Monthly Archives: October 2009

Quote of the Moment: “We’re entitled to it.” American financier Thomas Boone Pickens, speaking of Iraqi oil. Mr Pickens told Congress that US firms were entitled to Iraq’s oil because of American casualties and money spent in the invasion and … Continue reading

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Almost every cigarette smoked in the Western world contains tobacco picked by children as young as five, who are slowly poisoned by their work. Children’s charity Plan said that child tobacco pickers in the African country of Malawi absorb up … Continue reading

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The federal government is considering giving extra compensation to Victoria’s high-polluting power stations after lobbying by the State Government, according to leaked documents. Confidential state cabinet papers obtained by The Age newspaper show that the Federal Government agreed to review … Continue reading

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Young Aboriginals are more likely to be arrested, if arrested are more likely to go to court, in court are more likely to be convicted, and if convicted are more likely to be jailed, than other young Australians accused of … Continue reading

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Leading educators have endorsed fast-food companies such as McDonald’s being more involved in schools, even if it means exposing students to brand advertising, because governments can no longer be solely relied on to boost the education system. Speaking at a … Continue reading

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Newspapers including the New York Post ran a series of entirely invented stories, apparently without any fact-checking. Documentary maker Chris Atkins says he “wanted to show that celebrity journalism is nonsense and this has infected all parts of journalism.” “I … Continue reading

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A priest who brokered a settlement for victims of sexual abuse by clergy, has himself been arrested for possessing and importing child pornography. Bishop Raymond Lahey has been ordered to stay away from parks and from children while on bail. … Continue reading

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Many Australian employees are dangerously overworked, according to new figures. A recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report revealed that 58 per cent of two-parent, working families were forced to work extra hours, at night and on weekends, to get their … Continue reading

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Sixteen cleaners working for an Adelaide were underpaid almost $90,000, an investigation has found. The Fair Work Ombudsman said the Adelaide company had agreed to reimburse the workers but could still face legal action. The latest case followed the payment … Continue reading

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Australians in general, and Queenslanders in particular, hold liberal views on abortion, yet politicians’ fear of small religious minorities appears to have stymied decriminalisation of the procedure in some states, according to new research. The Australian Election Study found that … Continue reading

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