Some Australian news in brief

Death sentence for drug smuggler: "Andrew Chan, the alleged godfather of the Bali Nine has been sentenced to death for heroin trafficking. Judges in Denpasar today condemned him to death by firing squad for trying to smuggle heroin from Indonesia to Australia. The sentence is the first death penalty handed down to a member of the Bali Nine. Judges also ordered that co-accused, Brisbane man Michael Czugaj, serve a life term for his role in the plot to carry heroin from Indonesia to Australia. The court's decision to impose the death penalty on Chan was not unexpected - when co-accused Renae Lawrence was sentenced on Monday prosecutors had asked for a 20-year term because she had assisted police in their investigations, but judges imposed a life term anyway."

Greenie bureaucrat still being as obstructive as she can: "The public will be able to continue feeding two wild dolphins at Tin Can Bay. Environment Minister Desley Boyle said today that agreement had been reached with the owners of Barnacles Cafe to allow the dolphin feeding to continue under strict conditions. Under the agreement, only two dolphins - Mystique and White Patch - will be fed a maximum of three kilograms of fresh fish between 8am and noon each day. The owners of the cafe, 220km north of Brisbane, will have to ensure data on the feeding is collated daily and sent to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Government officers will be allowed on site to monitor the program. Ms Boyle banned feeding last year, saying it was endangering the dolphins, but her decision was overturned by Premier Peter Beattie following a public outcry. Ms Boyle today conceded she had been wrong to ban the feeding and said the new conditions would "go a long way towards protecting the dolphins".

Muslims outbreeding Anglo-Australians: "Pro-Life Liberal MP Danna Vale has warned that Australia risks becoming a Muslim nation if women continue to abort children at the current rate. The surprising warning was delivered at the launch yesterday of an anti-RU486 amendment, which would ensure ministerial responsibility and parliamentary oversight of the abortion pill. Former veterans affairs minister Mrs Vale outlined her concerns about abortion on "economic grounds". "A certain imam from the Lakemba mosque actually says Australia is going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years time," Mrs Vale said. "I didn't believe him at the time. But when you look at the birth rates ... we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 abortions every year. You multiply that by 50 years -- that's 5million potential Australians we won't have here." .... The amendment to be introduced this week to the House of Representatives would ensure parliament could vote on the drug if it was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration by making any decision "a disallowable instrument". The legislation passed by the Senate last week would strip the Health Minister of the power to veto any decision by the TGA that the drug was safe.


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