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The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.
These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.
The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.
Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...
The attacks have always been bad, however, now that tons of people are realizing this child trafficking thing is real- they have increased exponentially. Not just for me but for all whistle blowers dealing with this BS.
Microwave attacks with their directed energy weapons, having to fight in court to keep my dogs, let alone all of the attacks on social media.
And people can see it. This is an example of the comments left on my Twitter feed
The even uglier truth is that the attacks dont stop. Anything they can do to discredit you and drive a wedge between you and those who would listen, they will most certainly try. The fact you hold yourself together and keep going speaks volumes. You have all my support & love
The first time my sister Cindys son Mark ever came forth with these bogus accusations against me was in the comments section on Amazon regarding Judy Byingtons book 22 Faces .
My 1/2 sister Christina had already attacked me on there- but was closed down when my sister Kathy and her son- the VERY ONE I attacked when I was 13- came on defending me and confronting her.
Then, during all this, my sister Cindy was murdered. Three weeks after our dad died, in 2006.
Cindy had been telling people that her husband Ralph Hester and her oldest daughter- who was not Ralphs biological daughter- where planning on murdering her. After she told her doctors and nurses- they called Adult Protective Services- who then made a visit to Cindys house.
My sister was dead right after that. Right at the start of the APS investigation. The only two people in the house with her was Ralph and her oldest daughter. But Ralph was city manager of Lynn Haven- the Florida town they lived in- so no investigation was done regarding this.
I brought this up in the comment section on Amazon and suddenly there was Mark with Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves saying I had raped him to try and discredit me.
Which made it awkward when I and my other half flew down to Florida for a week to attend Cindys memorial service. Mark actually apologized to me at Cindys service- saying he was trying to protect his dad. I just let it go at the time, as the week consisted of many family gatherings between Cindys family and me and my other half.
But now- he, as well as my 1/2 sister Christina- have full heartedly joined forces with Dougs Satanic buddies to trash me.
(Well, not so much Christina anymore after Kathy and I discovered that our dad and stepmother had been collecting our grandmothers social security checks- which Christina continued after both of them died- despite the fact that our grandmother had been dead for decades- andturned her in to Social Security).
Funny though that the first person Mark ever came forward to with these allegati...
Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading
Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has flagged further government regulation of the internet, declaring we are at a turning point and that the online realm can no longer be seen as separate to the physical world.
Laying out an agenda that involved cracking down on fake news and misuse of personal data, Mr Fifield said the government would be guided by the world first inquiry into digital platforms being undertaken by the consumer watchdog.
We are at a turning point. There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply, he told a Sydney Institute event on Monday evening.
We will seek to regulate only when necessary. But we will make further interventions where significant problems exist.
Mr Fifield noted a number of issues had been raised in submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry, including the disruption to traditional media companies and the problem of algorithms creating echo chambers and filter bubbles.
The minister said his response would be guided by the need to ensure responsibility, respect and trust proliferated in the online world.
Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data. They should be able to have a degree of trust and confidence in online news sources, Mr Fifield said.
But when these things dont happen, we will look at the range of options available to support them [Australians].
There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield
Mr Fifield also flagged concerns about the dominance of particular market players and publishers such as Google and Facebook, stating: There are few examples in history where the dominance of single firms has been positive for society.
The ACCC inquiry, commissioned by Prime Minister Scott Morrison late last year when he was still Treasurer, is examining the effects of digital search engines, social media and other digital content aggregation platforms on media and advertising markets.
It has been directed to pay special attention to the impact of digital platforms on news journalism....
I honestly wish I could say that I had published the review; 'The Global Influence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Diet', as it summarises the years of extensive research I have been doing, trying to prove that Gary has been 'Silenced' for advocating Low Carb Healthy Fat principles. It has never been about the science. The review is an amazing historical perspective on the ideology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and their subsequent influence on nutrition 'science' and dietary guidelines, world-wide. I would think that this review publication, written by Seventh-day Adventists, should be compulsory reading for anyone who wants to study nutrition or write nutrition policy. Especially when you consider the current nutrition doctrine; which espouses grain as the sacred cow and demonises animal protein and fats, has come to be accepted as the gospel truth! The benefits of Wholegrain, Plant-Based diets are preached by the Dietitians Association of Australia, Diabetes...
