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ACTU president Ged Kearney will not nominate for the prized Labor seat of Batman.
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Ms Kearney was being lobbied hard by the party’s left faction to run against Right powerbroker Senator David Feeney for the seat vacated by Martin Ferguson.

Her supporters had expected her to announce her candidacy soon but on Saturday morning she issued a statement saying she would not run.

“I want to thank all of those people who have encouraged me to run for the seat of Batman, however I will not be nominating,” ms Kearney said.

” It would have been a great privilege  but now is not the right time.

” Being elected as president of the ACTU is a commitment dear to my heart and I believe I still have a lot more to do in this role given the challenges the labour movement faces.”

She said she was proud to lead the union campaign on insecure work and That she wanted to continue to be part of the team at the ACTU fighting for workers’ rights and the role of unions in our community.

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An attempt by Western nations, including Australia, to build support for big Antarctic marine reserves has been rebuffed by the fishing powers.
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China and Japan are said to have shot down a show of support for the reserves concept at a closed Antarctic Treaty meeting in Brussels this week. Australia has joined France and the European Union in proposing 1.9 million square kilometres of waters off eastern Antarctica for a chain of marine reserves.

In the Ross Sea, the US and New Zealand want a 1.4 million square kilometre reserve.

The reserves would restrict some fishing rights, and China took a stand against them last year at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Other nations who objected then, including Russia, indicated that as well as future resource access, they were concerned about the need for designated marine reserves in an already tightly regulated commission system.

This has forced the commission to call only the second special meeting in its history – in Bremerhaven, Germany, in July – to tackle the marine reserves issue.

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Nissan Dualis TS.The car Nissan Dualis TS
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The price From $29,990, plus on-roads

Vital statistics 1.6-litre turbo diesel 4-cyl; 96kW/320Nm; 6-sp manual; FWD; 4.5L/100km combined and 119g/km CO2 

Why we’re driving it

Nissan added a diesel variant Dualis to its compact-SUV line-up last month.

Likes

The Renault-sourced diesel engine is commendably fuel efficient given the Dualis’s 1407-kilogram kerb weight: we saw about 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres in city driving. The steering is linear and predictable. The high-ride height offers better visibility and versatility. The six-speed manual shifts smoothly. Standard features include satnav, reversing camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and stop-start idle technology. Three-year/100,000-kilometre warranty and three-year 24-hour roadside assist program.

Dislikes

The Dualis suffers from turbo lag and is pretty flat off boost or under 1500rpm. No automatic gearbox available. The front wheels struggle for grip under harder acceleration. Lacks flair inside the cabin.

Would I buy one?

If I was content with a manual gearbox and could live with turbo lag, I’d consider it. But those features make the diesel variant a hard sell.

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Tram art by Howard Arkley. Tram art by Lesley Dumbrell.
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Artwork tram on the circuit.

Discarded art tram in 1993.

Tram art by Jenny Watson.

Tram artwork in 1990.

Tram artwork in 1990.

The Age “Fascinating Reading” tram.

Tram artwork in 1988.


Four people have died after drinking home-made alcohol in southern Iran and 298 others were poisoned, the ISNA news agency quoted a local health official as saying.
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‘‘Nine of the victims are in a coma and have lost their vision,’’ said Hamid Najmeddin, adding that 100 of the victims were on dialysis after drinking the alcohol on Wednesday.

He said the victims were admitted to local hospitals in and near the city of Rafsanjan in the southern province of Kerman.

According to the report, all the victims were male and under 27 years old.

The consumption of alcohol has been forbidden in Iran since the 1979 revolution under sharia (Islamic) law, and violations are punishable by jail or lashing.

Only recognised Christian minorities in Iran, such as the country’s Armenian community, are allowed to produce and consume alcohol, but discreetly and behind closed doors, in order not to offend Islamic sensibilities.

But despite severe penalties under the Islamic penal law, 60 to 80 million litres of alcohol are smuggled into the country each year, according to officials, while police manage to seize only about 20 million litres.

Police chief Esmaeel Ahmadi Moghadam said last year that some 200,000 alcoholics lived in Iran.

Home distilled spirits, which sell for far less than foreign brands smuggled from abroad, are widely consumed in the Islamic republic.

But the use of industrial chemicals in their production can pose a serious health risk.

AFP

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