Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ford has announced it will close down its Australian manufacturing operations by 2016. 1200 workers will lose their jobs. The company has accepted a total of $1.1 billion in public money over the past 12 years. (Source: Herald Sun)

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The Federal Government’s decision to move single parents on to Newstart Allowance has compounded levels of deprivation, a new survey has found. The survey of 2705 people who used the Salvation Army’s emergency relief services in March highlighted the impact … Continue reading

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Australia Post is facing legal action amid claims workers are being paid less than the minimum wage. Fiona Lawson claims she is owed almost $16,000 by the contractor who employed her and is planning to launch legal action in the … Continue reading

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Some of Australia’s biggest retailers have refused to sign an international agreement to improve fire safety and working conditions in Bangladesh after the country’s worst industrial accident. Woolworths, Kmart and Target – that all have factories operating out of Bangladesh … Continue reading

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Almost half the women in Victorian psychiatric hospitals have been sexually assaulted during their stay, a new report has revealed. The report by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) found that 45 per cent of women in the state’s … Continue reading

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The concentration of carbon dioxide in the air has passed 400 parts per million for the first time since records began. The last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago – before modern humans … Continue reading

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The US Air Force officer in charge of preventing sexual attacks has been arrested for sexual battery. Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Krusinski, head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response program, was drunk when he “approached a female victim … Continue reading

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A union official has demanded the rollout of the national broadband network in Tasmania be halted until asbestos problems are dealt with. Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) official David Mier says up to 85 per cent of contractors working … Continue reading

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An African Catholic priest has been suspended for writing a letter decrying what he calls the “open secret” of sexual abuse and sexual activity involving African priests. Father Anthony Musaala of Uganda sent a letter to the Archbishop of Kampala … Continue reading

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70 Australians with incomes of more than $1 million each in 2010-11 paid no income tax, Tax Office data shows. The statistics released last week show that the 70 earned $194 million among them. Only 30 of them claimed deductions … Continue reading

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