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Not so fast Mr Trump! Adam Bandt has plans for Emergency Meeting in Melbourne

Donald Trump has no idea what's about to hit him.

Trump can only hope Bandt doesn't go the full Peter Allen and deploy the Seat of Melbourne Maracas.

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"...I feel like Tarzan........of the jungle........." Adam Bandt in full Rio parliamentary flight.

We can't always be in "Charge!!!!!" mode.

The Royal Navy Gun Run - a central element of the Royal Tournament and often part of the ceremony of Beating the Retreat.

There is no better example of preparation, training and teamwork. 

One of the great military ceremonies is Beating the Retreat.

Not Celebrating the Victory. Nor the Charge.  Beating the Retreat.

It's the sensible thing to do from time to time.

Here's reader Gerry of Mentone. 

We must all contribute to the Common Good, as our gifts and circumstances allow. I pray that you be free to pursue your duty to completion, but trusting always that we are not masters of the earthly outcomes. 

So I respectfully append James MacAulay’s poem to Bob Santamaria, Retreat, in case you like to be reminded of it.

Come into yourself a while,
Be deaf to outer cares;
Ask not who wins, who fall, who rages,
Or what each doubtful sign presages,
Or what face treachery wears.

Soon you must return to tasks
That sicken and appall:
The calumnies will never cease,
Look only to the sign of peace,
The cross upon the wall.

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The Philippines confirms what I reported to DFAT last June - Islamic State in contact

Last June I wrote a series of articles about the Islamic State's infiltration and influence over the Islamist elements of The Philippines.

Why is DFAT planning to spend $60M to fund Islamic Madrassas for ...
29 ມິ.ຖ. 2016 - The Australia-Philippines Development Strategy highlights Australia's goal of improving .... Or maybe it's the Moro National Liberation Front?

Request for comment from DFAT on new $60M plans to engage with ...
29 ມິ.ຖ. 2016 - ... plans to engage with IS-supporters Moro Islamic Liberation Front ... of all IslamicState forces in the Philippines according to a translation from ...

Islamic State video announces creation of a province in The Philippines
27 ມິ.ຖ. 2016 - The video proclaims the island in the Philippines as an official .... loyal to al Qaeda), and parts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Now official confirmation from the government of The Philippines of the Islamic State connection.

Philippines Confirms Communication Between Islamic State in Syria and Local Affiliate

“I am earnestly asking, I am pleading to the MNLF and the MILF, do not provide sanctuary to the terrorists in your areas,” Duterte said in remarks on Friday. He was referring to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), armed Islamic groups stationed in southern Mindanao who do not have ties to the Islamic State. As mayor of Davao, one of Mindanao’s largest cities, for over two decades, Duterte has a long-established rapport with the MILF and MNLF. Both groups have publicly issued statements of support to Duterte.

Duterte warned the groups that, if they support Islamic State terrorists, “we will be forced to go after them within your territory, and that could mean trouble for all of us. I don’t want that to happen.” Duterte made a distinction between the armed Islamists of the MILF and MNLF — who use violence to attempt to establish an Islamic state within the Philippines — and the Islamic State, which have “killed a lot of innocent people.” Estimates suggest an estimated 120,000 people have been killed by the struggle between the two Moro separatist groups and the government.

Duterte’s outreach to the groups follows the revelation by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that the Islamic State’s leaders in Iraq and Syria have established communications with groups who pledged allegiance to “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the Philippines. “They’ve made contact,” Lorenzana said Thursday. “One of the leaders… moved to Central Mindanao allegedly on the behest of ISIS people in the Middle East to find out if Central Mindanao is more conducive to the establishment of their wilayat [caliphate].”

The leader in question, Lorenzana added, was also tasked with consolidating the Islamic State’s presence in the region, including communicating with the violent Maute group, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2015.

Manila has already begun acting on the new intelligence regarding communications with Raqqa and Mosul. On Friday, the government announced that troops had already begun an operation, including airstrikes, on an Islamic State affiliate target on one of the nation’s southern islands.

