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967d6f  No.10099681[Last 50 Posts]

Welcome To Q Research AUSTRALIA

In anticipation of FISA DECLAS and SPYGATE revelations, a new thread for research and discussion of Australia's role in The Great Awakening.

Previous threads

>>9062489 Q Research AUSTRALIA #8

mirrored @ qanon.news

Q Research AUSTRALIA #7 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/7994433

Q Research AUSTRALIA #6 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/7355098

Q Research AUSTRALIA #5 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/6576586

Q Research AUSTRALIA #4 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/5945347

Q Research AUSTRALIA #3 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/5443913

Q Research AUSTRALIA #2 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/4899520

Q Research AUSTRALIA #1 - https://qanon.news/archives/x/4520

Q's Posts made on Q Research AUSTRALIA threads

Wednesday 11.20.19

>>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 11.19.19

>>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=boomerang

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

Q's Posts referencing Australian citizens

Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)

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

Alexander Downer

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

Cardinal George Pell

https://qanon.pub/?q=Dark%20to%20LIGHT

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

Julian Assange

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

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

https://qanon.pub/?q=Threat%20is%20real

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

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

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

"The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

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

Q - 11/25/18.

https://www.qmap.pub/read/2501

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967d6f  No.10099686

Notables

are not endorsements

#8 - Part 1

>>9062596 Child Abuse Royal Commission's key findings on Cardinal George Pell

>>9076396 Cardinal Pell pushes back on royal commission report

>>9076459 STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

>>9076459 STATEMENT from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne

>>9076496 Cardinal George Pell: Victoria police to assess unredacted royal commission findings

>>9077042 Three children rescued in the Philippines after tip-off from Australian authorities

>>9077240 US Embassy Canberra Tweet: This week we pause to remember the Battle of #CoralSea, when U.S. and Australian forces fought together

>>9077240 US Embassy Canberra Tweet: Privileged to interview @Australian_Navy veteran Gordon Johnson (dec.) on his experience at the Battle of #CoralSea

>>9106746 Video: WWG1WGA at the Melbourne Freedom Rally

>>9106795 #QAnon trending on Twitter in Australia - 6:20 pm Sunday, 10 May 2020 (AEST)

>>9118857 #ObamaGate trending on Twitter in Australia - 3:00 pm, Monday, 11 May 2020 (AEST)

>>9119058 Ten arrested and police officer injured at protest against Victoria’s Covid-19 lockdown laws

>>9120100 "The Pyramid" - public art works sculpture, Forbes, New South Wales - Naked Rabbitwoman and Dogman symbolism

>>9120100 Gillie and Marc - Australian collaborative artist couple, known for human-animal hybrid and abstract sculptures

>>9120100 Gillie and Marc sculptures - 'Deerman with coffee' and 'Deerman thought a pear a day would help him play'

>>9127356 #ObamaGate / #obamagate trending on Twitter in Australia - 6:20 am, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 (AEST)

>>9136594 Celebrity Chef Pete Evans Is Sharing QAnon Conspiracy Theory Posts On Instagram After Losing His Job

>>9137174 Clergy abuse survivor draws support for petition to defrock Pell

>>9137174 Defrock Cardinal George Pell - Paul Levey started this petition to Pope Francis, Arch Bishop Peter Comesoli and Bishop Paul Bird

>>9137335 Three men charged, four children removed from harm after AFP investigation into child exploitation network

>>9137427 Sydney man jailed for online exploitation and extortion of children

>>9137447 Statement from father of victim of online child exploitation

>>9152032 New powers for ASIO to question 14-year-olds and go after foreign spies

>>9152389 Video: Elon Musk’s prediction for the future of energy in Australia

>>9166350 More jail time means Gerald Ridsdale is 'likely to die in custody'

>>9181529 Alexander Downer may face scrutiny in US probe

>>9181688 Westpac failed to properly monitor 12 suspicious customers in AUSTRAC case

>>9197754 Five Eyes governments legal challenge to Facebook's 'dangerous' encryption of messages between terrorists, paedophiles and criminals

>>9198211 Multi-millionaire Sir Ron Brierley to plead on child porn charges, court hears

>>9198276 Catholic brother nicknamed 'The Rat' jailed for sex abuse of four Traralgon schoolboys

>>9198418 NICOLE KIDMAN "INJURED" AND WEARING A MCSTAIN-STYLE AIRCAST

>>9209294 Australian Federal Police tip-off leads to rescue of child sex slaves

>>9221671 Q Post #4277 - https://twitter.com/EYEDROPMEDIA/status/1262146618419183616 - WWG1WGA!!!

>>9221671 EYE DROP MEDIA Tweet - It's BIGGER than anyone can imagine!

>>9221671 June Lorraine Lee Tweet: They never thought that she would lose - Now they all LOSE

>>9235671 House Judiciary GOP Tweet: @Jim_Jordan & @RepMikeJohnson invite Bill Priestap and Joe Pientka to appear before the Judiciary Committee

>>9235831 Former soldier to prosecute cases of alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan

>>9235839 Top Sydney barrister to oversee war crimes probe against Ben Roberts-Smith

>>9235966 US Embassy Canberra Tweet: 78th anniversary of the Battle of the #CoralSea…shared history and values that drive our Unbreakable Alliance

>>9236096 Mark @awakeinaus_ Tweet: Katherine Keating has links to Epstein, Maxwell, Rachel Chandler, Balasz, Standard Hotel, Soros, Prince Andrew…

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967d6f  No.10099690

#8 - Part 2

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Bun - Part 1

>>9076836 Turnbull delivers roasting on climate, calls COVID-19 an 'opportunity'

>>9076877 Australian Border Force warns against self-medication as shipments of Trump-touted virus 'cure' soar

>>9091409 US Shows Bipartisan Support to Australian Ally in Response to Chinese Embassy Threats

>>9091449 Letter from The Congress of the United States: Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the U.S.-Australia alliance

>>9099177 ‘Plandemic’: The concerning new coronavirus conspiracy movie going viral

>>9137700 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Tweet: Pleased to speak with @MarisePayne...to discuss cooperation in combatting the #COVID19 pandemic

>>9137700 Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Tweet: @MarisePayne had productive talks overnight with @SecPompeo as we work to overcome #COVID19

>>9152001 Online predators targeting kids spikes during COVID-19 pandemic

>>9152372 Coronavirus: China’s ‘bastard act’ against Australia after suspending meat imports

>>9197815 What is QAnon? How the coronavirus has given a voice to the bizarre, pro-Trump US fringe movement

>>9198243 Child abuse predator 'handbook' lists ways to target children during coronavirus lockdown

>>9209322 Coalition of 62 countries backs joint Australian, EU push for independent inquiry into coronavirus outbreak

>>9221834 Risk of coronavirus spreading in schools is 'extremely low' study finds

>>9221869 Video: Scientist says a coronavirus vaccine in just 12 months is 'fake news' | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9235470 President Donald Trump Tweet: We are with them! - https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1262392931962454020

>>9235470 SBS News Tweet: India, Japan, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Russia, and 27 EU states back Australia's push for COVID-19 probe

>>9235470 Coalition of 116 countries back Australia's push for independent coronavirus inquiry

>>9235904 China slaps an 80 per cent tariff on drought-affected Australian exporters starting TODAY as brutal punishment for COVID-19 inquiry

>>9249013 Melbourne doctors to take anti-malaria drug touted by Donald Trump as COVID-19 shield

>>9261575 Video: Mike Pompeo attacks China and says 'we stand with Australia'

>>9261612 'We stand by Australia,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

>>9261868 US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds confirm commitment to alliance during COVID-19

>>9261868 Defence Minister Linda Reynolds Tweet #YourADF is ready to receive the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin for 2020

>>9286121 Australia Study Finds "Sign Of Human Intervention" In COVID-19

>>9307126 Video: Pompeo warns of 'disconnect' over Victoria's Belt and Road deal

>>9329255, >>9329263 How COVID-19 is driving a booming conspiracy industry - By Elise Thomas / Australian Strategic Policy Institute

>>9329348 Pompeo Blasted by Top Democrat for Thoughtless Threat to Cut off Australia From Intelligence Sharing

>>9329364 US biotech firm Novavax begins Covid-19 vaccine trials on Australian volunteers after getting $388mn from Bill Gates-backed fund

>>9338538 Victoria deepens engagement with Beijing's controversial Belt and Road initiative

>>9342629 Coronavirus: Senior US officials back Australia’s tough stance on ‘pernicious’ China

>>9356891 Video - Council of Australian Governments replaced by new system based success of COVID-19 National Cabinet

>>9358091, >>9358096 Anon's thoughts: Constitutional Separation of Powers - Coronavirus National Cabinet unlawful?

>>9359154 Questions raised over hydroxychloroquine study which caused WHO to halt trials for Covid-19

>>9374660 Spies kept busy by increase in suspicious internet activity during coronavirus lockdown

>>9408795 China coronavirus bioweapon conspiracy linked to QAnon and pro-Trump social media

>>9426405 Supply chains, critical tech on Five Eyes agenda

>>9426405 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Five Eyes is an indispensable part of (Australia’s) international cooperation

>>9426600 Scott Morrison asks Washington embassy to investigate attack on Australian TV crew

>>9426600 Scott Thuman Tweet: SHOCKING: to see members of the media also taking direct, *intentional* punches and swings from police

>>9430152 White House Press Pool Readout - POTUS call with Australian PM Morrison

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967d6f  No.10099691

#8 - Part 3

George Papadopoulos Tweet Bun - Part 1

>>9076710 Mifsud and Alexander Downer are the next to be exposed. It will be glorious

>>9076791 Downer, Mifsud, Turk, Halper....ALL probed me on ties to Israel. This is damning

>>9076791 The Obama administration was spying on me...they used foreign governments like Italy, U.K. Australia to do so

>>9090078 Some one should check on Alexander Downer and Stefan Halper’s health too to make sure they aren’t feeling depressed

>>9136896 Where is the Alexander Downer and Joseph Mifsud 302s?

>>9136896 Has anyone checked on Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud or Alexander Downer lately to make sure they aren’t feeling depressed?

>>9136896 Australia, the U.K., Italy and Ukraine are implicated in Obamagate. As of now, only Italy has been helpful

>>9166563 Alexander Downer and Joseph Mifsud are the next clowns to be exposed. It’s going to be glorious and a great day for America

>>9235620 Australia has a big role in the spying scandal, and the Australian people must learn the truth

>>9235671 Make sure you find out why Priestap was in London when the Australians were sent to spy on me. That should be good info!

>>9249073 I will be giving my first national interview to the great people of Australia this Saturday with @SkyNewsAust

>>9274242 The Australian government was recording my conversation with Alexander Downer and his handler, Erika Thompson

>>9274385 Kensington wine rooms meeting with Alexander Downer and his handler, Erika Thompson...key to unlocking the entire unmasking scandal

>>9285945 The chronology of (Mifsud's) overtures and when the Australians began to make contact is no coincidence

>>9294698 Video: George Papadopoulos on Sky News Australia - FBI, Obama White House trying to 'sabotage' Donald Trump

>>9296035 The Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer, and his bizarre handler, Erika Thompson, exposed Australia’s role in the spying scandal

>>9296102 Do not ever forget that the previous Australian leader was lying to the President during their call about Downer

>>9296102 Hey @AlexanderDowner...the crap you pulled might have worked against east Timor, but never worked against the United States of America

>>9296102 ‘Australia’s Watergate’ set for trial over East Timor spying claims (2018)

>>9307221 Alexander Downer Tweet: We’ve told President Trump we’ll give the Barr/Durham enquiry all the information they want.

>>9307221 An Australian “diplomat” and his handler, Erika Thompson, recording a conversation with an American...directing towards a fake conspiracy

>>9329431 This fake information was created by the Australians to sabotage the Trump campaign

>>9329461 My “meeting” with the Australian diplomat was so shocking that I ended up reporting him to the FBI

>>9342717 “George Papadopoulos was being targeted by foreign intelligence services like Australia, perhaps at Brennan’s behest..."

>>9374743 Why were Comey and Clapper meeting with Australian intel officials at a conference that Mifsud was supposed to speak at

>>9374743 Senator Lindsay Graham already has an open letter to the Australian government asking who directed the Australians to make contact

>>9391805 US spy boss James Robert Clapper Jr makes secretive visit to Australia - ABC News (2016)

>>9426640 The old Russia narrative...will be obliterated the moment the transcript comes out between myself and the “Australian diplomat.”

>>9449616 Get the recordings from the set up meeting with the Australian “diplomat”...and the entire case is blown open

>>9449616 If the foreign governments who interfered in the 2016 election...are not held accountable...history will forever be tainted

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967d6f  No.10099697

#8 - Part 4

George Papadopoulos Tweet Bun - Part 2

>>9462271 Let’s just get the info out about the Australians recording my convos, who Mifsud was working for and the $10,000 set up

>>9504761 Questions about Italy/UK/Australia/Ukraine involvement critical

>>9571385 If Senator Graham doesn’t press on the Australian’s involvement...the senate will never understand the origins of the spying scandal

>>9583963 Bill Priestap, what were you doing in London on the same exact days Alexander Downer, and his handler, Erika Thompson

>>9583963 Witnesses the senate forgot about:...4) Alexander Downer...5) Erika Thompson (Downer’s handler)

>>9583963 Bizarre that the FBI and Democrats are sticking to the debunked Australia Downer “meeting” for “sparking” an investigation

>>9583963 Australia and the UK (two countries whose diplomats openly mocked him and privately to me in meetings) to keep “secrets.”

>>9595454 An Australian man, likely an agent, just walked up to my wife trying to barge into my home to “see George,”

>>9595454 Updates coming soon on this Australian agent who came and tried to enter my home today

>>9595454 This Australian agent was speaking to my wife “and texting me” showing her that it was “me” whom he was speaking to

>>9595454 This Australian agent came to my home with a bogus number and a fake story to try and enter my home and to do who knows what

>>9595463 Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos Tweet: Scary. I took a screenshot of the false conversation he was showing me...to give me access to the house

>>9595463 Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos Tweet: Here the screenshot - https://twitter.com/simonamangiante/status/1271621488378908672

>>9595463 Megan Slocum Tweet: Paid for a People search…name seems from a clown organization. Also interesting it was a landline listed number

>>9595463 Gets more strange by the minute. The Australian agent was texting with a “landline” number to try and enter my home while I was away

>>9601522 The Australian agent was texting with a “landline” number (with a digit separated from my real number) to try to lie to my wife

>>9619053 Alexander Downer accused of spying by US Republicans in Mueller probe | 7NEWS.com.au - 25 July 2019

>>9704824 This is why @MariaBartiromo has been the top journalist on television on this beat for a very long time now

>>9704824 US, UK. Italian, Australian and Israeli intel figures made “contact” with me leading up to the meeting with the Clinton errand boy, Alexander Downer

>>9740123 Don’t forget the trips Comey/Clapper secretly took to Australia and Obama’s invite to the Italian prime minister at the height of the spying

>>9797225 The foreign governments (UK, Australia, Italy) used to spy on the campaign have had their diplomats and officials already interviewed by Durham

>>9891996 Keep focused on these two individuals: Alexander Downer (represents Australia’s spying on the campaign) and Stefan Halper

>>9903207 For people not aware, Durham has reportedly interviewed the CIA and foreign intelligence assets from the UK, Australia and Italy

>>9913256 The biggest mistake that the administration can do right now is to cover up the spying conducted by the U.K., Australia and Italy

>>9934427 Facts: I reported the Australian to the FBI and Congress for his bizarre behavior and spying

>>9945640 It’s the U.K. and Australia that are stonewalling the investigation now. There is more pushback about giving up Alexander Downer

>>9977080 I saw the conspiracy in real time...You could see it with the foreigners who involved themselves (Mifsud), (Downer), (Halper)

>>9985460 First Mifsud. Downer is next

>>10099146 I reported Alexander Downer to the FBI, Mueller and testified under oath to Congress about his bizarre behavior at our “meeting”

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967d6f  No.10099702

#8 - Part 5

>>9248802 Buy Aussie made - Simplot, Edgell and Birdseye - Jobs for our kids, the future

>>9260980 Q Post #4299, quoting Q Post #1667 re: Five Eyes - What [central] AB[C] agency played quarterback?

>>9274144 Melbourne choirmaster jailed in Britain for child sex crimes

>>9274192 The conspiracy group infiltrating politics – but who are QAnon?

>>9274287 Watchdog Group Publishes The FBI Document That Got Crossfire Hurricane Started

>>9281107 Joseph Gregory Hallett - The Hidden King? … (Of Australia?)

>>9296035 FBI opened Russia probe on third-hand 'suggestion' of collusion, declassified memo shows

>>9296102 Australia’s Watergate’ set for trial over East Timor spying claims (2018)

>>9307294 The Flynn Frame-Up: Everything Was Done by the Book

>>9316120 WIKISTRAT, George Papadopoulos, the Hudson Institute and Alexander Downer - Anon notes coincidences

>>9316360, >>9316462, >>9316577 The Flynn Frame-up - Anon speculates on timeline - General Flynn in Q's Hyde Park picture?

>>9317685 Multiple contempt trials loom over reporting of Pell's conviction

>>9317856 General Angus Campbell Tweet: On #MemorialDay we pay respect to the brave men and women of the USA who made the ultimate sacrifice

>>9327485 change.org - Prevent the University of Queensland from silencing Drew Pavlou for fighting for justice

>>9328860 Q Post #4327 - https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/21/australian-researchers-see-virus-design-manipulati/

>>9328860, >>9328870 Washington Times article from Q Post #4327 - Australian researchers see virus design manipulation

>>9329305 Fellow soldiers say the SAS operative filmed shooting an unarmed man killed another civilian

>>9342717 FARRELL: Spygate Could Make Watergate Look Like A Third-Rate Burglary

>>9342901, >>9342907 New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification

>>9358142 REMINDER: Always leave the name, email and subject lines blank. Never post personal information that is likely to identify you

>>9359061 Australian court orders release of Queen's letters over PM sacking

>>9374890, >>9374922 Witness K Trial - Anger simmers as East Timor bugging hearing goes ahead in secret

>>9380634 Q Post #4356 - https://twitter.com/MattFinnFNC/status/1266780532681199622 - Humanity at its finest.

>>9380634 Matt Finn Tweet - An ARMY of volunteers in Minneapolis helping neighbors clean up business damage.

>>9391732 Donald Trump says he wants Australia to join G7

>>9391805 US spy boss James Robert Clapper Jr makes secretive visit to Australia (2016)

>>9426782 Australia Concerned Over 'Maritime Militia' in South China Sea Ahead of Major Defence Pact With India

>>9426851 Video: US Marines arrive at RAAF Base Darwin as part of the ninth Marine Rotational Force

>>9427510 Notyouagain Tweet: The Great Awakening Downunder WRWY USA! WWG1WGA!

>>9449263 UK, Australian MPs call for HK human rights envoy as Lam says citizens 'have nothing to fear'

>>9449823 Deal for US to store weapons at Tindal was made years ago

>>9462372 Westpac blames tech and human error for money-laundering and child exploitation breaches

>>9462372 Press Release: Westpac releases findings into AUSTRAC Statement of Claim issues

>>9481987 WA man charged with allegedly accessing child abuse material on the dark web after UK tip-off

>>9482087 AFP dismantles Australian online network of alleged child sex offenders and helps young victims

>>9493322 The Chinese property billionaire eyeing Cromwell, the owner of sensitive Canberra assets

>>9558273 Greens candidate who ran against Prime Minister at 2019 election charged with child sex offences

>>9570883 Q Post #4450 - Do Anons understand what is about to be unleashed?

>>9583910 Senate Judiciary authorizes subpoenas for Obama officials amid Russia probe review

>>9584326 Hundreds more customers drawn into Westpac child exploitation scandal

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967d6f  No.10099704

#8 - Part 6

Dassi Erlich / Yaakov Litzman / Malka Leifer Extradition Bun

>>9076520 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Despite Covid-19, decision day will still happen @ court this month! Court has moved from 21 to 26 May

>>9317721 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Is it decision day? Will Leifer be found fit to stand 4 extradition? Expectations sky high

>>9317721 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Court hearing is at 9pm Melb time - 2 pm in the Jerusalem district court

>>9320385 Alleged paedophile Malka Leifer mentally fit to be extradited to Australia, Israeli court rules

>>9320405 OMG!! JUDGE RULED LEIFER IS MENTALLY FIT TO STAND TRIAL!...Too many emotions to process!!! This is huge!

>>9320405 Press conference with Former Premier @TedBaillieu MP @joshburnsmp and @SouthwickMP 9am tomorrow outside Glen Eira town hall

>>9329017 Video: Israeli court finds alleged paedophile Malka Leifer fit to be extradited to Australia | ABC News

>>9329159 Video: 9 News Live Press Conference - Dassi Erlich, Josh Burns, David Southwick and Ted Baillieu in Melbourne

>>9329172 Candice Wyatt Tweet: Huge media pack and supporters here to listen to @dassi_erlich and her sisters speak

>>9329193 Nine News Melbourne Tweet: A breakthrough today in the battle to get a former school principal extradited from Israel to Melbourne

>>9329193 Nine News Melbourne Tweet: It's been a long journey for those involved in the Malka Leifer case

>>9896059 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Leifer’s lawyers lodged appeal in high court re district court's decision which found Leifer mentally fit

>>9896059 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Try follow this. Leifer’s lawyers lodged a civil action against prison system for negligance!!

>>9896059 Dassi Erlich Tweet: The prison defends their treatment in civil suit - they believe Leifer is unwell

>>9896086 Lawyers for alleged paedophile Malka Leifer launch appeal against court's finding of mental fitness

>>9913198 Dassi Erlich Tweet: The Supreme court has denied the request to postpone July 20. The extradtion trial will begin on July 20

>>9985145 Dassi Erlich Tweet New #courtdate68 - Unsurprised…very creative - #JusticeDelayedISJusticeDenied

>>9985145 Dassi Erlich Facebook Post: Unexpected #courtdate68 this Sunday before Monday's extradition hearing

>>10019476 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Appeal to hand over memos of our/Australian politician's meetings with Israeli politicions was heard today

>>10019522, >>10019525 After 6 years and 68 court dates, Malka Leifer extradition proceedings begin

>>10019556 Dassi Erlich Tweet: We have been waiting for this moment since 2011 when we signed our police statements

>>10019556 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Terrifying to know that details of our lives will be exposed in way that we can't control

>>10019556 Dassi Erlich Tweet: The defence has indicated they will argue that the abuse was consensual!?!? It's going to be a long difficult day

>>10030358 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Good news - Appeal re memos of our/Australian politician's meetings with Israeli politicians has been rejected!

>>10030358 Dassi Erlich Tweet: Extradition hearing #1 is over. Decision date- 21st of September. The amount of victim blaming was traumatising

>>10030358 Dassi Erlich Tweet: We didn’t expect that in the year of 2020, the issue of consent is discussed in relation to sexual abuse

>>10030358 Malka Leifer's lawyer claims prosecution 'failed to prove lack of consent' in extradition case

>>10030384, >>10030386, >>10030392 Defense at extradition hearing: Leifer’s students effectively consented to abuse

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967d6f  No.10099708

#8 - Part 7

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Bun - Part 2

>>9449358 Trump supporters on Twitter spread Covid-19 rumors about China

>>9462455 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Tweet: Great conversation with my Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and UK counterparts

>>9462455 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Tweet: Productive call with @MarisePayne... on our coordination on COVID-19

>>9481809 Scott Morrison reveals what he REALLY thinks of Donald Trump – and answers awkward question about the US president’s ‘PR stunt’

>>9481930 Don't write America off, says Australia's ambassador to the US, Arthur Sinodinos

>>9504531 "There's evidence a growing number of Australians subscribe to a US conspiracy theory known as QAnon." - canberratimes.com.au

>>9531015 Five Eyes expanded to focus on co-ordinated strategic economic response to the COVID-19 crisis

>>9543946 COVID has made Australia 'less safe': ASIO boss

>>9544014 Spy chief calls on tech companies to co-operate with governments in the abolition of abhorrent content during the Covid 19 pandemic

>>9544217 Video: From 5G towers to Bill Gates: inside the COVID-19 conspiracy theories | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9544238 Video: Pete Evans unedited and uncensored interview with 60 minutes in full

>>9544262 AussieQne 369 Tweet: #PeteEvans interview on @60Mins discuss #Qanon #AussieQ #WeAreTheNewsNow

>>9558487 'They want world domination': Australia urged to join 'cold war' on China

>>9561486 Peter Dutton vows to hunt down ‘depraved’ pedophiles to combat child exploitation during the COVID-19 pandemic

>>9571744 Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton Tweet: We're catching more and more depraved individuals who access child abuse material online

>>9571762 Black Lives Matter protests 'completely unacceptable', Scott Morrison says in call for demonstrators to be charged

>>9584018 'This is not Trump's America': ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr hits back at PM's call to arrest protesters

>>9602333 Thousands protest against racism in Australia, defying govt pleas not to rally during Covid-19 outbreak

>>9618629 Why does Twitter think Tom Hanks is dead? Conspiracy started with Instagram post from Kirsten Dunst during COVID-19 lockdown

>>9642037 Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne calls out China over ‘false’ facts and ‘climate of fear’

>>9672657 UK Home Secretary Priti Patel chairs virtual ‘Five Eyes’ security summit

>>9672657 Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton Tweet: The global pandemic has highlighted the value of this vital intelligence and security partnership

>>9672700 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg Tweet: Today Australia hosted the first call with Finance Ministers of the "Five Eyes" nations to discuss COVID-19

>>9696519 Anti-Covid drug may be ready in Australia by the end of the year

>>9727197 Rudd warns of international after the COVID-19 pandemic - "crucial" for Democratic nominee Joe Biden to win the November election

>>9740253 Australian Defence Force to send 1,000 personnel to assist Victoria in coronavirus response

>>9796941 Victoria imposes 4-week lockdowns amid case spike, 10 Melbourne postcodes targeted in crackdown

>>9822546 Gilead donates Covid-19 drug remdesivir to Australia’s medical stockpile after US buys up supply

>>9822658 Tom Hanks Says ‘Don’t Be a P*ssy’: ‘Shame on You’ if You Don’t Wear a Mask

>>9838340 Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos raises conspiracy concern as 10,000 refuse coronavirus test

>>9882061 Video: Coronavirus Victoria: Stage three lockdown restrictions reimposed on metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

>>9892138 Covid vaccine trials have started in Australia - Coronavirus vaccine trial patients to earn $2350

>>9892363 Atlantic Council Tweet: "How did it happen? How can we do things better in the future?" - Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos

>>9913238 US Marine tests positive for coronavirus in the Northern Territory as part of US Marine Corps' Marine Rotational Force

>>9920231 Remdesivir: Australia's first COVID-19 treatment approved by Therapeutic Goods Administration

>>9956068 Mystery surrounds car with 'COVID 19' number plate parked at Adelaide Airport for months

>>9966696 Scott Morrison says Australia cannot shut down to contain second wave of Covid-19

>>9977180 Video: Brad Hazzard, New South Wales Minister for Health - "We've Got To Accept That This Is The New World Order"

>>9985200 Donald Trump 'very complimentary' on Australia's COVID-19 response, says PM

>>9994037 Islamic leaders fear spread of COVID-19 conspiracy

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967d6f  No.10099711

#8 - Part 8

Virginia Roberts Giuffre / Prince Andrew / Jeffrey Epstein Bun

>>9166618 Virginia Roberts Giuffre warns Jeffrey Epstein's accomplices 'you took our freedom, now we're going to take yours'

>>9166618 Video: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich | Official Trailer | Netflix

>>9221999 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: I was a kid. I was a trafficked teen to billionaires & royalty. I am Virginia Roberts

>>9235767 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: This young girl kept in plain sight, cried into her pillow in the middle of every night

>>9358957 Virginia Roberts accepts Alan Dershowitz’s dare, tells doc they had sex

>>9358957 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: The amount of love and devotion poured into this case...is insurmountable

>>9358957 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Retweet: “I was with Alan Dershowitz multiple times...I was trafficked to Alan Dershowitz by Jeffrey Epstein”

>>9531040 Prince Andrew may be quizzed over Jeffrey Epstein in weeks as US officially demands Britain hand him over

>>9544051 U.S. prosecutors spar with Prince Andrew in Jeffrey Epstein inquiry

>>9584183 Former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell seeks to keep court records under seal

>>9608613 Prince Andrew admits BBC Newsnight interview over Jeffrey Epstein is a ‘source of regret’

>>9727329 Virginia Roberts Giuffre says Epstein forced her to have sex with former Israeli PM Ehud Barak

>>9751972 Jeffrey Epstein victims eye $US630 million estate

>>9822719 Epstein ‘sex slave’ Virginia Giuffre, Alan Dershowitz both lose in new court ruling

>>9828140 Jeffrey Epstein investigation: Ghislaine Maxwell charged with helping billionaire groom, abuse victims

>>9837891 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Orange is the new black- #GhislaineMaxwellArrested Thank you to @FBI @SDNYnews and anyone involved

>>9837891 Q Post #4568 - Eb7QXABU8AAr1f8.jpg (Virginia Roberts with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell)

>>9847840, >>9847864 Tears of joy from Epstein’s Aussie victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre as FBI finally catches Maxwell

>>9861917 60 Minutes Australia Tweet: TONIGHT on #60Mins, finally there is relief for the survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring

>>9865742 Video: Inside the wicked saga of Jeffrey Epstein: the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9881900 ‘Clock ticking’ for Prince Andrew as Ghislaine Maxwell heads to court

>>9891789 Video: What really happened on Jeffrey Epstein's private island? | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9920677, >>9920701, >>9920722, >>9920739 The Ghislaine Maxwell tapes: her combative interview with lawyers of ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts

>>9945679 Ghislaine Maxwell ‘no monster’, she was not at a party when Jeffrey Epstein met Prince Andrew: friend

>>9955612 Shills still pushing the Trump-Epstein fake shit huh? Virginia Roberts Giuffre Testimony re: Trump and Epstein refuting MSM smears

>>9966786 Jeffrey Epstein co-accused Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail after not guilty plea

>>9977124 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: How how the mighty fall so far, i am understandably smiling ear to ear

>>9977124 With Jeffrey Epstein gone, Ghislaine Maxwell's trial could change the conversation around sexual assault

>>9980436 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Holy S**T- Did @realDonaldTrump throw #PrinceAndrew under the bus?? Wow- speechless!!

>>9980436 Paj | BLM Tweet: Donald Trump Implicating prince Andrew five years ago

>>9985278 Ghislaine Maxwell is 'worse than Jeffrey Epstein' says key accuser

>>9985278 Video: Jeffrey Epstein was "a sick pedophile" but Ghislaine Maxwell "was the mastermind," accuser claims

>>9997181 Q Post #4589 - https://nypost.com/2020/07/16/epstein-was-pinocchio-and-ghislaine-was-gepetto-accuser/

>>9997181 Q Post #4565 - Possible Epstein was a puppet [not the main person(s) of interest]? Financed by who or what [F] entities?

>>9997181 Epstein was ‘Pinocchio’ with ‘Gepetto’ Ghislaine pulling the strings, accuser says

>>10052624 Secrets of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex life could be released TODAY as ‘pimp’ waits in jail on child sex abuse charges

>>10062965 Epstein floodgates open as judge rules explosive docs detailing Ghislaine Maxwell's sex life can be UNSEALED

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967d6f  No.10099713

#8 - Part 9

>>9505006 US police union disregards attack on Australian TV crew, says reporters were ‘INDISTINGUISHABLE’ from George Floyd protesters

>>9561541 Labor to back bill on minimum sentencing for child sex offenders

>>9571710 Mike Pompeo promises probe into beating of Australian journalists

>>9584367 Secretive arm of China’s Communist Party working to influence every aspect of Aussie life, from politics to business - ASPI report

>>9584446 AFP charges Sydney man for possession of extreme child abuse material

>>9595630 Hawkish, Gov’t Funded Think Tank Behind Twitter Decision to Delete Thousands of Chinese Accounts - Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

>>9595656 Western Australian govt to rename King Leopold Ranges, named after ‘evil tyrant’ Belgian monarch

>>9602231 The Sacking of Gough Whitlam and the Royal Intention Behind the Five Eyes

>>9618265 Cardinal Pell talks of ordeal to students - Christianity “helped me to survive”

>>9618689 Disgraced former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos charged with 15 historic sexual assault offences

>>9629859 Bill for child-sex mandatory sentences passes Senate

>>9630136 Video: Adem Somyurek, the faceless man: Dark underbelly of Australian power exposed | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9630990 Westpac’s pursuit of profit “placed children directly at risk of harm”

>>9641761 'We need to guillotine it': AUSTRAC given deadline for new Westpac claims

>>9641790 Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne cooperating with authorities on Somyurek investigation

>>9642090 Mysterious green glow seen shooting across Australian night sky in Port Hedland, Western Australia, was an asteroid, Scientists say

>>9668321 Prime Minister Scott Morrison reveals malicious 'state-based' cyber attack on governments, industry

>>9668352 US looks at digital economy trade deal with Australia

>>9668485 WA man accused of possessing child abuse videos

>>9668525, >>9668535 Queensland man charged for alleged online sexual abuse of up to 50 Philippines children

>>9678470 Mike Pompeo blasts China's 'coercion' of Australia as cyber-attack likened to Parliament House hack

>>9678697 Scott Morrison clear on China threat: John Bolton

>>9678907, >>9678914 The secret trial that could turn pear-shaped for the government

>>9679033 More than 7.4 million images of child abuse circulating in Victoria

>>9692709 Appeal for donations to publish Cardinal Pell's prison diary

>>9704875 High Court inquiry finds former justice Dyson Heydon sexually harassed associates

>>9712010 ABC and SBS top the list of most trusted news brands in Australia, according to @risj_oxford Digital News Report 2020

>>9727134 PM hires Trump cabinet secretary who led global campaign against Huawei to protect Australia against hacking attacks

>>9727177 Cooperating with Trump ‘unconstructive’, Iran tells Australia

>>9727242 Dyson Heydon: ACT chief prosecutor asks police to investigate sexual harassment allegations

>>9740062 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Huawei; praises Australia's Telstra

>>9751796 John Bolton says US alliances may not survive a second term of President Donald Trump

>>9751803 Video: John Bolton says US alliances may not survive a second term of Donald Trump | 7.30

>>9751869 NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane's Sydney home raided as ASIO probes China links

>>9751884 NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane staffer John Zhang raided in foreign interference probe

>>9752206 Northern Territory foster carers accused of abusing 12 Indigenous children over 16 years

>>9764286 ACT Supreme Court rules key parts of Bernard Collaery trial to be held in secret

>>9784216 Video: Soldier's heartbreaking journey for forgiveness after horror in Afghanistan | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9784216 One last mission: SAS Combat Medic Dusty Miller, the shooting of an unarmed Afghan farmer and an emotional journey of atonement

>>9784480 Fake-news fightback: Morrison government to inflict “reputational damage” on countries behind global disinformation campaigns

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967d6f  No.10099716

#8 - Part 10

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Bun - Part 3

>>9994148 Scott Morrison cancels parliamentary sitting over 'significant' COVID-19 risk

>>10006372 Masks made mandatory, aged care visits limited as 363 cases announced

>>10006550 'I will not comply': MMA fighter defies Melbourne face mask rule

>>10006550 Vik Grujic Tweet: Fake plandemic is a hoax. An attempt from the Marxist text book to destroy our way of life

>>10007625 StellarQ_777 Tweet: Well here we are Melbourne, they are not even trying to hide it. "A scarf will do". This is not about a virus

>>10019861, >>10019867 Face masks: Daniel Andrews slams Aussie mask conspiracy

>>10024029 Australia’s Victoria back in the spotlight for going it alone on belt and road agreement with China

>>10062595 The coronavirus ‘hoax’: Conspiracy peddlers infecting Australians at alarming rate

>>10062658, >>10062663 Twitter moves against QAnon conspiracy theorists - By Elise Thomas / Australian Strategic Policy Institute

>>10062845, >>10062853 Coronavirus Melbourne: Conspiracy theorist Eve Black breaches police checkpoint

>>10073953 Melbourne Anons, know your rights - You can have a lawful excuse not to wear a mask and you do not have to provide a medical certificate

>>10077129 Morrison government ministers allowed to defy travel ban to fly to the US for annual talks with the US government

>>10078603 'I regret nothing': Conspiracy theorist Eve Black hits back over checkpoint stunt

>>10078768 Supreme Court grants prohibition order over Sydney Black Lives Matter protest

>>10098841, >>10098848 Why do conspiracy theorists film themselves refusing to wear face masks? - By Elise Thomas / Australian Strategic Policy Institute

>>10098963 Trump's national security aide contracts COVID-19 ahead of AUSMIN talks

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967d6f  No.10099718

#8 - Part 11

>>9784531 Chinese state media accuses Australia of spying campaign, says agents were arrested in 2018

>>9797020 China steps up attacks on Australia, says spying allegations just 'the tip of the iceberg'

>>9797132 Australian journalist Amelia Brace testifies before US Congress about being struck by police during Black Lives Matter protest

>>9797183 Scott Morrison’s new cyber army to confront digital spy threat

>>9800438 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Tweet: NASA, USSF, & RAAF will find & track near-Earth objects (NEOs)

>>9809169 Cardinal George Pell says jail offers lessons for how the Church should manage money

>>9809190 Video: Cardinal Pell: Church is not a business, but that's no reason for it to be inefficient or corrupt

>>9809205 Video: Cardinal Pell Endorses Global Institute of Church Management, discusses value of management education within the Church

>>9809374 Sydney man charged for possessing child abuse material and drugs

>>9809434 Australian-born former Worcestershire cricketer Alex Hepburn loses rape appeal

>>9809460 Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

>>9822517 Australia set to offer safe haven visas to Hong Kong residents as Chinese territory is consumed by another wave of protests

>>9822621, >>9822629 Mothers play an increasingly large and shocking role in South-East Asian child sexual abuse

>>9822802 Australian Federal Police make multiple arrests for child abuse material across the NSW Riverina region

>>9848189 Video: The Australian Newspaper - Review's Isolation Room #39: Marina Abramovic performs Look Into My Eyes, For One Minute

>>9862520 Truthseeker the storm is here Tweet: Gathered my #AussieQ crew to celebrate #July4th with our US #QAnon friends

>>9868176 Anon's Q Proof Mount Rushmore fireworks video - Brooks & Dunn, “Only in America”

>>9872324 Child sex offender Hamzeh Bahrami jailed over attack on young girl in Blair Athol toilet block

>>9881846 Australia proving 'resilient' to China's influence efforts, says Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies

>>9882313 Video: Riot Holiday - Incredible POV footage of rioting, looting and violence during Black Lives Matter protest, June 2020

>>9892266 Japan, U.S. and Australia express 'deep concern' over sweeping security law in Hong Kong

>>9892266 US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Tweet: The United States stands firm with our staunch allies, Australia & Japan

>>9892266 Australia-Japan-United States Defense Ministers’ Meeting Joint Statement, July 7 2020

>>9902843 Queen Elizabeth's correspondence on her role in 1975 sacking of Australian PM Gough Whitlam will be released next week

>>9902843 Malcolm Fraser and the mystery of how he lost his trousers (and his dignity) in a seedy American hotel

>>9903233 China's fury over Australia's embrace of Hongkongers

>>9903251 'Emerging issue': AFP warns children being influenced by right-wing extremism

>>9913136 Cardinal Pell: ‘My Catholic faith sustained me’ during time in prison

>>9913171, >>9913176, >>9913180 MY TIME IN PRISON by George Cardinal Pell - August 2020

>>9913204 1 Year Delta - Q Post #3405 - Reality is hard to swallow. - [Planned Parenthood] - a year ago, 10 July 2019

>>9913205 Video: The B-2 at 30: Soaring with the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

>>9913269 Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery to appeal against secrecy in Timor-Leste bugging trial

>>9913612 Kind notes on cars baffle Yeppoon residents but appear to push far-right conspiracy theories - #TheGreatAwakening

>>9920416 ASIO boss denies expanded powers could be used to target Black Lives Matter protesters

>>9921977 NSW man charged for possessing and sharing child exploitation material

>>9933391, >>9933427 Rescuing Victims of Child Sexual Abuse - FBI Programs Support a Global Effort to Save Children from Harm

>>9933427 FBI Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) identifying unknown individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children

>>9934813 AUSTRALIAN GREAT AWAKENING / Q MAP - Q_arah Tweet: This map was made for new AussieQ / those fairly new to Q and the drops

>>9934813 AUSTRALIAN GREAT AWAKENING / Q MAP - 1 Drop Of Q Tweet: Hopefully this will help a few people that are new to the Q movement

>>9945532, >>9945543 How misinformation about 5G is spreading within our government institutions – and who’s responsible

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967d6f  No.10099719

#8 - Part 12

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition Bun

>>9166719 Assange’s extradition: September 7 set for resumption of delayed hearing, WikiLeaks says

>>9285860 'He could possibly die in prison!' Pamela Anderson claims WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is 'very sick' and says he should be 'let out'

>>9426336 Julian Assange misses court extradition hearing due to 'respiratory problems'

>>9618367 Julian Assange indictment fails to mention WikiLeaks video that exposed US 'war crimes' in Iraq

>>9696402 Julian Assange's secret lover lifts the lid on her romance with the WikiLeaks founder

>>9696428 Video: Julian Assange's hidden family revealed: top secrets inside the Embassy | 60 Minutes Australia

>>9740025 'Hacker not journalist': Assange faces fresh allegations in US

>>9796975 Julian Assange: Indictment 'surprised' lawyers for WikiLeaks founder, UK court hears

>>9881804 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti appointed as France's new justice minister

>>9976932 Hactivist Group Leaks New Files on the Case Between the U.S. Government and Julian Assange

>>9976932 AssangeLeaks - DDoSecrets Announcement About This Folder

>>10062474 DNC Leaks 'Were Not Hacked' They Were Downloaded and Provided to WikiLeaks, NSA Whistleblower Says

>>10078533 WikiLeaks published 75,000 classified US military documents on the Afghanistan War 10 years ago

>>10098692 US attorney general may be using Assange case for political ends, court told

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967d6f  No.10099722

#8 - Part 13

>>9955901, >>9955905 'Palace letters' between Sir John Kerr, Queen released, revealing information about Gough Whitlam and 1975 constitutional crisis

>>9955905 >>9997288 The Kerr Palace Letters exchanged between Governor-General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace during Kerr’s time in office

>>9955965 Witnesses say Australian SAS soldiers were involved in mass shooting of unarmed Afghan civilians

>>9956031 Designer of a popular children’s app is accused of living a secret double life as a Peeping Tom paedophile

>>9956045 Grandfather, 52, is jailed after buying a toy from Kmart and converting it into a child sex doll

>>9966573, >>9966578, >>9966587 The Forgotten Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally’ - Gough Whitlam, the Dismissal and the secret CIA presence in Australia

>>9966632 Paedophile's 'manifestly inadequate' jail sentence for Adelaide toilet block attack to be appealed

>>9970244 ‘DEEPLY DISTURBING’ Lifelike child sex dolls based on girls & toddlers that boast they’re 100% anatomically correct are on sale in Australia

>>9976661 Collective Shout Tweet: Alibaba.com sells child Sex Dolls. This one described as 148cm 4ft9" Dividable Skeleton Small Breast Young Girl Loli

>>9976661 Collective Shout Tweet: This #AlibabaChildSexDoll is the size of a 3 or 4 year old child…a replica of a little girl. Description "3 holes for man sex."

