Coalition attack on student unions unveiled By Wendy Robertson After two months of shadow-boxing, federal education minister David Kemp has "leaked" the proposed "voluntary student unionism" (VSU) legislation. It is expected that the legislation
By James Balowski In a surprise turn of events, on February 24 it was announced that the People's Democratic Party (PRD) has been officially registered as a political party. Earlier, the body overseeing the election registrations had "postponed" a
Strike at Sun Metals By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A strike by more than 1000 workers has halted construction of the $1.2 billion Sun Metals Zinc Refinery, south of Townsville. The action is over workers' right to choose their unions. A meeting of
By Chris Latham Last year featured the largest protest movement in the history of Indonesia. These protests, which mobilised millions of people, ended the dictator Suharto's 32-year reign. They were primarily built by students. How did students, a
By John Tomlinson The Coalition government's announcement last month that young people's unemployment payments will be decreased if they "continue to remain illiterate and innumerate" leaves many wondering if Howard's concept of "mutual obligation"
By Pamela Currie GLASGOW — Statistics published by Scottish Women's Aid (SWA), the main organisation providing care and support to women and children fleeing domestic violence, reveal the extent of the crisis in the provision of these
By Dot Tumney The Kumarangk Legal Defence Fund (KLDF) has re-launched a web site dealing with 10 defamation cases against 18 people and organisations in relation to the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair. Members of the local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal
The army's new manual, Fundamentals of Land Warfare, suggests two uses for the organisation: “The Army provides expeditionary forces to support Australia's national interests offshore and territorial forces to protect Australian sovereignty.”
VSU in Victoria: 1) prohibits administrations from making students' membership of student organisations compulsory; 2) limits the expenditure of funds from compulsory non-academic fees on facilities and services or activities of direct benefit to
Heroin hypocrisy: why politicians punish the victims By Sue Boland The 1997 United Nations' World Drug Report shows Australian government spending on policing drug use was 14 times that for drug treatment and more than eight times that for drug
By Norm Dixon Nigeria's corrupt and brutal military — which has ruled Africa's most populous country with an iron fist almost continuously since independence — has succeeded in placing its favoured candidate, former military dictator Olusegun
A day in the life, on Georgia's death row #1 "I am sorry about the stamps, but authorizing an attorney phone call ... is not in my realm of authority. I did call the store to see what the problem is; they told me the post office does not have any 1
Indonesian political prisoners may be pardoned Stop press: Indonesian political prisoners may be pardoned Following the registration of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) for the June 7 Indonesian general election (see article page 18),
By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — Around 80 people left the Adelaide Hills with concrete campaigning plans following the third SA United Trades and Labor Council (UTLC)-organised Summer School on February 26-28. Among the speakers was Kathryn Heiler
A ghost or a spirit? BulworthDirected by and starring Warren BeattyAlso starring Halle BerryShowing in most major cinemas Review by Jonathan Singer Fact: Bulworth is a good — a very good — movie. Fact: It is one you should definitely see.
SA public servants intensify action By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — Two hundred state public servants walked off the job on March 4 in response to the standing down of two Public Service Association (PSA) members over their participation in


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