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« Reply #1200 on: August 07, 2011, 09:07:32 PM »

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2011/08/08/War_heroine_Nancy_Wake_dies_647744.html

War heroine Nancy Wake dies

Monday, August 08, 2011 » 09:25am

Australia's most decorated World War II servicewoman Nancy Wake has died in London at the age of 98.

Wake, known as the White Mouse, died on Sunday in a hospital in London, where she had lived since 2001. She was 98.

A close friend confirmed Ms Wake's death early Monday (Australian time).

The fearless WWII French resistance fighter and leader had lived in a London nursing home for retired veterans since suffering a heart attack in 2003.

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« Reply #1201 on: August 09, 2011, 06:43:58 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/teenager-pins-his-mother-to-wall-during-driving-test-at-zillmere-centre/story-e6freoof-1226111042807

Teenager pins his mother to wall during driving test at Zillmere centre

    Robyn Ironside
    From: The Courier-Mail
    August 09, 2011 8:06AM

A SHOCKING crash at a driving examination centre in Brisbane has sparked calls for dual-control vehicles to be compulsory during driving tests.

A 46-year-old woman had her leg almost amputated when her 17-year-old son crashed into the seats she was sitting on outside the Transport and Main Roads centre in Pineapple St at Zillmere on Brisbane's northside.

The young man had just finished his driving test about 12.30pm yesterday and as he pulled into a carpark he accidentally hit the accelerator of his Toyota HiLux instead of the brake.

A witness said the four-wheel-drive was fitted with a large bullbar.

The woman from nearby Boondall, was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to try to save her leg. Her son was treated for shock and the female driving examiner was unhurt.

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« Reply #1202 on: August 09, 2011, 08:03:47 AM »

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« Reply #1203 on: August 11, 2011, 06:06:46 AM »

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« Reply #1204 on: August 11, 2011, 06:17:19 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/top-cop-mark-standen-found-guilty/story-e6freooo-1226113019370

Top cop Mark Standen found guilty

    By Lisa Davies
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    August 11, 2011 11:59AM

ONE of the nation's most powerful investigators has been found guilty of plotting to import drugs worth more than $120 million.

Mark William Standen remained unmoved as the jury of 11 handed down their guilty verdicts to three charges today, after a Supreme Court trial lasting almost five months.

The former assistant director of the New South Wales Crime Commission had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to import and supply more than 300kg of the drug pseudoephedrine, used to make speed and ice.

Standen, 54, also denied using his role as a senior detective to pervert the course of justice.


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« Reply #1205 on: August 11, 2011, 06:20:27 AM »

Bear, Alaskan wolf and orangutans among animal parts seized in record Aussie raid

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    August 11, 2011 5:27PM

FEDERAL investigators uncovered today what they described as one of the largest wildlife seizures in Australian history.

The massive haul of exotic animal remains includes ivory products, a mounted bear head, the full skin and head of an Alaskan wolf, along with lion and orangutan skulls.

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« Reply #1206 on: August 11, 2011, 06:23:51 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/asylum-seekers-arrive-in-australia/story-fn7x8me2-1226113313015

Manus Island detention centre looks set to be re-established, as 102 asylum seekers arrive at Christmas Island

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    August 11, 2011 6:37PM

THE Gillard Government looks set to re-establish an asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, as a boat carrying 102 asylum seekers arrives at Christmas Island.

In a statement tonight, Ms Gillard said the "Australian Government thanks Prime Minister O’Neill and his newly formed Cabinet for giving prompt consideration to the proposal for an assessment centre on Manus Island and providing its approval for the proposal to proceed".

She said that Australian officials would travel to PNG  to discuss re-establishing the detention centre.

“We are committed to working in partnership with Papua New Guinea to examine how such a centre might operate, including how it might best complement broader regional activities. Our officials will now work together to examine those options," Ms Gillard said in a statement tonight.

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« Reply #1207 on: August 11, 2011, 06:26:16 AM »

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/08/11/252281_tasmania-news.html

Tassie role in MS breakthrough

   CRAIG HOGGETT   |   August 11, 2011 12.01am

TASMANIAN scientists have contributed to what has been described as an "enormous" breakthrough in multiple sclerosis research.

