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BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS
MELBOURNE — There have been few surprises in the Aston by-election — the competition between the major parties is more marked by what they won't talk about than what they will.
The seat of Aston, a marginal Liberal seat

REVIEW BY JON HILLSON
Before Night FallsStarring Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea di Stefano, Johnny Depp and Michael WincottDirected by Julian SchnabelGrandview Pictures, Fine Line Films 2000.
Those who defend the Cuban Revolution should

BY AARON BENEDEK & ANN DOBINSON
TOKYO — Despite international protest, Japan's controversial new junior high school history textbook went on sale in early June.
Its high media profile ensured it gained bestseller status immediately and it has

BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE
Statements by Labor Premier Jim Bacon to the effect that his government would not be bound by its decisions if they went against government policy, have shown "Tasmania Together", the government's new effort at "community

REVIEW BY SARAH STEPHEN
Song of TibetDirected by Xie Fei 2001 Sydney Film Festival
Set in Lhasa, in the hills of Tibet, Song of Tibet captures much of the rugged beauty of the country. In recalling her life, Yixi takes us back to the 1950s, when

BY SEAN HEALY
Austrian authorities deployed more than 4000 police officers, including elite riot units, from across the country in the Alpine town of Salzburg on July 1, in an effort to prevent anti-capitalist protests against a summit of the World

BY JONATHAN STRAUSS
"We have a chance to fight ... to present a unified picture of workers", said N. Vasudevan, general secretary of the Federation of Blue Star Workers Unions, as I talked with him in the union's office in Mumbai. Behind him were

BY JOHN PERCY
The International Socialist Organization in the United States has agreed to send representatives to the Second Asia-Pacific International Solidarity Conference, to be held in Sydney, March 29-April 1, 2002.
The group will be

BY ALISON DELLIT
July 1 marked the first full year of the Goods and Services Tax but while most birthdays are occasions for great celebration, this was anything but.
According to the June 7 Herald Sun, 56% of people feel worse off under the new

On July 5, representatives of the East Timor Transitional Cabinet, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and the Australian government met in Dili and signed the Timor Sea Arrangement, concluding 10 months of negotiating and

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