Monthly Archives: March 2006

Indigenous Australians have a life expectancy 17-18 years less than that of other Australians, according to new research. The report by aid agency Oxfam showed that life expectancy at birth for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders is estimated at 59 … Continue reading

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The Interior Ministry of the US-backed Iraqi government is linked to sectarian death squads, according to an Iraqi who fled the country in fear of his life. Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, fled Iraq in fear of … Continue reading

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Officers at a privately run jail lied to and degraded an inmate purely for a joke, another prisoner at the same jail was left without food or water for nearly seven hours, and another died of an asthma attack when … Continue reading

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More than 100 Australian troops returning from Iraq have been medically discharged from the military, many for psychological trauma. The Defence Department has revealed that 121 veterans of the campaign have been medically discharged. That is 4 per cent of … Continue reading

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Optus has claimed that they must cut 200 jobs across Australia, despite record high prices for their shares. Chief executive Paul O’Sullivan notified staff in an email yesterday that the company will eliminate 450 positions, but said the number of … Continue reading

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British intelligence engaged in burglary and black propaganda, and the army “seriously considered” a military coup, against a Labour Prime Minister that they believed was too left-wing. A new BBC program, The Plot Against Harold Wilson, reveals that MI5 men … Continue reading

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Australia’s very richest people have the highest share of national income since the early 50s, according to new research. The report, by ANU economist Andrew Leigh and Oxford’s Sir Anthony Atkinson, found that the wealthiest 1 per cent of Australians … Continue reading

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Australian troops will remain in Iraq “well into 2007″ at least, according to Defence Minister Brendan Nelson. In his first speech as Defence Minister, Dr Nelson said that Australia has a responsibility to fight terrorism “wherever it occurs”, and that … Continue reading

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Parents are in danger of being misled about the quality of child care by an accreditation system that passes almost every centre it looks at, according to experts. Almost 97 per cent of the 4000 centres that went through a … Continue reading

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Many of the new, apparently healthier options offered by fast food chains actually contain more fat and salt than a Big Mac, according to new research. A Choice magazine survey of ‘healthy’ fast food found for example that Hungry Jack’s … Continue reading

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