Nun loses appeal to stay in Philippines

An n missionary nun facing deportation in the Philippines will use all legal options available to her to fight the Bureau of Immigration’s order and to remain in the country.
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Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was on April 23 ordered to leave the Philippines by May 25 because the bureau said she violated her missionary visa.

Her lawyers appealed the decision but the Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday said it had reaffirmed its order and directed her to leave the country – where she’s lived for more than 27 years.

“This order is final and executory. We will not entertain any further motion for reconsideration,” Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement on Wednesday.

But her lawyer, Jobert Pahilga, says the nun will “exhaust all available legal remedies” to challenge the bureau’s order and will appeal it with the Department of Justice.

“She expects that the BI (bureau) would also follow the rule of law and its own rules of procedure and will not arrest or forcibly deport her, to give her the opportunity to appeal,” Mr Pahilga said in a statement to AAP.

Sr Fox, a nun with the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was detained on April 16 for almost 24 hours because she engaged in “illegal political activities” after Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte ordered her investigation for “disorderly conduct”.

One week later Mr Morente told Sr Fox she had 30 days to leave the Philippines after “she was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of her visa.”

Sr Fox’s renewable missionary visa, which was due to expire in September 2018, was also cancelled.

Mr Pahilga filed for a motion for reconsideration and a counter-affidavit, arguing the bureau’s investigation was “sloppy” and her right to due process was “gravely violated”.

In its order on Wednesday, the bureau dismissed claims the nun’s visa was forfeited without due process and insisted she acted “beyond allowed activities” by working outside of Barangay Amihan in Quezon City.

Bureau spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said the complaint against the nun engaging in political activities was separate from her visa issue and pending the investigation into that complaint – Sr Fox could return to the country, but not as a missionary.

“Fox could still return to the country as a tourist after she leaves as she is not yet in the bureau’s blacklist,” Ms Sandoval said.

The action against Sister Fox comes amid a wider clampdown on critics of President Duterte.

A Facebook page set up in support of the nun called Hands off Sr. Patricia Fox said it condemned the bureau’s decision.

“The decision is shameful and smacks of heavy-handedness,” the post said. “Instead of being grateful for Sr. Pat’s years of service to the Filipino poor, the ungrateful Philippine government has decided to remove her from the country.”

‘Get that angle, f*ck yeah’: Disturbing videos of public bashings emerge

A group stomps on a girl in Bakery Hill McDonald’s.WARNING: Disturbing content
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Cyber bullying experts and parentsare calling forpolice to lay charges after disturbing videos were circulated of public bashings targeting schoolgirls in Ballarat’s Little Bridge Street precinct this week.

Up to five Snapchat videos obtained byThe Couriershow girls being set uponin the car park, bus stop and Bakery Hill McDonald’s as other teens watch on.

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One Snapchat video captioned”you had it coming”shows a girl assaulting another girl at the bus stop as boys encourage her and taunt the victim.

“Get that angle, f*ck yeah,” one boy says while someone films the bashing on a mobile phone.

A girl is kicked in the face.

Michael Carr-Gregg, one of the ’stop child and adolescent psychologists, said it was against the law to film and circulate footage of bashings under the charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass orcause offence.

“What we need to do is get the police to charge,” he said.

“We tend to see a reticence from police to criminalise young people, which I understand,but we’ve also got to send a clear message.”

A fight in the Little Bridge Street car park.

Mr Carr-Gregg also said the filming of assaults could worsen the trauma of victims.

“You’ve got digital humiliation over and over again, it’s repeated and we know this can impact on children adversely,” he said.

“We’re talking about anxiety, depression, self harm and, in some cases, suicidal ideation.”

The assault of a girl in Bakery Hill McDonald’s was also captured on video, showing her being stomped on after falling to the ground.

Little Bridge Street’s bus stop.

“Every time my daughter closes her eyes and tries to sleep the bashing plays over in her mind, having people laughing at the situation,” the mother of the victim of the McDonald’s assaulttoldThe Courier.

