Monthly Archives: December 2013

The federal government has refused to rule out a $6 fee for GP visits in a bid to rein in health spending, sparking fears that it will ultimately end Medicare and affordable healthcare. Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said … Continue reading

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Fact of the Moment: One in five. Proportion of refugees detained on Manus Island who have shoes.

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Refugees could be indefinitely detained for behavior including congregating in large numbers. Refugees on bridging visas are already detained if they are charged with a crime. However the new code means that they will also be detained for any activities … Continue reading

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An immigrant family is likely to be deported because their son has mild autism. Enamul Kabir is a doctor of mathematics. His wife Siuly is a doctor of biomedical engineering. Both gained their doctorate in Australia, and have lived and … Continue reading

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The High Court has overturned the ACT’s legalisation of gay marriage. The judges found that only the Federal Parliament had the power under the constitution to legislate on same sex marriage. Dozens of couples who married in a five-day window … Continue reading

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Four New South Wales police officers will face assault charges over the death of a young Brazilian man who they repeatedly tasered 18 months ago. The charges are a result of a police misconduct investigation brought on by a damning … Continue reading

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A worker has been injured during the clean-up of a toxic spill at the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says a fitter was injuredwhile cleaning up slurry that spilt out of a … Continue reading

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Cleaning contractors at Brisbane Airport have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse of foreign staff, firing or threatening them with deportation if they resist. “I came to Australia in March on a student visa, and while studying here, I … Continue reading

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An American judge says he doesn’t deserve to lose his job for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared “older than her chronological age” when he sentenced her teacher to just a month in┬áprison for raping her. Montana District Judge … Continue reading

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Catholic leaders see the issue of child abuse as a “short-term embarrassment”, according to a new report. Georgie Crozier, chair of the┬áthe Victorian parliamentary inquiry into sexual abuse, said the inquiry had referred 135 previously unreported claims of child sex … Continue reading

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