Pollies nurse problems polls apart

Political posturing from the Labor and Liberal parties dominated this week past following the announcement of the February 10 State election.

Health soon dominated the headlines, with nurses rejecting a pay offer and moving to shut down beds.

None of this sounds promising for the worrying number of people revealed to have suffered deep vein thrombosis or 'economy class syndrome' following long haul flights.

In response airlines said they will show health warnings on tickets by mid March.

Speaking of flying, Christopher Skase may yet make the long haul home with news that the fugitive'sillness will not end the bid to bring him to book.

Other sufferes of critical illness may turn to Dr Philip Nitschke who will set up 'death clinics' in WA after being registered by the WA Medical Board.

He will offer people information on how to kill themselves.

The new year hasn't offered much relief for new technology companies with the regulators targeting 53 companies which had a lax approach to reporting and accounting.

A technology-led rally on Wall Street helped push the Australian share market more than half a per cent higher, finishing the week in positive territory after four consecutive negative closes.

The strong performance of defensive sectors such as banks and listed property trusts over the past few months has meant that small investors could beat the big end of town.

The Australian dollar regained more than US0.5¢ following a gloomy US economic outlook but still finished nearly US1¢ down.

As the hot weather continued, the Liberals moved to capitalise on the weather, offering discounts on hot-water solar systems.

Households can save up to $400 on the cost of a new system.

The Water Corporation's 'user pays' policy landed it in hot water, with private schools paying less for water.

On the sports field, Adam Gilchrist debuted as Australian one-day cricket captain, beating the Windies.

But Jelena Dokic's appearance at the Australian Open was marred by her father's claims that the conest draw was rigged and her decision to represent Yugoslavia.

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