The magic carpet
For the first time, John Winston Howard has talked publicly of retirement. We at Life of Riley Enterprises are much distressed to hear such talk. Having just designed a range of John Howard puppets it is a great shock to our

The human genome project has spent some 5% of its budget on studying the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding the availability of genetic information. It has identified many issues but come up with very few answers. The issues include: * Who

Hiroshima Day to launch new anti-nuclear coalition
MELBOURNE — At the August 6 rally here to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, unions, churches, environment, peace, ethnic and community groups will unite to launch the

HONG KONG — Trade unions have become more active in recent times in defence of wages, conditions and democratic rights, according to leaders of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. Speaking to Green Left Weekly on July 25, HKCTU organising

Students plan activist left tickets
CANBERRA — Student activists here are laying plans to end conservative domination of the student associations at the University of Canberra and the Australian National

National interest
"I can tell you one of the reasons why we work so hard ... is not to make things easy for the Labor Party." — Treasurer Peter Costello quoted in the July 28 Australian Financial Review.
"For a guaranteed high standard

Jobs threatened by market testing
CANBERRA — The announcement the Liberal government to market test every public sector function with the intention to outsource to the private sector threatens thousands of jobs. The first jobs

Government health policy reinforces corporate power
The Coalition government's Lifetime Health Cover policy has apparently worked where its previous efforts to increase private health insurance coverage have failed, thereby

ScreenSound agreement near
CANBERRA — Delegates and members at ScreenSound Australia of the Community and Public Sector Union, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance are to meet on August 1 to

BHP should 'put money where mouth is'
SYDNEY — The Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) has condemned mining giant BHP's unwillingness to take any responsibility for the destruction wreaked by its Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea, in


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