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244c6b  No.13741316[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

>>13341710 Q Research AUSTRALIA #15

mirrored @ qanon.news

Q Research AUSTRALIA #14 ——–—— https://qanon.news/archives/x/13164452

Q Research AUSTRALIA #13 ——–—— https://qanon.news/archives/x/12772779

Q Research AUSTRALIA #12 ——–—— https://qanon.news/Archives/x/12076528

Q Research AUSTRALIA #11 ——–—— https://qanon.news/Archives/x/11414771

Q Research AUSTRALIA #10 ——–—— https://qanon.news/Archives/x/10705197

Q Research AUSTRALIA #9 ——–——– https://qanon.news/archives/x/10099681

Q Research AUSTRALIA #8 ——–——– https://qanon.news/archives/x/9062489

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








Q's Posts referencing Australian citizens

Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)

Former Prime Minister of Australia




Alexander Downer

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


Cardinal George Pell

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




Julian Assange

Australian activist, founder, editor and publisher of WikiLeaks









Virginia Roberts Giuffre

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


























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

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





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


Nov 25 2018


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244c6b  No.13741319


are not endorsements

#15 - Part 1

Australian Politics and Society - Part 1

>>13345120 Christian Porter: ABC reporter Louise Milligan accused of deleting social media posts

>>13345357 Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Australian adviser Sean Turnell charged under Myanmar secrets act

>>13350508 Tortured by Iran, trolled at home: academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert hits out at vicious attacks

>>13350524 How the Murdoch War Megaphone pulls the wool over our eyes - Dr Tim Anderson on Kylie Moore-Gilbert and Israeli spy allegations

>>13356362 New Defence Minister Peter Dutton warns contractors on submarine, frigate deliveries

>>13362728 Australians Christa Avery and Matthew O'Kane freed from house arrest in Myanmar

>>13369823 Malcolm Turnbull dumped from new NSW Government Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board

>>13369989 Andy Meddick slams AustraliaOne party after supporters of the far-right party gathered in Torquay

>>13390184 Prime Minister Scott Morrison Tweet - Statement on His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

>>13390206 Q Post #100 - Who is the Queen of England? How long in power? With power comes corruption. What happened to Diana? What did she find out?

>>13391053 Christian Porter - Australia's former Attorney General and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology - Big Tech wants him gone

>>13408002 Mike Pompeo Tweet: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11

>>13408100 ‘Utterly unaccountable’: Turnbull labels News Corp the most powerful political actor in Australia

>>13414591 Magda Szubanski criticised over Jenny Morrison ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ post

>>13414649 Video: Trump receives 'Champion for Freedom Award' from The National Republican Senatorial Committee - Sky News Australia

>>13422688 Spring forward: why Arthur Sinodinos, Australia’s ambassador to the United States is ready to mingle after a ‘hermit-like existence’

>>13429478 Joe Biden says it's time to 'end America's longest war', as final Afghanistan withdrawal announced

>>13429488 Australia to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan after Biden’s vow to end war

>>13429624 Video: PM holds back tears announcing withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan

>>13429802 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Tweet: Did you miss us, #Australia?

>>13429808 U.S. Navy Tweet: #USNavy Sailors & @USMC with Marine Rotational Force Darwin arrive at @AusAirForce Base after documenting negative #COVID19 tests throughout travel.

>>13429809 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Facebook Post: The U.S. Marines are back for a historical 10th iteration of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin. The MRF-D rotation demonstrates the U.S. commitment to combined readiness and shared regional security in the Indo-Pacific region.

>>13438087 Video: Google deceived some Australian mobile users about collection of location data, Federal Court finds

>>13441634 Facebook faces mass legal action over data leak - 530 million people had some personal information leaked, in some cases phone numbers

>>13444007 Liberal Party stalwart Andrew Peacock dies in the United States aged 82

>>13445048 Chief of Navy Australia Tweet #HMASAnzac and #HMASSirius took part in the French-led Exercise La Perouse….undertaken by (France, India, Japan and the U.S.)

>>13445768 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Tweet: Cleared for Landing - @USMC UH-1Y Venoms and MV-22B #Ospreys for MRF-D 21.2 have officially landed! #USwithAus

>>13460196 Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull puts Rupert Murdoch on blast - CNN

>>13460205 Greg Kelly Tweet: SO @TurnbullMalcolm doesn’t KNOW anything about what happened in the Nov. election. Malcolm, real quick: describe for us the constitutional issues surrounding Absentee voting in Pennsylvania

>>13460205 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: There are Courts to do that. And they did. But here's the thing: a democracy should ensure that every adult eligible to vote is on the roll and is encouraged to vote

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244c6b  No.13741323

#15 - Part 2

Australian Politics and Society - Part 2

>>13460325 Video: New Zealand 'uncomfortable with expanding the remit' of Five Eyes, says Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta

>>13460336 1st MAW Marines Tweet: VMM-363 and HMLA-367 joined MRF-D and are prepared to respond to crisis and contingencies in a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific

>>13462856 Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods - Focus on conflict Feed the algorithm (Lauren Southern)

>>13477230 New Zealand backs “Five Eyes” alliance, but wants human rights raised in broader group

>>13477249 Japan should join Five Eyes intelligence network, says ambassador Shingo Yamagami

>>13477403 Former US intelligence director James Clapper backs Turnbull and Rudd’s call for Murdoch media inquiry

>>13477434 Australia’s ambition on climate change is held back by a toxic mix of rightwing politics, media and vested interests - Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull - theguardian.com

>>13485324 Australia was blindsided when Five Eyes ally New Zealand backed away from China criticism

>>13485327 Australia reminds New Zealand of the importance of the Five Eyes alliance during a meeting of trans-Tasman foreign ministers

>>13485332 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Today’s Foreign Ministerial Consultations in #Wellington, our first face-to-face meeting since COVID-19, allowed for a deep discussion as friends about shared priorities, including our Pacific partnerships, as we navigate 2021 together

>>13485337 Strengthening trans-Tasman ties: Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations - Senator the Hon Marise Payne Joint statement with The Hon Nanaia Mahuta - 22 April 2021

>>13485346 Former Director of America's National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers says misinformation a threat to democracy

>>13485350 Video: CyberCX Cyber Dialogue: In conversation with Admiral Michael Rogers and Alastair MacGibbon

>>13493355 ‘Bankable’: Morrison promotes Australia’s climate record at US summit

>>13493366 Video: Scott Morrison resists pressure for new emissions target at Joe Biden climate summit

>>13493636 Andrew Greene Tweet: Worth noting the head of ASIS (Paul Symon) joined @MarisePayne's delegation to New Zealand. Wellington's role in 5-Eyes is all the talk inside intelligence circles at the moment

>>13499801 All-gender bathrooms proposed for Victorian workplaces and footy ovals

>>13499932 Arthur Sinodinos AO Tweet: #QUAD Ambassadors and US House Foreign Affairs Committee continue conversation on shared vision for an open, inclusive and resilient Indo Pacifc.

>>13500013 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Facebook Post: Marines with MRF-D and ADF members teamed up with the Portuguese and Timorese Social Club in order to prepare a shipment of flood relief supplies donated by the local Darwin community for Timor-Leste

>>13500022 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Facebook Post: Heads up Darwin, Marines will be flying at night throughout the rotation! This training keeps our aviation units safe and proficient, and we’ll do our best to keep it to times that are respectful to the community

>>13500945 Prime Minister Scott Morrison Facebook Post - Lest We Forget. Tomorrow, Anzac Day, is one of the most sacred days in our national calendar.

>>13500949, >>13500950, >>13500952, >>13500954 Anzac Day 2021 Dawn Service Livestreams - ShrineMelbourne, ABC Australia, 7NEWS Australia and Australia in the US

>>13503677 ANZAC Day 2021 - "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them." Lest We Forget.

>>13507409 Anzac Day: Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Afghanistan withdrawal marks end of ‘another chapter’

>>13507484 Video: Defence Minister Peter Dutton reveals how Australian troops will fight greater threats and uncertainty at home

>>13507800 ANZAC Day - PRESS STATEMENT - ANTONY J. BLINKEN, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE - "I express my sincere gratitude to all Australians and New Zealanders on this somber day."

>>13507965 Crowds return for Anzac Day service, but some diggers locked out by fence

>>13507973 Q Post #2480 - With Respect, Honor, and Gratitude. Your sacrifice(s) will never be forgotten. Thank you and God Bless, Veterans!

>>13508029 Video: What can the US learn from Australia's gun reforms? - Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - CNN

>>13508109 'It's an arms race': RedShield - The Kiwi cyber firm that shielded Biden's home state during 2020 election

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244c6b  No.13741324

#15 - Part 3

Australian Politics and Society - Part 3

>>13508222 Video: Mike Pompeo has 'kept his cards close' when quizzed on political ambitions - Sky News Australia

>>13515179 Top US general pays his respects to Anzac Day in Washington - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley Mark Milley

>>13515184 Arthur Sinodinos AO Tweet: Honour to host #ANZACDay dawn service with @NZAmbassadorUS Banks and to welcome Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff #GenMilley to the Residence

>>13515203 The Joint Staff Tweet: #GenMilley: "On this #ANZACDay, we honor the sacrifices of our Australian and New Zealand brothers and sisters in arms. We are proud to have the honor of serving shoulder to shoulder with you."

>>13515223 Australia in the US Tweet: We thank those who joined us virtually in honouring our #Anzacs. We are privileged to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice and thank those that continue to bravely protect our freedom.

>>13515232 Australia in the US Tweet: Today our Air & Space Attache conducted a small #AnzacDay ceremony at @ArlingtonNatl. They laid a wreath at the gravesite of PLTOFF Francis Milne - the only Australian military member buried at the Cemetery.

>>13515254 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Tweet: Lest We Forget - Originally done to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces from World War I, #AnzacDay2021 recognizes the men and women who served in the Australian and New Zealand armed services in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations

>>13515260 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: With the Northern Territory remaining free of COVID transmission within the community, Marines were able to participate in today’s events to show respects to their fallen, former, and active members.

>>13515399 Neo-Nazis make submission to Parliamentary inquiry into extremism

>>13517935 Social media is work of ‘evil one’, says Scott Morrison

>>13522489 Video: Exclusive: Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s speech at the ACC conference - Rationalists Australia

>>13532829 Video: Kevin Rudd on religion, politics and Scott Morrison’s speech to the Pentecostal conference - Kevin Rudd

>>13539434 Senior Democrat John Podesta: Quad will demand Australia does more on climate change

>>13539440 Rekindling Hope Podcast - Sam Crosby and Chris Bowen - Washington power broker John Podesta on how Biden is traveling and how Australia’s climate policy needs to lift its game

>>13539655 Video: Spy boss Mike Burgess says ASIO anticipating terrorist attack in the next year from either right-wing or Islamic extremists

>>13539665 Australian Federal Police backs ban on flags linked to terrorist groups, sharing of extremist material

>>13539771 Pacific Marines Tweet: @USMC with @mrfdarwin conduct flight operations during a forward arming refueling point exercise at @ausairforce Base Darwin

>>13539779 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post: Yesterday, the Honorable Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, met with members of the Australian Army and U.S. Marine Corps for a visit to Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia

>>13547962 President Joe Biden could learn from Australia on border policy, says Former US ambassador Joe Hockey

>>13548052 Video: Clive Palmer to pay $1.5 million after losing Twisted Sister copyright fight

>>13553273 Video: Don’t give in to identity politics and forces that undermine the community, Scott Morrison urges

>>13553300 PM’s plea from the heart a timely reminder - "every human being is possessed of an innate human dignity that transcends all other considerations"

>>13553469 Future of Army's multi-billion-dollar Battle Management System uncertain amid tensions with Israeli military company

>>13553502 Elbit Battle Management System shut down - "The more research into this decision undertaken, the stranger it gets. No notice. No reason given."

>>13554042 Japan honors former Australian PM Gillard for service to the nation - awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun

>>13555102 Scott Morrison’s partisan interpretation of biblical passages is disturbing for democracy - Kevin Rudd - theguardian.com

>>13555694 Facebook’s assault exposes Australia’s vulnerability, says top ex-military man Major General Marcus Thompson - INFORMATION WARFARE

>>13556296 In Memorium - Dutch patriot Mrs NarQie - "A great patriot has passed away but we will continue her fight! - WWG1WGA - Mrs. NarQie o7"

>>13569454 Video: Noosa Temple of Satan want Satanism taught in state schools - A Current Affair


>>13569460 Q Post #4461 - Only when evil is forced into the light can we defeat it. Only when they can no longer operate in the [shadows] can people see the truth for themselves.

>>13569460 Q Post #4396 - God wins.

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244c6b  No.13741327

#15 - Part 4

Australian Politics and Society - Part 4

>>13569679 U.S. Marines Tweet: Joint Forces - The Honorable @ScottMorrisonMP the Prime Minister of Australia, speaks to Maj. David Femea, aviation combat element operations officer and AH-1Z Viper pilot with @MrfDarwin

>>13586735 Video: 'Donald Trump's desk' feed lets people share his posts on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. But it's not the same as him tweeting

>>13586991 U.S. Department of Defense Tweet: Flight mates - A @HiAirGuard F-22 Raptor flies alongside an @AusAirForce E-7A Wedgetail over Oahu, Hawaii

>>13586995 Hawaiian Raptors Fly with RAAF for Exercise Pacific Edge 21

>>13587004 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Honoured to lay wreaths at the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries in Cowra. Lest We Forget

>>13595507 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: Great to exchange candid views with Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo AO

>>13595526 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan - Press Release: Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, May 5, 2021

>>13595629 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: (Australia) & (United Kingdom) bonds are stronger than ever, as our partnership in the #IndoPacific deepens

>>13595634 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: (Australia) & (France) are close friends in support of multilateralism, the rules-based international order & cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

>>13595643 High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis Tweet: Australia’s values are clear, and we are resolute in our defence of liberal democracy

>>13603946 Israeli company denies 'security rumours' as Defence removes multi-billion-dollar technology and quarantines Army IT systems

>>13604022 U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Tweet: Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022.

>>13604022 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: “re-take the House & Senate in 2022” like you did on 6 January 2021?

>>13604022 Dr. Carter Pewterschmidt Tweet: C'mon Malcolm, you a former PM of Aus? Openly taking sides…?

>>13604022 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: Are you kidding? Taking sides? Sure, I am on the side of democracy and the rule of law. I am not on the side of armed mobs trying to overturn an election and hang elected officials. Nor am I on the side of the media that enabled it. What “side” are you on?

>>13608464 Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts to become Australia's first space commander

>>13626313 Pacific Marines Tweet: @USMC with @MRFDarwin and members of the @DeptDefence conduct a site survey in preparation for an upcoming exercise on Tiwi Island, Northern Territory

>>13626313 Pacific Marines Tweet: This year marks the 10-year anniversary of #MRFD, demonstrating the U.S. Marine Corps’ sustained commitment to the Australian-U.S. alliance, combined strength, and presence in a #freeandopenindopacific

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244c6b  No.13741330

#15 - Part 5

Australian Politics and Society - Part 5

>>13633861 Army may have to fight next war with pencils and paper - Axing of $2bn battle management system sets back Army’s digital transformation by more than 15 years

>>13642424 U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Tweet: I had an excellent call with Australia’s MoD @PeterDutton_MP. The Unbreakable Alliance has faced all challenges in its first 70 years, and we stand ready with our Australian mates for the challenges of the next 70 and beyond, strengthening the #FreeandopenIndoPacific

>>13642424 U.S. Department of Defense Press Readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Australian Minister for Defence Peter Dutton by phone today, reaffirming the strength, endurance, and resilience of the U.S.-Australia Alliance – the Unbreakable Alliance

>>13642586 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Good to see Sec @JohnKerry again including to discuss key outcomes from the #ClimateSummit & the $1.1b (Australia) committed to low emissions technology

>>13650206 What is Australia's space division, and why is it in the military?

>>13650406 U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Tweet: Appreciated meeting today with Foreign Minister @MarisePayne of Australia. We discussed our nations’ efforts to meet shared challenges, from China’s aggression to democracy in Burma and counterterrorism in Afghanistan. It was a good conversation with a great ally

>>13658108 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Honoured to meet with @LeaderMcConnell in Washington DC to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing our nations including #IndoPacific cooperation and Myanmar.

>>13658222 Israeli defence company Elbit Systems to fight ADF axing of $2bn battle management system over ‘security’ fears

>>13658651 ‘Entirely undemocratic’: Bernard Collaery to challenge court order requiring large parts of his trial to be held in secret

>>13658692 Video: Neo-Nazi leader Thomas Sewell arrested during counter-terrorism raid on Melbourne home

>>13659310 US Embassy Canberra Tweet: Our Chargé d’Affaires Mike Goldman accepted the National Emergency Medal yesterday on behalf of the families of the three Americans who tragically died while fighting fires in NSW. Their sacrifice remains a constant reminder of the unbreakable bond between our two nations

>>13664626 Record $1.3bn boost for ASIO’s war on spies and hackers - Spy agency will move to an artificial intelligence war footing in a technology arms race

>>13682300 Video: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to host Scott Morrison later this month

>>13682626 ‘Not a good look’: Malcolm Turnbull questions Scott Morrison’s red carpet welcome at RAAF Williamtown Base

>>13692528 Carolyn2813928 Tweet - Giant pipes coming out from the ground marked with Masonic symbols - 1829 New World Infrastructure Commission - Australis Project West - Bunbury, WA

>>13717832 Defence declares war on political correctness, bans morning teas aimed at inclusion and diversity - " primary mission to protect Australia's national security interests"

>>13717834 ‘We are not pursuing a woke agenda’: Dutton bans special morning teas at Defence after International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

>>13718168, >>13721113 This week in US Politics: Why a meaningless recount in Arizona might be the most important political story of the year

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244c6b  No.13741332

#15 - Part 6

Australian Government Sexual Assault Allegations

>>13376644 A team of five Australian Federal Police officers assembled to examine Brittany Higgins rape allegations

>>13548262 Video: Brittany Higgins meets Scott Morrison, says he agreed system let her down over rape allegation

#15 - Part 7

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition

>>13395990 Vigils planned to mark the second anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being detained

>>13408063 Julian Assange supporters hold vigils in cities across the world

>>13408146 Britain is damaging its reputation by keeping Julian Assange in jail, says partner Stella Moris

#15 - Part 8

Australian and Regional Resignations

>>13477544 John Osborne: Dreamworld CEO unexpectedly resigns - "We fully understand John’s wish to spend more time with his family"

>>13493606 Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen to quit politics - "The member for Dawson said he wanted to spend more time with his family"

>>13658239 NSW MP Gareth Ward stands aside amid police probe into alleged sexual violence - "It is appropriate I stand aside from my role as minister. I will also remove myself from the Liberal partyroom.”

>>13658258 Tasmanian Liberal Adam Brooks charged by police over firearms offences, resigns from Parliament - "Seeking treatment for his mental health"

#15 - Part 9

Malka Leifer Extradition and Prosecution

>>13389479 Malka Leifer: Former principal of ultra-orthodox Jewish school to face alleged victims

>>13389482 Malka Leifer accusers set to attend court in person to give evidence

>>13389486 Malka Leifer's lawyers say they may probe home life of accusers in child sex offences court case

>>13493449 Israeli minister Yaakov Litzman to be prosecuted over alleged interference in Malka Leifer extradition

>>13493451 Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit leaning toward indicting Ya’acov Litzman for fraud, witness tampering and breach of public trust

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244c6b  No.13741333

#15 - Part 10

Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry

>>13342017 Ben Roberts-Smith: Afghan civilians to testify via video link in former soldier's defamation case

>>13407722 Buried evidence and threats: How Ben Roberts-Smith tried to cover up his alleged crimes

>>13407783 War hero Ben Roberts-Smith hits back at bombshell report

>>13407814 ‘I’m going to do everything I can to f-cking destroy them’: Secret Ben Roberts-Smith audio revealed

>>13407824 Seven stands by senior executive Ben Roberts-Smith over new evidence he attempted to cover up alleged crimes

>>13408195 Ben Roberts-Smith under fresh investigation over burner phones and sealed envelopes

>>13410361 Video: Shocking evidence of potential war crime exposed in major investigation - 60 Minutes Australia

>>13422740 Australian Federal Police confirm probe into Ben Roberts-Smith for allegedly burying sensitive Defence files in his backyard

>>13424966 High-ranking Army officer facing sack over debauched party in Afghan bar - "Fat Lady’s Arms" pub set up by Australian troops at Tarin Kowt headquarters

>>13459865 Peter Dutton overrules Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell’s decision to strip Meritorious Unit Citation from Special Forces soldiers

>>13459872 Video: Peter Dutton and PM 'strongly of the same view' on citation stripping reversal - Sky News Australia

>>13460103 Video: Government announces royal commission into veteran and serving Defence member suicides

>>13499771 Ben Roberts-Smith case: Media can’t amend defence but can call on witnesses to detail Mr Roberts-Smith’s involvement in alleged murders of two Afghan men

>>13515316 Ben Roberts-Smith takes leave from Seven Network role during defamation case against newspaper journalists

>>13515323 Ben Roberts-Smith welcomes Royal Commission, slams treatment of veterans, says a royal commission is “desperately needed”

>>13539684 Ben Roberts-Smith allegedly threatened to sue his ex-wife over defamation case, court told

>>13626087 Fears of Taliban retribution raised in Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case

>>13665040 Police probe sealed envelopes, scraps of paper in Ben Roberts-Smith case

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244c6b  No.13741335

#15 - Part 11

George Papadopoulos Tweets, Alexander Downer and SPYGATE Revelations

>>13452422 Alexander Downer Tweet: What’s happened to that conspiracy btw. It seems to have died

>>13452422 koenig13091999 Tweet: It was a clever Papadopoulos misdirection to reinvent himself as the victim hero…I’m surprised you didn’t pursue this actually

>>13452422 Alexander Downer Tweet: Not worth the trouble. It died out as it wasn’t true!

>>13460202 George Papadopoulos Tweet: Very interesting that the former Australian PM has reared his head again. His governments conduct is reportedly under investigation by John Durham’s team

>>13468343 George Papadopoulos Tweet: Learn all about the “five eyes.” It’s at the core of Obamagate and all the headlines moving forward that will break about it

>>13468349 Explainer: What is Five Eyes? - Joel Gehrke - washingtonexaminer.com

>>13493532 Alexander Downer Tweet: Sorry to read the New Zealand FM has downgraded NZ role in 5 eyes arrangement

>>13493532 Aussiebrother-Q.L.D Tweet: Weren't you apart of the 5eyes agenda when Obama got you to try and frame @GeorgePapa19?

>>13493532 Alexander Downer Tweet: No

>>13493532 Aussiebrother-Q.L.D Tweet: “The meeting I had with Alexander Downer…was probably the most bizarre meeting I’ve had in my entire life"

>>13493532 Video: Trump aide George Papadopoulos speaks of fateful meeting with Alexander Downer linked to Russia investigation

>>13586955 Christopher Steele, ex-British spy who produced explosive dossier alleging conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia, continued working for FBI while Donald Trump in office

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244c6b  No.13741336

#15 - Part 12

Cardinal George Pell and Vatican Financial Scandal Allegations

>>13350655 Pope Francis holds mass with cardinal he cast out of the Vatican - Cardinal Angelo Becciu

>>13350667 Add another national broadcaster to present an alternative outlook to the ABC, says Cardinal George Pell

>>13350671, >>13350677, >>13350693 Reflection and belief in the quiet Eternal City - CARDINAL GEORGE PELL - theaustralian.com.au

>>13422589 New Victorian Catholic Church process for handling abuse complaints and redress - "Pathways Victoria" replaces Cardinal Pell's widely-criticised Melbourne Response model

>>13422593 PDF: PATHWAYS VICTORIA - Restorative Journeying with Survivors of Abuse within the Catholic Church

>>13443082 Pell prison journals should fascinate friend and foe alike - Prison Journals Volume II: The State Court Rejects The Appeal

>>13539713 Cardinal Pell: ‘The duty of the German bishops is to uphold the teachings of Scripture’

>>13539715 Video: EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal George Pell on his second prison diary - EWTN News

>>13603588 Cardinal Pell’s Prison Journal, Vol. 2, details crushing rejection of appeal, spiritual reflections of time spent in solitary confinement while unjustly accused of wrongdoing

>>13658639 Cardinal Pell leads Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome

>>13699766 Video: Cardinal George Pell opens up on what he hated the most in jail in interview with BBC

>>13699777 Video: BBC World Service - Heart and Soul Podcast - Colm Flynn interviews Cardinal Pell

>>13732843 ‘I’ve become very Italian’: George Pell enjoys a Roman revival

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244c6b  No.13741338

#15 - Part 13

Australia / China Tensions - Part 1

>>13341898 Australia discussing 'contingency' plans with United States over possible Taiwan conflict

>>13341990 Dutton’s appointment in Canberra hints at more hawkish stance on China - Yu Lei - globaltimes.cn

>>13342001 WHO Covid-19 report: New Zealand shuts its eyes to appease China

>>13345084 Australians flagged in Shanghai security files which shed light on China's surveillance state and monitoring of Uyghurs

>>13351013 Video: ‘We must cut China ties I helped build’, says former SA trade minister Tom Kenyon

>>13351022 New Zealand’s failure to call out China throws spotlight on nation’s relationship with Beijing

>>13351607 Covid ‘just China’s first virus threat’, warns Mike Pompeo

>>13351613 Mike Pompeo rallies allies against China threat

>>13355662 Video: Peter Dutton defends against Chinese Global Times censure - Sky News Australia

>>13362769 China winning Pacific vaccine diplomacy war - Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji to accept Chinese Sinopharm jabs

>>13362840 Premier of Solomon Islands Malaita province, Daniel Suidani said no to China’s bribe

>>13369853 Australia pressures New Zealand to toe the line of Washington - Yu Lei - globaltimes.cn

>>13369902 Explainer: China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats howl at Xinjiang critics

>>13370895 China Creates Its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy

>>13376098 China denies abuse of Uyghurs in bizarre press conference at Chinese embassy in Canberra

>>13376103 Video: Chinese embassy release propaganda film riddled with misinformation on Uyghur genocide - Sky News Australia

>>13376111 Video: China delivers propaganda speech blaming Uyghur treatment on ‘terrorism’ - Sky News Australia

>>13376601 Contact books of senior Australian diplomats hacked in major ‘phishing’ scam, including US ambassador Arthur Sinodinos

>>13376613 Hundreds of thousands of messages and secret recordings to be used in case against alleged Chinese spy, Di Sanh “Sunny” Duong

>>13376630 former Labor John Zhang allegedly involved in foreign interference plot claims evidence was illegally obtained

>>13376630 John Zhang, former NSW Labor staffer allegedly involved in foreign interference plot claims evidence was illegally obtained

>>13382781 Uyghur community leaders in Australia appalled and outraged the government allowed a Chinese Communist Party propaganda parade

>>13382795 Video: Xinjiang is a wonderful land - Chinese Embassy in UK

>>13383087 Vicky Xiuzhong Xu - China researchers face abuse, sanctions as Beijing looks to silence critics

>>13383098 PDF: Uyghurs for sale: ‘Re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang - Vicky Xiuzhong Xu / Australian Strategic Policy Institute >>13386278 Taiwan charges alleged spy after outed by Chinese operative who defected to Australia

>>13389499 Free speech debate misses point if Australia continues vilifying China - Li Qingqing - globaltimes.cn

>>13389623 Sanctions fail: exporters defy Chinese trade bans, limiting the damage of Beijing’s punitive economic campaign

>>13389653 ‘Bundles of cash’: AFP considers referring former Labor staffer John Zhang to prosecutors over money laundering

>>13401177 Former Turnbull security adviser and Chinese Communist Party expert John Garnaut auditing universities’ foreign interference risks

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244c6b  No.13741340

#15 - Part 14

Australia / China Tensions - Part 2

>>13408002 Mike Pompeo Tweet: As a proponent of freedom, enjoying some Taiwanese dried pineapple. Checkmate.

>>13408018 Like Australian wine, Taiwanese pineapples have been targeted by Beijing. If democracies are to stand up to Chinese coercion, they will have to join forces.

>>13408224 'Bewitched' Vicky Xu who fabricates Xinjiang story stokes anti-China sentiment in Australia - GT staff reporters - globaltimes.cn

>>13414624 Will Australia interfere with NZ’s China policy? - Qin Sheng - globaltimes.cn

>>13414892 Australia’s exports to China hit new highs - Strong demand for iron ore offsets Beijing’s strikes on coal, wine, lobster, timber and barley

>>13429600 The true story of how Jackie Chan and Kevin Rudd met as labourers

>>13445558 Congressman Mike Gallagher Tweet: In light of the CCP's insane tariffs on Australia, we have a duty as mates to drink Australian wine (and Wisconsin beer)

>>13445558 Arthur Sinodinos AO Tweet: Australian wine and Wisconsin beer, an unbeatable combination. Thanks Mike Gallagher a great friend of Australia and decent, humane universal values

>>13452467 Canberra prepares for Taiwan conflict as tensions escalate

>>13460303 Do allies still have strong trust in US security commitment? - Tian Jingling - globaltimes.cn

>>13477187 Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Xining’s stinging attack over Huawei - Accuses Australia of turning other countries against China

>>13477192 Video: Senior Chinese diplomat accuses Australia and US of ‘conniving’ on Huawei ban - Sky News Australia

>>13477194 Video: Chinese diplomat quotes Churchill while defending Chinese sovereignty 0- Sky News Australia

>>13477274 Washington the one undermining Five Eyes solidarity - Zhou Fangyin - globaltimes.cn

>>13477600 Video: Top China academic Professor Jane Golley casts doubt over Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang

>>13485007, >>13485013 Victoria’s Belt and Road deal with China torn up - April 21, 2021

>>13485018 Decisions under Australia’s Foreign Arrangements Scheme - Senator the Hon Marise Payne - Media release - 21 April 2021

>>13485027 Federal government swoops in and cancels controversial Belt and Roads deal - Sky News Australia

>>13485031 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks - "We express our strong displeasure and resolute opposition to the Australian Foreign Minister’s announcement on April 21"

>>13485037 China criticises Australia's 'provocative' decision to tear up Victoria's Belt and Road agreement

>>13485047 Video: Beijing hits back as Marise Payne cancels Daniel Andrews’ Belt and Road agreements

>>13485059 Scrapping BRI deal will hurt Australia: Chinese Embassy - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13485065 Australia faces serious consequences for unreasonable provocation against China over BRI deals: observer - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13485072, >>13485075 Belt and Road Initiative: Inside Daniel Andrews’ secret China deal

>>13485161, >>13485166 Video: Meet Jean Dong - Dan Andrews and China’s Aussie influencer - “Journey of Influence” (2020)

>>13485169 Chinese pageant winner Jean Dong’s meteoric journey to influence (2020)

>>13485324 Australia was blindsided when Five Eyes ally New Zealand backed away from China criticism

>>13493224 Hu Xijin Tweet (China state-affiliated media): A formal agreement has been cancelled so easily. Australians, is your country a uncivilized rogue that deserves stern admonition and punishment?

>>13493238 Australia leads the world confronting China, for better or worse

>>13493500 Video: We will never surrender to Beijing: Defence Minister Peter Dutton

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244c6b  No.13741341

#15 - Part 15

Australia / China Tensions - Part 3

>>13498959 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern savaged as British Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’, Australia praised for its actions

>>13499300 Victoria’s China deal was done through Premier Daniel Andrews’ office, not the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

>>13499309 'Insidious': Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis warns on Chinese interference in Australia (2019)

>>13499394 Australia tearing up formal Belt and Road deal has little exemplary effect - Shen Yujia - globaltimes.cn

>>13499403 GT Voice: Australia in over its head with provocative action - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13499411 Australia's continued escalation of tensions prompts Chinese companies’ diversification drive - GT staff reporters - globaltimes.cn

>>13500664 Australian defense minister’s comments against China confuse right and wrong: Chinese FM - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13500664 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on April 23, 2021

>>13500714 Push to cut more Chinese accords - Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged to tear up China’s Confucius Institute agreements and NT government’s 99-year Port of Darwin lease

>>13500719 Time to face down the wolf warriors: Beijing’s threats require a united, measured and calm response - Peter Jennings - theaustralian.com.au

>>13515337 Defence Minister Peter Dutton: war with China over Taiwan “should not be discounted” - Potential China war sees audit of deals, including Port of Darwin

>>13515342 Academic Jane Golley backtracks on "anonymous article" casting doubt over human rights abuses in Xinjiang

>>13515355 Australian fruits face delays at Chinese ports due to strict anti-virus inspections: sources - Yin Yeping - globaltimes.cn

>>13517899 ‘Get ready to fight for our liberty,’ Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo

>>13517916 The drums of war are growing louder - Michael Pezzullo - theaustralian.com.au

>>13522368 Video: China says Australia must stick to 'One China' policy after Peter Dutton warns of conflict over Taiwan independence

>>13522384 Australia inflates presence on Taiwan question to show loyalty to US - Li Qingqing - globaltimes.cn

>>13522393 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 26, 2021

>>13522425 Academic’s mea culpa on China Uighur abuse comments - Jane Golley - theaustralian.com.au

>>13522894 People’s Liberation Army Major General Jin Yinan mocks Australia as ’white supremacist’

>>13529854 Video: ‘Drums of war’ warnings spread across the world to British news - Sky News Australia

>>13529868 ‘Drums of war beating’ warns Australia as China tension grows - Page 1, The Times Newspaper, UK - April 28 2021

>>13529891 Northern Territory bases‘ $747m boost after ‘drums of war’ warning

>>13529937 China says Australia is ‘sick’, needs to ‘take medicine’ after Morrison government’s most senior diplomat said Beijing wanted to compromise key Australian interests

>>13529942 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 27, 2021

>>13529959 GT Voice: Spiraling of Canberra moves against Chinese interests to backfire - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13530313 Victoria’s axed Belt deal ‘not end of the road’, says Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino

>>13530328 Deal on Darwin Port under the shadows of Australian politicians - Ai Jun - globaltimes.cn

>>13530344 Let war games begin: ADF training bases upgraded in major strategic step-up aimed at expanding “war gaming” with the US and defending the Indo-Pacific

>>13539534 Prime Minister says no security concerns raised with him about Darwin Port lease to Chinese company Landbridge

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244c6b  No.13741344

#15 - Part 16

Australia / China Tensions - Part 4

>>13539557 China’s top diplomat in Canberra, ambassador Cheng Jingye gives rare public warning to Australia

>>13539570 Aussie interests not in minds of saber-rattling politicians - Zhang Yi - globaltimes.cn

>>13539590 Video: Australian politicians hyping up war threats are real troublemakers: Chinese FM spokesperson - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13539591 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on April 28, 2021

>>13539612 Australian mother Cheng Le marks nine months in Chinese prison as curious online posts emerge

>>13555533 China warns Australia to avoid getting ‘burned’ by colluding with ‘terrorists’

>>13555533 PDF: Australian politicians back East Turkistan terrorism apologists - Australian Citizens Party

>>13555538 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 30, 2021

>>13555541 OPINION: Where are the grown-ups? All this loose talk about China and war is dangerous - Bob Carr - theage.com.au

>>13562235 Tearing up BRI deal will hit Australia’s influence in South Pacific - Qin Sheng - globaltimes.cn

>>13569579 Jacinda Ardern says differences between NZ and China 'becoming harder to reconcile'

>>13569618 Dutton vows to call out Beijing and declares everyday Australians are with the government

>>13569625 ‘Strategic own goal’: Defence reviews Port of Darwin’s Chinese ownership

>>13577336 Conflict with China a ‘high likelihood’, says former Australian special forces commander Major-General Adam Findlay

>>13577349 Major-General Adam Findlay tells dark story about the “grey zone” threat from China

>>13577356 Video: China already engaged in 'grey zone' warfare with Australia: Major-General Adam Findlay - Sky News Australia

>>13577360 Foreign Minister Marise Payne blasts Beijing tactic of ‘debt trap diplomacy’

>>13577468 Port of Darwin: Chinese owner Landbridge Group says it will “actively respond to the call of the state”, as it works toward “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”

>>13577477 Video: Landbridge Group Worldwide Corporate Video (English) - Landbridge Group

>>13577485 Opinion: We need Darwin Port back in our hands - Peter Jennings, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

>>13577505 Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner backflips on praise for Darwin Port lease and Belt and Road Initiative - Sky News Australia

>>13578091 Troops are Leaving. Will Justice Arrive Soon? - Xin Ping - globaltimes.cn

>>13578193 U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan Tweet: The #CCP is engaged in an economic war against Australia, including imposing massive tariffs on Australian wine.

>>13595127 China suspends economic accord with Australia - China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue

>>13595132 Proclamation of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China on the Indefinite Suspension of All Activities under China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue

>>13595138 China’s suspension of economic dialogue mechanism with Australia ‘a necessary step’ to defend national interests: analysts - Li Xuanmin - globaltimes.cn

>>13598599 New Zealand torn between Western allies, domestic interests in China stance: experts - Chen Qingqing -

>>13603511 Beijing calls the Morrison government ‘insane’ after Belt and Road retaliation

>>13603526, >>13603540 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 6, 2021

>>13608307 Chinese military scientists discussed weaponising SARS coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic

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244c6b  No.13741345

#15 - Part 17

Australia / China Tensions - Part 5

>>13608366 Beijing praises New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in between blasts at the “insane” Morrison government

>>13609317 OPINION: Ill-disciplined chest-thumping has put war at centre of what’s left of the Australia-China relationship - Kevin Rudd

>>13609517 Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu backs hardening of Morrison government’s rhetoric towards China, says Taiwan is preparing for a ‘final assault’ by Beijing

>>13609758 Australian imports to China slow down as decoupling accelerates - GT staff reporters - globaltimes.cn

>>13609784 China’s April imports from Australia rise 49.3%, but a trade decoupling is imminent amid icy relations - Li Xuanmin and Yin Yeping - globaltimes.cn

>>13609963 Global Times Facebook Post: #China suspends economic dialogue with #Australia, marking the first time a diplomatic mechanism was frozen amid souring ties

>>13609963 INFOGRAPHIC: Aussie misdeeds disrupt China-Australia relations - Deng Zijun - globaltimes.cn

>>13609998 China needs to make a plan to deter extreme forces of Australia - Hu Xijin - globaltimes.cn - "The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil"

>>13618380 Editor of pro-Communist Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, advises Beijing to bomb Australia and bring “disaster” should Canberra support US military action

>>13618429 - Military conflict with China: Thinking the unthinkable - Australians aren’t used to a defence minister like Peter Dutton speaking to us like adults

>>13618441 ‘Outstandingly stupid act’: can Australia actually defend itself? - Gaps in our capabilities that must be filled immediately - Michael Shoebridge, ASPI

>>13625963 Australian media slammed for twisting open book as 'evidence' of 'China weaponizing COVID-19' - Liu Caiyu and Lou Kang - globaltimes.cn

>>13626133 For whom do Canberra’s war drums beat - Chen Hong - globaltimes.cn

>>13633893 Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying says the country did not develop, research or produce bio-weapons

>>13633895 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2021

>>13634048 Japanese Ambassador to Australia encourages South Australia to export more wine to Japan to counter the loss from the Chinese market

>>13642264 ‘Battle ready’: Australia’s warning to China in Federal Budget - investing $270 billion over 10 years in defence capability

>>13642368 China accuses Australia of ‘pathological obsession’ with war, claims the Morrison government destroyed the bilateral relationship to appease its American “masters”

>>13642374 "After eating, Australian politicians made the wrong calculation (Observatory)" - Li Jiabao, People's Daily Overseas Edition - people.com.cn

>>13650331 ScoMo says preparing for war with China is doing his job, backs Peter Dutton in warning Australians that we need to be prepared for military conflict with China

>>13650344 Former NSW Labor staffer John Zhang loses High Court battle over validity of warrants used to seize his property

>>13650347 GT Voice: Canberra's defense spending means economic carnage - globaltimes.cn

>>13650379 Japan embarks on joint military maneuvers with US, France, Australia - ARC21

>>13650382 Joint drill by US, allies on Japanese land insignificant: analysts - Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan - globaltimes.cn

>>13658111 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Australia will not be left alone to face China coercion

>>13658120 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: (Australia and the United States) are the closest of friends & allies. @SecBlinken & I reaffirmed our commitment to a stable, secure & open #IndoPacific.