>>9976661 Collective Shout Media Release: Alibaba exposed for trade in child and baby sex abuse dolls

>>9976722 Collective Shout Media Release: Alibaba Group: Stop selling child sex abuse dolls

>>9976767, >>9976772 Why child sex dolls will not prevent child sexual abuse

>>9977021 Paedophile deported from Australia 'used UK as hunting ground'

>>9980434 Video: THINK YOU’RE NOT LENDING MONEY TO INSOLVENT BANKS? THINK AGAIN. | John Adams

>>9985681 Corporate watchdog ASIC accuses Clive Palmer of $12.5m fraud

>>9993850 Five Eyes to the fore: Australia takes a seat at global big table

>>9996093 Video: Keeping your kids safe online - AFP Commander ACCCE, Child Protection Operations and Human Trafficking Operations Jamie Strauss talks to Sunrise

>>9996156 Video: Florida Police Capture Runaway Kangaroo found hopping down the street - NowThis News

>>9996408 Rainbow Fairy Tweet: #QAnon sprayed on a water tank in Queensland, Australia

>>9997181 Q Post #4589 - https://nypost.com/2020/07/16/epstein-was-pinocchio-and-ghislaine-was-gepetto-accuser/

>>9997181 Q Post #4565 - Possible Epstein was a puppet [not the main person(s) of interest]? Financed by who or what [F] entities?

>>9997181 Epstein was ‘Pinocchio’ with ‘Gepetto’ Ghislaine pulling the strings, accuser says

>>9997264 Q Post #4588 - Do not give up the citizen investigation. Public awareness important [bypass of controlled [approved] topics].

>>9997264 QAnon John Tweet: You will NEVER look at your childhood the same again… #DumpDisney #ThesePeopleAreSick #QAnon

>>10002856 - Q Post #4590 - "This marks the third Spacey accuser to die in 2019." At what point does it become painfully obvious?

>>10002856 Kevin Spacey accuser dies by suicide day after actor posts 'kill them with kindness' video (2019)

>>10002856 Video: KTWK - Kevin Spacey, Published on 24 Dec 2019

>>10018713 Video: TREASURY-ISLAND What Includes Australia

>>10019403 Q Post #4603 - ren·e·gade, a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.

>>10019692 Paedophile priest Vincent Ryan to walk free from jail tomorrow after serving less than half of a three-year sentence

>>10019736 China accuses Australia of becoming a 'US puppet' and warns Scott Morrison will be 'shooting himself in the foot' if he bans TikTok

>>10030258 Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton's first move gives anti-terror boss wider role in crime fight

>>10030521 Brett Mason Tweet: Pointed remarks from US Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse Jr

>>10030521 Brett Mason Tweet: US Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse Jr confirms he'll join Foreign Minister and Defence Minister for #AUSMIN talks

>>10034434 Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Drilling with Australian, Japanese Ships in Philippine Sea

>>10041810 'We're going to need the Australians': Pompeo lays out contest with China

>>10041958 Sydney Black Lives Matter protest organisers say rally will proceed despite PM and premier's condemnation

>>10042003 Twitter to suspend conspiracy theory group QAnon accounts

>>10042071 Facebook encryption is contributing to child torture: Australian Federal Police

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967d6f  No.10099723

#8 - Part 14

Australian / Regional Resignations Bun

>>9166682 Former National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) president David Wyner resigns from board

>>9166682 Equestrian Australia in turmoil as Ricky MacMillan quits

>>9426748 Westpac loses another top exec as Lyn Cobley retires

>>9426748 Former One Nation stalwart Jim Savage fires parting shots in resignation letter

>>9618908 Victorian Labor minister Adem Somyurek resigns following explosive branch stacking allegations

>>9618908 I sacked ‘deplorable’ Labor powerbroker Adem Somyurek, says Victorian premier Daniel Andrews

>>9630095 Labor MP Robin Scott quits Victorian ministry in wake of Adem Somyurek branch-stacking scandal

>>9630095 Adem Somyurek scandal: Marlene Kairouz becomes third Victorian Labor minister to quit

>>9716144 Doug Tynan resigns from VGI Partners after 12 years

>>9716144 Speaker of Northern Territory parliament Kezia Purick resigns following damning report by corruption watchdog

>>9809420 CFA boss Steve Warrington resigns ahead of controversial fire services merger

>>9809420 Wirecard ANZ boss Karl Mohan exits as Germany’s Wirecard files for insolvency

>>9862070 Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to quit politics at the end of the year

>>9903272 South Australian magistrate Bob Harrap resigns following corruption charges

>>10019790 University of Adelaide vice-chancellor Peter Rathjen, subject of ICAC probe, resigns “due to ill health”

>>10019790 ME Bank CEO Jamie McPhee exits amid loan redraw furore

>>10089054 South Australian Premier Steven Marshall axes four of his frontbench

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967d6f  No.10099726

#8 - Part 15

>>10052552 Australia hits out at Chinese hackers, as Pompeo urges global coalition against China

>>10052656 Bernard Collaery and Witness K - Secret trials: our judges need to resist the government's pressure

>>10062495 Chinese diplomat accused of spying operation in US used to work in Australia

>>10062914 Child abuse victim bottled up crimes after headmaster failed to take action, court told

>>10063039 Facebook accounts for up to 60% of child abuse reports to AFP, data shows

>>10063278 US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Tweet: The @DeptofDefense is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Australian forces

>>10067449 Pete EVANS Tweet: Australia has officially notified China and the UN that it rejects all of China's territorial claims in South China Sea

>>10071120 Morrison Government declares Beijing's South China Sea claims 'illegal' at United Nations

>>10071243, >>10071252 US and Australia set to launch campaign to counter disinformation

>>10077311 Victims of BoysTown launch new legal action in lifelong battle for justice

>>10078496 Australia unwisely boards US leaky boat to meddle in South China Sea - Source: GlobalTimes.cn

>>10088737 Joe Biden win to strengthen US-Australia ties: Democratic plan

>>10088866 US columnist urges Trump honour Morrison

>>10088887 Shared courage against China: Why Australia deserves a second state visit

>>10089131 Black Lives Matter rally planned for Sydney still illegal after NSW Supreme Court dismisses appeal

>>10089258, >>10089266 Despite the polls, wobbly Joe is not home and hosed yet - Alexander Downer

>>10089369 President Donald Trump Tweet: Nice! - Retweeting Akki @akkitwts video: This is the best thing you'll see today

>>10089369 (1997) Mark Philippoussis wins but 14-year-old ballgirl Amy Kavanagh steals the show

>>10090698 Anon rails against OUTSPOKEN DIMWITS RUINING THE MESSAGE - "You’re not doing the cause any favours."

>>10099270 US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Tweet: Australia and the United States maintain an unbreakable alliance

>>10099270 Defence Minister Linda Reynolds Tweet: Thank you @EsperDoD for your welcome and our productive discussion

>>10099430 U.S. Department of State Tweet: The U.S.–Australia relationship is an admirable example of how two countries can work together

>>10099430 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Thank you for the warm welcome @SecPompeo as we navigate significant strategic challenges

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967d6f  No.10099730

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967d6f  No.10099733

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967d6f  No.10099807

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Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert transferred to ‘worst female prison in world’

University of Melbourne lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been suddenly transferred from the notorious Evin prison in Tehran to what is described as one of the worst female prisons in the world — Qarchak prison.

Reza Khandan, the husband of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is incarcerated in Evin prison for her human rights activism, posted to his social media account that Ms Moore-Gilbert was transferred to Qarchak for “punishment reasons” earlier this week.

The transfer is a serious setback for Ms Moore-Gilbert as coronavirus is rife through the Qarchak prison and there are only minute supplies of soap which are sold to the prisoners at inflated prices.

Like the Evin prison, Qarchak is controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Intelligence Organization and last month the US Department of State listed Qarchak as an entity responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognised human rights.

Ms Moore-Gilbert has been in jail for nearly two years, having been sentenced to ten years jail for spying. In September 2018, she was arrested at Tehran airport as she was about to fly home to Melbourne following an academic tour of Iran.

Mr Khandan said Ms Moore-Gilbert was able to contact him to say of the new jail: “The conditions are very bad I cannot eat anything, I am very disappointed, I am so very depressed.’’

Ms Moore-Gilbert told Mr Khandan she had last spoken to her family about a month ago.

Qarchak prison is in the desert to the east of Tehran and holds more than 2000 female prisoners, but has only 600 beds. Political prisoners are held in the same area as those who have committed violent crimes.

The prison is seriously overcrowded with poor sanitation. Head lice is controlled by shaving the heads of prisoners and washing them with bleach.

Last month Ms Moore-Gilbert was reported to have been beaten by Evin guards because she had defied the authorities by humming. As well as the beatings she may have been drugged to make her more compliant.

Mr Khandan has been trying to monitor the health of various political prisoners after his wife was jailed for 38 years in 2019 for defending female prisoners.

He said earlier this year that Ms Moore-Gilbert’s situation “is absolutely unbearable and would destroy anyone’s soul and mind, and we don’t know what has happened to her in these past two years’’.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/australian-academic-kylie-mooregilbert-transferred-to-worst-female-prison-in-world/news-story/1e37ec1882baa0522f80aea2c24d1a1a

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967d6f  No.10104103

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Foreign affairs and Defence Ministers meet US counterparts | 9 News Australia

Published on 28 Jul 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will not be swayed by America when it comes to protecting our national interests as crucial talks begin in Washington DC.

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

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ab1891  No.10106448

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A JEW MAN TEACH ME HOW TO PAY TITHES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy5yyAllLbI

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967d6f  No.10109324

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Courtney Love Cobain Tweet

Hey . About my name in Epstein’s address book , it’s creepy as fuck that I’m in that thing I agree. I didn’t know him , never met him , didn’t know who he was. Apparently he collected celebrity phone numbers. The end . Hope he burns in Avici hell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Av%C4%ABci

https://twitter.com/Courtney/status/1287880759202570240

Sarah @dearsarah

Courtney Love says she hopes Epstein "burns in hell" after her name is found in his address book https://flip.it/2GCIG7 She denies knowing Epstein….but not Ghislaine (who, given how many of her Uni friends are in it, was the initial author of the black book).Why not be honest?

https://twitter.com/dearsarah/status/1288005026435043328

Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet

Hmmmm From what #Epstein told me its a completely different story. Everyone has there own narrative it seems. Just tell the truth- very important for survivors to have all the gaps fillled in so we can ALL seek the justice we deserve. @Courtney

https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia/status/1288105162125398017

Courtney Love says she hopes Jeffrey Epstein “burns in hell” after her name is found in his address book

Courtney Love has said she hoped disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein “burned in hell” after she discovered that her name was found in his address book.

Epstein died at a Manhattan jail last year while awaiting trial on alleged sexual assault and trafficking charges of underage girls.

Taking to Twitter, Love wrote: “Hey. About my name in Epstein’s address book, it’s creepy as fuck that I’m in that thing I agree. I didn’t know him, never met him, didn’t know who he was. Apparently he collected celebrity phone numbers. The end. Hope he burns in Avici hell.”

A four part docu-series, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, was recently released on Netflix which detailed firsthand accounts of some of the women who spoke out against Epstein.

Describing the series, Netflix said: “Leading up to his 2019 arrest, mysterious tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades, assembling a network of enablers to help carry out and cover up his crimes.

“Epstein came from humble beginnings yet managed to lie and manipulate his way to the top of the financial world. He eventually gained tremendous wealth and power while running an international sex trafficking ring.

“With their frightening firsthand accounts, Epstein’s accusers are the leading voices in director Lisa Bryant’s four-part docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.

“By revealing their emotional scars, some for the very first time, the sisterhood of survivors intend to stop predators — and the American justice system — from silencing the next generation.”

https://www.nme.com/news/music/courtney-love-says-she-hopes-jeffrey-epstein-burns-in-hell-after-her-name-is-found-in-his-address-book-2716557

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b6c0f3  No.10109672

File: 370b209bae5a4ca⋯.jpg (153.5 KB, 800x692, 200:173, dividetheytry_failtheywill.jpg)

Coming in to say a quick hello, US anon here, main thread baker is taking forever for the next bread.

Hope all you Aussies are doing well.

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967d6f  No.10109918

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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds Tweet

Today’s #AUSMIN2020 meeting is underway with an ambitious agenda. @MarisePayne and I are looking forward to working with our American friends @EsperDoD @SecPompeo to ensure our Alliance is postured to respond to the challenges and opportunities in our region.

https://twitter.com/lindareynoldswa/status/1288101832661729280

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967d6f  No.10109998

File: 28c5949406e8c66⋯.jpg (205.99 KB, 1200x800, 3:2, 4fbe5f20_0426_42a4_a8c4_95….jpg)

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US praises Australia for not 'bowing' to China

China topped the agenda at AUSMIN with the US and Australian delegations discussing freedom of navigation, electronic warfare and hypersonic technology.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Australia for standing up to China despite "coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to bow to Beijing's wishes".

Mr Pompeo and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds in Washington DC on Tuesday for the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations.

The US and Australia committed to pursue increased and regular "maritime cooperation" in the South China Sea and deepen defence science technology cooperation on hypersonic, electronic warfare and space-based capabilities.

"We started this morning by talking at length about the Chinese Communist Party's malign activity in the Indo-Pacific region, and indeed all around the world," Mr Pompeo said at a press conference.

"The United States commends the Morrison government for standing up for democratic values and the rule of law despite intense, continued coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to bow to Beijing's wishes.

"It is unacceptable for Beijing to use exports, or student fees as a cudgel against Australia.

"We stand with our Australian friends."

The US and Australian delegations agreed to the potential expansion of US Marine rotational force joint training exercises in Darwin to include additional partners and allies.

The US and Australia also intend to strengthen supply chains by establishing a US-funded commercially operated strategic military fuel reserve in Darwin.

Ms Payne said Australia has no intention of injuring its relationship with China.

"We are very different countries, we are very different systems, and it's the points on which we disagree that we should be able to articulate in a mature and sensible way," Ms Payne said.

Ms Reynolds and Dr Esper signed a statement of principles on defence cooperation and force posture priorities in the Indo-Pacific to drive Australian-US shared interests for the next decade.

"This includes hypersonics, electronic warfare and space-based capabilities," Ms Reynolds said.

Ms Reynolds confirmed freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea was discussed and Australia's "long history of transiting through the region" will continue.

"Our approach remains consistent," Ms Reynolds said.

Dr Esper did not specifically answer when a journalist asked if the US and Australia discussed deploying additional US troops or intermediate range missiles on Australian soil.

"We had a very wide ranging discussion about the capabilities that the United States possesses and the capabilities Australia possesses, and our desire to advance them whether they are hypersonics or any other type of capability," he said.

"And I think it's important as we think forward about how do we deter bad behaviour in the Indo-Pacific and how we defend the international rules based order, in this case specifically with regard to China."

Ms Payne and Ms Reynolds will undergo 14 days of quarantine when they return to Australia in case they picked up COVID-19 during the AUSMIN trip.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-praises-australia-for-not-bowing-to-china

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967d6f  No.10110039

File: 2ba0cdb1cfb8b0f⋯.jpg (138.5 KB, 850x478, 425:239, Foreign_Minister_Marise_Pa….jpg)

Australia backs US bid to rally democracies against China

The Morrison government has swung its support behind the Trump administration's push to forge a new alliance of democracies to counter China's muscular ambitions, saying it could be built on the close Australia-US relationship.

At the annual AUSMIN meeting in Washington, the quartet of Australian and US foreign and defence ministers also said they'd step up cooperation on developing new defence technologies in areas such as hypersonics, establish a US strategic military fuel reserve in Darwin, and create a joint taskforce to counter harmful disinformation.

"We will use the Australia-US alliance as the basis to deepen our friendship with others," Foreign Minister Marise Payne told the post-AUSMIN press conference on Wednesday morning (AEST).

"We will build new groupings, cementing friendships, improving our security through a network of nations that share our vision of an open, prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific."

Her comments came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week called for "a new grouping of like-minded nations … a new alliance of democracies" to "change communist China".

But she also used the press conference to underline the independence of Australian foreign policy, which is sometimes at odds with that of the increasingly belligerent and intractable Trump administration.

"We have a demonstrable track record of making decisions in our own national interest," she said. "We don't agree on everything - that's part of a respectful relationship."

Mr Pompeo showered praise on the Australian ministers for accepting the risk of coronavirus and the burden of quarantine to travel to Washington and hold the talks face to face.

"Not many partners would do that for us," he told the joint press conference as he lauded the "unbreakable alliance" and feted Australia's toughness in standing up to China's "intense and continued" political and economic intimidation.

Mr Pompeo said the four ministers' discussion on China had been "at length", and had particularly focused on the threat from Chinese technology companies such as Huawei and ZTE.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Secretary Mark Esper were pressed on whether the American side had urged the Australians to step up their activity in the South China Sea, or to host US offensive weaponry on Australian soil.

Both side-stepped the question, with Mr Esper vowing the pair would defend the international rules-based order and Senator Reynolds saying Australia would remain consistent in its pattern of law-abiding transits through the contested waters.

Deeper defence ties

Senator Reynolds said she and Mr Esper had signed a statement of principles "on alliance defence cooperation and on force posture priorities in the Indo-Pacific", which would "drive the next decade of our defence cooperation".

A US-funded, commercially operated strategic military fuel reserve would be set up in Darwin, and the two countries' defence science establishments would work more closely on hypersonics, electronic warfare and space-based capabilities.

"This will ensure the alliance maintains its capability edge in a rapidly modernising environment, … [and] strengthen our interoperability and also our shared resilience," Senator Reynolds said.

Senator Payne said the US State Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade would set up a joint working group to "monitor and respond to harmful disinformation".

She didn't offer any details about the kinds of disinformation, or which countries' information operations would be targeted.

Senator Payne was asked to comment on the growing strategic tension between US and China, and again sought to play up Australia's independent stance.

"The relationship that we have with China is important and we have no intention of injuring it," she said. "But nor do we intend to do things that are contrary to our interests."

She also offered a shout-out to the multilateral institutions that are regarded with deep suspicion by the Trump administration.

"The role of multilateral institutions is more important now than ever in supporting our values and strategic objectives as the world responds to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19," she said.

The ministers said they'd discussed strengthening health security in the Indo-Pacific, to help other countries detect, prevent and respond to infectious diseases, including getting access to vaccines.

https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/australia-backs-us-bid-to-rally-democracies-against-china-20200729-p55gdp

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967d6f  No.10110133

File: 20fb6010674121a⋯.jpg (43.96 KB, 650x366, 325:183, The_AUSMIN_meeting_was_a_t….jpg)

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AUSMIN a thrilling, unexpected triumph for White House

This AUSMIN meeting was a triumph for the Trump administration which was rightly thrilled and probably a little surprised that Australia agreed to the White House’s request to come to Washington.

At this volatile moment in history, Australia has become the model ally for which the US is looking when it comes to confronting a rising and increasingly belligerent China.

The face-to-face annual AUSMIN meeting and press conference between the respective foreign and defence ministers – Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper, Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds – gave the administration the chance to loudly tout what Australia has done on China and in doing so, send a message to other US allies to copy Canberra’s lead.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a series of recent speeches, has been pleading with more democratic allies to stand up to Beijing, even if it hurts them economically.

From Washington’s perspective, Australia has ticked all of these boxes and more.

It even led the US in banning Huawei and introducing foreign interference legislation several years ago.

More recently, the Morrison government has won plaudits in Washington for its call for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus.

In the face of persistent threats and intimidation from Beijing, the government this month boldly declared China’s absurd and hegemonic territorial claims in the South China Sea to be illegal.

It has also angered Beijing by suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offering citizenship options in Australia for residents of Hong Kong in response to China’s push to remove freedoms and human rights protections.

Each of these moves have led to threats of reprisals – sometimes implemented – from an increasingly angry Beijing. But they have been carefully watched and warmly welcomed by the US which views China through a dramatically different lens than it did just a few years ago.

During this US election China is under attack from both sides of politics in the US. It has no friends in Washington.

Donald Trump, who has waged a long and still unfinished trade war with Beijing, sees China as largely to blame for the coronavirus which has destroyed the US economy and severely harmed his chances of re-election.

His administration, led by Pompeo, has clashed with Beijing over Huawei, over its unfair trading practices and over its cyber warfare amongst numerous other issues.

It has tried to call China out over these many issues but has been frustrated by the sometimes tepid support it has received from many other allies, particularly in Europe.

Which is why Washington is so pleased that Australia has been willing to openly call Beijing out on some of these issues despite the obvious risk of economic reprisal.

Australia is not saying whether it will take the next step in challenging Beijing by joining the US Navy in freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

For now that may be a step too far, especially as China policy in the US becomes increasingly politicised as the US election creeps closer.

But at the AUSMIN press conference, Pompeo and Esper’s comments contained more ‘thank you’s’ than a wedding speech as they rattled off the list of Australian efforts to hold China accountable for its behaviour.

This was an AUSMIN meeting that went beyond the usual platitudes because both countries are so deeply engaged right now with the question of China.

Among the thanks you’s was the fact that two Cabinet ministers, two department secretaries and the CDF amongst others now have two weeks quarantine to face upon their return.

So was it worth the trip? The Americans certainly think so.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/ausmin-a-thrilling-unexpected-triumph-for-donald-trump/news-story/c723387a88f0d25fafee6efeadd275ac

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b832e8  No.10110436

File: 2a35dc62b3e1458⋯.jpeg (131.54 KB, 828x704, 207:176, 2E2BD7F7_CF1E_4B70_957A_3….jpeg)

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76656a  No.10110477

US anon here. Just wanted to pop in and give my mates down under the salute.

o7

WWG1WGA!

Back to QR now.

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967d6f  No.10110632

File: 191786a0db2f0d6⋯.webm (10.12 MB, 640x360, 16:9, Operation_Albamarle.webm)

Sydney man accused of sexually exploiting a NZ girl

A 23-year-old Sydney man accused of sexually exploiting a young New Zealand girl he groomed through social media has been charged by Australian Federal Police (AFP) after an international tip-off.

The man is expected to face Parramatta Local Court today (29 July 2020) charged with using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person aged under 16, contrary to section 474.27A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

He faces a maximum seven years’ imprisonment if convicted.

The AFP’s NSW Child Protection Operations (CPO) team launched an investigation after New Zealand Police reported suspicions that a man in Sydney had posed as a child to send sexually explicit messages to a young girl in NZ and had coerced her into sending photographs to him.

Police identified the 23-year-old man as the suspected user of the social media account and a warrant was executed at his suburban Sydney home on Wednesday, 3 June (2020).

A computer and phone were seized which police allege contains child abuse material, including records of sexualised online conversations with young girls.

AFP Commander Kirsty Schofield, Investigations Eastern Command, said the arrest highlights the AFP’s close partnership with NZ Police.

“Australian and NZ Police stand together in protecting our young people from this abhorrent crime,” Commander Schofield said.

“It is disgusting that adults trawl online platforms to try to engage children in sexualised conversations or to send intimate images, and the distress and harm it causes children is irreparable.

“We work tirelessly with our partners to stamp out this behaviour and prosecute anyone who preys on children – whether that’s online or through physical contact.”

Commander Schofield hopes the allegations in this case will also be a reminder that cyber security is an important conversation for families to have.

“It is important that children feel comfortable talking to adults if they are worried about someone who has contacted them online and not share anything online that they would not tell anyone else about.”

Last year, the AFP's Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received almost 17,000 reports of child exploitation – that’s about 45 cases a day.

Between July 2019 and May 2020, the AFP has laid 1078 Commonwealth Child Exploitation charges against 144 people. It compares to 74 summons and arrests; and 372 charges laid in the previous financial year.

The average number of images seized when an offender is arrested has been steadily increasing. In the early-to-mid 2000s, a child sex predator had about 1000 images, now it’s between 10,000 to 80,000 images and videos.

The annual report of the Internet Watch Foundation stated that in 2019 it assessed a webpage every two minutes. And every four minutes that webpage showed a child being sexually abused.

“If it takes a village to raise a child, advances in technology now means it takes a country to keep them safe,” Commander Schofield said. “The AFP will never relinquish this duty.

“The AFP is working around-the-clock with our international and domestic partners to bring to justice those who seek to do harm to our children.”

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report

Editor’s note: Footage of the arrest is available here https://spaces.hightail.com/space/fqsoNTwqJ9

Note to media:

USE OF TERM 'CHILD ABUSE' MATERIAL, NOT 'CHILD PORNOGRAPHY'

Use of the phrase "child pornography" benefits child sex abusers because it:

* indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and

* conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not "pornography".

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/sydney-man-accused-sexually-exploiting-nz-girl

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967d6f  No.10115695

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>>10109998

>>10110039

Repost from Q Research General #12945

>>10114785 (pb)

Didn't see this in notables. Thought someone might like watching. Australia + US = Allies vs CCP.

Secretary Pompeo Holds a Joint Press Availability

U.S. Department of State

Published on 28 Jul 2020

July 28, 2020 - Secretary Michael R. Pompeo holds a joint press availability with Secretary of Defense Esper, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, at the Department of State.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVhjI_d29Kk

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ab1891  No.10117532

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IMMIGRANTS ARE LIKE CANCER TO THE WEST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IraAvdVcR5w

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6ba414  No.10117584

White hats from down under?

Maybe you guys can sort this out and make something out of it. We fight side by side.

https://www.contactzero.org/the-congo

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33f5b4  No.10120544

>>10117584

Thanks.

Attention Anons=

Use this address:

https://www.contactzero.org/

Check out the menu items at top.

Interface is spotty… get over it.

Dynamite stuff here.

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967d6f  No.10122402

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Melbourne earthquake felt by hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs

Residents across Melbourne's east have reported feeling shaking and a loud blast after a small earthquake was recorded in the area.

Geoscience Australia confirmed there was a Magnitude 2.2 tremor at 7:08pm near Pakenham, about 60 kilometres south-east of the CBD.

Hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs, from Nar Nar Goon to Croydon, reported feeling the tremor.

Olinda resident Suzie Leach said she was watching a TV series with her husband when she heard a "sonic boom" coming from the east.

"Although we did not feel reverberations, we heard them afterwards for quite a few seconds," she told the ABC.

"We went outside. It was unnaturally still and silent. We wondered if it was an earthquake, or if a truck had hit a tree."

Ben Beattie felt the earthquake from Boronia, about 35 kilometres from Pakenham.

"It sounded like a loud rumble rolling in from the distance, almost train like," he said.

"The windows started shaking and then the couch started to shake too."

Blasting noise likely rocks breaking below the earth's surface

In the locality of Kallista, near the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Linda Jones also reported feeling the earth shake.

"Heard a bang and rumble and the ground shook for a few seconds," she said.

Senior seismologist with Geoscience Australia Trevor Allen said hearing a boom or "blasting noise" during an earthquake was common.

"It may be a noise that's resulting from the rocks actually breaking beneath the surface, and that transmits to the surface of the earth as soundwaves," he said.

Dr Allen said it was difficult to know what exactly triggered the earthquake.

But he said tremors were not uncommon in the Pakenham area.

"On average we tend to get an earthquake of around about Magnitude 2 every year in the region, going back 20 years," he said.

He said Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley areas in the south-east of the state were among the active earthquake areas in Australia.

As of 8:30pm no damage from the earthquake had been reported, Victoria's State Emergency Service said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-29/melbourne-earthquake-causes-shaking-sound-across-east/12505320

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967d6f  No.10122451

File: 950ed3e7c2aaee1⋯.jpg (66.84 KB, 1280x721, 1280:721, Marcus_Ganley.jpg)

Resignations in the news

Labor adviser Marcus Ganley ‘quit after sex claim’

A senior adviser working for Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong left his job after being accused by a female party member of serious misconduct.

Marcus Ganley, Senator Wong’s chief of staff, left his position in February after a formal complaint alleging sexual harassment was made to Anthony Albanese’s ­office earlier that month.

Mr Ganley, who now works in a senior position at the ACT’s Chief Minister Directorate, denied the allegations and said his reasons for leaving were “clear to the people who need to know”.

Multiple sources told The Australian that the alleged incident took place at a private Adelaide event in early February.

The Labor leader’s office intervened days after being notified of the complaint, sources with ­detailed knowledge of the discussions said.

Mr Ganley, a New Zealander, came to some prominence in 2017 after being outed as the Labor staffer who had informal discussions with New Zealand Labour MP Chris Hipkins about the section 44 constitutional crisis roiling the Turnbull government.

Mr Hipkins subsequently raised queries about Australian dual citizens during parliamentary questions, leading to a sharp rebuke from Julie Bishop.

“I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations designed to undermine the government of Australia,” Ms Bishop, the then foreign minister, said at the time.

Mr Ganley resigned from Senator Wong’s office in the sitting week starting February 10 after speaking to her and the Opposition Leader’s chief of staff, Tim Gartrell, sources familiar with the conversation said.

Senator Wong told Mr Ganley she had lost confidence in his ability to run her office.

Mr Ganley departed later that day, but told colleagues he was taking sick leave.

His exit was announced to Labor staff the following week.

The Australian is not suggesting the allegation is true, only that the complaint was made.

The Australian has chosen not to reveal the identity of the complainant to protect her privacy.

A spokesman for Mr Albanese said the complaint had been “resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant”. “We will not comment further on this matter out of respect for the privacy of the complainant,” he said.

There was no investigation and few in federal Labor circles are aware of the reason behind Mr Ganley’s sudden departure.

To complicate matters, Mr Ganley’s partner is employed as an adviser in Mr Albanese’s office.

One female Labor MP, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, praised Mr Albanese’s office for the handling of the complaint. She said the MeToo movement, which has embroiled the entertainment industry and the judiciary, had largely ignored political advisers in parliament.

Last year, two female Liberal staffers alleged they were sexually assaulted while working for senior politicians. One woman worked for a federal minister and said another parliamentary staffer pinned her down and ripped off her underpants during a sitting week in 2015.

The second was a former adviser in the office of the NSW Speaker, who said another Liberal Party member had come to her house and forced himself on her while masturbating.

Thomas Mooney took over as Senator Wong’s chief of staff in February, after serving as deputy for the previous year.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/labor-adviser-marcus-ganley-quit-after-sex-claim/news-story/f6b860491751dab740f9d808a691d33c

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967d6f  No.10122611

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Dassi Erlich Tweet

Head judge Yitzhak Amit told the defence, “Some of the things that happened with this case have never taken place in the history of the establishment of the state of Israel".

https://twitter.com/dassi_erlich/status/1288436146674884608

Latest Malka Leifer appeal in Israel heard in secret

Accused paedophile Malka Leifer's appeal against an order for her to stand trial for extradition to Australia has been heard behind closed doors in Israel.

A panel of three judges in Israel's Supreme Court granted the request of the former Melbourne Orthodox school principal's defence team to hold the proceedings in a closed court, expelling members of the press and permitting only advocates of the three alleged victims and Ms Leifer's family, including two siblings and her son, to be present.

"When you're dealing with the medical issues of a person under the mental health act, that person is entitled to secrecy and therefore the hearings were held behind closed doors," defence lawyer Nick Kaufman said.

Despite protests from the prosecution, Ms Leifer, who had appeared on screen via video conference from prison with her head bowed for the start of the hearing, was also dismissed from the hearing when the court was closed.

The appeal takes place two months after a Jerusalem court decided that Ms Leifer, who is facing 74 charges of sexually assaulting female students at the ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel school in Elsternwick, is mentally competent to stand trial for extradition to Australia.

Judge Yitzhak Amit told the defence that the number of appeals was unprecedented even among the most high-profile murder trials. Wednesday marked the case's 70th hearing.

"Some of the things that happened with this case have never taken place in the history of the establishment of the state of Israel," he said.

Yet the defence was optimistic that the Supreme Court had heard their arguments, with lawyer Yehuda Fried saying outside court that Israel's highest court authority had listened to their arguments and "understands that there is a problem here".

Leifer's defence claims the Jerusalem district court decision in May that she was faking illness to avoid extradition was "unreasonable", in light of the fact that she is receiving treatment from the Israeli prison service including daily taking anti-psychotic drugs.

Due to the secrecy of the hearing, the prosecution was unable to comment on what took place inside court, but lawyer Ayelet Rivner-Oron said they were hopeful the court would deny the appeal. "We hope we will be able to proceed with her extradition to Australia," she said.

The three sisters accusing Ms Leifer of child abuse, Eli Sapper, Nicole Myer and Dassi Erlich, released a statement on Facebook calling the trial a "never-ending quest for justice". Ms Erlich stated that the sisters "hope to see Leifer in Australia before the 80th court date".

In a statement to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald outside the court, Manny Waks, a prominent activist against child sexual abuse, said he believed Ms Leifer would be on a plane back to Australia very soon.

"The due process is part of it, but it is very clear what the decision is going to be," he said.

If Ms Leifer's appeals to the Supreme Court fail, her fate will be decided on September 21 in an extradition hearing at a Jerusalem court. According to her lawyers, the Supreme Court will give its decision on this "complex" appeal in a month's time.

Ms Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 after the allegations first emerged. The process to extradite her has stalled several times since charges were laid in 2013.

Premier Daniel Andrews met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018, telling him the only just outcome was for Ms Leifer to face a jury of her peers.

Adass Israel girls' school was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in damages to Dassi Erlich in 2015.

In 2016, an Israeli judge found Ms Leifer mentally unfit to face extradition to Australia and she was set free. But she was arrested in February 2018 after a private investigation revealed that she was leading a "normal life" and going about normal daily activities in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Emmanuel.

https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/latest-malka-leifer-appeal-in-israel-to-be-heard-in-secret-20200729-p55gqr.html

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967d6f  No.10122630

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>>10122611

Dassi Erlich Tweets

#Courtdate70 came & went like it wasn't the 70th hearing in this neverending quest for justice.

Even head judge Yitzhak Amit told the defence that the number of appeals was unprecedented even among the most high-profile murder trials….

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https://twitter.com/dassi_erlich/status/1288460737363374082

“Some of the things that happened with this case have never taken place in the history of the establishment of the state of Israel,”

This statement from a Supreme court judge felt validating.

Expect a decision on this mental fitness appeal before extradition ruling Sept 21

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https://twitter.com/dassi_erlich/status/1288460739334684672

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967d6f  No.10122782

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QAnon: The online cult that is a danger in the real world

David Aaronovitch - Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Earlier this month, General Michael Flynn, former director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency and national security adviser, took an al fresco oath of loyalty with family and friends and posted it on Twitter, using the hashtag TakeTheOath. At the end of the oath, they vowed, in a phrase that sounds like an overtranslation from The Three Musketeers: “Where we go one, we go all.”

Readers may not know what many of those reading, retweeting or “liking” the general’s video know: that the phrase and the hashtag indicate his support for an online conspiracy theory network that is becoming a cult. It’s known as QAnon. You’ll see its supporters at rallies for Donald Trump, and if you look for its #WWG1WGA abbreviation online you’ll find tens of thousands of references. YouTube offers a cornucopia of QAnon videos. A full range of QAnon merchandise featuring the letter Q and, often, a rabbit is available at all good Amazon sites near you. There are even QAnon candidates in US elections. The president of the United States retweets contributions from QAnon activists.

