Refugee Boat Timeline to April 23rd


300,000 REFUGEES IN S.E. ASIA

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23rd APR

Fourteen nations look to resolve regional boat people issue

Yuliasri Perdani of The Jakarta Post, reported on Mon, April 21 2014 In an attempt to address the boat people issue, Indonesia has invited 13 countries to meet and seek ways to prevent asylum seekers from embarking on perilous journeys by sea. In a two-day international workshop titled Special Conference on the Irregular Movement of People, at the Foreign Ministry on Monday and Tuesday, representatives are expected to establish measures to protect asylum seekers and prevent human trafficking and people smuggling in the region.

The two-day workshop is also part of the so-called Bali Process, an initiative for dealing with people smuggling and human trafficking. The event, jointly organized by the Foreign Ministry and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is being participated in by those countries most affected by the irregular movement of people in Asia Pacific — Indonesia, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand — and those countries further afield — Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“This conference is about a global problem that deals with irregular movements by sea, a problem we have in Southeast Asia. The statistics show we have more than 300,000 asylum seekers in Southeast Asia,” UNHCR Indonesia representative Manuel Jordão told a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.” 

 

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Any meaningful advance in the refugee situation between Australia and the RI is still a long way off. Stage two of the Roadmap to Normal Diplomacy has been reached. Four more stages remain.

A Fitriyanti of Antara News wrote on April 21 2014 that;

Indonesia, Australia step ahead restoring diplomatic relationship

 Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa stated that Indonesia and Australia had stepped into the second stage of the roadmap, created by President Susilo Yudhoyono, to restore diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Natalegawa said at the Pancasila Building of the Foreign Affairs Ministry here on Monday, he had a number of opportunities to discuss the issue with Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, the last time was in Mexico.  “It was a fruitful conversation between the two of us on the protocol or code of conduct (COC), but we haven’t talked formally in terms of having the draft of the COC,” Natalegawa explained.

The second stage of the roadmap to restore the diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Australia is a thorough discussion of the protocol and code of conduct to be followed. He added that in the next few days, Indonesia and Australia will identify the things that will be refrained in the future. However, Natalegawa did not elaborate on the details that will be assessed by Indonesia and Australia.  “I think it is not too complicated. More importantly, we have similar perception about what such a COC, as the basic principle of our bilateral relationship, will aim for and explain that we have to do certain things and not do certain things,” he said.

He also underlined that the basic principles of Indonesia’s and Australia’s diplomatic relationship was the Lombok Treaty, which was an agreement on the framework of security cooperation. The other was to refrain from employing intelligence services that will harm the national interests. “And then, we will set up the modalities to ensure those commitments are carried out by arranging regular meetings between the foreign affairs ministers or the intelligence officials of the two countries,” Marty said.

Previously, Yudhoyono had developed a roadmap with six steps to restore ties with Australia after the wiretapping of the phone lines of the president, the first lady and several other senior state officials was revealed.

 

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Asylum seeker boat turn-back questions

going unanswered by Government, says UNHCR

The ABC is reporting that “The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it is not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Speaking in Jakarta, the UNHCR’s regional representative says the Australian Government has not responded to the UN’s concerns about the policies. The request for information was made in January.

UNHCR regional representative James Lynch says people from seven boats that have been returned to Indonesia recently told the UN agency they made it to Australian land or at least its territorial waters. He says if that is true, Australia’s responsibility is to allow them to be processed as asylum seekers. Mr Lynch says it is significant that thousands of asylum seekers arrived in Australia until late last year but it is not a crisis by world standards.

“We have in Syria 6 million either internally displaced or refugees and they have found themselves in the neighbouring countries,” Mr Lynch said.  “A country like Iraq, which has its own internal problems, has been able to accept 250,000 Syrian refugees.  “I think when you sit and listen to what countries in the region like Iraq are dealing with, or Jordan or Lebanon, it’s hard to see it [Australia's situation] as a crisis.

 

 

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WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island;

BOM seems to be offline

(BOM)

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Cocos Island;

BOM seems to be offline

(BOM)

Cirabon; 30C, wind; 5 Kmh variable, 13 mm

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arrival list

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The weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

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To find older information click here

(the dates are all “skewiff” so keep opening “new page” to find recent posts)

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Dear Mr Bill Shorten


Dear Mr Bill Shorten,

Firstly my sympathies to you and all of your family on the loss of your Mother.

Secondly, your proposed changes to the ALP.

