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Discriminate Pregnant Women,Gays Australian Law

In Australia on January 17, 2013 at 09:33

Is this Enlightenment or stupidity?

How about Pedophiles?

The funniest part is that Corporations with over 300 Million $ are authorized to do so.

Law of Discrimination,Australia

The draft bill makes clearer which groups religious organisations can discriminate against lawfully.

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Religious organisations, including those funded by the state government, retain their legal right to discriminate against pregnant women under a new human rights bill.

The draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill consolidates five existing federal discrimination laws after a decades-long campaign by lawyers and human rights advocates. The draft bill makes clearer which groups religious organisations can discriminate against lawfully.

Under the draft bill, faith-based groups, including schools and hospitals, can still refuse to hire people because of a wide range of attributes that would be unlawful for any other organisation, including women who are pregnant or potentially pregnant.

When the Sex Discrimination Act – which came into force in 1984 – was drafted, a number of religious bodies argued they should be allowed to discriminate against pregnant or ”potentially pregnant” women to avoid having to employ unwed mothers.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s director of advocacy and strategic litigation, Anna Brown, said that while the bill introduced important new protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and removed the ability of religious bodies to discriminate on the basis of age, sex and breastfeeding, it was a ”missed opportunity” to narrow the broad exemptions available to religious groups.

Weet-Bix manufacturer Sanitarium is a religious organisation owned and operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist church, which means it could discriminate against people with these attributes.

An online advertisement for a manufacturing team leader position with the company says: ”If you share our passion for what we do, our products and you can align with our Christian-based principles this is a great opportunity for you.”

Sanitarium spokeswoman Julie Praestiin said the company’s workplace culture was ”grounded on Christian-based values of care, courage, humility, integrity and passion which are generally shared by the Australian community”.

She said Sanitarium complied with employment laws. ”We are an equal opportunity employer and have a diverse workforce which encompasses a variety of cultures and worldviews. Religious belief is not a condition of employment.”

Hugh de Kretser, executive officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres, said that Sanitarium, which is understood to have a turnover of $300 million a year – although the church is not required to lodge Sanitarium’s financial reports – should not be allowed to discriminate.

”That a large organisation with a turnover of $300 million a year is given a green light by the law to discriminate highlights the problems with these exemptions,” he said.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/religious-groups-free-to-discriminate-against-pregnant-women-20130116-2ctsz.html#ixzz2ICZ9Sosj

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Australia Wild Fire Photo Essay

In Australia, images on January 9, 2013 at 19:37

Australia is reeling under wild fire.

New South wales had as much as 165 wild Fires simultaneously yesterday.

Homes were destroyed and people left their Homes.

Photo Essay.

Australia Wild Fire.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters tackle a grass fire just outside of Gunning in New South Wales as more than 100 fires are still reported to be burning

Wild Fire Australia

Another view of Wild Fire Australia from International Space Station.

Wild Fire Australia.

Burnt Trees,Scorched Earth, Wild Fire Australia.

Wild fire Australia.

Horrific: Sheep burnt to death during a bushfire lay in a paddock near Bookham, near Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory

Wild Fire Australia.

Menacing: Trees burns and smoke billows from a fire along the Princes Highway at Deans Gap in the Shoalhaven area in New South Wales

Wild Fire Australia

Divine intervention: A building burns near the jetty. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in their town of Dunalley as the country was hit with record temperatures

Wild Fire,Australia.

Escaping the flames: The family’s pet dog Polly sought safety on the jetty as the family huddled together in the water

Australia Wild Fire.

Fight for survival: Grandmother Tammy Holmes (second left) takes refuge under a jetty with her five grandchildren as wildfires tear through their town of Dunalley in Tasmania. Just about able to stand, she grabs hold of (from l-r) two-year-old Charlotte and four-year-old Esther, while nine-year-old Liam clings to the wooden structure to keep his head above water as 11-year-old Matilda also reaches for the jetty while supporting six-year-old Caleb

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259468/Australia-wildfires-Moment-terrified-family-forced-refuge.html

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Australia is reeling under Fire with over 165 fires reported at the last count and the  Fire fighters are waging a grim battle.

