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Stories for Friday, 21 November 2014
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Where will the inhabitants of 150 Aboriginal communities go?   
Produced by Paul Van Lieshout

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has moved to shut down 150 remote Indigenous communities throughout the state. So what will these closures mean for the people who currently call them home? And does the Federal government have a role to play in maintaining their operation?

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Falun Gong protestors bring illegal organ harvesting to the fore   
Produced by Tess Haining

Among the many groups represented at the People's March against the G20 last Saturday were members of the Falun Gong religious group in China. The practice is banned in the People's Republic of China and practitioners have claimed members have been sent to forced labour camps, prisons and been subject to "brain-washing" and illegal organ harvesting.

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Queensland seeks greater environmental assessment powers   
Produced by Steven Riggall

The Abbott government appears to edging closer to implementing its “one-stop shop” policy for the approval of large-scale mining and resource projects. Under the policy, the Federal Environment Minister delegates decision-making to state Ministers by accrediting decisions made under state environmental processes as if he had done them himself. Queensland is seeking powers to assess matters of national environmental significance.

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Queensland's environmental record blasted in senate inquiry   
Produced by Steven Riggall

This morning the Newman Government was heavily criticised by President of Lock the Gate Alliance Drew Hutton for making changes to environmental laws that exclude the wider public from objecting to resource developments. His comments came after President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Ged Kearney hit out at the government's changes to worker's compensation rules.

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