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  • Ethanol Fuel is not so Green

    02/07/2008 3:33:32 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 10 replies · 132+ views
    The Oil Drum Forum ^ | February 6, 2008 | Phil Hart
    Ethanol Fuel is not so Green The Australian Department of Parliamentary Services has released a research paper on "The economic effects of an ethanol mandate". Published on 22 January 2008, it is available from the Parliamentary Library website. Paul Syvret, in the Brisbane Courier Mail article Ethanol fuel is not so green, expressed his view on ethanol and summed up the paper by saying: ETHANOL is not the answer for Australia's future fuel needs.It is not green, it is not economically viable, and any move to mandate its inclusion in fuel would have enormous repercussions for other sectors of Australian...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Brazen airport computer theft that has Australia's anti-terror fighters up in arms

    09/04/2003 4:16:36 PM PDT · by Shermy · 20 replies · 606+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 5, 2003
    On the night of Wednesday, August 27, two men dressed as computer technicians and carrying tool bags entered the cargo processing and intelligence centre at Sydney International Airport. The men, described as being of Pakistani-Indian-Arabic appearance, took a lift to the third floor of the Charles Ulm building in Link Road, next to the customs handling depot and the Qantas Jet Base. They presented themselves to the security desk as technicians sent by Electronic Data Systems, the outsourced customs computer services provider which regularly sends people to work on computers after normal office hours. After supplying false names and signatures,...
  • Qantas resists costly missile shield system

    09/04/2003 11:55:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 9 replies · 309+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 5, 2003 | Cynthia Banham
    Qantas is resisting pressure to install new systems to defend its fleet against terrorist missile attacks, throwing the responsibility for protecting its aircraft back onto government. The airline's CEO, Geoff Dixon, rejected suggestions that it deploy expensive decoy systems against surface-to-air missiles, saying these would would cost nearly $700 million to protect the international fleet alone. Mr Dixon also questioned the effectiveness of the systems and said the best way to deal with the missile threat would be for governments in Australia and the region to identify potential launch sites near airports. His comments came after the Prime Minister, John...
  • One of the last colonies of dugongs under threat from natural gas plant

    07/31/2003 3:00:33 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 9 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 08/01/03 | Kathy Marks
    A colony of rare dugongs, or sea cows, is under threat because of a natural gas plant being built on the harbour at Darwin in northern Australia, marine scientists have warned. The dugong is an endangered species whose numbers are in sharp decline worldwide. Australia has the world's largest remaining population, including a sizeable colony in Darwin harbour, which is home to abundant marine life, including man-eating saltwater crocodiles. The dugong, a herbivorous mammal the size of a small whale, is noted for its shyness and grace of movement. Sailors supposedly mistook the creatures for mermaids. Fishermen say they cry...
  • Australia, U.S. May Agree Free Trade Pact This Year, Bush Says

    05/04/2003 5:17:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 359+ views
    Bloomberg News ^ | May 4, 2003 | Morag MacKinnon
    <p>Crawford, Texas, May 3 (Bloomberg) -- Australia and the U.S. may by year's end reach agreement on a free trade accord and submit it to the U.S. Congress for approval, U.S. President George W. Bush said.</p> <p>Bush, after his first meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard since the start of the Iraq war, said he is ``firmly committed to'' to the treaty. The two leaders also discussed Middle East peace, operations in Iraq and North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear weapons, they said at a joint news conference.</p>
  • US-Aussie ties at high tide: Bush

    05/04/2003 2:36:47 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 341+ views
    The Age ^ | May 4, 2003
    Prime Minister John Howard was a good friend and "a man of steel" and ties between the US and Australia were at an all time high, US President George W Bush said. After a 20-hour stay by Mr Howard and his wife Janette at the Bush ranch in central Texas, the president described the prime minister as a good friend, a source of advice and a good Texan. Referring to Mr Howard's steadfast support for the US-led war in Iraq, Mr Bush said Mr Howard had exhibited behaviour that proved he was not only "a man of steel, but a...
  • Australia To Stand Firm Over 'Racist' Sign

