Anonymous ID: 177517 Q Research Australia #25: My Koala Hates Spam Too Edition July 8, 2022, 9:13 p.m. No.16695125   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1358

Welcome To Q Research AUSTRALIA

 

A new thread for research and discussion of Australia's role in The Great Awakening.

 

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>>16343573 Q Research AUSTRALIA #23

 

Q's Posts made on Q Research AUSTRALIA threads

Wednesday 11.20.2019

>>7358352 ————————————–——– These people are stupid.

>>7358338 ————————————–——– All assets [F + D] being deployed.

>>7358318 ————————————–——– What happens when the PUBLIC discovers the TRUTH [magnitude] re: [D] party corruption?

 

Tuesday 11.19.2019

>>7357790 ————————————–——– FISA goes both ways.

 

Saturday 11.16.2019

>>7356270 ————————————–——– There is no escaping God.

>>7356265 ————————————–——– The Harvest [crop] has been prepared and soon will be delivered to the public for consumption.

 

Friday 11.15.2019

>>7356017 ————————————–——– "Whistle Blower Traps" [Mar 4 2018] 'Trap' keyword select provided…..

 

Thursday 03.28.2019

>>5945210 ————————————–——– Sometimes our 'sniffer' picks and pulls w/o applying credit file

>>5945074 ————————————–——– We LOVE you!

>>5944970 ————————————–——– USA v. LifeLog?

>>5944908 ————————————–——– It is an embarrassment to our Nation!

>>5944859 ————————————–——– 'Knowingly'

 

Q's Posts referencing Australia

https://qanon.pub/?q=AUS

https://qanon.pub/?q=australia

https://qanon.pub/?q=koala

https://qanon.pub/?q=HouseOfCards

https://qanon.pub/?q=boomerang

https://qanon.pub/?q=45HarisonHarold

https://qanon.pub/?q=6572656

https://qanon.pub/?q=RAT%20BAIT

https://qanon.pub/?q=VERY%20important

https://qanon.pub/?q=remain%20in%20the%20light

https://qanon.pub/?q=news.com.au

 

Q's Posts referencing Australian citizens

Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)

Former Prime Minister of Australia, 2015 to 2018

https://qanon.pub/?q=X%2FAUS

https://qanon.pub/?q=call%20details

https://qanon.pub/?q=Threat%20to%20AUS

 

Alexander Downer

Former Australian Liberal Party politician and former Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

https://qanon.pub/?q=Downer

 

Cardinal George Pell

Australian Cardinal of the Catholic Church and former Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy

https://qanon.pub/?q=Pell

https://qanon.pub/?q=cardinal-george-pell

https://qanon.pub/?q=pecking

 

Julian Assange

Australian activist, founder, editor and publisher of WikiLeaks

https://qanon.pub/?q=assange

https://qanon.pub/?q=JA

https://qanon.pub/?q=Under%20protection

https://qanon.pub/?q=WL

https://qanon.pub/?q=wikileaks

https://qanon.pub/?q=crowdstrike

https://qanon.pub/?q=server

https://qanon.pub/?q=Seth

https://qanon.pub/?q=SR

https://qalerts.app/?q=snowden

https://qanon.pub/?q=roadmap

 

Virginia Roberts Giuffre

American-Australian survivor of the sex trafficking ring operated by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

https://qanon.pub/#4568

https://qanon.pub/#4728

https://qanon.pub/#1054

https://qanon.pub/?q=chandler

https://qanon.pub/?q=epstein

https://qanon.pub/?q=island

https://qanon.pub/#1001

https://qanon.pub/#1861

https://qanon.pub/#3147

https://qanon.pub/#4578

https://qanon.pub/#3432

https://qanon.pub/#3497

https://qanon.pub/#4727

https://qanon.pub/#4797

https://qanon.pub/?q=wexner

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https://qanon.pub/#4577

https://qanon.pub/?q=maxwell

https://qanon.pub/#4569

https://qanon.pub/?q=spacey

https://qanon.pub/#4570

https://qanon.pub/?q=normalize

https://qanon.pub/?q=Prince%20Andrew

https://qanon.pub/#4579

https://qanon.pub/#4907

https://qanon.pub/#4911

https://qanon.pub/#4921

https://qanon.pub/?q=Dearest%20Virginia

 

Q's Posts referencing The Five Eyes intelligence alliance (FVEY)

An anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States

https://qanon.pub/?q=FVEY

https://qanon.pub/?q=Five%20Eyes

https://qanon.pub/?q=Interesting%2C

https://qanon.pub/?q=RAT%20BAIT

 

"Does AUS stand w/ the US or only select divisions within the US?"

Q

Nov 25 2018

https://qanon.pub/#2501

 

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Anonymous ID: 177517 July 8, 2022, 9:13 p.m. No.16695129   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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#24 - Part 1

Australian Politics and Society

>>16655702 Jacinda Ardern in Australia: PM describes 'change in the relationship' as she arrives in Sydney

>>16655717 Ardern’s ‘catch-up’ with Andrews brings vow to tap Victorian infrastructure expertise

>>16655769 Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand's no-nuclear line on AUKUS subs met with 'understanding and appreciation' in Australia

>>16655881 AUKUS submarines: Marles commits to local jobs, won’t rule out ready-made submarine stopgap

>>16656001, >>16656014 Mark Dreyfus orders Commonwealth to drop Bernard Collaery East Timor spying charges

>>16670597, >>16670654, >>16670684, >>16670751, >>16670835 Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe killed by gunman in campaign attack, Albanese and other respond

 

#24 - Part 2

Australia / China Tensions

>>16655314, >>16655314 Wong: It is in Australia’s interests to stabilise relationship with China

>>16655322 Opportunity for Australia to further warm relations with China in Bali: China Daily editorial

>>16655327 Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare thanks China, refuses to answer questions from Australian press

>>16655563, >>16655567 'Concrete actions required' for Albanese govt to replace 'microphone diplomacy' to improve damaged China-Australia ties

>>16655582 Diplomatic freeze ends: China locks in Wong meeting

>>16655681 FBI, MI5 heads issue joint warning on China's threat to Western security (mp4)

 

#24 _ Part 3

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide

>>16656037 Australia expands fourth COVID dose rollout amid fresh Omicron threat

>>16656069 Victorian Health Minister will not rule out mask mandates and working from home orders as COVID-19 cases surge

>>16662992 China appeasing WHO Chief and Lancet Commission Chairman support the lab leak theory

 

#24 - Part 4

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations

>>16655905 Notorious paedophile Bradley Pen Dragon bailed after pleading not guilty to breaching release order

>>16655939, >>16655943 Tasmania Police apologise to abuse victims over paedophile James Geoffrey Griffin

 

#24 - Part 5

Russia and Ukraine

>>16655612 Russia, Australia relations at lowest in decades: envoy

>>16655640 ‘Contempt’: Anthony Albanese makes G20 summit promise to Vladimir Putin

>>16655648 Australia warned to stop sending weapons to Ukraine (video)

>>16674960 Biden to give $1 billion more in weapons to Ukraine

 

#24 - Part 6

Q / Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide

>>16658125 Q DROP #586 AS THE WORLD TURNS

>>16676907 Julian's Rum take on Q's TOR id being comms (link)

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:16 p.m. No.16701650   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1015

Reposting Q Research AUSTRALIA #23 and #24 combined Notables and Updated Dough.

 

>>16343573 Q Research AUSTRALIA #23

 

>>16655142 Q Research AUSTRALIA #24

 

Notables

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#23 and #24 - Part 1

Australian Politics and Society - Part 1

>>16343646 Uyghurs in Australia scour through thousands of leaked photos from Xinjiang Police Files searching for loved ones

>>16343649 The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps - John Sudworth, May 2022 - bbc.co.uk

>>16343649 The Xinjiang Police Files - Unprecedented evidence from internal police networks in China’s Xinjiang region proves prison-like nature of re-education camps, shows top Chinese leaders’ direct involvement in the mass internment campaign

>>16343649 PDF: The Xinjiang Police Files: Re-Education Camp Security and Political Paranoia in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

>>16343656 Video: Leaked "Xinjiang Police Files" reveal signs of distress among Uyghurs - ABC News (Australia)

>>16343917 Video: Penny Wong visits Fiji, saying Australia neglected Pacific on climate change, as China's Wang Yi visits Solomon Islands

>>16344039 Peter Dutton 2.0: I’ll be a gentler and caring me - Peter Dutton has promised that Australians will see another side of his character as opposition leader, arguing the Liberal Party is the natural champion of families, small business and aspirational workers across the ­nation’s cities, suburbs and regions

>>16344054 Peter Dutton seeks to recast his image as Tanya Plibersek apologises for likening him to Voldemort

>>16349783 Election 2022: Scott Morrison says teal independents who unseated up to six moderate Liberals ran a “vicious and brutal campaign” against the Coalition, as he confirmed he would remain in parliament as a backbencher

>>16349788 ‘Trust and respect’: Macron agrees to rebuild ties with Australia - French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is ready to start rebuilding his country’s fractured relationship with Australia, during his first phone call with new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

 

>>16349801 US State Department greenlights proposed sale of half-a-billion-dollars in rocket launch capability to Australia - Australia’s to purchase 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicles for approximately US$385 million (AU$542 million)

>>16349873 Video: Wong takes on Beijing over climate, debt and influence - Foreign Minister Penny Wong has warned Pacific leaders a region-wide security and trade deal with Beijing could sacrifice their independence, lead to unsustainable debt levels and endanger the region

>>16350107 China-Australia relations: ex-Australian PM Kevin Rudd tells West to offer alternatives to Pacific islands, not ‘lectures’ about their ties with Beijing

>>16350130 Australian scholars call for improvement of China-Australia relationship - Xinhua - english.news.cn

>>16350134 David Goodman and others – An Open letter to the New Government on relations with China - Pearls and Irritations, johnmenadue.com

>>16356206 President Biden Tweet: I’ve got more good news: 27.5 million bottles of safe infant formula manufactured by Bubs Australia are coming to the United States. We’re doing everything in our power to get more formula on shelves as soon as possible.

>>16356206 Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Tweet: Great that @BubsAustralia is helping out American families in need with clean, safe infant formula

>>16356206 Kristy Carr, Founder CEO - Bubs Australia Tweet: Thank you, Mr. President. We know this problem can’t be solved by one company alone but @BubsAustralia hopes that we can help bring some relief to American families by offering a clean, safe formula for their babies during these challenging times.

>>16356292 Australian killed in Ukraine remembered as a ‘larrikin’ and ‘battler’ - Father-of-three Michael Charles O’Neill, 47, who lived in Hobart, was killed on Wednesday while providing humanitarian aid in Ukraine following the Russian invasion

>>16356338 José Ramos-Horta accuses Alexander Downer of ‘distorting’ issues around 2004 Timor-Leste bugging - President of south-east Asian nation says Australia used cover of ‘supposedly altruistic foreign aid program’ to spy on behalf of oil companies

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:16 p.m. No.16701658   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

#23 and #24 - Part 2

Australian Politics and Society - Part 2

>>16356341 Video: Alexander Downer on Australia's Spy Agencies - ABC Australia Q+A

>>16366776 Video: New Liberal Party leader Peter Dutton vows to target ‘forgotten Australians’

>>16366805 Video: David Littleproud elected to lead the Nationals in opposition after post-election leadership vote

>>16366975 Video: Lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide move to subpoena the source code for the encrypted AN0M app - Lawyers representing alleged bikie chiefs, mafia members and drug kingpins are mounting legal challenges to the software at the heart of Operation Ironside – the encrypted AN0M app

>>16367044 U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet: Memorial Day - Each year on the last Monday of May, Americans honor the men and women who have lost their lives in military service. We express our deepest gratitude for the courageous Americans who have given their lives in service to the United States. #MemorialDay

>>16367044 Q Post #1350 - If America falls, the World falls. God bless our brave fighting men & women. They deserve our deepest gratitude. Through their strength, and the millions of united Patriots around the World, we will succeed in this fight. Peace through strength. Now comes the pain. Q

>>16372011 Californian Fairytales: what Google, Facebook and Netflix told the Australian Tax Office - michaelwest.com.au

>>16372849 Video: Anthony Albanese promises to lead more inclusive government in first speech to Labor caucus

>>16373206 Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Tweet: This Memorial Day, we join our American friends in paying tribute to the lives & legacies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country & we honour their courage. - Sunrise over Iwo Jima Memorial photo, Marine Corps War Memorial - gordonklau instagram

>>16373206 Australian Embassy, USA Tweet: The Embassy is closed today, Monday 30 May in observance of #MemorialDay. If you are an Australian citizen requiring consular assistance at this time, please call the Consular Operations Center in Canberra from the US on +61 2 6261 3305. - Sunrise over Iwo Jima Memorial photo, Marine Corps War Memorial - gordonklau instagram

 

>>16379313 US President Joe Biden says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership ‘critical’ as US tackles mass shootings

>>16379319 Bridging submarine ‘capability gap’ is top priority in defence, says Australia‘s new Defence Minister Richard Marles

>>16379329 Bec Judd takes Bayside crime fight to Daniel Andrews - Businesswoman Bec Judd has declared she won’t be silenced when it comes to standing up for her Brighton community over escalating crime

>>16384764 Five Eyes Chiefs of Defence Hold Talks in London - UK hosting Chiefs of Defence from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States over three days of events in London

>>16384775 Biden gives Bubs a big thumbs up on baby formula delivery - US President Joe Biden thanks Australian infant formula maker Bubs Australia as the first batch of Bubs’ product gets ready to land into the hands of desperate American parents late next week

>>16384827 Kevin Rudd: I don't believe Peter Dutton regrets walking out on the Apology to the Stolen Generations - Kevin Rudd - canberratimes.com.au

>>16390567 Australian Federal Police train team of digital technology sniffer dogs to target child abuse operations and terrorism perpetrators

>>16390587 Inside Bubs Australia's US formula mission and the call with POTUS

>>16395696 Australian PM honours Queen Elizabeth amid renewed republican debate - Anthony Albanese renames Canberra's Aspen Island to Queen Elizabeth II Island, describing it as a "fitting salute" to the monarch

>>16399548 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has set up an agency to monitor Victorians - Explosive documents reveal Daniel Andrews has set up a “deeply disturbing” Big Brother-style data agency to monitor how we think, feel and spend

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:17 p.m. No.16701659   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 3

Australian Politics and Society - Part 3

>>16399563 Video: 'I've stepped up' Australian soldier declares from Ukrainian front line while fighting against Russia

>>16403519 Anthony Albanese, Joko Widodo agree to strengthen ties during Indonesia visit

>>16403557 Australian injured on Ukraine frontline - An Australian man who joined the Ukraine foreign legion has been injured on the war’s frontline, coming under fire during some of the fiercest fighting in Sievierodonetsk

>>16403557 Radio Svoboda Tweet: The Armed Forces are trying to gain a foothold in Severodonetsk and prepare for counter-offensive operations. They were assisted by units of foreigners from around the world, who voluntarily formed a separate special unit and are fighting on the side of Ukraine.

>>16403563 Video: The Foreign Legion entered Severodonetsk. Fighting for the city continues - Radio Svoboda Ukraine

>>16403575 Google ordered to pay John Barilaro $715,000 over 'vulgar' YouTube videos made by comedian Jordan Shanks

>>16403591 Bilderberg: World’s most secretive group meets in Washington without a single Australian among the attendees

>>16408454 Federal Court orders Twitter to release information on controversial @PRGuy17 account - The Federal Court has ordered Twitter to release information that could reveal the identity of the person behind a high-profile political account that attracted large audiences during the pandemic with its pro-lockdown and pro-Labor commentary

>>16408480 Video: Man who struck police horse and threw traffic bollard at officer during Melbourne lockdown protests pleads guilty

>>16408493 Video: Operation Ironside - Australian Federal Police targeting Italian mafia figures in next phase of 'AN0M' probe, using intelligence gained from a secret app planted on the mobile phones of organised criminals

 

>>16408509 Australian Federal Police issue crack down on Mafia-style crime families - Police are conducting a nationwide sting to crack down on Italian organised crime families they believe are pulling the strings of bikie gangs

>>16408568 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Facebook Post: Video: SOUTHERN JACKAROO 22 - “There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them” -Winston Churchill - On the day we remember the brave Soldiers at Normandy, we look to strengthen our alliances around the world in support of freedom, and to stand against tyranny.

>>16413315 AFP intel aids global crackdown - Australian Federal Police helping hunt down Italian organised crime syndicates in Europe with intelligence gathered through the Trojan horse mobile phone app, 'AN0M'

>>16413332 Queensland man charged over impersonating Australian Federal Police commissioner Reece Kershaw, importing 500 counterfeit AFP badges

>>16413349 Delil Alexander, suspected Islamic State terrorist and dual Australian-Turkish citizen has Australian citizenship returned after High Court strikes down key section of Citizenship Act

>>16413391 NASA launching three rockets from Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory, June 26 to July 12 2022

>>16415735 AFP warns Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group that foreign governments are supporting organised crime in Australia

>>16418526 Labor must not torpedo crucial submarine plan - Peter Dutton, Leader of the Federal Opposition - theaustralian.com.au

>>16418564 Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw warns Five Eyes about hostile governments

>>16418573 Police probe into Chinese money laundering syndicate headquartered in Australia - Australian law enforcement agencies, in partnership with officials from the United States and Canada, have also compiled intelligence that suggests Chinese companies and brokers are supplying the vast majority of precursor chemicals used to make illicit drugs on the Australian market

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:17 p.m. No.16701664   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 4

Australian Politics and Society - Part 4

>>16424776 Magic of Camelot comes to Australia - Caroline Kennedy has the judgment which was evident in both her father and her uncle, senator Robert F. Kennedy

>>16424802 Q Post #703 - “Rest in peace Mr. President (JFK), through your wisdom and strength, since your tragic death, Patriots have planned, installed, and by the grace of God, activated, the beam of LIGHT. We will forever remember your sacrifice. May you look down from above and continue to guide us as we ring the bell of FREEDOM and destroy those who wish to sacrifice our children, our way of life, and our world. We, the PEOPLE.” Prayer said every single day in the OO. JFK - Secret Socities. Where we go one, we go all. Q

>>16424835 US-Australia alliance remains force for good - Americans and Australians believe in democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We feel it in our bones. This foundation is under threat - Michael Goldman, Charge d’affaires ad interim to the Commonwealth of Australia since January 2021

>>16424856 Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern affirm ‘reset’ of trans-Tasman partnership

>>16424890 ‘Evil people’: Peter Dutton issues chilling warning, says the Labor government is so divided on its asylum seeker policy it’s sending the wrong message to “evil” people smugglers

>>16425000 Sean Turnell’s trial to proceed, rules Myanmar court - A court in Myanmar has ruled that prosecutors have presented sufficient evidence against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian economist Sean Turnell and three other defendants to continue their trial on charges of violating the official secrets law

>>16430017 Australia to pay French company $830 million over scrapped submarine deal - The Albanese government has reached an $830 million settlement with French shipbuilder Naval Group after last year’s decision to scrap a $90 billion contract to build 12 submarines

>>16434651 Australian Federal Police arrest Chinese-British national Chung Chak Lee, alleged international drug kingpin extradited from Thailand

>>16434656 Video: Alleged senior crime syndicate member extradited to Australia - afp.gov.au

>>16434739 U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet: “On Friday, I was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. I am grateful to President Biden for his leadership and for giving me the chance to represent America to our vital ally Australia" -Ambassador Kennedy (1/2)

>>16434739 U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet: "I am excited to work with @SecBlinken and colleagues in the State Department to implement U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific at this critical time. Can’t wait to get there!” - Ambassador Kennedy #USwithAUS

 

>>16439093 Video: ‘Accusations of sabotage’ from within Liberal Party during federal election - Sky News host Sharri Markson: New South Wales Treasurer and climate change champion, Matt Kean, has been caught intervening in the election campaign Scott Morrison was bitterly fighting

>>16439103 David Elliott accuses Matt Kean of ‘treachery‘ for backgrounding against former PM Scott Morrison

>>16439103 Re-elect PM? Turns out some weren’t so Kean - Sharri Markson - theaustralian.com.au

>>16439590 Malcolm Turnbull labels Peter Dutton a 'belligerent blusterer' over nuclear submarines claim - Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has criticised previous defence minister Peter Dutton over the handling of the nuclear submarine deal with France

>>16443824 Australia sending two shipments of baby formula amid ‘shocking’ US shortage - Bubs Australia has sent a massive care package to the US after Joe Biden warned of a mounting crisis gripping thousands of Americans

>>16443830 The defence deal between Australia’s Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. and the US speaks of the highest level of commercial trust - The US Defense Department’s decision to award Lynas the job of building a heavy rare earths facility in Texas is a watershed moment for supply chain security - It speaks to the highest level of commercial trust within the US-Australia alliance

>>16443839 Threat of right wing terror ‘real’, lone actor attacks concerning - The threat posed by far-right terrorism is real and authorities are concerned about attacks by lone actors, a Victorian parliamentary probe has heard

>>16444242 US Marines Put to the Test in Australia’s Top End - U.S. Marines are currently undertaking Embassy protection and evacuation training in Australia’s Northern Territory - Exercise Darrandarra 2022

>>16444260 US Marines take part in protection and evacuation training scenario on the Tiwi Islands - ABC News (Australia)

>>16446092 Federal MPs and public office holders to receive pay increase of 2.75 per cent from July 1, Remuneration Tribunal announces

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:17 p.m. No.16701669   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

#23 and #24 - Part 5

Australian Politics and Society - Part 5

>>16449749 Media personality, politician, actor, journalist and author Derryn Hinch announces plan to run for Victorian parliament

>>16449772 'Combat credible' US marines train on NT's Tiwi Islands as US continues focus on Indo-Pacific region - Exercise Darrandarra 2022

>>16454385 Video: Dr Kerry Sieh, scientist who predicted Boxing Day tsunami says another disaster is coming - 60 Minutes Australia

>>16454386 BHP announces plans to close NSW's largest coal mine at Mt Arthur by 2030

>>16455235 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invites Anthony Albanese to visit Kyiv when he is in Europe for the annual NATO summit later this month

>>16461326 Video: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to consider Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's invitation to visit Kyiv

>>16461375 Russia sanctions hundreds of Australians including journalists - Russia’s Foreign Ministry has sanctioned a broad list of 121 Australian media executives, mining bosses, academics, defence officials and journalists, citing the “Russophobic agenda” from the individuals named

>>16461400 New U.S. Bill Would Allow Australian Sailors to Train With the U.S. Navy - Up to two Royal Australian Navy officers per year could attend the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Officer Basic Course, then deploy on a U.S. Navy submarine - The move would help facilitate important knowledge from the United States Navy to the Royal Australian Navy as the country begins pursuing a nuclear submarine program

>>16461444 New AUKUS Caucus Bill Calls for U.S.-Australia Submarine Training Pipeline - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveil legislation that would help the Royal Australian Navy train its future submarine warfare officers with U.S. sailors

>>16466717 New info on AUKUS sub deal ‘shortly’: US National Security Council’s Kurt Campbell - Campbell, the NSC's coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs, said the US will launch a new effort next week to help the Pacific islands, including initiatives to build new embassies

 

>>16471580 Video: ADF kicks off election support to PNG - Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on Operation Kimba touch down in Papua New Guinea to provide support for the country’s upcoming national election, at the request of the PNG Government

>>16476383 Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Australia, Arthur Culvahouse Jr., acting as top legal adviser to a key witness for the January 6th commission - Greg Jacob, chief legal counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence

>>16476399 Greens leader Adam Bandt has Australian flag removed from press conference, argues the symbol is 'hurtful' to Indigenous people - Greens leader Adam Bandt has refused to stand in front of the Australian flag during a press conference, arguing it is “hurtful” to Indigenous people and that the country has "work to do" combatting racism

>>16476449 Gladys Liu eyes seat in Victorian parliament - Former federal MP Gladys Liu has confirmed her nomination for Liberal Party preselection to contest a Victorian upper house seat and claimed her ultra-marginal seat of Chisholm was “unfairly targeted” in the election

>>16476467 Swimming's world governing body, FINA, votes to restrict transgender women's participation in elite swimming competitions

>>16476493 ‘Shame on everyone’: Top Australian swimmers divided on FINA’s decision to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women’s swimming

>>16476515 Swimming transgender vote: Caitlin Jenner celebrates FINA’s decision, Hannah Mouncey’s dark revelation

>>16476580 Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide hears of wait for psychiatrist appointments, hazing at Townsville base

>>16481772 Judge takes aim at Lisa Wilkinson's mention of Brittany Higgins in Logies speech as Bruce Lehrmann's rape trial delayed

>>16481793 Greens leader Adam Bandt refuses to stand with Australian flag - Adam Bandt’s refusal to stand in front of the Australian flaghas been labelled divisive and “childish virtue-signalling” by Indigenous community leaders, who say it is contrary to the spirit of reconciliation

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:18 p.m. No.16701673   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7714

#23 and #24 - Part 6

Australian Politics and Society - Part 6

>>16481839 Sri Lanka commits to fighting asylum-seeker boat surge as Clare O’Neil meets leaders

>>16481860 Anthony Albanese’s NATO trip must include a visit to Ukraine - Peter Jennings - theaustralian.com.au

>>16481901 Melbourne man Dennis Basic jailed for more than two years over assaults at anti-lockdown protests

>>16482015 Daniel Andrews introduces a LAW instructing schools to teach students about the 'trauma' of white colonisation and to mark the day Kevin Rudd said sorry to the Stolen Generation

>>16487741 From Rose Bay to riot squad raid: police target alleged Dark Web dealers - Two Sydney brothers, Alexander Busse an Ioan Busu, enjoyed stellar reviews for their alleged large-scale online drug business, sending up to 60 deliveries a day that police say earned them millions

>>16487757 Victoria parliament passes bill banning Nazi symbol, with offenders facing up to a year in jail

>>16493231 Judge urges Lisa Wilkinson not to make further comments about Brittany Higgins as Bruce Lehrmann's trial date delayed until October

>>16493239 Deputy Premier James Merlino among four senior Victorian ministers set to retire at the November state election

>>16493249 Peter Dutton continues attack on Greens leader Adam Bandt - Peter Dutton blasts Greens leader Adam Bandt over his decision not to stand in front of the Australian flag

>>16493257 Rear Admiral Dave Goggins to Lead American AUKUS Effort, Says Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro - The admiral who oversees U.S. attack submarine construction has been appointed to lead the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) partnership that promises to develop a nuclear-powered attack boat for the Royal Australian Navy

 

>>16493269 Royal commission hears of 'ad hoc and inconsistent' suicide reporting as Australian Defence Force Chief, General Angus Campbell testifies

>>16495229 Glencore Australia riding energy crunch to record mining profitsin the midst of the Russia–Ukraine conflict

>>16499225 Four of Victoria's most senior government ministers will resign at the next election and have stepped down from their portfolios ahead of the November vote - Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley, Police Minister Lisa Neville and Sports Minister Martin Pakula

>>16499242 Twitter hands over @PRGuy17 account and IP details following court order - Avi Yemini wants Telstra to provide information on 26 IP addresses as part of defamation case against anonymous pro-Labor account

>>16499269 User behind pro-Labor Twitter account PRGuy publicly reveals identity - "Jeremy Maluta"

>>16499308 PRGuy Tweet: Hi, I'm Jeremy Maluta. You may remember me from such hashtags as #IStandWithDan and #ICantBelieveItsNotAStaffer. I caught up with FriendlyJordies so I could finally meet you all face-to-face. Enjoy! #PRGuyUnmasked

>>16499339 Video: PRGuy Unmasked - Australia's most wanted man PRGuy has finally been unmaksed, but not by Avi Yemini. Is he a Dictator Dan staffer? Is he paid by the WHO? All will be revealed. - friendlyjordies

>>16499429 Q Post #1713 - The author of the post….. - The face is never the author. - Direct comms come in many different forms. - Q

>>16500413 United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision which recognised Americans' constitutional right to abortion and legalised it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure

>>16503174 US braces for riots after court strikes down right to abortion - The US is bracing for mass riots after the Supreme Court reversed its historic 1973 Roe V Wade judgement, abolishing the constitutional right to abortion and returning the decision to the fifty states, at least 13 of which appear poised to drastically curtail abortion rights

>>16500413 Q Post #3405 - Reality is hard to swallow. FAKE NEWS keeps you asleep (sheep) and fixed in a pre_designed false reality (narrative). Google altering search results to 'support' the pre_designed narrative and 'prevent' (make harder) for one to learn the TRUTH? Those (w/ influence) who challenge the narrative are banned, shunned, threatened……… [Planned Parenthood is GOOD]_narrative - [China is NOT a threat]_narrative - Do you know the market price for a fetus? Correlation of market price & days old of fetus/baby? As age (days) increases so does the value? https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-to-vote-on-born-alive-bill-to-protect-infants-who-survive-a-failed-abortion - D's block 'born alive' bill? Planned Parenthood political donations? What party? Do you believe this has anything to do w/ a Woman's Right to Choose? Welcome to the Real World. Q

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:18 p.m. No.16701677   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 7

Australian Politics and Society - Part 7

 

>>16507489Q RETURNS!

>>16507489 Q Post #4954 - Shall we play a game once more?

>>16507489 Q Post #4955 - It had to be done this way.

>>16507489 Q Post #4956 - Are you ready to serve your country again? Remember your oath.

>>16508151 Elise Thomas Tweet: Oh ffs. Ron's realising his Congressional campaign isn't grifting enough money and no one's into the aliens thing, so it's back to Ol' Faithful.

>>16509961 No Coincidences - 1700 days between Q Post #1 (Oct 28 2017) and Q Post #4954 (Jun 24 2022) o7

>>16513111 Julia Gillard Tweet: I fully endorse these words and Michelle Obama’s call to all of us to keep fighting for women’s rights.

>>16513111 Michelle Obama Tweet: My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

>>16513190 U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet: Statement from @SecBlinken on today’s Supreme Court decision: “…the State Department will remain fully committed to helping provide access to reproductive health services and advancing reproductive rights around the world.”

>>16513373 Mike Pompeo Tweet: JUST IN – Prayers answered. SCOTUS votes YES to life in its landmark reversal of Roe v. Wade. Those who believe every life bears the image of our Creator must now persevere in our fight to save the unborn.

 

>>16513373 Mike Pompeo Tweet: I applaud the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade today. This is not the end of the fight to save the lives of the unborn. We owe it to them to joyously defend this most fundamental right - the right to life.

>>16513373 Mike Pompeo Tweet: Historians will write about you, Mr. President @realDonaldTrump. Returning America to its Constitution with your Court picks matters. Well done. Americans, born and unborn, will benefit for decades.

>>16513588 Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit France next week as his new Labor government looks to repair relations strained last year when Australia scrapped a French submarine deal

>>16513777 Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Tweet: Great to join @NZAmbassadorUS, Ambassador @CarolineKennedy, & representatives of the Pacific island nations tonight to strengthen our long-standing alliance & work together to advance peace & prosperity in the Pacific region & beyond.

>>16513955 Mohamed Noor, former US police officer who fatally shot unarmed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk to be released from prison on Monday

>>16525139 NASA to launch rocket in Australia tonight, from the Arnhem Space Centre near Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory in ‘landmark’ first

>>16534563 ‘Devastating’: Australian politicians respond to US supreme court’s decision on abortion rights

>>16534584 Consider adoption over abortion, David Littleproud says - Nationals leader says while he doesn’t want to see Australia import “unhealthy” US talking points, he wants people to consider adoption

>>16534731 AUKUS nuclear powered submarines possible for Australia by 2030: US defence expert Bryan Clark, former adviser to the head of US naval operations

>>16534757 AUKUS pact our ticket to victory: Senator James Paterson - Senator James Paterson says that the Albanese government must work with the US and Britain to fast-track Australia’s access to technological advancements for cyber warfare

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:19 p.m. No.16701695   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 8

Australian Politics and Society - Part 8

>>16534883 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 22: Australian Army Capt. Jarrod Johnson awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his meritorious service while working alongside Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 21

>>16534911 Video: NASA successfully launches its first rocket from newly created Arnhem Space Centre, Northern Territory

>>16535021 Abdallah family invited to speak in Rome two years after losing three of their children to a drunk and drugged driver in Oatlands crash

>>16535025 Video: Sydney's Abdallah family has been given a standing ovation at The Vatican after sharing their story of forgiveness following the horrific deaths of their children - 7NEWS Australia - Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City

>>16535029 Q Post #191 - popes snake pit.jpg - "anon meme makers please make some memes of the popes audience hall looking like a snake pit. That sum sik shit"

>>16535029 Q Post #1002 - If_Satanists_Took_Over_the_Vatican.png - Symbolism will be their downfall. MONEY. POWER. INFLUENCE. The BITE that has no CURE - NSA. Q

>>16535029 Q Post #4481 - https://twitter.com/BreitbartNews/status/1273676937089749000 - Only when evil is forced into the light can we defeat it. Only when they can no longer operate in the [shadows] can people see the truth for themselves. Only when people see the truth [for themselves] will people understand the true nature of their deception. Difficult truths. Q

>>16543746 Abandoning God: Christianity plummets as ‘non-religious’ surges in 2021 census - Australia has become strikingly more godless over the past decade, with the latest census data showing the proportion of self-identified Christians dropping below 50 per cent for the first time and a soaring number of people describing themselves as “non-religious”

>>16543804 Defence Minister Richard Marles laments ‘drift’ over submarines and frigates as defence chiefs’ terms are extended

>>16543818 Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor who fatally shot unarmed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk released from jail

 

>>16554238 Defence Minister Richard Marles to reveal AUKUS nuclear submarine plan by March 2023

>>16554256 Anthony Albanese considers reopening Australian embassy in Kyiv, joins world leaders in condemning Russia’s missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping centre that killed at least 18 people

>>16554328 Albanese ‘is not Scott Morrison and that’s a big advantage’, Malcolm Turnbull tells French media - Former Australian PM calls successor’s conduct over submarine deal ‘disgraceful’ ahead of Anthony Albanese’s meeting with Macron

>>16554395 Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicides hears medical officers on the ground with troops did not “necessarily” have psychological training

>>16564049 Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Tweet: Video: Australia has become a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to Ukraine. (Australia) is so far from (Ukraine), yet is one our closest partners! Our nations share a love of freedom and respect for the environment. Your weapons will help us with pest control of our fields. Thank you!

>>16564049 Q Post #4822 - WHAT HAPPENS IF BIDEN BECAME POTUS KNOWING HE [THROUGH HUNTER + 1] TOOK MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF BRIBES TO CHANGE [LOOK THE OTHER WAY] US POLICY TOWARDS UKRAINE [IN FAVOR OF UKRAINE]? WOULD UKRAINE OWN AND CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE? Q

>>16564302 Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Tweet: It was a great pleasure for Elizabeth & I to host dinner for Ambassador Caroline Kennedy ahead of her posting as (United States) Ambassador to Australia. We wish her all the best & know she will make an outstanding contribution to our ever stronger bilateral relationship

>>16579939 Anthony Albanese not to blame for subs rift, Emmanuel Macron says, as leaders reset ties

>>16579953 Former prime minister Kevin Rudd to help investigate ways to deter future aggression against Ukraine - Group on International Security Guarantees for Ukraine

>>16579980 Andriy Yermak and Anders Fogh Rasmussen held the first meeting of the Group on International Security Guarantees for Ukraine - PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE, VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY Official website - 1 July 2022

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:19 p.m. No.16701699   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 9

Australian Politics and Society - Part 9

>>16580124 Thousands across Australia demonstrate in solidarity with US after abortion access ruling

>>16580227 Australia and the United States: an Allied Defense Experience to Recognize this 4th of July

>>16580287 Video: Marine Rotational Force-Darwin 22: Darrandarra - U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) 22 and Australian Army soldiers participate in exercise Darrandarra at Mount Bundey Training Area and the Tiwi Islands, NT, Australia, during June, 2022

>>16580333 Rocky’s US ‘invasion’ - More than 70,000 American military personnel assigned to several US Army divisions and their numerous support units would call the Rockhampton region their temporary home from 1942 to 1944 as they trained, left for battle, and then returned to Rockhampton to recuperate and refit

>>16580345 Independence Day service to be held this Sunday at St Christopher’s Chapel - a small, rustic chapel located in Nerimbera, Queensland, built by the visiting US Army in 1943 to provide respite to recuperating soldiers with a place of solace, reflection, and worship

>>16586799 Victorian Labor MP and former minister Jane Garrett dies from cancer, aged 49

>>16587000 ABC News Tweet: #ANALYSIS: The Census has a message: God is dead. But what comes next?

>>16587007 The census shows Australians are becoming less religious but why have we chosen to live without God? - Stan Grant - abc.net.au

 

>>16587030 Q Post #4429 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. … Have faith in Humanity. Have faith in Yourself. Have faith in God. The Great Awakening. Q

>>16587030 PDF: Archbishop Carlo Viganò - Open Letter President Donald Trump - June 7, 2020 - "In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness…"

>>16594041 Three quarters of US doesn’t want Joe Biden to stand for re-election in 2024

>>16594051 Anthony Albanese visits war-torn towns of Ukraine, surveying bombed airport and buildings

>>16594069 Video: Inside Anthony Albanese’s top secret visit to Ukraine - 9 News Australia

>>16594078 Video: Anthony Albanese visits Ukraine, pledging $100m in military aid - ABC News (Australia)

>>16594208 Foreign Minister Penny Wong to tell International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi Australia still against nuclear weapons despite AUKUS nuclear-powered submarines deal

>>16594377 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Facebook Post: MRF-D gets to celebrate our nation’s birthday early here in Darwin. It is important to remember our freedom is not possible without our allies and partners around the world, so today we want to highlight some of the many Americans and Australians who served alongside each other over the years. For over a century, Americans and Australians defended liberty on one another’s flanks, and we look forward to doing so for years to come.

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:20 p.m. No.16701707   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 10

Australian Politics and Society - Part 10

>>16595698 AUSTRALIA’S HIGHEST RANKING SATANIST VISITS UKRAINE - "…Albanese like ALL his predecessors are good Freemason, SRA practising Satanists."

>>16655612 Russia, Australia relations at lowest in decades: Russian ambassador Alexey Pavlovsky

>>16655640 Anthony Albanese says he will treat Russian President Vladimir Putin with the “contempt he deserves” if he sees him at the G20 summit

>>16655648 Video: Australia warned to stop sending weapons to Ukraine - Sky News Australia

>>16655702 Jacinda Ardern in Australia: PM describes 'change in the relationship' as she arrives in Sydney

>>16655717 Ardern’s ‘catch-up’ with Andrews brings vow to tap Victorian infrastructure expertise

>>16655769 Video: Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand's no-nuclear line on AUKUS subs met with 'understanding and appreciation' in Australia

>>16655881 AUKUS submarines: Marles commits to local jobs, won’t rule out ready-made submarine stopgap

 

>>16656001 Mark Dreyfus orders Commonwealth to drop Bernard Collaery East Timor spying charges

>>16670597 Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe killed by gunman in campaign attack - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the attack was “shocking news”

>>16670654 Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Tweet:Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of former Japanese PM Abe Shinzo. He was a great friend and ally to Australia. Deepest sympathies to his family and the people of Japan. We mourn with you.

>>16670654 STATEMENT - The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia - The tragic death of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is devastating news. On behalf of the Australian Government and people, we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mrs Abe and to Mr Abe’s family and friends, and to the people of Japan.

>>16670684 Opposition Leader Peter Dutton Tweet: Our thoughts and prayers are with our great friend Abe and his family. He is a man of incredible decency and a great ally to Australia. A shocking act of violence which has no place in any society.

>>16670684 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: We are all shocked to hear the news. Such an outrageous act should never be condoned. We are following the situation with great concern and we are praying for him.

>>16670751 Tony Abbott Tweets With the death of Shinzo Abe in an act of shocking violence, Australia has lost a great friend and Japan has lost its most significant post-war leader….This is a dreadful loss for Japan, for Australia and for a world where democracies stand strong and together

>>16670835 Scott Morrison Facebook Post: The death of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is a truly devastating tragedy….He combined a gentle nature with a giant political stature. He will be terribly missed. Vale my dear friend Shinzo. Love to Akie Abe and the people of Japan. We share in your awful grief.

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:20 p.m. No.16701712   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 11

Cardinal George Pell and Vatican Financial Scandal Allegations

>>16580173 Vatican Cardinals Laud US Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision - Cardinals Burke, Pell, Kasper, Müller and Czerny welcome last week’s landmark decision and discuss its implications

 

#23 and #24 - Part 12

Malka Leifer Extradition and Prosecution

>>16384807 Israeli legislator Yaakov Litzman leaves Knesset after assisting accused Australian pedophile - Ultra-Orthodox former minister indicted for breach of trust and obstruction of justice in Leifer affair when he offered promotions to psychiatrists in exchange for their evaluation that she is unfit to stand trial

>>16424977 Haredi Lawmaker Convicted Under Plea Deal Over Malka Leifer Affair - Former Health Minister Yaakov Litzman pleaded guilty to breach of trust in the sex abuse case of Malka Leifer, but is expected to remain politically active

 

#23 and #24 - Part 13

Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry and Ben Roberts-Smith Defamation Trial

>>16349807 Missing witness and a change of government: the latest delays in Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation case - Trial held up due to Covid and fall of Kabul now waits for evidence release by new attorney general and reappearance of Person 27

>>16366989 SAS soldier recalled after puzzling evidence in Ben Roberts-Smith case - A witness codenamed Person 27 being recalled to testify in closed court

>>16379348 Senior SAS officer backs Ben Roberts-Smith on a key piece of evidence

>>16384791 Ex-soldier ‘couldn’t say’ whether Roberts-Smith was complicit in murders, court told

>>16403584 Inside SAS raid at centre of Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial: photos - Never-before-seen photos of the moments after a bomb fell on a Taliban compound and a soldier allegedly pilfered a leg from a dead insurgent can now be revealed

>>16434662 Redacted reports, letters to The Hague: secretive investigations coinciding with BRS’ defamation lawsuit - With all eyes on Roberts-Smith’s defamation case, it’s easy to forget a team of war crime investigators are picking through allegations against the SAS and writing letters to The Hague with criminal prosecutions in mind

>>16543835 Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide hears of problems in Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) - Former chair Leonard Roberts-Smith (father of Ben Roberts-Smith) gave his frank assessment of the body as he gave evidence

>>16543859 If we fail to prosecute war crimes, the law is a ‘dead letter,’ says inquiry judge NSW Court of Appeal Justice Paul Brereton -

>>16586834 Give time for ‘shameful episode’ to be investigated - A probe into alleged war crimes by Australian troops in Afghanistan must be given time to run its course, Defence Minister Richard Marles says

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:20 p.m. No.16701716   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 14

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition - Part 1

>>16349835 Julian Assange's family says federal election result brings renewed hope for WikiLeaks founder's release and return to Australia

>>16379305 Pressure on Anthony Albanese to stick to his word on Julian Assange

>>16384784 Labor backbenchers urge Albanese to ‘stay true to his values’ on Julian Assange trial

>>16395713 Spanish Court Demands Pompeo Testify on Apparent Plot to Kill Assange - Donald Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been ordered to appear in a Spanish court to explain a possible U.S. government plot to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

>>16413438 Julian Assange's wife Stella Moris reveals how they raise children together while he is in jail waiting an extradition decision - Stella Moris - abc.net.au

>>16460849 UK orders extradition of Julian Assange to United States - Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States to face spying charges over the WikiLeaks publication of classified documents more than a decade ago

>>16465020 Mike Pompeo Tweet: Good on UK Home Secretary @pritipatel for approving extradition of indicted hacker Julian Assange, whose goal was always to imperil American security through his non-state hostile “intelligence” service. One step closer to protecting the young men and women who protect America.

