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John Howard has launched a scathing election attack on Labor leader Anthony Albanese

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John Howard has launched a scathing election attack on Labor leader Anthony Albanese, saying “nobody has gone to an election so policy-light as this bloke.” Read the full interview here: https://bit.ly/39M90Xd
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John Howard has launched a scathing election attack on Labor leader Anthony Albanese, saying “nobody has gone to an election so policy-light as this bloke.” Read the full interview here: https://bit.ly/39M90Xd
 
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University of Adelaide Australian Government Scholarship 2022. 
 
Details Here: https://bit.ly/3LQwoRh 
 
Benefits: 
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University of Adelaide Australian Government Scholarship 2022. 
 
Details Here: https://bit.ly/3LQwoRh 
 
Benefits: 
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[2] Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) World care policy 
[2] Relocation and publication expenses. 
 
Deadline : 5 June 2022.
 
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Scientists have glued themselves to Santos HQ in Adelaide.

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Scientists have glued themselves to Santos HQ in Adelaide. They're also glued to Flinders street blocking traffic in front of Santos. They're demanding an immediate halt to all new oil and gas exploration, mining and production. It's time to listen to the experts!
 

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Scientists have glued themselves to Santos HQ in Adelaide. They're also glued to Flinders street blocking traffic in front of Santos. They're demanding an immediate halt to all new oil and gas exploration, mining and production. It's time to listen to the experts!
 

 
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About 1000 people supporting pro-life choices and anti-abortion policies marched through Brisbane on Saturday

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Senator Amanda Stoker, the federal government’s assistant minister for women, promoted her stand against abortions to around 1000 people at a pro-life rally in Brisbane on Saturday.
 
Senator Amanda Stoker, the federal government’s assistant minister for women, promoted her stand against abortions to around 1000 people at a pro-life rally in Brisbane on Saturday.

“It really does baffle me why there are some people who have questioned whether it is appropriate for a person like me to serve as assistant minister for women because I am pro-life,” Stoker said. “They suggest there is some sort of conflict between those two roles.

 
“But in my mind, there is absolutely no conflict possible between supporting women and supporting the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Stoker said it was clear that some women faced conflicts in their pregnancies and were forced to terminate them.

“But we should be providing care and support for those women, so they know that terminating their pregnancy is not their only option,” she said.

Stoker was one of three Queensland senators to speak at the now annual pro-life rally in Brisbane: fellow LNP senator Matt Canavan and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts also spoke. Retiring Dawson MP George Christensen was invited by Cherish Life Queensland.
 
Police said about 1000 people crowded into Speakers’ Corner outside Parliament House in George Street before marching around the inner city.

Cherish Life Queensland claims to be non-political, but people at the rally were encouraged to place Labor and The Greens last when they vote at the May 21 federal elections.

In an outspoken address, Stoker described as “madness” the skilled training given to doctors – “so they might heal” – for them to subsequently end pregnancies in hospitals.

“It is just wrong that our society seems to be more ready to condemn cruelty against a dog or a cat than it is a human child, even one that is old enough to be capable of life outside the womb.”

National Party senator Canavan, who is a member of Cherish Life Queensland, told reporters last week the federal government’s net zero carbon emission policy was “dead”, only to be severely rebuked by senior Nationals and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Canavan said Christians “rose up” at the 2019 federal election against moves by former ALP leader Bill Shorten.

“He would have been prime minister if it wasn’t for a lot of us [Christians],” he said.

“Christians and other faith members got up and voted against the Labor Party in droves. Now the Labor Party is a little bit wary of Christians. They are a little bit scared of us.”

Canavan said he would introduce a private member’s bill to prohibit the Medicare rebate for abortions where a person decides to end a pregnancy after learning the gender of the unborn child is not what they wished.
 
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Senator Amanda Stoker, the federal government’s assistant minister for women, promoted her stand against abortions to around 1000 people at a pro-life rally in Brisbane on Saturday.
 
Senator Amanda Stoker, the federal government’s assistant minister for women, promoted her stand against abortions to around 1000 people at a pro-life rally in Brisbane on Saturday.

“It really does baffle me why there are some people who have questioned whether it is appropriate for a person like me to serve as assistant minister for women because I am pro-life,” Stoker said. “They suggest there is some sort of conflict between those two roles.

 
“But in my mind, there is absolutely no conflict possible between supporting women and supporting the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Stoker said it was clear that some women faced conflicts in their pregnancies and were forced to terminate them.

“But we should be providing care and support for those women, so they know that terminating their pregnancy is not their only option,” she said.

Stoker was one of three Queensland senators to speak at the now annual pro-life rally in Brisbane: fellow LNP senator Matt Canavan and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts also spoke. Retiring Dawson MP George Christensen was invited by Cherish Life Queensland.
 
Police said about 1000 people crowded into Speakers’ Corner outside Parliament House in George Street before marching around the inner city.

Cherish Life Queensland claims to be non-political, but people at the rally were encouraged to place Labor and The Greens last when they vote at the May 21 federal elections.

In an outspoken address, Stoker described as “madness” the skilled training given to doctors – “so they might heal” – for them to subsequently end pregnancies in hospitals.

“It is just wrong that our society seems to be more ready to condemn cruelty against a dog or a cat than it is a human child, even one that is old enough to be capable of life outside the womb.”

National Party senator Canavan, who is a member of Cherish Life Queensland, told reporters last week the federal government’s net zero carbon emission policy was “dead”, only to be severely rebuked by senior Nationals and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Canavan said Christians “rose up” at the 2019 federal election against moves by former ALP leader Bill Shorten.

“He would have been prime minister if it wasn’t for a lot of us [Christians],” he said.

“Christians and other faith members got up and voted against the Labor Party in droves. Now the Labor Party is a little bit wary of Christians. They are a little bit scared of us.”

Canavan said he would introduce a private member’s bill to prohibit the Medicare rebate for abortions where a person decides to end a pregnancy after learning the gender of the unborn child is not what they wished.
 
 
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Qld senate candidate Drew Pavlou’s China protest draws furious crowd

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A political activist and Queensland senate hopeful has snapped back after sparking fury at a Sydney protest where he held a sign that said ‘F**k Xi Jinping’.

Taking to a busy shopping strip in the northwest suburb of Eastwood – which has one of Sydney’s highest Chinese populations – the 20-year-old sparked an angry reaction from bystanders who called him a “motherf**ker” and “son of a b**ch”. Pavlou claims there was also an attempt to smash his photographer’s camera. They have since made a statement to the police in regards to the “assault”.

Speaking with 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Monday morning, Drew Pavlou defended his actions and said he was “intimidated” by bystanders and labelled them as “fascists”.

“How many times do you see signs at the climate rallies (that say f*** Sco Mo)?” said the senate candidate.

“No one gets attacked when they put up a sign like that, no one gets charged by police.”

BREAKING: I held up a sign saying “Fuck Xi Jinping” while campaigning in the seat of Bennelong in Sydney with our candidate @KyinzomDhongdue and Chinese ultra-nationalists assaulted me and an independent filmmaker. We are at the police station making statement on assault now pic.twitter.com/G4poznR0gg

— Drew Pavlou For Senate (@DrewPavlou) April 30, 2022

Pavlou said that the Chinese pro-democracy students protesting with him were also called “race traitors” and hit with racial slurs like “rotten banana”. He also claims one of the bystanders said “F*** Australians”.

“I was basically intimidated. These guys got up in my face,” he said.

“These guys were fascists basically.”

Despite this, he admits that he’d slightly change his tactics, if he were to protest again.

“I wouldn’t have put a swear word on the sign if I had my time back,” he added.

