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    Druggy Australian Schoolers go to Bali to hunt for minor girls

    TESTOSTERONE wafts off Shane Goodhew and his three shirtless mates in palpable waves.

    They are toolies - men in their 20s who are in Bali this week to muscle in, literally, to the annual schoolies celebration. They are on the hunt for 17- and 18-year-old girls.

    Goodhew, almost 21, says he is proud to be ''the bloke that parents warn their daughters about''. Over the past three years, Bali has become a favourite party destination for school leavers. Perhaps 6000 will visit over the last two weeks of November and the first of December, turning the hotels and clubs of Kuta into festivals of youthful high spirits.

    Sucking drinks called ''Illusions'' out of tall plastic cups at less than half the price they'd pay in Australia, masses of youngsters writhe and sweat to the music all night, every night, up and down Kuta's infamous nightclub strip, Jalan Legian

    In their wake come the toolies. They've had a few more years than the male school leavers to sculpt their pectorals and submit to the tattooist's needle, and they fancy their chances in the competition for girls.
    ''Not to be rude, but 17-year-old boys…'' Goodhew says, shaking his head.

    ''We come, tattoos and that, and looking a bit older. That's what the girls are after.''

    Evidence on the street suggests he does not exaggerate.

    Genuine schoolies Luke Hughes, Drew Smith, Jakob Walsh, all 18, and Mark Keats, 17, formerly of Westport High School in Port Macquarie, are unimpressed. ''There's too many of them - it's four to one,'' Smith remarks bitterly, ''and they're all on steroids.''

    Bali's newfound popularity with schoolies is based on two things - it's cheap and it's virtually unregulated.

    A number of schoolies say they intend to get a tattoo on their last day in Bali - Callum's will adorn his chest and say ''Brother Like No Other'' - but some parlours are linked to hepatitis infections, even HIV.

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    Thugs plead guilty after vile attack on Asian woman and pregnant friend

    THE two females targeted Umaimi Musa by ripping her headscarf off during the incident before turning on her friend.

    TWO female thugs spat racist abuse at a terrified Muslim woman then tore her headscarf off and stole her phone.

    Eileen Kennedy, 28, and a 15-year-old who can’t be named for legal reasons attacked Umaimi Musa on September 3.

    The teenager also assaulted Umaimi’s friend Mary Marandran, who was five months pregnant at the time.

    The two accused snarled: “F****** black African” and “F****** brings you to this country?” at their victims, who were sitting in a park at Royston Road, Glasgow.

    The attack that followed was caught on CCTV, and the camera operator alerted police.

    Both accused plead guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday to the racially aggravated assault of Umaimi, 41.

    The teenager admitted the racially aggravated assault of Mary, 40, by repeatedly punching her on the head and pushing her.

    And Kennedy also plead guilty to resisting arrest and claiming she had an infection before spitting on a police officer.

    Prosecutor Mark Allan said Umaimi told the thugs she was going to call the police and they responded by telling her to hand over her phone.

    Umaimi was then punched to the ground.

    Mr Allan said: “Once on the ground, she was repeatedly punched on her head and body, her hijab or headscarf was pulled from her head and she was robbed of her phone.”

    Both victims were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for checks. Umaimi had a bruised left cheek, a grazed knee and a sore neck, while Mary suffered muscular pain. Her baby was unharmed.

    Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell deferred sentence on the thugs. Kennedy was remanded in custody and the teenager remained on bail.


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    Study finds jail more likely for Indigenous offenders

    Indigenous offenders in New South Wales and South Australia are more likely than others to receive a prison sentence.

    A study done for the Australian Institute of Criminology compared the rates of imprisonment from magistrates courts over a 10-year period until 2008.

    Report author Dr Samantha Jeffries said the gap was widening.

    "At its worst in South Australia you're looking at an Indigenous person being 1.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than a non-Indigenous offender," she said.

    "Ten years ago there was equality and leniency towards Indigenous offenders and now we're seeing the opposite occur."...


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    Jones forced to apologise over racist comments

    Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to apologise for calling Lebanese Muslims "mongrels" and "vermin".

    The Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) has ordered Jones to apologise on his 2GB breakfast show any day next week.

    The tribunal rejected a submission that an on-air apology earlier this month was adequate acknowledgment of wrongdoing.

    The broadcaster first made the comments on air in 2005 and recently lost an appeal against a ruling that he incited hatred of Lebanese Muslims.

    "If ever there was a clear example that Lebanese males in their vast numbers not only hate our country and our heritage, this was it," Jones said.

    Referring to the men as "vermin" and "mongrels", he added: "They simply rape, pillage and plunder a nation that's taken them in."

    The case was lodged by Lebanese Muslim Keysar Trad and related to comments made about a television current affairs story showing young men taunting police.

    In the original 2009 decision, the tribunal awarded $10,000 in damages to Mr Trad, ordered the presenter make a public apology within eight weeks, and directed Harbour Radio to conduct a "critical review of its policies and practices on racial vilification" and staff training in such matters.

    In its latest decision handed down on Wednesday, the tribunal rejected a submission that an apology made by Jones on December 6 was "an adequate acknowledgment of wrongdoing".

    The tribunal found Mr Trad was not "vilified personally" and he should not be apologised to personally.