>>16466287 ‘Assassination bid’ part of Assange appeal - Claims made in a media report of CIA plans to assassinate Julian Assange will feature in an appeal against his extradition to the US, his brother says.

>>16466361 Andrew Wilkie urges government to intervene after UK approves Julian Assange's extradition - Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to lobby the leaders of the US and the UK to stop the extradition of Julian Assange.

>>16466361 Statement: Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs - UK decision to extradite Julian Assange

 

>>16466417 Video: Julian Assange's wife, Stella Assange, appeals to Anthony Albanese over extradition - SBS News

>>16466464 Video: FPA Press Conference: Priti Patel discloses decision for Assange's extradition - Join Stella Moris & Tim Dawson live at the Free Press Association press conference - Dont Extradite Assange Campaign

>>16466517 ‘Crushed’ Julian Assange on medication after stroke - Gabriel Shipton reveals his brother has lingering effects of a mini-stroke suffered during the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition fight, as the family finds hope in US congress

>>16471693 Australia won’t conduct ‘megaphone diplomacy’ on Julian Assange amid calls to intervene - Labor government urged to do more to stop Australian WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition to US from UK

>>16471705 'Resolve this with appropriate urgency': New independent ACT Senator David Pocock steps into Julian Assange case

>>16471718 Federal government lobbying US counterparts behind the scenes to secure the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

>>16476606 ‘Strong action’ needed to free Julian Assange: Independent MP Andrew Wilkie - Anthony Albanese has been urged to take “strong action” rather than “whispers and secret handshakes” to free Julian Assange

>>16476675 OPINION - If Albanese asks for Assange’s freedom, Biden has every reason to agree - Bob Carr, longest-serving premier of NSW and former foreign minister of Australia - smh.com.au

>>16476698 (2019) Fairweather foe: Bob Carr changes tack on Assange - Bob Carr now lauds Julian Assange for "delivering on our right to know". But when he could do something about Assange's treatment, he had a very different view - Bernard Kean - crikey.com.au

>>16476757 (2013) Bob Carr: Washington's man in Australia - Bob Carr may have been Foreign Affairs Minister for only 12 months, but he started talking to United States diplomats about internal Labor politics nearly 40 years ago - Philip Dorling - theage.com.au

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:21 p.m. No.16701725   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 15

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition - Part 2

>>16480350 Australian PM Refuses to Publicly Intervene in Julian Assange’s Extradition to the US

>>16482064 Julian Assange's brother, Gabriel Shipton, urges Anthony Albanese to publicly condemn US extradition

>>16482074 Video: Julian Assange's brother urges Anthony Albanese to publicly condemn US extradition | 7.30 - ABC News (Australia)

>>16482092 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on June 20, 2022

>>16487945 Government right to avoid megaphone diplomacy on Assange, Australia’s former United States ambassador Joe Hockey says

>>16487968 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says his country would 'open its doors to Julian Assange' - Mexico's President says he will ask US President Joe Biden to address WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's case when the two men meet in July

>>16487997 Assange critic says detained WikiLeaks founder isn’t Albanese government’s ‘only priority’ - Lowy Institute executive director Michael Fullilove, a prominent Australian critic of Julian Assange has issued a fresh warning about the detained WikiLeaks founder

>>16493320 Outcry for Assange oddly absent for those held by China, Australian journalist Cheng Lei and Dr Yang Hengjun - Justin Bassi, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute - theaustralian.com.au

 

>>16513602 Video: Albanese should be 'picking up the phone' to get Julian Assange home: Academic Dr Kylie Moore Gilbert, who was held in an Iranian prison for 804 days - Sky News Australia

>>16563871 Anthony Albanese tells NATO leaders his government is “not afraid to stand up” against threats to peace and freedom, whether in Europe or the Indo-Pacific, as the military alliance upgrades its 10-year strategic framework to include the challenge posed by China

>>16580007 Julian Assange submits High Court appeal to fight extradition

>>16580030 Video: The CIA Plot to Kill My Husband Julian Assange | Stella Assange - Julian Assange’s wife on the CIA plot to kill her husband for exposing war crimes & fight to save his life - Double Down News

>>16580052 Stella Assange Tweet: Video: "Have you allowed yourself to think what happens next should you be successful at some point?" #FreeAssangeNOW #Assange

>>16580052 >Can you see clearly? >What do you notice?

>>16586778 Hundreds of people gather in Melbourne’s CBD to mark the birthday of Julian Assange

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:22 p.m. No.16701732   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 16

Australia / China Tensions - Part 1

>>16343646 Uyghurs in Australia scour through thousands of leaked photos from Xinjiang Police Files searching for loved ones

>>16343649 The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps - John Sudworth, May 2022 - bbc.co.uk

>>16343649 The Xinjiang Police Files - Unprecedented evidence from internal police networks in China’s Xinjiang region proves prison-like nature of re-education camps, shows top Chinese leaders’ direct involvement in the mass internment campaign

>>16343649 PDF: The Xinjiang Police Files: Re-Education Camp Security and Political Paranoia in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

>>16343656 Video: Leaked "Xinjiang Police Files" reveal signs of distress among Uyghurs - ABC News (Australia)

>>16343661 Xi Jinping defends China’s human rights record to visiting UN commissioner - Leader warns against using issue as ‘excuse to interfere in internal affairs of other countries’ as Michelle Bachelet goes to Xinjiang

>>16343917 Video: Penny Wong visits Fiji, saying Australia neglected Pacific on climate change, as China's Wang Yi visits Solomon Islands

>>16343938 Deals sought as China casts Pacific net - Beijing is seeking a deal with 10 Pacific countries offering policing, security, cyber support and a new China-Pacific free-trade agreement, dramatically escalating Xi Jinping’s grab for regional influence

>>16343959 China to provide South Pacific countries ‘what US, Australia failed to offer’ - Yang Sheng and Liu Caiyu - globaltimes.cn

>>16343976 GT Voice: To break ice in China trade, the ball is in Australia's court - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

 

>>16344026 China seeks region-wide Pacific Islands agreement, Federated States of Micronesia decry draft as threatening 'regional stability'

>>16349873 Video: Wong takes on Beijing over climate, debt and influence - Foreign Minister Penny Wong has warned Pacific leaders a region-wide security and trade deal with Beijing could sacrifice their independence, lead to unsustainable debt levels and endanger the region

>>16349907 China eyes next Pacific target, says opposition ‘doomed to fail’ - China says attempts by the United States and Australia to sabotage its security plans for the Pacific are doomed to fail, as Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi arrived in Kiribati to forge ahead with plans for Chinese-built infrastructure in the island nation

>>16349922 Video: Chinese foreign minister starts Pacific tour, offering security and free trade pacts - South China Morning Post

>>16350025 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Damukana Sogavare Meets with Wang Yi - 2022-05-27

>>16350041 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China - Wang Yi Expounds on Three Principles of China-Solomon Islands Security Cooperation - 2022-05-26

>>16350107 China-Australia relations: ex-Australian PM Kevin Rudd tells West to offer alternatives to Pacific islands, not ‘lectures’ about their ties with Beijing

>>16350130 Australian scholars call for improvement of China-Australia relationship - Xinhua - english.news.cn

>>16350134 David Goodman and others – An Open letter to the New Government on relations with China - Pearls and Irritations, johnmenadue.com

>>16356414 Video: China to consider funding new police training centre in Solomon Islands, will also help Samoa build a fingerprint lab to go with the construction of an already announced new police academy

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:22 p.m. No.16701738   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 17

Australia / China Tensions - Part 2

>>16356449 China inks deal on economic technologies with Samoa during FM’s trip, welcomes partnership with Australia, NZ to help PICs - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16356468 China’s FM visits the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake.

>>16356495 Wang’s visit to Kiribati shows devt opportunities, injects firmness to one-China principle - Zhang Hui and Hu Yuwei - globaltimes.cn

>>16356551 New Australian foreign minister Penny Wong’s rhetoric of leaving regional security to Pacific region shows hypocrisy, double standard - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16356601 Why China’s Pacific sweet talk will fail - Beijing’s plan to corral ten Pacific Island countries into an exclusive grouping is a daring attempt to take control of the region - Peter Jennings - theaustralian.com.au

>>16361632 Embassy of The People's Republic of China in The Republic of Fiji - Statement by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji on the China-Pacific Island Countries Cooperation

>>16361649 More than 100 Australian Defence Force personnel will travel to Papua New Guinea in coming months to help the country conduct its national election, combat cyber threats and conduct joint exercises amid a growing tussle for influence between Australia and China in the region

>>16366827 We’re turning to China because you neglect us, says East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta

>>16366850 Fijian vow to hold the line on China influence - China’s aggressive bid to exert power in the South Pacific will meet strong resistance if Fiji’s former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka returns to office this year, with the two-time coup leader vowing to side with Australia as Beijing steps up its battle for dominance in the region

>>16366881 China, Pacific islands unable to reach consensus on security pact - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the Pacific region not to be "too anxious" about his country's aims after a meeting in Fiji with his counterparts from 10 island nations was unable to agree to a sweeping trade and security communique

 

>>16366904 China shelves plan to sign a regional agreement with Pacific island nations - Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China will instead release a position paper following a meeting with Pacific foreign ministers in Fiji on Monday

>>16372869 ‘I won’t back down on Beijing’ - Peter Dutton says he won’t back away from his pre-election warnings about the dangers posed by China, declaring the country under President Xi Jinping’s leadership “is the biggest issue our country will face in our lifetimes”

>>16372884 China tries to calm Pacific fears after security snub - Pacific Islands leaders have rebuffed Beijing’s sweeping security and trade pact while calling on China – the world’s biggest polluter – to do more to address its “greatest threat”: climate change

>>16372900 Timing of Wang Yi visit to PNG ‘inappropriate’, say Former PNG prime minister Peter O’Neill and Opposition Leader Belden Namah - Two of Papua New Guinea’s most senior politicians have blasted the timing of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to the country during its national election period, and warned Prime Minister James Marape not to sign any agreements while parliament was dissolved

>>16372930 Fiji’s ‘Rambo’ will take the fight to Xi Jinping - China’s aggressive bid for influence in the Pacific will depend in part on the outcome of an epic struggle for power between Fiji’s rival strongmen: Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Sitiveni Rabuka, instigator of two military coups in 1987, and later democratically elected as prime minister from 1992 to 1999

>>16372962 China, Pacific Island nations expand cooperation at second FMs’ meeting covering poverty alleviation, climate change and agriculture - China respects local countries in signing cooperation, but could be sabotaged by few politicians used as US pawns - Zhang Hui, Liu Caiyu and Shan Jie - globaltimes.cn

>>16372987 China's foreign minister visits Tonga after Pacific islands delay regional pact

>>16373021 China, Tonga are examples of ‘building a community with shared future’, long-term Chinese investments dwarf US, Australia - Long-term Chinese investments dwarf US, Australia - Li Xuanmin - globaltimes.cn

>>16373148 Crown Resorts hit with $80m fine by Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission over use of China Union Pay cards to illegally transfer funds from China

>>16373172 Star Entertainment Group is not suitable to hold a casino licence, say lawyers for NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority inquiry following allegations of money laundering, links to organised crime and fraud at the Pyrmont casino

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:23 p.m. No.16701743   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293 >>1666

#23 and #24 - Part 18

Australia / China Tensions - Part 3

>>16379259 China wanted a swift diplomatic victory in the Pacific. But the region's leaders won't be rushed

>>16379269 US, Western media deliberately blind to China-Pacific Islands cooperation - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16379287 GT Voice: Western media in no position to judge FM’s South Pacific trip - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16379294 China warns Anthony Albanese not to repeat the “mistakes” of his predecessor Scott Morrison, saying it will come “at the cost of the whole region”

>>16379302 Chance for Canberra to recalibrate stance - Li Yang - chinadaily.com.cn

>>16384621 Penny Wong announces eight-year partnership with Samoa, donation of new patrol boat

>>16384628 Tonga discusses debt with China, Australia's foreign minister Penny Wong to visit

>>16384647 China threatens to put NZ in freezer with Australia - Beijing has threatened New Zealand’s trade access to its huge market and denounced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for joining an American “disinformation” campaign to “discredit China

>>16384666 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on June 1, 2022

>>16384690 NZ shakes off China attack over US talks - New Zealand leaders have shrugged off a missive from China in the wake of a joint US-New Zealand statement on engagement in the Pacific

 

>>16384706 Video: Cheng Lei's partner Nick Coyle breaks his silence about her detention in China, says authorities have cut her access to consular officials and tightened her food supply in jail - abc.net.au

>>16384713 Video: 'Totally unacceptable': Cheng Lei's partner speaks out for first time - Sky News Australia

>>16384728 Ongoing detention of Australian citizens Cheng Lei and Yang Hengjun “should not be a problem” affecting the overall state of bilateral ties between Canberra and Beijing, China’s top envoy to Australia, Xiao Qian says

>>16384745 ‘Political relationship’ needs to mend before China drops trade bans: China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian

>>16390422 Papua New Guinea PM warns opposition not to 'play politics' with China visit

>>16390437 Beijing targets East Timor, four deals set to be signed - East Timor will sign agreements with Beijing covering air services, healthcare, economic and technical cooperation, ending Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s tour of the region with a swag of new deals

>>16390450 Northern Territory primary school quietly terminates Chinese-funded Confucius Institute language and culture program, but teachers from the Confucius Institute continue to teach in classrooms across Darwin

>>16390500 Dear academics: we didn’t walk away from China - Those in this country who still have the strange idea that we are the ones who have caused the problem in relations with Beijing should pull their heads in - Paul Monk - theaustralian.com.au

>>16390536 Heinous one-man electoral chaos a wake-up call for police - Cheng Fan was running Australia’s largest electoral interference operation from a small room of his brick home in Blacktown, NSW - sent 23 million toxic, racist and homophobic emails, trying to distort the outcome of elections in three federal seats

>>16395527 Video: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says resetting China–Australia relations requires 'concrete action'

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:23 p.m. No.16701751   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

#23 and #24 - Part 19

Australia / China Tensions - Part 4

>>16395534 Wang Yi proposes 3 points for developing ties with S.Pacific countries, urges Australia to stop viewing China as an adversary - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16395548 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China - Wang Yi: To improve China-Australia relations, there is no “auto-pilot” mode, and a reset requires concrete actions

>>16395571 Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Tweet: Video: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi: to improve China-#Australia relations, there is no “auto-pilot” mode. A reset requires concrete actions. This meets the aspirations of people in both countries and the trend of our time.

>>16395586 Video: President Jose Ramos-Horta says East Timor will not sign a security deal with Beijing - East Timor will sign agreements with Beijing involving air services, healthcare, economic and technical cooperation but it will not sign a security pact

>>16395807 Video: Archive: Chinese troops fire on protesters in Tiananmen Square - 4 June 1989 - BBC News

>>16395812 Video: Tiananmen Square Protests 1989: Chinese Soldiers Open Fire on Civilians

>>16395827 Video: Man vs. tank in Tiananmen square (1989) - CNN

>>16395827 Tiananmen Square Massacre - The story behind the iconic 'Tank Man' photo - cnn.com

>>16395846 Video: How NBC Covered Tiananmen Square In 1989 - NBC News

>>16395851 Video: Tiananmen Square: Watch The 1989 Report On The Crackdown - Sky News

 

>>16395860 Video: Diplomatic cable reveals what Bob Hawke thought he knew about Tiananmen massacre - ABC News (Australia)

>>16399453 ‘Escalation of overt aggression’: Chinese fighter jet fired flares at Australian RAAF plane

>>16399485 Federal government says it will not be deterred by Chinese 'intimidation' tactics in South China Sea

>>16399485 Australian Government Department of Defence - Chinese interception of P-8A Poseidon on 26 May 2022

>>16399510 Wang Yi meets Timor-Leste President on last day of Pacific Island countries visit - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16399530 Anthony Albanese talks with Timor-Leste leadership as he flies to Indonesia for official visit - PM flags push for deeper ties with neighbours while ‘recognising the challenges’ of China’s involvement in region

>>16399572 Mike Pompeo Tweet: 33 years ago, the Chinese Communist Party massacred civilians at Tiananmen Square and crushed any hope for a freer society inside China. Today we mourn those who were killed, and we honor their memory by bringing to light the CCP’s crimes in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and beyond.

>>16403469 Video: Anthony Albanese protests China’s fighter plane intercept - Anthony Albanese said the “dangerous manoeuvre” threatened the P-8 aircraft and the lives of its crew, and his government had formally expressed its “concerns” to Beijing

>>16403478 Chinese fighter’s action is full of hypocrisy - A Chinese J-16 fighter’s interception of an Australian surveillance plane was aggressive, gratuitous and illegal - Greg Sheridan - theaustralian.com.au

>>16403484 China lashes out at Australia over ‘dangerous’ fighter jet claim - Beijing has lashed out at claims of a dangerous interaction between a Chinese jet and RAAF plane, accusing Australia of omitting “crucial details”

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:23 p.m. No.16701755   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 20

Australia / China Tensions - Part 5

>>16403494 Hyping PLA’s ‘dangerous intercept,’ who is Australia performing to again? Global Times editorial - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16403499 PLA aircraft deal with Canadian, Australian provocative close-in recon in East and South China Seas - Western countries ‘complain first while being the ones who are guilty in the first place’ - Guo Yuandan, Liu Xuanzun and Hu Jinyang - globaltimes.cn

>>16403509 Australia’s military provocations on China, accusations of PLA’s legitimate countermeasures reflect own anxiety - Liu Xuanzun - globaltimes.cn

>>16403524 Inside Andrews Government’s weekly meetings with China - The Andrews Government asked for Beijing’s input on PPE supplies and Victoria’s aged care system, sparking accusations of “sneaky deals”

>>16408416 China warns Australia to stop 'dangerous' actions over the South China Sea after RAAF interception

>>16408431 Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China - Chinese defense spokesperson, Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, responds to Australia's hype of China-Australia military aircraft encounter

>>16408480 Video: Man who struck police horse and threw traffic bollard at officer during Melbourne lockdown protests pleads guilty

>>16413268 Port of Darwin lease to be reviewed: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed a review of the lease of the Port of Darwin will be undertaken, raising fresh questions over the future of the 99-year lease by Chinese-owned company Landbridge

>>16418546 China’s military aggression is risking disaster - Peter Jennings - theaustralian.com.au

>>16418573 Police probe into Chinese money laundering syndicate headquartered in Australia - Australian law enforcement agencies, in partnership with officials from the United States and Canada, have also compiled intelligence that suggests Chinese companies and brokers are supplying the vast majority of precursor chemicals used to make illicit drugs on the Australian market

 

>>16418585 China-Solomon Islands security deal could lead to a 'difficult' situation for Australian troops in Honiara, says James Batley, former Australian high commissioner to the Solomon Islands

>>16418588 Video: The Solomon Islands, China and their ambitions for the Pacific - ABC News (Australia)

>>16424915 The illegal transfer of nuclear weapons materials involved in AUKUS cannot be denied: Chinese envoy - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16424947 Trade Minister Don Farrell’s bid to end China row - Trade Minister Don Farrell will issue an invitation to meet with his Chinese counterpart to try to break the damaging two-year trade war against Australian ­exporters, amid heightened geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Canberra

>>16430029 Australian defence minister warns China risks sparking arms race - Richard Marles outlines vision of economic cooperation and military deterrence but warns lack of transparency can upset balance

>>16430047 Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles castigates China for its military build-up in the South China Sea in his first major speech on the global stage, accusing Beijing of readying to challenge by force the sovereignty of neighbouring countries

>>16430064 China's 'dangerous' behaviour towards RAAF planes should 'worry us all', United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin says

>>16430076 China slams theory coronavirus originated from Chinese lab leak - China has slammed the controversial ‘lab leak’ theory as the World Health Organisation calls for a deeper probe into the pandemic’s origin

>>16430086 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on June 10, 2022

>>16430130 Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Tweet: Video: Ties between the Australian and Chinese people are very strong, which is good for the improvement of the two countries' relationship, former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby has said.

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:24 p.m. No.16701763   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1219

#23 and #24 - Part 21

Australia / China Tensions - Part 5

>>16430199 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Ambassador Xiao Qian meets with Premier of Western Australia McGowan, 2022-06-11

>>16430199 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Ambassador Xiao Qian Meets with Bishop, Chancellor and Former Foreign Minister of ANU, 2022-06-11

>>16434639 Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles meets with China's Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe in diplomatic breakthrough

>>16434646 Australia's Defence Minister meets Chinese counterpart, marking the end of a two-year diplomatic freeze

>>16439000 Richard Marles and Wei Fenghe take first step to Beijing thaw - Beijing has ended its diplomatic deep-freeze of Australia after a breakthrough meeting in Singapore between Richard Marles and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe

>>16439068 Barnaby Joyce urges caution after Richard Marles breaks silence with Beijing - “They are a threat if they want to set up military bases near us and put lasers on to our Royal Australian Air Force patrols”

>>16439082 Video: China Australia relations on the mend after new meeting - 7NEWS Australia

>>16439598 AUKUS settlement reveals Australia being unrealistic about China ties - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16439627 Australia urged to show real actions to reset China ties amid confusing messages at key security meeting - Deng Xiaoci and Wan Hengyi

>>16439658 China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, says relations between the two countries are at a “new juncture” with the election of a new Australian government and the first minister-to-minister talks in more than two years

 

>>16439658 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Review the Past, Look into the Future, Open a New Chapter for China-Australia Relationship — Speech at the National Conference of Australia China Friendship Society by Ambassador XIAO Qian, 2022-06-11

>>16443924 Marles vows to continue flying over the South China Sea and the disputed Paracel Islands, increase military exercises with Japan

>>16443944 Australia-China relations: Albanese says Beijing must lift sanctions on exports to reset ties

>>16443970 Chinese FM confirms receiving of appreciation letter from Aussie Prime Minister - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16443970 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on June 13, 2022

>>16444020 Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Tweet: Video: Chinese FM spokesperson: It is hoped that the Australian side can look at China and China-Australia relations in a sensible and positive way, work with China in the same direction in the spirit of mutual respect and seek common ground while putting aside differences.

>>16444036 Albanese government needs to open up new path, resetting relations with China - Wen Sheng - globaltimes.cn

>>16444065 We needed China deal to protect ‘domestic security’, says key Solomon Islands official Collin Beck, permanent secretary of foreign affairs

>>16446109 Former Sydney councillors received 'bags of cash' in bribes from Chinese developer, ICAC told - Georges River councillors Vincenzo Badalati and Constantine Hindi

>>16449726 Penny Wong to visit New Zealand, Solomon Islands amid concern over climate change, China security pact

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:24 p.m. No.16701769   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 22

Australia / China Tensions - Part 6

>>16449737 GT Voice: What’s the right way for Australia to warm up trade with China? - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16455152 Labor must cancel Darwin port lease as part of China strategy - Peter Jennings - theaustralian.com.au

>>16455215 Nick Coyle, executive director of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce and partner of detained Australian journalist Cheng Lei, has urged the Labor government to put her case at the centre of diplomatic negotiations with China

>>16461204 Solomon Islands seeks to reassure Australia on China security deal, Penny Wong announces delivery of approximately 200,000 paediatric COVID-19 vaccines

>>16461220 Aussie FM's frequent visit to S.Pacific nations 'charm offensive' to exclude China from region - Zhao Yusha - globaltimes.cn

>>16461243 Difficulties can be overcome by Canada, Australia to ease China ties: Global Times editorial - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16461309 Exclusive: Peak body of Aussie elite universities urges Canberra to refresh China policy, offer more incentives to attract Chinese students - Vicki Thomson, chief executive of the Group of Eight (Go8), which represents elite Australian universities, expressed her strong wish to boost connections with China in an exclusive interview with the Global Times - Xu Keyue and Zhang Changyue - globaltimes.cn

>>16461315 Australia China Business Council - Speech: Recover, Refresh Connect - Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive, Group of Eight - Australia-China Education Symposium, Dockside Darling Harbour, 10 June 2022

>>16466717 New info on AUKUS sub deal ‘shortly’: US National Security Council’s Kurt Campbell - Campbell, the NSC's coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs, said the US will launch a new effort next week to help the Pacific islands, including initiatives to build new embassies

>>16466738 US, Australia’s recent moves in South Pacific eye new small clique to contain China - Leng Shumei - globaltimes.cn

>>16466768 The Five Eyes are now fixed on China again - Xin Ping - globaltimes.cn

 

>>16466818 Maoist China under Xi can never be our friend - "Geopolitically, economically and in terms of immigration and multiculturalism, China is the biggest challenge we face as a country. The biggest mistake we keep being invited to make is to think that China is well governed and just another country. It is vital that there be a deeper and more serious understanding of how it is actually governed…Abolishing the rule of law…Erasing events from history and public memory…Brutal executions…Its routine behaviour towards its own people is ruthless…This is the regime in Beijing that has imposed extraordinary economic sanctions on Australia and is seeking to extend its influence and military presence across the South Pacific. This is the regime that its Australian friends urge us to mollify, in the interests of better relations, claiming that the recent deterioration in those relations has been the consequence of tactless rhetoric by the Coalition government. This is not a regime which any of us should want to see flourish, or expand its influence." - Paul Monk - theaustralian.com.au

>>16466903 Q Post #4021 - https://twitter.com/johnrobertsFox/status/1255972553950220288 - Think SIGINT - Think CIA - Think Double agents - China thought they eliminated all in-country assets. - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/world/asia/china-cia-spies-espionage.html - Some things are better left untold [cov]. Public truths of some events force wars. WWIII prevent.

>>16466903 Q Post #4813 - What if our MIL remained financially starved? What if [F]oreign backers continued to control America's policies? What if our borders remained open? What if China was given the keys?

>>16466903 Q Post #4821 - WHAT HAPPENS IF BIDEN BECAME POTUS KNOWING HE [THROUGH HUNTER + 2] TOOK MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF BRIBES TO CHANGE [LOOK THE OTHER WAY] US POLICY TOWARDS CHINA [IN FAVOR OF CHINA]? WOULD CHINA OWN AND CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE?

>>16471636 Beijing’s third aircraft carrier sets out to rule the waves - China has launched the "Fujian", its third and most advanced aircraft carrier as it aims to rival the US Navy as the dominant power on the seas

>>16471670 Exclusive: Five Eyes alliance fabricating evidence, building rumors of China infiltration: source - GT Staff reporters - globaltimes.cn

>>16476776 Vanuatu joins China’s islands cheer squad against foreign ‘interference’ over human rights

>>16476813 Five Eyes ‘dim-sighted’ when hyping ‘China infiltration’: Global Times editorial - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16487812 Foreign Ministry demands explanation following report of Five Eyes building China infiltration rumors - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16487815 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on June 21, 2022

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:24 p.m. No.16701775   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 23

Australia / China Tensions - Part 7

>>16487877 Increase in number of Chinese students depends on Australia - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>16487877 Australian Universities Alliance calls on Chinese students to return to school as soon as possible, sparking controversy over economic interests and inherent values - Gao Feng - voachinese.com

>>16487890 Russian victory over Ukraine would embolden China: Ukrainian ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko

>>16493320 Outcry for Assange oddly absent for those held by China, Australian journalist Cheng Lei and Dr Yang Hengjun - Justin Bassi, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute - theaustralian.com.au

>>16493345 China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin says Beijing has a "consistent and clear" position on relations with Canberra as he again addressed the issue of tariffs amid calls for trade sanctions to be lifted

>>16493348 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on June 22, 2022

>>16493363 Labor national secretary Paul Erickson meets China’s top diplomat, Xiao Qian

>>16493387 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Ambassador Xiao Qian meets with former Australian Foreign Minister Carr, 2022-06-23

>>16493387 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Ambassador Xiao Qian meets with former Australian Prime Minister Howard, 2022-06-23

>>16493422 Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Tweet: Video: China-made world's largest container ship delivered (Evergreen "Ever Alot")

 

>>16499508 China envoy Xiao Qian offers hope for better relations with Australia - Xiao’s speech and question-and-answer session at the University of Technology Sydney was regularly interrupted by anti-Chinese Communist Party protesters chanting “free Tibet” and “free Hong Kong”, while accusing the regime of genocide against Uighurs in the Xinjiang region

>>16499508 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Promote Healthy and Stable Development of China-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the Spirit of Mutual Respect and Mutual Benefit - Ambassador XIAO Qian - 2022-06-24

>>16499671 We can ‘get relationship back on track’: China ambassador Xiao Qian says he remains “optimistic”, despite being repeatedly interrupted by protesters during his first public speech

>>16499706 Protesters interrupt Chinese ambassador’s event in Sydney - Well-known anti-Chinese Communist Party activist Drew Pavlou was among the protesters to be removed from the event by security guards

>>16499719 Video: Chinese ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian interrupted by protesters during speech - Guardian Australia

>>16499743 Video: Chinese ambassador claims address protest is not an 'expression of free speech' - Sky News Australia

>>16499791 IN FULL: Protesters interrupt Chinese Ambassador's address on relations with Australia - ABC News (Australia)

>>16499826 Chinese Ambassador says trade tariffs were in response to Morrison's 'nonsense' calls for inquiry into coronavirus origins - China's ambassador to Australia has blamed former prime minister Scott Morrison's call for an inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 as the reasoning behind the strict trade sanctions currently imposed

>>16499876 Mike Pompeo Tweet: Video: Make no mistake, the Chinese Communist Party has been at war with the American economy for decades. The Biden Administration needs to wake up to this threat, not lift the tariffs we placed on China in the Trump Administration.

>>16499926 Marles’ rhetoric driving a wedge between China and India disgraceful - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:25 p.m. No.16701779   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0957

#23 and #24 - Part 24

Australia / China Tensions - Part 8

>>16499961 U.S. vows more high-level engagement with Pacific islands amid China push - White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell expects more high-level U.S. officials to visit Pacific island countries as Washington steps up its engagement to counter China in the strategically important region

>>16500004 Anthony Albanese to push unity on China at Pacific Islands Forum - Anthony Albanese will urge regional leaders at the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum to stand together and guard against coercion and threats to their sovereignty

>>16513637 Senator Penny Wong Tweet: Our thoughts are with Cheng Lei - especially today on her birthday. Our hearts go out to her children, whose birthday messages will be passed on during a consular visit to her next Wednesday.

>>16513727 Drew Pavlou Tweet: Video: This CCP supporter attacked me and destroyed my “Free Tibet, Free Uyghurs” sign at the Chinese Ambassador’s speech today

>>16513777 Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States Tweet: Great to join @NZAmbassadorUS, Ambassador @CarolineKennedy, & representatives of the Pacific island nations tonight to strengthen our long-standing alliance & work together to advance peace & prosperity in the Pacific region & beyond.

>>16513860 China reopens visas for Australians, but those with a past COVID-19 infection will have to take six PCR tests

>>16525179 Beijing’s olive branch to Australia for 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties - China’s ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian says Beijing wants to restart the relationship with Australia by the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries in December

>>16525209 Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges recognition of Taiwan - Indo-Pacific alliances need reinforcement to prevent Chinese occupation of Taiwan, which would threaten Japan, Hawaii and Australia, Pompeo says

>>16534625 China pushes for Pacific foreign ministers meeting at same time Pacific Islands Forum meets

>>16534644 ‘Completely out of order’: ABC requests interviewee Dr Malcolm Davis, senior analyst at think tank ASPI, not to make ‘anti-China’ comments

 

>>16534696 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Ambassador Xiao Qian visited the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 2022-06-24

>>16543873 Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China plans for a rival meeting to next month's Pacific Islands Forum

>>16563871 Anthony Albanese tells NATO leaders his government is “not afraid to stand up” against threats to peace and freedom, whether in Europe or the Indo-Pacific, as the military alliance upgrades its 10-year strategic framework to include the challenge posed by China

>>16563906 Video: NATO has for the first time declared China as a security threat, warning its ambitions and coercive behaviour “challenge our interests, security and values”

>>16563927 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on June 29, 2022

>>16563962 Chinese media blasts ‘ignorant’ Anthony Albanese, claims Australian PM is being ‘misled by NATO’ and that hopes for bettering relations were “diminishing by the day”

>>16563982 Albanese must not be misled by alliance: China Daily editorial - chinadaily.com.cn

>>16564054 Australia part of Asia, Foreign Minister Penny Wong says on visit to Malaysian birthplace

>>16572753 Beijing issues stark warning to Australia over South China Sea - “Those who come uninvited shall bear the consequences” - Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defence

>>16572765 Chinese military spokesperson responds to provocations of Australian, Canadian military aircraft - Xinhua - chinadaily.com.cn

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:25 p.m. No.16701782   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 25

Australia / China Tensions - Part 9

>>16573173 Ugly scenes at Australia vs China FIBA World Cup qualifier in Melbourne as Chinese “nationalists” clashed with Hong Kong human rights protesters

>>16573186 Drew Pavlou Tweet: Video: Chinese ultra-nationalists violently assault Hong Kong human rights protestors at the China vs Australia basketball match

>>16573186 Drew Pavlou Tweet: Video: Watch this to see how ugly Chinese ethno nationalism can get. We held a small protest today outside the Australia vs China match. I yelled “Free the Uyghurs, One million Uyghurs in concentration camps,” Chinese ultranationalists yelled “shut the fuck up” and “fuck your mother”

>>16580210 China, Solomon Islands see security cooperation progress - Shan Jie and Zhao Juecheng - globaltimes.cn

>>16586849 Coalition concedes China does appear to be aiming to establish a military base in Solomon Islands, a change of tack from former prime minister Scott Morrison’s insistence no such thing would happen

>>16586884 Enter the naval dragon: China can already control most of our region - NATO’s game-changing commitment to boost high-readiness forces will transform the European balance of power. The opposite is occurring here - Alan Dupont - theaustralian.com.au

>>16594111 Australian ambassador to China, Graham Fletcher, had a meeting with Chinese vice foreign minister Xie Feng on June 30, according to a one-sentence statement on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website

>>16594111 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China - Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng Meets with Australian Ambassador to China Graham Hugh Fletcher, 2022-07-04 - On June 30, 2022, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng met with Australian Ambassador to China Graham Hugh Fletcher at the latter's request. Both sides exchanged in-depth views of China-Australia relations

>>16594133 Di Sanh Duong, Chinese community leader accused of using a $37,000 hospital donation to gain influence over the Australian government says he was only trying to "reduce anti-Chinese sentiment"

>>16594153 China's influence hard to ignore in Solomon Islands' capital Honiara, as Australia warned it could be 'left behind'

>>16594174 November 2021 riots revealed police weakness, says Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare

>>16594196 Video: Senior State Department official Derek Chollet says US-Australia relationship is 'absolutely critical' to counter China’s Indo-Pacific push

 

>>16594226 Australian user data security in doubt after TikTok admits US data accessible by China

>>16601722 Signs of a thaw in relations as Beijing warms to G20 meeting with Penny Wong

>>16601732 Video: Rafael Grossi, head of United Nations nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warns 'a lot of work to do' before AUKUS submarine deal approval

>>16619051 Wong open to meeting with China at G20 - Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the opportunity for talks with her Chinese counterparts is on the table at the G20 meeting in Bali this week

>>16619054 Beijing tells Canberra to take ‘concrete actions’ before Penny Wong meets Chinese Foreign Minister

>>16619055 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on July 5, 2022

>>16619077 Chinese Communist Party donates police equipment to Solomon Islands - Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare declares he wants China to play a permanent role training police in his country, and flags a substantial new donation of police vehicles and equipment from Beijing

>>16655314 Wong: It is in Australia’s interests to stabilise relationship with China

>>16655322 Opportunity for Australia to further warm relations with China in Bali: China Daily editorial - chinadaily.com.cn

>>16655327 Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare thanks China, refuses to answer questions from Australian press

>>16655563 'Concrete actions required' for Albanese govt to replace 'microphone diplomacy' to improve damaged China-Australia ties - Albanese govt urged to work for Australia's own interests, not for US - Liu Xin

>>16655582 Diplomatic freeze ends: China locks in Wong meeting

>>16655681 FBI, MI5 heads issue joint warning on China's threat to Western security

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:26 p.m. No.16701796   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

#23 and #24 - Part 26

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide

>>16376882 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' department told to release COVID-19 pandemic surveys in the 'strong interest' of the Victorian public

>>16395617 Canberra Airport threatens ACT’s chief health officer with legal action if immediate action is not taken to end the airport face mask mandate

>>16395641 Pandemic response shrinks as COVID-19 pressure builds - Victorian government dismantling its central pandemic bureaucracy as the health system confronts a deadly surge of COVID-19 and influenza inflections - workforce of 1500 people reduced to 260 full-time positions by the end of June 2022

>>16439673 ‘Immunity is waning’: Andrews seeks fourth shot for hospital workers - Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will push the federal government for all healthcare workers in hospitals across Victoria to get a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine, amid concerns over waning immunity

>>16461204 Australia to deliver 200,000 paediatric vaccines to Solomon Islands

>>16481901 Melbourne man Dennis Basic jailed for more than two years over assaults at anti-lockdown protests

>>16487769 ‘Very appealing’: US COVID-19 vaccine giant Novavax looks to amp up Australian trials, including further research to develop its combined coronavirus and influenza vaccine

 

>>16499826 Chinese Ambassador says trade tariffs were in response to Morrison's 'nonsense' calls for inquiry into coronavirus origins - China's ambassador to Australia has blamed former prime minister Scott Morrison's call for an inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 as the reasoning behind the strict trade sanctions currently imposed

>>16513912 Australia’s vaccine advisory panel considers delaying a recommendation that more people get a fourth COVID booster shot until a better Omicron-targeting vaccine is available

>>16573236 ‘No time to wait’: Virus experts push for fourth COVID booster shots - Australia should approve a fourth COVID-19 booster shot for the entire adult population within months if the wait for vaccines that target new Omicron variants drags on, epidemiologists say

>>16580078 'Increasing pressure' nationally to return to masks amid worsening COVID wave - Queensland Chief Health Officer, John Gerrard

>>16580095 Bob Carr Tweet: A relief. But as the speaker at an event yesterday I sat at main table and was only one wearing mask and insisting on elbows not hands. Today one of the guests advises they have tested positive. Why this resistance to basic precautions? Why aren’t we all wearing masks?

>>16586791 COVID-19 vaccination requirements to be scrapped for international arrivals into Australia

>>16594090 Too late for mask mandates as Omicron continues to drive high case numbers - Nation reaches Grim milestone of 10,000 Covid-related deaths since the virus landed here in January 2020, but experts say Australia has done relatively well in terms of controlling case numbers

>>16656037 Australia expands fourth COVID dose rollout amid fresh Omicron threat

>>16656069 Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas will not rule out mask mandates and working from home orders as COVID-19 cases surge

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:26 p.m. No.16701800   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 27

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Part 1

>>16345934 Kevin Spacey charged over four sex attacks - Hollywood megastar charged by UK Metropolitan Police with four counts of sexual assault against three men

>>16345949 Video: Let Me Be Frank - Kevin Spacey - Dec 25, 2018 (mimicking his character Frank Underwood from the House of Cards TV series)

>>16345951 Video: KTWK ('Kill Them With Kindness') - Kevin Spacey - Dec 25, 2019

>>16345956 Video: 1-800 XMAS - Kevin Spacey - Dec 25, 2020

>>16346016 Q Post #4590 - "This marks the third Spacey accuser to die in 2019." At what point does it become painfully obvious? Q

>>16346016 SHAME OF THRONES - When king and queen of perversion Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey hung out at Buckingham Palace - New York Post front cover - July 5 2020

>>16346016 Kevin Spacey accuser dies by suicide day after actor posts 'kill them with kindness' video - Spencer Neale - washingtonexaminer.com - December 26, 2019

>>16346016 House of Cards - https://qanon.pub/?q=spacey - https://qanon.pub/?q=house%20of%20cards

>>16379341 The Archbishop of Canterbury says Prince Andrew is ‘seeking to make amends’ and urges the nation to be more forgiving

>>16395789 First Asking $125 Million, Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean Islands Now Available for $55 Million Each - Jeffrey Epstein’s estate is cutting the price of two private Caribbean islands that were owned by the late disgraced financier

 

>>16395792 Q Post #1001 - Where do roads lead? Each prince is associated with a cardinal direction: north, south, east and west. Sacrifice. Collect. [Classified]-1 [Classified]-2 Tunnels. Table 29. D-Room H - D-Room R - D-Room C - Pure EVIL. 'Conspiracy' - Q

>>16418599 Rina Oh alleges Virginia Giuffre sexually assaulted her during 'horror' encounter with Jeffrey Epstein

>>16425058 PDF: Jeffrey Epstein accuser alleges second accuser, Virginia Giuffre, 'sexually assaulted' her - Virginia Giuffre and Rina Oh have accused each other of defamation and sexual abuse or assault, several court papers show

>>16430216 Jailed Ghislaine Maxwell barred from seeing her brother - Ian Maxwell turned away after 3,000 mile trip, despite pre-arranging prison visit to socialite convicted of sex trafficking charges

>>16434665 Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who is facing 55 years in a US prison will ask to serve the bulk of her sentence for child sex trafficking in the UK so she can have family visits

>>16444292 Ghislaine Maxwell will ask to serve sex trafficking sentence in British prison - Former socialite faces up to 55 years in jail after being convicted of procuring young girls for Jeffrey Epstein

>>16455260 Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers plea for trafficking sentence ‘well below’ 20 years - “A travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein”

>>16455317 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell asks court for sex trafficking sentence of ‘well below’ 20 years - The disgraced British socialite’s lawyers argued that she was threatened in jail and cannot be made proxy for Jeffrey Epstein

>>16461178 Kevin Spacey granted bail over sexual assault charges - US actor Kevin Spacey has been given unconditional bail after appearing in a London court on four charges of sexually assaulting three men

>>16467100 Plaything of perverts… and a Prince: NIGEL CAWTHORNE takes a forensic look at the abuse suffered by Virginia Roberts - the ex-sex slave Prince Andrew just paid £12m - in a new book with details that make the Duke's behaviour all the more repugnant - Adapted from Virginia Giuffre: The Extraordinary Life Story Of The Masseuse Who Pursued And Ended The Sex Crimes Of Millionaires Ghislaine Maxwell And Jeffrey Epstein, by Nigel Cawthorne

>>16467125 Q Post #4923 - https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia/status/1319071346282778624 - Dearest Virginia - We stand with you. Now and always. Find peace through prayer. Never give up the good fight. God bless you. Q

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:26 p.m. No.16701805   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 28

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Part 2

>>16472974 'The snickering noises Andrew was making suggested he was enjoying it. But I felt like a prostitute': NIGEL CAWTHORNE reveals how Virginia Roberts was introduced to the Duke of York and the role of sex-trafficker and disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell

>>16493508 PDF: ‘Utter lack of remorse’ - Feds say Ghislaine Maxwell ‘deserves at least 30 years’ in jail for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls over a 10-year period by her onetime boyfriend, financier Jeffrey Epstein

>>16493574 PDF: Prince Andrew's sex accuser to speak at Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing - Virginia Giuffre is one of six women set to speak at Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing for recruiting Epstein victims next week as Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison

>>16524670 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell urges U.S. judge not to admit testimony from four female accusers at her sentencing for aiding financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of underage girls

>>16524741 PDF: Prince Andrew's sex accuser says Ghislaine Maxwell 'opened door to hell' for abuse - In a victim impact statement made public for the first time, Virginia Giuffre says she was "chosen" by Ghislaine Maxwell at the Mar-a-Lago hotel in Florida to be abused - claiming she acted like a "wolf in sheep's clothing"

>>16524774 PDF: Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell was a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ - One of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims has said Ghislaine Maxwell used her ‘femininity to betray us’

 

>>16524804 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell deserves to be 'in a cage forever', says Virginia Giuffre - Ms Giuffre claims the British socialite 'opened to door to hell' for her and many others by introducing them to Jeffrey Epstein

>>16524870 PDF: Old school pal only friend to plead for ‘monstrous’ Ghislaine Maxwell - Harriett Jagger, wealthy former fashion executive at Tatler and Vogue magazines, will be the first, and only, friend to vouch for Maxwell in court

>>16524948 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell put on suicide watch at Brooklyn jail ahead of sentencing for aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls

>>16543926 Ghislaine Maxwell will be sentenced overnight. Here's what we know about the case and Jeffrey Epstein's former partner

>>16543948 Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing: Who will speak, where will she be imprisoned and how long will she spend behind bars?

