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BY PETER BOYLE The discussion around the issue of the Socialist Alliance's preference policy at its founding conference revealed differences within the alliance over its orientation toward the Labor Party and the Greens which will undoubtedly be
BY TAMARA PEARSON & SARAH STEPHEN Zaher and Riz are "illegal" Afghani refugees who were held in an immigration detention centre and eventually granted refugee status. They are now living in Sydney on three-year temporary protection visas. Green
BY SIMON BUTLER BRISBANE — Activists building for the expected mass protests against corporate globalisation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on October 6 are fast learning that the Queensland police are prepared to use arrests,
BY CHRISTOPHER PERKINS WOLLONGONG — TAFE teachers and students have joined library staff in a battle to overturn cuts to library services at TAFE Illawarra — and the extra muscle is forcing management to concede some ground in a dispute which
The BankWith David Wenham and Anthony LaPagliaWritten and directed by Robert ConnollyIn major cinemas from September 6. REVIEWED BY SEAN HEALY "Taut psychological thrillers" are two bob a dozen. So are ones with a nasty rich businessperson as
BY JIM MCILROY BRISBANE — Sisters Inside, the organisation representing women in Queensland prisons, has launched a campaign against large-scale strip searching in the state's jails, according to SI co-ordinator Debbie Kilroy, addressing an
BY SEAN HEALY Tens of thousands of Argentinians have risen up against their government's austerity plan, staging strikes and demonstrations and blockading highways throughout the country. The three-day wave of protests, from August 13-15, is the
BY SEAN HEALY Twenty activists, including members of an Austrian theatre group PublixTheatre, held since the enormous protests against the G8 summit of world leaders in Genoa, Italy, on July 20-21, have been released from prison. But as many as 30
BY NICHOLAS WOOMER CHICAGO — Only hours into the United Students Against Sweatshops August 2-5 national conference in Chicago — before half of the participants had even arrived — students were walking the picket line in solidarity with
BY SEAN HEALY Ecuadorian President Gustavo Noboa has backed down on a June presidential decree to impose a 2% sales tax, after a two-day general strike on August 8-9 brought the South American country's economy to a standstill and tens of thousands

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