Blair attacks asylum seekers
LONDON — On November 24, the Tony Blair Labour government in Britain announced plans to introduce new asylum and immigration legislation in the current parliamentary sitting. The key proposals in the legislation,

Students protest killings in East Timor
By Jon Land
Thousands of East Timorese students occupied the provincial parliament in Dili on November 23, angered by a brutal crackdown by Indonesian soldiers. The crackdown has killed up to 50 East

Learning from the IMF?
By Allen Myers
The International Monetary Fund's assessment of the Australian economy, announced on November 17, gave treasurer Peter Costello an opportunity to pat himself on the back in public for what the IMF called the

In order to represent the official view of what this dry brown land of ours is capable of, I have decided to present a symbolic picture, using whatever actors we have available in this section of the paper. The scenario is by a certain John Winston

ACT government workers ready to fight
By Stuart Martin
CANBERRA — In a strong show of opposition to the ACT government's attacks on public servants, and in defiance of intimidation by management, Community and Public Sector Union members

By Melanie Sjoberg
ADELAIDE — More than 1000 members of the Public Service Association rallied on the steps of Parliament House on November 23 to protest the state government's lousy wages offer. PSA general secretary Jan McMahon said that with

The experts
"The IMF's mask of infallibility hides a record of mediocrity punctuated by some truly costly blunders." — Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs.
White blindfold history
"I wouldn't think that would be appropriate because I don't see

Why Australian governments support dictators in Asia
By James Vassilopoulos
"Indonesia is not a perfect democracy, I know that... I just think as a matter of principle the president of that country should be welcome to visit Australia." That was

Action needed to counter uranium threat in WA
By Stuart Munckton
PERTH — When the Coalition was elected in 1996, the West Australian Anti-uranium Coalition had this to say in its uranium policy: "The new government will approve any mine, any

'Costa Rica has been invaded by mining companies'
GABRIEL RIVAS DUCCA, from Costa Rica, has been supporting local communities in their fight against open-cut mining. He was in Australia to participate in conferences hosted by Friends of the Earth.


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