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Donald Trump Inauguration: White House website removes Obama climate c…

22-01-2017 Australia The Editor

Donald Trump Inauguration: White House website removes Obama climate change initiatives - Brisbane Times

3460063 donald-trump-inauguration-white-house-website-removes-obama-climate-change-initiatives-brisbane-times Washington: Just moments after President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Friday, the official White House website was transformed to remove all traces of former president Barack Obama's climate change initiatives and to reinforce border protection policies. The new-look website carried a set of policy pledges that offered the broad contours of the Trump administration's top priorities. It's a list that includes fierce support for law enforcement bordering on vigilantism, an immediate elimination of the White House's policy page on climate change and the notable absence of any directives involving President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Play Video Don't Play Celebrities lead anti-Trump rally Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:33 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:32 Obamas leave as Trump begins presidency Obamas leave as Trump begins presidency The...Read full article...

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Man attacked by shark while diving on Great Barrier Reef near Torres Strait's Murray Island - ABC Online

3460061 man-attacked-by-shark-while-diving-on-great-barrier-reef-near-torres-strait-s-murray-island-abc-online A man who was bitten by a shark while diving on the Great Barrier Reef is now in a stable condition in hospital, after waiting more than eight hours for a medical team and helicopter to reach him near a remote island in the Torres Strait.The 55-year-old boat skipper was diving about 60 nautical miles east of Murray Island when he was mauled by an unknown breed of shark.The man suffered lacerations to the right hand, left bicep, chest and stomach.Emergency services said other crew members helped him back on board the large fishing boat around 12:40pm, where a trained medic performed first aid to slow the bleeding.Paramedic Kirk Billington said it took about five hours to get the man back to a small medical clinic on Murray Island."There's no doctor there and he is...Read full article...

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Four more survivors pulled from Italian avalanche hotel - The Sydney M…

22-01-2017 Australia The Editor

Four more survivors pulled from Italian avalanche hotel - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460059 four-more-survivors-pulled-from-italian-avalanche-hotel-the-sydney-morning-herald Italy: Four more survivors have been rescued from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche as emergency workers continued their search on Saturday for others who may still be alive. The overnight operations raised to at least nine the number of people found alive in the rubble of a hotel demolished on Wednesday by an avalanche in central Italy, although officials said five have died and an estimated 23 more are still missing. Play Video Don't Play Celebrities lead anti-Trump rally Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:33 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:36 Italy avalanche: four more found alive Italy avalanche: four more found alive Five people have been confirmed dead after an avalanche demolished a hotel in central Italy and nine survivors have been pulled from the wreckage. Celebrities lead anti-Trump rally Play Video Don't Play Video...Read full article...

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Welfare, business and environment groups give wishlists to Gladys Bere…

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Welfare, business and environment groups give wishlists to Gladys Berejiklian - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460057 welfare-business-and-environment-groups-give-wishlists-to-gladys-berejiklian-the-sydney-morning-herald Incoming premier Gladys Berejiklian is in talks about invigorating the Coalition government ministry with fresh faces ahead of the 2019 election, placing pressure on long-serving, senior ministers to retain their portfolios. As has long been speculated, some ministers such as Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard are under pressure to keep their portfolios, and the change in leadership from Mike Baird to Ms Berejiklian has likely only intensified the situation. Play Video Don't Play What to look for in school shoes Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:15 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:34 Berejiklian likely to be next NSW Premier Berejiklian likely to be next NSW Premier Following the shock resignation of Mike Baird on Thursday, speculation surrounds NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian to succeed...Read full article...

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Massive crowds turn up for Women's March - NEWS.com.au

22-01-2017 Australia The Editor

Massive crowds turn up for Women's March - NEWS.com.au

3460055 massive-crowds-turn-up-for-women-s-march-news-com-au Political activists, actors and filmmakers including Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Roslyn Brock and Michael Moore joined the Women's March organised as part of a global protest against the new US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Saturday. SOURCE: Women's March On Washington Charlize Theron at Women's March in Utah. Picture: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images WEARING pink, pointy-eared “pussycats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years. Among the crowds and leading the chants were celebrities including Madonna, Cher, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron. Actress Ashley Judd didn’t hold back, directly referencing President Trump’s...Read full article...

