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Whilst I think that this is a good thing for the Aboriginals, I do have an objective thought (sometimes two, but one at the moment).

My DNA says Viking - should I be unable to be deported, from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Greenland?

Interesting possibilities if this concept gets traction, amongst indigenous rights groups.

Or more worryingly, it such traction does occur and folk from a country who reside elsewhere, then commit a crime in "adopted other country", the racists in the "adopted other country" may feel a certain pride in - sending them back to where they came from.



This could get interesting/worrying, in the future.

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Outrageous': Qantas criticised for standing down 20,000 workers without pay

Unions have demanded that any future government bailout of the airlines include money to pay workers after Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, said it will stand down two-thirds of its 30,000-strong workforce without pay and end international flights.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the standdowns were needed to survive the biggest crisis aviation has ever been through, but union leaders slammed the move for robbing from workers’ futures to prop up the airline.

Joyce said it was “survival of the fittest” in the airline industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, and “lots of airlines are going to go under”.

“Qantas will not be one of them,” he said. “One of the things we are working on is making sure we are last man standing.”

The decision comes despite a $715m rescue package for the Australian airline sector, unveiled by the government on Wednesday.


The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union national assistant secretary Glenn Thompson called on Qantas to bring forward maintenance work and give workers who are stood down 14 days special paid leave.

“Big companies with deep pockets like Qantas must support their workers in these uncertain times by providing two weeks special leave at the beginning of the standdown period,” he said.

Dan Walton, the national secretary of the biggest union at Qantas, the Australian Workers’ Union, said workers needed to be supported at least until May..




"Let them eat cake!"

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Mining firm Rio Tinto sorry for destroying Aboriginal caves

Mining giant Rio Tinto has apologised for blowing up 46,000-year-old Aboriginal caves in Western Australia dating back to the last Ice Age.

The Juukan Gorge caves, in the Pilbara region, were destroyed last Sunday as Rio Tinto expanded an iron ore project agreed with the authorities.

Many prehistoric artefacts have been found at the remote heritage site.

"We are sorry for the distress we have caused," said Chris Salisbury, the firm's iron ore chief executive.

"We pay our respects to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People (PKKP)," he said. The PKKP are the traditional owners of the site.

"We will continue to work with the PKKP to learn from what has taken place and strengthen our partnership. As a matter of urgency, we are reviewing the plans of all other sites in the Juukan Gorge area."

Artefacts found there include a belt made from human hair, analysis of which showed a direct link going back 4,000 years between the PKKP and the prehistoric cave-dwellers.

'Devastating blow'

"Today we also recognise that a review is needed in relation to the management of heritage in Western Australia more broadly," Mr Salisbury said.

Besides iron ore, the Anglo-Australian giant has many mining interests in Australia, including bauxite for aluminium, diamonds and uranium.

Last week a PKKP representative, John Ashburton, said losing the site was a "devastating blow".

"There are less than a handful of known Aboriginal sites in Australia that are as old as this one... its importance cannot be underestimated," Reuters news agency quoted him as saying.

"Our people are deeply troubled and saddened by the destruction of these rock shelters and are grieving the loss of connection to our ancestors as well as our land."

Australian Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt, who is Aboriginal, said it was "incomprehensible" that the blast had gone ahead, but added that it appeared to be a "genuine mistake". State laws had failed in this instance, he said.




Sorry about that, mate. But money is money!

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Australian police probe Aboriginal boy's arrest after video emerges

An Australian policeman has been placed on "restricted duties" after being filmed tripping up an Aboriginal boy, who was then pinned to the ground.

The video shows the New South Wales Police officer and two colleagues holding the boy down.

The incident ended in the boy's arrest and subsequent release, authorities said. He was taken to hospital briefly for observation.

NSW Police said its professional standards unit would investigate.

The incident happened in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills on Monday and came to public attention after it was shared on Facebook.

