BY JONATHAN SINGER Establishment economic analysts and media commentators are concerned that the federal government's 2000-01 budget surplus, projected three years ago to be $10.7 billion, was only $500 million in November. Some economists have
BY CHRIS ATKINSON MELBOURNE — "The year 2000 is the year of emergency", Xanana Gusmao, the chairperson of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT), told 500 invited guests at the May 4 opening of the Melbourne office of the CNRT's
BY MARTIN ILTIS MELBOURNE — "In the new period, new struggles, we need new heroes", East Timorese independence leader Xanana Gusmao told those attending the launch of his autobiography here on May 4. He was explaining why he did not think he
Tax workers start industrial campaign BY CHRIS SLEE MELBOURNE — Unionists at the Australian Taxation Office have voted in favour of a campaign of industrial action, including bans and a part-pay stoppage on May 11. Members of the Community and
The 'new' relationship In the wake of Labor leader Kim Beazley's meeting last week in Jakarta with Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid and PM John Howard's response to Wahid's announcement on April 27 that he was postponing his May visit to
Media spotlight on a socialist By Margaret Allum The newspapers of the establishment do, from time to time, cover the activities of those fighting against the system that the rich and powerful uphold. Occasionally, the media even interview them.
Federation of Cuban Women Australian tour, July 22-30 You are invited to help organise the national tour of the Federation of Cuban Women! The Federation of Cuban Women, an outstanding champion of women's rights around the world, was organised
An innocent person is executed By Brandon Astor Jones Tens of thousands of black men, women and children were hanged, burned, shot, or tortured to death by mobs in the United States between 1882 and 1986; of these crimes, only the tiniest
Anti-choice brigade's emotional blackmail BY LISA MACDONALD A predictable list of right-wing commentators lined up last month to heap praise on the latest ideological onslaught against women's right to choose abortion. Melinda Tankard Reist's new
Kow-tows Indonesia's interception of Australian aircraft and its contemptuous response to protest raises the question of why we continue to have Australian forces protecting such democrats as Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir. It also


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