Monthly Archives: March 2007

Seventy-eight social housing units built as part of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Melbourne are almost all empty, a year after the event. Just four of the units have been refurbished and occupied. Royal Park Protection Group member Julianne … Continue reading

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Two New Zealand schoolgirls doing a science experiment have discovered that their ready-to-drink Ribena contained almost no trace of vitamin C, despite its claims that “the blackcurrants in Ribena have four times the vitamin C of oranges.” Students Anna Devathasan … Continue reading

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Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey has been accused of telling company directors to break the law by sacking their employees and then re-hiring them on individual contracts. The director of car parts maker Tristar, Cheng Hong, told the NSW Industrial … Continue reading

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A US Marine told his squad “congratulations, we just got away with murder, gents” after killing an innocent Iraqi civilian, according to prosecutors. The April 26, 2006, killing of disabled police officer Hashim Ibrahim Awad has been the subject of … Continue reading

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Labor is almost certain to dump its “no new uranium mines” policy, with another federal shadow minister agreeing that the policy is outdated and will hurt the party’s economic credibility. The latest shadow minister to join the growing list of … Continue reading

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Four leading US technology companies have been accused of helping China to subdue political strife in return for access to its internet market. The accusation was levelled against Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco Systems and Google at a Congressional hearing on the … Continue reading

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The Iraqi cabinet has agreed on a new law which will allow British and American oil companies to extract Iraqi oil for up to 30 years. The draft law, now before the Iraqi parliament, sets up “production sharing partnerships” with … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “We were surprised that two thirds of the interviewees demanded absolutely no asylum for Piresans, accused them of being spongers, and agreed they should be sent home immediately.” Research insitute Tarki, on a poll of Hungarians’ … Continue reading

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The man who led the campaign against then-President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, has admitted that he was carrying on an extra-marital affair at the time. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted the affair during an interview with … Continue reading

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The Victorian government has agreed to pay $700,000 compensation to protestors who were injured by police during the protest against the World Economic Forum in 2000. At the time the media almost entirely presented the protest as one where violent … Continue reading

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