White Ribbon Day Nov 25th 2014. What are you doing to stop the violence?

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EVENTS CAN BE FOUND HERE http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Vision
All women live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.

Mission
Making women’s safety a man’s issue too.

The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.

Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.

White Ribbon began in Australia in 2003 as part of UNIFEM (now UN Women), formally becoming a Foundation in 2007.

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).


Thousands march in Melbourne against family violence amid calls for health officials to do more

Tue 25 Nov 2014, 8:31pm

Walk Against Family Violence

Thousands took to Melbourne’s streets to take part in the Walk Against Family Violence (ABC News)

Related Story: Defence force, military get behind White Ribbon Day

One woman is killed by a violent partner each week in Australia.

Two of the leading figures in the fight against family violence, Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay and Rosie Batty, led more than 1,000 people through the streets of Melbourne today in a march to stop violence against women.

On the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Mr Lay said Australia could not arrest its way out of the situation.

“I think that for far too long family violence and resolving family violence has been left in the hands of police,” he said.

“We cannot simply arrest our way out of this. We need to change attitudes, it’s in the schooling, it’s in families.

“Clearly, fathers and mothers have got a responsibility to teach their children about gender inequity, teach their children to treat each other decently.

“They are partly responsible for this, no doubt.”

There were also calls for doctors and health officials to do much more to stop family violence, with new research published in The Lancet.

Professor Kelsey Hegarty, who co-authored the Lancet paper, is a GP and the head of primary care at the University of Melbourne’s Department of General Practice.

She said the health system needed to be more focussed and streamlined when it came to addressing family violence.

“What we’re really looking for health professionals to do is provide a first line response that listens, validates, acknowledges what women and girls have been through in terms of violence against women and provides them with a pathway to safety and healing,” she said.

“To do that we need to strengthen the role of the health sector.”

Health sector ‘lacks awareness, training’ in family violence

In January 2013 Professor Hegarty called for GPs to be trained to recognise signs of domestic violence.

Since then, she said the health system had been slow to recognise the need for change.

“I think there’s been a large movement in the awareness in community campaigns with the development of Our Watch and other activities through White Ribbon,” she said.

“So I think people are becoming more aware that domestic violence or family violence is a problem in our community.

“What we haven’t found is the health sector responding.

We haven’t got very large awareness as a result of a lack of training among health care providers.

Professor Kelsey Hegarty

“We haven’t got regular training or supervisional mentorship in medical nursing or public health or other curricular on a regular basis.

“We haven’t got very large awareness as a result of a lack of training among health care providers.”

Professor Hegarty said substantial system and behavioural barriers existed in the health system.

“We haven’t got an enabling policy environment,” she said.

The Lancet paper examined five country case studies, including India and Spain, and how they responded and dealt with family violence.

Professor Hegarty said developing low-income countries such as India had made progress in addressing family violence in conjunction with their HIV-AIDs strategy.

“In fact, it’s been interesting to look at people who have done violence interventions attached to health interventions for HIV,” she said.

“That’s been showing some promise in a way we haven’t had those epidemics like that, and therefore I think health has been a little bit behind.”

She said Australia had a large focus on the national plan, which has been excellent to prevent violence against women and children.

“(But) it needs a whole spectrum across the ecological model from the community,” she added.

“(An) ecological model goes from a community to an individual, and often a health practitioner is seeing someone at an individual level. We need everybody to be activated.”


 

White Ribbon Day sparks more than 1,000 events across Australia in campaign against domestic violence

Tue 25 Nov 2014, 12:07pm

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised the involvement of Australia’s military in White Ribbon Day, saying it sends a signal that strong men protect others and do not condone domestic violence.

Speaking at a White Ribbon Day function in Canberra, Mr Abbott said shocking statistics associated with domestic violence crimes prompted the Government to allocate $100 million as part of an action plan to combat violence against women.

“It’s really good to see the participation of our armed forces in White Ribbon Day … because the presence of our armed forces, the presence of our police is a sign that tough, strong men protect others, they don’t persecute them. That the toughest and the strongest men are peacemakers, not brutes,” he said.

“Every week a woman dies somewhere in our country in a domestic context. One woman in three will experience violence at some stage of her life.

“One woman in five will experience sexual violence at some stage in her life. It’s just wrong. It must stop,” he said.

“Government has a role to play, that’s why this Government is investing some $100 million in our Second Action Plan to combat violence against women.”

Army chief Lieutenant-General David Morrison told a White Ribbon breakfast in Adelaide stories about the ANZAC spirit also needed a greater focus on the women who were involved.

He said many stories about World War I focused on stories about Anglo Saxon men.