>>13658125 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Tweet: Great to meet with Foreign Minister @MarisePayne today to discuss our ongoing commitment to the health, security, and prosperity of the #IndoPacific. We look forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of #ANZUS alongside our friend and ally Australia later this year. #USwithAUS

>>13658134 Foreign Minister Marise Payne Tweet: Met with @NSAGov @JakeSullivan46 in Washington DC to reaffirm our nations’ shared commitment to a strong, independent & secure #IndoPacific region & the critical importance of the Quad & vaccination cooperation including through #COVAX

>>13658137 Marise Payne and Antony Blinken call for ‘real transparency’ from China on Covid origins

>>13658141 Foreign Minister Marise Payne: US-Australia alliance should embolden others on China

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244c6b  No.13741346

#15 - Part 18

Australia / China Tensions - Part 6

>>13658147 Video: Australia and the US demonstrate ‘democracy delivers’: Payne - Sky News Australia

>>13658148 Video: Marise Payne calls for an end to Gaza violence - Sky News Australia

>>13658777 Peter Dutton’s ‘shadow aggression’ talks with global allies - Defence Minister to visit United States and Japan

>>13658933 Global Times editor Hu Xijin warns of missile attack on Australian soil

>>13658947 Hu Xijin Tweet: Preparing for war? Then build an anti-missile system! I believe once Australian troops come to Taiwan Strait to combat against the PLA, there is a high probability that Chinese missiles will fly toward military bases and key relevant facilities on Australian soil in retaliation

>>13658947 Hu Xijin Tweet: Is there any chance that China-US relations can be used as bargaining chip given how bad it’s already become? Your coercion against China is meaningless, but your coaxing may work with Australia

>>13671798 Opinion: Defence spending needs to match the risk of conflict now - Peter Jennings, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

>>13674100 Video: Three Reasons Why Australia Dares To Stand Up To The CCP - Inconvenient Truths by Jennifer Zeng

>>13700239 Australia has become even keener US 'deputy' - Bruce Haigh - chinadaily.com.cn

>>13700263 Talk of China war ‘a political strategy’, says Penny Wong

>>13700295 Australia urged to abandon ideological prejudice against China: Foreign Ministry - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>13700295 Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 18, 2021

>>13708152 Who’s to blame for worsening China-Australia relations? - Qin Sheng - globaltimes.cn

>>13717930 Australian Signals Directorate: China could have ordered Huawei to shut down Australia’s 5G network

>>13717930 Huawei? No way! Why Australia banned the world’s biggest telecoms firm

>>13718126 Australian writer Yang Hengjun to face court in China next Thursday over espionage charge

>>13718277 Foreign Minister Marise Payne - Statement on Dr Yang Hengjun

>>13733239 China says Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s request for access to detained writer ‘deplorable’

>>13733239 Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia - Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks - "The Australian side should respect China’s judicial sovereignty"

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244c6b  No.13741348

#15 - Part 19

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide

>>13342001 WHO Covid-19 report: New Zealand shuts its eyes to appease China

>>13350803 Video: Seven blood clot deaths in the UK after AstraZeneca vaccine - QLD chief health officer warns “seek urgent advice” if experiencing vaccine side effects

>>13351607 Covid ‘just China’s first virus threat’, warns Mike Pompeo

>>13414930 Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine won't be coming to Australia due to AstraZeneca similarities

>>13417342 Disclose.tv Tweet: FDA and @CDCgov issued a statement to halt the Johnson & Johnson #COVID19 vaccine after six recipients in the US developed a rare disorder involving blood clots

>>13422888 Anthony Fauci on what the US can learn from Australia's COVID-19 response — and vice versa

>>13422891 Video: Inaugural David Cooper Lecture | Dr Anthony S. Fauci - University of New South Wales

>>13493840 Perth plunged into three-day lockdown over Mercure Hotel cluster

>>13515389 Facebook removes Craig Kelly's page, says former Liberal MP breached COVID-19 misinformation policies

>>13522929 Australia pauses all flights from India amid COVID outbreak, readies aid package of ventilators and other medical supplies

>>13548003 Plan to build Victorian quarantine facility is ‘political smoke and mirrors’: Federal Defence Minister Peter Dutton

>>13555653 Border can’t open until the world is vaccinated: Australian Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos

>>13555657 Video: Walter Russell Meade: A Conversation with Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos - Hudson Institute

>>13618463 Scott Morrison says Australia will be closed to the world for a long time - Australians want to suppress COVID

>>13666298 Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth warns: Australia must reopen borders, prepare for the return of COVID-19

>>13682432 Video: US, Australia call for transparency on COVID-19 origins - Sky News Australia

>>13682438 Video: Mike Pompeo warns of more Chinese laboratory 'coverups' - Sky News Australia

>>13682563 Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka calls for open borders, even if ‘some people may die’

>>13690912 Scott Morrison reacts strongly to Virgin Australia CEO comments - ‘won’t take risks with lives’ when reopening international borders

>>13708504 Victorian Travel Permit System - applies to travellers coming to Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

>>13717968 Mike Pompeo Tweet: Over a year ago, I told @MarthaRaddatz that the Wuhan Virus most likely came from a lab leak. She stopped just short of offering me a tin hat. The CCP said I was an enemy of mankind.

>>13717968 Mike Pompeo Tweet: The origin of the Wuhan Virus matters. We must prevent this from happening again. The facts show the nature of the CCP & how excruciatingly little it values human life. Only the CCP can shine a light on what happened. Bring it on. If I’m wrong, prove it. The world needs to know.

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244c6b  No.13741349

#15 - Part 20

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

>>13341833 Millionaire businessman Sir Ronald Brierley pleads guilty to possessing child abuse material

>>13345132 New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern moves to strip Sir Ron Brierley of his knighthood, Wellington College removes signage

>>13351778 Civilian experts in open source intelligence techniques help Australian police track child abusers

>>13351781 Citizen sleuths to the rescue in child abuse cases - If you’ve got an eye for piecing together clues, Trace an Object needs you - https://accce.gov.au/report/trace

>>13351790, >>13351792 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation - Trace An Object - The smallest clue can often help solve a case - Can you help us recognise these objects?

>>13370228 Video: Cops lay 45 charges against 15 alleged sex criminals busted preying on Northern Territory children online

>>13376526 HIV-positive paedophile Jadd William Brooker to be charged with 100 more offences involving six child and teenage victims

>>13382988, >>13382993, >>13382997 Richard Daschbach - Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

>>13383114 35-year-old Ipswich man charged with possessing child abuse material

>>13396098 Gerald Ridsdale: Victorian man abused as schoolboy by paedophile priest given $1.5m settlement

>>13396102 ‘I can move on’: $1.5 million payout to St Alipius sex abuse survivor

>>13396142 Former American priest who saved lives during East Timor’s struggle for independence, accused of sexually abusing underage girls - Associated Press

>>13396364 Video: Tip-off from Australian Federal Police to US counterparts credited with saving three-year-old girl from further alleged sexual abuse in the United States

>>13422589 New Victorian Catholic Church process for handling abuse complaints and redress - "Pathways Victoria" replaces Cardinal Pell's widely-criticised Melbourne Response model

>>13422593 PDF: PATHWAYS VICTORIA - Restorative Journeying with Survivors of Abuse within the Catholic Church

>>13438093 Chinese national arrested for importing child-like sex doll parts

>>13452535 Fate of Melbourne 'slave torture' couple hangs in the balance as jury enters its 10th week in epic trial

>>13452610 How a panicked phone call to the ABC newsroom led to a Four Corners investigation and the dismantling of an alleged sex slave cult (James Davis)

>>13452629 Video: Escaping a sex cult: How Australian women were enslaved in plain sight - ABC / Four Corners

>>13459791 GuidoFawkes Tweet: As you lay asleep in your bed remember there are children who are being tortured and killed for their blood.

>>13459791 Q Post #4908 - Crimes against children unite all humanity [cross party lines]? Difficult truths.

>>13459798 Video: Lin Wood speech at Freedom Conference 2021 - Tulsa, Oklahoma

>>13460274 Video: Moreton Bay man charged with child abuse material offences by Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET)

>>13460278 Gold Coast man to face court over allegedly possessing child abuse material and child-like sex doll

>>13477554 Child sex doll offender Terry Dunnett pleads guilty, released on supervised probation

>>13487880 How the arrest of two accused Australian paedophiles saved children as young as SIX from a horrific 'den of child abuse run by female pimps' in the Philippines

>>13499677 Video: Three children rescued in the Philippines following Australian child sexual abuse investigations

>>13499729 Identity of Melbourne couple guilty of keeping slave, who weighed just 40kg, revealed - Kumuthini Kannan and husband Kandasamy Kannan

>>13499743 ‘I have to obey’: Couple found guilty of keeping slave in Melbourne home for eight years

>>13508124 Video: Simon Davies, internationally renowned privacy expert returns to Australia to face child sex charges - Police reveal they are hunting society elites linked to the case

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244c6b  No.13741352

#15 - Part 21

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

>>13508153 Video: Privacy expert Simon Gordon Davies was extradited to Australia from The Netherlands, charged with child sexual assault offences after global manhunt

>>13515411 ‘You can’t go’: Woman’s hellish life as slave for Sydney couple, Joshua and Shiela McAleer

>>13522636 Sydney child rapist Bryan Michael Grange pleads guilty to more charges of child abuse after details of harrowing abuse movies emerge

>>13577655 Convicted pedophile David Cyprys who worked at Melbourne Jewish school faces new rape charge

>>13578049 German police make arrests as they shut down large darknet site "Boystown" housing child abuse material, Australian Federal Police assist with global investigation


>>13578139 Former corporate titan Ronald Brierley forfeits knighthood after guilty plea to child abuse material

>>13586948 Australian paedophile priest Paul David Ryan faces extradition to US on fresh charges

>>13595471 Disgraced former NSW Labor MP and convicted paedophile Milton Orkopoulos pleads not guilty to historical child sex charges

>>13595489 Christian Brothers forced to increase payout to John Lawrence, who survived 'degrading, humiliating' sexual abuse at the hands of Christian Brother Lawrence Murphy

>>13642403 Matthew James Barsby - Paedophile’s sick secret life exposed in Border Force bust


>>13650239 Video: Queensland Police - Task Force Argos Investigators battle surge in self-produced child exploitation material

>>13665443 23 people charged with multiple child exploitation material offences in Cairns, QLD since mid-2020

>>13665457 Disturbing number of alleged child porn offenders busted in Far North Queensland since the inception the Cairns Joint Agency Child Exploitation Team (JACET)

>>13666272 Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Tweet: Trace An Object - New Image Added - If you recognise this bathroom, please use the reporting form on our website, http://accce.gov.au/trace. You can also see the feature tile in more detail on the webpage

>>13682361 Former St Joseph’s College student sexually abused by paedophile teacher John Coogan launches new legal action against the Christian Brothers

>>13682462 Fourteen children rescued in the Philippines following Australian Federal Police child sexual abuse investigations

>>13682473 Former Big Bash League and state cricketer Aaron Summers in court on child abuse charges

>>13718096 Australian Federal Police respond to disturbing child abuse investigation resourcing claims

>>13718101 Video: Western Sydney man charged with possessing child abuse material

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244c6b  No.13741353

#15 - Part 22

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

>>13345077 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell Blasts Revised Indictment as Prosecutorial ‘Gamesmanship’

>>13351663 Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian Maxwell says 'self-destructive' Prince Andrew will not be a witness

>>13376573 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell ordered to clean dirty and smelly prison cell

>>13385620 PDF: Rancorous fight over Ghislaine Maxwell's jail conditions heats up - Maxwell "creating a stink by failing to flush her toilet"

>>13389533 @GMaxFacts Twitter Account - This account doesn’t exist - Try searching for another - https://twitter.com/GMaxFacts

>>13395856 @GMaxFacts Twitter Account - Follow us at our new handle @realghislaine - https://twitter.com/GMaxFacts

>>13395856 @RealGhislaine Twitter Account - Developed & maintained by Ghislaine Maxwell’s brothers & sisters. We will continue to fight on behalf of our beloved sister. Follow us for the truth & updates

>>13395856 @RealGhislaine Tweet: Facts must always prevail over fiction. Period. Follow along and get to know the REAL Ghislaine. #FollowFriday #RealGhislaine

>>13395860 'My sister is no monster.' Ghislaine Maxwell's family launches website protesting her innocence and detailing her jail cell conditions as she prepares to appeal her thrice-rejected bail application

>>13395882 Video: REALGHISLAINE.COM - This website has been developed and is maintained by brothers, sisters, family & friends of Ghislaine Maxwell, the people who have known the real Ghislaine all her life, not the fictional one-dimensional character created by the media.

>>13395882 Q Post #1713 - The face is never the author. Direct comms come in many different forms.

>>13396274 PDF: Feds call Ghislaine Maxwell’s claims about new charges ‘conspiracy theories’

>>13401093 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Replying to @RealGhislaine - Ask your sister what happened after this photo was taken. I am a Real Ghislaine Survivor. I am Virginia Roberts.

>>13422819 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell’s Family Launches Website as She Endures Over 280 days of Pre-Trial "Torture"

>>13438073 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell requests sex trafficking trial be delayed by three months, blames prosecutors for belatedly adding additional charges in March

>>13444349, >>13444368 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell's claims case against her is 'prejudiced' because Jeffrey Epstein would have cleared her if he was still alive

>>13444509 PDF: Jeffrey Epstein accuser, Courtney Wild cannot challenge 2007 plea agreement - 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta

>>13460224 Prince Andrew offered $7 million to take Epstein lie detector test

>>13468385 Video: ‘Finally.’ Crews begin razing Jeffrey Epstein’s former Palm Beach house - Home of late sex-trafficker Epstein finally meets bulldozer

>>13468411 Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys to 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: She’s no monster

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244c6b  No.13741355

#15 - Part 23

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

>>13477508 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers are upset that media outlets keep talking about the accused sex-trafficker's sex life

>>13493561 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell sues publishers of a new book on her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, saying it portrays her as 'already guilty'

>>13493595 Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in person for first time since her arrest as she pleads to new charges

>>13498643 Frail-looking Ghislaine Maxwell makes first appearance to plead not guilty to sex trafficking charges

>>13498728 In court, Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to new charges

>>13498829 Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to new sex trafficking charges

>>13498908 Video: Ian Maxwell tears into Govt's flailing investigation - flags dubious tactics & lack of due process - Real Ghislaine

>>13500805 Virginia Roberts Giuffre Tweet: Ghislaine Maxwell makes first in-person court appearance since arrest |Wish I could’ve been there in person to face my abuser in court

>>13515377 Photos show Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were VIP guests at White House under Bill Clinton’s reign

>>13522873 Ghislaine Maxwell’s sleep loss in jail concerns judges of 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

>>13530211 For the fourth time, Ghislaine Maxwell is denied release from ‘horrific’ Brooklyn jail

>>13530268 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell claims jail guards seized her confidential documents after she met with her lawyers

>>13548207 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell says she got a black eye at Brooklyn federal jail — but doesn’t know the cause

>>13548210 PDF: U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan Seeks Answers for Jail's Treatment of Ghislaine Maxwell

>>13578111 PDF: Sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is delayed

>>13595218 PDF: Federal prosecutors defend nightly sleep checks on Ghislaine Maxwell

>>13642453 PDF: Ghislaine Maxwell sex crimes trial in New York slated for November

>>13664952 PDF: Judge will not end Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘flashlight surveillance’ in jail

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244c6b  No.13741356

#15 - Part 24

Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide

>>13341936 Capitol Riot Exposed QAnon’s Violent Potential - Masood Farivar - voanews.com

>>13341978 PDF: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) releases new analysis of QAnon offenders in the United States

>>13363189 Video: INDECLINE - "American activist collective" group mocks QAnon, Easter by placing over 3K eggs containing Kool-Aid packets around DC - WJLA Staff - wset.com

>>13363220 Video: INDECLINE is an Activist Art Collective founded in 2001. It is comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists

>>13363220 Indecline Projects - Bumfights, Rape Mural, Donald Trump Statues, Freedom Kick

>>13363244 Video: Freedom Kick : Mexico - INDECLINE - Severed head of Donald Trump kicked like a soccer ball

>>13363326 Video: This Is The End - INDECLINE - "We’d like to take a moment, not just to celebrate the fall of the Orange Emperor, but to acknowledge the importance of sustained resistance…"

>>13370328 Shayan Sardarizadeh Tweet: Based on the finale of #QIntotheStorm Q drops are over for good.

>>13370328 Shayan Sardarizadeh Tweet: Followers will forever refer to those drops and link them to current events at any given time regardless of context

>>13370328 Q Post #3466 - These people are stupid. Enjoy the show!

>>13376039 Q: Into the Storm set to provide answers on dangerous QAnon cult - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) - theaustralian.com.au

>>13415137 QAnon Followers Excited by Mike Pompeo ‘Checkmate’ Photo

>>13422670 We are in a crucial war: not against coronavirus but anti-vaxxers - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) - theaustralian.com.au

>>13437997 FBI director says bureau is not investigating QAnon conspiracy 'in its own right' - Zachary Cohen - edition.cnn.com

>>13438013 Video: Senate Select Intelligence Committee Hearing on National Security and Global Threats - FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying on domestic extremism and Qanon

>>13452046 QAnon congresswoman blasts Rupert Murdoch's newspaper over incest story: 'Shame on them' - Bob Brigham - rawstory.com

>>13468267 China and Russia 'weaponised' QAnon conspiracy around time of US Capitol attack, report says - CNN / 9news.com.au

>>13468290 PDF: Quantifying The Q Conspiracy: A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding the Threat Posed by QAnon - The Soufan Center, New York

>>13468522 Elise Thomas Tweet: Prominent QAnon figure Lin Wood is openly calling for "them", a them which includes liberal politicians, anti-Trump conservative politicians, journalists, celebrities and opponents of QAnon, to be killed, in front of a cheering crowd

>>13547948 ‘Pastel QAnon’: Instagram conspiracy peddlers a political headache for design giants - Cara Waters - smh.com.au

>>13603646 Facebook keeps Donald Trump on ice … for now - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) - theaustralian.com.au

>>13626017 Want to save the children? How child sexual abuse and human trafficking really work - Alexandra Baxter - theconversation.com

>>13724392 Mental health evaluation ordered for 'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley

>>13724475 'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley photographed at Arizona Black Lives Matter rally in June 2020.

>>13732908 Believers in QAnon and other conspiracy theories reveal how they climbed out of the rabbit hole - Gemma Conroy - abc.net.au

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244c6b  No.13741359

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244c6b  No.13741364

File: fc03f2897a3cf42⋯.jpg (3.11 MB, 2800x2000, 7:5, Chairman_of_the_Joint_Chie….jpg)



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244c6b  No.13741392

File: bf501e8f3be0f9b⋯.jpg (27.3 KB, 960x640, 3:2, The_head_of_ASIO_Mike_Burg….jpg)

Spies suspect 500 incidents of foreign meddling in Australian politics, society

Peter Hartcher - May 24, 2021

Australian intelligence has identified about 500 recent incidents of covert foreign agents interfering in domestic politics and society, but the nation’s chief spy insists that “at least 99.9 per cent” of the diaspora communities here are uninvolved.

The previous head of domestic spy agency ASIO, Duncan Lewis, had said in 2017 that the agency was being overwhelmed by foreign interference and espionage and in 2018 that it was happening at unprecedented levels.

But the number of instances has not been known publicly until now. ASIO’s last public update said that it had dealt with more than 30 cases in 2020. Only a handful were publicly visible.

In an interview for the new book Red Zone, by this correspondent, a senior intelligence officer said there were about 500 known or suspected cases of foreign interference and espionage in Australia in late 2020.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, emphasised the qualifiers “known or suspected”. Not all suspected cases were verified, and it was possible that there were undetected cases.

Several countries are behind such activity but officials have said that the Chinese Communist Party is by far the most active in trying to influence Australian politicians and political processes covertly.

The current head of ASIO, Mike Burgess, said covert agents of foreign powers made up just a tiny minority of diaspora communities.

“It is important to understand that ASIO works with – not against – diaspora communities as we seek to help and protect them,” he said in an interview for the book.

“I am always at pains to distinguish between diaspora communities on the one hand and the foreign governments and their intelligence services that are conducting foreign interference on the other.

“I would venture that at least 99.9 per cent of the diaspora community are fine. In fact, it is the diaspora communities that are often the victims of interference. I am an immigrant myself [from England, with his family when aged seven]. I understand that fondness for the country of your birth does not mean you are disloyal to Australia, and it certainly does not mean you are a security threat.”

The Turnbull government toughened laws against both espionage and interference in 2018 with full support from the Labor opposition, and the Morrison government allocated funding for a joint ASIO-Australian Federal Police taskforce to enforce the laws.

When asked for an assessment of ASIO’s progress against foreign interference and espionage, Mr Burgess said the agency had a list and they were working to shorten it.

“We’re shrinking that list through those activities – visa cancellations or interviews, that disrupts and reduces harm. In February 2020 I gave a speech where I warned any nation conducting espionage and foreign interference in this country that ASIO and its partners will hunt you down and deal with your activities.

“Obviously, I cannot go into details but I can confirm that we have made impressive progress. Of course, that does not mean the threats have ended. Foreign intelligence services will still try to steal our secrets and undermine our sovereignty, and they are likely to respond to our successes by using more sophisticated tradecraft and technology in the future.”

The federal budget this month allocated funds for a 15 per cent increase in ASIO staff numbers, up by 279 people to 2152. Its total budget last year was $520 million. The government projected a total, 10-year increase for ASIO of $1.3 billion including some for artificial intelligence. The AFP was allocated money for another 290 staff.

Australia’s new foreign interference and espionage laws were denounced by Beijing, with the Chinese government demanding they be repealed. Of the 14 demands made by China’s government in November as a precondition of improving relations, the repeal of these laws is number three.

Number one on the list calls for China’s foreign investment to be unrestricted. Number two is a reversal of the Huawei ban.

Mr Lewis said in 2018 that foreign interference and espionage were a “real and potential existential threat to Australian security and sovereignty”. Mr Burgess told the author that the new laws had exerted “a chilling effect” on foreign governments and their agents.

The head of the ANU’s National Security College, Rory Medcalf, said the estimate of 500 known or suspected cases of foreign interference and espionage did not mean there were 500 active efforts to influence or turn senior decision-makers.

“But it’s part of a wide spectrum of activity ranging from low-level community interference right through to efforts to disrupt the system at a high level,” he said.


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244c6b  No.13741393

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Threat of major cyber attack on critical infrastructure real, national security boss warns

Nour Haydar - 24 May 2021

One of Australia's top national security figures has warned the threat of a cyber attack on Australia's critical infrastructure is "immediate", "realistic" and "credible", and could take down the nation's electricity network.

Home Affairs Department secretary Mike Pezzullo believes the threat posed by sophisticated criminals and hackers acting for other nations is "deeply concerning".

"Of all the things that keep me awake at night, and there are quite a number, that is the most pressing, immediate concern," he told Senate estimates.

"COVID has been dreadful, COVID has been terrible given the deaths, imagine trying to do COVID without electricity.

"It's as immediate, it is as realistic, and it is as credible a threat as that."

In response to increased cyber attacks, the federal government has proposed new legislation aimed at better protecting assets in critical sectors including water, health, energy and transport.

The new laws would impose greater cybersecurity obligations on operators responsible for the infrastructure in those sectors.

Earlier this year, federal parliament and Channel Nine were the targets of an unsuccessful cyber attack which caused a crippling IT disruption for many staff.

Western Australia's parliament was also the subject of an attack in March.

Mr Pezzullo's comments also come after Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly urged Australian organisations, including governments and businesses, to protect themselves after saying many were currently being targeted by a sophisticated foreign "state-based" hacker.

Federal government agencies believed China was the nation behind ongoing cyber attacks on institutions including hospitals and state-owned utilities.

Australia's cyber authorities are currently working to establish what has caused a crippling IT disruption at federal parliament that has left many of the building's occupants without access to email across the weekend.

Mr Pezzullo said without the additional measures, which are currently being considered by parliament's powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Australia faced a "perilous" road.

"We've laid information before the parliamentary committee that potentially state actors could take advantage of these vulnerabilities," he said.

Mr Pezzullo said the increased interconnectedness of software and machinery used by operators could expose businesses to sabotage and ransomware.

"We're seeing this with hospital systems, we're seeing it with vaccine data, we're seeing it with healthcare providers, typically the criminals will chase opportunity in the knowledge that it's likely to achieve a benefit," he warned.

"Cyber criminals tend to be very business savvy so they will chase opportunity and typically the more critical a system, the more critical a data set, the more the criminal opportunity there might be.

"It makes good business sense to have common platforms and connected systems so your plant operators can remotely dial in to see how machinery is performing, but it increases what cybersecurity experts call the attack surface.

"That's before you get to state actors, and also there is a combination effect of state actors operating with criminal actors effectively acting as proxies."

Pezzullo defends 'drums of war' comments

Under questioning from Greens senator Nick Mckim, Mr Pezzullo defended a speech he made in which he warned the "drums of war" were beating.

He said the comments, which formed part of an Anzac Day message to staff, were not a warning of imminent danger.

"The point of my message to my staff was neither to advocate nor of course to glorify war, but to lament for peace," he said.

"It's a lament for peace and an acknowledgement of the significant price that has been paid by many generations for the freedoms that we have.

"It's clearly on its face not a statement of policy, that is a matter for ministers to outline, nor I would contend is it an assessment or a warning of imminent danger."


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244c6b  No.13741399

File: 6d01b3b6ba0ea6e⋯.jpg (61.08 KB, 1200x675, 16:9, Senator_Scott_Ryan_has_det….jpg)

Parliament hit by brute force 'attack'

Marion Rae - 24 May 2021

Federal parliament has suffered a brute force attack, two years after cyber espionage by a sophisticated state actor thought to be China.

President of the Senate Scott Ryan told an estimates hearing on Monday the "malicious activity" lasted just under 24 hours.

He said it was unsuccessful and Department of Parliamentary Services networks were not compromised.

"I'm not going to get into a backdoor discussion of attribution," Senator Ryan said.

"What I can say about the attack is the following: On March 26, 2021, the DPS was the subject of malicious cyber activity."

"A malicious actor sought to access the DPS network accounts from MobileIron devices," he said, naming the commercial software used to manage the security and management of DPS-issued mobile devices.

He said "unsophisticated brute force tradecraft" was used.

The attempted hack sparked an outage for department-issued mobile phones and tablets from March 27 to April 5 as accounts were locked down.

Those controls were successful in blocking the malicious actor but also impacted legitimate users, Senator Ryan said.

"DPS has been and will remain an attractive target for malicious cyber activity, which is increasing in frequency and sophistication," he said.

The federal government had previously stopped short of describing the March incident at Parliament House as an "attack".

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general Mike Burgess told a hearing last month he was not concerned by the latest outage.

A "sophisticated state actor" was detected in February 2019 conducting malicious activity within the networks of federal parliament and major Australian political parties.


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244c6b  No.13741432

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United States Consulate General in Melbourne Tweet

Thanks to the Uyghur Association of Victoria for hosting us over the weekend. We’re proud to stand by our Uyghur friends and speak out for those arbitrarily detained in Xinxiang Province. - CG Mike Kleine


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244c6b  No.13741464

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Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post

May 21 2021

Holding Down the Fort

Do you know where the U.S. embassy is located in Australia?

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, perform embassy reinforcement drills with Marines role playing as notional potential enemy combatants at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, NT, Australia, May 18, 2021. An embassy reinforcement involves evacuating civilians in the case of a threat to an area of importance, establishing vehicle checkpoints and enemy control points in order to search for potential combatants entering these areas. This training allows #Marines with MRF-D to prepare methods of response to any crisis or contingency within the #IndoPacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Colton K. Garrett and Cpl. Lydia Gordon)


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b66925  No.13741900

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War Is Declared After Priory of Sion Fails To Respond

Benjamin Fulford 5/24/21

War has been declared against the Priory of Satan after they refused to agree to a campaign to save the planet, White Dragon Society sources say. However, a decision has been made to decline the Gnostic Illuminati’s offer to hit Lake Geneva, Nato Headquarters, and Jerusalem with 4th generation hydrogen nuclear weapons that don’t cause long-term radioactive pollution. Instead, Special Forces will be making pinpoint attacks to eliminate key individuals and institutions involved in the ongoing fake pandemic and related war crimes.

MI6 sources say an underground base in Switzerland has already been attacked and taken out of commission. This attack led to an emergency meeting being held at the Vatican, according to P3 Freemason sources. The meeting was called by the Rockefeller Foundation and meeting attendance revealed exactly who they still control. The answer is the World Bank, the IMF, the African Union (but not individual African states), Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Furthermore, the attack forced the Satanic World Economic Forum to cancel a special annual meeting it had planned for Singapore in August.


An emergency meeting held at the Vatican has also alerted the P3 to the fact that Pope Francis has been killed and replaced by an actor wearing a rubber mask who is openly calling for every single human being on earth to be killed with vaccinations. https://www.bitchute.com/video/4KzcvUhGHFSS/

Nobel Prize-winning virologist Dr. Luc Montagnier said last week “there is no hope and no possible treatment for those who have already been vaccinated,” after seeing the ingredients of the Covid gene treatments being used. What is happening basically is that the Khazarian Mafia is trying to murder its hostage slave peoples rather than give up power.

P3 Freemason sources say “the Vatican secret service knows everything, revenge is on, starting with…

Sauce: https://benjaminfulford.net/2021/05/24/war-is-declared-after-priory-of-sion-fails-to-respond/

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244c6b  No.13748272

File: 2a3ee5e52910af4⋯.jpg (109.16 KB, 800x480, 5:3, Latest_research_by_bat_wom….jpg)

>>13608307 (pb)

Latest research by ‘bat woman’ shows novel coronavirus closer to pangolins, 'unlikely from Wuhan lab'

Leng Shumei - May 25, 2021


Latest research again indicates that it was unlikely the novel coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), experts said, amid US media's recent hyping of the lab leak theory ahead of the World Health Assembly (WHA).

Researchers from the WIV and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, including Shi Zhengli, who has been dubbed China's "Bat Woman" for her years of research and achievements with bats and viruses, published a report on Friday on BioRxiv that further refutes the hyped theory that the virus came from the laboratory.

The research shows that none of the known viruses of the bat SARSr-CoV-2 lineage or its novel variant use the human ACE2 as efficiently as SARSr-CoV-2 from pangolins or some of the SARSr-CoV-1 lineage viruses.

"These results suggested the SARSr-CoVs discovered in bats now may be just the tip of the iceberg. These viruses may have experienced selection or recombination events in the animal hosts and rendered viral adaption to a new host and then spread to the new species before they jumped to humans," researchers said in the report.

Bats and pangolins are recognized as the most probable reservoir hosts that harbor viruses which are very similar to SARS-CoV-2.

Based on the Friday report, it is safe to say that bats are probable ancestors of the coronavirus that led to SARS in 2003 and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and coronavirus strains discovered in pangolins are closer to the novel coronavirus in humans, Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from the Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Tuesday, noting that the report still did not explain how the virus transferred and adapted from bats to humans via pangolins.

But the results were enough to demonstrate that it is unlikely that the coronavirus leading to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic leaked from the WIV, where Shi and her team kept virus samples from bats, a Beijing-based immunology expert told the Global Times on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

"When we say a virus is from a lab, we are indicating that either the virus, or a highly similar virus, is leaked from a lab, or a virus is manufactured by man in a lab. But the two possibilities have both been refuted so far by scientific research," Zhuang Shilihe, a Guangzhou-based expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The most likely process is that the coronavirus from bats had mutated in nature for decades before it successfully infected humans and led to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Zhuang said.


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244c6b  No.13748275

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US politicians and media outlets have been pursuing the lab leak theory as the origin of COVID-19, despite scientists from the WHO-China joint study team concluding, in a full report after their field study in Wuhan, that a lab leak is extremely unlikely.

Hours before the WHA began on Monday, the Wall Street Journal ran a story, citing an undisclosed US intelligence report, indicating that three researchers from the WIV became sick in November 2019 with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.

Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the WIV, refuted the report, calling the story "an outright lie that came from nowhere."

The Global Times found that the claims of three WIV researchers getting sick had been spread by Australian media as early as March by Australian journalist Sharri Markson, an active disseminator of conspiracy theories and lies that smear China.

In early May, Markson released a so-called exclusive report in The Australian newspaper quoting a Chinese book that is openly on sale as a "leaked" exclusive document smearing China over the origins of COVID-19, twisting the book's contents to support her own conspiracy theory that China was engaged in weaponizing the novel coronavirus several years before the pandemic.

In May 2020, Markson revealed that a Five Eyes intelligence report claimed the novel coronavirus may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. However, another Australian media outlet, The Age, soon pointed out that the so-called exclusive report was suspected of being provided by the US Embassy in Australia.

Chinese experts had reiterated that tracing the origins of the coronavirus is a scientific task and the aim of the work is to prevent future disasters rather than to assign responsibility.

Many international scientists have shown support for their Chinese counterparts over the issue, but recently some have left Chinese scientists feeling "betrayed" as they seem to be changing their tone.

The US' top epidemiologist Anthony Fauci said at a Poynter event earlier this month that he was not convinced the virus developed naturally, saying we should continue to investigate what went on in China, the New York Post reported on Sunday. However, last May, the US scientist said in an article in the National Geographic that there was "no scientific evidence the coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab."

Fauci's modification of his remarks sparked more speculation about the Biden administration's future moves of politicizing the virus origins.


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244c6b  No.13748489

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Mike Pompeo Tweet

The CCP was actively engaged in viral research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Every piece of evidence points to a leak from this laboratory.

The CCP has done everything to cover up and deflect blame, even blaming the U.S. Prove it.

They must be held accountable.


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244c6b  No.13748562

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>>13718277 (pb)

Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 24, 2021

AFP: According to Australia, Chinese-born Australian academic Yang Jun will go on trial on espionage charges on Thursday. Can you confirm it? Do you have any detail on this case?

Zhao Lijian: China has made clear on many occasions its position on the individual case of the relevant Australian citizen. China is a country under the rule of law. China's judicial organs handle cases in accordance with law and fully protect the lawful rights and interests of relevant personnel. As for the specific situation you mentioned, I have no information to offer you at present.


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244c6b  No.13748583

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Masks, social restrictions return to Australia’s Melbourne after fresh outbreak

Renju Jose - May 25, 2021

Australia’s second largest city Melbourne reinstated COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday as authorities scrambled to find the missing link in a fresh outbreak, prompting New Zealand to pause a “travel bubble” with the state of Victoria.

Amid worries the cluster, which has grown to nine cases in two days, could spark a major outbreak, Victoria imposed social restrictions and made face masks mandatory in hotels, restaurants, and other indoor venues from 6 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Tuesday until June 4.

The latest outbreak ends Victoria's run of zero cases for nearly three months and saw New Zealand suspend quarantine-free travel with the state and the neighbouring state of South Australia impose travel restrictions.

Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 numbers seen in many developed countries by closing its international borders in the early stages of the pandemic and with lockdowns. It has reported just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths.

Thousands of people in Melbourne have been ordered to self isolate and undergo COVID-19 tests with health alerts issued for several sites, including one of the largest shopping centres in the country.

One of the cases had a high viral load while he visited some venues prompting authorities to warn Melbourne's five million residents to brace for more positive cases in the next few days.

Authorities urged Victorians to get vaccinated.

"There are right now millions of Victorians that are eligible to be vaccinated. They shouldn't wait for tomorrow, they shouldn't wait for next week. They should move now and get vaccinated," James Merlino, Victoria state's acting premier, told reporters in Melbourne.

Victoria was the hardest-hit state during a second wave late last year, accounting for about 70% of total cases and 90% of deaths in Australia. The state, the country's second most populous, only controlled the outbreak after one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns.

Five new locally acquired cases were reported in Victoria on Tuesday, a day after four infections were recorded in Melbourne.

All cases belong to one extended family across different households and could be traced back to the variant found in an overseas traveller who returned to Melbourne early this month after completing quarantine in the city of Adelaide.

Authorities, however, said they could not yet find how the latest cases contracted the virus from the overseas traveller.

New Zealand's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the 'travel bubble' with Victoria has been suspended for three days from Tuesday evening.

"New Zealand officials have assessed that the most cautious option is to pause the travel bubble with Victoria as there are still several unknowns with the outbreak," Hipkins said.

Melbourne's fresh outbreak comes as Australian authorities try to ramp up a sluggish national vaccination drive with health experts worried many people were delaying getting inoculated because of the country's success in effectively eliminating the virus.


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244c6b  No.13748711

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Ben Roberts-Smith wiped laptop days after being told to retain documents, court told

Georgina Mitchell - May 25, 2021


Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith wiped the contents of his laptop five days after he was told by lawyers in a defamation case to retain certain information and documents, a court has heard.

Mr Roberts-Smith, 42, is suing The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a series of stories published in 2018, which he says are defamatory because they portray him as someone who “broke the moral and legal rules of military engagement” and committed murder.

A trial, due to begin in Sydney on June 7, is expected to last six to eight weeks.

On Tuesday, the newspapers’ barrister Lyndelle Barnett told the Federal Court her clients have asked for a series of USB sticks retrieved from Mr Roberts-Smith’s former home in June 2020 to be produced to the court. However, they were told the contents of the USBs had been “condensed” onto Mr Roberts-Smith’s laptop in August or September last year and the USBs were then discarded.

“We then sought the laptop, with a view to it being inspected by an expert, and were told on Friday night that the applicant has wiped the hard drive of that laptop very recently, on the 17th of April,” Ms Barnett said. “Nonetheless, we still press for production of that laptop.”