    04/25/2003 4:16:18 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 464+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-26-2003 | Cathy Marks
    Australia to stand firm over 'racist' sign By Kathy Marks in Sydney 26 April 2003 The Australian government is preparing to flout a demand by the United Nations for it to intervene to remove the word "nigger" from a sign on a sports stadium in Queensland. The ES Nigger Brown Stand at the stadium in Toowoomba, near Brisbane, was named after the town's first international rugby league player, Edward Stanley Brown, who toured Britain in the 1920s. He was nicknamed Nigger Brown not because he was Aboriginal – in fact, he had fair skin and blond hair – but because...
  • Aussies take agricultural role in Iraqi rebuilding

    04/23/2003 9:32:47 PM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 187+ views
    CANBERRA — Australia, keen to protect its commercial interest in one of its largest wheat markets, will send a team of agricultural experts to work with Iraqi officials and a senior US nominee to rebuild Iraq’s agriculture sector. The Australian team will be led by Trevor Flugge, the former high-profile chairman of Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter AWB Ltd, and advise on agriculture reforms and food security issues, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said this week. “Mr Flugge will make an early visit to the region to assess conditions on the ground and to identify immediate priorities for Australian assistance,” Downer said...
  • THE ROAD TO WAR (Australia, interesting read)

    04/05/2003 4:24:35 AM PST · by ONA-ASIS · 3 replies · 197+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 02 Apr 03 | Tony Wright
    THE ROAD TO WAR Australia became part of a planned military strike against Saddam Hussein long before the United States even admitted he was in their sights. National Affairs Editor Tony Wright pieces together our long and secret involvement in the 'War on Terror' and our role as a founding member of George W. Bush's coalition of the willing. In the new world, which is to say the world dominated by a single superpower, the United States, the big things begin at MacDill Air Base in Tampa, Florida. This is the home of the US military's Central Command. The Americans,...
  • Aussie Naval Gunfire Destroys Artillery Battery, Bunkers

    03/25/2003 4:39:32 PM PST · by Timesink · 11 replies · 547+ views
    Defend America - US DoD News About the War on Terrorism ^ | March 24, 2003 | Gunnery Sgt. Charles Portman, U.S. Central Command
    Australian CH47 Chinook helicopters from the Townsville-based 5th Aviation Regiment provide Coalition Forces in the Middle East with medium lift capability transporting troops, vehicles and equipment. The aircraft has proven itself working with the Australian Army's 3rd Brigade by providing essential support to deployed elements. While the Chinook has been in service since the Vietnam war, this variant remains one of the latest additions to the Australian Army's aviation capability. Australian Defence Force photo by Darren Hilder Aussie Naval Gunfire Destroys Artillery Battery, Bunkers By Gunnery Sgt. Charles Portman, U.S. Central Command CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, QATAR, March 24, 2003...
  • Australian divers clearing mines for wheat ships

    03/25/2003 3:00:59 PM PST · by CobaltBlue · 17 replies · 300+ views
    The Age - Australia ^ | March 26, 2003 | By Tom Allard and John Hunter
    The delivery of humanitarian aid to Iraq is likely to be delayed for days as Australian and other allied divers work frantically to clear mines from the port of Umm Qasr. The aid, which is desperately needed in the besieged southern city of Basra, includes a large consignment of Australian wheat waiting near Oman. Australian navy divers yesterday worked in muddy waters at depths of up to 20 metres to clear the approaches to Umm Qasr's two ports. According to defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mark "Pup" Elliott, the 25 divers are working above and below the waterline to remove mines...
  • Australian special forces destroy HQs

    03/24/2003 7:58:46 AM PST · by smpc · 20 replies · 383+ views
    icWales ^ | Mar 24 2003 | Nick Allen
    Australian special forces have taken out two of Saddam Hussein's command and control centres and killed some of his most elite soldiers, they said today. The 500-strong Australian Special Forces Task Group includes commandos, specialist troops trained to deal with weapons of mass destruction, Chinook CH-47 helicopters and an SAS squadron operating deep inside Iraq. They were flown to a forward base by C130 Hercules transporters and have already fought groups from Saddam's Special Security Organisation and the Iraqi Intelligence Service. Two Iraqi command and control centres for ballistic missile systems and anti-special forces operations were destroyed. Australian F/A-18 Hornet...
  • Australia drops its first bomb

