Category Archives: Australia / N.Z

Kiwis Taking To ‘Hillbilly Heroin’

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Author: Shane Cowlishaw

New Zealanders are popping prescription pills with alarming regularity, and a painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" is being handed out too easily. Results from this year's Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, two-thirds had used prescription anti-pain or anti-anxiety drugs...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Will ‘Disappear’ Within Two Decades

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Author: Agence France

Time is running out for Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday. In a report prepared for this month's Earth Hour global climate change campaign, University of Queensland reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said...

‘Charlotte’s Web’ – Sick Girl Gets Own Marijuana Strain

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Author: Newscom

The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. As a last resort her mother called medical marijuana shops to ease the 300 seizures her daughter was having every week. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used...

Bushfires in Australia to Become Deadlier, More Destructive

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Author: Newscom - Video

Bushfires are almost twenty times more deadly and eighty times more destructive than a century ago - and experts warn the devastation will continue to grow as urban sprawl pushes further into bushland. Exclusive analysis by News Corp Australia has revealed the true extent of the devastating toll caused by...

Australia To Dump 1 Million Tons Of Waste Onto Great Barrier Reef

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Author: France Presse

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping of up to three million cubic metres (or one million tons) of dredge waste in park waters in a move blasted by environmentalists. The decision follows the government giving the green light to a major coal port expansion...

Kangaroo Drawing Could Rewrite Australia’s History

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Author: Bridie Jabour

A 500-year-old prayer book owned by a nun is being heralded as evidence that the Dutch were not the first Europeans to arrive in Australia. The Dutch have historically been credited with landing the first European ship on Australian shores in 1606 but the Portuguese prayer book is dated between...

Australia Is Hotter Than It’s Been In 100 Years

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Author: Amy Coopes

Australian authorities warned Tuesday of some of the worst fire danger since a 2009 inferno which killed 173 people, with most of the continent's southeast sweltering through a major heatwave. Victoria state, where the so-called Black Saturday firestorm flattened entire villages in 2009 and destroyed more than 2,000 homes, was...

‘Lost world’ Discovered in Remote Australia

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An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists Monday calling the area a "lost world". Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and a National Geographic film crew were dropped by helicopter onto the rugged Cape Melville...

Prism: Australian Government Knew

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Author: Katharine Murphy

The Australian government was aware of the US National Security Agency's top-secret Prism program at least two months before the Guardian revealed its existence to the world. A freedom of information request by the ABC has confirmed officials in the Attorney General's Department prepared a secret briefing for the minister...

The Cost Of the Average Australian Life is Now $2.17 Million

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It's the ultimate cost of living for the average Australian. A grand total of $2.17 million to pay for your food, education, housing, health, transport, recreation and all the other basics of living from cradle to the grave. Using ABS research and economic analysis, the figure estimates just how much...

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

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Author: Michael Snyder

Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them. Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news.  Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a...

Australia’s Own PRISM Facility

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Author: ITWire

In the quiet Canberra suburb of Harman, abutting the NSW border near Queanbeyan, is the Royal Australian Navy’s communications complex. In the quaint Navy way of naming shore facilities as if they are ships (the phrase is ‘stone frigates’) it is called HMAS Harman. The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) will...

Best Job Ever? Aussie Teen Paid Thousands to Hack Tech Giants

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Author: Victoria Craw

Griffin Francis, a 19-year-old from Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast, hasn't got a full time job but has earned thousands hacking into tech giants Google, Mozilla, Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, then tipping them off about flaws in their security systems. "I think of what they haven't...

Australia Wasn’t Found By Accident, Study Suggests

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Author: Stephanie Pappas

Australia's colonization may have been an organized affair rather than an accident, a new analysis suggests. Some 50,000 years ago, aboriginal human settlers arrived on the continent, but how many people it took to found Australia's population is unknown. The new study, published Tuesday (April 23) in the journal Proceedings of the...