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Editor's note
As is occuring in Ballarat, its no surprise that our coverage has taken a free and open slant this week. Stilgherrian has been filing daily podcasts from the event that summarise the day's happenings -- there will be two more podcasts this week so be sure to check back. This is a new direction in conference coverage and I'd love to know what you think about it. Email to send praise, vitriol, or something in between. -- Chris 2012: three threats and a balloon

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