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:27 p.m. No.16701810   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 29

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - Part 3

>>16553532 Video: Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in jail for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls

>>16553595 Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex crimes - Jeffrey Epstein’s right hand woman Ghislaine Maxwell spoke in court about her biggest “regret” before being jailed for 20 years

>>16553709 Video: ‘No one is above the law’: Ghislaine Maxwell gets massive sentence for sex trafficking as she lashes out at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

>>16553858 Video: Maxwell's final supporters: How Ghislaine's millionaire siblings have defiantly stood by the disgraced socialite despite her convictions for sex trafficking

>>16553971 RealGhislaine Tweet: Ghislaine’s Statement made to the Court at her Sentencing

>>16553971 Statement of Ghislaine Maxwell, 29 June 2022 - "…to those of you who spoke here today and those who did not, may this day help you travel from darkness into light."

 

>>16554164 Q Post #133 - Epstein island. What is a temple? What occurs in a temple? Worship? Why is the temple on top of a mountain? How many levels might exist below? What is the significance of the colors, design and symbol above the dome? Why is this relevant? Who are the puppet masters? Have the puppet masters traveled to this island? When? How often? Why? “Vladimir Putin: The New World Order Worships Satan” - Q

>>16554164 Q Post #3050 - This is not just about sex trafficking [1]. Will the rich & powerful influence the court to prevent the unsealing? THE TALE OF TWO: [1] - Sex Resort (non_temple_resort_only) trafficked & drugged underage girls - [2] - Occult / Worship of Evil (temple) [CLAS 1-99] Haiti > - Pray for the victims. Q

>>16554164 Q Post #3147 - >Rachel Chandler had the possible Epstein Island security cam pic on her instagram

>>16554164 Q Post #3399 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNue92Gta3s&feature=youtu.be - Welcome to Epstein Island. Ask yourself, is this normal? What does a 'Temple' typically symbolize? What does an 'OWL' symbolize (dark religion)? Tunnels underneath? How many channels captured on RC's pic? Rooms indicate size. Hallways shown? - [CLAS 1-99] - Symbolism will be their downfall. These people are EVIL. Q

>>16573535 RealGhislaine Tweet: R Kelly 30 years and 100,000 - Harvey Weinstein 23 years - Bill Cosby 10 years and 25,000 - G Maxwell 20 years 750,000 fine - How is this justice?

>>16580408 RealGhislaine Tweet: "The whole system was designed to convict, not to find the truth".

>>16580415 My sister Ghislaine was denied justice - The whole system was designed to convict, not to find the truth - Ian Maxwell - spectator.co.uk

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:27 p.m. No.16701816   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 30

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 1

>>16350072 ANONS, REMEMBER: GLOBAL REPORT ALL CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL! ZERO TOLERANCE! https://qanon.pub/?q=child

>>16350160 ‘Son of Satan’: Andrew Males jailed for 25 years for depraved attacks on women - Cruel and sadistic man with links to white supremacy groups took pleasure in raping, bashing and brutalising women across Melbourne’s north and west over two decades

>>16350240 Queensland MP shares story of child sexual abuse to 'give a voice' to other survivors - Labor Member for Macalister, Melissa McMahon has shared her harrowing story as a victim of child sexual abuse in a bid to raise awareness and inspire other victims to speak out

>>16350304 Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes’ public parole hearing concludes in Sydney - A former Hey Dad! cast member and convicted pedophile’s sad transformation was revealed when he appeared in court in a bid for freedom

>>16350310 Video: Former Hey Dad! co-star and sexual abuse victim Sarah Monahan speaks to reporters after a parole hearing for convicted child sex offender Robert Hughes

>>16356644 Australian Federal Police - Operation Arkstone: How a single USB stick led to the rescue of 56 children and the arrest of 26 men

>>16372636 Video: How Russell Manser went from robbing banks to helping other prisoners | Australian Story - ABC News In-depth

>>16372636 How career criminal and notorious bank robber Russell Manser turned his life around - abc.net.au

>>16373141 Child and sex charges rock swimming - A former Swimming Australia employee has been charged with three counts of indecent treatment of children under 16 and one count of sexual assault over incidents that allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2010

>>16384797 Convicted paedophile and former Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes granted parole and will be deported to the United Kingdom

 

>>16384867 Video: Actor and sex offender Robert Hughes granted parole after two failed attempts - 9 News Australia

>>16395733 Survivor of sexual abuse by paedophile junior cricket coach Ian King sues Cricket Australia and Cricket ACT

>>16408526 Ex-SA corrections officer Stewart Iain Berry to stand trial over allegations he indecently filmed children as part of an online SA pedophile syndicate

>>16418590 Former Australian Olympic swimming team physio Peter John Wells accused of child sex offences including three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 16

>>16434685 Australian Border Force missed evidence of sexual abuse then it continued for years: victim Tiffany Skeggs - Border security officials failed to thoroughly search the mobile phone of one of Australia’s most notorious paedophiles, James Geoffrey Griffin, at Melbourne Airport in 2015 despite being warned the 64-year-old was a suspected child sex offender travelling overseas with a minor

>>16434710 Survivors fight back against trafficking - Tsvetelina Thompson, Survivor of Human Trafficking and NSW Detective Chief Inspector Darren Jameson to speak at Modern Slavery Online Summit - June 15-16 2022 - https://freedomforhumanity.org.au

>>16444093 Australian Federal Police warned child predator Naim Anderson about online behaviour months before arrest, court told

>>16444123 South Australian paedophile Naim Anderson jailed for 'aggressively' seeking child abuse material through social media

>>16444172 Paedophile Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes is released from jail and will be deported to the UK within hours despite continuing to deny all of his crimes, 14 June 2022

>>16444215 Craig Kelly staffer Frank Zumbo allegedly showed woman his penis, court told - A trusted adviser of controversial former federal MP Craig Kelly has been hit with fresh charges of indecent assault as he faced court to fight 20 charges of indecently assaulting five women

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:27 p.m. No.16701820   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 31

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 2

>>16444470 She was sex trafficked by her boyfriend as a teenager. A decade later, one question freed her - Tsvetelina Thompson fell in love with a man who was ‘picture perfect’. Then, she found herself trapped in a life where she no longer felt human.

>>16444495 Twentyfour-Seven - anti-trafficking organization dedicated to bringing intelligence, and services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking, founded by Tsvetelina Thompson in 2019 - http://twentyfour-seven.org

>>16444495 Twentyfour-Seven QR code - delivering critical information in several languages about human trafficking and how to find help, Australia included - https://247informationservices.in

>>16444495 Reporting human trafficking to the Australian Federal Police - Assist the AFP in combating this global problem - Use our online form to report information regarding human trafficking for the purposes of sexual and/or labour exploitation, organ harvesting, forced marriage and slavery or call 131 AFP (131 237) - https://forms.afp.gov.au/online_forms/human_trafficking_form - In case of an emergency, call 000

>>16449464 Video: Brave whistleblowers expose one of Australia's worst child abuse scandals - Abuse allegations at Ashley Youth Detention Centre in Tasmania, and notorious paedophile James Griffin at Launceston General Hospital - 60 Minutes Australia

>>16449759 Paedophile Bronte Ciracovitch sentenced to 14 years' jail for multiple child sex offences

>>16461493 Former South Australian Labor staffer Benjamin John Waters spared jail over child abuse material, will spend at least eight months on home detention for viewing and sending child abuse material

>>16461541 Paedophile Benjamin John Waters sentenced to eight months home detention because of ‘harrowing’ time in jail after arrest - An ex-ALP staffer who pleaded guilty to child abuse offences has been sentenced to eight months home detention – because a judge says he had a “harrowing” time in jail

>>16461562 Former priest Gerald Ridsdale admits to more child sex offences - The prolific paedophile, already behind bars, pleads guilty to 13 more child sexual abuse charges

 

>>16466610 Catholic church uses paedophile priest’s death as shield against new allegations in NSW - Lismore diocese wins halt on civil case after arguing woman had never complained before Father Clarence Anderson died in 1996

>>16471614 Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) employed paedophile junior coaching co-ordinator Roy Wenlock for 29 years - One of three sex offenders investigated in WA Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell's 452-page parliamentary inquiry into historical child sexual abuse at Anglican hostels, published in 2012

>>16476592 Former professional cricket player and junior coach Ian King pleads guilty to historical child sex charges

>>16476851 Video: Australian Federal Police issues warning over rise in sexual extortion targeting boys - Online criminals have been duping kids into sending explicit photos and then demanding cash not to share them - Channel 7 Sunrise

>>16476888 Child sex offenders preying on Australian boys for money - The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is warning that Australia is seeing a global trend in the crime of sexual extortion, with a spike in the number of Australian boys being preyed on by international sex offenders, who are grooming them into producing explicit images and then extorting them for money - afp.gov.au

>>16476919 Video: Hilda Sirec - Commander ACCCE, Human Exploitation addresses 'Sextortion' trend - Boys are being coerced into sending sexualised images and videos of themselves and then being blackmailed by offenders who threaten to share them. It’s a worrying global trend. And it’s happening right here in Australia. What can you do about it? Share this video and help us spread the message that sexual extortion #sextortion is a crime and the police are here to help - Australian Centre To Counter Child Exploitation

>>16476959 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet: #Australian #boys are being coerced into sending sexualised images of themselves and then being blackmailed by offenders who threaten to share them. We've put together a simulated #textchat to show what #sextortion can look like. http://accce.gov.au/report

>>16481812 Bradley Pen Dragon - Notorious paedophile who thinks sex with children is 'natural' will be released into the Western Australian community TODAY, 21 June 2022

>>16481831 Bradley Pen Dragon: High risk WA paedophile to walk free from Acacia Prison today, 21 June 2022

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:28 p.m. No.16701833   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 32

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 3

>>16487659 Olympic swim coach Dick Caine charged after allegedly sexually abusing teenage girls he trained more than 40 years ago in South Sydney

>>16487682 Legendary swim coach Dick Caine bailed on historic sex abuse charges has months to live - Renowned swim coach Dick Caine, charged with abusing two teenage girls in the 1970s, has been bailed after a court heard he is terminally ill

>>16487690 ‘Sex terrorist’ pedophile Geoffrey William Moyle’s eight-year sentence revoked on appeal, replaced with 12-year term - The Adelaide-based “sex terrorist” who pioneered the dark web’s vile global child exploitation industry has been resentenced in a decision set to change Australian law

>>16487699 Adelaide paedophile Geoffrey William Moyle has sentence extended to 12 years

>>16487707 24-year-old babysitter pleads guilty to committing 141 sex crimes, including raping a baby and sexually abusing several other children

>>16493439 Victims say Catholic Church failed to inform them about NSW paedophile priest Vincent Gerard Ryan's death

>>16493450 Social media warning amid community concern over WA paedophile Bradley Pen Dragon’s release

>>16513539 Video: Bradley Pen Dragon: Notorious paedophile arrested about 48 hours after release from Perth prison

 

>>16513559 66-year-old Victorian man travelled to Sydney to meet girl under 10 for sex, say NSW police from Child Exploitation Investigation Unit’s Strike Force Trawler,

>>16525367 E-commerce platform Made-in-China.com selling sex dolls modelled off of toddler girls - Collective Shout investigation uncovers VAST range of child sex abuse dolls - Take action - Tell Made-in-China to STOP selling child sex abuse dolls + ban all sellers

>>16534780 'Lack of action' over Tasmanian pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin - Tasmanian inquiry told alleged pedophile nurse was reported to police and breached patient boundaries across decades before being charged

>>16534819 Pedophile nurse tip off ignored - Tasmanian authorities allowed pedophile nurse James (Jim) Geoffrey Griffin to work with children for 18 years after complaints were first raised about him, leading to the sexual abuse of multiple children

>>16534842 BMX champion Rhys Kember sentenced to three years jail for soliciting nude photos from multiple teenage girls

>>16543912 Woman abused by Launceston General Hospital paedophile James Griffin flagged risk to children, inquiry hears

>>16554457 Launceston General Hospital staff kept in the dark about paedophile co-worker James Geoffrey Griffin

>>16564074 James Griffin’s boss, Sonja Leonard, breaks down amid claims paedophile ‘manipulated’ a ward in disarray, says the “dysfunctional” nature of Launceston General Hospital’s children’s ward created opportunities for the abuser to strike

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:28 p.m. No.16701839   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 33

Child Exploitation, Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 4

>>16564088 'Catastrophic' failings allowed Tasmanian hospital abuse - CEO of Launceston General Hospital, Eric Daniels, acknowledges catastrophic failures in relation to a pedophile nurse who worked on a children's ward for nearly two decades

>>16564172 Helen Bryan, Executive Director of Nursing at Launceston General Hospital got most of her information about paedophile James Griffin from a podcast by journalist Camille Bianchi - "The Nurse"

>>16564185 Podcast: The Nurse by Camille Bianchi - "A nurse lives in a quiet town in Tasmania, Australia. He spends his life working with children and is the ultimate father figure, but he has a dark secret. People who still hold positions of power protected him. They are still protecting others. Hear from childhood sexual assault survivors sharing their stories for the first time, and know that there are countless others waiting to be heard."

>>16564258 Victim’s complaint against paedophile nurse Jim Griffin ‘shut down’ after his death - Keelie McMahon, victim-survivor of paedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin, knew he would never go to prison

>>16573288 'No inquiry' about Tasmanian nurse child abuser - Stephen Ayre, former chief executive of Launceston General Hospital didn't make any inquiries about male pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin, who worked at the facility's children's ward under his watch

>>16573336 ‘Medical emergency’ interrupts Tasmania’s child sexual abuse commission of inquiry hearings - Former chief executive of Launceston General Hospital Stephen Ayre collapses while giving evidence, requires hospitalisation

>>16586818 Tasmanian government to establish review of Launceston General Hospital where pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin was able to keep working despite multiple complaints

 

>>16594285 Inquiry hears of paedophile James Geoffrey Griffin's 'red flags' while caring for teenage female at Launceston General Hospital

>>16594291 Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government's Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings - Live stream link

>>16601747 South Australian RAAF intelligence officer Jacob Donald Walsh pleads guilty to horrifying number of child-sex charges - RAAF intelligence expert used photos for blackmail, pleads guilty to 230 charges of child sexual exploitation, the highest number of child-sex charges ever laid against one person in Australia

>>16601766 South Australian paedophile syndicate: Public servant Stewart Iain Berry allegedly paid for sex with teen object of husband’s “uncontrollable obsession”

>>16601859 Angelique Knight, victim-survivor of paedophile nurse James Griffin yet to hear acknowledgment of suffering, Tasmanian Commission of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Government Institutions hears

>>16601890 Tasmanian Child Safety Services executive director Claire Lovell apologises to Tiffany Skeggs and family of Zoe Duncan for James Griffin child abuse ordeal and disbelief by Tasmanian authorities

>>16655905 Notorious paedophile Bradley Pen Dragon bailed after pleading not guilty to breaching release order

>>16655939 Tasmania Police apologise to abuse victims over paedophile James Geoffrey Griffin

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:29 p.m. No.16701842   🗄️.is 🔗kun

#23 and #24 - Part 34

Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide

>>16443877 Trump a clear and present danger to the great republic - "The risk for the US is that Trump or his surrogate runs for president in 2024 and we see a more sophisticated attempt to over­turn democracy that succeeds. The Republican Party, like the US, is best served by moving on from Trump. Those who defend him share his dishonour." - Troy Bramston - theaustralian.com.au

>>16509777 QAnon Creator ‘Q’ Returns After Nearly Two-Year Hiatus - In a surprise move, Q returns to tease a new “game” in cryptic posts - Will Sommer - thedailybeast.com

>>16512087 After two years, QAnon's creator Q returns in the wake of Roe v Wade decision - Harry Fletcher - indy100.com

>>16512958 Shayan Sardarizadeh Tweet: Q's return has forced me to properly read 8kun for the first time in over a year. I'd almost forgotten the feeling of having to read through 8kun several times a day. That website really is a snapshot of the absolute worst of humanity.

>>16525042 Suddenly 'Q' of the QAnon conspiracy theory has returned after a years-long hiatus. But, something isn't quite right… - Matt Binder - mashable.com

>>16525103 ‘QAnon’ conspiracy poster sending messages again, says Cullen Hoback, “Q: Into the Storm” filmmaker - Jesse Brooks - fox8live.com

 

>>16543785 Video: CNN reporter on Q's return: 'As dumb as it is dangerous' - CNN's Donie O'Sullivan and John Avlon report that the "Q" persona at the center of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, has posted online for the first time since December 2020, after former President Donald Trump lost the election

>>16573365 Video: QAnon returns and targets Cassidy Hutchinson in new post - In a new post, online conspiracy theorist QAnon targets former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan explains what it means now that the account is back active

>>16573455 Q is back. What happens to QAnon now? - Sarah Manavis - inews.co.uk

>>16573504 Q Is Back and It’s Tearing the QAnon World Apart - “Q drops” have resumed, but believers are divided over whether they’re real - David Gilbert - vice.com

>>16601708 Holding Trump accountable critical to U.S. global leadership - "Trump's poor character, his contempt for laws and norms, and his autocratic tendencies are all well-known. These latest revelations are and should be jaw-dropping, evidence of a further descent into malignancy by Trump." - Dave Sharma, former Liberal Party member of Australia's House of Representatives and Australia's ambassador to Israel from 2013 to 2017 - asia.nikkei.com

>>16656293 Video: Mysterious Georgia Guidestones monument suddenly explodes - Explosion at mysterious US monument dubbed the “American Stonehenge” reignites conspiracy theorists online

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m. No.16701863   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:33 p.m. No.16701903   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16670597 (pb)

Statement by President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Mourning Former Prime Minister Abe

 

JULY 08, 2022

 

We, the leaders of Australia, India, and the United States, are shocked at the tragic assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abe was a transformative leader for Japan and for Japanese relations with each one of our countries. He also played a formative role in the founding of the Quad partnership, and worked tirelessly to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Our hearts are with the people of Japan — and Prime Minister Kishida— in this moment of grief. We will honor Prime Minister Abe’s memory by redoubling our work towards a peaceful and prosperous region.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/07/08/statement-by-president-joe-biden-prime-minister-anthony-albanese-and-prime-minister-narendra-modi-mourning-former-prime-minister-abe/

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:34 p.m. No.16701923   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

>>16670597 (pb)

Australian landmarks to be bathed in red and white for slain Shinzo Abe

 

CARLY DOUGLAS - JULY 9, 2022

 

Australian landmarks will be bathed in the red and white of Japan’s flag in tribute to assassinated former prime minister and close ally Shinzo Abe.

 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced separate plans to honour the late leader, 67, who was gunned down while giving a political stump speech on Friday in a killing that has shocked the world.

 

Speaking from Canberra on Saturday afternoon, Mr Albanese called Mr Abe, Japan’s longest-serving PM, “a true patriot and a true leader” and said he was “instrumental in delivering several historic developments between Japan and Australia.”

 

“He was a tireless champion for the comprehensive and progressive agreement for the Trans Pacific Partnership that brought huge benefits to Australia,” Mr Albanese said.

 

“He elevated our bilateral relationship to a special strategic partnership, and his long standing.”

 

The Prime Minister said the idea that “someone of such courage, with such strength of character could be taken away with an act of extreme cowardice,” was a “cruel paradox.”

 

He confirmed that landmarks across the country were to be lit up in red and white over the weekend, including at the Sydney Opera House, the Adelaide Oval and at Parliament House

 

Mr Albanese extended his support to Mr Abe’s friends and family, and to the people of Japan.

 

“We stand with you in this time of sadness,” he said.

 

Earlier, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Melbourne’s most famous landmarks would also be lit in red and white on Saturday night in Mr Abe’s honour, calling his assassination an “unspeakable tragedy.”

 

“He served his country with great honour and transformed the geopolitics of our region,” Mr Andrews posted to Twitter this morning.

 

“He was a wonderful friend of Australia and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, his family, and the Japanese people.”

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/australian-landmarks-to-be-bathed-in-red-and-white-for-slain-shinzo-abe/news-story/a54e4dc180b36dcdb9746485471bb825

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:36 p.m. No.16701942   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16670597 (pb)

Albanese pays tribute to 'true friend to Australia' Shinzo Abe

 

Sky News Australia

 

Jul 9, 2022

 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Japan has lost a “true patriot” and “trie friend” of Australia with the passing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

 

Mr Abe was assassinated at 67 years old in Nara, Japan when he was shot during a speech.

 

“During his time as Prime Minister but no-one was more committed to furthering relations between our two nations,” Mr Albanese said.

 

“He visited Australia no less than five times as the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Abe was instrumental in delivering several historic developments between Japan and Australia.”

 

Mr Albanese said he had contacted the Japanese ambassador to pay respects to Mr Abe.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVkRHpeMgoA

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:39 p.m. No.16701988   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16670597 (pb)

>>16670684 (pb)

Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweets

 

We are devastated to learn of the passing of former Prime Minster ABE Shinzo. Our thoughts are with his family at this extremely tragic time. Deeply moved by all kind and thoughtful messages received on his passing from so many friends of (Japan).

 

https://twitter.com/YamagamiShingo/status/1545401977596563457

 

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Grateful for the heartfelt kindness & sympathies of the people of Canberra. We have received so many warm messages on the passing of former Prime Minister ABE.

 

https://twitter.com/YamagamiShingo/status/1545674222759907329

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:40 p.m. No.16701998   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2005 >>2019 >>4930 >>4933 >>4938 >>4947 >>4959 >>6406 >>6449 >>1729 >>9589 >>6623 >>5986 >>6024 >>7765 >>2359 >>1197

‘The first step to better ties with Beijing’, says Penny Wong after meeting Chinese foreign minister

 

AMANDA HODGE and WILL GLASGOW - JULY 8, 2022

 

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Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia has taken an “important first step” towards stabilising ties with China following the first bilateral meeting in almost three years with its top diplomat Wang Yi, at which Beijing’s detention of Australian citizens and its trade coercion were raised.

 

Senator Wong met her Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali on late Friday after earlier this week calling on China to use its influence with Russia as a “no limits” partner to help end the war in Ukraine.

 

Senator Wong said after the meeting that the two ministers “spoke frankly and we listened carefully to each other’s priorities and concerns”.

 

But, she added, it would “take time and work” to mend ties.

 

The meeting in Bali follows Defence Minister Richard Marles’ meeting with his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, in Singapore last month, which represented the first face-to-face minister-to-minister dialogue between the two nations since late 2019. A request by Trade Minister Don Farrell to meet his Chinese counterpart in Geneva was rebuffed. Former foreign minister Marise Payne last spoke to her Chinese counterpart by phone in early 2020, soon after the first cases of Covid-19 were ­detected in Wuhan.

 

“It’s fair to say we both recognised it’s a first step for both our nations,’’ Senator Wong said after her meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister. “We’ve got a path to walk and we will see if it can lead to a better place between the two countries.’’

 

“It’s unsurprising that we would raise consular cases including Ms Cheng Lei and Dr Yang, and others,” she said referring to the Chinese Australian journalist and Chinese Australian writer Yang Hengjun being held on spurious national security charges.

 

“Obviously we discussed the trade blockages that exist and it remains the government’s position that those trade blockages should be revoked.”

 

China’s trade reprisals against Australia began after Senator Payne called in April 2020 for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19. Since then, at least $20bn in Australian exports of coal, wine, lobsters and other products have since been hit by Chinese tariffs and unofficial bans.

 

In a readout of her opening comments released late on Friday, Senator Wong told her Chinese counterpart that In the context of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, a deepening global food and fuel crisis and supply chain shocks “Australia will stand up for international law and the UN charter and we will urge other countries to do so”.

 

She also told Mr Wang that “Australia’s Government has changed but our national interests and our policy settings have not.

 

“And Australia will speak as necessary on the issues that matter to our nation and our people – we will do so calmly and consistently.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:41 p.m. No.16702005   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

 

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Senator Wong said she had also conveyed Australia’s view about international law and the importance of the UN charter to Wang Yi in relation to Russia’s war on Ukraine, which China has refused to criticise.

 

Asked whether China had demanded anything concrete from Australia during the meeting, she replied: “I think the Chinese position is well known, the issues of difference is well known, and what was put to me reflected what we know China’s position to be.”

 

The foreign minister said she believed it was in both nations’ interests that another meeting be scheduled soon though “but that would require both countries to agree to do so”.

 

“I think all of these issues will take some time. And I think there is a path we are walking and we will take one step at a time in the interests of the country,” she said.

 

“We do have our differences but as I have previously said we believe it’s in the interests of both countries for the relationship to be stabilised and this Australian government will always seek to ­resolve issues calmly and consistently under the comprehensive strategic partnership and in accordance with Australia’s national interests.”

 

The highly anticipated meeting was the last in a whirlwind schedule of bilateral talks that on Friday included sit-downs with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as well as foreign ministers from France, Germany and Canada on the sidelines of the G20.

 

Senator Wong hailed the G20 meeting on her way out of Bali on Friday night as a “constructive meeting that reaffirmed the importance of multilateralism … when the world faces so many challenges from the war in Ukraine, Russia’s illegal, immoral invasion of Ukraine, to food ­security, to climate change”.

 

Her meeting with Mr Wang came a day after he warned G20 nations against linking Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Beijing’s threats to Taiwan.

 

“It is obviously double standards. Beijing rejects any attempt to compare the Ukraine crisis with the Taiwan question and will firmly safeguard its core interests,” Mr Wang said.

 

Anthony Albanese last week said Russia’s failed bid to take Ukraine showed “attempts to impose change by force on a sovereign country meets resistance”, prompting a scathing editorial in the China Daily that warned that high hopes of a reset in bilateral relations were “diminishing by the day”.

 

Asked about Wang Yi’s warning before Friday’s G20 talks, Senator Wong said Russia’s actions clearly constituted an abrogation of the UN charter and international law that holds that “another state will not by threat or force compromise or infringe on the territory integrity of another”.

 

“In relation to Taiwan, there is a bipartisan position on one China policy. I think there’s a bipartisan position now that we support the status quo and that there be no unilateral change to that status quo,” she said.

 

Analysts in both countries have cautioned that any improvement in the bilateral relationship will be modest.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/the-first-step-to-better-ties-with-beijing-says-penny-wong-after-meeting-chinese-foreign-minister/news-story/0cd8d6a1cfbd0bcc55f2d81bcfaf1f50

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:42 p.m. No.16702019   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

Wang warns Wong: Don’t smear China over Ukraine

 

WILL GLASGOW - JULY 8, 2022

 

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned Australia and other G20 members against linking Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Beijing’s threats to Taiwan, hours before he meets with Penny Wong.

 

Foreign Minister Wang issued the warning on Thursday in a bilateral meeting in Bali with India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’s summit.

 

“It is obviously double standards. Beijing rejects any attempt to compare the Ukraine crisis with the Taiwan question and will firmly safeguard its core interests,” Mr Wang said.

 

Beijing’s position on the war — refusing to condemn Russia and offering propaganda support for Vladimir Putin — is one of a host of disagreements that will be on the crowded agenda for Foreign Minister Wong’s meeting with Mr Wang on Friday afternoon.

 

Mr Wang’s warning was made a week after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese drew a parallel between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s menacing of Taiwan, saying Vladimir Putin’s failed bid to take Ukraine showed “attempts to impose change by force on a sovereign country meets resistance”.

 

Those comments by Mr Albanese — delivered during a NATO summit in Madrid — provoked an eruption from Chinese state media, which accused him of a “lack of diplomatic nous and poor grasp of political realities“.

 

The China Daily, in its first personal attack on the new Australian Prime Minister, warned of consequences.

 

“Last month, when Albanese’s Labor Party came to power, there were high hopes in both countries that it offered the opportunity to reset Australia’s ties with China. Those hopes are diminishing by the day,” the Beijing mouthpiece editorialised.

 

On Thursday, Mr Wang conducted bilateral meetings with countries including India and Indonesia that have also not explicitly condemned the invasion.

 

China’s envoy also met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

 

Before leaving Bali, Mr Wang is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the US, France and Australia, all countries that have criticised China’s position on the war.

 

On Thursday, Ms Wong said Russia was conducting an “illegal, unjust and immoral war in Ukraine”.

 

In a keynote address in Singapore before the Bali conference, the Foreign Minister urged Beijing to use its influence as a “no limits” partner to Russia to end the war.

 

Ms Wong also linked Beijing’s position on the war to its assertive behaviour in the region, although she did not directly mention Taiwan.

 

“The region and the world is now looking at Beijing’s actions in relation to Ukraine. But this has also been true in respect of its regional actions, as its strategic outreach has intensified,” Ms Wong said.

 

“Regardless of the character of leadership Beijing chooses to demonstrate, we all have our own choices to make, and our own agency to exercise.

 

“We are more than just supporting players in a grand drama of global geopolitics, on a stage dominated by great powers.

 

“It is up to all of us to create the kind of region we aspire to – a stable, peaceful, prosperous and secure region,” she said.

 

Friday’s meeting between the Australian and Chinese foreign ministers is the first in almost three years after Beijing froze all ministerial communication.

 

Analysts in both countries have cautioned that any improvement in the bilateral relationship will be modest.

 

Liu Xiaobo, an international relations expert in China, told The Australian he was not “optimistic” about the outlook.

 

“It takes a lot of effort, and so far I haven’t seen many such signs,“ said Mr Liu, a senior researcher of Grandview Institution, a Beijing-based think tank.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/wang-warns-wong-dont-smear-china-over-ukraine/news-story/d37510b9767f218c1d5f5fbfa1a37725

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:45 p.m. No.16702054   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293 >>6404

>>16655327

China highly appreciates remarks of PM Manasseh Sogavare on China.

 

SpokespersonCHN发言人办公室

 

Jul 9, 2022

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Aew_bLLJo

 

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on July 8, 2022

 

Shenzhen TV: According to reports, on July 7, Solomon Islands Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare said in a speech marking the country’s national independence day that China, a “new addition”, has already demonstrated a “genuine intention” to be a “worthy partner” in the country’s development with diplomatic ties of less than three years and expressed his appreciation. Do you have any comment?

 

Zhao Lijian: I want to start by extending sincere congratulations to Solomon Islands on the 44th anniversary of its independence. We highly appreciate the remarks by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. We are glad to see the fruitful outcomes and sound momentum of China-Solomon Islands relations. Since diplomatic relations were established nearly three years ago, the relations between our two countries have enjoyed rapid and pace-setting growth, and set a fine example of countries of different sizes treating each other as equals and of solidarity and cooperation between two developing countries. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made Solomon Islands his first stop during the trip to the South Pacific in late May. This fully demonstrates the high quality of our relations and injected fresh and strong impetus into our all-round exchange and cooperation.

 

Facts have proven that the establishment of diplomatic relations and development of friendly cooperative relations between China and Solomon Islands is consistent with the trend of our times and the fundamental and long-term interests of both peoples and boasts enormous vitality and broad prospects. China will always be Solomon Islands’ trusted and reliable good friend and partner. We stand ready to work together with Solomon Islands to enhance dialogue, exchange and cooperation in various sectors, make new progress in bilateral relations and deliver more benefits to both peoples.

 

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/202207/t20220708_10717764.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:46 p.m. No.16702074   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6572 >>1498 >>3219 >>0026 >>1180 >>1184 >>0772 >>4058 >>4868 >>8744 >>8805

'Stop hiding behind the legal excuse': Australia can act to free Julian Assange, Andrew Wilkie says

 

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has rejected claims that Australia has limited ability to intervene in the case of Julian Assange, who is fighting an extradition request from the United States over leaks of classified documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

AAP, SBS - 8 July 2022

 

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has hit back at claims Australia had no legal grounds to intervene in the case of Julian Assange.

 

Mr Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst and a prominent advocate for Mr Assange, says the matter could be solved quickly at a political level.

 

"Governments and politicians have got to stop hiding behind the excuse of the Julian Assange matter being a legal matter," he told AAP.

 

"It has always been an intensely political matter."

 

The comments came after former attorney-general George Brandis said Australia had no legal grounds in Mr Assange's case.

 

"Australia wasn't a party to the proceedings and had no standing to intervene in the proceedings," Mr Brandis told the ABC.

 

"It was legal proceedings in a British court between the government of the United States and a private citizen. We would not intervene in those proceedings."

 

The WikiLeaks founder and Australian journalist has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the US to face criminal charges in the latest step of a legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.

 

Mr Assange, 50, is wanted by US authorities on 18 counts, including a spying charge, relating to WikiLeaks' release of vast troves of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables, which US officials have said put lives in danger.

 

Last month, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition, with her office saying UK courts had concluded his extradition would not be incompatible with his human rights, and that he would be treated appropriately.

 

However, Mr Wilkie said the matter could be solved with a phone call from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to the US or UK.

 

"This has gone on long enough, it's time to put it to an end," he said.

 

"I don't doubt that Australia has enough influence to bring this to an end, we underestimate ourselves to think otherwise, and we are close allies of both countries."

 

The independent MP said he was still optimistic about there being a change in the outcome for Mr Assange following the change of government in Australia at May's federal election.

 

"We hold out hope that with a change of government we see some progress on this," Mr Wilkie said.

 

Mr Albanese has said he didn't see the purpose of the "ongoing pursuit" of Mr Assange.

 

But he said the government would deal with the matter through diplomatic channels.

 

Former foreign minister Bob Carr said on Friday the government should tell the US "the Australian people want the Assange extradition quietly set aside", just as the US had commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

 

Mr Brandis, who oversaw consular assistance for Mr Assange when he was Australia's high commissioner in London, said he had made a point for staff to always be made available to meet the journalist's "reasonable requests".

 

"I instituted a practice of writing to him every month to ask him if there was anything more he needed," Mr Brandis said.

 

"Most of those letters were unresponded to, but there has not been a complaint that I'm aware of, from Mr Assange or his surrogates, that the Australian High Commission did not provide an appropriate level of consular support."

 

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/stop-hiding-behind-the-legal-excuse-australia-can-act-to-free-julian-assange-andrew-wilkie-says/e328tvlfd

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:48 p.m. No.16702093   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7785

EXCLUSIVE: Pope hopes London building last Vatican financial scandal

 

Pope praises Australian Cardinal George Pell who pushed for transparency

 

Philip Pullella - July 8, 2022

 

VATICAN CITY, July 7 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said he hoped that the recent sale of a luxury London building at the centre of an ongoing corruption trial meant the Vatican can see the back of financial scandals.

 

Vatican finances were one of the many Church and international topics the 85-year-old pontiff discussed in an exclusive interview with Reuters in his Vatican residence on July 2.

 

In other parts of the interview he denied that he was planning to resign anytime soon, denied that he had cancer, spoke of his hopes to go to Moscow and Kyiv and disclosed that for the first time he would appoint women to a Vatican committee that helps him choose bishops.

 

The interview took place a day after the Vatican announced it had completed the sale of the building on Sloane Avenue in Chelsea, taking an estimated hit of about 140 million euros.

 

Ten people including a Vatican cardinal and two Italian financial brokers are on trial in the Vatican on charges including embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and extortion relating to the building.

 

The pope was asked if he believed enough controls were now in place so that similar scandals could not take place again.

 

"I believe so," he said.

 

The Vatican's Secretariat of State first invested in the building in 2014 with funds from its own sovereign wealth fund, managed without external controls.

 

It had resisted oversight even from the Secretariat for the Economy, which the pope instituted in 2014 to oversee all Vatican finances and put a lid on decades of scandals caused by the fragmentation of finances, in which different departments exercised control in a fiefdom-like way.

 

As a result of the botched and embarrassing London deal, the pope stripped the Secretariat of State of control over its own investment funds in 2020.. Last month, he instituted a committee to oversee the ethics of all Vatican investments.

 

"Before, the administration (of Vatican money) was very messy," the pope said, adding that the Secretariat for the Economy is now staffed by expert, technical people, "who don't fall into the hands of quote-unquote benefactors or friends, who can make you slip up."

 

THE BLESSED IMELDA

 

He gave the example of priests who had no financial experience being asked to manage the finances of a department and who in good faith sought outside help from friends in the outside financial sector.

 

"But sometimes the friends were not The Blessed Imelda," he said, referring to a 14th century 11-year-old Italian girl who is a symbol of childhood purity.

 

"And so what happened, happened," the pope said.

 

He blamed "the irresponsibility of the structure" for past financial scandals, saying the administration of money "was not mature".

 

In the interview, Francis praised Australian Cardinal George Pell as "the genius" who had insisted that the Vatican needed an overarching economy ministry to control money flows and combat corruption.

 

Pell was the first head of the Secretariat for the Economy, receiving a mandate from the pope to clean up the Vatican's murky finances.

 

Pell, now 81, left the post in 2018 to face sex abuse charges dating back decades in Australia. He spent 13 months in solitary confinement before being cleared of all charges on appeal in 2020.

 

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, whom Pell has accused of having resisted financial reforms when he was number two at the Secretariat of State, is currently one of 10 defendants at the corruption trial over the London real estate deal.

 

All of the defendants have denied wrongdoing.

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-pope-hopes-london-building-last-vatican-financial-scandal-2022-07-07/

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:50 p.m. No.16702124   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16655702 (pb)

Anthony Albanese says New Zealanders might be allowed to vote in Australian elections, after meeting Jacinda Ardern

 

Tom Lowrey - 8 July 2022

 

New Zealanders who have lived in Australia for a long time could be given the right to vote in Australian elections, under potential changes flagged by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

 

Mr Albanese will ask federal parliament's elections committee to consider what changes could be made to extend voting rights to some New Zealanders.

 

New Zealand already grants voting rights to Australians living in New Zealand if they have been there for a year or more.

 

But that right is not reciprocated, except for a small number of New Zealanders who enrolled to vote as "British subjects" prior to 1984.

 

Mr Albanese said there might be scope to change that.

 

"We'll be asking the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters to consider whether there's a way to return to systems that have existed in the past of giving New Zealand people who are here in Australia, contributing to society, paying taxes, working, voting rights here in Australia as well," he said.

 

"We won't pre-empt those processes. But it is, I think, a really common-sense position to at least examine over coming months."

 

As of the 2021 census, there were more than 530,000 people born in New Zealand living in Australia.

 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she asked Mr Albanese for "greater acknowledgement" of the contribution New Zealand expats were making to Australia.

 

She said work is underway to create a dedicated path to Australian citizenship for New Zealanders, separate to the ordinary process.

 

"Our ask has been for there to be a greater acknowledgement of the role that New Zealanders play here in Australia," she said.

 

"The fact that we have an agreement that no New Zealander or Australian should be rendered 'permanently temporary', that is a change in the way that we've previously seen New Zealanders treated here."

 

It is expected firm proposals for change will be put together before Anzac Day next year.

 

Deportations to remain, but with 'common sense' applied

 

The pair also discussed the sensitive issue of convicted criminals being deported in significant numbers to New Zealand.

 

In recent years, Australia has deported hundreds of New Zealand citizens found guilty of serious criminal offences, despite some holding few ties to the country.

 

It has been a source of tension between the two countries, and Mr Albanese said the government's approach to the issue will shift.

 

"We will continue to deport people when appropriate," he said.

 

"But we will have some common sense apply here.

 

"Where you have a circumstance where someone has lived their entire life, effectively, in Australia with no connection whatsoever to New Zealand, common sense should apply and we will act as friends."

 

Ms Ardern said that is the approach she wants to see taken.

 

"We acknowledge Australia will continue to deport, as New Zealand currently does have provision and does deport those who don't have a long-term connection to New Zealand," she said.

 

"What we have been seeking is common sense and the spirit of friendship.

 

"And that's what Prime Minister Albanese has spoken to today."

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-08/anthony-albanese-and-jacinda-ardern-meet-for-talks/101220750

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:51 p.m. No.16702135   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1553

ICAC witness Clifton Wong found dead in office after giving evidence

 

Megan Gorrey - July 8, 2022

 

Former Hurstville councillor Clifton Wong, who gave evidence to the state anti-corruption watchdog in an investigation into the conduct of three of his former council colleagues earlier this week, has been found dead.

 

NSW Police said emergency services crews responded to reports a 62-year-old man had died in an office complex on Deane Street in Burwood about 1.20pm on Wednesday.

 

The Herald has confirmed the man was Wong, a former Labor councillor who served on Hurstville City Council from 1999 to 2012.

 

Wong was among witnesses at the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s inquiry into whether three former Hurstville councillors accepted perks from developers in exchange for favourable planning decisions.

 

He appeared most recently for cross-examination on Monday, when he told the inquiry he regretted not telling anyone he witnessed a developer hand the then-deputy mayor $10,000 to help with a potential development.

 

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in his death. They will prepare a report for the coroner.

 

Wong’s barrister, Stephen Stanton, said the death of his client was “both personally and professionally [to me], a very sad development”.

 

Operation Galley is examining whether former Hurstville and Georges River councillors Con Hindi and Vince Badalati, and former Hurstville councillor Philip Sansom, accepted perks including overseas flights and accommodation from developers in exchange for supporting developments in Hurstville from 2014 to 2021.

 

The inquiry is also examining whether the three councillors deliberately failed to declare a conflict of interest stemming from their relationships with developers Philip Uy, Wensheng Liu and Yuqing Liu.

 

In his evidence on June 28, Wong said he saw Uy give Hindi an envelope containing $10,000 in exchange for favouring his and Wensheng Liu’s bid to buy a council-owned car park on Gloucester Road in Hurstville in 2012.

 

Under cross-examination on Monday, Wong said he hadn’t told anyone about the incident because he panicked.

 

“I didn’t know how to respond. I wish I had reported it back then, but I didn’t, and now I regret [it],” he said.