“It’s devastating hearing my daughter being beaten (on the video).

“It’s hard to see, it brought me to tears after one of my daughter’s friends found it and sent it to her.”

In another video, a girl sits against a brick wall before being kicked in the face by another girl as onlookers point and laugh.

“That was f*cking hectic,” one boy is heard saying as he watches on.

Natalie, whose daughter was left bleeding after being kicked in the face and assaulted on a bus inLittle Bridge Street last week, said the bashings and filming of the abuse must stop.

“I feel like the filming encourages it, they’re all in on it,” she said. “This can make kids take their own lives.

“It’s not ok for people to behave like that, there’s old people and little kids around Little Bridge Street a lot and they’re subjected to that.

“People should feel safe when they’re taking the bus.”

Police said on Wednesday investigators were in the process of reviewing CCTV footage of when Natalie’s daughter was attacked.

They urged anyonewho may have mobile phone footage of the incident on the busto come forward.

The vice principal of a Ballarat high school said he was aware of the assault last week.

Cyber safetyexpert Susan McLean said responsibility fell not only on police but also on Ballarat’sschools to help stop the fights.

“This is not bullying -this is criminal -full stop,” she said.

“None of this is going to stop unless girls are arrested and charged.

“If the schools are aware of it, why aren’t they doing anything about it?

“What (the offenders) need to be aware of is that the filming, uploading and sharing can get them into trouble and it is adding to the hurt.

“It’s a really sad reflection on society when someone would stand and film that rather than trying to break it up.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.Ballarat Courier

Brisbane treated Walters ‘like an idiot’

Brisbane great Chris Johns has slammed the Broncos for failing to implement a clear succession plan sooner, accusing the NRL club of treating favourite son Kevin Walters “like an idiot”.
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Johns says the Broncos have been disrespectful to Walters and it was about time they made their intentions clear about coach Wayne Bennett’s future after reports linking Melbourne mentor Craig Bellamy to Red Hill.

On Wednesday, CEO Paul White guaranteed Bennett would be coach next year after claims the Broncos wanted to sign Bellamy on a four-year, $5 million-plus deal from 2019.

But White could not make any more guarantees after confirming he had spoken to Bellamy and would sweat on a response as the Storm coach mulls over a three-year Melbourne extension.

While Bennett’s future may be up in the air, Johns was more peeved with Brisbane’s treatment of former skipper and assistant coach Walters.

The three-time Broncos premiership winner believed they should have told Walters whether he had a chance to take over from Bennett.

Walters started the season as Bennett’s deputy but lasted four rounds before quitting to concentrate solely on his Queensland State of Origin coaching role.

“I think this could have been explained a bit better,” Johns said.

“I think this has been very messy and a succession plan should have been rolled out a lot sooner than this.

“The person I really feel sorry for is Kevvie Walters because he has been led around like an idiot.”

Johns said he believed Walters was under the impression he was being looked at to replace Bennett.

“I think the real loser out of all this is just the disrespect shown to Kevin,” Johns said.

“I’m not saying he should be the next Broncos coach but he should at least be told honestly what they are thinking so he can make career decisions.”

Johns said Walters had knocked back a chance to coach the Gold Coast Titans to link again with Brisbane under Bennett this year, with an eye to one day taking over the reins.

Johns’ former Broncos teammates Glenn Lazarus said it was karma that Bennett could be replaced after unceremoniously sacking so many people over the years.

“A lot of people, good people, have been kicked to the curb by the Broncos when Wayne Bennett was head coach,” Lazarus told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“And I’ll just name a few – Gary Belcher, Kevvie Walters, myself, long-term strength and conditioner and loyal servant to Wayne, Steve Nance, Ivan Henjak.

“And Anthony Griffin was punted so Wayne could come back.

“And all of that was dragged through the media and obviously it was very public and it was hurtful. Now, the tables have turned.”

