Monthly Archives: November 2006

Quote of the Moment: “There’s one thing I’m not going to do, I’m not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete…we can accept nothing less than victory for our children and our grandchildren.” President … Continue reading

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Melbourne pubs are claiming ‘community benefits’ to avoid tax, which include such things as bottle shop renovations and spirit dispensers. Venues with pokies can avoid higher rates of tax if they demonstrate that 8.5% of their income from pokies goes … Continue reading

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US President George Bush has told senior advisers that the US and its allies must make “a last big push” to win the war in Iraq. Instead of beginning a troop withdrawal next year, he may increase US forces by … Continue reading

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Israel’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders have united, condemning a March for Tolerance in Jerusalem. The gay pride event was attacked last year by religious fundamentalists, who stabbed three participants. This year, a three-faith alliance of rabbis, priests and … Continue reading

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An American report has revealed that more than 6000 Iraqi police have been killed since the war officially ended in 2003. The quarterly report by the US Department of Defence to Congress also said that at least 20 per cent … Continue reading

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The Anglican Church waited 26 years before reporting to police that one of its priests had a sexual ‘relationship’ with a 13 year old boy. Robert Francis Sharwood was a curate at an Anglican church at Jindalee, in Brisbane’s southwestern … Continue reading

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The United States government is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies, according to a new survey. The international survey of public opinion reveals that America’s repuation has degenerated since the invasion of … Continue reading

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The Australian government responded to a refugee who feared execution if he returned to his home country, by contacting that country’s embassy and trying to arrange for him to return. In his annual report to Parliament, Commonwealth Ombudsman Professor John … Continue reading

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Australia’s emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest per capita in the Western world, apart from tiny Luxembourg, and have grown by 1.5 tonnes a head since 1990, United Nations figures show. The figures, released this week, show that in … Continue reading

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The Australian police and army have both declared sleep deprivation to be inhumane and illegal, in contrast to the government’s claims that its use against David Hicks is not torture. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock sparked controversy last month, when he said … Continue reading

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