Angus Houston seems like a nice enough bloke .... his quiet, calm demeanour almost suggests that he is a thinking man's soldier & not the big, bold warrior that we might normally expect in an Air Chief Marshall or the person of our Chief of Defence Forces.
But, as always, first appearances can be deceiving .....
The other night, on the SBS Dateline program, the benign facemask of military discipline, coupled with polished media relations training, slipped for a moment & we caught a glimpse of the steel warrior lurking beneath the soft appearance.
from Crikey .....
Whistleblower Allan Kessing writes:
I joined Customs in 1990 and retired in 2005. My first three years were on the wharves then two at Sydney airport. In January 1997 I was approached to join a new intelligence section analysing sea and air cargo where I remained until returning to the airport in 2001.
Senior Liberal Andrew Robb, one of the opposition's star performers, is to take three months' leave to undergo treatment for depression in a move his colleagues say will help others confront their own mental health problems.
from Crikey .....
David Gillespie, lawyer and author of "Sweet Poison, why sugar makes us fat" writes:
The energy that drove Jubilee 2000 needs to be summoned again
By PETER BAKER
More than 50 years ago, Vance Packard shook the commercial world with the publication of his book The Hidden Persuaders. It was, as the book jacket claims, "A revealing, often shocking explanation of new techniques of research and methods of persuasion."
Tony Abbott, re-entering the chamber at 2.40pm after a 24-hour suspension, blew a lavish kiss to a surprised Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families.
Wilson Tuckey continued his one-man commentary on women in the workplace, a loose series of mutterings tentatively entitled: ''They Just Want a Job on the Weekends When Dad's Home to Look After the Kids.''
To be fair on the Libs, they have been trying.
Palestine is under an oppressive military occupation. At times of political tension, the IDF detains large numbers of Palestinians "because the regulations that govern Israeli military tribunals provide little procedural protection to detainees." From March - October 2000, over 15,000 West Bank Palestinians were arrested. Over 1,000 were held in administrative detention without charge.