Monthly Archives: September 2003

“We advise against all travel outside [the capital city] Kabul. Warlords control many areas and overland travel can be very dangerous … You should consider permanent armed protection. You should be aware that even these precautions cannot guarantee your safety”. … Continue reading

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7300 workers at the Commonwealth Bank will lose their jobs after Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray described them as “unnecessary”. Unions say that banks are giving less and less service to ordinary customers, in favour of more profitable investors. Customers … Continue reading

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Six months after the Cole Royal Commission into the building industry, no one has been charged with any crime. The government said that it would investigate corruption in the industry, on the part of both employers and unions. However the … Continue reading

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The United States government is reported to be recruiting former security and army officers from Saddam Hussein’s regime, to deal with unexpectedly strong resistance to the occupation from Iraqis. (Source: The Guardian [UK])

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A law presently before Federal Parliament, if passed by the Senate, would allow immigration officials to collect “biometric data” on all non-citizens entering Australia. Biometric data includes records of a person’s face, iris, fingerprints, signature and body measurements. Immigration officials … Continue reading

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New research shows the Federal Government’s planned changes to Medicare would increase the average out-of-pocket expense for visiting a doctor by about 56 per cent. The Australian Institute for Primary Care carried out the study at the request of a … Continue reading

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