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State and Fed Govt financial-reporting harmonised; AASB looks at more onerous standards for private companies, non-profits

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The accounting standards-setter has agreed to harmonise Federal and State Government financial reporting and progressed talks with New Zealand to ensure the two countries’ standards were “as similar as possible”, wrote Patrick Durkin in The Australian Financial Review (8/10/2007, p.8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aus Federal Police confirm its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering; Aidwatch seeks halt to co-operation

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The Australian Federal Police confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering, as the inter­national group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed amid the brutal sup­pression of democracy activists, wrote Craig Skehan in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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New ‘Meretec’ recycling-process recovers 100pc of zinc coating from galvanised steel: cuts pollution, water use, mining waste

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The vast majority of steel used in the automotive, building and manufacturing industries was zinc coated (galvanised), to protect against corrosion, according to a statement by Southern Rocycling (28/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Echoes of Eisenhower in new ‘security-industrial complex’: weak Western leaders fuelling paranoia

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Commentators have ascribed the chaotically belligerent aftermath of 11 Sep­tember to weak Western leaders crav­ing popularity in the glamour of war, wrote Simon Jenkins in The Sydney Morning Herald (20/9/2007, p.13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard and Costello throw principles of TPA “out the window” with predatory-pricing amendment

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

The Federal Government was of course a team effort, so while Howard was said to be the brains of the radical change to the [Trade Practices] law, it was actually done under the name of Treasurer Peter Costello who, by definition, deserved equal condemnation, wrote John Durie in The Australian (19/9/2007, p.48). Read the rest of this entry »

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Long road to legitimacy: Ramos-Horta once labelled a terrorist by Aus and refused visa

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Jose Ramos-Horta has been one of the world’s enduring political figures, noted The Sydney Morning Herald (22/9/2007, p.25). Read the rest of this entry »

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Innocent man killed as “terrorist”; police operation goes wrong, London jury hears

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

In an unprecedented health and safety pros­ecution that was launched yesterday, the Metropolitan Police were accused of overseeing a “catastrophic” operation that led to the death of the 27-year-old Brazilian electrician who had been mistaken for one of the bombers involved in failed suicide attacks on London’s subway trains on 21 July 2005, wrote Charlotte Gill in The Courier Mail (3/10/2007, p.36). Read the rest of this entry »

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Multinational mercenaries: Iraq private-security contractors still immune from Iraqi law

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Their helicopters buzzed through the Baghdad sky, their patrols bristled with the latest weaponry and their armoured vehicles carried the latest high-tech gadgets, wrote Paul Tait in The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.B2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Air New Zealand partners with Boeing, Rolls-Royce to test biofuel blend in 747

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Air New Zealand would start ground-breaking aircraft testing of biofuels as early as next year and believed the technology could become commercially viable for airlines sooner than expected, wrote aviation writer Steve Creedy in The Australian (29/9/2007, p.35). Read the rest of this entry »

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“Why didn’t they knock on the door?” asks mother of man police shot dead during raid on family home in Melbourne in 2005

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The mother of a man police shot dead during a raid on his family’s Brooklyn (Victoria) home in 2005 has demanded to know why officers forced their way into her house, reported The Age (22/9/2007, p.14). Read the rest of this entry »

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Jury of 15 to sit on trial of nine men caught in Australia’s biggest anti-terrorism sweep: conspiring “to do acts in preparation of a terrorist act”

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

NSW was expected to pass legislation allowing an expanded jury of 15 to sit on the trial of nine men caught in Australia’s biggest anti-terrorism sweep, wrote Michael Pelly in The Australian (24/9/2007, p.3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Reports that say nothing, in mire of red tape: what happens when govts protect powerful interests and offend no one, says business academic

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Nationals have long employed sham committees to protect sacred cows – the classic was Warren Truss’s Mickey Mouse 2004 Wheat Marketing Review committee, established with terms of reference that specifically excluded consideration of the single desk’s future, which delivered an eight-page report saying nothing, wrote Professor Paul Kerin, teacher of strategy at Melbourne Business School, in The Australian (25/9/2007, p.30). Read the rest of this entry »

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New networking tool to help create enviro-friendly, and profitable, commercial buildings

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Better known as the plaything of Gener­ation Y, online social networking technology has been put to use by the commercial prop­erty sector, with the launch of a $1.5 million online encyclopedia and networking tool to help create environmentally friendly and profitable commercial buildings, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (29/9/2007, p.60). Read the rest of this entry »

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Shutdown of Pentagon’s email system in June by hacking unit “of Chinese Army”: implications for police forensics

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

This month US Defence officials admitted that an emergency shutdown of the Pentagon’s email system in June had been triggered by a covert intrusion, including the planting of trojans, believed to have been mounted by a specialist hacking unit of the People’s Liberation Army of China, reported The Australian Financial Review (24/9/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Oil spill from fuel-transfer hose into ocean is ‘one in 50’, says Drillsearch as it details impacts of Marina-1 Exploration Well

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

While the probability of a major oil spill associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production facilities was low in Australian marine waters, consequences of such an event can be significant (Swan et al., 1994), noted the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Biofuel feedstock: only real waste-biomass we have is urban waste, otherwise dumped in landfill, says enviro consultant

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Straw and grass have been suggested as good feedstock for biofuel plants, but were they really waste?, asked Dr Peter Wylie, a researcher and consultant specialising in environmental issues, in The Courier Mail (1/9/2007, p.58). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aus Govt energy fear: China locking-up resources by long-term contracts, bypassing market

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Australian Government was concerned that the shortfalls in supply of oil and other energy resources may prompt countries like China to lock up access to supplies through long-term contracts, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (3/9/2007, p.2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Bell Bay power station in Tas: delivered gas costs estimated at $4.30/GJ; transmission at $1.12/GJ

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Bell Bay power station on Tasmania’s north coast commenced operations in 1971 with a 120MW unit and a further 120MW unit was added in 1974, noted ‘Fuel resource, new entry and generation costs in the NEM’, a report by ACIL Tasman for NEMMCO (27/3/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aus legal duty of confidentiality extends to those who “happen to come across” information

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

In Australia, the law relating to confidential information became well-established over the past 40 years, and it was now settled that a legal duty of confidence was not limited to a person who received information confidentially, reported The Courier Mail (4/9/2007, p.18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Studies in WA-279-P for Blacktip devt find diverse and abundant marine life fauna, Drillsearch report shows

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

There was limited information available concerning the benthic communities in the permit area; however, a previous study by Bowman Bishaw Gorham (unpublished data for Blacktip Project) encountered sandy substrates containing shell and crustacean fragments, and pebbles of terrestrial origin, according to the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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