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847820  No.18046055 [Last 50 Posts]

Welcome To Q Research AUSTRALIA

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

Previous thread

>>17453586 Q Research AUSTRALIA #26

Q's Posts made on Q Research AUSTRALIA threads

Wednesday 11.20.2019

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

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

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

Tuesday 11.19.2019

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

Saturday 11.16.2019

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

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

Friday 11.15.2019

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

Thursday 03.28.2019

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

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

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

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

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

Q's Posts referencing Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q's Posts referencing Australian citizens

Malcolm Turnbull (X/AUS)

Former Prime Minister of Australia, 2015 to 2018

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

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

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

Alexander Downer

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

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

Cardinal George Pell

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

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

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

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

Julian Assange

Australian activist, founder, editor and publisher of WikiLeaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virginia Roberts Giuffre

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

https://qanon.pub/#4568

https://qanon.pub/#4728

https://qanon.pub/#1054

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

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

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

https://qanon.pub/#1001

https://qanon.pub/#1861

https://qanon.pub/#3147

https://qanon.pub/#4578

https://qanon.pub/#3432

https://qanon.pub/#3497

https://qanon.pub/#4727

https://qanon.pub/#4797

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

https://qanon.pub/#4576

https://qanon.pub/#4577

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

https://qanon.pub/#4569

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

https://qanon.pub/#4570

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

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

https://qanon.pub/#4579

https://qanon.pub/#4907

https://qanon.pub/#4911

https://qanon.pub/#4921

https://qanon.pub/?q=Welcome%20aboard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q

Nov 25 2018

https://qanon.pub/#2501

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847820  No.18046059

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#26 - Part 1

Australian Politics and Society - Part 1

>>17453756 More firepower on Australian Defence Force shopping list - Australia is looking to push ahead with the expansion of its F-35 stealth fighter fleet and is considering buying US B-21 bombers to give the nation a new long-range strike capability

>>17458422 Australia's defence minister Richard Marles aims to deepen defence ties with France, Germany and Britain during visits to the European partners, saying war in Ukraine has increased the importance of cooperation with likeminded nations

>>17458426 Lieutenant General Stephen Sklenka, Deputy Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), and Brigadier General Joseph Clearfield, Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) visited the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) and the Australian 1st Brigade on August 25 to reinforce the strength and importance of the U.S.-Australian alliance

>>17458432 Exercise Predators Run 2022: Finding common ground - 102 Battery, 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery participating in 1st Brigade’s annual warfighter exercise, Predators Run, along with gunners from the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF) 3rd Artillery Division, soldiers from the Philippine Army and the US Marine Corps (Marine Rotational Force – Darwin)

>>17461804 Millionaire agribusiness leader Tom Strachan among three dead in horror Queensland light plane crash

>>17463297 United States Strategic Command Tweet: #ICYMI: This year over 100 aircraft from and 2500 personnel from (Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and the U.K.) will take part in the @AusAirForce hosted multilateral exercise #PitchBlack22.

>>17463297 Royal Australian Air Force Tweet: Video: All the flying nations have now arrived & an extra warm welcome goes to our Pitch Black 1st-timers from Germany, Japan & the Republic of Korea. Can't wait to fly with old friends & new on #PitchBlack22!

>>17463412 Video: MRF-D 22 and 1st MAW Participates in the Pitch Black Open Day - Marines with MRF-D 22 and 1st MAW participated in the Pitch Black 22 public static display that showcased aircraft to the local Darwin community and allowed the public to engage with the rotational force.

>>17463696 Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass set to be asked to formally consider reopening an investigation into the Andrews government’s infamous red shirts elections rort - A police whistleblower involved in the initial investigation has made a formal statement claiming police command purposely thwarted the probe

>>17463842 Inquiry into far-right extremism in Victoria makes 12 recommendations to counter spread - The findings of a six-month inquiry into the re-emergence of far-right extremism in Victoria have been released, highlighting issues such as decreasing public trust in mainstream media and government and young people engaging with extremism

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847820  No.18046060

#26 - Part 2

Australian Politics and Society - Part 2

>>17463856 Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin opens gates for a closer look at Pitch Black military hardware - A display of military hardware from the multinational force taking part in the biennial Pitch Black exercise in northern Australia drew scores of locals and troops for a closer look

>>17463891 Video: Exercise Pitch Black 2022 | Mindil Beach flypast - A great display of what Pitch Black is all about - multinational partner forces working together to strengthen our relationships, interoperability and understanding. Thank you so much to all the international exercise participants who helped make the flypast such a success - Royal Australian Air Force

>>17463892 Exercise Pitch Black 2022 | RAAF Base Darwin open day - The local community turned up in their thousands to the #PitchBlack22 open day at RAAF Base Darwin to see the participating forces on display - Royal Australian Air Force

>>17469881 Defence Minister Richard Marles has refused to say if the federal government will appoint a High Commissioner to the UK by the end of the year, even though the countries are in critical negotiations over the acquisition of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS agreement

>>17469889 Australians to train on UK nuclear submarines under landmark pact - Australian naval officers will be allowed to train inside Britain’s nuclear-powered submarines for the first time to ensure they are prepared for the eventual arrival of the highly prized technology under the AUKUS pact

>>17475424 Malcolm Turnbull almost sacked Alexander Downer for sparking FBI inquiry - Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was so incensed that Alexander Downer, Australia’s top diplomat in London, had “blundered” into the US embassy, “blurting out political gossip of the most intense political sensitivity”, and sparking the FBI inquiry into Russian meddling in the US ­election, that he considered sacking him - Revealed in a new book by investigative journalist Richard Kerbaj, The Secret History of The Five Eyes

>>17475475 AUKUS allies sign off on nuclear subs training for Australians - In a deepening of Australian-British military ties under the AUKUS arrangement, Royal Australian Navy submariners will begin training on the nuclear propelled British submarine, the Astute class HMS Anson, having been cleared to access some of Britain’s top secret nuclear military secrets

>>17475487 Video: Rear Admiral Scott Pappano warns helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines could be too big a burden for America's already overstretched shipyards

>>17481803 UK tried to use our ban on Huawei as leverage - Britain tried to use Australia’s unilateral decision to exclude Huawei from its next generation 5G network as a prime reason for why it should be able to make up its own mind about security risks and use the Chinese company - Revealed in a new book by investigative journalist Richard Kerbaj, The Secret History of The Five Eyes

>>17481833 Nuclear-powered submarines are set to be built in Australia as the AUKUS alliance demands we pull our weight in military manufacturing

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847820  No.18046062

#26 - Part 3

Australian Politics and Society - Part 3

>>17481876 Australia training preps F-35 pilots for long-range battles that could end in dogfight - During Pitch Black drills in Australia’s Northern Territory, U.S. and Australian pilots are honing the skills they need to carry out long-range missile strikes

>>17481941 Video: Darwin nightclub bouncer Hayden Summers found guilty of causing serious harm to US marine

>>17487810 MRF-D 22 Ground Combat Element Integrates into 1st Brigade to Enhance Combined Littoral Lethality

>>17487954 Chris Bowen Tweet: The Biden Administration and Albanese Government are working closely together on climate policy. Always great to compare notes with the President’s Special Envoy on Climate, @JohnKerry @ClimateEnvoy

>>17487954 Q Post #4196 - THE SHADOW PRESIDENCY. THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT. Why did [Hussein] shadow POTUS re: [F] trips? Why did [Kerry] shadow POTUS re: Iran? Why did [Kerry] shadow POTUS re: [CLAS 1-99]?…..INSURGENCY. IRREGULAR WARFARE. THE GREATEST POLITICAL SCANDAL IN HISTORY. What are they trying to prevent? Who are they trying to protect? Q

>>17499234 Ukraine’s pitch to Australia: Use our army as your guinea pig - Ukraine has launched a bold bid for its army to be used as a “guinea pig” for cutting-edge Australian military technology as it seeks to gain a crucial battlefield advantage over Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces.

>>17499314 Speaker rules against referring Scott Morrison to privileges committee over claims he misled parliament on his secret self-appointment to jointly administer several portfolios

>>17499342 Real-life Squid Game horror spills over into Australia - The wealthy family of the sadistic overlord behind South Korea’s real-life Squid Game – now living in Australia – is expected to face legal action from survivors after an official inquiry revealed that 657 inmates were killed in the "Brothers Home" house of horrors

>>17504306 East Timorese leader flies to Australia for critical talks - East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta is scheduled to arrive in Australia for a state visit as negotiations over lucrative gas resources reach a critical stage for his impoverished nation

>>17504317 Tributes flow for Queensland medic Jed Danahay killed in Ukraine, hailed a hero by ambassador to Australia

>>17504368 US Coast Guard: Cairns visit a success with Australia’s important allies - Officers have given a rare behind-the-scenes look onboard the first US Coast Guard vessel of its kind to dock at Cairns. Why it’s here and the intriguing thing crew love most about the city

>>17508757 Operation Ironside: Alleged drug kingpin Mostafa Baluch joins legal challenge which could result in evidence gathered during ANOM police operation being ruled inadmissible

>>17508776 Mostafa Baluch joins AN0M challenge as lawyers consider fighting search warrants - More than 50 alleged AN0M criminals are pushing toward a landmark legal challenge they hope could derail the police case against them

>>17513286 Mark Latham accuses NSW Labor MP Anna Watson of getting drunk at parliament bar and trying to drive home

>>17515448 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? Why was she running? Who did she entrust to help her flee? What was the cover? Why is this relevant? Why now?

>>17517472 Video: Public holiday announced for September 22 to honour Queen - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced there will be a one-off public holiday to honour the Queen’s death on Thursday September 22 - Sky News Australia

>>17519348 Video: Americans mark 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001 terror attacks - For the 21st time, Americans have marked the anniversary of their country's deadliest terror attacks - September 11, 2001 - 7NEWS Australia

>>17526513 MRF-D Trains in Every Clime and Place - Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) 22 participated in Australian led courses that will enhance their ability to conduct operations in every clime and place

>>17526520 King Charles proclaimed monarch of Australia, New Zealand - King Charles was officially proclaimed head of state of both Australia and New Zealand at ceremonies on Sunday, September 11 2022 in the nations' capitals

>>17526532 U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet: Our Embassy fence is lined with hundreds of flags to mark the 21st anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. Placing these flags each year is one way our community comes together to commemorate this solemn day and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost, including those of 10 Australians.

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847820  No.18046065

#26 - Part 4

Australian Politics and Society - Part 4

>>17531107 Australian leaders remember 9/11 terror attacks - Twenty-one years after the September 11 terror attacks, Australia's leaders have remembered those who were killed

>>17531279 Australian economist Sean Turnell set to learn fate in secret junta trial - Australian economist Sean Turnell is expected to be told the outcome of his secret trial in Myanmar within the next month

>>17531366 Mike Pompeo Tweet: We understood that the Chinese Communist Party was a threat to America, and for four years we treated them as a threat. It's time for the Biden team to recognize reality: China still wants to undermine us. They have not changed.

>>17531591 Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Tweet: Video: Bushmaster, (genus Lachesis), an Amazonian venomous snake subdued by our soldiers that stings the enemy unexpectedly, painfully, and fatally. Thanks to our Australian wizards for the instruction manual. @RichardMarlesMP @AmbVasyl

>>17531597 Australia will decide on whether to order up to four more Northrop Grumman Corp MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance drones after a defence review next year

>>17531702 Space Force coming to rely on Australian firm for space situational awareness - Software from Sydney-based Saber Astronautics, which describes itself as a “Global space operations provider,” is rapidly spreading throughout the US military. It’s just won an extra $540,000 to meet the growing list of information the new Space Force operations command keeps discovering it needs in its ‘Space Cockpit’

>>17531725 ABF and US Coast Guard train in Far North Queensland - The first ever US Coast Guard Sentinel Class Cutter port visit to Cairns took place this week, with a joint activity also occurring between the US Coast Guard (USCG), the Australian Defence Force (ADF), a Republic of Fiji Navy Ship (RFNS) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) near Port Douglas

>>17531939 Japanese Ambassador YAMAGAMI Shingo Tweet: What a great honour and pleasure to receive three (Australian) intelligence chiefs at my residence! As a humble former spy chief and catcher myself, I enjoyed my engaging talks with Andrew, Paul and Mike. Many thanks for your solid friendship with (Japan)!

>>17537067 Video: Anthony Albanese meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace while in London to honour the Queen

>>17537087 Government insists nuclear submarine program 'taking shape' one year into controversial AUKUS partnership

>>17537112 Scientology leader evades legal service in Australian trafficking case - Scientology leader David Miscavige has avoided being served with a summons on at least 14 occasions, a US court has been told, as part of a human-trafficking case brought by three Australian residents.

>>17537126 Ukraine calls on Australia to ban Russian tourists - Australia should ban Russian tourists from visiting the country and reopen its embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia has declared

>>17537134 Australia has no plan to ban Russian tourists, Marles says - A call to ban Russian tourists from Australia has been swiftly rejected by deputy prime minister Richard Marles

>>17537150 A Ruck to Remember: MRF-D 22 Remembers 9/11 with Commemorative Rugby Match

>>17542667 MRF-D 22 Tests Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations Concepts on South Goulburn Island in the Arafura Sea

>>17560194 ‘One of the most serious cyberattacks’: Customer data exposed in Optus hack - Hackers have breached Optus’ systems in one of the largest cyberattacks in Australian history, accessing names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses and driver’s license numbers of millions of the telecommunications giant’s customers

>>17560467 Australia, New Zealand condemn Putin threats as "unthinkable" - Australia and New Zealand condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's escalation of the war in Ukraine, saying his threats to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia were "unthinkable" and exposed his justification for the war as untrue

>>17560478 ‘This is how a bully behaves’: Ukraine pleads for Australian help as Putin orders military call-up - Ukraine is ramping up calls for Australia to send more weapons and military equipment to fight back against the invading Russian forces, describing Vladimir Putin’s partial military mobilisation and threats of nuclear war as bullying and a sign of desperation

>>17565171 Australia's Central Bank Says It Is Bust - realmoney.thestreet.com

>>17565895 ‘Sophisticated attack’: Optus hackers used European addresses, could be state linked - Optus has confirmed up to 9.8 million customers’ personal details dating as far back as 2017 may have been accessed in a sophisticated cyberattack on the company that could have been executed by a crime gang or even a foreign state

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847820  No.18046066

#26 - Part 5

Australian Politics and Society - Part 5

>>17566047 MRF-D Demonstrates Range and Reaction Capability with Trans-Pacific Tactical Redeployment

>>17566408 EnergyAtState Tweet: Today at @GCEAF_USA in Pittsburgh @ClimateEnvoy joined @Bowenchris as Australia signed on to the Clean Energy Demand Initiative. Australia’s leadership will be critical to CEDI’s efforts - sending a signal of major market demand for clean energy and supportive policies.

>>17566408 Chris Bowen Tweet: The US and Australia have both passed important climate legislation in recent weeks - We have much more to do, including by working together - Great to see John Kerry & sign our next steps on clean energy including working with business to speed up our clean energy transformation

>>17566408 Q Post #3634 - [D]'s (internal) infiltration issue(s) w/ protecting NAT SEC? Deliberate? Do you believe in coincidences?…..[Kerry] direct relay > Iran pre/post Iran deal [future marker] - IF KNOWN - WHY IS IT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN? IF KNOWN - WILL THERE BE JUSTICE? It's only a matter of time. Q

>>17572425 Australian Federal Police monitoring dark web amid allegations stolen Optus data may be sold online

>>17572684 ‘Significant progress’ made in Australia getting nuclear-powered sub - The leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia said in a statement marking the one-year anniversary of the AUKUS security pact that they have made “significant progress” towards Australia acquiring a nuclear-powered submarine

>>17572684 Joint Leaders Statement to Mark One Year of AUKUS - whitehouse.gov - SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

>>17583221 Australian Federal Police launch Operation Hurricane, a global hunt to identify the hackers behind the massive Optus cyberattack - Albanese government flags large fines for future breaches

>>17583227 Tune into the Aussie Cossack and Guru & Kaz from Colonel Bosi's Australia ONE Party LIVE at 7pm - Live Stream - Bobdan - 26-09-2022

>>17588820 ‘Too many eyes’: Optus hacker deletes data, apologises to customers; FBI joins probe - The hacker purportedly behind the massive Optus data breach has seemingly deleted the stolen data and apologised to Optus customers, declaring “we will not sale data to anyone [sic].”

>>17588834 Anthony Albanese meets Kamala Harris, Fumio Kishida ahead of Shinzo Abe funeral - Former prime ministers John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have joined Mr Albanese in Tokyo to attend Tuesday afternoon’s state funeral, only the second in Japan’s post-war history

>>17588837 Video: Kamala Harris and Anthony Albanese hold talks - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has met with US Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of the funeral of assassinated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - Sky News Australia

>>17588847 Ex-Trump adviser Jason Miller spruiks ‘the right way’ to counter big tech bias - Former Donald Trump adviser Jason Miller believes many Australians will increasingly gravitate to right wing-leaning social networks as frustration grows with the left-leaning bias of tech giants like Twitter and Facebook

>>17595198 Bernard Collaery says further Timor-Leste affair details will be put before federal ICAC - Celebrated lawyer Bernard Collaery said he would take his claims of wrongdoing to the integrity body in an effort to resolve Australia's reputation in the region, adding there are "a lot more" details yet to surface about the diplomatic saga

>>17601574 Australian economist Sean Turnell sentenced to three years in prison in secret trial in Myanmar for violating the country's official state secrets act

>>17607423 Marles joins US, Japan in Hawaii for AUKUS subs tour - Australian, US and Japanese defence chiefs will meet near Pearl Harbour, Hawaii to advance discussions on AUKUS, before going on to inspect Virginia class submarines

>>17613444 Space Force surveillance telescope now operational in Australia - A U.S.-built space-monitoring telescope that was moved from New Mexico to Western Australia is officially operational, according to Space Operations Command

>>17613467 Space surveillance telescope is declared operational - The Space Surveillance Telescope was relocated to Australia from the US to strengthen the US Space Surveillance Network’s ability to track space assets and debris and provide warnings of possible collisions between space objects - Australian Government Department of Defence - news.defence.gov.au

>>17613477 U.S. Space Surveillance Telescope in Australia achieves initial operational capability - The Australian Department of Defence and the U.S. Space Force declared initial operational capability for the Space Surveillance Telescope at Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, Australia, Sept. 30, 2022

>>17619904 Australian government slams Optus for cybersecurity breach - The Australian government has levelled its harshest criticism yet against Optus for a cybersecurity breach that affected the equivalent of 40% of the country's population

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847820  No.18046069

#26 - Part 6

Australian Politics and Society - Part 6

>>17619926 US, UK defence chiefs back AUKUS expansion, more security for nuclear submarines in Australia - Australia‘s ‘unbreakable alliance’ with the United States could be strengthened with the deployment of more US military personnel here in addition to securing a nuclear submarine fleet as part of the AUKUS pact

>>17623791 Islamic State women and children to be returned to Australia from Syrian camps - Australia is preparing to overturn its policy of more than three years and launch a mission to repatriate dozens of women and children, the family members of former Islamic State fighters who have been languishing for years in squalid detention camps in Syria

>>17623808 Submarine commanders to be Australian made - The navy is preparing to train the next generation of submarine commanders at home as Australia seeks to bolster its military prowess ahead of the arrival of the nuclear vessels

>>17629611 Telstra staff suffer data breach as names and email addresses uploaded to dark web forum - Telstra has become the latest telco to be managing a breach of data after thousands of staff members' personal data was uploaded to a forum on the dark web

>>17629614 Police officer son of former senator Kristina Keneally charged with fabricating evidence - Constable Daniel Keneally, 24, investigated by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) over an incident on February 24 2021 - Charged with one offence of fabricating false evidence with the intent to mislead any judicial tribunal after advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

>>17629620 Trial of Brittany Higgins's alleged rapist Bruce Lehrmann begins in ACT Supreme Court - A former Liberal Party staffer told police she cried as she was allegedly raped in Parliament House, and said no at least half a dozen times

>>17629655 Video: Royal Australian Navy - Submariner Command Course - The Royal Australian Navy has conducted its inaugural Submarine Course on 16 April 2022, after decades of reliance on allied navies for training and assessing submarine commanders - Defence Australia

>>17637158 Islamic State brides will be detained on arrival from Syria - Women brought back from Islamic State detention camps in Syria will likely be detained immediately upon arrival in Australia - The Australian understands the 16 women expect to either be charged or face court for the purposes of making a terrorism control order

>>17699234 Caroline Kennedy: We must not shy away from climate challenge

>>17701292 Video: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed Australia is preparing to ramp up support for his nation’s war against Russia by announcing a new tranche of military assistance, including donations of heavy weapons.

>>17701293 Video: A special address by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy - Lowy Institute, Oct 6, 2022

>>17701294 Australia considers sending Defence staff to train Ukrainian troops

>>17701300 Paul Keating trashes Quad ‘nonsense’ and pleads: get us out of AUKUS - Former prime minister Paul Keating says the US is “exceptionally ungrateful” to allies like Australia who have long been loyal, urging Canberra to “walk away” from the AUKUS security agreement scheduled to deliver the nation a nuclear submarine capability

>>17701302 Video: Ideas and Society | Australia and China: A conversation with Paul Keating - La Trobe University, Oct 18, 2022

>>17701303 Paul Keating slammed as out of step on Quad, AUKUS - Defence Minister Richard Marles distanced the government from the comments but stopped short of condemning Mr Keating, whom he said had “every right to articulate those views”

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847820  No.18046071

#26 - Part 7

Australian Politics and Society - Part 7

>>17783706 Australian academic Sean Turnell freed by Myanmar junta after more than 20 months in custody

>>17798811 Australia’s Fair Work Commission rules that Svitzer Australia, subsidiary of Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, must scrap plans for lockout of harbor tug workers, threatening to cause widespread disruption at Australian ports

>>17800549 French President Emmanuel Macron launches torpedo at AUKUS pact - French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to undermine the AUKUS pact just five months after he and Anthony Albanese patched up relations between their countries, declaring Australia’s nuclear submarine deal with the US and UK “will not deliver”

>>17801807 Video: Friendly Jordies's House Firebombed

>>17803991 Controversial YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known as Friendlyjordies, is taking an “indefinite hiatus” from producing videos after his home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was set on fire in what police believe was a deliberate arson attack this week

>>17804013 ‘Invest for tomorrow’s war,’ says Austin - US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin says Australia and other allies need to reallocate their resources to fight the wars of tomorrow, with investments in advanced technologies a priority for any modern military

>>17807117 Video: US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy says the world’s transition to clean power and technology has the potential to elevate Australia as a global leader in the mining of critical minerals, lithium, rare earths and nickel

>>17807269 Islamic State kingpin Neil Prakash to be returned to Australia to face terrorism charges that could lead to him being jailed for life

>>17827645 ‘Hope always defeats hate’: Labor’s Daniel Andrews returned as premier in 2022 Victoria state election - Despite ‘incredibly challenging’ few years negotiating Covid, Labor cruises to victory, while the Greens and Nationals gain seats

>>17832788 Video: ASIO Director-General Mike Burgess announces Australia's terror threat level being lowered from "probable" to "possible" for first time since 2014

>>17857908 ‘Big deal’: World leaders head to Sydney in bid to push back on China - Three of the world’s most powerful leaders – US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida – will travel to Sydney next year for a historic summit with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

>>17857918 US Rear Admiral Richard Seif raises closer submarine ties under nuclear deal - The man in charge of the US Navy’s submarines in Asia and the Pacific says America is willing and able to substantially expand its ties with its Australian submarine counterparts as the country prepares to enter the world of nuclear-powered subs

>>17857927 US Military Chiefs Say Australia Key to Space Rivalry With China - US Space Force’s Lt. General Nina M. Armagno and US Space Command Deputy Commander Lt. General John E. Shaw say Australia is a critical asset for the US in the growing strategic competition with China over space

>>17858006 Bruce Lehrmann retrial to be dropped over Brittany Higgins health fears - medical evidence a second trial scheduled for February would pose an unacceptable risk to Ms Higgins and her mental wellbeing

>>17862843 Judge orders extradition of alleged Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash from Darwin to Melbourne to face terrorism-related charges

>>17862857 Bruce Lehrmann retrial dropped over Brittany Higgins health fears - Charges against the man accused of raping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House have been dropped and Bruce Lehrmann’s retrial will no longer proceed - "It is no longer in the public interest to pursue prosecution with the risk to the complainant’s life."

>>17869625 Police doubted Brittany Higgins but case was ‘political’ - The most senior police officer on the Brittany Higgins case believed there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Bruce Lehrmann but could not stop the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions from proceeding because “there is too much political interference”

>>17874286 Australian nuclear subs high priority for US - Delivering Australia nuclear submarines “as early as possible” was high on the US government’s agenda as it braced for an intense period of competition with China, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin vowed after unveiling the next generation of US stealth bombers

>>17879013 Brittany Higgins seeking $3 million in compensation claim - Lawyers for former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins have given notice that they will sue former Liberal ministers Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash as well as the Commonwealth for about $3 million

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847820  No.18046073

#26 - Part 8

Australian Politics and Society - Part 8

>>17879090 A ruthless Thai vigilante wants to retire in Australia - Victims and activists are petitioning the Australian government to deny Rienthong Nanna the ability to retire in Perth - They say he has engaged in and encouraged hate speech, and supported the pursuit of critics of the monarchy throughout Thailand and internationally “whatever the consequences”

>>17884757 Video: Rupert Murdoch will be deposed as part of election technology company Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News - The Fox Corp chairman is the highest-profile individual to be questioned in the case, which hinges on Fox’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election

>>17884763 Australia and the United States deepen their already “unbreakable” military alliance by announcing plans to accelerate Canberra’s push to secure precision-guided missiles and expand the American military presence in the Top End

>>17884784 Will US supply Australia with AUKUS subs? ‘That’s not going to happen,’ key US lawmaker says - The US should take the "next Virginia class that's built, designate that to the Australian AOR, and [say] we're going to dual-crew it with Australian sailors and US sailors," Rep. Rob Wittman tells Breaking Defense

>>17884800 RAAF Chief Robert Chipman's visit to United States sparks renewed speculation Australia could purchase nuclear-capable B-21 Raiders

>>17884803 Space Force Director of Staff Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno travels to Australia to meet with members of Australia Space Operations

>>17906295 AUKUS members say plans on track for US and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarine fleet - Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles says Australia will be able to acquire nuclear-powered submarines by the deadline set out in the AUKUS alliance

>>17922492 Australia's 'indispensable' partnership with Japan could see it join AUKUS pact as strategic links grow - Defence Minister Richard Marles declares security ties between Tokyo and Canberra were becoming "indispensable"

>>17927414 Scathing letter alleging police and political interference in Bruce Lehrmann trial made public - A dispute between the ACT's chief prosecutor and the territory's Police force continuing, with the public release of a letter alleging interference in the now-abandoned rape trial of Bruce Lehrmann

>>17933898 Police shoot three dead after two police murdered in execution-style shooting in Wieambilla, Queensland - Two young police officers who were murdered in an execution-style killing on Monday “didn’t stand a chance,” Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has said as she paid tribute to the fallen officers

>>17933944 Brothers Nathaniel and Gareth Train identified as gunmen in Queensland siege - Two brothers Nathaniel Train and Gareth (Gavin) Train were shot dead by police during a siege at a property in Queensland's Western Downs

>>17933975 Police shooting: Slain NSW teacher Nathaniel Train made complaints about college - A missing NSW primary school teacher involved in the murder of three people, including two Queensland police officers, had made a number of complaints about a troubled majority Aboriginal student college in northern NSW

>>17934061 Queensland shooting: Gunman Gareth Train was a conspiracy theorist - A gunman who killed two police officers in a shootout in western Queensland on Monday had posted conspiracy theories online including that the Port Arthur massacre was faked by government to enable a crackdown on gun ownership

>>17939637 Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins settles personal injury claim against the Commonwealth - Dollar value of the settlement will remain confidential

>>17939657 Ready-made nuclear subs still a stop-gap option for Australia - Senior US Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney, Chair of the House Seapower Subcommittee says Australia should not give up hope of purchasing nuclear-powered submarines off-the-shelf from the United States

>>17939893 ‘Not just at the pointy end’: Calls for renewed focus on conspiracy threats - Experts are calling for renewed national focus on the potential violent threat posed by elements of Australia’s conspiratorial fringe, after the killing of two police and their alleged attackers in regional Queensland - "Elise Thomas, a senior analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, said the uncertainties of the pandemic and frustration at government responses to it had exposed many people to conspiracy theories for the first time."

>>17946322 Prototype for “game-changing” unmanned Australian submarine designed to undertake stealth missions throughout the Indo-Pacific unveiled at top-secret ceremony in Sydney

>>17946412 Child attends neo-Nazi meeting in Melbourne organised by European Australia Movement - Shocking images have revealed a young child posing for photos at a secret, national neo-Nazi meeting in Melbourne.

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847820  No.18046075

#26 - Part 9

Australian Politics and Society - Part 9

>>17951181 Australian Super customers who hold a Member Direct account have been locked out of their accounts for over three weeks now as the financial giant struggles with technical issues.

>>17953362 Video: Police chopper audio reveals intense firefight at rural Queensland property - An intense firefight that unfolded on a remote Queensland property, leaving six people dead has been laid bare in dramatic police helicopter audio - A Current Affair

>>17953376 ‘We killed them’: Queensland shooters posted video online after attack - A now-deleted YouTube account shows footage of the Wieambilla shooters foreshadowing violence against police in the lead-up to the attack

>>17953388 Video: ‘Devils and demons’: Wieambilla shooters film video after killing police - The couple at the centre of the Wieambilla shooting had posted videos online in the weeks leading up to, and night of, the fatal confrontation with police on their regional Queensland property, in which they claimed to have killed the “devils” and “demons”

>>17953413 Video: Disturbing footage found from Queensland cop killers’ deleted YouTube account - Disturbing videos from a YouTube account believed to belong to the Queensland cop killers have been published online, one revealing Stacey Train’s “pain”.

>>17953429 Video: Cop killer Stacey Train quoted an obscure Bible verse before being shot dead, American friend claims - An eerie clip from a man who claimed to be close friends with the Queensland cop killers has revealed Stacey apparent last words before being shot dead

>>17953477 US government files formal extradition request against former fighter pilot arrested in Australia accused of helping train Chinese pilots to land on aircraft carriers

>>17953501 Aussies play key role in new space mission - One of Elon Musk's rockets is about to blast off carrying a satellite with extraordinary capabilities - Two experts in Australia will be front and centre, making sure the SWOT satellite, short for surface water and ocean topography, is beaming back accurate data

>>17953753 Tech giants told by Peter Dutton to cut off online evil - Peter Dutton has launched a scathing attack on social media companies, accusing them of abrogating their responsibilities in ­pursuit of profits, after the emergence of a chilling online video posted by the killers of two young constables and a neighbour in Monday’s ambush on a remote Queensland property

>>17960847 Survivor of horror police ambush Constable Keely Brough honours fallen victims - The young police officer who managed to survive a targeted ambush on police has come together with her community to honour her colleagues and a brave civilian who lost their lives in the attack

>>17973909 French border officials working on small boats crisis stopped talking to the UK for three months in 2021 because of a row over the AUKUS submarine deal

>>17980342 ‘We need to be prepared to invest’: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese highlights need for subs, not tanks, challenging previous plans to spend tens of billions of dollars on tanks and armoured vehicles

>>17980363 Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk support national gun register after revelations shooter Nathaniel Train crossed border carrying weapons

>>17980377 Nationals leader David Littleproud backs calls for change to national guns register to allow information to be shared between state and territories on individuals, following the murders of three people in Wieambilla

>>17980398 Network Ten refuses to recognise Australia Day - 'January 26 is not a day of celebration' - Chief Content Officer Beverley McGarvey has told Network Ten staff it will not recognise the Australia Day national holiday as January 26 is “not a day of celebration”

>>17985540 Former prime minister Kevin Rudd will become Australia’s new ambassador to the US - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says his predecessor would bring “unmatched experience to the role”

>>17985554 (April 19, 2022) Anthony Albanese rubbishes ‘complete nonsense’ reports Kevin Rudd will be handed plum gig - Anthony Albanese has lashed out at reports he will install Kevin Rudd as Australia’s next ambassador to Washington if Labor wins the May 21 federal election

>>17985575 Video: Former prime minister Kevin Rudd posted to Washington as Australia's new US ambassador - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Mr Rudd had extensive experience and connections in the US - "As someone who has links to the global community in Washington DC, he will be a major asset."

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847820  No.18046077

#26 - Part 10

Australian Politics and Society - Part 10

>>17985647 Kevin Rudd Tweet: I am greatly honoured by the Australian Government’s decision to nominate me as our country’s next Ambassador to the United States of America commencing in March.

>>17985647 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: Congratulations Kevin - great appointment!

>>17985647 Malcolm Turnbull Tweet: I cannot think of any Australian with better connections than Rudd has in the Biden administration or with more influence on geopolitical issues in DC. He is also keenly aware of the external, and internal, threats to US democracy.

>>17985647 Q Post #479 - How much did AUS donate to CF? How much did SA donate to CF? Compare. Why is this relevant? What phone call between POTUS and X/AUS leaked? List the leadership in AUS. IDEN leadership during Hussein term. IDEN leadership during POTUS' term. Who controls AUS? Who really controls AUS? UK? Why is this relevant? Q - https://qanon.pub/#479

>>17985647 Q Post #908 - Which conversation leaked? POTUS & AUS? Why that specific conversation? Signal? We (they) hear what you are saying? Threat to AUS? Why? What do they know? Trapped? Forced? Blood. Q - https://qanon.pub/#908

>>17985647 Q Post #910 - Do not focus on the call details. We knew it would leak. We knew certain areas of the WH were bugged. We knew certain people would leak. Focus - why AUS? Q - https://qanon.pub/#910

>>17985668 Video: The Real Kevin Rudd - The real Kevin Rudd: a man despised by those who know him, who spent three years undermining Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. - Practicalpolitics, Jul 17, 2013

>>17985749 Australia Day work option is gathering steam - Some of the nation’s biggest companies have begun offering their staff the opportunity to skip the Australia Day public holiday, in what advocates see as growing support for changing the date - Major companies including Telstra and Woodside Energy have introduced new policies allowing staff to work on January 26 and take off another day of their choosing instead

>>17985762 Inner-city Melbourne councils of Darebin and Yarra are planning their first Australian citizenship ceremonies in five years after rules relaxed by the Albanese government - It was a requirement under the Turnbull and Morrison governments for councils to hold a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day, or have their right to host any ceremony revoked

>>17985766 Betrayal of our national day a shame on Labor - "The decision effectively to abandon the defence of Australia Day on January 26 is one of the worst and saddest moments in modern Australia. And it’s surely among the worst decisions of the new Labor government." - Greg Sheridan - theaustralian.com.au

>>17985863 Queensland Police Union plan to buy Wieambilla property where two officers were killed in ambush - Union president Ian Leavers said he did not want the land to "fall into the wrong hands" - "The last thing we want to see is the anti-vaxxers, pro-gun, conspiracy theorists to get this land and use it for their own warped and dangerous views" - Sarah Richards - abc.net.au

>>17985903 Video: Neo-Nazi Thomas Sewell found guilty of brutal assault on Channel 9 security guard - A court has rejected Thomas Sewell’s claims of self-defence from when he repeatedly belted a Channel 9 security guard outside the network’s Docklands studios

>>17991015 Kevin Rudd’s appointment as next ambassador to Washington broadly welcomed in the US capital on both sides of the political spectrum as an experienced foreign policy and China expert

>>17991052 Albanese’s captain’s pick: An inspired choice or just Ruddy risky? - Kevin Rudd faces a cautious reception from the Biden administration over his criticism of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal and a potential backlash from Republicans for his attacks on Donald Trump when he arrives in Washington

>>17991056 Kevin Rudd Tweet: Donald Trump is a traitor to the West. Murdoch was Trump’s biggest backer. And Murdoch’s Fox Television backs Putin too. What rancid treachery.

>>17991061 Bruce Lehrmann asks Bar Association to investigate alleged misconduct by prosecutor 0 Bruce Lehrmann has personally written to the ACT Bar Association with a letter of complaint outlining several elements of serious misconduct he alleges against ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold SC

>>17991078 Wieambilla murders: Thousands of police officers form a sombre guard of honour to farewell slain constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow, after the pair were remembered as bright, adored and courageous young people who ran towards danger to protect the community

>>17996604 Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers send legal letters to Network Ten and News Corp over their coverage of rape allegations aired by his former colleague, Brittany Higgins

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847820  No.18046079

#26 - Part 11

Australian Politics and Society - Part 11

>>17996634 Bruce Lehrmann inquiry: Bring it on in full, and free from politics - "First and foremost, this inquiry must get to bottom of the truly disturbing claims raised by senior AFP officers in charge of the investigation that there was “too much political interference” in DPP Shane Drumgold’s decision to prosecute Lehrmann." - Janet Albrechtsen - theaustralian.com.au

>>17996662 Alleged ‘Mr Big’ drug importer extradited to Australia from the Netherlands to face justice - Tse Chi Lop, "the El Chapo of Asia", alleged crime boss who headed a global enterprise suspected to have imported more drugs into Australia than any other syndicate in history

>>17996676 Queensland Police Officers were following up an outstanding warrant relating to firearms and a border breach by shooter Nathaniel Train, as well as a missing person report, when they attended the Wieambilla property last week, Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford reveals

>>17996696 Train family offered US sanctum before evil Queensland police killing - An American man with links to cop killers Gareth and Stacey Train claims the pair turned down an invitation to relocate in the US before carrying out a deadly ambush on Queensland Police officers

>>18002329 Experts question Qld police reluctance to label last week’s killing of two young constables and a neighbour at Wieambilla a terrorist act

>>18002453 The Nuclear-Powered Submarine Taskforce - Australia’s largest, and ultra-secret, defence project is fast taking shape behind closed doors

>>18007283 Inside Melbourne boxing gym with a neo-Nazi underbelly - Extremism experts have raised concerns about the presence of a child at a neo-Nazi event in Melbourne’s north-west, saying it indicates far-right groups are indoctrinating children with hateful ideology during vulnerable periods in their intellectual development

>>18007288 Coaches at Legacy Boxing Gym in Melbourne’s north-west will have their registrations suspended by the state’s governing body for amateur boxing after the gym was found to have links to some of Victoria’s most dangerous neo-Nazi activists

>>18012370 Space Force Guardians train with service members from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom for potential conflict in Europe during large-scale 'Space Flag' exercise at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

>>18022458 New missile system in line for Top End protection - Albanese government is considering purchasing mobile Naval Strike Missile launchers - “StrikeMaster” system can launch ship-killing NSMs over ranges of at least 250km, delivering a potent “area denial” capability protecting most of Australia's Top End

>>18029095 Former prime minister Scott Morrison one of many public figures stung in alleged security breach - A hacker has claimed to have obtained the data of 400 million Twitter users - Mr Morrison’s parliamentary email address, username and phone number linked to his Twitter account were included in the information dump posted on a forum

>>18029276 Australian man killed ‘defending the freedom of the Ukrainian people’ - Australian man Sage O’Donnell has been killed fighting in Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed

>>18029276 Q Post #4959 - What groups are financing Ukraine? Why are they financing Ukraine? Why was Hunter in Ukraine? What did 'Pop' threaten to withold from Ukraine? A billion dollars? Who benefits? What did 'Pop' receive in return? Why is Hunter not in jail? Think. Blackmail? Bribes? Extortion? Threats? How do you control a 'leader'? How do you control a country? Are you ready to take back control? Your vote matters. You have all the tools you need. Q - https://qanon.pub/#4959

>>18034687 Daniel Duggan background check may have raised red flags - The former US Marine fighter pilot accused of providing military training to Chinese pilots may have been flagged by Australian authorities after he applied for a job with a defence contractor involved in battle-training F18 pilots and transporting VIP defence personnel

>>18034769 Guardian Australia hacked, offices shut amid ransomware hit - Most of the Guardian Australia’s offices remain closed after the media company‘s global arm was hit with a ransomware attack last week

>>18041006 Australian Federal police are managing at least 16 high-risk terrorist offenders living in the community, including through the use of electronic monitoring and by requiring them to attend rehabilitation programs and psychological counselling

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847820  No.18046084

#26 - Part 12

Cardinal George Pell - Sexual Abuse and Vatican Financial Scandal Allegations

>>17463555 Sustaining our liberal ideals the best hope in dark times - "I don’t think Australian life is rotten at the core but times are changing, and not always for the better." - George Pell - theaustralian.com.au

>>17565989 STANDING WITH THE WORD OF GOD - George Cardinal Pell - firstthings.com

>>17613395 Prosecution calls witnesses as Vatican finance trial resumes - After a break of over two months, the Vatican trial on financial corruption in the Secretariat of State continued this week with the interrogation of witnesses for the prosecution

#26 - Part 13

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

>>17531189 Ben Roberts-Smith to attend Queen Elizabeth funeral commemorations - Controversial former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith will travel to London to participate in the official commemorations for the late Queen Elizabeth II, reflecting his status as a recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross

>>17531176 Defence ducks probe into war crimes accountability - Defence has avoided an inquiry into the accountability of senior commanders for war crimes ­despite the findings of an independent panel, which said it failed to face up to its “corporate responsibility” for the murders of Afghan civilians and prisoners identified in the Brereton report

>>17548305 Video: Videos shot by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan raise questions about conduct of 2nd Commando Regiment

>>17554591 Video: Australian Commandos in Afghanistan filmed discussing 'quota' - 7.30 has obtained hours of footage of Australian Commandos in action. The raw footage from the soldiers' own handheld and mounted cameras shows the incredible dangers they faced, but also moments that raise questions about their conduct, including one scene where the men boast about hitting "the quota". Some of these commandos are now under investigation by Australia's war crimes agency. - ABC News (Australia)

>>17554623 Former Australian commando under investigation over 2012 Afghanistan rotation - A former Australian Special Forces commando is a target of a war crimes investigation for the alleged killing of at least one unarmed detainee during a deployment to Afghanistan

>>17560414 Former Australian commando faces Afghanistan war crimes investigation - A former Australian special forces soldier who allegedly confessed to executing an Afghan prisoner in October 2012 is now the target of a major war crimes inquiry, and was stopped at an airport where his phone was seized on return from an overseas trip in April

>>17560432 Australian commando under investigation over 2012 Afghanistan rotation - 7.30 has new accounts of a deadly raid carried out in Helmand province in 2012. Multiple witnesses have told 7.30 that seven Afghans were killed, some allegedly shot after they were detained by a small group of Australian soldiers. We'll hear an account of a commando's remorse at his alleged actions in that operation. - ABC News (Australia)

>>17827648 Australian Defence Force chief gives Afghanistan veterans 28 days to explain why they should keep war honours and medals awarded during the Afghanistan war, as the fallout from the Brereton Inquiry into alleged war crimes continues

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847820  No.18046085

#26 - Part 14

Julian Assange Indictment and Extradition

>>17513800 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador invites relatives of Julian Assange and Che Guevara to attend the country's independence day celebrations

>>17531321 Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange awarded keys to Mexico City as family lobbies for his release

>>17531332 Video: Mexico City honours Julian Assange with keys to city - Mexico City has presented Julian Assange’s father John Shipton with the keys to the city on his behalf. The Mayor of Mexico City says the act was in recognition of Assange’s courage and the notion of freedom of expression - Sky News Australia

>>17697679 Julian Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson says his case needs an urgent political fix, not a legal one

>>17701283 Thousands rally in Melbourne to demand Julian Assange be returned to Australia

>>17701284 Julian Assange tests positive for Covid as wife reveals she is ‘worried for his health’ - The worried wife of Julian Assange has revealed the WikiLeaks founder’s diagnosis in prison where he is locked in his cell 24-7

>>17701285 Julian Assange’s supporters call on Australian government to provide update on talks with US - Campaign adviser says public should be told of any progress on securing Assange’s release if he is extradited from UK

>>17853189 Australian PM Anthony Albanese urges US government to end pursuit of Julian Assange - Prime minister says he raised Wikileaks co-founder’s case with US representatives recently and will continue to push for it to be ‘brought to a close’

>>17857905 Anthony Albanese's appeal to end Julian Assange pursuit a test of Australia-US relations, family say - Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has raised the issue of the United States' pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with its officials, arguing "enough is enough"

>>17869613 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, battling extradition from Britain to the United States where he is wanted on criminal charges, has submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

>>17902505 Julian Assange's family wants supporters of the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder to politely advocate for his release, rather than "disparaging" the Australian government

>>17902509 Wikileaks delegation received by Argentine President - Argentine President Alberto Fernández received at the Casa Rosada the Wikileaks delegation composed of Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Farrell

>>17922487 Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters attended a rally calling for freeing Julian Assange in front of the British Consulate in New York

>>18007301 Kevin Rudd’s appointment as US ambassador lifts Assange supporter hopes - Supporters of Julian Assange have welcomed Kevin Rudd’s appointment as Australia’s ambassador to the United States, saying they are hopeful he will use the position to press the Biden administration to drop espionage charges against the Wikileaks founder

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847820  No.18046087

#26 - Part 15

Australia / China Tensions - Part 1

>>17453741 John Bolton urges the US and others to 'consider Taiwan an independent country'

>>17458335 US Coast Guard cutter is denied port call in Solomon Islands

>>17458344 Solomon Islands denies port call for Guam-based US Coast Guard cutter

>>17458352 Chinese troops put on high alert as two United States navy cruisers armed with guided missiles sailed through the Taiwan Strait - August 28, 2022

>>17458364 Taiwan welcomes jaw-jaw sparked by John Bolton for strategic clarity to deter Xi Jinping’s China

>>17458377 Mike Pompeo Tweet: The Chinese Communist Party has stolen identities from our kids and trade secrets from our businesses. They are committing genocide against their own people and are arming themselves for war. We need to wake up and take this threat seriously.