“Unless they’re (women) included in the story, I think what we run the risk of is compounding this idea that Australia is a man’s country, a man’s world, where men get ahead,” he said.

“Men are promoted on their potential, women are only ever promoted on their proven performance. I don’t think we’re going to progress as a nation if that’s the case.”

Luke Batty death brought issue home for victims

White Ribbon ambassador John Caldwell told the ABC’s Breakfast program the tragic death of 11-year-old Luke Batty at the hands of his father earlier this year had brought the issue to the forefront of people’s minds.

“When I saw his (Luke’s) photo and I thought, ‘that could have been me,’ and never before have I really thought of myself as one of the lucky ones, but that made me feel like I was one of the lucky ones,” Mr Caldwell said.

Mr Caldwell was nominated as Australian of the Year for Victoria in 2014 and said the nomination of Luke’s mother Rosie Batty for Australian of the Year in 2015 helped to highlight why the issue of domestic violence should be taken seriously.

It is about men leading the action because most of this violence against women is perpetrated by men, and so men need to be speaking to their mates and using their influence to change those attitudes and behaviours.

White Ribbon chief executive Libby Davies.

“I grew up in Melbourne in a house that was plagued by domestic violence,” he said.

“I guess as a kid hiding under the bed I always felt so helpless and now as an adult, I don’t need to. I get to take back the power that I lost as a kid, but also to educate other children that you don’t have to stay silent yourself.

“Even for kids, there are people you can talk to. As a child, hiding under a bed hearing screams outside and not sure what you will find when you eventually walk out – I used to liken it to, as the eye of a cyclone. It would go quiet. Is it safe to go out? And then it erupts again.”

Mr Caldwell said nobody came to help despite people knowing what was happening and White Ribbon Day was about breaking that silence.

“It was known what was going on outside of the house and nobody would do anything, and that’s why White Ribbon Day is so important, because it is a male-led campaign,” he said.

White Ribbon chief executive Libby Davies said more than 1,000 events would be held across Australia to promote White Ribbon Day, including a walk through Melbourne’s CBD by members of both the Melbourne and Richmond Football Clubs as part of the Walk Against Family Violence.

“It is about men leading the action because most of this violence against women is perpetrated by men, and so men need to be speaking to their mates and using their influence to change those attitudes and behaviours,” she said.

NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch said several hundred people, mostly men, had marched from Randwick to Coogee in Sydney’s east in an event co-hosted with Randwick Council this morning.

He said those present, including many police officers, pledged an oath to help reduce violence against women.

“The oath is all about never ever condoning or committing acts of violence against women in any form. It’s about having those conversations with men acting as role models for other men,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said domestic violence cases were the single biggest crime police attended.

Phone app hidden function to protect domestic violence victims

In a bid to help protect victims of domestic violence, a free Australian mobile phone app was been launched in time for White Ribbon Day.

Buzz News looks like a regular news app on a mobile phone, but has a hidden function that allows people to secretly contact friends and call for help.

Developed by the Lisa Harnum Foundation, the app was named after the woman who was murdered by her partner Simon Gittany in Sydney in 2011.

Foundation executive director Aileen Mountifield said the phone app could save lives.

“If a perpetrator is used to checking his partner’s phone all that will come up is news, entertainment news, sports news, local news, national news,” she said.

“So that’s a deterrent hopefully that he won’t go to the help button because under the help button she would have stored her safe contacts, so if in distress all she has to do is open the app and press send.”

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Got to laugh at the talkfest that was G20…But did Tony Abbott deliver?


400 Million dollars and its all over in a few days,money well spent (NOT), but all that the media wanted to focus on was whether Prime Minister Abbott got to shirt front Russian President Putin. Pay attention to this photo opportunity!!!

“Senator” Nova Peris caught out ripping OFF the system again-Sack her NOW


Nova Peris sought taxpayers’ money for extra-marital sexual tryst, she is a user, a scammer and a taker, not a giver, who cares what she did in sports decades ago. She has used the race card over and over to suck funds for her own gain for a long time. Deny all you want, the EMAILS are 100% fact and shows who you really are, a DISGRACE who ought to be charged with fraud! Google her name she has used the system for years purely because the colour of her skin.

What a disgrace to the folks who you pretend to represent. WE are not meal tickets Nova shame on you Needs to be sacked, certainly NOT worthy of being on the tax payers dime any longer, I wonder how Julia Gillard feels now about her “Captains Pick”

http://youtu.be/WUAsFjVIX88

Nova Peris denies wrongdoing over leaked email claims

Update that tells us nothing as her minders scramble to fix the mess AGAIN

Thu 30 Oct 2014, 4:03pm

  Northern Territory senator Nova Peris addresses the Senate. Having the damn hide to pull her kids into the debacle! Gravy train continues at all costs Nova

Nova Peris asks federal police to investigate Boldon email leaks, what a joke

Oh my Nova, please save us re all the embarrassment about who you really are…Now you have stood up there all mighty in a place way to good for you Nova. A drink driving adulterer as a captains pick? SERIOUSLY?

