Monthly Archives: June 2004

Australian troops in Iraq have been attacked in two seperate incidents. A base where Australian troops were training Iraqis came under mortar attack over the weekend. An Australian plane was also fired on, killing one of its American passengers. A … Continue reading

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Australian newspapers have admitted they were wrong to use the term ‘illegal immigrants’ to describe asylum seekers. The Press Council has upheld a complaint laid against the Sydney Morning Herald for using the term, as well as ‘illegal entrants’. The … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “When I first saw the photo, taken at the Abu Ghraib prison, of a hooded and robed figure strung with electrical wiring, I thought of the Sacramento, California, city jail. When I heard that dogs had … Continue reading

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Detainees held in Afghanistan by US troops have been routinely tortured and humiliated as part of the interrogation process in the same way as those in Iraq, suggesting that this treatment was US government policy rather than isolated incidents. An … Continue reading

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A Melbourne 18-year-old says a policeman bashed him at a party. Julian Glennon told the Herald Sun yesterday that a senior constable struck him repeatedly with a torch at a 17th birthday party in East Preston. Mr Glennon, an adhesives … Continue reading

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Defence Minister Robert Hill has responded to criticism that he misled the public over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, by saying that providing more details would have harmed the relationship between the Australian and US governments. Senator Hill said that … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Moment: “We need to have a less-cramped view of what torture is and is not.” (An unnamed United States military official, reported in The Wall Street Journal [US]) “On Jan. 13, Spec. John Harold Ketzer, a military … Continue reading

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Domestic violence is the single greatest risk factor associated with death, disease and disability for younger Victorian women, a new study has revealed. The study links domestic violence to suicide, depression, anxiety, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, sexually transmitted disease, … Continue reading

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The Australian military was told about human rights abuses in Iraqi prisons in June last year, new evidence shows. Australian Colonel Mike Kelly, serving with the Coalition Provisional Authority, referred to a memo from then UN special representative Sergio De … Continue reading

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Six young people in state care in Victoria have committed suicide and another 14 have died from drug abuse since 1996 in a welfare system riddled with abuse. Carers are alleged to have sexually exploited vulnerable teenagers, bashed others and … Continue reading

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