I was a member of the Australian Labor Party for many years.First as a member of the old Public Service Union,  much later, after many years in small business, I came back to the Party and supported the best Member for Cowan ever, Carolyn Jacobsen. I was a branch member, assisted in postal campaigns, I handed out how-to-votes and I scrutineered after the election.

I was active in my youth, marching against the Vietnam War, marching for the Environment, marching for Equal Rights. I marched against the Iraq War.

Underneath I guess the attraction of the ALP was the fact that it seemed to be more aware of human rights and of the environment than the Right Wing parties.

Sometime during the year 2004 I began questioning the direction of the ALP.  It was, in its State organisations, less caring for the environment. The forests and the seas no longer seemed as protected in the ALP platform. Human rights stands were becoming so similar to the stands of the right that there seemed no difference.

I stood up and peered over the barricades and saw where all the caring and principles had gone. I found they had been adopted by the Greens. This made the Greens no longer a single issue party.

So I left the Labor Party and joined the Greens.

I applaud your efforts to increase democracy in your Party although that will not tempt me to return. A full reprising of the party platform would be needed for that. At the same time, I have seen enough of Australian politics over nearly seventy years to recognise that the ALP has sunk to the level where it will need a coalition partner to be able to govern in the foreseeable future. Any changes, even if implemented tomorrow, will take decades to have effect.

A strong Greens Party will likely take the lead in that coalition within a decade.

So good luck with your efforts to make a difference. They may well be rewarded with an influx of the Menzies Liberals who have been disenfranchised by the current, lyingly named “Liberal Party”.

I won’t be coming back and many in my position will not be coming back.

We Greens will sit here on the Left where a conscience counts.

Sincerely,

Ærchie. (Yes, I am an elector and ASIO knows who I am.)

Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.


Do not go gentle into that good fight
The Truth should burn and guide us on our way
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

When the wise with their educated sight
Call for compassion in the Laws and say
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

Good men upon the Left must use their might
To make their deeds mount up and every day
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

Young people with a vision now alight
Must gird their loins and gain in strength so they
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

While women know misogyny by sight
And violence fills their life they need to say
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

So all of us who want to stop the blight
Curse, bless and shed those fierce tears I pray
Do not go gentle into that good fight.
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

With apologies to Dylan Thomas

Refugee Boat Timeline to April 18th


Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta

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18th APR

NO ASYLUM SEEKER ARRIVALS have been reported in any media, Australian or Indonesian, over the past couple of weeks. The Monsoon season is close to an end.

After taking a bit of a break, partly for the RI Elections, it appears that Refugees are again on the agenda and I would expect a few boats to begin setting out before the end of the month.

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ANCIENT HISTORY

This week we have seen a little “ancient history” revealed.

The Guardian reported that ” An Australian customs ship entered far deeper into Indonesian waters than has previously been disclosed despite having digital navigational charts that displayed the correct boundaries of Indonesia’s territorial baselines, casting doubt on some of the findings of a review commissioned to investigate the incursions. The Ocean Protector entered Indonesia’s internal waters – placing it nine kilometres inside the country’s territorial seas and just 27 kilometres from Indonesia’s shore – on 14 January in Pelabuhan Ratu bay, according to digital navigational maps from the vessel, seen by Guardian Australia and published here.”

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“Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta” was reported on the same day by Michael Bachelard in the SMH

“Indonesia’s top military commander says Australia has agreed to stop turning back asylum boats to Indonesia, but Australian minister Scott Morrison insists the Government’s policy remains unchanged.

Military Commander General Moeldoko said on Wednesday that his Australian military counterpart, presumably chief of defence David Hurley, had told him that no more boats would be returned to Indonesia.

SCAPEGOATING

Sydney (ANTARA News/AFP) – An Australian naval captain has been relieved of his command after his vessel was involved in an incursion into Indonesian waters while on border protection duty, the defence ministry said Thursday.  Six incursions took place during Australias military-led Operation Sovereign Borders to deter asylum-seeker boats in December and January, leading Canberra to apologise to Jakarta and set up an inquiry. The Department of Defence said navy chief Vice Admiral Ray Griggs had made a number of decisions relating to the seven commanding officers involved, noting that more than one ship was involved in each incursion. “The Chief of Navy will remove one Commanding Officer from his command and another will be administratively sanctioned,” a Department of Defence statement said. “The remaining Commanding Officers will be formally or informally counselled.”

