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  • Word of God lives on unknown soldier's tomb in War Memorial

    10/28/2013 1:28:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | 29th October 2013 | Nick Cater
    THE Australian War Memorial has abandoned a proposal to remove the words "known unto God" from the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier after the personal intervention of Tony Abbott. The memorial's governing council decided at its meeting in August to replace two inscriptions on the tomb at the Canberra memorial with words from a speech by Paul Keating. The memorial's director, former Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson, announced the changes in an unscripted National Press Club speech six weeks ago on a day when attention was focused on the swearing in of the new government. It was several days...
  • Abbott to govern with 30-seat majority (official - conservative victory in Australian election)

    09/07/2013 5:24:25 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 62 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 7th September 2013 | Paul Osborne
    THE federal Liberal-National coalition is likely to govern with a majority of at least 30 seats after a swing of just over three per cent against Labor. The ALP has become the first two-term federal government to be thrown out of office since Gough Whitlam's regime in 1975. Tony Abbott's coalition is on track to pick up 90 seats, with Labor holding 57, in the 150-seat parliament, but it won't have a majority in the Senate.
  • LIVE THREAD: Australian Federal Election Count as it happens

    09/07/2013 12:49:49 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 124 replies
    7th September 2013
    We have had Live Threads here at Freerepublic for the count for the last three Australian Federal elections - in 2004 which ended in conservative victory, then again in 2007 which ended in defeat for the conservatives and a Labor government, and then again in 2010 which gave us a hung Parliament, where Labor continued governing with the support of the Greens and independents. This is the live thread for 2013 - polls close and the count begins in about 10 minutes. Polls and exit polls indicate a victory for the conservative coalition under Tony Abbott is highly likely. A...
  • The Thug Culture That Killed Chris Lane

    08/23/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 26 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/22/2013 | Arnold Alert
    In a testament to the depravity of thug culture, an Australian collegiate baseball player attending school in America was killed by three teenagers looking for fun, police reported. Christopher Lane, who was out for a jog in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma where his girlfriend and her family live, was targeted at random after he passed a home where the boys were staying. ”They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” said Police Chief Danny Ford. ”The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we...
  • Scanned all of Yahoo news front page online, Not one story on Australian boy's death...

    08/22/2013 7:27:01 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    08/22/13
    Did I miss it? I searched again...Not one article on the murder of the Australian boy by three blacks. Talk about your brain washing liberal media! Incredible! It was Trayvon Martin 24-7 when it was supposedly a white on black murder. Do these whack left wing nuts think no one notices?
  • Black teen who allegedly murdered Australian jogger posted racist Tweets

    08/22/2013 7:09:09 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2013 | Chuck Ross
    One of the teens charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla., previously posted anti-white statements on his Twitter feed.
  • Black Teen Who Allegedly Murdered Australian Jogger Posted Racist Tweets

    08/21/2013 12:28:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 21, 2013 | Chuck Ross
    One of the teens charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla., previously posted anti-white statements on his Twitter feed.
  • Black teen who murdered Australian jogger posted racist Tweets

    08/21/2013 10:30:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/13 | Chuck Ross
    One of the teens charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma previously posted anti-white statements on his Twitter feed. James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17, have all been charged as adults in Lane’s death. Lane, a 22 year-old student from Melbourne, was out for a jog last Friday evening when the three teens began following him in a car and shot him “just for the fun of it,” according to Duncan officials. Edwards and Luna are charged with first-degree murder while Jones is accused of using...
  • Australian baseball player in OK killed by 'bored' teens' (2 black, one white)

    08/21/2013 8:22:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/21/2013 | Rick Moran
    CNN has only part of this story. Three teenage boys - 2 black and one white - apparently targeted an Austrialian citizen who was attending a local college in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship for murder because they were "bored." Chris Lane was walking down the road when the teens came up behind him and shot him in the back: A random act of violence has left a promising 23-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled. Christopher Lane, who was from Australia, was gunned down in Duncan, Oklahoma, while he was...
  • Your Daily Muslim: Raymond Akhtar Ali ( Australian Muslim )

