Monthly Archives: November 2004

Eleven inmates at South Australia’s Baxter detention centre have said goodbye to their friends, believing they will die as a result of their hunger strike. Refugee supporter Mira Wroblewski said today she had received a goodbye letter from a man … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Many business owners think accidents only happen to other people…they don’t seem to realise that when they ignore OH&S; [occupational health and safety] they’re not only putting lives at risk, they’re breaking the law.” Philip Bendeich, … Continue reading

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Local people set fire to a police station and courthouse after a man died in police custody with four broken ribs and a punctured lung. One of the mostly Aboriginal population of Palm Island in Queensland told a crowd of … Continue reading

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Labor has refused to commit to its election policy of free hospital care for elderly patients, but is denying it has dumped the Medicare Gold policy. After a six-hour caucus debate of its election policies yesterday, Labor issued a statement … Continue reading

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Workers in a Sydney call centre say they have been forced to collect loudly-coloured “pee-poles” from their boss’s office every time they go to the toilet. Members of the mostly female staff at the P&O; Cruises call centre say that … Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson and Senator Sandy Macdonald have been accused of trying to bribe an independent MP to stand down. Independent MP Tony Windsor claimed that “Mr Anderson and Senator Macdonald asked Mr McGuire what it would take … Continue reading

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A new study suggests that since March 2003, violence has become the leading cause of death for people in Iraq. The study was carried out by a team of US and Iraqi researchers and published in the medical journal ‘The … Continue reading

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A new survey shows that ‘self-regulation’ to stop cigarettes being sold to children is not working, with smoking rates for girls aged 12 to 15 increasing. The three year survey by the NSW Health Department and the Cancer Council found … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “In my judgment, this new paradigm [the ‘war on terror’] renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.” Alberto Gonzales, in memo to George Bush in 2002, … Continue reading

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Australian soldiers have been accused of several incidents of racial abuse. Soldiers have claimed that the armour was removed from a dark-skinned soldier’s flak jacket while serving in East Timor, and that offensive messages were scrawled on non-white soldiers’ equipment. … Continue reading

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