I see the government has announced a gun amnesty to “get illegal weapons off the street” according to Justice Minister Michael Keenan. On ABC TV he indicated “Grandfather’s old gun” needed to be handed in.
From today’s Oz
Mr Keenan said the amnesty was aimed at reducing the number of guns in the “illegal and grey market”.
“Some of that will be somebody who might have grandpa’s old gun in the back shed that wasn’t registered that we want handed in,” he said
But the Justice Minister did not explain how the government would entice criminals to hand in their illegal firearms.
The last sentence is the killer. I can’t see the Middle Eastern organized crime gangs in western Sydney, the Melbourne drug syndicates nor the Bikie gangs having round table discussions as to how best they can get all their illegal weapons collected and handed in.
Isn’t going to happen but some ordinary guy will hand in Grandfather’s gun for altruistic reasons, the government will say “look how we are dealing with the problem” and they aren’t.
In the case of Farhad Jabhar who shot and killed Curtis Cheng at Parramatta in October, he didn’t have legal access to firearms. Nor did he have a firearms licence or own a firearm. The weapon used, a handgun, wasn’t legally registered..
Alameddine, who gave the gun to Jabhar allegedly sourced the weapon from a Middle Eastern organised crime gang operating in western Sydney. This type of weapon, it appears, may be obtained for a few hundred dollars.
The government can’t legislate criminals into law abiding citizens. That takes policing and a good start would be increasing surveillence of imports as indicated by this link
which highlights gun smuggling through Australia Post.
Again from The Oz
The bottom line is that Australia’s laws don’t allow easy access to firearms, and lawful access to semiautomatic or automatic weapons is extremely restricted and heavily monitored.
But the problem in counter-terrorism isn’t those who operate within Australia’s gun laws: it’s the criminal alliance between the gangs that control the illegal firearms markets and the terrorists they’ll trade with.
We need an enhanced understanding of the crossover points to combat both national security challenges.
Policing, not legislation.
JP work Sunday morning.
I’ve just authorized a Search Warrant for the police to search the residence of a woman who has been accused of injecting heroin and using methamphetamines (Ice) in the presence of her 12 month old baby. She has also been accused of telling her older kids that they can get their first heroin hit when their age reaches double figures.
As in 10 years old!
My daughter and her 1 month old baby should be here soon for coffee – that should cheer me up.
You hang in there Shorten. Not only are you lying about LNP selling Medicare but it doesn’t even make sense. Only the bottom end of the ALP demographic believe it and that’s not enough.
Turnbull says we invaded Australia- Abbott said we occupied.
If it was an invasion then the 245 marines that accompanied Phillip would have been the greatest force multiplier ever assembled. Statistically greater than the D Day force at Normanby or Ghengis Khan’s mob that overrun Europe.
7.7million square kilometers, hundreds of thousands of locals and 245 Marines sorted them out.
Not only did they do this but they did it with Phillip stating Rules of Engagement that ordered them to treat the Aboriginals kindly and to establish harmonious relations with them.
Abbott is right and the Invasion mob should stop playing around with the English language.
drops a line and the perpetually offended attack. Twitter explodes
and the CEO of the AFL gets confused about what the letters AFL actually mean.
Just days after the AFL launched a women’s league to begin next year and also signed up to the Our Watch campaign aimed at stamping out violence towards women, the AFL chief conceded the league still had much work to do.
“We still have a long way to go. Our sport must lead,” he said.
“Casual language and jokes about threats to women are part of the problem.
“Footy has to be an increasing part of the solution.”
“Footy has to be an increasing part of the solution.”
No it doesn’t footy has to be footy! I’m sick of AFL playing the social justice card – they are there to entertain the masses with football.
Just play football and leave the rest to the Social Justice Warriors. There’s plenty of them and they need something to maintain their angst.
Cultural sensitivity training fails, as it should.
The vast majority of Australian Defence Force personnel believes the Muslim religion promotes violence and terrorism, despite “cultural sensitivity training” by the ADF to have its soldiers take the view that Islam is a religion of peace.
Good. I see they’re not swayed by the views of the politically correct brigade.
The bombshell new study sponsored by the army finds that such “anti-Muslim sentiments” are “probably quite widespread” among Australian frontline troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the military’s efforts to reverse this trend are counter-productive.
It might be a bombshell to some but those who inhabit the real world would wonder why on earth any one would be surprised that an Army that has been fighting Muslims for more than ten years would not think they are a religion of peace.
All Muslim’s aren’t peaceful and Islam isn’t a religion of peace.
The term Cultural Sensitivity Training is cop-out to the politically correct however Cultural Training by itself is fine. Prior to my sojourns to South East Asia I was lectured and read all I could about the Vietnamese culture and whereas I accepted the Vietnamese civilians were sometimes peaceful I didn’t trust them.
And no one suggested that communism was a peaceful ideology.
The good Doctor’s final sentence is enlightening.
Dr Miller said more work should be done by the ADF to get a better understanding of the issue, but the problem was that “the open expression of anti-Muslim sentiment in the ADF can and has led to disciplinary charges and dismissal.”
So it’s an offence to be anti-enemy.
