Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Victorian State government is more concerned with the money it makes from pokie machines than with helping problem gamblers, according to its own report. The three-year report, which was funded by the Department of Justice, said that criminals are … Continue reading

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An unelected businessman who largely inherited his wealth has more influence than any elected official in Australia, according to a news magazine. The Bulletin magazine’s list of the most influential Australians of all time was headed by businessman Rupert Murdoch. … Continue reading

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Politicians have exempted themselves from new laws which will allow people to bar unwanted calls from telemarketers. The new laws will allow people to put their phone numbers on a Do Not Call Register that telemarketers must respect or face … Continue reading

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The Liberal and Labor Parties have both attacked each other for compiling ‘dirt files’ on each other’s candidates. Liberal Leader Ted Baillieu accused Labor Premier Steve Bracks of dirty politics, after the notebook of one of the Premier’s advisers was … Continue reading

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An American government document has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The document outlines retirement or other discharge policies for service members with physical disabilities. In a section on defects, the document lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “…an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.” An American military spokesman describes the suicide by hanging of three detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Union-negotiated agreements deliver wage increases 72 percent higher than individual AWAs, according to a law firm closely associated with the Federal government. The Federal government has claimed that Austrlalian Workplace Agreements or AWAs are more effective at delivering wage rises. … Continue reading

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Kerry Packer’s funeral cost the taxpayer a total of $73,223. (Source: news.com.au)

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The Iraqi Prime Minister has said that violence by US soldiers against civilians has become a “regular occurrence”. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al Maliki added that US soldiers “crush them [Iraqi civilians] with their vehicles and kill them just on … Continue reading

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Full-time chaplains would be installed in government schools under a plan backed by the federal Education Minister. Victorian MP Greg Hunt said state school systems were anti-religious, and that it was time the Commonwealth intervened to give government-educated children a … Continue reading

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