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Australia’s Spy Planes to Assist Philippine Soldiers in Marawi*

MARAWI. In this June 9, 2017 photo, soldiers ride a military vehicle on the outskirts of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. (AP)

Australia’s Spy Planes to Assist Philippine Soldiers in Marawi*

Two advanced intelligence-gathering aircrafts of the Australian Defense Force will be flown over the southern Philippines to help in the fight against Maute terror group in Marawi City. In a statement, Australia’s Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne said the Philippine government has accepted her country’s offer of two of its AP-3C Orion spy planes to provide surveillance support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Islamic State-affiliated Maute group has been fighting with government troops in Marawi City since May 23. The skirmishes prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao region.

Australia condemns the attacks by the terrorist groups in Marawi. “The regional threat from terrorism, in particular from Daesh and foreign fighters, is a direct threat to Australia and our interests. Australia will continue to work with our partners in South East Asia to counter it,” Payne said. Payne said she had spoken with her counterpart, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, about how Australia can assist the Philippines in its fight against extremists.

“We agreed the best way to defeat terrorism in our region is for us to work together,” the Australia’s Defence Minister said. Lorenzana, for his part, confirmed that President Duterte has accepted technical assistance offered by the Australian government in the ongoing campaign against the local terror groups in Marawi.

The Philippine defense chief said two AP-3C Orion aircraft from Australia will assist Filipino troops in the one-month campaign once the operational details are finalized by the two armed forces. The Australian assistance will be good for two weeks, starting at a mutually-agreed date. This does not require embedding of Australian forces with Filipino troops on the ground, said Lorenzana.

“We welcome any technical assistance that our allies can provide while the Armed Forces of the Philippines is in the process of developing such capabilities,” Lorenzana said.

“With these AP-3Cs from the ADF, our troops can benefit from enhanced airborne surveillance of the area any time of the day thereby improving operations on the ground,” he added.

The Philippine and Australian governments enjoy defense cooperation dating back World War II. The two sides signed a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement in 2007 and ratified by the Philippine Senate four years later.

 “In the fight against global terror, we need to act as a community of nations. Any help and support we can get from our friends and allies will always be welcome,” said Lorenzana. Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, Eastern Mindanao Command deputy commander, said the Australian government’s offer of two spy aircrafts would help the military quell rebellion not just in Marawi, Lanao del Sur but also in other parts of Mindanao.

“It is a welcome development to boost our capability,” Gapay told reporters in Davao City.

“In every military operation, the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance capability is very important. So having these capabilities, it could be used in any military operation, not just Marawi, but of course, in all other parts in Mindanao,” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the government would “gladly” welcome any form of foreign assistance allowed under our Constitution to help suppress the rebellion in Marawi. Gapay said the security forces, through the imposition of martial law in Mindanao, were able to prevent the spillover of hostile acts in Marawi City to other parts of the country.

“A month after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao Command has been steadfast in carrying out its mandate of securing and shielding the area from terrorist attacks following the dictum and principles of necessity, proportionality, and strict adherence to the rule of law and human rights,” he said.

The month-long hostilities in Marawi have resulted in the death of 26 civilians, 298 Jihadist militants, and 69 government troops.

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U.S. Enters Fight against ISIS in the Philippines*

ISIS in the Philippines, Duterte Declares Martial Law in Mindanao

Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria*

Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria*

Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria*

 

By Ivan Castro

Department of Defence of Australia announced on Tuesday that Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) halts air campaign in Syria.

“As a precaution measure, Australian Armed Forces temporarily halt airstrikes in Syria,” official statement by the DoD says.

It is noteworthy that the statement was made two days after the U.S.-led coalition shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet in Raqqa province.

On Monday, Russia halted participation in the Memorandum on incident prevention in Syria.

