On April 2 the organisers of the March 31 refugees’ rights protest at Villawood received a faxed letter from the detention centre, here are some excerpts: “We, residents of the Villawood detention centre, very much appreciate and thank you
BY ARUN PRADHAN "Since the protest there has been close to no communication with Woomera [detention centre] inmates", refugees' rights campaigner Pamela Curr told Green Left Weekly on April 6. "The two phone lines normally available to detainees
BY MARY MERKENICH MELBOURNE — On March 31, Jews for Refugees held its first public event — a 700-strong rally during the Festival of Passover, Pesach — outside Maribyrnong detention centre. A car pool and cavalcade led by Yids on Wheels — a
BY ALISON DELLIT One of the eight "anti-terrorism" bills currently before the Senate — the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 — will, if passed, enable the federal attorney-general to "ban" organisations. Membership of,
BY RALF SCHARRMAN DARWIN — "Shame — our shame" — these March 7 words, used to describe the behaviour of Aboriginal people by the Northen Territory minister for indigenous affairs, John Ah Kit, in the NT Parliament, have sparked debate in the
BY PETER ROBSON& JIM MCILROY "The US war on Afghanistan provided no solution to the problems of the region", Farooq Tariq, general secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, told a lunchtime meeting at Newcastle University on April 3, as he began a
BY FIDEL CASTRO [The following is the text of the speech made by the Cuban President Fidel Castro on March 21 at the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico.] Not everyone here will share my thoughts.
BY ALISON DELLIT The federal Coalition government does not let itself be deterred from carrying through a policy just because it is disastrous. Just a few weeks after aviation privatisation claimed as its victims the jobs of 14,000 Ansett workers,
BY JON LAND Two-and-a half years after East Timor's referendum on independence, the effect of the Indonesian military and militia's post-ballot destructive rampage are painfully apparent. Burnt out shells of buildings stand dotted around the
BY JIM GREEN SYDNEY — The head of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), John Loy, approved construction of a new 20-megawatt nuclear reactor in the southern suburb of Lucas Heights on April 5. ARPANSA


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