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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 5

Day 5 of the Games had 14 sports in the program with 50 medal events across seven sports. Australia won five medals. Russell Short won a bronze medal in the F11/12 shot put and achieved a season’s best…
With limited support for public dental care, most Australians bear the open-ended costs of high-expense treatments. massdistraction

Moving beyond patchwork reform for dental health

The Commonwealth’s government’s $4bn Dental Reform package, announced last week, promises to address many current inequities in access to dental care. It has been praised for its potential to reduce dental…
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What is the Paralympics really about?

It’s not about gold medals, it’s not about prosthetic designs: it’s the legacies that remain. The IPC’s charter say the broad area of legacies are: accessible infrastructure development of disability sport…
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Australia’s 1,000th Summer Paralympics medal

In keeping with the achievements of all Australian Paralympic medal winners, the 1,000th medal was a team gold medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay in a Paralympic record time of 3:50:17. An APC media…
Alan Oliveira came from behind to beat Oscar Pistorius, sparking further debate about the effect of prosthetic legs. Andy Rain/EPA

Pistorius’ loss to Oliveira fuels the ‘disruptive technology’ debate

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius is no stranger to controversy. This morning in London (AEST) the South African athlete was involved in a remarkable race at the Paralympics, the men’s 200m – T44 final, in…
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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 4

Day 4 of the Games had 16 sports in the program. There were 60 medal events in eight sports. Rowing There were four Rowing finals at Eton Dorney. As with all Paralympic sports, rowers are classified in…
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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 3

Day 3 of the Games had 16 sports in the program. There were 49 medal events in seven sports. After today there are just four sports yet to start competition: Boccia; Road Cycling; Wheelchair Fencing; and…
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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 2

There were fourteen sports on the Day 2 program at the Games. There were 40 medal events. It was a busy day for bloggers too. Amongst them was the Australian Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy. She…
Classification allows athletes to compete against those with a similar level of impairment. EPA/Louisa Gouliamaki

Explainer: what is ‘classification’ at the Paralympics?

If you’re watching the Paralympics on TV, listening on radio or reading about the Games in the papers or online, you’ll notice different sports are sub-divided into separate classes. If you’re listening…
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Inspired, Dazzled, Moved - part 1

I was enthralled by the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and staggered by the scale of the event. I found myself thinking back to the newsreel images of the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games that I had seen in cinemas…
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Paralympians who are also Olympians

Two athletes who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Oscar Pistorius and Natalia Partika will also compete in the Paralympic Games in London. Oscar will compete in the T44 class in Athletics (400m…
Projects are underway to ensure the Paralympics doesn’t fade into the background. EPA/Joerge Carstensen

Wikipedia will help create the most ‘visible’ Paralympics ever

The 2012 Paralympic Games open in London tomorrow morning (AEST). These Games will build upon the successes of Sydney and Beijing in making visible the ability of outstanding athletes. And they are taking…
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One more sleep until the Paralympic Games

No sooner had we gotten back into something resembling a normal sleeping pattern after the Tour de France and the London Olympics, than the Paralympic Games are set to begin. This year’s Games in London…
News Ltd chief Kim Williams took aim at ISPs and the NBN over illegal downloads, but new copyright laws are not the answer. AAP

New copyright laws are not the answer to illegal downloads

Earlier this week, Kim Williams, CEO of News Limited, spoke at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast and called for new copyright laws to better protect digital property rights…
Interim Australian Rugby League Commission Chief Executive Shane Mattiske (left) shakes the hand of Nine CEO David Gyngell after a five-year broadcasting deal was struck between the NRL, Fox Sports and Nine. AAP

The winners and losers in the NRL’s broadcasting rights deal

The new broadcasting deal struck this week by the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) represents an outstanding result as well as a lost opportunity. The $1.025 billion that the Nine Network and…
The Australian Financial Review isn’t everyone’s first choice for coverage of the NBN. Lukas Coch/AAP

For whom the Whirlpool trolls? Stephen Conroy and the NBN

The presence of “trolls” in online forums is often portrayed as a blight on constructive debate, but a recent stoush indicates political discussion by antagonistic online users may not be all bad. You…

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