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« Reply #1500 on: January 29, 2012, 04:50:00 AM »

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/01/28/203051_local-news.html

Chinese New Year haul at Cairns Airport

Tarina White
Saturday, January 28, 2012
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PIG trotters, chicken feet, fungus-growing caterpillars and duck eggs are among the hundreds of kilograms of prohibited items seized from Chinese visitors by biosecurity officers at Cairns airport this week.

The airport's biosecurity manager Ashley Smith said officers had filled five wheelie bins with items that are not allowed in Australia since Chinese New Year revellers started arriving last weekend.

"We’ve seized a couple hundred kilos of food – it's more than I expected," he said.

"Every passenger pretty much has had something to declare."

Most of the visitors were not aware of Australia's biosecurity laws and the haul highlighted the need to raise international awareness of the rules, Mr Smith said.

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« Reply #1501 on: January 29, 2012, 04:53:00 AM »

http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/education/asylumseeker-children-vanish/2435873.aspx

Asylum-seeker children vanish

BY NATALIE O'BRIEN
29 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM

SEVENTEEN asylum-seeker children suspected of being trafficked from Vietnam have vanished from immigration centres across the country, and authorities admit they have not been searching for them.

The boys, mainly Catholics from the north of Vietnam, arrived by boat on Christmas Island between June 2010 and May last year.

But despite most of them being missing for months, an investigation by The Sunday Examiner's sister publication, The Sun-Herald, has revealed police have not been searching for the children and the Vietnamese embassy in Canberra has been kept in the dark about their disappearance.

An embassy official said it had been unaware the children were missing.

``We have now asked them to investigate and tell us what was happening. We have still heard nothing,'' the official said.

Before the boys, the youngest of whom is said to be 15, disappeared they told advocates their parents had been tricked into placing them in the custody of an older Vietnamese man promising them work and education in Australia.

Serious concerns have been raised about the sudden arrival of dozens of unaccompanied Vietnamese children as young as six. There are fears they may have been trafficked to Australia for labour or for prostitution.

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« Reply #1502 on: January 29, 2012, 05:00:52 AM »

http://www.smh.com.au/national/race-to-solve-the-ae1-mystery-20120128-1qmy7.html

Race to solve the AE1 mystery

January 29, 2012

An Australian submarine lost at sea has remained undetected in its watery grave for almost 100 years. Now salvage teams, including descendants of the 35 crew members, believe they have pinpointed its location. Sarah Whyte and Tim Barlass report.

SEARCH teams believe they are on the brink of recovering the first Australian submarine lost at sea, almost 100 years after a tragedy that killed 35 men in the early days of World War I.

A report obtained by The Sun-Herald, which was prepared by the descendants of the crew and will be presented to the Royal Australian Navy and the federal government, reveals new details about the vessel's location. At the same time, another salvage group says it is preparing to locate the sunken sub this year.

The 800-tonne submarine AE1, believed to have eight unstable torpedoes on board, has evaded the best endeavours to locate it. The vessel was stationed in Rabaul Harbour on New Britain Island in what is now Papua New Guinea, where it was deployed for the invasion of Germany's Pacific colonial headquarters.

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« Reply #1503 on: January 30, 2012, 07:56:37 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/candles-tree-lights-focus-of-probe-into-blaze-that-killed-wife-and-three-daughters-of-tv-chef-matt-golinksi/story-e6freoof-1226248827911

Candles, tree lights focus of probe into blaze that killed wife and three daughters of TV chef Matt Golinski

    by: Peter Hall and Rikki-Lee Arnold
    From: The Courier-Mail
    January 20, 2012 12:00AM

FAMILY happy snaps have helped narrow the likely cause of a fatal Sunshine Coast house fire to candles inside paper lanterns or a pine Christmas tree covered in lights.

The fire that broke out in the early hours of Boxing Day claimed the lives of Rachael Golinski and daughters Starlia, 10, and 12-year-old twins Sage and Willow.

While investigators wait for the only survivor of the Tewantin tragedy  celebrity chef Matt Golinksi  to be well enough to interview, they have made progress in their search for clues.

Sunshine Coast Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said evidence pointed to the fire having started in the small, open-plan dining and lounge room, where the most damage was found.

Photographs and details provided by relatives who had visited for a Christmas party revealed that several candles encased in paper had been positioned on the dining room table.

A pine Christmas tree wrapped in lights was nearby in the lounge room.

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prayers continue for his recovery . . . oh, the horror of when he wakes up!


I cannot imagine what it would be like to awake to such tragic news.
The evidence that the fire is most likely caused by Christmas decorations or candles is a very strong lesson for all of us.