Ms Barnett said the newspapers plan for an independent expert to examine the laptop to see if anything is recoverable, and to examine any metadata on the laptop so it might be seen how it was wiped.

“That did occur five days after we wrote to the applicant requiring him to retain documents associated with the USBs, so we are concerned about the hard drive having been wiped in those circumstances. It is something we wish to explore,” Ms Barnett said.

“We don’t accept it was appropriate for the applicant to wipe his hard drive after being asked to retain it, but that will be a matter for trial.”

Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister Bruce McClintock, SC, said he is happy to provide the laptop, adding “there’s nothing sinister in what occurred”.

“My client was in the course of buying a new computer and trading in the old one, and that’s the reason for these events,” Mr McClintock said. “The five USBs, or whatever number they were, were in fact condensed into one USB.”

He said this USB remains with his instructing solicitors because, “I believe there are national security issues.”


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244c6b  No.13748717

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Mr McClintock asked for the newspapers to produce interview recordings with relatives of Ali Jan, an Afghan man who was allegedly kicked off a cliff and shot dead by Australian soldiers in September 2012 in the village of Darwan.

The barrister said his understanding is some interview excerpts were published, while others were “destroyed”, which he finds hard to accept and is a matter he will take further.

“This is a significant issue about destruction of documents by the respondents,” Mr McClintock said.

“As I understand it, one of the recordings is of the supposed Ali Jan’s wife. I fail to see how anyone could have ever thought that wouldn’t be relevant.”

Ms Barnett said the recordings were made, and deleted, some months prior to the stories in the defamation case being published. She said the interviews were filmed on an iPhone with recordings starting and stopping, which meant there were short clips which contained nothing relevant.

“Those were the kinds of videos that were deleted,” Ms Barnett said. “We reject entirely the idea that there’s anything nefarious about these documents, the ones that were deleted, being deleted.”

Ms Barnett said none of the interviews were with the Afghan witnesses who will give evidence in court that they witnessed the circumstances of Ali Jan’s death.

Mr Roberts-Smith is arguing in the defamation case that the newspapers wrongly suggested he disgraced his country and the Australian Army through his conduct in overseas deployments with the SAS.

The stories published in 2018 also portray him as a “hypocrite” who “abused a woman”, Mr Roberts-Smith says, by detailing allegations that he punched a woman with whom he was having an affair.

In a defence, the newspapers have argued the articles do not convey the defamatory imputations pleaded by Mr Roberts-Smith and he is not identifiable in some of them.

However, if the Federal Court finds the articles did identify and defame him, the outlets have pleaded a defence of truth or contextual truth to all the claims, including alleging Mr Roberts-Smith was involved in unlawful killings in Afghanistan.

In a judgment published on Tuesday, Justice Anthony Besanko said he will allow Mr Roberts-Smith to give evidence in the trial first, before the newspapers present their case.

Justice Besanko outlined the anticipated evidence of three witnesses in the case, including Mr Roberts-Smith’s ex-wife Emma. She is expected to say the former soldier concealed evidence, including by burying USBs in the backyard of a home, and took steps to communicate covertly with witnesses.

The case will return to court for further pre-trial directions on June 2.


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244c6b  No.13748743

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Embassy in Kabul packs up as troops prepare to leave



Australia is packing up its embassy in Kabul less than six weeks after the government announced it would pull its last 80 troops from Afghanistan and promised a “new chapter” in the bilateral ­relationship.

Following a report in The Australian on Tuesday morning, Scott Morrison confirmed Australia’s embassy in Afghanistan will close on May 28 following the government announcement it would pull its last troops from the country.

Mr Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia would revert to the pre-2006 model of diplomats visiting Afghanistan from a residence in another part of the region. But the government expected a permanent bricks-and-mortar presence would be established in Kabul “once circumstances permit”.

“This form of diplomatic representation is common practice around the world. It does not alter our commitment to Afghanistan or its people,” the statement said.

“The departure of the international forces and hence Australian forces from Afghanistan over the next few months brings with it an increasingly uncertain security environment where the government has been advised that security arrangements could not be provided to support our ongoing diplomatic presence.”

Mr Morrison and Senator Payne said Australia remained committed to an ongoing bilateral relationship with Afghanistan and supporting the stability and development of the nation.

“Australia is proud to have worked over the past 20 years to assist Afghanistan in protecting itself from exploitation as a base for terrorist groups, to address inequality, and to contribute to improvements in the rights and livelihoods of women and girls,” the statement read.

Private security companies have been notified that their contracts are to end next month, and most Australian diplomats to be out of leased buildings inside the capital’s ­fortified diplomatic zone in the next fortnight.

The US embassy is understood to be finalising plans to expand its Kabul compound, with an eye to accommodating allied diplomatic missions, even as it too reduces in-country diplomatic staff.

This month, Senator Payne met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul to reaffirm Australia’s continued “support for the people of Afghanistan”, and its commitment to a “new chapter” in the bilateral relationship in the wake of the military withdrawal.

“We will continue our close friendship, and support our shared aspiration of peace, stability and prosperity,” Senator Payne said in a statement.


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244c6b  No.13748746

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Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Afghan director general for international affairs at the National Security Council, said security conversations were “ongoing” between the government and all foreign ­embassies in Kabul, and that ­“bilaterally or through allies such as NATO, Afghanistan is addressing any concerns from our allied embassies”.

Mr Jamal would not comment on the Australian embassy plans.

“Afghanistan is serious about ensuring the security of diplomatic missions in Afghanistan,” Mr Jamal said.

“The Afghan government wants to maintain all our diplomatic relationships.

“Unlike the Taliban, we are not a pariah ­government and have diplomatic arrangements with governments from Australia to Bangladesh and beyond and we would like to maintain these friendly relations.”

Australia had little option but to end its military involvement in Afghanistan after US President Joe Biden announced last month he would pull the last 2500 American troops from the country by September 11, drawing America’s involvement in the long-running conflict to a close.

A US Defence Department report released last week found a 37 per cent surge in attacks on ­Afghan security forces by the ­Taliban in the first quarter of this year, and warned that large-scale attacks on provincial capitals should be expected.

Australia only re-established an embassy in Afghanistan inside the US compound in 2006, and opened its own independent embassy five years later. But the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan in recent years has made it one of Australia’s most expensive overseas missions.

Mahmoud Saikal – a former Afghan deputy foreign minister, UN ambassador and the first resident Afghan ambassador to Australia – said that withdrawing the embassy or moving it into the US compound would represent a “setback in bilateral relations”.

“We see Australia as a more neutral country with its own vision for the region, so to operate from within the US embassy compound would be to operate in the shadow of the US,” Professor Saikal said.

He lobbied hard for Australia to open its Kabul embassy.

“Despite some mistakes, a lot of good things have happened in Afghanistan in the last 20 years and the Australian taxpayer has been part of that,” Professor Saikal said.

“It’s important to keep an eye on these gains.”

Uncertainty over the embassy’s future has only compounded the fears of 12 locally engaged embassy staff, and 45 Afghan interpreters for the Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who are seeking relocation to Australia with their families.

Faheem, an ADF interpreter in Oruzgan and Helmand provinces from 2014 to 2019, said he received approval last year to come to Australia with his wife and four children.

But the process had ground to a halt.

“Nobody is answering our emails now,” said Faheem, who is living in hiding because of Taliban death threats.


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244c6b  No.13748782

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‘A matter of time’: New Zealand’s foreign minister warns China ‘storm’ could be coming

In an interview with the Guardian, Nanaia Mahuta says exporters must diversify to protect themselves from a potential cooling of ties with Beijing

Tess McClure - 25 May 2021


New Zealand could find itself at the heart of a “storm” of anger from China, foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta has warned, saying exporters needed to diversify to ensure they could survive deteriorating relations with Beijing.

Mahuta’s comments come as the New Zealand government faces increasing pressure to take a firmer stance on human rights violations and crackdowns by China, putting the spotlight on the potential repercussions for countries who provoke Beijing’s ire.

Neighbouring Australia is in a deepening trade war with China, which Mahuta likened to being at the centre of a storm – one which could easily engulf New Zealand.

“We cannot ignore, obviously, what’s happening in Australia with their relationship with China. And if they are close to an eye of the storm or in the eye of the storm, we’ve got to legitimately ask ourselves – it may only be a matter of time before the storm gets closer to us,” she told the Guardian.

It was one of the minister’s more frank discussions of the vulnerability of New Zealand’s trade dependency on China – and a clear directive to local exporters that they should be seeking to redistribute some of those eggs to baskets elsewhere.

“The signal I’m sending to exporters is that they need to think about diversification in this context – Covid-19, broadening relationships across our region, and the buffering aspects of if something significant happened with China. Would they be able to withstand the impact?” she asked. China accounts for more than $33bn of New Zealand’s total trade, and nearly 30% of exports.

New Zealand is attempting to walk a difficult tightrope with China: maintaining a strong trade relationship, while still carving out space to criticise violations of human rights or international law. Over the past year, that position has become increasingly difficult to maintain.

The country is under pressure to take a stronger moral stance on human rights issues in and around China. Human rights groups have described mass human rights abuses in Xinjiang, including the incarceration of more than a million people in internment and re-education camps, forced labour, mass sterilisation of women, and restrictions on religion, culture and language, as cultural genocide.

The crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong is ongoing: an operation rounding up of dozens of pro-democracy politicians and activists in March means many key voices of dissent are now in custody or prison. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand’s differences with China were becoming “harder to reconcile”.

New Zealand has issued statements expressing “grave concerns” about China’s actions in both Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but those statements have tended to be softer than those of its longstanding allies in the Five Eyes network, Britain, the US, Canada and Australia.

New Zealand, along with Australia, welcomed coordinated sanctions announced by the UK, US, the EU and Canada over Uyghur abuses, but did not institute sanctions of their own. In May, New Zealand shied away from using the word “genocide” in a motion on Xinjiang debated and unanimously adopted by parliament – opting instead to use more general, watered-down language of “human rights abuses”. Mahuta says New Zealand “didn’t go to the degree of naming it is genocide because of the international legal threshold around that”.

At the time, trade minister Damien O’Connor said that using the language of genocide would hurt New Zealand’s trade relationship. “Clearly the Chinese government wouldn’t like something like that … I have no doubt it would have some impact [on trade]. That’s hardly rocket science,” O’Connor said.

The opposition leader, Judith Collins, also said New Zealand’s trade relationship with China was the “elephant in the room” in the discussion. “At the moment, clearly we are [beholden to China] in terms of trade,” she told Stuff.


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244c6b  No.13748789

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Mahuta has previously come under fire for comments that New Zealand was “uncomfortable with expanding the remit of the Five Eyes,” a remark that some saw as a shift away from traditional allies. In China, state-run media heralded the comments as “New Zealand secure[ing] its interests by distancing from US-led clique”.

“In sharp contrast with Australia, which tied itself to the US’ chariot, New Zealand has maintained a relatively independent approach on foreign policies, paving the way for the country to pursue policies that benefit its own economy,” the Global Times wrote.

“To be clear, New Zealand values the Five Eyes relationship,” Mahuta told the Guardian. “It’s a security and intelligence framework from which we can work with trusted allies on those specific issues. But the human rights community is much broader than that. … We don’t need the Five Eyes to articulate where we stand on human rights issues.”

Australia provides a vision of what collapse in that trade relationship could look like. The diplomatic rift escalated when Australia called for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19 in China. It has only intensified since.

China has retaliated with tariffs, import restrictions and a warning to its citizens not to travel to Australia. Analysis last year found China’s declared and undeclared sanctions cost Australia around AU$47.7bn (£26.5bn) last year. So far, the impact of that trade war has been buffered by China’s continued reliance on Australian iron ore. But China has been exploring how to shift its sourcing to mines in Brazil and Guinea – if they’re successful, Australia could be hit harder.

New Zealand does not have an equivalent resource monopoly in its China trade relationship. “Everything that you can get from New Zealand, you can get elsewhere,” international law professor Alexander Gillespie said.

“China will know our vulnerability in this area. And I think the way that we’re positioning ourselves with our statements shows that we’re conscious of that vulnerability as well,” he said.

If it came, trade retaliation from China could hit New Zealand across multiple industries. Near the end of 2020, the value of exports to China alone surpassed the value of New Zealand’s next four largest trading partners – Australia, the US, UK, and Japan – combined.

Trade to China accounts for 28% of New Zealand’s overall exports, including a quarter of dairy exports, more than 60% of forestry products and around 50% of meat. The country is New Zealand’s second-largest source of tourism cash, behind only Australia – before Covid-19, Chinese tourists were spending about $1.7bn in New Zealand each year. International education is a $5bn industry for New Zealand, and Chinese students make up about 47% of international students at New Zealand universities.

“Right now, China will be delighted with us because they will see us as the weak link in the Five Eyes,” Gillespie said. “For a country like New Zealand to steer away from that words like genocide when the other countries use it, symbolically, it’s important.”

Asked about the differences between New Zealand and Australia’s approaches to China, Mahuta said she did not “want to be drawn into commenting on the approach of another country in its bilateral relationship”. But she did say that New Zealand’s connection with China had changed, maturing over time.

“The relationship with China has moved beyond the relationship of firsts – we were the first to achieve a free trade agreement with China – to a maturing relationship … where we can be respectful, consistent and predictable on the issues that are important to us, but also on the issues that separate and differentiate our view of the world from China.”

Mahuta was careful to frame her message to exporters as part of a wider broadening of New Zealand’s connections across the Asia-Pacific. “We’ve said that it’s ‘China, and,’ not ‘China, or’,” she said.

New Zealand would need to strengthen its relationships across the region in the coming years, she said. “Trade is – while it is important, so is regional peace and stability.”



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244c6b  No.13748794

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Right-wing terror threat still on the rise

Matt Coughlan - 25 May 2021

Australia's right-wing terrorism threat has continued to rise with almost half of domestic spy counter-terrorism investigations now dedicated to ideological extremists.

ASIO director-general Mike Burgess told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Tuesday terror threats were complex and challenging.

"Our investigations in ideologically motivated violent extremism, such as racists and nationalists, are approaching 50 per cent of our counter-terrorism onshore caseload," he said.

"This reflects a growing international trend as well as ASIO's decision to allocate more resources to the threat."

He said the increase was concerning and challenging but needed to be viewed in context.

"Religiously motivated violent extremism remains, in the short term, our most serious terrorist threat."

Mr Burgess said battle-hardened foreign fighters could return to the country, while 14 Australians convicted of terrorism offences were due to end prison terms over the next five years.

"Right now ASIO is aware of multiple religiously motivated violent extremists who want to kill Australians. Groups such as ISIL continue to urge attacks," he said.

The threat of a terrorism attack remains probable, with Mr Burgess telling a hearing last month an incident was likely within the next year.

He also warned foreign spies and extremists were using encrypted messages along with other technology to evade authorities.

The ASIO boss said recent increased government investment would allow ASIO to connect more dots in combating espionage and terrorism.

"Given the volume and complexity of data, we are not searching for a needle in a haystack, we are searching for a needle in a hayfield," the director-general said.

Mr Burgess backed an Australian Federal Police push to criminalise possessing swastikas and terrorist manifestos.

"There is a link between hate speech and hate crime including acts of terrorism," he said.

"There's a link between possession of violent or extremist insignia and acts of terrorism."

Mr Burgess said threats to lives in Australia would always be a priority which was "hard to walk away from" with the terror threat level at probable.

"At the same time though, espionage and foreign interference is unacceptably high and we do think will supplant terrorism as this country's principle security concern," he said.


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244c6b  No.13748811

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19 alleged incidents of misconduct involving federal MPs, staff reported to AFP

Katina Curtis and Anthony Galloway - May 25, 2021


Police have received reports about 19 incidents of possible misconduct involving federal MPs and their staff since former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins came forward in February to allege she was raped by a colleague in Parliament House.

The criminal investigation into Ms Higgins’ allegation is reaching its final stages with police preparing a brief for prosecutors. It comes as cabinet prepares to consider an independent mechanism to deal with serious complaints within parliamentary workplaces.

Australian Federal Police commissioner Reece Kershaw told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday that police had received 40 reports relating to the 19 alleged incidents of misconduct involving federal politicians and their staff. Mr Kershaw confirmed some of the reports related to alleged sexual assaults and said 12 had been identified as “sensitive investigations”. The AFP defines a sensitive investigation as one that involves an elected member, journalist or prominent person, could impact the operation of government and Parliament, or may be of “significant interest” to the Australian community.

The AFP later confirmed it had referred 15 of the matters to state and territory police for further investigation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will take recommendations from his department’s deputy secretary, Stephanie Foster, on how to improve workplace conditions for political staffers at Parliament House to a cabinet meeting later on Tuesday.

The review of complaints handling was called after Ms Higgins went public with an allegation she was raped by a colleague in a ministerial office in March 2019.

Ms Foster has recommended an independent and confidential complaints mechanism be set up and that there be face-to-face education for managers and staff to understand their workplace obligations and how to respond to serious incidents.

She spoke to staffers, politicians and experts in the field for her report, which was finished late on Monday night. She also spoke with organisations such as sporting codes and mining companies which had already tackled similar issues.

“Her proposals and recommendations seek to ensure that processes are independent, provide empowerment to victims and provide timely, effective and ongoing support,” Mr Morrison said.

He noted work to establish a new complaints mechanism was “more detailed and complex and will require consultation across the Parliament”.

Mr Morrison briefed coalition MPs on Ms Foster’s report on Tuesday morning.

The union representing parliamentary staff called for the government to release Ms Foster’s report and consult employees about its recommendations, but said mandatory training was welcome if long overdue.

Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Melissa Donnelly said this would not be “the last step in making Parliament House a safer place”.

Ms Foster told a Senate estimates hearing she had sought to focus on things that could be done immediately or in the very short term.


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244c6b  No.13748815

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Mr Kershaw earlier said a criminal investigation into Ms Higgins’ allegations was reaching its final stages, with a brief of evidence to be handed to the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions in the coming weeks.

Appearing before a Senate estimates hearing, the police boss was also forced to clarify a statement he gave to a parliamentary hearing in March in which he insisted he did not order the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Philip Gaetjens, to halt his inquiry into the handling of the complaint.

Mr Kershaw said he told Mr Gaetjens it was “strongly advisable” that he pause his inquiry but that he did not direct him to do so – which appeared to contradict Mr Gaetjens’ comments in March to a separate inquiry.

“Mr Gaetjens called me after my testimony given there was seemingly misunderstanding about different interpretations of our evidence. This is not unusual or surprising in the circumstances, and if he had not called me, I would have made the call,” Mr Kershaw said on Tuesday.

Mr Gaetjens, appearing in a separate estimates hearing at the same time, said he had not told Mr Kershaw to issue a clarifying statement in March, saying it was not his place to do so.

He also revealed he had not made a formal note of the phone conversation for governmental records, describing it as a “process phone call”.

Mr Gaetjens resumed his inquiry into who in the Prime Minister’s office knew what about Ms Higgins’ allegation and when on May 11, after receiving an all-clear from Mr Kershaw. He expects to be finished in “weeks, not days” but couldn’t say whether his work would become public.

“In my view, I have interviewed all relevant people,” he said.

However, he refused to tell the committee how many people he had interviewed or whether any had taken legal representation on the basis it might breach their privacy.

Senior Labor senators Katy Gallagher and Penny Wong said this did not follow the usual protocol for public servants appearing before committees.

“There are 60 people working in the Prime Minister’s office,” Senator Gallagher said. “How can you indicating how many interviews you’ve done for this inquiry constitute personal information or a privacy breach? It’s just unbelievable.”

Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).



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244c6b  No.13748832

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Priest charged with indecent assault wanted to change ‘feeling towards young boys’, court told

Laura Chung - May 24, 2021

A Catholic priest charged with indecently assaulting 12 boys in a NSW Southern Highlands boarding school in the 1980s allegedly wrote if he could change something about himself it would be “this feeling I have towards young boys”, a court has heard.

Father Anthony William Peter Caruana, 79, allegedly assaulted the boys when he was a dormitory manager, rugby coach and band teacher at Chevalier College, in Burradoo, between 1982 and 1988.

He has pleaded not guilty to 29 charges, including four counts of homosexual intercourse with a student and several counts of indecent assault of a person aged under 16.

In her opening statement at the Sydney Downing Centre on Monday, crown prosecutor Nerissa Keay outlined the allegations and told the jury what they could expect to hear from the 12 complainants over the course of the eight-week trial.

Among the allegations is the indecent assault of a student who took part in an extracurricular school activity in 1984.

Ms Keay told the jury the complainant would tell them that on one occasion after practice, Father Caruana allegedly rubbed his erection against the boy’s buttocks.

During the incident, Father Caruana allegedly said words to the effect of “God will love you if you let me teach you” and told the student he would be expelled if he told anyone what had occurred, Ms Keay expects the complainant will say.

In a separate incident, Ms Keay said another former student will recall that on one night in Father Caruana’s office, the priest allegedly pulled his erect penis from his pants, grabbed hold of the student’s head and forced his penis into the student’s mouth.

After the alleged incident, the student was given a lolly and told to return to his room.

“It is the Crown’s case that there is evidence that establishes the accused had a sexual interest in boys between 11 and 15 years [of age] in the 1980s and had a tendency to act in accordance with that sexual interest,” Ms Keay said.

The court was also told there was a questionnaire which had been located in church records by police that had been completed in 1989, the year the complaints were made, “which is in the accused’s handwriting”, she said.

When the questionnaire asked: “what do you like least about yourself”, Father Caruana allegedly responded with,“my sexual problem.”

In response to the question: “do you or did you feel there might be something wrong with you” he allegedly wrote: “Yes and now for the last 30 years, my sexual problems.”

When asked if he could change something about himself, he responded, “this feeling I have towards young boys.”

Following the 1989 complaints, Father Caruana was moved from a “teaching role to an archiving role in Sydney” and did not teach again, Ms Keay said.

The Crown is also expected to hear from a former manager in the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, who allegedly wrote a file note in 1993 that “Tony acknowledges he is a paedophile and there is little likelihood of change,” Ms Keay said.

She added while the man couldn’t remember writing the note, he will likely tell the jury “he wouldn’t have written it if that wasn’t said to him”.

Defence barrister Bernard Brassil told the jury it was vital they gave his client a “fair trial” and urged them to be patient.

“That imperatively means that you must not decide anything at this point in time,” he said. “Listen with open ears and open minds what it is the defence says about this trial … We all know the sound that liars make when they give untruthful stories and sometimes intelligent questioning reveals more.”

Detectives launched Strike Force Caber in 2018 to investigate reports of sexual and indecent assaults and arrested Father Caruana at a home in Kensington in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in April 2019.

The trial continues.

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 737 732. Crisis support can be found at Lifeline: (13 11 14 and lifeline.org.au), the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467 and suicidecallbackservice.org.au) and beyondblue (1300 22 4636 and beyondblue.org.au).


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244c6b  No.13748898

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Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Facebook Post

24 May 2021

Color Guard, Post!

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force - Darwin provided a color guard to carry the national colors and Marine Corps colors for the Battle of The Coral Sea Commemorative Service in Darwin, NT, Australia, May 8, 2021. Known as "the battle that saved Australia," the Battle of The Coral Sea was a historic demonstration of interoperability between U.S. and Australian militaries during World War II and its strategic importance is commemorated annually. The 2021 rotation provides the U.S. Marine Corps and Australian Defence Force with an exceptional opportunity to develop relationships, learn about each other’s cultures, strengthen partnership, and increase shared military capabilities.

(U.S. Marine Corps photos and photo illustration by Cpl. Lydia Gordon)


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818239  No.13749768

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>>13749743 /LB (The Yankee Doodle Dandy Bread)

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244c6b  No.13756589

File: 789f5b6d48b3d8c⋯.jpg (222.94 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, US_charge_d_affaires_Mike_….jpg)

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US eyes Top End military build-up to combat China threat

BEN PACKHAM - MAY 26, 2021


The US wants to store munitions and defence equipment in Australia’s Top End under a bilateral force posture review to better prepare the ANZUS allies for growing strategic threats from China.

In an interview, acting US ­ambassador Mike Goldman said it “just makes sense to forward deploy” US war stocks in Australia, given US bases in Guam and elsewhere in the region were within reach of Chinese missiles.

The US charge d’affaires also expressed support for a more “ambitious” redevelopment of the Lombrum naval base in Papua New Guinea, subject to negotiations with PNG and Australia.

Mr Goldman said geostrategic tensions required a more “innovative defence partnership” between Australia and the US, including co-production of precision-guided weapons on Australian soil.

He said a bilateral force posture review working group, established following last year’s AUSMIN talks, had met for the first time ­earlier this month to discuss “a wide range of contingencies”.

Mr Goldman said it was too early to provide details on any new initiatives, but said pre-positioning US weapons in Australia offered strategic advantages.

“A lot of that just makes perfect intuitive sense, particularly when we talk about how we are going to project force in any sort of contingency,” he told The Australian.

He stressed that “any change in US force posture in Australia would be in full consultation with the Australian government”.

Mr Goldman’s comments follow the US government’s announcement last year of a $15m contract to build an earth-covered weapons magazine and munitions conveyor at RAAF Base Tindal, south of Darwin, as well as upgraded fuel storages.

The base’s runway is also being extended to 3.3km to accept larger aircraft, which could potentially include B-52 bombers.

As the US reviews its broader Indo-Pacific military footprint, Mr Goldman said the Lombrum deep-water naval base on Manus Island – which is currently a small facility for Australian-donated patrol boats – was one the US hoped could be developed further.

“I think we would like to make it as ambitious as possible in co-operation with Australia and Papua New Guinea,” he said of the base, which has progressed slowly since it was announced as a joint PNG-Australian-US facility at APEC in 2018. Australia, which is leading the negotiations, has been unable to resolve political difficulties surrounding the base, including a backlash by local landowners.

Mr Goldman indicated talks were already under way on manufacturing US-designed missiles in Australia, which Scott Morrison has thrown his support behind under a $1bn plan for a new sovereign guided-weapons enterprise.

“We are in a new geostrategic context now that requires a different set of platforms and a different force posture,” he said.

“These things aren’t instantaneous but our militaries and strategic thinkers are engaged in discussions about how best to confront these new challenges ­together. So I think we will see new, innovative ways that we are enhancing our partnership.”


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244c6b  No.13756596

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Mr Goldman said the “unbreakable” ANZUS alliance, which has its 70th anniversary in September, would outlast current tensions with China over Taiwan, declaring it was “much stronger and more comprehensive than any one contingency”.

“We are not going to dictate countries’ self-interest here. Every country will have to make its own determination (on Taiwan),” he said.

Mr Goldman also lashed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “bellicose” disregard for the inter­national rules-based order, reiterating US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s assurances that the US would not leave Australia “alone on the pitch” to face China’s “economic blackmail”.

He said unlike Donald Trump, President Joe Biden would not make Australia wait for years for a new US ambassador. The appointment would be “if not in the very first tranche, then in the first wave” of ambassadorial announcements, and would be a political operator of a similar stature to Kim Beazley, Joe Hockey or Arthur Sinodinos.

“We don’t have a name yet; in fact, there have not been any political appointees named for any ­bilateral ambassadorships,” he said. “What that suggests strongly is they are … ­vetting candidates with extreme thoroughness and precision.”

Mr Goldman said Mr Biden wanted to visit Australia for the September 1 anniversary of ANZUS, but “the big variable is how Covid goes in the US”.

“If Covid allows domestically and internationally, it would be something that we would really like to see,” he said.

Mr Goldman – a career diplomat who has lived three times in Taipei – said the US Taiwan strategy was not solely a military approach, but one of “compre­hensive deterrence”.

He said the West’s difficult relationship with China was more challenging than the Cold War with Russia because it needed to work with Beijing on key issues such as cutting carbon emissions.

Mr Goldman said the US was leading by example on climate change, and expected “real concrete ambition” from Australia to get its emissions down. Australia has sought to focus on a technology-led climate change policy, and is yet to give ground on setting fresh emissions targets.

Mr Goldman said the US was determined to work with its partners on fighting Covid across the world, and rejected suggestions that China was leading the West in its vaccine diplomacy efforts.

“(Beijing) over-promised in the very beginning but there has been a lack of transparency in the quality of data that has been presented on its vaccines, and there has been a significant under-delivery of vaccines compared to the quantities promised,” he said.

“Whereas if you look at our efforts, I think the US and Australia share a view that vaccines should be aggressively distributed to the places that are most in need.”


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244c6b  No.13756731

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Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 25, 2021

Bloomberg: New Zealand's foreign affairs minister said that exporters from the country should be preparing for any potential deterioration in the trade relationship with China by diversifying into other markets. Does the foreign ministry have any comment on these remarks?

Zhao Lijian: China and New Zealand are each other's important cooperation partners. The considerable progress in China-New Zealand relations is achieved on the premise that the two sides have long been committed to mutual respect, mutual trust and win-win results. We hope New Zealand can carry forward the spirit of "striving to be the first" and the principle of mutual respect and equal treatment, work with China toward the same direction, make the pie of cooperation bigger, rise above external distractions, and jointly advance China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership.


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244c6b  No.13756806

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Backstage manipulators: Western press’ guide to creating anti-China rumors on hot issues, or out of nothing

Bai Yunyi - May 25, 2021


As some Western media spread more rumors about China, their formula of creating such misinformation becomes clearer.

The latest report from the Wall Street Journal on Sunday revealed an "undisclosed US intelligence report" indicating that several researchers in the lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick in November 2019 displaying symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and other common seasonal illnesses, implying the possibility of the so-called virus "lab leak theory."

Yuan Zhiming, director of the institute's Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, told the Global Times on Monday that the report is an outright lie that came from nowhere.

In fact, China's National Health Commission had publicly clarified the matter at a press conference as early as March 31: The institute has reviewed samples collected from patients in Wuhan with influenza symptoms from January 2019 to January 2020 and found that four of them (three adults and one elderly patient) were positive for SARS-CoV-2, but none of them were workers at the Institute. The three positives were revealed in January 2020, not "November 2019" as the WSJ claimed. But most of the Western media continued to turn a blind eye to such a clarification.

US politicians and media outlets have again been pursuing the lab leak theory as the origin of COVID-19, despite scientists from the WHO-China joint study team concluding in a full report that a lab leak is extremely unlikely.

Behind this highly conspiratorial report by the Wall Street Journal, more clues and characters working in collusion emerged to piece together how such COVID-19-related rumors were produced and disseminated.

The production line of concocting such anti-China rumors has become clear: Taking an unidentified source of information, labeling it as a "top secret intelligence document" to create "mystical credibility," and then using a distorted and exaggerated interpretation in the report to attack China.

Right-wing conservatives in the US are hyping and amplifying these unscientific conspiracy theories. This directly led many American scientists who originally opposed the conspiracy theory, such as top epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, to betray science under political pressure and turn to calling for an "investigation" of Chinese laboratories in searching for the virus' origins.

'Celebrity journalist'

The Global Times found the rumor that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology contracted the disease in November 2019 had been circulated in the Australian media more than two months ago.

On March 21, Australian journalist Sharri Markson published a widely circulated "exclusive report" in The Australian, citing a chief researcher at the US State Department named David Asher as a source, claiming that the novel coronavirus disease may be a "biological weapon" developed by China and that vaccine is the "antidote" being developed.

This is not the first time that Markson has made a "scoop" about the plot "Novel coronavirus [disease] leaked from Wuhan Institute of Virology lab."


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244c6b  No.13756809

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On May 7, Markson published another article in The Australian claiming that the Chinese government had discussed "the possibility of using the SARS virus as a biochemical weapon" as early as 2015, and thus drew the inference that COVID-19 may come from laboratory leak.

Sky News reported that Markson assessed "chilling" details from a "document produced by Chinese military scientists." However, the document is in fact a widely available book.

This book entitled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, published in 2015, speculates that SARS may not be of natural origins but may be a man-made disease. Due to its radical views, this book has not been accepted by China's mainstream scientific community, nor has it been widely circulated in China. The book actually concludes that SARS may be a weapon for the United States to attack China, but this point is deliberately downplayed by Markson.

According to Fox News, in May 2020, Markson had already concocted fake news in another right-wing Australian tabloid, The Daily Telegraph. She claimed that she had exclusive access to a 15-page "China dossier" showing "China deliberately covered up evidence of the virus [COVID-19] early on in a pure case of negligence."

In the report, Markson depicted the source in a vague, misleading, and mysterious way, saying it was compiled by the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance. But the so-called dossier was verified by several news outlets as just a research report based on publicly available information, including news reports.

However, Markson dismissed the mainstream media's criticism of her work on the origin of the virus and claimed to have been savaged by the left-wing Australian media.

Several facts prove that Markson has a clear "formula" for fabricating anti-China rumors: first, find or create a piece of information out of nothing, second, package it into "top-secret intelligence documents" to create a sense of mystery and credibility, and third, interpret and distort it wildly to slander China … now a rumor that is easy to be welcomed by Western anti-China forces is born.

'China observer' and 'cybersecurity specialist'

Sharri Markson has two close partners; Robert Potter, a so-called "network security specialist" and Christopher Balding, "a China observer." Both of them appeared regularly on Markson's show, accepting her interviews, endorsing the so-called "intelligence" documents, becoming the "exclusive sources" of her reports.

For example, in the above-mentioned conspiracy "China has discussed the weaponization of SARS since 2015," Potter said in Markson's interview that the document was authentic.

In another rumor, "China purged a database about the coronavirus [disease] from the Wuhan lab," he and Balding became "informed persons," saying that there were "reliable sources" who told them hackers were able to get into the institution's systems and found that there were major differences between the data stored in the institution and the data reported by China to the WHO.

From May to September 2020, Potter and Balding tirelessly told the same story in the media, including The Australian, Sky News Australia, and The Sun in the UK, to spread the rumor. But they failed to provide any evidence about "data obtained from the database," so even Western media themselves were reluctant to hype this topic anymore.


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244c6b  No.13756811

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Another rumor about China is the work of Markson and Potter. In December 2020, Markson, again on Sky News Australia, hyped that "a leaked list of 1.9 million members of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai showed that many of them were working in foreign consulates in China and large multinational companies such as Boeing, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca," while Potter stood by this fake news and analyzed the "Chinese infiltration" revealed in the list.

The purpose of this rumor is very obvious. On the one hand, it is used to publicize the theory of the "China threat" and "Chinese infiltration." On the other hand, it also implied that China could have possibly stolen COVID-19 vaccine technology from the West.

The list was later dismissed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China. Some people on the list reached by the Global Times also proved that the list was completely forged. Hyping that "CPC members are found in consulates and multinational companies" also exposed their ignorance of China, as the number of CPC members in China has exceeded 90 million. However, this rumor was still heavily quoted and further hyped by the British and American media.

Balding, another black hand, often spread conspiracy theories about China with Potter, but he has become quieter lately after holding American feet to the fire while attempting to spread more rumors about China.

In August and September 2020, before the US elections, a rumor about "Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, having business with China" went viral on the internet, which came from a 64-page so-called "intelligence" document. The document appeared to be the work of a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations. And the author of the document is a self-identified Swiss security analyst named Martin Aspen, an identity found to be a fabrication, according to an in-depth analysis by technical experts.

According to a report by NBC, Aspen's profile picture was created with an artificial intelligence face generator, and the intelligence firm that Aspen lists as his previous employer said that no one by that name had ever worked for the company.

Later, the media found that the original poster of the document was Christopher Balding. In the beginning, Balding denied that he had fabricated the document, saying it was just a report he was "handed."

Balding later admitted that he wrote some of the document, Aspen is "an entirely fictional individual," and the document was commissioned by Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based tabloid led by separatist Jimmy Lai who is now serving prison terms.

The release of fake news about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden by balding was seen to be disturbing presidential elections and had crossed the "red line" of Western political rules.

Since then, Balding has appeared less frequently in right-wing Western media, though he is still active on Twitter churning out conspiracy theories about China.

Notably, Markson was invited to appear on the media program created by Steve Bannon, who used to advise former US president Donald Trump, several times to re-disseminate almost all of the above conspiracy theories about China and COVID-19. Perhaps, in this outbreak, the "chain" behind the creation of China-related rumors runs even longer than what meets the eye.


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244c6b  No.13756846

File: bbc11471b3dc374⋯.jpg (176.48 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Celebrity_chef_Pete_Evans.jpg)

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Chef Pete Evans another traveller down the dark road of misinformation

JACK THE INSIDER (Peter Hoysted) - MAY 26, 2021


The company of celebrity chef, Pete Evans has been hit with almost $80,000 fines for alleged false advertising of wellness products.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration fined Evans’ company for alleged false advertising of therapeutic goods, including the Bio-Charger lamp, hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and two medicines.

The TGA also issued a directions notice to the company and its sole Director, Evans, for removal of alleged non-compliant advertising.

Therapeutic goods, including medical devices and medicines, must be entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods before they can be legally advertised in Australia.

A quick peek into Evans’ website reveals the products that drew the wrath of the TGA have been removed. There is no sign of the Bio Charger lamp that in April 2020, Evans claimed had recipes that could cure “the Wuhan coronavirus.”

At the time, the manufacturers of the Bio Charger distanced themselves from Evans’ claims, stressing it was “not a medical device” and “not intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of diseases or any other conditions.”

You can still buy some wellness pills made from sustainably sourced red marine algae, turmeric and organic agaricus bisporus (mushroom powder) of which no medical or health claims are made and bench top water filters that start at $869. Gotta get rid of that fluoride somehow.

I keep a fairly close eye on Evans, not from a consumer advocate point of view but because his claims are invariably weird and often inadvertently funny.

His latest obsession is the old, tortured conspiracy of chemtrails where condensation trails that appear from planes flying at high altitude are not condensation at all, but biological or chemical agents designed to… Well, you know, we’re all being crop dusted by the deep state for some reason.

Evans, who said in his podcast he was able to trace air traffic in his part of the world (you guessed it, Byron Bay and its environs), made the fanciful claim that there were more aircraft in the skies during a pandemic when international borders were closed and the states themselves closed their borders.

Get a new conspiracy theory, Pete. This one’s got very old.

Is Evans a harmless idiot or a dangerous influencer?

What we have seen is that in the space of a few years, Evans has gone from promoting various diets – paleo, more recently keto, not of themselves harmful when consumed by adults — to reposting neo-Nazi memes. That is a big shift in thought and belief, a quick fire veer to the fringes but it is actually commonplace among many people in the wellness industry.

We saw it last week when a beautician on the Gold Coast declared (with a massive publicity free kick from the media) she was banning customers from her shop who had been vaccinated for Covid-19.

She’s not the first and she won’t be the last. There was a massage business that did the same in NSW’s Northern Rivers and several weeks ago, a NDIS service provider emailed her clients (some with intellectual disabilities) telling them she would no longer offer her services if they have been vaccinated for Covid-19.

