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Amazing Australian News
Amazing news about an amazing airforce blunder, this Toyo rooted by a dummy missile in Darwin !
Army vehicle gone missing
Who ever painted that vehicle, he must have done a bloody good job!
Attack of the brush turkey
In December 2003 the Gold Coast Bulletin reported that a middle-aged man was walking along a track in the Burleigh Heads National Park when he fell into a mating hole of a brush turkey who then approached the man and tried to bury him in a mating ritual.
The man spent some time in the hole until a passer-by saw him and alerted emergency services. Several fire crews attended the bizarre scene to pull the man from the hole who was left shaken but suffering only minor injuries. Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger Sergio Norambuena said December was the mating season for brush turkeys when they build a massive mound or hole that can end up three metres wide and several metres high to attract the opposite sex and the mound is later used to incubate the eggs. A week ago signs warning people of wild turkeys were erected in the national park.
Associate Professor Barry Walters from Western Australia wants the Federal
Government to cancel their $4133.- baby bonus and instead introduce a
$5000-plus "baby levy" at birth and an annual carbon tax of
up to $800 a child.
Babies survive train run overs
A Melbourne mum had the fright of her life when she let
go of her baby's pram for a second and it drove off the platform at Ashburton
in Melbourne and fell on the tracks just as the train arrived. The train
still had a speed of around 30km/h and dragged the pram about 35 metres
until it came to a screeching halt but fortunately the pram had landed
right between the two tracks. To everyone's surprise the baby lived through
the ordeal with on a couple of minor bumps on his head and was released
from hospital that same night!
Black Saturday dinner
In February 2009 the state of Victoria was covered in bushfires,
as many as 400 individual fires at one point on Saturday 7 February, which
went into history as Black Saturday and resulted in the highest loss of
life ever from a bushfire, 173 people died and 414 were injured.
Body in a barrel
Fred Boyle had been telling everyone for 23 years that his wife had left
him for another bloke.
Camel drives around airport
David Cox was sitting in a Qantas plane in Sydney waiting for it to take off and fly him to Melbourne when some passengers looked out of the plane's windows, amused at a camel driving the luggage out to the plane. David was less amused as the baggage handler was wearing a camel head taken out of his luggage and complained to management, a very embarrassed Qantas sacked one of their baggage handlers over this incident. Meanwhile Schapelle Corby's lawyers were in Indonesia telling the judges ' you see, the baggage handlers get into your luggage all the time'.
Copycat or copycut
In June 2003 Australian miner Colin Jones, 43, was working alone underground
and overturned his tractor. He was trapped underneath and, probably having
fresh memories of the American rock climber that made international headlines
two months earlier by cutting his own arm off, immediately got his knife
out and cut his arm off!
Corrupt cop gets $600,000.-
In February 2004 State Opposition in Victoria called for a change in the law to prevent corruption being rewarded when news came out that a detective who did drug deals with criminals had been allowed to resign with a superannuation payout of almost $600,000. of which about $500,000 will be paid by taxpayers. Another 34 members of Victoria Police facing criminal charges for drug offences, rape, assaults and thefts may also get full superannuation - totalling millions of dollars - even if they are convicted.
On a regular basis you can read about crocodile attacks in the Australian newspapers, this is one of the more spectacular ones;
October 2004; A group of three Brisbane families were on their annual
4WD camping holiday to far north Queensland where every year for the past
five years they had camped at Bathurst Bay, about 250 km. north of Cooktown.
And some recent ones;
After cyclone Monica swept across the Northern Territory in April 2006 a few trees were down so Fred Buckland went to work at Corroboree Park near Darwin to remove a tree that was leaning against the enclosure of a crocodile named Brutus. Much to his surprise the 4.5 metre crocodile emerged from his pond and at high speed ran towards him and grabbed the chainsaw out of his hands! It was not clear if the croc had actually tried to attack Fred or was just annoyed with the noise but after Fred escaped the croc kept chewing on the chainsaw for over an hour until it was well and truly rooted.
You know you're having a bad day when you get bitten by a crocodile and get shot all in the same day....
Thirty year old Jason Green was out collecting eggs at
Marrakai Station near Darwin in January 2008.