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U.S. Coalition Cause ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during U.S.-backed siege of Raqqa*

Syrian Troops Move Closer to Raqqa as the U.S. Drops Chemical Weapons on the Citizens*

Britain Joins Australia Admitting Involvement in Airstrikes Which Hit Syrian Govt Troops*

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Trump-Israel Struggling to Save ISIS to divide and Conquer Syria and Iraq*

Russia Threatens to Target U.S.-Led Coalition Planes in Syria

America’s New Syrian Army*

Int’l Coalition’s Strike on Syrian Forces is Flagrant Violation of Syria’s Sovereignty*

 

 

Aboriginal Leaders Reject Symbolic Recognition in the Australian Constitution, Instead Demand Their Land Back*

Aboriginal Leaders Reject Symbolic Recognition in the Australian Constitution, Instead Demand Their Land Back*

By David Love

May 27 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum, in which Australians voted to include Black people — known as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — in the national census and to allow the government to make laws for them. For the first time, Black Australians were counted as human beings. Only in 2008 did the government issue a formal apology for the injustices committed against Aborigines. Half a century later, there has been an effort by the Australian government to push for a new referendum, one to amend the constitution to officially recognize indigenous peoples. Rejecting a constitutional reform process perceived as being for the benefit of whites, Black leaders called instead for a treaty, a representative body and a truth and justice commission.

This past week, a constitutional convention was held in Uluru in the Northern Territory of central Australia, where a delegation of Black Aborigines met to discuss whether indigenous people should seek constitutional recognition in an effort to address racial discrimination. The victims of genocide, slavery and colonialism, and today facing hardship and not enjoying prosperity in the country in which they have lived for tens of thousands of years, they discussed how the constitution should be reformed to benefit them. There were about 250 in attendance at the three-day event, as Reuters reported.

A number of issues were on the table, including the formal recognition of Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution, as is represented by the government-supported Recognise campaign. Voices in the community expressed concern that such an option would represent tokenism and feel-good symbolism, window dressing that does not address the fundamentals of racial justice. Some critics of Recognise argued that they do not need recognition because they are well aware they were invaded and subjugated, their land taken away. Another point of view expressed by indigenous groups was that Recognise only served to sell out the interests of Black people who were not consulted or invited to the table.

Constitutional recognition does not address sovereignty and self-determination for Black people, specifically rights to the land. Australia is the only British Commonwealth nation that does not have a treaty with its indigenous people, although Australian states are leading the charge to begin forging treaties with Aboriginal communities, as Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. Still another area of consideration is political power and new structures to enable Aboriginal people to have their voices heard in the government. Numbering 700,000 out of a national population of 23 million, Black Australians face the challenges that Black people face elsewhere, including the legacy of racial oppression, poverty, police abuse and mass incarceration, trauma and health challenges.

Amy McQuire, an Aboriginal journalist with 98.9FM in Brisbane, said many Aboriginal people believe the referendum process has been about white control and the majority of the country controlling the future of a historically disenfranchised 2% who are struggling to gain control over their future.

“The recent consultations lead by the Referendum Council were an attempt to try and salvage the process, which, for over the past five or six years, has been largely taken out of Aboriginal hands,” McQuire said before the conclusion of the Uluru conference.

“There has been a huge amount of cynicism around constitutional reform, largely because of the government-funded Recognise campaign, which called for people to support the process when we had no idea what question would be taken to referendum.”

McQuire called symbolic recognition of Black people a disaster, particularly if such a referendum fails.

“There’s a feeling that Australia will either pat themselves on the back and try and use a referendum to drown out the very real human rights abuses still occurring, or if it fails, that the political momentum for issues like treaty may be lost and it could set us back yet again.

“I still think the process hasn’t been transparent enough, and I don’t believe the nation is mature enough to deal with this. Australia still can’t grapple with its unfinished business — the continual theft of Aboriginal land.”

As National Indigenous Television (NITV) reported, the gathering of Aboriginal leaders decided that constitutional reform would no longer be a priority, but rather there would be a treaty commission and a truth and justice commission that would run in tandem. These representatives also recommended a body to advise parliament on matters involving Black people and

“to supervise a process of agreement making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.”

