Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Country Fire Authority exposed volunteer and career firefighters and their own staff to dangerous chemicals at the Fiskville training centre, and ignored warnings since 1980, according to a report. The Fiskville: Understanding the Past to Inform the Future report, … Continue reading

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The manufacturer of thalidomide ignored and covered up repeated warnings that its drug could damage unborn babies. Files from the archives of pharmaceutical giant Grunenthal detail explicit warnings the company received about its drug’s potential to harm foetuses well before … Continue reading

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A Melbourne paedophile priest escaped justice and lived out his life in Britain because the Victoria Police failed to question him about serious child sex allegations, the force has admitted for the first time. Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana confirmed … Continue reading

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The Labor Party has preferenced the Christian fundamentalist Family First Party ahead of the Greens. Labor made the decision in the state byelection for the seat of Melbourne. Queensland Family First Senate candidate Wendy Francis has compared same-sex marriage to … Continue reading

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More than half the doctors in Australian public hospitals are working excessive hours that could be jeopardising patient safety, according to an audit by the AMA. The Australian Medical Association survey of nearly 1500 doctors found that 53 percent were … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: Are you a refugee not even the immigration minister could refuse? Then we want to see you! We’re looking for Oz’s hottest asylum seeker, so if you’ve swapped persecution for sexiness, we want to shoot you … Continue reading

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Victorians have lost a total of $38 billion on poker machines since they were legalised. The 16th of July marks twenty years since the first poker machines in the state began operation. Losses from July 1992 to the end of … Continue reading

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The Victorian government’s anti-corruption body has been restricted to the point that it is likely to be ineffective, according to a government advisor. Former Supreme Court judge Tim Smith, QC,gave advice to the government early last year. He told a … Continue reading

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The richest 1 percent of Australians ‘earned’ 8.9 percent of all taxable income in Australia in 2009-2010 – almost twice their share 30 years ago. Calculations by economist and Labor MP Andrew Leigh, based on data from the Australian Tax … Continue reading

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A report on sexual abuse in the Australian military has found that rapists who were never prosecuted are probably still occupying senior positions in the forces. The report, by law firm DLA Piper, said a large number of victims deserved … Continue reading

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