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Irregular Movement of Persons

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia will address protection steps on the irregular movement of persons during an international workshop that is to be held in Jakarta on April 21-22. The Foreign Affairs Ministrys Director General of multilateral, Hasan Kleib, stated during a press conference at the ministrys office in Jakarta, on Thursday, that the workshop was a follow up of the Jakarta Declaration, which was pledged by high-level representatives of the Special Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons on August 20, 2013. “This workshop was aimed to come up with a guidelines on how to protect the victims of smuggling and trafficking when theyre arrested during their journey through the transit or destination countrys territory,” Kleib explained.

It almost sounds as though Indonesia is, very politely, losing patience with the “Australian Solution”.

The West Australian has reported, this morning, “Indonesia’s director-general for multilateral affairs, Hasan Kleib, will encourage Australia to “work together again” on the issue. He says seven asylum-seeker boats have been turned back since December – three of them using orange lifeboats. Mr Kleib says he understands Australia has opted for a “zero entry” policy, but it is “touching on other issues that relate to us”. There are now at least 10,623 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia who face years of waiting for resettlement, and who are vulnerable to people smugglers in the meantime. “They go there in the middle of the sea, are caught by Australia, pushed back to us and become the burden of us again,” Mr Kleib told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday. “So we want to share the burden … it’s what I’ve said since the beginning, people smuggling is under the category of transnational organised crime. “If it is transnational, then there is no one country in the world that can handle it alone.

 

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NIMBY RULEZ!

Bogor authorities to evict asylum seekers

(Bogor is a city of around 1 million people  60 kilometers south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.)

The Jakarta Post reported on 12th April, “Bogor authorities are set to crack down on asylum seekers and refugees in the mountainous resort region of Puncak, although many local people have no objection to their presence and activities, which have reportedly caused no trouble for the community.

Residents of Batu Kasur village in Batulayang said the asylum seekers and refugees, who have left their home countries in the Middle East, should not be removed, but that the relevant authorities should instead help them to solve their problems.

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WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island;

The monsoon trough lies in the vicinity of Christmas Island and is expected to
remain nearby over the coming days. A weak low may develop within the trough,
to the east of Christmas Island, during the weekend.

Forecast for the rest of Friday 18 April
A shower or two with the chance of a thunderstorm.
Winds: East to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots.
Seas: Up to 1.0 metre.
Swell 1: South to southwesterly around 1.0 metre.
Swell 2: Southeasterly 0.5 to 1.0 metre.

Max 29

(BOM)

 

Flying Fish Cove 17th Apr Courtesy of Arthur Floret http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Flying Fish Cove 17th Apr
Courtesy of Arthur Floret
http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Cocos Island;

The monsoon trough lies to the north of the Islands with an embedded low
pressure system situated to the northwest of the Islands. The low is expected
to slowly move west-southwesterly away from the Islands during the next few
days. Winds will tend more northeast to northerly in the broad circulation of
the low.

Forecast for the rest of Friday 18 April
Occasional showers with the chance of a thunderstorm.
Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas: Around 1.0 metre.
Swell 1: South to southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell 2: Southeasterly around 1.5 metres.

Max 31

(BOM)

Cirabon; 31C, wind; 5 Kmh variable, clear 0 mm

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arrival list

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The weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

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To find older information click here

(the dates are all “skewiff” so keep opening “new page” to find recent posts)

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Coincidence? I Think Not


harridineHard on the heels of news of thebullock election of  hard-right DLP inspired Senator, Joe Bullock comes the news of the death of hard-right DLP inspired Senator Harridine.

Senator Harridine was anti-Gay, Anti Contraception, Anti Choice, Anti anything progressive.

Senator Bullock will be Anti-Gay, Anti Contraception, Anti Choice, Anti anything progressive.

I wonder how long it will be before Bullock “does a Harridine” and resigns from, or is sacked by, the ALP so he may easier support his University friend, hard-right DLP inspired Tony Abbott.

About the only difference between the two, other than state of origin, is that Brian Harridine had thirteen children!

Choose Greens

Who Is Left?


First they came for the Asylum Seekers, But I said nothing because I am not an Asylum Seeker

Then they came for the Bikies, but I said nothing because I am not an Bikie.

Then they came for those on Welfare, but I said nothing because I am not on Welfare.

Then they came for the Unionists, but I said nothing because I am not a Unionist.

Then they came for the Scientists, but I said nothing because I am not a Scientist.

Then they came for the Indigenous People, but I said nothing because I am not an Indigenous Person.

Then they came for the Public Servants, but I said nothing because I am not a Public Servant.

Then they came for the Thinkers, but I said nothing because I am not a Thinker.