Menzies Research Institute associate professor Bruce Taylor is named as an author of a study published yesterday in the scientific journal Nature.

The study, led by Cambridge and Oxford Universities and involving 250 researchers in 15 countries, confirmed the presence of up to 57 MS genes and gives a clue to why some people get the disease.

The Australian contribution was led by the University of Sydney's Graeme Stuart, who said the study strengthened the case for treatments now in clinical trials.

"Discovering so many new leads is an enormous step towards understanding the cause of MS," Professor Stewart said.

Tasmania has the highest rate of MS in Australia and the incidence has doubled since 1951.

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« Reply #1208 on: August 12, 2011, 03:32:58 AM »

Hope this miserable apology for a human being never sees the outside of a jail ever again.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dobbs-to-stay-behind-bars-after-sentence-review/story-e6freoof-1226113707833

Pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs to stay behind bars after sentence review

    Tony Keim
    From: The Courier-Mail
    August 12, 2011 11:47AM

THE man dubbed Australia's worst pedophile was too high a risk of reoffending if released and should remain bars indefinitely, a court was told.

Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, 57, was in the Brisbane District Court for the second required periodic review of this sentence for molesting numerous children over more than three decades eight years ago.

Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison term on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.

Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys' Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.

The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.

Dobbs's almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

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« Reply #1209 on: August 12, 2011, 03:40:29 AM »

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/its-time-for-cadels-tour-de-force/story-e6frf7jo-1226113729951

Cadel Evans thanks fans for their support during massive celebration


    Jon Anderson, Nathan Mawby
    From: Herald Sun
    August 12, 2011 12:00AM

UPDATE 2.20pm: THOUSANDS have lined the streets of Melbourne to cheer on Tour de France winner and hometown hero Cadel Evans.

A far cry from the gruelling three-week tour, Evans pedalled slowly down St Kilda Road as he zig-zagged across the street, shaking hands with flag-waving fans lining the short route to a packed Federation Square.

Wearing his winner's yellow jersey, Evans signed autographs before he set off on his ride and thanked his fans.

"This is great, fantastic, everyone's missing out on school and work, right?" said the first Australian to win the tour.

"I'm very proud to be able to bring back this jersey and we can celebrate it together."

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The 34-year-old and his wife arrived to a rock star welcome early yesterday and plan to catch up with friends and family in a whirlwind two-day trip.

"It's always nice to get a hug from my mum," Evans said.

"I usually go away 10 months at a time so just to be back in Melbourne is always special.

"I'm glad to be able to come home and celebrate with everybody who has supported me all this time."

Tonight the lights of AAMI Park will sparkle yellow in honour of his achievement, with a special message to the star.

Evans was "completely overwhelmed" by the welcome he and his wife, Chiara, received. Normally, just his mum picks him up.

Yesterday everybody wanted to be part of the show, including Customs officers who delivered an impromptu round of applause.

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Bear, Alaskan wolf and orangutans among animal parts seized in record Aussie raid

    The Daily Telegraph
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    August 11, 2011 5:27PM

FEDERAL investigators uncovered today what they described as one of the largest wildlife seizures in Australian history.

The massive haul of exotic animal remains includes ivory products, a mounted bear head, the full skin and head of an Alaskan wolf, along with lion and orangutan skulls.

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   Long time no see!  Thanks for sharing everything Australia.  I want to visit there some day, such a beautiful country!

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« Reply #1211 on: August 13, 2011, 08:11:22 AM »

Hello Dihannah nice to see you again and I hope all is well with you and your family.

This story is sad and I plan to follow it if possible as ivory is banned here and animal skins or bones are subject to quarantine approval.  Hope we get to know how these items were brought into Australia.
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« Reply #1212 on: August 13, 2011, 08:16:51 AM »

Great to see a positive development in this case.  These parents have been through so much and given up their home and livelihood to help prevent this happening to other children.  Full credit to these tireless police and their persistence which has resulted in arresting a suspect.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/suspect-taken-into-custody-in-daniel-morcombe-investigation/story-e6freoof-1226114335485

Man charged with murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment in Daniel Morcombe disappearance


    From: The Courier-Mail
    August 13, 2011 9:22PM

A 41-YEAR-old man has been charged with several charges, including murder and child stealing, in the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe.

