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Farming a priority
TOM ARUP FAIRFAX
Country towns and food production must be given a real priority
when rolling out plans to save the Murray-Darling, newly appointed
Water Minister Tony Burke says.
In his first interview in his new portfolio, Mr Burke said the legislative
framework underpinning a Murray-Darling Basin plan gave priority to
water for the environment, and there was no reason to undermine that.
But, he said, the long-term sustainability of regional towns and food
production had to be protected as well... Read More>
Julia Gillard s plan to turn East Timor into
a regional hub to process refugee claims
has been boosted after the government
in Dili identified a possible site to house
In an early sign that the Prime Minister s
Timor solution is being taken seriously
in Dili, it is believed the township of Suai
in the south has been singled out for
The progress came as the new Immigration
Minister, Chris Bowen, faced pressure to
expand detention facilities in Western
Australia to cope with recently arrived
asylum seekers who are... Read More>
EWEN MACASKILL FAIRFAX
There are boxes that US presidential hopefuls have to tick early.
They have to start building a campaign team, albeit discreetly. They
have to set up a fund-raising machine. And they have to visit Iowa, the
small but politically crucial state that traditionally kicks off a White
Sarah Palin has ticked the first two and on Friday will tick the third
when she is the main speaker at a Republican dinner in Des Moines.
The party s sole superstar has not yet said whether she will seek the
nomination to take on Barack Obama in 2012. But all the indications
point to a run, and Friday s visit is the biggest sign yet... Read More>
Oprah Winfrey is heading to Australia and is bringing 300 of her US
viewers with her.
The American TV talkshow queen announced her visit on Monday s
premiere episode of the farewell season of her show, surprising an
hysterical studio audience.
During her Australian visit Winfrey will film several episodes of her
talkshow, including on December 14 at... Read More>
A Venezuelan plane has crashed on a domestic holiday flight killing at
least 14 people, but most of the 51 people on board survived the crash,
"A total of 33 people are being cared for at different clinics," said
Francisco Rangel Gomez, governor of Bolivar state, where the accident
occurred on Monday.
"We have 14 bodies that are being identified and we are searching for
four people" in the wreckage of the aircraft, he added.
The Conviasa Airline plane was en route to the resort... Read More>
Boost for Timor solution
Speculation rises over Palin s
hopes for White House
Oprah headed to Australia to
14 dead in Venezuela plane crash
Painkiller linked to stroke
AMY CORDEROY FAIRFAX
One of Australia s best-selling
painkillers should be banned,
according to the co-author of a study
that linked it to an increased chance of
stroke in healthy people.
Commonly sold as Voltaren, but
available in a number of brands, it
is one of a class of drugs found by a
Danish study to... Read More>
A plague on egg prices
Egg prices could rise by up to 50¢ a dozen over the next three months
as poultry farmers are hit by rising costs.
Global wheat prices, which nearly doubled last month... Read More>
Urgent moves to avert peace talks failure
JASON KOUTSOUKIS FAIRFAX
US officials were working frantically last night to prevent the collapse
of peace talks today and tomorrow between Israel and the Palestinians
as high-ranking officials from both sides indicated... Read More>
Berlusconi plays up to the ladies
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says young women should
follow the money when looking for a partner, noting that women seem
to like him and "I m loaded"... Read More>
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