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Stories for Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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Treasurer Joe Hockey set to gain Super Superannuation Powers   
Produced by Michael Feldman

Yesterday a bill passed the lower house of federal parliament, stealthily giving the Treasurer power to adjust the superannuation guarantee. Currently, the rate is legislated to rise 3 percent by the end of the decade. But, it's feared the treasurer Joe Hockey will halt scheduled increases in an effort to shore up the budget, with potentially dire long term consequences.

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What Australia’s NATO promotion means   
Produced by Josh Nicholas

Australia is set to be promoted at this week’s NATO summit in Wales. We will be officially named an “Enhanced Partner”, which will mean permanent access to NATO’s governing councils and planning sessions. It follows significant Australian involvement in Afghanistan, and more recently in Iraq. But what exactly does NATO do in the modern world, and what difference will this make for Australia?

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Petition calls on ICRC to withdraw from Israeli military conference   
Produced by Melissa Lahoud

The International Red Cross has been accused of taking sides in the Israel – Gaza Conflict. The agency is set to attend a conference hosted by an Israeli Military Think Tank. Activists say the appearance lends support to Israel’s military actions, and have circled a petition requesting the organisation withdraw. The petition has drawn thousands of signatures. But the Red Cross says that part of its role is to engage with armed forces around the world.

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Experts optimistic about the future of carbon reduction   
Produced by Emma Rennie

A conference held in Sydney this week saw carbon capture and storage (CCS) experts from all over the world meet to discuss developments and the future of CCS. The message from these experts was that CCS has a strong and vital role to play in halting climate change. By preventing carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere during the burning of fossil fuels, experts hope that we can continue building a sustainable world.

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Democracy for Hong Kong? Maybe communist style, says Beijing   
Produced by Roderick Chambers

Protestors on the streets of Hong Kong threaten to Occupy Central and bring Asia's financial hub to a standstill. China's NPC standing committee have said they will honour the 2017 agreement to allow Hong Kong to elect its own Chief Executive head of government, only Beijing must pick the candidate(s). This eastern block tactic will ensure that Hong Kong's traditional liberties continue to be picked off and the people are not happy

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