Monthly Archives: April 2013

A group of eight Aboriginal men is suing Qantas after they were thrown off a flight and told they would not be allowed to travel in a big group. The men were on their way home from an Indigenous leadership … Continue reading

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The $4.7 billion welfare-to-work scheme is at “high risk” of being defrauded by the government’s designated employment agencies, according to a confidential federal government assessment. The assessment was ordered after an external audit of the Job Services Australia program last … Continue reading

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Victoria’s public hospital places have decreased, despite a government promise to increase them. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s ‘Hospital Statistics 2011-12 Report’ found Victoria’s public hospital system had 13,218 open beds in 2011-12, down from 13,254 in 2010-11. … Continue reading

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The Federal government has broken an election promise to give $10,000 bonus payments to top teachers. Promised by the Prime Minister during the 2010 election campaign, the Rewards for Great Teachers program pledged to deliver cash bonuses for up to … Continue reading

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Catholic Church leaders in Australia are contributing to the ostracism and scapegoating of child sex abuse victims, showing little leadership and very little “will to know”, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse has been told. Caroline … Continue reading

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Passengers on a Melbourne train have stood up to a racist passenger, in contrast to previous incidents. A 37-year-old woman shoved passengers on the Craigieburn line train, called an African man a “fucking black prick”, and claimed that “this is … Continue reading

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Average mortgage repayments have more than doubled in the past decade, a far higher growth than wages. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and compared average home loans over 25 years. Mortgage repayments have increased by 105 percent over … Continue reading

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The nation’s top climate scientists and science bodies have for the first time endorsed a major report that says Australia’s climate has shifted permanently in some cases. The peer-reviewed assessment notes that there is “strong consensus” around this central finding. … Continue reading

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Foreign workers were paid less than $3 an hour to work 12-hour days on a West Australian oil rig. A Perth court heard the four Filipino men worked as painters on Woodside rigs on the North West Shelf off northern … Continue reading

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A man who pleaded guilty to attacking his former fiance, bruising her throat, neck, eyes and jaw, as well as escaping police custody, has been given a sentence of community service. Ricky Nixon pleaded guilty to intentionally causing injury to … Continue reading

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