More footage of violent Chinese ultra-nationalists assaulting me and an independent protest journalist because I held up a sign saying “Fuck Xi Jinping” in the middle of Sydney while campaigning with my party for the Australian elections. @Chriscoveries attacked from behind pic.twitter.com/UUh7bc8oW7

— Drew Pavlou For Senate (@DrewPavlou) April 30, 2022

A NSW Police spokesperson told news.com.au an investigation has commenced.

“Officers from Ryde Police Area Command have commenced an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred during political protest activity at Eastwood Plaza, about 5.15pm on Saturday.”

The spokesperson said there were no reports of any serious injuries and no charges have been laid.

“As inquiries continue, anyone who have witnessed, or has mobile phone footage, of the incident is urged to contact Ryde Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

Stunned stallholders and shoppers quickly fired up at Pavlou when he displayed the sign.

“F** you, motherf***er,’ one furiously yelled at him repeatedly. ‘It’s free speech!’

The activist described the situation as “chaotic” in a post to Instagram with the footage also showing a man rip the sign from Pavlou’s hand and stomp on it.

“America has genocide, not Xi Jinping,”

another person screamed, while others accused Pavlou of being a coward and told him to “f**k off”.

He told the crowd: “We are against the dictatorship. We believe in democracy. Free Hong Kong. Free Taiwan.”
 
 

 
 

 
Drew Pavlou said his photographer was assaulted. Picture: Facebook
 
 

 

 
A man snatched the sign out of his hand. Picture: Facebook
 
In video, Pavlou added his protest was non violent and “peaceful”, putting his hands behind his back and inviting people to come and hit him.

As the situation threatened to spiral out of control, police were called in.

Later, Pavlou spoke about the incident on Facebook, claiming he was physically assaulted, and said this would never happen if he criticised Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in the same way.

“My point is a simple one – I should be able to insult a dictator like Xi Jinping in my own country without being physically assaulted and attacked. Australia is a democracy and we should be free to insult any leader no matter how coarsely – this is a simple principle of free speech,” he said.

“No way would I have been surrounded by 50 people and physically assaulted if I held up a sign saying “F**k Scott Morrison” in Sydney. Why should Chinese ultra-nationalists get a free pass to assault people in Australia if someone insults Xi Jinping?
 
The Brisbane man was in Sydney to lend his support Kyinzom Dhongdue, the Tibetan-heritage Democratic Alliance candidate who is running for the seat of Bennelong in the federal election.

“I was with Taiwanese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Chinese campaigners when I held up a sign criticising a dictator in the middle of Sydney, as anyone in Australia should be able to do. It is not racist to criticise Xi Jinping,” Pavlou later added.

In October last year, the human rights activist well-known for his vociferous criticism of the Chinese Communist Party debuted his parliamentary team of Chinese-persecuted candidates for his political party Democratic Alliance.
 
The University of Queensland student was suspended from the institution after he held rallies against human rights abuses in China – one of which ended in violence – with claims he had breached the uni’s code of conduct.
 
Despite ongoing tensions between the university and Pavlou, he returned to later returned to his politics degree.
 
At one stage, he was in the process of suing the university for $3.5 million. view all
A political activist and Queensland senate hopeful has snapped back after sparking fury at a Sydney protest where he held a sign that said ‘F**k Xi Jinping’.

Taking to a busy shopping strip in the northwest suburb of Eastwood – which has one of Sydney’s highest Chinese populations – the 20-year-old sparked an angry reaction from bystanders who called him a “motherf**ker” and “son of a b**ch”. Pavlou claims there was also an attempt to smash his photographer’s camera. They have since made a statement to the police in regards to the “assault”.

Speaking with 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Monday morning, Drew Pavlou defended his actions and said he was “intimidated” by bystanders and labelled them as “fascists”.

“How many times do you see signs at the climate rallies (that say f*** Sco Mo)?” said the senate candidate.

“No one gets attacked when they put up a sign like that, no one gets charged by police.”

BREAKING: I held up a sign saying “Fuck Xi Jinping” while campaigning in the seat of Bennelong in Sydney with our candidate @KyinzomDhongdue and Chinese ultra-nationalists assaulted me and an independent filmmaker. We are at the police station making statement on assault now pic.twitter.com/G4poznR0gg

— Drew Pavlou For Senate (@DrewPavlou) April 30, 2022

Pavlou said that the Chinese pro-democracy students protesting with him were also called “race traitors” and hit with racial slurs like “rotten banana”. He also claims one of the bystanders said “F*** Australians”.

“I was basically intimidated. These guys got up in my face,” he said.

“These guys were fascists basically.”

Despite this, he admits that he’d slightly change his tactics, if he were to protest again.

“I wouldn’t have put a swear word on the sign if I had my time back,” he added.

More footage of violent Chinese ultra-nationalists assaulting me and an independent protest journalist because I held up a sign saying “Fuck Xi Jinping” in the middle of Sydney while campaigning with my party for the Australian elections. @Chriscoveries attacked from behind pic.twitter.com/UUh7bc8oW7

— Drew Pavlou For Senate (@DrewPavlou) April 30, 2022

A NSW Police spokesperson told news.com.au an investigation has commenced.

“Officers from Ryde Police Area Command have commenced an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred during political protest activity at Eastwood Plaza, about 5.15pm on Saturday.”

The spokesperson said there were no reports of any serious injuries and no charges have been laid.

“As inquiries continue, anyone who have witnessed, or has mobile phone footage, of the incident is urged to contact Ryde Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

Stunned stallholders and shoppers quickly fired up at Pavlou when he displayed the sign.

“F** you, motherf***er,’ one furiously yelled at him repeatedly. ‘It’s free speech!’

The activist described the situation as “chaotic” in a post to Instagram with the footage also showing a man rip the sign from Pavlou’s hand and stomp on it.

“America has genocide, not Xi Jinping,”

another person screamed, while others accused Pavlou of being a coward and told him to “f**k off”.

He told the crowd: “We are against the dictatorship. We believe in democracy. Free Hong Kong. Free Taiwan.”
 
 


 
 

 
Drew Pavlou said his photographer was assaulted. Picture: Facebook
 
 

 

 
A man snatched the sign out of his hand. Picture: Facebook
 
In video, Pavlou added his protest was non violent and “peaceful”, putting his hands behind his back and inviting people to come and hit him.

As the situation threatened to spiral out of control, police were called in.

Later, Pavlou spoke about the incident on Facebook, claiming he was physically assaulted, and said this would never happen if he criticised Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in the same way.

“My point is a simple one – I should be able to insult a dictator like Xi Jinping in my own country without being physically assaulted and attacked. Australia is a democracy and we should be free to insult any leader no matter how coarsely – this is a simple principle of free speech,” he said.

“No way would I have been surrounded by 50 people and physically assaulted if I held up a sign saying “F**k Scott Morrison” in Sydney. Why should Chinese ultra-nationalists get a free pass to assault people in Australia if someone insults Xi Jinping?
 
The Brisbane man was in Sydney to lend his support Kyinzom Dhongdue, the Tibetan-heritage Democratic Alliance candidate who is running for the seat of Bennelong in the federal election.

“I was with Taiwanese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Chinese campaigners when I held up a sign criticising a dictator in the middle of Sydney, as anyone in Australia should be able to do. It is not racist to criticise Xi Jinping,” Pavlou later added.

In October last year, the human rights activist well-known for his vociferous criticism of the Chinese Communist Party debuted his parliamentary team of Chinese-persecuted candidates for his political party Democratic Alliance.
 
The University of Queensland student was suspended from the institution after he held rallies against human rights abuses in China – one of which ended in violence – with claims he had breached the uni’s code of conduct.
 
