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BY MICHAEL ARNOLD
Over recent years the "drug problem" has been regularly discussed in the corporate media. In the midst of this discussion, more than 1000 Australian heroin users have died as a result of overdoses between 1996 and 2000.
While

A coalition of independent trade unions organised a nation-wide protest on June 19 against a government proposal for a new labour code, which massively weakens the position of workers.
The code would nullify collective bargaining, force workers to

Socialism with capitalist characteristics
"They are also working for building socialism with Chinese characteristics." — Chinese President Jiang Zemin, announcing that businesspeople can join the Communist Party.
The CCP?
"If we let people

BY JENNY LONG
SYDNEY — Twenty activists gathered on July 5 under the banner of Trade Unionists to Defend Workers' Compensation to call on the NSW Labor Council and affiliated unions to relaunch industrial action to defeat the state government's

Last resortDirected by Pawel PawlikowskiWith Dina Korzun, Artiom Strelnikov and Paddy ConsidineScreened at the Sydney Film Festival
REVIEWED BY SARAH STEPHEN
Last resort is a unique insight into the cold, bleak reality of seeking asylum in

BY BILL MASON
BRISBANE — Stoppages and pickets are breaking out in the electricity and building industries around Queensland, as unions campaign for improved enterprise bargaining agreements, focusing on key issues such as wages, job security and

BY TYRION PERKINS & STUART MARTIN
WOLLONGONG — Council workers have struck for two days here after Wollongong City Council refused to increase its pay offer in negotiations on a new enterprise agreement.
Employees originally called for a 15%

BY SARAH STEPHEN
Professor Israel Shahak, one of the most prominent and brave human rights activists in Israel, died on July 2 at the age of 68.
Shahak, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Hebrew University, headed the Israeli League for Human and

Debt service payments and reforms attached to debt relief and new loans
Reduced government spending and focus on export earning projects
Reduced access to and poorer quality of services. Increase migration for employment
HIV/AIDS flourishes

BY DICK NICHOLS
On the evening of the NSW Labor Council's failed June 19 blockade of state parliament over the state ALP government's gutting of workers' compensation, the Socialist Alliance office received four or five phone calls from

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