Monthly Archives: October 2007

Australia’s doctors’ attitude to pregnancy and childbirth “is focused more on the needs of doctors than the needs of women”, according to a visiting expert. British childbirth author Sheila Kitzinger said that Australia’s rate of caesarean births is “far, far … Continue reading

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A Liberal candidate has described homosexuality as a perversion, and said that that gay men die from disease at many times the rate of heterosexuals. Pastor Peter Curtis is standing as the Liberal’s candidate in the seat of Lalor for … Continue reading

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Millions of Australians have been locked out of the economic boom, and social isolation is “a fact of daily life” according to one of Australia’s top businessmen. Michael Chaney, the outgoing President of the Business Council of Australia, said many … Continue reading

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The recent violent supression of pro-democracy protests in Burma has not stopped multi-national firms competing for access to the country’s rich natural resources. US energy giant Chevron, French oil group Total, and the China National Petroleum Corporation have all ignored … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church is evicting nuns from their convents, so the buildings can be sold to fund payments to victims of child-abusing priests. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed earlier this year to pay the accusers of 221 priests and … Continue reading

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Average Melbourne house prices have increased by $50,000 in the last year alone. Median house prices have seen the largest rise ever recorded for a 12 month period. Economists say there could be as many as three interest rate rises … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I worked as environmental adviser for the World Bank Group, headquartered in Washington, for 23 years. I joined because I believed the bank wanted to improve the lot of the poor and conserve the environment…most social … Continue reading

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Unions’ right to strike will be limited under a Labor government, according to Labor’s Industrial Relations spokesperson. Julia Gillard, the deputy Labor leader and Shadow Minister for Employment & Industrial Relations, said that Victorian nurses would not be able to … Continue reading

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The Victorian Labor government has used the “full force” of the WorkChoices legislation in an industrial dispute with nurses, despite Labor officially opposing the laws. The State Labor government approved the use of the legislation to dock the pay of … Continue reading

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A business owner made his staff pay for the time they spent in the toilet. The owner of the bakery in Eisenstadt, in Austria, recorded toilet visits on a computer and took the value of the time off their annual … Continue reading

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