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Defence force abuse royal commission needed, says Nick Xenophon

The Guardian - October 31, 2014

Xenophon said the formal inquiry was just as necessary as two other royal commissions the Coalition initiated to look at the Rudd government's home insulation program and trade union governance. Xenophon was responding to the findings of an upper ...and more »

Senator says defence abuse inquiry needed

Sky News Australia - October 31, 2014

The Abbott government has been told to establish a royal commission to excise the 'cancer' of sexual and other abuse in Defence ranks. Independent senator Nick Xenophon said the formal inquiry was just as necessary as two other royal commissions the ...and more »

Senator calls for royal commission into defence abuse

Northern Star - October 31, 2014

INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon wants a royal commission to investigate abuse in the Australian Defence Force. Mr Xenophon said a Senate committee report into the process to support victims of defence abuse did not go far enough. "Ultimately ...and more »

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Firefighter at Nantawarra bushfire suffers severe burns

Daily Mail - October 31, 2014

A 35-year-old firefighter has suffered severe burns fighting an out-of-control bushfire in South Australia. The man is believed to have fallen from the back of a ute and suffered burns to 70 per cent of his body. He has been airlifted by helicopter to Adelaide for ...and more »

Sarah Walton's despair after officials took away care for her sick son Zackary

Daily Mail - October 31, 2014

A mother of five whose two-year-old son could die at any moment without round the clock care has told how she 'cried with happiness' after her campaign to stop her son's help being cut was successful. Sarah Walton pleaded with the South Australian ...

BHP looks at options to expand Olympic Dam

Sky News Australia - October 31, 2014

Mining giant BHP Billiton is looking at options to expand its Olympic Dam mine in South Australia. BHP put plans for a $US30 billion expansion of the massive site on ice in 2012, blaming falling commodity prices and higher costs. But the company is now ...and more »

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US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

Town Hall - October 31, 2014

And last week the Pacific Islands Forum, a political group of Pacific nations, lifted its suspension of Fiji. Bishop said Australia was Fiji's largest trading partner and the biggest investor in Fiji. She said about 300,000 Australians visit Fiji each year and about ...and more »

Australian Labor leader Gough Whitlam (1916–2014)

World Socialist Web Site - October 31, 2014

A series of tributes, from all sides of the political establishment, as well as the mass media, has accompanied the death of former Australian Labor Party leader and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on October 21, hailing him as the “great man” who changed the ...and more »

'Both sides of politics has failed us' says World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello

ABC Local - October 31, 2014

Mr Costello says that the shift in attitude towards our global responsibilities has been fuelled by fear and misinformation about the true state of Australia's economic outlook. "I think both sides of politics have failed us. Politicians on both sides have said to ...and more »

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