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Australian MP Swaminathan discuss racial discrimination

Minister Swaminathan welcomed this idea noting that it would be more effective to have a separate Act to address the issue of racial discrimination.While pointing out that racial discrimination is covered through the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Minister Swaminathan stated that if Sri Lanka could have a separate Act on Racial Discrimination it would be instrumental to bring about a separate body which could monitor incidents of discrimination and act as a mediation body to resolve conflicts regarding racial discrimination. (Colombo Gazette) Australian Parliamentarian Julian Hill met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan today.The Minister and MP Hill discussed many issues including economic development, education and how to overcome racial discrimination in multicultural societies. MP Julian Hill pointed out that Australia has a Racial Discrimination Act to ensure that citizens are not discriminated based on their race and ethnicity in schools, places of work and in public. He stated that this piece of legislation extends to media and social media making it illegal to insult, offend and vilify other cultures and races. ‘Even media has to adhere to the laws against Discrimination and if a breach is committed vilifying another race, action can be taken. The law also provides protection for free speech and political debate in Australia’ the MP said. read more

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Babcock expands into mining and quarrying fleet management

first_imgGlobal quarrying major Lafarge has awarded Babcock International Group a £100 million, ten year contract to provide a fleet managed service for its Heavy Mobile Equipment (HME) located across its Aggregate and Cement sites in North America. The programme follows a £50m fleet management contract awarded to Babcock in July 2011, which covers Lafarge’s Aggregate and Cement sites in the UK. The company told IM that it is also actively looking at opportunities in the mining sector for the provision of similar fleet management and optimisation services.Babcock is delivering a whole lifecycle approach to managing Lafarge’s fleet of vehicles and equipment, from procuring and supporting the equipment through to arranging equipment disposal. The contract covers HME including vehicles such as loaders, heavy rigid and articulated trucks, excavators, and bulldozers. The statement said: “Through Babcock’s proven partnering approach, Lafarge will be able to focus on their core activity of delivering world class materials, whilst benefitting from the efficiencies, a multi-jurisdictional overview of its fleet operations, and the sharing of best practice that this new service will deliver.” Neal Misell, Babcock’s Managing Director, Mobile Assets added: “This contract marks a significant milestone with Lafarge. Following the successful UK roll out, our dedicated team in North America is ready to deliver the highest level of support to Lafarge’s Aggregates and Cement businesses, enabling transformation in the way the fleet is operated and managed.”last_img read more

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