Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ABC AM 1/4/09

Proselytising by Rudd and Brown at G20...

Check it out in about an hour, here.

The praise heaped on Rudd by Brown & the Bishop of London, is sickening. Have your spew bag ready... I'll put it here when it's on the net (probably lunchtime). Courageous and visionary. Kevin?

*snorffle* sure. Whatever.

Here ya go:

Latest Transcripts:
Updated Wednesday, 1 April, 2009
PMs prepare for G20 as new warnings posted
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and his British counterpart Gordon Brown have addressed a forum on restoring balance to the world's economies at St Paul's Cathedral in London. The global economies are in worse shape than many feared with the OECD forecasting a sharp drop in output this year. (have your spew bag handy if you listen to this)

London in lock-down for summit
With London hosting its largest gathering of world leaders since 1946 Britain's police and security authorities are on high alert. They're prepared for every scenario from terrorism attacks to riots and large scale peaceful protests.

World Bank predicts gloom, particularly Asia
The World Bank is joining the chorus of economic gloom. In its latest economic forecasts, the bank projects the global economy will shrink by nearly two per cent this year, with many advanced economies slipping into deep recessions.

Audit report says Minister ignored
An independent auditor's report has found old computers and a complex administration system led to the SAS soldiers' pay bungle. The report has made five recommendations which the Defence Department has agreed to. The audit has confirmed the Department continued docking the pay of 11 soldiers even though it had received a directive to stop from the Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon last October.

Twiggy's vision for foreign investment in Australia
The Federal Government will allow the state backed Chinese steel group Hunan Valin to buy up to 17.5 per cent of Australia's third largest iron ore miner, Fortescue Metals Group. The CEO of Fortescue, Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest believes his $844 million deal with China is the yardstick for how foreign investments should be made in the future.

Tensions rise in Japan over North Korea rocket launch
Tensions in Japan are building as North Korea prepares to launch a controversial three-stage rocket which some people believe may be a cover for an intercontinental ballistic missile test. If North Korea goes ahead with the launch, some people say as early as Saturday, it could trigger the first live-fire test of the US-Japanese missile shield

Hundreds stranded in NSW mid-north coast flash floods
More than 1000 people on the New South Wales mid-north coast were trapped by flash flooding overnight with many people forced to seek shelter in schools and golf clubs. While flood waters are beginning to recede in Coffs Harbour, neighbouring towns of Bellingen, Dark Wood and Nana Glen have been completely cut off and are expected to be isolated for several days.

Cooks' loophole in skilled migration program
A new study by Melbourne's Monash University has found that changes to the Federal Government's skilled migration program have failed to stem a flood of overseas students studying cooking as a means of getting permanent residency. Many of the graduates are finding they have inadequate skills to fill job gaps in the hospitality industry.

Gender pay gap closes for Gen Y but not for long
A new report on pay equity shows progress is being made especially for Generation Y women who now earn virtually the same as their male peers. But social researchers warn that these young women may still struggle to maintain equal pay and opportunity throughout their working lives.
ABC World today liked the evangelical performance of Australia's Obama that they repeated it! Should be here soon.

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