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Aussies getting poorer but smarter? Survey weighs Australian 'wellbeing'

A new survey has found that Australia's national disposable income took a big dive in the last few months of last year, and with it the nation's state of "wellbeing."
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A woman and her daughter walk along the beach at Lady Elliot Island, a resort on the Great Barrier Reef. (Mark Kolbe/AFP/Getty Images)
A new survey has found that Australia's national disposable income took a big dive in the last few months of last year, and with it the nation's state of "wellbeing."
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Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart makes Forbes rich list, but do we care?

If Gina Rinehart were in any other field of endeavor, she'd be celebrated in Australia right now, feted, sung about, if you like, as an unsung hero.
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Gina Rinehart, Australian billionaire. (Paul Kane/AFP/Getty Images)
If Gina Rinehart were in any other field of endeavor, she'd be celebrated in Australia right now, feted, sung about.
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Many Australian school students think yogurt grows on trees, study finds

Many Australian school students are unsure of the origins of common foodstuffs, and that has one former rock star very worried.
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As if kids weren't confused enough... the Woolworths supermarket chain has launched a virtual store in Sydney. Shoppers can now use an app to choose and scan product barcodes off the virtual supermarket wall, pay for their order and have the products delivered to their home or work. (Marianna Massey/AFP/Getty Images)
Many Australian school students are unsure of the origins of common foodstuffs, and that has one former rock star very worried.
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Julia Gillard quiets critics with choice of new Australian Foreign Minister

Australia's Prime Minister has pulled off a deft political maneuver in her appointment of a former state leader to replace Kevin Rudd, who resigned dramatically as Foreign Minister a week ago.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces that Bob Carr (L) will replace Kevin Rudd as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs at Parliament House in Canberra on March 2, 2012. (Cole Bennetts/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's Prime Minister has pulled off a deft political maneuvre in her appointment of a former state leader to replace Kevin Rudd, who resigned dramatically as Foreign Minister a week ago.
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Australian treasurer Wayne Swan calls Australia's rich a threat to democracy

Australian treasurer Wayne Swan has attacked Australia's richest citizens as a threat to democracy, citing the Republican nomination race as his inspiration.
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Gina Rinehart, Australian billionaire. (Paul Kane/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian treasurer Wayne Swan has attacked Australia's richest citizens as a threat to democracy, citing the Republican nomination race as his inspiration.
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Australian soccer gives billionaire team owner Clive Palmer the boot

Australia's sporting fraternity has done what no politician has the intestinal fortitude to even contemplate — show one of the country's richest people the door.
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Up in arms — mining magnate Clive Palmer gestures during a press conference in Perth, Australia. (Tony Ashby/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's sporting fraternity has done what no politician has the intestinal fortitude to even contemplate — show one of the country's richest people the door.
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Australia's ruling Labor Party rejects wildly popular Kevin Rudd as leader a second time

Kevin Rudd, who offered his services to the ruling Labor Party in the form of a leadership challenge on Monday, has been sent where he'll have plenty of time to think.
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Kevin Rudd speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Australia. (Matt Roberts/AFP/Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd, who offered his services to the ruling Labor Party in the form of a leadership challenge on Monday, has been sent where he'll have plenty of time to think.
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Australians would pick Kevin Rudd over Julia Gillard, polls suggest

Australia's prime minister has urged voters to avoid likening Australian politics to an episode of "Celebrity Big Brother." Fine, but surely she meant "Survivor"?
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Kevin Rudd addresses a press conference in Brisbane on February 24, 2012. Rudd formally declared he would contest Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the leadership of the Australian Labor Party, in a caucus vote on February 27. (PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's prime minister has urged voters to avoid likening Australian politics to an episode of "Celebrity Big Brother." Fine, but surely she meant "Survivor"?
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Kevin Rudd, former Aussie foreign minister, plots his next move from a Washington DC hotel room

Kevin Rudd, whose shock resignation as Australian Foreign Minister has sent the media into live blog mode, is using Washington D.C. as a staging point for his next move — a likely challenge for the country's top job.
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Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd participates in a session of the G20 Foreign Ministers Informal Meeting in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur state, Mexico. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Kevin Rudd, whose shock resignation as Australian Foreign Minister has sent the media into live blog mode, is using Washington D.C. as a staging point for his next move.
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Kevin Rudd quits as Australian foreign minister after chat with Hillary Clinton

What did US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say to Australia's embattled Foreign Minister during a private chat at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Mexico?
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US Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd during happier times, at the APEC Disaster Resiliency Meeting during the 2011 APEC Summit on November 11, 2011 in Waikiki, Hawaii, when Rudd still had a job. (Kevork Djansezian/AFP/Getty Images)
What did US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say to Australia's embattled Foreign Minister during a private chat at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Mexico?
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