    08/17/2013 10:00:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Your Daily Muslim ^ | August 17, 2013 | YDM
    It all started when Australian halal butcher Raymond Akhtar Ali just wanted to get a little on the side. He began to casually see one of the employees at his butcher shop, a 22-year-old non-Muslim woman. After a short period, the woman felt she had become his “sex slave,” and discovered she had been impregnated by him. With her employment on the line if she were to stop seeing him, she felt she had few choices but to carry the child to term. She gave birth in secret, with Ali present. A baby born out of wedlock is considered a...
  • Australian Woman Gang Raped in Dubai Then Jailed Under Retarded Islamic Sharia Law

    05/16/2013 1:25:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Islamic Sharia law is outdated, controlling, un democratic, barbaric, racist, sexist and just plain stupid. It is completely incompatible with modern life in civilized  nations. It’s no wonder those who live under Sharia in Muslim countries or those who call for it in the west are often regarded as a bit backwards,because  Sharia  most definitely is retarded. How can throwing a female who is a victim of  not 1 repulsive rapist but of 3 evil rapists, into prison for having sex out of wedlock be any kind of justice. The woman never asked to be raped, she wasn’t flirting with the attackers or leading them on...
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Why did the drunk and naked Australian cross the croc infested river?

    04/05/2013 11:52:12 AM PDT · by Timocrat · 27 replies
    Daily Mail London ^ | 04/05/2013 | Richard Shears
    Why did the drunk and naked Australian cross the croc infested river? For a couple of crates of Jack Daniels of course.
  • Australian Election Scheduled For Yom Kippur

    01/30/2013 9:31:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1//30/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stunned constituents on Wednesday by announcing that national elections will be held on September 14. Gillard, who holds power by a narrow margin and is trailing in the polls behind the conservative opposition, broke from the country’s tradition of revealing election dates only a few weeks in advance. While Gillard’s surprising announcement aimed at ending political uncertainty surrounding her struggling minority government, she sparked outrage within the Jewish community, as September 14 falls out on Yom Kippur—the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
  • Major oil discovery in Australian outback [$20 Trillion]

    01/24/2013 5:16:02 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 24, 2013, 5:54 pm
    Brisbane company Linc Energy says independent studies have confirmed a major shale oil source in South Australia's far north, which officials have estimated could be worth $20 trillion. The company says US-consultants have carried out drilling and geological and seismic surveys around Coober Pedy. Linc Energy holds rights over more than 65,000 square kilometres of land in the Arckaringa Basin and started explorations in 2008. In a statement to the Stock Exchange, the company said reports from US-based consultants indicate underlying rock formations "are rich in oil and gas-prone kerogen". The company says up to 233 billion barrels of oil...
  • Australian Mosque Posts Facebook ‘Fatwa’ on Christmas…Then Takes It Down

    12/25/2012 7:02:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/25/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The largest mosque in Australia posted a Facebook “fatwa” against Christmas — warning followers that it’s a “sin” even to wish people a Merry Christmas — before taking it down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The ruling, posted Saturday by the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, said the “disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path” and that “a Muslim is neither allowed to celebrate the Christmas Day nor is he allowed to congratulate [Christians].” It went up following a sermon from the mosque’s head imam against participating in any Christmas-related activities. On wishing people a Merry Christmas,...
  • Australian Olympic swimmers in hot water after gun photo

    06/08/2012 11:54:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/12 | Molly Gray
    (CNN) -- Two Australian Olympic swimmers who posted pictures on Facebook of themselves brandishing weapons have been ordered to take them down by the country's swimming authorities. The image, taken in a gun shop in Santa Clara, California, showed Nick D'Arcy with two pistols standing next to Kenrick Monk who is holding two shotguns across his chest, according to a Friday report in Australia's Herald Sun. The swimmers were training in the U.S. ahead of the Olympic Games in London later this year. Swimming Australia said in a statement that it does not condone "the posting of inappropriate content on...
  • Australian Mining Titan Says “Green” Groups Paid by CIA

    03/22/2012 2:46:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The New American ^ | 3/22/12 | Alex Newman
    Billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer accused the CIA of funding environmental extremists seeking to cripple the island nation’s industry, saying during a press conference that the money was being routed through conduits such as the infamous Rockefeller Foundation. And the Australians involved in the alleged plot are essentially committing “treason,” Palmer declared. The CIA, environmentalist organizations such as Greenpeace, and Australian Green Party politicians all rejected the accusations. But the high-profile remarks from Palmer, a professor who owns a massive business empire worth billions and is a significant financial contributor to the center-right Liberal National Party (LNP), caused a...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Labor leader has lost public's faith

