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Indonesia to Australia: ‘You signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Act on it’


Australia has a responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal because it is a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees, according to the Indonesian government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to offer resettlement to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar on the grounds it would encourage people smuggling. Asked earlier on Thursday whether the Australian government ...

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BHP Billiton still facing Federal Police investigation over corruption allegations


Pert: The Australian Federal Police has confirmed it is still investigating BHP Billiton, as more details have emerged of a $30 million fine handed to the mining giant by US authorities. The US Securities and Exchange Commission last night announced the penalty imposed under America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, over lavish hospitality given to government officials as BHP sponsored the ...

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‘Labor dysfunction’ fears: Bill Shorten fails to cut through with middle-Australia


Perth : Tony Abbott may be personally unpopular among middle-ground voters but the group that broke from the ALP at the 2013 election is not coming back to Bill Shorten, with many regarding him as a ranting puppet obsessed with political point scoring, and lacking in charisma. Exclusive focus group testing of the two leaders’ standing among former Labor voters ...

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Federal budget 2015: side-effect means sickest patients are to pay more for drugs


Sydney : Some of Australia’s sickest people will pay more each year for their medicines due to a little-noticed change in last week’s federal budget. Health Minister Sussan Ley on Monday announced an agreement with the Pharmacy Guild which she said would deliver “cheaper, more affordable medicines for consumers”, partly because pharmacies will have the option of cutting the patient ...

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Footage shows vicious attack on 13-year-old at Walgett High School


Sydney :Alarming footage filmed at one of the most violent schools in NSW captured a vicious attack on a 13-year-old girl. The video obtained by ABC News showed the violent escalation of months of bullying at Walgett’s only public high school in one of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.Walgett Community College had become a breeding ground for “violence and criminal ...

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