 

“This sort of thing, I know very well that it is not only immoral, it is illegal,” Wong said.

 

The inquiry heard Wong had been identified as a person of interest, along with Sansom, Badalati and Hindi, for allegedly “exercising [his] official functions dishonestly” when the ICAC investigation commenced in November.

 

Wong said in the witness box that he realised he was no longer a person of interest when he read an “investigation list” on the commission’s website when the inquiry began a few weeks ago.

 

Stanton said Wong had been due to return to the ICAC inquiry at a later date.

 

“He was courageous in terms of the evidence he gave to the commission that’s on the public record,” Stanton said.

 

“He was, as far as I was concerned, an honourable fellow.”

 

Legal representatives for witnesses at the inquiry extended their condolences to Wong’s family at the start of Friday’s hearing.

 

Commissioner Stephen Rushton described Wong’s death as a tragedy, and said he was “shocked and saddened”.

 

“Our thoughts are with his family, and we extend our deepest sympathy for what has occurred.”

 

Lawyers for Uy said their client felt unable to continue his evidence on Friday, and that in Chinese culture it would be disrespectful to Wong’s memory if he did so. He asked to be excused until next week.

 

Sansom’s lawyer also said his client, who was due to give evidence on Monday, might not be ready to proceed.

 

Rushton said the inquiry should adjourn until next week. It will resume on Tuesday.

 

“I sympathise with everyone’s position in this, but there’s a public interest also in resolving this investigation expeditiously,” he said.

 

Rushton urged witnesses and their lawyers to use the commission’s employee assistance program, which he said was available to any person whose health and safety might be at risk due to an investigation.

 

The ICAC has been contacted for comment.

 

Crisis support can be found at Lifeline: (13 11 14), the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) and Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636).

 

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

 

https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

 

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

 

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/icac-witness-found-dead-in-office-after-giving-evidence-20220707-p5b00i.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:53 p.m. No.16702157   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2190 >>2222 >>0408

Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys appeal her federal conviction and sentence

 

Lauren del Valle - July 8, 2022

 

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell have appealed her conviction and 20-year federal prison sentence for carrying out a yearslong scheme with her longtime confidante Jeffrey Epstein to groom and sexually abuse underage girls.

 

Maxwell's defense argument was not immediately available, but her attorneys have maintained her innocence since her 2020 arrest, asserting Maxwell has been a scapegoat for prosecutors in the wake of Epstein's death in prison.

 

A notice of appeal was filed Thursday in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five of six federal charges against her in December: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy.

 

She was sentenced on only three counts after the judge agreed two of the conspiracy counts she faced were repetitive.

 

At Maxwell's sentencing in June, defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim, as she did during the trial, pushed the blame on Epstein.

 

"We all know that the person who should have been sentenced today escaped accountability, avoided his victims, avoided absorbing their pain and receiving the punishment he truly deserved," Sternheim said. "Jeffrey Epstein left Ghislaine Maxwell holding the whole bag."

 

The trial judge, Alison Nathan, disagreed.

 

"Miss Maxwell is not punished in place of Epstein," she said. "Miss Maxwell is being punished for the role that she played."

 

Maxwell did not testify at her trial but spoke briefly at her sentencing, acknowledging she had been convicted but stopped short of taking responsibility.

 

"I am sorry for the pain that you've experienced," Maxwell said. "I hope my conviction … brings you closure."

 

Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to state prostitution charges, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019. He died by suicide in prison a month later. Maxwell has been detained since her arrest in July 2020, and prosecutors said she received credit for two years of time served.

 

Maxwell's monthlong trial last year alternated between disturbing testimony from sexual abuse victims and illuminating testimony about some of Epstein's connections to high-profile celebrities.

 

Prosecutors argued Maxwell and Epstein conspired to set up a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships with Epstein from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. Four women testified during the trial that Epstein abused them and that Maxwell facilitated the abuse and sometimes participated in it as well.

 

Her defense, meanwhile, besides arguing she was a scapegoat, also attacked the memories and motivations of the women who say they were sexually abused.

 

According to the Bureau of Prisons website, Maxwell is being housed at a federal detention facility in Brooklyn.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/08/us/ghislaine-maxwell-appeal/index.html

 

https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17318376/united-states-v-maxwell/?order_by=desc

 

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.539612/gov.uscourts.nysd.539612.697.0.pdf

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:56 p.m. No.16702190   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2222

>>16702157

RealGhislaine Tweet

 

Ghislaine Maxwell appeals conviction, 20-year sentence in Epstein case

 

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https://twitter.com/RealGhislaine/status/1545467562359668740

 

https://ba2454cd-c37d-4338-88ee-63f8ce48d2ce.usrfiles.com/ugd/ba2454_4326f324ac0a4643b1cdd04ac955534a.pdf

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 9, 2022, 6:58 p.m. No.16702222   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16702157

>>16702190

Ghislaine Maxwell appeals conviction, 20-year sentence in Epstein case

 

Jonathan Stempel - July 8, 2022

 

NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday formally appealed her conviction and 20-year prison sentence for helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls over more than a decade.

 

The British socialite's notice of appeal was filed nine days after she was sentenced by U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan.

 

Nathan said the punishment reflected Maxwell's "instrumental" role in the abuse, and the "incalculable" damage it caused to victims.

 

Lawyers for Maxwell had argued that she was being scapegoated for Epstein's crimes.

 

Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December after a monthlong trial on sex trafficking and four other counts for recruiting and grooming four girls to have sexual encounters with Epstein, who was then her boyfriend, between 1994 and 2004.

 

The daughter of the late British media magnate Robert Maxwell could be imprisoned until her late 70s, with possible credit for good behavior plus credit for the two years she has been jailed at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center.

 

Maxwell's appeal was expected, and Thursday's notice did not say what issues she will raise.

 

Her lawyers have said the conviction was tainted because of a lack of evidence Maxwell was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, that prosecutors waited too long to indict her, and that one juror failed to disclose he had been sexually abused as a child.

 

Nathan rejected these arguments in April.

 

The lawyers have also said jail officials would not let Maxwell prepare adequately for trial, and that Nathan should have used different guidelines when calculating a sentence.

 

Bobbi Sternheim, the Maxwell lawyer who filed the notice of appeal, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

The appeals process will likely last several months or longer.

 

Epstein, 66, killed himself in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting his own trial for sex trafficking.

 

https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/ghislaine-maxwell-appeals-conviction-20-year-sentence-epstein-case-2022-07-07/

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:36 a.m. No.16704930   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4933 >>1293

>>16701998

Australia the ‘root cause’ of breakdown with China, Wang Yi told Penny Wong

 

WILL GLASGOW - JULY 10, 2022

 

China’s Foreign Minister told Penny Wong the Coalition government was the “root cause” of Canberra and Beijing’s spectacular bilateral breakdown and said four things need to change to get the relationship “back on the right track”.

 

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Australian counterpart that China was willing to “re-examine and re-calibrate” the bilateral relationship “based on mutual respect” at their meeting in Bali on Friday.

 

President Xi Jinping’s second most senior diplomat — after politburo member Yang Jiechi — blamed the Coalition government’s “irresponsible” words and deeds for the rupture in the relationship.

 

“The root cause of the difficulties in bilateral relations over the past few years was the former Australian government’s insisting on regarding China as a rival or even a threat, allowing its words and deeds being irresponsible against China,” Mr Wang said, according to China’s official newsagency Xinhua.

 

He expressed hope that the Australian side would “seize the current opportunity and take actions to improve bilateral relations”.

 

A seperate summary of the meeting issued by China’s foreign ministry said Australia should follow Beijing’s four-point plan for improving the relationship.

 

First, Mr Wang said Australia must treat China as a “partner rather than a rival”.

 

Second, the two countries must seek “common ground while shelving differences”.

 

Third, Australia must reject “manipulation by a third party”, he said, without naming the United States.

 

Fourth, both countries must build “a public support featuring positiveness and pragmatism”.

 

Friday’s meeting was the first time China’s Foreign Minister had communicated with his Australian counterpart in almost three years, following Beijing’s decision to freeze all ministerial relations after it became angry with the Morrison government.

 

Speaking to reporters in Bali hours after the meeting, Australia’s Foreign Minister attempted to lower expectations after the exchange.

 

“We’ve got a path to walk,” Senator Wong said.

 

She said Canberra was attempting to “stabilise” relations which would “take time and work”.

 

Public opinion in Australia has soured sharply towards China, as Beijing attempted to punish the Coalition government for calling for an independent inquiry into the origins of coronavirus.

 

A recent Lowy poll found that Australians’ trust in China had plunged to just 12 per cent, down from 52 per cent in 2018.

 

Only 11 per cent of Australians surveyed by Lowy said they had confidence in Mr Xi to do the right thing in international affairs, only marginally better than his good friend Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ally, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

 

Mr Wang also defended China’s increased security presence in the Pacific in his meeting with Ms Wong, another point of ongoing tension between the two countries.

 

China’s Foreign Minister said those agreements — including a new police presence in Solomon Islands — was “at the request” of Pacific countries.

 

“At the same time, China has also carried out trilateral co-operation with Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the South Pacific region, which has achieved positive results,” he said, according to the Foreign Ministry statement.

 

During the election campaign, Senator Wong called Beijing’s new security agreement with the Solomons the “worst foreign policy blunder in the Pacific since the end of World War II”.

 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday said he would discuss China’s “more aggressive” behaviour with the region’s leaders at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.

 

After the election of Joe Biden in November 2020, China’s officials blamed the breakdown in the US-China relationship on the Donald Trump administration. More than a year and a half later, relations between the two superpowers remain extremely tense.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/australia-the-root-cause-of-breakdown-with-china-wang-yi-told-penny-wong/news-story/47cb9bba00d85f4150b088d60cffcab8

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:36 a.m. No.16704933   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

>>16704930

China, Australia agree to smooth bilateral ties

 

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the China-Australia relationship is facing both challenges and opportunities, and its healthy development suits the common interests of both peoples and helps safeguard the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Xinhua - 2022-07-10

 

BALI, Indonesia, July 10 (Xinhua) – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong here on Friday, with both sides agreeing to remove obstacles and bring bilateral ties back on the right track.

 

They met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) foreign ministers' meeting held in Bali, Indonesia.

 

Wang said that the China-Australia relationship is facing both challenges and opportunities, and its healthy development suits the common interests of both peoples and helps safeguard the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

At the time of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Chinese side is willing to re-examine and re-calibrate bilateral relationship, based on mutual respect, and make efforts to bring it back on the right track, Wang said.

 

For her part, Wong said Australia and China are comprehensive strategic partners with extensive associations and frequent economic and trade exchanges, which have benefited the people of both countries.

 

The new Australian government will continue its one-China policy and hopes to take the advantage of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations to make Australia-China ties become more stable and mutually beneficial, she said.

 

Australia has no intention of expanding its differences with China, nor joining the containment of China, Wong noted.

 

She said her country will, by respecting each other and adopting a rational and pragmatic attitude, maintain constructive contacts and exchanges between the two sides, increase mutual trust, expand cooperation on the basis of equality, and work to remove existing barriers in bilateral relations.

 

During the meeting, Wang said the root cause of the difficulties in bilateral relations over the past few years was the former Australian government's insisting on regarding China as a rival or even a threat, allowing its words and deeds being irresponsible against China.

 

He expressed hope that the Australian side would seize the current opportunity and take actions to improve bilateral relations.

 

Wang called on the Australian side to add positive energy to the development of bilateral ties, with commitment to regarding China as a partner rather than a rival, seeking common ground while shelving differences, non-targeting and rejecting manipulation by a third party, and building a public support featuring positiveness and pragmatism.

 

The two sides also exchanged views on the affairs concerning Pacific Island countries.

 

https://english.news.cn/20220710/ce8f4e44d10e408e97e536f481dfd2fe/c.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:38 a.m. No.16704938   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>4943 >>4947 >>1729 >>9061 >>5986 >>5998 >>6024 >>7765 >>2359

>>16701998

China blames Coalition government for ‘difficulties’ with Australia, proposes four point plan

 

Eryk Bagshaw - July 10, 2022

 

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Nadi: Beijing has laid the blame for three years of spiralling relations with Australia on the former Coalition government, clearing the way for a more stable dialogue with Labor.

 

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday released details of Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s meeting with Penny Wong and outlined four proposals to get the relationship back on track.

 

“The root cause of the difficulties in China-Australia relations in the past few years is that the former Australian government insisted on treating China as an ‘adversary’ or even a ‘threat’, and adopted a series of irresponsible words and deeds against China,” Wang said.

 

“It is hoped that the Australian side will seize the current opportunity and take concrete actions to reshape its correct understanding of China, reduce negative assets and accumulate positive energy for the improvement of China-Australia relations.”

 

Coalition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham fired back on Sunday and accused Beijing of being dishonest. As trade minister in the Morrison government, Birmingham was responsible for responding to $20 billion in trade strikes by Beijing.

 

“It is widely acknowledged that the Chinese government has changed in recent years and Australia’s actions to protect our critical infrastructure or democratic institutions were entirely appropriate in the circumstances,” he said.

 

“To suggest that Australia acted in isolation would be a rewriting of history.”

 

Wang’s tone marks a significant departure from years of ongoing hostility between the two trading partners after the Coalition banned Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from the 5G network in 2018, called for an inquiry into COVID-19 and criticised China’s human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. China responded by hitting Australia trade strikes on half a dozen industries and cutting off all ministerial contact for almost three years.

 

Wang did not address the substantive issues in the relationship in his readout, including the trade strikes on Australian businesses or the ongoing detention of Australians Yang Hengjun and Cheng Lei in Chinese jails.

 

Both issues were raised directly by Wong in her meeting with Wang on Friday, the first formal discussion between Australian and Chinese foreign ministers since September 2019.

 

Wang offered a vague four-point proposal to fix relations between the two governments.

 

“First, we must insist on treating China as a partner rather than an opponent,” he said.

 

“Second, we must adhere to the way of getting along with seeking common ground while reserving differences. Third, we must insist on not targeting third parties. Fourth, we must adhere to building a positive and pragmatic social foundation of public opinion.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:38 a.m. No.16704943   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16704938

 

2/2

 

Birmingham said China had breached the China-Australia Free Trade agreement by imposing sanctions. “Instead of setting conditions for Australia, the Chinese government should cease its unjustified punishment of Australian businesses,” he said.

 

Birmingham said the test of the new dialogue with Beijing will be in the outcome of the meetings.

 

“The test here over time is whether we do see an improvement in relation to the removal of trade sanctions,” he said.

 

“It will also be a test as to the treatment of individual Australian citizens who have been unfairly detained and charged in ways where we need to ensure they see transparent justice occur.”

 

The Australian public’s view of the Chinese government has collapsed under the weight of the ongoing diplomatic dispute. A Lowy Institute poll in June found that trust in China had fallen to 12 per cent, from 52 per cent in 2018.

 

The Chinese embassy has previously blamed negative media coverage of the world’s second-largest economy for the decline and demanded that the Australian government control independent think-tanks and news coverage to reverse public opinion.

 

“Australians see China’s foreign policy as a critical threat,” the executive director of the Lowy Insitute Michael Fullilove said at the release of the June report. “Their trust in China continues to fall, and in a dramatic shift, three-quarters of Australians see China as posing a military threat to Australia in the years to come.”

 

Wang said there was an opportunity for Australia and China to collaborate in the region ahead of the Pacific Island Forum leader’s meeting in Fiji this week. China’s ambitions in the Pacific are set to play a key part in the forum after it secured a security agreement with Solomon Islands but failed to push through a region-wide deal in May.

 

“China has carried out trilateral co-operation with Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the South Pacific region and achieved positive results,” said Wang. “China is willing to give play to its respective advantages to achieve a win-win.”

 

The Albanese government has maintained that the trade restrictions on Australian exports have to be removed if the relationship is to recover.

 

Wong said on Saturday that her meeting with Wang was the first step towards stabilising the relationship.

 

“We are a government and a nation that has made certain decisions on the basis of our national interest, our national security and our sovereignty and we won’t be resiling from those,” she said.

 

“But we do think it’s in our interests, and we would stay say in China’s interests, for the relationship to be stabilised. That’s going to take time, that’s going to take effort, that’s going to take work and it’s going to take some nuance.”

 

https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/china-blames-coalition-government-for-difficulties-with-australia-proposes-four-point-plan-20220710-p5b0iy.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:40 a.m. No.16704947   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

>>16704938

(Google translation)

 

Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Huang Yingxian of Australia

 

2022-07-09

 

On July 8, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Foreign Minister Huang Yingxian of Australia on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bali.

 

Wang Yi said that China-Australia relations face both challenges and opportunities, and if healthy development can be achieved, it will serve the common interests of the two peoples and help maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, the Chinese side is willing to take the pulse, recalibrate and set sail for the bilateral relationship in the spirit of mutual respect, and strive to bring the bilateral relationship back on track.

 

Huang Yingxian said that Australia and China are comprehensive strategic partners with extensive ties and close economic and trade exchanges, bringing benefits to the two peoples. The Australian and New Zealand governments will abide by the purposes of the UN Charter, abide by international law and norms of international relations, and continue to pursue the one-China policy. It is hoped that the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries will serve as an opportunity to make bilateral relations more stable and mutually beneficial. In the face of some complex factors in Australia-China relations, Australia has no intention of amplifying the differences between the two sides or participating in the containment of China. It will maintain constructive contacts and exchanges between the two sides, enhance mutual trust, expand equal cooperation, and eliminate bilateral obstacles in the relationship.

 

Wang Yi said that the root cause of the difficulties in China-Australia relations in the past few years is that the former Australian government insisted on treating China as an "adversary" or even a "threat", and adopted a series of irresponsible words and deeds against China. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the Australian and New Zealand government's reaffirmation of its position as a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, and appreciates the Australian side's adherence to the one-China policy. It is our shared responsibility to abide by the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations. It is hoped that the Australian side will seize the current opportunity and take concrete actions to reshape its correct understanding of China, reduce negative assets and accumulate positive energy for the improvement of China-Australia relations. First, we must insist on treating China as a partner rather than an opponent. Second, we must adhere to the way of getting along with seeking common ground while reserving differences. Third, we must insist on neither targeting nor subject to third parties. Fourth, we must adhere to building a positive and pragmatic social foundation of public opinion.

 

The two sides also communicated on the affairs of Pacific island countries. Wang Yi stressed that at the request of the island countries and according to the needs of the people of the island countries, China and the island countries have carried out equal exchanges and cooperation between sovereign countries. China has also carried out trilateral cooperation with Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the South Pacific region and achieved positive results. China is willing to give play to its respective advantages to achieve win-win and multi-win.

 

https://www.mfa.gov.cn/wjbzhd/202207/t20220709_10718039.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:44 a.m. No.16704959   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

Wong, Wang meeting in Bali was no ‘reset’

 

WILL GLASGOW - JULY 10, 2022

 

At least China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi didn’t berate Penny Wong in front of a media pack in Bali. Her predecessors weren’t always so lucky.

 

Back in 2013, Wang exploded at Julie Bishop after she expressed mild criticism over Beijing’s declaration of an air defence identification zone in the disputed East China Sea.

 

“It felt like an ambush,” Bishop told me last year.

 

Wang’s outburst was extraordinary back in December 2013. One senior Australian foreign affairs official said he had “never in 30 years encountered such rudeness”.

 

It marked the beginning of a new period: the era of the Wolf Warrior diplomat.

 

Beijing’s diplomatic corps — “China’s Civilian Army”, as they refer to themselves — have always been assertive. However, eruptions of the sort Bishop experienced had become uncommon in the decades before Xi Jinping took office in 2013.

 

Now they are routine.

 

The China that Foreign Minister Wong and the Albanese government are dealing with considers such tantrums a legitimate diplomatic tool.

 

Another anti-diplomatic tool of Xi’s China is the total cessation of ministerial contact when things get difficult, as it did for almost three years with the Morrison government.

 

On Friday, in a sideline meeting at the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali, Wang finally deemed to speak to his Australian counterpart. Of course that is a good thing.

 

“It’s a first step for both our nations,’’ Senator Wong said after the meeting.

 

The Chinese, for their part, took more than 24 hours to give their account, as they waited to see what the Australian government said first.

 

Minutes before midnight on Saturday, Foreign Minister Wang gave his version in a statement, in which he said the “root cause” of the breakdown was the Coalition government’s “irresponsible words and deeds”.

 

“[Mr Wang] expressed hope that the Australian side would seize the current opportunity and take actions to improve bilateral relations,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in the statement.

 

Beijing tried a similar strategy with the Biden administration, putting all the blame for the US-China breakdown on Donald Trump and his team. More than 18 months on, US-China relations remain terrible.

 

Ahead of the meeting, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman explained what Beijing wanted.

 

“A reset requires concrete actions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed.

 

That might be true, but Canberra is not after a “reset”. The goal, as Foreign Minister Wong explained, is to “stabilise” relations with China.

 

That is a good description of the difficult task. The Albanese government wants to put a floor under the tattered relationship.

 

Zhao may not have got the memo, but talk of another “reset” is an anathema in Canberra. Australia’s relations with China have already been reset. That happened in the Turnbull government, was furthered by the Morrison government and now continues in the Albanese era.

 

Banning Huawei from Australia’s 5G network, passing foreign interference legislation to limit Chinese government-backed activity in Australia, working with friends and partners to defend the international rules based system that Beijing is putting under stress — that was the reset.

 

And to be fair, it is understandable it enraged our biggest trading partner.

 

China has changed under Xi Jinping. But so, in response, has Australia. No wonder many in Beijing have whiplash.

 

Less than eight years ago, after President Xi addressed the Australian parliament, Tony Abbott lauded what he had heard as the Chinese leader’s commitment to make the People’s Republic of China “fully democratic” by 2050.

 

To put it politely, members of Australia’s political class were, at least until 2015, stunningly naive about the reality of China. Not anymore.

 

Good relations between the two countries are impossible right now. That is not the fault of Australian diplomacy. It is a function of deep and wide disagreements — many of which were raised by Wong in her meeting with Wang.

 

And how could Australia have good relations with a country that treats communication with its Foreign Minister as a concession, rather than just normal behaviour?

 

After the 2017-2022 reset, Australia-China relations deteriorated to an appalling state. The goal for the Albanese government is to try to transform an appalling Australia-China relationship into a bad Australia-China relationship or, if things go better than expected, a fraught Australia-China relationship.

 

Forget good. Work towards less bad.

 

Even that won’t be easy, but the meeting in Bali was a step in the right direction.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/wong-wang-meeting-in-bali-was-no-reset/news-story/27bf40692a1defa8e20163cd5d4223b8

 

https://twitter.com/wmdglasgow/status/1545592854969745409

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 2:51 a.m. No.16704978   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7476 >>1760 >>1780

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Exclusive: Pacific Islands Forum crisis as Kiribati withdraws

 

Barbara Dreaver - 10 July 2022

 

1News can reveal Kiribati has withdrawn from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) with immediate effect, plunging the regional body in to crisis.

 

The news comes despite increased efforts by island leaders over the past few days to persuade the country to stay.

 

Kiribati was one of five Micronesian nations which announced it would be leaving the forum last year, after feeling sidelined by bigger countries.

 

In a leaked letter to Secretary General of the forum, Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau said the country had decided to leave due to four key reasons.

 

These included the regions "reluctance" to address concerns over the appointment of Cook Islander, Henry Puna to the secretary general role, despite it being promised to Micronesia.

 

Concerns were also raised over reform packages made under the Suva agreement last month, which aimed to restore political unity and encourage Micronesian countries to remain in the forum. The Kiribati President said his country did not sign the deal.

 

“There was never a Micronesian Presidents' Summit (MPS) caucus decision on the PIF reform packages that Kiribati was part of, and particularly an MPS collective decision to return to the PIF”, he said.

 

The President also requested for the forum to be deferred, due to it coinciding with Kiribati National day, but said this request was never considered or acknowledged.

 

“Solidarity and unity as a region is dependent on how we treat each other with profound respect and understanding,” Maamau said.

 

The news of the island nation's withdrawal has shocked other Pacific leaders.

 

1News revealed the departure to Niuean Premier, Dalton Tagelagi, who said he was “sad to hear” of its exit, and “can only pray for and comfort Kiribati”.

 

Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister, Simon Kofe said he hopes the country will reconsider its decision.

 

“I think it's critical because the way we operate in the forum is that we want to reach consensus on all issues and if one of our members is not happy with that we have to keep trying our hardest to get them on board”.

 

Official sources told 1News Kiribati has become increasingly isolated and has refused to engage at a diplomatic level.

 

There are growing suspicions Beijing is behind the country’s exit, with Kiribati strategically important to China due to nearby US Military installations and marine resources.

 

Massey University lecturer, Anna Powles said having an ally outside of the forum would benefit China.

 

“There are checks and balances that exist within regionalism that are incredibly important for ensuring the stability of the wider Pacific family. Now to be outside those mechanisms it would be a benefit for a country like China”.

 

Nauru has also confirmed it will not attend due to a Covid-19 outbreak on the island, while the Marshall Islands will miss the forum due to legal issues.

 

The 51st Pacific Island Forum will begin tomorrow and run to July 15 in Fiji’s capital, Suva.

 

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/10/exclusive-pacific-islands-forum-crisis-as-kiribati-withdraws/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qjMIQuOpV8

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:09 a.m. No.16705037   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5038 >>5051 >>6936 >>1459 >>1484 >>7607 >>2091

Prof Nicola Spurrier: SA businesses urged to consider masks, work-from-home mandates

 

SA businesses have been urged to consider imposing mask rules and re-introducing work from home arrangements, as Covid cases climb once again.

 

Andrew Hough - July 10, 2022

 

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South Australian businesses have been urged to consider imposing their own mask rules to stop Covid-19 spreading, as a third Omicron wave sweeps the country.

 

Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said employers and firms should start thinking about business continuity plans and about how to protect their employees.

 

The calls emerged as an urgent review into the country’s vaccine program was launched and lifesaving Covid-19 antivirals expanded.

 

The country’s emergency medical panel, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, on Friday urged employers to consider imposing work-from-home conditions.

 

Prof Spurrier – an AHPPC member – on Sunday endorsed the move, saying businesses should look at strategies including work-from-home and mask rules as Covid cases rise once again in SA.

 

“That might mean that employers might want to bring in a mask policy over this period of time as well,” she said.

 

“And certainly have a look at your business continuity plans because you don’t want your whole team wiped out with Covid or indeed flu at this time of the year.

 

“There are some businesses where you can’t work from home. (But) there are many businesses who have found that it’s actually very productive to have people working from home.

 

“Many employees… find that fits into their lifestyle, and they are as productive and they’re able to also, you know, look after their kids and such like.”

 

The state government has, however, ruled out imposing any new restrictions or mask mandates on top of those that already exist in hospitals, nursing homes and public transport.

 

Health Minister Chris Picton said it was more appropriate for businesses to come up with their own mandates.

 

“What we’re seeing now is a phase of the pandemic where businesses are making decisions in terms of what’s best for their workplace, what’s best for their business continuity,” he said.

 

“Many businesses are facing issues where as more people test positive, then that has issues in terms of their business.

 

“I think we will see businesses take measures themselves to look at how we can make sure that our workplace is protected, how we can make sure that our businesses continue.”

 

SA Health will on Monday expand access to a fourth, or “winter”, vaccine dose, as authorities grapple with a surge of new variants BA.4 and BA.5 that current vaccinations fail to protect against.

 

More than 236,000 South Australians aged 50-64 will be eligible including Prof Spurrier, who will get her fourth jab on Monday. A further 255,000 adults older than 30 are also eligible.

 

Authorities have reopened several vaccination clinics, including those in Rundle Mall’s Myer Centre and at Enfield, while a pop-up facility is planned for the parklands.

 

Under new guidelines, which are based on updated advice from Australia’s top immunisation panel, adults older than 50 are strongly recommended to get their fourth jab.

 

Those aged between 30 and 49 are also being urged to have an updated Covid-19 vaccine dose – despite many in these age groups shunning a third booster jab.

 

Figures show more than 174,000 fourth doses have been administered but a third of eligible adults have failed to get the winter jab.

 

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‘This will save lives’: Thousands to gain access to Covid treatments

 

Meanwhile, an urgent review into the country’s Covid vaccine program has been launched, as thousands of South Australians gain access to lifesaving Covid-19 drugs.

 

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler announced former Commonwealth health chief Jane Halton would investigate procurement adequacy.

 

The review, which is expected to report back within weeks, will also explore supplies of antivirals as the eligibility is expanded.

 

“I’ve asked Jane Halton to conduct an urgent review into the adequacy of our existing vaccine and medicine procurement arrangements for Covid to make sure they fit for purpose for the rest of this year and into next year,” Mr Butler said in Adelaide on Sunday.

 

“Up until now, it was very, very difficult to get access to these (antiviral) medicines in spite of the fact that the former government to their credit, bought 1.3 million doses of those medicines.

 

“But up until now, they’ve essentially been sitting on shelves in warehouses instead of out there doing their job to prevent severe disease.”

 

The Advertiser this week revealed how difficult it was for South Australians to access the lifesaving antivirals.

 

Every person over the age of 70 will be able to get a script from their GP for the oral treatments at an affordable rate under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from Monday, while the risk factor threshold for younger people has also been lowered.

 

Under the expansion, Australians over 50 can access the drugs if they have two or more risk factors, such as obesity, asthma, heart conditions or diabetes, with the age lowered to 30 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

The oral antivirals, Lagevrio and Paxlovid, have been shown to be effective in the early treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in adults who are at increased risk of progression to hospitalisation.

 

Previously, the antivirals were available only to people aged over 75 with at least one underlying condition, or 65 and over with two risk factors. Australians 18 and over who are “moderately to sev­erely immunocompromised” were also eligible and this ­remains unchanged.

 

New Covid case numbers in SA have been hovering around 4000 a day over the past week.

 

SA Health last Tuesday said new modelling forecast a rise in hospitalisations of people suffering only from Covid from fewer than 100 cases to more than 150 within three weeks.

 

Mr Picton welcomed the expansion and criticised the slowness of decisions from an expert pharmacy panel.

 

“I think this decision is clearly going to save people’s lives,” he said of the antiviral expansion.

 

“And we need to encourage as many people as possible to get access to these antivirals.

 

“The previous rules were far too restrictive.

 

“These new rules are really targeted in terms of where we know the greatest impact of people ending up with severe issues having to go to hospital or the risk of death is and that’s people who are in the elderly population.”

 

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/access-to-lifesaving-covid-antiviral-drugs-expanded/news-story/baf3a75ef58afd1f6fc3cbc700ce22aa

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:14 a.m. No.16705051   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5055 >>1686 >>6936

>>16705037

Labor MPs and experts urge action over Victoria’s high COVID death rate

 

Paul Sakkal - July 10, 2022

 

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Victorian Labor MPs and epidemiologists have urged the government to do more to lower the state’s nation-leading COVID-19 death rate, while some suggest the Andrews government is putting politics ahead of public health by avoiding discussion about the pandemic.

 

Six Labor MPs, including a current and former minister, said the impending Omicron sub-variant wave necessitates increased public health messaging on things like ventilation, mask-wearing and vaccine boosters.

 

However, several other Labor MPs argue the government’s language has not changed and it has minimal ability to influence the behaviour of a weary public, three years into the pandemic.

 

Public attention is turning once again to COVID-19, as new BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants spawn a winter wave of infections. The threat spurred the nation’s chief health officers, acting under the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, to say on Friday that, “without increased community and public health actions”, cases could rise as dramatically as they did in January when Omicron overwhelmed the testing system.

 

The number of COVID-19 related deaths per day in Australia, as a proportion of the population, is significantly higher than in the US, UK, France or Canada, according to statistics from Our World in Data. Within Australia, more Victorians are dying than in any state; an average of 18 per day, compared to 12.7 in NSW.

 

University of Melbourne Professor Nancy Baxter said political leaders were displaying a lack of political will to confront the new Omicron wave, which she said could strain Victoria’s already-overcrowded hospitals.

 

Baxter has been a regular voice for stronger health measures. She called on politicians to wear masks during indoor press conferences, to encourage Victorians to do the same.

 

While she did not propose sweeping new rules, Baxter said the government could encourage people to work from home and advise people to reduce the size of their indoor gatherings and ensure they happen in well-ventilated areas.

 

“If it is politically expedient to say the pandemic is over then it’s hard, until things get totally out of hand, to say anything different,” she said.

 

“We’re talking about it being endemic, but it always comes in waves. We need to have frank discussions about what happens when we move into the growth phases of these waves.”

 

A serving Labor minister, speaking anonymously to talk candidly about government policy, said governments around Australia were reluctant to make COVID mitigation a dominant part of their narrative because it invoked voters’ memories of lockdowns.

 

“We’re not the only ones in that basket, but an election around the corner [in November] is obviously a factor for the premier because the opposition hysterically leaps onto anything we say on this front,” she said. “[Messaging] may need to step up soon.”

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:15 a.m. No.16705055   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Discussing the impending wave, boosters and flu vaccinations on Friday, Industry Minister Ben Carroll conceded: “We do need to do a bit more work around communications, which we will do.” He ruled out an indoor mask mandate and lockdowns, which no expert or politician is advocating for.

 

But one backbencher said it was timely for the government to consider reintroducing rules, such as visitor caps at aged care homes and hospitals.

 

Another said he was “distressed” by the number of people dying.

 

“Everyone has taken their foot off the pedal and there would be value, even if these things remain voluntary, in strongly promoting the things we are accustomed to: distancing, ventilation, mask-wearing and vaccination.”

 

“Mask wearing is so spectacularly under-enforced on public transport. I frequently see tram drivers not wearing them. If we can’t get the workers to wear them, how can we make travellers do it?”

 

Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said the Victorian government had failed to shift from top-down messaging early in the pandemic to community-empowering information about tools to manage risk.

 

Professor Bennett, who has often criticised Victoria’s COVID-19 policy settings, said the Victorian Health Department should be doing things like presenting data on how effective masks are at preventing infection.

 

“We need to get creative about engagement. We did that in vaccination and outbreak control. We need to be doing that again to understand what communities need to get them to keep wearing masks and doing other things,” she said.

 

“Yes it would help if the premier would lead by example, but we need more than that now. Does it have to be positive? Yes. We have to move away from fear. Public health messaging shouldn’t be about fear; it’s about giving people the info they need to feel like they can control risk.”

 

A state government spokeswoman said the Andrews government was continuing to protect public heath, “including through simple and common-sense restrictions,” by spending $2 million since the start of winter on information campaigns, including on boosters and managing COVID-19 at home.

 

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/labor-mps-and-experts-urge-action-over-victoria-s-high-covid-death-rate-20220709-p5b0d0.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:25 a.m. No.16705076   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5080

>>16471614 (pb)

Paedophile schoolteacher David Harkess the third sex offender identified among WACA elite junior cricket coaches of the 1970s

 

Russell Jackson - 10 July 2022

 

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A paedophile schoolteacher whose victims were left suicidal from their abuse is the latest former cricket coach to be identified in an ABC Sport investigation of Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) elite junior squads of the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Warning: This article contains content that readers may find distressing

 

David "Harry" Harkess, who in 1989 was convicted of 55 counts of indecently dealing with 21 schoolboys, coached elite WACA under-16, under-15, under-14 and under-12 squads for five seasons from 1977-78 to 1981-1982.

 

ABC Sport understands WACA powerbrokers of the 1970s and 80s knew the nature of Harkess's conviction at the time it became public, but WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the organisation's current leadership was not aware of Harkess's involvement at the WACA until contacted by ABC Sport.

 

Harkess's stint as a WACA junior coach overlapped with that of convicted sex offender Ian King, who coached WACA junior squads until at least 1977-78, and former WACA junior development officer and youth cricket council secretary Roy Wenlock, whose abuse of boys he had coaxed into "drinks boy" duties at the WACA was revealed by ABC Sport last month.

 

Wenlock's stint at the WACA lasted 29 years between 1979 and his death in 2007, but his sexual abuse of boys was only publicly revealed in 2012, as part of a West Australian parliamentary inquiry into sexual abuse of boys at Anglican hostels.

 

King is currently serving a 16-year jail sentence for his sexual abuse of boys in elite junior cricket squads administered by Cricket ACT. In 2006, a former Cricket ACT coaching colleague of King's told police that he and another coach had been warned by Western Australian counterparts upon King's arrival in Canberra that King had offended against boys in Western Australia.

 

Matthews said the WACA is taking the issue seriously and would consider options including a formal investigation of its elite junior programs of the 70s and 80s.

 

"We certainly have to think about how we look back and decide whether an investigation has to be undertaken," Matthews said.

 

"It's very, very sad and disappointing to hear that there may be further victims of sexual abuse out there. It's something we have to look into more deeply and get to the bottom of it.

 

"Again, I'm very sorry to anybody who suffered abuse while partaking in any WACA activities. I want to assure people that we have a lot of very strong, robust programs in place to make sure that can't happen now, and they're constantly being reviewed.

 

"That does not help survivors, but it does indicate that we've learned from the past and will continue to be stronger in the future."

 

In addition to his WACA coaching positions, Harkess, who died at 52 in 1999, also coached cricket, football and numerous others sports in the Perth suburbs of Mosman Park and Balga, and for many years in a West Australian wheatbelt town.

 

'Everyone's favourite uncle'

 

To associates on the West Australian cricket scene, David Alan Harkess was known as "Harry". To many of the hundreds of children he encountered in schools, churches and sports clubs around Western Australia, he was "Uncle Harry".

 

Decades after his abuse of children was revealed, Harkess is still described as a "Pied Piper" character within the communities he offended in. Survivors say he was a popular teacher and mentor who could instantly win the trust of any child he encountered.

 

But in May 1989, Harkess's life unravelled in Perth's Children's Court, where he pleaded guilty to 55 charges of indecently dealing with 21 boys from a small wheatbelt town in which he taught for seven years. Harkess was sentenced to 18 months in jail and minutes later attempted suicide in a holding cell, before being transported to Fremantle jail.

 

Newspaper reports at the time said at least four boys had been left suicidal by Harkess's abuse and others had suffered nightmares, psychological disorders and displayed symptoms of anorexia. The West Australian government was so fearful of the impact on the town that it sent a delegation of 12 psychologists to deal with the fallout.

 

At the time of Harkess's conviction, a gag order prevented media outlets from naming the town because the risk of identifying victims was too great. Harkess had abused at least one-third of the town's 100 boys.

 

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But even outside court there were also disturbing insights into Harkess's ability to cultivate support, groom parents and maintain a psychological hold on those who fell under his spell. A contingent of parents belonging to the town's Church of Christ community stepped forward in Harkess's defence, saying the town had "no hate for him".

 

"Children were his whole life," one mother said of Harkess.

 

"He spent so much time with them, coaching junior teams in football, cricket, basketball, hockey and playing and coaching senior teams as well."

 

In 1987, the town had named him its citizen of the year. In court, Harkess's pastor described him as "everyone's favourite uncle".

 

Yet other sections of the town's community had long harboured suspicions about Harkess and were "disgusted" when supporters flocked to him.

 

"The general community feeling is that we do not want to see Harkess here ever," one resident told The West Australian.

 

'Moulding teenage boys into gentlemen'

 

According to WACA annual reports, Harkess was appointed to his first WACA coaching positions for the 1977-78 season — a period in which, survivors told ABC Sport, he was sexually abusing schoolboys placed in his care.

 

In that summer alone, Harkess coached three WACA junior teams: the under-15 state squad, plus the under-16 and under-14 WACA Metropolitan teams.

 

In 1978-79, Harkess was appointed WACA under-16 coach, replacing Ian King — another coach later convicted of child sex offences. In his first year in that role, Harkess led the under-16s on an interstate tour to Rockhampton.

 

In a note of thanks for his efforts, the WACA annual report stated that Harkess had "moulded 14 teenage boys into a group of young gentlemen, who won the accolades of all who came in contact with them".

 

In subsequent seasons, Harkess would lead the WACA under-16s on numerous interstate trips, including to Melbourne and Launceston for national carnivals.

 

A husky diabetic who exaggerated his playing feats, as a teenager Harkess had only been the scorer for the first XI at his Perth private school, Christ Church Grammar.

 

As a senior cricketer, his main claim to fame was as the unknown left-arm paceman who clean bowled England captain Mike Smith when the 1965-66 Ashes tourists took a net session in Perth. Otherwise, Harkess found his level in Nedlands CC's thirds and fourths teams.

 

As coach of the Nedlands under-12 and under-14 teams in the first half of the 1970s, Harkess was a bigger hit — so popular with the boys and their parents that his arrest and imprisonment almost 20 years later stunned them.

 

But others on the Perth cricket scene still wonder how, other than by nepotism, Harkess could have risen so far in WACA coaching ranks. During Harkess's elite coaching years, his father Alan, a prominent Perth businessman, was a notable sponsor of the WACA's junior programs via his Homecraft Nationwide stores.

 

WACA annual reports of the time confirm annual WACA 'player of the year' awards for each junior age group — trophies and coveted bats — were sponsored by Homecraft Nationwide Stores and presented by either Alan or David Harkess. As a naming rights sponsor, the company's name and logo appeared on WACA junior competition shields.

 

Speaking to ABC Sport, one former WACA elite junior who received one of the WACA's junior 'player of the year' awards said the brand new bats were often not available on the WACA's annual presentation night, but would instead be delivered to the boys' homes by David Harkess.

 

And one survivor of Harkess's abuse told ABC Sport that Harkess used brand new 'SP' brand cricket bats to groom boys at local club training sessions, allowing only select boys to use them.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:26 a.m. No.16705082   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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'This fellow had a great rapport with the children'

 

The WACA was not the only Western Australian institution that Harkess infiltrated for a sustained period. Legal sources confirmed to ABC Sport that survivors of Harkess's abuse in primary school settings are considering suing the West Australian Department of Education.

 

At the time of Harkess's conviction, the only offences to be publicly aired were those that occurred between 1982 and the end of 1988, the point at which Harkess was exiled from the wheatbelt. But survivors of Harkess's abuse told ABC Sport he had been offending against schoolboys since at least the mid-1970s.

 

In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by ABC Sport, Western Australia's Department of Education confirmed that between 1977 and 1989, Harkess taught at three other government schools — Balga North Primary between 1977 and 1980, Carlisle Primary School in 1982 and Banksia Park Primary School in 1989.

 

In his four years teaching at Balga North, survivors confirmed, Harkess had sexually abused boys during Friday night "sleepover" events the school permitted Harkess to host on school grounds.

 

Survivors said the schools ignored other obvious red flags about the "king of the kids" teacher, including his use of lollies and presents to groom children until they were "literally hanging off him" and his standing invitation for children to visit him at home and borrow videos from his film library.

 

Survivors told ABC Sport that most weekends, Harkess would drive children around in an 11-seater minibus that was his personal vehicle, taking boys on trips to the local speedway and WAFL football games — excursions on which, they say, boys were sexually abused.

 

Among those familiar with the West Australian Education Department's decision to accept a transfer request from Harkess in December 1988 — when his offending in the wheatbelt town was known — and grant him one final teaching posting at the beginning of 1989, there is still a sense of anger.

