Australia

Despite some new health spending on infrastructure and research, the recent budget failed to address the growing public health care crisis.

The victory for Greens candidate Adele Carles in the May 16 by-election for the WA state seat of Fremantle is a breakthrough for the progressive movement and a testament to the Greens’ consistent efforts to raise a left alternative to Labor.

Plans are underway for the fifth national day of action for same-sex marriage rights. Rallies are already planned in seven cities across Australia on August 1.

Schools and clinics in many Aboriginal homelands and outstations are likely to close under proposed changes announced by the Northern Territory government on May 20.

Socialist Alliance member and Latin American solidarity activist Jim McIlroy addressed a forum organised by the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN) at the Brisbane Activist Centre on May 21. McIlroy and solidarity activist Coral Wynter had recently returned to Australia after six months visiting Venezuela, Cuba and Central America.

The NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has criticised RailCorp plans to decimate station staff numbers.

Prominent journalist Jeff McMullen questioned the Northern Territory intervention at a forum organised by Reconciliation for Western Sydney on May 20 in Wentworthville.

Friends in deed

By Heather Saville

Australia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Inc., 2009

337 pages, $24.95 plus postage (pb)

Samson and Delilah

Written and directed by Warwick Thornton

With Marissa Gibson and Rowan MacNamara

In cinemas

Rallies across Australia are planned for May 23 to call for an end to the Sri Lankan government’s genocide against the Tamil people.

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