The Abbott government is pushing ahead with a religious-only school chaplaincy scheme following a cabinet debate over whether secular welfare workers should be included in the program.
The government was forced to redesign the $224 million scheme after the High Court ruled it invalid in June for the second time in two years. The court found the Commonwealth had over-reached its funding powers by providing direct payments to chaplain providers.
In a bid to prevent another High Court challenge, the federal government will provide funding to state and territory governments to administer the scheme. This new arrangement strengthens the hand of the states and could see some demand an option for secular welfare workers or tougher qualification standards.
The preparations for the G20 have been far more extensive than the attention being paid to jihadists overseas: thousands of security operatives and state and national police are banned from taking leave; parts of inner-city Brisbane will be locked down on a war footing; snipers will occupy rooftops and armoured vehicles will patrol empty streets. There’s even a new $457m telecoms network being built, which could make it easier to snoop on the rest of the world’s leaders.
Tens of thousands of residents could be corralled inside their homes or barricaded out of their properties during the event. “The unprecedented security arrangements will keep road closures secret and effectively trap people from moving around the city,” the Courier Mail’s Neil Doorley reported in July.
“Residents will learn of closures only a short time before and will not be allowed to leave or enter their properties inside the ‘declared area’ except in an emergency,”
The proposed laws will allow Asio to declare “special intelligence operations”, making it an offence punishable by 5-10 years jail to disclose anything Australia’s spooks are doing.
Dolan Springs, Arizona: An instructor at a shooting range in Arizona has died after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head with an Uzi sub-machinegun he was showing her how to use, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.
Charles Vacca, 39, was shot on Monday morning, flown to a medical centre in Las Vegas and pronounced dead shortly before 9pm, the sheriff’s office said.
Mr Vacca was working at the Bullets and Burgers outdoor range in White Hills, about 100 kilometres south-east of Las Vegas, when the accident occurred.
The girl and her parents were at the range while on holiday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.
He was standing next to the girl, instructing her how to use the Uzi, when she pulled the gun’s trigger and the recoil sent the weapon over her head, causing him to be shot, the sheriff’s office said.
Twenty minutes of ads could soon be interrupting your favourite program on free-to-air TV. Is this essential for free-to-air to stay viable as audiences fragment? Or is it the ultimate turn-off? Paul Kalina screens the evidence.
Police are seizing coins and cash from beggars in Melbourne’s CBD as proceeds of crime, according to reports from homeless people and welfare workers.
Youth Projects say they have had up to eight cases in the past year of police confiscating the “meagre proceeds” of the homeless after they were charged with the offence of begging alms.
The welfare group’s chair, Melanie Raymond, said in one case, on Christmas Eve, a man was forced to put his takings in a charity box.
“We think begging should be decriminalised because it’s penalising people for being poor and hungry,” Ms Raymond said.
City worker Philip Staindl said last month a homeless man that begs near his office on Little Collins Street had $20 from his coffee cup taken.
He said the man was told that he was breaking the law, could be taken to court, and that his morning’s takings were the “proceeds of crime”. “I was incredulous,” Mr Staindl said.
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The new TV season begins in a couple of weeks, which is typically a time of excitement for fans, but if you love the Discovery Channel‘s Mythbusters, you may now have reason to be suspicious about the show’s return. Under a blanket of proverbial fog last night, the cable network announced that the M7 build team – Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci – were suddenly departing from the show. Suffice to say that the M7 trio are a huge part of the show’s success for the last decade, but when you dump news on a Thursday night in August, it’s going to make people wonder: why is Discovery ditching Grant, Kari and Tory?
Last week an Australian comedian and TV host suggested that he would send members of the Westboro Baptist Church to Iraq so they can organize a protest over ISIS’ killing of Christians. They accepted the offer.
Big thanks to the robot with the shiniest ass
Biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins is apologizing after saying that it is “immoral” NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome.
The University of Oxford professor took to Twitter yesterday to speak on abortion in Ireland, which is illegal. He advised a woman who wouldn’t know what to do if she had a baby with Down syndrome to “abort it and try again” because “it would be immoral to bring it into the world.”
