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China Undermining Australia's Sovereignty
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 03:33 pm in Breaking News
Chinese agents are undermining Australia's sovereignty, Clive Hamilton's controversial new book claims

By Dylan Welch

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Photo: Huang Xiangmo ® donated $1.8m to build a research institute headed by Bob Carr.

Thousands of agents of the Chinese state have integrated themselves into Australian public life — from the high spheres of politics, academia and business all the way down to suburban churches and local writers' groups — according to a controversial book to be published on Monday.

The book, Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, is written by Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University.
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Australia Slips in Corruption Index
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 03:17 pm in Other Political News
Australia slips in corruption index, ranks as 13th least-corrupt nation

By senior business correspondent Peter Ryan

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Photo: Concerns about Australia's ranking come as debate continues about the need for a federal ICAC (ABC News: Tegan Osborne)

Australia has once again slipped in a global corruption index, suggesting Federal Government measures to crack down on bribery and the diversion of public funds are failing.

Snapshot of corruption index:
1. New Zealand
2. Denmark
3. Finland
3. Norway
3. Switzerland

13. Australia

175. Yemen
177. Afghanistan
178. Syria
179. South Sudan
180. Somalia

In a corruption perceptions study of 1 ... [more]
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Mining Giant Blasted Over Road Crack
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 02:47 pm in QLD
Mining giant blasted by community isolated for months by earthquake-like crack in road

ABC Capricornia
By Rachel McGhee

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Photo: The series of cracks in Gibihi Road was caused by a routine blast at the Dawson Mine in November 2017. (Supplied: Anglo American)

A central Queensland community has lashed-out at resources giant Anglo American over its slow response in repairing a huge earthquake-like crack in a vital access road to the small town of Moura last year.

The crack in Gibihi Road was caused by a routine blast at its mine in early November, closing the road to the community south-west of Rockhampton.

The road was part of a busy school route, a direct link for gr ... [more]
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Billy Graham, aged 99
Posted By: Flin @ Today at 09:12 am in North America
Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed 'America's Pastor', dies aged 99
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Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life and was a confidant of presidents, has died at the age of 99.

"America's Pastor" had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

More than anyone else, Mr Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivalled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the US.

His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Explained
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 09:25 am in Breaking News
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Explained

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How to move a fridge
Posted By: scepo @ Feb 20 2018, 11:02 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
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Teens Rally for Gun Control
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 20 2018, 08:18 AM in North America
Teens rally for gun control at White House

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 2:40AM

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Dozens of teenage students have held a "lie-in" on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida.

The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests. Two activists were covered by an American flag, another was holding a sign asking, "Am I next?"

Ella Fesler, a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria ... [more]
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Skier Elizabeth Swaney
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 20 2018, 08:09 AM in Other Sports
Skier Elizabeth Swaney was so ‘thoroughly average’ commentators didn’t know what to do
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ELIZABETH Swaney has never been afraid to give things a go.

As a 19-year-old she literally took on the Terminator, running against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race to be California governor.

But even that failed attempt to enter politics wasn’t as audacious as what she just pulled off at the Winter Olympics.

Swaney, who has a design degree from Harvard and works in Silicon Valley, pulled off a ploy that would make Steven Bradbury proud by even qualifying for PyeongChang.

The 33-year-old American began wholeheartedly pursuing her dream of competing at an Olympics in 2013 but knew she’d never make it on to her own country’s team.

According to reports, she initially a ... [more]
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Something in Common
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 18 2018, 09:19 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Here are 5 famous people listed in alphabetical order. Some are dead and others alive but they all have something in common (apart from being of the male gender). What is it?

Rowan Atkinson

Orlando Bloom

Al Capone

Martin Luther King

Sir Isaac Newton
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"American Pie" - the song and the meaning
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 17 2018, 09:54 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
Some time ago, in the Music section, we discussed the meaning behind Don McLean's "American Pie".

The title was also the name of the plane that Buddy Holly went down in.

