PM Abbott’s ‘Promises Delivered’ Video Banned By YouTube For “Deceptive Content”, His Channel Suspended

In the world of Social Media Fails, and in politics there has been plenty, it’s pretty hard to top this.

Here’s what happened.

The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, posts a video to YouTube boasting of how “we’ve delivered on our promises” and spends a lot of the time pretty much calm-ranting about “illegal” asylum seekers.

YouTube decides the video is “deceptive content” and blocks anyone from viewing it. For hours, the boast about ‘promises delivered’ and YouTube’s denial sits there on the linked video right on PM Abbott’s Twitter feed, while the below image is tweeted and Facebooked across the planet, to much amusement and mockery.

Is YouTube calling PM Abbott a liar for claiming he’s delivered on his promises, or did they can the vid because in the vid he called aslyum seekers “illegals” when international law decrees they are most certainly not?

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century – Photos

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

In the summer of 1911, a group of Australian scientists, adventurers and explorers set out to make history by undertaking the first Australian expedition to Antarctica, a three-year journey into the frozen unknown. Under the leadership of Dr. Douglas Mawson, they set sail for Macquarie Island and the virgin parts of Antarctica. Today, we look at what they encountered and recorded on the way not merely as a rare and fascinating glimpse of long-gone world frozen in time, but also as the source of important information that made a major contribution to how contemporary science understands the region and laid the groundwork for claims that in 1936 were formalized as the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Here are some pictures of James Francis (Frank) Hurley, the officialphotographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and Other member.

 

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Huskies pulling sledge / Format: Silver gelatin photoprint
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Harold Hamilton with skeleton of sea-elephant / Format: Silver gelatin photonegative
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / Photograph by Frank Hurley / Format: Glass negative
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Wreck of the 'Gratitude', Macquarie Island, 1911 / Format: Silver gelatin photoprint
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
King penguins, Antarctica, 1911-1914 / Photograph by Frank Hurley
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Arthur Sawyer with sea elephant pup / Format: Silver gelatin photonegative
The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Ice mask, C.T. Madigan, between 1911-1914 / Photograph by Frank Hurley / Format: Glass negative

 

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos
Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica / Photograph by Frank Hurley /Format: Silver gelatin negative

Impressive waterspouts in Australia

Impressive waterspouts in Australia

Impressive waterspouts in Australia

Impressive waterspouts in Australia

Waterspouts are simply tornadoes over water. But though they have a similar structure to some tornadoes, they form much differently. Waterspouts are common in tropical areas where thundershowers occur frequenty, such as around the Australia. But waterspouts also can spin up beneath puffy cumulus clouds without lightning or thunder.

Dusk in ocean beach – photos

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The Last Blaze

The Thin Green Line

Photographer and Source : Jim Worrall

Sorrento’s mix of natural attractions, seaside charm, casual sophistication and historic flavour are a winning combination. Sorrento, Portsea and Blairgowrie all offer a wonderful array of seaside attractions providing inspirational opportunities for getting away from it all!.

These days Sorrento can be reached by car within 90 minutes from the heart of Melbourne rather than a day’s voyage. The Southern Peninsula is blessed with the best stretch of north facing beaches in Australia, providing an incredible venue for swimming, snorkelling, scuba-diving, water skiing and of course the International drawcard – Swimming with the Dolphins!.

From the quiet front beach to the spectacular amphitheatre of the ocean beach everything is within walking distance.

All these images can be purchased at the high resolution:  http://pixelmuser.redbubble.com/

The Australian wraps asylum seeker story in dirty tactics

It seems that, in mourning the passing of the Coalition federal government, the Australian has picked up the dirty baton of spinning stories designed to inflame anti-asylum seeker sentiment.

Paige Taylor authored a story about the government’s decision to move 10 unaccompanied minors from Christmas Island to Australia for processing on compassionate grounds in Thursday’s Australian

The story was headed: No visas, boys? Welcome to Australia

Taylor’s story included the incorrect implication that the Howard government had not acted in this manner themselves – which the Immigration Department corrected in a later story, pointing out that there had been 61 previous occasions under the Howard government when asylum-seekers from detention facilities on Nauru or Manus islands had been allowed to stay on the Australian mainland for processing after going there for medical or legal reasons, including to give birth or attend court. Kevin Rudd denies change in asylum policy

Taylor also implied that the move “that coincided with the arrival of yet another boat of asylum-seekers at the Indian Ocean territory last night” was to address overcrowding on Christmas Island – echoing Sharman’ Stone’s position – without attribution:

“…we’ve simply been told, ’shock, panic, let’s move some people off quickly before they’re processed and make way for the next boatload hovering on the horizon’.” Kevin Rudd denies change in asylum policy

It is interesting to compare headlines from other sources on the same matter:

Immigration first: Afghans allowed onto mainland without visas from the Macquarie Network’s Live News

No visas needed for 10 asylum seekers from Bigpond News (Telstra)

And the least inflammatory of all: Child Refugees enter Australia Without Visas from Embrace Australia, “the number one website for people interested in Australia immigration and those who simply love Australia”.

UPDATE: Media release from Senator Evans

Policy on irregular maritime arrivals remains firm

The Rudd Government is not changing its policy on asylum seekers.

Under the Rudd Government, unaccompanied children are processed as a priority.

Ten unaccompanied children were transferred from Christmas Island to the mainland on 2 September 2009.

This is to enable the department to finalise their cases and provide proper support to this particularly vulnerable group of children.

The children were part of a group who arrived on Christmas Island on 7 May 2009 and they have been undergoing the relevant processing while on Christmas Island.

Their move to the mainland in the final stage of their processing is not a change of Government policy. The department is simply finalising the processing of this particularly vulnerable group of children in an environment where better services can be provided.

They have not been released into the broader community and remain under the care of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) centre.

The Opposition Immigration spokesman Sharman Stone is wrong to claim that their legal processing arrangements and entitlements have changed.

Dr Stone clearly does not understand the legislation introduced by the Howard Government. This makes no change to their legal status whatsoever. They are still offshore entry persons and do not have access to the onshore legal processes.

This is not unprecedented. This is not the first vulnerable group that this or the previous government has moved from offshore to the mainland before their visa status has been finalised. Exceptions have been made for vulnerable people or those with health issues, for example pregnant women or people who are seriously ill. Decisions such as these are made on a case-by-case basis.

The Rudd Government has maintained a system of mandatory detention and excision and made it clear that all irregular maritime arrivals will be detained and processed at Christmas Island while health, identity and security checks are undertaken.

The Rudd Government has also maintained extensive air and sea patrols and allocated $654 million in the Budget for measures to combat people smuggling.