They will investigate, and they will show you for what you are.

You seem to be worried about BEING found out as what have said a slut. Relationships you took as a joke and then dared to put up your kids a sfodder to justify your actions….

The feds will dig, and DIG DEEP they will.

You have a HISTORY the country has the right to know about, rorting the system all through the years hiding disgracefully under the colour of your skin, and at the same time dare to take pot shots on other indigenous folks much BETTER and DESERVING than you.

I have emails and letters from the schools you rorted and ripped on, stealing property that was NOT yours to take spanning a decade of you joke ambassadorships blah blah

SENATOR Nova Peris has made an emotional statement about her alleged affair with Ato Boldon in the Senate.

Earlier, the Labor senator asked federal police to investigate the leaking of private emails that led to allegations she sought taxpayer funding for a secret lover and sent him ­racially charged emails claiming white Australians “hate black people”.

The party’s MPs yesterday closed ranks behind Senator Peris after emails from 2010 suggested that while working for Athletics Australia she volunteered to secure government funding for Trinidadian sprinter Ato Boldon to visit so they could pursue an extramarital affair.

Email excerpts published by the NT News contain claims that “white people hate black people in this country” and “white men can’t control black women they think they can but can’t”.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman confirmed Senator Peris referred “a number of matters” for investigation on October 2.

“The AFP is continuing to evaluate this referral as per usual process,” the spokesman said.

Senator Peris would yesterday neither confirm nor deny the emails were authentic, saying they were private and “it appears they were not lawfully obtained by a third party”.

She denied any wrongdoing but refused to answer further questions about the funding allegations or racial comments.

Boldon said the report had “gross fabrications” and he threatened legal action over “malicious misrepresentation” of his tour to meet young athletes. The Seven Network quoted Boldon as saying he had “no relationship of that sort with Nova”.

Athletics Australia, which is 79 per cent government-funded, said Senator Peris had helped establish “initial contact” with Boldon. AA had paid for his return flights from Los Angeles, his accommodation and “reasonable expenses”.

“From Athletics Australia’s perspective, I can assure you we were thrilled with Boldon’s tour of Australia,” a spokesman said.

Senator Peris was elected last year after Julia Gillard used her “captain’s pick” to install her over veteran senator Trish Crossin on the party Senate ticket.

Bill Shorten described Senator Peris as “an amazing Australian” who “has my support and the support of the Labor caucus”.

“These are deeply personal matters which predate her entering into parliament,” he said.

Labor’s Senate leader Penny Wong said there was “no public interest” in publishing emails that bear “no relationship whatsoever” to her political career.

She declined to say whether Senator Peris had disclosed a sexual relationship with Boldon when the funding was sought.

Sports Minister Peter Dutton’s office sought assurance last night from the Australian Sports Commission that no taxpayer funds were misappropriated.

Indigenous leader and former ALP national president Warren Mundine said taxpayers could ignore Senator Peris’s private life as long as they “got bang for the dollar”.

“If it’s true (she made racial comments), it was a silly statement and she needs to say something about that. Otherwise there’s nothing in it for me.”

Labor MPs described the NT News report, which contained salacious quotes from the email exchange, as “mischievous muckraking” and “an insult to journalism”.

The NT News said it was “100 per cent” confident of the emails and its report dealt “with an issue of public importance, namely the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds”.


Related Story: Peris rejects claims of wrongdoing over alleged affair with Olympian

Labor senator and former Olympian Nova Peris has broken her silence on claims she misused public funds, saying she has “done nothing wrong”.

Emails published by News Corp this week claimed that in 2010 Senator Peris tried to use taxpayers’ money to fund a trip to Australia for track star Ato Boldon, so the pair could pursue an affair.

Senator Peris has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate the leaking of the emails.

Making a statement to the Senate today, Senator Peris said she “categorically” rejected any wrongdoing.

She said the claims were “baseless” and were connected to a family dispute.

More to come.


 

Senator Nova Peris sought taxpayers’ money to help her to carry out a ‘freaky’ extra-marital sexual tryst with Olympic medallist Ato Boldon

Former world 200m sprint champs Ato Bolden and Olympic champ and now senator Nova Peris h

Former world 200m sprint champs Ato Bolden and Olympic champ and now senator Nova Peris hosting an Athletics clinic for kids together. Picture: News Corp

SENATOR Nova Peris sought taxpayers’ money to help her to carry out an extra-marital sexual tryst with Olympic medallist Ato Boldon in 2010, an NT News investigation has revealed.

