A Somali-born student at Ohio State University injured 11 people, one of them critically, on Monday when he attacked a crowd of pedestrians on campus in an incident one lawmaker said “bears all the hallmarks of a terror attack.”
Authorities said Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, plowed a small gray Honda into the crowd outside Watts Hall, an engineering classroom building, just before 10 a.m. ET. Artan then got out of the vehicle and attacked people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer. (more…)
After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities - from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors - powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.
The law requires telecoms companies to keep records of all users’ web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers.
Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. (more…)
·Immigration Minister Peter Dutton made controversial remarks about Lebanese-Muslim refugees
·He claimed 66 per cent of people charged with terror offences recently were Lebanese-Muslim
·Mr Dutton said former prime minister Malcolm Fraser made ‘mistakes’ in immigration in 1970s
·Lebanese Christian MP Michael Sukkar backed Mr Dutton and said his comments were ’spot on’
·The MP for Deakin in Victoria said voters in his diverse electorate had no tolerance for racism
·Mr Dutton was slammed by Bill Shorten and other Labor MPs for his ‘disgraceful’ comments
·Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young called him a ‘racist bigot’ in federal parliament
A second generation Lebanese Christian MP has agreed with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s claim that allowing Lebanese Muslim refugees into Australia in the 1970s was a ‘mistake’.
Michael Sukkar, MP for Deakin in Victoria, backed Mr Dutton after he came under fire last week for suggesting the Fraser government ‘did make mistakes by bringing some people in’ to the country during the 1970s.
When pressed on who he was referring to during question time on Monday, Mr Dutton pointed the finger at Lebanese-Muslim immigrants, stating they were responsible for 66 per cent of Australia’s latest terror offences. (more…)
An employer has repaid a $16,900 premium it and one of its employees received to help an employee with their visa, with a further $6000 penalty ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).
“Charging premiums takes advantage of vulnerable employees who may feel like they don’t have any other option but to source large sums of money to keep a job. This is a clear breach of New Zealand employment law and will not be tolerated,” says Labour Inspectorate Regional Manager David Milne.
The employer, who operated a ‘Coffee Club’ café business in Parnell Auckland, and the café’s head chef and supervisor Shijie Lu, were paid the premiums by a Chinese national employed at the café.
The employee came to an agreement with Mr Lu that in return for payment, the company would support their application for permanent residence in New Zealand. They were then offered an employment agreement and began working at the café. (more…)
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