Monthly Archives: November 2009

Cutting meat production and consumption would cut carbon emissions and save lives, according to Australian and British scientists. Improving efficiency, increasing carbon capture, and reducing fossil fuel dependence would not be enough to meet emission targets. A 30 percent decrease … Continue reading

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The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed a bill allowing gay couples to recognise their relationship with a legal ceremony. The Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill makes the ACT the first part of Australia to formally legalise civil partnerships ceremonies for gay … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church says it will cease the social service programs it runs in the US capital Washington if the district government passes a law allowing gay marriage. Under the bill, to be voted on next month, religious organizations would … Continue reading

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An American Catholic archdiocese spent US$352,000 in a year on payments to victims of abusive priests, and more than twice that amount on lawyers. The Archdiocese of St Louis released financial figures, which show that it spent more on legal … Continue reading

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Britain’s last surviving World War One veteran ignored Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day, because he felt they glorified war, according to his family. Claude Choules, 108, lives in a nursing home in Perth. He is one of only three veterans … Continue reading

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Victorian employers underpaid their employees by at least $8.76 million in a single year, according to the ombudsman’s office. The Victorian workplace ombudsman’s office said that it recovered a total of $8.76 million last financial year, for 4552 underpaid employees. … Continue reading

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Lesbian couples, on average, raise more successful children than heterosexual couples, according to parenting experts. Stephen Scott, director of research at Britain’s National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, said that the latest research showed that children of lesbian couples did better … Continue reading

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An American justice of the peace has refused to marry an inter-racial couple. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa parish, Louisiana, said it was his experience that most interracial marriages did not last long. “I’m not a racist. … Continue reading

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A Liberal Party politician has used the example of Nazi Germany to argue in favour of greater police powers. Western Australian State MP Peter Abetz spoke in favour of legislation which would allow police to search people for weapons and … Continue reading

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Corrective services officers ignored pleas for help as a prisoner suffered a heart attack and died during a six-hour journey between two jails, according to a group of inmates. Police are investigating the death of Mark Stephen Holcroft, 59, in … Continue reading

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