BY SAM WAINWRIGHT Only one day after an angry March 14 meeting of State Transit Authority (STA) bus drivers voted to strike for 48 hours in pursuit of their wage claim, the executive of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union has deferred the action. The
BY JOHN PILGER LONDON — Almost 30 years after the violent destruction of the reformist government of Salvador Allende in Chile, a repeat performance is being planned in Venezuela. Little of this has been reported in Britain. Indeed, little is
BY NORM DIXON On March 13, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was officially pronounced the winner of the March 9-11 presidential election with 55% of the vote. Mugabe's "victory" over opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate
BY NORM DIXON Some 100,000 trade unionists and anti-corporate activists filled the streets of Barcelona on March 14 to call for a "social Europe". The protest came as the European Union summit prepared to meet on March 16-17 in the Catalan
BY ALISON DELLIT It would be easy to think, watching Channel 10's ever-so-hip coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, that homophobia in Australia was in retreat. But the March 12 attack, under parliamentary privilege, by cabinet
Israel-Palestine conflict The Israel-Palestine conflict is one which has been distorted by the mainstream media for decades. It is up to the independent press to give a more realistic picture of these events. Unfortunately, from reading the
BY ALLEN JENNINGS Early on February 21, Colombia's 38-year civil conflict exploded into full-fledged war when President Andres Pastrana unilaterally broke off peace talks with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and ordered
BY SARAH STEPHEN The five-day hunger strike by 170 people imprisoned in the Woomera detention centre, which began on March 7, has received scant coverage in the mainstream media. This has made it difficult for asylum seekers to relay their protest
BY BARRY HEALY PERTH — Under pressure from local residents, the Western Australian health department on March 8 released worrying figures on cancer rates in the Kwinana industrial area, south of Perth. The government department is playing
BY RUSSELL PICKERING& ALISON DELLIT The Australian government is attempting to introduce legislation giving secret police agencies more powers, and enabling state persecution of dissidents. The legislation includes granting the attorney-general the
Since the Australian government's refusal last year to allow asylum seekers rescued by the Norwegian freighter Tampa to land in Australia, a significant protest movement in support of refugees' rights has developed across Australia. The movement has
BY PIP HINMAN More than 10,100 people have signed an online petition supporting a call for a royal commission into the government's treatment of asylum seekers. Out of thousands of active petitions from all over the world listed on the
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — The Stanley Burbury Theatre at the University of Tasmania was absolutely packed out on March 7 when David Suzuki presented a lecture emphasising the importance of social justice for saving the environment. Billed as
BY SARAH STEPHEN Hundreds of detained asylum seekers from Afghanistan have been denied protection visas, despite recommendations from immigration department officers that they be granted. A spokesperson for immigration minister Philip Ruddock
Ludicrous "It may be limiting of competition in that there's one dominant company, which is Foxtel, but it's ludicrous to say that competition will be limited." — Sydney right-wing radio broadcaster Alan Jones. Certainly not his government "I
A single private corporation — Australasian Correctional Management (ACM) — runs all six of the horrendous refugee detention camps in Australia. ACM is the Australian subsidiary of the Miami-based detention and security giant, Wackenhut.


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