Despite ongoing tensions between the university and Pavlou, he returned to later returned to his politics degree.
 
At one stage, he was in the process of suing the university for $3.5 million.
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9 COUNTRIES TO WATCH ON THE 2021 CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX, AUSTRALIA INSIDE

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That Australia could now be listed as a problem country in the global corruption perceptions index of Transparency International is appalling. Successive Australian federal govts, Labor and Liberal, ran clean governments.That has now changed under Morrison
 
1. AUSTRALIA

Australia (CPI score: 73) is one of the world’s most significant decliners, having dropped 12 points since 2012 to hit a record low this year. Its deteriorating score indicates systemic failings in tackling public sector corruption. Despite public calls and previous promises, last year Australia missed a landmark opportunity to establish a national anti-corruption agency with broad powers to investigate corruption.

And like many other top-scoring countries on the CPI, Australia needs to do much more to end its complicity in transnational corruption, which is not measured by the Index.

The Pandora Papers investigations in 2021 showed that, thanks to persistent opacity in real estate ownership, Australia’s property market is an easy target for corrupt individuals from abroad.

Enforcement remains weak against companies paying bribes to secure contracts abroad. This shortcoming creates major corruption risks in other Pacific countries too. Many businesses working in the Pacific, particularly in the extractives sector, are registered in Australia – a sector which most people surveyed by the 2021 Global Corruption Barometer believe is tainted with corruption.

As Australia heads into a federal election, anti-corruption commitments – and a firm resolution to follow through on them – will matter more than ever. The establishment of a strong anti-corruption commission, which is long overdue, should be a top priority.

 


2. AUSTRIA

With a score of 74, Austria is at risk of losing ground at the top of the Index. After some years of progress, the country’s slow decline – while not yet statistically significant – sends a warning signal to established democracies about the dangers of neglecting anti-corruption efforts.
 
The government has delayed implementing the national anti-corruption strategy under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, while politicians have attacked the judiciary and investigative authorities.

In 2021, now-former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz became the target of two inquiries. In May, anti-corruption prosecutors started to investigate whether Kurz lied about a 2019 Ibiza corruption case when testifying to a parliamentary commission. In October, a separate corruption investigation was opened to examine allegations that he misused public funds during his time as foreign minister in 2016.

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption has also noted Austria’s lack of anti-corruption efforts and recently found that government had satisfactorily dealt with only two of its 17 recommendations made in 2017. As investigations continue into Kurz and his allies, the new chancellor must rebuild trust in the government and drive forward the country’s neglected anti-corruption strategy.

3. EL SALVADOR

In 2022, El Salvador (34) could establish itself as a dictatorship if authorities there continue to undermine democracy, harass critics and restrict civil and political rights.

The country has increasingly restricted access to information and shown a severe lack of transparency in the spending of public funds. Senior government officials are alleged to have engaged in multi-million dollar corruption schemes in their management of the COVID-19 crisis and as part of local elections.
 
Last year, several officials from both the current and previous governments were included in the so-called Engel List released by the United States government over accusations of corruption and assaults on democracy in El Salvador.

There is also concern over steps taken by the government to weaken the independence of justice institutions and close down civic space. In 2021, the newly elected Legislative Assembly dismissed and replaced all five judges of the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber and the Attorney General without due process, while publicly attacking and promoting laws that threaten civil society organisations, human rights defenders, and independent media.

4. KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan (37) was rocked by civil unrest at the start of 2022. What started as a protest over a spike in fuel price quickly turned into countrywide demonstrations over corruption and inequality. The wealth that the country’s political elite allegedly amassed through corruption was a particular concern during protests.
 
In 2021, the Pandora Papers investigation included reports that a woman with close ties to former president Nursultan Nazarbayev received a suspicious payment of US$30 million from shell companies that journalists have linked to two Kazakh oligarchs. Prior to that, a 2019 investigation uncovered offshore properties – reportedly worth US$785 million – that allegedly belong to Nazarbayev’s relatives. These disclosures were ignored by authorities, even as they pursued several other high-profile corruption cases. However, convicted senior officials have usually been pardoned or released early.

Reporting directly to the president, the Anti-Corruption Agency of Kazakhstan has focused on sectors like agriculture and healthcare. The largest industries – including oil and gas, finance and construction – remain beyond its attention, as guided by the 2022-2026 draft anti-corruption policy.

The tragic 5 January events that ensued in Almaty underscore the dangers of ignoring corruption in priority areas, but Kazakhstan has an opportunity to turn the tide. So that policies and decisions benefit the common good – not just a privileged few – the way forward should also include meaningful opportunities for civil society participation.

5. LEBANON

In Lebanon (24), high levels of political corruption have caused multiple crises, including the disastrous explosion in the capital’s port in 2020. Even before this tragedy, continuous protests since October 2019 were calling for systemic reforms. In the wake of the Beirut blast, Lebanon sunk into economic collapse and political instability, going without a government for a 13-month period. Widespread protests by Lebanese citizens against political corruption and the economic meltdown were met with persecution and harsh suppression of basic rights by the authorities, even as politicians failed to address the unfolding crises. Unsurprisingly, Lebanon has declined on the CPI, dropping 6 points (from 30) since 2012.
 
Several laws passed in the last two years are nowhere near being enforced. Lebanon also has major deficiencies in public procurement processes and financial transparency. In June 2021, attempting to restore confidence in the government after the Beirut blast, the parliament adopted a new public procurement law. It has disturbing loopholes that allow important information, conflicts of interests and company owners to remain hidden, among other gaps such as not accounting for the role of civil society organisations.

Of all the offshore companies revealed in the Pandora Papers leaks, Lebanese politicians and businesspeople owned the greatest number of them – a whopping 346 companies. Although the leaks named several public and politically exposed figures, no investigation has been undertaken by the Lebanese authorities.


6. MOZAMBIQUE

Although not statistically significant, Mozambique (26) has dropped 5 points (from 31) on the CPI since 2012. The country is still grappling with the fallout of the “hidden debt” corruption scandal, exposed in 2016. In this scheme, senior officials in Mozambique reportedly conspired with bankers in Europe and business people based in the Middle East to arrange a US$2 billion loan to the country. These funds were then allegedly misappropriated, including through bribes and kickbacks.
 
The ensuing financial crisis has meant that the Mozambican state is unable to fulfil its obligations, including protecting the rights of people displaced by the Cabo Delgado conflict. Individuals accused of orchestrating the hidden debt scheme went on trial in late 2021.

The scandal and its aftermath exemplify the dangers of executive overreach and a lack of effective checks and balances – weak parliamentary oversight, in particular. The ongoing high-profile case offers hope, but also serves as an accountability test. What happens next should be closely watched.

7. RUSSIA

In Russia (29), the “foreign agent law” has made reporting on corruption even more dangerous. Authorities raided the homes and offices of journalists and activists investigating government corruption and declared them “foreign agents” subject to burdensome financial reporting and publishing constraints.
 
The Russian authorities sent another clear signal to critics when they jailed opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny upon his return from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning. At the same time, Navalny’s team released a bombshell investigation into a secret luxury estate on the Black Sea coast, allegedly owned by President Putin’s inner circle.

Authorities used the pandemic as a pretext to ban all mass gatherings and apply restrictions to so-called “single pickets”, or one-person protests. Corruption and abuse also disproportionally affects people already facing discrimination, such as LGBTQIA+ communities.

This dire situation was brought to worldwide attention when the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Dmitry Muratov, editor of the independent paper Novaya Gazeta, and Filipino investigative journalist Maria Ressa, "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." During Muratov's time at the Novaya Gazeta, six of its journalists have been murdered.

