Category: Federal Gov

‘Secret’ police to use fake IDs

Nigel Hunt: The Advertiser | September 20, 2008

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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 …

Taliban pens never held dogs, says Fitzgibbon

The Advertiser | September 04, 2008

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AUSTRALIAN troops did not use dog pens to hold four Taliban prisoners overnight, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says, contrary to an earlier report.

Defence has now told the Minister the enclosure used to detain the four prisoners had never been used for dogs, contrary to a report of a defence inquiry into the alleged April incident.

The report, released last week, sparked an angry reaction from Australia’s Islamic leadership who said no human being should be locked up in dog pens.

The latest advice from defence has upset Mr Fitzgibbon who said it …

KRudd Continues Keating’s Asianisation of Australia

Rudd’s plan for Asian Australia

Samantha Maiden, Online political editor: The Australian | August 12, 2008

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24169710-601,00.html

KEVIN RUDD has unveiled his vision for Australia to become the most “Asia-literate country” in the West.

In a speech in Singapore today, the Prime Minister pledged to boost the investment in the study of Asian languages and culture in schools and universities.

“Australia’s future will also depend on our ability to engage constructively and effectively with the countries of the Asia Pacific,” he said.

“That is why I am committed to making Australia the most Asia-literate country in the collective West.

“By …

KRudd Cuts Back Plans for Pacific Islander Coolies – Blames White Australian Racists

Guest worker plan cut back

Steve Lewis: The Advertiser | August 09, 2008

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KEVIN Rudd has dramatically scaled back plans for a controversial Pacific “guest-worker” scheme amid concerns of a community backlash.

The Coalition has already raised concerns over the radical immigration plan which would allow islanders to work in rural communities for up to seven months.

But with unemployment on the rise, the Rudd Government has halved the number of participants to just 2500 over three years.

Only three countries – Tonga, Kiribati and Vanuatu – will be involved in the pilot scheme, although the Government is keen …

Hardline immigration mandatory detention laws ditched

The Advertsiser | July 29, 2008

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MANDATORY detention for asylum-seekers has been eased under changes to immigration policy announced by the Federal Government today.

“A person who poses no danger to the community will be able to remain in the community while their visa status is resolved,” Immigration Minster Chris Evans said.

Mandatory detention would apply only to those arriving by boat for health, identity and security checks, or those considered a risk to national security or health.

Legal assistance would be offered to those arriving by boat and they could have an independent review of unfavourable decisions.

Children …

KRudd’s decision – Greenhouse effect will cost everyone

Mark Kenny, Political Editor, Canberra: The Advertiser | July 17, 2008

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HOUSEHOLD electricity prices and other essential living costs will rise when the Government introduces an emissions trading scheme.

But pensioners, carers and the least well off will get tax cuts and increased welfare benefits to meet rising costs.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong released the Government’s widely anticipated policy green paper yesterday, declaring the economy-wide impact would be “profound” and that there was no “cost-free way to tackle climate change”.

Describing climate change from unrestrained air pollution as “the greatest market failure the world has seen”, she committed …

Jews Demand the Holohoax be Taught in Australian Schools

Schools failing to teach on Holocaust

Justine Ferrari, Education writer: The Australian | July 10, 2008

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AN obsession with Australian history in curriculums has left students able to leave school without knowing that the Holocaust occurred.

In a speech to high school principals, NSW education department head Michael Coutts-Trotter regretted the omission of the Holocaust from the state’s mandatory history course.

“I discovered for the first time about a month ago that you can get through compulsory schooling in NSW and never know that the Holocaust, the destruction of Jews in Europe, actually happened,” he said. “You will know …

Rudd won’t share our pain with climate tax

Glenn Milne, Canberra: The Advertiser | July 06, 2008

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KEVIN Rudd wants all Australians to pay more for power and petrol to help save the planet – except himself.

The Prime Minister has revealed he will continue to allow taxpayers to pick up his power and petrol bills, despite saying everyone must share the pain of increased costs to help stop climate change.

The Government is set to introduce a national Emissions Trading System by 2010 in the wake of the Garnaut Report released on Friday.

Energy bills and the cost of fuel will sharply increase under the system.…

Vic Police chief bags SA bikie laws

The Advertiser | June 26, 2008

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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 …

UN condemns denials of Nazi Holocaust

Reuters | January 27, 2007

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly adopted a US-drafted resolution today condemning denials of the Holocaust, weeks after Iran sponsored a meeting dominated by speakers questioning the Nazis’ extermination of 6 million Jews in World War 2.

The resolution, co-sponsored by more than 100 countries, including all Western nations, was approved by consensus, without a vote. Iran disassociated itself from the action, calling the resolution a political exercise that Israel would exploit against Palestinians.

The resolution “condemns without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust” and “urges all member states unreservedly to reject any denial …

A Message from the Federal Treasurer

A SUMMARY OF THE RECENT BUDGET

The Australian federal government is sending each and every one of you a $900 rebate.

If you spend that money at K-Mart, the money will go to China.

If you spend it on petrol it will go to the Arabs.

If we purchase a computer it will go to Taiwan.

If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.

If you purchase a good car it will go to Japan or Germany.

If you purchase useless crap it will go to China or Korea.

None of this will help …

Australia’s Internet Censorship – Thanks a Bloody Lot Chairman Krudd

Internet ‘clean feed’ useless – group

News.com.au | May 15, 2008

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THE Australian public is being urged to reject the Federal Government’s plan to censor the internet.

Online advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says the Government’s decision to fund its mandatory “clean feed” internet in the 2008-09 Federal Budget is a waste of taxpayers money.

“At a time when the Government is cutting services to fight inflation, it’s bewildering that they would decide to spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on a filter before feasibility trials are even complete,” EFA spokesman Colin Jacobs said.

“Given the manifest …