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The Indonesian National Front for Labour Struggles (FNPBI), the militant trade union federation, organised mass actions across the country on May 1. Pro-democracy groups joined the workers' rallies. The workers' demands included legalising
Manufacturing Workers Union, firefighters, maritime unions, Graham Matthews, Communist Party of Australia, the Socialist Alliance, Treasury Gardens, Nikki Ulasowski, Unions WA, Fremantle, peace and justice, Wollongong's May Day march, Jim Tannoch,
BY SIBYLLE KACZOREK DARWIN — The fourth solidarity brigade to East Timor organised by Action in Solidarity with East Timor/Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific will leave for Dili on May 13. “We will be helping build a well in
BY KERRYN WILLIAMS CANBERRA — "Protection overboard" was the theme of a May 9 Refugee Action Committee forum, attended by 140 people. Former diplomat Tony Kevin, once the Australian ambassador to Cambodia, outlined evidence submitted to the
Disaster Day On October 19, 2001, an asylum-seeking vessel sank and 353 refugees drowned while on the way from Indonesia to Christmas Island. If we are to accept the possible explanation by former Australian diplomat Tony Kevin, writing in the
Because Grandmagrew old twiddlingthumbs, hands clasped, eightfingers locked together neatas a carpentry join,thumbs barreling roundand round, over andover in useless activityreleasing the blocked energy— the hint was there. Yet I lived without
Museworthy: Smile (Affirmative Action) I was a tooth on an adAnything brightAnd white white white For the audition they saidShow us what you can doAnd I sat rooted to the spotLooking as much like a toothAs I could There was a black woman
BY SARAH STEPHEN Immigration minister Philip Ruddock announced on May 7 that Australia's immigration intake for 2002-03 would rise for the fifth consecutive year. The federal government will allow between 100,000 and 110,000 new migrants into the
BY TERRICA STRUDWICK ROCKHAMPTON — Consolidated Meat Group employees voted to return to work on April 27 after a five-month dispute over a new enterprise agreement. However, CMG has broken its promise to reinstate all employees who were working
BY SARAH STEPHEN Last September, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced that the Labour-Alliance coalition government she leads would be willing to take a small number of the 430 refugees aboard the MV Tampa, which was then stranded in
BY ROHAN PEARCE Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to Washington presented few surprises. It was so predictable that journalists could have written the story even before he left Israel. US President George Bush backed Sharon's bloody
The rise and fall of the Pankhursts The Pankhursts By Martin Pugh Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 2001 537 pages, $49.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON What foul crimes did this family commit? Emmeline and her daughters — Christabel,