Monthly Archives: August 2005

Thomas McCosker, the Victorian sentenced to two years’ jail in Fiji for having consensual sex with a man, has been freed. Mr McCosker, 55, and Dhirendra Nadan, 23, were jailed for two years after being found guilty of homosexuality in … Continue reading

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Coca-Cola distributed ‘free fertilzer’ to people living near one its bottling plants in India, which was in fact toxic waste. The State Pollution Control Board of Kerala ordered the plant shut down because “toxic products from the plant were affecting … Continue reading

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America’s leading ‘televangelist’ has called on the US government to assassinate the left-wing President of a South American country. Former Republican Presidential candidate Pat Robertson told his 7 million viewers that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was “a dangerous enemy”. … Continue reading

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The Port of Melbourne has allowed water contaminated with massive levels of cancer-causing arsenic to leach from one of its properties into the Maribyrnong River for four years. About 200 people a week fish within a kilometre of the arsenic … Continue reading

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The US ambassador to Iraq has been accused by Iraqi and Kurdish politicians of pressuring them into accepting a primary role for Islamic law in the new Iraqi constitition. The current working draft of the constitution stipulates that no law … Continue reading

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Asbestos victims have renewed protest action against James Hardies as the company delays paying compensation until it can find tax loopholes to minimise the payment. Announcing a quarterly profit of $74.1 million, James Hardies CEO Louis Gries admitted the company … Continue reading

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Melbourne City Council has been accused of abandoning he elderly and disabled by watering down proposed building access rules under pressure from the State government. Under the city’s original plans, all new residential and commercial buildings would have to be … Continue reading

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The Immigration Department intends to deport a man who is nearly blind as a result of an industrial accident he suffered while working Australia, without either his medical treatment or his compensation claim being finalised. The Sri Lankan man was … Continue reading

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Working parents have have won new rights to take time off to care for their children, under what could be last national test case heard by the Industrial Relations Commission. The commission gave working parents the right to switch from … Continue reading

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A vast expanse of western Sibera is melting and could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists have warned. Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres … Continue reading

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