Australian media reported the boy was 16 or 17.

Criticism of police treatment of indigenous Australians has ramped up this week on the back of protests about George Floyd's death in the US. Protests have been planned around Australia.

In the video, three officers are seen speaking to a group of teenagers on a brick path.

After the teenager who was later arrested says "I'll crack you in the… jaw, bro" to one officer, the boy is told to "turn around".

The officer then kicks the teenager's legs out from beneath him, causing him to fall to the ground. An onlooker is heard is saying that the boy landed on his face.

The three officers then pin the boy to the ground, arresting him.

NSW Police said the boy was released to his family after being observed for a time in hospital.

"An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest is now under way by officers attached to the Professional Standards Command," a police statement said.

"The constable involved has been placed on restricted duties while this review is carried out.

"Senior officers have met with the community and local elders and will keep them appraised throughout the process."

Indigenous Australians comprise almost 30% of adult prison inmates, despite making up only about 3% of the population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


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Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behaviour'


An Australian Outback pub has banned emus for “bad behaviour”, and erected barriers to prevent the large, flightless birds from creating havoc inside.

Locals and tourists have been bemused by the antics of the emus eager to steal food from people in Yaraka, a remote Queensland state outpost with a permanent population of 18.

But things took an intolerable turn last week when two of the birds, Carol and Kevin, discovered they could climb the front stairs of the Yaraka Hotel, the only pub, publican Chris Gimblett said Tuesday.

“They’re learnt to walk up the front steps of the hotel, which has been causing just a few issues," especially with the amount of their waste, he said...

Gimblett solved the problem by stringing a rope across the top of the stairs. A sign advises customers to replace the rope once they enter because “emus have been banned from this establishment for bad behaviour”.

The inquisitive emus are not yet clever enough to duck under the rope to get inside the pub.


Visitors staying at the Yaraka trailer park have been surprised by the lengths emus will go to steal food.

While Australian pubs occasionally have a parrot in the bar, emus are not indoor birds.

“When emus get a fright, they head in a forward direction but are normally looking behind so they can’t see where they’re going and this is where chaos can happen,” Gimblett said. “They bump into everything.”

Visitors staying at the Yaraka trailer park have been surprised by the lengths emus will go to steal food, including pecking a fried egg off a barbecue plate, Gimblett said.

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“They will lean through the (trailer) door with their long necks and pluck toast out of the toaster,” he said.

“If you’ve got a mug of coffee on the little table by the door, they will drink all the coffee, without spilling it I might add. You just discover that your mug’s empty. They’re just eating machines,” he added.

There used to be eight emus in Yaraka. A resident rescued eggs from an abandoned nest in 2018 and hatched them with the help of an electric blanket. But all except Carol and Kevin have moved on, apparently in search of mates.

“We're in lockdown mode,” Gimblett said of his barricaded pub. “At least it's emus and not coronavirus.”


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Well speaking as someone who has friends and family in Straya, certainly the  phrase "Australia is America for beginners" seems apt .

But my mate who is an intensive care specialist, says, that he wishes the leadership would follow NZ's tack and stop the virus in it's tracks.

They may be starting to do so, after this attention whore:








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As has been said before, "Australia, the USA for beginners....."

Neo-Nazi group descends on Australian tourist town of Halls Gap, Victoria


A neo-Nazi group outside the town of Halls Gap on Australia Day weekend 2021. Photo / Supplied via news.com.au


By: Benedict Brook

Locals in a picturesque area of western Victoria, thronged by tourists, have said they now feel in danger after far-right neo-Nazi thugs descended on the area during the Australia Day long weekend.

"I came to this area to feel safe. I never thought living out here I'd be in danger of extremist groups," one local told news.com.au.

"You look at these people and they're the ones you fear the most. They're like a cut snake, you just don't know what they'd do."

