INTERVIEW | John Pilger exposes Australia’s shocking secret in Utopia

INTERVIEW | Two years in the making, John Pilger’s controversial new film Utopia reveals a shocking national secret behind the postcard image of the “lucky country”. As it premiers in the UK, the award winning documentary filmmaker talks to Australian Times about the devastating inequalities suffered by the Aboriginal community.

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Mining company fined for desecrating Aboriginal sacred site in NT

A Singapore-based mining company will be forced to pay $150,000 after being convicted of the damage and desecration of an Aboriginal sacred site. It is the first such conviction in Australian history.

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Abbott attacks Labor over ICAC corruption findings

Corruption findings by the ICAC against two former NSW Labor ministers, Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald, have been a gift to the pre-election campaign of Tony Abbott.

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Labor MPs Obeid, Macdonald acted corruptly says ICAC

Former Labor MP Eddie Obeid, his son Moses, and former mines minister Ian Macdonald could face criminal charges after the ICAC found they acted corruptly.

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‘Don’t bother with Perth': travel consultants

Tourists have been advised “not to bother” travelling to Perth in a scathing review of its value as a holiday destination following a Tourism Australia industry event in city last month.

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Clive Palmer wants the Australian Times name

Billionaire mining magnate and political campaigner Clive Palmer has applied to trade mark The Australian Times, in an expected bid to establish his own media entity.

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Economy needs more diversity: Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the economy must broaden and not have all its eggs in one basket.

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Film Festival, East End Style | Aussie film Satellite Boy joins line-up

An Australian film about a young indigenous boy defending his land against the threat of the mining industry is among a series of cutting edge movies screening as part of London’s 2013 East End Film Festival.

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Gina Rinehart tops Australia’s rich list, despite $7bn loss

Mining juggernaut Gina Rinehart has once again been named Australia’s richest person in the 2013 BRW Rich 200 list despite recording a loss of $7 billion from her net worth in the last financial year.

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Palmer’s multimillion lawsuit turned on a single word: ‘taken’

Billionaire resource magnate Clive Palmer has won a court battle worth millions of dollars, which centred around a single word in a contract.

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Stop using mining companies as ATMs, says Rinehart

Gina Rinehart has drawn fire over a video message for the second time in a year, warning Australia’s economy is headed for a Euro-style collapse.

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Mining tax should be scrapped: coalition

Shadow assistant treasurer Mathias Cormann says it’s questionable whether the mining tax can even raise $800 million this year, as estimates suggest.

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Treatment of Indigenous Australians our “dirtiest little secret”, says Pilger

An upcoming documentary, Utopia, produced for ITV by expat John Pilger is set to lift the veil on Australia’s “racist” treatment of its indigenous population, with the journalist calling the conditions faced by Australian aborigines the country’s “dirtiest little secret”.

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‘I want to be PM': Clive Palmer forms United Australia Party

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has declared his intentions to challenge Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott for the position of Australian Prime Minister, with the billionaire launching his campaign for federal parliament earlier today with the launch of the newly formed United Australia Party.

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Mining magnate Gina Rinehart in Time Magazine’s Top 100

Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, 59, who believes “beauty is an iron mine”, is included in Time Magazine’s List of the 100 most influential people. She is listed alongside Barack and Michelle Obama, Steven Spielberg, Kate Middleton, Jay Z and Beyonce.

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