Monthly Archives: October 2004

Australians are paying almost $2 million a year for each Federal politician. The total cost of maintaining 226 federal MPs, this year is expected to top $400 million including infrastructure costs – about $1.8 million each. This is up from … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “‘I quite like Lachlan Murdoch and will always take his call, as I would for his dad in circumstances where it’s possible,’ he says. He then runs through the names of several leading business figures he … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “One worker dies in Victoria every two weeks. Nationally, a worker dies every 11 days. Vast numbers of others are injured on the job, thousands of them requiring more than 10 days off…among the main recommendations … Continue reading

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Scientists have found a possible genetic basis for homosexuality, contradicting the idea that it is either ‘unnatural’ or chosen. The research paper, published in the journal of the Royal Society of Biological Sciences, suggested that a genetic factor partly responsible … Continue reading

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The James Hardie company has been accused of avoiding paying out compensation to asbestos victims, while giving a severance package of nearly $9 million to its disgraced former chief executive. The company has failed to pay any more money into … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, that hope is possible, then … Continue reading

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The agency that investigates allegations of sexual abuse against teachers and clergy in Catholic schools is creating “enormous risks for children”, according to the NSW Ombudsman. Bruce Barbour, has called for the disbanding of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations … Continue reading

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Australia has come 41st in a world ranking of freedom of the press. The media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranked Australia behind Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland. The report said that the Australian government “continued to prevent journalists from … Continue reading

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About half of the US$5 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds disbursed by the US occupation authority in the first half of this year can’t be accounted for, according to an audit commissioned by the United Nations. Auditors said that another … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks.” Eugene Debs more quotes – www.apolitical.info/quotes

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