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German drug maker covered up warnings about thalidomide risk

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker smh.com.au SECRET files reveal the German maker of thalidomide ignored and covered-up repeated warnings that its drug could damage unborn babies. The Herald has obtained excerpts of never-before-published files from pharmaceutical giant Grunenthal’s archives, which detail … Continue reading

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PM must go or the party will be over

Mike Carlton smh.com.au Time to face facts. Time to pull the pin. Julia Gillard is leading the Australian Labor Party towards a catastrophic election defeat, probably the worst in its federal history. For the good of the party and the … Continue reading

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Rise of the machines

Asher Moses smh.com.au One of the founding engineers of Skype and Kazaa is in Australia to sound a warning to the human race: fasten your seatbelts, as machines are becoming so intelligent that they could pose an existential threat. Jaan … Continue reading

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Writing on the wall as bullies sign up to get a lesson

Source: SMH DELINQUENT students and their parents are being asked to sign written contracts promising to clean up the child’s behaviour under a discipline crackdown in the state’s 2240 public schools. Primary and secondary schools regularly draw up individual agreements … Continue reading

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Let voters dump bad government, experts decide

Source: SMH VOTERS should be given the power to force early elections in NSW with a view to dumping unpopular governments, a majority of experts has advised the Premier, Barry O’Farrell. But an early election could only be called with … Continue reading

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Aussies don’t trust politicians: survey

Source: SMH As federal MPs gather in Canberra for the first parliamentary sitting of the year, a new survey has found 60 per cent of Australians don’t believe what their political leaders say. The latest annual Trust Barometer survey, released … Continue reading

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Westpac to axe hundreds of jobs

Source: SMH “It’s completely pathetic that an organisation that continues to make a multi-billion dollar annual profit thinks the only way through difficult times is to sacrifice Australian jobs.” Westpac is cutting hundreds of jobs as part of its cost-cutting … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in mind-reading technology

Source: SMH Scientists may one day be able to eavesdrop on our thoughts, after a major breakthrough which allowed researchers to decode brain activity. The finding could eventually allow neuroscientists to “hear” the thoughts of stroke sufferers or other patients … Continue reading

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The spear of confrontation pays nation another visit

Source: SMH IN 1790, Bennelong, the Sydney-born Aboriginal friend to the colonisers, was present when Governor Arthur Phillip was speared at Manly Cove, demonstrating how much relations between the two peoples had soured. It has been a while since Australia … Continue reading

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Prices drop but houses still up on global list

Source: SMH HOUSING affordability improved in Australia last year, according to an annual international ranking, but local real estate still remains some of the least affordable in the world. Australia’s national unaffordability ratio sank from 6.1 times in 2010 to … Continue reading

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