The Greens yesterday said they were expecting the Gillard government would soon release asylum-seeking families with children from detention centres to live in the community. Immigration Minster Chris Bowen is reportedly close to announcing a strategy that will allow children and families to live in the community while their claims are processed, with the plan all but confirmed yesterday by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
On the eve of the canonisation of our first saint, Australia has further strengthened its ties with the Vatican with the official opening of the first permanent Chancery of the Australian embassy to the Holy See. Australia first established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1973, but only installed a resident ambassador in 2009 when Tim Fischer took up the appointment. On Saturday Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd declared the new embassy officially open, watched by Cardinal George Pell, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, Mr Fischer, members of the Sisters of St Joseph, and Vatican dignitaries.
The powerful head of the state's union movement wants Premier Mike Rann and Deputy Premier Kevin Foley to step down and allow Labor a chance to return to its core values. The call by SA Unions boss Janet Giles comes as speculation about the party's leadership continues to swirl in the wake of unpopular Budget decisions and an Advertiser opinion poll showing Mr Rann's popularity has slumped to a dismal 38 per cent - a far cry from the 84 per cent of three years ago. The poll also showed the Liberals leading Labor, 54 per cent to 46 per cent, and that almost half of the voters thought the Government was doing a poor job of listening to the people.
For 15 minutes after "Princess" Leiah's traumatic birth, she showed no signs of life. Doctors were about to call her time of death when a faint heartbeat was detected. After 21 minutes without oxygen, Leiah Stratford took her first breath, coming back to life after being dead for longer than almost any newborn her doctors know of.
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