Kerry Smith

Socialist Alliance members and supporters gathered outside Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's “community Cabinet meeting” at New Town High School in Hobart on October 13, protesting against the war in Afghanistan and calling for troops to be withdrawn.
South Australia’s Climate Camp took place at Warren Gorge, near Port Augusta, over September 24-27. The camp targeted two ageing brown coal-fired power stations — which are among the most polluting in Australia — the Northern and Playford B plants.
Male South Australian police have routinely stripped women prisoners naked and put them into padded cells, the Advertiser said on August 14.
Environment minister Peter Garrett announced on August 10 that $9 million will be spent on rescuing 100 Aboriginal languages. However, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre condemned the plan as “cynical and false”.
The new song “Stand Tall” has become the official anthem of the Ark’s Tribe campaign. The song will be played loudly at the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on August 11 when Tribe’s court case resumes.
Two young Australian Tamils will walk 300 km from Sydney to Canberra to build awareness of the plight of 300,000 Tamil civilians forcibly held in military controlled internment camps in Sri Lanka.
International students are big business in Australia. Enrolments peaked at a record 543,898 and generated $15.5 billion in export income in 2008.
Residents on income management will be unable to use their Basics cards at the Darwin Show, a Crikey.com article said on July 23.
Aboriginal leaders have questioned the motives behind the NT intervention policy after the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) failed to find evidence of organised pedophile rings — a key motivation of the policy produced by then-Aboriginal affairs minister Mal Brough in 2007.
Two Australian peace activists, Emma King and Jessie Boylan, took part in a 300-strong protest in Gaza on June 9.

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