8. SENEGAL

From 2012 to 2016, Senegal’s performance on the CPI significantly improved (from 36 to 43). Advancements during this period include the creation of the Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption (OFNAC) and passage of the asset declaration law, among other reforms. But progress halted there, with Senegal’s 2021 score dropping 2 points compared to last year.
 
In 2020, a national anti-corruption strategy was adopted, but its prospects are unclear, as resourcing and implementation remain a challenge. In recent years, the work of anti-corruption institutions – such as OFNAC – has lacked rigour, and numerous denunciations by the public about mismanagement of public funds and natural resources have not been adequately investigated.

Patchy enforcement of anti-corruption legislation is also a major concern. Freedom House recently downgraded Senegal’s rating from “free” to “partly free”, citing politically motivated corruption prosecutions of opposition leaders.

In 2019, previously unknown details surfaced surrounding the 2012 sale of concession rights for two offshore oil blocks, implicating President Macky Sall and his brother Aliou Sall in possible foreign bribery. In response to public pressure, Aliou Sall resigned from public office, but rejected claims that he received secret payments. Eventually, an investigation into his role was dismissed. Last year, Transparency International filed complaints in six countries that have jurisdiction over the case.


9. SLOVENIA

With a score of 57, Slovenia has reached a historical low. Following the establishment of a relatively solid anti-corruption framework, the government has not enforced existing rules to uphold transparency and integrity in public procurement during the pandemic.
 
Simultaneously, there has been pressure on independent oversight bodies, threats to freedom of peaceful assembly and disproportionate limitations on the right to protest – recently intensified through a lawsuit against an organiser of anti-government protests. The Slovenian government has engaged in a smear campaign against the country’s public media outlets and restricted payments to the Slovenian Press Agency, bringing it to the brink of collapse. Most recently, the announcement of fundamental changes in the news and political programming of public broadcaster TV Slovenia has raised concerns among journalists and the public about political influence on management.

As Slovenia enters a super election year, clear anti-corruption commitments are needed from across the political spectrum. To prevent further losses on the CPI and to address public distrust in the government, Slovenia needs to embed citizen participation and consultation into all levels of decision-making, transpose the EU whistleblowing directive in line with civil society recommendations and international best practice, strengthen its independent ethics and oversight bodies and update its Resolution on the Prevention of Corruption. view all
That Australia could now be listed as a problem country in the global corruption perceptions index of Transparency International is appalling. Successive Australian federal govts, Labor and Liberal, ran clean governments.That has now changed under Morrison
 
1. AUSTRALIA

Australia (CPI score: 73) is one of the world’s most significant decliners, having dropped 12 points since 2012 to hit a record low this year. Its deteriorating score indicates systemic failings in tackling public sector corruption. Despite public calls and previous promises, last year Australia missed a landmark opportunity to establish a national anti-corruption agency with broad powers to investigate corruption.

And like many other top-scoring countries on the CPI, Australia needs to do much more to end its complicity in transnational corruption, which is not measured by the Index.

The Pandora Papers investigations in 2021 showed that, thanks to persistent opacity in real estate ownership, Australia’s property market is an easy target for corrupt individuals from abroad.

Enforcement remains weak against companies paying bribes to secure contracts abroad. This shortcoming creates major corruption risks in other Pacific countries too. Many businesses working in the Pacific, particularly in the extractives sector, are registered in Australia – a sector which most people surveyed by the 2021 Global Corruption Barometer believe is tainted with corruption.

As Australia heads into a federal election, anti-corruption commitments – and a firm resolution to follow through on them – will matter more than ever. The establishment of a strong anti-corruption commission, which is long overdue, should be a top priority.

 


2. AUSTRIA

With a score of 74, Austria is at risk of losing ground at the top of the Index. After some years of progress, the country’s slow decline – while not yet statistically significant – sends a warning signal to established democracies about the dangers of neglecting anti-corruption efforts.
 
The government has delayed implementing the national anti-corruption strategy under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, while politicians have attacked the judiciary and investigative authorities.

In 2021, now-former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz became the target of two inquiries. In May, anti-corruption prosecutors started to investigate whether Kurz lied about a 2019 Ibiza corruption case when testifying to a parliamentary commission. In October, a separate corruption investigation was opened to examine allegations that he misused public funds during his time as foreign minister in 2016.

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption has also noted Austria’s lack of anti-corruption efforts and recently found that government had satisfactorily dealt with only two of its 17 recommendations made in 2017. As investigations continue into Kurz and his allies, the new chancellor must rebuild trust in the government and drive forward the country’s neglected anti-corruption strategy.

3. EL SALVADOR

In 2022, El Salvador (34) could establish itself as a dictatorship if authorities there continue to undermine democracy, harass critics and restrict civil and political rights.

The country has increasingly restricted access to information and shown a severe lack of transparency in the spending of public funds. Senior government officials are alleged to have engaged in multi-million dollar corruption schemes in their management of the COVID-19 crisis and as part of local elections.
 
Last year, several officials from both the current and previous governments were included in the so-called Engel List released by the United States government over accusations of corruption and assaults on democracy in El Salvador.

There is also concern over steps taken by the government to weaken the independence of justice institutions and close down civic space. In 2021, the newly elected Legislative Assembly dismissed and replaced all five judges of the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber and the Attorney General without due process, while publicly attacking and promoting laws that threaten civil society organisations, human rights defenders, and independent media.

4. KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan (37) was rocked by civil unrest at the start of 2022. What started as a protest over a spike in fuel price quickly turned into countrywide demonstrations over corruption and inequality. The wealth that the country’s political elite allegedly amassed through corruption was a particular concern during protests.
 
In 2021, the Pandora Papers investigation included reports that a woman with close ties to former president Nursultan Nazarbayev received a suspicious payment of US$30 million from shell companies that journalists have linked to two Kazakh oligarchs. Prior to that, a 2019 investigation uncovered offshore properties – reportedly worth US$785 million – that allegedly belong to Nazarbayev’s relatives. These disclosures were ignored by authorities, even as they pursued several other high-profile corruption cases. However, convicted senior officials have usually been pardoned or released early.

Reporting directly to the president, the Anti-Corruption Agency of Kazakhstan has focused on sectors like agriculture and healthcare. The largest industries – including oil and gas, finance and construction – remain beyond its attention, as guided by the 2022-2026 draft anti-corruption policy.

The tragic 5 January events that ensued in Almaty underscore the dangers of ignoring corruption in priority areas, but Kazakhstan has an opportunity to turn the tide. So that policies and decisions benefit the common good – not just a privileged few – the way forward should also include meaningful opportunities for civil society participation.

5. LEBANON

In Lebanon (24), high levels of political corruption have caused multiple crises, including the disastrous explosion in the capital’s port in 2020. Even before this tragedy, continuous protests since October 2019 were calling for systemic reforms. In the wake of the Beirut blast, Lebanon sunk into economic collapse and political instability, going without a government for a 13-month period. Widespread protests by Lebanese citizens against political corruption and the economic meltdown were met with persecution and harsh suppression of basic rights by the authorities, even as politicians failed to address the unfolding crises. Unsurprisingly, Lebanon has declined on the CPI, dropping 6 points (from 30) since 2012.
 
Several laws passed in the last two years are nowhere near being enforced. Lebanon also has major deficiencies in public procurement processes and financial transparency. In June 2021, attempting to restore confidence in the government after the Beirut blast, the parliament adopted a new public procurement law. It has disturbing loopholes that allow important information, conflicts of interests and company owners to remain hidden, among other gaps such as not accounting for the role of civil society organisations.

