Monthly Archives: May 2005

Two men who tied a rope around a 16 year old Aboriginal boy’s neck and then assaulted him, have each been ‘punished’ with an $800 fine. David Hillary Tomkins, 44, and his son Clint William Tomkins, 24, pleaded guilty to … Continue reading

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Several media outlets, including the ABC, ran a story about a white man ambushed by a gang of drunken Aboriginals, which seems to have been largely or entirely invented by the man, despite police contradicting the story. ABC radio in … Continue reading

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A baby boy born in a Perth hospital on Monday takes the number of children in immigration detention to 68, a human rights groups said today. Michael Andrew Tran was born after his parents, both Vietnamese asylum seekers, were transferred … Continue reading

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Teachers are so disillusioned they are telling bright students to avoid a career in secondary teaching, a government inquiry has been told. Submissions to an inquiry into teacher education reveal a litany of problems facing teachers leaving university, forcing many … Continue reading

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Torture should be legalised and is morally defensible even if it causes the death of innocent people, according to an article by two Victorian academics. In a paper soon to be published in an American law journal, the head of … Continue reading

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A former policeman was found not guilty of dangerous driving, despite hitting and killing a cyclist and then failing to stop. Prominent lawyer and former police officer Eugene McGee was driving a four-wheel drive vehicle when it was involved in … Continue reading

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A Federal Court judge has ruled that two men’s mental illness was mainly caused by their being held at Baxter detention centre, and that the Immigration Department failed in its duty of care. Justice Paul Finn agreed with three independent … Continue reading

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The Federal Government has admitted that it mistakenly deported a mentally ill Australian citizen as an illegal immigrant four years ago, and is now unable to find her. The woman is understood to have been deported back to the Philippines. … Continue reading

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The Immigration Department has been accused of endangering the mental and physical health of a toddler, who was born at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre. A leading child psychiatrist has told the ABC that the girl, who turned three today, urgently … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “It’s all because you’re here. Get out of our country and there will be no more explosions”. Iraqi policeman to US soldiers, after another carbomb killed at least seven people and left 19 wounded in Baghdad.

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