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A job must pay better than handouts

The Australian
The British government is taking a gamble with its welfare to work program.

Coalition seizes on Xstrata's complaints about controversial mining tax

The Australian
The Coalition has seized on complaints by a key mining chief to warn that the Gillard government's controversial mining tax is in danger of unravelling.

UK on alert for mass cyber attack following Julian Assange court appearance

The Australian
Britain's government has been put on alert for a mass cyber attack on its websites following the court appearance of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Afghan detainees to be sent home

The Australian
Australia and Afghanistan have finalised an agreement that will pave the way for hundreds of failed asylum-seekers to be returned to Kabul.

Mining states unlikely to support Labor soon

The Australian
On Friday we saw that thanks to state Labor government defeats in 2010 and 2011, NSW and Victoria are likely to be kind (relative to the other states) to the federal government at the next election.

Sepp Blatter says gays should refrain from sex during 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The Age

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Schizophrenic man's remand a 'sad and depressing case'

The Age
A judge has described detaining a violent, mentally ill man for the past 10 months in virtual solitary confinement in Victoria's maximum security remand centre as one of the ''saddest and most depressing cases'' she has seen.

From a blessing to a curse

The Age
Microfinance was once hailed as the saviour of the poor, but in India these small loans are creating despair.

Workers to rally for equal pay

Herald Sun
The Gillard government is under growing pressure to boost its support for equal pay, as thousands of workers prepare to take to the streets over the issue.

Push button pokies gamblers on track to blow $2.7b


Herald Sun
Punters lost almost $1 billion in the first four months of 2010-11 - more than $7.5 million a day.