Monthly Archives: April 2004

This site will not be updated for the next couple of weeks while I’m on holiday.

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Australian workers are going backwards economically, according to new research which blames inflation and the impact of the GST among other factors. More than 700,000 people on minimum wages – about $500 a week – now pay $650 more tax … Continue reading

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John Howard has hinted that he may send more Australian troops to Iraq. During his visit to Iraq, Mr Howard said that while he would not send large numbers of extra troops, “that doesn’t mean that if there is a … Continue reading

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A Melbourne soccer referee has refused to allow a women’s club match to go ahead unless of the players who was a Muslim took off her headscarf. South Melbourne striker Afifa Saad was told she couldn’t play unless she removed … Continue reading

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A policeman working in an inner-city Sydney station has been charged with sexually assaulting a prisoner. Constable Joel Kerde, of Surry Hills police station, is alleged to have taken a prisoner home while on duty on the morning of April … Continue reading

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About half of Iraqi security forces recruited by the United States government in the cities of Fallujah and Najaf have either walked off the job or have changed sides, according to the US military. 40% of the Iraqi security forces … Continue reading

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A 24 year old former criminal may be deported to the country he left at the age of six, where he knows no one and doesn’t speak the language, despite being rehabilitated. Rodrigo Herrera came to Australia from Chile at … Continue reading

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Two American soldiers have deserted their units to live in Canada rather than go to war in Iraq – the same option taken by tens of thousands of American men during the Vietnam War. 25 year old Private Hinzman said … Continue reading

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Australian intelligence services are biased towards the Indonesian government, are “unable to identify reality”, and tailor their reports to what the government wants to hear, according to the Australian army’s top intelligence analyst. Senior members of the Defence Department accused … Continue reading

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Police files relating to alleged sexual abuse by men dressed as police are said to have “disappeared” from police records. A deputy principal who reported a student’s claim of the abuse says detectives later told him that Victoria Police computer … Continue reading

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