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Австралийская лента новостей

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Re: Австралийская лента новостей

Сообщение Vlad E-burg » 13 сен 2010, 00:54

Поаккуратнее please со всеобщей любовью к labors! Тут надо будет разбираться! (после получения синего паспорта, конечно!) Не сказал бы, что их победа была такой уж убедительной!
Коньяк расширяет сосуды, пиво - мочевой пузырь, а водка - связи! Правда, смотря где пить...

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Re: Австралийская лента новостей

Сообщение Beavis » 28 окт 2010, 14:07

Специально для жаждущих перебраться из великой империи в захудалый городок Сидней - фотоподборка простых жителей этого города и их будней
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В воскресенье, 24 октября, в австралийском городе Сидней прошел очередной, четвертый по счету, парад зомби. :D
пропащая душа проекта)

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Re: Австралийская лента новостей

Сообщение Banderas » 28 окт 2010, 17:06

Напоминает фоторепортаж русских СМИ после футбольных матчей ;) Только ментов с "демократизаторами" не хватает.

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Labor ahead in latest Newspoll

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:43

Updated: 11:18, Tuesday November 23, 2010
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Federal Labor has turned around its political fortunes and now leads the coalition 52-48 on a two-party preferred basis, the latest Newspoll showed.

The poll result, published in The Australian newspaper, is a reversal of the parties' positions two weeks ago, when the coalition held a 52-48 lead.

It is the first time Labor has led the Newspoll since the August 21 federal election.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's approval rating improved five points to 46 per cent - the first time in six weeks that figure has risen - while 37 per cent of those polled said they were dissatisfied (down four points) and 17 per cent were undecided (down one point).

Opposition leader Tony Abbott's approval rating slipped two points to 42 per cent, with his dissatisfaction rating up three points to 45 per cent. Voters who were undecided went down a point to 13 per cent.

Ms Gillard is the clear leader as preferred prime minister, with 54 per cent approval (up five points) to Mr Abbott's 31 per cent (down three points).

On the issue of the National Broadband Network (NBN), 42 per cent of voters said the NBN's future should be decided only after a cost benefit analysis is completed.

Only 23 per cent said the NBN should go ahead without a cost benefit analysis, 19 per cent said it should not go ahead at all in its present form and 16 per cent were uncommitted.

The poll of 1200 voters from around Australia was taken from phone interviews conducted last Friday to Sunday.
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Vic police launch drug raid operation

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:48

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Updated: 11:18, Tuesday November 23, 2010

Victorian police believe they've smashed a drug cartel that's raked in an estimated $400 million in the force's single biggest day of raids.

The 630 state and federal officers swooped on nearly 70 properties across Melbourne and the state's west this morning arresting 34 people and seizing six thousand cannabis plants.

Deputy Commissioner Ken Jones says Operation Entity into the vile trafficking of illicit drugs is ongoing .. and police will have raided 100 properties by the end of the week.

The culmination of a two-year investigation Sir K says it's the biggest single mobilisation of Victoria Police against organised crime ever.

Today's raids covered properties in the Dandenong, Melton and Footscray areas as well as regional Horsham, Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool.

'Perhaps the greatest scourge in our community is the vile traffic in illicit drugs - lives and neighbourhoods are destroyed while those who profit from this trade like to think their involvement goes on unnoticed.'

The raids covered properties in the Dandenong, Melton and Footscray areas, as well as regional Horsham, Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Police believe they have smashed a cartel that has raked in an estimated $400 million.

Sir Ken said Operation Entity was a two-year strategy involving international connections into organised crime that produced and trafficked high-potency cannabis and other drugs.

'Those involved will be brought to justice and their ill-gotten gains will be seized,' he said.

'Today we will begin a process to bring to book people behind the syndicates who seek to launder drug money.

'Today we have demonstrated that in protecting the community we will do all we can to stand between you and those who seek to exploit and prey upon you.'