From Aeon: For centuries, writers have recognised the relationship between mental health and belonging to a community. Serving society was another way to serve the individual because, as the poet Alexander Pope put it in his poem An Essay on Man (1734): True self-love and social are the same. Its not surprising, then, to find that loneliness serves a physiological and social function, as the late neuroscientist John Cacioppo argued: like hunger, it signals a threat to our wellbeing, born of exclusion from our group or tribe.
Until the 1830s in the UK, elderly people were cared for by neighbours, friends and family, as well as by the parish. But then Parliament passed the New Poor Law, a reform that abolished financial aid for people except the aged and infirm, restricting that help to those in workhouses, and considered poverty relief to be loans that were administered via a bureaucratic, impersonal process. The rise of city living and the breakdown of local communities, as well as the grouping of the needy together in purpose-built buildings, produced more isolated, elderly people. It is likely, given their histories, that individualistic countries (including the UK, South Africa, the US, Germany and Australia) might experience loneliness differently to collectivist countries (such as Japan, China, Korea, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil). Loneliness, then, is experienced differently across place as well as time.
None of this is meant to sentimentalise communal living or suggest that there was no social isolation prior to the Victorian period. Rather, my claim is that human emotions are inseparable from their social, economic and ideological contexts. The righteous anger of the morally affronted, for instance, would be impossible without a belief in right and wrong, and personal accountability. Likewise, loneliness can exist only in a world where the individual is conceived as separate from, rather than part of, the social fabric. Its clear that the rise of individualism corroded social and communal ties, and led to a language of loneliness that didnt exist prior to around 1800.
Where once philosophers asked what it took to live a meaningful life, the cultural focus has shifted to questions about individual choice, desire and accomplishment. It is no coincidence that the term individualism was first used (and was a pejorative term) in the 1830s, at the same time that loneliness was in the ascendant. If loneliness is a modern epidemic, then its causes are also modern and an awareness of its history just might be what saves us.
Japanese prime minister talks Trump, trade and North Korea in FT interview
By Lionel Barber and Robin Harding in Tokyo
Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with open arms, said prime minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times at his official residence in Tokyo, Mr Abe said the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, but would still be a country equipped with global strength.
His remarks will encourage Brexit supporters in the UK who see new opportunities for free trade outside the EU while turning up the pressure on Brussels and London to strike a timely exit deal. The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 11 Pacific countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
It originally included the US, but one of Donald Trumps first acts as president was to withdraw from the pact. Joining would be a way for Britain to strike new free-trade deals with a large and fast-growing chunk of the world economy. However, it would only be possible if the UK were to leave the EUs customs union, and gains the power to set its own tariffs.
I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit, said Mr Abe, arguing that a transition period was essential for Japanese business.
Manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan helped to revive the UK economy in the 1980s by using the country as their base in Europe. But they have grown frustrated by the lack of clarity on Brexit.
Several banks are shifting operations to the EU while Panasonic has cited Brexit as a reason for moving its European headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands. I truly hope that the negative impact of Brexit to the global economy, including Japanese businesses, will be minimised, said Mr Abe.
RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP
Mr Abe also hailed a very fruitful summit with Mr Trump 12 days ago where the two men agreed to negotiate a new trade agreement on goods.
He said the US had promised not to increase car tariffs while the talks were in progress, nor ask for greater agricultural access than Japan had given in other trade deals. But in a sign of Japans vulnerability, Mr Abe conceded he was not asking the US for reciprocal tariff reductions....
The head of US Marines in Australias tropical north has been stood down due to a loss of trust and confidence after being charged with drink-driving, the military confirmed Monday.
