Monthly Archives: September 2007

25,000 wage agreements have been ruled to have failed the government’s ‘fairness test’ in a single decision. The director of the Workplace Authority, Barbara Bennett, made a decision to reject the agreements, which together cover up to 4000 employers. Ms … Continue reading

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Two provisions of the US’s Patriot Act have been ruled unconstitutional. Attorney Brandon Mayfield sought the ruling in a lawsuit against the federal government after his home and office were secretly searched when he was mistakenly linked to the Madrid … Continue reading

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The Labor Party has promised to increase military spending if elected. Labor leader Kevin Rudd said that “we are committed to the forward outlays of this government and have supported every increase”, and that “Labor is committed to maintaining defence … Continue reading

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A doctor working in the public health system says that “patients’ lives are being put at risk, my workload and stress levels, and risk of negligence claims are allowed to escalate unchecked purely so that the hospital can receive a … Continue reading

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Consumer advocates have accused the government of ignoring unlawful actions by banks, in charging penalty fees which are sometimes nearly 100 times the actual cost borne by the bank. A new study has found that the fees that banks charge … Continue reading

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The government is revising the rules that cover ASIO investigations, removing some protections for individuals. A draft of changes to the Attorney-General’s Accountability Guidelines removes the current rule that ASIO must destroy records of investigations where an individual’s actions are … Continue reading

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Some of Australia’s 1.7 million retail and hospitality workers have lost 25% or more of their pay under the government’s new industrial relations laws, according to a new report. The study by the University of Sydney found that workers in … Continue reading

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The Victorian Premier has ruled out a Royal Commission into police corruption, despite Victorian police admitting that some of their officers may have been involved in the ‘war’ between rival criminals between 1998 and 2006, in which 20 people were … Continue reading

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Almost 40,000 homeowners have fallen victim to ‘predatory lending’, including excessive and hidden fees and high interest rates, according to a recent report. According to the report prepared by Fujistu Consulting, those guilty of predatory lending convince borrowers to accept … Continue reading

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Almost 900 complaints have been made about Victoria’s privately-run, low-care nursing homes over the past year. The claims include residents being left with untreated wounds and burns, and 12 men being forced to share one razor to shave. Ron Tiffen … Continue reading

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