The group also called for constitutional reforms to empower their people and for the voice of First Nations to be enshrined in the Constitution.

In an official statement, the Uluru forum members proclaimed the sovereignty of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a spiritual concept that “has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.”

How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?

With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are alienATed from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youths languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.

These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.

The Uluru convention announced that, while they were counted in 1967, 50 years later in 2017, they seek to be heard:

“We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.”

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The End to a Ghettoized Spiritual Home

What is Uluru?

The Stolen Generation

U.S. Coalition Airstrike Kills Women, Children in Raqqa*

U.S. Coalition Airstrike Kills Women, Children in Raqqa*

By Leith Fadel

A U.S. Coalition airstrike on the town of Al-Salihiyah in northern Al-Raqqa resulted in the death of 11 civilians, most of them women and children.

Video footage released by Al-Amaq Agency shows the devastating aftermath of the U.S. Coalition’s airstrike on the town of Al-Salihiyah yesterday:

The U.S. Coalition has been targeting ISIL-held territory around Al-Raqqa as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) offensive against the terrorist group.

However, as a result of this SDF offensive, many civilians living in these targeted areas have been caught in the cross-fire, with no place to go in order to avoid the fighting.

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This shameless western power Legalised Colonial-era Child Torture – and its Citizens have had Enough*

This shameless western power Legalised Colonial-era Child Torture – and its Citizens have had Enough*

By Tom Coburg

Members of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) have led demonstrations in all the major cities in Australia. Their demand was an end to the routine incarceration of Aborigines, including children. They also demanded an end to offshore processing of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru (the latter detention centre includes children). The demonstrations came only days after a broadcast on ABC television of a secretly filmed video of teenage boys being tortured in Australian youth detention centres in the Northern Territory.

Dylan Voller

 

The video showed teenager Dylan Voller held in restraints at a youth detention facility in Alice Springs in conditions more akin to Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo. Prior to that incident, Voller had been systematically tortured over a five year period in another Northern Territory detention centre: Voller and five other boys, all of Aboriginal heritage, were tortured (stripped, hooded, assaulted and tear-gassed).

A heart-rending letter from the Dylan, dated 26 July 2016, is published in full here…

The torture at the youth detention centre was conducted by racist and sadistic prison staff, supervised by racist and sadistic managers:

“[I] honestly believe if any young man had have walked into that cell with a loving heart and just sat down and talked to my brother and helped him through everything that he was going through, he would have sat down and played cards happily with any of those guys, but they all used force and acted intimidating and scary,” Kirra Voller (Dylan Voller’s sister).

Incredibly, the restraints shown in the video were legalised this year, but since the video was broadcast their use has been suspended.

There are now legal claims. The six youths who were mistreated at Don Dale instigated litigation against the Northern Territory Government. Dylan Voller is additionally seeking unspecified damages from the Government for injuries sustained. The Government is counter-suing two of the six boys and seeking $A160,000 for damage to prison property.

Child assaulted at Don Dale centre

 

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, released a damning statement saying the allegations of torture made on the TV documentary could amount to a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.

In another statement, WAR declared:

“We called for all detention centres for incarcerating children to be shut down immediately. And we didn’t forget about you mob in Manus and Nauru. We have the same enemy. Our freedom is your freedom. We speak of you at every rally. No justice no peace.”

Since the video was shown on ABC TV’s “Four Corners” programme, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been forced to agree to a Royal Commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory (but refuses to extend the Commission’s inquiries into the rest of Australia).

Melbourne demo spokesperson Meriki Onus said they were tired of royal commissions:

“If they implemented the recommendations from the royal commission into deaths in custody and the royal commission into the stolen generation, I don’t think we would be protesting here today.”

Aborigine members of WAR at Melbourne demo

 

Aboriginal elders are demanding those involved in the torture of children at these detention centres – from centre staff and their manages, right up to senior NT ministers – be sacked. Some Aborigines are demanding the entire Northern Territory government be dissolved.