    03/21/2003 5:57:14 PM PST · by smpc · 24 replies · 258+ views
    The Age ^ | March 22 2003
    Australian forces captured Iraqi soldiers and dropped the first Australian bomb of the campaign, Australian Defence Forces chief General Peter Cosgrove said in a briefing today. Speakging to reporters in Canberra at 11am today, General Cosgrove confirmed Australia's SAS troops gave first aid to Iraqi soldiers injured in a skirmish in the opening stages of the war in the Gulf. He said Australia's special forces had been involved in four battles since the war began and there had been no Australian casualties. "A few days ago, when the operations started, our special forces had a brief skirmish and as a...
  • Australian forces may have destroyed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction control center

    03/21/2003 5:06:20 PM PST · by Shermy · 60 replies · 411+ views
    AP ^ | March 21, 2003
    By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer CANBERRA, Australia - Elite Australian commandoes have penetrated deep into Iraq, fought with Iraqi forces and may have destroyed weapons of mass destruction control centers, the commander of Australian forces in Iraq said Friday. His comments come as a new opinion poll Saturday suggests a big rise in the number of Australians supporting the war now that hostilities have started. Speaking to Australian reporters Friday at coalition headquarters in Qatar, Brig. Maurie McNarn said Australian Special Air Service commandos had been moving deep inside Iraq for several days. "Their primary role is strategic reconnaissance,...
  • POLL-Australians evenly divided over Iraq war

    03/20/2003 2:30:51 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters | Thursday, March 20, 2003
    POLL-Australians evenly divided over Iraq war CANBERRA, March 21 (Reuters) - Australians appear almost evenly divided over the involvement of their troops in a U.S.-led war on Iraq, and a majority support the U.S. role, the first poll released since the start of the war showed on Friday. The Morgan poll showed 46.5 percent of 1,067 respondents approved of Australian participation in the Iraq war, while 48.5 percent were opposed -- a marked contrast with other polls which have shown two-thirds of Australians against the war. The poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights, the night before and the...
  • Austrailia -- Howard to address nation

    03/19/2003 11:38:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 272+ views
    PRIME Minister John Howard will address the nation tonight to explain to the Australian people his reasons for committing troops to a pre-emptive war against Iraq. The address is due to be broadcast more than seven hours after the deadline set by United States President George W Bush for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to leave his country. Mr Bush's deadline expires at midday AEDT today, with many expecting war to break out almost immediately. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said war could start today. "I think there's every chance that that's going to happen," he said.The attack could start just as...
  • Islamic group orders Aussies to leave

    03/19/2003 7:24:12 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 7 replies · 235+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/19/03
    An Islamic group notorious for its raids on Jakarta nightspots has told Australians, Americans and Britons to leave Indonesia before allied forces enter Iraq.The Front Pembela Islam (FPI) has labelled citizens from countries who have joined the allied forces kafir harbi, an Arabic term for non-Muslims who can be legally killed. And Anshor, the youth wing of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama, threatened to force US and allied diplomats to leave Indonesia, and also said it planned a national boycott of US products.The Front Pembela Islam declaration marks a return of the FPI, founded in 1998 and then disbanded...
  • We are at war(Australia)

    03/18/2003 2:43:19 PM PST · by smpc · 2 replies · 139+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19mar03 | Ian McPhedran and Phillip Coorey
    SOON after midday tomorrow, Australian commandos will be within Iraq's borders as advance units of a military campaign to disarm and remove Saddam Hussein. US President George W. Bush at noon yesterday (Sydney time) gave the Iraqi dictator 48 hours to leave his homeland with his sons or face "the full force and might" of the US military and her Australian and British allies. Mr Bush said in a 13-minute live televised address, also broadcast on Iraqi radio, "the tyrant will soon be gone". "It is too late for Saddam Hussein to remain in power. All the decades and deceit...
  • Aussie SAS force 'already in Iraq'

