As thousands of men, women and children marched in a united protest in main city centres and regional areas right across Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced that Australian troops will “hand deliver” weapons to Iraq.
Even though Australia nor its allies are facing an imminent attack, Australia is now well and truly involved in the Iraq conflict.
Australian planes will risk anti-aircraft fire from Islamic State militants to land on Iraqi soil to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters.
The announcement has sparked speculation that Australian troops could soon enter the conflict against Islamic militants that now control huge swathes of the country.
Speaking to the so-called “media” today, Abbott said that “Any military activity by Australia, over and above the humanitarian airdrops and the military airlift that we’ve talked about now will be in participation, will be along with allies, and it would be at the request of the government of Iraq.”
TONY ABBOTT ISSUES STARK WARNING: “IT COULD HAPPEN HERE!”
Mr Abbott described events in Iraq as a “humanitarian catastrophe”, and referred to the so called “radicals” believed to be involved in the conflict.
“They are brutalised and they are accustomed to kill in the name of God,” he said.
“If it is right to kill in the name of God in Iraq, there is no reason to think that the same people won’t do likewise … in Australia.”
“We’ve seen beheadings and mass executions — it’s severe,” he said.
The first mission to deliver weapons to Erbil will be undertaken “in coming days”, the prime minister said.
However, the announcement has left both The Greens and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie seething.
Just last week, Andrew Wilkie voiced concerns that Tony Abbott was at “real risk” of repeating the mistake made in 2003 when Australia joined the invasion of Iraq.
Mr Wilkie, who resigned from his position as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments in 2003 because he believed information stating Iraq as a risk was overblown, said the problem 11 and a half years later was “of our own making”.
“Eleven years ago we helped start a war that has run for 11 and a half years that has created the circumstances in which these so-called jihadists are now running riot across the country and committing terrible atrocities,” he said in Hobart.
“The other regrettable dimension is that the government is at real risk of repeating the mistake of 11 and a half years ago of a prime minister, virtually alone, declaring war in another country.
“If Australia is to recommit combat troops to Iraq it must be, it must be, with the approval of the federal parliament.”
“This is a problem for the international community, not necessarily just for the United States. This is something the United Nations should be debating for a collective response” he said.
However Prime Minister Abbott has by-passed Parliament with today’s announcement defiantly stating that the weapons drop was about doing “what is right for our country and what is best for our world”.
ABBOTT ACCUSED OF DECLARING WAR ON AUSTRALIA!
Meanwhile at Sydney’s March in August demonstration, protesters accused the PM of declaring war on his own people.
The president of the NSW Teachers Federation, Maurie Mulheron, told the crowd the government “simply doesn’t believe” in providing public support for education.
“It is obvious that the Abbott government has declared war on children and young people,” he said.
“It is determined by way of policy to limit opportunity. In short it simply does not believe the government should provide education.”
The government is attempting to push through higher education changes, including deregulation of fees and increasing interest rates for student debts.
Destroy the Joint co-founder Jenna Price said women were hit hardest by many of the cuts in the federal budget.
She also warned a bill currently before the parliament, if passed, would implement measures that were “a form of Workchoices” which would wind back workers’ rights and could allow employees to be “paid with pizza”.
Three months after the Federal Budget was announced, the Abbott government remains hugely unpopular amongst voters following a litany of broken promises not to cut funding to Health, Education, pensions, the ABC and SBS.
An intelligent individual might reasonably conclude that this latest war effort announcement is merely a predictable and cynical attempt to boost his fledging approval ratings.
And you’d be right.
Here is another spontaneous and totally sporadic open discussion thread….!
Qantas has announced a staggering $2.84 billion dollar this morning, shocking market analysts who were anticipating losses of around $800 million.
It is the worst result in the airline’s history.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce called the result “confronting.”
“There is no doubt today’s numbers are confronting, but they represent the year that is past,” Mr Joyce said.
“We have now come through the worst. With our accelerated Qantas Transformation program we are already emerging as a leaner, more focused and more sustainable Qantas Group.”
However, the positive spin is something that Joyce has spruced before.
At the Qantas AGM in 2013, Joyce announced that Qantas had a “clear strategy” that was “delivering results”, yet just seven weeks later, seemingly out of the blue, announced an expected loss of up to $300 million.
In the months before Joyce took over as Qantas boss in November 2008, Qantas posted a record $969 million profit.
Joyce earns an annual salary package of $5 million.
Qantas is already cutting 5,000 jobs over the next three years to try to rein in costs. Today’s results will likely increase these numbers.
A new airport-based counter-terrorism squad has intercepted a suspected terrorist.
Team Australia Captain Tony Abbott told parliament today that the government last week put new Australian Customs and Border Protection counter-terrorism units at Sydney and Melbourne international airports.
“I’m advised these new units have already intercepted at least one person of interest,” Mr Abbott said.
“This government will do everything that is necessary to keep this country safe.”
Similar units will be established at other Australian international airports.
Eventually 80 officers will be stationed at airports to monitor the movements of people on the national security watchlist.