A decade ago I published a book about modern conspiracy theories. I had studied dozens of them, from the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion (guess who the infernal plotters were in that one), to “9/11 was an inside job”, via the hidden bloodline of Christ. On the way I looked at “the government is poisoning us” memes, baby sacrifice themes, beliefs in a secret world government, Manchurian candidates, Obama being an undercover Kenyan, accusations that the Clintons had taken to murdering their aides and that the Queen is actually running the world’s banks. All were absurd but some were actually demented. Now imagine one gigantic, compendium theory which puts all of these together – that’s QAnon.

It emerged in 2016 with the release via WikiLeaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee. References in the emails to “pizza” were taken by self-styled online researchers to mean child pornography. This led to a belief worthy of Labour’s former deputy leader Tom Watson that there was an establishment cover-up of violent and even murderous child abuse by prominent Democrats.

Not long afterwards people came across an online bulletin put out by someone calling themselves “Q”, which purported to be the account by a US intelligence insider of a battle between the deep state (baby slayers, kleptocratic bankers, election stealers, mainstream media shills, the Pope etc) and dissident forces. The battle had not yet been fully joined but the day of reckoning was coming. And soon, a comment by the newly elected Donald Trump that “maybe it’s the calm before the storm” was taken as a sign that he was to lead the dissidents against the forces of evil. “What’s the storm?” he was asked. “You’ll find out,” he replied.

Once a phenomenon on the fringes of the internet, the QAnon movement moved mainstream onto Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The latter was facilitated by the algorithm which recommended videos to users of the platform. So in the same way that I get Marianne Faithfull recommended if I’ve asked for The Dubliners, so people looking at Princess Diana videos might end up with QAnon, and down the rabbit hole they went. (Remember the rabbit?)

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967d6f  No.10122790

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>>10122782

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Within weeks of being established, some of the best-populated QAnon sites were pulling in several million visits per month. Millions more watched the YouTube videos. There was a Q App (it’s gone now). There are Facebook groups with tens of thousands of members, many of them outside the US, not a few from Britain. People share a camaraderie as evidenced by that slogan (which they love to repeat), reveal to each other that Michelle Obama is actually a man, praise each other for being part of the Great Awakening and predict “The Coming Storm”.

And this was even before the pandemic, which they call, of course, the Plandemic. This week President Trump retweeted something from the “Where we go one, we go all” brother of Michael Flynn, who was promoting as a “fearless warrior for the truth” a doctor who was in turn promoting the virtues of hydroxychloroquine and the uselessness of face masks. This doctor also believes that infertility is caused by demonic spirits.

Up till now people have described QAnon as a conspiracy theory but increasingly I’ve come to think that it’s something else. There are many reports of people of all ages effectively giving up family and friends to stay with their online community. Many are older and plenty of them are women (which is unusual). The commitment is to the group and to its beliefs. Anecdotally, in America at least, many of its adherents appear to be the kind of middle-class people who have lost out since the crash of 2008: subprime mortgage victims and the recently unemployed. People who feel powerless but need to believe that somewhere there’s some meaning to it all.

I think QAnon is our first online cult – a kind of cyber-Jonestown – without a leader, but with sufficient diffuse momentum to generate its own direction. This has been assisted by Facebook’s decision a couple of years ago to try to support “meaningful social interaction” in Facebook communities. After all, one girl’s meaningful social interaction is another boy’s Hitler Jugend. I think it entirely possible that such groups will be able to move beyond cyberspace.

The language of QAnon is of soldiers and warriors fighting battles against evil. It wouldn’t take much for some of those soldiers to think that this fight badly needs to be taken to the physical world. Indeed it would be astonishing if they didn’t. Already there have been several instances of armed QAnon supporters being arrested while carrying weapons. A murder in New York last year of a Mafia boss was carried out by a young man claiming that he was attacking the “deep state”. The FBI is worried that QAnon could yet supply its own Anders Breivik, the far-right mass murderer who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

This being 2020, Twitter has recently taken action to remove 7,000 of the most egregious QAnon accounts, but there’s not much that can be done about the more sophisticated and fastest-mutating ones. YouTube has changed its algorithm and partly blocked the rabbit hole. Facebook is still working on its response.

But what is a poor platform to do when the people most effectively spreading this stuff are elected world leaders and three-star generals? The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our sites but in ourselves.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/qanon-the-online-cult-that-is-a-danger-in-the-real-world/news-story/254d61eb32ec728e6181e6a9d9e33ee6

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967d6f  No.10122856

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>>10099807

Federal Government seeks access to jailed Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who's been moved to new prison in Iran

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says it is seeking access to jailed Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, after she was moved to a new prison in Iran.

Dr Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University, has already served two years at Tehran's Evin prison after being convicted of spying and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

On Tuesday, a DFAT spokesperson said Iran had confirmed she had been moved from Evin to Qarchak prison, east of the capital.

The spokesperson said Australia held Iran responsible for Ms Moore-Gilbert's "safety and well-being" and was "urgently seeking access" to her.

"Dr Moore-Gilbert's case is one of the Australian Government's highest priorities, including for our embassy officials in Tehran," the spokesperson said.

The statement confirms previous claims from Iranian activist, Reza Khandan, who wrote on a Facebook post that Dr Moore-Gilbert had been transferred to Qarchak prison two days ago as punishment.

He also claimed to have spoken to Dr Moore-Gilbert over the phone.

He said she told him she "can't eat anything" and is "very depressed" and had last spoken to her family a month ago.

Mr Khandan said Qarchak prison only housed prisoners convicted of murder, drug trafficking and financial crimes.

DFAT said the ambassador to Iran recently visited Dr Moore-Gilbert in Evin prison, where she had telephone contact with her family and the ambassador over the past several months.

"I am not a spy"

Dr Moore-Gilbert is a Middle East expert at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute, specialising in the Arab Gulf states. She has also studied at the University of Cambridge in England.

Earlier this year, in extracts of multiple handwritten letters smuggled out of prison — published by The Guardian and Times of London — she said she had never been a spy and feared for her mental health.

"I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest to work for a spying organisation in any country. When I leave Iran, I want to be a free woman and live a free life, not under the shadow of extortion and threats," one of the letters said.

Dr Moore-Gilbert also wrote to her "case manager" in the letter, "please accept this letter as an official and definitive rejection of your offer to me to work with the intelligence branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps", the Guardian reported.

"Under no circumstances will I be persuaded to change my decision."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-28/dfat-seeks-access-to-kylie-moore-gilbert-jailed-in-iran/12500978

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967d6f  No.10122876

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>>10122856

Influential UK MP lashes ‘hostage takers’ over detained academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert

An influential British Conservative MP has lashed Iran for their “hostage-taking’’ of Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert.

Tom Tugendhat, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chairman has made the first significant political criticism of Iran in relation to the incarceration of Dr Moore-Gilbert, who was sentenced to a ten years jail in 2018 on spying charges.

The Australian revealed on Monday that Dr Moore-Gilbert has been moved from solitary confinement in Evin prison to the desert jail hellhole of Qarchak, outside Tehran. She was able to make contact with Reza Khandan, the husband of fellow Evin detainee Nasrin Sotoudeh, to tell him of the transfer.

Dr Moore-Gilbert told him: “I can’t eat anything. I feel so very hopeless. I am so depressed.” She also spoke about being unable to make contact with her family in Australia because she is not allowed a phone card to make international calls.

Mr Tugendhat tweeted in response to a report about Dr Moore-Gilbert on Wednesday, saying: “Hostage taking has no place in diplomacy. The world needs to realise what the Iranian government is doing and who is covering up mass human rights violations.’’

But the intervention of Mr Tugendhat drew swift condemnation from Iran’s ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, who accused him of a “level of hatred towards Tehran that was beyond imagination”.

Mr Baeidinejad insisted the former Army officer’s military record in Afghanistan and Iraq had resulted in a “deep misconception” of Iran.

“He never stops attacking Iran and has deep misconception regarding Iran’s regional policies, which possibly was generated from his earlier association in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Mr Baeidinejad said.

Dr Moore-Gilbert, who is in her early 30s, has dual Australian and British nationality. She grew up in Bathurst NSW and studied at Cambridge University before joining the University of Melbourne.

Her arrest came in September 2018 when she was about to board a flight from Tehran back to Melbourne after being invited on a study tour in Iran. She was accused of acting suspiciously by a person she had interviewed for her studies.

In a letter smuggled out of Evin prison last year, Dr Moore-Gilbert wrote: “I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest to work for a spying organisation in any country”.

The Australian government said diplomats have been trying to see her in her new jail and that they held Iran responsible for Dr Moore-Gilbert’s safety and wellbeing.

“Dr Moore-Gilbert’s case is one of the Australian Government’s highest priorities, including for our embassy officials in Tehran,’’ a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Up until now the Australian government has taken a softly-softly approach to their negotiations with Iran regarding Dr Moore-Gilbert, but Mr Tugendhat’s outburst has marked a new strategy – at least from the British perspective.

Mr Tugendhat is influential in the Conservative party and has been instrumental in garnering significant backbencher support to force the Boris Johnson government to reverse their acceptance of Huawei in the 5G telecommunications network.

He has already queried why Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have not been included on Britain’s new independent sanctions program, which freezes the assets of human rights abusers in the UK and also restricts their ability to travel.

He said the failure to include senior members of the Revolutionary Guards was a “striking omission’’.

It is understood because Dr Moore-Gilbert entered Iran on an Australian passport, Australian diplomats have been taking the lead in negotiations with Iran.

Britain has been in lengthy talks with Iran about British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was jailed for five years in 2016.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/influential-uk-mp-lashes-hostage-takers-over-detained-academic-kylie-mooregilbert/news-story/34dc72d2f20fd29c4bc1dbeef781dc19

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967d6f  No.10122961

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'FLIGHT RISK' What is the conspiracy theory about Tom Hanks being arrested in Australia?

A CONSPIRACY theory that Tom Hanks was arrested in Australia is making its rounds on social media.

Hanks has not been arrested and the rumors are unfounded.

Social media buzzed about his "arrest" after a meme emerged of Hanks walking around with what looked like an ankle bracelet.

Why do people think Tom Hanks was arrested in Australia?

Facebook users speculated that Hanks had been arrested in Australia after a meme surfaced of the actor walking around with a face covering and an "ankle monitor".

Conspiracy theorists alleged that Hanks was arrested as a part of wider elite-run child sex trafficking ring.

The claim appears to be related to the QAnon conspiracy theorist group who have also accused Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey of the same thing.

What is the meme of Tom Hanks allegedly wearing an ankle monitor?

A meme circulating on Facebook started the unfounded accusations against the actor.

The photos in the claim show Hanks in Los Angeles wearing a green bandana face covering on May 20, 2020.

The photo caption reads: “Look who has a new ankle bracelet! Tom Hanks. Some of you don’t know it but Mr. Hanks was arrested in Australia for pedophilia.

"He went on national TV to say he had COVID-19 and he was quarantine himself. Not true. He was in custody for a time then house arrest is in his hotel. Now, he’s a flight risk.”

While his pants appear to be ruffled, there is no ankle monitor visible.

"This is fake! Stop spreading lies before fact checking!" one user commented on the picture.

"Throwing around extreme accusations like is with no evidence is profoundly immoral. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," another agreed.

"100% been hearing about this for months. Finally," one instigator commented.

Numerous independent fact-checkers have debunked these claims.

Why was Tom Hanks in Australia?

Hanks was in Australia working on Baz Lurhmann's new Elvis Presley biopic.

How long did him and his wife have coronavirus for?

Tom and Rita both contracted coronavirus in early March.

The couple was hospitalized for several days in Australia before continuing their recovery in quarantine.

They returned home to LA after recovering and continued to self-isolate.

Tom and Rita were the first celebrities to confirm they tested positive for the virus amid the global pandemic crisis.

Speaking to The National Defense Radio Show he explained: "Rita went through a tougher time than I did. She had a much-higher fever and she had some other symptoms.

"She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks."

He added: "She was so nauseous, she had to crawl on the floor from the bed to the facilities. It lasted a while."

Tom, who "had some body aches and was very fatigued", revealed he was "wiped" after trying to do a 30-minute exercise routine.

He said: "Whoever it was, doctor, nurse, would come into our air pressurized room, our isolation rooms. She said, 'How are you feeling?' and I said, 'I just had the weirdest thing. I just tried to do basic stretches and exercises on the floor and I couldn’t even get halfway through."

"And she looked at me through her glasses like she was talking to the dumbest human being and she said, 'You have COVID-19.'"

Upon recovering and arriving back in the US, Tom, 63, and Rita, 63, immediately enrolled in a medical study to determine if their antibodies would be useful for scientists working on developing a vaccine.

Hanks has now revealed that they have now been approved to donate blood because they carry antibodies.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12260669/tom-hanks-conspiracy-pedophilia-qanon-facebook-meme/

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967d6f  No.10123114

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John Patrick Casey: Catholic priest’s sexual assault appeal fails in Supreme Court

A Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing two young boys has had his appeal thrown out despite arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.

WARNING: Graphic

A former Catholic priest and police chaplain’s appeal against his convictions of sexually abusing young boys in northern NSW has been denied despite arguing the Crown’s “sanitised version” of events deprived him of a fair trial.

John Patrick Casey was in charge of a church in the Lismore Diocese when he molested two boys at his parish house at Mallanganee Presbytery, west of Casino, in the mid 1980s.

Casey was in his 30s when he digitally penetrated a boy’s anus as he washed him in the shower and ejaculated towards the head of another boy.

Now 72, and serving a minimum three-year jail sentence, Casey was employed as a police chaplain up until the day of his arrest in July 2015 after his victims finally came forward.

At the second of two lengthy trials, a jury found him guilty in 2018 of two charges including sexual assault of a person under 16 without consent and indecent assault of a person under 16 without consent.

Casey was found not guilty of four additional charges and was sentenced to four years and ten months jail.

He appealed against his convictions in the Supreme Court on the grounds there had been a miscarriage of justice, claiming the judge had not properly explained that the jury could take into account reasonable doubt and the prosecution’s pursuit of him was an abuse of process.

Casey had previously been found not guilty of 16 charges, with a jury hung on another 11 counts, at his first trial in 2016.

It meant a significant portion of evidence heard in the first trial, which the jury found to be unreliable in parts, was unable to be used in the second.

During the appeal, his lawyer Philip Boulten, SC, complained that by the Crown “tendering a sanitised version of the complainants’ evidence, the jury was not provided with the complete picture”.

Mr Boulten also contended the tendency evidence of another alleged sexual assault was admitted into the trial by error and the jury returned an unreasonable verdict.

Police had originally charged Casey with 27 offences relating to 18 allegations of child sexual abuse to which he pleaded not guilty at the 2016 trial.

Ordained in 1974, Casey spent the majority of his time in the church working in the Lismore Diocese and was appointed as one of four regional vicars in the 1990s.

He briefly served in the parish of Ingham in Townsville in the late 1970s before returning to NSW.

He didn’t appear on screen at the Supreme Court on Wednesday when a panel of justices dismissed his appeal.

Casey will be eligible for parole in May 2021.

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/john-patrick-casey-catholic-priests-sexual-assault-appeal-fails-in-supreme-court/news-story/b86fa00345e57d67582cc6b01cfbd38a

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967d6f  No.10123153

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

Australia must keep America 'fully engaged' in Indo-Pacific region

Sky News Australia

Published on 29 Jul 2020

Australia must work to keep America fully engaged in the Indo-Pacific region in order to stop China from dominating it, according to former foreign minister Alexander Downer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEN7WukZuU

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967d6f  No.10123223

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Ghislaine Maxwell loses late bid to block deposition's release, quickly appeals

New York: A US judge on Wednesday denied Ghislaine Maxwell's last-ditch effort to keep a potentially damaging deposition from becoming public, as the jailed British socialite defends herself against criminal charges that she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.

US District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan rejected Maxwell's argument that her arrest on July 2 and indictment were "compelling" reasons to continue sealing her April 2016 deposition, and a deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser.

The depositions came from a now-closed civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Maxwell filed a notice of appeal less than an hour after Preska ruled.

She faces a Thursday, US time, deadline to appeal against Preska's July 23 order unsealing dozens of other documents, including flight logs from Epstein's private jets and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home.

Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty on July 14 to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls in the 1990s, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.

The charges against Maxwell came nearly a year after Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail where he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. If convicted, she could face up to 35 years in prison.

In opposing the unsealing, Maxwell's lawyers had accused Giuffre and federal prosecutors of violating a protective order in the civil case designed to keep Maxwell's deposition confidential.

The lawyers have said the deposition included "intrusive" questions about Maxwell's sex life and could prove embarrassing.

They accused Giuffre, who now lives in Australia and is chief executive of Victims Refuse Silence, of leaking the deposition, and "in conjunction with the government" setting a "perjury trap" for their client.

But Preska said a criminal probe into Epstein's associates already "loomed large" when Maxwell opposed unsealing the deposition in June, and her arrest did not overcome the presumption that the public deserved access.

"This is plowed ground," Preska wrote.

Giuffre has said Epstein kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.

Maxwell's criminal trial is scheduled for July next year. She is being held in a Brooklyn jail after the judge overseeing that case called her a flight risk.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/ghislaine-maxwell-loses-late-bid-to-block-deposition-s-release-quickly-appeals-20200730-p55gva.html

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967d6f  No.10123307

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US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Tweets

The #USSRonaldReagan carrier strike group, five Australian warships, and a Japanese destroyer conducted a trilateral naval exercise in the Philippine Sea last week. We and our allies will fly, sail, & operate wherever international law allows. #AUSMIN2020

https://twitter.com/EsperDoD/status/1288523087764496384

Even in dark days, America will never lose the ability to dare greatly.

https://twitter.com/EsperDoD/status/1288580119595044866

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967d6f  No.10123369

File: c0c409ddf720a2d⋯.webm (6.11 MB, 640x360, 16:9, Stop_human_trafficking_ha….webm)

Stop human trafficking happening in plain sight

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 12:47pm

On the United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons today, the AFP acknowledges that our first responders play a vital role in identifying, supporting and seeking justice for victims of human trafficking, and calls on the public not to turn a blind eye to signs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, we are more reliant than ever on law enforcement officers, social workers, healthcare professionals and non-government organisation staff to notice and report if someone may be a victim of this crime type. However it’s not just up to our first responders. Members of the community can help by knowing the signs and reporting what they see.

Human trafficking is the physical movement of people across or within borders by coercing, threatening or deceiving them for the purpose of ongoing exploitation once they reach their destination.

Often referred to as modern day slavery, AFP Assistant Commissioner Northern Command Lesa Gale said it is happening right here in Australia.

“People may think that human trafficking is something that only happens on the TV or in the movies. But it happens right here in our own backyard, and often it is in plain sight.

“While the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the lead agency for investigating this crime type, everyone has a role to play in stopping it and we urge the public to be aware,” she said.

The Australian Institute of Criminology estimates that for every victim found there are approximately four victims that remain undetected.

In the 2019-20 financial year, the AFP received 223 reports of human trafficking, including;

• 92 reports of forced marriage,

• 40 reports of sexual servitude and exploitation,

• 29 reports of forced labour,

• 28 reports of trafficking in persons,

• 20 reports of domestic servitude,

• six reports of deceptive recruiting,

• four of trafficking in children,

• three of debt bondage,

• One report of slavery.

Fifty one per cent of forced marriage reports were victims under the age of 18 years. 70 per cent related to offshore marriage and the most vulnerable victims of forced marriage were females between the ages of 15-19 years.

“Thankfully almost half of forced marriage reports we received in the last financial year, resulted in disruption or intervention strategies that stopped the offence from occurring,” Assistant Commissioner Gale said.

The AFP continues its work to raise awareness of human trafficking and forced marriage in Australia through Project Skywarp.

The AFP is also an active member of the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery and Operational Working Groups. We work with international partners through the AFP’s international network, Department of Foreign Affairs and other organisations including the Santa Marta Group, to promote awareness for and combat modern slavery and human trafficking.

The general public has an important role to play in bringing these offences to light. Anyone can come across indicators of forced marriage.

Do you know someone who:

• has a family history of elder siblings leaving education or marrying early

• expresses concern regarding an upcoming family holiday

• exhibit signs of depression, self-harm, attempted suicide, social isolation or substance abuse

• has unreasonable restrictions from their family such as not being allowed out or always being accompanied

• made a sudden announcement they are engaged

• shows evidence of family disputes/conflict, domestic violence/abuse, running away from home or isolation from the community?

If you or someone you know could be a victim of this crime type, please report it by calling 131 AFP (237).

You can join the conversation online by using the hashtags #EndHumanTrafficking and #HumanTrafficking.

Editor’s note: Footage available on hightail - https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/RqbFmypia4

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/stop-human-trafficking-happening-plain-sight

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967d6f  No.10123418

File: ad691933291f06b⋯.jpg (144.18 KB, 768x1023, 256:341, Border_Force_officers_at_i….jpg)

File: 71dc68f540a016c⋯.jpg (51.17 KB, 1024x768, 4:3, Child_sex_dolls_were_found….jpg)

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Border Force officers seizing large number of lifelike child sex dolls ordered online

Border Force has intercepted a worrying number of disgusting and illegal products favoured by paedophiles in parcels sent to Australia.

WARNING: Distressing

Australian Border Force officers have seized a large number of lifelike child sex dolls favoured by paedophiles, ordered online and sent via the post or through air cargo.

Data obtained by news.com.au shows the purchase of the sinister products by Australians continues, with 31 packages intercepted at in the first six months of 2020 alone, the majority in air cargo.

In the 12 months to June 30, a total of 86 childlike sex dolls were seized by ABF, it can be revealed.

“Child-like sex dolls and other child abuse material are symptomatic of the broader global threat posed by child sexual abuse, that’s why the ABF works with its law enforcement and intelligence partners to further investigate these imports,” a spokesman for the agency said.

“ABF officers at our air cargo and mail facilities are actively targeting these dolls, which are a prohibited import and are considered child abuse material.

“The ABF has a zero tolerance approach to child abuse material, including childlike sex dolls, and we use all powers available to us to protect Australians from anyone associated with these sickening activities.”

Earlier this month, news.com.au revealed that one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, Alibaba, contained a number of listings for replica child dolls, including infants and toddlers.

One of the sellers even provided a sickening video of an anatomically correct baby doll, demonstrating how it could be “used”.

Advocacy group Collective Shout conducted an investigation that exposed a number of listings, despite previous commitments from the company to ban the sale of the dolls.

“I’ve been an activist with Collective Shout for 10 years and this is the most disturbing content I’ve seen,” campaigner Melinda Liszewski said. “It is deeply distressing to view.”

The investigation found large numbers of replica child dolls marketed as “young girl”, “flat chest” and “sex dolls for men” sold on Alibaba by 18 different suppliers.

Some of the models were as small as 65cm, which is roughly the height of a six-month-old baby. The dolls discovered for sale ranged in price from $250 to $500.

Another listing was discovered for a vagina sex toy that “bleeds” during use – designed to simulate a broken hymen.

The items are far from harmless, the ABF spokesman told news.com.au.

“Recent research by the Australian Institute of Criminology found that the use of these dolls may lead to an escalation in child sex offences – from viewing online child abuse material to contact sexual offending.

“It is also found that there is no evidence that these dolls have a therapeutic benefit in preventing child sexual abuse.”

In September 2019, new legislation came into effect that made it an offence to possess a childlike sex doll, punishable with up to 15 years’ imprisonment.

“The reforms also amended the definition of ‘child abuse material’ in the Criminal Code to put beyond doubt that it is an offence to, for example, use a carriage service such as the internet to advertise or solicit, or use a postal service to send, a childlike sex doll,” the ABF spokesman said.

“An individual caught in possession of child abuse material, including a childlike sex doll, can be charged with importing Tier 2 goods. The maximum penalty (for attempted importation), if convicted, is up to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or fines of up to $525,000.”

When the listings on Alibaba were revealed, the company took action to remove them and implement a number of “additional measures to prevent the items being relisted”, a spokesperson said.

“We maintain a robust product listing policy that prohibits the listing by third-party sellers of any items depicting or suggestive of sex involving minors, and third-party sellers in breach of the policy are subject to our disciplinary measures.”

ABF encourages anyone with information about individuals importing illicit material, including childlike sex dolls and child abuse material, to report it to Border Watch at australia.gov.au/borderwatch

Where to find help

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or family violence contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

Don't go it alone. Please reach out for help by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Men who have anger, relationship or parenting issues, should contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491

https://www.ntv.org.au/

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/border-force-officers-seizing-large-number-of-lifelike-child-sex-dolls-ordered-online/news-story/d9dd44c66b1f78ba6ea249a673ef9ddf

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967d6f  No.10135836

File: c2308bc39854200⋯.jpg (208.56 KB, 690x767, 690:767, 12948_1.jpg)

Repost from Q Research General #12948

>>10116954 (pb)

China hits back at Australia-US statement on South China Sea, Hong Kong

The Chinese embassy has angrily reacted to a joint Australia-US statement criticising the regime’s actions in the South China Sea.

The Chinese embassy has angrily reacted to a joint Australia-US statement criticising the regime’s actions in the South China Sea and elsewhere, warning “any attempt to pressure China will never succeed”.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds are in Washington, DC for the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations, or AUSMIN, hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

In the joint statement following the meetings, the two countries expressed “deep concern” over hot-button issues including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the “repression of Uyghurs” in Xinjiang and China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, which are “not valid under international law”.

But the Chinese embassy in Australia swiftly hit back in a statement of its own.

“We firmly reject and oppose the unfounded accusations and attacks against China on issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea made in the recent Joint Statement of Australia-US Ministerial Consultations,” it said.

“Their assertions, in disregard of basic facts, violated international law and basic norms governing international relations and grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs.

“We reiterate that the Chinese side is unwavering in upholding national sovereignty, security and its legitimate rights and interests. We are firmly committed to maintaining regional peace and stability. Any attempt to pressure China will never succeed.

“We urge Australia not to go further on the road of harming China-Australia relations, and truly proceeding from its own interests, do more things that are conducive to mutual trust and co-operation between the two countries.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/china-hits-back-at-australiaus-statement-on-south-china-sea-hong-kong/news-story/efb2925d910ea9f32af9385ec581a0d3

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967d6f  No.10136594

File: b0748876527be9f⋯.jpg (131.57 KB, 1024x576, 16:9, Healthcare_worker_Dante_Hi….jpg)

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As US cases soar, Trump says Australia has 'tremendous problems'

Washington: US President Donald Trump has criticised Australia for its resurgence of coronavirus cases, using it as an example of a country that is now having "tremendous problems" dealing with the global pandemic.

As the number of confirmed cases in the US neared 4.5 million on Friday (AEST), Trump pointed to Australia as one of several nations where "they thought they'd really done great" only to have a serious spike in outbreaks.

"This resurgence in cases is occurring throughout large portions of our planet — in Japan, China, Australia, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Hong Kong — places where they thought they'd really done great," he said.

"It came back, and in a couple of cases came back very strongly. The virus was said to be under control but new cases have risen very significantly once again. So when you think somebody is doing well, sometimes you have to hold your decision on that. You have to hold your statements."

Trump's comments came despite America having the highest number of infections and deaths in the world, with successive polls showing widespread disapproval over his mishandling of the crisis.

More than 152,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 in the US, while hospitalisations continue to rise. More than 1400 coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide on Thursday, US time — roughly one fatality for every minute.

Florida alone, which has a population of about 22 million, set a single-day record for coronavirus-related deaths for a third day in a row on Thursday, recording 253 new deaths and just under 10,000 new cases. Statewide, 6585 residents have died after contracting the virus.

By comparison, Australia, with a population of almost 25 million, recorded 14 deaths and 747 new cases by Thursday night, driven mostly by Victoria's spike in infections. Friday's numbers were lower with 649 new cases in Victoria and eight deaths. Overall, 196 people in Australia have died from the virus.

The President's observations also came after it was announced that his friend, Herman Cain, who had sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, died weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

It is not clear where the 74-year-old contracted the virus. However, Cain was one of several thousand people who attended a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20, in which most of the crowd did not wear masks.

Cain, who co-chaired Black Voices for Trump, was pictured at the event also not wearing a mask and breaching social restriction guidelines. At a briefing at the White House, Trump paid tribute to Cain as "wonderful man" and "a very special person".

"I got to know him very well, and unfortunately he passed away from a thing called the China virus," he said.

On Twitter, opponents of the President, including actress Mia Farrow - a frequent critic, accused him of "killing" Cain by holding the rally, encouraging people to attend and not requiring them to wear a mask.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/as-us-cases-soar-trump-says-australia-has-tremendous-problems-20200731-p55h8e.html

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967d6f  No.10136626

File: 8fd477ddb6fb0df⋯.jpg (86.08 KB, 868x491, 868:491, Joe_Biden_us_presidency_cl….jpg)

Biden presidency could put Australia back in ‘naughty corner’ over lack of climate action

The Morrison government could soon find itself under immense pressure to dramatically improve its climate change policies, with the prospect of a Biden presidency in the United States that could usher in a new era of global climate change leadership that would banish Australia – once again – to the ‘naughty corner’.

Speaking to the Clean Energy Council’s Australian Clean Energy Summit Webinar Series, economist Ross Garnaut speculated that a potential change in the United States presidency could change the game for Australia’s climate and energy policy.

The election of Democratic nominee Joe Biden to the presidency could see a complete turnaround from one of Australia’s leading allies, ousting a Trump administration that has bulldozed US climate regulations, and replacing it with a Democratic president ready to embrace a multi-trillion dollar Green New Deal.

A future United States under a Biden presidency would bring the global superpower back into the fold on climate action and, according to Garnaut, this could see Australia castigated for its recent record as a spoiler in both local and international climate change policy development.

“I do know that current Australian policies would be seen as being an abnegation of the international public interest by a Biden government,” Garnaut told the Clean Energy Council summit.

“We would be in the naughty corner on an issue that will probably be the main issue, other than economic recovery after Covid. And that’s not a very comfortable position for an Australian government to be in.”

This week marked less than 100 days until the election day for the 2020 US presidential election and while that remains a long time in politics, Democratic nominee Joe Biden currently holds a significant lead in polling over incumbent US president Donald Trump.

“[Under Biden] the US is likely to move from being strongly resistant to action on climate change and trying to break up global cooperation on this matter, to being a very aggressive leader of action,” Garnaut added.

Trump has suffered a loss in approval amongst US votes, in reaction to his poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen the US lead the world in both Covid-19 cases and deaths, as well as ongoing violent clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and enforcement authorities fuelled by Trump’s deployment of federal officers.

Garnaut suggested that a rare positive of the way that Trump has mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic was that it could deliver power to a new president who will embrace strong leadership on climate change.

“How has Covid affected the prospects for the Australian and the global energy transition? The way it has gone is actually highly favourable for the climate transition. That it undermines the legitimacy of the most important climate-denying government in the world, the government of President Trump.

“Nothing is certain in democratic politics, and it’s not certain he’ll be defeated in November, but it’s very likely that he will be.

“The Democratic Party in the US is more strongly committed to strong action on climate change than it’s predecessors in the Obama Administration,” Garnaut added.

While a Biden administration is likely to see the United States re-emerge as a global leader on climate change action, there are opportunities for Australia in a global economy that can flow from a global embrace of a low emission economy.

Biden has already committed to a $US2 trillion investment in clean energy for the United States and will pursue a target of 100 per cent renewables and zero net emissions no later than 2050. It is expected to reverse the withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty that is due to take place one day after the election is held.

Biden’s commitments represent a huge leap forward compared to the Morrison government, which has set no emissions reduction target beyond its weak commitments to 2030 and has no future targets for renewable energy adoption in Australia.

However, Australia holds a huge competitive advantage over other countries in terms of access to both renewable energy resources and the raw materials required to supply global manufacturing markets.

According to Garnaut, to take advantage of that competitive advantage will require advancements in emerging clean energy technologies, particularly green hydrogen, which will allow coal and gas to be displaced from a number of heavy industries.

(continued)

https://reneweconomy.com.au/biden-presidency-could-put-australia-back-in-naughty-corner-over-lack-of-climate-action-29135/

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967d6f  No.10136706

File: 60729a6ab9f0037⋯.jpg (104.36 KB, 1225x735, 5:3, Kylie_Moore_Gilbert_is_ser….jpg)

>>10122856

Kylie Moore-Gilbert granted meeting with Australian ambassador to Iran

Exclusive: British-Australian academic will meet diplomat for first time since sudden move to a new notorious prison

The imprisoned British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is set to be granted a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Iran as soon as Sunday.

Following reports in the Guardian that Dr Moore-Gilbert was seriously unwell in Qarchak prison and had been removed from quarantine because she was attempting to write to the ambassador for help, the state-run Mizan news agency reported she was in “perfect health”.

“Following publication of a claim … of Moore-Gilbert’s unfavourable physical condition, Mizan’s correspondent is informed that the prisoner is in perfect health,” reported the news agency, which is affiliated with Iran’s judiciary.

“On a judicial order, it is planned that this person, convicted of espionage, will meet with the Australian ambassador on Sunday.”

Mizan also denied reports – originating from sources inside Qarchak to the Guardian and to the Human Rights Activists News Agency – of suicide attempts by prisoners held there.

A spokesman for DFAT, Australia’s department of foreign affairs, confirmed Moore-Gilbert would be allowed to meet with the ambassador, Lyndall Sachs.

“The Iranian government has confirmed that Dr Moore-Gilbert has been moved from Evin to Qarchak prison and has advised that our ambassador to Iran will be allowed to make a consular visit to her shortly.

“We hold Iran responsible for Dr Moore-Gilbert’s safety and wellbeing.”

The spokesman said the ambassador had previously visited Moore-Gilbert in Evin and that her case remained “one of the Australian government’s highest priorities”.

Moore-Gilbert has had telephone contact with her family and the ambassador over the last several months. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence after she was arrested at Tehran airport in September 2018 and convicted of espionage following a secret trial.

No evidence of Moore-Gilbert’s alleged crimes has ever been publicly presented. She has denied the allegations against her and the Australian government rejects them as baseless and politically motivated.

Cambridge-educated Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, was arrested after attending an academic conference, at which she was invited to speak, in Qom. Fellow conference delegates and an interview subject for her academic work flagged her as “suspicious” to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who arrested her at Tehran airport as she prepared to fly out of the country.

Concerns for Moore-Gilbert have grown after she was suddenly moved from Evin prison’s Ward 2A to the notorious Qarchak women’s prison, outside Tehran.

Isolated and overcrowded, Qarchak has a reputation as one of the most hostile prisons in Iran. Last month the US state department listed Qarchak as an entity responsible for “extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognised human rights”.

There are also serious concerns over hygiene, with access to soap and other basics limited, particularly given Iran’s significant Covid-19 outbreak, with more than 300,000 confirmed infections and 16,000 deaths.

The Guardian has heard a recording of Moore-Gilbert’s voice from Qarchak, where, speaking Persian, she says: “I can’t eat anything. I feel so very hopeless … I am so depressed.”

While Moore-Gilbert was initially placed in Qarchak’s quarantine section – a week-long Covid-19 precaution for all new inmates – she was moved after two days into the general prison population, sources say, to further cut off her access to the outside world.

“Before she was moved Kylie was trying to seek help from her cellmate to write a letter to Australian ambassador to Iran to visit her urgently,” a cellmate in the quarantine section said in a message smuggled out of the prison.

Moore-Gilbert was physically ill while she was held in the quarantine section.

“After one meal she became sick. Kylie was terrified of the officers … she left me in tears and anxious,” the source said.

(continued)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/31/kylie-moore-gilbert-granted-meeting-with-australian-ambassador-to-iran

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967d6f  No.10136761

File: 8f66e0a24f0b40c⋯.jpg (139.62 KB, 634x713, 634:713, Ghislaine_Maxwell_had_cont….jpg)

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>>10123223

Ghislaine Maxwell had 'continuous' orgies with girls as young as 15 on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean island, newly-unsealed documents claim

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Ghislaine Maxwell had 'continuous' orgies with girls as young as 15 on a Caribbean island owned by pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, newly unsealed court documents have revealed.

The shocking claim is contained within testimony that Epstein's primary accuser, Virginia Roberts, gave to investigators during a 2015 libel case against Maxwell.

The documents were put under lock and key after Maxwell agreed to settle the case out of court, but have now been unsealed under a judge's order after her arrest earlier this month on sex crimes charges.

In them, Roberts - now Giuffre - says Maxwell and Epstein participated in orgies all over Little St James Island with young women who were flown in by private jet.

Asked to describe women she personally saw Maxwell have sexual contact with, she responded: 'There's so many, I don't know where you want me to start.'

'There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads. They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21,' she added.

Maxwell participated in sex sessions with them by a pool, near the beachfront, in small huts and in Epstein's cabana, she alleged.

'One occasion stands out,' she said. 'Models were — I think they were models — were flown in. There were orgies held outside by the pool.'

The women - 'beautiful, tall, some were blonde, some were sandy brown' - did not speak English, and conversed in a European language that Roberts guessed was Russia or Czech.

Describing the sex session, she added: 'Ghislaine, myself, Jeffrey, another girl in this blue, outdoor — I don't know what you want to call it. Cabana, that … just a bed could fit in.'

Roberts also alleges that during the deposition that she was trafficked to Europe to have sex with powerful men, including Britain's Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz.

She said Maxwell and Epstein constantly reminded her of how powerful their friends were, so that she wouldn't betray them.

'Jeffrey did a lot more of that than she did. But she definitely made it aware that we shouldn't cross boundaries with them,' she said.

Also included in the tranche of unsealed documents are flight logs from Epstein's private jets, police logs Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home, and email exchanges between Maxwell and Epstein himself.

In one such exchange, in January 2015, Maxwell asks Epstein if 'Shelley' - believed to be one of Epstein's accusers - could publicly state she was his girlfriend.

In response, Epstein writes: 'You have done nothing wrong and i woudl [sic] urge you to start acting like it.

'Go outside, head high, not as an esacping [sic] convict. go to parties. deal with it', he added.

The email exchange appears to confirm that Maxwell lied during a bail hearing, in which she claimed she hadn't spoken to Epstein in over a decade.

Days earlier, Epstein had emailed Maxwell what appeared to be a court statement proclaiming her innocence, which read as if it was written by her.

'Since JE was charged in 2007 for solicitation of a prostitute I have been the target of outright lies, innuendo, slander, defamation and salacious gossip and harrassment; headlines made up of quotes I have never given, statement I have never made,' it reads.

'I have never been a party in any criminal action pertaining to JE.'

The statement also claimed Maxwell had been in a 'very long-term committed relationship to another man' at the time of Epstein's conviction.

'Whilst I remained on friendly terms with him up until his plea, I have had limited contact since,' it continues.

(continued)

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967d6f  No.10136776

File: 038d2afea9bc318⋯.jpg (123.44 KB, 634x476, 317:238, The_trove_of_documents_wer….jpg)

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>>10136761

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Roberts gave the testimony to investigators after filing a lawsuit against Maxwell in 2015, accusing the British socialite of libel after she branded her a 'liar'.

