Category: SA Gov

Toys-R-Verboten: Toy Gun Leads to Arrest

Toys-R-Verboten: Toy Gun Leads to Arresthttp://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/man-arrested-at-gunpoint-in-citys-west-end/story-e6frea83-1226453144824

Adelaide: Earlier today a man was arrested at gunpoint in the Parklands and charged with carrying an offensive weapon – a toy gun. He was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Haven’t times changed? I remember reading a news clipping from 1956 about a man who was fined 5 Pounds for discharging an actual firearm in the same area. No criminal conviction, just the fine. And now if you are caught with a toy ….

Cailen.

SA Election: Attorney General Denounces the World as Dangerous!

It’s election time in South Australia and the Attorney General/Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Michael Atkinson is on the warpath hunting for mice and other mediocre targets to take on. Will you be next?

Gamers threaten me: Atkinson

Danielle Forsyth: Independent Weekly | February 16, 2010

http://www.independentweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/gamers-threaten-me-atkinson/1752321.aspx

Attorney General Michael Atkinson has launched an attack at the Gamers4Croydon party, saying he believes gamers in general are pose a higher personal danger than the outlaw motorcycle gangs he has worked so hard to legislate against.

“I feel my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from outlaw …

Aboriginal Gangs Control Town

PORT Augusta is heading for an “explosion” of violence because local police are failing to control rampaging gangs of youths, former policeman and Aboriginal elder Aaron Stuart has warned.

“The policing service here is the worst in the world, it should be a service to the our community but the police here are gutless to do anything,” he said.

“What they do is send one carload to a house, start a fight, then send a text or ring their friends who are in two other cars around the corner and then they also join in,” he said.

“If nothing is …

Indigenous and Pregnant Women to get Free Flu Vaccine – White Men to go to Hell

“Today we are announcing that the seasonal flu vaccine will be available free of charge to more than two million extra Australians, particularly pregnant women and indigenous Australians,” Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon told Channel 9.

Previously, just under 3 million people aged 65 and over were entitled to free flu vaccine. Now that all Aboriginals and pregnant women are to receive free flu vaccine shots, this will bring the number up to about 4.5 million receiving the vaccine.

The theory behind the Federal Government’s proposal is that indigenous people – rich, poor or otherwise – are more important to …

Finks send letter to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson

Sean Fewster, Court Reporter: The Advertiser | January 29, 2009

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24979443-5006301,00.html

POLICE are wasting $3 million a year policing a bikie club “made up of grandfathers, union members and gainfully-employed people”, the Finks have claimed.

In a letter to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the outlaw group says it is “not in the public interest” to spend time and money banning their organisation “whilst other areas of (the police) are seeking additional men and equipment”.

It says the Rann Government’s push to impose criminal sanctions on its membership is based on incorrect and misdirected evidence – some of it decades out of …

Abos Rioting in Port Augusta Prison

It has just been reported that Abos are rioting in Port Augusta prison.

According to the media, blame for the riot must lie with the state government for its “pack ’em, stack ’em and ‘rack em” approach to holding prisoners.

Although that may very well be the case, I am making the assumption that it’s just Abos out of control … again, and any excuse will do to put down any suggestion of Australia’s indigenous people taking responsibility for their own behaviour.

Cailen.

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Adelaide’s gangsters must go

Doug Robertson, Police Reporter: The Advertiser | October 06, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24451792-5006301,00.html

GUN-WIELDING “gangsters” are making the city unsafe and their haunts must be shut down immediately, Adelaide Lord Mayor Michael Harbison says.

In the wake of yesterday’s dramatic early morning shooting in Gouger St where a person was wounded and a bystander injured, Mr Harbison has challenged the State Government to institute the “clean-up”.

While Mr Harbison wants businesses to bring back a feeling of community safety, political leaders called for a greater police presence on the beat. [more …]


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‘Kick a black’ remark causes uproar in state parliament

Michael Owen, Political Reporter: The Advertiser | September 24, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24390627-5006301,00.html

TREASURER Kevin Foley has accused State Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith of being happy to “kick a black” and engage in “racism politics”.

Mr Foley went on the attack yesterday in State Parlianment after Mr Hamilton-Smith asked a question about the HomeStart Finance “Nunga Loan” scheme – a home loan package designed for Aborigines – and the risks associated with them.

Mr Hamilton-Smith compared the Nunga Loans product to the subprime loans in the U.S. that sparked an economic meltdown.