 

An education source with knowledge of Harkess's appointment to Banksia Park Primary School told ABC Sport the school was not warned about Harkess's rampant offending at his previous school and only became aware of his impending court appearance when an anonymous police officer tipped off the school.

 

By then, Harkess had taught at the school for the entire first term, instantly winning the affection of children.

 

"This fellow had a great rapport with the children," a social worker who counselled Harkess's victims told the Sydney Morning Herald in 1989.

 

"It cannot be said he was a monster in the mythical sense of the word.

 

"This rapport explains why the offences went on so long."

 

''Do you have more information on this story? Contact jackson.russell@abc.net.au''

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-10/paedophile-teacher-david-harkess-third-sex-offender-waca-70s-80s/101219542

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:46 a.m. No.16705177   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5199 >>6387

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Australian law enforcer suspected of being mafia informant

 

One of Australia’s top law enforcers is under investigation amid suspicions he was allegedly secretly working with the mafia and may have compromised some of our biggest crime cases.

 

Charles Miranda - July 10, 2022

 

One of Australia’s top law enforcers is under investigation, with suspicions he is a mafia informant and over decades may have compromised some of Australia’s most notorious organised crime cases.

 

News Corp Australia has confirmed the officer has recently resigned after being advised of the high-level investigation into his activities. No charges have been laid.

 

The allegations have now been handed to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, a government statutory body tasked with weeding out corruption within the Department of Home Affairs and agencies including the AFP, Australian Border Force and other law enforcement bodies.

 

ACLEI is looking at dozens of potential criminal cases that may have failed during his tenure as a senior officer working for and with multiple law enforcement bodies across Australia and whether he had a hand in their collapse.

 

There are strong fears too other senior figures within law enforcement, the judiciary and politics might also have been influenced by the man and his associates. There is a list of names.

 

News Corp has unsuccessfully attempted to contact him.

 

ACLEI has confirmed there is an investigation currently under way into alleged systemic corruption issues.

 

“ACLEI is conducting an investigation into an alleged corruption issue that relates to a former law enforcement staff member’s association with organised crime while they were a member of a law enforcement agency,” a spokesperson told News Corp Australia.

 

“As a matter of course, once the Integrity Commissioner has provided a report on a completed investigation to the Attorney-General and head of agency, she will decide whether it is in the public interest to publish a report on the ACLEI website.”

 

It is understood the former officer’s career spans as far back as being involved in elements of the police investigation into the 1989 assassination of AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester.

 

He may have had a role in the carriage of the case that seven years later would see a public servant David Eastman wrongfully convicted and spend 19 years in jail until a retrial found a miscarriage of justice and questioned the validity of the AFP’s probe.

 

As detailed in an exclusive report on Saturday, elements of Italian organised crime were overlooked or not fully pursued by the AFP which instead built a case just around Eastman.

 

News Corp Australia has learned the former officer’s identity came to light only as recently as 2019 when another law enforcement agency, believed to be ASIO, uncovered apparent close associations to known Italian organised crime figures.

 

He would openly meet them in bars and restaurants, unaware he was being watched.

 

Specifically, those figures belong to the ’Ndrangheta criminal syndicate from Calabria, considered one of the most powerful crime groups in the world.

 

The AFP was informed about the issue and launched an investigation into the numerous criminal cases including murders and drug plots involving some of the biggest names in organised crime whose briefs may have crossed the man’s desk.

 

https://www.thechronicle.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/crimeinfocus/australian-law-enforcer-suspected-of-being-mafia-informant/news-story/ec1959e873f4f4f297e5e5c6c282097e

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:54 a.m. No.16705199   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>5202 >>6387

>>16408509 (pb)

>>16705177

David Eastman’s lawyers claim AFP ignored mafia links to Colin Winchester murder

 

The lawyers who represented David Eastman – the man wrongly convicted of top cop Colin Winchester’s murder have hit out at the AFP and their handling of claims it was a mafia hit.

 

Charles Miranda - July 9, 2022

 

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An internal report by the Italian anti-mafia Carabinieri police circulating in the public prosecutor’s office in Rome to use for local gangster prosecutions sought to describe the activities of the ’Ndrangheta beyond Europe’s shores.

 

It was detailed, expansive and, towards the end, included a curious addition about Australia that should have set alarm bell ringing at AFP headquarters in Canberra.

 

The 2014 report described how the mafia had infiltrated Australian organised crime at all levels and had been responsible for at least three high-profile murders in the country: Griffith anti-drugs campaigner Donald MacKay in 1977, National Crime Authority officer Geoffrey Bowen in 1994, and the 1989 slaying of AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester.

 

As far as the AFP was concerned at that time, the Winchester execution had nothing to do with the mafia but rather a disgruntled former Treasury official David Eastman who had already served 19 years jail for a crime he did not commit.

 

The basis of the Italian police claim, which was stated nonchalantly as fact, dated back to the time of Mr Winchester’s murder outside his Canberra home in January 1989.

 

Five months after the murder, Italian police told the AFP that according to wire taps two suspected assassins dubbed “The Shepherds” with known ties to both the Italian and Australian mafia had been dispatched to carry out the crime.

 

A cursory check by the commonwealth arm of the AFP, as opposed to the ACT branch, found the men did arrive, did have links to known organised crime heavyweights involved in the drug trade, and at least one could be placed in the Canberra district at the time.

 

But by then the ACT AFP investigators, acrimonious to their commonwealth counterparts, decided they had their suspect and other hypothesis were just that.

 

To Italian police and prosecutors, the conviction of a mentally troubled Eastman with no ties to organised crime was a stunning result, but was an issue for the Australian courts.

 

There had always been a stench about the prosecution of former public servant Eastman, who was sentenced to life in 1985 before an independent inquiry found a miscarriage of justice and recommended the sentenced be quashed and he should be pardoned.

 

A hint of how this prosecution proceeded peppered the 2014 inquiry by judge Brian Martin who found it “deeply flawed” at all turns, notably the questionable forensic evidence presented and critical material held back from Eastman’s defence team.

 

It also pointed to the AFP’s “blind spot” attitude to pursuing the apparent mafia clues described as a “reluctance” to thoroughly and impartially reinvestigate alternative hypothesis, the strength of which Justice Martin declared remained unknown.

 

That reluctance flowed from a “policy or stance” to not “disturb” the AFP’s earlier securing of the Eastman conviction.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 3:55 a.m. No.16705202   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16705199

 

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An internal AFP memo from the time also points to the PR disaster and likely criticism levelled at key AFP members that could sue should any further action be taken on information related to the mafia and suspicions be publicly revealed.

 

Former Eastman lawyer Terry O’Donnell said the mafia lines were never truly pursued because on “day three” after Mr Winchester’s murder, investigating officers decided it had to be Eastman.

 

“They were not interested in the Italians and certainly by 1992 they completely discounted it … they had Eastman in their sights and they were after him,” Mr O’Donnell said.

 

He said the fact there was now no one charged or convicted of the murder of a top police officer – and so much relevant new and past evidence had not been fully examined – demanded a new probe should be launched.

 

“I would just be interested to see how far (the AFP) will now go,” he said, adding he could help police now if they needed.

 

Another lawyer at one stage involved in the Winchester case, Bernard Collaery, agreed the police could not afford to have a chief murdered with no one looking at who may have done it.

 

“Eastman was demonised and exploited in a very cynical fashion,” Mr Collaery said.

 

“He (Eastman) was already unfavourably known to police for his behaviour at a time when mental health issues tended to enter the justice system more than they do now in our more enlightened era.

 

“The second thing is there was no serious investigation of the Italian connection which was obvious, prominent and clearly a matter that had to be investigated fully and proved or disproved. The assistance sought from the Carabinieri was quite limited, and the story of the two ‘Shepherds’ was treated as a folkloric issue and belittled internally.”

 

The whole link to Mr Winchester and the mafia stemmed from an informant who approached the AFP with details about the Calabrian mafia asking him to grow cannabis crops in Bungendore in NSW, to which Mr Winchester and the NSW Bureau of Criminal Intelligence hatched a plan to authorise the crop in a bid to gather intelligence on the network of growers. Operation Seville, as it was dubbed, allowed the informant to tell the mafia that he was paying corrupt police to ensure the crops would not be seized.

 

The operation collapsed after a suspect with the cannabis haul was arrested in Victoria. He became an informant and revealed the Calabrians had ordered the killing of Donald MacKay as well as other details related to the Bungendore crops and Italian organised crime.

 

https://www.thechronicle.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/crimeinfocus/david-eastmans-lawyers-claim-afp-ignored-mafia-links-to-colin-winchester-murder/news-story/9c9a654db4eb8254353ceb6811e34e78

Anonymous ID: 512fe8 July 10, 2022, 11:21 a.m. No.16707336   🗄️.is 🔗kun

 

Previous times Q Research admins have deleted this post to try and keep anons from seeing it. Imagine deleting Q Proofs on Q Research just to maintain control.

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>>>/hivemind/26252 - POSTED 07/07/2022

Confirmed

How many coincidences beforeMATHEMATICALLY impossible?

New Trip to Follow

Q

 

>>>/hivemind/26953 - POSTED 07/07/22

Look for more direct confirmations.

Drop 3414

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This TRIP is now BURNED.

Further COMMS will be validated to maintain structural integrity.

POTUS & ONLY POTUS

Q

 

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Jul 11, 2019 12:25:45 AM EDT

Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: 726192 No. 6990956

Only Anons can fully appreciate the continued 'validation(s)/confirmation(s) thru covert' (series ofmathematically impossiblecoincidences) means in order to maintain structural integrity.

[Wheels up]

Q

 

Trumpcomplains Biden’s 2020 victory was‘mathematically impossible’in new documentary 'Unprecedented' - where ex-president also attacks Facebook and Twitter as 'thugs' for banning him after January 6

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10999685/Trump-complains-Biden-2020-win-mathematically-impossible-new-documentary-Unprecedented.html -POSTED 07/09/2022

 

 

Remember anons, the Q posting on /hivemind/ is fake cause Jim Watkins says so.

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 11:47 a.m. No.16707476   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7480 >>7780

>>16500004 (pb)

>>16704978

Solomon Islands blocks Australian aid workers

 

BEN PACKHAM - JULY 10, 2022

 

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Solomon Islands has blocked Australian aid workers from ­entering the country as it opens its doors to Chinese advisers and praises Beijing as a “worthy partner” in supporting its development.

 

As Anthony Albanese prepares to attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji this week, five Australian advisers are being denied visas by Honiara.

 

At the same time, Solomon Islands has granted entry to at least six Chinese advisers under its security agreement with Beijing.

 

“We will deal with such issues diplomatically,” the Prime Minister told The Australian.

 

Mr Albanese, who will have his first face-to-face meeting with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the forum leaders’ summit, said he would tell Pacific counterparts that Australian aid “comes with no strings attached”.

 

The 51st forum leaders’ meeting is shaping up to be a disrupted one, after it was revealed on Sunday that Kiribati – which switched its diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to China just days after Solomon Islands in 2019 – had withdrawn from the regional group­ing. The move, which follows anger by the forum’s five-­nation Melanesian bloc over its influence in the forum, fractures regional unity as China attempts to seal a wider security agreement with Pacific Island nations.

 

The Australian aid workers have been employed to work on official development assistance programs to support governance and economic reforms in the Solomons.

 

One adviser has been in limbo waiting for a visa since March; the other four applied in June.

 

It’s understood the advisers’ status has been queried by Solomon Islands under its 1994 development co-operation agreement with Australia, on the grounds they would work across several government agencies rather than a specific ministry.

 

Such visas would normally be approved quickly so the advisers could begin their work.

 

It’s feared the rebuff is part of a wider shift by Solomon Islands as Mr Sogavare – a long-time critic of Australia – aligns his country more closely with China, after his security deal with Beijing.

 

Mr Albanese will depart for Fiji on Wednesday – a week after returning home from a major trip to meet NATO leaders in Madrid, repair relations with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and pledge fresh Australian support to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

 

He said NATO’s new strategic road map calling out China’s efforts to create “strategic dependencies‘’ would provide an important backdrop to the forum. “It is important our ­Pacific Island neighbours know – I’m sure they’re conscious of it – that the world is concerned about the implications behind some of the geostrategic competition in our region,” he said.

 

He said he expected to be well received at the meeting after his government’s move to ratchet up the ambition of Australia’s climate change policies.

 

Pacific leaders would “make their own decisions” about which countries they partnered with, Mr Albanese said, “and we will treat them with respect”.

 

“And part of our message to the Pacific … is that our support for the Pacific including aid, including action on climate change, and our support for maritime security, comes with no strings attached,” he said.

 

“It’s part of the way we engage with the world.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 10, 2022, 11:47 a.m. No.16707480   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16707476

 

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The withdrawal of Kiribati, revealed by New Zealand’s 1News, presents fresh challenges for Australia, which is relying on regional unity to keep China at bay.

 

The government was heartened in May by the rejection by 10 Pacific nations of a proposed ­regional security agreement with China, on the grounds the Pacific forum needed to consider it before a decision could be reached.

 

China, which is a forum “dialogue partner” but not a member like Australia, has not been invited to the summit.

 

But in an audacious diplomatic move, Beijing has invited the same Pacific states to attend a virtual meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday – the same day as the forum leaders’ meeting.

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Solomon Islands had granted entry to Australian aid workers during the pandemic but advisers were now facing delays. “Currently, visa arrangements for five specific advisers are awaiting Solomon Islands approval,” a spokeswoman said.

 

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Matthew Wale said Mr Sogavare had previously “slowed down” the entry of US diplomatic and project staff, “so I am not surprised he is making it hard for Australian advisers”.

 

“He has made himself a puppet of China,” Mr Wale said.

 

After last year’s violent protests targeting government buildings and Chinese businesses, Beijing sent at least six security advisers to Honiara, together with donated equipment, to help train local police in Chinese riot control tactics.

 

Mr Sogavare, in a speech last Thursday to mark Solomon Islands’ Independence Day, praised China’s “genuine intention” to be a ”worthy partner” in his country’s development.

 

He did not specifically mention Australia in the speech but, after months of tensions between the countries, declared that “relationships at times can sour”.

 

New Zealand’s Anne-Marie Brady, an expert on China’s interests in the Pacific, said the Chinese Communist Party was “running Sogavare like a puppet on a string”.

 

“Xi Jinping seems to be demanding a deliverable on the ­Pacific before the 20th party congress (later this year),” Professor Brady said.

 

“We will see very soon if the existing Pacific institutions like the PIF and (the region’s) partnership with the US, Australia, NZ and other states can withstand the pressure.”

 

In a recent phone call, Mr Sogavare assured Mr Albanese that Australia remained his country’s “security partner of choice”.

 

Australian and US officials remain concerned Solomon Islands’ security agreement with China could open the way for a Chinese base in the country.

 

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape will attend the forum, which falls during the voting period for the national election. His main leadership rival, former prime minister Peter O’Neill, said he had information Mr Marape was attending “to push for China’s inclusion in this important regional group”.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/solomon-islands-blocks-australian-aid-workers/news-story/bf0857f97ffab01b3a354c2730fe702c

Anonymous ID: 12c808 July 10, 2022, 12:34 p.m. No.16707770   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸

 

@JackPosobiec

 

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BREAKING: Bannon announces he will subpoena Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff to testify at his trial

 

https://truthsocial.com/@JackPosobiec/posts/108482862887274507

Anonymous ID: 47e92e July 10, 2022, 12:40 p.m. No.16708154   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16562090

 

Maybe you should take some friendly advice.

 

I've had more notables than you've had hot dinners son.

 

I am not saying that collecting information is nothing but it equates to nothing if the information just sits there doing jack shit.

 

Go back to jacking off to teenage girl anime you fucking amateur.

 

If you want to follow this blindly PAST November then God help you.

 

Q has my support till November. Which adds up to around nearly 7 years of Trust. If there are no favourable results then I'm out of here and other Anons should reconsider what they're doing with their time.

Anonymous ID: 96b317 July 10, 2022, 12:40 p.m. No.16708188   🗄️.is 🔗kun

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1540184006800551937

 

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Anonymous ID: 47e92e July 10, 2022, 12:40 p.m. No.16708237   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16584036

 

I spent a lot of time in Germany. They are very smart but they are worried. They try to hide it. 'They are a great people, very friendly and quick to accept. (I had left Germany and was back home when I watched the Middle East refugees come into the Munich Hauptbahnhov and the Germans lining the platform with everything from food to children's toys and diapers. And here we are! The Germans got fucked again. The U.S. and the other NATO countries are going to make the German people suffer like never before. There's nothing new under the sun.

Anonymous ID: b9055f July 10, 2022, 12:40 p.m. No.16708338   🗄️.is 🔗kun

UNBELIEVABLE WHAT (YOU) ARE DOING TO ME AT THE END OF THIS DAMN SCHOOL, IT'S DESTROYING MY ENTIRE WILL TO DO ANYTHING WITH THIS DAMN KNOWLEDGE, FUCKING USELESS!!!

Anonymous ID: a5e812 July 10, 2022, 12:40 p.m. No.16708384   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16534615 (me)

But couple spoilers, do you know what Operation Paperclip is/was, what Planned Parenthood was originally set up for, or what Bill gates father did. Or who always dies first in Hollywood movies, who got fed midazolam and remdesivir in the first covid lockdowns, and why do certain people like to gather pineal glands from different species. And what does young cerebrospinal fluid to do older rats. I don't know where to start with the antarctic…

Anonymous ID: 709e09 July 10, 2022, 12:41 p.m. No.16708538   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16570676

Musk won't be back until he can find his way back…he was trying out a new tesla device and got stuck in the future, Elon finds himself, leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap, will be the leap home…

Anonymous ID: 44aa53 July 10, 2022, 12:41 p.m. No.16708589   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Fun Fact

There's also aJames Goldstonthat works forGeorge Soros

 

James A. Goldston

 

Open Society Justice Initiative

 

James A. Goldston is the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of theOpen Society Institutethat promotes rights-based law reform and the development of legal capacity worldwide.

 

An accomplished lawyer, he has held positions at the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Human Rights Watch.

 

A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, he has written widely on issues of human rights and racial discrimination. He has engaged in law reform fieldwork and investigated rights abuses in more than thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

 

PB

>>16413302, >>16413665, Insurrection Week! Bannon vs. Pelosi and Epstein is BACK - youtube robert Gouveia video and digs, anons summary.

Anonymous ID: 45684c July 10, 2022, 12:41 p.m. No.16708617   🗄️.is 🔗kun

He added, in a letter to Trump that was later publicized, “On Election Day and afterwards, our Office received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities. As part of my responsibilities as U.S. Attorney, I wanted to be transparent with the public and, of course, investigate fully any allegations. Attorney General Barr, however, instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities. I was also given a directive to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General for investigation — the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win. I disagreed with the decision, but those were my orders. As a Marine infantry officer, I was trained to follow the chain of command and to respect the orders of my superiors, even when I disagree with them.”

 

Again, Barr denies this accounting. And he’s publicly said he did try to run down various allegations of fraud that were being bandied about.

 

Clark’s superiors at the Department of Justice did not want him to pursue his aggressive efforts, but he was also discussing the topic with their superior, the president himself. He tried to pursue a more aggressive strategy than the one that many DOJ officials thought prudent.

 

Reasonable people can see both sides here. Prudence — particularly so late in the game — is a huge issue. More tenacious fighting for election integrity is also virtuous. Many leaders up to and including Trump himself should have done far more — far earlier — to fight Democrats’ coordinated and widespread attacks on the integrity of the country’s election system. Many Republican officials were sounding the alarm in the months prior, but more should have been done to effectively fight before the election, including a legal strategy to fight the chaos, confusion, and corruption that was almost certainly going to occur.

 

But differing legal strategies are not crimes, no matter how much Pelosi and Cheney and their media bootlickers would like them to be. It is reasonable to oppose Clark’s strategy, but the letter causing so much dispute was not about fraud. It was about the many other problems affecting the integrity of the election. It was also — and it says this clearly on every page — a draft product for discussion. The letter urged state legislatures to ensure the integrity of their state’s elections when there was cause for concern. The Constitution does give that responsibility to the states.

 

The January 6 show trial is partly about persecuting political opponents. But it’s also about covering up the truth of the 2020 election. Turning questions about the many problems with the 2020 election into a crime is the type of thing that is done in third-world countries. Persecuting people who talk about it or try to do something about it is what you expect in corrupt authoritarian regimes. It is horrific to see it happening here.

 

https://thefederalist.com/2022/07/01/the-j6-show-trial-is-lying-about-election-fraud/

Anonymous ID: 0f08d9 July 10, 2022, 12:41 p.m. No.16708642   🗄️.is 🔗kun

https://twitter.com/BernieSpofforth/status/1542780439638728708

 

Bernie's Tweets

@BernieSpofforth

HOLLAND - Farmers down tools in protest at the governments decision to lower nitrogen by 30% forcing thousands into bankruptcy and creating food shortages.

 

You are being sacrificed on the alter of WEF climate extremism. No one voted for this.

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4:01 AM · Jul 1, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Anonymous ID: 1fb70b July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16708878   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16569872

>Logan has achieved and sustained fame/notoriety. That means she is proficient at licking Satan’s boots.

 

She changed after being manhandled and penetrated by dozens of men in Tahrir Square. I give her props for experiencing that and keeping her life on track.

 

"Logan said her clothes were torn off and her muscles were agonizingly stretched as she was separated from her crew and swallowed into the 200-to-300-strong mob. She recalled the flashes of cell phone cameras taking pictures of her naked body as her merciless attackers raped her with their hands.

 

"I didn't even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things because I couldn't even feel that because I think the sexual assault was all I could feel, was their hands raping me over and over and over again," Logan said in the interview."

 

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/cbs-reporter-lara-logan-opens-tahrir-square-assault/story?id=13492964

Anonymous ID: 8b17ff July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16708890   🗄️.is 🔗kun

USS Bulkeley CO, CMDCM Relieved of their Duties

11 June 2022

On June 10, 2022, Capt. Stefan Walch, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron Two (CDS-2), relieved USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) commanding officer, Cmdr. Devine Johnson and Command Master Chief Earl Sanders, due to a loss of confidence in their ability to effectively function as a command leadership team.

Johnson served as the USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) commanding officer since July 2020. Capt. William “Mac” Harkin, currently Deputy Commodore, Destroyer Squadron Two will be temporarily assigned as commanding officer until a permanent relief is identified.

 

Sanders served as the Bulkeley command master chief since June 2021 and will be replaced by Master Chief Petty Officer Christy Reed, also of CDS-2, until a permanent relief is assigned.

 

Johnson and Sanders will be temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. There is no impact to the command’s mission or schedule due to this relief.

 

https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/Press-Releases/display-pressreleases/Article/3059903/uss-bulkeley-co-cmdcm-relieved-of-their-duties/

Anonymous ID: d1efa6 July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16708923   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16524652

>>16524659

>>16525041

 

Baker I justified Q's post so they line up better

 

From This:

 

Saturday 06.25.2022

>>16521604 rt >>16520866, >>16521137 ———–––——–— Established. (Who was "Jane Roe"? 50 years of conditioning.)

 

Friday 06.24.2022

>>16506930 ————————————–——– Are you ready to serve your country again? Remember your oath.

>>16505677 rt >>16505361 ———–––——–— It had to be done this way.

>>16504957 ————————————–——– Shall we play a game once more?

 

 

To This:

 

 

Saturday 06.25.2022

>>16521604 rt >>16520866, >>16521137 —— Established. (Who was "Jane Roe"? 50 years of conditioning.)

 

Friday 06.24.2022

>>16506930 ————————————–——– Are you ready to serve your country again? Remember your oath.

>>16505677 rt >>16505361 ———–––——–— It had to be done this way.

>>16504957 ————————————–——– Shall we play a game once more?

 

 

PASTE BIN: https://controlc.com/5d2f6134

Anonymous ID: a534e9 July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16708928   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16462678

 

Interesting

 

Alitalia - Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A.,[4][5] operating as Alitalia (Italian pronunciation: [aliˈtaːlja]), was an airline which was once the flag carrier and largest airline of Italy.[6] The company had its head office in Fiumicino, Rome.[7] The airline was fully owned by the Government of Italy since 17 March 2020. The airline operated a fleet of Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Airbus A330-200, and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to over 34 scheduled domestic, European and intercontinental destinations. The airline operated from its main hub at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport. The airline was a full member of SkyTeam alliance and it had codeshare agreements with 42 airlines. In 2018, the airline was the twelfth-largest airline in Europe.

 

The airline entered extraordinary administration in 2017 following years of unprofitability.[8] On 24 August 2021, Alitalia announced that it would cease operations on 15 October 2021,[9] and that passengers with tickets for later flights could reschedule on an earlier flight or request a refund.[10][11] On 15 October 2021, its operations and assets were transferred to ITA Airways, a new state-owned flag carrier.[12]

Anonymous ID: bbf95a July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16708994   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16446186

>Especially since the post is still there to this day.

we have yet to see a sufficient explanation for this.

BO/BVsif you're lurking, has Jim explained why the B post is still up on Q's board?

>Truth Social is the only platform with the proper opsec security to meet Q's needs.

i don't know that anyone can say this definitively.

Anonymous ID: 0822b5 July 10, 2022, 12:42 p.m. No.16709027   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16603318

 

this is the fake smiley face similar to the pharma commercial about depression where the depressos have their fake happy face with them to feign happiness

 

forget the drug? but maybe she is on it

Anonymous ID: f53af6 July 10, 2022, 12:43 p.m. No.16709071   🗄️.is 🔗kun

OK Kids, we're back and the plan is coming together. This, I believe is a MAJOR proof. Q35 from 11/1/17:

 

POTUS will be well insulated/protected on AF1 and abroad (specific locations classified) while these operations are conducted due to the nature of the entrenchment. It is time to take back our country and make America great again.

 

Its been thought that the POTUS referenced may have not been DJT but who was in the POTUS role at the time. Look who's on AF1 today while all the Libs melt down over RvW and 2A. Also note Q35 was signed 4.10.20. Why would DJT be talking about himself? I tell ya. Its HABBEING!

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>>16514217

>>16514220

No Problemo. That's a support AC for Flashbang Joe's trip to Europe (G7 and NATO) . They must have run into issues.

Anonymous ID: c398b5 July 10, 2022, 12:43 p.m. No.16709195   🗄️.is 🔗kun

KAMALA to state AGs: "It is the responsibility as a chief legal officer, which each of them has a responsibility of being, to concern themselves with making sure…enforcement is conducted in a way that is fair and equal in terms of the treatment of the laws and the enforcement."

https://twitter.com/RNCResearch/status/1540118333688877056

Anonymous ID: 74bf39 July 10, 2022, 12:44 p.m. No.16709215   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16456468

(2 of 2)

 

On September 29, 2014, the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Madina Jarbussynova claimed that the mass graves discovered in the Donbas contained bodies missing internal organs, who have most likely become victims of black-market transplant surgeons.

 

The OSCE issued a statement on 30 October 2014 saying that Jarbussynova’s remarks had been taken out of context and she was merely citing two Russian NGO reports about the possible removal and sale of human organs in Eastern Ukraine. “The OSCE does not possess any evidence regarding possible organ harvesting in Eastern Ukraine,” the statement said.

 

In 2015 a video was posted online with an interview of an American transplant surgeon “working” in Odessa, Donetsk, Slavyansk, and Kramatorsk, revealing blood-chilling details of the mass removal of organs in Ukraine.

 

In 2017, the Russian newspaper Moskovskyi Komsomolets (“MKRU”) reported that the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Volodymyr Oleinik, predicted a planned Ukrainian kidney donor transplant program due to begin in 2018 would “not only destroy public health but turn Ukraine into a black market transplant centre”. The pilot transplant program was to start in Nezalezhnaya and would “turn Nezalezhnaya into a centre for transplant tourism from rich countries,” Oleinik added.

 

At the time, Ukraine’s Deputy Health Minister Oleksander Lynchevskyi refuted this and said that such claims are part and parcel of a larger Russian disinformation narrative, that Ukraine is establishing an organ transplant black market.

 

Recently, a video interview of a former SSU employee was posted to the Internet, saying that being in the war zone in Donbas he was attached to the special medical group in Kramatorsk called “First Aid Group.” Since 2014 the group was engaged in the illegal removal of organs from injured Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

 

In early 2022 the German Minister of Defence, Christine Lambrecht, announced that Ukraine received a field hospital and a crematorium. Some media connected such a “gift” with a long well-oiled illegal business of selling organs of Ukrainian troops to the EU, the US, and Israel under the protection of SSU as indicated by many traits.

 

Recently a German-language publication, Neues aus Russland, published a fascinating story about mobile crematoriums in Ukraine which help conceal the major selling of organs to the EU.

 

https://ussanews.com/2022/06/09/has-the-red-cross-been-harvesting-childrens-organs-in-natos-ukraine/

Anonymous ID: 7b35a2 July 10, 2022, 12:44 p.m. No.16709259   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16436164

 

What kind of war is this? Many thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered and are POW's. Many more thousands have been killed or seriously wounded. Zelensky has just called for all women between 18 and 60 to register and go to the front lines.

Anonymous ID: cae574 July 10, 2022, 12:44 p.m. No.16709277   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:31 a.m. No.16716387   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16705177

>>16705199

Australian Federal Police

 

Statement on the historic assassination of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester

 

10 July 2022

 

The AFP has not reopened previously closed files into the Winchester assassination.

 

There is no evidence to suggest Italian organised crime was responsible for the death of one of our own, Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester.

 

Our thoughts are always with the Winchester family.

 

The AFP wants to be clear: there is no recent, AFP review, report or intelligence, that suggests the mafia is responsible for the murder of former Assistant Commissioner Winchester.

 

There is no open investigation into this matter. It is not under review.

 

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/statement-historic-assassination-assistant-commissioner-colin-winchester

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:33 a.m. No.16716406   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6409

>>16701998

China winning entropic warfare in Pacific Islands

 

We’ve seen Chinese entropic warfare in various stages in Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. And the contagion seems to be spreading in the Pacific.

 

Cleo Paskal - June 4, 2022

 

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Alexandria, VA.: Make no mistake, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s tour of eight Pacific Island Countries (PICs) has been a success.

 

No, they didn’t sign his “China-Pacific Island Countries Common Development Vision” but it’s doubtful Beijing even thought that was on the cards. Otherwise, Wang would have held his group meeting with the PIC foreign ministers at the end of his trip, after he had a chance to speak to more of them individually, rather than in the middle. Remember the draft document was leaked, not trumpeted by China, and negotiations are to be expected.

 

Also, four of the countries in the region recognize Taiwan. Those signing up to Beijing’s deal would have been striking a sudden blow by proxy against their neighbours. It’s not the ways things are usually done in the Pacific. Just look at the regional consternation in response to the China-Solomon Islands security deal.

 

China would know that. It has half-a-dozen think tanks dedicated to studying the region, has trained hundreds (if not by now thousands) of Pacific Islands bureaucrats, and has generational, focused, intelligence on key leaders and their families.

 

Within the countries, China has large footprints, including often the largest embassy (with staff that speak the local language), financial relationships with key business leaders, favourite members of the media, and control of large sections of the retail sector, including in the relatively remote areas, and more.

 

It’s worth remembering that China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law reads: “Any organization or citizen shall support, assist or cooperate with the state intelligence work…The state protects individuals and organizations that support, assist and cooperate with national intelligence work… The State commends and rewards individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to national intelligence work.”

 

China has put in the effort to know the region. Bold individual action—such as the influential letter questioning the wisdom of the deals written by Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo—may have been a surprise, but the Chinese delegation would have deep files on the region and known before leaving Beijing this is a diverse and complicated area, with many leaders who value their nations’ sovereignty. They would have known the chances of getting the Vision agreed to as is, was slim.

 

So to better gauge if the trip was a success or not by Beijing’s metrics, let’s look at what some of the real goals might be.

 

KINETIC WARFARE

 

There was a lot of discussion about implications for kinetic warfare. In this context, kinetic broadly means “of or relating to the motion of material bodies”. Or a shooting war. You know, the Chinese “base” question.

 

No, China didn’t get a “base”, however, given China’s doctrines of unrestricted warfare and civil-military fusion, China may put kinetic elements in place in ways designed to bypass Western trip wires.

 

For example, the Vision proposes to “establish China-Pacific Island Countries Disaster Management Cooperation Mechanism”, that includes prepositioned “China-Pacific Island Countries Reserve of Emergency Supplies”. Those can easily be dual use.

 

And, while the multilateral Vision wasn’t signed, Wang did sign a series of bilateral deals, some of which echoed elements of the Vision, in most of the countries he visited. Some were formalizations or expansions of existing areas of cooperation, including blue economy, disaster management and more. Some were new, such as MoUs on fingerprint laboratories.

 

There also seemed to be a focus on gaining access in agriculture (land), fisheries (seas), aviation (air), and disaster response (amphibious, prepositioning). I’d like to be more precise, but the contents of most of the deals are secret. Which in itself is a win for Wang, on the political warfare front.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:34 a.m. No.16716409   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6417

>>16716406

 

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POLITICAL WARFARE

 

While strategic positioning is taking place, the primary battlefield now is not kinetic warfare, but political warfare. Political warfare can be defined as anything short of kinetic, including media warfare, lawfare and psychological warfare, also known in China as the Three Warfares.

 

But what is the goal of that political warfare? From what we’ve seen on this trip, and from decades of Chinese operations, one of the main goals might be winning “entropic warfare”.

 

ENTROPIC WARFARE

 

Take a look at the chain of events that has garnered Beijing its closest PIC ally to date—one that did sign an overt security document with Beijing that has overt kinetic elements—Solomon Islands.

 

Solomons had some longstanding domestic political fractures, and when the government of Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare switched the country from Taiwan to China in 2019 without public consultation, those fractures were aggravated.

 

Leaders within the country who objected to the switch, for example the Premier of Malaita Province, Daniel Suidani, were targeted by Sogavare with backing from the Chinese Embassy. That inflamed the situation even more, leading to unrest. That unrest created the justification for Sogavare to say he needed the security deal with China to handle the civil unrest.

 

It took around two years for a Solomons Prime Minister complicit with (if not compliant to) China, to dangerously destabilize the country. That destabilization suits the increasingly autocratic Prime Minister as it gives him the justification to go after his opposition in the name of “stability” and potentially to postpone elections—elections he is likely to lose.

 

Sogavare’s government is even acting in ways that are starting to have distinct “Chinese characteristics”, such as suppression of opposition and free speech. The Media Association of Solomon Islands boycotted covering Wang Yi’s visit because of restrictions placed on them by Sogavare’s government at the behest of the Chinese. And the Solomon Islands Christian Association issued a statement saying there “must be transparency for any international MOU’s and MOA’s with the Solomon Islands. These international documents should be made public before the actual signing.”

 

There is widespread and growing discontent in Solomons as the fragile social contract breaks down. Which China can consider a win. Solomons is weakened from within, making opposition less effective, and the leadership more dependent on Beijing.

 

The definition of entropy is: “a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder.” Political warfare is the tactic (using for example media warfare to create social division, lawfare to arrest critics, and psychological warfare to damage a target country’s relationship with other potential sources of support). That political warfare supports an “entropic warfare” win—paralyzing a target country’s ability to respond or defend itself, and so allowing Beijing to “win without fighting”.

 

We’ve seen Chinese entropic warfare in various stages in Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

 

And the contagion seems to be spreading in the Pacific. Everywhere Wang Yi went, governments kept deals secret, restricted their own journalists, and blithely waived quarantine regulations that have been keeping families apart for over two years. In what are normally very tight-knit societies, that has sown seeds of social discord that are still nascent, but that have the potential to grow into the strangling vines of entropy.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:34 a.m. No.16716417   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716409

 

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INDIA VERSUS ENTROPY

 

Because India has an understanding of a broad range of Chinese political warfare tactics (as shown for example by the banning of Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat), India has proven successful at helping to blunt entropic warfare attacks in Maldives and Nepal, and is now trying in Sri Lanka.

 

China knows this, and that is likely why its proxy, the government of Prime Minister Sogavare, is stalling the entry of India’s High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

 

The entropic “degradation” of the social contract in the region has come as a wake-up call to many, including Australia. John Blaxland, Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies at Australian National University said: “What has happened in Timor L’este [one of the countries to sign multiple deals with China] reflects a sad and cynical mishandling of the bilateral relationship by Australia. Australian goodwill has been squandered, after the remarkable circumstances in September 1999, when, under Major General Peter Cosgrove, the Australian-led and UN-endorsed International Force in East Timor (INTERFET) was the handmaiden of Timorese independence. The level of trust and goodwill back then was sky high. Now it’s in the toilet. How Australia could have played its hand so badly should be the subject of a hard-nosed review. Perhaps too clever by half, we thought we could play the role of dominant regional benefactor without thinking through the limits of our own power.”

 

Australia’s new government seems to be trying to right the boat, but there is likely to be a steep learning curve—and that review can’t come soon enough.

 

On news of Wang Yi’s plans, Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong quickly travelled to the region and gave speeches about Australia being a member of the “Pacific family”. But given the problems Pacific Islanders often have getting visas to Australia, many were likely thinking “you are the sort of family member who shows up in our house whenever you want and demands attention, but if we want to visit you, good luck getting in the door.”

 

Australia still has a lot to learn about its neighbours, and itself. But it doesn’t have much time. Entropy is spreading, with the active help of Beijing. While Canberra and others get up to speed, countries like India, and leaders like FSM President Panuelo, could be encouraged to engage more broadly on political warfare education and defence across the region—helping to knit together like-minded journalists, community leaders, business sectors, democracy-minded political leaders, and more.

 

For example, President Panuelo and Premier Suidani could be assured their economies won’t be penalized for their principled leadership, their analyses could be shared personally with other Pacific leaders (ideally in a low key, bilateral manner, without Australian or New Zealand intervention), and investigating could be launched into the “agents of entropy” laundering their ill-gotten Chinese money via, for example, Australian and New Zealand real estate. It would also be good to see Australia and others asking Solomons why Quad partner India wasn’t being allowed in.

 

Wang Yi’s trip was a win in China’s protracted entropic warfare strategy. That needs to be acknowledged, reviewed and understood. Australia just announced a new patrol boat for Samoa and recently opened a new military training facility in Fiji.

 

You can give a country as many patrol boats as you like, build whatever military training facilities you want, but if the country’s society weakens, fragments and is captured by Beijing, all you’ve done is given China and its proxies a nice new boat and barracks with which to suppress local opposition and project power.

 

Cleo Paskal is The Sunday Guardian Special Correspondent as well as Non-Resident Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

 

https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/china-winning-entropic-warfare-pacific-islands

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:39 a.m. No.16716449   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6454 >>6550

>>16701998

Changing hostility toward China first step for Australia to improve ties

 

Global Times - Jul 10, 2022

 

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia on Friday evening, the first meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in three years.

 

This meeting is arguably the most substantive dialogue between the two major trading partners, during which both ministers raised their respective concerns. Particularly, Wang called on Australia to regard China as a partner rather than a rival and seek common ground while shelving differences, which indicates that it's more important to seek common ground between the two sides despite the various differences, which is very crucial.

 

China and Australia elevated bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2014, which has been in name only since the relationship gradually deteriorated from 2017. Thus it is significant that both ministers stressed the importance of adhering to such strategic positioning, which means that the nature of China-Australia relations has not fundamentally changed, Chen Hong, president of the Chinese Association of Australian Studies and director of the Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University, told the Global Times.

 

Wong mentioned that the meeting with Wang was a "first step" toward stabilizing the relationship. According to Chen, the emphasis on stabilization is a hint that there were ups and downs in relations in the past. It can be felt that the Australian side recognizes that the previous China-Australia relationship was not normal, while the reckless and provocative rhetoric toward China has significantly reduced under the current government.

 

Although such signals to repair the relationship are appreciated by Beijing, pragmatic moves rather than just verbal statements should be adopted by Canberra when "stabilizing" relations. It is not enough for Australian politicians to just stay on the level of will.

 

"The root cause of the difficulties in China-Australia relations in recent years lies in the insistence of previous Australian governments to treat China as an 'opponent' and even a 'threat,' Wang noted, adding that Australia's words and actions have been "irresponsible." In his message of congratulation to new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlighted the need for both sides to "review the past, look into the future." Australia should be aware that it is the lack of rational judgment on China that has led to even more radical rhetoric than that from the US, and the free-fall decline in China-Australia relations.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:39 a.m. No.16716454   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716449

 

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That is why it is crucial for Wang to urge Canberra to develop a rational and correct perception toward China. Only with the right mindset can both sides get the job done. Chen noted that the Albanese government is gradually formulating and implementing its diplomatic and security policies after taking office, and the influence of the previous government can be observed in this process, especially in terms of perceptions toward China, such as "Beijing is assertive" and "it is China that has changed." Such cognition, highly shared among Western countries, is determined by the long-standing alliance between Australia and the US, as well as Australia's core status in the Anglosphere.

 

Clearly, many politicians in the Australian Labor Party, including Albanese and Wong, cannot avoid being affected by Washington's hostile attitude toward China, such as the prime minister's preconditions for restarting the China-Australia relationship, saying that China needs to "remove sanctions" imposed on Australia in order to "improve relations." In fact, China initiated anti-dumping investigations into certain Australian exports in accordance with laws and regulations, and then imposed anti-dumping measures accordingly. China's probe into products from countries such as Australia is in accordance with WTO rules. Australia should abandon its double standard when analyzing China's trade remedy measures adopted to safeguard its reasonable interests.

 

Australia has recently expressed its willingness and stance to ease the bilateral relationship. On the key issue of tariffs and trade, Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell "held out the olive branch" to China, suggesting that a "compromise situation" or "alternative way" to settle trade disputes might emerge in talks between the two countries. The meeting between both foreign ministers is another step forward, and more substantive moves are believed to be on the way.

 

At such a critical moment, Australia should indeed be more sensible and act in its own interests, rather than following the anti-China strategy of the US, so it can truly improve its relationship with China, Australia's largest trading partner, Chen said.

 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1270183.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:43 a.m. No.16716474   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6497 >>1293

China crushes rare protest from people demanding their life savings back

 

Chinese officials have reacted with force after over 1000 people marched in a rare protest against alleged government corruption.

 

Staff writers / AFP - July 11, 2022

 

Chinese authorities reportedly crushed a peaceful protest by hundreds who demanded their life savings back from banks that have run into a deepening cash crisis.

 

Hundreds marched Sunday in protest against alleged corruption by local officials in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, multiple participants told AFP, in a rare public demonstration in the tightly-controlled country.

 

Hit hard by the country’s economic slowdown, four banks in Henan province have since mid-April frozen all cash withdrawals, leaving thousands of small savers without funds and sparking sporadic demonstrations.

 

Sunday saw some of the largest protests yet, with several hundred people rallying in front of a branch of the People’s Bank of China in the Henan capital Zhengzhou, according to multiple witnesses who declined to be named.

 

Images circulating on social media showed banners denouncing “the corruption and violence of the Henan authorities”.

 

Protesters were “hit, wounded and were bleeding from the head. Disabled people were also violently beaten,” one participant told AFP, estimating the number of demonstrators to have been “several thousand”.

 

Local sources said the face-off lasted for several hours until rows of security officers suddenly charged up the stairs and confronted the protesters head-on.

