Monthly Archives: August 2010

Another Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. 28-year-old Jared MacKinney died in a firefight in Afghanistan on Tuesday. He is the 21st Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan, and the fourth death in a fortnight. Lance Corporal MacKinney’s wife … Continue reading

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Four Victorian police officers have been sacked, two demoted, and four fined and placed on good behaviour bonds for circulating emails including racist material. The dismissals follow Operation Barrot, which found several officers distributed emails containing sexual, violent, homophobic and … Continue reading

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Australian parents of children at public schools paid a total of $53 million in a year for their children’s supposedly free education. Sharryn Brownlee from the Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations of NSW said that many parents felt pressure … Continue reading

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A group of American soldiers say they were punished by their commanding officers for refusing to attend an evangelical Christian concert. Private Anthony Smith says that he and his fellow soldiers at Fort Eustis, Virginia were made to march in … Continue reading

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An American high school student who told a teacher that she had been raped was used as ‘bait’ by school officials, leading to a second sexual assault, according to lawyers. According to the brief by the student’s attorney, on Feb. … Continue reading

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Islamic groups account for a tiny minority of terrorist incidents in both the US and Europe, according to law enforcement studies. An FBI report on terrorist incidents on US soil from 1980 to 2005 found that 6% were committed by … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard has confirmed that she will not change her mind on same-sex marriage. Ms Gillard ruled out amending the legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, declaring ”I think in our culture there has been … Continue reading

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White American families now have an average of  US$95,000 more than black Americans, according to new research. The report by Brandeis University in Massachusetts found that white families have average assets worth US$100,000. African-American families’ assets stand at just $5,000. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “People should know what we do to create these products and what cost we pay.” One of several Chinese workers poisoned by the chemical n-hexane, which they say was used to clean Apple components including iPhone … Continue reading

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A magistrate has ruled that the words ‘nigger’, ‘sandnigger’ and ‘Abo’ are not offensive. Gold Coast magistrate Michael O’Driscoll found that a man who used the words in a fax calling on the government to restrict immigration of “sandnigger terrorists” … Continue reading

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