Monthly Archives: September 2008

The head of a failed American financial institution will get a severance package worth a total of US$20 million, after 17 days in the job. Alan H. Fishman was the CEO of Washington Mutual, the United States’ largest savings and … Continue reading

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Polar bears are resorting to cannibalism due to climate change, in what scientists call an early warning for the rest of the planet. Scientists have monitored sea ice conditions for about 50 years with the help of satellites. Changes in … Continue reading

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Violence in Iraq has declined mainly because “many of the targets of conflict had either been killed or fled the country”, according to new research. Geography professor John Agnew of the University of California Los Angeles, who led the study, … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church says it may close its emergency departments and maternity hospitals across Victoria, if a law expanding access to abortion is passed. A private members bill allowing women to terminate pregnancies in the first 24 weeks of gestation … Continue reading

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Vegetarianism is cheaper, healthier and easier on the environment than eating meat, according to a new study. The study, produced for manufacturer Sanitarium, found that it cost $508 a week to feed four adults on a traditional meat diet, compared … Continue reading

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Seized drugs worth millions of dollars may be missing from the police forensic science laboratory. An internal police audit has found drugs listed as destroyed years ago have been kept, and chemicals that should have been stored are missing. Senior … Continue reading

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Unauthorised strikes “will not be tolerated under any circumstances” in Labor’s industrial relations policy, which keeps some of the anti-strike rules introduced by the Howard government. Workplace Minister Julia Gillard has released the details of Labors’ industrial relations policy. Ms … Continue reading

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More than 1500 Australians die unnecessarily each year due to overcrowding in hospital emergency departments, according to a new report. The report by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine said that a lack of resources to move patients out of … Continue reading

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Women in ‘casual’ employment or short-term contracts are 10 times more likely to be sexually harassed than women in full-time employment, according to new research. The University of Melbourne study also found that women are the victims in eight out … Continue reading

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Australia’s most respected climate scientists say that greenhouse adviser Ross Garnaut’s proposed cuts to greenhouse emissions are too modest, and will lead to social and environmental disaster. Speaking separately, Dr Bill Hare, Professor David Karoly and Professor Amanda Lynch – … Continue reading

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