Monthly Archives: December 2004

A Newcastle woman who worked until three days before giving birth by caesarean section has been fired while recovering in hospital. Maree Cunningham received two letters from the insurance company’s human resources manager, Tim Hopson. The first confirmed she no … Continue reading

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Stolen Wages Docked

The New South Wales government has offered Aboriginal people who had their wages stolen, in some cases for decades, to accept far less than what they’re owed. The government has announced it will set aside $15 million to compensate Aborigines … Continue reading

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Ardmona Supervisor Threatens To ‘Get Black Bastards’

A HR manager pledged to “get black bastards” at a Victorian cannery, according to papers filed in the federal court this week. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is accusing supervisors at SPC Ardmona’s Shepparton and Mooroopna operations of racism and … Continue reading

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Unions Make Hardie Pay

Unions are on the brink of forcing James Hardie to become the first multi-national in Australian history to hand over billions of dollars on moral rather than legal grounds. A long-running campaign has seen the building materials company agree, this … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.” Rudolf Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City.

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United States drug manufacturers are planning a New Year’s push to pressure Canberra to unwind initiatives to cut medicine prices. A senior US pharmaceutical industry source said American drug companies would ask the US Government to use a mechanism in … Continue reading

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A US jet with fictional owners is being used to deliver terror suspects to countries that use torture, according to the Washington Post. The Gulfstream V turbojet had been seen at US military bases around the world, often loading hooded … Continue reading

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The Federal Government has announced a $30 million reduction of funding for the next five years for homeless assistance, in an effort to shift the burden on to the States. The announcement came a day after the announcement of a … Continue reading

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FBI agents are increasingly complaining about what they consider abusive physical and mental torture by military officials against prisoners held in Iraq and Cuba, including beatings and strangulation, according to new documents released today. The records obtained by the American … Continue reading

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Forestry company Gunns Limited has sued 20 environmentalists, claiming more than $6 million for “corporate vilification” and disrupting logging operations. The suit has been described as a SLAPP writ – short for “strategic litigation against popular participation” – a tactic … Continue reading

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