Monthly Archives: July 2013

The ideal employee, according to employers, is young, male and unattached, a survey of influential business decision makers has found. The survey of 500 business heads and 2000 employees was carried out by workplace management company Kronos. It found that … Continue reading

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No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s rewrite of refugee laws. They will instead be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and, if found to be refugees, will … Continue reading

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Some American prisons were coercing women into being sterilised as recently as 2010, according to a new report. The Center for Investigative Reporting says that from 2006 to 2010, 148 women in California prisons were sterilized by doctors who ignored … Continue reading

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The health of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef has been downgraded to “poor” as the government pushed some of the pollution targets that were supposed to be achieved this year back five years. In 2009, former environment minister Peter … Continue reading

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The media has suggested that poor children do worse at school because of inherited intelligence – based on a federal report that suggests the exact opposite. A report by the Productivity Commission states that “parents’ cognitive abilities and inherited genes” … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church had “extensive knowledge dating back to the 1950s” of the sexual abuse of children by the paedophile priest Denis McAlinden which continued over four decades on children as young as four and five, an inquiry has heard. … Continue reading

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Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has disputed Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s claim that a large proportion of recent boat arrivals in Australia are economic migrants. As the Rudd government aims to ‘toughen’ its stance on boat arrivals, Professor Triggs has … Continue reading

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Kevin Rudd accepted international flights and hotel accommodation from a German foundation that controls a key part of the international tobacco industry, despite his earlier declarations that “cigarettes kill people”. Mr Rudd’s declarations of interests lodged with the federal parliament … Continue reading

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Three British police officers face gross misconduct charges following a complaint from a pregnant woman that she was handcuffed for 11 hours in a police cell, stripped naked from the waist up and assaulted. Lynette Wallace, 42, went into labour … Continue reading

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