A stridently anti-gay, anti-abortion network is struggling to find a place to meet in Melbourne this weekend, since its conference venues keep cancelling.
The World Congress of Families conference is organised by a far-right group of speakers who sympathise with Russia’s recent laws against ‘gay propaganda’, and believe all forms of non-heterosexual sex are sinful and gay people should be converted to heterosexuality via Christian therapy.
The sole purpose of sex is for procreation and an expression of love between husband and wife in the covenant of marriage,” the World Congress of Families believes. “All other sexual activity cannot satisfy the human spirit and leads to remorse, alienation and disease.”
Since it was announced a few weeks ago, the conference has been besieged by drama caused by concerned members of the community who don’t want it to go ahead.
Minister for Employment Eric Abetz was originally on the speakers’ line-up but has pulled out, though the Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is still scheduled to give the opening address, and also involved is virulently anti-gay and anti-abortion parliamentary crusaders Bernie Finn, Fred Nile and Cory Bernardi. Victoria’s right wing Attorney-General Robert Clark is also on board.
After two venue changes so far, the Conference is now scheduled to happen at Brunswick’s Aurora Receptions on Saturday 30 August, though The Gutter Trash understands that the management of the venue is now considering cancelling the booking.
Kevin Andrews has refused to cancel his planned attendance at the conference which has been linked to harassment, prosecution and murder of gay people worldwide.
Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has today sent a letter to Mr Andrews, asking him to cancel his appearance.
“Your attendance and endorsement of the WCF conference risks embarrassing Australia’s human rights record and is in direct contradiction of the work done by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in counties such as Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia to support their LGBTI citizens and advocate for fairer laws”, MR Greenwich wrote to Mr Andrews.
“The World Congress of Families supports a narrow and discriminatory definition of families, your attendance and support of them risks condoning their exportation of anti-LGBTI bigotry, ideology and legislation abroad”
A spokesman for Mr Andrews today told The Gutter Trash that the Minister will still attend the conference because it is about families, which relates to his portfolio, and that Mr Andrews’ attendance at the conference does not necessarily mean he supports the views of all its speakers.
The so-called World Congress of Families today named Mr Andrews, as its 2014 “Natural Family Man of the Year”.
The conservative christian group gave the equivalent award for women to the Nigerian activist Theresa Okafor, a vocal supporter of that country’s tough anti-gay laws, which make same-sex relationships punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Splatterbottom wrote the following comment, and I thought it would make a good starting point for a discussion thread…
We often hear mealy-mouthed morons bleating about the “tiny minority” of radicals among the Islamic community.
In fact it seems that the alleged minority is not so tiny, at least according to a significant chunk of the Islamic community, including those listed here who signed off on this statement:
We also reject government attempts to divide the Muslim community into ‘radicals’ and ‘moderates’ and to use the community for its agenda.
Dividing the Muslim community into ‘radicals’ and ‘moderates’ is the sort of sophistry we expect from cretinous leftists trying to explain why 90% of terror attacks in the world are carried out in the name of Islam.
But when it comes to the crunch it seems that that distinction is illusory.
A day after Mr Palmer stoked controversy by describing the Chinese as “bastards” and “mongrels” who shoot their own people, Senator Lambie has released a statement saying she supports her leader’s comments about China’s military capacity.
“If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy, which ignores the threat of a Chinese Communist invasion – you’re delusional and got rocks in your head,’’ her statement said.
“The Communist Chinese military capacity and level of threat to the western world democracies is at an unprecedented and historical high.”
Her statement concluded by saying that Mr Palmer’s comments “are a timely warning and highlight the appalling national security and defence policy failures of both Labor and the Liberals/Nationals.
Both Labor and the Liberals/Nationals have failed to build an Australian military that is able to defend us – and stop our grandchildren from becoming slaves to an aggressive, anti-democratic, totalitarian foreign power.”
The statement comes as Mr Palmer attempts to play down his outburst on the ABC’s Q and A program.
The controversial politician launched an attack on Australia’s biggest trading partner, labeling the Chinese Government as “mongrels”.
During an appearance on the ABC’s Q and A program on Monday, the Palmer United Party leader also accused the foreign government of trying to take over Australia’s ports and destroying the wage system.
He told viewers that legal allegations against him were untrue and part of a campaign of “bluster”.
“We’ve had three judgements in the Federal Court, The Supreme Court of Western Australia and an arbitration against these Chinese mongrels,” he said.
“I am saying that because they are communists, because they shoot their own people, they haven’t got a justice system and they want to take over this country. And we’re not going to let them do it.”
STANDING UP AGAINST THE CHINESE BASTARDS
The controversial comments followed questions over allegations that the mining magnate siphoned off $12 million in funding from his Chinese business partner, Citicto, to support his federal election campaign.
Mr Palmer dodged the questions, before telling host Tony Jones to go to court if he wanted answers.
“The Chinese government wants to bring workers here and destroy our wage system,” he said.
“It won’t stop the fact that they want to take over our ports…”
“I don’t mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them doing it.”