>>17458412 Australia seeks the 'closest possible relationship' with Papua New Guinea, Foreign Minister Penny Wong says amid competition with China for influence

>>17458415 Penny Wong needs to deal Beijing out of PNG - China sees Papua New Guinea as more strategically important than Solomon Islands. That’s why it’s good news that on Monday Foreign Minister Penny Wong will make her first official visit to PNG, our closest and most important regional neighbour - Jeffrey Wall and Anthony Bergin - theaustralian.com.au

>>17463963 Chinese hackers pose as Australian News Corp sites in cyber espionage scam - Australian government agencies, news outlets and manufacturing companies have been targeted by a sophisticated year-long espionage campaign in which Chinese government-aligned hackers pose as media employees to implant malicious software on the victims’ computers

>>17465731 US ships ‘not welcome’ as Solomons cosies up to Beijing - Solomon Islands has imposed a temporary ban on naval visits by US ships, amid heightened tensions between the countries over the Pacific Island nation’s security pact with China

>>17465759 Solomon Islands Blocks All Naval Port Visits After U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Denied Entry - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare has announced a temporary moratorium on visits by foreign naval vessels after turning away a U.S Coast Guard Cutter last week

>>17465808 Solomon Islands Government Statement - PM SOGAVARE CLARIFIES MISINFORMATION ON US COAST GUARD VESSEL - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has clarified some misinformation currently carried on international media about the visit by the US Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry and HMAS Spey

>>17469909 Australian FM visits PNG nominally for cooperation to conceal veiled aim to sow discord through 'China debt trap' narrative, coercion - Xu Keyue - globaltimes.cn

>>17475500 UN human-rights agency issues report on Xinjiang over China’s protest - The United Nations human-rights agency on Wednesday alleged “serious human-rights violations” in the Chinese region of Xinjiang that often targeted ethnic Uyghurs and other members of Islamic groups, in a report that broadly supports critical findings by Western governments, human-rights groups and media

>>17475525 UN Human Rights Office issues assessment of human rights concerns in Xinjiang, China - The UN Human Rights Office - 31 August 2022

>>17475542 United Nations report on Xinjiang backs fears felt by Australia's Uyghur community - The report concluded China's arbitrary detention of Uyghurs and other minorities, and the deprivation of fundamental human rights might constitute "crimes against humanity"

>>17475558 Video: China slams UN Xinjiang report as 'manufactured' by the US - The report said torture allegations were credible and cited possible crimes against humanity - AFP News Agency

>>17475580 Solomon Islands’ docking rights suspension angers US congress

>>17475586 Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare accepts US medical ship USNS Mercy while banning other vessels

>>17481676 After disappearing Uighurs, Beijing tries to vanish UN report - Beijing has tried to “disappear” a damning United Nations report into human rights abuses in Xinjiang, which has triggered international condemnation of brutal policies overseen by China’s leader Xi Jinping.

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847820  No.18046091

#26 - Part 16

Australia / China Tensions - Part 2

>>17481688 Foreign Minister Penny Wong calls for Beijing to address the damning findings in an authoritative UN investigation into China’s widespread human rights atrocities in Xinjiang

>>17481704 Gathering of cardinals ‘silent’ on fate of fellow prelate Joseph Zen - Senior German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has slammed Pope Francis and this week’s consistory of cardinals at the Vatican for remaining silent about the plight of Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen, facing an “unfair trial’’ in Hong Kong under Chinese law

>>17481719 Papua New Guinea has flagged expansion of the joint Manus Island naval base under a renewed Australia-PNG security partnership, and warned Solomon Islands to “really think carefully” about putting its China relationship ahead of its ties with Australia and the US

>>17481731 Analysis: Unpredictable Solomon Islands fuels U.S. concern as China's influence grows - Kirsty Needham - reuters.com

>>17481753 Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare fast-tracks bill to amend constitution and delay elections

>>17481780 U.S. Coast Guard Arrives for Planned Port Visit in Cairns, Australia - The Sentinel-class fast response cutter USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) crew arrived in Cairns on Aug. 31, for engagements with Australian Defence and Home Affairs partners and local representatives

>>17487755 ‘Severely jeopardises peace’: US angers China with billion dollar arms sale to Taiwan - News of the potential sale came as it was also announced that US President Joe Biden would host leaders of Pacific Island nations at a September 28-29 gathering in Washington in the latest US effort to step up ties with the region increasingly courted by China

>>17487779 Beijing-backed autocracy in our backyard with ‘Cuba in the Pacific - Dave Sharma, former Liberal MP for Wentworth and ambassador to Israel from 2013-2017 - theaustralian.com.au

>>17487831 ‘It’s an honour’: US Coast Guard ship makes historic stopover - Fresh from Torres Strait operations, US Coast Guard cutter Oliver Henry arrived in Cairns after being turned away from the Solomon Islands amid a new ban on warship visits. How Cairns welcomed the ship and crew.

>>17487990 Video: PLA, the People’s Liberation Army of China, Peace-Loving Army. - "PLA, the People’s Liberation Army of China. Peace-Loving Army, for the Chinese people and people of the world." - SpokespersonCHN, Sep 3 2022

>>17488001 Video: 1989: Tiananmen Square protests - Student protests in Tiananmen Square ended when Chinese troops fired on crowds, killing hundreds and wounding thousands. - CNN, Oct 7 2010

>>17488005 Video: Archive: Chinese troops fire on protesters in Tiananmen Square - First broadcast 4 June 1989. Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Saturday evening. The collection of students and labourers had been occupying the site for several weeks. - Despite the outbreak of "unremitting gunfire", the protesters refused to leave. The BBC's Kate Adie reports from the scene. - BBC News, Jun 5 2014

>>17488011 Tiananmen Square: Watch The 1989 Report On The Crackdown - It's 25 years since protests in Tiananmen Square, China, were brought to a bloody end by soldiers who killed hundreds of unarmed civilians. Sky News, Jun 4 2014

>>17494507 Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil orders her department to investigate harvesting of data by social media giant TikTok amid growing concern that staff in China can access the personal information of Australians

>>17499268 Hostage diplomacy in Xi’s China - Two years after she was detained, Australian journalist Cheng Lei is still in prison in Beijing with no family contact.

>>17499288 Solomon Islands says Australia, New Zealand exempt from navy ship moratorium despite China security pact

>>17499296 Tiny Tuvalu to 'stand firm' with Taiwan as Pacific competition hots up - Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano pledged on a trip to Taiwan to "stand firm" on a commitment to lasting ties, drawing Taiwan's thanks at a time of growing competition as China expands its influence in the region

>>17499305 U.S. President Joe Biden will host leaders of Pacific Island nations at a Sept. 28-29 gathering in Washington, the latest U.S. effort to step up ties with the region increasingly courted by China

>>17504291 Honiara reacts angrily after Australia offers to help fund Solomon Islands election amid moves to postpone the poll - The Solomon Islands government has slammed an Australian offer to fund national elections next year, calling it an "assault" on its democracy and an attempt at foreign interference.

>>17504297 Kiribati suspends all Court of Appeal judges after row over attempts to deport High Court justice David Lambourne to Australia

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847820  No.18046092

#26 - Part 17

Australia / China Tensions - Part 3

>>17504301 New South Wales MP once raided as part of ASIO investigation defends ‘honorary’ role in China-linked association - Shaoquett Moselmane has defended his position as “honorary chairman” of an association linked with China’s foreign influence arm

>>17508672 Taiwanese independence advocates will be 'punished', says Chinese ambassador - China's ambassador to Australia has warned that Taiwanese people advocating full independence from the mainland will be "punished" according to Chinese law, speaking in an interview with the ABC's 7.30 program

>>17508675 Video: Taiwanese independence advocates will be ‘punished’, says Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian | 7.30 - ABC News (Australia)

>>17508711 mhar4 Tweet: (China's) ambassador to (Australia) Xiao Qian on @abc730 on the "re-education" of the Taiwanese people and "punishment" of Taiwan's political leadership. In the context of the C20th and C21st history of Taiwan, he is describing the complete destruction of Taiwanese society.

>>17508737 President José Ramos-Horta says there will be no Chinese military base in Timor-Leste

>>17508746 Australia hails ‘new chapter’ in Timor-Leste relationship as leaders sign defence pact - Albanese government looks forward to military cooperation as Jose Ramos-Horta calls for help to develop Greater Sunrise gas fields

>>17513783 Coalition accuses government of mishandling Solomon Islands election funding offer - Foreign Minister Penny Wong is trying to douse political controversy over Australia's offer to fund elections in Solomon Islands after its Prime Minister accused the federal government of foreign interference

>>17513790 Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has mocked Australia while declaring he will take up the government's offer to help fund the next national election – but only after his country's parliament has voted to delay the national poll until 2024

>>17513866 US military’s footprint is expanding in northern Australia to meet a rising China - Major construction, funded by the U.S. and Australian governments, is underway in the northern port of Darwin, at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and at Royal Australian Air Force Bases Darwin and Tindal for facilities that will be used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps

>>17519208 Solomon Islands Exempts Australia, NZ From US Navy Ship Ban

>>17526478 Exercise Kakadu 2022: Royal Australian Navy chief Mark Hammond ‘ready for spy ships’ - Australia’s new Chief of Navy says he is prepared for “uninvited” Chinese spy ships at the country’s flagship naval war games, Exercise Kakadu, as Beijing ramps up its surveillance of Western allies’ capabilities ahead of a potential Taiwan conflict

>>17531373 Australia rejects China’s requests to join trans-Pacific trade partnership - The Albanese government has rebuffed Chinese requests to begin negotiations on its bid to join one of the world’s biggest free-trade agreements, as Beijing suggests bilateral relations would improve if Australia backed its admission to the bloc

>>17531416 China accuses the International Atomic Energy Agency of issuing a 'lopsided' report on AUKUS nuclear submarines plan

>>17531427 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2022

>>17531434 Video: The AUKUS nuclear submarine cooperation spells serious nuclear proliferation risks. - SpokespersonCHN

>>17531453 IAEA chief's AUKUS report lacks legal basis: Chinese UN mission - Xinhua - chinadaily.com.cn

>>17531459 AUKUS deal must be subject to scrutiny: China Daily editorial - chinadaily.com.cn

>>17531465 Nuclear proliferation caused by AUKUS will make the world sweat in the face of teetering security - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17531476 GT Voice: Australia advised to take rational approach to China’s supply chains - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17531948 Japan slams Beijing’s ‘coercion’ - Japan’s top diplomat in Australia has suggested China’s record of “economic coercion” should disqualify it from being admitted to one of the world’s largest free-trade agreements, warning of the “risk of sabotage from within”

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847820  No.18046094

#26 - Part 18

Australia / China Tensions - Part 4

>>17531969 Trade pact should be only for those who play by rules - Shingo Yamagami, Japanese ambassador to Australia - theaustralian.com.au

>>17532044 Hudson Institute Tweet: Video: MESSAGE TO THE CHINESE PEOPLE - Watch Hudson’s China Center’s first “Evening Chat with @mikepompeo” about why the #CCP does NOT represent the Chinese people and why the CCP is paranoid by the example of American freedom.

>>17532067 Video: The Chinese Communist Party Does Not Represent the Chinese People - Hudson Institute’s China Center presents a new series entitled, “Evening Chats with Mike Pompeo: A Message to the Chinese People.” In this series, 70th US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo speaks directly to the Chinese people about the Chinese Communist Party and US-China relations - Hudson Institute

>>17537104 Chinese envoy reiterates intl communities’ deep concerns over nuclear-powered submarine cooperation under AUKUS - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17542676 Biden locks in defence of Taiwan, Australia will have to respond - US President Joe Biden once again said that the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacked. The comments overturn decades of strategic ambiguity towards the defence of Taiwan and threaten to draw Australia into another future conflict.

>>17548346 Pacific islands a key U.S. military buffer to China's ambitions - United States Institute for Peace report

>>17548350 Penny Wong likely to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York this week - 20 September 2022

>>17548361 Chinese envoy recounts fierce exchanges at IAEA over AUKUS deal, calls nuclear submarine plan a blatant violation of non-proliferation - Hu Yuwei - globaltimes.cn

>>17548378 Jennifer Zeng Tweet: I understand that the #CCP needs to maintain the terror inside #China. But I really don’t know how they are going to explain to Chinese people why the CCP guys are the only ones that need a mask to protect themselves from #CCPVIRUS #COVID #COVID19

>>17548378 Alvin Lum Tweet: Try and find VP Wang Qishan in 5 sec

>>17565902 U.S.-led Pacific group to focus on climate, connectivity amid China concerns - Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) includes the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

>>17565944 Wong urges China to use its influence to rein in Putin - Foreign Minister Penny Wong has urged China to use its clout as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to prevail upon Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt his invasion of Ukraine

>>17565947 Foreign Minister Penny Wong hoses down hopes of an end to tariffs on Australia exports to China after a late-night meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York City

>>17565954 Senator Penny Wong Tweet: A constructive conversation with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi tonight. The meeting reaffirmed the Australian Government’s view that it is in the interests of both sides to continue on the path of stabilising the relationship.

>>17565957 Ministerial statement - Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs - Meeting With China’s State Councilor And Minister Of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi

>>17572568 Update: Australia urged to take substantive actions in repairing ties with China, after 'constructive' meeting - Wang Qi and Liu Caiyu - globaltimes.cn

>>17572618 China told by Penny Wong to rein in Vladimir Putin, calls his latest threats ‘weak and desperate’ - Foreign Minister Penny Wong has put China on notice in a speech to the UN General Assembly that it must use its “no limits” partnership with Russia to force an end to its war with Ukraine, declaring Vladimir Putin’s unchecked use of military power is a threat to all smaller nations

>>17572639 Solomon Islands tells UN it’s been ‘unfairly targeted’ over relationship with China - The prime minister of the Solomon Islands has complained that his country had been subjected to “a barrage of unwarranted and misplaced criticisms, misinformation and intimidation” since formalising diplomatic relations with China in 2019

>>17572749 U.S. in Talks to Build First Nuclear Subs for Australia - Proposal seeks to expedite capabilities for ally by mid-2030s, until it can build its own, in bid to counter China

>>17577600 West tramples on Solomons’ dignity, sovereignty by intimidating its ties with China - Yang Xiyu - globaltimes.cn

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847820  No.18046096

#26 - Part 19

Australia / China Tensions - Part 5

>>17577642 Xi Jinping’s top envoy, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has said China is ready to meet Australia “halfway” in the most promising change in Beijing’s diplomacy since its relationship with Canberra imploded in 2020

>>17577683 In this old photo, there is the Australian love between Xi Jinping and his father | President Xi's national gift story - Zhong Qi - politics.people.com.cn

>>17583251 AUKUS’ plan to expedite Australia’s nuclear sub construction an act of nuclear proliferation under ‘naval nuclear propulsion’ cover: Chinese mission to UN - Leng Shumei and Hu Yuwei - globaltimes.cn

>>17588911 Video: The CCP Lies About Race In America - Hudson Institute’s China Center presents Episode Two of Evening Chats with Mike Pompeo: A Message to the Chinese People - Pompeo explains how the Chinese Communist Party attempts to divide Americans with lies that distort the issue of race in America and tarnish the US in the eyes of the Chinese people

>>17595154 U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris condemns "disturbing" actions by China in the Pacific while pledging to deepen "unofficial ties" with Taiwan, days after the U.S. administration pledged its forces would defend the island

>>17595158 Solomon Islands has told Pacific nations invited to a White House meeting with President Joe Biden it won't sign the summit declaration, prompting concern over the islands' ties to China

>>17595172 US pushes for AUKUS acceleration as China’s fleet looms - Australia will engage with US plans to accelerate the construction of AUKUS nuclear submarines

>>17595220 Hudson Institute Tweet: Video: Hudson's @mikepompeo warns that the most anti-Chinese force in history is the CCP, an undeniable truth they don't want you to know.

>>17595220 Mike Pompeo Tweet: The Chinese Communist Party was founded on the Marxist ideology that killed millions of Chinese people. It's the most anti-Chinese force in history.

>>17601549 IAEA general conference to first review China-proposed agenda on AUKUS nuclear sub deal concerns - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17607347 US, Pacific Island leaders vow to strengthen ties with historic partnership declaration amid growing China risks - The United States and Pacific island nations have unveiled a historic joint partnership declaration, vowing to strengthen ties amid growing concerns of China's role in the region

>>17607375 Is the US sincere in taking Pacific Island countries as ‘partners?’: Global Times editorial - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17607637 How China spies ‘signed up Bob Hawke’ - Bob Hawke was unwittingly used by the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence arm, becoming involved with a spy agency front that used foreign elites to help rehabilitate the country’s image after the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, a new book reveals - Spies and Lies: How China’s Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World by Alex Joske

>>17613412 China thwarts AUKUS-related amendment attempts on legitimizing nuclear sub marine deal at IAEA conference - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17613419 India's 'deft diplomacy' thwarts Beijing’s plans to pass anti-AUKUS resolution - China withdrew a draft resolution at the IAEA against the AUKUS grouping seeking to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The sources said India's 'deft diplomacy' played a crucial role in ensuring that many smaller countries took a clear stand against the Chinese proposal - Geeta Mohan - indiatoday.in

>>17613690 How China is winning in the Pacific - Beijing is using subversion and coercion to force small nations to bow to its will - John Lee, non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington - theaustralian.com.au

>>17637099 New report shows the Chinese Communist Party launched coordinated disinformation campaign after Solomon Islands riots - The Chinese government has been running a coordinated disinformation campaign in Solomon Islands, suggesting that Australia, the United States and Taiwan fomented the riots that rocked the capital Honiara last year, according to new analysis by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

>>17637123 China’s bare-faced Solomon Islands lies - CCP propagandists have blunted anti-Chinese sentiment in Solomon Islands and boosted criticism of Australia and the West by spreading false narratives about last year’s riots in the capital Honiara and the country’s subsequent security pact with China

>>17637124 PDF: How the Chinese Communist Party is spreading lies in Solomon Islands - Blake Johnson, analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre - aspistrategist.org.au

>>17637128 Solomon Islands leader to travel to Australia on fence-mending visit - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will visit Australia as both countries look to mend ties which soured after the Pacific nation struck a security pact with China

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847820  No.18046099

#26 - Part 20

Australia / China Tensions - Part 6

>>17637130 Keeping our frenemies close: Albanese hosts Solomons leader at the Lodge - Preventing one of Australia’s closest neighbours from forging closer bonds with China will be top of Anthony Albanese’s agenda when the prime minister meets Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare in Canberra

>>17637131 Top Australian defence officials hit by 'sophisticated' Singapore cyber hack - Some of Australia's most senior defence figures have been caught up in a data breach after "sophisticated" cyber hackers targeted a five-star hotel in Singapore - Between May and July this year, customer data was stolen from eight Shangri-La hotels across Asia, including the luxury Singapore venue where Defence Minister Richard Marles held top-level security talks with China shortly after Labor's election win

>>17637138 Mike Pompeo Tweet: The CCP wants me to stop speaking the truth. Ain’t gonna happen

>>17637138 Hudson Institute Tweet: "The genocidal #CPP is the oppressor of the Chinese people & an enemy of free people around the globe. The Chinese people know this & the American people know it. As a wise man once said, 'facts are stubborn things.' No one at Hudson is intimidated by this." - @john_walters_

>>17637212 Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands urges certain Westerners to stop spreading disinformation, refuting false narratives by Australian think tank - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17700421 The Albanese government will pour an extra $1 billion into aid and security assistance in the Pacific - almost double what Labor promised at the election - as it urgently tries to counter China’s growing influence in the region

>>17701241 Anthony Albanese meets Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Canberra

>>17701244 Video: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on October 8, 2022

>>17701298 Countries vote down motion to discuss UN report into China's serious human rights violations in Xinjiang

>>17701299 Cold War mentality the biggest threat to world peace and stability: Chinese disarmament ambassador - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17701304 Former senior Australian officials criticize drift on China policy, AUKUS - Xu Keyue - globaltimes.cn

>>17701350 Video: Former Chinese president Hu Jintao unexpectedly removed from party congress

>>17701375 Fergus Ryan Tweet: Video: Hu Jintao gets shuffled off the political stage in a fairly undignified manner. Note how he tries to swipe Xi Jinping's notes. He does not seem well at all.

>>17709421 US to deploy B-52 bombers to Australia to create ‘unified front’ against China - The United States plans to deploy six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near Darwin as part of a strategy experts say would dissuade China from invading Taiwan but increase the chance of Australia being drawn into a conflict

>>17709661 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on October 31, 2022

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847820  No.18046102

#26 - Part 21

Australia / China Tensions - Part 7

>>17800492 Anthony Albanese meets Xi Jinping at G20 summit in Bali, telling the Chinese President Australia wants to work with China in the interests of both countries and regional peace

>>17800511 Open up to Chinese trade, Xi tells Albanese - Beijing has said the “most difficult time for China-Australia relations has passed”, but told Canberra to improve the relationship the Albanese government needs to reduce hurdles on Chinese businesses.

>>17800514 GT Voice: China-Australia summit may herald new turn in relations - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17800515 Australian business leaders welcome talks between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and China’s President Xi Jinping, but cautious about expecting any immediate outcomes

>>17800518 Xi-Albanese meeting at G20 injects thawing potential to frayed ties - Australia still needs to show 'sincerity, diplomatic autonomy free from US' - Deng Xiaoci - globaltimes.cn

>>17800527 Australia reaps reward for standing ground on China - China’s intimidation campaign against Australia has failed, says White House Indo-Pacific Co-ordinator Kurt Campbell, who congratulated the Albanese government on its “strong, purposeful diplomacy”

>>17800537 Albanese says Australia is unlikely to support Taiwan's push to join Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

>>17800544 Anthony Albanese throws Taiwan’s trade pact entry into a diplomatic spin - Australian diplomats scrambling to reassure key partners the nation remained open to Taiwan’s entry into one of the world’s biggest trading blocs

>>17800547 Taiwan seeks answers from Anthony Albanese over CPTPP comments at APEC - Taipei sought an urgent explanation from Anthony Albanese’s office after the prime minister made comments which suggested Australia could reject Taiwan’s bid to join the CPTPP because it was not a “recognised” nation state

>>17803999 China warns AUKUS deal an ongoing ‘threat to peace’ and bilateral relations - AUKUS partnership is “clearly a threat” to regional peace and security, and undermines any improvement to the two countries’ bilateral relationship

>>17804004 Fraught AUKUS impedes momentum of better China-Australia ties - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17804019 Coalition calls for sanctions on Chinese officials over Uyghur human rights abuses in Xinjiang, after foreign minister Penny Wong declined to meet prominent Uyghur advocates in Canberra

>>17804028 Torture survivors’ plea for Australia not to abandon them after China reset - Omar Bekali, who spent seven months in 2017 in internment camps in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, fears that as Australia seeks a closer relationship with China after years of hostility, the plight of persecuted ethnic minorities will fall off the Albanese government’s agenda

>>17827652 Video: Chinese cry for freedom in biggest anti-government protests since Tiananmen - Crowds have chanted “down with the Communist Party” and “Xi Jinping, step down” in an extraordinary wave of protests across China sparked by anger at draconian Covid restrictions

>>17832714 Video: Beijing boils as BBC journalist arrested amid national anti-government protests - BBC journalist Ed Lawrence arrested, beaten and kicked by Chinese police as China’s biggest anti-government protests since Tiananmen in 1989 surged into Beijing

>>17832778 Daniel Duggan, Australian pilot with China links fights extradition to US, slams ‘unprecedented’ treatment

>>17850394 PDF: "The Enemy Is Inside the Gate - The CCP is involved in the QLD elections. Criminal elements within the Australian Government have enabled CCP access to all of Australia’s institutions over decades and communist ideology is being forced on the Living Men-Women-Children of this land without their knowledge or consent."

>>17853206 Video: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson's awkward silence to pointed question as Beijing cracks down on COVID protests - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian left dumbfounded when asked about the anti-government protests which have engulfed the country, as the Chinese Communist Party begins a brutal crackdown on those involved

>>17869631 Government and opposition MPs to visit Taiwan as part of Australian parliamentary delegation - Six federal politicians from both Labor and the Coalition will travel to Taiwan next week, in the first visit from an Australian parliamentary delegation in years

>>17869647 MPs fly to Taiwan for secretive bipartisan talks - The first group of sitting Australian parliamentarians to visit Taiwan since 2019 will include former deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, two Labor members of the Albanese government, Meryl Swanson and Libby Coker, Liberal National Party members Scott Buchholz and Terry Young, and Liberal Gavin Pearce

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847820  No.18046103

#26 - Part 22

Australia / China Tensions - Part 8

>>17879059 Beijing says Australia is ‘playing with fire’ over Taiwan visit - Beijing has warned a bipartisan visit to Taiwan by a group of Australian politicians will undermine efforts to repair Australia-China ties, accusing the delegation of spreading “plague and pestilence” and declaring Australia is “playing with fire”

>>17879065 With lawmakers' Taiwan visit, Australia should stop playing with fire before the fire starts to burn - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17879078 Albanese criticized for insincerity on improving ties with Beijing amid his attempts to distance himself from Taiwan-visiting delegation - Xu Keyue - globaltimes.cn

>>17906062 Japan joins US and Australia to counter China’s ‘dangerous and coercive actions’ - Australia and the United States will integrate Japan into their joint military activities in Australia, a significant deepening of the relationship as the three nations work increasingly closely together to push back on China

>>17906065 Military conflict would lead to an almost total collapse of China: Morrison - Scott Morrison says military conflict between the US and China over Taiwan would deliver “mutually assured destruction” but would devastate the Chinese economy more than the west and lead to an almost total collapse of the country

>>17906070 Video: Australia’s Role in the China Struggle: A Conversation with Scott Morrison - Thirtieth Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Hudson Institute China Center Director Miles Yu discuss Australia’s role in combatting the threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific - Hudson Institute

>>17906072 Chinese FM urges Australia to stop official exchanges with Taiwan island; delegation visit ‘doomed to end with nothing substantive’ - Xu Keyue - globaltimes.cn

>>17906072 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on December 6, 2022

>>17906310 Australia warned not to become US’ ‘spearhead’, as ‘2 2’ meeting goes beyond hyping 'China threats' - Wang Qi - globaltimes.cn

>>17922495 Growing uncertainties as Japan, Australia strengthen strategy coordination with US - GT staff reporters - globaltimes.cn

>>17934103 Former US pilot held in Australia accused of breaking US arms controls by training Chinese pilots - Australian pilot Daniel Duggan, a former US Marine Corps aviator, has been accused of breaking American arms control laws by training Chinese fighter pilots to land on aircraft carriers, according to an indictment now unsealed by a US court

>>17934310 As Xi’s sun turns up heat, we’d do well to smarten up - "There can be only one sun in the sky and the new dynastic form of leadership in China under Xi Jinping believes that heavenly body is Beijing." Barnaby Joyce - theaustralian.com.au

>>17939818 U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China's TikTok - Republican Senator Marco Rubio announces bipartisan legislation to ban China's popular social media app TikTok, ratcheting up pressure on owner ByteDance Ltd amid U.S. fears the app could be used to spy on Americans and censor content

>>17946334 Vanuatu security treaty leaves China out in cold - Australia has outplayed China to secure a legally binding security treaty with Vanuatu, paving the way for intelligence sharing and faster deployment of defence, ­humanitarian and cyber support to the small Pacific nation in times of crisis

>>17960832 Former fighter pilot’s wife defends ‘angel and patriot’ against charges of training Chinese military - Saffrine Duggan said her husband Dan Duggan was a patriotic Australian who was being used as a “geo­political pawn’’ by the US in an attempt to stop other pilots from working in China

>>17972561 China contact raises hopes for imprisoned Australian citizens, journalist Cheng Lei and writer Yang Hengjun - “The Chinese have that kind of mentality to show their goodwill by releasing political prisoners”

>>17980326 Foreign Minister Penny Wong to make first ministerial visit to Beijing since China froze diplomatic relations with Australia

>>17980334 Penny Wong to visit China for historic meeting with her counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday 21st December – the 50th anniversary of Australia-China relations

>>17985372 China’s sanctions on Australian exports could be dropped in a month’s time following Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s “significant” visit to the country, according to Allan Behm, head of thr international and security affairs program at The Australia Institute

>>17985452 Talks break the ice but PM won’t bow to China - Anthony Albanese says Australia won’t bow to Beijing and will continue to call for Chinese leaders to respect global rules as Penny Wong prepares to depart for the first official visit to China by an Australian government minister in four years

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847820  No.18046106

#26 - Part 23

Australia / China Tensions - Part 9

>>17985462 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on December 19, 2022

>>17985469 Principles behind Whitlam’s China vision still drive us - Gough Whitlam’s act of vision and ambition recognised China’s global significance and it also spoke for a greater sense of maturity and independence in Australia’s foreign policy - Anthony Albanese, 31st Prime Minister of Australia - theaustralian.com.au

>>17985487 Big challenge now will be to manage expectations - "The contradiction between Beijing’s strategic aims for the region and Canberra’s strategic aims is as strong and widespread as ever. Beijing wants the US military gone from the region, opposes AUKUS and the Quad, wants to establish its own military bases in the South Pacific, wants to control our critical infrastructure, and much more." - Greg Sheridan - theaustralian.com.au

>>17985519 Penny Wong’s China visit should become a trip for Australia to find its original aspiration: Global Times editorial - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17985781 China unveils ultra-deepwater drillship - The 42,000-tonne Dayang, which will be able to reach almost all of the world’s seabeds, is part of China’s quest to become a major sea power

>>17985817 Keith Hartley, a second Australian-based former military fighter pilot being investigated for his involvement in the alleged training of Chinese fighter pilots, claims “the whole thing is intensely political” after his home was raided by police

>>17990962 Chinese customs move may signal trade thaw for Australian lobster, pearls, Ugg boots and more - In a further sign of improving ties between Australia and China, Beijing’s powerful Customs Department has officially encouraged the buying of Australian lobsters, health products, Ugg boots and pearls

>>17990975 ‘Ice thaws, but slowly’: inside Penny Wong’s historic China trip - Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ming said China expected to take the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Australia as “an opportunity to strengthen dialogue and expand co-operation” while also “managing differences”

>>17990982 Video: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong will pay a visit to China on December 20 and 21 - SpokespersonCHN

>>17990995 Repairing China-Australia ties helps ‘meet expectation’ of fixing trade ties, ‘pave way’ for easing China-US tension: expert - Yang Sheng and Zhang Changyue - globaltimes.cn

>>17991001 GT Voice: Australia can be East-West bridge, not US pawn to contain China - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>17996539 ‘Very different countries’: Wong bridges great divide in high-stakes Beijing meeting - Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong raised sensitive issues of trade blockages and human rights during her high-stakes meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a historic dialogue that paves the way for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to consider visiting Beijing next year

>>17996551 Wong visit to China welcome but it is not the start of a reconciliation - "The CCP’s ambition is to rewrite global rules to enable its own domestic and international objectives. High-level meetings between Australian and Chinese leaders cannot change this reality. They are important and welcome, as long as they are accompanied by a long-term strategy of maintaining national security policies and working with partners to build regional resilience and deter Chinese aggression." - Justin Bassi and Fergus Hunter, Australian Strategic Policy Institute - theaustralian.com.au

>>17996561 China-Australia ties ‘on fast track to recovery’ as leaders agree to initiate, restart dialogues in 6 areas - Yang Sheng and Zhang Changyue - globaltimes.cn

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847820  No.18046107

#26 - Part 24

Australia / China Tensions - Part 10

>>17996575 Beijing calls for end of ‘anti-China rhetoric’ in Australia after Penny Wong visit - Beijing has warned Canberra to “not be swayed by the US” in its handling of China while signalling it may partially end the black-listing of Australian exports previously worth more than $20 billion a year

>>17996587 Canberra should not be swayed by US in handling its relations with China: China Daily editorial - chinadaily.com.cn - chinadaily.com.cn

>>17996590 Video: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on December 21, 2022

>>18002306 Solomon Islands ambassador John Moffat Fugui has died during Beijing’s Covid wave, stunning diplomats in China’s capital

>>18016738 Activists to revisit controversial ‘Where is Peng Shuai’ protests at January Australian Open - One of the protesters, Drew Pavlou, says they want to ‘make trouble’ for Tennis Australia over its links to China

>>18022397 China mourns passing on of Solomon Islands Ambassador Fugui who ‘had great visions to connect two countries’ - Global Times - globaltimes.cn

>>18022403 Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade announces passing on of Ambassador Fugui in Beijing

>>18022442 TikTok Security Dilemma Revives Push for U.S. Control - Some Biden administration officials think TikTok will remain security risk as long as it is owned by Chinese company

>>18029214 Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus clears way for pilot Daniel Duggan’s extradition to the US - The Albanese government has waved through Washington’s request to hand over a former American fighter pilot to US authorities, who accuse him of providing military training to pilots working for the People’s Republic of China

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847820  No.18046109

#26 - Part 25

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, Australia and Worldwide

>>17469878 Video: COVID-19 isolation period shortened to five days - People who test positive for COVID-19 will only be required to isolate for five days except in vulnerable settings following a meeting of national cabinet

>>17531302 Fresh twist in fight against Omicron as new vaccine approved in Australia - A new Covid vaccine designed to fight the Omicron strain was quietly approved this week, in good news for those still eligible for another jab

>>17607406 Video: Mandatory COVID-19 isolation periods scrapped from October 14, emergency response 'finished' says national cabinet

>>17629647 Victoria's purpose-built COVID quarantine hub to be shuttered by government following drop in demand - A half-billion dollar COVID-19 quarantine facility in Melbourne's north will be closed after just eight months in operation

>>17701275 Experts say dropping pandemic declaration is ‘an appropriate step’ - Epidemiologists have backed Premier Daniel Andrews’ decision to end the pandemic declaration, the legal instrument used to enforce rules intended to stop the spread of COVID-19

>>17701278 The Moderna bivalent Covid vaccine introduced in Australia - A new Covid booster has started being rolled out in Australia which is anticipated to give recipients broader immunity to the deadly virus

>>17701284 Julian Assange tests positive for Covid as wife reveals she is ‘worried for his health’ - The worried wife of Julian Assange has revealed the WikiLeaks founder’s diagnosis in prison where he is locked in his cell 24-7

>>17806665 Unbelievable: Researcher Claims Anti-vaxx Groups’ Fear Mongering and Scare Tactics Cause Vaccine-Related Adverse Events Like Blood Clots and Heart Attacks - Raymond D. Palmer, self-identified "mRNA alchemist" from Western Australia, admits there are serious risks associated with Covid-19 vaccinations, but blames anti-vaxxers for it

>>17817311 Hopes high for next virus: one jab is fit for all - Australian scientists have developed a one-stop vaccine for pandemic viruses that promises to be available within weeks of another Covid-style threat erupting

>>17832896 Top Australian Cardiologist, Dr. Ross Walker calls for Ban on mRNA Shots After Rise in Jab-Related Heart Conditions

>>17848766 New South Wales to withdraw or refund tens of thousands of Covid fines issued during the pandemic after government lawyers conceded some fines were invalid in a test case brought by Redfern Legal Centre

>>17906053 Construction begins at the site of Moderna's first Australian mRNA vaccine facility in Melbourne's southeast - The site at Monash University's Clayton campus has a 2024 completion date and will be capable of producing 100 million vaccine doses a year - It will be the first facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, providing COVID-19 booster shots as well as mRNA vaccines for other respiratory viruses like influenza

>>17934289 Australia to move away from ‘COVID exceptionalism’ in 2023 plan - Australians will need a doctor’s referral for a PCR test at a private pathology clinic from January 1 next year as Australia moves away from “COVID exceptionalism” even as the nation’s chief medical officer predicted regular waves of the virus for at least two more years

>>17985916 Dr Kerryn Phelps reveals ‘devastating’ Covid vaccine injury, says doctors have been ‘censored’ - Dr Kerryn Phelps has broken her silence about a “devastating” Covid vaccine injury, slamming regulators for “censoring” public discussion with “threats” to doctors - Former federal MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has revealed she and her wife both suffered serious and ongoing injures from Covid vaccines, while suggesting the true rate of adverse events is far higher than acknowledged due to underreporting and “threats” from medical regulators

>>17991108 ‘Not anti-vaxxers’: Dr Kerryn Phelps says she suffered COVID vaccine injury, calls for more research - Former federal MP Dr Kerryn Phelps says she and her partner experienced vaccine injury, calling for tests for long COVID and vaccine injuries as well as more research on the long-term harms of the coronavirus and immunisation side effects

>>17991120 Video: Top doctor says she suffered COVID-19 vaccine injury - Dr Kerryn Phelps is calling for more research into COVID-19 vaccines after she says she experienced a vaccine injury - 9 News Australia

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847820  No.18046111

#26 - Part 26

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

>>17520790 Video: 'Andrew, you're a sick man': police drag heckler from crowd during Queen's procession - King Charles III and his siblings followed the Queen's coffin through Edinburgh during a procession towards St Giles' Cathedral. A man was heard shouting: 'Andrew, you're a sick old man' at Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, before police detained him - Guardian News

>>17520795 Video: Man in Aussie football shirt dragged to ground after three-word Prince Andrew slur - As the crowd watched on in sombre silence as the Queen’s coffin passed by, one man’s harsh words rang out across the mourning throng - 7NEWS Australia

>>17607547 Video: Prince Andrew: Banished | Official Trailer - Prince Andrew: Banished unpacks the tumultuous story of how Prince Andrew, Duke of York - formerly regarded as the attractive, beloved son of Queen Elizabeth II and decorated naval officer - whose behavior antics throughout his career as a Royal brought scandal and disgrace to the 1200-year legacy of the British Royal Family - Peacock

>>17623816 Two men charged over alleged assault on another man who heckled Prince Andrew as he walked behind the Queen's coffin in Scotland

>>17637148 Kevin Spacey trial begins in New York, five years after sexual abuse accusations - Anthony Rapp alleges Spacey acted to gratify sexual desire during an encounter in 1986, when he was 14 and the Oscar winner was 26 or 27

>>17637151 Q Post #4590 - https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/kevin-spacey-accuser-dies-by-suicide-day-after-actor-posts-kill-them-with-kindness-video - "This marks the third Spacey accuser to die in 2019." At what point does it become painfully obvious? - Q - https://qanon.pub/#4590

>>17696781 MY DEAR ANDREW - I feel so bad for dear friend Andrew, says Ghislaine Maxwell in first prison interview since sex trafficking conviction

>>17696784 Video: Ghislaine Maxwell: Victims slam 'unrepentant' sex trafficker after new interview - Ghislaine Maxwell's comments show she still believes she's done nothing wrong

>>17696785 Q Post #1001 - Where do roads lead? Each prince is associated with a cardinal direction: north, south, east and west. Sacrifice. Collect. [Classified]-1 - [Classified]-2 - Tunnels. Table 29. D-Room H - D-Room R - D-Room C - Pure EVIL. 'Conspiracy' - Q - https://qanon.pub/#1001

>>17696785 Q Post #4923 - https://twitter.com/VRSVirginia/status/1319071346282778624 - Dearest Virginia - We stand with you. Now and always. Find peace through prayer. Never give up the good fight. God bless you. Q - https://qanon.pub/#4923

>>17807136 PDF: Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Sue Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan - Two women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse are suing Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan, saying the banks facilitated Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking operation and ignored red flags about their wealthy client

>>17832909 Ghislaine Maxwell’s appeal against 20-year jail sentence for sex trafficking on the brink of collapse after estranged husband Scott Borgerson refused to pay outstanding $900,000 legal bill and a further $1 million to challenge her conviction

>>17857930 Jeffrey Epstein's estate agrees to pay the Virgin Islands more than $105 million to settle civil suit - The lawsuit, filed in January 2020, alleged that Epstein created a network of companies and conspired with others to help him carry out and conceal the alleged sex trafficking scheme

>>17862913 Alan Dershowitz: 'Prince Andrew should not have paid Virginia off' - The retired Harvard law professor speaks out for the first time since Giuffre lawsuit dropped - “A great weight has been lifted off my shoulders”

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847820  No.18046112

#26 - Part 27

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

>>17458311 ANONS, REMEMBER: GLOBAL REPORT ALL CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL! ZERO TOLERANCE! https://qanon.pub/?q=child

>>17463649 Student of Sydney swim teacher Kyle Daniels thought alleged touching was normal in breaststroke - A girl who was allegedly sexually touched by her swim coach during a lesson has told a court she thought it was “what a teacher does”

>>17463654 Swim coach Paul Douglas Frost preyed on young students’ ‘trust and vulnerability’, NSW District Court told - A Sydney swimming coach allegedly preyed on the vulnerability of his young students through grooming and indecent sexual acts in the 1990s and 2000s, a jury has heard

>>17463670 Pedophile tradie Bryan Michael Grange appeals 30-year jail sentence over child sexual abuse - A tradie who was jailed after inflicting “depraved” sexual abuse on a newborn and preschool-aged children is appealing his sentence

>>17463684 Haileybury College facing legal action from estate of woman whose son suffered sexual abuse - The elite Melbourne private school faces legal action from the estate of a woman whose son suffered sexual abuse in the 1960s.

