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澳洲新闻 (ABC新闻快递) 2010-10-22

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A report has found that the Federal Government's role in handing down the water cuts for the Murray-Darling Basin is not clearly defined and lacks accountability. It's the first progress report by the COAG Reform Council and it looks at the 2008 water deal done with the states and the Federal Government. The council found only five of 17 priority projects had made substantial progress by the end of last year.

One of Australia's leading ethical1 chicken brands is facing allegations of underpaying and intimidating2 its migrant workers. The producer of Lilydale chicken, Baiada, is under investigation3 about claims of unethical treatment of its mainly migrant workforce4. Workers are complaining that they're being bullied5 into accepting below-award wages and are being forced to work excessive hours, but the company says that it pays award or above wages to all of its employees.

The chairman of BHP Billiton has used the company's annual general meeting to attack the Federal Government's proposed mining tax. At the London meeting, Jac Nasser warned that the Government the tax could tarnish6 the nation's international appeal. BHP has threatened to back away from a deal on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax because of concerns that the Commonwealth7 will not offset8 any future increases in royalties9.

A Bulgarian court has begun hearing the appeal of a 23-year-old Australian man who was convicted of murder. Jock Palfreeman was sentenced to 20 years' jail for stabbing a man to death during a street brawl10 in Bulgaria in 2007. Palfreeman says he was trying to help a Roman man who was being assaulted.


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1 ethical diIz4     
adj.伦理的,道德的,合乎道德的
参考例句:
  • It is necessary to get the youth to have a high ethical concept.必须使青年具有高度的道德观念。
  • It was a debate which aroused fervent ethical arguments.那是一场引发强烈的伦理道德争论的辩论。
2 intimidating WqUzKy     
vt.恐吓,威胁( intimidate的现在分词)
参考例句:
  • They were accused of intimidating people into voting for them. 他们被控胁迫选民投他们的票。
  • This kind of questioning can be very intimidating to children. 这种问话的方式可能让孩子们非常害怕。
3 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
4 workforce workforce     
n.劳动大军,劳动力
参考例句:
  • A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.劳动人口中一大部分受雇于农业。
  • A quarter of the local workforce is unemployed.本地劳动力中有四分之一失业。
5 bullied 2225065183ebf4326f236cf6e2003ccc     
adj.被欺负了v.恐吓,威逼( bully的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • My son is being bullied at school. 我儿子在学校里受欺负。
  • The boy bullied the small girl into giving him all her money. 那男孩威逼那个小女孩把所有的钱都给他。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 tarnish hqpy6     
n.晦暗,污点;vt.使失去光泽;玷污
参考例句:
  • The affair could tarnish the reputation of the prime minister.这一事件可能有损首相的名誉。
  • Stainless steel products won't tarnish.不锈钢产品不会失去光泽。
7 commonwealth XXzyp     
n.共和国,联邦,共同体
参考例句:
  • He is the chairman of the commonwealth of artists.他是艺术家协会的主席。
  • Most of the members of the Commonwealth are nonwhite.英联邦的许多成员国不是白人国家。
8 offset mIZx8     
n.分支,补偿;v.抵消,补偿
参考例句:
  • Their wage increases would be offset by higher prices.他们增加的工资会被物价上涨所抵消。
  • He put up his prices to offset the increased cost of materials.他提高了售价以补偿材料成本的增加。
9 royalties 1837cbd573d353f75291a3827b55fe4e     
特许权使用费
参考例句:
  • I lived on about £3,000 a year from the royalties on my book. 我靠着写书得来的每年约3,000英镑的版税生活。 来自辞典例句
  • Payments shall generally be made in the form of royalties. 一般应采取提成方式支付。 来自经济法规部分
10 brawl tsmzw     
n.大声争吵,喧嚷;v.吵架,对骂
参考例句:
  • They had nothing better to do than brawl in the street.他们除了在街上斗殴做不出什么好事。
  • I don't want to see our two neighbours engaged in a brawl.我不希望我们两家吵架吵得不可开交。
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