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Teargas Used on Christmas Island Asylum Seekers

A protest by some 300 asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island turned into a riot as police used teargas and handcuffs on suspected protest leaders, a refugee support organisation say.…

Plain Cigarette Packaging Gaining Ground

Britain has announced it may implement Australia’s initiative of plain packaging for cigarettes, says anti-smoking group QUIT. Andrew Lansley, UK Health Secretary, on Wednesday announced plans that would not only…

2c Levy to Address Paint Dumping

In an initiative to improve waste collection, a two-cent levy will be charged per litre of paint sold throughout Australia to fund a Victoria trial that could pave the way…

Carbon Tax Campaign on the Cards

An advertising campaign to better inform people about the proposed carbon tax has not been ruled out, Prime Minister Julia Gillard say. Speaking from the US, Ms Gillard said about…

Pay Rise Discussed for Community Services Sector

In announcing a panel to look at how a potential pay increase in the community services sector can be managed, Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans recognised that women’s work is…

US Watches Australian Emissions Trading Scheme

The United States will closely follow Australia’s move to introduce a carbon price as it consider its own approach to climate change, according to US ambassador Jeff Bleich. Mr Bleich…

Darwin Detention Worries Police

Plans to develop a new immigration detention centre on Darwin Harbour raises safety concerns for officers in the Northern Territory, according to the NT Police Association. Concerns were raised as…

Lack of Funding Could Force Closure of RSPCA Shelter

The future of Sydney’s largest animal shelter is depending on the government’s approval of a multi-million dollar grant, the RSPCA said on Friday. The $7.5 million grant, which the animal…

Life Saver Organisers Warned of Dangerous Surf

Organisers of an Australian surf life saving competition were warned they would be held accountable if a competitor died in the dangerous surf, a police inquest has revealed. The Brisbane…

Asian Honey Bee Threatens Australian Food Supply

Australian food supply could be threatened if the Asian honey bee is not eradicated, the Greens said on Wednesday. Christine Milne, Greens senator, told reporters that the Asian honey bee…