Monthly Archives: June 2011

A record number of Americans now want US troops to leave Afghanistan immediately, according to a new poll. For the first time in the decade-long conflict, a majority of Americans polled by the Pew Research Center said they wanted troops … Continue reading

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A court has set aside the conviction of a man accused of raping a woman who had passed out drunk, because he might have thought she wanted sex – despite evidence that the woman had twice rejected his advances before … Continue reading

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A Labor Senator has described the party as averse to debate, and says it treats ordinary members as “polling-booth fodder”. Senator John Faulkner said in a lecture that “the party has now become so reliant on focus groups that it … Continue reading

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The Prime Minister is under pressure to change her opposition to gay marriage, after the Western Australian and Queensland branches of the ALP passed motions supporting marriage equality. The two branches passed motions in favour of legalising gay marriage at … Continue reading

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The head of a major employers’ group has claimed that women earn less than men because they take time off every month. Alasdair Thompson, the chief executive of New Zealand’s Employers and Manufacturers Association, told a radio talkback show that … Continue reading

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A groundbreaking program that has helped women in the grip of domestic violence, homelessness and mental illness find work is set to be shut down after being left without government funding. McAuley Works was set up last year to connect … Continue reading

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A Melbourne-based drug manufacturer mounted an “inadequate” investigation of convulsions suffered by children who used its flu vaccine, according to the US drugs watchdog. CSL withdrew the vaccine, sold as Fluvax in Australia, for use on children under five in … Continue reading

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An American man has ‘robbed’ a bank because the only place he could get health care was in jail. Richard James Verone is 59 and was unemployed with multiple health issues before the crime. Verone has an undiagnosed growth in … Continue reading

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Australia secretly worked with the United States to weaken a key international treaty to ban cluster bombs. Despite taking a high-profile stance against cluster munitions – condemned as the cause of large numbers of civilian casualties – Australia was privately … Continue reading

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Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission investigated just 1 in 381 complaints against police for excessive force. The State’s CCC Inspector Chris Steytler said the vast majority of complaints made to police were sent back to police for investigation. “I … Continue reading

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