Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 09:32 am in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Government to create Australian space agency
Updated: 7:34 am, Monday, 25 September 2017
Australia will join the growing global space industry after the Turnbull government committed to the creation of a national space agency.
The announcement comes after calls from the International Astronautical Federation, which is holding is annual conference in South Australia, and Adelaide-born astronaut Andy Thomas for Australia to join the industry.
'The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth,' ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 24 2017, 11:29 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Commonwealth Bank axes ATM withdrawal fee
"As Australia's largest bank, with one of the largest branch and ATM networks, we think this change will benefit many Australians and hopefully demonstrate our willingness to listen and act on customer feedback."
Reserve Bank of Australia data shows Australians made more than 250 million ATM withdrawals from banks other than their own last year.
CBA will ditch the $2 withdrawal fee for customers of other banks at its 3400 CommBank-branded ATMs. Bankwest ATMs and customers using overseas cards will still attract a fee.
The other major banks are yet to respond to the latest move by CBA.
ATM withdrawals have been steadily declinin ... [more]
Paedophilia, the curse that stalks Pilbara town of Roebourne.
Roebourne teenagers overlook their town from Mount Welcome. Picture: Colin Murty.
From the hill overlooking Yindjibarndi-Ngarluma country, the West Australian town of Roebourne looks orderly, even tranquil. How is it possible that a place with a turfed school oval, neat rows of houses and a historic main street with handsome stone buildings could be a den of pedophiles?
By June this year, 36 men were charged with 300 child sex offences. More shocking, there were 184 victims, more than the number of children who turn up most days at Roebourne school, where attendance among the 200 enrolled pupils is running at just under 69 per cent.
The roughly 1200 residents of Roebourne, 1000 of them Aboriginal, have been ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 22 2017, 08:46 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Tested: the Korean car that wants to take on the Holden Commodore V8, the new Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to Holden Commodore V8 fans.
MEET the Korean car that wants to fill the void left by the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.
The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to revheads who prefer rear-wheel-drive performance sedans.
Instead of a V8, however, the Stinger has a choice of a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder or twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6. With 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque the V6 has less grunt than that of a Holden Commodore V8 (304kW/570Nm) but weighs almost as much (1780kg versus 1800kg).
However, the Kia has an eight-speed auto versus the Holden’s six-sp ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 09:06 AM in Environmental Issues
Giant sea snails could solve Great Barrier Reef problem
Newscorp wires Monday, 18 September 2017 8:43PM
Releasing giant triton sea snails on the Great Barrier Reef would not lead to a cane toad-like population explosion because scientific controls are tighter than they were 150 years ago, according to a top researcher.
The Federal Government is investigating a breeding program for the triton which eats and repels the crown-of-thorns starfish — a potential game changer in protecting the Reef from one of its biggest dangers.
Australian Institute of Marine Science research manager David Souter said any release would be under the most controlled circumstan ... [more]
Mosman Park council hopeful Andrew Wilson promises to ban public housing if elected
Natalie Richards Friday, 15 September 2017 1:31PM
Town of Mosman Park council nominee has blamed break-ins and anti-social behaviour on public housing residents and pledged to move them to Fremantle if elected.
Andrew Wilson, who is running for council in the affluent western suburb in next month’s local government elections, denies his stance is elitist and insists it stems from locals feeling unsafe around their public housing neighbours.
In a video on his Facebook page, Mr Wilson is seen pointing out the close proximity of public housing on Wellington St ... [more]