Newly released drone footage shows Iranian ballistic missiles raining down on a base in Iraq where US forces were sheltering on January 8, 2020. The attack was conducted in retaliation for the January 3 assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by US forces. Though no US personnel were killed in the barrage, over 100 suffered brain injuries from the force of explosions. Iran mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner leaving Tehran hours later. This footage was released by CENTCOM, the US military command that oversees operations in the region. Credit: CENTCOM via Storyful
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A federal court judge has described Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s handling of some medevac refugee cases as disturbing and potentially unlawful, while his department says plans are in place to fly some detainees back to Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
A government solicitor today told the court a charter flight is set to return up to six refugees to Nauru within a fortnight, after cases were brought against the federal government by refugees who said they had not received the medical treatment for which they were brought to Australia.
The latest hearing comes as more than 20 refugees in Darwin and Brisbane were released on temporary bridging visas after up to a year in Australian hotels or immigration detention.
On Wednesday, the court heard several refugees who have asked to be returned to PNG and Nauru — from where lawyers say they would resume efforts for third-country resettlement — have been waiting for up to nine months.
Justice Geoffrey Flick questioned Mr Dutton’s handling of the refugees’ requests to be removed from Australia, saying the appeals seemed to “fall into a black hole” until court action was brought against the Commonwealth.
“What is disturbing me is a picture seems to be emerging that [the minister] is not taking any steps at all to give effect to a request made by someone in detention for removal until this court intervenes,” Justice Flick said.
Justice Flick said while he would hesitate to make a formal legal finding along those lines, “it seems to be emerging as a pattern.”
Justice Flick issued orders for Mr Dutton to provide evidence of all medical treatment provided for the refugees and all steps taken to process requests for them to be removed from Australia.
Judge says government should consider possible compensation
Government solicitor Peter Macliver told the court a flight to Papua New Guinea was also being organised subject to information from the PNG government.
Justice Flick said there appeared to be little progress in organising a flight for another refugee who first sought to be returned to Papua New Guinea in June last year.
“It shouldn’t take the court to impress upon Mr Dutton the importance of complying with his statutory obligations,” he said.
Justice Flick also said the government should consider compensating the refugees for their time in detention, if evidence shows no steps were taken to provide the required medical treatment.
“If it were to be concluded, and on this I have no firm view at present, that these people have been detained without proper authority and for significant periods of time, I could only urge upon the minister to consider whether an ex gratia payment should be made to these applicants.”
Mr Dutton’s office has been contacted for comment.
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When a 55-year-old man was found guilty of having sex with and assaulting his 14-year-old “promised bride” in the mid-2000s, the Northern Territory Supreme Court handed him a two-year sentence, suspended after just one month.
Federal legislation prevents NT courts from considering local Aboriginal laws in sentencing and bail decisions
The NT government asked the Law Reform Committee to assess the impact of the legislation
The committee found the Commonwealth legislation to be ineffective, disproportionate and discriminatory
The short jail term — which was based on the court’s finding that the man believed his actions were permitted under traditional law — was later increased to a minimum of 18 months after the original sentence was deemed “manifestly inadequate” on appeal.
The case was one of several that sparked a national debate about whether customary Aboriginal laws were being used to mitigate serious crimes and reduce prison terms for offenders.
The spotlight on the NT’s legal system intensified in 2006 when Alice Springs Crown Prosecutor, Nanette Rogers, outlined harrowing details of abuses committed against Aboriginal women and children in an interview on the ABC’s national current affairs program, Lateline.
The response from the federal government was the introduction of Commonwealth legislation designed to prevent “customary law and cultural practice” being used to excuse, justify, or lessen the seriousness of violence or sexual abuse.
The Commonwealth legislation, which prohibited courts from having regard to local Aboriginal laws when considering bail and sentencing for federal offences, was extended to all NT offences as part of the federal intervention in 2007.
But a new report by the NT Law Reform Committee — which was commissioned by the NT government and quietly published on the Department of Attorney-General and Justice website last month — has urged an overhaul of the “deeply offensive, disrespectful and discriminatory” legislation.
It said the Commonwealth legislation had been implemented on false pretences, noting that in the 12 years to 2006, just 13 out of 1,798 offenders in the NT Supreme Court submitted that their moral culpability was mitigated by local Aboriginal law.
