[REUTERS] Opposition ploy could cost populist Pauline Hanson election in Australia September 5, 1998 A tactical ploy by Australia's government and opposition could force anti-immigration legislator Pauline Hanson out of parliament at the Oct. 3 election. http://www.nando.net/newsroom/ntn/world/090598/world4_22057_body.html [USA Today Travel Guide] Sydney's water isn't safe to drink 09/07 The Nation's Homepage Sydney's water isn't safe to drink SYDNEY, Australia - Tap water in the city that will hold the 2000 Olympics will not be safe to drink for up to six months, sources at the Sydney Water utility warned in comments published Sept. 1. http://www.usatoday.com/life/travel/leisure/t0907sw.htm [REUTERS] Australia PM Says Election Not Sidelined By Sport September 14, 1998 CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister John Howard said Monday he did not choose October 3 as the date for a general election in order to cash in on a welter of sports events expected to divert the sports-mad nation's attention. http://www.foxnews.com/js_index.sml?content=/news/international/0914/i_rt_0914_10.sml [REUTERS] Australian Poll Turn Nasty After Drugs Jibe September 17, 1998 CANBERRA — Australia's sedate election campaign turned nasty Thursday when an opposition spokesman accused conservative Prime Minister John Howard of being indirectly responsible for the deaths of heroin users. http://www.foxnews.com/js_index.sml?content=/news/wires2/0917/n_rt_0917_41.sml [AP] Foreign minister fears right-wingers could win 20 percent of vote 09/16/98 By Peter James Spielmann SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The right-wing populist One Nation party could win a sizable chunk of the vote in the Oct. 3 election, Australia's foreign minister conceded today. http://www.boston.com/dailynews/wirehtml/259/Foreign_minister_fears_right_winger.shtml [REUTERS] Australia looks for more bank competition Thursday, September 17 CANBERRA: Australian Treasurer Peter Costello said the government would be looking for more competition in business lending and lower interest rates before it would consider mergers among the country's big four banks. http://www.jaring.my/~star/thursday/17ozbanks.html [INDEPENDENT] 'Whingeing Poms' can sway election By Robert Milliken in Sydney The Brits of Brand may hold the key to who rules Australia after the general election on 3 October The Brand constituency is held with a slim margin by Kim Beazley. http://www.independent.co.uk/stories/B1809811.html [Today's News Network - New Zealand] AUSSIE ELECTION CAMPAIGN HEADS FOR THE GUTTER Australia's sedate election campaign has turned nasty An opposition spokesman has accused Prime Minister John Howard of being indirectly responsible for the deaths of heroin users. http://www.xtra.co.nz/newsfeed/inews/story1.html [BBC] Hanson accused of "playing race card" Friday, September 11 World: Asia-Pacific Ms Hanson passionately denied any racist motives David Grossman in Sydney sent this report to BBC News Online: The leader of Australia's One Nation Party, Pauline Hanson, has been accused of "playing the race card" in the federal election campaign. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia%2Dpacific/newsid%5F169000/169224.stm [BBC] Australian election battle focuses on economy Monday, September 14 World: Asia-Pacific Prime Minister John Howard: Called early general election Australia's leading politicians are battling it out ahead of the October 3 general election. The BBC's David Grossman reports on a televised head-to-head clash between the two leading candidates for prime minister. Prime Minister John Howard and the Labor Party opposition leader, Kim Beazley, squared up to each other live on Sunday night for an Australian television head-to-head debate. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia%2Dpacific/newsid%5F171000/171086.stm [SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST] Civil service 'racism' attacked Friday September 18 JIMMY CHEUNG Expatriate civil servants fear they will be "ethnically cleansed" by the Government because of "racist" policies. They said the mindset of Australian politician Pauline Hanson had been "institutionalised" in promotion and appointments. "Before criticism is given to another country which is contemplating racism, Hong Kong should look at itself . . . and acknowledge the hypocrisy," http://www.scmp.com/news/template/HK-Template.idc?artid=19980918002729024&top=hk&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=1972 [The New York Times/AP] Right-Wingers May Win Aussie Seats September 16 SYDNEY Australia AP -- The right-wing populist One Nation party could win a sizable chunk of the vote in the Oct 3 election. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/i/AP-Australia-Election.html [The Independent] Poll points to Labor victory against lacklustre Howard By Robert Milliken in Sydney Australia s opposition the Labor Party has edged ahead in the race to win the general election on 3 October says a new opinion poll http://www.independent.co.uk/stories/B1609806.html [The Independent] Australian PM rules out deal with Hanson September 14 By Joanna Jolly in Sydney The pace of the Australia election campaign picked up yesterday as the Prime Minister John Howard vowed that his party would not go into coalition with Pauline Hanson s right-wing http://www.independent.co.uk/stories/B1409811.html [SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST] Hanson admits uphill struggle as sensitive files leaked September 14 ROGER MAYNARD in Sydney and Agence France-Presse Pauline Hanson yesterday conceded she faced an uphill battle to keep her seat in next month's election, and suffered a fresh blow with the leaking of sensitive files of her One Nation party. http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Asia-Template.idc?artid=19980914025818037&top=asia&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=1562 [REUTERS] Australia PM Says Election Not Sidelined By Sport September 14 By Jane Nelson CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) - Prime Minister John Howard said Monday he did not choose October 3 as the date for a general election in order to cash in on a welter of sports events expected to divert the sports-mad nation's attention. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/wl/story.html?s=v/nm/19980914/wl/australia_1.html [REUTERS] Australia leaders unite against Hanson in poll race Monday 14, September SYDNEY, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Labor leader Kim Beazley clashed on Sunday in their only face-to-face battle of the October election campaign, but both pleaded for tolerance and attacked MP Pauline Hanson. http://www.lanka.net/lakehouse/1998/09/14/for03.html [REUTERS] Magazine Says Australia's Hanson a Fashion Disaster September 15 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian politician Pauline Hanson, already ridiculed by male impersonators and abused as a racist by protesters, suffered a further indignity Tuesday when she was labeled a fashion disaster. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/wl/story.html?s=v/nm/19980915/wl/australia_2.html [AP] Polls say election could go any way September 16 ASSOCIATED PRESS in Canberra - Almost half-way through the five-week national election campaign, it is still anyone's game, two contradictory opinion polls have found. http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Asia-Template.idc?artid=19980916022821069&top=asia&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=1504 [AFP] PM's seat 'at risk' over One Nation Friday September 11 1998 AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Sydney Prime Minister John Howard could be spectacularly unseated at the October poll by ethnic Chinese constituents furious at his failure to counter right-wing MP Pauline Hanson, anti-racism campaigners warned yesterday. http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Asia-Template.idc?artid=19980911031551025&top=asia&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=2261 [IRISH TIMES] McAleese underlines Australians' choice Thursday, September 10 Deep debt owed to Sisters of Mercy >From Christopher Zinn, in Brisbane In an emotional meeting with the Sisters of Mercy at Brisbane's Mater Hospital, the President, Mrs McAleese, has said any criticisms of the order's work should not outweigh its many achievements. http://www.irish-times.com/irish-times/paper/1998/0910/hom3.html [IRISH TIMES] McAleese underlines Australians' choice OPINION Thursday, September 10 The impression created by the President, Mrs McAleese, on her visit to Australia is assessed by Christopher Zinn in Brisbane. It could have been the highpoint of the State visit - a showdown between the President, Mrs Mary McAleese, and the xenophobic Queensland MP, Ms Pauline Hanson. http://www.irish-times.com/irish-times/paper/1998/0910/opt3.html [IRISH TIMES] Politicians halt campaign to meet President. Tuesday, September 8 >From Christopher Zinn, in Canberra Australia's bitter federal election campaign ground to a halt for a few hours yesterday as leaders of both parties put aside politics to celebrate the visit of the President http://www.irish-times.com/irish-times/paper/1998/0908/hom6.html [LONDON TIMES] Labor entices voters with republic pledge September 15 AUSTRALASIA Kim Beazley, the Labor leader, eating a mango on the campaign trail yesterday Photograph: ANDREW MEARES / REUTERS IN AN attempt to ignite its election campaign, the Australian Labor Party has offered voters a fast track to a republic. Kim Beazley, its leader, said Australians would be able to watch one of their own citizens open the Olympic Games in the year 2000 if they voted Labor into power. http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/98/09/15/timfgnaus03001.html?1553843 [TELEGRAPH] Australian boys find macho myth hard to live up to Saturday 12 September By Barbie Dutter in Sydney Australia's macho men A GROWING number of young men in Australia are clinging to their childhood because they feel intimidated by the traditional role-models of lager-swilling macho men, an academic said yesterday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000576817733552&rtmo=lw7wSvHt&atmo=kkkkkkku&pg=/et/98/9/12/wmach12.html Saturday 12 September Australia's macho men Australian boys find macho myth hard to live up to Bushman: a person who lives in the Bush; someone skilled in bushcraft. http://www.telegraph.co.uk:80/et?ac=000576817733552&rtmo=lw7wSvHt&atmo=kkkkkkku&pg=/et/98/9/12/wmach112.html [REUTERS] Australian Politician Pauline Hanson Prepares For Xena-like Battle With Pantsdown September 9 CANBERRA — Controversial politician Pauline Hanson could face more than just a hostile parliament after Australia's October elections following a decision by cross-dressing imitator Pauline Pantsdown to contest the poll. http://www.foxnews.com/js_index.sml?content=/etcetera/090998/pantsdown.sml [The ZDNet