BY SAM WAINWRIGHT Lost amid the Howard government's refugee bashing re-election hype was the news of its success in trying to crush another one of its targets, the union movement. In November the long-running Federal Court case brought against
BYTAMARA PEARSON SYDNEY — Around 250 of the refugees in Woomera belong to the Hazara ethnic group from Afghanistan. Zaher, a long-time activist in Afghanistan before he escaped in 1999, explained to Green Left Weekly why immigration minister
The Coalition government is facing a serious political crisis. The desperate and heroic actions of more than 300 hunger strikers at Woomera and Maribyrnong detention centres have again focused the spotlight on the inhumanity and illegality of the
GLW sets fundraising target BY JON LAND 2002 will mark an important milestone for the Green Left Weekly — the 500th issue comes off the presses mid-year. With the contraction of media ownership in Australia during that decade, GLW is an
New Zealand and refugees The news that New Zealand has taken a number of refugees from the Tampa and integrated them directly into the community shows up the extreme inhumanity and injustice of the Australian government. It is also worth
On January 12 Lakes Creek Consolidated Meat Group (CMG), owned by Kerry Packer, broke the news to Rockhampton 1350 meatworkers that it was closing its doors and they no longer had jobs. Lakes Creek CMG management claims the plant's closure is due
BY LISA MacDONALD SYDNEY — NSW Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon called on January 22 for the state electoral commissioner to "clean out any potential spoiler parties" that aim to contest the next election. There is little doubt that there are bogus
Beautiful Exile: The Life of Martha Gellhorn — Reporter, Lover, Traveller and RebelBy Carl RollysonDuffy and Snellgrove, 2001284 pages, $19.95 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON Even without being the lover of HG Wells and the wife of Ernest
BY BILL MASON BRISBANE — While preparations were going ahead for the official jingoistic parade to celebrate Australia Day, around 300 Murris and their supporters gathered on January 26 to mark decades of Aboriginal struggle for land and
BY SUE BOLTON A heated dispute which broke out in November within the New Zealand Alliance over its MPs support for the sending of SAS troops to participate in the US-led war in Afghanistan appears to have ended in a compromise. After a vigorous
BY ROB MILLER MELBOURNE — More than 500 people attended a protest called by the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) outside the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on January 24. Many city workers attended the lunchtime rally to
BY ANTHONY BENBOW PERTH — The Western Australian Labor government has finally unveiled its draft industrial relations legislation — and what a reaction. The bosses are screaming, the Liberal/National Coalition opposition is foaming at the mouth
BY TIM E.STEWART BRISBANE — A car, bus and bicycle cavalcade to the March 2 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is being planned. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Resort at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane.
BY MONICA MOOREHEAD A legal appeal on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther activist who was framed for murder, was filed for the third time with the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court on January 9. The appeal asks that the Supreme
BY LISA LINES ADELAIDE — Abbas is one of the many hundreds of refugees who fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and made their way to Australia. He is one of the few lucky enough to have had his application for a temporary protection visa
After organising Australia-wide emergency 24-hour hunger strikes in solidarity with protesting refugees between January 24-27, Resistance is calling on more young people to do the same. "Philip Ruddock claims that hunger striking indicates


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