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Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical RomanceBy Irvine WelshRandom House, 1996. 276 pp., $20 (pb)Reviewed by Nick Fredman Irvine Welsh is the young Scottish writer who shot to fame in 1993 when his first novel, Trainspotting, a gritty tale of 1980s
The role of the establishment press in reporting the August 19 rally in Canberra was a gross display of sensationalism. Not happy to leave it at the level of distorting the news, the Sydney Morning Herald has turned its hand to doing the police's
By Jorge Jorquera PERTH — The leadership of the WA branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is facing a challenge in the union's September elections. Since May Day, the opposition ticket has run a dirty campaign against the
By Marina Cameron "Government schools will lose a potential $323.6 million over four years as a result of an accounting trick employed by the Howard government in order to disguise a broken promise", said Sharan Burrow, president of the Australian
By Arun Pradhan When times are bad, it's no time for big risks. Movie producers are not going to sink money into untested "potentially" groundbreaking innovations. They go for the guaranteed money — the sequels — or they resurrect past
By Neville Spencer From July 27 to August 3, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) hosted one of the most unusual international conferences ever. The EZLN, in spite of not being able to operate freely and legally, invited people from around
FlirtDirected by Hal HartleyStars Martin Donovan, Bill SageDendy FilmsOpens nationally September 12Reviewed by Margaret Allan It is unusual for the characters in a film to start discussing amongst themselves whether or not the film maker has
IWD planned ADELAIDE — A meeting here on August 3 began planning the 1997 International Women's Day (IWD) march, which will mark 25 years since the first women's liberation march in Adelaide. Initial ideas for the day include a concert and a
Widespread deforestation in Amazon region Approximately 14,000 square kilometres were deforested per year in the Amazonian region of Brazil between 1992 and 1994, according to a report in the Folha de Sao Paulo on August 23. These figures are from
Green Left Weekly asked the Democrats, the Greens and the Democratic Socialist Party for their views on the threat to the public health system. The three questions asked were: The government has tried to sell its changes to the health budget as
By Allen Myers SYDNEY — As was his way, George Bernard Shaw provided The Misalliance with a preface as long as the play itself, in which he systematically set out his views on the defects of the English family and English education. The preface,
Healing the scars "If you don't have friends of another race, at least choose professionals of differing races." — Lynn Smith (Atlanta Journal and Constitution, August 16). I recently read Lynn Smith's review of 40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist
By Iggy Kim HOBART — The Labor Party responded to the state budget with opportunist posturing. On August 19, its MPs puffed out their chests, stated they would vote against the budget and proposed extending the state debt by $120 million in order
Canberra, August 19: how the tap came off in their hands By Peter Boyle The August 19 rallies called by the ACTU were meant to be a controlled demonstration of union and community support for the ALP's plan to amend the Howard government's
Getting ahead "If you are soft and nice, you don't get anywhere in the ALP." — Liz McNamara, the new president of NSW Young Labor. Very high hopes "He [Aussie Vaughan, former Queensland secretary of the AMWU] hoped that when George [Campbell,
ALP stands by HECS By Kathy Newnam BRISBANE — The ALP is up to its old tricks trying to con students that the introduction of HECS in 1987 did not disadvantage students. Sheriff Deen, the presidential candidate on the Labor Club's YOU — Your

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