This clip links many of the lyrics to actual events, songs and individuals and is well worth a look.

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FBI Admits Missing Warning About School Massacre
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 17 2018, 09:31 AM in North America
Florida shooting: FBI admits it missed warning Nikolas Cruz may carry out school massacre

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Photo: A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz called an FBI tip line in January. (Supplied: WPTV)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said it mishandled a January tip that the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting.

A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz called an FBI tip line on January 5, 2018, to report concerns about him, the FBI said in a statement.

"The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a ... [more]
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Cyclone Kelvin Dumps Rain on Broome
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 17 2018, 08:38 AM in WA
Cyclone Kelvin blue alert issued as apocalyptic clouds bring heavy rainfall to Broome

By Erin Parke, Emily Smith and Rebecca Dollery

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Photo: A low-slung storm front approaches Cable Beach in Broome on Thursday. (ABC News: Erin Parke)

A stranded family of tourists have been rescued from floodwaters as Broome has the first taste of the storm system expected to develop into the strongest cyclone of the season.

The system is forecast to develop into Tropical Cyclone Kelvin, bringing wind gusts of up to 165 kilometres per hour and isolated rainfall of up to 500 millimetres to Western Australia's northern coast.

A blue alert applies to people between Cape Leveque and De ... [more]
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$1.12m Bugatti
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 17 2018, 08:22 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Bugatti sells for $1.12m after sitting in Perth carport

Alex Forrest | The West Australian
Saturday, 17 February 2018 2:00AM

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After 60 years with one WA owner, this 1935 Bugatti Type 57TT has gone to a European buyer for $1.1 million.Picture: Bonhams

A 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Tourist Trophy which sat in an open carport in Perth’s eastern suburbs for decades has been auctioned in Paris for $1.12 million.

The car had been with the same owner for 60 years, with much of its restoration completed in that very carport.

The Bugatti was purchased by its first West Australian owner, Duncan Ord, when he was visiting London in May 193 ... [more]
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New PNG Dairy
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 15 2018, 07:39 PM in Asia / Pacific
PNG–based Israeli company starts selling milk products at half the price of Australian imports
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The locally produced milk products could replace imports from Australia and New Zealand.

A Papua New Guinea-based Israeli company, Innovative Agro, has begun producing a variety of fresh milk products near the capital Port Moresby.

The dairy farm's milk is sold for half the price of that imported from Australia and New Zealand, partly because of new import tariffs introduced in PNG.

The company said the farm was self-sustaining, producing 80 per cent of its own feed on a 260-hectare plot, using bore water and solar power for back-up.

"We did our economics, our business mod ... [more]
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Posted By: Bear @ Feb 15 2018, 01:38 PM in North America

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President Donald Trump has criticized U.S. spending of more than $7 trillion on conflicts and reconstruction efforts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, shortly after officials said the U.S. would not pledge money to a major conference geared toward helping Iraq rebuild after more than 15 years of conflict.

Trump’s remarks, which coincided with the release of his 2019 budget proposal, hit out at the choices of past administrations, especially over foreign policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, since the 2001 invasion of ... [more]
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Queensland weather:
Posted By: scepo @ Feb 15 2018, 06:58 AM in QLD
Queensland weather: Mt Isa road worker says Brisbane can't complain about the heat

Photo: Mt Isa traffic controller Chris Petersen said he wasn't even sweating at 42C.

South-east Queenslanders might be cranking up the air-conditioners for one of the hottest February weeks on record, but Mount Isa road worker Christopher Petersen reckons those people are a "pack of sooks".

Mr Petersen, a traffic controller in the state's north-west, said he felt pretty comfortable this week, despite the severe to extreme heatwave.

It hit 42 degrees Celsius in Mt Isa yesterday and is forecast to hit that mark again today.