 

Security officers reportedly dragged protesters down the stairs and beat those who resisted.

 

One woman told CNN she was pushed to the ground by two security guards, who twisted and injured her arm. Another 27-year-old man said he was kicked by seven or eight guards on the ground before being carried away.

 

Local authorities in Henan did not immediately comment on the protests. Some demonstrators accuse officials of colluding with local banks to suppress protests, with authorities last month accused of exploiting the Covid health pass to quell new protests, turning protesters passes red to effectively bar them from public spaces.

 

The health pass has become a ubiquitous part of life in China under Beijing’s strict Covid-zero strategy, and is required to access the vast majority of buildings, shopping centres, public places and also certain public transport.

 

While most accept use of the technology for public health purposes, some have voiced concern that it could also be used for surveillance of the population – already widespread in China.

 

Demonstrations are relatively rare in tightly-controlled China, where social stability is an official obsession and where opposition is swiftly repressed.

 

But desperate citizens do sometimes take to the streets, despite the risk of arrest and prosecution.

 

Analysts say that some local banks across China have found their already-precarious financial situations exacerbated by corruption.

 

https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/china-crushes-rare-protest-from-people-demanding-their-life-savings-back/news-story/59518d0d1bdb7cf2885e7d5912fd87d3

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:45 a.m. No.16716497   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6506

>>16716474

China crushes mass protest by bank depositors demanding their life savings back

 

Nectar Gan - July 11, 2022

 

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Hong Kong (CNN) - Chinese authorities on Sunday violently dispersed a peaceful protest by hundreds of depositors, who sought in vain to demand their life savings back from banks that have run into a deepening cash crisis.

 

Since April, four rural banks in China's central Henan province have frozen millions of dollars worth of deposits, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of customers in an economy already battered by draconian Covid lockdowns.

 

Anguished depositors have staged several demonstrations in the city of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, over the past two months, but their demands have invariably fallen on deaf ears.

 

On Sunday, more than 1,000 depositors from across China gathered outside the Zhengzhou branch of the country's central bank, the People's Bank of China, to launch their largest protest yet, more than half a dozen protesters told CNN.

 

The demonstration is among the largest China has seen since the pandemic, with domestic travel limited by various Covid restrictions on movement. Last month, Zhengzhou authorities even resorted to tampering with the country's digital Covid health-code system to restrict the movements of depositors and thwart their planned protest, sparking a nationwide outcry.

 

This time, most protesters arrived outside the bank before dawn - some as early as 4 a.m. - to avoid being intercepted by authorities. The crowd, which included the elderly and children, occupied a flight of imposing stairs outside the bank, chanting slogans and holding up banners.

 

"Henan banks, return my savings!" they shouted in unison, many waving Chinese flags, in videos shared with CNN by two protesters.

 

Using national flags to display patriotism is a common strategy for protesters in China, where dissent is strictly suppressed. The tactic is meant to show that their grievances are only against local governments, and that they support and rely on the central government to seek redress.

 

"Against the corruption and violence of the Henan government," a banner written in English read.

 

A large portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong was pasted on a pillar at the entrance of the bank.

 

Across the street, hundreds of police and security personnel - some in uniforms and others in plain clothes - assembled and surrounded the site, as protesters shouted "gangsters" at them.

 

Violent crackdown

 

The face-off lasted for several hours until after 11 a.m., when rows of security officers suddenly charged up the stairs and clashed with protesters, who threw bottles and other small objects at them.

 

The scene quickly descended into chaos, as security officers dragged protesters down the stairs and beat those who resisted, including women and the elderly, according to witnesses and social media videos.

 

One woman from eastern Shandong province told CNN she was pushed to the ground by two security guards, who twisted and injured her arm. A 27-year-old man from the southern city of Shenzhen, surnamed Sun, said he was kicked by seven or eight guards on the ground before being carried away. A 45-year-old man from the central city of Wuhan said his shirt was completely torn at the back during the scuffle.

 

Many said they were shocked by the sudden burst of violence by the security forces.

 

"I did not expect them to be so violent and shameless this time. There was no communication, no warning before they brutally dispersed us," said one depositor from a metropolis outside Henan who had protested in Zhengzhou previously, and who requested CNN conceal his name due to security concerns.

 

"Why would government employees beat us up? We're only ordinary people asking for our deposits back, we did nothing wrong," the Shandong woman said.

 

The protesters were hurled onto dozens of buses and sent to makeshift detention sites across the city - from hotels and schools to factories, according to people taken there. Some injured were escorted to hospitals; many were released from detention by the late afternoon, the people said.

 

CNN has reached out to the Henan provincial government for comment.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:46 a.m. No.16716506   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716497

 

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The Zhengzhou Business District Police Station - which has jurisdiction over the protest site - hung up on CNN's call requesting comment.

 

Late on Sunday night, the Henan banking regulator issued a terse statement, saying "relevant departments" were speeding up efforts to verify information on customer funds at the four rural banks.

 

"(Authorities) are coming up with a plan to deal with the issue, which will be announced in the near future," the statement said.

 

Police in Xuchang, a city neighboring Zhengzhou, said in a statement late Sunday they recently arrested members of an alleged "criminal gang," who were accused of effectively taking control over the Henan rural banks starting from 2011 - by leveraging their shareholdings and "manipulating banks executives."

 

The suspects were also accused of illegally transferring funds through fictitious loans, the police said, adding that some of their funds and assets had been seized and frozen.

 

Shattered lives

 

The protest comes at a politically sensitive time for the ruling Communist Party, just months before its leader Xi Jinping is expected to seek an unprecedented third term at a key meeting this fall.

 

Large-scale demonstrations over lost savings and ruined livelihoods could be perceived as a political embarrassment for Xi, who has promoted a nationalistic vision of leading the country to "great rejuvenation."

 

Henan authorities are under tremendous pressure to stop the protests. But depositors remain undeterred. As the issue drags on, many have become ever more desperate to recover their savings.

 

Huang, the depositor from Wuhan, lost his job in the medical cosmetology industry this year, as businesses struggled in the pandemic. Yet he is unable to withdraw any of his life savings - of over 500,000 yuan ($75,000) - from a rural bank in Henan.

 

"Being unemployed, all I can live on is my past savings. But I can't even do that now - how am I supposed to (support my family)?" said Huang, whose son is in high school.

 

Sun, from Shenzhen, is struggling to keep his machine factory from bankruptcy after losing his deposit of 4 million yuan ($597,000) to a Henan bank. He can't even pay his more than 40 employees without the funds.

 

Sun said he was covered in bruises and had a swollen lower back after being repeatedly stomped by security guards at the protest.

 

"The incident completely overturned my perception of the government. I've lived all my life placing so much faith in the government. After today, I'll never trust it again," he said.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/10/china/china-henan-bank-depositors-protest-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:46 a.m. No.16716510   🗄️.is 🔗kun

Catholic Church considers appeal while facing huge sex-abuse hit

 

JOHN FERGUSON - JULY 10, 2022

 

The Catholic Church is confronting a potentially huge hit to its ­finances, with several new sex abuse claimants emerging after a $1.9m damages payout to a former altar boy in the archdiocese of Melbourne.

 

Rightside Legal lawyer Michael Magazanik said several people had come forward alleging offending by disgraced Catholic priest Desmond Gannon in the wake of the huge payout this year to one of his victims.

 

The Catholic Church is considering appealing the decision by Victorian Supreme Court judge Andrew Keogh, who ordered the church to pay the $1.9m for pain, suffering and economic loss to the former parishioner.

 

The victim alleged there was negligence by the archdiocese and it was vicariously liable for the abuse perpetrated by Gannon, a serial offender. Responsibility was finally sheeted home to the church, which had been warned in the past about Gannon’s behaviour but failed to act.

 

The altar boy was sexually ­abused three times by Gannon between 1968 and 1970 but he was not convicted and jailed for the abuse until 2009.

 

Mr Magazanik said he believed there were still a large number of people in the community who had been offended against by clergy and had not previously alerted authorities.

 

“I think there is a really big cohort of clergy abuse survivors who have never come forward,” he said.

 

“We’ve had a steady run of new clients since the Gannon decision. The church is deluded if it believes this completely avoidable disaster is coming to an end.”

 

The church did not comment on the Gannon matter but has confirmed an appeal against the Gannon decision was being considered.

 

The massive Gannon payout comes as the archdiocese of Melbourne battles strong financial headwinds from the pandemic, the long-term implications of the sex-abuse crisis and changing community attitudes to religion.

 

It is believed there have been dozens of Gannon victims.

 

The neighbouring diocese of Ballarat has also confronted a relentless series of complaints in recent decades, many related to Gerald Ridsdale, whom police believe could have attacked hundreds of victims.

 

The Victorian government passed legislation in 2019 that en­abled the courts to set aside past deeds of release relating to child abuse, which could have a profound impact on the number of large civil claims that could follow.

 

There are expected to be hundreds of people in Victoria who have signed deeds of release in exchange for relatively small financial payouts, under the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response and Towards Healing, and via other institutions.

 

Chris Goddard, adjunct professor at UniSA and an expert on abuse matters, said large payouts such as the Gannon case contrasted sharply with the small payments afforded victims under the Melbourne Response and other schemes.

 

He said the recent large civil payments would still not restore people’s lives.

 

“It’s to try to give restitution to lives that were destroyed,” he said.

 

In the case of Gannon’s victim, most of the payout was for loss of earning capacity damages.

 

The Gannon victim previously had received $139,000 in compensation under the Melbourne Response but that payment and deed was not a barrier to the claim as it was an ex-gratia payment made when he had no legal rights.

 

There are questions about whether many – or even any – of the Melbourne Response deeds will protect the church after legislative reform and legal precedents were set.

 

Legal sources familiar with the Gannon decision said the church would have no option but to ­appeal the decision because of the financial implications of the case, even though some church cases are covered, at least in part, by ­insurance.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/catholic-church-considers-appeal-while-facing-huge-sexabuse-hit/news-story/95ba013d3929449ec1561faeb6bddb48

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:47 a.m. No.16716514   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>7054 >>1770

Hi-tech arms may be more important than subs, Defence Minister Richard Marles says

 

Defence Minister Richard Marles says hi-tech arms and expertise may be more important than the nuclear submarines that headline the AUKUS pact.

 

Tom Minear - July 11, 2022

 

Hypersonic missiles, autonomous undersea vehicles and quantum technologies may be even more important to Australia’s security than the nuclear submarines that headline the AUKUS pact, Defence Minister Richard Marles says.

 

He has also opened the door to creating a new AUKUS visa, saying it was an “interesting idea” to ensure Australia, the US and the UK could “share expertise and technology at an industrial level”.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister flew out to the US on Sunday for what will be the first ministerial visit to Australia’s closest ally since the federal election in May.

 

Speaking to the Herald Sun prior to his departure, Mr Marles said the progress of the submarine program would be a key focus of talks with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin.

 

The Albanese government will announce early next year whether it will build a version of the US or UK submarines, along with the timeline and budget for the huge program, which Mr Marles said he wanted to deliver “as quickly as possible”.

 

But he said he was also ­focused on advancing the ­development of other technologies that would be “central to how countries do defence in the future”.

 

“These other technologies that we are looking at developing may well end up being … just as if not more important in terms of the way in which the three countries relate to each other, and therefore what AUKUS ultimately delivers,” Mr Marles said.

 

The Defence Minister ­acknowledged visits from US and UK submarines to our shores could be part of covering the capability gap before Australia’s subs hit the water, which could take until at least 2040.

 

Prior to the election, former prime minister Scott Morrison said ­Defence was ­reviewing the infrastructure upgrades required at Western Australia’s submarine base to host US and UK submarines.

 

Mr Marles said this was one of several measures “that we would contemplate about how we maintain and evolve our submarine capability from this moment through until whenever we get the first submarine”.

 

He refused to be drawn on when Australia’s submarine work would begin, though he said the government wanted to create a “production line” based in South Australia.

 

On the trip, Mr Marles will also meet with Democrat and Republican congressional leaders, saying he was “really confident about a sense of bipartisanship in the US around AUKUS”.

 

“It is a very deep relationship and it genuinely is a relationship that transcends politics on both sides of the ­Pacific,” he said.

 

“We’re living through a moment in time where the ­alliance has really never been more important.”

 

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/hitech-arms-may-be-more-important-than-subs-defence-minister-richard-marles-says/news-story/f2cd07e29fdf4d6d93494a80fd29bfde

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:48 a.m. No.16716521   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6533 >>1824 >>1828 >>2274 >>2295 >>2180 >>0470 >>1273 >>6440 >>8498

Exercise Koolendong 2022: Australian Defence Force and US Marines hold warfighting exercise across the Top End

 

11 July 2022

 

US Marines of the Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) and members of the Australian Defence Force from Australian Army’s 1st and 13th Brigade, and Royal Australian Air Force’s 36th, 37th and 75th Squadrons have commenced Exercise Koolendong this week across the Top End.

 

The three week warfighting exercise is being held at Defence training areas in the Northern Territory and for the first time, in Western Australia to simulate a response to a regional security crisis.

 

Australian Army Colonel Marcus Constable, Commander Headquarters Northern Command said the exercise built on the recent successes of Exercises Southern Jackaroo and Crocodile Response.

 

“This annual exercise allows the ADF to rehearse with the US Marines in a combined arms littoral combat scenario,” Colonel Constable said.

 

“Koolendong strengthens the US-Australian relationship, advances and validates USMC-ADF interoperability and demonstrates preparedness to respond to a regional crisis.”

 

US Marine Colonel Christopher Steele, MRF-D’s Commanding Officer, said the culminating exercise of the MRF-D demonstrates the potency of the US and Australian alliance.

 

“We are deploying significant forces by land, air and sea to training areas in both WA and the NT including Mount Bundy Training Area, RAAF Base Curtin & Yampi Sound Training Area,” Colonel Steele said.

 

“This mid-intensity warfighting exercise replicates elements of a combined joint littoral combat operation supported by capabilities from the US Army and US Air Force.

 

“The Australia-US Alliance has never been more important as we look ahead to our regional strategic challenges,” Colonel Steele said.

 

The Marine Rotational Force – Darwin is part of the United States Force Posture Initiative which demonstrates of the strength of the Australia-United States Alliance and our shared deep engagement with the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Media note

 

Media can access imagery of Exercise Koolendong at:

 

https://images.defence.gov.au/S20221716

 

and at:

 

https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/MRF-D

 

https://news.defence.gov.au/media/media-releases/defence-and-us-marines-hold-warfighting-exercise-across-top-end

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 11, 2022, 11:50 a.m. No.16716533   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1824 >>1828 >>0452 >>0465 >>4234 >>4891

>>16716521

US B-2 bombers arrive in Australia for rotational deployment

 

Defense Brief Editorial - July 11, 2022

 

US Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Amberley on July 10 for a regularly-scheduled deployment.

 

This is the first time since August 2020 that the B-2s deployed to the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) area of responsibility as part of a Bomber Task Force.

 

The aircraft from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, will be operating out of Australia, supporting the Enhanced Cooperation Initiative under the Force Posture Agreement between the United States and Australia.

 

The EAC initiative began in February 2017 to build on a broad range of long-standing air exercises and training activities undertaken between the two countries. Its aim is to deepen advanced air-to-air integration between the Australian Defence Force and United States air elements to enable the two countries to operate together seamlessly.

 

The US airmen will employ the B-2 to conduct training missions and strategic deterrence missions with allies, partners and joint forces in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

 

Several PACAF KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft will be supporting the B-2 Spirit aircraft, providing refueling capability for the visiting bomber aircraft while they integrate with the Royal Australian Air Force to conduct various training exercises and activities.

 

“This deployment of the B-2 to Australia demonstrates and enhances the readiness and lethality of our long-range penetrating strike force,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Kousgaard, 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander. “We look forward to training and enhancing our interoperability with our RAAF teammates, as well as partners and allies across the Indo-Pacific as we meet PACAF objectives.”

 

Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) exercise Koolendong kicks off

 

The arrival of the bombers in Queensland coincided with the kick-off of the joint exercise Koolendong that is undertaken by US Marines of the Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) and members of the Australian Defence Force from Australian Army’s 1st and 13th Brigade, and Royal Australian Air Force’s 36th, 37th and 75th Squadrons.

 

The three week warfighting exercise is being held at training areas in the Northern Territory and for the first time, in Western Australia to simulate a response to a regional security crisis.

 

Australian Army Colonel Marcus Constable, Commander Headquarters Northern Command said the exercise built on the recent successes of Exercises Southern Jackaroo and Crocodile Response.

 

“This annual exercise allows the ADF to rehearse with the US Marines in a combined arms littoral combat scenario,” Colonel Constable said.

 

“Koolendong strengthens the US-Australian relationship, advances and validates USMC-ADF interoperability and demonstrates preparedness to respond to a regional crisis.”

 

US Marine Colonel Christopher Steele, MRF-D’s Commanding Officer, said the culminating exercise of the MRF-D demonstrates the potency of the US and Australian alliance.

 

“We are deploying significant forces by land, air and sea to training areas in both WA and the NT including Mount Bundy Training Area, RAAF Base Curtin & Yampi Sound Training Area,” Colonel Steele said.

 

“This mid-intensity warfighting exercise replicates elements of a combined joint littoral combat operation supported by capabilities from the US Army and US Air Force.”

 

https://defbrief.com/2022/07/11/us-b-2-bombers-arrive-in-australia-for-rotational-deployment/

Anonymous ID: 177517 July 11, 2022, 11:52 a.m. No.16716550   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716449

General Research #21075 >>16707681

 

China's Foreign Minister blames Morrison government for poor relations, tells Penny Wong to 'treat us as a partner, not a threat'

 

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong that the Albanese government must form a "correct understanding" of China as a partner, not a threat, according to a Chinese government summary of their first meeting in Bali.

 

Key points:

 

China's Foreign Minister says the Morrison government is to blame for the deterioration of diplomatic ties in recent years

 

Mr Wang says the previous government was "determined to view China as an adversary and even a threat"

 

He hopes the Albanese government will now seize this opportunity to "reduce negative assets and create positive energy"

 

The meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' summit on Friday night ended more than three years of cold shoulder treatment from China's Foreign Ministry towards Australian ministers, and is a prominent step in the resumption of high level contact between the two countries.

 

China's government waited more than 24 hours after the meeting to present its account of the exchange, which Ms Wong described earlier as "an important first step" to "stabilise" the relationship.

 

She told reporters that she raised the prolonged detention of two Australian citizens in Beijing on national security charges and China's trade restrictions on multiple Australian exports, but declined to specify what Mr Wang asked of Australia.

 

Morrison government to blame

 

In a statement, China's Foreign Ministry said Mr Wang laid the blame for the extraordinary deterioration of diplomatic ties in recent years on the previous Australian government, telling Ms Wong the Morrison government was "determined to view China as an adversary and even a threat".

 

"[The previous government] undertook a series of irresponsible words and actions," Mr Wang said at the meeting, according to the Chinese government statement.

 

His statement is in line with Beijing's stance over the past few years that the Australian side is to blame rather than China, despite Xi Jinping's government jailing two Australians in secretive cases, sentencing a third to death and imposing billions of dollars of trade strikes in a thinly veiled effort to economically coerce Australia.

 

Four demands of Albanese government

 

With such measures failing to shift either the Morrison government's positions or Australian public opinion, Beijing has used the election of the Albanese government as a reason to resume diplomatic contact.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-10/treat-us-as-a-partner-not-a-threat-wang-yi-told-penny-wong/101225434

Anonymous ID: 177517 July 11, 2022, 11:53 a.m. No.16716555   🗄️.is 🔗kun

General Research #21075 >>16707751

Thousands of Australian companies folded last financial year as collapse nightmare worsens

 

Thousands of Aussie companies disappeared over the past year – and experts say it’s only going to get worse in the months ahead.

 

It’s no secret the construction industry is in crisis, with scores of big-name firms collapsing in recent months, leaving devastated staff and would-be homeowners in the lurch.

 

A number of well-known retailers – like luxury shoe chain Sneakerboy and grocery app Send – have also folded lately, while the catastrophic collapse of investment firm Remi Capital also dominated headlines earlier this year.

 

But it turns out those examples are just the tip of the iceberg, with Australia recording a staggering 3917 liquidations or administration appointments across all industries during the 2021-22 financial year.

 

While the construction sector led the charge, representing 28 per cent of all insolvencies, firms from countless industries also failed in the face of soaring inflation and interest rate pressures, Covid chaos, labour shortages and supply chain disruptions.

 

There were 1536 collapses in NSW, with Victoria recording 1022, Queensland 665, WA 350, South Australia 196, 91 for the ACT, 29 for Tasmania and 28 in the Northern Territory.

 

https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/thousands-of-australian-companies-folded-last-financial-year-as-collapse-nightmare-worsens/news-story/95aa1aa2343c3f4a943640868cefd486

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:25 a.m. No.16721686   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1690

>>16705051

Victorian government rejects chief health officer’s mask mandate recommendation

 

HAMISH SPENCE - JULY 12, 2022

 

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The Victorian government has been accused of going against health advice for political reasons after rejecting a recommendation from the state’s chief health officer to mandate masks in certain settings.

 

The Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas unveiled a range of new pandemic orders on Tuesday, with another wave of Covid sweeping through and the state’s hospital numbers continuing to climb.

 

But she only “strongly recommended” that masks be worn indoors and in crowded settings despite revealing acting chief health officer Ben Cowie had advised mandates should be reintroduced in some settings.

 

“The chief health officer has provided his advice and I have accepted his advice, except that I have chosen not to extend mandates for mask wearing in some of the settings that were recommended to me,” Ms Thomas said on Tuesday.

 

“The advice from the chief health officer was to mandate mask wearing in early childhood and school settings, and indeed in retail and in some hospitality settings for workers in those areas.

 

“I made a decision based on the advice that I had received that further mandating masks was not the most effective way to get the message out about the importance of mask wearing.

 

“We need to empower Victorians to make their own decisions.”

 

But new Victorian Nationals deputy leader Emma Kealy said the decision went against the government's previous stance of following health advice and was motivated by politics during a state election year.

 

“For the past two years, all we‘ve heard is that this government is listening to the health advice and now with an election looming, they’re making decisions informed by political will,” she said.

 

“We have a government that have got us into a chaotic mess in Victoria with their health care system crisis and with people not able to get their health care support when they need it.”

 

But Victorian Liberals leader Matthew Guy was supportive of the government’s decision.

 

“I’m glad the government aren’t introducing mask mandates; that’s one piece of good news,” he said.

 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra also welcomed the decision, calling it a “common sense” approach.

 

“The Victorian Chamber welcomes the approach of recommendations and not mandates; this puts the decision making back on the individual and businesses,” he said.

 

“We have advocated that mandates should be avoided. This is a commonsense approach which enables people to make their own decisions to protect their health, the health of their clients and their family and friends.

 

“We would also encourage our members to support their teams to get their third or fourth Covid-19 vaccination, such as time off to attend appointments.”

 

Masks are still mandatory on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and in high-risk settings.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:26 a.m. No.16721690   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16721686

 

2/2

 

Victoria’s Covid hospitalisation numbers have grown by more than 50 per cent over the last two weeks, with 737 people in the state’s hospitals as of Tuesday with the virus.

 

To help counter this issue, the government announced a “significant new investment” for a public campaign.

 

The Stay Well in Winter campaign will run on television, radio, and outdoor and digital channels to educate the community about the benefits of getting vaccinated, wearing a mask and maximising ventilation indoors.

 

Another round of the Small Business Ventilation Grant Program was also announced to help businesses invest in equipment that will keep their workers and customers safe in indoor settings.

 

These announcements were accompanied by changes to the state’s immunity and isolation rules.

 

The period when someone is considered a recently confirmed case, meaning they are exempt from testing and isolation and quarantine requirements, was reduced from 12 weeks to four weeks.

 

This change was in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice, with evidence suggesting that new Covid variants can evade immunity from prior infection.

 

Positive cases in seven-day isolation were given an additional reason to leave their home – to provide transport for a household member to obtain food if essential.

 

The infected person will need to remain in the car and wear a face covering at all times.

 

These changes will come into effect from 11:59m on Tuesday.

 

Ms Thomas also requested that employers consider working-from-home arrangements for their employees where “most appropriate”.

 

She encouraged Victorians to follow health advice during that state’s third Covid winter.

 

“This is our third Covid winter. We all wish that it would go away, but that is not happening. Victorians know what to do,” Ms Thomas said.

 

“As we’re seeing across the globe and around Australia, winter means more time inside where Covid and the flu can spread. It also means our nurses, ambos and doctors have never worked harder, and we can’t thank them enough.

 

“We are working with business and community leaders to ensure advice and information is provided to the wider community – to help all Victorians stay well this winter.

 

“Wearing a mask, getting up to date with your vaccinations and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated are small but effective steps Victorians and businesses can take to manage their own Covid risk this winter.”

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/victorian-government-rejects-mask-mandate-recommendation/news-story/18f80fca0a603fd2d52b1db35c87a7de

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:30 a.m. No.16721712   🗄️.is 🔗kun

PM Anthony Albanese rolls up sleeve for fourth Covid-19 vaccine

 

CATIE MCLEOD - JULY 12, 2022

 

Anthony Albanese has rolled up his sleeve for his second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

The Prime Minister received his fourth shot at a Sydney pharmacy on Tuesday, a day before he departs for Fiji to attend the Pacific Islands Forum.

 

At 59-years-old, Mr Albanese is part of the age bracket which has been recommended to have a fourth dose of the vaccine as infections surge.

 

He opted for a pharmacy in Rozelle in his inner-west electorate of Grayndler, where he was photographed smiling as he received his jab before posing for a selfie with a customer.

 

The federal government last week opened up fourth dose Covid-19 vaccinations to people aged 30 and over, and recommend fourth doses to people aged 50 to 64.

 

The changes are in line with advice from the expert immunisation panel ATAGI and come amid a winter wave of Covid-19 infections, as well as the emergence of new variants.

 

Health Minister Mark Butler last week warned Australians that two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine would no longer be enough to protect them against the virus.

 

“We’ve got the information campaigns out there. States are drumming home this message. Health experts are drumming home this message,” Mr Butler said.

 

“I think Australians are starting to see the impact of this growing third wave on their health and hospital systems through the winter, compounded by the impact of influenza as well.”

 

Mr Butler said the government hadn’t set a target for the uptake of fourth doses.

 

“We want to see the wonderful response to the first two-dose campaign, where more than 95 per cent of over 16s now have had two doses of vaccine,” he said.

 

“Let’s work to maximise that number because we know two doses is not sufficient protection against these Omicron numbers.

 

“We don’t have a number. We want to encourage individuals to act on that health advice.”

 

Mr Butler also said he had “put a strong case” to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme advisory committee asking them to expand access to antiviral treatments for the virus.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/pm-anthony-albanese-rolls-up-sleeve-for-fourth-covid19-vaccine/news-story/ae3bdb078e1c03de42884aac62d6f3fe

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:36 a.m. No.16721729   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9061

>>16701998

>>16704938

China maintains demands despite Prime Minister’s rebuff

 

COURTNEY GOULD - JULY 12, 2022

 

China has maintained it is ready to thaw diplomatic tensions despite Anthony Albanese cold shouldering Beijing after it released a list of demands.

 

A statement from China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi listing four “actions” by which Australia could improve its relationship with Beijing was rebuffed by the Prime Minister on Monday.

 

Mr Albanese said Australia “doesn’t respond to demands” when asked during a press conference on Monday.

 

But China‘s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Beijing remained open to talks – if the new government corrected perception of China.

 

“China is ready to re-examine, recalibrate, and reinvigorate bilateral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, and strive to bring bilateral relations back on the right track,” he told reporters in Beijing.

 

While he declined to comment directly on Mr Albanese’s comments, he said an improvement in relations would help both nations.

 

“We hope that Australia will seize the current opportunity, take concrete actions, and reshape a correct perception of China, work with China in the same direction, and reduce liabilities and build positive dynamics for improving China-Australia relations,” Mr Wang continued.

 

The Albanese government has been attempting to repair the damaged relationship between Beijing and Canberra since coming to power.

 

Foreign Minister Penny Wong met with her counterpart Wang Yi in Bali on Friday on the sidelines of the G20.

 

It was the first time the Foreign Ministers had met face-to-face since 2019.

 

According to a summary published by the China foreign ministry, he issued Senator Wong a list of measures Australia should take to mend ties.

 

It included seeing China as a partner rather than a rival, finding common ground over differences, not being manipulated by third parties and “building a positive and pragmatic social foundation of public opinion”.

 

When asked about the demands, Mr Albanese said he would stand up for Australia’s national interests.

 

“Australia doesn’t respond to demands. We respond to our own national interest,” he said.

 

“We will co-operate with China where we can. I want to build good relations with all countries. But we will stand up for Australia’s interests when we must.”

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/china-maintains-demands-despite-prime-ministers-rebuff/news-story/e4bdc71f637a8cc80ba2f14ee7b8d34d

 

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on July 11, 2022

 

Bloomberg: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued a four-point proposal to Australia over the weekend in order to get relations between the two countries back on track. The Australian Prime Minister stated his view on the meeting between the Chinese and Australian foreign ministers. Does the Chinese Foreign Ministry have any comment on the response from Australia?

 

Wang Wenbin: As noted by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi when meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, the China-Australia relationship is facing both challenges and opportunities. If the relationship can achieve sound development, that will serve the common interests of the two peoples and be conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. China is ready to re-examine, re-calibrate, and reinvigorate bilateral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, and strive to bring bilateral relations back on the right track.

 

We hope that Australia will seize the current opportunity, take concrete actions, reshape a correct perception of China, work with China in the same direction, and reduce liabilities and build positive dynamics for improving China-Australia relations.

 

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/202207/t20220711_10718490.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:44 a.m. No.16721760   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1780

>>16704978

China influenced Kiribati exit from Pacific Islands Forum, MP claims

 

Opposition leader calls withdrawal from PIF an ‘extreme move’ and claims the reasons offered by Kiribati’s president were just excuses

 

Rimon Rimon - 12 Jul 2022

 

Kiribati’s decision to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum on the eve of the event was an extreme move driven by pressure from China, the Micronesian nation’s opposition leader says.

 

Tessie Lambourne, a former top diplomat who was elected to Kiribati’s parliament in 2020, said she was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the government’s move to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

 

She said the reasons offered by Kiribati’s president, Taneti Maamau, for leaving the forum, contained in a leaked letter to the PIF secretary general, were just “excuses”.

 

Lambourne, who for more than a decade led Kiribati’s diplomatic corps as secretary for foreign affairs and secretary to cabinet, said she was embarrassed by the contents of the letter.

 

She said she believed the decision to withdraw from PIF was influenced by China, claiming that the Maamau administration was weak, vulnerable and greatly indebted to a superpower that was aggressively trying to acquire strong footing in the region.

 

“I believe there is someone telling our government that we don’t need regional solidarity. That we don’t need to be a part of the Pacific family. That we don’t need Australia and New Zealand. They are telling us that they are here for us and that they will help us with everything we need,” she said.

 

Lambourne said the issues raised in Maamau’s letter should have led to Kiribati sending a delegation or special envoy to the PIF, “because that’s where we sort out our issues as a family … but to opt out instead is an extreme move that raises a lot of concerns”.

 

“President Maamau is trying to portray to the region and the world that Kiribati has been abandoned and excluded from consultations and due considerations and that we are not part of the Pacific family, hence the withdrawal,” Lambourne said.

 

“I’m embarrassed because what we are saying is that we are not in the fold … we are outside. And why are we outside? I think it’s us who keep ourselves out … because we are not engaged or engaging.”

 

At the weekend, Maamau outlined four reasons for the decision to leave the forum, most of which centre on his belief that the forum has not adequately addressed the concerns of Micronesian countries – including Kiribati – who threatened to leave the PIF more than a year ago.

 

In February 2021, Micronesian leaders announced plans to leave the regional body after their candidate for secretary general was passed over in favour of a Polynesian candidate, despite a “gentleman’s agreement” that the top job should be shared between Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian candidates.

 

The Micronesian leaders had signalled their intention to leave the forum at the end of June, but last-minute talks in Suva last month between key Pacific leaders, including some from Micronesia, were thought to have resolved the impasse.

 

Lambourne said regional solidarity was more critical than ever given the landscape of heightened geopolitical tension.

 

“When we attend international or UN meetings at the global stage such as COP meetings on climate change, we cannot go alone because we need the support of our region because that’s where our strength lies – in numbers and in regional solidarity,” she said.

 

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said China had no involvement with Kiribati’s decision in a statement on Tuesday. “I read media reports saying that Kiribati’s withdrawal from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) may have something to do with China,” he said.

 

“Let me make it clear that these reports are completely groundless. For years, China and the PIF have sound cooperative relations. I would like to stress that China does not interfere in the internal affairs of Pacific Islands countries.”

 

Lambourne added that it was in China’s interest for Kiribati to be isolated from the Pacific family.

 

“I always say this because I don’t trust China’s intentions,” she said. “What will Kiribati achieve now by not being a member of the forum? And what family do we belong to now if we have pulled out from our Pacific family?”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/12/china-influenced-kiribati-exit-from-pacific-islands-forum-mp-claims

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:48 a.m. No.16721780   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

>>16704978

>>16721760

China does not interfere in the internal affairs of Pacific Islands countries.

 

SpokespersonCHN发言人办公室

 

Jul 11, 2022

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQyn4COOd8k

 

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on July 11, 2022

 

Reuters: Kiribati has withdrawn from the Pacific Islands Forum. Does China favor this outcome?

 

Wang Wenbin: Regarding your question, I read media reports saying that Kiribati’s withdrawal from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) may have something to do with China. Let me make it clear that these reports are completely groundless. For years, China and the PIF have sound cooperative relations. I would like to stress that China does not interfere in the internal affairs of Pacific Islands countries (PICs) and hopes to see greater solidarity and closer cooperation among PICs for common development. 

 

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/202207/t20220711_10718490.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 2:59 a.m. No.16721824   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716521

>>16716533

Stealth bombers fly into Brisbane in US show of force to region

 

Cameron Atfield - July 12, 2022

 

Some of the United States’ deadliest bombers have arrived at Amberley, just west of Brisbane, in a not-so-stealthy show of force to the Indo-Pacific.

 

At least four nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers flew almost 14,000 kilometres from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to land at RAAF Base Amberley this week.

 

The bomber’s flying wing design, meaning it lacks a fuselage and a tail, allows it to evade enemy radar as it approaches its target.

 

Although designed to evade detection, the B-2s’ arrival in Brisbane was well publicised by both the US and Australian air forces.

 

While in Australia, the B-2s will conduct training and “strategic deterrence missions” with the Royal Australian Air Force and other allies that the US Air Force said was “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific”.

 

An RAAF spokeswoman said the visit was part of the two air forces’ Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative.

 

“EAC aims to deepen advanced air-to-air integration between the Australian Defence Force and United States air elements to enable the two countries to operate together seamlessly,” she said.

 

“The EAC initiative has been operating successfully for several years as one of the United States Force Posture Initiatives.

 

“…The RAAF welcomes the visiting aircraft and personnel and looks forward to working with them during this activity.”

 

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Kousgaard, US Air Force 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander, said the visit was more than just about training.

 

It was also about sending a message.

 

“This deployment of the B-2 to Australia demonstrates and enhances the readiness and lethality of our long-range penetrating strike force,” Lieutenant Colonel Kousgaard said.

 

“We look forward to training and enhancing our interoperability with our RAAF teammates, as well as partners and allies across the Indo-Pacific as we meet [Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force] objectives.”

 

The 393rd Bomb Squadron remains the only unit to have deployed nuclear weapons in combat, with the bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II both conducted by the 393rd.

 

The B-2 can deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons.

 

The deployment of B-2s to Australia was telegraphed last year in a Pentagon review, which noted new rotations were needed to “deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea”.

 

https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/stealth-bombers-fly-into-brisbane-in-us-show-of-force-to-region-20220712-p5b0zb.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 3:03 a.m. No.16721828   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16716521

>>16716533

Two USAF B-2A Spirit Stealth Bombers Arrive into RAAF Base Amberley to support PCAF training efforts

 

ePixel Images

 

Jul 12, 2022

 

Wow another visit to RAAF Base Amberley by two B2's this time!!

 

USAF Northrop B-2A Spirit Stealth Bombers Reg. 82-1068 'Spirit of New York' as 'Rave 11' and 82-1070 'Spirit of Ohio' as 'Rave 12' arrived into RAAF Base Amberley on 10 July 2022 as a Task Force deployment from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, USA, to support PACAF training efforts with allies, partners, and conduct Joint Force and strategic deterrence missions to reinforce the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Such an amazing sight of these incredibly stealthy and deadly machines!

 

Gear used:

 

Canon R3 camera with Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II Lens + 2.0x III extender.

 

It is very challenging to capture video footage with a Super Telephoto!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DKx296GOkA

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 3:10 a.m. No.16721848   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1851 >>9095 >>7613 >>0439

Marles warns Australia, US must step up to avoid ‘catastrophic failure’ in Indo-Pacific

 

Farrah Tomazin - July 12, 2022

 

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Washington: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles has used his first post-election trip to the US to warn that both countries must lift their game in the Indo-Pacific to avoid a “catastrophic failure of deterrence” in the face of growing threats.

 

Speaking shortly after he landed in Washington, Marles – who is also defence minister – vowed that Australia would “do its share” to bolster its military capabilities in the region, with the Albanese government determined to “take greater responsibility for its own security” compared to its predecessors.

 

While there was “no more important partner to Australia than the United States,” Marles said, both sides would have to step up in the Indo-Pacific given the challenges they faced, from climate change or coercion in the South China Sea to a military build-up from China “occurring at a rate unseen since World War II”.

 

“Notwithstanding our strong foundations, we can’t afford to stand still,” he said in a keynote address at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, one of Washington’s leading think tanks.

 

“In the years ahead, the US-Australia alliance will not only have to operate in a much more challenging strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific; it will need to contribute to a more effective balance of military power aimed at avoiding a catastrophic failure of deterrence.”

 

The Defence Minister flew to Washington to meet his US counterpart, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, as well as other government officials, policymakers and members of Congress, where he will spend the next few days discussing the AUKUS agreement and the ties between the two countries more broadly.

 

Marles’ trip represents the first time he has visited the US since taking office and comes as the Albanese government decides in coming months whether to choose a US or British design for a nuclear submarine fleet promised under the AUKUS strategic pact.

 

He has previously said he doubts Australia would be able to build its first nuclear submarine by the former Morrison government’s deadline of 2038.

 

Asked by the Herald and The Age how the US would help Australia with that capability gap – and whether he would discuss acquiring ready-made submarines, as flagged by Opposition Leader Peter Dutton – Marles replied: “The former government had not really advanced the proposition beyond acquiring the capability in the 2040s. We want to be talking to the United Kingdom and the United States about how we can get that first submarine earlier. Our mind is very open about all the possibilities that we need to be looking at to close that capability gap.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 3:11 a.m. No.16721851   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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The trip also comes at a critical juncture for Australia’s relationship with China, with the Labor government seeking to mend ties with Beijing while many in the US remain hawkish about its ongoing rise in the Indo-Pacific.

 

In April, after China and the Solomon Islands sent shockwaves around the world by signing a security pact, Democrat Congressman Joe Courtney, the co-chair of Congress’ so-called “AUKUS caucus”, told The Age and the Herald that Beijing’s encroachment in the region was like “boiling a frog, where you turn up the temperature bit by bit”.

 

Marles – who met recently with Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe – did not mention China directly in his speech but, in a Q&A session with CSIS Australia chair Charles Edel, he said China “was seeking to shape the world around us in a way we’ve not seen before”.

 

In response to these changing dynamics, he added, Australia was acquiring new types of military capabilities such as greater missile and aerial denial capabilities, cyber enhancements and hypersonic weapons.

 

“In particular we worry about use of force or coercion to advance territorial claims, as is occurring in the South China Sea, and its implications for the any number of places in the Indo-Pacific where borders or sovereignty is disputed,” Marles said.

 

He also lashed out at Russia, whose “war against Ukraine is not just a brutal attempt to subjugate a sovereign state – it’s a calculated application of violence, intended to roll back the post-Soviet order from one founded on sovereignty and self-determination, to one governed by the rule of might and force.”

 

This can’t be allowed to succeed, he said. “Only by ensuring such tactics fail can we deter their future employment, in Europe, the Indo-Pacific, or elsewhere.”

 

And he vowed that Australia would not take its status in the Indo-Pacific for granted, noting that “the Pacific has been clear in saying that geopolitical competition is of lesser concern to them than the threat of rising sea levels, economic insecurity, and transnational crime. Australia respects and understands this position.”

 

“Pacific Island countries have choices about their partners. And we will work to earn their trust,” he said.

 

Marles began his trip on Monday morning (US time) by visiting Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where those who served in American military conflicts are buried, including former presidents John F Kennedy and William Taft.

 

The defence minister laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before visiting the Japanese Embassy to pay his respects after the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

 

Among the dignitaries in the audience for the CSIS speech was Australia’s ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos, former US Ambassador to Australia Arthur B Culvahouse and Defence Force chief Angus Campbell.

 

Later this week, Marles will address the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, which Dutton will also attend in between holidaying overseas.

 

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/marles-warns-australia-us-must-step-up-to-avoid-catastrophic-failure-in-indo-pacific-20220712-p5b0vb.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 12, 2022, 3:29 a.m. No.16721901   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9148 >>9155

>>16444172 (pb)

Disgraced TV star Robert Hughes confronted in UK

 

9 News Australia

 

Jul 12, 2022

 

A Current Affair crime editor Simon Bouda tracked and confronted Robert Hughes in the UK after the disgraced Hey Dad! star and paedophile was released on parole.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJJGNjy348

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:39 a.m. No.16729011   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9018 >>9023 >>9043 >>9051 >>9115 >>9514 >>6715

Anthony Albanese hugs Solomon Islands PM and preaches positivity at Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji

 

Stephen Dziedzic - 13 July 2022

 

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his Solomon Islands counterpart have hugged and greeted each other warmly while meeting face to face for the first time on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Fiji.

 

Tensions between Australia and Solomon Islands have intensified in the wake of Honiara's decision to strike a contentious security pact with China.

 

But the initial exchange between the two leaders showed positive signs the countries could smooth their increasingly strained relationship.

 

"Ahhh, I need a hug!" Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said as the pair embraced.

 

"It's good to meet you and thank you for the discussion we've had on the phone about our common interests," Mr Albanese told him.

 

"The relationship between us is very important and there's much more we can do to cooperate and develop those relationships of trust."

 

Mr Sogavare said Solomon Islands and Australia had been friends even before independence.

 

"We are family and there are many issues, and that makes family stronger," Mr Sogavare said.

 

Details of the pact with China have not been disclosed, but Mr Sogavare has ruled out allowing Beijing to have a military base in Solomon Islands.

 

When questioned on the issue earlier in the day, Mr Albanese would not say whether he would press his counterpart on the pact.

 

He said he would aim to have an honest discussion.

 

"And that means not necessarily agreeing with each other the whole time, but it means being able to have an open dialogue," he said.

 

Albanese aims to bring positivity to forum in Suva

 

Mr Albanese arrived in the Fijian capital on Wednesday saying he wanted to bring "positive energy" to the forum to help heal divisions which threaten the unity of the peak regional body.