Maxwell eventually settled the suit out of court for an undisclosed sum, though to be millions, and the documents were put under seal so they could not be made public.

But Judge Loretta Preska ordered swathes of the papers to be unsealed following Maxwell's arrest earlier this month on sex crimes charges.

She is also charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during a seven-hour deposition she made during the lawsuit.

On Thursday, Maxwell filed an emergency motion with the federal appeals court in Manhattan to block the release of that deposition, along with one other document.

Lawyers for Maxwell said making her deposition public could make it 'difficult if not impossible' to find an impartial jury for her criminal trial.

The two depositions, and materials that quote from or disclose information contained in them, were expected to remain sealed at least until Monday, depending on how the appeals court rules.

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.

She was arrested on July 2, and has been housed in a Brooklyn jail after a judge called her a flight risk. Maxwell's trial is scheduled for next July.

Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He had also pleaded not guilty.

CLINTON, GORE, CAMPBELL, KLUM: EPSTEIN'S 'GUESTS' REVEALED

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum were among high-profile guests that Jeffrey Epstein entertained, Virginia Roberts claims.

Clinton visited Little St James after his presidency ended because he 'owed Epstein a favor', Roberts told investigators in newly-unsealed testimony.

'He never told me what favors they were. I never knew. I didn't know if he was serious,' she said.

The former president stayed in Epstein's private villa where 'orgies were a constant thing,' she claims.

Vice President Gore was also a guest on Epstein's plane, the Lolita Express, as were models Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum, Roberts claimed.

Orgies also took place on the jet, she alleges.

'There would be sexual conduct, there would be foreplay, there was a bed in there, so we could basically reenact exactly what was happening in the house,' she said.

'It would start off with massaging or we would start off with foreplay, sometimes it would lead to, you know, orgies.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8579567/Ghislaine-Maxwell-sex-15-year-old-girls-court-docs-claim.html

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967d6f  No.10136821

File: a4de04fcdada52a⋯.jpg (212.82 KB, 1225x735, 5:3, Facebook_and_Google_would_….jpg)

Google and Facebook to be forced to share revenue with media in Australia under draft code

Consumer watchdog unveils ‘hundreds of millions’ in potential fines under code drawn up after talks stalled between tech and news companies

Google, Facebook and other digital platforms could be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines if they fail to comply with a news media bargaining code released by Australia’s competition regulator on Friday.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was asked to develop the mandatory code in April by the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, after negotiations between the digital platforms, the ACCC and media companies stalled, and media companies experienced a sharp fall in ad revenue due to Covid-19.

Dozens of newspapers have shut since the pandemic began, and hundreds of journalists have been furloughed or made redundant in what has been an acceleration of the crisis facing the news industry.

Frydenberg said on Friday it became apparent to the government that progress wasn’t being made in negotiations between the parties on payment for content.

He said the code wasn’t about protecting news media from competition or disruption, but creating a level playing field and ensuring a fair go.

“We want Google and Facebook to continue to provide these services to the Australia community … but we want it to be on our terms. We want it to be in accordance with our law and we want it to be fair.”

The treasurer will decide which companies will be required to comply with the code, but it will start with Google and Facebook. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (Acma) will determine the eligibility of media companies.

The definition in the draft code states they must predominantly create and publish news in Australia, serving an Australian audience, subject to professional editorial standards, and editorial independence from the subject of the news coverage, with revenue exceeding $150,000 per year.

The code would require the tech giants to negotiate in good faith to pay news media for use of their content, and media companies would be able to negotiate as a group with Facebook and Google.

Public broadcasters ABC and SBS are excluded from receiving payments through the code but would benefit from its non-remuneration aspects, Frydenberg said.

If an agreement on payments cannot be reached within three months of negotiation, it can go to arbitration, with a decision needing to be made in 45 days. If the parties do not agree on arbitrators, the arbitration panel appointed by Acma from a list overseen by the regulator will make decisions on payments based on submissions from each party.

The code also imposes a range of minimum obligations on digital platforms. These include providing news media businesses with information about news-related data, providing advance notice of at least 28 days of algorithm changes affecting news ranking – the display of news content and advertising with news content.

The code would also prohibit platforms from discriminating against Australian media outlets covered by the code.

The ACCC would be able to issue infringement notices for minor code breaches, but for larger breaches, there are fines of up to $10m per breach, three times the benefit obtained, or 10% of annual turnover, whichever is greater.

The chair of the ACCC, Rod Sims, told reporters on Friday that given Facebook and Google between them had billions in revenue in Australia the penalties could be “up to hundreds of millions”.

Sims said even if Google turned off Google News in Australia, as it did in Spain, it would still be caught by the code by virtue of the fact that it served news through search results, or on YouTube.

Google Australia said it is deeply disappointed by the code, calling it a “heavy-handed intervention” which will impede the digital economy.

The search giant said the code is not grounded in commercial reality and would benefit large publishers over smaller ones.

“Our hope was that the code would be forward thinking and the process would create incentives for both publishers and digital platforms to negotiate and innovate for a better future – so we are deeply disappointed and concerned the draft code does not achieve this,” the managing director for Australian and New Zealand Mel Silva said. “Instead, the government’s heavy handed intervention threatens to impede Australia’s digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australians.”

“The code discounts the already significant value Google provides to news publishers across the board – including sending billions of clicks to Australian news publishers for free every year worth $218m.”

(continued)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/31/google-and-facebook-to-be-forced-to-share-revenue-with-media-in-australia-under-acccs-draft-code

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967d6f  No.10137641

File: f6170f32be71a24⋯.jpg (93.61 KB, 600x612, 50:51, 12966_1.jpg)

File: a58b1a53cac47f1⋯.jpg (101.58 KB, 1000x562, 500:281, A_baseless_claim_about_a_c….jpg)

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Repost from Q Research General #12966

>>10131421 (pb)

Nine News Australia Tweet

Conspiracy theories involving a child sex-trafficking ring, a pizzeria and Hillary Clinton has gained momentum on social media, despite no evidence emerging to support the claims. #9News

https://twitter.com/9NewsAUS/status/1288798999542038529

A baseless US conspiracy theory found a foothold in Europe. New research shows how

A baseless claim about a child sex-trafficking ring, a Washington, D.C pizzeria, and Hillary Clinton has been passed around among conspiracy theorists for more than three years.

No evidence has emerged to support any part of the story.

But last month, British pop star Robbie Williams used his voice to argue that the claims deserved more attention.

"Yes there was no basement in the particular pizza place, that is not the debunking that I want as a civilian, as a human that is going: 'Hey, this bit, this bit is really f—king weird,'" he asked in a video clip, which has been viewed on Twitter more than half a million times.

Williams' representatives declined to comment to CNN.

The baseless PizzaGate claim emerged during the 2016 election.

Later that same year, a gunman showed up and fired an AR-15 inside the pizzeria, saying he was trying to rescue non-existent child sex slaves.

The claim lies at the heart of QAnon, a wild conspiracy theory that believes politicians, A-list celebrities, and a "deep state" of bureaucrats promote child sex abuse.

To QAnon adherents, US President Donald Trump is seen as a savior figure, secretly fighting to bring down this fictitious cabal of paedophiles.

Now a report by internet trust tool NewsGuard has found that the coronavirus pandemic is helping this distinctly US ideology gain a foothold in Europe.

In the report, NewsGuard notes an increase in QAnon social media groups and pages in April, as lockdowns sparked by the new virus left millions of people virtually confined to their homes.

Coronavirus conspiracies surged alongside the rise in infections.

The hoax theory that global elites were using 5G cellular networks to spread the virus gained traction around the world.

Celebrities including actor Woody Harrelson and singer M.I.A. shared it, and British mobile network operators linked the conspiracy to a string of attacks on UK cellphone towers.

Such claims acted as a "gateway drug" to QAnon, providing Europeans with the "perfect way into" the online cult, Chine Labbe, NewsGuard's Europe Managing Editor, told CNN.

Conspiracy's roots in USQAnon began as a single conspiracy with an anonymous cryptic post on the online forum 4chan in 2017.

The individual behind it - who followers would later call "Q" - made the false claim that Hillary Clinton was set to be arrested.

There was no such arrest.

But similar posts pushing other claims of arrests and "deep state" action kept appearing on 4chan. It's unclear who was behind the posts, or if the same person posted those that followed.

QAnon supporters have likened the initial posts, and subsequent ones, to Hansel and Gretel-like breadcrumbs, or "drops," as they refer to them.

QAnon followers, whose online behaviour has been likened by analysts to a virtual cult, disseminate the unfounded claims, amplifying them with doctored or out-of-context evidence posted on social media in an attempt to support the allegations.

Experts worry that the "dedication QAnon followers have to their beliefs also provides opportunity for foreign interference to use these narratives to their advantage," Aoife Gallagher, an analyst on the Institute for Strategic Dialogue's (ISD) Digital Research Unit, told CNN.

The movement has raised concerns about online harassment.

Twitter banned more than 7,000 accounts, citing its policy of taking action on accounts with "the potential to lead to offline harm."

But while QAnon has its roots in the US - supporting and disseminating baseless theories around mass shootings and elections - it has since turned into an amorphous ideology, appropriating conspiracies from other places that sit with its anti-elite message.

"It is such an easily translatable framework, because it is so meta," Labbe said. "It is about the world elites having a Machiavellian plan, and every country in the world has elites."

(continued)

https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-qanon-conspiracy-theory-pizza-hillary-clinton-child-sex-trafficking-robbie-williams-5g/90512d9a-de0f-4aa0-9583-dc02da81493f

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967d6f  No.10137789

File: 71c9be4cc4e9682⋯.jpg (106.42 KB, 1279x720, 1279:720, Flinders_University_profes….jpg)

Coronavirus: Vaccine test clear for more volunteers

A COVID-19 vaccine that has been developed by Adelaide scientists has been shown to be safe in phase 1 trials, and has generated an immune response in human subjects.

The vaccine developed by Flinders University professor Nikolai Petrovsky is the first candidate to clear phase 1 trials in Australia, and one of only a handful that have progressed beyond the first phase of human trials in the world.

Forty volunteers were dosed with the vaccine, dubbed Covax-19, this month. While ­definitive study results are yet to be published, Professor Petrovsky said safety data from the phase 1 trial of the vaccine had been provided to the study’s ethics committee, which had approved further testing in more volunteers, including the elderly, children and cancer patients.

“We have confirmed that the Covax-19 vaccine can induce ­appropriate antibody responses in human subjects,” he said. “We now have preliminary safety data showing there were no significant systemic side-effects in any of the subjects.

“We also have permission to immunise subjects who have ­already had COVID-19 to see if we can further boost their immunity and prevent them getting reinfected.”

Professor Petrovsky, the founder of biotechnology firm Vaxine, is offering to dose aged-care residents at risk of contracting COVID-19 with his experimental vaccine.

“We’ve made the offer to Victoria,” he said. “Obviously our vaccine is still under testing, it would have to be done within a clinical trial but there’s no reason you couldn’t enrol people in Victorian nursing homes into the trial and give them the vaccine which would hopefully then protect them.

“We’re certainly very open to talking to the Victorian government about doing that, which would hopefully have a benefit even if it’s within the context of a clinical trial. We know it’s not going to hurt because we now know that the vaccine is completely safe.”

None of the 40 volunteers who were dosed with Covax-19 reported significant side-effects, and no one experienced a fever. This is in contrast to the phase 1 results of two other vaccines that have now progressed to phase 3 testing, from the University of Oxford and the US biotech company Moderna.

Phase 2 trials for Covax-19, set to involve between 400 and 500 volunteers, are slated to begin in September. Vaxine is also negotiating with other countries on plans for phase 3 trials, which would need to enrol up to 50,000 volunteers, predominantly in countries heavily affected by COVID-19.

There are more than 150 vaccines in development globally, with 21 undergoing human trials.

The University of Queensland also has a vaccine candidate, which this month began to be tested on human volunteers in phase 1 trials.

Vaxine has previously developed a vaccine for swine flu, as well as vaccines for two forms of bird flu. The company has a patented vaccine adjuvant known as Advax, which effectively boosts the immune response in human subjects.

Both Covax-19 and the University of Queensland candidate are protein sub-unit vaccines that ­inject small synthetised pieces of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein into the body to induce an immune response. UQ has partnered with CSL to manufacture millions of doses of the university’s vaccine.

Recombinant protein vaccines work by inducing an immune ­response in the body to invasion by the spike proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

These protein spikes surround the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, forming part of the crown or “corona” that gives the virus its name.

In coronavirus infection, the SARS-CoV-2 spikes, called S1 proteins, bind to a receptor molecule on the body’s cells, called ACE2. The virus is then able to invade the cell and replicate extensively. SARS-CoV-2 has a high binding capacity for ACE2, making it highly infectious.

To make a recombinant protein-based vaccine, researchers insert the genetic sequence for the coronavirus’ distinctive spike protein into a cell. The cell then grows this protein. Researchers then purify the protein and turn it into a vaccine.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/science/coronavirus-vaccine-test-clear-for-more-volunteers/news-story/4630426c2aa64b32607581bed4c947cd

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967d6f  No.10142926

File: 9fa4d3f95728c63⋯.jpg (88.01 KB, 854x472, 427:236, 12980_1.jpg)

File: a79c259e069b5b2⋯.jpg (105.36 KB, 862x575, 862:575, Twenty_Indian_soldiers_wer….jpg)

Repost from Q Research General #12980

>>10141710 (pb)

Australia backs India over deadly border clashes with China

Australia has taken another subtle diplomatic swipe at China, this time over its long-running and deadly border dispute with India.

For decades, the world's two most populous nations have fought skirmishes along a stretch of land that divides the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet from India.

Last month, India said 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with the People's Liberation Army at a disputed border site in the western Himalayas, in a major escalation of the standoff between the two nuclear powers.

An Indian army patrol had attempted to tear down temporary structures erected by the Chinese military on terrain claimed by New Delhi, setting off a brutal six-hour melee in sub-zero temperatures.

Now the ABC has learnt Barry O'Farrell, Australia's newly appointed High Commissioner to New Delhi, has indicated the Federal Government's support for India in the decades-long dispute.

"Australia urges restraint along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and supports continued moves towards de-escalation," Mr O'Farrell said in a statement issued by the High Commission this week.

"As I told the External Affairs Minister of India [on Thursday], Australia opposes any attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo, which only serve to increase tension and the risk of instability.

"It is important that the bilaterally agreed principles and norms that have helped prevent escalation or miscalculation in the border areas over many decades continue to be observed."

Foreign Minister urged negotiation

Since the 1960s Australia has not taken sides in the LAC dispute, but diplomatic sources said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) recently decided to clarify its public position.

When border clashes between Indian and Chinese troops turned deadly last month, Foreign Minister Marise Payne took a more cautious stance, urging both sides to "avoid confrontation".

"Clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, and reports of loss of life, are concerning," she said in a statement issued on June 17.

"During a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that all countries minimise tensions and avoid confrontation in long-standing disputes."

At the time Senator Payne added that Australia was monitoring the situation, but stressed it was a "matter for India and China to resolve through negotiation".

So far, DFAT has declined to comment on what has prompted the clarification of its stance, or whether it has formally conveyed its latest position to Beijing.

The Government's newly stated position on the border dispute comes amid growing expectations that Australia could soon be invited to re-join the Malabar naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India.

The Government has strengthened its opposition to Beijing's maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea through a formal letter to the United Nations.

The US and Australia also jointly reaffirmed their opposition to the Chinese military build-up in the disputed waters following annual AUSMIN talks in Washington.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-01/australia-backs-india-over-deadly-border-clashes-with-china/12513852

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967d6f  No.10143641

File: 9b82fa3b467014e⋯.jpg (73.81 KB, 1024x576, 16:9, James_Murdoch_has_resigned….jpg)

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Resignations in the news

James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board

James Murdoch has resigned from the News Corporation board of directors, citing disagreements about the company's editorial content.

In a resignation letter sent to the News Corp board dated July 31, Murdoch said his decision was effective immediately.

"My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company's news outlets and certain other strategic decisions," he wrote.

News Corporation has confirmed Murdoch’s resignation in a report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

"On July 31, 2020, News Corporation (the “Company”) received a letter from James R. Murdoch tendering his resignation from the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), effective immediately," it said.

"As a result of Mr. Murdoch’s resignation, the size of the Board was reduced to 10 Directors, effective upon such resignation."

James Murdoch, the son of News Corp founder and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, earlier this year broke ranks over the family company's editorial direction and accused the global media empire of promoting climate denialism.

A spokesperson for Murdoch and his wife Kathryn told The Daily Beast website the couple was "particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary".

"Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known," the spokesperson said.

Murdoch has been on the News Corp board of directors since 2013. He has continued serving as a News Corp board member since giving up his role as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, upon the 2019 sale of Fox entertainment holdings to Disney.

But he has played a less active role in the company than brother Lachlan, who is co-chairman of News Corp and became chief executive of the newly-formed Fox Corporation. Fox Corporation holds remaining assets not acquired by Disney, including Fox News.

Murdoch flagged he would make climate change-focused investments with his earnings from the Disney merger and step away from the family business.

In a statement following his resignation, Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch said: "We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Remaining News Corp board members include Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch as well as News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson, lead director Peter Barnes and director Natalie Bancroft.

They also include former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar, and members Ana Paula Pessoa, Masroor Siddiqui and Joel Klein.

News Corp owns Australian newspapers including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail. It publishes The Wall Street Journal as well as UK outlets The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Times.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/james-murdoch-resigns-from-news-corp-board-20200801-p55hir.html

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967d6f  No.10145477

File: ad90088b14f0291⋯.pdf (3.28 MB, VIRGINIA_GIUFFRE_depositio….pdf)

>>10136761

Repost from Q Research General #12983

>>10144150 (pb)

Virginia Giuffre Complete Deposition 89 pgs

https://s9503.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VIRGINIA-GIUFFRE-deposition.pdf

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967d6f  No.10145567

File: c7d64c0a4622f81⋯.jpg (131.31 KB, 572x798, 286:399, 12983_1.jpg)

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>>10145477

Repost from Q Research General #12983

>>10144337 (pb)

>https://s9503.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VIRGINIA-GIUFFRE-deposition.pdf

Interesting.

Her lawyer won't let her answer WHO gave her the records of her employment at Mar A Lago

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967d6f  No.10146088

File: 29b89032eb9e04d⋯.jpg (142.93 KB, 825x527, 825:527, GP_248.jpg)

File: 8ecdd350c7070c0⋯.jpg (432.24 KB, 825x1069, 825:1069, GP_249.jpg)

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George Papadopoulos Tweets

“This was a UK-Australia spying operation, the Israelis helped too”—me in the Washington Post Magazine in 2019.

Always follow the insights from the people who lived the story, not the outsiders. They confuse things. This request by Senator Johnson to the CIA is (fire)

https://twitter.com/GeorgePapa19/status/1289351090610286594

My prediction on which countries had a heavy involvement in working with our intel, willfully or coerced, came true. Much more coming

https://twitter.com/GeorgePapa19/status/1289353238848901122

Catherine Herridge @CBS_Herridge

NEW: Senate investigators @SenRonJohnson @ChuckGrassley renew push for intel + law enforcement records related to 2016 FBI Russia probe after recently declassified docs generate new leads + reinforce importance of those still held by government agencies…

https://twitter.com/CBS_Herridge/status/1289345448155795457

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967d6f  No.10146197

File: c74693d8fd2a6c8⋯.jpg (192.39 KB, 750x500, 3:2, Attorney_and_law_professor….jpg)

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>>10145477

Alan Dershowitz calls Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre a 'serial liar' while once again denying he ever had sex with her

Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is once again denying that he had sex with Virginia Giuffre, who for years has maintained that accused sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell directed her to sleep with him while she was 17 years old.

Dershowitz’s denial follows the release of another batch of court documents from a 2015 defamation suit between Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, unsealed Thursday night.

Giuffre has publicly accused Epstein and Maxwell of sex-trafficking her starting in 2000. Maxwell has denied Giuffre’s claims, which sparked the lawsuit. She has claimed that she had sex with Dershowitz on multiple occasions.

Dershowitz and Giuffre are also suing each other for defamation – a legal battle that was sparked in 2019 when Dershowitz denied the allegations and called Giuffre a liar. That lawsuit has spawned several counter-suits between the two and their respective lawyers.

Both Giuffre and Dershowitz have fought to get the documents unsealed – but for different reasons.

Giuffre has fought to expose what she says was a wide-ranging sex trafficking ring run by Epstein and Maxwell, which implicates a number of powerful people. Dershowitz has said the documents prove Giuffre is dishonest.

“I am gratified that Judge Loretta Preska has ordered the unsealing of documents in the Maxwell case,” Dershowitz wrote in his statement. “I have been requesting the unsealing of all documents, because I have nothing to hide. I did absolutely nothing wrong, and the documents contain proof of my total innocence.”

A representative for Giuffre says the new documents change nothing.

“We have been to this rodeo before with Alan Dershowitz,” the representative said. “He has been recycling the same fantasies of his version of the truth for years.”

Dershowitz, who became a household name when he defended OJ Simpson in his murder trial, had been friends with Epstein in the late 1990s and early 200s. He was also part of Epstein’s legal team that brokered the lenient plea deal in 2008 that allowed the convicted sex offender to spend just 13 months in county jail while working from home for days.

Epstein died by suicide last August in a federal jail while awaiting trial on charges of sex-trafficking.

Giuffre and Dershowitz both claim the documents prove them right

Most of Giuffre’s allegations against powerful men, including Dershowitz, were known prior to the document dump on Thursday. Many of the details were unveiled in a 2,000-page document dump from the same case a year ago, which also led Dershowitz to reiterate his claim that Giuffre was dishonest.

Giuffre has said she was 17 when Maxwell picked her up from now-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago spa, where she worked at the time. She was hired as a masseuse for Epstein but has said she was groomed by Maxwell to have sex with him and others, including financier Glenn Dubin, model scout Jean Luc Brunel, and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

Dubin, Brunel, and Richardson have also denied the allegations.

Maxwell was arrested on July 2 on charges related to the procuring and sexual abuse of minors. Her attorneys had unsuccessfully fought to keep defamation documents sealed. Preska ordered them to be unsealed, in part, so that they could be used in the case between Giuffre and Dershowitz.

In his statement Friday, Dershowitz attempted to paint Giuffre as a liar out to get money from wealthy men

He accused her of saying she was younger than she was when she met Maxwell and Epstein, about meeting Al and Tipper Gore on Epstein’s private island, and about President Bill Clinton being flown to the island by Maxwell piloting a helicopter.

“She has roiled three continents with her accusations against politicians and other high profile individuals and yet the media has declined to conduct the kind of investigative reporting that it has rightfully done with regard to other accusers,” Dershowitz said. “I welcome the unsealing of more records and a thorough investigation of all the allegations, and I am confident they will prove what I already know for certainty: that Virginia Giuffre is a serial liar who has deliberately made up stories about me and others in the hopes of cashing in on millions of dollars.”

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/alan-dershowitz-calls-jeffrey-epstein-accuser-virginia-giuffre-liar-denial-2020-7

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967d6f  No.10146828

File: 9c844b6a40d88b2⋯.jpg (16.96 KB, 650x366, 325:183, The_hugely_popular_app_Tik….jpg)

TikTok: President Trump announces US ban of popular video app

US President Trump has reportedly said he will sign an executive order to ban the immensely popular app which is owned by a Chinese firm.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly announced that popular app TikTok will banned.

The app, which allows users to record short videos, has become hugely popular internationally in recent years.

However, its popularity has caused some consternation around the world due to its Chinese ownership.

CNN has reported that Trump made the announcement on-board Air Force One on Friday, US time.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”

He said he could sign an executive order to bar the app or use other powers.

ByteDance, the Chinese firm behind TikTok, has insisted users data is safe and not shared with the Chinese Government.

It hasn’t assuaged some politicians however who are nervous at how quickly a Chinese firm which holds the personal data of users has been able to grow abroad particularly with younger people.

Some firms have ordered employees to delete TikTok from their phones.

It had earlier been reported that Trump would push ByteDance to sell TikTok due to national security concerns. Microsoft had been touted as a possible buyer.

“We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things,” Trump said on Friday, The Guardian reported.

However, later reports have suggested Trump is not in favour of TikTok being bought by a US company and would rather it be banned outright.

India banned the app in recent months after skirmishes with Chinese troops on the two nations’ disputed border in the Himalayas.

AUSTRALIA BAN MOOTED

In early June, an MP was quoted as saying that the Australian government was facing pressure to ban TikTok.

The app has been accused of hiding sinister (and for the most part unproven) links to the Chinese Communist Party behind a fun facade.

At the time, TikTok Australia’s director of public policy Brent Thomas told news.com.au the reports were “not credible”.

The company has said the data of international users is stored outside of China and is not accessible to Chinese authorities.

“Consumers love TikTok in Australia, precisely because we focus on providing an experience that is safe as well as fun,” Mr Thomas said.

“We already have multiple safety measures in place for consumers, and we are continuing to invest in making it even safer.”

TikTok has been downloaded two billion times this year alone.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/tiktok-president-trump-announces-us-ban-of-popular-video-app/news-story/490354bd57ad8cf6fb9102fbaf62fc40

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967d6f  No.10155115

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The threads that don't connect: Covid gives Australian conspiracy theorists a common home

‘Sovereign citizens’, anti-vaxxers, mask refuseniks and far-right extremists see all their wildly disparate beliefs confirmed by coronavirus restrictions

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In the remote border town of Texas in northern New South Wales last month, a police officer pulled over a truck driver after he allegedly crossed into Queensland without providing identification.

In footage posted online, the 33-year-old can be heard asking the officer whether he worked “for the corporation known as the Queensland police in all capital letters?”

He then asks: “Am I a man?”

The officer’s deadpan response – “It’s 2020 mate. What do you identify as?” – got him his own thread on Reddit, but the bizarre interaction is not unique.

Viral footage of people defying restrictions on borders, large gatherings and, in Victoria, the use of face masks, have increasingly peppered Australian news as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches into its eighth month.

This past week a woman who refused to wear a face mask in a Bunnings hardware store in Melbourne became the latest fodder for the news cycle after she described herself as “a living woman” to a bemused employee. A few days earlier, footage of a woman reading from a script as she asked an officer “have I disturbed the peace today?” while refusing to answer questions at a border stop in Victoria also made headlines.

Footage of these encounters and others like them share a similar characteristic: in them, the people challenging police appear to be reading from the same script, a pdf file that has been shared widely across various Facebook groups loosely affiliated with the so-called “sovereign citizen” conspiracy movement.

Described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the US as an extremist group, the sovereign citizen movement is a haphazard collection of pseudo-legal beliefs broadly coalesced around the notion that modern government is illegitimate.

“Sovereign citizens believe that they get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don’t think they should have to pay taxes,” the SPLC says.

In extreme cases, sovereign citizens in the US have been linked to violence. In 2010 a father and son linked to the movement shot to death two police officers in West Memphis, Arkansas, who had pulled them over in a routine traffic stop. The two men were later killed in a shootout with police.

The movement is rooted in racism and antisemitism, though, as the SPLC acknowledges, many followers are unaware of its origins. Acts of deadly violence have usually directed against government officials.

The Australian wing of the bizarre movement, transplanted here with a few tweaks, is not new. One of its most well-known proponents, a Western Australian, Wayne Glew, had his property and assets seized in 2018 after refusing to pay $300,000 in council rates and legal fees because of a belief local government was unconstitutional.

But in the time of Covid-19 its adherents have found themselves a niche. As governments impose unprecedented restrictions on civil liberties in an effort to control the spread of the virus, sovereign citizens appear to be attempting to take advantage of broad community uncertainty to push their confused agenda.

They are far from alone. Experts say the pandemic has offered an umbrella under which a bevy of fringe conspiracy groups and far-right actors have found common cause. Cam Smith, an independent researcher who focuses on conspiracy theorists and the far right, says links between previously discrete groups including the sovereign citizens, anti-vaxxers, QAnon and anti-5G groups have increasingly blurred during the pandemic.

“It’s a weird moment where all of these groups who usually have their own thing have come together with Covid,” he says. “It doesn’t even really seem to matter if they don’t necessarily meld – they find ways to smooth it over.”

‘Society is obsessed with conspiracy theorists’

The most visible expression of this trend occurred in May, when 10 people were arrested and one police officer was hospitalised after demonstrators gathered in Melbourne to protest against “self-isolating, social distancing, tracking apps [and] 5G being installed”.

The protest, which was promoted on various Facebook groups linked to fringe conspiracy groups including QAnon and various anti-vaxxers, included signs about 5G, China and the Murray-Darling River. Various speakers claimed Covid-19 was a conspiracy orchestrated by “globalists”, while one of the main organisers of the rally, Fanos Panayides, invoked the “mark of the beast”.

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967d6f  No.10155141

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>>10155115

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Prof Axel Bruns, a leading internet researcher from the Queensland University of Technology, has been researching misinformation related to the planned 5G network during the Covid-19 pandemic. He agrees that under the umbrella of the pandemic, the borders between different corners of internet conspiracy have begun to vanish.

“The example of 5G gives you all of these disparate things: that it’s a dangerous technology because it’s linked to some sort of electro-fog, or that it’s the trigger for some sort of biological weapon, or that it’s linked to the coming of the Antichrist,” he says.

“There can be these five or six totally different threads that don’t really connect, but what it seems to me is that everyone who had some sort of pre-existing conspiracy theory about health, or world government, or religion, they’ve all jumped on to the Covid bandwagon and found a way to connect what’s happening with the virus to their own existing worldview.

“So if you’re against 5G, Covid is either making it worse or is caused by 5G. If you’re concerned by world government taking over, the stay-at-home orders and masks are a sign of that. Everyone is retrofitting Covid into these existing conspiracy theories.”

For the most part these online groupings have negligible impact on the real word. But the new outbreak of a pushback against Covid-19 restrictions poses a new challenge for authorities grappling with the consequences of people indifferent to the potency of the virus.

As Victoria struggles to contain its second-wave outbreak, conspiracy groups continue to flout regulations. This week dozens of people linked to the sovereign citizens movement gathered in a Melbourne gym in violation of restrictions on gatherings.

“A great night together discussing the putrid conduct of the police, government and media lies,” one attendee wrote on social media after the event. “We are strong and won’t bow down to these oppressors.”

Similarly on Friday about 30 anti-mask protesters gathered at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance just before 7am and held a minute’s silence.

It also poses challenges for the social media companies providing the platform on which these communities of misinformation flourish, and the media outlets struggling to come to terms with how to cover such phenomena.

After Cam Smith posted footage of the woman refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store to Twitter, it was quickly picked up by mainstream news networks. An analysis by the ABC found news articles about the incident were the top two stories on social media about coronavirus in Australia over the last week measured by engagements.

She was later featured on the Seven network burning a face mask, before appearing on Nine’s Today Show where she claimed, falsely, that Covid-19 case numbers “are not true” and that the virus was “biochemically engineered intentionally”. When the Today host Karl Stefanovic abruptly ended the interview, it prompted another round of stories about the confrontation.

The public health academic Prof Julie Leask from the University of Sydney is one of Australia’s leading experts on vaccination uptake. She says she has lost count of the number of interviews she’s done on the anti-vaxx movement, and is frustrated by what she see’s as the media’s outsized focus on its hardcore proponents.

“Even the fact you’re doing this story is part of the game,” she says. “It feels like society is obsessed with conspiracy theorists and I still haven’t figured out why. I almost wonder if we’re all attracted to these neat attributions for problems in the same way conspiracy theorists are. If you have a conspiracy theorist who doesn’t want to lock down or wear a mask, you don’t have to acknowledge more complex problems like gaps in our healthcare system.”

But Leask does concede there is a “dilemma” in whether or not media should cover these issues, pointing to polling showing a perhaps larger than expected number of Australians do believe conspiracy theories related to issues such as 5G.

“There is clearly something going on in this pandemic to see so many Australians believing those views,” she said. “The general explanation in my field is in times of uncertainty people will seek more solid, clear-cut explanations to give themselves some comfort. It’s worth noting that and it is kind of concerning.”

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967d6f  No.10155156

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>>10155141

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When fringe beliefs become destructive

The challenge for media organisation lies somewhere in the tipping point: that is, when fringe beliefs and their proponents begin to slip into the mainstream. In the US, opposition to face masks has found its way into mainstream discourse as an issue of individual freedom in some cases peddled by Republican figures including Donald Trump.

In Australia that rhetoric has so far been confined to the fringes of the debate, with some notable exceptions: when Victoria mandated face masks in public, the Herald Sun columnist, Sky News host and rightwing pundit Andrew Bolt labelled it “virus hysteria”.

There is now no firm data on attitudes towards wearing masks in Australia, though the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has praised the state’s compliance with the new mandate. A survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in late June found one in eight people nationally said the pandemic had prompted them to wear face masks.

While it’s hard to know the extent to which anti-mask sentiment has crept into Australia, Leask said the danger was when an issue became divided along “ideological gradients”.

“In the same way that climate change in the 1970s and 80s started to become an issue of, not just do we believe in global warming but ‘by the way this is a lefty idea so if you’re conservative you’re not going to agree with it’,” she said.

“You start to see those leading commentators influencing a larger group of people. If part of belonging to whichever tribe is to also believe ‘it is my right to not wear a mask’ then you might see a greater amount of non-compliance”.

There is no doubt however that online communities linked to conspiracy theories can impact on the real world without necessarily bleeding into the mainstream. In countries including New Zealand, for example, anti-5G activists have been linked to the destruction of phone towers during the pandemic.

In Australia the Guardian has seen leaked Telegram conversations between members of anti-5G Facebook group openly discussing plans to destroy towers.

“Yes I hope we can take action soon, we can definitely burn them,” one woman wrote in April.

“[T]his app isn’t secure enough if we’re going to talk about damaging 5G towers,” another replied.

“I think we should take any discussions regarding physically damaging the towers to an underground level. It’s frustrating going around in circles discussing the negative effects of 5G when we could be actively planning real activism.”

Cam Smith, who has been at the forefront of watching the evolution of various threads of the conspiracy movement, believes one of the most obvious reasons for its escalation during the pandemic could be true: “People are stuck at home and online a lot more.”

“It sounds trite but I’ve seen some of them saying, ‘You know, I was a sheep and then Covid happened and I had time to research,’” he says.

“I think most of them are primed for it, though. They might have had a conspiracy they believed in already and this whole thing has happened and just set them on a path.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/02/coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-covid-19-australia-agenda-australian-theorists-groups-anti-vaxxers-antivax-vaccine-face-masks

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967d6f  No.10155779

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Hydroxychloroquine is a poor coronavirus treatment but a perfect parable for our times

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The group had all the trappings of medical authority.

Wearing white coats as they stood with serious faces in front of the US Supreme Court earlier this week, they called themselves "America's Frontline Doctors".

In the video of their press conference, which was livestreamed on Facebook, the group promoted a familiar but controversial narrative: that the drug hydroxychloroquine could help treat COVID-19.

They made their claims despite large scientific studies showing the drug doesn't benefit people hospitalised with the disease.

The original clip was removed from Facebook but it lived on, with a retweet from US President Donald Trump and a boost on Instagram from celebrities like Madonna. After that, right-wing and conspiratorial online communities — including those in Australia — made a point of keeping the video available online.

Even a transcript of the press conference, on the website of transcription service Rev, has received more than 800,000 interactions on Facebook, according to data from social media monitoring firm Crowdtangle. It has been posted more than 500 times.

The video controversy is only the latest instalment in the saga of hydroxychloroquine's transformation, from relatively obscure anti-malarial drug to political football.

It first arrived in the spotlight thanks to widespread press coverage and now, in private Facebook groups and in YouTube comment feeds, hydroxychloroquine is no longer just an unlikely medicine for COVID-19.

To believe in its efficacy is often a way to indicate support for President Trump or an ideological scepticism of the medical establishment, entirely disconnected from the science.

"It's a tenet of faith," said Tom Sear, a fellow with UNSW Canberra Cyber at the Australian Defence Force Academy. "All the scientific evidence is doubtful — and there's Trump with certainty."

Where did the hype come from?

As coronavirus spread in early 2020, the world scrambled for a silver bullet and the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine — or HCQ — emerged as an early candidate.

Also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, it had shown some promise when used against two previous coronaviruses, SARS and MERS.

"The hope was it might be somewhat useful," said Derek Lowe, a long-time drug discovery researcher and author of In the Pipeline, a long-running science blog on the Science Translational Medicine website.

"No-one expected great things out of hydroxychloroquine."

On Facebook, some of the first mentions of the drug as a potential COVID-19 treatment came in mid-February from Chinese media like Xinhua and China Daily but attracted relatively little engagement.

Outside the research community, however, the real attention came after the intervention of a media-savvy French microbiologist named Didier Raoult.

His study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents in March, tested a combination of hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin on patients with COVID-19 and found that it helped.

But in the eyes of other scientists, the study was decidedly lacklustre. It was small and uncontrolled, which meant there was no group that did not receive the treatment to compare the results against.

But those caveats, and underwhelming results from other trials, ceased to hold much weight in the greater public consciousness after US President Donald Trump weighed in.

On March 19, Trump said the drug could be a "game changer" at a White House news conference with his coronavirus task force. A few days later, he tweeted a link to Dr Raoult's study. It was retweeted more than 300,000 times.

Since March 1, public posts containing the word "hydroxychloroquine" have received at least 55 million "interactions" on Facebook — a measure that includes reactions, shares or comments.

Other cable news characters emerged as willing soldiers in a burgeoning culture war, such as Dr Vladimir Zelenko, a doctor in upstate New York who claimed to have treated patients with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and other drugs.

And in the months since, President Trump and members of his administration have repeatedly returned to the hydroxychloroquine narrative despite the protests of White House medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci, who has repeatedly stated that all "valid" scientific data suggests hydroxychloroquine is not effective against COVID-19.

The drug has attracted the attention of populist politicians outside the United States as well.

It's been heavily promoted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and the drug even became a political instrument in Australia, when erstwhile MP Clive Palmer bought Facebook ads in March, as well as full-page newspaper ads, promoting his proposal to buy "1 million doses" of the drug to support the fight against COVID-19.

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967d6f  No.10155789

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>>10155779

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Hydroxychloroquine was seized upon because it offered an appealing narrative, Mr Lowe suggested: a cheap, immediate cure. And if there were naysayers, those were just evil forces at work.

"There was an element of sticking it to the 'big evil' drug companies — 'we're going to use this cheap generic medicine that's been around forever'."

It is a political drug now

Of course, the attraction of a miracle cure is nothing new. But the media and social media platforms can amplify and convert this desire into an article of faith, often tied to politics and identity.

If it were effective, hydroxychloroquine might offer an immediate and individualistic solution that could appeal to those on the right, Mr Sear said, in opposition to more left-leaning values around social responsibility.

"[Hydroxychloroquine is] characterised as a quick fix, a magic cure for the 'problem' of the virus," he said of how the drug is often characterised online.

"It's not a social solution. It doesn't imply we have to work together — and with government — and address larger, more complex, and interrelated issues in society to battle the disease."

