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from The Age
A 59-year-old woman attacked and held hostage in a home by up to a dozen African youths has lost the main connection to her husband who is in intensive care after a Christmas Eve heart attack.
A relative of the woman said she was grabbed, beaten, and forced to give up the code to her iPad after the youths smashed into the home in Hillside, in Melbourne’s west.
As the woman’s husband is in intensive care, she can only visit him for short periods and uses the iPad to keep in contact with him.
Just before 11.30pm Thursday, the woman went to let a pet dog out into the backyard, through a large double-glass door. When she pulled up the blinds, she was confronted with between eight and 12 youths of African appearance leaping over the pool fence toward her.
“So she ran. This window is double-glazed, and they’ve just smashed right through it,” said relative Paul.
“So she nearly made it to the front door, she tripped over our dog. But one got through this part of the window and grabbed her, smacked her in the mouth. Apparently he then opened the front door and there was another one.”
She was house-sitting for relatives Samantha and her husband Paul while they were away on holiday, they told The Age on Friday.
The woman was held hostage in her front room as the gang rampaged through the house, stealing an Xbox, shoes, and Christmas money one of the couple’s young children had collected before stealing their car. They smashed several walls and a television.
“Her husband had a heart attack Christmas Eve, and he’s in intensive care,” Paul said.
“She begged them not to take her iPad because that’s her connection to her husband.”
After the youths left, the woman staggered out of the house and contacted neighbours, who eventually called Paul and Samantha. The couple spent Friday mopping up a trail of blood and blocking over the smashed glass door.
“These cops I spoke to this morning, they are frustrated,” Samantha said.
“I said ‘I feel sorry for you guys, you do all the hard work, and it gets to the next level, and there is no consequences’.”
She said the police officers agreed with her.
“I just don’t know how they can bluntly come into people’s homes and grab onto things that aren’t even theirs. They don’t realise the impact they have on your spirit and the way you feel. I feel unsafe, I feel scared for my kids.”
The Age understands police have taken CCTV footage from a nearby house, as well as fingerprints from the crime scene.
The attack was part of a violent crime spree in Melbourne’s west, including home invasions and assaults, that police described as “thuggish and abhorrent”.
The number of young men involved is yet to be determined. Victoria Police Commander for the north west metro region Russell Barrett said at a media conference on Friday, but all the victims had told police the offenders were of “African appearance”.
Commander Barrett said it was too early to determine whether the violence was linked to the same group of young offenders, however, it is likely they were given the crimes were committed within a few kilometres of each other.
A second home invasion took place just about 12.45am on Friday in Coleridge Drive, Delahey.
An 18-year-old victim of the home invasion said he was returning home from work about 12.45am when he found three young men attempting to smash their way through his front door as he pulled into the driveway.
He said the men were able to break the glass panel next to the door before his dad heard them and armed himself with a baseball bat inside.
“He just started hitting their hands with the baseball bat so they couldn’t undo the lock,” he said. “But as soon as I got there, they saw the headlights of the car, and they just started running I think they thought I was the cops or something.”
The father, also who did not want to be indentified, said one of the men managed to get into the house through the garage door and stole a mobile phone that was on the floor in the living room before fleeing.
He said another two men who were trying to smash their way through the front door were screaming “come out here, we’re going to kill you”.
“My wife was already in bed and she didn’t know what was happening,” he said. “I thought they were going to kill me, I just kept hitting them with the bat then my son got home. We feel really scared to be here now.”
The teenager said his 25-year-old brother and mother were also inside during the attack and the family would be installing security cameras this weekend.
“We’re all pretty shaken up and tired,” he said. “It’s made us feel like we aren’t even safe in our own home.”
The teenager said the three young men fled into a getaway car.
He pulled out of the driveway and chased after them.
“I wanted to get a car registration number or something I could tell police,” he said. “But they were driving so fast and running red lights, I couldn’t catch them.”
Other residents in Coleridge Drive say they’re living in fear, with cars and houses regularly broken into.
One resident, Samuel Momo, said his family no longer parked their cars on the street after his dad’s car was broken into a number of times last year.
Mr Momo said he wasn’t shocked by the latest home invasion in his neighbourhood.
“There was a gun shooting across the road from our house a few years back,” Mr Momo said.
“It’s almost like the norm here. I don’t think it’s a recent thing either, there’s always been a fair bit of crime. We keep the house locked up at night. Even if it’s a hot night, we might open a window to let a bit of air in but we turn off all the lights so nobody can see in.”
