ADELAIDE

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ADELAIDE — Around 80 people gathered on the steps of Parliament House on October 2 to protest against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor and demand the release of resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. The demonstration was part of a weekend of activities, organised by Campaign for an Independent East Timor and the East Timorese Cultural Association, which also included a picket of Garuda Airlines and a cultural event on Saturday night.

  • An Environmental Youth Alliance stall on October 8 in Rundle Mall protested against the Australian government's plans to sell uranium to Indonesia. EYA set up a display on the dangers of uranium and a giant postcard to Paul Keating for the public to sign, and chalked Stop Uranium Exports to Indonesia on the pavement. Mall security called the police, who demanded that EYA, along with a number of GLW sellers leave the mall. Many people were outraged by the fact that a group of young environmentalists could not hold a stall in the so-called "community" mall. EYA is planning future stalls like this, the next one on October 22. Meet at the fountain at 4:30 p.m.

BRISBANE — Women staged a pro-choice rally outside City Hall on September 29 in response to the release of Queensland's first women's health policy. The policy fails to address the issue of abortion rights. Various women's groups sent written submissions to Queensland Health urging the inclusion of abortion rights and access in the policy. The AGB McNair poll has found that 66% of Queenslanders and 76% of Queensland Labor voters support abortion rights.

HOBART — Twenty students marked "the Death of Free Education" on September 24 with a funeral and memorial procession, complete with coffin, pall bearers, mourners, priest and funeral oration. The action was organised by the recently formed Free Education Coalition.

PERTH — Two hundred people gathered at Hawke Forest Block on October 3 to protest at plans to clear-fell it and to take action to rehabilitate areas already cleared. For several hours people planted tree seedlings on access tracks. The West Australian Forest Alliance, which organised the day, also had information displays and speakers. Hawke Block is in south-west WA, near Pemberton, and is one of the last remaining stands of old growth karri forest outside a National Park. WA's Conservation and Land Management department plans to allow the area to be clear-felled, despite its being the last remaining habitat of many rare species.

  • Environmental Youth Alliance held a band night on October 6 at Club Original. Two hundred people came enjoyed themselves listening to Yummy Fur, Plastered Bastard Sisters, Franc, Sundiata and No Cause for a Llama. The night was to raise funds and promote EYA's action on October 16 in protest against deforestation of WA's south-west forest. There will be a rally and march from 12 noon at Murray St Mall.

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