Monthly Archives: April 2014

Australia’s major banks have funded companies responsible for illegal logging, forced evictions, inadequate compensation, food shortages and child labour, according to a new report. The report, ‘Banking on Shaky Ground’, by charity Oxfam, found that all four major banks – … Continue reading

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The Department of Human Services has been savaged by a federal tribunal over its handling of bullying accusations at a Sydney Centrelink office. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has heard evidence of a manager miming shooting an employee at a meeting … Continue reading

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The number of young people facing long-term unemployment in Australia has tripled since the global financial crisis, according to a new analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data. In 2008 there were 19,500 long-term unemployed people aged 15 to 24 … Continue reading

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The Victorian anti-corruption commission says it has been unable to investigate serious allegations. In a report to Parliament, the $170 million Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission said there were concerns the legal threshold for investigations was “vague, too high and therefore … Continue reading

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A major climate report presented to the world has been censored by the governments who requested it. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Sunday released a “summary for policymakers”, intended to be a palatable synopsis of the technical … Continue reading

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Australian soldiers working second jobs as guards on Manus Island have a culture of thuggish conduct and steroid abuse, according to insiders. The soldiers have taken the work while on leave from the army. An ex-employee said that steroid use … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” Tony Abbott, on the night before the 2013 election. “Abbott to … Continue reading

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Independent schools in Victoria have 60 per cent more money on average to spend on their students than public schools, an analysis of the latest school funding data shows. The average income per student in Victorian public schools went backwards … Continue reading

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Public servants will be forbidden to criticise members of Parliament online, including private comment using anonymous usernames. Changes to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct mean that any criticism posted online could lead to the poster being sacked. Public … Continue reading

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An heir to the du Pont fortune has been spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter, because he would “not fare well” in prison. Robert H. Richards IV was given a suspended sentence and put on probation. Richards is listed … Continue reading

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