Monthly Archives: February 2006

A government body that is supposed to investigate breaches of the law in the building industry will not involve itself in the case of a teenager who had his skull smashed by his boss with a claw hammer. The Australia … Continue reading

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People moving from welfare to work can effectively be taxed at a rate of up to 75%, according to economists. Access Economics director Chris Richardson said the Government should focus on tax disincentives preventing people from shifting from welfare to … Continue reading

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Most Australians are opposed to involvement in the Iraq war, according to a new poll. The ACNeilsen poll found that 55 per cent opposed the deployment of troops in Iraq while only 38 per cent supported them. Australia has about … Continue reading

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Federal government departments will spend a total of more than $6 million of public money on pot plants for their Canberra offices. Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra spent $137,200 on hiring office plants. They … Continue reading

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Senior CSIRO scientists say they were prevented by the government from airing their concerns over climate change. Three eminent Australian scientists have told the ABC’s Four Corners program that they have been censored. ALP spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said it was … Continue reading

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ASIO and police forces are likely to be given new powers to tap the phones of people who are not suspected of any crime. The legislation – the Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment Bill – will be introduced in Federal Parliament on … Continue reading

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Prime Minister John Howard has hinted that Australian troops will stay in Iraq longer than previously indicated. Mr Howard told Channel Nine that Australian troops could remain in Iraq after the expected withdrawal of Japanese engineers in May. The Federal … Continue reading

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Simon Crean is being challenged for his seat in Parliament as “payback” for his attempts to clean up the Labor Party when he was leader, according to a senior ALP figure. Mr Crean is being challenged for the federal seat … Continue reading

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American soldiers have been accused of deliberately giving Guantanamo Bay detainees diarrhea, to punish them for going on a hunger strike. American forces say that in December, 84 detainees were said to be on hunger strike. Almost all are no … Continue reading

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The US Army has been authorised to execute prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Previously the only place where military prisoners could be executed was at the military prison at Forth Leavenworth, Texas. The new rules authorise that the Army may carry … Continue reading

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