Monday, November 13, 2017

'It was a very dangerous situation': Christine Forster slams protesters for 'shredding her jacket while trying to punch her' - as she claims refugees detained on Manus Island are 'well treated'

More Leftist thuggery.  When Sam Dastyari was verbally accosted by a couple of bozos the MSM shrieked about the rise of right-wing extremists. Christine Forster was physically assaulted by a feral mob. We await the front-page headlines about the evils of Left-wing extremism...

Christine Forster has opened up about the moment a crowd of protesters swarmed her and allegedly 'shredded' her jacket as she tried to attend her brother's Liberal Party function on Friday.

Met with thousands of angry Manus Island protesters, Tony Abbott's sister claims she was viciously attacked as she trenched through Redfern's Australian Technology Park.

'We were spat on, we were physically grabbed, people tried to punch us,' she told Nine News.

Despite being under heavy police guard, Ms Forster recalled being 'crushed' as she and her partner Virginia maneuvered their way towards the fundraiser.

'There was really a crush happening at that point and if someone had of been knocked over it would of been was a really dangerous situation,' she said.

Protesters were also blamed for tearing apart the back of her tweed blazer before her escape through a back fence.

Her older brother came to her defense, slamming the violent acts as 'disgraceful behaviour'.

Police revealed the four people had been arrested from their involvement in the chaotic event, which unfolded around 6pm.

A 24-year-old was granted conditional bail after being charged for spitting on an officer. He will face court on December 11.

A further three people, including a 31-year-old male and two women aged 43 and 51, were arrested but cleared of any charges.

The crowd was protesting the Australian government's handling of refugees on the now-closed Manus Island detention centre.

Ms Forster defended her stance on the issue, stating it wasn't 'her view' that people on Manus Island were being mistreated.  'They are being well treated,' she claimed. 

Ms Forster had her jacket 'shredded' by protesters as she and her partner Virginia Edwards made their way through the crowd.

Mr Abbott took to Twitter on Saturday morning to condemn the attack.

'Disgraceful behaviour by protesters last night,' the former prime minister tweeted.

'Denying Australians' real rights to uphold the supposed rights of boat people.'

Ms Forster said it took 30 to 40 police officers to prevent the growing crowd from completely overpowering her and her partner.

'They were spitting, they were snarling,' she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

'I support peaceful political protests, that's fine. But don't assault people.'

Mr Abbott later continued: 'My sister is herself a brave campaigner for rights and should never have been assaulted.'

Around 600 refugees remain at the detention centre, despite services including water and electricity being cut off 10 days ago.

The men believe it is safer to stay at the old compound rather than risk being attacked by locals at the new facility.

The refugees are protesting against the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments who want to move them to facilities near the township of Lorengau


Manus Island refugees 'regularly travel into town to have sex with underage girls and buy drugs - and they've been doing it for four years'

Refugees detained on Manus Island have regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy drugs, Australian government officials were told last month.

Police and community leaders in Papua New Guinea informed Australian officials of 161 offences involving residents at the centre, dated over the last four years.

The alleged offences include ­assault, sexual assault, aggressive behaviour, unlawful entry, property damage and contraband, The Australian reports.

Several children have been born from the alleged sexual assaults, the paper claims.

The publication reports that some of the detained on Manus Island, who receive $100 a fortnight, allegedly used items such as cigarettes and chocolates bought at the centre to lure ­underage girls to engage in sexual acts.

On Friday, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told Melbourne radio 3AW around 190 men from the Manus Island detention centre would travel into the nearby village of Lorengau by bus each day.

Mr Dutton also confirmed some of these men had threatened the wives and children of locals with sexual abuse and rape.

'They'll go down, purchase goods from the markets, they stay at the beach, go to the beach, they sell things down there,' he said.

'Obviously, if they're minded to buy drugs or sell drugs, then that's an activity that some are involved in as well.'

The allegations follow claims of another refugee who reportedly punched a female doctor in the face before trying to strangle her with a plastic bag.

The 50-year-old refugee was arrested after he was accused of assaulting a senior doctor while he was being treated at a medical centre run by the Australian government in March.

The clinic is operated by the International Health and Medical Services, and paid for by the government to help refugees on Manus Island.

According to an incident report from the International Health and Medical Services, the man tried to strangle the doctor with a plastic bag and punched her in the face, leaving a gash on her forehead. 

The Australian government cut off food, water, medical assistance and electricity to the refugees at the Manus Island centre 10 days ago.

There are still 580 men living at the detention centre who are protesting against the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments who want to move them to facilities near the township of Lorengau.

The men believe it is safer to stay at the old compound rather than risk being attacked by locals at the new facility.



Christopher Pyne makes threat to use votes to refer Labor MPs to High Court in citizenship saga

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused Labor leader Bill Shorten of running a ‘protection racket for his own dual citizens’.

Mr Turnbull, who is in Hong Kong today, told reporters that the pressure is really on Mr Shorten now to refer his MPs who may be ineligible to be in Parliament to the High Court.