Many of his 17,900 followers expressed outrage over the comments, which Dawkins defended as “very civilized (sic)” because fetuses don’t have “human feelings.”
He also claimed that people shouldn’t oppose abortion if they are meat eaters.
If money was no object I could so do this. And why is this not an Olympic Sport?
VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show “Dating Naked,” a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit.
Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says she was repeatedly promised by the producers that her private parts would be “blurred out” during the show’s third episode in May.
So she stripped down to her birthday suit with wet beach sand covering parts of her body and performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her date while the producers egged her on, according to the $10 million suit filed in Manhattan by her high- powered lawyer, Matthew Blit.
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,” Nizewitz told The Post, explaining that she was brought to tears.
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When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself, he allegedly wrote “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.”
School officials were alarmed by 16-year-old Alex Stone’s words and called police. Now Stone and his mother Karen Gray are speaking out to media as they feel the school overreacted.
“I could understand if they made him rewrite it because he did have ‘gun’ in it,” Gray told the NY Daily News. “I mean first of all we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun.”
The cops took Stone in for questioning and searched his locker and backpack for guns. None were found.
LOL America. Kid writes some fiction. THEY ALL FREAK OUT. Another kid shoots 20 babies dead and they do fuck all about it. Murika.
A 70-year-old Australian grandfather has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel, celebrating his feat by having a couple of beers “for medicinal purposes”.
Cyril Baldock, from Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, said the beers tasted better than the sea water he swallowed during the record-breaking swim from England to France, which made him “pretty crook”, or unwell.
Baldock, aged 70 years and nine months, took 12 hours and 45 minutes to swim from Dover to Cap Gris-Nez – a straight line distance of 34 kilometres – beating the previous record set by British man Roger Allsopp, who was five months younger, in 2011.
The president of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, deemed the actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group “embarrassing” to the religion and called upon Muslim leaders to unite in tackling extremism, Agence France-Presse reported.
BEIRUT: Hezbollah Thursday condemned the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, describing the killing as a “savage crime” executed by terrorist groups.
Hezbollah cited “financial and military support of terrorist groups,” paired with “political and media protection” and international silence over crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as the main causes behind the “terrible crime.”
UPDATED: A wide range of Muslims living in Norway are gathering for the first time to mount a major demonstration next week against Islamic extremists both in Norway and abroad. “We’re tired of seeing (extremist groups such as) IS and Profetens Ummah dominate the debate,” said one of the organizers of the demonstration, 28-year-old student Thee Yezen Obaide. An Iraqi group, meanwhile, is also challenging the spokesman for Profetens Ummah in court.
While America continues to kill them
Militants who executed American journalist James Foley in a video released Tuesday implied they would do the same to another war correspondent, Steven Sotloff, if President Obama does not stop U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. That doesn’t appear to have dissuaded the president or senior defense officials: The U.S. military announced 14 more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Wednesday, saying it had hit a variety of militant targets.
While Saudi Arabia sponsors them
The Saudi kingdom’s top cleric has condemned ISIS extremists for violating the rules of Islam, but private donors from oil-rich Saudi Arabia are likely to continue sponsoring the radical Sunni movement in Syria and Iraq, experts stress.
“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” claimed Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday, August, 19, as cited by Al Arabiya.
When it comes to moving furniture on a budget you might wish your car was a TARDIS — but wishing will not make it so.
One Sheffield family has valiantly attempted to fit a three-seater sofa in the back of their Ford Fiesta and a neighbour was there to (unhelpfully) capture their struggle. You’ve got to admire the family’s persistence and preparedness to experiment with the laws of physics while still keeping an eye on children playing by the side of the road.
Gigi Hadid may have been stripping off – but it was all for a good cause.
But while the 19-year-old was selflessly raising awareness of a devastating disease, she may also have had an ulterior motive.
The model challenged her ex Cody Simpson to follow her lead and complete the ALS ice bucket challenge – and in so doing made sure he wouldn’t miss her bikini body. Blah blah boobies.