Monthly Archives: November 2011

The government spent nearly $140,000 of public money on a single event to launch the National Broadband Network, despite it having only seven customers. The government has admitted that the cost of the event was $138,474.05. It was organised to … Continue reading

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An Afghan woman jailed after being raped by her cousin’s husband has been offered release if she marries her attacker. Gulnaz was 19 when she was convicted of having sex outside of marriage by being raped. After serving two years … Continue reading

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A mentally handicapped man who has been in custody since 2003 may be placed on the child sex offenders register, despite never having been convicted, the charges being dropped, and his alleged victims saying that he did not assault them. … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church in Britain claimed in court that its priests were self-employed, and thus that it had no liability for the acts of a priest who repeatedly raped a seven-year-old girl. The woman, who is now a mother, was … Continue reading

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Nearly three quarters of Australians want Australian troops withdrawn from Afghanistan. A Roy Morgan poll found 72% of Australians favour Australian troops leaving Afghanistan. 21% want Australian troops to stay, and 7% are undecided. Both major parties support the continued … Continue reading

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A former Refugee Review Tribunal member says that the government removes panel members who do not enforce its political agenda. Former diplomat Bruce Haigh sat on the review panel for five years and said many asylum seeker applications are initially … Continue reading

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Thousands of Chinese citizens have donated almost $800,000 to help artist and dissident Ai Weiwei pay a huge tax fine which he says is politically motivated. People have thrown money wrapped in paper planes into the garden of the 54 … Continue reading

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Over 49 million Americans live in poverty, according to a government report. The report by the US Census Bureau found that 49.1 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, lived in poverty. (Source: MX)

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Another Afghan National Army soldier has opened fire on Austrailan soldiers, wounding three Australians and two Afghans. An Australian Defence Force spokesman said that all three Australians are in a stable condition. The attack came only ten days after another … Continue reading

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Victorian public hospitals have received detailed advice on how to conduct a Qantas-style lockout of nurses, and to consider using a strike-breaking workforce in the event of industrial unrest. The advice to hospitals, from a group representing them in industrial … Continue reading

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