WA Labor candidate insists she’s no liar

Rita Saffioti (left) has come to the aid of WA Labor’s Darling Range candidate Colleen Yates.WA Labor’s Darling Range by-election candidate has downplayed suggestions she wrongly claimed to have completed an MBA.
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Hours after the party announced it had preselected Regional Development chief executive Colleen Yates on Tuesday, it emerged she had only finished the prerequisite course, a Graduate Certificate in Business.

“As most postgraduates understand who are also working, it’s very difficult to undertake a work-study balance and my job is something that dictates that,” Ms Yates told Nine News on Wednesday.

The quickest an MBA can be completed is one year as a full-time “intensive” course, and Ms Yates admitted it was “fairly ambitious” to have written the date range of 2016 to 2018 under the LinkedIn entry.

She said the community shouldn’t place too much stock in LinkedIn profiles.

“LinkedIn is a fairly informal social networking site,” Ms Yates said.

“It’s unfortunate that some people have read into it wrong but there’s been no misrepresentations at all by myself to anyone, especially the Labor Party.”

Senior WA Labor MPs have defended Ms Yates.

But it’s an embarrassing gaffe given the seat she’s vying for was vacated by disgraced serial fibber Barry Urban, who quit before he could be expelled from parliament for repeatedly lying about his background.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said it was “the height of hypocrisy” for the opposition to seize on Ms Yates’ travails.

She said the Liberal candidate for Darling Range, Alyssa Hayden, had not disclosed on her LinkedIn page she worked part time as the electoral officer for Liberal Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney.

Ms Hayden does list her role as director of strategy and business engagement for Opposition Leader Mike Nahan.

“If the Liberal Party want to attack our candidate, they should have made sure their candidate was squeaky clean,” Ms Saffioti said.

Chinese donor confident of vindication

A lawyer for Dr Chau Chak Wing has slammed Liberal MP Andrew Hastie for repeating old claims.The Chinese-n billionaire named in federal parliament for his alleged involvement in the bribery of a former UN General Assembly president insists he has the right to a presumption of innocence.
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Liberal MP Andrew Hastie used parliamentary privilege on Tuesday night to announce that a man known as “CC-3” in FBI documents about the bribery case, was political donor Dr Chau Chak Wing.

“The same man who co-conspired to bribe the United Nations General Assembly president John Ashe, the same man with extensive contacts in the Chinese Communist Party,” Mr Hastie said on Tuesday night.

Dr Chau has donated more than $4 million to both major political parties as well as $45 million to n universities.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sought security agency advice about Mr Hastie’s decision to name Dr Chau.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Hastie received the information from a non-classified US briefing, also attended by at least one Labor MP.

“The allegations are not new, they have been made before, they are subject to legal proceedings and I do not propose to say anything more about them,” Mr Turnbull told parliament on Wednesday.

Dr Chau’s lawyer Mark O’Brien said in a statement his client was disappointed parliamentary privilege was used to “repeat old claims” just weeks before a defamation hearing.

“Our client has not been charged with any offence, which makes Mr Hastie’s attack all the more extraordinary,” the statement said.

The lawyer said Mr Hastie purports to be acting in the interest of ns.

“It seems he has forgotten or disregarded the right all n citizens have to a presumption of innocence unless proven otherwise,” he said.

He said his client was confident of being vindicated at a court hearing against the Sydney Morning Herald slated for June 12.

Labor defence spokesman Richard Marles said the saga highlights the importance of a crackdown on foreign donations.

“I doubt that Andrew Hastie has broken the law (by naming Dr Chau),” Mr Marles told ABC Radio, however, he said there could be implications for what information foreign agencies share with in the future.

Qld lawyer calls for rape law reform

Prominent Queensland lawyer Bill Potts is calling for reform to the state’s rape laws.A high-profile Queensland criminal lawyer says more clarity is needed around consent in rape laws, as victim advocates repeat calls for the state government to review current legislation.
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Bill Potts, one of ‘s most senior criminal defence practitioners, said regular law reform was necessary to reflect changes in society and welcomed discussion on creating a clearer definition of consent.

