Historic euthanasia laws pass in Australian state of Victoria

Historic euthanasia laws pass in Australian state of Victoria

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[ad_1] BENJAMIN PREISS Last updated 19:11, November 22 2017 SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY MPs celebrate as the voluntary euthanasia bill passes in the state of Victoria. Voluntary euthanasia is set to become legal in the state of Victoria in Australia after historic laws passed the upper house, despite ferocious opposition from conservative MPs.The bill passed the upper house with 22 votes to 18, after a marathon 28-hour sitting that began on Tuesday afternoon and ended on Wednesday afternoon.There were emotional scenes in the upper house as MPs, who had debated the bill all night, wept in their seats or got up to embrace their colleagues.  SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY MP Gavin Jennings is congratulated by Harriet Shing and Fiona Patten. Greens MP Colleen Hartland wept into her colleague Samantha Dunn's shoulder as the final vote was declared.READ…
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Lebanon’s Robbie Farah backs Brad Fittler for State of Origin job

Lebanon’s Robbie Farah backs Brad Fittler for State of Origin job

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[ad_1] TONY SMITH Last updated 16:31, November 17 2017 Mark Nolan Robbie Farah is proud of how the Cedars have helped boost Lebanon's image at the Rugby League World Cup. Skipper Robbie Farah wouldn't mind coaching Lebanon "down the track" if current Cedars coach Brad Fittler takes over the vacant New South Wales State of Origin job.Fittler is a popular favourite to assume Origin reigns from Laurie Daley and Farah declared him "definitely" ready for the role.However, Fittler said in Christchurch on Friday he was only focusing on the Rugby League World Cup. Mark Kolbe Robbie Farah (L) with his former Wests Tigers clubmate Aaron Woods after the Lebanon-Australia Rugby League World Cup clash. Asked if the tournament had whetted his appetite for the Origin job, Fittler said: " We'll see…
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Fight for a ‘servant state’ not a ‘captured state’, says Gordhan

Fight for a ‘servant state’ not a ‘captured state’, says Gordhan

Economy
[ad_1] Johannesburg - A captured state cannot achieve transformation said former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday in Johannesburg. Gordhan was speaking on the challenges of economic transformation at the inaugural ASI Financial Service Flagship Thought Laboratory held at Alex Mall in Alexandra. In his address Gordhan said it was the role of government to give disadvantaged people leverage. “A captured state can’t play that role,” he said.“The majority of South Africans want a servant state, operating with integrity and honesty and by the values the Mandelas left for us,” he said. “South Africans must stop the rot we have been seeing in recent times. If we don’t stop the rot we won’t see transformation. We will be fighting for spoils.”He said the first step in achieving economic transformation was to fight…
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State of economy hinges on ANC succession outcome – economist

State of economy hinges on ANC succession outcome – economist

Economy
[ad_1] Johannesburg – The future of the South African economy hinges largely on the outcome of the ANC elective conference in December, according to economist Johann Els of Old Mutual.Speaking at the Old Mutual Investment Group’s quarterly investment briefing on Wednesday, Els, the group's head of economic research, said that South Africa was missing out on the opportunities that come with a global economic recovery because of political and policy uncertainty.“We are all waiting for the elective outcome. I do not know what the outcome will be, but a positive outcome can substantially change sentiment,” he said.The ANC's 54th National Conference, which will chose a successor to ANC President Jacob Zuma, is set to take place between December 16 and 20 in Gauteng. “There is lots of pessimism around, highlighted in business…
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