    10/10/2011 12:50:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th October 2011 | Dennis Shanahan
    LABOR may have finally bounced off rock bottom but Australia's oldest political party and its leader are still facing a historic loss of public confidence and electoral failure. A three-point rise in the Newspoll primary vote for the ALP has avoided the unthinkable for the Gillard government of going to 25 per cent or below to have less support than the combined vote for the Greens and various odds and sods, but the broader view of this survey of public opinion about Labor - as well as the personal standing of Julia Gillard - is devastating. The electorate has not...
  • Federal Labor MP Mike Kelly reveals life at the sharp end during army life (bayoneted Somalians)

    08/31/2011 1:53:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    PerthNow | Daily Telegraph ^ | 8/31/11 | Gemma Jones
    FEDERAL Labor MP Mike Kelly revealed yesterday how he had been forced to use a bayonet to "stick" enemy Somalis while serving with the Australian army. Defending himself against claims his 20-year career in the army was spent behind a desk, Mr Kelly said: "I actually had to use the bayonet. I did actually stick them - I don't know if it was life threatening - to ward them off." The parliamentary secretary for agriculture is in a war of words with his constituent, retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Criss, and other veterans over military pensions, The Daily Telegraph reported. Prior...
  • Great Australian WWII heroine dies at 98 in London (Nancy Wake, "The White Mouse")

    08/09/2011 1:57:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/8/11 | Madeleine Coorey - AFP
    Nancy Wake, Australia's greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the "The White Mouse" for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo's most wanted person, was "a devastatingly effective saboteur and spy". "Nancy Wake was a woman of exceptional courage and resourcefulness whose daring exploits saved the lives of hundreds of Allied personnel and helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end," Gillard said. Wake, who died in a London hospital on Sunday just...
  • Amid another poll blow, Julia Gillard admits her push for a carbon tax may get even tougher

    06/27/2011 6:30:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 28th June 2011 | Lanai Vasek
    JULIA Gillard admits Australia is a long way from consensus on climate change - and says the debate may become ever tougher for Labor - as new polling reveals her behind Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister for the first time. ..... Ms Gillard said today the polling was a result of her plan to put a price on carbon, and that while it was a tough reform "it may get even tougher, before it gets easier". “I believe that once carbon pricing is in place people will see how the system works and the benefits of it,” the Prime...
  • Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

    06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 70 replies
    madison.com ^ | 09 june 2011
    Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century. The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the...
  • Australian Muslim billboard campaign angers Christians

    06/05/2011 11:21:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 6/5/11 | staff
    Advertisement by group Mypeace, reading "Jesus, a Prophet of Islam," labeled by Catholic bishop "a direct assault on Christian beliefs." A billboard campaign in Australia launched by a Muslim group in the country caused outrage among some of Sydney's Christians, upset by advertisements reading "Jesus, a Prophet of Islam," the London Daily Mail reported on Saturday. One Catholic bishop said that the posters were a "direct assault on Christian beliefs." The group, called Mypeace, claims that the campaign was made to encourage awareness about Islam, and correct some misconceptions the public may have regarding the religion. The group said the...
  • Defence buys "value for money" ship (Australia)

    04/06/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defence buys "value for money" ship From: AAP April 06, 2011 12:31PM Australia is to buy a near-new surplus British navy amphibious landing ship at what appears a bargain $100 million pricetag. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said Australia had been successful in its bid for RFA Largs Bay, a 16,000 tonne landing ship launched in 2003 and commissioned in 2006. The ship is set to be decommissioned as a cost saving measure under the UK government's Strategic Defence and Security Review released last October. Mr Smith said Australia would pay 65 million pounds or $A100 million at the current exchange...
  • Australia needs 12 large subs for security

