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  • Australian support for republic at new low: poll

    05/09/2008 7:59:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 192+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/08 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - The number of Australians who want to replace the monarchy with a republic has fallen to its lowest level in almost 15 years, according to a poll published Thursday. Only 45 percent of Australians favoured scrapping the monarchy for a republic, although the figure rose sharply when respondents considered the prospect of Prince Charles taking the throne, according to the poll from Morgan Research. Pollster Gary Morgan said support for a republic featuring a popularly-elected president was the lowest since former prime minister Paul Keating raised the issue of dumping Queen Elizabeth II in December 1993. Morgan...
  • Dig Uncovers Ancient Desert Dwellers (Australia)

    11/01/2007 1:35:49 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 112+ views
    Science Alert ^ | 11-2-2007
    Dig uncovers ancient desert dwellers Friday, 02 November 2007 University of New England New archaeological evidence, published in October in the journal Australian Aboriginal Studies, reveals that Aboriginal people visited the Watarrka Plateau, south-west of Alice Springs, 13,000 years ago. Archaeologists Dr June Ross from the University of New England and Dr Mike Smith from the National Museum of Australia were dropped by helicopter on the Watarrka Plateau as part of a survey of rock art in the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park. "The new finds were unexpected," said Dr Ross (who is pictured here at the Watarrka site). "We...
  • Rare footage of WWI Gallipoli battle unearthed

    04/18/2007 10:35:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,754+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2007 | Stephanie Boyle
    The Australian War Memorial has unearthed what it believes is the only footage of Anzac Cove during the Gallipoli battle of World War One, an iconic event in Australian history which is commemorated each year on Anzac Day. The one-minute grainy black and white film, which shows the shoreline at Anzac Cove and British soldiers massing at Suvla Bay, was shot in 1915 during the pioneering era of film. The footage pans across Anzac Cove from a position on the southern headland, showing a clutter of jetties and stores being unloaded. "Because we have so little authentic footage, everything we...
  • Williams routs Sharapova, wins eighth Grand Slam title

    01/26/2007 9:22:15 PM PST · by jazzo · 29 replies · 1,399+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 1/26/2007 | John Pye
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Serena Williams won her eighth and most improbable Grand Slam title, overwhelming top-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in the Australian Open on Saturday. Only the second unseeded woman to win the Australian title in the Open era, Williams came into the tournament ranked No. 81 after spending most of last season on the sidelines because of a knee injury. "I'm really enjoying this!" said Williams, who will jump to No. 14 next week. It was her first title in 15 tournaments since winning the 2005 Australian Open, and the most dominating win in a completed championship...
  • Treatment has sheik wary of returning home

    01/05/2007 5:13:20 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 70 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 06, 2007 | Martin Chulov
    A dangerous divide is forcing Australian Muslims to abandon their homes, says Sydney cleric Feiz Mohamed in Lebanon reports Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov ---------- AUSTRALIA'S most influential firebrand cleric feels like an alien in his own country. And Sheik Feiz Mohamed is not alone. He believes a rising anti-Islamic tide has made Muslims wary of their countrymen, forcing at least eight families to abandon their homeland for the Middle East. From the foothills of his ancestral village in north Lebanon, the man with the most sway over the nation's Islamic youth says five years into the war on terror...
  • Australian Arrested in Lebanon Over Alleged Kidnapping

    12/22/2006 5:44:33 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 3 replies · 873+ views
    OPTUS.NET ^ | 12/23/2006 | OPTUS.NET
    A New Zealander has been arrested in Lebanon, accused of leading a group which seized two girls at the centre of a custody battle. David Bruce Pemberton, who is a former member of the special services, is accused of kidnapping five-year-old Hannah Hawach and her three-year-old sister Cedar. The girls were taken from the custody of their father, on behalf of their mother. Pemberton and an Australian colleague were taken off a plane at Beirut's international airport and could face up to 15 years in jail. They are now in custody, but have not yet been charged. A Foreign Affairs...
  • Sub rescue vehicle trapped underwater

    12/04/2006 8:55:50 PM PST · by james500 · 43 replies · 1,245+ views
    AuBC News ^ | Tuesday, December 5, 2006. 3:10pm (AEDT)
    A rescue effort is under way for two people trapped inside a submarine rescue vehicle off the coast of Perth. A civilian diving contractor was testing the Australian Submarine Rescue Vehicle (ASRV) in deep water last night when its winching system failed, preventing it from being able to return to the surface. The vessel was lowered to the sea bed and is currently sitting in 130 metres of water. The Defence Department says the two people trapped inside are in no immediate danger, as the vehicle remains attached to the mother ship by a secondary cable which provides power and...
  • Wartime mystery of Japanese submarine solved: Australian TV

    11/24/2006 1:59:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,998+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/06 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A mystery over a Japanese midget submarine that went missing after attacking a ship in Sydney Harbour during World War II has been solved, an Australian television station has claimed. The submarine was one of three that slipped into the harbour on the night of May 31 1942 after being launched from a fleet of five larger Japanese submarines offshore. Two of the midget vessels were spotted and attacked, leading the two-man crews to commit suicide, Australian national archives record. The remains of those subs were recovered and a rebuilt composite is on display at the Australian...
  • Australian PM Warning On Drought

    10/13/2006 8:27:54 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 340+ views
    bbc ^ | 10-13-2006
    <p>Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said that the country's worsening drought could hit economic growth. Mr Howard said the drought, which some experts have described as one of the worst on record in Australia, would "affect our GDP growth".</p>
  • Howard attacks left intelligentsia