I just want to say that I have been adding my prayers for your surgery and I am sending positive thoughts that the outcome is as you are expecting.  God Bless.

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« Reply #1504 on: February 01, 2012, 08:44:31 PM »



HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!!!!!!!

Thank you JSM.  Welcome to posting in this thread and I hope you will continue to do so.  Good to know you have your DH with you and under control, and that Patton and Ruby are such good friends.

 
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« Reply #1505 on: February 09, 2012, 08:23:28 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/boy-6-removed-from-cairns-gay-fathers-in-fbi-child-porn-probe/story-e6freoof-1226266686500

Boy, 6, removed from Cairns gay fathers in FBI child porn probe


    by: Peter Michael
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 09, 2012 11:32AM

A QUEENSLAND gay couple are fighting for custody of their six-year-old boy after they were accused by US child protection authorities as being members of an international pedophile ring.

Queensland police today confirmed they were investigating the allegations along with the FBI, after child safety officials in Los Angeles took the boy and put him into foster care nearly four months ago.

His Cairns-based parents, who protest their innocence, have made a desperate appeal to Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd to get their son back after he was removed on a holiday to the US in October.

According to a newspaper article, a report by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services says the FBI is also investigating allegations that one of the men "is suspected of sexually abusing (the child). They are also suspected of exploiting (the child) through child pornography and obtaining (the child) for the sole purpose of exploitation."

One of the gay men, who had the boy with a surrogate Russian mother in 2005, said US officials found no signs of harm to their son and they faced no charges - but they had lost access to their son.

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« Reply #1506 on: February 09, 2012, 08:31:31 PM »

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118049953

Naomi Watts to play Princess Diana

By Diana Lodderhose
Posted: Thu., Feb. 9, 2012, 2:59am PT

Naomi Watts has been set to play the late Princess Diana in "Caught In Flight," directed by "Downfall" helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Pic, which is produced by U.K. shingle Ecosse Films, is based on a screenplay by Stephen Jeffreys.

Story focuses on the last two years of the Princess' life and charts how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed her to evolve into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.

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« Reply #1507 on: February 11, 2012, 07:42:52 AM »

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« Reply #1508 on: February 11, 2012, 10:15:44 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/boy-6-removed-from-cairns-gay-fathers-in-fbi-child-porn-probe/story-e6freoof-1226266686500

Boy, 6, removed from Cairns gay fathers in FBI child porn probe


    by: Peter Michael
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 09, 2012 11:32AM

A QUEENSLAND gay couple are fighting for custody of their six-year-old boy after they were accused by US child protection authorities as being members of an international pedophile ring.

Queensland police today confirmed they were investigating the allegations along with the FBI, after child safety officials in Los Angeles took the boy and put him into foster care nearly four months ago.

His Cairns-based parents, who protest their innocence, have made a desperate appeal to Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd to get their son back after he was removed on a holiday to the US in October.

According to a newspaper article, a report by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services says the FBI is also investigating allegations that one of the men "is suspected of sexually abusing (the child). They are also suspected of exploiting (the child) through child pornography and obtaining (the child) for the sole purpose of exploitation."

One of the gay men, who had the boy with a surrogate Russian mother in 2005, said US officials found no signs of harm to their son and they faced no charges - but they had lost access to their son.

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« Reply #1509 on: February 16, 2012, 08:12:15 PM »

  Just stopping in to read the interesting articles you post. 


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« Reply #1510 on: February 16, 2012, 08:16:13 PM »

Hi, anything new of Chef Golinski?
 
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« Reply #1511 on: February 16, 2012, 08:17:46 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/boy-6-removed-from-cairns-gay-fathers-in-fbi-child-porn-probe/story-e6freoof-1226266686500

Boy, 6, removed from Cairns gay fathers in FBI child porn probe


    by: Peter Michael
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 09, 2012 11:32AM

A QUEENSLAND gay couple are fighting for custody of their six-year-old boy after they were accused by US child protection authorities as being members of an international pedophile ring.

Queensland police today confirmed they were investigating the allegations along with the FBI, after child safety officials in Los Angeles took the boy and put him into foster care nearly four months ago.

His Cairns-based parents, who protest their innocence, have made a desperate appeal to Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd to get their son back after he was removed on a holiday to the US in October.

According to a newspaper article, a report by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services says the FBI is also investigating allegations that one of the men "is suspected of sexually abusing (the child). They are also suspected of exploiting (the child) through child pornography and obtaining (the child) for the sole purpose of exploitation."