Aborigines imprisoned

Australia’s aborigines are the most imprisioned people in the world, statistics show:

  • Aboriginal people represent only 3% of the total population, yet more than 28% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal.
  • 48% of juveniles in custody in Australia are Aboriginal
  • The NT has the highest rate of youth detention in Australia and 95 per cent of all kids locked away there are indigenous.

Australia’s shame

The above statistics speak volumes. As a people, Australian Aborigines represent some of the poorest and under-resourced in the world, with low life expectancy and poor health generally. Almost half of Aboriginal men and over a third of women die before they turn 45 (the average life expectancy for non-indigenous Australians is 80 years).

When Australia treats its own children – Aboriginal and non-indigenous – in the way the video showed, it is not surprising that it also happily detains children – refugees – indefinitely on its island prisons. These offshore detention centres, like the barbaric youth detention centres in Australia, must be closed down.

Modern Australian society has its roots in invasion and the near decimation of the indigenous population, followed by the enslavement and dispossession of those who survived. Many Australians, however, still find it difficult to accept this scenario. But it is only when they fully confront Australia’s dark past that justice for Aboriginal Australians will finally begin to be realised.

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Child Abuse in Australian Detention Camp*

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Australia Pre-Drugging Kids and Psychosis Risk Syndrome*

 

Paedophiles in Australia’s Catholic Church Abused 4,445 Children, Pays US$213mn to Victims as Compensation*

Paedophiles in Australia’s Catholic Church Abused 4,445 Children, Pays US$213mn to Victims as Compensation*

By Amando Flavio

These days, the Roman Catholic Church is synonymous with child sexual abuse. We owe nobody an apology for saying this. It’s the truth.

Cases of child sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups committed during the 20th and 21st centuries by Catholic priests, nuns, and members of the Roman Catholic Order have led to numerous allegations, investigations, trials and convictions. The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14. It is beyond imagination that these so-called men and women of God have molested innocent children in this widespread way.

The abuse is a worldwide problem in the church. There aren’t accurate statistics to determine the number of children these paedophiles in the church have abused worldwide because of the extent. From 2001 to 2010, the Holy See, which serves as the central governing body of the Catholic Church, considered sex abuse allegations involving approximately 3,000 priests dating back up to fifty years. Cases worldwide reflect patterns of long-term abuse and of the church hierarchy regularly covering up reports of alleged abuse.

Diocesan officials and academics knowledgeable about the Roman Catholic Church have revealed that sexual abuse by the paedophiles in the church is generally not discussed, and thus is difficult to measure. In 2014, the Vatican said 3,420 credible accusations of sexual abuse committed by priests had been referred to its institution over the past 10 years, and that 824 clerics were defrocked as a result.

However, a new investigation carried out in Australia has shed light on the damning practice of Catholic priests and nuns in the country. According to the report, the Catholic Church paid US$213 million to victims of sex abuse committed by priests in Australia over decades.

In 2002, a critical investigation by The Boston Globe in the United States led to worldwide media coverage of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. By 2010, much of the reporting focused on abuse in Europe.

In 2012, Australia also announced it was to investigate the abuses by the church. By 2013, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced hearings on alleged Catholic Church sex abuse of children – mostly boys.

In mid-February 2017, the commission issued a report revealing:

“Catholic Church authorities made total payments of [AU]$276.1 million [US$213million] in response to claims of child sexual abuse received between 1 January 1980 and 28 February 2015, including monetary compensation, treatment, legal and other costs.”

Of the 4,445 cases the church received between January 1980 and February 2015 in the country, the report said the church managed to identify 1,880 alleged perpetrators, who included 597 (32% ‘religious brothers,’ 572 (30%) priests, 543 (29%) lay people, and 96 (5%) religious sisters or nuns.  According to the report, 90% of abusers were male while the abused were also mostly boys.

