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Sydney Writers Festival: Author Atul Gawande speaks about his book Being Mortal


Sydney: Atul Gawande is thinking about death. Which is a funny thing, really, because he’s the type of doctor who gives you the feeling he would definitely save your life. The 49-year old surgeon and New Yorker staff writer has spent much of his adult life thinking about how we can better improve the medical treatment we give and receive. ...

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Sydney : International full-fee paying students are studying at some of the most over-crowded schools in Sydney at the same time as the NSW Department of Education clamps down on out-of-area enrolments.Thousands of students, some as young as 13 and predominantly from Asian countries, are finishing their studies at public schools, with a 25 per cent increase in new, full ...

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Tony Abbott defends his ‘try before you buy’ reference to long-term unemployed


Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded suggesting employers “try before you buy” when hiring the long-term unemployed may fall foul of the “canons of sensitivities” but has stopped short of apologising for the remark. Appearing on ABC radio in Adelaide on Thursday, Mr Abbott was challenged about his choice of language when describing the revamped work for the dole scheme ...

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Indonesia to Australia: ‘You signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Act on it’


Australia has a responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal because it is a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees, according to the Indonesian government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to offer resettlement to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar on the grounds it would encourage people smuggling. Asked earlier on Thursday whether the Australian government ...

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BHP Billiton still facing Federal Police investigation over corruption allegations


Pert: The Australian Federal Police has confirmed it is still investigating BHP Billiton, as more details have emerged of a $30 million fine handed to the mining giant by US authorities. The US Securities and Exchange Commission last night announced the penalty imposed under America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, over lavish hospitality given to government officials as BHP sponsored the ...

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