Another resident said he stepped out the front of his house last week to see his mum’s car has been “kicked in”.
“The windscreen was smashed, there was glass everywhere,” he said. “It’s a pretty common occurrence. At one stage it was happening (to cars in the street) about twice a week. Other times cars speeding down the street have ploughed straight into houses.”
The man who has lived in the neighbourhood for seven years said while he felt there had always been an element of crime in the area, he had noticed an increased presence of teenagers on the streets at night in recent months.
“I see mobs of youth walking down the street at night a lot,” he said. “Sometimes they’re not doing anything too suss from what I can see, but they’re always loud and they walk together in big groups which would be intimidating for anyone walking down the street.”
Another resident who also did not want to be named said she never opened her windows or doors and kept her car inside her garage at all times.
“To be honest I don’t feel safe to do that anymore,” she said.
“It used to be such a lovely area but you hear things and you see things on the news and the paranoia and fear grows. When the police knocked on my door this morning to tell me about what happened down the street I thought “here we go again.”
Comment: This is a political problem initiated by the political party duopoly. Until you start demanding these worthless thugs be deported or executed you will have to put up with the problem.
The political party corporations will not allow you, as the first respondent to protect yourself by any means. Cairns News suggests you join a rifle or pistol club, buy a shotgun and arm yourselves in readiness. There will be no worthwhile help from police or the judicial system under present arrangements.
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“We need to get some broad based support,
to capture the public’s imagination…
So we have to offer up scary scenarios,
make simplified, dramatic statements
and make little mention of any doubts…
Each of us has to decide what the right balance
is between being effective and being honest.”
– Prof. Stephen Schneider
Stanford Professor of Climatology,
lead author of many IPCC reports
Mark Butler and Andrew Bolt debate the emissions trading scheme
JULY 18, 2013 12:00AM
Labor pledges ETS start in 2014
Kevin Rudd says shifting to an emissions trading scheme in 2014 will save households about $380 a year.
MINISTER for Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler and columnist Andrew Bolt debate the emissions trading scheme.
FOR THE SCHEME – MARK BUTLER
CAST your mind back to 2007. Australia had just thrashed the Poms in the Ashes 5-0, Mark Williams and Neil Craig were coaching Port and Adelaide and Kevin Rudd was elected Prime Minister and acted immediately to ratify the Kyoto Protocol – it was one his first acts in government.
There was an air of optimism about addressing global warming and a sense that the country had united behind a common purpose.
Young people were leading the charge and half the country had been inspired by An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore’s blockbuster documentary.
Minister for Climate Change Mark Butler with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outlining the shift to an emissions trading scheme in 2014.
All political parties, led by Kevin Rudd, but including John Howard’s Liberals and Bob Brown’s Greens, had backed the move to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) to cut carbon pollution.
Well, next year, Australia will get the ETS voted for in 2007. The carbon tax will be shelved a year earlier than previously planned and we will transition to a “floating price” ETS.
The scheme works by placing a “cap” on the total amount of carbon pollution released across our economy and requiring around 370 large businesses to purchase “carbon permits” equal to the pollution they create.
But what it really means is that we can address global warming in the cheapest possible way for our economy because we’ll have access to cheaper ways of offsetting our pollution via the international market.
This is a cost of living measure from a Government committed to taking action on climate change. The move from a carbon tax to an ETS will save the average Adelaide household around $380 next year.
And the biggest impact will be on electricity and gas bills. The change is expected to save the average household around $3 a week, or over $150 in the year, on its electricity bills and around $1.10 per week, or $57 over the year, on its gas bills, providing much needed cost-of-living relief to many households.
[Insert Butler Alarmism Here:]
The change also guarantees we hit our target to cut carbon pollution by 2020, which is important because global warming is happening now and the climate is already changing.
Thirteen of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years. And in South Australia, seven of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000.
We had such incredibly hot temperatures in January, the Bureau of Meteorology had to add a colour – purple – to their weather charts to show the unprecedented temperatures of above 50 degrees. They called it the angry summer and for good reason – it was the hottest we’ve seen.
And if global warming continues unchecked, it will have significant adverse impacts on our environment, our economy and our society.
Global warming should not be a political issue. Sixty-five per cent of Australians say they are experiencing the effect of climate change right now. Without climate change mitigation, by 2050, around the time my children are my age, we will live in a different landscape.
