The Colston affair The federal attorney-general, Daryl Williams, will continue examining until April 18 whether "independent" Senator Mal Colston's claiming of 43 days' of travel allowance when he wasn't travelling is sufficiently serious to
By Neil Sullivan From Comoro airport to Dili, it seems there are more police than public; they are more obvious. Two or three at every intersection and at points in between. This sets the atmosphere for my visit to the island, an atmosphere of
Frontline in trouble? By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — The non-appearance of progressive newspaper Frontline for four months has been accompanied by rumours in union and left circles that the paper has collapsed. Frontline was a free newspaper
Punished for being homeless By Bill Day DARWIN — A woman who spoke at a rally of homeless Aboriginal people here on March 17 has been fined $1060 for taking two blankets and a bedspread from a city motel. Her partner was fined $540 for
MongrelsBy Nick EnrightDirected by Adam CookSydney Theatre CompanyThe Wharf, Sydney Review by Brendan Doyle Yet again we go back to the good old '70s, when there were real issues, real people and real passionate playwrights! Or were there? A
By Karen Fredericks BRISBANE — Less than a month after its opening, 200 to 300 high- and medium-security prisoners have "trashed" Queensland's newest prison, Woodford Correctional Centre, in protest over insufficient and poor quality food,
WorkCover fight continues By Michael Bull Melbourne — A campaign of constant harassment by construction workers is beginning to fluster the Victorian premier, Jeff Kennett. For the past fortnight, 100 building workers have gathered
By Ben Reid MELBOURNE — Controversy has erupted over the current round of enterprise bargaining negotiations at Melbourne University. A branch meeting of the National Tertiary Education and Industry Union (NTEU) on March 26 voted to defer
By Ruth Ratcliffe BRISBANE — Around 60 people gathered at Dunwich on Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) on March 26 to protest against sand mining on land of great environmental and cultural significance. The group marched to one of the mines at
By Sean Moysey CANBERRA — A photo exhibition in Parliament House on East Timor's World War II experience was censored just hours before it was to open on March 24. A second exhibition, which included the banned material, had to be organised.
Love and trustLove and trust By Brandon Astor Jones "I never saw a man who looked/ With such a wistful eye/ Upon that little tent of blue/ Which prisoners call the sky." — Oscar Wilde, from The Ballad of Reading Gaol. She was
By James Balowski Indonesia's general elections on May 29 will be conducted under some of the most restrictive campaign rules to date. But what make these elections unusual is that, for the first time, large sections of the population did want
Feminism, sex and censorshipFeminism, sex and censorship The self-appointed guardians of the nation's morals are on the march again, this time under the leadership of Senator Richard Alston, National Party leader Tim Fischer and treasurer
By Kerryn Williams YOUNG — Gold was first found in 1860 at Burragong Creek on Lambing Flat — now the town of Young. Many of the 22,000 miners working the fields were Chinese. The Europeans, resentful of the Chinese miners, and pressured the
By Justin Randell PERTH — University of Western Australia students will vote in a referendum on April 14-16 to decide whether the Student Guild will stay affiliated to the National Union of Students. The Liberals have inundated the campus with
By Zanny Begg DUNLOY — When you drive across the border from the south of Ireland into the north, the marks of political conquest and struggle are obvious. The road signs revert from bilingual Gaelic and English to English, heavily armed and


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