Two of the cases involved victims who were “promised brides”.
The committee — which consulted with or received submissions from 18 organisations and individuals as part of its research — said it found a strong consensus “that under-age sex is not excusable or justifiable by reference to local Aboriginal law”.
It said there was also a similar consensus that it would be improper to use such laws to justify or excuse domestic violence.
Additionally, it said there was widespread acceptance that substantial corporal punishment — such as “payback” — was no longer effective or appropriate, although it noted that some people continue to express support for it.
The Law Reform Committee stated that the Commonwealth legislation was “a disproportionate and ineffective response to the problems of child sexual offending in the NT”.
Among its recommendations, the committee called on the NT government to petition the Commonwealth to repeal the relevant sections of the Crimes Act that it said were adversely affecting the NT justice system
It also recommended the NT government:
Amend the NT Sentencing Act so that courts can take into account “unique systemic and background factors affecting Aboriginal peoples”
Resume the operation of community courts, which are run in consultation with Indigenous elders
Introduce a Canadian-based scheme where “Indigenous Experience Reports” are created for Aboriginal offenders being sentenced in court
During consultations prior to the release of the report, Dagoman-Wardaman elder May Rosas from Katherine told the committee there would be significant benefits if there was greater incorporation of local Aboriginal laws in the mainstream justice system.
Her view was echoed by Arnhem Land MLA Yingiya Guyula, who pushed for the NT government to launch a review of the Commonwealth legislation in late 2018.
“When our laws sit side by side, we will see a reduction in incarceration and reoffending rates, and stronger and healthier communities,” Mr Guyula told Parliament at the time.
But some of the people the committee consulted expressed concern about the potential repeal of the Commonwealth legislation.
Victims of Crime NT was concerned that customary law considerations in sentencing could lead to greater leniency for offenders, at the expense of victims.
Warlpiri-Celtic woman Jacinta Price, an Alice Springs councillor, told the committee she was “against the idea of two different laws for Australian citizens” and that payback was a “denial of human rights, but also against Australian law”.
However, Law Reform Committee deputy president, Russel Goldflam, said the committee was only calling for changes that were consistent with the mainstream legal system.
“We agree with [Ms Price] that there should be one legal system that applies to everybody … and there would be if the recommendations that we’ve made were implemented,” Mr Goldflam told the ABC.
Mr Goldflam also disputed concerns about lenient sentences.
Attorney-General Selena Uibo told the ABC she wrote to her federal counterpart, Christian Porter, last month to request a review of the relevant provisions in the Crimes Act in light of the Law Reform Committee’s report.
Ms Uibo said she was still considering the other recommendations.
It comes as the NT government continues to develop a landmark Aboriginal Justice Agreement.
The agreement, which is still in a draft form and includes 23 “solution-based strategies”, is designed to improve justice outcomes and reduce high incarceration rates for Indigenous Territorians, who make up more than 80 per cent of adult prisoners in the NT.
The Law Reform Committee noted that the stated aims of the draft agreement were in direct conflict with current legislation and that changes were long overdue.
“A formidable array of law reform bodies, royal commissions, boards of inquiry and other experts have exhaustively investigated the issues at the heart of this inquiry and come, time and time again, to the same general conclusions: local Aboriginal law runs, and it should be seen to run, alongside, but subject to statute law and common law,” it said.
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In the year ending September 2020 the tourism industry took a 52% hit, according to Tourism Central Australia CEO Danial Rochefort.
Asked whether there had been any anecdotal evidence of an upturn in since last year he said: “The answer is no. However the drive market is looking good in 2021 and operators are receiving bookings.”
Central Australian locations will be a part of a $2.5m tourism promotion campaign from Northern Territory government which will include cinema advertising, TV commercials, social media posting and traditional media advertising in conjunction with ten features on the Channel Ten evening program ‘The Project.’
The ‘Seek Different’ campaign officially launched yesterday, and is primarily aimed at drawing domestic tourists to the NT in lieu of international visitors kept out by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The locations advertised in the campaign are scattered all over the Territory, but local viewers of the advertisement will notice a heavy dose of Central Australian iodised granite.