“If there is a better way of expressing a law – then let’s have that debate,” he told AAP.

Mr Potts said clarity on consent would give justice to victims of the crime, those charged with criminal offences, and jurors.

His comments come as rape victim advocates repeat their concerns that the state’s sexual consent laws are so outdated that most assaults go unreported.

Women’s Legal Service solicitor Julie Sarkozi said the offence of rape is easier to defend in Queensland than in any other state, because defendants can still argue they mistakenly believed they had consent.

“The existing rape laws are failing Queenslanders so badly that the majority of rapes go unreported,” she told ABC radio on Wednesday.

The service, which provides free legal advice and social support to domestic violence victims, wants the Queensland government to follow the lead of NSW.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman referred consent laws to the Law Reform Commission and declared a “systemic problem” with sexual assault reporting and convictions in the state.

His actions were in response to Saxon Mullins speaking out about her ordeal as an 18-year-old virgin when she says she was anally raped by Luke Lazarus in a Kings Cross alleyway behind a nightclub in 2013.

Mr Lazarus was acquitted after a judge ruled the 21-year-old believed he had consent.

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has urged Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government to take similar action to NSW.

“What has gone is absolutely abhorrent,” she said in reference to the Lazarus case.

“I would support a review into those laws, I think it’s important, if other states are looking into consent.”

Responding to calls from the Women’s Legal Service for a legal review earlier this month, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the state government would await the NSW findings before it considered taking action.

Ms D’Ath said she would ask the Women’s Legal Service to provide specific examples of their concerns.

“We have a strong criminal code in Queensland with a clear definition of consent and a maximum penalty of life for rape,” she told AAP.

“The Palaszczuk government has a track record of working with stakeholders on reform to the code where required.”

Consent was at the centre of a recent trial in Brisbane, where defendants Ryan David George and Jack Scott Turner Winship argued a woman had agreed to sex with them in a West End alley.

The men were sentenced in the Brisbane District Court to at least four years and three months jail on Wednesday.

Tully offers Ipswich sacking alternative

Ipswich City councillors have argued it would be unfair if innocent elected officials were all sacked due to the actions of those charged by Queensland’s corruption watchdog.
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The scandal-plagued council late Thursday lodged its show-cause submission to the state government as to why it shouldn’t be dismissed, despite two successive mayors and CEOs facing serious charges.

In all, 15 people with links to the council have been slapped with a total of 73 charges by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Recent fraud charges brought against mayor Andrew Antoniolli, who replaced Paul Pisasale last August after he resigned amid corruption charges, prompted Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to dismiss the entire council.

The council’s show-cause submission stressed no one had been found guilty of any charge and the council had continued to deliver its daily functions .

Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt said it highlighted that all allegations were the result of “complex investigations by police”.

“Many of the charges are totally unrelated to local government, the council or the councillors,” Mr Wendt said.

“The removal of innocent and democratically elected officials from their positions is not the right move.

“It would take away people’s representation at the grassroots.”

Mr Wendt said 19 recommendations put to council in a 2017 review of governance, most to improve transparency and accountability, had been enacted.

He claimed most constituents want the sitting councillors to remain, despite a “vocal minority” .

Veteran councillor Paul Tully, meanwhile, said he wanted Mr Hinchliffe to appoint an oversight committee to watch and report back on the council’s dealings over the next two years.

Mr Hinchliffe won’t make a quick call on the council’s fate, saying he would make a decision within seven to 28 days.

Pisasale, who resigned last June, is on bail charged with corruption, extortion, assault, misconduct and perjury, while former chief executives Carl Wulff and Jim Lindsay are also before the courts.

