By Norm Dixon The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has appealed for international support in its struggle against the privatisation of basic services. The union has been waging a bitter fight against the privatisation of water and
By Peter Montague A new strategy for disposal of hazardous materials is emerging in the US. After years of unsuccessful efforts to gain public acceptance of waste disposal in the oceans, in landfills and in incinerators, frustrated federal and
Students rally against fees and cuts By Sean Healy A week of action called by the National Union of Students against cuts to tertiary education and student fees featured rallies and actions across Australia last week. From Sydney, Mel Bull
By Jane Beckmann NEWCASTLE — More than 700 people packed the Newcastle Workers Club auditorium on November 21 to support the striking Hunter Valley miners. John Maitland, national secretary of the Construction, Mining, Forestry and Energy Union,
Conference discusses abortion rights By Margarita Windisch MELBOURNE — The Royal Women's Hospital Pregnancy Advisory Service, in conjunction with the Abortion Providers' Federation of Australia, hosted a conference on October 11-12 which
By Ben Courtice MELBOURNE — More than 60 people attended an anti-racist conference strategy over October 18-19 organised by Campaign Against Racism (CAR), an activist group that has organised the rallies against One Nation meetings. The first
By Jon Land The defection of Cheryl Kernot has posed the role of the "alternative" to Labor and the Coalition much more sharply for the Democrats and the Australian Greens. Greens leader Senator Bob Brown stated the day after Kernot left the
US calls Tamil Tigers terrorists By Sue Bull On October 8, the United States announced moves to make it illegal to give money or other material support to 30 foreign groups designated as terrorist. Visas will also be denied to members or
Police called to community barbecue By Sue Bull QUEANBEYAN — The Henderson Road Residents Action Group were forced to hold their October 19 community barbecue on the tiny nature strip between the abandoned railway goods yard and the busy road.
By Marina Cameron In yet another attempt to treat the symptoms rather than causes of the current crisis in schools, Adelaide principals have canvassed the introduction of sniffer dogs into high schools to detect drugs. In response to worries about
Italy's Refounded Communist Party (PRC) has retreated from opposition to the 1998 budget. LIVIO MAITAN, a member of the party's national leadership, warns that, until it elaborates a strategic alternative to the centre-left ("Olive Tree") government,
Actions against Jabiluka By Tom Flanagan and Jane Black DARWIN — Anti-uranium activists are planning to blockade the Jabiluka uranium mine if the Aboriginal traditional owners of the mine site, the Mirrar people, fail to get justice in the
By Jen Crothers and Kath Gelber SYDNEY — More than 6000 people rallied outside NSW Parliament House on October 22, demanding the equalisation of age of consent laws. When homosexuality was decriminalised in NSW 13 years ago, ALP Premier Barry
Eviction threatened on Eveleigh Street By Chris Spindler SYDNEY — The Redfern Aboriginal Housing Company is threatening to evict a family of eight from 54 Eveleigh Street, Redfern. Robyn and Victor Hookey had stated they would pay rent owing
Union leadership retreats on Centrelink agency agreement By Philippa Stanford After several months of negotiations with management and debate amongst members the Community and Public Sector Union leadership within Centrelink, the federal
Rally against military aircraft noise By Tim E. Stewart DARWIN — Fifty people rallied on October 22 against the extreme noise pollution caused by jets operating out of Darwin airport as part of the "Pitch Black" war games. The protesters


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