Monthly Archives: November 2012

International students working as cleaners are being exploited by shopping centre owners like Westfield, according to a new report. The United Voice union interviewed 40 overseas students working as cleaners and found they are often underpaid and afraid of the … Continue reading

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The parents of two children abused by a Catholic priest have told a Victorian inquiry that Australia’s most senior Catholic showed a “sociopathic lack of empathy” for their plight. Anthony and Chrissie Foster had two daughters who were abused by … Continue reading

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Smartphones and tablets are making it easier for employers to force employees into doing unpaid work, according to a new report. One third of workers surveyed said that their employer contacted them on a day off at least once a … Continue reading

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Pledges by governments to reduce their countries’ greenhouse gas emissions are much less than what is needed to limit climate change to safe levels, the world’s leading environmental agency has warned. In a report released just days before the next … Continue reading

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The government has further ‘toughened’ its treatment of refugees, after Labor’s adoption of a version of the former government’s ‘Pacific Solution’ had no effect on refugee arrivals. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has declared that all asylum seekers who arrive in … Continue reading

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Passengers on a Melbourne bus abused and threatened a tourist for singing in French. Passenger Mike Nayna, who filmed the incident and posted the video on YouTube, said the mob started yelling at the woman when she began to sing … Continue reading

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Girls as young as 12 are requesting cosmetic genital surgery, according to Medicare and doctors. One Melbourne gynaecologist said the social pressure on women started early, with school-aged girls often coming in with their mothers seeking help. Dr Sonia Grover … Continue reading

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Britain’s police command has been accused of trying to avoid public scrutiny, after asking that a case regarding undercover officers who conned activists into sexual relationships be heard in secret. One man and 11 women are seeking damages from Scotland … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church covers up the crimes of paedophile priests, silences victims and hinders police investigations, one of the Hunter region’s most experienced detectives has alleged. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox has accused the church of alerting offenders, destroying evidence … Continue reading

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A group of 15 religious brothers is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others. The victims, abused over three decades, include wards of the state cared for by the brothers … Continue reading

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