I want my children and their children to be able to enjoy the Murray in all its glory, from the food bowl of the Riverland to the beauty of the Lower Lakes.
I want South Australians to be confident that we have done all we can to avoid the extreme weather events such as heat waves that are caused by climate change, letting people live long, healthy lives.
Whether it’s declining food productivity, increasing health costs, declines in the tourism industry, increased insurance and infrastructure costs, along with many other issues, all of this impacts our community and our economy.
Global warming is an issue that should unite our country, not divide us.
[Insert rational, common sense fact Here:]
AGAINST THE SCHEME – ANDREW BOLT
PEOPLE cheer Kevin Rudd because they cannot believe a Prime Minister would trick them so brazenly.
But never has Mr Rudd – a genius at seeming, a disaster at doing – been as brazen as he was this week.
No, he did not “terminate” Labor’s carbon tax.
No, his planned emissions trading scheme cannot start next year – or not without spending billions he does not have to buy off the hostile Greens.
No, it won’t save families $380 each year.
No, your electricity bills might in fact soar, not fall.
In fact, Mr Rudd will be the second Labor Prime Minister to go to an election promising “there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”.
If re-elected he will be the second Labor Prime Minister to claim “changed circumstances” made him break his solemn word.
On Tuesday, Mr Rudd made the following false claims, or almost certainly undeliverable promises in announcing he’d move to an emissions trading scheme one year earlier than Labor planned:
“The Government has decided to terminate the carbon tax … From July 1 next year Australia will move to an emissions trading scheme …
“The modelling from Treasury shows that in the financial year 2014-15 an average family will receive a cost of living relief to the value of $380 per year …
“We expect the change that we are bringing in will see the price on carbon fall from an expected $25.40 a tonne by next July to around $6 a tonne.”
Not one of those claims can be trusted. Some are outright fabrications. Here are the facts.
First, it is very unlikely Mr Rudd could get his plan through Parliament in time, because the Senate, in which Labor can be out-voted by the Coalition with the Greens, stays until June 30 next year.
The Coalition is against this switch to an emissions trading system, in which the European Commission effectively sets our carbon price by manipulating its market in permits to emit carbon dioxide.
Europe’s price is now an unusually low $6, but European politicians plan to ramp it up.
The Greens are opposed for different reasons. For one, they don’t want the carbon price to fall by as much as Labor promises.
“The Greens do not support making it cheaper for the big polluters to pollute,” Greens leader Christine Milne said.
IF the Coalition sticks to its guns, Mr Rudd’s plan is dead – unless it can bribe the Greens with billions of dollars of more dud green schemes just like the ones Mr Rudd says he needs to cut.
Second, Mr Rudd is dead wrong in claiming his change would save families $380 “per year”, as he stated five times on Tuesday. In fact, he is merely bringing forward by one year Labor’s planned switch to emissions trading, so any savings are also for just one year, as Treasurer Chris Bowen tried to point out to him: “It is a one-year figure based on the Treasury’s view of the carbon price.”
Third, Mr Rudd’s claim of $380 in savings for each family is a wild exaggeration at best.
That figure assumes that our carbon price will next year drop to the $6 set by Europe’s trading system today.
But the European Commission this month voted to increase that $6 price, with analysts at Point Carbon expecting it to perhaps double in the near future. Add the likely depreciation of the Australian dollar, and half Mr Rudd’s $380 in claimed savings could be wiped out.
In fact, in a few years we might not be saving but instead spending a lot, lot more.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on 2GB this week not only conceded the obvious – that the price set by Europe could well rise – but refused to rule out it rising to a level much higher than our carbon tax today.
Indeed, the Government’s own Budget, released just two months ago, worked on a “modelled price of $38 at 2019-20” – which the Government needs to pay for its hugely expensive disability scheme and Gonski education changes.
People with short memories may find it unbelievable that a Prime Minister could tell them such untruths with such moral conviction.
But Mr Rudd has long traded on seeming something he is not. He is a genius at seeming to fix what he’s actually broken, like border laws.
And here he is again, pretending to fix a tax that pretended to stop a global warming Mr Rudd pretends is dangerous, even though it’s now paused for more than 15 years.
Pretending, too, that he’ll save you money when he’s costing you a fortune.
The King of Seeming in an Age of Seeming. Not worse than Julia Gillard, but a greater indictment of Australia and our times.
Courtesy: The Daily Telegraph