    Instead, it ordered Jones to read out the following apology any day next week:

    On April 28, 2005, on my breakfast program on Radio 2GB, I broadcast comments about Lebanese males including Lebanese Muslims.

    The comments were made following a Channel Nine television current affairs show about the conduct of young Lebanese men in Hickson Road at the Rocks.

    The Administrative Decisions Tribunal has found that my comments incited serious contempt of Lebanese males including Lebanese Muslims.

    Those comments were in breach of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.

    I apologise for making those comments which I recognise were unlawful.

    I also apologise on behalf of Radio 2GB.


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    Melbourne skinheads jailed over Asian student brick attack

    TWO young menaces to society who had loose skinhead views and harboured anger "towards the world at large" rained up to 70 kicks and punches on an innocent robbery victim whose head was smashed in with a brick, a judge said today.

    Wayne O'Brien, aged 20, and Shannon Hudson, now 21, committed a deplorable and unforgiveable attack on their smaller victim who they jumped as he was walking home alone from a Moonee Ponds 7/Eleven store where he worked.

    The victim, 21-year-old Vietnamese international student Minh Duong, was listening to music on his iPhone when attacked unawares on June 27 this year.

    During the ferocious ten-minute bashing Mr Duong was called names including a "yellow dog", but Supreme Court judge Justice Betty King today said the bashing robbery was only partially racially motivated.

    Mr Duong was punched in the face and, after toppling over a garden fence, was pinned down and punched and kicked.

    After he handed over his phone, O'Brien and Hudson dragged him down and bashed him again.

    "He was terrified and believed he was going to be beaten to death," Justice King said in sentencing.

    Mr Duong was dragged by his legs into the street and punched and kicked some more and was also stabbed with a sharp weapon.

    "Eventually Mr Duong lost consciousness and lay in the gutter," Justice King said.

    "Despite that, it would appear that the assault continued."

    In what the judge described as a "particularly chilling episode of violence", Hudson picked up a loose brick from the ground and, after raising it above his head in both hands, brought it down on Mr Duong’s head.

    "The brick itself broke in half," Justice King said.

    Mr Duong was left lying unconscious and shirtless in a pool of blood.

    "You (O'Brien) described Hudson hitting Mr Duong over the head with a brick as being like a sledgehammer and you said the assault would have lasted about ten minutes, during which you just felt anger," Justice King said.

    When police later asked O'Brien about motivation for the attack, he replied: "Because we’re all skinheads… But I’ve never gang bashed someone. Like never seen someone bricked and I’ve never seen someone like so close to f---ing death."

    Mr Duong suffered skull, face and spinal fractures, severe swelling to his brain, multiple lacerations.

    He received stab wounds and lost several teeth.

    "The beating that he was given was remorseless, violent and sustained," a disgusted Justice King said.

    "This is appalling behaviour."

    The judge said O'Brien and Hudson were not fully understanding of their so-called skinhead mentality that stemmed from a group known as the Crazy Whiteboys.

    "I am of the view that a lot of your discussions and talk about skinheads and white supremacy, and your Heil Hitler signs, were not really understood by either of you," Justice King said.

    "They merely demonstrated young men who for some reason are angry, not just at those from another country but at the world at large.

    "Whilst all sorts of psychiatric names and conditions are attached to all of this anger and rage, at some stage our society needs to work out why there are so many angry and unhappy young people, particularly males.

    "The consequence of all of this anger and rage is appalling violence."

    Both O'Brien and Hudson, who had led dysfunctional upbringings and experienced drug and alcohol abuse, pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury.

    O'Brien, who had no prior convictions, received a maximum 4 ½ year-term with a 2 ½ year minimum.

    Hudson, who has a history of violence and has been classed a very high prospect of re-offending, was handed a maximum 10 ½ years' jail with an eight-year minimum term.


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    Korean attacked and finger chopped off by Australians

    'I feel so embarrassed and humiliated':Korean attack victim accuses police

    “They lied to me. At first they said the attackers were under investigation. Later they said they didn't know who some of them were."

    A South Korean student whose finger was chopped off has spoken of his frustration with a police investigation into the incident.

    Mr Chang, who is keeping his identity concealed, and a friend were attacked by a group of teenagers while sitting in Box Hill Gardens in Melbourne at night in September.

    The attackers severed his left little finger and broke his arm. Mr Chang, who has worked as a designer and is left-handed, fears the injury will affect his ability to work in future.

    “I feel so embarrassed and humiliated,” the TAFE Box Hill Institute student, 33, said. “I don't want to go outside alone. I haven't even told my family about what happened. They don't know.”

    Over the past two months two other Korean nationals, a 33-year-old Sydney man and a 27-year-old man from Brisbane, have also been attacked, fuelling outrage in South Korea, with media reports questioning whether Australia is a safe place to visit.

    Two weeks ago, French woman Fanny Desaintjores was threatened by passengers on a Melbourne bus for singing French songs. One man said “speak English or die”, while another commuter shouted: “I'll f---ing boxcutter you right now, dog.”

    Victoria Police is continuing its investigations into the assault against Mr Chang after the South Korean government requested they conduct a "more thorough and fair investigation", capture the perpetrators and compensate the victim.

    The Foreign Ministry of South Korea also demanded Australia "come up with measures to prevent future incidents", the Korean broadcaster KBS reported.

    Mr Chang, from Seoul...said he was “unhappy” about the ongoing police investigation.