    10/03/2006 6:51:52 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 32 replies · 989+ views
    PRIME Minister John Howard has launched a scathing attack on Australia's left-wing intelligentsia, questioning its loyalty to the nation over the past decades. In a speech delivered last night for the 50th anniversary of the conservative magazine Quadrant, Mr Howard said the left had a history of denigrating the nation and was now doing the same with the war in Iraq, describing Islamic terrorism as the new tyranny. He said Australian universities were still breeding leftists and described pro-communists of decades past as “ideological barrackers for regimes of oppression opposed to Australia and its interests”, Fairfax reports today. Mr Howard...
  • Michael Costello: Intelligence on Bush's side

    09/29/2006 8:48:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 878+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 29, 2006
    Report is far from damning of President's insistence on maintaining the course in Iraq TRUTH, like beauty, is apparently to be in the eye of the beholder. That's the only conclusion you can draw from the reaction to the US National Intelligence Estimate entitled Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the US, with a declassified summary of its conclusions released by President George W. Bush after parts were leaked to The New York Times.
  • Howard Call To Australian Muslims

    09/11/2006 3:02:46 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 652+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-11-2006
    Howard call to Australian Muslims Mr Howard has been criticised for singling out Muslims Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called on moderate Muslims to be more critical of terrorism. In comments to mark the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, Mr Howard said: "No decent genuine Muslim would support terrorism." He also said Muslims must fully accept that Israel had a right to exist. Islamic leaders in Australia have reacted angrily to the comments, saying Mr Howard should not single out Muslims for criticism. "Instead of constantly singling out Muslim people, he should be trying...
  • Bin Laden's Friend Jihad Jack Freed By Australian Judges

    08/18/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 336+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-19-2006 | Nick Squires
    Bin Laden's friend Jihad Jack freed by Australian judges By Nick Squires in Sydney (Filed: 19/08/2006) A British-born Muslim convert jailed in Australia on charges of receiving money and an airline ticket from al-Qa'eda terrorists, was freed last night after his conviction was overturned. Joseph Terrence Thomas, 33, nicknamed Jihad Jack after claiming that he had met al-Qa'eda's leader Osama bin Laden three times, was jailed for five years in March. But in a judgment seen as a blow to the Australian government, the appeal court in Melbourne ruled that some of the evidence used against him was not admissible....
  • Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)

    08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry. The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare...
  • Australian troops take on new role

    08/12/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Australian Maj. Mark Tanzer
    The formation of Overwatch Battlegroup – West has opened a new chapter in the Australian army’s long and distinguished history of military operations in the Middle East. Formerly known as Al Muthanna Task Group 3, the 450-strong Australian unit is tasked with providing operational supervision in support of Provincial Iraqi Control in Al Muthanna province, southern Iraq. Al Muthanna on July 13 became the first province in Iraq to achieve PIC. It gives Iraqi security forces the lead role in maintaining a secure environment for their people. Following Iraqi control, Multi-National Forces in the province began handing over their bases,...
  • Mel Gibson link to Aussie anti-Semitic group

    08/05/2006 3:42:51 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,200+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 06AUG06 | LINCOLN WRIGHT
    MEL Gibson once had close links to the Australian League of Rights, a Far Right group notorious for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews. The Hollywood star's foray into Far Right activist politics in Australia occurred in 1987 when he campaigned for a friend, Rob Taylor, who stood unsuccessfully for the northern Victorian federal seat of Indi. Charles Pinwill, a former Queensland state director of the League of Rights, said he knew Gibson's father, Hutton, and said Gibson was interested in the league's ideas. "They were...
  • ESG 3 Hands Over CTF 158 Mission in North Arabian Gulf

    06/26/2006 9:18:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 411+ views
    USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), North Arabian Gulf – Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, turned over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 to Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood June 23. CTF 158 is responsible for Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG). This coalition force works with the Iraqi navy to protect key oil producing assets. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the NAG and protect Iraq 's sea-based infrastructure which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination. “These are some tough...
  • Meteor mega-hit spawned Australian continent: researchers

    06/03/2006 3:23:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 774+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A meteor's roaring crash into Antarctica -- larger and earlier than the impact that killed the dinosaurs -- caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history and likely spawned the Australian continent, scientists said. Ohio State University scientists said the 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile-wide) crater is now hidden more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. "Gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out," the university said in a statement Thursday....
  • Loadmasters help reposition Australian Defense Forces

    05/30/2006 7:34:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 451+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
    5/30/2006 - TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AFPN) -- The U.S. Pacific Command is using its strategic airlift capability to help the Australian Defense Force. At the request of the Australian government, two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are moving equipment and troops from the Solomon Islands back to Australia. This will help Australia position its forces to respond more rapidly to unrest in neighboring East Timor. The biggest part of the mission involves the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo. “We’re in charge of passenger safety (and) ensuring the cargo is loaded correctly ... the weight and...
  • MWR travel packages make Australian vacations more affordable

    05/18/2006 8:53:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 404+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | May 17, 2006 | Tim Hipps
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, May 17, 2006) – Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons will be hard-pressed to beat the cost of an Australian vacation purchased through their Information, Ticket and Reservation office. A five-night stay in Sydney or Melbourne is available for $838 per person based on double occupancy. The “G’Day Good Deal” packages include three- or four-star accommodations for five nights, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco aboard Qantas Airways and a 15-hour calling card that can be used to dial the United States. Taxes and surcharges are not included in the base price. “Normally, when...