    03/18/2003 9:34:08 AM PST · by yankeedame · 8 replies · 232+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 19mar03 | John Kerin
    SAS force 'already in Iraq' By John Kerin 19mar03 AUSTRALIAN Special Air Service forces were now almost certainly operating in Iraq, military analysts said last night. "Commanders may have been waiting for the green light from the Prime Minister. It's fair to say that if they (the SAS) weren't there, they are in there now," Australian National University defence analyst Alan Dupont told The Australian. "They are almost certainly operating in either the northern or southern no-fly zones doing the job they are trained to do," he said. "The 48-to-96-hour window before a war is precisely the time when special...

    03/13/2003 3:01:37 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies · 349+ views
    email ^ | 13 March 2003 | mp john howard
    Mr President, ladies and gentlemen The Australian government strongly believes that it is in the national interest of this country that Iraq has its chemical and biological weapons taken from it and that Iraq be denied the capacity to ever develop nuclear weapons. Not only is it inherently dangerous to allow a country such as Iraq to retain such weapons, particularly in the light of its past aggressive behaviour, but the failure of the world community to disarm Iraq will encourage other rogue States to do likewise, safe in the knowledge that the world will do nothing to stop them....
  • Howard readies for war as US struggles for votes

    03/09/2003 2:04:02 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 124+ views
    The Prime Minister, John Howard, has cleared the way for an announcement on Thursday committing Australia to war in Iraq, if Britain and the United States fail to get backing for a new United Nations resolution. The resolution before the Security Council authorises the use of force, and Britain and the US are likely to call for a vote early on Wednesday, Sydney time. A Thursday announcement by Mr Howard would place Australia in lock-step with the US deadline of March 17 for Saddam Hussein to disarm. More than 250,000 British and US troops are on standby in the Gulf...
  • Australian military declares it's ready for war

    03/06/2003 5:50:29 AM PST · by nypokerface · 4 replies · 152+ views
    AAP ^ | 03/06/03
    Australia's military declared on Thursday it was ready for war on Iraq. But Prime Minister John Howard strongly denied having a deadline for the conflict and said no decision had yet been made to commit forces to war. He said no decision would be made in the next few days or coming week, but would only come after a final decision by the United Nations Security Council on a new resolution, due late next week. Australia has about 2,000 military personnel in the Persian Gulf, including SAS commandos, F/A-18 jet fighters and navy ships, as part of the United-States build-up...
  • NZ anger grows at Howard visit

    03/03/2003 10:54:26 AM PST · by smpc · 4 replies · 188+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 03, 2003 | Claire Harvey
    OPPOSITION is mounting in New Zealand to next weekend's visit by John Howard, whose stand on war with Iraq and recent comments about joining the US missile defence system are seen by many as endangering the region. Anti-war protesters are planning demonstrations outside Mr Howard's public engagements in Auckland and Wellington over the weekend, and even Prime Minister Helen Clark, who is usually careful to avoid criticising Australian policy, said joining the missile defence program would encourage the use of nuclear weapons. "Our emphasis has always been on achieving comprehensive disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons," Miss Clark said. "There's...
  • Aussie troops to fight at the front line

    03/03/2003 6:50:00 AM PST · by smpc · 7 replies · 180+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 4 March 03 | Tanya Moore
    AUSTRALIAN troops will be at the front line of any attack on Iraq, according to the first media reports to come out of the Middle East. Australian soldiers, interviewed in two of the five countries where the nation's military personnel are reported to be serving, sent heartfelt messages to their families through a Today Tonight report aired on Channel Seven last night. Nigel, from Brisbane, said: "I'd like to say hello to my wife and two kids and my parents. "I hope you are all looking after yourselves and I'll catch up with you soon." The Australian Defence Force had...
  • Australia-US defence ties set to widen