He said loans above a property’s value were approved to …

‘Secret’ police to use fake IDs

Nigel Hunt: The Advertiser | September 20, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24377910-5006301,00.html

POLICE will have the power to create false identity documents for undercover operatives under new laws to be introduced in South Australia.

And for the first time, the identities of the undercover police officers will remain secret during court processes to prevent reprisals from criminals they help to apprehend.

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, who will introduce the legislation into Parliament this week, said the new laws would help police fight organised crime “from the inside”.

“These laws will help expose drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal weapons trading and gang violence – including …

Police ready to apply for bike clubs to be outlawed

Daniel Wills: The Advertiser | September 04, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24293389-5006301,00.html

POLICE say they are ready to take imminent action to outlaw criminal bike gangs after tough new State Government legislation came into effect today.

The Serious and Organised Crime Act allows Police Commissioner Mal Hyde to apply to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to outlaw individual gangs and place severe restrictions on their members.

Assistant Police Commissioner Tony Harrison this afternoon said police had been gathering information for some time and would soon move against the gangs.

“A lot of preparatory work has been ongoing and I wouldn’t anticipate it would be too …

Priest Wants Government to Do More for Aborigines to Prevent Crime

David Cappo blasts government inaction over Gang of 49

Maria Moscaritolo: The Advertiser | July 28, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24087934-5006301,00.html

THE new Families and Communities Minister has conceded her department has more to do in addressing the Gang of 49 crime culture in Adelaide.

Earlier today, the man charged with addressing the social ills behind the Gang of 49 – Monsignor David Cappo – said government departments were not doing enough to help.

Father Cappo, the chairman of the State Government’s Social Inclusion Board, singled out the Family and Communities Department as not doing enough and not working quickly enough.

Jennifer Rankine, …

SA Govt Refuses to Train Unemployed Australians – Imports 50,000 Filipinos Instead

Jobs coup in 50,000 Filipino worker deal for SA

Michael Owen, Political Reporter: The Advertiser | July 10, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24006453-5006301,00.html

ADELAIDENOW SCOOP: AN IMMIGRATION agreement with the Philippines will deliver up to 50,000 skilled workers to South Australia over the next decade.

SA Govt Refuses to Train Unemployed Australians – Imports 50,000 Filipinos InsteadDeputy Premier Kevin Foley, who is on a nine-day trade mission to Malaysia and the Philippines, told The Advertiser yesterday a memorandum of understanding between the two governments would help streamline the immigration process.

A special program will be introduced by the Philippines, under its Labour and Employment Secretary Arturo Brion, for SA companies to employ “highly trained” …

The “Burkhini” – Another Tax Payer Expense

Cultural worries covered

The Advertiser | June 25, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23930170-2682,00.html

… The “burkhini” is making a splash with Muslim students in the Riverland.

The wetsuit-style lycra costume, which covers the arms, legs and hair, has given 10 Renmark High School students the chance to learn to swim while remaining true to their culture.

Principal Paul Wilton said since the school bought the burkhinis, the students had become more active.

“We noticed that, while the boys were actively participating in events, the girls were very shy and none of them came to the school swimming carnival,” he said.

“We are a …

Vic Police chief bags SA bikie laws

The Advertiser | June 26, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23923536-5006301,00.html

VICTORIA’S police chief is warning SA’s tough new anti-bikie gang laws will lead to increased conflict between police and bikies and drive them underground.
Police Commissioner Christine Nixon says the laws will “merely drive the visible appearance of organised motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) underground, where the criminal activity will continue to function”.

“Rather than displacing OMCG organised crime activity from SA, it is likely the new laws will increase police-OMCG conflict,” she said.

“Victoria Police does not support proposals intended to deal with OMCG members in a similar manner to that of terrorist groups …

Adelaide City Council Donates $65 Grand to Islam – Where’s Creativity’s $$$?

Council grant for mosque work

ABC | Jun 17, 2008

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/17/2276785.htm

Australia’s oldest mosque is getting a $65,000 grant from Adelaide City Council to fund the repairs to one of its minarets.

The mosque in Gilbert Street in the city was built in the late 1880s, with minarets added in 1903.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison says it is the first time the Council has funded refurbishment work on a mosque.

“This money allocated will restore the fourth minaret of the mosque to its former glory and give us what really is a beautiful building, very important to the Islamic community …