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Sydney : International full-fee paying students are studying at some of the most over-crowded schools in Sydney at the same time as the NSW Department of Education clamps down on out-of-area enrolments.Thousands of students, some as young as 13 and predominantly from Asian countries, are finishing their studies at public schools, with a 25 per cent increase in new, full ...

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Tony Abbott defends his ‘try before you buy’ reference to long-term unemployed

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded suggesting employers “try before you buy” when hiring the long-term unemployed may fall foul of the “canons of sensitivities” but has stopped short of apologising for the remark. Appearing on ABC radio in Adelaide on Thursday, Mr Abbott was challenged about his choice of language when describing the revamped work for the dole scheme ...

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

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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

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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

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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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