Of all the offshore companies revealed in the Pandora Papers leaks, Lebanese politicians and businesspeople owned the greatest number of them – a whopping 346 companies. Although the leaks named several public and politically exposed figures, no investigation has been undertaken by the Lebanese authorities.


6. MOZAMBIQUE

Although not statistically significant, Mozambique (26) has dropped 5 points (from 31) on the CPI since 2012. The country is still grappling with the fallout of the “hidden debt” corruption scandal, exposed in 2016. In this scheme, senior officials in Mozambique reportedly conspired with bankers in Europe and business people based in the Middle East to arrange a US$2 billion loan to the country. These funds were then allegedly misappropriated, including through bribes and kickbacks.
 
The ensuing financial crisis has meant that the Mozambican state is unable to fulfil its obligations, including protecting the rights of people displaced by the Cabo Delgado conflict. Individuals accused of orchestrating the hidden debt scheme went on trial in late 2021.

The scandal and its aftermath exemplify the dangers of executive overreach and a lack of effective checks and balances – weak parliamentary oversight, in particular. The ongoing high-profile case offers hope, but also serves as an accountability test. What happens next should be closely watched.

7. RUSSIA

In Russia (29), the “foreign agent law” has made reporting on corruption even more dangerous. Authorities raided the homes and offices of journalists and activists investigating government corruption and declared them “foreign agents” subject to burdensome financial reporting and publishing constraints.
 
The Russian authorities sent another clear signal to critics when they jailed opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny upon his return from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning. At the same time, Navalny’s team released a bombshell investigation into a secret luxury estate on the Black Sea coast, allegedly owned by President Putin’s inner circle.

Authorities used the pandemic as a pretext to ban all mass gatherings and apply restrictions to so-called “single pickets”, or one-person protests. Corruption and abuse also disproportionally affects people already facing discrimination, such as LGBTQIA+ communities.

This dire situation was brought to worldwide attention when the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Dmitry Muratov, editor of the independent paper Novaya Gazeta, and Filipino investigative journalist Maria Ressa, "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." During Muratov's time at the Novaya Gazeta, six of its journalists have been murdered.

8. SENEGAL

From 2012 to 2016, Senegal’s performance on the CPI significantly improved (from 36 to 43). Advancements during this period include the creation of the Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption (OFNAC) and passage of the asset declaration law, among other reforms. But progress halted there, with Senegal’s 2021 score dropping 2 points compared to last year.
 
In 2020, a national anti-corruption strategy was adopted, but its prospects are unclear, as resourcing and implementation remain a challenge. In recent years, the work of anti-corruption institutions – such as OFNAC – has lacked rigour, and numerous denunciations by the public about mismanagement of public funds and natural resources have not been adequately investigated.

Patchy enforcement of anti-corruption legislation is also a major concern. Freedom House recently downgraded Senegal’s rating from “free” to “partly free”, citing politically motivated corruption prosecutions of opposition leaders.

In 2019, previously unknown details surfaced surrounding the 2012 sale of concession rights for two offshore oil blocks, implicating President Macky Sall and his brother Aliou Sall in possible foreign bribery. In response to public pressure, Aliou Sall resigned from public office, but rejected claims that he received secret payments. Eventually, an investigation into his role was dismissed. Last year, Transparency International filed complaints in six countries that have jurisdiction over the case.


9. SLOVENIA

With a score of 57, Slovenia has reached a historical low. Following the establishment of a relatively solid anti-corruption framework, the government has not enforced existing rules to uphold transparency and integrity in public procurement during the pandemic.
 
Simultaneously, there has been pressure on independent oversight bodies, threats to freedom of peaceful assembly and disproportionate limitations on the right to protest – recently intensified through a lawsuit against an organiser of anti-government protests. The Slovenian government has engaged in a smear campaign against the country’s public media outlets and restricted payments to the Slovenian Press Agency, bringing it to the brink of collapse. Most recently, the announcement of fundamental changes in the news and political programming of public broadcaster TV Slovenia has raised concerns among journalists and the public about political influence on management.

As Slovenia enters a super election year, clear anti-corruption commitments are needed from across the political spectrum. To prevent further losses on the CPI and to address public distrust in the government, Slovenia needs to embed citizen participation and consultation into all levels of decision-making, transpose the EU whistleblowing directive in line with civil society recommendations and international best practice, strengthen its independent ethics and oversight bodies and update its Resolution on the Prevention of Corruption.
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VICTORIAN TEACHERS RALLY AGAINST MANDATES MELBOURNE

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VICTORIAN TEACHERS RALLY AGAINST MANDATES 
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PARLIAMENT [email protected] 
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Parnell and Hobsonville cafe looking for FOD and CDP

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For the Hobsonville CDP , The key skills you must have are:
 
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You must be able to work under pressure in a high volume environment
A passion for food and flair in meal presentation
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Understanding of Health & Safety requirements within the kitchen
Organisational and time management skills
 
For the Parnell FOH,We have a full time permanent position available in our busy and vibrant café for a well presented, highly motivated and exceptionally customer service focused person to join our friendly team.

You must have the ability to multi task and be self motivated as at times you will be working independently. Previous cash handling experience and preferably barista experience would be an advantage however full training will be provided.


Full training will be given but you will need:
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- Be friendly and approachable
- Be well presented
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Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
 
If you interest on any of the position, please contact Nuri on 02108939417 or Email your Resume to [email protected]
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Parnell 中餐馆诚聘全职FOH 每周35小时以上,时薪高于最低工资Parnell Cafe 诚聘全职FOH ,Barista和厨师每周35小时以上,时薪高于最低工资
Hobsonville 诚聘全职厨师每周40小时以上,时薪高于最低工资
联系方式:02108939417 Nuri
 
For the Hobsonville CDP , The key skills you must have are:
 
Excellent communication and be able to work in a team environment
You must be able to work under pressure in a high volume environment
A passion for food and flair in meal presentation
Experience in all aspects of cookery
Understanding of Health & Safety requirements within the kitchen
Organisational and time management skills
 
For the Parnell FOH,We have a full time permanent position available in our busy and vibrant café for a well presented, highly motivated and exceptionally customer service focused person to join our friendly team.

You must have the ability to multi task and be self motivated as at times you will be working independently. Previous cash handling experience and preferably barista experience would be an advantage however full training will be provided.


Full training will be given but you will need:
- A welcoming smile
- Be friendly and approachable
- Be well presented
- And be willing to pitch in and give everything a go

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
 
If you interest on any of the position, please contact Nuri on 02108939417 or Email your Resume to [email protected]
 
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Luxury Student Accommodation Perth

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The closure of the Marsden Point oil refinery signals the end of New Zealand’s only oil refinery after sixty years.

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New Zealand needs to be energy independent. The closure of the Marsden Point oil refinery signals the end of New Zealand’s only oil refinery after sixty years. The refinery is capable of processing enough oil to meet a majority of domestic demand (MBIE). Instead, we will imp...
 

 

 
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New Zealand needs to be energy independent. The closure of the Marsden Point oil refinery signals the end of New Zealand’s only oil refinery after sixty years. The refinery is capable of processing enough oil to meet a majority of domestic demand (MBIE). Instead, we will imp...
 

 

 
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A logo helps your customers recognize your brand wherever on the web. But, if your social media has different pictures, it may arise a problem as people will confuse you with someone else. Therefore, you have to make sure that your logo not only represents your brand on a website but also in every possible aspect. Cube InfoWeb is the web design Dallas that offer the complete services of logo designing. We make alluring logos that comforts your customers and attracts new people. Therefore, you can easily trust these experts to create a logo for your brand and make it memorable.

