Thursday, February 26, 2009

ABC AM today 26/2/09

I found the item about the report card for indigenous life expectancy.

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Updated Thursday, 26 February, 2009
More finance problems ahead for textile industry

The group representing the textile and clothing sector says banks are putting the squeeze on credit and many more manufacturers will have to cut jobs. But the author of the Federal Government's review of the sector says companies should hold their nerve.

No free ride for struggling companies: Swan
The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says any Government assistance for the manufacturing industry will have to be in the national interest and companies must be competitive and productive.

Investigation underway into plane crash at Schiphol Airport
Witnesses say a Turkish Airlines jet appeared to lose power before it crashed in Amsterdam killing nine people and injuring 84 others. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul was carrying 128 passengers and seven crew members.

Some pensioners too rich says welfare group
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commissioned research which shows the rich are able to claim the aged pension. It wants changes to eligibility criteria which would include the family home in an assets test.

PM to deliver report card on Indigenous life expectancy
The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to deliver a report card today detailing what's been done to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion has delivered his own scathing assessment of the Government's efforts and a new report shows disadvantage in communities in the Kimberley region in Western Australia is getting worse.

Fears Somali-Americans being recruited for terrorism
The FBI is investigating the disappearance of dozens of young Somali-American men who authorities fear have been recruited by a terrorist group. The FBI believes one of the young men was responsible for a bombing in Somalia last year - the first known suicide attack by a US citizen.

RIP Red gums
A new report finds river red gums are dying in wetlands on the Lachlan River in western New South Wales.

Magpie numbers soar
The conservation group Birds Australia has found that the population of magpies in urban areas has boomed, primarily because of a ready source of food from humans in cities and towns.

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