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InDaily : December 8th 2011
PARTNERS THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2011 NEWS Split widens in Labor’s ranks JULIA Gillard faces growing dissent, with three senior cabinet ministers now openly rejecting her decision to keep secret an internal Labor Party report criticising her performance in last year’s federal election campaign. Read the story in The Australian. JOAN ATKINSON THE South Australian Labor Party will set up a special committee in early 2012 in a bid to halt its dramatic slide in membership. State Secretary Kyam Maher says the committee will consider all reform proposals put up at last weekend’s ALP National Conference, including reducing excessive membership fees that discourage the involvement of young people and low-income workers. Maher said reforms – rejected by the conference – would also be discussed during consultations with grassroots ALP members. This includes a membership amnesty that would allow lapsed Labor Party members who left the party in the past five years to re-join with full membership rights. Maher said the policy had increased membership in the Tasmanian branch and could be a winner, even if it was rejected by national conference. “We will appoint a team to have a look at the recommendations which were and were not... Read more SA Labor to review slide in membership Remedy fails sleep sufferers JOAN ATKINSON THE leading treatment for sleep apnoea doesn’t help up to 40 per cent of sufferers to feel better, an Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health study shows. The daytime tiredness and mental capacity of many sufferers does not improve despite using the respiratory ventilation machine Continuous Positive Airways Pressure [CPAP]. Those with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea [OSA] partially or completely stop breathing more than 20 times an hour or over 100 times an hour in extreme cases -- up to 700 times a night. The Institute’s clinical director, Associate Professor Nick Antic, said that even with the high failure rate, CPAP was still the most cost- effective treatment for improving the quality of life for OSA sufferers. He told Indaily the benefits of CPAP could be reduced if sufferers had other medical conditions such as depression or obesity. Read more GMH scary ultimatum DES RYAN AS AN attempt to frighten some money out of Canberra, GMH chief executive Ed Devereux put on a deliberately scary performance this morning. The way he told it, the future of the whole automotive industry in Australia was under threat unless the federal government agreed to shovel in hundreds of millions of dollars of support funding. Without the money, Holden’s could depart Australia and close its Elizabeth operation, which manufacturers the Cruze sedan. “I certainly don’t take these decisions lightly. I talk to my wife about this all the time,” Devereux told ABC Local Radio. “It weighs heavily on me and I know there are 4700 Holden employees that depend on the future of this... Read more Ed Devereux Nick Antic THE lot of today’s police union officials is easy compared with the life and times of Walter Wissell. As secretary of the SA Police Association during its first major pay dispute in 1918, Wissell was banished to “remote” Wallaroo for his union activities and died a year later following an assault during the arrest of a drunken man at Kadina. Today, SA Police Association... Read more Tribute to SA police union pioneer West Terrace Cemetery gravesite of Walter Wissell Julia Gillard SPONSOR OF THE DAY INSIDE TODAY Any insider information? HOME PAGE NEWS NATION | WORLD BUSINESS SPORT VIEWS REVIEWS ISPY PROPERTY WEATHER
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