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Protesters against the Temer government's extreme austerity plans in Rio on October 17

Riot police cracked down and fired tear gas on thousands of protesters in central Rio de Janeiro on October 17 as marches flooded the streets to reject unelected President Michel Temer’s proposed 20-year freeze on public spending, which critics say will spell disaster in the cash-strapped country.

By Rodney Cheuk PERTH — Part 2 of the McCarrey Report, outlining the Court Liberal government's agenda of privatisation and corporatisation, was released on August 30. Written by former under-treasurer Les McCarrey, it proposes a major
By Ignatius Kim While media freedom and objectivity have for long been an ideological cornerstone of liberal democracy, their actual practice is rare and often a focus of political tension. This will be one of the issues tackled in an SBS
Judy Horacek is a cartoonist well known for her work dealing with feminism, the environment, social justice, peace and unrequited love. An exhibition of her past and recent productions will be held from September 16 to 29 as part of Melbourne's
Greenpeace criticises EPA By Marina Carman SYDNEY — Weeks after a 10-tonne crude oil spill from a Shell terminal into Gore Cove in Sydney Harbour, the area is still polluted and there is no sign of prosecution by the Environment
Teacher unions call off industrial action By Norrian Rundle MELBOURNE — Despite a Saulwick Age poll showing 57% support for teacher strikes against further cuts to education, the two Victorian teacher unions called off their proposed
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — On the night of August 25, unknown assailants fired more than 100 bullets into the country house of Yuri Gekht, a business leader and head of the Industrial Union faction of the Russian parliament. Gekht, who has
The Greens and the budget Just before Prime Minister Paul Keating flew off to Washington, he dismissed the attacks on his budget in the Senate as "sport" preventing him from governing in the national interest. But the Green and Democrat
Boycott Mitsubishi campaign By Paul Woods BRISBANE — The Boycott Mitsubishi Campaign to save the world's rainforests from destruction continued here on September 10 with banner drops at three consecutive overpasses of Brisbane's major
Secondary students strike By Elle Morrell MELBOURNE — Students from Epping Secondary organised a strike on September 7 against cuts to education. Amidst a sea of anti-Kennett and "No cuts to schools" placards, three-quarters of the school
Returned from a visit to Guatemala, ERIC EARLEY reports on the situation of that country's indigenous people. The indigenous people of Guatemala and the Aborigines of Australia have many things in common. The colonial legacy in both countries is
By Janet Parker SYDNEY — In a world where only 1% of property is owned by women, there are very few places for women which are safe and accessible. For lesbians, the situation is even more bleak. But a group of Sydney women are about to change
ADELAIDE — Alice, one of the protesters on trial from the Nurrungar demonstration at Easter, has been fined $125, plus $64 court costs and an additional $750 which are deemed to be "prosecution costs". The rest of the 32 cases have had their
The sounds of sexism What does sexism sound like in America? Well, according to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), on audio tape, "... a gong sounds every 10 seconds for a woman being battered in the US, a whistle
By Zanny Begg SYDNEY — The National Maritime Museum has gathered together a collection of artworks produced by Sydney wharfies in a fascinating exhibition, "On the Waterfront: wharfies, artists and actors". The exhibition brings to life the
By Julie Brown PERTH— Greens (WA) Senators Dee Margetts and Christabel Chamarette declared on September 10 that, "As it stands, the federal budget is not one which anyone with a concern for social justice could support, and the government's

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