    11/09/2010 8:22:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | November 10, 2010 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australia needs 12 large subs for security Brendan Nicholson From: The Australian AUSTRALIA will need 12 big, long-range submarines to help it shape its own strategic future. The region will be increasingly dominated by China, says Paul Dibb, author of the 1987 defence white paper. In the wake of warnings about China's growing military power at the Ausmin talks, Professor Dibb will tell a Submarine Institute conference in Perth today it is time Australians took their strategic outlook much more seriously. "We ignore our own unique strategic geography at our peril in the decades ahead," he will say. Having a...
  • Aussie dollar breaks the buck as Australia, India fight Fed with 'quantitative tightening'

    11/02/2010 2:43:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/2/2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Australia's dollar has blasted through parity against the US dollar after the country raised interest rates a quarter point to 4.75pc to fight inflation. The long-awaited moment of "triple parity" seems imminent. The Swiss franc is already worth more than a greenback, and the Canadian dollar is seemingly poised to break through as well. The surging "Aussie" - widely seen as a play on the China growth story and used by traders as a proxy for the Chinese yuan - captures the shift in the world's economic centre of gravity to the Pacific region. The currency was worth half a...
  • Fate of Australian parliament rests in hands of 'haystack amigos’

    08/22/2010 9:03:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/22/2010 | Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
    After a tense night of vote-counting yielded no clear result, Australia was heading for a hung parliament with independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter, who hail from regional areas, becoming the unlikely kingmakers. Independents (L-R) Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor While they all have links to the National Party, the minor party in Tony Abbott’s conservative coalition, the independents have said that past allegiances will not influence their negotiations. The most unpredictable member of the trio is Mr Katter, the MP for the vast seat of Kennedy in northern Queensland which covers more than 340,000sq miles. A...
  • Gillard prepares to meet Quentin Bryce to set date for federal election (Australian election)

    07/16/2010 5:21:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th July 2010 | Joe Kelly
    JULIA Gillard has arrived in Canberra and will meet Governor-General Quentin Bryce at 10.30am to set a date for a federal election. The PM's office has confirmed that the Prime Minister will hold a press conference at noon. August 21 or 28 are the anticipated dates for the election. Ms Gillard is then expected to travel to Brisbane, where Labor has to make up ground following the dumping of Kevin Rudd. Ms Gillard smiled, but said nothing to reporters outside her western Melbourne home, as she was driven away just after 7am (AEST). The media is already camped outside Government...
  • Julia Gillard to call election within 24 hours - report (Australian election on the way)

    07/15/2010 8:18:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th July 2010
    PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is expected to call an election within 24 hours. The ABC reports that Labor sources have revealed Ms Gillard will visit Governor General Quentin Bryce in Canberra tomorrow morning to set the election for August 28. The election campaign will be six weeks long. The news comes as the Opposition accused Ms Gillard of trying "airbrush" the past by refusing to reveal whether she had reneged on a deal with Kevin Rudd. Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey said today the Prime Minister should have been “honest” and “open” about what happened on the night before Mr Rudd...
  • Obama on track for Australian visit (but he may have to cancel again)

    06/01/2010 12:35:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 396+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 1st June 2010
    PLANS are still being made for US President Barack Obama's Australian visit in a few weeks' time, despite concerns he may have to cancel again. Mr Obama is grappling with the US's worst ever environmental disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Efforts to block the spill have failed and the White House says it might leak until August. Mr Obama is due to visit Canberra and Sydney in mid-June, but there is speculation he may feel the pressure to stay at home and deal with the crisis. He had to cancel a previous Australian visit, in March, to rally...
  • Australian PM reacts to Robin Williams 'redneck' jibe

    03/31/2010 3:56:18 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies · 1,522+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/31/10
    Few are laughing in Australia following Robin Williams' joke that its people are "basically English rednecks". His remarks, made on The Late Show with David Letterman, prompted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to respond on a Sydney radio show. "I think Robin Williams should go and spend a little time in Alabama before he frames comments about people being particularly redneck," said Mr Rudd.
  • FEIZ MUHAMMAD: PRO-JIHAD IDEOLOGUE WITH INFLUENCE IN THE U.S.

