Monthly Archives: July 2014

A respected workplace economist says there is no evidence that ‘work for the dole’ schemes help unemployed people find work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for political rather than economic reasons. The government will force job seekers … Continue reading

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Record numbers of homeless people have been counted living on the streets of Melbourne. In recent years Melbourne City Council’s regular survey of rough sleepers has found a relatively stable homeless population of about 100 people. But the most recent … Continue reading

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A company that was part-owned and directed by the federal government’s chief indigenous adviser, Warren Mundine, helped broker a highly questionable deal that gave a mining company access to an Aboriginal sacred site in outback Western Australia. Mr Mundine is … Continue reading

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Australia’s largest coalminer, Glencore, paid almost no tax over the past three years, despite income of $15 billion. The company reduced its tax burden by taking large, unnecessarily expensive loans from its associates overseas. At up to 9 per cent, … Continue reading

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Pregnant refugees on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families. Child psychiatrist Sarah Mares said that during her visit to the centre in March, mothers and pregnant women on the island had extremely … Continue reading

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Officials ignored professional advice in returning a refugee to detention on Christmas Island, leading to her attempted suicide. The woman was transferred to Perth earlier this year but discharged from hospital and returned to detention before being sent back to … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: We admired the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task, although we disagreed with what they did. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, describing the Japanese submarine crews who attacked Sydney Harbour during … Continue reading

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A Senate inquiry has called for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to face a royal commission to investigate fraud, forgery and allegations of a cover-up inside its financial planning arm, and described corporate regulator ASIC as ‘timid’. Thousands of Australians … Continue reading

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