Throughout the pandemic, the spruiking of so-called coronavirus "treatments" has been widespread — grifters adapting to the current panic by offering unproven solutions such as colloidal silver.

But hydroxychloroquine is different, according to Elise Thomas, a misinformation researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

"The reality is, most of these people have no knowledge of what hydroxychloroquine is," she said.

"From that angle, it does become more of an article of faith, or more wrapped up into an ideological or political narrative as opposed to being an actual industry that ordinary people can participate in."

George Buchanan, a researcher at the University of Melbourne, has been observing online discussions about COVID-19 on platforms like YouTube and Twitter.

Like Ms Thomas, Dr Buchanan has seen hydroxychloroquine picked up by right-wing and pro-Trump circles on social media. He said it remains one of the most discussed potential treatments online.

"HCQ has been the dominant narrative up to this point."

The failure of hydroxychloroquine to emerge as a usable COVID-19 treatment so far can be seen as many things by such groups. It might be "evidence" of the pharmaceutical industry's backing of alternative drugs, for example, or an excuse by the "deep state" to eventually vaccinate everyone.

Ms Thomas described what she calls "conspiracy collapse", where social media platforms bring together many different kinds of sometimes contradictory conspiracies.

"It's a car crash. It's terrifically messy," she said.

"You look at it at the end, and you can't figure out what started where."

What the HCQ misinformation means for a vaccine

The online obsession with hydroxychloroquine seems unabated — not helped by the media's difficulty in reporting the uncertainty inherent in medical science and drug trials.

Just in the past seven days, Crowdtangle data shows Facebook posts on pages and in public groups mentioning the drug have received more than 12 million interactions. And posts from right-wing figures such as Dan Bongino and Rush Limbaugh about censorship of the treatment have been shared tens of thousands of times.

Thanks in part to social media networks and other online coverage, misinformation and conspiracy theories have periodically flowed from the US and Europe into Australia — at times an "information colony", as Mr Sear put it — and hydroxychloroquine is no exception.

Similar statements of belief in the drug and accusations of cover-ups have been shared widely here in recent days thanks to posts from Australian politicians, wellness influencers and anti-vaccination pages.

Whether or not hydroxychloroquine ever becomes a viable coronavirus drug, the evolution of its online narrative has created a template for how to muddy the narrative around potential treatments, and especially around any potential vaccine.

Mr Lowe predicted there is going to be "a lot of craziness" as the vaccine clinical data starts to emerge.

Ultimately, however, what frustrates him most about the hydroxychloroquine hype is the vast gulf between the appealing narrative it offers and the usual way that medical science advances.

Most of the drugs that scientists develop, Mr Lowe said, for everything from cancer to coronaviruses, simply do not work. They fail.

"There aren't very many miracle drugs."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-08-01/hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus-drug-now-right-wing-ideology/12510812

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967d6f  No.10156088

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>>10143641

Resignation of James Murdoch ‘does not absolve him of the blood on his hands’

The 47-year-old is known as the more liberal member of the Murdochs.

James Murdoch’s resignation from News Corporation is the latest example of the political divide in the famed media family.

The youngest son of News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch resigned from the company’s board of directors on Friday, citing “disagreements over certain editorial content” published by the media empire’s news outlets.

While the nature of the disagreements and the news outlets in question were not disclosed, the resignation follows a number of similar moves in recent years.

In response to his decision Media Matters President and CEO Angelo Carusone said “At the center of Fox News and News Corp. is Murdoch control.

“Today, James Murdoch made it clear that he no longer wants to be associated with the damage that his family’s media properties continue to do to society. The blame going forward now rests squarely with Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch.

“If James Murdoch hadn’t already left Fox Corp. last year, you would have seen him quit Fox Corp. today too.

“It’s hard to blame him. In this year alone, Fox News has put the lives of Americans at risk spreading dangerous medical misinformation about the pandemic, prevented effective government action to save lives and the economy, stoked racial tensions by elevating and promoting white supremacists in the network, and served as a mouthpiece for Trump’s conspiracy theories and extremism.

“The Murdochs’ money comes from making America sicker, weaker, more divided, and less competitive around the world.

“While his action of resigning alone does not absolve him of the blood on his hands caused by decades of Murdoch deceit, it’s an important step to no longer being part of the problem.”

Mr Murdoch was thrust into the public limelight in 2011 when the then-Sky chairman fronted a Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee alongside his father over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

The fallout from the scandal ultimately forced him to resign from the role in April 2012, with media watchdog Ofcom finding he “repeatedly fell short of the conduct to be expected of him as a chief executive officer and chairman”.

Despite being tainted by the events, Mr Murdoch eventually returned to the role four years later.

Lachlan

James Murdoch, who currently heads private investment firm Lupa Systems, is known as the more liberal member of the Murdoch family, while his more conservative older brother Lachlan is the heir apparent to the media empire.

Lachlan Murdoch is also the chief executive of Fox Corporation, the home of conservative US news network Fox News.

In 2016, when he was serving as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch championed the success of the network, saying there was “no desire to shift the position it has in the market”.

However following his exit from the company in 2019, he openly distanced himself from Fox News, telling The New Yorker: “There are views I really disagree with on Fox.”

That same year Mr Murdoch donated to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign to become the Democratic nominee for US president.

Mr Murdoch’s recent political actions have also stood in stark contrast to his father and brother.

In June, he donated 615,000 US dollars (£467,400) to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory fund.

Bill Clinton

His wife Kathryn, who previously worked for Bill Clinton’s environmental charity Clinton Climate Initiative, donated the same amount.

His opposition to the direction of News Corporation’s coverage came to a head in January, when he took direct issue with how the company had covered climate change and its impact on the bushfires in Australia.

A spokesperson for Mr Murdoch and his wife Kathryn told The Daily Beast: “Kathryn and James’ views on climate change are well established and their frustration with some of News Corp and Fox’s coverage of the topic is also well known.

“They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial of the role of climate change among the news outlets in Australia, given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

Mr Murdoch’s decision to sever his last formal link to the family business brings to an end what has been an extensive and turbulent career in the industry.

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/resignation-of-james-murdoch-does-not-absolve-him-blood-on-hands/01/08/

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967d6f  No.10156246

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'The US enterprise is up for grabs': why the Trump-Biden race is so important for Australia

The choice: ‘America first’ or a renewed alliance. For once, the cliche about this being the most important election in living memory is actually true

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As a career diplomat and former head of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese has always had to choose his words carefully.

But having moved on from the public service, and free of the need for diplomatic niceties, he offers a stark assessment of the stakes for Australia – and the rest of the world – in the forthcoming US presidential election.

“I think the world can survive four years of Donald Trump; I would be much less confident that the world can survive eight years of Donald Trump,” he says in a Lowy Institute podcast.

Of course, Varghese doesn’t mean it literally – that a second term would spark some sort of mass extinction event. But for countries like Australia that depend on a stable rules-based order, effective global bodies to make its voice heard and open and predictable trading conditions, an extension of Trump’s abrasive “America first” approach poses significant risks.

The complexities for Australia in dealing with the Trump team were on full display last week, with senior ministers in Washington for security talks insisting that the alliance was in “great shape” while resisting pressure from their counterparts on at least two fronts. The American wish list included Australian freedom of navigation operations close to disputed features in the South China Sea and for Australia to extract its citizens from fighting zones in Syria.

While Scott Morrison and his government have now grown somewhat familiar with the vagaries of dealing with the Trump administration, officials are beginning to contemplate two distinct possibilities for the next four years, each with major consequences for Australia.

The election could result in either a second Trump term – with the president emboldened to persist with his isolationist and crash-through approach to world affairs – or the return to a more conventional Canberra-Washington relationship under Joe Biden. The polls currently heavily favour Barack Obama’s former right-hand man, but Australian officials are believed to be planning for either outcome.

‘Renewing’ the alliance under Biden

While Biden would have significant domestic problems in his in-tray – like getting on top of the coronavirus debacle and turning around the crisis-ridden economy – the former vice-president has also vowed to “renew” and “strengthen” US alliances with Australia and other partners. He talks about restoring American leadership while launching new diplomatic efforts to raise the level of ambition on tackling the climate crisis.

Varghese believes a Biden presidency would not simply pick up where the Obama administration left off. “Australia is less than comfortable” with some aspects of the Trump administration’s policy approaches, but a number of those “will probably continue to drive American policy”.

“But I think we will see a more multilateral United States administration under Biden – and for a country that can’t buy or bully its way in the world like Australia, that will be a plus,” Varghese, now chancellor of the University of Queensland, says in the podcast interview.

“I think we will see more sensible, considered alliance management under a Biden administration than we’ve seen under the Trump administration.

“While I don’t expect a Biden administration to be a great champion of trade liberalisation, I don’t think it will be quite as mercantilist in its trade policy as we’ve seen so far in the United States.”

Allan Behm, a former defence strategist who now heads the international and security affairs program of the Australia Institute, says the 3 November election “is of enormous significance to Australia”. An emboldened, re-elected Trump would further accelerate the divide between the US and China and see America “head far, far further into isolationism and exceptionalism”.

“It will be brutal in its dealings with friends and foes alike. It will simply screw everybody,” Behm tells the Guardian.

‘We don’t always agree’

The Australian government, first under Malcolm Turnbull and now Morrison, has tried to make the most of the relationship, even if there have been bruising moments (such as the phone call in which the former reality TV star berated Turnbull over the refugee resettlement deal, and the initial difficulties in securing exemptions to new US tariffs on steel and aluminium).

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967d6f  No.10156261

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>>10156246

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For the most part, Australia has avoided the turbulence experienced by other US allies such as Japan, South Korea and Germany, which Trump has repeatedly accused of freeloading on defence and exploiting the US on trade.

But in Washington last week, Australian ministers were at pains to insist that Canberra set its own policy, particularly when it came to China. Australian officials believe the idea of sailing Royal Australian Navy vessels within 12 nautical miles of disputed features in the South China Sea would be needlessly provocative, particularly at a time of heightened tensions with China. Australia and the US agreed to deepen defence cooperation more broadly.

Australia would not be drawn into US electoral politics, Morrison insisted on Wednesday. “While we have the deepest and most lasting of friendships and alliances with the United States, that doesn’t mean we always share every view to its minute detail and there is often a difference in nuance or emphasis or timing and, on occasion, in substance,” the prime minister said.

China tensions spill over to Australia

One of the most important issues for Australia in the US election is how Washington manages its relationship with Beijing – because officials view that as “the principal driver of strategic dynamics in our region”.

The Trump administration has adopted an increasingly tough tone – no doubt influenced, in part, by electoral calculations – with the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, declaring in July that “the freedom-loving nations of the world must induce China to change” because the Chinese Communist party cannot be trusted.

It’s an approach that has alarmed some regional players, with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, warning the US against the binary choice of either “colliding with China” or “deciding that you have no stake in the region and [leaving] us to our own defences”.

But many observers believe the hardening of America’s stance towards China is likely to continue regardless of who wins on 3 November, given that there is now broad political support in the US to take a firm line against an increasingly assertive Xi Jinping.

Biden may, however, try to take some of the heat out of the China relationship.

Antony Blinken, a senior foreign policy adviser for the Biden campaign and a former deputy US secretary of state during the Obama years, argues Trump has made strategic errors by failing to properly coordinate with allies and by withdrawing from international institutions – giving China an opening to fill.

“We need to rally our allies and partners instead of alienating them to deal with some of the challenges that China poses,” Blinken told a Hudson Institute event in early July. While taking steps to “deter aggression”, Biden would try to work with China on issues like climate change, dealing with health emergencies, and preventing the spread of dangerous weapons.

It’s an approach likely to be welcomed by Australian diplomats. After Morrison dabbled in Trump-style rhetoric last year by warning against “negative globalism” and unelected global bodies, the Australian government pivoted in the midst of the pandemic to emphasise the importance of multilateral organisations, saying if Australia retreated into isolationism the world order would be shaped by others. While sympathising with Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organization, Morrison has said Australia won’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater” by following the American move to disengage.

On the trade front, Australia has had to team up with the European Union, China and others to build a workaround for resolving disputes after the Trump administration blocked World Trade Organization appointments. Australia also fears collateral damage from an unorthodox trade deal between Trump and Xi that committed China to massively ramp up agricultural purchases from America.

Second Trump term could erode alliance support

Trump’s brash approach in dealing with America’s long-standing allies is not cost-free, according to the former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd. Rudd fears that a second Trump term – with a continuation of the America First mantra and therefore allies second – could “fray” support for the US alliance in Australia.

The Lowy Institute’s annual poll of Australian sentiment towards global issues lends some weight to this view. While it shows more than three-quarters of respondents value the American alliance, just 51% trust the US to act responsibly on the world stage – about 30 points lower than the Obama-induced high of a decade ago. And just 30% trust Trump to act responsibly on global issues. In the same poll in 2019, two in three respondents agreed that Trump had weakened the alliance with Australia.

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967d6f  No.10156272

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>>10156261

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Michael Fullilove, the executive director of the Lowy Institute, says that for once, the cliche about this being the most important election in living memory is actually true. “The reason for that is that Australian security depends on the United States, and the whole success of the US enterprise is up for grabs, and the US role in the world is to be decided,” he says.

Fullilove worries that in the event Trump is re-elected, more of the “adults” advising the president would leave the room, “the deep state would get shallower”, and the US would continue with a “semi-isolationist, anti-alliance, anti-free trade agenda” that was at odds with Australia’s interests.

“Scott Morrison has done a good job of managing President Trump, but the bottom line is President Trump doesn’t believe in alliances and his views on alliances and trade and democracy run counter to Australia’s views,” Fullilove says.

Fullilove says a Biden administration would be much more cognisant of allies, so there was unlikely to be a repeat of the turbulence experienced between Trump and Turnbull – but Biden’s team would also have higher expectations of allies.

Climate to ‘roar back as an issue’ under Biden

“It may be harder to say no to a Biden administration,” Fullilove says. “Climate will come roaring back as an issue in US foreign policy under a Biden administration. That would require more action by Australia.”

Biden has vowed to put the US on “an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide” by 2050, and to rally the rest of the world to meet the climate threat – indicating that he would “fully integrate climate change into [its] foreign policy and national security strategies, as well as [its] approach to trade”.

Amanda McKenzie, the chief executive of Australia’s Climate Council, believes Trump’s climate stance – including withdrawing from the Paris agreement – has emboldened some within the Australian political system who have sought to frustrate effective action for years. But she says the Black Summer of bushfires “was a big wakeup call for a lot of Australians”.

“I think Biden’s leadership, particularly that $2tn [climate] plan, which is an enormous investment, could have a revolutionary effect globally,” McKenzie says.

“To have the US fundamentally changing its stance and to be much more effective would have a transformative impact globally and countries around the globe would follow suit. It is a pivotal election from that perspective.”

The economist Ross Garnaut has also speculated that a Biden win could lead to Australia being placed “in the naughty corner” on climate policy.

Back to the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Supporters of the alliance are also watching to see where Biden lands on trade.

John Berry, who served as the US ambassador to Australia from 2013 to 2016 and is now president of the American Australian Association, tells the Guardian he believes Biden would be “more likely to pursue multilateral approaches and solutions” on both trade and climate.

Berry credits Australia with playing a leadership role in advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership – originally a 12-nation regional trade pact from which Trump withdrew – and he thinks “the reconsideration of TPP will be one of the possibilities actively considered for positive US economic engagement in the region”.

But other former government insiders say Australia may have difficulty pushing a trade liberalisation agenda, regardless of who wins.

“Since Australians like straight talk, I’ll be straight with you on politics: if Trump’s reelected you’re not going to do anything on trade because he’s a protectionist,” Robert Zoellick, a former president of the World Bank, said at a recent event hosted by the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre.

Zoellick, the US trade representative in the George W Bush administration when the US/Australia free trade agreement was reached 15 years ago, added that if Biden was elected he would “have a very full plate” so trade may slip down the list.

“He’s got the pandemic, he’s got economic recovery, he’s got racism and sense of inequality, he’s got global climate change, and frankly there’s only so much that a US president can take on,” Zoellick said.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/02/the-us-enterprise-is-up-for-grabs-why-the-trump-biden-race-is-so-important-for-australia

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967d6f  No.10156632

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Prince Andrew 'spent two days alone at Epstein ranch with the tycoon's sex slave'

EXCLUSIVE Court documents make a series of claims, with alleged victim Virginia Giuffre saying she was rewarded with “close to a thousand dollars” by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

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Prince Andrew and a girl who claims she was a sex slave for Jeffrey Epstein spent two days alone at the tycoon’s huge ranch, court documents claim.

A manuscript written by Virginia Giuffre says the Duke had “a really good time” and that she gave him “numerous massages”.

Ms Giuffre – who was 17 or 18 at the time – says she was later rewarded with “close to a thousand dollars” by convicted paedophile Epstein.

The sensational claims emerged in a tranche of newly-released court papers which Epstein’s former lover Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, tried to block.

Describing her time with Andrew at Epstein’s 7,559-acre Zorro ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico, Ms Giuffre writes: “My job was to entertain him endlessly, whether that meant having to bestow him my body during an erotic massage or simply take him horseback riding.

"The mansion was completely empty save a couple of maids who also cooked our dinners for us, and a couple of bodyguards that we hardly even saw at all.”

She claims Maxwell – a longtime pal of Andrew, 60 – arranged for her to go to the ranch, around 2001, but did not tell her who would be there.

“Ghislaine only told me that I was to meet someone there, not sure of whom that was. It wasn’t my place to ask,” Ms Giuffre claims.

When she arrived at the ranch she saw Andrew who, she says, greeted her with the “same old cheesy grin” she had seen when they met up previously in London and New York.

Unlike the Prince’s other visits to Epstein’s homes, the American financier and Maxwell were not present.

Ms Giuffre says after two days with Andrew, she was recalled to New York to debrief Epstein and Maxwell.

She says that during a conversation in the tycoon’s kitchen Maxwell asked: “So… how was the ranch with the Prince?”

Ms Giuffre, now 36 and a mum of three living in Australia, says she replied: “I think he had a really good time, he seemed relaxed and when we said goodbye he gave me a kiss.

“I took him horse-riding, just around the property, we went swimming in the pool and, of course, I gave him plenty of massages. He had a massage at least couple of times each day, really seeming to enjoy his time there.”

Describing the reaction of Epstein and his lover Maxwell, she adds: “Like proud parents, they looked over me with such content. ‘Good, you did really well,’ Jeffrey complimented me.”

She says Epstein gave her “close to a thousand dollars… more than what I thought anybody at my young age could make for a couple of days work”.

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967d6f  No.10156663

File: 890eeeaa127756b⋯.jpg (35.1 KB, 615x410, 3:2, Virginia_Roberts_when_she_….jpg)

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>>10156632

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During the Prince’s interview with BBC Newsnight last November, he was at pains to suggest he was never alone while at Epstein’s properties in New York, Florida and the Caribbean.

But he was not asked about visiting Zorro.

A former ranch hand told the Sunday Mirror he saw Andrew a couple of times but never “without Jeffrey or Ghislaine”.

The new claims heap more pressure on the Metropolitan Police to release logs kept by royal protection officers.

One former royal bodyguard, Paul Page, has said notes would include times and dates of trips the Prince took. Logs are kept for 30 years.

Forty-seven court documents were unsealed by New York Judge Loretta Preska on Thursday.

They relate to a 2015 civil case between Maxwell and Ms Giuffre. A second wave of papers could be released – subject to an appeal scheduled for next month.

It was in a 2015 affidavit that Ms Giuffre – referred to as Jane Doe 3 – claimed she had sex with Andrew in Maxwell’s Belgravia home, Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse and at an orgy on the tycoon’s Caribbean island.

Her claims were struck out of the civil case by Florida judge Kenneth Marra.

He ruled: “The factual details regarding with whom and where the Jane Does engaged in sexual activities are immaterial and impertinent to this central claim (i.e., that they were known victims of Mr Epstein and the Government owed them CVRA duties), especially considering that these details involve non-parties who are not related to the respondent Government. These unnecessary details shall be stricken.”

In other claims reported yesterday, Ms Giuffre alleges Andrew had “an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls” at Epstein’s Caribbean home – and Maxwell had “continuous” sex with girls and women.

Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire last month on suspicion of grooming and abusing three girls under the age of 18.

She is also accused of perjury and faces up to 35 years if convicted.

She has pleaded not guilty and is due for trial in New York in July 2021.

Andrew and his legal team have vehemently denied Ms Giuffre’s claims.

A picture shows them together but the Prince said in his Newsnight appearance that he does not recall ever meeting her.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail last year while awaiting sex-trafficking charges.

Andrew was pictured walking with the tycoon in New York’s Central Park in 2010, just months after the paedophile was released from prison for procuring a minor for prostitution.

Andrew told Newsnight: “I went there with the sole purpose of saying to him that because he had been convicted, it was inappropriate for us to be seen together.”

The Duke’s spokesperson declined to comment.

But the new claim was met with shock by his friends.

One said: “The Zorro account is a serious inconsistency. Ms Giuffre’s lawyers have always claimed three alleged encounters. And now this fourth allegation. How so? Why has this never been raised before?

“And where is the evidence? I’d suggest you put these questions to her lawyers, not to the Duke.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/prince-andrew-spent-two-days-22454560

Jeffrey Epstein Documents

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6250471-Epstein-Docs.html

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967d6f  No.10156766

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>>10156663

>The new claims heap more pressure on the Metropolitan Police to release logs kept by royal protection officers.

>One former royal bodyguard, Paul Page, has said notes would include times and dates of trips the Prince took. Logs are kept for 30 years.

Met Police destroyed records for the night Prince Andrew allegedly had sex with teenager in London, says former Royal protection officer

Police records that could make or break Prince Andrew’s alibi for the night he is alleged to have had sex with a sex-trafficked teenager have been destroyed.

Scotland Yard made the admission to a former Royal protection officer who told The Mail on Sunday he believed Andrew may have returned to Buckingham Palace in the early hours of March 11, 2001.

Virginia Roberts, then 17, claims she was coerced by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein into having sex with the Prince on the night of March 10 at the Belgravia home of Ghislaine Maxwell. In his infamous Newsnight interview last November, the Duke of York insisted he had spent that night at Sunninghill Park, Berkshire, with his children, having earlier dropped off Princess Beatrice at a Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, for a party.

Earlier this year the former Royal guard told this newspaper that he recalled making a complaint to his boss about allegedly abusive conduct by Andrew when he arrived at the Palace in a car driven by his personal protection officer.

To confirm his account, the ex-officer – who had a 23-year career with the police – asked for access to his shift roster at Buckingham Palace and other documents. Last week, 149 days after making the request, he finally received a reply from a caseworker at the Met’s Information Rights Unit in Sidcup, Kent. An email said: ‘I conducted a number of searches. However the Retention and Disposal Policy states that Duty Records and Annual Leave records are only held for 2 years. Therefore, there is no information the Commissioner is required to supply you.’

Last night, the former Royal guard said: ‘I am very disappointed. Why on earth did it take nearly five months to respond with such a non-informative answer? I’m also surprised to discover that any records regarding the Royal family and their police protection are destroyed, much less after just two years.’ The disclosure raises the possibility that other documents, including Royal protection officer logs, which would confirm where the Prince was at the times in question, have also been destroyed.

The Met declined to tell the MoS what searches had been conducted or the disposal policy for Royalty Protection department material. Prince Andrew’s representatives declined to comment.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8584291/Met-Police-destroyed-records-Prince-Andrews-Pizza-Express-alibi.html

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967d6f  No.10157429

File: 28633dbe9e4924a⋯.jpg (506 KB, 825x1215, 55:81, VRG_34.jpg)

Virginia Roberts Giuffre Twitter Thread

Hey #GhislaneMaxwell just sitting outside, taking some time to de-stress after you & your lawyers shenanigans. Like the view? If you didn’t abuse 1000’s of minors you would not be staring at your toilet as a piece of artwork. #TimesUp #SpeakOut #WhoIsNext #KidsToo

https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia/status/1289752460920143873

Frankie Coffeecake @frankiecoffeeck

What about Trump?

https://twitter.com/frankiecoffeeck/status/1289753731450298368

Virginia Giuffre Retweeted

LStarr13 @LStarr13

Trump never went to the island! And, it is under his administration that they all got caught isn't it?! Everyone knew about Epstein, and Weinstein, and Maxwell, but NOBODY did anything did they?

https://twitter.com/LStarr13/status/1289757971304468480

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967d6f  No.10157518

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>>10146828

Australian intelligence agencies investigate Chinese-owned TikTok over security concerns

TikTok is facing intensifying scrutiny in Canberra, with intelligence agencies putting the app under the microscope and some MPs pressing the Federal Government to ban it.

US President Donald Trump has also indicated he's on the brink of banning the video sharing app in the United States, which will likely to bolster calls for Australia to follow suit.

The video-sharing app is enormously popular with young people in their teens and 20s, with more than 1.5 million Australians downloading it to their phones.

But analysts say TikTok harvests huge amounts of data, and warn that the Chinese company which owns it — ByteDance — may be forced to share that information with the Chinese Government.

Last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared the Federal Government was looking "very closely" at TikTok.

"If we consider there is a need to take further action than we are taking now, then I can tell you we won't be shy about it," he said.

The ABC has been told that the Federal Government is conducting two complementary investigations into the app.

The Prime Minister has directed intelligence agencies to investigate whether TikTok poses a security threat.

Simultaneously, the Department of Home Affairs is investigating what steps the Government can take to manage any privacy or data security risks it poses.

Home Affairs is also scrutinising the hugely popular Chinese social media app WeChat, which is used by more than 2 million Australians.

TikTok says it will not share data with Beijing

TikTok Australia stores user data in the US and Singapore, and the company insists TikTok users do not have to worry about their personal information being compromised.

In a statement, it said: "TikTok does not share information of our users in Australia with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government, and would not do so if asked."

But some Federal MPs say they are sceptical of that claim, pointing out that Chinese law specifically requires companies to hand over information to the authorities if it is requested.

The ABC has spoken to several parliamentarians who have been privately voicing concerns about TikTok.

Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne, who is deputy chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, has been advocating that TikTok be banned as a retaliatory action if the Chinese Government continues to engage in cyber attacks or economic coercion against Australia.

Other parliamentarians have hesitated about pressing for a ban but say TikTok needs to face greater scrutiny.

Australia will not automatically follow the lead of the United States if the Trump administration does decide to ban the app.

But a US ban would help build momentum for those pressing for drastic action.

The Indian Government's decision to ban TikTok there has also shifted the calculus in Canberra.

TikTok has been lobbying Federal MPs against a ban, suggesting it has been unfairly caught up in escalating geopolitical tensions between China and Western nations.

"We have no interest in being a political football when it comes to global geopolitical issues," the company said in a statement.

"We welcome ongoing discussions with government audiences as we work to remain a safe, fun and creative platform for people to express themselves."

Social media to front inquiry into interference

This month, representatives from TikTok Australia will also front a parliamentary committee that is investigating the threat of foreign interference through social media.

The committee is being chaired by Labor Senator Jenny McAllister, who said there were credible reports TikTok took more data than its users realised.

"I'd like TikTok to explain the way that they protect the privacy of users of their data, and I'd also like them to explain how it is that they moderate content," she told the ABC.

But she said it was premature to call for a ban on TikTok at this stage.

"I think the task of the committee is to try and describe the nature of the problem. If you've got a good handle on the problem, then you can develop solutions — but we're not there yet," she said.

"I think the most likely outcome is there is no one single solution … that's likely to provide a complete answer."

It's not just TikTok facing scrutiny: representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter and WeChat have also been called to give evidence at the committee.

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-02/tiktok-under-investigation-in-australia-over-privacy-concerns/12513466

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967d6f  No.10157800

File: 29362700736a532⋯.jpg (63.57 KB, 634x697, 634:697, Premier_Daniel_Andrews_pic….jpg)

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Daniel Andrews declares a STATE OF DISASTER and introduces an 8pm curfew for Melbourne from TONIGHT after 671 new Covid-19 cases with seven deaths - as panic buying begins across state

Victorians will not be allowed outside their homes after 8pm for almost any reason as a state of disaster is declared.

Premier Daniel Andrews brought in the escalated emergency level as the state's worsening crisis shows no signs ending.

Only 73 of the 671 new cases are linked to known and contained outbreaks or complex cases, with 598 under investigation.

Mr Andrews confirmed Melbourne will to go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from 6pm on Sunday after a week of speculation.

The curfew will be in effect between 8pm and 5am every day in Melbourne, and regional Victoria will go back into stage 3 lockdown.

The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.

Only one person in a household can go shopping per day and exercise is limited to one hour a day - both must be within 5km from home.

All recreational activity is banned and no more than two people can be together outside, even if they are from the same family or household.

'All of those changes are about limiting the number of people we come into contact with,' Mr Andrews said.

'Daily exercise is just that. It's an opportunity to get some exercise. It's not an opportunity to live our lives as if this pandemic was not real and not here.'

Partners who don't live together will still be able to visit each other.

The new restrictions are in some ways even harsher than the lockdown imposed by New Zealand.

The looming harsher lockdown prompted thousands to flock to shops across Melbourne in a new round of panic buying.

Long lines and full trolleys were seen outside supermarkets as early as 7am - even though they would stay open under stage 4.

Cafes and restaurants will continue to provide takeaway services, but people will not be allowed to dine in.

Police will also step up their checks and increase patrols to stop potential breaches.

Licence-plate recognition technology will be used to identify non-essential travellers, the Herald Sun reported.

It is expected construction sites will remain open and tradies will be given special access to hardware stores.

Public transport will also be continue in a limited capacity, with masks compulsory, and outdoor exercise will be allowed.

The decision to move to Stage 4 restrictions and its announcement rests on the Victorian Government and Premier Daniel Andrews.

Victoria recorded 397 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Saturday.

Mr Andrews announced the latest figures with 37 linked to outbreaks and 360 currently under investigation.

Australia's COVID-19 death toll rose to 201 after Victoria on Saturday reported the deaths of a man and two women aged in their 80s and 90s.

The fatalities bring Victoria's death toll to 116. There are currently 5,919 active coronavirus cases in Victoria.

At least 1,008 active cases have been connected to outbreaks in aged care homes.

More than 100 cases have been referred to Victoria Police for breaching stay-at-home lockdown rules.

Experts have been working over the weekend to analyse infection data from the first half of Victoria's six-week lockdown and determine if harsher measures are necessary.

Mr Andrews admitted further restrictions, based on state and national modelling, could prove a 'circuit breaker' for rising COVID-19 cases.

'What we have at the moment are numbers that are too high of community transmission and that is a concern to us.

'It is not a tap you can just turn on or off.'

'They are not decisions that would be taken lightly because there are significant costs … even minor changes have a significant cost,' Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews said community transmission remained a top priority and cited 49 'mystery' cases.

'Those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.

'The challenge is that they are a mystery and this is all about trying to know as much as you possibly can, as much intelligence and evidence and data as you possibly can.'

Police Minister Lisa Neville said on Saturday more than 200,000 police checks had taken place across the state while more than 452,000 car checks were carried out.

She noted some Victorians were still breaking restrictions and labelled the behaviour as 'appalling'.

'The overwhelming majority of Victorians every day are doing the right thing,' she said.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8584801/Daniel-Andrews-declares-coronavirus-state-disaster-Victoria-8pm-curfew.html

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73cc9a  No.10157897

BETTER WATCH OUT

Dan’s getting his first taste of dictatorship.

He may grow to like it.

All the signs are there.

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967d6f  No.10158011

File: 9c796a06cea0d93⋯.jpg (116.22 KB, 720x450, 8:5, Modern_slavery_rife_in_NZ_….jpg)

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Modern slavery rife in NZ and Pacific Islands, charity claims

One in 150 people are living in "modern slavery" in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, according to a new report by a human rights charity.

The Walk Free report identifies cases of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and forced marriage in the Pacific.

The report, Murky waters: A qualitative assessment of modern slavery in the Pacific region, said exploitation was fuelled by widespread poverty, migration, and the abuse of cultural practices.

Senior researcher Elise Gordon said they had conducted interviews with law enforcement officers, victim support workers, policy and advocacy stakeholders, and people in the education and training industry in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

"We have heard reports of signs of modern slavery among migrant workers in the construction industry, stemming from increasing foreign investment in Pacific Island communities," Gordon said.

"Also fishing, a major industry in the region, brings with it a poor track record as being notorious for forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation."

Modern slavery was likely to increase as climate change exacerbated poverty and migration, Gordon said.

The report was released in the same week the first person to be convicted of slavery in New Zealand was sent to jail.

It said only a third of 54 Commonwealth countries had criminalised forced marriage and 23 nations had failed to criminalise the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

New Zealand did not do enough to stop modern slavery through its supply chain, the report stated.

Walk Free director Grace Forrest said the introduction of a modern slavery Bill should be among the New Zealand government's top priorities after the election.

The Australian government passed a Modern Slavery Act last year.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/422526/modern-slavery-rife-in-nz-and-pacific-islands-charity-claims

Murky Waters - A qualitative Assessment of Modern Slavery in the Pacific Region

Minderoo Foundation, 2020

While previous qualitative research has exposed select forms of modern slavery in the Pacific, this report provides a comprehensive assessment of modern slavery in the region.

The report draws on existing peer-reviewed and grey literature, Walk Free’s 2019 assessment of action taken by governments to address modern slavery, as well as information gathered through semi-structured interviews with anti-slavery stakeholders in eight countries in the region: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Interviews sought to capture local knowledge on the nature of modern slavery in these countries with regard to forms, victims, sectors at risk, vulnerabilities, key gaps, and practices that offer some hope of solutions.

http://www.respect.international/murky-waters-a-qualitative-assessment-of-modern-slavery-in-the-pacific-region/

http://www.respect.international/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Walk-Free-Foundation-Pacific-Report-03-2020.pdf

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967d6f  No.10158200

File: 30235d307f386cc⋯.jpg (397.59 KB, 825x1281, 275:427, USDS_3.jpg)

File: 4d0de78c24ca703⋯.mp4 (4.46 MB, 720x720, 1:1, SecPompeo_on_the_U_S_Austr….mp4)

U.S. Department of State Tweet

.@SecPompeo on the U.S.-Australia alliance: Our two great democracies face immediate crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term challenges like the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitions. We are lucky to count Australia as a close partner through it all. #USwithAUS

https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1289283708952903680

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967d6f  No.10158806

File: 012e7f06d8198f2⋯.jpg (212.94 KB, 900x505, 180:101, THE_QANON_MEET_UP_IN_FINLA….jpg)

QAnon Has Gone Global

By Mack Lamoureux - July 29, 2020

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The pandemic has led to explosive growth for the QAnon conspiracy, not just in the U.S., but internationally.

Shortly after Jarmo Ekman starts livestreaming his get-together, an older woman walks into view wearing something you wouldn't expect to see at a small Finnish hotel: a MAGA hat. She blows a kiss to the camera and shows off her hat like a model.

“What a beautiful hat,” Ekman says. “As you see there are a lot of Trump fans here, of course, as it is a Q meeting.”

It’s July 11 and around 50 people are meeting at a hotel in Dragsfjärd, a small community two hours west of Helsinki, for a weekend QAnon festival. While walking through the crowd, Ekman stops to speak to a man wearing a nametag made of duct tape with Bono written on it.

“This is the first Q weekend festival ever in this world,” says Bono. On his shirt are the words “QAnon Army Finland.”

“Armies” like this can be found in Germany, France, and the U.K., as well as in Canada, Japan, and Iran. All of them support QAnon, a vast conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is waging a war against the “deep state” made up of elite families, politicians, and celebrities, which also just happens to connected a massive child sex trafficking ring and is currently using COVID-19 to entrench its power.

It’s a conspiracy that’s been able to reach new heights during the pandemic as people around the world desperately search for community and any way to make sense of the chaos. The QAnon community is welcoming to anyone as long as they believe in at least one of the many tendrils that branch out from the theory’s heart—that the world is extremely screwed because of bogeymen behind the scenes, and only those smart enough to see through the veil can fight them. While the actual details of the conspiracy are hyper-focused on the U.S., the broad strokes can be applied to almost anywhere, which helps to explain the rapid growth of QAnon across borders.

Marc-André Argentino, a PhD candidate at Concordia University who studies QAnon and similar far-right movements, recently did a data sweep of QAnon groups on social media. Based on his most recent analysis (which was taken before the Twitter crackdown last week), QAnon has had a 71 percent increase in Twitter content and a 651 percent increase on Facebook since March.

On Facebook, his data showed there were 179 groups with more than 1.4 million members—up from 60 groups and less than a quarter a million members in the same period. During that time, QAnon pages on Facebook doubled, from 63 to 120 pages. Facebook removed a small number of QAnon pages in April but the conspiracy is still growing quickly on the platform.

“Most of (the new groups and pages) appear to be international,” said Argentino. “There aren't a lot of new U.S. groups; the big groups have just grown more. It's places like Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Israel.

“Germany recently had protesters asking for Trump to come and liberate them from the German deep state. That's fucked up,” he said.

Even Ekman’s Q meeting in Finland has grown. Ten months ago, he held another Q gathering in Helsinki where he was only able to get 19 people out.

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967d6f  No.10158815

File: 2c2f4fdca6547fa⋯.jpg (102.13 KB, 800x448, 25:14, QANON_SUPPORTERS_IN_CANADA….jpg)

>>10158806

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Q and the ever-changing conspiracy

While it’s too complex to break down quickly, the broad strokes of QAnon follow that Trump can't explicitly state his plan to the public because he’ll obviously risk the mission. To remedy this an anonymous individual known as “Q,” who gets their name from the "Q-level" security clearance they claim to have, informs the public of the ongoings of the secret war against the deep state. This individual then posts cryptic messages on an online imageboard best known for its ties to neo-Nazis and child porn. Trump’s followers find these messages, known as Q-drops, and decode them.

The conspiracy started on 4chan, one of the more notorious imageboards, in 2017 and has grown mightily from there. The conspiracy has gained notoriety for not only its numbers but also for its elaborate and outlandish theories, including “mole children” being sex trafficked underground, and celebrities such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and actor Tom Hanks having been secretly executed and replaced with body doubles.

The movement is fluid and adaptable, so what's popular among the group today may very well be different months down the line. In the United States, 68 believers are running for Congress, some who even have a shot at winning. After coming in first in the primary, prospective Georgia GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, a vocal QAnon supporter, is headed into a run-off vote. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greene even offered to help her followers get acquainted with the confusing world of QAnon. The group and its unwavering beliefs have been described as cult-like by some experts, projecting Trump and Q as quasi-religious figures.

QAnon goes North

In Canada, QAnon recently gained the attention of the mainstream press after it was found that a heavily armed man who stormed the gates of Trudeau’s home had posted a QAnon meme. (He has been charged with uttering threats to kill or injure the prime minister; his motives have not yet been determined.)

Blain McElra runs the QAnon Canada page on Facebook as well as a few other Canadian-centric QAnon pages. McElra told VICE he went from 400 members to 2,800 members since the start of the pandemic.

He said he found QAnon shortly after one the first posts by Q in 2017 and helped "decode” it by telling the group the term “Can'' was shorthand for Canada. He's been hooked ever since. McElra said after he and his wife lost their 10-month-old baby, he felt compelled to do whatever he could to “help end the suffering, pedophilia, and trafficking of children.”

