International condemnation greets 'green' GST By Jim Green Diesel rebates — a fuel subsidy — in the revised GST deal negotiated between the government and the Democrats have been criticised by international climate change and environmental
Environment groups slam NSW parliament 'reform' SYDNEY — Environment groups have attacked a proposal to "reform" the NSW upper house put forward by NSW Labor treasurer Michael Egan. Egan has proposed a deadlock provision which would allow the
Social Change, Suburban LivesBy Lois Bryson and Ian WinterAllen and Unwin, 1999. $29.95 Review by Maree Roberts Do sociologists have important things to say about social change? In their "update" of An Australian Newtown (1972), Bryson and Winter
Pesticides on apples endanger US children Ten years after the US public demanded that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban the cancer-causing pesticide Alar, children are no better protected from pesticides in the nation's food supply,
By Max Lane As counting of votes in Indonesia's June 7 election continues, more and more reports are emerging of vote rigging and cheating by the ruling Golkar party. The University Rectors Network for a Fair Election identified electoral
Freeway protest BRISBANE — About 50 people attended a rally on June 17 to protest against the city council's plans to construct a six lane city-valley bypass road. This road will supposedly help solve traffic congestion problems. The rally was
Tiananmen commemorated ABOUT 70,000 people joined a candlelight vigil on June 4 in Hong Kong in remembrance of the pro-democracy protesters massacred in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 10 years ago. China resumed control over Hong Kong two years ago,
Revolutionaries elected to European Parliament By Norm Dixon Europe's ruling social democratic and labour parties were dealt a sharp rebuke by voters in elections for the European Parliament (EP) held June 11-13. Social Democrats
Bilingual cuts reveal racism in education By Natalie Zirngast DARWIN — In December the Country Liberal government in the Northern Territory decided to phase out bilingual teaching programs in 20 schools in remote indigenous communities. The
Timbarra: fighting corporate greed By Corinne Batt-Rawden LISMORE — On June 7, more than 80 protesters gathered at Timbarra Mountain, near Tenterfield in northern NSW, in an action against the Timbarra gold mine. The activists, who came from
By Grant Coleman and Marce Cameron PERTH — World Environment Day came alive in the market atmosphere of Fremantle on June 5. About 100 people joined Resistance members in a rally and march to save the eucalypt forests in WA. Much of these
The plutonium threat in orbit The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Cassini spaceship on October 15, 1997, on a seven-year mission to study the planet Saturn, purportedly in the hope of "understanding the birth and