Ms Peris, who was working as a communication officer with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies at the time and as ambassador for Athletics Australia, sought funds from Athletics Australia and other sources to pay for Mr Boldon’s trip to Australia from Los Angeles to take part in a 10 day official “Jump Start to London” program for young athletes.

She also used that trip to carry out a “just like a Tim-tam… black on black” affair with Mr Boldon. She was married to Daniel Batman at the time.

Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago (r) during the Men's 100m qualifying heat at the World

Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago (r) during the Men’s 100m qualifying heat at the World Track and Field Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, 1997. (AP Photo/Michel/Lipchitz)

“Ato…tell me babe…what u want … Make a bit of money and spend time together … I will take time of from work to be with u,” Ms Peris wrote in an email exchange obtained by the NT News.

Mr Boldon responded: “Purpose is time with u plus attend trials plus help them promote the trials and possibly guest broadcast on the tv station carrying it…need hotel ticket plus 15,000 US…”

Nova Peris-Kneebone with her Commonwealth Games gold medal & draped in an Australian flag

Nova Peris-Kneebone with her Commonwealth Games gold medal & draped in an Australian flag. Picture: Gregg/Porteous.

Athletics Australia confirmed they did pay for Mr Boldon’s flight to Melbourne from Los Angeles and covered his accommodations and some “incidentals” while in Australia.

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A spokesman confirmed Ms Peris had personally selected Mr Boldon for the “Jump Start to London” program and that he “capably fulfilled his role as mentor and ambassador.” Athletics Australia would not disclose the total amount for the 10 day trip that ran from April 9 – 19, 2010 and refused to disclose any other information citing confidentiality.

Then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Nova Peris at Parliament House in Canberra, after

Then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Nova Peris at Parliament House in Canberra, after Nova Peris was announced as the preferred Senate Candidate for the Northern Territory. Picture: News Corp

“We also have a relationship with Senator Peris who is a reputable former athlete and someone who we want to maintain a relationship with,” said Cody Lynch.

In other emails obtained by the NT News, Ms Peris sends multiple nude pictures of herself to Mr Boldon and speaks candidly about her views on race relations in Australia.

“…You should be compensated for your long haul travels across the pacific.. sexually of course… but only .. a tired traveller should kick back for a few days,” Ms Peris says on Feb 28, 2010.

Ato Boldon while in Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: Darren Seiler

Ato Boldon while in Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games. Picture: Darren Seiler

On March 5, 2010 Mr Boldon asks for something to tide him over until their rendezvous.

“Looks great.. when do I get some nude pics from u?”

Ms Peris responds on the same day: “Really, u want me to send some!!!! That is some freaky stuff Mr B..u like freaky??”

On March 6, Ms Peris emails Mr Boldon a nude photo of herself to which he responds: “Ohh ok lol”.

“Tester before naughty,” Ms Peris explains in a follow-up.

Ato Boldon, Prue Jackson and Maurice Greene during an Inside Sport magazine photographic

Ato Boldon, Prue Jackson and Maurice Greene during an Inside Sport magazine photographic shoot at Movie World amusement park in Brisbane in 2001.

Ms Peris responded to questions posed by the NT News last night, saying she “categorically rejects any wrongdoing”.

“During his trip Mr Boldon promoted athletics, attended and promoted specific events and conducted clinics for young Indigenous athletes,” she said. “Other organisations, including the West Australian Government, supported some events during the visit. I understand Athletics Australia was pleased with the outcome of the visit.

“The highs and lows of my athletic career – and now political career – are public.

“The highs and lows of my private life are matters for me and my family.”

In earlier emails from February 26, 2010, Ms Peris assures Mr Boldon she will find the money for him.

“…all expenses paid meals & accom and a fee!! Don’t know what it is I was thinking around the $10k I don’t know bub…if your purpose was to come here and make a bit of money or holiday…it was not in the budget to bring any profile athletes out but…I am goin through the indigenous grants mob….they can do was I have suggested…but I am not sure what they can do …”

Athlete Nova Peris-Kneebone displays her gold medal won in the women's 200 final at the 1

Athlete Nova Peris-Kneebone displays her gold medal won in the women’s 200 final at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Picture: News Corp

In other emails Ms Peris tells Mr Boldon that Sally McGrady from Athletics Australia would be arranging his payment and that Nova set it up so he would not have to pay tax on his earnings.