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New Zealand High Court ENDS Jacinda Ardern’s Vaccine Mandate: “It’s a Gross Violation of Human Rights”

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was left reeling on Friday after a High Court ruled that her vaccine mandate represented a “gross violation of human rights” for New Zealanders.
 
Justice Francis Cooke ruled that ordering frontline police officers and Defence staff to be vaccinated or face losing their job was not a “reasonably justified” breach of the Bill of Rights.

Nzherald.co.nz reports: The lawyer for the police and Defence staff at the centre of the claim is now calling for the suspended workers to return to their jobs immediately, saying many have given decades of service to their community and are still committed to their jobs.

The challenge, put forward by a group of Defence force and police employees, questioned the legality of making an order under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act to require vaccination for frontline employees.

The challenge was supported by a group of 37 employees affected by the mandate, who submitted written affidavits to the court.

Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood, Deputy Police Commissioner Tania Kura and NZDF Chief People Officer Brigadier Matthew Weston filed affidavits defending the mandate.

As it stands, 164 of the overall police workforce of nearly 15,700 were affected by the mandate after choosing not to be vaccinated. For NZDF, the mandate affected 115 of its 15,500 staff.

The group relied on two aspects of the Bill of Rights – the right to decline a medical procedure and the right to religious freedom.

On the religious freedom argument, a number of those who made submissions referred to their fundamental objection to taking the Pfizer vaccine, given that it was tested on the cells that were derived from a human foetus.

Justice Cooke agreed with the claim, saying that “an obligation to receive the vaccine which a person objects to because it has been tested on cells derived from a human foetus, potentially an aborted foetus, does involve a limitation on the manifestation of a religious belief.”

However, Justice Cooke disagreed with the claimants’ broader claims that requiring vaccination is inconsistent with holding religious beliefs more generally.

“I do not accept that a belief in an individual’s bodily integrity and personal autonomy is a religious belief or practice. Rather it seems to me, in the circumstances of this case, to be a belief in the secular concept referred to in section 11 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.”

Justice Cooke also agreed with the claim that the mandate impinged on the right to decline a medical procedure.

The judge said that while it’s clear the government isn’t forcing Police and NZDF employees to get vaccinated against their will and they still have the right to refuse vaccination, the mandate presents an element of pressure.

“The associated pressure to surrender employment involves a limit on the right to retain that employment, which the above principles suggest can be thought of as an important right or interest recognised not only in domestic law, but in the international instruments,” Justice Cooke stated.

But in considering the two claims, Justice Cooke also considered whether or not the mandate fell within the definitions laid out in the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.

The court accepted that vaccination has a significant beneficial effect in limiting serious illness, hospitalisation, and death, including with the Omicron variant. However, it was less effective in reducing infection and transmission of Omicron than had been the case with other variants of Covid-19.

“In essence, the order mandating vaccinations for police and NZDF staff was imposed to ensure the continuity of the public services, and to promote public confidence in those services, rather than to stop the spread of Covid-19. Indeed health advice provided to the government was that further mandates were not required to restrict the spread of Covid-19. I am not satisfied that continuity of these services is materially advanced by the order,” the Judge said.

“Covid-19 clearly involves a threat to the continuity of police and NZDF services. That is because the Omicron variant in particular is so transmissible. But that threat exists for both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff. I am not satisfied that the order makes a material difference, including because of the expert evidence before the court on the effects of vaccination on Covid-19 including the Delta and Omicron variants.”

An additional claim that the mandate would disproportionately affect Māori was dismissed by Justice Cooke.
 
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was left reeling on Friday after a High Court ruled that her vaccine mandate represented a “gross violation of human rights” for New Zealanders.
 
Justice Francis Cooke ruled that ordering frontline police officers and Defence staff to be vaccinated or face losing their job was not a “reasonably justified” breach of the Bill of Rights.

Nzherald.co.nz reports: The lawyer for the police and Defence staff at the centre of the claim is now calling for the suspended workers to return to their jobs immediately, saying many have given decades of service to their community and are still committed to their jobs.

The challenge, put forward by a group of Defence force and police employees, questioned the legality of making an order under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act to require vaccination for frontline employees.

The challenge was supported by a group of 37 employees affected by the mandate, who submitted written affidavits to the court.

Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood, Deputy Police Commissioner Tania Kura and NZDF Chief People Officer Brigadier Matthew Weston filed affidavits defending the mandate.

As it stands, 164 of the overall police workforce of nearly 15,700 were affected by the mandate after choosing not to be vaccinated. For NZDF, the mandate affected 115 of its 15,500 staff.

The group relied on two aspects of the Bill of Rights – the right to decline a medical procedure and the right to religious freedom.

On the religious freedom argument, a number of those who made submissions referred to their fundamental objection to taking the Pfizer vaccine, given that it was tested on the cells that were derived from a human foetus.

Justice Cooke agreed with the claim, saying that “an obligation to receive the vaccine which a person objects to because it has been tested on cells derived from a human foetus, potentially an aborted foetus, does involve a limitation on the manifestation of a religious belief.”

However, Justice Cooke disagreed with the claimants’ broader claims that requiring vaccination is inconsistent with holding religious beliefs more generally.

“I do not accept that a belief in an individual’s bodily integrity and personal autonomy is a religious belief or practice. Rather it seems to me, in the circumstances of this case, to be a belief in the secular concept referred to in section 11 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.”

Justice Cooke also agreed with the claim that the mandate impinged on the right to decline a medical procedure.

The judge said that while it’s clear the government isn’t forcing Police and NZDF employees to get vaccinated against their will and they still have the right to refuse vaccination, the mandate presents an element of pressure.

“The associated pressure to surrender employment involves a limit on the right to retain that employment, which the above principles suggest can be thought of as an important right or interest recognised not only in domestic law, but in the international instruments,” Justice Cooke stated.

But in considering the two claims, Justice Cooke also considered whether or not the mandate fell within the definitions laid out in the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.

The court accepted that vaccination has a significant beneficial effect in limiting serious illness, hospitalisation, and death, including with the Omicron variant. However, it was less effective in reducing infection and transmission of Omicron than had been the case with other variants of Covid-19.

“In essence, the order mandating vaccinations for police and NZDF staff was imposed to ensure the continuity of the public services, and to promote public confidence in those services, rather than to stop the spread of Covid-19. Indeed health advice provided to the government was that further mandates were not required to restrict the spread of Covid-19. I am not satisfied that continuity of these services is materially advanced by the order,” the Judge said.

“Covid-19 clearly involves a threat to the continuity of police and NZDF services. That is because the Omicron variant in particular is so transmissible. But that threat exists for both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff. I am not satisfied that the order makes a material difference, including because of the expert evidence before the court on the effects of vaccination on Covid-19 including the Delta and Omicron variants.”

An additional claim that the mandate would disproportionately affect Māori was dismissed by Justice Cooke.
 
 
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New Zealand will send more than 50 soldiers to Europe to help distribute aid to Ukraine.

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New Zealand will send more than 50 soldiers to Europe to help distribute aid to Ukraine. A majority of them will help transport an enormous amount of military equipment being donated for the war effort. view all
New Zealand will send more than 50 soldiers to Europe to help distribute aid to Ukraine. A majority of them will help transport an enormous amount of military equipment being donated for the war effort.
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Young Uyghur-Australian to run for seat in Australia’s Parliament

Othersadelaidenow wrote the post • 0 comments • 47 views • 2022-04-11 18:36 • added this tag no more than 24h

A young Uyghur-Australian chiropractor is running for a seat in Australia’s Parliament in part to address China’s threats to the continent and to Uyghurs in Xinjiang and elsewhere in the world.

Intezar Elham, 28, told RFA that she decided in October 2021 to run in the country’s May 2022 election after she was invited to become a candidate by the newly formed Drew Pavlou Democratic Alliance, a small party that promotes human rights in China.

