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Greens Senator Bob Brown announced on June 8 that Forestry Tasmania was demanding he pay $240,000 owed to them in legal costs before June 29 or else they would start bankruptcy proceedings against him.
Over the past year and a half, Australia’s rental crisis has hit Canberra especially hard. The nation’s capital has the highest rents in the country.
ADELAIDE— On June 5 — World Environment Day — climate change activists occupied the Adelaide office of federal climate change minister Penny Wong for more than an hour. They urged Wong to abandon the government’s suicidal climate policy.
Green Left Weekly’s Chris Peterson spoke to Indian student and Resistance activist Ajay Kumar who took part in the 5000-strong anti-racist protest in Melbourne on May 31.
The recent freeing of two Israeli spies shows that, if the US government really wanted to, it could also free the Cuban Five, noted Annalucia Vermunt, a participant in the recent international youth gathering in Cuba in support of the five Cuban men held in US prisons on trumped-up charges.
A satirical group of Wollongong “billionaires” and representatives of the fossil fuel industry gathered in the city centre on June 10 for a “Stand up for Big Polluters” rally. They demanded “profits before people and the planet”.
Police arrested four climate change activists on June 9 after their protest stopped production for five hours at Australia’s largest aluminium smelter at Tomago, near Newcastle.
Three months after wining a state election, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has been given the green light by the June 6-7 ALP state conference to push ahead with her $15 billion sell-off of state-owned assets.
HOBART — A group of supporters gathered in Hobart on June 2 to celebrate the swearing-in of the new president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes. Funes stood for the left-wing party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front.
The morning air is crisp and the smoky air wafts over the strike camp in the shadow of the imposing Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s La Trobe Valley. We receive a warm, country welcome from two emergency services officers (ESOs), Mick and Brian.

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