Monthly Archives: February 2005

The government intends to deport a 104 year old woman who has lived with her adopted daughter and grandchildren in Melbourne for 10 years, and who has outlived her relatives overseas. Cui Yu Hu has been a widow since 1973, … Continue reading

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The government has announced it will send another 450 soldiers to Iraq. The announcement broke an election promise not to substantially increase troop numbers. Prime Minister John Howard conceded that the $300 million decision to send the troops to protect … Continue reading

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Funding cuts to disabled Victorian school children could be life-threatening, experts have claimed. More than 2300 disabled students now receive about $6000 less on average for vital school help and therapy, with some of the most severely disabled children losing … Continue reading

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A senior psychiatrist who examined former Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib, says that his physical and mental state both suggest that he was tortured. Sydney University professor of psychiatry Christopher Tennant said that Mr Habib “has evidence of having … Continue reading

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The government has been accused of letting thousands of Australians wait for years in pain for dental treatment. An investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald said public dental patients in New South Wales were waiting up to eight years for … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “So I think this is very promising to the American investors and to American enterprise, certainly to oil companies.” Then-Iraqi Finance Minister, and likely new Prime Minister of Iraq, Adal Abdel-Mahdi, speaking late last year about … Continue reading

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The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has found that tobacco companies have misled smokers about the health benefits of light or mild cigarettes; but they are likely to be unable to pursue them in court due to lack of funds. … Continue reading

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Three of the four major banks have been given “Female Friendly Employer” awards by the government, despite the finance sector having the worst gender pay gap of any Australian industry. Women in the finance sector earn an average of 57% … Continue reading

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A school principal used security cameras to monitor a teacher he later sacked, despite Government guidelines banning closed circuit television systems from being used to monitor worker performance. Principal Wayne Craig used the computer classroom footage to back his claim … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. “According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of … Continue reading

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