Australasia

NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch

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The plainly-named Space Launch System is designed to take astronauts further into space than ever before Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Space Launch System (credit: NASA/MSFC) NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built ... Read More »

Former Vietnamese refugee sworn in as SA governor

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A refugee who fled post-war Vietnam in 1977 will today become South Australia’s 35th governor, becoming the first asian migrant to hold the state’s Vice-Regal post. Hieu Van Le will be sworn in during a ceremony in Adelaide at 2.30pm (AEST), with coverage live on 9NEWS.com.au Mr Le takes over from retired Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, who has served as Governor ... Read More »

Local train maker cut out of the loop in Napthine government’s multibillion-dollar rail boost

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Scores of manufacturing jobs in Ballarat – which covers two of Victoria’s most marginal seats – are under threat after a local train builder was quietly culled from the shortlist to make 25 new trains for Melbourne. Two Asian rail giants remain in the bidding to build the trains, putting about 70 jobs in Ballarat under threat. Labor and transport ... Read More »

Australia still at America’s beck and call

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Having learnt little from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Australia is ready to do Washington’s bidding – again. It seems it doesn’t matter which party is in power in Canberra or in Washington, when that call comes from the White House, Australian prime ministers are too eager to wade in. The word “coalition” is being avoided this time around – ... Read More »

Australian immigration protesters march in silence for 300km

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Changing the Tide group highlights treatment of asylum seekers by staging nine-day Sydney to Canberra walk For over a week now, a group of people including former immigration detention workers, refugees and others have been slowly walking in silence from the Villawood detention centre in Sydney to Canberra, protesting against the treatment of asylum seekers across Australia’s detention network. The ... Read More »

Asylum detention like Russia: Pussy Riot

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MEMBERS of feminist punk band Pussy Riot have likened Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers to the condition of Russian prisoners. MASHA Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova drew the parallels during their panel discussion at Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the Guardian reports. “We were surprised by the problems here, such as detention camps, which are similar to what is happening in ... Read More »

Lighting up debate on drugs

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The flawed policy of prohibition must be superseded by serious consideration of law reform. If there is one thing about public policy that everybody knows, it is that prohibition doesn’t work. Yet when it comes to drugs, which despite their illegality are ubiquitous, the only prohibition in force is on that of successful policy. The Australian drug reform movement has ... Read More »

Fukushima: Australia’s Radioactive Rocks And Responsibility

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There’s no room for nuclear power in Australia – or anywhere else – argues Australian Conservation Foundation’s Dave Sweeney. In March 2011 people all around the world held our breath as the Fukushima nuclear disaster played out on our screens. Later as the headlines, albeit not the radiation levels faded, it was confirmed that Australian uranium directly fuelled Fukushima. Rocks ... Read More »