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Forum discusses power station

GEELONG — On March 4, the Socialist Alliance hosted a discussion around the topic "Our energy, our future, is there space for community democracy?".

This "politics in the pub" continued nine months of campaigning against AES Power One Pty Ltd building a gas-fired electricity generator at Stonehaven, 9km from the centre of Geelong.

Sue Reilly Turner, coordinator of the picket line against construction of the power station, explained that local residents initially found out about the proposed power station by reading about it in the newspaper in April 2001. The picket line was set up after unsuccessful appeals to council and state bodies by residents. It has now been there for nearly 90 days.

Ian Lygo from the Greens said there should be more investment in renewable energy sources.

Paul Johnson from the Socialist Alliance argued for the nationalisation of power companies, which would enable social control. Visitors are welcome at the picket line on Booley Road.

ANU RAC takes off

CANBERRA — Students at the Australian National University who support refugees' rights have initiated an on-campus campaigning committee.

The ANU Refugee Action Committee (RAC) stall on market day (February 27) during orientation week attracted a lot of attention, joining up 140 students on that day alone.

The group held a vibrant stall and speakout on March 6, which was addressed by representatives of the Muslim Students Association, ANU RAC, Resistance, the International Socialist Organisation and Socialist Alternative.

The next meeting of ANU RAC will be at 12pm on March 12 at the Students Association. ANU RAC is holding a public forum at 1pm on March 14 in Hayden Allen G051 on the topic "Why Howard is wrong on refugees". To get involved in ANU RAC phone Stuart on (02) 6247 2424.

Resistance rocks!

ADELAIDE — The Old Queens Arms felt the rage on March 2 when a Resistance organised band night unleashed a diverse set of musical talent. The all-ages gig raised awareness about the plight of refugees and raised much-needed funds for Green Left Weekly.

The night featured the acoustic group Unit, pop-punk trio Hand Fu, alternative rockers SourShed, Inahkus (who stole the show with their furious energy and undeniable stage presence).

From Green Left Weekly, March 13, 2002.

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