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Workers face a new aged care tax as high as 8.2 per cent, as nursing home operators cry poor despite paying their executives more than Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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While there is currently no community transmission of COVID-19 in the ACT and the use of face masks is not generally required, people should be prepared for situations where a mask may be required.
In the ACT, masks are recommended if you:
Have COVID-like symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, and need to leave your home for an essential reason (like getting tested or seeking medical help)
Are in quarantine or isolation and need to leave your home for medical attention.
However, face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.
In Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) face masks are mandatory on public transport including taxis and rideshare services.
Face masks must be worn indoors at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights into or out of NSW, including when the flight is landing at or taking off from the airport.
Children 12 years and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
The fine for not wearing a mask is $200
Chief Health Officer Directions make it mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports and while on board an aircraft. Masks must be worn when inside the airport and when on the airfield.
Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
It is recommended that you take extra precautions and wear a mask in public if you:
have any symptoms and are seeking medical advice
are going to get tested.
Face masks remain mandatory in all Queensland airports and on domestic flights.
At this time, there is no sustained community transmission in Queensland.
There are some environments however, that present a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission whether there is community transmission or not. It is necessary to wear masks in these high-risk environments to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in Queensland.
Identified high risk environments include airports, domestic flights and vehicles transporting people to and from quarantine hotels.
Face masks (covering mouth and nose) are mandatory at all times while on an airplane or at any airport during your journey.
People present at an airport in South Australia must also wear a face mask.
At this time in South Australia it is not mandatory for the general community, but it is recommended to wear a mask when out in public if you are unable to physically distance.
Children under 12 years of age do not need to wear a mask, as they may not be able to handle it safely.
And some entertainment venues make have a mask requirement for guests.
All persons aged 12 and older who are at a Tasmanian airport, or on an aircraft, must wear a face mask.
Anytime you intend to visit an airport you should carry a facemask with you and wear it as required (unless exempt).
If you are exempt from wearing a facemask, you will be required to show evidence from your doctor (i.e. medical certificate) upon request by an authorised person at the airport or on an aircraft.
You must always carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave the home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
Face masks must be worn:
on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
by visitors to a hospital
by visitors at a care facility (while indoors)
indoors at shopping centres, retail facilities with 2,000 or more square metres of indoor space, markets and market stalls
on flights to and from Victoria and
if you are diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested
while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people (such as outdoor markets, outdoor concerts, street markets, at a busy bus stop or train station platform).
You must wear a face mask at an airport, travelling on an aircraft, or transporting a person subject to a quarantine direction (e.g. in a personal vehicle, private car, hired car, ride-share vehicle or taxi). If you are under a quarantine direction, you must wear a face mask when you present for a COVID-19 test.
If there is community transmission, you may be required to wear a face mask outside the home.
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With temperatures soon to drop conditions become ideal for planting a range of brassicas in the home vegetable garden. Planting soon will guarantee quality produce and excellent yields.
Amongst the most popular brassicas are cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli. Nutrient rich are these vegetables and can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit a diverse range of dishes.
While this week’s string of 40 degree days might not make ideal gardening, plant earlier here than you would if planting a garden in the southern states and your rewards will be much greater.
Cauliflower and brussels sprouts are long maturing crops, taking anywhere from 16 to 20 weeks to fully develop and produce. Planting late can lead to disappointment Sometimes if waiting well into Winter, they often don’t mature before Spring.
Planting cabbage and broccoli now will allow you to plant 2-3 crops over their growing season providing the home gardener with a continuous supply of produce over an extended period.
With all these brassicas if planted late they will not be maturing until August when the aphides will descend in their thousands, spoiling these vegetables. Planting early you will escape the aphides and often also the cabbage butterfly grubs. Additionally, your plants are less likely to bolt and go to seed.
All these crops are easy to grow with limited preparation and non-strenuous on-going maintenance.
This doesn’t mean you can be lazy as to grow healthy, juicy, sweet crops you need to meet their needs.
Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts all require similar growing conditions. They love a good soil structure with lots of well rotted organic matter blended into the soil. A pre-planting fertiliser should also be blended into the soil prior to planting.