Then they came for the Protesters, but I said nothing because I am not a Protester.

Then they came for me, but there was no-one left to help.

Song For Liberty


I stumbled across this last night. I wrote and posted it back in 2010. To me there is in it a truth which still needs to be told.

 

Perhaps it is just age, perhaps it is a souciant cynicism or perhaps I am reading the signs aright.

For much of Homo Sapiens’ existence, the species has not had liberty. Economically the early families and tribes could not afford it. Then the tribes and the nations had to band under a leader for protection against other tribes and nations. The leaders varied in their character but the most successful were always ruthless.

Then, about 300 years ago, an idea appeared. Based upon a failed experiment in ancient Greece a new system of governance was attempted. Democracy.

And it seemed to work. At least the leaders were accountable at regular intervals. Accountable to the general populace.

Or were they? Or has the real leadership gone into hiding and is now playing with the elected leadership as puppeteers play with their toys? Feeding them three word slogans instead of policies for the good of the people.

Liberty has been a short-lived heroine. She is dying today, as she did in ancient Greece. To find the killers, follow the money and the influence.

Yes, Rupert Murdoch. I am looking at you!

From “Nabucco” G.Verdi

When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
When you cry I cry with you in sorrow
When you suffer I’m praying for you liberty
For your struggles will bring us a new tomorrow

Days of sad darkness and fear must one day crumble
For the force of your kindness and love make them tremble
When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
In the void of your absence I keep searching for you

Who are you dream illusion or just reality
Faith ideal desire revolution
I believe you’re the symbol of our humanity
Lighting up the world for eternity

I can see why men die to defend you
Try to guard to protect and attend you
When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
With your tears or your joys I love you
Let us sing and rejoice make our own history
Songs of hope with one voice guide us to victory
Liberty, liberty

Acrosticly Cursed


I am not depressed although I

See clearer than my countrymen.

The two paths and their parting.

Having choice is now behind us.

In a dark and dangerous forest

Showing no escape, no relief, no safety, 

Till Time’s Ending.

Heedless my words drift on to silence.

Embezzled of all hope.

Treat my failure not kindly

Rather stone me for

Unheard my lament is purposeless.

This is not depression, simply

Hopeless unutterable sadness.

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Cursed once by Apollo,
And blessed with the power to see
Seeing dreams turned to dust
Seeing darkness fall

Alive still in a Southern land
Not to be believed again
Dreams being destroyed
Repeating myself helplessly

And endlessly the darkness falls.

Is Chrissie Losing It?


With the failure of the Libs to gain power in South Australia

AND

The Libs losing their majority in the Territory

AND

Tony Abbott likely to rule for several decades

IS

Poodle Pyne beginning to show the strain?

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Has Tony Abbott Always Voted Liberal?


WA CHARACTER ASSASSINATIONjoe-bullock

In the lead-up to the Senate Byelection in Western Australia we have been treated to a major character assassination attempt on the lead Labor candidate, Joe Bullock.

One of the big right-wing talking points is, “Joe Bullock has said he has not always voted for the ALP.”

Bullock himself has said that in 1975 he did not vote ALP.

TONY ABBOTT’S EARLY VOTES

abbott1In typical Murdoch Mania not one mention has been made of the fact that Tony Abbott’s mentor in his youth was one BA Santamaria, ex-ALP and founder of the DLP. The Catholic Church was pressing the claims of the DLP to be a major player in the Australian political landscape.

Are we to believe that at that same 1975 election, young Anthony John Abbott voted for Malcolm Fraser’s Liberal Party at a time the DLP was holding the balance of power? At a time Tony Abbott was very close to the Catholic Church.

I don’t know and I don’t think I will ever find out because he will not be asked by the Murdoch owned gutter journalists we have creating Australia’s opinions.

We will have to learn to think for ourselves, Australia.

Remember This When Abbott Slags Bullock!


1976

Destroying a Glass Door at University.

Published university reports show that after a narrow defeat in the university senate elections in 1976 – Mr Abbott’s first year of an economics-law degree – he kicked in a glass panel door.In the ensuing two years, he was repeatedly accused in the university paper of being a right-wing thug and bully who used sexist and racist tactics to intimidate his opponents. Lawyer David Patch, who is a Labor candidate in the federal seat of Wentworth, recalls an AUS conference in the mid-1970s, which had initiated a special “women’s room” for females to discuss political issues. “Tony used to stand outside the women’s room with his right-wing mates and loudly tell sexist and homophobic jokes,” he said.

