By Kevin Healy A week when Premier Joannie Learner said even people from the other side of the political fence had called to congratulate her survival — which I felt very strange, since I couldn't imagine anyone from the left congratulating her.

Indonesian prisoners released Two Indonesian Communist Party political prisoners, Rewang and Martosuwandi, were unexpectedly released from Cipinang Prison, Jakarta, on July 24, apparently on the orders of President Suharto. Rewang should have

By Barry Healy Public Servants are facing massive attacks on their working conditions, extraordinary leaked documents have revealed. The papers are the offers put to the government on July 28 by officials of the Public Sector Union in wages

By Vannessa Hearman MELBOURNE — The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society here presented a series of documentaries, "Images of Cuba", on July 27 at Carringbush Library in Richmond. The Australian premiere of these Cuban documentaries was part of the

MELBOURNE — Job cuts promised by the Victorian Labor government in its coming budget have already begun. The western regional office of the Ministry of Education has written to all school principals directing them to offer voluntary redundancies to

By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — A new law on employment came into force on July 1 in the Russian Federation. For the first time since the late 1920s, the terms "unemployment", "unemployment benefits" and "labour exchange" are part of the official

Sand mining blockade predicted By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland conservationists have warned of a Franklin Dam-style campaign against the Goss Labor government's decision to approve mineral sand mining in the Byfield national park region

By Jocelyne Scutt A woman who wishes to argue that a film made of herself "participating" in particular acts is sex-discriminatory would be entitled to bring an action for damages against the maker, distributor or exhibitor of the movie. A

Tape available A cassette tape of the "Violence, pornography and censorship" plenary session at the Socialist Scholars Conference is available from the conference organisers for $8, including postage and packaging. Papers by Jocelynne Scutt,

Resources The Banana Republic: A left analysis of Australia's economic problems, is a set of 10 audio cassettes featuring discussions with Ted Wheelwright, Tricia Caswell, Frank Stillwell, Sue McCreadie, Evan Jones, Jack Mundey, Rhonda Sharp and


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