Monday, December 17, 2018

African gangs crisis: Wild Airbnb party descends into chaos as 200 rowdy teenagers spill onto the streets and four youths are bashed and robbed at knifepoint by thugs

A violent gang of African youths have robbed and bashed four teenagers after more than 200 unwelcome revellers gatecrashed an Airbnb party.

Police swooped on the short-stay rental home in Point Cook, in Melbourne's west, on Friday night when the party descended into chaos at about 10pm. 

When the mob was dispersed 'without incident', knife-welding thugs started robbing partygoers of their mobile phones and shoes, police said.

Five young people of 'African appearance' including one man with a knife approached two young boys and stole their belongings.

Just minutes later, two other teenage boys were assaulted and robbed by a group eight males on about 10 minutes walk from the first incident.

'The offenders in both robberies are perceived to be of African appearance,' Victoria Police said in a statement.

The owner of the Airbnb property, who rents it out for $200 a night, told the Herald Sun he was shocked to hear hundreds of people at attended the party. 'There were supposed to be four guests. Lucky, nothing was damaged, nothing lost.I was a bit worried, he said. 

'Police were really good, they came and stopped the party straight away. The kids were co-operative but it took one and a half hours before to clear.

Police are investigating whether the robbery and assault incidents are linked to members of the party.

A Victoria Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: 'It is believed all involved had recently attended a party at a short stay rental in Point Cook.'

Police investigations are ongoing. 

It comes comes just days after a knife-wielding teenage boy sliced a man's hand during an aggravated burglary in Point Cook - the same suburb as Friday night's party. 

Police were alerted to a boy, 15, allegedly breaking into a family home in Point Cook, Melbourne's south west at 3.40am on Monday.

A 40-year-old father reportedly woke up and was shocked to find the boy in his home. He escorted the teenager out of his house and told him not to return, 9 News reports.

After 10 minutes, the boy allegedly returned with an axe and tried to break into the man's Jeep in his garage. The home owner tried to stop him but the boy allegedly slashed the man's right hand.

The man's young children aged four and two were also reportedly in the home at the time, 3AW reports.

Police arrived a short time later and fired a warning shot in the air.

In a statement, Victoria Police said: 'Police have arrested a teenager following an alleged aggravated burglary in Point Cook overnight. Police were called to a residential address at La Coruna Gardens following reports of a male at the house with an axe about 3.40am.

'The 40-year-old male resident received a minor cut to the arm during the incident and was treated at the scene.' 

The boy, from Kew, was arrested and is being held in custody.

The 40-year-old man was treated at the scene by paramedics.


Australian Government recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but keeps embassy in Tel Aviv

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the foreign policy shift during a speech in Sydney, arguing it was a "balanced" and "measured" position.

"Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset [Israel's parliament] and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Mr Morrison said.

"Furthermore, recognising our commitment to a two-state solution, the Australian Government has also resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem."

Mr Morrison delayed moving Australia's embassy from Tel Aviv but said a trade and defence office would be established in West Jerusalem.

"We look forward moving to our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical, in support of and after, final status determination."

He said his decision to weigh into the issue had been mocked but that Australian had earned the right to have its say on the issue.

"When you look at our incredible influence, both in the creation of the state of Israel and our partnership with it over so many years, it's hard to say that Australia's influence has been small. It's been quite great," Mr Morrison said.

"So, while Australia's voice and the megaphone we have is not as great as the great powers — that's true. "But I've got to say, ever since I raised this issue several months ago, people have been pretty keen to know what we were going to say."


David Hurley named next governor general of Australia as Labor blasts timing

Australia’s next governor general will be David Hurley, the New South Wales governor and former defence force chief.

On Sunday morning the prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced that Hurley will replace Peter Cosgrove in June 2019, unleashing a furious rebuke from the shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, for failing to consult the opposition and timing the announcement to coincide with Labor’s 48th national conference.

Bowen said that he had no criticism of the appointment of Hurley, who served for 42 years in the Australian army and concluded his service as the chief of the defence force before being appointed NSW governor in October 2014. The appointment was “perfectly appropriate”, Bowen told reporters in Adelaide.

Hurley is a companion of the order of Australia and earned a distinguished service cross for leadership in Operation Solace in Somalia in 1993.

Although Bowen acknowledged there was no constitutional requirement to do so, he said it would have been appropriate for Morrison to “have had the good grace to consult the leader of the opposition” given Hurley’s term will begin after the 2019 election.

Bill Shorten had been “informed but not consulted”, he said, adding that “courtesy and good grace is not something we’ve come to expect from this prime minister”.