“I am happy to do one up for you just give me your account details and I will get the waiver form so u don’t have to pay tax, u get the whole amount as a one of payment etc…” she wrote on March 11, 2010.

“Let me know babe if this is ok? I just want to do everything right for you.”

Ms Peris was married to Olympian Daniel Batman, the father of two of her three children, at the time. In another email to Mr Boldon on March 14, Ms Peris wrote about forgetting her anniversary because she could not focus on anything but him and their upcoming sexual exploits.

“Do you think I should break it to my husband yet?” Ms Peris writes. “That I am running away from him for 10 days with you??? Did I tell u I forgot our anniversary the other week!! 2nd March, married for 9 years…ooopppps…I came home and he said, do yo have anything to say, I said um no why?, he said to look on the bed, so I did, there were roses and a card and a gift, gold bracelet… ‘happy anniversary’…

“All I could say was sorry I have had a lot on my mind lately..:)”

“What an awful wife you are lol oh and why break it now when u have almost a month til I get there…,” Mr Boldon responds.

Ms Peris has spoken before about race not affecting who she partnered with. She told the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2014 about her current husband Scott Appleton that, “I don’t see colour. I see the man I love.”

Comments in emails from March 17, 2010 seem to undermine her public statements on race.

“Its hard to keep a good woman down, and a black woman like me at that..!!” she writes to Boldon. “White men can’t control black women they think they can but can’t, If I was to marry a black man here u have to marry the family lol .. and that is just too much, I am the eldest of 45 cousins.. on my side imagine family reunions lol…”

Ms Peris continues that her husband (Batman) will probably leave her in the next five to 10 years, but does not give a reason.

“ … I don’t want to say oh s*** I wish I had of f***** Ato when he came to Australia … lol..cause I regret that I didn’t 10 years ago, wish I wasn’t the reserved person I was back then the shy girl..lol…

“so my dear friend I am waiting for you… finally BLACK… just like a Tim-tam..black on black xxx”

Former world 200m sprint champ Ato Bolden hosting an athletics clinic for kids with at La

Former world 200m sprint champ Ato Bolden hosting an athletics clinic for kids with at Lalor in Victoria. Picture: News Corp

Later that same day, Ms Peris writes Mr Boldon again, outlining her inability to focus on anything else.

“Ok now I have to go and give a talk to 200 kids and all I am going to be thinking about is f****** you now lol

“Ok Nova you can do this lol … focus lol xxx”

The next day Mr Boldon responds with: “I wanna f*** u sitting on my lap alot.”

In other emails, Ms Peris details how she was working to obtain additional money for Ato Boldon from various other sources including indigenous groups, Commonwealth Bank, Collingwood Football Club and Channel 10 in Melbourne.

The exact total of money Mr Boldon received is unclear but in an email from mid-March, Ms Peris writes that she had managed to round up $22,000 for him, on top of the money Athletics Australia paid.

“It’s not that I don’t think it is unreasonable, and i totally agree you should be paid up front, its just that the money is government funds, with govt funding here, the normal procedure is to apply for grants, and because the money is discretionary funding they pay to an organisation then they pay you …” she wrote.

“…this is all black money babe…..but rightly so being used for the interest of indigenous kids babe….white people hate black people in this country, and don’t like for things to happen if there is no salt in the mix….”

Senator Nova Peris, who will be deputy chair to Ken Wyatt for the Coalition's committee looking at the referendum to recognis...

Senator Nova Peris. Picture: Ray Strange

In later emails, Ms Peris outlines how she and Mr Boldon would get “a bucket of money” through a foundation set up by the current Senator to promote sport and healthy living. That endeavour did not materialise.

Ms Peris had dreamt up the idea of a “global foundation” that would be known for “delivering outcomes (sports, health and education) … for indigenous people.” Later in one email, Ms Peris talks of all the great things they will do and turns her attention to Olympic darling Cathy Freeman.

“Like Freeman here, she is so so dumb (sad but true) and has a national profile of running fast achieving awesome things but seriously can’t talk for shit, and has zero communication skills …”

Olympic medallist Kathy Freeman is described as having “zero communication skills” in one

Olympic medallist Cathy Freeman is described as having “zero communication skills” in one email. Picture: Kit De Guymer

In an email dated April 6, 2010 – a few days before he arrived in Australia – Mr Boldon writes that he is looking for houses in Australia and is serious about establishing the foundation that at one point was named “Black Gold”.

Ato Boldon raises his arms in victory as he wins the men's 100-meters at the NCAA Track a

Ato Boldon raises his arms in victory as he wins the men’s 100-meters at the NCAA Track and Field championships in Eugene, Oregon, in 1996. (AP Photo/Jack Smith).

