Vannessa Hearman

The Socialist Alliance (SA) held its Victorian state conference on February 27, with about 80 people taking part.
Balibo By Jill Jolliffe Scribe Publications, 2009 416 pages, $29.95 (pb)
On September 8, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) notified the families of the five journalists killed in 1975 at Balibo in East Timor that it had begun an investigation into the killings.
East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta’s comments on August 30 rejecting an international tribunal to bring those responsible for war crimes in East Timor to justice, and the release on the same day of militia leader Maternus Bere, continue to resonate in East Timor.
Sol Nationself-titled EP by Sol Nation Released September through MGM Email
I was angry that Timorese president and peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta used the 10-year anniversary of the United Nations-supervised ballot in East Timor on August 30 to declare: “There will be no international tribunal.”
Members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) at the University of Melbourne protested outside the vice-chancellor’s office at lunchtime on August 11 as part of a half-day strike.
BaliboDirected by Robert ConnollyBased on the book by Jill JolliffeIn cinemas from August 13
In the midst of enterprise bargaining, members of the National Tertiary Education Union at the University of Melbourne were shocked by a management proposal to cut at least 220 full-time positions by the end of 2009. The university claimed the sackings were due to the economic crisis.
MELBOURNE — A union meeting at the University of Melbourne on June 3 voted for work-bans and a four-hour stop-work on June 15, should there be no substantial progress in collective agreement negotiations.
The future of childcare services in Australia has been brought into question by the financial collapse of ABC Learning, the largest childcare provider in the country.
People in Australia are being urged to pressure the federal parliament to pass a resolution calling on the Japanese government to apologise and provide compensation to the “comfort women” of World War Two.