    02/26/2003 10:50:19 AM PST · by smpc · 1 replies · 117+ views
    The Age ^ | February 27 2003 | Mark Forbes
    Australia's Defence Force will be transformed into a mobile, flexible force to fight alongside the United States in conflicts across the globe, according to a new review. The Howard Government is even considering joining the US program to create a defensive shield against ballistic missile attack, a successor of its "star wars" plans. The changes are mapped out in the national security review released yesterday by Defence Minister Robert Hill, responding to the dramatic impact of terrorism on the "strategic landscape". It says the US alliance is a national asset, with its military dominance deterring enemies from attacking Australia. With...
  • Support Grows for Australia Joining Iraq War--Poll

    02/22/2003 8:21:03 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 20 replies · 268+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/22/03
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A growing number of Australians support the country joining a war against Iraq, with or without the backing of the United Nations, according to a newspaper poll published on Sunday, a week after global anti-war demonstrations. Twenty-four percent of respondents to the Sun-Herald/Taverner Research poll backed Australian involvement in military action against Iraq without U.N. approval, up from just six percent in an AC Nielsen poll four weeks ago, the Sun-Herald newspaper reported. Around 67 percent of those surveyed said they would support Australia's involvement if it was backed by the United Nations, up from 62 percent...
  • Aborigine Insists Tribal Law Gives Right To Underage Sex

    02/21/2003 7:54:11 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 268+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 2-22-2003 | Kathy Marks
    Aborigine insists tribal law gives right to underage sex By Kathy Marks in Sydney 22 February 2003 The place of tribal law in Australia's legal system will be reviewed after a 50-year-old Aboriginal man argued that tradition gave him the right to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. Jackie Pascoe Jamilmira, who lives in an isolated community in the Northern Territory, was given a 13-month jail sentence for having unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl, but had the sentence reduced to one day after an appeal. The girl, who had been "promised" to him in marriage by her family, initially...
  • Sport shooters face clampdown: Warrantless searches in Australia

    02/18/2003 5:36:16 AM PST · by Mulder · 22 replies · 348+ views
    The Australian Age ^ | February 16, 2003 | Kirsty Simpson
    Police will be able to enter houses without a warrant and seize handguns belonging to sporting shooters if the owner failed to attend sufficient competitions under proposed tough new firearms laws. And people found with banned pistols could be liable for prison sentences of up to 10 years, according to those who have seen the legislation, which was prompted by the Monash University shootings last year. But the new laws, expected to be introduced into the Victorian Parliament by early March, have sparked outrage from some shooters, who claim it threatens to decimate their sport. The laws are designed to...
  • Australia plans world's tallest tower

    02/06/2003 3:06:09 PM PST · by DestroyEraseImprove · 15 replies · 886+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5 January, 2003 | Jörg Schlaich
    An Australian power company is planning to build the world's tallest structure - a solar tower - in the middle of the outback. The project is part of a global campaign to encourage the use of more renewable energy. Enviromission says the tower, at a proposed height of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), will be more than twice the size of the world's current tallest freestanding building, the Canadian National Tower in Toronto. The one billion Australian dollar (US $0.56 bn) project is being backed by the Australian Government, and is expected to be completed in 2006 in the remote Buronga...
  • Australian spiders perish

    02/01/2003 7:47:07 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 41 replies · 644+ views
    The Sidney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia ^ | February 2 2003 | Sidney Morning Herald
    Australia's eight "spidernauts" are among the casualties of the space shuttle disaster. Students and scientists involved in the project were eagerly waiting to see if the Australian Golden Orb Weaver spiders have been able to spin webs in space. They had spent 16 days in the space shuttle Columbia as part of a project to see if webs built at zero gravity are different to those created on the ground. Low resolution video images of the spiders suggest they have successfully built webs. If this had proved correct, scientists would have attempted to mimic the spider silk in aerospace structures...
  • War crunch time nears (Aussie Air Force deploys)