>>17463909 Apple, Facebook, Microsoft forced to come clean on child abuse material - Australian authorities have served Apple, Microsoft and the owner of Facebook and Instagram with world-first legal orders to come clean on what - if anything - they are doing to detect and report child sex abuse material or face fines of more than half a million dollars a day

>>17469867 Woman who kept ‘sex slaves’ weeps in court as she appeals conviction - A woman found guilty of forcing two women from Thailand into sex slavery has wept in NSW Supreme Court as she appealed her conviction

>>17494440 Australian Federal Police fear hike in child forced marriage cases as overseas travel restrictions lift

>>17494440 If you, or someone you know, is at risk of a forced marriage please see My Blue Sky - Australia’s dedicated forced marriage portal providing information, support and legal advice to people in or at risk of forced marriages - https://mybluesky.org.au

>>17494440 Contact the Australian Federal Police on 131 237 or email NOSSC-Client-Liaison@afp.gov.au (National Operations State Service Centre)

>>17494440 Australian Federal Police: Human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices (including forced marriage) information report form - https://forms.afp.gov.au/online_forms/human_trafficking_form

>>17494447 Video: Fears of rising cases of forced marriages in Australia with dozens of cases each year - Authorities fear the number of cases of forced marriage will rise in Australia with underage girls as young as eleven being forced into marriage. One organisation plans to educate vulnerable girls in Sydney before they fall victim. - ABC News (Australia)

>>17494489 Primary school children filming and uploading sexualised content in worrying new trend - An increasing number of primary school-aged children are creating and uploading their own sexually explicit material to the internet, prompting fears from child abuse investigators that they are putting themselves at risk of serious harm

>>17499352 Asset-shedding child abuser John Wayne Millwood declares bankruptcy, ‘stacks’ creditors, gets pension, avoids compo to victim-survivor - The 76-year-old Tasmanian former colonial art-collector who in 2016 pleaded guilty to abusing a young boy over five years in the 1980s, causing lifelong harm, declared himself bankrupt in July

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847820  No.18046114

#26 - Part 28

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

>>17499393 Video: Three children rescued, 45 people facing child exploitation charges after joint West Australian and Federal Police operations - WA Police Operation Palomar and Australian Federal Police Operation Tamworth - Forty-five people charged in WA with a total of 149 offences - More than 35,000 child exploitation images and videos seized

>>17504328 Kyle Daniels trial: Mum sobs in court over alleged abuse of her daughter during swimming lessons - A mother has broken down in court over a children’s cartoon - 'Pantosaurus' - which helped uncover her daughter’s alleged abuse

>>17504329 Video: Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song - UK National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

>>17504360 Video: Sextortion: How WA predators are ‘invading kids’ bedrooms’ - Police have described how predators are grooming West Australian children across numerous online platforms following an operation of unprecedented scale in Australia that led to the rescue of three children from ongoing abuse, the identification of 14 more at risk and the arrest of 45 people thus far

>>17508793 Australian Federal Police: New online child safety animations to help educate community - Animations released this week by the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) aim to give the Australian community a better understanding of online child sexual exploitation

>>17513816 Launceston General Hospital manager denies abuse cover-up - Internal reviews by a Tasmanian hospital into pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin were misleading and an allegation of historical abuse known to management was omitted and not escalated, Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has been told

>>17513834 Former Ashley Youth Detention Centre boss Patrick Ryan 'found out about allegations against staff member during hearings'

>>17513847 Video: Claims of abuse exposed at Tasmania's Ashley Youth Detention Centre - Former boss Patrick Ryan first became aware of historical allegation against a management team member during commission of inquiry's hearings - abc.net.au

>>17526484 Launceston General Hospital head of medical services, Peter Renshaw accused of 'lack of insight' into pain he was causing in denying 11-year-old Zoe Duncan's alleged rape

>>17526492 Launceston General Hospital head unaware of any 'marked changes' to systems after paedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin's offending

>>17526505 Tasmanian hospital 'omitted' nurse abuse claims - Launceston General Hospital failed to escalate allegations and "rumours" of abuse during investigations into pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin, who had worked on the children's ward for almost two decades

>>17526507 'No change' at Tasmanian hospital since abuse - Peter Renshaw, senior director at Launceston General Hospital where pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin worked for almost two decades has told an inquiry he is not certain systems and processes have markedly changed since the offending came to light

>>17531122 Police arrest 24 registered child sex offenders in South Australia's largest operation in recent years, in a statewide sweep during National Child Protection Week

>>17531125 Video: No change at Launceston hospital since paedophile nurse worked there, inquiry told - A senior director at the Launceston General Hospital has told Tasmania's Commission of Inquiry he's not aware of any marked changes at the hospital since it was revealed that a paedophile nurse worked there for 18 years - ABC News (Australia)

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847820  No.18046117

#26 - Part 29

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

>>17531157 Tasmanian abuse failings 'spanned governments' - Tasmanian governments past and present have failed to prioritise the safety of children, a sexual abuse inquiry has been told

>>17531514 Francis William Cable: Marist brother paedophile known as Br Romuald dies in jail - The former teacher and headmaster known as Br Romuald, who systematically abused at least 20 boys while in his position of power, has died aged 90 while facing more charges

>>17531523 Death of paedophile priest Francis Cable, aka Brother Romuald, makes victim's mum glad - Audrey Nash says she is glad her son's abuser died in jail but "it doesn't take anything away"

>>17531530 Church needs process to support survivors after paedophile clergy deaths - The Marist Brothers' Province of Australia has declined to outline what procedure it follows - if any - to support survivors when abusers die

>>17531563 ‘I needed to step up’: Former Surf Coast mayor sues church over alleged abuse - Police officer and former Surf Coast mayor, Brian McKiterick, has launched legal action against the Vincentian order almost 50 years after he was allegedly abused by a priest while boarding at a former Catholic college in Bendigo

>>17588869 Bishop Christopher Saunders ordered to leave the Kimberley as Catholic Church confirms investigation - The Catholic Church has confirmed it is undertaking an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against resigned Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders - It has also ordered that the 72-year-old leave the outback diocese where he has been a priest and bishop for more than 50 years - In a rare statement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said a "Vos Estis Lux Mundi" investigation was underway

>>17588894 Australian archbishop investigating retired bishop on abuse allegations - Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane will conduct an investigation into retired Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome, using a process established by Pope Francis in 2019 - "Vos Estis Lux Mundi" ("You are the light of the world") - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vos_estis_lux_mundi

>>17588902 Every parent’s worst nightmare: How child rapist babysitter Jareth Thomas Harries-Markham used Facebook to find families - A babysitter and live-in au pair who sexually abused 16 children aged between eight months and nine years old in Perth sentenced to 18 years behind bars - Jareth Thomas Harries-Markham’s crimes were so horrific the state prosecutor broke down while reading the facts of the offences during his sentencing in the WA Supreme Court

>>17595187 Lawyers argue for more jail time in sentencing submissions for paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale - Prolific paedophile priest whose offending is "unparalleled in Australia", according to his defence counsel, likely to die in prison

>>17607461 Vatican sanctions Nobel laureate after Timor accusations - The Catholic Church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal has caught up with a Nobel Peace Prize winner, with the Vatican confirming that it had sanctioned the East Timor independence hero, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, following allegations that he sexually abused boys there during the 1990s

>>17607480 Tasmanian government date gaffe prompts abuse apology change - Tasmania's government has shifted the date of a formal apology to survivors of child sexual abuse after realising it coincided with the three-year anniversary of a serial perpetrator's death - pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin

>>17607515 James Geoffrey Griffin: The child abuse scandal that shamed Tasmania - Tiffanie Turnbull, BBC News - bbc.com

>>17623836 Cricket Australia issues apology to survivors of child sexual abuse involved with cricket, calling on states and territories to join up to the National Redress Scheme

>>17629627 Rolf Harris has cancer and is ‘gravely sick’ while under 24 hour care - Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris’ health has deteriorated, leaving the Australian entertainer barely able to speak - Disgraced Australian entertainer being fed by a tube and no longer able to speak as he battles neck cancer

>>17629643 'I hope he dies a miserable death in prison': Paedophile teacher James Booth sentenced to seven years prison - James Booth, or Jim as he was known to his students, pleaded guilty to a raft of charges against four young boys who were around the age of 12 at the time the offending occurred in the 1980s and 1990s - "Rot in hell Mr Booth" a woman yelled at the former teacher who abused her brother Charlie

>>17637141 Nobel Peace Prize winner Belo an alleged pedophile - Holy See has prohibited Belo from living in Timor Leste, contacting minors or exercising public priestly ministry

>>17697682 Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale sentenced for sexual abuse of boys at Mortlake in western Victoria in the 1980s

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847820  No.18046121

#26 - Part 30

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

>>17804041 Operation Uniform Kalahari: Queensland Police investigation identifies nearly 50 child exploitation victims - Ten men and one woman charged with a combined 245 offences including rape, sexual assault, grooming, indecent treatment of children and supplying dangerous drugs to minors

>>17807125 PDF: Former high court judge Dyson Heydon resigns as member of the Order of Australia following a 2020 inquiry that found he sexually harassed six junior court staff

>>17853198 Perth father labelled one of Western Australia’s worst paedophiles jailed for 25 years over sexual abuse of 22 children, including his own, between 2015 and 2021

>>17857946 Video: Australian Federal Police Operation Huntsman shuts down organised crime syndicates exploiting children - AFP shuts down more than 500 bank, financial services and digital currency accounts involved in the sexual extortion of Australian teenagers

>>17869695 Virginia Elementary School Will Offer “After School Satan Club” - The Satanic Temple has been approved to host an after-school program for students at at B.M. Williams Primary School in Chesapeake, Virginia - The monthly Satanist meetings will teach children “benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, creative expression, personal sovereignty, and compassion.”

>>17869702 Video: ‘After School Satan Club’ sparks religious freedom debate in Chesapeake - Club set to launch at B.M. Williams Primary School on Dec. 15 - “I understand the apprehension behind the satanic name, but he is just an imaginary figure that we look to because he is the eternal rebel that fought for justice and humanity.” - Rose Bastet, a volunteer organizing the new club

>>17879103 The number of people with knowledge of child sexual abuse committed in the 1970s by Pentecostal pastor Frank Houston, the father of Hillsong founder Brian Houston, was in the “tens of thousands” before Frank’s death in 2004, a Sydney court has been told

>>17879120 Video: ‘I was paid for my silence’: Brian Houston’s father’s victim speaks out - A man who was sexually assaulted by Brian Houston’s father claims he was told by the Hillsong founder that he was responsible for the abuse because he “tempted” the late preacher Frank Houston

>>17884719 Hillsong founder Brian Houston standing trial in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court where he is defending allegations that he failed to go to police with details of his father Frank’s sexual assault of a young boy over 40 years ago - Brett Sengstock was sexually assaulted by disgraced preacher Frank Houston at his family’s Sydney eastern suburbs home in January 1970

>>17906059 Inside church’s investigation of paedophile preacher Frank Houston - Brian Houston’s right hand man, George Aghajanian, says church elders didn’t feel obligated to report Frank Houston’s sexual abuse of a young boy to police because it happened decades earlier when Hillsong church didn’t exist

>>17906265 Hillsong Church general manager George Aghajanian tells court he believed it was "entirely appropriate" for self-confessed paedophile Frank Houston to receive a financial retirement package when he was removed from the church's ministry

>>17906281 Brian Houston’s right-hand man defends golden handshake given to paedophile preacher Frank Houston and denies Frank Houston’s sexual abuse of boy was swept under the rug

>>17911800 Prosecutors drop all outstanding child abuse charges against former Sydney swimming instructor Kyle Daniels - The 24-year-old was accused of inappropriate sexual contact with nine young female students while working as a part-time swim instructor at a Mosman pool in 2018 and 2019

>>17917739 Church leaders defend not reporting pedophile preacher Frank Houston to police - Pentecostal church leaders did not report pedophile preacher Frank Houston to police in the late 1990s because they obtained legal advice telling them the victim was old enough to make his own complaint

>>17917750 Secretive inquiry into the potential defrocking of Peter Hollingworth faces yet another extraordinary delay, sparking concerns elderly participants will die before proper scrutiny over the former governor-general’s handling of the child sex abuse issue

>>17917825 Parents swept up into controversy over After School Satan Club speak out: 'At their wits' end' - City of Chesapeake at the center of a firestorm sweeping the southeastern Virginia community after The Satanic Temple has attempted to establish an After School Satan Club (ASSC) for kids at the local B.M. Williams Primary School - "Satanism truly has made me a better person, a better friend, a better parent and a much better contributing member of society." - June Everett, ordained minister in The Satanic Temple and campaign director of ASSC

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847820  No.18046124

#26 - Part 31

Child Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Human Trafficking and Satanism Investigations - Part 5

>>17917917 What is Satanism? And where does social justice fit into this controversial religion? - "What do Satanists believe? It's a timely question, given that accusations of Satanism and reports of Satanic activity have become worryingly mainstream in recent years, particularly in the USA. We're all familiar with the feverish imaginings of QAnon adherents and their belief in the existence of a global network of Satanist paedophiles. But even among seemingly rational people on the American political right, the name of Satan is dropped with increasing frequency, and unwelcome cultural phenomena routinely denounced as "Satanic". Are Satanists really out there? And do they pose some sort of demonic threat to decent society? The short answers are (1) yes, and (2) no — and beyond the scare stories lie some fascinating complexities." - David Rutledge - abc.net.au

>>17917927 Q Post #133 - Does Satan exist? Does the ‘thought’ of Satan exist? Who worships Satan? What is a cult? Epstein island. What is a temple? What occurs in a temple? Worship? Why is the temple on top of a mountain? How many levels might exist below? What is the significance of the colors, design and symbol above the dome? Why is this relevant? Who are the puppet masters? Have the puppet masters traveled to this island? When? How often? Why? “Vladimir Putin: The New World Order Worships Satan” Q - https://qanon.pub/#133

>>17927384 Central Coast convicted pedophile Mark Ginn jailed after using Roblox currency for online abuse - Convicted pedophile given 10 year jail sentence after using currency from the online game Roblox to coerce young girls into sexually abusing themselves

>>17927394 Hazel Houston, wife of pedophile preacher Frank Houston, made complaints to Pentecostal church leaders claiming they were treating him poorly after it was revealed he sexually abused a young boy

>>17934262 Parliamentary inquiry recommends Australia sign up to the Cloud Act agreement, allowing Australian agencies to access electronic data hosted in the US related to serious offences - The agreement will reduce delays obtaining evidence in relation to offences such as terrorism, child exploitation and human trafficking

>>17934328 Pentecostal church leaders did not speak to paedophile preacher Frank Houston’s victim about whether he wanted to come forward - Pastor Keith Ainge, a high-ranking member of Pentecostal church’s leadership has admitted it should have been confirmed with paedophile preacher Frank Houston’s victim that he did not want to make a complaint to police

>>17934333 Hobart man who orally raped his baby son to make video for internet predators, and got caught with scores of horrific child abuse images and videos far too disturbing for publication, jailed for seven years

>>17939675 Launceston General Hospital sex-abuse report rebukes leaders - Senior management at Tasmanian hospital where male pedophile nurse James Geoffrey Griffin worked for almost two decades showed "inertia" to implementing child safety reforms after his death, a review has found

>>17939693 Launceston General Hospital report: 92 recommendations to be adopted - Embattled hospital’s “senior executive management team” showed a “level of inertia” in engaging with the review and a “lack of the responsive leadership” needed to fix the woes

>>17939744 Launceston General Hospital report makes 92 recommendations after abuse scandal - Premier Jeremy Rockliff said he would work to ensure all recommendations from the review were implemented in full

>>17939750 PDF: Independent Report from the Co-Chairs for the Child Safe Governance Review of the Launceston General Hospital and Human Resources

>>17939800 Disgraced pastor Frank Houston continued preaching after ban for child sex abuse - Despite being banned by the church for raping a child, disgraced pastor Frank Houston continued preaching up until months before his death

>>17939800 Brian Houston addresses Hillsong Conference at Sydney’s SuperDome in 2002 - Talks to the 18,000-strong crowd about his father Frank Houston’s sexual abuse of a boy

>>17939832 ‘Hail Satan’: a Virginia town at war over After School Satan Club - Christians and Satanists clash at the Chesapeake School Board meeting - "The most bombastic Satanist speakers stormed out of the meeting after they finished. One member named Lacy emphatically said to a group of Christians on her way out, “You don’t have to like it, but you have to respect it!” A woman replied simply, “No, we don’t.”"

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847820  No.18046127

#26 - Part 32

Child Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Human Trafficking and Satanism Investigations - Part 6

>>17946343 Microsoft and Apple among the global companies accused of 'turning a blind eye' to child sexual exploitation - Some of the world's biggest technology companies aren't doing enough to prevent the spread of child sexual exploitation on their platforms, according Australia's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

>>17946371 How social media giants created a ‘paedophile paradise’ - A world-first insight into how social media giants are responding to online child sexual abuse has exposed what Australia’s eSafety boss condemned as a culture of wilful blindness in which companies ignore or make token attempts to monitor serious criminal activity on their sites

>>17946374 PDF: Basic Online Safety Expectations - Summary of industry responses to the first mandatory transparency notices - eSafety Commissioner, December 2022

>>17946383 Paedophile preacher Frank Houston claimed he’d been banned from preaching because his son, Hillsong founder Brian Houston, wanted to “steal his church”

>>17946396 Defrocked Frank Houston gave sermons, court told - Stripped of his credentials to minister after his son learned he sexually abused children, pedophile pastor Frank Houston continued leading church sermons until weeks before his death

>>17953481 ‘One strike, you’re out’: Brian Houston confronted his father over child abuse, court told - "We have a ‘one strike and you’re out, no tolerance policy’ towards paedophiles, and it can’t be any different for you than it is for anyone else"

>>17953494 John Rolleston: Paedophile GP avoids more jail time for more historical abuse of young boys - Given 84-year-old Rolleston suffered from melanoma, lung disease, heart disease, gastrointestinal bleeding and recurrent kidney stones, Judge Flannery said it would “be cruel and unusual punishment to return him to jail for such a short period in his state of health”

>>17961000 Danny Radojcin, former caretaker from Caulfield Hebrew Congregation synagogue being investigated by police after sexual assault allegations were made against him

>>17961025 Students expelled from small Jewish ultra-Orthodox private school Cheder Levi Yitzchok in St Kilda, because their parents refused to sign a memorandum of understanding that limited who they could talk to about the alleged sexual abuse of their children

>>17980354 Hillsong founder Brian Houston tells Sydney court he believes his father was a "serial paedophile", and responses to abuse allegations when they first came to light were not "all they should have been"

>>17985875 Hillsong founder Brian Houston tells Sydney court it is "absurd" to suggest he would claim a man had "tempted" his paedophile father into abusing him as a child

>>17991094 Video: SA court jails Instagram child-sex predator Cameron Robert Bowen for more than 15 years for stalking, grooming and abuse - A pedophile who preyed upon vulnerable LGBT children through the internet will serve one of the longest sex abuse sentences in state history

>>17991102 Video: Brian Houston denies downplaying father's abuse in Hillsong sermon - Hillsong founder Brian Houston has told a court he was not trying to "fool" the congregation by referring to his father's sexual abuse of a child as only a "very serious moral accusation"

>>17996641 Hillsong founder Brian Houston believes he did the “right thing” not going to police after his father told him he had molested an underage boy three decades earlier

>>18002294 Cody Michael Reynolds, former NSW Moriah College teacher pleads guilty to possessing and transmitting child exploitation material

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847820  No.18046128

#26 - Part 33

Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide - Part 1

>>17532471 How Queen’s death followed disinformation playbook - "The death of Queen Elizabeth II has laid bare a blueprint for how disinformation flourishes around major news events, with bad actors taking advantage to grab attention and sow confusion" - AFP - theaustralian.com.au

>>17583291 Gloss goes off Donald Trump for even rusted on supporters - "Mounting legal troubles, lacklustre polling and growing frustration among Republicans that the former president has done little to help his hand-picked, and struggling, Republican candidates get across the line in forthcoming congressional elections have diminished the former president’s political future" - Adam Creighton - theaustralian.com.au

>>17804046 Trump, Who Wants to Be President, Can’t Stop Promoting QAnon Memes - "A man asking for control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal is sharing posts about a global cabal of pedophiles that he alone can bring down" - Nikki McCann Ramirez, Associate Research Director at Media Matters - rollingstone.com

>>17879042 Donald Trump calls for end of US Constitution due to 'massive fraud' in 'false and fraudulent' 2020 presidential election - ""Donald Trump has suggested a "termination" of the US Constitution, earning a sharp rebuke from the White House as the former president revisits debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election that he lost."'' - Jason Dasey - abc.net.au

>>17906076 Donald Trump’s planned White House return could put AUKUS submarine program at risk - "Trump’s recent track record makes it unlikely he will succeed in returning to the presidency. What is left unsaid is that Australia can really only cross its fingers to avoid such a scenario, given the uncertainty – if not unmitigated chaos – it would bring." Tom Minear, News Corp Australia's US correspondent - heraldsun.com.au

>>17934061 Queensland shooting: Gunman Gareth Train was a conspiracy theorist - A gunman who killed two police officers in a shootout in western Queensland on Monday had posted conspiracy theories online including that the Port Arthur massacre was faked by government to enable a crackdown on gun ownership - Internet searches show that Gareth Train was a prolific author of bizarre conspiracy theories about Port Arthur, the Catholic Church and against police

>>17934342 REPORT EXPOSES QANON’S EXPLOITATION OF U.S. MILITARY’S REPUTATION - Human Rights First (HRF) releases “Digital Soldiers:” QAnon Extremists Exploit U.S. Military, Threaten Democracy, a report that examines how the extremist QAnon movement is working to exploit the United States military to undermine American democracy - “With its masquerade of a partnership with the military, QAnon and its adherents encourage public acceptance of military intervention in domestic politics and other authoritarian actions” - Elizabeth Yates, Senior Researcher on Antisemitism at Human Rights First

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847820  No.18046130

#26 - Part 34

Qanon / Conspiracy Theory Hit Pieces, Australia and Worldwide - Part 2

>>17939893 ‘Not just at the pointy end’: Calls for renewed focus on conspiracy threats - Experts are calling for renewed national focus on the potential violent threat posed by elements of Australia’s conspiratorial fringe, after the killing of two police and their alleged attackers in regional Queensland - "Elise Thomas, a senior analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, said the uncertainties of the pandemic and frustration at government responses to it had exposed many people to conspiracy theories for the first time."

>>17946304 Wieambilla murders a wake-up call on the dangers of sovereign citizen cults - "The term that hasn’t been used by police or media to date is domestic terrorism but that is surely what led to the deaths of three innocent people." - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) - theaustralian.com.au

>>17953468 Police shooting sparks sov-cit expert to warn of rising ‘cult’ danger - "I started bringing the potential dangers of this movement in Australia to the attention of authorities in 2014…I feel almost nothing has been done to prepare for the inevitable explosion that I warned a single crisis would spawn." - Jack The Insider (Peter Hoysted) - theaustralian.com.au

>>17953519 Beware toxic extremism lurking on the fringes - "Anti-vaccination beliefs, traditionally associated with the far left, have proliferated on the right in response to Covid and now appear to be a core plank of the Reichsburger, QAnon and sovereign citizen movements." - Claire Lehmann, founding editor of Quillette - theaustralian.com.au

>>17953724 Police murders show disturbing rise of the conspiracy mindset - "Take QAnon. It’s a vile, hateful, anti-Semitic, far right movement that embodies a crazy set of conspiracy theories, including some from the political left. QAnon believes, among other things, that the US government is run by a network of secret pedophiles…The most senior figure to give occasional nods to QAnon is Donald Trump. Although QAnon is extreme and hateful, it also engages its followers in a kind of game, with the challenge of endlessly deciphering the clues of Trump and the like." - Greg Sheridan, The Australian's foreign editor - theaustralian.com.au

>>17985863 Queensland Police Union plan to buy Wieambilla property where two officers were killed in ambush - Union president Ian Leavers said he did not want the land to "fall into the wrong hands" - "The last thing we want to see is the anti-vaxxers, pro-gun, conspiracy theorists to get this land and use it for their own warped and dangerous views" - Sarah Richards - abc.net.au

>>18012378 Pressure builds to keep Donald Trump off Facebook ahead of his possible reinstatement - "Nearly half of Trump's posts and reposts on Truth Social in the week after the 2022 midterm elections pushed claims of election fraud and amplified QAnon accounts or content" - Nicole Gaudiano - businessinsider.com

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847820  No.18046136

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847820  No.18046141

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

CURRENT DOUGH

https://controlc.com/783728d88

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847820  No.18046171

File: 42f0b0054f07cf0⋯.jpg (506.63 KB, 825x1014, 275:338, KR_4.jpg)

File: 5ef2d5add7319e8⋯.jpg (470.37 KB, 825x1016, 825:1016, KR_6.jpg)

File: 5b53d31bf6dae8d⋯.jpg (1.87 MB, 1252x1754, 626:877, Page_23_Gold_Coast_Bulleti….jpg)

Kevin Rudd Tweets

This is a physical attack on the institutions of democracy by a far right mob.All because of extremist statements by political leaders attacking the legal results of a democratic election,echoed faithfully by a cancerous far right media.This affects us all

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1346913554117525509

https://archive.ph/DaUHy

Pro-Trump mob storms Capitol as former DC police chief denounces 'coup attemp'

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/jan/06/georgia-election-latest-news-senate-ossoff-warnock-democrats-republicans-trump-biden

Unbelievable that Murdoch media would publish this outrageous cartoon of President Biden calling him “Creepy Joe” - and for what reason? Then suggesting he’s controlled by a non-existent organisation - “Antifa”. All QAnon crap. #MurdochRoyalCommission

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1352905036305637377

https://archive.ph/iI7Sz

Gold Coast Bulletin, January 22 2021 - Page 23

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847820  No.18046179

File: c56889ca0e8390c⋯.jpg (461.27 KB, 825x1014, 275:338, KR_8.jpg)

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>>18046171

Kevin Rudd Tweets

Murdoch has zero interest in stopping dangerous far-right extremism. He sees QAnon as just another marketing tool to sucker people into his parallel universe where he can take their money and tell them how to vote. #MurdochRoyalCommission

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1357519643410272256

https://archive.ph/sGLEq

Tucker Carlson defended QAnon and said attacks on it were part of a government plot to control people's minds

The Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday defended the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement, whose adherents groundlessly believe that Donald Trump is planning a purge of child-abusing Democrats who run the world.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/fox-news-tucker-carlson-defends-qanon-conspiracy-theory-movement-2021-1

In America, the Murdoch media continues to support a QAnon congresswoman who is notorious for her racist, antisemitic nonsense. The lesson for Australia? Murdoch will back bigger fruitcakes than Craig Kelly if he thinks there’s money and power to be gained

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1357556909650243584

https://archive.ph/76u1O

Fringe-Watching: Marjorie Taylor Greene

From The Daily Show

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847820  No.18046186

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>>18046171

Chris Bowen Tweet

Qanon is a conspiracy driven cult. And the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer. Watch my brief speech in Parliament

https://twitter.com/Bowenchris/status/1404673224638550018

https://archive.ph/IvmTH

Kevin Rudd Tweet

Great speech by Chris Bowen on Morrison and his close personal relationship with an activist from QAnon - the far right, extremist, religious conspiracy group that stormed the US Capitol.

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1404718885220151306

https://archive.ph/Ztyfi

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847820  No.18046189

File: dc638f6f09b2d75⋯.jpg (515.6 KB, 825x1013, 825:1013, KR_10.jpg)

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>>18046171

Kevin Rudd Tweet

Morrison has questions to answer on his personal relationship with a leading activist of the same extremist religious/conspiracy group that stormed the US Capitol. His wife worked for Morrison.His family have reported him to the National Security Hotline

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1404418922787446784

https://archive.ph/Yptjm

QAnon follower Tim Stewart's an old friend of Scott Morrison. His family reported him to the national security hotline

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-14/qanon-follower-old-friend-scott-morrison-stewart-family-speaks/100125156

https://archive.ph/BdiY9

Kevin Rudd Tweet

Could you imagine any other Australian PM refusing to answer questions about inviting an extreme, far-right religious cultist to Kirribilli House? What about accepting his help to write a speech to parliament? His own family reported him to the National Security Hotline.

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1405070098008711169

https://archive.ph/1Hl4j

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847820  No.18046192

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>>18046171

Kevin Rudd Tweet

Premier Andrews is right to call out Morrison's offensive courting of political extremists at the expense of ordinary law-abiding Australians. Whether it's far-right radicals, anti-vaxxers or the QAnon cult. Just appalling.

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1461569968214974466

https://archive.ph/q81hH

Prime Minister's War Of Words

From The Today Show

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847820  No.18046199

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>>18046171

Kevin Rudd Tweet

Donald Trump is a traitor to the West. Murdoch was Trump’s biggest backer. And Murdoch’s Fox Television backs Putin too. What rancid treachery.

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1497863031497564161

https://archive.ph/gbMyl

Trump defends praise of Putin, makes strongest hint yet of a run for president in 2024

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/26/trump-2024/

Q Post #2576

Dec 10 2018 15:24:28 (EST)

https://twitter.com/SamanthaJPower/status/1071755419499069441

Those with the most to lose are the loudest.

Those who 'knowingly' broke the law in a coordinated effort [treason] are the most vocal.

Crimes against Humanity.

Q

https://qanon.pub/#2576

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847820  No.18046505

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Julian Assange to ask for prison release to attend Vivienne Westwood’s funeral

Latika Bourke - December 31, 2022

London: Stella Assange says her husband, Julian Assange, will apply to British authorities for leave from Belmarsh Prison to attend the funeral of their dear friend, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Westwood, one of Britain’s most-loved designers and a long-time political activist and supporter of the WikiLeaks founder, died on Thursday in the UK, aged 81.

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Stella Assange said she first met Westwood at Julian’s 40th birthday party when he was under house arrest in Norfolk in 2011, and Westwood had remained his friend and supporter “until the end”.

A decade later, Westwood attended celebrations for Julian’s 50th birthday held in his absence because he was in jail.

“Vivienne is irreplaceable. She was a huge friend, a great supporter, and it’s an enormous loss,” Stella said in an interview by phone from Spain, where she spent Christmas with her 91-year-old father as she said she could not visit her husband in prison.

“She was such a generous spirit and she really, really cared about the future of the world and future generations and she really saw all of these issues as justice and truth and the destruction of the planet as interrelated causes.

“She used her profile and her fashion to fight for the causes she believed in.”

Stella said she got to know Westwood well during her husband’s seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived as an asylum seeker to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him over now-lapsed sexual assault allegations.

“Every couple of weeks, she would come on her bicycle and spend some time with Julian, and they loved each other’s company, and they would spend hours talking about all sorts of things,” Stella said.

“There was so much laughter and she was a very intelligent and curious spirit, she was very creative and they found each other’s company riveting.”

Julian Assange is on remand in Belmarsh Prison, a facility in south-east London often used to hold prisoners in high-profile cases involving national security, and is fighting an order for him to be extradited to the United States to face charges over the hacking of classified US intelligence cables, which he published more than a decade ago.

Stella said she spoke to her husband shortly after the news of Westwood’s death was posted on the designer’s social media feeds and that he had provided her with the first quote since he had been in prison.

Julian Assange said Westwood would be “terribly missed”.

“Vivienne was a Dame and a pillar of the anti-establishment,” he said. “Bold, creative, thoughtful and a good friend. The best of Britain.”

Asked how she planned to represent her husband at Westwood’s funeral, Stella said: “Julian’s going to put in a request to be able to attend.”

Westwood was one of Julian Assange’s earliest supporters and staged stunts dressed in yellow in a cage outside the Old Bailey to draw attention to the Australian’s case, which Assange and his supporters argue is a political witch-hunt.

She designed the wedding dress and tartan kilts for the Assanges’ wedding inside Belmarsh Prison earlier this year.

Stella Assange said Westwood made careful alterations for the dress, including replacing the metal boning in the corset so it wouldn’t get caught in metal detectors and sewing a fresh rose into the bodice so that the bride would have a flower during the ceremony.

Her bouquet was taken from her by security and prison staff made her sign an agreement to never share the photographs of her and Assange marrying.

“There was so much detail and love in that dress and it’s really heartbreaking that she didn’t see how much joy she brought to our wedding day,” Stella said.

“But she knew that she had made our wedding day so amazing.

“It brought a lot of additional attention to our wedding and this was part of her magic and her intelligence to be able to give exposure to important political causes.”

Stella hopes to share the “unique gift” of her Westwood wedding gown and one day exhibit her dress alongside her husband’s kilt.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/julian-assange-to-ask-for-prison-release-to-attend-vivienne-westwood-s-funeral-20221230-p5c9kg.html

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847820  No.18046525

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Australia to resist international moves to test Chinese tourists for COVID

Sumeyya Ilanbey - December 29, 2022

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Australia is resisting moves by a number of countries to impose mandatory COVID tests and quarantine on travellers from China after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he would rely on medical advice, which is to keep the borders open.

China is experiencing a wave of COVID infections after its surprise lifting of restrictions earlier this month, with almost 37 million people possibly having been infected on a single day last week.

The United States, India, Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea and Britain have all either imposed new restrictions on Chinese travellers, or are considering doing so. Most involve compulsory testing but some are imposing quarantine for those who test positive. Almost half of the passengers arriving in Italy on two flights were found to be infected with the coronavirus.

But Albanese said on Thursday Australia was making no change to its rules on allowing travellers from China into the country.

“We will take the appropriate advice from the health experts,” Albanese told the ABC.

“There is no change in the travel advice at this point in time, but we are continuing to monitor the situation, as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID here in Australia as well as around the world.”

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said he was comfortable with the current arrangements because Australians had already been confronted months ago by the variants that were believed to be circulating in China.

The “soup of variants” that had confronted Australia over the past 12 months included the main variant in China, and had contributed to “high hybrid immunity” in the Australian community, he said.

Australians were also highly vaccinated and had access to testing and antivirals, meaning they were “very well protected from the severe issues”.

However, neither he nor Albanese ruled out future action.

“The biggest issue in China that we need to watch is the emergence of other variants, and at this stage that hasn’t happened,” Kelly said in an interview with ABC radio. “It’s a dynamic situation. We certainly need to watch closely what’s happening in China, and that’s what we’re doing.”

The stance has not satisfied everyone. The Victorian president of the Australian Medical Association, Roderick McRae, said anyone arriving from China should be screened at the airport and forced to quarantine at the Mickleham quarantine facility for seven days.

He said Australia should prepare for an avalanche of cases. “We need to think that every jet that comes into Tullamarine from China is just riddled with COVID-19, and we need to take it seriously,” McRae said.

“Do we want to fill our hospitals with tourists from China coming to the Australian Open, or do we want to look after Victorians who have already got deferred care, larger cancers in their bodies [and other illnesses]? It’s an important conversation the community needs to have.”

He also warned of new variants, saying: “It was the circumstances in China that started SARS-COVID-2 … If someone comes off a plane from China coughing or sneezing, they’ve got COVID.”

Adwin Town, of the Chinese Association of Victoria, said imposing stricter rules, such as mandatory quarantine, on travellers from China would be unfair and discriminatory.

“If you only isolate and only pinpoint on one country [the need for quarantine] because of what they do or what they think, that is unfair,” Town said. “We should have a more satisfactory reason to execute such a restrictive process.”

(continued)

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847820  No.18046528

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>>18046525

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The United States has announced mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers from China beginning on January 5. All air passengers aged two and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans should reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

It would also apply to passengers from China who enter the US through a third country, or who connect through the US to other destinations, The New York Times reported.

India has mandated a COVID-19 negative test for travellers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, its health minister said. Passengers from those countries will be put under quarantine if they show symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive.

Japan will require a negative test on arrival for travellers from mainland China from midnight on December 30. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days.

Italy earlier mandated tests for all travellers coming from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, had already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai. “The measure is essential to ensure surveillance and detection of possible variants of the virus in order to protect the Italian population”, Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said.

Taiwan said all passengers arriving on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, would have to take PCR tests on arrival from January 1.

Malaysia announced new tracking and surveillance measures for those who test positive, while South Korea is requiring virus tests for visitors from China. Officials in Britain are expected to decide on Thursday (London time) if tests will be required.

Lunar New Year, which begins on January 22, is usually China’s busiest travel season. Officials said on Tuesday they would resume issuing passports for tourism for the first time since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Italian authorities are also sequencing the Milan tests to see if there are new variants, the Health Ministry said. If a new strain is found, officials may impose stricter curbs on travel from the country.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by COVID in early 2020.

While the high rate of passengers with the virus has put authorities on alert, one factor in Italy’s favour is its high vaccination rate. More than 80 per cent of people are fully inoculated, according to the World Health Organisation, and many have also received booster shots. It’s a similar story across much of Western Europe.

In Germany, health authorities were “closely watching” the situation, according to Health Ministry spokesman Sebastian Guelde.

“We have no indication that a more dangerous mutation has developed in China that would give rise to a declaration of a virus variant area, which would result in corresponding travel restrictions,” he said.

The French Health Ministry was also monitoring developments, and said it was “ready to look at all useful measures that could be put in place as a consequence, in collaboration with France’s European partners”.

Early in the pandemic, the US barred entry to foreigners travelling from China, weeks after the virus first emerged there three years ago. Americans were allowed to return home and flights from China were funnelled to selected airports where passengers were screened for illness.

But the virus was already spreading in the US among people with no travel history.

https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/italy-reports-50-per-cent-of-passengers-on-china-flights-have-covid-20221229-p5c976.html

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847820  No.18046578

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>>18046525

War of words erupts over tests for China travellers

ED BOURKE - 31 December 2022

A war of words has erupted between medical leaders over how Australia should handle visitors entering the country from Covid-stricken China.

China is experiencing an explosion in Covid-19 infections and deaths after Beijing reversed its policies and let the virus run rampant.

According to authorities in Italy, 50 per cent of passengers on China flights to the country have Covid-19.

Victorian president of the Australian Medical Association Dr Roderick McRae attracted the ire of industry peers after calling for arrivals from China to be quarantined at Victoria’s Mickleham facility for seven days.

Authorities had to assume every plane arriving at Melbourne Airport from China was “riddled with Covid”, Dr McRae told The Age this week.

“Do we want to fill our hospitals with tourists from China coming to the Australian Open, or do we want to look after Victorians who have already got deferred care, larger cancers in their bodies,” he said.

“It was the circumstances in China that started SARS-COVID-2 … if someone comes off a plane from China coughing or sneezing, they’ve got Covid.”

Top emergency doctor and former Victorian AMA president Dr Stephen Parnis took to Twitter to blast Dr McRae for his hardline comments.

“I would expect these sorts of crude, inflammatory comments to come from an extremist politician, not a current state AMA leader,” Dr Parnis wrote.

“Our responses to Covid in Dec 2022 must, of necessity, be very different to those of Feb 2020.”

Australia has so far resisted calls to follow countries including the US, UK and France in imposing restrictions or mandatory Covid testing on Chinese arrivals, amid fears from infectious disease experts that concerning new variants could be released overseas.

