Australia

There are some new faces joining the banks on the corporate bailout queue: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
SYDNEY — On November 10, a Sydney City Council ban on bill postering came into effect — and was immediately defied.
The future of childcare services in Australia has been brought into question by the financial collapse of ABC Learning, the largest childcare provider in the country.
The NSW mini-budget on November 11 is a full-on assault on public services and the public ownership of major assets in NSW.
More than 200 people, including local residents, packed a community hall in Footscray on November 6 to protest vice-chancellor (VC) Liz Harman’s announcement that 270 Victoria University (VU) staff will face the chop, most before Christmas.
More than 100 people gathered at the Woodville Town Hall on October 14 to hear speakers opposed to the proposed Cheltenham Park Racecourse redevelopment.
CAIRNS — Members of the Socialist Alliance in Cairns and Townsville launched a Northern Queensland branch of SA on October 15.
MELBOURNE — A pre-trial hearing began on October 20 in the case of three Tamil men accused of offences under the “anti-terror” laws.
While the war in Afghanistan has dropped off the front pages, seven years on, 56% of Australians say the 1000 Australian troops there should be brought home. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s talk about reconstructing the country haven’t fooled many.
CAIRNS — Around 20 people attended an evening of music and politics organised by Green Left Weekly and the Socialist Alliance at the Sapphire Bar on October 15. Local balladeer Chris Wighton set the mood with his songs and acoustic guitar.

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