With the death in Barbados on Thursday of James Emmanuel ''Doc'' Sisnett, at the age of 113 years and 90 days, Jiroemon Kimura, of Japan, has become the last man alive to have been born in the 19th century.
With public pressure rising, government is likely to respond, write Heath Aston and Colin Kruger.
There are six fireplaces in Mosman resident Denise Pickles' home, but she only uses two of them - for special occasions.
Concerns about Australia's remaining car industry have escalated after Ford's decision to pull out, prompting calls for a return to higher import tariffs, moves to deflate the Australian dollar, and even the appointment of a ''car tsar'' to stop the industry from sinking altogether.
Four months ago, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s partner Tim Mathieson quietly bought a bush block on the banks of the Goulburn River near Jamieson, in north-east Victoria.
A highway bridge has collapsed in the US state of Washington, sending at least two cars with people inside into the water.
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The debilitating haze of Alzheimer's disease began its capricious descent on Hazel Hawke in 2001 and three years later she noted in typically laconic Australian style on her 75th birthday: "It's a bugger. It's just bad luck. It's an illness which is unpredictable, and when it comes you've just got to cope with it. It's like losing your skin or something."
Hazel Hawke, gone now, was often a saviour when the chips were down for her husband, Bob.
One of Australia's most loved figures, Hazel Hawke, has died at the age of 83. Her daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke announced on behalf of the family last night that Mrs Hawke had died peacefully, surrounded by family.