Monthly Archives: May 2013

First Australians demanding separate homeland

Time Magazine If a determined group of indigenous people get their way, the world’s newest country won’t be in Africa or the Balkans but on the eastern periphery of Australia’s outback. A bleak, foreboding, flood-prone savannah the size of Austria 750 km north-west of Sydney, the Murrawarri Republic was home to an Aboriginal nation that […]

Australia’s international shame: Overseas students being exploited at workplaces

By Mehroz Siraj Exploitation against international students at workplaces is continuing across Australia despite the new laws and immigration reforms enacted by the federal government and parliament. Commercial hospitality, cleaning and retail have been identified by relevant experts as the sectors of the job market where exploitation of international students has been taking place. “We […]

Ford’s departure a wake-up call for the government and industry

By Mehroz Siraj Ford’s announcement of ending its Australian production of commercial vehicles has come down as a major shocker for many ordinary Australians over the last one week. In a broad-based announcement, the company’s chief manager in Australia, Bob Graziano, announced that the decision had been taken in the light of the strong dollar […]

Happiest Industrialized Nation? Australia Is All Smiles

Wall Street Journal SYDNEY: A fading mining boom may be taking the gloss off Australia’s resource-rich economy but the country has retained the title of happiest industrialized nation in the world. That’s according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Better Life Index, which ranked the world’s developed economies on criteria such as jobs, income, […]

Spectacular scenes at the Sydney Festival SYDNEY: When winter hits, Sydney becomes something of a ghost town as its 4 million or so residents retreat indoors to acclimatize to the cold. Yet for the past five years, they’ve been beckoned outside by Vivid Sydney, an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas that takes over after dark May 24 to June […]

Brakes on manufacturing as Ford pulls out

    By Paul Bastian The impact of Ford’s decision to end car manufacturing in Australia will ricochet throughout the manufacturing industry, writes Paul Bastian. The shock announcement yesterday that Ford will stop making vehicles in Australia comes as terrible news for the 1,200 workers affected. They will be gutted to learn that the company […]

Rebuilding Oklahoma: Disaster insurance covers for many residents deemed inadequate

Huffington Post Online As people in central Oklahoma emerge from the wreckage of the tornado that flattened entire neighborhoods, some will face another bitter realization: Residents of Moore and neighboring areas may lack insurance coverage to compensate them for the loss of all of their worldly possessions. About 98 percent of homeowners carry insurance, according to […]

Coal tender corruption inquiry concludes in NSW

By Mehroz Siraj The inquiry into the suspicious allocation of mining and exploring licenses to two former Labor power brokers that was conducted by the New South Wales (NSW) based Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) concluded on Monday. The commission had been investigating deals of a suspicious coal mining contract that former state Labor minister […]

Essendon player Lovett-Murray stabbed in Melbourne

The Age Online Essendon footballer Nathan Lovett-Murray is in hospital after being stabbed in Melbourne’s north on Tuesday. Police confirmed that a 30-year-old Pascoe Vale man was attacked in Reservoir during a domestic incident. Emergency services went to a house in Wright Street just after 10pm after a fight between three men. The 30-year-old was […]

A homecoming of sorts for Nicky Winmar NICKY Winmar’s football journey has taken him to most parts of Australia but Tuesday was the first time he had set foot in St Kilda’s new home base at Linen House Centre, Seaford. The iconic former St Kilda star who had made the trip from his home in Western Australia, said he could not […]