"It's great here ... I'm not even sweating, I think you're a pack of sooks if you're ... [more]
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Tax Free Billions
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 14 2018, 09:16 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Tax-free billions: Australia's largest companies haven't paid corporate tax in 10 years

Exclusive by chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici

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Photo: Hundreds of companies in Australia haven't paid corporate tax in the last decade, and are taxed less than most individuals. (Images Money / Flickr CC BY 2.0)

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, one of the most prominent supporters of the Turnbull Government's proposed big business tax cut, presides over a company that hasn't paid corporate tax for close to 10 years.

The period roughly coincides with Mr Joyce's tenure at the helm of Australia's flag carrier.

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School Backs Down Over Book Ban
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 13 2018, 09:28 AM in Education
School backs down over Tim Winton booklist row after backlash

ABC South West WA
By Jacqueline Lynch

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Photo: Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey says schools should "produce students who are capable of navigating an adult world".

A WA school principal upset by "abhorrent" reading material on the curriculum containing "vulgar language" and "explicit sexual innuendo" has backed away from banning novels by authors such as Tim Winton, Nam Lee and Craig Silvey after a community backlash.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Ted Kosicki, the head of Busselton's Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, slammed reading matter offered to students as & ... [more]
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Aged care residents are fed worse than prisoners.
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 12 2018, 05:52 PM in Australian National News
Study reveals aged care residents are fed worse than prisoners.

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A study reveals some aged care facilities spend $6.08 a day on food for their elderly residents.

That’s about $2 a meal for some of our most vulnerable Australians.

$8.35 is spent on food for prisoners in jail.

After revealing the shocking findings, Chris Smith received a flood of calls.

John, who is a garbageman, says he sees what residents are fed every day.

“My relatives used to run a pig farm…I wouldn’t give it to them.

“I see what they would’ve had for lunch today. No wonder they’re sick.”

Joan works in the prison system and shares her perspective.

“I can tel ... [more]
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Resurrecting the Country Show
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 12 2018, 09:10 AM in WA
Resurrecting the country show in a struggling town

By Kit Mochan

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Photo: A small gold coin donation was all it cost for people to visit the Darkan Sheepfest. (ABC News: Kit Mocham)

Amid complaints over overpriced tickets, food and rip-off rides, Australia's agricultural shows are declining in popularity in cities but the tiny town of Darkan, around 200km south of Perth, has held its first one in over 60 years.

With gold coin donation entry at the door, free kids activities and no sideshow alley in sight, the inaugural 'Sheepfest' is a back-to-basics show with agriculture front and centre.

"That was one of our biggest things, we didn't want to have a big cost for families… they don't have to wo ... [more]
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Principal Bans Books - Including Shakespeare
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 12 2018, 08:49 AM in Education
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School book ban: works by William Shakespeare and Tim Winton may be among those withdrawn from curriculum

Dylan Caporn | The West Australian
Monday, 12 February 2018 5:48AM

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Ted Kosicki has expressed his angst over ‘inappropriate’ books being studied by students.Picture: Busselton Dunsborough Times

A private WA school is considering banning books by some famous authors over concerns the content is too explicit.

Classic works by William Shakespeare and WA author Tim Winton could be withdrawn from an Anglican school in the South West as part of a push to expunge sex and vulgar language from classrooms.

In a ... [more]
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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 12 2018, 07:50 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed
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The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victoria's largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the church's Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the aver ... [more]
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Yuan Oil Futures to Start Trading.
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 12 2018, 05:14 AM in Asia / Pacific
China Ends 25-Year Wait as Yuan Oil Futures to Start Trading.

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After a wait of about a quarter of a century, the world’s biggest oil buyer is finally getting its own crude-futures contract.

In a challenge to the world’s dollar-denominated oil benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate, China will list local-currency crude futures in Shanghai on March 26, according to the nation’s securities regulator. The start of trading, open to foreigners, will mark the end of years of delays and setbacks since China’s first attempt at a domestic contract in 1993.

