Missing Flight MH370 ‘was to be used for provocative action against US military base’

Officials have argued that the likely crash site remains somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean – thousands of miles off Perth on the west coast of Australia and where the current trawl for Flight MH370 is taking place….

In his letter, volunteer investigator Andre Milne said it appeared the pilot planned to use Flight MH370 for “provocative action” against the US military base on the island of Diego Garcia, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

He added: “Whoever was in control of the flight wanted MH370 to be observed by the inhabitants of the Maldive atolls, during daylight, as flying south towards Diego Garcia.” Continue reading

Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits, Labor accuses Tony Abbott of backflipping on election promise

In Australia it will now cost you to deposit your own money into your own bank account, courtesy of the government and against the banking industry’s wish.

 

The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget.

The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. Continue reading

Australia’s Place in the “Asian Century”

Cultural imperialism is reshaping the Australian culture while its economic and miltary clout is forcing it to pivot towards the Asian giant and distance itself further from the United States.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government has developed a bold plan for embracing the “Asian Century.” Can words be turned into deeds?

The Asian century is rich, restless and already 12 years old. And, of all nations, Australia stands to be profoundly affected by this era of rapid change – whether the region resolves into a golden age of prosperity and human development or collapses in strategic turmoil. Continue reading