Colonel James Schnelle was relieved of his command after telling his superiors he was pulled over by the Northern Territory Police for suspected driving under the influence in the city of Darwin last month, a US Marine Corps spokesman told AFP.
Darwin Local Court was told Monday that Schnelle failed a random breath test in the early hours of September 30.
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP/File | Some 1,587 US Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Schnelle was driving home from a restaurant and bar in Darwin at the time.
This is a man of very high character, he has no convictions anywhere in the world and has contributed immensely to society, the national broadcaster quoted Schnelles lawyer as telling the court.
The US Marines are going to deal with him very harshly, he said.
The decorated officer was fined Aus$500 (US$353) for medium-range drink-driving and had his driving licence suspended for six months, a court official told AFP.
No conviction was recorded, she said.
Some 1,587 Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra.
The deployments, part of Washingtons strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, come as Beijing flexes its economic and military muscles in the region.
The Marine Corp spokesman said an investigation into Schnelles case was initiated, and Lieutenant Colonel Jeramy Brady was appointed the new officer-in-charge for the duration of the current rotation.
WASHINGTON Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.
In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earths weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the worlds leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C). Among other things:
Half as many people would suffer from lack of water.
There would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases.
Seas would rise nearly 4 inches (0.1 meters) less.
Half as many animals with back bones and plants would lose the majority of their habitats.
There would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts.
The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting.
And it just may be enough to save most of the worlds coral reefs from dying.
For some people this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report.
Limiting warming to 0.9 degrees from now means the world can keep a semblance of the ecosystems we have. Adding another 0.9 degrees on top of that the looser global goal essentially means a different and more challenging Earth for people and species, said another of the reports lead authors, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.
But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field. While the U.N. panel says technically thats possible, it saw little chance of the needed adjustments happening.
In 2010, international negotiators adopted a goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) since pre-industrial times. Its called the 2-degree goal. In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times. The 1.5 was at the urging of vulnerable countries that called 2 degrees a death sentence.
The world has already warmed 1 degree C since pre-industrial times, so...
The promise of an afterlife to meet departed family and friends appeals to many, but especially younger Australians. Are private religious schools playing a part? And why do they dismiss the evidence of physics, asks Brian Morris.
Against all odds, it seems the concept of going to heaven holds far greater significance for the young than for those who are closer numerically to death! We need to confront the D word itself, but lets first get a handle on why the idea of paradise has gripped contemporary youth more so than pensioners.
A national Essential poll shows 40% of all Australians believe in heaven. But the crucial figure is that a staggering 51% of those aged 18-34 hold such a belief! This compares to just 29% of the public who are over 55 years old. The young are almost twice as fixated with an afterlife than those closer to pension age! Why is that?
Is it insecurity or religiosity? One suggestion points to the fact that 40% of secondary students now attend private religious schools a rate far higher than all other Western nations. There has been an exponential growth in government funding for private Catholic and Anglican schools since the 1960s from a base of almost zero.
Others suggest that a similar rise in Special Religious Instruction (SRI) and chaplains in public schools has led to the Christianisation of education across the nation. These government-funded programs are run by evangelical Christian organisations in each state with Catholic and Anglican private schools proselytising their own religions. And do millennials then stay at home too long, with a childhood faith, instead of getting out into the real world?(IMAGE: Ben Salter, Flickr).
Since colonisation, Christianity instilled belief in an afterlife. Its reflected on a daily basis in mainstream media, in film and on television and in our obsession with sport. No game passes without players pointing skyward when scoring a goal, or honouring a deceased team or family member with hands reaching towards heaven.
But the biggest problem is that we dont talk about death!
Society needs to get over...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
One did not expect that anything new could come from FBIs records of cell phone calls in the Tsarnaev trial. One did not even know there was any reason to go searching. But Heather Frizzell, who has been doing a layperson-investigation for years, had a niggling feeling about it. I think it niggled her into an important find in the case. Actually, two important finds.
Heathers blog is bold...
