REVEALED: THE PENTAGON’S INFILTRATION OF AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES – Declassified Australia

Over a 17-year period, the US Defense funding to Australian universities has jumped from $1.7 million in 2007 to $60 million annually by 2022, the year after the AUKUS agreement’s surprise announcement. The funds are backing expanded research in fields of science that enhance US military development and the US national interest.

Between 2007 and 2024, the University of New South Wales received the highest amount of funding, an extraordinary $72 million.

The University of Queensland received the second-highest amount at $60.5 million and the University of Melbourne came in a close third with $60.4 million.

Australia’s premier Group of Eight Universities (Go8) received $202.1 million between them, being 79 percent of the total funding.

In many of these arrangements, the US Defense Department provided funds to major defence companies which were then used to subcontract universities for defence and intelligence-related research.

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Bondi Junction stabbing: Joel Cauchi identified as attacker

Queensland man Joel Cauchi, 40, is the murderer who went on a stabbing spree at Bondi Junction Westfield, killing six people and injuring at least a dozen more before police shot him dead.

Cauchi killed five women and one man as he rampaged through the busy shopping centre brandishing a knife in Sydney’s east on Saturday afternoon.

Police believe Cauchi lived with schizophrenia. There was no clear motive, but they were investigating a potential history of targeting women.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said the “horrifying and violent attack on innocent people” would be subject to a major criminal investigation to “prevent acts like this from happening again”.

He praised the “instinctive bravery” of Inspector Amy Scott, who fatally shot Cauchi, saying the police officer ran towards danger and “without a shadow of a doubt, saved many, many lives”.

Source: Bondi Junction stabbing: Joel Cauchi identified as attacker

Post office operator wrongly jailed while pregnant rejects executive’s apology | UK

A post office operator who was wrongly prosecuted while pregnant has rejected a Post Office executive’s apology for having sent an email celebrating her conviction as “brilliant news”.

The inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal heard that David Smith, who was managing director of the Post Office for seven months during 2010, sent the email to his team after learning that Seema Misra had been convicted.

She was later sentenced to 15 months in prison for theft and locked up on her son’s 10th birthday while eight weeks pregnant. She was put on suicide watch after collapsing in court. Her case was among those overturned by the court of appeal in 2021.

The inquiry is looking into the wrongful prosecution of hundreds of post office operators who were hounded for more than a decade because of shortfalls in their branch accounts that were due to bugs in the Post Office’s Horizon IT system.

Misra rejected Smith’s apology, telling Sky News: “They are apologising now but they missed so many chances before. We had my conviction overturned, nobody came at that time to apologise.”

The UK government has introduced legislation that will exonerate post office operators who were prosecuted between September 1996 and December 2018. The new law is expected to come into force by late July.

[Ed: More evidence for banning the imprisonment of pregnant women and those with dependent children for anything less than the most serious violent crimes.]

Source: Post office operator wrongly jailed while pregnant rejects executive’s apology

Why bullies earn more later in life – Lawyers Weekly

Professor Emilia Del Bono, one of the study’s authors, stated: “We found that those children who teachers felt had problems with attention, peer relationships and emotional instability did end up earning less in the future, as we expected, but we were surprised to find a strong link between aggressive behaviour at school and higher earnings in later life.”

The study really highlighted the fact that, strikingly, conduct problems, such as aggression, are found to be positively related to earnings. This means that children who held aggressive behaviours in their youth, or were considered bullies, were more likely to land a better-paying job later in life, which, in a roundabout way, is almost a reward for this behaviour.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, bullying is when “people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone else feel less powerful or helpless.”

There was a direct link made in the research that tied aggressive behaviours with trying to “win” in a competitive environment. The authors considered that the positive association between conduct problems and labour market outcomes meant that a reconsideration of discipline policies within schools needed to occur.

“It’s possible that our classrooms are competitive places and that children adapt to win that competition with aggression, and then take that through to the workplace where they continue to compete aggressively for the best-paid jobs. Perhaps we need to reconsider discipline in schools and help to channel this characteristic in children in a more positive way,” said Del Bono.

Enabling is a key theme across the report. We are trained from a young age to “win at all costs”, which creates those adaptive mechanisms that can embolden bullies and aggressors.

[Ed: Did the study control for sex?]

Source: Why bullies earn more later in life – Lawyers Weekly

Violence erupts, activists pepper sprayed at Melb protest

Violent scenes have broken out at a women’s rights rally in Melbourne’s CBD, as pro-transgender counter protestors clashed with frontline police and other activists.