    02/01/2003 12:28:13 AM PST · by ONA-ASIS · 9 replies · 248+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Saturday 1 February 2003 | AAP
    War crunch time nears, RAAF deploys The federal government on Saturday declared crunch time for a war on Iraq was fast approaching as another 440 Australian troops prepared to deploy to the Persian Gulf for a possible attack. A squadron of 14 F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes, three C-130 Hercules transport planes and an Air Forward Command Element will leave Australia within a fortnight. Making the announcement in Adelaide, Defence Minister Robert Hill said Australia's commitment of more than 2,000 troops to the Gulf region would cost taxpayers several hundreds of millions of dollars. But he maintained the government had not...
  • Australia to back US no matter what

    01/29/2003 10:10:41 PM PST · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 35 replies · 267+ views
    The Age (Australion news) ^ | Thursday 30 January 2003 | AAP
    Australia to back US no matter what Thursday 30 January 2003, 07:05AM A top Bush administration official believes Australia will follow the United States into a war with Iraq even without United Nations sanctioning. US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said planning between Australian and American troops was already smoothly underway. The words of Prime Minister John Howard showed that Australia would stand by the US in its efforts to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. "I think the very strong statements the prime minister made today make it very clear where Australia stands," he told ABC television....
  • (A World-first!)Amazing Australian Truffle Find!

    01/13/2003 11:00:41 AM PST · by vannrox · 31 replies · 504+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-8-2003 | Editorial Staff
    World-first Australian Truffle FindAn Australian scientist has made a discovery which is electrifying world fungal biology – a new truffle genus related to the famous Amanita family, or fairy toadstools. The Amanita family is famed worldwide for the red and white-spotted toadstools beloved of children's fairy tales, the lethal Death Cap beloved of tabloid media, and a range of delicious edible fungi beloved of gourmets. The find, by CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products mycologist Dr Neale Bougher, highlights Australia as one of the richest centers of truffle biodiversity on the planet. Until Dr Bougher discovered the new fungus in the...
  • Australia: Huge Surge in Gas Mask Sales

    01/09/2003 10:45:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 258+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 10 2003 | RACHEL MORRIS and KATE MURRAY
    FEARFUL Australian families are buying personal gas masks and other survival equipment to protect themselves against biological terror attacks. One company which sells gas masks has reported a 40 per cent increase in sales post September 11, while another sells 800 single-use escape masks a month. The increase in survival equipment sales comes as the world copes with a new terror threat following the discovery of traces of the deadly poison ricin in a London flat this week. British airports and ports are on high alert and hospitals and health authorities have been sent details of ricin symptoms following the...
  • Terror threat forces upgrade (credible threat of attack on Australia in next "couple of months")

    12/19/2002 2:47:44 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 12/19/02
    Australia will undertake a major upgrade of its special forces as the nation remains on high terror alert and prepares for possible involvement in a war against Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday. ``I will be announcing a very significant reorganisation and upgrading of capacity in relation to Australia's special force,'' Mr Howard told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio in the western city of Perth. ``This bears very directly on our capacity to deal with threats of terrorist and indeed other kinds,'' he said. ``In the wake of what occurred in Bali, we have, over the weeks that have gone...
  • Sydney surrounded by fires: Fires turn fatal - and the worst is yet to come

    12/06/2002 8:18:04 AM PST · by dead · 3 replies · 190+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 7 2002 | Daniel Lewis and Nick O'Malley
    The first victim of the fires circling Sydney - an 81-year-man - was found in a burnt-out caravan in bushland yesterday as a cool but vicious southerly change continued to endanger suburbs. And in an ominous warning, the Rural Fire Service Commissioner, Phil Koperberg, said residents have just 72 hours to prepare for far worse conditions expected on Monday. So strong were yesterday's howling southerlies, they pushed embers from the fire threatening Brooklyn across the Hawkesbury River, causing isolated spot fires around Patonga. But they were quickly brought under control. Incredibly, no houses were lost across the state, leaving the...
  • Australian Security Forces Raid Muslims' Homes

