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Polling Suggests Possibility of Hung Parliament
On election eve, Roy Morgan research indicated support for the ALP was at 51%, on a two-party preferred basis, ahead of the Liberal-National Coalition (L-NP - 49%). When electors were surveyed and asked who they were going to vote for, primary support for the L-NP was 45.5%, while primary support for the ALP was 38.5%. Support for the Greens was 9.5%, Other Parties and Independent Candidates 4.5%, Australian Democrats 1%, and One Nation 1%. Read on...

Hubble Spots an Icy World Far Beyond Pluto
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the largest object in the solar system ever seen since the discovery of Pluto 72 years ago. Approximately half the size of Pluto, the icy world 2002 LM60, dubbed "Quaoar" (pronounced kwa-whar) by its discoverers, is the farthest object in the solar system ever to be resolved by a telescope. Read on...

U.S. Passenger Jet Crashes in NYC
Just as Americans began to regain faith in their airlines and the country's resilience to terrorist attacks, a further airline-related tragedy has befallen New York City, with an Airbus 300 crashing into suburban Queens at approximately 9:30AM ET this morning. More than 250 civilians are believed to have perished in the incident, the cause of which is unknown at this stage. Read on...

American Military Response Measures Begin
Approximately one hour ago, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States has launched the first military strikes against Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Both President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have addressed the people of their nations in order to highlight the necessity of these strikes, given the Taliban's continued resistance to the demands made by the United States just over two weeks ago. Read on...

American Confidence in Bush Remains High Post Attacks
This article reveals figures from an Harris Interactive poll conducted for CNN/Time that confirm that American support for Bush's leadership continues to strengthen, while also questioning which countries Americans feel will remain trustworthy allies, and exactly how much power the American people are willing to grant Bush and the Government? Read on...

Red Cross: By 2040 the Most Endangered Species in Asia Could Be Human
Australians will be challenged to consider the implications of an HIV/AIDS epidemic erupting in the Asia Pacific region in a new campaign launched today by Australian Red Cross. Read on...

Government Offers Tax Deductions to Bolster Relief Effort
Assistant Treasurer to the Australian Government, Senator Rod Kemp, today confirmed the Government's decision to allow tax deductibility status for donations over $2 made to assist people affected by the 11th September disasters in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh. Read on...

Commentary: Osama bin Laden Outranks Britney Spears in Online Interest
The overwhelming series of events spawned from the September 11th terrorist attacks made against the USA have fundamentally changed the way many of us operate. Within this commentary, search engine optimization specialist Mike Valentine notes just how dramatically the world's online interests and priorities have shifted since the event. Read on...

President Bush Addresses a Joint Session of Congress
The President of the United States, George W Bush today addressed a joint session of congress, and the world, from the Capital Building in his most formal declaration of resilience against terror thus far. Read on...

Commentary: Travesty in America
This emotive article presents an American's view of what has become a global tragedy, while suggesting that there are many important wake-up calls that have been triggered by the incidents of the past nine days. Read on...

Column: How Will You Fill the Space?
Given the turmultuous events of the past week, both in terms of terrorist action and the threat of substantial job losses here in Australia, contributor Michael Pollock looks at ways by which people may fill the voids in their lives in order to progress through challenging times. Read on...

Preparing for the New War
With dizzying efficiency, the US has not only lured Pakistan into supporting each of its demands, but has stimulated the issuing of a hard-line ultimatum to Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime stating that unless the Taliban turn over suspected terrorist coordinator Osama bin Laden within 3 days, the US will launch a massive military response against Afghanistan. War seems imminent. Read on...

Terrorist Attack: Effects on Worldwide Financial Markets
Traditionally, the world's financial markets have taken a bumpy ride in the wake of dramatic incidents of horror, terrorism or acts of war. This week has been no exception, with the initial shock selling seen as a reflection of the unbelievable fact that the world's last great superpower was the surprise victim of such a large-scale coordinated act of war. Read on...

The Importance of Unity in the Face of Chaos
In times of desperation, fear, anger and confusion, it can be an element of human nature to search for blame. As members of a free and multicultural society, though, we must make a conscious effort not to assert responsibility or hate against people of any particular race or creed. Read on...

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