Monthly Archives: March 2008

Four Victorian MPs cancelled their appearance at a show put on by a group persecuted in China, after being told they should do so by the Chinese government. The performance of traditional Chinese dancing and music includes many performers who … Continue reading

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Nearly 1 in 10 New South Wales Corrective Services officers faced claims of professional misconduct last year. 554 staff faced hearings on allegations including erroneous release of inmates, Apprehended Violence Orders, firearms charges, sexual assault and failing drug tests. A … Continue reading

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The Commonwealth Bank has admitted giving unaffordable loans to people who had no English skills and little idea of what the loan entailed, including one case where the interpreter between the bank and the borrowers was the family’s nine-year old … Continue reading

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A major newspaper has run a story arguing that foreign-born Australians commit more crimes than those born in Australia – and quoted figures which show the opposite. The Herald-Sun’s article “Fears our crime being imported” stated that “People born overseas … Continue reading

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Nurses repeatedly tried to warn management about Graeme Reeves, the doctor accused of mutilating and sexually abusing hundreds of female patients, but were ignored. A whistleblower says that worried staff at Pambula Hospital refused to work with the former gynaecologist … Continue reading

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New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma has announced that he will privatise energy in the state, against the wishes of party delegates. Mr Iemma said work had already begun on the legislative framework to allow for the privatisation. “It’s the … Continue reading

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Police powers which were brought in ‘temporarily’ during Sydney’s protests against APEC last year are likely to be made permanent. A report was tabled in Parliament on March 10 by the police minister, David Campbell, and NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos. … Continue reading

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Victoria’s rooming and boarding houses have never been more dangerous, filthy and exploitative – nor more in demand, according to a report on homelessness. Instead of being a step up from the street, boarding and rooming houses are often in … Continue reading

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The government of Canada has listed the United States as a place where prisoners were at risk of torture, only to remove them after pressure. The training manual for Canadian diplomats lists U.S. ‘interrogation techniques’ such as forced nudity, isolation, … Continue reading

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Guantanamo Bay may be used as a location to execute prisoners. Conducting executions of convicted terrorists on US soil would allow the detainee’s lawyers to use the American court system to appeal against their convictions. However an execution chamber at … Continue reading

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