McElra views QAnon as a global movement whose first stop is the United States.

“I think of the U.S. as just the first domino and when Trump gets that squared away, the rest of the countries should see results—as the criminals, politicians, corporations, etc., are held to account—so it's just a matter of time,” McElra said.

McElra said he strives for the movement to be as peaceful as possible and is extra diligent when moderating posts. He said he reads and watches everything that is posted on the Facebook pages he moderates but admits it can be a struggle.

"I make a big effort to be a calming effect in my group and I have zero tolerance for anything violent or troublesome in that regard," McElra said. "The emotions are high, people are frustrated, and I feel it is very important to keep this all peaceful."

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967d6f  No.10158821

File: c452573c090272d⋯.jpg (239.21 KB, 1800x1010, 180:101, 1583156083258_QAnon.jpg)

>>10158815

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Many experts have warned that the pandemic has created a conspiracy boom of sorts. On every social media platform, conspiracy communities are growing. Even TikTok has reportedly been dealing with an explosion of young users spreading Pizzagate-style theories in the past few months. Anna Merlan, VICE News reporter and author of Republic of Lies, a book about modern day conspiracy culture, recently wrote that we're experiencing a "conspiracy singularity" that has allowed movements like QAnon, the UFO truthers, and the anti-vaxxers to coalesce.

“This pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty and powerlessness within many aspects of human life today,” says a Media Diversity Institute report from June. “Unfortunately, QAnon has successfully taken advantage of this atmosphere by expanding the scope of the conspiracy theory and using it to spread misinformation and fake news about an already complex and unsolved public health crisis.”

Travis View, co-host of the popular U.S. podcast QAnon Anonymous, said he’s been watching groups pop up all over the world during the pandemic and sees it as a result of people needing community. At the end of the day, that's what QAnon is: an online community.

“This is a function of fact that QAnon seems like a primarily U.S. conspiracy theory but is actually a big-tent conspiracy theory movement,” said View. “So whatever sort of conspiratorial beliefs that you happen to latch on to, you're going to find a home within QAnon."

“What people get attached to more than anything else is the online community of people who don't trust any kind of institutional knowledge,” he added.

'Domestic terror threat'

QAnon growth isn't benign. Followers have been linked to several deaths and crimes over the past three years, such as the killing of an underboss in the New York mob and of a woman who livestreamed her attempt to "take out" Joe Biden. Other believers have gotten into standoffs with police, derailed trains, and conspired to bomb places they believed to be satanic.

According to an intelligence bulletin by the FBI, the feds deemed "fringe conspiracy theories," which includes QAnon, as a domestic terrorism threat. “The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” reads the bulletin, first reported by Yahoo News.

The international QAnon groups aren’t siloed. They work together to produce content. Argentino said he's seen cases of international pages translating propaganda, like popular Q “documentaries,” to provide to other regions. For example, the Quebec QAnon community plays a role in translating propaganda to French and working with groups in France but the French propaganda is also translated for the Italian groups—as French is easier to translate to Italian than English. The German QAnon community helps translate and disseminate propaganda in Austria and Denmark. In each case the propaganda was adapted for its audience, with more socialist and secular propaganda in France than in the U.S., for example.

“These hub communities are starting to influence their own regions and we’re seeing large growth,” said Argentino. “It's creating different communities still based around this Trump movement.”

A QAnon film, Out of Shadows, was recently translated to other languages and has now been viewed hundreds of thousands more times. Other social media accounts or websites have been set up entirely to disseminate translated articles about QAnon, including one on Twitter whose bio explicitly states in French that it was created to “allow non-English-speaking Patriots to follow Q.” The account has accrued almost 10,000 followers in less than a year.

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967d6f  No.10158830

File: 1a56dc712b42f90⋯.jpg (60.48 KB, 700x393, 700:393, 1595417883945_AP_201238040….jpg)

>>10158821

4/4

A recent report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a counter-extremism research group, found that while the hashtags are still predominantly posted in the U.S., their prevalence has dropped, which suggests “the conspiracy theory is spreading and taking hold internationally.” The ISD found the top four countries amplifying QAnon conspiracies were the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia, followed by Russia, Indonesia, and Germany. The Media Diversity Institute report found content posted in Dutch, French, German, Greek, and Hungarian, and an increase of support on social media in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Greece, and Hungary.

QAnon around the world

Some of the international followers of Q aren’t exactly the rubes that come to mind when discussing outlandish conspiracy theories.

In October 2019, the Guardian found that one of the friends of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was a well-known QAnon conspiracy theorist whose wife worked in the PM’s office. Earlier this year a psychologist was removed from Australia’s medical registrar for writing over 300 blog posts promoting Q theories about pedophilic sacrifices and an attempted coup on the U.S. by the Queen of England on his practice’s official blog.

In Germany, an investigation by the German outlet the Local showed that a popular German QAnon YouTube page had grown "exponentially" since March and a Telegram channel grew from 20,000 to 110,000 followers. Recently a German QAnon believer was spotted at a far-right anti-immigration rally organized on Hitler's birthday. Controversial German pop singer and influencer Xavier Naidoo was recently found to share Q theories.

In Iran, a political opposition group called Restart has connections to QAnon. QAnon followers have also popped up in Japan and South Korea.

Mike Rothchild, a U.S.-based journalist who covers QAnon and has written a book on the subject, said he’s seen QAnon hashtags from all over the world and in many languages. However, he is unsure if international followers understand the minutiae of the conspiracy or if they’re just gravitating towards a sentiment like the well-known QAnon slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.” Rothschild told VICE News that he feels international QAnon followers are taking the key QAnon concept—fighting back against the elites and globalists—and applying it to their situation.

“I never expected this to get any international reach,” said Rothschild. “What does some U.S. military intelligence role-playing game have to do with life in Japan or Finland where you have different problems and a much different Bogeyman? I think maybe what we're seeing is that the Bogeyman is always kind of the same for a certain online right-winger.”

Not everyone is surprised. Ekman said he’s not shocked he could get 50 people to a Finnish hotel to celebrate something whose true epicentre is over 7,000 kilometres away. Like many within the Q movement, he believes it's part of something bigger.

"I disagree that Q’s messages have been only centred around U.S. politics. There is great diversity on the covered topics," Ekman said. "There is a global spiritual awakening unfolding, of which Q and Trump are a major component."

Even though he says he was “awakened” to ideas like Q in 2014, he believes he's part of something that's only just begun.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkym3k/qanon-conspiracy-has-gone-global

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967d6f  No.10158895

File: f76a1d65e45c5a3⋯.jpg (485.38 KB, 1249x481, 1249:481, 12999_1.jpg)

Q Research General #12999: CV PANIC in Melbourne, WAKE UP Australia! Edition

https://8kun.top/qresearch/res/10158173.html

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5e04b5  No.10163197

File: 48b1b3ddbd92f85⋯.png (678.57 KB, 828x455, 828:455, ClipboardImage.png)

File: fa0f5b1201ce14a⋯.png (590.3 KB, 925x458, 925:458, ClipboardImage.png)

Our government is a swamp

https://youtu.be/lxBACF6iNTU?t=3848

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967d6f  No.10167430

File: 2a6b6c95bfe5ca8⋯.jpg (26.01 KB, 474x267, 158:89, 13001_1.jpg)

File: 6043824fdcb94f6⋯.jpg (34.76 KB, 474x266, 237:133, 13001_2.jpg)

File: b5aee7e88365ab5⋯.jpg (39.98 KB, 474x561, 158:187, 13001_3.jpg)

Repost from Q Research General #13001

>>10160506 (pb)

AUSTRALIA

Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister) and Clinton foundation

FBI Focuses on Millions of “Mishandled” $$$ Funneled from Australian Gov to Clinton Foundation

Oh, those skeletons in the Clinton’s closet aka “Pay to Play” continue tumbling out.

It turns out that between 2006 and 2014, Australia under Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard and fellow feminist funneled $88 million of Australian taxpayers fund to the Clinton Foundation and “associated entities.”

During Gillard’s tenure as prime minister, she also donated $300 million of Australia’s taxpayer money to the Clinton-affiliated Global Partnership for Education as exposed in the Podesta emails leaked by Wikileaks back in 2016.

Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.

“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Smith told LifeZette.

Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials – including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course)[…]

https://www.watcherofweasels.org/fbi-focuses-millions-mishandled-funneled-australian-gov-clinton-foundation/

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967d6f  No.10167460

Repost from Q Research General #13001

>>10160424 (pb)

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Melbourne, Victoria - Daniel Andrews

Andrew's has significant ties to Chyna/CCP going back to 2013 prior to his election as premier in 2014.

Along the way lots of funds coming in from key Chinese nationals with strong ties to CCP.

Key notables:

Hong Lim – first details around 2013, then senior advisor to Andrews as the vice president from the ACPPRC.

Former Labor MP for Clayton and Clarinda.

Was a long-term adviser to the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China’s (ACPPR)honorary board…. which a parliamentary inquiry has been told is a Communist Party “United Front” body pushing pro-Beijing views in Australia.

Tian Di – Middle man to Crown Casino and China high rollers/investors (Owner of Nine Dragons Club)

Arrested by China for crack down on foreign casino issues circumventing strict regulations in China.

Generous ALP donor

Huang Xiangmo – (Former president of ACPPRC), President of Yuhu Group (development company)

Linked to Ming Chai and Tian Di, Tom Zhou.

Former prime minister Malcom Turnbull stated he was ‘an agent of a foreign country’.

According to documents first reported by the ABC, Huang has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Australia's two main political parties.

ASIO concern/warning of Xiangmo lead to Dastyari stepping down

In 2015, he donated $55,000 to have a "boardroom lunch" with Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten.

A spokesman for Huang told the ABC the businessman had stopped making donations in 2016 and would not be commenting on the stories.

Mike Yang – (Andrews senior advisor on China when he was opposition leader), prior Vice-President of ACPPRC)

Close ties to Huang Xiangmo.

Strong CCP influence, believed to be the key connection between Andrews and Chinese govt.

Jean Dong – Chief Executive of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative

First connected with Andrews via Mike Yang

Was MD of her company Spark Group which focused on Chinese investment in Australian agriculture and resources.

Attended a youth conference in China in 2014 with Mike Yang, both are well connected

Tasked with promoting BRI to Andrews, and her company provided consultation advice to and paid for by the Labor govt. Two tax-payer funded contracts for advising on China’s global commercial play in 2017-2018 worth $36,850.

Details of this contract detail leak, lead Andrews administration to say it was an admin error, and lead to the first engagements not being published in 2017-2018 annual report, this hidden.

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967d6f  No.10167466

>>10167460

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Guo Jing Chen – CBD Development group

Significant donor to Andrews/Labor party – payments made through Feb, May, June of 2016 totalling $51,176

Previously given donations to Hong Lim. Sponsored a major fundraiser prior to the 2014 election in support of Hong Lim

Travelled with Andrews to China despite no official invite (Same trip as with Mike Yang)

Linked also to donations to Gladys Liu

Mr Guo Jing's appearance with Victoria's Labor leader also occurred a year after a told a Chinese television documentary 'Australia would not survive' without Chinese migrants

Marty Mei – Special Advisor to Andrews (joined Andrews after 2014 election win, previously worked for Hong Lim) – his appointment came at same time Huang Xiangmo was named honorary president of the Shenzehn association

“Special consultant” to the Shenzhen Association of Australia and Shenzhen business association of Australia, part of a network of Chinese Communist party's united front work department whilst in the role of Multicultural advisor to Andrews!

Later became Multicultural advisor and worked on belt and road deal secured significant $100,000 contribution from Jianping Fu in lead up to 2014 election (Isn’t the limit $50k??). No other donation was noted to the Liberal party.

Travelled with Andrews to China in 2017 and 2018 for the first and second signings of the belt and road initiative.

Jianping Fu and others, associated with Hunan Business Association who have significant ties to the CCP United Front Department

Hunan Business Association linked to Ryan Ouyang, a major property and infrastructure developer in Melbourne through the Ouson Group, he became president of the Hunan Business Association in 2017, praised by the Chinese Ministry of commerce for his advice in navigating the Australian market.

https://morningmail.org/chinas-man-daniel-andrews/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5126419/Sam-Dastyari-denies-Chinese-phone-tap-tip-Xiangmo.html

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/premier-s-belt-and-road-adviser-helped-land-labor-donation-20200529-p54xoz.html

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/victorian-government-blocks-opposition-calls-for-scrutiny-of-pandemic-response-20200423-p54mo6.html

https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/chinese-businesswoman-jean-dong-was-a-key-figure-in-victorias-controversial-trade-deal-with-ccp/news-story/084a72e06f1a2355af1c855ed5c59218

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967d6f  No.10167481

File: 6e86bebff97733a⋯.jpg (601.58 KB, 883x3273, 883:3273, 12999_1.jpg)

File: 841ddad66b9ab80⋯.jpg (117.4 KB, 598x841, 598:841, 12999_2.jpg)

File: eb5d9c90fe6fe36⋯.jpg (186.32 KB, 1920x906, 320:151, 12999_3.jpg)

Repost from Q Research General #12999

>>10158891 (pb)

Digging around looking for a Clinton/Daniel Andrews connection. Found this blog post that asks some interesting questions about Andrews. The date of the photo isn't included in the post but sometime during the last election cycle based on the button. There was no mention of Andrews in the DoS FOIA reading room which is unusual only in that if he had been on her schedule, it would have ordinarily shown up since T. Fitton and others have demanded release of her schedule and appt. books.

May 31, 2020

This photo was sent to us regarding Daniel Michael Andrews.

Daniel Michael Andrews is the current Premier of Victoria, Australian.

"Charles Blackman, is an Australian painter, noted for the Schoolgirl, Avonsleigh and Alice in Wonderland series of the 1950s."

Hillary Clinton is sometimes referred to as ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Why would Daniel Andrews be holding a badge “I'm ready for Hillary”?

Why is he standing in front of artwork “Into the beautiful garden (1956) by Charles Blackman” which is a series of Alice in Wonderland art?

What is more interesting is Australia mainstream media a few days ago, reported the following:

“The United States threatens to CUT OFF Australia after Victoria ignored security advice to join a controversial trade deal with China”

“The U.S. warns it will 'simply disconnect' from Australia if Victoria sucking up to China becomes a security risk.

Premier Daniel Andrews signed up to the controversial Belt and Road Initiative that provides loans and investment in infrastructure projects.

Victoria is the only Australian state to sign the agreement and has been widely criticised for doing so.

(Blog author's Blackman citation) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Blackman

Blog link: https://operationdisclosure1.blogspot.com/2020/05/australias-mp-daniel-andrews-and.html

Archived: http://archive.vn/B5JCr

Went Back to original search and somethin' somethin' lead to a pic of Andrews w/Clinton on Twitter from 2018. Which led to reading comments which led to Australians being caught in US election interference

.

https://twitter.com/danielandrewsmp/status/995548360173015041?lang=en

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967d6f  No.10167571

File: bfec7606d29e3aa⋯.jpg (172.47 KB, 1600x1070, 160:107, _QAnon_supporters_during_I….jpg)

Under the influence: Peddling conspiracy in a pandemic

LYDIA KHALIL - 3 Aug 2020

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Lifestyle and wellness personalities are lending conspiracy theorists a glossy sheen, and not without danger.

Celebrity sells – it always has. But in the digital age, the boundaries of celebrity have changed. Once it was the prerogative of movie, sports or music stars to front a fashion label or promote perfume. But nowadays the marketplace is saturated with any number of online lifestyle and wellness “influencers”, social media users who by virtue of their taste, niche expertise or marketing savvy develop audiences of thousands – sometimes millions – who seek to emulate their lifestyle.

And promoting products is only the beginning. Such influencers can have a profound effect in imparting attitudes and beliefs, too.

Most of the time, this is harmless, a new thread in the media milieu. Yet at a time of pandemic, where medical advice is heavily contested and conspiracy theories from the dark reaches of the internet have proliferated, some online lifestyle influencers are amplifying misinformation and disinformation.

In a new twist during the Covid-19 crisis, three formerly distinct online ecosystems – those occupied by lifestyle/wellness influencers, “QAnon” conspiracy believers, and violent extremists – have in some instances become intertwined, through shared conspiracy-related hashtags and wild claims about the dangers of vaccines, 5G and the evils of the “deep state”.

Numerous recent studies and news reports have shown that extremist groups are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic in an attempt to justify their narratives, recruit followers or incite violence. Extremist narratives have always contained strong conspiratorial elements, and this time is no different. Coronavirus-related conspiracies are deftly interwoven through extremist narratives and mobilisation efforts.

But the connection with online lifestyle and wellness influencers marks a change. This crossover came about after some online lifestyle and wellness influencers became entrepreneurs of conspiracy theories, using them to boost their profiles and to promote and validate their views of wellness. One of the more dangerous conspiracies promoted by lifestyle/wellness influencers are QAnon conspiracies.

The QAnon movement has its origins in the so-called “pizzagate” conspiracy of 2016. In its current form, QAnon alleges that there is a US government insider with a “Q-level clearance” who is communicating cryptically with his followers online. QAnon followers believe there is a “deep state” within the US government that is controlled by a cabal of Democrats and liberal Hollywood celebrities who are also Satan-worshiping paedophiles. Through Q, President Donald Trump was manifested to expose and shut down these ritualistic paedophile rings. During the Covid-19 pandemic, QAnon conspiracy groups and posts have also promoted the idea that the pandemic was, alternately, another deep-state plot, a hoax, and a Chinese bio-weapon, among other health disinformation.

However, QAnon is not only a conspiracy movement. It has also been deemed a domestic terror threat by the FBI. A leaked FBI memo written in May 2019 assessed QAnon believers as “conspiracy-driven domestic extremists” and that QAnon and other crowd sourced conspiracies would “very likely motivate some domestic extremists to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity”.

The memo cited two violent incidents linked to QAnon, but there have been at least three other violent incidents since its publication, with researchers also examining its spread beyond the United States. What started as a US-based pro-Trump conspiracy movement has now gone global and includes a number of proponents in Australia, reportedly including a family friend of the Prime Minister with a substantial social media following.

A recent article by Insider magazine highlighted a number of lifestyle influencers who were posting QAnon conspiracies related to the pandemic. Outlets such as Buzzfeed, Mother Jones and Huffington Post have also revealed a string of other popular lifestyle, design and wellness influencers who have become vectors of Covid-19 and QAnon conspiracies. Some have latched onto the discredited “plandemic” film released in May or QAnon memes, variously claiming the coronavirus is fake, or that the deep state is responsible for spreading the virus, or that pandemic lockdown measures are a tool of oppression. Still others have encouraged followers to attend anti-lockdown protests which have included a number of far-right extremists in their midst.

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967d6f  No.10167576

File: 07946b61cd724a7⋯.jpg (193.27 KB, 1200x800, 3:2, An_anti_lockdown_protest_i….jpg)

>>10167571

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Ironically, one of the most widely shared erroneous memes about the virus being spread by people in China eating bat soup, which was created and circulated by conspiracy theorists and extremists alike, was itself appropriated from a Chinese online influencer and celebrity vlogger, who said that a video of her eating a local delicacy of bat soup in Palau for her vlog was “hijacked by accounts fanning out malicious panic”.

The intersection between wellness and violent conspiracies seems unexpected, but the wellness movement has its origins in anti-establishment and anti-mainstream medical circles. Scholars such as Charlotte Ward and David Vaos have examined the confluence of new age wellness and conspiracy, which they termed “conspirituality”, an intersection between new age wellness, belief in the dangers of a “new world order” and big pharma, and a shared emphasis on “awakening” and revealing truths.

Until recently, the convergence of wellness and conspiracy in a drive for awakening and societal change emphasised the non-violent and the peaceful. However, the emergence of the QAnon movement has pushed things in a more troubling direction.

The online links between far right, QAnon conspiracy groups and some online wellness and lifestyle influencers have grown during the pandemic, the ensuing lockdown and response to restrictions. Online wellness and lifestyle influencers who peddle QAnon conspiracy theories about the pandemic can potentially drive traffic to online extremist groups through shared QAnon related hashtags such as #QAnon, #TheGreatAwakening, #Plandemic, #GermJihad, #MAGA, #whitegenocide #WWG1WGA or #coronavirushoax. This can also be done when influencers have used memes and iconography also appropriated by right-wing extremists – for example “red pill blue pill”, “falling down the rabbit hole”, or “where we go one we go all”.

More analysis is needed, but there is emerging evidence to suggest that online influencers’ posts related to QAnon are being cross-posted and referenced by extremists groups on online forums. And by promoting conspiracies or “alternative” information in the name of wellness and alternative lifestyles, the online influencers of today can serve, however unwittingly, as a gateway directing users to further, darker corners of the internet.

Social media lifestyle influencers posting about QAnon not only serve to normalise this fringe movement, but can potentially undermine efforts by internet companies to “de-platform” purveyors of disinformation, label misleading posts and weed out prohibited content (as identified in their terms of service). Internet companies such as Reddit have banned QAnon forums for inciting violence. Facebook has banned a number of QAnon pages for inauthentic behaviour ,and Apple has removed a QAnon app from its store. Twitter recently announced it is suspending thousands of QAnon accounts. But QAnon posts still flourish online.

Because lifestyle and wellness influencers generate substantial revenue, have helped build social media businesses, and have not generally intersected with extremist movements before, there is a danger that influencers will escape extremist content reporting and moderation. Furthermore, influencer posts are likely to reach a wider audience than extremist group posts as they are less scrutinised by social media mechanisms monitoring extremist content.

Lifestyle and wellness influencers are particularly challenging because, as numerous surveys have found, influencer marketing has exploded. More and more people are turning to influencers and online personalities for inspiration, recommendations and purchasing advise. Online influencers who’ve latched onto QAnon present conspiracies in an engaging, appealing and relatable manner, often interspersing posts promoting QAnon among stylised photos of fashion, workouts and recipes. The same skills that these influencers use for consumer brand marketing have helped turn an outlandish conspiracy theory into an “acceptable option in the market place of ideas”.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/under-influence-peddling-conspiracy-pandemic

About The Interpreter

The Interpreter is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. It publishes daily commentary and analysis on international events, and is edited by Daniel Flitton (Managing Editor) and Sam Hendricks (Deputy Editor), along with founding editor Sam Roggeveen (Director of Digital).

We seek a global audience, but our perspective is Australian. Like the Institute itself, The Interpreter has a strong commitment to analytic integrity. Its editorial stance is independent, non-partisan, and directed towards informing and deepening the debate about international policy.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/about-interpreter

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967d6f  No.10167665

File: ba0e2294e518d64⋯.jpg (52.48 KB, 960x540, 16:9, Craig_Kelly_says_doctors_s….jpg)

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Liberal MP’s ‘dangerous’ hydroxychloroquine claim asks if Vic premier should be jailed

Firebrand backbencher Craig Kelly has been slammed for sharing “dangerous” messages, asking if Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews could “face 25 years in jail” for not promoting hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a coronavirus cure.

Australian authorities have warned hydroxychloroquine, long-used as a malaria treatment, poses “well-known serious risks” such as eye damage and heart attack if used incorrectly, while numerous global studies have returned mixed results.

Labor’s shadow health minister, Chris Bowen, derided Mr Kelly’s recent social media output – with 18 Facebook posts about hydroxychloroquine in the last two days – as a “Trumpian rant”.

Mr Trump has hailed hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure or treatment for coronavirus, but the drug is not being used in Australia for that purpose.

In March, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said it “strongly discourages” using the drug against coronavirus, outlining “limited evidence for effect against COVID-19, as well as the risk of significant adverse effects” like heart, eye and blood sugar issues.

In a May update, the TGA said “the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 is strongly discouraged”.

The TGA said Sanofi – a supplier of hydroxychloroquine products – told doctors that “hydroxychloroquine is not approved for use in Australia for treatment of COVID-19 outside the confines of a clinical trial”, citing “an increased number of reports of serious cardiac issues, including deaths, in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine.”

However, Mr Kelly – Liberal MP for the Sydney seat of Hughes –has been sharing vast quantities of news articles and studies on his Facebook page in recent days, calling for the drug to be made more widely available in Australia.

“There is a special place in hell awaiting those that have been part of the war on Hydroxychloroquine for poltical [sic] reasons. They have the blood of tens of thousands on their hands,” Mr Kelly posted on Monday morning.

“COULD THE VICTORIAN PREMIER (and others) FACE 25 YEARS IN JAIL FOR CONTINUING TO BAN HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE?” he wrote in another post, asking whether not making the drug available could constitute ‘workplace manslaughter’.

In another post, the backbencher said “Hydroxychloroquine is obviously not a panacea for severe cases of Covid-19”.

Mr Bowen slapped down Mr Kelly’s claims as did Labor leader Anthony Albanese.

“I was shocked by them, that any member of Parliament would be so irresponsible at a time where Victorians are doing it tough,” Mr Albanese said.

Speaking to The New Daily, Mr Kelly said he wanted to see doctors given the option of prescribing the drug, claiming that not prescribing the drug for COVID was “illogical”.

“Mr Bowen needs to do some homework and catch up with the latest medical science and opinions. It should be up to a doctor, and the patient themselves whether to prescribe the drug or not,” he said.

He accepted there was “mixed results” in various studies on the drug, including some that found it had no effect or even negative effects on patients.

“Well, federal authorities haven’t banned its use, they haven’t recommended it,” Mr Kelly replied, when asked about the TGA’s advice on the drug

“There’s a big difference between not recommending it and banning it.”

The drug is also in national political news for another reason on Monday, with mining magnate Clive Palmer’s court challenge to Western Australia’s border closure allegedly sparked by his hope to promote hydroxychloroquine in Perth.

In April, Mr Palmer said he had purchased almost 33 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

“He wanted to come to Western Australia to promote hydroxychloroquine to the people of the state as some sort of cure for COVID,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Monday.

“All the evidence is not only is it not a cure, it’s actually dangerous.”

“Him coming to Western Australia to promote a dangerous drug, I don’t think was a good thing for our state and I’m pleased that (WA Police) rejected him.”

However, Australians are apparently not heeding warnings with the Border Force seizing thousands of hydroxychloroquine doses in recent months.

“ABF officers are screening medical supplies coming into Australia and have seen a significant spike in detections of the herbal medicine Ephedra and Hydroxychloroquine,” the service said on Monday.

“ABF officers have also seized more than 26,000 tablets of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine between 1 January 2020 and 21 June 2020. Unauthorised importations are referred to the TGA for assessment.”

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https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/03/craig-kelly-hydroxychloroquine-claim/

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967d6f  No.10167767

File: 048e5f718a96e7e⋯.webm (4.97 MB, 1280x720, 16:9, Barnaby_Joyce_And_Joel_Fi….webm)

Labor condemns Craig Kelly’s suggestion Daniel Andrews could ‘face 25 years in jail’ for hydroxychloroquine ban

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On Monday the National party MP and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce also courted controversy by invoking the billionaire investor and bogeyman of the far rightGeorge Sorosin a comment on interest rates.

Joyce told Channel Seven’s Sunrise that Australia was borrowing from “overseas”, warning that with net public debt on target to reach $1tn “at some stage you’re going to pay it back”.

When the presenter David Koch noted that interest rates were at a historical low of 0.8%, Joyce replied: “Yeah, of course interest rates will go up – of course interest rates will go up.

“Well, did anyone who planned that this will be the lowest interest rates five years ago in history in the history of mankind? Did anybody plan about this 10 years ago?

“I remember when Telecom bonds were at 17%, you know it too. And you have to look at your short-term money rates. You have to look at whether George Soros knows what he’s doing it. He’s planning on interest rates going up.”

Soros is famous for making more than £1 billion by short-selling the British pound in 1992, and has become the target of antisemitic demonisation and far-right conspiracy theories in part because of his philanthropy for liberal and progressive causes.

Joyce told Guardian Australia he “could have referred to a number of people” trading in short-term money markets but had mentioned Soros because he had been the subject of a recent news article, which Joyce failed to identify.

“Interest rates are as low as they’ve ever been and that means the next movement is up. I don’t know about racial views or racial issues regarding Soros but, like him or not, he’s good at picking the market.”

The prime minister’s office has been contacted for comment.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/03/labor-condemns-craig-kellys-suggestion-daniel-andrews-could-face-25-years-in-jail-for-hydroxychloroquine-ban

Barnaby Joyce And Joel Fitzgibbon Discuss Paid Pandemic Leave

Federal MPs Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon joined Kochie and Nat to discuss Victoria's 'Stage 4' lockdown and calls for 'paid pandemic leave' to ensure vulnerable workers with coronavirus or waiting for test results can afford to stay at home.

https://www.facebook.com/Sunrise/videos/287596765681317/

QMAP.pub - Players in the Game

George Soros

Billionaire "philanthropist" and investor. Runs many international organizations worldwide. 1st pillar (+) of the global elites (cabal) power structure – controller of people organizations.

https://qmap.pub/players/read/4

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967d6f  No.10167809

File: bd55996b84bd218⋯.jpg (184.46 KB, 825x591, 275:197, POTUS_11.jpg)

President Donald Trump Tweet

Big China Virus breakouts all over the World, including nations which were thought to have done a great job. The Fake News doesn’t report this. USA will be stronger than ever before, and soon!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1289887533250351110

Twitter Moments Australia @MomentsAU

A State of Disaster has been declared in Victoria over the COVID-19 outbreak and Melbourne residents face strict new restrictions including a nightly curfew and limits on movement outside of the home. Here are the details.

https://twitter.com/MomentsAU/status/1289804254215933954

Victoria declares a State of Disaster and Melbourne enters curfew over COVID-19 outbreak

Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Distaster in Victoria from 6:00 pm on Sunday. Melbourne residents will see stricter restrictions from Sunday evening, including a curfew between 8:00 pm - 5:00 am and staying within 5km of their home for shopping. The move comes as the state confirmed 671 new COVID-19 cases, and a total of 760 "mystery cases" which are cases where authorities have been unable to identify a source of infection.

https://twitter.com/i/events/1289780187668688896

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967d6f  No.10167879

File: 822ee6c6b1b4189⋯.jpg (491.39 KB, 825x1070, 165:214, VRG_35.jpg)

File: 3c6e93151876c5f⋯.jpg (108.65 KB, 736x736, 1:1, EeYh4gNXoAIRgsX.jpg)

Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet

Let the awakened no longer be silent- let us be heard from every corner of earth. No child should be left behind. #KidsToo #DarkToLight #Epstein #Maxwell @KirbySommers @lisapodcasts @bobby_capucci @aplusk @taylorswift13 @RoArquette @THR The tsunami of awakening is happening NOW

https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia/status/1289778254170087424

Mark @RealMarkW1

We are with you Virginia and we are many!

https://twitter.com/RealMarkW1/status/1289755599551504386

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967d6f  No.10167952

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

INVESTIGATION: Hotel quarantine security breach causes COVID-19 second wave | 60 Minutes Australia

Published on 2 Aug 2020

It’s been a hell of a year for everyone. But for Victorians, and in particular people living in Melbourne, the resurgence of COVID-19 and the return to lockdown has been especially tough. Up until a few weeks ago things had looked so different and there was even cautious optimism that the virus was being beaten. But by escaping containment it has now proved how devious it really is. What remains both galling and inexcusable though is how the state government of Victoria lost control of the disease. Sarah Abo reports on an appalling breach of security that’s causing a catastrophe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi6C2ekvILE

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33f5b4  No.10170026

File: e3e2a0e07a84c07⋯.png (38.63 KB, 371x185, 371:185, 792FA0C9_FBF2_4652_8574_06….png)

FROM GENERAL 13014 https://8kun.top/qresearch/res/10166637.html#q10166988

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/state-of-emergency-vs-state-of-disaster-whats-the-difference/news-story/4272617a2d3b6e42ed232de52d21e131

POWER GRAB

This man sold out to the CCP, now is running a RED DAWN OP

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777f78  No.10174955

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Okay MAGA… This is what happens when they take your Gun rights away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMcvTQf1Dw

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967d6f  No.10176837

Resignations in the news

David Hutchinson resigns as Queensland LNP president

David Hutchinson will resign as Queensland LNP president less than two months after quitting his role as a consultant for rival politician Clive Palmer.

Mr Hutchinson came under fire in June for working for Mr Palmer, while also holding a volunteer position as president of the Liberal National Party.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington said on Saturday she respected Mr Hutchinson's decision to resign as president.

In June, damning polling on Ms Frecklington's popularity was leaked from LNP headquarters, throwing her leadership into question just months out from an election.

The finger was pointed at Mr Hutchinson and the so-called "backroom boys" of the party.

It raised the ire of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton who called for Mr Hutchinson to resign, saying his position was untenable.

Since January, members of the LNP's parliamentary team have expressed concern over Mr Hutchinson's dual roles.

Some had called for Mr Hutchinson to choose between his job with Mr Palmer and his volunteer role as president, saying they were incompatible.

In the weeks before last year's federal election Mr Hutchinson, then acting LNP president, struck an in-principle deal with Mr Palmer to put him second on the party's how-to-vote cards.

https://www.standard.net.au/story/6859700/hutchinson-resigns-as-qld-lnp-president/

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson announces resignation

SANFL Chief Executive Officer Jake Parkinson has today announced he will be stepping down from his role at the end of the organisation’s financial year, October 31, 2020.

Mr Parkinson advised the South Australian Football Commission of his resignation from SANFL, which comes after six years in the role, to explore new career options.

“I am extremely proud of the achievements of my team and the organisation over the past six years,” Mr Parkinson said.

“However, I believe the time is now right for a future CEO to lead SANFL as it establishes the next phase of its strategic direction.

“Likewise, it is the right time for me personally to explore what the next chapter in my career might be.”

https://sanfl.com.au/league/news/sanfl-ceo-jake-parkinson-announces-resignation/

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967d6f  No.10176846

File: 8b9949ee737af83⋯.jpg (134.37 KB, 1024x576, 16:9, Dr_Kylie_Moore_Gilbert_was….jpg)

>>10136706

Family of jailed Australian academic 'reassured' by ambassador's visit

The Australian ambassador to Iran has visited jailed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in her new prison, reporting she is well and has access to food and medicine.

Dr Moore-Gilbert's family released a statement through the Australian government saying it had been "reassured" by the consular visit on Sunday.

Friends and colleagues of the University of Melbourne lecturer have grown increasingly concerned about her welfare after she was moved to a notorious prison in the desert.

The Cambridge-educated academic, who has been sentenced to 10 years' jail for espionage, had been held in Evin Prison in Iran's capital for nearly two years before suddenly being moved to Qarchak women's prison a little over a week ago. Qarchak, in the desert east of Tehran, holds political prisoners, serious drug offenders and murderers and has been described as overcrowded.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Australian ambassador to Iran, Lyndall Sachs, made a consular visit to Dr Moore-Gilbert on Sunday.

"Dr Moore-Gilbert is well and has access to food, medical facilities and books," the DFAT spokesman said. "We will continue to seek regular consular access to Dr Moore-Gilbert.

"We believe that the best chance of resolving Dr Moore-Gilbert's case lies through the diplomatic path and not through the media. Dr Moore-Gilbert and her family have requested privacy."

Friends and colleagues of Dr Moore-Gilbert, along with federal MPs from both major parties, have raised concerns about DFAT's handling of the case, suggesting there should be a more public campaign to raise the profile of her plight.

In a statement released through DFAT, Dr Moore-Gilbert's family said it was thankful Dr Moore-Gilbert had "many strong supporters and friends who love and care about her safe return", but it believed her best chance at release was through diplomatic avenues. It was in close contact with DFAT and the Australian government.

"We remain committed to getting our Kylie home as soon as possible and this is our top and only priority," the family said. "We ask that you continue to respect both Kylie's and our privacy while we concentrate on getting her home."

Dr Moore-Gilbert, who most recently worked as a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne, was arrested in September 2018 while at an educational conference and later convicted of espionage. She has denied all charges against her.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/family-of-jailed-australian-academic-reassured-by-ambassador-visit-20200804-p55ifg.html

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967d6f  No.10176973

File: 48b8e5174016b65⋯.jpg (114.64 KB, 670x1049, 670:1049, Shukri_Walker_claims_to_ha….jpg)

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'I WAS THERE' Prince Andrew WAS at club with Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ Virginia Giuffre – not Pizza Express, new witness claims

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A NEW witness claims she saw Prince Andrew with accuser Virginia Giuffre at a nightclub — contradicting his insistence he was not there.

Shukri Walker said: “I remember him dancing and chatting with the young girl.”

Teenage Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia says she was forced to have sex with Andrew after they left Tramp in Mayfair in March 2001.

Andrew denies it and claims he was not even in Tramp on that evening.

He says he remembers the date well because he took daughter Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey.

But Shukri has no doubts it was the Prince she saw dancing with teenage sex slave Virginia Giuffre at a nightclub — because she said sorry to him after standing on his foot.

Shukri said she turned to apologise after her mishap on the dance floor at Tramp and found herself face-to-face with the Prince.

She recalled: “He was smiling. He said, ‘No problem’.”

Shukri’s account is another blow to the beleaguered royal, who has come under intense scrutiny since 58-year-old Maxwell was arrested last month for conspiring with Epstein to sex traffick women.

Shukri today said she decided to speak out after watching Andrew’s denial during his now infamous Newsnight interview.

She contacted US lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents a number of Epstein’s victims.

Ms Bloom passed the information on to the FBI.

Shukri said: “When I watched the BBC interview and saw Prince Andrew deny knowing Virginia, saying he has no recollection of that night I had to come forward.

“Because I was there and I do have a recollection of it.”

Shukri said that she and a male friend had been dancing in the club while Andrew was among a group sitting in a corner.

She added: “I can remember exactly where they were sitting.

“They had one of those coolers with ice and a bottle in. In fact probably two of those.

“You could tell they were getting special treatment.

“The man I was with went over there and started talking to them and then came back.

“Then at some point I was dancing with him and stood on the feet of one of the men sitting in the corner and I said, ‘I’m sorry’.

“And he was smiling. He said, ‘No problem’. My companion said that the man who I stood on was actually Prince Andrew.

“I’d never seen a Prince in my life before. I just stood and looked at this man, thinking, ‘Oh my goodness. It’s a real Prince.’

“He was smiling a lot, most of the night.

“He looked like he was having a great time. And he was with this young girl who was close to my own age, perhaps even a bit younger than me.

“They were not that alone. They were with the woman who has just been arrested, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Epstein.

“I will never forget the night because I was told this is a real Prince.

"That’s the moment that stood out for me. I don’t think I would have remembered otherwise.”

Shukri recalled Virginia had an “awkward expression” on her face.

She added: “I do remember the little girl perhaps was a little bit drunk or just had a weird expression, an awkward expression.

“But she wasn’t smiling, it was the opposite of smiles.”

In Virginia’s account of the night of March 10, 2001, Andrew was “sweating profusely” as they danced.

Andrew told Newsnight that was impossible as he has a medical condition which means he does not sweat.

Shukri says she cannot be sure if Andrew was sweating — but claims she did see him wipe his face.

She said: “He was using the back of his hand. I don’t know with all honesty if he was wiping it because he was sweating or just touching it.

“But he wiped at his forehead with the back of his hand when he was dancing several times.

“I remember he was dancing with the young girl and chatting with her throughout the night.”

