Monthly Archives: February 2011

More than half of apprentices are dropping out before they finish their training, partly because of low pay. Apprentice and trainee employer WPC Group chief executive officer Nicholas Wyman said that most first- and second-year apprentices were living on or … Continue reading

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Both government and opposition have reaffirmed their committment to the war in Afghanistan after the death of another Australian soldier. Sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe and an Afghan interpreter were shot dead by insurgents while on patrol in the Mirabad Valley. … Continue reading

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The investigation and prevention of rape and other abuse of disabled or mentally ill Victorians in state-run and private care is woefully inadequate, according to Victoria’s Public Advocate. An Office of the Public Advocate report, based on data mostly gathered … Continue reading

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Media giant News Corporation has been forced to pay the ACT government $77 million after an ‘alleged’ tax avoidance scheme perpetrated on the territory unravelled. Rupert Murdoch’s multinational media empire paid the money late last year in a secret settlement, … Continue reading

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The Labor Party needs to ‘modernise’ its policy and allow uranium to be exported to India, federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says. Mr Ferguson said the policy needs to show ”flexibility and discretion” when it came to India. Current Labor … Continue reading

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The Business Council says cuts to disability services and foreign aid should be considered as alternatives to the flood levy. The Federal Government says the tax is needed to help pay for flood and cyclone reconstruction in Queensland and Victoria. … Continue reading

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Evidence from an Egyptian intelligence officer that names an Australian official who witnessed the torture of Mamdouh Habib in Guantanamo Bay has been revealed as the trigger for a massive government payout to the Sydney man. Mr Habib was arrested … Continue reading

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Hard-line free-market guru Ayn Rand accepted government money for her healthcare, but kept it secret so that she could continue to denounce ‘big government’. Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand’s law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin … Continue reading

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A branch of the Catholic Church has been accused of moving millions of dollars to avoid having to pay it to victims of sexual abuse by priests. Jeffrey Anderson, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse, accused the Archdiocese of … Continue reading

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A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja has concluded that genetic damage could have been caused by weaponry used in US assaults that took place six years ago. The … Continue reading

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