Monthly Archives: February 2008

The average Australian family can no longer afford the average home mortgage, according to new figures. Figures from the Real Estate Institute of Australia suggest households on average incomes would need to spend $3 in every $8 they earn to … Continue reading

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The Australian military will fight more “messy wars” like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a defence expert. Professor Alan Dupont, Director of the Centre for International studies, told an Australian Strategic Policy Institute luncheon that “we are not … Continue reading

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Private contractors charged the American military US$45 per can of soft drink and accepted prostitutes as ‘presents’ among other corrupt activities, according to investigators. A freight-shipping contractor has confessed to giving US$25,000 in illegal ‘gratuities’ to five employees of engineering … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Music has been used in American military prisons and on bases to induce sleep deprivation, ‘prolong capture shock,’ disorient detainees during interrogations – and also drown out screams.” Mother Jones magazine.

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The federal government’s chief advisor on climate change says that the government needs to act urgently to cut greenhouse gas emissions, because the global climate is changing faster than expected. The interim report by Professor Ross Garnaut said that “business … Continue reading

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More than 50 Victorian households receive reposession notices per week, according to new figures. Supreme Court documents show lenders claiming 57 homes per week. This is triple the level of five years ago. Some institutions issue notices to borrowers who … Continue reading

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Rising rents are forcing thousands of Australians to skip meals and deny their children school excursions, according to new research. Research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, based on surveys and interviews with 1400 renter households and 400 … Continue reading

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Australians are spending more time working, and less time sleeping, exercising and eating, according to the Bureau of Statistics. The Bureau’s recently released 2006 Time Use survey showed that men spend an average of nearly 32 hours a week at … Continue reading

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A commercial radio presenter and former ABC journalist has claimed on air that women bear responsibility for being raped. Clive Robertson’s show Robertson Overnights airs on Sydney’s 2UE and Brisbane’s 4BC. On the January 31st edition of his show, Robertson … Continue reading

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A 14 day old baby travelling to the United States for heart surgery has died, after being detained by the Department of Homeland Security. Michael Futi, his mother Luaipou, and nurse Arizona Veavea, were all detained by officials after they … Continue reading

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