The temperatures are expected to soar to 43 degrees.

http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/australian-state-on-fire-nsw-live-updates/

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Australian State On Fire NSW “Live Updates”

In Australia on January 8, 2013 at 11:30

Australia is reeling under Fire with over 165 fires reported at the last count and the  Fire fighters are waging a grim battle.

The temperatures are expected to soar to 43 degrees.

Interactive Updates on NSW Fire,Australia

Interactive Updates on NSW Fire,Australia

In some areas of the state, winds of more than 70 kilometers an hour were threatening to fan the flames of fires already burning. However, a change in wind direction had caused temperatures in certain parts of the state to fall, offering some relief.

A “catastrophic” fire risk has been declared in four areas of NSW, although the risk across 90% of the state is “severe” or above. A “catastrophic” warning carries the risk of significant loss of life and the destruction of many homes, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

“I cannot say it more plainly: the risk is real and potentially deadly. People need to act now,” the service’s Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned it was “dangerous” day and urged people to “stay focused.(CNN).

tepmperatures are so firce that the interactive site http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=T&level=2m&tz=AEDT&area=Au&model=CG&chartSubmit=Refresh+View has to change clors frequently to indicate the intensity of the Fire!

Live Updates.

4:54pm: Emergency warning for Warrigal Range Road:

Emergency Warning Warrigal Range Rd -  (Bega Valley)ow.ly/gCFeE Smoke is affecting the Princes Highway. it is currently open

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/live-nsw-braces-for-one-of-the-hottest-days-on-record-20130108-2cdfn.html

 

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Doctor Collects Overtime Bill 681,759 Dollars!

In Australia, Interesting and funny on July 22, 2012 at 10:25

 

That most of the Doctors are after money to recover their cost of Education.

 

But this one takes the cake!

 

Workin' Overtime

Workin’ Overtime (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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A doctor in regional NSW has been paid almost $700,000 in overtime during a two-year period to cover the roster of a public hospital.

 

It has been revealed the doctor has been paid as much as $39,598 in one month to work extra hours and stay on-call in addition to normal hours, a practice being condemned by the Australian Medical Association.

 

The Sun-Herald has obtained documents under freedom of information laws that revealed the doctor had earned $333,073 in overtime in the 2010-11 financial year and the same doctor earned $348,686 in overtime the previous year on top of the salary earned for working in the unnamed public hospital.

 

The doctor is described as a career medical officer, a position which on average earns about $150,000 a year for a 38-hour week. NSW Health has refused to identify the hospital or the local health district involved.

 

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But the large overtime amounts caught the attention of the NSW Auditor-General, Peter Achterstraat, who has reported to State Parliament that it was the highest amount paid to a single employee in NSW Health.

 

Internal NSW Health documents obtained by The Sun-Herald showed contradictory explanations for the excessive amounts of overtime.

 

In one internal report prepared after Mr Achterstraat queried the payment, NSW Health said the overtime was worked by a full-time career medical officer who had good clinical skills and ”works agreed shifts to minimise the use of locums per agreement with the hospital’s medical director”.

 

However, another NSW Health email stated: ”Although it would have been cheaper to use locums more often that [sic] pay this overtime, the need for experienced local knowledge and reliability was a key.”

 
 http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/one-doctors-twoyear-overtime-bill-681759-20120721-22gu5.html#ixzz21K9I8F4b

 

Australia, Why Indians Hate

In Australia, cricket, India on July 19, 2012 at 09:24

Australia is  seen in India as boorish,racial and ethnocentric .

Does Australia know how much they are hated by the world , especially by the British and New Zealanders?

Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Ade...

Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Its visible face in India is,of course, is its Cricket, and Cricketers, whom Indians love and hat at the same time.

While the Indians love Brett Lee,Don Bradman,Dennis Lillee Adam Gilchrist,Shane Warne,they respect McGrath and hate Steve Waugh,Ricky Ponting,Bill Lawry.

Look at their behaviour.

Apart from being  totally uncouth and ill mannered, Ricky Ponting publicly pushed Senior Politician,Cricket Administrator and Central Minister aged Sharad Pawar in Public in front of the cameras.

