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MELBOURNE — The Industrial Relations Commission has brought forward the next national wage case to September 17 and 18 and asked unions, the government and employers to present submissions on whether centralised wage-fixing should continue.

By David Brazil Australia has the opportunity to make an important stand in the fight to save the remaining rainforests of Sarawak and other parts of the world on August 21, when federal parliament considers the Customs (Rainforest Timbers)

By Tracy Sorenson Poetry of a social activist In Times of Pestilence By Kevin Baker Five Islands Press. 64 pp. $9.95 Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen War, famine, ecological destruction: the global village is facing the abyss. Illawarra poet

To chants of "Save Chaelundi; save Sarawak; stop the logging now", about 100 people marched from Sydney Town Hall and through city streets on August 17. Participants later heard Dean Geoffrey speak about the struggle of the Penan people to save the

By Stephen Robson The National Assembly of Vietnam in the first week of August elected Vo Van Kiet prime minister. Kiet takes over the position from Do Muoi, elected general secretary of the Communist Party at the Seventh National Congress at the

By Kevin Healy A week when, out in the free world — the free market, in fact — new treasurer John Carin-for-them bolstered our faith in the government's ability to steer the economy in the right — very right, I suggest — direction, by

Democrat referendum Further moves towards a merger between some greens and the Australian Democrats seem likely following a report in the August 17-18 Australian that Democrat senators are preparing a referendum on the question, and comments by

Cops turn nasty at protest By Catherine Gough-Brady ADELAIDE — Police here surpassed themselves in a display of illegal violence and brutality on August 15. About 140 protesters had been waiting in the cold at the gates of wharf 20 for about

By Steve Painter Humour-lock Gridlock By Ben Elton Macdonald. $29.95 (hb) Reviewed by Steve Painter At its best, Gridlock is a very funny novel about the ultimate traffic jam, which ties up London for three days, creating the political

the new clerks em = By Phil McManus having sworn their silent allegiance to maintain that which exists, there is a future of freeway parking lots at peak hour, a caffeine-fix at the office, cafeteria lunch, a drive to the suburbs and four

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