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BY SARAH STEPHEN At the end of March 2001, an estimated 450,000 New Zealand citizens — 2.3% of the Australian population — were visiting or living in Australia. Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people
BY ROBYN MARSHALL BRISBANE — In the Brisbane City Gallery of the Town Hall is a remarkable collection of photographs, selected by radical Australian journalist John Pilger. The photographs that are included in Reporting the World are a
BY SUZIE AMBROSE DARWIN — The prediction of the March 7 NT News editorial — "No votes for ratbags" — was disproved in the March 16 elections for Lord Mayor of Darwin. Socialist Alliance candidate Ruth Ratcliffe received 1057 votes after
and ain't i a woman: US army harasses lesbians Last year, women were twice as likely to be dismissed from the US army for being lesbians than men were for being gay, according to a report released on March 15 by the Servicemembers Legal
BY NICK SOUDAKOFF The US government has requested an additional 300 troops be allowed to perform "civic duties" on the Philippines island of Basilian as part of the Balikatan 02-1 war games nominally aimed at destroying the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group.
[The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by the Socialist Alliance in Melbourne on March 20.] Dean Mighell is 100% correct to say that the ALP has turned its back on the working class. One of the first acts of the Bracks
BY FAROOQ TARIQ LAHORE — The national committee of the Labour Party Pakistan, meeting March 16-17, decided that the party should help form a united socialist electoral alliance in Pakistan. Left-wing political parties, trade unions and social
BY ROHAN PEARCE The United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Financing for Development — held in Monterrey, Mexico, on March 18-22 — produced a great deal of hot air, but little for the world's 1.2 billion people who live on less
BY KERRYN WILLIAMS CANBERRA — “I used to be an activist, where I was very flexible and could criticise everything, but now I'm representing East Timor”, East Timor's deputy minster for foreign affairs and cooperation Fernando de
BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD Could it be that the very long prison sentences handed down to the five Cubans falsely accused of espionage were aimed at protecting Miami terrorist circles and dissuading any person or group who wants to counteract those
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — At its March 19 meeting the central Melbourne Refugee Action Collective (RAC-Vic) endorsed the idea of a national day of action for refugee rights for Sunday June 2. While not discussing details of the action, RAC
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — "We want the people detained in the Villawood refugee prison, as well as the Australian public, to know that there are many people in this country, and around the world, who strongly oppose the Australian government's
BY ALISON DELLIT In the biggest show of solidarity with asylum seekers yet seen in Australia, more than 45,000 people attended Palm Sunday marches around the country on March 24, calling for freedom and justice for refugees. More than
BY A. SATTAR "The rise of fundamentalism in Pakistan is a vote of no-confidence of the working people in capitalist and feudal parties. It is the failure of these parties in power, which has given rise to religious fanaticism", argues Farooq Tariq,
Three million demonstrators marched through Rome on March 23 to protest new labour laws which will make it easier for employers to sack workers. The protest, the biggest ever held in Italy, was organised by the CGIL trade union federation.From Green
A Pacific islands network which monitors globalisation in the Pacific is calling on Pacific island leaders to think before they ratify trade agreements and those who have ratified to withdraw from them. Pacific Network for Globalisation

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