July 15, 2011 |
After 10 months of negotiations and sometimes nasty public debate, Australia's government has finally announced the details of a carbon tax of $24.65 a ton, aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions by discouraging the use of fossil fuels and increasing investment in renewable energy. In 2015 it will be replaced by an emissions trading program. The plan, announced Sunday by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, will now go before Parliament, but its passage is assured as it is the result of a deal reached with the Australian Greens and two independents with whom the Labor Party formed a government last year.
August 28, 2002 |
MOVIES Australian Census: The Force Is With Them The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday that more than 70,000 people in Australia identified their religion as Jedi in last year's census. As in Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi and "Star Wars." Chris Brennan, president of the Star Wars Appreciation Society, speculated that only 5,000 of the Jedi respondents were "hard-core" believers. Another 50,000 put it down for fun, and the others "did it just to give the government a bit of curry."
October 4, 2000 |
The next president of the International Olympic Committee should be Belgium's Jacques Rogge, says Michael Knight, the Australian state government minister who headed the operational team that put on the Sydney Games. Knight said today that if the IOC "wants to keep the reform process going," Rogge is the "only sensible person" to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Spaniard who has been atop the IOC for 20 years and who retires next July.
April 30, 1988 |
Corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court, who on Friday finally succumbed to fallout from the October stock market crash, combined the manners of an aristocrat with the doggedness of the self-made man. The South African-born Holmes a Court, who sold out most of his corporate empire to arch-rival Alan Bond and the Western Australia State Government Insurance Commission, left an indelible mark on Australian business life.
June 12, 2001 |
The European Commission is investigating whether Hollywood movie studios are charging consumers artificially high prices for movies sold on digital video discs in Europe. The inquiry into DVD pricing practices by Vivendi Universal, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox, AOL Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney Co., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Sony Corp. and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures was announced Monday by European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti.
June 27, 1999 |
"If you want to catch a tiger," Kim Hak Yong was saying, "you have to go into the tiger's cave." Today, Kim and his North Korea team enter that cave. They face the United States in a game at Foxboro Stadium that they have to win to reach the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. And the tiger is waiting. Both teams are coming off impressive victories. The U.S. mauled Nigeria, 7-1, in Chicago on Thursday, the same day North Korea upset Denmark, 3-1, in Portland, Ore.
May 19, 1992 |
The last few years have been generally good to the disparate nations of the Pacific Rim. The numbers show greater wealth and improved health for most although population growth has been a problem for some. AUSTRALIA Government: Federal parliamentary democracy Area (square miles): 2.96 million 1986 1991 %change PEOPLE: Population (in millions) 15.8 million 17.5 million +10.8% Population growth rate 0.8% 0.8% -- Literacy 98.5% 99% -- WEALTH: Per capita GNP**($U.S.) 9,563(1985) 14,900(1990) +55.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2009 |
Fire chiefs in tinder-dry Southern California, faced with lean budgets while more people squeeze into the region, are starting to rethink long-standing policies on ordering mass evacuations in a wildfire, debating whether it may be wiser in some situations to let residents stay and defend their homes. "We don't have enough resources to put an engine at every house in harm's way," said Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper.
January 10, 1989 |
Choosing international protocol over domestic politics, Britain announced Monday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Howe will represent it in Tokyo next month for the state funeral of Emperor Hirohito.
May 1, 1994 |
Discontent is stirring among the Norfolkers, descendants of convicts and HMS Bounty mutineers who only reluctantly tolerate Australian rule over their isolated speck of land. "The people of Norfolk Island . . . have never been accorded the right of referendum to decide their destiny," Norfolk legislator Ric Robinson wrote in a 26-page letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.