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The Loved Ones Left Behind

 Widows of fallen heroes make emotional trip to Anzac Cove to remember the men they lost.

 John Key and Tony Abbott met with Prince Charles and Prince Harry after the dawn service and spent time with Australian World War One widows who even had gifts for the Princes.

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Daniel Hannan: Follow Australia and ignore ‘Mrs Lovejoys’ on immigration

Daniel Hannan has spoken out on immigration and called for Europe to deal with illegal migrants in the same way Australia does.

A prominent British politician has urged European leaders to ignore the self-righteous “Mrs Lovejoys” who decry tough border protection policies and instead¬†adopt Australia’s turn-back-the-boats policy.

The Simpsons character Helen Lovejoy, the wife of a reverend, is famous for her catchphrase:¬†“Won’t somebody¬†please think of the children?”

Rather than writing social media posts expressing compassion for migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat, Conservative politician Daniel Hannan says Europeans should learn from countries like Australia. ¬† Read more »

Tony Abbott downs a schooner of VB and recovers in the polls

Tony Abbot is having a blinder, not only putting Bob Hawke to shame in the beer drinking stakes. No wonder his poll ratings are improving.

Predictably the wowsers are upset over the beer drinking.

BOB Hawke’s world record as Australia’s only PM famous for skolling a yard of ale is under fire tonight after Tony Abbott downed a VB in one go.

The Prime Minister was caught on iPhone video slamming down the schooner with revellers at a Sydney pub.

Members of the University of Technology Sydney‚Äôs Bats Football club celebrating at The Oaks Hotel in Double Bay called the PM over for a drink. ¬†¬† Read more »

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Who should we blame for Islamic Terror coming to our shores?

Andrew Bolt says it is the politicians fault, more specifically those politicians who were responsible “through years of reckless immigration and refugee policies.

I ACCUSE Australia’s political class of a crime. Of wilfully ­endangering the safety of ­Australians.

They ‚ÄĒ with much media help ‚ÄĒ have put Australians in danger through years of reckless immigration and refugee policies.

And it‚Äôs come to what we saw on Saturday ‚ÄĒ anti-terrorism police in Melbourne ¬≠arresting five more young men from Muslim families, two for allegedly plotting attacks on police on Anzac Day.

These men were allegedly associates of Numan Haider, an Afghan refugee and Islamic State supporter who last year stabbed two Victorian policemen before being shot dead.

Police have been typically coy about identifying exactly which ‚Äúcommunity‚ÄĚ the five were from, refusing in two press conferences on Saturday to even mention the words ‚ÄúIslam‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMuslim‚ÄĚ.

But their use of the word ‚Äúcommunity‚ÄĚ made clear they meant something other than the Australian one.

The fact is we have imported people from ‚Äúcommunities‚ÄĚ so at odds with our own that a minority of members has declared war on our institutions, our police and even ‚ÄĒ allegedly ‚ÄĒ Anzac Day, the most potent symbol of our nationhood.

We are going to have the same problem here in New Zealand, with years of the Clark administration pandering to Islamic refugees.

[T]he hard facts remain. Of the 21 Australians jailed for terrorism offences so far this century, all were Muslim. Most were born overseas. Most of the rest are children of immigrants from Muslim countries.

Add the following: some 150 Australian Muslims have enlisted with barbaric terrorist groups of the Middle East, ­notably Islamic State.

Another 100 Australians thought likely to join them have had their passports confiscated, and some 200 have been pulled off planes.

Meanwhile ASIO is investigating 400 other cases involving Islamist threats.

This is an astonishing harvest of danger from a Muslim community here of fewer than 500,000 people.

Compare: we have more than 400,000 Buddhists, yet not one Buddhist has been convicted here of terrorism ­offences or shot a hostage in a Sydney cafe in the name of their faith.

There is undeniably something different about Islam, or at least the way many interpret it.

New Zealand needs to halt Islamic immigration, and possibly seek to reverse it.

So who is to blame for this problem in Australia? Bolt blames liberal elites.

[W]ith the dangers now so obvious, it’s time to call out those who so blindly exposed us to them.

There is Malcolm Fraser, the Liberal prime minister who ignored official warnings in 1976 that many refugees he was taking in from the Lebanese civil war were unskilled, illiterate and ‚Äúof questionable character‚Äô‚Äô, meaning ‚Äė‚Äôthe conflicts, tensions and divisions within Lebanon will be transferred to Australia‚Äô‚Äô. Too true.

There‚Äôs Paul Keating, who, before becoming another high-immigration prime minister, overturned the Hawke government‚Äôs decision to deny permanent residency to Grand Mufti Taj Din al-Hilali, a hate preacher who went on to call the September 11 terror attacks¬†‚ÄúGod‚Äôs work against oppressors‚ÄĚ.

There’s Kevin Rudd, who as prime minister scrapped our tough border laws, opening the doors to 50,000 illegal boat people.

There is Rudd again, who, when warned by Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey that among the many peaceful boat people could be a terrorist or two, damned Tuckey to media applause for ‚Äúdivisive and disgusting remarks‚ÄĚ.

