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By Tony Iltis The collapse of the Ethiopian military regime, following the flight of Haile Mariam Mengistu to Zimbabwe, ends 14 years of brutal dictatorship and raises hope for an escape from the oppression, war and starvation that have made
By Norm Dixon Large and militant demonstrations by university students, which rapidly gained broad popular support, have forced the PNG government to defer huge pay increases for national and provincial politicians and senior public servants.
Comalco moves for bans clause By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Boyne Smelters, owned by the giant multinational Comalco, has applied for a clause banning all strikes at the Gladstone aluminium plant, after workers walked off the job for the sixth time in
By Kaarin Davies-Cassin Australian band Mixed Relations will not be touring France this month. Because of overspending by the French government on the Gulf War, half the gigs were cancelled. Steve Pauner, the band's manager, explained, "We were
By Ray Fulcher MELBOURNE — The "Free Speech Committee" was launched here on May 30 in the offices of Joan Coxsedge, Labor MLC for Melbourne West. A group of activists representing various left and progressive groups came together to start a
Where's the madman now? During the prelude to and conduct of the recent Gulf war Saddam Hussein was repeatedly labelled as a madman by members of the press and various "expert" analysts. President Bush's recent medical history raises a very
By Shirley Johnston As everyone knows, 550 oil wells are burning in Kuwait. Six million barrels of oil — one million tons — are going up in smoke daily, creating a smog so thick that car headlights have to be used during the day, and dropping
Criminals exploit black youth By Leon Harrison PERTH — Aboriginal youth are being exploited by adults who are forcing them into housebreaking and theft, according to Aboriginal Legal Service executive officer Rob Riley. Riley said that an
Democracy does not depend on dynasties By Kamal Mahotra I am greatly distressed and disappointed by much of the Australian media's coverage of the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Many of the reports show a lack of
By Dick Nichols SYDNEY — Since April, when the ACTU launched its "campaign" for the full Accord Mark VI against the Industrial Relations Commission's "rotten egg" decision, industrial relations junkies have been speculating how the wage fixation

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