“I have a great feeling about all of this and now is the time as you know …” he wrote. “So lets do this and take care of your people and get paid well for it and have sports be the least of what we are known for when we are long gone.”

Mr Boldon did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.

Ms Peris said in her statement: “Documents provided to the NT News are private. It appears they were not lawfully obtained by a third party.

“I cannot vouch for the veracity of emails I have not seen.”


Nova Peris labels Cathy Freeman ‘so so dumb’ in private emails: report

October 29, 2014 – 10:36AM

Nova Peris denies wrongdoing in affair claim…REALLY NOVA?

Senator Nova Peris has rejected accusations she used taxpayer funds to facilitate an affair with fellow Olympian Ato Boldon in 2010.

Less than two weeks ago, Australian Olympians Nova Peris and Cathy Freeman were photographed together smiling, with their arms draped around each other’s shoulders.

The photograph, one of a series taken at a function in Melbourne on October 17, describes those in the images as “friends” and was posted on the Cathy Freeman Foundation Facebook page and Twitter account.

Cathy Freeman and Nova Peris at a women's lunch on October 17 in an image posted on the Cathy Freeman Foundation Facebook page.Cathy Freeman and Nova Peris at a women’s lunch on October 17 in an image posted on the Cathy Freeman Foundation Facebook page. Photo: Facebook

But, if a series of private emails reportedly sent by Senator Peris in 2010, before she entered politics, are to be believed, she once held a less-than-favourable view of Freeman, her 4×400 metre track-and-field teammate from the Sydney Olympics.

“Like Freeman here, she is so so dumb (sad but true) and has a national profile of running fast achieving awesome things but seriously can’t talk for shit, and has zero communication skills,” Senator Peris reportedly wrote in the email in 2010 to Olympian Ato Boldon.

The Northern Territory News claims to have obtained explicit email exchanges from 2010 between Senator Peris, who at the time was an Athletics Australia ambassador and communication officer with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and Boldon, the four-time Olympic medal winner from Trinidad and Tobago.

The article alleges Senator Peris used taxpayers’ money to bring Boldon to Australia to help her carry out an extra-marital affair with him.

Boldon came to Australia for the 10-day “Jump Start to London” program in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

“Ato … tell me babe … what u want … Make a bit of money and spend time together … I will take time of [sic] from work to be with u,” Ms Peris wrote in an email exchange, the Northern Territory News says.

Senator Peris and Boldon have denied any wrongdoing in relation to his 10-day trip to Australia.

In a statement, Boldon said there were “gross fabrications” in the story.

In the series of emails published by the Northern Territory News, Senator Peris reportedly discusses setting up a global foundation that would be known for “delivering outcomes (sports, health and education) … for indigenous people”, and tells Boldon of her frank assessment of Freeman.

Race reportedly features prominently in the series of emails, some explicit, between Senator Peris and Boldon.

” … I don’t want to say oh s*** I wish I had of f***** Ato when he came to Australia … lol … cause I regret that I didn’t 10 years ago, wish I wasn’t the reserved person I was back then the shy girl..lol…,” Senator Peris reportedly wrote.

“so my dear friend I am waiting for you … finally BLACK… just like a Tim-tam..black on black xxx”

The function attended by Senator Peris and Freeman on October 17 was a women’s lunch to mark the 10th anniversary of The Long Walk to Canberra, a protest march organised by indigenous AFL footballer Michael Long.

The Melbourne lunch was held to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and to bring together “women from all walks of life to be inspired, celebrate, network and have a good time”.

Freeman’s representative has been contacted for comment.


Aussie Terror cell planned to behead member of public


The details are emerging these animals had plans in place to snatch a person off the street in Sydney and drape them in the Islamic State flag and behead them on camera as propaganda to spread around the world no doubt. It goes to say it would not be the only one. The world needs to unite in STOPPING this murderous group using all force necessary

12.05pm 18/09/14 quick update the police will not reveal exactly

They planned to execute by beheading, in a very HIGH PROFILE location in SYDNEY for all to see

Video of police raids this morning as supplied by NSW Police

Hundreds of police mount anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane cell planned to behead member of public

Thu 18 Sep 2014, 10:29am

Court documents are expected to reveal that this morning’s huge anti-terror raids were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera.

One person has been charged and 15 detained after the raids, which involved 800 police officers in Sydney and Brisbane.


Anti-terror operation in Sydney and Brisbane ‘thwarted’ beheading plot

Updated 2 minutes agoThu 18 Sep 2014, 10:46am

Police say a large-scale anti-terrorism raid in Sydney this morning has foiled a plot to “commit violent acts” in Australia, including a plan to behead a member of the public.

