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15 March 2018

The term “fracking” has become synonymous with water contamination, water depletion, land degradation, air pollution and chronic health problems, however, this view is not universally held. In 2016 the Northern Territory Government announced a moratorium on fracking pending the recommendations of a scientific inquiry into the procedure. This paper provides an edited summary of the draft final report of that scientific inquiry.

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  • 27 February 2018
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    Madagascan Foreign Minister Henry Rabary-Njaka is visiting France on 2 March. Pakistan will hold Senate elections on 3 March. In China, the 13th National People’s Congress will hold its first session on 5 March.

  • 20 February 2018
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    On 23 February, PM Turnbull will meet with US President Trump in Washington, Djibouti will hold legislative elections and a ground-breaking ceremony on the Afghan portion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline will take place.

  • 6 February 2018
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    Amid mounting pressure to resign, South African President Jacob Zuma will give the annual State of the Nation address on 8 February. Indian PM Narendra Modi begins a four-day trip to the UAE, Oman and the Palestinian territories on 10 February.

  • 30 January 2018
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    On 30 January, Pakistan and China will inaugurate the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina will launch her election campaign the same day. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his 2018 Budget on 1 February.


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