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Camelot Down Under

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Premier Gary Doer is sharing top billing at an Australian climate change conference with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.That's the same Kennedy who has publicly condemned plans to put a hydro line down the east side of Lake Winnipeg. He runs the the National Resources Defense Council, one of the moneybags environmental lobbying groups Doer fears could hold up a power line through the boreal forest for years.That's also the Kennedy the Tories get so much mileage out of in Question Period, heckling Doer for being in the pocket of a wealthy American do-gooder.The duo are both keynote speakers at the International Solar Cities conference in Adelaide, where experts on urban climate change are meeting. (Wonder if, I dunno, maybe, er, rapid transit will come up?)Also on the keynote bill is Peter Garrett, the bald-headed former lead singer of Midnight Oil who is now the country's environment minister. Which is pretty cool, just on the face of it.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first as a general assignment reporter and then covering city hall and the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter.

Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school, has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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