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[7 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organization after a five-year legal battle, Bloomberg news reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with the situation.
The news is a blow to the tobacco industry as such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws.
It could have wider implications if applied to packaging for alcohol and junk food.
The Australian law goes much further than advertising bans and graphic health warnings …

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[11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

On his first trip overseas in 1980 Newcastle boy David Morley met a spirited Chinese teenager. Ma Yun was hanging around the tourist area of scenic Hangzhou, hoping to practise English.
The pair played Frisbee in the park and went on to become pen pals. David’s father Ken took Yun under his wing, correcting his ­English in double-spaced letters the youngster wrote to Newcastle. In 1985, Yun left China for the first time after Ken invited him to the Morleys’ NSW home.
It was a defining point in an ­enduring friendship between …

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[18 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. envoy to Canberra has raised concerns about China buying political influence in Australia, after a raft of revelations over Beijing’s financial support for influential figures.
Political donations from foreign sources have become a highly sensitive issue in Australia, which last week saw the resignation of a leading opposition senator after he admitted taking payments to cover expenses.
“We have been surprised, quite frankly, at the extent of the involvement of the Chinese government in Australian politics,” departing U.S. ambassador John Berry said in The Australian newspaper on Wednesday.
“It is an …

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[17 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Government plans to hold an opinion poll in February on whether gay marriage should be legalized in Australia suffered a blow on Tuesday when a gay government senator announced that he opposed the plan.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday that legislation would be introduced to Parliament this week to hold a plebiscite on Feb 11 in which voters would be asked whether Australia should allow marriage equality. But such a plebiscite has no legal weight, and Parliament would ultimately decide whether the law would be changed.
A gay senator in Turnbull’s …

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[15 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

WHILE some people are contemplating investing $13,500 for a Tesla Powerwall, one man has decided to go all in and create the largest residential battery storage system in Australia.
Gold Coast local Clayton Lyndon recently invested $80,000 to have six residential Tesla Powerwalls installed, essentially making a mini battery power station in his home.
“I had Natural Solar look at my energy usage and they told me it was very high and I would need six Tesla Powerwalls to offset the amount we were consuming,” he told news.com.au.
“I knew it was going …

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright on Monday revealed himself as the creator of the virtual Bitcoin currency to media outlets the BBC, The Economist and GQ magazine.
After years of speculation on the identity of the crypto-currency’s founder, Wright presented proof that only the true creator of Bitcoin could have provided, the BBC said.
He digitally signed messages using encryption keys that were created in the days following Bitcoin’s 2009 launch.
These keys had to be created by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used at the time by the currency’s creator, the broadcaster said.
Bitcoin is …

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[29 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Asian consumers determined to improve their lifestyle are boosting the fortunes of Australian producers of premium baby milk formula, vitamins and honey, as the region’s burgeoning middle class jumps on the health food bandwagon.
With their expanding wallets, middle class consumers are fueling a sharp increase in sales of high-quality products from Down Under, sending the profits and share prices of health foods companies—particularly producers of infant milk formula—into unprecedented territory.
They are led by Chinese consumers fearful of lax food safety standards at home, where cost-cutting by producers have resulted in …

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[19 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

IT’S RENOWNED for helping slim the figure, but this dietary supplement could be killing you.
Chromium is an ingredient in many off-the-shelf supplements marketed for weight loss and blood sugar control, helping consumers to shift excess flab, and manage insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. It’s in the vast majority of multivitamins on the market.
But Australian scientists say they have conclusive proof that it is converted by the body into a cancer-causing chemical, with their findings recently published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.
The study, led by the universities of Sydney …

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[16 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor on Saturday completed her epic flight from Britain to Australia, landing her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman in Sydney.
“I need a drink,” she joked after finishing the final leg of the three-month journey which saw her contend with some treacherous weather in the air and logistical obstacles on the ground.
Modelled after pioneering aviator Amy Johnson’s historic 1930 solo flight from England to Australia, Curtis-Taylor said her journey was a homage to female pilots of the past.
She said flying the open cockpit biplane had given her an “insight …

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[10 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

Australia’s parliament has passed laws to strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they are convicted of terrorism offences or found to have fought with banned groups overseas, despite concerns about deporting known militants.
Attorney-General George Brandis said the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill, passed late Thursday, updated existing law to reflect “the new age of terrorism”.
“The legislation will strip Australian citizenship from dual citizens who are involved in terrorist conduct overseas or convicted of a terrorism offence in Australia,” he said Friday.
“It will also ensure terrorists who are …