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Aussies want to shoot 3000 kangaroos

By Rod McGuirk

The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia — Authorities said today they want to shoot more than 3,000 kangaroos on the fringes of Australia's capital, noting the animals were growing in population and eating through the grassy habitats of endangered species.

The Defense Department wants to hire professional shooters to cull the kangaroos at two of its properties on the outskirts of Canberra, which counts 1,100 kangaroos per square mile in the Australian Capital Territory — the densest kangaroo population ever measured in the region.

With a population of about 333,000 according to the latest census figures, there are 367 people per square mile in the territory, which includes Canberra.

That means that kangaroos outnumber people in the territory by a 3-to-1 margin.

Canberra's local government is expected to decide this week whether to approve the cull, government spokeswoman Yersheena Nichols said.

Under the plan, 3,200 of the common eastern gray kangaroos, which can grow as big as a man, will be shot by July.

The territory's Animal Liberation president Mary Hayes warned that such an action would earn the local government an international reputation for cruelty.

"It is a very cruel, violent way to treat animals," she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

Queensland state Kangaroo Protection Coalition activist Pat O'Brien rejected the government's argument that the kangaroos risked starvation if they were not killed.




New Australians comment on citizenship test

The Prime Minister this week unveiled plans for a citizenship test for new Australians.
The test will include proficiency in English and questions about Australian history and values,
and on AM this week Mr Howard told us that he preferred to speak about integrating migrants rather than pursuing a policy of multiculturalism.
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2006/s1812242.htm

A new lease of life for White Australia

Here is a multiple-choice question: why did John Howard announce the citizenship test this week?
http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/a-new-lease-of-life-for-white-australia/2006/12/14/1165685821331.html

Indians in Adelaide face gang attacks

The Indian community in Adelaide, south Australia, is living under the shadow of terror these days,
with increasing incidents of apparently racially-motivated bashings at night by roaming gangs of youths.

In the last six months, there have been 10 such attacks, with eight of the victims being of Indian origin,
including students. Police admit they have little information about the gang(s) of teenagers attacking Indians
in Adelaide's inner northern suburbs.

In most cases, the attackers, generally young men, demanded money from their victims before assaulting them.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_1840184,001600060001.htm


Broome's multicultural community is upset

at a vandalism attack on the historic Japanese cemetery.
Broome's multicultural community is upset at a vandalism attack on the historic Japanese cemetery.
More than 900 people are buried at the site, which is testament to the dangers of the early pearling industry.
There are 707 graves, the earliest dates back to 1896. One large obelisk is a memorial to almost 200 men killed while at sea during a cyclone.
The cemetery is also represents the close ties Broome has with Japan.
Hundreds and hundreds of Japanese migrated, especially from Taiji, to Broome to work in the pearling industry.
Their descendents remain in the town.
This is not the first time the cemetery has been a target, and the Broome Shire has taken measures to install high security fences, lights and a locked gate at sunset.
In the latest attack more than 30 headstones were pushed off their plinth and cracked, as you can see by the photos. So far almost 90 headstones have been vandalised.
http://www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s1393851.htm

Police in Broome, in northern Western Australia, have ruled out any political or racial motivation for vandalism to the town's Japanese cemetery.
http://abc.gov.au/news/items/200609/1739375.htm?kimberley
http://www.abc.gov.au/news/items/200610/1755076.htm?kimberley


Racial taunts as man bashed on pavement

05.10.2006 By Glen Prentice
A Korean shopowner may close down his central city store after he was bashed in what he believes was a racially motivated attack.

Young Ho Bae, who owns Dollar Store The Your Living in Whangarei's John St,
says he was punched and dragged along the footpath after he told a group of loitering youths to move away.



Racism on the rise

1 February 2006
By Andrew Webster in Melbourne

But this year, both Aussie iconic pastimes have been marred by a series of racist incidents that have shocked
most people and threatened the future of international cricket tours down under.

By far the most serious was also the first. More than 30 people were hurt in early December's race-related riots
and reprisal attacks in and around Cronulla beach in Sydney.