There are a number of other “accusations” against Tony Abbott from this time. From encouraging indecent behaviour towards women, running a mob of heavies to calling on the KKK to destroy the Left Wing of University politics. They are all a part of a pattern and I won’t go into them here.

1977

Charge of sexual Assault

Helen Elizabeth Wilson, whose age was given as 29, a former student teacher, claimed she was assaulted in October 1977 when she was addressing students at Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education in a debate about whether the college should withdraw from the Australian Union of Students (AUS).

She told the North Sydney court that someone had called out: “Why don’t you smile, honey?” Then a youth had touched her on the upper part of her leg.

Mr Abbott, then 20, pleaded not guilty.

The Daily Telegraph report said: “Miss Wilson said as she approached the microphone . . . two youths moved up behind her.

“She said: ‘I had just commenced speaking when I felt a hand between my legs on my lower buttocks. I was wearing jeans. I jumped back, turned around, and saw Tony Abbott laughing about two feet away. The people in the audience began laughing and jeering’, Miss Wilson said.”

When it came to court the following January, Mr Abbott was flanked by his parents, a legal team including a QC, and seven witnesses. Advocates for Ms Wilson are to this day flabbergasted at the firepower Mr Abbott wheeled in, which left their under-represented side wilting.

Punching a Wall

In the latest Quarterly Essay, journalist David Marr quotes former Sydney University student Barbara Ramjan as saying an angry Mr Abbott threw two punches at a wall near her after she beat him for the student representative council (SRC) presidency

“When he was interviewed for the article, Mr Abbott said he had no recollection of the incident. “It would be profoundly out of character had it occurred,” he is quoted in the essay as saying. “

David Patch, is a barrister and former judicial registrar of the Industrial Relations Court. In 1977 he was Ramjan’s campaign manager. Patch claimed that although he did not witness the incident reported by Marr, he did speak with Ramjan moments after it took place. ”She is a small woman … She was very shaken, scared and angry. She told me Abbott had come up to her, put his face in her face, and punched the wall on either side of her head.”

Next day another witness emerged. This man told The SMH that he saw ”Abbott’s famous flying squad of goons” arrive at the SRC office. They ”threw me against the wall, kicked in the doors of the SRC, and started creating havoc”. The witness followed the squad into the SRC office. ”I saw Abbott throw a punch at Barbara Ramjan but didn’t see it land … When I next saw her, she was in an extremely shocked condition …” The witness wanted to remain anonymous. He said he was, however, willing to sign a statutory declaration.

OK, so we have already seen his character.

Late 1977

Lindsay Foyle recounts an evening meeting with Tony Abbott and his klingons at a pub;

. . . . The interlopers were soon identified as radicals involved in student politics at the University of Sydney. We were about to chip our colleague about bringing contacts into such a low-class establishment when he brought them over and introduced them to us.

It did not end well. They quickly explained how the world went around and why they had to extinguish their opposition at the university and the rest of the country. Unfortunately, I did not agree with everything that was said and a few feathers got ruffled. The main point of contention was a woman’s right to control pregnancy, either via contraception or abortion. My view was that it was something those involved should settle on, not people like me who didn’t have to live with the consequences of the decision. To the activists that view was just as unacceptable as abortion.

The largest of the lot was a person named Tony Abbott. He decided the quickest way to settle our differences was to take me downstairs and demonstrate how I was wrong by punching my head in. This was not the way I wanted the evening to go. Yes, we could have gone downstairs. Yes, he probably could have punched my head in — provided I did not faint of fright first — and yes, the evening’s discussion would have been brought to an end.

Convicted

While celebrating passing his final economics exam, Tony Abbott was also charged with bending a street sign, which was witnessed by two policemen. Tony Abbott was found guilty of this offence, although no conviction was recorded.

1978

Punching Peter Woof

On Monday, 8 January 2007 sydney alternative media posted; “The editor had an interesting interview recently with long time qualified high school teacher here in NSW, and Canada, Peter Woof, a long time supporter of environmental causes.” The post continued, “In 1978 25 year old Woof stood up to student politician, now federal government health minister, Tony Abbott who he says was allegedly caught doing unethical or perhaps illegal things like changing the locks on the student union offices and other things.

Woof says Abbott, a well known boxing enthusiast now if not then, punched Woof in the face. Woof was a 24 year old technician employed at Sydney University.