Police Commisioner Bob Atkinson told a news conference tonight a 41-year-old former truck driver had been charged with a number of offences including murder, deprivation of liberty, child stealing, indecent treatment of a child under 16, and interfering with a corpse.

He was remanded in custody to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Mr Atkinson thanked the media and members of the community for keeping the eight-year-old case in the public eye, saying  it was the largest missing person investigation in the history of the Queensland Police Service.

He said police would be searching an area of bushland on the Sunshine Coast.

Thirteen-year-old schoolboy Daniel disappeared from beneath an overpass at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast in December 2003.

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« Reply #1213 on: August 13, 2011, 08:25:01 AM »

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/acland-comes-back-to-life-for-census-night/story-fn59niix-1226114107927

Acland comes back to life for census night

    Jared Owens and Jamie Walker
    From: The Australian
    August 13, 2011 12:00AM

FOR one night the Queensland town of Acland lived again.

On Tuesday evening - census night - about 50 people piled into town, lit a fire and filled in their forms by torchlight.

On paper and in person they ensured that Acland remained alive a while longer.

For months, Acland has made headlines as the home of the "last man standing".

Glen Beutel, the town's lone resident, has been fighting the might of the mining companies, defiantly refusing to sell his 11 properties to New Hope coal, which wants to expand its open-cut mine.

Nicki Laws, who lives in nearby Kingsthorpe, braved the freezing temperatures to join the stand in Acland on census night, saying she was "here to protest against the disintegration of a precious community".

"The area around Acland is important agricultural farming land that should be protected," she said.

Drew Hutton, veteran activist and environmental campaigner, was among the crowd and said the night was about solidarity with the "last man standing" and a community "coming together".

"The coalmine hasn't won yet, we're still here, we're still fighting," he said.

Only 10 years, and two census surveys ago, Acland was home to more than 300 residents. Some families had lived in the area for six generations.

Since then, the establishment of an open-cut coalmine less than 2km from the town centre has reduced it to a ghost town as Mr Beutel's neighbours have sold up.

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« Reply #1214 on: August 13, 2011, 07:14:08 PM »

As expected, the latest development in this case is all over our TV news.  One TV channel reported that the monster arrested is a father of three.  How disgusting to go out and abduct another child and treat them like this when you have children of your own.  There is to be a news conference with Daniel's parents later this morning, who have been reported as saying this news is "crushing".  I will post a link to the video if and when available.  I hope it will play outside of Australia. Adding that I should have taken Muffy's advice and opened a separate thread but never thought there would be any more progress after all these years.  It just proves that even when the LE do not appear to be doing much they are still hard at work.  A lot of undercover work resulted in this arrest.

God Bless the Morcombe family.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/suspect-taken-into-custody-in-daniel-morcombe-investigation/story-e6freoof-1226114335485

Man charged with murder, child stealing, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment in Daniel Morcombe disappearance

    Renee Viellaris, Peter Hall
    From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    August 14, 2011 12:00AM

POLICE will scour rugged Sunshine Coast bushland for the remains of missing teenager Daniel Morcombe after a former truck driver was charged with his murder yesterday.

The surprise arrest of the 41-year-old man after eight harrowing years for the Morcombe family came after police lured him back to Queensland from Perth under a covert and complex strategy.

He was arrested at 4pm and charged three hours later with murder, deprivation of liberty, child stealing, indecent treatment of a child under 16 and interfering with a corpse.

At his home on the Sunshine Coast last night, an emotional Bruce Morcombe spoke of the moment he learnt police had charged a man with murdering his son.

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Mr Morcombe said there was no guilty verdict yet and "plenty of work ahead".

He said the family's position had always been "step one: find Daniel; step two: find who's responsible".

"An area has been identified and is being searched and this is our drive, to find Daniel."

Mrs Morcombe wept as she told of how difficult this task would be.

"During the floods, this spot had 10m of water through it," she said.

