Monthly Archives: June 2008

An American science teacher taught creationism and homophobia in class, and used a device to mark students’ arms with a cross. Investigators said that teacher John Freshwater used a high frequency generator to burn a cross on several students’ arms. … Continue reading

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Western soldiers in Afghanistan have been told to ignore rapes of Afghan civilians, according to several reports. Canadian army chaplain Jean Johns says that she recently counselled a corporal who witnessed a boy being raped by an Afghan soldier. The … Continue reading

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A Chinese dissident who was forcibly removed from Australia has killed himself rather than face further persecution and torture. The pro-democracy activist, identified only as Mr Zhang, was sent back to China a year ago. He said that he had … Continue reading

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Wind power will be cheaper than coal by 2030, according to a new environmental report. The claim is contained in a blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, released by Greenpeace. The blueprint – Australia’s Energy (R)evolution – says this would … Continue reading

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Homeless people want to be self-reliant but continue to need help long after official support programs come to an end, a Federal Government report shows. A survey of people using the state and Commonwealth-funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP), the … Continue reading

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Toyota had already decided to make a hybrid car in Australia, and did not need the $70 million of public money promised by the federal and Victorian governments. The car may also be outdated by the time it is actually … Continue reading

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A police officer sanctioned the ‘marriage’ of his 13 year old daughter to a 19 year old. The Northern Territory officer allowed the young man to sleep with the girl in the family home, and allowed the couple to undergo … Continue reading

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Qantas engineers claim there has been a massive jump in the number of ‘allowable defects’ on the airline’s planes in the wake of staff shortages and overtime bans. In one instance, a plane that has been on the Melbourne-to-Perth and … Continue reading

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Senior Defence officials have been accused of trying to cover up corruption allegations against a fellow official. Former Liberal Party official Gillian Marks has been on paid sick leave for 18 months, while investigations continue into her decision to award … Continue reading

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The Australian government could amend its ‘non-negotiable’ promise not to sell uranium to nuclear-armed India, which has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. One of the first major foreign policy acts of the new Labor government was to withdraw … Continue reading

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