In all three cases, the rationale was more or less the same. Each business spouted nonsense about viral shedding. None of the Covid-19 vaccines in use around the world are “live viral” vaccines. Viral shedding is bunk, a lie put about by anti-vaxxers.


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244c6b  No.13756851

File: fe2b352a96ab008⋯.jpg (106.19 KB, 768x1024, 3:4, Evans_and_Craig_Kelly_in_f….jpg)

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The businesses also claimed their public liability insurance would not cover them for viral outbreaks. It’s hard to know where to begin with this. There is no conceivable instance where a business could be subject to legal action for a viral outbreak and given viral shedding is an anti-vax fantasy, an outbreak could only come from either a) community infection or, b) a quarantine break-out where any legally claimable act of negligence would be directed elsewhere if it exists at all.

The other claim made by the massage business and the beautician is that the Covid-19 vaccines could render the vaccinated, women especially, infertile.

There is no basis for any of this but what is interesting is the consistency of messaging. They are singing from the same song sheet.

Who is the composer? Well, most of it comes from what the Centre for Digital Hate described as the Anti-Vax Dirty Dozen. A statistical analysis of social media posts reveals just 12 people disseminate two-thirds of the misinformation around Covid-19 vaccination. Most are grifters flogging their own cures and treatments for Covid-19 as well as a long list of other illnesses.

The target audience for the viral spread of misinformation is broadly speaking, the wellness community both in Australia and overseas.

I’ve come across yoga instructors who’ve been pressured out of the business because they could not be persuaded to engage in QAnon conspiracies and “scamdemic” tropes.

I interviewed a Vancouver-based Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor, Steven Kesting, considered one of the most highly skilled practitioners of the grappling martial art and a well-worn pathway to UFC fighting.

Kesting is also a qualified microbiologist. He was dismayed that many in the instruction of mixed martial arts in North America had fallen into a similar mindset to that adopted by Evans – Covid-19 was fake, wearing masks was a sign of servitude to the deep state and receiving a vaccination was more about deep state surveillance than controlling a global pandemic.

He took on the spread of misinformation with his own social media campaign. As a result, his business suffered. He received death threats. To his considerable credit he remained unwavering, asking but not telling people to be properly informed on the science of the pandemic.

One might think it odd that many of those in the wellness industry are now active spruikers for all manner of conspiracy theories, but people who obsess about diet, exercise and healthy living are predisposed to adopt conspiracy theories. They reject science and often see scientific reason as the enemy, or a direct competitor to the wares they are hawking. They carry not just a healthy scepticism of government but an outright distrust. So, when it comes to what should be a Himalayan leap of logic that say, claims the deep state is poisoning our minds and bodies by chemtrails, for the wellness folk, it is little more than a quick step to the right.

And that is why this group has been successfully targeted by people like the anti-vax Dirty Dozen. It’s not just anti-vax falsehoods, it’s the messaging from QAnon cultism, anti-lockdown hysterics, sovcits, and drooling deep state paranoids.

The wellness industry is a gaping, salivating maw gobbling it all up.

Evans, who had almost 1.5 million Facebook followers and a quarter million followers on Instagram before he was deplatformed for repeatedly spreading misinformation, is just another traveller along that dark road.

Peter Hoysted is Jack the Insider: a highly placed, dedicated servant of the nation with close ties to leading figures in politics, business and the union movement.


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244c6b  No.13756942

File: e3a471a6187fff6⋯.jpg (219.25 KB, 960x720, 4:3, British_socialite_Ghislain….jpg)

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Ghislaine Maxwell seeks to dismiss new indictment, cites prosecutors' overreach

Jonathan Stempel - May 26, 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell has urged a U.S. judge to throw out the criminal case alleging she procured four teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, accusing prosecutors of overreaching in an effort to "get" her.

In a filing made public on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, Maxwell's lawyers said prosecutors waited too long to add the fourth accuser's allegations to an amended indictment filed in March, despite knowing of them for more than a decade.

They also said some charges were covered by Epstein's 2007 non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors, which Maxwell has unsuccessfully argued also immunized "potential" co-conspirators like herself.

The new indictment "demonstrates just how far the government is willing to go to 'get' Ms. Maxwell and disingenuously blame her for the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein," Maxwell's lawyers said.

In a response filed on Tuesday night, the office of U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said Maxwell could not relitigate the scope of the non-prosecution agreement, and said the new indictment reflected evidence it did not have earlier.

"The defendant's argument that the government acted in bad faithto the extent she is making such an argumentis based on no evidence whatsoever, and for good reason: it is not true," prosecutors said.

Epstein, a financier, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges in an eight-count indictment related to Epstein's alleged abuse of three girls from 1994 to 1997, and a fourth girl from 2001 to 2004.

Prosecutors said Maxwell groomed and paid the fourth girl who, starting at age 14, gave Epstein nude massages and engaged in sex acts with him, and recruited others for erotic massages.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan previously denied Maxwell's request to dismiss an earlier version of the indictment, and will consider the latest dismissal request.

The 59-year-old Maxwell has been jailed in Brooklyn since her arrest last July. Nathan has denied bail three times, saying Maxwell was a flight risk.

A trial on six of the eight charges is slated to begin in November. The two perjury charges would be tried separately.





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244c6b  No.13757012

File: d3b61cd24eab6d9⋯.jpg (838.04 KB, 2300x1533, 2300:1533, The_Department_of_Defence_….jpg)

Carping about Port of Darwin sends anti-investment message

Landbridge’s CEO says he’s never seen an international company that’s ticked all the regulatory boxes treated so badly. It sends the message Australia doesn’t want foreign investment.

Mike Hughes - May 26, 2021


Having spent most of my career working for multinationals investing in different parts of the world, most of it for an American company in south-east Asia, I have not seen a company as badly treated as Landbridge Group in Australia. For a country so heavily dependent on foreign investment, that is a worrying sign.

In 2015, Landbridge submitted to a year-long process to bid for the lease of Darwin Port. The Northern Territory government had made it clear from the outset that no conditional bids would be accepted; bidders would need to have any and all required sign-offs from Canberra in place. Landbridge engaged with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) over many months, met with the Department of Defence, and provided full information on our company to all who asked.

In October 2015 we were announced as the winning bidder. Shortly afterward at a conference in Darwin the owner of Landbridge was welcomed in person by senior government ministers, including the current treasurer, as a significant new foreign investor.

Unfortunately, in the months and years since, sideline critics have continued to carp about the lease. That is despite a Senate inquiry in which senior officials from Defence and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) both clearly said they had no issue with Landbridge.

In almost six years I have yet to hear a single concern about Landbridge operating the Port that has merit. Landbridge manages commercial wharves. To suggest that we could control the entry of foreign naval vessels into Australian waters is risible. So is the suggestion that we would block Australian or US naval vessels entering Darwin.

The lease is simply a contractual right that comes with clear obligations to allow fair and equal access to the Port’s facilities. If we do not, we breach the contract and lose the lease. And in any kind of wartime situation the Australian government can simply step in and assume control of the port.

Much is made of the fact that Darwin has a significant naval and defence presence. But the Australian Naval presence is at the Coonawarra base, which is in Darwin Harbour but has nothing to do with Landbridge and Darwin Port operations.

The Department of Defence conducted a full review of Landbridge’s lease over the Port in 2015. It is a 99-year lease, so it would be safe to assume the Department anticipated there could be periodic tensions in the bilateral relationship with China and factored that in.


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244c6b  No.13757013

File: 46d38296d2162b8⋯.jpg (77.25 KB, 800x535, 160:107, In_2016_Adam_Giles_the_the….jpg)



Then there are concerns about Chinese laws that require companies to follow directions in China’s national interest.

Such laws, even if implemented, would have no effect on Landbridge’s physical port assets, especially when they are subject to licence conditions and managed day to day by an Australian workforce. What exactly would China be trying to persuade Landbridge to encourage its Australian workforce to do?

The irony here is that the undermining of Landbridge is in no one’s interest. Defence officials pointed out to me in 2015 that the best thing for Australia’s defence would be for Darwin to grow and for Darwin Harbour’s infrastructure to develop. For the Territory government, the sniping is a barrier to the growth of the port and its economy.

While the lease was signed by the Country Liberal Party (CLP) both sides of Territory politics have supported Landbridge.

The NT government has regularly confirmed that Landbridge has met its commitments under the lease. Landbridge has extensively engaged with, and invested in, the local community; we sponsor the Clontarf and Stars Foundations which make a real difference to indigenous youth development in the Territory. We also have sponsored the Darwin International Film Festival and many other local community events.

The government has the right to review its defence position at any time. At no point has any official government entity formally expressed any concern about Landbridge operating Darwin Port to Landbridge. In any normal situation it would be unacceptable for the government to sit silently while parties take swipes at a foreign investor that has met all legal and regulatory requirements and with which they have raised no concerns.

Australia relies on foreign investment but seems to have lost sight of the fact that foreign investors have a choice. Having observed the last five years of treatment meted out to Landbridge, other prospective investors might consider putting their money elsewhere.

Mike Hughes has been vice-president of China-owned Landbridge in Australia since 2014.


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958c89  No.13758126

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958c89  No.13758134

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958c89  No.13758139

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958c89  No.13758142

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958c89  No.13758144

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958c89  No.13758150

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958c89  No.13758152

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958c89  No.13758161

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958c89  No.13758163

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958c89  No.13758167

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958c89  No.13758169

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958c89  No.13758176

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958c89  No.13758183

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958c89  No.13758186

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958c89  No.13758196

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958c89  No.13758206

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958c89  No.13758215

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72e284  No.13758859


Three years, same claims, zero proof

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7cb3b7  No.13762807

File: be087d451f94f6e⋯.png (424.41 KB, 750x1334, 375:667, B4346393_F3C9_4D2B_958D_15….png)

Victoria Australia Lockdown Again

Coupla people tested positive to the fake test.

Well, they all do but why the positive result now?

And why the lockdown?

What don’t they want us to see or know?


I love a good government conspiracy.

Maybe the economy is showing healthy signs.

Better nip that right in the bud.

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244c6b  No.13764021

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Victoria plunged into seven-day lockdown from midnight

Sky News Australia

May 27, 2021

Victorians are being plunged into a seven-day lockdown as the Andrews government takes drastic measures to stop the spread of the latest coronavirus outbreak.

From midnight tonight a state-wide circuit breaker lockdown will be imposed until June 3.

Acting Premier James Merlino announced this morning more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts had been identified.

“If we can ease those restrictions earlier we will but this is a seven-day circuit breaker lockdown,” he said.

Under the lockdown, residents will have five reasons to leave home including essential shopping, a two-hour exercise period, giving compassionate care and for medical reasons.

Mr Merlino confirmed a new fifth reason to leave home is to get vaccinated.

State residents will also be required to wear masks in every setting except for their homes.

Victorians will only be allowed to accept intimate partners into their homes, however, people living alone can form a bubble with another single-person household.

Public gatherings have also been suspended, although approved professional sports events will go ahead without spectators.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be open for takeaway only and essential workers and workplaces – such as supermarkets – will be allowed to continue operating.

Schools will also be moving to remote learning – except for vulnerable children.

Victoria recorded 11 new local cases overnight, taking the state’s total case load to 26.


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244c6b  No.13764297

File: 7b779e1ca477f87⋯.jpg (120.83 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Ron_Watkins_Is_Done_With_Q….jpg)

Ron Watkins Is Done With Q and Has Moved On to Aliens

Lucas Ropek - May 27, 2021

Ron Watkins, conspiracy-peddler extraordinaire, has found his next gig: leaking “disclosures” about extraterrestrials, Julian Assange-style.

Yes, do yourself a favour and check out “AlienLeaks,” a new website Watkins just launched that he claims will be a destination for secret “never before seen” documents and disclosures regarding extraterrestrials. In an insult to Assange and actual whistleblowers everywhere, Watkins further stated that the site was “heavily” inspired by WikiLeaks.

In case you don’t know, Watkins, also known by his Telegram handle “CodeMonkeyZ,” is basically a professional conspiracy theorist. He lives in the Philippines, where he apparently spends his days promulgating the crap-pop conspiracy fodder of our day. Until recently, Watkins was neck-deep in the QAnon movement — some have even ventured to argue that he is the “Q,” of legend. He and his father, Jim Watkins, were the primary subjects of HBO’s recent docu-series Q: Into the Storm, which examined the QAnon phenomenon and the Watkins’ ties to it. Ron was formerly the site administrator for 8chan, an image board where the conspiratorial-minded were known to gather (the elder Watkins created and ran the site). Both have largely been credited with helping to spread the QAnon conspiracy theory widely across the internet.

But as of recently, Q’s star is waning. Aliens are the new thing.

“AlienLeaks will be focused on collecting, curating, and publishing leaked documents regarding extraterrestrial technology, biology, and communications,” Watkins’ new website hilariously claims in a “press release.” “If you are a scientist, researcher, in communication with aliens, or otherwise have access to original — never before seen — documents regarding alien technology, biology, or communications, please consider reading the AlienLeaks Submit Documents with Tor page for further information regarding the process for submitting documents to AlienLeaks,” it continues shamelessly.

On Telegram, Watkins let his audience know what the situation is: “The government is currently gearing up for some kind of soft alien disclosure. They will only reveal the tip of the iceberg.”

The timing of this whole project is appropriate since the government is, indeed, gearing up for a disclosure of some kind — or at least claims it is. As required by a stipulation in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, the U.S. intelligence community is required to deliver an unclassified report about what it knows about UFOs to Congressional intelligence and armed services committees sometime next month. Knowing America’s spooks and their reputation for saying little except carefully curated and calculating bullshit, we may not actually be in for much. But you never know.

Indeed, in a head-spinning reversal, America’s national security state has gone from a decades-long dismissive eye-roll re: UFOs to saying that, uh, yeah, they’re probably real! What appear to be officially sanctioned disclosures by U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel about sightings in the line of duty keep popping up on 60 Minutes, in the New York Times, and in pretty much any other large, prestige news organisation that will have them — suggesting that the military establishment, for whatever reason, wants the American public to know that they suddenly take UFOs very seriously. It’s all very weird and surely leaves the average person wondering what kind of bizarro world we’ve all just slipped into.

I doubt we will get any satisfaction by visiting “AlienLeaks” — unless, of course, you consider laughter the balm for life’s mysteries. In that case, I’m sure it’ll be great.



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244c6b  No.13764310

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ADF ‘crucial’ as criminal groups seek to ‘exploit’ confidential health information

Sky News Australia

May 27, 2021

The ADF is “absolutely crucial” in combatting organised crime groups seeking to “exploit” confidential health information, according to Defence Minister Peter Dutton.

Mr Dutton said during Question Time on Thursday, the defence force has provided “significant efforts” in protecting the cybersecurity of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

“It’s almost unbelievable to conceive that organised criminal groups and indeed state actors would seek to exploit health information, patient records of aged care facilities, of health facilities, of state health authorities that hold important and confidential and essential information,” he said.

“But that is the case. So the work of the Australian Defence Force is absolutely crucial along with the staff of the Department of Home Affairs.”

The Defence Minister also said Operation COVID-19 Assist had seen the ADF deliver “significant support” to the Victorian Government throughout the pandemic, with almost 4,000 defence force personnel deployed in Victoria as part of the operation.

Mr Dutton’s comments come as Greater Melbourne is set to plunge into a seven-day snap-lockdown amid a growing cluster in the city’s north.


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244c6b  No.13764341

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Alan Dershowitz Suing Netflix Over Jeffrey Epstein Series

The law professor takes issue with how 'Filthy Rich' presented a rape accusation against him.


Alan Dershowitz isn’t done on the libel front. The Harvard law professor has now filed a new suit against Netflix over Filthy Rich, the docuseries that examines convicted and deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

That series premiered on the streaming platform on May 27, 2020. Dershowitz, who was friendly with Epstein and once represented him, gave interviews for the series. On camera, he defended Epstein’s 2008 plea bargain and continued to deny having raped Virginia Roberts Giuffre as part of Epstein’s sexual trafficking of minors.

Dershowitz continues to be in court with Giuffre over her allegations, and now he’s expanded the battle to preserve his reputation to include Netflix as well as Filthy Rich producers Leroy & Morton Productions and Radical Media over “a deliberately one-sided narrative.”

The suit takes issue with the presentation of the Dershowitz/Giuffre elements in Filthy Rich as “he said/she said.”

“It wasn’t a ‘he said/she said’ situation, however, given Professor Dershowitz’s totality of the evidence establishing he never had sex with Giuffre,” states the complaint. “To have presented that evidence in Filthy Rich, as had been promised, would have undercut the credibility of Brad Edwards, Sigrid McCawley and Giuffre — the very people whose interviewed comments Filthy Rich depended upon.”

Dershowitz brings a libel claim as well as contract and fraudulent inducement causes of action based on the agreement for an interview. He says that producers promised not to disparage him.

The suit, coming a day after Dershowitz convinced a federal judge to greenlight a separate libel case over CNN coverage of his work defending Donald Trump, is the latest in the attorney’s campaign over what he perceives to be misleading.

Here, for example, he attacks non-chronological editing choices that he believes lent credibility to Giuffre’s accusations. Also, in what seems to be an effort to avoid fair report privilege, he alleges that there were portions of Filthy Rich that presented allegations “anew” and outside the context of any report of litigation. He also faults producers for not including exculpatory materials he provided.

A Netflix spokesperson responds, “Mr. Dershowitz’s lawsuit is without merit, and we will vigorously defend our partners and the series.”



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244c6b  No.13764361

File: afd35d2b6ec097c⋯.jpg (4.49 MB, 8805x5886, 2935:1962, Security_personnel_gather_….jpg)


Coronavirus lab leak theory not ruled out by Australia

Andrew Tillett - May 27, 2021

Australian officials continue to believe that the coronavirus emerged naturally but they do not discount the possibility of a laboratory leak, after US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to re-examine how the pandemic originated.

Mr Biden has set a three-month deadline after US intelligence agencies were divided over whether the virus originated from human contact with an infected animal or was the product of an accident at Wuhan’s Institute of Virology in China.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she welcomed Mr Biden’s announcement and noted the “contested” views among the US agencies, one of which believed the lab leak was the most plausible source.

“We’ve been consistent about the need to identify the origins to ensure a pandemic doesn’t happen again and to ensure we are all better prepared,” Senator Payne told the ABC.

“We will continue to work with our international partners, including the United States, with whom we share concerns on this.”

Government sources said Australian intelligence agencies believed the virus crossed over from animals to humans naturally, although the possibility of a lab accident could not be ruled out.

A senior source said Mr Biden’s announcement was significant because earlier attempts to raise the lab leak theory got caught up in “anti-Trump politics” after the former US administration pushed that line of thought.

“People floating this as a possibility previously were dismissed as conspiracy theorists and now we’ve got no less than the President of the US and a Democrat addressing it as a genuine possibility,” the source said.

“Until it can be proved it was natural origin, then we’ve got to keep our mind open it could have been a lab accident. Natural origin has its nose ahead but can’t say much more than that.”

The source said the idea the virus had been created as a “bioweapon”, a theory given publicity by elements of News Corporation, was doubtful. Instead, scientists could have been conducting research on treating and preventing coronaviruses, only to have it escape accidentally. “It’s much more likely it was completely innocent.”

World Health Organisation investigators said in February that the lab leak theory was “extremely unlikely”, but there has been criticism that China’s lack of transparency hampered the inquiry.

In recent weeks, scientists have also spoken out that a lab accident remained plausible and should be investigated, and there have been media reports based on US intelligence that several researchers at the Wuhan institute were sick with coronavirus-like symptoms in November 2019.

‘Roaring back into fashion’

Richard McGregor, a China expert at the Lowy Institute, said the lab leak theory had “come roaring back into fashion”.

“Everything about the COVID-19 origin story is sensitive for the Chinese, whether it came through the wet markets or the lab nearby, they do not want to take responsibility for it or be landed with responsibility for it,” he said.

“This is becoming an issue for China of sovereignty and standing up to the West, and once that happens the science gets sidelined.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday critics were obsessed with “spreading lab leak theories and other conspiracy theories and disinformation”.

“For some people in the US, what they say is ‘facts’, but what is really on their mind is political manipulation,” a spokesman said.

“Every time when the issue of pandemic is brought up, they smear and attack China, while totally ignoring the doubts over the origin-tracing work and failure of pandemic response in the US.”

Senator Payne’s early call for an independent investigation into the outbreak of the pandemic had angered Beijing and triggered trade sanctions against more than $20 billion of Australian exports.


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244c6b  No.13764363

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Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 26, 2021

The Paper: Recently, several US officials claimed that China's investigation on virus origin-tracing lacked transparency, and called for a comprehensive and experts-led investigation on the origin of the coronavirus. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: Origin-tracing of the virus is a scientific issue. The purpose is to improve human's understanding of the virus and better guard against infectious diseases in the future.

After the outbreak of the pandemic, China took the lead to support the WHO in conducting researches on origin-tracing on a global scale. From January 14 to February 10 this year, the WHO international expert team carried out an in-depth study in Wuhan together with the Chinese experts for one month or so. Experts on both sides jointly made field trips, analyzed a large number of statistics, issued an authoritative study report, and reached many significant conclusions. This joint study actively promoted the origin-tracing globally.

Some people in the US talk about "facts", when what is really on their mind is political manipulation. Every time when the issue of pandemic is brought up, they smear and attack China, while totally ignoring the doubts over the origin-tracing work and failure of pandemic response in the US. They are obsessed with spreading "lab leak theory" and other conspiracy theories and disinformation. What they did is total disrespectful of the spirit of science and research results of the WHO expert team, and undermines global anti-epidemic efforts and solidarity.

I want to stress again that, according to the clues, reports and researches, the COVID-19 pandemic was spotted in various places around the world early in the second half of 2019. China takes the origin-tracing work seriously with a responsible attitude, and has made positive contributions that are widely recognized. If the US side truly demands a completely transparent investigation, it should follow China's lead to invite the WHO experts to the US, open Fort Detrick and bio-labs overseas to the rest of the world, and disclose the detailed data and information on the unexplained outbreaks of respiratory disease in northern Virginia in July, 2019 and the EVALI outbreak in Wisconsin. We urge the US and other relevant countries to cooperate with the WHO in a scientific, open and transparent manner.


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244c6b  No.13764374

File: 0b113e16905d7d9⋯.jpg (120.53 KB, 1098x732, 3:2, The_trial_of_Australian_wr….jpg)

China’s trial of Yang Hengjun begins with Australia’s ambassador denied access

Sarah Zheng and Linda Lew - 27 May, 2021


Australian diplomats were denied access to the closed-door trial of Chinese-born Australian writer Yang Hengjun on espionage charges in Beijing on Thursday, in a high-profile case that looks set to put further strain on relations between the two countries.

There was tight security around Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday morning as Australia’s ambassador to China, Graham Fletcher, was prevented from watching the proceedings, with the Covid-19 pandemic given as the reason.

“This is deeply regrettable and concerning and unsatisfactory,” he told reporters outside the court, adding that the Chinese foreign ministry had also said it would not be able to access the trial because the case involved national security.

“We’ve had long-standing concerns about this case, including the lack of transparency, and therefore have concluded that it is an instance of arbitrary detention.”

Fletcher said that Yang’s condition was “fine”, and that the Australian government had been informed about the trial date late last week.

He said that consular officials had access to Yang last month, and would continue to provide support to him and his family. He denied that the case would affect China-Australia relations.

If found guilty – which is likely given China’s 99.9 per cent conviction rate – Yang, who has been in detention for more than two years, faces between three years and life in prison.

Australia’s government has pushed for its officials to be allowed access to the trial but without success. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said last week that Canberra had raised its concerns over the treatment of Yang and the “lack of procedural fairness in how his case has been managed”, including depriving him of access to his family and allowing only limited access to legal representation, and the lack of evidence for the espionage charge.

Payne said on Australian radio on Thursday that Yang’s treatment had been “difficult” and that she hoped for a fair process for the writer.

“I very much hope that we have a transparent and open process,” Payne told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio programme AM. “We’re not interfering in China’s legal system; the concerns we have raised are legitimate ones. But we do expect those basic international standards of justice to be met.

“We have not seen any explanation or evidence for the charges that have been brought against him.”


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244c6b  No.13764375

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A letter written by Yang to his supporters in March was released by Australian media on Wednesday. In it, Yang said the criminal charges were brought against him to “take revenge on me for my writings”, but that he had come to accept it.

“I will face suffering and torture with resilience,” the letter said. “Please explain to the people inside China what I did, and the significance of my writing to people in China.”

Tensions between the two countries have been running high since Canberra called for an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 and Beijing responded with punitive sanctions against Australian imports.

Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who worked for state-run broadcaster CGTN in Beijing, has been detained in China since August on national security charges, and the last two accredited reporters for Australian media in mainland China fled the country over fears for their safety.

Yang, an influential blogger who has previously written articles calling for democratic reforms in China, was detained in January 2019 at Guangzhou airport in the south of China while travelling with his wife and child. He was later transferred to a facility in Beijing, where it is alleged he was subjected to torture and interrogated hundreds of times.

The 56-year-old former Chinese diplomat and naturalised Australian citizen was first detained in China in 2011 but was released amid international pressure ahead of then Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s visit to Beijing.

Yang’s lawyers said he faced a lengthy pre-trial conference on Monday that went on for more than three hours. His wife, Yuan Ruijuan, who is an Australian permanent resident, told Australian broadcaster ABC that officials had prevented his lawyers from sharing information about the case with her as it involved national security, and that it was “very hard to judge” whether the trial would last more than a day.

Feng Chongyi, a Sydney-based academic and close friend of Yang’s, said the writer wrote in a message to his family that he would “never confess to something I haven’t done”.

“I am innocent and will fight to the end,” he said.

Foreign diplomats and journalists were also prevented from attending the trials in March of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, both of whom were detained in December 2018, soon after the detention in Canada of Chinese businesswoman Meng Wanzhou. The verdicts in the trials have yet to be made public.


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244c6b  No.13764382

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Sarah Zheng 鄭雅儒 Tweets

police check the credentials of the Australian ambassador to China Graham Fletcher before he seeks to enter the Beijing court where Chinese Australian writer Yang Hengjun will be tried in closed court today


Fletcher denied access to the trial, told it’s because of Covid-19 but the foreign ministry earlier told them it’s because the case involves national security. He says this is “deeply regrettable and concerning and unsatisfactory.”


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244c6b  No.13764410

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Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 Tweet

China government official

The smear campaign against #Xinjiang is based on nothing but lies.


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244c6b  No.13764416

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~339~ The Chinese Forced Labor Lie Collapses

Redacted Tonight

May 22, 2021

Watch the full episodes at https://www.portable.tv/videos/forcedlabor

The corporate media are heavily pushing stories about child labor in China because they have a new Cold War to sell to us. Lee Camp brings you the slavery stories the propagandists won't tell you about. The corporate world is run on child labor from the precious metals that make our cell phones work to the chocolate that Nestlé delivers to the store shelves.

Also on this episode:

Lee Camp also covers racist police violence. This time with the case of Ariane McCree who was shot while handcuffed and fleeing the police while their bodycams were off. Anders Lee reports on the British Labour Party's major losses in recent elections. The party spent the last several years attacking and quashing the resurgent left-wing of their party which was led successfully by Jeremy Corbyn. After ridding the party of socialist leadership Keir Starmer's party lost seats across the country and now they want to blame Corbyn.

Natalie McGill finishes out the show on Joe Biden's clean energy plan, and more.


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244c6b  No.13764427

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Alleged Chinese agent of foreign interference Huifeng 'Haha' Liu wins reprieve in court fight to stay in Australia

Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Echo Hui - 26 May 2021

Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO is reconsidering its assessment that a Liberal Party donor with ties to prominent federal government MPs threatened national security by engaging in acts of foreign interference for the Chinese government.

Melbourne-based businessman Huifeng 'Haha' Liu has won the reprieve in the Federal Court, where he is fighting ASIO and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to allow him to stay in Australia.

Mr Liu, 52, is challenging a deportation order issued by the minister last September and an ASIO security assessment which alleged he engaged in "acts of foreign interference" on behalf of Beijing.

An ABC investigation this year revealed the Chinese national developed ties with federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Liberal MP Gladys Liu (no relation) over several years while running a public security agency that had an agreement with Beijing.

Mr Liu was the president of the Australian Emergency Assistance Association Incorporated (AEAAI), an official consular assistance agency of China's Melbourne consulate which doubled as a popular Chinese-Australian neighbourhood watch organisation.

The AEAAI agreed to take instructions from the consulate while acting as a middleman in police incidents, accidents and legal cases involving Chinese citizens deemed to require consular assistance.

Federal Court judge Wendy Abraham today cancelled a one-day hearing planned for tomorrow, adjourning the case and allowing ASIO to use a new affidavit filed by Mr Liu to conduct another security assessment.

While ASIO is yet to decide whether it stands by its original assessment, Mr Liu has declared the development "a great victory", posting on WeChat that the agency contacted his solicitor before the hearing.

"After reading my appeal in writing, the lawyer of ASIO took the initiative to contact my lawyer and said that they decided to reconsider their original decision," he wrote.

According to Mr Liu's court application, ASIO last year found he "had engaged, and was at risk of engaging, in activities which constituted 'acts of foreign interference'".

ASIO also concluded he lied in interviews with the agency about his relationships with and activities on behalf of unnamed Chinese government officials, Mr Liu's application said.

Mr Liu's solicitor, William Wang, told the ABC he believed ASIO's August 2020 assessment was the result of a smear campaign.

"We've always believed in the full innocence of Mr Liu and also the fact that there's been an informant potentially that's essentially given misleading and false representations to ASIO which resulted in the initial decision," he said.

"That is a part of our case, but I will not be giving any specifics to that at this stage."

Mr Wang said he was prohibited from revealing new evidence submitted to the court in Mr Liu's latest affidavit.

"We are now given the opportunity to submit further material, to be given the opportunity to speak with ASIO again, to be interviewed in a setting that is not within the confines of the court, for Mr Liu to have his lawyers present when interviewed if required," he said.

"For us, this is as close to a win as we can get without having to go through the litigation process of a full day's hearing that was going to happen tomorrow.

"We're also able to do a number of things, for example, by suggesting who ASIO could potentially be interviewing or getting their information from."

The adjournment of the Federal Court case delays and potentially closes a rare window for the public into Australia's opaque strategy to counter alleged Chinese government interference by cancelling visas.

The details of ASIO's allegations against Mr Liu have not been revealed publicly, nor have they been tested in court.

Mr Liu, a former soldier in the Chinese army, is accusing the agency of denying him a fair process and failing to demonstrate how his actions constituted "acts of foreign interference" under Australian law.

Justice Abraham has ordered ASIO to advise within a month when it will provide the new security assessment.

The AEAAI previously told the ABC its formal agreement with China's Melbourne consulate lapsed last July and it was not aware of any evidence of wrongdoing.

The Home Affairs department and ASIO declined to comment because the matter is before the court.

The ABC also contacted Immigration Minister Alex Hawke for comment.


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88dcaf  No.13764699

Victoria is back in lockdown. Interestingly, the Covid variant that has caused this new lockdown is B1.617.1, according to the Acting premiers statement today. Quote from paragraph 3:

"Our public health experts’ prime concern: just how fast the B1.617.1 variant is moving."

B is the second letter of the alphabet, or the numeral 2 in basic alphabet coding.

So we have 2 + 1 + 6 + 1 + 7 + 1 = 18 18 = 6 + 6 + 6

What are the chances of the Covid variant being 666?

Full statement at: https://www.premier. vic. gov. au/statement-acting-premier-1

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8bcaa5  No.13770897

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8bcaa5  No.13770904

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8bcaa5  No.13771012

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8bcaa5  No.13771178

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8bcaa5  No.13771277


2021. Rest easy. Our crack team of cyber specialists have got your back 🥴. You'd be amazed at the tech.

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b66925  No.13771568

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Ben Fulford Part 2

P3 Freemason sources say “the Vatican secret service knows everything, revenge is on, starting with Italy first.”The P3 says the Covidiot “vaccine” murder campaign has been orchestrated from Israel and Switzerland.

Special forces in the U.S. will be raiding the Rockefeller Foundation Headquarters located at 420 Fifth Avenue in New York, according to Pentagon sources.All other Rockefeller Foundation branches will also be raided. In addition, all members of the Rockefeller family will be hunted down, the sources say.

The British Secret Service is also on the case. This is how a senior MI6 source described the situation:

“We took out [George] Bush [Sr.] to get at [Benjamin] Netanyahu to blow up the Khazarian Mafia –the root cause of world terrorism. Hit the source and end it. All of the world’s military know this. It just happened. MI6 will find and kill all concerned, you know how we work as does everyone.”

A senior European Royal described the situation as:

“It will all come right but there is a lot to deal with. The Nuremberg protocols should deal with this lot in one fell swoop,”


“All the world’s militaries have shoot to kill legal warrant but if we end up in legals we have to show proof that the shoot to kill, was to protect. Anyone involved in the so-called pandemic is sentenced to death. The worldwide warrant has been signed by a senior European royal. Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

MI6 sources say a secret war has been raging ever since:

“The DVD Dachau was found to have killed – in law murdered – Adnan Sakli at BIS Basel. It was possibly the most critical case in geopolitics. All Watergate affairs are worse for the cover-up than the original crime. In this case, the cover-up involved events like 9.11 and Fukushima.”

At this point, we would like to send a message to General Michael Flynn. General Flynn has been talking to Christian groups about having faith. What he needs to understand is that while it is a good thing to turn the other cheek, if they then hit the other cheek, you have run out of cheeks to turn and it is time to take action. Any action needs to be decisive and final.

That is why we are asking Patriotic U.S. forces to take over the AT&T telecommunications infrastructure in order to put an end to the fake corporate news, including the fake Biden presidency.

One of the key battles is going to be the takedown of the high-tech firms located mainly in or near Palo Alto, California. Here you will find Google and Facebook. It has just been discovered that Facebook Covid vaccine fact-checkers are funded by the vaccine companies, according to CIA sources. In other words, Facebook, run by David Rockefeller’s Grandson Mark Zuckerberg, is complicit in mass murder. His female clone is now playing the role of spokesperson Jen Psaki for the fake Biden presidency.

Google has also been actively censoring pandemic truth and is thus a designated transnational genocidal organization. All Google employees involved in vaccine and pandemic censorship need to be executed.

Another place that needs to be raided is the underground base and communications hub around CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Until these nests of criminals are dealt with, censorship and lies will continue to dominate most Western screens and corporate media outlets.

Sauce: benjaminfulford.net

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b66925  No.13771654

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Ben Fulford Part 3

We can also confirm that uber vaccine pusher Bill Gates has been executed for war crimes. Microsoft as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are now in the hands of White Hats. This can be confirmed by the stories about the divorce between Melinda Watson (of the Watson IBM family) and Bill Gates. A campaign to ruin Bill Gates’s reputation by associating him with Jeff Epstein and other salacious stuff is further confirmation this source is telling the truth. If Gates was alive, you can sure he would be using his army of lawyers and PR agents to fight this.


We also know that the Dutch Royal Family members have been executed. Here is what the Senior European Royal had to say about their Dutch relatives:

The Dutch were heavily Satanic, the last Queen, Beatrix, was a terror. Bloodthirsty Satanic cult.”

Other people who have been, or will soon be removed include Justin Castro in Canada, Henry Kissinger, Heizo Takenaka, David Rockefeller Jr., and many others.

If you saw the Oscar awards ceremony this year you would have noticed that almost none of the usual celebrities were there. This is a good sign the purge there has been very thorough.

We are also hearing that a purge of the U.S. military, the CIA, and the FBI is continuing. CIA sources tell us that former CIA boss John Brennan’s military tribunal starts this week.

We also note thatIsrael has been forced to retreat from its massacre of Palestinians.Apparently several different countries, including Russia (FSB sources confirmed that Russian citizens were ordered to evacuate parts of Israel last week) told them to cease and desist or else Tel Aviv would be obliterated.

Angry Israeli citizens also demonstrated in front of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s house last week. Mossad sources, for their part, insist the Netanyahu who recently appeared in public was a “clone.”


The Satanists in Israel, however, remain dangerous, cornered rats and it may be necessary to evacuate all Jews and Palestinians from Israel before wiping out the entire nest there.

Despite continued resistance, there can be no doubt the good guys are winning. This can be confirmed by a sudden winding down of the fake pandemic in England, Germany, and the U.S.

In the UK members of a committee that advises the British government on pandemic response admitted last week a “totalitarian,” and “unethical” Covid-19 response used fear to manipulate people’s behavior.

British Scientists Say That "Totalitarian" and "Unethical" COVID-19 Response Used Fear to Control People's Behavior - Big League Politics


This was followed by a public announcement the overall death rate in the UK was at its lowest level since such statistics started being collected 20 years ago. Furthermore, the percentage of deaths attributed to Covid-19 was only 2.4% of the total in April, less than a quarter of the March level. https://sputniknews.com/uk/202105211082950788-death-rate-in-england-at-20-year-low-as-covid-19-pandemic-dwindles/

In Germany as well, large parts of the country relaxed more pandemic restrictions Friday as reported numbers there also dropped sharply. This came despite efforts by Angela Hitler to keep restrictions in place. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-21/germany-lifts-more-restrictions-merkel-urges-caution

In the U.S. too we are starting to see headlines like:

“Hope Rises as U.S. Virus Cases Fall Sharply.”


Similar drops are being reported in other countries as well. This is a sign the roundup and execution of vaccine and pandemic pushers are starting to take effect.

We also note the Chinese have decided to stop supporting the Rockefeller’s fake Biden administration. The following from Reuters was evidence of this:

“U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has so far been unable to speak with China’s top general despite multiple attempts to set up talks, U.S. defense officials said on Friday.” https://www.reuters.com/world/china/pentagon-chief-unable-talk-chinese-military-leaders-despite-repeated-attempts-2021-05-21/

“We do not talk to him because he has no influence over the U.S. military,” explained an Asian Secret Society source. “We continue to have friendly relations with the real U.S. military at the highest level,” the source added. At this level, the U.S. and Chinese military forces are fighting against a common satanic enemy.

Source: https://benjaminfulford.net/

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244c6b  No.13773025

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Eight reasons I think Covid escaped from the lab



US President Joe Biden’s statement two days ago on the investigation into the origins of Covid-19 shows the US intelligence community is making progress towards uncovering whether the virus was released because of a laboratory accident or from human contact with an infected animal.

Biden tells us his intelligence agencies agree these are the two likely scenarios, with one agency leaning towards the lab accident, two towards the pangolin-bites-man theory, while the others “do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other”.

It’s no small thing to get all 18 US intelligence agencies agreeing that the laboratory accident scenario was a likely cause of the pandemic. The agencies clearly have made progress since their first statement, Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of Covid-19, released in April last year, which found the virus “was not man-made or genetically modified”. They could do no more than promise to “rigorously examine emerging information” about the origins of Covid-19.

Biden has given his intelligence system 90 days to “bring us closer to a definitive conclusion”. I’ll speculate here that the administration thinks a conclusion can be made. Why set up the intelligence agencies to fail?

