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We were tortured, democracy activist reports By James Balowski On June 13, three leaders of Indonesia's outlawed People's Democratic Party (PRD) were released from custody. They were Mugianto (who visited Australia in 1996 under the name Robby
Benefit gig for Indonesian prisoners BRISBANE — The fall of Suharto and his replacement by B.J. Habibie, while not representing fundamental democratic change in Indonesia, have led to the release of a small number of political prisoners. Despite
By Natalie Zirngast DARWIN — Members of the NT Pro Choice Collective on June 12 presented local ALP MP Claire Martin with a petition containing almost 1000 signatures supporting the removal of abortion from the NT criminal code. The collective
The voice of God By Brandon Astor Jones "You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is." — Jerry The words above were spoken by a slave named Jerry. When Mark Twain listened, Jerry often shared his
Protest against Burnie mill closure ROSEBERY — On the morning of June 15, around 1000 people gathered in Civic Square to protest against the proposed closure of the Burnie pulp mill, which will mean up to 280 job losses. The march, led by four
By Doug Lorimer Speaking in Belfast shortly before the Labour Party won the UK general election last year, Tony Blair declared, "I believe in the United Kingdom. I value the union" between Britain and Northern Ireland. Within this framework, on
By Francesca Davis Yet another round of changes to entry requirements for immigrants has reaffirmed the Coalition government's commitment to ensuring that business gets the migrant labour it needs without taking on any of the cost of settling the
Vigils against N-weapons CANBERRA — The embassies and high commissions of the eight countries that have tested nuclear weapons or are known to possess them have been targeted by vigils here. The vigils are organised by a coalition of local peace
Industrial awards to be gutted By James Vassilopoulos From July 1, all industrial awards (which specify working conditions and wage rates) will be stripped to the bone. The regulation of working conditions will be reduced to 20 items
By Martin Oliver Concern about genetically modified foods in Australia is growing, despite the predictable messages being conveyed by the media. Modified foods now include Australian-grown cottonseed oil and imported canola oil, maize, tomato,
OAU votes to ease sanctions on Libya Despite criticism by the United Nations, the 34th summit of the Organisation of African Unity, meeting in the Burkina Faso capital, Ougadougou, decided on June 10 to lift partially the UN-imposed economic
By Shane Bentley and Peter Johnson SYDNEY — Members of the NSW Teachers Federation held two-hour stop-work meetings on June 17 to protest against the Howard government's promotion of private schools over the public school system. Concerned parent
Fight for free speech in Adelaide By Jo Ellis ADELAIDE — Green Left Weekly is under attack here. The city council will not allow GLW to be distributed in the mall without a permit. The permit will cost $10 per week per distributor. The council
By Sue Boland A road worker, who voted for One Nation in north Queensland, told the Australian that he had formerly been a "red hot Labor supporter" until "Paul Keating brought in enterprise bargaining agreements", which resulted in road crews
Against the wishes of the traditional owners, the Mirrar people, and against the wishes of 80% of Australians, Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) began construction of the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu National Park on June 15. Just a few days
Right-wing women Whether we like it or not — and we definitely don't — Pauline Hanson is making political history. Her media-enhanced image as the ordinary "fish and chip shop lady" who dared to speak her mind, challenge the major

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