New Vic rorts-for-votes inquiry can start

A fresh inquiry into Victorian Labor’s systematic misuse of $388,000 in parliamentary allowances to partially fund the 2014 election campaign can start after weeks of deadlock.
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The committee had been in stalemate on who should head the inquiry because Labor and the Greens backed Greens MP Nina Springle, but the opposition and some crossbench MPs wants Liberal MP Gordon Rich-Phillips.

Independent MP James Purcell was instead appointed to chair the upper house committee on Wednesday, but Premier Daniel Andrews would not comment on the matter.

“It is totally inappropriate for me to run a commentary on that and I won’t,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“The composition of the committee, it’s work, that is a matter for the committee.”

But Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says Mr Andrews has some explaining to do.

“Daniel Andrews and his government needs to explain to Victorians about them stealing $400,000,” he told reporters.

“(Labor) are responsible for the greatest rort…in Victorian political history.”

The Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass found Labor MPs systematically misused parliamentary allowances to partially fund the party’s winning 2014 election campaign.

She found the MPs breached parliamentary guidelines by authorising electoral officer time sheets when the staff were instead working on campaigns in other seats.

However, she also found that MPs who participated believed it was within the rules and Labor has repaid the money.

Eleven of the 21 MPs involved are still in parliament, including Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings and Families Minister Jenny Mikakos in the upper house.

The committee can ask people outside parliament and lower house MPs to give evidence but it cannot compel Legislative Assembly members to appear.

Hamburg to restrict older diesel vehicles

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, will ban the most polluting diesel cars from two major streets from next week, in a move that could encourage other cities to follow suit and step up the pressure on carmakers to consider costly vehicle refits.
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Hamburg, home to around 1.8 million people, said the ban would start on May 31 and affect diesel models that do not meet the latest Euro-6 emissions standards.

The move follows a ruling in February by Germany’s top administrative court that said the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf should consider bans for older diesel models.

The detailed publication of that ruling last Friday showed local authorities were entitled to implement targeted bans with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels into line with European Union rules, although curbs affecting wider city areas should only be phased in over time.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has long sought to avoid bans, as has the VDA auto industry lobby representing carmakers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW.

Levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emitted by diesel engines and known to cause respiratory disease should fall significantly as more efficient Euro-6 models are sold and emissions-cleaning software updates take effect, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.

The bans in Hamburg affect a section of about 1600 metres on Stresemannstrasse, where the restrictions will only apply to commercial vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes or more, and a section of about 580 metres on Max-Brauer-Allee, covering all diesel vehicles.

Both streets are in Altona, a busy district in the west of the city.

Sick, elderly and kids get flu jab in Vic

Flu vaccines in Victoria will be rationed to the vulnerable, says Health Minister Jill Hennessy.Victoria’s children, sick and elderly will get first dibs on the state’s flu vaccine supply until the Commonwealth can get a “solid supply” for the rest of the population, the state’s health minister says.
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Jill Hennessy told reporters on Wednesday the jab would be rationed to “the vulnerable” until there was a stable supply after record numbers of people had opted for the vaccine, causing a shortage.

“Until we can get the assurance from the commonwealth government there’s flu vaccine available for all … we’re rationing our flu vaccines for the most vulnerable groups. They are largely people with certain kinds of illnesses, for the elderly and for young children,” Ms Hennessy said.

“But we want the flu vaccine to be available for all and that’s why we have called upon the federal government to get more assertive and organised about ensuring a solid supply.”

She wrote to the federal government last week about the expected availability of the vaccine and has been told additional orders have been placed and are due to arrive in a couple of weeks.

It comes after 121 aged care residents suffered flu-related deaths in Victoria last year.

More than five million doses of the seasonal flu vaccine have been brought into under the National Immunisation Program but increased demand has impacted supply, federal health authorities told AAP on Monday.

“According to states and territories, compared to last year, there has been a 25-30 per cent increase in demand,” Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs said in a statement.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has released 9.6 million doses of influenza vaccines under the immunisation program, state programs and the private market as of Monday.