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Trump's inauguration cake almost exact replica of Obama's 2013 cake - …

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Trump's inauguration cake almost exact replica of Obama's 2013 cake - NEWS.com.au

3460053 trump-s-inauguration-cake-almost-exact-replica-of-obama-s-2013-cake-news-com-au US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania performed the first dance as 45th president of the United States to Frank Sinatra's 'My Way', at the Liberty inaugural ball, in Washington D.C, Friday. Trump thanked his supporters, promising that they will "see things happening over the next few weeks." He went on to to speak of his gratitude to his wife, as well as Vice President Mike Pence. The presidential couple then proceeded to dance to My Way, and were joined by their family and the vice president and his on the dancefloor. President Donald J. Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, are helped by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Babot, centre, as they cut a cake at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball. IF YOU thought Trump’s gigantic inauguration cake seemed a little too familiar, your suspicions were right. Celebrity chef Duff...Read full article...

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Trump issues executive order to start rolling back Obamacare - CNN

22-01-2017 World News The Editor

Trump issues executive order to start rolling back Obamacare - CNN

3460081 trump-issues-executive-order-to-start-rolling-back-obamacare-cnn The multi-part executive order stated that the administration's official policy is "to seek the prompt repeal" of the Affordable Care Act -- but at the same time emphasized that it must continue to uphold the law.With his signature, Trump sent a powerful signal on Day One of his presidency: His top priority in the Oval Office will be dismantling the health care law that covers some 20 million Americans.The order does not change the law, but could have a significant impact nonetheless. It directs the secretary of health and human services, as well as other agencies, to interpret regulations as loosely as allowed to minimize the financial burden on individuals, insurers, health care providers and others. It stressed that agencies can "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement" of Obamacare that imposes a burden "to the maximum...Read full article...

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Trump opens first full day on job at church - Salon

22-01-2017 World News The Editor

3460079 trump-opens-first-full-day-on-job-at-church-salon WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump opened his first full day as president Saturday at a national prayer service, the final piece of transition business for the nation’s new chief executive before a promised full-on shift into governing. Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, sat in a front pew at Washington National Cathedral for the morning service after a day of pomp, pageantry and protests that accompanied his Friday inauguration. The interfaith service is a tradition for new presidents and is hosted by the Episcopal parish, but the decision to hold a prayer session for Trump sparked debate among Episcopalians opposed to his policies. The service took place as throngs of women, many of them wearing bright pink, pointy-eared hats, descended on the nation’s capital and other cities around the world Saturday for marches organized to...Read full article...

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Thousands march through Loop as part of Women's March after rally draw…

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3460077 thousands-march-through-loop-as-part-of-women-s-march-after-rally-draws-250000-chicago-tribune The women of Chicago would not be stopped. After the crowd at Saturday's Women's March on Chicago grew exponentially to an estimated 250,000, organizers said they had no choice but to officially cancel the planned march to Federal Plaza—though that did little stop the exuberant crowd. What was supposed to be a 10 a.m. pre-march rally, with a lineup of about 30 speakers, near Grant Park would turn into the main event. "Michigan Avenue is flooded with marchers," march co-chairwoman Liz Radford told the crowd gathered at Jackson and Columbus drives a little before 11 a.m. "Wabash is flooded with marchers. State Street is flooded with marchers. People are still waiting for trains in Oak Park. We called, and you came." By 11:30 a.m, city officials announced that there would no longer be a "pedestrian component" to the march, and that Grant Park had reached capacity. "There is no safe...Read full article...

