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.
More than 100 members of the Australian-Afghan community and supporters protested in front of Parliament House and the Afghan embassy in Canberra on May 12.
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.
Two hundred people protested at Parliament House on May 6 against the Victorian government’s proposed solar feed-in tariff legislation.
Protesters will again travel to Rockhampton to oppose the Talisman Sabre war games between the US and Australian military machines over July 10-13 — estimated to cost well over $100 million.
On May 9, local residents gathered in the remote Clouds Creek State Forest to protest Forest NSW logging operations.
Rallies across Australia are planned for May 23 to call for an end to the Sri Lankan government’s genocide against the Tamil people.
On May 10, federal treasurer Wayne Swan announced that Australia will finally join the overwhelming majority of developed countries in implementing a national paid parental leave scheme. But the plan falls way short of what women need.
Labor delivered its budget on May 12 in the context of Australia’s slide into recession. With the economic crisis hitting hard, young people are one of the most vulnerable groups in society.
The federal government announced in its budget that $1.3 billion will be spent over six years “aimed at tackling people-smuggling and securing Australia’s borders”, the Australian reported on May 13.

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