are selling a scheme that is only a trial at one location.
The education “reform” ads sell a proposal that hasn’t even been agreed to by several key states.
The Australia Works ads are so incredibly free of content that few viewers would have any idea about what they are ostensibly meant to be selling - tougher rules on hiring foreign workers.
The NBN ads sell a service the vast majority can’t get and even more haven’t signed up for.
But the fifth set of ads - now on high rotation in Australian newspapers and on TV, is probably the most shameless.  Mumbrella rightly calls it a “scandal”:

The governments boat visa ads are targeting voters, not asylum seekers…
This is not an advertising campaign targeting asylum seekers. It is a campaign targeting voters.
Your average asylum seeker doesn’t buy Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph in Indonesia.
Any peripheral reach of the ad into diaspora communities within Australia would make this one of the most inefficient and badly targeted media buys of all time. The wastage – the high proportion of readers not being targeted – would be huge…
In which case millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on political advertising… Using public money to do the job is a disgrace.
Can a government so lavish in spending your money on its political interests be trusted with your cash after the election? 

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Napthine has Victorian Coalition in lead

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (12:36pm)

Another leadership change has worked:

VOTER satisfaction with Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has jumped 22 percentage points compared with the last days of his predecessor, vindicating the decision by Liberal MPs to back the leadership change.
Newspoll shows the Coalition retains a slender lead over Labor on a two-party-preferred basis—51 per cent to 49 per cent—and satisfaction with ALP leader Daniel Andrews has slumped seven points since the last survey.

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Budget sinks under Rudd

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (9:54am)

A bigger deficit, just when Labor puts the biggest spender back in charge:

TREASURY is expected to revise Australia’s growth rate down and the budget deficit up, in its forecasts for the economic statement to be released by Chris Bowen before the election is called.
The Treasurer indicated that the government would announce new savings to offset the cost of the deal with Papua New Guinea on asylum-seekers, but a broader set of savings will be required to preserve his commitment to returning the budget to surplus in 2015-16…
Although retail sales in January and February had been very strong, the [March quarter] accounts, which were published after the May budget, showed that consumption was rising at only 2 per cent, compared with Treasury’s forecast of 3 per cent for this year and next....
Treasury also expected further good growth in business investment… However, the resources boom appears to be peaking earlier than expected.
Deloitte Access Economics’ latest economic review, released yesterday, expects business investment to fall by 1.4 per cent this year and warns that the result could be worse…
Although iron ore prices have lifted from low levels in the past three weeks, coal and gold prices have fallen significantly since the May budget.
Although the Australian dollar has also fallen, partly offsetting the lower commodity prices, Treasury sources say the net effect is a bigger fall in the terms of trade and lower growth in the “nominal” GDP (the value of all goods produced) than Treasury thought likely when preparing the budget.
(Thanks to reader cut to the bone.) 

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Time out didn’t improve his performance

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (9:51am)

Reader Sparkly G:

It’s time to get rid of that selfish, overrated, under performing prima donna, who is dragging Australia’s reputation into the toilet. He hasn’t improved after his recent exile, and he never will.
Sack Shane Watson.

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The “joke” you tell only when you are losing

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (9:47am)

Warren Truss tells a dumb joke:
AN ANGRY Campbell Newman left the LNP convention’s gala dinner early on Friday night after a thinly veiled gibe at his administration by Federal Coalition deputy Warren Truss…
Mr Truss told the crowd of party faithful and paid-up business observers at the $130 to $160-a-head dinner that the electorate’s mood towards the Coalition was positive “unless it’s the day after Newman has closed a hospital”.
The crowd at the dinner, which was staged at the Royal International Convention Centre at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, verbally groaned at Mr Truss’s ham-fisted attempt at humour…
Asked yesterday about Mr Truss’s convention dinner commentary concerning health, Mr Newman’s spokesman indicated the Premier was less than impressed.
“As Mr Truss knows, the only cuts to Queensland Health have come from the Federal Labor Government,’’ he said. 

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Anti-Rudd briefings begin: Swan was against Rudd’s tax change

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (8:48am)

The temptations of pay-back prove too strong for some unnamed Labor MP. Or put it this way: Wayne Swan will enjoy briefing journalists about Kevin Rudd’s mistakes as Rudd once briefed about the Gillard team:

WAYNE Swan was urged three months ago to hit Fringe Benefits Tax on company cars but resisted because he was worried about the impact on middle and low income families.
As he was putting together May’s budget, the former treasurer saw off those encouraging him to accept the proposal to boost government coffers by $1.8 billion as revenue dwindled.
It is understood Mr Swan was concerned the proposal - adopted last week by his replacement Chris Bowen to fill a hole left by moving from the carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme a year early - would hit teachers, nurses and police as well as higher income earners.
Mr Swan was also concerned about the impact of slugging middle income earners $1400 a year in marginal Labor electorates with 320,000 families Australia wide targeted by the measure.
South Australia’s Premier must decide if he’s just a Labor Premier instead as he fights to save one of his struggling state’s key industries from Kevin Rudd:

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has written to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider scrapping the fringe benefits tax (FBT) on salary-sacrificed cars.
Mr Weatherill said the change would damage Holden and he urged some fine-tuning to help the carmaker survive as a manufacturer in Australia.
So where are the unions on this?
They sold out their members by backing a carbon tax that even Kevin Rudd now admits was too high, and now won’t fight a tax change likely to put still more of their members out of work.
Too anxious to keep smooth your Labor pre-selections, gentlemen?
(Thanks to reader Leigh.) 

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Rudd’s great fraud: pretending to fix what he broke

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (8:12am)

Boat people policy, Carbon tax, Politics - federal
KEVIN Rudd is committing fraud. He wants your thanks for promising to fix what he’s actually smashed.
He’s figured voters are too stupid to remember what he did, and too lazy to check what he promises to do now.
And it’s working. Thanks to two extraordinary stunts last week, voters now hail Rudd as the savior who’ll stop the boats he in fact lured. Who’ll cut the carbon tax he in fact voted for.
And, critically, voters are backing the Prime Minister to deliver hasty, vague and massively expensive fixes, forgetting this is the same man who’s botched so many grand plans - including his free insulation disaster, school halls blowout and Grocery Watch and Fuel Watch shambles. 

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Age modifies rage when it’s Rudd, not Howard

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (8:00am)

With so many on the Left, it’s not the principle but the side.
Stain removal. The Age editorialises, July 30, 2008:

YESTERDAY a stain was removed from the soul of this nation. That stain was the inhumane, barbarous stance towards asylum-seekers that had presumed them guilty merely because of their existence and then condemned them to indefinite detention ... Yesterday the federal government took decisive steps in redressing the wrongs of the past. Immigration Minister Chris Evans ... outlined a new approach to asylum-seekers ... Children no longer will be dumped in a detention centre ... Labor says a secure border and a humanitarian approach are not mutually exclusive in dealing with asylum-seekers. We agree. Yesterday, Australia began the process of restoring some of its lost humanity.
No mention of stains? The Saturday Age editorialises, Saturday:

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd’s supercharged Pacific Solution ... has all the hallmarks of an election quick fix ... this solution - with an election looming - is redolent of political opportunism ... Somehow, amid the posturing and policy-changing, the most important human aspect is in danger of being ignored.
UPDATE
Former Howard Government immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone:

So, for the guy who was PM of the government that trashed our border controls to now be talking about fixing the problem is extraordinary. He shows no embarrassment at all. Not a scintilla of pink enters his endlessly cheery face.
He seems to me to be like the guy that pours petrol through your house, strikes a match at the back door, takes a quick walk around the block and then shows up on your front lawn manning the fire hose and assuring bystanders that he has the fire under control. If you watched it in a psycho thriller movie it would be unsettlingly spooky. There is something very sinister about the pyromaniac turned fireman.
As for the media:

It is not only the ALP that said one thing under the Howard government and now does the opposite. As the then immigration minister, I recall endless comment from the media on the tough, cruel policies of the then government. That so many of those voices are now muted says a lot about media that purport to be independent and unbiased.
She writes this in The Age.

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But Greg Sheridan is right to warn against demonising PNG or this deal, which the Opposition has suggested it would “build on” in government:

PNG is a peaceful democracy and a signatory of the convention. The idea that it is an unfit place for refugees and failed asylum-seekers is absurd.
If PNG is unspeakably unfit for middle-class Iranians determined to come to Australia, how can it be fit for the population of PNG, our near neighbours and good friends?
The logic of the Greens and the government-funded refugee industry in Australia, if taken seriously, leads inescapably to the conclusion that we need to evacuate the entire seven million people of PNG and resettle them all in Australia.

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Rudd’s boat people deal does not say what Rudd promises

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (7:40am)

Boat people policy
Kevin Rudd makes a big claim about his deal with PNG:

From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees. Asylum seekers taken to Christmas Island will be sent to Manus and elsewhere in Papua New Guinea for assessment of their refugee status.
But the published agreement does not guarantee at all what Rudd claims.
The deal is for just 12 months:

The deal does not oblige PNG to take all boat people sent from Australia. It makes such people only “liable” to being sent:

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Australia under this arrangement will not send women and children to PNG for some time. Kevin Rudd explains:

The intention here though, is that we will now bring the quality of those places back up to standard for the processing centre. So that, where at the moment, we will not be transferring women and children immediately across to Manus Island...
PNG’s Prime Minister does not commit himself to taking unlimited numbers any time soon:

We will take as much as we can on the capacities that we have on the ground… You can’t just simply estimate a number.
Construction of the Manus detention centre announced last year is still six months away, with room for just 600 asylum seekers:

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PNG even suggests there will be a “cap” on the number of people it will take:
PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato told The Australian the arrangement was open-ended but he also signalled the potential to put “brakes” on its scope over time. “We are not putting any cap on any numbers at this stage because it is too early and we want to work through jointly to establish at what point in time what brakes Australia will put on and what brakes PNG will put on,” Mr Pato said.
The deal does not oblige PNG to resettle any boat people found not to be refugees:

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If PNG won’t resettle non-refugees, Australia may have to take them back - or find them some other home, not yet identified:

LABOR is racing to close a gap in its new border protection regime as Papua New Guinea ... says that it will not resettle asylum-seekers who are refused refugee status…
PNG made it clear over the weekend that it was willing to resettle asylum-seekers who were given refugee status but would not do so for those who fail that test, keeping them in detention if no other countries agreed to accept them… Immigration Minister Tony Burke last night told The Australian that the provision did not mean people who failed to gain asylum on Manus Island would be sent back to detention centres in Australia.
Michael Smith notes that the deal is actually an “arrangement”, and not an agreement or a treaty:
To quote our DFAT publication, an Arrangement is used where ”the parties do not intend to create, of their own force, legal rights or obligations, or a legal relationship, between themselves. Such instruments, whether in the name of the government or agencies, are termed “arrangements of less than treaty status’’.
The High Court might be interested in this aspect when judging whether Australia has indeed fulfilled its responsibility towards asylum seekers who have applied for our protection.
UPDATE
Further, the deal seems to offer life-time support from Australia for any refugees resettled in PNG under this arrangement, which could prove attractive:

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Here is how Kevin Rudd described that last obligation:

...the Australian Government, in support of the PNG Government, will provide comprehensive settlement services to ensure that these refugees can live safely and with security and in time, prosperity, within PNG.

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ABC now worries about Muslims in a Christian country

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (7:30am)

Boat people policy
The ABC has finally decided it’s actually a worry to bring Muslim boat people into a largely Christian country.
There’s a catch, though. 

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They need our protection?

Andrew Bolt July 22 2013 (7:16am)

Some of the pictures on Michael Smith’s blog of “asylum seekers” on Christmas Island, waiting for resettlement here:
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On Nauru, hundreds of other “asylum seekers” have explained why they need to to be allowed into Australia:

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More at Michael’s blog.

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Craig Kelly
IT'S STARTING TO COME APART AT THE SEAMS ........ 
Across the road, another protester had to be restrained by police as he trailed the prime minister down the street shouting "you are a liar, you are a liar".

The prime minister, surrounded by police and a large media scrum on the walk, ignored the protesters as he shook hands with locals on Balmain's main street.

He then lunched upstairs at the iconic Labor site as locals waited for him to reappear.

Downstairs at the pub, one Balmain local, John, said he wasn't too impressed with Mr Rudd.

"I don't trust him," John said, sipping a schooner of beer.

"A lot of my mates were Labor all their life and they've changed."

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‘GETUP!’ OFFERS $40,000 BRIBE IN GOLD TO VOTERS

The oddball, far Left, union financed, Getup! has got a little over-excited about Kev’s return. An incredible $40,000 in gold bars is on offer for enrolling to vote, providing at the same time you join Getup!

"A huge number of young Australians aren't enrolled to vote and we want to give them every reason to'', GetUp! National Director, Sam Mr McLean, said today.

Mr McLean has recently taken over the activist group from Simon Sheikh who had taken to nodding off in interviews. Getup! has had substantial financial backing from the AWU.

“There are 1.4 million people eligible to vote who aren’t on the electoral roll, with 493,000 of those under 24. Those who enrol and register with GetUp! will go into a draw, with one winner from each State and Territory getting $5,000 worth of gold.” Mr McLean said.

Perhaps Mr McLean might run that idea past his lawyer before he finds himself in the slammer for 2 years.

Section 326 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act (Bribery) is pretty clear about offering inducements to vote in any way.

Sec 326 1. A person shall not ask for, receive or obtain, or offer or agree to ask for, or receive or obtain, any property or benefit of any kind... (d) the purpose of which is, or the effect of which is likely to be, to influence the preferences set out in the vote of an elector.

So, there you go, and if you are "likely" to sign up with Getup!, there’s no way you will be voting for anything other than the Communists, Labor or the Greens.

And don’t forget anyone agreeing to accept such a bribe can expect a $5,000 fine, an adjacent jail cell to McClean, or both.

(The AEC has promised to return my call asking for their response. As yet they have not responded.)

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The Golden Blue Hour...