“Do we really believe that a governor general, who will be taking up his post in the middle of next year, had to be announced today while the leader of the opposition was making an important speech at the very same time? What a coincidence.”

In a separate statement on Sunday afternoon, Shorten said he was informed of Hurley’s appointment on Sunday morning.

“While I am pleased the prime minister received approval from the United Kingdom for this merited appointment, I hope this is the last time an Australian prime minister has to call Buckingham Palace for permission,” he said.

Earlier, Morrison told reporters in Canberra that Hurley had been his “first choice” and the responsibilities of “stability, continuity, certainty” were foremost in his mind when selecting a replacement for Cosgrove.

Cosgrove’s term is due to expire in March but Morrison said that would be pushed back to June to allow Hurley to remain in his role as NSW governor through the NSW election and for Cosgrove to remain in his until after the federal election was completed.

“Next year is an election year and it is very important that I think this appointment be seen well outside the context of any electoral issues,” Morrison said.

In selecting another governor general drawn from Australia’s military, the prime minister said he was “a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to these things” and had “always been impressed” by those who had been appointed from Australia’s military ranks.

In a statement released on Sunday, Morrison said: “He has been a very popular governor of NSW. From his weekly boxing workouts with Indigenous children as part of the Tribal Warriors program to his frequent regional trips, Governor Hurley is known for being generous and approachable to old and young alike.”

Hurley said he was surprised to have received the request and “humbled and proud to have accepted”.

He said working with communities in his role as NSW governor had allowed him to meet a “multitude of extraordinary Australians”.

“I have certainly confirmed in my own mind over the past four years, something that I had sensed about Australia, but really hadn’t had the opportunity before to witness on a day-to-day basis – that Australia is a very rich country in a nonmaterial sense,” Hurley said.

“Australians have an amazing and, indeed, an enormous capacity to contribute their time, their energy, their time, their efforts and indeed their money to assist others. I look forward to continuing to be involved with them in these pursuits.”

In September Cosgrove confirmed he would retire in March, explaining that the job “deserves and ­demands new vigour”.

At that time the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, asked Morrison to extend Cosgrove’s term to allow an incoming prime minister to make an appointment after the 2019 election, expected in May.

Morrison’s decision to make an early appointment ensures he has his pick of governor general while keeping options open for an early election after the summer break.

In his Labor party national conference speech on Sunday, Shorten promised Labor would build “a country that stands on its own two feet: an Australian republic with an Australian head of state”.

But despite that full-throated support, Shorten described that recognition of Indigenous Australians through a voice to parliament as his “first priority for constitutional change”, effectively putting the republic at the end of the queue.


Good show! Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record

Good for crops

Australia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental.

Ndevr replicates the federal government’s national greenhouse gas inventory (NGGI) quarterly reports but releases them months ahead of the official data.

Data it has produced for the year up to September 2018 shows Australia is still on track to miss its Paris target of a 26%-28% cut to emissions on 2005 levels by 2030.

Matt Drum, the managing director of Ndevr, said if emissions continued at their current rate, Australia would miss the target by a cumulative 1.1bn tonnes.

Electricity sector emissions were stable, but fugitive emissions, and emissions from stationary energy and transport are all still trending sharply upwards.

Both the Coalition government and Labor have not ruled out using controversial carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol to help meet Australia’s obligations under the Paris agreement.

Labor has promised that if it wins the election it will increase Australia’s target to 45% on 2005 levels, in line with recommendations from the independent Climate Change Authority.

Ndevr’s analysis said this would require a reduction of 197.1m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent based on current emissions levels, which would be equal to taking 75m cars off the road for a year.

In comparison, the Coalition’s emission reduction target would require an 80.8m tonne reduction.

Breaking up Labor’s target across sectors, Ndever suggests a range of reductions will be necessary in several industries, including 61.2m tonnes from the electricity sector, 33.4m tonnes from the stationary energy sector, 23.7m tonnes from agriculture and 34.2m tonnes from transport.

“If Labor come into government we can’t afford a policy vacuum,” Drum said. “It’s looking grim. We need policy levers and we need them quickly.” Drum said the need for action was so urgent there would be no time for a full redesign of policy if there was a change of government. Instead, he said existing policies, such as the safeguard mechanism, should be amended.

“They need to utilise existing policy like the safeguard mechanism and tweak it so it achieves what it is intended to achieve, which is reduce emissions,” he said.

On Thursday, the Greens environment spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said Australia was using “creative emissions accounting” to try to meet its Paris targets. “Counting Kyoto credit towards Paris cheats our environment and the rest of the world,” she said.

“Our emissions are going up, yet our environment minister is telling the world we are doing our bit to meet our Paris targets.”


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