According to the commission, sex abuse victims received AU$91,000 in compensation. The report by the commission also stated that the Christian Brothers group admitted during the hearing that both the highest total payment and the largest number of total payments is $48.5 million. It was paid in relation to 763 payments at an average of approximately $64,000 per payment. The Christian Brothers is a worldwide religious community within the Catholic Church.

Read analysis of Catholic Church Authorities’ data on claims of child abuse https://t.co/4AYWsYEytb

— CA Royal Commission (@CARoyalComm) February 15, 2017

Furthermore, the commission said the Jesuits had the highest average total payment at an average of approximately $257,000 per payment (of those Catholic Church authorities who made at least 10 payments). The Jesuit is an order of religious men in the Roman Catholic Church.

Critics, including those in the Catholic Church who want justice for the victims, say the system of payments is unfair and not all victims receive the same opportunities or compensation.

The Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive, Francis Sullivan candidly admitted to local media that not all victims have equal opportunities or compensation.

“Even though the church has paid $270 million and it took a long time to get its act together to do that, there’s no doubt the system of paying people and compensating them is best done independently of the church through a national redress scheme. Some congregations pay far more than others. Some dioceses pay far more than others. It’s still not a fair system,” he added.

“It’s a picture of great unfairness and inequity between survivors across Australia depending on where they placed their claim,” Helen Last, Chief Executive Officer of In Good Faith Foundation, which represents 460 abuse victims also told the Reuters news agency in an interview.

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Child Abuse – The Scourge of the West*

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Boys Forced to Rape each other at Australian Military Schools*

Australian Prime Minister and Wife Tied to Pharma, Pushing Mandatory Vaccination*

Australian Prime Minister and Wife Tied to Pharma, Pushing Mandatory Vaccination*

Australia’s politicians are deeply tied to pharmaceutical corporations, the British Monarchy, and other corporate and institutional powers which threaten the freedom and prosperity of Australian citizens.

One product of this hegemony is Australia’s “No Jab No Pay” law, which strips welfare from citizens who refuse vaccination for themselves or their children.

You could say people should just go without government welfare, and that’s a good idea for participants in the philosophy of independence from the system (Voluntaryism or Agorism), but the “system” in Australia has been constructed to make it difficult for anyone who is left out.

They can use this as leverage to cut off other necessities from citizens who refuse vaccination.

Without regard for the world of evidence for why people should not vaccinate, politicians and mainstream media speak of “improving vaccination rates.”

In its full perspective, No Jab No Pay is an eventuality when you see who holds power in the country. Let’s start with the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

He’s a multi-millionaire, with a chairman of a pharma corporation (who works with Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline) for a wife.

According to Money Morning:

“Australia’s new prime minister is a wealthy man. Last night, much was made of the fact that he doesn’t need to be in public life to have power and financial reward. He’s already amassed quite a fortune. Even before he entered politics. Various sources estimate his net worth at between $180 million and $200 million.”

In the mid 90’s, Turnbull invested 500,000$ in OzEmail and returned with about $60 million.

He wasn’t a good actor in response to questions about his finances, saying:

When I was in business I did best out of start-ups. But OzEmail was a long time agoI can’t live off my OzEmail laurels forever.’ ‘I don’t have private equity investments any longer because a) I’m in Parliament and b) I don’t have the timeSince I’ve been in Parliament my investments are rather limited. It’s all there on the record. It’s very boring and passive.

Similar to how ex-FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s husband owns a hedge fund called Renaissance Technologies, which owned stake in pharmaceutical companies she failed to properly regulate, the Australian Prime Minister and his wife Lucy Turnbull get rich together.

While the Prime Minister leads government, and pushes for mandatory vaccination to the benefit of pharmaceutical companies, his wife Lucy is chairman of the pharma corporation Prima Biomed.

CVac, the “cancer vaccine” is a main product of this corporation, still not seeing success. As we have exposed in past articles, figures in academia and government hype cancer causing viruses over avoiding carcinogens and general good health to profit from vaccination.

Her company has worked closely with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline.