The President also said the further inquiry would include asking “specific questions for China”. It is astonishing that it has taken 15 months before a US administration decided to put Beijing on the spot with some direct questions. In effect, Xi Jinping is on 90 days’ notice for his regime to put aside the bluster and make its own case about the two likely scenarios.

I’m with the courageous US intelligence agency that is leaning towards the laboratory accident scenario. Here are my reasons for this view.

First, we know China has long had an interest in developing biological and chemical weapons. The US State Department made that assessment public years ago.

Second, we know Chinese military personnel and scientists have written studies on how to fight wars with biological agents. The Australian’s Sharri Markson has reported extensively on this. It’s true there is a huge volume of Chinese military writing that does not necessarily represent Chinese Communist Party policy, but it’s significant that specialists inside Chinese military science are writing on this subject.

Third, we know the Wuhan Institute of Virology is designed to be a secure bio-research facility and before 2019 was working on coronaviruses, including on so-called gain-of-function research on how to make viruses more virulent.

The much-discredited Joint World Health Organisation-China Study into the origin of the pandemic said the strain of coronavirus closest in genetic makeup (in fact, 96.2 per cent identical) to the Covid-19 virus was “detected in bat anal swabs (that) have been sequenced at the Wuhan Institute of Virology”.


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244c6b  No.13773026

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Fourth, we know serious concerns existed about security at the institute. In late 2017 the US embassy in Beijing flagged these worries in a cable reporting there was “a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory”. The embassy was so worried it wanted Washington to help China improve the laboratory’s biosecurity. The proposal was never acted on.

Fifth, we know the Wuhan institute was presenting itself as a civilian institution, but a US intelligence judgment reported by Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in January was that “the WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017”.

Six, a point highlighted in the WHO-China Study, the WIV-linked Chinese Centre for Disease Control laboratory moved on December 2, 2019, to a new location near the Huanan wet market. The study dryly states, “Such moves can be disruptive for the operations of any laboratory.”

The seventh point is that it seems at least three workers at the WIV fell ill with Covid-19-like symptoms some time before the first publicly known cases emerged in December 2019. This was mentioned by Pompeo in January and is being bolstered, according to The New York Times, with corroborating information from non-US sources.

Finally, there is the remarkable CCP cover-up of the whole issue: the fatuous claims that Covid-19 was planted by US military personnel visiting Wuhan, or arrived on frozen salmon; the refusal to hand over samples of the original virus as opposed to the genomic sequence; the refusal to grant access to the WIV until the tightly stage-managed WHO-China Study visit on February 3; the over-the-top attempts to prevent international access to research the virus; and the hysterical denunciation of Scott Morrison’s request for a credible international examination.

It is almost as though Xi has something to hide.

Put these elements together and it becomes clear that China was working on coronaviruses, was interested in biological weapons, had thought about how to fight with them and had sufficiently shoddy processes to make the laboratory accident scenario a real possibility.

Something else we should be clear about is that once the virus was released, the CCP instantly weaponised its use. It allowed international flights out of Wuhan for weeks while countries dithered about closing borders.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Marise Payne on January 30 last year, “Given the current situation, the epidemic is generally preventable, controllable and curable.” This was at precisely the time China was stripping stocks of medical equipment and protective gear from Australia and other democracies.

Again to speculate: I suspect Biden has a clear sense about what his intelligence review will find. We are getting closer to uncovering the reality of what happened in Wuhan. The truth could force a rethink about how the democratic world deals with Xi’s China, and domestically Xi’s legitimacy as the people’s hero in the struggle against Covid-19 will take a significant blow.

Peter Jennings is executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a former deputy secretary for strategy in the Department of Defence.


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244c6b  No.13773035

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Has NZ chosen China trade over mateship with us?

MARK WATSON - MAY 28, 2021


New Zealand and Australia are close neighbours. Not physically (Auckland is more than 2000km from Sydney) but culturally, historically and via the extensive family and business relationships that stretch across the Tasman Sea and back again.

More than 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia, 60,000 Australians in New Zealand; and, until the pandemic, citizens of both countries enjoyed almost unrestricted access to live and work on either side of the ditch.

The Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement was signed in 1983, creating a free trade zone with zero tariffs for goods and services originating in Australia or New Zealand, harmonisation of trans-Tasman food standards, mutual recognition of goods and occupations, and a protocol to liberalise two-way investment.

Then add into the mix a history of shared military commitments from Gallipoli and through the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, together with our membership of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.

In short, leaving rugby aside for the moment (please!), Australia and New Zealand have enjoyed the closest of bilateral relationships for more than a century. On Saturday Scott Morrison will travel to New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders Meeting.

In announcing Morrison’s visit, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, described the relationship with Australia as New Zealand’s “closest and most important”. But that historically tight relationship has been under serious strain lately and the reason can be summed up in one word: China.

While Australia remains in China’s diplomatic doghouse, suffering through a deterioration in trade relations with its largest export market, New Zealand’s trade relationship with China goes from strength to strength. China is New Zealand’s largest goods market, largest source of international students, second largest source of tourists (behind Australia) and a significant foreign investor. And in January the two countries signed an upgraded free trade agreement. When tourism numbers have crashed because of pandemic restrictions, the $10 billion of agricultural exports that New Zealand sends to China annually takes on even greater significance.

But the buoyancy in the NZ-China relationship has coincided with a dip in the trans-Tasman partnership. New Zealand’s current issues with Australia (and its other Five Eyes partners) rests not with New Zealand’s trade success but with a growing perception that New Zealand has gained China’s approbation at the expense of its commitment to the shared values of its Five Eyes alliance partners in Australia, the US, Britain and Canada.

New Zealand opted not to join its Five Eyes partners in openly criticising China’s actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta recently signalled that NZ considered such matters to be “out of the remit of the Five Eyes”. Instead, New Zealand would respect China’s “particular customs, traditions and values”.


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244c6b  No.13773039

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This statement came on top of an earlier suggestion from New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O’Connor that if only Australia would follow New Zealand’s approach and show China’s government “respect” and exercise “a little more diplomacy”, Australia too would be rewarded by China as New Zealand had been. Although he quickly walked back those comments, they will not be forgotten soon in Canberra and, rightly or wrongly, the message received on this side of the Tasman was that our Anzac partner had chosen profit over partnership and commercial convenience with China over diplomatic support for Australia in its hour of need.

Not surprisingly, New Zealand’s public instruction of Australia in how to “get along” with China was greeted with scarcely concealed joy in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin praised New Zealand’s “positive attitude in attaching importance to and working to develop China-New Zealand ties”. And when China’s Global Times stepped up its attacks on the Five Eyes partnership as an “axis of white supremacy”, suggesting racism, colonialism and anti-China sentiment lay at the heart of the alliance, it specifically exempted New Zealand from the criticism – a logical non sequitur, perhaps, but highlighting China’s desire to reward the New Zealand government for its less confrontational approach.

Even when Ardern sought to rebalance the rhetoric coming out of Wellington somewhat by noting there were “some things on which China and New Zealand do not, cannot and will not agree” and that the differences between the two countries’ “interests and values” were becoming “harder to reconcile”, Global Times ran an article under the headline “New Zealand stands to gain from Australia’s loss in China”, touting New Zealand’s ability to fill gaps created by China’s energetic rejection of Australian exports. The article concluded that the benefits reaped by New Zealand under enhanced trade arrangements “should teach Australia and other Western economies a lesson”.

And that lesson is simple: criticise China and suffer trade and diplomatic pain; keep quiet about China’s human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, or its regional expansionism, and be rewarded with tasty trade deals.

New Zealand appears to have taken the lesson on board and has been rewarded with a giant panda stamp on its homework.

So when the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand sit down together for bilateral talks in coming days, it won’t be just tourism and travel bubbles that are being discussed. The first item on the agenda should be how to ensure that Australia and New Zealand don’t forget the hard lessons learned together at Gallipoli and in the 106 years since.

Mark Watson is a former diplomat, most recently serving in Washington, and is strategic adviser on national security for Bondi Partners, a US-Australia consultant group.


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244c6b  No.13773053

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Closed-door trial of Yang Jun’s espionage case ‘a common practice,’ Canberra urged not to interfere: FM

Xu Keyue - May 27, 2021

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Beijing court on Thursday heard the case of Chinese-Australian Yang Jun, or Yang Hengjun, who is charged with espionage, and the court will give its verdict at a later date.

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson of the ministry, said at a press conference on Thursday that as state secrets are involved, the trial is not heard in public or attended by spectators according to law, which is also a common practice in many countries.

The Second Branch of the People's Procuratorate of the Beijing Municipality initiated the prosecution against Yang, a Chinese-born Australian writer, to the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court on October 7.

China is firmly opposed to Australia's gross unjustifiable interference in its handling of the case and its judicial sovereignty, Zhao stressed. He noted that China has lodged solemn representations to Australia.

According to Chinese law, cases related to state secrets are not heard in public and no one is allowed to attend, as is the practice of counterparts in many countries, which is legal and reasonable, Zhao said.

The relevant Chinese departments are handling the case strictly in line with laws, fully ensuring and protecting Yang's legal rights, and fully respecting and implementing the relevant Australian personnel's right to visit and receive consular notification, Zhao said.

Under Chinese law, individuals convicted of espionage can be sentenced to between three years and life in prison, depending on severity of the cases.

Zhao's remarks came after Graham Fletcher, Australia's Ambassador to China, said earlier Thursday that he had been denied entry to the Beijing court.

Australian media outlet the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday quoted Fletcher as saying that "Unfortunately, we have just been denied entry to the court. The reason given was because of the pandemic situation, but the [Chinese] Foreign Ministry has also told us it is because it is a national security case. Therefore, we are not permitted to attend it."

"This is deeply regrettable and concerning and unsatisfactory," said Fletcher, accusing the case of "lack of transparency" and "an instance of arbitrary detention."

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a statement on Friday made a similar complaint. The Chinese embassy in Australia responded by calling Payne's statement "deplorable."

Refuting the Australian politicians' claims, Yu Lei, chief research fellow at the research center for Pacific island countries of Liaocheng University in East China's Shandong Province, told the Global Times on Thursday that Yang's case falls within the scope of domestic law, and foreign countries have no right to interfere in the case.

Their remarks violated the basic principles of international law on sovereign state relations and have interfered in China's judicial sovereignty, Yu noted.

"If the Canberra really believes in procedural justice, please first give due legal process and conduct a fair trial for Australian aboriginal victims of the genocide," Yu said.

China-Australia relations have been on the decline for about two years, which resulted from Australia's politicization of economic and cultural relations with China, said Yu. "This has nothing to do with Yang's case," Yu said.

Amnesty International, a UK-based international non-governmental organization focused on so-called human rights, claimed on Wednesday that Yang's espionage charge is "totally baseless" and "politically motivated" as Yang had written articles critical of the Chinese government.

Yu pointed out such NGOs are often influenced by their donors and they are merely serving as "public stunt" for some Western power under the guise of so-called human rights.

"In terms of Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo issues, its righteous voice is hardly heard," Yu said.


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244c6b  No.13773056

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Transcript - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 27, 2021


Reuters: This morning, a Beijing court barred Australia's ambassador from attending the trial of the Australian citizen Yang Jun. Can the foreign ministry clarify why this was the case?

Zhao Lijian: After examination in accordance with law, the Second Branch of Beijing People's Procuratorate initiated a public prosecution to the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court on October 7, 2020 regarding the case of the Australian citizen Yang Jun who is suspected of espionage. Pursuant to law, Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court held a trial on May 27. Currently, the case is under trial and the court will pronounce judgement when the case is closed. China's judicial authorities handle this case in strict accordance with law, fully protect Yang Jun's litigious rights, and fully respect and ensure the Australian side's consular rights, including visits and notifications.

Chinese law stipulates that the cases involving national secrets shall not be tried in an open court or sit in by anyone. This is a common practice in many countries. It is reasonable and legitimate that the Australian citizen Yang Jun's case is not heard in an open court and no one is allowed to sit in, because it involves national secrets. China firmly opposes Australia's unjustifiable obstruction in China's handling of the case in accordance with law, and its gross interference in China's judicial sovereignty. China has lodged its solemn representation to the Australian side.


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244c6b  No.13773059

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Bloomberg: I have three questions. One way for the virus controversy over its origins to be cleared that would be for China to provide all of the data about the coronavirus that scientists around the world want. I'm not speaking about the US here, but scientists around the world. Will China consider this option? If not, why not? Second question, Kurt Campbell, the White House top official for Asia, said the US is entering a period of intense competition with China. He said that "the period that was broadly described as engagement has come to an end … the dominant paradigm is going to be competition." Does the foreign ministry have a comment on Kurt Campbell's comments? Finally, I'm hoping you can clear some confusion about the trial of the Australian writer Yang Jun in Beijing. On the one hand, the court has told Australia's Ambassador Graham Fletcher that he wasn't allowed in because of COVID measures. At the same time, he apparently said that the foreign ministry told him that the trial was closed for national security issue. I wonder if you could clear the confusion here.

Zhao Lijian: I will first respond to Yang Jun's case. We have made clear explanation to the Australian side that the case is about national security and involves national secrets. As I said just now, China firmly opposes Australia's unjustifiable obstruction in China's handling of the case in accordance with law and gross interference in China's judicial sovereignty. China has lodged its solemn representation to the Australian side.

On your first question, as we repeatedly stated, from January 14 to February 10 this year, China responded to the request of the international experts on the joint mission in an open, transparent and cooperative manner by arranging field visits to different biosafety laboratories, including Wuhan Institute of Virology, and holding in-depth, candid and science-based discussions between international experts and experts from relevant laboratories. The experts learned in detail of lab management, work specification and latest progress on virus research. It is fair to say that they went to every place they asked to see.

China has set a good example for the global origin-tracing effort. Now the question is whether the US has the confidence and willingness to invite international experts to Fort Detrick, as well as its more than 200 bio-labs all over the world. We hope that the US will follow China's example, and cooperate with WHO in origin-tracing study with a science-based attitude so as to respond to the concerns of the international community.

On your second question, China and the US are two major countries that share broad-based common interests in upholding world peace and stability and promoting world economic recovery and development. The two sides stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. It is only natural that China and the US experience some competition in their relationship, which is the case in any major-country relations. However, using "competition" define or dominate China-US ties is a total mistake that will only lead to confrontation and conflict. Even if there is competition, it should be a sound one that helps to reinforce each other and pursue common progress, rather than a vicious competition to beat each other. China firmly rejects US moves to exclude and contain China in the name of competition.

The US should follow the trend of the times, abandon the obsolete cold war and zero-sum game mentality, and view China in a objective and reasonable light. It should adopt a positive China policy, and work with China to enhance dialogue, manage differences and focus on cooperation, so as to move forward the bilateral relations along the track of sound and steady development.


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244c6b  No.13773095

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.


'There is no immune cloak for a nation': Hunt urges vaccine uptake

Sky News Australia

May 28, 2021

Health Minister Greg Hunt has dismissed suggestions Victoria’s fourth lockdown could have been avoided if the national vaccine rollout had been more successful.

“What we see is that around the world countries that have high rates of vaccination are having in some cases, thousands of cases a day,” he said.

“We are perhaps the most successful, or one of the most successful, countries in the world but no country is immune.

“There is not an immune cloak for a nation, vaccination is critically important.”

Mr Hunt told Sky News Victoria has the “significant capacity” to boost their rollout as the state had received 666,000 vaccine doses before Thursday.

“Our focus is absolutely on ensuring as many people are vaccinated as early as possible, we know that there are significant supplies that have been prepositioned in Victoria.”


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244c6b  No.13773137

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Malka Leifer’s lawyers want medical records of one of her accusers

Adam Cooper - May 28, 2021

Lawyers for accused paedophile Malka Leifer want the medical reports of one of the former school principal’s alleged victims that were used in a previous civil trial.

Ms Leifer is in custody having been extradited earlier this year from Israel, charged with abusing three of her then students when she was principal of the Adass Israel School in Elsternwick between 2004 and 2008.

Ahead of a major hearing in September that will determine whether the 54-year-old faces a criminal trial, one of Ms Leifer’s lawyers told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday her legal team sought the medical records of one of the alleged victims, Dassi Erlich, which were used in a civil trial in 2015.

Ms Erlich and her sisters, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer, allege they were abused by Ms Leifer when they were girls.

Ms Leifer, who was not present in Friday’s hearing, denies the allegations against her. She faces 74 charges comprising 11 counts of rape, 47 of indecent assault, three of sexual penetration of a child and 13 of committing an indecent act with a child.

Lucinda Thies, for Ms Leifer, said her team sought Ms Erlich’s medical reports that were tendered in the civil trial given they were relied upon at the time by the complainant.

But lawyers for Ms Erlich and a law firm which acted for her in the civil trial opposed the release of the medical records as they were confidential communications.

Adrian Strauch, for Ms Erlich, said: “This sounds like and is a fishing expedition looking for … information about the alleged victim. The forensic purpose has not been identified today to even get off the ground.”

Paul Kounnas, representing Mazzeo Lawyers, said it would be improper to release the medical records as they were confidential reports.

Prosecutor Angela Ellis said she was “in the dark” about the contents of the medical records.

Ms Erlich, Ms Sapper and Ms Meyer were last year granted a court order allowing them to publicly identify as victims of sexual assault. They all watched Friday’s online hearing.

Ms Thies moved to have the sisters excluded from the virtual hearing to prevent “any suggestion of collusion or contamination”, but magistrate Johanna Metcalf said they didn’t have enough time on Friday’s link.

The magistrate asked the lawyers to file written submissions about the medical records and ordered the case return to court on July 15.

Ms Leifer remains in custody and has not applied for bail.

Charge sheets allege she committed offences in Elsternwick, Elwood, Frankston and Emerald and the regional towns of Blampied and Rawson.

Ms Leifer left Australia for Israel in 2008 when allegations against her emerged. She was charged in 2012 and extradition hearings began in 2014.

The legal fight to have her return to Australia lasted six years and included more than 70 court hearings in Israel.

Ten witnesses, including the three sisters, are to be called at the five-day committal hearing scheduled to start on September 13.

If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).



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244c6b  No.13773142

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Litzman to be prosecuted for intervention in Malka Leifer extradition

Litzman will be investigated for two cases: Keeping a food establishment open against Health Ministry codes, and intervening with Malka Leifer's extradition.


Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday said Construction and Housing Minister Ya’acov Litzman should be tried for breach of public trust and allegedly interfering with court proceedings.

But a final decision on whether the United Torah Judaism MK will be put on trial will also depend on the result of a pre-indictment hearing that is available to public officials.

Litzman is suspected of having used his influence, when he was health minister, to prioritize the interests of private individuals over the needs of the general public. He served as health minister from 2015-17 and from 2019-20.

Litzman allegedly prolonged the delay in the extradition to Australia of accused pedophile Malka Leifer and is said to have tried to prevent the closure of a food establishment that he visited.

He is suspected of pressuring the Jerusalem district psychiatrist at the time into falsely stating that Leifer was mentally unfit to be extradited to Australia to stand trial. She was eventually deported in January to Melbourne, where she faces 74 separate charges of child sexual abuse.

In the second case, Litzman is suspected of helping the food establishment Beit Israel to remain in operation despite a Health Ministry order that it should close.

A bribery charge originally included in the indictment was dropped.

“In these two cases, Litzman took advantage of his political and ministerial power to advance the interests of private individuals,” Mandelblit said in statement.

Litzman’s office responded that it “believed fully that he is innocent and welcomed the decision to drop the bribery charge.”

“Litzman’s door is always open, and he will continue to serve as a trusted servant to Israeli citizens,” it said.


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244c6b  No.13773154

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>>13700239 (pb)

American support for Australia is a mirage

Bruce Haigh - May 27, 2021


After the American defeat by the Japanese in the Philippines during the start of World War II, it needed a base from which to regroup, resupply and take the fight back through the Pacific. Australia was a bread bowl, training camp and aircraft carrier. Its north was intersected with airfields used by American bombers and fighters in attacks against Japanese bases and shipping on and around Papua New Guinea, the Solomons and other nearby islands.

Australia was fearful of attack by the Japanese after their rapid advance through Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The Americans arrived as the Japanese were advancing over Papua New Guinea toward Port Moresby. The Australian Army had been conducting a successful fighting retreat in order to shorten their supply line, extend that of the Japanese and organize a major offensive. Douglas MacArthur, the arrogant American general in command, sacked a number of Australian generals and ordered the retreat to stop.

Instead of being angry with MacArthur, the average Australian thought he was a hero. The myth was born that America had saved Australia, whereas America came to Australia purely for self-interest. Australians were impressed with American largesse and technology. Many bought into the American "dream." This was the point at which America could do no wrong. The ANZUS Treaty came into being at the time of the Cold War and hostilities in Korea. America was seen by Australians as the protector against Russian and Chinese expansionism.

Australia was also seduced by American consumerism, Hollywood, Nashville and Detroit. A common language facilitated the absorption of American culture. Military, academic and business exchanges grew. However, it was largely a one-way street, although that went mostly unnoticed in Australia given the sycophantic nature of the relationship. Australians were in awe of American power and wealth.

They undertook no foreign policy initiatives without first checking with the Americans. The exception being the recognition of China by the Whitlam government in 1972, which many junior diplomats welcomed with pride and pleasure. Australia bought into the American line on the civil war in Vietnam, much to its subsequent but unacknowledged regret. That did not stop the "provincial" Prime Minister, John Howard, from buying into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a favor to the equally limited George Bush.

Australia bought military hardware from the Americans, under pressure, to increase US force structure in the region. We bought the F-111 which took forever to iron out the cracks, pun intended, the single screw FFG's, the next to useless Abrams tanks, the F35 flying lemon and to boost the alliance Australia has ordered 12 submarines from the French which it does not need.


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244c6b  No.13773156

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America has a highly sophisticated spy base, Pine Gap, in the Northern Territory, but from which Australia is excluded from sharing sensitive information. They have access to Tyndall Air Force Base from which B52, in theory, could bomb submarine pens in Sanya and they have established a military base in Darwin for 10,000 American marines. None of this offers any advantage for Australia, although the Americans have convinced the conservative governing establishment that it does. They believe that no matter what, Australian interests are best served by remaining in lock step with America interests. The Australian governing party lacks emotional intelligence and courage. They are "provincial" politicians, who know and understand very little of the wider world. To illustrate the point the governing party does not believe in climate change, at least insofar as believing in the efficacy of fossil fuels.

As products of the Howard-era Prime Ministers, Abbott, Turnbull and most recently Morrison, all have demonstrated blind faith in the American alliance. They have placed a great deal of trust in the word of Americans. Morrison has possibly been the most naive and gullible. He took Trump at his word, a big mistake. Trump fired up Morrison over China and convinced him that not only did the COVID-19 virus originate in Wuhan, but he should unilaterally make a demand that an international investigation take place. Morrison took Australia way out in front with an unsustainable and undiplomatic demand, the US and Trump stood in the background and grinned.

Australia refused to back down and apologize, so China imposed sanctions on a range of Australian imports in order to obtain a change of attitude on the part of Australia. The loss of income has not been felt because of unprecedented levels of borrowing by Australia to meet the economic challenges of COVID-19. And Australia has allowed itself to be lulled into a false sense of security by words of reassurance from US Secretary of State Blinken, who guaranteed that America had Australia's back. It does not and it never did. America acts purely in self-interest. Australia because of its long love affair with the US and its inferiority complex is in denial. Australia seems blind to the fact that the US has stepped in to supply China with many of the goods denied through trade sanctions.

China does not seem to understand the extent of the incompetence and naivety of the Australian leadership. Thinking people and intellectuals in Australia are appalled at Morrison and his government. However tough Chinese sanctions and harsh words have only given Morrison the domestic ammunition he needs to bolster his claims that China is aggressively expansionist and seeks to dominate the region.

The author is a retired diplomat and political commentator. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn



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244c6b  No.13773170

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Pedophile priest citizenship appeal fails

Greta Stonehouse - MAY 28 2021

Convicted pedophile and former Catholic priest Finian Egan has failed a Federal Court appeal to retain his Australian citizenship.

The 86-year-old's back-and-forth citizenship battle began while serving time in prison for sexual assault against minors.

The Irish-born man was charged in 2012 with eight counts of historical sexual offences between 1961 and 1987, against three girls aged between 10 and 17.

He was found guilty by jury in the NSW District Court and sentenced to a maximum term of eight years, with a non-parole period of four years from December 2013.

Peter Dutton was immigration and border protection minister when he made an application to revoke Egan's citizenship in 2016, but from jail the elderly man sought a successful review to set aside this decision.

Following his release on parole in December 2017, Mr Dutton appealed and aired his views with Ray Hadley on Radio 2GB, saying Egan was a "horrible individual" and "not a worthy member of our society," according to court documents.

After another tribunal weighed in favour of Mr Dutton, Egan relied upon this interview as indication he would likely be deported to Ireland if his citizenship was revoked.

His latest Federal Court appeal was based on four grounds, including that he had renounced his Irish citizenship earlier in the process.

But the Federal Court found he would be granted an ex-citizen visa in Australia, which would not necessarily be cancelled.

"The Tribunal's findings are clear that there was no remaining uncertainty about the applicant's Irish citizenship or any risk of de facto statelessness."

In 2018, he was dismissed by the Catholic Church from the clerical state and stripped of his priesthood after the Diocese of Broken Bay presented its case to Rome.

Justices John Nicholas, Angus Stewart and Wendy Abraham dismissed Egan's appeal and ordered him to pay costs.


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244c6b  No.13773196

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Chinese military says Australia’s Taiwan comments ‘provocative’

Michael Smith - May 28, 2021

China’s Defence Ministry has accused Australia of “inciting confrontation” by talking up the threat of war over Taiwan in the strongest response from Beijing so far to comments from Morrison government officials about the prospect of a military confrontation.

“We express strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the recent provocative actions on Taiwan-related issues by Australia,” said Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defence.

“Recently, the Australian side has taken a series of provocative actions, and some people have even incited confrontation and exaggerated the threat of war on Taiwan-related issues. Such actions are incredibly irresponsible.”

Colonel Tan made the remarks at a regular press conference on Thursday when asked to comment on remarks by some Australian government officials. The comments were published on the Ministry of Defence’s website on Friday.

He said Taiwan was an integral part of China and it was important that the international community adhered to the “One China” policy, which does not recognise Taiwan as a separate country.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton said in April that conflict between China and Taiwan could not be discounted, while Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo warned that the “drums of war are beating”.

The Chinese government has not responded directly to the comments in the past although state media has accused Australia of having a “pathological obsession” with war against China.

Colonel Tan did not name Mr Dutton or Mr Pezzullo but praised comments by former prime minister Kevin Rudd and former Liberal Party leader John Hewson that it was not in Australia’s interests to talk up the prospect of war.

He reiterated earlier comments from China’s Foreign Ministry blaming Australia for the current difficulties in the bilateral relationship.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has said the self-governed island territory was preparing for war. Any conflict could involve Australia if the United States became involved, although there are no signs a conflict is imminent.


China slams Australia for its provocative actions on Taiwan-related issues

''Wang Xinjuan, China Military Online - 2021-05-27

BEIJING, May 27 - "We express strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the recent provocative actions on Taiwan-related issues by Australia," said a Chinese defense spokesperson at a regular press conference on Thursday.

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), made the remarks when asked to comment on the speeches speculating about war over Taiwan by some Australian politicians.

There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an integral part of China. Adherence to the one-China principle is the common consensus of the international community. Recently, the Australian side has taken a series of provocative actions, and some people have even incited confrontation and exaggerated the threat of war on Taiwan-related issues. Such actions are incredibly irresponsible, Tan said.

Currently, China-Australia relations are faced with serious difficulties, and the responsibility lies squarely with the Australian side. We hope the Australian side will not go further down the wrong path and can do more things conducive to the development of relations between the two countries and the two militaries, Tan added.


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244c6b  No.13773218

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Alexander Downer Tweet

Debstar @DbBourke

Treasonous @AlexanderDowner is now famous for all the wrong reasons. Bring on #Nuremberg2 trials for #CrimesAgainstHumanity Clips From Peters/Papadopolous Interview - Dynamite Against Deep State Cabal And "Five Eyes"


Clips From Peters/Papadopolous Interview - Dynamite Against Deep State Cabal And "Five Eyes"


Alexander Downer @AlexanderDowner

Replying to @DbBourke

Two possibilities here. One, I’m a secret lefty trying to destroy the Democratic world or two Papa is a wing nut!


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244c6b  No.13773348

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Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd Speaks at China Trade Forum

DANIEL Y. TENG - May 28, 2021

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has addressed a trade forum organised by a Chinese propaganda body and state-run media outlet, aimed at encouraging “regional exchange and cooperation” surrounding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The appearance comes despite current Australian ministers being frozen out of diplomatic contact with their Chinese counterparts since 2020 amid an ongoing economic coercion campaign being waged by Beijing against Australia.

Rudd delivered his message via video saying free trade played an important role in China’s economic development but he noted that due to political factors, “protectionism” was becoming more prominent, according to state-run media outlet China Daily.

“It is hoped that China will continue to adhere to free trade, reform and opening up, and multilateralism, which will benefit the development of China, the region, and the world,” he said.

The RCEP Media and Think Tank Forum was attended by 300 individuals including members of the press, think tanks, embassy officials, and business representatives from the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The conference was also dedicated to encouraging free trade around China’s southernmost province Hainan. It was organised by the China Daily newspaper, the Publicity Department of the Hainan Provincial Party Committee, and the China (Hainan) Reform and Development Research Institute.

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) heavyweight Jiang Jianguo, the deputy director of the Publicity Department—previously known as the Propaganda Department—addressed the meeting calling for deeper cooperation between regional neighbours.

The RCEP was minted in November last year and is the world’s largest trade agreement covering 15 nations, and 30 percent of the world population and gross domestic product. Australia joined RCEP with an eye on further opening the South East Asia market.

RCEP does not completely open free trade across the region, instead, it establishes a baseline of norms and rules for customs control and access to certain markets.

Further, the agreement gives countries dispute resolution mechanisms against other nations, a service the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has been unable to provide since 2019.

The WTO’s dispute resolution mechanism—the appellate body—has been unable to resolve disputes since the former U.S. administration refused to appoint new members to the body because of problems such as judicial overreach, slow decision-making, and consistent rulings against U.S. tariffs designed to protect American businesses. The European Union has only recently recognised these issues as well.

Rudd’s appearance comes despite Australian trade ministers being unable to establish contact or meet with their Chinese counterparts.

Over the past year, Beijing has launched a year-long economic coercion campaign against Australia targeting numerous exports to China including coal, beef, wine, barley, lobster, timber, lamb, and cotton industries. The actions came in response to calls for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Australia has launched an action at the WTO to have tariffs worth around 80 percent removed from barley exports after allegations of “dumping” against Australian businesses.

Beijing, meanwhile, entered the RCEP reluctantly and due to fears of increasing international isolation, according to Yang Wei, an Epoch Times China affairs commentator. He noted RCEP was unlikely to open up any new opportunities for China.

“The political situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea is tense. The signing of the RCEP may be a temporary respite for the CCP’s senior leaders, but it cannot actually solve the regime’s problems at home and abroad,” he wrote in an op-ed.



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244c6b  No.13773357

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Google Translation

RCEP Regional Development Media Think Tank Forum was held in Haikou

China Daily - 2021-05-23

China Daily, Haikou, May 23. On the morning of May 23, 2021, the RCEP Regional Development Media Think Tank Forum opened in Haikou, Hainan. The forum is co-sponsored by the Propaganda Department of the Hainan Provincial Party Committee, China Daily, China (Hainan) Reform and Development Research Institute, and Free Trade Port Research Institute with Chinese Characteristics. Demonstrate the good momentum of the development of China's free trade zone and the construction of Hainan Free Trade Port, and promote the exchange and cooperation of RCEP regional media think tanks.

Jiang Jianguo, Deputy Minister of the Central Propaganda Department, Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society of America, Xiao Yingzi, Member of the Standing Committee of the Hainan Provincial Party Committee and Minister of Propaganda of the Provincial Party Committee, Zhou Shuchun, Member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, President and Editor-in-Chief of China Daily, China (Hainan) Reform and Development Chi Fulin, Dean of the Institute and Dean of the Institute of Free Trade Ports with Chinese Characteristics, Thai Ambassador to China Atayu Xisam, Minister and Deputy Ambassador of the Indonesian Embassy in China Dino, and people from China, South Korea, Singapore, More than 300 people including mainstream media, high-end think tanks, embassy officials and business representatives from the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries participated in the forum online and offline to focus on the theme of "RCEP and Asian Economic Development" Share opinions, exchange ideas, and offer suggestions for promoting regional exchanges and cooperation.


Kevin Rudd pointed out in his special video speech that when he came to Hainan in 2019, he had an in-depth understanding of the Hainan Free Trade Zone's construction plan. Free trade is conducive to economic development and world peace, and is conducive to the well-being of the people. Free trade has played an important role in China's economic development. The rise and continued development of Asia's economy require free trade to play a greater role. Due to some political factors, the harmfulness of trade protectionism has become more and more prominent. Free trade requires domestic political protection and international political coordination. It is hoped that China will continue to adhere to free trade, reform and opening up, and multilateralism, which will benefit China’s development, regional development, and world development.


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244c6b  No.13773485

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Ron Brierley told police child abuse images in his possession were ‘perfectly OK’

Georgina Mitchell - May 28, 2021

Corporate titan Ron Brierley had more than 10,000 images of child abuse material in his possession when he was arrested at Sydney Airport in 2019, telling police he thought they were “perfectly OK” and he looked at them for recreation, court documents reveal.

Brierley, 84, had been on his way to Fiji when Australian Border Force officers stopped him on December 17. He unlocked his laptop, and the officers observed material that amounted to child abuse material.

A total of 11,765 child images were found on his laptop and two USBs, some of which were duplicates. Brierley also had two sexually explicit written stories, detailing the abuse of children, and an almost two-hour video of six young girls in their swimmers.

According to agreed facts, tendered to Downing Centre District Court on Friday, Brierley was taken to a private room by police and informed officers had located “a number of images and videos”.

“I reckon they’re all, they’re perfectly okay,” Brierley responded.

He said the images were freely available on the internet, and he downloaded them because they “looked interesting”. Brierley said he looked at the images for “recreation” and he had most recently looked at them the night before.

He denied looking at the images for a sexual purpose. Asked if the photos were sexually suggestive, Brierley responded: “Depends what you mean by sexually suggestive”.

Brierley admitted to reading the written stories, which detailed the abuse of a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl. He said he had received them from the United States and hadn’t been sent any for a long time.

Later that day, police raided his home in the affluent Sydney suburb of Point Piper and seized one laptop and 12 USBs, which contained a combined total of 35,030 child abuse images, some of which were duplicates. The youngest of the children appeared to be about four years old.

It is not known how long Brierley possessed the images, how he organised them, or how frequently he accessed them.

“He appears to have duplicated folders and images across multiple devices. The full extent of the duplication is not known,” the agreed facts state.

Brierley – who made his name as a corporate raider in New Zealand and Australia in the 1980s – pleaded guilty in April to three counts of possessing child abuse material. The charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

The former board member of the Sydney Cricket Ground trust was knighted in 1988 in his native New Zealand for his contribution to business and the community.

However, after he pleaded guilty, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern indicated she would begin a process to strip Brierley of his knighthood.

In a statement earlier this month, Ardern said Brierley was written to on April 6, giving him 30 days to respond, and responded tendering his resignation as a Knight Bachelor.

Brierley, who is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen, has no criminal history in either jurisdiction.

He will face a sentencing hearing on August 20.


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244c6b  No.13773516

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Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet

Honoured to meet with Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP at Parliament House earlier today.


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244c6b  No.13779177

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Anthony Fauci backed virus experiments ‘despite pandemic risk’



America’s top medical adviser for the coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, argued that the benefits of experimenting on contagious viruses – manipulating and heightening their infectious potency – was worth the risk of a laboratory accident sparking a pandemic.

In previously unreported remarks, Dr Fauci supported the contentious gain-of-­function experiments that some now fear might have led to an escape from a Wuhan laboratory causing the Covid-19 pandemic, calling them “important work”.

An investigation by The Weekend Australian has also confirmed Dr Fauci, the director of the Nat­ional Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, did not alert senior White House officials before lifting the ban on gain-of-function research in 2017.

Writing in the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012, Dr Fauci acknowledged the controversial scientific research could spark a pandemic.

“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” he wrote. “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?

“Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.

“It is more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky.”

In the paper, Dr Fauci also writes: “Within the research community, many have expressed concern that important research progress could come to a halt just because of the fear that someone, somewhere, might attempt to replicate these experiments sloppily. This is a valid concern.”

Dr Fauci has led the US response to the outbreak but is now facing serious questions about his role in funding the radical experiments being conducted inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A forthcoming book, What ­Really Happened in Wuhan, documents increasing concerns that a leak from the Wuhan lab – and not natural spread via an animal in a wet market – could have sparked the Covid-19 crisis that has up-ended every nation in the world and killed 3.4 million people.

Dr Fauci on May 11 reversed his position on whether Covid-19 had leaked from the WIV, and said he was now “not convinced” the virus had developed naturally and authorities needed to find out “exactly what happened”.

Gain-of-function experiments – often with bat-derived coronaviruses – centre on manipulating, splicing and recombining viruses potentially into strands of highly infectious and little understood diseases.

This type of research carries such a risk of causing a pandemic that the Obama administration paused funding for gain-of-­function experiments in 22 fields in 2014, including those involving SARS, influenza and MERS.

US President Joe Biden this week ordered a fresh US intelligence inquiry into whether the virus had originated at the laboratory, while WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said his team’s inquiry into the origins did not sufficiently examine an accidental laboratory leak.


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244c6b  No.13779183

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The NIH has come under significant criticism in recent weeks over funding WIV research relating to change-of-function, which Dr Fauci denies. Earlier this month, he told a US Senate hearing that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the WIV”.

Yet papers published as late as last year in American peer-­reviewed academic journals that include WIV researchers – including its prominent virologist Shi Zhengli – disclose that work on coronaviruses had been funded by at least three NIH grants.

At the time of Dr Fauci’s paper, there was a voluntary ban on gain-of-function research related to highly infectious influenza ­viruses. He asked what would happen if the experiments were conducted by a lab not subject to adequate safety regulations.

“Putting aside the specter of bioterrorism for the moment, consider this hypothetical scenario: an important gain-of-function experiment involving a virus with serious pandemic potential is performed in a well-regulated, world-class laboratory by experienced investigators, but the information from the experiment is then used by another scientist who does not have the same training and facilities and is not subject to the same regulations,” he wrote.

Dr Fauci wrote that virologists needed to respect “that there are genuine and legitimate concerns about this type of research, both domestically and globally.”

“We cannot expect those who have these concerns to simply take us, the scientific community, at our word that the benefits of this work outweigh the risks, nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest, and their efforts to engage in a dialogue about whether these experiments should have been performed in the first place,” Dr Fauci wrote.