PUTTING PRESSURE ON PRINCE

Virginia, now 36, says she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Maxwell’s London house.

She says a picture of Andrew with his arm around her was taken there on the same night.

Andrew has said he has no recollection of meeting Virginia and suggested the photo may have been faked.

Maxwell is currently in jail in New York awaiting trial.

Billionaire financier Epstein, a friend of Andrew’s, killed himself in prison a year ago while facing similar charges.

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967d6f  No.10176982

File: dc5534fc64f24c3⋯.jpg (74.22 KB, 670x841, 670:841, Shukri_s_lawyer_says_she_i….jpg)

File: 90b703f570595bd⋯.jpg (76.87 KB, 634x396, 317:198, Andrew_seen_here_with_a_my….jpg)

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>>10176973

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Somalian Shukri said she was even more determined to come forward because she was a sex trafficking victim herself.

She was a teenage refugee from her war-torn homeland when she was trafficked from Kenya to Italy and then London.

Ms Bloom believes Shukri to be a credible witness.

The lawyer said: “All she wanted was to get her story to the FBI as a witness to help Virginia.

“So she wasn’t seeking any money from anyone. She wasn’t looking to bring a lawsuit.”

The FBI decided it did not need Shukri’s testimony.

Ms Bloom said: “They said, ‘We have the story, thank you. And we don’t need to bother her’.”

The lawyer said a second woman had been in touch claiming to have seen Andrew and Virginia together in the club on that evening.

She said she had several phone conversations with the witness, who was too frightened to go public.

Ms Bloom hopes Shukri’s story will put further pressure on Andrew to speak to US prosecutors. She said: “Absolutely they should investigate him.

“You know, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck and this duck spent a lot of time with Epstein,

“And Andrew’s story always seemed so shady to me.

“He has not released any documents, calendars or journals that would show where he was.”

Andrew was pictured in Tramp on March 13 — three days after it is claimed he was there with Virginia.

He was snapped chatting to Fiona Sangster, wife of racing tycoon Robert.

'SURVIVORS ARE TELLING THE TRUTH'

Virginia claims she was groomed by Epstein and Maxwell after being invited to apply for a masseuse job shortly after her 17th birthday.

She has alleged in court documents they made her have sex with Andrew in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands in 2001.

Last week more of her allegations were revealed during ongoing hearings related to the trafficking charges against Maxwell.

David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, told The Sun last night: “The more the evidence comes out, the more confirmation there is that the Epstein survivors are telling the truth, and that the denials and attacks of the Epstein enablers and participants are a smokescreen.”

Buckingham Palace has previously described Virginia’s claims as “false and without any foundation”.

It added: “Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors” by the Duke of York was “categorically untrue”.

Andrew, 60, has not commented on Shukri’s claims.

But a friend said: “It’s interesting to see how many people have razor sharp recollections of events that took place some 20 years ago.

“It’s difficult to believe that these events can be remembered with such clarity at this distance.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12303489/prince-andrew-was-with-epstein-girl-claims-witness/

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967d6f  No.10177046

File: 20fd68e23343792⋯.jpg (304.55 KB, 1500x1000, 3:2, Heidi_Klum_Never_Traveled_….jpg)

File: 413fa9451371eaf⋯.jpg (276.46 KB, 1500x1000, 3:2, Heidi_Klum.jpg)

Heidi Klum 'Never' Traveled on Jeffrey Epstein's Private Jet, Says Her Lawyer: 'Totally False'

Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed Heidi Klum was flying on Jeffrey Epstein's private plane in documents from a 2015 lawsuit

Heidi Klum is shutting down claims that she flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet.

On Friday, documents from a 2015 defamation case, filed by Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre) against Ghislaine Maxwell, were opened by a federal judge. In the documents, Giuffre alleged Klum was one of the many high-status celebrities to fly on Epstein's aircraft.

One of the released filings was from a 2011 deposition that Giuffre gave to an attorney in West Palm Beach. Asked at the time who traveled on Epstein's plane, Giuffre mentioned, "Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Bill Clinton and Al Gore," according to WPEC.

A lawyer for Klum tells PEOPLE that Giuffre's claims are "totally false."

"Any reference to Heidi Klum in connection with Jeffrey Epstein is totally false. Heidi Klum’s name and initials were absent from all the flight logs which were released. Many high profile people are listed, but Ms. Klum is not one of them," the America’s Got Talent judge’s lawyer says, adding, "The explanation is simple. She has never been on any of Mr. Epstein’s planes. And that is because she did not know Mr. Epstein and was never on his island."

In a statement to PEOPLE, Klum, 47, says: "I have been watching the news and see that I have been mistakenly named as a passenger on one of Mr. Epstein’s flights. I did not know Mr. Epstein and therefore have never been on his planes, at his homes or his island. I am speaking up as I do not want to be falsely associated with Mr. Epstein and the horrific story surrounding him."

Klum continues: "I stand with the victims who have so bravely come forward and I too want the truth to come out and for justice to prevail."

The new details came one day after U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled to have the documents unsealed. The civil case, which was settled in 2017, involved Giuffre's claims that Epstein sexually abused her as a minor.

According to ABC News, contents of the now-unsealed case could contain hundreds of names of people who worked with or traveled with Epstein, who died in August 2019 almost a month after he was arrested for allegedly sex-trafficking girls.

Epstein has also been associated with Prince Andrew, whose connection with the disgraced financier (and disastrous BBC interview in November discussing his ties to Epstein) forced him to step down from royal duty in 2019.

In the BBC interview, Andrew discussed the sexual abuse allegations made by Giuffre against him, which the prince denies. Giuffre's allegations mention coercion to have sex with the royal three times between 1999 and 2002 in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein, starting when she was just 17 years old.

A representative for Klum, who has been photographed posing with Prince Andrew at a party in 2000, released a statement clarifying the supermodel’s association with the royal.

"Heidi Klum has met Prince Andrew on two occasions," the statement from her representative begins. "She was first introduced to him in the year 2000 at her first ever Halloween party where they were photographed. He attended that party among several hundred guests and the events team set up the photos with the two of them. Ghislaine Maxwell, who was Prince Andrew’s guest to the event, is in the background of one of the images. Heidi recalls seeing him again about three years ago at a party in Los Angeles."

Maxwell, 58, was arrested by the FBI in early July and pleaded not guilty to all charges after authorities said she allegedly helped longtime companion Epstein groom girls as young as age 14 for sexual abuse — incidents that she allegedly participated in herself.

Maxwell has been charged with six felonies, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts, and perjury. She is being held without bond, and prosecutors describe her as a flight risk.

Maxwell will appear in court again sometime this month. Her trial date has been set for July 2021.

https://people.com/style/heidi-klum-denies-traveling-on-jeffrey-epstein-private-jet/

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967d6f  No.10177085

File: fbf475cb77fdcc5⋯.jpg (126.66 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Labor_MP_Shaoquett_Moselma….jpg)

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Part-time Labor staffer John Zhang challenges investigation into possible foreign interference

The national security investigation targeting the possible foreign interference of NSW Labor backbencher Shaoquett Moselmane is being challenged in the High Court by his part-time staffer, John Zhang, whose home and office were raided as part of the inquiry.

Details of Mr Zhang’s legal challenge were made public in NSW Parliament on Tuesday as the upper house prepared to examine a claim of parliamentary privilege sought by Mr Moselmane over key documents sought by the Australian Federal Police.

The documents are understood to include speeches, petitions, questions on notice, committee papers and other material used in the drafting of these items that originated from Mr Moselmane’s office.

NSW Upper House president John Ajaka said that on July 31 the clerk was notified that Mr Zhang’s solicitor had commenced proceedings in the High Court of Australia challenging the legality of the search warrants executed on his home and office.

Mr Moselmane, who has denied being a suspect in the matter, is not party to the High Court proceedings.

“It is understood the proceedings will concern arguments as to the constitutional validity of the offence provisions underpinning the investigation,” Mr Ajaka said.

In late July The Australian revealed that AFP officers had spent two days in the NSW parliament reviewing documents and data originating from Mr Moselmane’s office. They are seeking the documents as part of their inquiry but have been prevented from accessing them due to their privileged status.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Mr Moselmane, through his legal representative, had sought to narrow the scope of documents being sought, subject to parliamentary privilege.

The AFP investigation has been working in tandem with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, which confirmed its role in the matter. The inquiry, which has been ongoing for an unspecified amount of time, culminated in June with the raids on the homes and offices of Mr Moselmane and Mr Zhang. It is understood to be focusing on potential interference by the Chinese Community Party.

The NSW parliament’s Privileges Committee was due to examine Mr Moselmane’s documents and make a ruling about whether they could be released, but due to the High Court challenge this has been postponed, Mr Ajaka said.

“Mr Zhang’s legal representative has indicated that, the matter now being before the High Court, the AFP will need to suspend all processing of material and data sought to the warrant until such time as the matter is heard by the court,” he said.

“In the meantime, the documents and other material over which privilege has been claimed will remain in the safe keeping of the clerk and deputy clerk as the agreed neutral third party.”

Mr Moselmane currently remains suspended from the Labor Party and is serving as an independent member of the crossbench.

In a letter addressed from Mr Moselmane to Mr Ajaka, dated June 29 and read out to the parliament on Tuesday, the Labor MP reiterated that he was not a suspect in the investigation. He also said that neither he nor his staff would seek to access his parliamentary computers or telephones while the investigation was ongoing.

“I’ve maintained and continued to protest my innocence as to any wrongdoing whatsoever,” Mr Moselmane wrote. “I seek leave of absence from the house to allow the orderly conduct of both the house and investigations, such that it is, to continue and to that end respect the rule of law and allow the house to conduct its affairs without the unnecessary distraction.”

In his only public statements relating to the raids, Mr Moselmane said his fascination with China began in high school. In addition to visiting the country numerous times over the past decade, he has been a founding member of the Australian Chinese Association and an honorary chairman of the Australian Shanghainese Association. Mr Zhang was also an honorary chairman of the ASA.

Both organisations, according to China analysts, are linked to Beijing’s network of foreign influence operations known as the United Front Work Department.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/parttime-labor-staffer-john-zhang-challenges-investigation-into-possible-foreign-interference/news-story/e7e39dec257b6b42037c67a31db0d7d2

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967d6f  No.10177186

File: 193bbedc9303fba⋯.webm (7.35 MB, 640x360, 16:9, AFP_lift_the_lid_on_moder….webm)

>>10123369

>>10158011

Modern day slavery occurring in Australia

7NEWS Exclusive: A look at slavery in Australia and the disturbing pictures captured by Federal Police in our suburbs.

From children as young as 8 forced to marry to underpaid workers living in squalor for years it's happening at record rates in neighbourhoods across the country.

https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSsydney/videos/modern-day-slavery-occurring-in-australia/1386821954850459

AFP lift the lid on 'modern-day slavery' in Australia's suburbs

The Australian Federal Police say “modern-day slavery” is happening on our doorstep.

In the last financial year alone, the AFP has received 201 reports including forced labour, domestic slavery, debt bondage and sexual servitude with victims as young as eight.

Of those, 70 reports were in New South Wales, 61 in Victoria, 31 in Queensland, 19 cases investigated in Western Australia, 15 in South Australia, and five in the Northern Territory.

But experts say it’s the tip of the iceberg with only one in four trafficking cases reported.

“Human trafficking and modern-day slavery is happening here in Australia,” AFP Human Trafficking Operations Det. Supt Paula Hudson told 7NEWS.

For ten years, a quarter of a room in a Sydney CBD unit was home for an Indonesian woman who worked all day for a family in their cafe and then came home to cook, and clean as their personal slave.

The self-appointed masters are now before the courts.

In a similar case, AFP officers raided a unit in the Sydney suburb of Eastlakes where a Malaysian woman in her 20s has been rescued from five years of forced, unpaid work.

Forced marriages

Hudson says forced marriages are the “number one report…we’ve had people as young as eight”.

In one case, a Sudanese family was stopped twice at the airport trying to take their underage daughter overseas to be married.

It’s a practice that is not unique to any one particular country or culture with 48 nationalities represented in reports here in Australia.

While the pandemic lockdown has dealt human traffickers their biggest blow in modern history, the AFP says they will be ready when restrictions ease.

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/afp-lift-the-lid-on-modern-day-slavery-in-australias-suburbs-c-1214179

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967d6f  No.10177348

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

Satan's Children (1989)

Teresa's daring escape from brutal satanic cult and bizarre rituals | 60 Minutes Australia

Published on 4 Aug 2020

Warning: This story contains graphic imagery and descriptions. Viewer discretion is advised. Story first aired in 1989.

Ian Leslie describes this as 'the most painful and disturbing story' he's had to report in 27 years of journalism. It's the horrifying account of a British girl who was trapped for 12 years in a brutal satanic cult, run by her grandmother. Teresa, now 15, went to live with her grandmother when she was two. She tells Leslie of the bizarre rituals and the systematic sexual abuse which became part of her everyday life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ioRBNriG8

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e04595  No.10185802

File: d6c22ad5974f190⋯.jpg (64.52 KB, 600x350, 12:7, Matrix_Q.jpg)

Anon's wondering if there's intel or com's on what is actually happening to Melbourne as were going downhill and fast. Total lockdown and i think there's alot more to come, 21 flights came into Melb from 2am to 3am with planes and Helicopters, apparently Dan Andrews was there greeting some on people from the flight, and alot of cargo was being unloaded. What was the cargo, vaccine? another virus? We need to know is Q watching? Are we safe? Is there going to be a forced vaccination in the next month with the space of lockdowns? Food now is all of a sudden being becoming scarce when we know farmers are told to dump their food. Can we please get some answers its starting to get worrying. Thanks in advance #WWG1WGA

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967d6f  No.10186848

File: 4828544f6f57c1c⋯.jpg (46.93 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Scott_Morrison_will_use_a_….jpg)

Morrison vows to tackle Chinese interference

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Scott Morrison and national security chiefs have briefed state and territory leaders on the threat level of Chinese interference, ahead of a major address by the Prime Minister to a US strategic forum warning of the unprecedented militarisation of the Indo-Pacific, cyber attacks and an “assault” on liberal democracies.

Mr Morrison’s speech comes as the government moves to ramp up the nation’s cyber defences, offensive capability and protection of critical infrastructure through its Cyber Security Strategy, which is expected to be approved by cabinet this week.

In a virtual speech to the Aspen Security Forum in the US on Wednesday, Mr Morrison will say Australia will not be a “bystander” in the Indo-Pacific region and will put the nation at the centre of a global security and economic network of “like-minded” economies.

He will warn of the increasing level of foreign interference and proliferation of cyber attacks and the need to expand Australia’s trade relationships beyond its reliance on China.

“Today, the Indo-Pacific is the epicentre of strategic competition,” Mr Morrison will tell the US think tank led by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

“Tensions over territorial claims are growing. The pace of regional military modernisation is unprecedented. Democratic nations face new threats from foreign interference. Cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Disinformation is being used to manipulate free societies. The trade rules that have allowed us to prosper have not evolved to meet new challenges. And economic coercion is increasingly employed as a tool of statecraft.”

Mr Morrison will tell the forum that the “liberal rules and norms of the American Century are under assault” but will call on other democracies to step up and act more cohesively.

“A critical priority is to build a durable strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific,” he will say. “For more like-minded nations to act more cohesively, more consistently, more often. To align. I assure you that Australia is not being passive; we’re acting to shape that tomorrow right now.”

Mr Morrison will say Australia has “welcomed China’s rise as a major economic partner” but cautions that “with economic rise comes responsibility”.

“China has a role to enhance regional and global stability, commensurate with its new status,” he will say.

“Such a role is about the broader global and regional interest, rather than a narrow national interest or aspiration, because global expectations of China are now higher — as they always have been for the US.”

Mr Morrison says China and the US have a special responsibility to uphold the “common set of rules” that underpin international society.

“It means a commitment to rules-based economic interaction. Neither coercion nor abdication from international systems is the way forward,” he will say.

The Australian can reveal that national cabinet leaders were provided a rare national security briefing last Friday that focused heavily on China, as state and territory governments deal with the growing threat of cyber attacks and foreign interference. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who was preparing to move his state into a stage four COVID-19 lockdown, was the only national cabinet leader not to attend the high-level security hook-up.

The Prime Minister’s office would not be drawn on the briefing or the detail of what was discussed.

In June, Mr Morrison warned that Australian governments, critical infrastructure and companies were being targeted by a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor” but did not name China.

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967d6f  No.10186858

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>>10186848

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Amid calls to bolster Australia’s cyber defences, federal cabinet is expected to approve the government’s Cyber Security Strategy on Wednesday — two-weeks after receiving 60 key recommendations from the expert advisory panel led by Telstra chief executive Andy Penn.

Mr Morrison will use his speech to call on nations to take a “more pragmatic and rounded approach to our global and regional relationships”.

While not naming China — which has slapped tariffs on Australian barley and suspended meatworks exporters after Australia pushed for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus — the Prime Minister will say that unity can be undermined if “positive political and security relationships are accompanied by abrasive or confrontational trade relationships”.

He will stress that Australia is “not being a bystander” or “leaving it to others” in the Indo-Pacific region and describes international institutions as being most effective when they are “driven by, and responsive to, the society of states”.

“When global institutions and their bureaucracies become unaccountable, when they become vulnerable to manipulation, when they lose the confidence of their membership, they fail in their task to help sovereign nations agree ‘common sets of rules’ to guide their relationships,” he will say.

In addition to increasing Australia’s defence posture, the Morrison government will shift to funding and implementing its national cyber security strategy ahead of the October budget.

The Australian understands the strategy will focus on expanding Australia’s capacity to engage in offensive cyber warfare.

It will also address the need to consider tougher legislative powers around consumer data and enabling security agencies to more effectively support the private sector against cyber attacks.

Earlier this year Mr Morrison announced a $1.35bn decade-long funding increase for cyber security amid industrial-scale targeting of Australian interests.

The strategy will also examine the need to better define critical infrastructure. Mr Penn’s final cyber security strategy advisory panel report, which listed 25 high-priority recommendations, called on the government to review its classification of critical infrastructure to capture “all essential systems and functions in the public and private sectors and supply chains”.

Banking and finance, government, communications, energy, food and grocery, health, transport and water are currently listed as the nation’s eight critical infrastructure sectors.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/morrison-vows-to-tackle-chinese-interference/news-story/668ad96c85bcd467de9b427f424faf03

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967d6f  No.10186881

File: 44f896857b430fd⋯.jpg (46.04 KB, 862x485, 862:485, Scott_Morrison_is_calling_….jpg)

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Australian PM Scott Morrison urges US and China to respect international law, resolve disputes peacefully

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the United States and China to respect international law and resolve their disputes peacefully, as tensions between the two great powers continue to escalate.

Beijing and Washington are enmeshed in an increasingly poisonous series of disputes over trade, espionage and China's military build-up in the South China Sea.

The Federal Government is worried about China's increasing belligerence towards Australia and has been steadily strengthening defence ties with the United States.

But it has also been unnerved by the Trump administration's withdrawal from a host of international organisations, and frustrated by the way it has used America's economic heft to bully other nations in trade disputes.

In a keynote address delivered via video link at the Aspen Security Forum in the US, Scott Morrison said both the US and China had a "special responsibility" to uphold rapidly fraying international rules.

"The liberal rules and norms of the American Century are under assault. 'The jungle is growing back', as [American historian] Robert Kagan has observed," the Prime Minister said.

"We need to tend to the gardening. That means respecting international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes. It means a commitment to rules-based economic interaction. Neither coercion nor abdication from international systems is the way forward."

Mr Morrison also took a veiled swipe at the Trump administration's mercantilism.

US President Donald Trump has railed against free trade agreements and has hit multiple US allies and partners with tariffs as he tries to rebuild America's industrial base.

Australia has escaped largely unscathed, winning an exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs in 2018.

But last year, the Federal Government had to fight a rearguard action to preserve the exemption after senior US officials tried to kill it.

In the speech, the Prime Minister warned that "the sense of unity necessary among like-minded partners can be undermined if positive political and security relationships are accompanied by abrasive or confrontational trade relationships".

"We should avoid cases where we build closer strategic cooperation, only to see the cohesiveness of those relationships undermined by trade disputes," he said.

And he emphasised Australia's push to balance China by deepening defence and economic links with other major powers in Asia, including Indonesia, Japan and India.

"A critical priority is to build a durable strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific. For more like-minded nations to act more cohesively, more consistently, more often," he said.

Mr Morrison also revisited the controversy he roused last year when he warned against "negative globalism" in international bodies such as the United Nations.

Labor accused Mr Morrison of demonising the United Nations, and in June Foreign Minister Marise Payne used a major speech to emphasise that Australia would not abandon multilateral institutions.

The Prime Minister repeated some of his criticisms of UN bodies at the Aspen Security Forum.

"When global institutions and their bureaucracies become unaccountable, when they become vulnerable to manipulation, when they lose the confidence of their membership, they fail in their task," he said.

"In my Lowy Institute speech nearly a year ago, I described that trend as negative globalism. My view hasn't changed."

But the Prime Minister also emphasised that Australia would continue to press its case within international institutions, rather than stepping back from them.

"As I said then and repeat now, we believe in a positive globalism: where nations like Australia engage directly with others, as equals, in the pursuit of common objectives," he said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-05/scott-morrison-urges-the-us-and-china-to-play-by-the-rules/12524448

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967d6f  No.10186905

File: f04c81c379ec8fb⋯.jpg (47.14 KB, 800x450, 16:9, The_Australian_government_….jpg)

>>10146828

>>10157518

'Buyer beware': Prime Minister says there is no case to ban TikTok

Australia will not ban social media platform TikTok after security agencies found the Chinese company did not pose serious national security concerns.

The Australian government is still looking at ways to manage privacy and security risks posed by social media companies such as TikTok and WeChat, but has decided any kind of ban or country-wide restrictions on the applications are not warranted on national security grounds.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday morning the Australian government had had a "good look" at whether to ban apps such as TikTok and concluded there was "no reason for us to restrict those applications at this point".

But he warned there were still risks that personal data could be sent back to Beijing.

"Australians have to be very aware, and it's not just with TikTok and things like that," Mr Morrison said.

Microsoft is in discussions to buy TikTok in the United States - and possibly its operations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand - after US President Donald Trump gave Chinese company ByteDance 45 days to sell TikTok or face being banned.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed last month that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had ordered an investigation into the potential security threats posed by TikTok, as well as platforms used primarily by the Chinese diaspora such as WeChat.

The probe was ordered after India has already banned the social media platform and some Liberal MPs had been raising concern about the way in which TikTok collected users' data and whether the Chinese company will be required to share users' information with the Chinese government.

The Australian government will continue to look at ways to manage the privacy concerns posed by social media companies such as TikTok. The Australian Defence Force has already banned the use of TikTok on its devices, and other Commonwealth departments could follow.

Mr Morrison said there was "nothing at this point that would suggest to us that security interests have been compromised or Australian citizens have been compromised because of what's happening with those applications".

"Now, it is true that with applications like TikTok, that data, that information, can be accessed at a sovereign state level. That is not the case in relation to the applications that are coming into the United States. But I think people should understand and there's a sort of a buyer beware process," Mr Morrison told the Aspen Security Forum via a video call on Wednesday morning.

"But people should know that the line connects right back to China and that they should exercise their own judgement about whether they should participate in those things or not," he said.

"There is a greater level of transparency, I would argue, about how applications like WhatsApp and things like that, you know, if you go on one of those, how data is used and managed, that's pretty upfront, relatively speaking compared to TikTok and things like that."

Mr Morrison said the government would "keep watching" the social media apps, but it was up to Australians to understand the "where the extension cord goes back to".

TikTok is the first Chinese tech giant to have a truly international user base.

The company is owned by ByteDance, which runs a separate China-only version called Douyin, that regularly censors content in accordance with regulations enforced by the Chinese Communist Party.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is investigating if the millions of videos uploaded to TikTok daily could give the Chinese government access to a vast facial recognition database.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/buyer-beware-prime-minister-says-there-is-no-case-to-ban-tiktok-20200805-p55inl.html

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967d6f  No.10186977

File: ab3da9e21adb559⋯.jpg (92.3 KB, 1279x720, 1279:720, Wyong_man_Justin_Kenneth_R….jpg)

NSW man Justin Radford hit with 80 new child abuse charges

An accused child sex offender whose arrest led to the unravelling of a national pedophile network has been hit with 80 new charges.

Justin Radford, 29, from Wyong on the NSW Central Coast, was arrested in February after a tip-off from US authorities about the online distribution of child abuse material and initially faced nine charges.

Forensic analysis of electronic material seized from Mr Radford had a domino effect, leading to a series of arrests in an Australian Federal Police-led investigation known as Operation Arkstone.

Among those charged in connection to the network were two men from Kendall, NSW, where William Tyrrell vanished on a visit to his foster grandmother’s house almost six years ago.

Police allege members of the network were abusing children, recording their crimes and sharing the material with each other online.

Investigations have been ongoing and Mr Radford on Tuesday appeared in Wyong Local Court on 80 new charges.

He is accused of abusing a child and sharing footage of the abuse.

It is understood police will allege a silver ring worn by Mr Radford helped link him to offending in footage recovered by police.

Evidence was gathered from his electronic devices and cloud storage services.

Detective Sergeant Joel Wheeler from AFP child protection operations said investigators, digital forensic specialists and victim identification experts had combed through footage to identify victims and offenders.

“We are continuing to try to identify others who are involved in this disturbing network, and hunt them down and unmask them from the anonymity of the internet and put them before the courts,” he said.

Investigators expect to identify further child victims of the network.

The new federal and state charges against Mr Radford were: 26 counts of possessing, controlling or disseminating child abuse material; 12 of producing material; eight of using a child under 14 to produce material; one sexual act towards a child under 10; 10 sexual touching of a child under 10; one sexual act towards a child under 10; and 22 counts of disseminating child abuse material.

The investigation began after a tip from the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to the AFP’s Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) earlier this year.

The ACCCE is spearheading a new, co-ordinated national approach to combating child sex offending.

Operation Arkstone is being supported by US Homeland Security Investigations and its Operation Predator – an international child protection initiative.

Police said in June that they had charged nine men in three states in connection to the network.

The arrests of two men from Kendall, who had never been interviewed over Tyrrell’s disappearance, raised hopes of a breakthrough in the long-running homicide investigation.

While raiding properties linked to the two men, police used high-tech x-ray equipment capable of detecting the presence of a body. The men lived in Kendall at the time three-year-old Tyrrell disappeared.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/nsw-man-justin-radford-hit-with-80-new-child-abuse-charges/news-story/678f25b964de5864c2f2daa1e10e7f7d

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967d6f  No.10187001

File: 14c60366312963a⋯.webm (7.17 MB, 640x360, 16:9, Op_Arkstone_arrest.webm)

>>10186977

Operation Arkstone – Wyong man faces further 80 charges

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Australian Federal Police have laid an additional 80 charges on a 29-year-old Wyong man, who was the first offender arrested under the child protection investigation known as Operation Arkstone.

Operation Arkstone is a national investigation, led by the AFP, which uncovered an Australian online network of alleged offenders accused of abusing and exploiting Australian children, and sharing the abuse online.

The investigation began in early 2020 after a tip-off from the United States' National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to the AFP's Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

The Wyong man was arrested in February 2020 for allegedly distributing and receiving child abuse material online, and initially charged with nine offences. Investigators followed the digital trail from seized electronic materials during the search warrant at his home, to uncover other alleged offenders across Australia and make further arrests, which became Operation Arkstone.

The man appeared before Wyong Local Court on Tuesday, 4 August, and was charged with 80 new offences relating to the abuse of a child known to him, and the sharing of this material online.

The charges were laid as a result of follow-up enquiries by members of the AFP's Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team, including the forensic examination of material seized during the February warrant at his home.

It will be alleged in court that material on the man's electronic devices and cloud storage services linked to him provided evidence he was abusing a child known to him, recording it and sharing images or footage online with other like-minded individuals.

The new charges against the Wyong man include:

* 26 counts of commonwealth charge Section 474.22A(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 Cth),-Possess/control or disseminate Child Abuse Material (CAM) obtained or accessed using a carriage service

* 12 counts of Section 91H(2) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Produce Child Abuse Material;

* 8 count of Section 91G(1)(a) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Use child under 14 years for production of CAM;

* One count of section 66DF(a) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Sexual Act towards child under 10 years for production of child abuse material;

* 10 counts of Section 66DA(a) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Sexual Touching - victim under 10 years;

* One count of Section 66DC(a) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Sexual Act towards child under 10 years;

* 22 counts of Section 91H(1) Crimes Act 190 (NSW) - Disseminate CAM.

Operation Arkstone is still ongoing and it is likely further victims and offenders will be identified, and further arrests have not been ruled out.

AFP Eastern Command Child Protection Operations Detective Sergeant Joel Wheeler said this operation serves as a warning to online offenders – the internet does not provide an anonymous veil.

"Operation Arkstone has uncovered this network of alleged offenders thanks to the dedicated work of our investigators, digital forensics specialists and our Interpol-trained victim identification experts," Detective Sergeant Wheeler said.

"They had to comb hours of disturbing content looking for clues to find these people allegedly preying on Australian children, to bring them to justice. We are continuing to try to identify others who are involved in this disturbing network, and hunt them down and unmask them from the anonymity of the internet and put them before the courts."

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967d6f  No.10187014

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>>10187001

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This operation was conducted with the support of United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) under HSI's Operation Predator - an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

Adam Parks, the HSI Attaché to Australia, said the sexual abuse of children is a shameful, despicable practice.

"HSI is committed to working with our international partners to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this heinous crime. Child predators are on notice that the relationship between the AFP and HSI is an unbreakable alliance. Together, we will relentlessly pursue those who would seek to harm the vulnerable."

The AFP's Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation – which is headquartered in Brisbane and is co-ordinating Operation Arkstone - is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson of the ACCCE and AFP Child Protection Operation said investigators at the ACCCE use a range of technologies and methodologies across both the dark and clear net working tirelessly to de-anonymise people who choose to transmit, exchange and share child exploitation material.

"Our message to offenders is we will identify and arrest you," Detective Superintendent Hudson said.

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

http://www.accce.gov.au/report

Access online safety information on the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation website.

https://www.accce.gov.au/resources

Notes to media:

Media are reminded of their obligations to protect the identity of child victims and victims of sexual assault under s15A of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (NSW) and s105 of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW).

Editor's note: Arrest footage and images from the Wyong search warrant (previously unreleased) are available to download via hightail:

https://spaces.hightail.com/space/lBcrMtLFPA/files

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/operation-arkstone-%E2%80%93-wyong-man-faces-further-80-charges

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967d6f  No.10187041

File: 35fb39672f2c599⋯.jpg (121.26 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Donald_Trump_and_his_then_….jpg)

Donald Trump: Jeffrey Epstein might have been killed

President Trump has said that Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison may have been murder.

Mr Trump also repeated his message of good wishes to the paedophile’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail in Brooklyn awaiting trial on charges relating to child sex-trafficking.

“Her boyfriend died in jail and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen,” Mr Trump said in an interview. “Was it suicide? Was he killed? And I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking for anything bad for anybody.”

Epstein, 66, a financier and convicted child sex offender, was found dead on August 10 last year in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Centre, where he had been awaiting trial on new sex-trafficking charges. Conspiracy theories quickly emerged, driven by the idea that he could have revealed secrets about powerful friends.

New York’s chief medical examiner concluded that he had hanged himself, however. In November Bill Barr, the Attorney-General, said that he had reviewed CCTV video showing that no one entered the area where Epstein was held on the night that he died. He said that the FBI and the US Justice Department had uncovered “a perfect storm of screw-ups”. Two guards who were supposed to be checking on Epstein every half-hour have been charged with fraud for allegedly falsifying records to say they had made their rounds that night.

Ms Maxwell, 58, a British socialite, was arrested last month in New Hampshire. She denies the charges and faces trial next July. The first time Mr Trump wished her well was at a COVID-19 press conference last month where he was questioned about her arrest. Mr Trump, who had been photographed with her in Florida, said: “I have met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. I wish her well.”

In a new interview with Jonathan Swan, of the political news site Axios, he was asked: “Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested on charges of child sex-trafficking. Why would you wish such a person well?”

“Well, first of all, I don’t know that,” Mr Trump replied. “She has,” Mr Swan said. “She’s been arrested for that. I know that.” Mr Trump continued: “Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I would wish you well. I would wish a lot of people well.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/donald-trump-jeffrey-epstein-might-have-been-killed/news-story/826a16eb1c79dcfa38d6123c5617fdf1

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967d6f  No.10187149

File: 7cf87630ec058b1⋯.jpg (187.6 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Labor_MP_Shaoquett_Moselma….jpg)

>>10177085

Police ‘suspect Shaoquett Moselmane staffer John Zhang spied for China’

Police raided the home and office of MP Shaoquett Moselmane over a suspicion that his staffer was covertly working for the Chinese government to influence Australian politics and the policy positions of the NSW Labor Party.

Documents lodged by part-time staffer John Zhang’s legal team in a High Court challenge to the search warrants say police had narrowed their inquiries onto a “private social media chat group” in which Mr Zhang was thought to be advancing “the interests and policy goals of a foreign principal, being the Chinese government”.

Mr Moselmane has repeatedly denied any role in the national security investigation, which was brought to the public’s attention in June when extraordinary raids were executed on his home and parliamentary office. Mr Zhang’s home and office were also searched by Australian Federal Police agents under the auspices of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

According to documents, Mr Zhang and unnamed others are alleged to have either concealed or failed to disclose to Mr Moselmane that they were acting on behalf of “Chinese state and party apparatus”, which were named as the “Ministry of State Security and the United Front Work Department”.

The Ministry of State Security is China’s intelligence, security and secret police agency; it is responsible for counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence and political security. The United Front Work Department is responsible for China’s network of foreign influence operations.

Mr Moselmane and Mr Zhang have been honorary members of two organisations — the Australian Chinese Association and Australian Shanghainese Association — which have been linked by China analysts to UFWD operations.

According to a section of the documents titled “factual background”, Mr Zhang is listed as an Australian citizen who immigrated from the People’s Republic of China in 1989. It says he began working for Mr Moselmane as a part-time staff member from about October 5, 2018.

Mr Moselmane is not a party to the High Court proceedings.

The documents further reveal that the AFP has been investigating a series of conversations and interactions that took place between July 1 last year and June 25 this year involving Mr Zhang and others who have not been named. These conversations were said to have occurred in the private social media chat group and “other fora”.

Mr Zhang has claimed parliamentary privilege over this data and other documents sought by the AFP, including from his shared parliamentary computer and his parliamentary email account. Whether this privilege can be applied will be examined by a NSW upper-house committee.

The documents state Mr Zhang’s conversations occurred with Mr Moselmane and were conducted “to advance the interests and policy goals” of the Chinese government in Australia” by providing “support and encouragement to Mr Moselmane for the advocacy of ‘Chinese State Interests’.”

Mr Zhang’s challenge to the AFP’s warrants is based on the validity of indictable offence provisions in the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Police will also allege Mr Zhang’s conduct would influence the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party’s policy positions and the “views of members of the NSW electorate on China”.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/police-suspect-shaoquett-moselmane-staffer-john-zhang-spied-for-china/news-story/9785f7cf33a19063a7fbb6baaa33d1df

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967d6f  No.10187191

File: e11d6d024903e95⋯.jpg (81.11 KB, 1024x576, 16:9, Australian_microbiologist_….jpg)

Promising antibody response in Australians given Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

An early-stage trial of a promising coronavirus vaccine found high levels of neutralising antibodies in Australians who volunteered to get the experimental injection.

The US Biotech company Novavax announced the results of the Phase 1 trial on Wednesday, flagging its intention to start large-scale Phase III trials as soon as September and manufacture up to two billion doses of the vaccine in 2021.

The data – published on a pre-print site and not yet peer-reviewed – appears promising, but the findings are too preliminary to draw firm conclusions about how effective it may be at protecting the public from the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2 and curbing the pandemic.

The trial tested the Novavax vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373 in a trial of 130 heath volunteers in Melbourne and Brisbane who received varying doses of the vaccine or a placebo.

Participants who received two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart had neutralising antibody levels roughly four times higher than a group of 32 patients who had recovered from COVID-19.

"We are extremely excited," Novavax research chief Gregory Glenn said.

"At this point, it looks extremely promising … We have a technology that is extremely good at inducing functional immunity. [We found] very robust and very strong immune responses that we know will neutralise the virus," Dr Glenn said.

"This virus is extremely infectious so it's our view that it is going to need an extremely functional immune response," he said.

The vaccine uses synthesised pieces of the surface protein of the coronavirus created in the laboratory that enables the virus to invade human cells, triggering the body's immune response by way of the production of antibodies to fight off the infection.

Some participants were also given Novavax's Matrix-M adjuvant - a substance designed to boost the body's immune response, which it claimed enhanced the effect of the vaccine in the trial.

Participants were given 5 microgram and 25 microgram doses of the vaccine, with and without the adjuvant. Novavax said it would likely move forward with the lower dose.

Among participants given two doses of the vaccine, roughly 80 per cent had pain and tenderness at the site of the injection. Overall, just over 60 per cent of participants had other side effects, the majority mild to moderate and most commonly headache, fatigue and muscle pain.

Eight trial participants experienced adverse side effects after receiving a second vaccine that was deemed "severe". None required hospitalisations. All side effects resolved in a few days.

Overall the vaccine was extremely well tolerated and had a very good safety profile, Dr Gregory Glenn said.

Dr Glenn said he hoped further trials of the vaccine would secure regulatory approvals as early as December.

The Novavax vaccine is among the first of a handful of programs singled out for US funding under Operation Warp Speed, the White House program to accelerate access to vaccines and treatments that can fight the virus.

Novavax is yet to bring a vaccine to market but has advanced trials under way for vaccines to protect against Ebola, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus vaccines (the most common cause of respiratory and breathing infections in children).

Australian-based company Nucleus Network conducted the Phase 1 trial.

"The way we do that is not by exposing the volunteers to the virus in any way," said Nucleus Network Principal Investigator Dr Paul Griffin when the trial commenced in May.

"[Instead] we take blood tests from them and we test that in about half a dozen different ways, to show that this vaccine has hopefully provided the immune response that we need to protect people from COVID-19," Dr Griffin said.

The US government gave Novavax $US1.6 billion ($2.2b) to help cover costs related to testing and manufacturing the vaccine, with the aim of procuring 100 million doses by January 2021.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations also tipped in $US388 million ($401m) to fund its development.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/promising-antibody-response-in-australians-given-novavax-covid-19-vaccine-20200805-p55ipl.html

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967d6f  No.10191152

File: c6f5acee834344c⋯.jpg (125.09 KB, 990x655, 198:131, 13037_1.jpg)

Repost from Q Research General #13037

>>10187605 (pb)

NSW police officers charged with attempted rape, production of child abuse material

Two serving NSW police officers have been refused bail after being charged with attempted rape and the production of child abuse material.

Senior constables Angelo Franco Dellosa, 30, and James Delinicolis, 29, were on Wednesday morning arrested in western Sydney and taken to Hurstville Police Station.

In the video above, Rise in ICU admissions as NSW records new COVID cases

Dellosa was charged with aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault in company and the production of child abuse material.