Another Melbourne doctor, Dr Kate Gregorevic, tweeted that she “absolutely did not stand with” Dr McRae’s comments.

“I look forward to the AMA putting out a statement that will confirm that they do not support labelling people from an ethnic group or country as a threat,” Dr Gregorevic wrote.

It comes as Victorian Covid cases decreased by more than 30 per cent on the previous week, according to new Department of Health data released Friday.

There were 745 people hospitalised and 44 in intensive care due to the virus, with 16,568 new Covid cases reported during the week.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton warned the drop away may be due to lower levels of reporting during the holiday period.

“Covid hospitalisations edged higher in the past week, having stabilised earlier in December,” Prof Sutton said.

“The risk of Covid infection can increase through large family and social gatherings.

“It is important to consider older family and friends and those who may be more vulnerable to severe Covid illness.”

The UK, France, Spain, South Korea and Israel on Friday became the latest countries to impose mandatory coronavirus tests on visitors from China.

They join Italy, Japan, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States in requiring negative Covid tests for all travellers from mainland China, in a bid to avoid importing new variants from the Asian giant.

Chinese state media reacted furiously to the restrictions.

“… the real intention is to sabotage China’s three years of COVID-19 control efforts and attack the country’s system,” the Global Times stated in a report.

It also published a cartoon attacking Japan for its policies targeting Chinese citizens.

The paper described the restrictions as “unfounded” and “discriminatory.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/politicsnow-new-year-boost-for-1-million-welfare-recipients/live-coverage/c1379724ba2e8fcfc46f901563fb34e6#85836

https://twitter.com/SParnis/status/1608670029863882754

https://twitter.com/DrKGregorevic/status/1608655012854657024

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1282939.shtml

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1282966.shtml

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847820  No.18046597

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>>18046525

‘The scale, speed … it’s unbelievable’: millions of Chinese now infected

Covid-19 has not spread as fast as it is in China right now. At its current rate, more than a billion Chinese citizens may catch the coronavirus by March. It could happen even sooner than that.

WILL GLASGOW - December 30, 2022

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Covid has not spread as fast as it is in China right now. Hundreds of millions of people have been ­infected in the past three weeks.

At its current rate, more than a billion Chinese may catch the coronavirus by March. It could happen even sooner.

The haste with which Xi Jinping’s “zero Covid” apparatus has been dismantled has stunned even the closest observers of China’s pandemic policy.

Until three weeks ago, people who tested positive for Covid were sent to offsite quarantine centres. A stint was mandatory even for those with only mild symptoms or none at all.

Now Covid-infected employees are being instructed to return to work, unless they have extreme symptoms. Three years after the coronavirus’ initial outbreak, the world’s focus is again fixed on China. Some epidemiologists fear a new variant could emerge and change the course of the pandemic. Others hope the biggest health crisis in 100 years is finally coming to an end.

This week The Australian struggled to speak to anyone in China – of the world’s last “zero Covid” hold out – who had not been infected in December.

“It’s unbelievable. The scale, the speed,” says Huang Yanzhong, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and expert on China’s healthcare system.

“Very likely it’s already infec­ted more than 30 per cent of the population,” Professor Huang tells The Australian. This would be more than 400 million people.

For years, he and other medical experts had advised Beijing to let go of its “zero Covid” mentality – but not like this. Only 66 per cent of people over 80 have had two jabs of a vaccine, a damning statistic in a country where supplies have been plentiful for ­almost two years.

Supplies of Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral drug, Paxlovid, are in short supply, due to a mixture of nationalism and protectionism. The life-saving drug, now being sold at exorbitant prices, has ­become one of the highest status gifts among China’s wealthy elite.

Rather than take measures to flatten the wave as the healthcare system is subsumed with patients, some are urging the infection of the country’s 1.4 billion people. Supporters call the strategy “quickly reaching the peak”.

The goal, they argue, is to get through the pain as fast as possible so that economic normality can resume.

Many investment banks see good news on the other side of the outbreak. In recent days Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have released bullish forecasts for China’s stockmarket in 2023. The Economist Intelligence Unit has upgraded its outlook for Chinese growth for 2023 from 4.7 per cent to 5.2 per cent.

But others argue its messy ­reopening will damage its tarnished reputation with the international business community.

“Xi’s failures to prepare for ­reopening will tarnish his authority and the party,” said Lawrence Brainard and Jon Harrison, analysts at TS Lombard, a macroeconomic forecasting consultancy.

A doctor in one of Beijing’s overwhelmed hospitals laments China’s first nationwide outbreak is happening in winter, the peak season for respiratory illnesses. “Most of my colleagues have been infected,” she says.

So long as their symptoms are not extreme, medical staff keep working in their respiratory disease department, which is overrun with patients.

One, Mr Li, 72, a retired schoolteacher, was brought by his wife. He was worried his recovery had taken longer than his neighbours, who had all been infected.

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847820  No.18046599

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>>18046597

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Xi goes missing

China’s leader – long hailed as the “commander-in-chief” of the “people’s war” on Covid – has been notably silent on the dismantling of his signature policy.

Only this week did one of Beijing’s most senior health bureaucrats finally reveal the Communist Party’s most senior comrades, including General Secretary Xi himself, had been jabbed with Chinese-made vaccines. They did not say when.

Mr Xi’s only comments on the outbreak have been an oblique observation that the “epidemic prevention and control faces new circumstances and new tasks”. What to do about it was left to others.

Beijing’s propaganda machine is running at overdrive to counter the “futile slandering” of China’s fight with the virus.

“Shame on those trying to ­belittle and slander the nation’s efforts,” huffed the China Daily.

China’s Foreign Ministry says the country is going “through a ­period of adaptation”, as has ­happened in countries that have allowed community transmission.

“China is no exception as we shift gear in our Covid policy. China’s Covid situation on the whole remains predictable and under control,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

State secrets

Where China is exceptional is its secrecy. On Christmas Day, Beijing announced it would no longer publish daily Covid statistics. That day, modelling by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 250 million people had been infected in the first 20 days of December, according to people familiar with the briefing. Officials estimated 37 million people had been infected on the day before the meeting, according to the Financial Times. The official figure for the day was just over 4000.

Beijing has crowed about the US’s death toll exceeding a million, which it has argued demonstrates the failure of its political system and China’s superiority. Now China’s death toll is being treated as a state secret. Modelling from The Economist suggests in a worst-case scenario 1.5m Chinese people will die from the virus in the coming months.

Professor Huang thinks it is likely more than a million will die.

“That, of course, has political implications,” he says.

The security agencies are also doing their bit to obscure the toll. This week, journalists based in China were threatened with having their residency visas removed if they reported on the country’s overwhelmed crematoriums.

Earlier news stories had ­embarrassed officials, who claim that only six people have died of Covid in China in December.

A video report by CNN days before Christmas showed containers full of bodies in yellow storage bags, with more being ­delivered as the team filmed. Hundreds of cars waited in a queue to deliver more, but were told the overwhelmed facility had no place for cremation.

Some people waiting said the hospitals where their loved ones had died had told them they had no room to store the bodies.

Videos posted on social media show similar queues at funeral homes around the country.

Those facilities are now surrounded by police. Instructions have been issued to staff ordering that “no interviews with journalists are allowed; no disclosure in any kind of the present operation now”. They warn of punishment for any breaches.

Forgetting about Covid

This week, Beijing announced China’s border will open to the world from January 8. Chinese citizens will, for the first time in three years, be allowed to travel outside the country.

Those travelling to the US, Japan and India will need a negative test. Other destinations, ­including Taiwan, will test Chinese tourists on arrival.

For now many in China are nervous about leaving their apartments. Subway numbers, domestic flights and traffic congestion have plummeted.

Even James Cameron’s anticipated blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water is struggling to sell tickets. The original Avatar was a massive hit. Sun Linlin was at a screening on Tuesday. She is also one of the rare people to not have caught Covid in China’s capital. “If I really get infected, I will be a true ‘fever fan’ of Avatar! Let me complete my Avatar dream by that,” she joked.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/china-throws-caution-to-the-wind-on-covid/news-story/a4e37ca3e9741075119d84e9ea5ab36c

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847820  No.18046630

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How sexual assault victims may soon make claims on paedophiles’ superannuation

Large lump sums of superannuation tucked away by paedophiles will soon be open to compensation claims by sex assault victims.

Mark Buttler - December 31, 2022

A wave of claims by sex assault victims on the superannuation of paedophiles is set to emerge, a legal expert says.

The federal government has paved the way for victims to move on the money of bankrupt perpetrators who, under law, do not have to pay up.

Paedophiles have for years hidden their wealth in superannuation accounts which cannot be retrieved by crime victims.

But the federal government has made it clear it would soon be open season on super tucked away by abusers.

Financial Services Minister Stephen Jones has signalled loopholes quarantining the money would be closed, a stance supported by the Opposition.

Lawyer Andrew Carpenter, who specialises in pursuing claims for sex assault victims, said he had dealt with multiple cases of affluent paedophiles transferring their wealth to super so it could not be grabbed for victim compensation.

Mr Carpenter said some abusers were sitting on many millions of dollars in super, while those they hurt struggled to survive.

He said there would be many Victorian victims able to take advantage of the new rules, which are expected to be available for use by next year.

“It’s going to be a wave. A lot of people in the past haven’t been able to go against the offender,” he said.

Mr Carpenter said the move would help ease the burden on taxpayers who are helping pay for the ongoing treatment of victims, many who are unable to work.

“It’s effectively taxpayers providing the redress now,” Mr Carpenter said.

Mr Carpenter, the Grace Tame Foundation, the Carly Foundation and Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia have lobbied hard to have paedophiles’ super assets open to their victims.

A petition with 20,000 signatures gave the move more momentum.

It will require changes to the legislation covering bankruptcy and superannuation.

One of the cases which has sparked most outrage is that of former Bega Cheese chief executive Maurice Van Ryn, who committed ­grotesque ­assaults on nine children.

Van Ryn had a multi­million-dollar superannuation portfolio but it was shielded from being used to provide compensation to the victims.

It was ruled to be a protected asset under civil law.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-victoria/how-sexual-assault-victims-may-soon-make-claims-on-paedophiles-super/news-story/840760ac178080a13832ee7e6c818bf3

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847820  No.18046697

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Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre sues his ex-girlfriend Rina Oh over defamation case

Priscilla DeGregory - December 30, 2022

Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre claims a defamation suit filed against her by the dead pedophile’s ex-girlfriend is “a sham,” new court papers show.

Rina Oh, 43, filed a $10 million-plus federal lawsuit against Giuffre in January for publicly naming Oh as one of Epstein’s recruiters. Oh claims she has since realized she was also a victim of Epstein “and his gang.”

Oh also alleged Giuffre, 38, sexually abused her “at Epstein’s direction.”

Giuffre has now fired back with her own lawsuit — claiming Oh’s case is an attempt to silence and punish Giuffre for Twitter posts protected under her constitutional right to free speech.

Oh’s “lawsuit is a sham attempt to silence and harasses Ms. Giuffre, while defendant Oh is afforded the opportunity to continuously defame and disparage Ms. Giuffre,” the suit alleges. “Oh’s civil action was not to remedy a wrong but was brought for the malicious and intentional purpose of harming Ms. Giuffre and to punish her for exercising her constitutional right to free speech and to participate in the public discourse.”

Giuffre is suing for unspecified damages under New York’s free speech laws.

Giuffre has been described as Epstein’s underage “sex slave,” and claims she was even sex-trafficked to Prince Andrew – whom she subsequently sued, and then settled with for an estimated $12 million in February.

The new legal action is the latest salvo between the two women whose feud began on Twitter in October 2020, sparked by Oh’s admission that she brought at least three women to Epstein. The disclosure came during the podcast “The Recruiters, Broken: Seeking Justice.”

On the podcast, Oh admitted Epstein was her “older, rich boyfriend” in the early 2000s, and said she took the then-teenage Giuffre to buy a school girl outfit to please the rich financier — justifying the outing by saying “17 to me is not a child.”

Giuffre alleges Oh’s interview “re-traumatized” her, according to the court papers.

Oh brought her own case against Giuffre for calling Oh a “co-conspirator for” Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in a series of tweets about the interview.

On the same podcast, Giuffre claimed Oh cut and slashed her as “part of the sadomasochist” abuse “for Epstein’s pleasure,” the court papers say.

Oh’s lawyer, Alexander Dudelson, told The Post: “This is simply a baseless counterclaim filed in response to Ms. Oh’s defamation suit against Ms. Giuffre in the US District Court.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/30/jeffrey-epstein-accuser-virginia-giuffre-sues-his-ex-girlfriend-rina-oh/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-recruiters/id1478460758?i=1000496307220

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847820  No.18046747

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U.S. Embassy Australia Tweet

Thank you for a fantastic 2022, Australia! Happy New Year!

https://twitter.com/USEmbAustralia/status/1608939285214015490

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847820  No.18046802

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>>18046597

NetEase News 2022 Recap

The Great Translation Movement 大翻译运动官方推号

Dec 31, 2022

On this very last day of the year, we decided to continue NetEase News‘s 2022 legacy recap which now has been 404ed in China.

We hope that everyone can really reflect the year 2022 and live better in 2023.

#TheGreatTranslationMovement #大翻译运动

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om8hogM42v4

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cba069  No.18051965

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Happy New Year Aus Baker!

Thanks for your tireless work.

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847820  No.18052595

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>>18046525

Australia mandates Covid test for arrivals from China

LAURA PLACELLA - 1 January 2023

Travellers from China heading to Australia must submit evidence proving they have tested negative to Covid before boarding their flight, Health Minister Mark Butler has announced.

Mr Butler, speaking at a press conference in Adelaide, said the decision has been made "out of an abundance of caution" and was a temporary, modest measure.

"The government has decided … to require travellers from China to submit evidence before boarding their flight of a negative Covid test," he said.

The ruling would come into effect at 12.01am on January 5, in line with countries such as the United States and England who have made similar declarations.

"There is a broad consensus among all the jurisdictional chief health officers … that the resumption of travel between China and Australia poses no immediate public health threat to Australians," Mr Butler said.

"It's clear … that the Omicron subvariant BF.7 that appears to be driving the wave right now in China has been present in Australia for several months.

"Nonetheless, the Australian government shares the concerns that have been expressed over recent days by a number of other governments and importantly by the World Health Organisation."

Mr Butler said several other countries – including the United States, England, France, Japan, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Italy and Spain – have or will, on January 5, put similar arrangements in place "not to restrict travel from China, but to gather better information about what is happening epidemiologically in that country".

"The World Health Organisation … described yesterday such measures as … understandable in the absence of comprehensive information about the situation in China right now," he said.

"I want to stress that these arrangements have not been put in place lightly.

"I want to stress again that we warmly welcome, as a government, the resumption of travel between our two countries. This is going to be a wonderful thing for families, who haven't seen friends and relatives for months, if not years, particularly as we move into the Lunar New Year period."

Mr Butler refused to be drawn on whether this ruling would impact Australia's trade relations with China, saying he did not expect it to have "any broader impact".

"It will not come as any surprise to the Chinese government that Australia is putting this (ruling) in place, given the broad range of countries that have taken similar steps over the last 48 to 72 hours," he said.

The government intended to put in place additional measures, which might include testing the wastewater of airplanes.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/politics-now-russia-strikes-ukraine-hours-before-new-year/live-coverage/fe1633816161647aa628178a7990681e#85876

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847820  No.18052610

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>>18046525

COVID test to be required for travellers from China

Anna Patty - January 1, 2023

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Travellers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau will need to take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result before flying to Australia from Thursday.

Health Minister Mark Butler said the new requirement was in response to the significant wave of COVID-19 infections in China and the potential for emerging viral variants there.

“The decision to implement these temporary measures has been made out of an abundance of caution, taking into account the dynamic and evolving situation in China and the potential for new variants to emerge in an environment of high transmission,” he said.

“This small but sensible move will help to protect people who are at risk of severe illness and safeguard our healthcare system.”

From 12.01am on January 5, travellers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours before travel and show evidence of a negative test result when travelling to Australia.

A spokeswoman for Butler said that a decision about whether it will be a RAT or PCR test would be made in coming days.

Butler said the new measures were precautionary and temporary and will remain under review based on available health advice.

“Australia is well positioned in its pandemic response. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Australia and internationally, in collaboration with medical experts. Our absolute priority is keeping our community safe and continuing to be a world leader when it comes to responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“In making this decision, I have been briefed extensively by the chief medical officer. Australia now joins other countries across the world including France, India, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, the Republic of Korea, England and the United States of America in implementing similar measures.”

The World Health Organisation has pointed to the lack of a clear global understanding of the genomic sequencing of cases in China.

Butler said Australia would introduce the testing requirement, explore the feasibility of wastewater testing from aeroplanes, strengthening community wastewater testing arrangements across the country and voluntary testing at airports for inbound travellers “in light of that lack of comprehensive information”.

It is unclear how Australia can rely on the transparency of test results from China.

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847820  No.18052611

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>>18052610

2/2

At the end of 2022, 17,052 COVID deaths had been reported in Australia since the beginning of the pandemic, and 14,790 occurred last year alone. Last Friday, 3599 people were in hospital with COVID, almost half of them in NSW.

In November, Butler said ATAGI would make third booster recommendations in the new year ahead of the Australian winter.

While the reporting of positive COVID tests and isolation are no longer mandatory, NSW Health recommends staying home when you are sick and taking precautions against infecting others, such as wearing a mask, for at least seven days. It continues to recommend people keep up to date with their vaccinations and wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces.

Butler said his department was working with states and territories to monitor the situation in Australia very closely.

“The government continues to work closely with state and territory governments to improve our capacity to detect and rapidly respond to any new emerging variants of concern,” he said.

“There is no advice to change our current approach to managing this phase of the pandemic in Australia. Fortunately, in Australia we have readily available access to vaccines and treatments, and high underlying population immunity.”

Butler said all people should stay up to date with vaccinations and all single people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine should make an appointment as soon as they are eligible. Anyone who is eligible for oral anti-viral treatments should have a plan to access those if they test positive.

Universities Australia said universities were ready to welcome back international students and the new government decision would not close the door to Chinese students returning to Australia to start or continue their university studies.

“In line with the health advice, they will be required to test negative to COVID-19 before entering Australia. This is a sensible measure in response to the evolving situation in China, and mirrors what other countries are doing,” chief executive Catriona Jackson said.

China is Australia’s biggest market of international students, but around 36 per cent enrolled in universities remain outside the country.

“Education is Australia’s largest services export – contributing over $40 billion to the economy and supporting 250,000 jobs in 2019,” Jackson said.

“It’s imperative we do everything we can to recover the position of strength we held prior to the pandemic.”

https://www.smh.com.au/national/covid-test-to-be-required-for-chinese-travellers-20230101-p5c9q0.html

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847820  No.18052631

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>>18046525

Taiwan offers China help with COVID surge

Jeanny Kao - 1 January 2023

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has offered to provide China with "necessary assistance" to help it deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases, but says Chinese military activities near the island are not beneficial to peace and stability.

In an abrupt change of policy, China last month began dismantling the world's strictest pandemic regime of lockdowns and extensive testing, meaning COVID-19 is spreading largely unchecked and likely infecting millions of people a day, according to some international health experts.

Tsai, in her traditional new year message, delivered at the presidential office, said everyone had seen the rise in cases in China, which views Taiwan as its own territory and has ramped up military pressure to assert those claims.

"As long as there is a need, based on the position of humanitarian care, we are willing to provide the necessary assistance to help more people get out of the pandemic and have a healthy and safe new year," she said, without elaborating.

Taiwan and China have repeatedly sparred over their respective measures to control the spread of COVID.

China had criticised Taiwan for ineffective management of the pandemic after soaring domestic infections last year, while Taiwan has accused China of a lack of transparency and trying to interfere with vaccine supplies to Taiwan, which Beijing has denied.

Tsai reiterated a call for dialogue with China, saying war was not an option to resolve problems.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his New Year address on Saturday evening, made only brief reference of Taiwan, saying people on either side of the Taiwan Strait "are members of one and the same family", and made no mention of seeking to bring the island under Chinese control.

Tsai, taking questions from reporters, said she had noted Xi's "gentler" remarks.

"But I want to remind people - the military activities of the People's Liberation Army near Taiwan are not at all conducive to cross-strait relations nor regional peace and stability," she added.

Shortly after Tsai spoke, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said 12 Chinese military aircraft had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which had previously served as an unofficial buffer between the two sides, in the past 24 hours.

China staged war games near the island in August after then-US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei, and those military activities have continued.

Tsai has repeatedly said she wants talks and peace with China but that Taiwan will defend itself if attacked and that only its 23 million people can decide their future. China views Tsai as a separatist and has refused to talk to her.

https://thewest.com.au/politics/taiwan-offers-china-help-with-covid-surge-c-9323330

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847820  No.18052655

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Pope Benedict leaves a ‘mixed’ legacy: Pell

Anna Patty - January 1, 2023

Cardinal George Pell remembers Pope Benedict as an inspiration to younger priests and one of the finest theologians, but says he leaves a mixed legacy and will be mostly remembered for his abdication.

Speaking from Rome, Pell said Benedict, who died on Saturday, was not a natural governor or manager “and things did not turn out exactly as he hoped”.

“The latter years of his pontificate were bedevilled by financial and other scandals,” he said.

“As always therefore his legacy is mixed, but his contribution was invaluable for more than fifty years, from the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.

“But he will be mostly remembered for his abdication.”

Benedict stunned the world on February 11, 2013, when he announced that he no longer had the strength to run the Catholic Church.

Pell said Benedict, who had lived longer in retirement than as pope, inspired a decade of young vocations to the priesthood and religious life and was “one of the finest theologians of the twentieth century and indeed the best theological writer from the long list of more than nineteen hundred years of popes”.

He was the first pope to abdicate since Celestine V in 1294 and controversial because of his social and theological conservatism.

“He was regularly assailed by a wide variety of enemies, who understood his importance. He had been a brilliant junior partner to his predecessor, St John Paul the Great,” Pell said.

“A Christian gentleman and a German scholar of the old school, Pope Benedict will be long revered for his faith, learning and fidelity.

The Bishop of Broken Bay, Reverend Anthony Randazzo, said when Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope on April 19, 2005, some Catholics feared that he would be a severe, rigid, and controlling leader.

“Likewise, it is fair to say that some Catholics hoped that this indeed would be the case,” he said.

Having been called to Rome by Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003, Randazzo said he encountered “a gentle man, by nature a shy person, who went out of his way to be hospitable and welcoming”.

“As priest, theologian, bishop, prefect and Pope, Joseph Ratzinger tended to avoid things showy or overstated. It struck me that he was not so much interested in himself, rather he was captivated by the beauty of culture and life.

“Benedict XVI will be remembered for many different reasons; however, I will always remember him for his work of uncovering the truth. Not some subjective opinion dressed up as ‘truth’, but the objective truth, who is Christ Jesus.”

The Vatican on Saturday announced the death of Pope Benedict, aged 95.

The Vatican said Benedict’s remains would be on public display in St Peter’s Basilica from Monday. His funeral will be held in St Peter’s Square on Thursday and will be presided over by Pope Francis.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher, who oversaw World Youth Day in 2008, said in a statement that Pope Benedict had been a key influence and someone with whom he became close. Benedict visited Australia in 2008 for World Youth Day, drawing huge crowds.

“I had the great privilege of spending some private moments with Pope Benedict, away from the spotlight,” Fisher said.

“They were moments I will forever cherish. He had a great intellect, which he shared through his work as a professor, a Church leader and ultimately as Pope.”

https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/pope-benedict-leaves-a-mixed-legacy-pell-20230101-p5c9p9.html

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>>18046697

Prince Andrew braced as accuser Virginia Giuffre to be freed from gagging clause

Agreement signed by Duke of York will come to an end in February, which could mean allegations resurface once more

Victoria Ward - 31 December 2022

The Duke of York is braced for his sex abuse accuser to return to the public eye as a gagging clause signed by both parties is lifted in February.

Prince Andrew paid millions to settle a civil case with Virginia Giuffre earlier this year, securing a deal that bought him just one-year of silence. The Duke did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the civil case settlement.

However, that agreement will come to an end within weeks, meaning that Ms Giuffre, who now lives in Australia with her husband and children, will be once again likely to be free to talk about the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender.

It raises the prospect that she could resume television interviews, or even write a book.

Ms Giuffre sued the Duke for unspecified damages last year, claiming she was forced to have sex with him on three separate occasions in 2001, when she was 17.

The Duke, who denied any wrongdoing, was determined to take the civil case to trial and clear his name.

But Buckingham Palace urged him to settle as increasingly damaging and lurid claims dominated the news agenda and threatened to overshadow Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The late Queen was becoming increasingly frail and may have known at the time that she did not have long to live. There was concern that, among other things, the early February announcement that Camilla, the then Duchess of Cornwall - with her mother-in-law’s blessing - would be known as the Queen Consort when Charles acceded the throne would be eclipsed by the ongoing legal battle.

Buckingham Palace announced in January that it had stripped Prince Andrew of all military titles and patronages, ordered him not to use his HRH title and ruled out any return to public duties.

However, the Duke came under intense pressure to strike a deal - eventually announced on February 15 - that would draw a line under the case and allow him to retreat from the public eye.

In order to facilitate the deal, the late Queen contributed to a hefty financial settlement which was accompanied by a 12-month gagging clause, ensuring that neither side could discuss any aspect of the case or the financial deal.

The majority of the $12 million settlement went to Ms Giuffre, while around $2 million was donated to her sex trafficking charity, it is understood.

The inclusion of the gagging clause was considered critical and is understood to have been a prerequisite for the Duke borrowing sufficient money from his family to settle the case.

However, some aides were said to be “incredulous” that Prince Andrew could have paid so much money only to have the allegations repeated after such a relatively short space of time.

A friend said when the deal was signed: "If you’re going to go for legal resolution at those sorts of prices then you want silence - but what we’ve got is silence for the Platinum Jubilee."

The gagging clause will be lifted in late February, although the specific terms of the deal have not been revealed.

It is thought that while Ms Giuffre might be free to speak publicly about her experience of being sex trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, she may have agreed not to discuss the Duke or repeat her allegations about him.

A spokesman for the Duke declined to comment.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2022/12/31/prince-andrew-braced-accuser-virginia-giuffre-freed-gagging/

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847820  No.18057713

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>>18052655

Pope Benedict: A Christian gentleman of the old school

Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, is universally regarded as one of the finest theologians and writers in the papacy’s almost 2000-year history.

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL - December 31, 2022

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Three anecdotes from the years in Joseph Ratzinger’s long life when he was not yet famous, but only infamous in certain circles, throw light on the enigma presented by his personality, capacity, and achievements.

Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI and later emeritus pope, died on December 31 aged 95.

In 1968 when he was lecturing in Tubingen, near Stuttgart, in Germany, he did clash with radical Marxist students, who, however, did not shout him down, as Catholic theologian Hans Kung alleged. On one occasion after a lecture by the Dutch Dominican Edward Schillebeeckx, he was on a discussion panel which included Kung. He had said nothing until the students began shouting, “Ratzinger must speak”. When he then summarised and analysed the debate for 15 minutes, the chairman announced that nothing more needed to be said and the gathering closed happily.

Almost 30 years later in 1996, he gave the then-Communist author Peter Seewald a long series of interviews on the Church in the world at the end of the millennium. A former editor of German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung refused to review this interview of a freelance journalist with “someone”, saying it was out of the question for them. The “someone” was the then-Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican and, in book form, The Salt of the Earth sold 500,000 copies in 20 languages.

After Ratzinger’s election as Pope in 2005, the publishers of Seewald’s first article were looking for an accompanying photo – 25 photos were rejected because Ratzinger looked “too good”; they did not conform to the hostile stereotype.

Ratzinger was born in the Bavarian village of Marktl am Inn on April 6, 1927. One of three children, he spent his adolescent years in Traunstein, a small town on the Austrian border. He described himself as a Mozartean, and not simply because of his knowledge and love of classical music. His brother, George, with whom he was ordained a priest on June 29, 1951, in Freising, was for many years director of music in Regensburg Cathedral.

Like all his German countrymen, Ratzinger suffered during the Nazi period and once saw his parish priest beaten by the Nazis before celebrating Mass. Towards the war’s end, he was conscripted into the anti-aircraft service.

He wrote a doctorate on Saint Augustine’s concept of the Church, qualified as a university professor in 1957 and then lectured successively in Freising, Bonn, Münster, and in Tubingen during the upheavals of 1968. The following year, he was appointed professor of theology at the University of Regensburg, eventually becoming dean and vice-rector.

He wrote prolifically during his whole priestly life. At one stage, I thought I had read most of his writings and was amazed to see the number and variety of his earlier works, none of which I had read.

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847820  No.18057716

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>>18057713

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The Second Vatican Council in Rome (1962-65), attended by all the Catholic bishops, was the most important event in Church life in the 20th century and Ratzinger was present as a young priest-theologian for all four sessions, appointed as theological adviser to Cardinal Josef Frings, the Archbishop of Cologne.

Although not as well known to students as senior theologians such as Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, and Kung, he was active in the reforming majority movement which prevailed in the consensus-making for the conciliar decrees.

Two complementary and sometimes contrasting themes were predominant among the majority: those who favoured “aggiornamento”, bringing the Church up to date, and those who believed that vitality lay in “ressourcement”, returning to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles as lived and explained in the first centuries. Ratzinger was always prominent in the second group, an explicit disciple of the French Jesuit de Lubac, who insisted until the end that the council was an example of doctrinal development, of evolution and continuity, that did not provoke a rupture from previous Church history, as proposed by the Bologna school of historians, a theory which has made something of a comeback in recent years.

The Holy Father was not a disciple of Thomas Aquinas, although he always acknowledged the massive contribution of Thomism; much less was he a scholastic, never setting out his writings as a clear, dry series of propositions. An Italian curialist pointed out to me that he never studied in Rome as a seminarian or a young priest and he was never interested nor much involved in the intrigues which swirl around the papal court. He stubbornly believed in the goodness of people, although he often, but not always, came to accept the different estimates of his secretaries and friends. For his 40 years in Rome, actively engaged at the centre of Church life, he remained something of an outsider.

In 1972, while still at Regensburg in Bavaria, he was one of the founders of a new international magazine, Communio, which reflected a parting of ways from the line of the Concilium magazine, with its more radical appeal to aggiornamento (modernisation) and the spirit, not the texts of the council.

A destructive revolutionary zeal swept through many parts of the Western world after the council where eventually 30,000 men left the priesthood – vocations to the priesthood and religious life plummeted and Church life imploded in Holland, Belgium, and Quebec. In 1972, Pope Paul VI, who had been slow to grasp the extent of the disaster, announced that the “smoke of Satan had entered the Church”.

However, it was only on March 24, 1977, that Pope Paul VI appointed Professor Ratzinger as Archbishop in Munich and Freising and then in June created him a cardinal. This was a year before Pope Paul VI’s death, the brief reign of Pope John Paul I, and the advent of the Polish Pope John Paul II. The new Cardinal Ratzinger was an active, pastoral archbishop during his five years in Munich, committed to implementing the Council decrees, not opposing them, as Pope Paul VI desired.

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847820  No.18057719

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>>18057716

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Pope John Paul II appointed him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once known as the Inquisition, and he commenced there in February 1982, beginning a brilliant partnership with the Polish pope. They were very different, Polish and German, extrovert and reserved, public leader perhaps mystic and intellectual, and a philosopher and a theologians’ theologian, with an unusual gift for clear and elegant writing. It was here Benedict did his best work, just as some claim Paul Keating was a better treasurer than prime minister and Tony Abbott was Australia’s most successful opposition leader and a less effective prime minister.

The then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s most outstanding achievement was as president of the committee (1986-92) which produced the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on the beliefs of the faithful, a classic which ranks with the authoritative 1566 Catechism of the Council of Trent. As prefect, he was also involved in the drafting of Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals, including the major moral teaching in Veritatis Splendor and Evangelium Vitae. The Marxist substratum in the theology of liberation from South America was exposed and rejected, another important contribution.

He broke with tradition and continued to write while prefect. While it would be untrue to claim that the chief executive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published only anathemas (for centuries the pope himself was the prefect), they generally published little outside their rulings; until Ratzinger.

In November 2002, the Cardinal was elected by his brother Cardinal bishops as dean of the College of Cardinals, preaching his famous sermon at the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II, denouncing the “dictatorship of relativism”.

On April 19, 2005, he was elected pope, the 265th pope, successor of Peter, taking the name Benedict XVI after the founder of rules-based Western monasticism, which provided one of the cornerstones of the Western civilisation in which we still live and which is being steadily eroded.

The new pope continued to write and teach at a level which was historically rare among popes and senior ecclesiastics, as evidenced in his encyclicals Caritas in Veritate, Spe Salvi, and Deus Caritas Est, his discourses to the British and German parliaments, and especially his three volumes on the life of Jesus Christ.

In countries as different as Poland, the United States and Australia, his teaching won over the majority of the young lay Catholics, a minority in their cohorts, who opted to continue to live as Catholics. The changed Church circumstances of recent years have only deepened these Benedictine loyalties. He is loved and has inspired many vocations.

This Mozartian pope understood well the centrality and importance of the liturgy in the life of the Church, the celebration of Mass and sacraments with faith and reverence. Whenever Church life has collapsed, so has liturgical discipline with the official Eucharistic texts abandoned or mutilated and the Sacrament of Penance banished.

He re-established the legitimacy and availability of the Latin Tridentine Mass in 2007 so that each priest has a right to celebrate the “old Mass”. This has spread, wider and faster than most expectations, and in France, half the number of seminarians preparing for priesthood follow the Tridentine rite. Pope Francis through his letter Traditionis Custodes is attempting to curb if not quash these enthusiasms.

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847820  No.18057723

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>>18057719

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Pope Benedict also established an Anglican Ordinariate, with its own English language rite derived from the Anglican ceremonial for Anglican priests and laity who converted to Rome – “crossed the Tiber”. Hundreds of priests came across. This was ecumenically sensitive, but ecumenical dialogue and cooperation have continued.

He did good work in the battle against paedophilia and dealt effectively with the corrupt founder of the Legionaries of Christ, although he was regularly under attack from the secularising forces. His speech at Regensburg exploring the links between Islamic teaching and violence eventually produced orchestrated waves of protest, ironically validating his central thesis. His attempt to improve relations with the schismatic Society of Saint Pius X was mismanaged.

The Holy Father did not have much interest or aptitude for governance, rarely meeting with most of the curial heads, leaving that dimension of his role largely to his secretary of state, with long-term unfortunate consequences. The papal household itself was somewhat dysfunctional and thousands of documents were leaked to the press by Paolo, the butler, probably in a bizarre attempt to help the pope.

Some progress was made financially, although the then-Monsignor Vigano’s reforms were not supported. Significantly, Pope Benedict did commission a secret report on corruption in the Vatican, which has never been published, was not made available to the Conclave which elected his successor, but was consigned to Pope Francis.

My personal conjecture, which is not supported by evidence, is that when Benedict saw the report, he concluded that he did not have the organisational capacity, nor the energy at 85 to cleanse the Vatican stables. Whatever his reasons, he resigned from the See of Peter in 2013, the first such resignation since that of Pope Celestine V in 1294, whom Dante consigned to the outer reaches of Hell for his “great refusal”. Benedict deserves no such fate, although it was an extraordinary decision for a prelate and scholar deeply versed in Church history, aware of the challenges in maintaining unity in a worldwide Church; for a pope who in every other way was the champion and exponent of Catholic tradition.

It is unlikely that Benedict anticipated that Pope Francis would be his successor, or that he would live more years in retirement than as pope to see some of the consequences of his decision.

Like many Germans, he admired and understood the English-speaking world, supporting efforts for an accurate, non-ideological English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which he entrusted to Archbishop Eric d’Arcy, then Archbishop of Hobart; and of the third edition of the Missal of the Roman Rite.

He was a good friend to Australia with a disconcertingly broad knowledge of our situation. He visited us for the successful World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008, which attracted more overseas visitors than the Beijing Olympics in the same year, and, finally, against the prognostications of the experts, Pope Benedict blessed and opened Domus Australia, the Australian pilgrim centre in Rome in 2011.

Pope Benedict was a holy and prayerful priest; a Christian gentleman of the old school, who always remained a learned and reserved German professor. He was a good pope, not a great pope, but neither a failure. He preserved the Apostolic faith, taught regularly and magnificently, so that he is universally regarded as one of the finest theologians and writers in the papacy’s almost 2000-year history. He inspired many seminarians, who moved through to become zealous priests, and the numbers at his Wednesday audiences remained high. However, the hopes and bright expectations at his election were not all realised, and both his resignation and long years in retirement were surprises.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/george-pell-pope-benedict-was-a-good-pope-but-not-a-great-one/news-story/eb9959d00a12db5abde06d0801cfa8bc

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>>18052655

Cardinals Pell, Krajewski Reflect On Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy

Paulina Guzik - 2 January 2023

In interviews with OSV News, two cardinals pleased to call Pope Benedict XVI a friend reflected on his death and what the pope emeritus brought to the life of the church.

The world lost “a wonderful man. A very kind man,” Cardinal George Pell, former prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told OSV News. “I’ve seen him regularly since I came back to Rome to talk about the life of the church and many things. So I will miss him.”

The world in general, he added, will miss Joseph Ratzinger’s brilliant thought.

“I think he was one of the finest theologians of the last century,” Cardinal Pell said. “And, seriously speaking, I think he is the best theologian who was ever the pope. I don’t think any of them wrote with the quality that Pope Benedict demonstrated — and for years, decades before he became pope — on such a variety of topics.”

“He very much believed in reason and tradition and learning. In no sense was he a fundamentalist. He was quintessentially the opposite of that,” Cardinal Pell told OSV News, adding that whoever calls Joseph Ratzinger “panzer-cardinal,” [indicating a strong, rigid personality] is simply spreading “fake news,” he said with a smile.

“He was very much a Christian gentleman. Very much the German professor, a man of exquisite manners, high, high culture, a gentleman of the old school, and very, very polite,” Cardinal Pell recalled, adding: “He wasn’t a particularly energetic or successful executive or manager. He was a man of faith and prayer as a writer and thinker. And he was a spectacularly good participant in discussions, for example, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His ability to synthesize what he’s heard and analyze it and then present a point of view — I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone who was better at it than him.”

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI was a man of great tenderness.

“When he talked to someone, he always looked him in the eyes,” Cardinal Krajewski told OSV News, “like there was nothing else in the world, just you and him.”

The Polish cardinal was a master of papal ceremonies during the 2005 conclave that followed John Paul II’s death.

“When we were already on the balcony and Pope Benedict was putting on his white vestments, Archbishop Piero Marini, former master of pontifical liturgical celebrations, told me: “You’ll go ahead of the Holy Father with the cross,” Krajewski told OSV News.

“When I was walking, I remember Archbishop Marini whispering, ‘Turn left, turn left,’ like there was anywhere else to go other than falling down 30 meters from that balcony,” he laughed.

“But what I truly, fondly remember is what I saw from my corner of that balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica — a different Joseph Ratzinger. It was already a different man, a humble servant of Lord’s vineyard, as he himself put it that day,” the Polish cardinal recalled, “someone already filled with the Holy Spirit that chose him to be the leader of the church.”

What Pope Benedict XVI taught us is the love of the imperfect Church, Cardinal Krajewski told OSV News.

“As the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, he dealt with things that rather often go wrong in the church. And he knew how weak this church can be in its human capacity. At the same time he knew that this is the Church of Christ, led by Christ. And without looking at Christ, this Church cannot be understood. That’s what guided Cardinal Ratzinger,” Cardinal Krajewski remembers.

Pope Benedict understood well, Cardinal Pell added, “that we stand under the word of God, which is normative as a unique authority. We are the defenders and the servants of the apostolic tradition. We are not the masters of the apostolic tradition. We are not free to change its essentials in either faith or morals,” he said in a conversation with OSV News.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski told OSV News he will miss seeing the Holy Father in Vatican Gardens. “Every day at 4 p.m. he would be sitting there at his bench, and I was passing by jogging trying to lose my additional pounds. And he would just humbly pray.”

“Benedict XVI was focused on Christ,” Cardinal Krajewski said. “He placed the cross in the middle of the altar, which we, young priests, at the beginning did not understand — but he just celebrated Christ. For him, Christ was the center, the compass, the everything.”

https://www.osvnews.com/2023/01/01/cardinals-pell-krajewski-reflect-on-pope-benedict-xvis-legacy/

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847820  No.18057764

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>>18052655

Cardinal George Pell speaks to 7NEWS about the late Pope Benedict's legacy

7NEWS Australia

Jan 2, 2023

Cardinal George Pell has defended the legacy of the late Pope Benedict. Speaking exclusively to 7NEWS, he rejected claims the former Pontiff didn't do enough to act on institutional abuse within the Catholic church.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAheeZ73aTA

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>>18052655

Cardinal George Pell will attend Pope Benedict’s funeral

7NEWS Australia

Jan 2, 2023

Australian Cardinal, George Pell, has praised the late Pope Benedict for his handling of sex abuse claims within the church. After his own conviction was overturned, Cardinal Pell is now living in Rome again and will attend the funeral for the Pope Emeritus later this week as Pope Francis continues to lead prayers at the Vatican.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbN0cEcoN1U

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The Block buyer Emese Abigail Fajk accused over Ukraine war rorts

NICHOLAS JENSEN - JANUARY 2, 2023

An alleged “international con woman” who placed a $4m winning bid on a house on Nine Network’s The Block but failed to pay has been accused of stealing a multimillion-dollar shipment of medical supplies intended for Ukraine’s Foreign Legion.

Emese Abigail Fajk – who was last seen holding an assault rifle and conducting a press conference alongside foreign fighters in July – has been accused of a raft of offences within the Foreign Legion, including blackmail, misappropriation of donations and stealing a “massive shipment” of medical supplies valued up to $US2.5m.

