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Ex-All Blacks coach stabbed: reports
Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell has reportedly been
stabbed in a hotel room invasion in South Africa.
The Nine Network said Mitchell was lucky to be alive after
being stabbed in an arm and leg when two intruders burst
into his room.
Mitchell reportedly suffered the wounds in a...
Australians are almost evenly split over
a carbon tax, a key option before the
government’s high-level committee on
how to price carbon.
The public also has much more faith
in government regulation as the best
way of cutting emissions than either an
emissions trading scheme or a tax.
Polling by UMR Research late last month
of 1000 people found when they were
asked whether they generally supported
a carbon tax, 44 per cent were in favour
and 42 per cent opposed.
But asked which of three methods
would be best to reduce emissions, 56
per cent said government regulations on
companies, 17 per cent an ETS and only
11 per cent a carbon tax.
Voters split on carbon tax,
Optimism for East Timor refugee plan
Ahead of his trip to East Timor,
Indonesia and Malaysia this
week, Chris Bowen is optimistic
about winning support for
the government’s proposed
regional processing centre.
The Immigration Minister
signalled yesterday that he
was close to detailing new
arrangements for asylum
seeker processing in Australia
after three more boats arrived at the weekend.
60% of Afghans have mental problems
Scarred by decades of war, social problems and poverty, more
than 60 per cent of Afghans suffer from stress disorders and
mental health problems, officials say.
“This is a major problem,” Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s acting
public health minister, told a ceremony in Kabul on World
Mental Health Day on Sunday. “More than 60 per cent of
Afghans are suffering from stress disorders and mental
The picture is particularly grim in parts of the country where
government healthcare workers are unable to provide basic
services because of the Taliban insurgency, she said.
Wife of Chinese Nobel winner detained
The wife of the Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, who won the 2010
Nobel Peace Prize, is being detained in her Beijing home, the
spokeswoman for a US based rights group says.
“She is currently under de facto house arrest back in her
apartment in Beijing,” Beth Schwanke, legislative counsel for the
US-based group Freedom Now said yesterday, speaking of the
dissident’s wife, Liu Xia.
Schwanke said that after it was announced on Friday that her
husband had been awarded the Nobel prize, Liu’s phone was taken
away and she was informed that she was detained.
Racist emails revive Indian
concerns over safety
The Australian high
commissioner to India, Peter
Varghese, says reports police have
been circulating racist emails
have been ‘’unhelpful’’ for our
image and will distract from steps
being taken to improve the safety
of foreign students.
Mr Varghese was summoned to
the Indian Foreign Office on Saturday and told of Delhi’s ‘’serious
concern’’ about emails sent by Victorian police officers.
Silent Swan comes under fire
The Treasurer should be more aggressive towards countries
that are holding down exchange rates in response to the
dollar’s rise, the opposition says.
Wayne Swan, who is in Washington for meetings with
international finance ministers, has refrained from adding
his voice to a global chorus of concern that some fear could
spark a currency or even trade war.
New toxic flood threat in Hungary
Hungary is racing against time to build a dam around a
ruptured reservoir and divert a new wave of toxic sludge that
threatens to overwhelm already devastated villages.
As hundreds of volunteers joined engineers on Sunday
rushing to build the 600-metre dam, a top official said it was
only a matter of days before the reservoir housing a chemical
residue would begin to crumble.
“In two or three days there is going to be rain...
Professor Ross Garnaut authored the the interim report on climate change,
which recommended an emissions trading scheme.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
announces the East Timor strategy
for processing asylum seekers
during the election campaign.
Members of the Indian student
community protest after violent
attacks on international students
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