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Another blow for teen health as Gardasil is approved for Irish boys

Slowly but surely boys are being included in HPV vaccination programs throughout the world. At present there are 84 government-funded HPV vaccination programmes where 18 countries which include Canada, Slovenia, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Italy are now vaccinating boys along with girls. Early this month the Irish government joined these countries and voted to include the HPV vaccine for teenage boys. In Ireland the uptake of the […]

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Deformed fish, sick kids, but for some it’s a ‘risk that’s worth it’

Four hundred and thirty-seven million hectares of Australia is covered by coal seam gas licences or applications, and 20 billion litres are needed every year for the coal seam gas industry, stated Sydney right-wing radio broadcaster Alan Jones when he appeared in Frackman, an Australian feature-length documentary film which follows the exploits of former construction worker turned anti-fracking activist, Dayne Pratzky responding to the expansion of the coal seam gas industry near Tara, Queensland.

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Our world in transition

Petra White wrote this evocative poem, published in The Age on Saturday October 11 A History of the Siege Dark days are here. Nothing can stop them, they crowd like hair around the temples, everyone knows and now we can say, at last, it is dark. On Manus, they are walking along fine edges of themselves, under a borrowed moon, a borrowed sun. Nobody follows them, they would lead only […]

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Is it the end of shopping?

As the Federal Government readies itself to announce the details of the long – deliberated carbon tax, the Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet reassures the voters that the government remains addicted to strong economic growth.
But is business as usual really possible in our post-carbon world?

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