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Zebedee Parkes writes that about 100 university students rallied for climate action in Sydney on March 13, as part of a national day of action.

The presence of strong contingents of Latin American feminists was a feature of a number of the International Women's Day protests held in Australia from March 5-7, reports Zebedee Parkes.

Organised by Latinxs Feministas en Melbourne on March 5 and DecoFem Collective in Sydney on March 7, Latin American women performed the feminist anthem "The rapist is you" at International Women's Day events, reports Zebedee Parkes.

Extinction Rebellion activists are continuing to cause disruption to highlight the need for real climate action, writes Zebedee Parkes.

Parramatta, February 25. Photos: Zebedee Parkes

Hundreds of activists from Sydney's west marched through Parramatta for climate action on February 25, reports Zebedee Parkes.

A wide range of community groups and trade unions marched for climate justice at 14 locations around Australia on February 22, reports Zebedee Parkes.

Zebedee Parkes reports thousands of people converged on Canberra for the opening of parliament on February 4 to demand the federal government declare a climate emergency.

Large numbers of people joined Invasion Day protests across Australia on January 26, making them the largest in recent years. Activists estimate that as many as 200,000 people marched in Melbourne, while more than 10,000 joined protests in Sydney and Brisbane, and thousands more protested in other cities and towns.

Invasion Day mobilisations have called for January 26 Australia Day celebrations marking the start of British colonisation to be abolished. In response, several local councils have begun holding alternative events on other dates.

Activists expressed solidarity with communities suffering from bushfires and raised money for fire services. One woman spoke about “apocalyptic” scenes as her family home was burned down on her 18th birthday. She invited Prime Minister Scott Morrison to her community and tell them that climate change is not causing the fire storms.

A Pill testing saves lives rally in Sydney on November 23.

The state government and police have ruled out implementing recommendations made by a coronial inquest into drug-related deaths at music festivals. The inquest recommended introducing pill testing at festivals and an end to sniffer dogs and strip searches.

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