There‚Äôs current Labor leader Bill Shorten, who still opposes the Abbott Government‚Äôs successful border policies and last year suggested we repeat Fraser‚Äôs mistake in response to wars in Iraq and Syria: ‚ÄúPerhaps it‚Äôs time to discuss do we take more refugees from these countries.‚ÄĚ

And there‚Äôs even Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yes, Abbott has stopped the boats, but even he still pandered to radical Muslim ‚Äúrepresentatives‚ÄĚ he should have shunned, for instance consulting the Islamic Friendship Association‚Äôs Keysar Trad, described by the NSW Supreme Court as a ‚Äúdangerous and disgraceful individual‚ÄĚ who ‚Äúincites people to commit acts of violence‚ÄĚ.

Even Abbott cops it. And then the media…

Disturbingly, much of the media has gone alone with this great denial.

SBS notoriously refused to screen video it shot just days before the September 11 ¬≠attacks which showed our Mufti Hilali praising suicide bombers as ‚Äúheroes‚ÄĚ.

And ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ lawyer and writer Julian Burnside this year claimed ‚Äúthe Islamophobia stirred up by Abbott and Bolt is a bigger threat to us than terrorism‚ÄĚ.

This denial most stop.

Our refugee intake must be stricter, taking fewer people from cultures likely to clash with our own.

And we must be slower to shut down debates with screams of ‚Äúracist‚ÄĚ.

If you fear racists, then fear the ugly fallout if police one day fail to stop an Anzac Day plot by people that more prudent politicians would have kept out.

Our politicians are pretty squeamish, they need to remember that they are there to represent us, not pander to offshore moaners.

 

– Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

 

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Why do New Zealand journalists want to have the nitty gritty on national security matters?

As the first New Zealand troops prepare to deploy to Iraq, the first pictures have emerged of them training to deal with what might go wrong there.

It’s such a dangerous mission that the New Zealand Defence Force is being deliberately vague, leaving reporters to rely on detailed information coming from the Australians.

But when it comes to vague – the governments of both countries have something in common. Neither their Defence Minister, nor our Prime Minister, can name of the leader of our number one enemy – the most wanted man in the world.

Pictures of New Zealand soldiers training with Australia for the Iraq mission were taken last week in Brisbane. Twenty-six New Zealand troops and 59 Australians left Brisbane airport for the Middle East this afternoon, Channel 7 reports.

Although the New Zealand Government won’t confirm that, they say it’s officially a secret.

“Some are going to be leaving relatively soon, but for security reasons the advice we’ve had from Defence is to not say exactly when,” says John Key.

It’s certainly not a secret in Australia – Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a press conference to announce today’s departure. The Australian Department of Defence has even released footage and interviews of our troops training.

New Zealand troops will be based at Camp Taji, 30 kilometres north of Baghdad, where troops will be at the base by May.

“It’s going to be staged, we’re sending people over at a series of times,” says Mr Key.

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Tony Abbott axes child payments and subsidies if you don’t get your kids vaccinated

Tony Abbott yesterday told Australians that if they don’t get their kids vaccinated then they will no longer be able to access child support payments.

AS a father, I want parents to have the confidence they can take their children to childcare without the fear their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious ­objections of others.

While vaccination rates in Australia have increased since the Childhood Immunisation Register was established by the Howard government in 1996, vaccine objection rates for children under the age of seven have also increased steadily, especially under the conscientious objector category.

More than 39,000 children aged under seven are not vaccinated because their parents are vaccine objectors. This is an increase of more than 24,000 children over 10 years.

The Sunday Telegraph and its readers are also concerned. The Sunday Telegraph has run an important community health awareness campaign, No Jab, No Play.

Today I am pleased to announce the government will be introducing a new ‚Äúno jab, no play and no pay‚ÄĚ policy for childcare support.

From January 1, 2016, ‚Äúconscientious objection‚ÄĚ will be removed as an exemption category for childcare payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate) and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement.

Immunisation requirements for the payment of FTB Part A end-of-year supplement will also be extended to ­include children of all ages.

Existing exemptions on medical or religious grounds will continue, however a religious objection will only be available where the person is affiliated with a religious group where the governing body has a formally registered objection approved.

This means vaccine objectors will not be able to access these government payments. The new policy will tighten up the rules and reinforce the importance of immunisation and protecting public health, especially for children.

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How the Aussies see NZ

Miranda Devine writes about how New Zealand is growing and Australia is not.

AS if we needed proof that Australia is losing its mojo, our cocky little cousins across the ditch are rubbing our noses in their success.

The Kiwis are killing it.

The New Zealand dollar is set to hit parity with ours, for the first time in 30 years.

Its economy is growing 20 per cent faster. Its GDP per capita is rising while ours is falling.

Its competitiveness rankings have outstripped ours. Its unemployment rate is 5.7 per cent compared with our 6.3 per cent, and that’s with a higher participation rate.

The NZ budget is heading towards a surplus while ours spirals ­further into deficit.

She might have been a bit premature there on the surplus front.

But she credits Key and English…I guess that means when the surplus evaporates it is their fault too.