    A spokesman from the Korean Consulate in Melbourne told Fairfax Media they formally requested Victoria Police to “carry out a thorough investigation that will also eliminate perceptions of unfairness and inadequacy from the victim and Korean public”.

    Mr Chang had declared he was told by police he was responsible for the brutal attack because he “was in the wrong place at the wrong hours”, sparking alarm in Korea.

    But the spokesman said that while police eventually apologised for the remark to Mr Chang, he may have “misunderstood the intention behind it, taken in the wrong way due to cultural differences”.

    The Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported Mr Chang was approached by a group of teenagers who asked for a cigarette. When he refused, they assaulted him while shouting the words "f---ing Chinese".

    Mr Chang blacked out during the attack and was taken to hospital, where his little finger was reattached.

    Victoria Police has told Fairfax Media a 14-year-old boy from Doncaster, Melbourne, was charged the day after the assault...


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    So Australia really is as friendly as its depicted on "Border Security".

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    Never heard of that show, but interesting to read the criticism of it on wiki

    Writer Bob Burton in his book Inside Spin: The Dark Underbelly of the PR Industry expressed concern that the television show, by being subject to post-production editing, allows the producers to remove anything that shows any mistakes made by the government agencies concerned. Instead, Burton argues, the show gives the viewing public the sense that the government is effectively and fairly administrating border security policy.[2]

    In 2009 Media Watch suggested that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship used its working relationship with Seven as leverage for an apology to its National Communications Manager, Sandi Logan, who had appeared in an unflattering light on a Today Tonight report. Media Watch's sources claimed that persons in the Department threatened to cease co-operation with Seven in the production of future Border Security episodes.
    all illegal immigrants (including refuges, women, children, etc) first end up in australia's gitmo on an island far away from the continent where they sit behind bars waiting months for processing before they can set foot on Australian soil or turned back. Border Security only shows what goes on at the sydney and melbourne airport.

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    The show is supposed to make the Australian government look competent, but instead, it makes all Australians look like real jerks.

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    The government is anything but competent. They were selling state properties and national buildings to raise money just to update their train and tram system. They are broke. The houses are always at each others throat, fighting like immature children. One house guy was calling the current PM jullia gillard a slut among so many other unprofessional things and her gov't also has been lying and doing shady work for so long. Everyone has pride and full of arrogance while lacking half of what they seem to be proud of. Australia is nothing more than an extension of Europe, it still is a colony and still has that mentality. And like Europe and UK, it heavily suffers from TPS (tall poppy syndrome), something America got over 30-50 years ago.

    The local Australian Muslims even admit the show is racist. They show the brown guys being caught bringing drugs always and making the non-whites the trouble makers.

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    Racist Australia not safe for International Students

    Chinese students 'at risk' in Australia

    Video: http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/latest/...-in-australia/

    Chinese officials and media outlets say Australia is no longer safe for international students, reports say.

    The Consular and popular outrage in China has stemmed from an alleged violent Sydney train assault that occurred earlier this week on two Chinese students.

    Six people, aged between 14 and 18, have been charged with a range of robbery and assault offences after an incident is said to have taken place between Central and Rockdale stations at around 12.30am on Monday morning.

    A Chinese student currently undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Technology took to the social media site Weibo claiming he and his friend had been victims of a brutal attack that included racial taunts.

    "They were calling us Asian dogs and pussies while they were beating us. When my friend tried to wipe blood from his nose, a teenaged girl stuffed my friend's mouth with her tampon removed from her pants."

    Another woman passenger, who was also targeted by the thieves, allegedly told the attackers to "rob them, they are Asian and they have got money." the blog post reportedly read.

    Speaking exclusively to 7News, assault victim Alex Huang described his experience, "My nose, the bone here is broken, my cheekbone here is broken, my jaw, the muscle here is so painful I couldn't open my mouth properly,"

    "After we give them the money they still punch us."

    "And don't let us go."
    Huang told 7News.

    According to media reports the Chinese consulate-general in Sydney has since alerted visiting citizens to avoid unnecessary travel after dark on its website.

    Hundreds of millions of Chinese Central Television viewers have been reportedly told of rising youth crime in Australia that is posing a threat to Chinese international students.

    "Once upon a time, Australia had one of the lowest crime rates in the world and was considered one of the safest places to study. However, the safety of overseas students studying here is under threat from escalating youth crime," CCTV is said to have reported.

    The report relayed information about Sydney’s recent spate of shootings of which some teens have been arrested.

    “One of the headline comments has been that Sydney is a very unsafe place to be, for Chinese nationals." Joel Wing-Lun from the Australia-China Youth Council says.

    It is understood that a rapidly growing petition is circulating within the student community, and there is consideration to rally.

    Speaking to 7News of the alleged train assault, Arfa Noor from the Council for International Students says, "It is going to impact the image that we have as an international education sector, destination for international students."

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    Indian student numbers falling


    THE number of Indian students coming to Australia to study has fallen dramatically in the past four years and the high dollar, stricter visa conditions and safety concerns are some of the reasons.

    An Australian Council for Educational Research study found higher education visas for Indian students fell from 34,200 in 2007-08 to 9750 in 2011-12...

    ...Safety concerns...contributed to the decline, the study found.

    The study analysed three sets of previously released figures, including government immigration data. It also used figures from the United States, Britain, New Zealand and Canada who compete with Australia for international students...