    03/21/2010 8:19:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 196+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | March 19, 2010 10:39 AM | By Madeleine Gruen
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Feiz Muhammad is an Australian citizen now residing in Malaysia. He has been labeled Australia's "most dangerous sheikh" due to the number of connections he has to known and suspected terrorists. Muhammad’s target audience is young Muslims who feel disaffected and disassociated from local Muslim communities, where mosque clerics show "a lack of interest toward the youth." His lectures frame the United States as the enemy of all Muslims, including those living in the United States and Americans living in other Western countries. He emphasizes that Muslims should regard Western culture as corrupt and immoral, and...
  • Obama Shortening Australian Visit to Spend More Time in Indonesia

    03/15/2010 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 784+ views
    verunserum ^ | 3/15/10 | Morgen
    Allies? Who needs allies? From today’s Sydney Morning Herald (emphasis added): Barack Obama’s trip to Australia is going ahead but his 24-hour visit will be contained to Canberra. The US President will address Federal Parliament on March 26 after flying from Bali the day before and dining with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Lodge. Mr Obama’s shortened itinerary – which allows him to spend more time in Indonesia – will include a meeting with Governor-General Quentin Bryce and a range of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Australia-US alliance. Mr Obama was forced to ditch his original...
  • Aussie underwear has gone bananas

    03/05/2010 5:11:50 PM PST · by cajuncow · 16 replies · 464+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-5-10 | Reuters Life
    SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Australian underwear company AussieBum has been monkeying around and the result is a range of men's underwear made with bananas. The new eco-friendly banana range of undies incorporates 27 percent banana fiber, 64 percent cotton and 9 percent lycra, AussieBum's Lloyd Jones said on Friday.
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • Williams goes back-to-back

    01/30/2010 2:58:33 AM PST · by mlizzy · 24 replies · 636+ views
    Australian Open ^ | 01-30-10 | Matthew Clayton
    Serena Williams has made it back-to-back Australian Open crowns after defeating Belgian comeback queen Justine Henin in the women’s singles final at Melbourne Park on Saturday night. Williams, the top seed, took her fifth Australian Open singles title with the 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory over former world No.1 Henin, who was playing her first major in 20 months after retiring in 2008. The victory is the 12th Grand Slam singles title of Williams’ career, and the American now equals compatriot Billie Jean King in sixth place on the all-time women’s Grand Slam singles title list.
  • Australian research says TV can kill

    01/12/2010 9:21:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 724+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/10 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) – People who spend more than four hours in front of the television each day have a far higher risk of dying early than those who limit their viewing, an Australian study said Tuesday. Watching the small screen for prolonged periods is also bad for your heart, according to the research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "Compared to people who watch less than two hours of television per day, people who watch more than four hours per day have a 46 percent higher risk of death from all causes," researcher David Dunstan told AFP....
  • Former Allies Turn on Obama Over His Failure to Deliver on Campaign Promises (The Australian)

    11/22/2009 11:15:22 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 16 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Australian (Australia) ^ | 23 November 2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    GAZING from the Great Wall of China last week, US President Barack Obama appeared to be making the most of one of the perks of White House occupancy -- a private guided tour of Asia's most spectacular tourist spot. White House aides exulted that choreographed pictures of this moment would make front pages around the world. Yet an experience Mr Obama declared to be magical turned sour as he returned home to a domestic revolt that is fanning Democratic unease. It was not just that the US media have suddenly turned a lot more sceptical about a president with...
  • Seagull invades Australian news bulletin

    10/23/2009 1:06:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 467+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10/23/09 | Channel Nine
    Peter Hitchener, who was broadcasting on Channel Nine, somehow managed to keep a straight face despite the sudden appearance of the gull. It loomed large on the screen behind him after it wandered in front of a camera used to film a Melbourne backdrop for the studio. The timing could not have been worse as Hitchener was trying read a story about organised crime in the city. "I was reading away and it was a serious story, and I suddenly thought 'Oh my gosh, that seagull's back again', because we had a bit of a problem last night," Hitchener told...
  • Facebook rescue highlights 'ongoing struggle'

    09/08/2009 5:34:56 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 606+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 8, 2009 | Clayton Bloom
    An academic says public education campaigns need a rethink after two girls used Facebook to alert people that they were stuck down a stormwater drain. The 10 and 12-year-old girls updated a Facebook status to say they were lost in an Adelaide drain, and a young friend called for help on their behalf. Glenn Benham from the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) says it is concerning the girls raised the alert on the social networking site instead of calling 000. "If they were able to access Facebook from their mobile phones they could have called 000, so the point being they...
  • Australians say torture is fine - survey

