Austudy Five campaign continues
By Nick Fredman
The campaign is continuing to secure dropping of the charges against five activists arrested in dawn police raids in Melbourne after the March 26 student National Day of Action.
Melbourne University students Jill Sparrow, Jeff Sparrow, and Jonathon Sherlock, and activists Marcus Banks and Mick Armstrong are facing charges including unlawful assembly and "rescue", the latter relating to rally participants securing the release of people held in a police van.
A wide range of unionists, activists and progressive politicians have sponsored the campaign against what is seen as a politically motivated attack on civil rights.
The next stage in the campaign is a rally on Friday, August 14, 9.45 a.m. outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court (La Trobe and Russell Streets), when the five are making their first court appearance. For more information ring (03) 629 3148.