BY BILL MASON BRISBANE — On April 4, immigration minister Philip Ruddock named the Meeandah Army Stores site at Pinkenba as the preferred site for a new 200-bed refugee prison. Although he initially claimed the new site would only house
BY MANOJ ABEY SYDNEY — In the wake of the September 11 World Trade Center bombings, the federal Coalition government announced that it would introduce a spate of new "security measures" to deal with the threat of terrorism in Australia and
BY SARAH STEPHEN In a March 30 media conference condemning protesters at Woomera detention centre, immigration minister Philip Ruddock asserted: "The bulk of the detention population in Australia today are not refugees", instead calling them
BY SEAN VICKERY, GABRIELLE YATES & EMA CORRO The events at Woomera during the Easter weekend have inspired refugees' rights protests across Australia. In Brisbane 40 protesters gathered on the morning of March 30 outside the immigration department
BY DICK NICHOLS BOLOGNA — What did it take to get up to 3 million people — of all ages, from widely different social backgrounds and from every corner of the country — to the March 23 demonstration in Rome against billionaire media
1200 join Palestine rally PERTH — About 1200 people attended a rally in Forrest Place on April 6 to protest Israel's war on the Palestinian people. Speakers at the rally included students from the Australian Islamic College, Anthony Benbow from
BY MAX LANE The following speech was the opening presentation to the final plenary session of the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference held in Sydney, March 29-April 1. Max Lane is a member of the national executive of the Democratic
BY VITTORIO LONGHI ROME — Italy is getting ready for a massive general strike, the first for 20 years, against Silvio Berlusconi government's labour law "reform". On April 16, at least 11 million workers will strike. This general strike call
BY ROB GRAHAM ADELAIDE — “I’ve been reticent to express my support for refugees before, but after this weekend everyone needs to go back and speak to as many people as they can and join in any organised demonstrations. We can start really
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