Bill Lawry is notorious for his ‘Saree hides all sins’

This despite the accolades showered on them for their skills.

Who can forget the ‘Monkey gate’?

Nor have they endeared them by their pub brawls in and outside Australia.

Neither their politicians nor their Media are the epitome of culture.

Remember what the past Prime Minister has to say of the Indians in Australia or how the media treats Indian news/events?

What about the college making Indian wear colonial dress and making them serve Food?

The current “‘ television series has led a mixed group of Indian citizens on an at times hair-raising guided tour of Australia, a nation that the program’s title suggests is ”Dumb, Drunk & Racist”. does not help either.

The perception among the educationalist of the Australian Universities is no good.

They are seen as after only money and the curriculum is not up to the mark .

Indian students also contribute to an extent by not following the Australian mores and style of living and the general refrain from Australians is that the Indians do not integrate well with the Community.

A comment that appeared for following story, though may look silly, it has its point.

Unless a special effort is taken, the relation is bound to worsen.

The least they could do is to ask its Cricketers to behave like adults.

Story:

Comment.

While its easy for most of us to ignore the talentless efforts of
wannabee ABC egomanics like Hildebrand, its far less easy
to ignore the constant bombardment from Indian call centres.

If India wants to do anything positive for its relationship
with Australia it should rein in this form of aural abuse.

I’ve lost count of how many Indian voices have rung
often claiming to be calling from Melbourne, while
obviously doing so via a international phone line.

Commenter
SteveH.
Location
Date and time
July 17, 2012, 9:30AM

 

OVER recent weeks a ”reality” television series has led a mixed group of Indian citizens on an at times hair-raising guided tour of Australia, a nation that the program’s title suggests is ”Dumb, Drunk & Racist”.

Having got our attention with this outrageous provocation, it becomes clear that the bleak label is host Joe Hildebrand‘s own creation – his Indian fellow travellers are clearly in at least two minds about the proposition.

Clever, funny and at times brave and insightful, the show entertains. It also confronts a serious issue: are Indians and Australians ready for that larger journey towards understanding each other better?

Recent signals have been mixed. Assaults and robberies that affected Indian students in 2009-10 saw them leave Australia in droves. The exodus wrought havoc in the tertiary education sector and cost Australia billions of dollars.

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Aussies visiting India used to be set upon by happy crowds chanting names such as ”Boon”, ”Border” and ”Mark Taylor”. Cricket is still a shared passion, but since the student crisis travellers from Down Under have been asked, “Why do Australians hate us?”

The good news is that recent polling suggests an unexpectedly rapid recovery in Australia’s reputation in India. The AMR Research data, revealed in a report published today by the Australia India Institute, shows that Indians surveyed ranked Australia the eighth-best country in the world, up from 35th during the depths of the student crisis.

Yet similar optimistic moments in the past have turned out to be false dawns and there has been precious little solidarity between our democracies. Australia hasn’t hosted a visiting Indian prime minister for 26 years.

The AII report, Beyond the Lost Decade, reveals some of the reasons why. Influential Indian policymakers regard Australia’s foreign policy as ”erratic”, ”impetuous”, ”immature” and ”unduly mercantilist”. Australian diplomats counter that India is simply holding on to old grudges, mainly the perceived overreaction to its 1998 nuclear tests.

The report, produced by a taskforce whose members combine decades of experience in diplomacy, government and media, finds that perceived commonalities such as cricket, democracy and the English language have created a deceptive sense of familiarity that masks very different world views.

India’s need for energy security will not necessarily produce close political ties. India demands respect and prefers discrete alliances with reliable partners. It seems to move slowly, yet once its confidence is gained – as an unlikely friend in Israel has gained it – doors can open quickly.

The Labor Party’s decision last December to lift its ban on uranium sales to India created a circuit-breaker and an opportunity to advance the relationship. But since then the Gillard cabinet has not formally adopted the policy, apparently due to problems with international treaty obligations. This is creating renewed uncertainty among some Indian officials.

 http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/hoping-for-an-indian-summer-20120716-226gg.html#ixzz212IPBq17

 

 

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