“There is no question that Labor has a number of members who not only were, but knew they were, they knew they were foreign citizens at the time they nominated for parliament,” he said. “That makes them ineligible. Now, if they believe they can persuade the court to take a somewhat different tack, good luck to them. But the place to determine that is in the court. Bill Shorten has got to stop running a protection racket for his own dual citizens.”

His comment come after Christopher Pyne threatened to use the government numbers in the House of Representatives to refer two Labor members to the High Court over their citizenship status when it sits at the end of November.

There are still questions over whether Labor MPs Justine Keay and Susan Lamb, as well as crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie, held dual citizenship at the time of the 2016 election.

Mr Pyne, the Leader of the House, says the government will put it to the vote if necessary if Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor do not take any action.

“There is absolutely no reason the parliament should not vote to refer those members to the high court if the Labor Party refuses to do the right thing,” Mr Pyne told Sky News on Sunday.

The threat came after Liberal MP John Alexander on Saturday resigned from parliament after admitting it was “most likely” he holds UK citizenship.

The member for Bennelong said he’ll stand again for parliament in an upcoming by-election in a seat the Liberals hold by more than nine per cent.

Labor frontbencher Richard Marles said unlike Mr Alexander, Ms Keay and Ms Lamb took steps to renounce their foreign citizenship prior to nominations.

“Compare that to John Alexander, to Barnaby Joyce, to Stephen Parry, to Fiona Nash, all of them, they didn’t even look at their circumstances until they had been sprung,” Mr Marles told Sky News.

Mr Alexander’s departure temporarily leaves the coalition clinging to 73 seats in the 150 seat House of Representatives, not counting the Speaker, while Labor has 69 seats.

Mr Pyne is confident the government still has the support of independent MP Carthy McGowan so the government will not be brought down.

“Sure it will be a confusing couple of weeks on issues to do with procedure but the government will not change, we have supply and confidence with support from the crossbench,” Mr Pyne said.

“There is no reason for the parliament not to serve its full term until July 2019.”

The Turnbull government faces a tumultuous end to the parliamentary year as Labor threatens to take advantage of the coalition’s depleted numbers amid the citizenship scandal.

Labor MP Tony Burke says his party will try to deliver on a royal commission into banks, despite the numbers still being stacked against them.

“When we get back to the Parliament what Labor will do with the new situation is pursue our agenda,” Mr Burke told reporters on Saturday.

“Our commitment whatever the numbers on the floor are, is to be representing the people who have been hurt through the banks without getting a royal commission.”

Despite yet another of his team falling foul of section 44, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ruled out returning early from his trip to Asia. “These are very important meetings, huge priorities,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Da Nang, Vietnam where APEC summit was wrapping up, before heading to Hong Kong.

Mr Turnbull said he spoke to Mr Alexander on Friday night ahead of his resignation.

“John’s done the right thing. The honourable thing,” Mr Turnbull said. Earlier this week, Mr Alexander sought advice on whether he is a UK citizen through his father Gilbert Alexander, who was born in England in 1907 and arrived in Australia in 1911.

Mr Alexander said he hadn’t received official confirmation of his dual citizenship, but said the “balance, the probability of evidence is that I most likely am”.

“The obligation that I have is that once I do not hold the view that I’m solely Australian I must resign,” Mr Alexander told reporters in Sydney. He will be the second member of the House of Representatives forced to resign because of their dual citizenship.

Barnaby Joyce is facing a by-election in New England, after discovering he was a New Zealand citizen, because of his father’s birth.


Bill Shorten faces bitter Victorian branch dispute

Bill Shorten is staring down the barrel of a legal dispute that could tear apart the Labor Party in his home state, after the federal ALP intervened to readmit thousands of Victorian members suspended over allegations of rorts.

Victorian Labor has called an emergency meeting of its state administrative committee next week to consider legal advice against its national executive, after it overrode the state body to ­reinstate voting rights of 4600 members of its online “central branch”.

The national executive motion, passed on Friday by a single vote, was a bid to end a near year-long dispute that erupted when fears of branch stacking in the online body prompted Victoria to suspend online members’ voting rights.

The motion was greeted as a coup for the Victorian right faction and central branch powerbroker Stephen Conroy, but has outraged the party’s left, which claims the online branch is a hotbed of branch stacking and rorting.

“We now have our party back,” Maribyrnong Federal Electoral Assembly delegate and Conroy ally Bassel Tallal said.

The dispute has pitted top-ranking MPs and officials against one another, with the Opposition Leader’s right faction dependent on central branch votes to secure plum preselections.

“It’s a big fight in a big branch,” a Labor MP told The Australian.

Another member raged that the party could not afford the distraction of a state committee fighting with the national body.

The dispute is expected to boil over as preselections in the marginal seat of Corangamite see a duel between Libby Coker and Diana Taylor. Other preselections also under the microscope include Dunkley, La Trobe and Chisholm.

The online central branch previously allowed members to join by simply completing an online form. A probe of about 800 sign-ups this year found irregularities and reasons for dismissal in more than 600 of the applications.

Mr Shorten declined to comment on Friday’s decision, but a spokesman said he supported making it easier to join the party.


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