A family that lives next door to one of the raided properties, in Greens Road, Wyndham Vale, said an older Asian couple rented the home, but they never spoke to them.

'They would come and go maybe once a month and stay for one or two hours at a time,' said the woman who lives next to the raided single-storey brick home with her partner and young child.

She said the home always had its blinds closed, but they never suspected any criminal activity until police cars pulled up and officers smashed the front door around 7am (AEDT) on Tuesday.

There are about six police officers behind crime scene tape surrounding two properties in Greens Road.

The front doors of the homes have been smashed open and at one property a window has been smashed.

Several unmarked police cars are at the homes in the middle-class outer suburb.

The organised crime group producing the cannabis had connections to New Zealand and Vietnam, police Detective Superintendent Gerry Ryan said.

'This operation has been running for at least two years. They are well organised,' he told reporters.

'We've got strong connections back to Vietnam. In New Zealand, we've been working with New Zealand police over that time and we've worked with Vietnamese authorities.

'This will take a number of days to resolve. We'll work through the whole process on a 24-hour basis.'

Most of the $400 million the crime gang made went out of Australia, although some might have come back through the heroin trade, Det Supt Ryan said.

'Victoria Police were following the money trail. This has been very, very successful for us,' he said.

'We'll continue not only to seize the drugs, but we'll continue to seize assets throughout the day and later on in the week we'll apply to the courts for seizure of quite a number of assets across the whole state.'

He described Tuesday morning's drug raids as probably the biggest in Victoria's history, with 6000 cannabis plants seized and 630 Victorian police members involved, as well as federal police and people from federal and state agencies.

Police were ready to begin the raids weeks ago but had been delayed because of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Melbourne.

'We were going to go some time ago. Because of other operational issues that impacted on whole state, in particular Hillary Clinton coming ... unfortunately she took precedence over this,' Det Supt Ryan said.
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Gillard meets with Xenophon over NBN

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:52

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Updated: 18:48, Tuesday November 23, 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has held last-minute talks with independent senator Nick Xenophon, who is blocking laws paving the way for the national broadband network (NBN) until the government publicly releases the business case.

With two sitting days to go until parliament rises for the year, the government requires Senator Xenophon's vote to pass laws separating Telstra's retail and wholesale arms, and allowing the telco to take part in the NBN - a key election promise.

But the South Australian senator, who met separately with Ms Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy on Tuesday, maintains the government needs to publicly release the NBN's 10-year business plan so as to be accountable for spending $43 billion of public money.

Ms Gillard has promised to release the plan, but not until December, after a crucial report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is completed.

Speaking after the meeting, the prime minister would only say, 'I've been chatting with Nick Xenophon - it's always good to talk.'

Senator Xenophon said the Senate could not be expected to vote on the NBN legislation without the business case being made public, even though the government had offered confidential briefings.

'It's untenable to speak in the Senate, to vote in the Senate on a bill and then say, 'I'm making this decision as a result of a confidential briefing and I can't discuss it with my colleagues or more importantly with the Australian public',' Senator Xenophon told Sky News on Tuesday.

'That to me is not the way you run things in a robust democracy.'

Senator Xenophon said he did not accept that the business case could not be released before the competition watchdog's report.

He said he would also like to see a joint standing committee of parliament set up to scrutinise the rollout of the NBN, with advice from the Productivity Commission.

Senator Xenophon said he supported the idea of a national broadband network, but it needed 'sufficient safeguards to ensure sufficient competition to maximise value for consumers'.

The government on Tuesday agreed to a lower house committee looking at the social and economic impact of the NBN as a concession to calls for more information on its value.

While the Labor caucus did not discuss the standoff on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told the coalition party room the NBN had gone from being a 'political positive' for the government during the election to a liability because of the opposition's 'sheer persistence' on the issue.

The coalition on Tuesday introduced a private senator's bill that would require the government to publish the business case and refer it to the Productivity Commission for a cost-benefit analysis.

