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War Hardly Possible for Australia: Navy On Two Month Holiday

November 18, 2008

Most of Australia’s navy is to be given two months off over Christmas as part of a new strategy to cope with crew shortages, the defence minister says.

Joel Fitzgibbon said the extended break was a way of encouraging sailors to stay in the service.

From the BBC

The number of sailors who stay aboard docked ships will be reduced, to make sailors’ duties more family-friendly.

Mr Fitzgibbon rejected claims by the opposition that the move would affect national security.

The opposition said the venture was an admission that the government had failed to recruit enough sailors.

‘Innovative ways’

Mr Fitzgibbon said: “We’re doing a lot of work trying to find new and innovative ways both to retain skilled people and recruit new people.”


Above: HMAS Darwin

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Murdoch: China, India will reshape the world

November 2, 2008

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch says the ongoing metamorphosis of China and India from historic backwaters into economic powers will help reshape the world in the next few decades.

The News Corp. chief gave an upbeat assessment of the future and made a vigorous case for free markets despite troubled economic times and what he called “naked, heartless aggression” in the world.

In the first of a series of speeches in his birth country of Australia, Murdoch spoke Sunday of “the great transformation we’ve seen in the past few decades, the unleashing of human talent and ability across our world, and the golden age for humankind that I see just around the corner.”

He said China and India are great countries whose people are only recently emerging from long histories of being “incarcerated by communism or caste.” The rise of their economies is creating a new middle class that would be three billion strong within 30 years and that is setting a new benchmark for global competitiveness.

News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch gestures as he delivers ... 
News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch gestures as he delivers the 2008 Boyer Lecture series ‘A Golden Age of Freedom’ in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Media tycoon Murdoch says the ongoing metamorphosis of China and India from historic backwaters into economic powers will help reshape the world in the next few decades. The Boyer Lectures is a series of talks by prominent Australians chosen by the ABC Board to present ideas on major social, scientific or cultural issues. The lectures have been broadcast on ABC Radio for more than 40 years and have stimulated thought, discussion and debate in Australia on an astonishing range of subjects.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

“The world has never seen this kind of advance before,” Murdoch said. “These are people who have known deprivation. These are people who are intent on developing their skills, improving their lives and showing the world what they can do.”

Murdoch, whose New York-based conglomerate includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox News Channel, Dow Jones & Co. as well as newspaper stables in Australia and Britain and the online networking site MySpace, described the global financial crisis as one of many challenges facing Australia.

He urged Australia to embrace internationalism and touched on a range of global issues, from international security to the commercial opportunities offered by the world’s need for cleaner energy.

Murdoch said that in another speech he would give his opinions on the future of newspapers, which are suffering a severe downturn, especially in the United States, as advertising revenue is lost to the Internet.

Murdoch made a strong pitch for freer trade between countries, taking agriculture as an example and saying that reducing artificial barriers is a moral and strategic issue.

“So we must continue to leverage our connections and continue to push when others have left the conference table,” he said. “The global trade dialogue should echo with Australian accents.”

Touching on security, he chided Europe for appearing to have “lost the will to confront aggression” and said NATO should be reformed into a group based on common values, not geography, and include countries like Australia as members.

“In this promising new century, we are still seeing naked, heartless aggression — whether it comes from a terrorist bombing in Islamabad or a Russian invasion of Georgia,” Murdoch said.

“We can lament these developments, but we cannot hide from them,” he said, noting Australia’s contribution of troops to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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US-China ties key for Pacific region success: Australian PM

April 1, 2008
By P. Parameswaran 

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called Monday for careful management of US-China relations, saying it was critical for the success of the “Pacific Century”.
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Australia’s Prime Minister Rudd
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“For Australia, the single core question of whether ours will be a Pacific century rests on the long-term management of this most critical relationship,” he told a forum of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

The term Pacific Century had been used previously to describe the 21st century that some believed will be dominated, especially economically, by the Pacific Rim states, particularly China, Japan and the United States.

More recently, the term Asia Century was coined to place greater emphasis on Asian nations, including India.

Rudd, who arrived last Thursday in Washington on his first major overseas trip since becoming prime minister, said there should be “continued good management” of relations between Washington and Beijing.

He noted China‘s rapidly increasing military spending, saying questions of “transparency” and “uncertainties concerning long-term strategic purpose” were critical.

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Vietnam sentences Australian heroin trafficker to death

March 19, 2008

HANOI (AFP) – An appeal court in Vietnam has sentenced an Vietnamese-Australian woman to death for heroin trafficking after prosecutors appealed against her original life sentence, a court clerk said Wednesday.
A policeman guards Ho Chi Minh City courthouse, seen in 2003. ... 
A policeman guards Ho Chi Minh City courthouse, seen in 2003. An appeal court in the city has sentenced an Vietnamese-Australian woman to death for heroin trafficking on Wednesday.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Jasmine Luong, 34, was handed the death penalty on Tuesday by the court in Ho Chi Minh City, he said on condition of anonymity.

Luong, who was born in Vietnam, was arrested at Tan Son Nhat airport outside Ho Chi Minh City in February last year as she preparing to fly to Sydney with nearly 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of heroin, according to a police source.

“She had been hired to transport those heroin packs, hidden in her luggage and shoes,” the source said.

Several Australians of Vietnamese origin have been arrested over the past few years for trafficking heroin from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia. Of those, some were given life imprisonment or the death penalty.

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