Brisbane

Another criminal Labour can cuddle [UPDATED]

Labour and Kelvin Davis are big on cuddling criminals. They’ve stuck up for the rights of rapists, murderers, violent thugs and other riff-raff the Aussies no longer want living in Australia.

Here are two more scumbags for Kelvin Davis to fly over and support.

THE devastated father of ‘coward punch’ victim Cole Miller has told how his “beautiful, brave” son struggled for life before dying in hospital earlier today.

The talented water polo player, of Highgate Hill, was out in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley about 3.30am on Sunday when he was allegedly punched to the ground in the Chinatown Mall in what police say was a random attack.

Steven Miller told reporters his son suffered “massive brain trauma” and was surrounded by loved ones when life support was switched off.

“He struggled bravely in the intensive care unit of Royal Brisbane Hospital and our family and many close friends have been by his side since the incident.”

“Cole was a beautiful, brave young man with his whole life yet to be lived. The whole Miller family would like to thank his school friends from Brisbane State High and the water polo community, and the many, many others who have sent messages of love and hope.”

Two men aged 21, who were charged with one count of grievous bodily harm, appeared in court this morning and were remanded in custody.

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How much for 350m of new runway?

Wellington Airport wants to extend their runway by 350m…and they want the ratepayers or government to pay despite being a privately owned business.

They are coming up with all sorts of fantastical ideas and numbers to justify it all too.

The cost of flying long-haul in and out of Wellington could drop by up to 30 per cent, while the Government’s coffers could swell by $2 billion if the city’s airport presses ahead with plans to extend its runway.

But doing so will have consequences for Wellingtonians living and playing nearby, who may have to endure construction between midnight and 6am, and an expected reduction in rideable waves at Lyall Bay.

More than 20 reports to be published on Wednesday outline Wellington Airport’s case for spending $300 million to add 354 metres of tarmac to the runway’s southern end by way of reclamation.

Everything from the potential impact on airfares and the economy to the longer runway’s effect on air quality, noise levels and marine ecology has been put under the microscope.

Extending the runway would enable wide-bodied jets such as Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s to fly into the capital, opening up the potential for direct links to Asia and North America.

The reports forecast a daily long-haul service in 2021 growing to four flights a day by 2035.

Independent economic researchers Sapere calculated the net benefit to the country at just over $2b, meaning that, for every $1 spent on lengthening the runway, about $7 of economic benefit would be added.

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AUS v NZ / First Test / Day 4

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AUS v NZ / First Test / Day 1

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Readers have asked to have a place to “meet” and discuss the best game of all – Cricket.   The game starts at 1 pm (our time), and takes place in Brisbane.   Australia are current favourites at the TAB at $1.65, and NZ could be a go for a lazy tenner at $4.00.

Emirates A380 – Auckland-Brisbane-Dubai

As you will all know Dad and I are on our way to Gallipoli.

We decided to fly Emirates and stop off in Dubai for a week to see my brother and his family. The last time he was in NZ was for Mum’s funeral and Dad’s ONZM investiture.

We arrived at Auckland airport and were pleasantly surprised to find we had been upgraded to Business Class the whole way. We didn’t even realise we’d been upgraded until the check-in staff handed over the boarding passes and directed us to the lounge.

I had previously flown on an A380 from Singapore to Dubai but was in economy class.

I’ve flown a fair bit in my professional life before blogging and was astonished with the Emirates A380 economy class accommodations.

Business class is another level again and having experienced long haul Business Class with airlines like Air New Zealand, Qantas and Singapore Airlines, Emirates Business Class surpasses all of them.

Dad, who has travelled far more extensively than me, says that Emirates Business Class is right up there with the very best.

Let’s start though with the lounges…Auckland’s lounge is way better than Air New Zealand’s. The elegance and design are very exclusive. We had a feed in the lounge, me because I had missed lunch. The food was excellent.    Read more »

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Did #illridewithyou turn into #iliedtoyou?

It seems that the media and the lefty luvvies who were dead kent to hug a muslim had been sold a pup with the so-called #illridewithyou rubbish.

I had a discussion with someone on Thursday about this, and I was suspicious of the whole Twitter meme…likening it to #kony2012.

Slacktivism at its worst.

It seems I was right, with the woman credited with the originating story that lead to the creation of the hashtag  now confessing to lying about her encounter.

GAPS have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.

University lecturer [and former Greens candidate] Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.

According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”

The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.

But did a “conversation” actually occur?

It seems not. The Brisbane Times reports a different story:

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

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Face of the day

Pippa Doyle

Pippa Doyle

One of New Zealand’s most secretive military organisations has opened its high-security doors for a 93-year-old woman.

Tonight, it was a meeting of war heroes when New Zealand’s Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata kissed 93-year-old Pippa Doyle, one of the great if unknown secret agents of World War II.

Apiata was in the audience as Pippa – otherwise known as Phyllis Latour Doyle – received France’s highest decoration: the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, the Legion of Honour (knight class).

 DAVID WHITE/Fairfax NZ TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.


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TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.

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Photo Of The Day

U. S. Navy photo, Oct. 24, 2003. The Russian Federation Navy Udaloy Class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov is believed to be heading towards Australia as part of a Russian convoy.

U. S. Navy photo, Oct. 24, 2003.
The Russian Federation Navy Udaloy Class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov is believed to be heading towards Australia as part of a Russian convoy.

Russians Warships Headed for Australia

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