The legislation is similar to a bill introduced by opposition broadband spokesman Malcolm Turnbull into the lower house in October.

That bill was defeated by just one vote last week.

The government revealed on Tuesday it had hired external corporate advisers to test the assumptions underpinning the NBN business case, which Treasurer Wayne Swan described as 'normal commercial practice'.

The finance department commissioned Greenhill Caliburn to review the 'robustness' of the 30-year business plan and the 2011 corporate plan of the company tasked with rolling out the network, NBN Co.

Ms Gillard told parliament the review, which was criticised by the opposition, was part of the government's 'patient and methodical work' to roll out the NBN.
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Qantas shares go up on return of A380s

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:53

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Updated: 16:43, Tuesday November 23, 2010

Qantas Airways Ltd shares bounced on the airline's plan to return its A380 fleet to the skies and on the prospect of compensation being paid for the fleet's recent engine problems.

Qantas shares opened lower on Tuesday, but rebounded after chief executive Alan Joyce announced the six A380s would start flying international routes again from Saturday.

The shares closed up one cent at $2.64 after hitting a high of $2.68 in intra-day trade, while the wider market lost more than one per cent in value.

But Qantas shares remain nearly nine per cent below their November 4 closing level, the day an engine exploded on a Qantas A380 enroute from Singapore to Sydney.

The six aircraft have since been grounded as Qantas and engine maker Rolls-Royce conduct checks of all engines, which has to date seen three replaced.

Mr Joyce said Qantas would be seeking compensation from Rolls-Royce, but its first priority was returning all A380s to full service.

"We haven't gotten into compensation discussions with Rolls-Royce," he told journalists.

"Our intention is to make sure we have the focus of everybody on getting the aircraft in the air.

"When the time is appropriate we will have that."

Mr Joyce refused to disclose how much the crisis had cost Qantas, or whether the cost would exceed the $46 million it incurred as a result of the Icelandic volcano eruption in April.

"A lot depends on the discussions that take place," he said.

"So we are absolutely committed to talking to Rolls-Royce and Rolls-Royce are aware of the issues that this has caused us and they know that the brand damage and the issues that's caused for the aircraft."
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PM rejects Nauru closure claims

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:55

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Updated: 20:17, Tuesday November 23, 2010
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rejected claims shutting down asylum-seeker processing on Nauru prompted an increase in asylum-seeker arrivals.

Ms Gillard said Nauru - the key plank of the Howard government's so-called Pacific solution - should have been called 'Camp Detour' as 96 per cent of asylum seekers sent to Nauru ended up in Australia or New Zealand in any case.

But opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said the people smugglers had not been deterred, with a record 122 boats reaching Australia so far this year.

The latest asylum-seeker row was prompted by a report in Sydney's The Daily Telegraph, based on a document obtained under Freedom of Information legislation, which said Labor was warned in February 2008 that closing down Nauru would produce an increase in people smuggling.

The opposition is calling for Nauru to be reopened for offshore processing of asylum seekers.

Ms Gillard said she would not comment on intelligence matters, but in this case the opposition was making a big assumption based on one sentence in the document.

She said the document was not a detailed analysis of people smuggling, its causes or Nauru.

'It was about detention operations on Christmas Island,' she told parliament.

Ms Gillard said advice to Labor soon after the 2007 election was that people smugglers remained active throughout the region and more displaced Iraqis and Sri Lankans were seeking their services.

'The truth is that 96 per cent of the people processed on Nauru and resettled came to Australia or New Zealand - overwhelmingly to Australia,' she said.

'So despite lots of talking tough by the Howard government ... the reality is that offshore processing being done as a one-off by the Howard government meant people were processed and then overwhelmingly came to Australia.'

Mr Morrison said the document cited in the newspaper report was a clear warning that closing Nauru would send a message of encouragement to people smugglers.

He said the document noted a range of risk management strategies had prevented significant boat arrivals in recent years.

'That was the advice of the department to the government after they took office. In other words, the system was working,' he said.