On her website, Elham says she is the first and youngest Uyghur-Australian Muslim to run for parliament.

Elham said she wanted to serve as a voice for Uyghurs in Australian politics. She attended a demonstration on March 30 in front of the Chinese consulate in Adelaide in southern Australia.

In a speech there, Elham noted that Australians are now waking up to the reality that Uyghurs have faced for decades. She also described her determination to run for office because of what she said is the ruling Liberal Party’s failure to be tough on China.

“But even if we don’t win — our goal is bigger than that,” she said at the gathering. “My goal is to shift the national conversation and debate on major issues like the threat the Chinese government poses to this country and the world.”

Elham spoke of her admiration for late Australian Sen. Kimberley Kitching, an Australian Labor Party MP, lawyer and trade unionist who died of a heart attack on March 10.

Kitching was “a staunch advocate for Uyghurs cause in Parliament and around the world, standing up to China having founded the Inter-Parliamentary Group on China and was the main politician pushing for an Australian Magnitsky Act,” Elham said, referring to an act passed by
Australian Parliament in December 2021 to create a legal framework for sanctions.

“Kimberley’s legacy is a world where countries like this one stand up for those who need us, and for that she has the thanks of Uyghurs here and around the world,” she said.

Elham, who goes by the nickname Inty, says on her website that she never saw herself entering politics.

“But because my grandparents fled the brutality of the authoritarian Chinese government, I cannot sit by and watch the Chinese Communist Party corrupt Australia and our democracy,” she said.

“We can see this influence for example, in the imposing Chinese consulate in Joslin built without consultation with the community and spying on us,” she said, referring to the consulate, which opened in March 2021 in an area containing a large number of Uyghurs and near a Uyghur language school. “We must stand up.”

Dilzat, a Uyghur intellectual who lives in Adelaide and supports Elham’s campaign, said Uyghurs around the world are pleased that the aspiring politician who was born and raised in Australia is fighting on behalf of Uyghurs in China.

“What she made public to the media and the world there at the demonstration in front of the consulate was her political platform, what she’s fighting against, who is standing behind her,” he said. “This event was a formal opening ceremony of sorts.” view all
A young Uyghur-Australian chiropractor is running for a seat in Australia’s Parliament in part to address China’s threats to the continent and to Uyghurs in Xinjiang and elsewhere in the world.

Intezar Elham, 28, told RFA that she decided in October 2021 to run in the country’s May 2022 election after she was invited to become a candidate by the newly formed Drew Pavlou Democratic Alliance, a small party that promotes human rights in China.

On her website, Elham says she is the first and youngest Uyghur-Australian Muslim to run for parliament.

Elham said she wanted to serve as a voice for Uyghurs in Australian politics. She attended a demonstration on March 30 in front of the Chinese consulate in Adelaide in southern Australia.

In a speech there, Elham noted that Australians are now waking up to the reality that Uyghurs have faced for decades. She also described her determination to run for office because of what she said is the ruling Liberal Party’s failure to be tough on China.

“But even if we don’t win — our goal is bigger than that,” she said at the gathering. “My goal is to shift the national conversation and debate on major issues like the threat the Chinese government poses to this country and the world.”

Elham spoke of her admiration for late Australian Sen. Kimberley Kitching, an Australian Labor Party MP, lawyer and trade unionist who died of a heart attack on March 10.

Kitching was “a staunch advocate for Uyghurs cause in Parliament and around the world, standing up to China having founded the Inter-Parliamentary Group on China and was the main politician pushing for an Australian Magnitsky Act,” Elham said, referring to an act passed by
Australian Parliament in December 2021 to create a legal framework for sanctions.

“Kimberley’s legacy is a world where countries like this one stand up for those who need us, and for that she has the thanks of Uyghurs here and around the world,” she said.

Elham, who goes by the nickname Inty, says on her website that she never saw herself entering politics.

“But because my grandparents fled the brutality of the authoritarian Chinese government, I cannot sit by and watch the Chinese Communist Party corrupt Australia and our democracy,” she said.

“We can see this influence for example, in the imposing Chinese consulate in Joslin built without consultation with the community and spying on us,” she said, referring to the consulate, which opened in March 2021 in an area containing a large number of Uyghurs and near a Uyghur language school. “We must stand up.”

Dilzat, a Uyghur intellectual who lives in Adelaide and supports Elham’s campaign, said Uyghurs around the world are pleased that the aspiring politician who was born and raised in Australia is fighting on behalf of Uyghurs in China.

“What she made public to the media and the world there at the demonstration in front of the consulate was her political platform, what she’s fighting against, who is standing behind her,” he said. “This event was a formal opening ceremony of sorts.”
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67% said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan.

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67% said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan. Among these people, 45% said Australia should take diplomatic action, 48% said we should hit China with trade or economic sanctions, and 15% said we should take military action.’
 
A clear majority of Australians regard Taiwan as an independent country, in direct contradiction of the Australian government’s own position, and more than two-thirds want Australia to do something if China attacks the island.

An exclusive survey shows fewer than one in 10 Australians consider Taiwan to be part of China, and while most want to do something to protect the country from a Chinese invasion they baulk at sending Australian troops.
 
This is despite the Australian government subscribing to the “One China” policy which dictates that Taiwan is part of China.

China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, has threatened to take the island by force if necessary but has stated its aim is for “peaceful reunification”.

The findings are part of the exclusive Resolve Political Monitor conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age from Wednesday to Sunday last week.

The survey by research company Resolve Strategic asked questions of 1618 eligible voters online with respondents chosen to reflect the wider population and producing results with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
 
Of those surveyed, 67 per cent said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan.

Among these people, 45 per cent said Australia should take diplomatic action, 48 per cent said we should hit China with trade or economic sanctions, and 15 per cent said we should take military action.

Just 12 per cent said we should do nothing while 21 per cent were undecided.

Of the people surveyed, 65 per cent regarded Taiwan is an independent sovereign state, 9 per cent said it was part of China and 25 per cent were undecided.

An intense domestic debate about Taiwan has erupted over the past year in Australia after former prime minister Paul Keating claimed it was not a vital “interest” for Australia.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has said a conflict over Taiwan could not be discounted and declared if the United States committed forces to defend the island it would be “inconceivable” that Australia would not join in.

In November, Mr Dutton suggested China would not stop taking territory if it invaded Taiwan, warning acquiescence to or appeasement of aggression by Beijing could ultimately lead to the creation of a new regional order.

Hitting back at criticism he had erred in speaking forcefully about the prospect of a war over Taiwan, Mr Dutton said it was important to think through the “next step” if China occupied the island and noted every major city in Australia was “within range of China’s missiles”.
 
A Chinese embassy spokesperson said at the time Mr Dutton was “preaching his quixotic misunderstanding of China’s foreign policy, distorting China’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity, misguiding the Australian people on regional situations and priorities, and fanning conflict and division between peoples and nations”.

Some national security and China experts have previously argued that overhyping the likelihood of an invasion of Taiwan unintentionally assists the Chinese Communist Party’s message that unification is inevitable. view all
67% said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan. Among these people, 45% said Australia should take diplomatic action, 48% said we should hit China with trade or economic sanctions, and 15% said we should take military action.’
 
A clear majority of Australians regard Taiwan as an independent country, in direct contradiction of the Australian government’s own position, and more than two-thirds want Australia to do something if China attacks the island.

An exclusive survey shows fewer than one in 10 Australians consider Taiwan to be part of China, and while most want to do something to protect the country from a Chinese invasion they baulk at sending Australian troops.
 