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Jared Kushner, Trump's Son-in-Law, Is Cleared to Serve as Adviser - Ne…

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Jared Kushner, Trump's Son-in-Law, Is Cleared to Serve as Adviser - New York Times

3460075 jared-kushner-trump-s-son-in-law-is-cleared-to-serve-as-adviser-new-york-times Photo Jared Kushner arriving for the National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has issued an opinion saying that President Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser does not violate federal anti-nepotism laws.In a 14-page opinion issued on Friday by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, government lawyers said that the president’s special hiring authority exempted White House positions from federal laws barring the president from appointing relatives to lead federal agencies.Some legal experts had raised concerns that Mr. Kushner’s appointment violated a 1967 law that was intended to curtail nepotism in the federal government. Six years...Read full article...

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Madonna to Women's March Detractors: 'F*ck You' - Vulture

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Madonna to Women's March Detractors: 'F*ck You' - Vulture

3460073 madonna-to-women-s-march-detractors-f-ck-you-vulture Madonna. YouTube Wearing a black “pussy hat,” Madonna gave the final speech at the Women’s March keynote in D.C., welcoming protesters to the “revolution of love,” while admitting that she desperately thought “a lot” about blowing up the White House. As CNN, MSNBC, and C-Span filmed on, Madonna (with Amy Schumer behind her at one point) delivered multiple instances of the word “fuck” that had the networks speedily cutting away from the expletives. The first emphatically encouraged everyone to wake up. The second and third, she aimed toward women’s-protest detractors. [embedded content]The full text of her rousing speech below: Hello. Are you still awake out there? Are you sure about that? Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love — to the rebellion and our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in...Read full article...

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Women's marches: Millions of protesters vow to resist President Trump …

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3460071 women-s-marches-millions-of-protesters-vow-to-resist-president-trump-washington-post Millions of people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of President Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia. The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as a half-million people participated. Many in the nation’s capital and other cities said they were inspired to join because of Trump’s divisive campaign and his disparagement of women, minorities and immigrants. In signs and shouts, they mocked what they characterized as Trump’s lewd language and sexist demeanor. The marches provided a balm for those...Read full article...

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Which household brands are still Australian owned? - ABC Online

22-01-2017 Business News The Editor

Which household brands are still Australian owned? - ABC Online

3460101 which-household-brands-are-still-australian-owned-abc-online Related Story: Vegemite returns to majority Australian ownership under Bega deal with Mondelez Arnott's, Uncle Tobys, Bushells, Golden Circle — you could be forgiven for thinking these brand were Australian owned.This morning, it was announced dairy brand Bega would purchase Vegemite from US company Mondelez International and put it back in local hands.It was a reminder that many Australian pantry staples are foreign-owned despite their Aussie roots.Arnott'sKey products: TimTam, Shapes, JatzFrom its humble beginnings in a Newcastle bakery the biscuit and cracker maker became one of the largest food companies in the Asia-Pacific region. But while the product is still manufactured in Australia, it is owned by US food giant Campbell Soup Company. Despite...Read full article...

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CSL surge keeps ASX in the black - The Sydney Morning Herald

22-01-2017 Business News The Editor

CSL surge keeps ASX in the black - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460099 csl-surge-keeps-asx-in-the-black-the-sydney-morning-herald Local shares closed slightly higher, propped up by massive gains in blood products heavyweight CSL and Bega Cheese, but the market lost a lot of initial impetus as investors turned cautious ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration. Hawkish comments from the US Federal Reserve was another major driver of market sentiment, boosting the US dollar which prompted gold, copper and oil to move off recent highs. Traders Christopher Fuchs, left, and Sal Suarino work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: AP The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each finished up 0.2 per cent to 5692.2 points and 5745.4 points respectively. Biotechnology firm CSL, which is one of the top ten companies in the ASX by market capitalisation, enjoyed a 12.5 per cent leap to $111.50 thanks to a significant profit upgrade following much stronger than anticipated sales. That...Read full article...

