05.06.20. Hong Kong’s legislature has approved a contentious bill that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The ruling came as people in Hong Kong were set to light candles across the city to commemorate the 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition MPs tried to disrupt the vote in protest. More
A Liberal Party councillor in Sydney’s Hills Shire has suggested Aborigines may have wiped out another race when they arrived in Australia and should not be granted recognition of their original custodianship of the land at official events. Brooke Collins sparked anger on Thursday after he declined a resident’s request to perform an Acknowledgement of Country at council-run events and meetings, saying to do so would “single out one race” and “divide us more”. More
It was the first time there had been unrest during the annual June 4 Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong, which had been banned this year due to coronavirus restrictions. Hong Kong’s coronavirus restrictions are due to be lifted from June 5. Several thousand people joined the main rally in Victoria Park, chanting slogans such as “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” and “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” More
A tracking mechanism, so one is told.
In the course of a day a coffee shop may have 300 visitors, multiply that by the other coffees shops he/she might have attended the same day.
Multiply that by the attendees in libraries, clubs, restaurants, churches, TABs, theatres and sporting fields he or she may have gone to the same day.
Multiply that by the number who were at schools, doctor’s surgeries, dental clinics, supermarkets, birthday parties,concerts, footy practice, visiting mum, band practice that he or she may have gone to the same day. Not to mention trains, taxis, garages, busses, and those overtaken when on his/her bicycle.
Then take a punt that he/she got the date right in the first place.
It is argued that it will save lives. Well, if bullshit saves lives, that’s possible.
The question is of course when will the Government say it’s no longer required, if ever?
As bad as it is here read what Walter E. Williams says is happening in the US, maybe not so bad here. More
Bringing meaning to the old saying, “Like a stunned mullet!” More
Le Pecq: Three days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis police officer choking off his air, another black man writhed on a street in Paris as a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Immobilisation techniques where officers apply pressure with their knees on prone suspects are used in policing around the world and have long drawn criticism. One reason why Floyd’s death is sparking anger and touching nerves globally is that such techniques have been blamed for asphyxiations and other deaths in police custody beyond American shores, often involving non-white suspects. More
In Australia, however, protestors leading the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Sydney are trying to “hijack” what is happening in the United States and pretend Australia is a “horrible, racist country,” Centre for Independent Studies commentator Jacinta Price says. “I find the majority of these protestors who are in fact white, are using these issues to push their own agendas” and “indigenous people in central Australia are actually used and exploited” in the process. More
On one view, the arts must be in strife when a luvvie such as Williamson says so.” More
Sky News host Rita Panahi says it is remarkable China’s gross human rights violations “seem to just be not an issue for the Daniel Andrews government” amid its engagement with communist China over the Belt and Road Initiative. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been widely criticised for the government’s agreement to the initiative while also neglecting to involve DFAT in the process. Mr Andrews has now been criticised for refusing to speak out about China’s gross human rights violations against political dissidents and Uighur Muslims. In parliament Mr Andrews told the opposition leader if he wants to “lead a human rights delegation to China or any other country and then try to do a trade deal at the same time, I wish him luck because I reckon he will need it”. Sky News host Paul Murray said the premier only claimed “you can’t take the money and fight against human rights” and has instead chosen to take “the fist full of dollars”. More