Crop circles in Tasmania
In Tasmania crop circles were discovered in poppy fields. (Farmers there have special licences there to grow this normally illegal crop). The crop circles remained a mystery for some time until it was discovered that wallabies break in to the well fenced fields, eat the poppy heads, and then get high as a kite and start jumping around in circles creating the crop circles!
Cross dressing Santa
In December 2007 Melbourne police received a call that a middle aged men in women's underwear and wearing a Santa hat was harrassing people. When police arrived on the scene a short chase resulted in the man jumping from the 15th floor of the building and he subsequently died.
Danger in the church
Statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed 1600 people were charged with committing offences in the state's "places of worship'' in 2008 while only 282 people were charged in premises classified as adult entertainment over the same offences. This means that you are safer in a brothel or stripclub in New South Wales than in a church!!
The wrecked Toyota 4WD, owned by Basil Roe who runs Berrimah Radiators,is still on display outside the radiator shop on Berrimah Road, although with an imitation missile, because the airforce took the evidence back. After a very long time of haggling the airforce was finally gonna cough up some money for the Toyo but only on condition they'd get the wreck. Basil told them to get f#&%!d and kept it as a display outside his shop.
As if Tony didn't have enough bad luck being bombed he also got done for drink driving in 2004. The judge was not convinced by his defence that after surviving the 2000 bombing he had to drink during every airforce exercise to keep his stress levels down and handed him a prison sentence.
Tony is still in a legal battle with the airforce, next courtcase will be in April 2005, keep watching this site as Tony will keep us up to date...
In July 2005 Telstra hired a new boss, Sol Trujillo, freshly flown in from the USA. Very soon he found himself in heated arguments with the Australian Government that was trying to sell Telstra, and Sol did not like the restrictions and conditions that were being placed on Telstra to ensure services in remote areas would be guaranteed, as he saw them cutting into the profits too much. He then managed to seriously piss off John Howard by telling reporters that he "WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TO BUY TELSTRA SHARES TO HIS MOTHER" , a bit of a strange thing to say for a company director. And the shares did see a good drop that year. Questions were also asked in Canberra why Sol was paid nearly $10 million for his first year at work, when share prices had dropped and most of the restructuring work had been done by another agency that Sol had hired for the princely sum of $85 million.
In March 2009 it was reported that Sol had quietly slipped out of the
country back to the US, for only three years and ten months in the job
he had earned himself an estimated $31 million!
He left a month earlier than expected, for some reason his contract said that if he left his job earlier than his contract said he had to be paid an an additional $3 million severance, so of course he did leave early.
During his time in Australia he had always been at war with the regulators and the Government, complaints surged almost 250 per cent, Telstra shares dropped 40 per cent, Telstra's net debt inflated by 40 per cent to more than $16 billion.
Emergency medicine specialist Albert Cutter has done many resuscitations in his career and says that the ones that survive that are OK without any problems are not more than six per cent, so he has given himself an 80th birthday present with a difference – he's had DO NOT RESUSCITATE tattooed across his chest!
Aussie bloke Greg Black, of the Sunshine Coast went to Thailand on holidays in October 2004 and after drinking a few beers in a Pattaya bar decided to feed a passing elephant. Usually you hold the food out and the elephant will take it with his trunk and put it in his mouth, but Greg bypassed this step and put the food directly in the elephant's mouth. Not a good idea as the elephant bit his finger off !
In February 2004 Max Raymond Ryan from Darwin had been enjoying a few drinks with friends but unfortunately when driving home damaged a car. This led police to go and have a chat to him but when they asked for his drivers licence he told the stunned agents; licence, never had one, never seen the need. He had been driving for forty years without a drivers licence! He was sentenced to $420.- and disqualified from driving for 12 months!
December 2003: Great news for Australian tax payers; we
can now also pay for gay politicians to take their partners on holidays!
A change in the rules covering Territory politicians taking taxpayer-funded
travel will allow gay MPs to go overseas with their partners, before only
relationships between men and women were recognised.
We had an email from someone accusing us of discrimination
against gays in response to the above.
Please note that a totally different point was made here, we just don't see why any politicians straight or gay should expect to have taxpayers pay for non work-related travel.
53 Year old Perth woman Lynnett Hide went to hospital in March 2001 to get a cyst removed. Things didn't go according to plan, she developed an infection, complications arose and when she finally returned home again it was 642 days, 29 operations, one cardiac arrest and an estimated $1 million dollars later!
