Monthly Archives: January 2010

Private schools will receive $12 billion more in federal funding than government schools, according to a new report. The report by Dr Jim McMorrow, honorary associate professor of education at the University of Sydney, found that private schools would net … Continue reading

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The Australian of the Year has described refugee detention centres as “factories for producing mental illness”, and urged the government to close them. Professor Patrick McGorry described mandatory detention as “an absolute disaster.” He said asylum seekers had “experienced severe … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “We’re looking across a range of all the platforms and areas we produce, and trying to improve all the mechanisms…everything from looking at making a fighter jet more fuel-efficient and looking at the materials that munitions … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “What brings you here?”“I have to have an abortion.”“Why?”“I’m not old enough to have a baby.”“But you told the counsellor we should all be killed?”“Yes, you should all be killed.”“Why?”“Because you do abortions.”“Me too?”“Yes, you should … Continue reading

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A top fashion designer has unveiled a range of clothes inspired by the appearance of homeless people. Several hundred fashion experts burst applauded the Milan show by Dame Vivienne Westwood which featured models carrying sleeping bags and emerging from cardboard … Continue reading

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A death is inevitable unless a chronic shortages of paramedics is addressed, according to a doctor in the Victorian town of Yarrawonga. Dr John Emery said paramedics took 45 minutes to reach an elderly woman because no local services were … Continue reading

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Women are having vaginal surgery, sometimes unncessarily, and sometimes without proper safety procedures being followed. More than 1,200 Australian women undergo the procedure of labioplasty every year. Dr Kourosh Tavakoli of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ.” According to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, American officers have referred to rifles equipped with sights supplied by weapons manufacturer Trijicon in this way. The sights are stamped with abbreviated … Continue reading

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Kevin Rudd has personally endorsed a book produced by the Exclusive Brethren, a small religious group he once described as an “extremist cult” that breaks up families. The Prime Minister provided a letter, accompanied by a photo, congratulating the Brethren-run … Continue reading

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A huge rise in birth defects and cancer in the Iraqi city of Fallujah might be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting, according to experts. Doctors in Fallujah are dealing with up to 15 times the normal … Continue reading

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