One of the gay men, who had the boy with a surrogate Russian mother in 2005, said US officials found no signs of harm to their son and they faced no charges - but they had lost access to their son.

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For the sake of this child, I hope the allegations are not true!
 

I hope so too Sister.  And it is tiring that whenever anyone is accused of a crime or some other aberration they always trot out the discrimination issue because of their lifestyle, race, beliefs or some other difference to the mainstream.  A crime, especially against children, is a crime whatever the circumstances of the parents, guardians or perpetrator.
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« Reply #1512 on: February 16, 2012, 08:24:59 PM »

Hi, anything new of Chef Golinski?
 

Hi Sister     you read my mind.  Just about to post an update.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/chef-matt-golinski-starts-to-wake-from-coma-five-weeks-after-fatal-fire-20120203-1qw5n.html

Chef Matt Golinski starts to wake from coma five weeks after fatal fire

Bridie Jabour
February 3, 2012


Well-known chef Matt Golinski, the sole survivor of a fire that killed his wife and three daughters, has started experiencing brief periods of semi-consciousness for the first time since he was badly burned on Boxing Day.

His father, Keith Golinski, released a statement this morning saying although his son was still heavily sedated the progress was ‘‘encouraging’’. Matt is still listed in a critical but stable condition.

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Also there is a facebook page for tributes.  It is public :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Golinski-Tribute-Page/300958493280964

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« Reply #1513 on: February 16, 2012, 08:27:16 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/sunshine-coast/daniel-bus-lesson-still-not-learnt/story-fn8m0yxo-1226273200828

Bruce Morcombe fears lesson 'still not learnt' over Daniel after children left behind by buses

    by: Matt Johnston
    From: Quest Newspapers
    February 17, 2012 12:00AM

BRUCE Morcombe fears lessons have not been learnt from his son Daniel's tragedy as complaints continue to flow about children being left behind by buses on the Sunshine Coast.

Information obtained by the Maroochy Journal shows that since January 1, 2010, transport authority TransLink investigated and resolved 49 complaints against Sunbus - almost one a fortnight.

Sunbus is the regional provider that did not pick up Daniel, who was abducted from a known hailing place for buses at Palmwoods in 2003.

"Forty-nine complaints over children being left behind is alarming and disappointing," Mr Morcombe said.

"Have we learnt anything?

"We are not surprised by those statistics because we have had several grandparents or parents approach us and say their son or daughter was left behind at a bus stop."

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« Reply #1514 on: February 16, 2012, 08:29:22 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/sperm-donors-secret-details-tagged-on-birth-certificates/story-e6freonf-1226273279109

Sperm donors' secret details tagged on birth certificates

    by: By Patrick Lion
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    February 16, 2012 11:00PM

BIRTH certificates could be secretly tagged with the identity of sperm or egg donors under a controversial New South Wales Government proposal to help children track down their biological parents later in life.

Notes or "hidden" addendums would be linked to the certificates, telling the child that more information relating to their donor was available when they turned 18.

The move would mean all donor details could be recorded on the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the first time.

The current Assisted Reproductive Technology Register, overseen by NSW Health since its introduction in 2010, covers commercial conceptions but excludes non-medical donations or private arrangements.

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« Reply #1515 on: February 16, 2012, 08:31:13 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/judge-wont-halt-anti-whaling-group/story-e6freonf-1226273656202

US judge won't halt anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd

    by: From correspondents in Seattle
    From: AP
    February 17, 2012 10:29AM

A US federal judge in Seattle has declined to immediately restrain the activities of an anti-whaling group.

Judge Richard Jones said he would issue a written ruling later, but that he's inclined to deny a request for a preliminary injunction made by Japanese whalers against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The whalers - the Institute for Cetacean Research - said the Sea Shepherd group has attacked and rammed their ships off Antarctica during the whaling season, and asked the judge to order them to stop. Some of the clashes have been shown on the Whale Wars reality TV show.

Sea Shepherd activists use stink bombs and other nonlethal means to interfere with the whalers. The group argues that its activities are supported by international law, that the court doesn't have jurisdiction in the Southern Ocean, and that it's the whalers who have rammed its vessels.

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« Reply #1516 on: February 16, 2012, 08:33:41 PM »

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2012/02/17/289261_ntnews.html


Dingo didn't act alone


NIGEL ADLAM   |  February 17th, 2012

THERE was definitely "human involvement" in the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, the detective who investigated the case has said.

Lindy Chamberlain was freed from Darwin prison after the baby's matinee jacket was found at Uluru.