Late March 2004 Port Douglas police got called out on a saturday night to remove a man who had bought a pizza, and after eating half of it, undressed and layed down stark naked like a starfish on a footpath in the main street and passed out.
In October 2010 it was reported that the Liberal National
Party that Liberal National candidates are being forced to sit new-age
intelligence tests or psychometric tests to make sure they are up to the
At the time only party members seeking preselection in marginal seats have undergone the tests but current MPs might be next.
It certainly would be interesting if the entire Australian Government would sit this test...
And what a shame that this test is only becoming popular now for politicians, if George W. Bush would have had to sit this test the planet could have been spared a lot of trouble....
On 5 January 2008 a crowd of 4500 people paid $90.- each
to get in to a show at the Australia Zoo where controversial American
psychic John Edward was supposed to make contact with the deceased Steve
Irwin. You guessed it, nothing happened....
The American cartoon show South Park has devoted a whole show to John Edward in which he wins the award of Biggest Douche In The Universe, beating several douche contestants from other galaxies.
In October 2004 staff at the cafetaria in Mackay regional airport noticed a humming sound coming out of of one of the rubbish bins. Authorities swung into action and the entire terminal was evacuated and the bomb squad called in, only to discover a vibrator happily humming away!
One year the mango trees in Brisbane's suburban gardens fruited that prolific that council called on residents to compost the mangoes in their gardens rather than put them in the wheelie bin as the garbage trucks were breaking their axles under the load.
Indian billionaire Pankaj Oswal and his wife Radhika decided to get a $70 million mansion built in the exclusive suburb of Peppermint Grove in Perth. They told all the numerous builders on the site that eating meat creates bad karma and banned it from the building site! Can you imagine the horror of the builders and the Western Australian Construction Union, NO MEAT PIES FOR SMOKO !!!
Call it ironic, call it karma, but many residents of the
Daintree / Cape Tribulation area had a good laugh about this.
For years there has been debate about whether to extend mains power north of the Daintree river.
The state government stepped in to temporarily subsidize solar power but being in a rainforest with plenty of trees and rain this is obviously a far from ideal solution, and the subsidy was axed mid 2009.
Ironically enough, while most residents are forever mucking around with expensive generators, fuel, new batteries, gas fridges etc. the mayor of this area, Mike Berwick, who tells people mains power would be bad for the environment, lives north of the Daintree river and enjoys being connected to mains electricity with his own cable across the river!
So when he electrocuted himself in September 2004 many residents, that are being denied the convenience of mains electricity, had a good laugh and even said it was a shame someone had been around to revive the mayor, who survived the zap.
Later it was rumoured that he made up the story, because he was too scared to show up for work that day with a big politician visiting his council chambers that day to blast him over his performance.
In October 2009 the blonde US actress Kristen Bell flew into Sydney for a promotional tour for her film Astro Boy and was extremely disappointed when she could not see any kangaroos on arrival.
On return to Los Angeles she was interviewed and said; I, like every other stupid American, assumed the kangaroos would meet us at the airport and they would want to hug us as much as we wanted to hug them, going there kind of opened my eyes that that's not the case.
Darwin produces a fair few interesting news articles that
makes you shake your head and say; only in Darwin....
Around Xmas 2010 a taxi driver was waiting outside a pub when a woman jumped into his cab and asked him “Do you want to have sex?”
The taxi driver said no, and this infuriated the woman and she began swearing, slammed the car door and started kicking the taxi! Not much later the police arrived on the scene and arrested the woman for criminal damage and carrying a weapon.
In the town of Yamba, New South Wales, size does matter. A 1.8 metre high Balinese fertility statue woodcarving has been outside the Yamba Pawnbrokers and Second Hand Goods store for seven years but new residents have been whingeing to the council that the 30 cm. erect penis is offensive and is blocking the footpath. First they had complained to police but they responded that they did not have the power to move the statue. So next the Clarence Valley Council sent out a surveyor to take measurements of the penis. The surveyors report concluded that the statue's penis intruded one whole centimetre on council land and his owner Mr. Barry Adams has been advised he might be taken to court by the council. Clarence Valley Council acting general manager Ken Boyce said no decision had been made so far as he was still waiting to receive the report on the statue's dimensions from the surveyor commissioned to carry out the job.
