By Barry Healy The Uniting Church Assembly, the churchs highest decision making body, met in Perth for a week beginning on July 5. While the assembly took strong positions in support of Aboriginal rights, it was the discussion around the report
By Eva Cheng After failing to stop the limited democratisation of Hong Kong's political order in the territory's final colonial years, Beijing threatened to roll back those changes after it took control on July 1. It has been doing that over the
By Tony Iltis HOBART — A government-commissioned report has delivered a big business wish list for the state budget. The report, by senior National Party member Peter Nixon, recommends large scale privatisation of public assets, cuts to public
Joke of the week PM John Howard went to a primary school to address a group of children about tragedies. Before he started, he asked the children to give him an example of a tragedy. Several students raised their hands and he selected a little
By Graham Matthews The national campaign to save the Hinchinbrook wilderness has escalated following Keith Williams' Cardwell Developments getting the green light from the federal government to develop its Oyster Point holdings. On July 19, 600
By Adam Hanieh JERUSALEM — On July 30, two bombs ripped through a crowded marketplace in west Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu demanded that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat close down the organisational structures of
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, 10pm and Saturday, 7pm. Access News — Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Feminism 2Edited by Kate PritchardHughes Longman Australia, 1997. 352pp., $29.95 Review by Melanie Sjoberg In my paid employment as a trade union industrial officer, I come into contact with a wide range of people. Union
Nurses continue fight for pay and conditions By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE— Victorian nurses voted on August 6 to close 20% of hospital beds as part of their long-running dispute with the state government over pay and staffing. All public
By Zanny Begg BRISBANE — On July 25, the Ipswich branch of One Nation attempted to hold its first meeting in a hall managed by the Ipswich City Council. The meeting had to be rescheduled when the council cancelled the booking. Then Lord Mayor
By Norm Dixon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most popular, courageous and politically outspoken musicians, has finally been silenced, much to the relief of Nigeria's corrupt political and military elite. Despite having suffered decades of
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Socialists and free speech By Sean Healy One of the main controversies in the growing movement against Pauline Hanson's racism surrounds the issue of whether or not the movement should call for restrictions on her legal right to free
LEO WALLIN works in Telstra's commercial and consumer business unit as a customer sales representative. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's JAMES VASSILOPOULOS about Telstra's new work regime and the enterprise bargaining proposal. Wallin says working in
Every year about 300 hectares of Otway State forest are clear-felled by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) for woodchips and sawlogs. In clear-felling, all the trees in a given area are removed, and the forest
Fiji sugar strike ends after 16 days SUVA, Fiji — A strike by more than 2500 members of the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU), on strike since July 22, ended on August 5 following threats by the Fiji government and courts. Union


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