The ongoing trade war between China and the United States can boost the prospects of Pakistani exports to the American market and encourage Chinese producers to relocate to Pakistan to avoid punitive tariffs on their US shipments and take advantage of cheaper labour.
On top of that, business leaders say it may afford Islamabad an opportunity to renegotiate the terms of Chinas future investments in and trade with Pakistan.
Abdul Razzak Dawood, adviser to the prime minister on trade, industry and investment, was quoted last week to have told a gathering of textile manufacturers in Karachi that the trade war between the worlds two largest economies could be beneficial for Pakistan.
The trade war between China and the United States is getting bigger and bigger by the day and the demand for goods is not declining (in the US market). Pakistan needs to explore ways so that it can benefit from this war.
Chinese manufacturers can ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by relocating their labour-intensive industries to Pakistan, according to PBC CEO Ehsan Malik
Pakistan is already seeking the same market access for its exports that Beijing has given to the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), New Zealand and Australia under the 2006 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is responsible for heavily tilting the trade balance in favour of China.
Islamabad has also asked China to share complete information of its exports, both under and outside the FTA, with Islamabad in order to help it eliminate under-invoicing by Pakistani importers.
Moreover, efforts are on to convince Beijing to encourage its manufacturers to relocate their industry to Pakistan.
The adviser had also told a Senate panel on industries and production that China-US tensions over trade tariffs was a good sign for Pakistan as it would place the country in a better negotiating position (with China).
The China-US trade war has put Pakistan in an advantageous position and we have become more competitive than China in some areas like textiles. It offers an opportunity for Pakistan to boost its exports to the United States as well as revive the closed manufacturing capacity (mostly in Punjab), Pakistan Business Council CEO Ehsan Malik told this correspondent.
He says Chinese manufacturers can also ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by...
and right on cue in today's Australian Teachers hold the key to keeping minds in top shape By JULIA GILLARD 11:00PM OCTOBER 7, 2018 105 COMMENTS Which career would I have chosen if not the law, followed by politics? Ive been asked that many times over the years, and the...
8 October 2018: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a remodelling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has serious implications for data privacy and usage for consumers in those countries and around the world according to Michael Geist in a Washington Post article.
Free trade agreements aim to increase the flow of trade and investment across borders and often restrict governments ability to regulate for social and environmental good. We are now seeing these agreements encourage free-flow of consumer data across borders as well, restricting governments ability to regulate to protect privacy.
The digital trade chapter of USMCA imposes rules that constrain privacy safeguards and impede the creation of much needed regulation in the digital world of Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining companies. It goes further than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), which has weak privacy protections.
Many countries have data localisation regulations, like those recently brought in by the European Union or the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. These require companies who obtain valuable personalised data about people online such as health records, to store that data securely within that jurisdiction to ensure there is adequate legal protection. USMCA provisions prohibits such laws about localisation regulation, and also prohibits governments limiting data flow between countries.
Geist argues that the USMCA digital provisions have potential to seriously erode current privacy standards and inhibit much-needed improvement in data security. There are implications for users in US, Mexico and Canada but also globally, as it will likely be used as a blueprint for future data provisions in trade agreements, including multilateral agreements through the World Trade Organization (involving almost every country worldwide).
Geist argues that before future agreements adopt these e-commerce and digital trade chapters of the TPP-11 and USMCA, there needs to be a drastic reworking to ensure governments can legislate for democratic, consumer-centred, safe and fair trade.
Free speech no longer emerges, in the words of Jacques Rancire, in a time and in a place youre not supposed to speak, exercised by those who arent allowed to speak. Free speech is now a weapon in the rights arsenal: by invoking free speech, they simultaneously bludgeon an intolerant left who dare disagree with them.
Milkwood Permaculture was founded 10 years ago, in Mudgee NSW. In the podcast Kirsten talks in depth about her new book Milkwood: Real Skills For Down to Earth Living. She covers the chapter on tomatoes and her passion for this fruit! Kirsten shares some great tips for growing tomatoes as well as preserving them for year-round eating.
