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63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
The group includes:
five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;
a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and
husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.
The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.
Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:
These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.
Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.
Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.
The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.
The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.
The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.
Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...
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Empires dont last forever . America empire may be now reaching its end phase.
American Congress is now in the hands of half-citizens (each congress member with dual citizenship has only half-loyalty to America) and is under tremendous pressure from lobbyists.
Congress and Supreme Court are fighting hard to take-over Presidential power: Supreme Court tries to incapacitate Executive power (as granted by the Constitution) on many cases then gives Congress the final says on those cases.
American politicians are now denouncing populism of their own President Donald Trump and of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban . They are
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On Monday 15 October, Australian Army NH
Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was noted landing
at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville. It was heard using
the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9".
Also on Sunday 14 October, the visiting
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules
transport aircraft '734' was photographed arriving into Rockhampton
Airport from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) after
completing one of its many sorties in support of the Singapore
Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018. It was heard to be using
the radio callsign of "Condor".
Late on a rainy and stormy Saturday 13
October, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in
support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 kicked
off with new Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE
touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as
Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare
South China Morning Post
Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.
This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.
Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance, Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018
Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.
Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn
The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn
($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went
technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.
These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...
Compelling new evidence released on 8th October 2018 from Bourke, NSW, demonstrates how the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project, the largest of its kind in Australia, is builder safer, stronger communities.
The initiative, developed in 2013 when members of the Bourke Aboriginal community approached Just Reinvest NSW with an interest in adopting a community-led justice reinvestment approach. A community strategy for change was developed, Growing Our Kids Up Safe, Smart, Strong, and implementation commenced in 2015. The Project is directed and guided by the Bourke Tribal Council and a backbone team works with existing services to work collectively to develop and implement local solutions.
Newly released statistics demonstrate the following changes in Bourke between 2015 and 2017:
Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW, has stated that Over previous decades, we have seen the imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children increasing dramatically. The experience in Bourke demonstrates that the solutions to this national crisis lie in community-led initiatives like justice reinvestment that support communities to develop local solutions.
Re-offending has also decreased, with the following changes observed between 2014 and 2016:
For children and young people (10-25 year olds) the following changes have occurred:
Just Reinvest NSW has released its policy platform ahead of the 2019 NSW State Election. To read the full policy, click here. In summary, we are asking the NSW Government to:
1. Allocating $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for three new community-led justice reinvestment initiatives across NSW.
2. Providing $5 million over 5 years from the corrections
budget for the establishment of an independent NSW justice
reinvestment body overseen by a board with Aboriginal and Torres
3. Commit to policy and legislative reforms to immediately reduce the prison population in NSW, including those proposed in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper: Smarter Sentencing and Parole Law Reform, as well as adequate resourcing to ensure effective implementation of the sentencing and parole law reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.
4. Report annually on projected and actual costs and savings associated with the implementation of sentencing and parole law reforms and driver disqualification reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.
The work of Just Reinvest NSW and the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project has recently been reported in the following articles:
This article discussed the tangible outcomes being delivered by the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project in Bourke. This includes the following observations sourced through BOCSAR NSW data:
These pieces discussed the progress of Justice Reinvestment in Bourke, including its social and fiscal benefits, and potential to be scaled across other communities.
Queensland is the only state that allows edge filtering on some roads and now riders have been granted further leniency when the speed limit is temporarily changed.
Lane filtering was introduced in 2015 under the former Liberal State Government, thanks to lobbying by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland.
The rules included the unique allowance for riders to filter on the edge of roads marked as 90km/h or higher.
However, in a ludicrous anomaly riders were banned from edge filtering if the variable electronic speed limit was reduced for congested traffic just when you need to filter!
The MRAQ has been lobbying to fix the edge filtering anomaly for the past 18 months.
Last month the Labor Government changed the rule to allow edge filtering even when the speed is dropped, unless it is in a tunnel or through roadworks.
The ACT recently made lane filtering permanent after a prolonged trial. It joins all other states with lane filtering laws, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
MRAQ president Chris Mearns says they have also been lobbying for other changes to Queenslands lane filtering rules....
Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.
At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.
And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)
Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.
The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.
Yep! I love that we have MPs and a wider membership that use young people as...
A WORK SWAP between a nurse from the Gold Coast and a colleague from Quilpie hospital has led to a truckload of hay for the...
Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.
The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.
It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.
From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.
Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.
This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.
Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.
Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.
There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.
All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support..........
[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]
by Amanda Gearing
On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.
However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.
Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...
Within an hour of arriving at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, Id met three sets of grey nomads who had been visiting the park for over a decade. When I mentioned on instagram that we were at Woodgate Beach, I was flooded with DMs from people who fondly remembered childhood summers spent there.
Indeed, Woodgate Beach is imbued with a sense of yesteryear. Its charming, peaceful and incredibly picturesque. Located on the Fraser Coast, 40minutes from Bundaberg, its a very small town dotted with old holiday shacks and resident kangaroos.
