Monthly Archives: December 2009

Australian household debt is now higher than the entire Australian economy earns in a year. Reserve Bank figures show mortgage, credit card and personal loan debts now stand at $1.2 trillion, up 71 per cent from five years ago and … Continue reading

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An Australian shipping company will not face legal action for breaching United Nations sanctions by transporting weapons from North Korea to the Middle East. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said yesterday an investigation had indicated that the … Continue reading

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Senior executives of the authority that manages Victoria’s public sector superannuation were awarded some of the highest bonuses ever paid in the state, despite huge falls in the value of the funds they were managing. A government inquiry has found … Continue reading

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American police officers covered up the fatal assault of a Mexican man, and engaged in extortion and kidnapping, according to federal investigators. In July 2008, six teenagers in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania assaulted Luis Ramirez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, while yelling … Continue reading

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A 12-year old girl in state ‘care’ was raped by five men and later repeatedly escaped from a welfare residential unit to live with three middle-aged men who plied her with drugs. At the time of the rapes, the girl … Continue reading

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Victorian police struck deals with a series of private companies to share information on individuals, to help the companies manage possible protests. The Government has called in the police files watchdog to investigate a security deal between police and the … Continue reading

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The manager of a Melbourne cafe bullied a teenage waitress until she committed suicide. An inquest into the death of Brodie Rae Constance Panlock, 19, heard she was treated in an “extremely aggressive and intimidating” manner at Cafe Vamp in … Continue reading

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Anti-psychotic drugs given to dementia patients are generally unncessary and often deadly, according to a new report. The British government review concludes that about 1800 deaths per year are linked to the drugs. The anti-psychotic drugs in question were originally … Continue reading

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Indigenous babies are twice as likely to die before their first birthday than other Australian babies, according to a new report. The Australian Medical Association report also says that indigenous babies are 2.6 times more likely than other Australian babies … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Just because you have no criminal record does not mean that you are not of interest to the police…everyone who has got a criminal record did not have one once.” Anton Setchell, national co-ordinator for domestic … Continue reading

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