We also learn about her familys journey to David Holmgrens Melliodora property and their life there. Kirsten also shares the motivations behind this journey, and her mission to inspire others to live a better life.
She also shares the process of creating the book, and future plans for a whole series.
We hope you enjoy!
To read more from Kirsten on tomatoes check out Issue 12 of Pip Magazine, due out mid-October.
The post Pip Permaculture Podcast #15: Milkwood Permaculture appeared first on Pip Magazine - Australian Permaculture.
This article comments on the Australian war propaganda
that was used in a recent episode, involving Jaqui Lambi, of "Go
back to where you came from" on SBS. It responds to a recent
here) by Vanessa Beeley about very recent massacres conducted
by IS, close to a US Army base, which has allowed IS convoys to
pass through open desert, unhindered. On 2 October 2018, Mrs
Thoraya Um Ammaar was executed on video by IS over two months after
she and about 25 other women and children were kidnapped from the
Sweida countryside, south of Damascus on July 25th 2018. US
Coalition forces remain camped in Al Tanf, 330km to the East. It is
simply intolerable that IS can occupy that part of Syrian territory
while aggressively threatening anyone who comes near it.
Report by Vanessa Beeley
What makes me particularly angry about this, and the killing of the hostage on October 2nd, is that this week in Australia there has been a huge fuss about a live TV program called Go Back to Where you Came From where numbers of celebrities have gone to some of the most dangerous places in the world to see what it feels like for refugees (those ones who try to escape to Australia) https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/jacqui-lambie-and-sbs-crew-caught-in-isis-attack-in-syria-20181002-p5079s.html
So where in Syria do you think that two women, one a former anti-Muslim immigration independent Senator, would be taken? Raqqa. And in an event which I begin to think was staged, two days before the program started, an IS sleeper cell started shooting in the area near to where the TV crew was, so they had to be evacuated to Kobane - in Syria!(just under the Turkish border).
This sleeper cell purportedly raised the IS flag from a building not far from the centre of Raqqa, in mid afternoon. How likely is that, or even possible? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret
At no point in the introduction where we saw the identities being rushed under cover, was...
Over the weekend, conservatives in America appointed a judge accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court. Chief on their hit-list is overturning legal precedents like Roe vs Wade, which enshrines the right of women to have access to safe abortions. Meanwhile, in Australia, our anti-abortionists are trying their own legal manoeuvres launching a High Court bid to overturn laws which restrict their ability to abuse and harass women seeking the procedure.
The High Court will tomorrow hear three days of arguments over Victorias safe access zone laws, which were introduced following a Supreme Court challenge by the East Melbourne-based Fertility Control Clinic (FCC) to end decades of harassment by anti-abortionists outside the Melbourne clinic.
That harassment included the murder of security guard Steven Rogers in 2001 by Peter James Knight, who arrived with a high powered rifle to the clinic, intending to massacre the 15 staff and 26 patients. Knight a Christian extremist who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison was disarmed by two bystanders after shooting Rogers in the chest.
The anti-abortionist behind the High Court challenge Melbourne resident and mum of 13, Kathleen Clubb was convicted in 2016 for communicating about abortion to a couple in a manner reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety outside the Fertility Control Clinic. She was fined $5000. The full bench of the High Court will also consider the case of John Graham Preston, who breached similar laws in Tasmania.
Clubb and Prestons convictions followed the introduction of laws which made it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety, is constitutional.
The Fertility Control Clinic, represented pro bono by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Human Rights Law Centre, have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse. Currently, NSW, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania and Victoria have safe access zone laws. A Bill is currently before the Queensland Parliament to achieve the same laws.
Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.
Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health, Dr Allanson said....
This is good news for The Australian. Here's the way The Australian saw it today. Paul Whittaker appointed CEO of Australian News Channel Paul Whittaker has been appointed chief executive officer of Australian News Channel. Picture: John Feder. DARREN DAVIDSON MEDIA EDITOR AN HOUR AGO OCTOBER 8, 2018 NO COMMENTS...
