One of the most under reported stories of recent months must surely be the troubling developments at the United Nations Human Rights Council (the UNHRC – not to be confused with the UN High Commissioner of Refugees) writes Elle Hardy
Formed in 2006 from the ashes of the hamstrung and ineffective Commission on Human Rights, the body’s watery but noble aim is to “help member states meet their human rights obligations through dialogue, capacity building, and technical assistance.”
The UNHRC is the lead body within the UN for human rights. Its reports and recommendations can ultimately only be enforced by the UN Security Council. It serves three functions: to review and give recommendations on the self-reporting of human rights in all participating countries every country every four years, to promote and discuss human rights, and to report gross violations.
Just announced (approx. 7:45am) on Radio 2GB by Alan Jones, a note from their sales staff saying that Mercedes-Benz Melbourne had cancelled their contract between them and 2GB two weeks before Alan Jones spoke at the Sydney University Liberal Club dinner. A tinny-weeny matter not mentioned by the Mercedes communications guru David McCarthy???
An announcement by protester and Greens's candidate Barbara Shaw that Mr Abbott wanted the tent embassy removed sparked a near riot, forcing Ms Gillard and the Opposition leader to flee a Canberra restaurant.
Sydney radio presenter Ray Hadley today said he'd received information that Ms Shaw or another protester had received a call from a Gillard staffer about comments Mr Abbott made earlier in the day about the tent embassy.
"Once she was told that, she was also told Mr Abbott was across the road, 'maybe you can give them a bit of a liven up'," the 2GB presenter told his audience today.
"Barbara Shaw then went on stage and for all intents and purposes, incited people."
The Australian Online has contacted Ms Gillard's office over the allegation but is yet to receive an official response.
Mr Abbott earlier declared he'd been "verballed" by protesters, saying he had not said the tent embassy should be removed.
If this turns out to be true, someone in the PM’s office will be looking for a new job.
The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.
There is now a conservative alternative to GetUp!, writes Senator Cory Bernardi.
For several years now I have heard right leaning political types ask "Where is our version of GetUp?"
Many of you will know that GetUp! is a lefty activist organisation that runs campaigns under the guise of independence. While they claim to be independent, they receive massive funding from the union movement and somehow always favour the Labor Party and the Greens when it comes to elections.
Indeed, their very notion of independence has now been raised with the electoral commission by Senate Opposition Leader Eric Abetz. He has asked the AEC to have GetUp! declared an 'associated entity' of the Greens and/or Labor which, if upheld, would remove the independence label.