Monthly Archives: June 2014

Refugees facing a 49% chance of death or torture will still be returned home under new legislation. New legislation introduced to federal parliament by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today outlines plans to streamline claims by asylum seekers arriving in Australia. … Continue reading

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The Department of Environment has “limited awareness” of many major projects it is supposed to monitor, according to a government audit. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) audited the department’s compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. “The … Continue reading

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Pizza chain La Porchetta will self-audit employees’ pay at one-third of its outlets after two Melbourne franchises were found to have underpaid some workers a total of more than $250,000. La Porchetta has agreed with the Fair Work Ombudsman to … Continue reading

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State governments have spent nearly $18 billion supporting mining and energy companies over the past six years, new research has shown. The Australia Institute has published a new paper called Mining the Age of Entitlement: State Government Assistance to the … Continue reading

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A refugee from Africa says that she has experienced such severe racial abuse since moving to Australia that she considered returning to her homeland. Sudanese refugee Butheina Kuku said that, since moving to Metford in the Hunter region of New … Continue reading

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A $250,000 settlement for workers who were underpaid at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital was used by the Health Services Union under Kathy Jackson to kick-start a “slush fund” that allowed her to use the money for her political and … Continue reading

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Teenage boys were subjected to an institutionalised system of abuse at a former naval training base in Western Australia, a landmark report has found. The report into the HMAS Leeuwin base in Western Australia charts two-and-a-half decades of abuse that … Continue reading

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Working age Australians have become far less reliant on welfare payments since the turn of the century, despite Abbott government claims of a crisis of welfare dependency in Australia. The finding comes from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: REPORTER: “Can you guarantee there won’t be a Medicare co-payment?” TONY ABBOTT: “Nothing is being considered, nothing has been proposed, nothing is planned.” -Joint doorstop interview with Bill Glasson, Brisbane, 1 February 2014.

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A Victorian meat company at the centre of conflict of interest claims involving Premier Denis Napthine will benefit from an additional $600,000 of public money, that will see funding diverted from community projects. After weeks of controversy over his racing … Continue reading

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