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the most effective debt reduction strategy for you - The Sydney Mornin…

22-01-2017 Business News The Editor

the most effective debt reduction strategy for you - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460097 the-most-effective-debt-reduction-strategy-for-you-the-sydney-morning-herald As widely expected, financial institutions have gradually been increasing their mortgage interest rates especially the longer term fixed rate offerings. This has been triggered by expectations of higher US interest rates following the Trump election victory. These are early days yet to assess just how expansionary the proposed US tax reductions and new infrastructure expenditure will be. The US dollar has fallen from recent highs but could quickly strengthen if the proposal to lower the company tax rate on repatriated profits from overseas subsidiaries is introduced. The only way seems up for interest rates. Photo: AFR Amongst other things this would boost US investment and discourage reinvestment of profits overseas. A stronger US dollar is not good news for our economy even though it reduces the value of our dollar because of our reliance on both short and longer term capital...Read full article...

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Buyback talk flatters earnings season prospects for mining stocks - WA…

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Buyback talk flatters earnings season prospects for mining stocks - WAtoday

3460095 buyback-talk-flatters-earnings-season-prospects-for-mining-stocks-watoday Enthusiasm for a share buyback from Rio Tinto at its upcoming results lends an optimistic note to the February earnings season, which could have more capital management surprises in store. The danger is that investor expectations have already exceeded the willingness of boards to part with any spare cash, and the mood turns instead to one of disappointment. And good capital management is not just about shareholder rewards, it is also about debt. Play Video Don't Play Wall Street higher as Trump takes office Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:20 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:26 Australia calls time on commodity rally Australia calls time on commodity rally A commodities rebound that’s seen iron ore and coking coal surge and boosted earnings at global miners is set to peak this year. Wall Street higher as Trump takes office Play Video Don't Play

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Donald Trump Inauguration: Wall Street closes higher, breaking 50-year drought - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460093 donald-trump-inauguration-wall-street-closes-higher-breaking-50-year-drought-the-sydney-morning-herald US stocks closed higher on Friday in a modest but broad-based advance as Donald Trump was sworn in as US President, marking the first time in more than 50 years that a new commander-in-chief has been welcomed by a rising equity market on his first day in office. In his speech, Trump said US policy will be to buy American and hire American, reiterating what he had said many times during this campaign for the White House. Play Video Don't Play Celebrities lead anti-Trump rally Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:33 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:20 Wall Street higher as Trump takes office Wall Street higher as Trump takes office US stocks closed higher on Friday in a modest, but broad-based advance as Donald Trump was sworn in as US President. Celebrities lead anti-Trump rally Play Video Don't Play Video duration 01:33 Video...Read full article...

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China expecting 'grim, complex' situation in relations with Taiwan thi…

22-01-2017 Business News The Editor

3460091 china-expecting-grim-complex-situation-in-relations-with-taiwan-this-year-senior-official-says-abc-online Relations between China and Taiwan this year will be "even more complex and grim" and Beijing will resolutely oppose any form of separatist activity, a senior Chinese official said, but added China would also maintain peace and stability. Key points:Yu Zhensheng says China will "resolutely oppose any form of Taiwan independence"The comments come in the wake of Mr Trump's comments that the "one China" policy is up for negotiationTaiwan's new president has shown signs of not wanting to being run by China Yu Zhengsheng, the ruling Communist Party's fourth ranked leader, was speaking at an annual work conference on policy towards the self-ruled island.His comments came in the wake of concerns that, under a new presidency, the United States is shifting its stance toward Taiwan.US President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated overnight, broke...Read full article...