    08/11/2009 4:09:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12th August 2009 | Antonia Magee
    AUSTRALIANS' attitudes to the ethics of war are nothing short of conflicting, a new Red Cross war survey has found. On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Convention, the Australian Red Cross interviewed more than 1000 people on what codes of conduct were acceptable in a combat situation and the results were mixed. More than a third of people surveyed said it was acceptable to torture a captured enemy soldier of war to obtain military information and 26 per cent said it was okay to attack civilians who had given food and shelter to enemies. However, 60...
  • Day fire fell from the sky - 96 killed in Australian inferno

    02/08/2009 5:05:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 2,414+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | 9 February 2009 | Jewel Topsfield and Daniella Miletic
    Marysville is the town that disappeared. Once known as Melbourne's honeymooning centre, with its pretty guesthouses and century-old oaks, the town, about 60 miles from the Victoria state capital, is now a smouldering, post-apocalyptic wasteland.From the air, nearby St Fillans resembles a row of campfires - piles of powdery ashes with the embers trampled out. The landscape is deserted, with caravans, boats and burned-out cars abandoned in the middle of roads. Many appear to have been trapped by flying debris - huge sections of what were once walls which have blocked the road. A house under construction is untouched by...
  • Chunk of NZ glacier crushes 2 Australian tourists (apparently ignored rope barriers)

    01/08/2009 1:09:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A falling chunk of glacier crushed two brothers to death at a popular tourist spot, and one remained buried under ice blocks the size of large vehicles, police said Friday. The two Australians apparently ignored rope barriers set up to prevent hikers from wandering into dangerous areas.
  • Almost Transformers: When Home Appliances With Australian Accents Attack

    10/27/2008 4:48:30 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 434+ views
    Gizmodo/YouTube ^ | 10/27/08 | Merrick & Rosso Show
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  • Panic: S&P down over 6%, Dow down over 5%

    10/06/2008 7:45:09 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 438 replies · 16,010+ views
    Bloomberg Terminal | 10/6/08 | Me
    Looking at hugh panic in global mkts right now. This is vey series. Australian dollar off almost 8.6% on the day against the USD. One bank said they are seeing literally NO BIDS in the Australian dollar, which is huge considering that you can usually trade several million with the click of a mouse.
  • Aussie cancer breakthough holds promise for leukemia, arthritis

    08/12/2008 10:44:30 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 182+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | August 12, 2008 | Tamara McLean
    NEW treatments for leukemia and asthma are in development after scientists discovered a way to stop the production of malfunctioning blood cells. Researchers at the St Vincent's Institute in Melbourne and Hanson Institute in Adelaide have unravelled the structure of a protein in the blood control system that is key to some blood and inflammatory disorders. Pharmaceutical company CSL will use the breakthrough to develop new treatments which stop the protein from being activated, hindering the spread of cancer. Professor Michael Parker, of the St Vincent's Institute, said his team established the structure of a receptor that controls the actions...
  • Australian politician calls for 'meaningless' carbon trading

    07/22/2008 2:52:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 125+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/08 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A top Australian politician said on Tuesday the country should introduce "meaningless" carbon trading if big polluters in the developing world do not agree to reduce emissions. Opposition leader Brendan Nelson said he was committed to introducing emissions trading by 2012, but if big polluters like China and India do not make commitments to reduce emissions it should be deliberately toothless. "Our policy has not changed, and that policy is we would implement an emissions trading scheme, cap-and-trade, no later than 2012," he told Sky News. "And obviously what you would do, if for example we haven't...
  • Australian man spent 487 pounds a week on beer

    07/15/2008 4:21:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 149+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/08 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man convicted of his seventh drink-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 (487 pounds) a week on beer -- enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper said on Tuesday. The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after breaking up with his partner five years ago, the Northern Territory News said, quoting his defence lawyer as telling a court in Australia's remote, tropical north. The magistrate declined to jail the father of four, Michael Leary, noting he had quit drinking since his latest arrest, but he banned Leary from buying or...
  • Australian fined for buckling in beer, not child

    05/13/2008 11:14:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 160+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | AP
    DARWIN, Australia - An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said Tuesday. Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the unregistered car Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs. The 30-can beer case was strapped in between two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, but on the car's floor. "The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained," Burnett...