Sunny-natured and refreshingly normal, he presents a new model of reassuring, ­decisive centre-right political leadership tailor-made for the 24/7 media demand for ­authenticity.

He shows that canny leaders who are trusted can get away with just about anything.

For instance, Key increased the GST in NZ to 15 per cent without a blip to his popularity. He did it by reducing the top marginal rate of tax to 33 per cent ‚ÄĒ compared with Australia‚Äôs uncompetitive 49 per cent ‚ÄĒ and he and English discussed their ‚Äútax switch‚ÄĚ for 18 months beforehand.

Key’s style is not to spring unpleasant surprises after an election and exude competence by ensuring he is able to implement the policies he has promised.

He created a clear narrative for his government, to fix the fiscal mess of his Labor predecessors and put NZ back on the path to growth.

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A good keen bloke not afraid to call things as he sees them

Aussie politics is a thing of beauty, raw, unblemished and visceral.

Like¬†David Leyonhjelm,¬†the Liberal Democrats senator for NSW…who isn’t afraid to call things as he sees them and is unapologetic about his views.

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm says he can’t recall whether he once referred to former prime minister Julia Gillard as a “mangy dog” but says he “doesn’t give a f—” about it either way.

Senator Leyonhjelm posted the comments in 2011, before his election to Parliament, on the blog site Catallaxy Files.

Another comment he posted in the same year on breast cancer awareness day included a crude joke saying “It’s not enough to perve” and advocating groping a woman’s breasts instead.

When contacted by Fairfax Media to confirm if he authored the comments, Senator Leyonhjelm confirmed he published the breast awareness joke but could not recall if he had called Ms Gillard a “mangy dog”.

But the Liberal Democrats senator for NSW said critics should “get real” and that it was “absolute crap” to expect politicians not to say things an ordinary voter wouldn’t say.

“I don’t remember [writing] it but I don’t give a f— if I did,” he said.

“Get real, Australians are rude about their elected politicians,” he said.

“Calling Gillard a mangy dog is mild and absolutely nothing compared to what others have said about her and what people say about Tony Abbott,” Senator Leyonhjelm said. ¬† Read more »

Better to have Aussies than Muzzies

Apparently the Aussies are coming.

Far better to have a huge influx of Aussie immigration I think than from some other parts of the world.

Australians are admitting that New Zealand is now the place to be as its residents cross the Tasman to find a home here.

The increase in Australians shifting to New Zealand permanently, as well as a rise in expat Kiwis returning home, is reversing the one-way tide of migration of the past 20 years.

And according to a report in the Weekend Australian Magazine, New Zealand’s growing economy and superior work-life culture are attracting thousands of Australians put off by their own unstable Government and falling economic fortunes.

“What has happened is that somewhere, somehow, perhaps in the dead of night when no one was looking, Australia and New Zealand have swapped sides,” the magazine said.

“Cocky, confident Australia is now home to dysfunctional politics, yawning budget deficits, rising unemployment and an electorate unwilling to accept tough reforms.”

Australian winemaker Anna Flowerday moved to Marlborough in 2003 with her husband, Jason, because of the more “vibrant” viticulture industry. “It’s definitely home now,” the mother of four told theHerald. “I love the culture of the place, I love that it’s a safe little place at the end of the world … where your kids can still walk to school and you can go down the street and you don’t have to lock your house.

“It’s all that kind of stuff. The ship’s on a pretty good course whether you’re family-oriented or business-oriented, and both of those are a consideration for us.”

The net loss of 2900 people to Australia in the year to January was well down from net losses of 17,100 in the January 2014 year and 37,900 in the January 2013 year.

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Abbott’s on a blinder

Tony Abbott has got really, really lucky

First he gets to bash refugees and human rights wankers:

Australians are “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said after a report found Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers breaches an international anti-torture convention.

Mr Abbott’s criticism of the UN follows his attack last month of Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, in which he called the report she commissioned on children in detention a “political stitch-up”.

The United Nations report, by the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, finds Australia is violating the rights of asylum seekers on multiple fronts under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez found the detention of children, escalating violence in offshore processing centres, and the detention and proposed deportation of two groups of Sri Lankan and Tamil asylum seekers were in breach of Australia’s international obligations.

The report, which will be tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, has been rejected outright by the government.

In extraordinary comments on Monday afternoon, Mr Abbott attacked the UN and said its representatives would “have a lot more credibility if they were to give some credit to the Australian government” for stopping boat arrivals.

“I really think Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations, particularly, particularly given that we have stopped the boats, and by stopping the boats, we have ended the deaths at sea,” Mr Abbott said.

“The most humanitarian, the most decent, the most compassionate thing you can do is stop these boats because hundreds, we think about 1200 in fact, drowned at sea during the flourishing of the people smuggling trade under the former government.”

Mr Abbott said the best thing the government could do to “uphold the universal decencies of mankind” was to stop boat arrivals.

“And that’s exactly what we’ve done,” he said.

“I think the UN’s representatives would have a lot more credibility if they were to give some credit to the Australian government for what we’ve been able to achieve in this area.”

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