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'Raw deal': the sexual politics of workers' compo - The Canberra Times

22-01-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

'Raw deal': the sexual politics of workers' compo - The Canberra Times

3460511 raw-deal-the-sexual-politics-of-workers-compo-the-canberra-times Men have been granted taxpayer-funded workers' compo for getting hurt in bar fights, falling out of bedroom windows drunk or for injuries playing cricket at lunchtime, according to a veteran Canberra lawyer. In contrast, barrister Allan Anforth says, a female RAAF member sexually assaulted in her room on base by a drunken airman who broke in, had her claim for workers' compensation knocked-back and had to take her fight to the Federal Court. Canberra barrister Allan Anforth. Photo: Rohan Thomson Mr Anforth says his latest high-profile public service compensation case, of ex-ATO worker Roseanne Howes and her breast reduction procedure, was vigorously opposed by authorities, and ultimately failed, because it concerned a woman's sexual organs. The veteran lawyer and barrister says he has seen enough of male private sector workers, public servants and ADF members who have won workers...Read full article...

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Meet your new Assembly: How Aerobics Oz Style led Elizabeth Lee to a c…

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Meet your new Assembly: How Aerobics Oz Style led Elizabeth Lee to a career in politics - The Canberra Times

3460509 meet-your-new-assembly-how-aerobics-oz-style-led-elizabeth-lee-to-a-career-in-politics-the-canberra-times Elizabeth Lee reckons her ability to walk into a room and own it harks back to her group fitness instructor training. As a 16-year-old, she would groove along to Aerobics Oz Style with little hand weights every weekday morning. Elizabeth Lee MLA. photo by: Jamila Toderas Photo: Jamila Toderas Later, while studying law at the Australian National University, she started teaching self-defence at Fernwood Fitness (she is a taekwondo instructor). Before her class, though, she would watch the group fitness and be hit with nostalgia. That's why she decided to make like Wendi and June and learn how to teach it. The Canberra Liberal Campaign Launch. Candidate for Kurrajong Elizabeth Lee. Photo: Jamila Toderas "It's going to sound really weird but I used to tell my students that anything you do ... you need to think about it in terms of being transferable," Lee laughed. "So for me, you know,...Read full article...

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It's going to be a long political year full of small ideas - The Sydne…

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It's going to be a long political year full of small ideas - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460507 it-s-going-to-be-a-long-political-year-full-of-small-ideas-the-sydney-morning-herald If it really is true that people start the year as they intend to go on, there are some solid indications from Canberra that we are in for a long year full of small ideas. Malcolm Turnbull set the tone with a New Year's Eve address that suggested he no longer believes it to be such an exciting time to be alive in Australia. Rather we should consider ourselves lucky to be alive at all. Play Video Don't Play Bourke Street carnage: Baby becomes fifth victim Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:39 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 01:00 Abbott not helpful: Joyce Abbott not helpful: Joyce The former PM's recent comments including advice to Coalition colleagues isn't doing the party any favours according to the Deputy PM. Courtesy ABC. Bourke Street carnage: Baby becomes fifth victim Play Video Don't Play Video duration 00:39 Video duration 00:39 Bourke...Read full article...

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Explained: Politicians' entitlements rules and why they're under fire …

22-01-2017 Australian Politics The Editor

3460505 explained-politicians-entitlements-rules-and-why-they-re-under-fire-abc-online Health Minister Sussan Ley's decision to step down from cabinet amid an expenses scandal has reignited calls for tougher restrictions on politicians' entitlements.The Nigerian-born former pilot has faced a public backlash after purchasing a $795,000 luxury apartment while on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.Despite insisting two separate investigations will prove she broke no rules, Ms Ley has admitted she failed the "pub test".Labor and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have already called on the Government to introduce changes to entitlements recommended by the Finance Department last year.What entitlements are under fire?Ms Ley's travel arrangements were booked before the sweeping review, which was launched after former speaker Bronwyn Bishop used chartered helicopters to attend party fundraisers. ...Read full article...