 

He also welcomed the Biden administration's promise to ramp up its diplomatic engagement in the region.

 

The meeting of foreign leaders in Suva has been overshadowed by internal divisions after Kiribati announced it would quit the forum.

 

The controversy has its roots in a complex dispute over leadership, but the opposition in Kiribati has accused China of driving the decision.

 

Mr Albanese would not be drawn on the cause of the split when asked about it in Suva, saying he wanted to focus on how to heal the rift.

 

"What I want to do and what I bring to this forum is a positive energy, and I'll be doing all that I can to bring all of the nations who are members of the Pacific Forum together," he told reporters.

 

Several Micronesian leaders have been trying to reach the President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, but so far he has refused to return calls.

 

Mr Albanese arrived in Fiji after US Vice-President Kamala Harris laid out a suite of new measures to boost America's presence in the region, telling Pacific Island leaders this morning the region had not always "received the diplomatic attention and support that you deserve".

 

She also warned that nations in the Pacific must be "free from aggression or coercion" in a clear reference to China.

 

"At a time when we see bad actors seeking to undermine the rules-based order, we must stand united," she told the forum.

 

"We must remind ourselves that [by] upholding a system of laws, institutions,and common understandings, this is how we ensure stability and indeed prosperity around the world."

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:40 a.m. No.16729018   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729011

 

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Chinese embassy officials sneak into US address

 

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama responded warmly to the new commitments and took a swipe at the former US president Donald Trump's administration, saying the US was now "looking a lot more like the Pacific partner we have traditionally held it to be".

 

There was a brief kerfuffle during the Vice-President's address after two Chinese embassy officials entered the room, despite not being formally invited.

 

The two men — who the ABC has been told are the defence attaché and the deputy defence attaché at the Chinese embassy in Suva — were asked to leave the venue after they stood in the media area and were identified by a Fijian journalist.

 

However the officials later returned to the back of the room where the Vice-President's address was taking place.

 

It is not clear if they were given permission to do so, and when the ABC approached the two men after the event they declined to speak.

 

Mr Albanese also praised the new announcements from the Biden administration, saying it would "renew" the US commitment to the region.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-13/anthony-albanese-pacific-islands-forum-fiji-australia/101233822

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:41 a.m. No.16729023   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9027

>>16729011

US hasn’t given Pacific the support it deserved, Kamala Harris tells forum

 

JOE KELLY, SARAH ISON and ADAM CREIGHTON - JULY 13, 2022

 

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US Vice President Kamala Harris has told Pacific Island leaders via a virtual address that America will strengthen the international rules based order and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pacific nations.

 

The comments, aimed at drawing a contrast with the approach taken by Beijing without directly referencing China, went to the importance of nations conducting their affairs “free from aggression or coercion.”

 

“At a time when we see bad actors seeking to undermine the rules based order, we must stand United,” she told the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji.

 

“We must remind ourselves that (by) upholding a system of laws, institutions and common understandings, this is how we ensure stability and indeed prosperity around the world.”

 

Ms Harris said that relations between the US and the Pacific would take place in the spirit of openness and transparency. She said the future of the Pacific Islands and the US was inextricably linked with their historic bonds “going back generations” through shared fights for “freedom and liberty.”

 

Ms Harris said that America wanted to deepen its partnership with the Pacific, conceding that the Pacific Islands may not have previously “received the diplomatic attention and support that you deserve.”

 

“We are going to change that,” she said.

 

“The US has an enduring commitment to the Pacific Islands which is why President Joe Biden and I seek to strengthen our partnership with you.”

 

The speech is accompanied by a series of new actions being taken by the US to reflect the elevated priority it attaches to the region, with America to establish diplomatic outposts in Kiribati and Tonga while reopening its embassy in Solomon Islands which has signed a new security agreement with China.

 

The White House has also confirmed the US government will release its first national strategy on the Pacific Islands and appoint a designated envoy to the PIF to “increase our overall diplomatic footprint across the Pacific Islands”.

 

US Peace Corps volunteers will also “soon return to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu”, while America also confirmed a re-established US Agency for International Development would “take steps to expand its presence in the Pacific to improve close co-operation with its host country partners”.

 

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama responded to Ms Harris’ comments by saying the US had “long been a Pacific power.”

 

“America is prepared to become a Pacific power like never before,” he said.

 

Mr Bainimarama also welcomed the request from the Biden Administration from

 

congress for up to $60m per year for the next ten years to assist with economic development and ocean resilience in the Pacific, describing it as a powerful commitment.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:41 a.m. No.16729027   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9029

>>16729023

 

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US pushback in the Pacific

 

The US has joined Australia’s ­effort to push back against the rise of Chinese influence in the Pacific with a multimillion-dollar package of funding for island nations and a ramped-up diplomatic presence in the region.

 

Vice-President Kamala Harris told Pacific leaders the US will triple funding to $US60m ($88.5m) a year over the next decade for economic development and increase “ocean resiliency” by combating illegal fishing.

 

The US will also establish outposts in Kiribati and Tonga and Ms Harris says that the superpower is “on track” to reopen its embassy in Solomon Islands.

 

The US announcement came ahead of Anthony Albanese landing in Fiji for the PIF, and as Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Tuesday met with New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in the capital, Suva.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles – who is in the US on a four-day trip – also said Aus­tralia and the US must step up their ­engagement and military capabilities in the Pacific to avoid a “catastrophic failure of ­deterrence”.

 

“We worry about use of force or coercion to advance territorial claims, as is occurring in the South China Sea, and its impli­cations for any number of places in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Marles said in Washington.

 

“I will be proposing specific measures that both sides could adopt to streamline processes and overcome barriers to procurement, investment, information and data sharing systems and export requirements.”

 

Ahead of Ms Harris’s virtual address to Pacific Island nations this week, the White House confirmed the US government would release its first national strategy on the Pacific Islands and appoint a designated envoy to the PIF to “increase our overall diplomatic footprint across the Pacific ­Islands”.

 

The White House also revealed US Peace Corps volunteers would “soon return to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu”, while confirming a re-established US Agency for International Development would “take steps to expand its presence in the Pacific to improve close co-operation with its host country partners”.

 

China has increasingly flexed its muscles in the Pacific Islands, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi touring the Pacific in June in a bid to persuade 10 island nations to join a trade and security pact after penning a historic deal with Solomon Islands that would allow Beijing troops to be stationed in the region.

 

While failing to secure consensus of all targeted nations at the time, China signed individual ­accords with countries including Kiribati and Samoa.

 

It followed warnings from US Indo-Pacific co-ordinator Kurt Campbell earlier this year that the Pacific was the region most likely to witness a “strategic surprise” over the “next year or two”, flagging that the US needed to “step up its game” on engagement across the Indo-Pacific as China’s influence grew.

 

On Tuesday before the US package was announced, the Prime Minister said ensuring security in the region did not come down solely to “defence spending”.

 

“Our neighbours in the Pacific understand that climate change is a national security issue,” he said, following an address to the Sydney Energy Forum.

 

“They regard – just as the US does – it being at the centre of national security and I look forward to the discussions that I’ll have with the leaders in the Pacific.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:42 a.m. No.16729029   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>0963

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Mr Albanese, who is flying to Fiji on Wednesday, is expected to focus on Australia’s updated target of a 43 per cent cut to emissions on 2005 levels in talks with leaders behind closed doors on Thursday.

 

However, Labor’s allowance for more than 100 new coal and gas projects to go ahead is set to be a stumbling block.

 

Pacific Minister Pat Conroy said the coalmines would “go through normal environmental approvals”, and Australia’s 43 per cent emissions target was “absolutely credible”.

 

“The 43 per cent emissions reduction target will be across the whole economy and we‘re confident we’ve got policies in place to achieve that,” he said.

 

Senator Wong said fossil fuel projects would “be dealt with in accordance with Australian law”, but stressed Australia’s updated climate target had been met with a sense of “relief” by Pacific Island nations.

 

“In my bilaterals and my private discussions and in the public discussions I’ve had, there’s actually a sense of relief that finally Australia is prepared to actually do something,” she said.

 

“It’s completely legitimate for island states, which are already experiencing, and have for many years, the effects of climate change to urge us to do more. But given Australia has been so intransigent for the last decade, I think the view particularly has been relief.”

 

The Greens seized on the concerns of Pacific nations regarding new coal and gas projects and said Australia must “walk the talk” on its climate commitments.

 

“If we don’t change course on coal and gas, big talk will mean nothing to our regional neighbours,” Greens leader Adam Bandt said. “This is a time to rebuild trust in the region, not threaten their homes with more coal and gas.

 

“Pacific Island leaders know opening new coal and gas projects is a threat to their survival.”

 

PIF secretary-general Henry Puna said the world needed to urgently reduce its emissions by 45 per cent this decade and not lose sight of the climate emergency in the wake of events like Ukraine.

 

Mr Bainimarama said the issue of unity was key to this year’s forum, issuing the challenge for nations to “be assertive” rather than allowing others to dictate their fate, in a veiled swipe at China.

 

“How will we, the Pacific Islands Forum, choose to navigate these challenges and opportunities as we verge into the future?” he said in an address on Wednesday.

 

“Will we forge ahead together? Will we take individuals paths? Will we be assertive or will we leave it to others to decide our fate?”

 

It follows Kiribati pulling out of the PIF leader’s dialogue this week, prompting concerns the move would weaken the forum against emerging threats like China.

 

After discussion with Pacific Island leaders on Tuesday, Mr Conroy “wouldn’t say I’m more optimistic about Kiribati rejoining … I think it’s one where we have to let Kiribati go through their paces.

 

“We all have to work hard to support Kiribati deciding to rejoin the PIF,” he said on ABC.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/us-launches-its-mission-pacific-with-aid-diplomacy/news-story/b5674f5e07d98e2677820679f5dfabdc

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:49 a.m. No.16729043   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9045 >>1293

>>16729011

U.S. to open new embassies, boost aid in Pacific as China’s sway grows

 

Michael E. Miller - July 12, 2022

 

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SYDNEY — The United States said Tuesday it would expand its diplomatic presence in the Pacific, as it seeks to counter the growing influence of China in a region of intensifying great-power rivalry.

 

The new efforts, which will be announced by Vice President Harris during a virtual address to leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Fiji, will include two additional U.S. embassies and a tripling of some aid, among other measures.

 

The diplomatic push comes amid concerns that China has supplanted the United States as the friend of choice for some Pacific island nations. China struck a security agreement with the Solomon Islands in April despite American objections. And the Chinese foreign minister recently signed several other bilateral agreements during an eight-country tour of the region.

 

The Biden administration has sought to shift American focus from the Middle East to Asia. It has withdrawn U.S. troops from Afghanistan, ramped up the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue with Japan, Australia and India, and launched the AUKUS pact with Britain and Australia, which, like the Quad, is seen as a countermeasure to China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

 

Yet China’s security agreement with the Solomon Islands — the site of a key American military victory at Guadalcanal during World War II — appeared to catch the United States and its close regional allies, Australia and New Zealand, by surprise.

 

The new diplomatic initiatives come as the United States tries to restore some of its influence in the region.

 

“We are significantly stepping up our game in the Pacific islands,” said a senior administration official who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity ahead of the vice president’s PIF appearance. The official said the United States is not asking Pacific island nations to choose between it and China.

 

“We are focusing on our own engagement and our own interests and our own support,” the official said. “Of course contrasts [with China] will be made, and we would like to think that contrast looks favorably on us, where we’ve been a responsible security actor in the region, in fact, in the entire Indo-Pacific, for many decades and have helped to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

 

Among the measures Harris will announce to Pacific leaders will be new U.S. embassies in Kiribati and Tonga. In 2019, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands both switched their diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, underscoring the inroads Beijing has made in the region.

 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited both countries during his Pacific tour in late May and signed bilateral agreements with each.

 

Kiribati announced this week that it was withdrawing from the PIF, purportedly over a leadership dispute, although an opposition leader told the Guardian the withdrawal was the result of Chinese pressure. China has denied that.

 

The U.S. official said that the Biden administration was “concerned” by Kiribati’s withdrawal but that discussions over the issue are ongoing.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:50 a.m. No.16729045   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729043

 

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Harris will also announce that the administration aims to triple funding for economic development and ocean resilience in the region to $60 million a year for the next decade, although Congress will have to approve the increase. Some of the funds would go toward combating the impact of climate change on the Pacific island nations, which are among the world’s most vulnerable.

 

The United States will also appoint its first envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum, which, despite infighting, has emerged as a key regional bloc. In a sign of the region’s growing geopolitical importance, the Biden administration will also design and release its first national strategy specifically devoted to the Pacific islands.

 

Harris will announce the return of the Peace Corps to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu after volunteers were withdrawn during the pandemic. The Biden administration is also exploring expanding the program to additional Pacific island countries.

 

“We are expanding our footprint and making sure we have the people and apparatus in place to deepen our cooperation on a day-to-day basis and to deliver concrete results,” the senior administration official said.

 

But the Solomon Islands show the limitations of such outreach. In February, the Biden administration announced it would reopen its long-shuttered embassy in the nation’s capital, Honiara, only for China to announce its security agreement two months later.

 

That agreement stirred fears of a Chinese military base about 1,000 miles from Australian shores, though China and the Solomon Islands denied that would happen. China recently failed in an attempt to strike a similar but far broader security agreement with 10 Pacific island countries, but Beijing has suggested it will try again.

 

Australia’s recently elected center-left Labor government has also promised to boost diplomacy, aid and military ties to Pacific island nations to counter Beijing’s growing influence.

 

Despite a slight easing of tensions between the two countries, highlighted by the first ministerial meetings in three years, China has yet to lift punishing tariffs on Australia.

 

During a visit to Washington this week, Richard Marles, the Australian defense minister and deputy prime minister, said the United States and Australia will need to increase their presence in the Indo-Pacific, warning that a failure to maintain a balance of power could be “catastrophic.”

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/12/kamala-harris-pacific-islands-us-china/

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:52 a.m. No.16729051   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

>>16729011

US VP Kamala Harris speaks at Pacific Islands Leaders Forum | 13/07/2022

 

fijivillage

 

Jul 13, 2022

 

USAID taking steps to re-establish a regional mission in Suva – US Vice President

 

US plans to triple it’s funding for economic development and ocean resilience for the Pacific

 

https://www.fijivillage.com/news/We-plan-to-triple-US-funding-for-economic-development-and-ocean-resilience-for-the-Pacific–US-Vice-President-rxf548/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMLwjKt4cew

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:57 a.m. No.16729061   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9070 >>9074 >>9087

>>16704938

>>16721729

Beijing says ‘anti-China forces’ manipulating Anthony Albanese

 

WILL GLASGOW - JULY 13, 2022

 

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Beijing has said “anti-China forces” were responsible for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s dismissal of a four point list given to Australia by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

 

The party-state masthead Global Times said Prime Minister Albanese had yielded to “the unhealthy atmosphere within Australia toward China”, which it blamed on the Morrison government.

 

“Obviously, some anti-China forces in the US and Australia do not want to see China-Australia relations break the ice,” the Global Times wrote in its lead editorial on Wednesday.

 

In a separate news-story, the party-state masthead quoted a Shanghai-based scholar of Australia-China relations who worried the Albanese government would “continue competition against China in a more subtle and tactical manner” despite having a “softer tone” than the Morrison government.

 

Chinese foreign policy experts made similar observations about the Biden administration after Beijing’s attempt to blame the breakdown in US-China relations on Donald Trump failed to change Washington’s policy settings.

 

China’s Foreign Minister — President Xi Jinping’s second most senior envoy — met his Australian counterpart in Bali on Friday, ending an almost three-year communication freeze imposed by Beijing.

 

Mr Wang told his Australian counterpart China was now willing to “re-examine and recalibrate” the bilateral relationship “based on mutual respect”.

 

He also gave her a list of four requirements to improve the relationship: Australia must treat China as a “partner rather than a rival”; the two countries must seek “common ground while shelving differences”; Australia must reject “manipulation by a third party”; and both countries must build “public support featuring positiveness and pragmatism”.

 

Some in Australia — including James Laurenceson, director of UTS’s Australia-China Relations Institute — have objected to the characterisation of Mr Wang’s “four musts” as “demands”.

 

The Global Times agreed in Wednesday’s editorial, writing: “It needs to be emphasised that these ‘four points’ are not ‘demands.’”

 

In an attempt at clarifying the remarks on Monday, China’s foreign ministry said Mr Wang had “issued a four-point proposal to Australia”.

 

“We hope that Australia will seize the current opportunity, take concrete actions, reshape a correct perception of China, work with China in the same direction, and reduce liabilities and build positive dynamics for improving China-Australia relations,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:58 a.m. No.16729070   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Albanese said Australia “doesn’t respond to demands” when asked about China’s list.

 

“We respond to our own national interest,” Mr Albanese said on Monday.

 

In its editorial, The Global Times said Australia’s concern with values made “China feel very strange”.

 

“We really hope that Australia can truly put its own national interests first, and at the same time we want to point out that it’s up to Australia as to what kind of values it wants to hold and China has no intention of interfering and changing Australia’s values. To be honest, Australia always emphasises this concern, which makes China feel very strange,” the party-state masthead wrote.

 

It said “Canberra fired the ‘first shot’ in undermining China-Australia relations,” marking the trigger as the Turnbull government’s decision to ban Chinese provider Huawei from Australia’s 5G network in 2018.

 

“Australia is the first country in the world to ban Huawei and other Chinese suppliers from providing 5G equipment, it has also served as a belligerent voice in provoking China on a series of issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Which of these actions that harm China-Australia relations is in Australia’s actual interests?” the Global Times wrote.

 

Australian public sentiment soured profoundly during the almost three years that Beijing imposed its ministerial freeze, black-listed Australian exports worth $20 billion-a-year and imprisoned two Australians, Cheng Lei and Dr Yang Hengjun.

 

A recent Lowy poll found Australians’ trust in China had plunged to just 12 per cent, down from 52 per cent in 2018.

 

A separate poll by the Australia-China Relations Institute found a majority of Australians wanted their government to take a “harder line” with China.

 

The same ACRI poll found almost 60 per cent of Australians surveyed wanted the government to force Chinese company Landbridge to sell the Port of Darwin, which it took control of in 2015. Only 13 per cent of those surveyed disagreed.

 

A fortnight ago, the Chinese party-state’s other English language masthead China Daily accused Mr Albanese of a “lack of diplomatic nous and poor grasp of political realities”, after he made a link between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Beijing’s threats to Taiwan.

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/beijing-says-antichina-forces-manipulating-anthony-albanese/news-story/3ad0a1afd2010ebf25de5f367cf1ce13

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 12:59 a.m. No.16729074   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9077

>>16729061

China-Australia ties cannot be eased on top of ‘minefields’: Global Times editorial

 

Global Times - Jul 12, 2022

 

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Some US and Australian media on Tuesday hyped the news that Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese "rejected Beijing's four-point demands," making up a story in which Beijing put pressure on Canberra while Albanese resisted pressure and uncompromisingly refused to give in. This seems to be an affirmation for Albanese on the surface, but it actually created obstacles for the current Australian government in easing relations with China. Put another way, it is putting Canberra in a difficult position, and forcing it not to "soften its stance" toward China.

 

The whole thing is not complicated. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on July 8 during the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. This was the first meeting between Chinese and Australian foreign ministers in three years, which was being viewed as an important step in thawing bilateral relations. Both China and Australia believe the meeting was constructive. But obviously, some anti-China forces in the US and Australia do not want to see China-Australia relations break the ice.

 

During the meeting, Wang said that China hopes that Australia will seize the current opportunity, take concrete actions, reshape a correct perception of China, and reduce negative assets and accumulate positive energy for improving China-Australia relations. First, stick to regarding China as a partner rather than a rival. Second, stick to the way we get along with each other, which features seeking common ground while reserving differences. Third, stick to not targeting any third party or being controlled by any third party. Fourth, stick to building positive and pragmatic social foundations and public support. It is this four-point proposal, which is both sincere and reasonable, that has been summed up by those with an ulterior motive in the US and Australia as "Beijing's four-point demand", and prompted them to seek a response from Albanese.

 

In fact, this is a trap constructed by American and Western opinion, which has created the image of a "coercive" China in line with Western narratives. Albanese stressed that Australia would "respond to our own national interest" and said that "we will stand up for Australia's interests when we must." To a large extent it was yielding to the unhealthy atmosphere within Australia toward China, which was promoted and amplified by the previous Morrison government.

 

It needs to be emphasized that these "four points" are not "demands." Handling bilateral ties based on equality and mutual respect is not asking too much, and should be the bottom line for the two countries to handle the relationship in the right way.

 

And the point of "sticking to not targeting any third party or being controlled by any third party" attacked by American and Western opinion is even more inexplicable. Isn't this normal international exchange norm? On the other hand, if Australia subjects itself to the US, then China can directly deal with Washington, what's the point of developing relations with Canberra?

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1 a.m. No.16729077   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1840

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Nowadays, American and Western opinion is very keen to use "values" to hold Canberra captive, and Australian authorities also like to talk about "Australian interests" or "Australian values." We really hope that Australia can truly put its own national interests first, and at the same time we want to point out that it's up to Australia as to what kind of values it wants to hold and China has no intention of interfering and changing Australia's values. To be honest, Australia always emphasizes this concern, which makes China feel very strange.

 

Canberra fired the "first shot" in undermining China-Australia relations. Australia is the first country in the world to ban Huawei and other Chinese suppliers from providing 5G equipment, it has also served as a belligerent voice in provoking China on a series of issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Which of these actions that harm China-Australia relations is in Australia's actual interests? Canberra often talks about the lifting of the so-called trade sanctions against Australia, but avoids talking about China's legitimate interests and reasonable concerns.

 

After the current Australian government came to power, it signaled its intention to ease the relationship between the two countries, but the "landmine" fuse of bilateral relations has not been eliminated, and the normal exchanges between the two countries cannot be established on top of "minefields."

 

Washington is paying close attention to every move made by Canberra and inside Australia, there are also "watchful eyes". This oppressive atmosphere of domestic and foreign policies was created by the previous government. Some Australian opinion believes that in view of the tense atmosphere at home and abroad against China, the current Australian government may adopt the roundabout tactics of "one step back and two steps forward" to repair China-Australia relations, and prevent the sudden end to any rapid policy shift. But in any case, continuing the "megaphone diplomacy" of the Morrison government can only be counterproductive; it is even more hopeless to treat China-Australia relations as an appendage of US-Australia relations.

 

Some in the Australian media have quoted a Chinese idiom of "killing the chicken to scare the monkey" when analyzing China's policy toward Australia, believing that China is forcing Australia to yield in order to deter small neighboring countries. This opinionated view has quite a market in Australia. This view, while arrogant, is also belittling to itself. Australia is not a "chicken", and other countries are not "monkeys." China has always insisted that all countries, big or small, are equal, and adhered to mutual benefit and win-win results with all countries in the world. China's four-point proposal reflects this concept. We hope that Canberra will cherish this goodwill and meet China halfway.

 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1270381.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:02 a.m. No.16729087   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9091

>>16729061

Australia to hype ‘China influence’ at regional forum to assert its ‘patriarch’ role against PICs’ interest

 

Zhang Han - Jul 12, 2022

 

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is anticipated to push security and China influence topics at the ongoing Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Fiji, after media hyped his reaction to China's four-point advice on improving bilateral relations, as Canberra always sees the South Pacific as its exclusive realm and is eager to use this forum to slander China's role in the region and reassert its "patriarchal" role, observers said.

 

Experts also believed that despite with a softer tone than from the Morrison government, Canberra will continue competition against China in a more subtle and tactical manner despite some positive signs in the direction to improving China-Australia relations.

 

Ensuring that Australia remains "the security partner of choice" for Pacific island nations amid China's rising influence will be a key topic for Albanese at the forum, Australia's 9news reported on Monday.

 

Albanese and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern last week agreed at their meeting in Sydney that the security implications of China's so-called encroachment in the region needed to be on the agenda of the forum, which last through Monday to Thursday.

 

Observers attributed Australia's efforts to paint China as a regional disturbing element as due to discomfort caused by China entering a "self-indentified backyard."

 

Chen Hong, president of the Chinese Association of Australian Studies, told the Global Times on Tuesday there are strong Australian pushes behind the PIF, with the US standing backstage.

 

Feeling anxious about China's presence in its sphere of influence, Australia is unsurprisingly using the platform as a vehicle to compete with China, said Chen, who is also director of the Australian Studies Center at East China Normal University in Shanghai. "When calling the Pacific nations a big family, Australia designated itself as the patriarch," he said.

 

The expert cited Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong's attendance at the PIF as evidence that Australia wants stronger involvement with Pacific island countries (PICs) to compete against China, although China has been reiterating the South Pacific should not be an arena of major power competition and that China seeks no exclusive role in the region.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:03 a.m. No.16729091   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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China always upholds mutual respect, openness and inclusiveness in developing relations and cooperating with PICs. During his recent meeting with Wong on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted China has also carried out tripartite cooperation with countries including Australia and New Zealand in the South Pacific region. Wang also made four-point suggestions in improving bilateral relations.

 

Some Australian media hyped the suggestions. In response, Albanese said Australia will continue to cooperate with China where it can but won't shy away from standing up for the national interest.

 

"Look, Australia doesn't respond to demands. We respond to our own national interest,'' Albanese said.

 

Australia's reaction, albeit with a softer tone that from the Morrison government, foretells that despite positive signs in the direction to improving China-Australia relations, Canberra will continue competition against China in a more subtle, tactical and sophisticated manner, Chen said.

 

For Pacific island nations, which expect to be friends to all and enemies to none, cooperation with China has no political provisions and is beneficial to their national interests, while Western-style cooperation usually bears political conditions and eyes comprehensive influence, and even interference in PICs' internal affairs as well as foreign policies, experts said.

 

The Western way of using economic bait to kidnap and coerce PICs' policies has prompted discontent from the region.

 

The Fiji Times published an opinion authored by scholars at the Australian National University and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies of University of Hawaii to slam the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP), an initiative the White House announced on June 24 that includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the UK.

 

The opinion stated the initiative puts the PBP under the Pacific regionalism umbrella without permission and on its own terms. It excludes others such as China who are dialogue partners of the PIF, and who are clearly "delivering results" in the region, and goes against the "friends to all" doctrine of the PIF.

 

Its high-sounding rhetoric of partnership and cooperation, claimed respect for Pacific agendas, as well as references to appropriate consultation with Pacific leaders, hides deeper geopolitical purpose, reads the opinion piece.

 

The five PBP powers have co-opted the name and narrative of the "Blue Pacific" to advance their interests, created an inner circle which complicates and ignores existing structures and bypassed normal regional decision-making practices.

 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1270379.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:04 a.m. No.16729095   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16721848

Marles' comments at odds with moving forward China-Australia relations

 

Lu Xue - Jul 12, 2022

 

Since Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took office, Chinese and Australian senior officials have recently held a series of interactions. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Friday that a meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was "a first step towards stabilizing the relationship." This has triggered wider discussions on whether the two countries are about to reset their relations. But Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles' latest remarks seem to be at odds with such a prospective atmosphere.

 

Speaking in Washington on Monday, Marles called for the US to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, warning that a failure to maintain the balance of power in the region could be "catastrophic," according to Bloomberg. A recent ABC News report said Marles also claimed that China was engaging in the biggest military build-up since the end of World War II.

 

"Marles' lines aim to offer convenience at a military level to the US and serve Washington's Indo-pacific Strategy. Australia now attaches great importance to cooperation under the framework of the AUKUS military alliance. So it keeps hyping up the threat of China as a major rival to AUKUS, hoping that the US will station more troops in Australia," Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times.

 

"It is the US and Australia which are the main source of threats in the Indo-Pacific. The AUKUS has the appetite for military intervention in both the Pacific and the Indian oceans. They are the destroyers of regional peace," noted Wei.

 

There are many Australian scholars who have discussed how to reset the China-Australia relationship. Hugh White, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, suggested in a recent article that stepping back from conducting maritime patrols in the waters close to China may be one of the concessions Canberra will find itself choosing to make as it learns to live with the realities of China's power.

 

As to whether it will become one of Canberra's options, Wei noted that Australia's overall strategy is not up to itself, but is too much influenced by the US and needs to fully cooperate with the Pentagon. Thus, it is less likely that this attitude will be completely reversed. It's better for Australia to be more autonomous in its foreign strategy and policies, working from its own strategic goals, rather than totally adhering to the US. It will be quite difficult for Canberra to improve relations with other countries if it remains subject to Washington in terms of military and foreign strategy.

 

In general, Chen Hong, president of the Chinese Association of Australian Studies and director of the Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University, said that the new Albanese government still has the will to improve relations with China, bringing a hope of improvement to China-Australia relations, but the outlook still remains quite uncertain.

 

It is obvious that the degree of the new Australian government's hostility toward China has perceptibly declined in both rhetoric and specific moves compared with its predecessor, especially the bellicose remarks of former defense minister Peter Dutton. But on the whole, the Albanese government has not yet come out of the shadow of its predecessor, and is still on the track of serving the US anti-China strategy. The new leadership team has to look to the right direction for the sake of its own national interests.

 

The author is a reporter with the Global Times. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1270370.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:08 a.m. No.16729115   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9118

>>16729011

Pacific minister says Australia is open to partnering on Chinese projects

 

Eryk Bagshaw - July 13, 2022

 

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Suva: Pacific Minister Pat Conroy says Australia is open to collaborating with China on infrastructure in the Pacific, but has warned that Beijing must lift the quality of its projects and hire more local workers.

 

“We’re open to partnering with other countries in supporting the development aspirations of the Pacific,” Conroy said. “We partner, for example, in projects that go through the Asian Development Bank that might involve Australian finance, mixing with other people’s finance, developed by the Asian Development Bank and built by a Chinese company.”

 

Conroy’s comments follow a push by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi to engage more with Australia and New Zealand after Beijing failed to land a Pacific-wide security and economic deal in May.

 

“China has carried out trilateral co-operation with Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the South Pacific region and achieved positive results,” Wang said after his meeting with Foreign Minister Penny Wong last week. “China is willing to give play to its respective advantages to achieve a win-win outcome.”

 

The comments by Wang have been seen as part of a wider effort to stabilise the relationship between China and Australia after years of diplomatic acrimony but have also been viewed with scepticism by Australian Foreign Affairs officials.

 

Australia has partnered with China in the past on projects such as malaria control in Papua New Guinea in 2016, but the relationship has deteriorated sharply since then. Beijing has pledged more than $6.5 billion in Pacific development investment since 2018. It helped build the Suva Civic Centre, which is hosting parts of the Pacific Islands Forum this week, and schools, highways and stadiums across the region – some of which have been criticised for poor construction work, safety issues and high levels of debt.

 

Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Suva, Conroy said there was a real sensitivity around some of the infrastructure projects delivered in the Pacific being chosen for the cheapest price, delivering poor quality outcomes.

 

“And then secondly, that there isn’t enough focus on including local labour in these projects,” he said. “They’re two criticisms that are particularly heard of Chinese projects.”

 

Asked about Conroy’s comments at her press conference with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in the afternoon, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said that, while Australia was “open to collaboration with all partners”, any projects had to meet key criteria for transparency and come with “no strings attached”.

 

Wong said there was “nothing in contemplation on the infrastructure point at this time” with China.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:08 a.m. No.16729118   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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US Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday addressed the Pacific Islands Forum and pledged to deliver $900 million in fisheries economic development aid over the next decade, along with the return of the Peace Corps to the region, a US Pacific strategy and climate change co-operation. Harris indirectly accused China of being a “bad actor seeking to undermine the rules-based order”.

 

“These international rules and norms have brought peace and stability to the Pacific for more than 75 years. Principles that importantly state that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states must be respected, principles that allow all states big and small to conduct their affairs, free from aggression, or coercion.”

 

Chinese diplomats, who were not accredited for the forum, took notes of Harris’ speech at the Grand Pacific Hotel but would not respond to requests for comment.

 

“I think that there’s an element of geostrategic competition to [the US announcement],” said Conroy. “There’s no use denying that because that’s a fact of life.”

 

Climate, China’s rising influence and COVID have dominated discussions at the leader’s meeting – which continues after the last-minute withdrawal of Kiribati – a small island nation increasingly linked with Beijing. Kiribati said on Monday it had withdrawn from the meeting after determining that Micronesian voices were not being heard by Pacific leaders.

 

Conroy said Australia had offered to fly Kiribati’s President Taneti Maamau to Fiji. “If Kiribati wanted to get to the Pacific Island’s meeting, we would be very happy to facilitate that,” he said. Conroy confirmed Australia flew three Micronesian leaders to Suva in June to sign off on the Suva agreement – a deal that allowed the forum’s secretary-general Henry Puna to stay in power, while guaranteeing Micronesian leaders a greater say in the summit, a compromise that has been threatened by the withdrawal of Kiribati.

 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday afternoon. The Solomons leader has been the leading advocate for greater Chinese government influence in the region and advocated for a Pacific-wide economic and security pact to be endorsed in May after signing his own deal in April.

 

Conroy said he had “really positive discussions about the way forward and how we rebuild the relationship” with Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele.

 

“I think we start by accepting the assurances of the Solomon Islands government that there won’t be a Chinese military base in the Solomon Islands,” he said.

 

“We’re intent on rebuilding that relationship to ensure that Australia is the security partner choice for the Pacific as well as the partner of choice on development, on climate on all those issues.”

 

Conroy, who was chief of staff to Greg Combet as climate change minister, said his priority at the forum was introducing the new Australian government to Pacific leaders.

 

“We have a very clear message that we’re listening now, we’re respecting what their priorities are,” he said. “Number two is to inform them and make sure they’re aware of our very different climate change and Pacific policies. And third is to play our part in trying to rebuild Pacific unity.”

 

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pacific-minister-says-australia-is-open-to-partnering-on-chinese-projects-20220713-p5b17j.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:11 a.m. No.16729133   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9572 >>1293

Defence Department silent on latest Chinese military encounter with Australian warship

 

Andrew Greene - 13 July 2022

 

Defence has cited "operational security reasons" for not discussing an Australian warship's recent encounters with the Chinese military while sailing through international waters claimed by Beijing.

 

Military sources claim HMAS Parramatta has been closely tracked by the People's Liberation Army over recent weeks, including being followed by a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine, a warship and multiple aircraft.

 

"Formal challenges have occurred, such as telling us that we're entering 'China's territorial waters'," a Defence figure familiar with the interactions said.

 

"The most intense activity occurred as HMAS Parramatta was in the East China Sea," the official told the ABC, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss operations.

 

Since departing Australia in late May, the ANZAC-class frigate has travelled to Vietnam and South Korea and then on to Japan via the South China and East China Seas as part of a "regional presence deployment" which has included several joint military exercises with other navies.

 

According to the Australian embassy in Vietnam, HMAS Parramatta arrived in the port city of Da Nang on June 5, before departing the country over a week later bound for the Busan Naval Base in South Korea.

 

That trip took the ship through the South China Sea and then the East China Sea past Taiwan, which include heavily militarised territory claimed by the Chinese.

 

During its passage, the ABC was told, HMAS Parramatta was closely tracked by Chinese military assets including a Type 052C "Luyang II" guided-missile destroyer and a Type 093-A "Shang II" nuclear-powered attack submarine.

 

On June 28, the Australian warship then arrived in the Port of Sasebo, in the Nagasaki prefecture, after completing naval exercises with Japan's Self-Defence Force.

 

Last week the ABC approached the Defence Department with a series of detailed questions about the Chinese military's interactions with HMAS Parramatta, but it declined to answer them.

 

"HMAS Parramatta is currently undertaking a regional presence deployment, conducting a number of navy-to-navy activities with Australia's regional partners and participating in various maritime exercises," a departmental spokesperson said.

 

"Regional deployments form part of Australia's longstanding contribution to an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.

 

"For operational security reasons, Defence does not publicly disclose specific details of operations," the spokesperson added.

 

Defence Minister Richard Marles, who is visiting the United States, also declined to comment when asked by the ABC about the recent encounters.

 

"I won't go into details around that, other than to say that what our military does, what our navy, does in the South China Sea is routine," Mr Marles told the ABC from Washington DC.

 

"It's been doing it for decades, and it is focused on asserting the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: freedom of navigation, freedom of overflight, the global rules-based order, which I've been describing as being so important for our national interest.

 

Asked whether the government may choose to later publicly disclose the incident as it has with previous encounters with the Chinese military, Mr Marles left open the possibility.

 

"That may happen in the future again, but what we are focused on first and foremost is doing the activity because that's in our national interest."

 

"And then obviously, in terms of the management of the information around that activity, we're focused on the safety of our servicemen and women."

 

Last week Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) announced it had "conducted a trilateral exercise with United States Ship Dewy and HMAS Parramatta in the East China Sea to East of Okinawa" between July 4 and 6.

 

"The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force strengthens cooperation among JMSDF, US navy and Australian navy in order to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific," it said.

 

Earlier this year the Defence Department revealed a Chinese J-16 jet fighter had flown close to an RAAF P-8 maritime surveillance plane during a routine patrol in the South China Sea.

 

On Friday Foreign Minister Penny Wong met her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Bali, the first such face-to-face meeting at such a high level in almost three years.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-13/australian-defence-warship-tracked-by-chinese-military/101229906

 

https://twitter.com/Australian_Navy/status/1543837008958615552

 

https://twitter.com/JMSDF_SDF_ENG/status/1544899755590897665

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:12 a.m. No.16729137   🗄️.is 🔗kun

WHO calls on countries to bring back mask rules as Covid ‘runs free’

 

Australia has seen a significant jump in cases and hospitalisations as new Omicron variants emerge.

 

news.com.au - July 13, 2022

 

Fresh surges of Covid infections show the pandemic is nowhere near over, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) chief has said, warning that the virus is running free.

 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was worried that case numbers were shooting up, putting more strain on health systems and workers.

 

The number of Covid cases reported to the WHO increased 30 per cent in the past two weeks, driven by sub-variants of the Omicron strain and the lifting of control measures.

 

“New waves of the virus demonstrate again that Covid-19 is nowhere near over. As the virus pushes at us, we must push back,” he insisted.

 

He told a news conference that as transmission increases, governments must also deploy tried-and-tested measures like mask-wearing and improving ventilation.

 

Australia has seen a significant jump in cases and hospitalisations as new Omicron variants that can evade the protection offered by vaccines emerge.

 

Some health experts are calling on state governments to reintroduce mask rules to combat the spread.

 

“Sub-variants of Omicron, like BA. 4 and BA. 5, continue to drive waves of cases, hospitalisation and death around the world,” Mr Tedros said.

 

“Surveillance has reduced significantly – including testing and sequencing – making it increasingly difficult to assess the impact of variants on transmission, disease characteristics, and the effectiveness of countermeasures.”

 

Furthermore, tests, treatments and vaccines are not being deployed effectively.

 

“The virus is running freely and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity,” he said, both in terms of hospitalisation of acute cases and the expanding number of people with long Covid.

 

“Uncertain and unpredictable”

 

The WHO’s Covid-19 emergency committee met Friday via videoconference and determined the pandemic remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – the highest alarm the WHO can sound.

 

WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told the meeting recent changes in testing policies were hindering the detection of cases and the monitoring of virus evolution.

 

The committee stressed the need to reduce transmission as the implications of a pandemic caused by a new respiratory virus would not be fully understood, the WHO said in a statement Monday.

 

The group voiced concern over steep reductions in testing, resulting in reduced surveillance and genomic sequencing.

 

“This impedes assessments of currently circulating and emerging variants of the virus,” the WHO said, feeding the inability to interpret trends in transmission.

 

The committee said the trajectory of virus evolution and the characteristics of emerging variants remained “uncertain and unpredictable”.

 

It said the absence of measures to reduce transmission increased the likelihood of “new, fitter variants emerging, with different degrees of virulence, transmissibility, and immune escape potential”.

 

Booster boost

 

Meanwhile the WHO’s European office recommended a second booster shot of a Covid vaccine for older people and vulnerable groups.

 

Covid cases have been rising sharply since the end of May around most of Europe. The call followed the EU’s health and medicine agencies recommendation on Monday of a second booster shot for people over 60 years old.

 

Coronavirus cases have risen 57 per cent in Moscow over the past week, the Russian capital’s health authorities said.

 

“We recommend that you wear a mask in public places because the new Omicron sub-variants BA. 4 and BA. 5 spread more rapidly from person to person,” Moscow social services wrote on Telegram.

 

And hundreds of thousands of people were under lockdown in a small Chinese city after just one case of Covid-19 was detected, as Beijing’s strict no-tolerance virus strategy showed no sign of abating.

 

The steelmaking hub of Wugang in Henan province announced three days of “closed control”.

 

None of the city’s 320,000 people are allowed outside their homes until midday Thursday. Local authorities were to deliver basic necessities.

 

China is the last major economy glued to a zero-Covid policy, crushing new outbreaks with snap lockdowns, forced quarantines and onerous travel curbs despite mounting public fatigue and damage to the economy.

 

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/who-calls-on-countries-to-bring-back-mask-rules-as-covid-runs-free/news-story/9e75b815aeffd56f9803341d0ba43846

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:14 a.m. No.16729144   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6108 >>6147 >>6225

>>16594226 (pb)

TikTok admits Australian data can be accessed in China, prompting warnings app may be compromised

 

Jake Evans - 13 July 2022

 

The federal Treasurer says he is concerned that social media platform TikTok's China-based employees are able to access Australian user data.

 

Responding to a letter from Shadow Cyber Security Minister James Paterson, TikTok admitted its staff in China were able to access Australian data.

 

"Our security teams minimise the number of people who have access to data and limit it only to people who need that access in order to do their jobs," the company's Australian director of public policy, Brent Thomas, wrote.

 

"We have policies and procedures that limit internal access to Australian user data by our employees, wherever they're based, based on need.

 

"We have never provided Australian user data to the Chinese government, we have never been asked for Australian user data by the Chinese government, and we would not provide it if we were asked."

 

The letter comes after reports in US media that American TikTok data was able to be accessed and had been accessed in mainland China.

 

Senator Paterson said TikTok's claim that Australian data cannot be compromised was not credible.

 

"TikTok denies they would ever hand over data to the Chinese Communist Party but this is very hard to believe given their national security laws," he wrote.

 

"It's time the Albanese government woke up and took action to protect the privacy of 7 million Australian users."

 

Treasurer Jim Chalmers told TikTok users to be careful about what they did on the platform.

 

"Those concerns have been there for some time, and we take advice from our various national security agencies," Mr Chalmers said.

 

"Australians need to be careful online and we need to recognise the risks of participating in some of those platforms."

 

Chinese law requires TikTok to share user data

 

Chinese cyber security laws require Chinese companies to store certain data and allow Chinese authorities to conduct spot checks of their operations.

 

The laws also compel social media companies to hand over information if requested by Beijing.

 

Australian TikTok data is held on servers in the US and Singapore, and its security team, which provides authorisations, is US-based.

 

Mr Thomas wrote that Australian data integrity was of the "utmost importance" and at the core of its daily operations.

 

Cyber security expert Fergus Ryan from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the social media platform's assertion it does not share data with Beijing could not be believed.

