Monthly Archives: November 2003

Drug companies will continue to be allowed to sponsor doctors’ travel and accommodation and give them other benefits, without having to make this information public, after the ACCC dropped the idea of full disclosure from their proposed code of conduct … Continue reading

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Australia’s health ministers have rejected calls by doctors for an end to junk food advertising aimed at children being broadcast on TV, saying there is no evidence that promoting fatty, sugary foods to children makes them overweight. Participants at yesterday’s … Continue reading

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The United States military press office issued a series of letters, which falsely appeared to have been written by American soldiers in Iraq. The letters, which were written without their supposed authors’ knowledge or consent, gave support to the United … Continue reading

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A surgeon who wants to start a medical practice in a country town with no doctor, is more likely to forcibly sent back to Afghanistan. Abdul Nasiry was an ear and nose surgeon in Kabul. He is staying in Australia … Continue reading

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The Federal government paid law firms nearly $1 million of public money a week over the last year, to fight claims by refugees. The government spent over $40 million trying to prevent refugees from being released from detention centres. The … Continue reading

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Australia is facing a crisis in child health, according to doctors. Frank Oberkaid, from the Centre for Community Health at Royal Childrens Hospital, said that many problems are increasing including depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, child abuse, extreme anxiety, behavioural … Continue reading

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Child abuse costs Australians about $5 billion per year, according to a new study. The study by the Kids First Foundation and the Abused Child Trust found about 387,000 children were abused and neglected in the 2001-2 financial year. This … Continue reading

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Senior managers of the Victorian public service spent over $125,000 of public money on conferences at luxury resorts, in only three months. Between March and May, managers in five government departments arranged 10 ‘overnight planning meetings’ at resorts such as … Continue reading

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The real unemployment rate is about double the rate shown on the official figures, according to a new report. The report by the Australian Council of Social Services said that people were not counted as unemployed if they worked as … Continue reading

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Quote of the moment: “low-paying and dead-end work”. (The latest edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines ‘McJobs’).

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