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« Reply #1215 on: August 13, 2011, 07:18:05 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/suspect-taken-into-custody-in-daniel-morcombe-investigation/story-e6freoof-1226114335485

Timeline of a tragedy

DECEMBER 7 2003: Daniel Morcombe 13, goes missing while waiting for a bus at Woombye on the Sunshine Coast

DECEMBER 14 2003: Police stage a re-enactment with a mannequin of Daniel, prompting a flood of leads

DECEMBER 17 2003: Police reveal details of a dark blue sedan spotted by witnesses

DECEMBER 23 2003: Police search canefields and waterways at Bli Bli

DECEMBER 29 2003: Police reveal they are seeking two men, based on witness reports

FEBRUARY 4 2004: Gold Coast pedophile questioned

APRIL 2004: Launch of emotional TV and radio ads of Bruce and Denise Morcombe appealing for information

APRIL 20 2004: A Day for Daniel service held in Brisbane's Queens Park. By now more than 4000 calls to Crimestoppers

JUNE 1 2004: University student faces Brisbane court for sending a hoax email to extort money from the Morcombes

NOVEMBER 11 2004: Police seize a van in Brisbane

NOVEMBER 2004: Police DNA test caravan park residents in southeast Queensland for clues

NOVEMBER 21 2004: Police release three sketches of a man seen at the bus stop

FEBRUARY 2005: Bruce and Denise announce they will start the Daniel Morcombe Foundation

JUNE 2006: Release of sketches of a suspicious man in a blue car who had been seen by mums around the Woombye school in the weeks before the disappearance

DECEMBER 1 2008: A record $1 million private reward offered for information within six months

MAY 2009: Full-size model of suspect commissioned by Bruce and Denise, leading to more information

APRIL 2010: Police deliver five large boxes holding thousands of pages of investigation to the State Coroner.

OCTOBER 2010: Inquest into Daniel's disappearance begins

APRIL 2011: Suspect known as P7 becomes major focus of investigation after his alibi falls apart at the inquest

AUGUST 2011: Police arrest a man over Daniel's disappearance

 
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« Reply #1216 on: August 13, 2011, 07:26:04 PM »

Daniel Morcombe Foundation (official page)


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daniel-Morcombe-Foundation-official-page/138433286169049


Some wonderful comments on this page.  I particularly like these :

"Next step, changing the law so that we are all aware of who these monsters are and stop protecting them whilst they roam our streets"

"Why do we not have the death penalty in this country? "
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« Reply #1217 on: August 13, 2011, 08:58:43 PM »

Brief report of the interview with Daniel's parents.  Still waiting for the video to be linked.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/daniel-morecombes-family-tell-of-strain-after-murder-arrest/story-e6freonf-1226114567720

THE parents of missing teenager Daniel Morecombe say the arrest of a man for their son's murder has been extremely difficult to handle.

Bruce Morecombe told reporters that he and his wife Denise had been waiting for the day someone was charged over the abduction of their 13-year-old son from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast in December, 2003.

But when they were told that that had happened they had mixed emotions.

"It came as quiet a shock yesterday afternoon," Mr Morecombe said outside the family home in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.

"It's a very difficult place Denise and the family find ourselves in.

"It's a place you don't want to be in.

"It's an extremely difficult time and last night was not pleasant at all."

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« Reply #1218 on: August 13, 2011, 09:13:16 PM »

Brief report of the interview with Daniel's parents.  Still waiting for the video to be linked.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/daniel-morecombes-family-tell-of-strain-after-murder-arrest/story-e6freonf-1226114567720

THE parents of missing teenager Daniel Morecombe say the arrest of a man for their son's murder has been extremely difficult to handle.

Bruce Morecombe told reporters that he and his wife Denise had been waiting for the day someone was charged over the abduction of their 13-year-old son from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast in December, 2003.

But when they were told that that had happened they had mixed emotions.

"It came as quiet a shock yesterday afternoon," Mr Morecombe said outside the family home in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.

"It's a very difficult place Denise and the family find ourselves in.

"It's a place you don't want to be in.

"It's an extremely difficult time and last night was not pleasant at all."

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I hope they can recover his remains for the family. Great effort and work by LE.
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« Reply #1219 on: August 13, 2011, 11:09:41 PM »

Brief report of the interview with Daniel's parents.  Still waiting for the video to be linked.


I hope they can recover his remains for the family. Great effort and work by LE.

Oh I hope so also, 4 Donks.    And getting this far after so many years is heartening for others still waiting for answers.  Although they just had the inquest, there has been some years when it appeared that investigations were at a standstill or even suspended.
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