The anti-terrorism squad of Victoria Police is now investigating after it was reported that almost 40 members of Nazi group the National Socialist Network visited the Grampians region and the town of Halls Gap, about 150km northwest of Ballarat.

The group has openly described Indigenous Australians as "subhuman" and has called for a "white revolution". Online, the group said its hike was "fuelled by pure Cronulla energy".

A leading civil rights campaigner said the bigoted rhetoric from the "Hitler worshippers" could easily turn into violence.

Pictures online reportedly from the weekend show a group of bare-chested men wearing balaclavas next to a burning cross.


Halls Gap resident Saskia Elling told news.com.au she was with friends at Lake Bellfield, close to Halls Gap, on Sunday evening when they spotted the group across the water.

"My partner said he saw someone chanting 'white power' and I was like 'that can't be true'. Then an hour later they chanted Ku Klux Klan.

"It was intimidating, we were happy to be on the other side of the lake."

A local business owner, who didn't wish to be named, said a couple had stumbled on the group of unashamed racists on the popular Pinnacle walking track.

"They asked what they were doing and they said they were neo-Nazis and KKK and then they began chanting.

"We came here to keep our families safe and there are these people that make you feel like you are in danger."

Other people said "Heil Hitler" could also be heard.




The group in the Grampians. Photo / Supplied via news.com.au


After camping in the bush, the group then went to the Halls Gap tourist town and began harassing locals and visitors alike.

"They did this march through town with swastikas and Hitler salutes and they had these stickers with 'power to the white man'," Elling said.

She added the group seemed unclear as to what, specifically, they were supporting.

"They were taking a horrible part of German history [Nazism] and the KKK from the US and just mixing it all in a bowl to see what came out.

"At one point they were dining at the Black Panther cafe which is also the name of a black empowerment movement against the KKK – so they don't seem to be very intelligent people."

The cafe is thought to be specifically named after panthers that are rumoured to exist in the Grampians. There is no suggestion the cafe owners knew their customers were racists.

Elling added that despite the group being seemingly "ridiculous" their presence was nonetheless sinister.

"We're an Aboriginal community here too, we also call the Grampians by the Aboriginal name of Gariwerd and we have an Indigenous cultural centre by the lake.

"Families [of all backgrounds] visit and enjoy the lake. We're a community where everyone is welcome, but not them; they're not welcome."

Elling, who is German, said she was astounded to find that when police were called there was little they could do to the group. In contrast, in Germany, any expression in support of Nazism is banned.

"They called it a training camp, it's just nuts. I'm just very shocked and so angry," she said.

It's not the first time the Grampians/Gariwerd region has been targeted by neo-Nazi groups. In 2017, a local newspaper published an ad about people looking to form an "alliance" based on "white pride".

The chairman of civil rights organisation the Anti-Defamation Commission, Dr Dvir Abramovich, said the presence of the groups couldn't be ignored.

"Make no mistake, the dangerous rhetoric that these Hitler worshippers are spewing can cross the line into real-world lethal attacks. We do not need to wait for a Christchurch in Melbourne to act," he told news.com.au.

"Neo-Nazi ideologies and rallies are alive and well in Victoria, and these homegrown SS soldiers, who dream of a Fourth Reich with an Australian Hitler at the helm, are a clear and present danger, agitating for a racial war and recruiting like-minded bigots."

Abramovich said the groups should be targeted by state and federal governments and added to terror lists.

"This is the time to fight violent, hateful ideologies that are a dire and evolving security threat and to act quickly."

In September, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) said far right violent extremist groups now made up 40 per cent of its counter-terrorism workload, up from 10 per cent before 2016.

ASIO said it was a "real and growing" threat to Australia and conspiracy theories and frustration at lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic had helped to radicalise some people who had subsequently joined the groups.



Incels huh...  

Any girls in OZ reading this, get out and take one, or a couple, for the team, these boys need something to occupy themselves with, maybe they'll go back to rugby league, if they're introduced to carnal sport...

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