Australia ends asylum by boat, begins debate over racism

July 26, 2013

We've said that we will encourage new Prince George to come out and visit your gift, little crocodile George, the royal crocodile. Come out and visit at any point in time. Prince George and the royal couple will be receiving many gifts from around the world. This is something unique to the Northern Territory." The baby croc will be placed with two other crocodiles named Kate and William after Prince George's famous parents ! Aww! That's so cool!
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Ashes 2013: England Hold Australia's Key

PA Sport The 24-year-old from Sydney was one of several batsmen under pressure after making just three runs in Australia's heavy defeat at Lord's, but his was the standout performance on an encouraging day for the Australians looking to force their way into contention for Old Trafford on Thursday. Ed Cowan (66) and Phil Hughes (84) figured in an opening stand of 150 fitness in 35 overs but reserve wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was out for a duck as Australia ended the first day on 354 for five after winning the toss. Smith and all-rounder James Faulkner revived the tourists with a stand of 131 in 28 overs for the fifth wicket after Australia had failed to build on the platform provided by Cowan and Hughes when they lost four wickets for 68 runs in 27 overs. They were particularly effective when Sussex took the new ball, with 47 runs plundered in five overs including three successive boundaries by Smith off Chris Liddle. Faulkner became Monty Panesar's third victim in the penultimate over when he was bowled hitting across the line and although Smith hit the first ball of the last over for his 15th boundary, he still needs two runs to complete what would be only the third hundred on the tour so far by an Australian. Earlier, Cowan and Hughes batted throughout the morning session, although Hughes was badly dropped on 22 by Sussex skipper Chris Nash at second slip off Chris Jordan. The left-hander chanced his arm on several occasions against the new ball in a somewhat skittish innings, although he did play some pleasing back-foot shots when offered any width by the Sussex seamers.
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"To have three now Max Workouts against Australia is exactly where I want to be." With England already 2-0 up in the series, they can retain the Ashes with a win or a draw in the third Test at Old Trafford next week. And Bell, who has always found Old Trafford to be a happy hunting ground, can't wait to punish the Australian bowlers again. He has scored two hundreds and a 97 in five Manchester Tests, at an average of 87. But if there is anything Bell takes from the epic drawn Test against Australia in 2005 -- the last Ashes match played at Old Trafford -- it is that the tourists will be determined not to surrender without a fight. "I know that the Test matches I've been involved in there, we've got a good record so it is a good place for England to go to now," Bell said.
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This time were only talking about 100,000 or so, a number that can easily be accommodated across the region. For workers on the frontline like Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, which provides resettlement services, there http://leticiahig.fotopages.com/?entry=8123573 has been a discernible hardening of attitudes toward asylum seekers. The [Afghan] Hazaras I work with are reporting being attacked on the streets. They are afraid of catching the trains. Ms. Curr blames the politicians for constantly fanning the flames of conflict and fear in the community over the asylum issue. They are shredding our social read more... fabric, pitting one ethnic group against another.
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Australia Gives Prince George Baby Crocodile

When the crocodile turns 18, Giles said George would be "encouraged to see whether or not he might be able to take him back home to his country". "We know that Prince George and the royal couple will be receiving many gifts of congratulations from all around the world -- this is something unique to the Northern Territory," he said. Third in line to the British throne, Prince George was born in London on Tuesday, triggering global fanfare including in Australia, where his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said earlier this week that Australia would send the prince a copy of the popular childrens' book Possum Magic plus a stuffed toy bilby, and said that funding for a research project into the tiny marsupial would be donated in his honour. Copyright (2013) AFP. All rights reserved.
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Bell enjoys putting Australia to sword

Patience and trust plays a huge role in this, as must an acknowledgement that change for change's sake is futile. Only if an incoming player is likely to make substantial improvements on the returns of an outgoing player should chopping and changing be legitimised. Then of course there's discipline. In the past fortnight there's been a lot of waffle from Australian players about " playing their natural games "it might be worth considering whether their "natural games" just aren't very good. Sure, flair and tenacity should not be totally extinguished, but Ian Bell for one has proven that reigning in natural instincts can be an important step to success. Phillip Hughes' 81 at Trent Bridge is another successful example. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images At Lord's in England's second innings, Joe Root, Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan mercilessly and calculatingly wore Australia's bowlers into the ground.
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