In a confidential dossier sent to Ukrainian Ground Forces command and viewed by The Australian, a senior member of the Foreign Legion alleges Ms Fajk poses a serious “counterintelligence threat” to the international force, and has repeatedly threatened to leak top-secret information that would “be catastrophically bad geopolitically” if her position within the legion is undermined or challenged.

The Hungarian national, who is understood to hold the rank of private in the Ukrainian Army, made headlines in Australia in 2020 after she made the winning bid on a property at an auction on the TV show The Block.

It was later revealed that Ms Fajk, who goes by the alias “Mockingjay” in Ukraine, allegedly produced false bank transfers to the network, indicating the funds had been sent.

In the dossier sent to Ukrainian Ground Forces command last month, a senior medical and intelligence officer in the Foreign Legion alleges that the 30-year-old committed several “financial crimes” while in her position as “communications director and troop support for 1st Battalion”.

“The author of this report is aware of a massive shipment of medication delivered by one of his assets to Kyiv for distribution to the 1st and 3rd Battalion,” wrote the senior officer, who spoke to The Australian on the condition of anonymity.

“I have the EUC (end use certificate) for the delivery of these medications whose estimated value is nearly US $2,500,000.

“I have confirmed that none of this medication was ever delivered to the 1st or 3rd Battalions and have made con­siderable efforts to locate where the medication may have gone … I am willing to testify that Mockingjay was present during the delivery.”

The officer, who cited testimony from several witnesses and senior members of the ­Foreign Legion, further alleged that “large amounts of additional donations” made to the international military unit were “confiscated by Mockingjay and sent to places ­unknown”.

“In every aspect of her job, she has proven to be an abject failure. She does not have the confidence of the rank and file of the soldiers, the local or international press or even those who work directly with her,” the dossier concluded.

“It is a nearly unanimously held belief within the Legion that she is a cancer on the organisation that must be excised lest she destroy the entire body of the organisation itself.”

In another dossier, a second intelligence officer wrote Ms Fajk’s “illicit behaviours” made her “extremely susceptible to blackmail, bribery, extortion and/or open recruitment by officers of the Russian Federation Security Services”.

It further claims she was arrested by Ukrainian military authorities last March in Yavoriv “on suspicion of espionage” but was “inexplicably released”.

The two dossiers, which were independently written without instruction from Ukrainian Ground Forces command or the Foreign Legion, were subsequently forwarded to the US Embassy in Kyiv and called for the immediate termination of Ms Fajk’s role.

The Australian does not suggest Ms Fajk is guilty of these allegations, only that they have been raised by several senior members of the Foreign Legion.

Ms Fajk, who previously lived in New York and the UK, relocated to Australia in 2019.

While her LinkedIn profile states she has worked as a “senior consultant” for the UN since 2015, in December 2020 she told The Australian she was not an employee of the UN.

In July 2022, Nine’s A Current Affair program reported Ms Fajk supplied a fake ANZ banking receipt after she placed multiple bids on a property featured on The Block, ultimately winning the auction for $4,256,000.

But Nine did not receive the funds from Ms Fajk and the ­contract of sale was voided by the network, which subsequently handed all its evidence to law-enforcement authorities.

An AFP spokesman said it was not currently investigating Ms Fajk.

The Australian sought comment from Ms Fajk.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/the-block-buyer-emese-abigail-fajk-accused-over-ukraine-war-rorts/news-story/73386c36f1aea7672bba842eea5374f4

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847820  No.18057814

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>>18052595

China’s COVID wave a ‘key risk’ for Australian economy: Chalmers

Matthew Knott and Emma Koehn - January 2, 2023

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has warned the surge of coronavirus cases triggered by the Chinese government’s abrupt removal of tough restrictions poses a major risk to the Australian economy this year and is already disrupting local supply chains.

China’s factory activity shrank for the third straight month in December, recording its biggest drop since the pandemic began, in a sign the infections sweeping across the country are already hitting the superpower’s manufacturing industry hard.

“The impact of COVID on China and on supply chains is one of the key risks to our economy in 2023,” Chalmers said on Monday.

“We are heavily reliant on Chinese markets and Chinese work forces for a lot of the goods in our economy. It’s really right across the board.”

“And so as we look ahead to what will be a challenging year for the global economy, a big part of that, in a whole range of industries, will be the pressure on supply chains brought about by this COVID wave in China,” he added.

Chalmers said many financial analysts expect conditions to worsen in China before they improve, a major concern given the nation remains Australia’s largest trading partner.

“The COVID wave in China is already having a substantial impact on supply chains, and we expect that to get more difficult, before it eases,” he said.

Chalmers added the Albanese government was closely monitoring the knock-on effects for the Australian economy as China moves away from a “zero COVID” approach to managing the pandemic.

The federal government will introduce mandatory COVID-19 testing for travellers arriving from China on Thursday, a policy driven by doubt about the accuracy of the Chinese government’s coronavirus data.

The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported one new COVID-19 death on the mainland on Sunday, the same as a day earlier, when it reported 5,138 official confirmed cases.

Experts say the actual number of infections is likely to be significantly higher given mass testing is no longer in operation.

Betashares chief economist David Bassanese said the speed of China’s transition away from a COVID-zero policy had surprised Australian businesses.

According to Bassanese, disruptions at factories due to the virus will hurt businesses across the board, with Australian manufacturers and retailers reliant on imports the hardest hit.

“There could also be disruptions in all manner of consumer electronics. The short-run impact is that it’s going to make supply chain problems worse, not better.”

Despite expectations of short-term pain for supply chains, some sectors are focused on the long-term gains that could be on offer after China retreats from its COVID-zero stance. Mining stocks rallied in the last months of 2022 in anticipation that China’s reopening would bolster Australian mineral exports.

“We suspect it won’t just be a weaker US dollar supporting commodity prices, a recovering Chinese economy should be a positive for prices too,” MST Marquee analysts said in a note to clients.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking in first public address since the change of policy, acknowledged the country had entered a new era in the pandemic following the removal of lockdown rules and widespread testing.

“At present, the epidemic prevention and control is entering a new phase,” Xi said in his new year’s address.

“It is still a time of struggle, everyone is persevering and working hard, and the dawn is ahead.

“Let’s work harder, persistence means victory, and unity means victory.”

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-s-covid-wave-a-key-risk-for-australian-economy-chalmers-20230102-p5c9w2.html

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847820  No.18057824

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>>18052595

'Infect us all': Wild claim as Chinese tourists to return to Australia

The US's former secretary of state Mike Pompeo has accused China of a sinister act.

Tom Flanagan - 2 January 2023

The US's former secretary of state Mike Pompeo believes China is attempting to infect the entire world with a new strain of Covid-19.

Australia is one of a handful of countries that has demanded Chinese travellers coming into the country to provide a negative Covid test over fears Beijing is withholding key information about its surging wave of infection after it abandoned its zero-Covid strategy last month. There are growing fears a new variant resistant to current vaccines could emerge.

Chinese tourists will be able to travel abroad from January 8, while those with work and study visas, as well as those visiting family, will be able to reenter the country.

But Mr Pompeo believes the world should go one step further and ban Chinese travellers altogether.

"There is no reason we should allow the Chinese to do this again, to send Chinese-infected persons around the world, knowingly infecting people all across the globe," he told Cats Roundtable host John Catsimatidis.

Mr Pompeo was a relentless critic of China's Covid response when in office as a key member of the Trump administration, claiming he had intelligence Beijing originally released the virus from a laboratory in Wuhan.

"Xi got away with this once… I regret he wasn't held accountable. We should still do that for the 6 million people who died between the spring of 2020 and today," he said.

"He's doing it again."

China's low death rate in recent days has raised suspicion authorities are severely underreporting Covid data, with the surge in activity at funeral homes across the country painting a far different picture. Several Western experts have predicted China could experience more than one million deaths in the coming months.

Chinese state media lashes out

Chinese state media has taken aim at countries imposing new restrictions on Chinese travellers, accusing them of discriminating against China.

"It should be pointed out that the US and some other Western countries have chosen to "live with" the virus from the very beginning," Beijing mouthpiece the Global Times said.

"Why have some politicians in those countries begun to suddenly show increased concern for the spread of the virus? There are reasons to believe that political prejudice against China contributes some part to their "shifted attitude" toward the spread of the virus."

The nationalistic tabloid said preventing tourists from entering would not stop the spread of the virus and would only harm nations' economies.

The Global Times also took aim at Western media over its reporting of China's current wave, saying its response to Covid-19 should be judged on the entire three years of the pandemic.

"Western media outlets and elites are only accusing China to make themselves feel better. The truth is, there will be pains in China's transition period, but the day the West wants to see – when China is trapped in a worse quagmire of the epidemic than the West – will not come," it wrote.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/infect-us-all-wild-claim-as-chinese-tourists-to-return-to-australia-210918258.html

https://catsroundtable.com/former-sec-of-state-mike-pompeo-report-from-around-the-world-2/

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1282946.shtml

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847820  No.18064671

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>>18052595

Chinese travellers to test for COVID under doctor’s eye to be let into Australia

Matthew Knott and Melissa Cunningham - January 3, 2023

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The Albanese government is forging ahead with mandatory COVID-19 testing for arrivals from China, even as Beijing labelled the move unnecessary and the opposition accused the government of creating “chaos and confusion” by overruling the advice of the nation’s chief medical officer.

The government released details of the policy revealing travellers who transit through Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China en route to Australia will be exempt from testing requirements while those who use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will need to have their test supervised by a doctor.

The rules come into effect on 12.01am on Thursday.

Health Minister Mark Butler defended the decision, which has been criticised by an array of public health experts, on the grounds the “fast-moving” coronavirus situation in China and the Chinese government’s lack of transparency justified special measures.

Butler also denied accusations from racial justice groups that the government had unfairly singled out Chinese travellers and shown “blatant disregard” for Australians of Asian heritage.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said requiring negative coronavirus tests 48 hours before travel were “not especially onerous requirements for people travelling from that part of the world” and said the government had decided to “err on the side of caution”.

In Beijing’s first official response to the policy, the Chinese foreign ministry said the measures were “unnecessary” and urged Australia to formulate policy based on the advice of “authoritative medical experts”.

“China always believes that for all countries, COVID response measures need to be science-based and proportionate without affecting normal travel and people-to-people exchange and cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters.

In written advice to Butler, dated December 31, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said: “I do not believe that there is sufficient public health rationale to impose any restriction or additional requirements on travellers from China.”

Kelly said there was a “strong consensus” among state and territory chief medical officers that any new restrictions would be inconsistent with Australia’s national approach to living with the virus and “disproportionate to the risk”.

Butler said his decision to go beyond Kelly’s advice was “really about acting out of an abundance of caution”.

“It’s a modest measure,” he told Adelaide radio station 5AA.

As China rapidly loosens tough coronavirus restrictions, Butler said the world was witnessing “a very fast evolving COVID wave in the largest country on the planet”.

Butler said many countries around the world – including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Japan and South Korea – had recently implemented similar testing requirements.

He noted the World Health Organisation was particularly concerned that China is not uploading the genomic sequencing of COVID cases in real time, making it difficult to tell whether new COVID variants are emerging there.

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847820  No.18064682

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>>18064671

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Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and opposition health spokeswoman Anne Ruston said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese needed to explain why he was not following the expert advice.

“The last thing our country needs is a panicked response from a government that doesn’t have a plan and, frankly, over the last week, has been making it up as they go along,” Dutton and Ruston said in a statement.

“Chinese Australians want to return home after their holidays and need more certainty in their travel plans … Australians expect that their government is prepared for situations like this; instead, we are left with chaos and confusion.”

A government fact sheet released on Tuesday said arrivals from China could use a RAT or polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-style test to demonstrate they are COVID negative. If they use a RAT, however, it will need to be administered or supervised by a medical practictioner.

The testing requirements apply to anyone whose flight originates in China - including Australian citizens - even if they transit through a third country.

Travellers on flights that originate in other countries but transit through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau are exempt from the testing requirement, as are children aged under 12, airline crew and people who can prove they have recovered from the virus in the previous 30 days.

Melissa McIntosh, the assistant opposition spokeswoman for mental health, said it was “perplexing” the government had ignored Kelly’s advice.

“It’s leading people to be confused,” she told Radio National.

“Why would you have the chief medical officer say one thing, and the government ignore that, and do another?”

Neha Madhok, director of racial justice organisation Democracy in Colour, said the decision to test people arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macau was “bizarre”.

Madhok said Butler had “shown blatant disregard for Australians of Asian background, a group who has borne the brunt of COVID-19 racism since the start of the pandemic”.

Asked whether his decision was racist, Butler said: “I reject that entirely”.

He said China was in a “unique position” as it was restarting travel and reopening its economy significantly later than other countries.

An array of leading health experts have criticised the government’s decision, saying it lacked a public health rationale and was driven by politics rather than science.

Former World Health Organisation advisor and Australian epidemiologist Adrian Esterman, said there remained serious gaps in the intelligence coming out of China and doubts over the accuracy of official figures, including the number of infections, hospitalisations and deaths.

“The answer is we don’t really know an awful lot about what’s going on,” he said.

But Esterman said it was unfair to single out China, when other countries across the world, including Australia, should be strengthening their own surveillance measures.

He also questioned why China was being targeted, when about 40 percent of COVID-19 cases in the United States were caused by the highly contagious Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.5, which is thought to be “the most concerning and notable sub-variant circulating.”

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/butler-defends-perplexing-decision-to-ignore-expert-advice-on-china-covid-testing-20230103-p5ca0p.html

https://origin.go.theaustralian.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/covid-19-advice-from-chief-medical-officer-professor-paul-kelly-to-minister-butler.pdf

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847820  No.18064709

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>>18052595

China hits back at traveller restrictions imposed in more than a dozen countries amid COVID-19 surge

Zena Chamas - 3 January 2023

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China has hit back at entry restrictions enforced by Australia and other countries on Chinese travellers, saying any COVID-19 control measures need to be "proportionate" and "science-based".

It comes after the federal government announced travellers from China to Australia will be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and show evidence of a negative result.

It followed similar decisions by a number of countries, including the US and UK, and more countries have followed suit.

During a press conference, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was asked about China's stance on the restrictions.

"China always believes that for all countries, COVID response measures need to be science-based and proportionate without affecting normal travel and people-to-people exchange and cooperation," Mr Wang said.

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently said restrictions some countries had introduced in response to China's COVID outbreak were understandable given the lack of information from Beijing.

Mr Wang responded that "authoritative medical experts" from different countries had said entry restrictions on travellers arriving from China were "unnecessary".

"China will, in light of the Chinese people's inclination for outbound travel, resume outbound tourism to countries where conditions allow," he added.

Countries imposing curbs on Chinese travellers

Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 cases surge following its relaxation of "zero-COVID" rules. China has rejected criticism of its COVID data.

More than a dozen countries have already slapped travellers from China with fresh travel regulations.

Here is a rundown of the countries that have imposed mandatory COVID tests and other rules on arrivals from China:

The United States will impose mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers from China beginning on January 5.

All air passengers aged two and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said US citizens should reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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847820  No.18064712

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>>18064709

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The UK will require a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test for passengers from China as of January 5.

France will require travellers from China to provide a negative COVID-19 test result less than 48 hours before departure.

Starting January 1, France will also carry out random PCR tests upon arrival on travellers coming from China, a government official told reporters.

France has urged all 26 other European Union member states to test Chinese travellers for COVID-19.

India has mandated a COVID-19 negative test report for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Passengers from those countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive.

Air travellers to Canada from China must test negative for COVID-19 no more than two days before departure.

Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. New border measures for China went into effect at midnight on December 30. The Japanese government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China.

Italy has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers from China, while Spain will require a negative COVID-19 test or a full course of vaccination against the disease for travellers from China.

Malaysia will screen all inbound travellers for fever and test wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for COVID-19.

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre said all passengers on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival, starting on January 1.

South Korea will require travellers from China to provide negative COVID-19 test results before departure, South Korea's News1 news agency reported.

Morocco will impose a ban on people arriving from China, whatever their nationality, from January 3.

Qatar will require travellers arriving from China from January 3 to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure, state news agency QNA said.

European Union government health officials will hold talks on Wednesday on a coordinated response to the surge in COVID-19 infections in China, the Swedish EU presidency said on Monday, after December talks concluded with no decisions on the matter.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-03/china-reacts-to-travel-restrictions-amid-covid-sruge/101823306

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/202212/t20221230_10999130.html

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847820  No.18064748

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Edward Snowden Tweet

Free Julian Assange.

https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1609902808165191682

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

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847820  No.18064786

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Pilot Daniel Duggan paid $116,000 to train Chinese aviators, US claims

LIAM MENDES and ELLEN WHINNETT - JANUARY 3, 2023

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A former US military pilot ­arrested in Australia was paid more than $116,000 to train People’s Republic of China pilots to take off and land on aircraft carriers, the US government alleges.

New details from the indictment lodged against Daniel Edmund Duggan, 54, have emerged alleging Mr Duggan received 12 payments from a Chinese-based business which was responsible for acquiring military training, equipment and technical data for China’s government and military.

Eight of the 12 payments were listed as being for “personal development training.

Each was for $9900, or $9500, and the payments were made between January 11, 2011 and July 6, 2012. They totalled between $116,250 and $116,400.

The payments were allegedly in return for providing “military training to PRC military pilots” through the controversial South African company Test Flying Academy of South Africa, which is at the centre of a “threat alert” warning issued by the British Ministry of Defence.

It has previously been alleged the TFASA was a proxy for Beijing to enlist veteran Western fighter pilots to assist the Chinese military to improve capabilities in which they fall behind Western counterparts.

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847820  No.18064789

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>>18064786

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The indictment, unsealed in the District of Columbia courts in the US, alleges Mr Duggan was involved with eight “co-conspirators’’ in providing military services to Chinese air force pilots, in contravention of US laws.

The indictment further alleges Mr Duggan and his co-accused sought to “defraud the US government’’ in its efforts to regulate the export of defence articles and services through “deceit, craft, trickery and dishonest means”.

In bombshell allegations, the indictment claims:

• Mr Duggan was also known by four other names, including three Chinese names – Ding San Xing, Ding San Qing, DSQ and Ivan.

• He conspired with six people and two businesses in the allegedly illegal provision of training services to Chinese pilots.

• Another US military pilot conspired with him.

• Some members of the group provided “false information” to be granted permission to export a training aircraft – a T-2 Buckeye previously used as a training aircraft for US Navy and Marine students – from the US to South Africa where it would be used to train Chinese pilots.

• The aircraft, specifically designed for training aviators on ­aircraft carriers, was allegedly purchased by a South African ­national, lawyer and associate of Mr Duggan.

• The US government warned Mr Duggan as early as 2008 that he was required to register with, and apply for authorisation from, the State Department’s Directorate of Defence Trade and Controls before providing defence training to the People’s Republic of China or Chinese foreign nationals.

• Mr Duggan, while in China, was negotiating the terms of his service and wrote in an email that “he hoped his children would be set for life as a result”.

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847820  No.18064797

File: 4dca16946b5ca0a⋯.jpg (383.55 KB, 1258x1654, 629:827, 0009.jpg)

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>>18064789

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Mr Duggan, who renounced his US citizenship in 2012 and is an Australian citizen, was ­arrested in Orange, in rural NSW, in October, on a provisional warrant from the US, which is seeking to extradite him to face four ­charges.

The father of six strongly ­denies any illegality, and is fighting his extradition in the courts, after Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus agreed to accept the US’s request for extradition.

A former US Marine who flew Harrier “jump jet’’ warplanes, which take off and land on aircraft carriers, Mr Duggan moved to Australia after retiring from the US military.

None of the co-accused listed in the indictment are named. However, one of them, so-called Co-conspirator D, is known to be former British pilot Keith Hartley, who now resides in Adelaide, and was previously the chief operating officer of the TFASA.

Mr Hartley, who The Australian last month revealed to be a second Australian-based former military fighter pilot being investigated, is alleged to have sent an email to Mr Duggan describing aircraft carrier training he had conducted for Chinese pilots.

The South Australian resident and former RAF top gun, who went by the call sign “Hooligan”, allegedly solicited Mr Duggan’s help in conducting training via email in September of 2010.

Mr Hartley declined to comment to The Australian.

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847820  No.18064803

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>>18064797

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The TFASA is one of the two businesses listed as co-conspirators on the indictment.

The company, which is directly linked to Chinese state-owned aviation giant COMAC, provides training for Chinese pilots and has confirmed it previously employed Mr Duggan on one short-term contract.

The indictment alleges the company, referred to only as “Co-conspirator H”, entered into a contract between a state-owned entity of the People’s Republic of China to provide “aircraft carrier approach and landing training to PRC pilots”.

“The training was to occur in China, South Africa and other locations both known and unknown to the grand jury,’’ the indictment alleges.

“The training provided by Co-conspirator H required instructor pilots with knowledge and experience in naval aviation meeting NATO standards. To that end, Co-conspirator H contracted with Duggan.”

The indictment claimed Mr Duggan “provided military training to PRC pilots by, with, and through Co-conspirator H in and around October-November 2010, March 2012, November 2012, and other times both known and unknown by the grand jury”.

The arrest of Mr Duggan – more than 10 years after the ­training is alleged to have ­occurred and six years after he was investigated by a grand jury – has been shrouded in mystery and led to intense speculation about why the action had been taken now.

The indictment sheds light on the allegations the US government is relying on in order to seek Mr Duggan’s extradition.

It alleges Mr Duggan negotiated with a Chinese national, the owner of a business named as ­Co-conspirator F, to instruct in ­tactics, techniques and procedures associated with launching and landing aircraft from an aircraft carrier, for which he allegedly received financial compensation.

It is also alleges he provided evaluation of military pilot trainees and tested naval aviation-­related equipment.

It further claims he would be delivering a presentation in January 2011 titled The Fighter Pilot’s Guide to Mission Success, as well as another in May that year called the Naval Aviation Indoctrination Course to associates of the Chinese business.

The course allegedly referenced aircraft carrier training instructions and Landing Signal Officer training.

Mr Duggan is being held in custody and will return to court in Sydney on January 10.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/pilot-daniel-duggan-paid-116000-to-train-chinese-aviators-us-claims/news-story/bdb11e0c8d4f702e82d332579fd18cf7

https://www.law360.com/articles/1557950/ex-marine-pilot-accused-of-unlawfully-training-chinese-pilots

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847820  No.18071573

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>>18052595

China threatens payback over new Covid measures

GREG BROWN and WILL GLASGOW - JANUARY 3, 2023

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China has warned it will retaliate against nations that have imposed “discriminatory” Covid-19 testing requirements on travellers leaving the communist nation, arguing the policy is political and lacks a scientific basis.

The warning from Beijing comes as Peter Dutton accused ­Anthony Albanese of mishandling the response to China’s Covid-19 outbreak while key ­industry groups stand by new requirements despite the shake-up not being recommended by official health advice.

“Some countries adopt entry restriction measures only targeting China, which lacks a scientific basis,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said in Beijing on Tuesday night.

“We firmly oppose the practice of manipulating epidemic prevention and control measures to achieve political goals, and will take corresponding measures according to the principle of reciprocity according to different situations.

“New strains can emerge anywhere, so there is no need for special entry restrictions on China.

“China always believes that the epidemic prevention measures of various countries should be scientific and appropriate, and should not take the opportunity to ­engage in political manipulation, discriminatory practices, and normal personnel exchanges, exchanges and co-operation should not be affected.”

Australia on Sunday joined more than a dozen nations including the US, Britain, India and Japan, to require the screening of travellers entering from China over concern about a lack of transparency of data that would indicate the emergence of new strains of Covid.

The Opposition Leader said on Tuesday there was “chaos and confusion” within the government over the handling of ­Chinese arrivals after Health Minister Mark Butler rebuffed advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly that found no new testing requirements were needed.

Extra information released by the government on Tuesday clarified that travellers to Australia from China – including Hong Kong and Macau – could use a rapid antigen test to prove they were free from Covid, but the testing would have to be administered or supervised by a medical practitioner.

Under the new rules, which take effect from Thursday, a negative test must be returned 48 hours before departure, with the exception of airline crew, children under 12 and those with evidence they have contracted Covid-19 in the past 30 days and are no longer infectious.

More stringent requirements will apply to passengers using RATs than those taking PCR tests.

“If a RAT test is used, a certificate from the medical practitioner administering, or super­vising, the test will be required,” the new information said.

“This certificate should include: the date and time of the test; the name of the individual tested; the type of test conducted; the brand and make of the test; that the specimen for the test was collected, and the test was carried out, by or under the supervision of a medical practitioner; the result of the test; the signature of the medical practitioner providing the certificate.”

Australian citizens returning from China will also need to comply with the new measures.

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>>18071573

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Demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister as to why the measure had been introduced, given the government had advised there was “no new variant of concern coming out of China”, Mr Dutton warned against a “panicked response” to the unfolding Covid-19 wave in China.

“In the absence of Australian health advice to put the restrictions in place, the Prime Minister must justify why he has deviated from what has been previously agreed,” he said in a joint statement with opposition health spokeswoman Anne Ruston. “The most relevant health advice for Australians is our Chief Medical Officer’s advice, as it considers all factors in the context of our nation’s health and economic position.

“The last thing our country needs is a panicked response from a government that doesn’t have a plan and, frankly, over the last week, has been making it up as they go along.

“Chinese Australians want to return home after their holidays and need more certainty in their travel plans. It disrupts families and businesses when the economy is souring under the Albanese government.”

Jim Chalmers conceded the government’s policy was not based on Dr Kelly’s advice.

“I think it’s pretty clear from what’s been published, that the CMO in making the point that we need to get our surveillance efforts up, was not proposing this exact course of action,” the Treasurer said. “But we’ve been pretty clear that we take decisions that we think are in the best interest of the country, again, out of an abundance of caution, again, consistent with what a lot of other countries are doing.”

Infectious diseases expert Peter Collignon said allowing RATs to prove someone was free from Covid-19 showed the screening of Chinese travellers was pointless.

“RAT tests seem to have poorer performance with Omicron than previously, plus often only positive two days later than PCR tests,” Professor Collignon said.

“Likely RATs will miss as many infections as they pick up. So why are we bothering to do this at all? Just pain for (travellers) with little or no gain.”

While industry groups and state Labor governments supported the screening requirements on Sunday on the basis of “health advice”, there was little opposition aired on Wednesday after it emerged the measure was not recommended by Dr Kelly.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Andrew McKellar said he accepted the government’s decision. “Our response hasn’t changed,” he said.

The major bodies representing the university sector – Go8 and Universities Australia – also remained supportive.

“Given increasing international concern regarding managing Covid-19 variants, the government’s precautionary and temporary arrangements are reasonable,” Go8 deputy chief executive Matthew Brown said.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said the sector would be watching “very carefully what Mark Butler says about how he reached that position”.

“What’s really important here is this is not an impediment to Chinese students returning to Australia. It just means they need to have a test before they get on that aeroplane,” she said.

The Business Council of Australia and Master Builders Australia stood by their previous calls for the measure not to precipitate a new era of restrictions.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan remained supportive of the measure, while a spokesman for the Queensland government said: “As this is a federal matter, it would be inappropriate for us to respond.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/china-threatens-payback-over-new-covid-measures/news-story/61b58a558f1caaabe83c093fdf2d2360

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wHUW7d9iwk

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847820  No.18071595

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COVID-19 subvariant wreaking havoc in US reaches Australia

Melissa Cunningham - January 4, 2023

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As the pandemic enters its fourth year, a new COVID-19 subvariant that is spreading fast in the US and leading to increasing hospitalisations has been detected in Australia, where high transmission rates have also led to the country’s first homegrown strain, in NSW.

Virologist Associate Professor Stuart Turville said his team had already detected about eight samples of the US’s Omicron offshoot, dubbed XBB.1.5, in Australia.

The variant first emerged in New York state in late October. By the end of December, the number of cases in the US had more than doubled in a week. The strain now accounts for 40 percent of coronavirus cases in the country and has been linked to rising hospitalisations.

Turville said that while XBB.1.5 “is definitely one to watch”, there is no evidence it causes more severe disease than any of the other hundreds of Omicron subvaraints already circulating.

“A lot of the virus trackers across the world that I collaborate with are saying, ‘Look, it could push the prevalence of cases in Australia a little bit and it might dominate eventually’,” said Turville, who is head of the containment lab and the Kirby Institute.

“But interestingly, what’s playing out is that the immunity in each population is subtly different, so a subvariant that pops up in some regions may have an edge for that particular population but not for another.”

The subvariant XBB.1.5 is a close relative of the Omicron offshoot XBB, a fusion of two different B.A.2 variants, which has already spread widely in Australia.

The reason XBB.1.5 has raised alarm among experts around the world is because it contains an unusual mutation known as F486P.

Professor Robert Booy, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Sydney, said this mutation meant XBB.1.5 was more transmissible than its predecessors and, he suspects, more easily able to evade our immunity.

“I am calling it the Extra Bad Boy,” Booy said. “It is spreading like crazy in the US, but there’s no evidence to say that it’s more virulent.

Despite the spread of the subvariant leading to higher hospitalisations in New York, Booy said Australians should not be alarmed.

“We should purely be alerted to it, and monitoring it with surveillance closely in Australia.”

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847820  No.18071596

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>>18071595

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Dr Michael Lydeamore, infectious diseases modeller at Monash University, said that if the Kirby Institute had detected a handful of XBB.1.5 samples, then “chances are it is already spreading “everywhere” in Australia.

Meanwhile, Turville said the high rates of transmission in Australia had also seen the country create its own subvariants for the first time in the pandemic.

In NSW, BR.2.1 has become the most dominant subvariant, and Turville said all the data suggests the virus mutated in the state, making the strain “one of our own”.

The detection of XBB.1.5 in Australia comes as infectious diseases experts warn a rich “soup” of Omicron descendants are becoming increasingly adept at evading immunity. This has rendered some antiviral medications ineffective against strains currently circulating.

Full vaccination and being up-to-date with booster shots still provides significant protection.

Turville, who recently studied the ability of approved monoclonal antibody therapies to neutralise variants, said many of the treatments were no longer effective against XBF, the most dominant subvariant in Victoria, accounting for about a third of all infections, and BQ.1.1, which is also circulating widely.

Paxlovid, an oral antiviral medication, still remains effective against the subvariants. But Turville said the study indicated how important it was for Australia to focus on advancing antiviral treatments for those most at risk of severe disease.

“When we become complacent, that’s when it’s going to rear its ugly head,” he said.

US epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding recently warned that the XBB.1.5 super-variant was among the most immunity-evasive variants to date. In November, the World Health Organisation said there is early evidence pointing to a higher reinfection risk from XBB.1.5 compared with other circulating Omicron sublineages.

Lydeamore said as coronavirus infections exploded overseas, cases in Australia would increase again.

But he said excess mortality estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics were starting to come down again, following surges of deaths in the latest coronavirus wave.

Over the next year, Lydeamore predicted the management of COVID-19 would become more like influenza, where there were either annual or biannual vaccination.

“It will be a bit rocky while we get everyone on the right schedule because we know there are people who got their last dose eight or six months and aren’t eligible for another dose yet,” he said.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/covid-19-subvariant-wreaking-havoc-in-us-reaches-australia-20230104-p5ca8n.html

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847820  No.18071608

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>>18046171

Rudd tells US not to ‘throw allies under a bus’

John Kehoe - Jan 4, 2023

Australia’s soon-to-be ambassador to the United States, Kevin Rudd, says America needs to stop throwing some foreign allies “under a bus” on trade and economics if it wants to build international support to push back against China.

Dr Rudd’s frank public assessment about Australia’s closest ally raised mixed reactions among foreign policy experts on Wednesday, amid contention about the Albanese government’s announcement last month that the former prime minister would become Australia’s next envoy in Washington.

Dr Rudd said in a television interview that the Biden administration’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan “have done a good job in herding the cats, both in Asia and also, frankly, in Europe so far.

“However, for the future, what is the missing element in US grand strategy?” he asked on Bloomberg TV.

“It’s called the economy, stupid,” he said, echoing a political line used by former US president Bill Clinton’s adviser to help win elections.

“And that is, you cannot continue to assume that there’ll be collective solidarity on security questions.

“But on the economy, the United States is happy to throw some of its allies under a bus.

“And for those reasons the United States Congress needs to embrace instead a different strategy, which opens its markets more towards allies in Asia and in Europe, despite the overriding protectionist sentiment of the US Congress and political class.”

Dr Rudd made clear he was speaking in his capacity as president of the New York-based Asia Society and that he would officially commence as ambassador in three months.

John Lee, a former adviser to former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, said a credible US strategy required enhanced American market access and that Mr Rudd was likely to tell Americans this in "his typical forthright manner".

"It is in the national and regional interest that he do so," Dr Lee said.

Another foreign policy scholar who has worked in Washington and Canberra said it was “just remarkable he is out there like this before becoming ‘ambo’.”

“He cannot shut up. The Yanks won’t like being lectured in public.”

In the joint interview with Mr Rudd, Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer said Dr Rudd was “completely right”.

“We, the United States, do not have a trade policy. We don’t have one.

“And so as Kevin said, unless Congress, the Democrats, the Republicans are prepared to actually speak coherently about a long-term US economic strategy, the national security policy by itself doesn’t get you there.”

Offset China’s growing power

Dr Rudd said the US could not afford to have a strategy on China with “one arm tied behind its back”.

His remarks about US trade protectionism follow former US president Donald Trump imposing tariffs and other trade restrictions on foreign allies in Asia and Europe.

Mr Trump also stopped the US from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade deal with Pacific Rim nations including Australia.

A strategic aim of the TPP was for the US to forge closer economic ties with Asian nations to offset China’s growing economic power in the region.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and several other world leaders at the time lamented the US’s retreat from trade liberalisation and towards protectionism, including Kurt Campbell, who is now US President Joe Biden’s top Asia adviser.

Dr Rudd was Labor prime minister from 2007 to 2010, before being ousted by Julia Gillard. He briefly returned as leader in 2013 before Labor lost the election.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said last month the 65-year-old Dr Rudd had unmatched qualifications to represent Australia’s interests with Joe Biden, and on Capitol Hill.

“Dr Rudd brings unmatched experience to the role,” Mr Albanese said last month.

“He will conduct himself in a way that brings great credit to Australia.”

Dr Rudd is due to replace outgoing ambassador Arthur Sinodinos in March.

Mr Biden is due to visit Australia for a meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders in Australia in the first half of 2023.

Mr Albanese will also visit the US this year.

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/rudd-tells-us-not-to-throw-allies-under-a-bus-20230104-p5cach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4PowGIeJIg

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847820  No.18071625

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>>18052655

Cardinal Pell: Benedict XVI was complete opposite of the caricatures of his enemies

CNA Newsroom - Jan 3, 2023

Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect emeritus of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and former archbishop of Sydney, shared in an interview with EWTN News in Depth what Pope Benedict XVI was like and stressed that the pope was completely the opposite of the caricatures that his enemies made of him.

The cardinal said that Benedict XVI was “a complete opposite of the caricatures of his enemies, especially before he became pope. And people actually saw what he was like.” His detractors called him “[God’s] Rottweiler, the Panzer Kardinal (Fighting Cardinal) and all that, which was absurd.”

The Australian cardinal emphasized that Benedict XVI was actually “a quiet, gentle, pious man, absolute gentleman.”

Asked how these characterizations affected Benedict, Pell said: “I think he was slightly amused; I don’t think it really bothered him because he was a highly intelligent man and he realized that it was just so far from the truth that they were irrelevant.”

“Now it’s not to say [that he wasn’t conservative],” Pell continued, “he was conservative, but you see as Catholics it’s a bit difficult not to be conservative because we follow a man who died 2,000 years ago. And we say that he explained to us the secrets of life, this life and the next life.”

Asked about his reaction to the news of the death of Benedict XVI in Rome on Dec. 31, the cardinal said: “I was very sad” since “I had known him well enough, I admired what he was about, I thought he was very good for the Church and so it was sad to see another wonderful phase in Church history ending.”

Watch the entire interview below.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/253235/cardinal-pell-benedict-xvi-was-complete-opposite-of-the-caricatures-of-his-enemies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqjda3FT5vo

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847820  No.18071684

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The Wiggles slammed for hinting at ‘new collab’ with Lil Nas X: ‘You betrayed us’

Sarah Fittock - 3 January 2023

The Wiggles have been blasted on social media after hinting at a “new collab” with US rapper Lil Nas X.

The popular children’s music group posed for a picture with the controversial American rapper, who was holding a purple Wiggles shirt, at Falls Festival in Melbourne.

The children’s entertainers cheekily captioned the image: “New collab in the wind?” - sparking outrage among furious fans.

“Such a shame, my daughter loved The Wiggles. I don’t see how someone who lap dances the devil in their music videos is a good candidate for working in the children’s music industry,” one infuriated mother wrote.

The 23-year-old rapper, who is in town on his Australian tour, has copped backlash in the past over his controversial music video for his number one hit Montero (Call Me By Your Name).

In the clip, the artist, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, rides a stripper pole to hell and gives Satan a lap dance, before removing the devil’s horns and placing it on his head.

Fans of The Wiggles were left enraged by the idea of the group collaborating with the rapper.

“Why are you guys collaborating with someone who worships the devil and put human blood in his sneakers and sold them,” one unimpressed fan wrote.

The comment was referencing the rapper’s 2021 special edition “Satan Shoes” in which a drop of human blood was added to 666 modified Nike sneakers that sold out in less than a minute.

‘Oh dear you can’t be serious?’

A second fan said: “I’m sorry but Lil Nas should have nothing to do with children. Period.”

Which provoked a response from another disappointed fan: “I agree they need to collab with someone who is a good role model for kids and Lil Nas X is not one of them.”

“Oh dear you can’t be serious? The Wiggles should remain a source of light not dark,” a third concerned fan commented.

Another said: “Why Wiggles, WHY!?! You have betrayed us.”

One conspiracy theorist even suggested: “They all sold their souls years ago for celebrity, and they’ll do as they’re told.”

The comment section wasn’t entirely angry, with many posting their excitement at the possibility of a collaboration.

“100 per cent support this can’t wait to take the little one if Lil Nas comes to Melbourne,” one parent said.

“I WAS WAITING FOR THIS,” another wrote.

“Awesome just awesome… you guys were such a highlight,” A third added.

This isn’t the first hint at a collab between the artists.

‘Ready to wiggle’

Back in April of last year, back and forth tweets between the rapper and children’s group got fans excited.

The 23-year-old prompted a discussion after tweeting: “Trying really hard to get The Wiggles to co-headline the tour with me. I will keep you guys updated.”

Within four hours, the Australian children’s band replied: “Ready to wiggle with you!”

https://7news.com.au/entertainment/the-wiggles-slammed-for-hinting-at-new-collab-with-lil-nas-x-you-betrayed-us-c-9337653

https://twitter.com/TheWiggles/status/1519385861338861568

https://twitter.com/TheWiggles/status/1609171347451838467

https://qresear.ch/?q=Lil+Nas+X

https://qresear.ch/?q=LilNasX

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847820  No.18071688

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>>18071684

Fans criticise The Wiggles for posing with Lil Nas X at Australian music festival

Charisa Bossinakis - 03 January 2023

The Wiggles have sparked outrage after posing with controversial rapper Lil Nas X.

After the long-awaited Falls festival performance of the two acts, The Wiggles and the rapper were photographed together, with Lil Nas X holding up a newly minted band shirt.

The Wiggles took to Instagram to share the pic with their 178,000 followers with the caption ‘New collab in the wind?’

However, many disgruntled parents weren’t too pleased with the unlikely pairing.

One person wrote: “Such a shame, my daughter loved the Wiggles. I don't see how someone who lap dances the devil in their music videos is a good candidate for working in the children's music industry.”

Another said: “Oh dear you can’t be serious? The Wiggles should remain a source of light not dark.”

While a third commented: “I’m sorry but Lil Nas should have nothing to do with children. Period.”

Last year, the 23-year-old rapper was swept up in controversy following the release of his music video for 'MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)'.

In the clip, the musician is seen sliding a ginormous pole right into the pit of hell - more specifically, right into the arms of Satan for a little lap dance while straddling him.

And yes, as you guessed, parents weren't happy in the slightest.

One outraged Twitter user wrote: "You're riding Satan in your new music video. You're proud of that?"

Another said: “Lil Nas X new music video ‘Call Me By Your Name ……. if that doesn’t scream I sold my soul to the devil than idk.”

While a third shared: “I'm sorry lil Nas X, your 'Call Me by Your Name' video giving Satan a lap dance, among other things, made you disgusting for me and probably the BET folks. No one cares that you are gay.”

However, Lil Nas X was quick to fire away at critics, revealing that struggled with his sexuality because of conservatives who deemed him immoral.

He wrote: “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the sh*t y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay.

“So I hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

A little louder for the people at the back!

Ah, once again, Nas has cemented himself as the king of clapbacks.

https://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/the-wiggles-panned-for-posing-with-lil-nas-x-526736-20230103

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm1T_WfScoz/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swmTBVI83k

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847820  No.18079409

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>>18022458 (pb)

Australia to buy long-range HIMARS missile system from United States after Ukraine praises weapon's effectiveness against Russia

Andrew Greene - 5 January 2023

Australia's Army will have an unprecedented long-range strike capability with the purchase of the US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket (HIMARS) system, which Ukraine has praised for its devastating effectiveness against invading Russian forces.

The Albanese government has finalised a deal to buy 20 of the truck-mounted rocket launchers by 2026, while signing another deal to acquire the Norwegian-made Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) for Australian warships next year.

Precise costs of the purchases are being kept secret for security reasons, but the government has confirmed to the ABC the overall figure is "between one and two billion dollars".

Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy said during an October visit to the United States he held "productive discussions" with the Army and Lockheed Martin on how Australia could start producing the rockets used in HIMARS.

On New Year's Day, a Ukrainian strike using the US-donated HIMARS system killed dozens, possibly even hundreds of Russian soldiers in the Donetsk region.

Mr Conroy said the deadly precision of HIMARS in Ukraine has confirmed why Australia should acquire the technology.