The Prime Minister even has financial ties in tobacco, which may lead to a rabbit hole if you want to research it, considering that in Australia tobacco is very strictly regulated with only pictures of mouth or lung cancer allowed on the few brands of cigarette permitted to be sold in the country.

Lucy Turnbull

According to Crazz Files:

“Malcolm Turnbull has shares in pharmaceutical companies and cigarette maker British American Tobacco.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been controversially targeted by Labor over his extensive offshore investments, has updated his pecuniary interests to include a European investment fund that holds shares in pharmaceutical companies and cigarette maker British American Tobacco.”

His wife is experienced with both financial and government power, holding the office of Lord Mayor of Sydney, and being on Sydney City Council in the 2000’s. She was born into deep government power, well summarized by Wikipedia:

“Turnbull is the daughter of Tom Hughes, a former Attorney-General of Australia. Her great-grandfather was Sir Thomas Hughes, the first Lord Mayor of Sydney.”

Her finances can’t be very separate from his agenda as Prime Minister. In his own words, he said: “Lucy and I work very much as a team.”

In Australia it doesn’t matter whether you choose to believe in the Labor Party or Liberal Party, because they both have ties to royal hegemony, industry, and pharma.

Bill Shorten is the leader of the Labor Party. He and his wife Chloe are also in the game of fusing corporate and government power.

Chloe Shorten is the daughter of a Governor-General of Australia, (Dame) Quentin Bryce, a position that is the commander-in-chief of Australia’s military. According to Wikipedia, the Governor-General is “the representative in Australia of the Australian monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor-General is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister of Australia.”

As with all power structures in the 21st Century and throughout recorded history, it’s about power and profit, on both ends of the political spectrum.

If you really want to get technical about how set to pillage Australia the Prime Minister is, read the rest of this article from Money Morning:

What’s on Malcolm Turnbull’s Register of Interests?

First, there are the listed companies and funds*. Among them is the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust [NYSEARCA:SPY]. Over the last two years, SPY is up by nearly 40%. This ETF is relatively popular because it offers exposure to big-name stocks, whilst being balanced and accessible. The Trust’s top ten holdings are Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway (Class B), JPMorgan, Amazon.com, and Pfizer Inc. Apple is the most substantial holding, at 3.8%. To put that in context, Microsoft comes next at 2.03%. So it’s very tech heavy. But perhaps not as tech heavy as Vanguard Information Technology ETF [NYSEARCA:VGT], which Turnbull bought in July last year. VGT’s top five holdings are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM.

Then there’s the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF [NYSEARCA:HYG]. This Fund pays dividends of around US$0.40 every month or so. It has bonds from a variety of big corporations. Interestingly, most are from the US communications services market.

There’s also the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Eq [NYSEARCA:DBJP]. This fund tracks the MSCI Japan US Dollar Hedged Index. It provides exposure to Japanese equities, plus a hedge for the yen/US dollar exchange rate. Its top holdings include Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda.

The takeaway from this? Malcolm Turnbull likes ETFs. Which, like he said, can be kind of boring. But Turnbull has also bought in to a number of actively managed funds. For example, there’s the 3G Natural Resources Offshore Fund. This Fund is run by multi-billion dollar global firm 3G Capital. 3G is based in Brazil. The Fund’s nominated jurisdiction is the Cayman Islands, because…reasons. There’s no public information on what it holds.

There were a number of others on the list, which Turnbull got rid of after he was elected in 2013. Those included iShares JPMorgan USD Emer Mkt Bnd Fd ETF [NYSEARCA:EMB] and iShares MSCI Brazil Index (ETF) [NYSEARCA:EWZ]. In other words, a significant amount of exposure to emerging markets. In July this year, he added Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Debt Fund, Inc. [NYSE: EDD]. But EDD isn’t looking for growth. It looks for government debt securities (bonds) in emerging countries. So really, it’s just another fixed income pick.”

This is not just how it works in Australia, or in the U.S. with the FDA for example, but this is the signature of power all over the world in its modern form.

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