    ...''We found since the decline started in Australia all of our competitor countries have started to increase,'' he said.

    The report said visa applications from India rose to 7716 in the past financial year, compared to 4026 the year before. But there had been a downturn in successful applications.

    In the past financial year, only 50 per cent of student visa applications from India were successful, compared with 96 per cent in 2006-07.

    Dr Edwards said the number of students from Malaysia and China had also declined since 2009 but these decreases were far smaller than Indian students...

    ...International Education Association of Australia executive director Phil Honeywood said it had been a ''horrific'' year for the sector.

    He said international students contributed more than $5 billion to the Victorian economy in 2009-10 but that fell to $4.4 billion in 2011-12. ''This report is a timely reminder at the end of a challenging year that we need greater clarity from all levels of government on a strategy to take the industry forward,'' he said.

    Indian Federation of Victoria president Vasan Srinivasan said protests about student safety in 2009 had damaged Australia's reputation. ''It tainted Australia and Victoria as a racist state and country,'' he said....

    ...Federal Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans said there had been a decline since 2008, the peak of commencements in Indian students...


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    Australia's Failed Dental System

    A TOWNSVILLE man has been waiting more than six years for a public dental check-up, in one of the worst cases of delay dentists themselves have ever seen.

    Cedric Haycock, 69, only has one working tooth remaining on his lower jaw and is in need of fillings for his remaining teeth.

    The Pimlico pensioner, left, was placed on a waiting list to see a public dentist in October 2005 and fears if he has to wait any longer, he will need dentures.

    Queensland Health figures for the December 2010 quarter show there were more than 113,156 people waiting for dental treatment, with the average wait 670 days.

    The department blames the delay on people being added to the list faster than they are being taken off.

    The Australian Dental Association of Queensland has not heard of anyone waiting longer than Mr Haycock and says it is "totally unacceptable".

    It has called for better delivery of patient care for the disadvantaged.

    While his appointment may be non-urgent, Mr Haycock said it was still ridiculous he was being forced to wait so long."I think it's a public disgrace," he said.

    "I can't afford to see a private dentist. "I'd really be dipping into my funeral fund it we went ahead and did that." in three years and was happy about the efficiency of landing appointments for urgent treatment.

    Thinking he had been forgotten, Mr Haycock wrote to Queensland Health two years ago to see whether he was still on the list.

    In a reply in March 2010, oral health director Dr Sarah Wilkinson confirmed he was.

    But Dr Wilkinson informed Mr Haycock there were more people being added to the list than the department was able to take off it due to the volume of emergency dental treatment provided each day.

    She revealed there had been a blow-out of up to eight years for assessing patients for general check-ups.

    Mr Haycock said that, at this rate, he did not expect to receive his check-up until at least 2014.

    "I'm turning 70 this month," he said.

    "The longer I have to wait, the less likely I am to live at this age."

    ADAQ president Dr Andrew Wong said the association could understand Mr Haycock's frustration, and found the situation "totally unacceptable".

    "The dentists in Queensland Health do an excellent job given the resources available to them, but delivery of patient care can always be improved," he said.

    "The association will certainly support initiatives to reduce waiting list times for patients but inevitably this means more resources and increased funding."

    Dr Wong said the association was looking forward to the federal government's promised health reforms for dental services.

    "We hope that it will help disadvantaged people with their dental needs," he said.

    It is not the first time Mr Haycock has experienced extraordinary delays with the public health system.

    In 2003, his wife Hilary lingered on Townsville Hospital's elective surgery waiting list for four years as she waited for leg surgery.

    A Queensland Health spokeswoman said that, of patients on dental waiting lists, more than 95 per cent were awaiting routine care.

    There are six full-time and two part-time dental officers in the Townsville health district, encompassing Townsville, Ingham, Ayr, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond and Palm Island.

    Almost 21,000 people from across the district were treated last year.

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    I had been waiting for at least 9 years and gave up on that list because i found out i qualified on the chronic health list through MEDICARE. that has been good as i saw a privare Dentist lol
    Posted by: jennifer mcgrath of condon 11:38pm Wednesday 11th January

    He could have saved 20c a day and paid to see a dentist after a few months, we our allowed to look after ourselves you know
    Posted by: paul 10:37pm Wednesday 11th January

    A ten year wait is normal for non-urgent public dental care in Townsville. The system only works for emergency cases. The cost to the rest of the health system is enormous. Check out how many people end up in hospital due to no dental attention.
    Posted by: SG 07:15pm Wednesday 11th January

    They have the same problem in the UK...but the same public dentists over there also moonlighted very lucratively in the private sector. In other words, for the same dentist, if you cooled your heels waiting for your number to come up on the NHS, that was fine...but if you said OK, I'll just pay for it, then often the same dentist could see you immediately. The lesson? Socialised Medicine Doesn't Work (as if anyone, in their wildest...ah, what's the use?).
    Posted by: Paul Anderson of Pimlico 07:10pm Wednesday 11th January

    My wait was 5 years for the public dental system. When I rung up to enquire about an appointment, after another lengthy delay, I was told the hospital had lost my files. It turns out they were packed in a container.
    Posted by: Julie Sivic of Yabulu 02:29pm Wednesday 11th January

    If the waiting time for normal service is now eight years then hopefully my turn will come shortly (memory's hazy but may be close to nine years now), at least they recently sent me a letter asking if I still wanted to be on their list, pity it's too late to save my teeth though. At least the emergency care system works very well and I've been lucky enough to avail of that a while back, before learning how to stop the pain myself (superglue).
    Posted by: Jim Hodge of Ingham 01:04pm Wednesday 11th January

    Just looking at the number treated per year and six dentists would show they need more dentists . Dental health is very important in preventive health measures
    Posted by: KelB of Ayr4807 12:56pm Wednesday 11th January

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    Melbourne's Victoria University rocked by claims of employee altering marks

    MELBOURNE'S Victoria University has been rocked by allegations a law school employee has been altering students' marks.

