Monthly Archives: April 2008

Quote of the Moment: “You’re promoted by who you pray with.” Retired US Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein, who says that he has been contacted by more than 5,500 service members or their families about incidents of religious discrimination. Incidents … Continue reading

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Two Aboriginals froze to death last winter in Kalgoorlie and more will die this year if emergency housing is not built, a local doctor has warned the Federal Government. Homelessness among Aborigines is a serious problem in the West Australian … Continue reading

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CIA agents trying to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods prohibited under international law, according to the US Justice Department. A letter sent by the Justice Department to Congress in March makes a distinction between acts “undertaken to … Continue reading

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Hundreds of mentally ill patients will be forced to quit smoking under new regulations. Mental health hospitals are moving to ban smoking outdoors as well as indoors. The Mental Health Co-ordinating Council said in a submission that nicotine withdrawal imposed … Continue reading

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A British court has ruled that banks have been charging overly high penalty fees. In a case between the British Office of Fair Trading and eight banks, the High Court ruled this week that all such fees must be in … Continue reading

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The federal government has awarded a $60,000 contract to a company owned by a Minister’s adviser – without any competitive tendering process. The contract to manage the media at the 2020 Summit was awarded to CMAX Communications. Australian Securities and … Continue reading

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Companies would be allowed to intercept employees’ emails without their consent under legislation proposed by the federal government. Attorney-General, Robert McClelland says that he is considering the legislation, on the grounds that it would curb attacks from hackers and terrorists. … Continue reading

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Melbourne Lord Mayor John So appeared in advertisements costing a total of $800,000 of public money over three years. The council paid for a series of television ads between 2005 and 2007, along with weekly ads in local newspapers and … Continue reading

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A government enquiry has heard that Aboriginal children were used as ‘guinea pigs’ in medical experiments. Kathleen Mills from the Stolen Generations Alliance told a Senate enquiry that the Australian public did not know the full extent of what happened … Continue reading

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The Iraqi government says that the United States has renewed a contract with a company whose employees were responsible for an unprovoked massacre. The US State Department has renewed its contract with the Blackwater firm. The Iraqi government says they … Continue reading

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