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By Norm Dixon The South African parliament has overwhelmingly passed a new law that entrenches the right of women to free, safe abortion. The Termination of Pregnancy Bill has been hailed as one of the best reproductive rights laws in the world.
Telstra sell-off condemned BRISBANE — Members of the Community and Public Sector Union gathered outside Telstra House on November 6 for a lunchtime picket to oppose government plans to privatise the country's telecommunications giant.
By Kim Linden MELBOURNE — Workers in the La Trobe Valley took united strike action on November 7 against the state government's decimation of health services. Power station workers, bus drivers, teachers and health staff at both the Moe and
State of BewildermentBased on the work of Michael LeunigPerformed by Trestle Theatre CompanyDrama Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseFrom November 7Reviewed by Brendan Doyle An angel flits above the noisy, dusty city. Vasco Pyjama rows across the stage in an
By Jennifer Thompson Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown has raised the alarm over the so-called exemptions for environmental and consumer actions from being defined as "illegal" under the Coalition-Democrat amendments to the Workplace Relations
By Melanie Sjoberg The Liberal-Democrat deal on the amendments to the Workplace Relations Bill will very seriously undermine the ability of working people to organise effectively in defence of their interests. This is what the government
By James Vassilopoulos Is the ACTU's living wage case a salvation for the growing number of working poor, or is it merely a public relations stunt to make the ACTU appear relevant to workers? The ACTU has lodged a claim before the Australian
Union organiser run down on picket line By Tim Gooden CANBERRA — On November 7, at a picket line established outside the government workshops in Fyshwick, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union organiser Geoff McGowan-Lay was run down
By Marina Cameron Less than two years ago, thousands of people took to the streets around Australia to protest against the Labor government's expansion of the woodchipping export quotas and the granting of licences to woodchip areas of high
A lively anti-racism public meeting in Melbourne on November 6 echoed the calls from other cities for a national day of action against racism. Sue Bolton reports that more than 60 people turned up to hear Lam Nguyen, a Vietnamese secondary student;
By Peter Boyle If recent polls are to be believed, a majority of Australians are in favour stopping immigration at least in the short term. According to a November 2-3 AGB-McNair poll, 62% are in favour of a "short term freeze", and a Bulletin
By Marg Gleeson SYDNEY — Activists from around Australia met here on November 3 for the annual national consultation of the Committees in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean (CISLAC). The consultation was preceded by a public seminar