“Those of us in the scientific community who believe in the merits of this work have the responsibility to address these concerns thoughtfully and respectfully.”

Dr Fauci added: “Granted, the time it takes to engage in such a dialog could potentially delay or even immobilize the conduct of certain important experiments and the publication of valuable information that could move the field forward for the good of public health,”

“If we want to continue this important work, we collectively need to do a better job of articulating the scientific rationale for such experiments well before they are performed and provide discussion about the potential risk to public health, however remote,” he wrote.

In December 2017, the National Institute of Health, of which the NIAID is a part, announced it would resume funding the gain-of-function research.

Multiple Trump administration officials told The Weekend Australian Dr Fauci had not raised the issue of restarting the research funding with senior figures in the White House.

“It kind of just got rammed through,” one official said.

“I think there’s truth in the narrative that the (National Security Council) staff, the president, the White House chief-of-staff, those people were in the dark that he was switching back on the research.”

The Weekend Australian has also confirmed that neither Mike Pompeo, the then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, nor National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger, was briefed.

The experiments are also opposed by prominent scientists, including the Cambridge Working Group of 200 researchers which issued a public warning in 2014.

“Accident risks with newly created “potential pandemic pathogens” raise grave new concerns,” the group’s letter read. “Laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses, especially but not limited to influenza, poses substantially increased risks.

“An accidental infection in such a setting could trigger outbreaks that would be difficult or impossible to control. Historically, new strains of influenza, once they establish transmission in the human population, have infected a quarter or more of the world’s population within two years.”

And Steven Salzberg, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in 2015 said the benefits of gain-of-function research were “minimal at best” and they could “far more safely be obtained through other avenues of research”.

“I am very concerned that the continuing gain-of-function research on influenza viruses, and more recently on other viruses, presents extremely serious risks to the public health,” he wrote.

Dr Fauci did not respond to queries.


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244c6b  No.13779414

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Enough of Fauci’s lies!: Devine

Miranda Devine - May 26, 2021


Dr. Anthony Fauci was absolutely adamant that the National Institutes of Health has never funded dangerous research on bat viruses in the Chinese lab suspected of being the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, when he was questioned by Republican Sen. Rand Paul two weeks ago.

“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund ‘gain of function’ research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Fauci said in the fiery Senate hearing on May 11.

He couldn’t have been more certain.

Until he wasn’t certain a few hours later.

That very afternoon, Fauci admitted to “a very minor collaboration as part of a subcontract of a grant we had a collaboration with some Chinese scientists,” during an appearance at Poynter.org’s “festival of fact checking.”

It’s like being a little bit pregnant. The NIH either funded so-called gain-of-function research to juice up bat coronaviruses in China, or it didn’t. Turns out it did. And it did it by exploiting a loophole in an Obama-administration ban on the Frankenstein research put in place in 2014.

Fauci’s defensive answer at the Poynter event this month was in response to a mild-enough question about the coronavirus: “Are you still confident that it developed naturally.”

Rattled by the morning’s confrontation with Sen. Paul, Fauci for the first time admitted he was not at all confident the virus had ­developed naturally and maybe, just maybe, it could have come from a lab leak. But he still tried to have the last word against Paul.

“I think the real unfortunate aspect of what Senator Paul did is he was conflating research in a collaborative way with Chinese scientists which was, you’d almost have to say if we did not do that we would almost be irresponsible because SARS-CoV-1 [the coronavirus responsible for the 2003 Asian SARS outbreak] clearly originated in China and we were lucky to escape a major pandemic so we really had to learn a lot more about the viruses that were there, about whether or not people were getting infected by viruses, so in a very minor collaboration as part of a subcontract of a grant, we had a collaboration with some Chinese scientists. He conflated that … therefore we were involved in creating the virus which is the most ridiculous majestic leap I’ve ever heard of.”

Methinks he doth protest too much.

Paul, a medical doctor, did not allow Fauci to slide away as usual from a direct answer to the crucial question: did American taxpayers fund dangerous research to “juice up” bat viruses in the Wuhan Institute?

He answered no. But the correct answer is yes.

The NIH gave $3.7 million in funding to a New York-based nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, run by British-born Dr. Peter Daszak, who then, with the approval of the NIH, gave nearly $600,000 of that money to help fund the gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute, and co-authored scientific papers with the scientist who conducted the lab’s research, China’s so-called batwoman, Shi Zhengli.


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244c6b  No.13779427

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Daszak has been one of the most vocal opponents of the “lab leak” theory and has asserted that the virus probably emerged spontaneously from the wild.

Clearly he is conflicted on the question of the origins of the pandemic. Yet he was chosen by the World Health Organization as the only representative from America to take part in its fake investigation of the Wuhan lab overseen by Beijing in February.

No surprise Daszak and his WHO team comprehensively ruled out a leak from the Wuhan lab, and farcically suggested the virus might have been imported into China via frozen food such as Australian beef.

Daszak also was instrumental in shaping the early media narrative on the origins of the pandemic. In February 2020, he drafted an influential letter from 26 scientists published in The Lancet dismissing the lab-leak hypothesis as a “conspiracy theory” and insisting the virus emerged naturally. E-mails released under Freedom of Information laws revealed that he was the originator of the letter.

Did the gain-of-function research partly funded by the NIH result in a lab leak in Wuhan that caused the COVID-19 outbreak?

We don’t yet know for sure, but increasingly, this lab-leak theory is regarded by scientists and intelligence agencies around the world as the most likely cause of the pandemic. Yet until recently the theory was dismissed by the scientific establishment and most of the media as “debunked” and a “conspiracy theory.”

Fauci was the most influential debunker of the ­theory since the start of the pandemic.

He trashed the lab-leak theory about the origins of COVID-19 using all the authority of his office as the lead infectious-disease expert in the country, the director for 37 years of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, chief medical adviser to the president, and the founding expert on then-President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.

“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said last May.

“Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.

Fauci has changed his mind about almost everything else, from masks to herd immunity to opposing Trump’s ban on flights from China in January 2020.

But on this, potentially the most consequential of all of Facui’s errors, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming by Paul to a final acknowledgment of the ­obvious.

He’s done enough damage. Time to resign.


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244c6b  No.13779799

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Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison to build bridges over China

BEN PACKHAM - MAY 28, 2021

China will loom large during talks between Scott Morrison and ­Jacinda Ardern when the leaders meet in Queenstown on Sunday.

The pair are keen to push past recent divisions over the Asian superpower during Mr Morrison’s two-day trip to New Zealand, with Ms Ardern recently delivering a speech criticising Beijing’s human rights record.

But differences remain, with New Zealand still keen to stand apart from Australia and other Five Eyes countries in its messaging on China.

Mr Morrison is also prepared to absorb Ms Ardern’s now-routine criticism of Australia for ­deporting Kiwi-born criminals, described by Peter Dutton as “taking the trash out”.

“It plays well for her, and frankly it plays well for us,” one senior government source said.

Robert Ayson, a professor of strategic studies at Victoria University of Wellington, said it was “very clear there are differences” between the prime ministers on key issues.

“Neither prime minister needs to say anything for people to know that is the case,” he said. “Their role now is to find a form of words to allow for those differences to be there but not allow them to get in the way of the fact that this is a very strong and close relationship with lots of common views on similar issues.”

Trans-Tasman relations crashed earlier this year when New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O’Connor declared Australia should “show respect” and be more “cautious with wording” towards China.

He later admitted the comments were “unhelpful”, but the rift widened when New Zealand declared its reluctance to join in statements by Five Eyes nations criticising China. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said other multilateral avenues might be a better to make such statements, rather than expanding the Five Eyes’ remit.

However, Australian officials’ fears that New Zealand was “wobbly” on China were eased by Ms Ardern’s speech earlier this month about the difficulties posed by China’s profoundly different history, worldview and political and legal system.

“We need to acknowledge that there are some things on which China and New Zealand do not, cannot, and will not agree,” Ms Ardern said. “This need not derail our relationship, it is simply a ­reality.”

Senior Australian government sources said the speech represented a welcome repositioning of New Zealand’s stance on China.

“The Five Eyes stuff was a little unsettling. But Ardern made it clear we are not fundamentally moving in different directions,” one source said.

Australian Institute of International Affairs president Allan Gyngell said the deportation issue was a long-running irritant in the relationship, but the countries were far apart in their positions on China.

He said both leaders would make an effort to present a united front.

“There’s never going to be a love fest between the two leaders,” Professor Gyngell said.

“They are very different people with different political views and personalities, but they each understand the importance of the relationship and will try to manage it carefully.”


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244c6b  No.13779858

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Australia’s Holy See ambassador under fire for saying she wants to change ‘narrative’ away from George Pell

Abuse survivors say Chiara Porro should be working to avoid a repeat of the child abuse scandal exposed by the royal commission

Christopher Knaus - 29 May 2021

The new ambassador to the Holy See told a Catholic publication that her aim was to change the Vatican’s “narrative” about Australia away from the child abuse royal commission and cardinal George Pell – comments that have infuriated abuse survivors.

In an interview with Catholic Health Australia in September, the newly appointed ambassador Chiara Porro spoke of a recent audience with the Pope, during which she raised the work local Catholic groups were doing on health and education.

She then said: “You know whenever people [in the Vatican] think of Australia they think immediately about cardinal Pell and the royal commission.

“So my aim here is to change that narrative.”

The comments, which have since forced a clarification from the foreign affairs minister, angered abuse survivors, who say Australia’s ambassador, as a representative of all Australians, should be raising the royal commission as often as possible to help avoid a repeat of the horrific child abuse scandal it exposed.

“Our embassy isn’t flying Australia’s flag, it’s flying the Vatican’s flag,” one survivor, who requested anonymity, said.

“The frustration is that the ambassador isn’t just sitting on the fence, but actively working to … change the narrative, to divert the attention away from the negative things that happened in the church.

“It’s so annoying to watch because the ambassador’s job is to try to fix the problems identified by the royal commission.”

The foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has since distanced the government from the ambassador’s comments.

In response to questions on notice from Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, Payne said the ambassador’s words did not reflect the position of the Australian government.

Payne said that neither she nor her department had told Porro that, upon arriving at the Vatican, her aim should be to “change that narrative” away from cardinal Pell and the royal commission.

Pell left a senior position at the Vatican in 2017 to face charges that he sexually molested two 13-year-old choir boys in the sacristy of the Melbourne cathedral in 1996. He was convicted in 2019 and sentenced to six years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out by Australia’s high court in April last year, which unanimously found there was reasonable doubt in the testimony of his lone accuser.

Porro, a career diplomat and practicing Catholic, was appointed ambassador last year, around the time of her half-hour meeting with Pope Francis.

She also told Catholic Health Australia that she had sought the Pope’s views on “how to engage youth, when there is such a crisis of confidence in the Catholic church, particularly in Australia” and how to go about “regaining trust and re-establishing those links”.

In the same interview, Porro acknowledged it was not her role to represent the views of the Catholic church in Australia.

She said her role was to represent “the Australian government” and “all Australians”.

“I’m here to be able to provide that bridge to the Holy See. There’s lots of erroneous reporting [about the Vatican], so where I can try to explain certain things I will.”

The department of foreign affairs and trade was approached for a further clarification of Porro’s comments.

A spokeswoman said the ambassador had not intended to detract from the importance of the royal commission, or suggest that the Australian government wanted to help the church engage Australian youth.

“Rather, she was emphasising that Australia has a broad relationship with the Holy See and that her responsibilities are to put forward the interests of Australia across the breadth of that relationship,” the spokeswoman said.

Australia has had resident ambassadors to the Holy See since 2008.

Porro is the fourth to hold the position, after former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, barrister John McCarthy, and diplomat Melissa Hitchman.

Prior to 2008, the role was typically handled by Australia’s ambassador to Ireland.

Survivors say the department should discipline the ambassador by removing her from the post.

“The ambassador should have been pulled into line and told you are not there to work for the church, you are there to work for Australia and the thousands of Australian children abused in the church,” the survivor said.



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244c6b  No.13780035

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Don't take on China alone, says ex-Australia PM Kevin Rudd

Karishma Vaswani - 29 May 2021


Countries should unite against China's growing economic and geopolitical coercion or risk being singled out and punished by Beijing, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told the BBC.

Mr Rudd said governments in the West should not be afraid to challenge China on issues such as human rights.

Around the world, countries are navigating a new geopolitical order framed by the rising dominance of China.

"If you are going to have a disagreement with Beijing, as many governments around the world are now doing, it's far better to arrive at that position conjointly with other countries rather than unilaterally, because it makes it easier for China to exert bilateral leverage against you," Mr Rudd told the BBC's Talking Business Asia programme.

His comments come as relations between Australia and China have deteriorated to their worst point in decades. The relationship has soured following a series of economic and diplomatic blows dealt by each side.

Australia has scrapped agreements tied to China's massive infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative. It also banned Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei from building the country's 5G network.

But it was really Australia's call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that set off a new storm between the two sides.

China retaliated by placing sanctions on Australian imports - including wine, beef, lobster and barley - and has hinted more may come.

Beijing has also suspended key economic dialogues with Canberra, which effectively means there is no high-level contact to smooth things out.

A new battleground

Mr Rudd, who led Australia twice between 2007 and 2013, has criticised the current government's approach to China, saying that it has been counterproductive at times.

"The conservative government's response to the Chinese has from time to time been measured - but other times, frankly, has been rhetorical and shrill," said Mr Rudd, who is now president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

The former Labor party prime minister believes it could risk the fortunes of a key Australian export to China: iron ore.

"They [the Chinese leadership] will see Australia as an unreliable supplier of iron ore long term, because of the geopolitical conclusions that Beijing will make in relation to… the conservative government in Canberra.

"That long-term supply may be put at risk because of geopolitical factors."

A fifth of Australia's exports go to China, an economic relationship that has only grown in importance in the last few decades.


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244c6b  No.13780038

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Taking on China

Increasingly countries - especially those ideologically allied with the US - are speaking out against China. In many ways, they followed the lead of the US.

Under former President Donald Trump, America launched a bitter trade war with China, imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods.

That sparked a tit-for-tat battle over trade with China, and changed the tone of relations between the two countries.

China had hoped that under President Joe Biden things might be different, but that hasn't been the case.

While trade negotiations are ongoing, this week Kurt Campbell, the American deputy assistant to President Biden on national security issues, said the US was effectively done with the period of engagement with China.

In the past many countries, including Australia and the US, had a different approach to China. As China grew richer, there was also a sense it would grow more free.

Engagement and dialogue were the ways the global community tried to navigate China, but there appears to be growing consensus that is not working.

Mr Rudd said navigating China means picking your battles.

"China won't like it," he said, referencing growing concerns directed at China's treatment of its Uyghur population in Xinjiang, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"But the fact that China doesn't like something doesn't necessarily mean the rest of us shouldn't do it.

"That is not to say that you go and pick a fight with China every day of the week," he added.

Mr Rudd, who speaks fluent Mandarin, dismissed criticisms that he was perhaps naïve or optimistic about China when he was in office.

He said he raised a number of concerns with the Chinese government on human rights.

"I've had many, many disagreements with China on human rights in the past," he told the BBC.

"On my first visit to Beijing as prime minister, I delivered an address at Peking University in Chinese criticising China's human rights performance."

However, he said the manner in which he conducted the relationship with China was diplomatic.

"It was hardline, but we also managed to preserve the overall balance of the relationship."


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244c6b  No.13780350

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Payne labels Yang’s trial a case of arbitrary detention

Eryk Bagshaw - May 28, 2021

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has labelled jailed Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun’s trial a case of arbitrary detention, escalating Australia’s response to Beijing as he awaits a verdict on charges of espionage.

Australia’s ambassador to China Graham Fletcher was on Thursday denied entry to the Beijing courthouse where Yang was being held in a closed-door trial, a move Australia claimed was a breach of China’s treaty obligations.

Fletcher said on Thursday the embassy believed Yang was being held under arbitrary detention, where a person is charged without due process or evidence, but the statement from Payne elevates the allegation to an official government position.

“Given our enduring concerns about this case, including the lack of detail as to the charges and the investigation made available to Dr Yang and to Australia, we consider this to be an instance of arbitrary detention of an Australian citizen,” Payne said on Friday.

It is the first time Australia has named China in an arbitrary detention case since diplomatic relations between the trading partners started to sour. In February, Australia signed a declaration against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations with 55 international partners, but did not name China.

Yang’s treatment has been linked to deepening diplomatic animosity between China and Australia after two years of public hostility over national security, human rights and trade.

The writer had spent a decade in Australia pushing for democratic reforms in China and criticising economic policy and corruption within the Chinese Communist Party after earlier working for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He was visiting China after working in business and academia in the US when he was detained in 2019.

The one-day trial ended on Thursday with the court deferring its verdict and sentence. The 56-year-old now faces months waiting for either outcome, more than two years after he was forced from a plane into detention by Chinese authorities.

The Chinese criminal justice system has a 99 per cent conviction rate. Yang faces a sentence ranging from 3 years in jail to death under the national security charges.

In his final message to his family and supporters released on Wednesday, Yang said that if the “worst comes to the worst, please explain to the people inside China what I did, and the significance of my writing to people in China”.

Payne said since Yang’s detention in January 2019, the government has repeated the importance of procedural fairness, basic standards of justice and international legal obligations. She confirmed embassy staff had visited Yang on Friday.

“Following today’s trial, we renew our calls for China to uphold these principles,” she said. “These are well-accepted principles of legal process. Seeking their observation does not amount to interference in the Chinese legal system.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday night said China firmly opposed Australia’s “unjustifiable obstruction” in China’s handling of the case and its gross interference in China’s judicial sovereignty.

“Chinese law stipulates that the cases involving national secrets shall not be tried in an open court or sat in by anyone,” he said.

“Currently, the case is under trial and the court will pronounce judgement when the case is closed.”


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244c6b  No.13780408

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U.S. says looking at Quad meeting in fall focused on infrastructure

David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina - May 27, 2021

The United States is looking to convene an in-person fall summit of leaders of the Quad countries - Australia, India and Japan - with a focus on infrastructure in the face of the challenge from China, President Joe Biden's Indo-Pacific policy coordinator said on Wednesday.

Kurt Campbell said other countries were welcome to work with the Quad, which held a first virtual summit in March and pledged to work closely on COVID-19 vaccines, climate and security.

"We want to look this fall to convene an in-person Quad and the hope will be to make a similar kind of engagement on infrastructure more generally," Campbell told an online event hosted by Stanford University.

"And I do want to underscore … this is not a fancy club. If there are other countries that believe that they'd like to engage and work with us, the door will be open as we go forward," Campbell said.

The March Quad summit was carefully choreographed to counter China's growing influence and Biden and his fellow leaders pledged to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific in the face of challenges from Beijing.

They also agreed to hold an in-person summit this year. A White House official said it had yet to be decided where or exactly when the summit would be held.

Campbell said there was now a new set of strategic parameters when it came to China and "a period that had been broadly described as engagement has come to an end."

"The dominant paradigm is going to be competition. Our goal is to make that a stable, peaceful competition that brings out the best in us," he said, while cautioning: "There will likely be periods ahead, in which there will be moments of concern."

Campbell said the "operating system" the United States had helped build in Asia remained intact but was "under substantial strain" in the face of China's rise.

"It's going to need to be reinvigorated in a number of ways, not just by the United States, but other countries that use the operating system and that means Japan, that means South Korea, Australia, countries in Europe that want to do more in Asia and across the board."

Campbell said it was important for the United States to have a "positive economic vision of what it wants to contribute, what it wants to engage on in Asia."

"We can do everything right in Asia, but without an economic strategy, it's hard to be successful. That's what Asians are looking for as we go forward … we're ambitious about the Quad."

Biden, who is pushing for big infrastructure spending at home, said in March he had suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative.

Belt and Road is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by China's President Xi Jinping involving projects from East Asia to Europe and seen as a means of significantly expanding Beijing's economic and political influence.


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244c6b  No.13780479

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Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews Tweet

#ransomware is a significant cyber threat to Australia and was a key topic of discussion in my recent meeting with US AG Merrick Garland. I'll continue to work with the US and other international partners to ensure the internet is secure for Australian citizens and businesses.


United States Department of Justice

Readout of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Call with Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews

May 28, 2021

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met virtually with Karen Andrews, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs. In this inaugural meeting, the Attorney General and Home Affairs Minister reaffirmed their shared commitment to deepening our bilateral cooperation on countering common threats, including those posed by terrorism and cybercrime. The two leaders also discussed their intention to work to promote infrastructure security and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. They look forward to further in-depth discussions on these and other issues central to the protection of the citizens of both our countries.


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244c6b  No.13788675

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Before Dan Andrews slipped and suffered serious injury, he was one Australia's most prominent politicians. But he's only been seen TWICE since… and it's fuelling sinister conspiracies about what REALLY happened

SAM MCPHEE - 30 May 2021


Wild conspiracy theories have emerged about how Dan Andrews suffered his serious back injury that saw him temporarily step down as Victorian Premier.

Before the state Labor leader slipped down stairs at his holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9, breaking several ribs and suffering a badly damaged spine, he was one of the most prominent politicians in not just Victoria, but Australia.

The 48-year-old's profile had grown exponentially after spending 112 days through Victoria's lockdown doing a daily press briefing, which were broadcast live across the nation, amid the longest and harshest restrictions in the world as the state battled a second-wave Covid outbreak that killed more than 800.

But in the two months since handing over the reins to Acting Premier James Merlino, there have been just two social media posts since his fall - and it's that lack of communication with the electorate that's fuelling a number of false conspiracy theories about how he really suffered his injuries.

The first post showed him stepping out of bed during his stay in hospital, while the second showed him at home with his teenage daughter Grace on April 18th.

And that's it. All other media announcements have been on Twitter with text posts or through Mr Merlino.

But filling the void are the conspiracy theories that suggest his fall wasn't an accident, but something more nefarious - with some even claiming the image showing his recovery has been doctored.

'I heard you had your head bashed in by people after what you did to the people of Victoria. That is why you hired Photoshop artists to put your head on somebody else's body,' one person claimed on Andrews' last Instagram photo.

'This is also the reason we have not seen your actual face since the incident. We have not seen your actual hospital photos. And we haven't heard you speak. Because you got your head bashed in.'

Conspiracy theorists falsely allege a number of alternative causes to his injuries, one which claims the Belt and Road Deal his government signed with China - which has since been disbanded - angered Victorian businesses and led to someone acting out against him.


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244c6b  No.13788683

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Others claim Andrews' handing of the hotel quarantine to a private security company, which ended in a disastrous outbreak and prolonged lockdown in the second half of 2020, saw him become a target.

Other conspiracists even falsely claim Andrews was attacked at the party held by a prominent Australian businessman.

'Start telling the truth as to why you were pushed when… you were at the party,' one person replied to Andrews' Instagram post.

'How's that Belt and Road Deal, Dan? Selling us out to the commies. Who pushed you down those stairs?' another wrote.

There are several comments suggesting the image of Mr Andrews and his daughter is Photoshopped, claiming the black and white filter hides 'inconsistencies' like bruises.

However, in reality, Andrews' suffered serious injures that require months of painstaking recovery. He suffered at least five broken ribs and an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra in his spine.

Since being released from hospital on March 15, he has been recovering at home.

'I landed flat on my back and hit the steps hard directly below the shoulder blades fracturing at least five ribs and sustaining an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra,' he said in a statement following the incident.

'I narrowly avoided permanent damage to my spinal cord.

'These are serious injuries that require me to wear a brace throughout each day except when sleeping.

'My doctors also want me to get rest and undertake a comprehensive program of physiotherapy.

'That's why I will take a leave of absence from my duties for at least six weeks.

'It's important that I take this rest and recovery seriously.'

Later he revealed that a trauma specialist told his wife that he should purchase a Lotto ticket he was so lucky to avoid a life-altering injury.

'I'm not sure about the Tattslotto ticket but I'm certain that with rest, continued high quality care and the support of family, friends, colleagues and the Victorian community, I'll be back doing the job I love as soon as possible,' Andrews said.

Deputy Premier James Merlino provided an update on his condition last week saying he was planning to return to work in June.

'He's up and about, so I'm really pleased with his progress. There's still quite a way to go but he's doing very well,' he told reporters.

'We're on track for a June return, that'll obviously be subject to doctor's advice.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Victorian Premier's staffers for comment.




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244c6b  No.13788732

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Victim of notorious paedophile to sue Brisbane school for $30 million

Cloe Read - May 29, 2021

A victim of notorious paedophile Kevin Lynch who abused more than 130 children at a Brisbane school is raising funds to sue the institution for about $30 million.

David Welsh said he was sexually abused by Lynch when he was 15 years old in 1985 while he attended Brisbane Grammar School in Spring Hill.

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in 2017 examined allegations of abuse at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School in Bald Hills, hearing evidence that school counsellor Lynch had sexually abused a “large number of students” during his employment at the school from 1973 to 1988.

A number of former students gave evidence at the public hearing, detailing the devastating effect the abuse had on them.

About 130 victims have so far settled with Brisbane Grammar for compensation.

But Mr Walsh said he believed damages should be determined by a judge, not the school.

“I want to create as much transparency on this process and everything that happens because when these deals are done at mediation, the victims all have to sign a confidentiality agreement so there’s no transparency,” he said.

“This guy must be one of the worst paedophiles in Australia’s history.

“I will be suing…it’ll be round about $30 million we’ll be suing them for.”

Mr Welsh said he was significantly impacted by the abuse when he was in Year 11, later losing his million-dollar job.

His life spiralled downward and he was diagnosed with chronic depression, a generalised anxiety disorder, PTSD and an alcohol abuse disorder that left him incapable of working.

“In 2001 I was working as a derivatives trader for Goldman Sachs in London and I earnt a million Aussie dollars that year,” he said.

“I quit Goldman Sachs that year because of issues with depression and anxiety and all of these conditions I was suffering from because of what happened with me and Kevin Lynch.

“I’ve gone from there in 2001 to living with my parents currently on a disability pension.”

Representing Mr Welsh, JML Rose lawyer James Lavercombe said victims were forced to sign up to a no win, no fee structure that preferred the interests of solicitors over the clients.

“There’s a real risk the lawyers who represent their clients then turn on their victims and say hey, you better accept this offer because I’m owed all this money… its going to have to come out of these offers,” he said.

“It all goes to settle and the lawyers take a little bit of their cream off the top and it never actually goes to court… everything gets swept under the carpet.”

Mr Lavercombe is urging other victims and witnesses in the Royal Commission to come forward for the case, as the findings from the commission are not admissible in court proceedings.

An online fundraiser has so far raised $13,000 of its $1 million goal.

A Brisbane Grammar spokesman declined to comment, saying the matter was subject to legal proceedings.



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244c6b  No.13788781

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Former Wesley College student demands justice over ‘tag-team attack’

Cameron Houston - May 30, 2021


Former Wesley College student David Kay has been burdened with a terrible secret for decades after he was sexually assaulted by two teachers in the 1970s in what he describes as a “tag-team attack”.

Mr Kay was first abused by former outdoor activity teacher John McMillan as an 11-year-old at the Glen Waverley campus, before the school’s long-serving counsellor, Stewart Heywood, preyed on him again at the Prahran campus.

Now 58, Mr Kay has decided to speak publicly about the ordeal that “tarnished almost every aspect of my life”.

He wants Wesley College to be held to account and says he was inspired to speak out publicly by “kick-arse, young women” such as 2021 Australian of the Year and sexual assault survivor Grace Tame.

“I was sexually assaulted at school, on school grounds, during school hours, by two school teachers. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that they are responsible. But I’m still having to deal with [the school’s] obstructive legal tactics,” Mr Kay said.

He was not the only victim of McMillan and Heywood.

Last week, The Age revealed that another former Wesley student had received a record settlement of $3 million after being repeatedly abused by McMillan and then, after seeking support and guidance from Heywood, assaulted again for three more years.

Lawyers acting for Wesley College had only agreed to the landmark settlement in that case on the third day of a Supreme Court trial in March, despite being aware both McMillan and Heywood were sexual predators.

It was the largest payment for institutional child abuse in Victorian history, which prompted Wesley College president Marianne Stillwell to concede that “as an institution, we failed this student” in a statement released by the school.

Other victims of McMillan and Heywood have come forward in the past week, and Mr Kay is currently pursuing Wesley College for further compensation, after receiving a modest ex-gratia payment in 2005.

A father of four, Mr Kay accuses the college and its lawyers of deliberately frustrating his attempts for a fair settlement.

“Right from the start, they have put up whatever legal obstacles they could in front of me. The royal commission reached a conclusion that people should be able pursue a fresh claim if they had previously settled for a small amount. But Wesley’s first tactic was to attempt to deny me that right,” he said.


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244c6b  No.13788784

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Mr Kay has urged the prestigious school, which includes former prime ministers Sir Robert Menzies and Harold Holt among its notable alumni, to help identify other victims and offer support.

“Obviously, there were at least two paedophiles roaming the halls of the school in the 1970s. I suspect there might have been more and there would have been other victims, possibly dozens. They need to reach out to potential victims and make a public statement that acknowledges what happened and condemns Heywood and McMillan,” Mr Kay said.

His lawyer, Michael Magazanik from Rightside Legal, confirmed that other victims had recently come forward.

“In the past week, I’ve been contacted by other Wesley survivors, who were also abused by McMillan and Heywood, and by other teachers. In some cases, those survivors received small compensation because they were told they had no other choice. But the law has changed, and they now have fresh options,” Mr Magazanik said.

He said the current administration should avoid a “pitched legal battle in every case” if it was genuinely concerned about the welfare of victims.

Ms Stillwell said Wesley Cllege supported the right of any person who had suffered child abuse to fully pursue their legal options.

She said the college would seek to engage with Mr Kay as part of the legal process in a timely and respectful manner.

“The college acknowledges that it failed this student [Mr Kay], and expresses its deepest apologies for those failings,” Ms Stillwell said in a statement.

In 2004, Mr Kay reported McMillan and Heywood to police, after suffering a breakdown. Within days of being interviewed by police, Heywood took his own life near a school camp owned by Wesley College near Healesville.

The Wesley College community magazine paid tribute at the time, when it described Heywood as an “outstanding servant”.

McMillan initially denied the allegations of sexual assault made by Mr Kay. But when a second victim came forward more than a decade later, McMillan eventually pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of Mr Kay and another student from progressive Kew school Preshil. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail in 2016.

Mr Kay was unperturbed by the relatively lenient sentence.

“There were a lot of people complaining about the sentence he got but I didn’t really care. I was pleased that he was held accountable and it wasn’t so much that I wanted him punished.

“I’d like the school to now be accountable, too,” he said.

Crisis support is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.



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244c6b  No.13789137

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>>13682462 (pb)

The Filipino mothers selling their children for online sexual abuse

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Tech companies report more than 1.29 million images and videos of child abuse materials produced in the country in 2020 – triple the number in 2019


First of four parts. Trigger warning: This article contains depictions of child sexual abuse.


The coronavirus pandemic forced Carmen Lirio*, 31, to close down in March 2020 a snack stand she was running in front of a school in the town of Baliwag in Bulacan, a province just outside the country’s capital.

She has five children. Unless she found another way to earn money, the entire family would have to rely on her husband’s meager salary as barangay tanod or village watchman.

This was the quandary that led Carmen to sell her children online for sexual exploitation. She was arrested in January 2021 over allegations that she had streamed live shows of her 8-year-old daughter and sent naked clips and photos of her 11-year-old son to paying customers abroad.

“[My husband] earns P1,600 ($32) monthly. My baby still needs infant milk formula,” Carmen told the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) as she attempted to explain how she could do such things to her own children.

PCIJ met Carmen in January at the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) inside the police headquarters in Camp Crame, where she was detained. She agreed to be interviewed.

Carmen said she started out doing live shows on the internet and sending her photos to customers in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She did not finish elementary school, but her English was enough for the necessary communication.

“I wrote in my profile that I was looking for help to buy food. They told me they’d take care of it,” she said.

One day, a frequent customer seemed uninterested during a call. She got worried. “I asked the foreigner if he wanted a solo show. He said no. He wasn’t talking much. I thought to myself, maybe he wanted a child and he just didn’t want to say it,” she recalled.

“When I told him I had a daughter, he suddenly became jumpy. I sent him videos of my child.”

For months until her arrest, she allegedly sold clips of her children doing various performances for fees that ranged from P150 ($3) to P2,500 ($50).

Livestream abuse, where the perpetrators can talk to their victims and instruct them to perform specific sexual acts on camera, are more expensive compared to taped videos and photos.

The Philippines has been tagged as the global epicenter of livestream sexual trafficking of children, based on data from the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC).

Cases surged during the pandemic as many Filipinos lost their jobs. Tech companies reported that more than 1.29 million images and videos of child abuse materials came from the Philippines in 2020. This was more than triple the number in 2019 or before the pandemic hit.

From March 1 to May 24, 2020 – in the early weeks of the lockdown – the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported 202,605 cases of OSEC or a 265% increase compared with the same period the previous year.

Social networking giant Facebook also found 279,166 images of child sexual abuse and similar content on its site from March to May 2020.

According to a study by the Washington-based International Justice Mission (IJM), the children’s own mother or another female relative is often the trafficker in many cases in the Philippines.

Colonel Sheila Portento, who leads the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of the WCPC, said the mothers often justified their actions by saying they did not inflict harm on their children because there was no physical contact with the pedophiles.

WCPC is the lead unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in dealing with OSEC.

Mothers also told their children that “it wouldn’t hurt if mommy” touched them upon the instructions of the customers, she said.

“I keep asking myself if they’re not terrified of their actions. It seems not. Their moral fiber seems very thin,” said Portento.


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244c6b  No.13789144

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There were more than a dozen inmates at the WCPC lock-up cell in Camp Crame during PCIJ’s visit. Most of them, like Carmen, were mothers who sold their own children for sexual abuse online.

One who was weeping inside her cell, and who was holding a rosary so tightly in her fist, admitted to taking videos of her nine-year-old daughter performing oral sex on her father. Investigators who rescued the child found the video in her storage disks.

She, Carmen, and the rest of the women gathered to pray the rosary when the sun was about to set at 6 pm.

The disconnect has left a bad taste in the mouth of the police, many of them also Catholics. An investigator said one of the inmates had a Santo Niño statue – a Filipino representation of Jesus when he was a child – outside the room where her child was being abused.

Short of saying that they are not faithful Catholics, Irish priest Shay Cullen said these kinds of people only performed the rituals of the church but did not understand that faith also demanded commitment to human rights and human dignity.

Cullen founded a child rights organization in Olongapo City, Preda Foundation, which rescues sexually and physically abused children and offers them treatment and recovery programs.

“[For them] it’s only rituals. Like you go there, you get the sacrament and you’re saved,” he said.

Mother blackmailing children

The relationship between mothers and abused children is often complicated. In many instances, the children are subjected to different forms of emotional blackmail, said Portento.

She recalled a rescue operation in Pampanga province in 2020, where a 16-year-old victim screamed at the sight of police officers who were there to rescue her. She was quick to defend her mother and tried to drive the cops away from the house where she was being abused.

But the girl’s attitude changed when the cops whisked her mother away in handcuffs. “Will my mother be jailed?” she asked the social workers.

When they told her she might, the girl said: “I hope she rots in prison because she’s a demon.”

In another rescue operation in Batangas province, Portento recalled a 10-year-old victim bawling inconsolably when her mother was arrested. She carried the child to a room where she couldn’t see her mother in handcuffs and spoke with her to ask why she was still defending her mother.

The girl replied: “If I don't do as I’m told, we can’t buy milk for my younger sibling.”

“Convincing, guilting the child was easy,” said Portento. “Mothers don’t even have to lift a finger because their children trust them. If there’s one person the child knows would protect them at all costs, it’s [supposed to be] their mother.”

Mothers have also blackmailed their children into thinking that their family’s livelihood and survival depended on their cooperation.

“I talked to a mother facilitating OSEC. She was the same age as I was, and her kid was the same age as my youngest daughter. I told her: ‘How could you do this? How did you convince her to do this?” Portento said.

The mother supposedly told her daughter that their electricity supply would be cut if she didn’t perform for the online customers.

But they weren’t as cash-strapped as the mother would like her to believe. When the cash transfer was made, the mother told her she’d buy her new shoes in exchange for the “trouble.”

“That’s how shallow and selfish [these mothers could be],” Portento said.

Help from other countries

The real extent of online child abuse in the country is hard to ascertain. In many cases, OSEC is a secret crime, one that usually has no witnesses.

IJM reported that 793 OSEC victims were rescued in law enforcement operations from 2011 to May 2020. About half were under 12 years old and 57% of the perpetrators were relatives or close family friends of the victims. The youngest was a three-month-old infant.

IJM is part of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC), an alliance also composed of the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation, as well as the UK’s National Crime Agency, the Dutch National Police and the Australian Federal Police.

The total number for 2020 was not yet available as of posting. (The NBI declined to provide data to PCIJ, citing confidentiality.)


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244c6b  No.13789152

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OSEC was once run by organized criminal syndicates but it turned into a cottage industry in the past decade, with perpetrators driven by poverty and aided by technological advancements that allowed easy connection to paying customers.

A cheap web camera and an internet connection are basically what they need to set it up.

Widespread English proficiency among Filipinos is another factor why OSEC thrives.

The countries where the paying customers come from have come to help the Philippines address the problem.

The DOJ receives cyber tip line reports from the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), for example.

The organization established by the US Congress receives millions of reports of child sexual abuse and exploitation from social networking and electronic service companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and more.

The tips typically include the IP addresses of Filipino facilitators and other the perpetrators of abuse.

A study published by IJM in 2020 showed that 64% of OSEC cases filed in the Philippines from 2014 to 2017 were initiated by referrals from international law enforcement agencies. Most cases came from the US or Scandinavian nations (22%), Australia (12%), UK (7%), Canada and New Zealand (2%).

“Referrals from foreign law enforcement counterparts have exploded during the pandemic. Kids are forced to stay at home and many people lost their jobs,” said Lt. Noeralyn Tamayo, a PICACC Philippine police deputy.

Remittance centers

One way the crime is being tracked is through the remittance centers. The financial service providers that allowed the country’s army of overseas Fipino workers to easily send money to their relatives back home have also been used by foreigners abusing Filipino children online to pay the facilitators.

The Philippine government’s Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has required remittance centers to submit suspicious transaction reports (STRs) based on a study containing a “typology” of OSEC-related transactions.

AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie Racela said the typology was essentially a list of red flags that should prompt financial institutions to report a transaction as suspicious and related to OSEC.

“What you’ll do is scrub that database to determine whether or not your customers are part of that study and then you will report an STR on those customers or persons of interest in the study,” Racela told the PCIJ.

For example: If the amount of money sent to the Philippines was worth at least P2,500, came from a country under the AMLC’s watchlist on OSEC, and did not come from a relative, the compliance officers of remittance centers, banks and electronic money apps can flag these transactions and send them to the AMLC for investigation. The AMLC sends these reports to law enforcement agencies like the PNP and NBI.