    Officials are investigating at least two cases of alleged misconduct after complaints a unit co-ordinator changed student grades last semester.

    University sources said up to eight students from Australia and overseas could be embroiled in the scandal.

    One female student received 9 per cent as her final mark in securities law, which was later recorded as a pass mark of 50 per cent, despite her not handing in a critical piece of assessment. Another student's mark was changed from 45 per cent to 55 per cent.

    Staff told university hierarchy in December but the issue has not been resolved.

    Students involved are believed to be paying for full-fee positions costing $90,000 for a basic bachelor of law degree.

    Pro Vice-Chancellor Colleges Professor Diane Mayer would not reveal further information but confirmed an investigation was under way.

    "Victoria University can confirm that these allegations are under investigation in accordance with university policies and procedures," Prof Mayer said.

    Lecturers do not believe the man was demanding anything in order for marks to be changed but one source said some staff felt pressure for their students to do well.

    It is the second time Victoria University has been rocked by allegations of a marking scam. A law lecturer committed suicide in 2009 as police launched an investigation into reports he solicited sex and cash bribes from international students in return for better marks.

    Last year lecturers from the university revealed they felt pressured to change marks after under-performing students made death threats.

    In 2011, Victoria's Ombudsman said academics were under increasing pressure to drop standards to help fee-paying students pass.

    Ombudsman George Brouwer said universities needed to appoint external examiners and was concerned soft marking extended beyond international students to a wider trend of falling standards.

    Last financial year the ombudsman received 665 complaints against universities in Victoria, which included reports of marking scams.


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    Ten Reasons Not to Travel in Australia, the World's Most Dangerous Country

    Snakes, spiders, crocodiles, sharks and drunk white males, find out why Australia is the most dangerous travel destination going.

    It’s been said very reasonably that ‘just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get you’ – well, for anyone with even a slight persecution complex, travel in Australia is loaded with the worst nature has to offer as every reptile, insect and mammal is out to get you.

    Forget travel insurance, the creatures below won’t leave you alive long enough to make the claim.

    1. Sharks

    Jaws ruined the ocean for anyone with a delicate nature. The big, beautiful blue was instantly transformed into a blood bath just waiting to happen. The paranoid backpacker has only to put his head under the water in Australia to hear cello music and if he’s snorkeling, then the sight of his own flipper is liable to appear as a fin and give him a heart attack anyway.

    2. Box Jelly Fish

    In most places around the world, jellyfish represent a nuisance, a pest to swimmers whose stings can leave nasty welts that suggest a tendency for S&M. In Australia, however, the box jellyfish kills. It’s that lethal. In fact, in Northern Australia no one enters the ocean at all at certain times of year when the box jellyfish cruise by.

    3. Crocodiles

    Unless you’re traveling with Mick Dundee, the traveler in Australia needs to think twice before washing his face in even the most innocent stream. Just because it looks like a log doesn’t mean it is.
    And to top it all, Australia has saltwater crocodiles so you’re not even safe from them in the sea. That’s just not playing fair.

    4. The Funnel-Web Spider

    Wouldn’t you know it but the world’s most poisonous spider likes to hang out just under the toilet seat, waiting to sink its fangs into your tush. Get bitten by one of these tiny arachnids and you’re history unless you get anti-venom pronto. If you’re living in Australia and you see any webs in the shape of a funnel, move apartment.

    5. Snakes

    Tiger snakes, brown snakes, death adders, mulga snakes, king brown snakes and, of course, sea snakes – the ocean being the favourite place that Australia tries to kill you. Australia has over 100 venomous snakes and 12 are lethal.

    Of course some experts say that snakes are not out to get you but the Bible tells us differently.

    6. Dingos

    Camp around settlements in the desert and don’t be surprised if you wake to the sound of growling. While the authentic dingo is a softy, many have bred with wild dogs and they come at the traveler in vicious, rabid packs.

    7. Bull ants

    There you are, enjoying a sunset or gazing out at the psychedelic colours of a tea tree lake and the next thing you know a guerilla squad of bull ants have charged your feet, hands, anything they can and are biting for all they’re worth. These bastards even jump you as you’re walking along.

    8. Kangaroos

    Yeah, everyone knows kangaroos are cute, thanks to Winnie the Pooh. But corner one in a dark alley after a long night of drinking and you’ll be meeting a heavyweight boxer with attitude. In addition, they try to crash into cars as they charge along at 30mph.

    9. Poisonous Cane Toads

    Cane toads were introduced in a ludicrously disastrous effort to control the cane beetle. Now there’s around 100 million poisonous cane toads in Australia and they’re moving in on the cities. Nor is the milky white toxin even psychedelic so forget about licking them.

