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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on May 28, 2009 - 4:07pm.
Figure 4 two degrees celsius
Figure 4 two degrees celsius
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on May 28, 2009 - 4:06pm.
Figure 3 two degrees celsius
Figure 3 two degrees celsius
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on May 28, 2009 - 4:05pm.
Figure 2 two degrees celsius
Figure 2 two degrees celsius
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on May 28, 2009 - 4:04pm.
Figure 1 two degrees celsius
Figure 1 two degrees celsius
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Submitted by Alan Thornhill on May 28, 2009 - 3:04pm.
Crackdown on share tax breaks in doubt
The Federal government has stepped back from its budget crackdown on the tax breaks that come with employee share schemes. That happened when the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, admitted that the government’s initial response had been clumsy. He said it could - and would - be “better calibrated.”
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Submitted by Trevor Maddock on May 27, 2009 - 1:04pm.
Democratic fairy-tales from Westminster
The task of the intellectual is not to advance an ideal arrangement that will lead us to some kind of heaven-on-earth; the task of the intellectual is to call things by their names and this is what Keane has failed to do. Those who truly love democracy seek to account for its absence rather than to find it where it does not exist.
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Submitted by Marilyn Shepherd on May 20, 2009 - 6:37pm.
Refugees and the use of the word "illegal" and the meaning of "unlawful"
This editorial was in response to Media Watch, the Press Council, myself and several others whom the Australian's editor chose to attack because his paper refused to stop using the word “illegal” in response to refugees arriving to seek asylum. The court citations are of course the genuine interpretations of our own parliament’s laws and are not “reems [sic] of drivel”, as they would have known if they bothered to accede to my request to read the truth.
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Submitted by Ashley Zeldin on May 19, 2009 - 1:28pm.
Anzac Day observances change with the times
Thirteen-year-old Tim Spehr solemnly watched as wreaths were laid at the cenotaph at High Cross Park in Randwick; the medals of his great-great-uncle, World War I veteran Private Harold Walter Cavill, adorned his jacket. Spehr and dozens of local residents of all ages had gathered to commemorate Anzac Day, 25 April 2009.
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Submitted by Sol Salbe on May 18, 2009 - 12:01pm.
Negotiations – an obstacle to peace
A few weeks ago the Australian media reported, with some approval, a message from Netanyahu saying that he supported peace negotiations. I am sure that many of my Palestinian colleagues would have shared my own wry smile at the Israeli PM support for the negotiations rather than peace. The point is that negotiations have been used to obstruct the prospects of peace. Few people express it as clearly and succinctly as Akiva Eldar does.
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Submitted by Raja Ratnam on May 18, 2009 - 11:38am.
The duality of detachment
It is a great testimony to the host people, by now not wholly Anglo-Australian, that the vast variety of new cultures entering the country adapted to one another, and to the host culture, peacefully. And that is because most, if not all, immigrants do want to “adapt” to the institutions and social mores of their chosen new home. Governments are not needed to “manage” ethno-cultural diversity.
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Submitted by David Roffey on May 18, 2009 - 9:57am.
Prosperity without Growth?
The UK's Sustainable Development Commission has released a major new report: 'Prosperity without Growth?: the transition to a sustainable economy' which proposes twelve steps towards a sustainable economy and argues for a redefinition of "prosperity" in line with evidence about what contributes to people’s wellbeing.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 17, 2009 - 1:41pm.
Democracy failure
The true cause of our present difficulties is that democracy slept through the making of a deep crisis. It is not that the road to our present hell was paved by good or bad intentions. We find ourselves heading for hell because nothing was ever done politically to prevent it. Democracy failure bred market failure. Unelected regulatory bodies and elected politicians, parties and whole governments let their citizens down. (Professor John Keane)
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Submitted by Trevor Maddock on May 16, 2009 - 12:54pm.
Imperialism and the commodification of education
It is precisely this idea [describing education as a product] which bedevils the current debate on education, I would argue, for this kind of conception is an essential part of the current pursuit of economic uniformity. Education is seen in this context not just as a product but as a product produced for exchange. In other words, education is reduced to a commodity.
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Submitted by Democratic Audit on May 16, 2009 - 12:34pm.
Democratic Audit Update May 2009
The state of Australian democracy, the probe into Brimbank City Council, whistleblower protection, climate change and corporate colonisation, and criticisms of the electoral roll are among the topics covered in this month’s update.
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Submitted by Paul Walter on May 14, 2009 - 8:28pm.
The Budget: The song remains the same
This budget reflects the government's definitive move away from its ambit of 2007. It does this under cover of the real issue of  the global recession, induced by international financiers in the wake of neolib deregulation, comfortable in the knowledge that this once it can't be blamed personally.
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Submitted by Lynette Mwangi on May 9, 2009 - 4:19pm.
The art of finding affordable housing
There is an art to finding affordable housing, especially if one is in the world’s most expensive cities. I discovered this when I arrived in Sydney early this year. As one of my main concerns, I went looking for housing industry experts to give me a couple of tips on how to get a fairly priced rental accommodation.
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Submitted by Stefan Pazur on May 9, 2009 - 9:19am.