Another coronial inquiry will be held next Friday.

Retired policeman Denver Marchant said the inquest was "pointless" unless evidence about the jacket was heard. He predicted a dingo would be found guilty of the murder in 1980.

"Mrs Chamberlain identified the jacket that I showed to her at the Forensic Section many years ago as being worn by the baby at the time of her disappearance," he told the NT News.

"The viewing was video-and still-photo recorded.

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« Reply #1517 on: February 16, 2012, 08:39:09 PM »

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/unsung-heroes-may-get-their-medals/story-e6frea8c-1226268239887

Unsung heroes may get their medals

    by: Ian McPhedran
    From: The Advertiser
    February 10, 2012 11:00PM

TRACER fire was still boiling from the Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun manned by Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean.

The digger kept firing his weapon even after the Corvette HMAS Armidale had slipped beneath the Timor Sea in December 1942.

Eyewitnesses saw Aircrewman Noel Shipp hanging from the door and still firing his machine gun as the American Huey chopper he was crewing crashed to the ground and burned in South Vietnam in 1969.

These two gallant young Australian warriors were not prepared to "go gentle into that good night".

To quote the Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, "Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Tasmanian Teddy Sheean and Noel Shipp from Brisbane both raged and went down swinging, honouring the finest traditions of valour to their final breath.

Now, more than 60 years later in Teddy's case and 42 years after Noel Shipp made the ultimate sacrifice, an official inquiry is examining whether or not the men, and 11 others, should be awarded a posthumous retrospective Victoria Cross or other gallantry award.

Ninety-six Australians have been awarded the Imperial VC and two more, SAS soldiers Mark Donaldson and Ben Roberts-Smith, the contemporary VC for Australia for their valour during the Afghanistan campaign. All but two of the medals, first awarded by Queen Victoria during the Crimean War, have gone to army soldiers and two to air force personnel. Incredibly, the Royal Australian Navy has never had a single VC.

As the last living Australian Imperial VC winner, Keith Payne, said this week, "More VCs have been earned than will ever be issued."

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« Reply #1518 on: February 16, 2012, 08:41:31 PM »

http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2012/02/13/fort-campbell-to-receive-visit-from-australian-special-forces-soldier-recipient-of-australias-highest-award-for-gallantry/

Fort Campbell to receive visit from Australian Special Forces Soldier, recipient of Australia’s highest Award for Gallantry

February 13, 2012

Fort Campbell, KY – Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith, an Australian Special Forces soldier, who has received Australia’s highest award for gallantry – the Victoria Cross – is scheduled to conduct a visit with various units who supported his missions.

He is slated to visit 1st and 5th Battalions, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division February 15th at 10:00am here.

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« Reply #1519 on: February 17, 2012, 08:18:51 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/years-on-survivors-remember-the-japanese-bombing-of-darwin/story-e6freooo-1226274177577

70 years on, survivors remember the Japanese bombing of Darwin


    by: Ian McPhedran
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 18, 2012 12:00AM

ALLEN Heckenberg was a 19-year-old ammunition loader on a three-inch anti-aircraft gun overlooking Darwin Harbour when the port was attacked by dozens of Japanese aircraft just before 10 am on February 19, 1942

As wave after wave of Zero fighters, dive bombers and torpedo bombers blasted a fleet of 20 or more sitting ducks in the harbour, including the American Destroyer USS Peary, Mr Heckenberg and his gun crew on Elliott Point fought furiously against the enemy swarm.

The 89-year-old from Woonona south of Sydney, will make his fourth trip back to Darwin this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the day he went to war with the 14th Anti-Aircraft Battery. His gun was the first to open fire after a bomb hit the Stokes Hill wharf.

"We fired hundreds of rounds during the first raid, but there was so much confusion. There were dive bombers going everywhere," he told News Limited this week.

"I saw one drop a bomb on the destroyer and then he came low over us with one bomb left. We thought we were going to cop it, but as he flew over the dirty little mongrel (pilot) gave us a wave from his open cockpit."

Like most people in Darwin, Mr Heckenberg thought the first planes to fly in over the town that day were American.

No advance warning was given and a sighting of the menacing formations by a coast watcher on Melville Island about 45 minutes earlier was dismissed as friendly aircraft.

Just 40 minutes after the attack began three warships and five merchant vessels were on the bottom of Darwin Harbour and 10 more had been damaged.

The nation was shocked by the attack - the most ferocious enemy action ever against Australian soil. More bombs (683) hit Darwin that day than were dropped on Pearl Harbour (271) two months before and an estimated 300 people were killed.

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