'Contrast Labor's failed record on border protection over just the last three years with 190 boats to just 10 boats in six years under the last coalition government, less than 250 people during that time after the full suite of measures were introduced,' he said.

'This is less than half the number of people who turn up in a regular month.'
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RBA set to sell Securency stake

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:56

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Updated: 17:47, Tuesday November 23, 2010

The RBA has announced it intends to offload its stake in troubled banknote technology firm Securency, in a joint sale with partner Innovia Films Ltd.

Joint venture partner, UK-based Innovia Films Ltd, informed the RBA of its intention to sell its half-share, prompting the RBA's board to consider its ownership options, the central bank said in a media release on Tuesday.

'It has concluded that, in view of Innovia's decision, the unsolicited expressions of interest that the Reserve Bank has also received, and taking account of the board's long-standing intention to exit from Securency once the company had established itself as a viable long-term supplier in the international market for banknote substrate, the best option would be to pursue a joint sale with Innovia,' the RBA said.

In the announcement, the RBA said Macquarie Capital Advisers had been appointed as the adviser to both parties.

Securency has been embroiled in allegations of bribery to induce officials in Asian and African countries to use its banknote products.

The allegations sparked investigations by police forces including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the UK Serious Fraud Office and Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

In September, the MACC arrested three people in connection with the case, while last month police in the UK, Spain and Australia conducted a series of raids, including operations by the AFP in at least six locations in Victoria.
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Re: АвстралийсACC drops Hogan tax investigatioкая лента новостей

Сообщение Ramzes » 23 ноя 2010, 12:58

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Updated: 20:25, Tuesday November 23, 2010
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The crime watchdog has dropped a five-year investigation into comedian Paul Hogan's tax affairs because there wasn't a good prospect of securing a conviction.

His manager John Cornell, who was also implicated in the multi-million dollar tax evasion case, downed a few celebratory drinks after hearing the news.

'I look forward to sampling some of Strop's patented hangover cure tomorrow morning,' he said, referring to his famous side-kick character from Hogan's television days.

But the drinks are on ice for the Crocodile Dundee star, who is not in Australia or his adopted home in the US.

'He doesn't know yet,' said his lawyer Andrew Robinson, adding that he would most likely find out in the morning papers.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) announced it was dropping its criminal investigation into Hogan and Cornell.

It said the case was no longer considered to be in the public interest and there were 'insufficient prospects of securing a conviction'.

'This decision has been made following a careful process, including obtaining high-level legal advice on some issues,' the statement said.

However, a civil case against the Hollywood star by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) continues.

Hogan was temporarily banned from leaving the country at the request of the ATO, after attending his mother's funeral.

A two-week standoff ended on September 3 and the 71-year-old was allowed to return to Los Angeles where he lives with his wife Linda Kozlowski and their son Chance.

Despite this, and being labelled a 'tax cheat' and 'criminal', Mr Robinson said the actor still loved Australia.

'One thing that has amazed me is how Paul has kept up his love for Australia and support for Australia,' he said, adding his client would be appearing for free in Australia's World Cup bid.

Hogan has in the past insisted he has already paid too much tax in Australia and is the victim of a witchhunt.

No tax-related charges have ever been laid against Hogan, Cornell or their financial adviser Tony Stewart, and all have denied any wrongdoing.

'I never once saw documents which would to me justify the launching of criminal prosecution against either of them,' Mr Robinson said.

'So as far as I am concerned what happened today is something that would have inevitably happened ...

'(But) I don't think I would hold my breath for an apology from the ACC.'

Hogan and Cornell will now deal with the ATO matter 'in accordance with the usual dispute resolution protocol', Mr Robinson said.

'They both look forward to taking all the steps they can to restore their reputations which have effectively been trashed in the course of this investigation.'

But tonight, the actor's manager will be drinking to their success as they take the first steps towards clearing their names.

'That speck in the sky is my hat,' Cornell said.
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