Well rotted cow manure broken down into fine particles or the organic Grow Better or Blood and Bone fertiliser will provide a good basis initially. Ideally fresh cow manure should be composted down prior to introducing into the garden or allowed to mature over many weeks prior to planting.
Over use of rich fresh manure is often resented by many vegetables and can cause stunted growth.
Proof can be found in the many times the home gardener has dug in a trailer load of manure to be disappointed with that seasons crop, only to be rewarded with an excellent second season crop later.
Don’t be stingy with the water as they hate being stressed. As with most quick growing or large leafy plants these plants, all use considerable water.
Mulch around plants with a soft mulch such as pea straw or lucerne as this will limit water loss through evaporation, moderate soil temperatures and lessen weed growth.
All these vegetable varieties appreciate regular side-dressing applications of a nitrogen fertiliser, it’s the nitrogen that promotes the leaf growth. A relatively new product on the market called Slow Release Nitrogen will provide long term nitrogen for your leafy crops and produces wonderful results quite quickly.
Using a water soluble liquid fertiliser such as Thrive or Aquasol, or, an organic liquid fertiliser like Seasol, Nitrosol or Charlie Carp or any of the other organic liquid fertilisers available weekly or fortnightly will stimulate strong healthy growth.
Regular feeding and watering as required will promote quick growth and lovely crisp sweet tasty heads.
Cabbages are very adaptable plants and can be grown over a long period. You can make successive plantings delivering a continuous supply over many months. Plant smaller cabbages 40-50cm apart while the larger growing varieties should be at least 60-70cm apart as they can grow to quite a large size.
Three plantings of broccoli, each planting 6 week apart will give you a continuous supply of produce. Unlike cabbage and cauliflower that only produce one head, broccoli once the main head has been harvested will continue to produce smaller but tasty side heads. Plant broccoli 45-60cm apart for best results.
Brussels sprouts take much longer to produce, harvesting generally occurring 4-5 months after planting.It is thus critical that Brussels sprouts are planted early to ensure they fully fruit before the weather has warmed again.
Several customers claim the best time to harvest and eat brussel sprouts while they half size — they are then oh so sweet!
Cauliflower also take much longer to mature than cabbage and broccoli and need to be planted immediately. Depending on the variety they can take from 16 to 24 weeks to mature.
Cauliflower maturing seems to dependent on the time they are planted but also the weather. Even when planted early sometimes they seem to take forever to mature.
Sometimes planted in February or early March they can be mature ready for harvesting when the show rolls around.
All these vegetables can be sprayed with Dipel, the biological control, if grubs become a problem or can also be dusted with Derris Dust to deter grubs and aphides if they are a problem later in the season.
With Dipel, a very safe biological control that is only harmful to caterpillars and grubs, it needs to be applied every 12-14 days to keep the cabbage moth at bay.
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Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli says his leadership and the future of the LNP will “live or die” on whether he reforms the party.
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The Northern Land Council (NLC) has defended a new “registration” process for entry to Aboriginal-owned waters and the rights of traditional owners to close them to public access.
Online registration will be required for anglers fishing the Top End’s intertidal zones from today
The NT’s peak fishing body says the process was equivalent to a permit system
The intertidal zones were recognised as exclusively Aboriginal owned in a 2008 High Court decision
The new system has been met with opposition from the Northern Territory’s peak fishing body, which blames the government for what it describes as the “very disappointing” developments.
From today, the NLC says online registration will be required for anglers fishing the Top End’s intertidal zones, which have been the subject of years of negotiation since exclusive Aboriginal ownership was recognised in the 2008 Blue Mud Bay High Court decision.
It comes after chief executive Marion Scrymgour in December said the land council was still consulting traditional owners about an agreement reached by the NLC and NT government before last year’s election that permit-free access would continue until the end of 2022.
The land council also released a map showing no access could be granted to not only parts of the Kakadu and Arnhem coasts, which fishers said was expected, but also the popular Finniss River and Mini Mini systems, which were closer to Darwin and where the map said consultation with traditional owners was still underway.
No-one from the NLC was available for interview on Sunday.
The land council issued a statement describing as “wrong, speculative and unhelpful” reports in the Sunday Territorian newspaper stating that permits would be required for recreational and commercial fishers as of Monday.
