Monthly Archives: February 2009

Over 500 civilians died in US and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan last year, according to a United Nations report. The report said that war-related civilian deaths in Afghanistan increased by nearly 40 percent, to 2118. 552 people, roughly a quarter, … Continue reading

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Babies die in public hospitals during labour or shortly after birth at three times the rate in private hospitals, according to new research. The study, led by Stephen Robson of the Australian National University, examined the outcomes of almost 790,000 … Continue reading

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Taking advantage of high rents, several men have placed online ads offering women a place to stay in exchange for sex. Although there have been numerous complaints about the ads, websites such as flatmates.com.au and Gumtree have refused to remove … Continue reading

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Two American judges have pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a privately-run youth detention centre, in return for giving excessive sentences. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan admitted that they took more than US$2.6 million from PA Childcare and a … Continue reading

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Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson received a large donation from an American billionaire closely linked to the ‘predatory lending’ practices that triggered the global recession. Peter Briger, chairman and director of the Fortress Investment Group, contributed $US50,000 ($AU76,000) to the … Continue reading

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Underpayment of young workers is apparently routine in Australian workplaces, with 41 percent of employers audited being found to have underpaid their staff. The Workplace Ombudsman recently audited 400 employers nationwide. They found that 165 employers had underpaid a total … Continue reading

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Religious belief is associated with higher rates of murder, abortion and suicide, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries such as Britain, with the United … Continue reading

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Poor white people are discriminated against because of their accent, style, food, clothes, postcodes and even their names, but not because they are white, according to a new British study. The report by the anti-racist think tank the Runnymede Trust, … Continue reading

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The St Vincent de Paul Society has lost over $150,000, after they removed one of their volunteers for not being a Catholic. Linda Walsh had been a volunteer for the charitable society for six years, and was in charge of … Continue reading

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