By Sean Healy Education minister David Kemp has indicated the next target on the government's union hit list: student unions. He has asked his department to prepare legislation for "voluntary student unionism", which would prevent student unions
By Tony Iltis HOBART — A three-week strike by workers on the Emu Bay Railway in Tasmania's remote west coast, has defeated moves by the railway's new owner to sack the entire work force and contract out the jobs. The EBR once carried passengers,
Activists describe kidnapping, torture By James Balowski "I speak up with the knowledge that I am risking my life", said Indonesian activist Pius Lustrilanang, in testimony before the National Human Rights Commission on April 27, were he
Anti-APEC conference scheduled for New Zealand By Murray Addison The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group, APEC, is holding its 1999 summit meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 13. Democratic rights activists are planning a counter
Miners spurn Rio Tinto offer IN AN UNOFFICIAL secret ballot, 98% of workers at the Hunter Valley No. 1 coalmine voted on April 30 to reject a new enterprise agreement proposed by management. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto, the world's biggest
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The bit what's left In a standard working day of eight hours, it may take me four hours to produce the equivalent of my wages. If the time needed to cover my wage packet is reduced from four to two hours, then the bit what's left increases from
By Graham Matthews BRISBANE — Around 200 people crammed St Mary's Catholic Church on April 27 to here a report on the sacked Patrick wharfies' campaign for reinstatement. Earlier in the day, the church's priest, Father Peter Kennedy, was
By Susan Price MELBOURNE — Hundreds of protesters successfully thwarted attempts by anti-abortion campaigners from reaching Parliament House here on April 26. Braving inclement weather, pro-choice supporters held a colourful rally and speak-out
The Philippines elections, on May 11, will be dominated by the trapos (traditional politicians). In the style of US presidential elections, millions of dollars are being spent to buy votes. The frontrunner for president in the polls (by a huge
Counter-APEC conference in 1999 The following resolution was motivated by Matt Robson, a member of parliament for the New Zealand Alliance, and adopted by acclamation. This Asia Pacific Solidarity Conference endorses the call for a conference in
Democracy for Indonesia This resolution was presented to the final plenary session on behalf of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor — ASIET. This conference supports the valiant struggle of the pro-democracy movement in Indonesia