The date can be corroborrated by reference to civil assault suit documentation against Abbott presumably created for Woof in the Glebe local court at the time. Woof represented himself but was totally out muscled financially, he says,

by ‘half a dozen’ barristers and lawyers who turned up at the preliminary hearing turning the civil suit into a high risk of huge legal costs against the alleged assault victim Woof.

Woof assumes these expensive lawyers taking a student activist dispute to another level were paid for by Abbott’s ‘rich father’. (It also suggests a serious fear of a  blossoming conservative political career almost destroyed at birth.)

Editor’s comment; This is the second time (check the Wilson incident) that we read of Tony Abbott fronting Court with a swarm of Legal people. It seems Abbott always works best in a pack. Is that what he has turned the Federal Opposition Front Bench into? A pack of slavering wolves following an alpha male? It was Tony Abbott who was called John Howard’s Attack Dog and now “Poodle” Pyne is known as Abbott’s Attack Dog.

1981

Is The GG Visiting Your Place?


Is the Governor General Visiting You?

Know Your Place!

Governors General

Tony Abbott and the Church


Do as I say or you will regret it!

 

Tony and the Church

Protect Our Borders


PROTECT OUR BORDERS

BECAUSE

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Refugee Boat Timeline to March 27th


ANOTHER BOAT DUE

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27th MAR

NO ASYLUM SEEKER ARRIVALS reported in any media, Australian or Indonesian, over the past week. The Monsoon season is close to an end. By throwing our entire Naval and Customs strength at this “problem” we seem to have managed to begin intercepting everything which comes our way. Providing it is headed for Cocos Island, Christmas Island or Darwin. And providing it is at sea level. How did MH370 escape the net? It appears to have passed between Cocos and Christmas Islands. Just another question which will not be asked of this incompetent, navel-gazing Government.

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HOWEVER!

Peter Alford and Telly Nathalia of The Australian have reported “

A BOAT carrying about 50 asylum-seekers is heading for Christmas Island in a renewed test of Australia’s border crackdown, Indonesian police believe.  The boat left the West Java coast early yesterday (Tuesday 25th Mar)  morning, a reliable anti-people smuggling police source told The Australian.

The latest group, believed to be Afghans, were tracked by Indonesian police earlier this week using an informer.  They left the Sabanoz Hotel, central Jakarta, late on Monday night, headed by road for Sukabumi, West Java, and yesterday morning boarded a boat at the coast nearby.  Four people in the smuggling group were new to the trade in Indonesia, the police source said.
Another Indonesian policeman investigating that case told The Australian this week that passengers each paid 3000 Malaysian ringgit (about $1,000) for the journey. Six months ago the going rate for a passage from Java was $US3,000-$US5,000 ($3,270-$5,450).

So that is another BOL (Big Orange Lifeboat) which will be turning up on Indonesian shores within the next fortnight.

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WHOA! WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

I just reread that last paragraph of Peter and Telly’s report.

Operation Sovereign Borders has successfully driven the ticket price on a People Smuggler’s down by 70-80% in the past six months? Making it more affordable to those running in panic from killers and oppressors. Looking not so much for a better life but for A life!

The Monsoon is coming to an end and we can expect a rise in the number of boats setting off from Indonesia, from Sri Lanka all headed for Australian soil. The fact that by focussing all of the Australian resources, Naval and Customs, which are operational, very few of these refugees will reach Australian soil yet the smugness of Scott Morrison will remain. He has forgotten that it was a THREE word slogan “STOP THE BOATS” which Western Sydney and other Bogans voted for. Not a SIX word slogan; “STOP THE BOATS FROM REACHING AUSTRALIA”.

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WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies to the north of the island. Forecast for the rest of Thursday 27 March  Chance of a shower. Winds: Northeast to southeast about 5 knots. Seas: below 0.5 metre. Swell 1: Southwesterly 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell 2: South southeast about 1.0 metre. Max 29 (BOM)

Flying Fish Cove 26th Mar Courtesy of Arthur Floret http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Flying Fish Cove 26th Mar
Courtesy of Arthur Floret
http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Cocos Island; The monsoon trough lies to the north of the island. Forecast for the rest of Thursday 27 March Chance of a shower or storm developing in the evening. Winds: East to southeasterly around 10 knots. Seas: to 1.0 metre Swell 1: Southwesterly 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell 2: South southeasterly about 1.0 metre. Max 31 (BOM)

Cirabon; 29C, wind; 15 Kmh SW, showers est 11 mm

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arrival list

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The weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

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To find older information click here

(the dates are all “skewiff” so keep opening “new page” to find recent posts)

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