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Why Australian voters want to 'drain the swamp' in Canberra - NEWS.com…

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Why Australian voters want to 'drain the swamp' in Canberra - NEWS.com.au

3460503 why-australian-voters-want-to-drain-the-swamp-in-canberra-news-com-au Sussan Ley has stepped aside as health minister following revelations of taxpayer-funded trips to Qld. Australian voters have had it with politicians and their entitlements. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP AUSTRALIAN voters are so fed up with entitled members of parliament and their excuses for using taxpayers’ cash they are seeking to drain the Canberra swamp of career politicians, a prominent electoral expert has warned. Drawing on shocking results from his recent research that showed Australian voter satisfaction at a record low, ANU political professor Ian McAllister told news.com.au the latest controversy surrounding sidelined Health Minister Sussan Ley’s use of taxpayer funds was exactly the sort of behaviour by politicians that’s stirring an electoral revolt. The embattled MP has been stood down from her senior parliamentary position while taxpayer-funded trips to...Read full article...

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Pauline Hanson isn't like other politicians ... she's worse - The Canb…

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Pauline Hanson isn't like other politicians ... she's worse - The Canberra Times

3460501 pauline-hanson-isn-t-like-other-politicians-she-s-worse-the-canberra-times The one thing about which I agree with Senator Pauline Hanson is her claim that she is not like all the other politicians. Too true; in fact she is worse. In all my years in politics, I have seen some pretty crumby things done by political leaders, but when it comes to cynicism and ruthlessness, she leaves them all in the dust. And it is directed first and foremost at the people closest to her. Rodney Culleton and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson in parliament in November.  Photo: Alex Ellinghausen All of this should ring like an alarm bell to people who are sick of political parties and consider voting for One Nation as an alternative. They would be voting for the most cynical political party of all. This is a political party that brawls in the street when it isn't fighting itself in endless court battles.  Take the case of former One Nation Senator Rod Culleton. His high level...Read full article...

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The Fifth Estate | Advertisement: Sustainability Manager, ACT ... - Th…

22-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3460181 the-fifth-estate-advertisement-sustainability-manager-act-the-fifth-estate http://www.jobs.act.gov.au/jobs/chief-minister-treasury-economic-development/permanent/18805 Sustainability Manager Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Land Development Agency Urban Renewal Urban Projects Infrastructure Officer 3 Salary Range: $99,206 – $108,902 (PN: 18805) The Land Development Agency (LDA) is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Sustainability Manager to join its Sustainability and Innovation Unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the LDA’s Sustainability and Innovation Framework and supporting project teams to deliver sustainability and innovation outcomes and initiatives in land development projects. The successful candidate will be experienced in policy development, advocacy, research and development, project implementation and will have a sound understanding of the ACT’s land...Read full article...

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Sustainability worth the price - Business News

22-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3460179 sustainability-worth-the-price-business-news New research shows homebuyers are willing to pay extra for energy-efficient design. Sustainable design is being listed alongside affordability, location and size as must-haves for Western Australian homebuyers, who are increasingly seeking out environmentally efficient developments. New research out of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute showed sustainability was now ranked as the fourth biggest driver for dwelling choice in Perth, with homebuyers willing to pay extra for future cost savings. CUSP research fellow Jemma Green said consumers were increasingly becoming attracted to developments with features such as solar panels and lithium battery technology for more efficient energy use, or water saving measures and electric vehicle charge points. The report showed that 46 per cent of the buyers surveyed who purchased in an energy-efficient development said...Read full article...

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Tassie high school wins global renewable energy and sustainability pri…

22-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3460177 tassie-high-school-wins-global-renewable-energy-and-sustainability-prize-educationhq-australia A Tasmanian high school has taken out the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Global High Schools category, Oceania region, at a prestigious awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, January 16  – Flanked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, students from Huonville High received the award in front of dignitaries from across the globe. The international prize celebrates pioneers in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy and offers nine awards across five categories. The rural Tasmanian school was a runner up in last year’s competition, but this year their vision for how to integrate renewable energy into their operations and curriculum really wowed the judges. “The project is around renewable energies, so the ideal situation would be to turn the school into a carbon neutral...Read full article...