    10. Australian Drunks

    Of course, no creature is to be feared quite so much as the beer-drinking Australian who suddenly decides that you’re ‘up yourself’ and it’s up to him to teach you a lesson. These aggressive mammals hang out in bars and street corners and their habitat is often littered with discarded ‘tinnies’ of Foster Beer. Smile, hail a taxi and don’t whatever you do, make eye contact.

    For a slightly less hysterical guide to wild animals

    And if you want some reasonable, informed information about Australia’s animals check out the Oz Outback Guide


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    10 Reasons Why NOT to Move to Australia

    What I am going to do here is run through each of Fred’s 10 points, summarise them in my own words and give you one short Fred quote from it. But to get the full flavour of Fred’s wonderful website, you really should visit it for yourself and read it all.

    It’s only a one-page website and will take you less than 5 minutes and that includes pauses for laughter. Here goes…

    1- UV Radiation

    Apparently, to protect ourselves from these dangers, those of us here in Australia have to avoid the sun, wear long sleeves and trousers, big hats, slap on the sunscreen every couple of hours and wear dark glasses.

    Well, I’m not buying that one.

    It is not just us people who suffer either, according to Fred “Trees look sad.”

    2- Pests

    Cockroaches, snakes, rats and spiders are mentioned here and Fred feels that not even pest control can stop “the spider from building its home so quickly every day. They can’t stop it from checking your mail…”

    Spiders checking my mail?

    3- People

    Fred’s general opinion of Australian people isn’t good. A top contender for best quote in this section was where he mentions the likelihood of being attacked with glass or something. But my favourite sentence of them all was the one just after he mentions having met some highly educated people who he thought were normal. He continues “However, the rest of them are divided into old people and young people. Old people are OK because they can’t fight!”

    4- Cost of Life

    Fred thinks Australia is expensive. He has some ideas why this is and explains it with this…. “One reason behind it is that the government pays for babies.”

    5- Location

    It is not just Australia is a long way away from so many other countries, but even getting about within Australia is tough because there are “not enough gas stations either.”

    6- Health Care

    Our health care system is funny and dental costs crazy. Waiting times are too long; expect to wait all night at ER. And, according to Fred, “Some small service centers are at par with developing countries.”

    7- Roads

    Bad, bad, bad roads! Roundabouts everywhere, even on the highways. You must visit his website if only to find out about our terrible roads. As he says “I have seen better roads in many places except Srilanka!”

    8- Education

    Universities are public and everyone studies for free, apparently. But the bad news is they are not safe and, according to Fred, you will probably be raped at night. Which leads me to my favourite quote from this one. “Of course there is no punishment or law.”

    9- Housing

    Bad, bad, bad housing! Houses are old and badly maintained because people want to spend their money on drink instead. But that is not the real problem with houses. No. There is a government conspiracy. According to Fred “Actually the government forbids new buildings so as to keep the price high, but the quality drops!”

    There is a lot more information on Fred’s site about the housing, and I know I have already said you must visit his website if only to find out about the terrible roads. But now I am thinking, maybe you should only visit his website to find out about the terrible housing.

    Hey! Why not visit his website to find out about both?

    10- Crime

    In Australia, teenagers attack old people all the time. It is a risk to go out at night. These teenagers get money directly from the government. And if you think all that sounds horrific enough, as Fred says, “There is no arrest, no law enforcement, nothing!”


    So there you have it. 10 reasons why not to move to Australia according to Fred. I don’t agree with any of it. Having said that, I think Fred’s site is as funny as any I’ve seen. So I thank him for making me laugh.

    But this really is just a very brief overview of his 10 reasons; Fred puts it so much better than I do. I highly recommend you pop over to his website and take a few minutes to read and digest it all.

    Fred also gives a bonus 11th reason which I won’t reveal here. So why not go to go to NotAustralia? (No point in clicking through anymore, see update below the video.)

    Here’s his video:


    No point in clicking that link anymore, Freds website was taken down by the hosts. If you click through, you will now see the following message…
    “We’re sorry, this site is frozen.
    If you are the site owner, please contact our abuse team regarding the status of your website.”

    Seems we weren’t the only ones who found Freds opinions offensive

    Now, for those of you who can’t sleep at night worrying what that 11th bonus reason was, I’m going to reprint it here.

    From the now taken down Not Australia website, this sums it all up really…

    11- Bonus reason!

    Most of Australia is dry and there are a lot of bush fires and house fires. An additional reason is the abnormally high intensity of sun radiation which makes this risk even bigger. Sandstorms come from the desert as well.


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    Debate finds racism is holding Australia back

    Not enough is being done to address racism in Australian workplaces, according to a panel of Australian thought leaders.
    That was the upshot of the Diversity Council Australia’s annual diversity debate, which was held in Sydney this week.

    A final vote of the audience of business and HR executives found that racism is holding Australia back, and moderator Tony Jones, from ABC’s Q&A program, awarded the debate to the affirmative by 71% to 29%, despite a swing of 9% to the negative team during the debate.

    A clear consensus emerged amongst panellists that more needs to be done to address racism, DCA’s CEO Nareen Young, commented. “All panellists agreed that racism is a problem that exists and must be tackled, although they disagreed on the extent to which it affects Australian workplaces and the wider community,” Young said.

