Monthly Archives: July 2009

Proposed by-laws in Alice Springs would allow rangers to take and destroy homeless people’s blankets. Many Aboriginal people live rough in Alice Springs, where the temperature often drops down to about zero degrees Celsius on winter nights. They often stash … Continue reading

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Hospital errors claim the lives of 4550 Australians a year, according to a new report. The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report says that adverse events including hospital-borne infections, medication mix-ups, drug side-effects and patient falls, affect about one … Continue reading

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Bush administration officials attempted to suppress investigations into the mass execution of prisoners in Afghanistan by a warlord allied with the United States, according to reports. The New York Times reported that senior officials from the administration of president George … Continue reading

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British intelligence and police officers arranged for a terrorism suspect to be arrested and tortured overseas, according to new evidence. MP David Davis said that British authorities allowed Rangzieb Ahmed to leave Britain and fly to Pakistan, despite having evidence … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “The ABCC’s primary responsibility is to ensure that workplace laws are upheld in the building and construction industry.” The website of the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, which is charged with investigating breaches … Continue reading

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Members of the Aboriginal community near the new Four Mile uranium mine say that they were ignored during negotiations for the mine. Community member Jillian Marsh has completed a PhD on the Beverley mine and says the native title process … Continue reading

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A Sydney bus company is investigating claims that one of its drivers told a female passenger to remove her Muslim headscarf. HillsBus has confirmed it has received a complaint from the Parramatta woman. The woman says that when she tried … Continue reading

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Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says it is inevitable that uranium will be mined in Queensland. “Just as there’s going to be uranium mining on an increasing basis in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, we’ll see uranium … Continue reading

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Support services for vulnerable children are so swamped that some have been forced to refuse to take any new cases. Connections UnitingCare, in Melbourne’s south, recently refused to take any new cases for three weeks, to reduce a waiting list … Continue reading

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The majority of people with mental illness have trouble paying for their medication, according to new research. In a survey of almost 400 people diagnosed with mental illness, 96 percent said that at times they were forced to choose between … Continue reading

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