Monthly Archives: August 2004

David Hicks suffered two separate 10-hour beatings by his American captors, according to his father. Terry Hicks said his son told him about the beatings when they were reunited at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. “He had two lots of 10-hour … Continue reading

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A senior Liberal Party figure has defended the detention of refugees by comparing it with the quarantine rules to test for disease in animals. Parliamentry Secretary for Health Trish Worth, addressing a forum on asylum seekers in Adelaide, mentioned dogs … Continue reading

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Two Labor Party leaders were guests of honour at a $1000-a-plate fundraiser organised by pharmaceutical multinationals, despite the Labor Party attacking the Liberal Party for their links to the same companies. Labor health spokeswoman Julia Gillard and her partner, industrial … Continue reading

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Two senior military officers and a former government advisor have backed Michael Scrafton’s account of the ‘children overboard’ affair, that John Howard knew that no children had been thrown overboard, but claimed that they had in the leadup to the … Continue reading

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Only 41 percent of Australian workers feel that their employers generally show appreciation for their efforts, according to an online poll. 25 percent of respondents said that their employers were indifferent to them, and a further 17 percent that their … Continue reading

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The Federal Government was warned repeatedly by intelligence analysts before the Iraq war that the conflict would harm the war on terrorism by fanning Islamic extremism and spurring terrorist recruiting. “They were very, very aware of our views,” one former … Continue reading

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At least 40 Iraqis were killed on Saturday in fighting near the southern city of Najaf, where Shiite militias are involved in a stand-off with US-led forces. An official of the new ‘independent’ Iraqi government said US troops had fought … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “The fact remains that if state governments wanted to fix pay equity in a single stroke by paying teachers and nurses more – all government employees – they would fix half of that gap…it would be … Continue reading

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A former federal official has backed Mike Scrafton’s story that he told John Howard three days before the 2001 election that the ‘children overboard’ story was wrong. Jenny McKenry, then head of the Defence Department’s public affairs section, said Mr … Continue reading

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The AFL has pressured the Western Bulldogs into dropping a symbolic gesture against sexual assault. Bulldogs players asked if they could wear purple armbands in thier home game against Port Adelaide, after being contacted by Football Fans Against Sexual Assault. … Continue reading

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