Wow – we used to encourage it.
Full article here
Picture show Religion of Peace chaps winning hearts and minds
It has always been the case that soldiers are expected to be apolitical and I have always agreed with that ruling.
MP for Canning Andrew Hastie has been booted out of the Army Reserves after he defied a Defence request to remove photos of him in military garb from election campaign material.
Australian Defence Force members, including reservists, are banned from taking part in political activities while in uniform.
The ADF says its policy is designed to ensure the armed forces remain apolitical.
More than 100 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, together with 50 Defence civilians, families, friends and allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community marched in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The contingent was led by the most senior enlisted members of the ADF: Warrant Officer for the Navy, Martin Holzberger; Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army, Dave Ashley; and Warrant Officer for the Air Force, Mark Pentreath who volunteered to lead their members, alongside Parade Commander, Air Commodore Tracy Smart.
They marched in uniform.
…on a parade that supports a certain ideology.
And I, for one, think that’s political.
I would think that most Aussies would see no problem with Hastie emphasising his service giving rise to an expectation that he is well trained in leadership roles. Conversely I would think most would be simply embarrassed by their nations military parading at the Gay Mardi Gras.
I am. I am tired of gender politics being forced on us. I don’t care what your sexual proclivities are, just that you do your job.
What’s sauce for the goose…
It’s apparently OK to support this type of weird stuff;
Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity. Not about celebrating diversity. Not about stopping bullying. “About gender and sexual diversity. About same-sex attractive. About being transgender. About being lesbian, gay, bisexual – say the words – transgender, intersex. Not just ‘Be nice to everyone. Everyone’s great’.”
…but not anything that hints at Christianity
The Queensland government will review religious education in state schools after claims a popular program was “soliciting” students to become Christian.
Windsor State School principal Matthew Keong wrote a letter to parents last week, suspending the long-standing Connect syllabus at his school.
Mr Keong said the program “contravenes policy that prohibits proselytising”.
“Connect’s lesson materials go beyond imparting knowledge of Biblical references, and extend to soliciting children to develop a personal faith in God and Jesus to become a Christian or `Kingdom Kid’,” he wrote.
Latrobe Uni has reinstated Roz Ward the perpetrator of the Safe Schools program in Victoria. The Premier obviously agrees with the program and this morning Roz was treated to a Guard of Honour provided by her acolytes.
The picture shows members of the National Tertiary Education Union
genuflecting in her presence.
They must be from the Marxist sub branch of the union.
Perth, WA. A shark described by witnesses as more than 5.3m long has killed a 60-year-old woman at a popular reef off Perth’s northern suburbs, the second fatal shark attack in five days in Western Australia.
Yesterday’s death, the 15th fatal shark attack in Western Australia since 2000, has brought fresh scrutiny to the Barnett government’s divisive shark mitigation strategy.
The scrutiny is from the Greens and their mates on Sea Sheppard who believe that sharks are higher up the food chain than humans and that no one should try and make beaches safe.
It is the shark’s domain, don’t you know!
Well yes, it is. Just as the North Queensland rivers are the croc’s territory, however it is also ours. Humans have been going down to the sea and rivers since we started and using them as a transport route or a source of food.
So doing nothing is not an answer. Crocs in the northern part of Australia need culling. There are more than 150,000 of the critters and local tourist mobs say there are more in the north than anywhere in the world.
More than anywhere else because the Greens have the power of veto with anything that you can tag the word “Eco” on.
I’m not sure that longstanding use of baited hooks – or drum lines – in regions such as Queensland is the way to go. This article says
since 2000 there have been 5 Queensland deaths compared to WA’s 10 and considering Queensland has a greater population then there has to be something in it.
Australia has more crocodiles than anywhere else and more shark fatalities . Surely that’s a case to do something.
Maybe this gives us hope- from Wikipedia;
Shark Shield is a personal electronic device that creates an electromagnetic field to deter shark attacks and is used by surfers, scuba divers,spearfishing, and ocean kayak fishing. The electrical wave-form used in the Shark Shield is based on a technology originally invented by theKwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board of South Africa in the 1990s, releasing the SharkPOD (Protective Oceanic Device or simply POD).The Shark Shield device was developed by the Australian company SeaChange Technology Pty Ltd, and commercialized by its trading company Shark Shield Pty Ltd established in October 2006.
Sea Change Technology
are in South Australia
The field is projected from two electrodes, which create an elliptical field that surrounds the user. Both electrodes must be immersed in the water for the field to be created. Research conducted by The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in 2012 estimated the Shark Shield electrical field to be approximately four to five meters in diameter.
Wow! The Safas have a space agency – who knew.
The generated field doesn’t seem big enough to protect an entire beach but if the Safa’s Space Agency(I still can’t believe it) can do something, can CSIRO or private enterprise extend the range?
Whatever, we need to do something and soon. Stop listening to the Greens, ignore Sea Sheppard, net the beaches and do some serious research.
Here’s a chance for Malcom or Bill to do something to really help. In the midst of a frenzied spendathon how about a bit of seed money for research.
Link to The South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
. A search for Shark Shield doesn’t get any results but it does prove it exists