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What Freiburg can teach Canberra about sustainability - Brisbane Times

22-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

3460175 what-freiburg-can-teach-canberra-about-sustainability-brisbane-times Canberra showcases itself as clean, clever and sustainable to good effect, but in marketing terms it could learn a lot from Freiburg – known internationally as Germany's sustainable city. A map for visitors to this city of about 220,000 people in south-west Germany identifies 29 "green spots", ranging from hydro, biogas, solar cooling, passive high-rise to a solar tower and bike station, all locations readily accessible by bicycle or public transport. Like Canberra, Freiburg has focused efforts on improving walking, cycling and public transport. Public transport was extended so that most people now live within 500 metres of a tram stop. Freiburg built 400 kilometres of bike paths, and provided secure bicycle parking at transit stations. On those streets marked with the blue sign, cars may travel no faster than walking speed. Many local roads are thus designated as children's play...Read full article...

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What Freiburg can teach Canberra about sustainability - The Age - The …

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3460173 what-freiburg-can-teach-canberra-about-sustainability-the-age-the-age Canberra showcases itself as clean, clever and sustainable to good effect, but in marketing terms it could learn a lot from Freiburg – known internationally as Germany's sustainable city. A map for visitors to this city of about 220,000 people in south-west Germany identifies 29 "green spots", ranging from hydro, biogas, solar cooling, passive high-rise to a solar tower and bike station, all locations readily accessible by bicycle or public transport. Like Canberra, Freiburg has focused efforts on improving walking, cycling and public transport. Public transport was extended so that most people now live within 500 metres of a tram stop. Freiburg built 400 kilometres of bike paths, and provided secure bicycle parking at transit stations. On those streets marked with the blue sign, cars may travel no faster than walking speed. Many local roads are thus designated as children's play...Read full article...

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Turnbull government announces review into National Disability Insuranc…

22-01-2017 Sustainability News The Editor

Turnbull government announces review into National Disability Insurance Scheme costs - The Sydney Morning Herald

3460171 turnbull-government-announces-review-into-national-disability-insurance-scheme-costs-the-sydney-morning-herald The costs and sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will come under scrutiny after the Turnbull government announced the shape of a major review into its future. Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Productivity Commission inquiry would help shape the final design of the $22 billion scheme - Australia's biggest social policy program since Medicare - which is due to be fully operational and available to nearly 500,000 people by 2019. Play Video Don't Play What to look for in school shoes Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:15 Previous slide Next slide Video duration 02:57 Why the NDIS is a big deal Why the NDIS is a big deal One of the biggest policy reforms in generations is about to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians. What to look for in school shoes Play Video Don't Play Video duration 03:15 Video...Read full article...

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Factbox: Women's marches across North America

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3460429 factbox-women-s-marches-across-north-america (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women, supported by a smaller number of men, gathered in cities across North America on Saturday to march in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump the day after the maverick Republican took office. Here is a look at how the crowds of protesters, many wearing the marches' signature pink hats, shaped up in some of the largest cities in North America: * WASHINGTON D.C. Organizers of the march in the nation's capital had told police they expected 200,000 people to attend, but reporters covering the event said it appeared bigger than that, with a dense crowd stretching for about a mile (1.6 km) through the heart of the capital. Crowds pushed the Metro subway system to its limits, with some end-of-line stations temporarily turning away riders when parking lots filled and platforms became too crowded. Speakers included the feminist writer Gloria...Read full article...

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Stem cells lay foundation for treatments of cancer, other disorders - …

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3460427 stem-cells-lay-foundation-for-treatments-of-cancer-other-disorders-genetic-literacy-project [Stem cell research] is now considered among the most seminal medical findings of the past century, on a par with the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick.] Stem cells not only revolutionized the treatment of cancer, but laid the foundations for regenerative medicine, and fueled the emergence of a biomedical industry, particularly in Canada. … While most modern medicine, from drugs to surgery, is designed to treat symptoms, stem cells can actually cure disease. … There is also promising – but early – research suggesting that stem-cell therapy may be able to cure diabetes, blindness and even spinal-cord injury. Most of this work is being done in thousands of clinical trials around the world. … Critics, however, argue that there has been far more hype than treatments that are effective and affordable in the real world. [James Price,...Read full article...

