Australia

On May 13, a team of three British adventurers measuring ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic found themselves on thin ice and asked to be airlifted out weeks before they had planned.

The statement below was read out at a May 16 rally in Melbourne, called to denounce the Sri Lankan government’s brutal war against the Tamils.

A week after the Rudd government announced Australian troops would join the US and NATO-led troop surge in Afghanistan, a May 4 US air strike on two villages in the country’s south-west killed up to 150 civilians, including many women and children.

More than 50 people joined a public meeting in Lawson in the Blue Mountains on May 11 and discussed a new campaign to stop plans by the Roads and Traffic Authority to upgrade the Great Western Highway.

Palestinian supporters in Melbourne and Sydney rallied on March 15 to commemorate 61 years since the Palestinian Nakba — the day of the catastrophe.

MELBOURNE— A 12-week industrial dispute involving workers on the West Gate Bridge strengthening project ended on May 16. Workers accepted an agreement between the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and construction company John Holland.

MELBOURNE—Fifty Australia Post workers and supporters protested outside Australia Post’s head office on May 13. The rally was organised by the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union communications division, and protested against the appalling treatment that injured postal workers receive from their employer. Protesters called for Australia Post’s self-insurance licence to be revoked.

MELBOURNE—Thirteen workers have protested outside Tieman Industries in the northern suburb of Keon Park since they were sacked on April 30. They are members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). Many had been working at the company for more than 10 years.

Government backbenchers have been challenged to live on $227 a week — the equivalent of the dole — by the National Welfare Rights Network.

We Will Not Fight: The Untold Story of World War One’s Conscientious Objectors

By Will Ellsworth-Jones

Aurum Press, 2008

296 pp, $49.95 (hb)

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