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  1. Hostile reception awaits newest inmate

    Posted Aug 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... that the former right-wing firebrand could be subjected to attacks and would have to be isolated from other prisoners. Australia's only Aboriginal senator, Democrat Aden Ridgeway, said some inmates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425543/hostile-reception-awaits-newest-inmate
  2. Collectors experience the appeal of Dreamtime

    Posted Sep 14th 2003, 12:00am by Suzanne Dennis

    ... Steeped in the 'Dreamtime' dating back about 40,000 years, works of art by Australia's indigenous Aboriginals had for decades been considered colourful, if quaint, ... the Americas, Asia, Europe and throughout Australia. About 50 per cent of sales this year went to overseas bidders. 'Buyers are showing growing interest in the more contemporary works as showcased ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/427838/collectors-experience-appeal-dreamtime
  3. Population warning for Australia

    Posted Sep 08th 2003, 12:00am by Roger Maynard

    ... Numbers will fall unless immigration levels are maintained The population of Australia will fall, even as life expectancy increases, unless immigration levels are maintained, the country's Bureau of Statistics has forecast. In the bureau's lowest projection, an estimated 18.9 million people would live in Australia by the end of the century, compared with 19.7 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/427191/population-warning-australia
  4. Australia's rail dream becomes reality

    Posted Sep 26th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... The hope is that the north-south line will boost exports and the economy A century-old dream of building a north-to-south railway across Australia came to fruition yesterday, creating ... and provide an economic boost to the whole of Australia's tropical north, a region known chiefly for its crocodiles, swamps and remote Aboriginal settlements. The first freight train is due ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429161/australias-rail-dream-becomes-reality
  5. Arid climate killed off Australia's big beasts

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... with the megafauna for at least 6,000 years. The reason the giant animals died out about 36,000 years ago, they claim, was because Australia gradually became more arid and food sources more scarce. 'There is evidence to support the notion [that] climate change was the driving factor in the extinction of the megafauna,' Dr Field told a scientific conference this week. Australia was once ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/429827/arid-climate-killed-australias-big-beasts
  6. Hu cautions Australia over Taiwan

    Posted Oct 25th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney President becomes the first Asian leader to address the federal parliament, in a sign of growing ties China will co-operate with Australia to ensure regional ... 'The greatest threat to peace in the Taiwan Strait is from the 'splittist' activities by the Taiwan independence forces. The Chinese government and people look to Australia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/432292/hu-cautions-australia-over-taiwan
  7. Freedom of religion drew refugee Kurds to Australia

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney in Jakarta Kurdish refugees who were sent back to Indonesia from Australia's Melville island this month, say that reports of religious freedom on the internet led the Kurdish men to choose Australia over other destinations. Irfan Kardo, the owner of a confectionery factory, left his home town in the southern Turkish province of Malatia because he wanted to find ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436197/freedom-religion-drew-refugee-kurds-australia
  8. Australia sloshing around in a bumper wine surplus

    Posted Dec 13th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... a bit of extra cash lying around, I would say buy it cheap,' said Rhett Marlowe, chief executive of the Wine Grape Growers' Council of Australia. 'In the past brokers in New Zealand have snapped up some very reasonably priced wine.' The unwanted wine is being held in storage tanks in Western Australia that must be emptied by next month in order to accommodate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437947/australia-sloshing-around-bumper-wine-surplus
  9. Australia the preferred tourist destination for Chinese

    Posted Oct 28th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney The country is rated ahead of the US and France, with security cited as an issue Australia has emerged as the top destination Chinese tourists want to visit, ... in Beijing, 32 per cent were considering a trip to Australia, ahead of France (27 per cent) and the United States (21 per cent). In Shanghai, Australia leapt from being the fifth most considered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/432615/australia-preferred-tourist-destination-chinese
  10. US seeks military staging post in Australia's north

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... in northern Australia, in a move likely to antagonise Indonesia, a report claimed yesterday. Despite the close ties between Washington and Canberra, there are no US military bases on Australian soil and any such development would be highly controversial. It would also seem to affirm Australia's image within the region as Washington's 'deputy sheriff', a tag which Canberra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/435169/us-seeks-military-staging-post-australias-north

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