Monthly Archives: July 2008

The New South Wales government’s laws related to World Youth Day were unconstitutional, the Federal Court has found. The state Labor government’s World Youth Day laws that would have made “annoying” Catholic pilgrims during the event a crime punishable by … Continue reading

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The 1000 Australian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel in and around Iraq will be there “for a long time to come”, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has said. Mr Fitzgibbon said that on his recent visit to the United States … Continue reading

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People in middle-income outer suburbs are generally paying more for housing than those in affluent inner-city suburbs, according to new research. A report by AMP Financial Services shows that the increasing cost of housing is having the most impact in … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church’s most senior figure in Australia wrote a letter to a victim of sexual assault by a priest, falsely claiming that the priest had been exonerated, and that there had been no other allegations against him. Cardinal George … Continue reading

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A union has donated $5000 to a local soccer club, whose players included the daughter of the union’s general secretary. The NSW Nurses’ Association donated $5000 to the Hills District (Female) Football Club in north-west Sydney. One of the club’s … Continue reading

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Ten elderly people died at a nursing home in three weeks, but the deaths were not reported, according to police. Police are expected to begin an investigation today into a report by the Health Department, which broke the news of … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “That’s a timely reminder to those Labor Party forces opposing this [electricity privatisation]. The business community is usually swift with its reactions.” Chris Brown, head of the New South Wales Tourism and Transport Forum, reminds the … Continue reading

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A culture of bullying and harassment in the New South Wales Ambulance Service is driving paramedics to the brink of suicide, according to a whistleblower. South Coast ambulance officer Phil Roxburgh told a State government enquiry that “you raise concerns … Continue reading

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A Sydney solicitor says he was arrested, handcuffed and had his rib broken by police after offering legal assistance to a man being searched in public. Kristian Bolwell said police manhandled him and broke his rib last week after he … Continue reading

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Interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay were partly copied from a study of techniques used by the Chinese government, which the US government described as torture and were known to produce false confessions. Military trainers who came to Guantanamo Bay in … Continue reading

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