We have ways to help you behave
A Victorian shire announces it just wants to help residents to realise their inner green angel:
(O)ne of the most important functions of the Shire of Yarra Ranges is to work with communities across the municipality to provide information, education and behaviour change support.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD
Which is just as well, because Barack America isn’t helping any. Andrew Breitbart:
Sen. Barack Obama has a problem. And it lives in a hut.
The BBC spots an unusual technique demonstrated by Kenyan marathon runner Sammy Wanjiru
Video: a FOX News crew is attacked by sweet little leftoids at the Democrat convention. Background here.
UPDATE. At least that Fox crew wasn’t attacked by the Ghost Children of Colorado
BARACKAL OBAMAN AMERICA
Joe Biden doesn’t have any problem with John McCain’s name, but he really struggles with that other guy:
Three times during his inaugural speech as Barack Obama’s vice presidential candidate Saturday, Biden butchered Obama’s name — in three different ways.
Biden called Obama “Barackal Bama” and “Barack Obaman,” as well as — perhaps most bizarre — “Barack America.”
YOU VILL PAY
A warning from the PM:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned business his government’s commitment to tackling climate change will come at a cost.
Carolyn Male switches seats
By Steven Wardill
MEET the state MP who's ditching her own electorate because it's too hard to win and will fight to contest another where she prefers the shopping.
Yet Queensland Labor MP Carolyn Male will still score at least a $63,500 taxpayer-funded pension for life if she is unsuccessful, thanks to a legislative loophole that allows her to leapfrog electorates.
Breast milk bank runs dry, 'PM to blame'
ONE of Australia's leading breast milk banks has run dry putting hundreds of sick and premature infants' lives at risk.
Rudd's mate handed $225k G-G job
By Dennis Shanahan
A CAREER diplomat with close links to Kevin Rudd and his two prime ministerial predecessors has been given the job of steering Australia's first female governor-general through the vice-regal world.
Stephen Brady, a former ambassador to The Netherlands and Sweden and the current head of Foreign Affairs' protocol division, will replace long-serving vice-regal official secretary Malcolm Hazell.
Mr Brady is a long-time friend of Mr Rudd from the Prime Minister's days as a diplomat and his partner, Peter Stephens, is personal adviser to Mr Rudd's wife, Therese Rein.
Violent protesters for peace and justice are appealing against their sentences because they are so inconvenient:
A SERIAL protester who threw a barricade that injured a policewoman during the G20 riots wants her conviction overturned so she can still practise as a lawyer. Julia Dehm, 25, is one of five protesters convicted over the violent riots who have appealed the severity of their sentences…
Rudd’s big plan leaves nasty waste
The problem with “green” cars is that they aren’t that green, really:
AUSTRALIA has no ability to environmentally dispose of the batteries from the Toyota Camry hybrids whose production has been championed by Kevin Rudd.
Labor in Victoria, where the cars will be built, has conceded a “current hole” in the nation’s recycling policies means there is no capacity to environmentally dispose of the nickel-metal hydride car batteries from the 10,000 hybrid cars to be produced by Toyota every year from the start of 2010.
It’s all so very, very cosy:
A CAREER diplomat with close links to Kevin Rudd and his two prime ministerial predecessors has been given the job of steering Australia’s first female governor-general through the vice-regal world.
Colebatch praises scepticism. Sceptics shocked
Age economics writer Tim Colebatch demands more scepticism:
WHEN business puts its hand out for money, we’re entitled to be sceptical. When it warns it will shut down unless we pay up, we’re entitled to be more sceptical. But scepticism should enlighten our minds, not close them.
But Age global warming preacher Tim Colebatch demands less scepticism
Shorten does a Garrett
It seems Bill Shorten judges an idea by its owner:
On the ABC’s AM program in November 2005, Mr Shorten spoke against a push by the National Farmers Federation to allow a seasonal labour force of foreign workers into Australia to assist the horticultural industry, which was struggling then—as it is now—to find local workers to pick fruit.
The then national secretary of the Australian Workers Union told the ABC that foreign guest workers would not address the problem. ”Temporary guest workers don’t solve ... don’t deal with the real causes of a labour shortage in Australia and in fact bring with them problems, which may mean the cure is worse than the problem they’re trying to solve,” he said.
But now Shorten is a parliamentary secretary in the Rudd Government, which has decided to allow a seasonal labour force of foreign workers into Australia to assist the horticultural industry, which is struggling to find local workers to pick fruit.
Fairfax shrinks its footprint
This time the switching off of lights for some is permanent, and the confrontation could get ugly:
NEWSPAPER, radio and internet group Fairfax Media will sack 550 staff as it struggles to contain costs following its merger last year with Rural Press and its acquisition of Southern Cross, amid a downturn across the media sector. New seven-day rosters will be introduced at the company’s Sydney newspapers the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald in order to avoid duplication and a review undertaken of Melbourne operations.