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Australia's involvement in Afghanistan is drawing to a close and, with it, comes the massive task of closing down the military operation there. Thousands of tonnes of equipment now has to be sent home. Australia has lost 39 soldiers in Afghanistan and spent tens of millions of dollars on the security operation, but questions remain over the mission's legacy. Source: abc.net.au
A group of prominent public health experts says problem gambling can cause mental illness and family breakdowns and is one of the most serious public health issues confronting Australia. They have written to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard expressing support for a mandatory pre-commitment scheme and the introduction of small denomination poker machines.
The shipwreck was a slowly unfolding horror for locals who could do little to help. Some of them reported smelling diesel fumes well before they realised a boat was so close to shore. Residents on Christmas Island could hear the people's cries but were helpless to do anything.