Monthly Archives: February 2007

A woman who sought help after her six-year-old son was throttled by an older student was told by an education official that bullying builds character, a court has heard. Benjamin Cox is suing the NSW government, claiming not enough was … Continue reading

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India has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and is often cited as an example of the power of free-market economics to pull Third World countries out of poverty. However a new survey has found that India has … Continue reading

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The Australian government may almost double the number of Australian troops in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said that he was concerned by reports that Taliban and other insurgents were planning a big spring offensive. “It’s hard for us in … Continue reading

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Labor’s industrial relations spokeswoman has hinted that the ALP may ‘soften’ its opposition to the new unfair dismissal laws. The controversial Work Choices legislation ruled that workers in businesses with 100 or fewer employees no longer had access to unfair … Continue reading

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The United States Vice-President has raised the possibility of military action against Iran. Vice-President Dick Cheney said he had no doubt that Iran was in the process of acquiring nuclear weapons. He endorsed comments by an American Senator that a … Continue reading

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The American government deliberately sent hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners insane with psychological torture, according to lawyers for one of them. Brooklyn-born Jose Padilla was arrested in Chicago in 2002, classified as an ‘enemy combatant’, and taken to a … Continue reading

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The Victorian Police Association lobbied for two detectives who were jailed last year on drug charges, to keep their jobs. The Association argued that corrupt drug squad officers Glenn Sadler and Wayne Strawhorn should not be sacked while they explore … Continue reading

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Peter Garrett has pledged his support for Labor Party policy, which favours US military bases in Australia. Mr Garrett spent some 20 years campaigning against a US military presence in Australia before joining the Labor Party. In 1986 he led … Continue reading

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The Victorian State government signed a secret deal with the police union, agreeing that police officers suspected of corruption would have their legal costs paid for by public money. Premier Steve Bracks and then-Police Minister Tim Holding signed the six-page … Continue reading

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New South Wales police circulated racist emails at work, according to a recent investigation. An internal police audit found police circulating emails such as four Aboriginals on a mock Abba album with the word ‘ABBO’ above them. Another email featured … Continue reading

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