If youre looking for a quiet getaway with few distractions, Woodgate Beach might be just the place for you. Its an easy drive from the Bruce Hwy and once you arrive you can rest and relax andthats about all.
Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele ONeil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.
Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele O'Neil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.
Posted by Australian Unions on Saturday, October 6, 2018
A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.
Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.
Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.
Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.
The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.
We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...
Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.
We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.
Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.
Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.
I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.
Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.
Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.
All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.
A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.
A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.
Dr Tim Jones, senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University, said:
Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice calls for action by governments, the health sector and religious communities to better respond to people experiencing conflict between their gender identity or sexual orientation and their beliefs.
The report reveals the immense trauma and grief participants felt at the prospect of having to choose between their faith or their gender and sexuality, both intimate and important parts of themselves. The psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by our participants, at their loss of faith, or their struggle to be accepted by their communities, was devastating, added Dr Jones.
Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:
The report provides a roadmap for future reform, with recommendations directed at state and federal governments and the health sector.
We need stronger laws and support for survivors but also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities. We particularly urge governments across the country to respond to the acute vulnerability of children and young people in religious communities, said Ms Brown.
This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do not want you to see.
This moving documentary by international activist Ian R. Crane chronicles the accounts of families living under the degradation of the Unconventional hydrocarbon industry, aka Fracking. Their testimonies reveal the day to day pollution of water, air, light and noise. Due to the blind eye of the authorities, Fracking drillers have devastated local environment of Southern Queensland, and further afield and this could be coming to your town next. This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Watch:
Run time: 1 hour
Directed and Produced by Ian R. Crane
Distributed independently (2015)
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Todays blog post is about sleep and reading. I am travelling
from London to Sydney today via Hong Kong so I will not write
anything more than a few lines. I will be back in writing mode on
Tuesday I should think. For the next 24 hours I have a lot of
reading to do. I also provide some advice for those who pack
running shoes when travelling.
It has been a really busy, if not torrid speaking tour this time around lots of in and out of my least favourite airport London Heathrow and a lot of talk.
I now get a more measured period of writing.
Thomas Fazi and I met in Germany over the weekend just gone and are now fully working on our followup book to Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).
I will provide a rough guide to what we are up to soon I might have said when we know but it is more accurate to say when the approach is more fully articulated.
I think it will be a little of a surprise and as a clue we are going to provide a comprehensive critique of Western concepts of democracy and economy to allow us to break out of the usual frames that bind, even our thinking.
It might not work but it will be fun finding out.
More on that later.
Over the next 24 hours or so, if you are worried about comments that are held in the moderation queue it is because I am some kms in the sky and refuse to pay the ridiculous fees that airlines demand for wi-fi connection.
More important than learning or writing about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is finding good running routes when travelling.
Here are some of the routes I have been traversing over the last few weeks in New York City and then in Europe.
NYC Hudson River Park
I was staying in Jane Street, adjacient to the Hudson River. The choice of Hotel was deliberate because I had only one crossing before I was on the fabulous running track along the river.
You can go south for further than I run I went around 5 kms down and 5kms back. There are various piers that you can run out and around if you like.
Surface is excellent (paving mostly).
There are a lot of runners but it is not crowded.
The route in the map is not my turnaround point on the days I ran it I just couldnt fit it all on the screen and make it meaningful.
A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.
Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.
Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.
But this trip, it was a problem.
At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.
I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.
I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.
It felt like Id let a good friend down.
I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.
Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.
And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.
Lesson learned.Click to view slideshow.
Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.
I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...
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An example of sustainability education and urban farming before they became popular, the story of Calmsley Hill City Farm is largely forgotten. At the time it was the locus of landcare education in the Sydney region and an early example of professional permaculture design.
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On Thursday, 21 May 1992 Julia Gillard was in Melbourne. Her office was in Melbourne. Ms Gillard claims that on 21 May 1992 she provided important legal advice to her purported arms-length client Ralph Blewitt. This is the document through which Ms Gillard claims to have transmitted the advice to...
The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.
With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.
Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.
This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.
Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.
Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.
Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.
Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...
A Queensland mother was left covered in large bruises and cuts after she used her body to shield her four-month-old baby from a brutal hailstorm. Fiona Simpson was driving to her home in Kingaroy, Queensland with her new baby and grandmother when an extreme storm hit on Thursday. She pulled over when driving conditions got bad, but had no idea just how bad things were going to get. Simpson soon heard a loud bang and turned around to see what had happened. "All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open ... it's gone," she told ABC. The large hailstones had smashed through the window. Simpson quickly jumped into the backseat and used her body to shelter her baby from the onslaught of large hailstones and rain. "I looked down and I could see she was screaming but I couldn't even hear her, that's how loud it was," she said.
BILBY SCIENTIST Peter McRaes Charleville friends found themselves all just about outnumbered at his memorial service in the town hall on 29 September. They included...
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