Delinicolis was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault in company, the production of child abuse material and misconduct in public office.

Both appeared at Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday and were refused bail by magistrate Joy Boulos to appear at Central Local Court on September 15.

Dellosa and Delinicolis have been suspended without pay.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in or before June 2020.

NSW Police in a statement on Wednesday said the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has been briefed on the investigation, which is continuing.

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/nsw-cops-charged-with-attempted-rape-c-1218715

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967d6f  No.10197616

File: 5f195d63421d9b0⋯.jpg (87.71 KB, 1279x720, 1279:720, Home_Affairs_Minister_Pete….jpg)

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Australia takes paedophile hunt online with 100 cyber detectives

Australia will employ 100 new cyber detectives to hunt down paedophiles and other online criminals who operate on the dark web.

Australia will employ 100 cyber detectives dedicated to keeping kids safe online as part of a $1.67 billion boost to the nation’s cyber security.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new strategy would protect essential infrastructure and services, Australian businesses that operate online and families.

“We need to protect you and your family from the dark web and the trolls and those who would seek to take advantage of the most vulnerable in our community, the elderly and others,” he said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the detectives would specifically help fight online paedophiles who had become more active during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The fact is at the moment we have seen a massive spike in the number of paedophiles online during the COVID-19 period. They are targeting kids because they know kids are at home,” he said.

Mr Dutton said the dark web was the “sewer of the internet” and a hot spot for paedophiles and other criminal syndicates.

“The stories we hear from our investigators are quite overwhelming, and the attacks now that we're seeing on all sorts of businesses but families as well … what should be a safe environment is not for many families.”

The minister said the new cyber security strategy would help Australian authorities enforce the law online the same way they did in real life, with new powers allowing the Australian Federal Police to ask the Australian Signals Directorate for help in tracking servers used by international paedophile rings, terrorists and drug traffickers.

While there has been debate over the potential to exploit these new powers, Mr Dutton said only those committing crimes online should be concerned.

“If you’re a paedophile you should be worried about these powers … if you’re committing a serious offence in relation to trafficking of drugs, of ice, for example, that‘s being pedalled to children, you should be worried about these powers,” he said.

“If you’re part of the Australian community, the 99 per cent of people that aren’t involved in those activities, then I don’t think you have anything to concern yourself with.

“The reality is people are trying their best to groom kids online and terrorists are swapping information … people are trading gun parts on the dark web and it cannot be a lawless space.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/australia-takes-paedophile-hunt-online-with-100-cyber-detectives/news-story/1519246a3d346ae98157cf6ad93ed02f

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967d6f  No.10197633

File: ee5b6cdecc212cc⋯.jpg (85.99 KB, 1225x735, 5:3, The_minister_for_home_affa….jpg)

Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan

Australian Signals Directorate will for the first time be able to identify suspects on home soil

Peter Dutton has confirmed the government’s $1.6bn cyberstrategy will include capability for the Australian Signals Directorate to help law enforcement agencies identify and disrupt serious criminal activity – including in Australia.

By rendering support to the Australian federal police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the cybersecurity and intelligence agency would for the first time be able to target Australians, although Dutton maintains ASD won’t be able to do so directly.

Dutton said law enforcement agencies would target terrorists, paedophiles and drug traffickers operating in the dark web – promising proposed new powers will apply “to those people and those people only”.

Details of the new powers – which will require legislation – are not contained in the strategy, which says only that the government will “ensure law enforcement agencies have appropriate legislative powers and technical capabilities to deter, disrupt and defeat the criminal exploitation of anonymising technology and the dark web”.

ASD powers have been a source of controversy for the government, after the AFP raided News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home in June 2019 over a news report suggesting the home affairs department was seeking power for ASD to spy on Australians. Dutton had claimed the story was nonsense despite publicly confirming its substance.

On Thursday, Dutton told reporters in Canberra ASD has “a very unique set of powers” and is “the very best in the business” in operations such as stopping terrorist attacks.

More recently ASD had disrupted scam attacks seeking passwords and other information targeting Australians financially during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

“We could have developed that capacity in the Australian federal police. The decision we took was that would be a duplication of that effort.

“It would take years to ramp up, and the threat from these cyber actors is here and now.

“What we’re proposing here is that the Australian federal police, with the ACIC, with a warrant from the court, knowing that somebody operating a server, whether it’s in Seattle or Sydney, if they’re targeting Australian citizens … [the agencies] would be able to target that paedophile network, regardless of where they are in the world.”

Dutton said target servers and syndicates were mostly offshore but it was “appropriate” for ASD to help protect Australians. Law enforcement agencies would be able to “tap into” ASD’s capabilities but “the power only applies to … the Australian federal police and ACIC, not the ASD,” he said.

The Australian has reported the ASD will be prevented from collecting information but will be able to provide tech­nical capability advice to assist police execute computer access warrants to identify suspects and disrupt criminal activity.

Dutton will also reportedly gain powers to direct the ASD to protect infrastructure from cyber attacks. The home affairs minister did not confirm or deny these aspects of the legislative package when asked on Thursday.

Dutton said the new capabilities would be exercised only in relation to people “alleged to be committing very serious offences”.

“If you’re a paedophile you should be worried about these powers, if you’re a terrorist … if you’re committing serious offence in relation to trafficking of drugs, of ice, for example, that’s being pedalled to children, you should be worried about these powers as well.

“The reality is people are trying their best to groom kids online and … people are trading gun parts on the dark web and it cannot be a lawless space. This law applies to those people and those people only.”

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed that the $1.6bn for the cyber strategy was mostly made up of the $1.3bn announced but not all allocated in June.

The package includes $470m to expand Australia’s cybersecurity workforce with 500 new jobs created within the ASD, and $125m to double the AFP’s cyber enforcement capacity by 100 officers and expand the remit of the ACIC.

On Thursday the shadow home affairs minister, Kristina Keneally, and shadow assistant cybersecurity minister, Tim Watts, said Labor would “consider the detail of the government’s strategy, including any legislative proposals” but chose to attack the Coalition’s track record rather than the policy.

“The Morrison government needs to get their own house in order, too – 70% of commonwealth agencies have failed to implement basic cybersecurity measures according to the auditor-general,” they said.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/06/peter-dutton-confirms-australia-could-spy-on-its-own-citizens-under-cybersecurity-plan

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967d6f  No.10197666

File: 7852eccb4e1ba29⋯.jpg (145.39 KB, 825x486, 275:162, GP_250.jpg)

George Papadopoulos Tweet

Something that Yates didn’t seem to understand. I reported the Australian “official” to US officials for his brazen spying and bizarre behavior at my “meeting” with him. This “official” and his handler were interviewed by Durham months ago. They messed with the wrong guy. Payback

https://twitter.com/GeorgePapa19/status/1291094586551668742

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967d6f  No.10197753

File: 9604a2e8a1001f3⋯.jpg (46.5 KB, 800x450, 16:9, We_re_waiting_to_take_your….jpg)

File: 3e9aeb66f839d0d⋯.jpg (65.69 KB, 620x413, 620:413, PNG_Prime_Minister_James_M….jpg)

We're waiting to take your call: PM to Xi

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has put the onus on China's President Xi Jinping to pick up the phone and open dialogue amid the worsening bilateral tensions between Canberra and Beijing.

Mr Morrison also hit back at Chinese bureaucrats' and state media's constant carping Australia is beholden to Washington, saying Australia and the US had different relationships with China because of economics and geography.

"One of the errors that is made about analysing Australia's position and one of the criticisms that is made of Australia is it's somehow tied inextricably to precise rhetoric of what is done in the United States," he said. "That is simply not true," he told the Aspen Security Forum, a US think-tank.

"To look at it that way would be to misunderstand Australia and miss out on the opportunities of working with Australia in a more constructive way."

Mr Morrison also ruled out banning Chinese-owned social media application TikTok after Australian security agencies found no evidence people's private data had been misused.

Its Chinese owner ByteDance is in talks to sell the application to Microsoft after US President Donald Trump threatened to ban it on national security grounds, a call backed by some Australian MPs.

Mr Morrison said there was "nothing at this point that would suggest to us that security interests have been compromised or Australian citizens have been compromised because of what's happening with those applications".

"But people should know that the line connects right back to China and that they should exercise their own judgment about whether they should participate in those things or not," he said.

Mr Morrison said he last spoke to Mr Xi more than a year ago and his last high-level contact with China's leadership was on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit with Premier Li Keqiang.

"There hasn't been the opportunity to do so but the welcome and the invitation for such a discussion is always there from our perspective," Mr Morrison said when asked about the absence of communication with Mr Xi.

"I don't get hung up on these things to be honest. The phone's there, it works.

"Those sorts of things are of less concern to me. What matters is the trading relationship, the economic relationship is able to be pursued. That is occurring. It has its frustrations from time-to-time."

Mr Morrison used his speech to urge like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific to create an alliance to build a strategic balance in the region as tensions intensify between the US and China.

His speech about the value of alliances came as he unveiled a significant deepening of economic and military ties with Papua New Guinea, including launching negotiations on a bilateral security treatment.

Mr Morrison upgraded the relationship to the level of Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership during a virtual summit with PNG counterpart James Marape.

As well as security, the partnership agreement covers trade and investment opportunities, and promoting economic growth, governance, people-to-people links, social and human development, and regional and multilateral co-operation.

The government will also commit to building a solar power plant in PNG, the first major project to be funded from the $2 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific.

Australia will also inject $45 million to expand technical and vocational training outside Port Moresby.

Negotiation of the security treaty comes as joint Australian-US plans to develop the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island runs into local resistance.

Mr Morrison confirmed the base had been discussed during the virtual summit. Australia and the US pushed for the base amid alarm over China's efforts to establish a military base in the Pacific.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said the sentiment behind Mr Morrison's speech on alliances was correct but he had demonstrated an absence of leadership on post-pandemic economic recovery and climate change in the region while cutting foreign aid.

"If he is serious about showing leadership in the region, he has to deliver more than words," Senator Wong told Sky News.

Australian Institute of International Affairs president Allan Gyngell said Mr Morrison's move to put the onus on China to reopen the lines of communication was "fair enough", saying the Morrison government had signalled it was anxious to talk.

"From the Chinese point of view, if they want to improve their relations with their neighbours you've got to talk to them," he said.

"One of the burdens that goes with being a large power is the requirement that you work effectively with a range of different countries."

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/we-re-waiting-to-take-your-call-pm-to-xi-20200805-p55ip9

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967d6f  No.10197785

File: bdcf2541cc31b65⋯.jpg (265.05 KB, 825x900, 11:12, GT_1.jpg)

File: 337a7e4a6091990⋯.mp4 (12.55 MB, 1280x720, 16:9, The_Chinese_military_will_….mp4)

>>10197753

Global Times Tweet

The Chinese military will not fight near #Australia's coast, but the Australian military is following the #US, approaching #China's coasts. If you want peace, don't just talk the talk. Walk the walk: Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin #HuSays

https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1291051350860603398

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967d6f  No.10197814

File: d34ffa6794878a0⋯.jpg (112.84 KB, 1240x827, 1240:827, Attorney_General_William_B….jpg)

Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion

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The prosecutor in charge, Connecticut U.S. Attorney Durham, has asked to interview ex-CIA Director John Brennan, says a person familiar with the request.

WASHINGTON — The investigation ordered by Attorney General William Barr into how the CIA and the FBI looked into the Trump campaign's connections to Russia's 2016 election interference operation may be nearing a conclusion, people familiar with it say.

One indication is that the prosecutor in charge, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, has asked to interview former CIA Director John Brennan, according to a person familiar with the request. Brennan has agreed to be interviewed, and the details are being worked out, the person said.

Attorney General William Barr told Congress last month that he would not wait until after the election to present Durham's findings if they are finalized. Barr has made clear he believes Obama administration officials acted wrongfully when they opened a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's dealings with Russians, but the Justice Department's inspector general found that the investigation was justified and untainted by political bias.

Democrats in Congress and elsewhere say the Barr-Durham investigation smacks of a politically motivated effort to help President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.

Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump and an NBC News analyst, has been the subject of intense scrutiny by Durham. Brennan was director of the CIA from 2013 until the day of Trump's inauguration. The New York Times reported in December that the prosecutor was reviewing Brennan's emails, call logs and other records, which was confirmed to NBC News by a person familiar with the matter.

Brennan declined to comment for this story, but has previously called the Durham probe "bizarre." The former CIA director questioned the legal basis for it, as have many other former Obama administration officials and Democratic lawmakers.

First described as a review, Durham's probe morphed in part into a criminal investigation, but it's unclear exactly what criminal allegations he is examining.

The Justice Department's inspector general made a criminal referral pertaining to the conduct of Kevin Clinesmith, an FBI lawyer whom the IG accused of making a misrepresentation to a secret court that approved national security surveillance warrants. Specifically, the IG said Clinesmith altered an email in a way that hid the fact that former Trump adviser Carter Page had been a CIA source — information that would have been relevant to the court in the context of Page's dealings with Russians.

Special counsel Robert Mueller ultimately concluded after a two-year investigation that he could not prove a conspiracy, though he found that the Trump campaign welcomed and made strategic use of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers, and unwittingly amplified Russian propaganda on social media.

Trump has said repeatedly without evidence that President Barack Obama and officials working for him committed crimes, including "treason," in an attempt to frame Trump over his campaign's Russian contacts.

Barr's language has been more careful, but he has made clear he views the opening of the Russia investigation as an abuse of power.

In Congressional testimony last month, he said he vowed "to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus 'Russiagate' scandal…"

Bill Priestap, who was the FBI's counterintelligence chief, formally opened the investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, on July 31, 2016. A report in December by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that Priestap's "exercise of discretion in opening the investigation was in compliance with Department and FBI policies, and we did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced his decision."

(continued)

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967d6f  No.10197817

File: d6468013245f41c⋯.jpg (26.92 KB, 560x374, 280:187, John_Brennan_testifies_bef….jpg)

>>10197814

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The Durham investigation appears be chiefly aimed at examining how and why the FBI decided to open its counterintelligence probe into Trump and his aides. Then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe added Trump’s name as a subject of the investigation in May 2017, and McCabe has said that Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, along with other behavior, promoted reasonable suspicion of an inappropriate relationship with Russia.

As part of his examination of the evidence, Durham has interviewed officials of foreign governments that became part of the Russia investigation, including Italy, Australia and Britain, NBC News has reported.

Durham and his investigators have also interviewed several current and former FBI officials, people familiar with the matter said. But Durham has not interviewed former directors Comey and McCabe, or former director of national intelligence James Clapper, according to two sources who are tracking the probe. A person close to Clapper said Clapper was informed by Durham’s office that he would not be interviewed as part of the investigation.

Durham has also questioned CIA officials involved in the creation of the formal assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to favor Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. That avenue of inquiry has deeply troubled current and former intelligence officials.

"It's unprecedented for a prosecutor to be looking at an analytic call under the microscope of a criminal investigation," said Marc Polymeropoulos, a former CIA officer who worked on the assessment.

Andrea Kendall Taylor, a former analyst at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who worked on the assessment, said the judgments were the product of a small group of analysts who worked independently.

"To suggest that there was political interference in that process is ridiculous," she said.

In April, a bipartisan investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee validated the January 2017 intelligence assessment, describing it as accurate, thorough, and untainted by political bias.

"In all the interviews of those who drafted and prepared the (assessment), the Committee heard consistently that analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach specific conclusions," the Senate report says. "All analysts … were free to debate, object to content, and assess confidence levels."

Barr has suggested Durham may indict people.

"He is looking to bring to justice people who are engaged in abuses if he can show that they were criminal violations, and that's what the focus is on," said Barr earlier this year on Fox News.

In June, he told Fox that "developments" in the Durham probe will likely emerge before summer is over.

The DOJ declined to comment.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/trump-administration-s-probe-russia-investigation-may-be-nearing-conclusion-n1235904

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967d6f  No.10197874

Resignations in the news

iCare review brought forward as CEO quits

The chief executive and managing director of beleaguered NSW government-owned insurer iCare has quit amid reports of poor financial management at the company.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed on Monday night the resignation of John Nagle, who had held the top job since early 2018.

Mr Perrottet on Tuesday said that despite retaining faith in the iCare board, a statutory five-year review of the company's workers' compensation scheme would be brought forward and inquire into the board's conduct and culture.

The inquiry will be headed by former NSW Supreme Court judge Robert McDougall QC.

It comes after the NSW Labor opposition last week released a document stating iCare's workers' compensation scheme had reported a $2 billion net loss to March 31.

Its funding ratio - a key measure of financial sustainability - had fallen to 98 per cent, the undated document shows. The state-owned insurer aims to keep the scheme's funding ratio, or proportion of assets to liabilities, above 110 per cent.

The issue came to a head after ABC and Nine reported last week on poor performance and financial management of iCare, created out of the 2015 break-up of WorkCover.

The company last week insisted in a statement there was no risk of insolvency in its workers' compensation scheme and that conduct issues such as scheme agent incentives and so-called "doctor shopping" had already been addressed.

Mr Nagle said in a statement on Tuesday he was sad to leave.

A non-executive board director - incumbent NSW Labor president Mark Lennon - also resigned last week after being on iCare's board since inception.

But the Public Service Association on Tuesday said the entire iCare board should step down after a NSW parliamentary inquiry on Monday heard the company had sought to terminate compensation payments to some 17,000 workers.

It also heard Mr Nagle had been sanctioned by the iCare board last year for a conflict of interest involving his wife's position at the company.

https://thewest.com.au/business/icare-review-brought-forward-as-ceo-quits-ng-s-2023632

AMP Australia boss Alex Wade exits over 'internal matter'

Embattled wealth management group AMP has shocked the market with the departure of Alex Wade, the chief executive of its sprawling Australia division, in an immediate and unexplained resignation following an unidentified "internal matter".

The latest executive departure from AMP comes after The Australian Financial Review reported that the company had made Boe Pahari chief executive of its asset management division AMP Capital after penalising him $500,000 following a sexual harassment claim in 2017.

In a short statement filed early on Thursday, AMP said it had accepted Mr Wade’s resignation and confirmed he would leave the business “effective immediately”.

Chief executive Francesco De Ferrari welcomed interim replacement Blair Vernon but made no public statement on the reasons for Mr Wade’s departure or the former executive’s contribution to the business.

In an internal town hall meeting to introduce Mr Vernon on Thursday, Mr De Ferrari cited privacy concerns in response to staff questions about the circumstances of Mr Wade’s departure.

An AMP spokesman also declined to answer a detailed list of questions about Mr Wade’s conduct. Mr Wade did not respond to calls or texts.

Senior AMP staff told their employees on Thursday that Mr Wade was asked to address an “internal matter” and that he tendered his resignation.

Mr Wade had worked at Credit Suisse in Singapore with Mr De Ferrari, and as a private banking executive at Credit Suisse Australia, where current AMP chairman David Murray was an adviser and fellow AMP director John O’Sullivan was once chairman.

Mr Wade, who joined AMP in January last year, had only been promoted to head of AMP Australia in October 2019 following the merger of the company’s advice, banking and wealth management division and the departure of banking boss Sally Bruce.

The departure comes at a difficult time for AMP. During a virtual town hall meeting last month where staff expressed frustration at “AMP’s #MeToo moment”, AMP head of corporate affairs Helen Livesey said there were "many people who are in AMPA [AMP Australia] who would say that there is behaviour that needs to be addressed in the organisation" and that she was the "the most vocal member of GLT [global leadership team]" about what constitutes acceptable behaviour. There is no suggestion Mr Wade's departure is related to behaviour of that kind.

https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/amp-australia-boss-alex-wade-exits-amid-cultural-overhaul-20200806-p55j1r

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967d6f  No.10208724

File: 2de1706a67f4b5a⋯.jpg (28.19 KB, 500x329, 500:329, Trump_issues_orders_bannin….jpg)

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Trump issues orders banning TikTok and WeChat from operating in 45 days if they are not sold by Chinese parent companies

President Donald Trump on Thursday issued executive orders that would ban the social media app TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies.

The orders, which use similar language, do not state that a certain amount of money from the sale needs to be sent to the US Treasury Department, which the President has been insisting on for several days.

The order regarding TikTok prohibits after 45 days "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd.," the Chinese company that owns the social media platform.

The move turns up the pressure on negotiations over the popular video app's future through a potential sale. The dramatic back and forth began when Trump said last Friday night that he would ban TikTok from operating in the United States using emergency economic powers or an executive order.

Microsoft said Sunday that it was pushing forward with talks to acquire the app following a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and the President. On Monday, Trump set September 15 as the deadline for TikTok to find a US buyer. Failing to do so, he said, would lead him to shut down the app in the country. In an unusual declaration, Trump also said any deal would have to include a "substantial amount of money" coming to the US Treasury.

Thursday's order alleges that TikTok "automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users," such as location data and browsing and search histories, which "threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."

Shortly after issuing the order regarding TikTok, Trump issued a similar order for WeChat, an group chat app owned by Tencent, a Chinese based company.

For WeChat, which allows its users to transfer funds to each other, the order states it will ban financial transactions with Tencent. The order states "any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggu Youxiàn Gongsi), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order."

National security concerns have long fueled policymakers' reservations surrounding the apps. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters last week at the White House that the US government was conducting a national security review of TikTok and was preparing to make a policy recommendation to Trump.

Prior to Trump's threatened ban last Friday, people working on the issue within the Trump administration expected the President to sign an order to force ByteDance to sell the US operations of TikTok, according to a person familiar with the matter, in a move aimed at resolving policymakers' concerns that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk.

The order also claims that the platform censors or disseminates content in keeping with the Chinese Communist Party's agenda, citing "when TikTok videos spread debunked conspiracy theories about the origins of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus."

Many of TikTok's fans have panicked over the app's uncertain future. After Trump's threat last Friday, TikTok users across the US began livestreaming and posting videos in tribute to what they feared was the end of the app. Others were strategizing ways to get around a ban, including by trying to trick servers to make it look like they're browsing from a different country where TikTok is allowed to operate.

And TikTok has said it remains committed to its large American user base.

"TikTok is loved by 100 million Americans because it is a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection," company spokesperson Josh Gartner said in a statement. "TikTok will be here for many years to come."

The President's threat to shut down the platform also comes a month after a stunt organized mainly through TikTok may have led to a sparsely-attended Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the days leading up to the June 20 rally, a coordinated effort was underway on TikTok encouraging people to register online for the free event and not show up.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/06/politics/trump-executive-order-tiktok/index.html

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/

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967d6f  No.10208842

File: e2064764338f67f⋯.jpg (53.4 KB, 670x372, 335:186, Ben_Hill_twice_entered_a_g….jpg)

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'OUR LITTLE SECRET' British paedo monster carried out sick sex attack on Tinder date’s nine-year-old daughter in Australia

A DEPRAVED paedophile carried out a vile sex attack on a Tinder date's nine-year-old daughter.

Ben Hill was staying overnight at a woman's home in Geelong, Victoria for the first time when he twice entered the girl's bedroom and sexually assaulted her, according to reports.

Hill, then aged 30, reportedly told the young victim: "Don't tell anyone. It's our little secret."

The now 33-year-old was sentenced to 12 years and three months in custody, with a non-parole period of nine months, Geelong crown court heard today.

At a pre-sentencing hearing in July, the court heard that Hill was likely to be deported to Northern Ireland at the end of his sentence.

Alan Marshall, defending, said the prospect of deportation would make Hill's prison time more "onerous" as he held permanent residency and his mother and friends lived in Australia.

Crown prosecutor Andrew McKenry had called for lengthy sentence and argued crimes had caused an enduring and “grave” impact on the young victim.

Judge Mullaly said the crimes Hill had been found guilty of were “very serious” sexual offences.

He said the “very young” victim had been used and violated by Hill for his own “perverse sexual gratification”.

“You comprehensively shattered that sense of what is an integral part of normal domestic life and childhood,” the judge added.

“You were in a trusted position and you gravely abused that trust.”

The court heard that the victim's mother found her daughter to be withdrawn, distrusting of men and reportedly had frequent nightmares of the abuse.

“This sort of offending is a mother’s, a woman’s greatest fear,” he said.

The court heard that Hill had a difficult life after moving from Northern Ireland to Australia as a young boy, it's reported.

He struggled to fit in and was expelled from school in Year 10.

The judge said that Hill suffered from a borderline personality disorder and PTSD.

He noted that his prison sentence would be more difficult due to mental illness, the coronavirus pandemic and the near certain prospect of deportation.

Judge Mullaly said the sentence must act as a deterrence to anyone who may consider the “evil path of child abuse."

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12332674/british-paedo-sex-attack-tinder-nine-year-old-australia/

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967d6f  No.10208990

File: f00680ebde52e5e⋯.jpg (92.03 KB, 862x575, 862:575, It_comes_as_an_inquiry_int….jpg)

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Change of command for Australia's special forces ahead of explosive war crimes report

Australian special forces will for the first time be led by an officer who has not been a member of the famed Special Air Services (SAS) Regiment, in what defence insiders consider an important "cultural shift" for elite soldiers.

The ABC can reveal Major General Paul Kenny, who is currently the acting head of the ADF's COVID-19 taskforce, will become the next Special Operations Commander for Australia (SOCAUST).

The Commando officer is taking over from Major General Adam Findlay, who has overseen Australia's special forces since 2017, as a long-running inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan nears completion.

Since 2003, the Special Operations Command has been responsible for the highly secretive SAS regiment and their colleagues in the Commando regiments, as well as other specialised support units.

Senior military figures said the appointment of Major General Kenny as SOCAUST came at a crucial time for special forces, as they undertake major cultural reforms prompted by incidents of bad behaviour, particularly by the SAS, during the Afghanistan war.

"He is not caught up in the echo chamber and conflicts of interest that came with being too close to the SAS Regiment in the past," one special forces member told the ABC, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"[Major General] Kenny is in my view very professional and a great choice."

Since May 2016, New South Wales Justice Paul Brereton has been assisting the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) in examining the conduct of special forces personnel during the war in Afghanistan.

Justice Brereton's highly anticipated report is believed to be almost completed, with military insiders expecting his findings to be handed to the Chief of Defence in the coming weeks.

In a statement, Defence declined to say whether it had considered extending Major General Findlay's term until after the IGADF process is completed.

"Major General Findlay's tenure as Special Operations Commander of Australia concludes at the end of 2020," a defence spokesperson told the ABC.

"His departure from the SOCAUST role is reflective of the normal posting routine in the ADF.

"The IGADF inquiry process has not had bearing on the posting process associated with the SOCAUST position."

Major General Findlay has won praise for initiating cultural reforms within special forces, including delivering a blistering address to members of the SAS regiment earlier this year over "poor moral leadership".

Earlier this year, the IGADF revealed investigators were looking into 55 separate incidents of alleged breaches of the rules of war in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.

Last month, the Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw warned that prosecutions of possible Australian war crimes could take up to a decade to complete.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-07/sas-new-commander-appointed-paul-kenny/12531944

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33f5b4  No.10209024

Anybody else in Vic getting phone calls asking after your financial situation in this Covid19 Plandemic?

Fuck them.

Telling those cunts fuck all.

Two phone calls to date.

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33f5b4  No.10209049

967d6f

You do a fantastic job.

I was more active on QR General and here but now working hard in the War room.

Thank you

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967d6f  No.10209217

File: aaba4e73fe281c5⋯.jpg (138.92 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Australia_s_Minister_for_D….jpg)

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>>10208990

War crimes report will make uncomfortable reading, says Linda Reynolds

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned the nation needs to prepare itself for the findings of an upcoming report on dozens of alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, saying it will make for “uncomfortable” reading.

Senator Reynolds said the inquiry led by NSW Supreme Court judge, Major General Paul Brereton, would soon be completed.

While she had not read Justice Brereton’s findings, she warned they would be confronting.

“I think that will make some very significant findings, ones that I am certain will make many Australians uncomfortable, and also dismayed at,” she said.

“So I think we do need to prepare ourselves for that.”

Her comments to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute webinar on Friday follow the appointment of a non-SAS commander to lead the nation‘s special forces for the first time.

Major General Paul Kenny, a Commando officer who is currently the acting head of the ADF‘s COVID-19 taskforce, will become the next Special Operations Commander for Australia, with a brief to continue wide-ranging cultural reforms.

He will take over from Major General Adam Findlay, who led Australia’s special forces since 2017, amid ongoing fallout over alleged breaches of the laws of war being examined by Justice Brereton.

Senator Reynolds said the army and its special forces regiments had already been doing “a significant amount of self reflection on how some of these reported circumstances could have happened, and what needs to happen structurally and culturally to make sure that these events do not happen again”.

“I would stress that I do not for a second think that those issues that will be reported on … (reflect) on our current serving men and women, both here and overseas, who are doing an extraordinary job for our nation.

“There clearly has been a problem and we wait now to see the outcome of Justice Brereton‘s report, and CDF will speak more publicly about that after the release of the report.”

The Special Operations Command has been responsible since 2003 for the secretive SAS regiment, based in Western Australia, and the Commando regiment, based in NSW.

Justice Brereton’s inquiry, conducted for the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, is examining at least 55 potential instances of unlawful conduct, the military watchdog has revealed in February.

In its annual report to parliament, the IGADF said 338 witnesses had been interviewed by the Brereton Inquiry up until July 2019.

It said the alleged breaches of the Law of Armed Conflict being examined were “predominantly unlawful killings of persons who were non-combatants or were no longer combatants, but also ‘cruel treatment’ of such persons”.

The inquiry was not focused on decisions made in the “heat of battle”, but on “the treatment of persons who were clearly non-combatants or who were no longer combatants”, the IGADF said.

Australia’s most decorated soldier, Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith, is among those caught in the investigation.

He has been publicly accused of committing war crimes while serving with the SAS in ­Afghanistan — allegations he has denied, claiming his anonymous accusers were motivated by professional jealousy and personal vendettas.

He is suing Nine Entertainment over those allegations he says are false.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/war-crimes-report-will-make-uncomfortable-reading-says-linda-reynolds/news-story/d4fccaa8ed3d182f3dd50a56a3291589

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967d6f  No.10209323

File: cb34d41a4a757a3⋯.jpg (71.96 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Prime_Minister_Scott_Morri….jpg)

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Australia pledges to share coronavirus vaccine: PM

Australia is gearing up to manufacture and supply coronavirus vaccines if they are developed, Scott Morrison says.

Speaking after a National Cabinet meeting on Friday, the Prime Minister has again called on any country that finds a vaccine to share it.

“Australia is positioning itself well to take advantage and be in a position to be able to manufacture and supply vaccines should they be developed,” he said.

“Any country that were to find this vaccine and not make it available around the world, without restraint, I think would be judged terribly by history and that’s certainly Australia’s view.”

Mr Morrison dismissed questions about specific countries, adding that every country’s leader should pledge their willingness to share.

Acting chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly said the best minds in the world were concentrating on developing a vaccine, but there were no guarantees.

“We can’t promise that there will be a vaccine or when it may occur,” he said.

National Cabinet on Friday held its 25th meeting, which was dominated by the Victorian outbreak and its aged-care response.

Prof Kelly said the majority of cases were in young people, which highlighted the need to assess community engagement strategies.

He said while its mild illness in about 80 per cent of people, about 20 per cent of people face long-term effects including chronic fatigue, lung and vessel damage.

Mr Morrison said there was an ongoing audit of aged-care preparedness nationwide, including workforce management.

He said the hotel quarantine review also under way had already highlighted the need for states and territories to “stress test” their arrangements.

International travel bans on inbound arrivals to Australia will also be continued, and leaders agreed to a freight code that will put in place rules for truck drivers crossing state borders.

“We also agreed (on) the tasking of the National Cabinet subcommittee on skills and their program of work, which will go over the next two or month as they’re finalising those arrangements around the job trainer initiative,” Mr Morrison said.

The Federal Government has now committed more than $300 billion in coronavirus support measures.

State and territory governments have also contributed a combined investment of more than $40 billion.

Mr Morrison said his government’s broader plan for the economy would continue to be rolled out whether there was a vaccine or not.

“Perhaps it will be a treatment first as opposed to a vaccine that will mitigate the impact, and enable broader restrictions to be eased,” he said.

“I have been trying to keep the economy, even in Victoria, at a level of operation which will mean on the other side, when we come out the other side, we’re not making it harder on ourselves to see it re-emerge.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/australia-pledges-to-share-coronavirus-vaccine-pm/news-story/c1e5f9dd7856db018b7c311918a52579

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967d6f  No.10209400

File: a8c01ff8b5723b0⋯.jpg (135.42 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Westpac_and_Austrac_have_b….jpg)

Senior Westpac contingent pushes for bank to settle Austrac legal case

Internal momentum is building for Westpac to settle explosive legal action brought by Austrac, with a contingent of senior bank staff pushing for it to bite the bullet.

The reputation damage that continues to flow from the legal action, brought by the financial crimes regulator, and its ever-bulging case against Westpac is prompting a rethink of the view it shouldn’t agree to a bumper $1.5bn penalty.

The parties have been at loggerheads over the size of a penalty for the bank’s growing list of transgressions, with Westpac putting aside $900m for a settlement and Austrac said to be pushing for about $1.5bn.

But against the backdrop of Australia’s first recession in almost three decades and a renewed spike in COVID-19 cases clouding the outlook for credit losses, some senior parties in the Westpac corner believe accepting the higher settlement is the best way forward.

The damning claims, including that Westpac helped facilitate payments that funded child exploitation and pedophilia, continue to haunt the bank. The situation is exacerbated by Westpac last week disclosing it had not reported a further 175,000 transactions to Austrac and that about 360,000 reports that were made may have included “incomplete or inaccurate information”.

While Westpac admitted to the bulk of the initial 23 million breaches of the law — alleged by Austrac late last year — the parties continued to bicker over outstanding issues. Westpac, now led by chief executive Peter King and chairman John McFarlane, has previously expressed appetite for a financial settlement but the amount in question and issues over whether the bank had a compliance system in place have proven to be stumbling blocks.

This column understands mediation is yet to restart between Austrac and the bank. But if Westpac doesn’t settle, the court battle will be a protracted and costly one.

Just this week, the Federal Court granted Austrac an extension to lodge a revised statement of claim with Westpac by September 25, which would include a long list of further potential breaches of the law.

Initially the amended statement of claim was due to be filed with the court on August 14, and the next case management hearing had been scheduled for September. The next hearing is now slated for October 21.

Westpac has until mid-October to decide if it “consents or objects” to the amended statement of claim.

A Westpac board meeting is being held on Friday, where the Austrac battle and the outstanding issues will be part of a broader discussion. That comes ahead of the bank providing investors with a third-quarter earnings update in mid-August. It will include Westpac’s expectations around loan losses and the prospect of paying out a lower dividend under the banking regulator’s revised guidance for payments not to exceed 50 per cent of earnings.

After Westpac received a roasting last week from Attorney-General Christian Porter over its approach to the Austrac matter, settling the legal case in the current climate makes a lot of sense.

“Any assertion that only Westpac has all the facts relating to this matter demonstrates the sort of arrogance and lack of understanding that led to the alleged breaches arising,” Porter said.

A decision by the bank to agree to a record $1.5bn penalty would also, though, have to be carefully explained to irate shareholders.

Commonwealth Bank agreed to pay a $700m fine to ­Austrac in 2018 after it faced court proceedings for 53,750 breaches of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/financial-services/senior-westpac-contingent-pushes-for-bank-to-settle-austrac-legal-case/news-story/c77f329e42cbeead8f4a34e93602c72e

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967d6f  No.10209489

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South Australian man charged with online child abuse offences after Canadian tip

A South Australian man has been charged with possessing child abuse material after Canadian authorities allegedly intercepted abhorrent images and sexualised chat between the 36-year-old and a person overseas.

The Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation launched an investigation after receiving a report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) earlier this year.

The report alleged an Australian-based user of an online forum received 12 files containing child abuse material from a person located overseas and they had engaged in sexualised role play chat.

The AFP will allege the Australian involved is a 36-year-old man from a town in South Australia’s south-east.

The matter was referred to the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) and a warrant was executed at the suspect’s home in May (26 May 2020).

SA JACET investigators, comprising AFP and South Australia Police officers, allegedly found a large amount of child sexual abuse material on electronic devices at the home and those devices were seized for further analysis.

The man was charged and granted police bail with strict conditions to face Millicent Magistrates Court today (7 August 2020) on:

* One count of possession or control of child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);

* Two counts of aggravated possession of child exploitation material, contrary to section 63A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA).

The offences carry maximum penalties between seven and 15 years imprisonment.

AFP acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said no child anywhere in the world should be victimised for the perverted desires of some people in our community.

“The AFP works tirelessly with South Australia Police and our international partners to keep children safe and bring to justice those who seek to do them harm,” acting Supt Stone said.

“Collaboration is key and we need parents to join us on the frontline by supervising their children’s internet use and talking to them about cyber safety.”

Acting Supt Stone said this crime type is getting worse and the average number of images seized when an offender is arrested has been steadily increasing.

In the early-to-mid 2000s, a child sex predator had about 1000 images. Now offenders are found with between 10,000 to 80,000 images and videos.

Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk, Officer in Charge of the Public Protection Branch of South Australia Police said, “SAPOL and AFP investigators work tirelessly together to halt the exploitation of children and will continue their efforts to keep children safe”.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase "child pornography" is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

* indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and

* conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/south-australian-man-charged-online-child-abuse-offences-after-canadian

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International tip-off leads to arrest of Sydney man on child abuse charges

A 31-year-old Sydney man is due to appear in the Bankstown Local Court today following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into alleged child abuse offences reported by an international law enforcement partner.

The AFP’s Eastern Command Child Protection Operations (CPO) team arrested the man yesterday (6 August 2020) during a search warrant executed at his Bankstown residence, where a number of electronic items were seized for evidentiary purposes and further examination.

About $12,000 in cash and 50 grams of a substance suspected to be cocaine were also seized.

The AFP investigation began following an international partner referral to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) on 1 July 2020. The law enforcement partner conducted their own preliminary investigation into a social media account allegedly involved in the transmission of child abuse material, before handing the matter over to Australian authorities.

The AFP’s Eastern Command CPO team was able to identify the man’s residence and obtain further evidence of alleged child abuse offences.

Following his arrest, the AFP conveyed the man to Bankstown Police Station where he was refused police bail and charged with the following offences:

* 1 x use carriage service for child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);

* 1 x dealing with property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime, contrary to section 400.9 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);

* 1 x possess prohibited drug, contrary to section 10 of the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW); and

* 1 x supply prohibited drug, contrary to section 25 of the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW).

The charges carry a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment.

AFP Detective Superintendent Ben McQuillan said “this investigation shows that the AFP stands shoulder to shoulder with our international counterparts in the fight against child abuse.

“It serves as a warning for people who use, share or create child abuse material – you are not anonymous and we are hunting you down.”

How to report child sexual abuse in Australia?

The ACCCE is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report

EDITORS NOTE: Media are reminded of their obligations under s15A of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (NSW) and s105 of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW).

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase "child pornography" is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

* indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and

* conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Editor’s note: arrest footage is available via Hightail - https://spaces.hightail.com/space/lqzsDpvNQN

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/international-tip-leads-arrest-sydney-man-child-abuse-charges

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