Pro-transgender activists had turned up to counter a #WomenWillSpeak rally, held by the Women’s Action Group.
But scenes turned ugly when pro-trans supporters attempted to push through a police line, which resulted in officers tackling at least two protestors on the ground before deploying pepper spray.
A Herald Sun photographer was injured after he was pushed to the ground and pepper sprayed during the scuffle. Other media were shoved by members of Victoria Police.
Tony Gough, who was photographing the rally, sustained cuts to his face and legs and had his jeans ripped in the incident.
Women’s Action Group co-founder Michelle Uriarau, who was speaking at the #WomenWillSpeak rally, said the action was designed to highlight their concerns about women’s rights and gender-transitioning medicine.
Ms Uriarau claimed members of her movement had received death and rape threats.
“Wherever we speak publicly, there is always an attempt to silence us,” she said.

Source: Violence erupts, activists pepper sprayed at Melb protest

Join us for the launch of ‘Sister in Law’ | UK

In Sister in Law, Harriet tells the shocking stories of some of those who have come to her for assistance and shines a feminist light on the landscape of arcane laws and byzantine systems, skewed towards male behaviour and responses, through which she has steered them.

Harriet has been at the forefront of some historic and ground-breaking legal victories. Frequently working with women who have survived male violence or abuse, sometimes with the bereaved families of those who did not survive, her work has led her to challenge the police, CPS, government departments and the prison and immigration detention system.

Source: Join us for the launch of ‘Sister in Law’

Victims of crime should be provided with legal representation, Victorian inquiry finds | Victoria | The Guardian

Most sexual assault survivors and other victims feel ‘silenced and sidelined’ by the justice system, landmark report says.

“When victims report a crime, they expect to play a part in the justice process but in reality, most felt they were silenced and sidelined,” said the commissioner, Fiona McCormack.

Once their case reached the court, almost 75% of the victims surveyed by the VOCC expressed concerns for their safety, mostly due to fear of having to interact with their perpetrator or their families.

One parent told the inquiry she had to sit beside her son’s alleged killer in a court foyer “because there were no separate spaces for victims and their families”.

The inquiry said sexual assault victims faced “some of the most invasive and traumatic aspects of our adversarial trial process”, including cross-examination, applications to access their phone or medical records, and to introduce their sexual history into evidence.

McCormack recommended sexual assault victims be provided with state-funded legal representation during some proceedings, to play a “protective role” for the victim that prosecutors don’t.

Source: Victims of crime should be provided with legal representation, Victorian inquiry finds | Victoria | The Guardian

Luka Magnotta is moved to MEDIUM security Canadian prison after claiming to be TRANS – despite causing outrage by dismembering student making feline torture videos | Daily Mail Online

  • Luka Magnotta, who was found guilty for the murder of Jun Lin, was transferred to a medium-security prison after revealing that he wants to be a woman
  • The gruesome acts of the killer Magnotta were featured in the release of the three-part Netflix docuseries ‘Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer’ 

Brutal killer Luka Magnotta, who was found guilty for the murder of international student Jun Lin in 2012, has been transferred to a medium-security prison after revealing that he wants to be a woman.

In documents seen by the Toronto Sun, a psychiatric team referred to the gruesome murderer with female pronouns and called him ‘Violette’ – arguing that Magnotta ought to have specialized prison support for being transgender.

Magnotta, 41, was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years in 2014, two years after he admitted to killing Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from China, in his apartment in Montreal, Canada.

He dismembered Lin’s body, and sent his remains paired with threatening messages to schools and federal politicians.

Source: Luka Magnotta is moved to MEDIUM security Canadian prison after claiming to be TRANS – despite causing outrage by dismembering student making feline torture videos | Daily Mail Online

Nana bashed at Posie Parker rally upset at punishment handed to her young attacker – NZ Herald

Pensioner Judith Hobson has waited almost 12 months to confront the young man who punched her in the head repeatedly at a Posie Parker “free speech” rally in Auckland.

But Hobson, who asked for her identity be made public – unlike her attacker, aged 20 at the time of the attack – says that while the assault has affected her physically, the police and judicial process was mentally “kicking me in the guts daily”.

At the Auckland District Court yesterday, the accused, whose lawyer said suffers from ADHD and autism, was convicted of assaulting the grandmother and discharged without conviction. He was also granted permanent name suppression and ordered to pay $1000 reparation to Hobson.

“I hope his parents are proud of him. This is an absolute joke, and he’s a disgrace,” Hobson told the Herald.

“I am absolutely livid that he has walked out of the court with, in my opinion, virtually no consequences whatsoever. It’s no wonder victims don’t go to court, because they become victims all over again.”

Hobson said her team would also look into the way police handled her complaint.

Source: Nana bashed at Posie Parker rally upset at punishment handed to her young attacker – NZ Herald