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EPA Report on Coal Seam Gas: You should be ‘fracking’ concerned

Latest EPA report confirms concerns about Coal Seam Gas drilling. Photo: RNA Coal seam gas is not proven as safe for human health or for the environment. Coal seam gas operations may have adverse impacts on human health by contamination of drinking and agricultural-use water, and air, according to Doctors for the Environment. In a submission […]

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Updated: US official ‘misspoke’ about sending B-1 bombers and surveillance planes to Australia

After US defence official David Shear told a Congressional hearing B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft would soon be based in Australia as a deterrent to what America described as China’s “destabilising effect” in the region, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he has been assured this is not the case.

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The Psychological State of the State

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Australian science prepares for pandemic

Australian researchers are joining forces with scientists overseas to prepare for the next human pandemic. A new SARS-like virus has emerged in the Middle East and killed 45 people, and in China a new strain of bird flu is killing people instead of chickens. CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship Director Gary Fitt will tell Australia’s leading biosecurity […]

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Data Retention goes back to drawing board

The Parliamentary Committee examining the Government’s controversial national security reforms has recommended that the data retention segments of the reforms go through the committee process once again and criticised the Attorney-General’s Department for the cloak of secrecy it has hung around the issue. In May last year the Federal Government unveiled a wide-reaching program to […]

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‘Kill the poor to balance budget’

An article responding to the government’s planned super changes targeting the wealthy, has recommended killing off the poorest 20 per cent of Australians as an alternate way to balance the nation’s budget. “A modest cull would strike at the root of our fiscal dilemma,” suggested author Toby Ralph in his piece titled “Kill the poor” […]

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OPPT, Banks, Governments, Corporations and You

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Is the Australian Foreign Minister a Spy?

On Monday, the Australian newspaper, The Age, after going through 11,000 cables published by WikiLeaks, found that Carr had been briefing the US embassy since the 1970s on both the internal decision-making of the Australian government during the Whitlam Labor Government (1972-75) and internal workings of the Australian Labour Party. Bob Carr has been Australia’s […]

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Documents reveal government split on Data Retention

The department of broadband, communications and the digital economy pushed against a proposal from government spy agencies like ASIO to force telecommunications companies to store personal information on its customers for two or more years, internal documents reveal. The documents, released under Freedom of Information by the department last week, reveal a split between government […]

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Gillard government moves to set up Orwellian Ministry of Truth

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