Monthly Archives: March 2011

Parents in the Exclusive Brethren sect avoid paying tax on the bulk of their children’s school fees in an arrangement that would be illegal if sought by other Australian parents. When most parents pay school fees, they are paying it … Continue reading

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Having a bad job causes more stress, depression and anxiety than being unemployed, and reduces the chance of finding a good job, according to new research. A research team headed by Dr Peter Butterworth, of the centre for mental health … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Moment: “Sand coons” “Dune coons” “Ragheads” Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, describing local people in videos posted to facebook.

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Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have awarded a security contract to a company that the government is considering suing for industrial manslaughter. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games signed a £100m deal with the security firm G4S. … Continue reading

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Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of “trophy” photographs of US soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan civilians they killed for sport. Senior officials at Nato’s International Security Assistance … Continue reading

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An ex-reporter for a British newspaper says that he produced fictional stories while at the paper, and that his former employer now incites racial tension. Richard Peppiatt, formerly of the Daily Star, was involved in stories claiming Rochdale council had … Continue reading

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A US State Department spokesman has been fired for criticising the military’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned under pressure on Sunday, a few days after telling a small audience at MIT that … Continue reading

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An intellectually disabled man has been in jail for almost 10 years without trial, and remains in custody despite the decision that he will not be prosecuted. Marlon Noble was 19 when he was arrested in December 2001 for allegedly … Continue reading

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The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media using fake online personas designed to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with the US Central Command … Continue reading

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British police dispatched a marked car with uniformed officers to a park after two young sisters were spotted picking daffodils. Sienna Marengo, four, was seen picking flowers with six-year-old stepsister Olivia in a park in Dorset. A member of the … Continue reading

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