I thought there was something in The Ten Commandments about not lying. Labor senator Kimberley Kitching a close ally and friend of Bill Shorten is moving to create a bipartisan parliamentary group that will defend Judeo-Christian and Western-liberal democratic values as she launches her credentials as a new...
PM says Australia won't be providing more money to the global climate fundScott Morrison has resisted conservatives' calls to withdraw Australia from the Paris climate agreement but ruled out providing more money to the global climate fund.The prime minister made the comments on 2GB Radio on Monday, before the release of a Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which is expected to call for a phaseout of coal power generation to help limit temperature rises to 1.5C. Related: [...]
Laws that protect the dignity, safety and privacy of women seeking reproductive healthcare should be upheld, the High Court will hear in a case set to begin in Canberra tomorrow.
The Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic and the Human Rights Law Centre have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse.
Victoria introduced safe access zone laws in 2016. The laws make it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications "reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety", is constitutional.
Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.
"Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health," Dr Allanson said.
"But since the safe zones came into effect, women and staff are no longer a target when they walk up to the clinic, and women no longer carry the heavy burden of being publicly harassed for seeking medical care."
Katie Robertson from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which is representing the abortion clinic pro-bono, said safe access zones protected womens rights to safely access lawful health services where other legal protections had failed.
"Women have a right to see their doctor free from fear, intimidation or harassment. Safe access zones have succeeded in protecting the privacy, safety and dignity of women seeking reproductive health care. Safe access zones work where other legal protections fail."
Adrianne Walters from the Human Rights Law Centre said the case raises important questions about balancing the rights of women seeking access to medical care and the freedom of political communication in the Constitution.
"Free speech is not a licence to harm others with impunity. We believe that Victorias safe access zone laws strike the right balance between freedom of expression and a womans right to privately and safely see her doctor," said Walters.
"Anti-abortionists outside clinics have caused serious distress, fear and anxiety to patients and staff. There have even been instances of violence, the worst being the murder of a security guard in Victoria. These laws play a critical role in ensuring women can see their doctor without harassment and abuse," said Walters.
Victorias safe access zone laws were introduced following a Supreme Court challenge by the...
With the confirmation over the weekend of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, abortion is now back on the agenda in the United States. And with abortion still illegal in NSW and Queensland, and an emboldened religious right in Australia, Dr Danielle Fitzpatrick wonders what that might mean for womens health closer to home.
On Friday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favour of appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, ending a tumultuous few weeks of speculation amidst sexual assault allegations and growing partisan divisions.
Judge Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old conservative from the US Court of Appeals, will replace Judge Kennedy who announced his retirement from 30 years of service earlier this year.
As the dust settles on one of the most controversial and divisive confirmation proceedings in US history, many are worried that Kavanaughs confirmation will disrupt the long-held equilibrium in jurisprudential views within the Supreme Court towards a new, more conservative stance, giving way for re-opened debate on issues long-established as settled law?
Most controversial is the case of Roe vs Wade which established the right for women to seek safe abortion in the US. Here, I examine what the events in the US could be saying about womens rights, and public health more broadly, and how we can buffer our health system to protect against changing political tides.
Understanding this controversy and what it could mean for Australia, requires a brief review of US legal history. In 1973, the US Supreme Court, in a landmark decision on the case of Roe vs Wade, established the legality of a womans right to have an abortion by establishing that it was encompassed under the Fourteenth Amendments declaration of the right to privacy.
This overruled state-based legislation, including a Texan law which prohibited abortion except to save the life of a woman, and be...
As Americans prepare for another flu season, the question of whether to get this years flu shot hangs in the air for many and the dismal success rate of last years vaccine could serve as a major deciding factor.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report earlier this year, which revealed that when looking at the flu vaccine given to patients between November 2017 and February 2018, the vaccine was only effective about 36 percent of the time.