"We'll have an Army ground launched missile that can reach targets up to 300 kilometres away and we're part of developmental program in the United States called the precision strike missile that'll allow Army to hit targets in excess of 499 kilometres".

"This will give the Australian army a strike capability they've never had before," Mr Conroy told the ABC.

Congress was first notified of a possible sale of the Lockheed Martin-produced HIMARS to Australia seven months ago, while the NSM purchase was flagged by the Morrison government in April last year.

"The Naval Strike Missile is a major step up in capability for our Navy's warships, while HIMARS launchers have been successfully deployed by the Ukrainian military over recent months and are a substantial new capability for the Army," Mr Conroy said.

NSMs are produced by Norwegian company Kongsberg and will replace the ageing Harpoon anti-ship missiles on the Royal Australian Navy's Hobart-class destroyers and Anzac-class frigates from 2024.

Labor says the HIMARS and NSM purchases will together cost over $1 billion, but Mr Conroy says precise details are being kept deliberately hidden.

"We won't be disclosing the total cost of the two announcements," he told the ABC.

"The two combined costs is between one and two billion dollars, the reason that we're not disclosing the specific amount is that gives information to potential adversaries which isn't useful beaming out there."

In its notice to Congress in May, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency estimated the cost of 20 HIMARS and associated munitions and equipment at US$385 million ($561 million).

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-05/australia-america-himars-missile-system/101827334

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847820  No.18079427

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>>18046171

>>18071608

Former PM Kevin Rudd tells United States to stop throwing allies 'under a bus' to limit Chinese influence in the region

Andrew Greene - 5 January 2023

Australia's incoming ambassador to Washington, Kevin Rudd, has been accused of engaging in "opinionated lecturing" after he declared the United States needs to stop throwing its allies "under a bus" on the economy.

The former Prime Minister, who takes up his prestigious appointment in March, claimed the Biden administration was operating with "one arm tied behind its back" in the Asia-Pacific because it had not focused on the importance of trade in favour of security ties.

"For the future, what is the missing elements in US grand strategy? It's called the economy, stupid," Mr Rudd told Bloomberg TV, invoking a famous phrase attributed to president Bill Clinton's former adviser, James Carville.

"You cannot continue to assume that there'll be collective solidarity on security questions but, on the economy, the United States is happy to throw some of its allies under a bus.

"And, for those reasons, the United States Congress needs to embrace, instead, a different strategy, which opens its markets more to its allies in Asia and in Europe, despite the over-riding protection sentiment of the US Congress and political class in general."

In his first media appearance since being named the next US ambassador, Mr Rudd argued that America's strategic stance would only succeed if the world's largest economy opened up its markets.

"You cannot have a strategy which has one arm tied behind its back, namely, trade and the economy," Mr Rudd said.

"You must, in fact, have both wings flying. Otherwise, this bird doesn't take off," the former Labor leader told a panel discussion focusing on the international economy and markets.

Last month, Shadow Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham noted the significance of Mr Rudd's appointment but has now criticised the former Prime Minister's language.

"Encouraging the US to pursue deeper economic engagement in our region and with other allies is smart, strategic and consistent with recent Australian ambassadors to the US," Senator Birmingham said.

"Opinionated lecturing of the US before you've even started your new ambassadorial role in the US is far less strategic.

"I doubt many will see Kevin Rudd's tone as an encouraging start to a role that requires both deft handling and policy smarts."

Inside government ranks, some MPs have privately expressed concern at the outspoken approach their former colleague may take in his new diplomatic role, suggesting he could become a "second foreign minister" based in Washington.

Mr Rudd stressed he was speaking in his capacity as president of the Asia Society and had not begun his ambassadorial role, noting it was "three months before I turn into a pumpkin".

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-04/kevin-rudd-wants-us-to-stop-throwing-allies-under-a-bus-economy/101827944

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847820  No.18079456

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>>18064786

US security vs Aussie citizenship in Duggan case

DONALD ROTHWELL - JANUARY 5, 2023

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What new threats are posed for Australian defence secrets by AUKUS? Will the government enact new laws to ensure military personnel and civilian contractors are bound to not disclose AUKUS military secrets?

These are some of the questions the Albanese government is pondering as AUKUS arrangements deepen this year. Alarm already has been raised that Chinese and other foreign actors will seek to exploit any weakness in Australia’s AUKUS nuclear security arrangements.

The arrest of Australian citizen Daniel Duggan, and a subsequent US extradition request on charges Duggan allegedly engaged in several counts of providing unauthorised military services to Chinese pilots, gives some clues as to what Australia’s AUKUS legal criminal security framework may look like.

Duggan was arrested on October 21 in Orange, NSW, at the request of the US and is being held at the Goulburn supermax prison.

The government, through Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, initially endorsed the US extradition request. The matter is back in court on January 10, when Duggan’s legal team has indicated it will contest the extradition.

Duggan is a former US Marine Corps commissioned officer and naval pilot with 10 years’ experience. He settled in Australia in the late 2000s and became an Australian citizen in 2012. Since then he has lived in Australia and overseas, including in China.

Duggan’s life after leaving the marines has ranged from his Top Gun Tasmania business, which spruiked providing “participants with the opportunity to truly experience the thrill of flying in a jet fighter plane”, to working as a military trainer in China and South Africa with Chinese military pilots. It is this activity, conducted between 2010 and 2012 when Duggan was still a US citizen, that attracted the interest of US law enforcement and is the foundation for the criminal charges and the subsequent extradition request.

The US Department of State was aware of these activities as far back as 2008, when Duggan was advised of the need to register with the US government if he wished to provide training to a foreign air force.

The US District of Columbia Court indictment against Duggan was unsealed in mid-December and revealed four US charges including conspiracy to unlawfully export defence services to China, money laundering and violations of arms export controls and international traffic in arms regulations. Those are the charges that will be assessed against the terms of Australian-US extradition arrangements that are governed by a 1974 treaty and the commonwealth Extradition Act.

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847820  No.18079459

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>>18079456

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Several substantive and procedural legal issues need to be met before an extradition request can be approved. This involves judicial review by Australian courts and ultimately sign-off by the Attorney-General. These arrangements are not exceptional and have been applied routinely through the years, including in cases that have been appealed to the Australian Federal Court. In 2003, for example, the US successfully sought the extradition of Hew Griffiths on copyright infringement matters that took place in the US despite the fact Griffiths had never set foot in the US. Griffiths’s crimes, however, did have a direct impact in the US.

The biggest legal mystery concerning Duggan’s case is how an Australian citizen can be subject to US law for conduct that did not take place or have a direct impact in the US. The only possible grounds for US law to apply to Duggan is that his alleged crimes were committed when he was an US citizen. This is a principle known in international law as nationality. US law therefore could apply to Duggan for his conduct up until the time he became an Australian citizen in 2012.

Nevertheless, it still will be necessary for American prosecutors to demonstrate US law applies to citizens wherever they are in the world. Equivalent provisions in Australia are exceptional and generally apply only in the case of certain international or transnational crimes. It also will be necessary for the US to prove the existence of “double criminality”, which requires mutual recognition in Australia and the US of the same criminal offence. That may prove challenging as some of the charges against Duggan are specific to US law.

Duggan’s arrest must be seen in a much wider context. It came soon after British media reports that retired RAF fighter pilots had been engaged in training the Chinese military. Also, Australia has announced an investigation into the conduct of former Australian military personnel engaged in training activities with China.

This may be the first test of Australia’s resolve in responding to potential breaches of shared military intelligence and security in the AUKUS era. The government will need to balance the interests of an Australian citizen against demonstrating to the US that it takes the security of military secrets seriously.

Donald Rothwell is professor of international law at the Australian National University.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/us-security-vs-aussie-citizenship-in-duggan-case/news-story/e2351dd7e15cbdee12a25c594099a350

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847820  No.18079476

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>>17637158 (pb)

NSW ‘ISIS bride’ charged for allegedly entering Islamic State-run areas of Syria

Ben Cubby and Matthew Knott - January 5, 2023

Less than three months after she was returned to Australia, one of the so-called “ISIS brides” has been charged after police said they had new evidence she had willingly entered Islamic State territory in 2014 and knew of her husband’s activities with the group.

Mariam Raad, who now lives in Young in the state’s South West Slopes, was arrested on Thursday morning after properties were searched at Young and Parklea in Sydney’s north-west.

Raad, 31, was charged on Thursday with entering and remaining in the “declared zone” of al-Raqqa province in Syria, which was an IS stronghold in 2014.

Police said new evidence had come to light that Raad was aware of the activities of her then-husband Muhammad Zahab, though Raad has previously said she knew nothing of Zahab’s role with Islamic State.

Zahab, a former Sydney maths teacher, was the most senior Australian member of IS and was thought to have enticed at least a dozen other Australians to join him in Syria. He was reportedly killed by an airstrike in 2018.

“It will be alleged in court that the woman, who is now living in Young, travelled to Syria in early 2014 to join her husband, who left Australia in 2013 and joined Islamic State,” the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police said in a joint statement.

“It will also be alleged the woman was aware of her husband’s activities with Islamic State, and willingly travelled to the conflict region.”

It is an offence under Commonwealth law to enter and remain in areas where the government has declared “a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity”. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail.

Raad was returned to Australia in October along with three other Australian women and 13 children who had been living in squalid conditions in the Al-Roj Internally Displaced Persons camp in north-east Syria.

The decision to bring the families of former IS fighters home was criticised at the time by the federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, who had previously resisted calls to repatriate them. Eight children and grandchildren of two dead IS fighters were brought home under the former government in 2019.

“I made a decision based on the intelligence that I received at the time: these women shouldn’t come back to Australia,” Dutton said in October, adding the decision was based on advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the federal police and defence force.

When the women and children were brought home, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said that decision was also informed by national security advice and the government had considered a range of security, community and welfare factors.

After Raad’s arrest on Thursday, a spokeswoman for Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said: “This arrest is the result of an ongoing Joint Counter Terrorism Teams investigation and concerns alleged conduct that occurred outside of Australia in 2014. Since her return, there has not been any threat to the Australian community.”

On their return, the so-called “ISIS brides” released a joint statement, apologising “for the trouble and hurt we have caused … We are willing to do whatever is asked of us by government authorities to ensure the safety of our families and the Australian community and we will fully co-operate with all Australian law enforcement agencies.”

Raad told the ABC in 2018 she knew nothing about Zahab’s role with Islamic State.

“We’re, like, now emotionless. I would say probably I was angry [at him],” she said while in the al-Roj camp.

AFP acting Assistant Commissioner Sandra Booth said the Joint Counter Terrorism Teams would continue to investigate Australians returning from war zones.

“Individuals will be brought before the courts when evidence supports allegations that returned individuals have committed offences in conflict areas,” Booth said in a statement.

“The JCTT will continue to target criminal activity and does not target specific ideologies or beliefs.”

The Save the Children organisation, which has been campaigning for families to be repatriated, said: “Australia has a clear moral obligation and international legal requirement to repatriate its citizens from camps in north-east Syria, just as nations including the United States, Germany and France have done.

“Australia is showing that it is possible to repatriate its citizens while balancing any potential risks and ensuring the safety of the wider community.”

About 40 Australian women and children remain in displaced persons camps in Syria.

Raad is expected to face Wagga Wagga Local Court on Friday.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/nsw-isis-bride-charged-for-allegedly-entering-islamic-state-run-areas-of-syria-20230105-p5cakj.html

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847820  No.18079491

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>>18052595

>>18071573

China ‘hypocritical’ on Covid testing requirement

GREG BROWN - JANUARY 5, 2023

Australians will need to take a PCR test ahead of going to China when its borders reopen next week, prompting accusations the communist nation was being hypocritical for condemning countries that are adopting the exact same requirements on Chinese travellers.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute senior fellow Peter Jennings said he was not surprised about the double standards being displayed by Beijing, after a Chinese government spokesman said the regime was preparing to retaliate against nations that were forcing its citizens to undertake a Covid test ahead of entry.

“That is very much how they operate, it is always to shift the blame on to another country,” Mr Jennings said.

“We shouldn’t be taking any notice of it.”

Last week, China’s National Health Commission said international visitors would no longer need to quarantine on arrival.

However, the requirement for travellers to take a PCR test 48 hours ahead of arriving in China will remain.

Jim Chalmers said he was not “not especially” concerned about Beijing’s threats to retaliate against Australia and other nations that have decided to temporarily screen Chinese travellers.

“If they take any steps in response to the responsible steps we’ve taken, then that will be a matter for them. I’m not going to pre-empt or guess what they might do,” the Treasurer told ABC radio.

Dr Chalmers said there was “lot of concern around the global health community and the global economy about the transparency and quality of data that we see out of China on Covid”.

“It’s really important to get as much transparency as we can so that we can understand the implications for us here in Australia,” Dr Chalmers said.

Lowy Institute senior fellow Richard McGregor said China’s threats were probably aimed at the domestic audience and would unlikely amount to much.

“I don’t think, at the moment, this has any large implications for the bilateral relationship,” Mr McGregor said. “There are many countries that are asking this of China and it is not an onerous requirement. The Chinese have been getting tested nearly everyday for over three years.”

The European Union on Wednesday was moving to set co-ordinated control on passengers coming from China, after EU member states France, Spain and Italy unveiled independent testing requirements.

But New Zealand announced it would buck the trend and instead implement a voluntary testing system for Chinese travellers.

New Zealand Science Minister Ayesha Verrall – an infectious-diseases physician – said Chinese travellers posed a ““minimal public health threat”.

“(Chinese) visitors won’t contribute significantly to our Covid case numbers meaning entry restrictions aren’t required or justified,” she said.

Responding to China’s threats of retaliation, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the testing requirement was “an approach that is based solely and exclusively on science”.

Back in Australia, opposition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham said the government’s handling of the Covid outbreak in China was “perplexing”.

“It is so perplexing and concerning that Anthony Albanese doesn’t seem to be fronting the cameras or hitting the airwaves himself to explain why they’ve ignored the advice of the chief medical officer,” Senator Birmingham told 2GB radio.

“Why it is that they have flip flopped in their position over the course of the last week or so, and just what the actual rationale for it is, because the story just seems to keep changing.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/china-hypocritical-on-covid-testing/news-story/ddd1a781b2e58cf25c75e1f2721513b2

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847820  No.18079534

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>>18052595

Five things Australia has wrong on China and COVID-19

For a start, it’s nonsense that Beijing is hiding the true extent of infections across the country, writes the Chinese government’s consul general in Sydney.

Zhou Limin - Jan 3, 2023

The Chinese government recently refined its COVID-19 prevention and control measures. However, there are many misconceptions developing in Australia about what’s going on in China.

Myth 1: China’s COVID-19 situation has been out of control

The omicron variant is for now the dominant strain around the world. On the basis of scientific assessment of the characteristics of the virus and the pandemic situation, as well as reference to the prevention practices of other countries, the Chinese government decided to gradually adjust its prevention measures in response to the people’s wishes and shifted the focus to preventing severe diseases with targeted measures.

This is a decision made by the Chinese government after careful analysis and deliberation. The process is under control and the current situation has been expected.

As China’s COVID-19 prevention measures are shifting gears, there will inevitably be a process of adaptation, like what other countries around the world have gone through when adjusting their own policies.

China has full capability and confidence in the final victory over COVID-19. Recently, places such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have seen infections peak and normal life return. Other provinces and cities in China are also expected to return to normal in the short term.

Myth 2: China hides COVID-19 case numbers

Some people have speculated that China is hiding case numbers. This is nothing but nonsense. After the adjustment of COVID-19 prevention measures, China stopped conducting nucleic acid testing for all residents, which makes it difficult to know accurately what the case number is, as is the case in many countries around the world. The US government stopped releasing COVID-19 case numbers in October 2022.

There are two main criteria for determining death from COVID-19 globally. One is death directly caused by respiratory failure because of infection with COVID-19, the other is death within 28 days of infection. To put it simply, “deaths due to COVID-19” and “deaths with COVID-19.

China has adopted the first category of death criteria since 2020. In times of pandemic and rapid transmission, it is difficult to tell exactly what the case fatality rate is. However, China has started to collect information through questionnaires and surveys and will continue to disclose information on deaths and severe cases in accordance with the principle of truth, openness and transparency.

Myth 3: China is not ready for adjustment of its COVID-19 prevention measures

China’s decision to adjust its COVID-19 prevention measures was made in a scientific and prudent manner based on comprehensive consideration of the characteristics of the virus, the pandemic situation, vaccination, medical resource preparation, and prevention and control experiences.

The omicron variant has been less virulent and most cases of infection are mild. China has accumulated rich experiences in the past three years in COVID-19 prevention and control, which provide favourable conditions for its adjustment of the measures. China has more than 10 types of vaccines covering various technical routes and vaccination methods, and more than 3.4 billion doses of vaccines have been administered in total. More than 92 per cent of the total population is covered and more than 90 per cent is fully vaccinated.

Among people aged above 60 and 80, more than 85 per cent and 65 per cent are fully vaccinated respectively. China has the largest production capacity of antipyretic drugs in the world and has taken multiple measures to increase production; its drug supply can fully meet the market demand. Chinese authorities have also been promoting international medical cooperation in line with market principles and have approved the import of COVID-19 treatment drugs produced by Pfizer and other international manufacturers.

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847820  No.18079537

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Myth 4: China’s vaccine is ineffective

Chinese vaccines have helped prevent severe illness and death for millions of people around the world. According to a study published by the University of Hong Kong, the effectiveness of an inactivated vaccine in preventing severe cases caused by omicron after vaccination with booster shots was almost the same as that of mRNA vaccine, reaching 97 per cent. A Lancet sub-journal also acknowledged that inactivated vaccines have similar efficacy to mRNA vaccines.

There is scientific consensus that no vaccine in the world can completely prevent COVID-19 infection. Pfizer’s chief executive contracted COVID-19 a second time after getting his fourth mRNA vaccine booster shot. Can we conclude that Pfizer’s vaccine is ineffective because of this? Obviously not.

Myth 5: China’s COVID-19 situation is a drag on economic growth

China’s announcement to adjust its COVID-19 prevention measures and facilitate international personnel exchanges has been widely welcomed.

Many foreign chambers of commerce in China, including the American Chamber of Commerce in China, the British Chamber of Commerce and the German Chamber of Commerce, as well as some foreign diplomatic institutions in China said the move will help restore personnel exchanges and business travel between China and foreign countries, restore confidence in investment and business, and restore market optimism.

China will continue to be a priority destination for foreign investment. According to a recent survey conducted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China, 66 percent of Australian companies plan to expand investment in China, and 58 percent of Australian companies regard China as one of the top three investment destinations in the world in the next three years.

Several international agencies have raised their forecasts for China’s economic growth in 2023, predicting that China will achieve a growth rate of over 5 per cent, much higher than that of the world as a whole and other major economies. It is believed that as the global COVID-19 situation stabilises and the high-quality development measures set by the 20th Communist Party National Congress are put in place, the Chinese economy will enjoy faster growth and make a greater contribution to world economic growth.

We are aware that the Australian government has decided to implement some requirements on inbound travellers from China starting from Thursday. China believes that the prevention and control measures adopted by one country should be scientific and proportionate, not target certain other countries, and should not affect normal personnel exchanges and cooperation.

We hope that the Australian side will listen to the voice of the people, view China’s COVID-19 situation and prevention and control measures objectively, do more to promote China-Australia relations and provide better conditions and atmosphere for exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

Zhou Limin is the Chinese government’s consul general based in Sydney.

https://www.afr.com/world/asia/five-big-things-the-world-has-wrong-on-china-and-covid-19-20230103-p5ca0r

Vicky Xu Tweet

Shame on @FinancialReview for printing this garbage

If you want to get the Chinese POV, at the very least send a journalist to talk to the consul general and ask questions that will challenge the lies somewhat

What's the point of straight up printing Beijing's propaganda?

https://twitter.com/veryvickyxu/status/1610133413222318082

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2dd5d4  No.18086696

>>18079427

'''General Research #22169 >>18086046

US Sending Delegation to Taiwan for Trade Talks in Move Sure to Anger China

The delegation will be led by an assistant US trade representative

The US is sending a delegation to Taiwan next week for trade talks with Taipei, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said on Wednesday, in a move sure to anger Beijing.

The US and Taiwan agreed to hold formal trade talks last year, and the first round was held in New York in November. Since Washington and Taiwan don’t have official relations, the negotiations are being held under the auspice of their respective de facto embassies, the American Institute in Taiwan, and the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Office in the US.

But the US delegation is being led by Terry McCartin, the assistant US trade representative for China affairs, meaning the effort is being carried out by President Biden’s Executive Office. The USTR said the meetings in Taiwan would be attended by officials from several other government agencies.

According to The South China Post, Yang Jen-ni, Taiwan’s deputy trade representative, will lead the Taiwanese delegation, which will include dozens of officials from other departments.

China is against contact between high-level US and Taiwanese government officials as it views such cooperation as the US moving away from the one-China policy. Beijing is especially opposed to high-level US officials visiting Taiwan and typically reacts by launching military drills around the island.

The trade talks are an effort by the US to reduce economic dependence on China, and the overall increase in US contacts with Taiwan is part of the Biden administration’s strategy to counter China’s influence in the region. The USTR has dubbed the trade talks the US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade and said they are intended to “develop concrete ways to deepen the economic and trade relationship.”

The USTR said the talks will focus on multiple areas, including “reaching agreements on trade facilitation, good regulatory practices, strong anti-corruption standards, enhancing trade between our small and medium enterprises, deepening agriculture trade, removing discriminatory barriers to trade, digital trade, robust labor and environmental standards, as well as ways to address distortive practices of state-owned enterprises and non-market policies and practices.”

Another major factor in the talks is the fact that Taiwan is the world’s largest producer of advanced semiconductors, and the Biden administration is trying to entice Taiwanese companies to open more facilities inside the US. The US has targeted China’s chip industry with major sanctions in recent months, which marks a major shift in US trade policy toward the country.

https://news.antiwar.com/2023/01/04/us-sending-delegations-to-taiwan-for-trade-talks-in-move-sure-to-anger-china/

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847820  No.18087932

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US senators’ leaked letter won’t sink AUKUS subs deal: defence minister

Matthew Knott - January 6, 2023

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Defence Minister Richard Marles has insisted Australia’s plan to acquire nuclear-powered submarines remains on track after two US senators staged a dramatic intervention, warning Joe Biden the AUKUS pact risked stressing America’s industrial base to “breaking point”.

The letter to the US President, revealed just three months before the Albanese government unveils its submarine plan, is the first time members of Congress from either party have expressed significant misgivings about AUKUS.

The pact between Australia, the US and United Kingdom has enjoyed strong bipartisan support in Washington since it was announced in September 2021.

In a letter to Biden sent on December 21, Democratic Senator Jack Reed and Republican Senator James Inhofe explicitly warned against any plan to sell or transfer Virginia-class submarines to Australia before the US Navy meets its current requirements.

“Over the past year, we have grown more concerned about the state of the US submarine industrial base as well as its ability to support the desired AUKUS SSN [nuclear submarine] end state,” Reed and Inhofe said in their letter to the White House, first reported by US website Breaking Defence.

“We believe current conditions require a sober assessment of the facts to avoid stressing the US submarine industrial base to the breaking point.

“We are concerned that what was initially touted as a ‘do no harm’ opportunity to support Australia and the United Kingdom and build long-term competitive advantages for the US and its Pacific allies, may be turning into a zero-sum game for scarce, highly advanced US SSNs.”

Reed is the chair of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the US military and Department of Defence. Inhofe, whose Senate career ended this week, was the top Republican on the committee when the letter was sent.

A spokeswoman for Marles responded to the letter, saying: “The optimal pathway for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines is taking shape, and an announcement remains on track to be made in the first part of this year.

“AUKUS will significantly transform Australia’s strategic posture and the work undertaken over the last 16 months speaks to a shared mission between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.”

The government has said it will announce which type of submarine it will acquire by March, after receiving a recommendation from Jonathan Mead, the head of the Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce.

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847820  No.18087938

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Outgoing US ambassador Arthur Sinodinos said the US-Australia relationship was “in great shape, but there are some big challenges ahead, particularly bedding down AUKUS and getting that implemented”.

“That’s a particular challenge,” he said in a podcast released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on Friday.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has said securing a small number of Virginia-class submarines from the US would be the best way to bridge a looming capability gap between the retirement of the current Collins Class fleet and arrival of locally manufactured nuclear-powered submarines around the early 2040s.

The idea has been widely dismissed on the grounds American shipbuilding yards are struggling to meet the US Navy’s needs and don’t have capacity to build submarines for Australia.

The fact Reed and Inhofe felt a need to challenge the proposal, however, suggests it is being taken seriously at the highest levels in Washington.

They warn Biden that that selling or leasing Virginia-class submarines to Australia would “make the US Navy less capable of meeting sovereign wartime and peacetime requirements”.

“Make no mistake, we recognise the strategic value of having one of our closest allies operating a world-class nuclear navy could provide in managing long-term competition with an increasingly militaristic China,” they write.

“However, such a goal will take decades to achieve, and we cannot simply ignore contemporary realities in the meantime.”

Democratic congressman Joe Courtney, chair of the House seapower subcommittee, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last month: “I don’t think the notion of purchasing a Virginia [class submarine] is off the table.”

Courtney, the co-chair of the Friends of Australia caucus, said: “I am very bullish on the fact that if you give shipbuilders a plan that contains a demand signal and the resources, this is not just pie-in-the-sky stuff.”

US congressman Rob Wittman, the top Republican on the House of Representatives’ sea power subcommittee, previously said: “There’s been a lot of talk about well, the Australians would just buy a US submarine. That’s not going to happen.”

William Stoltz, policy director at the Australian National University’s National Security College, said the senators’ letter showed the challenges involved in an “intergenerational” pact like AUKUS.

“This is a 100, if not 150, year venture we’re making and it assumes our interests and politics will remain in alignment over that time,” he said.

Stoltz said that as well as advancing the US-Australia alliance, American politicians also have their own domestic considerations to consider.

ASPI executive director Justin Bassi said: “The issue of constraints on defence industrial base capacity is a known issue, not just for the US but globally.

“It is important to remember that AUKUS is not just about helping Australia, but about aligning the national strategies of three close allies to deliver practical improvements to our collective defence and security capabilities.“

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/leaked-senators-letter-warns-aukus-deal-could-harm-us-submarine-industry-20230106-p5cary.html

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847820  No.18087967

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>>18087932

EXCLUSIVE: Reed, Inhofe warn Biden AUKUS risks becoming ‘zero sum game’ for US Navy

"We are concerned that what was initially touted as a 'do no harm' opportunity to support Australia and the United Kingdom and build long-term competitive advantages for the U.S. and its Pacific allies, may be turning into a zero-sum game for scarce, highly advanced U.S. SSNs," wrote the SASC heads.

JUSTIN KATZ - January 05, 2023

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WASHINGTON — Two key US lawmakers sent a warning shot to President Joe Biden over concerns that the AUKUS trilateral security agreement could imperil America’s submarine fleet, according to a letter obtained by Breaking Defense.

“Over the past year, we have grown more concerned about the state of the U.S. submarine industrial base as well as its ability to support the desired AUKUS SSN [nuclear sub] end state,” Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., wrote in a Dec. 21 letter sent to the White House. “We believe current conditions require a sober assessment of the facts to avoid stressing the U.S. submarine industrial base to the breaking point.”

“We are concerned that what was initially touted as a ‘do no harm’ opportunity to support Australia and the United Kingdom and build long-term competitive advantages for the U.S. and its pacific allies, may be turning into a zero-sum game for scarce, highly advanced U.S. SSNs,” the two lawmakers continue, explicitly warning against any plan to sell or transfer Virginia-class submarines to Australia before the US Navy has met its current requirement.

At the time the letter was sent, Reed and Inhofe were the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Committee, one of the four key congressional panels overseeing the Pentagon. While Inhofe has since retired, Reed remains the SASC chairman in the new Congress — and hence remains one of the most influential voices on defense issues on the hill, with oversight on the AUKUS discussion.

AUKUS refers to the security pact announced in September 2021 between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The highlight of the agreement involves the US and UK sharing highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology with their ally down under, so that Australia can develop and operate nuclear-powered submarines, or potentially receive American Virginia-class subs outright. Leaders of the three countries said at the time their respective governments would spend 18 months on a preliminary planning phase before advancing the agreement; that initial consultation period is scheduled to end in March.

“We urge you to adopt a ‘do no harm’ approach to AUKUS negotiations and ensure that sovereign U.S. national security capabilities will not be diminished as we work to build this strategic partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom over the coming decades,” the senators wrote Biden.

A spokesman for Reed declined to comment; the White House did not return a request for comment by deadline.

Virginia Concerns

The senators outline the pressure the US Navy’s fast attack submarine program, the Virginia-class, has been under in recent years. They point out that although the program increased procurement from one to two boats per year in 2011, “just 1.2 Virginia-class SSNs have delivered, on average, per year over the past five years,” according to the letter.

In fact, a significant portion of the letter sends a clear signal to the White House: think twice before trying to send or sell Virginia-class subs to Australia.

“AUKUS options that would have the U.S. transfer or sell Virginia-class submarines prior to meeting [the Chief of Naval Operations’] requirements would make the US Navy less capable of meeting sovereign wartime and peacetime requirements. Make no mistake, we recognize the strategic value of having one of our closest allies operating a world-class nuclear navy could provide in managing long-term competition with an increasingly militaristic China.

“However, such a goal will take decades to achieve, and we cannot simply ignore contemporary realities in the meantime.”

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847820  No.18087974

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>>18087967

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The lagging deliveries for Virginia-class come despite the consistent funding lawmakers have provided both in response to annual budget requests as well as an additional $1 billion to help prop up the supplier base and workforce development initiatives over the past five years.

“This increased funding has yet to improve performance appreciably, and an assumption that even more money will change this situation is not supported by the experience of the last 10 years,” Reed and Inhofe wrote. Now, to add to the building pressure, the Navy and its industrial base must prepare for serial production of the “higher priority” Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program, the letter adds.

The US Navy has long cited 66 fast attack submarines as its requirement in varying force structure assessments. The senators note that the service has only 50 boats in the fleet today and expects to see its inventory reduced to 48 by 2027 when older subs retire more rapidly than new ones are delivered.

The lawmakers also warn that not enough has been done to understand the legal impacts of AUKUS and where there could be hurdles.

“Just as the submarine industrial base constraints are real, so are statutory and regulatory constraints. We still have little understanding of what … permissions or waivers would be needed to realize the AUKUS SSN options,” the senators wrote. “These permissions or waivers are a serious matter and should not be taken for granted in negotiating any agreements.”

The senators’ concerns over the AUKUS deal come ahead of a critical first milestone for the relatively new agreement expected early this year.

Adm. Frank Caldwell, the Navy’s most senior admiral overseeing its nuclear submarine technology, said in November that he and his British and Australian counterparts are in the process of consolidating their final recommendations due to their respective governments in March.

Despite the fanfare of the initial announcement back in 2021, all three governments publicly have deferred the most crucial details about the arrangement as issues to be worked out during the 18-month planning process. With the deadline approaching, all eyes will be on the United States and United Kingdom to elaborate on the next steps in a process that, as the senators write, could take decades to deliver an Australian nuclear Navy.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, leading members of the 2022 House Armed Services Committee embraced the AUKUS agreement as a positive development for a key US ally and even passed legislation to help train Australian naval officers. But, hesitation remains about how far the US can go to help its friends, if that help would result in harming the US Navy’s own fleet.

“There’s been a lot of talk about well, the Australians would just buy a US submarine. That’s not going to happen,” Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., a top House defense hawk, said in December. “I just don’t see how we’re going to build a submarine and sell it to Australia during that time.”

Rear Adm. Scott Pappano, a top US Navy officer overseeing submarine construction, has expressed similar concerns.

“If you are asking my opinion, if we were going to add additional submarine construction to our industrial base, that would be detrimental to us right now, without significant investment to provide additional capacity, capability to go do that,” he told the Mitchell Institute in Washington. “I won’t speak for the UK, but I think that exists for both the US and the UK where we’re looking right now.”

https://breakingdefense.com/2023/01/exclusive-reed-inhofe-warn-biden-aukus-risks-becoming-zero-sum-game-for-us-navy/

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847820  No.18097093

File: 32dfe5ab0570355⋯.jpg (220.97 KB, 1280x720, 16:9, Epidemic_control_workers_r….jpg)

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>>18071595

‘The Kraken’ Covid variant ripping through Australia

A new Covid variant has been identified in Australia, just days after it was confirmed as the most transmissible form of the virus yet.

Chloe Whelan - January 6, 2023

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A new Covid variant has quickly become the dominant strain in the US, and has now been confirmed in Australia – earning itself a creepy nickname along the way.

Dubbed the ‘Kraken variant’, experts have confirmed new Covid sub-variant XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible form of Covid to date. Early predictions indicate it isn’t more deadly than the forms of Covid we’ve seen in the past, but health authorities have recommended caution.

What is the new variant?

XBB.1.5 is a descendant of the omicron XBB sub-variant, which is itself a cross between two earlier strains.

The original Omicron variant triggered a global surge in infections – and a host of new pandemic measures – about a year ago, before concern waned. The latest variation is expected to be even more transmissible.

How fast is it spreading?

XBB.1.5 is “the most transmissible sub-variant which has been detected yet,” according to World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

The sub-variant has a much stronger affinity to ACE2, which is a key receptor for Covid-19, allowing it to bind more easily and therefore be more transmissible.

Almost 30 countries have reported cases caused by the variant, but global health authorities suspect the real number is much higher as testing requirements slacken in many parts of the world.

In Australia, eight cases of XBB.1.5 were confirmed over the holiday period.

Federal health department data showed the variant made up less than 1 per cent of Australian cases as of January 3 – but that’s exactly where the Kraken sat in the US just a few weeks ago.

The variant was responsible for just 1 per cent of Covid-19 infections in the US in early December, before surging to 41 per cent by the end of the year, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In northeastern US states, that figure is higher than 70 per cent.

NSW Health indicated on Thursday the seven-day rolling average of daily hospital admissions had deceased by a few dozen. Covid cases, too, had deceased by 40 per cent compared to the previous week, but the health body noted PCR testing had also fallen by similar levels.

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847820  No.18097095

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>>18097093

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Is it more dangerous?

So far, the data indicates XBB.1.5 isn’t significantly more severe than previous Covid-19 variants.

University of Sydney infectious disease expert Professor Robert Booy told Sky News Australia the variant’s arrival didn’t pose a huge risk to the community.

“Our vaccines probably do protect against it and we shouldn’t be overly concerned. Although I’ve called it ‘extra bad boy’, it’s just a way of remembering the name XBB.1.5,” Prof Booy said on Thursday.

“It’s more transmissible, it’s more active, young and able to get around, but it’s not more severe, it’s not more virulent, it’s not more likely to put you in hospital.”

Mostly, XBB.1.5 has attracted the attention of scientists because it seems to more easily evade our natural immunity and immune protection provided by vaccines – meaning it more easily reinfects people who have already had Covid.

“There is an amount of immune evasion in this new variant, so antibodies don’t work quite as well, but the other part of our immune system called the T cells do work well in order to keep us out of hospital or even from dying,” Prof Booy said.

Data is still being collected to determine the variant’s severity or ability to cause severe illness, but early indications show it’s no worse than what we’ve already seen.

Previous therapies to tackle Covid, such as monoclonal antibody treatments, were rendered ineffective by previous strains – a trend which is set to continue with the Kraken. High transmissibility also means more people are likely to get infected, which in turn exposes more people to severe outcomes.

How will it impact China?

Health officials had previously warned that new variants could form in China, which is battling a major surge in infections after abandoning its zero-Covid strategy.

The country has yet to report any domestic cases of XBB.1.5. Shanghai detected three infections caused by the variant, and claimed all were imported cases – but health authorities worldwide are concerned China isn’t being fully transparent about its Covid data.

In the meantime, the country’s Covid wave is being fuelled by two other Omicron strains, which together account for more than 97 per cent of local infections, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why is it called the Kraken?

Covid variants are named by an expert group convened by WHO, whose job is to identify what they consider to be variants of concern and name them according to the Greek alphabet – the alpha, beta and delta strains, for instance.

The last Greek-named variant, Omicron, emerged more than a year ago, leaving no more room in the old naming system. Now, the group uses significantly less catchy combinations of letters and numbers to name new forms of Covid, such as XBB.1.5.

It’s led to a rise in viral nicknames to describe the variants, hence the Kraken. The moniker was suggested by an evolutionary professor on Twitter, who said the features of the variant earned it a rightful place in the Covid nickname hall of fame.

The kraken comes from Scandinavian folklore and is the name of a mythical, giant, octopus-like creature which can destroy entire ships and drag sailors to their doom.

https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/health/the-kraken-covid-variant-ripping-through-australia/news-story/dd85acd9f4869ec9fbdedac13eaa932e

https://twitter.com/TRyanGregory/status/1608082277900161025

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847820  No.18097124

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The year Assange walks free? Why there are cautious hopes

Matthew Knott - January 7, 2023

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On a steamy summer night last August, the trendiest place to be in New York was the Brooklyn nightclub Elsewhere. The star of the event, performing as a DJ for the first time in 15 years, was better known as one of history’s most famous and controversial whistleblowers.

In 2010, Chelsea Manning used her position as a United States Army intelligence analyst to copy hundreds of thousands of documents related to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving them on a CD labelled “Lady Gaga” as a disguise. Manning then sent the files to WikiLeaks, including the famous Collateral Murder video showing US troops laughing after shooting dead a group of Iraqi men, including two journalists. (All the men were civilians but some were armed.) Manning was later sentenced to 35 years in jail for America’s largest-ever leak of classified information.

Today, Manning is a free woman and celebrated transgender icon who recently published a memoir and spins tracks ranging from Britney Spears to a remix of the Succession theme song for Brooklyn ravers in her spare time. Barack Obama commuted Manning’s remaining jail time on compassionate grounds in one of his last acts in office, allowing her to return to civilian life in 2017.

Meanwhile, the man who published Manning’s leaked documents, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is languishing in London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison, surrounded by notorious murderers and rapists. For the past four years, the US Justice Department has been attempting to extradite the Australian to face trial on 17 counts of breaching the Espionage Act plus a separate hacking-related charge. It’s the first time the act has ever been used against someone who received and published classified information, as opposed to leaking it.

Assange suffered a stroke in 2021 and his mental health has been battered by extended periods of isolation. His family fears he may not survive the extradition process. “He’s in a gradual decline both physically and mentally,” Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton tells me. “It’s very oppressive and is clearly taking a toll on him.”

Yet, Assange’s supporters begin the year with more hope than ever that the US will end its extradition efforts, allowing him to return to Australia. “We can feel that the momentum is building,” Shipton says.

Lawyer Greg Barns, an adviser to the Australian Assange campaign, says: “The planets are aligning pretty well.”

Earlier this week, ABC global affairs editor John Lyons heightened anticipation by declaring on air: “My expectation is that within the next two months or so Julian Assange will be released.” Lyons’ prediction caused a frisson not just because of its definitive timeframe but because it was made by one of the country’s most experienced journalists. Lyons previously served as editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, as the ABC’s head of current affairs and investigations, and as executive producer of Nine’s Sunday program.

The main reason for the growing optimism is that Australia has a prime minister actively working to try to secure Assange’s release, even if it requires spending diplomatic capital with our most important ally. The Morrison government took a hands-off approach on the grounds Assange’s case should be allowed to play out in the British and US legal systems.

In opposition, Albanese said he believed Assange’s case had dragged on too long and needed to come to an end. During his early months as prime minister, he kept quiet about the issue, vowing not to pursue “megaphone diplomacy”. That changed in November when he gave a strikingly forthright response to a question by independent MP Monique Ryan.

“I have raised this personally with representatives of the United States government,” Albanese told parliament. “My position is clear and has been made clear to the US administration. I will continue to advocate, as I did recently in meetings that I have held.”

Albanese was essentially confirming he had raised the issue directly with Biden, given the pair met for 45 minutes just a fortnight earlier in Phnom Penh.

Then came Albanese’s decision, just before Christmas, to appoint former prime minister Kevin Rudd as Australia’s ambassador to the US. As far back as 2010, when WikiLeaks published the war cables, Rudd has repeatedly insisted the US government and Manning should be held responsible for the disclosure of secret material rather than Assange.

In June, when Priti Patel, then the British home secretary, certified Assange’s extradition to the US, Rudd tweeted: “I disagree with this decision. I do not support Assange’s actions and his reckless disregard for classified security information. But if Assange is guilty, then so too are the dozens of newspaper editors who happily published his material.”

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847820  No.18097126

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>>18097124

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Assange’s supporters also see promising signs in the American media, where his case has received surprisingly little attention despite his high-profile and controversial past. In a joint open letter published in late November, The New York Times and four European news outlets called on the US government to drop the charges because the prosecution “sets a dangerous precedent” that threatens to undermine freedom of the press.

“Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists,” the letter said. “If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.”

Soon after, Ari Melber – a prominent host on left-leaning cable network MSNBC – devoted a 12-minute monologue to arguing for Assange to be let free.

Since founding WikiLeaks, Assange has done some questionable – even despicable – things. Robert Mueller’s report into the 2016 US election found Assange fuelled dangerous conspiracy theories by falsely suggesting that murdered Democratic Party employee Seth Rich, rather than Russian hackers, had leaked damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign to WikiLeaks. Brad Bauman, a former spokesman for the Rich family, said at the time the report showed Assange was a “monster, not a journalist”.

But you don’t have to consider Assange a noble figure – or even a journalist – to support his release after so many years in captivity.

“It is very easy for people to understand the hypocrisy of this,” Shipton says. “Why is the Australian publisher being held in prison while the US whistleblower walks free? It doesn’t pass the pub test.”

There’s no indication that Biden, or his attorney-general Merrick Garland, are invested in Assange being punished. The charges against him are a holdover from the Trump administration. The Obama-era Justice Department declined to prosecute Assange because of the precedent it could set of jailing journalists for doing their jobs.