The major Islamic State affiliate in the Philippines is Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines (AKP), formerly Abu Sayyaf. The group, an offshoot of the Moro Liberation groups, specializes in abducting Westerners for ransom and made $7 million in profit in ransoms in the first six months of 2016. To cut the flow of assets to the terrorist group, Duterte recently pledged not to attempt to rescue its hostages, warning Filipinos to avoid dangerous areas and not rely on ransom payments to come.

Duterte, who is from southern Mindanao, has previously warned that the Islamic State has been growing increasingly popular in his country, and the battle has become extremely personal for him. To be frank, I have cousins on the other side, with MI [Moro Islamic Liberation Front] and MN [Moro National Liberation Front]. Some, I heard, are with ISIS,” he told reporters earlier this month. Months before that revelation, Duterte warnedthat the Philippines has “problems with Muslim insurgency, and we have to address them before they get contaminated by the ISIS disease.”

The Philippines has confirmed that some of its citizens have joined the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, even appearing in the group’s gruesome propaganda videos.



Here is my email to DFAT

Sent: Tuesday, 28 June 2016 6:29 AM
To: Media
Subject: Request for comment on Australia funding for Islamic schools under DAESH influence/control


To the proper officer,

On 6 May 2015 the government's AusTender website announced that Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd had been awarded a $38M contract to provide "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)".
Last week the Islamic State or Daesh announced that it had effective control of much or all of Mindinao and it proclaimed the island a wilayat or province of the Islamic State (or Caliphate/Khalifah) with the Muslim terrorist Insilon Hapilon appointed as the Emir of the province.
I have included media reports and links to the Islamic State claim of sovereignty over Mindanao below.
Islamic State also issued a call to Asian Islamists who cannot get to Iraq or Syria to go to Mindanao to join the Islamic State and to live under its Sharia.
I know we do not recognise the legitimacy of the Islamic State, let alone its claim to sovereignty over part of The Philippines.  However it would appear that large numbers of locals do.
Is the Australian Government aware of the Islamic State claim that Mindanao is part of the Caliphate? Is the DFAT funding for Muslim education in Mindanao affected?
What is the syllabus being taught in Mindanao through our $38M "Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (Philippines)"?
Can the Australian Government reassure us that none of our money goes to the benefit of the Islamic State or or to advance its teachings, including those of its subsidiaries like Abu Sayyat?
Given the Abu Sayyaf/Islamic State influence in the province, is it wise for Australia to fund Muslim education given the widespread traditional Islamic practices and influence on the way Islam is practiced?
Kind regards,
Michael Smith

After months of buildup, which included pledges of loyalty from various local groups, the Islamic State has officially created a province in the Philippines. A newly released video from the region, which was produced in the same style as all other Islamic State provinces, offered confirmation of the new province.

The video begins by showing several “battalions” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. This includes the Abu Dujana Battalion, Abu Khubaib Battalion, Jundallah Battalion, and the Abu Sadr Battalion. These battalions joined others from ASG, including Jund al TawhidAnsar al Sharia, and Marakah al Ansar in pledging bayah to the Islamic State. Additionally, some of ASG’s leadership, including overall leader Isnilon Hapilon (who is shown in the video), have pledged to the jihadist group.

Hapilon, a US-designated terrorist, was again confirmed as the leader of all of the Islamic State’s forces in the Philippines. In an April issue of the Islamic State’s weekly newsletter Al Naba, the jihadist group said that Hapilon, also known as Abu Abdullah al Filipini, had been appointed as emir. In a portion of the video featuring a Filipino fighter in Raqqah, Syria, he confirms the Al Naba report.

Hapilon is the senior most figure to have defected to the Islamic State in the Philippines. The video also confirms that a formal leadership structure for the Islamic State has indeed been put into place, exemplifying its expansion in the country. This was also seen earlier this month in an infographic released by the ‘Amaq News Agency, one of the jihadist group’s news outlets. The infographic included several important facts from the Islamic State in the Philippines, including the number of groups that have pledged allegiance and where they operate. (See Threat Matrix report, Islamic State details activity in the Philippines.)

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Michael, thanks for your email.

For your background, Australia works with the Government of the Philippines and the official Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao to deliver targeted development programs, including through the Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) program. We have been a long-standing supporter of the education sector in Mindanao, in recognition of the impact poverty and conflict has had on educational outcomes in the region. 

