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  1. Labor leader Crean quits in Australia

    Posted Nov 29th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney The electoral hopes of Australia's left-leaning opposition Labor Party reached a new low yesterday, after the resignation of embattled leader Simon Crean. Mr Crean was forced out after two years in the top job when he lost the support of key Labor power brokers, who were unhappy with his lacklustre performance against the conservative government ...

  2. Queen's envoy in Australia sworn in

    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... A former Vietnam war veteran and commander of the elite SAS special forces was sworn in as Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia yesterday, drawing to a close a turbulent period that saw the resignation of his predecessor over a church paedophile scandal. At a ceremony in Canberra, Michael Jeffery became Australia's 24th governor-general, replacing Peter ...

  3. Officals still dithering on croc help

    Posted Nov 10th 2003, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan The help of foreign crocodile hunters is still being considered after the reptile in Yuen Long Creek avoided capture on the weekend. Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department assistant director Lai Ching-wai said the decision would depend on future circumstances. His comment came after the crocodile evaded captors on Saturday, twice entering a baited cage, ...

  4. Lever pulls out as wily quarry lies low

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... that the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department carry out weekly spotlight surveys of the river until the crocodile is located. 'If it does turn up again, my advice to them is to back off... ...

  5. talk back

    Posted Nov 08th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) is afraid to lose face and, in their amateur crocodile hunt with tranquiliser guns, will probably kill the poor creature. Let the professionals ...

  6. Decisive action will end the crocodile farce

    Posted Nov 09th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the dedicated band of officers at the Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department. They may, however, be encouraged by the fact that this particular crocodile is something of a tiddler. Only 1.2 ...

  7. Experts find loopholes in the new scoring system for site conservation

    Posted Jul 19th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government has been urged by green groups and scientists to improve a proposed scoring system for conservation sites which they feared would be too rigid. The scoring system, ... The government plans to protect the top-ranked sites with measures like restricting development and imposing voluntary management agreements. Ng Cho-nam, director of the Conservancy Association, said he ...

  8. US conservatives attack Bush over Taiwan

    Posted Dec 11th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung Conservative Americans who back Taiwan are in an uproar over US President George W. Bush's statement that he opposes any move towards the island's independence. Within ... of the conservative Weekly Standard, Robert Kagan, an influential foreign policy analyst, and Gary Schmitt, of the conservative Project for the New American Century think-thank, wrote: 'The ...

  9. Opportunity exists to end conservation impasse

    Posted Jul 14th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The wetlands of the northwest New Territories play an important role in global ecology by providing shelter for migratory birds from all over the world. Within this area, the 1,500-hectare Mai Po reserve has been recognised by international groups for its ...

  10. Conservation group says nature site review needs to be broader

    Posted Oct 17th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Environment, Transport and Works Bureau has received nearly 60 submissions for its nature conservation policy review on protecting Hong Kong's natural heritage and preserving ... of privately owned plots of land and ways to better conserve them. 'Up to October 14, we received 56 submissions from a variety of sectors, such as academics, non-governmental organisations ...




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