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Woman is left blind in one eye after dermal filler injections caused h…

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

Woman is left blind in one eye after dermal filler injections caused her face to swell - NEWS.com.au

3460425 woman-is-left-blind-in-one-eye-after-dermal-filler-injections-caused-her-face-to-swell-news-com-au The reaction was so bad it left her blind in one eye and Carol said she contemplated taking her own life. Picture: Saving Face COSMETIC fillers are becoming more affordable and more accessible, but for one woman a simple procedure turned her world upside down. Carol Bryan visited her cosmetic surgeon to have dermal fillers in her face but it went horribly wrong, according to The Sun. Carol Bryan got facial fillers that went horribly wrong. Picture: Saving FaceSource:Supplied She was injected with two different fillers, combined in a syringe, in an area she shouldn’t have been and her face was left swollen and disfigured. The reaction was so bad it left her blind in one eye and Carol said she contemplated taking her own life as she hid from not only her family and friends, but her own reflection in the mirror. Carol’s face was left swollen and disfigured. Picture: Saving...Read full article...

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Terminally ill patient can't find Colorado doctor to prescribe assiste…

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

Terminally ill patient can't find Colorado doctor to prescribe assisted suicide meds - 9NEWS.com

3460423 terminally-ill-patient-can-t-find-colorado-doctor-to-prescribe-assisted-suicide-meds-9news-com 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 1/20/17. Steve Staeger, KUSA 8:11 PM. MST January 20, 2017 AURORA, COLO. - Kathy and Herb voted for Proposition 106. (They’ve asked us to withhold their last name because of the controversial nature of the law.) Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper signed the physician-assisted suicide measure into law on December 16. 9NEWS policy on why we continue to call the measure physician-assisted suicide On December 19, Herb started calling doctors for his wife. “Over the last few years my breathing has gotten continually worse. I was diagnosed with end stage COPD,” Kathy said. Kathy’s doctors have given her fewer than 6 months to live, which would technically qualify her to ask for medication to end her life. The law requires two doctors to sign off on two things. First, they must verify that her condition is indeed terminal. Second, they have to verify that her...Read full article...

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Blinking helps brain work extra hard to stabilise our vision: Study - …

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

3460421 blinking-helps-brain-work-extra-hard-to-stabilise-our-vision-study-business-standard ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA]  January 21, 2017 Last Updated at 22:02 IST Ever noticed, why the world does not go dark when we blink? A study reveals that when we blink, our brain works extra hard to stabilise our vision, while adding that blinking lubricates dry eyes and protects them from irritants. The research, published in the journal Current Biology, found that when we blink, our brain repositions our eyeballs so we can stay focused on what we're viewing. According to researchers, when our eyeballs roll back in their sockets during a blink, they don't always return to the same spot when we reopen our eyes. "This misalignment prompts the brain to activate the eye muscles to realign our vision," said lead study author Gerrit Maus from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. "Our eye muscles are quite sluggish and imprecise, so the brain needs to constantly...Read full article...

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Vaccines Fastracked to Fight Three Viruses - 610kvnu

22-01-2017 Health News The Editor

Vaccines Fastracked to Fight Three Viruses - 610kvnu

3460419 vaccines-fastracked-to-fight-three-viruses-610kvnu iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A number of governments and charities have committed $460 million to fastrack vaccines to fight Mers, Lassa fever, and the Nipah virus according to BBC News. Scientists say the three relatively little known diseases could potentially cause a global health emergency.The governments and charities are asking for more assistance, calling on funders at the World Economic Forum Davos to raise another $500 million.BBC reports new vaccines take around a decade to develop, but The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) wants to have two experimental vaccines developed within the next five years.Jeremy Farrar, director of the Welcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London, told the BBC, "In the modern world with urbanisation and travel, 21st Century epidemics could start in a big city and then take off the way Ebola did in West...Read full article...

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