Each strain of influenza responded differently to the vaccine, and the CDC report noted that one of the most predominant viruses, H3N2, had an even lower vaccine effectiveness rate. When combating H3N2, last years virus was only effective 25 percent of the time.
This was actually higher in the United States than it was in Canada and Australia where the vaccines effectiveness in combating H3N2 was only around 10 percent. The vaccine did lead to higher success rates with less dangerous strands such as H1N1 where it was 67 percent effective and Influenza B where it was 42 percent effective.
While the low rates of vaccine effectiveness have led to criticism of the CDC, Time ...
Laws will be strengthened to protect people from cyberbullying and online trolling and keep up with changes to technology, the New South Wales Government has announced. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media.
Tony Abbott holds no qualifications or expertise in the area of education, and has a history of mismanagement and negative meddling when he has been in positions of power over Indigenous affairs
Congratulations President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh's stoicism in the face of overwhelming pressure from the Left is an inspiration. This was the scene as Republican Senator John Kennedy walked to the chamber for the vote on Judge Kavanaugh. This is what the U.S. Capitol was like today as...
Since my nephew Marc Hester is so eager to help Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves run with lies about me molesting him, let me explain why.
This is BS- meant to demonize me. But let me tell you why
The Hesters are desperate not to be investigated. Like for gun running. every time they have visited their cousins- they have been looking to sell guns illegally.
In fact my nephew- Kathys boy- just recently told me this involved two Uzi machine guns.
However- if the authorities would like to ask my niece- they can. And she is a 911 operator so I it isnt like she would lie about it.
Mesners attacks never stop- as you can see from our email exchange with his IEATBABIES account
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
So far this series on Coleys cure has included a few case studies from the list of 30 cases published in 1953 at the behest of Coleys daughter Helen. She wrote a book (or perhaps it is a long article in Acta Medica Scandanvia) entitled A Review of the Influence of Barcterial Infection and of Bacterial products (Coleys Toxins) on Malignant Tumors in Man. Her co-authors were George A A Fowler, MD and Frances H. Bogatko, MD.
The rest of this article is taken, unedited (except for an announced abridgment about fever) from the Introduction to that book. I will print the Discussion that followed this Introduction, i...
Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Doctor Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids donaldelley
Harbour Church Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. Part One. Pastor Mark Johnson. Fake pastor. No Holy Spirit Anointing. Arrogant. Dysfunctional. Lust Problems with Young Ladies of The Church. Plays Patronage and Nepotism Games. A Control Freak. Has Marriage Problems. donaldelley
Pastor Mark Johnson of Harbour Church Coffs Harbour is a fake pastor. Mark Johnson has no Holy Spirit Anointing, is arrogant, totally dysfunctional, has lust problems with Young Ladies of the church, plays patronage and nepotism games like his boss Head Pastor Phil Campbell, is a control freak and intimidating in a passive-aggressive way and has unresolved marriage problems with his gentle and sweet wife Mimi. One might say, no wonder....
This is part 5 in a series on Harbour Church Coffs Harbour, Mid-Coast New South Wales, Australia, 45 minutes from where I live.
In this series, Im explaining how Harbour Church has gone off the rails. Im not sure that it was ever on the rails.
The founder of the movement Harbour Church belongs to was Clark Taylor.
Clark Taylor, like Frank Houston the pedophile founder of Hillsong, came to prominence in Australia in the 1980s, after the finish of the Charismatic Movement and Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Clark Taylor, who I never heard operate and have never watched a video of, claimed he performed healing miracles, as did the secret lifelong pedophile Frank Houston. Clark Taylor is another charlatan who got caught out having three marital affairs. These are the marital affairs he got caught out with. There may have, and probably were, many more. This is always the case with these types of charlatans.
So these are the roots of Harbour Church.
Like Hillsong, the movement Harbour Church belongs to, has changed its name, to try to wash away the stains and its links to Clark Taylor.
These corrupt spiritual and moral roots of Harbour Church may explain many of the defects an...