The DFAT AusTender notification represents an extension to a successful program which works with officially endorsed Government schools that teach government endorsed curriculum - it is not a new program. Funding moderate and good quality education is a better alternative to conflict and extremist teaching. All beneficiary organisations and schools are vetted to ensure that terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, Abu Sayyaf Group and known affiliates, do not receive funds. The syllabus used in this program is recognised and approved by the Philippines Government National Department of Education and is based on a standard core of literacy, numeracy, science and technology.

The Mindanao region remains under the control of the elected Government of the Philippines. The Australian Government works closely with countries in the region, including the Philippines, to address the threat of transnational terrorism.



Media Liaison Officer  |  Media Liaison Section 
Parliamentary and Media Branch | Public Diplomacy and Communications Division

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Julie Bishop - you've changed. Ms B in 2007 about celebrity star-f*cker politicians

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It's Julie vs Julia

FEDERAL Parliament's two glamour women - the Liberal Party's Julie Bishop and Labor's Julia Gillard - have engaged in an extraordinary slanging match over who does more to court the media.

Ms Bishop said her rival behaved like a "fashion model or TV star'' while Ms Gillard labelled the Education Minister "Mistress of the Trivial Issue'''.

The comments stem from numerous magazine profiles on both women, culminating with Ms Bishop dedicating much of her most recent interview to criticising Ms Gillard, who is the Deputy Opposition leader.

"I don't think it's necessary to get dressed up in designer clothing and borrow clothing and make-up to grace the cover of magazines,'' Ms Bishop told The Sunday Telegraph.

"You're not a celebrity, you're an elected representative, you're a Member of Parliament. You're not Hollywood and I think that when people overstep that line they miss the whole point of that public role.''

However, Ms Gillard said that Ms Bishop's "inaccurate and inane'' comments reflected a Government desperate to hold on to power.

Ms Gillard said described Ms Bishop as a "silly sausage'' who should simply concentrate on her portfolio responsibilities. "It shows just how low this Government has sunk in its bid to hold onto power,'' Kevin Rudd's deputy said.

Ms Gillard recently appeared on the front cover of The Australian Weekend Magazine and the ABC's Life Etc magazine.

She has also appeared on Australian Story and posed for the cameras with her partner Tim Mathieson.

She defended the magazine interviews as a "very legitimate thing for a politician to be doing'' and said Bishop had recently done a similar interview herself with the Australian Financial Review magazine.

"This just goes to show she is Mistress of the Trivial Issue,'' Ms Gillard said.

Ms Bishop said The Australian Weekend Magazine shoot, in which Ms Gillard posed in designer clothes and pearls, was "her Cheryl Kernot moment''.

She was referring to an infamous spread posed for The Australian Women's Weekly in which the former Labor MP mously sported a red feather boa and satin dress.

"Why would you go along and do a fashion shoot as Julia Gillard did the other day, with clothes by Carla Zampatti, jewellery by ... hair by ... ?'' Ms Bishop said. "That's not what it's all about.''

Ms Gillard said image was not important to her, but she believed the public had a legitimate interest in the lives of politicians.

She denied she had exploited her personal life for political gain. "There are parts of my life that are very private, that I certainly don't reveal ... but The Australian interview was quintessentially about politics,'' Ms Gillard said.

She said Ms Bishop's comments were "inaccurate in the impression she's trying to give of what I've done, and inane in that it's not the sort of thing that matters to Australian voters.

"They want to know what's happening with their education system, with their health system, with their industrial relations system. They're the sort of thing that matters to them, not this sort of distraction.''

Ms Bishop said posing for magazine covers was "not my style''.

"Of course people want to know more about you but I don't think you should be courting that celebrity status as if you're a fashion model or a TV star because you're not,'' she said.

"I have nothing to hide but I don't promote my personal life as a reason for people to vote for me.''