Still, the notion that asking Biden to drop the extradition would take nothing more than a simple phone call needs to be tempered with reality.

“This is not simple, stroke-of-a-pen stuff,” a senior government source says, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The idea that Biden can just wave a magic wand on this is nonsense. This is hard and complicated.”

One of Trump’s litany of sins during his time in office was trying to reshape the Department of Justice into his defacto personal legal firm. Biden has said that one of his priorities as president is to “re-establish the reputation and integrity” of the Justice Department, which he argues was “corrupted” by Trump.

Biden had to speedily backtrack in October after saying he wanted to see individuals prosecuted for defying subpoenas from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots. “I did not, have not and will not pick up the phone and call the attorney-general and tell him what he should or should not do in terms of who he should prosecute,” Biden insisted.

Instructing Garland to drop the charges against Assange would be a clear breach of this vow. A more realistic hope is that Garland quietly takes another look at the case and decides it is taking up resources that could be better used elsewhere.

The Justice Department prides itself on its independence, as spokesman Anthony Coley made clear in October: “The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop.”

Importantly, the judicial process had already run its course when Obama granted clemency to Manning; it’s an entirely different story with Assange. Figures inside the US national security establishment – who contend Assange’s behaviour, including allegedly conspiring with hackers, went beyond normal journalist practice – want him to be held accountable. And many Democrats still regard Assange with disdain for his role in elevating Donald Trump to power by publishing Hillary Clinton’s emails in the 2016 campaign.

The argument for the charges against Assange to be dropped has always been powerful on press freedom grounds. It only becomes more compelling as time passes. He’s suffered in jail long enough.

Albanese should be commended for working to secure his release. Achieving this goal, however, will take subtlety and patience. If Assange is a free man by the end of the year, let alone the next two months, it will be a foreign policy triumph.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-year-assange-walks-free-why-there-are-cautious-hopes-20230106-p5cavb.html

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847820  No.18097132

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>>18087932

>>18087967

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese 'very confident' AUKUS deal will benefit all three countries, despite concerns raised in US

AAP/ABC - 7 January 2023

Australia is on track to announce plans to buy new nuclear-powered submarines from the US and UK, despite scepticism in Washington.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Defence Minister Richard Marles said on Saturday Australia's relationship with the US remained strong.

This came after revelations two US senators had raised concerns to President Joe Biden the new AUKUS deal between the three countries could push America's submarine-building industry to a "breaking point".

Mr Albanese said an "optimal pathway" for building the submarines would be revealed in the first quarter of this year.

"We're very confident that it's in the interests of Australia, but also in the interest of the United States and the interests of the United Kingdom," he said on Saturday.

"When we talk about optimal pathway, we talk about not just the issue of what is built, but how it is built, as well as the optimal pathway in building a capacity of skills in the Australian workforce."

Mr Marles said Australia would need to make its own industrial contribution for the US and UK deal, while working to prepare the local sector.

"We have said that we will build the capacity in Adelaide to build nuclear-powered submarine," he said.

This would include working with nuclear technology experts from universities across Australia, as well as preparing for the blue-collar roles necessary for the construction.

"This is a really exciting opportunity for Australia."

The comments follow revelations in a leaked letter dated December 21, first obtained by US publication Breaking Defense, in which the Democratic chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Republican colleague outline their anxieties over the project.

"Over the past year, we have grown more concerned about the state of the US submarine industrial base as well as its ability to support the desired AUKUS SSN [nuclear sub] end state," the letter said.

Committee chair, senator Jack Reed, and Republican senator James Inhofe, who has since retired, warned the White House against any plan to sell or transfer Virginia-class submarines to Australia before the US Navy meets its current requirements.

While it was the first time members of Congress had raised major concerns about AUKUS, a senior US Navy official warned in August that helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines could be too big a burden for America's overstretched shipyards.

Australia needs to replace its ageing diesel-powered Collins-class fleet of submarines.

The former Morrison government controversially ditched a $90 billion French contract for new ones to instead build nuclear-powered subs from the US and UK.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-07/anthony-albanese-aukus-submarine-deal/101834838

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847820  No.18097141

File: e8609b5b94a0357⋯.jpg (521.16 KB, 2048x2048, 1:1, Anthony_Albanese_hosted_Pa….jpg)

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to address Papua New Guinea's national parliament on two-day trip

Melissa Maykin - 5 Jan 2023

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is set to address Papua New Guinea's parliament during a two-day visit next week.

Mr Albanese had been due to visit PNG in December last year but the trip was postponed after he tested positive to COVID-19.

He will be in the country from January 12 to 13 to attend an annual Leaders' Dialogue, before flying to Wewak in the north to pay homage to the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

Mr Albanese told News Corp in December that he planned to offer PNG increased defence and security support during the visit.

"We provided support for security for their recent elections, and we’re looking to provide increased support for Papua New Guinea and collaboration on defence and security issues," he said.

It will be the first visit by an Australian prime minister since May 2019.

PNG Prime Minister James Marape said the visit would reinforce the strong bond between the two countries.

"Part of the program will include Prime Minister Albanese addressing our national parliament, which we are offering as a mark of respect to the Australian leader, as PNG marches towards our 50th anniversary of independence," Mr Marape said in a statement.

"It is only befitting that the leader of the Australian Labor Party, which granted independence to PNG in 1975 — through then-leader Gough Whitlam — be given this honour of addressing our national parliament."

Sir Michael Somare led the former Australian colony to independence in 1975 and preparations are under way to celebrate its approaching 50th anniversary.

"The Australian Labor Party [was then] led by the late Gough Whitlam, who was in government in Australia, while the Pangu Pati [was] led by the late Sir Michael Somare [who] was in government in PNG," Mr Marape said.

"Australia and Papua New Guinea have a long history and this visit will strengthen our shared vision for the future.

"Australia is a very important foundation bilateral partner of PNG, in as far as nation-to-nation relations are concerned."

'Long history and shared vision'

Mr Albanese said he had enjoyed hosting "good friend" Mr Marape on several Australian visits last year and the bilateral relationship remained strong.

"Australia and Papua New Guinea are close not just geographically, but also because of our long history and shared vision for the future," he said.

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles in October flagged an "ambitious" bid to expand military ties and sign a security treaty with Papua New Guinea.

It came after PNG's new foreign minister, Justin Tkatchenko, earlier said he would like officials from the two countries to strike a formal treaty.

While anxiety about China has propelled Australia's renewed push to deepen defence ties in the Pacific, Mr Marles insisted at the time that was not the primary driver.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-05/albanese-marape-say-relationship-is-strong-ahead-of-pm-visit/101829560

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847820  No.18097188

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Australian YouTuber reported to police by Ukrainian ambassador over alleged 'harassment campaign'

In a video posted to YouTube, Simeon Boikov - also known as 'Aussie Cossack' - made a prank call to Ukraine's ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko.

Jessica Bahr and Tom Canetti - 7 January 2023

Ukraine's ambassador to Australia has reported a pro-Russia online commentator to police for allegedly unleashing a telephone harassment campaign against him.

Simeon Boikov, a right-wing social media personality, shared ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko's mobile phone number to his YouTube followers in a video posted on 5 January.

"As part of active measures, an Australian criminal & a far right activist with links to the RU intelligence Simeon Boikov aka Aussie Cossack has unleashed a major telephone harassment campaign against me. Threats, insults, intimidation," Mr Myroshnychenko wrote on Twitter.

The ambassador said he had reported the case to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The AFP is aware of the matter, and is working with the diplomatic mission, a spokesperson told SBS News.

What happened in the video?

In video posted to YouTube on Thursday, Mr Boikov showed viewers a statement Mr Myroshnychenko had sent out about the upcoming Australian Open, which included his contact number for people seeking more information.

He then made a prank call to Mr Myroshnychenko.

In the call, Mr Boikov posed as "Bill from Hunters Hill" - a character he has used in multiple phone pranks online.

He asked how he could prevent Russian flags from being brought to tennis matches in Australia.

He then asked how he could donate to Mr Myroshnychenko's "daughter's education in London," before the ambassador said he knew he was being pranked.

"Yes, I recognise you Aussie Cossack, I recognise you," Mr Myroshnychenko said.

"Your voice is very clear and I can understand who's calling. It was a good try, but you were discovered immediately. Good luck."

During the video, Mr Boikov showed a close-up of the document containing the phone number.

"There's his phone number if you want to give him a buzz as well," he said.

At the time of writing, the video had more than 18,000 views.

Following the ambassador's response, Mr Boikov released another video where he denied Mr Myroshnychenko's claim that he had links to Russian intelligence.

"The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia is an imbecile," Mr Boikov said.

"I should probably sue him for defamation."

He went on to criticise Australia for giving aid to Ukraine to defend against Russia's invasion, and argued that the government should spend the money on "hospitals" and "pot holes" instead.

Mr Boikov also criticised Liberal Senator David Van, who posted a comment on Twitter saying that the government should "deport thugs like this".

Mr Boikov was born in Australia, and said it would be "pretty much impossible to deport him," although he may "voluntarily deport" himself.

SBS News has contacted Senator Van and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for comment.

Who is the Aussie Cossack?

Mr Boikov is a pro-Russia social media personality and online commentator.

In December, he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after allegedly assaulting a 76-year-old man at a pro-Ukraine rally in Sydney.

Mr Boikov was granted conditional bail and is set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on January 25.

Mr Boikov was jailed in June for breaching court suppression orders by deliberately naming an alleged paedophile during an anti-lockdown rally, but was granted early release in September.

SBS News has contacted Mr Boikov for comment.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/australian-youtuber-reported-to-police-by-ukrainian-ambassador-over-alleged-harassment-campaign/niawn7hp2

https://twitter.com/AmbVasyl/status/1610928576475590657

https://twitter.com/VanSenate/status/1611053358173024256

https://www.youtube.com/@AussieCossack

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847820  No.18102810

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Worst floods in WA’s history cut off towns, could create an inland sea

David Estcourt and Marta Pascual Juanola - January 6, 2023

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Children are being winched out of remote communities, while livestock and wallabies are seeking refuge on small islands in what has been described as the worst flooding in Western Australia’s history, in the state’s northern Kimberley region.

“People in the Kimberley are experiencing a one-in-100-year flood event, the worst flooding WA has ever seen,” the state’s Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“This situation is still changing and it’s proving to be extremely challenging.”

About 60,000 cubic metres of water per second is flowing down the swollen Fitzroy River, which is expected to create a 50-kilometre-wide inland sea as it spreads across the flood plain.

Broome became the latest town cut off by road on Thursday, joining Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, after being lashed by 400 millimetres of rainfall over 48 hours (more than double the region’s monthly average) generated by ex-tropical cyclone Ellie.

The Fitzroy River snakes more than 700 kilometres from the east Kimberley to meet the Indian Ocean near Derby.

“It’s one of the highest flow rates we’ve ever seen in an Australian river,” meteorologist James Ashley said. “The amount of water moving down the Fitzroy River in a day is about what Perth uses water-wise in 20 years.”

Only a few streets remain above the murky floodwater in the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing, a four-hour drive east of Broome, where helicopters and boats were evacuating residents, including children, from the rising water on Wednesday.

The town’s supermarket and homes were also flooded.

Authorities and community groups have been working around the clock to get people to safety, said Jane Guthrie, manager at the Fitzroy Workers Camp, which provides accommodation for workers.

“There’s a lot of scared people around out in the communities,” she said.

“There’s a lot of dead animals and the cows are basically getting flushed down the river. The wallabies have nowhere to go and there are wild pigs swanning around. Luckily we only have fresh water crocs.”

Floodwater began receding slightly from Fitzroy Crossing on Friday, after the river peaked at 15.81 metres on Wednesday, which surpassed the record 13.95 metres set 20 years ago.

But the town remains cut off.

“While the water will begin to go down over the next few days, it will still be fast-flowing and dangerous. Communities are expected to be isolated for more than seven days,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Fitzroy Crossing nurse Jess Grayson said many residents didn’t anticipate the extent of flooding in a region accustomed to a big wet season.

“A lot of people are climbing up on roofs because they’ve left it too long or didn’t realise the extent of the floods. People have abandoned their belongings and homes and have lost all their belongings, and might not have brought medications,” she said.

Grayson said the community remained nervous about the need to evacuate more people from remote towns should water rise again.

“The community spirit is quite high, everyone is coming together in this time of need. The mob have been making sure that everyone in their area is looked after,” she said.

“If the river rises again there is the potential that they might have to evacuate more people.”

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847820  No.18102819

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A 700-kilometre-section of the Great Northern Highway between Broome and Halls Creek has been closed, and it is likely the freight route south of Broome is also impassable at low-lying Roebuck Plains. That could take weeks to drain.

Authorities have temporarily allowed long road trains to use alternate routes to ensure food and essential supplies reach WA’s north and the Northern Territory.

About a dozen wallabies were photographed on Thursday huddled on a small island near Fitzroy Crossing.

Broome resident and director of environment group Environs Kimberley, Martin Pritchard, said wallabies and other animals became stranded on dirt mounds while trying to flee the fast-moving floodwater.

“Unfortunately, many have been trapped. There’s a lot of wallabies stuck on a mound in one of the most notable photos, which is really distressing,” he said.

“A lot will have been lost to the floods, including a lot of cattle.”

While communities along the Fitzroy River are accustomed to flooding, Pritchard said authorities were not prepared to deal with inundation of this magnitude.

He said “a whole-scale review of what’s happened here” was needed to plan for future extreme events.

“What we’d be looking at is a flood plan – a flood evacuation plan – making sure that in the future people aren’t taken by surprise,” he said.

Although the floods have been catastrophic for communities and wildlife, Pritchard said they would provide an unprecedented boost for the heritage-listed river.

He expected populations of barramundi, cherabin prawn and the critically endangered freshwater sawfish, as well as migratory birds, to surge.

The flood is also expected to boost life along the Kimberley coast as the floodwater flows into the ocean, providing nutrients to coral reef and seagrass beds.

More emergency evacuations were carried out in the tiny community of Noonkanbah, about 400 kilometres east of Broome, where helicopters plucked anxious residents from the sodden outstation on Thursday.

Early on Friday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services warned the community of Balgo, about 400 kilometres south-east of Fitzroy Crossing, to brace for severe weather conditions.

The slow-moving weather system has moved to the south-east and is expected to move further inland towards the Northern Territory on Friday afternoon.

The weather bureau has warned that parts of WA’s north-east could receive up to 150 millimetres of rain within 24 hours, creating the risk of dangerous flash flooding.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/worst-floods-in-wa-s-history-cut-off-towns-could-create-an-inland-sea-20230106-p5carn.html

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-05/indigenous-communities-power-evacuations-kimberley-emergency/101827050

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847820  No.18102831

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>>18071595

XBB. 1.5 Covid sub-variant: How worried should Australians be about new ‘Kraken’ strain

JESSICA WANG - JANUARY 8, 2023

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While life has nearly returned to normal after two years of living with a pandemic, the new XBB. 1.5 sub-variant of Covid has threatened to derail our progress.

The new Omicron strain, nicknamed the Kraken, is believed to be more transmissible and evade protection from vaccines and former infection.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has labelled the strain as “the most transmissible sub-variant that has been detected yet,” with XBB. 1.5 causing large numbers of infections in the US. It’s also been detected in Australia, the UK and several European countries including Denmark, France, Germany, and Spain.

According to the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 per cent of the country’s infections have been caused by XBB. 1.5.

On Thursday, NSW Health also confirmed the new strain had been detected in “small numbers” across the state.

“There is still a highly mixed group of sub-variants circulating, the BR. 2 sub variant is the most common,” the fortnightly report said.

“NSW Health continues to monitor emerging sub-variants including XBB. 1.5, of which there have been a small number of detections in the two weeks to December 24, 2022.”

Head of the University of Melbourne’s School of Health Sciences, Professor Bruce Thompson, said the “rules of engagement haven’t changed”. He also said while increased transmissibility may see cases increase, the most important factor is whether the new sub-variant could lead to more severe illness, which initial analysis doesn’t indicate.

“This is part of living with it,” he told NCA NewsWire.

“We’re going to get new variants but the biggest question is whether they lead to greater mortality or morbidity or symptoms which make people more sick.”

‘Super variant’ storming the globe

However overseas, some governments have advised residents to remain vigilant against virus complacency.

In the UK, the Health Security Agency have advised people with cold and flu symptoms to stay at home or wear masks, as the country’s National Health System (NHS) battles cases of Covid and the flu. This comes after all Covid restrictions across the UK were scrapped by the then British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in February 2022.

UK’s Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has also warned the NHS would face “an extremely challenging” next two weeks as the dual viruses circulated in the community.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, she said: “This winter will probably be the most challenging that the NHS has ever faced in its 74-year existence.

“That’s because of not just a rise in Covid cases but in other viral infections that have come back with a vengeance that we haven’t seen in the last couple of years.”

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847820  No.18102832

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>>18102831

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In Australia, where Covid cases have dropped to around 9000 after peaking at more than 16,000 in Mid-December, Prof Thompson says the “basic” rules should still apply.

“The new sub-variant has reminded us that we still have a problem,” he said.

“We need to go back to basics. Wear masks if you’re in a populated area, sanitise your hands, stay home if you’re feeling unwell and if you’re entitled to another vaccination, then take it with both hands.”

He also advised people to take advantage of oral antiviral treatments.

“If you’re at your GP and you’re entitled to them then potentially get the scripts ready,” he said.

“You really only have a window and once you miss that window, they’re not as effective.

“If you catch it right away, they’re quite effective for preventing severe disease.”

‘Key risks’: How China’s Covid surge could hit Aus

While foreign governments move to reduce Covid transmissions, a steep wave of new Covid cases in China could have major implications on Australia’s economy.

Considered to be our largest trading partner, this week Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the impact on supply chains was “one of the key risks to our economy in 2023”.

“We are heavily reliant on Chinese markets and Chinese work forces for a lot of the goods in our economy. It’s really right across the board,” he said.

“And so as we look ahead to what will be a challenging year for the global economy, a big part of that, in a whole range of industries, will be the pressure on supply chains brought about by this Covid wave in China.”

A senior economist and the Australia Institute’s Executive Director, Dr Richard Denniss said the impact to supply chains between China and Australia could see inflation increase in 2023. While the exact scale of how China will be impacted by its surging Covid cases has yet to be realised, globally, we will begin to see its effects within “months,” he predicted.

“The inflation we’re currently experiencing started with supply chain problems with Covid and was made worse by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine,” Dr Denniss told NCA NewsWire. “Unfortunately, if Chinese production declines significantly, we’re going to see higher prices and more inflation. That’s inevitable.”

Any impact on China’s manufacturing capabilities will also hugely impact the availability of silicon chips and building materials, both of which were hampered during the country’s Covid-zero measures throughout 2020 to 2021.

The resulting supply chain issues saw new car production decrease, while the cost of building materials soared.

“There are 800,000 employed in manufacturing in Australia, but a lot of Australian manufacturing still relies on components made overseas, many of which are in China,” said Dr Denniss.

“After decades of Australia outsourcing so much manufacturing to China, we’ve made ourselves so much more vulnerable to China’s trade policy, health policy, health outcomes and everything else.

“The reality is that we spent decades opening up the Australian economy to the rest of the world and the consequence is that when the rest of the world struggles to make stuff, we’re going to have to pay higher prices for it.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/xbb-15-covid-subvariant-how-worried-should-australians-be-about-new-kraken-strain/news-story/8acfd74da8f2ac8c268686f814cf0edb

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847820  No.18102843

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60 Minutes ‘Chinese spy’ Liqiang Wang refused asylum in Australia

He stunned Australians across the country when he made bold claims of espionage on prime time television, but now Liqiang “William” Wang is facing deportation back to China.

Anton Rose - January 8, 2023

EXCLUSIVE: The Chinese “spy” who claimed to have fled to ­Australia to avoid the wrath of his Beijing masters has lost his bid for asylum.

It marks the end of a long road for Liqiang Wang, 32, who made a series of bombshell claims in an interview with TV current affairs program 60 Minutes and used that to plead for a protection visa.

Back in 2019 he claimed to be a Chinese Communist Party operative on national television, however his ­alleged involvement in a fraud case means he is now facing deportation back to his homeland of China.

The Australian Appeals Tribunal has finally ruled he committed fraud before entering the country on a tourist visa — and also questioned his claims of espionage.

Mr Wang told immigration officials in 2019 he was involved in destabilising Taiwan on behalf of the CCP by manipulating election ­results and embezzling public assets.

He also claimed to have been posted to Hong Kong, where he allegedly infiltrated universities, stole military ­intelligence and weapons, all on the orders of his CCP ­handlers.

He offered ASIO a file on everything he knew, including sensational claims of his own role in the infamous kidnapping of a bookshop owner in Hong Kong.

Wang also claimed to have met the head of the CCP’s spy operations in Australia while undercover, who he said worked in the nation’s energy sector.

A few months after he made the claims to intelligence officials in Australia he went public with his claims of being a CCP spy, first in a Chinese-Australian newspaper and then on television.

“Once I go back I will be dead,” he claimed.

But a few months later his role in orchestrating a fraud on an Australian national was revealed. Two years later the Department of Home Affairs wrote to Mr Liqiang and rejected his claim for a refugee visa, which led him to appeal to a tribunal. There he is referred to under a pseudonym.

The tribunal said despite having “well-founded” fears for his return to China, he could not be given refugee status because he committed a “serious” crime before entering Australia.

That tribunal has now cast doubt over his claims and “how, if at all, this Tribunal can safely find that (Wang) was engaged in espionage ­activities”.

It also found Wang was ­involved in defrauding Sydney man Filip Shu over a bogus multimillion-dollar business deal. It can also be revealed ­Interpol refused to issue a “red notice” – an international request for arrest – for Wang, despite Beijing wanting him returned to face fraud charges.

Now that a decision has been handed down there are few, if any, avenues left to halt his deportation back to China.

There was no sign of Wang, his wife or child at his inner city home when The Sunday Telegraph paid a visit this week.

Neighbours of the Wangs were aware of who the couple were but refused to say more about his whereabouts when asked.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/60-minutes-chinese-spy-liqiang-wang-refused-asylum-in-australia/news-story/d9ee85e40bb4e452088221a09a2e4dfd

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847820  No.18102846

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

>>18102843

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Chinese spy spills secrets to expose Communist espionage

60 Minutes Australia

Nov 24, 2019

A Chinese spy defects to Australia. His shocking revelations are guaranteed to infuriate Beijing. How China conducts questionable activities around the world, including its attempts to infiltrate the Australian government.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdR-I35Ladk

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>>18102810

https://endchan.net/qrbunker/res/61496.html#q61590

Cunt neger

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847820  No.18108718

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>>18087932

>>18087967

Dutton adamant Australia can still buy subs off the shelf

JOE KELLY - JANUARY 8, 2023

Peter Dutton says there is “no question” Australia could still buy two Virginia-class submarines from America by 2030 despite the heads of the US Senate armed services committee advising against it and warning the AUKUS pact risked stretching the nation’s industrial base “to breaking point”.

The Opposition Leader reaffirmed his view on Sunday that Australia could purchase the nuclear-powered submarines off the shelf from a Connecticut production line and urged Anthony Albanese “to press the case” in his dealings with America.

In June 2022, just weeks after the Coalition lost the election, Mr Dutton revealed that he had been working on a plan as defence minister in the Morrison government to purchase two Virginia-class submarines from the US by the end of the decade – 10 years before their scheduled arrival if they were built in Australia.

“There is no question in my mind that that option is still on the table. The ability to make sure that we can keep our region safe is really dependent on the acquisition of those assets,” Mr Dutton said on Sunday.

“I hope that the Prime Minister is able to continue to press the case because when we negotiated AUKUS, when the Coalition negotiated AUKUS, it was clear to us, as it’s now clear to the government, that the intelligence is that we live in a very uncertain time, the most uncertain time since the Second World War.”

Mr Dutton played down a letter to US President Joe Biden from Democrat Jack Reed and Republican James Inhofe, which called for a “sober assessment” of the AUKUS agreement between the US, Australia and Britain, and explicitly warned against selling Australia submarines off the production line.

They said that despite the US’s two-boat-per-year target, “just 1.2 Virginia-class (submarines have been) delivered, on average, per year, over the past five years” and that the AUKUS submarine agreement could become “a zero-sum game” for the allocation of “scarce, highly advanced” US ­nuclear boats.

But Mr Dutton said AUKUS was the “underpinning of our national security for the coming decades” and that there were “understandable questions” now being asked about what capacity the US and UK had within their submarine-building programs.

“I believe very strongly that when we negotiated with the United States and the United Kingdom, there was the option for us to see that submarine built in the United States,” Mr Dutton said.

“Representative Joe Courtney, who is a great friend of our country, has made some comments, some positive comments about the prospect of there being headroom within the supply chain.”

Mr Courtney, a Democratic congressman who chairs the House armed services subcommittee on sea power and projection forces, said last month that purchasing Virginia submarines was not “off the table” despite growing concern at the idea.

Speaking on the weekend, the Prime Minister said the government would “advance the AUKUS relationship with the United States and the United Kingdom, including the development of Australia having nuclear-powered submarines” during the first quarter of the year.

“We’re very positive in the relationships that we’ve built with the Biden administration,” he said.

“We still regard the US relationship as so important, as our most important alliance, and we place great stock in it.”

A high-level nuclear submarine taskforce led by navy Vice-Admiral Jonathan Mead is due in March to hand to government its 18-month study to determine how Australia would acquire nuclear-powered submarines.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/dutton-adamant-australia-can-still-buy-subs-off-the-shelf/news-story/2702d08b67b1b4e8354dac70a12e5a84

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847820  No.18108782

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>>18087932

>>18087967

Malcolm Turnbull fires warning shot as AUKUS submarine debate rages

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has issued a stern warning on the AUKUS submarines deal, noting a crucial element of the plan could undermine our sovereignty.

Ellen Ransley - January 9, 2023

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is “truly remarkable” the renewed debate about acquiring United States submarines has not considered how significantly it would undermine Australia’s sovereignty.

The federal government will within months announce its nuclear submarine plan, with both AUKUS partners – the US and the United Kingdom – in the running for supplying vessels to Australia until domestic industry is capable.

It’s been revealed, however, that key United States senators have voiced their concern about being the chosen partner.

Jack Reed and former senator James Inhofe wrote US President Joe Biden a letter in December, which has leaked online, which says they – members of the armed services committee – wanted a “sober assessment” of the submarine component of the AUKUS deal.

They wrote that providing Australia with Virginia-class submarines risked tipping the US industry to “breaking point” and could undermine US security.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has maintained he remains “positive” about the AUKUS deal, and that Australia would ramp up its industrial contribution for the partnership.

But Mr Turnbull, taking to Twitter, said Australia was “completely overlooking” the fact that nuclear powered submarines acquired from the US “will not be able to be operated or maintained without the supervision of the US Navy”.

“It is surely remarkable that this abdication of Australian sovereignty was effected by the Morrison government and now, apparently, endorsed and adopted by the Albanese government,” he wrote.

“AUKUS is a worthwhile and natural enhancement of already intimate security and intelligence relationships, but the submarine element of the agreement delays vital capabilities and diminishes Australian sovereignty.”

On Saturday, Mr Albanese and Defence Minister Richard Marles said Australia’s relationship with the US remained strong, and the AUKUS partnership would benefit all members.

“We’re very confident that it’s in the interests of Australia, but also in the interests of the US and the interests of the United Kingdom,” Mr Albanese said.

“When we talk about optimal pathway, we talk about not just the issue of what is built, but how it is built, as well as the optimal pathway in building a capacity of skills in the Australian workforce.”

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has urged Mr Albanese to “press the case” to purchase submarines off the shelf from the US, saying there was “no question” in his mind that option was still on the table.

On Sunday, Mr Dutton said Australia’s ability to keep the region safe was “really dependent” on the acquisition of the US submarines.

“I hope that the Prime Minister is able to continue to press the case because when we negotiated AUKUS, when the Coalition negotiated AUKUS, it was clear to us, as it’s now clear to the government, that the intelligence is that we live in a very uncertain time, the most uncertain time since the Second World War and the sooner that we can acquire that capability, it is in Australia‘s interests, it’s in the United States’ interests, it’s in our partners interests within the Indo-Pacific,” he said.

“That’s why we should continue to work very closely to achieve an outcome and to acknowledge from the US, and other partners, that they have their own obligations and their own needs, but we are a trusted and reliable partner and that’s why the AUKUS deal was struck in the first place.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/malcolm-turnbull-fires-warning-shot-as-aukus-submarine-debate-rages/news-story/d98d145384c41ab5e99f552515f3a7e5

https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/1612192762799222785

https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/1325135684265373696

https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/1346919266751193088

https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm/status/1351758982122143748

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

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

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

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847820  No.18108831

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>>18079476

Missile terrorist to return to NSW country town after prison

STEPHEN RICE - JANUARY 9, 2023

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A convicted Islamic State terrorist linked by marriage to “ISIS bride” Mariam Raad is expected to return to his home in the rural NSW town of Young after his ­release from prison this year, angering residents already reeling from the arrest last week of the 31-year-old mother of four.

Haisem Zahab was arrested in Young in 2017 and later jailed for nine years with a non-parole period of six years and nine months for designing guided missiles and laser warning devices for Islamic State.

The highly skilled electrical engineer is the cousin of now-deceased Islamic State fighter Muhammad Zahab, whose widow Ms Raad, was charged last week with entering an ISIS-controlled area, believed to be the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Ms Raad was released on bail to continue living in Young.

A former Sydney maths teacher, Muhammad Zahab became a prolific Islamic State ­recruiter and was responsible for luring dozens of his family members to Syria before being killed in a targeted air strike in 2018.

The two families are close. Members of the Raad family gave character evidence at Haisem Zahab’s 2019 sentencing, describing him as “reliable and trustworthy” after he pleaded guilty to knowingly providing support or resources to a terrorist organisation.

Zahab moved to Young from Sydney in 2012 claiming to be looking for a “quieter life in the country” but built and tested guided rockets on the cherry orchard hobby farm on the outskirts of town where he lived with his wife and six children.

Since being jailed the one-time solar panel installer has complained that his family has been “terrorised” by locals who arrive at their house late at night and create loud disturbances

Zahab unsuccessfully appealed his sentence on the grounds that he had renounced Islamic State and this made his prison conditions – in Goulburn’s high-security Supermax, among Australia’s most dangerous convicted terrorists – extremely onerous.

A clinical psychologist’s report on Zahab said his arrest had been highly traumatic for his family “given the sudden and dramatic nature of the police raid”, when police reportedly blew down the front door with explosives and held guns to family members’ heads.

Zahab told the psychologist that since his arrest locals would come to his family home “sightseeing”.

“Some hoons went to the front gate in utes and terrorised the family,” he said. The family continued to be affected by noises in the night, he said.

His wife, Mervat Zahab, had been shunned by the community, had suffered a stroke as a result of the stress and wanted to sell the house, he claimed.

However, property records show the 4ha property, which Zahab bought in 2012 for $360,000 is still owned by the family.

Young in recent years has become known as “the unofficial Muslim capital of the outback”, with at least 500 permanent residents identifying as Muslim and many more flocking to the town during holiday periods.

The establishment of halal abattoirs almost a decade ago saw an influx of Muslim families and workers, especially of Lebanese heritage, migrate to the small rural town.

With time already served from his arrest in 2017, Haisem Zahab becomes eligible for parole in December this year.

Many Young locals – including members of the Muslim community – are dismayed at the prospect of him returning to live in the town.

However, neighbour Kerry Barr, 78, said she had a lot of sympathy for Mervat Zahab, who came to her house and apologised after her husband’s arrest.

“She was crying and shaking,” recalled Ms Barr. “She said ‘I’m sorry if you were frightened.’ I don’t think she really knew what was going on. She’s a very pleasant neighbour.”

Ms Barr, a retired schoolteacher, said Haisem Zahab had paid for his crime and deserved a chance.

“I hope there’s no trouble. He’s had a lot of time to think about how he was conned.”

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847820  No.18108835

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>>18108831

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The eldest son of Lebanese migrants, Zahab was born in Bankstown, Sydney, and attended Bankstown Boys High School.

At the time of his arrest, he was running an online business named OzSurvivalGear from the Young property, selling items such as torches and Swiss army knives. The year before his arrest he was convicted of possessing cannabis and an unlicensed .177 air rifle.

At around the same time, Zahab’s uncle, Hicham Zahab, was arrested by Kuwaiti authorities as a suspected member of a major Islamic State arms-smuggling ring that had organised the purchase of Chinese-made FN-6 surface-to-air missiles.

Islamic State had begun manufacturing unguided rockets on an industrialised scale but lacked the technical expertise to produce guided rockets.

Zahab was determined to fill the gap, working every day for six months using hobby rocketry and computer software to perfect his design, some of which featured 100kg warheads.

He bought rocket components claiming they were for his son who was “really into space” and test-flew them on his property.

Zahab researched how to make ammonium nitrate, which can be used in the explosive composition mixture for the warhead of a rocket. He later sent Islamic State “a full chemical munitions cookbook”.

Zahab was in contact via Twitter with the notorious British terrorist and Islamic State recruiter Sally-Anne Jones, also known as “the White Widow”, now believed dead in an air strike.

He was passing his technical designs to British Islamic State member Samata Ullah, known as “the Cufflink terrorist” because he used a James Bond-style USB cufflink to store data. Ullah was later jailed in the UK for eight years.

Zahab used online profiles tagged “I’m back kuffar! So die in your rage” and “Victory or Martyrdom”. Sentencing Zahab, NSW Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Bellew said he was “guarded” about the now 48-year-old’s prospects of rehabilitation.

He viewed Zahab’s claims to have renounced Islamic State with “considerable scepticism”, noting that he had continued to refuse to provide police with passwords to his phone and an encrypted USB stick that could have unlocked further incriminating evidence.

Justice Bellew found that the assistance Zahab provided to Islamic State “was both substantial and tangible” and rejected as “fanciful” his claim that he was unaware of the evil nature of the terror group.

“His evidence essentially amounts to the proposition that he was living a hermit-like existence, cloistered in something akin to a hermetically-sealed bubble,” Justice Bellew said.

“The fact of the matter is that like the rest of the world’s population, the offender had become aware of the atrocities committed by Islamic State,” Justice Bellew said.

“His level of dedication to that organisation saw him choose to ignore what had come to his attention.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/missile-terrorist-to-return-to-nsw-country-town-after-prison/news-story/a36bb7434187b8d5428f5250287c07b0

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847820  No.18108849

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WeChat and Tiktok: Social media key Beijing weapon in war of information

HAN YANG - JANUARY 9, 2023

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In early March, soon after Vladimir Putin launched his “special military operation” in Ukraine, a friend invited me to join a WeChat group of mainly Chinese migrants in Australia. “They are talking about the war. You might be interested,” she said.

What I didn’t expect was to find they were discussing it exclusively from the perspective of the Russians. They shared Chinese state media and social media posts wholly sourced from Russian propaganda. There were claims the “Nazi Ukrainian” government committed genocide in Donbas, President Volodymyr Zelensky had escaped to the US with stolen billions, NATO had provoked Moscow into self-defence. Amazed by how these migrants were cocooned in a Russian disinformation bubble I took screenshots and posted them on Twitter with translations, masking any identifiable information.

The tweets coincided with efforts by a group of overseas Chinese volunteers to highlight misogynist, nationalist, xenophobic and even violent posts allowed on China’s highly censored social media in what was named “The Great Translation Movement”. Naturally, Chinese state media was not amused. Dozens of articles were churned out lambasting us as “Chinese-speaking bad-faith actors” and agents of the CIA plotting to smear our former homeland. While the cheque from Langley still hasn’t arrived, my concern about WeChat’s malign influence on the Chinese-Australian community grows.

WeChat was created in 2011 in China’s tech hub of Shenzhen as a simple messaging and photo sharing app. It has become the dominant app in China, combining networking, news, entertainment, banking and e-commerce. Life in China is virtually impossible without the app, and it is also the most popular social media app among Australia’s 650,000 Chinese migrants. It is the most convenient way for them to stay connected to families and friends back in China. But, like every media outlet and social media platform in China, WeChat is under strict censorship by the Chinese Communist Party. No criticism of the party leadership is allowed. No discussion of sensitive political topics, such as Xinjiang or the 1989 student protest, can take place. Even the use of words such as Xi Jinping, democracy or Tiananmen can trigger interventions from web monitors.

Despite Beijing’s official claim of “neutrality”, China’s state media has been pumping out pro-Moscow propaganda since the start of the Ukraine war. While Chinese state propaganda reaches migrants unimpeded through WeChat and the web, Beijing prohibits access to many Western news websites, in addition to blocking Western social media sites. Most Australian media sites are banned too, including The Australian, the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph. While Chinese state media outlets continue to operate in Australia, there has been no Australian journalist on the ground in China since September 2020.

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847820  No.18108853

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>>18108849

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We think the demise of the Soviet Union proved the ultimate failure of communist ideology, but the main lesson the CCP drew was to never repeat Mikhail Gorbachev’s weakness in the face of Western liberal values and his inability to control public opinion.

The internet briefly brought hope to end the monopoly on information by dictatorships. Bill Clinton once challenged Beijing’s ability to control the internet, comparing it to “nailing jello to the wall”. Yet nail it Xi did, with advanced technology and armies of human censors. We in the West pride ourselves on having a free and open society. To the Marxists-Leninists of the CCP, suppression of dissent and promotion of propaganda are matters of political life and death. We think we live in a marketplace of ideas. The CCP is not so naive. It treats it as an information war.

By building the Great Fire Wall from the global internet, and exploiting freedom of communication in the West with billions spent on external propaganda to enhance its “international discourse power”, China brings a bazooka to the ideology fight, while we debate whether to ban WeChat and Tiktok. Chinese state media operatives may insist they are real journalists but Xi himself couldn’t be more explicit: the role of Chinese media is to loyally serve the interest of the CCP. As state actors, their participation in our civil society should be regulated as all other areas of state relations, based on the fundamental diplomatic principle of reciprocity. Last June, the China Social Media Reciprocity Act was introduced in the US congress, intended to bar social media platforms from hosting accounts of Chinese government officials and state media outlets unless China lifts its prohibitions on Chinese citizens accessing content generated by US officials. Australia should liaise with the US and other like-minded nations to deny the privilege of reaching the Western audience by Chinese state media unless reciprocal access to the Chinese market can be established for Western media.

Han Yang is a former Chinese junior diplomat living in Sydney.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/wechat-and-tiktok-social-media-key-beijing-weapon-in-war-of-information/news-story/07fd269d1511d8a85a28187b0d1bbd7a

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847820  No.18108877

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‘Return our money’: Chinese COVID test-kit workers clash with police as curbs lifted

Louise Watt - January 9, 2023

Chinese police have clashed with hundreds of workers at a COVID test kit factory after numerous staff were allegedly sacked and denied their pay following the lifting of restrictions.

Zybio, the manufacturer, reportedly sacked workers and deprived others of wages after the Chinese government abandoned its ‘zero-COVID’ policy.

Protests erupted in the city of Chongqing in south-western China, according to footage shared online.

There was no immediate comment from Zybio, which makes antigen tests.

Videos showed people chanting “Return our money”, and throwing traffic cones, crates and chairs at police with riot shields.

Test kits were apparently seen flying out of some of the crates.

The demonstration over the weekend came as China deals with the consequences of last month’s reversal of a ‘zero-COVID’ policy that harmed the country’s economic growth and led to public frustration.

China’s about-turn followed protests in several cities and universities against its ‘zero-COVID’ approach.

For much of the past three years, Chinese authorities have tried to stamp out all traces of the virus, through mandatory quarantines, mass lockdowns and frequent testing of millions of people.

Such mass testing has relied on nucleic acid tests, and the Chinese antigen test kits, which Zybio produces, have mainly been exported.

But after the country scrapped mass testing in early December, demand for antigen tests, which can be carried out at home, has soared.

Posts on social media alleged that Zybio had recruited staff in recent weeks, and then dismissed them.

The clash between police and protesters took place on Saturday night and continued yesterday morning, social media users claimed. Yesterday, searches for the confrontation appeared to be censored on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

The police, who used loudspeakers to tell protesters to “cease illegal activities” according to footage online, declined to comment.

The videos circulated as China yesterday lifted almost all of its border restrictions, with foreign visitors and returning residents no longer having to undergo quarantine. China also reopened its border with Hong Kong for the first time in three years, with Hongkongers travelling to the mainland to see members of their family living there.

The moves come as China grapples with unprecedented infections and international accusations of a lack of transparency in case numbers, deaths and genetic sequencing data.

Yesterday, China’s National Health Commission reported more than 7000 new cases and two deaths, even as individual provinces reported that there had been as many as one million cases a day.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/return-our-money-chinese-covid-test-kit-workers-clash-with-police-as-curbs-lifted-20230109-p5cb63.html

Inconvenient Truths by Jennifer Zeng 曾錚真言 Tweet

Jan 7, at #Chongqing city, #CCPChina, workers clashed with #CCP police whn they protested against their employer, ZY Bio(中元汇吉药厂) ‘s sudden announcement that some 10K employees would be laid off.

#ChinaProtests #China #ChinaUprising

https://twitter.com/jenniferzeng97/status/1611861096402403330

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847820  No.18115350

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>>18046505

Assange denied request to leave UK prison for Vivienne Westwood’s funeral

Latika Bourke - January 10, 2023

London: Julian Assange, the embattled WikiLeaks founder, will not be allowed to leave a London prison to attend the funeral of his friend and supporter Vivienne Westwood.

Westwood, the British fashion designer, died aged 81 on December 29. She was also an activist and vocal supporter of Assange, who is fighting his extradition to the United States to face espionage charges.

Assange’s wife, Stella, exclusively revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that her husband intended to ask for permission to leave the maximum security prison to attend Westwood’s funeral.

Westwood designed the wedding dress and kilts for the Assanges’ wedding at Belmarsh Prison last year and had known Assange for more than a decade.

On Monday (UK time), Assange’s publicity team issued a statement on behalf of Westwood’s family, saying their appeal on Assange’s behalf had been denied.