More than 800 officers launched the raids as part of Operation Appleby in suburbs across Sydney’s west and north-west, with a further 70 police involved in raids on properties in Brisbane’s south.

Police said 15 people had been detained in Sydney as part of the operation between NSW officers, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

Court documents are expected to reveal that the raids were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera.

AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said one person has been charged with serious terrorism-related offences and will appear at central Local Court in Sydney later today.

He said the operation commenced earlier this year and had interrupted a terrorist attack in Australia.

“Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” he said.

“Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.”

Commissioner Colvin said the raids in Brisbane were not “directly linked” to the raids in Sydney, but authorities were looking to see whether there were any links.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the raids reflected “the reality of the threat we actually face”.

“You know it is of serious concern that right at the heart of our communities we have people who are planning to conduct random attacks,” he said.

“Today we work together to make sure that didn’t happen. We have disrupted that particular attack.

“Our police will continue to work tirelessly to prevent any such attacks but certainly can I stress that right now, is a time for calm.

“We don’t need to whip this up.”

He said cars were also searched in the raids and at least one weapon was seized.

A total of 25 search warrants were executed in the Sydney suburbs of Bancroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmen, Wentworthville, Mansfield, Western Castle Hill, Hevesy, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

Similar raids took place in Brisbane with officers conducting searches on properties at Creek Road in Mt Gravatt East, as well as Logan and Underwood.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey has sought to assure people in the state that they were safe.

“Obviously with the lead-in to G20 we’re already at a certain risk level which ensures that Queenslanders are even safer than most other states and territories in Australia,” he said.

Helicopters, loudspeakers involved in Guildford raid

ABC reporter Lucy Carter said part of Bursill Street in Guildford was still blocked off by police, where a home was being raided.

“[Police] are questioning a number of people on the front balcony of a single-storey home,” she said.

“Neighbours say police burst into the house before dawn, shouting through loudspeakers and with a helicopter hovering overhead.

“Right now police are removing items including computers from this Guildford home, and a sniffer dog has also been brought in.

Neighbours said the occupants had only lived in the house for about three weeks.

A resident of Bursill Street, who wished to remain anonymous, has been trying to come to terms with the raids.

“I just find it so wrong for that to be happening here in Australia. How do we get to this stage that people are this out of control?” he said.

“You talk about the money going overseas – earlier this morning I heard $18 million or $20 million going overseas, and we don’t know about it until it’s too late.”

Officers are refusing to give more information at this stage, as the operation is still underway.

They say they will provide updates throughout the morning.

Man claims he was punched by officer in raids

One man who was at one of the raided properties when police arrived claims to have been punched by an officer.

Maywand Osman, who was detained during the raids but not arrested, said: “I opened the door this morning at 4:45am to about four police officers.”

“They asked me to raise my hands. I immediately raised my hands. Four officers then jumped at me and one punched me in the face.

“They threw me to the ground and started hitting me in the head and pulling my hair.

“One officer grabbed me by the hair and said ‘you piece of shit’. While they were beating me I heard one officer say ‘just don’t make him bleed’.

“They then went inside my house to conduct a search. They found nothing in my house and I was not under arrest or in custody at any point in time.”

A statement released by Mr Osman’s solicitor said: “My client was brutally attacked by four police officers this morning without provocation.”

“He sustained injuries to the face and head. He was escorted to hospital by ambulance.”

Commissioner Colvin said he was personally not aware of the claims.

Raids follow terror alert level raise: terrorism expert

Greg Barton, who heads the Global Terrorism Centre at Monash University, said the raids followed the warning issued by ASIO director David Irvine.

On Friday, authorities announced Australia’s terror alert level had been lifted to high, meaning the risk of an attack is likely.

“He said there was considerable amounts of intelligence about plots underway and that’s why he had to raise the terror alert level,” Mr Barton said.

“Of course that begs the question: if they know about plots under the way what are they doing to intercept them? Now we’re finding the answers today.”

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC’s AM program that the raids demonstrate the “very real threat that’s there”.

“I think again [the operation] supports why the Government has been so strong in its response to this threat,” he said.

He said the Government was working closely with the Islamic community “more broadly” and that “goodwill exists”.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Radio National this morning that the raids demonstrate Australian authorities are keeping the nation safe.

“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies,” he said.

“There is no cause, no reason, for being complacent about security.

“There are people regrettably, some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interests at heart.”

Ikebal Patel from Muslims Australia told AM that the Islamic community has been stunned by the raids.

“Details are very sketchy and we don’t even know who the individuals are and from which particular area, or sort of association they are part of,” he said.

“So, it’s all very very sketchy. It’s all moving very fast.”

The ABC understands the raids are linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.