Originally published as It's Julie vs Julia

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Senator Sarah Hanson Young further politicising the Hijab billboard girls


Today, as Donald Trump signed an order to stop migration to the US from Muslim countries, back here in Australia I was meeting the two gorgeous young girls whose faces on an Australia Day billboard reminded us all what it means to be Australian; Respect for one another, sharing common values and standing up when others need help. I told them I was so proud of the Australia they represent and our multicultural community that enriches our nation.
Trump's policies have no place in Australia. Hate is a disease of the heart, the antidote is love, care and empathy - all values of humanity, regardless of race or religion.


On taking Saudi Arabia seriously in Australia

On 7 December 2016 Saudi Arabia's ambassador met with Christopher Pyne MP - here's a screen shot from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for its Royal Embassy in Australia.

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Chris Pyne has responsibility for defence industries in his portfolio, but he's not the defence minister.

Marise Payne is.  Maybe the Ambassador was hedging his bets, because his staff misspelt Pyne's surname - although many think Chris has always had the silent A.

When you represent so wealthy a nation, an alleged ally in combating terrorism, when you are supported by a military attache, when you are a respectful (however plenipotentiary you might feel) guest it pays to get the details right.  Almost two months after the event the "who cares" Saudis still haven't woken up.  

Can't imagine what bilateral relations were discussed - must have been a bit like when the 3AW summer breakfast hosts Greg Evans and Sam Newman thought they were interviewing Bill Collins the movie guru but the producer had put The Accurate One Bill Collins the race caller on the line (detail for the interested at the foot of this post).

If you're up for it, check out the celebrations for Saudi Arabia's national day on 7 December last year.


Lyndal Sachs PSM looked a tad uncomfortable standing in front of the big screen while everyone sang about His Majesty The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the theocracy that exists wholly and solely "For Islam and the Muslims".

Not one word from the stage or in the video was spoken by a Saudi figure in English.  They had the "Australian" grand mufti there to speak in the language of The Quran and all the Islamist insiders would have felt right at home. 

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If you understand Arabic and are Muslim you'd be quite at home at that affair, with the Shahada and the Sword of Islam.

This is the flag of Saudi Arabia.

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The words on the flag give comfort to Islamist hearts and reflect Saudi Arabia perfectly:

1.  For them - the Islamic Creed, لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللهlā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh - There is no god but Allah: Muhammad is the Messenger of God.

2. For us - the Sword.  The penalty in Saudi Arabia for not being Muslim is death by beheading.  Let than sink in.

There's plenty on the Embassy's website about Israel and Palestine. Plenty about the Shia reprobates in Iran who aren't sufficiently good Muslims like the Waleed Aly Sunnis in Saudi.  Plenty about Saudi Arabia's real purpose, as made manifest in The King whose official title is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques - and that purpose is The Service of Islam and the Muslims.

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Saudi Arabia does not give a flying extramarital flop about Australia in any context other than the conversion of the Kuffirs herein to the true way, in Service to Islam and the Muslims.

Where they have had a go at appearing to care it's laughable.

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There's heaps more with heaps of details about the Toyota Camry which was much preferred by Saudi cabbies in the year 2009 - that's when these inept Islamists engaged their consultant to write their hopelessly out of date tosh:


1-     Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Australia Regional Partners Global Leaders - Bayliss, Roger

There mightn't be as much joy around the current status of Australian manufactured motor cars.  The industry is no more, Toyota's last cars will be dribbling of the line this year.

As the "death to Apostates" crowd sharpened the swords on their national day, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop posted this:

Human Rights Day

10 December 2016

On 10 December 2016, we commemorate Human Rights Day. It was on this day 68 years ago that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Australia’s commitment to human rights is enduring. We were a founding member of the United Nations and we have been an advocate for its purposes and principles ever since. Our commitment reflects our national values.

This year, Human Rights Day calls for everyone to stand up for someone’s rights today #StandUpForHumanRights. We must continue our commitment to ensuring that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and protection of their rights.

It is with this commitment that Australia is campaigning for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term. If elected, Australia will be a principled and pragmatic Council member, engaging constructively with Member States, playing a bridge-building role and working to find practical solutions that have lasting effects for the most vulnerable groups.

We are not being forced into this - we are "campaigning" to have the right to join Saudi Arabia on a bogus agency that is the opposite of what it pretends to be.  Which is probably why Julie Bishop is fronting the campaign.

