Monthly Archives: January 2011

The father of a soldier who committed suicide after being humiliated during his time with the Defence Force says he has little confidence an investigation into sexual misconduct aboard HMAS Success will effect change. Defence Minister Stephen Smith has received … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “the globally recognised experience of our armed forces allows us to resolve security situations of this kind”. French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, offering the then-government of Tunisia help in dealing with its pro-democracy uprising.

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Humanism may not be taught in ‘secular’ state primary schools, because it is not a religion, the Victorian state government has announced. The Education Act says state schools must be secular and ”not promote any particular religious practice, denomination or … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “There’s danger in just shoveling out money to people who say ‘my life is a little harder than it used to be’…at a certain place you’ve got to say to the people ‘suck it in and … Continue reading

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A 14 year old girl has been ordered by the Family Court to live with a religious group assessed by an independent family consultant as having features associated with cults. The girl’s parents joined the community 30 years ago. After … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Ms. Henry told the students that she too called people ‘faggots’ when she was young and didn’t mean anything bad by it.” The principal of America’s Valley Stream South High School explains why students may not … Continue reading

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US President Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s while in office, according to his son. The late President suffered severely from the disease in the years before his death in 2004. However it was not officially diagnosed until 1994, five years … Continue reading

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A primary school teacher who assaulted an 11 year old girl has escaped having a conviction recorded against her. Mary Louise Michie hit the girl with a plastic scooter board after she spotted the child standing on play equipment. The … Continue reading

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A conservative commentator has claimed that tides cannot be explained without God. Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly engaged in a debate with Dave Silverman of American Atheists. The group had paid for a billboard describing religion as “a scam.” Mr … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “I was aware the competitors and I were not inside the flags. Under normal circumstances it is appropriate for Victorians swimming at a patrolled beach to do so within the flags.” Premier Ted Baillieu wants Victorians … Continue reading

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