After Andrew Bartlett made
national headlines in December 2003 with his drunken behaviour in parliament
the nation was treated to another pissed politician news story in March
The Green Party in the New South Wales government was fed up with the behaviour of some of their colleagues and moved a motion to to prevent inebriated MPs from entering the upper house. You would think this was fairly common sense stuff as most Australian work places prohibit employees to be under inflluence of alcohol, but the motion was defeated (!!) by the NSW Government and Opposition !
Only hours later in the same chamber Murray-Darling MP Peter Black grabbed at colleague Strathfield MP Virginia Judge while under the influence of alcohol, causing a furore after which he was "counselled" by Premier Bob Carr.
On April 28 1996, 28 year old Hobart resident Martin Bryant managed to kill no less than 35 people in the tourist town of Port Arthur, Tasmania. Well equipped with several semi-automatic rifles he started the killingspree in the Broad Arrow Cafe and ended up in Sea Scape Cottage with several hostages. Several years later a Tasmanian woman shopping at the recycle shop at the Hobart tip bought a 10 cent video which had 22 minutes of all the dead bodies in the cafe! An investigation was launched into how it was possible for this police video to end up in this place.
In June 2004 the Daly Waters Pub, 600kms. south of Darwin,
caught fire one night and could have been destroyed had it not been for
the efforts of its owners. The publicans ran to the house of volunteer
bushfire brigade member David Stevenson, who keeps one of the township's
fire trucks on his property. Amazingly enough he refused to help
and said he was only trained to put out bushfires and not house fires,
adding to this that ``he wouldn't help them anyway because they're a mob
of bastards''. He told them to get in the fire truck and put out
the blaze themselves. The fire caused $15,000 damage to the Daly
Waters Pub but no historical memorabilia was destroyed in the blaze.
This did not go down well with other members of the community and a couple of days later David was bashed up by a gang of four men. He reported the incident to police but did not lodge a formal complaint, probably realizing he deserved it.
When the news broke that a rainfarm, a facility that collects
rainwater in funnels and then bottles it, was to be established near Tully,
officially the wettest place in Australia, everyone thought that this
was the ultimate goldmine.
Imagine the surprise when several years later in 2004, it was announced that the rainfarm had gone bankrupt!
One night in March 2009 all was quiet in Beat Ettlin's house
in Canberra and all were peacefully asleep until around 2 AM he was woken
by the sound of smashing glass splintering and in the dark saw something
big jumping across his bed.
Awoken from his deep sleep he was still trying to figure out what the hell was happening here when his son yelled from the neighbouring room that there was a kangaroo in his room!!!
Dressed in his undies Beat rushed to the rescue as the kangaroo was quite capable of injuring his children, and he somehow managed to wrestle the mad marsupial out the door, although he suffered numerous scratches to his body and his undies got shredded too. The kangaroo had cut itself on broken glass as it flew in through the window and left a trail of blood through the house but once dumped outside it disappeared quickly into nearby bushland.
Salads are supposed to be good for you, but not for Lorraine Kartinyeri. When she was at the saladbar in Woolworths supermarket in Murray Bridge in 1995, she stepped on some spilled coleslaw salad, slipped and injured her back. Nine years later the case was finally settled and the full court of the Supreme Court told Woolworths to pay her her $96,564.15, plus costs and interest, for not having placed non-slip plastic mats around the self-serve salad bar.
In April 2004 it was revealed that, due to health and safety regulations stating that train drivers need an 11-hour break away from a train at the end of their working fortnight, Rail Corp in New South Wales regularly sends drivers home in a taxi on distances that cost taxpayers as much as $750 a fare!
Veteran snake catcher Rex Neindorf has bagged five venomous reptiles in the past week in houses and yards around Alice Springs. He said hot weather in the mid-30s to the low 40s in had forced the snakes to become active and move about. In an average january month he catches 90 to 100 snakes and between 350 and 500 a year, all in Alice Springs. Mr Neindorf, who owns the Alice Springs Reptile Park, is contracted by Parks and Wildlife to catch snakes in the town from August to May. Western browns, whip snakes and mulga snakes are the most common ones caught but occasionally we catch an eastern brown, which is the second deadliest snake in Australia,'' he said. Mr Neindorf said recently there was a close call with a western brown snake found under a kitchen stove. He said anyone bitten by a snake should stay calm and still, bandage the affected limb and go to hospital. His snake call-out business is a free service which operates every day, including public holidays. The snake hotline number is 0407 983 276
This python became world famous when it hitched a ride from
Cairns to New Guinea.
