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Public drunks only in Australia
Nanjing Night Net

[BB] BRISBANE – Australia’s culture of drunken brawling has been condemned by a senior judge who says that sort of behaviour isn’t seen in much of Europe. Brisbane District Court Judge Tony Skoien was yesterday sentencing three young men, one of whom stabbed a teenager with a broken bottle while the others punched and kicked him.

Judge Skoien labelled the prevalence of such drunken attacks while on a night on the town as shameful, and said that they were not seen in Europe.

“In France, Italy and Spain … you just don’t see public drunkenness or violence in those countries,” Judge Skoien said.

Tax system `needs shake-up’ CANBERRA – Australia’s tax system was unfairly skewed to benefit high-income earners and needed a $3 billion a year shake-up, new research has found.

Accounting body CPA Australia called for the five tier tax system to be condensed into three income brackets.

The new model would scrap the $6000 tax-free threshold and the top tax rate of 47 per cent and means test welfare benefits to higher income earners, costing about $3 billion a year.

Abbott pans promiscuity

CANBERRA – Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott’s declaration that more effort should be put into preventing teenage promiscuity to reduce abortions was met yesterday with both approval and disgust.

Christian groups praised Mr Abbott for taking a moral stand on family issues and predicted his values would help the Coalition win the fractured Christian vote at this year’s federal election.

But women’s groups condemned the minister and demanded he immediately withdraw the comments.

Teen claims footballer rape SYDNEY – The mother of an 18-year-old Queensland woman claims her daughter was gang- raped by four rugby league footballers last month.

The allegations were aired last night on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair and are the latest in a string of sexual misconduct claims levelled at footballers.

The woman’s mother, known only as Margaret, claimed her daughter was raped by four Townsville footballers in Longreach following a sevens rugby league tournament.

Queensland police are investigating the claims.

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