Monthly Archives: September 2009

Unions have described a 3 per cent pay rise for politicians as a slap in the face for workers who took pay cuts to keep their jobs during the downturn and others effected by a freeze in the minimum wage. … Continue reading

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There are more British veterans in jail or on probation than there are serving in Afghanistan, according to new research. The study by the probation officers’ union Napo found an estimated 20,000 veterans in the criminal justice system, more than … Continue reading

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Vulnerable women in state-monitored care homes are reportedly being raped and are trading sex for cigarettes and money in cases that highlight years of neglect and inaction by the State Government, according to its own watchdog. The Public Advocate, Colleen … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I don’t care what you fuckers think. You can get fucked. Don’t you fucking understand?” Kevin Rudd, in ‘conversation’ with Labor Party representatives.

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A series of ‘urgent’ measures to improve Victoria’s overwhelmed child protection service was largely ignored for two years by Victoria’s state government. In 2007 the government received 33 recommendations from a $1.2 million review of the state’s child protection service. … Continue reading

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U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests. Researcher Joseph Strayhorn of Drexel University College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh said “we conjecture … Continue reading

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An offender who beat a gay man so badly that he eventually died of his injuries, faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a US$1,000 fine. Robert Lee Hannah beat gay Maryland resident Tony Randolph Hunter while robbing … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “American children living with married partners have a higher risk of seeing their parents break up than do Swedish children living with unmarried partners… Americans who are very religious divorce less than the rest of us. … Continue reading

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The Victorian Electoral Commission has abandoned its investigation into whether the Labor Party broke the law by allegedly passing on enrolment information to a Brimbank councillor. The state government this week sacked the Brimbank City Council after its monitor, Bill … Continue reading

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The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the US Justice Department has announced. The provisions include giving the government the ability to access business … Continue reading

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