Stop playing the victim

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The Islamic community needs to own up to the not so insignificant problems that they have, ask for help and stop playing the victims, writes Tim Priest in Sydney's Daily Telegraph (1/10)

''Of course, what would a terrorism-related incident be without some mention somewhere of the youth being “disenfranchised” from mainstream society?

''These disenfranchised youth have access to free health, free education, subsidised medicines, public housing and transport.

''They are free to practise any religion they want, marry whom they want and, if they feel inclined, work for a fair wage and get to live in one of the safest nations on Earth.

''And did I mention that they also get free legal representation?

''What would a terrorism-related incident be without some mention somewhere of the youth being “disenfranchised” from mainstream society?

''What a burden of rights, gifts and privileges these disenfranchised youth have. It must be this burden that makes so many of them want to leave and go to countries in the Middle East that are the complete ­opposite of ours.''

Sharia supporters: should they stay in Australia?

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''Islam is a religion of peace.'' This is a mantra repeated by politicians high and low across the West, usually after they have denounced jihadists  who have committed unspeakable crimes on the unarmed.

On one recent occasion an Australian Assistant Minister of the Crown  was corrected on an ABC  live broadcast by an internationally renowned expert in comparative religion.

Now, Senator Jacqui Lambie has  called on those who  support Sharia law to depart from Australia. ( For an example click here.)

Her responses to  questions about the content of Sharia law have been ridiculed, rather than discussing the crucial question whether there is a place in Australia for those who support Sharia law.  

In his scholarly and well researched book ''The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom,'' published in 2010 Anglican pastor and research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at the Melbourne School of Theology, Mark Durie refers extensively to the Koran, to the Hadiths, to Muhammad’s life, and to histories of Islam since the 7th Century.

According to Peter Smith in Quadrant Online, Mark Durie shows conclusively that jihad is central to Islam.

Part of jihad is making war and conquering unbelievers.

The subsequent part is converting unbelievers or, alternatively, giving them a choice of death or dhimmitude with attendant taxation tributes. And then, by the way, there can be peace. Islam is truly a religion of peace — once it has won the war.

Is there a place for Sharia supporters in Australia?  And is just asking this a breach of the anti-Anrew Bolt law, the notoriously unrepealed section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act?

Housing bubble and the FIRB

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''Is there a housing bubble in Sydney and Melbourne,'' asks Paul Sheehan in The Sydney Morning Herald 30/9. ''Of course there is,'' he answers.

 ''The two markets have been distorted for years by an influx of murky money coming from China, which should be of interest to the Foreign Investment Review Board. Except that the board is a bureaucratic joke inside the real estate industry.''

So why doesn't the Board apply the law?

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Reducing a sentence - why?

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 Kieran Loveridge, the youth who killed Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly (pictured) with a single punch to the head has taken his case to the High Court, arguing his sentence should not have been doubled on appeal.

The original sentence of five years and two months imposed on Loveridge for a string of unprovoked assaults on five young men in Kings Cross was quashed by an appeal court on the grounds it was "manifestly inadequate" and failed to incorporate the need to deter others from engaging in alcohol-fuelled violence.

 Loveridge's total sentence was increased to 13 years and eight months with a non-parole period of 10 years and two months.

Now an application has been file dfor special leave to appeal in the High Court on a number of grounds, including the appeal court's failure to properly take into account that Loveridge  was an Aboriginal offender from a deprived background.

His  parents split when he was young and his father is a convicted criminal who has served time and jail and has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

It will be argued the appeal court was also wrong to overrule Justice Campbell's finding that Loveridge was remorseful, unlikely to reoffend and had good prospects of rehabilitation.

It will also be argued that the court  also failed to consider how the enormous publicity attached to the case would deter Loveridge from committing further crimes of violence and that there was no need for the judiciary to send  a message of deterrence.

Prisoners laughing at prison guards

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You won't believe this.

Prisoners are laughing at prison guards, thanks to the policy of the NSW government.

There is yet another example of the pendulum in the criminal justice system being moved more out of a consideration of the interest of criminals than those of the community, including the victims of crime. This demonstates how ludicorus this approach is.

Even if prison officers conclude that drugs have delivered to a prisoner and on a search actually see a package protruding from the prisoner's anus, they are precluded from undertaking a strip search without the consent of the prisoner. Similarly, they are precluded from lifting folds of fat and female guards are precluded from lifting a female prisoners breasts when they suspect on reasonable grounds that material is  secreted there.


When 2GB commentator Ray Hadley was first informed of this he thought that this was an attempt to entrap him to making a ridiculous claim. He suddenly found that it was true and is part of an approach to prisons established by the former Liberal Attorney General  of New South Wales.

Ray Hadley had previously conducted a vigourous campaign to have the bail laws changed to New South Wales to restore the primary consideration in the bail to be the protection of the public. The laws have since been reviewed and the governors as indicated that they will be changed.

Mr Hadley raised the question of prison searches directly with the Premier and a review has been promised.

You can hear  Ray hadley speaking  to Steve McMahon, Chairman of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch, about the review into the inmate strip search policy and the pay received by inmates by clicking below.