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Porgera shut by protests Angry villagers succeeded in closing the Porgera gold mine in PNG's western highlands on August 16. Members of the Porgera River Alluvial Miners Association burned seven vehicles. The villagers were demanding greater
By Brian Kelly In Kupang, West Timor, I noticed a huge crowd of Timorese-looking people staying in a losmen in the city. They appeared to be villager types — not the sort you would normally see at a hotel — and had an air of transience about
By Sally Mitchell DARWIN — August 23 was the 30th anniversary of the beginning of a struggle which ultimately forced the Australian government to recognise and legislate for Aboriginal rights to land. In 1966 at Wave Hill cattle station 200
No return to the bad old '50s The abolition of the operational subsidies for centre-based long day care announced in last week's budget is a direct and vicious attack, not just on working mothers, but on the majority of women. Already, parents
Cut-price degrees In response to federal funding cuts, the University of Western Sydney is considering a cut-price plan to allow students to complete degrees in two rather than three years. Under the plan, lectures would be replaced with
Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Thursday, 7pm. Access News — Melbourne community TV, Channel 31,
By Mick Barclay and Vannessa Hearman CANBERRA — Nico Warouw, the international representative of the Indonesian People's Democratic Party (PRD), urged CFMEU seminar participants to support the release of all political prisoners and the growing
SYDNEY — The NSW Writers' Centre will host its annual literary festival, Spring Writing, on September 7-8. This year the festival will welcome international guests, Balmain writers, regional Australian writers, writers from non-English backgrounds
What kind of degree? "He told them that his girlfriend was from Port Macquarie but that she was studying at university in Queensland and when she had her degree and had learnt to cook, then he'd marry her." — A National Party official,
In the largest outpouring of unionist opposition to government attacks since the SEQEB dispute, and the biggest workers' rally in Brisbane for decades, Bill Mason reports, some 10,000 people crowded into the King George Square on August 19 and later

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