From January 2019 to June 2020, remittances from the US recorded the most number and the highest value of suspicious transactions – 10,927 reports involving P39.6 billion.

Recipients of these suspicious transactions were mostly in the provinces of Rizal, Cebu, Davao del Sur, Bohol, Iloilo, Bulacan, Quezon, and the cities of Taguig and Manila.

From 2015 to 2018, about 3,000 persons of interest in child trafficking and exploitation were referred to the AMLC for money laundering probes, Racela said .

“We did an update to cover 2019 to the first half of 2020. So that’s one and a half years, and you’ll be interested to know that persons of interest increased from 3,000 to 23,000 only for that period. So adding it up, it would be 26,000 POIs,” Racela told PCIJ.

The AMLC has yet to publish a new study, but Racela said they were also expecting an “exponential increase.”

Cat and mouse operations

Since the PNP hatched its first operation against OSEC in 2015, it has rescued 680 children sexually trafficked online in 202 operations.

From March 2020 to May 2021 alone, police rescued 245 kids in 75 different operations.

“I get the creeps. I am distressed for the victims,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Lucrecio Rodrigueza Jr.

“This country prides itself with the maxim: ‘Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan (the youth is the hope of the nation),’ but because of these crimes, not only are we destroying the future of these kids, we’re also destroying our country’s future,” he said.


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244c6b  No.13789161

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He joined a team that rescued eight children in Camarines Sur on May 7, in an operation that required officers to wear hazmat suits as protection against the coronavirus pandemic. He couldn’t shake the image of a two-month-old infant bawling in the arms of a police officer as they arrested the mother, Jocelyn, who exploited her 12-year-old daughter.

She had forced her to undress in front of a laptop while pedophiles from the US, Europe, Australia and even the Philippines asked her to spread her legs and perform sexual acts. Sometimes her mother guided her hands. Police suspected that a sex toy they found during the search was also used on the child.

He shuddered at the thought of what could have happened to the baby if a pedophile heard it wailing at the background of her sister’s live show.

The criminals are fast to adapt to increased monitoring from law enforcement agencies, however, underscoring the challenges in making significant gains against OSEC.

Perpetrators used to be concentrated in Metro Manila, where facilitators set up dens that looked like call centers. “Since more busts and raids have been conducted, they have dispersed into provinces,” said Police Major Joseph Villaran, ACG’s spokesman at the time of the interview. He now teaches digital forensics at the PNP Academy.

They’ve also changed their set up into guerilla-type operations, he said. “They make use of one computer nowadays, which makes it difficult [for law enforcers] because they have decentralized. Not only one person is handling the whole operation, they’ve multiplied,” he added.

An IJM heat map identified Metro Manila and Cebu as the areas with the most number OSEC facilitators in 2010 to 2017.

In Pampanga and Lanao del Norte, at least 6 to 21 facilitators have been identified, while there were at least four in Cavite and Negros Occidental.

Bulacan, Batangas, Leyte, Bohol and Davao del Sur, had one to three facilitators each.

The toll on investigators

It’s a job that has taken its toll on investigators.

The has been a surge in referrals and cyber tip line reports, but the WCPC remains understaffed.

The shortage is still manageable, according to Portento. But poring through horrendous images of abuse and exploitation has affected the officers’ emotional wellbeing.

“We can’t help but be emotionally affected, too. But we have to fight it,” Rodrigueza said.

WCPC has field units in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. This means that if the field unit in Visayas, which is located in Cebu City, needs to conduct an operation for OSEC in Tacloban City, agents need to travel for hours to get there.

The Women and Children Protection Desks in cities and municipalities mainly deal with cases of violence against women and children. They are not allowed to handle OSEC cases.

“Dealing with OSEC needs technical skills,” Portento said.

The typical training program in handling OSEC cases, both in operational and cybercrime capacities, is largely offered abroad. Aside from cybersecurity and operations, WCPC officers also work with foreign law enforcement agencies when Filipinos fall victim to trafficking schemes abroad.

Right now, the PNP leadership and lobbyists are thinking of prodding Congress to turn the WCPC into the Women and Children’s Protection Group, which would mean increased staffing and more resources.

The WCPC investigators said the public has a big role to play in fighting OSEC, for instance by stopping an online culture where men fetishize children and contribute to their continued abuse.

While females appear mainly responsible for facilitating the exploitation of children, males have been the target of porn site channels that promote videos using search engine keywords that intentionally or unintentionally make sexual objects out of children, even if the actors in these videos aren’t children.

These porn sites have been the subject of investigations last year by the US media for allowing channels to monetize child rape content.

Police Major Lalaine Marty, a PNP child cybercrime protection officer, said these channels should not be allowed to monetize content that use such titles and keywords. People should cringe – not get sexually stimulated – when they see these materials, he said.

People should recognize that it’s not pornography. It’s abuse, she said. It’s a crime.


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244c6b  No.13790460

File: 0ebda63e0e196ac⋯.jpg (101.86 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Jacinda_Ardern_and_Scott_M….jpg)


NZ to back Australia in WTO China tariff dispute

BEN PACKHAM - MAY 30, 2021

New Zealand will support Australia in its World Trade Organisation dispute against China over Beijing’s imposition of 80 per cent tariffs on barley imports.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, have received a traditional “powhiri” Maori welcome to New Zealand after their arrival in Queenstown on Sunday afternoon, where they were greeted by New Zealand prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford.

The leaders touched noses and foreheads in a Maori “hongi” — a symbol of unity and “sharing the breath of life”.

Local Maori leader Edward Ellison welcomed Mr and Mrs Morrison, and acknowledged the more than 200 years of friendship between both countries, which began with contact between whalers and sealers.

“We liked you then, we like you now,” he said.

He also acknowledged Australia’s “first peoples”, and New Zealanders who had “put their roots down” in Australia.

Mr Morrison is meeting with local business people in Queenstown on Sunday. He and Mrs Morrison join Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford for a private dinner.

The leaders will lay a wreath at a war memorial tomorrow before bilateral talks.

Key issues for discussion will include how the nations can present a united front on China, and how to support Pacific nations through the Covid crisis.

Barley tariff trade backing

Ahead of Mr Morrison’s arrival, NZ Trade Minister Damien O’Connor confirmed he would participate in the barley dispute because it “raises systemic issues of importance to the effective functioning of the multilateral rules-based trading system”.

“New Zealand upholds international rules and norms, so ensuring international trade rules are fairly applied by others is important to us and our exporters,” Mr O’Connor told New Zealand media outlet Newshub.

“We rely on the rules-based trading system to provide a secure and predictable global trading environment for everyone so we will act to uphold it.”

Relations between Canberra and New Zealand have become strained in recent weeks after Australian officials said they were blindsided by Wellington’s reluctance to put pressure on China on trade and other issues. Mr O’Connor has previously said Australia should “show respect” and be more “cautious with wording” when criticising China.

Chinese officials in Switzerland on Friday said Beijing would “vigorously defend itself” against Australia’s attempts at taking the 80 per cent barley tariffs to formal arbitration.

Before the trade restrictions, 50 per cent of Australia’s feed barley and 86 per cent of malting barley was exported to China. The Australian has previously reported that Canada and Russia have also moved to join the WTO dispute. It is a common practice for countries with direct interests in the outcome of dispute negotiations to join as third parties.

In January, GrainGrowers chief executive David McKeon said there was “heightened” interest in Australia’s WTO dispute with China and welcomed other nations looking into the issue. “The WTO process is the ­opportunity to have open conver­sations around the details of the international and legal aspects of the barley tariffs applied by China,” he said.

New Zealand’s intervention comes as Trade Minister Dan Tehan flagged a second WTO dispute with China – this time over punitive wine import tariffs introduced last year.

“That is something we’ve got under active consideration,” Mr Tehan told Insiders on Sunday.

“We’ve had detailed discussions with the wine industry on this, and from the outset, we’ve always said that we would take a very principled approach when dealing with these trade disputes, and if we think our industry has been harmed or injured, we will take all necessary steps and measures to try to address that.”


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d06595  No.13790951

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d06595  No.13790954

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24f066  No.13791477

File: 5a6c86bc328d42c⋯.jpg (53.21 KB, 543x202, 543:202, 13784236.jpg)

Just stepping back to get a bigger perspective on recent events, in regards to the 'B' post, which I am now thinking is probably a distraction.

What was happening on the board over the last few weeks that was out of the ordinary and controversial, increasing in intensity, and getting unusually strong reactions by those opposed to it?

>>13628964 pb

>>13679104 pb

What claims were made that, if true, might cause someone with admin access to do something drastic to try to silence the claims, or disprove them, or take all the focus off of them?

>>13784236 pb

>>13785672 pb

Prior to that was it ever normal for any board admin (BV) to be posting 20+ times in every bread? Was it ever normal for a BV to try to control the conversations, or determine for the board what is true and what's false, or "remove anything that makes anons feel uncomfortable? Do I need to worry about being banned for this post, myself?

>>13691773 pb

Was it ever normal for a BV to talk about how much they can see about anons behind the scenes, and how people that post here are not as anonymous as they think?

>>13724416 pb

Was it ever normal for a board admin to make posts with racist terminology, or repeatedly post the same long copypasta with lots of red text and purple text?

>>13786026 pb

What happened right before the post on Q's board?

>>13785902 pb

Until yesterday how many times had you ever seen "USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST" on the qresearch board since 8kun began? Did you ever see or hear about people being banned for making unpopular statements or larping?

Was the timing just coincidence, that the 'threat' was banned right around the same time that the new mysterious post went up on projectdcomms?

And now what topic is the most popular today, instead of the controversies and claims that were the most talked about the day before? Distraction successful?

>>13785340 pb

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4eb79f  No.13791536

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Screenshot of 13628964 that is now too old to link directly.

And screenshot showing the user banned for >>13785902

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244c6b  No.13793285

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Taiwan wants FTA with Australia amid rising tensions with Beijing

GLEN NORRIS - MAY 30, 2021

Taiwan is pushing for a free-trade agreement with Australia as it moves to reduce its exposure to China amid heightened military tensions in the region.

Edward Tao, the new director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brisbane, said in an exclusive interview that a FTA would make sense for both nations that had experienced “economic bullying” at the hands of an increasingly aggressive China.

Taiwan is Australia’s sixth-biggest export market with huge amounts of coal, LNG and agricultural products shipped to the island nation every year.

“Like Australia, we also have experienced economic bullying from China and are fearful about what it will do,” said the Australian-born diplomat who took up his role in April. “Last year, they stopped our export of pineapples to the mainland.”

China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, reportedly blocked talks for an FTA in 2016.

Australian officials are believed to have had talks with Taiwan officials last year about closer economic and trade links with the island nation, but are fearful a FTA would cause further frictions in the already tense relationship with Beijing.

Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan declined to comment on any discussions but noted the government was focused on negotiating FTAs with the UK and EU as well as scoping studies for FTAs with Israel and the European Free Trade Association.

Mr Tao downplayed speculation China would start an all-out war in the region but conceded President Xi Jinping was ratcheting up regular incursions into Taiwan’s airspace.

“We are very aware of the real threat from China and that the situation is getting heated, but we hope that sensible heads prevail,” said Mr Tao, who was born in Sydney where his father was based as a Taiwanese diplomat in the early 1970s.

“China has ambitions to penetrate the island chain from Taiwan to Japan. Xi Jinping is a very different leader from his predecessors who were more focused on the Chinese economy. Mr Xi has different aspirations and wants to leave a legacy.”

Mr Tao said the $12 billion worth of trade between both nations was highly complementary with Taiwan importing raw materials, such as coal, gas and beef, and Australia receiving finished goods, such as electronics and vehicle parts, in return.

Mr Tao said the island, which is about half the size of Tasmania with a population of 25 million, was the biggest buyer of Australian ­products on a per capita basis. “Australia runs a very healthy trade surplus with Taiwan of about $9 billion and trade is set to increase over the coming years,” he said.

Mr Tao said Taiwan’s new “Southbound Policy” aimed to enhance economic and trade relations between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia. Like Australia, the island was heavily dependent on trade with China.

“Traditionally, many of our companies, particularly those in the tech sector, have gone west to China but there is now a risk they will be caught up in the trade war between China and the US,” Mr Tao said.

He said the Southbound Policy was likely to boost Taiwanese investment in Australia’s commercial and residential property markets.

“Australia has always been seen as a safe and friendly investment environment,” Mr Tao said.

He said Taiwan also was seeking the support of Australia in its efforts to join the Transpacific Partnership, a FTA between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.


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244c6b  No.13793334

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Australian Yang Hengjun proclaims his innocence after Chinese espionage trial

Bill Birtles - 30 May 2021

An Australian citizen tried for espionage in Beijing last week has told supporters he's "100 per cent innocent" and still isn't sure which country he's accused of spying for.

Yang Hengjun conveyed a message to family and supporters on Friday, a day after he was tried behind closed doors in Beijing.

The 56-year-old one-time employee of China's state security agencies and former online political writer also speculated that forced confessions and rough treatment he endured while in detention showed that someone may be "taking revenge" on him.

Since being pounced upon by state security agents at a southern Chinese airport in early 2019, Dr Yang's case has been shrouded in secrecy.

Australian diplomats and his Shanghai-based Chinese wife were barred from observing his trial and authorities have gagged his lawyers from sharing any information about it.

But his message from prison gives the clearest insight yet into the process.

Dr Yang says he was taken from his prison to the court at 6:00am, supposedly to "avoid traffic".

Dressed from head to toe in a full PPE suit, mask and goggles despite Beijing's successful containment of COVID-19, he waited three hours for the trial to begin and said he was "tired and confused" during the hearing.

Dr Yang also said he'd had a pre-trial meeting with the judge three days earlier in which he unsuccessfully requested his interrogation records from the first six months be disallowed as evidence.

"It's illegal. Torture. They had hidden camera records. I will ask the Chinese government to provide the truth," he's quoted as saying, referring to the first six months when he was being held incommunicado in what he described as a "really bad period".

Under China's law, investigators are able to cut off a suspect from lawyers and the outside world and interrogate them under what's called RSDL — Residential Surveillance at a Designation Location.

One of his supporters, UTS Chinese studies academic Feng Chongyi, says using evidence gathered under duress violated China's own criminal law.

"Yang's request to exclude interrogation records under torture during RSDL deserves special attention," he said.

China's criminal procedure law states: "The use of torture to extract confessions is strictly prohibited, as are threats, enticement, trickery and other illegal methods of gathering evidence; no person may be compelled to prove his own guilt."

The crime of espionage carries a sentence of anywhere from three years to the death penalty, and the secrecy around the specific offence has left all but those in the courtroom in the dark about a potential sentence.

In his message, Dr Yang alludes to his previous role working for China's government, which supporters say he abandoned before moving to Australia in the early 2000s.

He later became prominent as a political writer who advocated for democracy, although he wasn't regarded as a dissident and made multiple trips to China.

"I served China when I was young, even secretly, and I helped people," he's quoted as saying.

"This isn't a crime of ideology. The charges are about espionage. But who did I work for?

"I didn't work for Australia or the US. I'm only writing for people. Writing for the rule of law, democracy and freedom," he said.

After diplomats were denied access to the trial in breach of a bilateral agreement, Foreign Minister Marise Payne dubbed Dr Yang's case "arbitrary detention".

"The Australian government has stated a number of times the fundamental importance of procedural fairness, basic standards of justice and international legal obligations," Senator Payne said.

Dr Yang also expressed concern that the current poor bilateral relations may affect the verdict and sentence, which is expected before mid-July but could be delayed.

"I hope Australia can keep communicating with China on good terms to help bring about my release as soon as possible," he's quoted as saying.

"I will keep writing to help China, to promote the rule of law and to help China be strong, prosperous and respectable."


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244c6b  No.13797457

File: dd34049e57382c1⋯.jpg (128.85 KB, 1200x720, 5:3, GT_Voice_NZ_doesn_t_need_a….jpg)


GT Voice: NZ doesn’t need a lesson in China trade from Australia

Global Times - May 30, 2021

With the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand set to meet on Sunday for the first time in 15 months, some Australian media outlets appeared to be using the timing to drive a wedge between New Zealand and China, but that may only underscore their increasing envy of their neighbor's apparent advantage in trade with China.

A promotional video clip by newsmagazine show 60 Minutes Australia went on viral on social media last week. A voiceover in the video accused New Zealand of ditching friends for "a fast Chinese buck," but for anyone who has the basic knowledge of China-New Zealand trade cooperation, such accusation is nonsense and ridiculous.

Following China-Australia trade ties becoming strained amid the deteriorating bilateral relations caused by Canberra's provocation, some Australian media outlets have been hitting out at China-New Zealand trade, criticizing the latter for cozying up to China for economic interests. Such rhetoric is full of contempt for the judgment and diplomatic independence of New Zealand.

It is true that economic and trade cooperation between China and New Zealand has been moving forward on a steady and healthy footing. In January this year, the two trading partners signed an upgrade to their existing free trade agreement, which is bound to benefit New Zealand exporters of agricultural, dairy and seafood products amid deepening bilateral economic ties. If anything, such development only makes Australian politicians more envious and frustrated, because their government has consistently refused to make any real move to ease tensions with China.

From another perspective, Australian media's attempt to drive a wedge between China and New Zealand may be a reflection of their despair toward the prospects of China-Australia trade. In early May, after Australia revoked agreements signed between Victoria state and China on the Belt and Road Initiative, the National Development and Reform Commission suspended all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, marking a further downward spiral in bilateral relations.

Yet, the irony is that instead of reflecting on the provocative actions and hostility toward China, some politicians and media outlets in Australia have been trying to step up pressure on New Zealand, in the hope of dragging it into the same mire.

But New Zealand will not necessarily be the second Australia despite the historic friendship between the two countries. It is clear to New Zealand that none of its Western allies could or would compensate them for the loss caused by trade tensions with China, and instead, those allies would only compete to fill the market void in China as proved in Australia's case.

We believe New Zealand knows how to weigh its own interests.


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244c6b  No.13797481

File: ad26ad6709a0e42⋯.jpg (129.1 KB, 1200x720, 5:3, Has_Kevin_Rudd_betrayed_Ch….jpg)


Has Kevin Rudd betrayed China-Australia relations?: Global Times editorial

Global Times - May 30, 2021


Has former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd changed his tune? According to BBC, Rudd said in an interview last Friday that countries should unite against China's growing economic and geopolitical coercion or risk being singled out and punished by Beijing. He also criticized the current Australian government's China policy, stating that it, "has from time to time been measured - but other times, frankly, has been rhetorical and shrill." However, his remarks still sound quite hawkish, and they contradict the Chinese people's previous impression of him as a politician who understands and befriends China.

Rudd's change of tune is not an isolated case. For some time now, we have witnessed the West and some US allies in the Asia-Pacific region adjusting their attitude toward China, officially or not. For instance, the EU has launched sanctions against China for the first time after more than 30 years. Japan and South Korea have mentioned the Taiwan question in their joint statement with the US as never before. French warships have come to the East China Sea to engage in symbolic joint military exercises with the US and Japan. Germany and other countries have taken a harsher attitude toward Chinese tech company Huawei. The list goes on.

But these moves are telling and allow us to analyze and strategize.

Returning to Rudd, first of all, how should we interpret his change of tune? Does it mean that he somehow "betrayed" China? It should be pointed out that he has never truly stood by China's side. Rudd is a politician whose behaviors and actions serve the interests of himself as well as his party. The political system of Western countries, for example, the US and Australia, plays the biggest role in advancing these interests.

Yet it is in Canberra's interest to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with Beijing and to safeguard a relevant political environment. However, Australia's conservative government has fully tilted in favor of the US to confront China. This has caused some controversy in the country. Therefore, this might be why Rudd used to express rational statements toward China.

But what Rudd said in the interview with BBC sends two signals. One is that Australia feels more and more uncomfortable about China's counterattack against its provocations. The second is that the West's US-led anti-China campaign has caused such a big influence that a "political correctness" has emerged in the ideology of the West. Rudd is catering to these two sentiments and trends to create a political balance between himself and the Australian Labor Party.

We need to understand that we should make friends in the West, but we cannot count on them to go against the general environment there to call for justice when China is being unjustly suppressed. Most Western people and forces will submit to such "political correctness."


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244c6b  No.13797484

File: e21594a78f0ac70⋯.jpg (34.63 KB, 500x426, 250:213, Visiting_ChineseVice_Presi….jpg)



Regardless, we need to have the confidence that most Western countries, political forces, companies and influential figures will not become an "enemy" of China in the traditional sense. We must realize that the anti-China forces with extreme hostility are only a small percentage of Western populations. The majority of countries, forces and even individuals swing from side to side: sometimes they follow the US' steps to suppress us, sometimes they speak and act independently, which is beneficial to China.

In the short term, as Washington's pressure on China becomes stronger and the Western ideological anti-China front takes shape, we will see this pattern: more Western countries and forces will shift their stance toward the US. In the long run, if China's power continues to grow, and if our strategy to destroy Washington's attempt to build an anti-China front is accurate and effective, then the West's attitude toward China will gradually change in our favor.

We should not try to identify who is our enemy and who is our friend. Making such a distinction should not be how today's Chinese society thinks. As the second-largest power in the world strongly suppressed by the biggest power, China needs a strong will and a strong heart. We have few real "deadly enemies." Most of the forces in the world are willing to be our friends and partners because it is in their interest to do so. But many of them need to balance the pressure from Washington and make compromises according to their political, security and economic dependence on the country.

Neither China nor the US is bold enough to make Washington's allies choose between the two. But Washington will use its various levers to coerce those countries to give it maximum support, and even to demand them to pick a side at some point. On the contrary, Beijing has relatively few bargaining chips. So in the short term, it is inevitable to stay in a passive position.

At this time, we cannot act on impulse and equate some countries and forces with the US only because they have followed Washington to raise their voices on issues such as Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

On the other hand, we have to fight back by exerting our influence over these countries. We cannot allow other countries and forces to harm China's interests as the US does. We must motivate them to increase their resistance to unreasonable pressure from Washington to preserve long-term relations with us.

This is a difficult game to play, and needs wisdom. Rudd tried to please the US by advocating an anti-China club, and this, of course, has upset the Chinese public. It has also become a blot on his image in China. He may gain a little more from the US side by doing that, but it will also weaken the favorable impression and trust some Chinese institutions and groups had toward him.

Nevertheless, we don't need to define our relationship with him clearly as either friend or foe. We need to maintain a certain kind of flexibility and be clear about the logic in such flexibility. And let Rudd grasp the difference in the temperature of our attitude toward him.


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244c6b  No.13797769

File: 7d4ebfca26de1f7⋯.mp4 (6.85 MB, 1024x576, 16:9, Both_leaders_were_keen_to_….mp4)

China trying to drive a wedge between Australia and NZ, Scott Morrison says

Stephen Dziedzic - 31 May 2021


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested that China is trying to drive a wedge between Australia and New Zealand, after holding annual talks with Jacinda Ardern.

Trans-Tasman tensions have bubbled up recently over how best to deal with Beijing, with New Zealand pushing back against using the "Five Eyes" intelligence group to condemn China's human rights abuses.

However, both leaders were keen to present a united front on China during a joint press conference in Queenstown.

Ms Ardern bridled at questions from visiting Australian journalists, who asked her if New Zealand was "cosying up" to China.

"At no point in our discussions today did I detect any difference in our relative positions on the importance of maintaining a strong and principled perspective on issues around trade and human rights," she said.

"[We] have been broadly positioned on exactly the same place on these issues consistently."

Chinese state media have pounced on the disagreement over Five Eyes, suggesting that New Zealand has a more "sober" approach to dealing with China's government.

When asked about the editorials, Mr Morrison said had "no doubt" that some would "seek to undermine Australia and New Zealand's security by seeking to create points of difference which are not there".

"There will be those far from here who would seek to divide us, and they will not succeed," Mr Morrison said.

"We have stood resolutely and together for the principles Australians and New Zealanders have fought for, and that will continue to be the case."

Reporters followed up by asking Mr Morrison which countries he was referring to, but he wouldn't be drawn.

Australia and NZ united over trade, COVID-19 investigation

There has been some frustration in Canberra over the Five Eyes disagreement.

There was also a brief flare of irritation earlier this year when New Zealand's Trade Minister suggested Australia could repair ties with China by showing its government more respect.

But government sources from both countries have emphasised that both sides recognise the sharp threat posed by China's recent campaign of economic coercion against Australia.


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244c6b  No.13797771

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Earlier this month New Zealand's Foreign Minister said China's campaign of economic punishment had shaped views of Beijing in her country, and suggested New Zealand would need to diversify trade in case it was caught in a similar "storm" in the future.

On the weekend New Zealand also announced that it would join Australia's action in the World Trade Organisation challenging crippling Chinese tariffs on Australian barley.

And both Mr Morrison and Ms Ardern made it clear they would maintain pressure on China to facilitate the World Health Organization probes into the origins of COVID-19 and the global response to the outbreak.

"We'd be concerned at any suggestion that we weren't able complete that work," Ms Ardern said.

"Because as an international community how will we better protect ourselves from further outbreaks in the future if we don't better protect ourselves."

Mr Morrison said the probe had "nothing to do with global politics", but was crucial to get to the bottom of the outbreak "so we can do everything we possibly can to ensure that it does not happen again."

Deportations and trans-Tasman bubble raised

The two leaders also said they discussed the vexed issue of criminal deportations from Australia to New Zealand, although Scott Morrison reiterated his government would not soften its stance.

They also discussed the case of Suhayra Aden, who travelled to Syria from Australia in 2014 to live under Islamic State.

Australia stripped Ms Aden of citizenship, even though she moved from New Zealand to Australia when she was just six years old.

That drew a furious response from Ms Ardern, who accused Australia of evading its responsibilities.

Ms Aden is still in detention in Turkey — and now looks almost certain to be resettled in New Zealand — but today Mr Morrison suggested Australia might still be able to offer support to her young children.

"Ms Aden's not an Australian citizen. But we have spoken today about her children, and the pathway that they have for eligibility in Australia, and stand ready to address those issues," he said.

They also discussed expanding the trans-Tasman bubble to include Pacific Island countries, although neither made any firm commitments, emphasising that public health remained the top priority.

Ms Ardern said it was vital not to give COVID-19 a chance to spread more widely in the region.

"That means maintaining the very high bar that between ourselves we have set," she said.

"We don't want to jeopardise the freedom that we have within our own countries to move around freely and protect the health of our citizens."


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244c6b  No.13797794

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Jacinda Ardern stresses New Zealand, Australia are in lockstep on China

Rob Harris - May 31, 2021

Queenstown: Jacinda Ardern has moved to quash speculation of a splintering between her government and Australia over China policy, stressing there is no more important relationship than the trans-Tasman alliance.

The New Zealand prime minister faced a barrage of questions while standing alongside Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Queenstown on Monday about the growing perception her government had drifted from the strong stance of its allies had taken against Beijing’s growing assertiveness and economic coercion in the region.

The topic of China dominated the face-to-face annual bilateral meeting between the nation’s two leaders, which took place at the picturesque south island tourist destination on Monday.

Ms Ardern said she had not detected any difference in the positions on trade or human rights between herself and Mr Morrison and said New Zealand remained “very committed” to the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing partnership.

“I really push back on any suggestion we are not taking a strong stance on these issues,” Ms Ardern told reporters.

“At no point in our discussions today did I detect any difference in our relative positions on the importance of maintaining a very strong and principled position on issues around trade and issues around human rights”.

Without mentioning China directly, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were countries that sought to undermine regional security and tried to divide the two nations by claiming there were “differences that are not there”. He said neither country would trade their sovereignty or values.

Hours before the meeting, China’s international propaganda news tabloid, The Global Times, published a story praising the Ardern administration as “more peaceful and friendly amid the anti-China clamour in the US and some other Western countries”.

“In fact, it has repeatedly demonstrated its political wisdom and sobriety. Apart from the fact that New Zealand’s positioning and its priority of national interests is different from Australia, the composition and status of its people between the two countries are also different.“

It had followed the announcement New Zealand would act as a third party in Australia’s trade dispute with China. Beijing has imposed a range of tariffs and trade strikes on Australian products, including 80 per cent duties on barley because it said Australia was dumping the product there below cost, hurting domestic producers. In December, Australia took the row to the World Trade Organisation, which on Friday agreed to establish a dispute settlement panel.

Mr Morrison said the two nations were in lockstep on the aim of a “free and open Indo-Pacific, a peaceful Indo-Pacific”.

“As great partners, friends, allies and indeed family, there will be those far from here who will seek to divide us and they will not succeed,” Mr Morrison said.

Leaders discussed a wide range of issue affecting both nations, including the Pacific recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding on the travel bubble to include nations such as Fiji, Vanautu, the Solomon Islands and Tonga, as well as climate change and regional security.

Mr Morrison said both nations had “a big stake” in defending a world that favoured freedom and a “free and open” Indo-Pacific.

“The broader issue of a free and open Indo-Pacific is something Australia and New Zealand feels very strongly about, and working with our like-minded partners all around the world – the US and the UK, across Europe, Japan, India,” he said.

Ms Ardern said both countries were keen to expand the bubble when and where it was safe to do so, but stressed it would be a “very high bar”.

“It is most likely to be our Pacific neighbours we both look to,” she said.

Mr Morrison said both governments were aware of the health risk for the Pacific as well as in Australia and New Zealand should the strict current standards be compromised.


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244c6b  No.13797852

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Australia, New Zealand Call On China to Let UN Visit Xinjiang

Bloomberg News - 31 May 2021

The leaders of Australia and New Zealand have urged China to give outside observers “unfettered access” to Xinjiang, a move that is likely to draw criticism from Beijing.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern “expressed grave concerns about the human rights situation” in China’s far western region and said the United Nations and others should be allowed to make “meaningful” visits, according to a statement they released after a meeting Monday in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The joint statement from the annual meeting also included statements on Hong Kong and the South China Sea, two other areas that China regards as domestic affairs.

The announcement is the latest in a series of statements the two nations have signed together in the past year expressing concern with the situations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. China sees those statements as interference in its internal affairs and has attacked the individual signatory nations and also larger groups of countries such as the “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing community when they make such criticisms.

Ties between Beijing and Canberra have been deteriorating recently, hitting new depths since China blocked or tariffed a series of imports from Australia, which has sought an inquiry into the origins of the pandemic. Australia last week criticized China’s move to close the espionage trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun, calling it “deeply regrettable.”

China frequently says it allows reporters and others into Xinjiang, where a panel of UN experts said in 2019 that an estimated 1 million people had been sent to counter-terrorism internment facilities, part of a set of policies the U.S. has said amount to genocide. However, journalists who visit Xinjiang complain that they are followed by police, prevented from talking to people without interference and barred from entering places of interest.

Beijing says its activities in Xinjiang are aimed at countering domestic terrorism and unrest, building infrastructure, and providing economic and educational opportunities.

Hong Kong

Ardern and Morrison said they had “deep concern over developments that limit the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong” and had “serious concern over developments in the South China Sea, including the continued militarization of disputed features and an intensification of destabilizing activities at sea.”

Last Thursday, Hong Kong’s legislature approved a sweeping overhaul of the city’s elections that was drafted by Beijing and that dramatically curtails the opposition’s ability to participate in government. The Legislative Council voted 40-2 to approve the measures creating a review committee to vet candidates for elected office and ensure they are “patriots.”

The same day authorities in the former British colony also blocked democracy advocates from holding a candlelight vigil for victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown for the second straight year. Police on Saturday reminded that public that individuals convicted of attending an unauthorized assembly face a prison term of up to five years.

The leaders’ statement also included a section expressing support for the multilateral trading system and the World Trade Organization. New Zealand earlier announced that it would be joining Australia’s WTO case against Chinese barley tariffs as a third party, according to local media.



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244c6b  No.13797905

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Caroline Kennedy in running for Ambassador to Australia: reports

Harley Dennett - MAY 31 2021


The United States embassy in Canberra has responded to reports out of Washington DC suggesting a member of the famous Kennedy family is in the running as the next ambassador to Australia.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK and former ambassador to Japan, was named in reports by AP and Axios as a possible pick for the most watched diplomatic post in Canberra.

A spokesperson for the embassy says it cannot confirm who US President Joe Biden is considering for the position.

"We cannot comment, except to say that we are confident we will have a superb Ambassador, matching the enormous value we place in our Alliance with Australia," the spokesperson said.

"Consistent with normal diplomatic practice, any nominee would first receive agreement from the government of Australia."

The role has been vacant since former ambassador Arthur Culvahouse resigned one day ahead of the presidential handover from Donald Trump to Joe Biden on January 20.

Four months into his administration, Mr Biden is yet to announce any nominees for the highest profile ambassador appointments that are typically reserved for political allies.

The US Senate has been busy holding hearings and votes on the top administration roles including cabinet positions and deputy secretary and directorships of key agencies.

It is not unusual for ambassador positions normally reserved for political appointees to be left vacant for between three to six months into a new president's term, with top fundraisers to the presidential campaign often among those nominated.

Reports claim Mr Biden was expected to approach candidates with offers over the weekend, with the first slate of ambassadors as soon as this week.

Caroline Kennedy served in the role in Japan during Barack Obama's second term and was an early supporter of his presidential bid, along with her uncle, Ted Kennedy, helping him get an edge over Hillary Clinton.

Another Kennedy, Vicki, was on his radar for the representative to Western Europe, the reports claimed, both names are notable for not being large fundraisers to the Biden presidential campaign.

Other top diplomatic rumours include Eric Garcetti for the role in India, Rahm Emanuel for Japan, Ken Salazar for Mexico, Denise Bauer for France, Jane Hartley for Italy, David Cohen for Canada, and Cindy McCain, daughter of Republican senator John McCain, for UN envoy roles including leading the World Food Program.

US State Department insiders say once the nominations begin, they'll come in batches.

The Australian nomination is expected to be made during the first round, but officials in the embassy in Canberra are not aware of when the news will come.

The announcement will be made by Mr Biden directly following private consultation with Australian government counterparts.


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244c6b  No.13797913

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The ambassadorial appointments in Australia and New Zealand are considered of high importance due to the real work involved, both as Five Eyes countries and also their strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific region, which has been a priority focus for this White House.

Former US ambassador to Australia John Berry told The Canberra Times early in the year that the White House would take time to find a "high quality" nominee, as Mr Biden had made the Indo-Pacific a priority focus for his administration.

The two countries will mark 70 years of the ANZUS alliance this year, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison having invited Mr Biden to visit in 2021.

Political nominees rather than career diplomats are also expected in regionally significant countries of China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, Japan and India, as well as the the US envoy to ASEAN.

A number of career diplomatic posts have already had nominations or had the existing ambassador remain in the role, such as the ambassadors to Indonesia and Malaysia. A career diplomat is awaiting confirmation as ambassador to Vietnam.

The ambassador to Pacific island countries including Fiji is typically a career diplomatic role, but the White House has kept that position open suggesting it may become a political appointment.

While waiting on an ambassador appointment, embassies are run by their second in command, known as the Chargé d'Affaires.

Chargé d'Affaires Michael Goldman is currently the top US embassy official in Canberra, having arrived in March last year.

The US embassy in Canberra is used to being run by the Chargé d'Affaires, with the top post left vacant for two years under the Trump administration.

The Biden White House is yet to name candidates for 345 senior administration positions, including ambassadorships, out of around 1200 that require Senate confirmation.

The administration is still working through nominations for administration deputy secretaries, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries which are all treated as political appointments requiring Senate confirmation, in what is considered one of the longest processes in any developed country for a new leader to appoint their top officials.

While the US Senate is currently tied 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote the White House has allowed the administration to move swiftly in filling positions.

Only one Cabinet candidate, in Neera Tanden at the Office for Budget Management, was withdrawn over difficulties obtaining Senate confirmation due to the volume of partisan comments on her social media accounts.




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244c6b  No.13798146

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Hi-tech tool to prevent next terror attack revealed

Australian spies are using cutting-edge technology to foil the next terror attack with the nation on alert amid a rise in radicalisation.

Matthew Killoran - May 31, 2021

Cutting-edge tech and AI are the next weapons Australia is deploying in a bid to head off the next terrorist attack, as the nation’s spooks fear an increased chance of an incident after radicalisation sped up in the past year.

Taking a new approach to national security, recently-appointed Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, a former engineer, said there will be a strong technology focus under her leadership.

The new focus will be applied across the board, including to Operation Sovereign Borders, police pursuit of child exploitation, defence against cyber assaults and terrorism.

Using AI to scour recordings and data of suspected terror suspects, and “tech dogs” – specialised trained sniffer dogs who can ferret out hidden USBs – will increasingly be used in Australia’s defence arsenal.

Speaking to The Courier-Mail, Ms Andrews said spy agency ASIO was reporting an increase in radicalisation in the past 14 months during Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, particularly from ideologically-motivated and religious extremists.

She said AI was being used to scour the masses of data collected and to help ASIO operatives find the links, potentially giving them the extra time needed to foil an attack.

“There are people out there right now who want to harm Australians. We need to be alert to threats to us here,” she said.

“It’s difficult for people to travel around the world at the moment. That will change.”

She said there was $1.3 billion over 10 years in the budget for ASIO to increase its capabilities, including on the use of artificial intelligence.

“We will be increasingly looking at, artificial intelligence,” Ms Andrews said.

“(ASIO) are very good at collecting the dots, what technology and particularly AI enables them to do was start to connect all of those dots. Tech will give them the opportunity to quickly find the links.”

She said “tech dogs” capable of sniffing out USB storage devices would increasingly be used by the AFP to help crackdown on paedophile and child pornography rings.

Ms Andrews said cyber crime would also be a focus, and she had begun working with the Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel’s chairman, Andy Penn, about engaging with businesses to take greater responsibility for cyber security.

“Corporate Australia has to make sure that they are taking responsibility for defending themselves,” she said.

“We know that there are risks to our infrastructure… particularly to our critical infrastructure.

”Businesses are under an increasing threat and they need to be taking action.”


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244c6b  No.13798166

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‘Vile’ pedophile blasted by judge for describing relationship with mother who helped him abuse her child as ‘adventurous’

A “vile and scary” sex offender who convinced a woman to help him abuse her five-year-old daughter has been blasted by a judge for his horrifying excuses.

Mitch Mott - May 31, 2021

A District Court judge has slammed a “vile” sex offender who described his relationship with a woman he convinced to help him abuse her own child as “adventurous”.

The man, whose name is suppressed to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of grooming and abusing the young girl, as well as transmitting child exploitation images of her.

In a brief victim impact statement read to the court by a prosecutor, the young victim, now aged 7, said “I don’t like you, you have a bad habit, you were mean to me, I don’t love you, you hurt my feelings”.

Edward Stratton-Smith, acting for the man, said his client met the victim’s mother on a dating website.

“He described their relationship as adventurous,” he said.

Judge Liesl Chapman appeared horrified by the submission.

“Please don’t say that,” she said.

