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Deckhands fight for jobs By Robert Darcy SYDNEY — Two hundred tugboat deckhands and their supporters gathered at Circular Quay on February 17 to protest efforts by Adsteam, the country's largest tugboat operator, to cut crew numbers from four
The following is abridged from an open letter written by Juan Miguel Gonzalez, father of Elian Gonzalez, to US attorney-general Janet Reno and US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) commissioner Doris Meissner on February 14. It was
By Allen Myers PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government is now awaiting the arrival of a team of United Nations legal experts to continue discussions on UN participation in a trial of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge (KR). This follows a "positive"
In 1976, and again in 1981, Malcolm Fraser's Liberal government attempted to cut tertiary education funding, replace TEAS (the precursor of Austudy) with a loans scheme and reintroduce up-front fees. Student opposition on numerous campuses fed into
Mardi Gras launched By Jen Crothers SYDNEY — The annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was launched on the steps of the Opera House on February 11. After a colourful dance piece which made a dig at the Olympics, hosts Julie McCrossin and
The following speech was presented as the opening address to Marxism 2000 conference, held in Sydney in January, by Cuba's consul to Australia, MARIA LUISA FERNANDEZ. The five-day conference, which was organised by the Democratic Socialist Party and
Teachers warn of strike action By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland teachers are considering industrial action, including strikes and work bans, over a stalled agreement on wages and conditions. The state Labor government has refused to
Government villainy Three acts of government villainy within a week show just how far the government's vicious drive against undocumented refugee arrivals has gone — and how much we must do to stop the government in its tracks. First, on
By Chris Slee YALLOURN — Unions are maintaining a protest camp outside the Yallourn power station in Victoria's La Trobe Valley, despite the February 9 ending of the month-long lockout of maintenance workers. The issues in dispute have not been
Indonesian police threaten Australian unionist Indonesian police are threatening to imprison or deport Australian trade unionist Roger Smith. Smith, who works in Indonesia for the American Centre for International Labour Solidarity, has been
The jobs boom lie By Jonathan Singer The Coalition government puts the blinkers on when it looks at unemployment. It hides how big the problem is and is just hoping for further economic growth to make it go away. On January 25, the treasurer,
Staff incensed by UQ management By Robyn Marshall BRISBANE — A general meeting of staff at the University of Queensland on February 16 described a management pay offer as inadequate. During resumed enterprise bargaining negotiations on
By Kerry Baker HOBART — Last September, the University of Tasmania student union held a referendum on whether or not to create a "men's officer" position on the Student Representative Council (SRC). Because of the way the proposal was phrased,
ACT opposes mandatory sentencing By James Vassilopoulos CANBERRA — Three hundred people turned out to a protest on February 17 against mandatory sentencing in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The rally, called with only two days'
By Wolfgang Pomrehn KIEL, Germany — Anti-fascist protests hit many European cities on February 12 and 13. Protesters opposed the new Austrian government, formed by the conservative OeVP (Austrian People's Party) and the FPOe (Freedom Party of
Looking Out: 'I did' By Brandon Astor Jones "The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved." — Publilius Syrus In 1979, while on trial for my very life, the "Honourable" Judge Luther Hames took frequent naps as the prosecution presented

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