- Deluged with money, charity says stop - Asia Tsunami - www.smh.com.au:
The Australian branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has become possibly the first aid agency in the world to ask donors to stop pledging money to its tsunami appeal.Apparently they cannot actually use further donations for the Tsunami effort, so they felt it was unethical to keep collecting. Given they're also non-religious (I'm pretty sure) this is a charity which really does stand out.
- Asia begins work on tsunami warning system. 03/01/2005. ABC News Online
- Surfer rode tsunami wave to safety - Asia Tsunami - www.smh.com.au. It had to happen somewhere, I suppose.
- Buried treasures - National - www.smh.com.au:
Once a plain death notice, the obituary has become an entertaining art form, writes Suzy Baldwin.
- Cheap and cheerful - the latest in mobile phones - Technology - www.smh.com.au:
They come with cameras and personal organisers. They are even encrusted with diamonds - but the latest option in mobile phones is a back-to-basics $9 disposable model.Notes the backlash that people want their phone to just be a phone.
- United front key to Telstra sale: Senator. 04/01/2005. ABC News Online:
ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries says a majority in the Senate will be of little use if the Coalition is unable to convince the Australian public that selling Telstra is in the national interest.Humphries must be the only pollie who thinks the public has any say in this at all (apart from idiotically voting Howard back in, of course).
- The Australian: Aaron Russell: Good riddance to compulsory campus unionism [December 29, 2004]:
Given a free choice, somewhere between 70 per cent and 90 per cent of students will happily let the student unions starve. It's unlikely they will be much missed.Most student unions fail to provide services to the majority of students. At my almer mater, the vast majority of my cash went to the sporting facilities - which I never used and you had to pay for anyway. There were talks of allowing you to specify where the money went, but that was probably ditched after the radicals in the union realised it'd be their pet perks that got axed fastest. Sadly the good work will go as well as all the dodgy rorts, but the student unions brought it on themselves.
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