Australia’s campaign is built on five pillars:

  • gender equality
  • good governance
  • freedom of expression
  • the rights of indigenous peoples
  • strong national human rights institutions and capacity building`    



Australia will work towards advancing the rights of women and girls

Annette, an English teacher at Norsup Secondary School on Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Australia has supported Vanuatu’s Education Road Map since 2009 to get more girls and boys into school for a longer, better education. Credit: Connor Ashleigh / DFAT.

Promoting good governance and stronger democratic institutions everywhere

A group of students from Pragati Adarsga English School in Nepal visits an interactive learning process at the Electoral Education and Information Centre. Credit: Jim Holmes / DFAT.

Australia will promote and protect freedom of expression

Women from Timor-Leste participating in education and training courses to produce news stories at the Independent Centre for Journalism. Credit: DFAT.


Advancing human rights for indigenous peoples around the globe

Indigenous Australian diplomat Emily Hill speaks at the Wayne Quilliam indigenous photographic exhibition. Her Image, Her Voice, Her Story in Geneva. Credit: Pierre Michel Virot

Promoting strong national human rights institutions and capacity building

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda addresses the diplomatic corps and DFAT staff at the launch of DFAT’s first comprehensive Indigenous Peoples Strategy. Canberra, 10 August 2015. Credit: DFAT


I'd have left my dignity intact Julie, rather than pretending to mean a word of what you say, while partnering with Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi uses role on UN Human Rights Council to cover up its abuses


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The kingdom's continued membership is an affront to the council's mission of promoting and protecting human rights around the globe

This week, Saudi Arabia will be re-elected to the UN Human Right Council (HRC) for the fourth time, after another non-competitive election at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

While serving its third term on the council, Saudi Arabia blocked international inquiries into its human rights abuses, punished Saudi citizens who worked in collaboration with the HRC, and threatened to cut critical UN funding after being called out for violating children’s rights.

Saudi Arabia’s presence on the council turns the HRC’s mission on its head

Given the kingdom’s unrelenting record of repression, Saudi Arabia's continued council membership is an affront to the HRC's mission of promoting and protecting "all human rights around the globe".

It is no secret that Saudi Arabia’s values are at odds with the council's. Religious intolerance, gender inequality and a penchant for public executions are hardly the qualities that the UN had in mind for its council members.

The opposite effect

Worse, instead of incentivising the kingdom to institute reforms to curtail abuses and foster greater accountability, Saudi Arabia’s membership on the council appears to be having the opposite effect.

The number of executions in the kingdom has spiked dramatically since Saudi Arabia was last elected to the council - with 2015 marking the most brutal year in two decades with 157 executions and 2016 closing in with 124 executions as of the end of September.

Meanwhile, the country ignores visit requests from the HRC’s “special procedures” - independent human rights experts who undertake country visits and report back to the council. Currently, Saudi Arabia has seven outstanding visit requests, including requests from special rapporteurs appointed to conduct fact-finding inquiries related to torture, freedom of expression and opinion, and executions.

In addition to resisting human rights investigations by UN experts, Saudi Arabia has sought to prevent its citizens from communicating with the council and other international organisations.

In 2014, the government issued a travel ban against activist Samar Badawi after she spoke at the 27th session of the council on behalf of imprisoned Saudi activist, Waleed Abu al-Khair. Authorities prevented Badawi from travelling to Brussels to attend an EU forum on human rights.

Several Saudi human rights defenders who cooperated with the Human Rights Council have been criminally prosecuted

Under the country’s counter-terrorism law, contacting international organisations, such as the HRC, can be deemed a terrorist offence. Several Saudi human rights defenders who cooperated with the HRC have been criminally prosecuted as a result, including members of the now-shuttered Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA).

ACPRA co-founder Mohammed al-Qahtani contributed numerous submissions to the HRC’s special procedures, especially to its working group on arbitrary detention. Saudi officials charged him with “provoking international organisations to adopt stances against the kingdom”. Al-Qahtani and ACPRA’s other co-founders are currently serving lengthy prison sentences for their human rights work.