About halfway through the flight a passenger alerted flight crew that he saw a snake hanging out of the engine.
And indeed, he was right, a python had crawled aboard the plane while it was sitting in Cairns and halfway en route to New Guinea it got a bit cold and started looking for warmer places. Unfortunately the strong winds slapped the snake around and it died as a result and never got to see New Guinea.
A man in Clearview, Adelaide, reported to police that a window had been smashed at his house and his marijuana plants stolen. Police later were not able to charge him with drug offences as the evidence was missing, the thieves had taken all his plants!
We have all heard about sleep walking but this is more of a case of sleepshagging;
A Sydney doctor, sleep medicine physician Peter Buchanan at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, reported on ABC radio that one of his patients had a sleeping disorder that was a bit out of the ordinairy. The middle aged woman would get up in the middle of the night and wander out of her house in search of men to have sex with, all while asleep and having no recollection of this the next day. Her husband had been mystified for a while when he found condoms all around the place but one night when he woke to find her missing from the bedroom so he went to look for her and found her having sex with another man. Mr. Buchanan will discuss this case further at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association in Sydney in October 2004.
On 9 March 1991, the tiny town of Ti Tree, 160 km. north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, made the national news headlines (which does not happen too often). The previous night police had been called out because some Aborigines were sitting in the middle of the Stuart Highway, a very dangerous situation as truckies on drugs in roadtrains are not likely to spot a black face in time to halt their 100 metre long machines. Police managed to get them off the road but by this time they were a bit agitated and purchased a bunch of frozen kangaroo tails in the roadhouse with which they attacked the police officers. They won the battle and the police retreated, also they were not charged as the police did n ot keep the weapons for evidence as the frozen tails would have defrostedand andgone smelly. Ti Tree Roadhouse manager Gregory Dick siad he would have sold 20 to 30 tails that night and said he enjoyed watching the fight though he did acknowledge it looked a bit dangerous as the tails are up to a metre long and weigh four kilos. Ti Tree did not manage to get back in the headlines for years after this until a Pommie backpacker disappeared just a bit up the road.
A woman claimed she was having group sex with 30 men in Nimbin, NSW, and could not get to a polling booth in Queensland on time to vote in the february 7 2004 State elections. Electoral commissioner Bob Longland said this was the all-time best excuse. ( In Australia it is compulsory to vote and if you don't show up they will fine you).
Early 2003 when US bombers were pounding Baghdad and media headlines around the world read "Bombs on Baghdad", "War in Baghdad", etc. the NT News in Darwin carried the headline "Topless woman attacks picnic" ! It was a hell of a day for the Northern Territory as the second major news in the paper that day was "Pensioner loses wallet at swimming pool" !!
In january 2004 144 passengers on a Virgin Blue flight from Hobart to Melbourne were entertained by a 50-minute tirade by a 23 year old woman who stripped topless and ranted that "this flight was the next September 11", "I've had a vision", and "we are all going to die". After landing police escorted the woman from the plane and released her into the custody of her parents, she was not charged.
Marble Bar, population 300, became known as the hottest
town in Australia when in 1923-24, it experienced a world-record 161 consecutive
days when the temperature was at least 37.8C. In january 2004 the temperature
has hovered around 40C with tourists, a road gang and locals also sweating
in high humidity.
Imagine then the distress of the locals when without warning the town's sole watering hole, The Iron Clad Hotel, shut its doors after serving beer in the town for the past 111 years. Locals in the Pilbara outback town were then faced with a 200km trip to Port Hedland to find a cold beer.
An Adelaide couple in their 60's was checking out a caravan
with a salesman, but while all three of them were in the caravan a thief
stole their car that was hooked up to the caravan!
The salesman managed to jump out but the couple was caught and got the ride of their lives, made even worse by the thief crashing into another car and speeding up to escape the crash scene, hitting kerbs along the way.
John Keogh patented an invention named "circular transportation facilitation device." He did not actually invent it himself, it had already been in use for some time around the world, to most people better known as 'the wheel'.
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