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Dramatic events within the worldwide Anglican Communion have revealed a “cold split” with the potential for a complete collapse of the Episcopal formation.
Thulasitharan Santhirarajah, the director of a Mebourne business college, was arrested on July 14 by the Australian Federal Police at the request of the US FBI.
“The ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] should be abolished … and its powers should be subsumed by the Workplace Authority and its successor, Fair Work Australia”, Professor Ron McCallum AO from the law faculty at the University of Sydney told Green Left Weekly on July 22.
The NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) and the Greens have condemned a move by the state government to cut access to education programs at the Long Bay Forensic Hospital when it relocates.
Wollongong residents are campaigning to defend their community and environment from profit-driven developers and bureaucratic cover-ups.
SYDNEY<197> On July 24, Australian federal police raided the Lakemba office of Muslim Aid Australia. The charity is accused of being linked to Interpal, a Palestinian aid organisation based in Britain.
To background chants of “The pope is wrong, put a condom on!”, protesters crept past the police lines and handed out condoms to the young Catholics streaming into Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse for World Youth Day (WYD).
On July 25, the Queensland Teachers' Union announced that around 500 teachers from remote parts of the state, including the Torres Strait, will take part in 24-hour stop-work actions.
Less than a fortnight after the release of the Rudd government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme green paper, the potential losers are howling at the spectre of lost profits while the potential winners - global investment banks, hedge funds and commodities traders - are rubbing their hands at the thought of making millions from the permits to pollute that the scheme will create.
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Documentary by Chris Den Hond
90 minutes, 2005 A Man Called Ernest Mandel
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40 minutes, 1972
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Following a week of protest action, Mick Pattel, organiser of the lobby group National Road Transport Shutdown Forum, confirmed a planned national transport shutdown from July 28.
Aboriginal leaders from Arnhem Land met with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on July 23 and called for the restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act. The act was suspended in June 2007 to allow for the passing of the bi-partisan Northern Territory (NT) intervention legislation.
The NSW combined rail unions negotiating and campaign committees met on July 23 to discuss RailCorp’s latest offer for a new enterprise agreement.
An enthusiastic audience of 60 attended a public meeting on July 23 to hear the environmental, social and economic case for opposing the Queensland government’s decision to construct a dam on the Mary River.
A team of three experienced activists will contest the September 13 local government elections in Blacktown for the Socialist Alliance.
Why do we put so much faith in the market to solve environmental problems? Why do we assume that increasing the cost of fossil fuel emissions will reduce their use rather than just increase everyone’s cost of living?

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