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NRMA is calling for abolishing fines for minor speeding offences, replacing it with compulsory driving lessons. Those who are over 85 must sit for new driving testsevery two years. Many of them fail the test.  .
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The Government is planning to test for drugs some welfare receipients. Those who are found to using drugs will have 80% of their welfare cheque quarantined. AMA considers this measure unfair  
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Ingenious population is growing faster than the rest of Australians. The rate of incanceration among the aborigines is 11 times higher comparing to the general population.  

Viva: When families break apart

What happens when differences within a family lead to a breakdown of relationships? While social researchers say that estrangement is common, few talk about it. 
We discussed the position of Russian Orthodox Church on the legalisation of same-sex marriages with Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff of Melbourne Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in East Brunswick. Fr. Nicholas outlined the phylosophical aspect...
Both sides of the same-sex marriage debate have launched their official campaigns.  On the "yes" side, there were celebrities hugging post boxes, sports stars past and present, and bipartisan political rallies. While the "no" campaign...
Western Australia exports up to 80 per cent of its agricultural production and the industry is also a target for foreign investment.So what happens when you combine the two?One farmer sold his property to Chinese buyers, and says it's the best...

Dustyesky choir to visit Melbourne

The Dustyesky choir from a small town of Mullumbimby became popular not that long ago. Heading now to Melbourne where they will perform during Melbourne Fringe they invite everyone to come as they will share their passion for singing in Russian....
The Federal Government has introduced new laws which would toughen its "no jab, no pay" policy targeting parents who do not immunise their children. Under the new legislation, parents' fortnightly welfare payments would be reduced for each child...
The effects of dementia on bilingual people can include the sudden loss of a second language, leaving those affected feeling isolated -- especially in aged care.  Now, some aged-care services are looking beyond Australia to find bilingual workers...

Plenty of pirouettes!

Australia, behold and welcome Russian Imperial Ballet. This year program "A Festival of Russian Ballet" presents a wonderful  mix of classical and modern dance. One of the principal soloist Sergey Kheylink speaks about the upcoming tour. ...
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This week in Russia

In this issue1. Moscow is 870 years old, with municipal elections, car arson and telephone terrorists.2. Hateful fireworks in honor of Matilda.3. I hope to return.
A new report from the OECD* shows Australians are embracing education, especially at a tertiary level, even though most are not willing to go far from home. Yet, the report comparing OECD nations on education has early-childhood organisations...
The head of the energy company AGL has been drawn into the ongoing political tussle over Australia's rising energy prices and potential electricity shortages this summer. AGL chief executive Andy Vesey is being accused of duplicity over his...