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
BY LISA MACDONALD ARMIDALE — A May 8 public meeting discussed how to galvanise public support for ending the federal government's brutal asylum-seeker policy. The 50-strong meeting was titled "Refugees: what is to be done". Organised by the
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 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 ROSA ZULU HARARE — More 6000 workers gathered for the May 1 rally in the Gwanzura stadium here enthusiastically supported socialist MP Munyaradzi Gwisai's criticism of the participation of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in
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 BONNY CAMPBELL SYDNEY — On May 7, about 80 protesters converged outside the Immigration and Population Conference at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern where immigration minister Philip Ruddock was due to speak. Fortunately for
Representatives from nine Third World countries, led by Cuba, proposed during a February World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiation session that future agricultural trade rules should be geared towards meeting the Third World's development needs.
BY TERRICA STRUDWICK The Australian government is using dental and wrist x-rays as a means of determining the age of refugees. Critics say these tests are highly inaccurate and scientifically unfounded. Legislation was passed by the Senate in
BY SHANE BENTLEY Seventeen seafarers aboard the CSL Yarra docked in Port Pirie, South Australia, began a sit-in on May 1 in an attempt to stop Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) replacing them with poorly paid Ukrainian labour. Maritime unions are
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — "We have no relationship with Indonesia anymore. We have to find our own way", was how Erwanto, a visiting Acehnese democracy leader summed up his people's determination to win their independence. Speaking at a meeting
BY KYLIE MOON MELBOURNE — On May 11 300 Palestinian supporters commemorated Al Nakba — otherwise known as "the catastrophe" — the destruction by Israel, between 1947 and 1950, of 415 Palestinian villages, creating a million refugees. The
BY SHANE BENTLEY SYDNEY — The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) held a rally on May 6 outside the offices of Canada Steamship Lines in support of CSL Yarra seafarers. The "Australian workers for Australian jobs" rally was greeted by the Sydney
BY MELANIE SJOBERG& JOHN MCGILL Connie Frazer died, aged 76, on May 6 after a struggle with breast cancer. She was a poet, a feminist and a member of the Democratic Socialist Party. Connie's presence will be missed from the Adelaide political
BY TARIQ ALI LAHORE — It has been a stunningly beautiful spring in Pakistan. But the surface calm is deceptive. When the war in Afghanistan began, I suggested that the Taliban would be rapidly defeated and that the jihadi organisations and
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a network of more than 200 non-government organisations, has attacked Israel's refusal to allow United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan's fact-finding mission to the ravaged West Bank refugee camp of


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