Covering its tracks

While Saudi Arabia’s attempts to prevent both UN official and its own citizens from addressing human rights abuses in the kingdom should disqualify the country from a seat at the council table, its actions in Yemen over the past 19 months are an even greater affront to the HRC’s mission.

By now the word is out that Saudi-coalition airs trikes are responsible for the majority of the roughly 4,000 civilian deaths in Yemen. Hospitals, schools, marketplaces, weddings, and factories have and remain viable coalition air strike targets.

On 9 October, the coalition carried out possibly the single deadliest attack in the conflict, an air strike on a funeral ceremony in Sanaa, which killed over 140 and injured over 500.  

As reprehensible as these incidents are, Saudi Arabia’s efforts to prevent the world from learning how and why these atrocities occurred make the situation far worse.

Saudi Arabia is using its position on the council to block international efforts to investigate the role of all combatants in Yemen’s devastation

Instead of working with the UN mechanisms to reform its military campaign and alleviate the resulting humanitarian crisis, Saudi Arabia is using its position on the council to cover its tracks and avoid responsibility. It has fought tooth and nail against international efforts to investigate the role of all combatants in Yemen’s devastation.

Last month, at the 33rd session of the HRC, Saudi Arabia led a successful effort for the second year in a row to block an EU resolution for an international inquiry. In its place, council members passed an Arab-state sponsored resolution providing additional support for an ongoing probe by the Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry.

The Yemeni National Commission, established last year by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) after an international inquiry resolution failed, has been widely criticised as biased and ineffectual.

According to UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, the Yemeni inquiry "lacks impartiality, does not abide by the basic norms of protection" and its mandate, composition and methodology fail to meet international standards.

Demanding greater accountability

The defeat of an international inquiry is just the most recent example of the ways in which Saudi Arabia has thwarted the council’s efforts to address the crisis in Yemen.

In June, Saudi Arabia successfully blackmailed the UN into removing the Saudi coalition from a list of violators of children’s rights by threatening to cut UN funding.

UN officials working under Saudi oversight banned foreign journalists and human rights workers from their flights into and out of Yemen

Even as early as two months into the conflict, UN officials working under Saudi oversight banned foreign journalists and human rights workers from their flights into and out of the increasingly isolated country. UN officials and aid workers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ban was instituted after Saudi officials rejected a flight manifest that included reporters from the New York Times, BBC and other journalists.

The HRC was established to promote human rights and hold violators accountable. Saudi Arabia’s presence on the council turns the HRC’s mission on its head.

It is time for member states to push back against Saudi threats and obstructions and demand greater accountability and transparency from their fellow council member. Otherwise, they risk becoming increasingly complicit in the very violations that the HRC was created to eradicate. 




It was unforgettable: Bill not fitting the bill

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BRAVELY venturing into the lion's den, Gretel Killeen is hosting the Logies on Sunday, the night of nights and fashion frights. Bill "Mr Movies" Collins, will be ushered into the Hall of Fame, bringing to mind the infamous "Bill Collins" interview on 3AW in 1992 that deserves its own place on the honour board. Greg Evans and Sam Newman were fill-in hosts on the brekkie shift and in a segment about TV, producer Jamie Wilczek, who went on to marry Ross Stevenson, got "Bill Collins" on the line. Evans, now a wedding celebrant and brekkie host at Shepparton's 3SR, chuckles when recalling that Mr Movies didn't know much about movies. When Newman asked his opinion about the Clint Eastwood flick Unforgiven winning the best-picture Oscar, Collins said: "The Unforgiven? I don't know - I've never seen the Unforgiven. I probably will go and see it." A stumped Evans said: "Bill, that surprises me. Do you normally wait for some time before you see the current movies? Collins: "Yeah, quite a while. It's a matter of finding a bit of spare time." The hosts cottoned on that something was wrong and an expletive was beeped out. Evans cracked up laughing, blurting: "Sam, you'd better take over." The Bill Collins on the line was the race caller - the Accurate One - and after numerous apologies, Newman asked: "The greyhounds, how are they going?" As they say in the movies, it's a classic.