    10/29/2002 9:35:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 696+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday October 29 9:27 PM EST | staff
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police armed with machine pistols, sledgehammers and shotguns raided the homes of at least two Australian Muslims after the government banned militant group Jemaah Islamiah, community leaders and media said. The latest raid came at dawn Wednesday in the western city of Perth, when officers in balaclavas and carrying submachine guns stormed a house neighbors said belonged to an Indonesian Muslim family, Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported. ABC radio said federal police declined to confirm whether the action was connected to a raid on the home of an Indonesian Muslim identified only as Jaya in Sydney...
  • Australia 'won't go down gun path'

    10/29/2002 9:03:00 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 38 replies · 509+ views
    Australia 'won't go down gun path' October 29, 2002 AUSTRALIA would not follow the lead of the United States where everyone had the right to own a gun, Prime Minister John Howard has said. Most Australians hated guns, Mr Howard said. He promised to do everything in his power to rid the nation of handguns, except for legitimate sporting shooters, security, the military and police. Mr Howard was responding to a a Newspoll survey which found 83 per cent of people supported moves to invoke stricter laws controlling handguns. Only 12 per cent of those surveyed were against tougher...
  • Northern Australia target for new Islam state [New York & New Jersey claimed by islam too]

    10/28/2002 2:54:36 PM PST · by 1bigdictator · 13 replies · 201+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | October 29, 2002 | IAN McPHEDRAN and JIM DICKINS
    Northern Australia target for new Islam state By IAN McPHEDRAN and JIM DICKINS 29oct02 NORTHERN Australia is part of a radical plan for a new Muslim super state in South-East Asia, according to spies in the Philippines. A senior Philippines official said the radical group at the centre of the Bali bombing investigation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), included parts of northern Australia in its plans. JI was behind a plot to blow up western embassies in Singapore and is implicated in other attacks in the region. National Security adviser Rolio Gomez told the ABC 4 Corners program Australian intelligence agencies were...
  • Cigarette maker to cough up over advert

    10/28/2002 10:35:05 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 168+ views
    SMH ^ | 10/29/02 | Valerie Lawson
    Images of ice princesses, melting snow and crystalline alps filled the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday. The chill factor was conjured up by a barrister describing an icicle-themed dance party held at Fox Studios almost two years ago. Appearing for the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service, Peter Johnson, SC, told the court that elements of the party represented "a living advertisement" for Alpine cigarettes, a menthol brand appealing to young women, and marketed by Philip Morris Ltd. At the party, held in December 2000, two models wearing shiny white wigs, glittering white dresses, and jewellery shaped to imitate crystals,...
  • Report Gun Owners with "Problems"

    10/28/2002 9:03:02 AM PST · by mondonico · 22 replies · 264+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | October 28, 2002 | Mark Forbes
    Doctors and other health professionals who have concerns about the behaviour of patients who own firearms should be forced to report them to police, Justice Minister Chris Ellison has said. State leaders should support a proposal for mandatory reporting after the Monash University shootings a week ago, Senator Ellison said yesterday. "There should be mandatory reporting by health professionals in relation to people who have a handgun where they see there may be a problem," he said. A spokesman for Senator Ellison said anyone wishing to own a gun could be forced to undergo a health check, including a psychiatric...
  • Cattle boss stomps on trade pact

    10/04/2002 7:50:58 AM PDT · by Dundee · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 5 2002 | Caroline Overington
    Cattle boss stomps on trade pact A key representative of the mighty US farm lobby has confirmed that his organisation is working to kill the proposed free trade agreement between the United States and Australia. Keith Lambert, who is the chief economist at the National Cattlemen's Association, said yesterday that his organisation, which represents 250,000 ranchers, farmers and beef producers across 47 states in the US, was trying to stop talks between the two nations. He confirmed that the cattlemen had formed a coalition that would work to break the resolve of people in favour of the agreement. New members...
  • Court: Aborigines No Mineral Rights (crikey!)