News Channel] Aussie political hack a Web first September 8 The Australian Labor Party has become embroiled in an unsavory slice of Web history -- the first mainstream political party to be accused of electronic dirty tricks during an election. http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,3441,2135614,00.html [SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST] Hanson prepares race bombshell to counter tax fiasco Wednesday September 9 ROGER MAYNARD in Sydney One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is preparing to shift her party s focus back to the race issue in a desperate bid to shore up support. http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Asia-Template.idc?artid=19980909030435029&top=asia&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=1685 [REUTERS] Beazley vows closer ties with Asia if elected SEP 20 DARWIN -- Australian Labor opposition leader Kim Beazley, ahead in the polls in the race to an Oct 3 national election, yesterday pledged closer ties with Asia if he wins power. http://straitstimes.asia1.com/pages/wrld14_0920.html [REUTERS] Howard says Asia's Wall St could be in Australia September 20 SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday reform of Australia's taxation system would allow one of its cities to become the Wall Street of the Asia-Pacific region by the year 2030. http://www.canoe.ca/ReutersNews/AUSTRALIA-WALLSTREET.html [SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST] Tax reform the only way, says Howard Monday September 21 Do the right thing: Prime Minister John Howard waves to supporters and protesters in Sydney. He said he was certain tax reform was the correct option for Australia. Associated Press photo AGENCIES in Sydney Prime Minister John Howard launched the Liberal Party election campaign yesterday with an impassioned defence of an unpopular tax reform agenda and plans to woo back rural support lost to MP Pauline Hanson's right-wing One Nation party. http://www.scmp.com/news/template/Asia-Template.idc?artid=19980921025418046&top=asia&template=Default.htx&maxfieldsize=2811 [FINANCIAL TIMES] Drugs rumpus stirs up election campaign FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 By Russell Baker in Sydney The Australian election campaign took a number of bizarre and embarrassing twists yesterday when John Howard, the prime minister, was seemingly accused of being responsible for the deaths of drug addicts, and the price of heroin was linked with the federal government's proposed goods and services tax (GST). [FINANCIAL TIMES] BHP cites Asian crisis as profits slip MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 By Russell Baker in Sydney BHP admitted that the Asian economic crisis was continuing to affect the Australian resources group's profitability as it reported a 1.7 per cent drop in net profit to A$351m (US$207m) for the three months to August. http://www.ft.com/hippocampus/q93b06.htm [WASHINGTON POST] Questioning Fitness By William Raspberry Monday, September 21 "You Americans seem obsessed with your politicians' fitness for office and only marginally interested in their performance once they are in office." That comment, made four years ago by the erstwhile Australian ambassador, was more observation than criticism. But Don Russell's remark may offer a bit of insight into our chief politician's present predicament. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPcap/1998-09/21/054r-092198-idx.html [STRAIGHTS TIMES] We are well on course SEP 21 LASALLE-SIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Dr Howard, 47, an Australian who has helmed the college since April last year, says that the move towards locally-conferred degree programmes will encourage more secondary and pre-university students to go on to a professional career in the arts. http://straitstimes.asia1.com/pages/hot1_0921.html [STRAIGHTS TIMES] Hockey's loss is athletics' gain SEP 20 By GODFREY ROBERT WINNING gold at a global meet is nothing new for Nova Peris-Kneebone. http://straitstimes.asia1.com/pages/spo5_0920.html [The Independent] Trust in me says Howard By Robert Milliken in Sydney John Howard Australia's Prime Minister launched his re-election campaign yesterday with a familiar call Trust me At a rally of party faithful in Sydney Mr Howard 59 appealed for a second term. http://www.independent.co.uk/stories/B2109810.html [El Nuevo Día Interactivo - San Juan, Puerto Rico] Destaca por aburrida la campaña australiana domingo, 20 de septiembre de 1998 Por CARLOS RUBIO DE LA AGENCIA EFE CAMBERRA - El aburrimiento, el desinterés y las inusuales propuestas políticas de la extrema derecha son las notas más destacadas de la campaña electoral de los comicios convocados en Australia para el tres de octubre. http://206.49.79.49/noticias/internacionales/html/p68a19.html --- n.b. if you cannot access a story ask me and I'll see what I can do PREVIOUS RECENT INTERNATIONAL NEWS OF INTEREST AT http://www.rainbow.net.au/~canning/international.htm -- |: Paul Canning canning@rainbow.net.au |: http://www.rainbow.net.au/~canning >Queers for Reconciliation http://reconciliation.queer.org.au |Aboriginal Tent Embassy http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.com.au/ >: "You can't beat her with conventional weapons like truth or common sense. As with all movie monsters, her Achilles Heel will turn out to be something lame and obvious like rain or the common cold." Jon Casimir talking about Pauline Hanson