In 274 ticketed ways, Saudi Arabia's party boy diplomats say "up yours" to Australian law

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In April last year we brought you this

Big nights on the grog and speed racing for Saudi Arabia's party boy diplomats in Australia

This is our foreign Minister Julie Bishop gleefully accepting $1M from the Ambassador for Saudi Arabia.

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Maybe he should have put the money towards paying the fines for his drunken dangerous psychopaths who're lucky they haven't killed anyone here - yet.

This is a printout of driving offences committed by Saudi Arabian nationals with Diplomatic Immunity in just 12 months - this list doesn't include those offences which were observed by police but which did not result in a ticketing being on.

Well it's time for an update - with the details from October 2015 to September 2016 released by DFAT under FOI.

The Saudi Psychos have done it to us again.  This 100 page odd document contains details of one year's worth of no-care, no-respect and no-responsibility up-yours behaviour by the diplomatic representatives of His Majesty, The Custodian of the Two Mosques - and only for their driving in the ACT.  I've culled out the other undiplomatic offenders, this is pure House of Saud respect for laws made by man.

Saudi Arabia Diplomats Traffic Infringements in Canberra - 2016 by Michael Smith on Scribd


Lyndal Sachs is DFAT's chief of protocol.  At the end of 2015 she was fairly new in the job but she'd had it with the men of the House of Saud and their disdain for the laws of Australia.

She wrote to say that in just over two years, they'd accrued 274 traffic violation tickets worth $63K in fines - and each of them was unpaid.  In the same period her predecessor had written to the Saudi Ambassador 25 times about Saudi staff members who'd accrued enough demerit points for lesser mortals to lose their licence.  But not the Saudis who continued to abuse their diplomatic immunity, seriously endangering other road users -  the good times rolled on.

Here's one paragraph that says it all:

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The Ambassador in Service of Islam and the Muslims wrote back to say he took it seriously.  Couldn't do anything about it, but took it seriously.  Ultimately it was up to the individual Saudi men you see.  But he did have one request, that was for a consolidated list of how much money was outstanding and for what offences.

In the file above you'll see it runs for pages. And why did he want it?  Was it to chase up the Saudi crooks who were a menace on our roads?  Nope.  It was to cut a deal whereby Saudi petro-dollars would make the problems go away,

Saudi Arabia would pay but on its terms, which included waiving late fees plus an additional discount because they're better than we are.

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The correspondence shows the Ambassador trying to reduce the overall amount due, for example by seeking a reduction in fines for not nominating the name of a driver and like negotiations.  But nowhere is there any chasing up of the people who did the offending.  They're above it.  Ultimately it boiled down to money and the status of the party boys.

So did the party boy drivers pay the price?  In your dreams.

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And here's Lyndall Sachs confirming the deal.  Good on her for holding the line against discounts on late fees etc - but it's still galling to know that the individuals who racked up $53,000 in unpaid tickets walked on unhindered in their lives of Saudi inner-circle privilege.

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Saudi Arabia is a rogue, pariah state.  Its practices are no different from the Islamic State in barbarity and stone-aged unreconstructed horror.  Yet by the consistent unaltered behaviour of its highest level diplomatic representatives here in Australia it demonstrates time and again that it holds us in contempt.

In Part Two of this piece we'll look at the joke that is Saudi diplomatic representation here in Australia.  Here's a taste.

On 7 December 2016 The Custodian of the Two Mosques, His Majesty King Salman al Saud, Head of State and Head of Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and his subjects celebrated their national day.

In Canberra the Grand Mufti and sundry other Islamists gathered at a swank hotel to drink cordial and celebrate the fact that Allah knows best and it's all gonna happen anyway according to his plan so keep calm and say Allah uh Akhbar a lot.

Australia found an appropriate person to attend on behalf of and to represent the Government of Australia.

We chose Ms Lyndal Sachs, Chief of Protocol and writer of scolding letters to party boys who don't care.  Here she is looking awkward with the Ambassador while all an sundry celebrated the one-ness of being Muslim in the Saudi national anthem.

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And we'll bring you details of a "high level" meeting with Australia's Minister for Defence who, according to the Saudis, has undergone gender reassignment.  She is Marise no more.  Just another way they show us they don't care.