Monthly Archives: July 2005

The government is promoting individual contracts over union-negotiated collective agreements by docking the benefits of jobseekers who refuse to sign individual agreements, according to unions and the Opposition. People on unemployment and job search benefits can be held to have … Continue reading

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Five refugees were denied food, water, medial attention and even toilet breaks while being transferred from one detention centre to another. The five detainees were taken on a six-and-a-half hour journey in the back of a van with no toilet … Continue reading

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A former senior official says that the Federal government has allowed the fossil fuel, energy and mining industries too much influence over its policies, while a top scientist has described the relationship between the government and industry as “verging on … Continue reading

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Australia’s children are victims of the new economy that has turned increasing numbers of men into casual or part-time workers and is ‘increasingly hostile’ to parents, a leading economist has warned. Sue Richardson, professor of economics at Flinders University, said … Continue reading

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The new Medicare card, to be distributed to 11 million Australians next year, could become the blueprint for a new national identity card. The new Medicare “smart cards” could include a photograph of the holder, with the Government considering expanding … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a lightbulb? None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a … Continue reading

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The Labor Party has created a new think tank aimed at making the party appeal to evangelical Christians. The Faith and Values in Politics group includes senior Labor figures such as Kim Beazley and Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd. … Continue reading

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The US military has announced charges against 11 US soldiers for assaulting detainees. Although the official statement described the detainees as “suspected terrorists”, it also said that only one of the alleged victims is still in US custody. The statement … Continue reading

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Australians are the hardest-worked citizens of any country in the Western world, having an average workload higher than workers in America, Europe or Japan. Research by academic Rodney Tiffen and journalist Ross Gittins found that Australians on average work 1855 … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “We are practically in stage one of a civil war as we speak.” Former interim Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi.

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