"We can't and won't physically drag people out of their homes, but we repeat the request for people to leave their homes."
- BOB ATKINSONQueensland police commissioner, as flooding continues in this part of Australia, with the Balonne River expected to crest over 14 meters (46 feet)
"If we did go down the road of introducing elephants to Australia, we had better develop the technology to clone sabre-tooth tigers to eventually control the elephants."
- RICKEY SPENCERof University of Western Sydney, responding to a biology professor's controversial suggestion to import elephants and other foreign species to deal with ecological issues
"Today Australia has a price on carbon as the law of our land. This comes after a quarter of a century of scientific warnings."
- JULIA GILLARDAustralian Prime Minister, after landmark laws were passed on Tuesday to impose a price on carbon emissions, in one of Australia's biggest economic reforms in a decade
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