    The arguments supporting the case that racism is holding Australia back centred on the harmful impacts of racism – not only on the individual but on business, communities, social cohesion and Aboriginal Australians in particular.

    Leading the affirmative team, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Helen Szoke said racism is a major roadblock. “This is evident on a number of counts. Structural or systemic racism not only has costs to businesses and communities but also is lost opportunity costs in an economic and social sense,” Szoke said.

    In contrast, the negative side argued that Australia compares favourably with other countries in terms of the relative harmony between diverse cultures and communities, and if racism was really holding the country back there would be much more conflict evident.

    Leading the negative team, Past President of the Federation of Australian Indian Associations, Vish Viswanathan, said Australia is not a racist country at all, and that the business community is performing well. “In contrast to many countries where racial strife affects even the normal day-to-day life, the diverse and multicultural community in Australia is enjoying the spirit of ‘mateship’, cultural harmony and a sense of inclusiveness, thus making Australia a great place to live in the world,” Viswanathan said.

    Yet the debate confirmed there is a need for a greater understanding of race issues in workplaces, and it is time to focus on cultural diversity at the most senior levels of Australian business.

    A new research project between the DCA, PwC, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, ANZ, and IBM is soon due to be released, and the research will for the first time capture the culturally diverse profile and intercultural capabilities at board and senior executive levels of ASX200 companies, as a first step to moving forward in key battleground of diversity.



    I feel this is the case, especially with recruiters. I have been told that I should anglicise my name so as not to be discriminated against before my resume is even looked at. Another thing I was told is to ring the recruiter before applying so they can tell that I have a good grasp of English and no accent rather than them assuming that I am an international student, which is probably worse than the above example.

    I have also been advised to modify my name. One GM, when presented with a CV with my name , candidly said that "...these resumes (people from my racial background) go to the bottom of the pile... They all exaggerate their qualifications." One recruiter said "I will let my client know you are not a typical ..." A manager I spoke to recently said "80% of those people are no good and the other 20% can't handle pressure."

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    Deal with mosque, pastor told

    SUPPORTERS of a mosque in Doveton's industrial area have urged anti-Islamic cleric Pastor Danny Nalliah and his followers in the Catch the Fire Ministries to learn to live with it.

    Outside Casey Council chambers on Tuesday night, supporters were quietly jubilant after Casey councillors ticked off the mosque in accordance with a recommendation from their planners.

    But Mr Nalliah who has led the campaign against the mosque, described the decision as "a sad day for Australia" and said his group would appeal to the Supreme or Victorian Court to overturn the decision.

    A spokeswoman for the applicants, Sherene Hassan, urged Mr Nalliah and his followers to follow Jesus' precept and "love thy neighbour".

    "That’s what we plan to do," she said. "But we haven't felt much love from this group."

    The mosque is being built next to Catch the Fire's new headquarters and church, and Ms Hassan said they would welcome visitors from the neighbouring church.

    Mr Nalliah was in the public gallery, along with about 60 supporters, who were watched closely by four police and four security officers.

    The atmosphere was tense but there was not the disruption from the gallery of a previous meeting.

    Councillors voted nine to one to approve the mosque despite 33 objections and 14 petitions containing more than 2000 signatures opposing it.

    They accepted the recommendations of the planning department, whose report stated that "fears of the unknown" were not valid grounds for rejecting the mosque.

    Objectors cited traffic concerns, lack of public transport, loss of amenity for neighbours, the height of the mosque, noise concerns and concerns that Islam "teaches hate".

    In their report, the planners cited an earlier ruling by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in relation to a Romanian Orthodox Church in Narre Warren North which made it clear "fears of the unknown" were not appropriate grounds for refusing a permit.

    "It follows that religious or cultural differences (or fears) are not within the realm of the planning scheme assessment."

    They stated the application was consistent with state and local planning policies and there were two approved places of worship near the proposed site, 27-31 Green Street, including the new headquarters of Catch the Fire Ministries next door.

    The sole councillor to oppose the mosque, Rosalie Crestani, asked repeated questions of the planning department but did not raise the anti-Islamic objections she had raised in previous meetings.

    Deputy mayor Sam Aziz, another outspoken critic of Islam, was not present.


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    Family sues hospital after girl loses hand and feet


    The family of a young girl who had her life torn apart when she had to have her feet, left hand and three fingers on her right hand amputated after she contracted meningococcal disease is suing the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for medical negligence.

    Nadia Kowalczyk told a civil damages trial, which began before the Victorian Supreme Court judge David Beach on Monday, the hospital had failed to properly treat her daughter, Venice.

    Mrs Kowalczyk said Venice had been a happy, healthy nine-month-old baby who never got sick before she woke up crying at about 3am on July 23, 2004.

    Venice had vomited, had a high temperature, seemed drowsy, unresponsive and was floppy to hold, before Mrs Kowalczyk and her husband, Danny, decided to take her to the hospital at about 4.30am.

    "We were really worried about her," she told the jury of six people who have to decide if the hospital was negligent and if so, how much in damages the family should be awarded.

    Mrs Kowalczyk said Venice was given the painkillers nurofen and panadol after her blood pressure, temperature and pulse had been checked.

    She said her husband then asked Dr Tania Moyle to check Venice for meningococcal disease but the doctor replied: "I don't think it's that serious."

