By Jo Williams and Kim Luong

MELBOURNE — Students at Monash University reclaimed part of the Clayton campus as "corporate-free space" on July 24 in protest against up-front fees and the increasing privatisation of universities. Students

By Filomena de Almeida and Jill Hickson

SYDNEY — The current military crackdown by Indonesian armed forces in East Timor has resulted in scores of East Timorese being killed and hundreds more being arrested and tortured. It is a direct

Vanstone blames the victims

By Marina Cameron

Education minister Amanda Vanstone recently launched a campaign to blame the universities and schools under pressure from funding cuts for the adverse effects of privatisation begun under Labor

Right-wing bomb in Cuba

A small device exploded on August 4 in the lobby of the Melia-Cohiba Hotel in Havana, causing no injuries and only slight damage. It was the fourth explosion since April in a Havana hotel and the second in the

By Marina Cameron

In a submission to the government's West review into higher education, the Industry Commission has argued that radical "market-based" reform and more competition are the logical next steps after the deregulation of the 1980s.


By Brandon Astor Jones and Jenny Thomas

"What is the answer to crime? Giving more power to the state will do nothing to eliminate crime. Crime is a function of a sick society: change society and crime will rapidly disappear."

By Allen Myers

When John Howard finally announced on August 13 that he would be campaigning for a goods and services tax at the next election, it was anything but a surprise. The Coalition government and big business have been campaigning for a

Monash VC raises stakes

By Jeremy Smith

MELBOURNE — On August 7 the vice-chancellor of Monash University declared that management was withdrawing from enterprise bargaining. Its initial offer included several clauses that would seriously

By Peter Montague

An eye-opening new book describes the nearly complete failure of all our attempts to regulate the behaviour of the chemical corporations. Toxic Deception, by Dan Fagin and Marianne Lavelle, is subtitled "How the Chemical

By Jim McIlroy

BLACKWATER Striking Curragh coal miners remain defiant despite attempts by the company, ARCO, to break their picket line and intimidate workers. The strike has entered its 15th week, as ARCO steps up its pressure on the miners to


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