Clark Taylor, main picture, was Australias first tele-evangelist. Inspired by Billy Graham, he built an empire based at his Brisbane church during the cashed-up 1980s with his energetic orations, television broadcasts and supposed ability to heal the sick.
But when revelations of an extra-marital affair surfaced, Taylor fled to America where he worked the Christian circuit for a decade. Now in his mid-60s, hes back, practising his faith in a more cynical era in Brisbanes Bible belt.
Paul Kalina reports on the rise, fall and rise of our first tele-evangelist.
To say that the programming of this biography of Australian tele-evangelist Clark Taylor was triggered by Peter Costellos recent appearance at the Hillsong Church may be drawing too long a bow. All the same, Keeping the Faithful director Nicole McCuaig hopes its scre...
Just like the gold rushes of California between 1848 and 1855, Canada's Klonike of 1896 to 1899, and Western Australia's of the 1890s, the world is experiencing a frenzy to obtain mining rights in pursuit of today's "gold," namely rare earth minerals. Used for components of electric vehicle batteries, mobile telephones, flat-screen televisions, flash drives, cameras, precision-guided missiles, industrial magnets, wind turbines, solar panels, and other high-tech items, rare earth minerals have become the type of sought-after commodity that uranium and plutonium were during the onset of the atomic age. Rare earth minerals do not easily roll off one's tongue in the same manner as gold, silver, and platinum. For example, yttrium oxide and europium, while sounding unimportant, are what provide the red hue in color televisions. Nations around the world are scrambling to secure reserves containing rare earth minerals. China, where one-third of the planet's rare earth minerals are...
Also known as Assi Ben-Mosh, he has been connected with drug trafficking and sexual exploitation throughout Europe and in Japan and has been investigated by police in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Thailand, India and Brazil.
Phi Beta Iota: Not quite Zionist Strike 21 but close. There is mounting evidence of a global law enforcement campaign to bury Israeli military and intelligence personnel who have treated the world as their personal whorehouse.
Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its representatives.) At the executive level, deals have been brokered between Canberra and various regional states to ensure minimum coverage over the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Secrecy is all fashion.
Adding to this is the triumph of a certain breed of lazy, compliant journalist. The image of the ragtag journo long lost in the speculative tripe of Evelyn Waughs Scoop has been replaced by a tedious, technocratic lout who should, time permitting, be put out to a distant pasture. We are now dealing with compromised dispatches, press releases that yoke the reasoning and analysis that would barely pass muster in the lower grades of a half credible primary. The investigative journalist has, for the most part, disappeared, leaving a few brave scribblers to toil in the wilderness.
The corporate angle on this is fairly unremitting: wedged between the Murdoch behemoth (populist, ragged Herald Sun, or the screaming ideological The Australian) and the Fairfax machine (given a progressive tag), the options for the enterprising press writers are narrow. From the perspective of covering the brutal refugee policy Australia insists on pursuing, the Murdoch press tend to earn the medals of the island authorities in Manus and Nauru. Fairfax shuffles along in the background with the occasional note of condemnation.
The restrictions placed on covering the policy of the Australian government, and those paid subsidiaries on Nauru and Manus remain on par with the secrecy protocols of the Cold War. Since its inception, the Australian policy towards boat arrivals ultimately sent to those isolated island reaches has smacked of colonial patronage, with the regulations to boot.
Elevated to the levels of high secrecy under the term Operation Sovereign Borders, operational details in dealing with boat arrivals, as they are termed, have been a matter of clandestine value. The degrees of control have also extended to covering camp conditions, a matter policed by brutish little laws such as the Australian Border Force Act 2015 (Cth). Under that bit of legislative nastiness, those who obtain protected information in the course of their employment in the border force apparatus can be punished for two years for disclosing such information except to authorised personnel.
Prior to the passage of the ABFA, the Australian government made it its business to hound a number of Save the Children employees working in the Nauru Regional Processing centre. Th...
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