This is despite the Australian government subscribing to the “One China” policy which dictates that Taiwan is part of China.

China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, has threatened to take the island by force if necessary but has stated its aim is for “peaceful reunification”.

The findings are part of the exclusive Resolve Political Monitor conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age from Wednesday to Sunday last week.

The survey by research company Resolve Strategic asked questions of 1618 eligible voters online with respondents chosen to reflect the wider population and producing results with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
 
Of those surveyed, 67 per cent said Australia should do “something” if China were to invade Taiwan.

Among these people, 45 per cent said Australia should take diplomatic action, 48 per cent said we should hit China with trade or economic sanctions, and 15 per cent said we should take military action.

Just 12 per cent said we should do nothing while 21 per cent were undecided.

Of the people surveyed, 65 per cent regarded Taiwan is an independent sovereign state, 9 per cent said it was part of China and 25 per cent were undecided.

An intense domestic debate about Taiwan has erupted over the past year in Australia after former prime minister Paul Keating claimed it was not a vital “interest” for Australia.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has said a conflict over Taiwan could not be discounted and declared if the United States committed forces to defend the island it would be “inconceivable” that Australia would not join in.

In November, Mr Dutton suggested China would not stop taking territory if it invaded Taiwan, warning acquiescence to or appeasement of aggression by Beijing could ultimately lead to the creation of a new regional order.

Hitting back at criticism he had erred in speaking forcefully about the prospect of a war over Taiwan, Mr Dutton said it was important to think through the “next step” if China occupied the island and noted every major city in Australia was “within range of China’s missiles”.
 
A Chinese embassy spokesperson said at the time Mr Dutton was “preaching his quixotic misunderstanding of China’s foreign policy, distorting China’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity, misguiding the Australian people on regional situations and priorities, and fanning conflict and division between peoples and nations”.

Some national security and China experts have previously argued that overhyping the likelihood of an invasion of Taiwan unintentionally assists the Chinese Communist Party’s message that unification is inevitable.
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Life experience share for you (important)

ExperienceTimothy Zhao wrote the post • 0 comments • 66 views • 2022-04-02 16:49 • added this tag no more than 24h

1、More books you read, less pains you gains
  Rich people can use money to try the fault, but if we don't have that money, we should read enough book to avoid the risk,to distinguish the trap. how to get it? from the books, we can get lots of logic, when the book is enough, our brain can generate a logic which is the real  precious to yourself, and no one can rab it or stole it from you, if you ask which book we should read first. Of course i highly recomand you read the history book first. Because all the things happened in the history. If you say : I can't not find the same things happen now in the history books , that proof you read the history not enough. 
because you don't have enough money to try the fault. And more people even have not second time to try the second. Because first fault will kill him. So read books is the most important thing to do in your life.
2、Less angry more  
   angry only come from the people who is not smart. The budda says do not see other's fault ,only see yours.
When some bads things happens, you should understand, why it is happen, perhaps you will say jack do it ,he is so foolish,i will fire him right now, if you think like this you are coward. Why you can not see Jack's daily work, you should understand the people's temperament, which he can do which he can not do, Ex: you want to study how to drive car, but you find a people who only can drive plane, perhaps you will say : stupid! i never do that things. 
yes, Jack is the plane driver, but you call him to drivecar ,because you can't find his real ability, you just listen to him,  he tell you he can do,you trust him. When it broken you will say is not your fault. honest say all is yourself fault, others is no fault in you all life.
    Like a tiger, when you see a tiger want to eat you ,you will run home to tell you father, the tiger is so fierce, really that time you know the tiger is fierce, because tiger's nature instinction is fierce, like the other people, when you see he or she is stupid, is not his fault, that his natrue temper, just you can not accept, but do you know what happens on his life, how he become like this, you have money to go to school ,did he has that money to read?
so, never see other's fault includ you wife or husbend. 
3、family trap quarrel with others
     Especially with you mate, when you are frustrated right now, pls do not close it.
    Two different people come from different family ,just i said in second, different family have different family culture. yes, culture!  So the first all is surface you saw, his handsome or hers pretty, and in oder to get together, you can tolerate hers first , but when you married you can not tolerant her anymore, because hers mind is different from you , so you angry? why don't you understand her ,if you really love her, you can obey her, write here you perhaps say: all time to obey her, why i need obey, i can't tolerant this all the life. Don't worry this, you are building your family's culture, you should let her know this, please understand each other, all the thing we do in oder for the family. If she don't understand it. you should tolerant it, because you should be a smart people, if all you can not understand it, the family will over. 
    Remmber, who first apologise to another, who is the angle. Time will proof your's decide is right after years.
every one can not be really stupid, she or he will understand this. 
    Ok, this the two mind from my head. hope can help you.
     I'm Tim who is a windows and doors seller, we export to different countries, if you need pls back me.
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1、More books you read, less pains you gains
  Rich people can use money to try the fault, but if we don't have that money, we should read enough book to avoid the risk,to distinguish the trap. how to get it? from the books, we can get lots of logic, when the book is enough, our brain can generate a logic which is the real  precious to yourself, and no one can rab it or stole it from you, if you ask which book we should read first. Of course i highly recomand you read the history book first. Because all the things happened in the history. If you say : I can't not find the same things happen now in the history books , that proof you read the history not enough. 
because you don't have enough money to try the fault. And more people even have not second time to try the second. Because first fault will kill him. So read books is the most important thing to do in your life.
2、Less angry more  
   angry only come from the people who is not smart. The budda says do not see other's fault ,only see yours.
When some bads things happens, you should understand, why it is happen, perhaps you will say jack do it ,he is so foolish,i will fire him right now, if you think like this you are coward. Why you can not see Jack's daily work, you should understand the people's temperament, which he can do which he can not do, Ex: you want to study how to drive car, but you find a people who only can drive plane, perhaps you will say : stupid! i never do that things. 
yes, Jack is the plane driver, but you call him to drivecar ,because you can't find his real ability, you just listen to him,  he tell you he can do,you trust him. When it broken you will say is not your fault. honest say all is yourself fault, others is no fault in you all life.
    Like a tiger, when you see a tiger want to eat you ,you will run home to tell you father, the tiger is so fierce, really that time you know the tiger is fierce, because tiger's nature instinction is fierce, like the other people, when you see he or she is stupid, is not his fault, that his natrue temper, just you can not accept, but do you know what happens on his life, how he become like this, you have money to go to school ,did he has that money to read?
so, never see other's fault includ you wife or husbend. 
3、family trap quarrel with others
     Especially with you mate, when you are frustrated right now, pls do not close it.
    Two different people come from different family ,just i said in second, different family have different family culture. yes, culture!  So the first all is surface you saw, his handsome or hers pretty, and in oder to get together, you can tolerate hers first , but when you married you can not tolerant her anymore, because hers mind is different from you , so you angry? why don't you understand her ,if you really love her, you can obey her, write here you perhaps say: all time to obey her, why i need obey, i can't tolerant this all the life. Don't worry this, you are building your family's culture, you should let her know this, please understand each other, all the thing we do in oder for the family. If she don't understand it. you should tolerant it, because you should be a smart people, if all you can not understand it, the family will over. 
    Remmber, who first apologise to another, who is the angle. Time will proof your's decide is right after years.
every one can not be really stupid, she or he will understand this. 
    Ok, this the two mind from my head. hope can help you.
     I'm Tim who is a windows and doors seller, we export to different countries, if you need pls back me.
 
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We have our own factory in China, and Alibaba guarantees our transactions, the price guarantee is much lower than that of Australia and Newzland,but the quality is really good. If you are interested, i can send you the catalog first,please contact me.
Email: [email protected] group.com
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