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Australian school curriculum to force acceptance of multiculturalism

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United Nations human rights watchdog has accused Australia of racism over its treatment of boat people and Aborigines. School students are being targeted in a major new push to force acceptance of multiculturalism by “embedding” it in the national curriculum. Young Australians will be trained in “cultural competency” during classes as part of the Gillard Government’s plan... 

Australia to ban BC and AD as reference point for dates in school history books

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Nativity: But the birth of Jesus will no longer be used as a reference point in Australian school history books. Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books. Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter... 

Australian PM Julia Gillard hits out at asylum ruling

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hit out at a High Court decision that ruled an asylum deal with Malaysia was unlawful. Ms Gillard called the ruling “deeply disappointing” and said the court had “rewritten the Migration Act”. Under the deal, Australia would have sent 800 asylum-seekers to Malaysia and would have received 4,000 refugees in return over four years. But... 

Seven children die in Australia house fire

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The fire destroyed the two-storey house Seven children have died in a fire at a house near the Australian city of Brisbane. At least seven children are among 11 people presumed dead in one of Australia’s worst urban fire disasters. The inferno, which destroyed a two-storey house near the city of Brisbane, began around midnight. The house was reportedly home to two families from Tonga and Samoa. Three... 

Gillard set to reject Kevin Rudd on Palestine

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Australia is almost certain to vote against a Palestinian state next month, despite an apparent push by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd for Canberra to abstain from any such vote. Leaders of the Jewish community reacted angrily yesterday to a report that Mr Rudd had written to Julia Gillard recommending that Australia abstain from the vote at the UN. The diplomatic row came as Victorian Labor leader Daniel... 

Gillard authorizes force to put asylum seekers onto planes

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A boat is intercepted by the Border Protection Command off Australia's north coast. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that authorities on Christmas Island will be authorised to use force to make sure asylum seekers get on board aircraft taking them to Malaysia. The first boatload of people to be processed under the asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia arrived on Christmas Island this... 

NSW rabbis argue over child abuse

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Rabbi Yosef Feldman ONE of the state’s most high profile Jewish leaders is fighting off calls for his resignation after he urged rabbis not to report allegations of child abuse to the police. Rabbi Yosef Feldman, president of the Rabbinical Council of NSW and based at the Southern Sydney Synagogue, has sparked outrage in a series of emails to other rabbis when he said it should be up to them... 

Australian Airports To Test Non Irradiating Body Scanners

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Australian airports have begun trialing body scanning technology that neither emits any form of radiation, nor produces a naked image of the person passing through it in a move that is sure to throw a spanner in the works of TSA plans to roll out hundreds more irradiating scanners at American transport hubs. According to UK-based security company ThruVision Systems, their “passive” scanning technology... 

Australia police able to demand removal of burqas

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A student wearing a burka. Muslim women who refuse to remove their veils for police will face jail under new laws in Australia’s largest state. The New South Wales government has rushed through legislation allowing police to force the removal of head coverings to identify suspected criminals. The laws, among the toughest in the world involving Islamic female dress, follow the recent furore over a... 

Asian-born Australians may soon become majority

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Asian-born Australians may soon outnumber whites, says government study. The number of Asians in Australia has almost doubled in a decade, from 1.03 million in mid-2000 to 2.1 million in the middle of last year, according to government statistics. Pramod Kumar is part of a wave of immigration that has changed the face of Australia over the past decade. Mr. Kumar is from Hyderabad in India’s northwest.... 

Australia's boom lures new wave of European immigrants

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About 100 men in their 20s and 30s, filled a conference room at a Dublin hotel last week to hear a migration agent describe the personal fortunes waiting to be made a world away in the booming mining towns of the Australian outback. With unemployment running at close to 15 percent in Ireland, and local wages a fraction of those now on offer in Australia, it appeared to be an easy sell. “I want... 

Thousands without power after Christchurch hit by earthquakes

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Tens of thousands of people were spending a freezing night without power after Christchurch was shaken by a series of violent earthquakes. With temperatures plummeting under a clear winter sky, the Orion lines company warned more than 20,000 householders they would not be reconnected until at least Tuesday. Residents were also being told to boil drinking water. Christchurch Hospital said two of the... 

Christchurch escapes serious damage from tremor

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An extensive check has shown that earthquake-hit Christchurch escaped any serious damage from a 5.5-magnitude aftershock on Monday. The jolt occurred at 9.09am and was centred 20km southwest of Christchurch at a depth of 15km. Two more aftershocks have been recorded: a 3.8-magnitude tremor at 11.41am and one measuring 4.7 at 5.04pm on Monday. Both were 20km west of Christchurch at a depth of 10km. The... 

Libyan Almahde Ahmad Atagore jailed for string of Melbourne sex assaults

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The student was jailed after attacking seven women and girls, the youngest aged just 12. A Libyan student who sexually assaulted seven girls and women in Melbourne has been jailed for more than five years. Almahde Ahmad Atagore, 28, had been in Australia only a month and was having trouble adapting to the Australian culture when he committed the attacks, a court heard. Atagore, who is a Muslim, was... 

Australia bans some live cattle exports to Indonesia

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Australia has suspended exports of live cattle to a number of killing facilities in Indonesia following exposure of brutal practices in some of the country’s abattoirs. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the decision was based on footage collected by Animals Australia that showed cattle being mistreated before slaughter. “I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities... 
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