 

"They can't [refuse an order for data], and even further than that, if the authorities in China sought to access any of the data that they had collected … TikTok and Bytedance, the parent company, would legally not be allowed to talk about the fact that data had been accessed," Mr Ryan said.

 

Mr Ryan said over the years Beijing "has demonstrated it has an insatiable appetite for data", and Australian data collected by TikTok could be used to help build "vivid" profiles of people's lives.

 

"It's up to individual TikTok users to decide for themselves how comfortable they are with their data being accessible from China," Mr Ryan said.

 

"But for TikTok users to make that decision, TikTok needs to be up-front about the fact that their data is accessible from China, and is being accessed.

 

"There are users of TikTok who might be teenagers now, but in a few years' time might be working in sensitive areas of the Australian government, for example."

 

Mr Ryan said while the federal government should not rule out banning the platform, former US president Donald Trump's attempt to do so proved bans do not always work.

 

Rather, the government should consider introducing regulations that require the platform to be transparent with its data, and label state-affiliated content from China.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-13/tiktok-admits-australian-data-accessible-in-china/101233320

 

https://twitter.com/SenPaterson/status/1546957121274621952

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:16 a.m. No.16729148   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9150 >>9155

>>16721901

Exclusive: Robert Hughes confronted following prison release

 

Simon Bouda - 11 July 2022

 

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Robert Hughes: former television star, convicted paedophile.

 

Last month, the 73-year-old was released from Sydney's Long Bay jail on parole.

 

Eight years behind bars appears to have taken its toll.

 

He looks every one of his 73 years.

 

After renouncing his Australian citizenship, Hughes was detained by immigration before being deported to the UK.

 

It was there where A Current Affair tracked him down last week.

 

For the first time in more than 10 years, the face of the man who was a TV favourite was revealed as I approached Hughes in the busy central mall in Southampton, south-west of London.

 

"Robert Hughes," I said as I approached him and his wife - actors' agent Robyn Gardiner.

 

For the briefest of moments, I noticed a small smile appear on his face.

 

I had the impression that perhaps he thought I was an adoring fan from his previous life.

 

"Simon Bouda, from A Current Affair," I continued.

 

With those words the smile vanished as quickly as it appeared.

 

"Mr Hughes, how's it feel to be free today?" I persisted.

 

A Current Affair tracked Hughes down in the historic English port city of Southampton.

 

"You enjoying your new found freedom?" I asked.

 

Staring dead ahead, Hughes remained silent as he continued walking - ignoring my questions and the camera in front of him.

 

Hughes was the star of the Australian family sitcom Hey Dad!

 

One of his victims included his on-screen daughter Sarah Monahan.

 

"You were just a child … when this all started," I asked Monahan before Hughes was granted parole.

 

"Yeah," she replied.

 

"What long term impact do you think it has had on you, because you were just a child? You were what - I think you were aged…" I continued.

 

Monahan completed my sentence: "I was six when I started - when I did the audition - and I left television because of him."

 

For the last 12 years, Monahan has been the very public face of the child sex abuse case against Hughes.

 

Hey Dad! was a top-rating family comedy through the late '80s and early '90s.

 

Behind the scenes was a terrible and dark secret.

 

Its star was a paedophile preying on his on-screen daughter, targeting her and abusing her.

 

"He would do it in front of a live audience … that's how ballsy he was," Monahan told me.

 

A photograph proved to be invaluable evidence - Hughes' hand hidden by a script, resting in Monahan's lap.

 

The look on her face said it all.

 

"That was a polaroid," Monahan explained.

 

"People kept trying to say that it was photoshopped.

 

"You can't photoshop a polaroid.

 

"That's how he got away with a lot of it, was in plain sight."

 

In Singapore - in 2010 - A Current Affair first confronted Hughes about the accusations.

 

It would be the start of our decade-long investigation.

 

"I am absolutely shocked at the allegations and I deny - absolutely deny - everything," Hughes told A Current Affair at the time.

 

It was the last time Hughes publicly spoke about the accusations.

 

In 2012 he was arrested in London, extradited to Australia, charged and convicted of sexually and indecently assaulting four girls.

 

"What about the women you were accused of assaulting - have you got anything you want to say to them?" I asked Hughes when we confronted him last week.

 

He continued to maintain his silence - no acceptance, no denial.

 

On June 14, after serving eight years of his 10-year sentence, Hughes was removed from prison by the Australian Border Force before being housed at the Villawood Detention Centre.

 

On June 28, he flew out of Sydney, somehow managing to avoid any media scrutiny.

 

He was in the wind.

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:18 a.m. No.16729150   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729148

 

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A Current Affair's search for Hughes began the day he was released from prison.

 

Over the ensuing weeks we tracked down his long term wife, Gardiner - a one-time agent to film stars including Cate Blanchett.

 

Gardiner lives in a modest apartment in the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury - not far from Stonehenge - and 40 minutes' drive from Southampton.

 

She ultimately led us to a serviced apartment block in Southampton.

 

We were there when the reunited couple arrived.

 

The unit they occupied is a far cry from the four-by-two-metre cell Hughes was used to - almost palatial, you could say.

 

Websites boast the apartment block has: "Everything guests will need for a comfortable stay … Southampton Common, a popular park, is a short distance from the property … this is the perfect place for guests to go for a walk, run, or enjoy a picnic."

 

It could not be further away from the prison exercise yard.

 

But the serviced apartments are only a few hundred metres from St Michael's Pre School and a few blocks from Cantell Secondary school.

 

The New South Wales State Parole Authority announced the decision to free Hughes in a 13-page judgement.

 

Under his parole conditions, Hughes was ordered to report to police in the UK within three days of his arrival.

 

He's also been placed on the UK Sex Offenders Register and has to report any changh of address, or if he's planning to go on a holiday.

 

He must also tell police if he plans to stay at an address for longer than 12 hours where a child is present.

 

Before his release, Monahan told A Current Affair she was concerned Hughes won't be watched closely enough.

 

"I feel sorry for the kids in the UK," Monahan told me before Hughes was released.

 

"It is kind of scary that there is that situation that he could be completely unmonitored."

 

"What's your greatest fear if he does get parole?" I asked her.

 

"That he'll hurt more kids … that he'll go over there (the UK) and he'll hurt more kids."

 

When we confronted Hughes, I told him Monahan still believes he's a threat - again, stony silence.

 

Hughes has never admitted his crimes.

 

Gardiner has promised that he'll seek treatment with a clinical psychologist specialising in convicted sex offenders who deny their crimes.

 

The couple spent the first few days in Southampton using public transport - buses and trains - seemingly to run errands.

 

Hand in hand - their marriage rekindled.

 

They often seemed lost and confused as they explored their new surroundings and visited the nearby town of Basingstoke.

 

But it was clear that they felt they had slipped into anonymity - looking every bit the elderly couple as they walked in the park, shopped for groceries - arm-in-arm as they shared an umbrella in a sudden British downpour.

 

"Mr Hughes, you always maintained you were a victim in all this - do you still maintain that?" I persisted.

 

"This is your chance to talk to us."

 

With that, the paedophile former TV favourite stalked off.

 

The cloak of secrecy surrounding his new life dissolved; Robert Hughes was exposed for all the world to see.

 

https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/hey-dad-actor-robert-hughes-found-in-uk-after-prison-release-exclusive/ec69d521-1867-496d-9534-a4a31a920654

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 1:19 a.m. No.16729155   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16721901

>>16729148

Exclusive: Robert Hughes confronted following prison release

 

'A Current Affair

 

Jul 13, 2022

 

Last month, 73-year-old Robert Hughes, a former television star and convicted paedophile, was released from Sydney's Long Bay jail on parole. After renouncing his Australian citizenship, Hughes was detained by immigration before being deported to the UK. It was there where A Current Affair tracked him down last week. (Broadcast July 11, 2022)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khivjqB0Ykk

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:37 a.m. No.16729328   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9332 >>9343 >>9382 >>9390 >>9394 >>9421 >>7166 >>3283 >>3332 >>0978 >>8777 >>8780 >>8782

Father of former choirboy sues Catholic Church, George Pell

 

Adam Cooper - July 13, 2022

 

The father of a former choirboy who prosecutors had alleged was sexually abused by George Pell in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral has launched civil action in an attempt to sue the cardinal and the Catholic Church.

 

In 2018, Pell was found guilty by a County Court jury of abusing two teenage choirboys in December 1996. However, those convictions were quashed by the High Court in 2020 and Pell was released from prison after spending more than a year in custody.

 

The full bench of the High Court unanimously quashed Pell’s convictions after the country’s seven most senior judges found there was a “significant possibility” an innocent person was found guilty at trial. Pell pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence.

 

At the trial, one of the former choirboys gave evidence alleging he and his friend were abused after a Sunday mass by the church leader, who in 1996 was the Archbishop of Melbourne.

 

The second choirboy died in his 30s in 2014, having never made a complaint against Pell. He died from an accidental drug overdose.

 

The deceased man’s father, who cannot be identified, has lodged a civil case against the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Pell. The case is listed for a directions hearing in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

 

The father told The Age in 2019 his son became withdrawn as a teenager, had problems at school, and began using drugs. As an adult, he had stints in jail.

 

“Really, I do blame George Pell. I feel that he has taken my son away from me,” the father told The Age in the months after Pell was found guilty by the jury.

 

“And it’s not only me but it’s his sister and his mother. We’ve all missed out on him. Why? Why?”

 

Pell, now 81, rose from being Australia’s most senior Catholic figure to become the treasurer of the Vatican, until his court case effectively ended his tenure in the senior ranks of the church.

 

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been contacted for comment.

 

If you or anyone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

 

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

 

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

 

https://www.theage.com.au/national/father-of-former-choirboy-sues-catholic-church-george-pell-20220713-p5b1fh.html

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:40 a.m. No.16729332   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729328

Father of former choirboy launches civil action against Cardinal George Pell and Catholic Church

 

abc.net.au - 14 July 2022

 

The father of a former choirboy, who prosecutors alleged had been abused by George Pell, has launched legal action against the cardinal and the Catholic Church.

 

In December 2018, Cardinal Pell was convicted of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s during his time as archbishop of Melbourne.

 

Two years later the High Court of Australia quashed the convictions in a unanimous decision, and the cardinal — who has always maintained his innocence — walked free.

 

One of the former choirboys died in 2014 of a drug overdose.

 

His father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was told by police about the alleged abuse of his son a year later.

 

He has now launched legal action against Cardinal Pell and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

 

The father, given the pseudonym RWQ in the statement of claim lodged to the court, is suing both the cardinal and church for "damages for nervous shock" relating to finding out about allegations of sexual abuse.

 

RWQ and his solicitors from Shine Lawyers claim the cardinal and the Archdiocese were negligent, which resulted in injuries, loss and damage.

 

The claim alleges Cardinal Pell is liable for his mental injury because it is reasonably foreseeable that he would suffer nervous shock from learning of the alleged abuse.

 

He and his solicitors claim the Archdiocese breached a duty of care to RWQ, which caused his injury.

 

He is claiming general damages, special damages and seeking compensation for "past loss of earning capacity and past and future medical and like expenses". The sum he is seeking will be revealed if the matter goes to trial before a judge.

 

Shine Lawyers Chief Legal Officer, Lisa Flynn, said the criminal case and the High Court decision would not affect the civil proceedings.

 

"The High Court made some decisions in relation to the criminal prosecution against [George] Pell, our case is a civil case against George Pell and the Catholic Archdiocese. There are different paths to justice," she said.

 

The ABC has contacted the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne for comment.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-14/george-pell-father-former-choirboy-civil-action-cardinal-church/101236968

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:41 a.m. No.16729343   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729328

Father of former choirboy files civil claim against Cardinal George Pell and Catholic church

 

Civil claim brought against Pell and Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne by man alleging he suffered psychological injury

 

Australian Associated Press - 14 Jul 2022

 

The father of a deceased former choirboy is suing Cardinal George Pell and the Catholic church claiming he has suffered psychological injury after learning of allegations his son had been sexually abused.

 

Pell was acquitted in 2020 when the high court quashed his convictions for child sexual assault related to allegations he molested two choirboys in the late 1990s when he was the archbishop of Melbourne.

 

Pell has always maintained his innocence and the high court found the jury ought to have entertained a doubt as to Pell’s guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted. He served 13 months in prison before being released.

 

One choirboy’s father has filed a civil case in Victoria’s supreme court, seeking damages against the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the 81-year-old Pell.

 

The man is not identified and is listed in court papers under a pseudonym.

 

He claims to have suffered nervous shock arising from learning of allegations his son had been sexually abused.

 

He has suffered from chronic adjustment disorder and persistent complex bereavement disorder, with mixed anxiety and a depressed mood, court documents claim.

 

The father also says he has lost money due to medical expenses and has lost his earning capacity.

 

Justice Michael McDonald asked lawyers representing the church whether they were going to rely on the Ellis defence, during a brief hearing on Thursday.

 

The Ellis defence, which allowed the Catholic church to deny liability to alleged sexual abuse survivors, was abolished in Victoria in 2018.

 

Unincorporated associations, such as churches, now have to nominate an entity able to pay damages.

 

However, it is unclear whether the defence could still be used in cases brought by people who claim to be secondary victims, including alleged victims’ families.

 

The archdiocese’s barrister, Geraldine Gray, told the court the church had not yet decided whether it would use the Ellis defence.

 

“If the Ellis defence isn’t going to be taken, the proceedings would go ahead,” McDonald said.

 

He set down a hearing for 4 August on the question of whether the Ellis defence would apply.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/14/george-pell-father-of-former-choirboy-files-civil-claim-against-cardinal-and-catholic-church

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:53 a.m. No.16729382   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9387

>>16729328

Former choirboy's father launches civil action against George Pell and Catholic Church

 

Serena Seyfort - Jul 14, 2022

 

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The father of a former choirboy, who prosecutors have alleged was abused by George Pell, has lodged a civil suit against the cardinal and the Catholic Church.

 

The civil action, which is being facilitated by Shine Lawyers, will be heard in the Victorian Supreme Court today for the first time.

 

Pell had his criminal convictions overturned on appeal by the High Court in 2020 and he was released from prison.

 

He had earlier been found guilty in 2018 of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s.

 

Pell has always maintained his innocence.

 

One of the former choirboys Pell was accused of abusing died from a drug overdose in 2014, when he was in his 30s, having never made a complaint against the cardinal.

 

The deceased man's father, who cannot be identified, is behind the civil case against the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Pell.

 

Shine Lawyers chief legal officer Lisa Flynn spoke outside the court this morning ahead of the hearing.

 

"We're here for a father of a deceased son," she said.

 

"A son who, our client alleges, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the church when he was a boy."

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:55 a.m. No.16729387   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729382

 

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Flynn said she was not able to reveal details of the case, but shared a message for abuse survivors more broadly.

 

"I would like to take this opportunity to say to survivors of sexual abuse that we will not stop fighting for you," she said.

 

"Yours is a deep pain that is caused by the darkest of evils and we will not stop fighting and seeking justice."

 

Flynn said while the High Court had made decisions in relation to the criminal prosecution of Pell, she was progressing a civil claim.

 

It is unknown as yet how Pell will respond to the civil claim.

 

https://www.9news.com.au/national/george-pell-former-choirboy-s-father-launches-civil-claim-against-cardinal-and-catholic-church/4eeb2bad-2e42-40bf-b2f8-5d750da61bd5

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:56 a.m. No.16729390   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16729328

Former choirboy’s father launches civil action against George Pell

 

9 News Australia

 

Jul 14, 2022

 

The father of a former choirboy, who prosecutors have alleged was abused by George Pell, has lodged a civil suit against the cardinal and the Catholic Church.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yc32Qx74WU

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 2:58 a.m. No.16729394   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>2082

>>16729328

Cardinal George Pell And The Catholic Church Sued In Civil Case

 

The Project

 

Jul 14, 2022

 

Just over two years after he walked free from jail, George Pell is once again facing court action. The Cardinal and the Catholic Church are being sued in a civil case. Shine Lawyers’ chief legal officer, Lisa Flynn, joins us.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhGc2nIyMKQ

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 3:07 a.m. No.16729421   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1999

>>16729328

Q Post #2590

 

Dec 12 2018 11:00:11 (EST)

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6487315/High-profile-figure-convicted-suppression-orders-prevent-publication-persons-identity.html

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-the-media-is-unable-to-report-on-a-case-that-has-generated-huge-interest-online-20181212-p50lta.html

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/nsw/an-awful-crime-the-person-is-guilty-but-we-cant-publish-the-story-ng-4be7ee27075d4fb302aae9989c40ad34

[Cardinal Pell]

Dark to LIGHT.

Q

 

https://qanon.pub/#2590

 

https://archive.ph/20181212163320/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6487315/High-profile-figure-convicted-suppression-orders-prevent-publication-persons-identity.html

https://archive.ph/20181212122705/https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-the-media-is-unable-to-report-on-a-case-that-has-generated-huge-interest-online-20181212-p50lta.html

https://archive.ph/20181212193749/https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/nsw/an-awful-crime-the-person-is-guilty-but-we-cant-publish-the-story-ng-4be7ee27075d4fb302aae9989c40ad34

 

—

 

Q Post #2594

 

Dec 12 2018 11:29:43 (EST)

 

>He was the vatican treasurer I'm sure that carries some weight

 

#3 in the pecking order.

Define 'pecking' [animals].

Q

 

https://qanon.pub/#2594

 

—

 

Q Post #2894

 

Feb 25 2019 20:08:29 (EST)

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/25/australia/cardinal-george-pell-vatican-conviction-intl/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47366113

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell/vatican-treasurer-pell-found-guilty-of-abusing-two-choir-boys-22-years-ago-idUSKCN1QF009

Many more to come?

Dark to LIGHT.

Q

 

https://qanon.pub/#2894

 

https://archive.ph/20190301020521/https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/25/australia/cardinal-george-pell-vatican-conviction-intl/index.html

https://archive.ph/20190301014904/https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47366113

https://archive.ph/20190301014445/https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell/vatican-treasurer-pell-found-guilty-of-abusing-two-choir-boys-22-years-ago-idUSKCN1QF009

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 3:38 a.m. No.16729514   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9516

>>16729011

Solomon Islands PM rules out China military base and says Australia is ‘security partner of choice’

 

Exclusive: In his first interview since the security deal with Beijing, Manasseh Sogavare says he would only call on China if there was a ‘gap’ that Australia could not fill

 

Lice Movono and Kate Lyons - 14 Jul 2022

 

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The prime minister of Solomon Islands has guaranteed there will never be a Chinese military base in his country, saying that any such deal with Beijing would undermine regional security, make Solomon Islands an “enemy” and “put our country and our people as targets for potential military strikes”.

 

He has also said that Australia remains the “security partner of choice” for Solomon Islands and he would only call on China to send security personnel to the country if there was a “gap” that Australia could not meet.

 

Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, RNZ and SIBC in his first media interview since signing the controversial security deal with China earlier this year, Manasseh Sogavare said it was time for the world to “trust us”.

 

“Let me assure you all again, there is no military base, nor any other military facility, or institutions in the agreement. And I think that’s a very important point that we continue to reiterate to the family in the region,” he said.

 

News of the deal with China sparked huge concern among western countries, particularly language in the text saying China would be permitted to “make ship visits”. But Sogavare pushed back against claims it would lead to a military base in the country, which lies less than 2,000km from Australia’s east coast.

 

“I have said it before and I will say it again, that is not in someone’s interest, nor the interest of the region for any military base, to be established in any Pacific island country, let alone Solomon Islands,” Sogavare said.

 

“I think the reason is simple; the reason is regionalism, the moment we establish a foreign military base, we immediately become an enemy. And we also put our country and our people as targets for potential military strikes.”

 

Sogavare also said that Chinese security personnel would only be invited to Solomon Islands by Solomon Islands government if Australia could not meet the requests for security assistance from the government.

 

“If there is any gap, we will not allow our country to go down the drain. If there is a gap, we will call on support from China. But we’ve made it very clear to the Australians, and many times when we have this conversation with them, that they are a partner of choice … when it comes to security issues in the region, we will call on them first.”

 

However, the assurances seem at odds with comments made by Sogavare last week, in which he praised China as a “worthy partner”, while saying relationships with some countries “at times can sour”, in an apparent reference to Australia. He also said he wanted China to play a permanent role in training police in his country and welcomed donations of police vehicles and drones from Beijing.

 

Sogavare has spent much of his time at the 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Fiji this week allaying fears that his country would host China’s first military presence in the Pacific. He said: “We will not do anything that will put any member of our Pacific family at risk.”

 

“What I’ve been saying all along with the signing of the agreement between countries [is that it is a] sovereign issue of countries involved. However, we also appreciate that Solomon Islands is part of the Pacific family. So we have ensured the agreement does not in any way undermine the security of the region.”

 

(continued)

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 3:39 a.m. No.16729516   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>1293

>>16729514

 

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Until now, Sogavare has not answered questions from media about the security deal, which was leaked in late March. Yet on Thursday he condemned journalists for contributing to misinformation, saying: “Our office is always open. Officials are there and I’m also accessible.”

 

He accused the media of “contributing to misinformation and then blow[ing] things out of proportion and said he hoped the interview would “give us the opportunity to clear the air”.

 

Sogavare’s reassurances come as other Pacific leaders have raised concerns about China’s attempts to divide the region, and fears that China would attempt to reintroduce a sweeping economic and security deal to the region.

 

The deal, which was proposed to 10 leaders during Wang Yi’s marathon tour of the region in June, was rejected, but China has indicated it will bring the deal back at a later date.

 

“I assumed they would never stop trying, right?” said Surangel Whipps Jr, the president of Palau, speaking on the sidelines of PIF. “I mean, if they wanted it, they’re going to keep pushing.”

 

Palau, which has diplomatic relations with Taiwan and not with China, was not one of the 10 countries to whom the deal was proposed, and Whipps said that by excluding some Pacific Island countries, it “weakens the agreement”.

 

“I think it’s an attempt to divide the Pacific again. We’ve just gotten back together, let’s stay together,” he said. “If we are truly brothers in the Pacific, let’s make sure that it doesn’t affect our peace and security and our prosperity in the future. You know, we respect people’s sovereignty, but also collectively let’s look at how this affects all of us.

 

Daniel Panuelo, the president of the Federated States of Micronesia, raised serious concerns about the proposed regional deal with Pacific leaders in a scathing letter that warned such a security pact could lead Pacific countries to be the “centre of future confrontation between these major powers”.

 

Forum partner countries like the US, China and Japan are usually invited to attend a post-forum dialogue meeting, at which they can give presentations, but this year the partner dialogue will not be held during the week of the summit. China has been asked not to participate in this year’s PIF by the forum chair Frank Bainimarama, the prime minister of Fiji.

 

Panuelo confirmed this was to give Pacific leaders some breathing room from the intense geopolitical tension.

 

“That’s absolutely the sense of our membership,” he said.

 

Panuelo said the regional deal had not yet been brought back to Pacific countries by China and would not be discussed by leaders at Thursday’s retreat.

 

“It will not be discussed. Our topics are what is in the best interest of our Pacific community, things that influence that 2050 strategy, climate change, the Suva agreement [that resolves the fracture in the PIF with Micronesian countries].”

 

But Panuelo anticipated it would be brought back to Pacific countries when the next partners dialogue forum would be held, which might be in September, at the sidelines of the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/14/solomon-islands-pm-rules-out-chinese-military-base-china-australia-security-partner-manasseh-sogavare

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 3:56 a.m. No.16729572   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9577 >>6872

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Fears grow of possible miscalculation involving Australian military in contested South China Sea

 

Andrew Greene and Jade Macmillan - 14 July 2022

 

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Concerns are growing that a serious incident could soon occur between the Australian Defence Force and the Chinese military as strategic tensions grow in the Indo-Pacific, as Australia's Defence Minister warns the world is witnessing the biggest military build-up since World War II.

 

The ABC has revealed HMAS Parramatta was recently closely tracked and challenged by the Chinese military while transiting through the contested waters of the South China Sea and East China Sea.

 

As details emerged of Australia's latest interaction with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), a US warship conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea on Wednesday by sailing within the 12-nautical-mile boundary imposed by Beijing on the Paracel Islands.

 

Australia is yet to conduct a US-style FONOP to challenge Chinese claimed territory and features in the South China Sea, but military observers believe the tempo of ADF activity in the region is high.

 

In May, a Chinese jet fighter intercepted an Australian surveillance aircraft in the South China Sea, first firing flares and then cutting in front of the P-8 Poseidon and releasing a bag of chaff.

 

Professor Don Rothwell — an international law expert at the Australian National University — warns the prospect of a miscalculation in the South China Sea involving Australia and China is growing.

 

"I think it's becoming increasingly difficult because it is clear that there is a pattern associated with Australia's activities now [that is] very much aligned with the way in which the United States conducts similar activities," Professor Rothwell told the ABC's Afternoon Briefing.

 

"It needs to be accepted that Australia is often sailing through those waters on their own without a lot of back-up, in the way that the US navy would often have."

 

"Australia, to a degree, is isolated and, yes, the risk of miscalculation is one that is very live."

 

Professor Rothwell's concerns are backed by Nationals MP Darren Chester, a former minister for veterans' affairs and defence personnel.

 

"What concerns me is there's more likely to be some incident at a future point resulting from a level of misadventure or miscalculation or mistake being made than an actual act of aggression," Mr Chester said.

 

"We need to be very careful and need to make sure we are working closely with our allies. I think it is really important that we try and de-escalate these situations wherever possible.

 

"At the same time, we have every right to be there. The Australian navy is incredibly professional, incredibly well-trained and incredibly capable and they are just doing their job."

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 3:57 a.m. No.16729577   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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The Defence Department has declined to comment on the recent interactions between HMAS Parramatta and the Chinese military, but Defence Minister Richard Marles said encounters with foreign militaries were not unexpected.

 

"What we anticipate is interactions with other militaries. We anticipate interactions with the PLA. None of that is a surprise," Mr Marles told the ABC during an interview in Washington DC.

 

"What we seek is that those interactions are done in a professional and safe manner."

 

Defence Minister warns of 'most dangerous' period

 

Mr Marles used a meeting with his US counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss growing anxiety about China’s military expansion.

 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the shared vision of Australia and the United States, for a free and open Indo-Pacific, was being challenged.

 

"China's disruptive and destabilising actions threaten to undermine our values, our interests and our shared conviction that all states should be free to choose their own paths without coercion or intimidation," he said.

 

Mr Marles had earlier opened a Washington office of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which has been criticised by Beijing as an anti-China think tank.

 

Also in attendance were the heads of Australian security agencies the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Office of National Intelligence (ONI).

 

"This is probably the most-dangerous period that I've lived through," Mr Marles said.

 

"The idea that, right now, we are witnessing the biggest military build-up since the end of the Second World War: That’s a big thing to observe. That's a big thing to be happening.

 

"What's the conclusion to that? What have the conclusion to military build-ups of that kind been in the past? Have they ended with happy endings?

 

"That's what keeps me awake at night."

 

Mr Marles is on a four day visit to Washington and previously argued the US-Australia alliance needed to avoid "a catastrophic failure of deterrence" in the Indo-Pacific.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-14/possible-miscalculation-australian-military-in-south-china-sea/101236626

 

https://twitter.com/US7thFleet/status/1547073807336312833

 

https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/1547351516931039233

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 4:02 a.m. No.16729589   🗄️.is 🔗kun

>>16701998

GT Voice: Can real improvements be made in China-Australia trade?

 

Global Times - Jul 14, 2022

 

The overall trade of goods between China and Australia reached $19.20 billion in June, up 2.34 percent month-on-month, but down 4.69 percent year-on-year, according to data released on Wednesday by China's General Administration of Customs. In the first half of 2022, bilateral trade shrank 3.1 percent year-on-year.

 

Compared with the overall 10.3 percent growth rate of China's foreign trade in the first half of this year, the underperformance of bilateral trade certainly adds to the frustration among both the Chinese and Australian business communities, but may also fuel their expectation for easing trade tensions between China and Australia, especially at a time when China-Australia relations showed certain positive signs of thawing recently.

 

On Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong during the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, which was the first meeting between Chinese and Australian foreign ministers in three years.

 

Yet, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's response after the meeting indicated that Australia's internal voice toward China remain complicated. And the complexity will only make it harder to resolve trade issues between the two countries.

 

The crux of the difficulties surrounding bilateral trade is Australia's political interference based on ideological values. It is not surprising that the two sides have different views on some issues, but Australia must be pragmatic on economic and trade issues. The so-called human rights, democracy and security issues cannot be used to disrupt normal economic and trade.

 

Since Albanese was sworn into office, Australian officials have appeared increasingly keen to restore trade relations to where they were before, which may be because of the economic pressure faced by the Albanese government.

 

China, too, has shown a willingness to improve trade relations with Australia, as evidenced by the recent foreign ministers' meeting.

 

Indeed, there are increasing positive signals foreboding the possibility of easing trade tensions between the two countries. But the question is: to what extent can the positive signals be translated into actual improvement in bilateral trade relations? If Australia is really sincere about resolving some trade issues, it cannot just talk about its concerns and ignore China's.

 

For instance, Australia is the first country in the world to ban Huawei and other Chinese suppliers from providing 5G equipment, which is the starting point of this round of trade frictions between China and Australia. It is necessary for Australia to discuss about the lifting of the ban on Huawei and other suppliers.

 

Likewise, talks on lifting the ban on products from Xinjiang is also essential for bilateral trade. It is completely groundless for Australia to attack China over the Xinjiang issue.

 

Moreover, it is also necessary for the two countries to discuss the tariffs under the China-Australia free trade agreement. About 95 percent of imported goods from Australia enjoy zero tariffs based on the free trade agreement, the Chinese embassy in Australia said in December, 2020. By comparison, the Australian government launched 25 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against Chinese products during the period from 2016 to 2020, according to media reports.

 

It should be noted that Australia's trade and investment relationship with China has long been in the shadow of the US, which apparently doesn't want to see positive signals in China-Australia trade relations. The US and Australia just announced a "net zero technology acceleration partnership," which was aimed at reducing dependence on China for a clean energy and critical mineral supply chain, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. While reducing reliance on China may seem like a selling point to cater to the hostile atmosphere within Australia toward China, the US itself is facing problems in its own clean energy supply chains. It is questionable how much it can really help.

 

Australia needs to learn from the past lessons of asking Americans for help in solving economic problems. Let the China-Australia trade pie stay away from the US finger.

 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202207/1270478.shtml

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 4:19 a.m. No.16729627   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>9633 >>6843

Scott Morrison says Covid-19 and national cabinet hurt his election chances in first post-poll speech

 

SIMON BENSON - JULY 13, 2022

 

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Scott Morrison says there was a damaging political cost to his government’s response to the pandemic, admitting that he as leader took an unavoidable “hit for the mission” in the creation of the national cabinet and trying to manage the federation during the crisis.

 

He also admits that when things inevitably went wrong, as leader “you just have to cop it”.

 

But the former prime minister maintains there had been no alternative and will tell an international forum on Thursday that his government’s management of the Covid pandemic ranked among the most successful in the world despite the frustrations endured by many Australians.

 

In his first official public appearance since the May 21 election loss, Mr Morrison will on Thursday deliver an address to the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, mapping out how Australia had outperformed most other countries in both health and economic outcomes.

 

“The results we were able to achieve were no accident. It was ‘no fluke’ as we like to say,” he will say in his speech, given exclusively to The Australian.

 

“Australia’s results do tell a proud story. One of the lowest fatality rates, highest vaccination rates and strongest economic performances of any developed country in the world.

 

“Australia has the third lowest mortality rate in the OECD at 401 deaths per million population. This can be compared with Canada at 1106 per million, the UK at 2688 per million and the US at 3031 per million. During the pandemic, we estimate that when compared to the average fatality rates of OECD countries, Australia’s response saved an estimated 40,000 lives.

 

“More than 95 per cent of the Australian adult population have had two vaccine doses, and we have already commenced fourth doses.

 

“Likewise, since December 2019, when the pandemic first struck, Australia’s economy has grown by 4.5 per cent. This compares to 3.9 per cent in Korea, 2.7 per cent in the US, and less than 1 per cent in the UK, Canada and France, while the Japanese and German economies remained in negative territory.

 

“Australia’s success was partly achieved by limiting the scale of our economic decline during Covid,” Mr Morrison will say.

 

In his speech, the former PM will explain the rationale for the ­creation of the national cabinet, which has been adopted unaltered by the Albanese government, despite the inevitable political cost in deliberately parking normal domestic politics for the good of the country.

 

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Anonymous ID: 639bba July 14, 2022, 4:19 a.m. No.16729633   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Addressing the annual dialogue, which is also hosting former US first lady Michelle Obama and former US vice-president Mike Pence, Mr Morrison will admit there’s been a price to pay for Australia’s ­successes. “Frustration with the ­national cabinet was actually frustration with the nature of our Constitution and federation,” he will say in the speech.

 

“But in a crisis, this was no time to engage in a political debate about our federation, nor as the national leader to pick fights with provincial leaders.

 

“Leadership often requires you to take the hit for the mission you are engaged in.

 

“This was certainly the case when it came to managing our federation during the pandemic.

 

“A crisis demanded that you curb your natural defensive domestic political instincts to focus on the bigger job and bigger picture. It could not be politics as usual.

 

“That said, for all its critics, the national cabinet proved its worth in the outcomes we were able to achieve together. And I am yet to hear of a better alternative.”

 

“As prime minister, I chaired 57 meetings of the national cabinet over a two-year period.

 

“At no time in our history had state and federal leaders met as often, as extensively and with such candour as during this time.

 

“But we didn’t always agree, especially when it came to issues where the medical advice was not consistent such as state borders, school closures or vaccine mandates.

 

“As the pandemic evolved, it became more difficult to keep uniformity in the various restrictions employed by each state as the experience of the virus was no longer uniform.

 

“When we disagreed, this caused great frustration among the public. While such dis­agreement was inevitable, many Australians found it difficult to understand why the prime minister could not just make the decisions.

 

“Some even mistakenly believed that the establishment of the national cabinet had devolved federal powers to the states. This was untrue. The states had always had these powers.”

 

On the sidelines of the first day of the conference in Seoul on Wednesday, Mr Morrison held meetings with former US vice-president Mike Pence and former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

 

Mr Pence in his address on Wednesday praised Australia’s role during the pandemic and its leadership of the geopolitical ­issues in the Indo-Pacific.

 

Mr Morrison in his speech will say that, on ­reflection, the key to managing the pandemic was to be across the detail.

 

“As I look back on those times now, there are many takeouts, ­especially from a leadership perspective,” he will say. “One of the most important is that in a crisis leaders must be across the detail.

 

“You quickly become the central point of all information, communication and decision making.

 

“You set the pace, tone and direction of the national response. Attention to detail matters critically, especially when it comes to process.

 

“Events move very quickly in a crisis. Sound process provides the guardrails to get things as right as you can, and the mechanisms to fix them quickly when you don’t.

 

“The flow and source of your information and advice, the ­decision-making process, your accountability and follow-up mechanisms, implementation plans – it all matters.

 

“This should not be confused with becoming a control freak, wanting to be hands-on in implementing all aspects of your response. That is a recipe for disaster,” he will say.

 

“You must be able to trust and delegate, understanding that you and your team will not get everything right. And you must reconcile yourself to the fact that when it does go wrong (which it certainly will at some point) and events conspire against your best-laid plans and advice, as the leader you will just have to cop it.”

 

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/scott-morrison-says-covid19-and-national-cabinet-hurt-his-election-chances-in-first-postpoll-speech/news-story/01c509319ce9a23003109cf3b9dfd447

 

>Mission forward.

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 15, 2022, 4:35 a.m. No.16736572   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Prominent Australians have rallied in Sydney for Julian Assange. What's the latest on his case?

 

Actor Michael Caton was among the speakers at a rally outside the Sydney Opera House, calling for the government to intervene in the Wikileaks founder's impending extradition to the US.

 

Amy Hall - 15 July 2022

 

Prominent Australians have reiterated calls for the federal government to intervene in Julian Assange's impending extradition to the United States, during a rally in Sydney on Friday.

 

United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel last month approved the Wikileaks founder's extradition to the United States where he is wanted on 18 charges, including espionage and hacking.

 

If convicted, lawyers for the 50-year-old Australian have said he could face a jail term of 170 years. US lawyers said he would more likely face four to six years in jail.

 

Actor Michael Caton said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese needed to urgently step in.

 

"The only thing Julian Assange is guilty of this revealing to the world the scale of the atrocities committed by the United States in Iraq and elsewhere," he said on Friday.

 

"He has been unduly pursued and harassed for eight years. Enough is enough.

 

"It's time for Albanese to get on the phone to his mate Joe Biden, and insist this Australian be returned to us."

 

Mr Albanese has said he doesn't see the purpose of the "ongoing pursuit" of Mr Assange.

 

But he said he also wouldn't be pressured into publicly intervening in the case, instead opting to deal with the matter through diplomatic channels.

 

"There are some people who think that if you put things in capital letters on Twitter and put an exclamation mark, that somehow makes it more important. It doesn't," Mr Albanese said.

 

Filmmaker James Ricketson, who was wrongfully imprisoned in Cambodia for 15 months on espionage charges, said he's doubtful a softer approach will work.

 

"Quiet diplomacy didn't get Kylie-Moore Gilbert out of jail or Peter Greste out of jail," he said.

 

"As much as I appreciate the prime minister saying that quiet diplomacy may work in this case, I have my doubts.

 

"I hope that I'm wrong, but even if I am wrong, I think it's necessary for all of us to place as much pressure as we possibly can on the government; not just the Australian government, but also the UK government and the US government."

 

The rally comes a week after former attorney-general George Brandis said Australia had no legal grounds to intervene in Mr Assange's extradition.

 

"Australia wasn't a party to the proceedings and had no standing to intervene in the proceedings," Mr Brandis told the ABC.

 

"It was legal proceedings in a British court between the government of the United States and a private citizen. We would not intervene in those proceedings."

 

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie rejected those claims, saying politicians have to "stop hiding behind the excuse of the Julian Assange matter being a legal matter".

 

"It has always been an intensely political matter," he told AAP.

 

Former CIA engineer convicted in WikiLeaks espionage case

 

A former CIA programmer was found guilty in New York federal court on Wednesday of the 2017 leak of the Central Intelligence Agency's most valuable hacking tools to WikiLeaks, two years after his initial prosecution ended in a mistrial.

 

Joshua Schulte worked for the US spy agency's elite hacking unit when he quietly took the "Vault 7" tools it uses to break into target computer and technology systems and, after quitting his job, sent them to the anti-secrecy group.

 

Vault 7 was a collection of malware, viruses, trojans, and "zero day" exploits that, once leaked out, were available for use by foreign intelligence groups, hackers and cyber extortionists around the world.

 

The leak, which stunned the CIA in March 2017, was called one of the most damaging losses of classified material ever experienced by the organisation.

 

It spurred the government to consider tough action against WikiLeaks, which then-CIA director Mike Pompeo called a "hostile intelligence service".

 

The US government then moved to indict Mr Assange on espionage charges.

 

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/prominent-australians-have-rallied-in-sydney-for-julian-assange-whats-the-latest-on-his-case/rrwf4juv2

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 15, 2022, 4:47 a.m. No.16736608   🗄️.is 🔗kun

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Kevin Spacey set to face June trial in UK after pleading not guilty to sex offence charges

 

Reuters / AP - 15 July 2022

 

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will go on trial in London next year after pleading not guilty to accusations of sex offences dating back almost 20 years.

 

Mr Spacey is accused of five offences in Britain — four counts of sexual assault by touching, and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

 

Prosecutors say Mr Spacey forced a man to have oral sex.

 

Speaking clearly, the 62-year-old American actor and producer, whose name was given as Kevin Spacey Fowler, said "not guilty" when each of the charges were put to him at London's Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on Thursday.

 

Wearing glasses and a light blue suit, he sat impassively in the dock during the 20-minute hearing as a trial date of June 6 next year was agreed.

 

It is likely to be at the Old Bailey, the venue for Britain's highest-profile criminal trials, and will last between three to four weeks.

 

The judge continued the actor's unconditional bail, and said another pre-trial hearing would be held early in 2023.

 

"Thank you, my Lord," he told the judge at the end of the hearing.

 

He made no comment as he left court and was ushered through a crowd of photographers and camera crews into a chauffeur-driven car.

 

Spacey's lawyer previously said the actor "strenuously denies" the allegations.

 

If found guilty of sexual assault, Mr Spacey could face a six-month prison sentence or an unlimited fine, while the more serious offence carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

 

Police said the alleged assaults occurred between March 2005 and April 2013 — four in London and one in Gloucestershire, in the west of England. They involved one man who is now in his 40s and two men now in their 30s.

 

Once one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Mr Spacey has largely disappeared from public view since being accused of sexual misconduct five years ago.

 

The 62-year-old, who won Oscars for best actor in American Beauty and best supporting actor in The Usual Suspects, was dropped from the TV show House of Cards and removed from the movie All the Money in the World after the accusations came to light.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-14/kevin-spacey-faces-uk-court-hearing-on-sex-assault-charges/101240098

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-15/kevin-spacey-set-to-face-june-uk-trial/13974374

Anonymous ID: 639bba July 15, 2022, 4:50 a.m. No.16736623   🗄️.is 🔗kun   >>6632

>>16701998

China increasingly expected to drop ban on Australian coal as nation's economic woes deepen

 

Bill Birtles - 15 July 2022

 

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Expectations that China's leader Xi Jinping will reverse his unofficial ban on Australian coal imports are growing as the country's economic problems continue to mount.

 

There is no official sign from China's Ministry of Commerce that it will dump the ban, but analysts in China say the mounting cost of coal imported from other countries is hurting both steelmakers and the energy sector.

 

One Beijing-based analyst who declined to be named due to the political sensitivity of the issue said the high price of imported coking coal was causing huge pain for the country's steel sector.

 

He said allowing Australian shipments to return would likely lower production costs, although the analyst was unaware of any plans to do so.

 

Bloomberg earlier reported that a proposal to resume Australian coal imports was being submitted to senior leaders in China, amid fears European restrictions on Russian exports would push up global prices even further.

 

Australia exported close to $14 billion of coal to China in 2019 — most of that coking coal for steelmaking, but the thermal coal market for electricity generation is also extremely tight.

 

Reports say China's leadership is worried about a repeat of electricity shortages last year that occurred when high global thermal coal prices made electricity generation unprofitable for many coal-fired power plant operators.

 

In recent years China has dramatically scaled up its domestic thermal-coal production, with imports only playing a minor role.

 

Mr Xi's ban on Australian imports, while not the main cause of the electricity shortages, nonetheless played a role in exacerbating the problems last year.

 

His bans on Australian shipments in late 2020 were never formally announced or confirmed by the Chinese side, and they initially caused huge problems for shipping crews stuck on bulk carriers loaded with Australian coal waiting off Chinese ports.

 

The bans did not, however, achieve the apparent desired effect of economically coercing the Morrison government to change its approach to China.

 

China reports worse economic growth figures than expected

 

The election of the Albanese government, plus high global commodity prices caused by sanctions due to Russia's war on Ukraine, appears to have prompted Beiji