    08/14/2002 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Tancred · 7 replies · 222+ views
    AP ^ | August 8, 2002 | Peter O'Connor
    Court: Aborigines No Mineral Rights Thu Aug 8, 5:00 AM ET By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's highest court ruled Thursday that Aborigines do not have rights to oil or minerals found under tribal land now being used by mining companies. The ruling was part of a complex decision by the High Court in Canberra on a 1994 claim by the Miriuwung-Gajerrong tribe for a special property right known as native title over 3,050 square miles of land and water. The area in northwestern Australia includes the Argyle diamond mine, the world's largest. Industry Minister...
  • Love affair with the remote is overheating the planet

    08/08/2002 7:35:00 PM PDT · by lewislynn · 26 replies · 340+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 9 2002 | Stephanie Peatling
    Love affair with the remote is overheating the planet By Stephanie Peatling August 9 2002 Australia's obsession with remote controls, which means appliances are now rarely fully turned off, is helping to release five million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year - the greenhouse impact of one million cars. In 2000, the power sucked up by appliances on standby accounted for 11.6 per cent of the electricity used by households - an extra $500 million on bills. The newly discovered extent of the wasted power has prompted a campaign by the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee....
  • Gas deal a step into the future: ACCI

    08/08/2002 6:47:18 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Australian Broadcasting ^ | Fri, Aug 9 2002
    The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the importance of the resource sector to the national economy has been underscored by the $25 billion gas supply deal with China. The chamber also believes the deal will highlight Australia as an attractive place to invest. Yesterday's announcement that China was awarding a natural gas supply contract worth up to $25 billion over 25 years exclusively to Australia's North West Shelf project has been hailed as a business and political coup. ACCI chief economist Steven Kates says it signposts the means of wealth creation in Australia in the new century....
  • SYDNEY STALKED BY TERROR (Story of group-rapes in Australia)

    08/02/2002 12:01:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 719+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Augustus 03 2002 | CINDY WOCKNER
    EXACTLY two years ago, as Sydney stood ready for the Olympics, one of the most appalling episodesin the city's history was unfolding. Now, for the first time, Cindy Wockner tells its complete story THERE are condoms scattered in the brown Corona's glovebox, female clothing on the back seat. There's a man named Sam and a white van that pops up more than once. A $50 note at the Harbour Bridge toll booth and a city so dazzled by the Olympic flame it's taken its eyes off the cockroach corners. We're waiting for Cathy Freeman to breast the line, but three...
  • UN Report Leaves Bitter Taste in Oz Mouths

    08/01/2002 5:16:41 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 336+ views
    IOL ^ | 7-31-2002
    UN report leaves bitter taste in Oz mouths July 31 2002 at 07:19PM Sydney - Australia has rejected a new United Nations report denouncing its policy of detaining asylum seekers in remote outposts, saying the criticism is biased and unfounded. The government said on Wednesday that the report by the UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson "lacks objectivity and misrepresents important aspects of Australia's management of immigration detention". The report by Prafullachandra Bhagwati, adviser to Robinson, said "the human rights situation of persons in immigration detention in Australia is a matter of serious concern". Bhagwati singled out the...
  • Aussie Awarded the Bronze Star

    07/23/2002 8:20:25 AM PDT · by Dundee · 11 replies · 197+ views
    SPECIAL FORCES TASK GROUP COMMANDER HONOURED Lieutenant Colonel Rowan Tink, the outgoing Commander of the Australian Special Forces Task Group in Afghanistan, has been honoured by the United States Army and awarded the United States Bronze Star for his outstanding contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Tink took command of the Task Group in late January this year and commanded it during Operation Anaconda, in March, when Australian Special Forces soldiers distinguished themselves in combat alongside US forces. At a farewell ceremony held at Bagram Air Base recently, Major General Frank "Buster" Hagenbeck, the US Commander of Coalition Task...
  • NYC memorial for Aussie victims

    07/22/2002 12:54:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 272+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | July 22 2002
    A plaque commemorating Australians who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks will be unveiled in New York on the first anniversary of the catastrophe. American Society of Sydney secretary Shela Fite plans to present the black marble memorial to the Australian consulate and American Australian Association in September. The 15kg plaque will bare gold engraving which reads: "In memory of the Australian victims of September 11. Presented by the American Society of Sydney, Australia, September 11, 2002." Ms Fite hopes the plaque will be displayed alongside all the other tributes at ground zero or at the Australian consulate, although...