If the futures are embraced by overseas investors and become a benchmark for global oil transactions, China’s hoping the yuan could challenge the dominance of the greenback in internation ... [more]
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Breaking the Law in WA
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 02:51 PM in CRIME -
The weird and wonderful ways you can still break the law in WA

By Jacob Kagi

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Photo: There are all sort of strange ways you can get intro trouble with the law in WA. (Flickr: Steven Depolo)

Did you know a wager between friends on a state election result could, technically, see you face a hefty fine? So could trying to work out how to get your friend elected over a beer at the bar.

Even worse, sneaking a look at your friend's ballot paper if they are voting next to you on election day could — in theory — see you thrown in jail for a year.

Those are just some of the anomalies contained in Western Australia's enormous statute book, comprising the laws that govern how we live.

They cover the basic tenets ... [more]
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Israeli F-16 Shot Down
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 09:48 AM in Breaking News
Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran and Syria after jet shot down, says Israel will do 'whatever necessary'

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Photo: The remains of the F-16 Israeli war plane are seen near the Israeli village of Harduf. (Reuters: Ronen Zvulun)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will do "whatever is necessary" to defend itself against aggression, after Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid in Syria.

The Israeli military said the F-16 jet crashed after it came under fire during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, after earlier shooting down an Iranian drone reportedly flying over Israeli territory.

The two pilots managed to eject before the cra ... [more]
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NT Fracking Inquiry
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 09:29 AM in ACT & NT
NT fracking inquiry may recommend major delay in industry resumption

Exclusive by Jane Bardon

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Photo: Only one person at two recent inquiry meetings expressed a pro-fracking stance. (ABC News: Jane Bardon)

There could be a significant delay in the resumption of fracking in the Northern Territory, with the head of an inquiry considering whether to put the brakes on not just production, but exploration as well.

In December the Gunner Government's fracking inquiry recommended in its draft report that three years of scientific studies should be carried out before full-scale gas production could take place.

But now the head of the inquiry is considering whether to appl ... [more]
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A Tale of Persistence and Dedication
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 08:58 AM in Good News Stories
'But I persisted': Angelina Lay didn't start school until 12 but now she's a doctor helping to cure liver cancer

By Mary Lloyd

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Photo: Dr Lay was lucky to graduate from school. Now, she's a leading liver cancer researcher at the Centenary Institute. (ABC: Mary Lloyd)

In an unassuming laboratory in Sydney, a scientist is shining a light on cirrhosis and liver cancer — the cancer killing Australians at the fastest growing rate.

Dr Angelina Lay is a well-published scientist who is proud that she's helping advance treatments for liver disease, but that she even got through school is something of a miracle.

Dr Lay didn't see the inside of a cl ... [more]
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Australia not a country:
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 11 2018, 08:37 AM in North America
Australia not a country: Sacked professor
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An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn't a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor.

Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country.

She chose to study social media use in Australia, but the professor gave her a zero on that portion of the assignment, saying Australia is a continent, not a country.

Australia is actually both - a country and a continent.

University officials tell WMUR-TV the instructor has been replaced following an investigation.

In a statement, the university said it deeply regrets the interaction between the professor ... [more]
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Posted By: Charles @ Feb 11 2018, 08:32 AM in "Burning Questions"
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I bit of research might be required here. The first is fairly straightforward, the second might take I bit more time.

Which famous pop stars were known as The Glimmer Twins?

Mahatma Gandhi exchanged letters with many famous people. However, he only ever addressed one as “sir”. Who?

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Is the ABC Dumbing Down?
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 9 2018, 04:20 PM in Australian National News
'Has the ABC adopted a policy of dumbing down?' ABC leadership fields public's questions

By Brooke Wylie

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ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie during the Annual General Meeting.
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The ABC's editorial board has fielded criticisms from members of the public during its first annual public meeting at the broadcaster's headquarters.

Repetitive programming, partisan coverage, staff cutbacks, cross-program advertising and cuts to current affairs program Lateline were among the concerns raised during the 90-minute public meeting.

Members of the public were invited to attend the broadcaster's first annual public meeting at the ABC's headquarters in Sydney, as well as at events held ... [more]
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