Monthly Archives: March 2010

Government education needed on why people use people-smugglers, says Refugee Action Collective

The Refugee Action Collective says the Rudd Government needs to educate people about why asylum seekers are coming to Australia. This follows a report in Brisbane’s Sunday Mail yesterday saying that asylum seekers had been transferred to Brisbane from Christmas Island, and were shopping.

We spoke to Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Collective. Click on the link above to download the audio file of what he said, or to listen to it at the 4ZZZ News Posterous.

Piers Akerman in today’s Daily Telegraph said the transfer of asylum seekers to Brisbane is evidence that the Rudd Government’s border protection policies encourage people-smuggling. This is despite an analysis last year of Brisbane blogger Scott Steel, in his Pollytics blog, showing that the number of asylum seekers is driven by wars and disasters overseas, and not the policy of Australia’s Government.

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Pope faces same accusations as Jesus, says New York Archbishop

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Facebook blamed for syphilis rise in UK, but it’s a beat-up

The Murdoch press in the UK last week falsely claimed that a National Health Service official had blamed Facebook for a rise in syphillis. While the official did say that some people with syphillis had used social networking sites (pdf file) to meet people for casual sex, he never mentioned Facebook and never blamed the sites. Facebook’s competitor Myspace is owned by the Murdoch-owned News Corporation, and was not mentioned in stories blaming Facebook.

Sex educator Dr Petra Boynton tracked the way the story quickly spread online and said sex educators and bloggers had done the job the media should have, including the Scarleteen and Bishtraining websites and Bad Science columnist Ben Goldacre

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Facebook blamed for syphilis rise in UK, but it’s a beat-up

The Murdoch press in the UK last week falsely claimed that a National Health Service official had blamed Facebook for a rise in syphillis. While the official did say that some people with syphillis had used social networking sites (pdf file) to meet people for casual sex, he never mentioned Facebook and never blamed the sites. Facebook’s competitor Myspace is owned by the Murdoch-owned News Corporation, and was not mentioned in stories blaming Facebook.

Sex educator Dr Petra Boynton tracked the way the story quickly spread online and said sex educators and bloggers had done the job the media should have, including the Scarleteen and Bishtraining websites and Bad Science columnist Ben Goldacre.

Dr Boynton encouraged people to use the Internet to spread accurate information to counter the media scaremongering.

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Two Day Queensland Population Summit

The Bligh Government will tomorrow be hosting a two day summit to deal with population growth in South East Queensland.

Simon Baltais of the Queensland Conservation Council has criticised the summit as being focused on managing population growth as opposed to controlling it.

The event will be held at the Queensland State library, and will feature panel discussions and speeches on topics such as sustainability and growth management at local, state and federal levels.

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Revelry and raunchiness

A rare diary recording debauchery and sin on an eighteenth-century emigration ship from Great Britain has finally come back to Australia.       

The Private Journal of a Voyage to Australia 1838-39 was a diary kept by James Bell on his passage to Adelaide on ship The Planter.

The book, which apparently contains shocking stories of revelry and raunchiness, was bought by the State library of Adelaide at auction in London.

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Don’t wash your hands

A recent American study shows that hand-sanitiser may be better at stopping the spread of colds than washing hands with soap and water.

The research found that hand-santisers containing ethanol and organic acids were more effective at removing and keeping away rhinovirus, the cause of around 30% of adult colds.

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