“It’s not adventurous – it’s criminal. I have read these text messages, I know the difficulty of your submissions but adventurous is not an appropriate term to use.

“He and his partner spoke constantly about sexually abusing her five-year-child and then he did it. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

“Describing that as adventurous shows he has absolutely no insight.”

Mr Stratton-Smith said his client’s marriage had broken down in the years before the offending.

He said his client had “enjoyed a house full of children” with his own offspring, a submission which Judge Chapman also took issue with.

“That submission troubles me,” she said.

“This kind of offending is not born out of loneliness and sadness. The concept that he enjoyed a house full of children is quite distressing.

“He has expressed in these text messages the most vile attitude towards children that can be imagined.

“He is, on the face of the materials before me, a very scary pedophile from which the community needs to be protected.”

The man’s offending was discovered when the man answered an online ad and begun messaging an undercover police officer.

Over the course of their conversations, the man described in detail his offending against the girl and also tried to procure more children for sex.

The messages led to police arresting the man on November 28, 2019.

A search of his phone located dozens of text messages between the man and the victim’s mother discussing and conspiring about abusing her daughter.

The messages led to the mother being charged with sexual offences.

Both were arrested but released on home detention bail despite warnings from police that more serious charges were about to be laid.

Only a short time after they were released into the community, more charges were laid and both were taken into custody and refused bail.

The woman pleaded not guilty to those charges and has yet to stand trial.

The man will be sentenced in July.


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244c6b  No.13798261

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'Act of stupidity and extremely disrespectful': Five charged after Sydney WWI Cenotaph vandalised

Olivana Lathouris - May 31, 2021

Five men have been charged after CCTV was released of a group of alleged vandals climbing onto the WWI Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place and inappropriately posing with the statue.

The video, released by NSW Police, shows the alleged men, aged 19 to 21, clambering over the monument, with one shown sitting on the shoulders of the statue.

Police have described the alleged incident as "an act of stupidity" and "extremely disrespectful".

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also expressed her disappointment, describing the incident as "personally hurtful" while announcing a new training program for war veterans.

"I think it's really hurtful that a small number of Australians don't appreciate the sacrifices many Australians made for our freedom," she said.

"That's what hurts me the most, that some people don't understand our history."

Police began an investigation into the incident after being notified of damage to the bayonet on a statue.

Three men were arrested at Sutherland Police Station about 1.30pm today with inquiries into the incident still ongoing.

A fourth man, aged 21, also attended Sutherland Police Station this afternoon.

Three of the men – aged 19, 20, 21 – were issued Court Attendance Notices for desecrate protected place.

The second 21-year-old was issued a Court Attendance Notice for offensive conduct.

They are all due to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

About 3.30pm today, a fifth man, aged 21, was arrested at Sutherland Police Station and charged with destroy or damage property and commit offensive act in, on war memorial/interment site.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 28 June 2021.


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244c6b  No.13798266

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Men arrested after disrespecting Martin Place Cenotaph

9 News Australia

May 31, 2021

Three men have been arrested after CCTV was released of a group climbing onto the WWI Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place and inappropriately posing with the statue.


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244c6b  No.13798383

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US Embassy Canberra Tweet

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.

We express our deepest gratitude for the courageous Americans who have given their lives in military service.


U.S. Department of Defense Tweet

Today we commemorate Memorial Day and honor the sacrifices of all those who ensured the freedom we enjoy today. We will never forget. #HonorThem


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bd69fd  No.13802137

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World Military and Intelligence Agencies To Remove Western Civilian Governments

Benjamin Fulford 5/31/21

“A decision has been made at the highest echelons of power that the world is just not working,” and a wholesale revamp is needed, according to a senior European royal. In particular, the ongoing “pandemic is entirely a drug-pushing effort” and means “all of the world’s civilian governments are suspected of engaging in genocide,” according to MI6, CIA, and other intelligence agencies.

To summarize, the world’s military and intelligence agencies have come to the conclusion that Western civilian governments have been hijacked by a satanic cult and need to be removed.

The process is being started off with the removal of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Mossad sources say.“This particular character is a very difficult one and the only way to remove someone like him is to manage them out,” the Royal Family source said. The implication is Netanyahu possesses plenty of blackmail insurance and needs to be given certain guarantees in exchange for relinquishing power. In any case, even Rothschild family-owned propaganda outlets like AP are now reporting his removal.


After the removal of the de facto most senior sitting Khazarian Mafia leader, a campaign will take place over the summer to cleanse most civilian governments, multiple sources agree. A separate MI6 source located in the Americas confirmed action on the ground saying:

“Something really big is taking place Now. Senior Members of The Cabal are going down. Gates is out of the system now. He has disappeared. Not a word was spoken about him. Now it’s Fauci’s turn. Then, guess who’s next, Matt Hancock, followed by Boris Johnson. Humanity is waking up.”

These purges will prepare the ground for a complete revamp of post-World War II institutions including the UN and the BIS, the sources say.

“There has been a coalescence among the world’s intelligence agencies because we share a common enemy,” was how the head of MI6 (the real head not the public one) described the situation. The CIA, which is a consortium run out of Switzerland, agrees, according to senior CIA sources. These agencies have come to the conclusion that if urgent action is not taken “billions of people will die by the autumn,” the MI6 and CIA sources said.

As a part of this campaign of removal, MI6 has decided to publicly name the person who ordered the murder of Princess Diana Spencer. This was Baron Robin Butler, a German DVD agent (Deutsches Verteidigungs Dients) who ran the British Civil service from 1988 to 1998, according to MI6.


Queen Elizabeth was not involved and had him removed as soon as she found out he was responsible for the murder, MI6 says. “Diana’s two sons should not be without their mother,” said Queen Elizabeth II.

Furthermore, MI6 says all Cabinet secretaries since WWII have been double agents including Simon Case. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Case

the current cabinet secretary and his predecessor Mark Sedwill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sedwill

These men are “both DVD agents and traitors to the United Kingdom,” according to MI6. These revelations have put Number 10 Downing Street “in a blind state of panic,” the sources said, noting their servers were down.

To summarize: The DVD has been on a massive killing spree ever since World War II that culminated in their seizing of power in the U.S. in the coup d’etat that followed 9.11. The execution of George Bush Sr. helped put an end to it but the battle is not over yet. As long as we see the fake Biden presidency show and pandemic pushed in the media, we have to keep fighting. We are dealing with a cult that has run large parts of humanity literally for thousands of years and they do not plan to go quietly into the night.

The rabbit hole runs very deep. Basically though,the world’s military and intelligence agencies have finally realized that a cult of Sabbatean Frankist Jews really is trying to kill most of the global population.

They realized the ongoing “pandemic” was “another 9.11 or Fukushima being carried out by these genocidal fanatical lunatics.”

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bd69fd  No.13802168

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'Ben Fulford Part 2

When asked, “how in the name of God did these people seize the world,” a senior European royal said, “The Rothschilds are particularly dangerous people, they are beyond evil.”

As an example of their Mafia-like compromise and control system, the source described an incident where “beautiful children were beheaded in front of a congregation” of elite Australians who had all been drugged. “All of their faces were recorded so there is a repository of blackmail intelligence,” the source said. This sort of event has taken place all over the world. In Japan too, this writer has noted over the years how only compromised politicians are allowed into positions of power.

Furthermore, the Khazarian Mafia plan long-term, making it very difficult for normal humans to comprehend. For example, “The Rockefellers staged a ritualistic bloodthirsty orgy at the groundbreaking before the World Trade Center buildings were built,” the Royal Family source said.

The incredible extent to which this blackmail and compromise network runs is why a truth and reconciliation process is needed for the people who were unwillingly dragged into this cult.

In any case, the Rothschilds are going to be told to back off and the BIS will be dissolved, the agency sources promise.

The Pentagon is also on the case. According to a senior official:

“Gitmo is operating 24/7 processing detainees. There are four teams working 6-hour shifts with three persons in the JAG (judge advocate generals) team. There are currently tens of thousands of prisoners in a multi-level underground prison facility near the Thule, Greenland, U.S. Space Force Base; all Transferred from Gitmo. Special operations forces and Marines are the only ones being used to make the arrests of the Cabal and their minions.”

He suggested we read between the lines of the article at the link below: https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/05/U.S.-space-force-seeks-2020-civilian-acquisition-staff-2022/174360/

Sauce: benjaminfulford.net

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244c6b  No.13804841

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China blasts Scott Morrison, Jacinda Ardern over ‘irresponsible remarks’


Beijing has lashed out at Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison for making “irresponsible remarks” after the Tasman leaders demonstrated their broad alignment on China policy at a leaders meeting in Queenstown.

In China’s first official response to the meeting, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin scolded the two prime ministers for raising concerns about Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea in their joint statement.

“We have taken note of and are deeply concerned over the relevant statement,” said Mr Wang at a briefing in Beijing on Monday evening.

“The leaders of Australia and New Zealand, with irresponsible remarks on China’s internal affairs relating to Hong Kong and Xinjiang as well as the South China Sea issue, have made groundless accusations against China, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs and seriously violated the international law and basic norms governing international relations,” he said.

“China firmly opposes this.”

The annual Australia-New Zealand prime ministers’ meeting came after months of media debate — and some muttering within the Morrison government — about how the two countries were handling their relations with the rising power.

Speaking after the meeting, the two leaders pushed back on perceptions of a split on China policy.

“At no point in our discussions today did I detect any difference in our relative positions on the importance of maintaining a very strong and principled perspective on issues around trade, on issues around human rights,” said Prime Minister Ardern.

Prime Minister Morrison added that there were “those far from here who would seek to divide us”. “And they will not succeed.”

The New Zealand-Australia joint statement — released on Monday after the highly anticipated two-day leaders meeting — also included concerns about China’s economic coercion, interference in other countries political systems and undermining of sovereignty in the Indo-Pacific.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman did not respond directly to these concerns.

But he did warn Ardern and Morrison against “targeting or damaging the interests of third parties” and “forming enclosed small cliques with ideology as the yardstick”.

Denunciations of Australian foreign and domestic policy have become routine at Beijing’s daily press briefings over the last year.

Criticism of New Zealand is much rarer, as China has presented the smaller Tasman country as a model US ally whose example Australia should follow.

Ning Tuanhui, an assistant research fellow at the Foreign Ministry-run research centre China Institute of International Studies, downplayed the significance of the joint statement.

Mr Ning suggested some in Australia had used it to “hype the anti-China atmosphere and rope in New Zealand” to join “an anti-China chariot”.

“In the 51-point joint statement, only several items are related to China,” he argued in a piece in published by the nationalist tabloid Global Times.

“Australia-New Zealand bilateral relations and co-operation are the main content of this statement, and China-related issues are obviously not a major part of it — as some Australian media have sensationalised for obvious political purposes.”


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244c6b  No.13804843

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 31, 2021

Bloomberg: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern "expressed grave concerns about the human rights situation" in China's Xinjiang and said that the United Nations and others should be allowed to make "meaningful" visits. Does the foreign ministry have any comment?

Wang Wenbin: We have taken note of and are deeply concerned over the relevant statement. The leaders of Australia and New Zealand, with irresponsible remarks on China's internal affairs relating to Hong Kong and Xinjiang as well as the South China Sea issue, have made groundless accusations against China, grossly interfered in China's internal affairs and seriously violated the international law and basic norms governing international relations. China firmly opposes this.

I would like to reiterate that Hong Kong is China's Special Administrative Region and its affairs are purely China's internal affairs. China will not waver in its determination and confidence to uphold the principle of One Country, Two Systems and safeguard the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. Nor will China waver in its resolve and will to reject any external interference in China's internal affairs. Xinjiang-related issues are about counter-violence, anti-separatism and de-radicalization, rather than human rights, ethnicity or religion. Xinjiang has not seen a single violent terrorist case in the past four years. Remarkable achievements have been made in economic and social development and improvement of people's livelihood. The rights and interests of people of all ethnic groups, including the Uyghurs, have been fully protected. These are the facts that are recognized by all those without bias. At present, the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable. China firmly upholds its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. At the same time, China is willing to properly handle maritime differences with relevant countries through consultation and negotiation to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the region. There is never any problem with the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. We firmly oppose any groundless accusations against China under the pretext of the South China Sea issue.

China maintains that the development of bilateral relations between countries in the region should help enhance mutual understanding and trust among countries in the region, and be conducive to peace and stability in the Asia Pacific, instead of targeting or damaging the interests of third parties, and much less forming enclosed small clique with ideology as the yardstick. It's not justifiable for relevant countries to say and do wrong things on issues bearing on the sovereignty and security of a third country, or interfere in its internal affairs under the guise of human rights. We once again urge relevant parties to stop making irresponsible remarks and act in ways that are conducive to bilateral relations and regional peace and stability, rather than the opposite.


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244c6b  No.13804852

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Wellington continues its pragmatic policy despite Canberra pressure

Ning Tuanhui - May 31, 2021

Different from the other four Five Eyes countries, New Zealand has been declining to join an anti-China chariot, and this has obviously disappointed some Australian elites. A split between Australia and New Zealand is not something that China wishes to see. Yet some Australian people clearly want to pressure New Zealand to jointly oppose China. For example, after the release of a joint statement on Monday between the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia, there are voices that try to hype the anti-China atmosphere and rope in New Zealand.

But in the 51-point joint statement, only several items are related to China: The two prime ministers expressed "serious concern" over developments in the South China Sea, and "deep concern" over "the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong" as well as the so-called human rights issues in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The statement also expressed concern over harmful economic coercion, without referring to any specific country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday, in response to the joint statement, that China firmly opposes gross interference in China's internal affairs. Nonetheless, the joint statement between Canberra and Wellington did not really exceed the previous position of New Zealand regarding China-related issues. The statement was more intended to show the two sides' general unity. And by including these China-related issues in the statement, New Zealand was showing some respect and support for Australia's feelings, instead of blindly joining an anti-China chariot.

There are a lot differences between Australia and New Zealand in terms of their attitude toward China. Since 2017, Australia has severely provoked China in many ways. These include hyping up the so-called Chinese political infiltration into Australia, banning Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, and attacking China over issues regarding the COVID-19 epidemic origin, the South China Sea and the Belt and Road Initiative. Canberra's behavior has caused severe deterioration of bilateral relations.

New Zealand holds a more practical approach in terms of relations with China. China-New Zealand relations are rather stable with the joint efforts of both countries. New Zealand has also in the past made statements on the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, something that is difficult to avoid as a member of the Five Eyes alliance.

Australia has been irrational in its handling of relations with China, including using "microphone diplomacy" to provoke China for no reason. New Zealand is much more rational. In many cases, Wellington has been able to communicate with Beijing through diplomatic channels. Judging from the history of China-New Zealand ties, Wellington has adhered to pragmatism in developing its relations with China. Even when the US and Australia's China policies have taken a sharp turn for worse, New Zealand did not blindly follow suit to suppress China.

For this reason, in recent years, Australia has been exerting pressure on New Zealand. Some Australian media outlets have even accused New Zealand of selling its "soul" to China for economic interests. New Zealand and Australia have close cooperation in diplomacy and military matters. As a result, Australia has a great influence on New Zealand.

China-related issues are not the only reason why Morrison paid a visit to New Zealand this time. The meeting is an annual meeting of the two prime ministers, and is part of institutionalized exchanges between the two sides. In the two countries' joint statement, they reached a broad consensus on the COVID-19 response and recovery, trans-Tasman cooperation, people-to-people ties, climate change and the environment, global trade, Indo-Pacific and global security, etc - a long list of achievements after their meeting. Australia-New Zealand bilateral relations and cooperation are the main content of this statement, and China-related issues are obviously not a major part of it - as some Australian media have sensationalized for obvious political purposes.

The author is an assistant research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn


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244c6b  No.13804899

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‘No concrete proof’ of espionage: Malaysia on verge of Huawei 5G deal

Chris Barrett - June 1, 2021

Singapore: Banned by the United States and Australia and shut out by other Western nations, Huawei is ramping up its 5G push into south-east Asia with Malaysia shaping as next in line to welcome the Chinese giant.

A lightning rod in the geopolitical rivalry and technological arms race between the US and China, the controversial telecom equipment supplier has been widely ostracised since the Australian government in 2018 blacklisted it from its 5G network and former US president Donald Trump pressured Britain and European nations to exclude it from their rollouts on national security grounds.

Its sidelining in the West, as well as by India and Japan, has made south-east Asia an even more important market for the company. While it has been edged out in Singapore and shunned by Vietnam, it did strike a deal with Indonesia last December and is now the front-runner to build Malaysia’s nationwide 5G network.

Kian Ming Ong, who was deputy minister of international trade and industry in the Malaysian government until the Pakatan Harapan coalition collapsed last year, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that fears about Huawei’s technology being susceptible to Chinese state espionage were not shared by Malaysia.

The likelihood, he said, was that Huawei would be selected by a specially formed 5G government agency as the majority provider for Malaysia’s so-called single wholesale network. Fellow Chinese company ZTE and Scandinavian heavyweights Ericsson and Nokia are among seven other potential vendors who have been asked to bid for the deal.

“The thinking in Malaysia is different from Australia,” Kian Ming Ong said. “Firstly, we have not been exposed to any concrete proof that there is spying equipment or capabilities for Huawei in their existing products.

“Secondly, even if there is this kind of possibility of this kind of thing being put into the network, we’ve not experienced the kind of industrial espionage in Malaysia that perhaps has been the case for many Western countries.”

The forecast on Huawei’s 5G rollout in Malaysia came as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern met in Wellington on Monday to discuss, among other matters, regional security and Australia’s trade dispute with China.

Tom Uren, a senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s international cyber policy centre, said Australian government officials would be watching Malaysia’s moves with interest. Australia and Malaysia have deep bilateral ties including in defence and this month announced a new partnership on digital co-operation.

“I think the concerns about Huawei are broadly shared in many places and the question for governments is ‘how do you manage that risk?’,” he said.

“Then there is also the issue of how you manage that politically.”

China has been Malaysia’s largest foreign investor for the past four years and the south-east Asian nation has been an active player in the superpower’s Belt and Road Initiative. It is building a 640-kilometre East Coast Rail Link to connect Port Klang on the Strait of Malacca, in the west, to north-eastern Malaysia near the border with Thailand.

Huawei has consistently denied spying allegations or that its 5G technology could be used to shut down a country’s basic infrastructure.

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad said in 2019 his country would continue to use Huawei products “as much as possible” and analysts say the government’s position has not changed.

In February it was announced that CyberSecurity Malaysia, agency within in Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, was strengthening relations with Huawei and the company’s end-to-end capability, its cheaper pricing and its long-term presence and investment in Malaysia put it in the box seat when it comes to 5G.

Kian Ming Ong, who visited Huawei’s facilities in China as deputy minister in Mahathir’s government, argues Australia’s hard-line stance on the multinational company was a mistake.

“By making these kinds of actions Australia ends up hurting itself in the long run. By trying to play this divide-and-conquer game together with the US, I think Australia is being a little shortsighted,” he said.

“In the context of ASEAN, there are going to be more countries adopting Huawei’s technology and equipment in the 5G rollout than not.”

Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah has laid out an ambitious plan to have a 5G network up and running by the end of 2021 with government backing of 15 billion Malaysian ringgits ($4.7 billion) over 10 years.

Malaysia’s Communications Ministry and Huawei were approached for comment.


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244c6b  No.13804930

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Child sex victim fails to reopen damages claim against elite school

Calls are being made to urgently fix ‘flawed’ legislation, after a man who was abused by notorious paedophile Kevin Lynch lost his last-ditch bid to reopen a damages claim against Brisbane Grammar School.

Kylie Lang - June 1, 2021

The State Government is being pressured to urgently fix “flawed” legislation that makes it almost impossible for victims of historical child sex abuse to receive fair compensation.

It comes after a survivor of horrific abuse by paedophile counsellor Kevin Lynch lost his last-ditch bid to reopen a damages claim against Brisbane Grammar School.

The man’s lawyers said ill-defined terms in amendments to legislation made in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse meant respondents could be favoured over victims.

The man, known as TRG, was abused at least six times as a 12 and 13-year-old student at Brisbane’s most prestigious boys’ school in the 1980s.

On May 20, the High Court of Australia rejected TRG’s appeal of a Supreme Court ruling that prevented him fighting for a higher payout than his earlier 2002 settlement of $47,000.

TRG was the first Lynch victim to test the 2016 amendment to the Limitation of Actions Act (Qld), which states a court can set aside previous settlements to permit new claims if it decides it is “just and reasonable to do so”.

TRG’s lawyers, who said their client was “recovering from the High Court findings”, said the Government’s failure to define “just and reasonable” left the words open to broad interpretation that could disadvantage victims.

Peter Wilkinson, McNamara Law managing director, called on Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman to clarify the phrase.

“We believe Parliament’s intention was to benefit victims but without defining that phrase we can’t see how a case will ever get around it,” Mr Wilkinson said.

Joshua Brown, senior associate at McNamara Law, said TRG’s case was submitted to the High Court as “a clear injustice”.

“But all a respondent needs to say is this all happened 30 years ago and it creates a prejudiced defence,” Mr Brown said.

He said the High Court finding “demonstrates the underlying flaw and failure in the Queensland legislation”.

The Brisbane Grammar board of trustees submitted to the High Court that the school would suffer prejudice – that would not be “just and reasonable” – if TRG’s settlement agreement was set aside.

This was based on issues relating to the credibility of former headmaster Max Howell, who swore an affidavit in 2002 denying he knew of Lynch’s abuse.

Dr Howell, who died in 2011, was unavailable to test evidence referred to in the Royal Commission in which witnesses said he had explicitly been told of the abuse as early as 1980.

Brisbane Grammar School is also facing a $30 million lawsuit from David Welsh, who was abused by Kevin Lynch as a 15-year-old boy in 1985.

Commenting on the TRG case, headmaster Anthony Micallef said: “We acknowledge the decision of the High Court in this matter”.

“Since 2000, the school has openly acknowledged the abuse that occurred and the harm caused as a result,” Mr Micallef said.

“The school has worked to support those coming forward since that time, providing compensation, ongoing counselling, a direct personal response and other support.

“The school is committed to continuing to resolve matters with those who have experienced abuse, either directly or through the National Redress Scheme.”

A spokesperson for acting Attorney-General Mark Ryan said the 2016 amendments were introduced by the LNP.

“This Government will always put victims first, that’s why the Attorney-General has requested departmental advice about this matter.”


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244c6b  No.13805067

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NT News praised for Covid-19 vaccine front page

An Australian newspaper known for its witty front pages has pulled no punches with this simple message to unsure Aussies.

Natalie Brown - JUNE 1, 2021

The NT News has been praised for “doing the job for the Fed Gov” with its front page today, which calls on Territorians to “just get the damn jab”.

As Victoria battles its latest Covid-19 outbreak, a harsh spotlight has been thrown on Australia’s lagging vaccine rollout, and who’s to blame for the hesitancy that a huge portion of people are feeling about getting vaccinated – with a third of the population saying they don’t intend to.

“Firstly, I think we have been complacent,” Defence Minister Peter Dutton told the Today show last Friday, when challenged over the fact that only a million Australians have received the jab.

“If you’re living in London or New York at the moment and you’ve seen your 70-year-old next-door neighbour contract Covid and become very sick or die, if you’ve seen the devastation of thousands of people a week dying, then you’ve rushed out to get the vaccination, as a 60-or 70-year-old.

“Here in Australia, I think there is a level of complacency because people have said to themselves, ‘Well you know, it’s not here, we’re not at risk, we’re not going to get it, we’ll wait.’”

Mr Dutton said the outbreak in Victoria “is really a wake-up call to the general community that we need to get the complacency out of the way, have the vaccination, the risk is very low, the capacity for the health system to deal with any adverse reaction is quite remarkable”.

On its front page today, the NT News* echoed a similar sentiment, declaring: “The Covid-19 vaccines are safe. The health professionals say so. It’s time to end the scare campaigns. The outbreak happening down south is a reminder how quickly this virus can spread. Your family, friends, the Northern Territory and the rest of Australia needs you. So, if you’re eligible it’s time to … just get the damn jab.”

Under an image of the front page shared by ABC journalist Michael Rowland on Twitter, there was the typical anti-vax rhetoric – but also a significant level of praise for the publication’s blunt and efficient message.

“I think every paper in the country should run a version of the NT News on their front page,” one user wrote.

“NT News has really nailed the front page! Go get jabbed if you’re eligible!” wrote Labor MP Peter Khalil.

Others quipped that they’re “doing the job for the Fed Gov”, writing that “this is what we need, not [Greg] Hunt saying we can wait till the end of the year & maybe pick our vaccine of choice”.

“Underlying this is the big question. Why is there no federal campaign? Why the total silence from them?” another social media user said.

Others said they would get the vaccine if it were actually available – which has been another argument levelled at the Federal Government almost since Australia’s rollout began.

“Maybe it should read … Government fails to procure enough vaccines to immunise Australians. AstraZeneca isn’t suitable or recommend (sic) for everyone either, not enough Pfizer is the big issue,” one user wrote.

Labor MP Ed Husic said on last week’s Q+A that “there’s no sense of urgency” from the federal government to get Australians vaccinated”.

“We don’t have a mass information campaign urging people to go out and get the vaccination. Because our belief is that with the borders being closed, ‘She’ll be right’,” he said.

“That’s not a good public health strategy. We need to have a firm commitment out of the government to encourage people to get the vaccine.

“We need to get quarantine sorted out. We need to get the vaccine production and manufacturing here done. We need to get our act together.”

*NT News is owned by News Corp, the publisher of news.com.au



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244c6b  No.13805129

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Ben Roberts-Smith’s old comrade ordered to hand documents to media

Adam Cooper - June 1, 2021

A soldier who is to appear as a witness for Ben Roberts-Smith in a looming defamation trial must hand over documents related to his own involvement in a military inquiry that investigated alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, which are being sued by Mr Roberts-Smith, were granted access to documents about an SAS soldier’s involvement in the inquiry by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, which probed the conduct of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

Mr Roberts-Smith, a highly decorated former SAS soldier, is suing the media outlets over reports he allegedly committed murder during deployments to Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012 and that he allegedly punched the woman with whom he was having an affair in Canberra in 2018.

He denies the allegations and says the reports are defamatory because they portray him as a criminal.

The media will defend the claim using a truth defence at a defamation trial in the Federal Court starting on Monday and set to run up to eight weeks.

Among the allegations against Mr Roberts-Smith, the news outlets have reported he shot and killed an unarmed and detained Afghan man on Easter Sunday in 2009. The outlets allege his conduct that day constituted murder.

One of Mr Roberts-Smith’s then-colleagues, a soldier known as Person 35, is to give evidence in the defamation trial about what he saw and knew about that day.

In the countdown to the trial, Justice Wendy Abraham ruled on Tuesday that Person 35 must hand over documents related to his involvement in the inspector-general’s inquiry. The documents could include papers advising Person 35 that an adverse finding was found against him by Major-General Paul Brereton, who conducted the inquiry.

Person 35 opposed releasing his files to lawyers for the news outlets and argued they were not in the public interest.

Justice Abraham did not provide reasons for her orders.

The news outlets allege that after Mr Roberts-Smith shot and killed the Afghan man, Australian soldiers took the dead man’s prosthetic leg as a souvenir and then used the artificial limb as a drinking vessel. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have published photographs of Mr Roberts-Smith alongside Australian and US soldiers drinking from the prosthetic leg at a party at a coalition military base in southern Afghanistan in 2012.

The case will return to court on Wednesday for a directions hearing. The trial starts in Sydney on Monday, with Mr Roberts-Smith to be the first witness to give evidence.

If you are a current or former ADF member, or a relative, and need counselling or support, contact the Defence All-Hours Support Line on 1800 628 036 or Open Arms on 1800 011 046.




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244c6b  No.13805144

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Chinese diplomat Wang Xining says he has no information on the secretive trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun

Stephen Dziedzic - 1 June 2021

A senior Chinese diplomat in Canberra has admitted he has almost no information about the secretive trial of Australian writer Yang Hengjun.

Dr Yang is being tried for espionage in a closed court in Beijing.

But the former Chinese state security employee says he still has not been told which country he allegedly spied for, and has accused the Chinese government of persecuting him for championing democracy.

The Federal Government has also become increasingly frustrated after being blocked from Dr Yang's trial, with Australia's Ambassador to China Graham Fletcher labelling it a case of "arbitrary detention".

The ABC's Stan Grant raised Dr Yang's case with China's Deputy Head of Mission in Canberra, Wang Xining, during a wide-ranging interview which will air on the ABC later this evening on the first episode of "China Tonight."

Security agencies rarely share information widely within the Chinese system, and Mr Wang conceded the embassy had little information about what was going on.

"As a Chinese diplomat, I speak with what I'm offered from my headquarters. The embassy was not offered much detail because this is a case that concerns national secrets and national security," Mr Wang said.

The Deputy Head of Mission also said China's government would provide more details about the case when Dr Yang's trial was concluded.

"My government will offer a statement at the end of the judicial procedure. I don't think it's right for a diplomat to speak on no grounds and try to prophesise what the outcome will be," he said.

"It's a very strict, very systematic legal procedure."

Mr Wang also argued it was hypocritical for the Morrison government to demand more transparency from China when there was so much secrecy surrounding foreign interference cases in Australia.

"In the cases that pertain to national security in Australia I don't think it's transparent – even less transparent than the case you mentioned," he said.

Last month, the ABC revealed that security agencies are reassessing whether a Liberal party donor with ties to federal government MPs was engaging in foreign interference on behalf of the Chinese government.

Wang Xining also alluded to the contentious case of Wang Liqiang, who sought political protection in Australia after claiming to have worked as a Chinese intelligence operative.

"There are so many allegations of Chinese spies … which have no clear story at all. Even the case of Wang Liqiang became a fiasco," he said.

'Potential' to repair China-Australia relationship

The Deputy of Head of Mission fielded questions about the joint statement issued yesterday by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his New Zealand counterpart, which included criticisms of China's crackdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

China's foreign ministry spokesman issued a stern rebuke on Monday evening, saying the accusations were "groundless" and saying Australia and New Zealand "should not target the interests of third parties, let alone be delineated by ideology."

But Wang Xining took a slightly less confrontational tack.

He said while China did not agree with the sections of the joint statement which "interfered" with China's sovereignty, the embassy was still intent on trying to improve the Australia-China relationship.

"We do value the relationship between China and the two countries, Australia and New Zealand. There is a vast potential for the countries to work together to overcome the difficulties posed by COVID-19 and the economic downturn," he said.

He again suggested that the federal government's China policy was being dictated by individual politicians — as well as security and defence agencies — deeply hostile to Beijing.

Mr Wang said Australia should "anchor" its China policy "on the basis of long-term interests, not sectoral interests or departmental ambitions, or the personal political ambitions of certain players."

There has been increasing anxiety in Canberra about the prospect of conflict in the Taiwan Strait, with Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo recently warning that free nations were "again hearing the beating drums" of war.

Wang Xining said China would "love to see peaceful reunification" but warned that the central government "cannot rule out other options to make our country reunified again."


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244c6b  No.13805301

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Department of Defence Tweet

Australia's largest warfighting exercise, #TalismanSabre, is back!

International forces will arrive gradually, ahead of the exercise commencing on 14 July 2021.

More info on #TS21 - http://bit. ly/TS21-Info-




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244c6b  No.13805305

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TalismanSabre Tweets

We are back!

International forces participating in #TalismanSabre will arrive into Australia throughout June and July for mandatory quarantine, ahead of the exercise!

#YourADF #TS21


#TalismanSabre is critical in maintaining #YourADF’s preparedness and combat readiness however due to #COVID19, #TS21 will look a bit different from previous years.

More information - http://bit. ly/TS21-ADF



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244c6b  No.13805309

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Australian Government - Department of Defence

International forces to arrive ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre

1 June 2021

International forces participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre, Australia’s largest bilateral training activity with the United States, will arrive into Australia throughout June and July.

Participating foreign military personnel from the United States, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will undertake 14-days mandatory quarantine in approved Defence managed facilities. France, India and Indonesia will participate as observer nations.

Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, said the scale of this year’s exercise will be reduced due to COVID-19, with around 17,000 personnel expected to participate.

“Around 1,800 foreign military personnel will arrive in Australia for this year’s exercise. We will also have part of the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin participating, as well as naval and air assets exercising exclusively off-shore,” Lieutenant General Bilton said.

“The ADF, together with our United States and visiting partner nations, are committed to delivering a safe exercise, not just for the personnel involved, but the community as well.

“The exercise is fundamental to our alliance with the United States and critical to maintaining ADF combat readiness.”

The exercise will take place at a range of Defence bases and non-Defence training areas, predominantly across central and northeast Queensland, but also off the east coast of Australia.

“Talisman Sabre would not be possible without the cooperation and ongoing support of the local community, councils, state authorities – including Chief Health Officers – and traditional owners,” Lieutenant General Bilton said.

“Defence will keep the public well-informed of planned activities and movements, implement COVIDSafe plans agreed to with the states and territories to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.”

With agreement from relevant state and territory authorities, the majority of international forces will quarantine in either Bladin Village in the Northern Territory or ADF managed hotels in Queensland. A small number will also quarantine in ADF managed hotels in New South Wales.

International forces will arrive gradually, in tranches of up to several hundred, from early June to mid-July. All international forces entering Australia will comply with mandatory quarantine and travel requirements. These include:

• Presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure to Australia;

• Mandatory 14-day quarantine in facilities approved by the relevant state or territory Chief Health Officer;

• COVID-19 testing on arrival and before exiting their mandatory 14-day quarantine period; and

• Daily health checks that include screening for COVID-19 symptoms.

No military member entering Australia will take the place of an Australian returning from overseas.

For more information on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 visit: https://www1.defence.gov.au/exercises/talisman-sabre-21

Media note

The exercise will commence on 14 July 2021 with an opening ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley, with major events planned in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and the Townsville region. The exercise will conclude on 31 July 2021.

Media interested in opportunities throughout Exercise Talisman Sabre are encouraged to register their interest and availability with Defence Media.

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Exercise Talisman Sabre 21

TS21 is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and United States (US) military

Welcome to Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21). Here you will learn about TS21, the importance of the exercise for preparing our military, and how we involve the community and protect the environment.

TS21 is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and United States (US) military. It is designed to test our respective forces in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces.

Occurring every two years, Talisman Sabre reflects the closeness of our alliance and strength of our enduring military relationship.

TS21 is the ninth iteration of the exercise and consists of a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, ground force manoeuvre, urban operations, air combat and maritime operations.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Defence is adjusting how it does business while still maintaining operational readiness. TS21 is critical to Defence maintaining that readiness.

Defence will work with relevant authorities to understand and develop safe COVID practices while still allowing the exercise to achieve its objectives. Any community engagement that occurs will follow relevant government requirements at the time.

Where will TS21 take place?

TS21 exercise activities are planned to occur in Queensland including in the Charters Towers region and ADF Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA); coastal locations including Bundaberg, Stanage Bay peninsular, ADF Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), Mackay, Bowen, Proserpine, Ingham region, Lucinda, Forest Beach, ADF Cowley Beach Training Area (CBTA) and RAAF Scherger, as well as Evans Head in NSW.

Townsville will see increased military presence over this time, mainly at Lavarack Barracks and RAAF Townsville, and on the roads between there and Charters Towers.

When is it being held?

TS21 will run from late June to mid-August 2021, this time frame includes the initial surge of equipment and people and their subsequent departure after the exercise. Exercise activities will peak during 18-31 July 2021.

Lead up training will occur in Stanage Bay, SWBTA and the Townsville region prior to TS21. While that training is separate to TS21, please contact us if you have any questions and we will direct your question to the appropriate team to respond.

How are communities being involved?

The ADF has a long history of training and living in Queensland. For many it’s our home and where our families live.

Community engagement is already underway with GBRMPA, graziers, local government, communities and businesses, indigenous representatives and industry groups such as AgForce.

We really appreciate the very strong support shown for TS21.

It is important that as many interested parties as possible hear about the exercise and are encouraged to provide input. The TS21 website will be the central point of information. You can also contact us by sending a query via the Contact Us page. Media should call Defence Media on (02) 6127 1999 (24 hrs), Email: media@defence.gov.au

Environmental management

Defence takes all necessary steps to safeguard the environment during TS21. The ADF protects endangered species and marine mammals through a comprehensive framework of risk mitigation procedures developed after careful analysis of all Defence activities, ensuring it complies with relevant Queensland and Commonwealth legislation. Further information is on our Environmental Planning webpage.



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How it ends for the anti-vaxxers

JACK THE INSIDER (Peter Hoysted) - JUNE 2, 2021


On 10 March this year, the Kenyan newspaper, The Nation, reported “an African leader”was in a Nairobi hospital being treated for Covid-19 infection. Speculation arose that the leader in question was John Magufuli, the President of Tanzania who had last been seen in public on 27 February.

A week later, it was officially announced that Magufuli had died of heart failure. The Tanzanian Vice President, Samia Suluhu, made the announcement, saying Magufuli had suffered from heart problems for a decade. Those problems were later described as “chronic atrial fibrillation”, a condition known to cause an irregular and often accelerated heart rate. In an overwhelming number of cases, it is easily treated by a pharmacological response.

In May 2020, Magufuli had declared Tanzania free of Covid-19 after two weeks of national prayer. In an odd way he was right because the Tanzanian government had stopped publishing its Covid-19 infections and deaths despite lectures from the US State Department and the World Health Organisation. No Covid-19 data, no Covid-19.

Magufuli instructed the Tanzanian Army to conduct Covid-19 tests on goats, sheep, even pieces of fruit and claimed they had been found to be positive for Covid-19.

He sacked the head of the country’s national laboratory. It became a crime to distribute any information about Covid-19 that was not approved by his government. Magufuli denounced those who chose to wear masks.

And now Magufuli is dead. We’ll never know the exact cause of death but Magufuli was the world’s most politically prominent avowed anti-vaxxer, a national leader spruiking his own version of anti-vax misinformation.

In a speech three months before his death, Magufuli said, “Vaccinations are dangerous. If white people were able to come up with vaccinations, a vaccination for AIDS would have been found.” Instead, he urged traditional remedies including herbal treatments, witchcraft and soothsaying for an infectious disease he and his government maintained did not exist within Tanzanian borders.

The late Tanzanian President is decaying proof that sometimes life comes at you fast and can go away just as quickly.

It’s important to make the distinction between anti-vaxxers and the vaccine hesitant. The vaccine hesitant are those unsure, uncertain, perhaps sceptical of accelerated clinical trials. It’s OK to be hesitant. It’s OK to source as much information as one can but if you find yourself prowling the darker corners of the web where it is claimed the federal government along with governments around the world, are in the megadeath business-by-vaccine in order to turn the mountains of corpses into a form of bio-slurry to be used as crop fertiliser, you probably should take it down a notch.

An anti-vaxxer, however, is a person who spreads misinformation that seeks to deter people from receiving the vaccination. It has ceased to be about their own personal choices. They insist on telling others what they should do by force of propaganda and sometimes, by shouting at them.


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