Monthly Archives: June 2005

A plan for larger health warnings on cigarette packets was dumped by the Federal government after opposition from the tobacco industry, despite the government’s own research showing they would be effective, according to recently-unearthed documents. Trish Worth, junior health minister … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy… “It seemed … Continue reading

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According to members of his own party, the new leader of the New South Wales Young Liberals is ‘dangerous’ and similar to the Hitler Youth. Last week conservative Christian members gained a majority on the NSW Liberal Party’s executive, amid … Continue reading

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The poorer half of the Australian population own less than 10 per cent of total household wealth – and the least wealthy 20 per cent own none of it, according to a new study. The study by the Melbourne Institute … Continue reading

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The Australian military is “manifestly incapable” of investigating crime and abuse within its own ranks, according to an inquiry. The Senate inquiry recounted widespread evidence of inordinate delays, incompetence and bias in military investigations. Many families of Defence Force members … Continue reading

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The Victorian government has vetoed moves by three councils to ensure new buildings are accessible for elderly and disabled people. Planning Minister Rob Hulls has refused to approve changes to the planning rulebooks of Melbourne, Yarra, and Moonee Valley councils. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “When I kill one I create three.” US Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick P. Wellman, on the seeming impossibility of destroying the Iraqi insurgency by military means.

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Quote of the Moment: “Strongly disagree.” According to an aptitude test for prospective employees of US corporation Wal-Mart, the only correct answer to the proposition ‘there is room in every corporation for a non-conformist’.

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Australia’s newest ‘environmental’ group seems to be in reality a front for a right-wing think tank and the forestry and mining industries. The Australian Environment Foundation’s registered place of business is the Institute of Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank. … Continue reading

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The majority of workers do not support the government’s proposals to ‘reform’ industrial relations, according to a new survey. Seventy-two per cent of workers opposed new laws exempting businesses with less than 100 employees from unfair dismissal laws, which the … Continue reading

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