Monthly Archives: May 2006

The main winners from Victorian tax cuts will be people with property valued at more than $2.7 million. The top rate of land tax, which applies to people and businesses with properties valued at more than $2.7 million, will fall … Continue reading

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New welfare laws mean that homeless people could go without financial support for up to eight weeks, and disabled people could be forced to take work that leaves them worse off. From July 1, thousands of people who have previously … Continue reading

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Staff at the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs are not allowed to wear jeans or polo shirts, and have to consult their managers about zips and hemlines. Community and Public Sector Union organiser Alison Rahill said members … Continue reading

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Tyre-maker Bridgestone has been buying rubber from plantations that use slave labour, according to the United Nations. A report by the UN and the government of Liberia says that rubber-tappers work in conditions of slavery at two plantations in the … Continue reading

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John Howard’s overseas trips have cost a total of $14 million of public money, according to the Opposition. The Opposition says that Mr Howard has spent a total of more than a year overseas during his ten years as Prime … Continue reading

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Forthcoming military investigations into alleged war crimes in Iraq will show that a squad of U.S. Marines killed about 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, while on patrol last year, and then gave inaccurate reports on the incident to … Continue reading

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Despite the common idea of ‘executive stress’, a new survey has found that women with little power at work are far more likely to develop severe depression. The European survey of over four thousand workers found that women who reported … Continue reading

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Workers at Beaconsfield gold mine, site of the recent mine collapse in which one man died and another two were trapped for two weeks, have claimed that some underground managers behaved like bullies and were not receptive to input from … Continue reading

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Three construction workers have had their pay docked after delivering money collected for the family of the miner killed in the Beaconsfield mine disaster. Ninety construction workers building a treatment plant for a new gold mine in Bendigo, 150km north-west … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment – ‘They Hate Us So Much, I Think We’ll Stay’ “The scenes of several hundred Iraqis yelling their opposition to the coalition’s military presence, carried on Arabic TV throughout the day, could also call into question … Continue reading

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