The statement said the NLC would instead “introduce permit-free access” via the online registration process for areas where traditional owners had granted access, describing the process as “quick, simple and free”.
The statement did not say whether the registrations were enforceable but said they were required and would cover the applicant’s access until December 31, 2022.
“As I promised last year, NLC has been out consulting widely with traditional owners of sea country about what they want to do with their land and sea country,” Ms Scrymgour said in the statement.
“There are some areas where, for cultural, environmental or commercial reasons, traditional owners want to restrict access.”
Ms Scrymgour said the NLC had been talking to and sharing information with the NT government, the Amateur Fisherman’s Association NT (AFANT), the Seafood Council and fishing tour operators, “but at all times we have to put the interests of traditional owners first”.
David Ciaravolo from AFANT argued the registration process flagged by the NLC was equivalent to a permit system and said the group was very disappointed by the situation at the Finniss River and Mini Mini.
“We were understanding that consultations would continue [from December] and the government would work with the NLC,” he said.
“It appears that not a lot of progress has been made since then and now the permits that people thought weren’t coming, appear to be coming.”
In December, NT government Minister Nicole Manison said the government’s deal with the NLC, which included $10 million to set up an Aboriginal fishing body and other support for Aboriginal rights and commercial interests, was premised on permit-free fishing until 2022.
But Mr Ciaravolo said the government should be taking a more active role to ensure traditional owners saw immediate-term benefits from allowing access to their waters.
“There’s some real questions as to what has gone wrong here,” he said.
“From AFANT’s perspective, only the NT government can provide the leadership, the funding and the foundations that are required to achieve enduring and mutually beneficial agreements with traditional owners, and that’s when those traditional owners decide they want to share their waters so all Territorians can enjoy and care for those special places.”
The NT government declined to comment on the NLC’s announcement and has been contacted for comment on Mr Ciaravolo’s statements.
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The Country Liberal Party has delayed its preselection process for the vast Northern Territory electorate of Lingiari until June.
The CLP has extended the preselection process for Lingiari for several months
The long-time Labor Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is not contesting the next federal election
Labor has not yet confirmed its candidate for Lingiari
Party members made the decision on Saturday afternoon at the CLP’s three-day central council meeting in Alice Springs.
Darwin-based members and the parliamentary team travelled to the town on Friday for the meeting, where it had been expected a final decision on a candidate would be made.
But the party will now decide in June, when it will also finalise candidates for the NT’s other federal seat of Solomon, which takes in Darwin and most of Palmerston, and the Senate.
The CLP had set an original “expression of interest” deadline of February 12 for Lingiari and Solomon, but this will now be extended.
Earlier this month, CLP president Jamie DeBrenni told the ABC he was “comfortable” with the number of expressions of interest received for Lingiari.
But he declined to specify how many nominations for Lingiari the party had received.
Labor yet to confirm candidate
The massive electoral division of Lingiari extends across almost 1.4 million square kilometres and covers almost all of the NT.
Lingiari also covers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island territories.
Labor’s long-serving Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon announced his retirement from the job late last year, saying it was time for him to “roll up the swag” after representing the area for about three decades.
Deputy Nationals leader David Littleproud was a guest at the central council meeting and said a “conduit” was needed between the huge remote electorate of Lingiari and the Federal Government.
“What the people of Lingiari want is someone from their community, that believes in their community, is from their community and understands it,” he said.
Labor has not yet confirmed its candidate for Lingiari but the party is likely to select one of four Aboriginal nominees, according to senior party sources.
The potential candidates include Northern Land Council chief executive Marion Scrymgour, Charles Darwin University researcher Jeanie Govan, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation chief executive Rowan Foley and public servant and former NT Government minister Matthew Bonson.
Sources close to Mr Snowdon have told the ABC he and NT Senator Malarrndirri McCarthy would support Ms Scrymgour.
Mr Snowdon has not publicly confirmed his endorsement of a particular nominee.
“It is not my intention to be engaged in public commentary on the preselection process,” he said.
Ms Scrymgour was the first Indigenous woman elected to the NT Parliament and served as an NT government minister and deputy chief minister.
The parliamentary terms for the NT’s two Senate seats — held by the CLP’s Sam McMahon and Labor’s Malarndirri McCarthy — expire before the next federal election.
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