Art, but not as you know it!
The question remains, should law-biding aerosol street artists be classified in the same group as vandals? I would say the answer is definitely not. These groups like the one Jasy runs not only promote better communities through quality mural street art but also provide positive guidance and direction to young people in becoming responsible citizens.
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Submitted by Chris Zajko on May 9, 2009 - 9:00am.
Community broadcasters keep fingers crossed during lead up to Federal Budget
Is there even a market for the huge number of community broadcasters in Australia’ Well, in a word, yes. There is definitely a market. According to mid-2008 Community Radio National Listener Survey conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research, the number of Australians (aged 15+) listening to community radio in an average month has risen from 45% in 2004 to 57% (9,562,000 people) in 2008.
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Submitted by Yeong Sassall on May 9, 2009 - 8:54am.
Popping the binge drinking balloon?
Just how do we assess the effectiveness of this tax? A recent AC Nielsen report showed a 28 per cent drop in Ready To Drink (RTD) sales from April 2008 to January 2009, yet there was also a 14 per cent increase in the sale of spirits. Are young people just saving their pennies by upping their spirits intake? And are sales figures really the best way to judge?
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Submitted by Elizabeth White on May 8, 2009 - 6:03pm.
So what was the result after the UN boycott and walkout?
We’ve all been there. You’re having a blue with your partner; your opportunity to retort opens so you throw in a ‘home truth’ and… your partner walks out. Us – 1; Them – 0. Cue: Your Smug Smirk.
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Submitted by Dale Quibell on May 8, 2009 - 5:55pm.
A new (digital) era
Some people are sceptical of the benefits of digital television over analogue television, complaining that they do not want to have to update their televisions when they are happy with their service the way it is, but it seems that for the most part this is just resistance to change in general as opposed to resistance to digital television specifically.
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Submitted by Gang Shen on May 8, 2009 - 5:47pm.
Australia’s wine exports to China
As a newly converted wine lover and a Chinese, I experienced such difficulty rooted in culture – first and foremost were the names. It is very much like dating. How can you start a relationship with a girl without even knowing her name? Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah or Shiraz – they are not even English names! Oh, my God, should I learn another foreign language before I start to enjoy wines?
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Submitted by Frances Meadows on May 7, 2009 - 9:37am.
Politics: It’s just smart media management
What makes politics different to other arenas where media teams are involved (for example, in the entertainment industry), is that in politics these teams need to be heard (via the politician) and not seen.
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Submitted by Ntsiuoa Sekete on May 7, 2009 - 9:31am.
Ashmore reef blast: Not a reason to reconsider Howard Government policies
Although Australia’s borders need to be secure and protected, efforts to deal with people smugglers who prey on refugees trying to make it to Australia must be intensified. Genuine asylum seekers should be wholeheartedly welcomed to Australia regardless of how they arrive, in accordance with this country’s United Nations obligations.
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Submitted by Jui-Wei Yang on May 7, 2009 - 9:21am.
How can the Rudd government deliver its promise for creating a National Broadband Network?
The Rudd government plans to create a NBN that will connect 90% of Australian homes, school and workplaces with speed that is up to 100 megabytes per second, investing a budget of $43 billion over a period of 8 years. It plans to use FTTP technology to create this NBN service and promises that the NBN to be a historical nation-building investment that will help to transform Australian economy and create jobs and business of the 21st century.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on May 6, 2009 - 1:28pm.
Goodbye Mick Keelty, Hello Torture?
As I say, watching how the remnants of the Bush Administration are squirming in their attempts to escape accountability for authorising such brutal treatment of detainees (except for Dick Cheney, who is having his usual gloat) and arguing that they believed their actions to be legal, I was wondering how Mick Keelty would fare when the Australian participation in these atrocities finally reaches the media.
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Submitted by Alex Vitlin on May 6, 2009 - 1:07pm.
Journalists face changing role as broadsheets shift online
For the working journalist, it seems unclear what shape the future will take. Until the ongoing viability of print media becomes evident, journalists will need to be fluent in both print and online publication, able to adapt stories to the distinct media.
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Submitted by Norma de Castro... on May 6, 2009 - 12:45pm.
Protecting uniqueness - What is behind Intellectual Property's closed doors?
IP will remain an extraordinary and controversial topic, especially in the midst of new technologies ways to convey a message. To think that your intellectual expressions can, one day, join your property portfolio is only as amusing as it's challenging and difficult to be delimited by law.
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Submitted by Kate Selth on May 6, 2009 - 12:36pm.
Immigration and misinformation
Australia needs to stop fear mongering and reach a cohesive, long lasting solution to a permanent problem. Boat people are not the poster children for what is wrong with immigration policy. They are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Submitted by Tim Matchett on May 6, 2009 - 12:15pm.
Are you an oxymoron? The truth about 'illegal' asylum seekers
The term 'illegal asylum seekers' is an oxymoron. According to the Migration Act, there is only a distinction between 'lawful non-citizens'(with visa) and 'unlawful non-citizens'(without visa). Unlawful doesn't mean illegal, as it is not a crime to arrive in Australia without a visa, whether by boat, air, parachute, spaceship, or catapult.
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