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H.V Evatt: The Australian who helped create Israel

The creation of Israel depended heavily on the actions of Herbert ‘Doc’ Evatt – an enigmatic Australian who served as President of the United Nations General Assembly at the time of Israel’s admission to the UN.

Evatt, a former Labor Leader and Attorney-General, would play an instrumental role in the implementation of the nation, after rising to prominence as an architect of the United Nations Charter in 1945.

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Lord Mayor dismisses smart city “conspiracy theorists”

The Lord Mayor of Darwin has defended the launch of new surveillance capabilities in the region, after the nation’s smallest capital city just finished the fastest rollout of ‘smart city’ technologies in the country.

The $10 million “Switching on Darwin” project has rolled out more than 900 “smart” LED lights, 24 environmental sensors, parking sensors, free wi-fi and a network of 138 new CCTV cameras throughout the Darwin CBD.

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Drugmakers ‘misled consumers’, rules Federal Court

Pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline Australia and Novartis Consumer Health Australasia have admitted they broke consumer laws by misleading shoppers in regard to pain relief products.

The Federal Court has ruled that both GSK and Novartis had breached Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading assertions in the marketing of Voltaren Osteo Gel and Voltaren Emulgel products.

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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.

Read both stories here.

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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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