The last shot of the Aperture Academy's SF Marin Headlands workshop. We were certain that we got skunked by the fog that came rolling in, but Jeanhad the brilliant idea of taking the class to this location. It didn't look much to the eye, but when we started seeing the images on our camera's backscreens everyone was happy with the results of getting a very romantic image.

The lesson learned... never give up trying to get a great shot.
 — at Fort Baker.
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The Searchers. Behind the Cameras: Meet Natalie Wood

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/the-searchers-behind-the-cameras-meet-natalie-wood/

The Searchers is a 1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and set during the Texas–Indian Wars. The film stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him.
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‘Disgusting’: MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry dons tampon earrings ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/07/21/disgusting-msnbcs-melissa-harris-perry-dons-tampon-earrings/
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Dear God, give me courage,
for perhaps I lack it more than anything else.

I need courage before men against their threats
and against their seductions.

I need courage to bear unkindness,
mockery, contradiction.

I need courage to fight against the devil,
against terrors and troubles, temptations,
attractions, darkness and false lights,
against tears, depression, and above all fear.

I need Your help, dear God.

Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace.

Console me with Your blessed Presence
and grant me the courage to persevere
until I am with You forever in heaven. Amen

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King David had a palace here
http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/king-davids-palace-found-at-khirbet-qeiyafa-says-israeli-team/story-fn5fsgyc-1226682841396
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Alice Zaslavsky vs Ninja RAWR! Celery swords. Btw our iphone game is on appstore "Kitchen Whiz" pm for game codes lol
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Bigotry is never isolated to one thing by a bigot, although they focus, occasionally. Those so called faithful islamists in Iran hate everyone .. they hate each other .. but they don't hate equally all the time - ed
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AN 11-year-old Yemeni girl who escaped an arranged marriage has taken to the internet to declare: "I'm not an item for sale." - technically, she is .. - ed
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Last election time local media moved to protect Jason from being opposed as he journeyed with Gillard. Recently, he has sent election peoples around the neighborhood bearing his name and wearing Liberal colours .. ed
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The Temptation Room part of the Gary Cohen food porn series
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Bill Whittle reports on the lynching of Zimmeran

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Federal Study: Fracking Process To Drill For Oil and Gas Does NOT Pollute
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t have to be silent anymore.

David Fein, has worked diligently in bringing us a whopping 7 volumes of selected writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane from the years 1960-1990. If you missed growing up reading his weekly publications, now you can make up for it. Kahane is on fire as he dishes out the truth of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the plague of assimilation, the fear of the 'Ghetto Jew' that many of us still carry inside us today. After reading his words, one won't feel meek anymore, but educated, and empowered.>


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A CAMERA video highlights the unhealthy obsession with Jews in too much of the Arab and Muslim world. With so many being taught thatal Yahud — the Jews — are unimaginably evil, it will be difficult for leaders to sign and sustain a peace agreement with Israel, and difficult for those societies to function in a healthy manner.
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Allyson Christy
Op-Ed: Israel Doesn’t Need Anyone’s Recognition - Israel National News 

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Subject: Be Alert & Cautious 

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female who was putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.

Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.

This drug is called 'BURUNDANGA' and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them like REPEATED GANG RAPE. This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.

So take heed and make sure you don't accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services 

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
He Holds The Keys to Freedom
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.(Revelation 1:18, NIV)

On a spiritual level, we need keys to access what God has for us — eternal life, peace, freedom and blessing. But we don’t have to stand on the outside living in frustration. Jesus holds the keys, and He has opened the way for us to walk from death to life. We don’t have to live in defeat, mediocrity, sickness, sin or any kind of bondage any longer. We have access to the abundant life Jesus came to give.

Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember Jesus is the one who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.God bless you.

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Jesus Raised Lazarus from the Dead,proving His Deity in His Power to Re-create Life.
Then This Is The Time To Rise Above All Your Problems and Fears.I said to you that all your problems will come to an end in Jesus name,Amen.

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
A PRAYER IN TIME OF TROUBLE.
O Lord my God.My sighing is not hidden from You. I wait for You to rescue me. For we know that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I know that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up all our wounds. You, O God, are a refuge for the oppressed; a stronghold in times of trouble.It is You, O my God, who delivers us when we cry out.Fill us with great faith and save us from the surging water,so that we may tell the good news of your saving love,in Jesus name,Amen.

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Pastor Rick Warren
Stress at work is often caused by HOW you are doing it rather than how much you are doing.

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Pastor Rick Warren
Talent that sits on the shelf rots. Use it or lose it.

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Pastor Rick Warren
Having authority implies accountability. If you reject the blame for failures under your watch, people reject your leadership.

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July 22: Feast day of Mary MagdaleneTu B'Av (Judaism, 2013);Pi Approximation Day
Flooding of a McDonald's restaurant in Festus, Missouri

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