 

David Eastman gets bail- conviction quashed and a retrial ordered.


David Eastman: The history of a legal saga spanning 25 years

Fri 22 Aug 2014, 3:16pm

David Eastman was arrested for murder in 1992.

Photo: David Eastman was arrested for murder in 1992. (ABC News)

David Harold Eastman is at the centre of one of Australia’s longest-running legal sagas.

He has served more than 19 years in jail for the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Winchester in Canberra.

Today the ACT Supreme Court has quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial.

In May the Martin inquiry recommended Eastman’s murder conviction be quashed, primarily because of flaws in the forensic case developed by scientist Robert Collins Barnes.

Inquiry head Justice Brian Martin found Eastman did not receive a fair trial and there had been a substantial miscarriage of justice.

He said a retrial would not be feasible nor fair, but that the conviction should be quashed.

That was despite Justice Martin saying he personally thought Eastman was guilty.

A full bench of the Supreme Court, made up of three acting Judges appointed to sit on the ACT bench, Justice Steven Rares, Justice Michael Wigney and Acting Justice Dennis Cowdroy, spent a month considering the report after taking submissions from the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and Eastman’s lawyers.

Eastman has lost numerous appeals

Eastman became a suspect for the murder of Mr Winchester the day after the killing.

David Eastman’s legal battle timeline

  • January 10, 1989 – AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester shot dead in his neighbour’s driveway
  • January 11, 1989 – David Harold Eastman becomes a suspect
  • August 1989 – Inquest into the death commences and ends with an open finding
  • November 1992 – Inquest reopens
  • December 24, 1992 – Eastman committed to stand trial for murder
  • May 16, 1995 – Eastman arraigned on one count of murder, trial begins
  • June 29, 1995 – Eastman’s bail revoked after a dispute with Justice Kenneth Carruthers
  • November 3, 1995 – Eastman found guilty of murder
  • November 10, 1995 – Eastman sentenced to life in prison
  • May 2000 – High Court challenges to overturn conviction dismissed
  • October 6, 2005 – Miles inquiry reports Eastman was fit to plead except for a short period – conviction stands
  • September 3, 2012 – Justice Shane Marshall orders inquiry into Eastman’s conviction
  • November 5, 2013 – Eastman inquiry begins
  • May 30, 2014 – Inquiry recommends Eastman’s conviction be quashed
  • August 22, 2014- ACT Supreme Court quashes Eastman’s conviction and orders retrial

Mr Winchester was shot as he got out of his car in his neighbour’s driveway at Deakin on January 10, 1989.

Detectives targeted Eastman who had threatened Mr Winchester after he refused to help him have an assault charge withdrawn.

Eastman believed if he was convicted for that crime it would thwart his bid to rejoin the public service.

Eastman was eventually convicted of killing Colin Winchester in 1995 and sentenced to life in jail.

He has long protested his innocence, through numerous appeals including in the High Court.

A major inquiry also considered Eastman’s fitness to plead at the original trial.

His court appearances were often fraught and unpredictable as he regularly sacked his legal team, including during the original trial.

In the end, Eastman’s murder conviction was secured by the forensic case which included key evidence linking Eastman’s car with the scene of the shooting.

Sentencing him in 1995, Justice Ken Carruthers said: “This investigation must surely rank as one of the most skilled, sophisticated and determined forensic investigations in the history of criminal investigation in Australia.”

But the recent inquiry turned that on its head.

The critical issue was that Mr Barnes had claimed gunshot residue in Eastman’s car was indistinguishable from that at the scene.

In the latest inquiry he was forced to concede that the evidence was misleading and the link between the scene and Eastman’s car was discredited.

From there the forensic case crumbled amid revelations there had been inadequate record-keeping and evidence had been destroyed.

The Martin Inquiry made other adverse findings about the prosecution and police not making disclosures to the defence.

The inquiry also considered fresh evidence in secret hearings about the possibility of Mafia involvement.

But in the end it was the forensic case which determined the outcome.

In his report, Justice Martin wrote: “The issue of guilt was determined on the basis of deeply flawed forensic evidence in circumstances where the applicant was denied procedural fairness in respect of a fundamental feature of the trial process concerned with disclosure by the prosecution of all relevant material.

“In addition, evidence of inadequacies and flaws in the case file and case work of the key forensic scientists were unknown to everyone involved in the investigation and trial.”

Justice Martin said he thought Eastman had probably committed the crime, but had not had a fair trial and his conviction should be quashed.

“In my view the substantial miscarriage of justice suffered by the applicant should not be allowed to stand uncorrected,” he wrote.

His findings gave a dramatic twist to one of the most significant legal battles in Australia’s history.

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