July 2004

(QldGovSpin) $6 million for the state's supercomputers

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 21:28

Minister for State Development and Innovation Tony McGrady has signed an agreement to provide an additional $6 million over the next three years to help boost Queensland's supercomputing capabilities.

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today called on Mark Latham to commit to pursuing James Hardie for the compensation for asbestos victims and their families and questioned the effect James Hardie's close financial connection with Labor has had on Mr Latham's unwillingness to speak out.

The re-opening of the Copperfield Bridge in far north Queensland has put one of Australia's most remarkable tourist train services 'back on track', Transport Minister Paul Lucas said today.

Dozed off have we?

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 20:59

Will it ever come to an end -- this method of governing by lies and deception?

Here is just another example of doing what they want, while appearing to be doing something for the people.

(mediachannel) View from Boston -- The networks lay an egg

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 20:50

A quick note from the Fleet Center in Boston, where American politics is taking a back seat to mainstream media reality. The networks have decided that our democracy is bad for their business, which is why this week viewers were treated to worm munching (NBC's "Fear Factor"), puking (CBS's "Big Brother") and snack room hi-jinks (ABC's "Less than Perfect") instead of convention coverage. This is the sad reality of a big media that prefer laugh-track gastronomics to political discourse.

By Bettina Arndt
Sydney Morning Herald

Long hours at the coalface can prove a double-edged sword for men if their marriages fail, writes Bettina Arndt.

"Newman Online" - Missing Fathers, Lost Children

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 20:26

Weekly commentary by Dr Muriel Newman MP
Column: ACT New Zealand

This week, Newman On-Line looks at the increasing number of children growing up with no idea of their father’s identity, and examines the reasons behind such a dangerous upbringing.

DAINTREE NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW...

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 19:24

Friday, July 30, 2004

Hi folks,

I'm sorry to deliver the bad news, but this may be the last chance to save the daintree lowland rainforest, an area with huge biodiversity, of conservation significance world wide. I know you've heard this before, so it is possible that in the future, should the Daintree survive this assault, another attempt may be made to sacrifice it's ecological integrity.

It all comes down to a couple of councillors from Douglas Shire Council (the local government), who have the ability to allow development rights to be restored to landholders within this lowland rainforest. Should this occur, studies (by the Douglas Shire Council) indicate the ecological integrity of this incredible ecosystem will be threatened or collapse under the weight of cars, roads and other infrastructure, people, landclearing, dogs and cats (predating upon wildlife) and even domestic chickens (potentially introducing avian disease into the already threatened cassowary population).

(Greens-Media) Guns-for-hire police plan set to backfire

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 18:04

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has condemned the NSW government's plan to lift the longstanding ban on NSW police officers being employed by private companies.

(Greens-Media) Guns-for-hire police plan set to backfire

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 30/07/2004 - 18:04

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has condemned the NSW government's plan to lift the longstanding ban on NSW police officers being employed by private companies.
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Lee Rhiannon
Lee.Rhiannon@parliament.nsw.gov.au
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28 July 2004

"The Carr Government's plan to start privatising our police force will create enormous conflicts of interest for police officers and the government," Ms Rhiannon said.

"When police are paid privately, individual officers will be put in compromised situations. What if the manager of the private company that is paying the police officer breaks the law?

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