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Morrison: First world status not for all

Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. Photo: DIBP Images/Flickr   By Charlotte Mutoro   Asylum seekers from Manus Island who are not granted a refugee visa to stay at the equivalent of a ‘three star hotel facility’ on Nauru may now end up in Cambodia. Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison met Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng on […]

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Millions lost as multinationals dodge tax

Google Headquarters, Photo courtesy: Robert Scoble/Flickr   By Charlotte Mutoro Multinational companies like Google that do business in Australia are coming under fire for the way that they calculate income tax; paying very low or no tax as a result. Hong Kong based companies Cheung Kong Infrastructure Limited (CKI) and Power Asset Holdings hold major […]

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Ancient virus found, Siberia

The ancient giant virus Pithovirus sibericum, found deep in the Siberian permafrost.   BY CHARLOTTE MUTORO   A 30,000 year old giant virus buried deep in the permafrost of Siberia has been discovered after the thawing of the frozen soil. A team of scientists led by Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel of Aix-Marseille University in […]