    A nurse put anaesthetic cream or gel on Venice's ankles, wrists, stomach and back in preparation for a blood test but it was never taken.

    Venice's parents were at the hospital for about three hours before being sent home.

    They were told to give Venice another dose of nurofen and panadol after four hours if she had not settled. They were also given a sterile cup to take a urine sample from Venice.

    "They were not happy as no real tests had been done, no diagnosis had been given, and the doctor did nothing for Venice," barrister David Curtain, QC, representing the Kowalczyks, said.

    "The parents were told to come back if she got worse."

    Venice remained unsettled at home throughout the day, continuously moaning, did not react when spoken to, and was very drowsy and seemed weak, Mr Curtain said.

    At about 4pm Venice had diarrhoea and her temperature had risen to 39.8 when Mrs Kowalczyk noticed a small rash on her baby's right hand and stomach.

    A nurse, Mrs Kowalczyk told the jury she immediately phoned her husband to come home from work so they could take Venice back to hospital because she was aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease and remembered watching something about it on television.

    Mrs Kowalczyk said she rushed into the hospital's emergency ward with Venice in her arms and told staff at the front desk her daughter was seriously ill.

    She said staff told her she had to fill out some administrative forms, including her Medicare card details, before Venice could be treated even though they had been at the hospital just 12 hours earlier.

    When Mrs Kowalczyk told staff about Venice's rash, she said they did not seem too concerned.

    As they were waiting in a cubicle for a doctor to see Venice, Mrs Kowalczyk said Venice started gasping for breath before falling unconscious.

    She screamed and her husband then ran out screaming, "My daughter's not breathing. Somebody help."

    Mrs Kowalczyk said Venice was taken to a resuscitation room where doctors fought to save her life.

    Venice survived and spent five days in the intensive care unit and another 10 weeks in hospital. She had to have her lower legs, left hand and three fingers on her right hand amputated.

    Mr Curtain said the hospital was negligent in failing to treat Venice promptly and effectively when she was first admitted. She now walks on prosthetic legs.

    The barrister said the hospital did not follow its own medical guidelines.

    "You will hear that any child with a fever who appears seriously unwell should be investigated and admitted irrespective of fever and this was not done," Mr Curtain said.

    "You will hear expert evidence that if a child such as Venice looks sick and has no obvious source of infection which would explain their symptoms, the diagnosis should be meningitis until proven otherwise."

    Mr Curtain said if Venice had been treated properly when first admitted she would have recovered.

    Mrs Kowalczyk was seeking compensation because of the "catastrophic alteration to her life as a result of the hospital's want of care".

    "Any parent or even an acquaintance of a young child would readily appreciate how difficult and painful every day of her [Venice's] life is and will be," Mr Curtain said.

    "This is a substantial claim and a claim in which the staff at the Royal Children's Hospital were derelict in their duty to a very ill child.

    "As a result, Venice has had her life torn apart."

    Mrs Kowalczyk told the court that when Venice was being treated by the Royal Children’s Hospital she was not given antibiotics and when her husband asked why, he was told, ‘‘We can’t give antibiotics to every sick child.’’

    Asked about how Venice was coping, Mrs Kowalczyk said she often gets frustrated, including the simple things like putting her hair up.

    ‘‘She says comments like, ‘I wish I was like everyone else.’’’

    The trial, which is expected to take between two to three weeks, continues on Tuesday.




    When you are in Australia, just pray and hope you never get sick or have to see a doctor. There are one too many news in the local papers about such mishaps by the incompetents in down under.

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    Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador, Urges Australians To Stop Stealing 'Game Of Thrones'

    YDNEY (Reuters) - Taking to Facebook, the U.S. ambassador to Australia is urging Australians to cease their illegal downloads of "Game of Thrones," saying that they are among the world's worst pirates of the wildly popular medieval television drama.

    In a post titled "Stopping the Game of Clones," Jeffrey Bleich - himself a devotee of the HBO series - compared the rampant piracy of online thieves to the plotting and machinations of the noble houses in the show.

    "Unfortunately, nearly as epic and devious as the drama is its unprecedented theft by online viewers around the world," he wrote on his official Facebook page.

    "As the ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of "Game of Thrones" in the world."

    TorrentFreak, a file-sharing news website, estimated that "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated TV series in 2012, with one episode notching 4.28 million pirated downloads, equal to the number of broadcast viewers for that episode, Bleich said.

    When the second season began, Australian fans had to wait a week before being able to access new episodes by legitimate means, but the wait has come down to a few hours for the third season.

    Neil Gane, managing director of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), said that surveys had found that unsurprisingly, most of the illegal downloaders said they did it because it was free.

    "Game of Thrones" season 2 is priced at $38.99 in the Apple iTunes store in the United States and A$33.99 ($35.05) in the Australian store.

    "The number of unauthorized downloads is staggering," he told Reuters in an email.

    Based on the books by George R. R. Martin, the show follows a vast cast of characters fighting for control of the throne in the fictional world of Westeros.

    "If the 4 million people who watched 'Game of Thrones' legally had been illegal downloaders - the show would be off the air and there would never have been a season 3," Bleich said. ($1 = 0.9697 Australian dollars)

    (Reporting By Thuy Ong; Editing by Elaine Lies and Robert Birsel)



    "...among the world's worst pirates..."

    Well, Australia WAS founded as a penal colony...


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