Biosecurity officers have been directed to inspect Katy Perry CDs purchased overseas due to fears they may pose a risk to Australia. The deluxe version of the U.S. singer's new albumPRISMcontains
a small packet of seeds. While the production company has assured the Department of Agriculture that the continue reading
this.. Australian release contains locally sourced seeds, international versions of the album still pose a risk. "Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in
Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern," a department spokesperson said. It is understood the Australian release contains harmless local Swan River daisy seeds.
"The Australian PlantBank will play a vital role in plant conservation andgives the public access to plant science and scientists at the forefront of conservation research," he said. "There's the
mini museum of intrigues in the form of the Diversity Wall with over 200 elements in the interpretation and cabinets of curiosities which explore the economic, ecological and ethno-botanical uses
of plants. For example, Aborigines once used sap from eucalyptus trees to plug holes in their teeth and in the 18th Century, tea in China was worth more than gold." Dr Summerell said knowing more
about plants and conserving biodiversity is vital. "Plants have untapped potential for pharmaceutical application and we can noteven predict what our future fibre needs could be," he said. The
Australian PlantBank is nestled at Australia's largest botanic garden, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan in NSW. It is administered by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. For
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I think Im quite a tolerant person, but one thing Ive really never had any tolerance for is sexual abuse, and especially child abuse, he said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation. So, I dont think you could have kicked me in the guts with a bigger blow, in some ways. His father died in 2004. Added challenges and controversy While widely admired, Hillsong is no
stranger to critique, both inside and outside religious circles, from everything to its theology to its administration. Some criticize the churchs promoting of women pastors. Creationist
proponent Ken Ham has decried Brian Houston for not adhering to a belief in 6-day creationism. Others scrutinize the churchs teaching on homosexuality and gay marriage. Some pastors like
megachurch leader John MacArthur have criticized the churchs Pentecostal teaching that the Holy Spirit enables spiritual gifts, such as speaking in tongues.
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Under Australia's new conservative government, asylum-seekers arriving by unauthorised boats face the prospect of their vessels being turned back to Indonesia, from where many of them embark, if
it is safe to do so. The policy has angered Indonesian officials, who warn it could breach their country's sovereignty and on Friday Jakarta said it would not accept those on board the boat
helped by the Australians. Agus Barnas, a senior official at the co-ordinating ministry for political, justice and security affairs, told AFP negotiations were taking place between visiting
Australian Defence Minister David Johnston and his Indonesian counterpart, Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Barnas said: "Indonesia rejects taking asylum seekers, that's our stance for the time being. "We
are still negotiating with Australia on this matter.
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30, according to the Real Estate Board of New York , and 331,338 pounds ($536,237) in London , according to the Nationwide Building Society . High Debt Australians are used to high home prices
and debt. Average household debt has hovered near 150 percent of annual income since 2006, compared with 135 percent in the U.S. House prices havent fallen more than 10 percent in any one year
for more than 40 years, according to data cited by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Reconsidering Homeownership in America In Newtown -- a former working-class suburb 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from
the city center where Wong bought the property, her first as an investor -- prices have risen 13 percent this year, according to researcher Australian Property Monitors.
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growth data and a surprise European Central Bank rate cut. Bluechips BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd lost 1.2 percent and 1 percent respectively. Elsewhere, Iluka Resources Ltd fell 0.6
percent and OZ Minerals Ltd slipped 0.3 percent. read more... The Australian market has
traded sideways in November, with the benchmark hovering at the 5,400 point level. A strong earnings season, particularly led by banks, and a recovering economy have driven a rally in the
Australian market, although uncertainty over the Fed's stimulus has checked demand recently.