Police confirm 6 charges against Andrew O'Keefe after "a woman attended a unit at Kent Street to meet the occupant"

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A man has been charged over the alleged assault of a woman in the Sydney CBD earlier this week.

Just before 1.40pm on Tuesday (25 January 2022), a 38-year-old woman attended a unit at Kent Street to meet the occupant, a 50-year-old man.

Police have been told an argument ensued, with the man allegedly assaulting and choking the woman before she was able to leave the unit.

Officers attached to Sydney City Police Area Command were notified of the incident yesterday (Wednesday 26 January 2022), and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, police attended a unit at Kent Street about 4.30am today (Thursday 27 January 2022), and arrested a 50-year-old man.

He was taken to Day Street Police Station and has now been charged with six offences,

• Intentionally choke etc person without consent (two counts)

• Common assault (three counts), and

• Assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The man has been refused bail and is due to appear at Central Local Court tomorrow (Friday 28 January 2022).


Bee Gees' Barry Gibb made an honorary Companion in the Order of Australia. Good on him!

Honorary Gazette and Media Notes January 2022


Sir Barry Alan GIBB CBE, United States of America
For eminent service to the performing arts as a musician, songwriter and record producer, to the advancement of Australian music artists, and to philanthropy.

Sir Barry Gibb CBE is one of the co-founding and only surviving members of pop legends, the Bee Gees. Alongside his twin brothers, Maurice and Robin, the Bee Gees became one of the most commercially successful pop groups in musical history, selling over 220 million records worldwide.

The Bee Gees have influenced, and made significant contributions to, the Australian music industry and its emerging artists and producers, particularly during the formative years of Australian popular music.

Over Sir Barry's distinguished and notable music career he has amassed multiple Grammy awards (including the prestigious Legend Award, Hall of Fame Award and Lifetime Achievement Award), as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having number one songs in the 1960s,1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Aside from Sir Barry's stellar music career, he is known for his philanthropic work, which saw him recognised in the United Kingdom through his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 and a Knight Bachelor in 2018. An example of his involvement in charitable events was 'Sound Relief’, with Olivia Newton-John AC DBE at the Sydney Cricket Ground to raise funds for those affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

On the basis of his longstanding support and development of the Australian music industry which he helped bring to an international audience and for philanthropy, Sir Barry Gibb CBE has been recognised with an appointment as an Honorary Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC).



UN announces North Korea to chair UN disarmament forum on nuclear weapons


I'll let you know if the Minister responds.

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Australians shouldn't have to cop this.

To add insult to injury, Australian taxpayers are funding this farce

Why are we part of the UN?

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GENEVA, January 26, 2022 — The United Nations has announced that North Korea will chair the world disarmament forum which negotiated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, sparking calls by an independent monitoring group for the U.S., the EU, and UN chief Antonio Guterres to strongly protest, and for their ambassadors to walk out of the conference during the four weeks of the North Korean presidency, starting on May 30, 2022. 

The 65-nation Conference on Disarmament, based in Geneva, is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament efforts. The UN-backed body calls itself “the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community.”

“Having the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that monitors the United Nations.

“This is a country that threatens to attack other UN member states with missiles, and that commits atrocities against its own people. Torture and starvation are routine in North Korean political prison camps where an estimated 100,000 people are held in what is one of the world’s most dire human-rights situations,” said Neuer.

The activist group announced that it intends to hold protest events outside the UN hall featuring victims of North Korean abuses.

Under UN rules, the North Korean ambassador to the forum, Mr. Han Tae Song, will help organize the work of the conference and assist in setting the agenda. He will exercise all functions of a presiding officer, and represent the body in its relations with states, the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations, and with other international organizations.

While the post is largely formal, “North Korea holding the president’s gavel is liable to seriously undermine the  image and credibility of the United Nations, and will send absolutely the worst message,” said Neuer.

“At a time when China, Russia, Libya, Kazakhstan and Venezuela are sitting on the UN’s human rights council, this won’t help.”


Here's the UN announcement - https://www.ungeneva.org/en/news-media/meeting-summary/2022/01/conference-disarmament-hold-first-public-plenary-its-2022

The presidency of the Conference rotates among its Member States according to the English alphabetical order, with each President holding office for four working weeks. After China’s presidency (24 January to 18 February), the following countries will also take the presidency during 2022: Colombia (21 February to 18 March), Cuba (21 March to 1 April and 16 to 27 May), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (30 May to 24 June), Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 June to 1 July and 1 to 19 August),

Wonder if she's taking questions?

Hi Banks Labor Members,

I hope you all had a good festive period and have managed to stay safe and well. As part of campaign fundraising, I am doing a virtual fundraising event with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard next week. Below are the details and here is the link to the ticket page: https://www.nswlabor.org.au/julia_gillard_and_zhi_soon_virtual_event

I hope you are able to join! 

Best Regards,


Labor Candidate for Banks