The family said they were “deeply disappointed” at being unable to fulfil the designer’s dying wishes.

“[We] are unsurprised by the decision, which is unjust and in keeping with the inhumane treatment he has received from the UK authorities up to this point,” Westwood’s family said.

The details of Westwood’s funeral, thought to be a private service, have not been made public.

The appeal for Assange’s temporary release was submitted to the governor of Belmarsh Prison Jenny Louis. The Ministry of Justice was contacted for comment. Assange is likely to apply to attend any public memorial to be scheduled for a later date.

Assange’s release was always considered unlikely as he has been ruled a flight risk by judges in the past and repeatedly denied bail, leading to his ongoing detention.

In 2012, he entered the Ecuadorian embassy seeking asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

He was granted haven but was kicked out by his hosts in 2019, and in 2021 the government of Ecuador revoked his citizenship.

He was arrested by British police for skipping bail in 2012 and has been in prison ever since, as the United States sought his extradition.

Assange says he is being politically persecuted and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed he is personally pressuring US President Joe Biden to have the WikiLeaks founder freed.

This has prompted some of Assange’s supporters to speculate that he could walk out of jail as early as this year, and possibly within months.

Mexico has offered Assange political asylum but Stella Assange has expressed hope that the family could live in Australia.

https://www.watoday.com.au/world/europe/julian-assange-s-request-to-leave-prison-to-attend-vivienne-westwood-s-funeral-denied-20230110-p5cbf7.html

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847820  No.18115361

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>>18052595

Almost everyone in China's third most populous province has been infected with COVID

abc.net.au - 10 January 2023

Almost 90 per cent of people in China's third most populous province have been infected with COVID as the country battles an unprecedented surge in cases.

Kan Quancheng, director of the health commission for central Henan province, said "as of January 6, 2023, the province's COVID infection rate is 89.0 per cent."

With a population of 99.4 million, the figures suggest about 88.5 million people in Henan have been infected.

Visits to fever clinics peaked on December 19, Mr Kan said, "after which it showed a continuous downward trend".

China has been battling a surge in cases following its decision last month to lift years of lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing that had hammered its economy and sparked rare nationwide protests.

Beijing is determined to press on with its reopening, on Sunday lifting mandatory quarantine for all international arrivals and opening its border with the semi-autonomous southern city of Hong Kong.

Those crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China, however, are still required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours — a measure China has protested when imposed by other countries.

Borders reopen for busy travel period

Hong Kong has been hit hard by the virus, and its land and sea border checkpoints with the mainland have been largely closed for almost three years.

Despite the risk of new infections, the reopening that will allow tens of thousands of people who have made prior online bookings to cross each day is expected to provide a much-needed boost to Hong Kong's tourism and retail sectors.

On the day border restrictions eased, Hong Kong media reports said around 300,000 travel bookings from the city to mainland China had already been made, with a daily quota of 60,000.

Limited ferry service also was restored from China's Fujian province to the Taiwanese-controlled island of Kinmen, just off the Chinese coast.

The border crossing with Russia at Suifenhe in the far northern province of Heilongjiang also resumed normal operations, just in time for the opening of the ice festival in the capital of Harbin, a major tourism draw.

And at Ruili, on the border with Myanmar, normal operations were resumed after 1,012 days of full or partial closure in response to repeated outbreaks blamed partly on visitors from China's neighbour.

So far, only a fraction of the previous number of international flights have been arriving at major Chinese airports.

Beijing's main Capital International Airport was expecting eight flights from overseas on Sunday.

Since March 2020, all international passenger flights bound for Beijing have been diverted to designated first points of entry into China.

Passengers had been required to quarantine for up to three weeks.

Cases rising as travel increases

Infections are expected to soar as the country celebrates Lunar New Year later this month, with millions expected to travel from big cities to visit older relatives in the countryside.

In the first wave of pre-holiday travel, official data showed 34.7 million people travelled domestically on Saturday — up by more than a third compared to last year, according to state media.

Authorities said they expected domestic rail and air journeys to double last year's figures, bringing overall numbers close to those of the 2019 holiday period before the pandemic hit.

Official data showed last week that just 120,000 people have been infected and 30 died since China relaxed COVID curbs in early December.

But with Beijing having last month narrowed the definition of COVID deaths, permitted people with mild symptoms to test themselves and convalesce at home and mass testing no longer compulsory, its data is no longer reflective of the true scale of the outbreak.

The National Health Commission on Sunday reported 7,072 new confirmed cases of local transmission and two new deaths — even as individual provinces were reporting as many as 1 million cases per day.

China's vulnerabilities have been increased by the population's general lack of exposure to the virus and a relatively low vaccination rate among the elderly.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-10/henan-province-china-infected-covid-cases-lunar-new-year/101839660

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847820  No.18115380

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Western Australia's uptake of fourth COVID-19 booster second-lowest in the country

Alicia Bridges - 10 January 2023

Federal data reveals Western Australia has the country's second-lowest rate of fourth-dose vaccinations for COVID-19, prompting calls for better public education to stop a spike in more severe cases.

Department of Health and Aged Care statistics this month showed just 38.7 per cent of the eligible population in WA had received a fourth dose of the vaccine, compared with 91 per cent for the first dose.

Only the Northern Territory had a lower rate of 27.3 per cent for the fourth dose.

Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith said plummeting booster rates would lead to waning immunity in the population and a rise in severe cases, like those that led to widespread restrictions before vaccines were approved.

"There is good evidence that the more severe, and the more … times someone gets COVID, the more chance of organ damage and long COVID," he said.

"It's also clear that vaccinations help prevent severe disease."

Mr Duncan-Smith said more state government education programs that encouraged people to stay up to date with their vaccines would keep vaccination rates higher in the long term.

He said boosters would ensure immunity against frequently emerging new variants in a similar way to influenza vaccines designed to target specific strains.

"It's the same concept of flu but this is a much worse disease than flu," Mr Duncan-Smith said.

"It's not just about keeping your immunity to COVID up. It's keeping your immunity to the specific problematic variant up as we move into the future."

Reminder emails sent out

The WA Department of Health said continued vaccination for COVID-19 was important in the long term.

"Published studies have shown that vaccine effectiveness wanes after four to six months, following the two-dose primary schedule," a spokesperson said.

"People who received booster doses had a lower rate of infection and severe disease compared to people who did not have a booster."

The spokesperson said reminder emails were sent to more than 600,000 eligible people who had received previous doses of the vaccine — and were overdue for their booster — in December last year.

They said the state government and the Department of Health continued to undertake comprehensive promotions to encourage Western Australians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Fourth-jab rates trending downwards

The number of people getting fourth-dose boosters in other states, although higher than WA, has also been trending downward.

According to federal Department of Health and Aged Care statistics, the jurisdiction with the highest fourth-injection rate was the ACT at 51.1 per cent, compared with the national average of 44.3 per cent.

Jaya Dantas, a professor of international health at the Curtin University School of Population Health, said it was understandable that people had been distracted from the importance of receiving the latest vaccine.

"People are tired," she said.

"It's going to be the fourth year of the pandemic next month onwards … and people [have], in some ways, moved on."

With the potential for the public to be distracted by day-to-day stresses such as the cost of living and rising interest rates, along with climate change and the war in Ukraine, Professor Dantas said state and federal governments should be ramping up public awareness campaigns about vaccinations.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-10/fourth-covid-vaccine-booster-rates-lagging-in-western-australia/101838870

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847820  No.18115403

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>>18064786

Fighter pilot Daniel Duggan will fight charges all the way to US court, lawyer

RHIANNON DOWN - JANUARY 10, 2023

An Australian fighter pilot accused of providing military training to Chinese pilots who is fighting his extradition to the US has vowed to contest all allegations in an American court if necessary, his lawyer says.

Daniel Edmund Duggan, 54, was detained in October at the request of the US government after he was indicted on a string of charges including conspiracy to unlawfully export defence services to China, conspiracy to launder money and violating the arms export control act.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus waved through the US’s extradition request last month, which cleared the way for a magistrate to determine whether Mr Duggan is eligible for surrender.

Mr Duggan’s lawyer, Dennis Miralis, sought to adjourn the matter until next month at a hearing at the Sydney Downing Centre on Tuesday to allow for “further time to consider” how to proceed.

Mr Miralis said that his client would continue to fight the extradition and would contest all charges set out to him in court, confirming that his team was conducting its own investigations into the allegations.

“It should be remembered Mr Duggan should be presumed to be innocent under US law and under Australian law,“ he told reporters outside court.

“Mr Duggan’s response to the allegations are that he will defend against those allegations if needed to be in a court in the US, and he disputes what is contained in the material that we have seen to date.”

Mr Miralis said extradition proceedings did not require the magistrate to determine “the strength or otherwise” of the allegations, and the court was typically only provided with a bare “skeleton”.

“The test that is imposed under the extradition test is a very low bar test,” he said.

“It is intended merely to provide to the magistrate, who is presiding over the extradition hearing, sufficient material which identifies that there is in fact a valid indictment and some information in support of that indictment in accordance with the treaty between the US and Australia.”

He also said that each step of the court process could be appealed in a higher court, meaning that extradition cases sometimes dragged on for as long as eight years.

Mr Miralis said Mr Duggan had been “singled out” for extradition and accused the US government of prosecuting a politically motivated case against him.

“It seems to us that undoubtedly this indictment was brought during a time when the US administration was entering into a geopolitical contest with China, and was seeking to use the criminal law in furtherance of US foreign policy,” he said.

“This is not unusual in the way that the US criminal justice system operates, however this is unusual in the way the Australian legal system operates.”

The US government has alleged Mr Duggan was paid more than $116,000 to train Chinese pilots to take off and land on aircraft carriers.

The indictment alleges Mr Duggan received 12 payments from a Chinese-based business which was responsible for acquiring military training, equipment and technical data for China’s government and military.

It’s believed Mr Duggan was flagged by Australian authorities after he applied for a job with a defence contractor involved in battle-training F18 pilots and transporting VIP defence ­personnel.

The matter will return to court on February 13.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/fighter-pilot-daniel-duggan-will-fight-charges-all-the-way-to-us-court-lawyer/news-story/e9900653904e0ab124199f2f9ce59674

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847820  No.18115415

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>>17985749 (pb)

>>17985766 (pb)

Not a day to celebrate: Wollongong university staff given option to work on Australia Day holiday

Vice-chancellor says 26 January is seen as Invasion Day by First Nations colleagues and we should ‘be clear about what we’re celebrating’

Caitlin Cassidy - 9 Jan 2023

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is giving staff the option to work through the 26 January holiday, making it the latest employer to offer the policy in a show of solidarity with First Nations people.

The university announced on Monday that it would offer all fixed-term and permanent employees the flexibility to work rather than taking the day as a public holiday, citing the painful associations it may have for Indigenous communities.

“For our First Nations colleagues, it’s clearly a day they don’t want to recognise as a celebration … they see it as an Invasion Day,” UOW vice-chancellor Prof Patricia Davidson said. “Let’s be clear about what we’re celebrating.”

Employees who choose to work can instead take leave on 27 January or 30 January.

The announcement – which follows consultation with staff unions – comes after some major businesses introduced similar policies.

Telecommunications company Telstra and oil and gas company Woodside introduced a new policy this year allowing staff to either take the public holiday or take the leave on another day of their choosing.

A spokesperson for Telstra said the flexibility was built into the company’s enterprise agreements which were voted on by its employees earlier this year.

Consulting heavyweights Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young already had policies in place allowing staff some flexibility around public holidays – as did mining giant BHP and super fund Australian Ethical.

Davidson said she wasn’t aware of other universities who had signed up to the initiative, but didn’t expect it UOW would be the last.

“A lot of people are talking about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if more come out of gate,” she said.

Davidson said she hoped the shift would generate greater support for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and changing the date of Australia Day.

“For many, the 26 January marks invasion, the beginning of colonisation and atrocities,” she said. “We want to cast a spotlight on the reality of our history.”

National president of the National Tertiary Education Union, Dr Alison Barnes, said all universities should follow suit and give staff the option to have an alternative day off.

“We support giving workers the right to choose whether to work on January 26,” she said.

“Invasion Day is a deeply distressing day for so many First Nations people, including members of our union.

“Allowing a choice of whether to work or not acknowledges that many in our community don’t want to mark the anniversary of genocide, dispossession and suffering with a public holiday.”

A spokesperson for the University of New South Wales said while staff weren’t allowed to substitute a day for the public holiday, flexibility and choice was an option under review as the university established a new enterprise agreement.

Similarly the University of Melbourne is “considering an alternative arrangement” to the fixed Australia Day holiday as part of its enterprise bargaining process.

The University of Sydney and the University of Queensland told Guardian Australia 26 January was recognised as a public holiday at their respective institutions.

It follows the federal government’s decision to allow councils to hold citizenship ceremonies for three days before and after 26 January, undoing restrictions introduced by the Coalition in 2017.

Greens senator Lidia Thorpe said the nuanced approach to the date displayed “growing momentum” to change how Australia celebrated its national identity.

“In 1938, Yorta Yorta man William Cooper called for January 26 to be acknowledged as a Day of Mourning,” she said.

“First Nations people have rallied on that date ever since. This is a longer history than the Australia Day public holiday, which only started in 1994.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/09/not-a-day-to-celebrate-wollongong-university-staff-given-option-to-work-on-australia-day-holiday

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847820  No.18115434

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University of Wollongong lecturer granted bail amid child rape allegations

Grace Crivellaro - January 10 2023

A University of Wollongong lecturer has been released from custody after he allegedly raped a seven-year-old girl in 2020.

The man, who cannot be named due to a non-publication order in place to protect the identity of his children, was granted bail at Wollongong Local Court on Monday.

He faces two counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10. Formal pleas are yet to be entered.

The court heard the man spent ten days in Parklea jail over the New Year period after he was refused bail when he first appeared before the court in December, 2022.

According to tendered court documents, it is alleged the man sexually assaulted the girl while under his care during December 2020.

Police will allege he gave the girl a bath and said "I am going to clean you" before touching her vagina, court documents state. It is alleged that during this incident, he scratched the inside of her genitals.

It is alleged the girl disclosed the incident to her mother some time between Christmas Day, 2020 and January 20, 2021, after saying her vagina hurt.

Court documents state the girl and her mother then went inside together, and that the girl lay on her bedroom floor while her mother went to the bathroom.

It is alleged the accused man then entered the bedroom, pulled the child's pants down and inserted his fingers into her vagina before he left the room after hearing footsteps.

When the child's mother came into the room, the girl allegedly said her pants were down "because (the accused) was in here".

According to court documents, the man allegedly told the child on a number of occasions "we're a family of wizards and witches and we will curse you if you tell anybody".

On November 30 last year, the Wollongong Child Abuse Squad received a report for investigation and a week later, the child attended and disclosed the alleged incidents.

Police arrested the man at his Wollongong address on December 28 last year.

In court on Monday, defence lawyer Graham Morrison said the allegations had "come out of nowhere".

"Reading the allegations, he really couldn't believe it," Mr Morrison said.

"There has never been this level of allegation against him before."

In arguing for his client's release, Mr Morrison said he had been involved with the university for more than two decades.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rachel Biffin argued the charges were "extremely serious".

"The complainant says there was some type of injury and there is a disclosure to police," Sgt Biffin told the court.

In opposing bail, Sgt Biffin held concerns for the alleged victim's protection and that the man may fail to appear given a full-time jail term would be likely if he is found guilty.

"Were talking about a young child who was obviously at some point or time under the guardianship or care of the accused," Sgt Biffin said.

Mr Morrison said his client had not had any contact with the alleged victim in over 12 months.

He argued there was no flight risk given his client has strong ties to the community and that he was willing to put up a $2000 surety.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien said the surety was not warranted given there were no previous instances of failing to appear.

He accepted the charges were "extremely serious" however granted bail, citing strong community ties, no history of violence, and no breaches of bail as reasons for his decision.

The UOW academic was ordered to not contact the complainant or any prosecution witnesses, to not be in the company of any child unless in the company of an adult except for his own children, and to comply with an apprehended violence order in place to protect the alleged victim.

The matter was adjourned to March 8.

https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/8041549/uow-lecturer-accused-of-raping-child-granted-bail/

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847820  No.18115451

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>>18108782

Retired admiral sinks Turnbull ‘sovereignty’ fear

JOE KELLY - JANUARY 10, 2023

Peter Clarke, the only Australian admiral to have commanded both a nuclear and a diesel-electric submarine, has dismissed as “complete nonsense” criticism by Malcolm Turnbull that the trilateral AUKUS agreement to obtain a fleet of nuclear submarines would undermine Australian sovereignty.

Retired Rear Admiral Clarke said Australia “cannot do everything ourselves” and the nation had “alliances, agreements and treaties so we get greater benefit from the amalgamation of skills and knowledge and technical ability of our allies”.

He said the AUKUS agreement was aimed at “developing and growing and maintaining” the skills needed to operate and maintain nuclear submarines in Australia.

“It will take a decade to get this sorted out,” he said. “It’s just ­absolute nonsense to say it would adversely affect Australian sovereignty.”

Mr Turnbull took to Twitter on Monday, saying it was completely overlooked in Australia that ­“nuclear-powered submarines to be acquired from the US will not be able to be operated or maintained without the supervision of the US Navy”.

The former prime minister added: “AUKUS is a worthwhile and natural enhancement of ­already intimate security and intelligence relationships but the submarine element of the agreement delays vital capabilities and diminishes Australian sovereignty.”

The debate over AUKUS has been reignited after the heads of the US Senate armed services committee – Democrat Jack Reed and Republican James Inhofe – advised against supplying Australia with off-the-shelf nuclear-powered submarines in a letter to Joe Biden.

They warned that the AUKUS pact risked stretching the nation’s industrial base “to breaking point”.

Anthony Albanese said on Monday he was confident the government could deliver a ­submarine capability that “serves Australia’s national defence interests” and those of the US and UK.

“That’s what the whole point of the AUKUS arrangement is – to recognise that through co-operation in our defence systems we can … be stronger,” the Prime Minister told the ABC’s 7.30.

Mr Albanese said he wanted nuclear submarines to be manufactured in Australia, providing an assurance that “Australia’s sovereign interest will be protected.”

He also said that senior members of the US administration had been “extremely positive” towards the ambition of the AUKUS framework to deliver a nuclear submarine fleet to Australia and that the proposal enjoyed the support of Joe Biden.

Rear Admiral Clarke said while Mr Turnbull’s comments were “bizarre” and “unhelpful”, the warnings about America’s defence industry being stretched showed Australia’s quest to obtain nuclear-powered submarines was “not going to be easy”.

“Of course it will stretch US industrial capability,” he said.

“That’s why we need to have this agreement and why we need to work together.”

Tom Corben, a research fellow at the US Studies ­Centre, said Australia did not have the “luxury that a great power like the US has in terms of being able to build, maintain and operate all our military capabilities on our own”.

“When you are talking about Australian sovereignty in terms of its defence capabilities, it’s never going to be absolute,” he said.

But Mr Corben said concerns about AUKUS aired in the letter to Mr Biden would be viewed with interest by the President.

“Biden will be taking very seriously the views of two of the leading national security figures in the US congress when it comes to submarines and what it means for AUKUS,” Mr Corben said.

“People who expected either explicitly or implicitly that the US would simply give us or sell us a submarine off their production lines with their capacity limited … didn’t really appreciate or weren’t aware of the significant strain the US industrial base is under.”

Euan Graham, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said arguments that AUKUS would diminish Australia’s sovereignty were like saying the ANZUS treaty was a threat to Australia’s autonomy.

“The price of gaining access to US and UK nuclear propulsion technology means structural reliance on them as long-term suppliers. That comes with the AUKUS arrangement and ANZUS,” he said.

“However, I would not equate that with diminished sovereignty.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/retired-admiral-sinks-turnbull-sovereignty-fear/news-story/f25192f9fcf2950bdd38f38a84e3fe58

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847820  No.18115494

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>>18087967

>>18108782

AUKUS subs warning ‘inaccurate portrayal’: Sea Power committee member

ADAM CREIGHTON - JANUARY 10, 2023

One of the strongest supporters of the AUKUS security pact in the US congress has urged “everyone to take a deep breath”, amid growing fears US shipyards won’t have the capacity to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines before the nation has the capacity to build them itself.

Democrat congressman Joe Courtney, a senior member of the House of Representatives Sea Power committee, told The Australian on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) that a leaked letter from two US senators to President Joe Biden, which argued building submarines for Australia could “stress the US submarine industrial base to breaking point”, was inaccurate.

“The impression being conveyed in the letter was that a production slowdown was somehow an immutable dynamic and I think that’s a very inaccurate portrayal of what’s actually happening out there,” Mr Courtney, whose Connecticut seat encompasses a big chunk of US submarine building, said.

“It was not a letter that the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee were aware of until really about 24 hours before it was leaked,” he told The Australian, adding that the letter was likely “done in isolation by the two senators and their staff”.

The letter in question, by Democratic Senator Jack Reed and outgoing Republican Senator James Inhofe, the two most senior figures on the Senate Armed Services Committee, emerged last week in a US trade publication, prompting the Prime Minister and Defence Minister to insist the submarines were on track.

“There really is a shared sense of mission between the US and UK and Australia in seeing Australia acquire this capability,” said Defence Minister Richard Marles, who visited Washington DC and US shipyards late last year.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin promised Mr Marles the US would not leave Australia exposed to a looming capability gap as navy’s ageing Collins class diesel-powered submarines become obsolete.

“We’re still three months away from the big reveal … everyone should take a deep breath and let them finish the process,” Mr Courtney said, adding that recent legislation in congress to allow Australian sailors to train on US submarines should be cause for celebration of AUKUS progress so far.

A group of supporters of AUKUS in Congress, both Republican and Democrat, would shortly issue a statement reiterating their confidence in the AUKUS process, he added.

“There’s no question that the Covid impact on defence manufacturing has slowed production down, but having said that the submarine industry delivered two submarines 2022 and is slated to deliver two this year,” Mr Courtney said.

The cost and production schedule of the eight nuclear powered submarines promised to Australia under AUKUS in the September 2021 agreement remain unclear ahead of the government’s promised release of the details early this year.

Former prime minster Malcolm Turnbull later chimed on the submarines debate, arguing acquisition of US nuclear submarine technology would undermine Australian sovereignty, a claim dismissed as “complete nonsense” by retired admiral Peter Clarke, as reported in The Australian.

“It will take a decade to get this sorted out,” Mr Clarke told The Australian. “It’s just absolute nonsense to say it would adversely affect Australian sovereignty.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/aukus-subs-warning-inaccurate-portrayal-sea-power-committee-member/news-story/f496ac2a61233805390dac53333ea184

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847820  No.18115506

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>>18097132

Memo PM: on AUKUS, you need to lead it or lose it

PETER JENNINGS - JANUARY 10, 2023

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On the Australia-US alliance, leaders in both countries always say relations have never been better. We celebrate a century of mateship built on battlefield co-operation with a big appetite for chin-quivering rhetoric about fighting our enemies “shoulder to shoulder”.

The talk is mostly true. It enables a depth of defence and security co-operation few countries even understand, let alone could copy.

But don’t be fooled. There are limits to co-operation set by national interest. Both countries have unspoken fears about each other.

Australian strategists worry about America’s isolationist instincts, which are never far below the surface.

The Indo-Pacific is on a 1930s-style slide to high risk and low security. While Canberra obsesses about how to stabilise its relations with China, our profoundly more important relationship with the US is often taken for granted.

We need to watch for signs of American concern about Australia, and one has just been delivered in the form of a letter to President Joe Biden from two highly important US senators.

Democrat Jack Reed is the chairman of the Senate armed services committee and, until his retirement from the Senate this week, James Inhofe was the committee’s Republican ranking member. They are serious and influential figures in Washington, running one of the most important congressional committees.

Their letter asks Biden to make “a sober assessment of the facts to avoid stressing the US submarine industrial base to the breaking point”.

“We are concerned that what was initially touted as a ‘do no harm’ opportunity to support Australia and the United Kingdom and build long-term competitive advantages for the US and its Pacific allies may be turning into a zero-sum game for scarce, highly advanced US SSNs.”

The worry is that America’s two submarine construction yards can’t meet the US Navy’s demands for new boats while China is rapidly expanding its surface and sub-surface fleets. This “would make the US Navy less capable of meeting sovereign wartime and peacetime requirements”.

A second concern is that “just as the submarine industrial base constraints are real, so are statutory and regulatory constraints. We still have little understanding of what … permissions or waivers would be needed to realise the AUKUS SSN (nuclear submarine) options.”

Reed and Inhofe warn: “These permissions or waivers are a serious matter and should not be taken for granted in negotiating any agreements.”

Australia’s political leaders dismissed any likely risks to delivering in March the plan for Australia’s preferred “optimal pathway” to nuclear-propelled submarines. Speaking last Saturday, Anthony Albanese saw nothing to be concerned about. He mentioned his meetings with Biden in Tokyo, Madrid, London and Bali, and said Australia had been “engaging very closely on ensuring that the optimal pathway is delivered”.

At the same press conference, Richard Marles said: “Last year, I met with senators Reed and In­hofe. They are both very strong supporters of Australia and really I have no doubt, at the end of the day, that we will be able to deliver this with support across the political systems of both the United States and the United Kingdom.”

What else could they say? Our political leaders most invested in delivering the AUKUS plan have little public option at this point other than to stay the rhetorical course.

Our senior officials will be telling the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister that everything is on track because, at officials’ level, it probably is. Defence always suffers from a conspiracy of optimism to deliver complex projects.

Politicians should be more worried. Reed remains chairman of the armed services committee. Inhofe will be replaced by an equally capable senior Republican. When people of this calibre sound warnings, the right Australian response is to listen and to actively address the concerns.

What are the American doubts about Australia and AUKUS delivery? The essence is this: US leaders will put their own military needs first. Congress knows of a strong view in the US Navy questioning Australia’s capacity to step up to build and operate uniquely complex nuclear-propelled submarines.

The US will worry, too, about Australia’s ability to protect critical nuclear propulsion information from Chinese spying. Only once before has America shared this technology – with Britain in the late 1950s. It took congress a decade to amend the McMahon Atomic Energy Act to allow that co-operation.

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847820  No.18115507

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>>18115506

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Americans doubt whether Australia is truly with them in the commitment to stop the Chinese Communist Party dominating the Indo-Pacific. They see an array of former Australian prime ministers who turned against the American alliance and an even larger number of Australian elites who happily take Beijing’s coin in the name of economic co-operation.

Two former Australian prime ministers, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd, are on the recent public record vigorously opposed to the nuclear propulsion proposal. Next month Rudd will become our lead negotiator for AUKUS with congress.

Congress knows that some Australian premiers, many business leaders, university vice-chancellors and others are only too eager to reset the relationship with China and resume building lucrative but independence-sapping commercial ties.

Let’s not forget Australia’s persistent failure to reach that minimal benchmark of spending 2 per cent of gross domestic product on defence. Yes, America agreed to Canberra’s proposal to deploy the US Marine Corps in Australia’s north, but it also remembers Australia fighting for years over how to split chickenfeed dollar amounts to build facilities for the marines.

Nor has the US forgiven Australia’s bizarre decision to allow a Chinese company to lease the port of Darwin in 2015 for 99 years. The port is critical to the future of Australian and US military positioning in the north. No matter what the talking points say, that issue is not gone and not forgotten in the Pentagon.

If Americans pay any attention at all to Australian policy debates, they will see that the overwhelmingly dominant topic is how, in Albanese’s words, “we will co-operate with China where we can (and) we will disagree where we must”. Americans ask: what place does that leave in Canberra’s thinking for the alliance? What is AUKUS if not a means to deter China? What is the depth of Australia’s commitment to build the industrial heft for submarine and missile construction? When will we see that?

One should not underestimate the genuine affection and regard American political leaders have for Australia. Reed and Inhofe were and are strong alliance supporters, but they are not to be fobbed off with Australian embassy barbecues and warm words about being “brothers in arms”.

Albanese needs to be more energised about the risks to AUKUS, and hence to his prime ministership, than was on display at last Saturday’s media conference. He foreshadowed a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, “who I will meet with again in the first half of the year”, but there was no mention of further engagement with Biden, the essential figure in AUKUS success.

Australian prime ministers have no more important job than to shape American political thinking about the alliance.

It would be odd if an Australian prime minister did not visit Washington within a year of coming to office. With the AUKUS “optimal pathway” announcement due in March, Albanese should make it a priority to make that trip, a key part of which should be to meet key members of congress.

Because the AUKUS agenda is so big and cuts across many established rules and power structures in the three capitals, it will succeed only if presidents and prime ministers personally drive the agenda.

Albanese can’t hand that task to Marles or Rudd. For better or worse, AUKUS delivery and Albanese’s prime ministership are conjoined twins.

There is more that Albanese should do. To show Australia’s bipartisan commitment he should ask John Howard and Kim Beazley to make a joint visit to Washington, building congressional support for the arrangement.

Parliament should be asked to form a bipartisan AUKUS standing committee with the express purpose of building ties and keeping tabs on the congressional pulse. Across time we might hope that our parliamentarians would build the level of personal expertise in defence and security that we see in some of their US counterparts.

Just like the French submarine project, AUKUS will progress until it doesn’t. If it fails it will be the Prime Minister’s personal problem.

The message for Albanese on AUKUS is: lead it or lose it. If you lose it, you risk the alliance.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/memo-pm-on-aukus-you-need-to-lead-it-or-lose-it/news-story/8ad5665cfcbd74f5dc4f2c3005dab21c

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847820  No.18115520

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‘Beware the sting in China’s tale’

Ahead of a key address by China’s ambassador today, his Japanese counterpart warns Australia to remain ‘vigilant’ amid Beijing’s continued aggression in the Pacific.

BEN PACKHAM - January 9, 2023

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Japan’s ambassador to Australia says the two countries need to remain “vigilant” towards China, arguing Beijing’s more constructive recent tone is yet to be matched by a shift in its behaviour.

Shingo Yamagami called out Beijing’s threats of retaliation against countries that imposed Covid tests on Chinese arrivals, and warned against allowing China to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

He told The Australian that ­relations between Australia and Japan had expanded at an “exponential pace”, and the countries were now allies “in all but name”.

Japan’s top diplomat in Australia said a new bilateral defence agreement would greatly increase the nations’ military co-operation, predicting an increase in the “quantity and quality” of joint ­exercises between the ADF and Japan’s 250,000-strong Self ­Defence Force.

Mr Yamagami welcomed the thaw in Australia-China ties that led to Penny Wong visiting Beijing last month, saying Japan’s Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, was also planning a trip to China after years of strained ties.

“I think this is a good step forward. But at the same time, we have to be vigilant because when it comes to policy and strategy, nothing fundamental seems to have changed on their part,” Mr Yamagami said. “We would like to see this change of tone, change of tactical approach, leading to the change of policies and measures on their part.”

The Japanese envoy’s comments come as China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, was set to address the media in Canberra on Tuesday, in his first major appearance of the year.

Relations between Beijing and Australia have markedly improved in the past seven months since Anthony Albanese and Labor came to power.

The new Prime Minister met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the sidelines of the G20 summit last November – the first official meeting between the two nation’s top leaders since 2016 – and Beijing has begun moving towards lifting its ban on Australian coal.

Mr Yamagami said Japan ­admired Australia’s “resilience and tenacity” in withstanding Chinese trade sanctions, lasting more than two years.

He revealed Tokyo had provided advice and encouragement to Canberra behind the scenes, based on its own experience of Chinese coercion when Beijing banned rare earth exports to Japan in 2010. In that case, Beijing dropped the bans after losing a World Trade Organisation case.

“This kind of comparing notes and exchanging experiences was pretty important, you know, in terms of upholding the rule of law in this region,” Mr Yamagami said. “So we are glad to be able to be of some help to our friends in Australia.”

He said Canberra, Tokyo and Washington needed to work closely together to hold China to account as it sought to portray ­itself in a more positive light after years of coercive conduct.

Despite signs China may be preparing to soften its trade bans on Australia, the Japanese envoy said Beijing had a long track ­record of “infringing rules and undermining the integrity of the (WTO) framework”.

On that basis, Mr Yamagami said Beijing should not qualify for entry into the 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“We have to start now based on that lesson. And I think every trade diplomat is aware that the CPTPP is setting a higher standard than normal WTO rules,” he said.

Mr Yamagami took issue with China’s threats to impose “corresponding measures” against countries that demanded negative Covid tests before allowing in Chinese travellers, saying “every country has its right to ensure the wellbeing of its people”.

“As China is entitled to its measures, Japan, Australia and other countries are entitled to their own measures,” he said. “So, I’m a bit concerned about usage of such words as retaliation. What is that for? What is required is enhanced openness, transparency.”

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847820  No.18115529

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>>18115520

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Japan’s new national security policy unveiled less than a month ago labelled China as the country’s “greatest strategic challenge”. It doubled defence spending and introduced a new “counter strike” doctrine for the constitutionally pacifist state.

Mr Yamagami said the changes reflected the growing threats facing Japan, with the country’s fighter jets forced to scramble twice a day in recent months to respond to Chinese jets approaching the country‘s airspace. He said the situation was “beyond imagination” for Australia, but “this is the kind of environment we are facing right now”.

Mr Yamagami likened his country’s new hardline security policy to Australia’s push to rapidly obtain new long-range strike weapons, arguing the countries faced similar threats despite Australia’s geographic remoteness. “You cannot sit on the luxury of long distance anymore,” he said. “And if you look at an undue influence of politicians, or investment in infrastructure which could be detrimental to your national security, or cyber attacks, they have nothing to do with distance … I think Australia and Japan are facing common challenges.”

In December, Australia’s treaties committee recommended the parliament ratify a long-awaited “reciprocal access agreement” with Japan that will streamline the movement of defence personnel and equipment between the countries. Japanese MPs are also due to ratify the agreement soon, heralding a new era for military co-operation. Australian F-35s fighter jets are due to participate in Japan’s Exercise Bushido Guardian for the first time later this year, while Japanese F-35s are set to come to Australia for future “rotational deployments”.

The arrangement to bring Japan’s most potent fighter aircraft to Australia mirrors a similar agreement with the US allowing American strategic bombers to operate from Top End airfields.

“This is the kind of co-operation we can now embark on,” Mr Yamagami said. “This is something Japanese security experts and diplomas could not imagine 10 years ago, 20 years ago.”

He said Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force, which lacked “real battle experience”, would also benefit from an increase in the tempo of exercises with Australia and the US. “I’m quite sure there is a lot we can learn from the ADF’s experiences,” Mr Yamagami said. “And another advantage enjoyed by Australia is your vast land area where they can engage in more sophisticated exercises.”

In an unprecedented year of bilateral engagement, Mr Albanese visited Japan twice, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Perth, and the leaders met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid. Mr Kishida will also visit Sydney this year for a Quad leaders’ meeting.

Mr Yamagami said there was a “solid bedrock of mutual trust” ­between the countries, noting Japan’s reliance on Australia for 60 per cent of its coal imports, 40 per cent of its LNG, 90 per cent of its sugar and 40 per cent of its beef.

Japan’s dependence on Australian energy was so great the lights in Tokyo would “go dark” if the trade was interrupted, he said.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/beware-of-the-sting-in-chinas-tale/news-story/1a622627c82d735ba6f740405adf1f3f

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Worry about Japan not China, says Beijing’s top envoy in Australia

Matthew Knott - January 10, 2023

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China’s ambassador to Australia has launched an extraordinary attack on Japan, warning Australians against becoming too trusting of their former World War II adversary and declaring Japan is a greater military threat than China.

Xiao Qian, China’s top envoy in Australia, said Japan’s failure to issue an official apology for its conduct during WWII, including the mistreatment of Australian prisoners of war, meant it could again go to war with Australia, even though the countries have since become close security partners.

Describing the Australia-China relationship as at “a critical stage of turnaround”, Xiao said he hoped a solution to the detention of Australians Cheng Lei and Yang Hengjun in China would soon emerge, adding that it was important for Australia to respect China’s legal processes.

He also suggested Australia and China could seek to resolve trade blockages on $20 billion of Australian imports through direct negotiation rather than the World Trade Organisation.

“Bilateral is much easier to find a solution instead of going through the multilateral forum,” he told reporters at a new year’s press conference at the Chinese embassy in Canberra.

After accusing Australia of targeting China through the AUKUS security pact with the United States and United Kingdom, Xiao said it was “not very long, when you look at history, that Australia was under threat and being attacked and invaded” by Japan.

“During the Second World War, Japan invaded Australia, bombed Darwin, killed Australians and treated Australian POWs in a way that is humanly unacceptable,” he said.

“And the Japanese government has not apologised for that up to today. If they don’t apologise, it means they don’t accept it’s wrong and they might repeat the history.

“Once somebody threatens you, he might threaten you again. China has been your friend; we will continue to be your friend.”

Japan launched almost 100 air raids on Australia between 1942 and 1943, including devastating attacks on Darwin and Broome, and invaded the Australian-controlled territories of New Guinea and Papua.

In 1957, then-Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi said during a visit to Australia: “It is my official duty, and my personal desire, to express to you and through you to the people of Australia, our heartfelt sorrow for what occurred in the war.”

Over recent decades, Japan and Australia have become increasingly close security partners, in part due to a shared concern about China’s growing power and assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific.

Xiao intensified his criticisms of AUKUS, saying the federal government was wasting taxpayer money by spending tens of billions of dollars on nuclear-powered submarines.

“It will not solve any problem of Australia’s security concerns,” he said of AUKUS.

“China’s not seeking to be an enemy of the United States, neither are we of the United Kingdom, nor are we of Australia so there’s no reason for the three countries to stand together to work on something that’s targeting China as a threat.”

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Xiao accused Japan’s outspoken ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, of seeking to drive a wedge between Beijing and Canberra.

Yamagami has described China’s military activities around Taiwan as shocking and warned Australia against putting “too many eggs in one basket” by becoming dependent on its trade relationship with China.

“I’m afraid our colleague from Japan is not doing his job,” Xiao said.

“Japan is a great country, Japanese people are great people, Chinese people and Japanese people are very friendly.

“But there are a handful of people, a handful of political forces, in that country that are taking a twisted way of looking at history, a twisted way of looking at China, a twisted way of looking at the relations between China and Australia. That is not constructive; that is not helpful.”

A spokesman for the Japanese embassy in Canberra said: “The embassy has no intention to comment on any specific comments by the Chinese ambassador. We believe that this is a time for dialogue and no time to engage in mutual recrimination.”

Yamagami later told the ABC he had only spoken “common sense” in his remarks on China.

“We place significant emphasis on the importance of maintaining [the] rules-based international order. If that offends my Chinese counterpart, what can I say?”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, signed a wide-ranging security agreement earlier this year, while Australia and the US agreed to integrate Japan into local military exercises.

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Richard Marles, who last month described Australia’s relationship with Japan as foundational, declined to comment on Tuesday.

Xiao said Australian officials had repeatedly raised the cases of Cheng, a journalist, and Yang, a writer and pro-democracy advocate, with their Chinese counterparts.

“The Chinese side has been patiently explaining that, so far as the legal process is concerned, there is nothing the government can do,” he said.

“They violated the rules and they’re suspected of releasing national security information to a third country.”

China was working to secure better consular access for the Australians, he said, adding: “As for the future, I hope the solution will come as soon as possible, but we need to respect the legal procedure. Once there’s a solution, there will be an announcement at the proper time.”

Xiao said he hoped to see continued improvements in Australia and China’s trade relationship following recent reports that state-owned enterprises would begin purchasing Australian coal again.

He noted that Beijing has complaints about restrictions on Chinese investment in Australia, saying: “There are also concerns from the Chinese side.”

He was also hopeful senior Chinese ministers would visit Australia this year, following last year’s breakthrough meeting between Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/worry-about-japan-not-china-says-beijing-s-top-envoy-in-australia-20230110-p5cbkf.html

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>>18115546

Chinese ambassador invokes WWII in quarrel with Japanese counterpart, suggests trade bans may lift

Stephen Dziedzic - 10 January 2023

China's ambassador has criticised his Japanese counterpart in Canberra, accusing him of not doing his job properly and suggesting Tokyo may once again launch a military attack on Australia in the future.

Xiao Qian also suggested that improving bilateral ties might see bans lifted on Australian coal exports to China, although he claimed the decision lay with Chinese companies rather than the country's governing party.

The ambassador made both remarks during a wideranging and largely upbeat press conference in Canberra held to mark the New Year.

He declared relations between China and Australia had reached a period of "stability", saying the Chinese Year of the Rabbit offered an opportunity to "jump over obstacles" that had emerged in recent times.

But there are still deep doubts in Canberra about China's trajectory and the limits to the rapprochement in the wake of high-level meetings between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Xi Jinping, as well as Foreign Minister Penny Wong and her then-Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing.

Japan's ambassador Shingo Yamagami – who has repeatedly criticised China since taking up the post – in an interview published yesterday in The Australian warned that both Australia and Japan needed to remain "vigilant" as Beijing continued to act aggressively towards other countries in the region, despite taking a softer public tone.

When asked about that comment, Mr Xiao suggested that Mr Yamagami was behaving inappropriately.

"It's not my role to base myself in Canberra while criticising third countries. It's not my role … to try and stop Australia developing normal relationship with a third country," he told journalists.

"So I'm afraid our colleague from Japan is not doing his job."

Mr Xiao called Japan a "great country" but then made the incendiary suggestion that Tokyo might one day once again pose a military threat to Australia.

"During World War II, Japan invaded Australia, bombed Darwin, killed Australians, and treated Australian POWs in a way that was unacceptable," he told journalists.

"And the Japanese government has not apologised for that … does that mean they have really realised it's wrong? If they don't apologise, they don't accept it's wrong, and they might repeat the history.

"When someone threatens you they might threaten you again."

The comment is likely to be brushed off by the Australian government, which has rapidly grown its defence links with Tokyo in part because of a shared anxiety about China's growing authoritarianism and swelling military might.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-10/china-ambassador-australia-xiao-qian-coal-trade-embargo/101840556

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