Monthly Archives: October 2003

More than 70 percent of Australian Year 11 students believe bullying is a serious problem in their school, according to a new survey. More than half the students said they had never been given any guidance on how to deal … Continue reading

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The United States government is pressing the Australian government to restrict cheap alternatives to brand-name medicines. United States law allows drug companies to engage in lengthy lawsuits with rival companies once the patent on a drug expires, effectively stopping them … Continue reading

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The Federal Government admitted it bowed to pressure from the Chinese government, to stop a Greens protest against Chinese President Hu Jintau. Two Greens Senators were barred from entering Parliament during the speech. Three guests of the Greens were also … Continue reading

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Pre-war claims that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program were completely wrong, according to Australia’s leading expert on Iraq’s weapons. Brigadier-General Stephen Meekin, who commands a 500-strong unit with primary responsibility for collecting Iraq’s illicit military technology, made the claims … Continue reading

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British police have admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner with a truncheon. An officer admitted in Cardiff magistrates court that he had beaten Val Swain around the legs with a truncheon in order “to change her thought processes”, after handcuffing … Continue reading

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A prison guard at a women’s jail has been charged with raping a mentally ill inmate. Kelvin McCann has been accused of raping a woman, who was being held at a Melbourne prison’s management unit because of her mental state … Continue reading

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A black American soldier who served in the same unit as Jessica Lynch, was shot in both legs and held prisoner for 22 days in Iraq, was nonetheless given a disability benefit worth about $930 Australian a month less than … Continue reading

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The official inflation rate is considerably understating the actual increase in average prices, according to research by the Australian Tax Association. The research found that the average Australian’s grocery bill rose by 14.8 percent during the last three years. However … Continue reading

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Quote of the moment: “Iraq was an appropriate target because it was completely defenseless, having been reduced to the edge of survival by a decade of murderous sanctions, primarily targeting the civilian population, with a toll of hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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Nearly one in five of the Aboriginal men in New South Wales appeared before a court charged with a criminal offence in a single year. The figure for indigenous men aged 20-24 was over 40 percent. The Research by the … Continue reading

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